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Fire on Fridays: NASCAR Needs Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports to Succeed

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

NASCAR without a championship-caliber Hendrick Motorsports is like the New England Patriots failing to make it deep into the NFL playoffs. The four-car Chevrolet team has been among NASCAR’s best since its founding in 1984. Throughout the decades, the organization only became better, leading the sport in innovation, drama and, of course, incredible paint schemes. …

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Fire on Fridays: Show Respect to Darrell Waltrip

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Untraditional. Unfiltered. Unapologetic. Unique. Darrell Waltrip is different. He’s exactly what NASCAR needed at a time of transition at the start of the 21st century. But come the end of this weekend, race fans will no longer hear the famous words that have made waves throughout the nation: “Boogity, boogity, boogity: let’s go racing boys!” …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hid Smoking Habit for Years, Shares Intimate Details of Quitting


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Cigarettes and video games. That’s all Dale Earnhardt Jr. knew for quite some time. NASCAR’s most popular driver at the time couldn’t do one without the other. He would try to quit the habit he hid from the public, but he couldn’t cut it out of his daily routine. That changed when he met his …

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Fire on Fridays: Pocono Needs to Use Its Road Course

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The Tricky Triangle just isn’t tricky enough anymore. I’ve been going to Pocono Raceway for the last 15 years, and these days, the racing is way too hit or miss. Some events at the track are stellar, like the first NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race in 2010, which featuring plenty of passing, wrecks and …

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Fire on Fridays: The Return of the Road Course Specialist?

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(Photo: Barry Cantrell / NKP)

Ron Fellows. Boris Said. Dan Gurney. Scott Pruett. The list goes on and on. Max Papis. Jan Magnussen. Don’t forget Nelson Piquet Jr. or even Kenny Habul. But what happened the road course ringer? Once one of the most exciting group of racers on the NASCAR schedule has all but disappeared, with entry lists on …

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Fire on Fridays: What Does George Steinbrenner’s Investment Mean for Racing?

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The Boss wasn’t known for his love of racing. But believe it or not, the man coined as “the head of the evil empire,” otherwise known as the New York Yankees, was passionate about open-wheel racing. That’s right. George Steinbrenner, the patriarch of the current Yankees ownership, loved racing, so much so that he even …

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Fire on Fridays: Who Should Attempt the Memorial Day Double?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

John Andretti. Tony Stewart. Robby Gordon. Kurt Busch. These are the only four racers to complete the Memorial Day double. It’s one of the most mentally and physically grueling tasks a racecar driver can take upon themselves. However, it is doable; the past participants prove that. But these days, team owners and sponsors are reluctant …

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Fire On Fridays: Corey LaJoie Can Be The Face Of NASCAR

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

He has the look. He has the personality. He has the family history in NASCAR. What doesn’t Corey LaJoie have? The North Carolina native is one of NASCAR’s most outgoing personalities. But it’s taken years for him to catch the attention of major corporate backers. LaJoie was just beating Brett Moffitt, Chase Elliott, Bubba Wallace …

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Fire On Fridays: Kudos to NASCAR 2019 For Embracing Change… 2020 NASCAR Schedule Included

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If you’re one of the people who hates the 2020 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule for next year, I sincerely hope you haven’t been complaining about the lack of change until now. For the first time in seemingly forever, NASCAR’s leadership is listening to fans. They want people to be happy, and changes are …

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Fire On Fridays: Is A Fistfight What NASCAR Fans Want?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It was a really awkward NASCAR moment. Probably the most awkward fight you’ll see all year. These two definitely don’t belong in a boxing ring. But what Michael McDowell and Daniel Suarez did on pit road was different. It shows a revised version of NASCAR, one where even qualifying will cause drivers to square up …

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