ALLMENDINGER SIGNS MULTIYEAR DEAL WITH RPM

Rumors were made official Friday morning when Richard Petty, Foster Gillett and AJ Allmendinger announced the team had signed a multiyear contract to keep Allmendinger in the No. 43 Ford. With Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler and possibly Paul Menard departing the organization at the end of the 2010 season, RPM was able to lock one of its current drivers for years to come. “I am really excited about my future here with Richard Petty Motorsports,” Allmendinger said. “It’s b ...

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WATKINS GLEN ODDS

This column is going to be short, and it has nothing to do with my thoughts on road racing.About 24 hours ago, my wife and I became parents for the first time. My daughter is clearly a racing fan. She came out crying, much like I did Sunday at Pocono after Greg Bifle ended the Ford losing streak. I’m now down a fake $125 entering Watkins Glen, a course with enough history to make my picks pretty simple. 30 fake dollars on Tony Stewart at 7/2: Dude owns this track. Whopper Man has won he ...

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WHY MENARD TO RCR MAKES SENSE

Reports surfaced earlier this week that current Richard Petty Motorsports driver Paul Menard is likely to make a move to Richard Childress Racing for the 2011 season. At the end of 2009, RCR was forced to cut back their four car team due to a lack of sponsorship, but SI.com's Tom Bowles explains at why expanding to a four car operation makes sense for RCR this time and why Menard is the perfect guy for the job. Possible Menard, RCR union might not be such a bad idea (SI.com) ...

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ATLANTA LOSES CUP DATE FOR 2011

According to a release issued by the speedway Thursday afternoon, Atlanta Motor Speedway will host only one Sprint Cup Series event in 2011. The speedway located about an hour south of downtown Atlanta has hosted two Sprint Cup Series events for 50 years. With the much anticipated announcement that Kentucky Speedway will be given a spot on the Sprint Cup schedule, Atlanta is the first of Bruton Smith’s Speedway Motorsports Inc. tracks to lose a date. "Atlanta Motor speedway has pr ...

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SHOULD A ROAD COURSE BE IN THE CHASE?

We approach Watkins Glen weekend, the second, and final, road race for the NASCAR Cup Tour. The series has a long history of road racing but always as a minority role in determining the champion. With the current title-deciding format the question is often posed: does a road course race belong in The Chase?Right now 36 points-paying events comprise the season schedule. The initial 26 set the 12 drivers to battle for the championship. Those dozen slug it out in the last 10 races for the coveted s ...

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