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Fire on Fridays: Next Gen Car Needs to Suit Fans Old & New

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The Next Gen (formerly known as Gen 7) NASCAR racecar finally took its first laps on a racetrack this week. Austin Dillon and his Richard Childress Racing squad were the lucky folks to be the first ones to test the car this week at Richmond Raceway, with little to no concrete expectations entering the test. …

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Fire on Fridays: Is The Pay To Play Era In NASCAR Ending?

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As long as racing has been in existence, money has been paramount. That will never change, but as of late, the concept seems to be morphing to some degree. When the sport was at its peak in the early-to-mid 2000s, sponsors aplenty came into NASCAR like clockwork. Heck, I can only imagine what it’d be …

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Fire on Fridays: Roush’s Rejuvenation

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Jack Roush has spoken. Unfortunately, that means the folks at Natty Light might be a bit upset. But bringing Chris Buescher back is the smartest move Roush Fenway Racing could make for its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. While it might be a surprise, considering that Buescher and Roush both claimed they officially split ways …

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Fire on Fridays: Christopher Bell Is Ready to Close the Deal

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If the kill in his eyes was any indication, Christopher Bell is a man on a mission. Despite his dominant performance at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this past weekend, he wound up getting beat by strategy and his championship rival Tyler Reddick for the win. Bell led 154 laps, has …

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Fire on Fridays: 2020 Is All or Nothing for Matt DiBenedetto

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The NASCAR world was shocked when veteran racer Paul Menard announced he’s retiring from full-time racing at the end of the 2019 season. More people were pleasantly surprised to see Matt DiBenedetto would replace him at Wood Brothers Racing in 2020. While it’s a one-year deal only, Menard said his family’s company, Menard’s, wants to …

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Fire on Fridays: Why Not Start All National Series Playoffs at Once?

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The Truck Series is two races into their postseason, the Cup Series is two weeks away from theirs and the Xfinity Series is three. Next week in Las Vegas, the Cup Series will begin their playoffs, the Trucks will cut their field from eight to six and the Xfinity Series will still have one more …

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Fire on Fridays: Here’s Why Darlington’s NASCAR Throwback Works

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There is nothing in NASCAR like Darlington Speedway. The egg-shaped oval is one-of-a-kind, and the racing at the facility is phenomenal. It is one of the few tracks that still exists in a way to give fans nostalgia. And that’s why the NASCAR throwback campaign is perfect for Darlington. For the last five years, NASCAR …

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Fire on Fridays: We See a Lot of Matt DiBenedetto in Ourselves

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Denny Hamlin snatched the trophy and checkered flag on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but there’s no debating that Matt DiBenedetto snatched our hearts. It’s almost too Hollywood for the 28-year-old journeyman (what an oxymoron that is, by the way) to win his first career Cup race while …

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Fire on Fridays: David Ragan’s Retirement Marks End of Era

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It’s fitting that David Ragan announced the end to his full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career at the site of his last Xfinity Series triumph. Way back when, in 2009, Ragan was attempting to prove he deserved to stay with Roush Fenway Racing. Two years prior, he was tapped as Mark Martin’s replacement in …

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Fire on Fridays: It’s Time to Shrink the NASCAR Playoff Field

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When NASCAR opted to go to a playoff system following Matt Kenseth’s 2003 title-winning season, there was mixed reaction. His one-win season, dubbed by some as “The Matt Kenseth Rule,” is a far cry from the win-and-you’re-in format we’ve had for the past few seasons. The current format is the fifth iteration of the playoff …

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