Episode 4 — Kyle Larson gets career win no. 2

Show notes for episode 4:

Recap:

  1. Entering the Larson Era?
    1. Guys like Logano perhaps beginning to look over their shoulders?
    2. Career built like a fire. Hard to start, slow burn, inferno?
    3. Last 7 races starting PX 2016 (3,2,12[While leading last lap],2,2,2,1)
  2. New blood here to stay?
    1. Larson, Elliott, Blaney
    2. Changing of the guard has begun. Did we expect this so soon?
    1. LaJoie – 18 Xfinity races, 2 Trucks, Needs to go down
      1. BK Racing has been involved in 10 of 23 cautions caused by crashes or mechanical issues so far this season according to Jayski — 43% of cautions
    2. Truex – Fast cars comment
  3. Overall quality of race
    1. Did California live up to HIGH expectations?
  4. Brad K.
    1. Nice turnaround after issues on lap 1
    2. AUDIO: Brad post race Fox interview

Other topics:

  1. Fox Broadcast is bad – Eric
    1. Commercials at the worst times
    2. DW and Mike Joy’s catch phrases (“Have you ever?” “No, I never.”)
    3. Talking about battles that aren’t happening on screen
  2. Drivers moonlighting in other series
    1. Kyle Larson running sprint cars
    2. Tony Stewart’s past issues due to other series
  3. Atlanta to delay repave until after 2018 season
    1. AUDIO: Blaney is happy with announcement.   

Preview Martinsville:

  1. Who do we expect to contend?
  2. Picks for the win?
    1. Erics’ Pick
    2. James’ Pick
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Episode 3 — Hello Newman!

Episode 3 Show Notes:

Recap:

  1. NEWMAN!
  2. Stage Racing 
  3. Larson! 
  4. Kyle Busch — Who does he hate more right now, Goodyear or Joey Logano?
    1. Eric loves the cheekiness
  1. Xfinity race

-Did not having the cup regulars make a difference? Is this something that should extend further?
-Austin Dillon incident – Should he be penalized? Is this was Steve O’Donnell was talking about that drivers shouldn’t do last week?  

Other Topics:
-Keselowski Penalty – We should know more about this soon.
-Possible 40 pt penalty and up to 3 race suspension for Paul Woulfe
-Plates at IMS – Bring back ORP?
-IMS said recently wouldn’t be opposed at considering the road course as well. What do we think about the road courses being used at some of these ovals?

-Preview Auto Club Speedway

Kyle Larson is single handedly saving my childhood

November 20, 2016. A date I’ve been dreading since Tony Stewart announced 2016 would be his last season driving a NASCAR Cup Series racecar. After that race, at Homestead Miami Speedway, my favorite driver would be done. Sure, I’ll see him race again, on some dirt track in the middle of nowhere, USA, but the spotlights were being turned off.

You see, 2016 was a tough year for James the fan. First, Calvin Johnson, my favorite football player, retired. Then, Kobe Bryant, my favorite NBA player, went out in spectacular fashion in his last game, a thrilling 60 point performance. The last out the door? Smoke. And this one hurt the most. Just like that, my youth was forever sealed in the past.

I spent most of 2016 cherishing the final moments of my favorite stars. I went to two Laker games and even dragged my pregnant wife to a dirt track two hours from home. Just to tell Tony how much I appreciated his career. He wasn’t even racing. Just being the boss for his All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Show.

This past August I had one last chance to see Smoke race his Cup car at Michigan. I was fixated on the 14 car most of the day, especially when the final laps approached. But that day belonged to Kyle Larson, taking his first career Cup win. You could call it a transitional moment.

As much as I wanted to fight it off, Father Time always wins. As the sun set on Smoke’s career, the inferno that is Kyle Larson is just getting started. I’ve always admired Larson’s talent. Ever since I first saw him race he’s been my “number two” driver. Everyone asks me, “who’s your driver now that Tony is gone?” I could never get myself to say that Larson was it. I’d say how I like Chase or Blaney. “The young guys are excellent!” But I always drifted back to Larson.

As I think back to Smoke’s last race at Homestead I remember who I was cheering for as the laps wound down. It was Larson. The Daytona 500, as he ran out of gas. I was pulling for Larson. And on Sunday at Phoenix, I jumped off my chair when Larson took it sideways into turn one, trying to get that first win of the season. That childlike excitement, that’s the feeling I’ve been missing since November 20, 2016.

Want fewer Cup drivers in Xfinity series? Watch today’s race!

There has been a longstanding complaint in the NASCAR world over the past several years — too many Cup drivers are winning Xfinity series races.

Personally, I don’t have a big issue with it. I’ve been watching the Xfinity series since about 1990 or so, and as long as I can remember, there were always Cup drivers who ran in the series. One of the most dominant drivers in the series was Mark Martin, yet people didn’t have much of a problem with him when he was running and winning.

But Kyle Busch seems to be a problem. Yes, he has racked up a number of wins over the past few years, and yes, when he does, he often dominates. And I realize, he’s not the most liked driver by a lot of fans.

So this year fans who want to see less of Kyle are getting their wish. This weekend marks the first Dash 4 Cash race in the Xfinity series, and Cup drivers who have more than five years of experience in the premiere series are not allowed to participate.

Now’s your chance. Are you really not watching the Xfinity series because of all the cup drivers? If so, watch today. If NASCAR sees a bit spike in ratings, they’ll know they made the right choice.

My expectation is that nothing will change. Attendance will stay the same or dip a little, and the TV numbers will be right in the ballpark of any other year.

But people have been asking for this for a long time. And if you have, you’d better support the decision.

Podcast episode 2 is all about that fight

Show notes for episode 2:

Las Vegas Recap:

-The fight

-Who was at fault?

-Was the fight a good thing or a bad thing?

-Was Kyle wrong in what he did?

-Should NASCAR penalize anyone?

-Any other discussion

Race overall

-Was it a good race?

-Toyota is back

-Is Keselowski a contender?

-Biggest winners on the day

-Biggest losers?

-Stages? Did they change this race?

Phoenix

-What do we expect?

-Picks for the race win?

-Does Logano/Busch spill over?

-Will the stages have a major effect?

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The SuperSpeedway Podcast Episode 1

Our first episode of The SuperSpeedway Podcast is live. In this episode we discuss the changes in the 2017 season and make our picks for the 2017 championship. Enjoy, and subscribe on iTunes, Google Play or Soundcloud.

Show Notes for Episode 1:

-Introduction and racing background.

 

-What to expect going forward.

 

-2017 Nascar season

-Stage Racing — We’ve seen it a couple times. What do we think?

Article on confusion issue:  http://blackflag.jalopnik.com/a-graphical-representation-of-how-confused-people-were-1792805569

-What about the rest of the 2017 changes? Opinions?

-Vegas second race

-Quiet cars

-Kurt Busch vs Kyle Busch Career Debate? Who’s Better?

-Championship predictions:

-2017 Champion

-2017 Championship upset — What will be the big upset? Who gets in that isn’t expected? Who doesn’t make it that should?

-2017 Underdog?