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From Shane van Gisbergen to Connor Zilisch, 2024 is shaping up to be quite an unorthodox year for NASCAR’s newcomers. With that said, a Xfinity and Truck series veteran recently picked up traction for something he hadn’t experienced in years; becoming a rookie in the Whelen Euro Series.

But whilst Ryan Vargas is aiming to bring home solid results, the 23-year-old unified the NASCAR community in his support as he revealed plans for a comeback at Richmond Raceway to the beloved Xfinity Series. While celebrations were expected, Vargas’ unorthodox approach to announcing his return left the fandom in a frenzy!

Ryan Vargas returns home for a ‘special’ Xfinity appearance

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Only a few weeks ago, Ryan Vargas surprised the entire community with the announcement of his EuroNASCAR debut. After competing in the final four rounds in 2023, Vargas aims to focus on his stint overseas as a full-time driver this season. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for some fun in the Xfinity Series, a place he’s rather familiar with after making 68 stars in 5 years.

Breaking the good news, Jordan Anderson Racing tweeted, “Feeling fresh + energized as we head to RVA thanks to @CelsiusOfficial & @FunkAway! We’d like to welcome @RyanVargas_23 back to the seat of the #32! Catch all the action this Saturday on @fs1 / @NASCARONFOX 🏁.” Whilst this announcement was nothing out of the ordinary, Vargas certainly outdid himself.

Looking to redeem the #32 for Jordan Anderson Racing after his DNF at Phoenix Raceway, Vargas announced his stint at Richmond Raceway on X. He stated, “Xfinity start #69 this weekend.” Naturally, the NSFW connotation with the number triggered the age-old meme of people commenting ‘nice’ underneath the post. Numerous members of the community were in the mood for banter, with over 100 replies commenting with the same four-letter word.

Even entities like veteran insider Peter Stratta chimed in with ‘nice’. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the funniest reactions!

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The NASCAR community turns into “meme lords”

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After his miserable outing at Phoenix with the #32 Jordan Anderson Racing Chevy, many believed that Vargas wouldn’t be stepping foot into a JAR car anytime soon. Fortunately, it seems like the boss still has faith, prompting fans to rejoice as they said, “Jordan Anderson W yet again”. Whilst another echoed, “Wordan Wnderson Wacing”. With fans delighted to see the duo back in action, another user added; “VARGAS IN JAR EQUIPMENT, WE ARE SO BACK”

Ultimately, the highlight of the big announcement had to be the way the NASCAR community approached the way Vargas announced it. Connecting Vargas’ announcement with the NSFW meme, several fans commented that simple yet not so-innocent four-letter word – “nice“. Others were happy to indulge with some GIFs, Gonna be a nice weekend.” Other users also had bright ideas – “Would be even nicer if you were able to run the No. 69 for the memes”

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Yet fans left no stone unturned in sharing their excitement at the future Euro Series star’s return to his home turf. Users chimed in with,LET’S GOOOO”, “Yeeees!!!! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽“. At the end of the day, the #69 jokes just kept catching up to him. A user concluded by stating, “I’m so honored to be present for your 69th start. We should celebrate.” 

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After taking a look at the intense reaction that Ryan Vargas was able to get from a simple tweet, it’s safe to say the hype around the 23-year-old is definitely on the rise after his Euro Series announcement.

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