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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, 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 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 discuss the changes taking place in qualifying in the Xfinity/Nationwide Series for 2015 and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as well. The top-25/30 rule is now gone ,and qualifying will be similar to that of the Sprint Cup Series. We'll talk about whether or not this is a good move for these series, and the other things that will go into these changes as well.
Stewart-Haas Racing will make a crew chief swap between the number 10 and the number 41 teams. Tony Gibson, current crew chief of Danica Patrick will be moving to Kurt Busch following this weekend's race in Martinsville. Daniel Knost, Kurt Busch's current cc will move to the 10 of Danica as well. We'll discuss what this means for both drivers, and Stewart-Haas Racing as a whole.
Penalties we NOT handed down Tuesday as we all originally thought, with the number 31 team at Richard Childress Racing and driver Ryan Newman. It was sort of strange from the beginning as Newman's team didn't really have a reason to cheat, but still got caught with an infraction. We'll talk about why the team wasn't handed a penalty, and how much of a relief this is for RCR.
Cheez-It has resigned with Roush Fenway Racing and will sponsor the number 16 car with Greg Biffle in 2015. Roush has sold a lot of sponsorship so far, and we'll discuss how important that is for their team.
Also, as always on our Wednesday show, we have this week in NASCAR history as we once again go back 25 years, to October 22, 1989 as Mark Martin wins his first career race for Roush Racing, and it was the first win for Roush as a team owner as well. We'll discuss the siginifcane of this win, and how it propelled Roush.
Also, our picks to make it through this round of the chase, and into the Championship race at Homestead.
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 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!
On tonight's episode of Talking in Circles, NASCAR issues fines for Saturday Night's altercations at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski was fined $50,000 and Tony Stewart was fined $25,000 for his actions on Saturday night as well. We will discuss whether or not we think the penalties we just, and you'll get our opinions on what should have happened.
We'll talk about the upcoming Geico 500 @ Talladega SuperSpeedway this weekend, as it will be a wild one for sure. There will be different strategies for different race teams, as some are locked into the next round, some are on the bubble, some have to win, and some aren't in the chase at all. So we'll discuss what we think these teams will do. With that, qualifying will be mega important this weekend, and we'll discuss how the new qualifying format, with the shorter segments and groups for the first round.
Truck Series entry list, as a lot of drivers are entered to get their SuperSpeedway experience necessary for NASCAR to approve them to run Daytona next season. We'll talk about that.
And of course, our this week in NASCAR History, we step back 25 years ago to October 15, 1989 at North Wilkesboro Speedway. A big-time altercation between two hot-headed drivers which paved the way for Rusty Wallace to win the 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Championship. We'll discuss this day, and tell our audience how much we miss places like Wilkesboro.
And of course, our predictions! Enjoy
On tonight's episode of Talking in Circles, we discuss Brad Keselowski's win at Chicagoland Speedway. Brad's 15th win of his career, and 5th of the season. Back-to-back wins for the 2012 series champion, he led 62 of 267 laps. This win propels Brad Keselowski into the Contender Round of the chase. Some strong runs by most of his competitors in the chase. We'll break down the race, and the Chase scenario after race one.
Also, it was announced today that Marcos Ambrose will move back to Australia and compete in Super-V8 cars driving for Team Penske. This leaves the number 9 seat open at Richard Petty Motorsports for 2015. Who will replace Ambrose is still yet to be determined, and being the fact that sponsor, Stanley/DeWalt is moving to JGR in 2015, it's likely that these candidates will have to bring funding. The guys will break down the top candidates for that ride as well.
On tonight's episode of Talking in Circles the guys talk about their chase predictions. Clayton and Brandon tell the audience their chase brackets and give them insight of why they picked who they did to move forward. They will disagree on one driver not moving on.
In this week in NASCAR history, we go back to 2010 when Clint Bowyer was handed a penalty for having his bumper was outside of tolerance. Fined 150 points. We'll talk about the significance of that penalty, and how it has lead to the events of today.
It's a triple-header weekend in Chicagoland this week. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series action this weekend. For Cup it will be the first chase race in this new format, win and you move on. Who do wet think will win and move on? Well you'll just have to listen to the show.
On tonight's episode of Talking in Circles we're going to start with our this week in NASCAR History brings us back to August 11, 1996 to the 1996 The Bud @ the Glen at Watkin's Glen International Raceway... The 18th and final career win for Chemung, New York's Geoffrey Bodine. We'll discuss Bodine's legacy ,and how Geoffrey opened up the doors for a lot of North Eastern drivers in this sport.
After Bodine, we'll talk about the top-3 most disappointing drivers so far this season. Clayton and Brandon differ very much on this topic, and will have one of those classic heated discussions about who they think the 3 most disappointing drivers are.
Watkin's Glen preview, as NASCAR goes to its second and final road course race on the circuit. We'll talk about who we think the favorites are to go to victory lane in the Cheez-It 355 @ the Glen.
Tonight on Talking in Circles we'll discuss the events from this past weekend at the Kentucky Speedway. Brad Keselowski was the winner, as the crowd was a little low at Kentucky to say the least . The winner cuts his hand open, and his teammate pulled a move that didn't sit well with Clayton.
In case you may not have remembered, there was at one time passing in this great sport, and drivers were actually able to do it! We'll discuss why NASCAR drivers today are having such a tough time passing.
Plus, we'll discuss the 16 current chasers, and the drivers who we think will race their ways into the chase in these final few regular season races.
On tonight's episode of Talking in Circles; we discuss the Hollywood Casino 400 @ Kansas today. Joey Logano wins his 8th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, advancing him through at least Phoenix, which is huge. 1 1/2 mile tracks have been Penske's bread and butter this season.
Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Brad Keselowski, and Kasey Kahne are all chase contenders who had
Goodyear brought a tire that drivers and analysts were complaining about. The cooler temperatures made 4 tires king, for added grip. We'll talk about the issues with the tire, and if it's the team's fault, or if it's Goodyear's problem.
Big days for some guys, who we said last week were locks to get eliminated. We'll talk about who's good, and who needs to run strong at Charlotte.
We'll look at points, and talk about our attaboys, some smaller teams were able to have good runs today.
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