Nascar Win, Lose or Draw: Coke Zero 400

  [caption id="attachment_684580" align="aligncenter" width="520"] Courtesy: Richard Petty Motorsports[/caption] Finally. After weeks of writing about it, it finally happened. A longshot, Aric Almirola, won a 2014 Sprint Cup race, chaining the Chase landscape and making for a memorable and rain-shorterend weekend. Here's the Bert Convy inspired breakdown. (more...) ...

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Onward, Upward For Allmendinger, JTG Daugherty

Great stories are a part of what makes sports great. You have your stories of competitors rising to greatness from humble beginnings. There's the David vs. Goliath story lines, where a seemingly over-matched challenger topples a heavily favored champion. Let's also not forget the stories of fulfilled potential, of strategic brilliance, and stories of redemption. After making headlines of an unwanted variety, it's heartwarming to see A.J. Allmendinger quietly spark a trend of progress at ...

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THE REAL REASONS FOR KASEY KAHNE’S DEPARTURE

Kasey Kahne left RPM under a shroud of mystery: Was it team finances?  Bruised ego? Is Kahne Doomed? Was it a power play by management?  While those factors played a small part, the real reasons for Kahne's departure go much deeper.   Kahne had a great sponsor, women love him and yet he walked away from the Budweiser No. 9 with five races to go.  Here are the top five reasons why.   Reason #1: The Stereo Situation Kahne was incensed at his team-imposed ban from pu ...

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KAHNE CALLS SPLIT MUTUAL, MOVES ON

MARTINSVILLE, Va._ Just days after being released from Richard Petty Motorsports, Kasey Kahne addressed the media with his new organization Red Bull Racing. Joined by Red Bull Racing vice president and general manager Jay Frye, Kahne discussed his relationship with RPM, how it broke down throughout this season and what he expects moving forward. “A lot of things happened this week,” Frye said. “Obviously, we’re really excited to get a head start on 2011 season. This is so ...

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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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ALLMENDINGER FLASHES PETTY COLORS

Watching Dover’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race brought back a pleasant sight. The usual sights were in order naturally. Kyle Busch claiming another win, a strong performance by Jimmie Johnson, and Kevin Harvick finishing well for Richard Childress Racing. The image I ended the day with was a competitive run by A.J. Allmendinger sporting a Richard Petty throwback paint scheme. I grew up as a Petty fan. When I was first exposed to motorsports as a young boy in the 1970s, my driver to root for w ...

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KAHNE GOES FROM THE KING TO THE EMPEROR

On a day in which Kelly Bires’ release from JR Motorsports dominated the morning Twitter feeds of those in the NASCAR circle, the tone of the conversation took a dramatic turn with the news that Kasey Kahne had signed a multi-year deal with Hendrick Motorsports. The most lucrative free agent on the NASCAR market, it was no surprise Kahne would be leaving Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of the 2010 season. What surprised almost everyone in NASCAR was that the 30-year-old signed the dea ...

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Richard Petty Motorsports Returns to Earth

 Barely one week ago at Daytona, Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) placed three cars in the top 10, led by AJ Allmendinger (above), who finished a career-best third. Like clockwork in the days that followed, racing fans were presented with a variety of warm and fuzzy stories, each of which revolved around a central theme: namely, isn't it nice to see the Petty name restored to the forefront of NASCAR?Yeah, well, about that -- RPM's glass slipper shattered Sunda ...

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The Pettys Might Want to Consider An Intervention

Having done my fair share of therapy in a vain attempt to work through anger and family-of-origin issues -- it didn't work -- I'm hesitant to weigh in on another family's squabbles or engage in armchair psychology. Look, I said I was hesitant ... I didn't say I wouldn't do it. Did you happen to see the answer Richard Petty gave to a question during a Dodge teleconference? The King's response to son Kyle's recent comments blasting what had ...

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