Podcast #47 — Danica Patrick Will Win the Daytona 500

Show notes:

News Items:

Previews:

  • Daytona 500
  • Picks:
      • James: Brad K.
      • Eric: Ryan Blaney
      • Wildcard:
      • James: Austin Dillon
      • Eric: Danica Patrick
  • 2018 NASCAR Season
    • Who makes the playoffs?
      • James/Eric:
        • 1. Truex
        • 2. Johnson
        • 3. Ky. Busch
        • 4. Brad K.
        • 5. Larson
        • 6. Harvick
        • 7. Elliott
        • 8. Logano
        • 9. Blaney
        • 10. Jones
        • 11. Byron
        • 12. McMurray / Suarez
        • 13. Ku. Busch
        • 14. Stenhouse / Austin Dillon
        • 15. Hamlin
        • 16. Bayne / Bowman
    • ROY? – Byron
  • 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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Podcast #46 — Advance Auto Parts Clash Preview

News Items:

  • Nascar updates damaged vehicle policy for 2018
    • Teams will now have 6 minutes for repairs instead of 5
    • Too many men is now a 2-lap penalty, not DQ
  • Change to knockout qualifying
    • First round is now 15 minutes instead of 20
  • Stage Lengths have been set for all three series.

Previews:

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.
  • Find us on iTunes, Google Play and Soundcloud

 

Podcast #45 — Kyle Busch Whining Again

Show Notes:

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:

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Podcast #44 — Blaney’s Getting a Haircut

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  • Shoutouts if any

 

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:

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Podcast # 43 — Reviewing Days of Thunder

Show notes:

  • Days of Thunder
    • Synopsis of film
    • What are our memories of watching.
      • First Time?
      • James: Music – Hans Zimmer
        • Award winning from so many places
          • Lion King
          • Gladiator
          • Dark Night
    • Fun Factoids
      • Hendrick supplied cars and they raced!
        • Greg Sacks at Phoenix at Darlington 1989
        • Bobby Hamilton and Tommy Ellis drove unscored in the 1990 Daytona 500
        • City Chevrolet was a real dealership in Charlotte
      • Cole Trickle is based on Tim Richmond while Rowdy Burns is Dale Earnhardt
      • Kyle Petty’s Mello Yello exists because of Days of Thunder
      • Video Games!
        • NES Version
        • 2011 360/PS3
    • What the film got right about NASCAR
    • What it got Wrong
    • Favorite Scenes
    • Actors
      • Who is at the apex?
      • Who is awful?
      • Who is your favorite character
    • Favorite Moments
    • Favorite car in the movie
  • Christmas Stories
  • Shoutouts if any

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.
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Podcast #42 — Our Top-5 Races of the 2017 Season

Show notes:

Intro: This week we are going to take a look at our top five races of 2017 (Not just NASCAR). At the end we are going to discuss a fun idea that we will be debuting soon.

  • Quick recap of the news of the week
    • Kurt Busch signs a 1-year extension with SHR
    • RPM partners with RCR. Will move shop to RCR campus. This isn’t a surprise, right?
    • Jamie McMurray says he hopes to race four more seasons.
      • Is John Hunter Nemechek coming for his seat?
      • Signs on for part-time schedule with Chip Ganassi’s 42 Xfinity Team
    • Chip says Danica won’t run the double with him after talks brakdown.
  • Eric’s Top 5 Races of the year
    • 1. First Data 500  Martinsville 2
      • Denny and Chase
      • Under the lights
      • Excellent racing throughout
    • 2. Can-Am 500 at Phoenix
      • Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin showdown
      • Kenseth chases Chase down, ruins his playoff hopes
      • Kenseth’s last win
    • 3. 2017 Rainguard Water Sealers 600 — Indycar
      • Indycar at Texas is amazing
      • Spectacular battles throughout. Daring racing. Three-wide. Super fast.
      • 23 lead changes
      • Even with mandatory cautions due to tire issues, racing was still great
      • Takumo Sato and Scott Dixon wreck at the end battling for second
    • 4. Brickyard 400
      • Carnage
      • Kasey Kahne gets the win
      • Great racing after the Truex/Busch crash. Became anybody’s race.
      • Best race at Indy in a LONG time
      • Important for this race to be successful
    • 5. Coke Zero 400 at Daytona
      • Can’t not have a restrictor plate race on the list.
      • End of the race came down to a bunch of mid-pack teams racing for the win due to the crashes.
      • Stenhouse wins again. Establishes his dominance on restrictor plate tracks
      • What’s better than restrictor plate racing at night?
  • Shoutouts if any

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:

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  • Find us on iTunes, Google Play and Soundcloud

Podcast #41 — Post-Season Wrapup

Show notes:

  • Champions Week
    • Did we watch?
    • Is the banquet worth watching?
  • Most Popular Driver
    • Chase Briscoe in the Truck Series
    • Elliott Sadler in the Xfinity Series
    • Cup will be announced Thursday — any chance it’s not Jr.?
  • Rookie of the Year:
    • Erik Jones wins it
    • First driver to win in all three series
  • Bud Moore passes away
  • Nascar makes changes to pit crews for 2018
    • One less member over the wall for pit stops
    • Gas man can ONLY fuel the car
    • Other team members must be rostered and are limited
    • What we don’t know:
      • Suspensions: Will they be able to replace a team member if they are suspended, or is that a vacant spot on the roster?
      • Penalties: What will the penalty be if, say, the gas man kicks a tire to help it to the wall?
  • Other tidbits:
  • Kurt Busch says he absolutely expects to be back at SHR
  • Credit One Bank to be primary sponsor for Kyle Larson next season
  • Smoke is engaged
  • Dale Jr. named 2018 Daytona 500 grand marshal
  • Regan Smith joins Fox NASCAR crew as a pit reporter next season
  • Kyle Busch wins Snowball Derby
  • No word on Monster yet.
    • How did they do in their first year as a title sponsor?
    • What do you expect from a title sponsor?
  • Shoutouts if any

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.
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Podcast #40 — Martin Truex Jr. is the Champion

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A look at Eric’s podcast setup as discussed in Episode 40.

Show notes:

  • Recap Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway
    • Truex seals the deal.
      • Went toe-to-toe with Kyle Busch to make it happen
      • Thoughts on Martin as a Champ and where do we put him now?
        • Hall of Famer?
      • Thoughts on the season for the 78
        • Heart attacks/Cancer/Crew members and friends passing away and they were able to get it done.
    • Why did neither of us pick Truex all season?
      • Eric had Kyle – James had Harvick
    • Thoughts on the race overall
      • Is this an alltime great championship race?
    • Are we OK that Kyle blamed Joey for making it hard on him?
    • Saying goodbye to Dale Jr. and (Maybe) Matt Kenseth

 

  • Audio (1:46): Truex on Jr.

 

  • Xfinity: William Byron gets the title he deserves
    • Thoughts on Sadler/Preece
    • Chad Knaus wasn’t enough for Justin Allgier
    • Eric and James both picked Byron
  • Trucks: Christopher gets revenge for KB Motorsports
    • James had Sauter – Eric had Bell
  • Silly Season:
  • We made it!
    • Podcast and website plans for the offseason
    • Thank yous for the Season
  • Shoutouts if any

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

Ford EcoBoost 400 Championship Preview

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. — It has all come down to this. After 35 races in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR is ready to crown the 2017 champion this weekend at the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

After Brad Keselowski snuck in last week due to a crash by Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth’s win over Chase Elliott, the Championship 4 is set and ready to battle it out on the 1.5-mile track.

While most at Furniture Row Racing would probably not admit it, Martin Truex Jr. is certainly the favorite going into the final race. This will be Truex’s second appearance in the Championship 4, thanks in part this year to his seven victories — all but one coming on 1.5-mile tracks.

Truex is also the only driver in the Championship 4 that has not won a Cup Series title.

“That means it’s my turn,” Truex said following last weekend’s race at Phoenix.

However, the driver who has won the championship the last three years has also won the race, which would be something Truex would need to overcome if he wants to take home the shiny new Monster Energy Cup. His finishes the last three years are 17th, 12th and 36th. But stats seem to mean nothing Truex, with this season being the best of his career. Truex was able to lock his spot into the final four on points after just the first two races in the Round of 8.

But to win the title, Truex will have to finish better than three veterans who have all stood on the top spot of the podium in the premier series during their career.

Kyle Busch is the most recent champion in the bunch, having won the title in 2015 after missing several races due to leg injuries suffered at Daytona International Speedway that year in the season-opening Xfinity Series race. While it took him a good chunk of the 2017 season to find victory lane, Busch goes into Homestead with five wins this year. But unlike Truex, none of Busch’s wins have come on 1.5-mile tracks.

And while Busch took home the victory in 2015 to seal his championship dream, his average finish at Homestead-Miami is 19.8, with only two top-fives and five top-10s. Aside from his victory in 2015, Busch’s best finish has been been fourth in 2012. He finished sixth last year as part of the Championship 4.

Kevin Harvick won the championship in 2014, the first year of the Championship 4, also winning the race at Homestead-Miami. Harvick’s win total is a little lower than Truex and Busch, with only two wins this season, one coming in the playoffs at Texas to advance him to the Championship 4.

But Harvick is strong at Homestead-Miami, with an all-time best average finish of 6.9 at the 1.5-mile oval. He also has a record eight top-fives at the southern Florida track. In 16 starts at Homestead, Harvick has one win, eight top-fives and 14 top-10s. He has led 315 laps at Homestead, second among active drivers.

Harvick enters the final race with four consecutive top-eight finishes. A championship for Harvick this weekend would mean a third title in nine years for Stewart-Haas Racing.

The potential spoiler of the Championship 4 would be Brad Keselowski. The Michigan-born driver is no stranger to the title, having won his championship in 2012, before the current format.

But that’s where the familiarity ends for Keselowski. This is his first appearance in the Championship 4 at the 1.5-mile track.

Keselowski has also never seen victory lane at Homestead. With nine career starts, he has zero wins, two top-fives and three top-10s for an average finish of 15.9, ranking him the lowest of the four drivers going for the title. He and his Penske teammate Joey Logano have also struggled this season. Keselowski stayed alive in the playoffs with a victory at Talladega, and advanced to the Championship 4 on points after struggles from several of his competitors at Phoenix last weekend.

Despite his numbers, however, he has been improving at Homestead. In the last four years he has run better. Keselowski crashed out of last year’s race, but finished third in 2014 and 2015 and sixth in 2013. He led 86 laps in 2015.

Podcast #39 — The Championship 4 is Set

    • Recap of the Can-Am 500K at Phoenix Raceway
      • Could be last win of his Cup career
      • Matt Kenseth gets the win

 

  • Audio (1:45): Matt cracks a bunch of jokes in post-race press conference

 

      • Passes Chase Elliott to make it happen, knocks Chase out of the Championship four
    • Brad Keselowski is the fourth to get in and race for the championship
    • Chase gets his revenge
      • Good for Chase?
      • Denny’s mistakes (Eric)
      • Talk on Twitter: if you’re OK with what Chase did, have to be OK with what Denny did. True?
      • Are they even?
        • Do we see any more at Homestead?
    • Jimmie Johnson Struggles again
      • Are changes needed on this team?
    • Winners and Losers?
    • Is Phoenix the new Richmond?
      • All three races were wild. All three started calm and ended crazy.
  • Silly Season:
    • No contract yet for Kurt Busch.
      • Expected to happen?
    • What happens to the 27 car/team?
    • Does not look like Danica will be going to Roush.
  • Ford Championship Weekend
    • 12 drivers eligible for three championships this weekend.
    • Trucks:
      • Johnny Sauter: This year: 4 wins, 12 top 5s, 18 top 10s, Av. Finish 6.5
      • Austin Cindric: This year: 1 wins, 7 top 5s, 15 top 10s, Av. Finish 10.5
      • Matt Crafton: This year: 1 wins, 5 top 5s, 15 top 10s, Av. Finish 9.5
      • Christopher Bell: This year: 5 wins, 14 top 5s, 20 top 10s, Av. Finish 5.9
      • Who is your pick?
        • James: Johnny Sauter
        • Eric: Christopher Bell
    • Xfinity:
      • William Byron: This year: 4 wins, 11 top 5s, 21 top 10s, Av. Finish 10.6
      • Elliott Sadler: This year: 0 wins, 12 top 5s, 24 top 10s, Av. Finish 9.4
      • Justin Algaier: This year: 2 wins, 10 top 5s, 17 top 10s, Av. Finish 13.1
      • Daniel Hemric: This year: 0 wins, 5 top 5s, 16 top 10s, Av. Finish 12.5
      • Who is your pick?
        • James: William Byron
        • Eric: William Byron
    • Cup:
      • Martin Truex Jr.: This year: 7 wins, 18 top 5s, 25 top 10s, Av. Finish 9.7
      • Kyle Busch: This year: 5 wins, 13 top 5s, 21 top 10s, Av. Finish 11.8
      • Kevin Harvick: This year: 2 wins, 13 top 5s, 22 top 10s, Av. Finish 11.3
      • Brad Keselowski: This year: 3 wins, 15 top 5s, 20 top 10s, Av. Finish 12.6
      • Who is your pick?
        • James: Kevin Harvick
        • Eric: Kyle Busch
  • Ford 400:
    • James’ Pick: Kevin Harvick
    • Eric’s Pick: Kyle Busch
  • 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