223 – Allen Bestwick: Never Say Never


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Freddie Kraft, T.J. Majors and Jason Schultz are in studio after a wild and wet Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and a hot week of silly season news. Plus, fresh off the Superstar Racing Experience season finale at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway – legendary racing broadcaster Allen Bestwick joins the show.

Freddie and T.J. made it through the rain and darkness in New England to share their reaction to the events that went down in the NASCAR Cup Series race. Hear what they were feeling on the roof and what their drivers were reporting in the cars when NASCAR decided to start the race under a heavy mist condition.

Then, when the track became too wet and Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, and others slid sideways into Turns 1 and 2, find out how they reacted and how they navigated their drivers through the treacherous conditions. What decision making broke down to allow the field to race into the wet corners? What could be done differently to prevent a similar situation in the future? The spotters weigh in.

After crashing, Kyle Busch gave the pace car a few bumps to show his displeasure at the officiating. Hear what T.J. and Freddie thought when they saw that happen and they share whether or not they believe Busch will be penalized.

A last-minute decision to not apply traction compound to New Hampshire’s surface impacted a lot of teams plans on Friday night. Hear why that was and how everyone felt about the racing without the added substance on the track.

Contact between Ryan Newman and Quin Houff sent the No. 00 spinning into Turn 3. Hear what harsh words Houff had for Newman afterwards and whether the crew thinks Newman did it intentionally.

NASCAR called the race approximately eight laps early due to darkness. The spotters share whether they thought the race could go the distance and how truly dark it was at the time. Plus, they address NASCAR making the call to decide when to display 10 laps to go anytime in the final stage.

Harrison Burton was named as Wood Brothers Racing’s next driver last week, as he replaces Matt DiBenedetto. Hear how DiBenedetto expressed his frustration with the situation in a video later that day and why the guys are confused that he was surprised to hear this decision.

Team Penske named Austin Cindric the driver of the iconic No. 2 car beginning next season, officially placing Brad Keselowski in the free agent market. Find out what Keselowski asked for in contract negations and what news is expected to drop regarding his future this week.

Next, Allen Bestwick joins the show after his return to motorsports broadcasting this summer on tour with SRX. Hear about his beginnings behind the microphone, how an early connection in racing ultimately led to the SRX gig and what approach the broadcast crew took in this new venture.

He shares about the all-access experience SRX showcased, unique broadcast elements they incorporated and what the future holds for the series.

Then, he talks big NASCAR moments he was a part of including the 2001 July Daytona race and memories working closely with Benny Parsons.

In Reaction Theatre, a Larry McReynolds impersonator calls in, fans are angry with the No. 22 team, and now callers are leaving song requests.

Then the gang shares their plans for NASCAR’s summer break.

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