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Matt McLaughlin's Thinkin' Out Loud: August Michigan Race Recap

Matt McLaughlin · Monday August 16, 2010


The Key Moment – Kevin Harvick pushed Denny Hamlin around Tony Stewart after the final restart, then on lap 189 passed the No. 11 car and drove off into the sunset.

In a Nutshell – I kind of feel like Charlie Brown saying, “You know what, it wasn’t such a bad little race after all,” but some of that is written off by the diminished expectations I bring to any Michigan event.

Dramatic Moment – The last thirty laps featured some decent racing amongst drivers and teams with various pit strategies, points agendas, and temperaments. Whether that was enough excitement to pay off a relatively brief three-hour time investment for the fans is open to debate.

What They’ll Be Talking About Around the Water Cooler This Week

If there’s something positive to be said about the Chase, and it’s a struggle, the fact a pair of drivers like Harvick and Hamlin can have at it gunning for a win, knowing they’re both already a virtual lock for “postseason” play is a good thing.

Kasey Kahne may have struggled in Sunday’s event after winning the pole, but he’s breathing easy off the track after Rick Hendrick finally settled on Kahne’s 2011 destination: Red Bull Racing.

Hey valet, mine’s the Challenger… er, Shelby … I mean, Lexus… oh, actually the Corvette. Once Dodge’s poster child, Kasey Kahne switched to Ford this season but will be driving a Red Bull Toyota the next in preparation for driving a Hendrick Chevy in 2012. Hopefully, he’s been given flashcards of the various manufacturers’ headlight decals in order to find his race car going forward.

Fontana lost a race to Kansas City. How about we take one of these Michigan race dates and move it to Rockingham? The crowds have been thin at Michigan before, but Sunday’s attendance was particularly embarrassing.

Well, at least this time Joey Logano didn’t hide behind his dad during a spirited post-race discussion. But he needs to get a little better at picking who to confront. It appeared Ryan Newman was ready to wrench the head off Logano’s skinny little neck and spit down the hole. (Yeah, yeah, I know the actual phrase, but my bosses are a little jumpy about that sort of shi… stuff.)

Does Kyle Busch produce more whine than the Napa Valley?

Has this ever happened before? With Kevin Conway out of a ride, there appears to be no further Rookie of the Year candidates this season. Paging Danica Patrick, please dial the courtesy phone prior to 2011.

Some drivers just seem to be unable to mutter anything other than banalities, sponsor plugs, and clichés in pre-race coverage. Thanks to Kurt Busch for his stunning insight that one’s waterfowls must be properly aligned prior to the Chase.

Whatever you think about Juan Pablo Montoya’s sunglasses, it’s hard to argue they were good luck on Sunday: he failed to lead a lap for the first time in seven races, never a factor while winding up seventh at Michigan.

Note to Juan Pablo Montoya…*Robby the Robot would like his sunglasses back*. Foreign cars, FOX Sports, yellow-lettered tires, and ugly eyewear are a curse upon this generation of race fans.

Eighteen engines were confiscated by NASCAR after the Michigan race. They will be taken to NASCAR’s R & D headquarters for dyno analysis to see which manufacturer’s and team’s mills are sporting the most horsepower. Since the test was announced prior to the race, do you want to guess how many drivers clutched their engines and revved the wee out of them on the cool down lap to bend a few valves and make it seem they’re at a big disadvantage? As best I can recall, this will be the new Ford FR9’s virgin debut on the NASCAR dynos, and I’m fascinated to hear later this week what sort of numbers they’re producing. Of course, that information will be leaked, not official…

The only thing I find more unacceptable than the death of a driver in any racing event is the death of a fan there to watch it. Prayers go out to eight souls killed and numerous others badly injured Saturday night at an off-road race in California. Those fans were standing less than ten feet from the race course without so much as a hay bale between them and the competitors. You have to ask yourself how such a set of circumstances are allowed to happen. It sure does call into question why Allen Bestwick and Brad Daugherty seemed so positively gleeful predicting a night full of carnage and wrecks at Bristol next week. Real race fans want to see the acrobats out on the high wire… they don’t want to see them fall.

The Hindenburg Award For Foul Fortune

Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 bunch have found numerous ways to give away race wins this season, but rarely do they hand the field one like they did at Michigan. A series of uncharacteristically slow pit stops doomed Johnson’s chances despite a fast car.

Jeff Gordon was in contention for a win until an equalized tire sent him to the pits en route to a 27th-place finish.

Fellow Fronstretch scribe Amy Henderson picked this week to postulate that Kurt Busch might be the underdog title contender not getting his props. Well, not if he suffers another DNF anytime soon… Busch lost an engine in convincing fashion and finished fortieth, behind several teams considered to be start-and-parkers.

Mark Martin hit the wall, cut down a tire, and got caught in the pits by a caution flag. It was all he could do to struggle home to a 28th-place finish that dropped him out of 12th in the points.

Kasey Kahne was unable to capitalize on a pole run Friday, losing the lead on the first lap and driving home to an unremarkable 14th-place finish.

The “Seven Come Fore Eleven” Award For Fine Fortune

Jack Roush returned to the track this weekend after surviving his second plane crash, and was welcomed by having three of his cars finish in the top 5 at Michigan.

It was good to see Jack Roush back at the track after a near fatal aircraft accident. It seems that Roush will fully recover from all his facial injuries suffered in the crash, other than a ruptured left eyeball that will leave him permanently blind in that eye. Having survived two aircraft accidents (the previous one only because a military trained cancer-survivor pilot rescue soldier happened to witness him crash an experimental aircraft into a lake), you’d have to surmise that the next time Roush flies into Las Vegas, he’s hoping to be dealt a one-eyed Jack. The car owner maintains he still plans to pilot an aircraft again despite the loss of one eye. Not with my phobic butt on board, sir.

It had to be pretty good medicine for Roush to see three of his cars finish in the top 5 in his first race back to the track.

Kevin Harvick seems to have regained his Mojo as of late, even as we approach the Chase while his main rivals, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin, have suffered a few missteps.

Elliott Sadler was desperately in need of a good run, having already been informed his services would not be required at Richard Petty Motorsports next season. A ninth-place finish Sunday, his best of 2010, means that maybe Sadler can find a job more coveted than running the go-kart concession at a Jersey Shore boardwalk next year.

Denny Hamlin’s car once again suffered electrical issues early in the race, forcing him to switch to the backup battery and shut off the driver cooling system. Hamlin recovered well enough to finish second. By the way, I find it curious that the JGR teams keep having these alternator problems. I was told several years ago that a rash of alternator issues indicated a team was using traction control.

Worth Noting

  • Kevin Harvick’s win was his third of the season, but his first on a non-plate track since Phoenix in November 2006.
  • Denny Hamlin’s second-place finish was his best since back-to-back wins at Pocono and Michigan in June. He’d scored only one other top-5 result (Pocono in July) during that stretch.
  • Carl Edwards’ third-place finish was his sixth consecutive top-10 Cup result. Edwards averaged a 4.5-place average finish in those six events. To paraphrase Clarence Clemmons and Jackson Brown, “all my life, you are an FR9 of mine.”
  • Greg Biffle (fourth) enjoyed his third top-5 result in the last four Cup races.
  • Believe it or don’t: Matt Kenseth (fifth) managed his first top-10 finish since Charlotte.
  • Tony Stewart (sixth) drove to his fifth consecutive top-10 finish in a row. Even more amazingly, “his slovenlyness” shaved prior to the race for the second week in a row.
  • Juan Pablo Montoya (seventh) failed to lead a lap for the first time in seven races.
  • Martin Truex Jr.’s eighth-place finish was his best since Richmond this spring.
  • David Ragan’s eleventh-place finish was his best since Talladega and his second best of the season. UUPPS I did it again…
  • It’s now been six races since Jimmie Johnson (12th) has managed a top-5 finish. He’s averaging a 21st-place finish in those six races.
  • Kyle Busch (18th) has no top-5 finishes in the last nine Cup races.
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (19th) has yet to score a top-5 finish in any of this season’s non-plate races. The only time that happened in his father’s storied Cup career this deep into the season was… um… never.
  • It’s been six races since Ryan Newman (23rd) enjoyed a top-10 finish.
  • The top-10 finishers at Michigan drove three Chevys, four Fords, and three Camrys. The top-running Dodge was Sam Hornish, Jr. in 32nd. Yikes.

What’s the Points?

Kevin Harvick obviously remains atop the standings and is now mathematically locked into the playoffs. Harvick is now 293 points ahead of Jeff Gordon, who remains second in this “Race to the Chase.”

Denny Hamlin had an outstanding points day, trampolining three spots up to third in the standings. Tony Stewart had an even better day, advancing four spots to fourth. Jimmie Johnson remained in fifth, while Carl Edwards moved up three positions to sixth in the standings.

Jeff Burton fell four spots to seventh, followed by Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth. Kurt Busch really took it on his not inconsiderable chin, dropping six spots to tenth in points after his DNF Sunday. Greg Biffle maintains eleventh while, for those of you deaf folks who followed the race on ESPN, Clint Bowyer advanced a spot to twelfth in the standings, displacing Mark Martin who falls to thirteenth, 35 points behind Bowyer.

Overall Rating (On a scale of one to six beer cans, with one being a stinker and a six pack an instant classic) — We’ll give Michigan three cans of relatively cold beer. I was expecting worse.

Next Up – Wake up, everybody! The Summer Doldrums takes a break next Saturday night in Thunder Valley at Bristol. The Bristol race kicks off a three-race stretch of night events, freeing up summer Sunday afternoons for those of us blessed with big two-wheelers.

Monday on the Frontstretch:
Fact Or Fiction: How NASCAR’s Chase Picture Shakes Out With 3 Races Left
Logano Takes Wrong Approach With Newman In Latest Clash
Bubble Breakdown: Sadler Bounces Back After Brutal Pocono Wreck, Top 35 Notes
Running Their Mouth: CARFAX 400
Nationwide Series Breakdown: CARFAX 250
Tracking The Trucks: Too Tough To Tame 200

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Bad Wolf
08/16/2010 12:47 AM

Dans Mom Nascar Crusader Randy Goldman, I’m waiting with baited breath for your post race recap.

I remember when Bristol Night Race really meant something, but then came the “Chase”, COT and the ill advised reconfiguring of the track. I bet good seats are still available.

08/16/2010 01:45 AM

Kevin Harvick has already clinched a Chase spot?!? There are still three races left before the Chase!

Well, NASCAR needs to change the points system, so that no one is locked into the chase until the final race before the chase!

No one is going to watch a race when someone is already locked into the chase! Why, it makes the last three races before the chase pointless!

08/16/2010 02:07 AM

The Key Moment – With 11 to go, Harvick passes Hamlin for the lead then stomped the field like an old, lifeless, doorMatt. (Something this column is all too familiar with) Several cars dominated throughout the day, but in the end the 29 team made the proper adjustments adjustments, stayed out of trouble, and had the strategy to get their driver to the front when it counted.

In a Nutshell – Speed, Strategy, Stock Cars and a Sunday Afternoon. Is there anything better?

Dramatic Moment –With speeds capping 200 MPH, and drafting a serious factor, multiple double-file restarts produced some tense 3 and 4-wide racing thats usually reserved for plate races.

What They’ll Be Talking About Around the Water Cooler This Week
At Pocono last weekend, Denny Hamlin defended his twitter comments claiming that he “didn’t have Mike Helton’s phone number… So how was I going to voice my opinion if I didn’t know how to get in touch with them?” Seriously Denny? Seriously? You’re a multi-million dollar athlete, you’ve hung out with Michael Jordon, you’ve been on MTV Cribs and you can’t get in touch with Mike Helton? Here’s a tip Denny: you have people. Shoot, your people probably even have people, USE THEM! I mean, talk about airing your dirty laundry! This is a huge issue in NASCAR; drivers expressing real concerns in a completely non-professional manner. Between that and all these average McJournalists bashing NASCAR incessantly, no wonder the powers that be don’t listen!
So much for the conspiracy theory that NASCAR stacks the chase schedule in favor of their Golden Boy Jimmie Johnson. With Chicago in, and California out, NASCAR modified the 2011 chase to replace a track where Jimmie Johnson holds the All-time wins lead at 5, (including a win in the only California Chase race to date) 10 top 5s, 11 top 10s, an average finish of just under 6. In its place, Chicago, a track where Johnson is winless with only 2 top 5’s and an average finish of 15th, easily one of the Lowe’s teams weakest tracks. Next season will either test Knaus’s “save it for the play-off’s” strategy, or the patience of any “team forty-haters” still watching.
In other scheduling news, 2011 Chase will again conclude with NASCAR’s finest “taking their talents to Souf beach.” The racing isn’t the best at Homestead, but the Chase is usually locked-up by then anyway. By the way Lebron, I’m still struggling to find “Souf Beach” on a map.
It was great to hear that Jack Roush was back at the track this weekend. Not only did he put 3 cars in the top 5, but I’m also hearing that NBC is working to coordinate their Sunday Night Football Schedule around NASCAR’s Chase. No not for ratings, Jack Roush promised them free Mustangs is he could carpool in John Madden’s bus.
ESPN got great footage of the Logano/Newman post-race altercation following their on-track incident that cost Newman a desperately needed good run. Some claim it was a racing incident; Logano blames Newman for “racing him too hard”. Either way it was nice to see Sliced Bread sticking up for himself without his father’s help. Still, you have to wonder if anywhere in their conversation Joey found out exactly who wears the fire suit in Newman’s family.
The King of Beers is leaving the King next year. We all agree that Kyle hung around too long… will Richard do the same?
NASCAR confiscated 18 engines post-race for their annual dyno-testing. I realize that sponsorship exposure is out of control these days (The ads on the SAFER barrier absolutely drive me nuts) but NASCAR’s version of the CarFax following the Carfax 400 is just a bit too coincidental for me.

The Hindenburg Award For Foul Fortune
Everyone who listened to Sunday’s National Anthem. That should be illegal.
Mark Martin’s early race troubles put a damper on his Chase hopes. Despite battling back onto the lead lap, Martin’s 28th place finish leaves his 35 points out of a Chase birth.
Kurt Busch and the blue deuce dropped a deuce all over the track when his engine blew on lap 32. Still solidly in the chase – Kurt dropped 3 spots in the standings to 10th.
After qualifying 36th, Jeff Gordon marched through the field, running as high as second, before a flat left tire erased his days work. He would restart at the rear of the field and never fully recover.
For the second straight week, the Hendrick organization failed to impress. Jimmie Johnson’s lackluster 12th place finish was a high mark compared to Junior, Gordon and Martin’s 19th, 27th, and 28th finishing positions respectively.
Ryan Newman’s incident with Joey Logano crushed his momentum and his 23rd place finish seriously crippled his chances at making the Chase. 103 points in 3 races; it doesn’t take an engineering degree from Purdue to calculate that it just ain’t gunna happen.
Jeff Burton was in line for his 7th straight top 12 finish before contact with the 24 car handicapped speed. Much the way this ridiculous recap format is handicapping my creativity!

The “Seven Come Fore Eleven” Award For Fine Fortune
His pass for the lead with 11 to go secured him the win, but it was also good for a 20 point swing when the chase starts as Harvick not only earned 10 bonus points, he prevented those 10 points from going to Hamlin.
Roush Racing has had an emotional few weeks, but Sundays result signifies that those teams are coming together at the right time. Their three chase teams finished in the top 5.
Nice to see the Na-Na-Na-Na-Napa Team still has the know how to score top 10’s. Since the switch over from FOX telecasts, and subsequently the disappearance of that god-awful commercial, we’ve seen a sharp decline in quality finishes from Truex and the 55 team. Scoring 4 finishes in the top 10 over the opening 13 race span, the 55 squad posted only their second top 10 in the last 11 races.
Benefiting from the struggles of the 5 team, Clint Bowyer is now in position to make the chase. 35 points isn’t a huge buffer, but psychologically, its way easier to protect that spot, than to race for it.
Have you noticed the upcoming NASCAR schedule? This is the kind of racing that will build momentum for the sport headed into the chase. Bristol at night, Atlanta on Labor Day Weekend, Richmond with everything on the line! It doesn’t get much better! Just wait till next year, with the impending NFL and NBA lock-outs for 2011, this late summer stretch could catapult NASCAR to the #1 sport in the country.

Worth Noting
14th August race at Michigan and the 14th different winner, also the 14th win for Kevin Harvick.
Kyle Busch started 18th, finished 18th, and drove the #18.
Elliot Sadler finished 9th his best finish of 2010.
A19th place finish for Junior is his 4th straight race posting a result of 19th or worse.

What’s the Points?
Harvick continues to hold the points lead, but also gained 10 more bonus points to add to his total following the post-Richmond reset. As it stands, he’ll start the chase 3rd behind Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson (5 wins each).
Martin and Bowyer swapped out the 12th position, with 35 points separating the two teams with 3 races to go.
Overall Rating (On a scale of one to six beer cans with one being a stinker and a six pack an instant classic) — Lots of passing, lots of lead changes, and in honor of Harvick’s win we’ll award this 4 ice cold cans of Budweiser – but you can’t have ‘em till next year!
Next Up – Bristol, under the lights! I don’t care who you are, that’s still just freaking cool!

Bad Wolf
08/16/2010 02:21 AM

Don’t quit your day job, Randy.

Randal Silversmith
08/16/2010 02:30 AM

Mr. Goldmans recap sounded robotic and lacked soul, kind of like todays Nascar.

Vanilla Snow
08/16/2010 02:41 AM

Randy’s race recap needs a phantom debrie caution to add some spice to the feeble effort. It just drones on and on like the action from Michigan, lacking any real substance, while Randy tries so hard to be like his anti-hero nemesis Matt.

08/16/2010 03:02 AM

Randy’s was just as good if not better. Actually had humor where humor was attempted.

And whats with whiny baby complaining that “he raced me too hard :(” WHAT?! He raced you? why the hell would he do that during a race?

Keeping it REAL
08/16/2010 04:00 AM

Laxbro – LMAO, I thought the same thing? Oh the nerve, he RACED you DURING the race? Yeah, you should be ticked, man! Or not. How about grow up, boy?

Randy – I like it bro. I challenge ANY one of the dudes that are giving you crap to write their version next week. Yours told the story, interjected some humor, put things in perspective, etc. Well done!

08/16/2010 07:12 AM

Good column Matt.

Randy, I nominate you to fill in for Matt when he’s on vacation.

08/16/2010 08:16 AM

Interesting about Hamlin and the traction control speculation. Especially since all the racers in the Carolinas and Virginia know that he ran traction control in the Dean LMSC, which allowed him to get noticed by JGR. That, along with the cylinder heads he got caught with at Southern National speedway in Kenly. Some things never change.

08/16/2010 08:34 AM

Not a bad column at all, Randy…just crank up the negativity by 100% and you’ll have Matt’s schtick down Pat.

By, the way Matt, you complain that one Busch brother (Kurt) is too bland, and seem to say all the other racers are equally boring. This, coming exactly one parargraph after stating that Kyle whines too much.

Can I sue for whiplash?

Finally, good thinking up another way to punish the folks in Detroit…tens of thousands have lost their jobs, and you want to take a race from the ones that can still scrape up enough money to spend a Sunday at the track.

08/16/2010 09:09 AM

I vote the whiny baby award to Logano — I was actually hoping that Newman would smack him along side of his head. Maybe it would jar some sense into him.

08/16/2010 09:12 AM

i work with pilots….you need peripheral vision to have a license. i would think that since Roush has lost the vision in his one eye, he will no longer be able to fly, legally.

08/16/2010 09:30 AM

“Much the way this ridiculous recap format is handicapping my creativity!”

Hahaha… I couldnt have put it better myself. Talk about taking lemons and making a delicious mixed beverage. Nice work Randy. Where is FS with their contract offer? Lol

08/16/2010 09:32 AM

Seriously! Did no one hear the national anthem? Really? I was listening on the radio and I had to phone and friend and ask if the guy had some sort of mental handicap. Wow.

08/16/2010 09:35 AM

that anthem sounded like a 78 rpm record played on 33 1/3 speed. HORRIBLE. it rates up there with the woman in vegas several years ago.

08/16/2010 10:00 AM

“He’s racing me. He’s racing me. What’s he trying to do? I’ll fix him. I’ll spin him out… accidentally.”

Sounds like way too many drivers now.

08/16/2010 11:00 AM

Pretty good race actually . The usual panic over who has enough fuel to finish was front and center as it always seems to be at Michigan , but i’ve noticed that the “ OMG will he be able to make it on fuel “ announcement is becoming commonplace for the races these days .
Randy , you might have missed the importance of the 48 car suddenly running so poorly . Maybe NASCAR is still manipulating the Chase , only now they have secretely told the 48 team to stop winning everything and start pulling their punches . See there , a brand new consiracy theory raises it’s head .

08/16/2010 11:13 AM

I think any race , no matter how boring or which track it’s on is made much better by not having to listen to Waltrip and Jeff Hammond and Larry Mcreynolds . We have been real impressed with the job that the ESPN guys are doing in the booth .
I remember the Rockingham races having a lot of trouble selling tickets , so if a race is going to a new venue , it should probably be a revamped North Wilkesboro . Or better yet a 1/2 mile or longer dirt track . Races have beem assigned to tracks on their ability to seat large numbers of fans . But that obviously is not an issue anymore for Nascar .

08/16/2010 11:17 AM

UUPPSS I did it again? ROFLMAO!!!

08/16/2010 12:22 PM

I know most people here hate Michigan, but I found yesterday’s race to be one of the better races this year, despite a jerk winning! And no, I am not a Harvick fan! There seemed to be a lot more racing than normal! Too, it’s nice watching Hendrick seemingly implode! As I said, I can’t stand Harvick, but I’ll take him as Champion over “Jimmie The Sleeze” or “Whinny Jeffy”, or their “unofficial” teammate, Tony!!

And even though Jack Roush is the most hated car owner in NASCAR, I was glad to not only see him back, but see three of his cars make the top 5! Too bad Ragan fell out of the top-10 in the last couple of laps!

Carl D.
08/16/2010 12:57 PM

Not bad for a Michigan race. There was actually some pretty decent racing for position during much of the event. And it didn’t come down to fuel mileage.

Okay, track owners should never again allow anyone not in a military uniform to perform the National Anthem at the races. No other performers seem to get that it’s about our country, not the singer. Some recent versions border on treason.

Kevin in SoCal
08/16/2010 01:11 PM

Some commenters are just negative no matter what you throw at them. I thought Randy did fine for his first attempt.
And as far as Michigan, I doubt it will lose a race. For one, its right next to Detroit, its been around for a long time, and its an ISC track. Rockingham is not an ISC track, no matter how good the action is there.

Glen Vs. Food
08/16/2010 01:22 PM

My money is on the first few posters being Matt M. using pretty awful usernames. I mean really… Vanilla snow?

08/16/2010 01:33 PM

Glen Vs Food, watch out where the huskies go…

Turbo Ted
08/16/2010 03:14 PM

“Much the way this ridiculous recap format is handicapping my creativity!”

Who said you had to follow Matts recap style and basically cut and paste with a few stats found online added after the headings? If you were really creative you would have dazzled us with your own style of writing prose, and racing websites from coast to coast would be throwing offers your way enticing you to quit your dead end day job to write your own weekly columns.

Instead you chose the easy way out and whine about your stifled creativity.

08/16/2010 04:42 PM

I agree with Jean 100% that any race not done by the FOX crew is automatically better. Listening to Larry and Hammond in practice I was just shaking my head how inept they are.So I really enjoy the style and talent of the on air people ESPN has. I think Craven should be used more as he seems to add interesting info others rarely mention. P.S. I also agree with Matt who once called Jeff Hammond the WORST broadcaster on TV.

Margarita Chicken
08/16/2010 05:09 PM

I believe Matt told Randy last week to use his “copywrited” secret format. Good job Randy. I do think i remember that Matt said he would comment on Randys article. I guess his silence says it all. Randy you might have a new job offer soon.

08/16/2010 05:09 PM

Please read last week’s comment from Matt McMuffin.

“Now, given the nature of the Internet (information wants to be free) here’s my challenge to you. Next week after Michigan sit down and write your own race recap using my formula. (I give you my blessing and I’m calling you out to do so.) Post it in the comments section below my column. Let’s see what folks think of the job you do, what they like about it and what they don’t like. Those who can do, those who can’t criticize.”

Was just following the rules of the duel. Its ok though, Matt needs readers like you.

Nicks Sister
08/16/2010 05:14 PM

I also applaud Randy for writing an informative article that is not negative. It feels nice to have someone that still cares about Nascar.

08/16/2010 05:56 PM

Not a bad race at times. ESPN showed more wide shots (actual cars racing) than a bunch of in car and bumper stuff that misses half the action. I missed the anthem….sounds like I lucked out there. Joey tried grabbing Ryan by the neck but couldn’t find it. Decals or not – The Nationwide Challengers look mean! I give Dans Goldmom 4 cold Canadian beers for picking up the gauntlet.

Brian France Sucks
08/16/2010 06:13 PM

Good job Randy; you rose to the occasion like Jimmy Johnson on an Extense binge.

As for Logano, he’s lucky no-neck didn’t beat the he!! out of him and his soocer-dad as well. Payback will be deserved and swift as Bristol is next week.

08/16/2010 06:23 PM

Oh, and Petree is a homer. He’s obviously a Childress and Chevy bigot.

Margarrita Chicken
08/16/2010 08:04 PM

wingcars6979, did i miss something, the nationwide challengers no longer have brand decals? The nationwide COT cars look real good, except for the chevy. im a chevy fan, but the mustang and challenger look a heck of a lot better than the impala.

08/16/2010 08:44 PM

Hey Margarrita Chicken – I agree – Even though the rooflines and some other stuff is not 100% faithful to the street car they look darn good don’t they? There is a little “decalry” going on but for the most part I love ‘em. I am mainly a Mopar guy but I do have a couple Chevy’s and I wish they would have kept the Pony Car thing going with the Camaro. Toyota?? Not so much.

08/16/2010 08:46 PM

another good column Matt. Not a bad race for mich standards there was some good racing thru out the race.

08/16/2010 11:21 PM

Even during the practice sessions and qualifying do I see the Coke Whores sucking on the bottle when they see the camera. This act of prostitution disgusts me to no end.

old farmer
08/17/2010 12:56 AM

I agree that the National Anthem rendition Sunday was the worst ever—at least that I have heard.

However, to say that only military personnel should sing the song is one of the most ridiculous things I have read lately. To say that only they get the significance of the song is an insult to the general population.

08/17/2010 01:26 AM

Janice: Many pilots, including a couple of Airline Captains are flying with one eye. It requires an FAA medical waiver, but many have them.

08/17/2010 01:46 AM

Boring drivel from DansMom. Just what I expected…

08/17/2010 09:58 AM

I did not see the Michigan race and READ Logano’s post-race comments before I SAW (on YouTube) the on-track incident with Newman. I initially assumed that Newman was crowding Logano below the white line and not giving him enough room. I had to laugh when I saw the replay. Newman’s line is OVER halfway up the track and Logano can’t keep his car off Newman. I don’t understand what Joey can be complaining about when he says Ryan was racing him too hard.

08/17/2010 02:26 PM

Wasn’t Matt M supposed to comment/criticize RandyG’s attempt? I feel like his silence says more then a response ever could.

Nick's DaD
08/17/2010 02:43 PM

Great job Randy you were funny and to the point. Still waiting for Matt’s comments.

08/17/2010 02:51 PM

When did writing ‘using my formula’ become copying and pasting and adding a crappy word or two of your own at the end? Randy, quit being a douche.

Turbo Ted
08/17/2010 03:14 PM

I counted at least 6 different names here from Dans Goldmom Crusader Chicken Nicks Sister Dad, all positive and praising Goldmoms feeble attempt at cutting and pasting Matts’ formula this week.

Goldmom should just use the name Sybil for all his disfuncional personalities.

Margarita Chicken
08/17/2010 06:21 PM

I’m not DanMom, Randy, or any other name you rambled on about. Im sorry that i agree with a stranger whos 1st article was positive, had humor, and imformative. Hmmm, sounds like a winning combination to me.

08/17/2010 09:29 PM

Wonder where Dansmom went to…and more importantly – What happened to “The Turnip”?

08/17/2010 10:32 PM

Wanted to let the readers have thier say before adding my own comments as I didn’t want anyone to think that I was leading other commenters.

My take on Randy’s attempt? Better than I expected but then my overall reaction (to as much as I read of it) was “Hey, look, it looks like a Race Recap only smaller.” My first attempt at writing a race column (1990 something) probably wasn’t stellar either but I’m not sweating over job security after Dan’s Mom’s (sorry I meant Randy Goldman and his host of pseudonyms) efforts.

I stopped reading Randy’s work when it got racist. Them black people, they sho-nuff talk funny don’t they. Sorry, you had to skip the Klan picnic Sunday to write about the race Randy, but racism has no place under my byline or on this site. That’s the beauty of a discussion forum like this one. You see only what people think, not what color thier skin is, what gender they are, whether they are incredibly attractive or plain. From communications over the years with some of my readers I know I have readers that don’t fit the middle-aged white guy redneck stereotype of stock car racing fans. I apologize to anyone offended by Randy’s racist comments and rescind my offer to Randy to allow him to play at my ballpark.

08/18/2010 06:34 AM


Really, that’s all you got? Skewing a pop culture reference as “racist”? In case you missed it, the Lebron James free-agency saga was THE biggest sports story of the summer. If anyone should apologize, re-read your response. If I must apologize, then please forgive me for trying to infuse quips that are relevant to readers who also follow other sports. Sure you may have some fans outside the “middle-aged white guy” stereotype, but constant Harley references and 2 articles on how great Tim Richmond was (4 if you count that they’ve been posted twice in 2 years) aren’t doing much to grow your demographic. Just how well is that “specific” targeted audience working for NASCAR?

As for “looks like a Race Recap only smaller,” that’s tough to take from someone who admits to only reading the first 3rd of my work. This may be news to you Matt, but many readers find your works wordy and rambling. You are one of Frontstretch’s foremost advocates for shortening races, even going as far as to suggest two heat races at Pocono’s “Tricky Triangle” yet, your articles go one for daaaayyyys. Some people say that “brevity is the soul of wit” but you seem to claim that quantity is required for quality, I disagree. And just what are you trying to accomplish with all the rambling, besides alienating the younger, instant gratification generation? Are you by chance compensating for something else?…. wait, did I just get racist again? Sorry!

08/18/2010 09:13 AM

Really Matt? The race card? That was all you had? Disappointing.

Also, since when is it racist to make fun of the way someone speaks? Im no rocket surgeon but I dont think that is the definition of racism.

08/18/2010 10:07 AM

The anthem SUCKED. For those of you who continue to think racing at MIS is boring I dare you to attend a race there to see all the 3 and 4 wide racing that you are not seeing on TV. Awesome Race. As for all of you who Must Biatch about Matt’s column ( DansMom and all the aliases that are used ) FIND ANOTHER COLUMN TO READ!!!!!!!!!

Bad Wolf
08/18/2010 04:03 PM

Goldmom, Matt does not need the instant gratification newbie crowd. He has found a niche with us old middle age white guys who hate the direction Nascar has taken, and the ruination of our sport by Brian Z. France and company. If Matt catered to that crowd he would become no better than the sport he used to love, all for the sake of ratings and money, and he would be universally loved by the newbies and treated like DW at a NAPA convention held at the local Toyota dealership. I can’t speak for Matt, but I can tell he is driven by passion and love of the sport that once was, and not fame and money.

Like I said before. Don’t quit your day job.