The Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast

with Luke & Jed

Episode 063: Interview with Lynn Ellison

On this week’s episode, Luke & Jed sit down for a lengthy interview with reigning NHRA Top Dragster World Champion Lynn Ellison.  Within that segment, Lynn recaps his amazing 2017 season, talks about the opportunity to compete alongside his daughter Madison, and what it’s like to bracket race at well over 200 mph.  In addition, the guys rehash their NHRA picks from last episode in preparation for the NHRA season opener in Pomona.  The episode closes with an appearance from newly minted Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast correspondent, JJ Pennington! 

Episode 062: NHRA Pick’em

National Dragster Senior Editor Kevin McKenna joins Luke and Big Jed this week as they perform their annual NHRA Championship Draft.  A year ago, Luke smoked Big Jed in the competition: and as a result, Jed’s “Big Red” Nova will feature a custom decal throughout 2018 to make sure everyone knows it!  This year, Kevin, who helped the duo with their picks last season, got in on the action and picked a team of his own.  The trio each selected three drivers in each of the NHRA sportsman categories as their own “Dream Team” of sorts.  The show is a bit NHRA heavy this week, as Luke & Jed also discuss the advent of an 1/8th mile NHRA Division Series in the Southeast Division, and the addition of Virginia Motorsports Park to the NHRA National Event Schedule.  Luke closes this week’s show with a “Final Thought” on the future of bracket racing.

Episode 061: Turn back the Clock

This week, the guys are joined by 2-time NHRA World Champion Sherman Adcock, Jr. and the trio takes turns telling racing stories of yesteryear: entertaining tales from their youth and what feels like a little different time in sportsman drag racing.  Jed shares a story that begins with losing a race car (quite literally) and ends in the winner’s circle.  Sherman tells us about the early days of NHRA Super Gas, and highlights a few of the personalities of that time period.  And Luke adds in the story of his first race day at his home track – a couple years shy of being a licensed driver.  In addition, they talk about the ceasing of drag race competition at Englishtown, and touch on some of the upcoming events, news, and deadlines in the sport.

Episode 060: Towing Talk

Some of the most discussed – and often most avoided – questions in the world of sportsman drag racing swirl around the issue of Commercial Vehicle mandates and the DOT laws as they apply to racers.  In this episode, Luke & Jed do their best to get to the bottom of it,  with the help of two highly respected industry professionals: Joe Fisher (Racing RV’s), and John Dibartolomeo (Drag Racing Edge).  Joe and John help shed some light on towing and CDL requirements for our racing operations.

Episode 059: David Rampy

This episode was a real treat for Jed & Luke, as they got to sit down for a lengthy interview with recent NHRA World Champion and sportsman racing icon, David Rampy.  In his interview, Rampy talked about everything from his Alabama roots to the intricacies of Competition Eliminator; his racing mentor, his team, and his drive to continue earning his living within sportsman competition.  It’s one you don’t want to miss!

Episode 058: The Top 25 Reveal

The boys are back!  After a week off for the holidays, Luke and Jed return – and they bring the goods this week in an episode sure to get everyone talking.  In this episode, the guys rank the top 25 top bulb bracket racers in the world!  Who’s number 1?  Who missed the cut?  Find out in an episode dedicated almost exclusively to poll banter.  In addition, the guys touch on a handful of events that have been released in recent weeks, and close the show with the popular #RacingAnswers segment.

Episode 057: The Best of 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.

Episode 056: “Nasty” Nick Hastings

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.

Episode 055: At Track SMACK Talk!

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. 

Episode 054: 2017 NHRA Super Comp Champion, Austin Williams

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.