Podcast #35 — Brad Keselowski Wins Talladega Derby

    • Recap of the Alabama 500 at Talladega
      • Keselowski (and 14 others) survive the Dega Derby

 

  • Audio: (1:09) Brad talks about how he got the win.

 

        • Is Brad the best plate racer of his generation
      • Fords dominate the plate tracks in 2017. Sweep all four races with three different teams

 

  • Audio (1:19) Brad talks about why Fords are so good at restrictor plate tracks

 

      • Dale Jr. sticks around until the finish
        • Says he was glad to leave the race behind in good health.

 

  • Audio (1:29): Gluck asks him if there’s any sense of relief after leaving healthy?

 

      • The wrecks
        • What stood out to us in this exciting race
      • Should Talladega (or any plate race) be in the playoffs?

 

  • Audio (1:16): Harvick says it shouldn’t be in the playoffs

 

    • Kyle Busch in trouble
      • Points – It’s down to 4 drivers to make the cut
        • 7. Blaney +9
        • 8. Johnson + 7
        • 9. Busch – 7
        • 10 Kenseth – 8
  • Winners/Losers
    • Other News:

 

  • Audio (1:22) Kligerman and his crew chief defend aggressive driving.

 

    • Roval Tire Test
  • Preview the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas
    • Eric’s Pick: Kyle Busch
    • Eric’s Dark Horse: Jamie McMurray
    • James’ Pick: Jimmie Johnson
    • James’ Dark Horse: Danica Patrick
  • Shoutouts

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • You can find me @Eric8199 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
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SuperSpeedway Fantasy League Week 6

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Fantasy League Standings after Talladega

Five down, five to go in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. We knew going in that this race would be a mess and it was. But after 4 weeks of scrambling, James’ team has recaptured the points lead 1,183 – 1,164

James’ team survived better than Eric’s thanks to Brad Keselowski’s win and Stage win.

Eric’s team was really hurt by Jamie McMurray’s finish and one point earned. Stage points helped the bleeding for Eric’s team.

RULES

  • Eric and James each picked 8 playoff drivers, draft style.
  • The total points earned by a driver throughout the playoffs will contribute to the team’s total.
  • Most points earned wins.

ERIC’S TEAM (1,164 TOTAL POINTS/167 FOR THE RACE)

14 Martin Truex Jr.
12 Kyle Busch
32 Denny Hamlin
37 Ryan Blaney
35 Ryan Newman
13 Austin Dillon
23 Matt Kenseth
1 Jamie McMurray

JAMES’ TEAM (1,183 TOTAL POINTS/ 223 RACE TOTAL)

24 Kyle Larson
59 Brad Keselowski
23 Jimmie Johnson
20 Kevin Harvick
18 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
28 Chase Elliott
21 Kurt Busch
30 Kasey Kahne

Bracket Challenge

Eric and James each filled out a bracket for all 10 races. We are also joined by our follower/friend of the podcast, Todd Henry.

After the round of 16 all three players are tied. Points will resume after the Round of 12 is complete.

Round of 16 highlights

No player picked Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to advance to the Round of 12.

Eric had Ryan Newman moving on.

James and Todd each picked Kurt Bush to advance. James also has Bush advancing to the Round of 8.

RULES

  • Each correct pick is worth 10 points per round for the first three rounds.
  • Each correct Homestead Pick is worth 15 points.
  • Pick the Champion and you get 20 points.
  • Most points win.

ERIC’S CHAMPIONSHIP FOUR (110 POINTS AFTER ROUND OF 16)

Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Jimmie Johnson

JAMES’ CHAMPIONSHIP FOUR (110 POINTS AFTER ROUND OF 16)

Martin Truex Jr.
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick

TODD’S CHAMPIONSHIP FOUR (110 POINTS AFTER ROUND OF 16)

Martin Truex Jr.
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick

Podcast #34 — Kyle Busch’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

  • Recap of the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte
    • Truex Pulls through
    • Kyle Busch’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day
    • NASCAR’s follies
      • Aluminum steps left out for NBC run
      • Bad application of PJ1
      • Black flag sign falls off flag stand in Xfinity race
      • Jimmie Johnson’s legal/illegal pit stop
        • (AUDIO :26) Scott Miller, VP of Competition explains the Jimmie Johnson call
  • Winners/Losers
  • Other News:
    • Alex Bowman wins the Xfinity race
      • Eric’s rant about Cup drivers in the Xfinity Series
    • Wildfires get close to Sonoma
    • Sunday is Dale Jr. Day in Alabama
    • Brad Keselowski will run a special scheme like his US Navy car he drove in the Xfinity series this weekend

Preview the Alabama 500 at Talladega

  • Eric’s Pick: Brad Keselowski
  • Eric’s Dark Horse: Austin Dillon
  • James’ Pick: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  • James’ Dark Horse: Michael McDowell

Close show

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

 

SuperSpeedway Fantasy League Week 5

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Fantasy League Standings after Charlotte

We are four weeks into the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. James’ team has now scored the most points in three of those races. However, Eric’s team still leads the standings 997-960. Weekly wins don’t matter here. It’s all about the points.

James’ team was boosted by Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson. Elliott has been the big surprise for this team. Gobbling up points every week.

Eric’s team was really hurt by the issues of Kyle Busch and Ryan Newman. They scored the least amount of points of every driver in the pool (Alone with Kurt Busch).

Anything can happen this week as we head to Talladega! We should see some crazy points totals in our next update.

RULES

  • Eric and James each picked 8 playoff drivers, draft style.
  • The total points earned by a driver throughout the playoffs will contribute to the team’s total.
  • Most points earned wins.

ERIC’S TEAM (997 TOTAL POINTS/236 FOR THE RACE)

47 Martin Truex Jr.
14 Kyle Busch
43 Denny Hamlin
31 Ryan Blaney
1 Ryan Newman
21 Austin Dillon
38 Matt Kenseth
41 Jamie McMurray

JAMES’ TEAM (960 TOTAL POINTS/ 268 RACE TOTAL)

38 Kyle Larson
22 Brad Keselowski
34 Jimmie Johnson
54 Kevin Harvick
24 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
54 Chase Elliott
14 Kurt Busch
28 Kasey Kahne

Bracket Challenge

Eric and James each filled out a bracket for all 10 races. We are also joined by our follower/friend of the podcast, Todd Henry.

After the round of 16 all three players are tied. Points will resume after the Round of 12 is complete.

Round of 16 highlights

No player picked Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to advance to the Round of 12.

Eric had Ryan Newman moving on.

James and Todd each picked Kurt Bush to advance. James also has Bush advancing to the Round of 8.

RULES

  • Each correct pick is worth 10 points per round for the first three rounds.
  • Each correct Homestead Pick is worth 15 points.
  • Pick the Champion and you get 20 points.
  • Most points win.

ERIC’S CHAMPIONSHIP FOUR (110 POINTS AFTER ROUND OF 16)

Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Jimmie Johnson

JAMES’ CHAMPIONSHIP FOUR (110 POINTS AFTER ROUND OF 16)

Martin Truex Jr.
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick

TODD’S CHAMPIONSHIP FOUR (110 POINTS AFTER ROUND OF 16)

Martin Truex Jr.
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick

SuperSpeedway Podcast Episode #33: Kyle Busch Ruins Chase Elliott’s Day

Show notes:

Welcome to Episode 33 of the SuperSpeedway Podcast, recorded Thursday, October 5, 2017. I am your host Eric Young, and I’m joined by my co-host, James Kuch.

  • Recap of the Apache Warrior 400 at Dover
    • Kyle Busch ruins Chase’s day
    • Newman, Dillon, Kahne and Kurt Busch all fall out.
      • Any surprises?
      • Disappointment for Kurt Busch. Does this seal his fate for next season?
    • Gordon/Newman confrontation

Winners/Losers

  • Preview the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte
    • Eric’s Pick: Kyle Busch
    • Eric’s Dark Horse: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    • James’ Pick: Martin Truex Jr.
    • James’ Dark Horse: Daniel Suarez

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

SuperSpeedway Fantasy League Week 4

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Fantasy League Standings after Dover

Before I update the fantasy league standings this week, I wanted to pay my respects to Hall of Famer, Robert Yates. Yates passed away this week after a battle with cancer. He was the car owner to my favorite driver as a kid, Ernie Irvan. Yates’ 28 car left quite an impression on me as a young fan. Thank you, Robert, for helping build me up as a fan of NASCAR. I’m forever grateful.

For the second time in three races, James’ Team scored more points than Eric’s. The big difference is still the fallout from New Hampshire. An interesting nugget from this week – Eric had the top two divers in total points earned (Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr.) but James had four drivers go over the 40 point mark.

Eric continues to lead the standings, 761 – 692.

RULES

  • Eric and James each picked 8 playoff drivers, draft style.
  • The total points earned by a driver throughout the playoffs will contribute to the team’s total.
  • Most points earned wins.

ERIC’S TEAM (761 TOTAL POINTS/229 FOR THE RACE)

50 Martin Truex Jr.
56 Kyle Busch
8 Denny Hamlin
14 Ryan Blaney
24 Ryan Newman
21 Austin Dillon
26 Matt Kenseth
30 Jamie McMurray

JAMES’ TEAM (692 TOTAL POINTS/262 RACE TOTAL)

47 Kyle Larson
40 Brad Keselowski
40 Jimmie Johnson
23 Kevin Harvick
25 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
47 Chase Elliott
17 Kurt Busch
23 Kasey Kahne

Bracket Challenge

Eric and James each filled out a bracket for all 10 races. We are also joined by our follower/friend of the podcast, Todd Henry.

After the round of 16 all three players are tied. Points will resume after the Round of 12 is complete.

Round of 16 highlights

No player picked Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to advance to the Round of 12.

Eric had Ryan Newman moving on.

James and Todd each picked Kurt Bush to advance. James also has Bush advancing to the Round of 8.

RULES

  • Each correct pick is worth 10 points per round for the first three rounds.
  • Each correct Homestead Pick is worth 15 points.
  • Pick the Champion and you get 20 points.
  • Most points win.

ERIC’S CHAMPIONSHIP FOUR (110 points after Round of 16)

Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Jimmie Johnson

JAMES’ CHAMPIONSHIP FOUR (110 points after Round of 16)

Martin Truex Jr.
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick

TODD’S CHAMPIONSHIP FOUR (110 points after Round of 16)

Martin Truex Jr.
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick

The SuperSpeedway Power Rankings – September

It’s a playoff edition of the rankings!

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1 Martin Truex Jr. (LM 1)

There’s been one driver and one driver alone who deserves this spot for the majority of the season. That’s the highest praise you can give Martin Truex Jr. His team is the best out there week in and week out.

2 Kyle Busch (LM 2)

Three drivers have separated themselves this season. Kyle’s number two…

3 Kyle Larson (LM 3)

…and number 3! Larson is still my pick to win the title. He’s not given me a reason to waiver.

4 Brad Keselowski (LM 9)

This is where the rankings get difficult. Brad spent most of the season hanging around my 10th spot. But he’s really coming on strong when it matters. That’s enough for me to give him the big jump to 4th.

5 Denny Hamlin (LM 5)

Hanging around, hanging around, hanging around. I feel like Denny isn’t that far off but he’s not known for hot streaks.

6 Chase Elliott (LM 7)

Chase is still in the show me something point of his career. Being the best performing car at Hendrick used to mean something but man, what a struggle it’s been.

7 Matt Kenseth (LM NR)

Introducing, for the first time this season, the driver of the number 20 (but not for much longer), Matty Ice!

8 Kevin Harvick (LM 4)

If one guy is going to sneak into the final four at Homestead, I think it’s this dude right here. The New Hampshire accident hurt but he’s got enough cushion to push through.

9 Jimmie Johnson (LM 6)

What a strange season. I’ve never seen Jimmie struggle like this and yet he’s still a top 10 driver in the series. We have 8 races to go and he only has 3 top-fives and 9 top-tens! Can we count him out yet? I’ll answer that… NO!

10 Ryan Blaney (LM NR)

He gets this spot by default only because he’s 8th in points. Honestly, I have no idea what to do here.

Also considered

Jamie McMurray and… I don’t know… pick a number.

The SuperSpeedway Podcast #32 — Playoff Contenders Struggle

Show notes:

  • Recap of the ISM Connect 300
    • KB recovers
    • Playoff drivers find trouble
    • Playoff bubble
      • 8 Blaney + 26
      • 9 Elliott + 26
      • 10 Harvick + 25
      • 11 McMurray + 9
      • 12 Stenhouse 2044 (Tie Breaker – Best finish in the Round of 16)
      • 13 Dillion – 0
      • 14 Newman – 1
      • 15 Busch – 17
      • 16 Kahne – 21
    • Who’s in/Who’s Out?
    • Loganogate
      • Why was this a big deal?
  • Winners/Losers
  • Other not that silly news
  • Preview the Apache Warrior 400 at Dover
    • Eric’s Pick: Chase Elliott
    • Eric’s Dark Horse: Daniel Suarez
    • James’ Pick: Kyle Larson
    • James’ Dark Horse: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Close show

SuperSpeedway Fantasy League Week 3

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Fantasy League Standings after New Hampshire

After week two of the Playoffs, Eric’s team has taken a commanding 532-430 lead. This week can be summed up pretty easily. Eric’s team featured all three stage winners, Kyle Busch (race winner) and Martin Truex Jr. His team also featured a three headed Toyota monster of Busch, Truex and Matt Kenseth.

While Eric had three drivers over 47 points, James had three drivers score two points or less. Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne.

Eric came into this week three points behind and is now leading by 102 points as we head to Dover.

Rules

  • Eric and James each picked 8 playoff drivers, draft style.
  • The total points earned by a driver throughout the playoffs will contribute to the team’s total.
  • Most points earned wins.

Eric’s Team (532 Total Points/283 for the Race)

47 Martin Truex Jr.
58 Kyle Busch
30 Denny Hamlin
36 Ryan Blaney
24 Ryan Newman
18 Austin Dillon
48 Matt Kenseth
22 Jamie McMurray

James’ Team (430 Total Points/178 Race Total)

50 Kyle Larson
45 Brad Keselowski
30 Jimmie Johnson
2 Kevin Harvick
22 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
26 Chase Elliott
1 Kurt Busch
2 Kasey Kahne

Bracket Challenge

Eric and James each filled out a bracket for all 10 races. We are also joined by our follower/friend of the podcast, Todd Henry.

Rules

  • Each correct pick is worth 10 points per round for the first three rounds.
  • Each correct Homestead Pick is worth 15 points.
  • Pick the Champion and you get 20 points.
  • Most points win.

Eric’s Championship Four

Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Jimmie Johnson

James’ Championship Four

Martin Truex Jr.
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick

Todd’s Championship Four

Martin Truex Jr.
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick

Points will begin to accumulate at the end of round one.

The SuperSpeedway Podcast Episode 31 — If You Like it Put Some Tape on it

Show notes:

  • Recap of the Tales of the Turtles 400
    • Truex dominates the second half of the race. Advances to the round of 12
    • Was it a good race?
    • Kyle Busch finds another way to lose a race
    • Chase Elliott gets hit with P1 penalty
    • Kenseth penalized for lug nuts – Crew chief fined $10K
    • Aero advantages
      • Tape on the spoiler
      • Side skirts being bent
  • Winners/Losers
  • Playoffs
    • Truex is locked into Round 12
    • On the Bubble
      • 9 Kenseth +13
      • 10 Blaney +8
      • 11 McMurray +5
      • 12 Dillon
      • 13 Busch -0
      • 14 Stenhouse -4
      • 15 Kahne -5
      • 16 Newman -7
  • Silly Season News
    • Kasey Kahne going to the 95
    • Stewart says team wants Kurt back, pending sponsorship
    • 10 car still up in the air.
  • The tweet heard round the world:
    • Keselowski: We are all in for a rude awakening. Haven’t seen NASCAR let a manufacturer get this far ahead since the 70s
    • Kyle Busch: **crying face** STFU
    • Do they Toyotas have an advantage?
    • What do we make of this “feud?”
  • Preview the ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire
    • Eric’s Pick: Matt Kenseth
    • Eric’s Dark Horse: Daniel Suarez
    • James’ Pick: Kevin Harvick
    • James’ Dark Horse: Jamie McMurray

Close show