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The case of Danica and Newman shows how little performance matters in racing

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

 
By Richard Allen
All my be fair in love and war, but very little is fair in racing. That is especially true of modern day, sponsor driven racing.
For proof of that, just take a look at this past weekend in the NASCAR Sprint Cup event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ryan Newman pulled off an emotional […]

Joey Coulter Getting Dirty to Improve His Racing Skill Set

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

 
By Richard Allen
What would cause a regular on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to venture deep into the mountains of upper east Tennessee during an off weekend? Joey Coulter did just that this past Saturday night when he competed in the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals at the Tazewell Speedway in a dirt late model.
“Seat time,” Coulter […]

Eldora Trucks and Indy Nationwide Illustrate Reasons Why Lower Divisions Should Stand Alone

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

By Richard Allen
This past week, NASCAR sanctioned two of the most contrasting events imaginable. On Wednesday night, the Camping World Truck Series ran a stand alone event at a unique venue in front of a crowd charged with electricity. Then on Saturday afternoon, the Nationwide Series conducted an event on a Sprint Cup track that was […]

A List of Some Helpful Dirt Racing Terms for the Truck Race at Eldora

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

 By Richard Allen
No doubt, many NASCAR fans will be watching a type of racing that is somewhat new to them on Wednesday night at the Eldora Speedway when the Camping World Truck Series races on dirt. Since this will be the first time NASCAR has sanctioned a dirt race for one of its top divisions […]

What will be the ultimate impact of NASCAR sanctioning a dirt race?

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

By Richard Allen
Like many, I was excited months ago when NASCAR announced that its Camping World Truck Series would race on the dirt at the famed Eldora Speedway during the 2013 season. I am an avid dirt racing fan and last year attended over 50 dirt late model races as a reporter for my own […]

Empty Seats at the Nationwide Race in Chicago Look Bad for the Sport

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

By Richard Allen
No matter how good or bad the racing in Sunday’s STP 300 Nationwide Series event at the Chicagoland Speedway might have been(and it was pretty good overall), the overpowering image left in the minds of many is that of vastly empty grandstands shown by ESPN’s television cameras. This “stand alone” race on a track […]

This is probably not the best time for the Busch brothers to pick a fight with Ryan Newman

Monday, July 15th, 2013

 
By Richard Allen
When I think of Kurt and Kyle Busch mixing it up with Ryan Newman, I get an image from the movie “O Brother Where Art Thou?” in my mind. In that film, there was a scene in which the characters Everett and Delmar(played by George Clooney and Tim Blake Nelson) get into a […]

10 Reasons Why Jimmie Johnson Got Busted in New Hampshire Qualifying

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

 
By Richard Allen
As you have probably heard by now, Jimmie Johnson’s outside front row qualifying time was disallowed on Friday afternoon at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Chad Knaus led team had trouble getting through inspection prior to qualifying, which led to the violations found in post-qualifying inspection. Due to the #48 car being a bit too […]

Scanner chatter reveals odd driver/owner relationship at MWR

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

 
 By Richard Allen
“All’s well that ends well” might very well be the motto on Monday morning at Michael Waltrip Racing following this past weekend’s Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway. After all, team owner Michael Waltrip drove the organization’s #55 Toyota to a 5th place finish while Clint Bowyer piloted his #15 to […]

NASCAR Conundrum: Restrictor Plates Provide Close Racing and Danger

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

By Richard Allen
The same questions seem to arise leading up to and after every race held at the Daytona International Speedway and the Talladega Super Speedway. Is restrictor plate racing too dangerous? And, do the restrictor plates provide real racing?
It sounds strange listening to pre-race talk leading up to events such as the Subway Firecracker 250 […]

Kyle Busch: TRD has detuned some Toyota engines until issues are worked out

Friday, July 5th, 2013

 
By Richard Allen
Kyle Busch claimed the pole position for Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway to lead a Toyota contingent that took five of the top-7 spots in the starting lineup for the mid-summer classic. But despite that success for the foreign auto maker, the driver of the #18 car says […]

Dale Earnhardt, Jr’s career on plate tracks has been one of ups and downs

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

 
By Richard Allen
Once upon a time in NASCAR it was a certainty that when the Sprint Cup Series visited one of the giant restrictor plate tracks, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. would be listed as a favorite for the win. Much like his late father, Junior just seemed to have a knack for getting his car to […]

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