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Bowles-Eye View: The Perils of Playing It Safe

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Kyle Busch‘s Sprint Cup quest for the Chase got a major boost Sunday with his Sonoma victory. The series’ 11th different winner this season, Busch’s injury exemption now gives the No. 18 team a realistic chance to make the playoffs. With ten races left, Busch must now find a way to claw inside the top …

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Bowles-Eye View: Right-Turn Regret – Missing NASCAR’s Crossover Appeal

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Scott Pruett. Tommy Kendall. Ron Fellows. The names slip through the tongue like alphabet soup, and for NASCAR fans their presence was deliciously devoured for decades. Each year, when the Cup Series stopped at their two road courses, these names would appear out of the woodwork, special guest stars bent on beating stock car racing’s …

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Bowles-Eye View: Investigating A Historic NASCAR Season… Wasted?

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Kevin Harvick, NASCAR’s reigning champ, is enjoying an even better season on paper so far in 2015. He’s recorded 10 top-two finishes in the first 15 races; that’s keeping pace with Hall of Famer Bobby Allison (1972) for the modern-era record. With 1,225 laps led thus far, he’s on pace for 2,940, a number 37.5% …

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Bowles-Eye View: NASCAR’s Danica Domino

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Every year, the stack of dominoes known as NASCAR’s Silly Season needs a major talent to come tip the scales. In order for there to be movement among teams, especially in an era where new owners and opportunities are going the way of the dinosaur there needs to be a spark in the form of …

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Bowles-Eye View: Bubba Wallace’s Big Miss – Will NASCAR Teammates Be Allowed To Hate?

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Chris Buescher versus Darrell Wallace Jr. It was the intra-team rivalry that left everyone buzzing after the closing laps at Dover, contact killing Wallace’s chance at a win while propelling Buescher and his No. 60 Ford straight into Victory Lane. Finally, at the end of a race NASCAR produced the series of fan-hooking events it …

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Bowles-Eye View: The New NASCAR, From Shaky To Saved In Just 1 Day

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Carl Edwards entered Charlotte buried under the weight of high expectations. Adding mental pounds of his own pressure simply left him digging a deeper hole through Sunday’s first 500 miles. A Sprint Cup veteran and former championship contender found himself struggling at Charlotte, like most weeks this season just hoping to escape with a top-10 …

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Bowles-Eye View: Rediscovering NASCAR’s Missing Piece, Passion

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For a sportswriter, even in this age of social media, I find myself a pretty private person. As I see it, you’re here for me to write about why Tony Stewart’s a little off this year, not about what I did on my off weekend. You want pictures of Kyle Larson’s Target car, not me …

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Bowles-Eye View: Teams In Trouble 5 Races In

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Five races into 2015, the stories have been more about what’s off the track than what’s on it. (Or, in the case of Fontana what’s supposedly on the track that can cause a caution with two laps remaining. A story for another day). Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Brian Vickers… their problems have made headlines, masking …

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Bowles-Eye View: NASCAR’s Chevy Chase

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On paper, NASCAR has three manufacturers: Ford, Toyota, and Chevrolet. It’s a three-way distinction designed to increase competition across the board, pushing each company to donate its dollars in the name of winning races and championships. More irons in the fire, so to speak, is supposed to increase competition, produce brand awareness for each make and …

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Truex’s Triple Triumph

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Three races, three top-10 finishes. It’s a hard streak to accomplish when you start off a Sprint Cup season, in particular when new rules and the restrictor-plate madness of Daytona are included. Yet here we are, three races into 2014 and four drivers can lay claim to the feat. Three of those are ones you’d …

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