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Happiness Is… How Things Look In NASCAR

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Looks like a rather slow news week happening in the NASCAR world.  Sure, there’s little bits of stuff here and there but nothing that causes one’s ears to perk up.  The 2018 Cup schedule is supposedly reaching finality, for example without many of the major changes fans were looking for.  Already leaking out is that there …

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Pace Laps: Martinsville Madness, NHRA Rookies and Fernando Alonso’s Frustration

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: It’s just how we like it – Sunday’s STP 500 somehow was able to give us every aspect, challenge, up, down and turnaround that makes Martinsville Speedway what it is. As fans sat with their hot dogs in hand, the 38-driver Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race put on a show in …

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Happiness Is… Maintaining the Positive View

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(Photo: Barry Cantrell / NKP)

Happiness Is…Holding.  One of the things that continues to be a big discussion point surrounding NASCAR are the TV ratings.  These numbers point to viewership numbers but are also the key component for gauging fan interest and the sport’s overall ‘health’.  Once again, the Cup race this past weekend at Auto Club Speedway set a …

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Happiness Is… A View from Afar

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Well, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix, proved one of the adages that is supposed to accompany every sport: anyone can win on any given day.  Isn’t that what people want?  Or maybe that’s not what they want.  Maybe it just depends on the winner.  But hey, at least it was interesting. …

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Happiness Is… Keeping Things Interesting

When Monster Energy took over as the titular sponsor of the Cup series, one of the statements the company made encouraged drivers to show raw emotion and to demonstrate their feelings, sometimes through physicality.  After the race at Las Vegas, it appears that Kyle Busch got the message.  The only problem – the company that …

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Happiness Is…Good Stuff

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It seems that much of all the hype, concern, debate, resentment, vitriol and whatnot surrounding the implementation of stages is all for naught.  The Cup race this past weekend at Atlanta played out as almost any other race at a 1.5-mile track.  The question that should have been raised is why, when the caution flag flew …

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Pace Laps: Harvick’s Speeding Issues, Kyle Busch Dominates XFINITY and Christopher Bell Sends a Message

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Kevin Harvick was literally too fast for Atlanta Motor Speedway – Leading 293 of 325 laps, pole-sitter Kevin Harvick looked to be home free in his second race with Ford. Lightning-fast pit stops, the top spot on every restart and playoff points in both stages. It sure was a perfect day …

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Happiness Is… New Stuff

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The total estimated loss from destroyed equipment from the three NASCAR races this past weekend at Daytona is roughly between millions and half the national deficit.  Or something like that.  While the races may have been entertaining from an absurdist view, owing to all the wrecks, the concept of flow was ruined in all three …

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Happiness Is… Getting Back to Green

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No need to get into anything heady with yet another critique or defense of NASCAR and all of its wonders and ills.  Let’s just get things going. Happiness Is…Newness. Back in 1971, R.J. Reynolds took over the naming rights for NASCAR’s top division of racing, bringing about what became known as the Winston Cup Series. …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Kyle Busch

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When Kyle Busch exited his car after finishing sixth in the finale at Homestead, he came across as a bitter, disappointed driver.  With Jimmie Johnson taking the race, and the championship title that Busch had, held, there was little solace to be found for Busch. Perhaps no driver overtly exemplifies the mantra of “if you …

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