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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.
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 »

Edwards Couldn’t Say “No” Twice

Edwards Couldn’t Say “No” Twice

Second chances are rare with major life decisions. Sorry, Cinderella, but if you say “no” to the guy who brings that glass slipper, he won’t be around with a ring three months later. Life is far from fairy tale perfect, unlike a constant stream of Choose Your Own Adventures where few choices ever get a “redo” button. Carl Edwards, one of the smartest men in the NASCAR garage surely understands that. It was just three years ago the athlete was ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … The Race To NASCAR’s Bubble Begins

Did You Notice? … The Race To NASCAR’s Bubble Begins

Did You Notice? … A recent business report indicating for four-car Stewart-Haas Racing, their cost to compete is reaching $1.5 million per race weekend? Clearly, expenses are arching sky high. Making the Chase, whether fans like it or not, is critically important to a team’s financial bottom line. If you miss it, rumors have existed for a long time that sponsors either withhold bonuses, cut funding for the final ten races or, in rare cases, have even reconsidered future involvement over ... Read More »

The Calm Before The Storm

The Calm Before The Storm

If nothing else, NASCAR enters this particular Monday morning well rested. Fresh off its last Sprint Cup off weekend, the news cycle slowed to a crawl last week as most participants were busy enjoying life elsewhere, away from the cameras on some Caribbean island. Even those who stayed at home would rather relax, mowing their yards in private during this small “vacation” stretch rather than keep hyping up a sport with a schedule that features 17 straight race weekends, zigzagging participants ... Read More »

The Fallacy Of The Fastest 43

The Fallacy Of The Fastest 43

Every American major league sport sells itself as the best of the best. The Super Bowl is designed to crown the “best” football team in the world (Canadian Football, be damned!) The Stanley Cup is fought with the “top” hockey players signed to North American contracts. On Tuesday, Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game will highlight the “best” players at each position, from each league in a celebration-turned-weak competition. But even the best sales job avoids an awkward reality: that “buzz ... Read More »