Race Weekend Central

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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Happiness Is…Addition, Jeff Gordon & Texas

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

One of the stories surrounding NASCAR that continues to get attention is the one involving the title sponsor.  For months now, the organization has let it be known that it was in negotiations and that it would unveil a sponsor when the timing is right.  Apparently this message includes the caveat that those in charge of making …

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Slipstream Saturday: Rosberg Holding On, the Mexican Grand Prix & More

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Nico Rosberg at the Mexican Grand Prix

The drivers championship is getting all of the attention and rightly so – especially as Mercedes has already taken the constructor’s championship.  It has been a while since the title has come down to the last few races.  Last year, Lewis Hamilton wrapped up the championship at the U.S. Grand Prix, leaving the rest of …

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Happiness Is… A Tame Talladega, Surprises & Martinsville

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21-23 October, 2016, Talladega, Alabama USA Joey Logano, Brian Scott, Greg Biffle, and Alex Bowman ©2016, Barry Cantrell / NKP

That’s it, with the feared Talladega Superspeedway in the rear-view mirror, the remaining drivers can breathe easy and plot their way to a championship.  In a way, that seems simple, as easy as: go fast.  But things are never quite that simple and the remaining drivers offer a myriad of different ways to wonder about …

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Slipstream Saturday: Rosberg Rolling, The U.S. Grand Prix & More

Nico Rosberg during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 21, 2015 in Spa, Belgium. (Credit: Getty Images)

(Credit: Getty Images)

Four races remain in the 2016 Formula 1 season, and Nico Rosberg holds a 33 point lead over his teammate Lewis Hamilton.  Last year, Hamilton was in the process of wrapping up his third championship when the series visited the U.S. Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.  His victory, however, looks to have …

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Happiness Is… Messy Charlotte, Lewis Hamilton & Lights

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(Photo: Mike Neff)

This past Sunday Jimmie Johnson locked himself into the next round of the Chase, avoiding any kind of pratfall that might befall him at the super scary, oh no, Talladega, the roulette-wheel track.  For Johnson and Co. the move is exactly the one they needed to make to progress in the current Chase format.  Points …

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Slipstream Saturday: Mercedes Conspiracy & More, Ahead of the Japanese GP

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Lewis Hamilton (credit: Getty Images)

Last Sunday, at the Malaysian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton looked to have race victory in hand.  After starting from the pole, Hamilton made a clean getaway and put the field in his rear view.  His teammate became the victim of Sebastian Vettel dive-bombing he first turn, putting Vettel out of the race and Nico Rosberg …

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Slipstream Saturday: Malaysian Grand Prix Preview And Formula 1 News

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Nico Rosberg at the Bahrain GP (credit: Getty Images)

After having a week off to digest the Singapore Grand Prix, Formula 1 returns to action this weekend and the newly repaved Sepang International Circuit for the Malaysian Grand Prix.  With Nico Rosberg having won the last three races and now taking the lead in the championship by eight points, the driver’s battle remains close. …

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Happiness Is… Tony Stewart, Kyle Larson & Shrinking

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

This Sunday will bring about the first round of eliminations in the the Cup Chase.  That means that the feel-good story of Chris Buescher and his appearance in the Chase will come to end when the checkered flag flies.  That seems like an easy statement to make as Buescher sits in 16th place and is …

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Happiness Is…New Hampshire, Ratings & Big Money

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Well that was fast.  For a racing series, speed is usually a good thing.  In this case, well, maybe the speed that NASCAR showed this week is maybe not such a good thing.  The matter here is NASCAR’s decision to change how it adjudicates penalties for the laser inspections and lug nuts.  This move is …

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Slipstream Saturday: F1 Changes & the Singapore GP

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This weekend marks what is loosely the Asian swing of the Formula 1 schedule as the series races at night in Singapore.  With seven races remaining this season, this race sits as an interesting one for the all the teams.  It’s a situation of having one foot in the room and one foot out the …

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