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Fire on Fridays: Despite the Hype, NASCAR Is Going to Atlanta This Weekend, Not Bristol

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did you know that NASCAR is having a dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway? If you’ve paid attention to any form of NASCAR media this whole week (and really longer than that), you’ve been beaten over the head by that news. Every day, there’s new news about that race weekend, whether it’s about the conditions …

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Fire on Fridays: A (Camping) World of Difference

Raphael Lessard races with another truck adorned with Camping World colors in 2021 Las Vegas spring race Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Chances are last weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Las Vegas Motor Speedway was a struggle for about a fourth of the spotters guiding drivers around the track, but the final product was better for it. For Las Vegas, Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis offered $15,000 to any team that ran a Camping …

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Fire on Fridays: 7 NASCAR Cup Drivers Who Have to Win in 2021

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Entering August 2020, if you’d asked me which drivers were on the hot seat and might lose their ride if they didn’t produce soon, William Byron would’ve been near the top of my list. Sure, Byron signed an extension with Hendrick Motorsports that month, but contracts aren’t always fulfilled in sports. Plus, Rick Hendrick doesn’t …

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Fire on Fridays: How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love Bristol on Dirt

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last fall marked the announcement of the NASCAR Cup Series’ 2021 return to dirt in after many, many decades away. And I didn’t know how to feel. Which was weird. By all accounts, it should have felt like a homerun. NASCAR’s seven-season foray into dirt in the Camping World Truck Series at Eldora Speedway seemed …

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Fire on Fridays: FOX & NBC, Get Your Heads Out of Your…

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What FOX has labeled as NASCAR’s “Best Season Ever” started out with a record low — ratings, that is. And while there are many factors as to why, no one should shoulder more blame than the television partners, FOX and NBC. Sports Business Journal reported Feb. 17 that the Daytona 500 on FOX only had …

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Fire on Fridays: Folks, We’ve Got Some Debuts On Our Hands

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

There’s a lot to look forward to with the upcoming NASCAR season, and it’s not just because of all the new tracks. OK, granted, that’s a significant part of it. NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck series drivers at Circuit of the Americas and Nashville Superspeedway? A downright silly amount of road courses across …

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Fire on Fridays: Championship Race the Punchline to NASCAR’s Greatest Joke

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#9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro NAPA Auto Parts, celebrates after winning the 2020 Nascar Cup Series Championship

While perhaps not the greatest way to crown a champion, the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs are wildly entertaining. That is, until it’s time for the championship race. For nine weeks, we’re blessed with rising tension and drama as the playoff field shrinks from 16 drivers down to four. Every positions matters so dearly. There are …

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Fire on Fridays: How Will Success Be Judged in This Era of NASCAR?

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

The era of a good points day is officially over. Has been for awhile now. Points do matter. After all, if Kevin Harvick gains more than the one stage point at Texas Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway than he did, odds are he’s Championship 4 bound in the NASCAR Cup Series this year. But he didn’t, …

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Fire on Fridays: Will Kyle Larson Live Up to the Hendrick Hype?

Kyle Larson Indy 2019

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The announcement has been signed, sealed and delivered: Kyle Larson will drive for Hendrick Motorsports in 2021 in the NASCAR Cup Series. In addition to the signing of Larson, the team will bring back the No. 5, a storied number for Hendrick Motorsports that last was on track in 2017 with Kasey Kahne. Crew chief …

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Fire on Fridays: Chip Ganassi’s Hendrick Engine Woes Are a Playoff Trend That Breeds Conspiracy Theories

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The clock may have struck midnight for Kurt Busch, the Cinderella of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The 2004 champion is now 73 points below the Championship 4 cutline after experiencing a blown engine this past weekend at Kansas Speedway. But was it simply just misfortune, or was there more to it than that? …

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