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Episode 114: Schedule swings and a sports car ride

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Episode 114: Schedule swings and a sports car ride
September 29, 2020
Doug and Dan dig in on some 2021 NASCAR schedule rumors, ahead of its announcement and what those changes mean for the future of the sport. Doug also describes his ride-along in a Ford GT with David Ragan at Road Atlanta, how teams are spending money, what drivers wasted a Vegas chance, and the pressure Kurt's win exerts on others.
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