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Archive for August, 2012

No Chase needed to assure tight points battle in any NASCAR division

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
On this weekend in which all three of NASCAR’s top divisions will be in action on the same track, a look at the standings reveals that there are three tight points battles in progress at this late stage of the season. And almost certainly, the contests in the Nationwide Series and Camping World […]

Kenseth vs. Stewart has been hot and is getting hotter

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Both Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart are former NASCAR champions and both are among the sport’s biggest stars. However, those two things are about all they’ve had in common in 2012. For that matter, the rivalry that goes back several years has only intensified this season.
During the 2006 Daytona 500 the two drivers […]

Racing at Bristol was OK but the antics will get fans back

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
In a number of pieces I have written about the changes to the track at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2007, I have said that the racing has been good but it’s the sideshow that has been missing. Well, on Saturday night at the high banked half-mile, the track got its craziness back.
Thirteen caution […]

Bayne’s Lucas Oil dirt effort ends too early

Friday, August 24th, 2012

 
By Richard Allen
 
Trevor Bayne has been bitten hard by the dirt late model racing bug. After a test session about a month ago at the Smoky Mountain Speedway, the Knoxville native has enrolled himself in a high speed course to learn the previously untried form of racing.
On Thursday night, Bayne showed that he is not […]

Will fans fill Bristol or are they waiting to see what happens before they come back?

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
I don’t know what it’s like in other parts of the country but here in east Tennessee we have been constantly bombarded with advertising for Saturday’s Sprint Cup race at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Keep in mind that this event hardly needed any advertising to sell out prior to the track changes made […]

A valve spring, a valve spring, my kingdom for a valve spring

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
In the play ‘Richard III’ by William Shakespeare, King Richard III utters the memorable line, “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse” as he is about to lose his kingdom and meet his doom. Perhaps Rick Hendrick may feel like shouting, “A valve spring, a valve spring, my kingdom for a […]

Gordon’s Chase chances and merchandise sales may be doomed after Michigan

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Jeff Gordon never looked like a particularly serious threat to win the Pure Michigan 400 at the Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. But if he could have only gotten to the finish unscathed, he could have at least kept his hopes for a Chase for the Championship alive. And while his title hopes […]

East Tennesseans step up to put Trevor Bayne on track at Bristol

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

 
By Richard Allen
 
This writer has on previous occasions been somewhat critical of companies in Tennessee for not showing support for an up and coming driver from this area who has already achieved one of the great milestones in racing. Knoxville’s Trevor Bayne won the 2011 Daytona 500 but has since struggled to find fulltime sponsorship […]

In case you hadn’t noticed, Johnson is peaking at the right time

Monday, August 13th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
A dominating win at the Brickyard. A dominating performance at Pocono that ended with a soft right rear tire that relegated him to 14th place at the finish. And, a 3rd place run on a Watkins Glen track that has never been one of his best. Yeah, in case you hadn’t noticed, Jimmie […]

Trevor Bayne makes dirt late model debut at Smoky Mountain

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
Over the years, the Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee has played host to some of the biggest names in racing history. NASCAR used to race regularly on the track throughout the 1960s and several of the sport’s top stars have roared around the facility in both its dirt and asphalt configurations.
Richard Petty, […]

Penske Racing did what it had to do with Allmendinger

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
On Wednesday, Penske Racing announced they were releasing A.J. Allmendinger as the driver of the #22 Shell/Pennzoil car. After the driver failed a NASCAR drug test and then was suspended indefinitely after a second positive result came back, no one should have been surprised by the news.
Penske really had no other option. They […]

NASCAR excuses for poor ratings and attendance are getting pretty thin

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

By Richard Allen
 
As the crowds in the grandstands and the number of viewers on television for NASCAR races seemingly get thinner and thinner, so do the excuses as to why such is the case. After the television ratings for the snooze fest known as the Brickyard 400 came in on Tuesday, the networks and the […]