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Archive for April, 2013

Tony Stewart Needs Less Fighting and More Performance

Monday, April 29th, 2013

By Richard Allen
Tony Stewart has traditionally been a slow starter throughout his NASCAR career. However, the 2013 season is easily among his worst. Over the course of the first quarter of the season, the three-time Sprint Cup champion has managed no wins, no top-5s and only one top-10.
To put Stewart’s early season statistics in perspective, […]

The Busch Brothers Kept Things Lively in Richmond

Monday, April 29th, 2013

By Richard Allen
Say what you will about brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch, but they are rarely boring. And this past Saturday night at the Richmond International Raceway during the Toyota Owners 400, they kept things lively once again.
Both brothers ran near the front of the field for much of the night and both found controversy at some […]

Might Oversights Have Been the Reason for Early Season Toyota Engine Failures?

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

By Richard Allen
If you haven’t heard that Matt Kenseth and his Joe Gibbs Racing team were hammered earlier this week by NASCAR for an issue with their engine, then you might want to think about emerging from beneath that rock you’ve been hiding under. During an inspection of the winning car from the Sprint Cup race […]

Is NASCAR Getting Closer to Providing Their Own Spec Car to Teams?

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

By Richard Allen
As has been well documented, Matt Kenseth and his Joe Gibbs Racing team were hammeredby NASCAR for a violation involving their engine following a victory last Sunday at the Kansas Speedway. Because a connecting rod within that power plant proved lighter than is allowed, heavy penalties including fines, point reductions and the suspension […]

What Could Make Racing on ‘Cookie Cutters’ Better?

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

By Richard Allen
On Monday evening, I posted a piece in which I pointed out that NASCAR’s Sprint Cup division had had some great racing until a pair of so-called ‘cookie cutter’ tracks came up on the schedule. After single-file racing with virtually no passing for the lead in Texas and Kansas, it appears as though […]

Cookie Cutters: So Much for Good Racing

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

By Richard Allen
After Sprint Cup races at the Bristol Motor Speedway and the Auto Club Speedway, many fans and bloggers alike were hopeful that a corner had been turned and the days of follow-the-leader parades among aero-sensitive race cars might be over. Then, the so called ‘cookie cutter’ tracks reared their heads. After recent races on the 1.5 mile speedways […]

By fining Hamlin but not Keselowski, NASCAR disregarded its own credibility

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

By Richard Allen
After the NRA 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway, 2012 Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski offered up a stinging criticismof the sanctioning body. According to the driver(as outlined in the USA Today piece by Jeff Gluck linked above), NASCAR unfairly has targeted his team for penalties.
Prior to the running of the race on […]

Comparisons Between NASCAR and ‘The Masters’ Abound After Tiger Woods Ruling

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

By Richard Allen
This may well go down as a day in which the folks at the Augusta National Golf Club look back upon with great pride. It is the day in which their prestigious tournament, The Masters, was compared to NASCAR.  Those comparisons began come in after a ruling was made on Saturday morning that Tiger Woods would […]

Will Jimmie Johnson Domination Turn Fans Off?

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

By Richard Allen
Every week, I ask fans to grade the Sprint Cup race for the purpose,in teacher-like fashion, of preparing a report card after each six weeks. The past two events(Bristol and Fontana) have received exceedingly high marks from respondents. The Martinsville grades and the first six weeks report card will be out soon.
But prior […]

Remember When Danica Was Going to Save NASCAR?

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

By Richard Allen
I have been a fan of NASCAR for as long as I can remember, and unfortunately, that’s a pretty long time. It’s in my blood to be a fan of the sport. My dad was an old dirt tracker back in the day and he named after Richard Petty when I was born […]