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Author Archives: Matt Stallknecht

Matt Stallknecht
Promoted to editor in 2014, Matt fights off rogue commas from our writing staff after rounding himself into a “young gun” racing expert. For the past two seasons, he’s penned the popular Four Burning Questions column (Weekends) highlighting the upcoming NASCAR race weekend. As an author for our open-wheel section, Matt also contributes to Open-Wheel Wednesdays and a substantial amount of race coverage and analysis. Matt, a native of Central New York also balances his duites with a full-time college course load. He’s a Senior at Le Moyne college this Fall.
Four Burning Questions in Dover: Johnson’s House and Eliminations

Four Burning Questions in Dover: Johnson’s House and Eliminations

Well, well, well, what do you know? Two races in, and so far, the 2014 edition of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship has been a success. Each race so far has been jam-packed with action, storylines, and drama, and with the first elimination of the Chase on tap for today’s round of the playoffs, that trend looks primed to continue. The Team Penske machines have demonstrated that they have the upper hand thus far as we reach ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions in New Hampshire: Keselowski’s Dominance and Chase Spoilers

Four Burning Questions in New Hampshire: Keselowski’s Dominance and Chase Spoilers

One race down, nine to go. The 2014 Chase kicked off with a bang last week, as Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson staged a three-way battle for the win that will be remembered for years to come. Few believed that Chicagoland Speedway could deliver a race as arresting as the one that took place last Sunday afternoon, and even fewer believe that New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the site of today’s race, has that capacity either. But if Chicagoland, ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions in Chicagoland: Sleeping Giants and Kicking the Chase off in Style

Four Burning Questions in Chicagoland: Sleeping Giants and Kicking the Chase off in Style

Well, it’s finally here. NASCAR’s new look version of the Chase is kicking off today with levels of pomp and circumstance that could rival even the best of a P.T. Barnum-run circus. All week long, the 16 Chasers traveled across North America as part of NASCAR’s tireless promotion of the new format. Today, we’ll get a glimpse of whether or not all of that hype was well-founded. As for the race itself, no one quite knows what to expect. With ... Read More »

2014 IndyCar Driver Reviews

2014 IndyCar Driver Reviews

Marco Andretti Team: Andretti Autosport Sponsor: Snapple Rank: 9th Wins: 0 Top 5s: 2 Top 10s: 2 One can’t help but feel like the 2014 season was something of a lost year for Marco Andretti and the #25 team. Much like in 2013, the team started off strong and was high in the series standings early in the season. But unfortunately, Andretti’s lack of road racing prowess once again reared its ugly head, and a series of mediocre mid-season runs ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions in Atlanta: Stewart’s Return and Busch’s Demise

Four Burning Questions in Atlanta: Stewart’s Return and Busch’s Demise

Race car drivers are much, much different from normal human beings. The action they engage in order to deal with difficult times in their life at times seem foreign to us. Consider the driver who has been violently ill in the weekend leading up to a race…and racing anyway because the driver “feels his best” behind the wheel. Then you have the driver who jumps in the race car just days removed from losing a loved one, saying that racing ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions in Bristol: Bristol’s Rebirth & Contentious Confrontations

Four Burning Questions in Bristol: Bristol’s Rebirth & Contentious Confrontations

It’s got history, it’s got action and it brings out the very best and very worst of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ drivers. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, tonight is the Bristol night race. Frankly, this event needs no introduction; the track’s history precedes itself. The race has long been one of the marquee races on the NASCAR calendar, and that will not be changing anytime soon. After a five year lull of dull races due to a repave in 2007, ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview: 2014 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma

IndyCar Preview: 2014 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma

Last year, midway through the 2013 IndyCar Series season, IndyCar head honcho Mark Miles vowed that as part of his plan to rejuvenate the sport of American open wheel racing, he would see to it that the IndyCar Series schedule would be chopped, screwed and condensed in an effort to raise week-to-week excitement and avoid late season competition with sporting juggernauts like the NFL and NASCAR. His plan has worked thus far: ratings are up nearly 98 percent (!!!) for ... Read More »

IndyCar Breakdown: 2014 Milwaukee IndyFest

IndyCar Breakdown: 2014 Milwaukee IndyFest

In a Nutshell: Will Power made the field look silly at a track he was supposed to struggle at, and in doing so inherited the championship points lead. Key Moment: The key moment of the race was perhaps on Friday afternoon when Will Power won the pole for the race. Power was hardly challenged during the race, leading 229 of the 250 laps. His pole run helped facilitate the in-race dominance that would follow. Highlight Reel: - Power’s only true ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions in Michigan: Stewart’s Absence and High Speed Perils

Four Burning Questions in Michigan: Stewart’s Absence and High Speed Perils

Racing is a dangerous sport. That is something that will never change for as long as cars are competitively raced against each other on circuit tracks. But over the years, we seem to have lost sight of this fact. When drivers crash into walls at over 200 mph and jump out of the car without a scratch, we delude ourselves into believing that these heroes we watch on a weekly basis are invincible. Unfortunately, tragic accidents are still a near inevitability in ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions in Watkins Glen: Scintilating Strategies and Ambrose’s Last Stand

Four Burning Questions in Watkins Glen: Scintilating Strategies and Ambrose’s Last Stand

The Sprint Cup Series is in scenic Watkins Glen, NY today for the 22nd round of the 2014 season, and for what will only be the second time this season, the drivers will be turning right. Watkins Glen International has developed into one of the finest circuits that the Sprint Cup Series visits, as the course perfectly blends high-speed oval-esque action with the much adored low-speed beating and banging that is inherent to stock car road racing. There is indeed ... Read More »