NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Happiness Is…The Best Day in Racing

2016 Charlotte All Star CUP Jamie McMurray Ryan Newman Kyle Larson racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

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Yesterday, fumata bianca wafted from the NASCAR headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida, indicating that this year’s Hall of Fame class had been selected.  With six persons, en totem, assuming their spots in the hallowed halls, there was little in the way of suspense.  Rick Hendrick.  Richard Childress.  Mark Martin.  Raymond Parks.  Benny Parsons.  H. Clay …

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Pace Laps: From Dragsters to Dover, Close Finishes; Wow Verstappen

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Sprint Cup: A Monster Show at Dover Honestly, it’s been a while since there’s been a stimulating race at Dover International Speedway. In making it one of the best races seen on the 1-mile concrete oval, Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive For Autism, however, saw frantic restarts, fabulous usage of the racing grooves and a number …

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Slipstream Saturday: Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix

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Kimi Raikkonen on track for the Spanish Grand Prix 2016 (credit: Getty Images)

One of the things that Formula 1 has been trying to sort out this season is how to make the cockpit safer for the driver.  With so much of the driver’s body tucked away the obvious focus is placed on the head.  Both Ferrari and Red Bull have shown prototypes for ways to protect the …

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Happiness Is…Parc Ferme

2016 Kansas I CUP Kyle Busch burnout II Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

This past weekend, Kyle Busch continued to show that he is one of the elite drivers of the series by knocking out a win at a track that has vexed him ever since the series began racing at Kansas Motor Speedway.  Busch now is two tracks away from holding Cup victories across the board.  That’s …

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Pace Laps: Blaney Heats Up, Tiny Truck Teams Totaled and Red Bull Rocked

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Sprint Cup: Ryan Blaney Grabs Strong Top 5 – Ryan Blaney led the charge for Sprint Cup Series rookies with a top-5 finish in Saturday’s Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway. It was a feel-good story in an otherwise fall-asleep Saturday night at the 1.5-mile oval. Blaney’s fifth also made the record books. Wood Brothers Racing scored …

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Pace Laps: Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano Tangle, Jeremy Clements’ Strong Run and Nico Rosberg Wins Again

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Sprint Cup: Kenseth and Logano Not Done Yet – For the second straight time, Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano have experienced an issue at Talladega Superspeedway involving contact on the track. The only difference, obviously, is what has transpired between now and last October following a nasty payback from Kenseth to then-race leader Logano the following week at …

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Slipsteam Saturday – Red Bull’s Rise and the Russian Grand Prix

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Though Nico Rosberg headlined the last grand prix in Shanghai, his story is not altogether surprising.  The Mercedes car has been the class of the field, now going on three seasons, and with Lewis Hamilton starting in the back, Rosberg was the odds-on favorite to win the Chinese Grand Prix. While none of that may …

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Happiness Is… Tony Stewart

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Three-time champion Tony Stewart rejoined the Sprint Cup series this past weekend at Richmond after missing the first eight races of the season.  His return brought with it a number of aspects that circle the sport.  Let’s start off with the fact that Stewart found himself getting fined $35k for calling out NASCAR on the …

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