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The Auto Racing team at USA TODAY Sports talks all things racing. We'll talk NASCAR, Indy Car, small tracks, dirt tracks, it's all on the agenda. We'll interview drivers, team owners, pit crew and anyone who wants to talk racing.

The Auto Racing team at USA TODAY Sports talks all things racing. We'll talk NASCAR, Indy Car, small tracks, dirt tracks, it's all on the agenda. We'll interview drivers, team owners, pit crew and anyone who wants to talk racing.
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The Auto Racing team at USA TODAY Sports talks all things racing. We'll talk NASCAR, Indy Car, small tracks, dirt tracks, it's all on the agenda. We'll interview drivers, team owners, pit crew and anyone who wants to talk racing.




Dale Earnhardt Jr. on podcasts, wedding, return to NASCAR

NASCAR's most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., is the special guest on this week's episode. USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Gluck talks with Earnhardt about the popularity of podcasts, his upcoming nuptials with Amy Reimann and the rigors of wedding planning. Earnhardt also talks about the value of his fan base and what they mean to him as he plans his return to the car next year after sitting out half of the 2016 season while recovering from a concussion.


Chase finale: Johnson's crazy run to the title

After Jimmie Johnson's shocking run to a seventh title unfolded in the closing laps at Homestead-Miami Speedway, USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Gluck and Brant James are left to wonder how many more championships are in the star's future. Plus, a closer look at Carl Edwards' act of sportsmanship at one of the lowest points of his career. And why Tony Stewart's last race fulfilled the three-time champion's wishes.


Chase race 9: Logano's win, Kenseth's wreck and the final four is set

Jeff Gluck welcomes Dustin Long of NBC Sports in this week's edition. We chat with race winner Joey Logano from victory lane at Phoenix, where he proclaims he will win his first Sprint Cup title. Plus, how he lost his wedding ring for a second time. Gluck and Long break down how the final laps unfolded, sending Matt Kenseth home early and giving Kyle Busch a chance to go back-to-back. They also offer their insights into who has the edge at Homestead - Logano, Busch, Jimmie Johnson or Carl...


Chase race 8: Texas two-step sees Edwards win in rain

Brant James welcomes special guest Holly Cain from on this week's edition of Start Your Engines. They discuss Carl Edwards' timely strategy in the rain at Texas and how feisty drivers may get at Phoenix this weekend as just two slots remain in the championship race. Will reigning titlist Kyle Busch make it? And what of Kevin Harvick, who has proven unbeatable at Phoenix recently?


Chase race 6: Talladega winnows the field

Talladega Superspeedway didn't offer 'The Big One' this time around, but there were surprises nonetheless. From engine woes that struck two of the heavy favorites for the championship to the drivers that advanced to the Round of 8 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Gluck and Brant James give their take now that the smoke has cleared.


Chase race 2: New Hampshire

Is a second Sprint Cup title in the cards for Kevin Harvick? It seems it could be after his performance Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Gluck and guest Matt Weaver share insights on why Harvick seems to excel in these pressure-packed moments. Plus, who will miss the 12-driver cut at Dover? And why are teams worried about post-race inspection more than ever?


Penalties steal the headlines in Chase opener at Chicagoland

Martin Truex Jr. won the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup but shortly afterwards, the Furniture Row racer failed post-race inspection. And he wasn't the only one. Six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson led a race-high 118 laps before he was penalized for speeding on pit road and later failed inspection. USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Gluck and special guest Jordan Bianchi of SB Nation break down all the action from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 and where the drivers stand...


Darlington and Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s concussion saga

NBC Sports' Nate Ryan joins USA TODAY Sports' Mike Hembree in this week's NASCAR podcast. The focus is Dale Earnhardt Jr., the sport's most popular driver, and whether he will - or should - return to the race car after a sobering news conference in which his doctors stressed their 'goal is to see him become a human being again.' The duo also lends clarity to the Chase for the Sprint Cup picture heading into Richmond and Martin Truex Jr.'s win in the Southern 500.


IndyCar Destinations: Watkins Glen with Bryan Herta

Chris Jenkins is joined by IndyCar team owner Bryan Herta to discuss this weekend's race at Watkins Glen International: the IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen. The two discuss the track and its surroundings, and the landscape this time of year. They also talk about Alexander Rossi, Michael Andretti and being a race car owner versus being a race car driver. Subscribe to and rate us on iTunes.


Will Kyle Larson have big Chase run?

USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Gluck welcomes Mike Brudenell of the Detroit Free Press in this week's Start Your Engines podcast. The duo examines the emotional win by Kyle Larson at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday and Chase Elliott's phenomenal rookie year. How far can Larson go in his first Chase for the Sprint Cup? And who will make the finale and win the title?


IndyCar: Will Power motors to another victory

In what is starting to become a weekly Q&A, Will Power joins the show after his fourth IndyCar victory in six races. Prior to his conversation with Power, USA TODAY Sports' Brant James is joined by Chris Jenkins to break down Power's patience, precision and possibilities, along with Simon Pagenaud's quickly fading lead. Brant and Chris also look at standout performances by Mikhail Aleshin and Ryan Hunter-Reay. Subscribe to and rate us on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @brantjames and...


Kevin Harvick gets back on track at Bristol

Jeff Gluck and Mike Hembree delve into the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race -- which took place mostly in the daytime Sunday after being postponed. Jeff and Mike analyze a win for Kevin Harvick after the Kyle Busch show came to a crashing end. Could Harvick be steering his season back in the right direction? The duo also talk Chris Buescher and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and look ahead toward Michigan for next week's race. Subscribe to and rate us on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @jeff_gluck and...


IndyCar destinations: Pocono

USA TODAY Sports' Chris Jenkins talks to Pennsylvania native Marco Andretti about Pocono Raceway, growing up and moving back to Nazareth, Pa., and racing at the "Tricky Triangle." Andretti also gives tips on where to eat and what to do if you're headed to the area. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes.


Ins and outs of Watkins Glen

NASCAR stats man extraordinaire Mike Forde joins USA TODAY Sports' Brant James and nothing is off the table. From Denny Hamlin's first road course victory to Kyle Larson's disastrous points loss in the final 100 yards to who is on the Chase for the Sprint Cup bubble, Forde and James break it down. So leave your calculator at home and listen in for an eye-opening look at some cool numbers from the race at Watkins Glen - and what they may mean for the playoffs.


IndyCar Destinations: Rio

Verizon IndyCar Series driver Tony Kanaan shares his insights on his native Brazil and Rio - host of the Summer Games, with USA TODAY Sports' Chris Jenkins. Kanaan still has family in Brazil and says the Olympics have put a spotlight on problems that the country has been suffering from for many years - including conditions and security. But he also says some have been exaggerated.


IndyCar: Pagenaud battles nagging back, gets back on track

Chris Jenkins and Curt Cavin of the USA TODAY NETWORK take a look at Simon Pagenaud's victory and Will Power's second-place finish in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. Pagenaud also joins USA TODAY Sports reporter Brant James to discuss returning to victory lane despite having to push through intense pain in his back, and what to look forward to next week at Pocono Raceway. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @brantjames, @ByChrisJenkins and @CurtCavin.


IndyCar destinations: Mid-Ohio

IndyCar driver Graham Rahal joins Chris Jenkins via phone to analyze Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course near Columbus. Rahal, a Columbus native who won last year's race at Mid-Ohio, describes the track as physical and demanding but also a great -- even family-friendly -- environment. Rahal gives tips of how best to attend the race, and what to do and where to eat around the city. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes.


NASCAR: Scenes from the Brickyard 400

Kyle Busch ran away with his second consecutive Brickyard 400 on Sunday in a lackluster race that saw few lead changes. As Busch put an exclamation mark on a dominant weekend that saw him win both pole positions and Xfinity and Sprint Cup races, other story lines were more captivating including Tony Stewart's farewell at his home track and the return of retired and five-time Brickyard champion Jeff Gordon. USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Gluck and Brant James give their spin on the weekend,...


IndyCar: Will Power rolls on

Brant James, Curt Cavin and Chris Jenkins chat about IndyCar's trip north of the border. Plus, Brant talks with Will Power about superstitions, Team Penske's dominance and a potential IndyCar return to Australia. (Photo: Chris Young, The Canadian Press via AP)


NASCAR at New Hampshire: Matt Kenseth picks up second win of the season

USA TODAY Sports' Mike Hembree and ESPN's Bob Pockrass break down the New Hampshire 301, won by Matt Kenseth, who earned his second victory of the season. Kenseth held off a hard-charging Tony Stewart in the closing laps to earn his second consecutive win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in a race that was dominated until the end by Toyota drivers. Photo: Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports


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