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

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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: If You’re Complaining About Kevin Harvick’s Millennial Car, I Feel Sorry for You

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Photo Credit: Busch Beer

In case you live under a rock, Kevin Harvick and Busch Beer unveiled their “Millennial Car” that the 2014 champion will run in this weekends All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. And it was glorious. Check out Harvick’s candid reaction when he saw the car for the first time. I love the fact that he clearly …

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

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(Photo: Joe Skibinski/IndyCar Media)

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: Where’s the Love for Tyler Reddick?


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It seems like a recurring theme in this column is me coming back to the next generation of stars in NASCAR, the young 20-something-year-olds who are going to take the racing world by storm. Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones are already established drivers and winners in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Nobody’s …

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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: NASCAR Throwing It Back, 1990s Style

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR feels like the 1990s again! Well, kind of. I’m a 1990s kid (born in 1996, sorry for making you feel old) but grew up in the 2000s. I started watching NASCAR in the early 2000s and with its popularity growing, so did I. Twill driver jackets, T-shirts, hats, the whole nine yards: that era …

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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: You Don’t Have to Compare Richard Petty and Kyle Busch

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Richard Petty is “The King” for a reason. His 200 wins in Cup series competition is a feat that’ll never be accomplished again. Whether you think all his wins are “legitimate” or not, you have to respect what the man has done. Kyle Busch‘s 200 wins (and counting) across all three national series is also …

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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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