Author of seven books on NASCAR, Rick brings decades of experience covering the sport as host of Scene Vault. If really want to know the story behind some of the most famous stories in NASCAR this podcast is for you. Publishing weekly, buckle-up.
EPISODE 140 -- MICHAEL McSWAIN PART 2
In this week's episode, we share the second installment of our interview with Michael McSwain. He talks about working for Cale Yarborough, joining Ricky Rudd in his last year as a team owner and then going with Ricky to Robert Yates Racing, where the kid from Lattimore, North Carolina won his first Winston Cup race. Just a few months later at Richmond, McSwain was about ready to burn the whole place down for a few minutes. In our second segment, hosts Rick Houston and Steve Waid thumb through the June 21, 2001 issue of Winston Cup Scene, which featured coverage of Ricky and Michael's Pocono win, Kevin Harvick’s double-duty weekend flying back and forth between Pocono and the Busch Series race in Kentucky and the mild-mannered Hank Parker Jr. running into Randy LaJoie after the Kentucky event. Also ... Junior Johnson makes a run at purchasing North Wilkesboro Speedway.
EPISODE 139 -- MICHAEL McSWAIN PART 1
This week, Michael "Fatback" McSwain talks about the origin of his nickname, padding his resume a little bit when he first got into Winston Cup, the influence of Robert Gee and Harry Hyde on his career, trying to make ends meet with team owner Richard Jackson, an INCREDIBLE third-place finish with Morgan Shepherd at Atlanta and how standing up for himself and his beliefs was one of his greatest strengths … and maybe, one of his greatest weaknesses. Then, in our second segment, hosts Rick Houston and Steve Waid tackle the March 13, 1997 issue of Winston Cup Scene. That paper carried coverage of Dale Jarrett's dominant win at Atlanta, a third-place finish by Morgan Shepherd and McSwain and a horrifying crash involving Steve Grissom.
EPISODE 138 -- HUMPY WHEELER PART 3
We share the third and final installment of our interview with Humpy Wheeler, and this week, he talks about a 1983 confrontation that he had with Tim Richmond. And speaking of confrontations, Humpy absolutely LOVED it when drivers were mad at each other, because it was one more tool in his tool box that he used to help sell tickets. Humpy also talks about a spur-of-the-moment pitch to run The Winston under the lights at Charlotte, NASCAR’s expansion across the country and the impact it had on tracks like North Wilkesboro and Rockingham and … finally … the movie Cars! In our second segment, we go back to the May 25, 1982 issue of Grand National Scene, which featured a MASSIVE feature on Humpy by the legendary Tom Higgins, as well as stories on a very young Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin, former driver Earl Brooks and a “bleep” year for Buddy Baker.
EPISODE 137 -- HUMPY WHEELER PART 2
In the second installment of our interview, Humpy Wheeler talks jumping school buses, helping drivers up to and including Dale Earnhardt get their starts in the sport, why Earnhardt might not have gotten a ride in today's NASCAR, a Waylon Jennings concert gone wrong and the creation of The Winston all-star race. In our second segment, hosts Rick Houston and Steve Waid thumb through the May 30, 1985 issue of Grand National Scene, which featured coverage of Darrell Waltrip's sweep of Charlotte's The Winston AND the World 600, Bill Elliott's first attempt at winning The Winston Million, volunteer crew member Junior McGee, "Sterlin" Marlin and an associate sponsorship that would eventually become one of the most iconic backers in the history of the sport.
EPISODE 136 -- HUMPY WHEELER PART 1
Former Charlotte Motor Speedway President Humpy Wheeler joins the podcast this week for a look back at his extraordinary career. Humpy remembers Joe Weatherly and Curtis Turner, his early years at what was then a rough-and-tumble Charlotte race track and the rebirth of his own relationship with Bruton Smith. In our second segment, hosts Rick Houston and Steve Waid dig into the June 9, 1977 issue of Grand National Scene, which featured coverage of Richard Petty's dominant win on an intensely hot World 600 weekend and a feature on David Pearson's hijinks.
EPISODE 135 -- BUTCH MOCK PART 2
In the second and final installment of our interview, Butch Mock remembers Lake Speed's second-place finish in the Daytona 500, his friend Neil Bonnett's miraculous comeback from injuries he sustained at Charlotte in late 1987, racing in Australia, struggles making ends meet as the sport evolved, Alan Kulwicki's influence on his career, the end of his NASCAR career and the influence of his family. In our second segment, hosts Rick Houston and Steve Waid dig into the February 25, 1988 issue of Grand National Scene, which featured coverage of Bonnett's Richmond win, a heated protest by Ricky Rudd and Richard Petty, and Petty's reaction to his infamous wreck the week before in the 1988 Daytona 500.
If you’re going to even pretend to understand the NASCAR of today, this podcast should be REQUIRED listening.
I’ve been watching NASCAR for about 35 years. Rick and Steve dive deep into many of the stories behind a lot of the events that I remember, there have been so many mind-blowing moments for me.
I cannot recommend this podcast enough.
The Scene Vault Podcast
I found this podcast by accident. Always heard of podcasts but never knew what they were. I’ve liked racing since the early 70s, and anything NASCAR related I’ll give it a try. I had subscribed to Scene back in the 80s and early 90s. After listening to one episode and finally understanding what a podcast was I was hooked. I have listened to all the episodes and usually when a new one drops I’m finished with it before the day ends. If your wanting the “real NASCAR” this is the podcast for you! Rick and Steve blend their knowledge of years of covering NASCAR with their behind the scenes experiences to bring out the best in what I believe was the glory years of stock car racing, the 70s to mid 90s. All the greats are here along with some you might have forgotten or never knew. It is WELL WORTH your time to go down memory lane and listen to The Scene Vault Podcast. It keeps you coming back for more! Rick and Steve keep up the great work!
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As soon as I subscribed, I went straight to the Ward Burton interviews. I admit that I picked Ward simply because NASCAR isn’t the same without his voice. LOL. I QUICKLY forgot my reason and felt like I was in the room. The hosts have a command of the subject, bring a grasp of the history of the sport that is essential today, and they are so down to earth. I’ve found my perfect NASCAR podcast. Thanks guys. Oh, nice to actually get to know Ward on the episode!