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

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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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Stewart Friesen to Make NASCAR Cup Debut for Spire in Bristol Dirt Race

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What was already going to be a big weekend for Stewart Friesen just got even bigger. Friesen, a Camping World Truck Series regular who spends his free time racing at dirt tracks across the country, announced on Tuesday evening (March 16) that he would be making his NASCAR Cup Series debut in the Bristol Motor …

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Grant Enfinger, Parker Kligerman Capitalize on Marcus Lemonis’ Trucks Bonus at Las Vegas

2021 Trucks Las Vegas Camping World-sponsored Parker Kligerman, No. 75 Henderson Motorsports Chevrolet, and Jesse Iwuji, No. 33 Reaume Brothers Racing Chevrolet (Credit: NKP)

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With finishes of seventh and eighth in Friday night’s (March 5) NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Grant Enfinger and Parker Kligerman were the only drivers to collect more than $15,000 from Marcus Lemonis. Lemonis, the chairman and CEO of Truck Series title sponsor Camping World, stepped up in a …

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

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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: FOX & NBC, Get Your Heads Out of Your…

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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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Noah Gragson Facing Extra Pressure, Motivation in Daytona

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Noah Gragson is entering his third season driving JR Motorsports’ No. 9 car after winning two races and finishing fifth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings in 2020. One of those wins came in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, something he’ll try to defend this Saturday (Feb. 13) when the NXS schedule kicks …

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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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From Louisville with Love, Part II: Ben Rhodes Talks Kentucky Speedway Devastation, 2020 Xfinity Attempt & NASCAR Future

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In Part I of From Louisville with Love, Ben Rhodes spoke with Frontstretch about his 2020 improvements, playoff racing against his ThorSport Racing teammates, his two weeks with championship-winning crew chief Junior Joiner and traveling the NASCAR circuit in 2020 as a Kentucky resident.  In the final portion of this two-part series, Rhodes expresses his …

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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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From Louisville with Love, Part I: Ben Rhodes Talks Playoffs, 2 Weeks with Junior Joiner & Kentucky Travels

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Ben Rhodes is on pace for a career year in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. With three races left in the season, the fifth-year driver has already tied his career high in top fives and needs only one more top 10 to tie his career high in that category. His average finish is …

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Fire on Fridays: Must-Win Teams That Should Use Road Course Experts to Advance in NASCAR Playoffs

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Desperate times call for desperate measures, and heading into an elimination race below the cutline means a team must pull out all the stops to try to advance. It’s Hail Mary time, and sometimes an unconventional approach, such as using a road-course racing expert rather than your regular driver, might just work. This weekend, the …

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Parker Kligerman Wants to Chase Championship With Henderson Motorsports, Details Relationship With Team & Chris Carrier

Parker Kligerman racing in the UNOH 200, 9/17/2020 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Three years ago, Parker Kligerman pulled off one of the bigger upsets in Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series history when he won at Talladega Superspeedway. Kligerman winning wasn’t the surprise — he won at Talladega in Trucks for Red Horse Racing back in 2012. Rather it was the truck he won in this time. Henderson …

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