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Matt Taliaferro

Matt was hooked on NASCAR in the early ‘80s while watching races with his dad before, during and after Sunday dinner each week. Being a native of Owensboro, Ky., he felt a natural affinity toward Darrell Waltrip, who was at his racing peak at the time, and spent many Sundays painting Matchbox cars to resemble the Winston Cup machines that were circling the track on TV.

However, what hooked him on racing for life was attending short track races at Kentucky Motor Speedway, a 3/8th-mile asphalt oval just outside his hometown. Matt had the privilege of watching Jeff and Mark Green as well as Jeremy Mayfield cut their teeth on a grassroots track as relative unknowns.

Twenty years later, Matt found himself in the right place at the right time (isn't that how it always works?) and accepted the role of Racing Editor for Athlon Sports. He continues to work for Athlon, where he champions the sport of NASCAR at athlonsports.com.

When not reading, writing or discussing those that drive fast, Matt spends time at Lake Barkley in Kentucky, fishing and spending time with family. He's also a huge Atlanta Braves, Tennessee Titans and University of Kentucky sports fan, having been lucky enough to attend UK when the basketball team won their two most recent titles in 1996 and '98.

Matt currently resides in Nashville, Tenn., where he can be found at the Music City Motorplex (formerly the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway) on Saturday nights enjoying short track racing that is often more entertaining than the "big shows" on Sunday.

Some of Matt’s favorite sites include:
Athlon Sports
OverStock.com
Bass Masters
The Onion

Click here to email Matt with your questions for Scanner Static!

Past articles By Matt Taliaferro

December 2010
12/01: Fanning the Flames: Readers Respond To The Season That Was [18]
November 2010
11/18: Fanning the Flames: Junior's Chief, 'Dinger's Future, Ragan's Security & More [6]
11/11: Fanning the Flames: Fat-Bellied Officials, You Make the Rockin' World Go 'Round! [3]
11/04: Fanning the Flames: The BCS vs. the Chase, V8 Supercars, and Yellow Line Flak [2]
October 2010
10/28: Fanning the Flames: Is There Any "Right" Strategy for the Big Three at Talladega? [5]
10/20: Fanning the Flames: The Next "Secret" Fine, McGrew's Mistake And RPM Divorce [8]
10/14: Fanning the Flames: Answering a Hall of Fame-Worthy Batch of Emails [5]
10/07: Fanning the Flames: Blue Humor Gone Bad, Revenge, and What's Eating Junior? [24]
September 2010
09/30: Fanning the Flames: And the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel Says... [11]
09/23: Fanning the Flames: Bowyer Gets Nailed, Danica Signs Some Skin, More [3]
09/16: Fanning the Flames: Richmond Reaction, Fantasy Talk, and A Junior Fan's Last Stand [5]
09/09: Fanning the Flames: Kyle's Pink Car, Stewart's Momentum, And Gordon's Mustache [2]
09/02: Fanning the Flames: Cleaning Out the Inbox and Heading for Hampton [3]
August 2010
08/25: Fanning the Flames: Addressing Bristol and Analyzing Kyle's Achievement [5]
08/19: Fanning the Flames: Schedule, Driver and Sponsor Changes Aplenty Coming in 2011 [7]
08/12: Fanning the Flames: From "Impactful Changes" To Missed Opportunity For NASCAR [16]
08/05: Fanning the Flames: Sorting Through the Myriad of NASCAR's Midsummer Issues [10]
July 2010
07/29: Fanning the Flames: NASCAR's Methods From Yesteryear Don't Work In Today's Environment [17]
07/22: Fanning the Flames: Fan Reaction To Carl vs. Brad Round II, Including Penalties [13]
07/15: Fanning the Flames: Chase Tweaks, Junior's CC, and Revisiting Mikey's Tweets [8]
07/08: Fanning the Flames: Figuring Out France's Midseason "Review" [12]
07/01: Fanning the Flames: Figures Lie And Liars Figure … Or Do They? [1]
June 2010
06/24: Fanning the Flames: Marcos, in America it's pronounced "D'Oh!" [5]
06/17: Fanning the Flames: Mikey's Tweet, Bruton's Shades, And Singing A Unique Command [21]
06/10: Fanning the Flames: Pocono's Tedium Turns Tumultuous, And Junior's Dream Team [7]
06/02: Fanning The Flames: Of Money, Mears, Danica, and Goodyears [11]
May 2010
05/27: Fanning the Flames: NASCAR's Longest Owner/Driver Marriage, And Pending Roush Divorces? [7]
05/20: Fanning the Flames: A Visitor's Guide to The All-Star Race ... In All Its Forms [3]
05/13: Fanning the Flames: 11 Weeks In? Sounds Like an Awards Column is in Order
April 2010
04/29: Fanning the Flames: Chasing Kahne, Talladega Talk, And A Return To Richmond [9]
04/21: Fanning the Flames: Harvick, Kahne and the Sponsors That (Don't) Love Them [2]
04/15: Fanning the Flames: When Life Deals You Lemons, Sign A Multi-Year Deal With Rick Hendrick [20]
04/08: Fanning the Flames: Nashville Prices Fans Out of a Day at the Races [16]
04/01: Fanning the Flames: Menard's Encouraging Start and Kenseth's Disappointing Finish [7]
March 2010
03/25: Fanning the Flames: There Were Start And Parkers in 1992? Blasphemy! [6]
03/18: Fanning the Flames: Cleaning Out the Inbox and Bracing for Bristol [3]
03/11: Fanning the Flames: Edwards, Keselowski and the Fan Fallout [14]
03/04: Fanning the Flames: Letarte's Strategy Flaw, What's Stuck In Kahne's Craw, And Danica's Last Hurrah [4]
February 2010
02/25: Earnhardt's Adversity, Cookie-Cutter Construction, and Decal Dealin' [8]
02/18: Fanning the Flames: Letters From You on a Red-Flagged Sunday Afternoon [8]
02/11: Fanning the Flames: Of Daytona, Danica, Dale, and Duels [2]
02/04: Fanning the Flames: The Lights Are Off Atop The Pace Car ... Let's Go! [3]
November 2009
11/19: Fanning the Flames: Closing the Inbox on the 2009 Season [7]
11/12: Fanning the Flames: The Crew Chief Carousel and Other Assorted Oddities [14]
11/05: Fanning the Flames: Talladega's Biannual Brouhaha and Griese's Racist Remark [8]
October 2009
10/22: Fanning the Flames: Shuffling Chase Venues Won't Slow Johnson Down [4]
10/15: Fanning the Flames: An Odd Point of View, the Hall of Fame and More (or Less) Tolerance [5]
10/08: Fanning the Flames: NASCAR, Networks Finally Dancing With The One That Brought 'Em [9]
10/01: Fanning the Flames: Saudi Prince Wants His Little Petty Blue Corvette ... Urrr, Fusion [3]
September 2009
09/24: Fanning the Flames: Touch 'Em All ... From Jimmie to Jeremy and Back to Juan [4]
09/17: Fanning the Flames: Who's This Year's Chase Cinderella? The Numbers Line Up for Newman ... To Finish Third [1]
09/10: Fanning the Flames: The King In Victory Lane ... And One Helluva Show Down South [3]
09/03: Fanning the Flames: Busch's New Gibson Guitar Antics [12]
August 2009
08/27: Fanning the Flames: TV Coverage, Team Orders And Tapping The Roof [3]
08/20: Fanning the Flames: Numbers Show 2009 Season Most Competitive Of Chase Era [3]
08/13: Fanning the Flames: Penalties And Robby Gordon ... A NASCAR Tradition Since 1991! [3]
08/06: Fanning the Flames: No To The Camaro, Stremme v. Gordon, And ESPN's Twittergate [6]
July 2009
07/30: Fanning the Flames: Montoya's Tach, Elliott's Oil, And The Revenge Of The Pony Cars [6]
07/23: Fanning the Flames: McGriff Scores One For NASCAR's Geritol Gang [3]
07/16: Fanning the Flames: NASCAR's "Terminology Guidelines" And The Return Of Silly Season [5]
07/09: Fanning the Flames: Mayfield's "Dangerous Precedent" May Serve To Benefit The Sport [11]
07/02: Fanning the Flames: The Hall Of Fame, The Chase And Mayfield's Big Win [3]
June 2009
06/25: Fanning the Flames: A Silly Season Like No Other [3]
06/18: Fanning the Flames: Trucks, Catch Cans and Racing In Kentucky [1]
06/11: Fanning the Flames: NASCAR's Trifecta Of Current Events [9]
06/04: Fanning the Flames: Carl Long, Brad Keselowski And Other Issues Of The Week [4]
May 2009
05/28: Fanning the Flames: Drivers, Not NASCAR, Biggest Obstacle To Driver Union [2]
05/21: Fanning the Flames: Talking All-Stars, 600s And Lawn Mowers [3]
05/14: Fanning the Flames: Did Someone Say "10-Lap Shootout?" [2]
05/07: Fanning the Flames: Appreciating NASCAR's Spring Slate [1]
April 2009
04/30: Fanning the Flames: Making Sense Of The Talladega Mayhem [10]
04/23: Fanning the Flames: When The Story About The Story Becomes THE Story [3]
04/16: Fanning the Flames: Race Fans Throwing More TLC At TRG
04/09: Fanning the Flames: Victory Lane's Ultimate "D'Oh!" Moment [11]
04/02: Fanning the Flames: Little Rock, Chase Hopes, Ford's New Engine And A Crack-Back [3]
March 2009
03/26: Fanning the Flames: Yeah, I'll Admit It; I Miss The Old Bristol Stomp [6]
03/19: Fanning the Flames: Random, Off Week Scanner Chatter [3]
03/12: Fanning the Flames: Confusing Contingency Awards, NASCAR's Aero Dependence Gone Awry, And Rain-Outs [11]
03/11: Top Ten Reasons To Run Into The Infield Grass During A Race
03/05: Fanning the Flames: Drivers Weigh In On The Test Ban, And Crew Chiefs Weigh In On A Driver [4]
February 2009
02/26: Fanning the Flames: Unpopular Views On The Week That Was In NASCAR [12]
02/18: Fanning the Flames: The Inevitable Daytona Hangover [4]
02/11: Fanning the Flames: Greed Or Business As Usual? With NASCAR, It's Hard To Tell [2]
02/05: Fanning the Flames: The Lights Of The Pace Car Are Off On 2009 [4]
November 2008
11/20: Fanning the Flames: Closing The Inbox On The 2008 Season [6]
11/13: Fanning the Flames: Talking IROC, Driver Cash And The Perp Who Got Away With One [6]
11/06: Fanning the Flames: An Act of Charity, A Chase Take, And A Crazy Rumor [6]
October 2008
10/30: Fanning the Flames: Driver / Crew Chief Duos, Pit Road "Favors" and Ford Martin Rocks!
10/23: Fanning the Flames: Miscellaneous Questions As The Season Hits Its Stretch Run [4]
10/16: Fanning the Flames: The Stats Don't Lie ... Consistency Wins Titles
10/09: Fanning the Flames: Ford Engines, Regular Season Strokin' And, Of Course, Talladega [7]
10/02: Fanning the Flames: Talking Plates, Allmendingers and Last-Lap Dashes Heading Into Talladega [7]
September 2008
09/25: Fanning the Flames: Advantage Biffle? Slow Down There, Cowboy
09/18: Fanning the Flames: Ganassi's Woes, Gibbs' Rookie, and Gordon's Typical Loudon Stunts [21]
09/11: Fanning the Flames: Joey's Debut, Kyle's Karma, and Tony's Ravioli [4]
09/04: Fanning the Flames: Recent Hires Show NASCAR Owners Heading In A Familiar Direction [3]
August 2008
08/28: Fanning the Flames: Another Failed Opportunity To Right A Wrong With Darlington [5]
08/21: Fanning the Flames: Full Moon Fever Sweeps NASCAR Nation
08/14: Fanning the Flames: Cup Series Needs A 400-Meter Freestyle Relay Of Its Own [6]
08/07: Fanning the Flames: NASCAR Fines, Edwards' Flips, And Some Canadian Love [1]
July 2008
07/31: Fanning the Flames: Strong Fan Reaction Makes This A Brickyard Backlash [5]
07/24: Fanning the Flames: Junior Aces One, Nationwide Notes, And A NASCAR History Lesson [15]
07/17: Fanning the Flames : Busch Brothers Breaking Records, And Other Odds 'N' Ends
07/10: Fanning the Flames: Randy Moss, Mark Martin And Those Crazy Flock Brothers [1]
07/03: Fanning the Flames : Breaking Down TNT's Wide Open Coverage [4]
June 2008
06/26: Fanning the Flames: Vague Rules, Driver Moves, And A Long Dry Spell [4]
06/19: Fanning the Flames: Fueling The Engine Debate, Montoya's Struggles, And... Joey Clanton? [2]
06/12: Fanning the Flames: Investing, Qualifying, Red Flagging, And The Team Of Destiny [2]
06/05: Fanning the Flames: Silly Season Contracts, Old School Drivers, And The "Blow Up" Crowd [7]
May 2008
05/29: Fanning the Flames : Dancing Drivers, Loose Lugs And ... Eliot Spitzer? [1]
05/22: Fanning the Flames: A Little Game Of NASCAR Connect The Dots [3]
05/15: Fanning the Flames: Be Careful What You Wish For... Like It Or Not, NASCAR Personality Is Back [15]
05/08: Fanning the Flames: All Darlington, All The Time
05/01: Fanning the Flames : The Latest On Labonte, Lepage, And Looking Forward To Richmond [3]
April 2008
04/24: Fanning the Flames : Fishin' For Some Answers to Stewart's Likely Defection [3]
04/17: Fanning the Flames: "Smack" Talk, Engine Issues, And That Damn Gopher Cam [4]
04/10: Fanning the Flames: Texas Testing, Kyle Is Testy And "Creative Arrangements"
04/03: Fanning the Flames: Petty, Childress, Earnhardt Shaking Things Up [5]
March 2008
03/27: Fanning the Flames: Marching to Martinsville, With Goodyears In Tow [4]
03/20: Fanning the Flames: Busting Brackets, Splitters, and NASCAR Comeback Dreams [2]
03/12: Fanning the Flames: Speed = Distance Divided By Time
03/06: Fanning the Flames: Palm Sweat, Vegas Blackjack, And Taking Your Chances With The NSCRC [1]
February 2008
02/28: Fanning the Flames: Plotting The Forecast For Vegas, For Robby, And For Bobby Labonte [2]
02/21: Fanning the Flames: Casual Questions From "Hard Core" Fans -- And Vice Versa [5]
02/14: Fanning the Flames: Yo, NASCAR! This Is A No Spin Zone!
02/06: Fanning the Flames: Buyouts and Point Swaps ... A Greasy Affair for NASCAR [4]
January 2008
01/24: The Best Of The Frontstretch : The Daytona 500: The Next Victim Of NASCAR's Greed?
01/23: The Best Of The Frontstretch : Passion Fuels Waltrip's Past, Present and Future
November 2007
11/15: Fanning the Flames: Go For The Jugular, Or Play It Safe? [1]
11/07: Fanning the Flames: Another "Official Explanation," The Scoop on Bogus Rumors, And A Visit From Hee-Haw's Roy Clark [5]
11/07: SMI Acquisition Of New Hampshire Serves to Benefit Sport, Fans [8]
October 2007
10/31: Fanning the Flames: It's Time For A NASCAR Change At The Top [20]
10/24: Fanning the Flames: Talkin' Safety, Driver Shuffles, And Engine Troubles [5]
10/17: Fanning the Flames: Talkin' Smoke, Specs, and Wrecks [2]
10/12: Passion Fuels Waltrip's Past, Present and Future [2]
10/10: Fanning the Flames: Single-File Questions After A Single-File Sunday [3]
10/03: Fanning the Flames: What A Weird Week For NASCAR It's Been [8]
September 2007
09/26: Fanning the Flames: New Schedule, Same Ol' NASCAR [5]
09/19: Fanning the Flames: Crazy Eights, Busted Tapes, And Can Kasey Relate? [5]
09/12: Fanning the Flames: Yahoo's Boo Boo, Chase Musings, And No, It Ain't Got A Hemi! [7]
09/05: Fanning the Flames: The Second Coming Of Bobby Ginn? A Word Of Warning For Jeff Moorad And Company [1]
09/03: "Dale"; A Film For Fans And Non-Fans Alike [5]
August 2007
08/30: Fanning the Flames: No NASCAR Drug Testing? No Bristol Bumping? And ... No AT & T? [3]
08/22: Fanning the Flames: Kurt Delivers, Herman Is Saved, And A Season Finale At... Bristol? [2]
08/15: Fanning The Flames: Who Wins In A Fight...Montoya Or Harvick? The Blind Leading The Blind, And More... [2]
08/08: Fanning the Flames: Robby Gordon's Problem, Joe Gibbs' Reality, And Why Kurt Busch Is Craving...Miller Lite? [8]
08/01: Fanning the Flames : ESPN Overload, Merger Madness, And Political Correctness [5]
July 2007
07/25: Fanning the Flames: One Team's Folly Is Another's Fortune [3]
07/18: Fanning the Flames: NASCAR Silly Season Could Be Worse - We Could Have Steinbrenner [4]
07/11: Fanning the Flames: Frances Among Several Families Searching For Strength While Facing Tragedy [1]
07/06: The Daytona 500: The Next Victim Of NASCAR's Greed? [17]
07/04: Fanning the Flames: Tony Eury, Jr. Does Some Fanning Of His Own [1]
June 2007
06/27: Fanning the Flames: A Confused Writer Has A Question Of His Own For NASCAR [8]
06/20: Fanning the Flames: Explaining NASCAR's Scoring, Contemplating NASCAR's Diversity, And Revealing Free Agents [3]
06/17: Bubble Breakdown: Michael Waltrip Racing Finally Delivers [7]
06/13: Fanning the Flames: NASCAR's Rich Get Richer
06/06: Fanning the Flames: France Was NASCAR's Guiding Force
May 2007
05/30: Fanning the Flames: Fuel for Thought [5]
05/23: Fanning the Flames: At Least The All-Star Race Didn't End In A Tie
05/16: Fanning the Flames: What's In A Name? For NASCAR's All-Star Race, Not Too Much [2]
05/09: Fanning the Flames: Kenseth Alone In World Dominated By Chevrolet
05/03: Fanning the Flames: NASCAR's Seasonal Shift [3]
April 2007
04/25: Fanning the Flames: Chasing Legends, Dodging Beer Bottles [1]
04/18: Fanning the Flames: NASCAR's Most Popular Cliché
04/11: Fanning The Flames: Don't Hate The Players, Hate The... Owners?
04/04: Scanner Static : Don't You Just Love Short Track Season? [2]
March 2007
03/28: Scanner Static : Veteran Drivers, Half-Mile Racetracks and... New Cars?
03/21: Ready Or Not, Here It Comes : Splitting The Difference On The CoT [2]
03/14: Autumn Madness [1]
03/14: Scanner Static: Finishing Orders? We Don't Need No Stinking Finishing Orders!
03/07: Scanner Static : Fans Write In...When At A Loss, Just Quote Hank [4]
February 2007
02/28: Too Early To Worry? Not Necessarily.
02/28: Scanner Static : Racing Around The Western Hemisphere
02/21: Scanner Static : Broadcasts, Street Cars, And Last Lap Finishes
02/17: Start Your Engines, Already!
02/14: Is There A Crew Chief In The House?
02/07: NASCAR Fans, Let's Talk [1]