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Happiness Is… NASCAR Legitimacy?

Happiness Is… NASCAR Legitimacy?

Well here we go. NHRA was off last weekend. Tony Schumacher has Top Fuel just about wrapped up with a 134 point lead.  In Europe, F1 enjoyed an off weekend after Mercedes walked away with the constructors’ title in Sochi. That series is now a two man race between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Grand National racing was off too – does anyone even think of NASCAR’s B-division in those terms anymore?  ( We don’t know what to call it ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Talladega, Teamwork, Safety, and Beer

Happiness Is… Talladega, Teamwork, Safety, and Beer

So that’s that, eh?  Let it now be known, that in NASCAR, you can drive around like a complete asstaco and there’s not much they’ll do to you — unless you’re a backmarker and they’d like to make an example out of you but don’t really want to punish a superstar because that might piss off the super-influential owner or the sponsors that are aligned with him in the midst of a new-format playoff system that is bringing the sport ... Read More »

Pace Laps: KyBu Riding Steady, NHRA Week, F1 Sochi, and More

Pace Laps: KyBu Riding Steady, NHRA Week, F1 Sochi, and More

Sprint Cup Series: Busch Hanging Tough - With all the drama that unfolded after the race at Charlotte, the storylines seem to overlook one of the more intriguing aspects developing during the Chase, that being Kyle Busch.  If there had been odds in Las Vegas on who might be involved in such postrace nuttiness, KyBu’s name would have had to be at the top of the board.  Instead, the driver most associated with the adjective tempermental, is having one of the ... Read More »

Slipstream Saturday: The Inaugural Russian Grand Prix and Notes

Slipstream Saturday: The Inaugural Russian Grand Prix and Notes

The story that continues to hover over Formula One is Jules Bianchi’s crash last weekend in Japan.  Little in the way of details have been released about Bianchi’s injuries other than that he suffered a diffuse axonal brain injury.  This kind of injury is seriousness at its most poignant and Bianchi may very well be fighting for his life. Not surprisingly, the series held a press conference to go over the incident, discussing what happened, but also offering scant information ... Read More »

Happiness Is… The Master Plan, Second Chances, And Boom, Drama

Happiness Is… The Master Plan, Second Chances, And Boom, Drama

Last weekend, Formula One raced at Japan’s Suzuka circuit in rather treacherous conditions.  The organizers had the opportunity to move the race’s start time up in an effort to avoid Typhoon Phanfone, but ultimately decided against doing so in effort to maximize Europe’s ability to watch the race.  That’s right; even a typhoon couldn’t put one of these events off schedule. The race began in a downpour, with the cars parading behind a safety car, then to pit lane as ... Read More »

Pace Laps: HMS Flounders, Schumacher Wins Again and Perspective

Pace Laps: HMS Flounders, Schumacher Wins Again and Perspective

Sprint Cup Series: The Mighty Stumble - Hendrick Motorsports has long been the barometer to which other teams measure themselves.  Their position atop the performance and business hierarchy make them an easy target, similar to teams like the New York Yankees or the New England Patriots.  And for those who love to take a shot at them, then this past race at Kansas was for you, as Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Kasey Kahne all got personal with the wall ... Read More »

Slipstream Saturday: The Japanese Grand Prix & Big News

Slipstream Saturday: The Japanese Grand Prix & Big News

The Lowdown Formula One returns to action this weekend, racing in Japan at the Suzuka track, one known for its tricky corners.  This aspect has been highlighted by the fact that the driver sitting third in the points, Daniel Ricciardo, crashed during the second practice.  Or maybe it is confirmed by Lewis Hamilton, sitting first in points, crashed during the third practice session.  Those two incidents alone should provide all that’s need to make for an interesting grand prix. The ... Read More »

Happiness Is…Being Forgotten, and Vegas

Happiness Is…Being Forgotten, and Vegas

Well Dover was a letdown.  The rash of articles that posted on Monday and Tuesday that proffered analysis of the Dover race all seemed to hit on the fact that there was little in the way of anything exciting at the concrete oval.  These comments didn’t miss the mark. It should be noted that the Nationwide race also didn’t seem to have much going for it in the way of excitement, except for a wreck that nearly put championship leader ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Dover Downer, Elliott’s Excellence, Crafton’s Consistency and More

Pace Laps: Dover Downer, Elliott’s Excellence, Crafton’s Consistency and More

Sprint Cup Series:  Dover Downer - After the excitement of the first two races of the reborn Chase, Dover produced a race that didn’t follow the script.  Rather than being a hard-charging affair, with the four drivers positioned to lose out racing like madmen, it seemed like everyone did his best to log laps, not make a mistake, and do what was needed to bring a car home in one piece. Perhaps Dover isn’t quite the track to make wild moves, ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Kyle Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Jobs & Dover

Happiness Is… Kyle Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Jobs & Dover

Hip hip hooray, NASCAR announced its rules changes for the 2015 season.  Or something. The whole big hope is to mitigate the awful aero push that has transformed a number of tracks into circular parades.  The aerodynamic dependence of the cars, left unsettled by trailing in another’s wake, has become the bane of the circuit’s existence. Thus, by removing this aspect the cars should, in theory, be better able to pass. The shortened spoiler, created by taking two inches from ... Read More »