Podcast Episode 28 — Throwing it Back for Darlington

Show notes:

Random discussion:

  • Harvick says NASCAR should have a wildcard race
  • Chase Elliott to drive the 9 next season in Cup
    • Byron will take over the 24
    • 5 goes bye bye
    • Do we care? Is this a big deal?
  • Truck Series/Xfinity Series.
    • Is there a problem?
    • How do you fix it?

Silly Season Discussion

Preview the Bojangles Southern 500 from Darlington S.C.

  • We have a post on the site of all of the paint schemes NASCAR has released so far. Go check them out and let us know which ones are your favorites.
  • What is our favorite scheme so far this year?
    • James: #43
    • Eric: #5
  • What are our expectations for the race?
  • Has NASCAR got a winner in the throwback weekend?
  • How will the stages affect Darlington?
  • Weather could be an issue?
  • Picks:
    • James: Erik Jones
    • Eric: Martin Truex Jr.

Don’t forget the truck series

  • The trucks run at Canadian Motorsports Park
  • Some excellent finishes there over the years
    • Chase Elliott with the dump and run to win his first truck race.
    • John Hunter Nemecheck runs Cole Custer off the road and out of the playoffs for the win
    • How important is this race being that it’s in Canada?
      • Do we miss Montreal?
      • Should the Cup Series have a race in Canada or Mexico?

Shout outs

  • James:
  • Eric:

Close show


Chase Elliott to return to the #9 next season

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Chase Elliott is changing numbers next season.

Hendrick Motorsports announced today that the number 9 will move to Hendrick Motorsports next Season with Chase Elliott at the wheel.

“I wasn’t sure I’d ever drive the 9 again,” Elliott said in a news release from Hendrick. “It’s a huge deal to my family and everyone back home, and I hope all of our fans will be pumped to see it back on the racetrack. There’s a legacy attached to that number, and I want to carry it on. I think it’s awesome that Hendrick Motorsports and NAPA wanted to do this. It’s impossible not to be excited.”

The no. 5 will no longer be on a car at Hendrick next season, as the 9 will replace it. William Byron, who joins Hendrick Motorsports next season in place of Kasey Kahne, will drive the 24, formerly driven by Jeff Gordon.

“Jeff and Jimmie (Johnson) are the drivers I’ve always watched most closely and tried to learn from,” Byron said. “I didn’t think I could be more motivated, but when Mr. Hendrick called to tell me, it took things to another level. I have so much respect for all the people who have contributed to the success of the 24. I know it’s rare to have the chance to be part of something like this. I’m going to make the most of it.”

Jimmie Johnson will continue to drive the 48 car, and Alex Bowman will take over the 88 currently driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr., who will retire at the end of the season.

The 9 was most recently piloted by Marcos Ambrose for Richard Petty Motorsports.

Elliott took to Twitter Tuesday to say how excited he was about the number change next year.


Photo Gallery: Darlington Throwback Paint Schemes


DARLINGTON, S.C. — After a week off, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers return to the track this weekend for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Sunday.

Since the Southern 500 returned to Labor Day weekend, a new tradition has been born — NASCAR Throwback Weekend. It has become one of the most anticipated events of the year, as the sport honors its past and the drivers run paint schemes from throughout the history of NASCAR.

This weekend will be no different, and while the tradition began with the Cup Series, many teams in the NASCAR Xfinity Series have jumped on the bandwagon and are running throwback schemes this weekend as well.

Below are the ones we’ve seen so far — we are sure there will be some surprises as the weekend arrives. Enjoy a trip down memory lane, as we look forward to seeing these cars on the track this weekend.

All photos courtesy of NASCAR Media.

The SuperSpeedway Power Rankings – August

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We’re entering the home stretch of the 2017 season! This is our last rankings before the Playoffs begin. Let’s take a look at who’s on top before we head to Darlington.

1 Martin Truex Jr. (LM 1)

Lock it up! The one seed in the Playoffs is going to be one of the last four standings.

2 Kyle Busch (LM 4)

Last month I asked KB to “Just. Win. Kyle.” He’s done that and is now the top Kyle in the rankings. His average finish is just as good as Martin Truex’s. The big difference between the two is Playoff Points. 

3 Kyle Larson (LM 2)

In July I said this guy was still dangerous even though the team was slumping. Michigan proved that his talent, when put in the right position, will get the job done. If he can make Homestead, he’s got just as good of a shot as anyone.

4 Kevin Harvick (LM 5)

In 2017 we have not seen the Happy we’re used to. However, the dude is still really consistent. It’s impressive considering everything SHR has had to change going into the beginning of the year. 

5 Denny Hamlin (LM 6)

He’s the third best Toyota driver. That’s enough for a top 5 spot for me. 

6 Jimmie Johnson (LM 3)

The most impressive thing he’s done in the last two months is his 107 mile bike ride in Michigan. I still won’t count him out. 

7 Chase Elliott (LM 7)

Just hang in there. Don’t let the bubble burst on you.

8 Jamie McMurray (LM 8)

Same with Jamie. Just hang on!

9 Brad Keselowski (LM 10)

I’ll be honest, I don’t know what to do with 7-10 in the rankings. It’s a weird paradox! Brad should have won Michigan. The second half of that race was pure Toyota power. Sandbagging? 

10 Erik Jones (LM NR)

I’m not going to defend putting Erik here. He’s on fire! A win is coming but will it be before the Playoffs? I think so.

Also considered

Ryan Blaney, Trevor Bayne, and The Darlington Stripe.

Podcast Episode 27 — Kyle Busch sweeps … Who cares?

Recap of the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol

    • Kyle with the weekend sweep
      • Seemed like he was embracing the boos this week


  • (Audio: 1:38) Kyle talks about getting the bird from a fan earlier in the day, and when he started getting booed



  • (Audio: 1:08) Kyle responds to question about the tweet


      • GOAT discussion
        • Is he there?
        • Does he have potential to get there?
        • Does number of championships matter?
  • Erik Jones gets second. Had a chance at the win. Led 260 laps.
    • Does he get one before the playoffs?
  • Dale Jr. Continues to disappoint.
    • Has he fully recovered? Is this a remnant of his injury, or is he just washed up?
    • Will he win again?

Silly Season Discussion

  • Nothing new this week?

Off Weekend Discussion

  • Denny Hamlin playing the game on pit road.
    • NASCAR looking at the “cone rule.” Good idea?
  • Brad Keselowski Leaves Truck Series
    • Playoff picture is much more clear now.
      • Who fills the rest of the field?
      • Recap of championship picks from the beginning of the season


  • (Audio 2:10) James and Eric’s Picks for 2017 Champ from Episode 1


    • Not repicking, but who is the favorite? Who do we think is going to take it all?

Shout outs

  • Eric: Nate from TCMS
  • James: Steve From MIS FAB a new fan!

UPDATED — Kyle Busch sweeps Bristol weekend

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — Get out the brooms, Rowdy did it again.

For the second time in history, a NASCAR driver has swept all three races in a weekend at a track, and for the second time that driver was Kyle Busch.

Busch won the Camping World Truck Series race Wednesday night, the NASCAR Xfinity race Saturday and finished it off with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Cup win was Busch’s 40th career victory in NASCAR’s premier series. It was also Busch’s sixth win at the half mile track.

“That one was a lot harder,” Busch said after climbing from the car on the frontstretch to cheers and boos. “That was all I had. I was running with my tongue hanging out, arms are jello, my throat hurts.”

Busch led 156 of the 500 laps Saturday night. Erik Jones led the most laps with 260, coming home second after chasing Busch late in the race. Denny Hamlin finished third, Matt Kenseth fourth and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five.

Busch said Jones was strong racing him, but raced him clean.

“Erik Jones put up a whale of a fight,” Busch said. “I just can’t say enough about that young man. He’s a great kid, and I have a lot of respect for him. He raced me awesome out there like a great teammate and gave me the room when necessary, and raced me hard when necessary.”

Busch said the key was keeping up with adjustments.

“Adam Stevens and these guys never quit working on it,” he said. “Every single pit stop, we kept working on it, kept adjusting on it.”

When asked about the boos he heard when getting out of his car, Busch shrugged it off.

“I don’t care,” he said. “Make the noise, who cares?”

He expounded on that in victory lane, saying the win was for his fans.

“This is for Rowdy Nation,” Busch said. “Rowdy Nation is what fuels us to get around and get along. All the noise is good noise, that’s how I feel about it.”

He had even more to say when questioned about it in the post-race press conference.

“It don’t matter what I do or what I say or how much I try to change, you don’t change perception,” Busch told media after the race.

He said he received some motivation from a “fan” earlier in the day.

“There was this guy that was at one of my hospitality appearances today and he was giving me the bird the whole time, and I was like, ‘Yeah, I know I’m number one. I’ve been number one the past two nights,'” Busch said. “So then he gave me two and I was like, ‘Whelp, you know what? All you’re doing is solidifying that I already know.’ So it’s pretty awesome to be able to go out there, and I’m sure they’re still booing and whining and crying all the way home tonight. So they’re driving home mad, so people be careful.”

Michigan winner Kyle Larson looked strong early, leading 70 laps on the night before coming home ninth.

Jones said following the race the car tightened up at the end, and the lack of a late-race caution made it to where the team couldn’t get back ahead of it.

“It’s fun to have a night where you’ve got a really fast racecar and you’re up front leading laps,” Jones said. “It’s also a burden at the same time, because you’re letting all those guys be behind you and get better and better and improve on their cars to gain up on you. It’s hard to get your car better when you’re out front. You don’t really know what you need.”

“We had gotten a bit snug on the last run, and unfortunately didn’t have another stop to work on it,” Jones continued. “So I think that’s kind of what put us behind the eight ball at the end of the day.”

Jones said he was disappointed coming up one spot short.

“You don’t want to sound like you’re whining or being a sore loser by saying it sucks to run second, but it’s a bummer,” Jones said. “It hurts. You know, you want to win every race you’re in. This was the first shot that I really had to come really close to it in the Cup Series. Bristol is a really good racetrack for myself. Thought we had a shot at it all night. Led a ton of laps.”

“That good of a car, that’s Kyle Busch,” Jones said. “He won all three races here this weekend. So I feel like I’m close to him here, just trying to find that last little bit.”

Nascar to live-stream in-car cameras on Twitter


DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. — NASCAR is planning to live-stream in-car cameras on Twitter during the 10 Monster Energy Cup Series playoff races in 2017.

Starting at Chicago, the feeds can be accessed via NASCAR’s official Twitter feed @NASCAR or NASCAR.twitter.com, according to a release issued Thursday. There will also be a real-time curated timeline of tweets that capture the best of the NASCAR live conversatio, the release reads.

“Through the in-car camera live stream on Twitter, our fans will have another compelling vantage point of the NASCAR Playoffs, where the energy and intensity of stage racing will be elevated to a whole new level,” said Steve Phelps, executive vice president and chief global sales and marketing officer for NASCAR. “To provide this level of access on Twitter throughout the 10-week playoffs is a fantastic way to complement the viewing experience on NBC Sports and the NBC Sports app.”

The live stream will be accessible for free for all users in the U.S.

Wallace’s MIS victory encumbered after failing post-race inspection

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Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #99 Maestro’s Classic Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway on August 12, 2017 in Brooklyn, Michigan. Sean Gardner/Getty Images

BROOKLYN, MI — He still gets to keep the trophy, but Darrell Wallace Jr.’s victory at Michigan International Speedway in Saturday’s LTi Printing 200 has been deemed encumbered after his No. 99 truck failed post-race inspection.

Wallace received an L1 penalty because “vent holes at the bed top must be configured for air intake only” according to the penalty report issued by NASCAR Wednesday. As a result of the penalty, Crew Chief Shane Huffman has been fined $5,000 and suspended for one race and the team has lost 10 owner points.

The No. 98 team of Grant Enfinger also received a couple of penalties issued Wednesday, including an L1 penalty because post-race heights did not match NASCAR tolerances and a safety violation for weight affixed improperly. Crew Chief Jeff Hensley and Truck Chief Josh Hankish have been suspended from the next two truck series post events, and the team was assessed with a 10-point penalty in both the drivers’ and owners’ championships.