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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 […]

Martin owed Junior no apology nor did Edwards owe Kenseth

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Two separate incidents during the Kobalt Tools 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway definitely stirred some interest among fans and competitors and also caused some to believe apologies were owed. But in neither case was any apology owed to anyone. Both instances were simply cases of drivers doing what they ought to […]

The Busch brothers carrying the Dodge banner isn’t the worst idea ever

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Next year, cars raced in the Sprint Cup Series will take on more brand identity than the current Car of Tomorrow. On Sunday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Dodge set about the task of unveiling the car their teams will use in the 2013 NASCAR season. However, the problem for the manufacturer […]

Which driver will be brave enough to shut his engine off to save gas?

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
As has been well documented over the past couple of years, NASCAR drivers have become adept at saving gas. Particularly, many have mastered the technique of shutting the car off and letting it coast under caution to preserve the fuel in the tank. Heck, Tony Stewart essentially won the Sprint Cup championship doing […]

Biffle could be this weekend’s best bet

Friday, March 9th, 2012

By Richard Allen
While RacingWithRich.com does not make recommendations regarding gambling, this weekend offers the opportunity for that practice to occur at a track where it would be perfectly legal. And if one were inclined to wager on the outcome of Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Greg Biffle might very well […]

Carl Edwards has been winless for a full year

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
It’s hard to believe but a look at the calendar reveals it has been one full year since Carl Edwards last won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. It was in the third event of the 2011 season at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway that the driver of the #99 Roush Fenway Racing […]

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