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Ep. 166: Steve Letarte's Championship 4 Preview

11/14/2018
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The NASCAR on NBC analyst on why he believes this group of contenders is the best title field yet (1:00), how it illustrates the addition of playoff and stage points were the correct moves (3:00), his suggestions for possibly downsizing the field (4:30), appreciating the efforts of the eliminated drivers at Phoenix (6:30), why Miami should be a heavyweight fight (7:30), how other drivers will race the Championship 4 at Miami (and possibly with "mittens on" (9:00), whether Joey Logano's...

Duration:00:22:16

Ep. 165: Elliott Sadler

11/8/2018
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In a "This Is Your Life"-style conversation, the soon-to-be-retired Xfinity Series championship contender reflects on his NASCAR career and what it was like being an up and coming driver 20 years ago (1:00); that “when I came along, I was the only young guy!” (2:30); a memorable anecdote from his first season with Wood Brothers Racing and what it taught him about responsibility as a 23-year-old (3:30); why he believes today’s generation of youth lacks the same big-picture perspective...

Duration:00:20:56

Ep. 164: Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Formula One driver

10/31/2018
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The Danish driver in his second season with F1’s U.S.-based team (and owned by Gene Haas) on watching his father win a class championship at the IMSA finale and his hopes to race against him (1:00); hanging out with Clint Bowyer at Circuit of the Americas in Austin (2:30); the differences between driving F1 and NASCAR and Kevin’s aspirations to drive one (3:30); how much he and his team are watching Stewart-Haas Racing’s playoff run (5:00); the improvements at Haas F1 through its third...

Duration:00:24:46

Ep. 163: Steve Phelps, NASCAR President

10/24/2018
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Midway through his third week of overseeing day to day operations at NASCAR, Phelps joined to discuss how he benefited by entering his new job with 14 years of experience (1:30); holding his first “town hall” with NASCAR employees (3:00); the measuring sticks for NASCAR on fan satisfaction (4:30); his background before NASCAR (7:00); why he fell into the business and branding of sports (8:00); the most important difference between working at NASCAR and the NFL (9:30); what he feels his...

Duration:00:49:02

Ep. 162: Ramsey Poston

10/17/2018
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The president of Tuckahoe Strategies and former managing director of communications for NASCAR (from 2004-11) on how his background in politics and living around the country informed his views and communicating with people (1:30); the crossover between politics and sports (3:30); his history in politics (5:00); how the death of an icon brought him into the NASCAR world (7:00); a tense meeting with NASCAR (10:30) ... with an important laugh (12:45); a shift in how NASCAR approached the...

Duration:00:48:04

Ep. 161: Hailie Deegan

10/10/2018
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The first female driver to win a pole position and race in the NASCAR K&N Series on how she gravitated toward NASCAR (1:45); if she had any desire to race dirt bikes like her famous father, Brian (2:55); the occupational hazards of being in freestyle motocross and whether dad discouraged her from doing it (3:55): how being raised at the track made her want to race (4:25); her memories of dad’s many near-death experiences and life-saving surgeries (5:25); her first win as an 8-year-old...

Duration:00:22:29

Ep. 160: Justin Allgaier

10/3/2018
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The Xfinity Series chamiponship contender on why capitalizing on opportunities has been the key to his career season (1:00); why communication is important for his team, even between his daughter and crew members (4:00); the special helmet that he is wearing through the playoffs and designed by his daughter (6:00) and why it’ll mean rainbows and unicorns all the way through the playoffs (8:00); the Allgaier family’s love for graphic design (9:30); how Justin was influenced by his...

Duration:00:26:13

Ep. 159: Marcus Smith on the Roval debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway

9/25/2018
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The president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc. on Charlotte Motor Speedway's new road course being the talk of the playoffs (1:00), whether the goal was to freak out drivers about how treacherous the track might be? (2:45); why drivers seemingly have bought into the Roval as a good thing even if it makes them uncomfortable (5:00); whether it proves what might be perceived as bad for drivers is good for fans (6:00); on the resistance he faced to the Roval (8:15); Mario Andretti’s...

Duration:00:32:47

Ep. 158: Ross Chastain

9/19/2018
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The new first-time Xfinity Series race winner on addressing Chip Ganassi Racing after his Las Vegas victory and the many questions he asks to stay preoccupied (1:00); the surreal feeling of lapping cars and the mistakes of letting one by (5:00); why a nice guy makes so many other guys angry and why he races his competitors so hard (7:30); where things stand with Kevin Harvick (12:30); has he met Chip Ganassi yet? (13:45); correcting some Wikipedia inaccuracies about Ross' life, starting with...

Duration:00:39:30

Ep. 157: Christopher Bell

9/18/2018
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The Joe Gibbs Racing driver on the curious dichotomy of the big sprint car event but small sprint car scene in his native state of Oklahoma (1:00); his big break in racing and its tie to Kyle Larson (3:00); how a resemblance to a World of Outlaws helped him (5:00); as did Larson’s departure from a Toyota ride (5:50); the good and bad of following a first-class talent (6:45); why Christopher isn’t that interested in the attention that comes with his job (7:45); how he keeps his hand in dirt...

Duration:00:16:56

Ep. 156: Steve Letarte on Playoff Power Rankings

9/5/2018
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The NASCAR on NBC analyst helps break down some of NBCSports.com's new playoff power rankings, including how he would rank crew chiefs (1:45); the ways he ran his Cup teams (4:00); his methodology for evaluating crew chiefs on strategy (6:00); what makes good leaders (9:45); who leads the team more, crew chief or driver (11:30); the importance of time efficiency and delegation (12:45); who is the best crew chief in NASCAR (15:00); the definition of driver talent (16:30); who is the best...

Duration:00:34:07

Ep. 155: Dustin Long on the BK Racing bankruptcy

8/29/2018
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After spending a few dozen hours in a Charlotte courthouse covering the legal saga for NBCSports.com, NASCAR Talk editor Dustin Long provides his analysis and insight on why BK Racing filed for bankruptcy (1:30); what former owner Ron Devine’s plan was to keep control of the team (4:15); the process of appointing a trustee (6:00); what were the chances of Ron Devine getting the team back without a sale? (9:45); given the outcome, would Devine have had a better option than Chapter 11?...

Duration:00:34:59

Ep. 154: Chase Elliott

8/22/2018
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The Hendrick Motorsports driver on his love of University of Georgia football (1:00), why he took the words of coach Kirby Smart to heart (1:45), the motivational tactics of football coaches (2:30), whether he ever ponders having gone to college to have a rooting interest (4:30), his relationship with Jimmie Johnson and the in-depth conversations they've had (6:30), how he played a role in putting his father, Bill, in the upcoming Road America race (9:00), the email he sent Bill Elliott...

Duration:00:20:45

Ep. 153: A statistical analysis of NASCAR 2018 with David Smith

8/15/2018
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The Motorsports Analytics founder on Chase Elliott’s first win and why it’s the perfect representation of stylized, modern-day NASCAR (2:00); the impact of restarts on Elliott’s results and why this part of the schedule fits him well (4:00); why David doesn’t think Chase Elliott necessarily has been struggling this season (7:00); when the trend of “stylized racing” began in NASCAR (8:30); the importance of restarts in talent evaluation (9:30); why underrating Chase Elliott changed David’s...

Duration:00:42:53

Ep. 152: Daniel Suarez

8/8/2018
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The Joe Gibbs Racing driver on his inquisitive nature and a funny anecdote about the question he asked at his first go-kart race that opened some important doors (4:15); how Daniel brought his father, Alejandro, into racing (7:15); his big break on the Mexico racing scene (11:00); why he feels gracious to have gotten the opportunities he did (18:00); the story behind a vintage bus he bought for his family (21:00); what leaving them behind in his home country was like (27:00); the arduous...

Duration:00:47:38

Ep. 151: Rick Hendrick

8/1/2018
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The Hendrick Motorsports founder on his vast collection of music memorabilia (from Lady Gaga to Led Zeppelin) and vintage cars (more than 200); his love of the 1967 Corvette; the personal shrine he built to the people and places that shaped his life; how he manages overseeing an automotive dealership empire and four race teams; why Hendrick Motorsports has slumped in 2018; and how he reflects on realizing his dreams.

Duration:00:42:59

Ep. 150: Doug Yates

7/25/2018
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The CEO of Roush Yates Engines on the background and history of his family's business; the fierce and fun rivalry between his late father and eventual partner Jack Roush; his best memories of Hall of Famer Robert Yates, the glory days of Robert Yates Racing with Davey Allison, Ernie Irvan and Dale Jarrett; why believing in drivers was critical to the team's success; the competitive suggestions that Doug Yates texts Ford crew chiefs about during races; and where NASCAR might be headed with...

Duration:00:50:09

Ep. 149: Kyle Busch

7/19/2018
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The 2015 Cup Series champion in a wide-ranging conversation on: --His love of the Denver Broncos; --The time he almost met Tom Brady (twice) on vacation and what he wants to ask him about maintaining his status as an elite pro athlete; --How his son, Brexton, already is resembling Kyle's all-or-nothing desire to win; --The workload he and wife Samantha share in running Kyle Busch Motorsports; --Through their foundation's Bundle of Joy program, how Kyle and Samantha have helped couples...

Duration:00:46:54

Ep. 148: Rob Kauffman, Race Team Alliance chairman

7/11/2018
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The minority owner of Chip Ganassi Racing discusses his background in motorsports and his ideas about for how NASCAR and teams can build a better business model, the trickiness of evaluating what makes a good race, his reaction to reports of a NASCAR sale and how it would impact the RTA, the importance of eSports in NASCAR's future, and his RK Motors business that restores and resells vintage and performance cars.

Duration:00:36:44

Ep. 147: Chip Wile, Daytona International Speedway president

7/4/2018
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The man in charge of NASCAR's most famous racetrack on his diverse background in motorsports, his success at Darlington Raceway with the Southern 500 throwback weekend, the time he didn't attend his first NASCAR race at Daytona 20 years ago, Daytona's harried seven-month schedule, playing hoops with NASCAR stars, some ideas being tried at for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 weekend and the challenges of getting the varied interests of the NASCAR industry on the same page.

Duration:00:41:10