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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: 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 difficult task -- though, in my mind, selecting four of the first five folks so honored is a no-brainer few can dispute. Let me preface my picks by saying that I feel no active driver, or even semi-active driver, should be considered for induction into the Hall of Fame.

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Mirror Driving: Logano A Legend Already?, Loudon’s Last Gasp, And Who’s Hall of Fame Worthy

*Joey Logano's surprise win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway made him the youngest driver ever to win a Sprint Cup race. Where does his season rank among other active drivers' rookie campaigns?* Jeff: Well, he’s probably the highest paid … But I am not surprised. Beth: He has actually surprised me.

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The Southern 500 and Darlington: Same As It Ever Was, Only Different

Saturday night’s Southern 500 at Darlington was more than just a trip down memory lane. The walls weren’t the only things that were a throwback at the minnow pond "Too Tough To Tame." Oh, sure, there were the usual reminders of how things have changed – the Car of Tomorrow, the race being run on a Saturday night in May instead of Labor Day weekend, Kyle Busch giving yet another tired, predictable, curt, and testy response before sprinting away like Usain Bolt after downing some tainted Taco Bell – but much like the last few weeks of racing, it was a refreshing look at no matter how much the face of racing has changed here, many things still remain the same.

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Not Yarborough vs. Johnson, Yarborough AND Johnson

Excuses, excuses. Everyone loves a good excuse, and this week, in the wake of Jimmie Johnson’s record-tying third straight Sprint Cup championship, I think I’ve heard them all. There are excuses why Johnson’s accomplishment isn’t as valid as Cale Yarborough’s was when he took three titles in a row in 1976-1978, compared to reasons why it was harder for Johnson to win the title under the Cup series’ current rules and with today’s competition. Over and over again, you hear this kind of "logic," and I use the term loosely, trying to explain away one driver’s accomplishments compared to an earlier or later time in the sport’s history. Well, the time for excuses is over.

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2008 Ford 400 at Homestead

It’s not every day you get this prestigious honor for finishing 15th, but Jimmie Johnson earns it by way of becoming the second driver in history to win three consecutive Cup championships, tying the mark set three decades ago by his boyhood hero, Cale Yarborough. The title is also the eighth for car owner Rick Hendrick and third as a car owner for team co-owner Jeff Gordon. Dynasty, anyone?

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Happy Hour: Is Jimmie Johnson’s 3-Year Run As Good As Cale Yarborough’s Was?

To say that Cale Yarborough scored better finishes and led more laps than Jimmie Johnson did in their dominant three-year periods, while not an invalid argument, is not entirely a big-picture one. Yarborough raced in an era where multi-car teams did not dominate the NASCAR landscape as they do today. NASCAR was also less popular, paid smaller purses and did not attract the level of competition that it does today.

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Voices From the Heartland: Reader’s Comment Inadvertently Reveals The Problem With Jimmie Johnson

Most of the time, while I do get my share of hate mail and hateful comments, it seems that the general, average Joe or Jane race fan tends to appreciate and agree with my point of view. However, a recent comment to yesterday’s Top 10 list, in which I basically compared Jimmie Johnson to Cale Yarborough, made me stop and think for a moment. The comment was from a reader named Linda, and she had these kind words for me.

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