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Happiness Is: Quiet, Pastels & Forgotten Names

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Joey Logano leading a quiet race (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Spencer Gallagher won the first race of his NASCAR XFINITY Series career this past Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway.  The ebullient driver, raw and giddiness exuded palpapatle joy during his post-race interview.   The reaction from other drivers and those calling the broadcast, which should be noted were other drivers, also seemed to embrace the win, …

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Happiness Is: Caring, Shoey & 45

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

So there’s been some little bits of news this weekend in NASCAR-land but nothing that would count as earth-shaking.  The news that Ford will be switching to the Mustang in the Cup series for the 2019 season tops the list, however. While this announcement may have been spoiled earlier in the year it still doesn’t …

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Happiness Is: Tires, Appearances & Gasly

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Martin Truex Jr has owned 1.5 mile tracks - but not this past Sunday at Texas (Photo: Beth Lunkenheimer)

Sure, there are topics that could be addressed to start off this column but whatever, let’s just get to the happy. Here goes.   Happiness Is Tires. The race this past weekend seemed somewhat peculiar for the tire issues that surrounded the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.  It may have been the chilly temps …

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Happiness Is: Manners, McLaren & Bowyer

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(Photo: Mike Neff)

This past weekend brought an unusual circumstance to NASCAR as it played chicken with the weather forecast and seemingly lost.  While the 2-Headed Monster column may address how the governing body should handle dealing with the weather, this column will point out a golden opportunity that was missed. When the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series …

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Happiness Is: Economics, Harvick & Melbourne

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(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

One of the things that has been peculiar to cover the past half-decade was NASCAR and the perceptions of doom that surround the sport.  This column has addressed before the societal condition of being in a constant crisis mode and how it manifests itself through media portrayal and peopleʻs reactions.  The announcement that Loweʻs would …

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Happiness Is: Happy, Rings & The Ex

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Jimmie Johnson knows what Kevin Harvick is going through (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

No need for any attempts of witty whatever to open the column this week.  Letʻs just jump into some happiness. Happiness Is…Happy.  Usually when a driver beats down the field as Kevin Harvick has done the past two races, this column would extol how awesome he is.  And heʻs been magnificent, no doubt. There have …

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Happiness Is: Acknowledgement

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Bye Bye, Daytona. On to Atlanta

So thatʻs that.  Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500 and joins a rather peculiar list of drivers who enjoyed rather undistinguished careers but still hoisted that monstrous trophy.  Derrick Cope, Ward Burton, Trevor Bayne and Jeff Gordon can revel in their newfound company.   Kidding aside, Jeffie, Dillonʻs win brought a polemic of reactions that …

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Happiness Is: Joy

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Brad Keselowski is ready for the start of the season - are you?

Itʻs time.  Time to start imagining the prospect of winterʻs chill receding in the rear-view mirror.  Time to enjoy the jet dryer of time blowing away old memories to start the season anew.  Time to allow a bit of childish joy to creep into your life if youʻre a motorsport fan as all three of …

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Happiness Is: Matt Kenseth, Tears & Championships

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(Photo: John K. Harrelson/NKP)

There are a number of storylines that emerged from the Cup race at Phoenix – pardon me, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix.  The one that seemed to garner the most attention, rather than Matt Kenseth’s win, looked to be the on-track equivalent of a slap-fight between Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin. …

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Happiness Is: Phoenix & Brazil

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Jimmie Johson and Ryan Blaney (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

This past weekend brought all three NASCAR series to life at the same track, which seemed like a rare event.  The summer months often bring a scattershot sense to the sport as the series can go their own ways, notably at tracks like Iowa, Kentucky, and Canadian Tire Park.  Now, as the season races to …

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