Podcast #61 — An interview with Michigan International Speedway President Rick Brenner

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Podcast #60 — NASCAR has a nice (aero) package

Recap: All-Star Race

News Items:

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Preview: Coke 600 from Charlotte Motor Speedway

  • Picks
    • Eric: Joey Logano
    • James: Ryan Blaney

Dark Horse

    • James:  Erik Jones
    • Eric: DINGER

Shoutouts if any

  • Plug the fantasy league
  • Plug Patreon

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @Eric8199 on Twitter
  • The SuperSpeedway @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
  • Facebook @ 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

Podcast #59 — Are we STILL talking about penalties?

Show notes:

Recap: KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway

    • Harvick comes out on top again
    • Kyle Larson was the guy until the runin with Blaney
    • Truex stayed out after the contact, Harvick pitted for tires.

 

  • AUDIO (:39) — Rodney Childers didn’t think they were going to win.

 

  • Big wreck

News Items:

 

Preview: All Star Race from Charlotte Motor Speedway

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 5:00pm/et on FS1
  • Open Race Coverage: 6:00pm/et on FS1
  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 7:30pm/et on FS1
  • All-Star Race Coverage: 8:00pm/et on FS1
  • • The format for the annual non-points event will include four stages – 30 laps, 20 laps, 20 laps and 10 laps.
  • • Only green flag laps will be counted in the Final Stage.
  • • Normal stage break procedures will be in effect, but NASCAR Overtime will be in play for all stages.
  • • There will be no mandatory pit strategy.
  • • The Monster Energy Open will be three stages set at 20, 20 and 10 laps respectively. Each stage winner will advance to the evening’s main event.
  • All-Star Race field; The All-Star race will consist of 21 cars — the 17 eligible drivers, the winner of each stage in the Monster Energy Open, and the fan vote winner.
  • Entry Lists for the Monster Energy Open and All-Star races at Charlotte Motor Speedway are posted.
  • All 17 eligible drivers are entered for the All-Star race.
  • For the open, 21 teams are listed including: #00-Cassill, #15-Chastain, #51-Rhodes, #55-Sorenson, #66-Hill, #72-LaJoie.

 

  • Are we OK with the current criteria?
    • Dave Moody says the race should be more exclusive
  • Expectations?
  • Picks
    • Open Picks
    • James: Chase Elliott, Aric Almirola, Erik Jones FV: Matt DiBenedetto
    • Eric: Chase Elliott, Aric Almirola, Daniel Suarez FV: Darrell Wallace Jr.
    • All Star Picks
    • James: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
    • Eric: Kyle Larson
  • Shoutouts if any
    • Plug the fantasy league
    • Plug Patreon

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @Eric8199 on Twitter
  • The SuperSpeedway @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
  • Facebook @ 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

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race

The Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway

The Date: Saturday, May 19

The Time: 6 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 5 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: Open – 3 Stages: 20 Laps / 20 Laps / 10 Laps

All-Star Race – 4 Stages: 30 Laps / 20 Laps / 20 Laps / 10 Laps

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: Alsco 300

The Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway

The Date: Saturday, May 26

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)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Next Race: North Carolina Education Lottery 200

The Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway

The Date: Friday, May 18

The Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 8 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 201 miles (134 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 30),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 60), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 134)

Podcast #58 — NASCAR is for Sale

Show notes:

Recap: AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover

  • Harvick regains top billing
  • Stewart Haas has another superb day
  • Xfinity Finish – Battle of the teammates

News Items:

Preview: KC Masterpiece 400

  • Expectations?
  • Picks
    • Eric: Martin Truex Jr.
    • James: Jimmie Johnson
  • Dark Horse:
    • James: Matt Kenseth
    • Eric: Paul Menard
  • Shoutouts if any
    • Plug the fantasy league
    • Plug Patreon

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @Eric8199 on Twitter
  • The SuperSpeedway @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
  • Facebook @ 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

Podcast #57 — Enough With All The Commercials

Show Notes:

Recap: GEICO 500 at Talladega

  • Joey Logano is back in victory lane, a year after his last victory.
  • Race was mildly uneventful
    • One “big one”
    • Hamlin speeding issues
    • Weird fuel strategy
    • No one making the move at the end.
  • Xfinity race was the second all drivers broadcast
    • Spencer Gallagher gets first Xfinity win

News Items:

  • Spencer Gallagher suspended from NASCAR indefinitely due to violation of the Substance Abuse Policy
  • NASCAR buys ARCA
    • What does this mean?
    • Is this good or bad?
  • Dale Jr. is a dad

Preview: AAA 400 Drive for Autism

  • Expectations?
  • Picks
    • James: Jimmie Johnson
    • Eric: Chase Elliott
  • Dark Horse:
    • Eric: Erik Jones
    • James: Aric Almirola  
  • Shoutouts if any
    • Plug the fantasy league
    • Plug Patreon

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • You can find me @TSuperSpeedway on Twitter
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Facebook @ 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

We are now on Patreon

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I’ve teased it the last two episodes of the podcast, but I’ve finally launched our Patreon page to allow you, our listeners and readers, to become a part of what we’re doing here and to hopefully provide us with the support to do even more.

We launched The SuperSpeedway a little over a year ago, a couple of races into the 2017 season. When James and I recorded our first podcast, we had aspirations for what this could become, but we had no idea it would move as fast as it has.

Last year, on a whim, I decided to apply for press credentials to the Eldora Dirt Derby Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway. I didn’t expect to be approved. I already had a ticket to the event — one that I’ve attended since the inaugural race. But I thought what the heck? The worst they can do is tell me no.

To my surprise, I was approved. I lived what I thought would be a once-in-a-lifetime moment that weekend (well, that Tuesday and Wednesday) as I worked as a member of the media, taking photos and reporting on an actual NASCAR race. Not only that, but I was there in victory lane when Matt Crafton celebrated his victory. And with my heart in my throat, I stood up in the media center and asked him a question after the race.

Again, on a whim, I applied for press credentials to the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Again, to my surprise, I was approved. This time it was myself and James who got to cover a race, but this was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.

Since then we’ve had meetings with the MIS Manager of Media Relations on several occasions, and have built a relationship that will allow us to cover more races. We have already been approved for credentials to both races at MIS in 2018, as well as the Quacker State 400 weekend at Kentucky Speedway. We also plan to cover Eldora again this year, as well as the Cup race weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.

What started as a hobby and a bit of fun is quickly becoming a real opportunity. But it’s one we need some help with being able to afford. I don’t have a problem having a few ads on our site and a sponsor or two on the podcast, but I don’t intend to put our content behind a paywall and clutter the screen with popup ads and other garbage to try and make a buck. So I decided to turn to Patreon, which is helping creators like us get paid for their work.

If you like what we’re doing, please consider becoming a patron. There are several tiers you can choose, with different rewards for each tier. Most importantly you’ll be helping us get to these tracks and provide you with more coverage. At this point we’re not doing this so we can line our wallets. We’re planning on putting everything back into the work we are doing, toward travel, hotel rooms, equipment and more to continue providing you with NASCAR coverage, as so many other media outlets are cutting their coverage in the interest of cost savings.

Consider becoming a patron. Check out our Patreon page and we thank you for your support. And if you choose not to, that’s fine too. We’ll keep up with the weekly podcast and whatever else we can afford to do throughout the season.

Podcast #56 — Guess Who’s Back, Kenseth’s Back

  • Matt Kenseth set to return to Roush Fenway in Kansas in the 6 car
    • Will split time with Bayne
    • Could be a multi year deal
    • Wyndham is the sponsor – New to the sport
    • Our Thoughts on the deal

Recap: Toyota Owners 400

News Items:

Preview: GEICO 500 at Talladega

  • Expectations?
  • Picks
    • Eric: Joey Logano
    • James: Brad Keselowski
  • Dark Horse:
    • James: Trevor Bayne
    • Eric: Darrell Wallace
  • Shoutouts if any
    • Plug the fantasy league

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • You can find me @TSuperSpeedway on Twitter
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Facebook @ 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

Podcast #55 — Kyle Busch and Dale Jr. Clear the Air

Show notes:

Recap: Food City 500

  • KB Makes it two in a row
  • Kyle Larson finishes second to Busch again
  • Bubba Wallace had a STRONG race. Took the lead at one point.
  • Felt a bit like the old Bristol
  • Winners and losers?

News Items:

Preview: Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond

  • Expectations?
  • Picks
    • James: Kyle Busch
    • Eric: Denny Hamlin
  • Dark Horse:
    • Eric: Aric Almirola
    • James: Kasey Kahne
  • Shoutouts if any
    • Plug the fantasy league

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • You can find me @TSuperSpeedway on Twitter
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Facebook @ 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

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: Toyota Owners 400

The Place: Richmond Raceway

The Date: Saturday, April 21

The Time: 6:30 p.m. ET

TV: FOX, 6 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 300 miles (400 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 100),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 200), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 400)

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: ToyotaCare 250

The Place: Richmond Raceway

The Date: Friday, April 20

The Time: 7 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 6:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 187.5 miles (250 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 75),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 150), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 250)

Podcast #54 — All Star Race Gets Restricted

New format/rules announced for all star race

  • Four stages: 30, 20, 20, 10. Overtime in play for all stages. No mandatory pit strategy.
  • Changes to the cars
    • Aero ducts
    • Six-inch high spoiler with two 12-inch ears
    • Restrictor plate
    • 2014-style splitter
    • Similar package to the Xfinity cars last year at Indy

Recap: O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

  • KB Show returns
  • Thoughts on Harvick Pit issues
    • Pit guns. Are they a problem?
    • No call compared to Blaney
  • The Big One
    • Tire issues: Took out top contenders

News Items:

Preview: Food City 500 at Bristol

  • Expectations?
  • Picks
    • James: Erik Jones
    • Eric: Kyle Busch
  • Dark Horse:
    • Eric: Chase Elliott
    • James: Ricky Stenhouse
  • Shoutouts if any
    • Plug the fantasy league

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • You can find me @TSuperSpeedway on Twitter
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Facebook @ 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

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: Food City 500

The Place: Bristol Motor Speedway

The Date: Sunday, April 15

The Time: 2 p.m. ET

TV: FOX, 1:30 p.m. ET

Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 266.5 miles (500 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 125),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 250), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 500)

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300

The Place: Bristol Motor Speedway

The Date: Saturday, April 14

The Time: 1 p.m. ET

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

Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 159.9 miles (300 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 85),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 170), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 300)

Podcast #53 — Bowyer Beats the Snow to Win

Show notes:

Recap: the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway

  • Clint Bowyer gets the win
    • Audio: (3:23): Clint Bowyer Press Conference
    • Breaks a 190-race winless streak
    • First win since Fall 2012 at Charlotte
    • Another from the “old guard” gets a win over the youngsters
  • Kyle Busch finishes second for the 43rd time in his career
    • Matches his 43 wins
  • Race was snowed out – first time since 1993
    • How did NASCAR do with that decision?
  • Relatively mild Martinsville Race
    • Only one caution that wasn’t a pre-planned one
    • Fewest cautions at Martinsville since
    • Let’s talk about cautions

News Items:

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

  • Expectations?
  • Picks
    • James: Brad Keselowski
    • Eric: Kyle Busch
  • Dark Horse:
    • Eric: Alex Bowman
    • James: Daniel Suarez
  • Shoutouts if any
    • Plug the fantasy league

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • You can find me @TSuperSpeedway on Twitter
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Facebook @ 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