The Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast

with Luke & Jed

Episode 075: Retro Drag Racing Phrases and JJ’s April Top 10

This week’s episode kicked off with the monthly breakdown from Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast Lead (and only) Correspondent, J.J. Pennington.  In it, the best 12-year-old announcer in the world unveiled the second edition of “J.J.’s Top Ten.”  Luke & Jed then reviewed an entertaining list of “retro” racing phrases submitted by you the listeners and threw in a few entertaining stories to boot.  They recapped the past week of on track action, highlighted by the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, as well as big bucks bracket action from across the country.

Episode 074: Ezell Saga and Spring Fling Million Winner Randell Reid

Randell Reid, the winner of last weekend’s Spring Fling Million joined Luke & Jed on this episode to recap and relive his huge victory over J.R. Lobner in Friday’s main event.  While Randell and J.R. were obviously the big story, their success was at least somewhat overshadowed by a staging controversy earlier in the day involving Johnny Ezell.  The guys put Johnny Bracket Racer on trial so to speak, and weigh in on the intentions and ramifications of his actions.  In addition, they broke down the Bigfoot $40k’s from Darlington, the first IHRA Sportsman Spectacular from Baton Rouge, and the NHRA national event from Houston.

Episode 073: Powerball winner, Brandon Taylor Interview

In this episode, Luke & Jed are joined by last weekend’s $175,000 Powerball of Drag Racing winner, Brandon Taylor.  Brandon gives us a bit of a round-by-round of how the biggest windfall of his drag racing career to date happened, and what was going through his head in that crazy final round sequence.  In addition, the boys recapped the weekend action from not only the Powerball event, but also NHRA Lucas Oil Series action from Texas, Las Vegas and North Carolina.  They previewed what may well be the biggest weekend of the sportsman drag racing season coming up: Spring Fling Million, Bigfoot $40k’s, and more.  And they closed the show with the popular #RacingAnswers segment.

Episode 072: Justin Lamb on fire, Armed Forces Racing

In this episode, the guys got the unique opportunity to catch up with Jeff Lambert, the president of Armed Forces Racing.  Jeff shared his unique path into drag racing and how he has intertwined his passion for our sport with his military background to genuinely impact the lives of veterans.  In addition, Luke & Jed recapped the week that was, which was highlighted by stellar performances by sportsman competitors from coast to coast.  They also previewed this week’s SFG Powerball event in Jackson, SC and even spent a little time rehashing the Masters.

Episode 071: Kyle Seipel and Peter Biondo Interview

In this episode, the guys got the opportunity to sit down for a great conversation with the minds behind the Spring Fling Million and the Spring Fling brand: Kyle Seipel & Peter Biondo.  They previewed the upcoming event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that does offer the largest guaranteed purse in all of drag racing for 2018.  They also provided a behind the scenes glimpse at the ups and downs of race promotion.  In addition, Luke & Jed recapped the Southern Big Buck Nationals in Belle Rose, LA and look ahead to a busy month of April on the sportsman scene.  Of course this podcast wouldn’t be complete without a final look back at the NCAA tournament and the podcast bad beat bracket.  It’s our version of “One Shining Moment”

Episode 070: JJ’s Top 10 Debut

This episode features the first segment from the lead (and only) correspondent of the Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast: J.J. Pennington and the debut of J.J.’s Top Ten!  In addition, PJ North knocks it out of the park with some professional sound for the Final Four of the podcast bad beat bracket and the intro for J.J.’s Top Ten.  The guys touch on big bucks action from Huntsville, AL, bottom bulb action from Gulfport, MS, and the NHRA Lucas Oil Series from Houston, TX before closing with a Final Thought on track prep.  Today’s episode is presented in part by our friends at PortaTree, ThisIsBracketRacing ELITE, Siebert Performance, and the AHRA!

Episode 069: Guess Who’s Back

In today’s episode, the guys update the Podcast Bad Beat Bracket to represent the Sweet 16, complete with several new, listener suggested additions!  They recap the weekend’s biggest events (Tenn-Tuck, Gatornationals, and big bucks action from Oklahoma and Virginia), and close the show by catching up with Dallas Page, the winner of the recent Racing RV’s sponsorship contest via ThisIsBracketRacing ELITE.  Thanks to our partners for presenting this week’s show: Siebert Performance, AHRA, PortaTree, and The Spring Fling Galot.

Episode 068: March Madness

This week’s podcast features a recap of the week that was: NHRA in Gainesville, big bucks in Tucson and the SFG opener in Georgia, plus the guys get into some Facebook drama from the week!  Luke & Jed were joined by this week’s Seibert Performance “Who’s Hot” recipient: Lane Dicken, hot off his $100,000 victory in Reynolds, GA.  In addition, they rolled out their own version of March Madness, tying outrageous (and common) racing “bad beat” stories to the top seeds of the NCAA tournament.  It made for an enjoyable (if not somewhat ridiculous) episode.

Episode 067: “Bracket” Racing History

On this week’s episode, Luke & Jed were joined by legendary announcer, journalist and racer Bret Kepner to discuss the Sportsman Drag Racing Hall of Fame idea in greater depth.  We doubt anyone has more diversity in experience or a greater knowledge of the history of drag racing than Kepner – he’s like a walking, talking encyclopedia (as you’ll hear on this episode).  Hear his takes and some fascinating facts on our sport, in addition to the guys’ weekly recap of major events from around the country.

Episode 066: Sportsman Hall of Fame Discussion

Should Sportsman Drag Racing have its own Hall Of Fame?  If so, where would it be located?  And who gets first ballot induction?  Luke & Jed discuss these ideas and share their thoughts on this week’s episode.  In addition, they cover last weekend’s biggest newsmakers from Phoenix to Orlando to Montgomery, and more!