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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.
IndyCar Breakdown: The Honda Indy 2 in Toronto

IndyCar Breakdown: The Honda Indy 2 in Toronto

In a Nutshell: On what was easily the craziest race weekend of the year for INDYCAR, Sebastien Bourdais and Mike Conway usurped the usual suspects by each winning one of the two doubleheader races in the Streets of Toronto. Bourdais did it via sheer dominance, while Conway did it via cunning strategy and a little bit of luck. Either way, both found sweet victory on a weekend that onlookers of the sport will remember for a long time. Key Moment: As ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions on the Off-Week: Title Favorites, Silly Season Rumors, and Chase Predictions

Four Burning Questions on the Off-Week: Title Favorites, Silly Season Rumors, and Chase Predictions

It’s a rare off-week in NASCAR-land, and as the men and women who make up the Sprint Cup Series enjoy some well-earned vacation time, the sport’s observers are left to reflect on the season that’s been as we sit at the de facto halfway point of the schedule. The 2014 season has been an interesting one to say the least, with plenty of storylines and drama to keep everyone occupied until the Chase starts eight weeks from now. With 18 ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions in New Hampshire: Deja Vu for Keselowski’s #2?

Four Burning Questions in New Hampshire: Deja Vu for Keselowski’s #2?

New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the site of today’s round of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series action, round 18 to be exact. The race marks the halfway point in a season that has been filled with drama and surprises…much like last week’s cluster of a race in Daytona.  Aric Almirola found himself in a rain soaked Victory Lane after NASCAR called the endlessly-delayed race, netting him a likely Chase berth in the process. NHMS is another track that has the capacity to ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview: 2014 Iowa Corn Indy 300

IndyCar Preview: 2014 Iowa Corn Indy 300

Iowa Speedway is the site of this week’s round of IndyCar action. After a curious race in Pocono last week that shook up the championship landscape, series onlookers enter this weekend knowing that this is a critical event for all of the teams involved in the championship hunt. Certain teams, like that of Juan Pablo Montoya’s No. 2 Team Penske squad, are surging. Other teams, like the No. 28 Andretti Autosport outfit with driver Ryan Hunter-Reay, are struggling mightily. With ... Read More »

IndyCar Breakdown: 2014 Pocono IndyCar 500

IndyCar Breakdown: 2014 Pocono IndyCar 500

In a Nutshell: Juan Pablo Montoya continued his stellar form as of late and delivered a convincing victory in what is arguably the second biggest race on the INDYCAR calendar. Montoya won the pole for the race and then proceeded to duel with old CART rival Tony Kanaan in a grueling battle that was only interrupted by one caution. Montoya’s victory was his first since returning to INDYCAR earlier this year, thus putting him within striking distance of his teammates ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions at the Coke Zero 400

Four Burning Questions at the Coke Zero 400

The Daytona Night race. It is the jewel of NASCAR’s summer stretch. The race formerly known as the Firecracker 400 has been a staple of the NASCAR schedule for over three decades, and over time this race has grown to be one of the biggest and most prestigious races on the schedule. Admittedly, the past few weeks of NASCAR action have been tepid, to say the least. The 2014 season has been a great one overall, but the TNT stretch ... Read More »

Did You Notice? Kentucky’s Woes, Surging Rookies, and a Dominant Team Penske

Did You Notice? Kentucky’s Woes, Surging Rookies, and a Dominant Team Penske

Did You Notice? … The lack of passing on Saturday night? Kentucky lived up to its reputation once again this Saturday, and that reputation is not a positive one. The track has, quite frankly, been maligned since it joined the circuit in 2011. The inaugural event was plagued by horrific traffic problems due to a lack of proper infrastructure, and the on-track racing product since then has been just as bad as those traffic problems. Sunday’s race only featured 12 lead ... Read More »

Month of June a Showcase for both the Best and Worst of IndyCar

Month of June a Showcase for both the Best and Worst of IndyCar

The month of June was an interesting one for the Verizon IndyCar Series. In many ways, it was a showcase of both the best and the worst that the series has to offer. There were many highs, many lows, and much to learn from. IndyCar entered the month of June flying high. The series had just enjoyed what could only be described as it’s most successful month of May in recent memory. The inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis was a ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions – Kentucky: Rough Rides and Short Fields

Four Burning Questions – Kentucky: Rough Rides and Short Fields

Kentucky Speedway is the site of the seventeenth round of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, and with the halfway point of the season only one week away, we have a rather clear picture of who the contenders will be going forward as well as how the Chase may unfold. Kentucky is now entering it’s fourth season on the Sprint Cup circuit, and after three full races at the Sparta, KY facility, we have a pretty clear idea of what ... Read More »

INDYCAR Preview: Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston

INDYCAR Preview: Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston

After a rather lackluster race at Texas Motor Speedway three weeks ago, the Verizon IndyCar Series is back in full force this weekend a little bit further downstate in the streets of Houston. This weekend, which IndyCar has dubbed the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, will be another doubleheader race offering much like the one in Detroit one month ago. As such, a great deal of points are up for  grabs this weekend, and with the championship race ... Read More »