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Big Six: 2010 Shelby American

By Phil Allaway *Who…gets my shout out of the race?* My shout out for the race goes to *Marcos Ambrose* in the No. 47 Kingsford Toyota for JTG-Daugherty Racing. In the first two races of the season, Ambrose has failed to finish, both times due to *engine problems* (officially, overheating in Fontana, and an outright blown engine in Daytona). However, on Sunday, Ambrose was finally able to put together a full race distance. After starting 32nd, Ambrose slowly moved up ... Read More »

Turning Back the Clock- Shelby American Edition

By Phil Allaway Once again, we have a relatively recent addition to the Sprint Cup Series calendar with Las Vegas Motor Speedway this week. This makes it slightly more difficult to pull out a classic race for us to look at. If you base this decision on which races get replayed on TV by either ESPN Classic or SPEED, there are only a couple of choices. I am choosing ESPN Classic’s choice. That race was the 1999 Las Vegas 400, ... Read More »

Secret Star and Stat of the Week for Auto Club 500

Secret Star: Going into the 2010 Sprint Cup Series season, not many people (us writers included) knew what to expect out of Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) and their No. 36. Last season started out as a basic underdog story where Scott Riggs raced the-then un-sponsored No. 36 Toyota into the Daytona 500, where he finished the rain-shortened event on the lead lap in 25th. After that, it was all downhill for the team. After finishing 36th in Fontana, Riggs failed ... Read More »

Johnson Wins the Auto Club 500 After Getting a Lucky Break

By Phil Allaway Back during Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway, Hendrick Motorsports’ teams didn’t look like their dominant selves. Jimmie Johnson suffered from a broken axle late in the race, forcing him to retire on lap 185, finishing 35th as a result. In Fontana, the status quo returned. Johnson had the best car on Sunday, leading eight times for a race high 101 laps. However, he needed incredible luck to regain the lead after dropping back. On lap 225, Johnson ... Read More »

News Recap for February 10, 2010

By Phil Allaway NASCAR Making Change to Green-White-Checker Procedure During safety meetings for participants of all three major series, NASCAR officials announced on Wednesday a change to the Green-White-Checker policy. Currently, there is one chance at a green flag finish. If there is a yellow for any reason after the green is flown, the race is automatically over. The new policy would allow for multiple attempts if the yellow flag comes out before the white flag does. However, if something ... Read More »

Talking NASCAR TV: ESPN’s Knockout Punch Gives Reid His Chance

Talking NASCAR TV: ESPN’s Knockout Punch Gives Reid His Chance

Hello, readers. I'm back for entry No. 45 in a limitless series in which I look into the TV telecasts for NASCAR. This will not be a long piece, or even a critique, in general. This is more of a reaction piece. As many of you already know, ESPN announced on Wednesday that Dr. Jerry Punch will no longer handle play-by-play duties in the booth for Sprint Cup races. Instead, Marty Reid will take over the role starting at the Brickyard 400 in July. In addition, Reid will be in the broadcast booth for what is described as "many of the network's NASCAR Nationwide Series telecasts." Read More »

Like It Or Not, The Danica Express Is Coming To Save A NASCAR Near You

Like It Or Not, The Danica Express Is Coming To Save A NASCAR Near You

Well, with Tuesday's announcement (not broadcast on television, but streamed online at GoDaddy.com) that Danica Patrick will run a limited schedule in the Nationwide Series in 2010, along with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Re/Max and Menards race at Daytona on February 6, the question of whether Danica will try stock cars or not is finally answered. I'm personally happy that this media blitz is now over. However, now that the word is out, the prognostication will begin. How will Danica adjust to stock cars with extremely limited testing? History is not on Danica's side here. Drivers that have come from the open wheel ranks (IndyCar Series, the former CCWS) to NASCAR have typically struggled early on. Jimmy Vasser only made two Busch starts in 2003, although he did run well at Daytona until getting taken out in Mike McLaughlin's crash. Dario Franchitti's struggles last season in the No. 40 in Sprint Cup were a stark contrast to his past success. Paul Tracy never produced all that much in his few NASCAR starts. Scott Speed has struggled in Sprint Cup, as has Sam Hornish Jr., and even Juan Pablo Montoya has struggled at times since he came to stock cars at the end of 2006. Read More »

Talking NASCAR TV: Championship Overkill

Talking NASCAR TV: Championship Overkill

Greetings, race fans and welcome to this week's critique, entry No. 43 in a long running series where I look into the quality of the race broadcasts. We've got a lot to talk about, so let's get right into it. On Friday night, the Truck Series held their season finale race, the Ford 200. SPEED televised the race with their typical crew of Rick Allen, Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip in the booth. However, there were a couple of additional guests during the race. Michael's older brother Darrell decided to come on down and join in on the festivities. More on this later. Read More »

Talking NASCAR TV: The Championship Is A Big Story — But Not THAT Big

Talking NASCAR TV: The Championship Is A Big Story — But Not THAT Big

Hello, race fans and welcome to my critique, entry No. 42 in a long series in which we look into the quality of NASCAR's TV Broadcasts. This week: Phoenix. Of course, before we get into the nitty gritty of the weekend's racing, there are a couple things I want to mention. First of all, two weeks ago, I mentioned that I was going to give a short review of NASCAR Performance last week. I did write the critique, but finished it a little too late for it to be included in last week's critique (I did mention this in the comments section from last week). So, without further ado, here are my thoughts on the episode of NASCAR Performance from Texas, originally aired on November 7. Read More »

Talking NASCAR TV: ESPN, We Know Johnson Wrecked. Thank You…

Talking NASCAR TV: ESPN, We Know Johnson Wrecked. Thank You…

Hello, race fans, and welcome to my weekly critique, entry No. 41 in an ongoing series in which I look into the TV broadcasts that we watch on a weekly basis. This week, NASCAR's top three series were all at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. However, there are a couple of things that must be addressed before we start. First of which, as you may know, NASCAR's PR Director, Ramsey Poston, last week gave his two cents about ESPN's coverage at Talladega. In his short comments on the 'NASCAR Says' blog at nascar.com, Poston claimed that the ESPN crew was disappointed with the action at Talladega and let their feelings pour over into the broadcast. Well, we're not going to rehash Talladega here, but this is stuff that I mentioned last week. I can never tell with ESPN whether it is actual despair about the race or just the way the broadcast is planned out. Read More »