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Archive for September, 2012

Did someone outlaw passing for the lead in the Chase?

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

By Richard Allen
I love NASCAR racing, I really do. But I realize that sometimes it would be hard to guess that based on the blogs I write. And I also realize that it seems as if I write the same blog just about every week. However, I believe this sport is being lead in the […]

Johnson could separate from the pack in Dover

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

By Richard Allen
The top-3 drivers in the current Sprint Cup standings seem to be threatening to distance themselves from the rest of the Chase for the Championship pack. Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin appear to be the class of the field so far. But this week, one of those drivers has a clear […]

So what did Kurt Busch actually do for Phoenix Racing?

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

By Richard Allen
With the recent news that Kurt Busch has signed on to drive for Furniture Row Racing in 2013, it would seem like the appropriate time to look back and see what he accomplished while driving for Phoenix Racing in 2012. Prior to this season, the 2004 Sprint Cup champion had only piloted cars […]

If NASCAR really wants to take on the NFL they should…

Monday, September 24th, 2012

 By Richard Allen
Many believe an ulterior motive for NASCAR’s creating the Chase for the Championship was to compete with the NFL for Sunday television ratings during the fall season. According to this theory, a playoff like system with points being re-set among a limited number of drivers was supposed would garner greater interest with the […]

Even “phantom” debris caution couldn’t save New Hampshire race

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

By Richard Allen
Unless it’s from a Denny Hamlin fan, it would be hard to imagine any attendee or viewer of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race in New Hampshire describing the event as anything other than boring. Aside from the #11 car’s charge up through the field from its 32nd starting spot, there was little to talk […]

Busch and Logano should expect to be ignored for rest of the season

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

By Richard Allen
When the Chase for the Championship first began in 2004, one of the concerns some people had was that the drivers who did not make the playoff would disappear into obscurity over the course of the final ten races. I was foolish enough back then to believe that individual races still mattered and […]

NASCAR takes a backseat on television during second Chase weekend

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

By Richard Allen
NASCAR instituted the Chase for the Championship after the 2003 Sprint Cup(then Winston Cup and eventually Nextel Cup) season after Matt Kenseth had made the final races of that year a mere formality in terms of who would win the title. It was thought by the top brass of the sport and the […]

Making good on guarantee will be tough for Hamlin from 32nd on the grid

Friday, September 21st, 2012

By Richard Allen
 After a disappointing 16th place finish in which he ran out of gas in the closing laps of the first Chase for the Championship race last week in Chicago, Denny Hamlin took to Twitter and promised improvement. The driver who some had considered a favorite coming into the playoff posted, ”This is week […]

Could Kevin Harvick be this year’s Tony Stewart?

Friday, September 14th, 2012

By Richard Allen
Last year, Tony Stewart limped into the Chase for the Championship and by his own admission doubted his chances for success. However, fortunes turned drastically for Stewart as he went on a tear like few ever seen in NASCAR as he won five of the last ten events to capture his third Sprint […]

A championship by Gordon would prove to be his greatest achievement yet

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

By Richard Allen
With the Chase for the Championship about to begin, it’s that time when everyone takes time to evaluate the twelve drivers and teams to have qualified for the playoff. One of those drivers has to be considered somewhat of a surprise that he is among the field in contention for the 2012 Sprint […]

Who could blame Kenseth for going to JGR?

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

By Richard Allen
In what was one of the worst kept secrets in recent NASCAR history, Matt Kenseth was named as the driver of the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for the 2013 season on Tuesday. The 2003 Sprint Cup(then Winston Cup) champion had announced his intentions to leave longtime team Roush Fenway Racing weeks ago […]

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly for Harvick in Atlanta

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

By Richard Allen
Since Clint Eastwood offered a somewhat unique speech at last week’s Republican National Convention, it seemed somewhat appropriate to do a takeoff on one of his film titles in describing the weekend Kevin Harvick experienced at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Besides, the title does fit the driver’s efforts on the 1.5 mile track.
First, […]