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Welcome the episode eight of the Nasty had to a podcast. I'm Rostroy journey by Chris Caden and Nick's replacement, Christian. He's a youtuber. He makes good youtube videos. You should check them out after you watch this because it's going to be a really good episode. You go over round two of the playoffs from Richmond and the truck playoff is set and there's one race to go in next for a new playoffs. So how are you guys doing? Awful, he says awful. I don't know. I mean, I'm not good. And Richmond, Richmond. I Love Richmond. RICHMAN's a lot of fun. I love Virchin. It's better than no, it's not. It's not better than the other two short tracks, but it's my favorite. It's my favorite of the three for sure. The W that would that wasn't the question. But yeah, let's turn off for the time. Let's start off for some news. Let's look at a season. Season is building up and it is starting with a lot of good news. Daniel Strez, Oh yeah, never mind, we sorry start. We're starting the bad. Has it been cut? Has it been confirmed that's wars is leaving? Gone? Brothers, yeah, it was confirmed. Today. Yeah, okay, that's what I aski so, so go ahead. Okay, the most likely option, I think he's obviously a forty three, like no doubt about it. I don't think Eric Jones is going to stay with Toyota, so I think that's going to be definitely an open ride for stores. I think sowars and a forty three. Bubba has been top twenty and points for quite a bit of the season, honestly, and I could see Sworez maybe not having a playoff season, but baby, he could be like Ryan Newman in two thousand and nineteen and slip into the playoffs by like three points. I could see that happening. Oh my God, loves wars man. Yeah, I see. I feel that too. I think obvious choices of forty three. He's got enough with coke and the other sponsors that he has. And then, especially if our PM does make that switch to Toyota, then it's a done deal because Toyota and spars still want to work together and Toyota and RPM has been, as so much toy or talk, so switching manufacturers to them. So it makes sense for him to go to the forty three and, like you said, I could see him having a really good season or better than this year, because equipment or quality and all that. But he's done better in that ninety six car that I'm pretty sure anyone else has and whatever short history they do have as a team. Yeah, also fun fact, our PM will be the first ever team to have all three manufacturers on. They had Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota. They're also dodged at one point two Yvor Damas true, I don't know if I would. I don't know if how want to see it. I since they want to, seem but I don't know if he's I don't know if the forty three is the best option for him. But I think for our PM Swartz is the best guy that can bring because the bubble leaving, they're going to have like no sponsorship before. It will bring was the com scope, coke and all his other sponsors. So that's probably the best stet for them to try and get sworez because he's got the most funding. Of couldn't watch any free agent, I think. Yeah, and I don't think Eric Jones is going to the forty three anyways. I think Ur Jones, I still stand by that he's going to the forty eight. I think there was news. Should we talk about that news? That was like a rumor. That what Mr Ah said. Um, because like it wasn't relevant. It's relevant because they couldn't be pretty. Yeah, it was a while ago. We have we'd have to find what he said, though, because I don't remember like the exactly he said it. But he said something like the team is in the playoffs, but he never specified the team that he's signing is in the playoffs or his own team. Yeah,...

...that's, I'm the biggest question with that. Yeah, I'm going to stand by and I think he's talking about his own team. He doesn't want to get them off track and then like talking to like this new driver whatever. I don't think it's a new driver. I think the Benedetto stays with the twenty one or you go to the thirty seven. He won't go to the thirty seven. Hundred thirty seven's been room orch for La Joy, so much so heavily. Yeah, Leud you top for that ride. What if the bended editor who's down and because they want they they're all evening to one one. I feel like no, no, no, no, ride down and series not down. In the series, but down and equipment. Yeah, I everys like I feel like he'd rather, if he had to offer for a topics finity, he'd rather go there then go back to the bottom and cup. Yeah, you have a better chance at ending up back getting a better ride. You can go to those topics infinity teams than you do go into, you know, bottom five, bottom ten cup team. Yeah, you get back up. They don't have in exffinity. If he gets a ride down there and now make it easier for him to get a cup right again. Yeah, yeah, I'd say. And then it's all that. And then this one was announced after we had finished recording and I think it was the day after it was announced Bubbo was leaving the forty three. That was a confirmed thing. I think that's what came to light. And talks of Suarez potentially to the forty three, that has happened today, and the talks of our PM's management team saying how they want to keep the diversity going in the sport and this far as obviously that's a great way to go with that. Yeah, I think Babba had this right. there. There was ties but it wasn't confirmed because they didn't know if he was staying at RPM. There was ties with McDonald's and him possibly going to the forty two, and that he's left forty three, I think the biggest option. He's going to go to the forty two. It's like all the stones are there, we just need once one of them falls, we're going to get all the answers to the other ones. Yeah, but it's also reported that the forty two's contract from ship can assi was off table as of a couple weeks ago. So that makes me question of why he ended up leaving. Patty. If you knew that the forty two is off the table and he has a really slim chance, really slim, of being able. Who would go to the forty two? Eric Jones? Yeah, no, I don't. The Forty Eight, yeah, Jones is going on. Yeah, I don't. I don't. I don't like. I think at this point they're trying to get a driver into the forty eight and I don't think very I mean they're obviously going to care about money. They're not gonna just spend a ridiculous Mountain Air Jones. If he's asking too much, they're not going to take them. But I think for the talent he has, and I think we all know he has pretty decent talent. He's each year playoff contender. Was a playoff contender this year till custer and Dylan would get the wins, but that's something else. So I think he easily almost has a lock on that. Forty eight in less and less. They want to sign maybe de Benedetto, but I don't see them this signing to Benedetto. Yeah, depend if Andy Want. Probably so. They won't bring strict will probably ten or next JEN. I think I could be a thing. Yeah, say, there's a lot. There's just a lot going on and with in general the entire silly season. And then another thing that can late today that we all saw coming was there's talks, like really good talks, of a Denny Hamlin finalizing a deal to start a team and that team would start out with the purchase of the thirteen car in Germain racing assets and charter. That can yeah, that Bam. I mean that wouldn't surprise me because I think Ni Germaine is low...

...hanging for right now. They're probably just going to try and sell the team anyways. I mean they lost their full sponsors episode they're going to Hammle will probably buy that. But I saw a rumor that Hamlin and would with to trd development. They would put a lot into that thirteen to make it like almost Joe Gibbs racing. And they put Hamlon in thirteen and they bring someone up to the eleven. That would be interesting to see. I feel like you would have to find sponsorship for that eleven car because Hamlin would bring Fedex with him to the size. I don't see that happening at all because you they do. I it's just something that got thrown out of him. One has such like a tight tie with them jayd Gibbs and I he told him that he's the one that want to go into eleven. So I don't see Denny, for whatever reason, a banning the eleven. Yeah, but they could switch numbers. They're not just gonna they might not just stay at the thirteen. They could switch thirteen over to eleven and eleven maybe ns out to a thirteen. Well, it's not. Dad Denny him when this said. I'm pretty sure in the past that he wants to end his care with two gibbs because that's just like his home pretty much. I don't think you would want to branch up to a sad likes, even if they claim it's like a joke. Gets carts not as close sometimes as the actual eleven car would be. Yeah, he won't be getting nearly as much focused as he's getting right now. Yeah, yes, he's on the team and he's one of the best. Yeah, that was that's the least like. He's is the best a JOE Games right now. That's a least likely option. I think they just going to put someone in that thirty which album? Hoping it's Brandon Jones, but we'll have to see funding. So it's you know, yes, minard's and an artist can get like, okay, twenty, the twenty one other Collins answer in the cup. That probably a lot of yeah, that's a lot of funding right there. They're on that car a lot. Yeah, but the put there. So we're on MANARD A lot. Oh, yeah, yeah, they were. They were even on. They're also one to bed ADETTO to. Yeah, you see, you see. Yeah, you saw like ballast brow, they sponsor more than one team. They sponsored true x and then they sponsored Dal and then they sponsored Gregson. Yeah, and then they also stop reading to yeah, sponsors aren't laid one person. Did they do Reddick or was that camera last year that they sponsored? Have murdered? Just have this here? I don't has it been on ready? I might have been on a couple. I don't think so, though. I don't think. I feel like there were at the totally if five hundred, I could be right. Yeah, that, yeah, that's there's was one. I don't that. Look I don't you know. Yeah, definitely Caterpillar. All right. So we go from NASCAR and we had big news that Jimmy Johnson would as signed a two year deal with Chipkin. I see racing to run street courses and root courses in Indie car for two thousand and twenty one, two thousand and twenty two. Tell you what, I'm going to the bellow Grand Prix both days next year. What's Jam and? I'll be going to Toronto boys. Oh yeah, I gotta. I had a fine and excite even the closest place that they I mean, I'm pretty sure we all saw this coming. Again, it's just another one that he said he said for I'm pretty sure, since like two thousand and eighteen late, two thousand and eighteen, that he said he wanted to get to an indie car and run. If you were to run any he'd run road courses. So I mean that's it's not a surprise really, but a two year deal. That's something else. I thought of Mateo. Maybe would have been a one off race. But but that guy's good because, I mean chip wants to give Jimmy time to develop and learn. So possibly by mid to late two thousand and twenty two he could be contending for wins, if he doesn't already straight at the Gee I get top tens or whatever on there. Oh, yeah, it'll be like him at I racing. or he just...

...terrible. He finished like thirty every race. Well, wasn't in the INDIE car. He wasn't that bad, was he? No, I don't think it was that bad. I be he was. Didn't? He finish like top ten, top five, and what we are Racing Indy car? Yeah, well, that and now he might have been good. That's a completely I racing isn't as close to real life. It's kind of similar, though. Yeah, there's like so it's makes it similar, similar to Indie car. That is similar to NASCAR. So I mean that's a thing. I mean also did you see his rig that he had. That thing was basically like set up for an Indie car. The ARCA series, Oh what a they were at Toledo. And what Sam Mayor? Sam Mayor's just dominated the race. There was two natural cautions chase cabery because they had, was it the Arca East and the Arka series running as one this weekend and he got into the wall fifty five laps and looks like his right front went down from the way the replay was, and then drew dollar was it? On that eighty seven. He I can't remember if he got contact or if he's just lost it, but he backed in into the wall and no one really had anything for Sam Mayor All day. She was just not a contest. Yeah, he's been getting on fire, I like the right time in this season and, as suppose, Arca goes and the points for Arca is getting really close. Two point gap now between Bret Holmes and first and Michaelsoft and second. So it's coming down to it. That only happened this weekend because self had another race for he struggled just like last weekend. To be for the previous weekend. He struggled that weekend too. So he's he's gotta find something or else he's gonna let this championship slip away from him. Yeah, five races left in the season. It's coming down to it. So you will go from one which should be a short check series over to an actual short check series and we'll head north of the border. Ok, that's old. We'll see if Kaden actually you know, do I watch? I I watched that. I watched a bit of it. I know that I watched maybe last thirty laughs. And Jason Hathaway just ran away with the honestly, it was. It was not really a thentonate taining race, but I mean petty series isn't really an entertaining the series compared to Nascar. It was overall up, it was a decent race. It came close to the end, though, like I thought. I I forget who was in second. I am trying to remember, but I forget who's chasing him. But he got he got it down to under a second, but it's once he got to Jason Athlete, it was just way too late. He couldn't catch him. It was like two to go. What's he got it under a second, but I'm pretty sure the gap was two seconds at one point. That was a Kevin Laqui. Kevin Laquai. Yeah, Ye, so, yeah, I know that mean it hath away just dominate the race? No one. But yeah, form though, like if it came down to just short finish, he was gone even more than he already was. So the rest of the race. Um, so, you know, he's leading a point, right, he's leading by like eight, I'm pretty sure. Well, we're will get to that, because then will head to the second race that they had the following day and where it was also the season finale for the fancave challenge at the painty series head and race to between Kennington and La Koi. They...

...led all but three laps the entire race combined. Yeah, that was insane. All mysty swap the lead a lot. Oh yeah, it was like, yeah, it wasn't like one of them are leadings in. La Quise Kennington is like Kennington would lead for a bit and then Lakoi would just come in and then take that lead away. But then Kennington would stay on his back bumper for a while and take that way way because, you see, when the quad took the lead, you'd only be like there's two laps and that is nine laps and there's like three labs. But then it looks like Kennington finally took the lead and I just hung on for the last thirty six laps to the wind. Yeah, Oh, yeah, I mean, and it was it wasn't easy too, because it was a caution filled race. There's, what was it? Six? Six cautions. Yeah, there were six cautions in a hundred twenty five laps, like that's a lot. that. Yeah, that shows the short track race inside. That's that the series does have twenty percent of the race random a caution. Yeah, that's holy where the border? It's the only problem with all right, you see this and this this is great time to talk about this. That's the biggest problem with like all NASCAR or Arca series. It seems like lately the cautions take way too long. They spent almost too many laps under caution. Oh Yeah, if you haven't really I've started. I've started to realize that with like knack art in general, that I feel like we were going almost four laps under caution. It takes away not the entertainment factor, but it is it's just it takes away no more time than they could be racing as more. Yeah, you that could be in and a lot more. Yeah, I remember. I remember going to old or last year for the truck race, right and they spent so much time under caution that they could have had I don't even know how many more green flag laps they could have ran. They spent way too many laps under caution for that race. That is one race that I feel and some people have the same idea, but I know others don't. But if you're going to race out Dora, don't include cars some laps for how short that race is. Like how many rat laughs? Is it eighty? Like a hundred? I think it's one hundred of fifty total. Yeah, I knew that, but still it's it's a dirt track in the national stock car series. Why? Yeah, I get I ever saying. I remember when I was at Daytona, the after stage cautions. You literally have to like, let's say a stage is like ninety laps, cut at the eighty laps because they would go green eight laps into the stage and I was like they cut out a good amount of the race right there and that's that's just crazy to me. Interesting to bring up. Yeah, I'm looking at it. They spent I'm pretty sure they spent more time under caution and then they did actually racing. There's twelve cautions for the trucker as at out door last year, and like half of them weren't even cautions like guys would get. Yeah, we spun around and they throw the caution like they'd even fully span out. Yeah, mascar needs to know one to third caution there. They've always been really consistent without I mean they've been bettery. They need to cut back how much time they're under those cautions. It's not that I think Nascar for the whole is an inconsistent sport with inconsistent things, no matter what you look at it, but any sport is going to be inconsistent. Like, I know there's like both. So back to pinties. You mentioned that this was the final race in a championship race for their little series...

...that they had. Yep, that was that was made up last minute because of covid and it was Jason Hathaway taking the championship or like the Oh yeah, series championship, fourteen points over Kevin mcquoi. Yeah, you know. Yeah, I was going to say I thought La Qua at the START I I legitimately said hathaway is going to just flat out dominate this. I just know halfway like that. But then as I got I think second race, a third race, I'd say looka really picked up some speed. I thought LAQUA was going to get it, but I think in the end I think Jason Hathaway, I'm pretty sure he led the points the whole entire seas. Accept the first race. I'm pretty sure the first race was a the one like chaotic finish race. Yeah, yeah, yeah, the one where there's like three rex on the final lap or something like. Yeah, yeah, I'm pretty sure hathaway wrecked in that race. But ever since then I'm pretty sure you by the whole series. But it was nice. It was a it was a good series nonetheless. Like I I know they can't do a full series because covid like that, but a overall it was just pretty cool. I love to see the Pantis cars back on track. Yeah, it was. It was nice to see. This is the first year that I've like embraced it more than I have, like I've been trying to follow it recently and then this year I really was like all right, going to try to watch whatever I can, and then covid happens. I'm like, okay, when the races are broadcasted, whenever they are, because for you know, being the US, they delay him for however long. I'm like, all right, I'll watch them whenever I get the chance to. And no hit half away. He won three out of the six races, finished well and five out of the six except for that opening one. So he deserving, deserving. Hell, yeah, I always definitely for it. Would have been portal shot. Would have been cool to see La Koa make one last run at it, but I think he's too many points back to do anything. What they have thirteen cars in the final race. So it was like it'sn't there wasn't money. It was like hathaway had a DNF and then Lak who had a win basically day. He was closer, for they hes. He was only the weekend started, though. He was only yeah, he was only eight points out. So like it was very manageable. But the quis just so that he didn't have battery. It's not that yet bat races in general, but he just just wasn't. Just wasn't a half away, you know. Yeah, so we'll go from the short track racing at the ARCA and Pinte series of had and we'll head down to Richmond, Virginia and talk about the trucks, the exfinity having two races and the Cup series. There's always a fun race to watch. It was we had a we had it in going like all right, who's going to be the guy that's gonna get bumped out of the three possible ones and crouses team or him or whatever? They just didn't show up. Ruggle all night. Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, all night and they weren't even struggling. They were terrible. Like in the start it look like maybe had some maybe top ten speed, but like it was like fifteen laps into the race I remember I'm just fading so quick. It was disappointing. Yeah, they gave him a really bad truck and he, I bet you'd try to, like the team shot all they could, but like they just didn't have it. They didn't have the truck to compete with you. So I's I really like a little on the driver. I mean he ended up finishing fifth in the first stage because, due to strategy, there was a yeah, there was a a like caution on the first stage I'm pretty sure. Yeah, some guys came in pit near the end of stage one just for tire purposes. Yeah, it was...

...the guys who didn't need to. Yeah, and that kind of also offset it because of how many tires they only had two where. I was listening to Gillin's radio a lot and they were talking about how hey will stay out here and just try to get stage points at the end of the first stage and that when we can save tires because we'll be better set for the final stage. When we get to that point, then other guys will expecting that late race caution, but we'll get to that. Zane Smith won the first stage cross got fifth, Gill and got ten. So let made a five point gap at that time. No, yeah, five point. Gapp was what ten points entering the race. Yeah, yeah, I was raised fun points. Yeah, so that made it only five points. I can't remember necessarily if anything happened really in Stage two. I don't remember. I think it was mostly green, I believe. Yes, Stage two is gone. And and now for me, because I couldn't watch it on the TV at the time, I was trying to stream it and it just wasn't yeah, working that well. But it was kind of definitely green. It was completely green. Yeah, yeah, all right. So Gill and ended up getting two points. Well, cross didn't get any. Ben Rhodes ends up getting the stage when. So that was good for him, especially as aren't roll yeah, I darling. Yeah, I think coming into the playoffs, I think if you're looking at momentum, you got your two main guys being been Rhodes and Sheldon creed. Yeah, I think it's really cool to see the team's doors. Who are had in beginning and then GMS just dominated the regular season and now Thor Spoor, I just lit it up, besides Sawder, of course, but like roads and fingers left and if all they've all just like come back and now they're like they're given GMS or one for the money. Definitely. Yeah. Oh, yeah, like anything near like but a Hendrick cat and like the mid s where, of course all they dominate and took like coppy positions like it's it's not going to be that easy, or like Joe Gibbs in two thousand and nineteen. Yeah, I do. There was. There wasn't any caught. Know, there were one caution free event. Yeah, agree. Yeah, yeah, when caution free. It was a hard one drivers. Yeah, it really, really showed what the drivers could do on you know, not pitting. I know some guys. Some guys pit at the end of the stage too, and some guys didn't. I know Gil and didn't because his team was worried as a run went on. That's why he drops so far back the final wo fifteen, ten laps, you just drop back. So but he was in a spot to her. I was was so far back from just not having a truck with any speed at all that he doesn't have to worry about that. So we done do ski little and DNF to it was it was. Yeah, it was. It was over, unless you know he'd nft. But yeah, ass things real like crash and mechanical issue. Yeah, but in the end is the best driver getting the win. Grant in fingers on the trucks raced at Richmond and tonight he's the crew Cham or grant in finger and in finger is gonna win for the third time this season, back in Richmond, a in finger, back in Victory Lane. Well, I don't think there's that is n't much this season. Yeay won two of the first four races and she went really inconsistent. Yeah, I was. It sucks because last year, I know he got that really early playoff exited to what one mechanical failure all which screwed his whole yeah, you see, screlled screwed his whole playoffs,...

...which really sucked because that team at that time I would consider almost a championship threat then. No, they were. They won, won the regular season championship. Yeah, they were definitely a championship threat and it sucks to see them. You see, it sucks last season, but I think I'm into the season. I think even they might have more momentum because they've got the speed back at up what's kid quote? But a come back there is because I'm pretty sure he went the left down. Ben Rhodes could have tire on the restart and then you still end up winning. I think what a coffin. Probably came out and stay true. That helped them, but still came back. That was really good. Yeah, that was impressive to see that. But no, that was no, that was good. That was good to see that for him being able to kind of rally behind and be like all right, let's go do this. We know we got a fast truck, like no, he's not any of our favorites, but still seeing someone do that is pretty cool to see. Like you so who it is? All right, I didn't even know that. I mean, like, I don't follow trucks like the closest, but like if I had to choose like a top three favorite, and finger would definitely be up there. No, not now, I'm not on this podcast. You don't know, Dude. Oh my God, you don't even want to know. I want it. He is an Asode clowned dude doesn't even know how to restart at Michigan and takes himself out. I said I was like my driver. I said it wasn't basically him off his talent. And then you know, you have to basically wreck someone to win a Daytona border, borderline wreck someone. Dylan did. Dylan did that to all Morola. I didn't see anyone. Careen said. Oh, a lot of people. Like with the green flight around, there was in the beginning of stage too. There's a caution and that brought strategy and that had some really good runs for some guys like cody roball got six, and a big shout out to my eye David Reagan. He yes, he should have won this stuff. Then for David all are, he had it. He had a really good run. Those nice to see him recover from was it Darlington Week before? Yeah, where he got caught up in that late race incident. So to see him come back this week and do that, which that that brings a lot of question with him doing this, with how he's running, people are doing a lot of speculation with him running that seventeen and switching his points so that to make sure the car is in for races next or the truck is in for racist next season, because looking where he's at in points right now, and now he is thirty three. So right now that is the first trucks that wouldn't make the field and I'm pretty sure they're trying to make that truck eligible for next season because the stuff that I've heard, they're trying to set up tak in for that. If, if that's would the team and her want to do next season? Yes, that's the situation, I've heard. So they're trying to get a second truck for DGRE I heard someone say Degan was gonna go to Cup, but I've do you can said it yourself. Yeah, yeah, obviously it's a lie. But, like Deacon said it herself, she wants to graduate up to see. She wants to deserve a cup, right, not just get a cup right. Yeah, I think she's getting yeah, whether she does get her something about, as long as it's not a Joe Gibbs, I don't care to be honest this point. It will be a Ford,...

...probably. Oh, yeah, anymore. Yeah, forgot about that team. Hans. No, takeover for Brad because Lasky. No, I can't. I can't next legend of the sport. He really Degan. So we'll do the predictions afterwards for the trucks playoffs. Yeah, yeah, after this nice. So we gonna move on from now. Yeah, why you're not? I don't know why you're that happy. It's not like I don't like the guy who wanted I mean, I don't dislike them, I just don't like. I do not like. What did he do for all Gar? Yeah, another no, it's not. It's not a hate him, it's just he's just a guy. He's like. He's not like almro. I Hate Almiral. He's like. He's like. He's like Brad has us. I don't I don't dislike back has ask he but like. I wouldn't consider myself a fan of break as lasky. What is their accent? To touch on an exprinity, though definitely almost one. that a track to take skill. Alec I are wins both races through three, four the final time here. Not Enough tired to find them off. All guys going to win a race points. It's gonna late. Richmond with twenty five. Justin I'll guy waits the weekend bed Richmond Centrin clinched the regular season championship. Okay, the only bigger after still open is the one Brandon Brown has to that won't change because it's Bristol. So yeah, unless Jeremy Comments Somehow Poles, I don't know. I don't know. I'm avitable. When the last time upset an upost even happened at first all, there's not really much. That's all that. There's a forty five point gap between Brown and clements, and Brown pretty much has it if he doesn't just scrip on that one and finished last cup serious, the big race, Austin Dylan on Mann other no, he did not, but he stole the show and he was definitely one of the top headlines All night. He had almost the best new leader at Richmond and Steve you called it the guy who maybe nobody's looking for right now. Austin Dylan is a front right now, part early and I was everyone was like, oh, Dylan is a winning car, and I was like, I was like in the middle. I'm like, I don't love you could put a full race together. That's one of the hardest parts of covers sing because most guys that could win. And trucks has for you why can win. They're kind of easy. But like a full five hundred, four hundred miles to put together. It's it gets hard. It's hard to put together and not fade or like Chew Your Breaks Up r any that. Yeah, seen what William Byron I remember in two thousand and eighteen the definition of our two thousand nineteen definition of William Byron was get a pole, start top five, fade and finished sixteen to three, twenty four and with the second he lost the lead and yet a pit stop. Just fade and you couldn't recover, and that's he finished forward, finished fourth. Still, that don't mean he are finished higher. He could have. He could have won if you didn't miss the pits. You would have like think he would have, he would have had at at least six seconds, at most like seven seconds on Kissowski after Kassasa pitted. You know that. I don't know. Awesome. Dylan said he lost three seconds with what happened. Yeah, he said he lost three seconds total and then and then he came out with three seconds to I'd like six...

...seconds, but I don't know if Dylan especially, like all night, he wasn't able to hold on and like hold on to the lead without someone getting to his inside for too long. And what was like three thousand five hundred forty laughs. They had to run. I didn't. I didn't. There was a slim chance and he would had a way better changing him, Miss Pitt Rood. But yeah, second place could have been there too, but I think if he were, if you were to have like a six second lead and then have them mistake, he would have used his tires so much up trying to just run away to the point where it once because Lusk he got to buy him, he still probably would have finished fourth just because he is tires. He used up his tires that much. I feel like they would kiss because lust pulled away. He already had like once he passed Dylan. He just pulled away. So I feel like, well, because USK was catching up the Dylan, he would have gapped who was it? Bush and true rex? He would have gapped them. So there were two more time where like Dylan could have held on a second maybe before you know they caught them, which was only a couple of seconds, but still there was a bid. But there's a bit, there's a point in the race. I think I was like thirty to go. SUREX got it down to a second, but he opened back up. But overall that final under making pretty the same pace lap times. Like most of the top five were running same pace. Yeah, besides besides Dylan, who pitted like two or three laps before. Yeah, everyone else paid like P's in like one or two laps, which surprisingly makes like a pretty big difference, especially with Dylan doing, of course, shoot up its tires even more when he was trying to hold off because Lasky, and then like after when he was trying to catch break up to his last game. Just do one stage one, have one. Yeah, well, I try. It a terrible mine. Yeah, dying by the same thing eating it's one. Yeah, Yep. And then thenny just couldn't yeah, the field, like just like Darlington, and and that's one of things to show. That's another thing that shows how awesome Dolan is. He he could drive him recover if he has the car. He's the car and he had the car at that night and he showed that he had a winning car when you maybe field. Yeah, I mean I guess you had the car. I was gonna say fake package, but I forgot. They remeove that it wasn't a fake gets this week. Yeah, real package. Yeah, to say maybe track position gave him a much better advantage and then if he started like ten, thought I thought the race was really good. It was, it went it okay. You take out the stages, caution free race. There was no natural it would have been cart it would have been better with more, even more strategy. Would have been a lot more strategy. Yeah, and that means hamling proudly wouldn't have screwed up and ham would have been there too. But you know, that's just there's also more opportunity to like make a mistake too. I mean I think at this point, can we take bread seriously, given the facts that what three out? Oh yeah, in three out of his four winds or with a short check packing. Not only does have those wins with package, but it's also with the same tire that they're using at Phoenix. Yeah, that's same car. Its same car. Use that do this. This an all three serious was a huge prep for a phoenix. Like I saw in finger when he won. He said no brands, they're going to put this under cover and keep it for Phoenix. All guys said the same and Kisarski said the same. This is six years ago. The last time, Brad because Laski one that Richmond. This one takes you all the way for the round of twelve.

He went again a Richmond, I bet. I BET OUR CR they're not making in front of for URCR definitely keeping his car like Oh yeah, who knows? Go out it'll go and I'll be in the championship for but when the race it can still do that'll be something. That'd be something. I mean, I mean we saw last year with the trucks. Here he's guy that wasn't in the final four when the race. So it's true. I'm sorry, we saw an x f two thousand and seventeen two. Yep. So it's definitely it's a possibility that it can be a thing that happens, I think, right now, because Lasky and true ex so the top two for the favorite so far. I mean you got Hamlon, who's kind of struggle both races, but he has that point Christian, so he's fine. Then you got Harvec who kind of love. It's hard to say that he didn't luck into a win at Darlington because if they didn't, wreck would never happen, but he still got the win. Nonetheless. He had speed our Richmond, but he didn't have any of even Kyle Bush speed. Yeah, it is third to like seventh place speed. Yeah, and you're at a way similar would she said. She said speed to run inside the top five, but like he wasn't running leaders down. Yeah, like it was like what I took away from the night? Is that true x, because Laski and Lagano, if they make it to Phoenix, they could be very dangerous. Dude. If those three make it to Phoenix, which one of the two doesn't make the final four? Amma Hamma will take and well, yeah, that's true. Yeah, Harby, Harby can do anything under pressor, I mean not necessary. I mean probably, yeah, and then Cherex will probably win either. Probably Martinsville, I'd say, and then his last ky I'd gay can see winning, because last year or Lagan I can see winning, and Martin's right cans and I'll see brad winning cansas Hans. This is always seems to bite bread in the playoffs, but at the same time it's usually a cutoff race and not the first race of the round. I think for Brady can focus on making it out of the round of twelve this year. Yeah, I mean he's okay, he's sitting a better shapes and most I'm yeah, Oh, yeah, he's one of three guys have four pot wait, no, three, no, yeah, even three plus wins. He's one of those three guys have more than three wins this season. No one know. Does anyone now? Next most is legnald has to to chase as to yeah, and then when everyone up one and yeah, so I mean, yeah, it's I think. I think people are still gonna under undermined him. Yeah, he's not a he's not a threadler. Gonna automatically look at it like it's two thousand and eighteen and say that big three, but it's a big two. It's gonna be Hammling, Harvac ere one's focusing on them. I'd be more worried about the guy is barred, who's consistently running top five each week. Hamlet, I mean not Hamling, a Lagano, true, x, Guzlaski. Those guys are going to meet major threats. Yeah, because you got to think. And he finds a way to mess up. Denny's just find any mess up. If it's not him, it's his team, or even if it's not either one, it's the cars self. When thirty five race year and have one mechanical failure and it'll be on the final race in the season, keep hands down. It's just I don't trust it. I don't, and he could. I would put harveych in the final four over Hamlin, because I put him in a Harbat over Hamm and like, I don't even think it'd be close. Dude, the first two races he hasn't. He had speed real early in the race and I just vanished. Yep, it's typical Danny Hamma playoffs. He he...

...has to be, but he can't put together their whole race. From the playoffs, I mean I can feel like locked himself into the next round by just doing what he had to do. Already. Yeah, because he had so many points. But that's finishing. It's going to shame pop. Yeah, finishing top ten, a top fifteen every race isn't going to carry all the way to the championship. For he's got a start running top five every race. I think his breast chance to get more of motivation back is this weekend at Bristol. Yeah, and even then I'm hesitant play points for yeah, so it's dad, it's Dina, Staur Hasse racing seeds, unless Um waiting wands, I guess. Anyway, blingn he's not making a path around of sixteen, which shows how much the playoffs are fraud. Yeah, I'm surprised people still like support it. There like but it's so exciting. It's exciting. But when you have a Topsi Gut, top six girls season, you get a limited like there's a clear there's a clear point in it where like that's like by as. Yeah, yeah, it's I don't know why still like that, but you fus titles. Actually, you know, seeing Austin Dylan these fast year races, I don't mind the fact that he's in the playoffs now. Well, yeah, but that's consistent as Blainy all. Yeah, I mean the look that awesome. If you look at Austin Villan's points and we take away the whole twozero points, automatically being in the playoffs, awesome. Villan still not top sixteen. Two points. Neither is cool couster, Jimmy Johnson are Jones. They're still I mean you can't blame moss. He's showing up at the right time for the format. Yeah, the same, like if you overall season thing, he's definitely isn't more deserve than Laney is. Yeah, that's how that's how a playoffs. Sorry, it's literally, if you win, throw the twenty five of the races, like you probably didn't win, out the window. It's the last ten races that you need to perform at that matter the most. Like once you win, like you saw with like custer and Dylan did, is hung back. Dylan managed to miss race, like wasn't his foot, like he missed the race. He still in it and he starts a shot at championship. That a big show me, isn't he be compete the cheap and shit. So, yeah, I mean you got custer, who's actually been doing pretty well this playoffs honestly, people all were writing me off, writing him off as an automatic first round elimination. But a points out is manageable. Like that's one DNF out of any guy above that isn't is in below Austin Dillon and points, and that's done for man. The thing that I think stands out the most to me is Alex Bowman. I thought for sure he'd be. I thought I saw maybe not flip him in by rondom points, but change which one's in and which one's out. That's honestly, I thought that would go because I as bowman hasn't shown up since before the pandemic. Montana was his last time. Maybe actually performed well or darling Arlington, no coat, any crash at the end of the race, at the end of the race, have race when he speed. We're so you haven't the end of every race, suppose are really like? I feel like it's more like one of those clutch drivers then consistent. He hid your form when the pressure but like he he's not consistent to where he needs to be. He has the work to be done. But like we saw, like last year, of course he came in clutch when it came in the Roll Wole and he somehow now, in fact in the day he drove himself the second somehow had nowhere. He's...

...a clutch driver. He knows when to come in and perform. But, like he needs to be learned, I do, a consistent basis. Yeah, I can see that for sure. Then this weekend's gonna show a lot. I think that tailine is going to fluctuate. It's Bristol to cut off race. There's realistically five guys going for three spots, because I'Marola's only seven to the good. Kurt's only seven to the good. Boyers only three to the good. And then, yeah, Byron and custer all right there, and there's a different at least. All say one thing and right off to Benedetto is not making the next round. He yea, I will stand by like so she be in the playoffs over Jimmy. Well, he got there in the Boman. Yeah, he got there. He got there because Jimmy. Yeah, but did you really? Because Jimmy? Mr Rais d could another rays and then he wrecked that the last early season race. I can he was wrong say that about Darlington boat. Are Jones how was on his Summer Watch? Street that he always does every single season, and he had a great run up polkoner going F him and then Tyler redic turns them ends his day. He that he had a good points day and his day and that dark and I'd Daytona had arguably a race winning car. He was leading, laughs, for a lot of it. He like like sixteen, seventeen laughs. And then Tyler Ready, obviously going for the win because he needs to win, pulls a bone head move, but it's a rookie mistake. That happens. So I could say are yeah, I could. I could say Eric Jones deserves it over Jimmy Johnson and mad de Benedetto as well. Yeah, at the end of the day, dippy got in. Yeah, it's a thing. So you can't. He's proven Ma cadence point pretty much. Yeah, all right, he's you guess what, he's got more points than Blainey. Does Blaney's things Blade Tea? No, no, we're going to look back on him be like big, how did he get so many top tens? I finish like fifteen, sixteen and points. I think Blaney. I think Laney. He can arguably point his way and he's always been good at verstill. He's always gained stage points. I think if he just has two solid stages and then finish up front, it would have to be very close, like it'd be like plus three, plus four, plus one, something around there. But he could. Problem is he's not going to start good. He's so, he's he's finished twenty. He's sixteen and points. I mean sixteen and owners points. We know he didn't have a fast lap. And then what's the what's the other see other factors into it, because I know there's. There's like running position, pour running position and fastest lap. I think that's it. Yeah, so running position is going to be a room there. Time's going to start sixteen. Yeah, so, I mean they'll have to have a run more awesome. Just he's just going to have to not let what happened in the spring happened to him now. Yeah, rose or else he's not. It's not can be good for him through the entire one. It's got it only like his best season forward. He needs to run top three the entire race, not to go in with the mentality of I have to win. He can't go with them all the after finish second. I have to get a top five. He has to go on with. I have and at the same time you can't get ahead of himself and put push himself too hard, because we sam on the spring. He puts himself too hard and ended up wreaking himself going to the league. We can't do well. Yeah, you know, try to move at all. So Whitney, slow, temperational. It's so stupid, especially the...

...spring race. I remember two thousand and eighteen. He was leading, he was Domini, led like a hundred fifty laughs, and then it comes to go. It was like what like two to go in Stage one, stage two or whatever, and then there's just a big reck in front of them with a bunch of black cars. What is playing need supposed to do about that? He's running the top. He can't do anything about that. I think it was last here in the night race. He he had a good run. I think he had a top five and I'm pretty sure he had an issue late which cost him a top five top ten run. So he's just not had luck at it. He's at speed. He's had race winning speed. He just has a had luck. You needs so you need to close one out for once. He Yeah, when one he needs to win a race. It's not. Yeah, I was sure to play tracks. That's not at you know, an exciting finish. He needs to go out and win a freaking race to prove himself that he's around a twelve, round of eight contender. Well, everyone went in with some mentality. Round eight at least minimum, if not fast for and we know now. Yeah, because watch something happens. He doesn't make the round a twelve, watch them out run half the guys in the playoffs. Rustle season about. He'll go on and win Talladega. That's how it is. Oh, yeah, you'll do that too, like you, just do that, and then he'll go on to win like Marnsville and theoretically make the championship, for if he made the round a twelve, and then I'll win, and then he'll win phoenix as well. Just you down out winning. You go on three of the last eight races, but it will mean anything, you know. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I truck their predictions. Oh, let's do go. Who wants to wants to go first? You go first. Can you want to do this? Some bad let's see this. Okay, so we have. I have advancing on to the next round. I've Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith, Austin Hill grant and figure Brett MOFFATT. Christian neck is Ben Rhodes and Todd Gilliland, which I have elevenated Matt Crafton, which might be a shocker, but I just I don't see them putting together a couple bit races at all. And Tyler anchorm is easy out in my opinion. It's kind of like them at de Benedetto. He's had speed but he's not had these other guys speed and then run to advanced. We Zaanan Smith, Austin Hill grant and finger Christian neckis way one, two, three, four, five six. Oh, yeah, okay, I was correct. I forgot that they do it randomly in the truck class. Yeah, I've Zaanan Smith, Austin Hill Grant, and finger Christian neck has ben Rhodes and Brett Moffatt, which I left out sheldon creed. I think Sheldon creed will choke and miss the round of six, and I don't think it will. And there's no round US six, Yack, ten, eight, four, yeah, goes to pen or thank for what it yeah, they do, but I did my whole bracket wrong. Yeah, there's there's no round of six of the same way. Championship. I'll just say my champions to watch. Actually, I got Christian ECK is, Zane Smith, grant and finger and who I'll said, I have Austin Hill making the championship for but I have my championship winner, as Zane Smith is now. There's why had a picture in the playoffs. I feel like it's replays. Yeah, there's no one that's like besides probably like anch groom. I'm sorry, Tyler, but it's tough to say. Sorry, Tyler, is really anyone like a but tyler me, maybe Golan can like has a shot at championship the day of the team and...

...they've had a season where like they're not out of it. I Christen, you want to put your pluff pretty good. I'm just going to say who I have being the exits in the rounds to make it less confusing. So my run one exits are echies and and grum. I think in grums pretty obvious. He just hasn't had this speed like every other GMS truck, and Thatches. I was torn between him and Gil and I just think Gil and it's just a little more experienced overall because he has of what two extra years or one extra year and trucks biased. Yeah, but I run two exits, Gil and, and then I have basically all of Thoor sport within finger craft and Rhodes and finger. I have him there because he kind of went on the slump before. It's Richmond one and I don't think the wind will change too much. And then wrote in craft and just haven't been like on fire throughout the year, like just they've just been kind of top ten but not quite pop five. So that my final for is Moffitt, Hill, creed and Smith, Dame Smith moffatt with the name of the tide boat, because he's pretty good. He actually won Phoenix in two thousand and eighteen, so he's pretty good. there. The solid one that's silent acts. You want to go me, I you can go all right, all right. So the two that I'm taken out after the first round or Chi is an ancrum, just like Christian, because I kiss I gus could wreck how the lead and it'll be early in the race and next thing you know he's out of the round basically at that point. And crumb he's the fourth truck, sometimes five truck on GMS, depending on what they're doing that race, because you can even tell when they have the twenty four running that and crumbs not even getting the same stuff as them. So that leaves Creed Smith Hill and finger mafit, roades Crafton and Gillan into the next round. And then I actually have the same final four. Is Christian with the GMS and Austin Hill and I also have bret mafit winning. Wow. Wow, yeah, same exact thing. Yes, Christian, original, original, I like it. I so got tyler anchorm winning it, tire anchrum win this championship. I wish Whenz all I one off, that happens. If that happens, you cry whenever Chase Ellie makes a pass for third. Are you out of Eight? So I've Creech Smith Hill in finger moffat roads craft and going out just like everyone else, I'm pretty sure. K is and anchorm. ANCHORM. I noted the top of the podcast that he's the best of the worst right now in the playoffs. The worst. He's as consistent. He doesn't have the equipment, the he's not given the best trucks, obviously, and you just you just isn't there. Unless he puts up some like crazy runs legated last year. I don't think. I don't think he's making it. I guess KBM isn't. Isn't a team that like can you can? I lean on drivers, all the GMS can lean on Moffitt and thorsbroken Leon Crafton and Sauder. I just don't think a CASS is got it. He had it in the summer that he has kind of lost to Thor Spore and GMS. So I'm the only one who has egg. is making it pass the first round. Yeah, you want to talk about by it? No, no, no one is. No, no, I'm not biased. I legitimately think that everyone has eches of limited in the first round. I would making the championship for yeah, that's my Assi. I don't know. It was a mixed up for the fourth the spies of mixed up between Creden Smith.

In my opinion, it was like they're both they're both even right now. They're both like popping up the best moment, but they're both like even. I kind of picked Smith because I just I just have that like thing in the back of mine. It's like Smith is getting better. It's just a got feeling. Anyways, I hate to say this and I'm not happy with my pick and awesome, he'll get the champion. I'm not near, I'm not even closing as and Hill Fan, but I just feel like he just come out on top. It's easy to say that. Pretty much. I just feel like he will be at the top at the end of Felix and we thinks constively. Christian. You Go, yeah, Christi, Universe God. All right, so just cut up, just come, I'll just cup. Okay, yeah, I don't know. You don't care about the other two series, irrelevant. Christ series is brings I want to probably a too gets car. Probably I want to say Hamlon or Bush, rowing both net so I'm gonna go with Hamlon. I Cam One. This one he think's going to struggle, struggle, probably Austin Dilam, but that won't matter too much. Honestly, he's got a good points gap, but that is probably going to do. Poor and cold custer. He's on the sense. The other whole other struggle, battle, bad or he'll be like top ten. He's hit or miss. I've had I've had a few guys tossed on this back and forth. It's I've been losing sleep over this for so long. I think Martin Durk student is going to win. Now I'm not. I think I'll have a shot. I don't think he's one. I think if I'm going off my playoff additions that we made at the start of the playoff season, I have kyle Bush winning, but as his luck has not changed around. I mean we didn't. He finished all five. How Richmond, now I finished up that stakes six S. that's Bab okay, shut up. Sure, that's basically at all five. So I'm going to consider that a top five. Kyle Bush constinues his top five streak and get that winnever still, who do I think it's going to struggle? Kevin Harwick? I think Kevin Harvk's in a struggle. I think it'll just be like you know how he has one of those nights every every year. It's like to night, two races a year, where he just I like either wrecks who just doesn't have it. I think that'll be this year. I think that that'll be this night. Makes Sense. For Sense. Christ, you want to go k's gonna win. You know I'm already the high hand and say brand any Alan. Oh, wow, well, you think he gets his fourth short track winner of the season and go four hundred and five and sweeps Bristol. When was the last time we won? The person in Myra's two thousand and thirteen. Two Thousand and fourteen. I want to two thousand and twelve. I know he has two thousand and twelve. Twenty two was it? I swear he did. Oh, you must have a decided thirteen in twenty and two thousand and thirteen. You want one recess? Sure, yeah, yeah, I season sucked on the WHO do I think's going to struggle? I'll just say it because it keeps on happening. Planny, I'm burning plenty that, dude. I know. I know you're having more than you it's so much plays my third favorite driver, brainy's, my top favorite, is my top driver. So for me to say that it's just been a downward spiral for him and I just want the season to end at this point. This season, the season, one of those says, is like it. It hasn't been it and is just mine. Yeah, it's been. Sadly,...

...it's this is bound to happen. This side off and Blaine's last sucks. It's a statistical best season to so the winner. Listen up less. Now Kurt Bush, curtpers is one of it. Okay, what do you think? Like a ball here to go off drop? My God, Wow, curs here was because he's one of the best. Wow, and he I feel like he's going to eas gonna have it stuff. What would that be? As seven eighth win, Kerr has six. Picking Kurt really surprises me. Yeah, I'm picking Kurt to win like almost you picked him at least like ten races this season. You said. Man, I've got that feeling that Kurt Bush. She's just gonna pull through. The feeling get another talking film wins outside of Bristol earlier this year. His only top ten with the package was Martinsville. The rest have been bad, like well, there's no there's no time like the future. So when some of them were last so you realize you just what you just finish is your question. William Byron? Okay, the Iron Drop Fan base, that's sure. It is Bron. Can never trust the man. Wait. We final thoughts? Any final thoughts? Richmond is still the most underaged short track. Everyone just hates it because it's not rish older Martin will, I can see that. I know. Final thoughts. Richmond's rich ward always provided pretty great but it produces real racing and for yes, it produces real racing now bristol, this weekend, whole. It's good. It is gonna be a storm down at podcast. Thanks for watching this far in the forge. Your only instagram than a scar hot spot, and thank you for Christian, for coming on and it's a little late. Thanks for coming on. Don't first the channel his USTER, ocean three a tow yeah, like correct. Yeah, we'll put we'll put in the description of the of the podcast. He makes. You makes you really cool masker videos. Pretty much, I ngenche. It is one with winners from the poll. Number two. Yeah, this is there is to director race wins to do. That was insane. And Charlotte J, I want his two thousand and sixteen coke. Coke. That was such as going to wrap it up by Allen and follow and subscribe. Yes, subscribe, like follow everything. All about that.

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