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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Race Day: Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway

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    It’s the last great coliseum in sports and the best description I have ever heard it is “like flying fighter jets in a gymnasium.” Yep it’s that time..NASCAR’s at Bristol baby!

  • 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.

  • 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.


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