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Pace Laps: Another NASCAR First-Time Winner in 2017


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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Pocono, 2017 Deliver Another First-Time Winner – What a popular streak for both the sport and a racetrack to be on in 2017. After Chris Buescher’s fog-shortened victory at Pocono Raceway last August, many thought a win like that would never come again. In part, they were wrong, as Ryan Blaney …

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Slipstream Saturday: Spreading the Wealth & Rumors Ahead of the Canadian GP

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Felipe Massa has driven well for the Williams team in 2017 (photo: Getty Images)

When we last joined the Formula 1 daredevils, they were speeding through the streets of Monaco.  The commonwealth, a veritable playground for the rich and famous, seems to match with the sport like no other environment does.  At the same time, racing the Monaco GP also represents the elements of class that are representative of …

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Happiness Is: Criticism, Arguments & Mettle

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(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

This past weekend at Dover International Speedway was a crash course in, well, crashing.  Sheet metal suppliers must have been in love with the races, if that’s what you want to call them, because for much of each event they resembled demolition derbies rather than examples of racing par excellence.   Blame it on whatever …

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Happiness Is…: Moving On from the Best Day in Motorsport

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This past Sunday marked a wonderful day in motorsport with Formula 1, IndyCar, and NASCAR all putting on varied shows.  In many ways, the culmination of all three races and 1200+ miles of racing showed that everything can happen, from the seemingly mundane to the incredibly fortunate.  The race leading the day turned out to …

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Slipstream Saturday: Kissing the Walls at the Monaco GP

An overhead shot of the Monaco Grand Prix in 2017. (Photo: Getty Images)

(Photo: Getty Images)

This weekend is the annual return to Monaco for Formula 1.  In some ways, the race is a bit of a stay-at-home affair, as many of the drivers and team principals have residences in the area.  In fact, when Nico Rosberg finished the race last year, he reportedly walked home after his disappointing finish.  He …

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Happiness Is…: The Best Day in Motorsports

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

This weekend marks the annual best day in motorsports.  Sunday features three crown jewel events, beginning with the Monaco Grand Prix, followed by the Indianapolis 500 and capped by the Coca-Cola 600.  That’s a full, long and storied day of racing, yet according to people at Nielsen, only two percent of U.S. viewers will bother …

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Happiness Is: Testing, Trucks & Bricks

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

The wreck that overshadowed the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway highlighted a topic this column addressed the previous week regarding safety.  As Aric Almirola is still with us and able to walk should not be ignored by any stretch – and his appearance at the Martin Truex Jr. Charity function on …

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Pace Laps: Aric Almirola’s Wreck Changes the Game, Ben Rhodes Comes up Shy of First Victory

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Almirola Crash Changed The Game – Just one week ago, Aric Almirola stood inside Victory Lane at Talladega Superspeedway. He’d won his second XFINITY Series race in his last three restrictor plate attempts, following that up with a fourth-place effort in the Cup race. A season-long goal of making the playoffs suddenly …

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Slipstream Saturday: Alonso’s Peculiar Start at Catalunya, & the Spanish GP

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Fernando Alonso in the garage at the Spanish grand Prix (photo:Getty Images)

One of the stories garnering a good deal of attention is anything involving Fernando Alonso.  His decision to skip the Monaco Grand Prix, the marquee event, to race the Indianapolis 500 brought all kinds of reactions from the fans, drivers, management and the press.  Rightly so.  Alonso is a double world champion and is still …

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Happiness Is: A Safe, Long, Enjoyable Weekend

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

The NASCAR traveling circus is moving on from the carnival known as Talladega and parking itself in Kansas this weekend.  To some fans, that means a return to what may be considered more traditional racing.   To others? The weekend at Kansas Speedway will represent a return to boring 1.5-mile, cookie-cutter, follow-the-leader lameness that has brought …

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