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Out of the Tunnel 95

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After a week off, Adam and are back!

We recap both the Richmond and Phoenix race,  discuss Brad’s hot streak, a bad break for Aric and Danica vs Ricky.

All that, plus: what’s up our butts!

You can listen to the show one of three ways:

1) on iTunes:  click here to listen on iTunes

2) right here on Q4G – just click play 

 

3) or you can stream the show directly to your device by clicking here

Help fund Stephen Rhodes return to the track

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Stephen Rhodes, the only openly gay driver in NASCAR wants to return to the track in 2015.  Like any team these days, sponsorship is hard to find.  So Stephen is going to crowd fund his efforts to go racing again!

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How awesome would it be to see an #EQUALITY themed truck on track in NASCAR?  Give now!

Spread the word – get this to go viral, ask your friends to donate…. let’s get that #Equality truck on the track.

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Out of the Tunnel 94

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This week Adam and I recap the Labor Day race from Atlanta,  what the F is wrong with Kyle Busch….and wait for it…… KASEY KAHNE.  There was an amazing Truck race in Canada and a NASCAR star is heading for Dancing with the Stars.

All that plus,  what’s up our butts.

You can listen to show one of three ways:

1) on iTunes – click here to listen on iTunes

2) right here on Q4G – just click play 

 

3) or you can download/stream the show directly to your device by clicking here

Motor City Masters contestant creates Scholarship for LGBT Design Students

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Bryan Thompson, runner-up on this season’s Motor City Masters and recent Out of the Tunnel Podcast guest is putting his winnings to work.

Last night, on the final episode, Thompson came in 2nd to the talented Camillo Pardo.   After the show aired Bryan took to social media to make this announcement:

Congratulations to Camilo Pardo! It was an honor to compete alongside Camilo on #MotorCityMasters, and I had a blast.

We decided to share the prize, with the first place winner keeping the $100,000, and giving the Camaro to the runner up.

This means the world to me because it means I can create, and fund, the design scholarship that I was competing for.

Without further ado, I’m proud to announce the primary reason I decided to compete on this show: to fund The Bryan Thompson Design Scholarship, created to reward exceptional talent in Automotive Design.

Thompson went on to say that the new scholarship fund will reward talented design students by helping pay for eduction at College for Creative Studies or Art Center College of Design.

You can learn more about the scholarship and how to support it by visiting his website.

Out of the Tunnel 93

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This week Adam and I recount his trip to Bristol.  Adam’s partner David came on the podcast to brag about someone named Doey OhNoagano winning a race????   Hum……..

We also talked about Kyle’s latest tantrum, how we got to see Denny toss off and debate if grinding really works for the top or the bottom.

All that, and more – plus;  what’s up our butts!

You can listen to the show one of three ways:

1) on iTunes;  click here to listen on iTunes – be sure to rate us

2) right here on Q4G, just click play 

 

3) or you can stream the show directly to your device by clicking here

Out of the Tunnel 92

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Tonight, Adam and I were joined my Matt Weaver.

Matt is the executive editor for Popular Speed.com – he also covers Indy Car on OpenWheelNow.com and short track racing for Race22.com.   Be sure to give Matt a follow on Twitter:  @MattWeaverSBN

We talk about the race in Michigan, JJ’s vice grip, #NormalRyanStuff, and Jeff Gordon’s dominance this season.  Plus, Matt talks about the family feel of short track racing, Darlington is getting the Labor Day date back – and a whole lot more.

all that…..plus…. What’s up our butts!

You can listen to the show one of three ways:

1) on iTunes:  click here to listen on iTunes – be sure to rate us and subscribe

2) right here on Q4G,  just click play   

 

3)  or you can download the show by clicking here.

Out of the Tunnel 91

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This week’s podcast is a special one….  we welcome special guest Bryan Thompson.  Bryan is a contestant on TruTV’s Motor City Masters – that airs every Tuesday night.  If you haven’t seen the show, think of Project Runway, then substitute cars for dresses.  Each week the designers dream and build a custom car.

On last week’s episode, Bryan and his fellow designers went to a NASCAR race and then went back to the studio to create their own NASCAR cars out of a stock Chevy SS.

I talked to Bryan about his trip to NASCAR, building the race car, designing the throne in Katy Perry’s “Roar” video, his infatuation with campers and his passion to help young aspiring LGBT designers.

You can follow Bryan on Twitter and Facebook – and be sure to check out his amazing work at www.bryanthompsondesign.com

Adam and I also talked about the amazing race at Watkins Glen and the tragic events an hour north.

You can listen to the show one of three ways:

1)  on iTunes:  click here to listen on iTunes

2) right here on Q4G – just click play

 

3) or you can download the show directly to your device by clicking here

Saturday’s Tragedy Should Make Us All Look Inward

Editorial – by Michael T. Myers

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There have been widespread calls for new rules in all forms of racing that could prevent the tragedy that happened at Canandaigua Speedway from ever happening again.  These rules already exist in most series and while there are changes that sanctioning bodies need to make – we need to look inward as fans and stakeholders of racing.

Immediately after the accident, self-appointed experts jumped onto the internet to weigh in.  They scolded Kevin Ward for climbing out of his car.  They chastised him for angrily walking on a live track to express his displeasure with Tony Stewart.   These “experts” blamed a young driver for letting his temper get the best of him.

The fact is, that Ward was simply parroting his racing heroes.  He was emulating behavior that the racing world has celebrated for generations.

Hours before the tragedy, in the Nationwide Race at Watkins Glen, J.J. Yeley walked to the edge of an active track to angrily gesture at Trevor Bayne.

In 1999, at Martinsville Speedway, Tony Stewart famously threw his helmet at Kenny Irwin’s car and while standing on the track, tried to reach into Irwin’s moving car and punch him.

In 2007, at Dover, Tony Raines walked into caution traffic to toss his helmet at Robby Gordon.

I won’t list them all, because this post would be thicker than the phone book.   But do you know what all of these incidents have in common….. cheers and screams of approval from the grandstands.

These incidents are not only celebrated by the fans – they are celebrated and promoted by NASCAR and track owners.  The exciting footage is used in commercials to promote the sport and sell tickets.  The footage finds its way into countless highlight reels detailing our sports history.

It’s easy for us all to sit here and blame Kevin Ward for climbing out of his car. It’s easy for us all to blame Tony Stewart for taking the high line into that turn.

But we all need to look inward.  While rules can be created and penalties increased……….. as fans and stakeholders, we must stop celebrating the culture of temper tantrum.

If somehow, things worked out differently – let’s supposed Kevin hadn’t been hit.  Let’s imagine that he threw his helmet at Tony…….. the fans would have cheered.  No one would have scolded him for getting out of his car.

You can’t stop a driver from getting mad – but you can stop applauding it.

 

Out of the Tunnel 90

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After a 2 week hiatus – Adam and I are back.

We recap my vacation, Adam’s trip to Indy, the race in Indy, dirt tracking in Eldora and all the action from Pocono.

All that…. PLUS, what’s up our butts.

You can listen to the show three ways:

1)  on iTunes:  click here to listen on iTunes (be sure to subscribe and rate us)

2)  right here on Q4G – just click play   

3) or you can download/stream the show from your device by clicking here

Out of the Tunnel 89

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A day late is better than never – so this week Adam and I talk about the race from Yankee land…. reason #5432 that JoLo is a tool and more.

Plus, as always, what’s up our butts!

You can listen to the show one of three ways:

1)  on iTunes – click here to listen on iTunes (be sure to rate us and subscribe)

2)  right here on Q4G – just click play

3) or you can download the show to your device by clicking here