EP 2118: Nate Ryan of NBC Sports, and Kelly Crandall of Racer.com

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EP 2118: Nate Ryan of NBC Sports, and Kelly Crandall of Racer.com
April 27, 2021
It was another wild one at Talladega but the finish isn’t what has everyone talking. Brett McMillan is joined by NBC’s Nate Ryan and Kelly Crandall from Racer.com to discuss possible safety changes to superspeedway racing after Joey Logano’s wild ride. What, if anything, can be done to stop the blowovers? Plus, Jeb Burton’s win at Talladega locked him into the playoffs but is he a serious contender for the Xfinity Series title? And what are the chances we get another new winner at Kansas?
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