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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
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HEY EVERYDAY PEOPLE!!! It's time to STAND and be IN TIME with members of SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE!!! Your MC OF DA FUNK, Edde Lanier will be hosting some time with The Family Stone as we catch up with what they're doing and what they've got planned for 2015. So book your time for Friday December 12, at 11:00PM EST and 08:00PM PST cause it's gonna be a FAMILY AFFAIR!!!
Tonight on Talking in Circles we discuss the state of the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Where will the NASCAR Xfinity Series be in 10 years and who will be running in it? Who will own the cars in the series? Can the series get better?
Also we discuss the young driver dilemma. What does it take to get to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and where are some of NASCAR's best young stars going to race in the 2015 season. There are a lot of young drivers but not a whole heck of a lot of rides open, what does that mean? Also which young drivers are better than others?
We also discuss the latest news in NASCAR. Ben Kennedy joins Red Horse Racing, Bubba Wallace officially joins Roush Fenway Racing driving the No. 6 Ford for the team.
Also the ARCA Racing Series tested from the Daytona International Speedway this weekend. Who was fastest and what young kids are in that series that we could see running in NASCAR one day.
All that plus your phone calls at 917-889-8280! Join the coversation!
Talking In Circles 12-13-14
NASCAR’s New Testing policy
Todd Parrott joins RCR as Xfinity Series Director-
Good for him to battle back from a suspension for a banned substance. IMO- he’s one of the top 5 minds in the garage area and this move ALONE puts Ty Dillon as the favorite to win the NXS championship in the 2015 season. That’s how good Todd Parrott is. He worked with TBR last season and did a hell of a job.
Allgaier staying at HScott Motorsports/HScott Motorsports and Chip Ganassi form alliance in NXS.- Veteran Mike Shiplett will crew chief the No.42 Chevrolet in NXS with drivers Kyle Larson and Dylan Kwasniewski.
Bobby Labonte will run plate races for Fas Lane Racing- Broke on this show a few weeks ago by Dominick Aragon but confirmed this weekend by Catchfence.com. Labonte will run 4 plate races with Frank Stoddard as cc. C&J Energy Resources will sponsor. Also sounds like Austin Theriault may be the leading candidate to drive the other races. Definantly sounds like it’s going to be a young kid with sponsorship. Boris Said will run both road races.
Cale Conley to run full-time for Tri-Star Motorsports- Young 22 year old driver Cale Conley will drive the full season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Tri-Star Motorsports. Conley made 11 start for RCR last season and recorded 1 top ten finish in those 11 starts. Interesting move.
Hornaday out of Trucks- Sounds like Ron Hornaday Jr will not run trucks in the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He will return to his roots and build chassis for late stock cars. Thoughts? Hornaday has 360 starts in trucks with 51 wins and 4 championships. Gonna miss the guy. He is Mr. Truck Series. Hall of Fame?
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.
We'll discuss everything about the world of NASCAR including the Bubba Wallace situation. Wallace was recently released from his contract at Joe Gibbs Racing and several reports have him heading to Roush Fenway Racing. We'll discuss whether or not Wallace is making a good move and why he would even consider moving from one of NASCAR's elite teams.
Plus the Joe Gibbs Racing's crew chief lineup and how that will impact the team.
Also Richard Childress Racing has announced that Ty Dillon will race in the 2015 Daytona 500 this season in No.33 Chevrolet sponsored by Cheerios and Kroger.
We'll also discuss this past weekend's event at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida and how this event can help short track racing and put short track racing back on the map and how impressed we are with winner John Hunter Nemechek.
All that and taking your phone calls today on Talking in Circles!
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.
We're off our hiatus, and we're back to talk about everything in racing.
Also, a couple of weeks ago some changes were announced with the 5 team. The 5 team, has resigned driver, Kasey Kahne to a multi-year deal, and replaced crew chief, Kenny Francis with Keith Rodden who came over from Chip Ganassi Racing. Ganassi has hired Matt McCall to be the crew chief in 2015…. Clayton there’s a lot to dive into with all of this. First and foremost, everyone believed that Kahne would be replaced by Chase Elliott after the 2015 season. With this multi-year deal, and the current 4-car limit in NASCAR, how does Hendrick keep all of his drivers happy?
Does one go to a different team?
Does NASCAR lift the 4-car limit?
Josh Wise will also be back at Phil Parsons Racing originally reported by TheRacingExperts.com putting to bed any rumors of him driving for another race team in 2015.
Martin Truex Jr will have a new cc in 2015, as Todd Berrier will be reassigned within the organization and has been replaced by former driver Cole Pearn. Pearn has been a race engineer with the team since 2012. We'll talk about this.
Cole Whitt is on his way to Front Row Motorsports. BK Racing co-owner Anthony Marlowe, tweeted that Whitt would be in the number 34 car. We have no learned that that's not entirely the case, but Whitt is still going to Front Row Motorsports. We'll discuss this move, and what car number he may be driving.
Also, JR Motorsports have finally announced their crew chief lineup as Dave Elenz will be with the 88 car. Elenz will replace Ernie Cope who is at the 9 now. Jason Burdett will take over at the number 7 car with driver, Regan Smith. We'll talk about these changes as well. 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'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 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 most surprising drivers of 2014 along with the most diappointed drivers of the 2014 season. We'll see who each one of the talents pick as they discuss who they think it is.
Plus crew chief changes at Chip Ganassi Racing w/ Felix Sabates and Hendrick Motorsports. Keith Rodden who was the crew chief for Jamie McMurray in 2014. Rodden will now move to Hendrick Motorsports, where he was the car chief for a lot of years, to take over for Kenny Francis.
Replacing Rodden at Chip Ganassi Racing w/ Felix Sabates is Matt McCall. McCall was an engineer at Richard Childress Racing this season, and now will be a crew chief at one of NASCAR's highest levels.
Also, rookies of the years were announced in each series. Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, and Ben Kennedy. We'll discuss what we think of these as well.
Scott Zipadelli has been released from Turner Scott Motorsports. The future of this team is up in the air, and we will discuss where this team is headed.
And finally, Dominic Aragon from TheRacingExperts.com will join the show for the discussion.
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