Tom Bowles

Vickers earns first NASCAR win since 2009 in New Hampshire

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in New Hampshire
Reaction from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where Brian Vickers won his first NASCR Sprint Cup race since 2009.

There was a time Brian Vickers was left for dead. I’m not just talking NASCAR here, I’m talking life.  Brian Vickers

Biffle, Hendrick, Danica highlight NASCAR storylines in Michigan

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan
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<p> Reaction from Greg Biffle's win in NASCAR's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan Interantional Speedway.</p>

Greg Biffle’s 19th career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory Sunday brought him into a tie on the all-time list with Dale Earnhardt Jr., the man most pundits claimed was supposed to win in the Irish Hills. It was like “Opposite Day” come to life, considering the two couldn’t be more different. Earnhardt, revered through his personality and last name, is the sport’s most popular driver. The whole grandstand shakes the second they see him in position to lead a lap.

Motivated Johnson no match for NASCAR field in Pocono

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Party in the Poconos 400
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<p> Reaction from Jimmie Johnson's dominant win in NASCAR's Party in the Poconos 400 at Pocono Raceway.</p>

A five-time champion in their respective sport is rarely in need of motivation. So when you hand it to them on a silver platter, whatever the reason, you better hide yourself inside a bunker and hope for the best. After Dover’s fluky finish a week ago, where a restart penalty all but took a win away from Jimmie Johnson, something inside the 37-year-old snapped. Struggling to hold his tongue on several occasions, it was clear “Mr. Politically Correct” felt NASCAR made the wrong call, robbing him of what would be a record-setting Dover performance.

NASCAR or IndyCar: Which series ruled Memorial Day weekend?

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Coca-Cola 600
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<p> Reaction from NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.</p>

Fourteen leaders. 68 lead changes. A three-wide battle coming off a restart that decides the race. Read those two lines and you’re probably thinking, “typical NASCAR race at Talladega.”

Johnson wins NASCAR All-Star Race; Danica, Earnhardt Jr. disappoint

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at the All-Star Race
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<p> Reaction from NASCAR's All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.</p>

Say what you want about Jimmie Johnson. Critics have a long list of rebuttals for why he’s not the greatest driver of this era: Chad Knaus, superior equipment and more money through sponsor Lowe’s than his closest rivals. But it’s hard to argue the stats on paper. Johnson’s fourth win in the All-Star Race, a NASCAR record, launched him past teammate Jeff Gordon and the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing riding high after Darlington win

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Darlington
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<p> Reaction from NASCAR's weekend at Darlington Raceway for the Southern 500.</p>

The Southern 500, while no longer held on Labor Day is still looked at as one of NASCAR’s biggest races. Darlington remains the place where, in 1950, an egg-shaped, awkward-looking asphalt track gave birth to superspeedway competition. Thirty-five years later, a million-dollar Chase by a man named Awesome Bill was another notch in the sport’s belt that wrapped the racetrack into our national consciousness. Like golf’s Masters, purists regard it as one of the sport’s crown jewels.

Is Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing's Missing Piece?

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Kansas Speedway.
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<p> Reaction from NASCAR's weekend at Kansas Speedway.</p>

Two years ago, J.D. Gibbs came within a front bumper of stealing Carl Edwards away from Roush Fenway Racing. Then Ford’s hot young star, Edwards would have bumped Joey Logano out of the No. 20 ride to the tune of a reported $10 million.

Turns out, that could be the best money Gibbs ever saved.

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