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Bowles-Eye View: 5 Feel-Good Stories Giving Daytona an Unexpected Boost

Heading into Daytona Speedweeks, Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 1 on the side of his Chevy was synonymous with the one piece left alone from a desperation merger. Now, that “1” stands for something far more exciting – Daytona 500 polesitter – closing out a weekend that’s given hope to people looking for some different faces up …

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Bowles-Eye View: Hoping for Some NASCAR Give & Take in 2009

Editor’s Note: The following is a special edition of Bowles-Eye View, which will run Mondays during the season on Frontstretch Dear NASCAR Faithful, The offseason is over, and I can’t wait! What a refreshing change from the past few years; it’s amazing what a couple of weeks off not having to cover test after test …

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Bowles-Eye View: Why We Were Robbed of the REAL NASCAR Championship Chase

Come with me on a journey into the battle that could have been. Once upon a time, the laps are winding down at Homestead; and while you might not like a fuel-mileage finish, for once, you’re sitting there on the edge of your seat. Carl Edwards has made the daring gamble to go the final …

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Bowles-Eye View: At Phoenix, out With the Old, in With the Who?

For so many millions of us, favorite athletes become so much more. Role models for our kids, our communities, ourselves; they’re put on a pedestal of success we can only wish to achieve. Through them, we choose to live our wildest dreams, placed in a fantasy world in which a larger-than-life persona can show us …

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Bowles-Eye View: With NASCAR’s Chase Halfway Done, Experience – Not Youth – Has Already Won

As one of the younger NASCAR writers on the beat, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype surrounding a changing of the guard in this sport. So early on, it came as no surprise I was ready to jump on board with a season in which Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards spent the …

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Bowles-Eye View: Time for Joe Gibbs Racing to Fight – Not Fold – Through Its Dark Nightmare

“Adversity is a fact of life. It can’t be controlled. What we can control is how we react to it.” – Anonymous Things can change quickly in the landscape of professional sports, and no one knows that better than Hall of Fame football coach Joe Gibbs. His race team spent the first six months of …

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Bowles-Eye View: NASCAR Team Orders, Be Damned

So much bad press has come out this year surrounding the consolidation of power within NASCAR Sprint Cup racing. The Big Four of Jack Roush, Richard Childress, Joe Gibbs and Rick Hendrick own three cars apiece in this year’s Chase, the only ones capable of making noise at the top during a year in which …

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Bowles-Eye View: Another Playoff Opener, Another Chase Cinderella – Why We Should’ve Guessed Greg Biffle

OK, altogether now. The winner of Sunday’s race at New Hampshire was… Carl Edwards? Nope. Kyle Busch? Heck no. Jimmie Johnson? Nah, he finished second. Jeff Burton? Clint Bowyer? Denny Hamlin? No. No. No! It’s Greg Biffle, guys. Greg Biffle. Just think about how many names most fans would have gone through if they didn’t …

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Bowles-Eye View: The Kyle Busch – Carl Edwards Rivalry Gains Steam, But Do the Fans Love It?

There were differing opinions on the quality of racing Saturday night; but if we learned anything from the new Bristol that everyone can agree on, it’s that the Kyle Busch – Carl Edwards battle is officially the sport’s newest rivalry. With one angry swipe on the cool-down lap – and one angry slam hit in …

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