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On tonight's episode of Talking in Circles; we preview the Championship race as we break down all 4 drivers going for the title.
Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman. We'll talk about how they got there, who the favorites are, and why each one could win this thing at Homestead.
Also, we'll go back in NASCAR to November 10, 1996, at Atlanta Motor Speedway where a pair of brothers shared the spotlight as one won the race, and the other won the championship.
And, we'll talk about possible crew chief changes taking place at Hendrick Motorsports. Will this guy be the only shoe to fall, or will there be more, at the end of the year.
All of that with our opinions, plus we're hoping to have some insite from Dominic Aragon from TheRacingExperts.co
There has been plenty of news to keep a NASCAR fan happy over the last few days and Talking in Circles will cover it all tonight!
Perhaps the biggest news came from Roush Fenway Racing on Tuesday where the organization announced their crew chief lineup for the 2015 season. We'll break down who goes where and what that means for each team.
Also announced Tuesday that Dakota Armstrong will be back at RPM in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2015. Armstrong struggled in the 2014 season but will look to turn things around.
Monday saw a cagey veteran in Eric McClure get hired to race full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for JGL Racing. Jay Guy will be the crew chief in 2015. The team also announced that JJ Yeley will drive the No.28 Toyota for the team.
Guy worked at Front Row Motorsports, where Donnie Wingo will call home in 2015. Wingo came from the Wood Brothers and will crew chief David Gilliland's No. 38 Ford next season. No word on David Ragan's crew chief or if the team will expand to three teams as expected.
Daniel Knost is Danica Patrick's crew chief for 2015. Big year for Danica and Knost and it'll be an interesting pairing to see how they will do with each other.
Also Godfather Motorsports is reporting that Tommy Baldwin Racing may form a partnership with Jay Robinson Racing to run his No.36 car in 2015. More details on the show.
Also taking your phone calls!
It was an all-Ford weekend at Daytona International Speedway this weekend, as the Fords sweep the weekend, and Joey Logano's name enters the history books as a Daytona 500 winner.
We'll break down one of the most exciting Daytona 500s in recent history and talk about our "attaboys," including one driver who should be commended for the run he had today.
We'll also talk about Kyle Busch and his injury in last night's NASCAR Xfinity Seires race, and what the number 18 team does for their future without Kyle driving.
We'll also talk about Kyle's future in NASCAR, and how it may change drastically after this injury.
One driver, who was a favorite to win the race today, is entering some uncharted territory...
And we'll review the NASCAR Xfinity Series race in Daytona as well, which was also a very fun race.
Plus your phone calls, talking about any one of these topics, tonight on Talking in Circles
On this episode of Talking in Circles we talk about another disaster of a qualifying session, and we'll review it. We'll decide who is in, and who really needs to push it in their duel race.
The front row, takes the back seat to a disasterous qualifying format, is that really good for the sport?
Also, Brandon has a theory to possibly fix this current format. If this is the system NASCAR wants to keep, then so be it, but it absolutely needs tweaking. And maybe this idea will be the best one of all.
Also, last night was the Sprint Unlimited, where Matt Kenseth went to victory lane. It was a crazy race, with a lot of cautions, and we'll talk about what this may mean for Sunday's Daytona 500.
On tonight's episode of Talking in Circles, Joe Gibbs Racing has announced a new sponsor for both its #19 and number 20 cars in 2015. Stanley/Dewalt joins the fold.
Now that the sponsor has left, that leads to more speculation on who will replace Marcos Ambrose at RPM. RPM's development driver, Corey LaJoie makes his Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend at New Hampshire. Is he now the leading candidate to replace Ambrose, and is he the right man for the job? We're talking about it.
Also, The Motorsports Group, a raceteam currently in the NASCAR Nationwide Series will move to full-time Sprint Cup Series competition next season. What this move means for this organization, and what it means for the future of the Xfinity Series.
Also, we take you back in time to September 21, 2003 at Dover International Speedway for the MBNA 400. First race with freezing the field and the lucky dog. How has this new format helped the sport, and has it hurt it in a way.
And of course, our picks for New Hampshire.
All tonight on Talking in Circles.
On tonight's episode of Talking in Circles we talk about a high profile crew chief, Slugger Labbe, currently crew chief of Paul Menard's number 27 team, moving up at Richard Childress Racing. Labbe, has had a great deal of success with Menard, including Paul's first Sprint Cup Series win in 2011 at Indianapolis. He moves on to an R&D role with the team, and Justin Alexander will take over for Labbe.
Also, Regan Smith is now back at JR Motorsports for 2015. Smith, a former Sprint Cup Series driver, has spent the last two seasons in the Nationwide Series with JR Motorsports. Is Regan Smith the first chip to fall. Where do the other veteran drivers go now? Elliott Sadler?
Also, veteran Mike Ford will move on from BK Racing and become a crew chief in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Athenian Motorsports, the family owned team for John Wes Townley. Mike Beam used to be the cc there, no word on where he's going.
This week in NASCAR history takes us back to September 30, 1990, when a young and up and coming driver Robby Moroso was tragcially killed in a car accident after the race in North Wilkesboro. Moroso was crowned rookie of the year in 1990, even though he wasn't there to accept the award. We'll talk about the legacy of Robby Moroso and how he helped pave the way for the "young guy."
Also, we'll do our Kansas preview and give you our predictions.
On tonight's episode of Talking in Circles, we discuss Saturday Night's Federated Auto Parts 400 @ Richmond International Raceway. Brad Keselowski wins his fourth race of 2014.
We'll discuss about the racing at Richmond, and what we thought of it. There were only two leaders the whole race, and the racing was down significantly.
We'll talk about some strong runs for some drivers.
Both series the driver won from the pole.
We'll pick the 4 drivers that we don't think will advance to the next round in the chase.
Also, we'll talk about The Nationwide Series race and whether or not they need to tweak their qualifying format.
On tonight's episode of Talking in Circles we'll discuss the new deal for the Nationwide Series where, as of January 1st it will be known as the Xfinity Series. A big 10-year deal for NASCAR for the second-tier series and we'll talk about the implications for this deal and the fine print as well.
Also, This week in NASCAR history brings us back to September 7, 1991, at Richmond. "Handsome" Harry Gant wins the second race of four straight wins in the number 33 Skoal Bandit Oldsmobile. Harry earned the nickame, "Mr. September" for his dominance in both the Winston Cup and Busch Series races that month, winning 5 straight Busch races and 4 straight Cup races.
Also, there will be a new team debuting at Richmond. Beard Motorsports, owned by Mark Beard, of Mount Pleasant, Michigan. With the field being 44 cars for 43 spots, and not having owner's points, it's going to be a tall task for the number 75 Chevrolet driven by Clay Rogers, who is also looking to make his Sprint Cup debut. Clayton and Brandon will talk about this team's chances at making the race at Richmond, and how interesting Friday will be for this team.
Finally, the Richmond preview, picks to win, as the regular season winds down, and we head into the chase, we'll see who we all think will make the final few spots in the chase.
It's going to be an interesting show, and we can't wait to have you along, on Talking in Circles.
On tonight's episode, Brandon and Clayton give their opinions on the latest Silly Season news coming out of NASCAR.
Cole Whitt's deal with Front Row Motorsports was officially announced. ARCA's most succesful driver ever, is on the move but to a rival. In the Xfinity Series, JD Motorsports has announced the signing of driver, Harrison Rhodes to run full-time for them in 2015. Carl Long Racing announced that Derek White will drive their Dodge at Daytona. In the Camping World Truck Series, Tyler Young returns to the seat of the Young's Motorsports Chevy and Brandon Jones will run 16 races for GMS Racing.
After that they'll discuss 4 driver topics, and pick the driver that they think will fit that bill the most. The four topics will be Comeback Driver of the year, A driver who they feel will be the driver who retracts the most. The most surprising driver of 2015, and a driver who we feel will be the most disappointing driver in 2015.
Plus, your phone calls, tonight on Talking in Circles.
On the special Sunday Morning edition of Talking in Circles, we talk about the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Joey Logano wins his 6th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, and third of the season, and has made himself a contender in this Championship race. It's the first time ever, that Ford Motor Company has swept the weekend in Bristol.
Joey won the race on the final restart passing Matt Kenseth on older tires, but the new rubber paid off for Logano and he was able to work his way around the 20 and go to victory lane.
Denny Hamlin was leading the race on lap 156, before contact with second place running Kevin Harvick sent Hamlin's car into the inside retaining wall, ending his day, and afterwards Hamlin threw his HANS device at Harvick. We'll talk about that move in perticular and why it was okay, and also why Harvick was running so hard, so early.
Kyle Busch had a tough night in Bristol. Kyle got caught up in an early wreck, and for the past 5 weeks, has had nothing but bad luck, with good race cars. This lead crew chief Dave Rogers to tell Kyle to "park you whiney little ass, and get on the bus." Team owner, Joe Gibbs has downplayed the comments and seems to think that it's no big deal.
Also, Greg Biffle has a new sponsor, and sticking with Roush, is Jimmy Fennig going to step down?
All of that on Talking in Circles. Enjoy the show everyone!
Tonight on Talking in Circles: Front Row Motorsports driver David Ragan is going to Joe Gibbs Racing for the immediate future. Ragan will be in the car this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He was chosen over Erik Jones and Matt Crafton. Jones will drive No. 54 car NXS car for JGR. Do we see Jones? Is Ford right in letting him do this? Is FRM right?
Joe Nemechek will replace Ragan at Front Row Motorsports for this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. No word on the driver past Atlanta Motor Speedway for the No. 34.
Also Regan Smith will drive the No. 41 Chevrolet this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. No word on future past Atlanta.
John Harlow from BeyondTheFlag.com joins the show to add his opinions to the week's events.
Derrike Cope and Tanner Berryhill complained about the qualifying at Daytona and saying that it hurt the small teams on the plate tracks. Is single car runs the only solution?
Davey Allison would have been 54 years old today. If he were still alive today, How would the sport be changed?
Danica Patrick's penalty. Written warning?
Dash4Cash is back. Cool deal? Wish we saw something like this in Cup?
Truck penalty. 20 and 29 trucks had loose screws.
On tonight's episode of Talking in Circles, we talk about the news that broke tonight, that Kurt Busch has been suspended indefnitely by NASCAR tonight and will the Daytona after running in the Budweiser Duels Thursday night. According to a Stewart-Haas Racing spokesperson, Kurt will be replaced by NASCAR Xfinity Series driver, Regan Smith for the 57th running of the Daytona 500.
Clayton and Brandon will talk about whether or not it was too soon or the right ruling, in our opinions.
Also, back to the racetrack, Thursday's Duels were intense. David Ragan was bounced in and out of the show about 5 times. Danica Patrick got into it with Denny Hamlin, and a feel good story for Mike Wallace and Premium Motorsports.
We'll discuss the duels and who is in and out of the show, and what it means for some of these teams who missed.
And of course, tonight's Next Era Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, where Tyler Reddick won his first ever NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. It was an interesting race, and we'll see what we think of the moves by some of the guys in the race... Including one that isn't getting enough flack in Brandon's opinion.
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