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the NHRA Insider Podcast is an inside look at the world of the NHRA and all things drag racing. Hosted by Brian Lohnes.

NHRA Insider Podcast Brian Lohnes

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    • 4.8 • 166 Ratings

the NHRA Insider Podcast is an inside look at the world of the NHRA and all things drag racing. Hosted by Brian Lohnes.

    6.7 Jonnie Lindberg Talks Funny Car Tuning and Leah Pruett Talks All-Star Callout Craziness!

    6.7 Jonnie Lindberg Talks Funny Car Tuning and Leah Pruett Talks All-Star Callout Craziness!

    On this episode of the NHRA Insider podcast, Jonnie Lindberg and Leah Pruett join host Brian Lohnes to talk about their pre-season testing successes and what's coming for Gainesville, which could be a watershed weekend for both of them. 
     
    For Jonnie Lindberg, he has the shot of a lifetime as a young crew chief. Working along side John Medlen in tuning Paul Lee's funny car, he gets to call from his own experience and that of a man who has been tuning longer than he has been alive. Lindberg talks about the process of tuning the car, the string of 3.80s runs it made in Bradenton testing, the process of learning from Medlen, and the various aspects of his own life and career that will contribute to his success in this large role. It's insightful and a great window into the challenges and exciting things facing a motivated and talented young mind in the sport.
     
    Leah Pruett is preparing for one of the wildest weekends of her drag racing career in Gainesville...maybe. She will race in the Pep Boys All-Star Call-Out...maybe. In this interview, Pruett reveals the unprecedented plan she and her team have hatched for Gainesville. Qualifying her husband on Friday and then concentrating on her efforts on Saturday with potentially both cars running on Sunday is something we have never heard of anyone else doing. She tells all here. 
     
    This is one heck of a show!

    • 37 min
    6.5 Lyle Barnett Talks Full Time Pro Mod in '24 - Justin Ashley Talks SCAG, Strategy, and Success

    6.5 Lyle Barnett Talks Full Time Pro Mod in '24 - Justin Ashley Talks SCAG, Strategy, and Success

    On this episode of the NHRA Insider podcast re-minted full-time Pro Mod racer Lyle Barnett and top fuel Ace Justin Ashley join host Brian Lohnes to talk off-season moves, big expectations for 2024, and how, as individuals, they plan on making a measurable impact on the upcoming season. 
     
    Lyle Barnett had a whirlwind of an off-season. Initially tagged as the replacement driver for Leah Pruett, the situation changed and he was left without a ride. A single conversation with Pro Mod team owner Scott Tidwell placed him in the seat of a highly competitive car and one he will pilot all season long. Barnett talks about the team, why it is a good fit, and what he brings to the table in what promises to be a season for the doorslammer books. 
     
    Justin Ashley made waves when it was announced that his team would be part of the new SCAG factory mega-team that includes multiple Funny Car entries, a Top Fuel dragster, Pro Stock entries and more. Ashley talks about pre-season preparations, his approach to 2024, and why this SCAG Power Equipment team is set to take an already stable operation and kick it over the top.
     
    Big energy here. Big talent here. Big fun here as well. Listen!

    • 46 min
    6.4 Eddie Krawiec Talks About Getting Off The Motorcycle

    6.4 Eddie Krawiec Talks About Getting Off The Motorcycle

    On this episode of the NHRA Insider Podcast host Brian Lohnes dives into the big news of the Pro Stock Motorcycle category of the last week with four time champion and 49 time race winner Eddie Krawiec. National Dragster Senior Editor Kevin McKenna also joins the show to talk about motorcycles along with other brewing NHRA stories.
     
    In this candid conversation, Eddie Krawiec talks about his career, his decision to abdicate the seat of the second Vance and Hines Suzuki, who Richard Gadson is and the process of bringing another rising star in motorcycle drag racing to the sport's largest stage. It is retrospective, introspective, and really interesting to learn about how this all happened and how the team will work going forward, along with Eddie's plans. Revealing and fun, the conversation rolls. 
     
    Kevin McKenna brings his insight as one of the true NHRA Insiders not only about some interesting internal storylines in Pro Stock Motorcycle but also about other classes and developments that are on going as we speak, all leading up to the Gatornationals in March. 
     
    A fun and swiftly moving episode here!

    • 55 min
    6.3 Funny Car: The Next Generaton - Daniel Wilkerson and Austin Prock Talk 2024, More

    6.3 Funny Car: The Next Generaton - Daniel Wilkerson and Austin Prock Talk 2024, More

    If the Mission Foods NHRA Drag Racing Series off-season comes in waves, consider this the second one, and it's the central focus of this episode of the NHRA Insider. Host Brian Lohnes has Daniel Wilkerson, the newly minted driver of the SCAG Power Equipment Ford Mustang, and Austin Prock, the even newer named driver of the Cornwell Tools, AAA, John Force Racing Chevrolet Camaro on as guests. 
     
    Both guys will be fresh to the funny car category as full-time competitors, both will be tuned by their fathers and both are high energy, entertaining, dynamic personalities. This show radiates the energy you'd expect from two lifelong lovers of drag racing that were both surprised at the turns their respective careers took for 2024. 
     
    Lots of interesting conversation here from the approach of a driver with a handful of races under his belt to the approach of a seasoned and fun-loving top fuel driver getting in one of the greatest funny cars on the planet. 
     
    Non-stop fun here, some teasers on upcoming news, some other stuff revealed and more!

    • 56 min
    6.2 Schumacher and Wendland Tell All On Team Building, Sponsorships, More

    6.2 Schumacher and Wendland Tell All On Team Building, Sponsorships, More

    On this fired up episode of the NHRA Insider host Brian Lohnes talks with Shawn Reed Racing crew chief Rob Wendland and JCM Top Fuel pilot Tony Schumacher about a multitude of behind the scenes topics in professional drag racing. 
     
    Wendland talks about the massive undertaking of getting a new Top Fuel operation off the ground. From the literal nuts and bolts, to the work, how the labor is divided, how a new team functions together, and the expectations he has for the 2024 season. This is as insightful as it gets into the world of a crew chief overseeing a hue project being done over a short period of time. How does this all come together? Wendland spills the beans on every inch of it. 
     
    Tony Schumacher, the eight time Top Fuel champion is the second guest on this show and the conversation ranges from the legacy his late father Don left in the sport, his feelings on the 2023 season at JCM Racing, the shock and surprise of a primary sponsor leaving unexpectedly, his feelings on the topic, becoming a driver coach for incoming FIA Top Fuel champion Ida Zetterstrom, and a ton more. 
     
    This episode is on the gas! Listen up now!

    • 58 min
    6.1 2024 Is ON - The Insiders Talk Ownership Controversies, Passing of Legends and More

    6.1 2024 Is ON - The Insiders Talk Ownership Controversies, Passing of Legends and More

    On this first 2024 episode of the NHRA Insider Podcast host Brian Lohnes is joined by Tony Pedregon to talk about the news of the last couple of weeks, the passing of legends like Don Schumacher and Roland Leong, the wild news about JCM Racing, the new SCAG factory drag racing team, and a whole lot more. 
     
    What is normally a quiet stretch of time between Christmas and New Year's Day was far busier than normal this year. Lohnes and Pedregon take time to reflect on the lives and careers of both the late owner and tuner Roland Leong as well as the massive legacy left by the passing of Don Schumacher. 
     
    The two talk about the work being done in this earliest week of the new year by the teams who have officially kicked off preparations for the 2024 Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season, what those preparations are, and how important getting new crew members acclimated is. 
     
    The most interesting part of the show delves into the announcements made by JCM Racing and SCAG regarding wholesale changes of both sponsorship and ownership tied into multiple teams. This story will continue to develop and the insiders are here for it. 
     
    It's 2024 and the action is getting closer by the day, enjoy this episode!

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
166 Ratings

166 Ratings

Duble D 8 ,

Longtime NHRA fan

Great podcast !! Brian makes me feel at home with his knowledge and understanding of the sport. Top notch guests and I look forward to each episode. From the Big Dogs to the shade tree mechanics, drag racing is the most fan friendly sport. Keep it up NHRA !!!

Kevmi44 ,

Guest mic levels

Love this show!!! One thing I noticed the last couple weeks is that the guests boxes are almost washed out due to what sounds like mic levels peaking constantly. Can that be adjusted?

Iphone978303603508 ,

Great show when Tony Pedregon is not on

I love Brian and his intensity. His interest and excitement for the sport is infectious. He speaks well and is a master of his craft.

With that said, Tony Pedregon with his terrible audio destroys your ears if you are wearing headphones and his commentary is clearly biased and skewed. His interest in promoting his friend Bob Tasca, and brother Cruz and a few select others turns true fans of the sport off. Tony’s input is not insightful to how the car is run, and the perspective from the car (that is now close to a decade old.)

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