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Tom Bowles
The author of Bowles-Eye View (Mondays) and Did You Notice? (Wednesdays) Tom spends his time overseeing Frontstretch’s 30 staff members as its majority owner. Based in Philadelphia, Bowles is a two-time Emmy winner in NASCAR television and has worked in racing production with FOX, TNT, and ESPN while appearing on-air for SIRIUS XM Radio and FOX Sports 1's former show, the Crowd Goes Wild.
No Contact Zone

No Contact Zone

Let me set the stage for you. It’s NASCAR’s final regular season race, the eve of its much-hyped Chase format and for several drivers, the mission is simple: “Win or you miss the playoffs, along with the millions in endorsements and exposure that comes with it.” The pressure to perform, in theory should be immense, like an NFL team with a “do or die” playoff bid on the line. Among those needing a Herculean effort to make the field included ... Read More »

Did You Notice?… Sprint Cup’s Largest Pre-Chase Disappointments

Did You Notice?… Sprint Cup’s Largest Pre-Chase Disappointments

Did You Notice?… There’s a number of drivers where Saturday will be their last chance to make the Chase. However, with only two spots available, just four drivers (Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, and Kyle Larson) have a shot to make it into the playoff field through points. The rest must work their way into Victory Lane, a longshot for anyone who’s spent the season well outside the top 15 in points. I figured I’d stop to take a ... Read More »

Kasey At The Bat

Kasey At The Bat

Kasey Kahne has built his Sprint Cup career on intermediates. While Richmond sits just a week away, the site of his first career win, it’s also the only track where he has won less than a mile in length. That made Sunday night’s mission clear, the second Kahne worked his way into contention in Atlanta: win or go home. Take control, in the backyard of young Chase Elliott’s hometown no less – a driver who one day may be replacing Kahne in ... Read More »

Did You Notice… An “Old School” Question, Rules Mistake And Earnhardt’s Effort

Did You Notice… An “Old School” Question, Rules Mistake And Earnhardt’s Effort

Did You Notice?… It’s now time for old school fans to step up? NASCAR’s 2015 schedule, as expected had few major changes aside from Darlington’s move to Labor Day Weekend. To accommodate, Atlanta jumps to the second race of the season while Bristol takes the Darlington date in mid-April. The new adjustments create a third off week, put on the weekend of August 30th (two races before the end of the regular season) put in place to increase the drama ... Read More »

NASCAR’s Cream “Thunders” to the Top

NASCAR’s Cream “Thunders” to the Top

Sweat pouring down his brow, fresh off of 500 laps at Bristol runner-up finisher Brad Keselowski was careful with his words. After all, just two years ago Penske’s now-championship driver came out of nowhere to snag a title right from under Jimmie Johnson’s nose. “I wouldn’t say it’s Hendrick and Penske yet,” he said, being asked if Saturdays 1-2 finish between he and teammate Joey Logano was a counterpunch to NASCAR’s most dominant team this season. “To date in the ... Read More »

Tony Stewart: Waiting Is The Hardest Part

Tony Stewart: Waiting Is The Hardest Part

It’s unfortunate that as NASCAR heads to Thunder Valley this weekend, site of races marked by Demolition Derby-type fireworks, tempers, and verbal jabs the one sound haunting the sport these days is marked by exactly the opposite. That’s the modus operandi for Tony Stewart, missing in action since a brief official statement Sunday, August 9th expressing remorse for the death of Kevin Ward, Jr. It was a tragedy caused officially by blunt force trauma, coming straight from the right rear ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … Breaking Down Carl’s New Ride And… New Owners Wanted

Did You Notice? … Breaking Down Carl’s New Ride And… New Owners Wanted

Did You Notice? … The announcement of Carl Edwards to a fourth Joe Gibbs Racing team carried with it more news than expected? Yes, we’ve known the pairing for months, to the point Edwards emerged for Tuesday’s press conference, said, “Surprise!” and the assembled media chuckled with laughter. The “secret” would have been hard to keep, regardless of leaks; considering the limited number of seats available, among top-tier teams in free agency Edwards’ options could be counted on one hand ... Read More »

The Hendrick Hierarchy Reestablished

The Hendrick Hierarchy Reestablished

Time flies, doesn’t it? Seems like just yesterday, Jeff Gordon was the upstart 24-year-old, turning heads while holding the torch for NASCAR’s next generation. Longtime fans remember that battle, a changing of the guard where Dale Earnhardt, Sr. fought hard but ultimately lost a War with Father Time, inevitably handing the mantle of multiple championships to the man with the pink car labeled “Rainbow Warrior.” Gordon, by age 30, already owned four titles and had reached the top of his ... Read More »

New Official NASCAR Rule Manages On-Track Incidents

New Official NASCAR Rule Manages On-Track Incidents

The following (Rule 9-16) was added to the NASCAR Rulebook this morning… During an event, if a car is involved in an on-track incident and/or is stopped on or near the racing surface and unable to continue to make forward progress, unless extenuating emergency conditions exist with the car (i.e. fire, smoke in cockpit, etc.) the driver should take the following steps: • Shut off electrical power and, if driver is uninjured, lower window net. • Do not loosen, disconnect ... Read More »

Stewart-Haas Racing Press Conference Transcript

Stewart-Haas Racing Press Conference Transcript

Here’s a written recap of what happened this morning at Michigan International Speedway, when Stewart-Haas Racing executive Vice President Brett Frood, driver Jeff Burton and Competition Director Greg Zipadelli addressed the media. THE MODERATOR: Good morning, everyone. I thank you for your time this morning. Certainly appreciate it. Up here is Jeff Burton, our interim driver of the No. 14 car this weekend. Greg Zipadelli, VP of competition, Stewart Haas Racing, and Brett Frood executive vice president of Stewart-Haas Racing. ... Read More »