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Ep. 188: Life as a member of NASCAR's 'traveling circus'

6/12/2019
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Chris Nicholson is a NASCAR fan and long-haul truck driver who combined his passion and profession this year in taking a new job within racing. From piloting 18-wheelers down the concrete banking of Bristol and Dover to turning laps in Air Titans, here are a few of his stories from the road and how he has rekindled his racing passion.

Duration:00:20:42

Ep. 187: Parker Kligerman

6/5/2019
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The multifaceted NASCAR on NBC analyst/pit reporter and part-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver on how his 2019 season has unfolded with Gaunt Brothers Racing and what’s ahead (1:30); on his impressive performance in the Coca-Cola 300 and beating $100 million in competition (3:30); on the plight of the underfunded and the small team that is hailed for having a sound business model (6:00); how a small team exploits the inefficiencies of competing in NASCAR’s premier series (7:30);...

Duration:00:48:09

Ep. 186: Graham Rahal

5/23/2019
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The IndyCar driver on how Rahal Letterman Lanigan celebrated the start of a successful season (1:00); how Rahal’s luck has been tough so far this season (2:00); on David Letterman being at teammate Takuma Sato’s victory and how Rahal played a role in perhaps getting him there (3:00); a week of handling many family requests for a “home” weekend in Southern California (5:00); on how he is spending time with his wife, Courtney, as she takes a hiatus form racing, including killing some monster...

Duration:00:23:19

Ep. 185: Oriol Servia

5/22/2019
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The IndyCar veteran and 11-time starter in the Indianapolis 500 reflecting on his career (1:30); another way to look at Servia’s struggles with keeping a full-time ride and sponsor in recent seasons (3:30); the record that he holds in IndyCar for number of teams (5:00); did you know cats in Spain actually have fewer lives? (6:00); some similarities between racing and the movie industry (7:00); how it feels for Servia to jump into the IndyCar Series once annually (9:00); the very cool...

Duration:00:38:20

Ep. 184: Denny Hamlin makes a trip to FedEx headquarters

5/15/2019
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The NASCAR on NBC Podcast travels to FedEx's home base in Memphis, Tenn., with driver Denny Hamlin to learn about what makes this long-running driver-sponsor relationship work, starting with a tour of FedEx's largest hub (3:00); the No. 11 pilot meeting one of the FedEx pilots (4:00); Hamlin meets with employees for a Q&A (5:30); he explains the choice that won him the 2019 Daytona 500 (6:30); what Hamlin wants his legacy to be (7:30); why he chose racing and what keeps him going (8:00);...

Duration:00:28:12

Ep. 183: Chip Ganassi

5/8/2019
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The NASCAR and IndyCar team owner on a famous scooter ride at Long Beach with Roger Penske and his longtime rivalry with the fellow auto racing titan (1:15), Ganassi’s approach to Twitter and his reasons for promoting American skier Mikaela Shiffrin (4:30); his longtime love of newspapers and journalism and how it was sparked (6:30); the Chip Ganassi method for reading a newspaper and why he believes words are powerful and should be chosen carefully (8:30); reflecting on three decades of...

Duration:00:30:07

Ep. 182: Kyle Petty on his 25th annual Charity Ride

4/30/2019
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On the eve of his annual charity ride, the NASCAR on NBC analyst discusses how his dry run went for the longest route in the ride's history (1:30); why you can’t just Google a map for the ride (2:30); why this year's ride feels a lot like the first year (5:00); reflecting on last year’s scenic route through the Northeast (6:00); the necessity for more highways and fewer two-lane roads (8:00); what became of Kyle’s Fairbanks, Alaska, idea (10:00); how his young son, Overton, experienced...

Duration:00:46:16

Ep. 181: Daniel Hemric

4/24/2019
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The Richard Childress Racing on the reason why this podcast was taped at a Marathon Gas Station on Highway 3 on the border of Davidson and Concord in North Carolina (1:30); how he met his wife Kenzie, also a regular at this gas station (2:30): working in a Legends team shop down the street (4:30); the family friend who gave Daniel the break to keep his racing career alive with his first real ride (6:00); arevelation of why Daniel struggled so much (with a busted chassis) in his first season...

Duration:00:47:55

Ep. 180: Hurley Haywood, Sebastien Bourdais

4/11/2019
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Hurley Haywood, a five-time winner of the 24 Hours at Daytona and three-time LeMans winner, on his decision to come out; whether he could have done it during his racing career; why he kept his personal life a secret while racing professionally and whether his career would have ended if he chose to reveal it; if his sponsor Penthouse was aware of his sexuality; the dual impetus for choosing to come out; if other gay drivers have confided in him since then and sought advice on coming out;...

Duration:00:46:00

Ep. 179: Ryan Hunter-Reay and Colton Herta

4/3/2019
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Ryan Hunter-Reay on what has caught his eye in IndyCar this season (2:00); the talent influx of younger drivers (3:15); where Andretti Autosport can make gains (4:15); on whether Team Penske has made it a tougher fight on street and road courses (5:30); the easy way to catch his title rivals ... and the realistic expectations for points goals (6:15); what impressed him early about winner Colton Herta and how far his team can take him (7:15); the outlook for Barber and Long Beach (8:15); his...

Duration:00:26:05

Ep. 178: Jeff Burton on NASCAR in 2019 so far

3/27/2019
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Evaluating the 2019 rules package (1:15); why has there been less drafting? (2:45); will Texas Motor Speedway offer an opportunity for catchup to Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing? (4:15); how Texas’ dual-corner configuration will present an interesting approach with the new rules package (5:45); what the realistic expectations were for lower horsepower/high downforce and did NASCAR want more out of it so far (7:15); sometimes the better races just happen later in the season (8:00); do the...

Duration:00:34:50

Ep. 177: Jerry Freeze of Front Row Motorsports

3/20/2019
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The general manager of the three-car team on expanding to a third car and moving into a new shop in Mooresville (1:00); juggling building and preparing cars between two locations (3:00); the advantage of being more centrally located in Charlotte (6:00); the deeper talent pool in expanding by a few dozen employees (8:30); how many people have been at Front Row since the start (10:30); whether the team decided to make the six-figure investment of buying an Optical Scanning Station (12:30); the...

Duration:00:50:54

Ep. 176: Tony Kanaan, Josef Newgarden

3/13/2019
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The 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner and the 2004 series champion on the outlook at A.J. Foyt Racing (1:00); the importance of the Indianapolis 500 (3:00); how driver and car owner are similar (5:00); what it’s like driving for a four-time Indy 500 winning legend (6:00); some personnel changes at AJ Foyt Racing (7:30); working with Larry Foyt (10:00); on TK’s move to (much colder than Miami) Indianapolis (12:45); the state of IndyCar in 2019 and how it compares to the last 15 years (14:45)l what...

Duration:00:45:59

Ep. 175: Kim Coon

2/27/2019
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The co-host of the Glass Case of Emotion podcast, MRN pit reporter and NASCAR.com personality on Kim vs. Kimmie (1:00); working across the podcast digital and radio mediums (2:00); the origins of Glass Case of Emotion and how she was paired with co-hosts Ryan Blaney and Chuck Bush (3:45); the framework for the show (6:00); how getting Jeff Gordon as a guest helped establish the show's credibility (8:00); testing the boundaries with an "explicit” rating (11:00); the comfort of Blaney with...

Duration:00:46:20

Ep. 174: Austin Dillon

2/12/2019
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The defending Daytona 500 winner on why he's happy to be working again with crew chief Danny Stockman, who taught Dillon much about stock cars (1:00); why Stockman and the rest of the crew fit Richard Childress Racing's old-school racer vibe (3:00); offseason stories of team bonding and paintball welts (6:00); the Dillons' trip to Costa Rica and why this family loves road-trip vacations (7:45); how Dillon became a good friend of Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, who will...

Duration:00:30:46

Ep. 173: State of NASCAR 2019 with Jeff Burton, Part II

2/6/2019
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The NASCAR on NBC analyst known as "The Mayor" weighs in with his insightful takes on several major issues entering the new season: A look at the concept of salary and spending caps, then and now (2:30); why the conversation should stay behind closed doors (5:00); what should be the ceiling for team spending (7:00); the resetting of driver salaries (9:00); why it's hard for team owners to rein in their budgets (11:00); the conundrum of using rules to save money (13:00); the 2019 rules...

Duration:00:41:06

Ep. 172: State of NASCAR 2019 with Jeff Burton, Part I

1/30/2019
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The NASCAR on NBC analyst known as "The Mayor" runs down some hot topics for the new season: Is the Brett Moffitt-Johnny Sauter situation a new trend for NASCAR? (2:00) ; Other examples of drivers “bringing” sponsorship that aren’t talked about as much (4:00); “To a hammer, everything looks like a nail” (6:00); Why the optics still aren’t great if Johnny Sauter is left without a ride (7:00); Car owners making tough decisions that always get made (8:30); The balance of selling drivers vs....

Duration:00:35:59

Ep. 171: The Earnhardts race the 2001 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, Part II

1/24/2019
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In a narrative edition of the NASCAR on NBC Podcast, we recall when Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. teamed to race the No. 3 Corvette in the 2001 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. --Dale Earnhardt climbs into the car for the first time in the rain ...which turned out to be perfect conditions (3:30); --How Earnhardt begged to stay in the car beyond his scheduled time (4:30); --What impressed Earnhardt Jr. about how his father ran the race (5:45); --The impressive run turned in by Dale Jr....

Duration:00:33:23

Ep. 170: The Earnhardts race the 2001 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, Part I

1/23/2019
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In a narrative edition of the NASCAR on NBC Podcast, we recall when Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. teamed to race the No. 3 Corvette in the 2001 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. --The origins of how it happened (2:30); --How well the Earnhardts knew IMSA and sports cars (5:00); --How The Intimidator wanted to be treated like anyone else on the team (7:30); --The Rolex 24 business opportunities and big picture viewpoints for Dale Earnhardt (10:30); --How Earnhardt, who was confident of...

Duration:00:31:14

Ep. 169: Helio Castroneves

1/21/2019
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The Team Penske driver on why he's thritlled the offseason is over (1:00); how his first Rolex 24 went (2:00); being paired with Alexander Rossi this year (3:45); what it's like working with an IndyCar rival and why there is no awkwardness with an Penske-Andretti pairing (5:00); the joy of racing against Alex Zanardi again (8:30); his memories of the dark race weekend and vicious wreck that took Zanardi's legs (10:00); his rejuvenation in joining sports cars full time last year (12:30); how...

Duration:00:30:38