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September 24, 2010
NASCAR fails Bowyer George Diaz Orlando Sentinel Clint Bowyer got hosed. Big-time. He has no chance of winning NASCAR's top prize. The Chase for the championship now has a big ol' asterisk next to it, courtesy of revisionist history. NASCAR officials gave the "all clear" following postrace inspections in New Hampshire but then said, "wait a minute, we changed our minds" three days later. Nobody is suggesting anything devious, but at the very least, there are competency issues on NASCAR's end. Richard Childress Racing already had been put on notice in the previous race at Richmond, so why try to game the system if his team already was precariously close to failing inspection?
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October 5, 2011
It seems Clint Bowyer finally has decided whether he will stay with Richard Childress Racing or move over to Michael Waltrip's team. The envelope, please: Michael Waltrip Racing it is. All signs point in that direction. Waltrip has scheduled a news conference at Kansas Speedway on Friday to discuss "the future of Michael Waltrip Racing," going on to imply that the Bowyer contract is all but a done deal. "I feel good about everything we're doing," Waltrip said at Dover International Speedway last week.
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SPORTS
October 6, 2010
Clint Bowyer and Richard Childress Racing lost their final appeal Tuesday on the penalties, including a 150-point deduction, they received following their victory in the Chase opener at New Hampshire. NASCAR had voted 3-0 against RCR's initial appeal last week. Team owner Richard Childress insisted he had proof Bowyer's car was out of tolerance because of a push from a wrecker after running out of gas following the victory burnout. But that proved pointless. "After reviewing all the data, presentation and factors involved, I am ruling NASCAR was correct in its decision to levy penalties," said John Middlebrook, the National Stock Car Racing chief appellate officer who presided over the hearing.
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By George Diaz, Tribune newspapers | September 28, 2011
It has been an incredible run for Tony Stewart , who has risen from the ranks of a competitive afterthought to the driver to beat in the Chase for the Championship. Two victories in two weeks has much to do with that. "It's huge," Stewart said after winning in Loudon, N.H., on Sunday after Clint Bowyer ran out of gas on the final lap. "When you talk about momentum, that race car doesn't know anything about momentum. It knows what you put in it, it knows how we drive it. … It doesn't know anything other than just what's put in it. "Momentum deals with people.
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By George Diaz, Tribune newspapers | August 18, 2010
Clint Bowyer will peek into his rearview mirror for the next few weeks, cautious of the rumble coming his way. Mark Martin is on his bumper, only 35 points behind and trying to clinch a berth in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Only three races remain before the 12-driver field is set, with the last stop Sept. 11 at Richmond. Martin dropped in the standings after finishing 28th on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, losing the 12th position to Bowyer.
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By George Diaz | September 30, 2010
Full disclosure: I have no horse in the NASCAR Chase for the Championship. Flip a coin, doesn't matter. OK, maybe I wouldn't be so despondent if Jimmie Johnson finished second or worse. The guy is fabulous. Maybe it's time to let somebody else get a sip of that victory champagne. But I would like a moment of silence for Clint Bowyer. His Chase for the title is now a death march, thanks to one of those typical, inexplicable NASCAR decisions where common sense goes flying out the window.
SPORTS
January 26, 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Fox Sports Chairman David Hill isn't shy with words or opinions. He has offered both in bunches during the NASCAR media tour, sharing his perspective on what it will take to get NASCAR out of its doldrums. A few things come to mind: Ditch the homogenized Car of Tomorrow, make the focus on drivers and shorten race times. "The Car of Tomorrow became the biggest red herring in the history of this sport," Hill said. "It took the emphasis away from the heroes.
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By George Diaz, Tribune newspapers | September 28, 2011
It has been an incredible run for Tony Stewart , who has risen from the ranks of a competitive afterthought to the driver to beat in the Chase for the Championship. Two victories in two weeks has much to do with that. "It's huge," Stewart said after winning in Loudon, N.H., on Sunday after Clint Bowyer ran out of gas on the final lap. "When you talk about momentum, that race car doesn't know anything about momentum. It knows what you put in it, it knows how we drive it. … It doesn't know anything other than just what's put in it. "Momentum deals with people.
SPORTS
October 5, 2011
It seems Clint Bowyer finally has decided whether he will stay with Richard Childress Racing or move over to Michael Waltrip's team. The envelope, please: Michael Waltrip Racing it is. All signs point in that direction. Waltrip has scheduled a news conference at Kansas Speedway on Friday to discuss "the future of Michael Waltrip Racing," going on to imply that the Bowyer contract is all but a done deal. "I feel good about everything we're doing," Waltrip said at Dover International Speedway last week.
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By George Diaz, Tribune newspapers | August 3, 2011
Strap on your HANS device, everybody. It's going to be a wild ride with six races to go before the 12-driver field is set for the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. The top seven guys are safe. But once you get below Jeff Gordon , now seventh, there's a lot of jockeying for the last five slots, especially since the last two will place a premium on victories. That could eliminate Tony Stewart (ninth), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (10th), Clint Bowyer (12th) and Greg Biffle (13th)
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September 20, 2011
Clint Bowyer remains the best free agent in NASCAR. So where is he going? Sticking with Richard Childress Racing, or jumping over to Michael Waltrip's team? Stay tuned. Childress is hanging onto hope that Bowyer stays put. "Honestly, we're still trying," Childress said in Chicago over the weekend. "We both agreed if an opportunity comes for him, he needs to take it. But yes, we're still trying to put something together this week and last week. " Bowyer would be one of four or five drivers set to drive the No. 33 Chevy next season.
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By George Diaz, Tribune newspapers | September 7, 2011
HAMPTON, Ga. — Shortly after the 200th lap in Tuesday's AdvoCare 500, a heavy mist started falling on Atlanta Motor Speedway, forcing officials to call for a caution. After pit stops by the usual suspects, it was time to meet the new drivers atop the leaderboard: J.J. Yeley and Landon Cassill. No disrespect to those guys, but they aren't exactly title contenders in the Chase for the Championship. Imagine the howls if a deluge had come, and those guys had been declared the top two finishers.
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By George Diaz, Tribune newspapers | August 3, 2011
Strap on your HANS device, everybody. It's going to be a wild ride with six races to go before the 12-driver field is set for the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. The top seven guys are safe. But once you get below Jeff Gordon , now seventh, there's a lot of jockeying for the last five slots, especially since the last two will place a premium on victories. That could eliminate Tony Stewart (ninth), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (10th), Clint Bowyer (12th) and Greg Biffle (13th)
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By George Diaz, Tribune Newspapers | July 20, 2011
Parody has been the operative word in NASCAR for a long time, coinciding with a five-year championship run by Jimmie Johnson. Competition? It was a joke. Fast forward to this season, when another P-word dominates the headlines: Parity. Ryan Newman's victory in New Hampshire gave the Sprint Cup circuit 13 winners in 19 races — equaling the total from the entire 2010 season. The modern NASCAR record is 19 winners, set in 2001. Although that will be tough to break, there's no question that the rumble of stock cars brings all sorts of unique and intriguing possibilities every weekend.
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By Kansas City Star | May 13, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Clint Bowyer had a front-row seat for the fender-banging and postrace confrontation between teammate Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch, both before and after he careened into the wall at the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Aside from the fact the crash denied him a top-five finish, Bowyer saw the positives in what's turning out to be NASCAR's version of the Saturday night fights. Two weeks ago, Juan Pablo Montoya and Ryan Newman traded wrecks and words at Richmond, and after Saturday night's race, Harvick walked up to Busch's car and tried to throw a punch through the mesh window only to see Busch restart his car and ram Harvick's driverless car into the wall.
NEWS
By George Diaz | April 20, 2011
Some race fans think love bugs are warm and fuzzy. Some people want to squash the annoying menaces. Kill 'em. But the haters better get used to the sight of two cars, bunched together in tandem racing at restrictor-plate tracks. Resistance is futile. It's a fun and exciting deal. Trevor Bayne's late charge to win at Daytona. Jimmie Johnson's frantic push to tie a record for the closest finish in NASCAR history. And people have a problem with that? Apparently so. "It's not as good as 40 dudes in one pack," Dale Earnhardt Jr. said.
SPORTS
September 1, 2010
There are only two races left before the Chase field is set Sept. 11 at Richmond. Here are some pertinent details to consider: Only Clint Bowyer is within one race of dropping out of the top 12, and nine drivers could clinch this week at Atlanta. Bowyer is 100 points ahead of bubble boy Jamie McMurray, and 101 ahead of Mark Martin. McMurray and Martin are in a tough spot but not an impossible one. Kasey Kahne was 90 points behind the cutoff spot for the Chase with two races to go in 2006, but he won at California and then finished third at Richmond to squeeze into the Chase.
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By George Diaz | September 8, 2010
Mark Martin is toast. You know it. I know it. He knows it. The kid driving the go-kart down the street knows it. Martin is currently the 15th man in a 12-man race to qualify for NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup entering Saturday's final run at Richmond. "I haven't done the math," he said Tuesday, "but I don't think (the odds are) very good. " You are correct, sir. Martin is 147 points away from qualifying. Anyone within 161 points of 12th place is still eligible to make the Chase, but it virtually would take a bunch of cars wrecking in the first few laps Saturday night for Martin to roll into NASCAR's 10-race playoff.
SPORTS
January 26, 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Fox Sports Chairman David Hill isn't shy with words or opinions. He has offered both in bunches during the NASCAR media tour, sharing his perspective on what it will take to get NASCAR out of its doldrums. A few things come to mind: Ditch the homogenized Car of Tomorrow, make the focus on drivers and shorten race times. "The Car of Tomorrow became the biggest red herring in the history of this sport," Hill said. "It took the emphasis away from the heroes.
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By George Diaz | November 3, 2010
Clint Bowyer may walk the runway as a top-10 Chase finisher in Las Vegas after all next month. It would be a remarkable comeback for a guy who once tripped and fell far behind. Bowyer got docked 150 points in the Chase after his car flunked inspection in the September race at Loudon, N.H., crushing any shot his team had at winning the Cup title. But Bowyer has refused to pout. He has gotten up from the fall and has been resilient. His victory Sunday at Talladega, Ala., marked the second time he has won a Chase race.
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