Race Weekend Central

Happiness Is… Maintaining the Positive View

2017 Fontana Cup Kyle Larson Martin Truex Jr Racing Barry Cantrell Nkp

(Photo: Barry Cantrell / NKP)

Happiness Is…Holding.  One of the things that continues to be a big discussion point surrounding NASCAR are the TV ratings.  These numbers point to viewership numbers but are also the key component for gauging fan interest and the sport’s overall ‘health’.  Once again, the Cup race this past weekend at Auto Club Speedway set a …

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Happiness Is…Good Stuff

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

It seems that much of all the hype, concern, debate, resentment, vitriol and whatnot surrounding the implementation of stages is all for naught.  The Cup race this past weekend at Atlanta played out as almost any other race at a 1.5-mile track.  The question that should have been raised is why, when the caution flag flew …

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Happiness Is… New Stuff

2017 Daytona Xfinity Zach Catanzareti Daytona International Speedway

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The total estimated loss from destroyed equipment from the three NASCAR races this past weekend at Daytona is roughly between millions and half the national deficit.  Or something like that.  While the races may have been entertaining from an absurdist view, owing to all the wrecks, the concept of flow was ruined in all three …

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Happiness Is… Getting Back to Green

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No need to get into anything heady with yet another critique or defense of NASCAR and all of its wonders and ills.  Let’s just get things going. Happiness Is…Newness. Back in 1971, R.J. Reynolds took over the naming rights for NASCAR’s top division of racing, bringing about what became known as the Winston Cup Series. …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Kyle Busch

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(Photo: Yvonne Leonard)

When Kyle Busch exited his car after finishing sixth in the finale at Homestead, he came across as a bitter, disappointed driver.  With Jimmie Johnson taking the race, and the championship title that Busch had, held, there was little solace to be found for Busch. Perhaps no driver overtly exemplifies the mantra of “if you …

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Slipstream Saturday: The Battle for the Title in Abu Dhabi, Farewells & More

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Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton ahead of the 2016 finale at Abu Dhabi (credit: Getty Images)

This Sunday marks the end of the 2016 Formula 1 season.  Mercedes earned the manufacturer’s championship, the one that matters with regard to handing out the prize money, long ago and never looked to be pressured for the title.  The driver’s championship, however, is a little more tight, though something to be determined between the …

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Happiness Is…Homestead, Drama & Offseason

Jimmie Johnson Sunlight Burnout Martinsville Cup 2016 Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

That’s a wrap.  The 2016 NASCAR season is now one for the history books, with Jimmie Johnson now level with other seven-time champions.  Though many are apt and willing to argue with Johnson’s place in history, questioning the format under which he won each title, his name will still be inked as the one in …

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Happiness Is…Smoke, Championships & Optimism

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This weekend is the culmination of the long NASCAR season.  For the Cup regulars, that means 36 points-paying events in addition to two other races that are just for the joy of the sport.  For the Trucks and XFINITY characters, the season may not feature as many laps or weekends at work but that doesn’t …

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Happiness Is… Smarts, Desperation & So Close

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

The weather forecast for the upcoming weekend at Phoenix International Raceway looks excellent, sunny and no chance of rain.  That should come as a relief to NASCAR execs and fans who slogged their way through the six hours of delay for the Cup race at Texas.  That rain also shortened the race brought about what …

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