The Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast

with Luke & Jed

Episode 087: Big Bucks Drama & Jed’s Redemption


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!

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Episode 086: 2 Big Bucks at Michigan, & our NHRA dismissals make us pay!

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.

Episode 085: 2018 NHRA Re-Draft!


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!

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Episode 084: Happy Birthday America!


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.

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Episode 083: IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco


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.

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Episode 082: Kevin Pollard is Really Good at Drag Racing


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.

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Episode 081: Crew Chief Confidential

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.

Episode 080: Timing Block Controversy!

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.

Episode 079: Michael Jordan, Lebron James, or Kevin Pollard?

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.

Episode 078: Dream Team Challenge Preview

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.