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NHRA Insider Podcast
60 minutes | 6 days ago
3.16 Hard Work and Hard Knocks
Racers Krista Baldwin and Joey Gladstone join host Brian Lohnes on this episode of the NHRA Insider Podcast to talk about their seasons, their reasons for competing in NHRA Camping World Drag Racing, and their hard work and struggles to succeed. Baldwin, a third-generation top fuel racer talks about her first race, which was the 2021 Gatornationals, and what she took from the experience while preparing to compete at the NGK Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte. She talks about her road to top fuel, her family, and the people she had met and who have supported her along the way. Joey Gladstone talks about the incredible race weekend he had at Atlanta Dragway when he rode a motorcycle while recovering from injuries sustained during a 200mph testing crash just weeks before. This is a story of grit, guts, determination, and the will to win. Both of these are hardcore racers and both are budding stars in the world of NHRA Camping World Drag Racing.
55 minutes | 11 days ago
3.15 The Hot Shots
Antron Brown and Bob Tasca III join Brian Lohnes on this episode of the NHRA Insider podcast. The two Atlanta winners talk about their respective victories at the final NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. For Bob Tasca III, his second race win in a row stands as an affirmation that his team is not only championship caliber, but built for the long haul of the 2021 Camping World NHRA season. Antron Brown talks about the hard path he took to victory on Sunday in Atlanta, how his team rose to the occasion each round, and how facing down Steve Torrence in a legitimate top fuel duel to close the weekend was a massive confidence builder for their operation. All this and additional commentary and breaking news from Lohnes sprinkled in!
56 minutes | 20 days ago
3.14 The Comeback Kids
David Grubnic and Eddie Krawiec join Brian Lohnes on the NHRA Insider podcast to talk about life, drag racing, and getting back into the sport that they love in 2021. Grubic, who serves as the crew chief on Brittany Force's top fuel dragster has come out of the gate swinging in 2021 and it's been fun to watch. He talks about being away and what it means to come back after being away for nearly a full year. Eddie Krawiec was at the track when he called into the show, having completed a successful test day with teammate Andrew Hines. The V-twin-powered motorcycles with their EBR bodies showed promise at the test session and the two are excited to be on the drag strip for the rest of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season. Eddie and Andrew talk success, pressure, a three motorcycle team, and more!
77 minutes | a month ago
3.13 The Money Men
Shawn Langdon and Tony Pedregon join the NHRA Insider podcast this week for a wide-ranging discussion about drag racing, the upcoming Denso Spark Plugs 4-Wide Nationals, and other storylines in the sport. The discussion with Langdon centers around the difficulties, attraction, and culture of big money bracket racing, an arena he competes infrequently outside of NHRA top fuel. This is an enlightening discussion on a large swath of bracket racing many people are undereducated on. Tony Pedregon joins the show to preview the upcoming race weekend in Las Vegas. The discussion is about who looks strong, who's debuting at the event, who needs to step it up and the proclivities of 4-wide drag racing. Lots of great insider info here, opinion, and more!
51 minutes | a month ago
3.12 Making a Splash
Andrew Hines and Elon Werner join host Brian Lohnes on this episode of the NHRA Insider Podcast. Werner, the Vice-President of Sports Publicity for the Tony Fay Agency of Texas has long been a presence inside NHRA drag racing, garnering teams like John Force Racing headlines over the years. He talks about the modern world of PR, how things have changed over his 30 years in the sport, and what he is doing to work with people like Kalitta Racing, Justin Ashely, and more each week. The second guest on the show is Andrew Hines who tells the amazing tale of the new Vance and Hines four-valve cylinder head, developing new motorcycles for Cory Reed and Joey Gladstone, testing before Gainesville, and breaking the 200mph barrier with Angelle during the race. Truly an awesome story of applied technology in the sport of NHRA Camping World Drag Racing.
38 minutes | 2 months ago
3.11 Greg and Guido Inside the Hearts and Minds of Champions
On this episode of the NHRA Insider podcast, Greg Anderson and Dean Antonelli, lovingly known as Guido join Brian Lohnes on the show to talk about their early-season successes and careers. Guido and Jon Medlen are the crew chiefs overseeing the Ron Capps-driven NAPA Dodge out of the Don Schumacher camp and Greg Anderson was the Gainesville winner with a crushing performance that put the class on notice. Antonelli shares some amazing insights on not only his career but on the weekly pressures and life of a crew chief and his crew. The talk about the service time between rounds is really amazing and you'll work up a sweat just listening. Greg Anderson talks Gainesville success, searching for a primary sponsor, chasing the magical 100 career win mark, watching Dallas Glenn make his first start, and the importance of Jason Line's transitioned role at KB Racing to the organization. Two veterans with stories and great insight into the sport.
48 minutes | 2 months ago
3.10 Meet the Smiths
Gatornationals winning crew chief Todd Smith and Gatornationals winning pro stock motorcycle racer Matt Smith both join Brian Lohnes on this episode of the NHRA Insider. The discussion with Todd centers around the race weekend and the off-season preparation that went into getting the car ready for battle at Gainesville. Sharing the insight gleaned from a long and distinguished career, Todd Smith takes us inside the decisions and leadership that are making the DHL Toyota Camry a front runner in the earliest parts of the 2021 season. A fascinating look behind the scenes with a crew chief who knows the game. Matt Smith won the Gatornationals and became the first rider in history to make four straight 200mph passes to do it. He talks about the race weekend, the performance of the rival Suzuki motorcycles, and how he dealt with the loss of his brakes in qualifying, a situation that would have put lesser riders in a much more harrowing position. Hear the champ talk about the racing program, his attack in 2021 and how h hopes to fend off all comers for another championship!
41 minutes | 2 months ago
3.9 Gators Winners Two Ways
Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals funny car winner JR Todd and top fuel winning crew chief Ron Douglas join Brian Lohnes on this episode of the NHRA Insider. Todd talks about the off-season and his road to victory in Gainesville, a welcome change from the frustrations of a 2020 season that saw no wins for his DHL Toyota Camry. Todd talks about the electricity of the crowd, the champagne bath at the end, and how this could be a very special season in NHRA Camping World Drag Racing. The second guest is crew chief Ron Douglas who tuned Josh Hart to a dramatic victory in Gainesville. Douglas talks about the weekend, talks about his career, the things he has learned along the way, and the special group of people who lay their hands on the race car to make it go down the track each time. This is a great perspective from a crew chief who shows up to win, weekend after weekend.
70 minutes | 3 months ago
3.8 A Crew Chief and a Champion Tell All
On this episode of the NHRA Insider Podcast, crew chief Rob Flynn and top fuel world champion Steve Torrence join Brian Lohnes. Flynn tells his story of how he got into drag racing, how he worked his way through the ranks of competition to become one of the most respected crew chiefs in the sport, and how Kalitta Motorsports plans on running for a top fuel championship in 2021. The second conversation on the show is with top fuel world champion Steve Torrence. He talks about the incredible and indomitable spirit of Dom Lagana and how his family and crew have established themselves as an amazing top fuel dynasty. It is an emotional and in-depth discussion about the strength, toughness, and mental temerity of a beloved member of the CAPCO family and how this one man personifies the entire operation. You'll learn a lot about these two men who are chasing the same goal in 2021 and doing it in different ways.
61 minutes | 3 months ago
3.7 An Outgoing Legend and the Inside Scoop
On this episode of the NHRA Insider Mike Janis and Kevin McKenna join Brian Lohnes. Janis was recently told by doctors that his hall of fame pro-modified driving career was at an end but Mike is not letting that end his career in the sport. Janis has put JR Gray in the family pro mod and will continue as the leader of the family race team that has garnered championships and race wins by the dozens over the years in pro mod. Mike talks about his career and the future of the team. National Dragster Senior Editor Kevin McKenna joins to talk about the inside stories breaking and developing around the sport. In wide-ranging conversation, he and Lohnes talk about the return of John Force, the situation in various categories of the NHRA universe, the path forward for hopeful professional racers, and what the 2021 season may have in store for all of us.
55 minutes | 3 months ago
3.5 Rumors, Scoops, and Top Fuel's Newest Team Owner
On this episode of the NHRA Insider podcast, Tony Pedregon and Josh Hart join host Brian Lohnes for two entertaining chats. Firstly, Pedregon talks about news, rumors, and innuendo he has been hearing around the NHRA hotbed of Brownsburg, Indiana. There's some inside stuff here you are not going to get anywhere else. Following the talk with Tony, Lohnes and Josh Hart describe his rise to become a top fuel team owner, what his goals are, and how he plans on executing his season as a freshly minted top fuel racer. A standout in the alcohol ranks, Hart is a man with a plan in top fuel and if history is a guide, he will not be denied!
58 minutes | 4 months ago
3.4 The Grudge Man Cometh
Joey Gladstone and JR Gray join Brian Lohnes on this episode of the NHRA Insider podcast. Both men have backgrounds in drag racing's grudge scene and have worked their way to the worlds of NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle and e3 Spark Plugs Pro Modified respectively. Gladstone talks about the upcoming season and the new Vance and Hines Suzuki motorcycles he will be racing with Cory Reed. The four-valve, fuel-injected bikes will be the most technologically advanced machines in the sport when they debut at Gainesville. JR Gray is one of the most recognized names in the grudge racing world as well as the Radial Vs The World arena of competition as well. With the guts and guile of a scrappy grudge racer, he has earned all the accolades and money that comes with those two forms of competition. He's taken the driver's seat at Mike Janis racing for the 2021 season and will be fun to watch. Two awesome interviews!
39 minutes | 4 months ago
3.3 The Business of Speed
Cruz Pedregon and Justin Ashley join Brian Lohnes on this episode of the NHRA Insider Podcast to talk about the headlines they have made on the business side of drag racing during this off-season. For Pedregon, a three-year extension with Snap-On is major news and for Justin Ashley, cultivating new and unique sponsors by creating opportunities for them both in and out of drag racing has been the secret to his program's growth. This is a fun look behind the scenes of business in the world of NHRA drag racing.
74 minutes | 4 months ago
3.2 The Young Operators
Tyler Crossnoe and Victor Alvarez join Brian Lohnes on this episode of the NHRA Insider Podcast. These two guys are among the youngest and most innovative track operators in the country and they do it in different ways. For Crossnoe who oversees Virginia Motorsports Park, an NHRA Camping World national event track, it's identifying trends and building the best customer experience possible for the racers and the fans. For Victor Alvarez who owns and operates Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida, it is using the creativity and flexibility he has as an owner/operator to innovate programs, foster local series, and programs, as well as working to continually grow his facility's reach on social media and other platforms. These are two guys who work hard to not only see into but to make drag racing's future.
63 minutes | 4 months ago
3.1 An Author, A Racer, and A Look Inside The Biggest Stories of 2021
On this episode of the NHRA Insider Podcast, Elana Scherr the author of "Don Prudhomme, My Life Beyond The 1320" joins host Brian Lohnes to talk about making this amazing book and the inside stories behind the creation of the world. It's a fascinating discussion about The Snake and his influence on drag racing and beyond. Tony Pedregon is the second guest on this show. He and Lohnes delve into the biggest stories of the year so far, the crew chief announcements, race schedule announcements, and more. They also talk about Tony's battle with COVID-19 and his hospitalization. A wide-ranging episode!
97 minutes | 5 months ago
2.43 2020 Year in Review Podcast
On this final episode of the NHRA Insider Podcast for 2020, Brian Lohnes conducts a wide-ranging series of whip around interviews with members of the NHRAonFOX team ranging from the faces you see on-air, to the brilliant minds and talented people who work on the other side of the lens to make NHRA drag racing shows. There's a load of memories, inside stories, cool details you never knew, and remembrances from the year that was. There's also a neat musical tribute to the top fuel season of 2020 as well! Listen to this last episode of the wackiest year in modern drag racing history and enjoy your holidays!
69 minutes | 5 months ago
2.42 Rick Jones is the Thinking Mans Pro Stock Crew Chief
Four-time Pro Stock champion crew chief Rick Jones joins host Brian Lohnes to talk about being a leading race car builder, a champion, and his road to becoming a champion mind in the world of NHRA drag racing. Jones' path from a guy who daydreamed about building cars for a living has become a reality beyond even his wildest expectations. There's also a fun musical look back at pro stock in 2020!
48 minutes | 5 months ago
2.41 Pro Mods Newest Brawler and the Pressure Cooker of Funny Car
Lyle Barnett joins Brian Lohnes on this episode of the NHRA Insider to talk about his path through the world of small tire drag racing and into the ranks of the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Series. On the day they spoke, Barnett had completed his licensing making runs of more than 250mph in the quarter-mile. He talks about the experience, his recovery from a horrendous fire in 2015, and how he has made his way to the highest rank of door slammer racing in the world. An intense and fascinating man, this is one you'll want to hear. There's also a fun musical look back at the Funny Car category with very final round set to an iconic tune.
62 minutes | 6 months ago
2.40 Over Under Sideways Down
Leah Pruett and A Look Back At Pro Stock Motorcycle On this return episode of the NHRA Insider Podcast, Leah Pruett joins host Brian Lohnes for an in-depth interview about the 2020 season which was both successful and tumultuous for the driver of the Mopar SRT Dodge top fuel dragster. The talk ranges from the start, the stop, life, the mental aspects of the sport, and how pressures both real and imagined weigh on a driver's performance in drag racing. There's also a cool musical look back over the incredible final rounds of 2020 in the pro stock motorcycle category!
46 minutes | 6 months ago
2.39 The Funny Car Strongman And Some Big 2020 Numbers
Matt Hagan joins Brian Lohnes on this week's episode of the NHRA Insider podcast and talks about his 2020 NHRA Camping World Funny Car Championship season. The ups, the downs, the motivating factors, and the ultimate victory in Las Vegas. Lohnes also talks about some of the most interesting numbers from the 2020 top fuel season as well. A fun listen!
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