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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.
Did You Notice?… You Can’t Teach New Dogs Old Tricks?, NASCAR’s Consolation Prize And Quick Hits

Did You Notice?… You Can’t Teach New Dogs Old Tricks?, NASCAR’s Consolation Prize And Quick Hits

Did You Notice?… New drivers are not learning old tricks? That’s the sense I get four days after the hoopla surrounding Danica Patrick’s seventh-place finish. Patrick, who earned her career-best result at the 1.5-miler, did so in her second full season on the circuit, where she’s yet to score a top 5 and has made limited, if any, impact on-track outside of the sport’s restrictor plate tracks of Daytona and Talladega. Here’s the problem with the Patrick situation, though: She’s not ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … Teams In Trouble, Drivers Moving On, And Talladega’s Fear Factor

Did You Notice? … Teams In Trouble, Drivers Moving On, And Talladega’s Fear Factor

Did You Notice?… Some clarity in NASCAR’s Silly Season picture? Clint Bowyer’s re-signing with Michael Waltrip Racing, despite a disappointing season came paired with a long-term extension for financial backer 5-Hour Energy. Now, it was unlikely Bowyer would move elsewhere, considering he was second in the championship standings with the No. 15 team just a year-and-a-half ago. But removing his name from the mix this early lessens the driver pool for other teams considering a move. Now, the focus shifts to Greg ... Read More »

The Return Of “Bad Brad” Hits NASCAR At Talladega

The Return Of “Bad Brad” Hits NASCAR At Talladega

Remember this January? When someone asked Brad Keselowski if he’d calm down the controversy? Late last year, his Twitter feed had begun to resemble Disney Channel standards instead of the steamy FOX News political debate he had once successfully produced? Things had gotten so G-Rated, “noted FOX Sports columnist Tom Jensen actually made a fair point”:http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/story/taste-of-reality-nascar-s-law-in-order-approach-quieting-bad-brad-021214 Brad had been “muzzled” by some less-than-pleasant brushes with NASCAR, his peers, and assembled press. “I don’t think it helped me,” said Keselowski back then. “Nobody wrote me any checks for ... Read More »

Swan Racing Announces Restructuring, No. 26 & No. 30 “Sold” Off

Swan Racing Announces Restructuring, No. 26 & No. 30 “Sold” Off

After a week of uncertainty, Swan Racing’s two teams will show up at Richmond Friday night after a combination of mergers and acquisitions have kept the two teams up and running. The moves, announced in a press release Wednesday will keep rookie Cole Whitt behind the wheel of the No. 26 while J.J. Yeley moves into the No. 30, replacing Parker Kligerman effective immediately. Cole Whitt’s No. 26 car will merge with BK Racing, effective this week as part of ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … A Return To Richmond, Post-Spingate And Quick Hits

Did You Notice? … A Return To Richmond, Post-Spingate And Quick Hits

Did You Notice?… This weekend marks the first Cup race at Richmond since last Fall’s Chase “cheating” controversy? It’s a perfect time for a “Where Are They Now?” addressing all sides of a scandal whose aftershocks still occasionally shake the sport. The Spinner: Clint Bowyer Bowyer, who has never fully admitted to wrecking intentionally, seems to have gotten past the magnitude of the moment. If not for his No. 15 turning around on its own during the final laps at Richmond, we ... Read More »

A Swan’s Broken Wings Equal NASCAR’s Next Concern?

A Swan’s Broken Wings Equal NASCAR’s Next Concern?

Is Swan Racing writing their Swan Song as we speak? That’s been the story during a slow NASCAR off week, the two-car team leaning more towards extinction with each tip. News broke Thursday in the form of an official statement, the upstart, two-car Cup Series organization claiming they were “evaluating their program” in the midst of financial troubles. The Richmond entry list, released Monday may initially have their Nos. 26 and 30 listed but who knows whether they’ll actually show up at ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … Drivers Still Make A Difference… But Silly Cautions Don’t

Did You Notice? … Drivers Still Make A Difference… But Silly Cautions Don’t

Did You Notice?… In an era where so much has been pinned on equipment, or lack thereof, who you have behind the wheel can still make a difference? 2014 has reminded us of that, with two prominent examples sticking out through seven races. The first is Kyle Larson, replacing Juan Pablo Montoya behind the wheel of the No. 42 Target car after a rollercoaster eight seasons of mediocrity. During Montoya’s final season in 2013, he was 27th in points through seven races despite the addition of Hendrick ... Read More »

Raining On NASCAR’s Parade: Struggling With The Status Quo

Raining On NASCAR’s Parade: Struggling With The Status Quo

Another rain-delayed Sprint Cup race? Complete with hours of waiting until officials finally call the event? Ain’t nobody got time for that. On a serious note, with the Texas race rescheduled, NASCAR is now on pace for 15 “late starts” or rain postponements for 36 races this season. That’s an astounding number, a projection that has to lower itself over time… right? This rain cloud following stock car racing can’t stay around forever…right? At some point, a season filled with promise has to ... Read More »

NASCAR’s Career-Death Experience: A Road To (Almost) Recovery

NASCAR’s Career-Death Experience: A Road To (Almost) Recovery

In the wake of Kurt Busch’s Martinsville victory, filled with more irony than Alanis Morissette could ever sing about, it’s important to remember his comeback, nearly 80 races in the making is nothing short of miraculous in modern NASCAR. For in a world where rides, let alone sponsors were growing extinct back in December 2011 this point cannot be emphasized enough: Kurt Busch was left for dead. I bring this YouTube clip back, not to disparage Busch but to remind ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Free Agent Lynchpin, Uncomfortable Reality And Gambling

Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Free Agent Lynchpin, Uncomfortable Reality And Gambling

Before this sarcastic-laden column begins, I’d like to start by offering my deepest sympathies to the Petty family. Matriarch Lynda Petty was, by all accounts, the glue that held them together, her warmth and southern charm defining NASCAR’s first family for multiple generations. One of the sport’s good people, she will be sorely missed. Thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected. HENDERSON: Five Ways Lynda Petty’s Death Has An Impact WHAT NASCAR IS SAYING ABOUT LYNDA PETTY Did ... Read More »