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
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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)

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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
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For more of the podcast:

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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
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Podcast #52 — Truex Performs a Good Ol Butt Whoopin

Show notes:

Recap the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway:

  • Martin Truex Jr. wins the weekend
    • Sat on the pole
    • Won all three stages
    • Led 125 of 200 laps
      • Only other leaders were Kyle Busch (62), Joey Logano (9), William Byron (1) and Kasey Kahne (1)
  • Kevin Harvick was on his way to possibly another win
    • Accident with Larson
    • Was Harvick drafting or trying to take a shot at Larson?
    • Does this affect that team at all?
  • Jimmie Johnson got his first top-10 of the year with a 9th-place finish.
  • Tech Inspection Woes https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nascar/2018/03/17/auto-club-400-fontana-qualifying-issues-rules-changes/435037002/
    • 13 out of 37 cars failed to qualify because they couldn’t pass tech.
    • Those drivers WOULD have had an advantage by starting the race with fresh tires, but NASCAR allowed the other teams to start on fresh tires too, which negated the advantage
      • Eric: Discussion on tire rule for qualifying
    • NASCAR also told drivers for the Xfinity race that teams that didn’t pass tech would start at the rear AND serve a pass-through penalty on the first lap after the green flag.
      • This rule is expected to be made permanent for all three series.
      • What do we think?
    • What about qualifying in general? Is it even necessary anymore?
  • Any additional race discussion, winners and losers, etc?

News Items:

    • Kyle Busch providing some entertainment on Twitter post-race after fans accuse him of ducking out of post-race media obligations
      • NASCAR has apparently changed requirements so only the first and second place teams need to go to the media center.
    • Daniel Hemric will make his Cup debut at Richmond
      • Driving the #8 car

 

  • Audio (1:29) Hemric talks about making his first start and driving the 8 car

 

      • Do we care about the number?
  • IndyCar going to NBC in 2019 and streaming package

Preview: the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway

  • Expectations?
  • Weather could be a factor
    • 100 percent chance of rain Saturday
    • Chance of snow Sunday morning
  • Picks
    • Eric: Chase Elliott
    • James: Brad Keselowski
  • Dark Horse:
    • James: AJ Allmendinger
    • Eric: Darrell Wallace Jr.  
  • 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

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Podcast #51 — Kevin Harvick Wins Three in a Row

Show Notes:

Recap the TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway:

  • Harvick makes it three in a row
    • Did not dominate this time, however.
    • Led the third most laps in the race with 38
    • Gets ‘revenge’ after the penalty last week.
  • Kyle Busch leads the most laps with 128, finishes second
  • Kyle Larson led 54 laps before handling issues caused him to spin and fall back.
  • Denny Hamlin (33), Ryan Newman (23), William Byron (15), Brad Keselowski (12), Kurt Busch (6) and Martin Truex Jr. (3) all led laps.
    • Brad, Kurt and Martin were all on pit strategy.
    • Byron’s were his first laps led in Cup.
  • Other winners and losers?
  • Overall, boring or good race?
    • Lots of battling for the lead — at one point a four-car battle

News Items:

Preview: Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway

  • Expectations?
  • Picks
    • James: Kevin Harvick
    • Eric: Kyle Larson
  • Dark Horse:
    • Eric: Aric Almirola
    • James: Clint Bowyer
  • Shoutouts if any
    • Plug the fantasy league
    • Note there is a summer and fall season as well.

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
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  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Next Race: Auto Club 400
The Place: Auto Club Speedway
The Date: Sunday, March 18
The Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
TV: FOX, 3 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 400 miles (200 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 60),
Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 120), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 200)

NASCAR Xfinity Series
Next Race: California 300
The Place: Auto Club Speedway
The Date: Saturday, March 17
The Time: 5 p.m. ET
TV: FS1, 4:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 300 miles (150 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 35),
Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 70), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 150)

Podcast #50 — Kevin Havick Wins Again With a Black Eye

Show Notes:

Recap the Pennzoil 400 Presented by Jiffy Lube @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

  • Kevin Harvick Dominates for a second week in a row.
  • Another boring race?
  • Fords still looking pretty good
  • Jimmie Johnson gets his best finish of the year — 12th
    • Asked last week, is this cause for concern?
  • The Penalty:
    • Infraction Date: 3/4/2018 (post-race inspection)
      • Team: #4–Kevin Harvick
      • Violation: Sections 20.4.8.1 Rear Window Support and Structure b. & c.; 20.4.18 Rocker Panel Extensions .b
      • Note: Rear Window Support Braces must keep the rear window glass rigid in all directions at all times. The Right Side Rocker Panel Extension did not meet NASCAR rule specifications, extension was not aluminum.
      • Penalty: Crew chief (Rodney Childers) has been fined $50,000. Car chief (Robert Smith) has been suspended from the next two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Points Events. Team has been assessed with the loss of 20 driver points and 20 owner points
      • Lost all seven playoff points he earned at the race
    • Should the win have been taken away?
    • Was this intentional?
    • Why can’t NASCAR do this at the track? Why is it Wednesday night before the penalty is announced?

News Items:

Preview: the TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway

  • Expectations?
  • Picks
    • Eric: Chase Elliott
    • James: Kevin Harvick
  • Dark Horse:
    • James: Daniel Suarez
    • Eric: Aric Almirola
  • 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:

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: TicketGuardian 500

The Place: ISM Raceway (Phoenix)

The Date: Sunday, March 11

The Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

TV: FOX, 3 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 312 miles (312 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 75),

Stage 2 (Ends on lap 150), Final Stage (Ends on lap 312)

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: DC Solar 200

The Place: ISM Raceway (Phoenix)

The Date: Saturday, March 10

The Time: 4 p.m. ET

TV: FOX, 3:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 200 miles (200 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 45),

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

Podcast #49 — Kevin Harvick Puts on Clinic at Atlanta

Show notes:

Recap the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 @ Atlanta Motor Speedway:

  • Kevin Harvick Dominates Xfinity and Cup Series races
  • All veterans up front
    • Have to go back to Kyle Larson in ninth before you start to find the younguns.
  • Austin Dillon comes home with a 14th-place finish after winning the 500
  • Darrell Wallace Jr. finishes a disappointing 32nd
  • Jimmie Johnson spins on his own again.
    • Finishes 27th
    • What is the deal with Jimmie?
    • After two races he is 35th in points
      • People ahead of him in points include: DJ Kennington and Mark Thompson (they only have run one race), Matt DiBenedetto, Jeffrey Earnhardt
  • Other than Jimmie, race was pretty incident-free
  • Issues with pit guns on pit road. Harvick had an issue. Others did too. Concern?
  • Post-race penalties: http://www.espn.com/jayski/cup/2018/story/_/id/22603621/atlanta-post-race-penalties-announced
    • Kyle Busch loses crew chief, jackman and tire carrier from next three truck series races
    • Previously suspensions have been across all three series? Do we like this single-series thing more or less?

News Items:

Preview: Pennzoil 400 Presented by Jiffy Lube @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway

  • Expectations?
  • Picks
    • James: Joey Logano
    • Eric: Martin Truex Jr.
  • Dark Horse:
    • Eric: Wiliiam Byron
    • James: Ty Dillon
  • 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:

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube

The Place: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

The Date: Sunday, March 4

The Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

TV: FOX, 3 p.m. ET

Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 400.5 miles (267 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 80),

Stage 2 (Ends on lap 160), Final Stage (Ends on lap 267)

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: Boyd Gaming 300

The Place: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

The Date: Saturday, March 3

The Time: 4 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 3:30 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: Stratosphere 200

The Place: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

The Date: Friday, March 2

The Time: 9 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 8:30 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 #48 — Dillon is a Daytona 500 Champion

Show notes:

Recap Daytona 500:

  • Austin Dillon gets the win
    • Austin’s second win. Does this make him a legit winner yet? Or no?
    • Does this win mean anything in the grand scheme of things (championship?)
    • The winning move — just racing or dirty?
      • Audio 0:42 — Austin Responds to Winning Move
    • Win comes on the 20th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s win in 1998, and there were some similarities here, including how Austin celebrated after the win, and a lucky penny that happened to be in the car.
      • Audio 1:46 — Austin – similarities to 98
  • Bubba Wallace gets second
    • Seems like he picked up a TON of fans
    • Audio 4:20 — Emotional in post-race press conference
    • Everyone is high on him right now, but like Austin, does this finish mean anything?
  • Denny Hamlin making more enemies
  • Danica Patrick crashes out. Nascar career is over.
  • How was the race overall?

Preview: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 @ Atlanta Motor Speedway

  • Expectations?
  • Only 36 cars entered in the event
  • First real test for the new Chevrolet
    • Also will indicate where Ford is at this season
  • Picks
    • Eric: Kevin Harvick
    • James: Kyle Larson
  • Dark Horse:
    • James: Erik Jones
    • Eric: Austin Dillon
  • 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

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Podcast #47 — Danica Patrick Will Win the Daytona 500

Show notes:

News Items:

Previews:

  • Daytona 500
  • Picks:
      • James: Brad K.
      • Eric: Ryan Blaney
      • Wildcard:
      • James: Austin Dillon
      • Eric: Danica Patrick
  • 2018 NASCAR Season
    • Who makes the playoffs?
      • James/Eric:
        • 1. Truex
        • 2. Johnson
        • 3. Ky. Busch
        • 4. Brad K.
        • 5. Larson
        • 6. Harvick
        • 7. Elliott
        • 8. Logano
        • 9. Blaney
        • 10. Jones
        • 11. Byron
        • 12. McMurray / Suarez
        • 13. Ku. Busch
        • 14. Stenhouse / Austin Dillon
        • 15. Hamlin
        • 16. Bayne / Bowman
    • ROY? – Byron
  • 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:

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Podcast #46 — Advance Auto Parts Clash Preview

News Items:

  • Nascar updates damaged vehicle policy for 2018
    • Teams will now have 6 minutes for repairs instead of 5
    • Too many men is now a 2-lap penalty, not DQ
  • Change to knockout qualifying
    • First round is now 15 minutes instead of 20
  • Stage Lengths have been set for all three series.

Previews:

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
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For more of the podcast:

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