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Bowles-Eye View: Can Cup Drivers Bring Restrictor Plates to Their Knees?

For years, critics of restrictor plate racing have looked every which way to stop what they call “manufactured entertainment.” However, the racing at Talladega Superspeedway was always rallied by support from the stands – never unanimous, but just enough that it’s been next to impossible for NASCAR to appreciate both the danger and the destructiveness …

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Bowles-Eye View: Weird, Wacky, Wild… & Perhaps NASCAR’s Latest Mistake

Weird. Just, weird. I spent the latter part of Sunday night trying to come up with better words to describe the most recent 400-mile race at Kansas Speedway; however, no amount of journalistic prose could excuse the feelings that – well, something strange just happened to the Nextel Cup Series this weekend. Something I fear …

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Bowles-Eye View: Kyle Petty Pulling No Punches Plus Denny Hamlin Having No Humility Equals A Draw

When you’re a kid, you’re always taught that two wrongs don’t make a right. It’s a simple enough theory, and certainly nothing new; there’s plenty of examples that play out upon the public stage each day that prove its worth. Too bad Kyle Petty and Denny Hamlin chose to contribute to that growing pile of …

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Bowles-Eye View: Perfection Causing NASCAR Perfect Hell

So often in life, our ultimate pursuit is perfection. One parts failure on a car is one too many, one loss for our favorite sports team ruins the dream of a season unblemished, and one point off on a test simply makes us agonizingly short of a mythical 100%. Caught in the details of minor …

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Bowles-Eye View: News Flash – There Are More Than 12 Drivers & Dale Jr. Racing NASCAR’s Final 10 Races

Effective around 11:30 p.m. on a balmy Saturday night at Richmond, NASCAR’s 2007 Chase for the Nextel Cup officially got underway. As soon as the final two participants – Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch – clinched their spots by crossing the finish line, talk turned from who’s going to get into the elusive 12-car field …

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Bowles-Eye View: Race to NASCAR’s Chase Lacking True Drama

I don’t know about you, but whenever I watch The Godfather, Part II – one of my favorite movies – you always watch certain things and hope for the ending to be different. Fredo can be a very likable character at times, and you can slip and find yourself thinking that maybe he won’t make …

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