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The DragChamp Show

Gary Don Free, Jake Hodge, Ryan Gleghorn

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The DragChamp Show is a weekly bench racing style conversation with the biggest names in sportsman drag racing. You'll hear from NHRA Lucas Oil series racers, big money bracket racers, local bracket racers, and some of the top names in sportsman drag racing. The DragChamp Show covers NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series classes like Super Stock and Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster, Top Bulb and Bottom Bulb bracket racing, Box and No Box classes, and ...
 
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Jennifer Folk of the Million Dollar Drag Race fame and Dave Connolly are our guests on the DragChamp Show this week. We got into a mix of big dollar bracket racing and Pro Stock racing as we discussed Dave's racing career and running the Million with Jennifer. We kicked off the show diving into Dave's career driving and tuning the Factory Hot Rods …
 
The Peep Show, Peeps Pennington is our guest this week on the DragChamp Show podcast. The Texas based big money bracket racer was an entertaining interview as we peppered him with questions and he kept us laughing throughout the show. Of course we discussed the history of the unique and rare Pennington roadsters, the challenges of running a used ca…
 
NHRA sportsman great Dan Fletcher is our guest on the DragChamp podcast this week. Dan, the third winningest racer in NHRA history, was a great interview as he didn't hold back. He shared his opinions on NHRA racing, social media, bracket racing, racing for a living and more. The 3x world champion spoke on how his points chasing days are over, told…
 
Bottom Bulb superstar Slick Rick Baehr joins the DragChamp Show this week! Baehr, the DragChamp May Racer of the Month, talked about the history of his beloved Camaro, how he wadded it up a time or two, why he likes Bottom Bulb racing, and how he doesn't like racing without his family. We quizzed him on his days of racing Super Stock and the time w…
 
After taking a few weeks off, the guys are back and they have a special guest for you. David Wright of the famous Double00ShitShow Facebook page joins the guys for a fun conversation. David and Jake are just getting back from Jake's Bernie Mann Memorial race and they gave us all the dirty details such as Nick Hastings mud hogging adventure, riding …
 
The guys enjoyed their vacation last week so much, they decided to take another week off. To keep you entertained, we have a encore episode of our interview with sportsman racing great Luke Bogacki. Luke, co-host of the popular Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast with Luke and Jed, kept us entertained with stories of racing for a living and running the w…
 
The team is taking a vacation this week but we've got you covered with an encore episode of one of the funniest podcasts we've recorded. Chad Axford overshared from the very beginning of the episode and kept oversharing throughout. We got some great stories out of him including a bathroom accident after eating at the Aria in Vegas, ex-girl friend s…
 
The driver of the Jelly Bean Chevette, Brandon Umberger, is our guest this week on the DragChamp Show. With Jake and Ryan both out of pocket, Gary Don took the lead and interviewed one of the best bottom bulb racers on the West Coast and arguably in the country. Umberger, from Grand Junction, Colorado, was a great interview and the two covered topi…
 
This week on the DragChamp Show, Shane Sweigart of Competitive Suspension fame joins the show. The self-proclaimed nerd was a great interview. While we did get into the details of shocks and suspensions, we learned so much about him and his company. Since Jake and Shane are such good friends, it was fun listening to them banter back and forth. In a…
 
Holden Laris, the head honcho behind Laris Motorsports Insurance, is our guest this week on the DragChamp Show. On the show we cover the ins and outs of racecar and trailer insurance. Where you're covered, where you're not, how much it costs, what sets Laris apart from other insurers, and why you should go with Laris. In addition to insurance, we d…
 
Stuart Olinde and his alter ego Poo Poo Pasquali join the DragChamp Show this week for some down home Cajun fun. Olinde, who is internet famous for his hilarious Poo Poo videos, recently made some noise on the track as well. Stuart ran himself in the No-Box final at the CP Racing 2-for-1 on the Bayou race. We sat down for an entertaining conversati…
 
Scott Woody Woodruff, the man behind the JEGS brand and race team, is our guest this week on the DragChamp Show podcast. Woody, a childhood friend of Jeggie, has been a major part of the JEGS team for decades. He's so close to the family they call him Uncle Woody. In our conversation we learn about the work he puts in to keep the JEGS name in front…
 
Lump Self is our guest this week on the DragChamp Show podcast. Lump is the owner/operator of the newly re-opened I-30 Dragway just east of Dallas. He also owns Self Motorsports which builds racing engines for sportsman racers across the country. Lump is better known for his Competition Eliminator, Pro Stock Truck, and Pro Stock talents but more re…
 
Bill Bader Jr. of Summit Motorsports Park fame along with his son Evan Bader are our guest this week on the DragChamp Show. The Bader family operates Summit Motorsports Park which is the premier racing facility in the country. We had a great conversation on their recent 18-month hiatus due to COVID, the secret to running a top notch facility, and w…
 
Sheldon Gecker, 2X NHRA Super Gas World Champ and driver of the legendary King Kong Mopar's, joins the show this week to talk Mopar's, racing for a living, Super Gas racing , and so much more. In this episode we dig into the difference in winnings and expenses in the old days versus today. Sheldon described some of the advantages he had years ago w…
 
The Dilly, Dylan Mudd joins the DragChamp Show podcast this week. Just days removed from a huge week at the Spring Fling Million in Vegas, Dylan gives us the skinny on how he crewed Bo Butner to the Million victory and Randi Lyn Shipp to a $30K final last week. If you know Dilly, then you know he's got some great stories to share and a lot of cuss …
 
The Baby Faced Assassin, Gage Burch is our guest this week on the DragChamp Show! Gage is one of the toughest and most accomplished racers in the country and he's only 21 years old. The original winner of the SFG $525K told us that he hates Top Bulb racing! During our conversation we found out that Tim Butler is his kryptonite, that he'll never sel…
 
The Delaware Destroyer Danny Bastianelli is our guest this week on the DragChamp Show. This was a fun podcast since Danny is full of laughs and stories. We started on the chip with Danny telling his jail story. We quickly moved into numerous other topics including his fast small block Ford powered dragster, highlights of his career, more stories, g…
 
Racer, promoter, and the newest owner of Montgomery Motorsports Park Ben Willis joins the show this week. In this episode we discuss his recent purchase of the famed drag racing facility along with the upgrades he has planned. Ben has a great vision of returning MMP, now called Capital City Motorsports Park, to its former glory. On tap this season …
 
This week's show is all about the 2021 racing season. We open the show talking with Luke Bogacki and Ashley Thompson about their 2021 ThisIsBracketRacing.com The Driver Series which allows local bracket racers to compete at their home track for a $10,000 National Championship. Ashley gave us the scoop on The Driver Series which is now entering it's…
 
For our 1 year anniversary episode, we bring you one of the greatest sportsman racers to every compete, Edmond Richardson. AKA the King, Edmond is listed in the NHRA's Top 50 Drivers of all time. He's a 46 time NHRA national event champion, a 5 time World Champion, and has doubled at a national event on 5 different occasions. In this episode, Edmon…
 
After a week of fighting record cold temps in Texas and constant power outages, we finally sat down with Bryson Scruggs for a little bench racing session. His good friend two-seater Doug Foley Jr. was a surprise call-in guest which added to the good times. Bryson, the 22 year old nephew of bracket racing legend Jason Lynch, shared the good times of…
 
Former NHRA Stock Eliminator World Champ and current drag race instructor Lee Zane is our guest this week on the DragChamp Show. We had a great conversation about Lee's adventures while racing across the country. Lee shared a number of stories including how he got started in racing, racing with Jim Harrington, driving a Pro Stocker, holding 8 tenth…
 
BoyBaby Chris Jones joins the DragChamp Show this week with his cousin Bobo Marshall tagging along for some good times. Chris and Bobo are some of the most talented bracket racers in Arkansas and we had an awesome time hearing their stories. They told several traveling stories about people failing asleep while driving, their interesting trip throug…
 
Respected big money bracket racing veteran Bug McCarty joins the show this week. Recently Bug posted a number of questions on Facebook centering around big money bracket racing hot topics. We went deep on these questions and got the straight talk directly from the Man himself. Fresh off a $20,000 victory in Florida, Bug discussed racing his teammat…
 
Our guest this week is the dynamic duo of Mike Matty Jr. and CJ Yaeger. This show was off the rails before it even started as their comedic genius rivals some of the best comics in the business. If you thought some of our other episodes were wild, wait till you hear this one. We cover so much ground including CJ doing his best Announcer impressions…
 
The Flying Airbrush, Jerron Settles joins us for our first new episode of the DragChamp Show in 2021. Jerron is world renown for his painting and airbrush talents. In this episode we get pepper him with questions from our fans along with a special session of this or that with Jake. We spoke at length about 1/8 mile versus 1/4 mile racing, Jerron's …
 
This week we bring your another Best Of edition of the DragChamp Show. Our podcast with Rodney Finchum is our most popular episode to date. Rodney was on the chip as soon as he called in and the fun didn't stop until he hung up. To add to the fun, we surprised Rodney by having his good friend Steve Foley call in. The two went back and forth and tol…
 
As the team at DragChamp continues to enjoy their Christmas vacation, we've teed up another "Best of" for you. This week's featured episode is with outspoken bracket racer Chris Gulitti. For the longest time, this was our most popular episode as Chris shared his opinions on his son Cory, his almost son Hunter Patton, and more. Even if you've downlo…
 
While we're on Christmas break, we thought we'd keep you entertained with some of the best episodes of The DragChamp Show podcast. This week we're bringing you an encore of our first episode with funny man Steve Foley. Steve kept us in tears with his great since of humor and funny stories from years of traveling with Rodney Finchum of Fast and Finc…
 
Sin City based big money bracket racer Greg Hicks joins the DragChamp Show this week. Greg shares his comedic talents with us along with a rant or two. We talk West Coast drag racing, running from security at Sonoma, his high school prom misadventures, racing with Scotty Richardson in Kentucky, missing flights and more. Greg also covered his "broma…
 
The man famously known as Loose Change joins the DragChamp Show podcast this week. The expert gambler gave us the ins and outs of gambling on drag racing. We learned the phrase turn your light out, I'll give you both ends of the track, and so much more about how he wins more money in the bleachers than he does competing. We heard stories of New Lon…
 
IHRA Division Director and former NHRA Super Comp World Champ Frank Kohutek joins the DragChamp Show this week. The outspoken bracket racer and race director shared his thoughts on IHRA vs NHRA, running a division and big money bracket races, racing in the Super categories, and more. Frank discussed the impact Tommy Phillips made on his racing care…
 
Successful bracket racer and race promoter Chad Axford joins the podcast this week in what turned out to be one of the funniest shows we've done. You don't want to miss this one but be prepared, it's definitely R rated! Chad opens up quickly and we get some extremely entertaining stories from him. We heard stories about riding a scooter to the Aria…
 
Mark Walter of MotormaniaTV fame is our guest on the DragChamp Show. Walter has been live streaming races for 15 years and today is one of the premier producers of bracket racing live streams. Walter and his wife Joanne crisscross the country each year covering 40+ events annually. During our conversation we learned about his military and ministry …
 
Newly crowned 2020 NHRA Super Comp World Champion Christopher Dodd joins the DragChamp Show this week. We discuss his amazing five-win season, racing with an uncertain schedule due to COVID, racing with his dad Sean, Comp cars, Jr. Dragsters, bracket racing, and more. The DragChamp Show is a weekly bench racing style podcast where hosts Jake Hodge,…
 
Bailey Ferraro, who enjoyed a wildly successful week in Montgomery at the Million, joins the show this week to talk big money bracket racing. Less than a week removed from his back-to-back $50K finals, Bailey called in from South Georgia Motorsports Park to recap his Million week. During the conversation we learned where the FUG nickname came from,…
 
NHRA Division 7 Super Gas Champ Mike Boehner joins the DragChamp Show this week. Mike recently documented his cross-country trip to the U.S. Nationals on DragChamp. We talk about his INDY trip, his recent hat trick in Phoenix, index racing, holding numbers, and how he got started in racing. We also discussed top-end throttle stops and how hard they…
 
17 year old rising bracket racing star Caraline McCarty is our guest this week. A couple weeks removed from her breakout $30K win at the Spring Fling in Bristol, Caraline and her mom Carol sat down with the DragChamp Show. In this episode we discuss the wheelstanding Rambler Wagon, recap the $30K, discuss her start in the sport, her competition wit…
 
Big money bracket racing superstar Gary Williams joins the show this week. We caught up with Gary in between the Spring Fling Million and the Guaranteed Million. We discussed his unbelievable win/loss record in final rounds over $25,000. He reminded us of his first $50K final against Kenny Underwood where he won the no-split final. We talked racing…
 
EH3 otherwise known as Ernie Humes joins the DragChamp Show this week! Ernie, hot off a $40,000 victory at the Loose Rocker Super Doorcar Challenge, made some time for us to chat about his on track success. We also dove into slot car racing, top bulb vs bottom bulb, why Ernie didn't race juniors, and his thoughts on $50 bills. Ernie also gave his t…
 
The creators of the Spring Fling bracket races, Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel, join the DragChamp Show this week! We're super excited to have drag racing royalty on the podcast as Peter and Kyle have taken bracket racing to another level with their Spring Fling brand. In addition, both are talented racers with a resume that would fill a room. We sat…
 
The BTE Labor Day 100K champion Caleb Ellison joins the show this week to talk Footbrake racing at Bristol with Big Jed, Jared Pennington and our crew. We talked about the big news from the 100K, what Caleb splurged on with his winnings, how the split went down, dirt track racing compact cars, burnout contests, Ryan's runner-up in the Gamblers race…
 
Bracket racing ace and carburetor specialist Wes May is our guest this week. As a racer, Wes has won practically everything in the world of big money bracket racing. Now his carburetors are becoming more and more popular since they are "always dead on"! In our conversation, we found out what all of the buttons on his steering are for (there's nine …
 
Badass bracket racer and design guru Jeff Serra joins the show this week. Jeff was an interesting interview and although it took him a few minutes to get warmed up, once he downed a few man cans of beer, things got fun! We asked him about racing for Steve Witherow, racing with his brother Sean, the mental aspect of racing, how his momma didn't rais…
 
Chris Forsyth of West Coast Bracket Races fame joins the show this week. Chris is a former NHRA Division Director, NHRA Tech Official, racer, and promoter. With such a varied past, we had a fun conversation which spanned a number of topics, most of which included heavy doses of alcohol. We discussed Shawn Langdon, Brad Plourd's putting game, Hunter…
 
Tyler Bohannon joins the show this week to talk NHRA class racing, slot car racing, Dylan Mudd (Rent-a-Dilly) and Brian Whitworth stories, the Zoo in Brainerd, and his upcoming race the Derby City $100K. Tyler's better half Megan Strassweg sits in with him while Dylan hung out in the back of the room watching TV as we recorded this episode! Althoug…
 
Alabama based bracket racing ace Brandon Taylor is our guest this week on the DragChamp Show. Brandon has won at the highest levels of the sport including a $175,000 victory at the SFG Powerball of Drag Racing. The episode was a little bit of a mess as Ryan was battling food poisoning, Gary Don has just got back from vacation, and BT was a little s…
 
Our guest this week are the founders of the Corona Lockdown Practice Tree Challenge, Blase Raia and Bob Welsch. What started out of boredom earlier this spring during the COVID-19 lockdown has grown into a 1,300+ strong community of racers looking to fun and competition. The invitation only Facebook group routinely produces some of the toughest com…
 
Cool Hand Luke Bogacki is our guest this week on the DragChamp Show! Luke is a 2x NHRA World Champ and has won over a $1,000,000 while drag racing for a living. He's the founder of the online driving school This is Bracket Racing and This is Bracket Racing Elite along with co-founding the Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast with Luke and Jed. Our convers…
 
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