Racing Now and Then takes a look at all forms of motorsports
through the eyes of those who helped build the sport, the current
stars, and those who are planning for the future.
Episode 21 - Isabella Robusto, NASCAR Two-time Young Racer Award Recipient
Isabella Robusto and her twin brother William began racing Go-Karts at age 5 They progressed through Bandolero and Legends cars together. However, Isabella is now in her first year racing a Late Model for Rev Racing. Working with the NASCAR Foundation, the high school student often visits children's hospitals. This year she became a two-time recipient of the Young Racer Award presented by NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program. Isabella's athleticism isn't confined to the race track. She also plays basketball and competes in track and field events. In this episode, she talks about her various activities and why she believes it's important to give back to her community.
Episode 20 - Gracie Trotter, First female to win an ARCA sanctioned race, third generation driver
In Gracie Trotter's rookie season in the ARCA Menards West Series, the third generation driver became the first female to win an ARCA-sanctioned race. Her accomplishment at Las Vegas Motor Speedway's The Bullring added another victory on her racing resume that began in Go-Karts at age 7. She also has won a Legends title and a Late Model race at Hickory Motor Speedway. In addition to driving for Bill McAnally Racing in the Toyota Driver Development program, she competes for Rev Racing in NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program. During the off-season, the 19-year-old Denver, North Carolina, native volunteers at Urban Ministries in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Episode 19 - Earl Barban, Spotter for Jimmie Johnson
Earl Barban is best known by today's race fans as Jimmie Johnson's spotter, but the St. Louis native's motorsports career has involved so much more. He has spotted for NASCAR champion Rusty Wallace as well as various other drivers in the NASCAR Xfinity and Truck Series, fielded a truck driven by Kenny Wallace in the early years of NASCAR's truck series, driven a transporter for Team Penske, raced a dirt car, and hauled show cars. In this episode of Racing Now and Then, Barban talks about his interesting motorsports career and those who influenced him.
Episode 18 - Kelly Crandall, NASCAR writer for Racer.com, discusses the NASCAR Cup Playoffs
With the NASCAR Cup Playoffs kicking off Labor Day weekend at Darlington Raceway, Racer.com NASCAR writer Kelly Crandall discusses this year's 16-car field with show host Deb Williams. Find out who they believe are the favorites and how this year's track schedule could provide some interesting twists in the playoffs.
Episode 17 - Austin Green, second generation driver makes ARCA debut
Austin Green, son of NASCAR Busch Series (now Xfinity) champion David Green, recently found himself with an opportunity he never expected. While attending an ARCA race in Toledo, Ohio, the team with whom he had been working suddenly needed a driver. The team owner turned to Green, who hadn't driven a race car in about 1 1/2 years. Find out how the college sophomore capitalized on the opportunity.
Episode 16 - Bobby Bennett, veteran drag racing writer defeats COVID-19, now donates life-saving plasma
Veteran drag racing writer Bobby Bennett found himself fighting for his life in March when he contracted COVID-19. He beat the coronavirus and today donates life-saving plasma to those still fighting the deadly virus. Bennett also works with others in the NHRA community who are fighting the disease and encourages those who have already defeated it to join him in donating plasma. In this episode, the editor/publisher of CompetitionPlus.com details his COVID-19 battle and talks about the others in the NHRA community who have had to fight it.