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Slipstream Saturday: F1 Returns to Hockenheim & More

This weekend Formula 1 visits one of its old stomping grounds when the series hits Hockenheimring for the German Grand Prix.  If you recall, there was no German GP last year.  In one of those moves that angered fans and confused those within the sport, F1 supremo leveraged the race against more money and ultimately …

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Slipstream Saturday: Radio Rules, Track Limits and More at the Hungarian Grand Prix

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)

As Formula 1 is set to have back-to-back race weekends before the summer break, here’s a look at what’s happening at this week’s Hungarian Grand Prix.   – Mercedes and Nico Rosberg tested the limits of the radio rules governing F1 this year at Silverstone, giving with the team giving him coaching which resulted in a …

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Happiness Is… Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Sitting Out

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(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

What to do, what to do?  One of the things that Bill France decried when shepherding the sport of NASCAR was that the fans should walk away knowing who won the race.  Apparently that meant that the fans knowing something equated to cementing the results and tinkering with infractions later.   Matt Kenseth failing laser …

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Slipstream Saturday: The Communication Rule & More Ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix

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The last Formula 1 race, the first on the Baku Street Circuit in Azerbaijan, highlighted one of the problems with the current rules governing the sport.  Now, it’s rather easy to find faults with a litany of rules that oversee everything from the car to the pits to the helmets.  That the drivers are prohibited …

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Happiness Is… NBC’s Return

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Road course racing has gained in popularity over the past few years.  One of the reasons for this shift is that the races have supplanted the smaller tracks as the place for action, or more specifically, the proverbial beatin’ and bangin’ that so many fans enjoy.  When Bruton Smith tinkered with Bristol Motor Speedway (over …

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Slipstream Saturday: The First Race at the Baku City Circuit

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This weekend Formula 1 will race on the streets of Baku, Azerbaijan, a new track to the schedule. The addition provides another tight challenge to the calendar as the track features some of the same unforgiving aspects of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.  There had been a slight possibility that the series might visit Baku last year …

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Happiness Is…The Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon Feud

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

This column has pointed out some of the silliness surrounding how drivers can make the Chase in the first weekend of racing and then be able to cruise or test for a good portion of the season. That’s not to say that drivers don’t want to win on a weekly basis, but holding the big …

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Open Wheel Wednesday: Dissecting the Texas Mess & Road America

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(Photo: Chris Owens / IndyCar)

1) IndyCar postponed the conclusion of the Texas race until Aug 27 where the race will resume on lap 71 as things were. Did they make the right decision? What should they have done? Aaron Bearden (IndyCar/NASCAR): I’m not certain of the date, but there wasn’t too much that INDYCAR officials could do given the …

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Slipstream Saturday: The Tricky Circuit Gilles Villeneuve & More

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After a weekend off, Formula 1 has jumped across the Atlantic Ocean and landed in Montreal, Canada at one of the more tricky tracks on the schedule. That kind of comment seems silly. All of the tracks have their peculiarities that make them difficult; be it the turns, the elevations, the straights, or how any …

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