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Stories from within the NASCAR garage

Stories from within the NASCAR garage
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Stories from within the NASCAR garage






Episode 50: 2018 Homestead reaction with Matt Weaver (RWP)

RAW AND UNEDITED it's reaction straight from the frontstretch of Homestead-Miami Speedway following the conclusion of the 2018 NASCAR season. Joey Logano is the new Cup Series champion after taking down the Big 3. The Truck and Xfinity Series also has new champions. Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus are done, as is Furniture Row Racing. Matt Weaver is here to help break it all down, plus cameos from Caleb Whisler and even NASCAR's stat guru, Mike Forde! Music:


Episode 49: Danny Stockman (RWP)

Danny Stockman is the crew chief of the No. 21 Richard Childress Racing team but has spent a lot of time working to get to this position. In this podcast you are going to hear how a week shakes out for a crew chief from one race to another; whether he knew of Daniel Hemric before working with him; praise for Hemric’s racing intelligence and how involved he is with the team; the difference in performance from 2017-18; Stockman’s racing background and connection to Brendan Gaughan; his history...


Episode 48: Sheldon Creed (RWP)

ARCA Racing Series champion Sheldon Creed might be new to the NASCAR world but he has one heck of a racing background. In this episode Sheldon is going to reflect on his ARCA championship and whether he saw that coming; why the time wasright to make the transition to the Truck Series with GMS Racing; what his goals are for his four races; what goes into winning a Gold Medal at the X Games; getting to race against Robby Gordon; the transition from off­road and Stadium Trucks to pavement; why...


Episode 47: Christopher Bell

Joe Gibbs Racing rookie and Xfinity Series title favorite Christopher Bell is the guest this week to share his approach to racing. In this episode you’ll hear how the assessment of Bell’s rookie season has changed from midseason to now; whether he is hard on himself; managing the highs and lows of NASCAR through a week; adjusting to the nearly year-long NASCAR schedule; how running dirt races helps with his NASCAR mindset; what the rules are for Christopher to be able to run dirt races;...


Episode 46: Ryan McGee

Ryan McGee, of ESPN fame, has co-authored a new book with NASCAR’s most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., which is set to be released this week. In this podcast McGee is going to talk about how he became involved in the project; the meat of the book and what is in there that we don’t know; the breadcrumb trail Dale Jr. was already keeping years before retiring; how the process of putting this book together worked; what Ryan thought he was getting into when agreeing to the project; whether...


Episode 45: Stewart Friesen

In the latest “Get to Know” episode it’s Camping World Truck Series driver Stewart Friesen. Friesen is going to explain racing all around New York while also playing hockey when he was younger, which eventually led to a decision. Friesen goes back to how he got into racing by working at the racetrack his grandfather owned, painting walls and cutting grass. You will also hear him talk about life as a husband and father, the business Friesen runs with his wife Jessica, and his Thursday Jersday...


Episode 44: Hailie Deegan

New NASCAR winner Hailie Deegan makes her debut on the podcast first to relive her K&N West victory over the weekend at Meridian Speedway and then shed insight into who she is. Deegan is going to explain why she had already thought about the move she would make if she found herself in second position again, and the priceless reaction Mom had filmed on Instagram. From there Deegan digs into her childhood and growing up following what famous father Brian Deegan did, wanting to be at the track...


Episode 43 Post-ROVAL

Another bonus episode is perfect when it’s post-ROVAL and Jeff Gluck along with photographer Chris Owens can help discuss the highlights of this inaugural and unique race from Charlotte Motor Speedway. Hear about how the last lap unfolded on the track and behind the scenes for those trying to sort things out and figure out what happened. A breakdown of whether Jimmie Johnson made the right move on Martin Truex Jr. How about that 15-car crash in Turn 1? Also, the three drivers who tied for...


Episode 42: Regan Smith

It had been over a year since Regan Smith last sat in a Cup Series car when he got the call from Leavine Family Racing to fill in for Kasey Kahne at Indianapolis. Now Smith is amid a four-race run with the 95 team and is here to talk about the adjustment period for a driver getting back behind the wheel. Also hear him explain the feeling of being a race car driver again, if he ever questions why teams pick him to be their substitute driver, whether he considers himself retired, and the...


Bonus Episode 41: with Robin Miller

BONUS EPISODE with the fantastic Robin Miller of, RACER Magazine, and the NBCSN IndyCar broadcasts. Following a Mobil 1 special event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum where Robin, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett shared unbelievable stories from the Brickyard, it was time to chat with Robin about things happening in NASCAR, like Kyle Busch’s personality and Furniture Row Racing shutting down and whether stock cars should even be at Indy. Then we jump into some...


Episode 40: Kelley Earnhardt Miller

Kelley Earnhardt Miller has her hands full as co-owner, vice president and business manager at JR Motorsport and in today’s episode we learn how crazy a weekly schedule can be for her. Kelley is also going to explain the many other business ventures JRM is involved in beside putting four race cars on the track each weekend, her thoughts on recent milestones the company has reached, and the involvement of Rick Hendrick and Hendrick Motorsports, which also ties into the Earnhardt family. Plus,...


Episode 39: Tommy Joe Martins

Tommy Joe Martins went from running his own Camping World Truck Series team to competing part-time in the Xfinity Series for BJ McLeod. How did it happen? Martins is here to explain the finances of trying to run a Truck Series team and when the decision had to be made that it couldn’t be done anymore. Also, in this episode Martins digs into being on the backside of the NASCAR garage and how success is defined, what Brian France once said about teams like his that bothered Martins, what he...


Episode 38: Riley Herbst

It's another "get to know" themed episode with Riley Herbst, the 19-year-old full-time ARCA Racing Series driver for Joe Gibbs Racing. Herbst explains the 'Terrible Herbst' family nickname, what he likes to do off the racetrack that also helps him behind the wheel, what food he absolutely cannot eat, and his musical tastes. Before we end the episode, Herbst quickly runs through his climb up the racing ladder now into ARCA and NASCAR and what he would like people to think when they hear his...


Episode 37: Cole Custer

Cole Custer is on pace to crush all his career-high numbers in the Xfinity Series this season as the Stewart-Haas Racing driver marches onward in his sophomore year. Custer is the guest this week to discuss his development in the series, what he’s learned along the way and working with veteran and champion Kevin Harvick. He is also going to share insight into how the racing is different from being in the Camping World Truck Series, what it was like getting into a Cup Series car, and his...


Episode 36: Garrett Smithley

In a different kind of interview on the podcast we “get to know” Xfinity Series driver Garrett Smithley. As the JD Motorsports driver explains, he doesn’t come from money and has worked to not only be able to climb into a race car but get the sponsorship to do so. In this podcast, Smithley explains how involved he is with taking care of the business side of his career, his family background and what he was like growing up. Smithley also talks school, his music and food preferences, plus his...


Episode 35: Ben Kennedy

Ben Kennedy says he could have kept racing this season, but he chose to jump over into the other side of the family business. In this week’s episode, you’ll hear Kennedy talk about why the time was right to do so and what he’s learning in his new role as general manager of the Camping World Truck Series. Kennedy also explains his responsibilities on a weekly and weekend basis, whether he has plans to keep moving up the family ladder, and what his long-term vision is for the sport. Music:...


Episode 34: Kasey Kahne

Kasey Kahne has been flying under the radar this …


Episode 33: Liz Allison

Davey Allison lost his life 25 years ago today in a helicopter crash at Talladega Superspeedway. At just 32, Allison left behind a wife and two kids, and a career that was a long way from being complete. Liz Allison, Davey's widow, joins the show to share memories of their time together and shed light on who Davey was. Liz is going to recall the first time she and Davey met, what Davey was like as a husband and father, his goofy personality but competitive nature, and what winning was like...


Episode 32: Ricky Mast

Ricky Mast has a famous last name, but he's not i…


Episode 31: Hermie Sadler

It's finally time for racing and wrestling with H…