Tag Archives: Matt Kenseth

Did You Notice? Tragic NASCAR Death Reminder To Push For A Higher Standard

In four years of covering the NASCAR beat, I never “officially” met David Poole. But you don’t have to know him to understand. The word is beloved, and the year is 2006. I’m asked to speak for a documentary about the past, present, and future of NASCAR. The producer, a friend, chooses three writers to be his main analysts; David Poole and I are among the chosen few. The day he interviews Poole down in Charlotte, I get a call. “You won’t believe what happened,” he says.

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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 four 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.

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The Season Ahead – Martinsville Serves as NASCAR’s True Test of Legitimacy

I have always maintained that Martinsville is the true litmus test for the opening months of the NASCAR season. Daytona is the Superbowl of motorsports, and it is easy to get caught up in the hype of the grandest race on the schedule. A win can make a season or …

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Is Roush Fenway’s Slow Start A Case of Short Track-itis… Or A Sign Of Something Else?

In the euphoria surrounding his rain-shortened victory in the Daytona 500, the self-styled perfectionist Jack Roush must have permitted himself a wry smile. Winning the biggest race of all for the very first time -- after 113 previous Sprint Cup victories in 21 years of ownership -- must have felt like a harbinger of what was to come in 2009. No doubt, Roush thought it was an important first step en route to what he expects will be a third Sprint Cup crown. Sadly, for the “Cat in the Hat,” it hasn’t proved to lean in that direction so far as after six rounds of action, all five of his drivers have, to some extent, underachieved.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Edition

What a race Sunday! The Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway gave fans the tight racing action they have been yearning for since before the season began. The close racing amongst competitors individually made the race well worth watching, as did the fact that some unexpected drivers had good runs on the tricky, half-mile track. While several surprise drivers slid into the top 15 or 20, other expected contenders found themselves in holes early in the event, with little or no chance of digging out. Here are the *HOT*, *WARM*, and *COLD* drivers this week, before the Cup Series breaks its short track excursion and travels to Texas Motor Speedway this Sunday. *HOT: Denny Hamlin* – After having the second best car last week and finishing there, the Chesterfield, VA native appeared poised to finish first Sunday, as he had the field’s best car and proved so by leading the most laps (296).

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: A Look Back At The 2009 Season To Date

Four weeks into the 2009 NASCAR season, nothing is etched in stone. It’s too early on to know who will be champion and even too early to predict the 12 drivers who will make the Chase quite yet. But the first four Cup events of this season have offered a diverse set of track layouts: a plate track, a low banked mid-sized oval, a moderately banked mid-size oval and a high-banked mid-size oval. These sorts of tracks will make up the meat and potatoes of the Cup schedule though for the next couple weeks and fans will get their just desserts with some short track racing. Already we’re seeing some trends develop only a month deep into the seemingly endless Tragical Mystery Tour that is this year’s Cup schedule. And the following information is offered due to one irrefutable fact--there was no Cup race last Sunday and there’s damn little to write about right now as a deadline looms. *Is the Bloom off the Rose?* Of the four Cup races this season, two were sellouts, Daytona and Las Vegas. The other two, Fontana and Atlanta, featured huge swathes of open seats.

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta

_Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway:_ "This was big. I have to thank my Miller Lite guys, this car was unbelievable. Good things come to those who wait. We've waited over a year and a half for this CoT to find a good package, and we've had that to start 2009. Penske power is back! This feels awesome. I've got to thank guys like Carl Edwards for racing me clean at the end." _Kurt Busch_

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