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Episode 199: Harvick and news in two 500s

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Episode 199: Harvick and news in two 500s
January 17, 2023
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.
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08/30/23 Episode 232: Daytona - wild or not? Playoffs - wild guesses only Doug, Devin, and Dan are back together to digest Buescher's Daytona win and the Cup Series regular season results. They each give their sure bet, dark horse, and total shock guesses for the Playoffs and talk about parts of the Gen-7 car that NASCAR should consider tweaking. They talk about manufacturer support and the disparity there, too. And they wrap up with Doug discussing watching a German hill climb race, including his conversations with drivers Michelle Tute and Gerold Schneider.
08/29/23 Episode 231: Watkins Glen recap, regular season finale preview, & GMS leaving NASCAR Truck Series Devin Kupka and Dan Elliott give us a recap of the Watkins Glen weekend. Chase Elliott running out of fuel in the middle of the race. GMS leaving the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and the fallout of the move. Denny Hamlin silly season rumors, does he return to Gibbs next year, does 23XI switch manufactures this year, alongside Stewart-Haas Racing possibly selling two charters. A NASCAR Cup Series regular season finale preview, who's in and who's out. Will a new youth ladder created by NASCAR help the lower series. Dan also gives his thoughts on a protentional new championship system.
08/22/23 Episode 230: McDowell, Elliott, SVG, and parity shown in points Doug, Dan, and Devin give their takes on McDowell's statement win and how the Playoff implications are deeper than most think. They rate Elliott's chances to win Watkins Glen, what SVG's Truck debut could spell for his future, and the NASCAR driver with whom McDowell most likely compares. The crew also examines the point standings and just how close some of the Playoff drivers are.
08/15/23 Episode 229: Pure Michigan excellence, Gragson saga, two HOFs Doug, Dan, and Devin discuss Chris Buescher and RFK's resurgence, fans' hasty hot takes, the aero at Michigan pointing to why the race was exciting, and Elliott's latest setback. They also discuss the Gragson-LMC fall out and where Gragson could race next year, the foreign invasion on the Indy road course, and the new way one manufacturer is using AI. They also talk about the inductees in the 2023 GA Racing Hall of Fame and some ins and outs of Johnson and co. entering the 2024 NASCAR Hall.
08/03/23 Episode 228: Richmond - the eye test, the fix, the race craft Doug, Dan, and Devin discuss the pros and cons of Sunday's Richmond Cup Series race and the tension (again) between racing and entertainment. Keselowski has some comments. Are the Fords really making a comeback or are other teams readying for the Playoffs? The guys compare the race crafts of Chris Buescher and Tyler Reddick. They also discuss the root of some on-track problems, the surprising new NXS-CW TV deal, and a Silly Season rumor from left field.
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07/19/23 Episode 226: Truex's second Monday win, and are Supercar drivers taking over NASCAR With Doug on vacation, Devin and Dan discuss Martin Truex's second Monday win of the season. Chase Elliott is 60 points behind the playoff cutoff line, how the pressure may be affecting him. The boys also talk Pocono Raceway and ask the question, are Australian Supercar drivers taking over the NASCAR scene.
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07/05/23 Episode 223: Chicago and SVG's stunner, AMS week, and two Aric (Erik)'s Doug, Dan, and Devin breakdown the Chicago Street Race and Shane Van Gisbergen's incredible win. They talk about what the race's success means for the sport both home and abroad. They discuss NASCAR's timing of shortening the race and gear up for the big AMS race weekend. Then Devin interviews Erik Jones about the schedule and Doug asks Aric Almirola about what of his driver items he is allowed to keep.
06/28/23 Episode 222: Nash-cago, the Melon Man, Jones and AMS Doug and Dan talk with Devin about what he saw at Nashville Superspeedway and the crowd reaction to Ross Chastain's win. Devin also shares what Saturday's NXS winner, A.J. Allmendinger, had to say about the Chicago Street Race. Then Erik Jones joins to talk about his foundation, driver stats, and Atlanta Motor Speedway. AMS GM Brandon Hutchison also shares what the race weekend will look like and what his favorite AMS memory is.
06/22/23 Episode 221: Big SHR and JGR moves, the Playoff bubble, and golfing at AMS Doug, Dan, and Devin talk about Josh Berry's move to the SHR No. 4 car and who they thought the leading candidates were beforehand. Dan breaks down why raw driver talent is not as prominent as in the past. The crew talks about the investors buying into JGR and the major sponsor model. They then discuss drivers on the Playoff bubble and in Chase Elliott can win in the regular season. Then Devin talks about driving golf balls off the AMS roof and shares some schedule insights from Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
06/15/23 Episode 220: Stage-less Sonoma, Le Mans, and Austin Dillon Doug, Dan, and Devin talk about the Toyota-resurgence in Sonoma and why the racing was so clean. They also talk about the lack of stage cautions, Garage 56's Le Mans plight (and what the budget might have been), and a Le Mans driver coming to Cup. Doug also shares some comments from Austin Dillon on paint schemes, his racing business aspirations, and the contact with Cindric.
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