Podcast #104 — Truex is now a short track winner

Show notes:

Recap: Toyota Owners 400 from Richmond Raceway

  • Martin Truex and Cole Pern get back to victory lane
    • First win on a short track for Truex
    • First win with Gibbs
    • Gibbs now has 6 wins in 9 races
      • Busch – 3
      • Hamlin – 2
      • Truex – 1
    • Gibbs and Penske have won all the races so far this season
  • Kyle Busch speeding penalty
  • Winners and Losers

Do We Care?

News Items:

Preview: Geico 500 at Talladega

  • Picks
    • James: Brad Keselowski
    • Eric: Kurt Busch
    • Dark Horse
    • Eric: Ty Dillon
    • James: Matt DiBenedetto

Fantasy League Update

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
  • Facebook: Facebook.com/TheSuperSpeedway

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NASCAR, Charlotte Motor Speedway Announce Format, Technical Specs for

Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race

Format Mirrors Last Year’s Thrilling Spectacle

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 17, 2019) – Race fans looking for a glimpse into the future need look no further than this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race.  As demonstrated throughout its illustrious history, NASCAR’s annual all-star spectacular will again provide the platform for the world’s greatest stock car drivers to compete for $1 million dollars, while race teams will get a real-world experience with technical components that could be implemented in the next generation car.

The next step in the all-star evolution was unveiled today.

NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway announced the format and technical specifications for the 2019 edition, a race that will feature some tried and true measures, as well as a potential glimpse into the Gen-7 future.

“Throughout its history, the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race has provided a platform to try new and innovative ideas, some of which we have incorporated on a full-time basis,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “Last year’s all-star rules package resulted in one of the most exciting all-star races in history. With a similar package, and added elements that we could see in the next generation race car, we expect another must-watch event.”

“This will be the 35th running of the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, and while it’s known for memorable moments, this race has established a place in history for testing what’s best for the future,” said Marcus Smith, president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc. “THIS is the proving ground.  Fans can always look back and see that night racing, stage racing and double-file restarts started in the All-Star Race. And last year’s rules package produced the most three- and four-wide racing I’ve ever seen at Charlotte. This year may provide a peek into the crystal ball for the Gen-7 car, so once again, fans can expect the unexpected.”

The race will again have four stages, with a five lap increase in the final stage compared to last year’s race. The stages will last 30 laps, 20 laps, 20 laps and 15 laps. Both green flag and yellow flag laps will count in Stages 1-3; with only green flag laps counting in the Final Stage. NASCAR Overtime rules will be in effect for Stages 1-3. In the final stage, if the race is restarted with two or less laps remaining, there will be unlimited attempts at a green, white, checkered finish under green flag conditions.

For the 2019 edition, the race cars will feature two keys technical elements that NASCAR may incorporate into the Gen-7 car slated to debut in 2021.

The first is single-piece carbon fiber splitter/pan that should offer dramatic improvements in ride height sensitivity for the drivers. This technical component will provide a more stable aero platform and create more consistent performance in traffic. Also, the car will be configured with a radiator duct which exits through the hood as opposed to the current design which exits into the engine compartment. This feature will create improved aerodynamic parity and, at the same time, reduce engine temperatures.

The Monster Energy Open will occur Saturday evening prior to the Monster Energy All-Star Race and will include three segments (20 laps / 20 Laps / 10 laps). The winner of each segment will earn a spot in the All-Star Race.

Those eligible for the Monster Energy All-Star Race include: drivers who won a points event in either 2018 or 2019; drivers who won a Monster Energy All-Star Race and compete full-time; and drivers who won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship and compete fulltime. Those who have not already earned a spot via the above criteria can still lock-in by winning a stage in the Monster Energy Open or by winning the Fan Vote. Polls for the fan vote are open now on NASCAR.com.

Drivers who have already clinch an All-Star Race spot: Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Martin Truex Jr.

Coverage of the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race will begin on May 18 at 5 p.m. ET on FS1. The Monster Energy Open will air at 6 p.m. and the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race begins at 8 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Weekend passes for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race start at just $79 per person and also include admission to the May 17 N.C. Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, May 17 Monster Energy All-Star Race qualifying, May 18 AJR pre-race concert, May 18 Monster Energy Open and the May 18 Hairball post-race concert presented by Monster Energy. Kids ages 13 and under get in free to all activities on May 17 and for just $10 with adult purchase on May 18.  Tickets, camping and race-day upgrades are available by calling 1-800-455-FANS or visiting CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com.

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series™), three regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit http://www.NASCAR.com and http://www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

About Charlotte Motor Speedway

For 60 years, Charlotte Motor Speedway has set the standard in motorsports entertainment for fans of all ages. Known as America’s Home for Racing, Charlotte Motor Speedway is the only race vacation destination where fans can immerse themselves in the heart of NASCAR country. Visitors can attend one-of-a-kind race spectacles including the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, Coca-Cola 600 and Bank of America ROVAL™ 400; take behind-the-scenes speedway and race shop tours; explore the NASCAR Hall of Fame and drive an 800-horsepower stock car. Through every event and every decade, Charlotte Motor Speedway puts FANS FIRST with a never-ending commitment to enhance the fan experience. That tradition continues with unmatched value through affordable tickets, unparalleled pre-race entertainment and more opportunities for fans to see their favorite drivers. For all the latest news and information, visitwww.charlottemotorspeedway.com, follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or download the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.

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Podcast #103 — Kurt Busch wanted to wreck Kyle

Show notes:

Recap: Food City 500 from Bristol Motor Speedway

    • Kyle Busch wins again
      • Kyle responds to Kurt saying he’d wreck him

 

  • Audio: 0:45

 

  • Late race restart issues/gambles
  • Gibbs and Penske continue dominance
  • Has Bristol found the magic again?
  • Winners/Losers

Do We Care?

News Items:

    • DW Announces that 2019 will be his last in the booth.
      • Jenna Fryer was on Door Bumper Clear this week to defend the article

 

  • Audio: 1:54

 

Preview: Toyota Owners 400 from Richmond Raceway

  • Picks
    • Eric: Denny Hamlin
    • James: Kyle Larson
    • Dark Horse
    • James: Chris Buescher
    • Eric: Ryan Newman
  • Shoutouts if any
    • James: Ian at the Masters – Quick talk about historic venues.
    • Eric
      • Great guests lately on the Dirty Mo Media podcasts
      • Also, Dinner With Racers is back on again. Listened to the episode with Bobby Allison today and it was great
      • Gluck’s 12 questions (Lajoie and Menard)

Fantasy League Update

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
  • Facebook: Facebook.com/TheSuperSpeedway

For more of the podcast:

Podcast #102 — Texas race entertains while qualifying is “stupid”

Show notes:

Recap: O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 from Texas Motor Speedway

Do We Care?

News Items:

 

  • Audio: 1:33 seconds

 

Preview: Food City 500 from Bristol Motor Speedway

  • Picks
    • James: Kurt Busch
    • Eric: Erik Jones

Dark Horse

    • Eric: Daniel Suarez
    • James: Matt DiBenedetto
  • Shoutouts if any
    • Eric: NASCAR has begun posting full race video on YouTube from different cars’ on board cameras. This week: Martin Truex Jr.
    • James: F1 Netflix Documentary

Fantasy League Update

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
  • Facebook: Facebook.com/TheSuperSpeedway

For more of the podcast:

Podcast #101 — The 2020 NASCAR schedule is here

Show notes:

Recap: STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway

Do We Care?

News Items:

  • Qualifying format changes for Texas
    • Vehicles not immediately making a qualifying attempt will be staged in a track-specific area designated by NASCAR.
    • Once a vehicle leaves that area, it must continue directly onto the track. It cannot stop at the end of pit road and wait.
    • Any driver that does not take a lap in any of the qualifying rounds will have all previously posted times in the session disallowed.
    • Any driver who blocks pit road will be penalized.
    • https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2019/03/25/nascar-qualifying-changes-updates-penalty-texas/

Preview: O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway

  • Triple header weekend – Trucks, Xfinity and Cup
  • Picks
    • Eric: Martin Truex Jr.
    • James: Ryan Blaney
    • Dark Horse
    • James: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
    • Eric: Alex Bowman
  • Shoutouts if any

Fantasy League Update

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
  • Facebook: Facebook.com/TheSuperSpeedway

For more of the podcast:

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

The Place: Texas Motor Speedway

The Date: Sunday, March 31

The Time: 3 p.m. ET

TV: FOX, 2:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 501 miles (334 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 85),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 170), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 334)

2018 Winner: Kyle Busch

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: My Bariatric Solutions 300

The Place: Texas Motor Speedway

The Date: Saturday, March 30

The Time: 1 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 12:30 p.m. ET

Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance:  300 miles (200 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 200)

2018 Winner: Ryan Blaney

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series

Next Race: Vankor 350

The Place: Texas Motor Speedway

The Date: Friday, March 29

The Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 9 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 220.5 miles (147 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 35),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 70), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 147)

2018 Winner: Justin Haley

Podcast #100 — We get negative about NASCAR (sort of)

Show notes:

Quick reflection on 100 episodes

Recap: Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway

  • Kyle Busch gets his version of 200 wins
    • What does this feat mean for KB/NASCAR?
  • Winners/Losers
  • The Aero package seems to have failed the smell test
  • Qualifying madness

Do We Care?

News Items:

Preview: STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway

  • Picks
    • James: Denny Hamlin
    • Eric: Brad Keselowski
    • Dark Horse
    • Eric: Matt DiBenedetto
    • James: Austin Dillon
  • Shoutouts if any

Fantasy League Update

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
  • Facebook: Facebook.com/TheSuperSpeedway

For more of the podcast:

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: STP 500

The Place: Martinsville Speedway

The Date: Sunday, March 24

The Time: 2 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 12:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 263 miles (500 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 130),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 260), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 500)

2018 Winner: Clint Bowyer

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: My Bariatric Solutions 300

The Place: Texas Motor Speedway

The Date: Saturday, March 30

The Time: 1 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 1 p.m. ET

Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance:  300 miles (200 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 200)

2018 Winner: Ryan Blaney

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series

Next Race: NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series 250

The Place: Martinsville Speedway

The Date: Saturday, March 23

The Time: 2 p.m. ET

TV: FOX, 2 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 131.5 miles (250 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 70),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 140), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 250)

2018 Winner: John Hunter Nemechek

Podcast #99 — Kyle Busch makes it 199

Show notes:

Recap: TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway

  • Kyle Busch gets the sweep
  • Ryan Blaney comes up just short of a Penske three-race win streak
  • Harvick struggles with ninth-place finish. Not a factor all day.
  • Suarez and McDowell fight during qualifying
    • Proper fight etiquette — Do you keep the helmet on or take it off?

Do We Care?

  • Four races in, we’ve had zero major penalties

News Items:

Preview: Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway

  • Picks
    • Eric: Kyle Busch
    • James: Kyle Larson
    • Dark Horse
    • James: Daniel Suarez
    • Eric: William Byron
  • Shoutouts if any

Fantasy League Update

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
  • Facebook: Facebook.com/TheSuperSpeedway

For more of the podcast:

  • Website address: www.thesuperspeedway.com
  • Podcasts will be found on there as well.
  • Find us on iTunes, Google Play and Soundcloud

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Podcast #98 — What did you think of our package?

Show notes:

Recap: Pennzoil 400 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway

  • Penske gets 2 in-a-row with Logano’s win
  • So what did we think about the race with the new rules package
    • What were the real expectations?
    • Where do we go from here?
  • Driver reactions were mixed
    • Logano loved the racing
      • “I thought the racing was awesome,” he said. “You’re side by side. There’s aggressive blocks and big moves and bumping and banging. That’s NASCAR, baby! I don’t really know what else to tell you.”
  • Pit Road Penalties

Do We Care?

  • 36 cars entered at ISM. Only Charter Cars.

News Items:

Preview:TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway

  • Picks
    • James: Kevin Harvick
    • Eric: Chase Elliott
    • Dark Horse
    • Eric: William Byron
    • James: Ryan Newman
  • Shoutouts if any

Fantasy League Update

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
  • Facebook: Facebook.com/TheSuperSpeedway

For more of the podcast:

  • Website address: www.thesuperspeedway.com
  • Podcasts will be found on there as well.
  • Find us on iTunes, Google Play and Soundcloud

Become a Patron at www.patreon.com/thesuperspeedway

Podcast #97 — Brad Keselowski overcomes flu to win

Recap: Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500 from Atlanta Motor Speedway

  • Brad Keselowski overcomes illness to win
  • Martin Truex Jr. upset about lapped cars
  • First race with the “new” package. What did we think?
  • Winners and losers?

Do We Care?

News Items:

Preview: Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

  • Picks
    • James: Kurt Busch
    • Eric: Kyle Busch

Dark Horse

    • Eric: Chris Buescher
    • James: Ryan Newman
  • Shoutouts if any

Fantasy League Update

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
  • Facebook: Facebook.com/TheSuperSpeedway

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Podcast #96 — Denny Hamlin Wins His Second Daytona 500

Show notes:

Recap: Daytona 500

  • Hamlin wins his second 500
    • Joe Gibbs calls this the biggest win of his life following the passing of son J.D.
    • Kyle’s Blunders
    • Gibbs sweeps the top 3 – DiBenedetto  leads the most laps
  • Let’s talk about the wrecks.
    • Menard
    • Stenhouse Jr.
    • Bowyer
  • Did the cautions ruin it for you?
  • Winners/Losers
    • Byron
    • Preese
    • Front Row
    • Others

News Items:

Do We Care?

Preview: Atlanta Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

  • Picks
    • James: Brad Keselowski
    • Eric: Denny Hamlin

Dark Horse

    • Eric: William Byron
    • James: David Ragan
  • Shoutouts if any

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
  • Facebook: Facebook.com/TheSuperSpeedway

For more of the podcast:

  • Website address: www.thesuperspeedway.com
  • Podcasts will be found on there as well.
  • Find us on iTunes, Google Play and Soundcloud

Become a Patron at www.patreon.com/thesuperspeedway

Podcast #95 — The 2019 Season is here — Season Preview

Show notes:

Recap: Advance Auto Parts Clash

  • Johnson gets back to victory lane
    • Controversy after wrecking Menard
  • Overall uneventful

Jimmie Johnson article from 2013 by Marty Smith: http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/cup/story/_/id/9999795/nascar-greatness-jimmie-johnson

News Items:

Do We Care?

2019 Season Predictions:

  • One big gamble:
    • James: DiBenedetto will win a race.
    • Eric: Paul Menard makes the final 4.
  • Team to watch:
    • Eric: RCR.
    • James: Leavine Family Racing
  • Pick 2 drivers that made the playoffs last year who won’t make it in 2019. Pick 2 new playoff drivers.
    • James: Out: Austin Dillon and Alex bowman. In: Matt DiBenedetto and William Byron.
    • Eric: Out: Alex Bowman and Kurt Busch. In: William Byron and Daniel Suarez.
  • Will the new rules package work?
    • Eric: Yes?
    • James: Yes.
  • What will be the best race?
    • James: Atlanta
    • Eric: Auto Club
  • What will be the worst race?
    • Eric: New Hampshire
    • James: All Star at Charlotte
  • Who will be our final 4?
    • James: Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott
    • Eric: Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson
  • Who will be our 2019 Champion?
    • Eric: Jimmie Johnson
    • James: Kyle Busch

Preview: Daytona 500

  • Picks
    • Eric: William Byron
    • James: Erik Jones

Dark Horse

    • James: Jamie McMurray
    • Eric: Bubba Wallace
  • Shoutouts if any

Close show

  • Plug the Fantasy League
  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
  • Facebook: Facebook.com/TheSuperSpeedway

For more of the podcast:

  • Website address: www.thesuperspeedway.com
  • Podcasts will be found on there as well.
  • Find us on iTunes, Google Play and Soundcloud

Become a Patron at www.patreon.com/thesuperspeedway