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Happiness Is… Busch (Beer, That Is), Tires, and the Championship

Pirelli tyres, tires, in the studio (credit: Pirelli)

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One of the things that continues to perplex in the wonderful world of NASCAR isn’t the consistent use of lame debris cautions, the myriad of car configurations for this season or that there aren’t more road courses on the schedule.   For a change, the wonderment is pointed in another direction. With Joey Logano’s win …

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Happiness Is… A Green Light, Overload & Pocono

2015 Charlotte I Cup David Ragan Crew Guy Cia

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Well, that sucks.   With Rob Kauffman’s decision to take his ball and go play with the cooler kids on the playground, what once was a decent NASCAR Sprint Cup organization is left in shambles. But as Michael Waltrip Racing becomes another team left in the haze of exhaust and burnt rubber as the sport …

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Pace Laps: Missing Expectations, Flying Fists, and Surprise Contenders

2015 Watkins Glen Cup Jeff Gordon Car Cia

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Sprint Cup Series: Oh, What Might Have Been… Watkins Glen is sold every year as the last regular season “wild card” race, the last place an underdog can work his way into the Chase under the right circumstances. There were high hopes entering the weekend for defending winner AJ Allmendinger, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Sage Karam’s Spin Brings Drama

2015 Indycar Sage Karam Head Shot With Helmet

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One might not have expected the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio to be a race filled with drama. In fact, after the grid had been set by qualifying, it would not have been outlandish to think that the finishing order would not be all that much different. Consider that the sum total for caution flags …

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Pace Laps: Wild Races, Crazy Spins, and Speed Records

2015 Pocono Cup Kasey Kahne Car Cia

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Cup Series: Unexpected Wild Race at Pocono Leads to Victory for Matt Kenseth – It was quite the 400 miles at Pocono Raceway. With wrecks filling the first half of the race, the second half seemed like it would get even more wild. However, the field set a steady pace for the final 80 laps, …

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Pace Laps: Joe Gibbs Racing Shines, IndyCar Championship Tightens & More

2015 Loudon I Cup Kyle Busch Pack Racing Cia

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Sprint Cup Series: Kyle’s A+ Effort. Three Cup wins in four races? – Even the most diehard Kyle Busch fan could have never expected this summer surge, punctuated by a New Hampshire victory Sunday that has cemented Busch as the hottest driver in Sprint Cup. Bum legs? What bum legs? Busch is driving like a …

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Rapid Reaction: 2015 IndyCar Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa

At the rate Ryan Hunter-Reay is going right now, the staff at Iowa Speedway may have to eventually rename the Newton, Iowa short track in his honor. Hunter-Reay inherited the lead following a caution on lap 262 and held off a hard-charging Josef Newgarden over the final 22 laps in a battle reminiscent of their …

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

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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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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Does Well in Parts; NBCSN Excels in Fontana

2015 Sonoma I Cup Martin Truex Jr Pack Racing Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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Last weekend was pretty crazy in the racing world. You had the Sprint Cup Series on a road course, always a good time. You also had the Verizon IndyCar Series at Auto Club Speedway in what turned out to be just about the wildest race in the history of open wheel racing. Crikey. Toyota/Save Mart …

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IndyCar Drivers Debate Pack Racing at Texas

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What makes a good race? For the IndyCar Series at Texas Motor Speedway, there are as many opinions as there are drivers, teams and pundits. On one hand of the spectrum, Eddie Gossage, President and promoter of Texas Motor Speedway, wants to see much closer action, even suggesting that the league should entertain the idea …

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IndyCar Standings Consolidate After Belle Isle

Mother Nature had her way with the Verizon IndyCar Series in Belle Isle over the weekend, producing two surprise winners and suppressing the dominance otherwise displayed by Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing this season. Carlos Munoz and Sebastien Bourdais used strategy and the rain to their advantage, stealing victories on both Saturday and Sunday …

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IndyCar Breakdown: 2015 Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Race No. 2

Sebastien Bourdais survived a series of crashes involving the frontrunners, caught a little bit of luck of caution cycles and held off Takuma Sato in the closing laps to win the second Dual in Detroit on Sunday afternoon at the Raceway in Belle Isle. Here’s a brief rundown. How it happened Still reeling from overnight …

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