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On the 2021 season finale, T.J. Majors, Freddie Kraft and Brett Griffin are back from NASCAR Championship Weekend at Phoenix Raceway with plenty to say. Along with co-host Hannah Newhouse, they discuss how each title race played out and chat with two new champions – Xfinity Series winner Daniel Hemric and the Truck Series' Ben Rhodes. Freddie's season with Bubba Wallace faced an early end after a wreck on Lap 8 during Sunday's race. Hear from Freddie about how the No. 23 ended up being collateral damage. Then, the gang starts with the Truck Series championship race and John Hunter Nemechek's defeat. Hear about the No. 4 truck's early mistake, questionable decision making later in the race and what this loss may teach Nemechek. The Cup Series championship ultimately was decided by a late caution that brought all four title contenders down pit road. Should a caution have been called for the debris from David Starr's car? How would have the race played out if it stayed green? What do the guys think about a pit stop ultimately determining the champion? They share their thoughts on how everything unfolded and provide insight on an industry secret concerning lug nuts. Plus, they discuss how Kyle Larson ultimately pulled off the biggest victory of his career. Each series' champion is decided by the season finale each season. Is that the best way to determine who the sport awards the title of champion? The guys debate the idea of a single race championship and propose alternate ideas on how to determine the top team after an entire season. Tony Stewart called Kyle Larson the best race car driver he has ever seen after Larson's dominant season. The guys discuss the impressive list of accomplishments Larson achieved this year to earn that kudos and what it means coming from Stewart. Sunday marked the final race in the Gen 6 car era of the Cup Series. Find out what Denny Hamlin's crew chief Chris Gabehart had to say about the artistry of the sport dying with this car and why it has the guys sad to see it go. NASCAR President Steve Phelps said that fans who prefer a higher horsepower aero package are a “vocal minority” and that the data suggests “we have better racing right now than we've had arguably ever.” Does the crew agree with those bold statements? They dissect his comments and the direction NASCAR is headed in with its on-track product. Ryan Newman raised safety concerns about the Next Gen car at Phoenix and it surfaces a broader concern for the group regarding driver representation in the sport. Hear why they think if the new car is any less safe than the current car, it's unacceptable. Plus, they share why drivers need to have a seat at the table when NASCAR makes big decisions. Next, Daniel Hemric joins the show to talk all about winning his first career NASCAR race and championship all on the same night. Hear about his celebrations from the past few days, his mindset making a Dale Earnhardt-esque move on Austin Cindric at the line, and the bet he helped Bubba Wallace win with Michael Jordan. From one champion to the next, Truck Series' title winner Ben Rhodes joins next. He shares about how he made the right moves to secure the title, what he remembers about his legendary alcohol-influenced post-race press conference, and how getting rid of T.J. as his spotter elevated his performance. In Reaction Theatre, T.J. reveals his 2022 spotting plans, a Fireball challenge is proposed, Hamlin's haters weigh in, and the highlights from one intoxicated press conference are played. Lastly, a surprise to end the season as the inaugural DBC Year End Awards are presented by the boss, Mike Davis. Find out what critically acclaimed honors the gang earned in 2021 as they reflect back on some of the season's best moments.
A tripleheader race weekend at Martinsville Speedway set the stage for NASCAR Championship Weekend. Brett Griffin, T.J. Majors, Freddie Kraft, and special guest Jeff Gluck of The Athletic return from Virginia to react to a wild two days of action. They begin by sharing their instant thoughts on how the NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday unfolded, including debating what served as the spark to the dramatic final 50 laps. T.J. shares the intensity that Brad Keselowski faced throughout the race and especially in the closing laps when he could sniff the win that would earn him a Championship 4 spot. Multiple instances of brake-checking occurred at Martinsville, including between Keselowski and Chase Elliott as they raced for third late in the day. Hear what events led up to the contact that sent the No. 9 car around as the event neared its finish. Then with 5 laps remaining, Alex Bowman spun leader Denny Hamlin as they fought for the top spot. Hear what the gang thinks of Bowman's move, whether it was warranted and what it says about racing with respect. Was it a cheap shot or just hard racing? Then the non-playoff vs playoff driver debate resurfaces and the guys share what they believe has changed in the driver's minds. After taking the checkered flag, Bowman returned to the frontstretch to celebrate where he was met by an angry No. 11 car. The crew reacts to Hamlin's actions on the track, the double-birds he displayed to Bowman and the choice words he had for the winner afterwards. Were his comments justified? Hear what the table thinks and what it means moving forward. Now the Cup Series title race will come down to a battle between Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing. Is this best for the sport? Who has the upper hand? How will it play out? The gang engages in a lively debate about what to expect in the season finale. Plus, hear their thoughts about if Martinsville could ever host the title race. The Xfinity Series race featured its share of action as its Championship 4 was determined. The always spicy Ty Gibbs had harsh comments for eventual winner Noah Gragson after contact sent the No. 54 car around. Find out what the guys think Gibbs lacks and why it has been impacting his performance throughout the season. A decision to stay out during Saturday night's race placed the slower car of Spencer Boyd right in the middle of the playoff mix. The group doesn't hold back airing their feelings about a car that typically runs in the back being a moving chicane at the front of the field as drivers raced for their seasons. Similar comments are shared when discussing the Truck Series race and how Austin Wayne Self nearly cost John Hunter Nemechek a shot at the championship. Find out whether the guys believe what he said afterwards and how the series has completely lost its respect. Plus, is it time for NASCAR to step in? Before Reaction Theatre, the DBC crew and listeners gets a sneak peek of a brand-new podcast coming soon to Dirty Mo Media. In Reaction Theatre, the fans are fired up after the ending of Sunday's race. Hear what they have to say to Denny Hamlin and then what the gang thinks about Hamlin's more unfiltered approach to life. The crew then makes championship picks for each of the three title races this weekend at Phoenix Raceway. They dissect what to look for in each event and breakdown the opportunities that the drivers fighting for the title will battle for. Then Gluck answers questions from the guys before leaving, including his thoughts on what transpired this season, the reaction to his column contrasting NASCAR and Formula 1, and what's next for him.
The Bojangles Studio is full again as the trio of spotters is back together after race weekend at Kansas Speedway. Freddie Kraft, Brett Griffin and T.J. Majors didn't blow away while in Kansas and are here to cover storylines from the weekend of racing, spanning NASCAR and Formula 1. Windy conditions provided a challenge for NASCAR Cup Series drivers on Sunday. Hear from those who stood on the roof how windy it actually was and the impact it had on the cars throughout the race. As the championship approaches, aggressive driving is on the rise. The spotters describe what they noticed this weekend and why drivers are letting it all hang out. Kyle Busch directed his seemingly weekly frustration on the radio towards Bubba Wallace this week. Wallace's spotter Freddie fills us in on the battle the two Toyota teammates had for 10th and why he doesn't agree with Busch calling out the No. 23 for how they raced each other. Ryan Blaney blamed Austin Dillon for wiping him out late in Sunday's race as Blaney maintained a comfortable playoff standings position. Find out whether the crew agrees with Blaney's assessment of the accident and why playoff drivers feel entitled when racing around non-title contenders. Now heading to Martinsville Speedway for the Round of 8 elimination race, hear who the guys expect to earn the remaining three spots in the Championship 4 and just how close the battle will be. The Cup race at Kansas and the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin went head-to-head on Sunday afternoon. After much comparison between the two forms of motorsports over the weekend, listen for the table's take on whether or not the events should have run at the same time. Plus, hear their reaction to the culture F1 has created at its events and why it attracted a record-setting crowd. JR Motorsports' Sam Mayer took out playoff contenders Harrison Burton and Mayer's teammate Noah Gragson in Saturday's Xfinity Series race. Mayer, who is not in title contention, expressed remorse afterwards but the guys discuss his actions that ultimately may cost both playoff drivers an opportunity to make the championship race. Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch made comments regarding Cup Series race attendance ahead of Kansas, saying they would like track promoters to do a better job and that recent crowds have been unacceptable. The gang debates whether the drivers are right and what needs to happen to bring more people to the race track. In Reaction Theatre, there's an F1 invasion, a figure skating discussion, news of a spotter swap and why drivers can't race nice anymore. Then, Freddie shares insight after attending the Charlotte ROVAL Next Gen test. Plus, the guys talk if every team that currently owns a charter actually deserves it.
Only three races remain in the NASCAR season. Spotters T.J. Majors and Brett Griffin are in the Bojangles Studio to breakdown the weekend of action from Texas Motor Speedway. Hear the guys react to the (too?) long 500-mile afternoon in the Lone Star State, how absent Freddie Kraft's driver Bubba Wallace contributed to the attrition of the race and where a strong day leads Brad Keselowski and TJ in the playoff standings. The gang then dives into the continued Kevin Harvick vs Chase Elliott feud. NASCAR spoke to both parties involved last week, warning of serious consequences if their battle continued. Did both drivers abide by that? Should NASCAR be stepping in like this? The guys answer these questions and hear what Harvick said about Elliott post-race on Sunday. Kyle Busch was not very happy with his performance at Texas, vocally complaining about the racing over the radio. He went as far as sharing NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O'Donnell's email over his radio. Find out what the crew thinks about Busch doing this and what repercussions it might have. Denny Hamlin and Chase Briscoe exchanged heated comments during Sunday's race, as contact between the two cut Briscoe's tire down. Hamlin wasn't very happy with how he was raced and delivered a fiery jab over the radio. Hear what he said and how their incident from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course race continues to linger. Following the race, Kyle Busch was asked about the lack of respect on the race track. Busch didn't hold back in his response, sharing how he believes the younger drivers have negatively impacted the respect shared among competitors. Do the spotters see the same thing in the NASCAR Cup Series? They explain. During last week's Next Gen test at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, NASCAR confirmed the 2022 aero package. Does the gang agree with even lower horsepower next year? Their responses may surprise you. NASCAR President Steve Phelps gave strong praise for the Next Gen car last week, saying it will cure-all that currently ails NASCAR. Hear what the guys have to say about that comment and whether or not they think it will happen. The pre-race drivers meeting is likely an event of the past moving into 2022 and the table believes that is not a good decision. Listen to why the drivers meeting has served a very valuable purpose previously, even if it's not competition-related. Charter talk heated up again this week as 23XI Racing's deal for a second charter fell through. Hear what that says about the current market and how this may impact teams next season. Plus, hear what the spotters would like to see happen to open up the field to more competitors. In Reaction Theatre, Brett is accused of bias, the guys get into a faster car or fastest driver debate, TJ is warned ahead of Kansas and a sleep aid commercial makes its debut.
Another dramatic NASCAR Cup Series elimination playoff race has the spotters fired up after race weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL. Brett Griffin and T.J. Majors are in the Bojangles Studio, while Freddie Kraft calls into the show from the Next Gen test at Charlotte Monday morning. Now that the Round of 8 is set, T.J. talks advancing with Brad Keselowski further than most expected and how the No. 2 team overcame multiple spins on Sunday. Looking ahead to the next three races, Brett asks T.J. to honestly assess the team's opportunity to advance. Hear who may be favorited moving into the final four races and why there's no room for error. Kevin Harvick dished payback to Chase Elliott mid-race at the ROVAL, sending Elliott into the Turn 7 wall. The spotters share their initial reactions to the incident, how the fans reacted and the No. 9 team's ability to stay on the lead lap. Then as Elliott closed back in on Harvick, Harvick made a mistake that eliminated him from the playoffs. Hear the guys talk about how his plan completely backfired. After the first incident, the No. 9 team suffered major rear end damage. The bumper cover then hung off the car for numerous laps before flying off to bring out a debris caution. Why didn't Elliott get the black flag like NASCAR has done to drivers with loose bumper covers in the past? The crew dissects that call and the tweet that the main NASCAR account sent and later deleted after the yellow flag. Rick Hendrick suggested post-race that NASCAR should now intervene between Elliott and Harvick. Do the spotters agree? They debate and tell us whether they think this rivalry is over, or just getting good. Plus, they predict what to expect between the two in the Round of 8. As William Byron fought for his playoff life late in the race, Tyler Reddick may have had a hand in costing Byron a shot at the win. Hear what the gang says about how the two raced each other. Martin Truex Jr. hung onto his final playoff spot by a thread late in the going after being spun by Joey Hand, who was making his NASCAR debut. Should drivers be able to make their first start in the playoffs? Hear what the guys have to say. Then the crew reacts to Graham Rahal's tweet about the idea of playoffs in racing versus a season-long championship format. Which is better? Why does NASCAR do playoffs? The guys share some insight. In Reaction Theatre, Kevin Harvick receives no love, someone dares to give Elliott a bold nickname and Christmas caroling starts early. Then, the team makes Championship 4 predictions for both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series heading into the first race of the Round of 8 at Texas Motor Speedway. Plus, hear what experiment Texas is trying in its playoff races this weekend. And is a fan favorite race track coming back to life? Brett has some details.
The celebration is on as Bubba Wallace and Freddie Kraft won their first career NASCAR Cup Series race on Monday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway! Freddie has survived the ongoing celebrations and is coherent enough to talk us through one of the biggest days in his career. Plus, Brett Griffin and T.J. Majors are back from Alabama too and share their takes on the tripleheader of racing. After a special entrance into the Bojangles Studio, Freddie is surprised by his friends and family leaving heartfelt congratulations messages for him to celebrate the big win. After shedding a few tears, the guys breakdown how the No. 23 team won that race. With rain approaching in Monday's postponed Cup Series race, every lap could have been the last one. T.J. explains what he was telling Brad Keselowski as he battled up front and Freddie shares the details behind the information he relayed to Wallace. Find out how each of them felt about the winning block that the No. 23 car made to seal the deal. Then, we hear about some of the shenanigans from the party that ensued afterwards. History was made at Talladega all weekend long, including each race producing a first-time winner. Hear how the guys felt about the Truck Series finish. Plus, find out what Talladega track president Brian Circhton said to the fans about what a winning vehicle at Talladega should look like. Saturday's Xfinity Series race was called early due to darkness. How did that happen? Who was responsible for the deciding the start time? What can be done differently to avoid that in the future? And who was technically leading at the time of caution? Get these answers from the crew. Despite a break in weather late Sunday afternoon at Talladega, no attempt was made to run the race due to NASCAR's policy of only starting a race if the full distance can be run. Is it time to revisit that policy? Hear the guys explain their ideas on what can be done to get as much of the race in as possible on Sunday. The Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL is next on the schedule and playoff eliminations loom. The gang dives into the points drama heading into the Round of 12 finale. Find out what drivers fighting for their championship hopes might have to do on Sunday to stay alive and why it could be chaos. Jimmie Johnson is completing a rookie test as he eyes an Indianapolis 500 start next season. Should the seven-time NASCAR champion attempt to compete in such a dangerous race this late into his career? The guys weigh in. A race winning edition of Reaction Theatre did not disappoint this week. Calls include one from Brett's fan club, another Cup spotter giving Freddie's babysitters advice, and a new song from our friend Jeb. Plus, the fans are pumped up after seeing Freddie and Bubba win. Lastly, a rap blows the gang away. Stay tuned for later in the show when Brett makes a big announcement.
A tripleheader of NASCAR Playoffs racing is in the books from Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Freddie Kraft returns from out west along with special guest, Cup race winning spotter Chris Lambert to breakdown all that unfolded from the weekend. First, learn about Lambert's background, how he took T.J. Majors' job back in the day and his path to working with Denny Hamlin for the last decade. Plus, hear his take on why Sunday's race at Las Vegas was such an important one to win. Drama from Las Vegas started early as the Truck Series put on a show. Hear the gang react to Sheldon Creed and Chandler Smith's crash and Creed saying he throttled up when the caution was displayed. NASCAR penalized Carson Hocevar later in the race for intentionally spinning to bring out a caution. Does this set a new precedent for penalties? The gang weighs in. Daniel Hemric announced he's headed to Kaulig Racing next year, on the same weekend where he became the driver with the most top-five finishes to never win a race in NASCAR history. Lambert shares his opinion on Hemric's career and what he may lack compared to his competition. On Sunday, Hendrick Motorsports looked primed for another standout performance. However, they may have shot themselves in the foot with pit strategy. Hear how they cost themselves the race and why it didn't faze the No. 11 team one bit. Kyle Busch was among the many drivers vocal about lapped cars on the radio during the Cup Series race. Hear Freddie explain why the problem isn't getting any better and there's again one team at the center of it. Lambert weighs in and discusses how much of an issue the slow cars have become. Hamlin's victory earns him a spot in the Round of 8 where he will look to make the Championship 4 for the second consecutive year. Is Hamlin better prepared for a title fight this year compared to last? His spotter tells us about the position the No. 11 team's in and what Hamlin does that could make the difference. Kevin Harvick didn't stop playing head games with Chase Elliott at Las Vegas. Hear what Harvick compared Elliott to and why it undoubtedly will have Elliott think twice while racing around the No. 4 car. Reports of what practice and qualifying will look like in 2022 surfaced last week and it has the crew concerned about how it will translate to the on-track product. Hear what to expect and some insight from the Next Gen test at Daytona. In Reaction Theatre, DBC goes international with callers from across the pond, fans are still mad at Kevin Harvick, and Casey Boat is welcomed back with a nice message and a new song.
Bristol Motor Speedway delivered a thrilling weekend of playoff racing and spotters TJ Majors, Brett Griffin and Freddie Kraft are in the Bojangles Studio to react to everything that went down under the lights. With tempers flaring and multiple heated arguments post-race, the crew has plenty to talk about after the first round of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs concluded. Shades of old Bristol showed throughout the tripleheader of races at the iconic short track and the guys discuss why that was and what to expect moving forward. Given the exciting racing on the concrete surface, many asked if it is still necessary to run the spring Bristol race weekend on dirt. Hear the spotters weigh in and what they wish to do instead of taking away a concrete surface Bristol race. As the intensity picked up late in the event on Saturday night, many playoff contenders suffered cut tires that jeopardized their chance at the championship. Hear how they recovered and what is expected to happen in similar situations with the Next Gen car. Chase Elliott was among those who suffered from a cut tire and he showed his frustration by taking a swipe at race leader Kevin Harvick later in the race. That then led to Elliott maintaining his line as a lapped car in front of Harvick for the remainder of the night as Elliott's teammate Kyle Larson drove by to win. This then sparked their heated confrontation post-race. The spotters break down the situation from both sides, provide insight from Harvick's manger Josh Jones who was in the middle of it all and share what they think might happen moving forward. They are also joined by Associated Press motorsports journalist Jenna Fryer to discuss what happened when Kevin Harvick and others told a media member to stop filming the conversation. Friday night's Xfinity Series race delivered plenty of drama too, as leaders AJ Allmendinger and Austin Cindric crashed while crossing the finish line. The guys discuss the incident and how the regular season championship came to be decided in dramatic fashion. In the Truck Series race, Chandler Smith's pass on Sheldon Creed for the win fueled a fiery debate. Hear what the gang thinks about Smith's move and how he passed his teammate John Hunter Nemechek a few laps later. The 2022 Cup Series schedule was released last week and the spotters analyze the major changes coming next season. Hear their opinions on the Clash at the LA Coliseum, racing on Easter Sunday, one off-week the entire year, Pocono losing its doubleheader, Gateway's Cup date, and Homestead returning to the playoffs. Then in Reaction Theatre, fans are fired up discussing Kevin Harvick leaving his helmet on, other people getting in the way of the drivers post-race, Chase Elliott's repeat offenses, plus two new songs.
Richmond Raceway hosted Week 2 of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs over the weekend and Brett Griffin, T.J. Majors and Freddie Kraft return to cover all that went down on the short track. The gang starts by discussing the special patriotic tributes performed by the track as Saturday's races fell on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Then they debate the quality of the race, as Brett challenges producer Jason Schultz's tweet from Saturday night. Plus, hear what the spotters thought when Kurt Busch's early race wreck resembled Jerry Nadeau's from the early 2000s at Richmond. Before spot on, spot off begins – the spotters open the liquid courage that presenting sponsor Offerpad delivered for the show. And the ensuing conversations do not disappoint. Dale Earnhardt Jr. returned behind the wheel in the Xfinity Series race at Richmond and T.J. paired up with his former driver once again. Hear what T.J. thought when Dale yelled at him for providing lap times and how he responded to the advice T.J. shared leading into the race. Martin Truex Jr.'s race started rough as he was penalized for beating pole sitter Denny Hamlin to the line. Post-race, Truex questioned what his response should have been to avoid the penalty. The spotters weigh in on what needs to happen in that situation for drivers to not have to give up position. Joe Gibbs Racing has started the playoffs strong with two consecutive victories. The crew analyzes why they were so good on Saturday night and their outlook heading into the remaining post-season races. Will they present a challenge to Hendrick Motorsports moving forward? The crew debates. After this weekend's race at Bristol Motor Speedway, four drivers will be eliminated from championship contention. Who's in trouble? What needs to happen for teams to advance through the first elimination race? Who will make it? The spotters share their opinions. With the 2022 NASCAR schedule expected to be released this week, the guys share rumors they're hearing. Plus, they discuss whether any track on the schedule deserves more than one date. In Reaction Theatre, hear T.J. respond to getting called out by Dale Jr., what fans thought about the quality of Saturday night's race, and more.
The first race of the 2021 NASCAR Playoffs is complete after an action-packed weekend of racing at Darlington Raceway. T.J. Majors, Freddie Kraft and Brett Griffin are in studio to react to all that played out in the tripleheader at “The Lady in Black.” It was a big weekend for Door Bumper Clear's presenting sponsor Offerpad as Denny Hamlin wheeled his No. 11 Offerpad Toyota to Victory Lane. The gang discusses Hamlin's first win of the season and where his Southern 500 triumph stacks him up in NASCAR Hall of Fame pecking order. Kyle Busch had an eventful Sunday night as he wrecked early, drove too fast into the garage and gave a fiery interview after retiring from the event. The crew analyzes the fine he received and his comments about his car and team, and their preparation for each race. A last corner Hail Mary nearly worked out in second-place finisher Kyle Larson's favor in the Southern 500. How did the guys react to that move and Larson coming up short? They share their thoughts and who was probably angry after seeing it happen. Derek Kraus isn't making too many friends on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series circuit this season. An incident with Lawless Alan led to some harsh comments from Alan and Niece Motorsports' Twitter account. Kraus' spotter Freddie is open and honest, explaining his feelings about Kraus' unnecessary aggressiveness this year. NASCAR is reportedly moving the season-opening exhibition race, the Clash, to the Los Angeles Coliseum. Where did this idea come from and is it something the spotters support? They analyze the move and what it means for the teams heading into next season. Kyle Busch voiced his displeasure about the direction the Next Gen car is taking the sport in 2022. Hear what the gang has to say about the overall direction NASCAR is moving towards with the new car and the unknown's teams are discovering as they begin testing multiple cars together. In Reaction Theatre, Casey gets a call after her daughter's first birthday party, T.J. gets his colonoscopy results and a drunk fan calls in from the grandstands at Darlington. Then heading into Richmond Raceway, T.J. talks about getting back together with Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Saturday's Xfinity Series race as Dale Jr. climbs back behind the wheel.
A wild conclusion to the NASCAR Cup Series regular season at Daytona International Speedway has the spotters fired up with much to say. Freddie Kraft, Brett Griffin and T.J. Majors relieve their nights at Daytona and react to all that played out through an intense race. Bubba Wallace and Freddie came up one position shy of a victory that would have earned the No. 23 team a playoff spot. Learn what Freddie instructed Bubba to do when the last lap crash broke out and why this second-place finish is nothing to celebrate. Brad Keselowski and T.J., and Kaz Grala and Brett fell victim to the same accident on Lap 158. Hear about the incoming missiles that took the No. 2 car out and why Grala came storming in there, landing a hard hit on Kyle Busch. After the wreck, Busch had some strong words about what the racing product produces at superspeedway tracks. Hear the spotters take on his opinion, why drivers race like maniacs in these events and dislike it so much. As the race neared the finish, manufacturer teamwork was setting up to determine the outcome. After the Ford cars pit early in Stage 3, the Chevrolets and Toyotas didn't pit in time before an accident involving three of the four Rick Ware Racing cars brought out a caution. The crew reacts to the cause of the wreck and how it impacted the finish. Prior to that yellow flag, Bubba Wallace grew frustrated over being passed by his corporate Toyota teammates after they drafted together to the lead. Freddie explains why it made him so mad that he yelled at Brett and why the Toyota camp can't seem to work together as well as the Fords. The NASCAR Playoffs begin this weekend at Darlington Raceway. Tyler Reddick secured the final spot but the spotters thought he was doing everything to lose it on Saturday night. They discuss his aggressive driving style and how he handles mistakes. Kevin Harvick is in the playoffs once again but now sits last on the playoff grid. How did he fall so far from being the championship favorite last season? The gang shares what has happened at Stewart-Haas Racing. Plus, they debate what to expect from the first round of the post-season and who may be eliminated early. After 23XI Racing revealed Kurt Busch will join the team in 2022, the car unveiled featured a number pushed forward from its current position. NASCAR then confirmed the new number placement for 2022. Was this unconventional way of making a significant shift in the sport the right way to go about the news? The crew debates and shares their thoughts on the new Cup car number spot. In Reaction Theatre, someone said hold my beer, T.J. looks for an invisible car, Chase Elliott receives zero love and Brett tells us who's hot. Later in What an Idiot, find out who may have cost themselves their best shot at a victory in their career.
Michigan International Speedway race weekend is in the books and T.J. Majors, Freddie Kraft and Brett Griffin are back with lots to share after a newsy week. A spotter swap at Team Penske shifted TJ from the No. 22 team of Joey Logano to his longtime friend Brad Keselowski's No. 2 team. T.J. tells all about why the decision was made and how it impacts his future. The gang fills in the listeners about a meeting with NASCAR that took place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hear how the show made history and what impact it has moving forward. Before jumping into the Cup Series race, the guys talk the lights going out for the Truck Series race at Gateway and A.J. Allmendinger's career progression and his reconciliation with Brett. Corey LaJoie was forced to sit out Michigan after a close contact tested positive for COVID. Hear what made his situation unique and what it says about NASCAR's health and safety protocols moving forward. How should teams and playoff drivers react? Should NASCAR follow other major sports leagues with weekly testing? The table weighs in. Glimpses of the old Michigan delighted the spotters over the weekend as the resin traction compound allowed for multi-groove racing. Hear how the spotters felt about the track conditions and the quality of racing the surface produced. Contact between Brad Keselowski and Austin Dillon crossing the finish line for Stage 2 sent the No. 3 car into the wall, ending his promising day. T.J. tells us what happened from Keselowski's perspective. With drafting in full effect on Sunday, Hendrick Motorsports teammates Kyle Larson and William Byron were in assist mode up front. However, did their instance on working together cost them the race? The crew debates on what the best strategy was for those trying to make passes for the lead and how Ryan Blaney ultimately outdid them all. Heading into the regular season finale at Daytona International Speedway, its anyone's game to win and secure a playoff berth from outside the top-16 in points. Hear what the spotters think is the best approach to take heading into Saturday night and which drivers to watch out for. In Reaction Theatre, fans overwhelm T.J. with so many congratulations, inquire about his blocking teachings and ask Freddie how the No. 23 got upside down.
Brett Griffin, T.J. Majors and Freddie Kraft are back from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and its inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race with plenty to discuss. Brett came home a winner as a chaotic finish allowed AJ Allmendinger to capitalize for his second career Cup victory. Hear Brett detail how the road course ace put himself in position to win and what the first Cup triumph means for Kaulig Racing. While Allmendinger and Brett celebrated, the rest of the crew fell victim to the troublesome curb in Turn 6. T.J. shares what happened to Joey Logano as he smashed into the tire barriers while running near the front when the curb came up. Freddie explains his feelings towards the penalty Bubba Wallace received for avoiding the remaining “ramp” in the Turn 6 chicane during Overtime. After multiple cars hit the orange turtle in Turn 6 during the first lap of Saturday's Xfinity Series race, the track removed the turtle ahead of Sunday's event. Was that the right call? Or did it invite drivers to push the limits of that corner even more? The guys debate. Curbs became part of the story again in the Cup Series race as Turn 6 proved troublesome throughout the event. On a late restart, disaster struck as the curb shredded cars and caused a major pileup at the front of the field. Should NASCAR have thrown a yellow flag the lap prior? How can this situation be fixed? The crew weighs these questions after the costly mistake. The final restart created more drama as Denny Hamlin and Chase Briscoe went head-to-head into the first corner. As Briscoe was forced wide, Hamlin secured the lead. However, Briscoe cut back across the grass onto the track and was penalized. He then spun leader Hamlin and both cars were then out of contention. The gang discusses whether Briscoe knew about the penalty or not and whether taking out Hamlin was a clean or dirty move. Due to the event running long, the broadcast shifted from NBC to NBC Sports Network. Why did that need to happen? The guys explain the decision making behind the move. The charter market remains hot and the latest rumors involve 23XI Racing and Front Row Motorsports. Could a deal be in the works for 23XI to secure more charters? Hear a few theories on the next silly season dominos to fall. In Reaction Theatre, fans let it all out in response to the curb chaos, big wrecks, Briscoe spinning Hamlin and much more. Plus, was that Toby Keith who called in and played a song? The guys also discuss other on track problems from Sunday including a car oiling down the entire surface and a safety truck on track during qualifying. As the playoffs approach, Richard Childress Racing's two cars are battling for the final spot. The guys discuss how they expect the teammates to race each other in the coming weeks.
Summer vacation has concluded and Door Bumper Clear returns after race weekend at Watkins Glen International. Brett Griffin joined Freddie Kraft as co-spotters at the road course and they share their experience, including the story of Freddie's new nickname. T.J. Majors and Joey Logano found themselves on the wrong end of teammate Brad Keselowski's spin yesterday, hear what happened and how it impacted the No. 22 team's day. After vacationing in the same place, Casey Boat and Brett ended up on a flight home together. You won't want to miss their story on what went down. The gang then gets into what happened in New York over the weekend, starting with their overall reaction to the quality of the racing and what type of track The Glen is turning into. While battling up front midway through the race, Kyle Larson spun Christopher Bell entering Turn 1. Find out how the guys reacted and what they thought should have happened. On a quest for a Watkins Glen three-peat, Chase Elliott faced adversity from the start after failing pre-race inspection. Hear what concerning trend is developing in NASCAR regarding cheating and what the spotters think needs to happen to correct it. With three races remaining in the regular season, Denny Hamlin and Larson are now tied for the points lead. Who has the upper hand? The crew debates this, plus whether Jimmie Johnson could have won seven titles with a different organization. Ty Gibbs claimed another Xfinity Series road course victory on Saturday, giving the No. 54 team a fourth consecutive win. Is it the fast car or talented driver making the difference for this group? The guys weigh in with big differences of opinion. Trackhouse Racing has tabbed Ross Chastain as its second driver for 2022. Was that the right play? Should they have targeted an A-level driver? Why is Justin Marks happy Chastain didn't bring funding? These questions are posed by the panel as silly season continues to take shape. After seeing a photo of Kyle Larson signing autographs post-race on Sunday, it spurred the question of what driver and fan interaction should look like heading into the playoffs. Hear what the spotters think about the risk competitors might be taking as they prepare for a championship run. The Cup Series will compete on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course for the first time this weekend. Hear what problem the gang thinks this race highlights and whether they believe NASCAR still belongs at the famed track. In Reaction Theatre, the fans bring the weird after the off-weekends and another song gets knocked out of the park. In What an Idiot, hear about the day of an intern turned driver in the Xfinity Series race.
Freddie Kraft, T.J. Majors and Jason Schultz are in studio after a wild and wet Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and a hot week of silly season news. Plus, fresh off the Superstar Racing Experience season finale at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway – legendary racing broadcaster Allen Bestwick joins the show. Freddie and T.J. made it through the rain and darkness in New England to share their reaction to the events that went down in the NASCAR Cup Series race. Hear what they were feeling on the roof and what their drivers were reporting in the cars when NASCAR decided to start the race under a heavy mist condition. Then, when the track became too wet and Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, and others slid sideways into Turns 1 and 2, find out how they reacted and how they navigated their drivers through the treacherous conditions. What decision making broke down to allow the field to race into the wet corners? What could be done differently to prevent a similar situation in the future? The spotters weigh in. After crashing, Kyle Busch gave the pace car a few bumps to show his displeasure at the officiating. Hear what T.J. and Freddie thought when they saw that happen and they share whether or not they believe Busch will be penalized. A last-minute decision to not apply traction compound to New Hampshire's surface impacted a lot of teams plans on Friday night. Hear why that was and how everyone felt about the racing without the added substance on the track. Contact between Ryan Newman and Quin Houff sent the No. 00 spinning into Turn 3. Hear what harsh words Houff had for Newman afterwards and whether the crew thinks Newman did it intentionally. NASCAR called the race approximately eight laps early due to darkness. The spotters share whether they thought the race could go the distance and how truly dark it was at the time. Plus, they address NASCAR making the call to decide when to display 10 laps to go anytime in the final stage. Harrison Burton was named as Wood Brothers Racing's next driver last week, as he replaces Matt DiBenedetto. Hear how DiBenedetto expressed his frustration with the situation in a video later that day and why the guys are confused that he was surprised to hear this decision. Team Penske named Austin Cindric the driver of the iconic No. 2 car beginning next season, officially placing Brad Keselowski in the free agent market. Find out what Keselowski asked for in contract negations and what news is expected to drop regarding his future this week. Next, Allen Bestwick joins the show after his return to motorsports broadcasting this summer on tour with SRX. Hear about his beginnings behind the microphone, how an early connection in racing ultimately led to the SRX gig and what approach the broadcast crew took in this new venture. He shares about the all-access experience SRX showcased, unique broadcast elements they incorporated and what the future holds for the series. Then, he talks big NASCAR moments he was a part of including the 2001 July Daytona race and memories working closely with Benny Parsons. In Reaction Theatre, a Larry McReynolds impersonator calls in, fans are angry with the No. 22 team, and now callers are leaving song requests. Then the gang shares their plans for NASCAR's summer break.
A big week of news accompanied by outspoken driver comments brings the crew to the studio after races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Knoxville Raceway. T.J. Majors, Brett Griffin and Freddie Kraft react to what they saw on the race track and heard off the track, and explain the impact it had on NASCAR. The weekend started off with drama on the dirt at Knoxville as the Truck Series' inaugural event at the famed track didn't go so smooth. Hear from Hailie Deegan's spotter T.J. about what he saw at the event, both good and bad. He, Brett and Freddie share what changes they hope the event adopts to avoid similar conditions and results if the race returns in 2022. Atlanta Motor Speedway announced a track repave and reconfiguration last week leading into its doubleheader weekend. The news was met with sharp criticism from drivers who said they were never asked for input. This proved to be a tipping point of frustration among the field as numerous drivers were outspoken about the track changes over the weekend. Hear what drivers including Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick had to say. Plus, the gang analyzes Speedway Motorsports Inc.'s decision-making and what the future Atlanta will look like. Rumors regarding Next Gen car safety concerns surfaced on social media last week and were then discussed further in detail among drivers Sunday at Atlanta. Hear what Denny Hamlin is encouraging other drivers to do upon hearing initial safety feedback from crash tests and what one spotter believes will happen with the car upon its rollout next season. Kurt Busch may have received a little assistance from his teammate Ross Chastain in making the winning pass by brother Kyle Busch in Sunday's Cup race at Atlanta. While the elder Busch thanked his teammate post-race, the younger brother voiced frustration about the outcome. The crew reacts to what Kyle said about Chastain and the role of teammates in late race situations. After the Knoxville Truck Series race, concerns about the lack of respect among series competitors became a topic of conversation. Find out what drivers were saying post-race about the product, what's causing such aggressive racing and what the spotters think could aid the series. Daniel Hemric again looked to be in a perfect position to win his first career NASCAR race on Saturday before contact with teammate Kyle Busch took him out of contention. Hear what the gang thinks happened and when Hemric's time will come. Plus, get their reaction to Kyle Weatherman staying out and inheriting the lead on a late restart and crashing before getting to Turn 1/ As the Playoffs approach, most Ford teams in the Cup Series seem to be struggling. Brett asks T.J. what he thinks is going on and why Ford may be at a disadvantage. T.J. explains whether or not he thinks the camp can turn it around in time to compete for a title. In Reaction Theatre, fans react to Knoxville, the Atlanta repave and blocking for a teammate late in the race. Plus, another song tells the story of an early wreck in the Cup race as well. Stay tuned throughout the episode for more dominos that may be falling as the silly season picture heats up in the summer months.
The NASCAR Cup Series raced at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI, for the first time since 1956 this Fourth of July weekend and the spotters are back, full of cheese curds, and ready to react to the road course action. Hear first how Brett Griffin, Freddie Kraft and T.J. Majors celebrated the holiday upon arriving home last night and who may not be completely sober yet. What was the culture like at the Wisconsin race track? The gang describes everything firsthand, from the people to the food, that makes Road America special. Then they talk about NASCAR's Fourth of July traditions and whether or not the race should still be in Daytona Beach. Sunday's race started off with group qualifying controversy as not every driver posted a lap time due to Bubba Wallace stopping on course. The crew debates what the best qualifying format should be at road courses and the dangers of spotting at a place with blind spots. The four-mile course often creates lengthy caution periods and it did so again on Sunday. Should every yellow flag last the length of a typical NFL halftime? The spotters weigh in and propose alternative ideas to prevent such long breaks in the action next time around. Matt DiBenedetto and Austin Cindric raced hard for the lead in Stage 2, a notable battle given the fact that Cindric is set to replace DiBenedetto in the No. 21 seat next season. Hear the crew's take on the battle and whether Cindric may be a candidate for another open ride in 2022. A silly season bombshell dropped last week as Trackhouse Racing announced its purchase of the “not for sale” Chip Ganassi Racing NASCAR program. The table reacts to the major news and discusses Justin Marks' business savvy, who may be losing their seat and which free agent is the most sought after for these new teams. Plus, thoughts on Dale Jr. saying that it may cost more to race in the Xfinity Series compared to the Cup Series next season. In Reaction Theatre, Brett bonds with a fellow South Carolinian, the guys discuss the salute Natalie Decker received in the Xfinity Series race, an upcoming foot race is established and the spotters recall the time a fan made a notable gesture to them at Talladega. Then, it's off to Atlanta Motor Speedway. The gang talks expected hot temperatures, slick racing and what special opportunities Offerpad has planned for fans in attendance.
A packed doubleheader weekend at Pocono Raceway left plenty for spotters Freddie Kraft, T.J. Majors and Brett Griffin to unpack this week. Freddie, Bubba Wallace and 23XI Racing scored an organizational best fifth-place finish and Freddie tells us how they did it. T.J. describes an up and down couple days at the Tricky Triangle for Joey Logano. And Brett prepares for his trip to Road America for cheese curds and a return to the spotters stand. Chevrolet has dominated through the first half of 2021. However, has their advantage run its course? Hear what had the industry talking after Nashville and how it may have impacted the manufacturers' performance at Pocono. Starting with Saturday's Cup Series event, hear the crew's take on Brad Keselowski's contact with Cole Custer that turned the No. 41 into the wall. Who was at fault and what's up with Custer's sophomore slump after a playoff appearance last season? Is a family feud brewing in the field? Hear what William Byron had to say about Ryan Blaney after the race and how Blaney responded on Twitter later that night. Kyle Larson was a corner away from his fourth consecutive Cup Series victory on Saturday before blowing a tire. The spotters react to the late turn of events that led to someone finally beating Larson. Sunday's Cup race turned into a fuel mileage dash to the finish. Hear how strategy helped Bubba Wallace score his top-five, what the crew believes went wrong for Denny Hamlin and Byron, and how in the world Kyle Busch pulled off the victory. Plus, the spotters talk the stress of managing the fuel mileage game. With Wallace creeping back into the playoff picture, hear where the points shake out now with two months before the playoffs begin. Who should be worried? Who is coming on strong? The guys talk how Pocono changed things and why the race to the post-season is heating up. John Hunter Nemechek took a bow after his Truck Series victory on Saturday, as he beat team owner Kyle Busch for the third time in five races. After taking a risk dropping back to trucks, the crew debates what Nemechek's next career move might be. Jeff Gordon is leaving FOX for a larger role with Hendrick Motorsports. Hear what the guys think this does to the FOX booth and how Gordon will impact HMS moving forward. Another major team move seems imminent as reports say Brad Keselowski to Roush Fenway Racing is a done deal. The gang reacts to that news and discusses who the next free agent might be. In Reaction Theatre, all of Freddie and Bubba Wallace's fans show up, the GOAT gets called out and a new song has everyone laughing. This week's What an Idiot segment goes international and find out what happened after Alex Bowman ordered 48 tacos.
A tripleheader at the recently reopened Nashville Superspeedway is in the books. T.J. Majors, Freddie Kraft and Brett Griffin are in studio to react to all that went down in the Cup Series' return to Music City. Plus, former NFL player Bernard Pollard Jr. joins the show after his first NASCAR experience at Nashville. The combination of slick track conditions and an engine package with increased horsepower created a race that resembled old school NASCAR. Find out why the spotters left Nashville pleased with the on-track product. Plus, hear their impressions of the facility that hadn't hosted a race in a decade. While the racing exceeded expectations, concerns about traffic leading into the facility and long lines at concession stands were cause for concern. The guys share their thoughts on problems Nashville will have to fix before NACAR returns. Plus, hear Brett explain why its so important for tracks to provide the best fan experience possible right now as momentum is built. Then the crew turns to the topics of the weekend, leading off with Chase Elliott's spotter Eddie D'Hondt being reinstated and returning to the spotters stand. Silly season kicked off on Friday afternoon as Kaulig Racing announced it purchased two charters to start its Cup program. Hear details about the big news and how it impacts the rest of the field eyeing charters for 2022. Bubba Wallace was not happy over the radio on Sunday after running over brake rotor parts that caused his tire to go down and turned the car around. His spotter Freddie tells us what happened and who was at fault for not seeing debris on the track before the No. 23 car hit it. Confusion surrounding the choose rule caused panic on the spotters stand ahead of the Stage 3 restart in Sunday's race. T.J. and Freddie explain what happened when NASCAR decided to restart the next lap after the front runners passed the choose zone. Hendrick Motorsports hasn't lost a Cup race in 41 days as Kyle Larson dominated the field once again at Nashville. The gang discusses Larson's impressive feat, how he is putting himself in championship contention and whether they think anyone can beat him. While Larson celebrated, five loose lug nuts led to a disqualification for his teammate Chase Elliott. The spotters explain how it was possible to have so many loose lug nuts and how teams typically game the system mid-race. Then the guy's debate whether they would prefer a crew chief suspension or disqualification given the No. 9 team's penalty. A new manufacturer could be joining NASCAR in the near future. Hear which it may be and what it could mean for the sport in the coming years. Bernard Pollard Jr. joins the show next and tells all about his first experience at a NASCAR race. He was named honorary starter for the Cup race but his fear of heights may have gotten the best of him. The guys banter with him about what they saw him do before the race started. Then, he talks his impressions of being at the track on race day, speaking with Mr. Hendrick and word of his NFL comeback. In Reaction Theatre, T.J. hears the dumbest call ever, the guys feel sympathy for Quin Houff and a Ward Burton impersonation leads to a hilarious story between him and Freddie over the weekend.
All-Star Race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway is in the books. T.J. Majors, Freddie Kraft and Brett Griffin are back to react to the storylines from the weekend of racing. Hear about Freddie's rough weekend on the track and how T.J. and Joey Logano fared in the race for a million dollars. Plus, inaugural Superstar Racing Experience race winner Doug Coby joins the show to talk about his triumph over some legends of the sport. The gang jumps right into discussing how Sunday night's NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race unfolded. Was an aero package with less horsepower the best decision for the non-points event? Hear what the spotters have to say. Given the complicated format, find out what the teams and drivers were thinking as the event unfolded. A no-cooler policy was in effect at Texas this weekend, despite the hottest weather conditions of the season so far. The gang tries to figure out why that's in place and how it impacts the fans who sat in the stands during both days of racing. The Superstar Racing Experience debuted at Stafford Motor Speedway on Saturday night. The crew shares their thoughts on the quality of racing, rules and the legendary names that returned to the track to put on a show for the fans. NASCAR announced superspeedway rules package changes for the remaining races at Daytona and Talladega this season. Find out what spurred the changes, how the guys feel about them, and why it's a complicated problem trying to select an aero package for superspeedway races. Nashville Superspeedway will host NASCAR for the first time in a decade this weekend. The table discusses expectations heading to the concrete track and their plans for the weekend in Nashville. Next, Doug Coby joins the show. He details how he landed the SRX opportunity, how much preparation the drivers had, and what it was like mingling among the big motorsports names in the days leading up to the event. Then he shares how his race went, how he fell off the car during the celebration, and what his life now looks like. Plus, he and Freddie go way back and Doug shares an epic story about what Freddie did in the middle of the night once. In Reaction Theatre, everyone is getting called out. Danica Patrick, FOX, T.J., Freddie, etc. Hear why one fan is concerned that Kyle Larson is winning so much. T.J. then tells us what happened between Hailie Deegan and Matt Crafton during Saturday's Truck Series race at Texas during What an Idiot.
Fresh off a west coast trip and a combined four hours of sleep, T.J. Majors, Freddie Kraft and Brett Griffin are in the house to react to the weekend of NASCAR road course racing at Sonoma and Mid-Ohio. Hear how the No. 22 team's tire gamble paid off for Joey Logano and T.J. late in the race on Sunday. Find out how Bubba Wallace and Freddie made a remarkable comeback from a disappointing start to the day. And Brett walks us through an eventful day for Jeb Burton at Mid-Ohio. Late cautions at Sonoma Raceway created some controversy and the spotters react to some questionable decisions and moves made. Hear their take on Ross Chastain's shortcut through Turn 11 after triggering a multi-car wreck. They discuss what happened and NASCAR's decision to not penalize him. Later, Ryan Preece re-entered the track right into traffic after a spin. Find out what their spotters were saying during that incident as they try to figure out what Preece was doing. During Saturday's Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, non-competitive pit stops threw a wrench into strategy. A.J. Allmendinger was assessed a penalty for a pit stop that was too fast. Hear how that is possible and the confusing rules in place for the standalone Xfinity Series race. After charging back through the field, a late restart opened a window for Allmendinger to take the leaders three-wide to capture the lead. It worked for the No. 16 team as they went onto to win, while Ty Gibbs and Austin Cindric struck out. Hear what Gibbs said about the move afterwards and how the guys reacted to what Allmendinger did. NASCAR heads to Texas Motor Speedway for the All-Star Race this weekend. With the superspeedway aero package in place, the guys talk about what they expect to see. Plus, they hint at what the potential horsepower number may be for the Next Gen car in 2022. The Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) debuts this Saturday night at Stafford Speedway. Hear what the crew thinks about the lineup of drivers, expectations for the series and how they seemingly are missing a key ingredient to growth. In Reaction Theatre, multiple people are called out from the Xfinity Series race, a creative song is sung and Freddie gets an update on his t-shirt order. The guys then tell stories about being pushed down the hill in a child's wagon, lighting off bottle rockets in their childhood bedroom and the time Dale Jr. essentially lit someone's ass on fire.
Charlotte Motor Speedway’s tripleheader Memorial Day Weekend is in the books and Freddie Kraft, T.J. Majors and Brett Griffin are in studio to breakdown the weekend of action. First the gang receives a variety of gifts and reacts to them on the show while sharing stories from their week at home. Starting with Friday’s Truck Series race at Charlotte, the crew covers the vicious wreck involving Johnny Sauter and an essentially stopped truck on the frontstretch. Hear the spotters’ immediate thoughts upon seeing that accident and what should have been done differently. On Sunday, Denny Hamlin had some harsh words to describe Joey Logano’s driving. Find out what Hamlin said over the radio, what Logano’s spotter TJ’s response is and how Freddie feels about his bossman’s comments. Plus, hear how difficult passing was in the 600-mile event. Lapped cars played a noticeable role in how the World 600 unfolded. The spotters share their struggles helping their drivers navigate slower vehicles and what Kyle Busch did while racing for second late in the race. Hendrick Motorsports claimed 4 of the top-5 finishing positions for the second time in three weeks at Charlotte. The guys discuss the advantage the Chevrolet’s have found and how HMS decision making regarding its talent over the last half decade is paying off now. Chase Elliott’s spotter Eddie D’Hondt was indefinitely suspended last week following a recent arrest. Hear his fellow spotters’ take on the situation and what has unfolded over the last week involving D’Hondt and the No. 9 team. Plans for next season are beginning to take shape. Hear the gang react to the report Kurt Busch will run a second 23XI Racing car in 2022 and Freddie’s thoughts on potentially having a former champion as a teammate. Plus, the guys weigh in on NASCAR’s decision to run the championship race at Phoenix Raceway again in 2022. In Reaction Theatre, TJ gets a compliment and a song, Freddie gets asked an important question and one caller leaves the gang laughing in tears. Then the most impressive moments of the weekend are shared in Xfinity xFi More than Fast moment segment. The spotters are on their game when answering trivia question in Fast Lane. And there are too many “What an Idiot” candidates to count this week.
After a wet and wild inaugural NASCAR race weekend at Circuit of the Americas, Freddie Kraft, TJ Majors, and Brett Griffin are dried off and fired up to talk about this weekend’s action from Austin, Texas. But first, hear about the spotters’ adventures in Austin and how some critters got the best of Brett and his rain pants. The combination of visiting a new facility and rainy conditions made spotting challenging. Hear where the spotters were placed around the course, what they could and couldn’t see, and what they hope to do differently next time. After NASCAR’s decision to end the race 14 laps early due to weather conditions, find out what the competitors thought of the timing of the decision and whether the race could have continued. Visibility was at an all-time low for drivers during the race and led to massive hits for Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. Both drivers expressed their frustration after the near rollover crashes ended their days early. Hear what the spotters thought after seeing those vicious impacts and what it says about safety in the sport today. Silly Season rumors have ramped up, as reports have Brad Keselowski accepting an owner/driver role with Roush-Fenway Racing for next season. The guys react to the news and what it means for Keselowski, Team Penske, and the future ownership model of the Cup Series. As car number placement continues to be a topic of discussion, the guys weigh in on the latest development and what they ultimately think should happen. Plus, find out why a decision is needed soon as teams hunt for sponsors. Ever seen a racecar driving down the highway? Well, if you live in Denver, N.C., you might have last week. Find out which team was pulled over for driving their car down the road and where the crew thinks they were headed. In Reaction Theatre, fans let Brett know he’s the greatest thing to walk the Earth, one fan gives NASCAR a tip, and someone gets creative with a sound effect. Plus, some incredible moments are discussed in the Xfinity xFi More Than Fast Moment segment, this week’s What an Idiot winners are announced and the guys look ahead to racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Back from Dover International Speedway, Freddie Kraft, Brett Griffin and T.J. Majors are joined by Kaulig Racing Team President Chris Rice. Following NASCAR’s unveil of the Next Gen car and in anticipation of Kaulig starting a Cup Series program in 2022, Rice dives deep into the future for the sport. He first joins the crew’s banter and reaction to the action from Dover. A dominant Sunday for Hendrick Motorsports produced a 1-4 finish for the organization. Hear how the guys reacted to Kyle Larson not moving Alex Bowman for the lead on a restart. Rice weighs in on how teammates should race each other from management’s perspective. Talk regarding ownership of Cup Series charters is heating up as new teams look to enter the sport. The guys cover the current state of the charter business and how enforcing competition rules may help open up spots for new teams looking to enter the series. Denny Hamlin was vocal on the radio on Sunday when racing his driver Bubba Wallace. Wallace’s spotter Freddie tells us what happened and provides insight to the unique relationship between car owner and driver on the race track. NASCAR will race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas for the first time this weekend. Hear what the spotters expect to find when arriving at COTA and challenges they and the team anticipate facing. Then the show gets technical as a conversation surrounding NASCAR’s Next Gen car unveil gets underway. Hear what changes are coming with the new car and how it will impact the entire series. In preparation for taking his team to full-time Cup competition, Rice breaks down the different elements he studied ahead of this move. How will pit stops change? Could drivers be shifting at 1.5-mile tracks? What’s the future of practice? How much horsepower will the cars have? The guys all weigh in on these topics and much more. In Reaction Theatre, we get an update from Brett’s hometown of Pageland, hear from a Joey Logano supporter, and Freddie gets serenaded with a new song. For the Xfinity xFi More than Fast Moment segment, the guys discuss the fastest pit stop of the season and a money-making move. A short track brawl consumes the “What an Idiot” segment as everyone discusses what went down at Tri County Speedway over the weekend.
Darlington Raceway put on a show over the weekend. Brett Griffin, T.J. Majors and Freddie Kraft are here to cover the action-packed racing and big NASCAR news week. Before diving into the storylines of the week, the infamous drive to Darlington through Brett’s hometown of Pageland, S.C., is discussed. Hear some of the trouble he caused during his childhood. With the Cup Series running the 750 horsepower and low downforce aero package at Darlington for the first time in years, the difference in competition was notable. Listen for what the spotters thought of the change and its impact on the quality of racing. The gang covers the unveil of the specific manufacturers’ Next Gen cars that will take to the track beginning in 2022. Hear what the spotters like and don’t like about them, and what the major announcement means for the sport moving forward. Plus, what changes are expected in the car? Hear why a rearview camera may be among them. Next, Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis and defending Truck Series champion Sheldon Creed exchanged heated tweets over the weekend. Following Creed’s victory on Friday at Darlington, Lemonis replied to a fan who asked why Creed sometimes races sponsor-less. Lemonis said he offered to help, Creed fired back saying that the team is worth more than 15k. The series title sponsor then called Creed unprofessional. Hear the reaction from the crew and why Griffin – a motorsports marketing professional – believes making sponsorship values public is damaging for the sport. Bubba Wallace struggled again at Darlington, once angering race leader Martin Truex Jr. while the No. 19 team tried to help out its Toyota teammate at the end of Stage 1. Hear Freddie’s reaction to what Truex said about Wallace. Plus, a discussion on what spotters think about the leader complaining about cars fighting to stay on the lead lap. Later in the race, Wallace received the lucky dog only to have it taken away. Was that a fair decision by NASCAR? Kraft weighs in with a surprising answer and details surrounding the situation. How come Kyle Larson closed in rapidly on Truex towards the finish but was unable to make the pass? The spotters tell you what Truex may have been doing to Larson as they battled for the victory. The Truck Series race was a nightmare in many aspects on Friday night. Hear how the guys reacted to seeing the 17-truck restart pileup and why they struggled with sightlines. In Reaction Theatre, fans voice their frustrations from events over the weekend, T.J. gets wished a Happy Mother’s Day and a talented fan sings us a new song. Plus, an incredible move is discussed in the Xfinity xFi More Than Fast segment, the high school sports that the guys played are revealed in Fast Lane and an overflowing amount of What an Idiot candidates are discussed.
After race weekend at Kansas Speedway, T.J Majors, Freddie Kraft and Brett Griffin are in studio to give their insider perspective on all that went down. T.J. shares why he believes Joey Logano struggled this go around at Kansas after his victory last fall. Freddie details what went wrong for Bubba Wallace and why he tells Turn 2 to “kiss my ass.” Brett updates us on what it’s like in his new retired life as a baseball dad and couch spotter. NASCAR’s decision making behind throwing a caution 15 laps after a tire sat in the infield grass was called into question during Sunday’s race. The guys weigh in on the inconsistency they see when it comes to when cautions are called and what should have been done in this instance. This yellow flag then produced wild restarts to decide the race, where clean air proved to be king once again. The guys analyze its impact on who prevails and what kind of racing is produced as a result of the current aero package. Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney saw their strong runs derailed when they got into each other with 2 laps to go. Hear what the spotters think Larson did wrong and how the situation could have been avoided. NASCAR and Texas Motor Speedway unveiled the All-Star Race format last week. The guys try to understand what’s happening and break down the rule changes for the non-points event in June. The Next Gen car will be unveiled to the public for the first time this week. Ahead of that announcement, the gang talks the ramifications of this new car and why it may not actually save teams money. Plus, hear how it could change everything in multiple ways for NASCAR. In Reaction Theatre, some callers try to leave nice messages while others are not so nice. Hear which spotter takes the most hate this week and the answer may surprise you. It’s now off to Darlington Raceway for throwback weekend. Hear the guys talk about what they expect to see during the first visit to “The Lady in Black” this season.
Talladega Superspeedway is in the books and we have race winners in the house. Xfinity Series winner Jeb Burton joins the show to explain his emotion behind the victory, along with his winning spotter Brett Griffin. Joey Logano’s spotter T.J. Majors shares details of how the wreck unfolded that left the No. 22 upside down and Logano upset with superspeedway racing. Freddie Kraft talks about the eventful day for Bubba Wallace and a disappointing result. Fresh off his NASCAR Cup Series debut at Talladega, Harrison Burton joins the show as well. It’s a packed program after an action-packed weekend of racing. After Logano’s fiery comments about the aero package that produced his scary accident, the gang debates the current superspeedway racing product. They share thoughts on why it takes less skill now to succeed and what is to blame for big crashes. Both Matt DiBenedetto and Bubba Wallace, who continue to search for their first career Cup wins, showed promise racing up front on Sunday. However, neither got the job done and the crew analyzes their performances. They discuss what both drivers need to do continue to grow and what Wallace’s early season struggles mean. Jennifer Jo Cobb was denied eligibility to make her first career Cup Series start on Sunday. The guys discuss her comments about not being approved and the larger mistake the team made. Chad Ochocinco was not happy watching so many commercials during the races at Talladega. What needs to be done about this abundance of ads? The gang weighs in. When Harrison Burton joins the show, he shares about how he prepares to race and how the job of a driver has changed since his dad competed. He details the resources available to him as Toyota Racing driver and what Toyota provided him after his fight with Noah Gragson last year. Then he tells all about his first start at the premiere level. Who surprisingly was the first person to reach out to him once the news broke, what he learned on Sunday and how the final restart unfolded. Plus, the hilarious story of why he considers bee stings good luck. In Reaction Theatre, the fans are ruthless. T.J. still hears it even after his car landed upside down and Brett is told he takes all the credit for Jeb’s win. Plus, a young fan raps for us. The events that stood out most from Talladega are shared in the “Xfinity xFi More Than Fast Moments” segment. State nicknames are debated in Fast Lane. And more “What an Idiot” awards are handed out.
Richmond Raceway is in the books and the spotters return to break down the weekend of racing. T.J. Majors shares insight into Joey Logano’s late lead and near win on Sunday. Freddie Kraft talks about a difficult day for Bubba Wallace. And Brett Griffin addresses Casey for the first time in-person since blocking her on Twitter. Plus, Wood Brothers Racing’s Jon Wood joins the show to share some epic tales. Denny Hamlin said that he’d rather be in his current position than in race winner Alex Bowman’s after the race. What did he mean by that and does the spotting trio agree with his comments? They discuss. Only two natural cautions have occurred in the last 885 laps at Richmond Raceway. Why is this short track not producing the action it was once known for? The gang weighs in and explains why the cars aren’t hard to drive. Plus, hear why they believe Kevin Harvick saved the day. Chase Elliott remains the only Hendrick Motorsports car without a victory in 2021. After a dominant finish to last season and a tendency to come alive later in the year, is the No. 9 team holding back right now? The spotters debate. T.J. shares about Hailie Deegan’s learning curve in the Truck Series after a rough Saturday at Richmond Raceway and explains comments he made on channel two after a crash that Deegan narrowly avoided. Who are the worst drivers the guys have ever spotted for? They engage in a lively conversation reliving some of their most memorable moments spotting for slower cars. Next, Wood Brothers Racing’s Jon Wood joins the show to clear things up after Brett shared some stories that lacked the entire truth. He tells on himself, sharing tales of catching a team van’s brakes on fire, flying an airplane out of the sunroof, and driving a van through the woods. Plus, he provides insight into the unique perspective and style he brings to the Wood Brothers social media account during races. Hear why he says some of the things he says, even if NASCAR may not always be happy about it. In Reaction Theatre, fans are snoozing and choking. T.J. gets blasted, Brett gets compared to a foreign leader and Freddie is told to suck it. Lastly, the gang prepares for the upcoming race weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
After a wet and wild weekend at Martinsville Speedway, T.J. Majors, Freddie Kraft and Brett Griffin are in studio to react to a busy Sunday of short track action. Brett returned to the spotters stand for the Martinsville modified race and shares what stood out about spotting a mod. Freddie wanted to celebrate Josh Berry’s big Xfinity Series win at Martinsville only to find out what time Josh went to bed - but it didn’t stop Freddie. And T.J. is back fresh off his TV appearance during the Cup broadcast. NASCAR tested rain tires at Martinsville last week but find out when the gang wishes they would have tested them. Hear their reactions to the weekend rain delays and why they question the decision to have started the race Saturday night. A massive backstretch pileup bent fenders and flared tempers. Was it an intentional move by Chris Buescher? The crew debates and then reacts to Daniel Suarez throwing his water at William Byron after being shipped into Turn 1. While racing up front, Joey Logano nearly spun Martin Truex Jr. but quickly relented the position. Hear why that move shocked some of the panel and T.J. tells us if that was really what happened. Rick Ware Racing made headlines following multiple incidents with its cars in the Cup race. The gang shares their thoughts on fiery quotes from the drivers and team. Controversy surrounding the choose rule sent Jeb Burton and Freddie to the rear of the field in the Xfinity Series race. Hear why Freddie feels the Kaulig Racing team was being made an example of and why drivers are slow to choose their lane. With Adam Stern reporting that NASCAR is looking at reopening its infield to guests, the crew discusses what the at track experience will look like in a post-COVID world. Hear what needs to happen to bring fans back and how they hope NASCAR accomplishes that. In Reaction Theatre, Freddie gets a call from the parking lot, T.J. finds a fan and a new song blows everyone away. Later, hear about the guys’ mancaves during the Offerpad Question of the Week segment. In the Xfinity xFi More than Fast Moment segment, which moments during the race stood out most? Find out who impressed the spotters. Then find about which fast food restaurant has the best french fries and why the race after the race nearly got Freddie in trouble returning from Martinsville.
Following the inaugural Bristol Motor Speedway NASCAR dirt track race weekend, winning Cup Series spotter T.J. Majors is joined by Freddie Kraft, who John Hunter Nemechek said needs glasses, and everyone’s favorite couch spotter, Brett Griffin. After they breakdown the action from Monday afternoon, ESPN’s Marty Smith joins the show to share stories about his time in NASCAR, how he made it, building relationships, his Bristol dirt reactions, and much more. The perspective of the spotters is in high-demand after seeing NASCAR run on the Bristol dirt for the first time. Hear from them on what they called the “Dust Bowl” and find out just how bad visibility really was. As for the on-track action, they detail what they liked and disliked, plus why it was refreshing to see Cup drivers making mistakes. Dirt racing aces Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell were not immune to those mistakes. Hear what the crew thought of both drivers’ early trouble. Should NASCAR have thrown a caution for Bubba Wallace’s spin late in the race? Freddie weighs in and pleads for consistency from the sport when displaying the yellow flag. Corey LaJoie called Brett out for his “couch spotter” take after an early incident collected numerous cars in the Cup race. Brett responds and explains who he was really talking about in his tweet. Denny Hamlin wished for a do over after the finish. The guys share what they wish he would have done on the overtime restart to contend with Joey Logano. John Hunter Nemechek said Freddie and his Truck Series driver Derek Kraus need glasses after Kraus wrecked well after Nemechek spun. Freddie explains exactly what happened and how safety workers interfered with Kraus’ truck after the accident. In Reaction Theatre, T.J wins yet can find no love. He reacts to fans both upset and pleased with the No. 22 team’s victory. Freddie hears it from the listeners as well, including the youngest reaction theatre caller yet. Which drivers proved that it takes more than speed to perform well in NASCAR? The guys answer in the Xfinity xFi More than Fast Moment segment. That, plus the weekly “What an Idiot” awards and Martinsville picks.
After NASCAR’s tripleheader race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, T.J. Majors, Freddie Kraft and Brett Griffin convene in studio to react to everything that went down. Plus, NASCAR on FOX’s lead announcer Mike Joy joins the show to discuss his difference of opinion with the spotting trio. First, Freddie and T.J. share about the challenges both Bubba Wallace and Joey Logano faced on the abrasive Atlanta surface. Along with co-host Casey Boat and producer Jason Schultz, Brett shares his perspective from watching as a fan and lists all that he accomplished during the 500-mile race. This leads to a conversation about whether the event was too long and what needs to be done about it. In Spot on/Spot off, the spotters first address Larson saying he hates Joey Logano after Logano’s teammate Ryan Blaney won by passing the No. 5 car late in the race on Sunday. T.J. shares his perspective and what Logano was fighting for at that moment. Then the conversation turns to the Xfinity Series drama. The crew weighs in on Noah Gragson backing into Daniel Hemric’s pit stall and making contact with No. 18 car, and whether they believed it was intentional or not. Then, they talk the post-race altercation between the drivers and crew members. Should anyone have been penalized? They state their cases. After seeing how the racing in Atlanta played out – does the track need a repave and should the grass situation be fixed? See which side of the debates the spotters fall on. The NASCAR Cup Series will race on dirt for the first time in 51 years this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. Hear the gang’s thoughts on the race format, how they expect the event to go, and who to watch for and not watch for this weekend. Mike Joy then joins the show for a conversation ranging from working with the unfiltered Clint Bowyer in the booth to the attitudes of young racers. He shares his perspective regarding his recent tweets about paid drivers and hears out the spotters’ opinions. Learn where they net out on the topic after last week’s Twitter back-and-forth. Hear Joy’s perspective on how the season has played out thus far and if he’s on board with the “Best Season Ever” tagline. Plus, find out what he expects to see at Bristol. In Reaction Theatre, T.J. feels anything but love, Freddie hears complaints and a caller leaves the best song in Reaction Theatre history. Lastly, hear about what moments from Atlanta were Xfinity xFi “More Than Fast,” if Fast Lane is rigged and this week’s “What an Idiot” awards.
NASCAR’s West Coast Swing is complete as our spotters return from Phoenix Raceway to cover what went down in the desert. T.J. Majors shares about Joey Logano’s strong day that produced a solid finish. Freddie Kraft details why the promise and gains Bubba Wallace showed on Sunday keep the new team progressing nicely. Brett talks about his new role at the track over the weekend and why he was Denny Hamlin’s biggest fan. As home of the championship race, the gang analyzes Phoenix Raceway’s product. They dish their opinions about the traction compound used on the racing surface and whether it helps or hurts the competition. Plus, which rule did NASCAR not enforce on the wild and wide Phoenix restarts? The spotting trio discusses. Drama from Saturday’s Xfinity Series race leads to conversations about drivers needing to use bathroom during races and double bird salutes. Hear what Freddie told his Xfinity Series driver Jeb Burton when Burton asked how many laps were left in the race. Then, the crew breaks down why Josh Berry flipping off Santino Ferruicci may have been entertaining but ultimately costly for the JR Motorsports driver. Given the quality of the races at Phoenix, should it continue hosting the title races beyond 2021? The gang weighs in, discussing what characteristics should make up the track that crowns the champion. After DBC weighed in on Mike Joy’s hot take tweet about drivers with daddy’s money last week, Joy responded on Twitter. Hear what he said and what the guys are now saying back. NASCAR is beginning to experience a Nashville problem with two tracks both wanting to host races. Hear what the crew believes will become of NASCAR in Nashville. In Reaction Theatre, the fans bring it. Hear how T.J. responds to a fan calling him out for wanting to spot for Joey Logano. Someone compares Brett to beach balls. Plus, a very familiar voice chimes in. Xfinity is back with a new segment for 2021. Hear the guys debate the moments that made the greatest difference in this weekend’s events at Phoenix.
After a thrilling race weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, T.J. Majors, Freddie Kraft and Brett Griffin cover all the drama from Sin City. Before diving into the events of all three races, Freddie details the struggles Bubba Wallace faced and why the team saw something that provided encouragement moving forward. While usually a lock for success at Las Vegas, Joey Logano struggled and T.J. discusses what happened. Brett is checking in from Myrtle Beach and has plenty of opinions after seeing everything go down on TV. Kyle Busch’s questionable spin from Friday’s Truck Series raised some eyebrows. Hear what the gang has to say about Busch’s response, how NASCAR handles intentional spins and why it brought out a caution. Mike Joy made headlines with a tweet essentially calling out Noah Gragson and all drivers who race with “daddy’s money.” The guys respond to Joy and explain why his comment targeting the JR Motorsports driver are unfair given the financial state of the sport. Kyle Larson returned to Victory Lane on Sunday. T.J. reveals if this victory surprised him or not, and everyone chimes in about how Larson has progressed since climbing back behind the wheel of a Cup car. Plus, is Hendrick Motorsports back? Freddie and Brett share insight into what may have contributed to the recent uptick in performance out of the HMS stable. The batteries dying on the radio is a spotter’s worse nightmare. Hear what the panel has to say in response to Ty Dillon’s Xfinity Series spotter saying his batteries died as the No. 54 car wrecked in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race. In Reaction Theatre, all three spotters hear it from the fans as they react to the weekend’s events. Plus, the guys give it back to some fans who think they know better than those in the industry. Find out what the crew did for their first jobs in Fast Lane and why Freddie’s surprised everyone. Later, Freddie gives his “What an Idiot” award to nearly every Cup team owner.
Back from Homestead-Miami Speedway, spotters T.J. Majors and Freddie Kraft share their perspectives from a fun weekend of racing at an entertaining track. They’re joined by Brett Griffin, who is fresh off his first weekend not at a race track since 1999. Tyler Reddick’s impressive late race bid fell short on Sunday. The crew analyzes why Homestead-Miami fits his driving style and why Reddick needs to win soon. Kyle Larson’s strong showing caught the spotters’ attention and they share why he may not have been as aggressive as normal. Many new players found themselves in contention on Sunday. Hear why names like William Byron and Michael McDowell fared well in a 1.5-mile track race that usually favors the heavy hitters. Martin Truex Jr. had some choice words for Denny Hamlin during the race. Find out what those were and why they aren’t surprised to hear it from Truex. Plus, their teammate Kyle Busch’s frustration leads Brett into a rant about the industry’s use of SMT data. Noah Gragson was laps away from victory in the Xfinity Series race before running into the back of David Starr. Hear how the spotters reacted, why they too are tired of dealing with slower cars and how Gragson is turning into a polarizing driver. Kyle Petty shared interesting comments about the Joe Gibbs Racing stable of drivers last week and Denny Hamlin responded. It leads the gang to discuss how developing young talent should be assessed. In Reaction Theatre, Noah Gragson hears what the fans thought of his ordeal on Saturday. Despite a quiet day on track, T.J. still hears from Joey Logano critics. One caller leaves the guys unable to respond in typical reaction theatre style. Fast Lane goes off the rails and leads to stories about who the guys took to prom. Brett fills us in on the state of his backseat after a puking accident. Lastly, Freddie tells us a story about his truck once smelling like the “ass of a giraffe.”
Our spotting trio of T.J. Majors, Brett Griffin and Freddie Kraft returns from the Daytona International Speedway road course to breakdown the wild weekend of road racing. The second race weekend of the year produced not one but two first-time winners. Saturday’s Xfinity Series victor Ty Gibbs joins the show after winning in his first start. He describes the intense run to the finish, what he did to hold onto the lead, and the meaning behind his emotional celebration. Plus, the 18-year-old addresses the reputation he’s building. Christopher Bell chased down Joey Logano in the closing laps, evaded the No. 22’s block attempts and drove to Victory Lane for the first time in his NASCAR Cup Series career. Majors discusses another win slipping away late for the No. 22 team. A.J Allmendinger impressed in his part-time Cup effort for Kaulig Racing on Sunday. His spotter Brett Griffin talks about their day and what proved insurmountable to overcome in the race. Plus, Griffin responds to what Clint Bowyer said about him on the broadcast. The controversial late race caution for rain is addressed, including Kyle Busch’s comments about why the yellow flag was displayed. Hear whether the guys thought a caution was necessary and how it changed the race. Chaos then ensued on the following restarts. They react to Chase Elliott’s epic saves and his tangle with Corey LaJoie, plus all the drama that the finish produced. Saturday’s Xfinity Series race did not disappoint and the gang covers Allmendinger and Austin Cindric wrecking while battling for the Stage 1 victory. Truck Series drama is brewing between former champion Brett Moffitt and his former team GMS Racing. Hear what went down in the race and whether Moffitt should be picking this fight. In Reaction Theatre, everyone sucks and Brett gets cussed out – what’s new? A new segment debuts that has everyone pointing fingers. Lastly, Brett reveals a special gift he’s receiving from a long-time friend and NASCAR Cup Series champion.
After a wild and wet DAYTONA 500, Bubba Wallace’s spotter Freddie Kraft and Joey Logano’s spotter T.J. Majors break down the chaotic day at the World Center of Racing. Along with co-host Casey Boat and producer Jason Schultz, the gang covers the frightening last-lap wreck involving leaders Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski. Majors discusses what happened from his perspective and if it could have unfolded differently. How did Michael McDowell clear the carnage and win his first career NASCAR Cup Series race? They react to his shocking victory. Plus, find out which Cup Series championship spotter called the shots for the No. 34 team after being fired from his previous team last season. Kraft shares about Bubba Wallace’s maiden voyage as the driver for newly formed 23XI Racing. He explains how their week went and what happened to put them a lap down as the finish approached. A massive wreck on Lap 14 changed the course of Sunday’s race, what caused the early aggression? The spotters share what they think happened. Coordinating pit stops with alliance partners is another challenge spotters face at superspeedway races, find out what goes into aligning trips down pit road. Drivers and fans alike were confused by the qualification rules for the 500 following Thursday’s Duel races. Are the rules fair? Should the final spots in the field be determined differently? The guys debate. T.J. spotted his first Truck Series race for Hailie Deegan, find out how the race went and his outlook for the season as her spotter. Reaction Theatre returns with fans heated after a crazy season opening weekend. Find out what they had to say about Logano’s last lap block, Freddie’s spotting and Brad Keselowski’s oil changes. In Fast Lane, find out who doesn’t know which planet is closest to the sun and a surprising celebrity crush revelation.
Door Bumper Clear returns for its sixth season and has some big news. The gang catches you up on their off-seasons as T.J. Majors became a day trader, Freddie Kraft now has meetings, Brett Griffin’s rocking a part-time schedule, and new momma Casey Boat is back. Plus, hear about the return of one of the most popular segments in Dirty Mo Media history. Ahead of the start of the NASCAR season, the crew discusses what’s new for the sport in 2021. Freddie lays out Bubba Wallace’s goals with newly formed 23XI Racing and debates goals vs. expectations. Concerns are raised looking ahead to the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt race in March and the unknowns leading into the first Cup Series race on dirt since the 1970s. The spotters share their thoughts on the drama involving who will spot for Kyle Larson. Tony Stewart asked NASCAR to run the season opening Busch Clash but didn’t get a call back. The guys discuss how Stewart’s new Superstar Racing Experience is impacting his relationship with the sanctioning body. Leading into the DAYTONA 500, Brad Keselowski is concerned about tearing up a bunch of race cars and the gang reacts to his comments. Find out how the spotters foresee the week of superspeedway racing playing out.
Door Bumper Clear brings you holiday laughs and cheer with this off-season, Christmas, and 200th episode spectacular. T.J. Majors, Brett Griffin, Freddie Kraft, Hannah Newhouse, and Jason Schultz first react to making it to 200 shows. They share favorite memories and reflect back on the best moments in DBC history. What have the guys been up to since the NASCAR season ended? Brett tells the story of bear hunting with Clint Bowyer, Freddie fills us in on what went down at the Snowball Derby and T.J. reveals who put Christmas lights up at his house. The gang then dives into the big news that has dropped since their last show. They cover Auto Club Speedway race weekend moving to the Daytona road course in February and why the Clash will now give its participants an unfair advantage. The Snowflake 100 ended in controversy following a last-lap incident. Was the call to disqualify the winner fair or foul? Spotter silly season has heated up and the guys explain which drivers are changing spotters and how it will impact their performance in 2021. John Hunter Nemechek took a gamble to leave full-time Cup Series competition for the Truck Series next year. The crew analyzes that move and how the potential expansion of 23XI Racing may have factored in. The cost of racing remains a hot button issue in the sport and driver contracts are taking a hit, the spotting trio explains. Plus, will the new Cup car in 2022 really save teams money? They debate. To celebrate Christmas, DBC releases the first single off its Christmas album and debuts Jingle Bells to the world. In Xfinity Fast Lane, the guys' knowledge of holiday songs, trivia, and more is tested. Find out which spotter doesn’t know where Jesus was born. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from DBC! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
On the Season 5 finale, T.J. Majors, Brett Griffin and Freddie Kraft return from NASCAR Championship Weekend at Phoenix Raceway to react to the title battles in the desert. T.J. and Joey Logano fell short of a second Bill France Cup, hear how T.J. describes their race and what they missed on. Plus, Brett shares details of how Clint Bowyer closed his Cup Series career in his final start on Sunday. Freddie has some breaking news that required a shirt unveil. Find out what his future holds. Chase Elliott overcame a last-place starting spot to win his first Cup Series championship. The guys, along with co-host Hannah Newhouse and producer Jason Schultz, discuss the crazy fast car he had and how he beat his competition. Slow pit stops cost Brad Keselowski a shot at challenging the No. 9 car, leaving the gang to emphasize the team aspect of racing. In the Xfinity Series race, a spin by Chase Briscoe to bring out a late caution has the guys raising their eyebrows. Plus, they react to Justin Allgaier losing the lead on the final restart and the role his teammate Noah Gragson played in the finish of the race. It leads to a debate about the role of teammates for the championship contenders. Similarly in the Truck Series event, a late yellow flag set up a wild restart to decide the title. Hear why the crew thinks the caution should lead NASCAR to reevaluate its driver approval process. Plus, find out what they though about Sheldon Creed’s crazy drive to the front. The haters are back in Reaction Twitter and in #AskDBC, find out why ‘9 damn acres’ is so funny. As the 2020 season draws to a close, the gang reflects back on how NASCAR handled the adversity in one of the most challenging years ever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
A shocking Sunday at Martinsville Speedway set the stage for NASCAR Championship Weekend at Phoenix Raceway. Brett Griffin, T.J. Majors and Freddie Kraft react to all that happened at Martinsville. Plus, they prepare for a big weekend out west where Majors and Joey Logano will compete for a second championship, while Griffin and Clint Bowyer compete in the Cup Series together one final time. Chase Elliott won on Sunday to advance to his first Championship 4 but it didn’t come without some drama. The guys review the rescinded pit road penalty his team initially received and debate whether NASCAR made the right call. Kevin Harvick appeared as a lock for the championship race heading into the penultimate event of the season. However, a uncharacteristic poor performance shocked the sport and prevents the No. 4 team from racing for the title. The crew analyzes what went wrong and his last ditch effort on the final lap. Plus, why don’t fans seem to celebrate upsets like in other sports’ playoffs? They weigh in. The No. 9 team had some choice words for Joey Logano early in Sunday’s race. Logano’s spotter T.J. responds and discusses what it means heading into their title battle. Majors also shares insight into what he anticipates happening as Logano competes for his second championship. Clint Bowyer and Aric Almirola didn’t get along very well at the short track. Brett discusses the teammates trading blows and tells the story of how he led NASCAR to implement a ‘no touch policy’ on the spotters stand back in the day. Tony Stewart and Toyota’s David Wilson exchanged heated comments about their respective manufacturers’ driver development programs. The gang discusses the current state of developing young talent in NASCAR. Heading into Bowyer's final weekend as a Cup Series driver, he and Brett receive a special message from fans and a surprise guest to kick-off the show. Later, everyone shares their favorite Bowyer memories and stories. Lastly, championship picks are made as the spotters are onto the final NASCAR race weekend of 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Rain may have delayed the Texas Motor Speedway Cup Series race by three days but it didn’t stop this week’s episode. T.J. Majors, Brett Griffin and Freddie Kraft made it out of the mist and cover all that went down in the Lone Star State, along with producer Jason Schultz. The guys tell their tales of survival waiting out the rain delay and what they had to go buy. Kyle Busch won his first Cup Series race of the season on Wednesday. After the race, he expressed remorse for topping his teammate who needed a win to make the Championship 4. The guys react. In the Xfinity Series race, Harrison Burton ran down Noah Gragson in the final two laps to win. How did he do that and what went wrong for Gragson? Our spotting trio discusses. Justin Allgaier had some choice words for Ross Chastain. Were the comments justified? Plus, why is Chastain being so hard on himself? Griffin explains why it gives the driver of the No. 10 a bad look. A drama-filled Truck Series race led to numerous fights, wrecks and choice words. Majors explains what went down while spotting for Ben Rhodes and what he thought when Rhodes turned Christian Eckes into the wall. Which driver popped another post-race? You’ll find that out along with so much more. Big silly season news dropped including Kyle Larson signing with Hendrick Motorsports, Chase Briscoe getting in the No. 14 car and Erik Jones going to Richard Petty Motorsports. The boys analyze the news and predict how each will perform in their new rides. There’s plenty of more hate in this week’s installment of Reaction Twitter and an Xfinity Fast Lane question helps the guys create a new nickname for a male witch. With one race to go before championship weekend, the guys make Martinsville predictions and gear up for a short track showdown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Joey Logano and T.J. Majors took the victory Sunday at Kansas Speedway to advance to the championship race at Phoenix. T.J. describes the No. 22 team’s day and how he helped guide Logano to block Kevin Harvick in the run to the finish. Brett Griffin and Freddie Kraft, reluctantly, give T.J. props and talk about how difficult passing was in the Cup Series race and the frustration it created. Chase Elliott’s team faced communication issues throughout the race. What’s it like when the spotter can’t talk to the driver and should the No. 9 team have been penalized? The guys weigh in and T.J. shares a similar experience. A massive wreck in the Xfinity Series race landed Anthony Alfredo upside down. Prior to the crash, Brett sent a controversial tweet about Alfredo and he explains it all right here. Find out why Alfredo’s moves on the track had heightened stakes behind them and what it means for his future. Plus, the crew talks about decisions being made for the Xfinity Series in 2021 and how the business of the series is changing. In the second installment of Reaction Twitter, T.J. learns that even if his team wins, fans will be upset. Freddie finds out fans think Bubba Wallace would be a better football player than race car driver. And Brett suffers the consequences of calling a guy out right before he flips in the race. Lastly in Ask DBC, the gang talks about pleasing both diehard and casual fans, Clint Bowyer’s relationship with the choose rule and Jimmie Johnson’s send-off. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
A wet and wild weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL left plenty for Brett Griffin, T.J. Majors and Freddie Kraft to cover as the NASCAR Playoffs roll on. The Cup Series raced on a wet surface for the first time since the 1950s and they react to unique challenge drivers faced. A hard-fought battle ended in playoff elimination for Clint Bowyer. His spotter Brett walks us through the ups-and-downs of the day and Bowyer racing with no power steering. Kyle Busch also saw his championship hopes fade away on Sunday. The guys, along with co-host Hannah Newhouse and producer Jason Schultz, explain how his season went wrong. The Xfinity Series raced in torrential downpours on Saturday and race winning spotter Freddie shares his experience spotting in the rain. Hear what his driver A.J. Allmendinger said about the conditions. Noah Gragson was upset with Riley Herbst after an accident racing for the lead. The crew responds to the choice words Gragson used towards Herbst. Silly season news broke everywhere last week. Our trio of spotters discusses the news of Clint Bowyer retiring, Alex Bowman going to the No. 48 car, Matt DiBenedetto getting another year in the No. 21 and Daniel Suarez joining Justin Marks’ new team. Plus, Brett shares what his future looks like after Bowyer’s announcement, After Brett blocked Twitter accounts live on the show last week, hear the boys read more mean tweets after Sunday’s race. In Ask DBC, Parker Kligerman makes an appearance and Championship 4 picks are made heading to Kansas Speedway to begin the Round of 8. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Talladega Superspeedway produced a wild playoff race on Sunday and T.J. Majors, Brett Griffin and Freddie Kraft are back from their spotter perch high above the track to talk all about it. After NASCAR made numerous yellow line rule related decisions in the Cup race, the guys analyze the penalized moves. Should Denny Hamlin have won the race? Was Matt DiBenedetto’s penalty fair? Why did Chase Elliott’s penalty get rescinded? The crew debates all these, plus more. Joey Logano raced aggressively all day long and received two penalties for forcing another car below the yellow line. T.J. walks us through what happened and how it impacted the No. 22 team’s day. Bubba Wallace found himself up front for much of the race before two late race accidents. Freddie breaks down the strong day and what ended it. Jimmie Johnson said Clint Bowyer’s move that caused a big one was “the stupidest thing I’ve seen in my career.” Brett responds and explains what took Bowyer out of the race and put him in playoff bubble trouble. The 2021 NASCAR schedule includes major changes including the addition of road courses and a Bristol dirt race. The gang weighs in on what NASCAR got right, wrong and which races they are most looking forward to. It’s Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL race week and with more playoff eliminations ahead, our spotters discuss who’s safe and in danger, plus what to expect this Sunday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Fresh off a flight back from Las Vegas and a few hours of sleep, T.J. Majors and Brett Griffin cover all that went down at the track and during a big week of NASCAR news. Along with co-host Hannah Newhouse and producer Jason Schultz, the gang discusses the noise Joey Logano made in Sunday’s race. T.J. explains the block the No. 22 made on Chase Elliott early in the event and responds to Alan Gustafson’s comments. Then T.J. walks us through how Logano cut a tire down after making contact with Kyle Busch when Denny Hamlin took them three-wide for the lead. A debris caution changed everything on Sunday and the spotters react to how it impacted their race and the winning opportunity it presented Kurt Busch. Denny Hamlin officially announced his new Cup Series team with Michael Jordan last week. The guys analyze the news and ponder challenges this new organization is up against. The 2021 NASCAR schedule is anticipated this week. Our industry insiders drop some hints about more road courses and current tracks losing races. Door Bumper Clear meets Chloe Boat for the first time and checks in on Casey Boat to see how new life as a mom is treating her. We learn about Chloe’s first few weeks and the breastfeeding advice Brett gave Casey. In #AskDBC, Brett tells a story about how a shredded tire injured Elliott Sadler in the car. Plus, find out how many times these guys have spotted the wrong car during a race. NASCAR is off to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend and the crew explains why nobody is safe in this critical playoff race. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
ESPN’s Ryan McGee joins Brett Griffin, T.J. Majors and Freddie Kraft to talk his life as a sports journalist, plus cover everything from the weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. The long-time racing reporter shares about his family’s deep sports pedigree, his early days covering NASCAR and his special connection with Benny Parsons. He tells the story about the biggest interview of his career with Usain Bolt. Plus, he discusses his column from June on NASCAR’s ban of the confederate flag. Then, he and the guys dive into the first elimination race at Bristol. Kyle Busch had some choice words for Joey Logano after the race. T.J. shares his perspective of the late race moment and the culture of relationships in the NASCAR garage. Lapped cars were out of hand on Saturday night and the spotters dish on why something needs to be done about these ‘moving chicanes’ on the track. Four drivers have been eliminated from the Cup Series playoffs, including a surprise in Ryan Blaney. The gang points out missed opportunities from his season. Silly season is heating up and Bubba Wallace’s next move seems imminent. The guys drop some hints about a pending announcement and why it may allow Wallace to write his own history. Ross Chastain announced his move to the Cup Series in 2021 and the roundtable reacts, explaining why this could be make it or break it for his career. In #AskDBC, the guys question the playoff points structure and debate if it needs changing. McGee answers a question about the current sports media landscape and explains why NASCAR draws parallels to other leagues. Lastly, the spotting trio rants about condescending communication over the race director’s radio Saturday night at Bristol. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Bubba Wallace joins T.J. Majors, Brett Griffin and his spotter, Freddie Kraft for a wide-ranging conversation covering his past, present and future. After announcing he’ll leave Richard Petty Motorsports at season’s end, he shares what it was like telling The King and the rest of the team. Wallace then discusses the opportunities in front of him. He candidly reveals that this will be his best shot at success yet and says that he’ll hang it up if he can’t perform well. Reflecting on his path to the Cup Series, the 26-year-old dives into his Truck Series success, Xfinity Series shortcomings and the move that led to his first Cup ride. It has been a busy year for Bubba and he talks about some cool personal moments, including a Zoom call with Magic Johnson and gaming with Lewis Hamilton. Plus, Wallace dishes on his aggressive restarts, opinion on the choose rule and how he understands his spotter Kraft’s auctioneer-like calls. The gang, including co-host Hannah Newhouse and producer Jason Schultz, then reacts to the weekend’s races at Richmond Raceway. They debate Saturday night’s Cup race with no natural cautions and why the tire used continues to be a problem. T.J. made an interesting comment over the radio when Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski were battling for the lead. He tells us what really happened and why spotters sometimes trash talk their drivers over channel two during the races. The first round of the playoffs will conclude this Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. The crew shares their expectations, which drivers on the bubble they think have the best chance to advance and which are in trouble. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Darlington Raceway provided plenty of late race drama for Brett Griffin, T.J. Majors and Freddie Kraft to cover after the first weekend of the NASCAR Playoffs. Martin Truex Jr. cost both himself and Chase Elliott a shot at the Southern 500 victory. Was Truex’s move justified and can Elliott be mad about it? The gang weighs in. A similar move in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Darlington has the crew asking where Denny Hamlin was going and why was he so desperate forcing his way in front of Ross Chastain. Clint Bowyer will be without his crew chief at Richmond. His spotter details the decision between accepting a suspension and losing points. NASCAR released a video comparing the playoffs to bocce ball. The gang discusses the great publicity for bocce ball and the confusion for the sport. Former NFL safety and big racing fan, Bernard Pollard Jr. is back on the show to share his reaction to the recent racing. Plus, he tries to understand the playoff system and makes comparisons to the NFL. Plus, he asks the guys about drivers changing teams and the gang makes him predict the next NASCAR and Super Bowl champions. In Ask DBC, the spotting trio reacts to the news that Auto Club Speedway will be converted into a short-track and the rumors regarding the future of Germain Racing’s No. 13 Cup team. Also, hear why the penalty Ryan Blaney’s team received on Sunday may not have resulted from a mistake as the team claimed. Hannah Newhouse is back as Casey Boat finally had her baby. Newhouse talks racing with her new sponsors, Griffin and Kraft. DBC also received a special gift and opens it live on the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
It’s the biggest episode in Door Bumper Clear history as superstar entertainer Blake Shelton joins the show. T.J. Majors, Freddie Kraft and his long-time friend Brett Griffin cover everything, including his NASCAR interest, being a fan and friend of Clint Bowyer and what it’s like to be a performer right now. Blake shares stories from The Voice, how his dad’s interest in racing made him a fan and meeting Brett and Elliott Sadler. As someone who closely follows the sport, he dishes his opinion on today’s racing and the playoff format. Plus, he puts Brett on the spot, asking what’s next for Bowyer. And he leaves us with a new theme song. After a wild weekend of racing at Daytona, the gang covers Tyler Reddick’s big block and Ryan Newman’s comments, the dramatic final laps of the Cup race and Jimmie Johnson missing the playoffs. In Friday night’s Xfinity Series race, a last lap crash between leader A.J. Allmendinger and Ross Chastain created tension. The guys debate who was at fault. The Rookie of the Year battle in the Cup Series has been decided 10 weeks ahead of the finale. Should it be that way? The crew weighs in. Now it’s off to the Cup playoff opener at Darlington Raceway and the gang couldn’t ask for a better round of tracks to begin the post-season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
A packed weekend of racing at Dover International Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway is in the books. Brett Griffin, T.J. Majors and Freddie Kraft break it all down along with co-host Casey Boat and producer Jason Schultz. The gang covers a much improved racing quality at the Monster Mile, Joey Logano wrecking Ricky Stenhouse Jr. early in Sunday’s race and Jimmie Johnson’s team making a gutsy call to gain spots late. The Cup Series is off to Daytona International Speedway to conclude its regular season. With the playoff bubble tight, the guys discuss how drivers and teams should approach the race. Is the strategy to ride around in the back or race up front? They debate that and why drivers should carefully choose who they help in the draft. The Indianapolis 500 finished under caution on Sunday. Was that the right call? The crew weighs in. It’s rumored that a celebrity owner is considering investing into a Cup Series team. Find out who it is and which team he’s eyeing. Questions loom about the future of NASCAR at Eldora Speedway. Hear why the guys think the Truck Series may not return. As Kyle Larson continues to dominate the dirt racing circuit, questions on if he’ll return to NASCAR resurface. Hear about what his future may look like. Plus, how T.J. would fare as a jockey in the Kentucky Derby? That answer and many more in this episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Following the first-ever NASCAR race weekend on the Daytona International Speedway road course, T.J. Majors and Freddie Kraft are heated and ready to discuss the weekend’s action. Joey Logano and Bubba Wallace were involved in a last lap incident. Now their spotters debate exactly what happened. Four of the top Cup Series drivers agreed to take it easy into Turn 1 on Lap 1 and that didn’t sit well with our crew. Fans voiced their frustration with the weekend’s broadcasts and the guys react to the show ending early on Sunday. After Saturday’s Xfinity Series race, Justin Allgaier confronted A.J. Allmendinger. Find out who was in the right and who was in the wrong. Did NASCAR not approve sports car racing ace Jordan Taylor to compete in a stock car this weekend? Hear the rumor and the reaction. Chase Elliott is becoming a road racing ace. Does Hendrick Motorsports have a trick up their sleeve? Learn about the Hendrick Motorsprots Track Attack. Find out who did their homework over the weekend and takes the crown in Xfinity Fast Lane led by co-host Casey Boat. Lastly, hear what Freddie remembers from his birthday celebration last week and how someone ended up through a table. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices