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Happiness Is… Isle of Man Time Trials, Pocono(?) and Maple Syrup

Happiness Is… Isle of Man Time Trials, Pocono(?) and Maple Syrup

The season is over; everyone can start testing for next year. Now that Jimmie Johnson has won the last two races, there’s a prevailing feeling that the team has found their golden horseshoe, is about to go on a tear and that no one stands a chance. It’s quite possible that sentiment is correct. That would save a lot of teams money, as they won’t have to show up at the track — much like the fans at Dover last ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Cornucopia, The Draft & Congress

Happiness Is… Cornucopia, The Draft & Congress

Happiness Is is more than happy to put that lackluster display of racing, aka Talladega, down to memory. While the continued goal here is to find the positive side of motorsports, it is becoming increasingly difficult to do so with the superspeedway in Alabama. The fact that the Cup race made sure to end with a debatable finish just adds to the fun. Ugh. The interesting positive that came from Talladega was qualifying. In fact, some might argue that Cup qualifying ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Swan Racing’s Future, Fast Females and Dropping Out

Pace Laps: Swan Racing’s Future, Fast Females and Dropping Out

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 week, 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 »

Formula One Slipstream Saturdays: Nice Guys Don’t Finish First

About ten years ago or so, I set up a business with a gentleman who’d become well known on the UK series of Dragon’s Den. Now forgive me explaining if you have the same in the US, but it’s a series where a group of entrepreneurs and multi-millionaires meet with aspiring business owners who are looking for investment. The perpetually terrified prospective business partners pitch their ideas to the “Dragons” and spend the next few minutes being grilled to within ... Read More »

Happiness Is…Arrogance, Less, Next, and the Outdoors

Happiness Is…Arrogance, Less, Next, and the Outdoors

It’s a NASCAR-free weekend. What will the ratings be for that? Much has been made of TV ratings so far this season; for NASCAR, IndyCar and even F1 have all been showing poorly thus far. (In fairness to the F1 series, the live races have been at strange hours for Americans, unless you’re in Hawaii, and the rebroadcasts have sometimes come in opposition to NASCAR races). The dell knell has sounded and now fans are watching, with a rubber-necked intrigue, to see the sport ... Read More »

Happiness Is… The DVR, Will Robinson, Not Mercedes & Long Beach.

Happiness Is… The DVR, Will Robinson, Not Mercedes & Long Beach.

One of the easy ways to fill space in a NASCAR column for the past couple years has been to debate the role of Cup drivers in the Nationwide Series. The oft-used comparison in this argument is that drivers who dabble in Nationwide are like Major League Baseball players dropping down into the minor leagues. First, let’s ignore the fact that too many writers feel the need to compare the sport to so-called stick-and-ball sports. Second, let’s also ignore the fact that ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Who’ll Watch The Rain, Youth, Force, Bahrain, And Icebreakers

Pace Laps: Who’ll Watch The Rain, Youth, Force, Bahrain, And Icebreakers

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 week, 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…A Story, 6, Power, and Bahrain

Happiness Is…A Story, 6, Power, and Bahrain

Martinsville is just what NASCAR needed, right? It had everything everybody wanted without talk of aero-push or aero-loose. It was like tastes great AND less filling. No way! The first thing it featured was the (somewhat overblown) feud between Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski, complete with Kes formally addressing the camera in his post-accident interview and letting Busch, who was apparently watching the race in his car (?), know that he was coming for him. Great theatre. And the fact that the other party, Busch, is the ... Read More »

F1 Slipstream Saturday: Malaysia Edition

F1 Slipstream Saturday: Malaysia Edition

Well that was quite fun, wasn’t it? After the doom-mongers finished their hand-wringing, predicting no cars finishing, a terrible lack of noise and a championship based on luck… well… we had a pretty good race and a few very interesting elements to consider running up to this weekend in Malaysia. Here’s five points to discuss the season opener, getting us ready for race number two on the F1 slate… 1 – Noise Bernie doesn’t like it, but there were a ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Trucks, McNabb, Latecomers & Formula One

Happiness Is… Trucks, McNabb, Latecomers & Formula One

Once upon a time, there was a track that featured scintillating racing. She was a lovely track, and people were always fond of her and what she provided. One of the aspects that made the racing so good was how the tires wore out and how the drivers had to figure out how to deal with the issue. The track became a mix of masterful car setups and smart driving, which seems to be the right combination for good racing. ... Read More »