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Happiness Is: Controversy, Rosberg & Texas

Cup Action Kyle Busch Leading Way

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Once again a short track on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cups Series schedule provided some of the best action.  Such a scenario is nothing new, as tracks like Martinsville, Richmond, and Bristol have made for wonderful arenas to see both skilled driving play out amongst the chaos of fender rubbing. That Martinsville Speedway installed lights …

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F1 Slipstream Saturday: Bienvenidos, Mexican Grand Prix & More

Lewis Hamilton Wins 2017 Japanese Grand Prix

Is it about to become five title for Lewis Hamilton?(Photo: Getty Images)

The story of the race is, no surprise, Lewis Hamilton.  Should Hamilton finish fifth or better, the driver’s championship is over, regardless of where Sebastian Vettel takes the checkered flag.  Such a scenario really means the the title is a fait accompli, meaning that Hamilton, in essence, has already won the title.  For Vettel to …

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Happiness Is: Conspiracies, Texas & One

2017 Talladega Ii Cup Jimmie Johnson Chad Knaus Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

There were seven cars running when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race resumed for the final time last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.  Oh, right, it only seemed like seven, and of those left on the track, only four seemed like they had any chance at winning.  Such is how things can go at the …

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F1 Slipstream Sunday: Hamilton Closing In on His Fourth Title & Japanese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton Wins 2017 Japanese Grand Prix

Is it about to become five title for Lewis Hamilton?(Photo: Getty Images)

Sunny skies set the scene to start the Japanese Grand Prix, which felt much needed after FP2 was washed out and cloudy skies hovered over FP3 and qualifying.  Lewis Hamilton made a clean getaway at lights out and had his way with the field as he enjoyed another race victory, his fourth in the past …

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Happiness Is: Late-Season Racing & Change

2017 Chicago Cup Martin Truex Jr Burnout Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

With all the crazy goings on in the world we all need a few moments to get happy.  While this column is more than willing to acknowledge the intersection between sport and politics and believes that they are exorbitantly linked, that does not belie the fact that sport also acts as a place for community …

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Slipstream Saturday: Selamat tinggal, Malaysian GP; and More

Renault Malaysia 2017

This weekend, Formula 1 returns to Sepang International Circuit for the Malaysian Grand Prix.  The race comes in a bittersweet fashion as this will be the last F1 event at the track for the foreseeable future.  The government, who backs the race, has withdrawn its support amid rising prices and decreasing attendance.  Surely, having such …

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Happiness Is: Sports & Politics

2017 Loudon Cup Brad Keselowski Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Recent events have been focusing on the flag and notions of protest and reactions have ranged from right to left, from sane and logical to outlandish and misguided. Wherever your thought process may rest, that’s your call. But this column is calling BS on the ‘stick to sports’ rhetoric and the notions that sport and …

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Happiness Is: The Drivers Edition

2016 Darlington Cup Jeff Gordon Zach Catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The playoffs have started in NASCAR; the IndyCar season is over; and Formula 1 is about to begin its drive home. Happiness Is… Gordon.  Jeff Gordon has been out the sport for two years now (sort of), having joined the madness of the FOX broadcast team and attempted to contribute a sensible voice.  When his …

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Slipstream Saturday: The Malaysian Grand Prix & More

Force India Fin

The new Force India fin that debuted in Singapore, 2017 (photo: Getty Images)

This week the sport of Formula 1 returns for its tenth running of the Singapore Grand Prix under the lights.  The street course provides interesting theater while also being a track that favors neither Mercedes or Ferrari.  To be clear, Mercedes has excelled on every track over the past four years, but this track is …

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Happiness Is: Time, Lights & Action

2017 Richmond Ii Cup Aric Almirola Trevor Bayne Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

There’s a whole bunch going on in the NASCAR world this week, and much of it leaves the sport looking like, from an outsider’s perspective, it’s in upheaval.  Perhaps that is the case.  But perhaps it’s not.  The notion of things being in a constant state of crisis is one that has proliferated in many …

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Happiness Is: Darlington, Fans & Road Courses

4 6 September, 2015, Darlington, South Carolina Usa Denny Hamlin, Sport Clips Toyota Camry ©2015 Scott R Lepage Nkp

Darlington Raceway, 2017(Photo: Scott R LePage/NKP)

Welcome back to another edition Happiness Is, complete with fresh Happy.  Or something.  I’m not sure that the elves in the kitchen can always be trusted to deliver the freshest and bestest of happiness but they try.  But after this past weekend, it shouldn’t be too difficult.   One caveat.   Much gets made of …

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