Podcast #130 — Ryan Blaney weathers the Talladega storm to advance

Show notes:

Recap: 1000Bulbs.com 500 from Talladega Superspeedway

  • Blaney beats Newman by a foot, locks into Round of 8
  • Stages 2-3 delayed until Monday due to rain
  • Brendan Gaughn goes for a wild ride
  • Playoff Drivers Struggle
    • Byron, Bowyer, Elliott, Bowman, Logano, Keselowski all involved in accidents
  • Weekend controversy
    • Manufacturer alliance
      • Chevy teams working together. 
      • Toyota says no team orders
    • Yellow Line Rule
      • Johnny Sauter has win taken away Saturday for forcing another truck below the yellow line
      • Ryan Blaney goes below the yellow line Monday after being forced by Newman, not penalized
    • Locking bumpers in the truck series costs Moffitt, Friesen

Playoffs:

  • 1) #42-Kyle Larson 3063 [1 win in Round of 12]
  • 2) #12-Ryan Blaney [1 win in Round of 12]
  • 3) #11-Denny Hamlin 3114 +56
  • 4) #19-Martin Truex Jr. 3106 +48
  • 5) #18-Kyle Busch 3099 +41
  • 6) #4-Kevin Harvick 3094 +36
  • 7) #2-Brad Keselowski 3078 +20
  • 8) #22-Joey Logano 3076 +18
  • outside the top 8
  • 9) #88-Alex Bowman 3058 -18
  • 10) #9-Chase Elliott 3054 -22
  • 11) #14-Clint Bowyer 3052 -24
  • 12) #24-William Byron 3049 -27

News Items: 

Do We Care: 

  • XXXXX

Preview: Hollywood Casino 400 from Kansas Speedway

  • Picks
    • James: Kevin Harvick
    • Eric: Chase Elliott
    • Dark Horse
    • Eric: Matt DiBenedetto
    • James: Daniel Suarez

Fantasy League Update

  • XXXX

Playoff bracket update

  • XXX
  • Shoutouts if any
    • Eric:   
    • James: 

Close show 

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Podcast #129 — Kyle Larson gets back in the saddle with Dover win

Show notes:

Recap: Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway

  • Larson gets it done – ends 72 race winless streak
  • Logano Ruffles his opponents
    • Issues before start
  • Elliott issues 10 laps in 

Playoffs:

  • 1) #42-Kyle Larson 3063 [1 win in Round of 12]
  • 2) #19-Martin Truex, Jr. 3095, +63
  • 3) #18-Kyle Busch 3080, +48
  • 4) #11-Denny Hamlin 3080, +48
  • 5) #4-Kevin Harvick 3074, +42
  • 6) #2-Brad Keselowski 3052, +20
  • 7) #88-Alex Bowman 3049, +17
  • 8) #24-William Byron 3032, -0
  • outside the top 8
  • 9) #22-Joey Logano 3032, +0
  • 10) #14-Clint Bowyer 3028, -4
  • 11) #9-Chase Elliott 3025, -7
  • 12) #12-Ryan Blaney 3010, -22

News Items: 

Do We Care: 

  • XXXXX

Preview: 1000bulbs.com 500 from Talladega Superspeedway

  • Picks
    • Eric: Joey Logano
    • James: Brad Keselowski
    • Dark Horse
    • James: Matt Dibenedetto
    • Eric: Bubba Wallace

Fantasy League Update

  • XXXX

Playoff bracket update

  • XXX
  • Shoutouts if any
    • Eric:   
    • James: 

Close show 

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
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Podcast #128 — Chase Elliott wrecks and wins

Recap: Bank of America Roval 400

  • Chase wrecks and gets redemption
  • Bowman vs. Bubba
  • Lots of social media smack about Roval race. Why?
  • Out of playoffs after round of 16: 
    • Kurt Busch
    • Erik Jones
    • Aric Almirola
    • Ryan Newman

Playoffs:

  • 1) #18-Kyle Busch 3046 pts
  • 2) #19-Martin Truex, Jr.  3041
  • 3) #11-Denny Hamlin 3030
  • 4) #22-Joey Logano 3029
  • 5) #4-Kevin Harvick 3028
  • 6) #9-Chase Elliott 3024
  • 7) #2-Brad Keselowski 3024
  • 8) #42-Kyle Larson 3006
  • outside the top 8
  • 9) #88-Alex Bowman 3005
  • 10) #12-Ryan Blaney 3004
  • 11) #24-William Byron 3001
  • 12) #14-Clint Bowyer 3000

News Items: 

Do We Care: 

Preview: Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway

  • Picks
    • James: Kevin Harvick
    • Eric: Martin Truex Jr. 
    • Dark Horse
    • Eric: William Byon
    • James: Matt DiBenedetto

Fantasy League Update

  • XXXX

Playoff bracket update

  • Simple, we’re all tied at 50 points after round one.
  • Shoutouts if any
    • Eric:   
    • James:

Close show 

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Podcast #127 — Martin Truex Jr. does the spin and win

Show notes:

Recap: Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway

  • Truex recovers from spin, passes Kyle Busch late to get the win
  • Erik Jones becomes first Cup team to be disqualified

Playoffs:

    • 8) #42-Kyle Larson, 2076 +25
    • 9) #6-Ryan Newman, 2065 +14
    • 10) #12-Ryan Blaney, 2059 +8
    • 11) #10-Aric Almirola, 2054 +3
    • 12) #24-William Byron +2

 

  • Currently outside the Round of 12 cutoff

 

  • 13) #88-Alex Bowman, 2051 -2
  • 14) #14-Clint Bowyer, 2049 -4
  • 15) #1-Kurt Busch, 2039, -14
  • 16) #20-Erik Jones, 2008, -45

News Items: 

Do We Care: 

  • XXX

Preview: Bank of America Roval 400

  • Picks
    • Eric: Martin Truex Jr. 
    • James: Brad Keselowski
    • Dark Horse
    • James: Matt Dibenedetto
    • Eric: Chris Buescher

Fantasy League Update

  • Shoutouts if any
    • Eric:   
    • James:

Close show 

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Podcast #126 — Kyle Busch, don’t stop being you

Show notes:

Recap: South Point 400 at Las VegasMotor Speedway

  • Truex Advances to round of 12
  • Struggles for playoff drivers
    • Kyle Busch hits the wall early (-2 laps) battles back and has issues late – Discuss
    • Kurt Busch blows tire after contact
    • Erik Jones goes behind the wall with transmission issues
    • Byron Recovers
  • Thoughts on Chase Elliott helping keep Byron on lead lap? 
    • Joey upset

Playoffs:

    • 8) #42-Kyle Larson, 2044, +17
    • 9) #24-William Byron, 2040, +13
    • 10) #12-Ryan Blaney, 2039, +12
    • 11) #88-Alex Bowman, 2037, +10
    • 12) #10-Aric Almirola, 2033, +6

 

  • Currently outside the Round of 12 cutoff

 

  • 13) #6-Ryan Newman, 2027, -6
  • 14) #1-Kurt Busch, 2019, -14
  • 15) #14-Clint Bowyer, 2012, -21
  • 16) #20-Erik Jones, 2007, -26

News Items: 

Do We Care: 

Preview: Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway

  • Picks
    • James: Kyle Larson
    • Eric: Denny Hamlin
    • Dark Horse
    • Eric: Matt Dibenedetto
    • James: Daniel Hemric

Fantasy League Update

  • Shoutouts if any
    • Eric:  
    • James:

 

Close show 

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  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
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Podcast #125 — Jimmie misses the playoffs

Show notes:

Recap: Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line from Indianapolis Motor Speedway

  • Harvick wins
    • Where do we rank him as the playoffs start?
  • Johnson’s Streak ends
  • KB Blows up and Larson blows an opportunity? 
  • Newman makes the cut. Suarez is out.
  • Bubba gets a top 5 and fires back at Twitter Trolls

 

Playoffs:

 

 

    • Rules: 5 points for every driver that advances to the rounds of 12 and 8.
      • 15 points for each final 4 pick
      • 25 points for the champion.

 

News Items: 

  • Matt Dibenedetto takes over the 21 as Menard retires

 

Do We Care: 

  • IMS and NASCAR begged drivers not to do burnouts on the bricks this year.

 

Revisit – 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: South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

  • Picks
    • Eric: Martin Truex Jr. 
    • James: Kyle Larson
    • Dark Horse
    • James: Matt Dibenedetto
    • Eric: Paul Menard

 

Fantasy League Update

 

  • Shoutouts if any
    • Eric:  
    • James:

 

Close show 

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
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124 — Erik Jones proves himself with Darlington win

Show notes:

Recap: Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington

  • Jones breaks through
    • All 4 Gibbs teams now have wins
  • Newman continues getting in dust ups. This time with Suarez
  • Logano and Elliott issues

Playoff Bubble 

  1. Clint Bowyer +8
  2. Daniel Suarez +-0

——————

  1. Ryan Newman +-0
  2. Jimmie Johnson -18

News Items: 

  • Hamlin loses to the Tech gods. Cole Custer gets the win
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. finishes 5th in final Darlington Race
  • No PJ1 at Indy this week. Thoughts? 
  • NASCAR Sponsorship talks continue
    • Per Adam Stern: .@NASCAR is in advanced talks with several companies for the new sponsorship model, and it’s still expecting to start unveiling deals/details this year, per @Daryl_Wolfe. Brands in talks include A-B, Coke, Geico, Comcast, Monster, per sources; NASCAR is also chasing a telco.
  • Kyle Bush clinches +15 playoff points per round as the regular season champion
  • Fun Fact: William Byron claimed his first Busch Pole Award at Darlington and his fourth of the season. He also became part of an elite triumvirate. Before his pole-winning run on Saturday, only Fireball Roberts in 1962 and Bill Elliott in 1985 had ever won poles for the Daytona 500, the Coca-Cola 600 and the Southern 500 in the same season.
  • Joe Gibbs says Jones “had a deal with us.”

Do We Care: Kevin James to star in Netflix NASCAR Show

https://deadline.com/2019/09/kevin-james-star-ethe-crew-netflix-nascar-comedy-series-1202710804/

Preview: Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line from Indianapolis Motor Speedway

  • Picks
    • James: Joey Logano
    • Eric: Jimmie Johnson
    • Dark Horse
    • Eric: Matt Dibenedetto
    • James: Daniel Suarez

 

Fantasy League Update

 

  • Shoutouts if any
    • Eric: Ben for losing his mind and becoming a “Be Our Guest” pledge.  

Close show 

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
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 For more of the podcast:

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line

The Place: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The Date: Sunday, September 8

The Time: 2 p.m. ET

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

Radio: IMS Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 400 miles (160 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 50),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 100), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 160)

2018 Race Winner: Brad Keselowski

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: Indiana 250

The Place: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The Date: Saturday, September 7

The Time: 3 p.m. ET

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

Radio: IMS Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 250 miles (100 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 30),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 60), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 100)

2018 Race Winner: Justin Allgaier

 

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series 

Next Race: World of Westgate 200

The Place: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

The Date: Friday, September 13

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)

2018 Winner: Grant Enfinger

Podcast #123 — Denny Destroys DiBenedetto’s Dream Day

Show notes

Recap: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race from Bristol Motor Speedway

  • Hamlin catches Dibenedetto at the end.
    • Thoughts on Matt’s weekend
      • From NBC Sports: LFR switched to Toyota this season but was running a 2018 chassis Saturday, according to crew chief Mike Wheeler, who also said as “JGR learns stuff, we get upgrades.” Based on how well DiBenedetto ran at Bristol, where he led final Cup practice, qualified seventh and finished second, there was some speculation that the team might have received a full-fledged JGR-prepared Camry at Bristol.

“There’s a misconception out there about it being a JGR primary car,” Wheeler said. “It is a generation behind, but it’s good. If you put a good setup and good driver in it, it can go fast, and you saw that tonight.”

    • Problems with how Newman raced Matt in the closing laps.
    • Second weekend in a row with an excellent crowd

Playoff Bubble 

  1. Erik Jones +57
  2. Ryan Newman +14
  3. Daniel Suarez +2

——————

  1. Clint Bowyer -2
  2. Jimmie Johnson -26

News Items: 

Preview: Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington

  • Picks
    • Eric: Eric Jones
    • James: Denny Hamlin
    • Dark Horse
    • James: Ryan Newman 
    • Eric: Matt Dibenedetto
  • Shoutouts if any

Fantasy League Update

Close show 

  • Where can we be found on social media?
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  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
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Podcast #122 — Harvick wins at Michigan, plus a Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoff Preview

Recap: Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway

  • Kevin Harvick gets the win
    • Harvick passed Joey Logano with 18 to go to take the lead and would hang on to win his second Cup Series race of the season and his second August race in a row at Michigan. 
    • Harvick was asked postrace about his strategy on the final restart with 48 laps to go. 
      • Audio
    • Harvick was able to overcome a flat tire earlier in the race. He talked about that after the race.
      • Audio
    • Finally, Harvick involved his son, Keelin, in the postrace celebration again, letting Keelin ride in the passenger side of the car during his burnouts. I got a chance to ask him about Keelin’s racing future in the press conference. 
      • Audio
  • Denny Hamlin came home second after several driver had to pit for fuel late in the race. He was asked if there was anything he could have done at the end to catch Harvick for the win. 
    • Audio
  • Kyle Larson said he was surprised to finish third. He was asked about his strategy the last run of the race. 
    • Audio
  • Martin Truex Jr. made his 500th start Sunday with a special paint scheme and a tuxedo fire suit. He started with a handicap though, having to go to the back of the field at the start because his car failed prerace tech three times. He talked about that after the race. 
    • Audio

Playoff Bubble

  1. Kyle Larson +71
  2. Erik Jones +70
  3. Ryan Newman +16
  4. Clint Bowyer +6

——————

  1. Daniel Suarez -6
  2. Jimmie Johnson -12
  3. Paul Menard -53
  4. Chris Buescher -73

News Items: 

Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoff Preview

  1. Matt Crafton finished XXX. Clinches the final spot in the playoffs. Crafton was asked how he felt now that he was locked into the playoffs. 
    1. Audio (1:13)
  2. Sheldon Creed finished second in the race. He needed a win to make the playoffs. I got to talk to him about that following the race. 
    1. Audio 
  3. Brett Moffitt is the points leader after the reset and the defending champion after an unexpected win last year. I talked to him about his change in position this season as the playoffs begin. 
    1. Audio
  4. Johnny Sauter had trouble on pit road and finished XX Saturday. He’s qualified for the playoffs after a win XX, but has struggled at many points this season. I talked to him after the race. 
    1. Audio
  5. Ross Chastain was taken out early in the same pit road incident that involved Sauter. Despite not collecting points during the first part of the season, Chastain has qualified for the playoffs with a win and by finishing in the top 20 in points. I asked him after the race if he considers himself an underdog. 
    1. Audio  
  6. Grant Enfinger won the regular season championship, though did it without a win all season. He finished XX at Michigan. After the race, he was asked whether he thought he was a favorite to win the title. 
    1. Audio
  7. Ben Rhodes had a fast truck all day, but contact and a flat tire ended his chances at the win and a playoff berth, as he limped home to a XX place finish. Ben talked about it after the race. 
    1. Audio

Preview: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race from Bristol Motor Speedway

  • Picks
    • James: Jamie McMurray
    • Eric: Kyle Busch

Dark Horse

    • Eric: Matt Dibenedetto
    • James: Danica Patrick
  • Shoutouts if any

Fantasy League Update

Close show 

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Harvick goes back to back with second August win at Michigan

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Kevin Harvick celebrates in victory lane after winning the 2019 Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway Aug. 11, 2019. Photo by Ryan Collier/The SuperSpeedway

By Eric Young

BROOKLYN, Mich. — With others falling short on fuel, Kevin Harvick powered through the field Sunday to lead the last 18 laps and win his second August race at Michigan International Speedway. 

Harvick led a total of 22 laps on the day on the way to the win, passing Joey Logano to take the lead late in the race. Logano would have to pit for fuel with just a couple laps to go, winding up 17th. 

Harvick said on the last restart, he was focused on getting to Brad Keselowski first, and figured he could focus on Logano later in the run. 

“I felt like the most important pass was the 2,” Harvick said. “I felt like if he got around those guys before I did, he’d be more difficult to pass. I felt like the 22 fell off a lot as we got into the second half of a run compared to our car. He did a good job of putting himself in the right spot when I was behind him and eventually he kind of guessed wrong and I was able to get underneath him there coming through three and four and side draft and finish the pass.”

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“I needed to get a good restart,” Harvick continued. “It’s kind of short-term everything. You need to have short-term memory when you get done with something and move on, and on the restart it’s just one lap at a time and really one situation at a time to be able to try to put yourself in the best position that you can lap after lap.”

Harvick had a flat tire early in the race, and said he felt it at the right spot as we he was traveling down the backstretch.

“I knew that I needed to slow down and figure out what was going on,” Harvick said. “Obviously the tire was flat and I had a hard time getting slowed down enough to get it to the bottom of the racetrack. My main concern was just not grinding the splitter off. If the splitter was gone, we would have been done.”

The win was Harvick’s 47th career victory and his second victory in 2019. He has now won three races at MIS.

Denny Hamlin was strong all day, only leading six laps but running up front throughout the day. Hamlin finished second to Harvick as he tried to run the 4 car down over the last 20 18 laps. 

“He was pretty fast, but we certainly were a long-run car,” Hamlin said. “Every time the runs went long, we were extremely fast. You saw on the first run how fast we came through the field. Just needed the sun to be out more, honestly, to play in our favor. Once it got to be wide-open there at the very end and the track cooled off, the cars that had that raw speed in qualifying, it played into their hands.”

Hamlin said overall his day went pretty smoothly. 

“I didn’t have much of a challenge,” he said. “We stayed up front most of the day and led some laps and stayed in the top two or three for most of the day. Had a few restarts that were pretty critical that we were able to make some time on, but other than that we had a fast car.”

Kyle Larson was able to overcome an early pit road speeding penalty to come home third, which he said surprised him at the end of the race.

“I crossed the start-finish line, I wasn’t expecting to hear third,” Larson said. 

“We were just trying to pass those people in front of us and save enough fuel and thankfully I was able, I guess really, to be slow enough early in that run to save fuel without really even knowing I was or trying to,” Larson said. “Saved a little bit there at the end to get to the finish. The 19 and the 12 ran out in front of me and I got by them. I think I could have gotten by them regardless. It was a good finish.”

Larson said he was surprised about the speeding penalty. 

“I really was only worried about speeding leaving my stall,” he said. “When they said speeding segment one or whatever, I was surprised by that. I felt like I was very conservative throughout pit road.”

Martin Truex Jr. was also strong all day, leading 43 laps and winning the first stage in his 500th-career start, but fell to fourth at the finish. He said he needed one thing to get a better finish.

“More time,” he said. “Those last few restarts, we restarted far back and we were in the wrong lane every damn time. So just once we got strung out there, we were like 11th or so, just didn’t have enough time to get to the front.”

Truex had to start from the rear after failing pre-race tech multiple times, but was able to battle through the field to get the stage win. 

“It’s always easiest to come through the field that first run, and we certainly did a good job of that and we were able to drive up and take the lead,” Truex said. “Thought we had the best car at that point in the race, probably halfway through, and then we got too far back there on those last couple restarts and everybody has time to work on their cars all day long and it just gets harder and harder to pass, so that last run we were stuck for way too long in the wrong lane and we lost too many spots on the restarts, and we had to get them one at a time. Ran out of time there.”

Michigan’s own Keselowski led the most laps on the day, pacing the field for 66 of the 200 laps. But a flat tire and not enough fuel at the end cost him the win and relegated him to a 19th-place finish. 

“Man, I want this one so bad,” Keselowski said after the race. “We got that flat tire early on and we recovered and got up to third there in the late stages, and then we just ran out of gas. That is just the way it goes sometimes.”

Logano led 52 laps on the day, the second-most, but finished 17th when he had to pit late. 

“I needed more gas,” Logano said. “The Shell car isn’t supposed to run out of gas. The positive is we were way better than we were on Friday and Saturday. The negative is that we almost won the race but ended up finishing 17th. You win some, you lose some. If the caution comes out, we would have been in good shape, but it stayed green, and that’s it. That is the gamble. We took the gamble and it didn’t pay off. Pocono we played it the other way and the caution came out. That is two races, and we played it wrong both times.”

There were 19 lead changes Sunday between eight drivers and six cautions for 24 laps. The time of the race was two hours, 40 minutes and 59 seconds.