Podcast #52 — Truex Performs a Good Ol Butt Whoopin

Show notes:

Recap the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway:

  • Martin Truex Jr. wins the weekend
    • Sat on the pole
    • Won all three stages
    • Led 125 of 200 laps
      • Only other leaders were Kyle Busch (62), Joey Logano (9), William Byron (1) and Kasey Kahne (1)
  • Kevin Harvick was on his way to possibly another win
    • Accident with Larson
    • Was Harvick drafting or trying to take a shot at Larson?
    • Does this affect that team at all?
  • Jimmie Johnson got his first top-10 of the year with a 9th-place finish.
  • Tech Inspection Woes https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nascar/2018/03/17/auto-club-400-fontana-qualifying-issues-rules-changes/435037002/
    • 13 out of 37 cars failed to qualify because they couldn’t pass tech.
    • Those drivers WOULD have had an advantage by starting the race with fresh tires, but NASCAR allowed the other teams to start on fresh tires too, which negated the advantage
      • Eric: Discussion on tire rule for qualifying
    • NASCAR also told drivers for the Xfinity race that teams that didn’t pass tech would start at the rear AND serve a pass-through penalty on the first lap after the green flag.
      • This rule is expected to be made permanent for all three series.
      • What do we think?
    • What about qualifying in general? Is it even necessary anymore?
  • Any additional race discussion, winners and losers, etc?

News Items:

    • Kyle Busch providing some entertainment on Twitter post-race after fans accuse him of ducking out of post-race media obligations
      • NASCAR has apparently changed requirements so only the first and second place teams need to go to the media center.
    • Daniel Hemric will make his Cup debut at Richmond
      • Driving the #8 car

 

  • Audio (1:29) Hemric talks about making his first start and driving the 8 car

 

      • Do we care about the number?
  • IndyCar going to NBC in 2019 and streaming package

Preview: the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway

  • Expectations?
  • Weather could be a factor
    • 100 percent chance of rain Saturday
    • Chance of snow Sunday morning
  • Picks
    • Eric: Chase Elliott
    • James: Brad Keselowski
  • Dark Horse:
    • James: AJ Allmendinger
    • Eric: Darrell Wallace Jr.  
  • Shoutouts if any
    • Plug the fantasy league

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • You can find me @TSuperSpeedway 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.
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