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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: NASCAR 10 Years Down the Road

This long holiday weekend, I was doing some research for a book I’ll probably never write. As this season draws towards its conclusion, I found myself studying the results from the 1999 Atlanta season finale, run on November 21st almost 10 years ago. If you’re in your 20s or even 30s, a decade seems like …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Joey Logano – No One Is Better Than Joe Gibbs at Picking a Winner

If it appears that the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota driven by rookie Joey Logano has become increasingly more visible in recent weeks, it is because he’s begun to emerge from the back of the pack and become more of a weekly contender. Perhaps no driver entered the country’s top stock car series with higher …

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Voices from the Heartland: From Yellow Lines to Yellow Flags

Last week’s Voices From The Heartland dealt with NASCAR’s proclivity for allowing drivers to qualify below the (double) yellow, out of bounds line at Talladega. Some readers understood where I was coming from… and some did not. Well, let’s hope you all understand this week’s yellow-colored rant. Even if I have briefly touched on it …

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The Yellow Stripe: Top 15 Commercials of the 2008 NASCAR Season

Making a great 30-second ad is next to impossible. For those who’ve not sat for hours on a set drinking coffee, eating junk food and waiting interminably for something to happen, you would be absolutely shocked at the length of time it takes to make something seemingly so simple. Throughout the creative process (which typically …

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Fanning the Flames: Vague NASCAR Rules, Driver Moves & a Long Dry Spell

Thanks for the input this week, folks. The questions continue to keep me busy. Before we get going, I just have to say that I disagree with all the road course bashing I’ve heard over the last week. Was it really that boring at Infineon last Sunday? I thought it was a nice change of …

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 All-Star Challenge at Charlotte

1. No Problem, Ron – Sprint Cup Series points leader Kyle Busch ended his six-weekend streak of winning a race – somewhere and in some type of car or truck. The Las Vegas native won the pole positions at Lowe’s Motor Speedway for both the Craftsman Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 and the …

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