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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? … 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 »

NASCAR, Tires, And The Goldilocks Theory

NASCAR, Tires, And The Goldilocks Theory

ATHLON SPORTS – BOWLES: FOUR THINGS WE LEARNED AT FONTANA Once upon a time, Goldilocks attended a NASCAR race for free at a big, “cookie-cutter” superspeedway. The girl sat down and watched, politely only for the cars to never pass each other. “This racing is too boring!” she said. Her race was… too many tracks, too many repaving jobs the last few years in this sport. Phoenix, Michigan, Kansas… new pavement, plenty of single-file opportunities. Fresh asphalt makes hard tires ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … Toyota Trouble, Limping Into Action And Testing The Waters

Did You Notice? … Toyota Trouble, Limping Into Action And Testing The Waters

Did You Notice?… We’re four races in and Toyota hasn’t made it to Victory Lane? Their 0-for-4 performances, thus far highlight some weaknesses at both Joe Gibbs and Michael Waltrip Racing. Combined, Toyotas have just one top-5 finish out of 20 recorded thus far in 2014; only two drivers (Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth) sit inside the top 10 in Cup Series points. That’s a far cry from last year, early in the season when JGR looked to be the fastest team on ... Read More »

Nuts For Nationwide: Young Drivers Looking To Bust Out At Bristol

Nuts For Nationwide: Young Drivers Looking To Bust Out At Bristol

Much has been written, to the point you can almost recite word-for-word, about how much Cup drivers have “taken over” the Nationwide Series. But if past races at Bristol are any indication, this Saturday should offer a sigh of relief. Two of the past four Spring events in NASCAR’s second-tier division were won by Nationwide Series regulars. And last year? Young Kyle Larson came within a whisker of unseating Kyle Busch. While second place was indeed the first loser, the ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … The Details Behind Busch Double-Duty And NASCAR Teams/Series Needing A Boost

Did You Notice? … The Details Behind Busch Double-Duty And NASCAR Teams/Series Needing A Boost

Did You Notice?… Kurt Busch could be the fourth person in history to do theNASCAR/Indy “double,” running 1,100 miles in the same day? OK, you probably do because Busch was everywhere with a camera, a microphone, and a satellite signal Tuesday. Between the national rounds, from ESPN to NBC along with aKurtBuschDouble.com website rollout it’s clear this Memorial Day Weekend decision has been brewing for months. My colleague Huston Ladner, if you haven’t read it does an excellent job explaining the IndyCar side of this equation. For ... Read More »

NASCAR’s Drought In The Desert… A Case Of Bad Timing

NASCAR’s Drought In The Desert… A Case Of Bad Timing

NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series swept into its West Coast swing this weekend with a sandstorm out in Arizona. Momentum, with one Most Popular Driver winning one Most Important Race, was clearly in their corner. All week, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. popped up everywhere from SportsCenter to Letterman, reminding former, current, and future supporters of stock car racing of the cool factor that can still be attached to this sport. Fans entered Phoenix Raceway in droves, looking to quench their thirst for excitement with a finish that could ... Read More »

Nuts For Nationwide: Judging Your 2014 Title Contenders

Nuts For Nationwide: Judging Your 2014 Title Contenders

As the Nationwide Series gets into the heart of its regular season, there’s another big piece missing from its 2014 resume: a handful of regulars that ran up front and contended for last year’s title. Gone are reigning champion Austin Dillon, Sam Hornish, Jr. (banished to a limited schedule with Joe Gibbs Racing) and Parker Kligerman, among others. Car count has declined across the board, meaning one of the challenges within the next couple of weeks will be simply filling ... Read More »

Beyond The Cockpit, Part II: How NASCAR, Business, And “Nootelligence” Mix

Beyond The Cockpit, Part II: How NASCAR, Business, And “Nootelligence” Mix

Parker Kligerman has a promising future in racing; of that, there is no doubt. It’s just that stock cars, despite years of building to this point ultimately make up just a fraction of his life. This athlete, unlike others consumed by their sport has plenty of outside interests Kligerman feels make him more focused when he _does_ turn towards competition. One such “hobby” is his new business venture, Nootelligence, poised to pop up in stores nationwide throughout 2014. We transition ... Read More »

Beyond The Cockpit: A Member Of NASCAR’s Next Generation Gets His Shot

Beyond The Cockpit: A Member Of NASCAR’s Next Generation Gets His Shot

Parker Kligerman has already seen it all. The 23-year-old Cup rookie, who made his first ARCA start nearly six years ago has been hired for rides lucky to have enough money to buy tires. He’s been a part of deals with potential, funding on the table only to have it all fall apart, days after being told otherwise. And he’s been bathed in riches, a part of Penske Racing’s prestigious development program where anything and everything was at his disposal. ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Daunting Reality Ahead, Precedents And Race Dates

Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Daunting Reality Ahead, Precedents And Race Dates

Did You Notice?… Most people, be it fans, drivers, Twitterbots, whomever seem to agree Sunday’s 500 was one of the best in years. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is on cloud nine, running on no sleep, acting 20 years old again and willing to talk to anyone within earshot – even your dog. NASCAR executives couldn’t have dreamed up a better story, and the buzz has lasted long into the week during a time when sports is slow. Momentum! Excitement! The stock ... Read More »