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Episode 142: Next-Gen update and midseason superlatives

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Episode 142: Next-Gen update and midseason superlatives
July 29, 2021
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.
Date Name
01/09/22 Episode 160: Drivers' thoughts testing a whole new AMS Doug, Dan, and guest co-host Devin Kupka file through driver comments on the new surface and banking at Atlanta Motor Speedway from Kurt Busch, Ross Chastain, and Chris Buescher. Devin and Doug give their thoughts on what they saw at the tire test. And the gang discusses the Brandon Brown-LGBcoin saga, along with more recent Silly Season news.
12/28/21 Episode 159: 2021's biggest...and what looms Doug and Dan name their top 2021 drivers for each series, NASCAR's biggest dud, and the sport's biggest story this year. They also discuss the COVID surge's potential ramifications and the many unknowns with the Next-Gen car. Finally, they talk about the F1 finale and remember several recent losses in the racing community.
12/08/21 Episode 158: Tracks, charters, and a title fight Devin Kupka joins Doug and Dan to break down some of the offseason's biggest stories, so far, including the Petty-GMS merger and some big moves SMI is making with tracks. They also talk about Next-Gen anxiety, Silly Season, the Snowball Derby teardown, and F1's killer title battle.
11/16/21 Episode 157: F1, Petit Le Mans, and Curious George learns NASCAR Doug and Dan join guest analysts "Bud's Garage" host Bud Hughes and F1 super-fan George Clark to cover a lot of ground. Clark explains his F1 fandom and the Hamilton-Verstappen showdown last weekend in Brazil. Bud and Doug discuss their time at Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. And the gang also talks the IMSA fan experience, the Next Gen car's effect on the NASCAR industry, and some NHRA end-of-season news.
11/09/21 Episode 156: Larson's historical feat and the end of several eras Doug, Eric, and Dan are joined again by guest analyst Devin Kupka to discuss how Larson's championship is the cherry on top of an incredible season in several series. They opine on who the driver suffered the most Phoenix disappointment, on Kevin Harvick's strangely consistent year, and on the end of several eras (Keselowski-Penske, Newman full-time in Cup, the Gen-6 car, and the five-lug wheels). They also discuss Hemric's breakthrough, Game 7 moment.
11/04/21 Episode 155: On Martinsville drama, hard Phoenix picks Special guest Devin Kupka joins Doug and Dan to break down the crazy last segment of Martinsville and why the last four races point to a Hendrick championship. They give reasons to pick for and against each Cup Series Championship Four driver, quickly analyze the Xfinity and Truck Series Phoenix championship prospects, and Dan talks NHRA. Then Eric calls in with his thoughts on the Bowman win.
10/27/21 Episode 154: F1 in Austin vs. NASCAR in Texas, Kyle stomps them again Doug and Dan discuss another dominant Larson-performance and whether they expected this before the season. They also break down what they expect in Martinsville with so many drivers so close. Then they opine on the infatuation with F1 and those comparing the COTA event to NASCAR in Kansas.
10/20/21 Episode 153: Texas triumphs and trials and Road Atlanta's Rick Humphrey joins Doug and Dan break down the Texas races, Larson/Hendrick's dominance, and the teams on the ropes. They also discuss the 550HP package and fan expectations, the future of electric vehicles, Daniel Hemric's psyche, and Stewart's new NHRA teams. Then Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta president Rick Humphrey joins to talk Motul Petit Le Mans and why that race is in November.
10/13/21 Episode 152: The championship drive at the ROVAL...twice Doug and Dan digest the craziness and drama leaving the Charlotte ROVAL, not the most or least of which is Harvick vs. Elliott II. Dan details which two drivers/teams made championship efforts. And the guys discuss taking NASCAR for granted and the resurgence of Allmendinger.
10/05/21 Episode 151: Bubba and some other big firsts, ROVAL sweats Doug, Eric, and Dan convene and discuss: -The history and significance of Bubba Wallace's and 23XI's first win. -Some other big Talladega firsts -Dega lights, please -the extremely close Playoff standings at the Charlotte ROVAL - the John Wes Townley tragedy.
09/17/21 Episode 149: Picking apart the 2022 schedule, Playoff stress, and F1 clash Eric returns with his thoughts on the big races at Daytona and Darlington. Doug, Dan, and him also placate the knee-jerk Richmond criticism. The crew also debates the JGR hype and the Hendrick hiccups and covers the 2022 new schedule, including the Clash in L.A. They also discuss Silly Season in IndyCar, NASCAR, and F1 and the Lewis vs. Max crash in Monza.
09/09/21 Episode 148: Barnburner at Darlington and a Clash out west? Doug and Dan do call this the wrong episode number, but they also regroup to break down the Cup Series Playoff opener at Darlington and all the of the drama for the championship contenders. They also ponder the rumors about the Clash at the L.A. Coliseum and some F1 Silly Season items.
09/02/21 Episode 147: Holy Daytona Doug and Dan group to discuss the high drama of Daytona, but also some outcomes they wish they desired. They also cover some Silly Season items in this brief episode.
08/26/21 Episode 146: Conflicted in Michigan Doug, Dan, and guest host Bud Hughes gather again to discuss the ins and outs of the Cup and Xfinity Michigan races, IndyCar and Trucks with hectic Gateway races, the debate about NASCAR COVID protocols, and what the lack of 2022 schedule might be saying about the Next Gen car.
08/18/21 Episode 145: Five to Go Doug, Dan, and guest analyst Bud Hughes gather to discuss yet another controversial and crazy debut race at a course. They weigh the options with curbing and officiating and how NASCAR, Briscoe, and Hamlin should have handled the finish. They also weigh in on how charters shape the Cup Series Silly Season. And Truck Series Playoff driver Chandler Smith talks about his rocky rookie season, how he became a Toyota development driver, and getting married.
08/11/21 Episode 144: Returns, comebacks, phenoms, legends, and train wrecks Doug, Eric, and Dan break down NASCAR's return to Watkins Glen and the sheer prowess of Elliott and his chase of Larson, along with the risks the 9 team is taking in inspection. They also look at Ty Gibbs and where he could drive and if anyone has set a pace like he has. They also give a nod to fallen crew member Mike Rich and the four other 2021 Georgia Racing Hall of Fame inductees and they break down a rocky IndyCar Nashville street race debut.
08/04/21 Episode 143: Peaking too early, more Silly Season, crazy F1 The whole gang is back to discuss Watkins Glen favorites and if Hendrick got too hot, too soon. They also break down the Truck Series standings before the regular season finale, Eric's 2021 superlatives, Trackhouse inking Chastain, and the insane and entertaining Formula 1 storylines.
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.
07/13/21 Episode 140: The many tentacles of the Atlanta weekend Doug, Eric, and guest co-host Devin Kupka discuss the AMS reconfig, Kurt Busch's popular win, the teammate assist, and the Next-Gen car rumors.