Tom Bowles Articles

Tom Bowles
There was a time Brian Vickers was left for dead. I’m not just talking NASCAR here, I’m talking life.  It was the summer of 2010, and a healthy 26-year-old male had gone from a ride he handpicked at Team Red Bull to a hospital in...
Tom Bowles
1 year ago
Tom Bowles
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,...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Tom Bowles
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...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Tom Bowles
A quick look at the leaderboard, 140 laps through Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover gave you a clear indication of who would be winning this race … or so it seemed. Kyle Busch was first, Matt Kenseth was second and the rest of the field...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Tom Bowles
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.” Nope. Instead, those stats defined what could be the best...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Tom Bowles
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...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Tom Bowles
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-...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Tom Bowles
Since it opened in 1969, Talladega has been NASCAR’s racetrack of extremes. When right, the sport’s decision to slap restrictor plates on brings out maximum excitement, the best opportunity for 43 teams to compete on a level playing field. Feel-...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Tom Bowles
One of the knocks on NASCAR in recent years has been that it’s too predictable Well, not anymore. Try telling that theory to Las Vegas bookies this week while they’re busy recovering from heart attacks. In the final 10 laps at Richmond, you had a...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Tom Bowles
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...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Tom Bowles
It’s hard to believe that last year Kyle Busch went a whole season and won just once in NASCAR’s top three series: Sprint Cup, Nationwide, and Camping World Trucks. Why? Two months into 2013, he’s on pace to win 28 times across the board, lead...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Tom Bowles
Joey Logano. Tony Stewart. Denny Hamlin. Clint Bowyer. Jeff Gordon. The list of NASCAR drivers ticked off, for one reason or another, entering Martinsville could even knock the former Jersey Shore castmates down a peg. Add in a half-mile...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Tom Bowles
For 15 years, Fontana has played the role of weird aunt in the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. You know the one. It’s who you have to suck it up and speak with every reunion even though the hug creeps you out, she believes aliens live on the street...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Tom Bowles
There’s nothing about a rough start to the NASCAR season a short track can’t fix. During a thrilling weekend in Bristol, the sport had a near-photo finish in Saturday’s Nationwide race (remember this name: Kyle Larson) and several thrilling...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Tom Bowles
If Matt Kenseth were a betting man, he’d have bought a Play 4 ticket on the way out of Las Vegas. The numbers? 3-3-3-3. Kenseth, in the third race of the 2013 season, became career Sprint Cup driver number three to win a race on his birthday...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Tom Bowles
In the midst of a near two-year winless skid on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit, Carl Edwards, perhaps more than any driver, needed a confidence boost. And after winning the Subway Fresh Fit 500 — in only his second start with crew chief Jimmy...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Tom Bowles
The Great American Race, for the first 180 laps, looked more like the Great American Parade. Cars ran single-file for much of the Daytona 500, content to ride in packs for fear that pulling out for a pass would leave them slower than the street...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Tom Bowles
Quick, what do the names Kevin Conway and Andy Lally have in common? Are they: A) Two prominent Wall Street investment bankers B) Battling for the same role in One Life To Live C) Americans running in the Tour de France D) The 2010 and 2011...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Tom Bowles
Exploring the lack of yellow flags in the Sprint Cup Series this season by Tom Bowles For years, NASCAR has given new meaning to the phrase “contact sport.” With 43 cars in close proximity at tracks as little as a half-mile in length, it’s...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago