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

Kevin Harvick

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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?

Jimmie Johnson at Detroit 2021 IndyCar

(Photo: Chris Owens/INDYCAR Media)

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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Fire on Fridays: NASCAR Silly Season Dominoes Left to Fall

2021 Charlotte I Cup Ryan Newman Denny Hamlin NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This NASCAR Cup Series silly season has already been a wild one. From Brad Keselowski buying into Roush Fenway Racing to Trackhouse Racing Team purchasing Chip Ganassi Racing’s Cup program, there hasn’t been a silly season that’s shaken up the garage this much in quite a while. And it’s not over yet. There’s still a …

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Fire on Fridays: Where Does Matt DiBenedetto Go Now?

Matt DiBenedetto

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

I love to imagine Roger Penske sitting down a few weeks ago, opening the illustrious NASCAR website Frontstretch on his browser, reading this article and saying, “Well, that settles it. Time to make a call.” To be clear, much of the last paragraph is said in jest. Roger Penske does not read Frontstretch. Frontstretch is anything …

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Fire on Fridays: 9 Other NASCAR Tracks That Need Repave or Reconfiguration

2021 Bristol dirt trucks track overhead Jared C Tilton Getty Images via NASCAR

(Photo: Jared C Tilton/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

Speedway Motorsports Inc. got many in the NASCAR world riled up this week when it announced July 6 its plans to repave and reconfigure Atlanta Motor Speedway. Essentially, the longtime stay on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is getting more banking while its width is getting narrower in an attempt to get tighter racing at …

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Fire on Fridays: These 5 Drivers Have the Best Shot of Winning Road America

2021 Road America Xfinity Series Austin Cindric Justin Haley pack racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

One of the most exciting aspects of this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Road America? The uncertainty of it all. Cup hasn’t contested a race on the track since Tim Flock’s day in the sun in Aug. 12, 1956 (I mean, assuming it wasn’t overcast). Much like Circuit of the Americas and Nashville Superspeedway …

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Fire on Fridays: The Arrival of Ross Chastain

Ross Chastain No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing car at 2021 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

I watched a few YouTube videos of old NASCAR Cup Series races the other day. I don’t do this often; when it comes to sports, I tend to prefer to live in the live sports moment rather than rewatching old events where the outcome’s already occurred. But, you know, rabbit holes are rabbit holes. YouTube’s …

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Fire on Fridays: Sam Mayer Discusses 4 Obstacles of Replacing Josh Berry

2020 I44Speedway ARCA Sam Mayer Face ARCA Racing

(Photo: Jeff Curry/ARCA Racing)

In just over a week, another prodigy driver makes his long-awaited NASCAR Xfinity Series debut. On June 26, Sam Mayer turns 18 years old. The next day, he’ll be hauling the JR Motorsports No. 8 Chevrolet into the treacherous corners of Pocono Raceway. “Oh, getting to turn 18 is one of the coolest things you …

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Fire on Fridays: How Will SRX Compare to NASCAR?

Helio Castroneves

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

The wait is almost over. Just under a year since NASCAR Hall of Famers Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham announced their brainchild, SRX will finally debut this Saturday (June 12) at Stafford Motor Speedway. It’s been said numerous times the six-race series featuring drivers from multiple disciplines is not competition to NASCAR. If anything, it …

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Fire on Fridays: Here’s Who Should Replace Brad Keselowski in the No. 2

Brad Keselowski stands by his No. 2 Team Penske Ford at Kansas Speedway (May 2021). (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Brad Keselowski‘s foray into NASCAR Cup Series ownership seems to be a done deal, depending on who you ask. And aside from the question of where Keselowski would fit in at Roush Fenway Racing — new car? Replacing an existing driver? — there’s also the case of his current ride, Team Penske’s No. 2. Which …

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