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Episode 125: Comers and goers in Miami and the ROI on veteran drivers

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Episode 125: Comers and goers in Miami and the ROI on veteran drivers
March 1, 2021
Doug and Dan get together and talk about some drivers who had the fire and some that were ice cold at Homestead-Miami Speedway. They also talk about the breaking point of when veteran driver pay makes sense.
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07/29/21 Episode 142: Next-Gen update and midseason superlatives Bud Hughes joins Doug and Dan to discuss what teams are telling him about the Next-Gen car and what planning for it is like. The trio also discusses their most surprising, improved, and disappointing teams. And they speculate how COVID could affect the NASCAR season and more on the AMS repave.
07/21/21 Episode 141: More questions than answers for Playoffs and Silly Season Doug and Dan talk about Aric Almirola's clutch win, NASCAR"s questionable rain carelessness, the Playoffs shakeup, and where Newman and DiBenedetto could possibly land in any of NASCAR's top three series.
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06/23/21 Episode 137: Catching up on Kyle, Nashville, and Trackhouse and one-on-one with Anthony Alfredo The full crew convenes after a couple of weeks off to discuss Larson's recent dominance and to rate the return of Nashville Superspeedway. They also take a deep dive on Nashville's Trackhouse Racing and Doug interviews Cup Series rookie Anthony Alfredo about how he ended up in the No. 38 ride and his plans for 2022.
06/02/21 Episode 136: Double the history this past Sunday Doug and Eric chat about Castroneves' popular, historical Indy 500 win, Hendrick's record-breaking Coke 600 win, the Larson and Elliott back-monkeys, and another Silly Season rumor.
05/26/21 Episode 135: Mixed COTA bag and Keselowski's next step The full crew returns to talk about Eric's new YouTube shows and the future of media. They also discuss the historical significance of racing and COTA and how to better officiate and equip for rain-racing. They also dissect the potential ownership role for Brad Keselowski at Roush-Fenway and the Indy 500 and F1 ups and downs last weekend.
05/17/21 Episode 134: What Hendrick's Dover dominance really means Doug and Dan get together to discuss Alex Bowman's Dover win and how HMS finishing 1-4 makes a statement. They also talk about who the standout organization is (or isn't), pressure in the point standings, cheating the inspection line, and the youth movement in IndyCar. Dan also shares stories about meeting a Delaware governor and standing in for his brother Bill in a commercial.
05/12/21 Episode 133: Darlington debate, Next Gen pitting, and drag stories With Dan and Eric out, Bud Hughes joins Doug to discuss the expectations of race fans who didn't think Darlington was a good race. They also break down how pit stops will change with the one-lug Next Gen car and what spec parts mean for longtime shop mechanics. Bud also shares fond memories of Atlanta Dragway.
05/05/21 Episode 132: Officiating and betting, the Kyle comeback, and testing The gang returns from a break with their impressions on the racing in Kansas and at Talladega. They also discuss the effect testing has on track revenue and the on-track product, how that late tire caution could upset bettors, if Kyle Busch's win was a statement, and what makes a good plate race.
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03/01/21 Episode 125: Comers and goers in Miami and the ROI on veteran drivers Doug and Dan get together and talk about some drivers who had the fire and some that were ice cold at Homestead-Miami Speedway. They also talk about the breaking point of when veteran driver pay makes sense.
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