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Backstretch Blog: Stewart still shaken from accident that killed Kevin Ward, Jr.

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    The Backstretch Blog: Smoke without Fire

    Tony Stewart is a broken man. I don’t know Tony personally but I have had enough interaction with him over the past 13 years of covering racing to see it in his eyes. When Stewart sat in front of a packed media room at Stewart Haas racing on Monday, there was far less fire in Smoke. It was his first public statement since being cleared of any fault in the dirt track accident that killed Kevin…

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  • Race Day: AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway

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    Sixteen drivers become 12 on Sunday at the final race of the “Contender Round” in the Chase for the Championship.  Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski are already locked in round two of the “playoffs,” leaving the remaining 14 drivers to battle it out for 10 spots.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    It’s Bowyer baby watch 2014! Clint’s wife Lorra is expecting the couple’s first child any day now, so Jeff Burton will be on standby to drive the 15 if at any point this weekend Bowyer has to head home to meet the new addition.

  • Race Day: The Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

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    NASCAR returns to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday for the second race in the Chase for the Championship. The track is nicknamed the “Magic Mile”, though I’m not sure how ‘magical’ the racing is there. It’s considered a short track, but it doesn’t seem to have the allure of a Bristol or a Martinsville. None the less, it has a huge role in who will win NASCAR’s championship.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    Clint Bowyer may not be in the Chase for the Championship, but he still has something to run for over the final races of the season. So a 39th place finish was certainly not what he had in mind. The 15 team is looking for wins and top fives so it can carry some momentum into next season.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Deuce is Wild?

    You know the old NASCAR saying, “If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying”? As far as NASCAR is concerned, Brad Keselowski ain’t cheating, but Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s now former road manger is trying to infer that he is.

  • Race Day: The MyAfibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway

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    No more talk, the Chase for the Championship is on beginning Sunday at Chicagoland. This year’s Chase included 16 drivers but by the time we get to the final race in Homestead, only four will still have a chance to be Champion.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    After missing the Chase for the Championship, there is just one word need to describe the goal for Clint Bowyer and his race team over the final 10 races of 2014.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Now in the Chase, everything else is cake (or maybe cookies) for AJ Allmendinger

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    I’m still not sure why AJ Allmendinger was decorating cookies at Wednesday’s Chase Across America stop in Kansas on Wednesday. And I’m not sure AJ knows either, nor am I sure he cares. Allmendiger appears to be having the time of his life as one of the more unlikely participants in this season’s Chase for the Championship.

  • Race Day: The Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway

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    For as much as NASCAR wants to pretend like Jeremy Mayfield never existed, this is the one time of year that video is trotted out with great pride. And you have to admit, his win to get into the 2004 Chase for the Championship was incredibly dramatic and entertaining. NASCAR has been trying to recreate that ever since.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    I’m guessing if Clint Bowyer had to pick one track to stake his season on, Richmond would make the top five. Two of his career eight wins have come at the ¾ mile short track, which is good because Boyer really needs a win at Richmond to make this year’s Chase for the Championship field.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bubble Boys (and Girl)

    One to go this time around and 19 cars are battling for the same thing, a spot in NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship.  Since this year all a driver has to do to get into the post season party is win a race and finish in the top 30 in points, there are 19 drivers that still have a chance to get in. Drivers NASCAR refers to as “on the bubble” Even names like Danica Patrick, Justin Allgair and…

  • Race Day: Oral B 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

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    It’s hard to get over your first love. When it comes to racing for me that first love was the Atlanta Motor Speedway. It wasn’t my first race. That was Talladega. And although I enjoy going to Dega now, I didn’t get it at first. Atlanta, ah Atlanta. That was pure speed. Watching the cars enter the corners at close to 200 mph, it was the closest thing to the more traditional CART/Indy Car racing I…

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    Settle in and get ready to do work. That is the task ahead of Kansas native Clint Bowyer over the next two weeks. Bowyer’s 15 team needs a win over in that time to ensure a spot in the Chase for the Championship. But, no matter what happens two teams without a win will make the Chase and Bowyer doesn’t want a gamble for a win, to hurt his chance at securing one of those spots.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Keep the Change

    I get that some things needed to change. I mean, snow at the racetrack is never the desirable forecast and that has happened too many times at Bristol. And NASCAR never should have taken the Labor Day date away from Darlington to begin with.

NASCAR News

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    Gordon wins Dover as round two of the Chase is set for Kansas

    A NASCAR heads here to Kansas this week the Chase for the Championship field is whittled down from 16 to 12.

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  • Harvick wins 7th pole of the season at Dover; Bowyer to start 9th

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    Right now Kevin Harvick has got to be in seventh heaven. Harvick, who had just six career poles in 13 NASCAR seasons, won his seventh pole of 2014 on Friday at Dover.

  • Tony Stewart won't face charges

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    A grand jury in Ontario County, N.Y. has decided not to indict Tony Stewart in the case involving a sprint car accident in which another driver was killed.

  • 2015 will bring more change to the NASCAR rules

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    NASCAR announced its new rules package for the 2015 season, and once again there are some big changes coming to the sport. Among the biggest changes are; a reduction in horse power, the elimination of all testing, racing in the rain and a modification to the group qualifying procedure.

  • Logano wins at New Hampshire

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    Penske’s pair has punched its ticket to the second round of NASCAR playoffs. Joey Logano won Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and joins his teammate Brad Keselowski in the Contender Round of the Chase for the Championship.

  • Keselowski wins the pole at New Hampshire; Bowyer starts 14th

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    The tweet on Friday night from Joey Logano pretty much said it all. Logano imploring his teammate Brad Keselowski to slow down, likely spoke for the entire garage. Keselowski has been the fastest thing in the Sprint Cup garage the past three weeks two poles and two races. The only thing keeping the points leader from three straight poles would appear to be the rain that washed out last weekend’s…

  • NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Wendell Scott to be honored at Martinsville

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    NASCAR, Front Row Motorsports, Kyle Busch Motorsports and Martinsville Speedway announced today they will honor 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Wendell Scott, the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR premier series event, with a series of tributes during the Martinsville race weekend from Oct. 24-26.

  • Tony Stewart case headed to a grand jury

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    The investigation into a deadly accident at a dirt track in New York State involving NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is headed to a grand jury.

  • Keselowski wins Chase opener at Chicagoland; Bowyer is 39th

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    Brad Keselowski is ready to win his second championship. By winning the Chase for the Championship opening race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, the Blue Deuce driver became the first to punch  his ticket into the second round of NASCAR’s postseason.

  • Ambrose returning to Australia

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    The rumors had been swirling around the garage for months, on Saturday Richard Petty Motorsports made it official, announcing that Marcos Ambrose will return to Australia in 2015.

  • Rain puts Kyle Busch on Chicagoland pole

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    Persistent rain and cold weather that inhibited track drying at Chicagoland Speedway forced cancellation of Friday’s scheduled time trials for Sunday’s MyAFibStory.com 400, the first race in the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. 

    With the field ordered according to top speeds in Friday’s opening Sprint Cup practice session, Chase drivers Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards will start from…

  • The investigation into the Tony Stewart accident is complete

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    The investigation into the August 9th accident involving NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, which resulted in the death of another driver, is now complete according to a release from the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department in New York State. Sheriff Philip Povero did not release the details of the report, but the district attorney is expected to announce what if any action he will take next week…

  • Keselowski wins Richmond; NASCAR postseason field set

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    All the invitations to NASCAR’s post-season party have been passed out and the 16 driver Chase for the Championship grid has been set.

  • Bowyer misses out on Chase for the Championship field

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    It is an inauspicious end to what has been a disappointing 363 days. Not quite a year after Spin-gate” changed the landscape of the Chase for the Championship. It also changed things for Kansas native Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip Racing and not in a good way.  Bowyer came up seven points short of making the NASCAR post-season Saturday night at Richmond. It’s the first time he has missed the…

  • Despite Bowyer's absence, NASCAR Chase still has Kansas flair

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    Kansas native Clint Bowyer may be on the outside looking into NASCAR’s postseason, but there are two teams in the Chase for the Championship with a Kansas Connection.

  • Keselowski wins the pole at Richmond; Bowyer will start 6th

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    With one last chance to make the Chase for the Championship this weekend at Richmond, it will be most of the usual suspects starting up front. Brad Keselowski put up a fast lap of 126.618 mph to edge out Jeff Gordon and win his fourth pole of the season.

  • Bowyer ready for his last shot at a spot in the Chase

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    Clint Bowyer’s mission on Saturday night in Richmond is simple, win and get in the NASCAR postseason. Anything less and he will need some help to get into the Chase for the Championship.

  • Kahne punches Chase ticket; Bowyer on the verge of having bubble burst

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    Kasey Kahne had to win. With two races left before the Chase for the Championship, the number 5 team’s only realistic chance of making the Chase was to win a race. Despite the fact Kevin Harvick lead a dominating 195 laps, a late pit stop put Kahne out front and he didn’t let go of his chance at the Chase.

  • Jeff Gordon set to make 750th start at Atlanta Motor Speedway

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    Jeff Gordon’s racing career has come full circle. On Sunday night in Gordon will make his 750th career start at the same track that he made his first, Atlanta Motor Speedway.

  • Harvick wins Atlanta pole, Stewart is 12th, Bowyer qualifies 21st

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    Call Kevin Harvick the new king of qualifying. On Friday Harvick put up a fast lap of 190.398 mph during the final round of knockout qualifying at the Atlanta Motor Speedway to earn his sixth pole of the season.

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