NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Bowles-Eye View: Brad Keselowski Looking to Add a Few Good Men at Penske

When Roger Penske signed Brad Keselowski to his roster, he thought he was simply signing a rookie with serious potential. But it turns out his arrival comes with one small wish list: add a couple of extra people to the team. Like, dozens. “One of the gaps that I noticed drastically at Penske is they’re …

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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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