Race Weekend Central

Happiness Is… Acting, Thanking & Remembering

2015 Kentucky CUP Jeff Gordon car CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

This week, NASCAR provides fans with an interesting and peculiar division. It’s almost as if the governing body is playing a game of Yes and No with the schedule. It’s a tantalizing mixture, one that offers nods to the past and the present while also bringing about a beguiling look toward the future. All of that …

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Happiness Is… Saving a Sport

2015 Kentucky CUP Carl Edwards car CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

The sport is saved. Yay, the new NASCAR rules package that got tested at Kentucky is the panacea that all had hoped for; now, everything is hunky dory. It was the general reaction that emanated from the world, both during and after the Kentucky race. In a way, that works. The racing on track appeared …

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IndyCar Recap: 2015 ABC Supply Co. Inc. Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee

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Photo Credit: Chris Jones

In a Nutshell: For much of the race on the flat 1-mile track, two-time race-winner Josef Newgarden looked to be running away to victory. Though Ryan Briscoe posed a serious challenge, a terrible pit stop pushed him back in the field and Newgarden maintained the lead. Then, the yellow flags changed things. Two yellow flags …

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Happiness Is… Franchising, Tinkering & Miling

2015 Daytona II CUP Austin Dillon crash CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

The Daytona Cup race put the governing body squarely in the crosshairs for those seeking to find more issues with the sport – and deservedly so. Let’s run down the quick checklist: Scheduling the race for Sunday night: check Scheduling the race for any night: check Asinine rain delay: check Starting the race at a …

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Slipstream Saturday: Changes Are Coming; Silverstone Up Next

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Photo Credit: Getty Images

Two weeks ago, Nico Rosberg scored a surprising win at the Austrian Grand Prix, making a statement after his teammate Lewis Hamilton had cruised to victory in Canada. The surrounding sense in the sport pushed the notion that with Hamilton’s win, his recovery from losing at Monaco was complete and that he would begin to …

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Happiness Is… Numbers, Yes! & Dates

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(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

In response to an article last week, one of our writers jumped into the fray that is the comments section. Matt McLaughlin offered his FWIW using a notion that Jim Utter had stated that used a Ven diagram to dissect NASCAR fan commentary. The jist derived from McLaughlin’s comment was that, by and large, the …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Confounding Fontana

Ryan Briscoe flips after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA

Photo Credit: Chris Jones, IndyCar Media

Early this past Saturday morning, the first race of the Formula E championship weekend started under a yellow flag. The event, held on the tight streets of a make-shift road course at London’s Battersea park  brought some elevated concern from the drivers, especially about the first turn. Many drivers believed that the tight confines would …

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Happiness Is… Raining on the Confederate Flag’s Parade?

2015 Kansas I CUP rain delay credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Last week, the nation endured yet another moment of grief as it endured the senseless slaughter of church-goers in Charleston, South Carolina. This column isn’t the place for getting into all of the messiness and problems that surround that event, though it doesn’t seem like the government will take care of everything either. One of …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Wrapping Up IndyCar’s Last Month

IndyCar 2015 Indy Montoya on track credit Mark Reed

Photo Credit: Mark Reed

Toni Montgomery: Can we have a quick refresh – what races have they run since our last chat? Toronto and Texas. Did we chat after Detroit last?  Wait – it was before Indy, wasn’t it? OK, that helps – got my bearings. Huston Ladner: I thought we hit upon Indy, but perhaps not. I’d say go with …

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Slipstream Saturday: F1 Heading to the Mountains

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The last race, the Canadian Grand Prix, showcased what in many ways is the current status of Formula 1. Such a statement is no shock. Lewis Hamilton earning another win, his 37th, was in no way a surprise, nor was having his teammate, Nico Rosberg, finish second. The Mercedes duo is the class of the …

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Happiness Is… Family, Retro & A Breather

2015 Daytona I CUP Dale Earnhardt Jr credit Yvonne Leonard

(Photo: Yvonne Leonard, Frontstretch)

One of the big announcements that was made this week was NASCAR’s decision to implement a different rules package for the upcoming race at Kentucky. The decision to make changes to the current aero package is warranted but the question that comes about is: are the alterations enough? As has been documented everywhere, the spoiler, …

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Happiness Is… New Hampshire, Actuality & Michigan

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Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

One of the debates that surrounds auto racing is one that continues to rage, that being how to classify it; is it a sport or just entertainment?  In NASCAR, this debate is fueled by what appear to be manipulations in the racing or things like phantom-debris cautions, green-white-checkered finishes, the lucky dog and the list goes …

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