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Episode 197: France, Preece, Custer, Gibbs, and driver surprises

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Episode 197: France, Preece, Custer, Gibbs, and driver surprises
November 22, 2022
Doug, Dan, and Devin take deep dives on the legacy of Brian France, the SHR Preece replacement of Custer, Gibbs driving the 54 car, and 2022 driver surprises.
Date Name
02/01/23 Episode 201: Big NASCAR rule changes and the Garage 56 driver lineup Doug, Devin, and Dan convene to discuss the Rolex 24, SpeedFest, and the Garage 56 Le Mans lineup. They also break down NASCAR's latest competition rules and how much difference they really will make. The crew also predicts how hard drivers will race in this weekend's Clash.
01/25/23 Episode 200: Devin's Daytona 500 hot take on his 21st b'day! Devin Kupka returns on his big birthday and tells Doug and Dan about why he thinks the Daytona 500 has lost its luster to younger fans. The crew also talks about the Phoenix test and Doug downplays the optimism in preseason predictions.
01/17/23 Episode 199: Harvick and news in two 500s Doug and Dan convene again to discuss some major recent NASCAR stories: Kevin Harvick's farewell tour, Travis Pastrana attempting the Daytona 500, Petty GMS Racing renaming to Legacy Motor Club, Jimmie Johnson's car number, Kyle Larson in the 2024 Indy 500, and more.
12/20/22 Episode 198: Exhibition races, Garage 56, and when Silly Season will start again Doug, Dan, and Devin return after a few weeks away to discuss the news of owners considering exhibition races and how that plays into the rights negotiations. They also talk about driver moves in Xfinity and Trucks (including what to expect from Hailie Deegan) and which series puts on the best on-track product. The crew also muses about Garage 56 and the advantage it could bring to Hendrick. And they share which driver could set off the entire Silly Season before the regular season starts.
11/22/22 Episode 197: France, Preece, Custer, Gibbs, and driver surprises Doug, Dan, and Devin take deep dives on the legacy of Brian France, the SHR Preece replacement of Custer, Gibbs driving the 54 car, and 2022 driver surprises.
11/15/22 Episode 196: Silly Season booms and busts and the rapid tides of change Doug, Dan, and Devin discuss teammate behavior after Verstappen's F1 slight and they rate their most and least interesting Cup Series Silly Season moves. Then they each get introspective on what has changed in NASCAR in Dan's 50+ years, Doug's 20+ years, and Devin's five+ years participating in and following and covering it.
11/08/22 Episode 195: Ultimate peaks and valleys in the desert Doug, Dan, and Devin reflect on the loss of Coy Gibbs and the immediate effect on JGR this past weekend and in the near future. They also size up Logano's championship run, the efforts of the other three Championship Four at Phoenix, and some interesting stats from the 2022 Cup season. They also discuss Ty Gibbs' and Zane Smith's championship runs and Jimmie Johnson's return to NASCAR.
11/04/22 Episode 194: The Melon-Bell-Ty talk Doug, Dan, and Devin try to process just how clutch Christopher Bell has been and how that sets him up against Elliott, Logano, and Chastain for Phoenix. They also breakdown both the sheer disbelief of Ross Chastain's last lap video game passes, including concerns about the move and the evolution of driver ethics. Then they discuss Ty Gibbs' move on Brandon Jones and what that says for his reputation and future.
10/18/22 Episode 192: Major Vegas fallout The crew discusses Devin's trips to Indy, Chicago street course, and Lambeau and some ties of each to NASCAR. The guys break down the Vegas storylines, including all the different ways the Wallace-Larson clash could break. They also talk about some SHR Silly Season news and pay homage to Kurt Busch.
10/12/22 Episode 191: Money, dirty laundry, and the the Roval Back from being at the Roval in Charlotte, Devin and Doug discuss what they heard from drivers and saw on the track...and the adjectives describing two very different parts of the Cup race. Dan also digs into the mechanics on the Gen-7 car and the financial grievances the owners aired. The crew discusses whether going public is ultimately what is best for the sport, too.
10/05/22 Episode 190: Large talk on Petit Le Mans and Talladega, driver Josh Pierson joins Bud's Garage" host Bud Hughes joins Doug, Dan, and Devin to talk Petit Le Mans. Then Devin gives his view from the stands for the Chase Elliott Talladega win and on what he thought of the racing. They also discuss the big Cup Series safety controversy, how the Byron penalty appeal will go, and how unpredictable the Charlotte Roval will be.
09/28/22 Episode 189: Reddick vs. Busch, solving for tire/track/car Doug, Dan, and Devin discuss how well Tyler Reddick is running compared to Kyle Busch in light of Silly Season, the numerous reasons and possible fixes for the tire failures, how NASCAR should officiate William Byron, the amazing heater Noah Gragson is on, and this weekend's Motul Petit Le Mans and Talladega races.
09/20/22 Episode 188: Rating Bristol, Petit Le Mans talk with Helio Castroneves Devin is back from Bristol and discusses his experience with Doug and Dan. The three detail the drama of the Cup Series Playoff cutoff race, why tires may have been blowing, the persona of Noah Gragson, and how to fix short tracks with the Gen-7 car. They also hear from Kyle Busch on his Truck team, Kyle Larson on his contract extension, and talk about the move of the All-Star Race to North Wilkesboro. Then Eric Von Haessler interviews Helio Castroneves about driving athleticism and the 25th annual Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on October 1st.
09/13/22 Episode 187: Big surprises, big finishes. big news Doug, Dan, and Devin discuss their Playoff surprises after two races and whether the Jones or Wallace win was a bigger surprise. They also talk about the Busch-RCR news, other dominoes to fall, and some Truck and Xfinity thrilling finishes.
08/30/22 Episode 186: Processing the madness from Daytona Doug, Devin, and Dan talk about the chaos of both NASCAR races in Daytona, how the Playoff stage was set, and Austin Dillon's move to get into the Playoffs. They also discuss some drivers they expect to go deep and fall out early from the Playoffs and the safety and cost discussion teams may want to have over superspeedways.
08/23/22 Episode 185: Rain, Raikkonen, racing teammates Doug and Dan group to discuss how NASCAR handled the rain at Watkins Glen, the performance of Kimi Raikkonen, and why the Larson-Elliott battle is blown out of proportion. They also talk more Kyle Busch-Silly Season scenarios, the return of F1, and the tight points battle in IndyCar.
08/16/22 Episode 184: 2022 gets weird again and the international wins Doug, Dan, and Devin reflect on Saturday's Georgia Racing Hall of Fame ceremony and the statistical strangeness of Harvick's streak. They also talk about The Glen and what the large international presence means. And they take another stab at Kyle Busch Silly Season and the targets on Chastain.
08/11/22 Episode 183: Harvick's surprise and many questions about Kyle Busch Doug, Dan, and Devin explain their surprise with Harvick winning and if the 4 team can go deep in the Playoffs. They also take a deep dive on how Kyle Busch's contract scenario shows the power shift between drivers and teams and if Busch is on the downside of his career. They also talk about their live broadcast on Saturday at the GA Racing Hall of Fame.
08/01/22 Episode 182: Rules of the road and enforcing them Doug and Dan break down Reddick's Indy road course win and NASCAR's officiating decision with track limits and car parts. Dan explains why driver etiquette goes out of the window, given the box they're in. They also discuss the Kyle Busch Silly Season conundrum and F1 Silly Season.
07/25/22 Episode 181: Another Denny Hamlin bombshell A week removed from Denny Hamlin's shocking announcement of the signing of Tyler Reddick, he and JGR teammate Kyle Busch are DQ'd from spots one and two at Pocono. Doug and Devin break down the penalty, the ramifications, and the strange seasons of Hamlin and Busch. They also talk about Ku. Busch's concussion leading to Ty Gibbs' debut, Chase Elliott's winning and leading no laps, and how the Indy Grand Prix could also provide surprises.