Race Weekend Central

Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Bruton Smith & Your Cheating Heart

You have to love the way Bruton Smith and SMI operate. After his savage late-race wreck at Vegas, Jeff Gordon called out track owner Bruton Smith. Gordon said the infield opening wall area where he’d crashed was dangerous. He said the track needed to install the SAFER barriers on any unprotected concrete wall on the …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: What is Right with NASCAR Racing

More than occasionally, I am chided by readers for being too negative about the sport I cover. I am labeled a prophet of gloom and doom; though all too often, my predictions have borne out. That raises a question in some reader’s minds as to why I continue covering a sport that gets me so …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: So Begins NASCAR’s Task

The NASCAR Cup circuit spends nearly two weeks at Daytona each February. The 500 and the preliminary events leading up to the big race generate a lot of hype. The new season is starting and the drivers, teams and fans are excited. The media starts cranking things up after a long winter nap. And, oddly …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2008 Gatorade Duel 150s at Daytona Race Recaps

Race One The Key Moment: Reed Sorenson teamed up with Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final restart and the duo drove away from the field. Truthfully, as strong at the No. 88 car looked, Earnhardt probably didn’t need help. In a Nutshell: The cars might be OK, and the tires might be OK, but those …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Everyone’s Opinion Matters in NASCAR

Somewhere in the hurricane of publicity surrounding Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s move to Rick Hendrick’s organization over NASCAR’s offseason, some comments made by Brian France about the upcoming year were lost. In one of those comments, France stated that perhaps the sanctioning body had been a bit too hasty in handing out penalties for less than …

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