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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: New Hampshire-2 Race Recap

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: New Hampshire-2 Race Recap

_Staff Note: Welcome back, Matt!_ *The Key Moment* – With two laps to go Clint Bowyer ran out of fuel, handing the lead and the win to Tony Stewart. *In a Nutshell* – Turnabout is fair play. Last Fall, Stewart ran out of gas heading to the white flag at NHMS and Bowyer was able to capitalize on the error to take a win. *Dramatic Moment* – Well, if you like watching people run out of gas you must be orgasmic after the last two races. Read More »

Bowles Thinks For Matt: Chicagoland Race Recap

Bowles Thinks For Matt: Chicagoland Race Recap

_Editor's Note: Matt McLaughlin is still suffering from health-related issues. As soon as we have a firm date on his return, you'll be the first to know! In the meantime, please continue to send your "Get Well" messages to matt.mclaughlin@frontstretch.com; we know how much he appreciates your support as his recovery continues._ *The Key Moment:* Tony Stewart had the pit crew to give him track position on his final stop of the race, the speed to get past Matt Kenseth on the restart and a little extra Sunoco to survive when almost all his rivals ran out of gas. Read More »

Bowles Thinks For Matt: Richmond-2 Race Recap And Analysis

*The Key Moment:* Kevin Harvick caught a late caution, creeped in front of Jeff Gordon on pit road, then held off an assault by Cheez-It Crackers (err, Carl Edwards) to win one of the most bizarre short track races in recent memory. *In A Nutshell:* The almanac says a full moon over Richmond happens tonight. That, my friends, would be the second in 72 hours. Need I say more? *Dramatic Moment:* At times, we were at Kardashian-like levels. Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch sure lit the night on fire, trying to wreck each other out although the No. 48 clearly got the short end of that stick. But perhaps the biggest drama happened eight laps in, when Clint Bowyer lost it under David Reutimann, spun and collected nearly a dozen drivers. Denny Hamlin and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. were among the victims, Chase contenders forced to sweat it out with cars more suited for your local junkyard the rest of the race. Read More »

Bowles Thinks For Matt: Atlanta Race Recap & Analysis

*The Key Moment:* With two laps left, a slip-sliding, hard-charging Jimmie Johnson misjudged turn 4 just enough to break loose. He kept the car in one piece, but Jeff Gordon scooted away to score his 85th career NASCAR victory – good enough for third all-time behind Richard Petty and David Pearson. *In A Nutshell:* Old mentor teaches former student a thing or two, the last twist in one of the more action-packed races held on a 1.5-mile oval in recent memory. Read More »

Bowles Thinks Out Loud For Matt: Bristol Night Race Edition

Bowles Thinks Out Loud For Matt: Bristol Night Race Edition

_Editor's Note: Matt McLaughlin continues to be out with health-related issues, so our Managing Editor Tom Bowles filled in for him this week. Want to send Matt a get well note? "Click here,":http://www.frontstretch.com/contact/14348/ fill out the contact form and Matt will be sure to see it as he heals up!_ *The Key Moment:* Brad Keselowski beat Jeff Gordon off pit road during the race’s final caution, blew by two-tire Martin Truex, Jr. on the final restart and made the rest of the Bristol field look like they were the ones driving drunkenly impaired on Miller Lite. Gordon tried to catch him, but alas, Bristol is the new half-mile Fontana: fresher tires made little difference while aero and track position took center stage – even at 15 seconds a lap. Read More »

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: Michigan-2 Race Recap

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: Michigan-2 Race Recap

_Editor's Note: Matt McLaughlin's under the weather this week, so our Vito Pugliese filled in. Cross your fingers, send him a get well note and hopefully he'll be happy, healthy and writing again by Thursday!_ *The Key Moment* – *Kyle Busch* chose the outside lane on a green-white-checkered restart to keep Jimmie Johnson at bay. He cleared him within the first ten seconds under green and... that was it. The outside line is now the preferred line on speedways, just so long as the car in the right lane clears the inside one before he gets sucked around. Add in a little aero push for Johnson, some horsepower under the hood for Busch and the No. 18 cruised to Victory Lane. Read More »

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: Watkins Glen Race Recap

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: Watkins Glen Race Recap

*The Key Moment* – On the first green-white-checker restart, Kyle Busch overdrove turn 1, was unable to keep his car in the preferred groove on exit, and opened the door for Brad Keselowski and Marcos Ambrose to slip by. That left the two of them to settle the win amongst themselves; through the bus stop, Ambrose pounced, making the pass and riding off into the sunset for his first career Cup win. *In a Nutshell* – After months of anticipation following a Sonoma race that had everyone and their mother dubbing road racing “the new Bristol,” the Cup Series' annual trip to the Glen ended up being a fast-paced stroll through the hills of New York. At least until... Read More »

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: Pocono-2 Race Recap

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: Pocono-2 Race Recap

*The Key Moment* – Kyle Busch got so preoccupied with Jimmie Johnson’s attempted divebomb pass to the inside, a quick move on Turn 1 of the final restart they both flat out let Brad Keselowski get away. *In a Nutshell* – It wasn’t very exciting, there wasn’t a lot of passing and rain caused a two-hour delay but at _least_ the winner wasn’t determined by fuel mileage. Read More »

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: Brickyard 400 Race Recap

*The Key Moment *– With three laps to go Paul Menard had saved enough fuel he could relight the afterburners and hold off a hard-charging Jeff Gordon for the final few laps. *In a Nutshell *– A popular first time win by a young man whose family is inextricably linked with the Speedway helps mask the fact this was yet another race decided by fuel strategy, not racing. *Dramatic Moment* – With all their collective racing experience I’m not sure how Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and David Ragan decided going four-wide into the corner with rookie Landon Cassill was going to be a good idea. It wasn’t. Drivers like Kasey Kahne and Carl Edwards paid the price. Read More »

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: Loudon-1 Race Recap

*The Key Moment* – Ryan Newman managed to clear Clint Bowyer on fresher tires immediately following a lap 229 restart and never looked back, scoring his third career victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with ease. *In a Nutshell* – Sprint Cup racing, thy name is track position. *Dramatic Moment* – Tony Stewart did everything in his power to tear back through the field and add some tension to his teammate's parade up front, but ended up a few laps short of being able to seriously threaten the No. 39 for the victory. Though Kurt Busch did give him a fight with around 50 to go. Read More »