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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2009 Talladega Spring Race Recap

Carl Edwards had the lead when Brad Keselowski got a fender inside of him off turn 4 on the final lap. Edwards moved to block the No. 09 a little too late, going for a terrifying ride into the catchfence off of Ryan Newman’s car while Keselowski drove to victory lane.

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2009 Phoenix Spring Race Recap

Mark Martin was able to quickly dispatch Ryan Newman on the race’s final restart, and Tony Stewart never generated the steam to catch him. Martin’s victory is a feel good story, but it doesn’t hide the fact Phoenix wasn’t much of a race.

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2009 Texas Spring Race Recap

Jeff Gordon emerged from the final round of pit stops with the lead as Carl Edwards’s No. 99 team fumbled the ball badly, dropping their boy to 11th. Gordon won for the first time in 47 races. You knew it was coming eventually – just not at Texas.

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2009 Martinsville Spring Race Recap

Jimmie Johnson ran down Denny Hamlin with 15 laps to go. He then moved the No. 11 car aside, with both cars getting sideways and smoking the tires before Johnson pulled ahead to take the lead. There’s nothing so wrong with the new NASCAR racing the sport’s oldest racetrack can’t fix it. Cars and drivers running side by side and nose to tail? Can I get a hallelujah, brothers and sisters?

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