Tag Archives: Tim Richmond

Sam Mayer Earns First Career ARCA Victory at Toledo; First for GMS Racing Since 2015

In 15 previous starts, Sam Mayer‘s career-best finish was second. Mayer had wins in both the ARCA Menards East & West Series, and on Friday night (July 31), he finally tallied that first career victory in the ARCA Menards Series. Mayer had to hold off the No. 18 of Ty …

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Jeremy Mayfield Drama Exposes NASCAR’s Credibility Problem

It has been interesting to read the articles and comments devoted to the Mayfield mess. The surprise is the amount of fans in Mayfield’s corner. Some are lashing out at the institution of NASCAR as if it were a driver who had just wrecked their hero; others are presenting reasonable and thoughtful scenarios where Mayfield truly could be innocent. Fox Sports conducted a poll asking people who they believe in the controversy. 25% sided with Mayfield. That isn’t a majority, but it’s a lot for a guy who failed two drug tests. But forget the poll—why does Fox even ask the question?

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Did You Notice? Mayfield Burned At The Stake, Sadler’s Recurring Nightmare, And A Champ Cashing In

*Did You Notice?* … Elliott Sadler needs to get over the Daytona 500? I was thinking this over when reading up on one of the driver’s favorite pastimes: golf. Most of us were captivated Sunday by Tom Watson’s near-miracle at the British Open, where the 59-year-old nearly turned back the clock in coming one hole and one shot from winning another major. But with the trophy firmly within his grasp, Watson missed an eight-foot par putt, and in an instant his impression changed from nervous anticipation to the pain experienced by a runner-up who still had to go through the motions. Sure, there was a four-hole playoff left – Watson had fallen into a tie for the lead – but the great ones already know when they’ve lost.

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Five Points to Ponder: 2009 Lifelock 400 at Chicagoland Edition

*ONE: Will Martin Truex Jr. make the Chase in his first year at MWR?* *_Fan Vote -- YES: 63%; NO: 38%_* It was a move Martin Truex, Jr. had to make. The No. 1 Earnhardt-Ganassi team has been in disarray all season long, and Truex has felt the effects with just three top 10s and a current 24th spot in the driver standings. A move to Michael Waltrip Racing may not be a jump to a perennial powerhouse, but it’s a move that could reap benefits as both David Reutimann and Marcos Ambrose have shown that the team does harness potential. The million dollar question is, though, will the partnership between Truex and Waltrip lead to a Chase berth in 2010?

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Jeremy Mayfield Innocent Until Proven Guilty

News broke shortly before last weekend’s Darlington race that owner/driver Jeremy Mayfield had tested positive for a banned substance after a random test conducted under NASCAR’s new drug program. Mayfield was the first driver to run afoul of that new testing program and, obviously, the news raised some eyebrows. Let me go on record as supporting the new drug policy.

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Smokin’ Weed or a Smoke Screen? Mayfield’s Suspension for Banned Substance Provides More Questions Than Answers

The biggest story to break in NASCAR over the last few days has been Jeremy Mayfield’s suspension for a positive test for a banned substance following the May 2nd race at Richmond. A subsequent follow up B-test confirmed the previous test result. The only problem is, we don’t know hat he tested positive for. While this announcement is evidence that NASCAR is enforcing a policy that many once thought to be a policy in name only, it has cast quite a dark cloud over Mayfield. It has also altered the perception of a the driver turned owner/driver, who started the season off on such a positive note by qualifying for the Daytona 500 with his start-up team that was formed just weeks before the biggest event on the calendar. While many are shining the light on Mayfield, there is another element here that has a perception issue of its own when it comes to drug testing: NASCAR itself.

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Appreciating The Lady in Black

This week, the Cup circuit heads to Darlington, South Carolina for what will regrettably be its only stop at the "Track Too Tough To Tame" this season. Even given the awkward eve of Mother’s Day race date that no other track ever wanted, the fact they’ll be racing there this weekend still makes my heart rejoice. For even if you’ve read my output for just a few months, it should be painfully obvious to you by now that Darlington is my favorite track on the circuit. Some folks can’t understand my passion for this place.

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