Discussing the latest NASCAR news, including a weekly recap of races, events and a look ahead to what's next in the sport. Host Nate Ryan is joined by NBC Sports analysts such as Jeff Burton, Dale Jarrett, Steve Letarte and Kyle Petty.
Texas: The restarts that went wrong for Kyle Larson and Bubba Wallace; William Byron the championship favorite; Martin Truex Jr.’s ‘disaster’ to start the playoffs
NASCAR on NBC analyst Dale Jarrett on the two late restarts that essentially decided the race; what happened with Kyle Larson’s crash while leading; how Bubba Wallace let the lead slip away on the last restart; why William Byron now should be considered a championship favorite and a strong pick to make the Phoenix title race; Hendrick Motorsports’ 300th victory; the pit collision between Ty Gibbs and Denny Hamlin; Ross Chastain’s rebound for second from adversity; Ryan Blaney’s speeding penalty; Martin Truex Jr.’s “disaster” of a start; Talladega preview.
Bristol: Denny Hamlin gleefully enjoys playing the ‘villain’ role; playoff eliminations for Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano; the Round of 12 outlook
NASCAR on NBC analyst Jeff Burton on the playoff eliminations of Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano; why it’s become harder for teams to improve in the early development of the Next Gen; what it’s like for a driver trying to soak in the last races of their career; the Round of 12 outlook; Denny Hamlin gleefully embracing the “villain” role.
Kansas: Martin Truex Jr.’s disastrous playoff start; pivotal restarts and strategy calls; how it got away from Kyle Larson; some fire from Chase Elliott
NASCAR on NBC analyst Steve Letarte on Kansas being a treacherous playoff track; Martin Truex Jr.’s stunningly on the brink of playoff elimination; pivotal restarts and strategy calls; how the race got away from Kyle Larson; Chase Elliott’s fire; previewing the Bristol Motor Speedway cutoff race.
Daytona: Brad Keselowski’s destiny realized; reviewing the pressure on Chase Elliott and Bubba Wallace; the wicked wrecks of Ryan Blaney and Ryan Preece
NASCAR on NBC analyst Kyle Petty on the teamwork of Chris Buescher and Brad Keselowski; how the Next Gen still is changing the balance of power in Cup; Keselowski’s destiny realized as a team owner; Chase Elliott’s disappointment; Bubba Wallace’s stress level; the wicked impacts of Ryan Blaney and Ryan Preece amid NASCAR’s continued safety enhancements; a 2023 playoff preview.
Watkins Glen: William Byron adds road course to winning resume; Chase Elliott’s faulty fuel strategy under playoff pressure; short races and fewer cautions
NASCAR on NBC analyst Dale Jarrett on William Byron’s emergence as the “new age” NASCAR championship contender who hones his craft on data, iRacing and simulation; how Byron also is a throwback to how DJ started in racing; should NASCAR reconsider having stage break yellow flags on road courses?; potential track limits for Watkins Glen; the ideal length of time for a Cup race; has the Next Gen become too drivable at road courses and should NASCAR add horsepower; what went wrong with Chase Elliott’s fuel strategy and was it the result of playoff pressure?; the impact of Hendrick possibly missing its two biggest sponsors in the playoffs; previewing Daytona for Chase; DJ’s Championship 4 favorites.
Indianapolis: The perseverance of Michael McDowell and Front Row Motorsports; Shane van Gisbergen’s second outing and future; back to the Brickyard oval in 2024?
NASCAR on NBC analyst Jeff Burton on an Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course race that was light on cautions; two critical moments that helped Michael McDowell secure the victory; how the Next Gen has been a game-changer for Front Row Motorsports; Denny Hamlin’s digs at McDowell; what it’s like being a driver involved in team personnel decisions; how McDowell and crew chief Travis Peterson become a successful pair; McDowell’s career story and perseverance; Shane van Gisbergen’s second Cup race and his prospects for 2024; NASCAR returning to the IMS oval next year; a concept for rotating “roval” races; the playoff cutline outlook with two races remaining.
Great podcast but I disagree with Steve a little. Kurt could take a underfunded team and put that car up front with no problem!
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