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Happiness Is… The Master Plan, Second Chances, And Boom, Drama

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Last weekend, Formula One raced at Japan’s Suzuka circuit in rather treacherous conditions.  The organizers had the opportunity to move the race’s start time up in an effort to avoid Typhoon Phanfone, but ultimately decided against doing so in effort to maximize Europe’s ability to watch the race.  That’s right; even a typhoon couldn’t put …

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Going By the Numbers: Was Sam Hornish, Jr. A No-Brainer Choice for Petty?

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You gotta give it up for Silly Season; it’s never a dull moment. Well, maybe a little dull in this case, but certainly not uninteresting. Sam Hornish, Jr. has been confirmed as the driver of the No. 9 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports starting in 2015. The Ohio native replaces Marcos Ambrose, who’s heading back …

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Did You Notice? … Hornish Hire Sign Of Shift In NASCAR’s Ford Hierarchy

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Did You Notice? … Sam Hornish, Jr.’s strategy worked? His choice to run a limited schedule, in top-notch Nationwide equipment as opposed to running full-time with a struggling team paid off this week. Hornish will be the replacement for Marcos Ambrose in 2015, driving the No. 9 Ford for a Richard Petty Motorsports program that …

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Did You Notice? … A Monstrous Moment, Hendrick’s So-So Start And Quick Hits

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Did You Notice? … The Monster Mile is entering a crucial weekend? Lately, races at the one-mile oval have been duds; Goodyear’s tire compound, combined with a conservative mindset have minimized the yellow flags and maximized the boredom at the one-mile oval. Dover’s track used to be one of the trickiest on tour, a matter …

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Sam Hornish, Jr. Among Rumored Replacements for Marcos Ambrose

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Could Sam Hornish, Jr. be the next driver behind the wheel of the No. 9 at Richard Petty Motorsports? Recently, the Associated Press covered Hornish and his trip to Kentucky Speedway for the NASCAR Nationwide Series VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300. The 35-year-old three-time IndyCar series champion shared his thoughts on the season, his career, and the future …

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Nationwide Breakdown: VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky

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Underdogs have a way of hitting emotions. Brendan Gaughan was the underdog of underdogs on Saturday evening. After Ty Dillon dominated much of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway, multiple late-race cautions gave his Richard Childress Racing teammate the advantage. Gaughan, 39, running his first full year in the NASCAR Nationwide Series since 2010, visited to …

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IndyCar Preview: 2014 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma

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Last year, midway through the 2013 IndyCar Series season, IndyCar head honcho Mark Miles vowed that as part of his plan to rejuvenate the sport of American open wheel racing, he would see to it that the IndyCar Series schedule would be chopped, screwed and condensed in an effort to raise week-to-week excitement and avoid …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Makes A Few Michigan Mistakes

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All three NASCAR national series took to the track last weekend, just a mere state border – and then some – away from each other. The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck series battled at Michigan International Speedway while the Nationwide Series took its second trip to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Unfortunately, having everything in …

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Nationwide Breakdown: EnjoyIllinois.com 300

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Chase Elliott had chances at winning the last few weeks go out the window when he ran out of fuel on more than one occasion. Saturday night at Chicagoland Speedway in the EnjoyIllinois.com 300, however, the No. 9 team played the pit road strategy perfectly to put themselves out front when it mattered the most. …

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Nationwide Breakdown: Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 250

The Nationwide Series has long been a source of contention for NASCAR fans because of general dominance from Sprint Cup Series drivers, the series regulars struggling to rise above and grab their share of attention as they wallow in the shadow of their supposed superiors. If you’re looking for a storyline that breaks the mold …

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