Five to Go

Five to Go

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Five to Go
February 20, 2020
With Eric out, racing mechanic instructor and radio host Bud Hughes joins Doug and Dan. They analyze Ryan Newman's wreck and miraculous recovery and how it could affect Gen-7 car development. They also offer thoughts about the rest of the Daytona 500, the ups and downs with the President and the rain, and how drivers and crews approach racing in the face of danger.
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09/10/20 Episode 111: Going for wins, actual retirement, and a dose of F1 Doug and Eric detail the plight of the Cup Playoffs drivers from Darlington, Truex's risk level for the win and the points, some F1 stories, different types of personalities, the California half-mile, and what Jimmie Johnson shouldn't do in 2021.
09/01/20 Five to Go - Episode 110: Playoffs - the strategy, bedlam, heartbreak, strategy, and prospects Doug and Dan break down Daytona's exciting regular season finale and the small advantages teams can deploy in superspeedway races. They also forecast who they expect to falter in the opening round of the Playoffs, discuss sportsmanship and aggression, and ponder how we wrongly take things for granted.
08/27/20 Five to Go - Ep 109: Daytona twice, Dover twice, Playoffs, and Indy Doug and Dan give their thoughts on the Dover doubleheader, the Daytona Road Course, what could happen with the Playoffs lineup, some TV decision-making, Silly Season, and the Indy 500. They also remember Dan's father-in-law, James Threat.
08/12/20 Episode 108: Formulas and charters Doug, Eric, and Dan weigh on Harvick dominance, the action in Michigan, managing yellow flags, valuing Erik Jones and Bubba Wallace, qualifying formulas , and the broken charter system.
08/04/20 Five to Go - Ep 107: Free agency and the economy Eric and Doug discuss the great racing in New Hampshire, the undervaluing of Keselowski and the sale of LFR, where other drivers land, should Wallace take ownership in RPM, the economy of NASCAR, and Dale Jr.'s Hall of Fame selection.
07/30/20 Five to Go - Ep. 106: Grading the Cup teams and drivers past the 2020 midpoint Doug and Dan compare the Kansas race to those before at Texas and Kentucky and talk Playoff points. They also grade the best and worst Cup teams and drivers past the halfway point of 2020 and salute the late Maurice Petty and Bob Bahre.
07/22/20 Five to Go Doug and Dan unpack the story lines leaving Texas, including why the racing action wasn't good until the end, the idea of raising standards to race in Cup, and fans not treating COVID-19 seriously.
07/17/20 Five to Go Doug, Dan, and Eric discuss an underwhelming Bristol All-Star Race and the choose cone and aesthetics and what could make the event better. They also recap and rate the Kentucky race, talk about their favorite racing numbers, and imagine what they'd do with a million dollars.
07/07/20 Five to Go Doug and Dan discuss why the racing Sunday wasn't as good as it looked, why low horsepower cars shouldn't be on the big track at IMS, the good road course NXS race, TV remote broadcasters, pit road safety, and Jimmie Johnson's COVID-19 positive test.
06/30/20 Five to Go The entire gang is back to discuss shifting at Pocono, if stacking races works, the "choose cone" Bristol debut, and what should become of Keselowski and other Cup free agents.
06/23/20 Five to Go After rain has impacted five of nine of NASCAR's races since the shutdown, Doug and Dan breakdown Monday's Talladega Cup race, discuss how tire wear used to matter there, the ascension of Justin Haley, the plight of the ARCA Series, and the show of respect to Bubba Wallace.
06/16/20 Five to Go The whole gang returns to recap the racing at Atlanta, Martinsville, and Homestead-Miami. They also talk about NASCAR's stance on race, the addition of Nashville Superspeedway, the 2020 rookie class, TV coverage during COVID, and 30,000 fans at Bristol.
06/02/20 Five to Go Dan and Doug discuss the racing actions at Bristol, Chase Elliott's resurgence, and Elliott's actions at Bristol. They also talk about NASCAR's weighing in on the racial strife in the U.S.
05/27/20 Five to Go Dan and Doug talk about Chase Elliott's triumphs and travails...and the stoking of his bounty-infused rivalry with Kyle Busch. They also compare how the Trucks and Xfinity raced versus Cup at Charlotte and if Brad Keselowski's win affects his free agency.
05/05/20 Five to Go Life events: Doug got married and Dan had a triple-bypass. They discuss that and Eric comes back to offer his views on the Larson saga. The gang also discusses the odd ball hiring of Kenseth at Ganassi , the COVID-driven return of NASCAR, and whether Dale Earnhardt Jr. should be in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
03/31/20 Five to Go Over Skype, Doug, Dan, and Eric talk about the COVID-19 outbreak and the never before seen stoppage of NASCAR and the world. They discuss the ramifications both long and short term for the sport, the reality that some races may be missed, and how tough making races up will be. They also give their initial thoughts on eNASCAR and its short term popularity. Finally, the group discusses their favorite racing movies and how Dan was in one...sort of.
03/02/20 Five to Go Eric returns to give his take on Newman and the season, so far. Then the Dan, Eric, and Doug talk about what Bowman's win means for both he and Hendrick, what Harrison Burton's NXS says, if the Toyotas and Chevys really have swapped places, the expenses of qualifying trim, and what they would be happy seeing a resurgent Jimmie Johnson do in his final year. Then rookies Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick join to explain their transitions to and struggles in the Cup Series.
02/25/20 Five to Go With Eric out, Doug and Dan welcome "Bud's Garage" host Bud Hughes to talk about the latest updates on Ryan Newman's injuries and safety. They then break down the NASCAR Cup Series' Las Vegas race and the Hendrick party there. They also look back at the Xfinity and NGOTS Truck races and the pressure two Daniels may be putting on themselves.
02/20/20 Five to Go With Eric out, racing mechanic instructor and radio host Bud Hughes joins Doug and Dan. They analyze Ryan Newman's wreck and miraculous recovery and how it could affect Gen-7 car development. They also offer thoughts about the rest of the Daytona 500, the ups and downs with the President and the rain, and how drivers and crews approach racing in the face of danger.
02/12/20 Five to Go Recapping one whale of a Busch Clash, the shot in the arm for Stenhouse Jr. after the 500 pole, and the manufacturer to watch in the Daytona 500. Doug, Eric, and Dan also talk about the FOX broadcast and if 2020 is a weird year with change on the horizon. Cole Custer and Chris Buescher also join to talk about their new NASCAR Cup Series rides.