The Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast

with Luke & Jed

Episode 035: JEGS Summer Door Car Shootout Recap

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.

Episode 034: Dan Fletcher’s Milestone Win

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.

Episode 033: JEGS All-Star Preview

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.

Episode 032: Announcer Chat w/ Willie

In this episode, Luke & Jed welcome longtime racer and the voice of the JEGS Summer Door Car Shootout, Willie Burnett.  Willie and Jed share some announcing war stories as well as some memorable calls from the past.  In addition, the guys recap the week that was, highlighted by a “Double Double” at the NHRA National event in Norwalk, and the much anticipated Lonestar Summer Shootout in Texas.  Plus, they break down the NHRA points chase after a big weekend (there were two divisionals in addition to Norwalk; and they release the “Utility” class roster for the SDPC All-State Showdown.

Episode 031: NHRA Mid-Season Review

In this episode, Luke & Jed welcome National Dragster Senior Editor Kevin McKenna to the show to review the first half of the 2017 NHRA season.  Kevin assists Luke & Jed with their NHRA World Championship re-drafts, as they lock in #TeamLuke and #TeamJed for the remainder of the season.  In addition, they recap the weekend’s events from Nashville, TN to Denver, CO and several points in between.  Plus, Jed shares that he is the (self-proclaimed) “Greg Maddux” of his high intensity adult kickball league.

Episode 030: Cheating in Sportsman Drag Racing

In this episode, Luke & Jed talk about cheating (and the threat of cheating) in today’s sportsman drag racing world.  The show includes a long chat with Cody Harger, a Louisiana racer turned tech inspector, who handles tech inspection at the Million Dollar Race and the Ultimate Series events.  In addition, they discuss the unfortunate accident turned social media saga of one southeast footbrake competitor, and bring everyone up to speed on the biggest events of the week that was: from Englishtown to Darlington, and the Ultimate 64 to the latest IHRA events.

Episode 029: Announcer Talk with JJ

In this episode, Luke & Jed relive a big weekend of NHRA competition highlighted by the national event in Epping, NH and three Lucas Oil Series Events.  They also cover the No Box Bonanza at Summit Raceway Park, and preview the upcoming Ultimate Series event at Huntsville Dragway (June 23-25).  In addition, they roll out their first #RacingAnswers segment with an emphasis on finish line safety…  But the highlight of the show is an interview with up and coming bracket race announcer JJ Pennington!

Episode 028: Memorial Weekend Breakdown

In this episode, Luke & Jed recap the weekend’s events from coast to coast: From NHRA at Bowling Green and Maple Grove to major events in Fontana, CA, Ardmore, OK, Steele, AL, Atco, NJ and Rockingham, NC and big bucks Footbrake action in Elk Creek, VA. Results include Matt Sayers domination, a Scooter Hamlin double, and even a Spencer Massey siting!  Plus, they preview the Racing RV’s Exclusive 150 and Luke talks about become an outdoorsman. 

Episode 027: Big NHRA Weekend

In this episode, Luke & Jed recap the weekend’s events and their potential implications on the 2017 NHRA Lucas Oil Championship races.  Austin Williams won the Menard’s NHRA Heartland Nationals.  Surprise, surprise: this marks the fifth consecutive season he’s won the Topeka event!  Jed & Luke discuss his success, and recap the NHRA divisional events in Atlanta, Norwalk, and Fontana with an eye on how they’ll ultimately impact the 2017 national championships.  They also touch on last weekend’s big buck action at Capitol Raceway and preview the 11th annual World Footbrake Challenge (which returns to Bristol Dragway July 6-9)

Episode 026: Guarding against & preparing for theft

This episode is dedicated to guarding our racing operations against theft, and what to do in the event that your race car/trailer/operation is stolen.  Jed & Luke discuss with Brian Cireddu, the well-known and accomplished Ohio No Box racer who recently had his entire operation stolen from a motel near Las Vegas following the Spring Fling Million.  In addition, they touch on various anti-theft devices, GPS tracking and alarms, and insurance options.  It’s not the most fun episode, but hopefully one of the most impactful!  Luke & Jed also touched on what little racing took place over the holiday weekend, highlighted by the Arkansas Footbrake Throwdown and the Spring Run Off at Rocky Mountain Raceway Park in Utah.