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Huston Ladner
Promoted to editor this season, Huston works through some of the site’s biggest columns while writing one of his own: Happiness Is… (Fridays). “Stranded” on the islands of Hawaii, the aspiring college professor also helps anchor our IndyCar and Formula One racing coverage while coordinating Pace Laps, our multi-series news update (Mondays) each week.
Happiness Is… A Storybook Career, Sigh of Relief & Those Open Wheelers

Happiness Is… A Storybook Career, Sigh of Relief & Those Open Wheelers

Sigh of relief.  Everyone can thank Jeff Gordon for putting a stop the Ford juggernaut.  The win streak, of four in a row, was getting out of hand and some other manufacturer needed to be represented in Victory Lane. There’s a coupleinteresting things about the string that Ford had just put together, with the first being that it had taken so long, the last being in 2001.  Perhaps lurking beneath that is how average Toyota has been this year, with ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Hot Head Stevens, Statistics & Making an Entrance

Happiness Is… Hot Head Stevens, Statistics & Making an Entrance

More weeknight racing, please. Other Frontstretchers have asserted that nighttime races aren’t as good as the daytime events.  That’s fine, and Sunday afternoons have their place, but maybe not every week, and Wednesday’s truck race showed how likeable mid-week racing can be. As NASCAR continues to stick its head in the sand about making any schedule changes that might excite the fanbase, weeknight racing seems to be one of the coolest ideas that gets overlooked.  During these summer months, when ... Read More »

Open Wheel Wednesday: WTH Was That

Open Wheel Wednesday: WTH Was That

The IndyCar Series has been somewhat lucky so far this year.  Unlike the monster that is motorsports in the U.S., NASCAR, the open wheel series had managed to avoid one of those things that aggravates holding competition: rain. For a racing series that needs all the positives it can get, being able to run the races when scheduled just seems like an easy aspect.  But nothing is easy anymore.  The first of two races in Houston gave just that sort ... Read More »

Happiness Is…Ford, Foreign Countries and Getting Paid

Happiness Is…Ford, Foreign Countries and Getting Paid

It’s time to hammer down on NASCAR’s superficial Topic of the Week, sponsored by Prune Candy.  For this week’s edition, it’s the Joey Logano – Morgan Shepherd incident.  Heard enough about it?  Read enough about it?  Any fan of the sport should be able to check the Yes box on that one. Much of the redress has been supportive for Shepherd, stating that by NASCAR’s rules he had every right to be out on the track at New Hampshire.  Then ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview: Honda Indy Toronto – 2 in TO

IndyCar Preview: Honda Indy Toronto – 2 in TO

Last week’s race at Iowa came across as quite the show.  It featured good racing, a brainfart or two, and a strategic move that determined the winner.  When Ryan Hunter-Reay came into the pits for four fresh Firestones, no one anticipated that he’d be able to make his way to the front as easily as he did.  The win helped ease the pain of a rough slew of races for Hunter-Reay since he won the Indianapolis 500. While the win ... Read More »

Pace Laps: NASCAR Innovation, IndyCar Iowa, and More

Pace Laps: NASCAR Innovation, IndyCar Iowa, and More

Did you miss an event during this busy week in racing? How about a late-night press release, an important sponsorship rumor, or a juicy piece of news? If you did, you’ve come to the right place! Each Monday, The Frontstretch will break down the racing, series by series, to bring you the biggest stories that you need to watch going forward for the week ahead. Let our experts help you get up to speed, no matter what series you might ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Silly Season, Tweaks & Juan Pablo Montoya

Happiness Is… Silly Season, Tweaks & Juan Pablo Montoya

The Coke Zero 400 is but a distant memory and it is barely a week old.  That race often sits as the wonderful spectacle that marks a sense of the midpoint of the season while marrying itself to the country’s holiday party, particularly with its old name, the Firecracker 400. Yet this one fell flat. Yeah, this year has been a difficult one with regards to weather and racing, so much so that the wunderkind Air Titan 2.0 has been ... Read More »

Pace Laps: First-Time Winners, Long-Time Winners and Ferrari’s Forgettable Race

Pace Laps: First-Time Winners, Long-Time Winners and Ferrari’s Forgettable Race

Did you miss an event during this busy week in racing? How about a late-night press release, an important sponsorship rumor, or a juicy piece of news? If you did, you’ve come to the right place! Each Monday, The Frontstretch will break down the racing, series by series, to bring you the biggest stories that you need to watch going forward for the week ahead. Let our experts help you get up to speed, no matter what series you might ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Vacation, Luck & Making Friends

Happiness Is… Vacation, Luck & Making Friends

Ahhh.  It’s time for a pause.  One of those moments of reflection or something like that.  People who practice yoga might consider it a time to get centered.  Those who are taking a different path to enlightenment might feel it’s time to grab a beer and change the channel.  Duly noted. One of the things that has confounded Happiness Is in recent weeks are the frequent comments about how the media covering NASCAR is just a shill for the product. ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview: Pocono INDYCAR 500 Fueled by Sunoco

IndyCar Preview: Pocono INDYCAR 500 Fueled by Sunoco

The INDYCAR schedule is keeping its drivers up on the wheel.  The series will have gone from the Texas oval to the street course of Houston and now to the testy triumvirate of turns better known as Pocono.  The variety of tracks is an under-appreciated aspect of the tests that the drivers must face to win the championship. What’s News Pocono marks the third oval on the schedule, with Ryan Hunter-Reay winning at Indianapolis and Ed Carpenter doing so at ... Read More »