Race Weekend Central

Slipstream Saturday: Alonso Out; On to Bahrain

Nico Rosberg Gp Bahrain 2016

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

This weekend, Formula 1 makes its second stop of the season. Hopefully by then people will have stopped thinking about the series’ 2016 debut long enough to pay attention, still the topic of discussion following a major crash whose footage found its way around the world. After a rather wild race in Australia, everyone in the …

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Happiness Is…Lawsuits, Consistency & Rumors

2016 Fontana Cup Jimmie Johnson Superman Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade /NKP)

Another weekend, another wild finish, and another Jimmie Johnson win.  In some ways, the race and result brought a collective yawn.  Johnson racking up another win is about as surprising as the sun rising in the morning (at least that’s how it seems sometimes).  That Kevin Harvick ruled three-quarters of the race may have also …

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Pace Laps: Sprint Cup Hollywood Ending, Wild XFINITY Finish & F1 Crashes

2016 Fontana Cup Jimmie Johnson Pack Racing Brett Moist Nkp

(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

Sprint Cup: Hollywood Ending for Unlikely Teams – It was quite the super finish for a number of NASCAR’s “underdog” teams Sunday at Auto Club Speedway. Behind Superman of Jimmie Johnson driving to another victory in 2016 there were 31 cars who finished on the lead lap in an afternoon littered with tire failures and side-by-side …

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Alonso Walks Away From Devastating F1 Wreck

fernando alonso (credit: McLaren)

(Photo Credit: McLaren)

The Formula 1 season began Sunday in wild fashion.  The Australian Grand Prix, held in Melbourne featured the Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen racing past their Mercedes foes at the surprising start. But while the race out front was spectacular, filled with differing strategies, Fernando Alonso and Esteban Gutierrez remain the talk of the …

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Happiness Is… Rookie Class Hype

Last Sunday, Jimmie Johnson matched the win total compiled by Dale Earnhardt, and now they sit tied at 76. Johnson accomplished this feat in almost five fewer seasons, which statistically points to just how good he really is.  That Johnson is just one championship behind Earnhardt says something – but with the ever-changing format of how a championship …

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Happiness Is… Atlanta, Handling & Musical Chairs

The Daytona 500 now sits in the rear view mirror.  Denny Hamlin added his name to the big trophy and enjoyed the spoils of the win.  While his story may be a feel good one for him and his team there is still something about the whole thing that felt a little flat.  It’s not …

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Happiness Is…Charters, Rookies & Green Flags

After Kyle Busch earned the 2015 Sprint Cup championship, the sport took a much needed break. The grind of the NASCAR season is one of the longest in sports, and the time away is good for the fans, drivers, crew people, media and anyone else associated with the traveling circus. For much of the offseason …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Kasey Kahne

2015 Watkins Glen Cup Kasey Kahne Cia

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

Kasey Kahne looked to the 2015 season as a reboot. With his longtime crew chief Kenny Francis replaced by Keith Rodden, the change was meant to invigorate a career that had become middling. With a finishes of 12th and 15th in 2013 and 2014, respectively, Kahne seemed to be a driver in his mid-30s who …

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