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Backstretch Blog: Joey Logano wins a wild Daytona 500

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • The Backstretch Blog: When it comes to the Chase, thanks for nothing

    If you have been following me on this blog for any period of time than you know the biggest thing that annoys me about NASCAR is the constant change. And while there once again some changes in the sport, mostly on the competition side with the reduction in horse power and the electronic timing and scoring. The biggest news on day one of the Sprint Cup Media tour is, no news. No big changes to…

  • The Backstretch Blog: Jump aboard, we’re going on tour

    Other than an actually race, one of the most productive week’s I have all year is on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour. Me and 200 of my media friends are herded from race team to race team, talking to pretty much every driver in the garage area, many crew chiefs and several of the other major players in the sport. You just can’t get this kind of access in other sports.

  • The Backstretch Blog: The Legend of Gordo

    Confession time: The only time I have really ever been nervous before an interview, was the first time I interviewed Jeff Gordon. I’m still not exactly sure why.  At that point in my career I had already interviewed plenty of big names in sports and I wasn’t exactly a NASCAR fan. But maybe that was part of it. Jeff Gordon wasn’t just an athlete. Jeff Gordon was a star.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Because he's Happy

    It has been quite a ride for 2014 Sprint Cup Series Champ Kevin Harvick.  Even three days later, Harvick says the weekend is still a bit of a blur.

  • Race Day: The Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway

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    By the end of the day NASCAR will have a new Champion. The Chase for the Sprint Cup ends in Homestead as Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano battle for the title. The highest finisher of the four Sunday will take home the 2014 Cup.

  • The Backstretch Blog: Bowyer on the Backstretch

    One to go on the 2014 season for Kansas native Clint Bowyer and the rest of the NASCAR drivers. For Bowyer the last half of this season had to have felt like riding around a lap down and without the draft at Talladega, where you are just waiting for it to be over so you can just move on to the next one.


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    Logano wins the Daytona 500, Bowyer is 7th

    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.

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  • 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.

  • NASCAR Hall of Fame adds Five

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    Five legendary drivers with distinct styles and contributions to NASCAR were enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina tonight during the Induction Ceremony held in the Crown Ball Room at the Charlotte Convention Center.

  • Elliott to replace Gordon in 2016

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    Chase Elliott turned head when he won the 2014 XFinity Series title as a rookie. In 2016 the son of Hall of Famer Bill Elliott will begin turning laps as the driver of the No. 24 Chevy for Hendrick Motorsports.

  • All is not forgiven in Bowyer-Gordon feud

    On the heels  Jeff Gordon’s recent announcement that 2015 will be his last full time in NASCAR, Clint Bowyer says he respects Gordon’s place in the NASCAR world, but he isn’t quite ready to let his feud with Gordon go.

  • Gordon to run final full-time season in 2015

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    Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon announced that 2015 will be his final full-time season in the sport.

  • Brian Vickers medically cleared to race in early March

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    Doctors have medically cleared Brian Vickers to return to full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup racing in early March, three months after corrective heart surgery.

  • Bubba Wallace joins Roush Fenway Racing

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    Roush Fenway Racing has announced that Bubba Wallace will drive the No. 6 Ford Mustang for the team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) next season. The signing pairs NASCAR's winningest NXS team with a young driver widely regarded as one of the most talented up-and-coming competitors in NASCAR. The 21-year-old Wallace has posted five wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, including four…

  • Crew member suspended for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy

    Marshal Faust, a crew member in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s Substance Abuse Policy.

  • Sprint leaving NASCAR after 2016 season

    For the just the fourth time in the series history, NASCAR’s top series will have a new title sponsor beginning in 2017. Sprint announced on Tuesday it would not return to the sport following the 2016 season.

  • NASCAR expands Sprint Unlimited field

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    Coming off an exciting 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale, NASCAR announced today all 16 Chase drivers will be eligible to compete in the 2015 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). The 75-lap, non-points race will once again kick off the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing season Saturday, Feb. 14 (FOX, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and will feature an expanded field…

  • Vickers to miss the start of 2015 NASCAR season due to heart surgery

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    Michael Waltrip Racing driver Brian Vickers will not be available to race during the early part of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season due to health issues.

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