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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

2015 Dale Earnhardt Jr Bank of America 500 Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

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

2015 Darlington CUP Tony Stewart TJ Bell CIA

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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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Bowles-Eye View: Michael Waltrip’s Troubling NASCAR Transformation

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Popularity, fame and goodwill from the general public in this country can change in an instant. Today’s favorite athlete can be tomorrow’s public enemy number one; we revel in building people up only to claw like vicious cats while helping them roll down the mountain. In some cases, like cycling’s Lance Armstrong, the presence of new, …

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Bowles-Eye View: Owning Your Problems – NASCAR’s Rising Cost Of Competition

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NASCAR’s high-downforce, high-drag package was the centerpiece of conversation at the sport’s Brickyard 400 this weekend. The race has the second-largest purse out of all 36 events on the schedule but that was small consolation when looking at the balance sheets of Sprint Cup owners. The sport’s move to different rules, requiring adjustments from a …

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Bowles-Eye View: Tony Stewart’s Tough Decision

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Beating up on NASCAR these days is all too easy. Beating up on Tony Stewart? He does that to himself every week. The most serious slump in the Cup Series shows no signs of slowing, with Smoke a whopping 132 points outside the Chase heading to Indianapolis this weekend. 26th in the standings, earning just …

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