American racecar driver
On February 18th 2001, Dale Earnhardt Sr, one of the greatest drivers in Nascar history and an icon of the sport, was tragically killed on the last lap of the Daytona 500. Across a glittering 27 year career Dale won a record equalling 7 world championships with 76 Nascar Cup Series races wins along the way including the sports biggest prize, the Daytona 500 in 1998. His mix of salt-of-the-earth southern charm off the track and aggressive racing style on it, won him millions of adoring fans. But in 2001, with little left to achieve in the sport and aged 49, rumours spread that he was looking to the next chapter in his career. He now had his own team, Dale Earnhardt inc, with his son Dale Jr. lining up on the track beside him. But before the next chapter in the Dale Earnhardt story could be written, disaster struck. With just two turns of the race remaining, his car was involved in a collision with two others, forcing him head on into the retaining wall travelling at almost 160 mph. So what really happened that day? Did years of prioritising winning over safety cause Dale to take one too many risks? Was his aging body carrying an injury or condition that day that had diminished his ability to drive? Was a mysterious threat, buried deep in his past, still hanging over him? Or was Dale's mind elsewhere, as he drove not to win, but to secure his legacy? In this episode of ‘Autopsy: The last hours of', using medical records, crash investigation reports and first hand testimony of people involved in the tragic events, world renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter investigates.
A special podcast feed drop of Dirty Mo Media's newest show, Dirty Mo LIVE! Catch the live stream or replay on Dirty Mo Media's YouTube channel. And now, you can follow the Dirty Mo LIVE podcast feed wherever you listen to your podcasts. The fourth stream of Dirty Mo Live figures to be the best one yet. Dale Jr. stops by fresh off his top 10 in the South Carolina 400 at Florence. TJ is here to provide the spotter's take on the chaos. We pulled Josh Berry away from fixing the Florence car (that he's supposed to racing this weekend) to help us preview the Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Speedway. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Even though as the sport's most popular driver his opinion carries a lot of weight, Chase Elliott explains why he's reluctant to give it. Plus what Dale Jr. was up to this weekend, what Kyle Larson thinks is unfair, and Joey Logano on his son's favorite YouTube show.
A born leader, Dale A. Jones, Sr., is President and CEO of The Kings Group, LLC, a kingdom-based developmental firm designed to assist individuals in developing and launching their own business enterprise. He has worked in the professional development area for more than 30 years. During this time, he has developed and taught programs that focus on leadership skills, accountability, strategy, execution and team building. Dale has developed other leaders in churches and businesses throughout the United States. Dale's specific areas of expertise are: Strategic Planning, Business Development, Leadership Development and Coaching, and Personal and Spiritual Development and Coaching. In addition, he is the co-owner of three Paul Mitchell School Franchises located in Knoxville, Murfreesboro, and Nashville, TN. Starting with just a few students at each location, in the first 2-3 years on average, he has grown the student body to an average of 200 or more students per location, which has earned his schools numerous Paul Mitchell awards, such as the Culture Award (2008), Leadership Award (2009), Operation Award (2011) and Sales Award (2012). His previous corporate experience includes positions with United Health Care as Senior Vice President & COO, Provider Network and President & CEO of GE Clinical Services, Inc where he grew the business from $150M to $450M in 2yrs. In addition to co-ownership of the Paul Mitchell Schools, Dale also owns two salons and a real estate company. In June 2005, Dale left a successful corporate career to pursue his passion for entrepreneurship with the goal of marrying his proven ability in leadership with his call to pastoral ministry. In August 2013, Pastor Dale became a certified John Maxwell Leadership Coach, a capacity in which he coaches pastors and business leaders to become more effective leaders. Dale is married to Kimberlyn Jones and is the father of two children, Dale Jr. and Whitney. What is T's Takeaway? "Greatness is intentional" Follow @tinamblackpmts on Instagram and email email@example.com. Join our Facebook Group: HERE
On the season finale of the Dale Jr. Download, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis sit down with one of their most highly anticipated guests to date: former NASCAR CEO Brian France. In 2002, RJ Reynolds announced it would be pulling its Winston branding as a title sponsor for the NASCAR Cup series after 30 years. Not long after, Bill France Jr., the CEO who oversaw that era stepped down from his position of power. With the organization at a crossroads, Brian arose to the occasion and helped fill the void of his father's absence while ushering the premiere stock car division into its modern-day state. From 2003 to ‘18, many changes took place on Brian's watch that molded NASCAR racing into the motorsport that we watch today. The Dirty Mo crew and listeners alike were eager to have Brian to the Bojangles Studio hot seat to discuss what he felt was a success and a miss during his tenure at the helm of the organization. His education in running an empire began at an early age while growing up in the shadow of his father Bill Jr. A place in the shadows of giants is something that Dale Jr. and Brian can relate to, and the two recall how their fathers were certainly allies but never close friends. Once of age and eager to work, Brian took a position working at Talladega Superspeedway. He became fascinated with the business side of racing and in the 1990s he went on to manage Tucson Raceway Park and work at NASCAR's Los Angeles office. His tasks included capitalizing on NASCAR's flourishing west coast fanbase while strengthening its connection to the entertainment capital of the world, which resulted in NASCAR's integration into the mainstream television and film industry. After helping to negotiate NASCAR's first national television package deal in 2001, the stage was set for Brian to try his hand at leading the sanctioning body. Dale compares Brian and Bill Jr.'s leadership styles and what it's like having one strong character making decisions versus an entire committee of voices. Brian says he recognizes that many of the changes NASCAR has gone through over the last two decades may be alienating to longtime fans, but insists that the intention was always to promote growth through progression. He explains that NASCAR leadership often looks into untapped markets and develops strategies to help bring new fans into the fold including races in new markets, its diversity programs, and collaborative efforts with other sports and business entities. In 2004, NASCAR along with its new title sponsor partner Nextel introduced the Chase for Cup playoffs system, which would radically alter the traditional points championship structure. Brian explains that the desire to create “big moments” in points racing inspired the inclusion of cutoff lines and races. They discuss how the Playoffs field was expanded from 10 to now 16 and the events that occurred over the years to influence those decisions. Brian admits that a lot of the structuring came from looking at how other sports leagues officiate their playoff systems and what effects it has on their respective championships. Since Dale was an active competitor during Brian's time in charge, he was anxious to get his insight on one of the most polarizing developments in the last 20 years: the Car of Tomorrow. Making its debut in 2007, the CoT was intended to increase competition while improving safety initiatives, but it became regarded as an inferior machine by drivers and fans. Brian admits that he viewed the car as a mistake and wishes that he would have gotten more input from the drivers and teams in its manufacturing. The conversation also touches on the Jeremy Mayfield scandal, the 2013 Regular Season finale at Richmond, Brian's lack of presence at the races, and his 2018 arrest. Download listeners can expect a candid look at one of motorsports most influential leaders in modern history, as well as insight into the decision-making that shifted NASCAR into a household name. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
In this episode, I sit down with Brittni Hagerman at her new wine bar and taproom in downtown Davidson, SideBar Bottle Company. Brittni shares the story of how she became a small business owner a few years ago, and the inspiration behind opening SideBar Bottle Company.Side Bar Bottle Company | Side Bar Trailer CompanyAddress: 208 S Main St, Davidson, NC 28036Shoutouts to these local businesses and organizations:The Dale Jr. FoundationDavidson Provision CompanyMandolino's Artisan PizzaThe Flour PotBarley MarketSign up for The Best of LKN Email Newsletter HERE!Partner with The Best of LKN and Grow Your Business! Click HERE to learn more!Special thanks to our sponsors:Sodoma Law NorthBlumengärten FloristClean Eatz Cafes - Lake NormanJuelerye Fine Gifts & ArtRefresh Medical SpaEleven Lakes Brewing Co.SoundVisionJohn Hassell - Farm Bureau InsuranceHoffman Lending TeamThe Sarver Group - Keller Williams RealtyLKN ImagesSchwinn CPA PLLCSupport the show
It's the end of the road in the NASCAR Cup Series as a champion was crowned on Sunday at Phoneix Raceway. Joey "Sliced Bread" Logano got it done and captured his second NASCAR Cup Series championship. Championship weekend was wild as we crowned an Xfinity & Camping World truck series champion in the desert. Joey Logano sliced his way through the competition all weekend long and seemed the most confident going into the weekend. Rene and Kenny will talk about what they thought of the championship weekend. They'll also give their thought on the 2022 season one last time. We want to say thank you to all those who listened this season! It's a pleasure to have great friends on the show! Enjoy the offseason!
In short-track racing, one driver's name has been synonymous with creating headlines and capturing the attention of the motorsports world. On this week's episode of The Dale Jr. Download, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis sit down with that man: the legendary Scott Bloomquist. After arriving in Eastern Tennessee in the mid-1980s and taking the dirt late model scene by storm, Scott rose to prominence in the early ‘90s and has gone on to be regarded as one of the greatest race drivers of all time. Dale asks Scott about the moment he realized he had become larger than life, and he references the 1988 running of the premiere dirt late model racing event, Eldora Speedway's World 100. Scott explains that he had never been to the track before and found it intimidating, and upon learning that there were over 250 other entrants for the race he about decided to head back to Knoxville to compete closer to home. He ultimately was convinced to stay by a Hoosier Tire representative, and in the big showdown, Scott defeated late model standout Jeff Purvis, who was aiming for his fourth win in a row at this event. Bloomquist is well known for his eccentric style and rockstar-like appearance. After being born in Iowa and spending the beginning of his childhood there, his father Ron decided to leave his electrician trade to pursue becoming a pilot. The career transition brought the family to California, where Scott discovered a love for surfing and fast cars. Another defining quality is Scott's tendency to rebel, and when his father stated “I will never have no long-haired son”, well, you can guess where this is going. As a result, the image of Scott Bloomquist race fans have known for the last four decades was born, and doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. The origin of Scott's legendary racing career is in part thanks to his father's interest in trying the craft out himself. After seeing a co-worker race at the local raceway in Corona, Ron bought an asphalt car and got it ready for dirt competition. One attempt was enough, and he quickly realized it wasn't for him. He then offered Scott the opportunity to get behind the wheel, and the 16-year-old jumped at the chance to go fast. He ran well enough in his maiden voyage that the two decided to pursue the sport further, but when the car Ron built for Scott was destroyed in a crash at Manzanita Speedway, he told Scott he wasn't spending a penny more. From then on, Scott was independent in his racing efforts. Scott tells the story of how his family arrived in Mooresburg, Tennessee on a plot of land located on the cusp of the Cherokee River. When Ron began looking for property to retire to in the early 1980s, the family originally looked at property in Oregon. But Scott, who was fully immersed in the dirt racing scene by that point, recognized that Oregon's racing was outdated and suggested Tennessee, where Robert Smawley and his NDRA outfit were operating and paying $10,000 to win. Upon arriving, Scott found success early at Kingsport Speedway and used the momentum to propel himself to the top of the division, where he has gone on to win more marquee events than any other driver in history. However, Scott's time at the top has not been without controversy and the interview touches on his various legal issues and suspensions over the years. Scott is open on the subject and explains how his appearance and success have led others to assume the worst about him. The infamy that came with the arrests boosted Scott's reputation and ultimately led to him becoming a colossal figure in the sport. Finally, no interview with Scott Bloomquist would be complete without discussing aliens and extraterrestrial beings. Scott details his neighbor's encounter and even touches on an experience of his own. Download listeners should tune in for an unforgettable episode and a peak into the mind of one of racing's most iconic figures. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
It was an exciting Championship weekend in Phoenix!Truck Champion: Zane SmithXfinity Champion: Ty GibbsCup Champion: Joey LoganoThis week on the Bump N' Run Podcast veteran radio host Michael D. White, Daytona Ron, and Matt "The Stat Man" Reilly talk about the latest news including Jimmie Johnson buying a piece of Petty GMS!Plus our Checkers and Wreckers, Race Grades, Pick A Lane topics and our Phoenix Preview!All that and more on this week's Bump N' Run Podcast!Bumpnrunpod.comTruck race: Zane SmithXfinity race: Ty Gibbs lead 125 lapsCup race: Joey Logano lead 5 times 187 lapsHighlights: 2 hrs 58 min 42 seconds6 cautions for 39 laps11 lead changes among 6 drivers1 Logano 2 Blaney 3 Chastain 4 Briscoe 5 HarvickBumpnrunpod.com
For the second time in the NASCAR Playoffs Christopher Bell wins in a must win situation to advance to the Championship Four! Add on top of that story line, Ross Chastain pulling a video game to advance, to create NASCAR history!This week on the Bump N' Run Podcast veteran radio host Michael D. White, Daytona Ron, and Matt "The Stat Man" Reilly talk about the latest news including Cole Custer's appeal, and Alex Bowman's return!Plus our Checkers and Wreckers, Race Grades, Pick A Lane topics and our Phoenix Preview!All that and more on this week's Bump N' Run Podcast!Bumpnrunpod.comXfinity race: Ty GibbsCup race: Christopher Bell lead 3 times for 150 lapsHighlights: 3 hrs 24 min 18 seconds6 cautions for 53 laps8 lead changes among 5 drivers1 Bell 2 Larson 3 Blaney 4 Chastain 5 HamlinNext week preview:Trucks on track 10pm on Friday on FS1 for the Lucas Oil 150Xfinity 6pm on Saturday on USA for the championshipCup on track Sunday at 3pm on NBC for the championshipBumpnrunpod.com
Dale Jr. dropped all sorts of news on this week's Dirty Air segment of The Dale Jr. Download podcast. First, he elaborated on his late model plans for Florence Motor Speedway's South Carolina 400 on Nov. 19, including the paint scheme he will carry. Hint, we hope you like Dale Earnhardt throwbacks because this black-and-gold No. 3 will trigger some wonderful memories. Dale Jr. also announces he will be running an additional NASCAR Xfinity Series race in 2023. In Ask Jr, Dale Jr. answers a handful of fan-sourced questions, including: Should owners have more say in NASCAR? Do you make a Halloween costume that conceals your identity? What do you think of Parker Kligerman's recent announcement that he's returning to full-time NXS racing? After driving to Martinsville with him, how well would you rate Truex as a road-trip buddy? What do you make of Austin Hill's punch of Myatt Snider? Finally, Dale Jr. reveals upcoming guests on the Download to finish out the 2023 season. One is probably Dirt Super Late Model's biggest star and has been for three decades; the other you never saw coming. It's OK, we didn't either. BZF has entered the chat! To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 257, Was it Mario Kart at Martinsville or should we call it Melon Kart since Ross Chastain stole the show to make his way into the Championship 4. Among the noise, Christopher Bell won the race and will race for a title but the move Chastain made went viral and easily became one of the greatest moves of all time. Rene and Kenny will give their thoughts on the race and the move itself. And of lastly, the final predictions of the 2022 season will be done for this weekend's finale at Phoenix Raceway.
The sun is setting on the 2022 NASCAR season, and the Dirty Mo Media crew is recording a special edition of the Dale Jr. Download to help race fans prepare for the crowning of a new round of champions. While Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis have become known for their well-informed examinations of NASCAR events, for episode 406 they've called for reinforcements, bringing NBC Sports color analyst and former Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Steve Letarte to the Bojangles Studio. Download listeners can expect to hear a breakdown of: Ross Chastain's INSANE last lap wall ride at Martinsville Ty Gibbs spinning out teammate Brandon Jones to win Previews and anticipation for the championship weekend events at Phoenix Raceway A case for each of the Xfinity and Cup Series championship contenders Predictions of who will win and why You can hear all of this and more on tonight's episode of the Dale Jr. Download, available on this website and all major podcast streaming platforms. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Back in September, the stock car racing world was turned upside down when the announcement was made that the 2023 NASCAR All-Star race would be held at the recently revived North Wilkesboro Speedway. On this week's episode of The Dale Jr. Download, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis sit down with the man who helped make the decision, CEO and President of Speedway Motorsports Incorporated Marcus Smith. Devotees of The Download will recognize that this marks Smith's fifth appearance on the show, and his yearly check-in usually provides great insight into some of the upcoming projects in the NASCAR world. Much has changed since Marcus' last visit in May 2021, most notably the passing of his father Bruton, who was a major contributor to the racing world and founder of SMI. Marcus reflects on the difficult process of coming to terms with his father's declining health but is thankful that he lived a long life of 95 years. He also explains how his father got his start in car sales by running a used car lot on his mother's front lawn. Though he was eventually shut down by city officials, his knack for the industry eventually led to him forming Sonic Automotive, the fifth-largest automotive retailer in the country. The interview addresses the rumors surrounding the reconfiguration of Texas Motor Speedway. Dale and Marcus unpack the September Cup race held at the Fort Worth-based track and discuss what can be done to help boost attendance while keeping competitors and teams happy. Marcus explains that with the current grandstand set-up, there are limited changes that can be made to the track's actual configuration. However, alterations can be made to the speedway's profile, much like the recent reshaping of Atlanta Motor Speedway. In fact, with the help of iRacing, they've been able to model potential changes and test through simulation to see what effect they'd have on the racing product. The process was essential to the work done in Atlanta, and the results found in the trial runs were comparable to the actual Cup races held this season. In addition to the changes made to the racing surface at Atlanta, there have been talks of bringing a casino resort to the grounds in an effort to build up the area similar to that of Kansas Speedway. Marcus explains that in order for the plans to go through, there needs to be an amendment made to the Georgia state constitution that would allow for sports gambling, and encourages listeners and supporters of the speedway to be vocal to their local representatives. Another huge topic of discussion was the status of the Nashville Fairgrounds project. Those following along will remember that Dale and Marcus have been huge proponents in bringing NASCAR Cup racing back to the famed oval. Marcus makes clear that while they have been seemingly stuck in place for a while, progress is being made on the initiative. A glimmer of hope in bringing relics of NASCAR's past back to life has been the return of North Wilkesboro Speedway. Dale and Marcus reflect on the huge success of the recent CARS Late Model Stock Car race at the track and fill listeners in on the changes and upgrades being made to the facility in anticipation of next year's All-Star event. Aside from additional seating being brought in, improvements are being made to the facilities, scoring system, retaining walls, and traffic flow. The conversation also touches on NASCAR's ongoing television contract discussions and what it means for the tracks and the Race Team Alliance. Tune in for insight from one of the great minds and innovators in the motorsports industry regarding what it takes to run a speedway and what all parties can do to help the sport grow as a whole. Check out northwilkesborospeedway.com for updates/details. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
New week, new format for The Dale Jr. Download. In order to provide Download listeners something to tune in a tad sooner on podcast days, the Dirty Air segment and Ask Jr. segment will be released on their own. The duo started the segment with big news! North Wilkesboro must've given Dale the racing itch because he started the segment by announcing that he will be racing again soon and provides all the details where you can catch the action. Mike couldn't pass up the opportunity to ask Dale about his WWE experience at Monday Night Raw in Charlotte. Dale attended the event as a fan and is on the lookout for a WWE superstar to root for. The full episode of The Dale Jr. Download will drop on Tuesday, October 25, with an announcement-filled interview with Marcus Smith. What has turned into a yearly check-in provides Dale and Marcus the opportunity to break some news around the North Wilkesboro All-Star week. In #AskJr presented by Xfinity, Dale, Mike, Hannah, and Alex discuss what happened to the possum found at JRM after Las Vegas, how the podcast got started, and Tony Stewart's NHRA debut. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Kyle Larson put on an absolutely dominant performance at Homestead-Miami, for the first time this season he looked like 2021 championship Larson. Even though he stunk up the show, leading almost 200 of 260 laps, we saw great battles and playoff driver stories develop all day.This week on the Bump N' Run Podcast veteran radio host Michael D. White, Daytona Ron, and Matt "The Stat Man" Reilly talk about the latest news including Bubba's penalty, Cole Custer appeal, and Tony Stewart going drag racing!Plus our Checkers and Wreckers, Race Grades, Pick A Lane topics and our Martinsville Preview!All that and more on this week's Bump N' Run Podcast!Bumpnrunpod.comTruck race: Ty Majeski scored his second win of the season and locked himself into the championship 4,he Zane Smith, Ben Rhodes and Chandler Smith will run for a championshipXfinity race: Noah Gragson with his 8 th win of the seasonCup race: Kyle Larson lead 5 times for 199 of 267 lapsHighlights: 3 hrs 5 min 24 seconds5 cautions for 30 laps11 lead changes among 5 drivers1 Larson 2 Chastain 3 Allmendinger 4 A. Dillon 5 KeselowskiNext week preview: We're heading to MartinsvilleXfinity on track Saturday 3pm on NBC for the dead on tools 250Cup on track Sunday 2pm on NBC for the xfinity 500Bumpnrunpod.com
When the dust settled on the 2022 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. got to fulfill a broadcasting bucket list item: declaring that the No. 43 was the winner. On this week's episode of The Dale Jr. Download, he and co-host Mike Davis sit down with the man who helped make it possible, the Petty GMS driver of the No. 43 NASCAR Cup Series car, Erik Jones. Erik's start in racing came when his mother read in a magazine about children competing in quarter midgets. Soon after, his father, Dave, bought a car, a book on set-ups, and the Jones family racing operation was off and running. At the age of 12, he graduated into the pure stock class and explains that after his first outing he was told by tech officials not to return due to his on-track aggression. Erik got his first big break in his racing career when he got the call to shake down Kyle Busch's late model at the Nashville Fairgrounds. The connection came through spotter Brandon Lines, and even though he had limited seat time in a super late model, he was able to produce impressive lap times at the famed oval. When Erik scored his biggest victory to date later that year in the Snowball Derby, beating out Busch to do so, a lasting impression was made. Not long after that Busch and executives at Toyota Racing were lobbying on behalf of Erik, and the efforts led to an agreement with Joe Gibbs Racing. Once he was sitting in the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 truck, Erik's meteoric rise through NASCAR's national series began. He notched his first Truck Series victory in just his fifth attempt and went on to win the series championship in his rookie season. He also made waves in the Xfinity racing pool, winning six times through 2015 and ‘16. Erik explains that since he was having on-track success, he didn't apply himself as much outside of the race car as he could have. When he arrived on the Cup scene in 2017, the unprecedented grind put a magnifying glass on his lack of preparation. Erik's transition into the premiere division of stock car racing was made difficult by another factor as well: the loss of his father in 2016. As the racing season began, his father was diagnosed with stage-four melanoma. Erik would fly to and from Michigan while competing full-time in the Xfinity Series to spend as much time with his father as he could. He and Dale relate to the process of having conversations with a parent in their final stage of life and having the opportunity to be completely honest and open with them. Erik explains that competing in the Cup Series was a shared dream for him and his father, and his perception changed in the wake of his passing. The conversation also covers Erik's release from Joe Gibbs Racing following the 2020 season. Erik gives great insight into the vulnerability and embarrassment a driver experiences when being let go from a race team. He recalls the painful ordeal of having to tell his family and friends as well as having to finish out the season with a crew that he would be leaving at the end of the year. Erik channeled positivity through the low point and eventually became excited at the prospect of a new start. That opportunity came in 2021 when he signed on with Petty GMS to take over the famed No. 43 ride. After the challenging process of having to start over, the team has turned around in the 2022 season with Erik scoring a major victory at the Southern 500 and being in contention for wins week in and week out. Through it all, Erik has been resilient through the ebb and flow of the racing world and it appears that his brightest days still lie ahead. DIRTY AIR Response to the Ben Kennedy episode Bubba Wallace and Kyle Larson's dust-up at Vegas Kurt Busch retiring from full-time competition Cole Custer's future with SHR ASKJR presented by Xfinity Dale's updated final fours for Cup and Xfinity Innovation fishing tournaments Repaving of Rockingham New iRacing Championship trophy To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Joey Logano and Ross Chastain had a great battle to the end, but Logano would walk away from sin city locked in to the Championship Four! We also discuss a giant elephant in the room for an on track incident.This week on the Bump N' Run Podcast veteran radio host Michael D. White, Daytona Ron, and Matt "The Stat Man" Reilly talk about the latest news including Cole Custer's penalty, and possibly being moved out of the 41 car, Kurt Busch retirement, and Dodge pulling out of talks with NASCAR!Plus our Checkers and Wreckers, Race Grades, Pick A Lane topics and our Homestead Miami Preview!All that and more on this week's Bump N' Run Podcast!Bumpnrunpod.comXfinity race: Josh BerryCup race: Joey Logano lead 2 times for 32 lapsHighlights: 3 hrs 4 min 10 seconds8 cautions for 42 laps18 lead changes among 11 drivers1 logano 2 chastain 3 Busch 4 Briscoe 5 HamlinNext week preview: We're heading to Homestead MiamiTrucks on track Saturday 1pm on FS1 for the Baptist Health Cancer Care 200Xfinity on track Saturday 4:30 on USA for the Contender Boats 300Cup on track Sunday 2:30 on NBC for the Dixie Vodka 400Bumpnrunpod.com
74 years later and the chaos continues in the world of NASCAR. Sunday's race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway went down on the wire between Ross Chastain and Joey Logano. Joey got the best of the "Watermelon Man" as he took the checkered flag and became the first of four drivers to punch their ticket to the NASCAR Championship race. However, that wasn't the biggest topic of conversation, Bubba and Larson tangled and had a bit of a shoving moment. Kenny and Rene will talk about the incident and some of NASCAR's inconsistent moments from 2022 and in the past. Then the duo will give their predictions for this weekend's race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
An early-bird, Dirty Air-segment solo special for Dale Jr. Download listeners eager to hear Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s take on current events, including the drama from Sunday's South Point 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. But first, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mike Davis start Dirty Air by addressing criticism about last week's interview with Ben Kennedy, NASCAR's SVP of Strategy & Innovation. The two DJD hosts respond to social media kickback claiming they were too lenient on Kennedy, grandson to the late Bill France Jr. and widely considered to be NASCAR's next top guy. Did they let him off the hook with softball questions and easy outs? The conversation then pivots to the topic of the hour – the initial mid-race wreck involving Wallace, Larson, and Christopher Bell, as well as the retaliation, shoving match, and post-race interview that ensued. Earnhardt tries to predict what NASCAR's response will be by drawing from past examples such as Chase Elliott vs. Kyle Busch at Darlington in 2020 and Noah Gragson vs. Sage Karam at Road America earlier this year. That wasn't the only news from the weekend. Kurt Busch announced he will no longer race full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series as he continues to heal from concussions. This topic was especially personal to Dale Jr., who also had his racing career cut short due to a head injury. What will Kurt do next? Mike Davis has a thought, and Dale Jr. loves the idea. Lastly, on Dirty Air, Earnhardt unpacks the whole saga at Stewart-Haas Racing, where Tony Stewart expressed anger towards NASCAR over the penalties levied against Cole Custer's No. 41 team, and Gene Haas reportedly made comments to media about Custer's future. What does this mean for Custer? What about Ryan Preece? Earnhardt weighs in with his usual unfiltered opinion, candor, and honesty. The full episode of The Dale Jr. Download will drop on Tuesday, October 18, complete with Dirty Air presented by Filter Time, Ask Jr presented by Xfinity, and a deep conversation with Erik Jones, driver of the Petty/GMS No. 43, in the guest segment presented by Ally. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
As NASCAR gets ready to celebrate its 75th year of existence in 2023, its premiere division the Cup Series will set out on its most versatile schedule to date. On this week's episode of The Dale Jr. Download, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis sit down with one of the visionaries responsible for the swift transformation the sport of stock car racing has seen over the last few seasons, NASCAR's Senior VP of Racing Development & Strategy Ben Kennedy. Born and raised in Daytona Beach, Ben is a fourth-generation member of NASCAR's founding France family, the son of Lesa France Kennedy and great-grandson of Bill France Sr. While he is only 30 years old, he has been around the sport his entire life in many capacities, from working odd jobs at Daytona International to being in the driver's seat and owning his own race team. His unique insight and experience have allowed him to rapidly rise through the NASCAR executive ranks, originally taking a position as the General Manager of the Trucks Series in 2018. With the incorporation of the Chicago street race and the Clash at the Coliseum, as well as returning to North Wilkesboro and the Bristol dirt race, the stock car racing mainstay has gone leaps and bounds from its original vision in 1948, while keeping its fundamentals in place. Ben explains that much of the decision to hold events like the street race or the Coliseum was based on wanting to connect to city centers where NASCAR has a large fan base while doing something out of the box, original to the sanctioning body itself. During his time with the NASCAR Operations team, Ben learned a lot about NASCAR's international fanbase and what efforts are being made to help grow it. While the majority of racing circuits overseas are road course configurations, the team began looking into building temporary oval tracks in stadiums or arenas to help display stock car racing in its original form. He explains that this is what put the L.A. Coliseum on their radar as a potential venue to house such a production. He also goes on to talk about the conception of the Chicago street course and how the team settled on Grant Park as a location. The team originally visited Soldier Field as a possible setting for the Clash event. But due to the current configuration of the field, the potential racing surface would be far too small, thus leading to the event being moved to Los Angeles. However, thanks to Grant Park's ability to facilitate a large number of spectators, as seen with Lollapalooza every year, the focus turned to creating a street course. With the help of iRacing's scanning system, they were able to bring a realistic render to life and test it with a cast of NASCAR Cup stars last year. Earlier in the interview, the trio discusses what Ben's life was like growing up in Daytona and his interests before entering the motorsports world. In 2007, Ben tragically lost his father Dr. Bruce Kennedy in a plane crash, and he and Dale were able to bond over the shock of losing a loved one suddenly. Ben first got behind the wheel of a race car at age 14 when a family friend signed him up for a go-kart course held at New Smyrna Speedway. Ben fell in love with the sport immediately and in the years that followed he quickly progressed through the local Central Florida short track divisions into the regional NASCAR ranks, before finally arriving in the Trucks Series. After having a breakout season in 2014 and making his Xfinity Series debut a couple of seasons later, Ben retired from racing at the end of the 2017 season to begin his journey through the business side of the organization. DIRTY AIR Dale's birthday activities Was the caution for the sign the right call? RTA and NASCAR discussions hit a wall Buster's Trip to Victory Lane ASKJR presented by Xfinity Birthday memories Can iRacing bring a former track to life? Another OEM entering NASCAR Favorite childhood vacations To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Buckle up because Paula is in the fast lane this week with Hall of Fame NASCAR driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr! Just a few years ago he took his final lap around the track, got married and now has two little girls, whom he dotes over daily. His daughters even inspired his latest act - authoring "Buster's Trip to Victory Lane", a children's book with the message that sometimes we all need a little inspiration to make it to the finish line. That theme of perseverance is something Dale Jr. knows a lot about. He takes Paula back to the moment he told his dad, legend Dale Earnhardt Senior, that he felt called to racing, how his greatest lessons came from making mistakes along the way, and why he believes we shouldn't retire “from” something but instead “to” something. This episode is packed with encouragement, heart and warmth to help get you in the “groove” for all the laps to come! Follow Dale on instagram @DaleJr Check out Dale Jr.s new book, "Buster's Trip to Victory Lane" BIG NEWS! Paula has a new book coming out in March 2023. Preorder “You Don't Have to Carry It All: Ditch the Mom Guilt and Find a Better Way Forward” Subscribe to Paula's newsletter where Paula shares biweekly facts, favorites and fun… and giveaways! Learn everything about Paula's company CARRY Media and sign up for CARRY ALL, THE essential weekly newsletter for the working mom that drops every Sunday! Follow along with CARRY Media on social media: @carry_media Connect with Paula & share what you are feeling called to in this season of your life: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe & Listen to more episodes of the Podcast: Access More | Spotify | Apple Paula Faris is brought to you in part by Open Doors. Download the FREE app at OpenDoorsUSA.org/Paula
Christopher Bell walked into the Charlotte Roval needing a win to advance to the round of 8, and he did just that. In a race that was mostly dominated by Chase Elliott, it would come down to a late race caution, a red flag, and some bold tire strategy that got CBell the win to lock himself into the round of 8, sending Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez, Alex Bowman, and Austin Cindric home.This week on the Bump N' Run Podcast veteran radio host Michael D. White, Daytona Ron, and Matt "The Stat Man" Reilly talk about the latest news including Rodney Childers suspension, Cole Custer's blocking, and Dale Jr's Birthday!Plus our Checkers and Wreckers, Race Grades, Pick A Lane topics and our Roval Preview!All that and more on this week's Bump N' Run Podcast!Bumpnrunpod.comXfinity race: AJ Allmendinger scored his 4 th roval win in a rowCup race: Christopher Bell lead once for two lapsHighlights: 2hrs 59 mins 54 sec4 cautions for 10 laps10 lead changes among 8 drivers1 Bell 2 Harvick 3 Busch 4 Allmendinger 5 HaleyNext week preview: We're heading to VegasSaturday Xfinity on track 3pm on NBC for the Alsco Uniforms 302Sunday cup on track 2:30 on NBC for the South Point 400Practice and qualifying Saturday at noonBumpnrunpod.com
It was a siren last week, now the bell is rung on the Round of 12 with Christopher Bell taking home the win at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval. Rene returns for this week's episode as he and Kenny discuss the good and bad of the Roval. Kenny also was at the track this weekend for "Speed SZN" hosted by NASCAR Diversity and he talks about his experience on Sunday. They'll also talk about the issues NASCAR and the teams have had with the new approaching media deal. Then of course the duo will give their predictions for this weekend's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
It was a surprisingly calm day in Talladega, the type of day these drivers have been needing after the chaos of the last few weeks. In the end it would be Chase Elliott with Erik Jones to his bumper getting the push to win number five of the season, in the hunt for NASCAR Cup Championship number two!This week on the Bump N' Run Podcast veteran radio host Michael D. White, Daytona Ron, and Matt "The Stat Man" Reilly talk about the latest news including Conor Daly making cup debut, William Byron appeals, Denny's meeting with the head of NASCAR and Hailie Deegan making her Xfinity series debut at Las Vegas.Plus our Checkers and Wreckers, Race Grades, Pick A Lane topics and our Roval Preview!All that and more on this week's Bump N' Run Podcast!Bumpnrunpod.comTruck race: Matt DiBenedettoXfinity race: AJ AllmendingerCup race: Chase Elliott lead 4 times for 10 lapsHighlights: 3hrs 15mins 23secs6 cautions for 25 laps57 lead changes among 17 drivers1 Chase Elliott, 2 Blaney, 3 McDowell, 4 Chastain, 5 HamlinNext week preview: We're heading to Charlotte for the RovalXfinity Saturday 3pm on NBC the Drive for the Cur 250 presented by BlueCross BlueShield of North CarolinaCup Sunday 2pm on NBC the Bank of America Roval 400
In 400-plus episodes of The Dale Jr. Download, guests have brought a lot of Earnhardt stories to the table. But on this week's edition the mold has been broken as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis welcome longtime MLB player, coach and team manager Ned Yost. After being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1974 and playing in the majors for a handful of years, Ned retired during the ‘85 season. When he was at home in Mississippi figuring out his next move in life, he received a call from the Hank Aaron that would change the trajectory of his life forever, inviting him to be a coach for the upcoming pitching prospects of the Atlanta Braves. It was during his time with the Braves organization that he first made the acquaintance of Dale Earnhardt Sr. Ned and friend Jody Davis had made plans to go deer hunting and Davis invited Dale Sr. to come along. Ned and Dale Sr. became fast friends, bonding over their love of hunting and the outdoors and Ned would become a confidant for the Intimidator for years to come. Dale Jr. and Mike pick Ned's brain about the transition from being a player to a coach, and he explains about how his time with Ted Simmons on the Brewers helped teach him the nuts and bolts of the game. When it came time for Ned to try his hand at team management, he leaned on his experiences of working with Bobby Cox, longtime manager of the Braves. And when he needed to turn a losing organization into a winning one, he depended on the lessons he learned from a brief stint of working on Dale Sr.'s race team in ‘94. Ned recalls the instance that occurred during the ‘94 MLB strike, where Dale Sr. invited him to come on the road with his Richard Childress Racing No. 3 team as they chased their seventh championship. While Ned merely worked as a “rehydration engineer”, he gained first person insight into what it takes to win at the highest level. The education came in handy as he went on to win his first World Series title with the Braves the following year as a bullpen coach. Another lesson that Dale Sr. instilled in Ned was that you never leave a winning team for a losing one. Ned explains that during a hunting trip in Texas, Dale Sr. was talking about his ongoing contract negotiations for the following season. When Ned suggested that he drive for his own start-up D.E.I., Dale Sr. explained that they weren't ready to win yet. Ned pondered eventually having to leave the Braves to get his shot at managing a major league team and Dale Sr. implored him to stay put, explaining that winning is everything. The time came for Ned to leave in 2002 when he was made team manager of the Brewers. Ned breaks down the time it takes for a young organization to grow confident in their ability and start winning consistently, about a two-and-a-half-year process. Unfortunately, he was let go by Milwaukee before this concept came to fruition, but he found another opportunity to prove the system when he became manager of the Kansas City Royals in 2010. Ned would have the last laugh, as the Royals would win the ALC Pennant in 2014 and the World Series championship in 2015. The first thing Ned thought of was his old friend and how proud he would be of the persistent road to success. This episode has many never before heard Earnhardt hunting stories, as well “the rest of the story” of some of the most memorable tales told on The Download. Listeners should tune in for unforgettable insight into what it takes to win not only a World Series but a NASCAR Cup Championship, as well a better understanding of who Dale Earnhardt Sr. was away from the race track. DIRTY AIR Before Ned joins the show, Dale, Mike, Alex and Morgan chat about: Tame Talladega Drivers speaking out Improvements for the NextGen car What can be better about driver's headrest ASKJR presented by Xfinity Funniest experience with another driver Which racing pioneer Dale wants to interview NASCAR Cup Championship patches Deer hunting trips for the rest of the year To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
According to Dale Jr. he and his sister Kelley Earnhardt Miller are working diligently towards taking their team up to Cup. Plus Kyle Larson on this weekend's Talladega race and Joey Logano not in favor of duplicating Atlanta at Texas.
Current events are on the docket as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis unpack the turbulent happenings of NASCAR's weekend in Texas on this week's episode of The Dale Jr. Download. Not only that, but they've brought in a guest who was very much a part of the turbulence, recent Bristol night race winner Chris Buescher. Dale and Chris have had some friendly banter over the past few weeks after Dale mistakenly referred to Chris as “Christopher” during a race broadcast. As the misstep reoccurred, Dale began to embrace the name change-up in an effort to catch his fellow commentators in the same spur-of-the-moment confusion. Chris caught wind of the joke via social media and took it in stride, even going as far as to change his profile name on Twitter and the driver name decal on his Roush Fenway Keselowski No. 17 car. Dale explains that he first grew to admire Chris when he bested then JR Motorsports driver Chase Elliott in the 2015 Xfinity Series season points standings. They discuss Chris leaving his hometown of Prosper, Texas at the age of 15 to move to North Carolina to pursue a career in motorsports. Chris credits his upbringing from his parents and knowing he was there to work and race. A huge part of Buescher's journey was a friendship he forged with Ken and David Ragan, which stemmed from a black flag incident during the Summer Shootout Legends car event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Chris recalls getting in trouble for rough driving during the race and being sent to Ken's office, who was managing 600 Racing at the time. After the Shootout, Ken explained to Chris' family that if they were serious about racing, they needed to move out east. When they established that they were not in the place to do that at the time, Ken offered the spare bedroom in his house to Chris. Chris talks about getting involved in the Roush Racing development program thanks to help from the Ragans. His first step up the ladder was the ARCA Series, where he raced out of Midlothian, Illinois with the Roulo Brothers Racing outfit. He also discusses adapting to a stock car after transitioning out of Legends cars, and how he knocked the nose off his car on a start in one of his first races at Salem Speedway. The story of Chris making his Xfinity Series debut is a wild one, as he was tabbed last minute to fill in for Trevor Bayne in 2011, who went on medical leave. After forgetting to plug his phone in overnight, he was awakened by Gary Roulo who informed him “get your stuff, we're going to the airport”. In the car, Gary explained the situation, and soon Chris was at Richmond Raceway getting fitted to hop into the No. 16 car with no practice laps or simulator time. The interview also discusses Chris' time with Front Row Motorsports after winning the 2015 Xfinity Championship and his rain-shortened Cup victory at Pocono in 2016. Dale asks about the culture change at RFK since the arrival of Brad Keselowski. They also discuss the NextGen car's tire issues and what changes can be made to Texas Motor Speedway to help better the racing there. With only a few races left in the 2022 Cup schedule, Chris is optimistic about where the RFK Racing organization is heading, and he's looking forward to capitalizing on the momentum they've built in the past few weeks. DIRTY AIR Before Chris joins the show, Dale, Mike, Alex and Hannah discuss: NASCAR's eventful stop in Texas Denny and William Byron have a dust-up The NextGen tire problems continue in a big way What to do about Texas Motor Speedway? ASKJR presented by Xfinity This week the fans asked questions about: Dale's reaction to Jimmie Johnson retiring from full-time competition in 2023 Which underfunded driver would he like to give a shot in a JRM ride Smaller steering wheels vs. bigger Where Noah Gragson's Waffle House tradition stems from To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Eagles that fly in the sky are graceful but it was not so elegant for the Goodyear Eagles at Texas Motor Speedway. It was another rough day for tires as many drivers faced punctures during the race on Sunday. We are also joined by Pierce also known as "PS_iRun" on Twitter joined Kenny to talk about all of the action at Texas Motor Speedway. They'll also discuss Jimmie Johnson's retirement from full-time racing. Then of course the duo will give their predictions for this weekend's race at Talladega Super Speedway
It was a disastrous day for many Playoff drivers at Texas, a story we're hearing too frequently this season, but in the end it would be Tyler Reddick to survive to the end and get his third win in the cup series for Richard Childress Racing!This week on the Bump N' Run Podcast veteran radio host Michael D. White, Daytona Ron, and Matt "The Stat Man" Reilly talk about the latest news including the possibility of Kyle Busch running the Indy 500, and Jimmie Johnson stepping away from full time racing.Plus our Checkers and Wreckers, Race Grades, Pick A Lane topics and our Bristol Preview!All that and more on this week's Bump N' Run Podcast!Bumpnrunpod.comXfinity race: Noah GragsonCup race: Tyler Reddick led 3 times for 70 lapsHighlights: 4 hours 21 minutes 53 seconds16 cautions for 91 laps36 lead changes among 19 drivers1 Reddick 2 Logano 3 Haley 4 Blaney 5 BriscoeNext week preview: We're heading to TalladegaSaturday Trucks on track 12:30 on FS1 for the Talladega 250Saturday Xfinity on track 4pm on USA for the Sparks 300Sunday Cup on track 2pm for the YellaWood 500 on NBC
NASCAR Legend Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has built his own presence in the streaming communications landscape. His Dirty Mo Podcast and the Dale Jr. Download have become important listens in the NASCAR world. So when Dale Jr. talks about what to do with NASCAR's Next Gen racer, everyone has an opinion including The Freaks. Listen...
NASCAR Legend Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has built his own presence in the streaming communications landscape. His Dirty Mo Podcast and the Dale Jr. Download have become important listens in the NASCAR world. So when Dale Jr. talks about what to do with NASCAR's Next Gen racer, everyone has an opinion including The Freaks. Listen...
On the show this week, we have verification that iRacing has been visiting Dale Jr's garage, a sim racing movie makes it's theatrical premier, what iRacing star tops 10,000 in iRating. and in hardware we discuss the formal release of the new Nvidia GPU's. So sit back, relax and join us on the iRacers Lounge Podcast. iRacers Lounge Podcast is available on iTunes and Apple's Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play Music, Spotify, Soundcloud, Podbean, Spreaker, Podbay, PodFanatic, Overcast, Amazon, and other podcast players. Sponsors: Hosts: Mike Ellis – twitter.com/MikeDeanEllis David Hall – www.twitch.tv/mixmage Greg Hecktus – twitter.com/froozenkaktus – www.twitch.tv/froozenkaktus Brian Maccubbin – www.twitch.tv/MacRubbinsRacin Kyle Pendygraft – twitter.com/LoudPedalGaming Tony Groves – www.twitch.tv/SirGroves Adam Josselyn- twitter.com/Jossad83 Tony Rochette – twitter.com/TonyRochette Tom Dreiling – Donnie Spiker – twitter.com/spikerman19 Bobby Jonas – Links: Facebook – www.facebook.com/iRacersLounge/ Twitter – twitter.com/iracerslounge Instagram – instagram.com/iracersloungepodcast/ Web (Show Notes) – iracerslounge.com/
Everyone in stock car racing dreams of being on a Daytona 500-winning team, but how about three wins in five years? For Tony Glover, that dream became reality in the early 1990s, and on this week's episode of The Dale Jr. Download, he joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis to discuss the pieces of the puzzle that made it possible. Glover has been a part of racing his entire life. He attended his first race at three weeks old. Tony recalls his earliest memory in racing, which consisted of his father Gene flying out of Cleveland Speedway in Tennessee. The trauma of seeing his father's crash did little to deter his love for the sport though, and by his teenage years, Tony was cleaning parts and turning wrenches. After spending many years on the road crew chiefing for his father's late model program, which yielded the 1979 NASCAR Sportsman National Championship, Tony accepted a position at Petty Enterprises. Tony explains that the year he spent in Level Cross, North Carolina was the equivalent of a four-year college education. But, when his grandmother became ill in ‘83, he decided to move closer to home to spend time with her. As fate would have it, Larry McClure and Tim Morgan had just bought out G.C. Spencer and established their Morgan-McClure outfit in nearby Abingdon, Virginia and Tony was hired to work as part of the pit crew. Tony shares the story of how he became a crew chief for the team when Spencer, who had stayed on in the chiefing role, quit suddenly during the teching process at an event at Nashville Fairgrounds. This bumped Tony into the position and he remained there for the duration of his time with the outfit. They discuss the revolving roster of drivers Morgan-McClure had during the ‘80s, which included Lennie Pond, Tommy Ellis, Joe Ruttman and Rick Wilson. Tony explains that when Rick departed for RahMoc after ‘89, his choice to fill the seat was the hard charging Ernie Irvan. And while Phil Parsons would start the ‘90 season in the cockpit, after a few failed outings Irvan would eventually get the seat and help put Morgan-McClure on the map. The Irvan-Glover combination was quite successful, bringing home seven Cup wins including the ‘91 Daytona 500, but would only last a few seasons as Irvan would depart for Robert Yates in ‘93. His replacement was a driver Tony was well acquainted with from his years in the late model scene: fellow Tennessean Sterling Marlin. The new pairing won in their first outing, the ‘94 Daytona 500. When they followed up with a back-to-back triumph in the Great American Race in ‘95, they had the entire NASCAR garage looking in their direction. Dale and Tony get into some of the innovation on the plate-track cars in the Morgan-McClure stable. Tony talks about the revolutionary X-pipe exhaust system that was brought to them by Boyd Butler, better known as Dr. Gas. The story of how they kept the technical advantage a secret is incredible, including a non-disclosure agreement and wrapping the car in blankets in the garage. Ultimately a crash photo on the cover of Stock Car Racing Magazine leaked the guarded secret to the world. In ‘97, the desire to move up in rank and a little white lie from his wife convinced Tony to move on from Morgan-McClure and take a management position at SABCO Racing. Tony shares experiences from his years there.After a dismal season in 2011, Tony was released from the team and sought out a position at NASCAR through Mike Helton. In 2013, he became the overseeing technical director of NASCAR's many touring series, a role he continues to fill today. DIRTY AIR: · NASCAR's big weeked at Bristol · NextGen parts failures · Dirty Mo Fan Experience recap · Chris Buescher's big win ASKJR presented by Xfinity: · Impressions about the 2023 NASCAR Cup schedule · Downtown Chicago's worries about upcoming street race · SAFER barriers at North Wilkesboro · Brandon Jones to JRM To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Attrition was the name of the game at the "Last Great Coliseum" and once again the first round of the Playoffs was spoiled by a non-playoff driver. Chris Buscher picked up his second career win and the first for Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing. Of course, things couldn't be normal at Bristol after many drivers suffered from power steering, tire, and a variety of other issues. This led to many drivers being vocal about the quality of the Next Gen car. Kenny and Rene will discuss all the chaos that ended the first round. They'll also talk about the biggest move in silly season 2022. Lastly, the duo will give their picks for this weekend's race at Texas.
Chris Buescher scored RFK racing's first win since 2017 as the team dominated the late goings of Saturday night's Bristol Playoff race!This week on the Bump N' Run Podcast veteran radio host Michael D. White, Daytona Ron, and Matt "The Stat Man" Reilly talk about the latest news including the 2023 Cup schedule, and where Kyle Busch is going in 2023.Plus our Checkers and Wreckers, Race Grades, Pick A Lane topics and our Bristol Preview!All that and more on this week's Bump N' Run Podcast!Bumpnrunpod.comTruck race: Ty MajeskiXfinity race: Noah GragsonCup race: Chris Buescher lead twice for 169 lapsHighlights: 3 hrs, 1 min, 7 sec11 cautions for 80 laps12 lead changes among 6 drivers1 Buescher, 2 Elliott, 3 Byron, 4 Bell, LarsonNext week preview: We're heading to the lone star stateXfinity on track Saturday 3:30 on USA for the Andy's Frozen Custard 300Cup on track Sunday 3:30 for the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 on USA
We were honored to have Keeley Dubensky, CARS Tour Director in-studio to discuss her career, the CARS Tour, women in motorsport, and the hugely successful event at @NWBSpeedway with @DaleJr and company. She shared some great stories from the series, including one about prior guest Codie Conner, and humors us by participating in our Green-White-Checker segment. It was a great time -- check it out!
On this week's episode of the Dale Jr. Download, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis catch up with one of his longtime competitors from the NASCAR Cup scene, Washington's Greg Biffle. After a successful career in NASCAR that spanned nearly two decades, Biffle quietly exited the sport following the 2016 season. Biffle originally hails from Vancouver, Washington, where he spent his formative years working in an automotive machine shop that was owned by his father's friend. As he became a teenager, Greg discovered his love for driving and going fast and it wasn't long before he found trouble behind the wheel. In an effort to focus his need for speed into something productive, his father Jack suggested they attend the local Friday night street stock races at Portland Speedway. After their first outing, Greg was hooked and immediately purchased a 1974 Ford Torino to convert into a racecar. Upon building his second street stock, Biffle began to have success at the track and along with it began getting noticed for his fabrication skills. This attention grew into a chassis fabrication business, and Greg went on to build over 50 race cars over the next few years. He also used his earnings to go late model racing and found victory lane many times at both Portland and Tri-City Raceway. The story of how Greg got into NASCAR came when he decided to take the show on the road: heading south to Tucson, Arizona to participate in the NASCAR Winter Heat Series. It was there that he met and befriended NASCAR Hall of Famer Benny Parsons, who was impressed with the unknown racer's performance. As the story goes, weeks later Parsons was conversing with Jack Roush in the garage area at Michigan International Speedway about Roush's NASCAR Truck team. Parsons recommended Biffle to Roush, and soon after he received a call from Geoff Smith, who was president of Roush Racing at the time. After a lengthy chat, a contract was faxed over to Greg and the next two decades of his racing career were in motion. Greg and Dale speak on the decline of Roush Racing and the factors that led to the team getting behind the competition. Greg explains that the team failed to progress with the direction of the sport and that it took them a long time to catch up once they were behind. The lack of winning equipment ultimately played a role in Greg leaving Cup racing in 2016, which he explains was a year earlier than his contract stated. The interview also touches on some of Greg's rivalries over the years and the stories behind them. Greg details his dust-up with Jay Sauter at Richmond and the monetary fine and points penalty that fell on him because of it. As a result, when he and Kevin Harvick made contact at Bristol a year later in 2002, he knew he wanted to avoid a fight at all costs. They also discuss his famous feud with Boris Said at Watkins Glen in 2011, and how a perfectly thrown water bottle exploded into a huge blow-out. Since leaving racing in 2016, Greg has made use of his time by owning and operating a rock quarry as well as a humane shelter. He spends a lot of time outdoors fishing and boating. He has also made time for some racing, including his successful return to the Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2019 and running in the 24 Hours of Lemons. While he still loves auto racing, he has learned to enjoy his weekends off and these days Greg Biffle is making the most of life. DIRTY AIR Before Greg joins the show, Dale, Mike, Alex and Hannah discuss: North Wilkesboro to host the 2023 NASCAR All-Star Race. Dale blowing the lid off of NASCAR's silly season The future of Kyle Busch, KBM, and Tyler Reddick Bubba's big win in Kansas ASKJR presented by Xfinity This week the fans asked questions about: Other track revivals Bristol walk-out songs What makes Bristol so exciting Live reactions to the Kyle Busch announcement To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Bubba Wallace had the car to beat late in the race, and spoiler, no one could! Bubba got his second career win, silencing all the critics that said he couldn't win without the help of NASCAR, well he got the sweep in Kansas for the 45 car after Kurt Busch won in the spring.This week on the Bump N' Run Podcast veteran radio host Michael D. White, Daytona Ron, and Matt "The Stat Man" Reilly talk about the latest news including the return to a legendary track, and where Kyle Busch is going in 2023.Plus our Checkers and Wreckers, Race Grades, Pick A Lane topics and our Bristol Preview!All that and more on this week's Bump N' Run Podcast!Bumpnrunpod.comTruck race: John Hunter NemechekXfinity race: Noah GragsonCup race: Bubba WallaceHighlights:9 cautions for 43 laps16 lead changes among 12 drivers1 Bubba, 2 Hamlin, 3 Bell, 4 Bowman, 5 TruexNext week preview: It's Bristol BabyThursday night 9pm on FS1 trucks on track for the UNOH 200 presented by Ohio LogisticsFriday nights 7:30 Xfinity is on USA for the food city 300Saturday night 7:30 cup on track for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race
On today's episode of the Dale Jr. Download, we have a special bonus episode live from North Wilkesboro Speedway. On Wednesday, August 31st, Dale Jr. hosted a Q&A session with 7 late model drivers. Brandon Pierce (3:30) Hayden Swank (16:46) Kaden Honeycutt (23:41) Carter Langley (33:00) Dylon Wilson (41:!5) Stefan Parsons (52:28) Katie Hettinger (1:06:24) Brandon Pierce just sounds like a race car driver's name, doesn't it? Maybe that's why one of the greatest late model drivers of all time, Lee Pulliam tabbed Pierce to drive for him. Pierce and Dale Jr. talk about turning their first laps at North Wilkesboro and how they plan to set their cars up for the race. Plus Brandon lays a friendly wager on Dale…and Dale does him one better. Hayden Swank is from Woodstock, GA. To some racing fans is relatively unknown but you better start paying attention. Swank grew up racing with up-and-coming Truck Series winners, Corey Heim and Chandler Smith. Kaden Honeycutt is from Texas but many fans in North Carolina may know him as the occasional from in the NASCAR Truck Series for On Point Motorsports. Kaden's dream is to move up the ladder and race in the Cup Series no matter what car it is. His passion is racing but his hidden talent is that he can get Dale to spill the beans on his future racing plans. Carter Langley is a newcomer to the CARS Tour. He grew up racing Go-Karts for Elliott and Hermie Sadler and is a true late model historian. He and Dale talked about all the old-school local track heroes and how they're still idolized today. Plus Carter shares his future aspirations if driving doesn't pan out. Dylon Wilson is Landon Huffman's, right-hand man. Well in the content game that is. Wilson has a knack for content as well and his personality makes it natural for him. Wilson's family roots are deep at North Wilkesboro Speedway, his great grandfather helped build the place. Dylon jokes he's probably ridden more laps around this place on a bicycle than anyone. He had lived outside turn 3 for most of his life. Stefan Parsons is a name most of you will recognize. His Dad is Phil Parson and his uncle is Benny Parsons. Stefon and Dale talk about that upbringing as Phil's son and trying to follow the footsteps his dad and uncle carved out. Plus Stefon shares a story of a short track fight Phil got into during one of Stefon's races. Katie Hettinger was the last driver to take the stage but she was certainly not the least. In fact, she's the winningest female driver in Hickory Motor Speedway history. Katie is still in high school where she is on the varsity volleyball and basketball…in Michigan. That's right she and her family travel from Michigan every weekend to compete in the southeast. She's a name to watch in the next coming years for sure. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
On today's episode of the Dale Jr. Download, we have a special bonus episode live from North Wilkesboro Speedway. On Tuesday, August 30th, Dale Jr. hosted a Q&A session with 6 late model drivers. Brenden Queen (2:46) Bobby McCarty (11:47) Connor Hall (20:44) Brian Obiedzenski (30:43) Chad McCumbee (40:08) Landon Huffman (52:28) Brenden Queen hails from the Virginia Beach area. You can catch him racing weekly at Langley Speedway driving the #03 car with Mario characters painted all over it. Dale and Brenden discussed the car and its unique font style, making Brenden a favorite amongst the younger generation of race fans. They also discussed his famous nickname “Butterbean.” Bobby McCarty is just 29 years old but considers himself the old guy on the CARS tour. Before hopping on stage with Dale Jr., Bobby was hard at work making sure his car was ready for practice, showing the true grassroots of the CARS tour. Bobby attempted to qualify for his first Xfinity Series race earlier this year in New Hampshire. He talked about how that deal came about and what future plans he might have to try the series again. Connor Hall is Elliott Sadler's favorite race car driver. The multiple-time Cup series winner and former JR Motorsports driver has high praise for Connor and believes his talent is real. Dale Jr and Connor talked about Connor's knack for finding sponsors, his journey from a small family team to racing for Chad Bryant, and how to make it all work on a small family-sized budget. Brian Obiedzenski may have a difficult name to pronounce, but his personality is hard to forget. Dale and Brian first connected over Twitter DMing back and forth about car parts. Brian is a limited late model driver, but by trade, he's been a Cadillac service technician for 20 years. Dale and Brian shared stories from their days as service techs and talked about why Brian uses the #29 because of Kevin Harvick. Chad McCumbee is possibly one of the more interesting stories on the CARS Tour. Not only did Chad portray Dale Jr. in the ESPN movie “3”. But Chad drove cars as a stunt driver in the film “Talladega Nights.” That's right Chad McCumbee was the real-life Ricky Bobby and Cal Naughton Jr. In addition, Chad talked about his transition to an ownership role in Sports Car on the IMSA circuit and how his journey through the ranks have NASCAR has prepared him to be an owner. Landon Huffman's content game is second to none in asphalt racing. The third-generation driver has the personality to stand out and attract fans and sponsors like no other. Maybe that's the reason Dale Jr. approached Landon to sponsor his Limited Late Model with High Rock Vodka colors. The two talked about how that deal came together, plus Landon's impending track championship at Hickory Motor Speedway. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Conor Daly is joined by Producer Ben Walton, as Joey Mulinaro and his wife welcome their baby boy to the world, for another episode of Speed Street. The guys discuss Conor appearing on this week's episode of the Dale Jr. Download, preview IndyCar's penultimate race of the 2022 season at Portland Raceway, explain Colton Herta's process towards earning an FIA Super License and where IndyCar ranks on the FIA points tier list, the dramatic NASCAR finishes at Daytona International Speedway, and Conor cutting his mullet. Follow @SpeedStreetpod and @Dirtymomedia on Instagram and Twitter. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Presented by SHAQ EYE GEAR and HAYMAKER COFFEE We recap the rainy and crazy race at Daytona to close out the regular season. Austin Dillon races his way into the playoffs. News of the week includes BREAKING NEWS from Bubba Wallace, Daniel Suarez contract extension, Greg Ives done after the season, Jeff Gordon racing Indianapolis this weekend, Jeremy Clements penalty, Dale Jr. North Wilksboro. We preview the start to the NASCAR playoffs kicking off at Darlington and Rowdy Dragon has your Fantasy NASCAR picks. Hosted by Kerry Murphey and Toby Christie.
As drivers follow their trajectory through motorsports, they are often faced with potentially life-changing decisions. On episode 397 of the Dale Jr. Download, Indycar talent Conor Daly joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis to discuss a crossroads he faced and how his choice affected his career path. After winning the Star Mazda Championship in 2010 and securing a hefty scholarship fund to invest in his future racing endeavors, Daly had to make the selection of a lifetime: pursue Formula One or Indycar? Son of former Formula One driver Derek Daly and Indianapolis Motor Speedway employee Beth Boles, Conor was no stranger to auto racing. In fact, he begins by saying that he has hardly any early-life memories that don't involve racing. He recalled his time spent at the Racing Babies childcare facility at IMS and his early infatuation with the sport. He also spoke of his father's racing career, which ended when he was born in 1991, and how he has been able to uncover more of his accomplishments through the digital age. Up to that point in 2010, Conor had rapidly progressed up the opening rungs of the motorsports ladder. From his first time behind the wheel of a go-kart at age 10 to winning the 2006 World Karting Association Grand Nationals, he and his father Derek worked tirelessly on his burgeoning career. From karts, he took on car racing through the Skip Barber National Championship, which he won in his first year in 2008. Then came the Star Mazda circuit, which of course brings the story to that crossroads at the end of the 2010 season. A stipulation of Conor's scholarship and the Road to Indy program was that while he could take part of the money and pursue GP3 racing in Europe, he still needed to enter a handful of Indy Lights events. After the first three events of the schedule, competing for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, Conor found himself with a 2nd place finish and a victory and leading the season points. His prospects in the world of Indycar were so high, that he revealed he actually got a call from Graham Rahal as he was about to depart for Europe, asking him, “are you sure you want to do this?” Ultimately, Conor left the United States and departed for England, where he'd stay with Rahal's stepfather Chris Berry and set up a home base for his time spent racing in GP3. Daly explained that in his debut GP3 race he qualified 29th and was immediately hit with the regret of his decision. In his absence in the Indy Lights series, Josef Newgarden would go on to win the championship and sign a three-year contract with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. And while Daly would wind up inking a deal with the Force India Formula One team that would have him serve as a test and reserve driver, his time overseas would prove unfruitful, and he returned home to pursue a path in Indycar. Conor and Dale Jr. discuss Europe's perspective on American racers and theorize as to why it is difficult for them to break into the Formula racing ladder. After returning home, Daly did whatever he could to be at the tracks on race weekends, even at one point driving the Indycar two-seater for fan experiences. His perseverance would eventually win out, as he rose from filling in for injured drivers to racing part-time and now full-time for Ed Carpenter Racing. Daly took time to speak on the ascension from spending his childhood at IMS to racing in the Indianapolis 500. Just this past May in the 106th running of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, the hometown hero brought home his best finish to date, sixth place. DIRTY AIR Before Conor joins the show, Dale, Mike, Alex, and Hannah chat about: Kelley's birthday bash Long weekend in Daytona The great Cup race rain debacle Kurt Busch's injury progress ASKJR presented by Xfinity This week the fans asked questions about: Strangest excuse to explain a crash Feelings on Greg Ives' leaving as crew chief Updates on his ongoing car projects Championship Four predictions To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
On this week's episode of The Dale Jr. Download, Query sits down with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis to talk about that racing landscape and how he rose to prominence there. Dale prefaced the interview by describing Freddie as someone he both looked up to and was intimidated by while growing up at the Carolina short tracks. Query's reputation as a hard racer and champion preceded him for many years. But like most short-track racers, he came from humble, quiet beginnings in Kannapolis. In fact, Freddie explained that he shared a first-grade classroom with another Kannapolis racing legend, Dale Earnhardt Sr. himself. The two even ran go-karts together in their pre-teen years on a crude dirt track a neighbor had carved out on his property. Ultimately, the two drivers had vastly different life trajectories, and their connection remained pleasant but distant. While finishing high school, Freddie had ambitions to attend college to be an engineer, but after getting married during his senior year his life changed direction. He began attending a tech school and taking trade programs, and when the local school district wanted to begin implementing trade classes on a high school level, Query found himself in a teaching position, one he would hold for 20 years. The go-kart he raced at age 10 was built from a bed frame rail and propelled by his father's lawn mower engine. His mechanical wonder carried on to his teenage years when he began “borrowing” the family car to enter street races, unbeknownst to his parents. But his path in racing would have stalled out on the streets of Kannapolis, had he not started attending local races at the recommendation of a neighbor. After buying a new house as a teacher, he became acquainted with the folks next store, who were avid racing fans attending events multiple nights a week. He took a trip to Hickory Speedway with them and was hooked from the get-go, deciding then he wanted to be a part of the sport. The neighbor was one step ahead, installing a race shop in his backyard, and soon Freddie was out there with him every night of the week. The two built a street stock and took it to Metrolina on a Friday night, with the neighbor hopping in the driver's seat. But the following evening, when they had planned to try Hickory, the neighbor was too tired from the previous night's action and turned the driving duties over to Freddie. And while he ended up flipping due to an aggressive move to pass, the racing bug had bit him, and the course for his next 30 years was set. In the early 1980s he was a dominant force in the six-cylinder division, before moving up to super late models in '85. Freddie was recognized by his red No.6 hot rod which he drove to countless victories. When Concord received the blacktop treatment towards the end of the '86 season, Freddie was prepared to say goodbye to the track he had so much success at, but when Coors threatened to reduce their sponsorship, he decided to give the asphalt another go. Hence would begin the most dominant period in the track's history. From 1988 to 1992, Freddie brought home 4 out of 5 track championships, while battling it out with the likes of Jack Sprague, Rich Bickle and Robbie Faggart. His success in the high-paying Big-10 Series helped propel him to bigger events, and in '93 he began running with the NASCAR All-Pro tour. He brought home major victories in the Myrtle Beach 400 and All-American 400, as well as the '98 All-Pro season championship before settling into a car builder/mentor role. He went on to assist the likes of Hank Parker Jr., Johanna Long, Harrison Burton and many more before retiring from competitive racing. Today, Freddie still dabbles in go-kart racing and car repair but basks in the glory of his storied career and the acclaim that comes with it. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
At the end of the 2007 NASCAR Cup season, Michael “Fatback” McSwain suddenly departed from the garage scene, leaving a void once filled by one of the most colorful personalities in the modern stock car era. On this week's Dale Jr. Download, McSwain joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis to discuss the decision to leave the sport, as well as the path he traveled to get to the top. Coming from the humble home of a phone company worker, McSwain did not grow from racing roots. After graduating from high school with no real direction, he decided to travel to Nashville to attend a diesel mechanic's college. It was during this time that he became familiar with racing and upon returning back to North Carolina, he wanted to give it a shot himself. He and his father built a demolition derby car for the Cleveland County Fair, and had so much fun in the process that they embarked on six-cylinder racing at Cherokee Speedway. But the further they got into the racing, the more expensive it got, and soon McSwain was left to find solutions to subsidize his own on-track endeavors. He began working on other people's race cars, ultimately finding a spot in the Robert Gee garage where a local racer was working on a NASCAR Sportsman Division ride. McSwain explained that working under Gee was very influential and taught him a lot in a short amount of time. It also helped him realize that he wanted to work in auto racing full-time. McSwain recalled driving to many different race shops and turning in applications before finally getting a call from Lake Speed's racing operation to come and work as a fabricator. This would be his first experience working on a Cup car, and over the next few seasons he would bounce from operation to operation, spending time working under legends such as Harry Hyde and Cale Yarborough before finally ending up with Ricky Rudd at Rudd Racing Enterprises. In 2000, Rudd inked a deal to race with Yates Racing, and McSwain assumed he was once again on the job hunt. However, a few days before his honeymoon he received a call of a lifetime from Robert Yates offering him the crew chief position. McSwain explains he cut his honeymoon a few days short because he was excited to get to work in a real, full-time race shop. The Rudd/McSwain duo delivered “Fatback'' his first Cup victory in June 2001 at Pocono Raceway. McSwain shares a story of how the car came together after a mad scramble the week of the race, and the result was a completely dominant performance. He also shares a hilarious encounter with Kevin Harvick during the waning laps of the September Richmond race that same season, a situation that may have landed him in serious hot water had it come to fruition. When the decision was made to release Rudd and bring in Elliott Sadler, McSwain jumped ship and headed to Joe Gibbs Racing to man the pit box for Bobby Labonte. All was far from well though, and rising turmoil amongst the team would leave McSwain without a job. The conversation deals a lot with driver/crew chief relationships and dialogue, and McSwain offers up stories of disagreements he had with Rudd and Bobby Labonte over the years. He explains that driver attitudes over the radio during a race can affect a whole team, and when the situation reached a breaking point he felt inclined to intervene. Finally, the interview covers McSwain's seemingly abrupt departure from the NASCAR garage scene following the 2007 season. He explains that having growing children at home influenced his decision, but now that they're older he is open to a return to the racing world. DIRTY AIR Before Michael joins the show, Dale, Mike, Alex and Hannah discuss: • Magnet fishing • Wild world of TikTok • Chris(topher) Buescher • Roots & Revival ASKJR presented by Xfinity: • Racing on dirt • Are drivers retiring earlier? • What FOX scheduled race would you like to call? • Bingeable television shows To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
In just a few short seasons, Ty Gibbs went from winning in the periphery of the stock car world to becoming one of the most polarizing characters in the NASCAR garage. On this week's episode of The Dale Jr. Download, Ty joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis in the Bojangles Studio to discuss his meteoric rise to becoming a focal point in motorsports. Gibbs stunned onlookers when he won the February 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series event at the Daytona Road Course, in what was his first attempt in the division. After starting deep in the pack on a late restart, Gibbs put on a driving display that saw him pass several cars and even drive through the grass to take the point, holding off accomplished road racer Austin Cindric in the process. The victory would make history, as it made Gibbs the first driver in the modern NASCAR era to win a national series event in his first attempt. While Ty has come off as soft-spoken in many of his public interviews, he gives The Download listeners a rare look into his home life, filling Dale and Mike in about his siblings and new townhouse. After Kurt Busch's recent hard crash at Pocono, Ty received the call to fill in at the last moment, minutes after finishing second in the Saturday afternoon Xfinity event. He explained that to best prepare for the challenge of driving a car he had zero experience in, he retreated home to run laps on his sim racing setup and sleep in his own bed before returning to Pocono early the next morning for the Cup race. The interview covers Ty's early years in racing, from competing in shifter karts at venues like the GoPro Motorplex to running late model stock cars on the prestigious CARS tour. He recalls the moment he knew he wanted to pursue a career in racing came after his grandfather Joe, whom he affectionately refers to as “Coach”, took him and his cousin to test a go-kart at Millbridge Speedway. When Mike asked if he has ever struggled with getting acclimated to any type of race vehicle, Ty explained the challenge in transitioning from karts to late models and how it took a couple of years to get comfortable. At one point, he was racing his kart full-time while testing a late model at Hickory Speedway during the week. Dale and Ty dig into the challenge of dealing with the public perception of coming from an established racing family. Ty gave some insight into how he tunes out the criticism he faces, finding that focusing on his love for motorsports keeps him motivated to move forward. Many young racers are forced to grow up in the public eye, and Gibbs talks about his ongoing maturation in dealing with conflicts both on the track and off. Ty's future has been a hot topic of discussion as he continues to find success in the Xfinity Series and now filling in at 23XI Racing in Kurt Busch's absence. He explains he ultimately wants to race in many different types of cars, mirroring the career path of Kyle Larson, whom he looks up to in many regards. They also discuss the future of Joe Gibbs Racing and what roles Ty may see himself in as the years roll on. This year in the Xfinity Series, one of the main storylines to watch has been JR Motorsports versus Ty Gibbs. And while usually, you'd never invite your competition into your very race shop, Dale Jr. recognizes that Ty is going to be a part of motorsports for many years to come and is choosing to embrace him. DIRTY AIR Before Ty joins the show, Dale, Mike, Alex and Hannah discuss: New Kyle Petty shirts available on the DirtyMoMedia.com Dale's play-by-play commentary at Michigan Bubba Wallace's passionate post-race interview The modified race opener at North Wilkesboro ASKJR presented by Xfinity This week the fans asked about: The future's perspective on today's NASCAR world Racing left-handed Dale's most prized vintage t-shirt Applying Mike Joy's commentary advice To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
What do you get when you combine a drug smuggling enterprise straight out of an episode of Miami Vice with the high-dollar sports car racing world of the 1980s? You get the story of Randy Lanier, and on this week's episode he joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis to tell it. At one time a top prospect in American motorsports, Lanier made headlines when he was indicted in 1986 for operating a multi-million dollar drug distribution effort responsible for bringing over 300 tons of marijuana to the United States from Columbia. Just a handful of months before he was Rookie of the Year in the 70th running of the Indianapolis 500. Originally born in rural Lynchburg, Virginia, Lanier and his family of seven moved to Hollywood, Florida when he was 13. The sunny beach lifestyle was captivating for young Randy, and was soon introduced to the thriving marijuana subculture of the 1960s. His father, who worked as a draftsman, was concerned about his seemingly wayward lifestyle and got him a job in construction. But, due to his longhaired appearance, fellow construction workers began asking Randy if he knew where to buy marijuana, and his stint in drug dealing began. Randy shares a frightening story of getting robbed at gun-point during a sale, which temporarily took him away from Florida to Colorado. It was there he met a guru, who invited him to an ashram in Boulder where he learned the art of meditation, which proved to be a big part of his survival in prison as well as a cornerstone of his life today. Upon returning to Florida, Randy continued on his new path until tragically losing his brother Glen in a motorcycle accident. The event was catastrophic for the Lanier family, and Randy explains it spun him out, back into the familiarity of selling marijuana. While he may not have realized it at the time, Lanier's eventual career in motorsports was implanted in the back of his mind, thanks in part to listening to the Indianapolis 500 broadcast on the radio when he was a young boy at his family farm in Virginia. Randy recalls a story from the late 1970s when he was attending a car show at the Miami Beach Convention Center and noticed a SCCA-sponsored booth. He picked up a pamphlet and eventually made the call to inquire about becoming a licensed driver. Soon after, he purchased his first race car: a 1957 Porsche 256. After renting out a small warehouse to be his shop and preparing the car for racing action, he entered his first amateur contest at West Palm Beach Speedway in 1980. As legend would have it, he won. From there he rapidly progressed through the sports car ranks, arriving at the headlining IMSA GT circuit. After spending a few seasons in borrowed rides with minimal results, he decided to take matters into his own hands and form his own racing team. But, to win on a consistent basis required a large bank roll, and so the two roads of Lanier's life intersected. DIRTY AIR Before Randy joins the show, Dale, Mike and Matthew discuss: Listeners respond to Dale and Mike's heated discussion The chaotic Cup race at the Indianapolis Road Course Indianapolis Oval or Road Course? Dale Jr.'s return to North Wilkesboro ASKJR presented by Xfinity The fan questions came rolling in about: Doing commentary for other sports Should NASCAR return to Iowa Speedway? The 1995 Impala from MTV Cribs Dale's perfect tailgate menu To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The success of sports is often built on rivalries. Auto Racing is no different. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis bring their favorite rivalries from the table of truth to this special episode. In the late 90's the NASCAR Xfinity Series was a hotbed for talent but also a series full of hot tempers. One of the great rivalries of the era was between an out-spoken northern driver, Champion Randy Lajoie, and an aggressive Georgian named Buckshot Jones. Dale Earnhardt had several rivals throughout his storied career. Most foe were created by physical contact between two racecars. Dale's rivalry with Ricky Rudd was personal. Rudd reveals how their shattered friendship lead to some legendary on-track altercations. Ron Hornaday Jr. is still not over it. In a 2011 NASCAR Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, he and Kyle Busch made contact on the track. Busch proceeded to wreck Hornaday under caution. NASCAR may have parked and suspended Busch for the actions, but it was Hornaday who suffered the most. The incident cost him a shot at the Championship. It's a wound that isn't fully healed to this day. Some rivals start as best friends. Some, under the same roof. Jeff Burton and Ward Burton open up about how their different personalities and upbringing, created bad blood between one of Virginia's most beloved NASCAR families. Rusty Wallace and Dale Earnhardt were great friends behind closed doors. On the race track? Far from it. The two giants of the NASCAR world battled each other relentlessly, resulting in a library of contentious moments and altercations. Rusty opens up about it and we find out how it played into a rivalry with a young Jeff Gordon. Dale Jr. says that if there is a Mount Rushmore of Motorsports rivalries, the Geoff Bodine / Dale Earnahrdt rivalry would be on it. Bodine details his side of one of the sport's most talked about feuds. Last but not least, a colorful Jimmy Spencer gets down and dirty about his distain for Kurt Busch. How did "Mr. Excitement" get so mad that he punched Kurt Busch? ASKJr presented by Xfinity Before the rivalry talk Hannah Newhouse brought fan questions to Dale Jr. about: What track should host the Championship finale? What dream racecars would Dale Jr. like to test at North Wilkesboro? The mysterious red left front tire at Daytona in 2004. Lugs Harvey or Harry Hogg? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Tony Eury Jr. is more than a cousin to Dale Earnhardt Jr. He's a brother. Dale Jr.'s former crew chief comes to the table of truth to discuss their best days together in racing and the hard truths of the controversial breakups that made the headlines during their careers. From their two years of winning the championship in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Dale Earnhardt and the Eury's took their success to the NASCAR Cup Series. Tony, Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis talk about the challenge of growing together as a team and a family. Dale Jr. wastes no time asking Tony about "creativity" he used on their racecars and how other's in the sport were talking about how fast they were. Tony and Dale laugh about re-gaining their mojo by drinking more. And yes, it worked. They also tell the hilarious story of a test session that ended in Dale Jr. doing donuts in the garage area. Eury details how the 2001 death of Dale Earnhardt impacted he, Dale Jr and the entire Bud No. 8 team in their approach and future trajectory. As many triumphs that the team earned, there was also tension and arguments. Like there typically is with family, the cousins didn't always see eye to eye. The tension led to a severing in the relationship and the first split between Dale Jr and the Eury's in 2004. Tony Jr. and Dale open up to each other about their feelings at the time and the regret they have to this day about the situation. The cousins discuss the Charlotte 600 impromptu presser by "Pops" Eury and how that lit a fuse in the media. Tony Jr. shares a never-before-told story about how Teresa handled the situation in the shop that week. They also open up about Dale's departure from Dale Earnhardt Inc. and how thinks could've been much different. The Hendrick years offered so much promise to Dale Earnhardt Jr. But just like at DEI, there were wins and painful losses. Eury talks about Dale Jr.'s mindset and lack of confidence through the trying times as the two detail the second split in their crew chief-driver relationship. He also brings us inside the Hendrick Motorsports dynamic to share the challenges and struggles within the organization during this period. The table discussion brings the relationship from Hendrick Motorsports through the Eury's next stint with the Earnhardts and Jr Motorsports. Tony Eury shares his thoughts on being Danica Patrick's crew chief and how there were similarities between she and Dale Jr. DIRTY AIR presented by FilterTime Before Tony Eury Jr. came to the table, Dale and Mike discuss: Dale Jr's high-pitched excitement in the broadcast booth at Atlanta The 2022 Ross Chastain Aggression Tour Corey Lajoie's near-win at Atlanta. ASKJR presented by Xfnity Hannah Newhouse brings fan questions to the podcast for Dale about: Ryan Ellis' tweet about stealing sponsors from another driver. Favorite Atlanta Braves players. What was miserable about being a driver and the worst part of being a broadcaster? Would the Xfinity Series benefit from an identity shift to V6 Motors or electric? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices