Race Weekend Central

Happiness Is… Kyle Busch’s Return, NAPA Know-How & Rain

2015 Richmond I Cup Chase Elliott Kenny Francis Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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So for a brief moment there, Kevin Harvick created a bit of a stir when he mentioned that he thought that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule was stagnant and one of the things holding the sport back. The reaction, from postings and chatter, was that Harvick was both spot on and an idiot. That …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Fingers Crossed for the GP of Indianapolis

2014 Indycar Belle Isle Castroneves Leading

Photo Credit: IndyCar

It’s May, which can mean only one thing. Ha, whatever, it can mean lots of things. Mother’s Day is just about upon us.  College graduations are set to unleash a new flood of graduates into the world. Music festivals. Season finales for numerous TV shows. Playoffs. But for motorsports, the month of May has traditionally …

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Slipstream Saturday: Notes From the Off Weeks

Nico Rosberg Mercedes Formel 1 Gp Bahrain 17 April 2015 Credit Xpb

Photo Credit: XPB

When the Formula 1 cars were last on track, they were racing in Bahrain and Lewis Hamilton drove away to a decent gap and managed his car to the finish to earn his third win of the year. That makes it three out of four for the Mercedes driver and offers a foreboding sense to …

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Happiness Is: The Magic 8-Ball Edition

2015 Richmond I Cup Kurt Busch Woohoo Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

One of the stories that came to light in the past couple days was that beloved NASCAR czar Brian France – or as many of his legion of followers refer to him, Brain France – is open to the possibility of cutting some of the length of the races on the schedule. This potential change …

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IndyCar Preview: 2015 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

Indycar 2015 St. Pete Juan Pablo Montoya Will Power Racing Credit John Cote

(Photo: John Cote/INDYCAR)

Last weekend the drivers in IndyCar finally got out of their own way (for most of the race) and held a decent event. After the messiness of St. Pete and the less than spectacular debut of the aero kits, followed by the rain-soaked race in NOLA, it was good to have some solid competition. With …

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Happiness Is… Welfare, Sarcasm & Barber

2015 Bristol I Cup Kasey Kahne Window Vertical Credit Amy Henderson

Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch

In the column last week, Happiness Is railed against the concept of safety within NASCAR by questioning the rule change that allows teams to forego hitting all give lugnuts when slapping four fresh Goodyears on a car. Sure, allowing the teams to, in essence, police themselves has worked out so far in theory, which can …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Taking Stock of the 2015 IndyCar Season After 3 Races

Indycar 2015 St. Pete Juan Pablo Montoya Will Power Racing Credit John Cote

(Photo: John Cote/INDYCAR)

Open-Wheel Wednesday – This week is a group chat with Matt Stallknecht, Toni Montgomery, Huston Ladner, and Aaron Bearden.   Huston: What you got to start us off with? Anyone‏? Toni: Well let’s see there’s the new aero kits.‏ Matt: I’d say the aero kits have been a modest success thus far‏. Toni: I’d say …

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Slipstream Saturday: F1 News & The Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix

Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix Much of the news surrounding Formula 1 has focused on the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. After Hamilton’s win in China, Rosberg accused his teammate of slowing the the pace, which put Rosberg closer to Sebastian Vettel chasing him in third place. The situation meant that Rosberg …

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IndyCar Preview: 2015 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Indycar 2015 St. Pete Juan Pablo Montoya Will Power Racing Credit John Cote

(Photo: John Cote/INDYCAR)

So if the debris-fest at St. Petersburg didn’t exactly get your IndyCar juices flowing, then it’s likely that the most recent race in Louisiana did even less to raise your excitement level. Though the organizers and teams, and surely James Hinchcliffe, won’t be calling the race a debacle, from a fan’s perspective the premiere in …

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Happiness Is… Bristol, The Beach & Bahrain

Indycar 2015 Nola James Hinchcliffe Frontstretch Paing Credit Chris Jones

Photo Credit: Chris Jones

Kyle Busch popped out of his groundhog’s hole this week, meaning that NASCAR will feature six more weeks of uninspiring racing. OK, Busch’s appearance may not have signaled such a thing, but surely his absence from the track does nothing to better the product. However, by meeting with the media, Busch did address one of …

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Slipstream Saturday: Mercedes Fighting Back, News & The Chinese Grand Prix

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Photo Credit: Getty Images

Formula 1 takes to the Shanghai International Circuit this weekend. The first two practices are history with Lewis Hamilton displaying the form that has been typical of him, and Mercedes, for the past year. But rather than his teammate nipping at his heels, Kimi Raikkonen demonstrated that Ferrari just might have pace this year, something …

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Happiness Is… Off Weeks, Texas, Tony & More

2015 Las Vegas Cup Danica Patrick Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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So the early off-week in the motorsports calendar has now passed and it’s time to get ready and energized for racing to resume. This weekend is another one that’s fun-filled and action-packed, or at least that’s how it’s supposed to be. But to play the game that Tom Bowles does every week, let’s hit upon …

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