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

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.


Ep. 187: Parker Kligerman

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);...


Ep. 186: Graham Rahal

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...


Ep. 185: Oriol Servia

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...


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

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);...


Ep. 183: Chip Ganassi

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...


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

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...


Ep. 181: Daniel Hemric

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...


Ep. 180: Hurley Haywood, Sebastien Bourdais

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;...


Ep. 179: Ryan Hunter-Reay and Colton Herta

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...


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

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...


Ep. 177: Jerry Freeze of Front Row Motorsports

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...


Ep. 176: Tony Kanaan, Josef Newgarden

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...


Ep. 175: Kim Coon

The co-host of the Glass Case of Emotion podcast, MRN pit reporter and 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...


Ep. 174: Austin Dillon

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...


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

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...


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

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....


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

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....


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

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...


Ep. 169: Helio Castroneves

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...