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!