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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,...

Duration: 01:11:10

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.

Duration: 00:58:09

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...

Duration: 01:05:58

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.

Duration: 01:06:37

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...

Duration: 01:24:52

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...

Duration: 01:06:54

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).

Duration: 01:10:32

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.

Duration: 00:50:51

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.

Duration: 01:23:56

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...

Duration: 01:09:05

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...

Duration: 00:59:48

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.

Duration: 01:21:22

Episode 043: A look back at the SDPC Race Shop All-State Shootout & the Moser Great American Bracket Race

It’s Jed’s time to bask in the glory of his Alabama Slamma All-State triumph! In this week’s episode, the guys recap all the happenings from Memphis: the $50,000-to-win main event, as well as the race they’ve talked about all season long: The All State Shootout. In addition, they recap the week that was in NHRA LODRS competition and preview the final Ultimate Series event of 2017.

Duration: 01:00:46

Episode 042: Indy & Labor Day Weekend $ Race Recap

In this episode, the guys discuss all of the happenings from the Big Go, including an interview with 2017 Competition Eliminator winner (and 3-time Indy champion) Brad Plourd. In addition, they touch on the IHRA double header in South Carolina, as well as big buck action from Norwalk, Noble, Montgomery, Kil-Kare and Farmington.

Duration: 01:08:19

Episode 041: Previewing the Great American $50K, All-State Shootout & the BIG GO!

In this episode, the guys cover last weekend’s NHRA results from Bowling Green and Virginia Motorsports Park, as well as bracket action from Huntsville and Salt Lake City. The are joined by co-promoter of the Moser Great American Bracket Race, Gaylon Rolison to talk about that event and the All-State Shootout that will be contested as a part of it. Luke closes the show with a final thought about the Big GO: the NHRA U.S. Nationals.

Duration: 01:20:18

Episode 040: Points chases shaping up!

In this episode, the guys discussed last week’s big buck bracket action from the Ultimate Series in Huntsville as well as the Beaver Big Buck Blast in PA. In addition, they cover NHRA races from Brainerd, Seattle, and Cecil County, plus IHRA action from Memphis and Empire, all with an eye on the ultimate prizes: the national championships in both sanctioning bodies.

Duration: 01:16:01

Episode 039: RIP Windle Webster, Jr.

In this episode, the guys got a chance to catch up with PJ North and talk about the winding road that has led him to stardom on the Nashville music scene, and how he’s intertwined his music career with sportsman drag racing. They break down the weekend events: a trio of NHRA division races, along with big buck action from Virginia, Illinois, and Idaho. The podcast takes a somber tone when Luke, Jed, and PJ talk about Windle Webster, Jr.’s legacy and the racing incident that took his life...

Duration: 01:28:40

Episode 038: IHRA Focus

In this episode, Luke & Jed dive into the IHRA points chase in all of the sportsman categories. In addition, they recap the week that was in NHRA competition: huge western swings for Jody Lang and Justin Lamb, as well as John Labbous Jr.’s continued domination of the super classes. Plus, they touch on the two big bracket events contested in the state of Michigan last weekend. Jed relives a devastating kickball defeat, and Luke talks about losing 4 semi-final rounds in under an hour. ...

Duration: 01:11:02

Episode 037: Top Sportsman Domination

In this episode, Luke & Jed catch up with former NHRA Top Sportsman champion and current points leader Jeffrey Barker on the heels of his double-up victory in Topeka. They break down the NHRA points chases following a big weekend of action, and recap big bracket races from Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. Plus, they provide an update on the upcoming All-State Challenge and preview next weekend’s Racing RV’s Exclusive 150.

Duration: 01:19:53

Episode 036: The week in review

In this episode, Luke & Jed touch on the events that made up the week that was: bracket action from Maryland and Alabama, the NHRA national event in Denver, and divisionals from Sonoma and Epping. They sit down for a chat with back-to-back NHRA Mile High Nationals Super Comp winner Kris Whitfield, and breakdown the bottom bulb All-State Challenge roster. The episode as a whole takes a somber tone following a massive loss to the sportsman racing community.

Duration: 01:00:17

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