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Fire on Fridays: 2021 Cup Schedule Shakeup Is a (Mostly) Very Good Thing

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Wednesday was a big, big day for NASCAR. I wrote in June that change is a beautiful thing, symbolizing the ideologies trickling down from NASCAR brass more than tangible alterations to the cars, package, schedule, etc. But once the full schedule for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season was officially unveiled, a gargantuan change was …

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Fire on Fridays: Jeremy Mayfield Mends Friendship With Ray Evernham, Is ‘On the List’ of Potential SRX Drivers

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Ever since Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham announced in July that they were starting their own racing series, SRX, a handful of drivers have been campaigning to get in. But perhaps none were more surprising than former NASCAR Cup Series driver Jeremy Mayfield. “To hear them do that, to me, it opened my eyes,” Mayfield …

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Fire on Fridays: Is Another Year in Xfinity for Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric Wasteful?

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Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric are ready for the NASCAR Cup Series, make no bones about it. But the way NASCAR operates nowadays, the Cup Series may not be ready for them. As silly season continues to heat up with rumors flying every which way, the two leaders atop the Xfinity Series standings are right …

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Fire on Fridays: Should NASCAR Allow CBD Sponsorships?

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Spire Motorsports announced on Thursday morning (Sept. 10) that BetterForYourHealth.com would be the primary sponsor for its No. 77 entry driven by Reed Sorenson this weekend at Richmond Raceway. Sounds like some kind of nonprofit that promotes healthy living, right? Well, according to the team’s press release, BetterForYourHealth.com is “an educational platform, supported by Good …

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Fire on Fridays: Following Daytona Win, Can William Byron Break Out?

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It took him 97 races, but William Byron¬†finally wound up in NASCAR Cup Series victory lane last weekend at Daytona International Speedway. On the surface, it’s a bit of a question mark as to why a driver who won in his fourth-ever NASCAR national series start, who went on to win six more times in …

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Fire on Fridays: 10 Possible Daytona Upset Winners With the Most to Gain

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There has never been more on the line for back half of the NASCAR Cup Series field than there will be this Saturday night, Aug. 29, at Daytona International Speedway. With the regular-season cutoff race taking place on a superspeedway for the first time ever, it gives teams with little-to-no shot at the playoffs an …

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Fire on Fridays: The Unwritten Rules of Racing

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This week, San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. swung on a 3-0 pitch while up seven runs and smashed a grand slam over the outfield wall. The game was out of hand, and there wasn’t really a need to add insult to injury. But he did. Tatis saw a pitch to hit and capitalized …

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Fire on Fridays: What Happens to Richard Petty Motorsports If Bubba Wallace Leaves?

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With Brad Keselowski and Christopher Bell officially off the free agency market, that leaves Bubba Wallace as the next major silly season piece to fall, and the rest of the driver lineups will widely shape around whatever decision Wallace makes. Does Wallace replace the retiring Jimmie Johnson in Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 48 in the NASCAR …

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Fire on Fridays: The Forgotten Free Agent

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What if I told you there was a 28-year-old NASCAR driver with more NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Tuck Series victories than several current Cup Series regulars had in that series — Bubba Wallace, Erik Jones, Christopher Bell, Ty Dillon, Austin Dillon, Tyler Reddick, William Byron and Ryan Blaney, just to name a few? What …

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Fire on Fridays: Richard Petty, Jimmie Johnson Declines Aren’t Comparable

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There’s been a lot of comparisons lately between the long winless droughts at the end of the careers of fellow seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Richard Petty and Jimmie Johnson. Petty went winless in his last eight seasons, while Johnson hasn’t been to victory lane since June 2017, both a far cry from their primes. …

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Fire on Fridays: SRX Is the Competition NASCAR Needs

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Competition breeds excellence, and that is precisely what could happen to NASCAR given the birth of a new racing league: Superstar Racing Experience. On Monday morning (July 16), Sports Business Journal reported that NASCAR Hall of Famers Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham are developing their own racing league. SRX will debut on CBS summer 2021 …

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Fire on Fridays: Speaking Up Isn’t a Bad Thing

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I wish more drivers would speak up and not be afraid to do so. Not just on political or social issues, not only when it’s relevant or convenient, but in general. It stems from seeing rookie of the year contender Tyler Reddick speaking up in the face of President Donald Trump’s tweet directed at Bubba …

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