Tag Archives: Alan Kulwicki

Alan Kulwicki: Running Down A Dream

Though it was not all that long ago in the grand scheme of things, the Winston Cup circuit was very different back in the late '70s and early '80s. Back then, almost all the star drivers were still Southern-born and bred, most of them having started their careers racing late models on one of those storied old bullrings south of the Mason-Dixon line. A driver who showed promise might hope one day to land a ride with one of the "Good ol' boy" teams, like Junior Johnson's, Bud Moore's, or Richard Childress's. Certainly, if that driver ever expected to have a chance at running for the championship, it was thought he needed to land a ride with an established team. Then along came Alan Kulwicki. Not only was he born way north of the heart of Dixie in Greenfield, Wisconsin, his plan -- to start his own team and be an owner/driver -- was almost unheard of in that day. But Alan Kulwicki never did follow the beaten path. He blazed his own.

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Mirror Driving: Daytona Disappointment, Yellow Line Disgust, And Is Kenseth A Hall of Famer?

*The Daytona 500 had several controversial moments, but the biggest was the race being shortened by over 100 miles due to rain. Did NASCAR do the right thing by starting at the scheduled time, or should the green flag have been moved up so that the entire race could be run?* Mike: “Hey, fans: the first five innings of the seventh game of the World Series ran too long. We're going to call it now.” Tom: I think there's a big issue with the green flag starting at 3:45 PM. As for the race getting restarted, the rain was ... rain, guys. You couldn't do much about it. I was there, and there was no way they were getting the track dry once it started.

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Food For Thought: What’s Broken and What Works in NASCAR

*Broken: Dodge* If there has been a group more predestined for futility this year, it's the Dodge bunch. Their best car sits 13th in points, and not one Charger is in the Chase for the first time in five years. Their slump is even more surprising when you consider how the '08 season started off -- with Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch posting a 1-2 finish at the Daytona 500. That win, however, was a bit deceiving, as it was largely the result of a late-race restart which caused Newman to get plowed from behind at 185 mph by his teammate. Since then, Kasey Kahne posted a couple of wins in late Spring -- at Lowe’s Motor Speedway and Pocono -- to seemingly become a lock to make it into the Chase. As he has in years past, though, that suc-cess turned into suck-ing, as Kahne and his No. 9 team floundered down the stretch.

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Drivers I Never Got To See, But Wish I Had

This list of drivers I never saw but wish I had is about as unscientific as you’re going to get. I’ve not restricted myself at all in terms of criteria, and in a couple of cases, I quote from sources that know much more than I. Where relevant, I’ve explained my reasoning, so you know I'm just not pulling these things right out of thin air. Some choices are obvious and others may surprise you; so if you think I’m missing someone, write in and tell me why.

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Where’s The Beef? Chase For The Championship A Far Cry From Past Battles

With only one race remaining before the start of the 2007 Chase for the Nextel Cup, the race for 12th place has all been but decided, with Kevin Harvick needing to only finish 32nd or better to solidify his place in the Championship dash. While the Daytona 500 winner will start the race a whopping 670 points out of first place, he will end it no more than 50 points out of the top spot, courtesy of NASCAR's new seeding system, awarding 10 bonus points for a win to each driver in the top 12. Which raises a legitimate question: What exactly does a 700-point deficit convey anything remotely related to the term "champion"? Is this what it has come to? "The race for 12th"?

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That’s History Profile: Alan Kulwicki

As we head into Bristol this weekend, we are often reminded of some of the most memorable moments in NASCAR Kulwicki was born on December 14, 1954 in Greenfield, Wis. He was a pioneer in the sport, coming to NASCAR through the Midwest's ASA series, which produced such luminaries as Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin, and Dick Trickle. Kulwicki was one of the first drivers to complete college, graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1977, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Alan used his education and experience to his advantage; always getting more out of less, and doing things smarter than the other guy. Legendary car owner Junior Johnson was once asked which driver he would have wanted to drive for him that never did. The two names that came to mind were seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt, and Kulwicki. Johnson was convinced that having a driver who was just as (if not more) mechanically adept as he or the people he had assembling the car would have made them a force to be reckoned with.

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