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  1. LewTheShoe

    Formula E High Jinks... LMAO

    Welp, I've heard of road course ringers in Nascar, and I've heard of "mistaken identity" at the Chile Bowl, so why not iRacing ringers in Formula E? That seems to be what Audi factory team driver Daniel Abt thought too. Alas, the clever sleuths from Mercedes were on the case. They protested that...
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    Hey NASCAR... Give Us Some "Outside The Box" Thinking Please

    Nascar is expected to announce later today how they plan to resume the 2020 season, according to Adam Stern and Bob Pockrass. Well, I for one am wondering if there is any way to get cars on track ASAP to offer racing action to a public that is starved for live sports action during the...
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    Kurt Busch... Behind The Curtain at Chip Ganassi Racing

    When Kurt Busch split with Stewart-Haas Racing a year ago and signed with Chip Ganassi's two car team, there were two common sentiments expressed here and elsewhere in social media... First, it was a downward move, not a lateral one, as SHR was a top tier outfit at the top of its game, while CGR...
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    Joey Logano has Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune disease, but isn't worried about it

    Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune condition that attacks hair follicles. It's fairly common, afflicting about 6.8 million people in the U.S. Joey Logano has discovered that he is one of them after undergoing tests in the last few weeks. He is rapidly developing bald patches on the back of his...
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    Crown Jewel Challenge 2019... A Million Bucks And A Big Trophy!!!

    The buzz and excitement level in the cup series garage is palpable as the 2nd annual Crown Jewel Challenge will be decided in the next two weeks at Darlington and Indy. And the race for the coveted prize is wide open as the winners of the first two legs both failed to score any points in the...
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    "Let’s fight": The inside story of Ross Chastain’s lost ride, a settled grudge, and a bonus ride...

    Ross Chastain gets my vote as the #1 Nascar story of the year so far. What an incredible roller coaster ride his life has been in recent months... fairy tale achievements followed by crushing blows from unexpected circumstances then rising again from the depths, rinse and repeat. But it all...
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    More Analytics: Gaining Speed For "Crunch Time"

    As a fan of Brad Keselowski, I tend to follow his progress closely during cup races. Looking just at the final dozen races of 2018 plus the early portion of 2019, I'd nominate Brad, Paul Wolfe, and the 2 team as "The Real Closer." Over that span of 27 races, Brad won six times, and only once did...
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    Has Kevin Harvick (at age 43) Lost A Step?

    I hesitate to post this topic at all, because it could all change quickly, maybe Sunday at Pocono. But what the hell... let's roll. David Smith has spent a lot of time in recent weeks writing about Kevin Harvick, first at Motorsports Analytics, and then for The Athletic. He has pointed out that...
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    Mount Everest... Eleven Perish In Deadly Traffic Jams

    From the "Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words" Department... Hoards of climbers wait in line to summit Mount Everest, a result of over-crowding during the May climbing season. The traffic jams often add many hours to the journey to the summit and back down. The delays to get up-and-down add to the...
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    Good Racing & Perspective on the 2019 Rules Package

    @Conover wrote an interesting post about the Kansas cup race. He liked it, and he criticized races from the low downforce period as "Formula 1 lite." I disagree with some of what he said, but it got me thinking about what makes for good racing... and does Nascar have that in 2019. Sorry this...
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    Radical Proposal To Make Racing Awesome Again... From A 1980's Journeyman Driver

    "Driver X" has done a lot of thinking – and writing – to come up a with a template for a radically revised version of the sport he loves. Here is the first of a four-part series on what needs to change and why. [Note: I'll reveal the driver at the end of this post... don't want his identity to...
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    Speed Wars... One Clear Leader After 9 Races of 2019

    In Cup racing, being faster than everyone else on race day is no guarantee of victory, but it certainly is a nice attribute to have. Statistically speaking, being the fastest guy in any given race associates with winning that race 39.8% of the time. A win rate of ~40% for the fastest guy shows...
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    That Nurse-kissing Sailor In Times Square Has Passed

    On August 14, 1945, sailor George Mendonsa was in New York on leave from his Navy destroyer. He had a date that afternoon, his first date with a young lady named Rita Petry. They took in a show at Radio City Music Hall, but the show was interrupted by a crowd from the street... banging on the...
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    Dirt Late Models Compared To Modifieds

    I'm interested to understand more about similarities and differences between dirt late models and modifieds, other than the obvious bodywork distinctions. I'm thinking upper level racing series... say Lucas Oil or WOO late models as compared to DIRTcar big block modifieds or something similar...
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    NASCAR hits the market with new multi-tier sponsorship model

    NASCAR president Steve Phelps says the sanctioning body has already met with numerous companies to introduce the new multi-tier sponsorship program, which is planned to replace the single-entitlement sponsor model as early as 2020. Sports Business Journal has some additional background on how it...
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    How to earn $5.3 million for 84 minutes of work

    Brazilian Guilherme Marchi, ironman of the Professional Bull Riders tour, is hanging up his spurs at the end of the 2018 season. The PBR world Finals are currently underway in Las Vegas. Pending the final three days of competition, Marchi stands at 633 successful rides (totaling 84 minutes, 24...
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    New York Times: The Culture Wars Of Car Racing

    The New York Times has published a long form article ostensibly about the cultural divide between NASCAR and dirt track racing. Yes, there is some of that... but the real message of the piece seems to be about the cultural chasm between those who are afflicted by the racing bug and those who are...
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    The Halo... Objections Withdrawn

    Any objections or reservations I had about the F1 halo are hereby withdrawn...
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    Can YOU fly? Why not?

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