Are you a sportsman drag racer or fan? This is the podcast you've been looking for! Within The Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast w/ Luke & Jed, hosts Luke Bogacki & Jared Pennington discuss the latest happenings and debate hot topics within the sport of drag racing. In addition to their own commentary, they host weekly guests that include some of the rock stars of our sport. From NHRA to IHRA, from local weekly bracket competition to the richest and most prestigious events in the nation: The Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast w/ Luke & Jed covers it all!
Luke and Jed, delve into the world of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) and its effects on racing and the rest of our lives. They of course recap some of the big stories from the little bit of racing that we have had so far this season. The most exciting part of this episode is our March Madness replacement bracket. Stay tuned for a few polls, for a more interactive experience with this segment.
Jed gets the opportunity to sit down and have a conversation with Ali Doll, the 2019 NHRA Stock Eliminator champion, they discuss her start in the sport, background, and of course her incredible 2019 season, tune in now to hear her story.
Tune in for a really awesome show, a couple of great guys sit down with Jed, to discuss their stories. Vic, hailing from Oklahoma and Keith from New York, have vastly different stories and both are very interesting.
We take a break from our Championship Interview series, to bring you an NHRA Season preview. With the Winternationals coming up this weekend, Luke and National Dragster Editor, Kevin McKenna sit down to give their predictions and preview of the 2020 NHRA season. Tune in to hear their take!
Luke and Jed set out on an insurmountable task, to try to identify some of the greatest accomplishments, greatest races, best appearing drivers....wait...yes you read that right! Tune in now to hear a truly entertaining episode!
Continuing our Championship Interview series, this week brings us to NHRA Super Gas Champion, Jeremy Mason. Luke sits down with Jeremy for a discussion on his season, his trials, tribulations, and strategies. Tune in to this insightful interview with this years Super Gas Champ!
Our first episode of 2020, begins the 2019 Championship Interview Series. We begin our coverage in the bottom bulb bracket racing arena, with NHRA Pro Champion, Chris Johnston, and IHRA Modified Champion Dustin Avondet. Both of these racers have awesome stories that came with their quest for the championship. Listen in as Jed sits down with both of these awesome racers.
The MAN, the MYTH, the LEGEND! We have Chet Dragon sitting down with Jed for a conversation that bridges Chet’s 40 years in the sport. Why he has chosen the weapon he has (6.30 buggy), and how he’s approached the sport over the last 4 decades.
In this week’s episode, Luke provides us with the 2nd installment of our “regular guy” series of podcasts, where we highlight racers that may not be household names. Mitchell provides an incredible perspective on racing, from his point of view.
Luke and Jed highlight NHRA and IHRA Champions from top to bottom. The guys break down all of the awesome drama from Pomona. They even weigh in a little bit on some of the happenings in the professional ranks.
This week Luke sits down with very successful, yet maybe lesser known or talked about, racer Scotty Bodmer. Scotty has 11 track championships and a $20k win at Atco to his credit. Tune in to hear his story.
This week, Luke and Jed discuss a lot of things that have went on in the last couple weeks, highlighting mainly The Million. They also discuss one racers performances that have come together to be an incredible season in this week’s BTE Who’s Hot.
Luke welcomes guest Kevin McKenna, senior editor of NHRA’s National Dragster. Together the two cover the NHRA points chases from top to bottom, they discuss which classes are up for grabs and who the contenders are. Tune in, as the season comes to a close with only three events on the schedule, things will be interesting in multiple classes.
Ever thought about who the Top 25 racers in sportsman drag racing of all time? Luke and Jed break down THEIR ideas of the Top 25. Be sure to tune in, some will agree, some will disagree, but at the very least it can drum up a discussion about those who have accomplished the most in our sport.
Jed sits down with Matt Dadas to discuss what has been an incredible season. They discuss the progression of the season, where it started and where its headed. Matt was able to describe what it was like to be the car owner for a momentous occasion as well as what it was like to be behind the wheel.
Luke gets a chance to sit down with Dragraceresults.com owner and co-founder of Collectortethers.com. With decades of racing experience, and an all-around industry presence. Luke gets to pick Scott’s brain on lots of topics including the status of big money bracket racing and where its headed.
Luke and Jed discuss all the happenings from the Fall Fling at Bristol Dragway. Offering up a recap of winners, as well as opinions on some of the more dramatic moments. An awesome story leads a NHRA Stock Eliminator racer to get the BTE Who’s Hot. Stay tuned all the way to the end for one of our more interesting endings to the show.
Jed sits down with Chris Gulitti for a cool look into the father son duo’s racing history, and future. A fixture on the big money bracket racing tour, Chris and his son Cory can be found in almost any corner of the country, chasing huge payouts, with an incredible amount of success. Tune in to hear Chris’s story!
Luke gets to sit down with the man, the myth, the legend Chris Garretson, made famous for finishing 6th in Super Comp National points for 2018, with a 110-mph airplane front tired and top end throttle stopped dragster.
The guys talk about KC Pesnell fallout, some Labor Day results from Summit Motorsports Park, and then go into the Big Go at Indy. Luke breaks down the weekend’s events. Every year around this time Luke goes full out NERD on the NHRA Sportsman.
KC Pesnell broke the internet. So, we had to talk about the 14-year-old who won $50,000! In that discussion, Luke and Jed debated whether KC (or any 14-year-old) should be driving a 140+ mph dragster alongside grown men and women at the highest level of our sport. In addition, Jed put his reporter hat on and broke some news about the situation. It's as much of a "must listen" podcast as we've ever published!
Luke and Jed return for an entertaining and slightly “off” regular episode, featuring a discussion about house cars, and their opinions concerning them. JJ’s Top 10 (15) returns with July’s picks, and some light results talk.
On this week’s interview Jed gets to dive into Mia Tedesco’s head and find out about her start into drag racing and what keeps her going week after week. Faith and family are vitally important to Tedesco. She began drag racing when she was 8 at Pittsburgh Raceway Park (renamed Keystone Raceway Park), a track owned by her father Michael Tedesco. It was her Uncle Carmen who convinced his niece to grab a helmet and fire suit and to get behind the wheel of a race car.
Much anticipated, Luke and Jed give their thoughts and opinions on the state of big money racing. They talk about race structures, effects on local programs, and what’s keeping these races so successful.
After a HUGE couple weeks of racing, we have a ton to cover! Taking the spotlight are the SFG 525 and the World Footbrake Challenge. Luke and Jed get to cover the results from these races, and have a chat with the winner of the biggest paying bracket race in history!
The guys preview what will be the biggest payout our sport has seen to this point, and make their predictions. They discuss the big sportsman postponement at Norwalk. Various, National, Divisional, and bracket racing results from around the country as well.
Jam packed episode this week! JJ returns with his top 10 (15) presented by Armed Forces Racing. The guys talk about two different NHRA Nationals, Divisional at Numidia, along with big money bracket racing around the country and an IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular! Topped off by an awesome shout outs segment!
This week the guys, pay their respects to Kyle Ellis, after losing him tragically in an accident en route to the Huntsville. Onto brighter topics, they cover a ton of results from one side of the country to the other. Finally they preview the Jegs All Star race and make some pics.
Luke gets the opportunity to interview Wes May. They discuss Wes’ early years, how it all began for him, and some unknown history on the famous Wes May Regal. Tune in to hear the rest of the Wes May story, past to present.
Luke and Jed recap the Spring Fling Galot, highlighting some stand out performances there. They also discuss some NHRA LODRS results from around the country over the past two weeks. They discuss an interesting Super Street performance from California as well.
Luke and Jed get the opportunity to pick the brain of Peeps Pennington, after his win at the Spring Fling Million, with its historical $375,000 payout! Peeps shares how the day went, his emotions, and of course the after celebration!
Luke and Jed re-cap the Spring Fling Million, and Luke discusses his take on splits or lack thereof. From there the guys cover results from the ATI Bigfoot $40k Footbrake race, as well as the Texas Triple 10’s.
Luke sits down with one of the greatest racers in the sportsman/bracket ranks. Edmond Richardson has been winning races for 30 years, and has the drive to continue. An incredible in-depth interview with “The King”, with a lot of insight on racing and winning over his extremely fruitful career.
The guys cover racing from the past two weeks, almost exclusively NHRA heavy while most all of the significant bracket racing was cancelled/postponed due to weather, they preview some of the upcoming events and finish off the NCAA Final four bracket and we have a “whip us” winner.
This week Luke & Jed got an opportunity to catch up with Spring Fling Million co-promoter & racing legend Kyle Seipel. Rather than discuss the imminent success of what has become arguably the most prestigious event in Sportsman Drag Racing, Kyle agreed to let listeners in. Within this highly personal episode, he details what the last 8 months have been like, clinically and emotionally, in his battle with cancer.
The guys cover racing from the past two weeks, from Montgomery, Huntsville, Gulfport, Two IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectaculars, and a few cool hometown stories mixed in. They round it out with the Final 4 “whip up” phrases. A huge show with a lot on tap! Enjoy!
Jed sits down to talk with Brian Hendrickson, Brian speaks about his start in racing, some of the trials and tribulations of getting his car to Pomona. He also highlights the challenge and pressure of winning the E.T. finals, and then the days in Pomona, not to mention has some incredible “Rapid Fire” question answers!
Racing coverage from Coast to coast, Tucson to Gainesville. The guys recap some of the highlights from Tucson, Gainesville, Texas, and the Loose Rocker race in Virginia! It’s also that time of the year, March Madness, this year Luke and Jed attach races phrases that “whip us” Like basketball or not, this is an entertaining segment!
Luke, KB and Justin, get together to answer some of your questions. Covering a wide range of topics, from Setup questions, to strategy, these guys get down to the nuts and bolts of the sport. They also talk about the benefits and advantages of being a member of This is Bracket Racing Elite.
On this week's episode of the Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast, we catch up with reigning NHRA Stock Eliminator Champion, Brian McClanahan. Brian will walk us through his championship campaign, his epic heavyweight slugfest with Justin Lamb down the stretch, and his incredible family history (3 generations of NHRA World Champions)
Luke and Jed recap NHRA action from either side of the country, and also have some fun discussing a social media post suggesting Scotty Richardson vs Gary Williams at $5k a pass. They talk some about a new Division 6 program an extremely quick race sell out.
On this week's episode of the Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast, we catch up with reigning NHRA Super Comp Champion, Steve Williams. Steve is a longtime veteran of the sport, with incredible insight. Within the interview, he shares his incredible perspective on the Super Comp category, sportsman racing in general, and the industry that surrounds it.
This week we cover some ACTUAL racing! For the first time in a few months, there were a few races to catch up with, Luke and Jed discuss the NHRA Winternationals, The Division 2 race in Orlando, as well as some bracket racing from Belle Rose, LA. Getting to what you all really want however, Hot Rod Rodney Finchum joins us for a nice long interview full of great stories and hucklebuckin!
We are back to our coverage of 2018 Champions. Jed sits down to talk with NHRA Super Pro E.T champion Patrick Osmundson. Listen in as we get to know Patrick, his story, and the events that led to his Super Pro Championship
Taking a break from the 2018 Championship interview series, Luke and Jed take some time to catch up with some of the happenings over the winter. The guys talk about some big money races that are coming up in 2019 all over the country, as well as some of the other news from the racing world.
2018 NHRA Top Sportsman Champion Ronnie Proctor has won just about everything that one can win in a Top Sportsman car. A Ford guy through and through, Ronnie currently is running a Jerry Haas built Mustang in the 6 second zone at 200+ MPH. Ronnie gets the opportunity to tell his story on this weeks episode.
2018 IHRA Top Summit Super Series Champion Dale Scates, 25, East Texas resident travelled to Memphis to compete for his National Championship. Dale has been racing since he was 10 years old, starting in a Jr dragster at Pine Valley, and hasn’t taken a break since. Listen to his story, winning his championship in a borrowed car after finding a bad lifter in his own!
2018 NHRA Top Dragster Champion Paul Nero, a perennial top finisher in Top Dragster joins us in this installment of our championship coverage. Paul has multiple national event wins in multiple classes, has qualified for the NHRA All-Stars, and also competes in big money bracket races. Paul, an Oregon resident, finds himself behind the windshield putting in a lot of travel time to reach races all over the country with his closest national event over 4 hours from home and others being 17-21 hours from home or more!
2018 NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle champion John Markham is a 49-year-old from Bowling Green, KY, and has a storied history drag racing motorcycles. John has 10 National Championships in various motorcycle racing associations and over 30 national wins Listen as John details his championship season with Jed.
This week’s champion guest, Frank Aragona is a perennial top 10 Competition Eliminator National points finisher. He has stood at the top twice now, once in 2007 and of course this season. Nearly a dozen national event wins to his credit, Frank has seen a lot of success in Competition Eliminator, but has also dabbled in nearly all of the NHRA sportsman categories with success. Frank is a huge proponent for Competition Eliminator and you can hear the true passion in his words about the class!
Kyla is 14 yrs old Jr Dragster racer from Wisconsin Rapids, WI She’s a freshman At Lincoln High school in Wisconsin Rapids. WI where she’s a High Honor Roll student. She started racing when she was 10 & won her first race the following year. She won two races & was X number points Champion this year at Great Lakes Dragaway, which led her to be invited to Memphis for World Finals. There she was runner up in the gambler race & then won the World Finals. Outside of racing, Kyla enjoys dancing. Which she’s been doing since the age of 3. She’s in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, & modern. She’s also won 2 scholarships for her dancing.
Devin Isenhower is just 21 years old, our youngest 2018 NHRA Sportsman Champ. Devin competes not only in his championship winning Camaro bodied Roadster SG machine, but also an American Race Cars dragster in the 8.90 category. Not only did Devin win the 2018 Super Gas national title, he also finished 10th in Super Comp points. In addition to his world championship, Devin won the Division 3 Super Gas championship (for a second consecutive season) in 2018.
In this BONUS episode, Luke and Kevin Brannon discuss racing strategy, philosophy, and execution (at both ends of the track). Luke and KB are the lead instructors within ThisIsBracketRacing ELITE, an exclusive online membership community. Within the group, they hold regular live chats in which they discuss topics and field a variety of questions presented by group members. This bonus episode is essentially a public version of that; and a bit of a glimpse inside ThisIsBracketRacing ELITE.
2018 IHRA Modified Champion Toby Daniels, 44, from Barbourville Kentucky began his drag racing journey tagging along to the track with family. Going to the track with his father and brother got Toby hooked on drag racing, just like so many of us. After battling some nerves in the first few rounds, Toby tells Jed about his trip to the final, and the people that helped make it possible!
Justin Lamb recently won his 5th NHRA World Championship, which puts him in rare air within the sportsman drag racing community. His 2018 Super Stock crown, in addition to his 5th title total, was his 3rd in Super Stock and his third in the last two calendar years. In 2017, Justin became just the 3rd driver in NHRA history (joining Scotty Richardson and Jeff Strickland) to win two championships in the same season when he won the Super Stock and Stock titles. In 2018, he came painfully close to duplicating the feat. Justin won the Super Stock title for a second consecutive season.
In today’s episode, the guys sit down with Nelson Belot (Bee-Lot) to discuss how he not only won the long distance award at the NHRA Finals, but also took the Summit Pro National Championship back home to Massachusetts. Kenny Underwood is back at it, padding his phenomenal win total with a pair of scores down south; and the long awaited, highly anticipated return of Racer Confidential!
In this week's show, the guys discuss David Rampy's 100th NHRA National Event victory, the 2018 class of NHRA Summit Series champions, and that wild finish to the NHRA Super Comp title chase. Plus regular and semi-regular features: BTE Who's Hot, #RacingAnswers, and of course, shoutouts for days!
In this week’s episode, lead (only) Sportsman Drag Racing correspondent J.J. Pennington shares his Top 10 from October! In addition, Luke and Jed recap the drama in Las Vegas that culminated in 6 of the 7 NHRA sportsman world champions being crowned. They also previewed the upcoming Summit Series World Championships in Pomona and break down the action from the World Series of Bracket Racing in Georgia.
Luke and Jed discuss SFG’s stance on Excessive Braking, along with a seemingly bizarre ruling from NHRA. Plus, Million Dollar Race Promoter Randy Folk joined the show to clarify some of the details of this year’s Million and to provide his unique perspective on the decisions he was faced with at the event; both this season and in years past. Plus: BTE Who’s Hot, event results from across the country, nerdy NHRA championship breakdowns, and of course, shoutouts for days!
Kenny Underwood became just the second two-time Million Dollar Race Winner. Randell Reid nearly went Verdi on ‘em. Scotty Richardson came close to getting the one win that has eluded him. And none of that was the biggest story of the Million. You know what was. Luke & Jed talked about all that and more. Guests for this show include BOTH the Million Dollar Race winner Kenny Underwood, and runner-up: 17-year-old Cory Gulitti. One long episode to recap one crazy weekend in Montgomery. You gotta hear this.
On the eve of the 23rd annual Mickey Thompson Million, the guys welcome the only 2-time winner of the Million, Gary Williams to the show. GW rehashes his glorious triumphs from 2004 and 2007, how they changed his life, and some thoughts on the Million in general. Gary, Luke, and Jed all weigh in on predictions for the winner and the car count at this year’s Million. In addition, the guys break down the NHRA title chase following an exciting weekend in Charlotte, and recap a handful of big buck bracket events leading into the Million Dollar Race.
In this week’s show, the guys break down coast to coast action from a busy weekend. Highlights include David Rampy’s quest to reach 100 national event wins, a slew of young guns with huge performances, breakdown and insight on a few unsubstantiated rumors, and of course the monthly edition of JJ’s Top Ten!
In this episode, Luke & Jed discuss Jake Howard’s incredible run: all he does is win E.T. Finals (that’s 5 in 3 years, and 3 in 3 weeks for those keeping score at home). Luke took a deeper dive into the NHRA national points chase in Super Stock, Super Comp, and Top Sportsman to break down the championship contenders and their odds. The guys closed the show with a couple of listener e-mails that depict some unique and thought provoking situations (re-runs, points implications, gifted rounds, etc.). Plus the usual nonsense: BTE Who’s Hot, What’s On Tap, Shoutouts and more.
Luke & Jed sit down with the man of the hour, Rocky Pintavalle. In case you haven’t heard, Rocky had an incredible season… last weekend! Pintavalle drove his 3-speed equipped back-half Mopar to wins in both the $15,000 opener and the $50,000 main event at the Fall Fling. The guys recapped everything Fall Fling, including the big ($500,000) announcement for next year’s event. NHRA got slippery in St. Louis, so the guys did their best to rehash that drama and recap a busy weekend of sportsman action from across the country
Luke and Jed did their best to recap an incredible weekend of racing from across the country. Jake Howard and Mikie Sturgill headlined a weekend chalk full of E.T. Finals action with rare doubles. Cory Gulitti and Andy Schmall showed out in big dollar bracket competition. We’ve got new national points leaders in two NHRA categories. Lots to talk about - plus potentially the most memorable Luke rant/tangent to date. That and more on one long episode of the Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast!
In this episode, Luke & Jed get “Dialed In” with Zach Schlumpf, co-host of a new racing podcast titled “Dialed In with Jake & Zach. In addition, they recapped a fairly light weekend of racing action highlighted by a pair of NHRA divisional events, and previewed a big weekend of bracket finals action on the horizon. Jed, Luke and Producer Mark also weighed in with memories from September 11, seventeen years later.
In this episode, the guys caught up with recent NHRA U.S. National Super Gas champion (and current Super Gas points leader) Devin Isenhower to recap the biggest win of his young career. That leads their in-depth coverage of the Big Go, and some of the stories of note from the fabled event. Lead (only) Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast correspondent JJ Pennington provided his Top 10 for the month of August, and the guys closed the show with a pair of epic Racer Confidential stories.
In this episode, the guys dissect the NHRA points chase following a big weekend of divisional action. Did you hear that the Top Dragster bump in Bowling Green was 6.342?!?! That’s not a typo: 6.343 DID NOT get in! Jed and Luke discuss and get deeper into the 32 vs. 48 car Top Dragser/Top Sportsman debate. Plus they recapped a busy weekend of bracket action from coast to coast that featured another pair of bottom bulb racers scoring big wins in Top Bulb/Combo events. All that plus the usual shenanigans: two new “Racer Confidential” stories, Chance from BTE (not from the roof of a motorhome), and shoutouts for days.
In this episode, the guys catch up with Nick Duty fresh off of his big win at the Windmill Nationals. They discuss his emotional triumph, his life as a track operator who gets to race every once in awhile, and the year of the Chevette. The NHRA points picture got a little bit clearer after a big weekend of events across the country; and some pockets got a little fatter following a number of big dollar bracket events from coast to coast.
In this episode, Luke & Jed start off talking about ducks, pylons, and kamikaze racers before smoothly transitioning into the week that was in sportsman drag racing - and it was a big one! They highlight results from the SFG event at Dragway 42, along with the Nightfire Nationals in Boise, ID and big bracket action from Virginia, South Carolina, and Illinois. Plus they recap the lone NHRA event of the weekend and the points implications attached to it. The guys closed the show with the first edition of “Racer Confidential” a fun format to tell anonymous (and entertaining) stories about the folks that we (and you) race with!
This episode of the podcast is jam packed with guest appearances from our lead (only) correspondent, JJ Pennington (JJ’s Top 10) and recently crowned World Super Pro Challenge $50,000 winner Chris Stine. Also: Are we understating the accomplishments (and greatness) of Justin Lamb? The weekend brought a memorable father-son final round (and nearly two) And it’s the year of the No Box racer and the No Split Final!
In this NHRA heavy episode of the Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast, Luke gets all nerdy talking numbers and details in the NHRA sportsman title chase. The guys get deeper into the 32 vs. 48 car field debate for the NHRA Top Dragster and Top Sportsman classes. And the guys introduce a new (to the show) sponsor with a cameo appearance from Chance Lykens of BTE Performance. They close this week’s show where they opened last week’s episode: on the topic of some nasty turns in the “drama” surrounding the current big dollar bracket scene.
Facebook drama within the big buck bracket community, Jed’s redemption tour at the JEGS Summer Door Car Shootout, and the NHRA sportsman world championship picture (and our podcast pick ‘em contest) is a little bit more in focus. The guys discuss these topics and more in Episode 87!
In this episode, Luke & Jed rehash the action from the SFG Summer Shootout at US 131 as well as NHRA action from Division 3 and 6, and assorted big dollar bracket events across the country. Two former world champions that the guys dropped from their team last week showed out over the weekend and forced them to rethink those decisions… Luke previews the upcoming JEGS Summer Door Car Shootout, and they close the show with a popular #RacingAnswers topic: dealing with the first round (or final round) jitters.
National Dragster Senior Editor Kevin McKenna joined Luke & Jed for this week’s show, as the trio performed their mid-season re-draft of Sportsman champions. That closed an episode that led off with Jed’s World Footbrake Challenge Recap, as well as insights from Luke’s weekend at the Firecracker Bracket Nationals in Byron, IL. In addition, they touched on results from the Tenn-Tuck series, and NHRA national and divisional action. Jed was tired and slurring his words... Luke shouted out half of Minnesota… It was a pretty typical Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast!
This episode features our monthly segment from the best 12-year-old announcer and podcast personality in the land, JJ Pennington: JJ’s Top Ten. In addition, the guys discuss the holiday weekend events, introduce a new Siebert Performance Who’s Hot, and close with some final thoughts on the constantly changing landscape of big dollar bracket racing in 2018.
In this episode, Luke welcomes the newest addition to his family, and the guys recaps a weekend of racing, in Texas and North Carolina. They highlight a standout JR performance and another footbrake racer earns Who’s Hot honors. IHRA’s new Summit Sportsman Spectacular is explained by our guest Skooter Peaco, and as always the popular shoutouts round out the episode.
In this episode, Luke & Jed lay gifts at the feet of Kevin Pollard, and discuss related news from the SFG No Dragster Nationals. That was the lead event of a busy weekend of racing that also included the No Box Nationals, the 75 Hundos in New York, and a full slate of NHRA divisional and national event action. The show wrapped with a long overdue edition of #RacingAnswers, the regular What’s On Tap segment of upcoming events, and the increasingly coveted show-ending shoutouts.
Barry Davis, the longtime crew chief for sportsman racing legend David Rampy joined Luke and Jed this week to discuss his role and the role that crew members (who are often family members and/or friends) play in racing everywhere. The guys led the show with some big talk from the weekend: a $50,000-to-win NO SPLIT final round. As always, they covered notable results from across the country and previewed this weekend’s biggest upcoming events.
This week, the guys got to catch up with the most recent winner on the NHRA Top Sportsman tour, Don O’Neal, who claimed his second win of the 2018 season in bizarre (and controversial) fashion last week in Chicago. Don talked about that, his hot start to the season, and the cloud of tragedy hanging over the entire Top Sportsman class. In addition, Luke & Jed covered the big weekend in Chicago including the annual JEGS All-Stars competition and big dollar bracket racing from around the country.
It’s the end of the month and you know what that means! It’s JJ’s top ten! This time around, JJ not only broke down his top 5 Super Pro and Bottom Bulbers from the month of May, but added in a Jr. Dragster segment. In addition, the guys broke down a massive holiday weekend that included a legendary performance from Kevin Pollard, and no less than half a dozen standout performances from across the country.
In this episode, the guys took an opportunity to sit down with the masterminds behind the SDPC Dream Team Challenge: Gaylon Rolison and Britt Cummings. The duo explained how the unique Dream Team idea came to fruition, and all four (Gaylon, Britt, Luke & Jed) discussed their excitement for the weekend that lies ahead. Britt even got a few jabs in at Johnny Bracket Racer, as that epic grudge match will culminate this weekend in Memphis as well! In addition, the guys broke down last week’s action, which was NHRA heavy with several results that could impact the national championship chases throughout the sportsman landscape.
In this episode, the guys deviate significantly from the typical show for an interview with Bruce Deveau, a licensed psychotherapist and Performance Consultant and the author of the popular Racer’s Mind series of audio trainings and workbooks. In the interview, they had a wide ranging discussion on optimal mental performance, how sports psychology applies behind the wheel, and also touched on the topic of mastery and our pursuit of it. In addition, the guys previewed the upcoming Dream Team Challenge, discussed the pending culmination of the Cummings vs. Ezell grudge match, and even talked a little smack about their own teams as they prepare for Memphis.
In this episode, the guys were joined by the driver of the Kalitta Racing Global Electronic Technology Funny Car, Shawn Langdon. Prior to his nitro fame, Shawn was a 2-time national champion in Super Comp, and also has a Jr. Dragster national title to his credit (he’s the only driver to date to hold titles in Jr. Dragster, a sportsman category, and a professional category: Top Fuel). Shawn talked a bit about his foray in the Funny Car category, brought us up to speed on his sportsman racing operation, and his latest project: The Nomex Effect podcast that he hosts with teammate J.R. Todd. In addition, Luke & Jed had a lengthy discussion about the tragic events of the past week, and what it means going forward. And, as always they recapped the major action from the week that was, including the Spring Fling Galot, the NHRA Southern Nationals, and more.
This week’s episode kicked off with the monthly breakdown from Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast Lead (and only) Correspondent, J.J. Pennington. In it, the best 12-year-old announcer in the world unveiled the second edition of “J.J.’s Top Ten.” Luke & Jed then reviewed an entertaining list of “retro” racing phrases submitted by you the listeners and threw in a few entertaining stories to boot. They recapped the past week of on track action, highlighted by the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, as well as big bucks bracket action from across the country.