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Pace Laps: Martin Truex Jr. Comes up Clutch, Alex Bowman Wins in First Start of Season

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Chevrolet, Ford Let One Slip Away in Charlotte – After 30 races, we seem to know what to expect come a mile-and-a-half race in 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing: Toyota dominates while Chevrolet and Ford scratch for a top-five result. However, Sunday’s Bank of America 500 broke that …

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F1 Slipstream Sunday: Hamilton Closing In on His Fourth Title & Japanese Grand Prix

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Is it about to become five title for Lewis Hamilton?(Photo: Getty Images)

Sunny skies set the scene to start the Japanese Grand Prix, which felt much needed after FP2 was washed out and cloudy skies hovered over FP3 and qualifying.  Lewis Hamilton made a clean getaway at lights out and had his way with the field as he enjoyed another race victory, his fourth in the past …

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Happiness Is: Late-Season Racing & Change

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With all the crazy goings on in the world we all need a few moments to get happy.  While this column is more than willing to acknowledge the intersection between sport and politics and believes that they are exorbitantly linked, that does not belie the fact that sport also acts as a place for community …

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Pace Laps: A Flurry of NASCAR Playoff Activity

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Bittersweet Day for Hendrick Motorsports in Dover – In the end, the sweet side may outweigh the bitter Sunday at Dover International Speedway. But there was plenty of both as the four-car organization left the Delaware track. Staring with the negatives, Kasey Kahne was one of the three bullets in the …

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Slipstream Saturday: Selamat tinggal, Malaysian GP; and More

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This weekend, Formula 1 returns to Sepang International Circuit for the Malaysian Grand Prix.  The race comes in a bittersweet fashion as this will be the last F1 event at the track for the foreseeable future.  The government, who backs the race, has withdrawn its support amid rising prices and decreasing attendance.  Surely, having such …

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Happiness Is: Sports & Politics

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Recent events have been focusing on the flag and notions of protest and reactions have ranged from right to left, from sane and logical to outlandish and misguided. Wherever your thought process may rest, that’s your call. But this column is calling BS on the ‘stick to sports’ rhetoric and the notions that sport and …

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Happiness Is: The Drivers Edition

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The playoffs have started in NASCAR; the IndyCar season is over; and Formula 1 is about to begin its drive home. Happiness Is… Gordon.  Jeff Gordon has been out the sport for two years now (sort of), having joined the madness of the FOX broadcast team and attempted to contribute a sensible voice.  When his …

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Pace Laps: Championship Favorites Reign at Chicago, Josef Newgarden Wins IndyCar Title

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: The Importance of Execution – It ended some days and opened opportunity for others. Heck, it even had its place in the day of the race winner Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. Execution is an important factor in tying one end of the race to the other, especially once the playoffs …

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Slipstream Saturday: The Malaysian Grand Prix & More

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The new Force India fin that debuted in Singapore, 2017 (photo: Getty Images)

This week the sport of Formula 1 returns for its tenth running of the Singapore Grand Prix under the lights.  The street course provides interesting theater while also being a track that favors neither Mercedes or Ferrari.  To be clear, Mercedes has excelled on every track over the past four years, but this track is …

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Happiness Is: Time, Lights & Action

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

There’s a whole bunch going on in the NASCAR world this week, and much of it leaves the sport looking like, from an outsider’s perspective, it’s in upheaval.  Perhaps that is the case.  But perhaps it’s not.  The notion of things being in a constant state of crisis is one that has proliferated in many …

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