The Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast w/ Luke & Jed Podcast

Episode 020: Vegas/Memphis Recap, Powerball Preview

In this episode, the guys recap the weekend events in Las Vegas, South Georgia, and Memphis.  Luke & Jed also make their picks for the $250,000 Powerball Main Event, and discuss the five nominees for the LAST BIG Thing.

Episode 019: Marketing in Sportsman Drag Racing

In this episode, the guys discuss marketing and sponsorship at the sportsman level.  Who better to speak on that topic than longtime NHRA standout and representative for a multitude of racing & non-racing related companies: Tommy Phillips.  Tommy discusses some of his keys to marketing success, how he applies the same principles to his role in event promotion, and even shares a comical story about choosing to race for a living over…  Law school!  In addition, Luke & Jed recap the week that was, including the DRR Ultimate Series opener in Huntsville, AL, NHRA in Houston, IHRA in Darlington, and big buck events in Rockingham and Gulfport.  Luke relives his 1800 mile journey to the west coast as they preview the K&N Spring Fling Million!

Episode 018: Recapping a Big Weekend

In this episode, the guys discuss the NHRA Gatornationals, as well as big buck races from across the country and the IHRA event in San Antonio. Luke & Jed also announce the finalists for the LAST Big Thing, discuss the upcoming weekend events in Huntsville and Gulfport, and lament their NCAA tournament bracket failures.  Listen with caution: Luke has gone vegan and he’s in a foul mood about it.

Episode 017: Drag Racing Psychology

In this episode, the guys have a spirited conversation with Dr. Tami Eggleston, a sports psychologist with a drag racing background.  Tami, who holds a PHD in Psychology in addition to over 2 decades of racing experience, talks about the finer points of sports psychology and the role that it plays within our sport.  In addition, Luke & Jed talk about the recent NHRA Division 2 event in Gainesville, provide some All-State Race updates, and break down the impeding NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Episode 016: The Next BIG Thing

In this episode, the guys talk with the seventeen-year-old driver who you listeners voted the NEXT BIG THING in sportsman drag racing: Caleb Ellison.  In addition, Luke & Jed discuss the week’s results from Oklahoma to Arizona and points in between.  Plus Luke breaks down the Missouri Valley Conference basketball tournament (because you care), and they discuss the closing of the iconic small track that Luke called home: Texas Raceway.

Episode 015: Race Results, Excessive Braking & The NEXT Big Thing

What else could Luke & Jed possibly lead with in this episode?  They discuss Jerry Emmons’ disqualification for excessive braking in the quarterfinal round of the NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix, at length.  In addition, they review the results from Phoenix, as well as the NHRA Division 2 opener in Orlando and the Super 7 Series bracket event in Montgomery, AL.  Luke & Jed close with some thoughts on the upcoming Next BIG Thing vote, which will conclude next episode, as well as their thoughts on the 2017 DragRaceResults.com Ultimate Series, as it prepares to kick off in Huntsville, AL on March 24-26.

Episode 014: Women in Drag Racing

In this episode, the guys discuss some of the obstacles facing women in our sport.  Since Luke & Jed’s insight is obviously limited in that area, they enlisted 2-time NHRA Pro Stock World Champion Erica Enders to share her opinions.  In addition to her thoughts on climbing the ladder and shattering the glass ceiling, Erica also shares fascinating insights on Pro Stock competition, as well as some of her most memorable moments and most stinging defeats.  Luke & Jed also cover recent bracket events in Arizona and Mississippi, and talk about the latest developments (and call outs) in the All-State Race and related discussion.


Episode 013: The 2017 Season is Officially Underway

In this episode, the guys recap the NHRA season opening Winternationals in Pomona, CA, as well as the IHRA event in West Palm Beach, FL and the Southern Big Bucks Nationals in Belle Rose, LA.  They also share their thoughts on “Birdman” James Finney’s recent comments about bracket racers as well as the passing of Danny Sons.  

Episode 012: NHRA World Champion Draft

In this episode, the guys make their draft picks for the 2017 NHRA Lucas Oil Series World Champions & have a long chat with 2016 NHRA Top Dragster and Stock Eliminator World Champion Jeff Strickland.  Strick talks about the dramatic and surreal ending to his 2016 season, who he views as his strongest competition in 2017, and his best Bo Duke impression as a 6-year-old.

Episode 011: Story Time

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!