226 – Michigan: Fired & Hired

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Michigan International Speedway race weekend is in the books and T.J. Majors, Freddie Kraft and Brett Griffin are back with lots to share after a newsy week. A spotter swap at Team Penske shifted TJ from the No. 22 team of Joey Logano to his longtime friend Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 team. T.J. tells all about why the decision was made and how it impacts his future.

The gang fills in the listeners about a meeting with NASCAR that took place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hear how the show made history and what impact it has moving forward. Before jumping into the Cup Series race, the guys talk the lights going out for the Truck Series race at Gateway and A.J. Allmendinger’s career progression and his reconciliation with Brett.

Corey LaJoie was forced to sit out Michigan after a close contact tested positive for COVID. Hear what made his situation unique and what it says about NASCAR’s health and safety protocols moving forward. How should teams and playoff drivers react? Should NASCAR follow other major sports leagues with weekly testing? The table weighs in.

Glimpses of the old Michigan delighted the spotters over the weekend as the resin traction compound allowed for multi-groove racing. Hear how the spotters felt about the track conditions and the quality of racing the surface produced.

Contact between Brad Keselowski and Austin Dillon crossing the finish line for Stage 2 sent the No. 3 car into the wall, ending his promising day. T.J. tells us what happened from Keselowski’s perspective.

With drafting in full effect on Sunday, Hendrick Motorsports teammates Kyle Larson and William Byron were in assist mode up front. However, did their instance on working together cost them the race? The crew debates on what the best strategy was for those trying to make passes for the lead and how Ryan Blaney ultimately outdid them all.

Heading into the regular season finale at Daytona International Speedway, its anyone’s game to win and secure a playoff berth from outside the top-16 in points. Hear what the spotters think is the best approach to take heading into Saturday night and which drivers to watch out for.

In Reaction Theatre, fans overwhelm T.J. with so many congratulations, inquire about his blocking teachings and ask Freddie how the No. 23 got upside down.

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