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Happiness Is… Jeff Gordon, Money, Side Skirts & Technology

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Well, here it is again, that time of the year when winter doldrums set in allowing us all a moment of reflection and to… whatever.  This column isn’t seeking to be any kind of philosophical rumination about life – at least not this time.  Nope, this space is for thinking about hyper-colored automotive blurs, whizzing …

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Happiness Is… One Still Left To Go

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Sayonara NASCAR season.  In many ways, you’ll be missed.  You’ll be missed for the weekly habit.  You’ll be missed for the ongoing drama, manufactured or not.  You’ll be missed for the weekly dose of horsepower, speed, and silliness.  You’ll be missed for the variance, because one week could be fantastic and the next a dud, …

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Happiness Is… The End, A Mirror, and the Trucks

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In Brian Donovan’s book Hard Driving, which details the life of driver Wendell Scott, the author lays down the central premise for how sports operates.  He doesn’t discuss fairness, or competitive balance or any of that kind of stuff.  Instead, he adopts a more business sided mindset and how early track promoters worked.  This concept …

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Happiness Is… Drivers Not Liking Other Drivers

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So this is what NASCAR wanted, eh?  Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman duking it out at Homestead for the championship.  There’ll probably be another driver there too, like Matt Kenseth, or Carl Edwards.   Then, when one of these drivers hoists the big shiny trophy everyone will collectively yawn and find something else to …

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Happiness Is… Dressing Up for Halloween

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It’s that goofy time of year again.  No, not Chase time, but Halloween, which has evolved into an interesting form of departure from people’s daily lives and now seems to be as important for adults (using that term loosely) as it does for children.  And for the college-aged, it’s a whole different thing. For NASCAR, …

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Happiness Is… NASCAR Legitimacy?

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Well here we go. NHRA was off last weekend. Tony Schumacher has Top Fuel just about wrapped up with a 134 point lead.  In Europe, F1 enjoyed an off weekend after Mercedes walked away with the constructors’ title in Sochi. That series is now a two man race between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Grand …

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Happiness Is… Talladega, Teamwork, Safety, and Beer

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So that’s that, eh?  Let it now be known, that in NASCAR, you can drive around like a complete asstaco and there’s not much they’ll do to you — unless you’re a backmarker and they’d like to make an example out of you but don’t really want to punish a superstar because that might piss …

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Happiness Is… The Master Plan, Second Chances, And Boom, Drama

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Last weekend, Formula One raced at Japan’s Suzuka circuit in rather treacherous conditions.  The organizers had the opportunity to move the race’s start time up in an effort to avoid Typhoon Phanfone, but ultimately decided against doing so in effort to maximize Europe’s ability to watch the race.  That’s right; even a typhoon couldn’t put …

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Happiness Is…Being Forgotten, and Vegas

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Well Dover was a letdown.  The rash of articles that posted on Monday and Tuesday that proffered analysis of the Dover race all seemed to hit on the fact that there was little in the way of anything exciting at the concrete oval.  These comments didn’t miss the mark. It should be noted that the …

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Happiness Is… Kyle Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Jobs & Dover

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Hip hip hooray, NASCAR announced its rules changes for the 2015 season.  Or something. The whole big hope is to mitigate the awful aero push that has transformed a number of tracks into circular parades.  The aerodynamic dependence of the cars, left unsettled by trailing in another’s wake, has become the bane of the circuit’s …

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