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.
In this episode, the guys table their All-State discussion, pushing the semi-final to next episode. Instead, Luke and Jed discuss the Powerball of Bracket Racing and then turn their focus to the Street Outlaws and Street Outlaws New Orleans TV series. Guests David "Bird" Jones and Kye Kelley give the guys an inside look at the show and grudge racing in general. Among other topics in their spirited interview, Kye issues a callout for Troy Williams, Jr. and the duo shares the tale of how Kye won a Honda Grom off of Bird.
In this episode, the guys roll out the much anticipated (and debated) regional finals of the "All-State" discussion (TX vs LA, NJ vs PA, KY vs OH, and TN vs AL), as they get one step closer to deciding the toughest state for sportsman drag racing competition. In addition, Luke & Jed talk about the "Shot Clock" idea bantered about the internet, as well as a breakdown of the high octane offenses within JJ's youth basketball league.
In this episode, the guys introduce the 16 "All-State" teams that made the cut and debate their merits. The first round of the "All-State" tournament is discussed and decided, setting the Elite Eight for next week’s show. Luke & Jed also discuss some big announcements regarding sportsman racers, a race track/racer social media feud, and Luke's inability to defeat his 3-year-old in a family card game.
In this episode, the guys discuss the growing number of BIG money bracket races on the calendar. Guest Kyle Seipel discusses the history and future of the Spring Fling events, and the three banter about the current state of big dollar racing: whether these events can all survive and if they're good for our sport in general.
In this episode, the guys discuss Junior Dragster competition with an expert panel of guests including NHRA Jr. Dragster editor Candida Benson, recent Kentucky Big Bucks Junior Dragster Bonanza winner, Emily Parker, and Huddleston Performance's own Thomas Huddleston. Among the topics discussed: the rising cost of Jr. Dragster racing, Emily's unbelievable and emotional victory, what the future holds for today's Jr. Drag Racing stars, and some hot takes on the increase in "Big Buck" Junior Dragster events.
Luke & Jed recap the season that was, highlighting NHRA and IHRA world champions and the biggest happenings in big dollar bracket competition. What 2016 recap would be complete without speaking with 2-time $1,000,000 race winner (this season), Jeff Verdi? The guys discuss Jeff's big wins with him, and the impact his success could have on sportsman drag racing in general.
In this introductory episode, hosts Luke Bogacki and Jared Pennington introduce themselves, discuss their own careers in racing, and the talk about the motivation behind the Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast.