NASCAR’s Mile-and-a-Half Track Dilemma

By Jason Schultz

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Many NASCAR fans feel the Sprint Cup Series has an excess number of mile-and-a-half tracks on the schedule. Mile-and-a-half tracks don’t seem to feature the close, competitive racing that super speedways, short tracks and road courses have offered fans. NASCAR is always looking for fan input on the series, but one suggestion it seems is not being addressed, is that some fans are no longer wanting as many mile-and-a-half tracks on the schedule. Continue reading

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AAA Texas 500 Preview

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By Jason Schultz

Race Info

Date- Sunday November 4th, 2012

Location- Fort Worth, Texas

Start time- 3:16 PM EST/ 2:16 PM CT

Distance- 334 Laps, 501 Miles

Broadcast TV- ESPN

Broadcast Radio- PRN Continue reading

Fan4Racing’s Fan2Fan NASCAR Talk – Replay October 8, 2012

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This week’s show is about…

    • Talladega and the “Big One” & Chase Tracker
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr’s post-race comments about Talladega racing
    • The 2013 Car and Plate Racing for next year
    • 2013 Changes to Qualifying – Elimination of the Top 35 Rule
    • Busch Brothers and their winning streaks at jeopardy
    • Kurt Busch Parked at Talladega – NASCAR considering penalty & his last race with James Finch/Phoenix Racing
    • Regan Smith running select races with Phoenix Racing beginning at Charlotte next weekend
    • Tell us what racing related topic you want to talk about on Fan4Racing’s Fan2Fan NASCAR Talk

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October 8, 2012

The ‘Dega a Chase Wildcard

By Rich Foust

The Chase enters its fourth race at the track that, in the blink of an eye, can make or break the dreams of a championship for any driver and his team.

Talladega Superspeedway is located north of Talladega, Alabama, on ground formerly known as Anniston Air force base.

This track is a tri-oval and is known for its steep banking and unusual location of the start finish line. Talladega is NASCAR’s longest track at 2.66 miles. Turns 1 and 2 are banked at 33 degrees, turn 3 at 32.4 degrees, turn 4 at 32.5 degrees and the back straight is at a mere 3 degrees .

The lap record was set in 1987 by Bill Elliott at 44.998 seconds and still stands unchallenged today.

Originally named Alabama International Motor Speedway, the track opened on September 13, 1969, at a cost of 4 million dollars.

The first race at Talladega did not go as planed due to tire issues. Most all drivers walked away from their cars and substitute drivers filled those seats, except for Bobby Isaac, who ran his qualifying laps, before climbing out of his car to never return again. Although there were many issues during the race, it ended in a historic three-wide finish, with Richard Brickhouse as the winner.

Other drivers to get their first win at Talladega are Brian Vickers and Brad Keselowski.

‘Dega, as it’s affectionately called, is known for its high speed chess match type of racing. Tight, close racing, more often then not, leads to “The Big One,” which looms over every driver’s mind from the green flag to the inevitable crash that can take out half the field.

As a by-product of this style of racing, the race this Sunday at Talladega, could be a game changer for all Chase contenders – good or bad.

So fans, put some extra padding on the edge of your chair, because it’s more than likely, this is where you’ll spend most of the race this weekend. Talladega is the most exciting, yet unpredictable race of The Chase.

Ask Rich your NASCAR technical questions and he’ll answer them in his weekly blog.  Reply below with your question or via email to Rich@ChicagolandFans4Racing.com

Fan4Racing’s Fan2Fan NASCAR Talk – October 1, 2012 Replay

We had a great discussion & some awesome people on Monday night’s show… Listen to the replay of …                  this week’s show

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    • Dover’s AAA 400 – The good, the bad and the ugly
    • NASCAR’s Wave Around Rule – Should it be changed?
    • Talladega’s up next – winners & losers in this wild card race of the Chase
    • Top-three championship contenders – Keselowski, Hamlin, Johnson – Can anyone else break into top-three?
    • What’s up with Roush Fenway Racing?
    • Q&A Tech Talk with Rich
    • Andrew’s race day at NHMS
    • Tell us what racing related topic you want to talk about on Fan4Racing’s Fan2Fan NASCAR Talk

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September 10, 2012
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Chase Tracker for the Sprint Cup – New Hampshire

Chase Tracker for the Sprint Cup continues with the second race of the Chase, the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend

Here’s the rundown on what’s going on with each of the Chase contenders and the Best of the Rest after the first Chase race at Chicagoland Speedway. Continue reading