Welcome to the place everybody wants to be: Victory Lane! Davey Segal hosts your one stop shop for all things NASCAR, including news, discussion, interviews and more.
And *poof* the 2021 NASCAR season has come to a close. Davey is back from Phoenix and recaps the Championship 4 weekend festivities that saw Kyle Larson earn his 10th victory of the season and first career Cup Series title. He speaks on why second chances are a good thing, the Cliff Daniels/Larson marriage that may be lethal for years to come, the other drivers coming up short and more. Plus, Daniel Hemric and Ben Rhodes earned championships of their own in the Xfinity and Truck Series, respectively. Davey breaks down Hemric's pursuit of that elusive victory, the race-winning move on Austin Cindric and his backflip celebration. Rhodes' press conference may have been more memorable than his race, thanks to his new "Bud" and champagne. But both drivers, despite not being dominators over the course of the season, were deserving champions, as Davey explains. Papa Segal pays homage to a legend who may have the most nicknames in NASCAR history, Davey hits on Lug Nuts including silly season news, crew chief suspensions, the Busch Light Clash format and more.
48 min 38 sec
It's Championship 4 week, which means Julie Giese is one busy woman. Despite that, she still found some time to chat with Davey (14:55) about Phoenix Raceway hosting their first "real" championship weekend. Hear why she calls it "nervous energy," how the city of Phoenix has embraced the race track/event and how preparations for the title race weekend differ from their spring date. Giese didn't have being a track president on her radar five years ago, moreover growing up a race fan on a dairy farm. After deciding that the agricultural route wasn't for her in college, she opted to pursue her passion of racing. But not before getting rejected...a lot. She still has those rejection letters and explains why she keeps them, how she got her first job in the sport and worked her way up from the bottom. From Watkins Glen to Daytona to ISC and now Phoenix, Giese has done it all, gotten her hands dirty and learned along the way. She describes what life was like starting in the sport at a tumultuous time, heading up multiple multi-million track renovation projects, how Phoenix's track president opportunity came about, being a role model to other females in her position, her unique relationship with Derek Kraus' family and more, including the importance of West Coast racing to the fabric of motorsports and that one time she and Davey were stuck in a hauler during a Tucson Speedway rain delay. Davey recaps a wild weekend at Martinsville, previews the Championship 4 for all three national series and Papa Segal pays homage to an eclectic racer from the Northeast.
1 hr 9 min
Ryan Ellis joins Davey (14:20) for an episode full of laughs, memories, reflection and even some trivia. A new father, Ellis details what life has been like with minimal sleep while working his 9-5 job AND racing. Also a third-generation driver, Ellis explains how his late grandfather and father started racing, how Ryan got involved and his fond memories of the early days of go-karting. After getting selected to appear on a Discovery Channel show in the Jetta-TDI Cup Series, Ellis seemed to be on the ride, but his confidence was fluctuating. He explains why, and details his Grand-Am experiences and how Jimmy Means gave him a start in NASCAR, something he admittedly wasn't seeking out. From Obaika Racing to BK Racing and everywhere in between, Ellis has been through the ringer. He tells the good, bad and ugly stories of his time working for countless car owners and why he made it a point to stay out of the way in his first ever Cup start, which also happened to be his hero Jeff Gordon's penultimate one. The journey to where he is now has made Ellis appreciate the sport more, and he explains why. Plus, why being an Asian-American never ended up helping him in the NASCAR Diversity program, his thoughts on CBD sponsorships, his love of hockey, why he decided to get a college degree and how it's helped him in the real world and in racing, how his Kansas Cup start with Rick Ware Racing came about, the awesome partnerships he has on the BJ McLeod Motorsports Xfinity car this weekend at Martinsville and more. Davey also beings his girlfriend Robin, noted Washington Capitals super fan, on to go head-to-head with Ellis answering Caps trivia questions. Who won and is the bigger fan? You'll have to find out. Davey also touches on Kyle Larson's ninth victory of the season and third in a row, Ty Gibbs' memorable day, previews the penultimate race of the season at Martinsville and Papa Segal pays homage to "The Mayor" Jeff Burton.
1 hr 44 min
You may have been introduced to Ernie Francis Jr. this past summer thanks to SRX, but there's much more to his story. The seven-time Trans-Am champion joins Davey this week (13:30) to discuss how he got into racing, his father's origins in the sport, sanctioning bodies bending the rules to let him race, the dynamic working for his dad and why he likes to tinker and work on cars. He gives a primer on what the Trans-Am series is about and it's importance, why it's lost popularity over the years and winning his seven titles (in a row!) at such a young age. He also dives into his time running SRX this summer, how he got the invite from Ray Evernham, influence from Willy T. Ribbs, his victory over Scott Speed at Lucas Oil Raceway and how it feels to see fans wear his merchandise. Plus, why he stayed with Tony Stewart in his motorhome during the Knoxville Nationals, how it felt rubbing elbows with racing legends, how he adjusted to running short tracks with a road course background, his time in NASCAR with Rev Racing and why he thinks things didn't work out, whether or not he'd still like to run in stock cars or IndyCar and what his 2022 racing prospects may look like. Davey also briefly recaps Kyle Larson's Texas win, weighs in on the playoff vs non-playoff driver debate, previews Kansas and Papa Segal gives an ode to the man named Mikey.
1 hr 19 min
Newly crowned ARCA Menards Series East champion Sammy Smith joins Davey (9:40) to discuss what life is like for a teenager who also happens to be a NASCAR champion. He also dives into how he got his start in racing, his experience in legends cars (and heartbreak) before graduating to super late models and stock cars, driving for an extensive list of big names in motorsports and the pressure of driving for said big names (i.e. Kyle Busch). He also discusses winning the pro late model championship at only 14-years-old at New Smyrna Speedway, how his ARCA East campaign with Joe Gibbs Racing came about, why his goal was to win the championship from day one despite not knowing if they’d run the full season and when he knew he was going to be the dominator of the season. Smith’s relationship with Ty Gibbs is a close one, and he details how the two met, formed a friendship, whether or not he races him any differently and why the public perception of the 18-year-old is a skewed one. Plus, his living situation in Iowa and how often he travels to North Carolina, the racing scene growing up, impact the Annett family has had on him in racing, his plans for the 2022 season and more. Davey also provides an update on his West Coast road trip and Papa Segal gives listeners a peek behind the curtain to Davey’s past life, as he pays homage to the driver who piloted the No. 29 and sparked his son’s obsession with NASCAR.
1 hr 1 min
Santino Ferrucci joins Davey this week (24:15) to discuss his career in motorsports that saw him move to Europe at an early age and become a child prodigy dubbed "The Great Santino." He details what the racing culture was like in Europe for an American, why he wasn't fond of it as he grew older and some of the huge names he competed with and against while working his way up the ranks. On track to make it to Formula 1, Ferrucci was involved in controversy that involved he and his teammate colliding and skipping a stewards meeting, which ultimately led to his release from the team and move back stateside. Ferrucci dives into the details of what really happened, why it was a blessing in disguise that he was able to come back home and how it led him to his current escapades in IndyCar and NASCAR. It wasn't all bad in Europe, though. As a test driver for Haas F1 Team, Ferrucci recalls the fond memories he has driving a Formula 1 car and why he had to zip tie his helmet to his HANS device while racing it. Plus, why he decided to try his hand in NASCAR, whether or not he sees himself in stock cars for the long haul, how he's adjusted to racing bigger cars and learning the etiquette, why he's rooming with his team owner Sam Hunt in Charlotte, where he's focusing his efforts for the 2022 season and much more. Davey recaps the historic weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, that saw not only Bubba Wallace earn the first win for a Black driver since 1963 in the Cup Series, but also three first-time winners at the same track in the same weekend for the first time ever. He outlines why the rain-shortened victory was still legit for Wallace and 23XI Racing, briefly previews the Round of 12 cutoff at the Charlotte ROVAL and Papa Segal gives an ode to one of his favorite all-time drivers.
1 hr 38 min
Chris Lambert is back with Davey for part two of their conversation (14:10) fresh off his Las Vegas victory, and they begin by discussing the day that changed his life forever. He describes what he remembers about the day he lost his then wife Hailey and 15-month-old son Austin, how he coped with the unimaginable losses, the moment he realized he needed to pick up the pieces and start over and why he decides to share his story in public. The two also discuss his Southern 500 victories, and why they mean more to him than his three Daytona 500's, his trophy collection over the years (and whether the team gets trophies the drivers do), meeting Michael Jordan at a UNC basketball camp (as a now Duke fan) and while working with Denny Hamlin, how his Red Sox and baseball fandom came about and why he feels the chances of the No. 11 team securing that elusive championship are as good as ever in 2021. Davey touches on the Las Vegas tripleheader weekend, takes a peek at the 2022 Xfinity and Truck Series schedules and Papa Segal gives an ode to the legendary Banjo Matthews.
1 hr 1 min
He’s a three-time Daytona 500 champion, veteran of the sport for over two decades and now the first spotter to appear on Victory Lane. Chris Lambert joins Davey for part one (20:30) of their fascinating and all-encompassing conversation. He details how he got into spotting despite not seeking it out, why he didn’t pursue driving, growing up in Kannapolis and becoming involved in racing. He also explains the role spotters play besides just talking over the radio, why he wears four (!) radios during a race (and why he used to wear FIVE), how the job has evolved over the last two decades and his weekly interactions with NASCAR officials over the years. Spending more time with each other than their families, the spotters stand is a close fraternity, as Lambert explains. He’s dealt with some strange happenings at track, involving fires, potholes and even bikini tops coming off (yes, really). Hear why Lambert called his time working at Red Bull Racing “by far the best working environment (he’d) ever been in,” how he spotted two cars simultaneously during the tandem drafting era, all the drivers he’s worked with over the years and why he likes superspeedway racing more now than in previous eras. Plus, how his job differs from driver to driver, the first time he and Denny Hamlin worked together and why it didn’t immediately click, why he was hesitant to spot for Hamlin in the first place but eventually agreed, his experience spotting the 24 Hours of Daytona and why he turned down a chance at spotting the Indianapolis 500 this year, a race that remains atop his spotting bucket list. Come back next week for part two of their chat, where Lambert opens up in one of the more serious episodes ever on Victory Lane. Davey recaps the insane weekend of racing from Bristol, whether Kevin Harvick or Chase Elliott is in the right or wrong, why whether or not you take your helmet off doesn’t matter, his plea to let the drivers settle beef alone and the four drivers eliminated. In addition to a brief preview of Las Vegas, Papa Segal also pays homage to another NASCAR legend per usual.
1 hr 39 min
Davey welcomes on NBC Charlotte sports reporter Ashley Stroehlein (15:35) to discuss her career in the industry and the roller coaster road she'd taken to get to this point. From working as a math teacher and basketball coach to eventually following her dream and landing a full-time job sports reporting, "Stro" describes how specific opportunities came about, why she chickened out of attending broadcasting school for the first time and how she balances everything that life throws her. No day is the same as a sports reporter in the 704, which makes for a fun yet stressful job. Stroehlein explains why "finding beauty in the struggle" is cliché yet true and why being one-dimensional in the field won't cut it nowadays. Plus, how she prepares for her various different roles, her work at Bristol Motor Speedway, relationships with Amy Earnhardt and Amanda Carter and more. Also, how does every photo she posts look like a professional shot it? We get the answer. Davey recaps Richmond's playoff race won by Martin Truex Jr. and ponders why the track has lacked overall action as of late. He also looks ahead to the Round of 16 cutoff at Bristol, dissects the 2022 Cup Series schedule that was released this week and Papa Segal pays homage to a driver who never was able to showcase his full talents behind the wheel.
1 hr 29 min
Amy Long has had quote the journey, both in and out of motorsports, to get to where she is now. She joins Davey this week (17:00) to explain how the the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Superman got her interested in journalism, along with her inherent curiosity, attending Florida State University, working as a one woman band MMJ out of college and how she learned the internet as it became a thing in society. Traveling with the IMSA Patron team and working on the Miss Coors Light activation team got her feet wet in motorsports. Being put in a box by some, Long shares her thoughts on being a female in motorsports, and why she enjoys her role now with NASCAR Fantasy and Trackside Live way more. Long details how her relationship with current World of Outlaws sprint car racer (and former NASCAR driver) Kasey Kahne came to be, including seeing racing from his perspective, having the general public discover how good he really is (and has been), traveling on the road with him and what she can cook up inside the motorhome. Plus, her time as a Disney Princess (yes, really!), why it was the most rewarding job of her career on so many levels, the impact she had on others in the role and how transforming into a character takes more effort than you think. As if that wasn't enough, she was a participant on "The Bachelor" and details the behind-the-scenes on how she got asked to be on the show. Papa Segal gives an ode to one of the best to ever do it, Davey recaps the Southern 500 to open the playoffs, one that was "Holy Bajeezus" worthy and shares an update on his weekly TikTok recap videos.
1 hr 8 min
It's been a long time coming, but Rajah Caruth finally joins Davey this week (12:10) for an all-encompassing conversation. The duo touch on his upbringing in Washington DC, getting hooked on NASCAR, sim racing, mentorship from Bubba Wallace, his rapid progression up the ranks, the announcement of him moving to the Xfinity Series part-time in 2022 with Alpha Prime Racing and more. Caruth explains how his relationship with Tommy Joe Martins began and progressed to this point, why moving up to Xfinity next season is the right choice, all the while with his focus remaining on ARCA with Rev Racing, and how much he's learned every step along the way. A surprise road trip to Richmond in 2014 changed his life forever, and he recalls the moment he knew being a race car driver was what he wanted to do, including the subsequent steps he took to try and accomplish his goal. Dealing with everything life has thrown Caruth's way, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, hasn't been easy, though. He gets real about struggles on and off track over the last couple years, dealing with racism as one of a few African-American drivers in NASCAR, moving to North Carolina from DC and starting college full-time while racing, his mentorship from Bubba Wallace, how their relationship progressed and more. Plus, the two chat about his first late model victory, what the DMV actually is, whether or not he can actually dunk, if he could've had a career as an Olympic caliber runner, some unique opportunities he's gotten over the year, including acting for BET, a Louis Vuitton photoshoot, being honored at a Wizards game and reflecting on where he is in his racing career. Davey recaps the regular season finale from Daytona and previews the 10-race stretch, beginning this weekend at Darlington, while Papa Segal (and Mama Segal!) give an ode to the man called "Mongo."
1 hr 35 min
The IMSA mechanic, Twitter professional, biscuit connoisseur and all-around cool guy Bozi Tatarevic joins Davey Segal this week (15:25) to discuss his career in racing and immigrating to the United States from Serbia. He details the motorsports culture (or lack thereof) in Serbia growing up and how he became involved once moving to the U.S. Working with Vasser Sullivan in IMSA, Bozi details his day-to-day duties, experience working the Rolex 24 at Daytona (including lots of napping and snacking) how he got involved working in the IMSA garage and why he thinks IMSA has seen a rise in popularity recently. He also explains how and why Racing Spaces has become such a success on Twitter, his love of social media, why people seem to resonate with his in-depth coverage on a "quick hits" platform and answers "the question" about Criss Angel. He's also a writer, and explains what led him to begin creating content for numerous publications and whether or not the NextGen car is worth the hype. Bozi is also the biggest biscuit fan you'll meet. He details what makes a good biscuit, why he loves pie and other baked goods, his approach to dating apps, NASCAR softball league, being thought of as a robot by some (and taking advantage of it with merch) and more. Davey also recaps Ryan Blaney's victory at Michigan and provides evidence as to why Daytona is a good venue for the regular season finale and Papa Segal pays homage to a NASCAR Hall of Famer.
1 hr 32 min
A trailblazer in his own right, Armani Williams, the first openly autistic NASCAR driver, joins Davey this week (14:35) ahead of his Camping World Truck Series debut at Worldwide Technology Raceway at Gateway. Williams dishes on why time time is right to make his debut, understanding his equipment and trying to stay out of the way of playoff contenders, what drew him to racing in general, how a trip to play mini golf sparked his interest in driving and the process that followed getting him behind the wheel. While racing with autism has its challenges, there are also some benefits that help Williams behind the wheel. Williams discusses them, why using racing as a platform to get out the message about autism is important to him and his family, the story behind his “tell me I can’t so I can show you I can” mantra, his time in the Pinty’s Series with mentorship from DJ Kennington and being comfortable in the spotlight. Plus why he’s studying mechanical engineering at Oakland University while pursuing a racing career, being one of a few African-Americans in NASCAR’s national series, whether or not he’s okay being viewed as the autistic race car driver and a funny story of when he forgot to celebrate one of his first victories. Davey also recaps the wild Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course event won by AJ Allmendinger and curb calamity, previews Michigan and Papa Segal pays homage one of the best drivers of all-time.
1 hr 23 min
You probably know Joe Graf Jr. as that guy who failed to qualify in a RCR Xfinity car, but Davey shines a light on the SS Green Light driver on and off track this week. The two chat (17:30) about how Graf got started in racing being from the Northeast and how he currently is balancing being a full-time college student at NYU with racing full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He also dives into why attending school is important to him, despite the logistical hurdles involved with managing it. Graf discusses his first career ARCA win and one that he thinks he *should* have won, including racing with a broken foot and making some people mad along the way. As an intern with Richard Childress Racing, Graf got the opportunity to race in the Xfinity Series, but made headlines by failing to qualify. He's in good spirits about the weekend now, and explains why his mindset has switched to making light of the situation rather than avoiding it altogether. Graf also dishes on his fight with Gray Gaulding earlier this year at Martinsville. Who won? What did he think of Gaulding's comments? And what made Graf mad about the whole ordeal more than anything? Plus, his relationship with Antonio Williams Jr. of the Buffalo Bills, how working with a sports psychiatrist has aided him, his obsession with sneakers, love for New Jersey pizza/bagels and more. Davey also recaps the weekend of action from Watkins Glen and explains why the venue is one of the best in all of NASCAR. He also debates whether or not racing on the Indianapolis Road Course means as much as racing on the oval. Plus, Papa Segal gives an ode to Smoke.
1 hr 27 min
For somebody who had no NASCAR aspirations growing up, Josh Bilicki has done pretty well for himself. He joins Davey this week (9:00) to discuss his career in racing and lack of stock car/short track experience, despite growing up literally right next to an iconic venue. He details why he didn’t pursue NASCAR from the start and chose sports cars instead, spending his own dime to go race, how spec miatas compare to Cup cars and how a Facebook message helped him secure a ride for his first NASCAR race. Bilicki has some insane stories from his time with Victor Obaika, including his first time driving for the team at Road America, missing seat belts and window nets, unkept promises, checks that never showed up and how it all led to Roger Penske of all people buying him an ice cream cone (yes, really). He also explains why he treats Cup races like IMSA events running for Rick Ware Racing, his relationship with his teammates, reflecting on being a full-time Cup Series driver, his goals and aspirations for the future and more, including his success racing snowmobiles and an attempt at pronouncing “Antetokounmpo.”
1 hr 5 min
It may not be a high school commitment announcement, but Brad Perez is on the podcast this week to share his exciting news: he’s going ARCA racing! The beloved NASCAR personality on social media details how his opportunity to run at Watkins Glen with Josh Williams Motorsports came about, why he decided to pursue the chance, his relationship with the team owner/driver, how social media posts aided in his efforts to secure the necessary sponsorship and what he did when he got the call that his deal was official. He also explains what he does for Martins Motorsports and Rackley W.A.R. in the Xfinity and Truck Series, how a tire specialists role holds many different duties, why relationships are crucial to success during a race and more. Plus, he explains why racing is “the coolest addiction ever,” moving to Charlotte to pursue it, his time developing in spec miatas and how it translates to NASCAR, his multiple jobs throughout it all outside of racing and more, including his dance skills, softball league and why he seems to always shank Davey at the race track.
1 hr 6 min
You've probably seen her post about her cat, Criss Angel, cars and racing, and this week Alanis King joins the podcast to talk about all that and more. Davey and King discuss her current role at Business Insider and time spent at Jalopnik, where she blogged anything and everything from pink splitters to NASCAR to Yu-Gi-Oh! (yes, really). She also dives into how she's handled the countless haters and threats thrown her way over the years, all while learning how to handle and blog on the internet while finishing college. She also discusses why " the cat lady who writes about cars" could not be more accurate, how "Racing Spaces" began on Twitter and asking Denny Hamlin "the question," driving a Monster Truck, drag racing in her moms Hyundai, riding in a Ferrari with Sebastian Vettel and a MotoGP bike around COTA. Nobody is more obsessed with Criss Angel than Alanis, and she explains why/how the fandom began. After she reveals her ridiculous take on pizza (and it is RIDICULOUS), Davey accidentally makes her cry at the thought of Criss Angel in the Times Square Olive Garden. If you couldn't already tell, things got a bit weird in this conversation. But King is busy finishing a book centered around Rich Energy, the infamous Formula 1 sponsor, and shares an excerpt from the book with Davey. Aric Almirola upset the playoff grid with his win at New Hampshire, and NASCAR officiating didn't have the best day. Davey breaks down The Magic Mile and Papa Segal digs deep into his suitcase of courage in this weeks wayback segment.
1 hr 19 min
Check your mail, because The Postman is here! Davey sits down with Steve Post (19:10) to dive into his career in motorsports, spanning over 30 years. From a young fan attending races on Pennsylvania short and dirt tracks to manning pit road for the Motor Racing Network, Post has done and seen it all, and continues to do so with radiant positivity. He explains how he got into racing, his days working as an announcer locally, how he handled life when he moved to North Carolina and why he always had an eye on joining MRN. Before his time wearing the famed blue shirt, Post was a public relations representative for Kenny Wallace and Ricky Rudd in NASCAR, and shares countless stories of his time on the road/at the track with the two drivers. He also explains how he wound up getting hired by MRN, a job he’s held for almost 20 years, and what it was like to be a part of the sport in its booming years throughout the 2000s. Post also outlines his other jobs and passions, including sprint car racing, diecast cars, the Summer Shootout at Charlotte and more. Plus, what’s up with his wild and wacky hair? Simply better living, that’s what. Davey touches on Kurt Busch’s surprise Atlanta victory and goes into a diatribe about the seeming lack of communication between the drivers, tracks and sanctioning body. What needs to be done to fix things? Papa Segal gives an ode to “The Biff” and a badass car the former Roush driver owns.
1 hr 26 min
The NASCAR garage is full of characters, and Josh Williams is one of the biggest. The Xfinity Series mainstay joins Davey this week (9:00) to reminisce on his racing career, a path that isn't often replicated nowadays. From working on and building his own stuff and cutting his teeth in ARCA with his family team, Williams has scratched and clawed his way to success in motorsports at all levels throughout his career. From his wins in legends and bandoleros, spending time with Chris Buescher while getting scolded by Ken Ragan, participating in "Humpy's Heroes" as a teenager, the four-wheeler accident that put him in the ICU for five days and what made him laugh when he finally woke up, Williams' stories seem to never stop. Plus, additional tales of his first ARCA win, what made pulling all nighters worth it, his time starting and parking in multiple series, crew chiefing in the Xfinity Series on the side while driving, his relationship with team owner Mario Gosselin and more. Why is he confident that he'll not only win an Xfinity race, but also win in the Cup Series one day? "J-Dubb" lets you know, and let's it all fly--just like his patented mullet. Davey also recaps Chase Elliott's victory at Road America, gives his thoughts on Atlanta Motor Speedway's re-profiling project and Papa Segal gives an ode to an American and NASCAR hero.
1 hr 13 min
We're keeping it ~spicy~ this week, as professional emcee and award-winning speaker Jose Castillo joins Davey this week (16:45) to chat about his career, how he got involved with NASCAR through Bristol Motor Speedway, transforming the big screen experience for fans, when he realized public speaking was the path for him and where the passion came from. He also discusses his eclectic background, why "keeping it spicy" is truly a personality trait of his, how he's pivoted to the virtual world during the pandemic, cultivating relationships with the drivers while having fun, the positivity he radiates and more. Plus, what's the spiciest interview Castillo has ever had over the years? Davey also breaks down the double dose of action from Pocono Raceway, ponders why the racing was so compelling and looks ahead to Road America. In this week's wayback segment, Papa Segal gives an ode to one of the greatest racers of all-time.
1 hr 18 min
Canada’s finest, Alex Labbe, joins Davey this week (17:00) to discuss racing north of the border and the culture that comes along with it. Labbe details his career path spanning go-karts, late models and more, before landing in the Pinty’s Series, where he raced against big names and some of his racing heroes. After winning the series championship in 2017, he and his sponsor Can-Am decided to go Xfinity Series racing, where they still compete today for DGM Racing and Mario Gosselin. The two discuss the travel logistics Labbe goes through crossing the border to get to races, how popular motorsports are in Canada, the harsh penalty NASCAR laid down on Labbe and DGM at the Daytona Road course and why it was overturned, why he chose to get a college degree in the U.S. while racing full-time in Canada, his career aspirations and more. Davey recaps another dominant performance from Kyle Larson at Nashville and gives his thoughts on the track’s first weekend hosting races in a decade. He also briefly previews Pocono and Papa Segal gives an ode to one of the most important figures in NASCAR history.
1 hr 12 min
One of the best to ever grace the screen, legendary broadcaster Allen Bestwick joins Davey this week (25:00) to discuss his illustrious career and his new venture as the play-by-play voice of SRX. He answers how the opportunity to get back in the booth for the new series initially came about, how he thinks the initial weekend at Stafford went and how his preparation for SRX events differ from calling other forms of motorsports and sports in general. Bestwick is used to local New England short tracks, given that he began calling races at Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts at 16 years of age. He details his career path from that point forward, including stops at MRN working alongside Barney Hall and Ned Jarrett, NBC with Benny Parsons, ESPN with Rusty Wallace and a plethora of other legendary names on track and behind the microphone in between. He explains why no specific race that he’s called stands out to him, but reveals what does stick with him reflecting on his years traveling the circuit. Davey and Allen also discuss the importance of letting the broadcast breathe and why silence can speak volumes while calling an event. Bestwick also provides an update on what he’s been up to since ESPN exited NASCAR in the mid 2010s, including calling US Opens, college basketball and more. Plus, would he be open to a return to the broadcast booth on a regular basis calling NASCAR races? Davey touches on another victory by Kyle Larson in the All-Star Race, including his thoughts on how the format played out. His girlfriend Robin makes a return appearance to give her thoughts on the race, Kyle Busch gets mad at Davey, a preview of NASCAR’s return to Nashville and Papa Segal gives a lengthy historical deep dive into his favorite driver of all time: Bobby Allison.
55 min 59 sec
You've probably seen her on NASCAR's digital platforms, but Alex Weaver didn't grow up an avid follower of the sport. She joins Davey this week (8:20) to discuss her career path that began at Clemson University covering football and eventually led her to NASCAR. Despite being involved in sports from a young age, she almost pursued a career as a scientist before deciding otherwise. Working behind and in front of the camera at Clemson, she learned the tricks of the trade before trading in her purple and orange. Originally hired to work in the partnership division of the company, Weaver learned the ins and outs of NASCAR before dabbling in on-camera content. As she improved, her time on screen rose. She describes the challenges being a female in female dominated sport present (including when a driver tried to mansplain something to her), how she's leaned on broadcasters like Kaitlyn Vincie, Shannon Spake and Jamie Little among others and what interviews have been her most memorable. Plus, being a cat mom, her Chick-Fil-A obsession, being an Instagram influencer and what her future career aspirations look like. Davey touches on Kyle Larson's dominant performance at Sonoma for the second consecutive week, ponders what has happened to the All-Star Race and Papa Segal gives an ode to the No. 11.
1 hr 11 min
Currently full-time in the ARCA Menards Series, Nick Sanchez joins Davey this week (12:05) as the two reminisce and discuss his career to date, which only started seven years ago. After some time go-karting at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Sanchez and his mom searched “how to become a NASCAR driver” on the internet, and the rest is history. After being accepted into NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program, Sanchez began competing in legends and late models for Rev Racing, where he honed his craft in full-bodied stock cars for the first time. He explains why winning the Wendell Scott Trailblazer award was such a big deal to him, and recalls his first couple starts in the K&N Pro Series at South Boston in 2019. Now full-time in ARCA, Sanchez details why Rev upgraded their inventory ahead of the ambitious 20-race slate, how his skillset has improved, what it’s like racing against Ty Gibbs and more. Plus, some stories of karting with Indy 500 champions and Formula 1 winners, his passions away from the track (notably why he now has a “plan B” in the real estate industry if racing doesn’t work out) and more, including the hilarious and ironic story of how Nick and Davey’s two families are connected dating back to school in Miami. Davey also touches on Kyle Larson’s dominant Coca-Cola 600 win and Rick Hendrick’s record-breaking night at Charlotte, previews Sonoma and Papa Segal gives an ode to “The Ironman.”
1 hr 14 min
Dawson Cram is the latest in a long line of racers, and he joins Davey on the podcast this week to dive into his season to date, career in racing and much more. Fresh off missing the show at COTA, Cram details what went wrong and why and touches on the uphill climb that small teams face in today’s landscape of NASCAR. Marcus Lemonis has helped the Camping World Truck Series immensely this season, but Cram and his No. 41 team may have benefitted more than anybody, as the truck adorns Camping World, Good Sam and Overton’s almost every single week. Cram explains why Lemonis’ gratitude and financial assistance has helped him and his team immensely, and provides his thoughts on the Sheldon Creed Twitter exchange with Lemonis, looking at it from both perspectives. As is par for the course, Cram began his racing career at the age of five in mini dwarf cars (he explains what those are) before moving from California to North Carolina to pursue his racing dream further. He recalls his memorable Truck debut that included white knuckles, snow postponements and hitting a pit crew member. They also discuss how his national series career grew from there, including his work with JD Motorsports alongside his driving duties. Plus, his family lineage in racing, who he leans on in the garage for advice and a little about who Dawson is away from the race track. Davey provides his thoughts on the wet and wild race weekend at COTA, briefly previews the longest race of the year at Charlotte and Papa Segal gives an ode to the No. 09.
1 hr 6 min
At only 18-years-old, Carson Hocevar has already torn up the short track scene and is making a name for himself in NASCAR. He joins Davey this week (12:50) to discuss his career behind the wheel, starting in Michigan at Berlin Raceway, and why NASCAR had to make a rule change to combat him winning as a 13-year-old. NASCAR champion Johnny Benson has mentored Hocevar over the years, and Carson explains how Johnny’s help has been instrumental to his growth in stock cars. Hocevar details his journey to where he is now: full-time with Niece Motorsports, why he lost some confidence in his time running ARCA, how he regained it and why he’s just now hitting his stride with Niece in the Truck Series. Injuries haven’t stopped Hocevar in his young career, either, as he recalls breaking his wrist in a wreck but finishing the race one handed. Plus, how he powered through the end of a Truck race with heat exhaustion. Despite not being known for dirt racing, the late Bryan Clauson had a profound impact on him. He explains why that is, how the information afforded to him in NASCAR is good to have, yet overwhelming at times and which races are left on his bucket list to win across the country. Davey also recaps Hendrick Motorsports’ dominance at Dover and Alex Bowman’s second victory of the season, previews NASCAR’s inaugural weekend at COTA in Texas and more.
1 hr 12 min
Life as a Truck Series driver/owner for a small, family-run, underfunded team isn't anything like the glitz and glamor of NASCAR racing, but for Cory Roper, it's been more than enough. The Texan joins Davey this week (15:45) to discuss why he decided to get into NASCAR racing, the chance encounters that led to his involvement ramping up, how his construction company factors into the equation and how Roper Racing Team's first event was a memorable (and snowy) one at Martinsville. Roper explains how gaining experience has been a key as a driver, why not practicing is good for an owner but disadvantageous from the driver's perspective, what good runs do financially and morale wise for a small team, and what bad runs/wrecks do and more. Plus, he breaks down his third-place finish at Daytona this year, what bringing Chase Briscoe into the fold has meant to the team and reveals what his family thinks of him pursuing his passion on a grander scale. Davey breaks down Martin Truex Jr.'s dominant win at Darlington and speaks on why performances like that should be appreciated rather than ridiculed. He also gives his thoughts on the 750 horsepower package, previews Dover and Papa Segal pays homage to Coo Coo Marlin.
59 min 5 sec
Like many, he’s experienced the highest of highs and lowest of lows in racing. But Jeremy Clements story is about as unique as it gets. From almost losing a body part as a teenager inside the race car to scoring his Xfinity Series win at Road America, Clements has gone through the ringer in his career, and joins Davey this week (18:30) to discuss it all. They discuss the horrific injury he suffered and the recovery that followed, including visiting Victory Lane in an ARCA race only three years later. His time in the Xfinity Series dates back to the early 2000s, allowing him to race at iconic venues such as Pikes Peak, IRP and in Montreal. Clements reflects on being in the series for over a decade and the road to where he is now. He also relives his Road America victory in 2017 and reflects on why that weekend was so special for him and his team. The No. 51 team is off to an incredible start in 2021, sitting firmly inside the top 10 in points ahead of countless powerhouse organizations. Clements explains the reason for the uptick in performance and why the key is staying up there consistently. Plus, his iconic Darlington Throwback honoring Dale Jarrett, life as the husband of a full-time fashion blogger/social media influencer and whether or not JCR will go Cup racing in the future. Davey recaps Kyle Busch’s win in the Buschy McBusch Race (yes, really) and gives his thoughts on the tire debacle and NextGen car being unveiled this week. He also previews Darlington Throwback weekend and Papa Segal provides an ode to a late legend.
1 hr 26 min
Matt Mills joins Davey this week (15:20) ahead of his Cup Series debut at Kansas. He explains how the opportunity with BJ McLeod Motorsports came about after running Xfinity for the organization the past couple years and the approval process given the drama surrounding it the past couple weeks. Mills also describes why his results in NASCAR don’t tell the full story while driving for an underfunded team. After starting racing motorcycles as a kid, Mills transitioned to stock cars at age 12, but skipped ARCA/K&N before making his national series debut, choosing to focus on late models instead. He details his debut at Bristol of all places, driving for multiple smaller teams and the struggles that come along with it, mentorship from team owner BJ McLeod, his passions away from the track (including a Star Wars obsession) and why starting the Cup race this weekend will mean his childhood dream has been achieved. Davey also recaps Brad Keselowski’s sixth career win at Talladega, Joey Logano’s comments on the superspeedway rules package, Jeb Burton’s emotional Xfinity win and more.
1 hr 7 min
Toni Breidinger has and continues to be a trailblazer in motorsports. Being the first female Arab-American in NASCAR and winningest female in USAC history, Breidinger doesn’t pay too much attention to her historic achievements, but rather is focused on the here and now of making it in NASCAR. She joins Davey this week (14:45) to discuss her upbringing in California and getting started go-karting with her twin sister and father. She also recalls how breaking her arm in a crash at a young age didn’t deter her from pursuing her passion. Breidinger details what being the first female Arab-American driver means to her personally, and why she was surprised that nobody came before her. She also explains how being a woman in racing doesn’t occupy her mind as much as it does others as well as her catchphrase: “the car doesn’t know gender.” Hear the coincidental story of how she got the opportunity with Young’s Motorsports, and why she didn’t expect to be moving up the ranks this quickly. She dives into her racing career on pavement (and a little dirt), the learning process she’s going through and how the pandemic provided her unforeseen opportunities on track. Plus, Breidinger’s appearances on The TODAY Show, The Ellen Show and others have introduced her to a national audience. Hear how Breidinger has navigated being in the national spotlight recently, how she deals with haters thinking she’s not truly a racer. How does she utilize social media (where she has over a combined 1 million followers) to her benefit? She explains, along with her experiences modeling and that leading to sponsorship on track, her struggles while moving to Charlotte and her pet bunny named Fetty Hop. Davey recaps Alex Bowman’s win at Richmond and questions what’s happened to the Virginia short track in recent years. He also briefly previews Talladega and Papa Segal gives an ode to a 93-year-old who stays young behind the wheel.
1 hr 14 min
Stefan Parsons has already made a name for himself and is continuing to do so with BJ McLeod Motorsports in the Xfinity Series this season. The latest in line of Parsons to get behind a steering wheel, the 22-year-old joins Davey this week (17:45) to discuss his start in the sport, and how David Ragan’s father, Ken, was influential in him beginning at Charlotte in bandoleros as a youngster. He also explains why starting racing at 12-years-old, relatively late compared to others, was actually a good thing in the long run. Parsons dives into his father Phil’s career and how it’s impacted how he’s helped Stefan in his ascension up the racing ranks, his memories of Phil Parsons Racing in the mid-late 2000s, the cool moment of doing a prerace segment for FOX before his Truck Series debut and more. He also reflects on his uncle Benny’s induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame and why it meant so much for the Parsons family. Stefan also describes the help those in the sport gave him over the years, most notably Carl Edwards, how his Dogecoin sponsorship (to the moon!) this year came full circle and why getting a college degree was important to him. Plus, his love of the Detroit Red Wings and golf, his friendship with Cup Series driver William Byron and more, including goals for this season in the No. 99 car for BJ McLeod Motorsports. Davey also touches on Martin Truex Jr.’s short track dominance after yet another Martinsville win, explains why Josh Berry stole the weekend by giving hope to hundreds of racers across the country and previews Richmond Raceway.
1 hr 19 min
Kelly Crandall joins Davey this week (8:30) to discuss and reflect on her impressive motorsports journalism career to date, which includes not one but two NMPA Writer of the Year awards. The industry veteran recalls hilarious (and horrific) stories from covering the NASCAR beat on the road over the years, and whether or not it feels like she’s been covering the sport full-time for almost a decade. The 2001 Pepsi 400 at Daytona had Crandall hooked, and she was racing obsessed from there on out. Getting started writing whatever, wherever and however, she incrementally gained reps and parlayed that into an opportunity to lead Popular Speed’s coverage. After quitting her day job at home, she decided to make the move to Charlotte to pursue a full-time career in the sport, where she received a plethora of help from others in hopes of making it. She explains some tumultuous times while grinding to make it, and why she’s trying to pay it forward today. Hear why she “was gonna throw up” when she realized she’d become the Writer of the Year and her reflection on the hard work that it took to get to that moment. She now spearheads Racer's NASCAR coverage and is loving every minute of it. Crandall discusses the creativity that is allowed in her current role and why it’s refreshing given her past. Plus, how she’s navigated being a female in a male dominated industry, if having a significant other in racing makes things easier and her love of WWE and Schitt’s Creek. Papa Segal gives an ode to a Hall of Famer you probably didn’t know piloted the No. 02 car and Davey previews the action from Martinsville Speedway.
1 hr 27 min
Amber Balcean made history, becoming the first Canadian female to win a NASCAR sanctioned race in the United States. But she’s now setting her sights on bigger and better things in the motorsports world. She joins Davey this week (17:00) to explain why joining the BMR Drivers Academy was the perfect opportunity for a driver like her and why racing has always been a constant in her life as a third generation driver. She recalls her historic win at Motor Mile in 2016 and the celebratory reception that her hometown of Winnipeg gave her in the aftermath. But the lack of sponsors that followed were the realization that funding would be the biggest hurdle to overcome throughout this journey and she was going to have to grind for it. Balcean also describes the harrowing crash she was involved in at Valley Speedway, which left her with a severe concussion, burns and a collapsed lung. She dives into her two-month recovery and whether or not she had doubts of returning to racing post-recovery and more. Some may recognize Balcean’s name from the reality show “Racing Wives” that ran a couple years ago. Davey gets to the bottom of what was real and what was fabricated on the show, and Balcean expresses frustration at her portrayal on the show, but also explains why taking the opportunity to be a part of it was a no brainer for multiple reasons. Plus, Davey recaps the Bristol Dirt race, what was done well and what can be improved for the event next year.
1 hr 6 min
The often imitated, never duplicated and distinguished motorsports journalist Jeff Gluck is the highly awaited guest for landmark Episode 100 of the podcast. Davey Segal chats with one of his biggest mentors and names in NASCAR about his illustrious career spanning multiple decades. Growing up out West, Gluck details his upbringing (including being classmates with team owner Justin Marks) and how coming East to study journalism at Delaware kicked the next chapter of his life into high gear. After attending his first NASCAR race at Rockingham Speedway, he was hooked. From that point forward, he began covering the sport “on the side” any way he could while a high school preps reporter, which led to his upward trajectory. Gluck recalls the hilarious way he got introduced to “NASCAR Scene,” which became his employer for some of the best years of his life. The glitz, glamor and glory of the sport in its heyday was stuff of legend, and Gluck shares some stories about NASCAR at its peak in the mid/late 2000s...before it all came crashing down and he was jobless. From SB Nation, to USA Today, to starting his own website and everything in between, Gluck dives into each stop of his professional career along the way and what came along with them, including a time when Brian France and countless drivers were rather displeased with one of his articles and made sure to let him know. Moving back out West to start a family could have come at the expense of his career, but it didn’t, much in part thanks to his patrons. Gluck gets real about how they literally changed his life, and why it made leaving for The Athletic such a tough decision. But he’s loving it, and tells Davey why this is the last job he’ll take in motorsports journalism. The two share laughs, stories and some heartfelt messages in what truly is an extravaganza of a 100th episode. And as always, Papa Segal gives an ode to a lesser-known driver of the No. 0, and Davey reflects on reaching the 100th episode of the podcast.
2 hr 5 min
Hardcore NASCAR fans may not recognize the name, but those in the Washington D.C. area will. Grant Paulsen is a new and avid NASCAR fan, and he joins Davey (14:00) to discuss how the return amid the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated his fandom to levels even he didn't expect. Paulsen, a fixture on D.C. radio and television, describes the process involved in picking Erik Jones as his favorite driver, as well as his purchase of Jones' sheet metal during quarantine (to much apathy of his wife). Plus, why the stances NASCAR took last summer allowed him to dive in fully with his fandom, his unique perspective on the sport as a new, wide-eyed fan and his admiration for Larry McReynolds and NASCAR's broadcast partners. As a child, Paulsen regularly appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and attended Super Bowls on behalf of the show. He explains how those opportunities came to be, including an incredible story involving legends Joe Montana and Franco Harris. Davey also touches on Martin Truex Jr.'s Phoenix victory and why tire wear at Atlanta is a welcome change in the realm of 1.5-mile tracks. Papa Segal gives an ode to "The Mayor" and a famous backflipper who donned the No. 99. Plus, plenty of Lug Nuts as the Bristol Dirt Race looms.
1 hr 24 min
Dillon Welch is back (25:50) for the second and final installment of his chat with Davey, as they cover the professional side of his career. He details the unique skillset required to be a turn announcer for the Motor Racing Network, and recalls some shenanigans with the MRN crew over the years. Welch also works with NBC covering all forms of racing, and explains how that opportunity came about and progressed rapidly. One would think his dad, Vince Welch (play-by-play for Trucks and pit reporter for Xfnity and Cup Series) would have had a big influence on Dillon's career. And that'd be correct, but Dillon explains how his dad pointed him in the right direction, but let him do the dirty work, make connections, gain experience and do the job himself. Vince and Dillon, though, did become the first father/son duo to work the Indianapolis 500, and were on the same telecast once. Dillon relives those memories, and talks about how special it is to have his dad by his side at the track. Welch's girlfriend, Hannah Newhouse, is also his co-worker at MRN. He explains how they navigate the often slippery slope of balancing "work and play" and tells a funny story about how she ghosted him initially. In addition, some tales of oversleeping and missed flights, holey socks and his secret passion once the liquid courage starts flowing. The national anthem before the Truck race made headlines, and Davey chats with the singer himself: AVOID's Benny Scholl (15:50). He explains why the performance was not as originally planned and his background in NASCAR. Plus, a VERY special announcement and milestone for the podcast (13:15), discussion of Kyle Larson's Las Vegas victory with Hendrick Motorsports and an ode to two iconic drivers to pilot the No. 98.
1 hr 11 min
Davey welcomes on Dillon Welch (15:45) of MRN, NBC and dirt midget racing for Part 1 of their all-encompassing conversation. Welch explains how he stays organized with his busy schedule, how and why he gravitated towards racing as a kid in basketball rich Indiana. He also explains how he got his start in racing at seven-years-old with Chat Boat, and how it’s come full circle with the Boat’s two decades later at the Chili Bowl. Speaking of the famed event, Welch has competed in it countless times, and recalls tales from Tulsa, including sneaking into the A-main one year and contracting the infamous “Chili Bowl Flu” year after year. Also, why do dirt racing aficionados call it “Chili Bowl” and not “THE Chili Bowl?” Davey was curious, and Dillon provides an answer. Plus, how his connection with the late Bryan Clauson was impactful on and off track, whether or not he had any stock car aspirations, if his dirt racing escapades helps him as a broadcaster, his Emmy-winning production work at Ball State University and his time as a USAC PA announcer that led him to the next chapter(s) of his career. Davey also recaps William Byron’s victory from Homestead-Miami and explains why the venue is the best intermediate track in the world. Plus, a Las Vegas preview, Marcus Lemonis is throwing money into the Truck Series and an ode from Papa Segal to a famous No. 97.
1 hr 2 min
Longtime motorsports journalist Zack Albert of NASCAR.com joins Davey (18:25) this week to discuss his career in the field, overcoming his personal battles, and stories aplenty at the famed North Wilkesboro Speedway. Albert, North Carolina born and bred, has been around racing since his childhood. He recalls his first foray into motorsports, pursuing it as a career, the various stops along the way over two decades and tremendous tales of working at North Wilkesboro, including an appropriate parting gift before its closure. Albert also overcame depression and survived a suicide attempt. He opens up about mental health and why a change in his life was a necessity at that point in time. He also has the honor being on the NASCAR Hall of Fame voting panel, and explains why he doesn't take that lightly. Plus, the two dive into his extreme passion for the outdoors, hiking, collecting typewriters and Davey explains how Zack gave him his start in NASCAR and how he has been a mentor of his for years. Davey also discusses Christopher Bell's first Cup Series victory at the Daytona Road Course, Ty Gibbs' history making triumph in the Xfinity Series and Papa Segal gives an overdue ode to a famous No. 95 in motorsports.
1 hr 31 min
Motorsports broadcasting legend Jamie Little is back for a return visit on the pod (25:30) after her history-making weekend, becoming the first woman to handle play-by-play duties for a national motorsports series. Davey and Jamie discuss why actually calling the ARCA Menards Series race live was easier than practicing in the weeks leading up, her insanely busy week covering all four series at Daytona, including yet another Great American Race. Little had the opportunity to interview the President of the United States last season, something that the White House personally asked her to do. She details what went into chatting with the POTUS and gets real about the important responsibility and struggle in covering death in motorsports, notably when her friend Dan Wheldon lost his life in 2011 at Las Vegas. From owning two Jimmy John's and Nothing Bundt Cakes franchises, Little somehow is in impeccable shape. She discusses entrepreneurship with her husband, Cody, her passion of working with dogs on "America's Top Dog" and differences between reporting on motorsports and the Westminster Dog Show, her cameos in Netflix's "The Crew" with Kevin James, Fantastic Four, being on the cover of a video game and more. Plus, after all she's accomplished and as she continues to break barriers, what's next for her? Michael McDowell is a Daytona 500 champion, but it's not all that surprising. Davey explains why the journeyman driver's triumph was a long time coming and shouldn't be a shock to NASCAR fans. He also recaps the entirety of Speedweek after being on site in Daytona, previews the DIS Road Course this weekend and hits on Lug Nuts. As a bonus, listen to hear Austin Cindric's favorite cut of beef...IYKYK. (For more on Jamie Little, check out Episode 86 in the archives!)
1 hr 14 min
Congratulations, you made it! The off-season is over and the 2021 season is officially here. Davey is on site at Daytona International Speedway in advance of the 63rd running of the Daytona 500. He dives into the Busch Clash, won by Kyle Busch, and the last lap move that saw two best friends wreck each other for the win. Davey also welcomes on Andrew Kurland (12:08) to preview the upcoming season as a whole. From new organizations, new faces in new places, new venues on the Cup Series schedule, the two break down everything on the horizon for the 2021 season. Why is Pitbull so electric, and has NASCAR gotten its swag back?
52 min 59 sec
Not all 24-year-olds are NASCAR Cup Series team owners, but that’s exactly why Matt Tifft is one of the more unique individuals in the garage. The Live Fast Motorsports co-owner joins Davey (6:20) this week to discuss the planning process behind starting the team, why now is the right time to get into ownership and what he can bring to the table from a youth perspective. Plus, Tifft also explains Live Fast’s charter situation and why he actually always had thoughts of becoming a team owner, even in his driving days. He discusses the uniqueness of operating a Cup Series team out of an Xfinity Series shop for 2021, what his wife thinks about this new venture, his longstanding relationship with co-owner and “big brother” B.J. McLeod (despite them looking like polar opposites on the surface) and realistic expectations for the No. 78 in their first year on track. Tifft’s history with seizures is well documented, and coming out publicly as having epilepsy was very important to him. He admits the challenges that coming to terms with his diagnoses have included, why it was important to publicly discuss being epileptic and what he does on a daily basis to keep his condition under control. The two also chat about whether or not he will he make a push for CBD oils to become an approved form of sponsorship in NASCAR, his love for the Cleveland Browns, newfound passion for acting (he’s a movie star!), learning Chinese and a high school memory including 33 missed calls leading up to his senior prom.
1 hr 15 min
A satirical success like no other, the famed "nascarcasm" joins Davey for this week's chat. Starting his Twitter account over a decade ago, 'Casm's following has grown from just a few NASCAR fans to almost 200,000, laughing with him along the way (and maybe at him a time or two). The two discuss his upbringing, including graduating with a journalism degree from Indiana University and his graphic design experience, both in which aid him in his current role. He recalls many belly-laughing stories, including when Brad Keselowski shouted him out on SportsCenter in 2012, Will Power's reaction when he realized who 'Casm was, tickling Carl Edwards' palm, his fake feud with Jamie McMurray, getting Jimmie Johnson to wear a custom romper with his face on it and plenty more. And does he really have a job title? Plus, the two discuss who the most memeable driver is, the famed Clint Bowyer tweet, his creative process, "The Sideshow" at Texas, whether or not his drafts are full of golden tweets, why showing his personal side (while remaining somewhat anonymous) is important and much more.
1 hr 13 min
In the second and final installment of Davey’s chat with Julia Landauer, the two dive into how her opportunity to compete in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series came to be, including why she was thrown into the deep end, way behind the eight ball with virtually no track time ahead of her rookie season. In addition to the language barrier and being stuck across the world for three months amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, she had a lot of adjusting to do in little time. Landauer further explains why she embraces being an ambassador for women in motorsports, and where she thinks we are in the road to leveling the playing field for females in racing. She also reveals how she got into her “day job” as a motivational speaker and why she finds empowering others incredibly rewarding, including how she herself is able to stay positive amid these incredibly tough times. Plus, reflecting on being named apart of the “Forbes: 30 Under 30” list, her accomplishments on and off track to this point in her life and why “#BecauseRacecar” is the best trend you probably didn't know about.
56 min 17 sec
She truly is “The Most Interesting Woman in Motorsports.” In the first installment of this two part interview, you’ll learn why. Julia Landauer joins Davey (6:15) to discuss how a young girl from the upper west side of New York City got involved in racing. Not the most common trio out there, is it? But after becoming the youngest female champion in Skip Barber Racing School history (age 14), it was clear she had what it takes. Landauer attended Stanford University while furthering her racing career, and details why the decision was rather pragmatic despite most drivers opting to forgo higher education. While in school, Landauer competed on the popular reality show “Survivor,” but hid an important aspect of her life. After being voted off (and recalling word for word when she was accused of being “too vanilla”), she reflected on why she didn’t show a big part of who she is and learned why embracing who you really are is the best strategy of them all. She’s learned a lot more lessons, specifically ones at the race track that the classroom can’t teach you. Plus, why she doesn’t enjoy driving street cars, experiencing cultural “bubbles” in NYC, Stanford, North Carolina and Europe (to name a few) and how being a female in motorsports, while having its challenges, is more rewarding and empowering than having it the easy way.
57 min 23 sec
Another week, another member of Bills Mafia on the pod! Alan Cavanna joins Davey (4:30) for an off-season chat with a lot of laughs. Growing up in New England racing against the likes of Joey Logano, Ryan Preece, Doug Coby and more, Cavanna details why his racing career never took off, despite a championship and over 100 trophies. Cavanna tells the story of how he and his wife, CNN correspondent Dianne Gallagher, met in a courtroom, with a computer, and a friend request. Years later, they’re happily married and finally living together for the first time in Charlotte. A proud Syracuse graduate, he recalls his time on campus for the 2000 national championship run, and how learning the tricks of the trade in journalism during his college years shaped him professionally upon graduating. Amid the infamous Jeremy Mayfield suspension saga, Cavanna was the first (and only) person to speak with Mayfield, and the backstory on how their conversation came to be is truly remarkable. Plus, some incredibly hilarious (and true!) stories of his time in local news, including a dead dog named shithead, a “creepy masturbator” and much, much more. Patrolling Truck Series pit road this past year for NASCAR on FOX was a challenge, yet rewarding and full of moments. The two discuss being on hand for those, and how Cavanna’s creativity, coupled with his background in news, have aided in his execution of unique content throughout his accomplished career.
1 hr 11 min
As one of the up-and-coming NASCAR media members, Dustin Albino is onto his next opportunity at Jayski for 2021. But getting to this point has been a journey filled with trials, tribulations, blood, sweat and tears. Davey and Dustin chat (8:15) about growing up in in New York and why an introduction from his grandmother to Bobby Labonte’s green No. 18 car sparked his interest and love for NASCAR. The two have worked at multiple motorsports blogs together, including Frontstretch for the better part of the last five years. Albino describes the learning experiences while being at the track while credentialed, including cultivating relationships, breaking stories (including freaking out to Davey before doing so), reliving “The Gauldashian” saga that put him on that map and leaning on mentors throughout the process. They also get real about the grind that is trying to make it in the industry, and why achieving success in this media landscape makes the work all the more rewarding. Plus, his love for WWE, proposing to Nikki Bella, basking in the glory of the Buffalo Bills finally being good, that time when Clint Bowyer offered to pay for his travel expenses, the “Dustin Special” and more. Papa Segal also gives an ode to one of the most famed numbers in NASCAR (and his heart): the 88.
1 hr 19 min
These two go way back, and boy do they have some stories to tell. Davey welcomes on Camping World Truck Series driver Derek Kraus (6:00) for a wide-ranging off-season chat, with multiple appearances from the entire Kraus family (and his girlfriend Stephanie). Fresh off his best ever finish in the Snowball Derby, Kraus details why the enormous super late model event carries the weight it does, and how the winner (and his roommate) Ty Majeski put the iconic trophy in some questionable places. Plus, after officially announcing his 2021 plans, what are his realistic expectations in year two? Kraus relives his dominant K&N Pro Series days, including his initial test with Bill McAnally Racing at Kern County at the age of 15-years-old, his first win a year later at the same track and the interaction he had with Kevin Harvick after the two made contact at, you guessed it, Kern. Plus, his perspective on the infamous Hailie Deegan dump in Colorado, including the aftermath immediately and weeks after, and his championship celebration (once he got the bottles popping) at Phoenix. The two chat about Wisconsin producing a ridiculous amount of racing talent, his time at the Slinger Nationals, his rookie season in the Truck Series, adjusting to showing up with no practice and racing, his connection with other NAPA drivers, missing out on typical teenage activities in favor of racing, food preferences, his Jack’s Pizza obsession, his fear of heights, his love of wrestling, his theory about Danica Patrick’s significant others and so, so, SO much more. A can't miss conversation that's one for the ages.
1 hr 13 min
She’s been breaking barriers for the better part of two decades, and 2021 will be no different for Jamie Little. The FOX Sports reporter joins Davey (12:05) to discuss her career in racing, including how she got started in the industry and how being bold and brave led to her first professional opportunity in Supercross. As they say, the rest is history. From covering her first Indianapolis 500 for ESPN (and becoming the first female to do so) to paving the path for a plethora of other females in motorsports, Little hasn’t had much time to reflect on her accomplishments. But she does exactly that in this conversation while remaining humble and knowing there’s more left to do. Being named the first woman to call television play-by-play for a national racing series (ARCA) for the 2021 season comes with a unique set of challenges, in addition to learning a new skillset. Little details those, and explains why the timing was right to make this move. Little dives into how she’s been able to do her job flying solo due to COVID, with the aid of many group chats and people in her ear. Plus, that time when she beat Truck Series legend Mike Skinner in a Toyota Pro/Celebrity race and proved Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick wrong. Also, in this week’s Wayback segment, Papa Segal pays homage to a frequent visitor of the show (if you know, you know) and it went about as weirdly as you’d expect.
53 min 10 sec
Gracie Trotter became the first female to ever win an ARCA sanctioned event earlier this season, but there’s much more that meets the eye with this third generation racer. Trotter joins Davey (7:40) to discuss her upbringing in racing, including her father’s journey to North Carolina from Texas at age 21 and working on his go-kart in his mother’s living room. She recalls an evening at the track where being the trophy girl wound up sparking her interest in driving instead, as well as when her father spun his seven-year-old daughter out while karting. Trotter was selected as a part of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity class in 2019 and just finished up another season competing for Rev Racing in late models, as well as her rookie campaign with Bill McAnally Racing in the ARCA Menards Series West. Her victory at The Bullring in Las Vegas was historic, and came in the same month as her late model victory at Hickory. Trotter details the two wins, and why sharing the Victory Lane experienced with her father meant the world to them both. Plus, the trials and tribulations of being a female in racing, life as a Toyota development driver, her love of Whataburger and reminiscing on when she couldn’t test a car because she was too short to reach the pedals (yes, really). Want to win a FREE three-month subscription to the MotorTrend App and catch "NASCAR 2020: Under Pressure"? Follow the instructions explained in the episode to find out how!
1 hr 11 min
David Ragan makes a return appearance to the program (7:50) to give us an update on how retired life is treating him and his family. But he hasn’t slowed down completely, earning his best career Daytona 500 finish earlier this season and hopping behind the wheel of a DGR-Crosley Truck twice. Plus, he gives us a sneak peek into what his role with Ford Performance is and will be next year to help with the development of the NextGen car. Ragan reminisces on his time at Roush Racing, why it wasn’t the best of times, being hand-picked by Mark Martin to replace the Hall of Fame driver and why, looking back on it, he was so stupid on and off track. He also details how he came to be the replacement driver for Kyle Busch in 2015 at Joe Gibbs Racing and whether or not his results in the No. 18 were characteristic of how they performed. After finishing out the year at Michael Waltrip Racing, Ragan made a stop at BK Racing before landing at Front Row Motorsports for the second and final time, where he finished out his full-time Cup career in 2019. Topics also include participating in the “Driver X” program, his father Ken playing an integral part in his career, his thoughts on the topsy-turvy 2020 NASCAR season and more.
1 hr 3 min