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Episode 229: Pure Michigan excellence, Gragson saga, two HOFs

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Episode 229: Pure Michigan excellence, Gragson saga, two HOFs
August 15, 2023
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.
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02/28/24 Episode 252: The ins and outs of an epic AMS Cup race Doug, Dan, and Devin breakdown an exciting and historic AMS race and finish and the ingredients that made it play out this way. They also talk about Suarez's win and what that means for his future, TV ratings bumps, and SHR and Logano's penalties. They also discuss a pit road fight and suspension.
02/23/24 Episode 251: Daytona vs. Atlanta, Kyle Busch - live from Cheddar's Devin and Doug huddle in an Atlanta Motor Speedway Media Center closet and talk about William Byron's statement Daytona 500 win and why grading that race was tough. They also preview the Atlanta race weekend and try to gauge how AMS will race - like Daytona or not? And Kyle Busch joins on location from the McDonough Cheddar's to talk about Daytona and Atlanta racing, backup cars, how a driver's schedule has changed in his 20 years, and how long he wants to keep racing.
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02/06/24 Episode 249: Hamlin stars again, next Clash, Doug Rice's last lap Doug, Devin, and Dan break down the Hamlin-won Clash and the drama before in qualifying. They also discuss the hot tempers during and after and if those translate to the regular season. The crew tosses around the idea of where to race internationally and at what cost. And they toss some cheers to PRN's Doug Rice. who announced that 2024 will be his last year broadcasting full-time.
02/02/24 Episode 248: Capitol review, Clash preview, Charters askew, F1 hullabaloo Doug and Dan ask Devin about his trip to the Georgia Capitol to honor the UNG softball team. Then they preview the Clash and its format changes, talk about the NASCAR-team charter frostiness, mince through F1's Andretti-rejection, and piece together Hamilton's move to Ferrari in 2025.
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11/01/23 Episode 241: Martinsville madness, sizing Hamlin, and chasing Phoenix Doug, Dan, and Devin rate Devin's UNG Women's Soccer call and discuss the Playoff and teammate drama from Martinsville. They also recollect Aric Almirola's career and that of the retiring crew chief Jason Ratcliff. Then they make some Phoenix championship picks for all three series and debate why Hamlin just cannot climb the mountain.
10/24/23 Episode 240: Homestead to Martinsville - classic races and high stakes Doug, Devin, and Dan break down the tight racing from Homestead-Miami and try to predict where title favorites Hamlin and Truex Jr. can make up ground. They also discuss the Xfinity Series and Craftsman Truck Series Homestead races and the latest in Silly Season in those divisions and a hot prospect that may be on the move. They end the episode with a tribute to Georgia dirt tracker Frank Ingram.
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