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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 […]

Kyle Busch suffers engine woes…again

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Midway through the Quicken Loans 400 at the Michigan International Speedway, the #18 car of Kyle Busch was pushed behind the wall and to the garage area with engine troubles. It was the third week in a row for that team to suffer such a fate.
One of the crew members radioed that, “The […]

Bayne’s return to racing a disappointment

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Knoxville’s Trevor Bayne made his first start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup division since Memorial Day weekend in Charlotte and only his sixth race of the 2012 season in Sunday’s race at the Michigan International Speedway. The run proved to be a short and disappointing one.
The 400 mile race had barely begun on […]

Last two weeks illustrate need for more testing after track resurfacing

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
I believe no racetrack should ever be resurfaced until it has reached the point that there is no other option. Unfortunately, several NASCAR tracks seem to have reached that point at the same time.
Track resurfacing has been very much in the news over the last two weeks with races held at Pocono Raceway […]

Goodyear to make tire change for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race At Michigan International Speedway
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 15, 2012) – Goodyear will make a tire change for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. The decision was made Friday evening after teams had tires that were blistering following Friday’s practice sessions at the newly-repaved […]

Wildcard hopefuls need Stewart, Keselowski to finish strong

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
NASCAR rules call for those within the top-10 in the series standings after the 26th race of the season to be eligible to do battle for the Sprint Cup crown. Also, two ‘wildcard’ drivers are to be added to the playoff which decides the season title winner.
The wildcard recipients are those drivers in […]

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