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Happiness Is…Dominance, Owning It & “Fluky”

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Well Sunday sure ended up being an interesting day. For being considered the best day in racing, however, there was something that felt slightly peculiar. Perhaps the rain falling over Monaco set the stage, as the Formula 1 race then began behind a safety car. That’s never a great way to get things started.   …

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Open Wheel Wednesday: Life After the Indy 500

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Alexander Rossi won the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 this past Sunday…  Wait, who?  Alexander Rossi?  Who’s that?  Isn’t he the guy who tears it up in the Moto GP circuit and at one point was rumored to be headed to Formula 1 and Ferrari?  No, that’d be Valentino Rossi.   To say that …

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2016 Frontstretch Podcast – Episode 10: 2016 Memorial Day Weekend Edition

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Welcome to the Fronstretch Podcast! Racing expert Matt Stallknecht and his rotating panel of guests have you covered from now until the end of the season with all of the main storylines from the motorsports week that was. This week’s podcast covered the following topics… Stallknecht and Bearden share their thoughts on the atmosphere of the 2016 Indianapolis 500, along …

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Five Points to Ponder: Racing Legends New and Old

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ONE: Truex Wins What a morale-boosting victory it was for Martin Truex, Jr. Sunday night. The driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevy eviscerated the field, leading a whopping 392 of 400 laps – the most one driver has ever led in a NASCAR race at Charlotte. Truex has led laps in seven races this season …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Pocono Edition

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The best day in auto racing gave us two differently distinct types of races, but the final results brought about similar feelings. There was awe in how a rookie could save so much fuel, snookering several top-notch IndyCar teams and competitors down the stretch. The awe we felt with Martin Truex, Jr. reaching Victory Lane was connected to dominance; …

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Rookie Alexander Rossi Rides Fumes to Improbable 100th Indy 500 Victory

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Rookie Alexander Rossi entered the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season as an unproven shoe, a failed Formula 1 driver looking for a career turnaround. After 500 miles at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he may now be the face of IndyCar and American open wheel racing for years to come. Rossi stretched his fuel to the …

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Rossi, Newgarden Top Sunday Practice at IMS

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Alexander Rossi may not be in the Fast 9, but he is fast. Rossi put down a 230.064mph lap to pace Sunday’s pre-qualifying practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After being bumped from ninth in the final minutes of Saturday’s first round of qualifications, Rossi will qualify for a starting position between 10th and 33rd in …

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Alexander Rossi Leads Pre-Qualifying Practice for Indy 500

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While the other former Formula 1 driver in the paddock left his team recovering from a crash, Indy 500 rookie Alexander Rossi led the way in an abbreviated Saturday practice session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rossi’s 231.249mph circuit served as the fastest lap of the rain-delayed session, with Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay slotting in …

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Happiness Is… Atlanta, Handling & Musical Chairs

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(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

The Daytona 500 now sits in the rear view mirror.  Denny Hamlin added his name to the big trophy and enjoyed the spoils of the win.  While his story may be a feel good one for him and his team there is still something about the whole thing that felt a little flat.  It’s not …

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Slipstream Saturday: Returning to Tragedy and the Japanese GP

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Formula 1 is on the second half of rare back-to-back race weekends, following the Singapore GP with another in the Pacific region as the series heads to Japan. A bit of a pall hovers over the event, as the track, Suzuka, is where Jules Bianchi suffered the accident that put him in a coma and …

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