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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 […]

Teams likely to measure timing lines on pit road more carefully this week

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Last Sunday in Pocono a total of twenty-two pit road speeding violations were called by NASCAR during the running of the Sprint Cup race. That was the most such penalties ever handed down by the sanctioning body for one race.
Part of the problem came from the fact that the track had been repaved […]

Teams test at the newly repaved Michigan International Speedway

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Teams On The Fast Track For Second Week In A Row

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 14, 2012) – For the second consecutive week, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams tested on a newly repaved race track and the reaction coming out of Thursday’s test session at Michigan International Speedway ranged from “holding your breath” to “being quite […]

Might Bristol have struck a perfect balance?

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
When the NASCAR Sprint Cup series returns to the Bristol Motor Speedway in August, fans and drivers will not experience the ‘old’ Bristol nor will the experience the ‘new’ Bristol either. The ‘revised’ Bristol will be somewhat of a combination of the two.
In 2007, officials from Speedway Motorsports, Inc.(owners of BMS) decided to […]

Edwards heading to the right track to solidify Chase status

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Carl Edwards is currently in a precarious position in terms of contending for a Sprint Cup championship. After the race in Pocono he moved up one spot in the series standings but still ranks just outside the all important top-10.
But no doubt, the driver who lost out on the Sprint Cup title last […]

Kurt Busch gets to continue having fun with Phoenix Racing

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

By Richard Allen
After his separation from Penske Racing at the end of the 2011 season Kurt Busch agreed to drive for owner James Finch and his Phoenix Racing team. The embattled driver declared that this was going to be a season of fun and one in which he would look to repair his damaged image.
As […]

Junior’s bid to end winless streak proves to be the pits

Monday, June 11th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
When Sprint Cup teams arrive at the Michigan International Speedway this weekend it will mark the four year anniversary of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s last win in NASCAR’s top division. That winless streak looked as if it might come to an end this past Sunday in Pocono but late race fuel strategy sunk any […]

Drivers, crew chiefs sound off on speeding penalties

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Everyone knew the recently repaved Pocono Raceway would be faster than ever before but what no one foresaw was that the greatest speed increases would take place on pit road. Time after time during the early phases of the Pocono 400 on Sunday afternoon drivers were caught speeding during their pit stops.
Needless to […]

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