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Fire on Fridays: The Forgotten Free Agent

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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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Fire on Fridays: Would Denny Hamlin Consider Going to Hendrick Motorsports?

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One little boat ride can cause a whole lot of speculation. This past weekend, Denny Hamlin was blazing fast at Pocono Raceway like always, but he was also hitting high speeds out on the waters with Rick Hendrick and Jeff Gordon, who also owns a stake in Hendrick Motorsports. Hamlin said he was nervous riding …

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Fire on Fridays: An Emotionally Exhausting Week

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Last Sunday, when the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway was scheduled to go green, feels like a year ago. The events that have transpired in between that scheduled race and now have been nothing short of emotionally exhausting. We’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly of society (and a whole heck of a …

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Fire on Fridays: Will Cancel Culture Come for the Pre-Race Prayer?

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Wednesday, June 10, NASCAR made national news when it banned the Confederate flag from all of its racetracks. The rebel flag had been somewhat a staple of the early years of the organization, but NASCAR made the move to become more welcoming and inclusive. The move was mostly met with positive reviews, and the impact …

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Fire on Fridays: Change a Beautiful Thing for NASCAR

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Bubba Wallace (right) greets Kirk Price (left), an official who kneeled for the National Anthem at Atlanta, before Wednesday nights race at Martinsville. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Being a NASCAR fan is weird. It’s a bit hard sometimes, too. Constantly explaining that it’s not just cars, driven by good ‘ol boys, running around in circles. It’s not something any average Joe can do. It’s not only set and popular in the South. It’s not racist. It’s not what you think it is. It’s different …

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Fire on Fridays: 7 Tracks With Ownership Capable of Cup Dates

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Pandora’s box has been opened! NASCAR announced earlier this week it’s moving one of the NASCAR Cup Series dates from Dover International Speedway to Nashville Superspeedway in 2021. With Nashville’s resurgence after having been abandoned since 2011, it brings to light many other tracks which people have claimed could never host a Cup race. What …

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Fire on Fridays: Weighing Risk vs. Reward on NASCAR’s Return

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It was April 30 when NASCAR announced its plan to return to racing, beginning May 17 at Darlington Raceway. There’d be two Cup events at the Track Too Tough To Tame, followed by a couple more at Charlotte Motor Speedway with some Xfinity and Truck Series events intertwined. It’ll be 71 days, almost an entire normal …

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