Welcome to the place everybody wants to be: Victory Lane! Davey Segal hosts your one stop shop for all things NASCAR, including news, discussion, interviews and more.
Episode 159: Alex Hayden
Tasked with being one of the many voices of NASCAR at the Motor Racing Network, Alex Hayden joins Davey Segal (6:25) to discuss his unique background and career in and out of motorsports. He dives into why he initially wanted to go into medicine or acting before racing, his time working at Universal Studios and playing football in high school before racing came calling.
Hayden explains how his father's job as a racing photographer was the catalyst for his passion in motorsports, how he got his first job at Wayne County Speedway and the memorable story of a secret tape recording wound up helping him land an audition at MRN. After nerves at Disney World Speedway, Hayden officially was a member of the team, and did so with broadcasting legends by his side in the late 1990s at Rockingham Speedway.
He dives into what his first race on the mic was like, progression from pit reporter to turn announcer to now in the booth, the moment he felt like he'd made it in the sport, advice from the late Barney Hall (including a classic story involving 9 holes of golf) and more. Hayden also dabbled in television, and shares his experiences on screen and how they differ from radio.
Plus, his work at Mount Olive University, time acting in the show "One Tree Hill" and how it came about, getting hit by a car on a bike at six-years-old (!), why he flew to Alaska (and back) in a single day and what's left on his professional motorsports bucket list.
Papa Segal pays homage to the No. 59 with a familiar name, Davey discusses Kevin Harvick snapping his 65-race winless streak and popping the proverbial playoff bubble and shares a quick programming update.
Episode 158: Layne Riggs
Fresh off a top 10 finish in his Truck Series debut, late model ace Layne Riggs joins Davey Segal (6:50) to discuss how the race went, why he wanted more despite turning plenty of heads at IRP, how the deal came together in the first place and why he's even more excited to head to Richmond for his second race with Halmar Friesen Racing.
After his debut, Riggs (on virtually no sleep) won at Dominion Raceway the next day, continuing his success in the Weekly Series. He explains why he opted to gun for that championship in 2022 instead of running on the CARS Tour, his long-term goals in the sport following in his father Scott's footsteps, the respect level on the late model side vs. Truck Series and more.
Plus, Riggs dives into the adjustment level between NASCAR and late models, his first experience with the Toyota simulator, his confidence level already being high, why he started racing only after his dad got out of the sport as a driver, what it's like having his das as a crew chief, pursuing a mechanical engineering degree while racing and what he'd like to accomplish as early as next year as it relates to NASCAR.
Episode 157: Dylan "Mamba" Smith
Dylan "Mamba" Smith radiates positivity in everything he does, and joins the podcast to do so this week (4:50). He dives into what his role as Chief Hype Officer (yes, that's his actual title) at NASCAR entails, why he chose that specific title and how he got his "Black Mamba" nickname.
Mamba is set to make his ARCA Menards Series debut at IRP for Young's Motorsports, a culmination of a lifelong dream and promise. He explains how the deal came together with the help from many in the industry, including why he chose to pay homage to friend AJ Allmendinger with his paint scheme. IRP likely will be his only race of the year, and Mamba explains why he'll be busy during the week of the Snowball Derby this year.
He also dives into how he first got involved in racing growing up in Vermont, how northeast racing values shaped his view of the sport and when/why he opted to move down to Charlotte to pursue a driving career, how his experience in the Drive for Diversity program wasn't what he imagined and how he kept the faith after repeatedly being turned away from getting a seat.
Throughout it all, Smith worked as a mechanic, communications representative and has now transitioned to the media side as an on-air and on-camera host, all the while maintaining his roles with MPI, Ferrari and now Monster Jam?! It's hard to keep it all straight, but Mamba makes sure it's always a #GDTBA.
Davey discusses his trip to Pocono Raceway and the huge news regarding the top two Joe Gibbs Racing cars being disqualified, handing the win to Chase Elliott.
Episode 156: Mike Bagley (Part 2)
Mike Bagley joins Davey Segal for part two of their discussion (7:20), focused on Bagman's time at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, including how the opportunity to host on the channel came about, learning the intricacies of being an interviewer and why he was a bit nervous when originally taking the job.
In the early stages of "The Morning Drive," Bagley unexpectedly lost his then co-host David Poole. He details how he and the channel picked up the pieces to move forward a when Pete Pistone came into the picture as his co-host. He also dives into creating a bond with the listeners, asking fair but hard questions and his usual schedule working early mornings.
Plus, a memorable story involving a Dale Earnhardt interview, reflecting on his career to this point (including his time with NBC), memorable moments on TMD, his fascination with technology, why he's moved a lot and what he'd like to do when his time in motorsports comes to an end.
Davey also recaps Christopher Bell's second career win and first at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Papa Segal pays homage to a rather unfamiliar name and Robin makes a surprise appearance.
Episode 155: Mike Bagley (Part 1)
At long last, Mike Bagley of MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio joins Davey (5:45) for the first installment of their long awaited chat. He dives into his recent trip out West, what he did before becoming involved in motorsports, how his passion for racing began in Delaware and how the sport played an integral part in his relationship with his father.
While playing with toy cars on carpets modeled after race tracks, Bagley grew infatuated with the radio and the art of it. He dives into how he first wound up working for MRN, his first on-air broadcast at Watkins Glen being "a big mess," learning from broadcasting legends on the job, honing his craft, how his role with MRN progressed and when he felt comfortable in his own skin.
Stick around next week for Part 2 with The Bagman!
Davey also analyzes Tyler Reddick's first career Cup Series victory at Road America, Noah Gragson's polarizing move on Sage Karam and Papa Segal pays homage to a large fellow named Tiny.
Bonus Episode: Tyler Reddick
Another week, another bonus episode! This time, the winner in the Cup Series stops by in the form of Tyler Reddick. The Road America victor discusses his son Beau stealing the show by sleeping through the victory celebration, why his son is a Chase Elliott fan, whether the win has actually sunk in or not, if he doubted himself in the aftermath of Bristol, if the No. 8 team can legitimately contend for the championship and more.
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