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Episode 064: Bottom Bulb Top 25

Bottom bulb racers have been waiting for it: It’s the Bottom Bulb version of the Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast Top 25! Luke, Jed, and Mark recruited 12 distinguished panelists to assemble the top 25: listen to see who came out on top, who earned Top 25 status, and who got snubbed! Luke Siebert, of Siebert Performance and a notable bottom bulb racer of his own right, joined the show this week to break down the results and give his take. In addition, Luke & Jed cover the weekend’s results...


Episode 063: Interview with Lynn Ellison

On this week’s episode, Luke & Jed sit down for a lengthy interview with reigning NHRA Top Dragster World Champion Lynn Ellison. Within that segment, Lynn recaps his amazing 2017 season, talks about the opportunity to compete alongside his daughter Madison, and what it’s like to bracket race at well over 200 mph. In addition, the guys rehash their NHRA picks from last episode in preparation for the NHRA season opener in Pomona. The episode closes with an appearance from newly minted...


Episode 062: NHRA Pick’em

National Dragster Senior Editor Kevin McKenna joins Luke and Big Jed this week as they perform their annual NHRA Championship Draft. A year ago, Luke smoked Big Jed in the competition: and as a result, Jed’s “Big Red” Nova will feature a custom decal throughout 2018 to make sure everyone knows it! This year, Kevin, who helped the duo with their picks last season, got in on the action and picked a team of his own. The trio each selected three drivers in each of the NHRA sportsman...


Episode 061- Turn back the Clock

This week, the guys are joined by 2-time NHRA World Champion Sherman Adcock, Jr. and the trio takes turns telling racing stories of yesteryear: entertaining tales from their youth and what feels like a little different time in sportsman drag racing. Jed shares a story that begins with losing a race car (quite literally) and ends in the winner’s circle. Sherman tells us about the early days of NHRA Super Gas, and highlights a few of the personalities of that time period. And Luke adds in...


Episode 060: Towing Talk

Some of the most discussed - and often most avoided - questions in the world of sportsman drag racing swirl around the issue of Commercial Vehicle mandates and the DOT laws as they apply to racers. In this episode, Luke & Jed do their best to get to the bottom of it, with the help of two highly respected industry professionals: Joe Fisher (Racing RV’s), and John Dibartolomeo (Drag Racing Edge). Joe and John help shed some light on towing and CDL requirements for our racing operations.


Episode 059: David Rampy

This episode was a real treat for Jed & Luke, as they got to sit down for a lengthy interview with recent NHRA World Champion and sportsman racing icon, David Rampy. In his interview, Rampy talked about everything from his Alabama roots to the intricacies of Competition Eliminator; his racing mentor, his team, and his drive to continue earning his living within sportsman competition. It’s one you don’t want to miss!


Episode 058: The Top 25 Reveal

The boys are back! After a week off for the holidays, Luke and Jed return – and they bring the goods this week in an episode sure to get everyone talking. In this episode, the guys rank the top 25 top bulb bracket racers in the world! Who’s number 1? Who missed the cut? Find out in an episode dedicated almost exclusively to poll banter. In addition, the guys touch on a handful of events that have been released in recent weeks, and close the show with the popular #RacingAnswers segment.


Episode 057: The Best of 2017

Here it is! By listener vote, Luke & Jed recap the “Best of” 2017: best single event performance, best event, biggest controversy, best story, and the granddaddy of them all: the Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast 2017 Driver of the Year. In addition to breaking down the ballots, the guys discuss the passing of legendary NHRA Pro Stock champion Bob Glidden, update the listeners on some recent announcements, and close with a final thought on the sustainability of the current big dollar bracket...


Episode 056: “Nasty” Nick Hastings

On this week’s show, the guys sit down with arguably the most successful and versatile racer of 2017: Nick Hastings. Hastings’ accomplishments from the season read like a laundry list of the biggest and best events of the season: top bulb and bottom bulb. He talks about his year, his outlook, and how he took the step from weekly bracket racer to one of the most recognized and successful big dollar competitors in the sport! In addition, Luke & Jed discuss the hottest topics of the week,...


Episode 055: At Track SMACK Talk!

On this week’s show, the guys discuss some of the latest developments in sportsman drag racing: IHRA’s Sportsman Spectacular, the recent Facebook discussion about what we would change about the sport, and more… But in large part, they relax and have a little fun! Luke & Jed are joined by multi-time world champion Slate Cummings as the three reflect on some of their most entertaining “Smack Talk” stories from over three decades at the race track.


Episode 054: 2017 NHRA Super Comp Champion, Austin Williams

On this week’s show, the guys catch up with recently crowned NHRA S/C world champ Austin Williams. In addition, they recap the holiday weekend action, which unfortunately included a disproportionate number of on track incidents. They also roll out a new “What’s On Tap” feature in which they preview upcoming events and talk about a 2018 schedule that is quickly becoming the richest and most exciting season in big buck bracket racing history. Plus they close the show with a long overdue...


Episode 052: Salute to the Champions

A couple months ago, Jason Patterson was a Footbrake racer from south Texas. Now he’s an NHRA World Champion. Luke & Jed catch up with him to talk about the experience. In addition, they salute this year’s class of NHRA world champions, discuss the latest IHRA news, and preview the upcoming Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast anniversary episode.


Episode 051: Justin Lamb is the 3rd Driver in NHRA History to Claim 2 World Championships in One Season!

Justin Lamb just became the third driver in NHRA history to win two national championships in one season. Those titles marked the third and fourth of his illustrious career (he’s 30 years old). On this week’s show, Jed and Luke got to catch up with Justin en route to Pomona for the World Finals. In addition, they do their best to bring everyone up to speed on the remaining sportsman championship pictures, recap the World Series of Bracket Racing, and share some thoughts on integrity...


Episode 050: Southern Footbrake Challenge & NHRA Points Battles

In today’s episode, Luke & Jed revisit last week’s discussion on safety and break down the past week’s major events: big dollar Footbrake action at the SFC, NHRA national event competition from Las Vegas, and the final Division 2 event from Rockingham. They’re joined by recent Las Vegas winner Marko Perivolaris and Luke brings everyone up to speed on NHRA championship possibilities with just 2 weeks remaining in the 2017 season. And of course, the duo discusses their NHRA pick ‘em...


Episode 049: Million Dollar Race Reflections

This episode is dedicated to everything Mickey Thompson Million. Luke & Jed were on hand competing for the biggest prize of the 2017 season. They didn’t win it, but they talk a lot about the man who did: Johnny Ezell. In addition, they touch on some of the hot topics from the Million: the split negotiation, safety equipment (or lack thereof), and the undertone of cheating accusations. No guest this week: Johnny Bracket Racing politely declined to come on (his racing speaks for itself).


Episode 048: Million Dollar Race Preview

This week the guys are recording live from the Mickey Thompson Million in Montgomery, AL. Luke & Jed are joined by the winner of the inaugural Million, TJ Tracey. In addition, they discuss the callouts from Huntsville last week and talk about Jed’s big win at the same event. Plus, they cover results from across the country and give their picks for this week’s Million.


Episode 047: Big Bracket Racing Announcements

In this episode, the guys discuss new developments in the world of bracket racing: from IHRA’s change in format, to an interesting system of pairing in the late rounds. Luke & Jed are joined by Britt Cummings, as he and Gaylon Rolison announce their new event: the 2018 Dream Team Shootout. In addition, they cover the NHRA action from Oklahoma and E.T. Finals events from the Southeast and the west coast… Plus they agree on a wager for their NHRA pick ‘em contest.


Episode 046: Catching up with the man of the hour, Troy Williams, Jr.

In this episode, Troy Williams, Jr. joins the show to discuss his incredible week… Troy clinched the IHRA Top Dragster World Championship on Sunday, then kicked off the Fall Fling with a win in the 32-car Dragster Shootout. As if that weren’t enough, he capped the week with a $50,000 triumph in Friday’s main event! In addition, he tells a few stories about his early years at the track, plus Luke & Jed recap the Fling, the NHRA national event in St. Louis and breakdown their NHRA draft...


Episode 045: DRR Ultimate Series & IHRA Champions Crowned

In this week’s episode, Luke & Jed are joined by newly crowned Ultimate Series champion Aaron Vail. The longtime Indiana door car driver tells the guys what it’s like to take a dragster home for the first time. In addition, IHRA crowned its sportsman champions last week with the Dragway 42 Finale, so the guys discuss that. Plus, they cover the NHRA action from Maple Grove and Rocky Mountain Raceway, as well as the DRR Series’ final stop in Huntsville and the Jim...


Episode 044: Impending IHRA Drama

In this week’s episode, 2-time IHRA World Champion and current points leader Danny Waters, Jr. helps the guys break down the IHRA finale and the championship contenders in each category. In addition, Luke and Jed cover last weekend’s national, divisional, and E.T. Finals events, and preview the upcoming Fall Fling. Plus, Luke tries to explain what the heck he’s doing in Salt Lake City and they debate the idea of giving a time trial in the middle of competition.


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