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Episode 149: Picking apart the 2022 schedule, Playoff stress, and F1 clash

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Episode 149: Picking apart the 2022 schedule, Playoff stress, and F1 clash
September 17, 2021
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.
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05/26/22 Episode 174: All-Star whiplash, Fords surge, big Memorial weekend Doug, Dan, and Devin break down NASCAR's inconsistency with the yellow flag and not black-flagging Blaney, along with what needs to change to bring the All-Star race back to glory. They also discuss the uptick in Ford's performance and the Ford team still struggling, along with recapping Indy 500 qualifying and the F1 Barcelona race. And they look ahead to the great Memorial Day weekend races.
05/17/22 Episode 173: Chaotic Kansas, pit woes, and Garage 56 Doug, Devin, and Dan break down Kurt Busch's breakthrough Kansas win, why tires kept blowing, and why there were so many pit penalties. They also talk about struggling Fords and the All-Star format. Finally, Dan breaks down the implications of the NASCAR chassis in the 2023 Le Mans race.
05/12/22 Episode 172: Darlington bump and bruise and Silly Season Doug, Dan, and Devin break down Darlington's finish and if Logano really owed Byron one. They also discuss F1's Miami debut and the difficulty of its NASCAR timing overlap. The crew also discusses Silly Season - especially if they really can see Kyle Busch with another team.
05/04/22 Episode 171: Dover, the Chase narrative, and pit stop analysis Doug, Dan, and Devin discuss some big stories from the Dover race weekend and how the narrative doesn't match the stats for Chase Elliott. Dan also brings his "two sprint race" idea and why he thinks the 9 team's dominance has just begun. And the crew also discusses tricky pit stops, start times, and the caution F1 should take.
04/19/22 Episode 170: The future of NASCAR dirt and diverging sportsmanship paths Dan, Devin, and Doug break down the wild Bristol dirt Cup finish and what the cars need to make the future on dirt better. They also examine the scoring confusion after Stage 2 and the sportsmanship differences the past two weekends. The crew also previews Talladega...well...sort of.
04/12/22 Episode 169: What the Martinsville? What the Ty Gibbs? Doug and Dan discuss the factors that combined to produce a lackluster Martinsville race, along with the downsides of teams refining the new car. They also examine the Bristol dirt race and the enigma that is Ty Gibbs. Dan also has a vision for large race teams. And Dan and Doug also remember fondly their close friend, Captain Herb Emory.
04/05/22 Episode 168: 2022's first strategy race and pushing the limit Doug, Dan, and Devin break down and rate the first real strategy race of 2022 and try to figure out of the new car made racing any better at Richmond. They also discuss drivers' late race moves and how much teams push the limit in inspection. They also look at what kind of parity the Cup Series is now seeing, as "big" teams are on the up trend.
03/21/22 Episode 166: The new AMS - how much is too much? Doug, Dan, and Devin discuss the new era of tight, pack racing at the reprofiled Atlanta Motor Speedway. They examine the dichotomy between pure racing and entertainment and wonder if other 1.5-mile tracks should or shouldn't try this. They also look at drivers really struggling in 2022 and ahead to Circuit of the Americas.
03/16/22 Episode 165: Phoenix parity, Briscoe - the story, AMS in-depth, and Todd Gilliland Doug, Dan, and Devin talk about drivers adjusting and big teams emerging in Phoenix, detail new race-winner Chase Briscoe's interesting plight, preview the AMS weekend schedule, and hear from Cup rookie Todd Gilliland.
03/07/22 Episode 164: Vegas made great again, parity or not, and Ross Chastain Doug, Dan, and Devin break down some Vegas stats and storylines after another great race weekend. They also discuss if Bowman's wins are the real deal, how teams are learning the cars, and if there is true parity. Ross Chastain joins at the end with a conversation from Daytona where he outlooks his season.
03/03/22 Episode 163: Craziness in Cali, Larson v. Elliott, good and bad surprises Doug and Dan discuss another intensely entertaining race at Auto Club Speedway. They cover the tire and wheel issues, the car shortage, and the early good and bad surprises amongst the teams after two races. They also break down how bad they think the Larson-Elliott skirmish really is.
02/16/22 Episode 162: Between beginnings, between coasts Doug and Dan welcome Devin Kupka back to discuss the old and new school feel of the Busch Light Clash in L.A. and the momentum NASCAR may have with new fans. They also discuss how hard making 2022 NASCAR predictions is and what they hope to see this coming racing season.
02/05/22 Episode 161: David Ragan goes longform on sim testing and the nuances of the Next-Gen car Georgia NASCAR veteran David Ragan joins Doug and Dan to discuss his Daytona 500 ride and 2022 plans. David then takes their questions on how the new Gen-7 Cup Series car drives, what the difficulties have been testing it for two years, how detailed the simulators are, what wore him out about the full-time racing grind, and how the new car will race to the naked eye.
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.