EP 2121: Jamie Little of Fox Sports, Jordan Bianchi of The Athletic

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EP 2121: Jamie Little of Fox Sports, Jordan Bianchi of The Athletic
May 19, 2021
And now, for something totally different: The first of three tracks Cup drivers have never raced on before! Brett McMillan is fired up for COTA and he’s joined by FS1 pit reporter Jamie Little and Jordan Bianchi of The Athletic to look back at Hendrick’s showing at Dover and the highly anticipated race at COTA. Chase Elliott is NASCAR’s road course ace. Is this weekend’s race what he needs to kick off his championship defense? And what about Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick? Plus, after winning the Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus, what will it take for Josh Berry to land a full-time ride?
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06/16/21 EP 2125: Reid Spencer, Holly Cane, Brett McMillan For the second time in two months, we’re off into the great unknown! Brett McMillan is joined by NASCAR Wire Service writers Reid Spencer and Holly Cain to preview the Nashville race weekend and recap Kyle Larson’s exciting All-Star win at Texas. Was the new All-Star format a hit? Our panel seems to think so. Hendrick Motorsports has been unstoppable lately but is there concern that they’re peaking too soon? Reid doesn’t think so, plus Kyle Busch is one win away from his 100th Xfinity Series victory. What does Brett think he has in common with Jimmie Johnson (other than he wins a lot)?
06/09/21 EP 2124: Kelly Crandall of Racer.com, and Rob Albright of PRN Kyle Larson staged another showcase and will Texas make the All-Star Race bigger? Brett McMillan is joined by PRN’s Rob Albright and Kelly Crandall of Racer.com to break down the Toyota Save Mart 350, including the former F1 driver who coached Kyle Larson on road racing. Plus, Jeff Gordon is rumored to take on a bigger role at Hendrick Motorsports, speed isn’t everything, even at Talladega, and there’s the complicated format for the All-Star Race. Has the event simply run its course?
06/02/21 EP 2123: Alex Andrejev of The Charlotte Observer, and Dustin Long of NBC Sports Kyle Larson put a hurting on the field at Charlotte and established himself as the championship favorite! Brett McMillan is joined by NBC’s Dustin Long and Alex Andrejev of the Charlotte Observer to recap the Coca-Cola 600 and discuss Hendrick Motorsports’ historic victory. Plus, our panel discusses Ty Gibbs’ future after another win in the Xfinity Series. Just how good can he be? And what can we learn from COTA that could apply to this weekend’s event at Sonoma?
05/26/21 EP 2122: Jim Utter, John Roberts, Brett McMillan Out of the rain and into the night, we leave Texas for the longest race of the year, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte! Brett McMillan is joined by Motorsport.com reporter Jim Utter, who discusses the historic weekend at COTA and why you can’t judge the track based on the weather’s impact on Sunday’s race. And now that NASCAR has set the precedent that racing in the rain is OK, how much rain is too much? Jim explains why he was disappointed in NASCAR’s decision to continue in a downpour. Then we’re joined by John Roberts from SiriusXM Radio to discuss the future possibility of racing on an oval in the rain and Alex Bowman’s impressive season replacing Jimmie Johnson in the 48 car.
05/19/21 EP 2121: Jamie Little of Fox Sports, Jordan Bianchi of The Athletic And now, for something totally different: The first of three tracks Cup drivers have never raced on before! Brett McMillan is fired up for COTA and he’s joined by FS1 pit reporter Jamie Little and Jordan Bianchi of The Athletic to look back at Hendrick’s showing at Dover and the highly anticipated race at COTA. Chase Elliott is NASCAR’s road course ace. Is this weekend’s race what he needs to kick off his championship defense? And what about Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick? Plus, after winning the Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus, what will it take for Josh Berry to land a full-time ride?
05/12/21 EP 2120: Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports, Chris Knight of CatchFence.com Martin Truex Jr. crushed the field to score another win at one of his many “home” tracks! Is it his title to lose? Brett McMillan is joined by Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass and Chris Knight of Catchfence.com to review the Goodyear 400 and debate what makes a “good” race in today’s NASCAR. The NextGen car will hit the track next year. How big of a change will it be, and should NASCAR be concerned about a lack of multi-car tests before next season? Plus, Bob explains why NASCAR shouldn’t stop looking for “Game 7” moments and what does the Marcus Lemonis-Sheldon Creed Twitter interaction say about the state of sponsorship in 2021?
05/05/21 EP 2119: Brett McMillan, Lee Spencer, Jeff Gluck Why not take mom to the race on Sunday! Brett McMillan welcomes Lee Spencer of RacinBoys.com, and Jeff Gluck of The Athletic to the panel.
04/27/21 EP 2118: Nate Ryan of NBC Sports, and Kelly Crandall of Racer.com 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?
04/21/21 EP 2117: Adam Alexander, Dustin Long, Brett McMillan What does Denny Hamlin have to do to win a race? Could Talladega be the cure for his winless drought? Brett McMillan looks ahead to the Geico 500 with NBC’s Dustin Long and Adam Alexander of Fox Sports 1. Who would’ve predicted we’d have three Hendrick Motorsports winners and none of them are Chase Elliott? Adam explains why he’s a fan of Alex Bowman who’s always in “prove it” mode, while Dustin tells us about the biggest storylines in the Xfinity Series. What does the future hold for Josh Berry? And is Ty Gibbs destined for greatness?
04/14/21 EP 2116: Tom Jensen, NASCAR Hall of Fame, Chase Wilhelm, NASCAR.com, Brett McMillan It was another victory for Truex at Martinsville! With three wins in his last four Martinsville starts, is Martin Truex Jr. a lock to reach the championship finale? Brett McMillan is joined by Tom Jensen of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and NASCAR.com’s Chase Wilhelm to review MTJ’s second win of 2021 and if he and crew chief James Small finally got their mojo. And after two solid runs on short tracks, are Bubba Wallace and Daniel Suarez capable of racing into the playoffs?
04/07/21 EP 2115: Lewis Franck of Reuters, and Adam Stern of the Sports Business Journal From the dirt in Thunder Valley to under the lights at Martinsville! Brett McMillan is joined by Adam Stern of The Sports Business Journal and Lewis Franck from Reuters to preview the Blue Emu 500. Plus, we discuss new venues on the circuit, why a street course might be a higher hurdle than many people expect and list the reasons why the Food City Dirt Race was a success despite the rain. And with the season almost at the quarter post, which drivers are desperate for a good run?
03/31/21 EP 2114: Jim Utter, Alan Cavanna - Hosted by Brett McMillan Another race, another new winner! After Joey Logano brought home the Bristol dirt race, how long will the streak keep going? Brett McMillan is joined by Alan Cavanna from the Positive Regression podcast, as well as Motorsport.com writer Jim Utter. What did our panel think of the historic race in Thunder Valley? Plus, we found out dirt experience didn’t mean all that much...what does that mean for future dirt races? And finally, what does Aric Almirola have to do for a good finish?
03/23/21 EP 2113: Jordan Bianchi, Mike Neff, Brett McMillan Now it’s time to go play in the dirt...but can it possibly live up to the hype? Brett McMillan isn’t so sure, as we’ve been talking about this race for almost a year! On this week’s show, we’re joined by Jordan Bianchi from The Athletic and Frontstretch.com columnist Mike Neff to preview the highly anticipated dirt race in Thunder Valley. Jordan tells us why no matter the result, this marquee event has already been a major success for NASCAR. Looking back to the Atlanta finish, how much of Kyle Larson’s loss was because of Joey Logano? Mike tells us not very much and Brett wants to know: Is 500 miles too much?
03/17/21 EP 2112: Alex Andrejev, Reid Spencer Five races, five different winners. How long until we see a driver earn their second win of the season? Brett McMillan is joined by Reid Spencer of the NASCAR Wire Service and Charlotte Observer reporter Alex Andrejev to discuss Martin Truex Jr.’s win at Phoenix. After “only” winning once last year, is MTJ poised to be a title contender again in 2021? Plus, NASCAR’s new ownership movement continues, as Roush Fenway’s parent company is now owned by Lebron James. What are the chances we see LeBron and Michael Jordan at the track together?
03/09/21 EP 2111: Jeff Hammond, Bob Pockrass, Brett McMillan Hendrick Motorsports has gone back-to-back, are they going to be in the mix every weekend now? Brett McMillan is joined by Jeff Hammond of SiriusXM and NASCAR on Fox’s Bob Pockrass to discuss the Pennzoil 400 and Kyle Larson’s fast start with his new team. What does Larson’s runs to this point say, if anything, about Jimmie Johnson? Now that Hendrick Motorsports has seemingly found its groove, is the lack of testing and practice going to favor their stable of young drivers? And is Jeff Gordon set to take over when Rick Hendrick calls it a career? Finally, as we head to Phoenix, home of the championship race, does this weekend give drivers already locked into the playoffs a free testing session?
03/03/21 EP 2110: Brett McMillan, Lee Spencer, Dustin Long With the way this season’s starting, it’s a great time to head to Vegas and put some money on a longshot! On this week’s show, Brett McMillan is joined by Lee Spencer from RacinBoys.com and NBC Sports columnist Dustin Long. With three surprising winners to start 2021, is there something that can pinpoint to so much parity? William Byron and Rudy Fugle wasted no time getting to victory lane, giving Rick Henrick something to smile about as his young driver is working with his third crew chief in as many seasons. NASCAR announced the format for the dirt race at Bristol, but it’s not the heat races that caught Lee’s attention.
02/24/21 EP 2109: Nate Ryan, Chris Knight Another race, another first-time winner and the playoff battle is already heating up! Brett McMillan is joined by NBC’s Nate Ryan and Chris Knight of Catchfence.com to discuss Christopher Bell’s victory at Daytona and look ahead to the first “real” race of 2021. With two playoff slots already taken, could one of NASCAR’s biggest stars get left out of the playoff field? Also, our panel digs into the penalty handed down to Chip Ganassi Racing and whether NASCAR’s decision to throw the yellow flag for rain was the right call considering its impact on the race.
02/17/21 EP 2108: Alan Cavanna, Kelly Crandall Except for the rain, that was a heck of a way to start the season! And don’t get it twisted, Michael McDowell winning at Daytona might be a surprise, but it’s no fluke. Brett McMillan is joined by Alan Cavanna, co-host of the Positive Regression podcast, and Racer.com writer Kelly Crandall to recap the Daytona 500. Now that the first playoff spot is claimed, just what kind of performance can we expect from McDowell and his Front Row Motorsports team? Our panel weighs in on some big-picture topics, including possible changes to the charter system, if NASCAR will keep shaking up the schedule with new venues and if television partners have too much power in determining start times, practice sessions and qualifying. And as we head back to the Daytona road course, will we get a race as exciting as the Clash?
02/10/21 EP 2107: Jonathan Merryman of NASCAR.com, Jerry Jordan of Kickinthetires.net Crank ‘em up! How are we feeling about the new Daytona speedweek schedule? Brett McMillan is once again joined by PRN’s Brad Gillie for the 2021 season preview edition of the Pit Reporters. First, we hear from NASCAR.com reporter Jonathan Merryman, who tells us his favorite storylines entering the season Denny Hamlin is looking for a record third-straight Daytona 500. And despite the odds being against him, would you take anyone else in the field? Plus, despite the fanfare, history will show that Bubba Wallace wasn’t the first driver to run a race for Michael Jordan’s 23XI team. Then, we hear from Jerry Jordan of KickinTheTires.net to discuss if NASCAR will have to move any races due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and if Pit Bull investing in the new Trackhouse Motorsports team will lead to an influx of new fans.
02/03/21 EP 2106: Brett McMillan, Brad Gillie, Adam Alexander, Louis Franck Denny Hamlin got a contract extension...will he win a championship before it’s up? Brett McMillan is joined by PRN’s Brad Gillie, as well as FS1’s Adam Alexander and Lewis Franck of Reuters as we look forward to racing at Daytona and the 2021 season. Now that Hamlin and FedEx are locked into the No. 11 car for a few more years, we look back on when it wasn’t that long ago people were asking if he was going to be the odd man out at JGR. Adam talks about AJ Allmendinger’s return to full-time racing with Kaulig Racing in the Xfinity Series and if he could be a dark horse to win the title, and Lewis tells us the new venue he’s most looking forward to in the new season: spoiler alert, it has left and right turns.