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Happiness Is: Numbers

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Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The major motorsport shows were all on stage this past weekend as NASCAR, Formula 1 and IndyCar all played around, made some noise and laid some rubber — with a little bit of carnage included. Combined, all three provided an interesting, disparate and engaging display of racing and culture. That seems like a pretty good …

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Josef Newgarden Earns 10th Career IndyCar Series Victory at Road America

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(Photo: Chris Owens)

The first goal for Josef Newgarden this weekend was to earn the pole position. A last minute fast lap during Saturday’s qualifying session put a check mark in that box, and much like his winning performance at Barber in April, Newgarden put in another dominating performance on Sunday in the KOHLER Grand Prix. The Hendersonville, Tenn. …

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Josef Newgarden Secures 3rd Pole of 2018 at Road America

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(Photo: Chris Jones/IndyCar Media)

Josef Newgarden earned his fifth career pole award on Saturday for Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix. During the final round of qualifying, Newgarden turned a 140.020 mph lap in the No. 1 Verizon Chevrolet to secure his third pole of 2018. Since the series returned to Road America in 2016, Team Penske has won the pole …

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Josef Newgarden Sweeps Friday IndyCar Practices at Road America

Josef Newgarden - Road America Practice 2018

(Photo: Chris Owens/IndyCar Media)

Josef Newgarden made sure to put the Verizon IndyCar Series on notice that he can’t be overlooked to repeat his championship victory from 2017. Newgarden led the way in both practice sessions on Friday for Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America. Newgarden ran the best lap of the day in the second session at …

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Josef Newgarden Leads Team Penske Domination in Texas Qualifying

Josef Newgarden - Texas 2018 Pole

(Photo: Chris Jones/IndyCar)

The last time Josef Newgarden won the pole, he went on to win the race at Barber Motorsports Park in April. Newgarden is seeking his third victory of 2018. Team Penske dominated the session with Newgarden qualifying on pole, Simon Pagenaud qualified second and defending DXC Technology 600 winner Will Power will start third. “To come …

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4 Burning Questions: 1,262 Miles in 1 Day

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Jimmy John's, #11: Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry FedEx Express, #3: Austin Dillon, Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Dow Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

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What is the future of the All-Star Race rules package? As expected either way, there has been a lot of chatter this week about the experimental restrictor plate package used in last weekend’s All-Star Race. The results have largely been positive among fans. It was generally regarded as the most exciting All-Star Race in years, …

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Josef Newgarden’s Spin Relegates Him to 11th in IndyCar Grand Prix

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Josef Newgarden entered Saturday’s (May 12) IndyCar Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course as the championship leader. He held a 13-point edge over Alexander Rossi entering the race. Not anymore. While Newgarden won two of the first four INDYCAR races this season, a successful start to his title defense, Saturday was a struggle. …

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Josef Newgarden Dominates Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

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Rain was in the area of the Barber Motorsports Park on Monday (April 23) for the IndyCar Series, and Josef Newgarden and Co.’s call to come down pit road earlier than everyone else for rain tires ended up being the winning call. Newgarden emerged victorious at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, marking his …

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Pace Laps: Texas Tires, Penske Dominance & Newgarden Prevails in Phoenix

Goodyear Tires ready for NASCAR action. Photo: NKP

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Texas Tears Up Tires Kyle Busch may have edged Kevin Harvick to finally get that winless monkey off his back, but Sunday’s (April 8) race at Texas Motor Speedway for the MENCS was more notable for who wasn’t around at the finish. Kyle Larson. Martin Truex Jr. Ryan Newman. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. …

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Fitzgerald Glider Kits Expands Team Penske Sponsorship

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

On Wednesday morning, Team Penske announced an expansion of Fitzgerald Glider Kits’ partnership with the race team.  For 2018, the company will serve as the primary sponsor of Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford Mustang in the XFINITY Series for 16 races.  All of the races were not announced, but highlighted events include Daytona in February, …

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Happiness Is: The Drivers Edition

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The playoffs have started in NASCAR; the IndyCar season is over; and Formula 1 is about to begin its drive home. Happiness Is… Gordon.  Jeff Gordon has been out the sport for two years now (sort of), having joined the madness of the FOX broadcast team and attempted to contribute a sensible voice.  When his …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Power of NASCAR Social Media

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ONE: Twitter Wars I’m sure by now you’ve seen the tweet from Brad Keselowski Friday, prior to the race at Chicagoland Speedway this past weekend where he took to Twitter to opine on the form of the Toyotas. Just in case, here’s the tweet in question: We are all in for a rude awakening. Haven't seen …

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