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Slipstream Saturday: Looking to Melbourne

Lewis Hamilton 2015 Australia

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Frontstretch will be expanding its Formula 1 coverage this year. Look for more regular columns covering the sport.   Formula 1 has gotten its season started this weekend in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. There’s all kinds of different stories as things get going, so here’s a recap and preview for the opener. What’s News To begin, …

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Happiness Is… Competition Cautions, Confusion & Consistency

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Ah, NASCAR.  All professional sports that receive any modicum of attention get to enjoy their tales being played out in the media.  That’s part of the reason that we all pay attention.  This idea isn’t new.  One of the reasons that baseball fascinated people was the offseason, which is how the phrase ‘hot stove’ came …

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Pace Laps: Closers, Childress, And Generation Next

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Cup: Harvick Closing The Deal – So far this season, Hendrick engines and chassis have been out front with NASCAR’s new rules changes. Jeff Gordon won the most laps at Daytona, Jimmie Johnson won Atlanta and for a time it was Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kasey Kahne running 1-2-3 in Las Vegas. For whatever reason, Stewart-Haas Racing has not experienced the same …

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Slipstream Saturday: The F1 Offseason is Nearly Over

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Frontstretch will be bringing more Formula 1 coverage this season.  Here is the beginning with a look towards the season opener in Australia. Last season Lewis Hamilton drove the dominant Mercedes to the title facing his best competition from his teammate Nico Rosberg.  The Mercedes was so stout that the third-place driver, Daniel Ricciardo, finished …

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Happiness Is… The Rules Package, Safety & Las Vegas

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The small crowd this past weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway should not be too much of a surprise.  In many ways, it should have been expected.  The track has faced difficulty filling its stands for a few years now, and being given a race date with unpredictable weather offered no favors. So what is going …

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Pace Laps: Harvick’s XFINITY Awesomeness, Crafton’s Continuation, and More

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XFINITY: Harvick continues Atlanta Dominance; Young Guns Shine – Three straight wins seems rather wild, but Kevin Harvick has been on an unbelievable tear over the past two and a half years. Harvick won his third straight race at Atlanta, and did so in dominating fashion once again. Though Joey Logano seemingly had the strongest car throughout …

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Happiness Is… Bargain Shopping, Good Times & Monkeying Around

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There was a time when some young hotshot got a sweet ride driving for top-tier organization, taking over from a former champion and stalwart of the sport.  That driver faced the challenge of carrying with him exaggerated expectations but also squinted eyes from fans.  That driver, however, found elements of success but eventually wore out …

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Pace Laps: Follow the Leader Daytona, NHRA Phoenix, Reddick Rises, and More

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Cup: Where Was the Passing?  If there was one constant that emerged during speedweeks with regards to the Cup cars it was the preponderance for cars that took the lead to be able to hold steady in that position. Matt Kenseth’s win in the Sprint Unlimited offered the first glimpse at this notion, because once …

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Happiness Is… Listening, Livery & Midseason Form

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The Great American Race, version 2015, is upon us.  The offseason has finally given way to throttled-up engines and strapped-in drivers and it’s time to enjoy NASCAR’s biggest spectacle. With Daytona’s surface in good shape and no Juan Pablo Montoya in the field, there’s a good chance that nothing wildly extravagant will happen on par …

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Pace Laps: Cars, Drivers, And Rookies Come Sharply Into Focus

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Sprint Cup: A Burton Still Walks Among Us – NASCAR is a sport built on families, famous siblings and their sons carrying us through racing generations. Petty. Earnhardt. Elliott. Even Pearson and Bodine. It’s a seamless transition of success that jolts us when it reaches an end. That makes Monday’s pending announcement of Jeb Burton’s …

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