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Happiness Is… New Hampshire, Actuality & Michigan

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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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Pace Laps: Finally, Milestones, Big Home Track Wins & Rainy Days

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Sprint Cup Series: Fourth Time’s The Charm – Finally. Martin Truex Jr. took his next step toward title contention this season by doing what race winners do: close the deal. Three straight times, Truex had led the most laps in a Cup Series race only to come up short. At Kansas, it was pit strategy and a …

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Slipstream Saturday: Monaco in the Rear View, 2015 Canadian GP Up Next

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Two weeks ago, the Monaco Grand Prix featured one of the all-time best examples of the fastest car not winning the race.  Lewis Hamilton raced out from P1 and never looked back, gapping his teammate, and essentially making the rest of the field look like they were doing something completely different, like racing big wheels. …

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Professor of Speed: A Memorial Day to Remember for NASCAR

Last Sunday was one memorable day of racing. If we move beyond the self-serving particulars of who won, who lost, and other such personally-driven details as those, we can treat this past weekend’s slate of events as a simple matter of earnest motorsports competition. It was a Sunday as simple as one, two and three. …

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Slipstream Saturday: The Jewel of the Calendar; and News

After a week off to get manicures, stylish haircuts, and have their tailors dress them in the latest haute couture, the drivers of Formula 1 are set to return this weekend. While making fun on the erudite aspect of the series is one thing, it belies the fact that the drivers and teams are just …

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Happiness Is… Hall of Fame, You Want It, Indy & Monaco

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In 2010, the NASCAR Hall of Fame announced its inaugural class to much fanfare. With names like Richard Petty (a foregone conclusion), both Bill France Sr. and Jr., Junior Johnson (no surprise) and Dale Earnhardt (duh) the group that was selected surprised no one. It does not mean that the selectors got things wrong; far …

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Pace Laps: Opportunity, Fuel Mileage, Make-A-Wish & More

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Xfinity Series: It’s Time for a Standalone – After another much needed off-weekend, the NASCAR Xfinity Series regulars will have their first true chance to reach Victory Lane at a non-plate track this year. Heading over to the stand-alone event in Iowa on Sunday, the division’s drivers will be up against very few (if any) …

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Slipstream Saturday: 2015 Gran Premio de España

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Formula 1 returns this weekend after taking an early season mini-break. The two weekends without racing allowed most teams to make changes to their current car, be it a slight tweak, or in the case of McLaren, a more major overhaul. The one team that probably needed nothing but slight adjustments is Mercedes, who might …

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Slipstream Saturday: Notes From the Off Weeks

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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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Pace Laps: Xfinity Excellence, Short-Track King & Other News

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Xfinity Series: It’s Super Joey – Dominating efforts happen often in the Xfinity Series, but it’s rare to happen at a track as difficult as Bristol. However, Joey Logano did the unthinkable on Saturday afternoon – leading every single one of the 300 laps. But that wasn’t the biggest story during the race. The Xfinity …

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