Race Weekend Central

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2008 Watkins Glen Race Recap

The Key Moment: Dale Earnhardt Jr. pitted under caution on lap 66, handing the lead to Kyle Busch – who would never come close to relinquishing it at Watkins Glen. In a Nutshell: Busch once again spanks the field handily, offering fans a chance for a nice late-summer nap. Dramatic Moment: Unfortunately, the only high drama …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: How a Smith (Not Bruton) is Making Life Easy for NASCAR Fans

The stock car racing community was shocked this May by longtime Charlotte promoter Humpy Wheeler’s abrupt departure from the SMI fold. When Bruton Smith named his own son Marcus to replace Wheeler, fans got a little nervous. I mean, when Bill France appointed his son Brian to run (or ruin) NASCAR. that didn’t go so …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Tony Stewart Boldly Goes Where No Sane Man Has Been Before

The announcement last Wednesday was hardly a surprise; the rumors had been circulating for months. But when Tony Stewart announced he was leaving Joe Gibbs Racing (an organization that has won three titles – two with Stewart – and eight of 18 races this season) to become half owner of Haas CNC Racing, I figured …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Is This Really Mark Martin’s Last Stand?

The jumbled pieces of this year’s silly season puzzle began falling together at Daytona this week, presenting a clearer picture of next year’s Cup lineup. It had already been announced that Casey Mears would be leaving Hendrick Motorsports and the No. 5 team next year. Rumors were rampant that the open seat in the No. …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Blow This Mother Up & Start Over With a New Stock Car Series

OK, I’ve reached the limits of my tolerance. Sunday’s race at New Hampshire was so terrible, I’ve finally given up on NASCAR ever being able to fix things. First and foremost, there doesn’t seem to be anyone within the organization smart enough to realize they have a real problem on their hands with this new …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2008 New Hampshire Summer Race Recap

The Key Moment: A Biblical downpour bought the sedate proceedings at New Hampshire to a mercifully quick ending, with Kurt Busch emerging as the winner in a high-paying game of musical chairs. In a Nutshell: A wholly unsatisfying ending to a wholly unsatisfying race. Dramatic Moment: There was a brief period of racing between Tony …

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