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  • The Backstretch Blog: A little of the sweet sauce at Kansas Speedway

    Here we are, it’s officially Kansas Speedway race week, and there are two things people hope for when they head to KC…good BBQ and good racing. The first is a given. The second well as at most tracks Kansas has its moments.

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  • Race Day: The Geico 500 at Talladega Super Speedway

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    NASCAR heads to Talladega Sunday afternoon. And we all know the Alabama track has a reputation for being wild in more ways than one. The infield is notorious for wild parties and the track for wild racing.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    This could be the start of a good run for Kansas native Clint Bowyer, the Kansas heads to another strong track in Talladega. Bowyer finished ninth last week in the rain delayed race in Richmond. This week he heads to what is arguably his best track.

  • Race Day: Toyota Dealers 400 at Richmond International Raceway

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    Last week rain turned a day race into a night race, this week it turned a night race into a day race. So I guess we are all even now.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    Clint Bowyer needs Richmond. Man does Clint Bowyer need Richmond. The Kansas native has had a runs of bad tracks and bad luck. But Richmond is the kind of track where he can start to turn things around.

  • Race Day: The Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up To Cancer at Bristol Motor Speedway

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    From a place known for doing things big, NASCAR now moves to the smallest track on the circuit Bristol Motor Speedway. The race has one of the longest names you will see all season, but for a good cause, as the track honors FOX Sports NASCAR reporter Steve Byrnes who is battling cancer.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Playing it SAFER

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

  • 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.

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

    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.

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  • 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.

  • Kenseth wins at Bristol; Bowyer battles to 12th place finish

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    Matt Kenseth has two Bristol poles and both times he has started from the pole in Tennessee, Kenseth has finished in victory lane. Kenseth lead just 40 of the 511 laps of Sunday’s race which was plagued by several rain delays and many wrecks. But he was out front when it counted and found enough gas to survive 11 extra laps to pick up his four career Bristol victory.

  • Kenseth grabs the pole at Bristol; Bowyer starts 37th

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    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.

  • 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.

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