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  • 01:33

    Talking In Circles: 20 Drivers in Last 20 Years, Money over Talent

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    On this episode of Talking In Circles we discuss an interesting article from NBCSports.com Dustin Long. Long wrote about the best 20 drivers in the last 20 years and our hosts will debate these 20 drivers. Who was too high? Who was too low? Who was just right? 

    Also an article on Racersguide.com by Pete McDonald explaining the harsh reality that money is more important than talent in the auto racing world and what can be done to try and make that less of a problem in racing. 


    Also, the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. It's the first night race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Texas is a fast track and a mile and half track, the type of track that makes up the majority of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. Has Toyota gained on the compeitiion or will Hendrick Motorsports/Stewart Haas Racing still have a strangle hold on those type of tracks. 


    Plus John Harlow from BeyondTheFlag.com joins the show to bring his thoughts and he's always a treat. 


    Also we're looking forward to your phone calls 917-889-8280. 

  • 00:54

    Talking In Circles: Steve Byrnes Death, Kyle Busch Exemption, David Ragan's ride

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    On this episode of Talking In Circles we discuss the life and career of the late Steve Byrnes. Byrnes, the former NASCAR Broadcaster lost his life due to a battle with cancer on Tuesday. 


    Also NASCAR has said they are open to an exemption for injured driver Kyle Busch. Busch has been hurt since his opening week accident at Daytona International Speedway. Is this the right decision? 


    David Ragan appears to be headed to the No. 55 at Kansas Speedway in two weeks. Can Ragan make Chase in this ride? 


    Also NASCAR Whelen Modified Tommy Barrett, Jr was arrested and charged with a DUI. That led his Our Motorsports team to suspend him from the race at Stafford Speedway this weekend. Was this the right move by the team? Or another Kurt Busch situation. 


    Mike Wallace had triple bypass surgery last week meaning he will not race in next weekend's NASCAR Xfinity Series race. He will be replaced by his brother Kenny Wallace in the No.26 JGL Racing Toyota. 


    Johanna Long will run the No. 03 this weekend at Richmond. How will she do? 


    RCR Appeal. What's taking so long? 


    Richmond International Raceway, Toyota Owners 400. Our picks and what we expect to see. 


    Bristol review. The good,the bad, the ugly


    Plus your phone calls! Busy show this weekend! I

  • 01:00

    Talking In Circles: Auto Club Speedway review, Brian Vickers situation.

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    This week on Talking In Circles we discuss this weekend's events at Auto Club Speedway. Also we discuss the unfortuante situation for Brian Vickers and what Michael Waltrip Racing's next move. 


    We also discuss the hotly debated topic on whether or not NASCAR intentionally throws debris cautions. Also another lackluster week from Roush Fenway Racing. Will we see them rebound? 

    Also, Richard Childress Racing has found something here early in the season. No wins as of yet but we've seen a lot of speed from that organization. 

    Also, the Xfinity Series is really translating to the Cup Series. Kevin Harvick has come out and said that is the case and if you look at some of the drivers who ran strong on Saturday run strong on Sunday. Is that good for NASCAR?? 


    Also we will preview this weekend's race at Martinsville Speedway. Plus we take your phone calls at 917-889-8280! 

  • 00:57

    Talking In Circles: Duck Commander 500, New All-Star Rules, Crew Chiefs trouble

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    On this episode of Talking In Circles we break down the Duck Commander 500 from Texas Motor Speedway and take a look at who's hot and who's not. Also we talk about the sudden and surprising drop in tv ratings from Saturday night's race. We discuss why and if that'll be a trend in NASCAR or just a blip on the radar. 


    Also as we are 7 weeks in the season there are a few drivers who are in the top 20 who are surprising. Aric Almirola, David Ragan, Paul Menard, Danica Patrick, Casey Mears and AJ Allmendinger are all in the top 20. We give you our opinions on who will stay, and who will fall. 


    Also with some surprises come some disappointments and usually in the middle of the season the crew chief is replaced, not the driver. With that being said we give you guys a few names of crew chiefs who could be in some trouble in the coming weeks. 


    Also we discuss the changes to NASCAR's All-Star race. Instead of the top two finishers in the event they will go with the two segment winners from each event to transfer from the Sprint Showdown to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Also they've added pass event winners who currently runs the full season in the Cup Series. Right now the event is at 20 drivers. But how have these changes helped/hurt the event and what other changes would we like to see in the All-Star race, that's discussed. 


    John Harlow from BeyondTheFlag.com joins the show as well to give us his thoughts on this week's topics and we take your phone calls! 

  • 01:01

    Talking in Circles: Daytona 500 Weekend Review

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    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


     

  • 01:19

    Talking In Circles: Phoenix Review, Auto Club Preview, Twitter Feud and more!

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    Today on Talking In Circles, we discuss the CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Kevin Harvick dominates, we got your ataboys, your surprise finishes and what we've seen through the first four races of the 2015 season. 


    We will also preview the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. What are we going to see at Auto Club Speedway? 

    Chevrolet is the dominate manufactuer right now in NASCAR. Ford and Toyota are chasing. Is it worse this year than 2014? 

    Struggles at Roush Fenway Racing. Why has it gotten to this point at RFR?

    Also we bring John Harlow from BeyondTheFlag.com on the show to discuss his thoughts on the show. 

  • 00:38

    Talking in Circles: Reviewing Qualifying and the Sprint Unlimited

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    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. 

  • 00:30

    Talking In Circles: This week's NASCAR News

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    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! 
     

  • 01:00

    Talking In Circles: David Ragan to Joe Gibbs Racing, Nemechek to Front Row

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    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. 

  • 01:30

    Talking in Circles: Martinsville Review; BIG TIRE PENALTY

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    On today's episode we talk about a sad anniversary in NASCAR. 


    After that we'll review the STP 500 @ Martinsville Speedway. Denny Hamlin  gives Toyota their first win since Talladega last season. We need more short tracks. What a fun race. We'll give our attaboy/girls  and our disappointments. 


    Also, the big story of the week is the P5 penalty for the #31 team for Richard Childress Racing. Crew chief, Luke Lambert has been suspended for six races, and placed on probation through December 31st. Interesting take that Clayton has on this as to what RCR's next move should be; also, is it time to change the way NASCAR penalizes teams in this sport? 


    And our team report cards. Usually, every break in the season, we give team report cards, and today we'll give ours after the first six weeks. 


    Qualifying at Talladega has changed, of course, only the 457th change in qualifying. Is this the best way? Is there a better way? 


    Also, John Harlow from BeyondtheFlag.com will join the show to discuss multiple topics with us; and that's always a treat. 

  • 00:51

    Talking in Circles: The Kurt Busch situation; Reviewing Trucks and Duels

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    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.