163 episodes

Racer Magazine's Kelly Crandall brings stories and interviews from driver's and personalities in the NASCAR garage.

The Racing Writer's Podcas‪t‬ Kelly Crandall

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Racer Magazine's Kelly Crandall brings stories and interviews from driver's and personalities in the NASCAR garage.

    Ep. 163 | Mike Joy

    Ep. 163 | Mike Joy

    Mike Joy of NASCAR on Fox goes from the broadcast booth to interviewee this week. Joy joins the show to touch on a variety of topics like keeping track of things in the booth; knowing the moments when his words and calls have to be right; how he sets up calling the finishes of races; lessons from Barney Hall, Ken Squier, and Ned Jarrett; how the relationship between the garage and the booth has changed over the years; Joy’s approach to getting close to people in the garage; where his love of Formula 1 and sports cars came from; a big car guy, what is sitting in his driveway/garage; if Joy approached calling iRacing differently and more lighthearted; thoughts on writing a book; if there are sports Joy hasn’t called; moments or drivers that he’s grateful to have covered or watched. Music created by Tony Monge.

    • 59 min
    Ep. 162 | Samantha Busch

    Ep. 162 | Samantha Busch

    Samantha Busch can add published author to her resume as her book “Fighting Infertility” is a day away from being released (March 30). In our conversation, Busch explains why writing a book was the next step of continuing to share the struggles of her and Kyle Busch to conceive a second child; what details are shared about how it has affected their marriage; the reaction to Kyle Busch mentioning Samantha and their issues in his 2019 championship speech; the emotional process of writing a book and one of this nature; the journey of building herself back up through the heartbreak; the importance of sharing practical advice in the book for other women; how Brexton feels about a sibling; how the latest transfer went; the need to be busy with projects; the latest on the Bundle of Joy Fund and getting joy from that; the dynamic of working on projects with Kyle; what Samantha gets out of an active website for different topics; going to racetracks with Brexton and how his racing is progressing; what Kyle has learned through the IVF process and being there for Samantha; who and why people should read the book. Music created by Tony Monge.


    Wear the moment with BreakingT and connect to the players and teams you love by commemorating the best moments with real-time apparel. To check out their racing collection, visit www.breakingt.com/Kelly.

    • 43 min
    Ep. 161 | Tad Geschickter & Grant Dexter

    Ep. 161 | Tad Geschickter & Grant Dexter

    Tad Geschickter and Grant Dexter are here for a conversation about the business side of racing and fan engagement during a pandemic. First, Geschickter talks about the start of the season for his JTG Daugherty Racing team; the parts freeze and Next Gen; getting into the sport first as a part of Proctor & Gamble advertising; the bootstrapped early days of starting his team versus where the organization is now; looking at ownership differently than others because of his marketing/advertising background; how the pandemic forced a change in fan and sponsor content; the immediate ways JTG adapted to the pandemic; what their partnership with Fanaply means for fans; how Fanaply works for the fans and making it unique and exclusive; if the partnership is working; if things have leveled out a year into the pandemic; how he feels about the future.

    Dexter walks us through what Fanaply is and how the idea of digital collectibles came about just two years ago; how they quickly attracted big name artists like One Direction and Lizzo; connecting with JTG and bringing NASCAR into the fold; what he is seeing from the partnership; the perks and rewards fans get by collecting the badges; why fans should collect and how they go about doing so; why more NASCAR teams haven’t started doing this and the outlook to add more. Music created by Tony Monge.


    Wear the moment with BreakingT and connect to the players and teams you love by commemorating the best moments with real-time apparel. To check out their racing collection, visit www.breakingt.com/Kelly.

    • 50 min
    Ep. 160 | Aric Almirola

    Ep. 160 | Aric Almirola

    A brief chat with Aric Almirola on what he’s doing to create content and show behind the scenes of his life with his YouTube channel; if NASCAR could benefit from more documentary type content; now 10 years into a full Cup career, how Almirola has had to evolve and change over the years; if he likes how the racing has changed over the years; if the dynamic of the playoffs has changed with four different winners in the first four weeks; racing go-karts with son Alex. Music created by Tony Monge.

    • 17 min
    Ep. 159 | Scott Zipadelli

    Ep. 159 | Scott Zipadelli

    It was a rough two weeks in Daytona for Hattori Racing but crew chief Scott Zipadelli was optimistic going in Las Vegas thing would turn around. Before earning a third-place finish over the weekend, Zipadelli joined the show to discuss his program; how his relationship with Austin Hill has developed over the years; what kind of a personality Zipadelli wants a driver to have; if the way things are now in the sport is really helping teams; the beginnings of Zipadelli’s career in racing; if the ache to be a driver ever goes away; working with brother Greg at Joe Gibbs Racing; wanting to be challenged by taking other opportunities through the years; learning new jobs and the politics of the sport; battling lack of motivation and being burnt out; Zipadelli’s involvement in the day-to-day workings of the team; the dangers of Twitter; if being a Cup Series crew chief is something he has to do; if Hattori is still an underdog; where to start preparing for new races this season. Music created by Tony Monge.


    Wear the moment with BreakingT and connect to the players and teams you love by commemorating the best moments with real-time apparel. To check out their racing collection, visit www.breakingt.com/Kelly.

    • 38 min
    Ep. 158 | Ben Rhodes

    Ep. 158 | Ben Rhodes

    Ben Rhodes is undefeated in 2021 in Truck Series competition, so does that mean the competition should look at his team differently this year? Rhodes joins the show to discuss; plus what victory lane has been like in the COVID era; if not having multiple wins in a season ever weighed on him or brought worries about job security; why Rhodes thinks the lows of racing are harder than other sports; the mental work he’s done over the years; how his two wins changes his confidence to conquer other tracks; why he called Daytona his biggest win; if Rhodes has become more emotional over the radio in recent seasons; if he think he’s developed an unfair reputation; why he doesn’t mind not being in the Charlotte area; the challenge of a series that always has new faces; making a change in spotter’s this season and how Rhodes landed with T.J. Bell; with so many years in the sport now, where did Rhodes think he’d be at this point; not ruining the stability he has at ThorSport; what he does away from racing being in Louisville; why he changed his training routine; previewing Vegas, Atlanta, and Bristol; trying to put a number on the wins he could earn by season’s end. Music created by Tony Monge.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 Ratings

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Daniels

Episode with Cliff Daniels was great. Really good questions were asked and Cliff really seemed forthcoming with information. I was really struck by how similar Cliff sounds to Chad. The phrasing and tone were amazingly similar. Another great episode.

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5 ⭐️ Racing Podcast

I’ve recently stumbled upon this podcast and cannot stop listening to it. It’s been fun to go back and listen to podcasts from even a year ago when things were so different. Kelly’s interviews to all my favorites are second to none! Can’t wait to continue listening to this podcast weekly!

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