137 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. 137 | Matt Kaulig

    Ep. 137 | Matt Kaulig

    Kaulig Racing is having a career year in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and Matt Kaulig has to enjoy it all from afar because of the pandemic. Kaulig is the team owner of the Nos. 10, 11, and 16 Chevrolets and joins the podcast to share what he keeps his hands on and getting into the sport seven years as a sponsor in two races. Now, 2020 is a culmination of everything that has been built since, and Kaulig discusses whether he’s happy with their pace, if going Cup Series racing is on the radar and what it would take, and how long it took Kaulig to get the competitive bug in NASCAR. Kaulig explains trophy hunting, what Kaulig Companies is, and how much of Matt Kaulig’s money is funding this. Plus, what’s next for Kaulig Racing? Music created by Tony Monge.

    • 38 min
    Ep. 136 | David Pepper

    Ep. 136 | David Pepper

    David Pepper is the team manager of ThorSport Racing, the longest-tenured team in the Truck Series. But when that isn’t keeping Pepper busy, he also serves as a spotter in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Cup Series. In our conversation, we discuss ThorSport going 1-2-3 at Richmond Raceway over the weekend, the return of the Trucks to the Virginia short track, and being ready for the playoffs with three of their four teams. Pepper also shares what has been different with driver Grant Enfinger, what issues he handles for the team, how he landed at ThorSport and reflecting on his extensive career. When it comes to spotting, Pepper shares how came into that role and how his personality is different than when dealing with the truck teams. Music created by Tony Monge.

    • 40 min
    Ep. 135 | Daniel Hemric

    Ep. 135 | Daniel Hemric

    Daniel Hemric was still in the middle of adapting and learning a new team at JR Motorsports and then he had to adapt to racing during a pandemic. Hemric joins the show to discuss how he deals with isolating before the race and handling additional responsibilities. Then we get into the mixed bag of results for the 8 team; if there is any concern about the lack of a NASCAR win; explaining the inexperience of his team; whether Hemric has refocused and settled himself down; how difficult it’s been for a part-time driver to build with a team during such an unusual season; the role SMT data has played in the Xfinity Series; adjusting to not being in a car every week after six full seasons in NASCAR; what is the best way to use the time on the weekends he’s not in the car; stories on his throwback paint scheme honoring John Andretti; previewing Darlington. 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.

    • 36 min
    Ep. 134 | Alex Andrejev (Charlotte Observer)

    Ep. 134 | Alex Andrejev (Charlotte Observer)

    On the podcast this week is fellow reporter Alex Andrejev, who covers NASCAR and MLS for the Charlotte Observer. If you don’t follow Andrejev, you’ll get to know her as she explains what it’s like to start covering a new sport, learn on the fly, and then to do it all during a global pandemic. Also, where she was previously; how and why she got the Observer job; if it has been overwhelming or exciting to cover a year filled with headlines; her first Daytona Speedweeks experience; how Andrejev splits her focus between NASCAR and MLS; what the draw to journalism was; the effort to learn the sport; what has been hard to grasp and what she wants to know; things she is looking forward to as the season winds down; if she hopes to cover the sport for years to come. 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.

    • 48 min
    Ep. 133 | Jade Gurss

    Ep. 133 | Jade Gurss

    John Andretti passed away in late January after battling colon cancer, but not before he worked with Jade Gurss to produce his autobiography. Gurss takes us inside how the idea came about, the process of writing the book, and who John Andretti was. John had an incredible memory that led to retelling great stories; being the ‘other’ Andretti; if working on the book was therapeutic for John during his cancer battle; if there was anything left of the project when John passed; conversations that took place about the project should John not see it to completion; the balance in working with John and not overwhelming him; how Gurss makes sure each subject (Dale Earnhardt Jr., Darrell Waltrip, John Andretti) come through accurately; the hidden gems that Gurss enjoyed hearing; how much time he typically spends with a subject; laying out a book project and what it’s like to be deep into it; a story he would love to tell or thinks should be told; why racing fans should read this book, even if they weren’t John Andretti followers. Music created by Tony Monge.


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    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.

    • 51 min
    Ep. 132 | Matt Tifft

    Ep. 132 | Matt Tifft

    Matt Tifft is back on the podcast to let everyone know how he’s been doing since having to step away from NASCAR because of two seizures late last year. Tifft describes going through the two seizures, what he thinks brought them on, and the journey to find answers. He explains how he combats the stress and anxiety of knowing they could happen again; the emotions of having to vacate his car at Front Row Motorsports; watching races now as a fan and being honest in his opinions on Twitter; how long it took for the disappointment of not racing to go away; if Tifft still wants to race one day, and what needs to happen for that to occur; and how he’s keeping busy these days. Music created by Tony Monge.

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    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.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

Great Outlook mail app ,

Great podcast

Wow was just made aware of this Podcast. Listened to Tyler Reddick’s interview. Huge Tyler Reddick fan and it was a great interview. I am going back and listening to other interviews now.

Eungervt ,

A great insight into the sport

Kelly,

I have been listening to your podcast since the end of last season. This year I have introduced it to my 9 year old son and he is a fan. We both love hearing the interviews with people that are not always front and center. It is increasing his love for NASCAR.

I personally wish the episodes were longer. I go for long runs each morning and listen to podcasts during them. I would love to have your content along for the full run on your day in the rotation.

Ps love the new graphic.

jshurt11 ,

New Fan

New listener. Loved the Brendan Gaughan interview. Excited to listen to more episodes.

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