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Out of the Tunnel 102

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It’s the LAST show of the season!

Adam and I recap the race from Homestead and the crowning of our new Champion.

Who stole Adam’s football?

All that plus – as always: What’s up our butts!

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Out of the Tunnel 101

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This week we recap my weekend at PIR as the final four was decided.  Did Ryan Newman make a dirty move and who are Adam and I picking to win the Sprint Cup in Homestead next weekend.

PLUS – interviews with Crash Gladys from The Speed Freaks, Mojo Nixon from Manifold Destiny and Lewis Franck from Reuters.

All that, and of course, what’s up our butts.

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The Phoenix Gaynalysis – 8 Men Enter

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8 men enter.  Only 4 leave. Sounds like a fun night!

Kevin Harvick had one job to do….and he did it, happily winning the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.   The driver of the #4 Budweiser did it commanding fashion, leading 264 of 312 laps.

The win locks Harvick into the Final Four Spots that will decide the Championship next week in North Cuba.  No other driver had anything for the #4 as Harvick lept to a commanding lead on every restart – despite a record 12 cautions giving others ample opportunities.

The other three spot locks were more fluid than a baby’s diaper as the race wore on in front of a sold out crowd in the desert.

Locking in are Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman.   Knocked out contention were Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth.

The 4th spot was yanked out of Jeff Gordon’s hand on the last lap when Ryan Newman  “moved” Kyle Larson in Turn 4 – sealing his chance to compete for the Sprint Cup.

Gordon squared off “West Side Story Style” with Brad Keselowski last week in Texas after Bad-Brad made a move to try and steal the victory.  When asked about Newman making a similar move today to knock him out of contention, Gordon said, “it made last week even tougher to swallow,” adding, “if (that move) is acceptable then, it is acceptable now.”

Newman made it into the final four by the skin of his neck. For his part, on bumping Larson, Newman said, “I did what I had to do, I don’t like racing like that. I didn’t take him out. He still finished the race. In a day or two, he’ll understand.”

Never give up!  It is a lesson we were all taught as a kid but a lesson that Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano really took to heart today.

On lap 32 Hamlin got a flat tire during a pit stop when the valve stem was knocked off by the air gun. The odd incident caused Denny to pit a second time and lose a lap.  Many wrote off the #11 team but they fought back for a 5th place finish.

Logano’s day seemed to run downhill several times.  On lap 124, during a pit stop the #22 team was penalized for removing equipment from the pit box.  Starting in the back of the field, it didn’t take long for the lightning quick Harvick to put Logano a lap down.  On lap 212 when Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer made contact, Joey went low to avoid the #18 and in the process contacted Danica Patrick.

The contract resulted in a tire rub on the #22.  After the race Logano said, “We (Danica) hit pretty hard but it didn’t knock the toe out. When NASCAR threw the red flag we had time to talk about the damage on the radio and for me to calm down.”  The #22 quickly pulled the fender out and kept Logano in contention.  JoLo fought to the end and finished P6, sealing his place in the final four on points.  His teammate, Brad Keselowski, didn’t fair so well at PIR.

Former Cup Champion Keselowski, who had the most wins of any driver this season needed to win again at PIR to grab one of those final four spots. He finished fourth – but that was three spots short.  The #2 had several shots at Harvick on multiple restarts but Miller Light had nothing for Budweiser today.

“We were just a little bit short,” said Keselowski. “Kevin was really, really strong all day long. We just weren’t strong enough to win. We were strong enough to run second or third, and ended up fourth. A lot to be proud of, just not enough.”

Now, a short message to all of the Chase Haters filling my timeline at the moment.  STFU!

Yeah, I get it.  If you’re a Keselowski or Gordon fan you are mad that your guy won’t have a shot for another title.  But if you’re a Hamlin or Newman fan you love this new format. This new format has delivered that every week and I expect it to deliver next week in Florida.  So sit back and enjoy the show!

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NASCAR Eliminator Round Media Day

Answer = Madness   /    Question =  what to expect Sunday at Phoenix Raceway

When NASCAR first announced the new Chase format for this season, no one could have imagined what we’ll see on Sunday.   8 men aiming for the final four spots in Homestead and none of them are locked in.

Only 18 points separate the top from the bottom.

You mightPIR in points as well toss another point Denny Hamlin’s way as he won the pole position and assuming he gets a good start when the green flag drops he will earn a bonus point for leading that first lap.   At this point, Hamlin is tied with Logano who will start 4th on Sunday.

Ryan Newman, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin have the least stress burden to bare.

To clinch on of the final four spots:  Newman needs to finish 9th or better (10th w/ one lap led or 11th w/ most laps lead), Logano and Hamlin need to finish 11th or better (12th w/ one lap led or 13th w/ most laps led).

Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick have the most stress to bare as they each can only control their destiny by going to Victory Lane.

Harvick and Keselowski have been at the top of the speed charts this weekend.  Both the #2 and #4 team unloaded fast cars and their set-ups are getting faster.  But, will Keselowski’s recent actions allow a spurned driver to deliver some payback on Sunday?

One thing’s for sure – expect madness.

It’s all about the people…..

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I am back at the track…. and it has been way too long.

Things at the day job have been beyond busy and while paying all of my bills is a good thing, I have missed my racing family.

Family is the only way to describe it.  While the fighters drivers get to fly in on their private jets – all of the other people who pay their bills by working in this sport are one big traveling family.  Each team has a plane full of employees at each race, the media (print and broadcast) and the people that work for NASCAR.

These folks pack up this portable city and take it to a new town every weekend – and this late in the season – they may be tired of each others company.  Think of those long road trips you took as a kid….. and how you wanted to throw your sibling out the window after a few hours stuck in the back of your dad’s station wagon.   The NASCAR season is a long one and all of these people have earned a vacation.

But I only make it to the track a few times a year – so it’s like a big family reunion for me.  So many smiling faces, good hugs and hand shakes.  There is nothing like catching up with old friends.

It makes me grateful for the opportunity I have to be here and wistful I was here more.

Out of the Tunnel 100

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Show 100!  Wow – can you believe it?

This week Adam and I talk about the brawl in Texas and oh yeah – a pretty good race.

Plus my interview with former NASCAR Driver Scott Speed who’s in Vegas for the Global Rally Cross finale.

all that, and more….. and as always – what’s up our butts?

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Out of the Tunnel 99

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Short show this week – and you’re stuck with me as Adam is watching some fooseball game.

This podcast was recorded minutes after the conclusion of the Dega race and I share my immediate thoughts.

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Out of the Tunnel 98

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This week Adam and I were joined by a very special guest.  USA Today’s NASCAR writer and twitter phenom Jeff Gluck joins the podcast.

We talk about the brawl in Charlotte, what fines NASCAR may pass down, Harvick breaking his slump and much much more.

All that…. plus – What’s up our butt!

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Out of the Tunnel 97

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This week I recap my bad travel luck…. hint, don’t travel with me.

Then Adam and I recap the race at Dover, get confused by the points reset and talk about who got knocked out.

All that, plus as always – what’s up our butts.

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Out of the Tunnel 96

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This week Adam I talk about the action in New Hampshire – make some Dover predictions, discuss the new 2015 rules and as always, what’s up our butts.

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