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Will fans return to the ‘old’ Bristol?

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

By Richard Allen
According to a statement from Speedway Motorsports, Inc., the fans have spoken and changes will be forthcoming for the Bristol Motor Speedway. Work will begin within the next few days and is expected to be completed in time for the week of NASCAR racing activities to be held there in late August.
In 2007 […]

Reduced penalty on 48 car reveals flaw in NASCAR inspection process

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

By Richard Allen
On Tuesday, the Chief Appellate Officer for NASCAR, John Middlebrook, ruled that the initial penalty levied by the sanctioning body against Hendrick Motorsports’ #48 car was too harsh. The CAO removed a 25 point reduction from Jimmie Johnson’s driver total as well as HMS(Jeff Gordon listed as owner) total in the owner standings. […]

Points reduction and suspensions removed from 48 team penalty

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

On March 20, 2012, the Chief Appellate Officer heard and considered the appeal of the penalties resulting from the #48 Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. This stemmed from an opening day inspection for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2012.
The […]

Hard to imagine a worse start to 2012 for Hendrick Motorsports

Monday, March 19th, 2012

By Richard Allen
Without question, Hendrick Motorsports is THE power team in NASCAR. Any doubt of that would be quickly erased after only a brief stroll past the company’s trophy case. However, 2012 has been a disaster based on the standards set by this organization after the first four races of the season.
Before the first competitive […]

Junior-Gordon incident nothing more than bad luck

Monday, March 19th, 2012

By Richard Allen
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jeff Gordon were both having good runs for Hendrick Motorsports on Sunday at the Bristol Motor Speedway until things went awry late in the race. On lap 361, the two cars made slight contact which ultimately caused Gordon’s car to suffer a cut left rear tire. That, in turn, […]

Bristol had so many empty seats because the track is no longer what it’s supposed to be

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

By Richard Allen
At the very moment the Fox television broadcast for the Food City 500 Sprint Cup race at the Bristol Motor Speedway came on the air on Sunday afternoon the immediate reaction of anyone who has followed racing at this track over the years was likely one of disbelief. The most glaringly obvious sight […]

If Bristol is a track where paybacks are made, Edwards might need to look out

Friday, March 16th, 2012

By Richard Allen
It’s long been a given in NASCAR racing that when paybacks are owed, short tracks are the best places to settle those debts. This weekend, the Sprint Cup Series will visit a place that has been the source of many feuds, either beginning or ending.
Bristol Motor Speedway serves as the embodiment of rough […]

Danica Patrick to make dirt late model debut in ‘Prelude to the Dream’

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

By Richard Allen
Danica Patrick may well have agreed to take on the most difficult of all her first time tasks in the 2012 season when it was announced on Wednesday that she will compete in the ‘Prelude to the Dream’ race at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway on June 6th. This will be the highly touted […]

National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel Statement on HMS penalties

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

On March 13, 2012, the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel heard and considered the appeal of the #48 Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team.
The penalties concern Section 12-1 of the NASCAR Rule Book “Actions detrimental to stock car racing;” Section 12-4(J): “Any determination by NASCAR Officials that the Race Equipment used in the […]

It may be time for Knaus and Hendrick to accept their penalty and move on

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

By Richard Allen
Chad Knaus and his number 48 Hendrick Motorsports team were deemed by NASCAR to have submitted a car for pre-qualifying inspection at the Daytona International Speedway that was outside of the sanctioning body’s tolerances. They were subsequently hit with the significant penalty of a 25 point deduction from Jimmie Johnson’s driver totals as […]

How can Trevor Bayne not be racing in Bristol?

Monday, March 12th, 2012

By Richard Allen
All the ingredients are in place for Trevor Bayne to have a great weekend in east Tennessee at the Bristol Motor Speedway. The popular young driver is from Knoxville, which is less than a two hour drive away from the high banked track. He drives for strong teams in Roush Fenway Racing and […]

Media chief Paul Brooks leaving NASCAR

Monday, March 12th, 2012

NASCAR’s Paul Brooks To Leave Company In May
Two-Decade Tenure At NASCAR Marked By Numerous Accomplishments
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 12, 2012) – NASCAR announced today that Paul Brooks, senior vice president of NASCAR and president of NASCAR Media Group, is leaving the company on May 4, 2012, to focus on a variety […]

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