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NASCAR & Politics: Brian France Playing With Fire

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No one will argue NASCAR has had a tough time of it popularity-wise over the last decade. Nielsen TV ratings for the Daytona 500 and last weekend’s race at Atlanta, the debut of the 2016 rules package were down a whopping 23 percent combined. In just the last six months, the sport has dealt with …

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NASCAR’s Long Road Ahead

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2016 Daytona Speedweeks was defined by the words “drama free.” Those are not bad words, not when such negative news can dominate the headlines. Consider that last Daytona 500 eve was spent writing about one driver’s suspension for domestic violence and another’s extended hospital stay (Kurt and Kyle Busch, respectively). Instead, what we got this …

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BK Racing Rises As Daytona’s Underdog Story

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Four years ago, BK Racing came to Daytona as a two-car team that struggled to get out of its own way. It ran a total of nine laps in the Duels (combined), made the race through provisionals and then promptly struggled to hang onto the lead draft. A comedy of errors on pit road and …

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NASCAR’s Changing Of The Guard Is Near

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Your 30s are an interesting time. Marriage, kids, and moving up in the working world all put increasing demands on the need to become an adult but there’s also a yearning to stay young. Suddenly, you want that guy at the bar to check your ID and think it’s fake. Those Saturday nights your group …

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Bowles-Eye View: Penske Potential Peters Out… Because of Personality?

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Almost three years ago, fresh off his 2012 Sprint Cup title Brad Keselowski appeared ready to vault toward superstar status. Somehow, he had fended off five-time champ Jimmie Johnson despite driving for an organization in Team Penske that left him on an island. His teammate in the No. 22, AJ Allmendinger was fired midseason after …

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Bowles-Eye View: The Downside In Demonizing NASCAR Youth Leader Joey Logano

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NASCAR finds itself in a box this Tuesday A.M. (also known as After Martinsville). The past 48 hours have been nonstop jabbering about Matt Kenseth knocking Joey Logano to kingdom come. Some in the garage think Logano had it coming; others think Kenseth crossed a line. Whatever the opinion, that has led to captivating television, …

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Bowles-Eye View: Hendrick’s Chase Of Horrors

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Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

Hendrick Motorsports is still considered the New York Yankees of Sprint Cup. With 11 total championships, a record five in a row by Jimmie Johnson and 237 career victories on the Cup circuit they are unquestioned leaders in modern NASCAR performance. Even during their down years, the team has come up big for Stewart-Haas Racing, …

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Bowles-Eye View: From NASCAR Failure To Favorite

2015 Michigan II CUP Kevin Harvick Rodney Cholders CIA

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Kevin Harvick’s victory at the Monster Mile Sunday took the reigning champ off the ropes. Down for the count after an awful two-race start to the Chase, an ugly wreck combined with running out of gas the only option for the No. 4 car was simple: win. Without the victory, Harvick’s point total would have …

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Bowles-Eye View: The Price Of NASCAR Legends Lost

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As of Tuesday, eight NASCAR races remain in Jeff Gordon’s illustrious career. Come Wednesday, the number of points-paying Cup events for Tony Stewart will be reduced to a mere 44. Two of the sport’s most famous names, recognizable on the street, in commercials and through Victory Lane will be pulling up rocking chairs to watch …

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Bowles-Eye View: Old School vs. New School NASCAR On Display

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Denny Hamlin made one of the better comebacks in recent history at Chicagoland Sunday afternoon. Causing the race’s first caution after making contact with AJ Allmendinger, Hamlin fell a lap down and was dead last less than five laps into the race. Two weeks after a torn ACL, it seemed last year’s “Final Four” participant …

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Bowles-Eye View: Jimmie Johnson’s NASCAR History In The Making

Jimmie Johnso sits in the garage during qualifying for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway

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No one was surprised at Monday’s announcement Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus and sponsor Lowe’s Home Improvement had signed extensions with Hendrick Motorsports. Perhaps the only surprise was Lowe’s insistence to keep running the full schedule with the team; its biggest rivals in the home improvement industry, Home Depot, have exited the sport altogether and focused …

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Bowles-Eye View: Jeff Gordon’s NASCAR Retirement – Planning It Right

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It’s hard to believe the rainbow scheme Jeff Gordon will run at Bristol Saturday night is officially 22 years old. It’s the age Gordon was himself when running as a Cup Series rookie, taking the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet to 14th in the series standings en route to Rookie of the Year. Since then, Gordon …

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