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 91: Julia Landauer (Part 2)
In the second and final installment of Davey’s chat with Julia Landauer, the two dive into how her opportunity to compete in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series came to be, including why she was thrown into the deep end, way behind the eight ball with virtually no track time ahead of her rookie season. In addition to the language barrier and being stuck across the world for three months amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, she had a lot of adjusting to do in little time.
Landauer further explains why she embraces being an ambassador for women in motorsports, and where she thinks we are in the road to leveling the playing field for females in racing. She also reveals how she got into her “day job” as a motivational speaker and why she finds empowering others incredibly rewarding, including how she herself is able to stay positive amid these incredibly tough times. Plus, reflecting on being named apart of the “Forbes: 30 Under 30” list, her accomplishments on and off track to this point in her life and why “#BecauseRacecar” is the best trend you probably didn't know about.
Episode 90: Julia Landauer (Part 1)
She truly is “The Most Interesting Woman in Motorsports.” In the first installment of this two part interview, you’ll learn why. Julia Landauer joins Davey (6:15) to discuss how a young girl from the upper west side of New York City got involved in racing. Not the most common trio out there, is it? But after becoming the youngest female champion in Skip Barber Racing School history (age 14), it was clear she had what it takes.
Landauer attended Stanford University while furthering her racing career, and details why the decision was rather pragmatic despite most drivers opting to forgo higher education. While in school, Landauer competed on the popular reality show “Survivor,” but hid an important aspect of her life. After being voted off (and recalling word for word when she was accused of being “too vanilla”), she reflected on why she didn’t show a big part of who she is and learned why embracing who you really are is the best strategy of them all. She’s learned a lot more lessons, specifically ones at the race track that the classroom can’t teach you.
Plus, why she doesn’t enjoy driving street cars, experiencing cultural “bubbles” in NYC, Stanford, North Carolina and Europe (to name a few) and how being a female in motorsports, while having its challenges, is more rewarding and empowering than having it the easy way.
Episode 89: Alan Cavanna
Another week, another member of Bills Mafia on the pod! Alan Cavanna joins Davey (4:30) for an off-season chat with a lot of laughs. Growing up in New England racing against the likes of Joey Logano, Ryan Preece, Doug Coby and more, Cavanna details why his racing career never took off, despite a championship and over 100 trophies.
Cavanna tells the story of how he and his wife, CNN correspondent Dianne Gallagher, met in a courtroom, with a computer, and a friend request. Years later, they’re happily married and finally living together for the first time in Charlotte. A proud Syracuse graduate, he recalls his time on campus for the 2000 national championship run, and how learning the tricks of the trade in journalism during his college years shaped him professionally upon graduating.
Amid the infamous Jeremy Mayfield suspension saga, Cavanna was the first (and only) person to speak with Mayfield, and the backstory on how their conversation came to be is truly remarkable. Plus, some incredibly hilarious (and true!) stories of his time in local news, including a dead dog named s******d, a “creepy masturbator” and much, much more. Patrolling Truck Series pit road this past year for NASCAR on FOX was a challenge, yet rewarding and full of moments. The two discuss being on hand for those, and how Cavanna’s creativity, coupled with his background in news, have aided in his execution of unique content throughout his accomplished career.
Episode 88: Dustin Albino
As one of the up-and-coming NASCAR media members, Dustin Albino is onto his next opportunity at Jayski for 2021. But getting to this point has been a journey filled with trials, tribulations, blood, sweat and tears. Davey and Dustin chat (8:15) about growing up in in New York and why an introduction from his grandmother to Bobby Labonte’s green No. 18 car sparked his interest and love for NASCAR.
The two have worked at multiple motorsports blogs together, including Frontstretch for the better part of the last five years. Albino describes the learning experiences while being at the track while credentialed, including cultivating relationships, breaking stories (including freaking out to Davey before doing so), reliving “The Gauldashian” saga that put him on that map and leaning on mentors throughout the process. They also get real about the grind that is trying to make it in the industry, and why achieving success in this media landscape makes the work all the more rewarding.
Plus, his love for WWE, proposing to Nikki Bella, basking in the glory of the Buffalo Bills finally being good, that time when Clint Bowyer offered to pay for his travel expenses, the “Dustin Special” and more.
Papa Segal also gives an ode to one of the most famed numbers in NASCAR (and his heart): the 88.
Episode 87: Derek Kraus
These two go way back, and boy do they have some stories to tell. Davey welcomes on Camping World Truck Series driver Derek Kraus (6:00) for a wide-ranging off-season chat, with multiple appearances from the entire Kraus family (and his girlfriend Stephanie). Fresh off his best ever finish in the Snowball Derby, Kraus details why the enormous super late model event carries the weight it does, and how the winner (and his roommate) Ty Majeski put the iconic trophy in some questionable places. Plus, after officially announcing his 2021 plans, what are his realistic expectations in year two?
Kraus relives his dominant K&N Pro Series days, including his initial test with Bill McAnally Racing at Kern County at the age of 15-years-old, his first win a year later at the same track and the interaction he had with Kevin Harvick after the two made contact at, you guessed it, Kern. Plus, his perspective on the infamous Hailie Deegan dump in Colorado, including the aftermath immediately and weeks after, and his championship celebration (once he got the bottles popping) at Phoenix.
The two chat about Wisconsin producing a ridiculous amount of racing talent, his time at the Slinger Nationals, his rookie season in the Truck Series, adjusting to showing up with no practice and racing, his connection with other NAPA drivers, missing out on typical teenage activities in favor of racing, food preferences, his Jack’s Pizza obsession, his fear of heights, his love of wrestling, his theory about Danica Patrick’s significant others and so, so, SO much more. A can't miss conversation that's one for the ages.
Episode 86: Jamie Little
She’s been breaking barriers for the better part of two decades, and 2021 will be no different for Jamie Little. The FOX Sports reporter joins Davey (12:05) to discuss her career in racing, including how she got started in the industry and how being bold and brave led to her first professional opportunity in Supercross. As they say, the rest is history.
From covering her first Indianapolis 500 for ESPN (and becoming the first female to do so) to paving the path for a plethora of other females in motorsports, Little hasn’t had much time to reflect on her accomplishments. But she does exactly that in this conversation while remaining humble and knowing there’s more left to do. Being named the first woman to call television play-by-play for a national racing series (ARCA) for the 2021 season comes with a unique set of challenges, in addition to learning a new skillset. Little details those, and explains why the timing was right to make this move.
Little dives into how she’s been able to do her job flying solo due to COVID, with the aid of many group chats and people in her ear. Plus, that time when she beat Truck Series legend Mike Skinner in a Toyota Pro/Celebrity race and proved Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick wrong.
Also, in this week’s Wayback segment, Papa Segal pays homage to a frequent visitor of the show (if you know, you know) and it went about as weirdly as you’d expect.
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THE BEST NASCAR PODCAST ON THE WEB. Davey knows his stuff and delivers it in a way that’s so fun to listen to. Every time I listen I feel like I’m hanging out with a friend, who totally gets my love for NASCAR. He’s passionate, hilarious, and fun - the perfect combo for a pod. Keep an eye on this guy, he’s going to be a big name in the game.
I’m admittedly biased, but I challenge you to find anyone more enthusiastic and entertaining as Davey when it comes to NASCAR and racing in general. Give ‘er a listen, enjoy, and tell your friends. And to paraphrase the father of a famous NASCAR driver, in case you’re wondering what the best thing has been about being Davey’s dad, it was making him. 😏