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  • The Backstretch Blog: This is a test

    If the words I am about the type mean something to you, you are probably of a certain generation, the rest of you are just going to have to Google it.

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  • Race Day: The Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway

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    The first Saturday night race of the 2014 season is upon us as NASCAR takes on the track to tough to tame, Darlington Raceway. The Southern 500 is long considered one of the jewels of the NASCAR circuit and one that pretty much every driver in the garage would love to win.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    Another possible winning run for Kansas native Clint Bowyer, was foiled last weekend with trouble in the pits late. This time a missing lug nut caused Bowyer to drop out of the top 10. He battled back to salvage an eighth place finish.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Relaxed Edwards enjoying his place in the Chase

    Carl Edwards was nervous as he waited to throw out the pitch at Kaufman Stadium on Tuesday. He just really wanted to make sure he got his pitch close to the strike zone.

  • The Backstretch Blog: The Rainmaker

    Here we are Monday, waiting to race again. This is the third time this season a race has been postponed by rain, and it seems like just about every weekend rain has delayed a practice or cancelled a qualifying session. I think we have found a solution to the drought on the plains, invite in NASCAR.

  • Race Day: The Duck Commander 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway

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    This week NASCAR is at Kansas’ closest Sprint Cup series neighbor, the Texas Motor Speedway. Other than our home track in Kansas City this is the closest stop on the series, from Wichita to Fort Worth is only about a five hour drive.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    So close. Kansas native Clint Bowyer was so close to breaking his winless streak last week at Martinsville Speedway. The 15 car was out front when the final caution flag of the day flew, but a subsequent bad pit stop relegated him to a ninth place finish.

  • The Backstrecth Blog: The clock strikes 41

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    The race was 500 laps Sunday in Martinsville, but the road to victory lane was actually much longer for Kurt Busch. It’s not quiet Cinderella. Busch is hardly the loveable underdog story. His story is riches to rags and back, and his downfall was of his own making. And the road back has been bumpy.

  • The Backstrech Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    You know what Clint Bowyer needs after a rough start to the 2014 season? A good short track. Thankfully for the Kansas native, Martinsville is this weekend.

  • The Backstretch Blog: A Tired Conversation

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    NASCAR vice-president of competition and racing development Robin Pemberton made an appearance in the the post-race press conference for a second straight week. That is never a good thing.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    It wasn’t awful. It wasn’t great. And that is pretty much all you can say about Clint Bowyer’s run this past weekend at Bristol. The number 15 car finished 15th at the bullring, which considering he went a lap down at one point isn’t bad.

  • The Backstretch Blog: The night the lights came on in Bristol

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    It wasn’t the strangest thing I’ve ever seen on the track. I mean Juan Pablo Montoya hit a jet drier and then there was the guy that ran on to the track and asked Matt Kenseth for an autograph under a red flag. But the caution lights coming on and no one knowing why is up there.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    The good news for Kansas native Clint Bowyer is you only really need one win to get into this year’s Chase for the Championship. Which is good news for the 15 because, as good as they were at points racing last season, they off to a complete opposite start this year.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Vegas Stripped

    After 399 miles, a second win on the young 2014 season looked to be within reach for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Unfortunately for Junior the race in Vegas, was 400 miles. And with Brad Keselowski hot on his tail, the 88 car sputtered for just a moment, low on fuel, and the 2 speed past on his way to the victory.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Mama said knock you out

    Don’t call it a comeback.  Oh wait, if Brad Keselowski comes back and makes a run through to the Chase the for the Championship field, that is exactly what you would call it. But I digress.


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    Harvick wins Southern 500; Bowyer is 12th

    Kevin Harvick now has wins at all of the races he considers the crown jewels of NASCAR. Harvick started on the pole and battled threw a pair of green, white, checkered restarts to win the longest ever wins at Darlington Speedway history.

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  • Harvick snags the pole in Darlington; Bowyer will start 16th

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    Kevin Harvick won his first pole at the Darlington raceway on Friday, but Joey Logano continues to be the story of the new knock-out qualifying procedure in NASCAR this season. The 22 car is the only team to make all seven of the final rounds under the new rules. Logano will start second Saturday night.

  • Logano gets rain delayed win at Texas; Bowyer battles to 8th place finish

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    The sun came out and the number 22 car of Joey Logano came alive. Logano took the checkered flag at Monday’s rain delayed race the Texas Motor Speedway, becoming the seventh different winner in seven races.

  • NASCAR race at Texas postponed til Monday

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    Rain has forced Sunday’s race at the Texas Motor Speedway. The Duck Commander 500 is now scheduled to be run Monday at 11 am central time.

  • Stewart wins the pole in Texas; Bowyer to start 25th

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    Smoke did rise, at least to the top of the leader board. After a Sprint Car accident in which he broke his leg, the mantra of Tony Stewart or Smoke’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team has been “Smoke will rise.” Saturday at the Texas Motor Speedway, Stewart won his first pole since returning to the track.

  • Kurt Busch wins Martinsville, Bowyer is 9th

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    On Sunday at historic Martinsville Speedway, the driver known as "The Outlaw" committed highway robbery.

  • Kyle Busch wins Martinsville pole, Bowyer starts 12th

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    Joe Gibbs racing has swept the front row at Martinsville Speedway.  Kyle Busch will start on the pole, with Denny Hamlin next to him.

  • Bowyer spins late, Kyle Busch out duels rookie Larson at Auto Club Speedway

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    Kansas native Clint Bowyer was two laps away from a pretty good finish at the Auto Club speedway, when he went for a spin.  His final car to see problems with tires in Fontana, a left rear tire went flat in his case. And instead Bowyer finished 16th.

  • Kenseth snags the pole in Fontana; Bowyer qualifies 5th

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    Matt Kenseth has never considered himself a good qualifier, but on Friday at the Auto Club Speedway he won his fourth pole since joining Joe Gibbs Racing last year. This marks his first pole of 2014, but Kenseth is a three time winner in Fontana.

  • Strange day at Bristol ends with Edwards in Victory Lane, Bowyer 15th

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    The caution lights came on and for a moment no one knew why. Then the rains came and Carl Edwards didn’t really care why. He was out front at the time and took the checkered and yellow flag at the same time for his first win in 2014.

  • Hamlin on the pole, Bowyer to start 15th at Bristol

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    NASCAR adjusted the rules for its new knock out qualifying earlier this week and the changes seemed to agree with Denny Hamlin. The number 11 Toyota grabbed his first pole under the new qualifying format as he will lead the field to green at this weekend’s race in Bristol.

  • Vegas luck escapes Bowyer, finds Keselowski

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    Kansas native Clint Bowyer had a fast car all weekend. He qualified third for the Kolbalt Tools 500 in Las Vegas and was one of the fastest cars in practice all weekend long.  But strategy and luck were not on the 15 team’s side on Sunday.

  • Bowyer rebounds from a lap down to finish 13th at Phoenix; Harvick takes the checkered flag

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    As they say in racing, Kevin Harvick stunk up the show. Harvick lead 224 of the 312 laps for his first victory with his new team Stewart Haas Racing.

  • Keselowski wins first NASCAR pole under new format; Bowyer to start 14th

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    NASCAR’s new qualifying procedure seems to agree with Penske racing. Brad Keselowski snagged the first ever pole under the sports new group knockout qualifying format and his teammate Joey Logano will start second.

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. holds off Denny Hamlin for second Daytona 500 win

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    In a race that started in broad daylight and ended 42 minutes before midnight, and with a swatch of tape covering part of his grille, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the rain-interrupted 56th running of the Daytona 500 Sunday night at Daytona International Speedway.
    Earnhardt was a car-length ahead of Denny Hamlin when NASCAR threw the seventh caution of the race a split second before Earnhardt crossed…

  • Engine failure knocks Kansas native Bowyer out of Daytona 500

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    Once again Emporia native Clint Bowyer’s Daytona 500 will end in heartbreak. Bowyer’s engine failed on lap 127, he will finish the race in 42nd place.

  • Race Day: The Daytona 500

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    Like it or not, the 3 car is back.

  • Regan Smith wins Nationwide opener at Daytona

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    Regan Smith won the season-opening Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway by edging Brad Keselowski at the finish line in overtime.
    It was redemption for Smith, who was leading on the last lap a year ago when he tried to block Keselowski to preserve the win. It triggered a 12-car accident that sent Kyle Larson's car into the fence. Nearly 30 fans were injured from debris that…

  • Busch wins Truck Series season opener at Daytona

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     Kyle Busch used a perfectly timed pass to edge Timothy Peters in the final few feet to win the NASCAR Truck Series season opener Friday night at Daytona International Speedway.
    Peters was leading coming out of the final turn and did all he could to block Busch. But Busch didn't blink and drove by Peters just before the finish line.
    It was Busch's 36th Truck Series victory and first at…

  • Joe Gibbs racing sweeps Budweiser Duels; Bowyer flips

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    Sprint Cup Series drivers managed to make it 59 and ¾ laps without a caution. Then Jimmie Johnson ran out of gas coming to the checkered flag of the second Budweiser Duel at Daytona, causing a big wreck that sent Kansas native Clint Bowyer airborne.

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