Glorious Racing Stories is a nonfiction narrative podcast by Dirty Mo Media that immortalizes the greatest people and moments in motorsports as determined by veteran racing journalist Rick Houston. The podcast refurbishes years of interviews, impressions and recollections into a molding of glorious memories. The result is a nostalgic throwback experience in a modern-day vehicle that celebrates racing’s glory years – back when racers raced, crashed, scrapped and fought to survive; when stock cars looked stock; and when the sport was white-knuckled, God-fearing, spun-out-and-half-turned-over.
18 - Junior Johnson: The Earnhardt Alternate Reality
Imagine a world where Dale Earnhardt drives only half of a season at Richard Childress Racing, and instead teams up with Junior Johnson for the 1984 season and beyond. A world where Earnhardt replaced Darrell Waltrip and teamed up with Neil Bonnett with Coors on the hood.
This world came closer to reality than you think.
NASCAR legend Junior Johnson played an integral role in this deal that almost changed the course of NASCAR history, and walks you through the entire situation. Could Earnhardt have driven for a different team? Could he have sported the Budweiser colors long before his son did? It’s a story that makes you question everything you witnessed, if this Earnhardt alternative reality came true.
17 - Bud Moore: War is Hell
Legendary NASCAR car owner Bud Moore received a letter a few days after he turned 18 years old, and it wasn’t a birthday card. Instead, it was Uncle Sam drafting him to fight overseas in World War II.
Bud was one of the first men who stormed the beach on D-Day, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and survived multiple injuries on the battlefield. And he has a vivid story for every moment. He details his life before, during, and after the war that you can only hear from Bud himself. It is neither glorious nor spun out, it is a heroic tale from a man who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect his country.
16 - Ronnie Thomas: $1,000 to Bring Out a Caution
In the world of NASCAR racing there’s always been a game of give and take in the garage. Money is tight, and people need to make ends meet, even if it means cutting some deals.
Ronnie Thomas raced in the Winston Cup Series throughout the late 70s and into the late 80s. His career was the ultimate racing catch 22 - he could drive but needed the money to prove it. Thomas details his career, fighting for a chance to make it in the Cup Series by any means necessary. He describes various “off-the-book” encounters with big named NASCAR champions asking for “help” on track in exchange for money thrown his way.
It’s a story you won’t want to miss.
15 - Petty, Allison & Marcis: Atlanta Scoring Debacle
Get ready, because this episode is one heck of a ride. The 1978 fall race at Atlanta provided no shortage of chaos and confusion.
Before timing and scoring systems were implemented, races were scored and officiated by actual humans. This means mistakes are bound to be made, and advantages to be taken. This led to the question that everyone was asking after the race: who actually won?
Those officials had a lot on their plate. With drivers throwing the race, pleading their case and looking for any piece of evidence to prove they had rightfully won, there is a lot to keep track of. Hear from three NASCAR legends who were in contention on that puzzling day in Georgia: Richard Petty, Donnie Allison and Dave Marcis. Plus, long-before he became NASCAR CEO, Brian France was a race scorer and had a say in what happened on this November day. Hang on.
14 - Michael "Fatback" McSwain: Whip His Ass
There’s Michael McSwain, and then there’s Fatback. Both of them served as crew chief for drivers including Bill Elliott, Bobby Labonte and Ricky Rudd. But don’t get them confused. There’s a big difference between Michael McSwain, and Michael “Fatback” McSwain. Fatback ain’t afraid to tell you what he’s thinking, when he’s thinking it. And he isn’t afraid to kick your ass.
In a good old-fashioned bench racing session, host Rick Houston and McSwain break down the two sides of the same character. From hot tempers with Kevin Harvick, to the emotions of leaving the sport behind, this episode will surely have everyone on the edge of their seats.
13 - Crew Chief Cliff Champion: Rock Bottom
Cliff Champion has reached the top of the NASCAR world as a crew chief before. Over the years, he’s worked with the likes of Richard Childress, Cale Yarborough and Buddy Baker. But Cliff's story goes well beyond the race track. After going through a divorce and losing his job, Cliff attempted suicide on three separate occasions in 1990. The road back proved to be a difficult, but not an impossible journey. He opens up about his struggles, the path to recovery, and shares a story that everyone needs to hear.
Interesting, funny. Great way to pass the time. Keep them coming.