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The Racing Writer's Podcast

Kelly Crandall

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The Racing Writer's Podcast

The Racing Writer's Podcast

Kelly Crandall

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Racer Magazine's Kelly Crandall brings stories and interviews from driver's and personalities in the NASCAR garage.

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Ep. 103 | Tanner Gray (RWP)

Tanner Gray (@tannergray5) is a full-time driver in NASCAR this season as he’ll be competing with DGR-Crosley in the Truck Series. Gray is here to discuss the opportunity after getting a taste of stock cars last season having made a move away from a successful NHRA career. What has he been doing to prepare for this season when he doesn’t know what to expect; being a third-generation driver and if trying something else was an option; how long Gray had been thinking of making the change from NHRA to NASCAR even during a championship season; when he first discovered a love for NASCAR. Gray also explains why the adrenaline rushes of NHRA and NASCAR are different; a funny story about reflexes when wondering if they will be better than the competition in NASCAR; looking back on the experience of his first distance race; and what the draw of DGR-Crosley was. How much time with Gray give himself to learn before expecting results? The biggest challenges Gray has ahead of him and his early-season goals. Music created by Tony Monge. Lionel Racing is the market leader in the design, promotion and distribution of licensed die-cast race cars. A division of Lionel Trains, Lionel Racing makes and sells replica NASCAR and other racing die-cast through a variety of channels, including corporate and national accounts, trackside, online, a network of specialty dealers, and the Racing Collectables Club of America (RCCA). Located near Charlotte Motor Speedway, Lionel Racing has the pulse of the motorsports community and is committed to giving fans the very best in die-cast collectibles. For more information, visit www.lionelracing.com.

29 MIN2 d ago
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Ep. 103 | Tanner Gray (RWP)

Ep. 102 | Jamie Little (RWP)

Jamie Little (@JamieLittleTV) is here to kick off the 2020 season of The Racing Writer’s Podcast with an exciting conversation around her new show, America’s Top Dog. Little explains how she got involved in the show and what to expect when tuning in every Wednesday night on A&E. An avid animal lover, or obsessive, as he admits, when it comes to dogs, Little also digs into the rescue work she does in her personal time and once again looking forward to the Westminster Dog Show. If dogs and racing weren’t enough, wait until you hear what other ventures Little and her husband Cody have their hands in; her unique fitness routine; how much goes into Little’s work with FOX that leads into when viewers see her on pit road calling the action; how she stays connected to the sport when the FOX portion of the schedule is over; the rush of calling live action on pit road; previewing the 2020 NASCAR season. Music created by Tony Monge. Lionel Racing is the market leader in the design, promotion and distribution of licensed die-cast race cars. A division of Lionel Trains, Lionel Racing makes and sells replica NASCAR and other racing die-cast through a variety of channels, including corporate and national accounts, trackside, online, a network of specialty dealers, and the Racing Collectables Club of America (RCCA). Located near Charlotte Motor Speedway, Lionel Racing has the pulse of the motorsports community and is committed to giving fans the very best in die-cast collectibles. For more information, visit www.lionelracing.com.

37 MIN1 w ago
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Ep. 102 | Jamie Little (RWP)

Ep. 101 | Meet the Media (RWP)

The final podcast of 2019 called for more than one guest, so here’s four! Jeff Gluck (5:26) of The Athletic, Jim Utter (34:11) of Motorsport.com, Dustin Long (1:29:49) of NBC Sports, and Jenna Fryer (2:20:51) of the Associated Press are here to help me share how we, the media, cover championship weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It’s a jam-packed weekend with three series crowning three champions and various media opportunities throughout. We discuss if Homestead feels different from other race weeks, covering Homestead versus the other 35 races, how we approach a busy weekend, splitting coverage with co-workers, staying in the media center versus chasing stories outside, if we know what we’re going to write, quickly getting content out, separating ourselves from the others, and opining on the three NASCAR champions for this year, as well as leaving Homestead for ISM Raceway in 2020. Music created by Tony Monge. Editor’s note on Dustin’s story title (Kyle Busch’s ride of a ...

179 MIN2019 DEC 9
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Ep. 101 | Meet the Media (RWP)

Ep. 100 | David Wilson (RWP)

David Wilson is the president of Toyota Racing Development (TRD) and one of the best people to talk to in the NASCAR garage. This week Wilson reflects on a third manufacturer and driver championship in the NASCAR Cup Series; the 19 wins by Joe Gibbs Racing; the humble beginnings of TRD’s entry into NASCAR; thoughts on Kyle Busch being a two-time champion after being on the ‘brink’ with him early on in his tenure with Gibbs/Toyota; Wilson’s duties as TRD president. Also get to know David Wilson away from the track with his legendary airline status; reality TV; collecting watches; car enthusiasm; shoes becoming a part of one’s identity; love of technology; the discovery of coyote fencing; his proud collection of Apple products. Circling back to racing Wilson explains how he got started with TRD; the easiest and hardest decision he’s had to make in the last 30 years; what is left for TRD to do in NASCAR. Music created by Tony Monge. Lionel Racing is the market leader in the desig...

50 MIN2019 DEC 2
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Ep. 100 | David Wilson (RWP)

Ep. 99 | Brad Keselowski (RWP)

Brad Keselowski had completed another year in the NASCAR Cup Series, his 10th full season, in fact. Keselowski shares some of the highs and lows from the 2019 season for the No. 2 Team Penske group; what the feeling is like for a driver at Homestead-Miami Speedway when they aren’t championship eligible; how Keselowski views just making the Championship 4 versus winning the championship; whether he thought he’d have a second championship by now; the stress of the playoffs; the incentive of playoff points and stage wins; constantly having to adapt as drivers; how the package has changed things for drivers; thoughts on the host Homestead has been for championship weekend; reflecting on 10 full seasons; Keselowski’s offseason agenda. Music created by Tony Monge. Lionel Racing is the market leader in the design, promotion and distribution of licensed die-cast race cars. A division of Lionel Trains, Lionel Racing makes and sells replica NASCAR and other racing die-cast through a variet...

41 MIN2019 NOV 25
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Ep. 99 | Brad Keselowski (RWP)

Ep. 98 | Homestead recap & reactions (RWP)

EThe tradition lives on! This time it's for the last time on the frontstretch at Homestead-Miami Speedway. An unedited recap of championship weekend with Matt Weaver, Jerry Jordan, Aaron Bearden, Jacob Seelman, and Jeff Gluck makes an appearance. Kyle Busch is a two-time Cup Series champion. Tyler Reddick makes it two in the Xfinity Series. Matt Crafton shocks the world in Trucks. Plus, Denny Hamlin's team blows it on the worst weekend while Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. also made mistakes. We break it all down and give our thoughts on the 2019 NASCAR season and leaving Homestead for ISM Raceway next season. Lionel Racing is the market leader in the design, promotion and distribution of licensed die-cast race cars. A division of Lionel Trains, Lionel Racing makes and sells replica NASCAR and other racing die-cast through a variety of channels, including corporate and national accounts, trackside, online, a network of specialty dealers, and the Racing Collectables Club of America...

51 MIN2019 NOV 18
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Ep. 98 | Homestead recap & reactions (RWP)

Ep. 97 | Landon Cassill (RWP)

Landon Cassill has never won a NASCAR race or championship, but he’s got a few stories to tell from the many variables the sport has thrown his way. This week Cassill shares insight on StarCom Racing, how he came to be their full-time driver and what makes the organization a good fit for him. Having been in the sport since he was 18 years old, does Cassill feel like a veteran now? He digs into the many experiences he’s had even outside of the car, which includes being involved in race wins and championships; how Cassill wound up in NC with his grandmother and the fun memories involved there; getting his NASCAR start with Rick Hendrick; lost opportunities with Hendrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr.; remembering his first Cup start; if Cassill feels he’s been able to give everything he can for his owners; how hard it is to not get cynical; if he fears irrelevancy; what are some of the highlights from Cassill’s career that he thinks about; what he still wants to accomplish before being do...

48 MIN2019 NOV 11
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Ep. 97 | Landon Cassill (RWP)

Ep. 96 | David Gilliland (RWP)

David Gilliland is not as active as a NASCAR driver anymore but he’s still heavily involved in racing a co-owner of DGR-Crosley. Gilliland is going to discuss the improbable playoff run of Tyler Ankrum and making that happen and how impressed he’s been with his young driver. Why start DGR? Gilliland explains how it came to be and how he and Bo LeMastus paired up; who takes care of which responsibilities; milestones and accomplishments they set out to accomplish when starting the team; why Gilliland has a different take on driver development and what he’s trying to do about it. Has team ownership been what he expected? Gilliland explains how much DGR does in-house between its two buildings; what it was like racing against son Todd; if he would ever want Todd to drive for his team; how Gilliland decides the races he puts the helmet back on for; the long-term vision for DGR that includes looking at the state of the Cup Series. Music created by Tony Monge. Lionel Racing is the market...

28 MIN2019 NOV 4
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Ep. 96 | David Gilliland (RWP)

Ep. 95 | Austin Dillon (RWP)

EA day before its annual fan fest at the Richard Childress Racing campus, Austin Dillon shares some stories from growing up at the facility and the memories at every corner. Dillon is in his sixth full season at the NASCAR Cup Series level and it’s been quite a journey so far, but he desires more. What has been the influence of crew chief Danny Stockman taking over the team? Considering RCR is his family’s organization, Dillon explains how involved he gets with the day-to-day operations versus just focusing on being a driver. Dillon reveals if there are brutally honest conversations at RCR that can put the family aspect aside for the betterment of business; the ‘tactics’ Childress uses on the Dillon family; how much weight Austin feels about the overall success and struggles of RCR; and addressing the critics who use the family card. How Dillon has had to change his mindset and expectations since moving to the Cup Series; whether he feels he adapts well to changes; describing his...

44 MIN2019 OCT 28
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Ep. 95 | Austin Dillon (RWP)

Ep. 94 | Austin Theriault (RWP)

Austin Theriault has been associated with big name owners like Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski and he’s also had to scratch and claw for opportunities. His journey makes for quite a tale. To start, Theriault explains why running Cup Series races with Rick Ware Racing has been humbling and what emotions he remembers from making his first start in July; and he breaks down what his prospects were coming into the year and how he ended up in the Cup Series. In looking back, Theriault explains if his 2015 Truck Series accident altered his career path; shares some laughs about his pain and what he remembers doing when released from the hospital; if he ever followed up with NASCAR about safety aspects from his wreck; what he took away from his time with Brad Keselowski and using a spoon-feeding analogy to describe Keselowski’s style; what impact it made driving for Dale Jr. Reflecting on winning the 2017 ARCA championship and what that meant to Theriault. Does he hold out hope he w...

53 MIN2019 OCT 21
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Ep. 94 | Austin Theriault (RWP)

Latest Episodes

Ep. 103 | Tanner Gray (RWP)

Tanner Gray (@tannergray5) is a full-time driver in NASCAR this season as he’ll be competing with DGR-Crosley in the Truck Series. Gray is here to discuss the opportunity after getting a taste of stock cars last season having made a move away from a successful NHRA career. What has he been doing to prepare for this season when he doesn’t know what to expect; being a third-generation driver and if trying something else was an option; how long Gray had been thinking of making the change from NHRA to NASCAR even during a championship season; when he first discovered a love for NASCAR. Gray also explains why the adrenaline rushes of NHRA and NASCAR are different; a funny story about reflexes when wondering if they will be better than the competition in NASCAR; looking back on the experience of his first distance race; and what the draw of DGR-Crosley was. How much time with Gray give himself to learn before expecting results? The biggest challenges Gray has ahead of him and his early-season goals. Music created by Tony Monge. Lionel Racing is the market leader in the design, promotion and distribution of licensed die-cast race cars. A division of Lionel Trains, Lionel Racing makes and sells replica NASCAR and other racing die-cast through a variety of channels, including corporate and national accounts, trackside, online, a network of specialty dealers, and the Racing Collectables Club of America (RCCA). Located near Charlotte Motor Speedway, Lionel Racing has the pulse of the motorsports community and is committed to giving fans the very best in die-cast collectibles. For more information, visit www.lionelracing.com.

29 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Ep. 103 | Tanner Gray (RWP)

Ep. 102 | Jamie Little (RWP)

Jamie Little (@JamieLittleTV) is here to kick off the 2020 season of The Racing Writer’s Podcast with an exciting conversation around her new show, America’s Top Dog. Little explains how she got involved in the show and what to expect when tuning in every Wednesday night on A&E. An avid animal lover, or obsessive, as he admits, when it comes to dogs, Little also digs into the rescue work she does in her personal time and once again looking forward to the Westminster Dog Show. If dogs and racing weren’t enough, wait until you hear what other ventures Little and her husband Cody have their hands in; her unique fitness routine; how much goes into Little’s work with FOX that leads into when viewers see her on pit road calling the action; how she stays connected to the sport when the FOX portion of the schedule is over; the rush of calling live action on pit road; previewing the 2020 NASCAR season. Music created by Tony Monge. Lionel Racing is the market leader in the design, promotion and distribution of licensed die-cast race cars. A division of Lionel Trains, Lionel Racing makes and sells replica NASCAR and other racing die-cast through a variety of channels, including corporate and national accounts, trackside, online, a network of specialty dealers, and the Racing Collectables Club of America (RCCA). Located near Charlotte Motor Speedway, Lionel Racing has the pulse of the motorsports community and is committed to giving fans the very best in die-cast collectibles. For more information, visit www.lionelracing.com.

37 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Ep. 102 | Jamie Little (RWP)

Ep. 101 | Meet the Media (RWP)

The final podcast of 2019 called for more than one guest, so here’s four! Jeff Gluck (5:26) of The Athletic, Jim Utter (34:11) of Motorsport.com, Dustin Long (1:29:49) of NBC Sports, and Jenna Fryer (2:20:51) of the Associated Press are here to help me share how we, the media, cover championship weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It’s a jam-packed weekend with three series crowning three champions and various media opportunities throughout. We discuss if Homestead feels different from other race weeks, covering Homestead versus the other 35 races, how we approach a busy weekend, splitting coverage with co-workers, staying in the media center versus chasing stories outside, if we know what we’re going to write, quickly getting content out, separating ourselves from the others, and opining on the three NASCAR champions for this year, as well as leaving Homestead for ISM Raceway in 2020. Music created by Tony Monge. Editor’s note on Dustin’s story title (Kyle Busch’s ride of a ...

179 MIN2019 DEC 9
Comments
Ep. 101 | Meet the Media (RWP)

Ep. 100 | David Wilson (RWP)

David Wilson is the president of Toyota Racing Development (TRD) and one of the best people to talk to in the NASCAR garage. This week Wilson reflects on a third manufacturer and driver championship in the NASCAR Cup Series; the 19 wins by Joe Gibbs Racing; the humble beginnings of TRD’s entry into NASCAR; thoughts on Kyle Busch being a two-time champion after being on the ‘brink’ with him early on in his tenure with Gibbs/Toyota; Wilson’s duties as TRD president. Also get to know David Wilson away from the track with his legendary airline status; reality TV; collecting watches; car enthusiasm; shoes becoming a part of one’s identity; love of technology; the discovery of coyote fencing; his proud collection of Apple products. Circling back to racing Wilson explains how he got started with TRD; the easiest and hardest decision he’s had to make in the last 30 years; what is left for TRD to do in NASCAR. Music created by Tony Monge. Lionel Racing is the market leader in the desig...

50 MIN2019 DEC 2
Comments
Ep. 100 | David Wilson (RWP)

Ep. 99 | Brad Keselowski (RWP)

Brad Keselowski had completed another year in the NASCAR Cup Series, his 10th full season, in fact. Keselowski shares some of the highs and lows from the 2019 season for the No. 2 Team Penske group; what the feeling is like for a driver at Homestead-Miami Speedway when they aren’t championship eligible; how Keselowski views just making the Championship 4 versus winning the championship; whether he thought he’d have a second championship by now; the stress of the playoffs; the incentive of playoff points and stage wins; constantly having to adapt as drivers; how the package has changed things for drivers; thoughts on the host Homestead has been for championship weekend; reflecting on 10 full seasons; Keselowski’s offseason agenda. Music created by Tony Monge. Lionel Racing is the market leader in the design, promotion and distribution of licensed die-cast race cars. A division of Lionel Trains, Lionel Racing makes and sells replica NASCAR and other racing die-cast through a variet...

41 MIN2019 NOV 25
Comments
Ep. 99 | Brad Keselowski (RWP)

Ep. 98 | Homestead recap & reactions (RWP)

EThe tradition lives on! This time it's for the last time on the frontstretch at Homestead-Miami Speedway. An unedited recap of championship weekend with Matt Weaver, Jerry Jordan, Aaron Bearden, Jacob Seelman, and Jeff Gluck makes an appearance. Kyle Busch is a two-time Cup Series champion. Tyler Reddick makes it two in the Xfinity Series. Matt Crafton shocks the world in Trucks. Plus, Denny Hamlin's team blows it on the worst weekend while Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. also made mistakes. We break it all down and give our thoughts on the 2019 NASCAR season and leaving Homestead for ISM Raceway next season. Lionel Racing is the market leader in the design, promotion and distribution of licensed die-cast race cars. A division of Lionel Trains, Lionel Racing makes and sells replica NASCAR and other racing die-cast through a variety of channels, including corporate and national accounts, trackside, online, a network of specialty dealers, and the Racing Collectables Club of America...

51 MIN2019 NOV 18
Comments
Ep. 98 | Homestead recap & reactions (RWP)

Ep. 97 | Landon Cassill (RWP)

Landon Cassill has never won a NASCAR race or championship, but he’s got a few stories to tell from the many variables the sport has thrown his way. This week Cassill shares insight on StarCom Racing, how he came to be their full-time driver and what makes the organization a good fit for him. Having been in the sport since he was 18 years old, does Cassill feel like a veteran now? He digs into the many experiences he’s had even outside of the car, which includes being involved in race wins and championships; how Cassill wound up in NC with his grandmother and the fun memories involved there; getting his NASCAR start with Rick Hendrick; lost opportunities with Hendrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr.; remembering his first Cup start; if Cassill feels he’s been able to give everything he can for his owners; how hard it is to not get cynical; if he fears irrelevancy; what are some of the highlights from Cassill’s career that he thinks about; what he still wants to accomplish before being do...

48 MIN2019 NOV 11
Comments
Ep. 97 | Landon Cassill (RWP)

Ep. 96 | David Gilliland (RWP)

David Gilliland is not as active as a NASCAR driver anymore but he’s still heavily involved in racing a co-owner of DGR-Crosley. Gilliland is going to discuss the improbable playoff run of Tyler Ankrum and making that happen and how impressed he’s been with his young driver. Why start DGR? Gilliland explains how it came to be and how he and Bo LeMastus paired up; who takes care of which responsibilities; milestones and accomplishments they set out to accomplish when starting the team; why Gilliland has a different take on driver development and what he’s trying to do about it. Has team ownership been what he expected? Gilliland explains how much DGR does in-house between its two buildings; what it was like racing against son Todd; if he would ever want Todd to drive for his team; how Gilliland decides the races he puts the helmet back on for; the long-term vision for DGR that includes looking at the state of the Cup Series. Music created by Tony Monge. Lionel Racing is the market...

28 MIN2019 NOV 4
Comments
Ep. 96 | David Gilliland (RWP)

Ep. 95 | Austin Dillon (RWP)

EA day before its annual fan fest at the Richard Childress Racing campus, Austin Dillon shares some stories from growing up at the facility and the memories at every corner. Dillon is in his sixth full season at the NASCAR Cup Series level and it’s been quite a journey so far, but he desires more. What has been the influence of crew chief Danny Stockman taking over the team? Considering RCR is his family’s organization, Dillon explains how involved he gets with the day-to-day operations versus just focusing on being a driver. Dillon reveals if there are brutally honest conversations at RCR that can put the family aspect aside for the betterment of business; the ‘tactics’ Childress uses on the Dillon family; how much weight Austin feels about the overall success and struggles of RCR; and addressing the critics who use the family card. How Dillon has had to change his mindset and expectations since moving to the Cup Series; whether he feels he adapts well to changes; describing his...

44 MIN2019 OCT 28
Comments
Ep. 95 | Austin Dillon (RWP)

Ep. 94 | Austin Theriault (RWP)

Austin Theriault has been associated with big name owners like Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski and he’s also had to scratch and claw for opportunities. His journey makes for quite a tale. To start, Theriault explains why running Cup Series races with Rick Ware Racing has been humbling and what emotions he remembers from making his first start in July; and he breaks down what his prospects were coming into the year and how he ended up in the Cup Series. In looking back, Theriault explains if his 2015 Truck Series accident altered his career path; shares some laughs about his pain and what he remembers doing when released from the hospital; if he ever followed up with NASCAR about safety aspects from his wreck; what he took away from his time with Brad Keselowski and using a spoon-feeding analogy to describe Keselowski’s style; what impact it made driving for Dale Jr. Reflecting on winning the 2017 ARCA championship and what that meant to Theriault. Does he hold out hope he w...

53 MIN2019 OCT 21
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Ep. 94 | Austin Theriault (RWP)
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