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Fire on Fridays: Kyle Busch Leads the Monday Night Racing Charge

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Kyle Busch is in the midst of a battle for his third NASCAR Cup Series title. But in a couple weeks, he’ll start his campaign for a championship in another racing discipline. Monday Night Racing announced on Wednesday (Oct. 20) that Busch’s company Rowdy Energy would be the title sponsor for the series’ fourth season, …

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Fire on Fridays: Rick Ware, Richard Petty & the Quest to Lose a Charter

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Is Rick Ware Racing, or, ahem, Petty Ware Racing, about to lose a charter in the NASCAR Cup Series, or has the team already made plans to sell it? One of the big pieces of the past two Silly Season puzzles has been the game of charter musical chairs. Since 2016, there have been 36 …

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Fire on Fridays: Michael Annett? Not Half Bad

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The conversation around pay drivers in NASCAR has not gone away in recent years. In fact, it’s probably gotten louder. And it’s mostly negative when brought up. While a driver like Josh Berry has found success in 2021 on driver talent alone thanks to JR Motorsports being able to piece together a partial season in …

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Fire on Fridays: Time to Take Talladega Out of the NASCAR Truck Playoffs

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A true wild card playoff race is upon us. Teams in all three national series, the NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck series, are gearing up for one of the craziest weekends in their quest for the championship. This is Talladega Superspeedway. It’s one of the most exciting races of the playoffs but is …

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Fire on Fridays: NASCAR Tires ‘Cutting’ Fantastic Finishes Short

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The big topic coming out of NASCAR’s weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway was the feud between NASCAR Cup Series championship contenders Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott. But whether Harvick was in the wrong or Elliott was in the wrong doesn’t really matter. Because neither driver was the true culprit of the incident. No, the true …

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Zach’s Turn: Pocono Raceway’s Doubleheader Canned Too Quickly

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Pocono Raceway finally got to show NASCAR fans exactly how a doubleheader weekend can work. Five races in three days – two Cup Series races accompanied by ARCA Menards, Camping World Truck and Xfinity series events – provided the ultimate weekend for stock car racing fans. The Pennsylvania racing community and its surrounding areas responded …

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Fire on Fridays: Lower-Series Drivers Who Deserve Late-Season Call-Ups

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This would’ve been easier before 2020. Back in the days of qualifying before every NASCAR race (remember those?), anyone approved by NASCAR could show up to a track on the national series schedule and try to put their car in the show. Whether they should’ve been there was of little importance; as long as they …

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Fire on Fridays: Who’s Actually Got a Shot at the Cup Playoffs?

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It’s somewhat fitting that this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway has an elimination factor. After all, that’s usually the case at the season-opening Daytona 500, when the pre-race Duels set the lineup and a certain number of cars (four in 2021) are left on the sidelines come the big race on …

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Fire on Fridays: Will the Spotlight Ever Shine Again on Kevin Harvick?

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As the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Michigan International Speedway this weekend, the driver who should be at the top of everyone’s mind is Kevin Harvick — except he isn’t. Harvick, after all, is the best active driver at the Brooklyn, Mich., track, leading the way with five wins. More impressively, four of those wins …

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Fire on Fridays: Who Would Jimmie Johnson Drive For in a NASCAR Return?

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For the second straight year, NASCAR and INDYCAR will team up at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and share the weekend, as the two American motorsport titans will both race the Indy road course. This weekend will also be the first time Jimmie Johnson will share the same garage as his former NASCAR Cup Series competitors since …

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