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NASCAR on NBC podcast

Discussing the latest NASCAR news, including a weekly recap of races, events and a look ahead to what's next in the sport. Guests include NBC Sports talent such as Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and Kyle Petty.

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Part II with Tyler Gibbs and Jack Irving of Toyota Racing Development's TD2 driver development program

The brain trust of Toyota Racing Development's vaunted TD2 driver development pipeline on some of Toyota’s up and comers such as Chandler Smith (1:00); “you have to remember they’re still just kids” (2:30); more of the name in and out of the program (4:00); the importance of USAC dirt racing (5:30); how Toyota Racing Development deals with having teams provide the slots for its drivers (7:30); thinking about the “greater good” for auto racing (9:30); dealing with the luck, good and bad, of keeping drivers or having them get away (11:00); the NextGen timeline with driver development (12:30); exploring William Byron in depth (13:30); what it’s like dealing with “NASCAR dads and moms” (15:00); “Parents have seen their kids run perfect races, and they expect that every time.” (17:00); why drivers whose parents “let go” tend to have more success (19:00); holding younger drivers accountable for their actions (20:00); teaching the real-world consequences for off-track behavior (21:30); the rage-quitting incident and how that was used as a teachable moment (23:30); trying to find the line of what is offensive vs. generational (24:30); but also encouraging drivers to have personalities – and neck tattoos (25:45).

31mins

20 May 2020

Rank #1

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Ep. 54: Danica Patrick

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver discusses her new Warrior clothing line and upcoming book, her frustration and sadness with a disappointing 2016 season, friends with kids, political tweets and Tony Stewart.

52mins

22 Nov 2016

Rank #2

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Ep. 51: Kasey Kahne, Hendrick Motorsports driver

The Hendrick Motorsports driver on what life has been like as a dad, his misadventures in cycling and sandwich-making and his recent turnaround in the 2016 NASCAR season.

43mins

9 Nov 2016

Rank #3

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Ep. 104: Alex Bowman

The Hendrick Motorsports driver on how he helped Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Twitter game, the advice he's gotten from the Most Popular Driver whose ride he will fill next year and the long road he has traveled to NASCAR.

51mins

4 Oct 2017

Rank #4

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Ep. 44: @nascarcasm

NASCAR’s most famous but unknown satirist on how he got his start, his approach and process to poking fun at Sprint Cup stars, the jokes that succeeded and bombed and his relationship with the drivers he often ridicules.

51mins

28 Sep 2016

Rank #5

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The Earnhardts race the 2001 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, Part I

In a narrative edition of the NASCAR on NBC Podcast, we recall when Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. teamed to race the No. 3 Corvette in the 2001 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.--The origins of how it happened (2:30);--How well the Earnhardts knew IMSA and sports cars (5:00);--How The Intimidator wanted to be treated like anyone else on the team (7:30);--The Rolex 24 business opportunities and big picture viewpoints for Dale Earnhardt (10:30);--How Earnhardt, who was confident of driving four hours at a time from his NASCAR career, came around to handing off the car on a more frequent basis (13:00);--Getting the Earnhardts up to speed in a memorably impactful test at Sebring International Raceway that prompted some father-son rivalry (17:00);--How the Earnhardts bonded with each other and the Corvette Racing crew in the experience (24:00);--The sports car communicty embraces Earnhardt while NASCAR expresses some unease with the seven-time champion running the Rolex 24 (28:00).

31mins

23 Jan 2019

Rank #6

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Episode III: Joey Logano

The defending Daytona 500 winner is the first Sprint Cup driver to be a guest.

33mins

18 Feb 2016

Rank #7

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Ep. 109: Matt Kenseth

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver on why he plans to step away from Cup in 2018, his disappointing 2017 season, his happy (and expanding) family life and his enjoyment in biking and running.

37mins

5 Nov 2017

Rank #8

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Ep. 102: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

The Roush Fenway Racing driver on his first playoff, watching dirt with Danica and Kyle Larson and his Mississippi roots.

50mins

27 Sep 2017

Rank #9

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Ep. 47: Clint Bowyer, Greg Biffle

The Sprint Cup drivers discuss their disappointing 2016 seasons, what they’ve learned from the adversity and what lies ahead in their careers.

36mins

19 Oct 2016

Rank #10

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Ep. 36: Jimmie Johnson

The six-time Sprint Cup champion explains the responsibilities of attaching your name to a charitable foundation, details his family’s summer of fun in Aspen, Colorado; dissects the 2016 challenges for Hendrick Motorsports; and discusses what might lie ahead after NASCAR.

37mins

23 Aug 2016

Rank #11

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Ep. 59: Breaking down Carl Edwards' abrupt departure

Nate and NASCARTalk Editor Dustin Long sit down to discuss Carl Edwards' abrupt departure from full-time racing, what was surprising about his press conference and what to expect from Daniel Suarez.

29mins

11 Jan 2017

Rank #12

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Episode IV: Parker Kligerman, Ed Clark

Our guests are the third-place finisher in last Friday's truck race at Daytona and the president of Atlanta Motor Speedway.

1hr 6mins

25 Feb 2016

Rank #13

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Ep. 140: IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud

The Team Penske driver on his epic pranks with teammate Josef Newgarden, the following he has built through his lighter side on social media, his up-and-down 2018 season, how he think the Indianapolis 500 will unfold and the epic celebration he would have if he won it.

15mins

25 May 2018

Rank #14

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Ep. 135: Matt DiBenedetto

The GoFas Racing driver on his season-best 16th at Richmond; his excellent relationship (and surprising backstory) with new crew chief Randy Cox; whether Ryan Preece's recent Xfinity success make him wish he could go back in time to his 2009-10 stint at Joe Gibbs Racing; his All-Star Race fan vote campaign and his chances at Talladega.

21mins

27 Apr 2018

Rank #15

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Ep. 125: Jeff Gordon

The four-time champion and Fox analyst on the need for drama and emotions from drivers; his thoughts on a potential induction to the NASCAR Hall of Fame; the best race he ever ran; Lewis Hamilton's Daytona 500 prospects; whether his kids will race; his origins at Hendrick Motorsports and what he does with the team now.

38mins

28 Feb 2018

Rank #16

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The Earnhardts race the 2001 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, Part II

In a narrative edition of the NASCAR on NBC Podcast, we recall when Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. teamed to race the No. 3 Corvette in the 2001 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.--Dale Earnhardt climbs into the car for the first time in the rain ...which turned out to be perfect conditions (3:30);--How Earnhardt begged to stay in the car beyond his scheduled time (4:30);--What impressed Earnhardt Jr. about how his father ran the race (5:45);--The impressive run turned in by Dale Jr. despite a few mistakes under immense self-induced pressure (7:00);--Dale Jr.'s first shunt (9:00), his second (10:00) and evaluations of his performance (13:00);--What the fan reception was like and why it moved Earnhardt (15:45);--The aftermath of the Rolex 24 and what would have been next for Earnhardt (18:00)--The plan to put Dale Earnhardt in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, perhaps as early as 2002 (20:00);--A touching tribute from Teresa Earnhardt to Corvette Racing (22:00);--In his own words, Dale Earnhardt talks about his love of the Corvette (22:45);--How Dale Jr. has honored his father and the Corvette legacy (23:45);--The special replica of the No. 3 Corvette that Dale Jr. has that means more to him now than ever (24:45);--The friendships that have lingered from the Rolex 24 for Dale Jr. and the promises he kept to them for his father (27:00);--Would Dale Jr. ever run the Rolex 24 again? The appeal of friendship and sports car racing (28:30);--Final thoughts on the legacy Earnhardt left with Corvette Racing fans (30:45);--Dale Earnhardt summarizes his 2001 Rolex 24 (31:30).

33mins

24 Jan 2019

Rank #17

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Rick Hendrick on vintage cars, music memorabilia and the shrine to the people and places who shaped his life

The Hendrick Motorsports founder on his vast collection of music memorabilia (from Lady Gaga to Led Zeppelin) and vintage cars (more than 200); his love of the 1967 Corvette; the personal shrine he built to the people and places that shaped his life; how he manages overseeing an automotive dealership empire and four race teams; why Hendrick Motorsports has slumped in 2018; and how he reflects on realizing his dreams.

42mins

1 Aug 2018

Rank #18

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Ep. 41: DeLana Harvick

The wife of 2014 Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick discusses the growth of their management company, KHI, raising a child in the social media spotlight and the balance of a NASCAR star's personal and professional life.

51mins

14 Sep 2016

Rank #19

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Ep. 149: Kyle Busch

The 2015 Cup Series champion in a wide-ranging conversation on:--His love of the Denver Broncos;--The time he almost met Tom Brady (twice) on vacation and what he wants to ask him about maintaining his status as an elite pro athlete;--How his son, Brexton, already is resembling Kyle's all-or-nothing desire to win;--The workload he and wife Samantha share in running Kyle Busch Motorsports;--Through their foundation's Bundle of Joy program, how Kyle and Samantha have helped couples battling infertility;--The couple’s famous dance moves and the raging party on their wedding night;--What it was like getting booed as an 18-year-old for just having a last name;--Whether he plans to follow the advice of teammate Denny Hamlin and stop engaging the haters on Twitter;--The catharsis he finds in putting his detractors on blast through social media;--His blunt style and why he has no qualms about calling out his truck teams;--The bond he feels with his fan base and the frustration of being unable to fulfill every fan’s request;--Why he considers himself an old school racer;--What he would have wanted to discuss with Dale Earnhardt;--How he was just as consumed as Dale Earnhardt Jr. by their feud;--His rationale for why he was displeased Ricky Stenhouse Jr. didn't call after their Daytona wreck;--On the role his father played in mentoring him as a racer and how it could apply to his son.

46mins

19 Jul 2018

Rank #20