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Pace Laps: Chris Buescher Gaining Momentum, Elliott Sadler’s Big Win and Camping World Chaos in Canada

Sprint Cup: And Then There was One – Chris Buescher can officially prepare himself for one of the most stressful nights of his racing career, as he’ll attempt to race his way into the 2016 Sprint Cup Series Chase for the Championship next weekend. Stealing the victory last month at Pocono Raceway, Buescher backed it up …

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Slipstream Saturday: Arrivederci, Massa; the Italian Grand Prix

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Felipe Massa (Getty Images)

This week Felipe Massa announced that this year would be his last in Formula 1.  In some ways, this proclamation comes as no surprise.  The 35 year old Brazilian driver has put together a rather solid, yet hard to say it, unspectacular career.  Let’s look at the numbers first. In 242 starts, Massa has earned …

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Happiness Is…Marketing, PR & the Weekend

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Check Kyle Larson’s name off the list.  He is, depending on how you group drivers, the first of the latest generation of  take the checkered flag in the Cup series.  His win last Sunday at Michigan validated what everyone has seemingly said about him – that he’s got all the talent and that his break …

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Pace Laps: Sieg Looking for Chase Spot, Moffitt’s Big Win and Pagenaud’s Title Hopes

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(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Sprint Cup Series: Youth Makes A Comeback – Much of the NASCAR season has been focused on when there will be a “changing of the guard.” 45-year-old Tony Stewart is retiring, 45-year-old Jeff Gordon has already done so but is filling in for fellow 40-something Dale Earnhardt, Jr. during his concussion recovery. That trio accounts for millions …

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Slipstream Saturday: Break’s Over & The Belgian Grand Prix

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Three weeks have slipped past since Formula 1 last took to the track.  The summer break always seems to be an interesting thing as teams are forced to shut down for a few weeks and gain some valuable rest.  One question would be whether or not such a long break does anything to teams or …

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Happiness Is… Chris Buescher, Sponsorship & Power

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This upcoming Sprint Cup race at Michigan will mark the sixth straight that Dale Earnhardt Jr has missed due to his concussion.  All he can do is watch as Alex Bowman takes over his car for the second time this season.  Earnhardt will also miss his seventh race next weekend, when Jeff Gordon returns to …

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Happiness Is…Pressure, Ratings & Pocono

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One event that has seemed to be a bit bizarre each summer is the Wednesday night Bristol race for the Camping World Truck Series.  It’s not bizarre in a way of goblins suddenly rushing the track or any other kind of funny business, but rather because the sanctioning body continues to condone a weeknight race. …

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Happiness Is… Speeding, Parking & Thoughtfulness

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Apparently this weekend is a bit of a quiet one.  The Cup Series is taking its last break of the year, allowing everyone to catch a breath before jumping into the pressure and difficulties of closing out the season – be it as a Chase driver or one getting ready for next year.  The Truck …

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Slipstream Saturday: F1 Returns to Hockenheim & More

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Rosberg waving to fans after claiming the pole for the 2016 German GP (credit: Getty Images)

This weekend Formula 1 visits one of its old stomping grounds when the series hits Hockenheimring for the German Grand Prix.  If you recall, there was no German GP last year.  In one of those moves that angered fans and confused those within the sport, F1 supremo leveraged the race against more money and ultimately …

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Happiness Is…Games

2016 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Kyle Busch checkered flag photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

What is to be made of Cup racing at the moment?  From a distanced perspective, it is a wild hodge-podge of things, full of positives that run along with various questions.  The aero package introduced this year has looked to be a wonderful improvement over the past couple years, though it hasn’t changed the fact …

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