Home / Thinkin’ Out Loud (page 20)

Thinkin’ Out Loud

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martinsville Spring Race Recap

*The Key Moment* – With four laps left, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s car got just loose enough to allow Kevin Harvick to slip by for the win. Junior tried a classic crossover move to retake the lead but missed by a couple inches.*In a Nutshell* – Lots of lead changes, lots of bent fenders and frayed tempers, huge clouds of tire smoke, bunches of passes for the lead amongst different drivers and an exciting finish. It just doesn’t get much better than that.*Dramatic Moment* – If you weren’t on your feet for those final ten laps, contact your doctor. You may be dead.

Read More »

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: Fontana Race Recap

*The Key Moment* – Kevin Harvick got up on Jimmie Johnson’s bumper entering turn three on the final lap to get the No. 48 loose. That opened the top lane and Harvick drove jauntily on by for the win.*In a Nutshell* – 195 laps of terrible followed by five laps of terrific.*Dramatic Moment* – A lot of fans at home must have been startled out of a nice nap by all the cheering there at the end.*What They’ll Be Talking About Around the Water Cooler This Week*Probably most of them will be talking about *basketball*. It’s all anyone around here is discussing and it drives me nuts every March.

Read More »

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: Bristol Spring Race Recap

*The Key Moment* – Kyle Busch’s team got the No. 18 car off pit road first on the final stop and while Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson kept him honest at the end there was no catching Busch.*In a Nutshell* – Sunday’s race struck a nice balance between “traditional” Bristol (wreckin’) and “new” Bristol (racin’).*Dramatic Moment* – While there was some good racing throughout the event my nod goes to the first fifteen laps after the tenth restart with some of the sport’s biggest stars all seemingly in contention for the win until Busch checked out.

Read More »

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: Las Vegas Race Recap

*The Key Moment* – On the final pit stop, Carl Edwards was able to take two tires and the lead heading into the homestretch. Tony Stewart, who took two on his previous stop to make up track position lost after a penalty in the pits, was forced to take four and could never make up the gap.*In a Nutshell* – It’s back! (Let's hope it's for a limited time only.) We've got McRacing, at a mile-and-a-half McTrack courtesy the “dreaded” aero push...*Dramatic Moment* – When Kurt Busch went spinning on lap 102 near the front of the field, we could have seen a huge wreck that would have made Phoenix’s Big One look like a Smurf’s picnic.

Read More »

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2011 Phoenix Spring Race Recap

*The Key Moment* – Following the final restart it took Jeff Gordon thirteen laps to reel in and pass Kyle Busch.*In a Nutshell* – Gordon returns to victory lane after a 66 race slump, the longest of his Cup career.*Dramatic Moment* – Thirteen cars, including many favorites, were gathered up in a lap 67 wreck that looked like something out of a hobby-stock race.

Read More »

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: Daytona 500 Race Recap

*The Key Moment* – Trevor Bayne got a great jump on the final restart and Bobby Labonte offered a vital assist, pushing the No. 21 car before Bayne blocked Carl Edwards coming to the stripe and pulled the upset.*In a Nutshell* – They said with the new surface and rules, this 500 was going to be unpredictable. Well, it was all that and then some. About the only predictable part was an all-time record 16 cautions that yielded the second-slowest Daytona 500 ever.*Dramatic Moment* – With each restart shuffling the deck and potentially separating drafting partners, all sixteen of them were pretty intense.

Read More »

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2011 Bud Shootout Race Recap

*The Key Moment* – On the final lap, Denny Hamlin made an ill-considered move to dip (well, hell, actually he dove headfirst) below the yellow line coming to the stripe, cementing the win for Kurt Busch.*In a Nutshell* – I haven’t heard of a two-by-two procession like this since Noah loaded the ark.*Dramatic Moment* – Well, four cars racing off of turn four to the checkered flag was pretty intense. Too bad only one of them was racing.

Read More »

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: Homestead Season Finale Recap

*The Key Moment – The Race:* When Martin Truex, Jr. fell off the pace with an equalized tire, Carl Edwards lost the only competition that could keep him honest all day and drove on to an easy win.*The Chase:* On the 24th lap, Denny Hamlin hit Greg Biffle and went spinning. The team never got back up on their heels afterwards, with their indecision on whether to pit during the ninth caution driving the final nail into their coffin.

Read More »

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: Phoenix-2 Race Recap

*The Key Moment* – With 47 laps left, Carl Edwards passed Denny Hamlin to take a lead he’d never relinquish.*In a Nutshell* – For the want of a nail the shoe was lost, for the want of a shoe a horse was lost… and for the want of a gallon of gas, the battle was lost. How about the war?*Dramatic Moment* – Edwards and Hamlin had a protracted battle for the lead running side by side, unusual to see for a points leader in the penultimate race of the season.

Read More »