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    The Backstretch Blog: A Cautionary Tale

    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.

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  • 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.

  • Race Day: The Daytona 500

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    After a strange and eventful week in Daytona, it’s finally time to run the sport’s biggest race. Remember Clint Bowyer post-group qualifying tirade? Seems like a million years ago after this crazy week.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    As far as Clint Bowyer is concerned, the 2015 Daytona 500 can’t get her soon enough. The Kansas native is coming off his worst season since he became a Sprint Cup Series driver. Once the green flag drops in Daytona, he can finally put 2014 in his rear view mirror.

  • The Backstretch Blog: The Drive to Daytona

    After the shortest off season in all of sports, NASCAR returns with weekend. This is also one of the few sports that runs its biggest race first. A week from Sunday, on February 22 is the Daytona 500. But we will all get a preview of the excitement on Saturday night with the running of the Sprint Unlimited.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Scott wins rightful place in NASCAR’s Hall of Fame

    Wendell Scott is finally in victory circle where he belongs. On Friday, Scott was one of five people inducted into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame. It’s a far cry from the scene of his one and only NASCAR victory in 1963.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Second Ring, same girl

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

  • 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.


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    Keselowski wins in Cali; Bowyer is 30th

    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.

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  • 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.

  • Kyle Busch to miss Daytona 500 after nasty crash

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    NASCAR driver Kyle Busch will miss Sunday’s Daytona 500 after a vicious crash in Saturday’s XFinity series race. The accident with nine laps left in the race sent Busch nearly head on into a retaining wall on a part of the track that does not have a safety feature called a SAFER Barrier (which helps absorb energy from a crash). He was taken to a nearby hospital and is reported to have a left leg…

  • Kurt Busch's appeal denied

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    The National Motorsports Appeal Panel has denied the appeal of NASCAR driver Kurt Busch. Busch was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR on Friday because a judge in Delaware issued an order of protection against him.

  • NASCAR suspends Kurt Busch

    NASCAR has suspended Kurt Busch indefinitely, after a judge officially filed an order of protection against him for his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll.

  • Bowyer makes Daytona 500; Earnhardt, Johnson win Duels

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    In the past a Daytona 500 qualifying crash may not have meant much to a driver with the status of Clint Bowyer. But with the elimination of the top 35 rule (which guaranteed drivers in the Top 35 in point a spot in every race), Thursday’s Budweiser Duels were much more stressful for the Kansas native.

  • Judge issues no-contact order against NASCAR's Kurt Busch

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    A Delaware judge has ordered NASCAR driver Kurt Busch to stay away from his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll and not communicate with her.
    The judge issued a no-contact order Monday after holding a hearing that stretched over four days in December and January.
    Driscoll sought the order in November, claiming that Busch assaulted her after she showed up unannounced at his motorhome at Dover…

  • Jeff Gordon wins the Daytona 500 pole

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    Jeff Gordon has already said this will be his final Daytona 500. He certainly knows how to go out in style. On Sunday he put his Number 24 on the pole for the sports’ biggest race.

  • Bowyer lashes out after Daytona 500 qualifying accident

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    Clint Bowyer is not happy about the new qualifying format at Daytona. The Kansas native was caught up in a five car accident in the first session of knock-out qualifying that destroyed his primary race car.

  • Kenseth wins the Sprint Unlimited; Bowyer is 20th

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    If anyone doubted the love affair has with Daytona, he sent a little Valentine’s Day love note on Saturday night. The two-time Daytona 500 winner survived a wreck filled 75 laps to take the season opening exhibition known as the Sprint Unlimited.

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