EP 215201: Michael McDowell

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EP 215201: Michael McDowell
December 20, 2021
Getting his first win after 13 years of trying Michael McDowell claims NASCAR's biggest race in 2021 and his first appearance in the Cup Series Playoff. Plus Christopher Bell gets another dirt win and Front Row Motorsports now shopping for a new crew chief.
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01/21/22 EP 220405: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Red Farmer The NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2021 is finally being inducted headlined by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who says numbers don't define his story. Along with the late Modified Champion Mike Stefanik, he's joined by one of original members of the "Alabama Gang" Red Farmer, who jokes about the 1953 inspection process.
01/20/22 EP 220404: Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon, and Bubba Wallace Struggling last season Kevin Harvick believes will be good training for what's coming next with the Next Gen Cup Car. Another new team could take a run at the Daytona 500, Austin Dillon chimes in on the quarter mile oval built inside LA Coliseum and the dice just won't roll right for Bubba Wallace.
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01/17/22 EP 220401: John Probst and Jacques Villeneuve There are concerns teams will enough of the new Next Gen Cup Cars to rotate through the opening races, but NASCAR VP of Racing Innovation John Probst believes they are in decent shape and why former Formula 1 Champion Jacques Villenueve at age 50 wants to run the Daytona 500.
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01/13/22 EP 220304: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Joey Logano Following Daytona's Next Gen test Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. happy with his new machine and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. believes he'll deliver a better broadcast after he turned some laps for Hendrick Motorsports. Plus, Joey Logano was hardly shocked they wound up racing so hard just practicing.
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01/11/22 EP 220302: Aric Almirola and Richard Childress They're testing the new Next Gen Cup Car at Daytona and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. shaking off some rust with Hendrick Motorsports. Aric Almirola explains why after 2021 driving will take a back seat to his family. Plus Richard Childress with a new sponsor and a cool looking car.
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01/03/22 EP 220201: Kyle Busch It felt like Kyle Busch had a better 2021 than 2020 Cup Series season, but despite winning twice give himself and "F" for the year. Plus news from the all new Atlanta Motor Speedway and find out what was the number one selling diecast car for last season.
12/31/21 EP 220105: Chase Briscoe We end the year with Sunoco Rookie-of-the-Year Chase Briscoe, who nearly won at Indy, deciding by season's end he was not going to be pushed around anymore. And during the down time is now on "dad duty".
12/30/21 EP 220104: William Byron With his best season in four years on the NASCAR Cup Series, in 2021 William Byron made it to the second round of the playoffs before he was eliminated on the way to a career high 10th place finish in the points. Plus quick "lug-notes" on Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex, Jr., and Joey Logano.