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    The Backstretch Blog: Playing it SAFER

    As Kyle Busch looks back on the accident that broke his left leg and right foot, he knows he is a lucky man.

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  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    There may not be a driver in the garage area happier to be headed to Bristol then Kansas native Clint Bowyer. Though he has never won at Bristol, Bowyer is good on the short tracks and he desperately needs something to change his luck around right now.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Kahne is Able

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    Right now, it's pretty good being Kasey Kahne. He is fifth in the points standings and one of four drivers for the top organization in the sport of NASCAR, Hendrick Motorsports. But as you might expect, Kahne wants more.

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

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    There is nothing like a little Saturday night racing and this week we get our first race under the lights of the season at the Texas Motor Speedway. As you might expect…Texas is big…Texas is fast and those are two things that drivers enjoy.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    It’s back to work for Kansas native Clint Bowyer, as NASCAR gets back at this weekend after the Easter break. Bowyer is looking for a little good luck after the early season reset. He has had a series of tough break which has left him 18th in the points standing.

  • Race Day: The STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway

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    Tight spaces and short tempers, ah yes NASCAR is in Martinsville this weekend. The track is shaped like a paper clip which presents a unique challenge to drivers this week that will test their performance and their patience.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    Clint Bowyer can’t seem to a break. I mean I know he’s not running in the top five and then having some sort of problem, but he has been a consistent top 15 car. But right on cue last week a late accident took him from battling for 15th, to a 30th place finish.

  • The Backstretch Blog: A Cautionary Tale

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    When the caution flag came out with just a few laps to go in Sunday’s Auto Club 400, there were some who immediately questioned it, especially when the debris wasn’t easily found.

  • Race Day: Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway

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    The last leg of NASCAR’s ‘West Coast Swing’ will take place Sunday when drivers take on the Auto Club Speedway. The California track is one many drivers say they enjoy, because it doesn’t have much mystery.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    After a promising start to the season, Clint Bowyer has been in a little bit of a funk recently. A 24th place finish at Phoenix has caused the Kansas native to drop one more spot in the points standing to 15th.

  • Race Day: The Kolbalt 400 at Las Vegas

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    NASCAR begins its west coast swing this weekend at Las Vegas. The concept of which is brilliant, I don’t know why we haven’t done it this way for a long time. But I digress.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    Well the good news for Kansas native Clint Bowyer, he doesn’t have to go back to the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Kansas native has not the best of luck in the Peach state. Bowyer ended up in a late accident while trying to nurse his car to the finish after some engine issues.

  • Race Day: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

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    It seems strange to be headed to Atlanta week two, but that is where NASCAR is. It’s the Sprint Cup series one and only stop of the season at the historic track where it used to crown champions.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    We all know Kansas native Clint Bowyer is a talker. Maybe that is why FOX has decided to make him one of the five active drivers it will put in the booth for its XFINITY series races this season. Bowyer will help call races for NASCAR’s second series at Auto Club Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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    Kenseth grabs the pole at Bristol; Bowyer starts 37th

    The last time Matt Kenseth won a pole at the Bristol Motor Speedway was 2005. He also won the race that year. The driver of the No. 20 Toyota is hoping that is a sign of things to come after he won the pole on Friday for Sunday’s Food City 500.

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  • Panel upholds suspensions for 31 team

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    An appeals panel upheld the six race suspension of Richard Childress Racing Crew Chief Luke Lambert, tire technician James Bender and team engineer Philip Surgen after NASCAR said the No. 31 team tampered with tires.

  • Johnson wins in Texas; Bowyer is 22nd

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    In the sport of NASCAR, the best car doesn’t always win. That was not the case under the lights Saturday in Texas. Jimmie Johnson led a race high 128 laps en route to his second win of the season.

  • New sponsor will fuel Bowyer at four races this season

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    Kansas native Clint Bowyer picks up another primary sponsor to fill out his schedule in 2015. Maxwell House will be on the hood of the number 15 car at Watkins Glen International, Pocono Raceway, Martinsville Speedway and the fall race at Texas Motor Speedway.

  • NASCAR hammers 31 after it finds tire tampering

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    NASCAR handed down one of the largest penalties in the sports history to the 31 team of Ryan Newman after it found the team tampered with tires.

  • Hamlin wins at Martinsville; Bowyer is 13th

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    Even a pit road penalty was not going to hold back the number 11 machine of Denny Hamlin this weekend at Martinsville. Hamlin had to go the rear of the field about half way through the race after a tire got loose on pit road. But Hamlin and the 11 team simply regrouped and worked its way back through the field for its first victory of 2015.

  • Kyle Larson will miss Sunday’s race at Martinsville

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    Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced via its twitter account on Sunday that driver Kyle Larson will miss the race at Martinsville.

  • Logano wins the pole at Martinsville; Bowyer starts 30th

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    Joey Logano may not be a name you think of when NASCAR heads to the short tracks, but the driver of the number 22 made a statement to try and change your mind on Friday. Logano put up a fast lap of 98.461 in the final round of qualifying on Friday to grab the pole for Sunday’s STP 500.

  • Keselowski wins in Cali; Bowyer is 30th

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    Kurt Busch led 65 laps, Kevin Harvick led 34 and Brad Keselowski led just one at the Auto Club on Sunday. But one was all it took for Keselowski take the checkered flag in California.

  • Kurt Busch snags the pole in Fontana; Bowyer starts 10th

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    In his second race back after a three race suspension from NASCAR after domestic violence allegations, Kurt Busch posted a fast lap of 185.142 mph in the final round of qualifying and will lead the field to the green from the pole in Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway.

  • Vickers to miss California race

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    NASCAR driver Brian Vickers will have to once again step away from his number 55 car this weekend at Auto Club Speedway because blood clots he has been dealing with for some time now have returned. Vickers will have to go back on blood thinners to treat the clots and he can not race when on that medication.

  • Kevin Harvick rides dominant No. 4 Chevrolet to fourth straight Phoenix win

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    Yes, the best car won Sunday’s CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway — but one-man juggernaut Kevin Harvick had to hold off charging Jamie McMurray on the final restart with 12 laps left to notch his fourth straight victory at the one-mile track.

  • Kurt Busch suspension lifted by NASCAR

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    NASCAR has lifted the suspension of driver Kurt Busch and he will be allowed to return to the track this weekend. He must still complete the “Road to Recovery” requirements he must also continue to abide by legal requirements placed on him.

  • 2015 Kyle Petty Charity Ride will roll though Kansas

    Retired NASCAR driver Kyle Petty will bring his 21st Annual Charity Mortorcycle ride though Kansas this season. Petty will drive from Colorado Springs to Hutchinson on May 7th and then from Hutch to Branson, Missouri on May 8th. The exact route he will take will be announced at a later date.

  • Keselowksi, Allgaier teams penalized for Vegas infractions

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    Two teams have been penalized for violations found during post-race inspection at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

  • Harvick wins in Vegas; Bowyer is 21st

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    Kevin Harvick is making a statement to start 2015. After back to back second place finishes at Daytona and Atlanta, the defending champ led 142 of 267 laps to pick up his first win of the season.

  • Jeff Gordon wins the pole at Vegas, Bowyer starts 20th

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    No rocking chairs for Jeff Gordon yet. After setting a new track record with a lap of 194.679 mph, Gordon won the pole for the Kolbalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It’s his second pole in three races this season.

  • Johnson wins Atlanta; Bowyer is 24th

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    It may have been a cold and rainy day in Atlanta, but six-time champion Jimmie Johnson showed his team can still get red hot. Johnson led 92 laps in route to the victory, the 71st of his career and he earned his spot in the Chase for the Championship.

  • Logano wins the Daytona 500, Bowyer is 7th

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    With some help from Kansas native Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano took the lead on the final restart of the Daytona 500 and hung on through a wild final lap and a half to win the 57th Daytona 500.

  • Kurt Busch’s final appeal denied

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    It appears Kurt Busch will not race in NASCAR anytime in the near future. Late Saturday evening Busch lost his final appeal of his indefinite suspension made to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, Bryan Moss. Moss upheld Busch’s suspension.

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