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  • Backstretch Blog: The Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway

    It’s NASCAR’s version of a military march, time to turn left-right-left. Sonoma is the first of two road courses during the season.

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  • The Backstretch Blog: Flag Flap

    Here’s something you may or may not know about me. I love history. In fact I’m almost obsessed with it, especially sports history. My Netflix cue is filled with sports documentaries.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer finds new fun with fatherhood

    We all know Kansas native Clint Bowyer knows how to have fun. The outgoing driver has always been known as one of the guys in the garage that knows how to find a good party.

  • The Backstretch Blog: The Bachelor no more

    Sorry ladies, the fantasy is over. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is officially taken. NASCAR’s most popular driver proposed to his long-time girlfriend Amy Reimann during the two’s off week trip to Germany.

  • Race Day: The Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway

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    NASCAR heads north to just outside Detroit Motor City this weekend. Michigan is considered the home track of two of the three manufactures in the sport, Ford and Chevy. And every team with a blue oval or a bow tie on the hood has a special drive to want to win there this weekend.

  • Race Day: The Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 at Pocono Raceway

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    It’s part superspeedway, part road course. But really there is no other track on the circuit like the triangle shaped Pocono Raceway.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    If you are looking for Clint Bowyer’s familiar red and yellow Toyota this weekend, you might have a hard time finding it. The number 15 has a different primary sponsor this week at Pocono, with Jack Link’s and Big Machine Records jumping on board. This week’s car will be red and black.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Is Jack in a Box?

    Let's cut right to the chase, things are not going well at Roush Fenway Racing.

    "We're dying a slow death," Roush's senior driver Greg Biffle said about a month ago. "We need to start showing up for the weekend closer to where we need to be."

    The proof is in the results. Biffle is currently 19th in the points standings, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr is 27th and Trevor Bayne 31st. It is a far cry from the…

  • Race Day: The Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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    The Saturday before Memorial Day is race fan heaven. The three course meal starts with F1 in Monaco, then the Indianapolis 500 and finally for desert is 600 miles of NASCAR in Charlortte.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer to honor late grandfather at Charlotte

    Memorial Day weekend is always special in NASCAR, lots of patriotic paint schemes and special promotions to mark an important weekend, and this season is no different. Each of the cars will carry the name of a service man or woman on the windshield as a part of the ‘600 Miles of Remembrance’ campaign.

  • Race Day: The Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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    The best of the sport will take to the track for NASCAR’s All-Star race Saturday night under the lights in Charlotte (well technically Concord). Twenty drivers have qualified by either winning a race in 2014 or 15, being a past champion, being a past All-Star race winner, winning one of the segments in Friday night’s Sprint Showdown or winning the fan vote. Those drivers are AJ Allmendinger,…

  • Race Day: The Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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    If your driver wants in Saturday’s Sprint All-Star race and he doesn’t have a win, the Sprint Showdown is for him. Any driver without a win in the past year and half or that is not a past champion or has not won the All-Star race in the past 10 years can enter the Showdown and try to race his way into Saturday night’s festivities.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    While Kansas native Clint Bowyer hasn’t won a points race since October of 2012, he has in fact visited NASCAR victory lane in the two and half seasons since. Bowyer won the Sprint Showdown one season ago. That’s the open race to get into the All-Star race. And as NASCAR returns back to Charlotte to celebrate its top drivers, Bowyer is looking to repeat that success.

  • The Backstretch Blog: It never hurts to ask

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    Sometimes it just pays to be in the right place at the right time. Just ask a couple from Beloit, who went from NASCAR fans to car sponsor, because they simply asked.

  • Race Day: The SpongBob Square Pants 400 at Kansas Speedway

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    As the countdown begins to the first of two races this season under the lights at the Kansas Speedway, the one to beat, might be the weather. The same storms that are expected to hammer Western and Central Kansas this afternoon, are expected to start rolling up on the Kansas Speedway, just in time for the start of the race.


  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer finds new fun with fatherhood

    We all know Kansas native Clint Bowyer knows how to have fun. The outgoing driver has always been known as one of the guys in the garage that knows how to find a good party.

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  • Bowyer gets a new crew chief

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    Michael Waltrip Racing has shaken up its crew chief line up, in hopes of jump starting the struggling organization.

  • Quest for success drives Kaden Taylor

    If you have been to a sprint car race in the state of Kansas, you've probably seen Kaden Taylor out on the track and didn't think much of it. But Taylor's story is unlike most on the dirt.

  • Jimmie Johnson Wins 10th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race At Dover

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    Jimmie Johnson, welcome to the club.

    With his overtime victory in Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway, Johnson became the fifth driver to win 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at a single track, joining Richard Petty, David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Sr. in sharing that distinction.

    Johnson’s triumph was his series-best fourth of the season…

  • Fuel strategy gives Carl Edwards first win at Charlotte

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    Will the mystery winner of Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 enter and sign in please?

  • Hamlin wins the All-Star Race; Bowyer is 12th

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    Heading into Saturday night's race Denny Hamlin had never won an All-Star Race, Joe Gibbs Racing had never won an All-Star Race and Toyota had never won an All-Star Race. All three of those streaks came to an end when Hamlin pulled away early in the final segment of the night and put the No.11 in Charlotte victory lane.

  • Clint Bowyer wins second straight Sprint Showdown

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    The last two seasons have been pretty disappointing for Kansas native Clint Bowyer and if you are in the Sprint Showdown, it means you haven’t won a race in the past year. But the Kansas native has taken the opportunity of this race to prove he still belongs with the top drivers in the sport. On Friday, Bowyer won his second straight Sprint Showdown to earn a spot in Saturday’s All-Star Race.

  • Goodland native enjoying life in NASCAR's fast lane

    The fast lane of NASCAR’s pit road is a long way from Goodland, Kansas. But that has been the path taken by Aaron Schields.

  • Jimmie Johnson wins at Kansas; Bowyer is 21st

    The way the weekend started for Jimmie Johnson, even he probably thought the night ending with the 48 in victory lane would be improbably. Johnson qualified poorly and looked miserable in the early laps of the race. But the team kept battling and by the time the rain delay came along, the team had battled its way into contention.

  • Joey Logano wins the pole at Kansas; Clint Bowyer will start 21st

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    The last time NASCAR was at the Kansas Speedway, Joey Logano was in victory lane. Friday, he backed that up with another strong run, grabbing the pole for Saturday night's Sponge Bob Square Pants 400 with a fast lap of 192.3 miles per hour.

  • Sponge Bob Race aimed at attracting the next generation of NASCAR fan

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    Ever since it was announced that this race at the Kansas Speedway was going to be called the Sponge Bob Square Pants 400, it created quite a buzz at the water cooler and on social media. So you may be asking yourself, why would a race be called the Sponge Bob Square Pants 400? Well there is actually a really good reason for it.

  • Final appeal for 31 team denied

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    The revised penalties handed down by an appeals board to the number 31 team of Richard Childress Racing, have been upheld by the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer. Bryan Moss handed down his ruling Wednesday afternoon after several days of hearings.

  • Dale Jr. scores emotional victory at Talladega; Bowyer is 30th

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    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was once called the ‘Pied Piper’ at Talladega because ever one used to try to follow him to the front. But Earnhardt hasn’t won at the Alabama track since 2004. That was just part of the reason why Sunday’s victory at Talladega was so emotional for him.

  • Gordon wins Talladega pole; Bowyer will start 10th

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    The last few qualifying sessions at restrictor plate races have been wild. Maybe a little too wild for drivers, teams and NASCAR. Saturday, NASCAR returned to a more traditional single care qualifying format at Talladega and old school driver Jeff Gordon put a hurting on the field. The 24 was the fast car in both rounds of qualifying and grabbed the pole for Sunday’s race.

  • Jeff Gordon to drive the Indy 500 Pace Car

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    Five-time Brickyard 400 winner and four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon will drive a Corvette Z06 pace car for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 mile race, May 24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

  • Danica losing GoDaddy sponsorship at the end of the season

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    One of the sport’s most popular drivers will be looking for a new sponsor in 2016. GoDaddy announcing on Wednesday that is will no longer serve as the primary sponsor of Danica Patrick’s No. 10 Sprint Cup Series Car. The company says it is hopes to keep Patrick on as spokesperson.

  • Ragan to take over the 55 starting at Kansas

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    Kansas native Clint Bowyer will have a new teammate when he returns home to the Kansas Speedway in two weeks. On Tuesday, Michael Waltrip Racing announced that David Ragan will be the driver of the No. 55 Toyota for the rest of the season, beginning at Kansas .

  • Richmond redemption for Kurt Busch; Clint Bowyer finishes 9th

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    Kurt Busch pretty much dominated Sunday’s race at the Richmond International Raceway. The former Sprint Cup Series champ lead 291 of the 500 laps to take his first win of 2015.

  • Logano wins the pole at Richmond; Bowyer starts 17th

    Perhaps no one was more surprised by the Coors Light Pole winning lap of Joey Logano, than Joey Logano. He piloted the Number 22 around the Richmond International Raceway at a top speed of 127.071 mph in the final round of qualifying to grab the top spot.

  • Kansas Speedway announces safety improvements

    Kansas Speedway president Pat Warren announced on Wednesday that the track will be making safety upgrades before the May 9th Sprint Cup Series Race.

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