Discussing the latest NASCAR news, including a weekly recap of races, events and a look ahead to what's next in the sport. Guests include NBC Sports talent such as Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and Kyle Petty.
Michigan: Kevin Harvick becomes NASCAR’s “most dangerous” playoff driver; Bubba Wallace’s crushing second place; Blaney on bubble; Truex out?; “Swerve or Die”
NASCAR on NBC analyst Kyle Petty on Kevin Harvick becoming the most dangerous driver in the Cup Series playoffs with his stunner at Michigan; Bubba Wallace’s heart-wrenching runner-up finish and whether he was too hard on himself; the raised stakes for Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr. now battling for a final playoff spot; a crazy year for Kyle Busch; Ty Gibbs’ emergence and what it might portend for KB18; Denny Hamlin’s pit crew mistake in a season of errors for Joe Gibbs Racing; Kyle Petty’s new memoir, “Swerve or Die”; and his visit with the Avett Brothers.
Indianapolis: NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader; Ross Chastain’s controversial access road move; Tyler Reddick’s resilient win; road racing quality in the Cup Series
IndyCar on NBC analyst James Hinchcliffe on his crossover broadcasting work at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for NBC Sports; how he prepared for calling the NASCAR Xfinity and Cup races on the Indy road course; how Year 3 of the IndyCar-NASCAR doubleheader weekend was received by fans at IMS; breaking down the last restart of Sunday’s Cup race and Ross Chastain’s controversial move on the access road; the quality of road racing in the Cup Series; the appeal of strategy racing in NASCAR and whether alternate tire compounds would be an enhancement; the mental toughness of Tyler Reddick and Alex Palou; handicapping the last four races of the 2022 IndyCar season; previewing the Music City Grand Prix in Nashville.
NASCAR Safety: Past, present and future with Jeff Burton
NASCAR on NBC analyst Jeff Burton on the inherent dangers of racing; the variables that make racing different form other pro sports; the origins of the safety revolution in NASCAR; the evolution of how safety conversations went from contentious to collaborative; the next steps for SAFER barriers, understanding that “things happen at speed” and understanding the risks while keep pushing forward.
Pocono: The Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch disqualifications and why NASCAR dropped the hammer; a tough year for Joe Gibbs; Hamlin vs. Ross Chastain; hard hits with Next Gen
NASCAR on NBC analyst Dale Jarrett on the disqualifications of Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch; whether NASCAR should be inspecting more cars with greater scrutiny postrace; the new Next Gen message to the Cup garage; why a DQ carries extra negative perception; the strain and stress of a difficult season for Joe Gibbs Racing; analyzing the latest round of Denny Hamlin vs. Ross Chastain and why Hamlin’s move was fair; Chase Elliott becoming the championship favorite; NASCAR’s concussion policy and concern about hard impacts with the new car; a career-best finish in IndyCar for Jimmie Johnson; NASCAR-IndyCar preview at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
New Hampshire: Christopher Bell makes it 14 Cup Series winners; Chase Elliott’s self-criticism; Martin Truex Jr.’s disappointment; Kyle Busch’s surprising contract status
Summary: NASCAR on NBC analyst Jeff Burton on Christopher Bell backing up he’s the fastest driver at Joe Gibbs Racing; what drivers want to hear on the team radio; the validation of Gibbs’ pit crew moves and a fortunate non-call by NASCAR; Chase Elliott’s harsh self-evaluation; must-win situations for Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Blaney; Kyle Busch’s surprising contract situation and the pressure it’s putting on him and his team; Austin Dillon vs. Brad Keselowski; Pocono preview.
Atlanta: Chase Elliott gets emotional hometown win; Round 2 of Ross Chastain vs. Denny Hamlin; fantastic performance, heartbreaking finish for Corey LaJoie
NASCAR on NBC analyst Kyle Petty on the reinvention of superspeedway racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway and how it’s different from Daytona and Talladega; what a home-track victory meant for Chase Elliott; how the win was further evidence of Elliott’s growth as a driver and 2022 championship contender; analyzing the eventful closing laps; how Corey LaJoie’s stature could improve immensely despite the heartbreaking finish; where things stand for Ross Chastain after another dustup with Denny Hamlin.
Indy Mayor was awesome
James Hinchcliffe was a great addition to both being in the booth and on the podcast! Brings a fresh sense to the show!
Ok I love it it was very cool and calming at the same time
This is the best podcast ever. Please make more and more episodes.