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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.
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 »

Did You Notice? … NASCAR Leadership Needed… It’s Only A Matter Of Time

Did You Notice? … NASCAR Leadership Needed… It’s Only A Matter Of Time

Did You Notice?… It’s now Wednesday morning, four-plus days after Saturday’s tragic incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park that claimed the life of Kevin Ward, Jr. Racing controversy is still front and center, included inside the first few minutes of every newscast or SportsCenter update. Tony Stewart’s name has been mentioned more in the press than Barack Obama, his career hanging in the balance while a potential criminal investigation looms. One of the sport’s biggest stars is grieving, out of the ... Read More »

Tony Stewart And NASCAR’s Tragic Monday Morning Reality

Tony Stewart And NASCAR’s Tragic Monday Morning Reality

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. It’s an ugly truth, one often buried in a modern reality where political correctness takes center stage. Every mistake can’t be fixed by sensitivity training or an on-screen apology. Sure, people forgive your past but they also never, ever forget when it comes back to haunt you. It’s a damning truth, one Tony Stewart grapples with Monday morning as he spends the next weeks, months, maybe years of his ... Read More »

Tony Stewart Releases Statement On Kevin Ward, Jr. Incident

Tony Stewart, sitting out the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen after an incident that killed Sprint Car driver Kevin Ward, Jr. Saturday night has issued the following statement on the incident. “There aren’t words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. It’s a very emotional time for all involved, and it is the reason I’ve decided not to participate in today’s race at Watkins Glen. My thoughts and prayers ... Read More »

Regan Smith In For Tony Stewart Today, No Charges Filed

Regan Smith In For Tony Stewart Today, No Charges Filed

Regan Smith will sub for three-time NASCAR champ Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen today, jumping in the No. 14 Chevy while an investigation continues after Stewart struck and killed fellow racer Kevin Ward, Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York. Competition Director Greg Zipadelli broke the news in a press conference this morning, explaining it was Stewart’s decision to skip the race after waking up with a “business as usual” mentality to start the day. RUTHERFORD: Tony Stewart Strikes, Kills ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … NASCAR Talent: Then And Now

Did You Notice? … NASCAR Talent: Then And Now

Did You Notice? … How hard it is to gain a foothold in this sport? More than ever, talented drivers find themselves inside a shrinking window of opportunity. The number of available rides has shrunk, combined with the funding now necessary to pair them within a top-tier organization. Having cash on hand and helping bridge the gap of corporate support can now make the difference as to whether you simply get a job. NASCAR’s purse doesn’t pay the bills; heck, ... Read More »

NASCAR, IMG Announce Unprecedented International Partnership

Stock car racing, come next season is looking to expand into more international markets. No, it won’t be on the racetrack – yet – but a deal announced Monday with IMG Media is designed to keep the sport, front and center around the globe for the next decade. “NASCAR, already a global brand with deep international appeal, is positioning itself for robust growth beyond our borders by partnering with the world’s television and digital media content delivery leader,” said Brent ... Read More »

Earnhardt Conquering Old Demons – And Closing the Deal

Earnhardt Conquering Old Demons – And Closing the Deal

Last year alone, during a winless campaign Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished second five times. If Kevin Harvick is NASCAR’s “Closer,” then Earnhardt knew how to close the door in 2013 with a museum full of missed opportunities that lingered during his climb back to respectability at Hendrick Motorsports. A driver with a career spanning more than a decade, and aligning himself with the sport’s most successful team, had skipped class on racing’s most basic philosophy: How to Win. But in the ... Read More »

Tracking The Trucks: Dillon Takes Pocono Mountains 150

Tracking The Trucks: Dillon Takes Pocono Mountains 150

In a Nutshell: Austin Dillon took control at Pocono when Kyle Larson’s engine went south, then survived a flurry of late restart battles with Clint Bowyer to win his first Truck Series race since Eldora last July. Dillon, who hadn’t won in any of NASCAR’s top three series since then, prevailed in an event that mostly showcased the sport’s two main Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year candidates instead of Truck Series regulars. Johnny Sauter, pushing Dillon to the front ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … A Story Already Told, “Penalties” And Quick Hits

Did You Notice? … A Story Already Told, “Penalties” And Quick Hits

Did You Notice? … How the biggest move of Silly Season didn’t cause that much of a stir? Carl Edwards’ decision to leave Roush Fenway Racing, a move which would have caused a collective gasp a few years ago instead had most observers yawning, pulling the old McKayla-is-not-impressed-face from the 2012 Olympics, while chanting the phrase, “Tell me something I didn’t know.” That’s because Silly Season in NASCAR, once the place for National Enquirer-style drama has devolved into an anticlimactic ... Read More »