Race Weekend Central

Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Reviewing TNT’s Summer Stretch

TNT’s six-week run as NASCAR’s broadcast partner ended with Saturday night’s (July 11) alleged race from Joliet. In my personal opinion and the opinions of the fans I speak to on a routine basis, the network acquitted themselves well during their six weeks and, if the coverage wasn’t perfect, it was head and shoulders above …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: NASCAR Hall’In Class

I’ve gotten a lot of email from readers asking me which five people I hope, or think, will make up the first set of inductees into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame. I’ve debated the topic with more than a few fans and have to agree that narrowing the group down to just five individuals is a …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: NASCAR – The Intimidator vs. The Irritator

Something remarkable happened Saturday night in Milwaukee. The Nationwide Series race featured a lot of side-by-side racing not only for the lead, but for positions in the top five and top 10 and throughout the field. With the majority of the Cup regulars, save Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch, a half continent away, some of …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: NASCAR Notes While Adrift in the Doldrums of June

Editor’s Note: For this week, Matt put together a few random notes on some of the major NASCAR storylines heading into this weekend. Let’s get right to it: Wow, no wonder TNT was able to outbid ABC and FOX for this stretch of the Cup schedule. Last week’s Michigan race was perhaps the most tepid …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: NASCAR Corps or Whores?

I’m getting a little dizzy here. NASCAR normally moves forward with glacial process when it comes to rule changes that at times make evolution look hasty. They’ll hold study groups and meetings, generate a ton of internal memos, send up a few trial balloons in the garage while maintaining plausible deniability, and then finally issue …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Jeremy Mayfield Innocent Until Proven Guilty

News broke shortly before last weekend’s Darlington race that owner/driver Jeremy Mayfield had tested positive for a banned substance after a random test conducted under NASCAR’s new drug program. Mayfield was the first driver to run afoul of that new testing program and, obviously, the news raised some eyebrows. Let me go on record as …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Appreciating The Lady in Black

This week, the Cup circuit heads to Darlington, S.C. for what will regrettably be its only stop at the “Track Too Tough To Tame” this season. Even given the awkward eve of Mother’s Day race date that no other track ever wanted, the fact they’ll be racing there this weekend still makes my heart rejoice. …

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