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The individulal race has been assassinated by a villain named “Points”

Monday, May 28th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
A crime has been committed. The individual race is dead in NASCAR. It was killed by an assassin that goes by the name “Chase for the Championship” or “Points” for short. As evidence of this crime I present the Coca-Cola 600 held this past weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Or for that […]

Big contrast in perception of Daytona 500 and Indy 500 finishes

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
The two biggest American auto races each year are unquestionably NASCAR’s Daytona 500 and IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500. In 2012, the finishes of those two races could not be perceived any more differently than they have been.
Back in February many fans and other observers believed, whether true or not, that Greg Biffle did not […]

NASCAR Hall of Fame adds award for Media Excellence

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Squier-Hall Award Named For Long-Time NASCAR Broadcasters
Ken Squier And Barney Hall

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 23, 2012) – Following the announcement of the 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame class tonight, NASCAR announced the creation of a new award to honor the contributions of media to the success of the sport. This award, which will become […]

NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2013 announced

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Baker, Owens, Thomas, Wallace And Wood Comprise List Of New Inductees

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 23, 2012) – NASCAR announced today the 2013 class of inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The five-person class, which will be officially inducted in a ceremony on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, […]

Hendrick’s 48 and 88 teams outperforming teammates

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

By Richard Allen
In the first three years that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. drove for Hendrick Motorsports, his fans often complained that their favorite driver was at a disadvantage because his cars were housed in the so-called ‘cursed’ garage at the team’s sprawling complex.
Perhaps this season is proving that theory correct. Although Junior has yet to win […]

Apparently, sandbagging has just become an issue in NASCAR

Monday, May 21st, 2012

By Richard Allen
On Monday morning I read a headline in a newspaper that declared, ‘Sandbagging in All Star Race irritates fans’. The headline almost caused me to openly laugh in the middle of a crowded teachers lounge.
During Saturday’s Sprint All Star Race, driver Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus employed a strategy in which, […]

No Kurt, fans want good racing rather than WWE

Friday, May 18th, 2012

By Richard Allen
On Friday afternoon at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, controversial driver Kurt Busch proved he has at least one thing in common with many top level NASCAR insiders. He, like many other drivers, team owners, track promoters, officials of the sport and high profile media personalities are drifting further out of touch with that […]

Will Kurt Busch survive 2012?

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Kurt Busch’s career and the troubles in it have been well documented. A Sprint Cup championship in 2004 was followed by him being relieved of his duties at Roush Fenway Racing just one year later. Then, after a tension filled run with Penske Racing he again lost a ride when a tirade against […]

NASCAR issues penalties in wake of Darlington altercations

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 15, 2012) – NASCAR has fined Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 51 car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, $50,000 and placed him on NASCAR probation until July 25 for his actions during the May 12 race at Darlington Raceway.

Kurt Busch violated Section 12-1 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing; […]

Like the All Star Race, most prestigious events should be about winning rather than points

Monday, May 14th, 2012

By Richard Allen
Sunday night I posted a piece in which I stated my opinion that the current points system model is one of the major contributing factors for the relative lack of excitement seen in NASCAR Sprint Cup races this season. It is my belief that the current system, instituted during the 2010-2011 off season, […]

Darlington represents the best of NASCAR

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

By Richard Allen
I have seen Sprint Cup races in person on at least ten different race tracks and, of course, I have seen all of them on television. For my money, Darlington Raceway is the best to attend in person and a favorite to watch on TV as well.
The 1.366 mile ‘Lady in Black’ represents […]

Darlington Raceway made NASCAR a modern sport

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

First Southern 500 Featured 75 Cars, Many Driven To Track Then Home Again

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 9, 2012) – NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series history began in Charlotte, N.C. on June 19, 1949 with Jim Roper’s victory in a 150-mile race over the 3/4-mile dirt Charlotte Speedway.

The foundations of the modern sport, however, were poured the […]

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