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Episode 120: 2020's top five stories

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Episode 120: 2020's top five stories
January 21, 2021
Dan and Doug return for the new year with the tough task of ranking the huge stories from the 2020 NASCAR season...and some honorable mentions. They also issue their own executive orders for the sport.
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02/22/21 Episode 124: New winners, local yellows, and the killer instinct Doug, Dan, and Eric gather again to marvel at Christopher Bell's and Ty Gibbs' clutch race wins, the action-packed tripleheader Daytona Road Course weekend, what NASCAR could do better with the yellow flag, and what Ryan Blaney just might seem to lack.
02/16/21 Episode 123: The Superspeedway quandary and Earnhardt's prank on Dan The full crew is back to break down a mostly disappointing Daytona 500 and some of the problems that make the pack either ride or wreck. They also talk about racing underdogs, the optimism of road courses, and driving a stick shift. Dan also remembers some charity and mischief of the late Dale Earnhardt.
02/10/21 Episode 122: Clash praise and remembering Dale Sr. Doug and Eric give their thumbs up to Tuesday night's Busch Clash and preview the Daytona 500. They also heavily reminisce on Dale Earnhardt, 20 years after his death, and the impact he had on NASCAR. They also discuss another seven-time champion returning to the track for a record-breaking 8th crown.
02/02/21 Episode 121: Outlook 2021, newspapers, TV, the old days, cartoons Eric Von Haessler joins Doug to give his outlook as a fan on 2021 - both stories and drivers. The duo also discusses relating to casual fans, Chase Elliott in other series, and the new car. Cartoonist Mike Smith then joins to talk about drawing the sport and encountering the Busch brothers.
01/21/21 Episode 120: 2020's top five stories Dan and Doug return for the new year with the tough task of ranking the huge stories from the 2020 NASCAR season...and some honorable mentions. They also issue their own executive orders for the sport.
11/11/20 Episode 119: Chase the champion, the new car, and surviving the 'rona Doug, Eric, and Dan break down the season-ending Phoenix race weekend and Chase Elliott's run to victory. They also dive deep on the development of the new car and what it means for small teams and its likeness to V8 Supercars. The guys also talk about the sport navigating COVID-19 in 2020 and again in 2021.
11/04/20 Episode 118: Texas-Martinsville digest, Harvick uproar, and the greatest of all time Doug, Eric, and Dan cover the marathon in Texas and the madness in Martinsville after two weeks off. They also take differing views on the Playoffs system, discuss what they would say to the 4 team after Martinsville, tie up some Silly Season loose ends, and say who they each think is the greatest all-time driver.
10/21/20 Episode 117: Aero outrage, Logano Playoff shuffling, and Silly Season dominoes Doug, Dan and Eric discuss how Logano's Kansas win spikes the Playoff pressure, whether the tight but aero-dependent racing is good or not, the Larson-Briscoe-Jones Silly Season moves, how chassis evolve, Chase Elliott and radio safety, and some scary wrecks in NHRA and NASCAR.
10/13/20 Episode 116: Right rain amounts, 18 team shakeup, and Supercars Doug and Dan discuss the rain's influence on the racing last weekend in Charlotte in the future, Elliott's incredible road racing record, if Kyle Busch and Adam Stevens may break up, lame duck drivers, and how Penske's Supercars experience could help their NASCAR team.
10/07/20 Episode 115: Yellow line, the driver of the yellow car, and 2021 Doug, Dan, and Eric dissect NASCAR officiating at the end of a crazy and controversial Denny Hamlin win in Talladega. They also parse through the major 2021 Cup schedule changes, discuss the curious case of DiBenedetto, and the end of the Chad Knaus crew chief era.
09/29/20 Episode 114: Schedule swings and a sports car ride 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.
09/24/20 Episode 113: Jordan, COTA, and clean racing - is this N1? Doug, Eric, and Dan dive deep on the Jordan-Hamlin-Wallace, Chastain, and COTA news. Dan explains why he thinks this is a totally new NASCAR era. They also talk about past athletes in racing ownership, the charter system, how Petty Enterprises fell off, and why recent racing at good tracks has been quiet.
09/15/20 Episode 112: What makes a good race? And is it the tire? Doug and Dan discuss the Playoff drivers and teams trending up and turning heads and the ones hurting their chances. They also talk about what unfolded at Richmond and what makes a good race. And they breakdown the latest Silly Season rumors and if September is too late to start a good team.
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.