In this episode, Luke & Jed welcome National Dragster Senior Editor Kevin McKenna to the show to review the first half of the 2017 NHRA season. Kevin assists Luke & Jed with their NHRA World Championship re-drafts, as they lock in #TeamLuke and #TeamJed for the remainder of the season. In addition, they recap the weekend’s events from Nashville, TN to Denver, CO and several points in between. Plus, Jed shares that he is the (self-proclaimed) “Greg Maddux” of his high intensity adult kickball league.
In this episode, Luke & Jed talk about cheating (and the threat of cheating) in today’s sportsman drag racing world. The show includes a long chat with Cody Harger, a Louisiana racer turned tech inspector, who handles tech inspection at the Million Dollar Race and the DragRaceResults.com Ultimate Series events. In addition, they discuss the unfortunate accident turned social media saga of one southeast footbrake competitor, and bring everyone up to speed on the biggest events of the week that was: from Englishtown to Darlington, and the Ultimate 64 to the latest IHRA events.
In this episode, Luke & Jed relive a big weekend of NHRA competition highlighted by the national event in Epping, NH and three Lucas Oil Series Events. They also cover the No Box Bonanza at Summit Raceway Park, and preview the upcoming DragRaceResults.com Ultimate Series event at Huntsville Dragway (June 23-25). In addition, they roll out their first #RacingAnswers segment with an emphasis on finish line safety… But the highlight of the show is an interview with up and coming bracket race announcer JJ Pennington!
In this episode, Luke & Jed recap the weekend’s events from coast to coast: From NHRA at Bowling Green and Maple Grove to major events in Fontana, CA, Ardmore, OK, Steele, AL, Atco, NJ and Rockingham, NC and big bucks Footbrake action in Elk Creek, VA. Results include Matt Sayers domination, a Scooter Hamlin double, and even a Spencer Massey siting! Plus, they preview the Racing RV’s Exclusive 150 and Luke talks about become an outdoorsman.
In this episode, Luke & Jed recap the weekend’s events and their potential implications on the 2017 NHRA Lucas Oil Championship races. Austin Williams won the Menard’s NHRA Heartland Nationals. Surprise, surprise: this marks the fifth consecutive season he’s won the Topeka event! Jed & Luke discuss his success, and recap the NHRA divisional events in Atlanta, Norwalk, and Fontana with an eye on how they’ll ultimately impact the 2017 national championships. They also touch on last weekend’s big buck action at Capitol Raceway and preview the 11th annual World Footbrake Challenge (which returns to Bristol Dragway July 6-9)
This episode is dedicated to guarding our racing operations against theft, and what to do in the event that your race car/trailer/operation is stolen. Jed & Luke discuss with Brian Cireddu, the well-known and accomplished Ohio No Box racer who recently had his entire operation stolen from a motel near Las Vegas following the Spring Fling Million. In addition, they touch on various anti-theft devices, GPS tracking and alarms, and insurance options. It’s not the most fun episode, but hopefully one of the most impactful! Luke & Jed also touched on what little racing took place over the holiday weekend, highlighted by the Arkansas Footbrake Throwdown and the Spring Run Off at Rocky Mountain Raceway Park in Utah.
Last weekend, Luke & Jed were in attendance at the biggest races in the land: Jed was at GALOT for the Spring Fling, while Luke attended (and won SC at) the NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta. They cover those races in depth, as well as results from Huntsville, AL and Boise, ID, plus some fun racing related trivia and news and notes from across the country. They’re joined by longtime racer and promotor of the upcoming Figspeed West Coast Classic, Chris Forsythe. Chris previews the big event, which comes to Auto Club Raceway (Fontana, CA) on May 25-28, and discusses the bracket racing climate on the western half of the country.
In this episode, the guys recap the weekend’s big events: the NHRA 4-Wide in Charlotte, the Dallas LODRS, the Ten Grand Slam in Richmond, VA, and Big Jed’s $10k win at Holiday Raceway in Woodstock, AL. In addition, Luke & Jed preview the 7th annual JEGS Summer Door Car Shootout and challenge one another with some fairly random (mostly racing related) trivia.
In this episode, the guys spend some time with the winner of the LAST BIG Thing contest, 75-year-old Texan Don Boulware. Don shares stories of yesteryear, his secrets to enjoying incredible on-track success well into his 70’s, and an entertaining tale about his first trip to the Moroso 5-Day. In addition, Luke & Jed touch on the recent developments at Capital Raceway, the recovery of Brian Cireddu’s race car and trailer, and recap last weekend’s big events.
In this episode, the guys recap the 2nd annual K&N Spring Fling Million, which brought the biggest victory of Luke’s career. What’s more? Jed and Luke squared off in round 5 of the main event! They talk about that, the spoils of victory, what went into the win, and they recap the entire week in Las Vegas. This is one Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast you don’t want to miss!
In this episode, the guys talk with $250,000 Powerball champion Cameron Manuel. In addition, they break down last week’s action from coast to coast, preview the K&N Spring Fling Million Las Vegas, and announce the winner of the Last BIG Thing.
In this episode, the guys recap the weekend events in Las Vegas, South Georgia, and Memphis. Luke & Jed also make their picks for the $250,000 Powerball Main Event, and discuss the five nominees for the LAST BIG Thing.
In this episode, the guys discuss marketing and sponsorship at the sportsman level. Who better to speak on that topic than longtime NHRA standout and representative for a multitude of racing & non-racing related companies: Tommy Phillips. Tommy discusses some of his keys to marketing success, how he applies the same principles to his role in event promotion, and even shares a comical story about choosing to race for a living over… Law school! In addition, Luke & Jed recap the week that was, including the DRR Ultimate Series opener in Huntsville, AL, NHRA in Houston, IHRA in Darlington, and big buck events in Rockingham and Gulfport. Luke relives his 1800 mile journey to the west coast as they preview the K&N Spring Fling Million!
In this episode, the guys discuss the NHRA Gatornationals, as well as big buck races from across the country and the IHRA event in San Antonio. Luke & Jed also announce the finalists for the LAST Big Thing, discuss the upcoming weekend events in Huntsville and Gulfport, and lament their NCAA tournament bracket failures. Listen with caution: Luke has gone vegan and he’s in a foul mood about it.
In this episode, the guys have a spirited conversation with Dr. Tami Eggleston, a sports psychologist with a drag racing background. Tami, who holds a PHD in Psychology in addition to over 2 decades of racing experience, talks about the finer points of sports psychology and the role that it plays within our sport. In addition, Luke & Jed talk about the recent NHRA Division 2 event in Gainesville, provide some All-State Race updates, and break down the impeding NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
In this episode, the guys talk with the seventeen-year-old driver who you listeners voted the NEXT BIG THING in sportsman drag racing: Caleb Ellison. In addition, Luke & Jed discuss the week’s results from Oklahoma to Arizona and points in between. Plus Luke breaks down the Missouri Valley Conference basketball tournament (because you care), and they discuss the closing of the iconic small track that Luke called home: Texas Raceway.
What else could Luke & Jed possibly lead with in this episode? They discuss Jerry Emmons’ disqualification for excessive braking in the quarterfinal round of the NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix, at length. In addition, they review the results from Phoenix, as well as the NHRA Division 2 opener in Orlando and the Super 7 Series bracket event in Montgomery, AL. Luke & Jed close with some thoughts on the upcoming Next BIG Thing vote, which will conclude next episode, as well as their thoughts on the 2017 DragRaceResults.com Ultimate Series, as it prepares to kick off in Huntsville, AL on March 24-26.
In this episode, the guys discuss some of the obstacles facing women in our sport. Since Luke & Jed’s insight is obviously limited in that area, they enlisted 2-time NHRA Pro Stock World Champion Erica Enders to share her opinions. In addition to her thoughts on climbing the ladder and shattering the glass ceiling, Erica also shares fascinating insights on Pro Stock competition, as well as some of her most memorable moments and most stinging defeats. Luke & Jed also cover recent bracket events in Arizona and Mississippi, and talk about the latest developments (and call outs) in the All-State Race and related discussion.
In this episode, the guys recap the NHRA season opening Winternationals in Pomona, CA, as well as the IHRA event in West Palm Beach, FL and the Southern Big Bucks Nationals in Belle Rose, LA. They also share their thoughts on “Birdman” James Finney’s recent comments about bracket racers as well as the passing of Danny Sons.
In this episode, the guys make their draft picks for the 2017 NHRA Lucas Oil Series World Champions & have a long chat with 2016 NHRA Top Dragster and Stock Eliminator World Champion Jeff Strickland. Strick talks about the dramatic and surreal ending to his 2016 season, who he views as his strongest competition in 2017, and his best Bo Duke impression as a 6-year-old.
With the NHRA & IHRA tours set to kick off in the coming weeks, the 2017 racing season is almost upon us. The guys figure to have months of racing action to talk about soon, so this week they took a departure from the norm to tell some funny and entertaining racing stories. After Luke talks about an opponent bouncing off the wall, then returning to face him the following round, Jed shares his secret to passing tech at his first national event. In addition, they summoned two of the best storytellers they know: 2-time Million Dollar Race winner Gary Williams shares multiple stories from on-track parachute removal to what we believe is a record for most riders in a competition vehicle; and footbrake legend Rodney Finchum weaves a tale that includes rain, fraud protection, multiple emergency vehicles, and an event win. Enjoy!
In this episode, the guys debate and discuss the state of local bracket competition; with an emphasis on what we, as racers can do to make it better. They enlist the insights of Bill Bader, the co-owner and president of Summit Motorsports Park for opinions on what can be done from the race track side to improve the grass roots level of the sport. In addition, Luke & Jed talk about JJ’s youth basketball team and Luke’s tricky decision as to whether or not to include his wife, Jessica on the Illinois All-State team.
In this episode, the guys make a big announcement about the All-State Debate. In continuing last week’s “Most Embarrassing” discussion, Jed shares his epic Super Chevy Show story, plus he and Luke are joined by 7-time World Champion Peter Biondo, who tells his own most embarrassing tale. Finally, the guys decided that their favorite story of embarrassment came from Kentucky’s Jared Bargo; so they bring him on the show to tell it (as only he can). This is almost without question the most entertaining Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast to date!
In today’s episode, the guys pay tribute to George Howard and Gary Moore, two hall-of-fame promoters who recently passed away. Luke & Jed each share their most embarrassing on-track moment. And Luke tries to talk Jed, a diehard Alabama fan, off the cliff following the College Football National Championship.
In this episode, the guys discuss their new year "parties," and their thoughts on promoters competing in their own events and/or "house cars." That precludes the finale of the All-State debate, in which Luke & Jed narrow the "Final Four" (LA, NJ, AL, and OH) down to one champion. Did you know that Jed has never drank a sip of alcohol in his life? Did you assume that Luke can't make that same claim? Hear all about it & more on this episode of the Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast w/ Luke & Jed.