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    Race Day: Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway

    Grab that steering wheel and pull those belts tight NASCAR is at Talladega this weekend. On second thought, better triple check those belts cause if what has happened in between the checkered flag at Charlotte up to this point is any indication, Dega is gonna be wild. And oh did I mention it’s is the last chance for 10 drivers to secure a spot in the eliminator round of the Chase for the…

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  • The Backstretch Blog: From Diamonds to Ovals

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    It’s really been fun over the last 24 hours to see all the congratulations for the Royals coming across social media sites like twitter, from athletes of all sports.

    But you probably wouldn't think you would count some of the biggest Kansas City Royals fans, as those that hang out in the NASCAR Garage.

    “I know that Dale Jr is keeping up with what we are doing. Clint Bowyer is from Kansas, he keeps…

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    Few people are truly happy to head to Talladega twice a year, but Kansas native Clint Bowyer has got to be one of them. Bowyer is good, I mean really good at the 2.66 mile restrictor plate track. He has finished in the top 10 in 10 of his 17 races at Dega, he also has two wins.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Just Fine?

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    So how about that race Saturday night in Charlotte? The ‘Brad vs the world’ drama certainly has people talking. And who know Matt Kenseth had WWE moves? Who knew Matt Kenseth got angry? I mean this is the same Matt Kenseth that NASCAR made a joke about being a robot right?

  • Race Day: Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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    It’s the only night race in the Chase for the Championship on every driver’s home track as it were, the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    From his home track to his home now, Kansas native Clint Bowyer is getting ready to take on the Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend.  It’s been a rough run for the 15 in 2014 and a trip to Charlotte may be just what the team needs, considering Bowyer has a win in Charlotte. In fact the win in October of 2012 was Bowyer’s last career victory.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Catch 22

    I want you to just think about this for a second. Joey Logano had three career victories heading into the season. He has five wins in 2014. Logano also became the first driver to advance to the third round of the NASCAR playoffs with a win over the weekend at Kansas and he has wins in each of the two rounds of the playoffs.

  • Race Day: Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway

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    Are you a contender or a pretender? We are about to find out as NASCAR takes on the Kansas Speedway. Race four in the Chase for the Championship is also the first race in the second round of the
    playoffs... known as the Contender Round.

    Seven of the 12 drivers still alive in the Chase are past chase winners, which makes this an important race in the Chase because a lot of drivers believe they can…

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch- Oh Baby!

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    Even though Kansas native Clint Bowyer is not in this year’s Chase for the Championship, he still has a lot to celebrate this weekend. The celebration comes from something off track, Bowyer’s wife Lorra gave birth to the couple’s first child on Wednesday.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Toto, I think NASCAR is in Kansas this weekend

    Yes, Toto it is Kansas Speedway weekend and it’s just part of what has been the ultimate Kansas sports dream week. It started with the Chief’s big win on Monday Night football, the two unbelievable playoff games for the Royals. The race will be sandwiched in Sunday afternoon, before the Royals American League Division Series game three Sunday night.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Smoke without Fire

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    Tony Stewart is a broken man. I don’t know Tony personally but I have had enough interaction with him over the past 13 years of covering racing to see it in his eyes. When Stewart sat in front of a packed media room at Stewart Haas racing on Monday, there was far less fire in Smoke. It was his first public statement since being cleared of any fault in the dirt track accident that killed Kevin…

  • Race Day: AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway

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    Sixteen drivers become 12 on Sunday at the final race of the “Contender Round” in the Chase for the Championship.  Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski are already locked in round two of the “playoffs,” leaving the remaining 14 drivers to battle it out for 10 spots.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    It’s Bowyer baby watch 2014! Clint’s wife Lorra is expecting the couple’s first child any day now, so Jeff Burton will be on standby to drive the 15 if at any point this weekend Bowyer has to head home to meet the new addition.

  • Race Day: The Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

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    NASCAR returns to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday for the second race in the Chase for the Championship. The track is nicknamed the “Magic Mile”, though I’m not sure how ‘magical’ the racing is there. It’s considered a short track, but it doesn’t seem to have the allure of a Bristol or a Martinsville. None the less, it has a huge role in who will win NASCAR’s championship.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    Clint Bowyer may not be in the Chase for the Championship, but he still has something to run for over the final races of the season. So a 39th place finish was certainly not what he had in mind. The 15 team is looking for wins and top fives so it can carry some momentum into next season.


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    Keselowsi wins, Bowyer 3rd at Dega; Johnson, Earnhardt out of the Chase

    The recipe to round three of the NASCAR playoffs was pretty clear for Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., but only one of the sports superstars would be able to accomplish that feat. Keselowski pulled ahead on the second green, white, checkered restart, with a little help in the form of a push from his teammate Joey Logano. From there he was able to hold off the field for…

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  • Vickers wins the pole after a strange qualifying session at Talladega

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    The new qualifying format at Talladega created little change in the way drivers approached the session, but it did create a lot of confusion. Drivers still waited to hit the track, despite the reduction of time in the first round, causing a number of drivers not to get in a complete lap before time expired.

  • Kyle Busch's wife expecting their first child

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    Kyle Busch and his wife Samantha announced via twitter on Saturday that they are going to be parents. The couple is expecting the child in May of 2015.

  • Keselowski, Stewart fined for Charlotte post-race behavior

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    NASCAR penalizes two of the four drivers involved in post-race skirmishes at the Charlotte Motor Speedway the past Saturday night.

  • Harvick wins an eventful race at Charlotte, Bowyer finishes last

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    Kevin Harvick won Saturday night’s race at Charlotte and punched his ticket to the third round of the NASCAR playoffs. But that is not what people will be talking about Sunday morning. Instead, folks will be talking about the off track brawl between Brad Keselowski and two Joe Gibbs racing teammates.

  • Kyle Busch snags the pole at Charlotte; Bowyer will start 25th

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    Seventy percent of winners at Charlotte Motor Speedway start the race in the top ten. So Kyle Busch, who is fighting to earn one of the seven remaining spots in the third round of NASCAR’s playoff has got to feel good about his chances to find victory lane on Saturday night, since he will lead the field to the green from the pole.

  • Hornish tapped to drive the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 9 in 2015

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    Sam Hornish, Jr. is getting a second chance at the Sprint Cup Series. On Wednesday Richard Petty Motorsports announced Hornish will drive the number 9 car in 2015.

  • Bowyer's struggles at Kansas continue

    It’s no secret that Clint Bowyer wants to win badly at his home track the Kansas Speedway. But he just can’t seem to find the consistent speed to get good finishes at the mile and a half track.  

  • Dowell enjoying his "Chase for the Championship"

    Every driver dreams of visiting victory lane at his home track. But that isn't just the dream for drivers, crew members dream of that as well.

  • Logano wins at Kansas to advance in title race

    Joey Logano has grabbed the first berth in the next round of NASCAR's championship race with a victory Sunday at Kansas Speedway.
    Logano's win advanced him into the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, which begins after stops at Charlotte and Talladega. Four drivers will be cut from the 12-driver field after Talladega.
    It puts the pressure on for some of NASCAR's top…

  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr and Ned Yost have special bond

    This as you know is a huge weekend for Kansas City sports and Sunday's events start with NASCAR at the Kansas Speedway.

  • Harvick wins the pole at Kansas

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     An exciting day of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice and qualifying, NASCAR Nationwide Series practice and ARCA Racing presented by Menards kicked off Hollywood Casino 400 weekend today at Kansas Speedway.

  • Kyle Busch wins the Nationwide Race at Kansas Speedway

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    Kyle Busch has a troubled relationship with Kansas Speedway since the repave in 2012, in his last four starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Kansas He has finished outside the top 30 three times. His best finish was in the 5-hour ENERGY® 400 this past May when he finished 15th.

  • Bowyer names son

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    Kansas native Clint Bowyer maybe fast in a racecar, but his first child took his time making his first appearance. Bowyer tweeted about noon on Tuesday that he and his wife Lorra were at the hospital waiting.

  • Gordon wins Dover as round two of the Chase is set for Kansas

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    A NASCAR heads here to Kansas this week the Chase for the Championship field is whittled down from 16 to 12.

  • Harvick wins 7th pole of the season at Dover; Bowyer to start 9th

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    Right now Kevin Harvick has got to be in seventh heaven. Harvick, who had just six career poles in 13 NASCAR seasons, won his seventh pole of 2014 on Friday at Dover.

  • Tony Stewart won't face charges

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    A grand jury in Ontario County, N.Y. has decided not to indict Tony Stewart in the case involving a sprint car accident in which another driver was killed.

  • 2015 will bring more change to the NASCAR rules

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    NASCAR announced its new rules package for the 2015 season, and once again there are some big changes coming to the sport. Among the biggest changes are; a reduction in horse power, the elimination of all testing, racing in the rain and a modification to the group qualifying procedure.

  • Logano wins at New Hampshire

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    Penske’s pair has punched its ticket to the second round of NASCAR playoffs. Joey Logano won Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and joins his teammate Brad Keselowski in the Contender Round of the Chase for the Championship.

  • Keselowski wins the pole at New Hampshire; Bowyer starts 14th

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    The tweet on Friday night from Joey Logano pretty much said it all. Logano imploring his teammate Brad Keselowski to slow down, likely spoke for the entire garage. Keselowski has been the fastest thing in the Sprint Cup garage the past three weeks two poles and two races. The only thing keeping the points leader from three straight poles would appear to be the rain that washed out last weekend’s…

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