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  • The Backstretch Blog: Second Ring, same girl

    Joey Logano made an unusual confession about his marriage during Wednesday’s NASCAR media tour stop.

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  • The Backstretch Blog: The Fire is back in Smoke

    "I’m not happy about the last two years by any means," said Stewart. “It’s given me more desire and drive to go back and get back to the old form that our fans and our sponsors are used to seeing.”

  • The Backstretch Blog: Alive and kickin’

    It has been quite a few months for Michael Waltrip Racing driver Brian Vickers.  He had open heart surgery in December and in March he will return to the race track, missing just two races. His first race back will be at Las Vegas.

  • The Backstretch Blog: (Just like) Starting Over

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    For the past few seasons Carl Edwards watched as drivers left race teams were they had success and find even more success an begin to think about the possibilities.

  • The Backstretch Blog: When it comes to the Chase, thanks for nothing

    If you have been following me on this blog for any period of time than you know the biggest thing that annoys me about NASCAR is the constant change. And while there once again some changes in the sport, mostly on the competition side with the reduction in horse power and the electronic timing and scoring. The biggest news on day one of the Sprint Cup Media tour is, no news. No big changes to…

  • The Backstretch Blog: Jump aboard, we’re going on tour

    Other than an actually race, one of the most productive week’s I have all year is on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour. Me and 200 of my media friends are herded from race team to race team, talking to pretty much every driver in the garage area, many crew chiefs and several of the other major players in the sport. You just can’t get this kind of access in other sports.

  • The Backstretch Blog: The Legend of Gordo

    Confession time: The only time I have really ever been nervous before an interview, was the first time I interviewed Jeff Gordon. I’m still not exactly sure why.  At that point in my career I had already interviewed plenty of big names in sports and I wasn’t exactly a NASCAR fan. But maybe that was part of it. Jeff Gordon wasn’t just an athlete. Jeff Gordon was a star.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Because he's Happy

    It has been quite a ride for 2014 Sprint Cup Series Champ Kevin Harvick.  Even three days later, Harvick says the weekend is still a bit of a blur.

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

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    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.

  • 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.


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    Elliott to replace Gordon in 2016

    Chase Elliott turned head when he won the 2014 XFinity Series title as a rookie. In 2016 the son of Hall of Famer Bill Elliott will begin turning laps as the driver of the No. 24 Chevy for Hendrick Motorsports.

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  • All is not forgiven in Bowyer-Gordon feud

    On the heels  Jeff Gordon’s recent announcement that 2015 will be his last full time in NASCAR, Clint Bowyer says he respects Gordon’s place in the NASCAR world, but he isn’t quite ready to let his feud with Gordon go.

  • Gordon to run final full-time season in 2015

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    Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon announced that 2015 will be his final full-time season in the sport.

  • Brian Vickers medically cleared to race in early March

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    Doctors have medically cleared Brian Vickers to return to full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup racing in early March, three months after corrective heart surgery.

  • Bubba Wallace joins Roush Fenway Racing

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    Roush Fenway Racing has announced that Bubba Wallace will drive the No. 6 Ford Mustang for the team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) next season. The signing pairs NASCAR's winningest NXS team with a young driver widely regarded as one of the most talented up-and-coming competitors in NASCAR. The 21-year-old Wallace has posted five wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, including four…

  • Crew member suspended for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy

    Marshal Faust, a crew member in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s Substance Abuse Policy.

  • Sprint leaving NASCAR after 2016 season

    For the just the fourth time in the series history, NASCAR’s top series will have a new title sponsor beginning in 2017. Sprint announced on Tuesday it would not return to the sport following the 2016 season.

  • NASCAR expands Sprint Unlimited field

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    Coming off an exciting 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale, NASCAR announced today all 16 Chase drivers will be eligible to compete in the 2015 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). The 75-lap, non-points race will once again kick off the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing season Saturday, Feb. 14 (FOX, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and will feature an expanded field…

  • Vickers to miss the start of 2015 NASCAR season due to heart surgery

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    Michael Waltrip Racing driver Brian Vickers will not be available to race during the early part of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season due to health issues.

  • Fence sitter headed to jail

    The man who climbed the catch fence at the Richmond International Raceway, causing a delay in the race is headed to jail.

  • NASCAR honors its Champ

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    The stars of NASCAR hit the red carpet in Las Vegas on Friday night to celebrate the season and honor its 2014 Sprint Cup Series Champion.

  • Junior wins most popular driver…again

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    Dale Earnhardt Junior is once again NASCAR’s most popular driver.  The Hendrick motorsports star was presented with the award for the 12th straight season at Friday night’s Sprint Cup Series banquet.

  • Joe Gibbs Racing shuffles crew chief lineup

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    Three of the four teams at Joe Gibbs racing will have new crew chiefs in 2015.

  • Furniture Row Racing names Pearn Crew Chief

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    Furniture Row Racing announced today that Cole Pearn has been promoted from lead race engineer to crew chief of the No. 78 Chevrolet driven by Martin Truex Jr. in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

    Pearn, 32, replaces Todd Berrier, who has been offered a key position to remain at Furniture Row Racing.

    Joe Garone, Furniture Row Racing's general manager, said the team has also made new hires to…

  • Kevin Harvick wins the Sprint Cup Series Championship

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    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.

  • 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.

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