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Bowles-Eye View: Should Debris Dictate the Outcome of the Chase? It’s Coming Close

Race procedure is the manner in which an event is conducted. It includes… flagging… In addition to interpreting and applying these rules, NASCAR Officials are authorized to make such other determinations or take such other action as they determine to be necessary to promote the best interests of stock car racing, including but not limited …

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Bowles-Eye View: 5 Reasons Why Johnson’s Chase for History is Chasing Away NASCAR’s Fanbase

Tony Stewart won the race at Kansas, but much of the focus continues to revolve around the man who finished ninth. After leading for much of the day Sunday, Jimmie Johnson‘s team opened the door to their rivals with a rare pit-road strategy mistake, with a four-tire stop at the wrong time keeping them from …

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Bowles-Eye View: Unfair Advantage for the No. 48? Jimmie Johnson Says Sour Grapes; Others, Not So Sure

To say Jimmie Johnson was in a league of his own Sunday was putting it mildly. Leading the final 224 laps, the outcome of the race was never in doubt for most of Dover’s second half, the No. 48 running as much as 2 mph faster than the rest of the field. It was a …

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Bowles-Eye View: Everybody’s Talkin’ ‘Bout Tires

The big story in Dover on Friday? As Allen Iverson might say (bringing back an old school reference), “Everybody’s talking ’bout tires.” With both Jimmie Johnson and Juan Pablo Montoya sweeping the front row for Sunday’s race, more than a few drivers cried foul considering both drivers were part of a tire test here August …

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Bowles-Eye View: Montoya & Mystery Debris? The Perfect Formula for NASCAR to Ruin Martin’s Hollywood Story… Not

Mark Martin’s been through the pain too many times before. Forgive him, then, for breathing the biggest sigh of relief after somehow surviving round one of NASCAR’s 10-race prizefight known as the Chase to the Championship. For after a picture-perfect race that left him a shoo-in for a season-high fifth victory, it seemed the stars …

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Bowles-Eye View: Kyle’s Chase Crumbles Around “Points Racing”… Will He Be Next?

Kyle Busch’s No. 18 pulled into the pits Saturday night… and everyone from fans to first aid held their collective breath. It was five minutes after the checkered flag at Richmond, the last laps of a regular season that ended without his name in lights as a Chase contender. In the end, the difference between …

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Bowles-Eye View: Busch Brothers Singing the Blues Down This Pre-Chase Stretch

Kurt and Kyle Busch have had their differences through half-a-decade of running Sprint Cup cars together. But this morning, they woke up with a whole lot more in common than just their famous last name – a post-race headache that could take the rest of the season to flush out of their system. The race …

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Bowles-Eye View: Is Erik Darnell’s Best Chance Bobby Labonte’s Last Hurrah?

We always seem to want athletes to retire on their own terms in this country. Just like what we expect in our own line of work, past achievements and personal respect should combine for a lifetime of immunity, putting someone in position to make their own choice about when to walk away from the sport …

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Bowles-Eye View: Brian Vickers’s Quiet Confidence Pays Off In Spades

In five plus years at the Cup Series level, Brian Vickers has never shied away from taking chances. But even one of the sport’s biggest risk takers found himself feeling the heat during the final few laps of a sizzling summer day at Michigan. And why wouldn’t he? One simple sputter in the fuel tank …

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Bowles-Eye View: Don’t Let Pocono Rain On Your Parade – Some Sunday Highlights From The Track

While Pocono’s 500-miler was pushed back a day, the rain couldn’t do the same to my deadline. So while I’d love to write on the race itself, instead I started this Sunday night staring at a blank page after “start your engines” became “stop those weepers!” That left us with hours upon hours of driver …

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Bowles-Eye View: Has Indy Lost Its Luster? 3 Ways to Bring Drama Back to NASCAR’s Crown Jewels

The year was 1994; I was only 13, but the whirlwind of the Brickyard 400 remains as vivid in my mind as if it happened yesterday. From the moment the cars first hit the track for practice, drama was in the air for fans and drivers alike, with everyone putting their best effort into becoming …

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