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Episode 133: Darlington debate, Next Gen pitting, and drag stories

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Episode 133: Darlington debate, Next Gen pitting, and drag stories
May 12, 2021
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.
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