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Why would Keselowski even risk a feud with Montoya?

Friday, June 29th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Early in the day at the Kentucky Speedway on Friday the cars of Juan Pablo Montoya and Brad Keselowski got together in what at the time appeared to be incidental contact on the first lap of the first practice for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race. However, at least one of the drivers […]

Kentucky traffic issues took spotlight off of bad racing in 2011

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Last year, the story surrounding the running of the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Kentucky Speedway centered around the traffic nightmare that jammed area roads creating long backups and even caused some people to miss the race entirely. Because so much attention was paid to the mess outside the track, not […]

Vickers making the most of limited opportunities

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

By Richard Allen
Brian Vickers lost out last year when his Team Red Bull ride disappeared as a result of that organization deciding to end its Sprint Cup operations. And with limited seats available for 2012, the Thomasville, NC driver found himself with no place to sit when the music stopped playing in the NASCAR version […]

Kenseth likely knows where he’s going and don’t get too excited for Stenhouse yet

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
On Tuesday, it was announced that 2003(Winston) Sprint Cup champion Matt Kenseth would not return to Roush Fenway Racing in 2014. This ended recent speculation as to whether or not the driver would be retained after his contract runs out at the end of this season. But it also opened the door for […]

A better result leads to better emotions for Kurt Busch

Monday, June 25th, 2012

By Richard Allen
Without much doubt, Kurt Busch turned in his best on track performance of the 2012 Sprint Cup season on Sunday in Sonoma, California. And without much doubt, the often controversial driver turned in one of his best post-race performances on Sunday as well.
Busch was among the front runners on the challenging road course […]

Bowyer goes from dirt racing to road course victory lane

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
When NASCAR competes on road courses there are drivers in the field from a number of genres that could prepare drivers for racing on those twisting circuits. Former Formula 1 drivers, IndyCar drivers, 24 Hours of Daytona competitors and Grand Am racers are all represented within the typical field. Any of those types […]

Few races but many enemies for Jacques Villeneuve in NASCAR

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Jacques Villeneuve may be a former Formula 1 world champion and Indianapolis 500 winner but that alone doesn’t seem to be winning him very many friends in the NASCAR garage. The Canadian driver makes only rare road course starts in stock car racing but he has shown quite an ability for making enemies […]

Kenseth just needs to get through Sonoma unscathed

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Matt Kenseth is good on a number of tracks used in the Sprint Cup Series. However, Sonoma is not one of them. Over the course of his career, the 2003 NASCAR champion has scored only one top-10 finish(8th in 2008) in twelve career starts on the winding road course and has an average […]

Here’s hoping Robby Gordon runs well in Sonoma

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

By Richard Allen
Checking the entry list for this weekend’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 reveals the name of an infrequent competitor in this year’s NASCAR season. Robby Gordon will be making only his fifth attempt at qualifying for a Sprint Cup race in 2012. He made the field for the Daytona 500 and the race in Phoenix.
This […]

How much will the ‘Junior Effect’ be worth?

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Until this past Sunday, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. had not won a Sprint Cup race since 2008. Coincidently, track attendance and television ratings for NASCAR’s top division have fallen off of their high water mark within that same time period. The question is, how much of that drop off was due to the fact […]

Sonoma should replace a cookie cutter within the Chase

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
A few years ago, this writer was of the opinion that all road courses should be removed from the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule in favor of more ovals. However, over the last few turns of the calendar, I have had a complete change of heart on the subject. I now appreciate road course […]

Christmas came early at MIS for those who like Junior and dislike the Busch brothers

Monday, June 18th, 2012

By Richard Allen
There are many out there who like Dale Earnhardt, Jr. And, there are many out there who dislike brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch. For those fans who fit into both of those categories, and that is likely to be many, it was like Christmas came early this past Sunday at the Michigan International […]

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