Episode 8 — Dale Jr. to retire at end of 2017 season

Show notes:

-Dale Jr. to retire at end of 2017 season

-Surprised?

-(Audio Clip :37) Junior says the hardest part of his retirement announcement was telling Rick Hendrick.

-What does this mean for NASCAR?

-(Audio Clip 2:02) Junior says plenty of young talent there in his absence.

-(Audio Clip 1:40) Junior: What would his dad think?

-Who will take his place at Hendrick?

-What will Jr’s role be going forward?

Bristol recap:

-Jimmie does it again

-Biggest winners on the day?

-Biggest losers on the day?

-(Audio Clip 1:09) Larson gives it away on a speeding penalty.

-Is Bristol back?

-Overall reaction to the race?

-Discussion topics

-Cool thing: (Audio Clip :56) Chris Buescher helps flooded campers at Bristol

Preview: Toyota Owners 400 @ Richmond International Raceway

-Who will be at the top?

-Winner Prediction:

-James: Joey Logano

-Eric: Kevin Harvick

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Episode 7 — The Greatest of All Time

Episode 7 Show Notes:

Charlotte changes from Saturday to Sunday in fall: http://www.espn.com/jayski/cup/2017/story/_/id/19201580/daylight-racing-returns-charlotte-oct-8

Kenseth plans to race full time in 2018: http://www.espn.com/jayski/cup/2017/story/_/id/19201964/kenseth-hopes-race-full-2018

Should there be off weekends in NASCAR?

Nascar has full classic races on it’s mobile app!

New Rain Scheduling: http://www.espn.com/jayski/cup/2017/story/_/id/19137119/new-nascar-policy-allows-earlier-race-starts

-Who is the greatest NASCAR driver of all time?

-NASCAR announces 20 nominees for the Hall of Fame Class of 2018: http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/gallery/check-out-the-20-nominees-for-the-nascar-hall-of-fame-class-of-2018-030817

  1. Davey Allison – New nominee
  2. Buddy Baker
  3. Red Byron
  4. Ray Evernham
  5. Red Farmer
  6. Ray Fox
  7. Joe Gibbs – New nominee
  8. Ron Hornaday
  9. Harry Hyde
  10. Alan Kulwicki
  11. Bobby Labonte – New nominee
  12. Hershel McGriff
  13. Roger Penske
  14. Larry Phillips
  15. Jack Roush
  16. Ken Squier
  17. Mike Stefanik
  18. Ricky Rudd
  19. Waddell Wilson
  20. Robert Yates

-Name your five

-Eric

-James

Preview: Food City 500 @ Bristol Motor Speedway

-Weather could be a factor this weekend: http://www.espn.com/jayski/cup/2017/story/_/id/19202508/weather-issue-bristol-weekend

– Track surface will be treated again prior to the race

-Winner Prediction:

 

Episode 6 — Jimmie Johnson is back on top

Episode 6 Show Notes:

Recap:

-Jimmie Johnson wins.

-Obviously we can’t count them out

-Gluck made a great point — stop doing this. NEVER should we count them out until they retire.

-Last week Eric asked if we there was any concern. New question: Is Jimmie now the favorite?

 

-How was the race?

-Did the repave become a typical repave race, or did the work they did hold up?

-Repave used Lime for aging? https://twitter.com/Noble_Jim/status/850334280131776512

-AUDIO (1:26): O’Donnell Applauds Texas on repave

 

-Big losers on the day:

-Winners on the day:

-Larson with another second

-AUDIO (0:59): Question to Larson – could he have caught Jimmie at the end?

-Other winners?

 

Other topics:

-Johnson –

-Audio (0:27): Johnson needed to go to care center after race

-Exhausted – Not an Athlete?

-Jr – Upset at team Penske for hard shiting and swerving after race

-Cautions too long between stages: Should yellow flag laps count?

-AUDIO: O’Donnell (0:25): NASCAR considering options in stage caution laps

-Qualifying: Why can’t NASCAR figure this out?

-Do we even need qualifying anymore?

-New All-Star Format

-Soft vs Regular Tires

 

Episode 5 — Brad Keselowski becomes first two-time winner in 2017

Episode 5 Show Notes:

Recap:
-Keselowski gets the win.
-Ford’s first win since 02 at Martinsville
-Brad’s first win there
-First repeat winner of 2017
-Is he a contender, and did we ever doubt he would be?

-Big losers on the day
-Larson loses ground in championship. Does it matter? Still leads
-Kyle gets second
AUDIO: Kyle not happy with second-place finish.

-Big winners on the day

-Fox and Danica Patrick
-How many times did they say how well she was doing?
– How an a 20th place driver, at best, have feuds?

-Overall race, good or bad?
-How are there not more people there?
-Stage racing – did it matter?
-Short Track Racing! It’s so great.
-AUDIO: Steve O’Donnell happy with stage racing at Martinsville

Other topics:
-Denny Hamlin parks his Daytona 500 winning car in his living room
-Lapped cars — should they move over for the leader? Should they bump the leader out of the way?
-Overall competition. Is this the most competitive the sport has been?
-AUDIO: Steve O’Donnell says more drivers have a chance to win.

Preview: O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 @ Texas Motor Speedway
-Who will be at the top?
– New Configuration – Does it matter?
-1-2 now 20 degrees in banking from 24 and 80 feet wide from 60

-Winner Prediction:
-James’ Pick
-Eric’s Pick