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Drive as as fast as you can or give up and park.
I am there all the way. I'm a smooth one and dark.
I was formed in a blaze like the fires of hell.
I am oft underfoot. Overhead, though, as well.
Say my alternate name, I took gents in my jaws,
But the name I have here tells a snake it must pause.

The answer is a single English word. Please explain all clues and the title.

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The current answer is close; I'd say this is

Asphalt

Drive as as fast as you can or give up and park.

You can drive or park on it

I am there all the way. I'm a smooth one and dark.

Asphalt stretches all the way and is smooth and dark

I was formed in a blaze like the fires of hell.

It's made with intense heat

I am oft underfoot. Overhead, though, as well.

The latter probably refers to overpasses. According to OP, it refers to roofing shingles which commonly contain asphalt.

Say my alternate name, I took gents in my jaws,

Its alternative name is Bitumen, which looks like Bit-U-Men

But the name I have here tells a snake it must pause.

Asp+Halt = Asphalt

The title

Is a play on Ash Fault thanks to @tmpearce.

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    $\begingroup$ Most of the stuff is used for paving but a substantial percentage is used for roofing shingles. $\endgroup$ Aug 20, 2017 at 16:31
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    $\begingroup$ As for the title: "Cinder blame" -> "Ash fault" perhaps? $\endgroup$
    – tmpearce
    Aug 20, 2017 at 17:28
  • $\begingroup$ @tmpearce Good one! Hadn't thought of that. $\endgroup$
    – Walt
    Aug 20, 2017 at 17:30
  • $\begingroup$ @tmpearce Correct! $\endgroup$ Aug 20, 2017 at 19:10
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Is it a

road ?!

Drive as as fast as you can or give up and park.

Along a road one can drive as well as park

I am there all the way. I'm a smooth one and dark.

It is there all the way, smooth and black

I was formed in a blaze like the fires of hell.

Usually made of burning tar

I am oft underfoot. Overhead, though, as well.

Roads are usually underfoot though flyovers/over bridges are also possible

Say my alternate name, I took gents in my jaws,

Serpentine

But the name I have here tells a snake it must pause.

Every(perhaps winding) road has an end

About the title,

Cinder has a literal meaning of 'ash' and fly-ash is proven to be a material used for construction (of roads as well ?)

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  • $\begingroup$ Some good thinking. For the title, what's another word for blame? $\endgroup$ Aug 20, 2017 at 16:34
  • $\begingroup$ @HughMeyers, got it based on Walt's answer... Another word for blame is 'fault'... which is actually here - "..phalt"..wondering..:-) $\endgroup$ Aug 21, 2017 at 3:04
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Asphalt (alternate name bitumen)

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  • $\begingroup$ Well done! And welcome to Puzzling! I have added a spoiler tag to your answer. If you get down votes, it is because there is already an accepted answer to this question. $\endgroup$ Aug 20, 2017 at 18:58
  • $\begingroup$ A full answer will explain the reasoning and not just give the solution. Please keep Puzzling! $\endgroup$ Aug 20, 2017 at 18:59

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