Crash Video of the Week: Bobby Allison at Talladega

Bobby Allison's barrel roll down the frontstretch at Talladega in 1987 is among the more consequential wrecks in NASCAR history -- because of it, NASCAR mandated that horsepower-sapping restrictor plates be used at Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway. Having only heard and read about the crash over the years, it's interesting to finally see the video -- yes, it's a spectacular wreck and it's truly a wonder that Allison's car didn't end up in the grandstand ...

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Formula 1 Modifies Its Points System

NASCAR's points system rewards consistency almost as much as it does winning. An unhappy consequence of that is "points racing," whereby a driver will protect, say, his spot in eighth and the points that come along with a decent finish rather than dig to finish higher. And if The Chase for the Championship was designed to blunt that phenomenon, it still exists.Obviously, other racing series have been confronted with similar issues; and on Tuesd ...

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Charlie Villanueva Shows NASCAR the Way

By now, perhaps you've heard that Milwaukee Bucks' forward Charlie Villanueva (above left) posted to his Twitter page during halftime of a game against the Boston Celtics on Sunday. And while Bucks' coach Scott Skiles wasn't pleased with his player's decision, it gives me an idea ...NASCAR ratings are down, there's an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with the quality of racing, cautions are up ... let's have NASCAR drivers post to their Twitter pages during the race! At least dur ...

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Hey, Robby Gordon: Second Place is Still First Loser!

Last weekend, Robby Gordon finished second in the SCORE Trophy-Truck class of the Baja 250, an off-road race in Mexico's Baja California desert. Or maybe he didn't. Turns out, Mr. Gordon might have kind of, you know ... cheated just a wee bit.According to a press release at DirtNews.com, "several top racing teams" filed a protest against Gordon, saying that he took a four-mile shortcut in order to pass fellow competitor Ed Herbst, who claims to have witnessed ...

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David Reutimann is Making Some Waves

Bristol and Martinsville, the two shortest tracks on the NASCAR circuit, are challenging under the best of circumstances. That they are the next two on the schedule puts that much more pressure on those teams desperate to remain among the all-important top 35 in points.According to The Charlotte Observer’s David Poole, 39 of the 54 drivers who have made the Chase in its first five years have been among the top 12 after four races. Among the drivers fighting for their top 35 lives after f ...

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This Week’s Nominee For ‘Stat Least Likely To Mean Anything’

In a 21st-century world overwhelmed by data and numbers and all manner of superfluous information, this one, this one right here, is at least a nominee in the category of Statistics Least Likely To Mean Anything In The Real World.  According to a pearl at Jayski.com, Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all Sprint Cup drivers with 1,468 points over the last 10 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. That's 50 more than Kevin Harvick has earned over the same span!Obviously, this nugget is ...

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NASCAR Versus March Madness

This coming Sunday could prove to be an interesting one for NASCAR. Or, rather, next Monday could prove to be interesting for NASCAR. Monday, of course, is when overnight TV ratings are released ... and, on the heels of the less-than-stellar numbers out of Atlanta, it will be interesting to see how this weekend's race at Bristol Motor Speedway (above) does against the competition.On the face of it, things stack up pretty well for NASCAR. Bristol is a legendary short track, ...

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Enough With All This Start-and-Park Nonsense

Journo, the anonymous writer who is a main contributor to  NASCARInsiders.com, has added his/her own views to the start-and-park debate. While this writer offers some valid arguments to suggest that the whole issue is overblown, Journo is too quick to write-off the frustrations of teams like Tommy Baldwin Racing and Jeremy Mayfield Motorsports.After dismissing start-and-park as a fairly inconsequential aspect of the sport and one that ...

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Monday Morning After … an Off-Weekend Blog Dump

Among other things, the open weekend and an apparent -- and surprising -- absence of video has helped keep the Jimmy Watts and the Wayward Tire storyline alive for at least a few more days. And, in obvious defiance of logic and good sense, people in and around Richard Petty Motorsports remain confident about the future. Can you identify the future Cup driver in the photo above?* No conclusive video of Jimmy Watts? Really? (The Daly Planet)* I want some of whatever it is the guys at Richar ...

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This Post Has Nothing To Do With Jimmy Watts

But it has everything to do with NASCAR's television ratings, which, though not over the proverbial cliff, do continue to slide. The most recent bad news comes from Atlanta, where the number was down 14% from 2008 (but still six percent higher than 2007). Certainly, there is all manner of spin applied to this black magic to explain and justify -- NASCAR demonstrably outperforms the NBA and the PGA, for example -- and, yes, NASCAR remains a broadcast powerhouse. Th ...

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