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Slipstream Saturday: The Italian GP & More

F1 Gp Monza

Tifosi Ferrari Fans Monza Formula 1 GP Monza. Foto Imago/Insidefoto

Ciao and benvenuto to the back-end of Formula 1’s consecutive race weekends.  Last week, Lewis Hamilton tied Michael Schumacher atop the all-time list with 68, added to his win total, and closed the gap to Sebastian Vettel to seven points in the driver’s championship.  It seems safe to say that Hamilton enjoyed a pretty decent …

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Happiness Is: Bristol, Scheduling & Yin-Yang

21 22 August, 2015, Bristol, Tennessee Usa Kyle Busch, Skittles Toyota Camry Denny Hamlin, Fedex Ground Toyota Camry ©2015, Matthew T. Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Last week, this column made a silly comment about Kyle Busch running away the Truck series race, and that it might be something that would spoil the rare Wednesday night event.  The main point was that weeknight races seem like a wonderful opportunity that NASCAR is failing to embrace.  It still seems that way, as …

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Happiness Is: Kyle Larson’s 2017 Success

2017 Michigan Ii Cup Kyle Larson Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Happiness Is… Larson.  Kyle Larson took a rather tepid race at Michigan International Speedway and hijacked it.  On the final restart, he split the middle and powered through to become the surprise winner.  While he may have been lurking around the top at points, Larson never seemed to be a true threat for the win, …

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Happiness Is: Business & Redemption

Nascar Xfinity Series

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

The clamoring over having Cup drivers race in the XFINITY and Truck series made NASCAR alter the participation strategies going into this season.  The change helped insofar as that the Cup interlopers weren’t winning every race because their participation had been limited.  Oh right, that’s not what has happened.  The idea was that limiting Cup …

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Slipstream Saturday: The Hungarian Grand Prix & More

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This weekend, Formula 1 makes its return to the Hungaroring for the (surprise surprise) Hungarian Grand Prix.  This race brings with it a particular eagerness from all parties involved as it is the last event before the summer break.  Another way of looking at things is that it’s like the last day of school before …

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Happiness Is: Ratings, Intelligence & That New Car Smell

2017 Indianapolis Cup Trevor Bayne Austin Dillon Crash Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Hope you enjoyed the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Silly Season, brought to you by the Jackhawk 9000 as it seems like it has almost wrapped.  This aspect of the sport is one that approaches free agency in other sports but doesn’t quite deliver in the same dramatic fashion.   It would seem if there …

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Happiness Is: Head Games, Shake Up & Advertising

2017 Cup New Hampshire Zach Catanzareti Matt Kenseth

Matt Kenseth (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

This past Sunday, Denny Hamlin did his best to slay whatever dragons are wreaking havoc in the Joe Gibbs team complex.  His win, the first of the year for the team, locked him into the playoffs while also making him the 12th different driver to win this season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series …

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Slipstream Saturday: Questions Surround the British Grand Prix

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Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing drives and completes a pit stop at the Houses of Parliament on July 2, 2010 in London, England.

The British Racing Drivers Club announced this past week that they are exercising the opt-out clause in the contract they hold with Formula 1 to host the British Grand Prix.  The BRDC, better regarded as the owners of the Silverstone circuit, have cited that they cannot continue in their relationship with F1 as they continue …

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Slipstream Saturday: Sebastian Vettel Away Clean & More Ahead of the Austrian GP

Para Sebastian Vettel Nao Ha Duvida A Pista De Sochi Favorece A Mercedes

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When the cars last took to the track in Formula 1, they raced on the streets of Baku, Azerbaijan.  The race turned out to be, thus far, the most entertaining of the year.  Mind you, that does not mean that it was the best or most competitive race, but certainly the most entertaining.  Aside from …

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Happiness Is: The NASCAR World We Live In

2017 Nascar Monster Energy Cup Series, Daytona

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade /NKP)

This past Saturday night featured the annual summer return to Daytona for the 400 mile event.  This Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (oh yes, it never stops being fun to type out the full title for the Cup series, as goofy as it is) race, was an interesting collage of strategy, fast cars, driving acumen, …

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