• UNCONVENTIONAL WISDOM: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway unveiled its new and much needed new scoring pylon for the Crown Royal 400. But here are the stats that got my attention -- It's only the third scoring tower in IMS history. The first was built in 1959 and not replaced until 1994, an unbelievably long gap. Then another 20 years before this new one. Decades between upgrades of such important things as this is one reason IMS has lost fans.

Monday, March 05, 2012

PHOENIX WEEK IN REVIEW

I'm posting Sunday night after covering the Subway 500k at Phoenix International Raceway. I've listed a selection of links below if you'd like to read some of my Arizona Republic stories.

One important bit of news coming this week is the Hendrick Motorsports' appeal of NASCAR penalties to Chad Knaus, etc. My impression -- from what I was told off-the-record last weekend, and reading between the lines of some on-the-record comments, as well as assessing body language, is whatever penalty Knaus and team may end up with will not be to the degree originally announced.

Monday notebook (Monday Night NASCAR TV, etc.) --
http://www.azcentral.com/sports/speed/articles/2012/03/04/20120304nascar-more-weeknight-racing-after-daytona-500.html

Monday, Jimmie Johnson sidebar --
http://www.azcentral.com/sports/speed/articles/2012/03/04/20120304nascar-jimmie-johnson-phoenix-loose-wheel.html


Sunday Q&A with A.J. Allmendinger --
http://www.azcentral.com/sports/speed/articles/2012/03/03/20120303qampa-nascar-sprint-cup-driver-aj-allmendinger.html

Sunday notebook (Kurt Busch, jet dryers, etc.) --
http://www.azcentral.com/sports/speed/articles/2012/03/03/20120303nascar-kurt-busch-hoping-phoenix-racing-will-help-him-rise.html

Sunday, Sadler wins Nationwide race --
http://www.azcentral.com/sports/speed/articles/2012/03/03/20120303nascar-nationwide-phoenix-elliott-sadler.html

Saturday notebook (Chad Knaus, etc.) --
http://www.azcentral.com/sports/speed/articles/2012/03/02/20120302nascar-chad-knaus-surprised-by-suspension.html

Friday notebook (Roger Penske, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, etc. You won't read this lead anywhere else) --
http://www.azcentral.com/sports/speed/articles/2012/03/02/20120302nascar-phoenix-roger-penske-switch-ford-sprint-cup-series.html

Thursday notebook (Matt Kenseth, Kenny Francis, Rusty Wallace, etc.) --
http://www.azcentral.com/sports/speed/articles/2012/02/29/20120229matt-kenseth-best-buy-nascar.html

Wednesday notebook (Track prep, fuel injection, etc.) --
http://www.azcentral.com/sports/speed/articles/2012/02/28/20120228nascar-pir-delays-wont-slow-us.html

[ more next Monday . . . ]