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    Race Day: The Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway

    By the end of the day NASCAR will have a new Champion. The Chase for the Sprint Cup ends in Homestead as Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano battle for the title. The highest finisher of the four Sunday will take home the 2014 Cup.

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  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    One to go on the 2014 season for Kansas native Clint Bowyer and the rest of the NASCAR drivers. For Bowyer the last half of this season had to have felt like riding around a lap down and without the draft at Talladega, where you are just waiting for it to be over so you can just move on to the next one.

  • The Backstretch Blog: The Unusual Suspects

    Let’s be honest, not many of you had this group as NASCAR’s final four in the Chase for the Championship. I’m feeling darn near Nostradamus status because I got two of the four. I guess that was the point of the new format of the chase, to shake things up and add a little drama.

  • Race Day: Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway

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    You want in the final championship race next week at Homestead? The eight remaining drivers in the Chase for the Championship have this one final race at Phoenix Sunday to punch a ticket to the final round of the NASCAR playoffs.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    Just two races left til the end of the season, which means there just two more chances for Kansas native Clint Bowyer to win a race this season. The season to this point has been a yo-yo for Bowyer. He has either run well and finished in the top 10 or he’s run poorly and finished at the back of field. There really haven’t been a lot of in-betweens.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Breaking Brad

    I asked this question right after the race Sunday at Texas on Twitter and I’ll ask it again here… is it time for Brad Keselowski to ask why everyone in the garage wants to fight him?

  • Race Day: AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway

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    You could call it a Texas two-step. With two races to go until the winner take all Championship race in Homestead, NASCAR heads to the Texas Motor Speedway. Two more drivers could get a guaranteed spot in the chase for that Championship race and only two of the eight drivers trying to get there do not have a career victory at Texas.

  • Race Day: Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway

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    This week NASCAR moves from its biggest track to the smallest. Martinsville has seen some dramatic finishes on track and in typical short track fashion, plenty of drama off of it. That could provide for an interesting start to the Eliminator round of the Chase for the Championship.

  • Race Day: Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway

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    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…

  • 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.


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    Kevin Harvick wins the Sprint Cup Series Championship

    NASCAR has wanted to create its bottom of the ninth walk of moment in its Chase for the Championship. Kevin Harvick winning the race at Homestead Miami Speedway and taking the Cup title appears to be just that.

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  • 18-year old Elliott is Nationwide Champ

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    Chase Elliott finally got to celebrate his Nationwide Series championship after he finished 17th in the season finale Saturday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    Elliott became the youngest champion in NASCAR history last week when he wrapped up the title at Phoenix International Raceway.
    All that was missing was the trophy presentation in Victory Lane that he got at Homestead.
    The 18-…

  • Crafton repeats as Truck Series Champion

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    Tundra driver Matt Crafton captured the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver's championship when he finished ninth in Friday evening's season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  Crafton and his ThorSport Racing No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra captured the title by 21 points over second-place Ryan Blaney -- becoming the first driver in Camping World Truck Series history to win…

  • Gordon wins the pole at Homestead, Bowyer starts 6th

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    Jeff Gordon may have had his championship hopes dashed one week ago, but he hasn’t packed it in for the season. The four-time Sprint Cup Series Champion ran a fast lap of 180.747 mph to grab the pole for Sunday’s season finale.

  • Harvick wins as NASCAR title race set; Bowyer 40th

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    Kevin Harvick had only one way to advance to next week’s winner take all round of the Chase for the Championship, he had to win at Phoenix. Which he did in pretty convincing fashion, leading 264 of the 312 laps in the race.

  • Hamlin on the pole at PIR, Bowyer starts 17th

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    With just one race til the championship race field is set, points leader Denny Hamlin wants to send a message in Phoenix. He ran a fast lap of 142.113 mph to win the pole for Sunday’s race.

  • Kurt Busch under investigation after domestic violence allegation

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    Police in Dover, DE confirmed that NASCAR driver Kurt Busch is under investigation for an alleged domestic assault. The Associated Press reports the alleged assault was against his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll in the motor home lot of the Dover International Speedway last month. The AP reports Driscoll stated in court documents they had broken up one week prior to the alleged incident. In the…

  • Four crew members suspended for Texas fight

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    Three crew members from Hendrick MotorSports have been fined $25,000 and suspended for six NASCAR races following a post-race fight at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday night.  A fourth crew member was fined $10,000 and suspended three races.

  • Fight overshadows Johnson’s Texas win; Bowyer 28th

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    Jimmie Johnson picked up his fourth career victory at Texas Motor Speedway, but few people will be talking about it come Monday morning. The water coolers will be buzzing with talk about the post-race pit road fight between Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski and their crews.

  • Junior wins at Martinsville; Bowyer finishes 7th

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    Dale Earnhardt, Jr may be out of the Chase for the Championship, but that doesn’t take away from the season he is having in 2014. Junior held off his teammate and Martinsville ace Jeff Gordon to take the checkered flag on Sunday at the Virginia short track.

  • McMurray wins the pole at Martinsville; Bowyer to start 12th

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    He may not be in the Chase for the Championship, but no driver may be hotter in qualifying over the past few weeks than Jamie McMurray. The Missouri native piloted his number 1 Chevy at 99.905 mph setting a new qualifying record and grabbing the pole for Sunday’s race at Martinsville.

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

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    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…

  • 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.

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