EP 2124: Kyle Larson wins Sonoma. Doug Rice, Alexis Erickson, Mark Garrow

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EP 2124: Kyle Larson wins Sonoma. Doug Rice, Alexis Erickson, Mark Garrow
June 6, 2021
Another week, another Kyle Larson beatdown, as he takes the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway! Doug Rice and Mark Garrow recap the race alongside PRN’s Alexis Erickson as we recap Kyle Larson’s first win at his home track. Coming into this season, Chase Elliott was NASCAR’s road course king. Forget being the best, he might not even be the best on his own team! Kevin Harvick had another disappointing day but what his team did after the checkered flag caught our attention, and now that we’re more than halfway to the playoffs, does anyone on the outside have a real chance at making the top 16?
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06/14/21 EP 2125: Bobby Labonte, Hermie Sadler, Doug Rice, Alexis Erickson NASCAR took the All-Star Race to Texas and surprise, surprise, Kyle Larson wins again! Doug Rice and Alexis Erickson are joined by Hermie Sadler to recap a scorching weekend at TMS and preview NASCAR’s return to Nashville. In his last six starts, Larson’s finished no worse than second. What do his teammates think of this incredible run? Plus, we talk about why Kyle Larson resonates so strongly with race fans and Hermie has a solution to the rumors around Jeff Gordon possibly leaving Fox at the end of the year: Bring back Larry Mac! Plus, we hear from 2000 NASCAR champion Bobby Labonte, who calls in to discuss the inaugural SRX event and what it’s like to get back behind the wheel.
06/06/21 EP 2124: Kyle Larson wins Sonoma. Doug Rice, Alexis Erickson, Mark Garrow Another week, another Kyle Larson beatdown, as he takes the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway! Doug Rice and Mark Garrow recap the race alongside PRN’s Alexis Erickson as we recap Kyle Larson’s first win at his home track. Coming into this season, Chase Elliott was NASCAR’s road course king. Forget being the best, he might not even be the best on his own team! Kevin Harvick had another disappointing day but what his team did after the checkered flag caught our attention, and now that we’re more than halfway to the playoffs, does anyone on the outside have a real chance at making the top 16?
05/31/21 EP 2123: Larson Wins Coca-Cola 600. Doug Rice, Alexis Erickson, Mark Garrow The Coca-Cola 600 saw Kyle Larson and well, that’s about it, as he dominated to win his second race of 2021 and first crown jewel event in his career! Doug Rice is joined by PRN’s Alexis Erickson and Mark Garrow to recap NASCAR’s longest race that saw Hendrick Motorsports make history. Speaking of HMS, which team is best in class behind the Hendrick gang? Plus, we have highlights from the 600, recap a thrilling Indy 500 that saw Helio Castroneves join the four-time club and discuss the legacy that Rick Hendrick has made since winning his first race on a shoestring budget in 1984.
05/23/21 EP 2122: Chase Elliott Wins at COTA Mother Nature rained on the fun but it wasn’t enough to dampen our spirits at Circuit of the Americas! It’s a special edition of Fast Talk from COTA with Doug Rice, Mark Garow and Alexis Erickson recapping Chase Elliott’s rain-shorted win in Austin. With his sixth road course victory, we discuss what makes the reigning champ so good at turning left and right. Plus, is this win exactly what Elliott needs to boost his championship defense? And we’re joined by Brett McMillan, who traded in his pit reporting duties to call the action in the turns at COTA. And now that the dust has settled on the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix, just how special was this weekend?
05/17/21 EP 2121: Doug Rice, Alexis Erickson, Brad Gillie, and Jeff Hammond Kyle Larson was once again dominant but it was Alex Bowman who tamed the Monster Mile for his second win of the season! Doug Rice is joined by PRN’s Alexis Erickson and Brad Gillie, as well as championship-winning crew chief Jeff Hammond to discuss Team Hendrick’s incredible day as they swept the top four positions at Dover. After what many called a dull event, we get down to it: What makes a good race? There’s only one thing Hammond hates and is the bowtie back? It’s hard to argue after another stout showing at Dover. Plus, we preview the first ever NASCAR weekend at Circuit of the Americas!
05/10/21 EP 2120: Truex wins Darlington. Kyle Petty, Doug Rice, Alexis Erickson, Brad Gillie Martin Truex Jr. demolished the field en route to winning on throwback weekend at Darlington. Is he a lock for the Championship Four? Doug Rice is joined by PRN’s Alexis Erickson, Brad Gillie and NBC Sports analyst Kyle Petty to review MTJ’s dominant win and discuss whether it’s already his title to lose. Defending champion Chase Elliott is still looking for his first win. Will his skill on road courses be enough to revive his season? Kyle isn’t so sure. And Doug has a hot take on Kevin Harvick and Stewart-Haas Racing.
05/03/21 EP 2119: Hermie Sadler, Doug Rice, Alexis Erickson, Brad Gillie Kyle Busch finally scores a win in Kansas. Hermie Sadler is the special guest host, joined by Doug Rice, Alexis Erickson, and Brad Gillie
04/27/21 EP 2118: Jeff Hammond, Doug Rice, Brad Gillie There really wasn’t a big one at Talladega, but for Brad Keselowski, win No. 6 at the 2.66-mile superspeedway was the big one! Doug Rice is joined by PRN’s Brad Gillie and championship-winning crew chief to recap Talladega and preview the Kansas weekend. Denny Hamlin had another race slip away from his grip, when will he finally grab the trophy? And who else should have a win that hasn’t broken through in 2021?
04/19/21 EP 2117: Bowman wins Richmond. Doug Rice, Alexis Erickson, Brad Gillie Denny Hamlin led the most laps but Alex Bowman came from nowhere to win at Richmond! Doug Rice is joined by PRN’s Brad Gillie and Alexis Erickson to recap the Toyota Owners 400 and look ahead to the wild card that is Talladega. Was Richmond too tame for a short track? Plus, Aric Almirola finally has a good day and Bubba Wallace’s run of bad finishes continues. And our panel discusses Kevin Harvick’s struggles and if Kyle Busch will find his way to victory lane before the playoffs.
04/12/21 EP 2116: Josh Berry, Kyle Petty, Alexis Erickson, Brad Gillie, Doug Rice Martin Truex Jr. became the first driver to win a second race at Martinsville but it was Josh Berry who stole the Sunday show! Doug Rice is joined by PRN’s Alexis Erickson and Brad Gillie to recap the seemingly never-ending Blue Emu 500 and Josh Berry’s first Xfinity Series win. We’re also joined by Kyle Petty, who has something special cooked up for his charity ride in 2021. Then chat with Josh Berry, who tells us how it felt making Dale Jr. cry in victory lane.
04/05/21 EP 2115: Doug Rice, Alexis Erickson, Jeff Hammond After a much-needed week off for Easter, we’re going back short track racing at Martinsville! Doug Rice is joined by PRN’s Alexis Erickson and former crew chief Jeff Hammond to give our final look back on the Bristol Dirt Race and what adjustments can be made to improve next year’s event. After seven races, seven different drivers have won. Is that streak going to continue or is it fool’s gold? Stewart-Haas Racing is hoping to turn around their disastrous start, and who has the best chance to become the next first-time winner in the Cup Series?
03/29/21 EP 2114: Story Hour with Hermie, Kyle, and Jeff. It’s a special story hour on Fast Talk! Doug Rice is flying solo this week but he’s armed with great stories from our panel of celebrity co-hosts! On this special edition, we’ll hear from championship-winning crew chief Jeff Hammond, as well as former drivers Kyle Petty and Hermie Sadler. From never-before-heard stories from the road to unforgettable moments on the track, you’ve got to hear this week’s show!
03/22/21 EP 2113: Doug Rice, Alexis Erickson, Brad Gillie, Hermie Sadler Kyle Larson dominated but at the end of the day it was Ryan Blaney in Atlanta’s victory lane after the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500! Doug Rice is joined by PRN’s Alexis Erickson and Brad Gillie, plus former NASCAR driver Hermie Sadler to recap a weekend at AMS and preview the Food City Dirt Race at Bristol. After six races, is it time for Stewart-Haas Racing to panic, or will they rebound? And we wonder which teams are running better than expected so far and if it’s possible every driver from Hendrick, Gibbs and Penske find victory lane in 2021.
03/15/21 EP 2112: Doug Rice, Alexis Erickson, Brad Gillie, Jeff Hammond NASCAR got another new winner as Martin Truex Jr. captured the win at Phoenix. Is it a sign of things to come or just the latest in a long series of one-time winners? Doug Rice is joined by PRN’s Alexis Erickson and Brad Gillie to discuss the mini-West Coast Swing and preview the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta. Will any of 2021’s winners make a run in the playoffs, or is it a temporary taste of success? Plus, Doug is pushing the panic button for Kyle Busch and Jeff Hammond says Cup drivers running trucks at Bristol will be a huge advantage for the dirt race in two weeks. And we remember "The Day the Racing Stopped" in Atlanta one year ago.
03/07/21 EP 2111: Kyle Larson Wins Vegas: Doug Rice, Alexis Erickson, Mark Garrow It’s a special edition of Fast Talk from Las Vegas Motor Speedway! Doug Rice and Alexis Erickson are joined by PRN’s Mark Garrow to recap Kyle Larson’s big win in the Pennzoil 400. Was Sunday’s race a sign of things to come, and if so, is Hendrick Motorsports on track for another dominant season? Larson’s win and congratulations from his competitors showed how much respect they have for him after his nearly year-long suspension, and the win meant a lot more to Rick Hendrick than you might think. Stewart-Haas Racing had a disastrous day in Vegas. Is it time to panic? And after a mechanical failure took him out of contention, is the pressure getting to Bubba Wallace? Doug explains why 23XI is more than just a new race team.
03/01/21 EP 2110: Byron Wins Homestead: Kyle Petty, Brad Gillie, Alexis Erickson, Brandon Hutchison The trend of young winners continued at Homestead-Miami as William Byron earned his second career Cup Series win! Brad Gillie fills in for Doug Rice and he’s joined by PRN’s Alexis Erickson and NBC Sports’ Kyle Petty to recap a fun weekend of racing in south Florida and look ahead to Las Vegas. Does Byron’s win take some pressure off his team as they establish new crew chief Rudy Fugle, or is it simply the first of many for Hendrick’s latest driver-crew chief combo? Michael McDowell finished in the top 10 for the third straight week. Is this early season speed sustainable for the 34 team or will they fade by the time we reach the playoffs? Also, we’re joined by Brandon Hutchison from Atlanta Motor Speedway, who tells us about the new things in store for fans at the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 and how the track plans to handle hosting two Cup races for the first time in 10 years.
02/22/21 EP 2109: Christopher Bell Wins Daytona Road Course We saw another first-time winner at Daytona as Christopher Bell scored an upset win on the road course! Doug Rice is joined by PRN’s Alexis Erickson and Brad Gillie, as well as former NASCAR driver Hermie Sadler to recap the first two weeks of the season. On this week’s show, our panel discusses the already tight playoff race after two surprise winners, NASCAR’s sweeping schedule changes and if Christopher Bell is poised to be the next superstar in stock car racing. Speaking of Bell, he did everything right at Daytona except for one thing, according to Doug. All that and another award-winning edition of Green Flag, Black Flag!
02/15/21 EP 2108: Daytona 500 Winner Michael McDowell A longshot came home a winner in the Daytona 500 as Michael McDowell went to victory lane for the very first time! Doug Rice is joined by PRN’s Alexis Erickson and Brad Gillie to recap the season-opening race and look ahead to another weekend in Daytona. Speaking of McDowell, the sleepless Daytona 500 champion calls in to discuss winning his first race, how it feels to always be a champion, and the cool feeling of winning in the Love’s car on Valentine’s Day. For the second straight year, we sat through a lengthy delay at Daytona; is it time to move start times up to avoid afternoon showers? And we’re joined by championship-winning crew chief Jeff Hammond, who says there’s a lack of respect on the track that’s leading to the massive wrecks at superspeedways.
02/08/21 EP 2107: Brad Keselowski, Kyle Petty After months of anticipation, the Daytona 500 is finally here! Doug Rice is joined by PRN’s Alexis Erickson and Brad Gillie as we count the days until Daytona and look ahead to the 2021 season. On this week’s show, we’re joined by 2012 NASCAR Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, who shares his thoughts on the state of NASCAR in a year of change, how the ownership ranks could be transformed and if he still thinks winning two championships makes a driver elite. Plus, we wonder if Kyle Busch is the best active driver to NOT win the Daytona 500. Then, we’re joined by Kyle Petty, who went a full season without going to the track for the first time in his life in 2020, and Kyle tells us why owners are more important to NASCAR’s health than star drivers.
02/01/21 EP 2106: Tyler Reddick, Aric Almirola, and Chase Elliott Jimmie Johnson earned a podium finish at the Rolex 24, we finally know how long the Bristol dirt race will be and Bubba Wallace earned some recognition from some of NASCAR’s most respected media. Doug Rice is joined by PRN’s Alexis Erickson and Brad Gillie as we countdown to Daytona and another NASCAR season. On this episode of Fast Talk, we’ll hear from Stewart-Haas Racing driver Aric Almirola and Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick. Plus, we’ve got a special interview with reigning Cup Series champion, Chase Elliott, as he prepares to defend his title.