Podcast #102 — Texas race entertains while qualifying is “stupid”

Show notes:

Recap: O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 from Texas Motor Speedway

Do We Care?

News Items:

 

  • Audio: 1:33 seconds

 

Preview: Food City 500 from Bristol Motor Speedway

  • Picks
    • James: Kurt Busch
    • Eric: Erik Jones

Dark Horse

    • Eric: Daniel Suarez
    • James: Matt DiBenedetto
  • Shoutouts if any
    • Eric: NASCAR has begun posting full race video on YouTube from different cars’ on board cameras. This week: Martin Truex Jr.
    • James: F1 Netflix Documentary

Fantasy League Update

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
  • Facebook: Facebook.com/TheSuperSpeedway

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Podcast #101 — The 2020 NASCAR schedule is here

Show notes:

Recap: STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway

Do We Care?

News Items:

  • Qualifying format changes for Texas
    • Vehicles not immediately making a qualifying attempt will be staged in a track-specific area designated by NASCAR.
    • Once a vehicle leaves that area, it must continue directly onto the track. It cannot stop at the end of pit road and wait.
    • Any driver that does not take a lap in any of the qualifying rounds will have all previously posted times in the session disallowed.
    • Any driver who blocks pit road will be penalized.
    • https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2019/03/25/nascar-qualifying-changes-updates-penalty-texas/

Preview: O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway

  • Triple header weekend – Trucks, Xfinity and Cup
  • Picks
    • Eric: Martin Truex Jr.
    • James: Ryan Blaney
    • Dark Horse
    • James: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
    • Eric: Alex Bowman
  • Shoutouts if any

Fantasy League Update

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
  • Facebook: Facebook.com/TheSuperSpeedway

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

The Place: Texas Motor Speedway

The Date: Sunday, March 31

The Time: 3 p.m. ET

TV: FOX, 2:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 501 miles (334 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 85),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 170), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 334)

2018 Winner: Kyle Busch

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: My Bariatric Solutions 300

The Place: Texas Motor Speedway

The Date: Saturday, March 30

The Time: 1 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 12:30 p.m. ET

Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance:  300 miles (200 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 200)

2018 Winner: Ryan Blaney

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series

Next Race: Vankor 350

The Place: Texas Motor Speedway

The Date: Friday, March 29

The Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 9 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 220.5 miles (147 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 35),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 70), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 147)

2018 Winner: Justin Haley

Podcast #100 — We get negative about NASCAR (sort of)

Show notes:

Quick reflection on 100 episodes

Recap: Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway

  • Kyle Busch gets his version of 200 wins
    • What does this feat mean for KB/NASCAR?
  • Winners/Losers
  • The Aero package seems to have failed the smell test
  • Qualifying madness

Do We Care?

News Items:

Preview: STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway

  • Picks
    • James: Denny Hamlin
    • Eric: Brad Keselowski
    • Dark Horse
    • Eric: Matt DiBenedetto
    • James: Austin Dillon
  • Shoutouts if any

Fantasy League Update

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
  • Facebook: Facebook.com/TheSuperSpeedway

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: STP 500

The Place: Martinsville Speedway

The Date: Sunday, March 24

The Time: 2 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 12:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 263 miles (500 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 130),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 260), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 500)

2018 Winner: Clint Bowyer

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: My Bariatric Solutions 300

The Place: Texas Motor Speedway

The Date: Saturday, March 30

The Time: 1 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 1 p.m. ET

Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance:  300 miles (200 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 200)

2018 Winner: Ryan Blaney

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series

Next Race: NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series 250

The Place: Martinsville Speedway

The Date: Saturday, March 23

The Time: 2 p.m. ET

TV: FOX, 2 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 131.5 miles (250 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 70),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 140), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 250)

2018 Winner: John Hunter Nemechek

Podcast #99 — Kyle Busch makes it 199

Show notes:

Recap: TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway

  • Kyle Busch gets the sweep
  • Ryan Blaney comes up just short of a Penske three-race win streak
  • Harvick struggles with ninth-place finish. Not a factor all day.
  • Suarez and McDowell fight during qualifying
    • Proper fight etiquette — Do you keep the helmet on or take it off?

Do We Care?

  • Four races in, we’ve had zero major penalties

News Items:

Preview: Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway

  • Picks
    • Eric: Kyle Busch
    • James: Kyle Larson
    • Dark Horse
    • James: Daniel Suarez
    • Eric: William Byron
  • Shoutouts if any

Fantasy League Update

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
  • Facebook: Facebook.com/TheSuperSpeedway

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Podcast #98 — What did you think of our package?

Show notes:

Recap: Pennzoil 400 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway

  • Penske gets 2 in-a-row with Logano’s win
  • So what did we think about the race with the new rules package
    • What were the real expectations?
    • Where do we go from here?
  • Driver reactions were mixed
    • Logano loved the racing
      • “I thought the racing was awesome,” he said. “You’re side by side. There’s aggressive blocks and big moves and bumping and banging. That’s NASCAR, baby! I don’t really know what else to tell you.”
  • Pit Road Penalties

Do We Care?

  • 36 cars entered at ISM. Only Charter Cars.

News Items:

Preview:TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway

  • Picks
    • James: Kevin Harvick
    • Eric: Chase Elliott
    • Dark Horse
    • Eric: William Byron
    • James: Ryan Newman
  • Shoutouts if any

Fantasy League Update

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
  • Facebook: Facebook.com/TheSuperSpeedway

For more of the podcast:

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Podcast #97 — Brad Keselowski overcomes flu to win

Recap: Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500 from Atlanta Motor Speedway

  • Brad Keselowski overcomes illness to win
  • Martin Truex Jr. upset about lapped cars
  • First race with the “new” package. What did we think?
  • Winners and losers?

Do We Care?

News Items:

Preview: Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

  • Picks
    • James: Kurt Busch
    • Eric: Kyle Busch

Dark Horse

    • Eric: Chris Buescher
    • James: Ryan Newman
  • Shoutouts if any

Fantasy League Update

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
  • Facebook: Facebook.com/TheSuperSpeedway

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Podcast #96 — Denny Hamlin Wins His Second Daytona 500

Show notes:

Recap: Daytona 500

  • Hamlin wins his second 500
    • Joe Gibbs calls this the biggest win of his life following the passing of son J.D.
    • Kyle’s Blunders
    • Gibbs sweeps the top 3 – DiBenedetto  leads the most laps
  • Let’s talk about the wrecks.
    • Menard
    • Stenhouse Jr.
    • Bowyer
  • Did the cautions ruin it for you?
  • Winners/Losers
    • Byron
    • Preese
    • Front Row
    • Others

News Items:

Do We Care?

Preview: Atlanta Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

  • Picks
    • James: Brad Keselowski
    • Eric: Denny Hamlin

Dark Horse

    • Eric: William Byron
    • James: David Ragan
  • Shoutouts if any

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
  • Facebook: Facebook.com/TheSuperSpeedway

For more of the podcast:

  • Website address: www.thesuperspeedway.com
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Podcast #95 — The 2019 Season is here — Season Preview

Show notes:

Recap: Advance Auto Parts Clash

  • Johnson gets back to victory lane
    • Controversy after wrecking Menard
  • Overall uneventful

Jimmie Johnson article from 2013 by Marty Smith: http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/cup/story/_/id/9999795/nascar-greatness-jimmie-johnson

News Items:

Do We Care?

2019 Season Predictions:

  • One big gamble:
    • James: DiBenedetto will win a race.
    • Eric: Paul Menard makes the final 4.
  • Team to watch:
    • Eric: RCR.
    • James: Leavine Family Racing
  • Pick 2 drivers that made the playoffs last year who won’t make it in 2019. Pick 2 new playoff drivers.
    • James: Out: Austin Dillon and Alex bowman. In: Matt DiBenedetto and William Byron.
    • Eric: Out: Alex Bowman and Kurt Busch. In: William Byron and Daniel Suarez.
  • Will the new rules package work?
    • Eric: Yes?
    • James: Yes.
  • What will be the best race?
    • James: Atlanta
    • Eric: Auto Club
  • What will be the worst race?
    • Eric: New Hampshire
    • James: All Star at Charlotte
  • Who will be our final 4?
    • James: Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott
    • Eric: Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson
  • Who will be our 2019 Champion?
    • Eric: Jimmie Johnson
    • James: Kyle Busch

Preview: Daytona 500

  • Picks
    • Eric: William Byron
    • James: Erik Jones

Dark Horse

    • James: Jamie McMurray
    • Eric: Bubba Wallace
  • Shoutouts if any

Close show

  • Plug the Fantasy League
  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
  • Facebook: Facebook.com/TheSuperSpeedway

For more of the podcast:

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Podcast #94 — NASCAR ready to DQ cheaters

Show notes:

News Items:

Preview: Advance Auto Parts Clash

  • 20 drivers will participate in the event
    • Pole award winners from 2018
    • Former Clash winners who competed full time last season
    • Former Daytona 500 winners
    • All drivers who qualified for the playoffs in 2018.
  • Race is 75 laps with a competition caution at Lap 25
  • Drivers:
    • 1 Kurt Busch
    • 2 Brad Keselowski
    • 3 Austin Dillon
    • 4 Kevin Harvick
    • 6 Ryan Newman
    • 9 Chase Elliott
    • 10 Aric Almirola
    • 11 Denny Hamlin
    • 12 Ryan Blaney
    • 14 Clint Bowyer
    • 18 Kyle Busch
    • 19 Martin Truex Jr.
    • 20 Erik Jones
    • 21 Paul Menard
    • 22 Joey Logano
    • 40 Jamie McMurray
    • 41 Daniel Suarez
    • 42 Kyle Larson
    • 48 Jimmie Johnson
    • 88 Alex Bowman
  • https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2019/02/05/twenty-of-nascars-top-drivers-to-clash-in-daytona-this-sunday/
  • Picks

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
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Podcast #93 — More optimistic about 2019 aero package

Show notes:

Recap: Testing at Las Vegas

Audio Clips:

  • Kyle Busch (1:29) Compares to the trucks. Talks about handling.
  • Kurt Busch (0:39) Trying to improve the on-track product. Counters Kyle but also agrees
  • Clint Bowyer (0:30) All about the fans
  • Austin Dillon (1:28) How it will race – may see more three-wide racing. Also compares to trucks
  • Shoutouts if any

Close show

  • Where can we be found on social media?
  • James @jameskuch on Twitter
  • Eric @TSuperspeedway on Twitter
  • Facebook: Facebook.com/TheSuperSpeedway

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