Race Weekend Central

Fire on Fridays: What Does George Steinbrenner’s Investment Mean for Racing?

Colton Herta 2019 Indycar Classic At Circuit Of The Americas

(Photo: Joe Skibinski/IndyCar Media)

The Boss wasn’t known for his love of racing. But believe it or not, the man coined as “the head of the evil empire,” otherwise known as the New York Yankees, was passionate about open-wheel racing. That’s right. George Steinbrenner, the patriarch of the current Yankees ownership, loved racing, so much so that he even …

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Fire on Fridays: Where’s the Love for Tyler Reddick?

Nascar Xfinity Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It seems like a recurring theme in this column is me coming back to the next generation of stars in NASCAR, the young 20-something-year-olds who are going to take the racing world by storm. Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones are already established drivers and winners in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Nobody’s …

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Fire on Fridays: Who Should Attempt the Memorial Day Double?

2019 Daytona I Cup Kyle Larson Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

John Andretti. Tony Stewart. Robby Gordon. Kurt Busch. These are the only four racers to complete the Memorial Day double. It’s one of the most mentally and physically grueling tasks a racecar driver can take upon themselves. However, it is doable; the past participants prove that. But these days, team owners and sponsors are reluctant …

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Fire On Fridays: Corey LaJoie Can Be The Face Of NASCAR

2019 Daytona I Cup Corey Lajoie Helmet Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

He has the look. He has the personality. He has the family history in NASCAR. What doesn’t Corey LaJoie have? The North Carolina native is one of NASCAR’s most outgoing personalities. But it’s taken years for him to catch the attention of major corporate backers. LaJoie was just beating Brett Moffitt, Chase Elliott, Bubba Wallace …

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Fire on Fridays: NASCAR Throwing It Back, 1990s Style

#12: Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Menards/pennzoil Celebrates His Win Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR feels like the 1990s again! Well, kind of. I’m a 1990s kid (born in 1996, sorry for making you feel old) but grew up in the 2000s. I started watching NASCAR in the early 2000s and with its popularity growing, so did I. Twill driver jackets, T-shirts, hats, the whole nine yards: that era …

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Fire On Fridays: Kudos to NASCAR 2019 For Embracing Change… 2020 NASCAR Schedule Included

2019 Daytona Clash Cup Paul Menard Pack Racing Nkp

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If you’re one of the people who hates the 2020 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule for next year, I sincerely hope you haven’t been complaining about the lack of change until now. For the first time in seemingly forever, NASCAR’s leadership is listening to fans. They want people to be happy, and changes are …

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Fire on Fridays: You Don’t Have to Compare Richard Petty and Kyle Busch

#18: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Interstate Batteries Celebrates After Winning Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Richard Petty is “The King” for a reason. His 200 wins in Cup series competition is a feat that’ll never be accomplished again. Whether you think all his wins are “legitimate” or not, you have to respect what the man has done. Kyle Busch‘s 200 wins (and counting) across all three national series is also …

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Fire On Fridays: Is A Fistfight What NASCAR Fans Want?

2019 Daytona I Cup Daniel Suarez Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It was a really awkward NASCAR moment. Probably the most awkward fight you’ll see all year. These two definitely don’t belong in a boxing ring. But what Michael McDowell and Daniel Suarez did on pit road was different. It shows a revised version of NASCAR, one where even qualifying will cause drivers to square up …

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Fire on Fridays: The New Package Is OK So Far, & That’s OK

2019 Las Vegas I Cup Kyle Busch Pack Racing Nkp

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What we saw at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this past weekend in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wasn’t knock-your-socks-off-caliber racing. It didn’t make you scream at your television, you weren’t as entertained as you had ever been watching NASCAR and you probably wanted to see a little more. That’s fine. You should want more. …

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Fire on Fridays: Can Ryan Preece Win the Rookie Battle?

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year battle will be intense this year, probably more than Daniel Hemric anticipated. It will be much better than the clash between mid-packers William Byron and Darrell Wallace Jr. from last year. Instead, it might feature drivers competing for the playoffs, rather than barely staying on …

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Fire on Fridays: Let’s Get Realistic About Teamwork

2019 Daytona Clash Cup Joey Logano Todd Gordon Nkp

Restrictor plate racing has always been about your dance partner. Is your partner fast? Will they stick with you at the right time? Do you have good chemistry? Joey Logano was upset with who he thought was his dance partner in the closing laps of the Daytona 500, Michael McDowell, for not pushing him to contend …

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Fire on Fridays: The William Byron Standard

Rick Hendrick talks with William Byron before the 2019 Daytona 500 (February 2019) (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

William Byron is in college, but he doesn’t come off as the average college student. That’s because he doesn’t live an average life. Byron’s schedule is hectic. He attends Liberty University, sometimes in person and other times online. The rest of the week is spent with Hendrick Motorsports, starting with team meetings and press spots …

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