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Isn’t it strange how much NASCAR news came out around Thanksgiving?

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

By Richard Allen
The week of Thanksgiving is known for being incredibly busy for many people. The day before the holiday is known for being the busiest travel day of the year. Thanksgiving Day itself is known for for family, food and football. The day after the traditional Thursday happening is known for being the busiest […]

Black Friday specials on NASCAR themed products

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

By Richard Allen
The day after Thanksgiving, known as ‘Black Friday’ to those who work in the retail industry, is a time when shoppers trek out early in the morning to find great deals on the Christmas gifts they intend to give to the loved ones in their lives. If that special someone happens to be […]

Debating whether or not NASCAR drivers are athletes distracts from bigger issues

Monday, November 25th, 2013

By Richard Allen
Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb recently said that he didn’t consider Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, or any race car driver, to be an athlete. This debate has come up before whenever there is talk of declaring a NASCAR driver to be the ‘Athlete of the Year’ or some other such title.
McNabb’s comments certainly […]

NASCAR’s Gen6: A Work in Progress or All Flash and No Substance?

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

 By Richard Allen
The 2013 Sprint Cup season began with NASCAR introducing a “new” car to the sport. The much reviled Car of Tomorrow was to be replaced by the fresher sixth generation racer, or the Gen6. According to those who run the sport, this car was to offer a look that would show real distinctions […]

Chad Knaus making a good case to be called greatest crew chief in NASCAR history

Monday, November 18th, 2013

By Richard Allen
Jeff Gluck of USA Today posted a piece in that paper on Monday morning calling Jimmie Johnson the greatest NASCAR driver of all time. This coming on the heels of the driver claiming his sixth Sprint Cup championship on Sunday at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The writer pointed out that Johnson’s ability to pile […]

Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte and Jeff Burton have served NASCAR well

Friday, November 15th, 2013

By Richard Allen
Sunday’s race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway will mark the end of an era for NASCAR to some degree. With no one seemingly in any sort of hurry to sign Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte and Jeff Burton to a full contract for 2014, this will likely be the end of these three championship caliber drivers […]

Why don’t more fans like Jimmie Johnson?

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

By Richard Allen
Typically, when an athlete dominates a sport, he develops a large following of (for lack of a better term) bandwagon fans. Hats, jerseys and other items spring up all over the place with that player’s name or number emblazoned on it. The same can usually be said about teams that go on formidable […]

Will Jimmie Johnson’s big lead impact TV ratings of NASCAR season finale?

Monday, November 11th, 2013

By Richard Allen
Jimmie Johnson came out of Sunday’s NASCAR race in Phoenix with a big lead in the championship standings and is now the clear favorite to win the 2013 Sprint Cup title. With a 28 point advantage over Matt Kenseth and 34 points on Kevin Harvick, all the driver of car #48 has to do in […]

Kenseth’s poor run puts Johnson in the driver’s seat for sixth title

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

By Richard Allen
Whatever Matt Kenseth’s worst nightmare might have been coming into Sunday’s Sprint Cup race in Phoenix, it came true. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver, who is seeking his second NASCAR championship, experienced a miserable run that dealt a devastating blow to his chances with only one race remaining in the 2013 season.
Kenseth battled […]

Kevin Harvick seems to thrive on adversity

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

By Richard Allen
Kevin Harvick winning the Sprint Cup race in Phoenix on Sunday should not have come as a surprise to anyone. After all, the guy just seems to thrive on adversity. And there has been plenty of it in his life of late.
When the often volatile driver got into an on track bumping match followed […]

Might Johnson or Kenseth benefit from team orders over the next two weeks?

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

By Richard Allen
In response to a piece I posted on Wednesday evening(Kenseth vs Johnson just doesn’t seem like a rivalry), one of my readers posted a comment in which he stated his belief that Toyota drivers might very well offer assistance to Matt Kenseth in an effort to help him win that manufacturer’s first Sprint Cup […]

Kenseth vs Johnson just doesn’t seem like a rivalry

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

By Richard Allen
Unless something really strange happens, either Matt Kenseth or Jimmie Johnson is going to walk away from the current season as the Sprint Cup champion. And with the 2013 season working its way down to a two man race for the championship, there is the natural tendency to call the combatants rivals. However, […]

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