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Discussing the latest NASCAR news, including a weekly recap of races, events and a look ahead to what's next in the sport. Host Nate Ryan is joined by NBC Sports analysts such as Jeff Burton, Dale Jarrett, Steve Letarte and Kyle Petty.
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What Steve Letarte remembers about his first exposure to the Brickyard 400 and why it’s such a magical moment and place for NASCAR (2:30); what it’ll be like for the 10 full-time Cup drivers who will be racing on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval for the first time in NASCAR’s premier series (5:00); why the Brickyard requires such a phenomenal s…
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Recalling the scene and Cup champion’s reactions to SVG’s big win (1:00); the backstory of how Shane van Gisbergen made his NASCAR debut (6:00); how he likes life in the States (11:00); his adaptation to rough-and-tumble racing for victories (12:30); his progression on ovals (17:00); why Cup stars still think he’s the driver to beat in Chicago (23:…
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NACAR on NBC analyst Jeff Burton on the Cup debut of Iowa Speedway (2:00); the concerns about the repave and why it was done (4:30); the surprising recent track record of successful repaves (7:30); the essence of the Midwestern race fan (10:30); a brief jog through Burton’s trophy collection (16:00); Martin Truex Jr.’s decision to step away from fu…
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Two-time defending Indy 500 winner Josef Newgarden on a special moment Monday morning with his 2-year-old son Kota on the yard of bricks (5:30); why Newgarden texted runner-up Pato O’Ward after the race (7:30); on the latest chapter of 1-2 finishes with O’Ward and whether Newgarden feels empathy for having the upper hand (11:30); being among “the t…
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Tony Stewart on how he came to do The Double and what was the appeal (3:00); how Stewart got in shape for his second attempt and the tense moments when he decided he wouldn’t leave Indy when the rain came while leading the race in 2001 (7:00); why the logistics of the trip went so smoothly and the warm reception he got from fans (14:30); how Kurt B…
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What’s at stake for KyleLarsonin attempting a herculean feat of auto racing and why he loves running the big events (2:30); why Mario Andretti has been so impressed by Larson (6:00); the Hendrick Motorsports star’s quest for greatness (8:30); the three dreams that Larson will be fulfilling simultaneously by running the Indy 500 (13:30); the route t…
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Denny Hamlin gets hot in short track season behind the best pit crew in the Cup Series (1:30); the increased importance of pit stops in the Next Gen era (5:00);why Martin Truex Jr. was unhappy with Denny Hamlin (9:30);Kyle Larson’swild finish (12:00); Chase Briscoe interview (15:30); the outlook for Stewart-Haas Racing and taking a leadership role …
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Toyota’s strong showing at Phoenix (2:30);the No. 20 scores a “cathartic” victory that shows the team remains championship caliber (6:30); the impact of a new short track rules package (9:00); the latest on adding horsepower (10:30); the struggles in the pits for Kyle Busch and his team (13:30); checking back on Kyle Larson’s Vegas win (16:00); Raj…
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The anxious moments of waiting to be declared a Daytona 500 winner (1:30); Byron explains how he went from winning races online to winning in real life nearly overnight (3:30); the “impostor syndrome” of racing against Jimmie Johnson, his former neighbor (5:00); why Byron entered the 2024 season with a chip on his shoulder (6:30); how Byron overcam…
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Why the 2004 season was a crossroads of so many eras beginning and ending for NASCAR (1:30); former NASCAR on NBC announcer Allen Bestwick and sports journalist Brant James recall the impact of a visit by President George W. Bushto the Daytona 500 (5:30); the scene as President Bush arrived at the track (9:30); the president’s prerace interview (11…
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Ryan Blaney on an emotional night in Nashville (3:00), thanking those who helped him earn the championship (7:00), his first meeting with Roger Penske (9:30), the responsibilities of being the reigning champion and what’s to come (11:00); Kyle Busch on his newfound popularity in 2023 (12:30), the sale of Kyle Busch Motorsports and why the timing is…
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With his IMSA team sidelined from the Rolex 24 at Daytona for the first time in 20 years, Mike Shank discusses the disappointment of being unable to defend its title after winning the race in 2022-23 (2:30); where Shank will be instead of heading to Daytona (4:00); tracing the long, successful history of Meyer Shank Racing from the Rolex 24 to winn…
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Background on why the 2024 season comes at a critical juncture for Wayne Taylor Racing Andretti (1:00);what a hectic offseason has felt like (6:00); how much the team has grown and what that impact has been like on a close-knit team that prides itself on family (10:00); why it’s so important to maintain the team’s efficient culture of maximizing it…
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Another all-star field gathers for the world’s first “Race of Champions” of the year (2:00); Jenson Button and Felipe Massa head the list of Formula One winners on the entry list (4:00); why driving the GTP hybrid prototype is so difficult (7:00); another heavy IndyCar component and why the hybrid will enhance those ties this year (11:30); Indy 500…
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Ryan Blaney’s no-doubt, clutch victory at Martinsville confirms his championship-level talent (1:00); how Blaney deftly managed his final charge to the lead (4:15); the offseason mental preparation and improvement put in by Blaney and how it paid off (7:00); the newfound speed of the Penske Fords lately (11:00); William Byron’s gutty performance to…
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The Kyle Larson-Ryan Blaney incident that was the turning point (1:00); how the essence of Larson factored into the incident (4:30); why Stage 1’s strategy revealed a lot about the Chris Gabehart-Denny Hamlin dynamic (8:30); what happened to Denny Hamlin’s car in his crash and Gabehart’s message to Hamlin (10:30); another Martin Truex Jr. radio mom…
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Does Las Vegas winner Kyle Larson have a massive championship edge with two weeks to prepare for Phoenix? (1:00); does he ignore Homestead and Martinsville in preparing the next two weeks? (5:00); Larson’s moment of nearly wrecking off Turn 2 (7:00); how he was able to save the car by going against instincts (9:30); Christopher Bell’s charge to nea…
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Parker explains his busy schedule on a Monday/Tuesday coming out of a race weekend (1:30); delving into DIL and a love-hate relationship with simulation (5:00); an idea for the NASCAR Simulator Olympics (7:30); A.J. Allmendinger’s emotional Roval winner’s interview and story (10:00); the first time Parker raced against Allmendinger online nearly 20…
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Ryan Blaney’s move to pass Kevin Harvick (1:30); how Harvick might be out of practice with some superspeedway tactics (4:00); the sentimentality of Happy’s near-victory in his last season (7:15); the happiness of being done with Talladega for life (9:00); the dichotomy of Blaney’s great decisions but careless mistakes (12:00); can Blaney eliminate …
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What happened with Kyle Larson’s spin while leading on a restart (1:30); another race where things go awry despite Larson having the fastest car (4:30); analyzing why the Next Gen seems harder for drivers to catch when out of control (9:00); how the last restart got away from Bubba Wallace (12:30); William Byron becoming the championship favorite w…
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Kevin Harvick’s stunningly slow car in a first-round exit (1:00); what happened to Harvick’s team this season? (5:00); why it’s tougher for teams to dig out of a hole right now in the early development of the Next Gen (7:30); Denny Hamlin’s belief that the driver matters more (10:00); “the driver today is much more like an NFL quarterback than ever…
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Why Kansas has been such a treacherous playoff track (1:30); managing pressure, avoiding complacency (4:30); what’s happened to Martin Truex Jr.’s team (7:30); how does the team rebound approach Bristol for rebounding (13:00); what happened with where NASCAR towed Truex’s car after his flat tire (16:30); analyzing the moves and strategy calls in th…
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How Brad Keselowski and Chris Buescher worked so well together and yet with no one else (1:30); how is RFK’s success being perceived by other Ford teams with more money and people (4:30); how the Next Gen might be having a surprising impact on the balance of power (7:30); why KP thinks that Brad Keselowski was meant to be a team owner (13:00); the …
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Significance of William Byron’s first road course victory (1:30); how Byron never has stopped incorporating iRacing into his development, making him the new-age NASCAR star (4:30); how Byron being a late bloomer makes him a bit of a throwback and also might give him an edge on avoiding burnout (8:30); how DJ closed the experience gap when getting s…
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Why did this race end with such a long green-flag run? (2:30); two critical moments that tipped the race in favor of Michael McDowell over Daniel Suarez (6:00); how Next Gen has been a game-changer that has lifted Front Row (9:30); Denny Hamlin’s inadvertent shot at McDowell’s road course prowess (12:00); being a driver involved in team direction a…
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Why was the racing so good at Michigan, which featured a record 16 leaders (1:00); impact of the car and stage racing (3:30); breaking down the strategy elements of Chris Buescher’s victory over Martin Truex Jr. and the crucial decisions on when to make the final pit stops (7:00); how Buescher and Tyler Reddick helped each other to stay ahead of Tr…
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What we know about Richmond winner Chris Buescher (2:30) and why his persona might be both underrated and appreciate (5:30); where does Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing rank in Cup (8:30); how teams approached the race on strategy expecting long green-flag runs (11:00); how did the style of racing at Richmond change (14:00); Martin Truex Jr.’s confus…
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The surprise of this being Truex’s first Cup win at New Hampshire (1:30); what it’s like for a driver to win at the track where he grew up at (4:30); how has Martin Truex Jr. recaptured his championship form of 2017-21? (9:30); what are the odds of Truex returning in 2024 (15:30); Truex and crew chief James Small being on the same page for a critic…
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What’s it like for a crew chief to anticipate strategy calls in a rain-shortened race (1:30); “there’ll be as many road course races as rain races this season” (5:00); having a “war room” staffer who’s the meteorologist (6:30); and could the war room be at the track in the future (7:30); NASCAR’s decision to keep the pits closed while running under…
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Putting Shane van Gisbergen’s historic victory in NASCAR context (1:30); appreciate SVG’s racecraft as much as his pure speed (4:00); giving Justin Marks a lot of credit for “the perfect pick” (7:00); a big year for NASCAR’s international footprint (8:45); why the Next gen is a friendlier platform of car for international drivers to adapt (10:30); …
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Sizing up Nashville and why Ross Chastain’s car came to life at night. (1:30); how the No. 1 team optimized handling for Chastain (4:30); Chastain and his more patient approach to navigating traffic and less friendly drivers (7:30); an interesting conversation that DJ had with Ross (10:00); the conversation that Ross had with Justin Marks (12:30); …
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What’s going on with Ross Chastain since Darlington? (2:00); or is it what’s happened to Trackhouse Racing? (4:00); why the timing of Chastain suddenly being managed more directly by the team (7:00); NASCAR’s view of Chastain (11:00); was the team too public? (13:00); the Rick Hendrick factor (15:00); Denny Hamlin in the era of the driver podcast (…
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On a reinvigorated Martin Truex Jr. a year after he openly contemplated retirement (1:00); a driver who can win emphatically when his car is right, especially at Sonoma (5:00); do Truex’s victories this year increase the likelihood that he sticks around beyond 2023? (7:30); is Kyle Busch a title contender now (10:00); how Busch and RCR have answere…
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Kyle Busch’s impressive start with Richard Childress Racing (1:00); did Kyle Busch and RCR send a short-track message? (3:00); has the discussion and hype around Tyler Reddick been a motivator for Busch and RCR (5:00); on how the lack of Internet connectivity hurt teams during the Cup race (7:30); did RCR’s old-school approach in that respect (10:0…
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On thescene for North Wilkesboro Speedway’s biggest weekend in 27 years (1:00); DJ’s reaction to returning to Wilkesboro, a track where he had limited success (3:30); should a repave be in the track’s future? (7:30); what was the vibe like at track’s most recent Cup points race in 1996? (10:00); how NASCAR got from leaving Wilkesboro for Fontana, T…
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On broadcasting part of the Darlington Cup race with his father, Richard “The King” Petty (1:30);how and why Darlington remains the same now as then (4:00); on the Petty family’s relative lack of success at Darlington (5:45); on the 75 greatest drivers scene on throwback weekend (8:00); analyzing what happened in Kyle Larson vs. Ross Chastain (10:3…
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General impressions of Doveras concerns about tire troubles largely were avoided (1:00); two tires or four to win the race on the final restart (2:30); Martin Truex Jr. holding off Ross Chastain on the final restart (4:30); the bickering between Truex and crew chief James Small (8:00); how it might just be a sign of a good working relationship beca…
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Kyle Busch’s emergence as superspeedway ace at RCR (1:30); RCR’s recent success at superspeedways (4:30); the “breath of fresh air” and morale boost that RCR gave Kyle Busch (8:30); the resurgence of RCR after some previous peaks and valleys (11:30) and how a decades-old organization can adapt to being so deferential to Kyle Busch in his first seas…
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Kyle Larson finally figures out Martinsville (1:30); how Kyle Larson “changed his golf swing” to improve (5:00); applying a fade, cut and draw to race car driving (8:00); another track where DJ had to adjust “his swing” (9:30); why Martinsville has the light-bulb moments (11:00); is Kyle Larson back in 2021 championship form? (14:00); the Ryan Pree…
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Why did the Bristol Dirt Race finally produce a winner with a dirt background? (1:00); why the surface was conducive for better racing, particularly in the final stage (3:00); did Ryan Preece intentionally take out Kyle Larson? (6:00); did Preece’s team inflame the situation by encouraging retaliation? (8:30); is Larson more of an aggressive driver…
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Is Tyler Reddick currently the best road course racer in NASCAR? (1:00); will there be a knock-on effect for other Toyota drivers in the future? (3:30); the three-stop strategy that paid off for Reddick and the No. 45 team (6:00); the sequence of final restarts and the adjustment Reddick made (9:00); why this victory was important in validating 23X…
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Kim’s 2023 NASCAR plans (1:30); and her off weekend (3:30); Joey Logano finally conquers Atlanta and makes some of us feel old (4:30); has Logano become the prototypical Cup Series driver? (7:00); the admittedly “two-faced” nature of Logano (8:30); and the “jerk” side behind the wheel (9:30); on the battle with former teammate Brad Keselowski (12:0…
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Time codes (estimated): William Byron’s maturation into Cup Series winner (2:00); the importance of managing emotions even for a low-key driver (4:30); races that come down to restarts and take more out of the driver’s hands (6:30); Harvick’s weak restart at the wrong time (8:30); review of the low downforce package debut (10:00); has Parker’s pred…
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KP’s general takeaways from Las Vegas and why it’s the “first” race of the 2023 season (1:30); KP’s trip to Bike Week! (3:30); why didn’t more cars stay out with Martin Truex Jr. on the final restart? (5:30); particularly those in the last half of the lead lap (7:30); William “Lord” Byron reigns again, but he’s been here before, too (9:30); initial…
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Is Kyle Busch’s first win coming so early a surprise? (2:30); how does a driver avoid getting down on himself but still manage to rebound (5:00); why this win is important for Richard Childress Racing but Joe Gibbs Racing, too (7:15); what the win means for RCR’s legacy and future (9:15); and for Richard Childress (10:15); how Kyle Busch thrives of…
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The Daytona 500 is back, but more practice needs to be, too (1:30); Steve’s plan for getting more Daytona 500 entries (3:30); and for improving Duels action (5:30); turning points in the Daytona 500 (7:30); the importance of pit cycles and caution flags (9:30); impact of the choose rule being used at Daytona (11:00); dissecting the winning move by …
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The confidence of crew chief Paul Wolfe heading into Joey Logano’s championship performance (1:00); Logano’s belief and how he might have leveraged it at Phoenix (3:45); the importance of wining at Las Vegas and other factors (6:00); the critical pit crew change for the No. 22 (7:45); why having a head start on Phoenix still is an advantage with th…
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How and why Ross Chastain’s wild ride worked at Martinsville (1:00); previous attempts with similar maneuvers and the impact of the new car (3:00); what the move shows about Chastain’s evolution as a race car driver this season (5:00); why hasn’t this been tried before at Martinsville? (7:00); where does NASCAR go from here with the Phoenix champio…
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How mentally draining was it for Kyle Larson to run the wall for three hours, and what it says about him, his career and the 2022 season (1:30); one of the best races of Larson’s career? (4:00); why running the wall at Homestead is different than Darlington (6:00); the positive impact of the Next Gen on Homestead racing (8:00); KP’s relationship wi…
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A return to playoff normalcy (1:30); how Joey Logano put himself in position to win (3:00); the battle fort he lead with Ross Chastain (5:00); the strength of Chastain’s No. 1 pit crew (6:30); on the improvement of 1.5-mile tracks this season (8:30); Trackhouse Racing’s continued breakthrough (10:00); Ryan Blaney’s sudden ending to a solid day (11:…
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