Race Weekend Central

Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: NASCAR Notes While Adrift in the Doldrums of June

Wow, no wonder TNT was able to outbid ABC and FOX for this stretch of the Cup schedule. Last week’s Michigan race was perhaps the most tepid and unpalatable event since Jeff Burton led flag-to-flag at NHIS during the restrictor-plate experiment that failed. And it seems unlikely that things are going to get much better with upcoming races at Sonoma, New Hampshire and Joliet. The sport is stuck in the annual early summer doldrums, races which seem to have been inadvertently designed to get fans to flick off their TV and turn to more pleasurable activities outside. Of course, any one of these upcoming events could turn out to be a classic; but, given past history, the odds are against that happening.

Full Throttle: Try as We Might, Racing is Still Dangerous

The sport of automobile racing excites competitors and fans on many levels. The speed, the sound, the engineering, the strategy are all things that stimulate the senses and thrill people who come to the race track or watch on TV. One thing that thrills some drivers is the fact that they push it to the …

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