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The Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast w/ Luke & Jed

The Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast with Luke & Jed is podcast for you: the sportsman drag racer and/or fan! Hosted by 2-time NHRA World Champion Luke Bogacki and the voice of the Spring Fling & Million Dollar Race Jared Pennington, the Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast features in depth commentary and discussion on the latest topics in sportsman drag racing and interviews with the rockstars of our sport.
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Dec 20, 2017

Here it is!  By listener vote, Luke & Jed recap the “Best of” 2017: best single event performance, best event, biggest controversy, best story, and the granddaddy of them all: the Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast 2017 Driver of the Year.  In addition to breaking down the ballots, the guys discuss the passing of legendary NHRA Pro Stock champion Bob Glidden, update the listeners on some recent announcements, and close with a final thought on the sustainability of the current big dollar bracket racing landscape.

Dec 13, 2017

On this week’s show, the guys sit down with arguably the most successful and versatile racer of 2017: Nick Hastings.  Hastings’ accomplishments from the season read like a laundry list of the biggest and best events of the season: top bulb and bottom bulb.  He talks about his year, his outlook, and how he took the step from weekly bracket racer to one of the most recognized and successful big dollar competitors in the sport!  In addition, Luke & Jed discuss the hottest topics of the week, and preview the upcoming “Best of 2017” show which will be highlighted by a listener vote.

Dec 6, 2017

On this week’s show, the guys discuss some of the latest developments in sportsman drag racing: IHRA’s Sportsman Spectacular, the recent Facebook discussion about what we would change about the sport, and more…  But in large part, they relax and have a little fun!  Luke & Jed are joined by multi-time world champion Slate Cummings as the three reflect on some of their most entertaining “Smack Talk” stories from over three decades at the race track. 

Nov 29, 2017

On this week’s show, the guys catch up with recently crowned NHRA S/C world champ Austin Williams.  In addition, they recap the holiday weekend action, which unfortunately included a disproportionate number of on track incidents.  They also roll out a new “What’s On Tap” feature in which they preview upcoming events and talk about a 2018 schedule that is quickly becoming the richest and most exciting season in big buck bracket racing history.  Plus they close the show with a long overdue #RacingAnswers segment.

Nov 15, 2017

A couple months ago, Jason Patterson was a Footbrake racer from south Texas.  Now he’s an NHRA World Champion.  Luke & Jed catch up with him to talk about the experience.  In addition, they salute this year’s class of NHRA world champions, discuss the latest IHRA news, and preview the upcoming Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast anniversary episode.

Nov 8, 2017

Justin Lamb just became the third driver in NHRA history to win two national championships in one season.  Those titles marked the third and fourth of his illustrious career (he’s 30 years old).  On this week’s show, Jed and Luke got to catch up with Justin en route to Pomona for the World Finals.  In addition, they do their best to bring everyone up to speed on the remaining sportsman championship pictures, recap the World Series of Bracket Racing, and share some thoughts on integrity within championship points battles.

Nov 1, 2017

It’s our anniversary!  Join Luke & Jed as they take a look back at the first 52 episodes of the podcast and review the listener poll about the best, funniest, and most awkward moments of year one!

Nov 1, 2017

In today’s episode, Luke & Jed revisit last week’s discussion on safety and break down the past week’s major events: big dollar Footbrake action at the SFC, NHRA national event competition from Las Vegas, and the final Division 2 event from Rockingham.  They’re joined by recent Las Vegas winner Marko Perivolaris and Luke brings everyone up to speed on NHRA championship possibilities with just 2 weeks remaining in the 2017 season.  And of course, the duo discusses their NHRA pick ‘em contest with an emphasis on the recourse for the loser.

Oct 25, 2017

This episode is dedicated to everything Mickey Thompson Million.  Luke & Jed were on hand competing for the biggest prize of the 2017 season.  They didn’t win it, but they talk a lot about the man who did: Johnny Ezell.  In addition, they touch on some of the hot topics from the Million: the split negotiation, safety equipment (or lack thereof), and the undertone of cheating accusations.  No guest this week: Johnny Bracket Racing politely declined to come on (his racing speaks for itself).

Oct 19, 2017

This week the guys are recording live from the Mickey Thompson Million in Montgomery, AL.  Luke & Jed are joined by the winner of the inaugural Million, TJ Tracey.  In addition, they discuss the callouts from Huntsville last week and talk about Jed’s big win at the same event.  Plus, they cover results from across the country and give their picks for this week’s Million.

Oct 12, 2017

In this episode, the guys discuss new developments in the world of bracket racing: from IHRA’s change in format, to an interesting system of pairing in the late rounds.  Luke & Jed are joined by Britt Cummings, as he and Gaylon Rolison announce their new event: the 2018 Dream Team Shootout.  In addition, they cover the NHRA action from Oklahoma and E.T. Finals events from the Southeast and the west coast…  Plus they agree on a wager for their NHRA pick ‘em contest.

Oct 5, 2017

In this episode, Troy Williams, Jr. joins the show to discuss his incredible week… Troy clinched the IHRA Top Dragster World Championship on Sunday, then kicked off the Fall Fling with a win in the 32-car Dragster Shootout. As if that weren’t enough, he capped the week with a $50,000 triumph in Friday’s main event! In addition, he tells a few stories about his early years at the track, plus Luke & Jed recap the Fling, the NHRA national event in St. Louis and breakdown their NHRA draft picks at the points battles wind to a close.

Sep 28, 2017

In this week’s episode, Luke & Jed are joined by newly crowned DragRaceResults.com Ultimate Series champion Aaron Vail.  The longtime Indiana door car driver tells the guys what it’s like to take a dragster home for the first time.  In addition, IHRA crowned its sportsman champions last week with the Dragway 42 Finale, so the guys discuss that.  Plus, they cover the NHRA action from Maple Grove and Rocky Mountain Raceway, as well as the DRR Series’ final stop in Huntsville and the Jim Harrington Memorial Classic at Cecil County.  It’s an action packed show, recorded from the tower at Bristol Dragway during the Fall Fling!

Sep 20, 2017

In this week’s episode, 2-time IHRA World Champion and current points leader Danny Waters, Jr. helps the guys break down the IHRA finale and the championship contenders in each category.  In addition, Luke and Jed cover last weekend’s national, divisional, and E.T. Finals events, and preview the upcoming Fall Fling.  Plus, Luke tries to explain what the heck he’s doing in Salt Lake City and they debate the idea of giving a time trial in the middle of competition.

Sep 13, 2017

It’s Jed’s time to bask in the glory of his Alabama Slamma All-State triumph!  In this week’s episode, the guys recap all the happenings from Memphis: the $50,000-to-win main event, as well as the race they’ve talked about all season long: The All State Shootout.  In addition, they recap the week that was in NHRA LODRS competition and preview the final DragRaceResults.com Ultimate Series event of 2017.

Sep 6, 2017

In this episode, the guys discuss all of the happenings from the Big Go, including an interview with 2017 Competition Eliminator winner (and 3-time Indy champion) Brad Plourd.  In addition, they touch on the IHRA double header in South Carolina, as well as big buck action from Norwalk, Noble, Montgomery, Kil-Kare and Farmington.

Aug 30, 2017

In this episode, the guys cover last weekend’s NHRA results from Bowling Green and Virginia Motorsports Park, as well as bracket action from Huntsville and Salt Lake City.  The are joined by co-promoter of the Moser Great American Bracket Race, Gaylon Rolison to talk about that event and the All-State Shootout that will be contested as a part of it.  Luke closes the show with a final thought about the Big GO: the NHRA U.S. Nationals.

Aug 23, 2017

In this episode, the guys discussed last week’s big buck bracket action from the DragRaceResults.com Ultimate Series in Huntsville as well as the Beaver Big Buck Blast in PA.  In addition, they cover NHRA races from Brainerd, Seattle, and Cecil County, plus IHRA action from Memphis and Empire, all with an eye on the ultimate prizes: the national championships in both sanctioning bodies.

Aug 16, 2017

In this episode, the guys got a chance to catch up with PJ North and talk about the winding road that has led him to stardom on the Nashville music scene, and how he’s intertwined his music career with sportsman drag racing.  They break down the weekend events: a trio of NHRA division races, along with big buck action from Virginia, Illinois, and Idaho.  The podcast takes a somber tone when Luke, Jed, and PJ talk about Windle Webster, Jr.’s legacy and the racing incident that took his life last Friday.

Aug 9, 2017

In this episode, Luke & Jed dive into the IHRA points chase in all of the sportsman categories.  In addition, they recap the week that was in NHRA competition: huge western swings for Jody Lang and Justin Lamb, as well as John Labbous Jr.’s continued domination of the super classes.  Plus, they touch on the two big bracket events contested in the state of Michigan last weekend.  Jed relives a devastating kickball defeat, and Luke talks about losing 4 semi-final rounds in under an hour.  It’s a jam-packed podcast to say the least.

Aug 2, 2017

In this episode, Luke & Jed catch up with former NHRA Top Sportsman champion and current points leader Jeffrey Barker on the heels of his double-up victory in Topeka.  They break down the NHRA points chases following a big weekend of action, and recap big bracket races from Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.  Plus, they provide an update on the upcoming All-State Challenge and preview next weekend’s Racing RV’s Exclusive 150.

Jul 26, 2017

In this episode, Luke & Jed touch on the events that made up the week that was: bracket action from Maryland and Alabama, the NHRA national event in Denver, and divisionals from Sonoma and Epping.  They sit down for a chat with back-to-back NHRA Mile High Nationals Super Comp winner Kris Whitfield, and breakdown the bottom bulb All-State Challenge roster.  The episode as a whole takes a somber tone following a massive loss to the sportsman racing community. 

Jul 19, 2017

In this episode, Luke & Jed cover the IHRA event in Maryland and NHRA across the country in Oregon, but they spend the bulk of the show discussing the JEGS Summer Door Car Shootout.  The event had its highs and lows for both: from a massive car and spectator count, to a fantastic wheelie contest, to a young new champion, to getting stuck in the mud & Jed’s unfortunate encounter with a concrete barrier.  They discuss it and much more on this week’s Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast.

Jul 12, 2017

This week, Luke & Jed do their best to tackle a monumental weekend in sportsman drag racing.  Dan Fletcher earned his milestone 100th NHRA national event win in Chicago.  At the same event, David Rampy picked up his 95th win, and Luke himself became the 25th driver in NHRA history to double at a national event.  Meanwhile, Jed had a big weekend of his own, hosting the 11th annual BTE World Footbrake Challenge.  They discuss all that, and catch up with the man of the hour himself: Dan Fletcher.  Plus Luke rants in the newest segment of the podcast, This Week’s Final Thought.

Jul 5, 2017

In this episode, Luke & Jed breakdown the upcoming JEGS All-Stars competition.  In addition, they take an opportunity to catch up with NHRA Top Fuel ace Clay Millican.  Clay shares his incredible story: from a local racer scratching together pennies to make races along the IHRA tour in Modified eliminator, to Top Fuel world champion (6 times over), to legitimate NHRA contender.  He recaps his emotional victory in Bristol on Father’s Day, and enlightens us all on some of the nuances of professional competition.

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