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Ep. 146: Bob Pockrass, longtime NASCAR journalist

6/19/2018
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The intrepid reporter for ESPN.com on his approach to court reporting and eliciting information; the subjects whom he has angered and later mended fences with; the origins of his dogged work ethic and tireless dedication to the craft; how social media both turned his professional life upside down but also made it easier; how he generates enterprise stories and why he believes NASCAR needs more of them; the impact of the shrinking of the newspaper industry on NASCAR coverage; and when he...

Duration:00:44:14

Ep. 145: Ray Evernham on Jeff Gordon's Hall of Fame election, NASCAR 2018 and vintage racing

6/13/2018
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The NASCAR Hall of Famer on doing some vintage racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with old friend Bill Elliott; watching his protegee Jeff Gordon's HOF election; a funny anecdote about his induction celebration last year; what he thinks about the new aero/horsepower rules package that has stirred debate in NASCAR; and the development of the new batch of up and coming stars in stock cars.

Duration:00:30:57

Ep. 144: Ben Rhodes of the Camping World Truck Series

6/5/2018
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The ThorSport Racing driver on growing up (and living in) Louisville, Kentucky, and his childhood memories of the Kentucky Derby; how he got involved in racing and his family connection to Jeff Gordon; why he's going back to school for an associate's degree in HVAC (and a pilot's license); how his 2018 season is going; why he believes he can run for a championship; the advantages of having a team based in Sandusky, Ohio; going through media training as a young driver and the importance of...

Duration:00:34:33

Ep. 143: Tommy Joseph, Aerodynamic Supervisor for Ford Performance

5/29/2018
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The American engineer spent 12 years in Formula One working for Williams, Sauber and Red Bull before returning to his home country last year. Joseph discusses his time in F1 living in Europe, working with world-class drivers and on groundbreaking projects. He also sheds light on spearheading the development of Ford's Mustang that will make its Cup debut in 2019 and why the final year of the Fusion is going so well for Kevin Harvick and other drivers.

Duration:00:34:09

Ep. 142: Indianapolis 500 recap with Jeff Gluck of JeffGluck.com

5/27/2018
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Breaking down Alexander Rossi's brilliant drive from 32nd, the debate over whether changes are needed to bring more passing next year, Danica Patrick's final ride and the "what if" of her IndyCar career; and what the victory means to Will Power.

Duration:00:26:26

Ep. 141: James Hinchcliffe

5/26/2018
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The IndyCar driver on how and why he became a popular star, why the IndyCar Series needs a villain, an expanded explanation on why the Indianapolis 500 shouldn't count toward the championship, what this week has been like after missing the race, why the pit stop competition was important to his team, what he will be doing Sunday during the race and why he might be going incognito Saturday night.

Duration:00:35:48

Ep. 140: IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud

5/25/2018
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The Team Penske driver on his epic pranks with teammate Josef Newgarden, the following he has built through his lighter side on social media, his up-and-down 2018 season, how he think the Indianapolis 500 will unfold and the epic celebration he would have if he won it.

Duration:00:15:34

Ep. 139: John Probst of NASCAR R&D

5/22/2018
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The managing director of competition and innovation on the nuts and bolts behind NASCAR's new high-tech Optical Scanning Station inspection system: How it was developed, how it was rolled out, how many teams have them and how teams helped with its construction. Also, Probst discusses his varied background in racing before NASCAR, a path that went through Formula One, Ford's ChampCar and NASCAR programs, Red Bull Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing.

Duration:00:56:48

Ep. 138: Denny Hamlin and PGA golfer Billy Horschel

5/17/2018
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The 2016 Daytona 500 champion and the 2014 FedEx Cup champion compare notes on NASCAR and the PGA; and then Hamlin discusses his future business plans (including a hamburger joint), the 2018 season and those speeding penalties, the return of Matt Kenseth and what Denny would shoot from the pro tees at TPC Sawgrass.

Duration:00:37:32

Ep. 137: Austin Cindric

5/11/2018
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The 19-year-old Xfinity Series driver on growing up in a racing family and around the Indianapolis 500, his varied and versatile background, his future goals, the controversy with Kaz Grala and how he took being called the most punchable face in NASCAR.

Duration:00:38:23

Ep. 136: Kyle Petty on his 24th annual Charity Ride

5/2/2018
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The NBC Sports analyst on some highlights from this year's six-day trip, which will take 225 riders from Portland, Maine, to Greensboro, North Carolina, and will make stops at Woodstock, the Martin Guitar factory, a Harley-Davidson factory, the Manheim Auto Action (the world's largest), the Petty Museum and the Victory Junction Gang Camp. Also, Kyle on his recent concerts and how he learned to play guitar.

Duration:00:27:44

Ep. 135: Matt DiBenedetto

4/26/2018
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The GoFas Racing driver on his season-best 16th at Richmond; his excellent relationship (and surprising backstory) with new crew chief Randy Cox; whether Ryan Preece's recent Xfinity success make him wish he could go back in time to his 2009-10 stint at Joe Gibbs Racing; his All-Star Race fan vote campaign and his chances at Talladega.

Duration:00:21:58

Ep. 134: Slugger Labbe of Toyota Racing Development

4/25/2018
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The former Cup crew chief and NASCAR America analyst on working on drag racing and other series in his new role, what it's been like working with Kyle Busch as an ally instead of competitor and his memories of being a crew chief and tire changer in the same race.

Duration:00:36:05

Ep. 133: Jerry Freeze, General Manager of Front Row Motorsports

4/18/2018
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On the competitive and economic challenges of being a midpack Cup team, how he went from owning a landscaping business to managing a NASCAR team and his best stories of The King and Sandra Bullock.

Duration:00:58:08

Ep. 132: Tommy Joe Martins

4/11/2018
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The Xfinity Series driver on his long road (and struggle) to gain a foothold in NASCAR, his outspokenness on social media and blogging and his ideas for making team ownership more financially sustainable.

Duration:00:54:50

Ep. 131: Brad Keselowski, Part II

4/5/2018
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The Team Penske driver discusses his new role on TV, why he is skeptical of autonomous cars, how being a father has changed him, why he is more willing to speak out and the intriguing origins of his last name.

Duration:00:42:16

Ep. 130: Brad Keselowski, Part I

4/3/2018
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The Team Penske driver on veterans being "jealous" of youthful stars, his respect for Kyle Busch's team owner savvy, the future of electric racing and a story about being the unknown kid who spun Tony Stewart.

Duration:00:43:17

Ep. 129: Jeff Burton on short tracks' past, present and future in NASCAR

3/22/2018
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The NBC Sports analyst on how NASCAR can rebuild its short-track roots, why the K&N, truck and Xfinity series might overlap too much, the case for bringing the All-Star Race to Nashville or South Boston and why more healthy debate is needed in NASCAR.

Duration:00:26:11

Ep. 128: A statistical analysis of NASCAR with David Smith

3/21/2018
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The Motorsports Analytics founder on which crew chiefs are calling the best strategies and what the numbers showed from the West Coast Swing.

Duration:00:36:39

Ep. 127: Dale Jarrett on Kevin Harvick's success, Jimmie Johnson's struggles and Jeff Gordon's Hall of Fame moment

3/14/2018
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The NASCAR Hall of Famer and NBC Sports analyst on the sweet spot of a Cup driver's career, what it's like facing performance and retirement questions at the end of a career and why it might be hard for a four-time champion to grapple with being a first-ballot NASCAR Hall of Famer.

Duration:00:42:02