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  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    It’s getting down to the wire for Kansas native Clint Bowyer if he wants to make the Chase for the Championship. With three races until the chase begins, Bowyer is 15 out of 16 teams on the Chase grid, with a 21 point lead over Kasey Kahne, who is currently the first driver out of the Chase.

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  • Race Day: Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway

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    Michigan is one of those tracks that many refer to as cookie cutter. But drivers will tell you, Michigan has its own personality that makes it both fun and challenging to drive.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    It’s getting down to the wire for Kansas native Clint Bowyer. There are just four races left until the Chase for the Championship begins, and Bowyer is clinging on to the final spot on the Chase for the Championship grid. So what does he need to do to make the Chase?

  • The Backstretch Blog: Rush to judgment

    NASCAR driver Tony Stewart

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    I know I probably won’t change many minds when it comes to the events in New York involving Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward, Jr. Those who believe Stewart did wrong have already convicted him. Those who support him will not relent that he might have done something wrong. Such is your right and such is the way it has become in this instant information society.

  • The Backstretch Blog: How could this happen?


    It all just seems so senseless. One driver is dead, another’s life changed forever. I doubt we will ever truly understand what happened. But, in search of answers, I spoke with Rick Salem, founder and president of United Rebel Racing Series, which sanctions sprint cars, similar to the one Tony Stewart was driving, in the state of Kansas. He didn't want to go into specifics about the Stewart…

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    I think if you had told Clint Bowyer in March that he would be 10th in the points, he would have taken it given the awful start the number 15 got to the season. He still wouldn’t be happy with it, but he definitely would have taken it. The fact of the matter is Bowyer has been grinding this season, but he is finally running the way he feels like his team can and should, as evidenced by a fourth…

  • The Backstretch Blog: Logano getiing a kick out of the 2014 season

    Right now it’s easy to see, Joey Logano is having the time of his life.  He hast two wins on the season, and has already locked himself into the chase for the championship.

  • Race Day: The GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway

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    Weren’t we just Pocono? As a matter of fact, yes, yes we were.  Just 8 weeks after the first stop of the season at the Tricky Triangle, NASCAR is back for more.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    So for Kansas native Clint Bowyer, Indianapolis was a mixed bag. The 15 car ran well for a large portion of the race, but a 16th place finish was a disappointing end.

  • The Backstretch Blog: A Mudsummer Night's Dream

    It’s not too often people get fired up for a Wednesday. But this is no ordinary Wednesday, this is the Wednesday the Camping World Truck Series takes on the dirt at Eldora Speedway.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Returning to lower series is all about a return to NASCAR drivers' roots

    Racing, like any other sport is all about climbing the ladder.        

  • Iowa trip provides learning experience for Wichita State race team

    Talk about fast learners. Members of the Wichita State engineering program are getting a lesson at more than 200 miles per hour.

  • Race Day: Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

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    This weekend NASCAR totally shifts gears, from the sprawling high banks for Daytona, to the one mile flat track at New Hampshire. It’s a big swing and always presents a challenge for drivers.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    Somewhere in Clint Bowyer's room of hunting trophies hangs something you may not expect to see. It’s a lobster. Yes a lobster. Bowyer got the prize for the winning race at New Hampshire in 2010 and to him is seemed like as good a place as any to display his prize.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Union Specific?

    So what exactly is this ‘Race Team Alliance?’ Is it an owners union? It sure seems like a Union, but in a phone interview with the Associated Press, Chairman Rob Kauffman says, not so fast.


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    Edwards makes move to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015 official

    NASCAR’s worst kept secret became official on Tuesday morning as Joe Gibbs Racing announced the addition of Carl Edward to drive a fourth Sprint Cup Series car for the organization next season.

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  • Chance meeting 25 years ago in Kansas, set the foundation for Junior's run at HMS

    It may be hard to believe, but the alliance between NASCAR’s most successful race team and it’s most popular driver started with a truck race and a napkin.

  • Ryan Blaney to drive for the Wood Brothers in 2015

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    One of the iconic racing families in NASCAR has hired a second generation driver to pilot its car going forward. The Wood Brothers announced on Thursday that Ryan Blaney will drive the famed 21 for at least 12 races next season. Wood Brothers will also shift its technical alliance from Roush/Fenway to Penske Racing.

  • NASCAR requires drivers involved in accidents to remain inside vehicles

    NASCAR has reacted swiftly to a dirt track tragedy.

  • Time table for Stewart's return uncertain

    Tony Stewart is not in the right state of mind to return to the race track at this time, according to his race team. On Friday Brett Frood, Executive Vice President of Stewart Haas Racing said right now, there is no time table for his return to the track.

  • Stewart to sit out Michigan race; Jeff Burton will substitute

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    Tony Stewart has decided not to race this weekend at Michigan. The driver was involved in an accident that killed fellow driver Kevin Ward, Jr. last Saturday night.

  • Harvick team penalized for Watkins Glen violation

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    NASCAR has slapped Kevin Harvick’s crew chief Rodney Childers with a $25,000 fine after the Number 4 car failed inspection at Watkins Glen. The car had un approved weights in it.

  • Race Team Alliance adds nine more teams

    Race Team Alliance, Inc. is pleased to announce the expansion of its membership to 18 full-time NASCAR Sprint Cupteams, comprising 37 full-time entries.

  • Stewart is unsure if he will race at Michigan

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    Tony Stewart does not know if he will race this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. The Sporting News is reporting a spokesperson for Stewart said via email that the three time champ is still grieving, after being involved in a fatal accident on a dirt track over the weekend.

  • Allmendinger wins at the Glen; Bowyer is 27th

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    Two years ago, AJ Allmendinger was all but out of NASCAR. He had tested positive on a drug test and faced an indefinite ban from the sport. Allmendinger, went though NASCAR's Road to Recovery program, he found a home at JTG Daugherty racing, and on Sunday he got his first NASCAR victory at Watkins Glen.  

    When I got with Roger, I knew it was the best opportunity of my life," said Allmendinger."…

  • UPDATE: Tony Stewart will not race Sunday at Watkins Glen

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    Update at 9:30 am:

  • NASCAR's Stewart hits dirt track driver who was walking on the track

    Tony Stewart breaks right leg in Iowa crash

    Police in New York State are investigating an accident at a dirt track involving Sprint Cup series driver Tony Stewart.  

  • Gordon wins the pole at Watkins Glen; Bowyer qualifies 24th

    Jeff Gordon was a road course racer in NASCAR, before road course racing in NASCAR was cool. The driver of the number 24 Chevy has nine career road course wins, including four at Watkins Glen and he will lead the field to green from the pole on Sunday.

  • Junior sweeps Pocono; Bowyer finishes 4th

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    In 2004 Dale Earnhardt, Jr had the best season of his Sprint Cup series career, winning six races. But in the ten years since, Junior has four races, leading many to question if he would ever live up to expectations.

  • Larson wins his first career pole at Pocono; Bowyer will start 14th

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    Sunday at Pocono will mark the second time rookie Kyle Larson will lead a Sprint Cup series field to the green from the pole position, but Friday actually marked his first official career pole.  The other time Larson started up front, it was based on practice speeds after qualifying was rained out. No rain Friday at the tricky triangle, and the rookie laid down a new track record lap of 183.438…

  • Gordon wins at Michigan; Bowyer finishes 6th

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    Don’t look now, but Jeff Gordon’s ‘Drive for Five’ appears to be alive and well. The four time champion won his third race of the 2014 season on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway and retook the points lead and the top spot on the Chase for the Championship grid.

  • Ives will crew chief Junior in 2015

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    Greg Ives will be the next crew chief to take on NASCAR’s most popular driver. Earlier this year Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s current crew chief Steve Latarte announced he would be stepping off the pit box, to take a job calling races for NBC Sports next season. On Wednesday, it was announced Ives will replace Latarte as crew chief for the 88 in 2015.

  • Hamlin team hammered for Indy violations

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    NASCAR has slapped the Number 11 team of Denny Hamlin with some pretty stiff penalties after it found post-race violations on the car at Indianapolis.

  • It's 'Jeff Gordon Day' at IMS for record 5th time

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    With a fifth Brickyard 400 victory on the line, Jeff Gordon looked like the driver he was 20 years ago.
    Gordon nailed the final restart of the race to pass Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne with 17 laps remaining in Sunday's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was no given because restarts have been Gordon's Achilles heel for several years.
    But he slid past Kahne and easily…

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