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Blame points system and the CoT for lack of excitement in 2012

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
I feel as though I type the same column just about every week, but here goes again.
The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season has become noteworthy for its lack of on-track excitement. Seemingly, the biggest ‘water cooler moment’, or event most worthy of discussion the next day, has been Juan Pablo Montoya hitting a […]

Darlington Notes: Danica gets an A+, Junior takes a step backward and Kurt steps forward

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Here are a few notes, observations and other ramblings regarding the Bojangles Southern 500 at the Darlington Raceway:
Danica’s A+- On a night of Danica Patrick overload during her second Sprint Cup start, Michael Waltrip made what had to have been the most ridiculous statement of the entire broadcast. During a mid-race assessment of […]

Hendrick Motorsports claims historic 200th victory in Darlington

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Only Second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team To Accomplish Feat

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 12, 2012) – Every big stage, every big moment, every crown jewel – Hendrick Motorsports owns them all. The Daytona 500? The team boasts six trophies from The Great American Race. The Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway? Seven wins. The Coca-Cola […]

Darlington Nationwide: Logano takes out Sadler while Danica and Pastrana dominate the attention

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
In the opinion of this writer, Friday’s Nationwide Series race at the Darlington Raceway represented much of what’s going wrong in today’s NASCAR. First, a Sprint Cup regular took out a driver who could have potentially been leading the Nationwide Series standings after the race and then that Cup driver went on to […]

Darlington would be likely place for Gordon to turn season around

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

By Richard Allen
Jeff Gordon is in the midst of a stretch of bad luck such as he has rarely seen over the course of his extraordinary career. After Sunday’s 33rd place finish in Talladega, the winner of 85 Sprint Cup races and four championships dropped to the 23rd spot in the 2012 standings. He has […]

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 […]

There are too many NASCAR insiders in the broadcast booth

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Michael Waltrip is a Sprint Cup team owner while at the same time he serves as a broadcaster for Fox and Speed. Phil Parsons has owned start and park teams while announcing races for Speed’s Camping World Truck Series coverage. Brad Daugherty owns part of a Sprint Cup team and works for ESPN. […]

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 […]

RCR searching for consistency in 2012

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

By Richard Allen
A look back at the past record of Richard Childress Racing indicates that the organization has had difficulty maintaining consistency at the sport’s top level from year to year. Since 2008, the company that has produced six NASCAR Sprint Cup titles over the course of its history has gone through a series of […]

Why are NASCAR elites trying so hard to alienate fans?

Monday, May 7th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
 
Whether it is intended or not, the message a number of NASCAR elites seem to be sending to their fans of late is that they should be ashamed for not enjoying the product they are being given. And further, raising any sort of questions or concerns about parade racing, debris cautions or a […]

A lot of riding to get to a few laps of mayhem

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Just before the halfway point of the Aaron’s 499 at the Talladega SuperSpeedway driver Tony Stewart jokingly asked his crew, “Have I ever said that this race is about 250 miles too long?”
The reality is, Stewart’s question didn’t seem too far off the mark in terms of describing the weekend of racing at […]

Was there a difference between Danica and Kyle Busch incidents?

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
 
Last season, Kyle Busch became frustrated with fellow driver Ron Hornaday after the two had gotten together during a Camping World Truck Series race and proceeded to run into his competitor after a caution had been displayed. The result of that second contact sent Hornaday head-on into the wall, destroying his machine and […]

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