NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Happiness Is… Themes, Hype, and Silly Season

2015 Darlington CUP Tony Stewart car II CIA

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

The low downforce. The softer tires. The retro paint schemes. The return to Darlington Raceway over Labor Day weekend. All of these elements added up to an interesting Southern 500, one that has seemed to garner overall positive reactions. That’s great! For a sport that has seemingly battled itself more than it should and caused many of …

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Happiness Is… Throwbacks, Jeff Gordon and Scott Dixon

Fans in the stands for a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway

(Photo Credit: Yvonne Leonard, Frontstretch)

It’s Darlington time this weekend and the race is once again situated on its traditional Labor Day weekend slot. It seems that someone over there at NASCAR HQ finally made some kind of decent decision. Of course, the track had taken a difficult situation and made it its own before this most recent shift in the …

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

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

(Credit: Pirelli)

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

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

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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Happiness Is… TV, Ohio & Bills

2015 Pocono II CUP Jeff Gordon pack racing CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

The nightmare season continues.   With another lackluster finish at Watkins Glen, Jeff Gordon continues his magical mystery tour, with the mystery being how far back in the field he’ll finish each race. Even the race before, at Pocono, Gordon and co. appeared lost, hanging out midpack for much of the event before their fuel-mileage …

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Happiness Is… Kyle Busch, Lewis Hamilton, Safety & The Glen

2015 Pocono II CUP Kyle Busch Kurt Busch racing CIA

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

As usual, everything is wrong with the sport of NASCAR. The best race of this past weekend happened at Iowa on Saturday night at a time when no one was watching. The truck race got besieged by the Cuppers, with Kyle Busch stealing another win from the little guys. And the headline of the weekend, …

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Happiness Is… 483 Points, Ohio & Hungaroring

Kyle Busch celebrates his win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

The feeling after the Brickyard 400 seems to be a hangover without the fun of having drank. It’s like there’s something that should have happened but didn’t and now there’s just the empty blankness of moving on and continuing in some sort of rut. Nothing to take away from Kyle Busch’s win; that dude is …

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Happiness Is… Acting, Thanking & Remembering

2015 Kentucky CUP Jeff Gordon car CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

This week, NASCAR provides fans with an interesting and peculiar division. It’s almost as if the governing body is playing a game of Yes and No with the schedule. It’s a tantalizing mixture, one that offers nods to the past and the present while also bringing about a beguiling look toward the future. All of that …

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Happiness Is… Saving a Sport

2015 Kentucky CUP Carl Edwards car CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

The sport is saved. Yay, the new NASCAR rules package that got tested at Kentucky is the panacea that all had hoped for; now, everything is hunky dory. It was the general reaction that emanated from the world, both during and after the Kentucky race. In a way, that works. The racing on track appeared …

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Happiness Is… Franchising, Tinkering & Miling

2015 Daytona II CUP Austin Dillon crash CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

The Daytona Cup race put the governing body squarely in the crosshairs for those seeking to find more issues with the sport – and deservedly so. Let’s run down the quick checklist: Scheduling the race for Sunday night: check Scheduling the race for any night: check Asinine rain delay: check Starting the race at a …

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