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Archive for January, 2014

NASCAR continues its alarming pattern of buzz seeking changes

Friday, January 31st, 2014

By Richard Allen
 NASCAR is not football. NASCAR is not basketball. NASCAR is not baseball.
Good, now that we have that cleared up we can move on. While the idea of playoffs and eliminations may work well for those sports, NASCAR was never meant for such. It just wasn’t, and to try and make it so will […]

NASCAR Announces Chase for the Sprint Cup Format Change

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 30, 2014) – NASCAR announced a new championship format today that will put greater emphasis on winning races all season long, expands the current Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field to 16 drivers, and implements a new round-by-round advancement format that ultimately will reward a battle-tested, worthy champion.
“We have arrived at […]

Kurt Busch and Gene Haas appear to be going in multiple directions together

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

By Richard Allen
 Kurt Busch has never been one to swim with the current, and it appears as if little has changed since he made the jump from Furniture Row Racing to Stewart-Haas Racing over the off season. The 2004 Sprint Cup champion has already made waves of sorts by stating that he has a “70% […]

Stewart-Haas Racing set up for great success or great implosion

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

This is one of several previews of Sprint Cup teams going into the 2014 season. Look for these pieces to be released every Tuesday and Thursday during the weeks leading up to the season opening Daytona 500. 
By Richard Allen
I don’t know about anyone else, but the Sprint Cup team I am most looking forward to […]

NASCAR’s supposed new Chase system is really just a joke, right?

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

By Richard Allen
In a story first posted by the Charlotte Observer late last week, details of a proposed new system to be used to determine the NASCAR Sprint Cup champion were unveiled. To say the least, the changes are very different from the Chase for the Sprint Cup format that has been used since 2004. And further, […]

NASCAR wouldn’t need so much tweaking if there hadn’t already been so much tweaking

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

 By Richard Allen
In a recent appearance on the Motor Racing Network, NASCAR chairman Brian France hinted that changes were on the way for the sport he has been charged with running for the past decade.
“We’re working on the (race) format of the future, maybe it’s a little bit different, maybe it’s more than a little,’’ France told those listening […]

NASCAR on TV: Are the Networks Really Giving 100%?

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

*I originally began this three part ‘NASCAR on TV’ series a couple of weeks ago and intended to run the final piece at that time but a technical glitch with the website prevented that. So, here is that final posting.
 By Richard Allen
In a frequently joked about moment during the 2013 NASCAR season, the sanctioning body “mandated” that its […]

Kudos to Steve Letarte on his decision to give up crew chief job

Friday, January 10th, 2014

By Richard Allen
Since 2011, Steve Letarte has had one of the most thankless jobs in racing. He has served as the crew chief for NASCAR’s most popular driver and has taken a certain amount of criticism for that role. At the same time, the job is one that could also be viewed as reaching the pinnacle of his […]

NASCAR on TV: What Impact is HDTV Having on Sports Attendance?

Monday, January 6th, 2014

By Richard Allen
Several years ago when HDTV was just beginning to come into its own, I remember hearing a commentator say that the new innovation would have a far greater impact on attendance at sporting events than anyone could imagine. I am beginning to wonder if he was right or if there are other factors […]

NASCAR on TV: Is DVR changing the way fans watch?

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

 By Richard Allen
During a recent edition of “Sports 180″ on Knoxville’s WNML radio station, co-host Will West made the observation that TV networks will spend big money to obtain the rights for broadcasting sports because they can point out to advertisers that viewers do not use their DVRs to record sports as often as they do so […]