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Fire on Fridays: The New Package Is OK So Far, & That’s OK

2019 Las Vegas I CUP Kyle Busch pack racing NKP

(Photo: NKP)

What we saw at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this past weekend in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wasn’t knock-your-socks-off-caliber racing. It didn’t make you scream at your television, you weren’t as entertained as you had ever been watching NASCAR and you probably wanted to see a little more. That’s fine. You should want more. …

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Fire on Fridays: Can Ryan Preece Win the Rookie Battle?

Ryan Preece Daytona Cup

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year battle will be intense this year, probably more than Daniel Hemric anticipated. It will be much better than the clash between mid-packers William Byron and Darrell Wallace Jr. from last year. Instead, it might feature drivers competing for the playoffs, rather than barely staying on …

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Fire on Fridays: Let’s Get Realistic About Teamwork

2019 Daytona Clash CUP Joey Logano Todd Gordon NKP

Restrictor plate racing has always been about your dance partner. Is your partner fast? Will they stick with you at the right time? Do you have good chemistry? Joey Logano was upset with who he thought was his dance partner in the closing laps of the Daytona 500, Michael McDowell, for not pushing him to contend …

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Fire on Fridays: The William Byron Standard

Rick Hendrick talks with William Byron before the 2019 Daytona 500 (February 2019) (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

William Byron is in college, but he doesn’t come off as the average college student. That’s because he doesn’t live an average life. Byron’s schedule is hectic. He attends Liberty University, sometimes in person and other times online. The rest of the week is spent with Hendrick Motorsports, starting with team meetings and press spots …

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