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Fire on Fridays: Speaking Up Isn’t a Bad Thing

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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?

Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson

(Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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?

Confederate Flag in NASCAR

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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

Virtual NASCAR cars race at North Wilkesboro Speedway in 2020. Photo: NASCAR Media

(Photo: NASCAR Media)

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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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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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Fire on Fridays: Brad Keselowski Should Stay at Team Penske

Brad Keselowski

(Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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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