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Fire on Fridays: Brad Keselowski Should Stay at Team Penske

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The NASCAR Cup Series will see plenty of change in 2021, from the cars to the schedule. But the biggest change may be the driver lineups at each team, as nearly a quarter of the Cup drivers are set to be free agents at the end of 2020. Arguably the biggest name of all those …

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Fire on Fridays: Changing Things That Need Changing Isn’t a Bad Thing

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As 2021 looms, so does the implementation of the Next Gen car, new wheels, a revamped schedule and possible new venues, among other things. For the most part, NASCAR fans have (surprisingly) been receptive to the changes that are on the way in what’ll be the biggest single year of change in the sport’s half-century-plus …

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Fire on Fridays: A Missed Opportunity for Richmond & NASCAR Trucks

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Richmond Raceway and NASCAR have got to be kicking themselves. Last Saturday, Kevin Harvick added some interest to Kyle Busch‘s remaining 2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series schedule when he introduced a bounty against the defending Cup Series champion. Sounds good to me!!! $100,000 grand boys!!! #gameon https://t.co/YtlsMWx5ka — Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) February …

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Fire on Fridays: The Highest Highs, the Lowest Lows

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(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

I’d never felt the palpable energy on Sunday afternoon leading up to the Daytona 500. I’d also never felt the gut punch and fright I felt Monday after the checkered flag flew. The 36 hours from when the 500 began to when it ended, including the events that preceded and followed, had some of the …

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Fire on Fridays: NASCAR Needs Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Something that has consistently dumbfounded me is the amount of hate and disrespect Ricky Stenhouse Jr. gets from fans on social media. There’s constantly jokes about him wrecking and insults being thrown around. There’s even a parody account or two. Yes, Stenhouse is an ultra-aggressive driver, and sometimes that can lead to incidents, but don’t …

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Fire on Fridays: Denny Hamlin’s Mindset Is Championship Caliber

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

A week ago, Denny Hamlin was getting peppered with questions about the impending weekend that was: essentially a win-or-go-home race, with a Championship 4 berth on the line, in his best career season to date, driving for an organization that has clearly been the class of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, one week removed …

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Fire on Fridays: Denny Hamlin Needs This Cup Title

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Denny Hamlin is giving Mark Martin some competition: Which of the two drivers is the best to never win a NASCAR title? Martin, a NASCAR Hall of Famer, had 40 wins in his 30-year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, while Hamlin currently has 36 in half the seasons. Hamlin, though, has only finished runner-up …

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Fire on Fridays: Let Them Fight or An All-Out Brawl?

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The big talking point in the NASCAR world this week has revolved around the fight we saw this past weekend at Martinsville Speedway involving the No. 11 team of Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing and the No. 22 team of Joey Logano of Team Penske in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Notice how …

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Fire on Fridays: The 5 Best NASCAR Personalities to Follow on Twitter

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

These days, the news cycle never ends. People can drop an atomic bomb in the wee hours of the morning or oh so late in the evening. That’s when the world of Twitter comes into play. The social media outlet is perfect for NASCAR news, no matter the time of day. It’s incredibly easy to …

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Fire on Fridays: Talladega Always the Ultimate Form of Entertainment

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(Photo: Christian Koelle)

For the past few years, the argument of NASCAR heading in the direction of entertainment rather than pure racing has been met with mixed emotions. It’s the traditionalists clashing with the newer fans. Like it or not, the sanctioning body is going in the direction of the former, opting for the current rules package (higher downforce, lower …

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