A year of rain

The race was a day late, and so is the schmak. Topics covered include the stupid yellow/green start, changes to the Fox ticker, jet dryers damaging race cars, the new TiVo Roamio experience, Kevin Harvick’s continued troubles, and more.

Picks for next week:

Rob: Matt Kenseth
Coach: Denny Hamlin

Check Out the Big Blog on Brad

This week’s schmak reviews the best race of the season (spoiler, it was good) at Martinsville, then tries to (mostly unsuccessfully) predict the Texas race top finishers.

And of course all the good things you’ve come to expect and love from the trackschmak podcast crew, including live listener feedback.

Picks for next week at Texas:

Coach: Jimmie Johnson

Rob: Joey Logano

Keep yer tires up and yer tabs open

This week we schmak the tire-gate of the Fontana race, the infection-gate of the Hamlin eyeball (including some of the popular Trackschmak Theatre), the camber-gate from Fox Broadcasting’s “Department of Misinformation” (i.e. Waltrip), the Drive for Diversity program, Coach’s absolutely terrible fantasy roster, and more…!

Picks for next week at Martinsville:

Coach: Brad Keselowski
Rob: Jamie McMurray

NOTE: we made an agreement to not pick Jimmie Johnson or Jeff Gordon because those two essentially own the racing at Martinsville, and we thought it’d be more fun to pick someone who fits the criteria of being not-Jimmie and not-Jeff.

Fox Sports One Racing – “The Ocho”

What happens when a great race goes on a channel that very few people can see? Anger. Anger is what happens.

We schmak the race, the networks, the lack of online viewing options, a quick Danica update, and more! Lots more!

Also, a preview of the Fontana race and our picks:

Coach: Carl Edwards (why?)
Rob: Jeff Gordon

Cooling Down Qualifying

This week we talk changes to qualifying, news of the week, some stuff about Danica, and preview our fantasy picks for Bristol.

Picks:

Rob: Brad Keselowski (again)
Coach: Brian Vickers

Desert Rage

Lots of rage this week, and none of it is directly related to the race.

Topics include Mark Garrow’s new(ish?) podcast, qualifying format issues, NASCAR’s implicit support of Arizona’s proposed pro-discrimination law, and a whole host of other topics and rages.

Picks for next week:

Coach: Jimmie Johnson
Rob: Brad Keselowski

And He Shall Be Known as Awesome Jones

On this week’s rant laden schmak, we talk about the awful pre-race farcical “human interest” stories, the smattering of news, our fantasy pick results (we did terribly), and picks for the Phoenix race.

Coach: Kevin Harvick

Rob: Carl Edwards

There’s a race this Sunday – who knew?

Hello all, and welcome back to Season 4 of the TrackSchmak podcast. We’re now more of a preview show – prognosticating about what’s going to happen so you can win your fantasy pools and have a more engaging race-watching experience.

In this episode, we go over NASCAR’s lack of marketing, the new chase format, Daytona aero package rules, sprint car safety advancements, and the new yahoo fantasy group.

Picks for this week at Daytona:

Rob: Matt Kenseth

Coach: Jeff Gordon

Unleash the Busch at Homestead

Our final episode of the season has finally arrived!

No race to watch today? Hole in your schedule? Put us in your ear holes and get your weekly NASCAR fix!

We schmak the t-shirt pickup party, the schmak alternate reality chase elimination race, and layout the three things NASCAR needs to do to start growing again. Also, the race (kind of) at Homestead.

Coach wins the race by race pick pool, Rob wins the end of year championship pick pool.

So we’re all winners!

Keep checking the site for updates and whatnot, or just put us in your rss reader.

Either way, we will see you soon.

Or, more correctly, you will hear from us soon enough.

Also – the podcast artwork has changed to this:

It may take a short while for iTunes to update it’s feed to reflect this.

Schmak Chase Elimination update

Here at the schmak, we’re doing an alternate race for the chase thing, by eliminating the lowest finishing chase driver from our field in each chase race. As of 11/17/2013 Homestead:

Chicagoland eliminated Joey Logano.
New Hampshire eliminated Kasey Kahne.
Dover eliminated Carl Edwards.
Kansas eliminated Ryan Newman.
Charlotte eliminated Greg Biffle.
Talladega eliminated Matt Kenseth.
Martinsville eliminated Kurt Busch.
Texas eliminated Jeff Gordon.
Phoenix eliminated Clint Bowyer.

Homestead eliminated Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch

Your 2013 Trackschmak elimination challenge champion is Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Yep, America’s driver Dale Earnhardt Jr would have won this year’s championship if it had been an elimination format.

Take that, Brian France.

Tanking in Phoenix – the Kenseth Calamity

The 20 team blew it this week, and we schmaked it.

Also news of the week, including Trevor Bane, Mark Martin’s retirement? (again), Jeff Burton’s plans, MWR’s plans (are they one and the same?), and Travis Pastrana quitting NASCAR.

Picks for next week:

Coach: Brad Keselowski

Rob: Kevin Harvick

Racing, or lack-thereof, in Texas

Not much happened on the track, but we still found plenty of schlock to schmak about.

It’s a fun, almost end-of-the-season schmak.

Picks for next week:

Rob: Brad Keselowski
Coach: Dale Jr.

Childress – epitome of class

I had heard that Richard Childress egged on one of the Dillon kids to wreck Harvick under caution at Martinsville, but I finally saw a transcript at frontstretch.com (yet another good piece by Amy Henderson):

Over the radio to Dillion:

“Turn his ass upside down. Don’t take no $#!&.’‘

This is what Childress said after the incident:

(“We’re still rolling.”) but also said he was “very disappointed” in Harvick.

“That’s all I can say,” Childress said. “I’ve got too much class to say what I want to say right now. When I say it, I will say it to his face.”

You stay classy, Richard.

Crewman who threw a sledgehammer suspended

From yahoo sports:

After Harvick and Dillon crashed late in the race, Harvick — who currently drives for RCR in the Sprint Cup Series — stopped in Dillon’s pit box out of frustration. Dillon’s crew angrily confronted Harvick to get him out of the way and a sledgehammer came out of nowhere from the direction of the pit box.

Guess they figured out where “nowhere” was, and his name is Adam Brown.

Absolute Perfection – Martinsville

A spectacular race deserves a spectacular schmak! Instead, we offer this week’s schmak, dealing with such issues as the Kevin Harvick and Richard Childress remarks, the racing, and of course, the schmak t-shirt party, now scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 17th, at Cronies Sports Grill!

Picks for next week at Texas:

Coach: Kyle Busch
Rob: Dale Jr.

Covering 101 Damnations at Talladega

This week we cover the news of the Air Titan’s palns for 2014, Todd Parrot’s parties of 2013, Elephant hunting parties of 2012 (and Go Daddy “commitments”), and a whole lot of stuff.

Also, the boring race with the bored announcers allowed us to produce one of the best ever episodes of the schmak.

Picks for Martinsville 2:

Coach: Jeff Gordon

Rob: Kyle Busch

Keepin’ up with the Schmakers at Charlotte

Happy 100th episode y’all!

We celebrate like we started – late, drunk, and mostly off-topic.

This episode has everything – songs, rants, and all sorts of late night hilarity.

Picks for next week at Talladega:

Coach: Jamie McMurray
Rob: Matt Kenseth

Truex to the 78, officially

Long rumored, finally confirmed. Expect an actual announcement on Tuesday the 22nd. No word on NAPA at all.

MWR down to 2 full time cars in 2014

From sbnation

The fallout from the biggest cheating scandal in NASCAR history continues, as Michael Waltrip Racing will downsize from three full-time teams to two for the 2014 Sprint Cup season.

Martin Truex Jr. and his crew chief have been told they are free to look for employment elsewhere officially.

Unofficially, they’ve been looking ever since the Richmond scandal.

Bad news for about 15% of the MWR staff who will not have a job in a month or two.

Brain Vickers out for the rest of 2013 due to blood clots

Sad news from jayski:

Brian Vickers to miss the rest of the 2013 season: Michael Waltrip Racing learned today that Brian Vickers is not available to race for the remainder of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season due to health issues. Vickers said Dr. William Downey has placed him on blood thinning medication after a Monday morning examination on his right leg discovered a small blood clot in his calf region. The medications will keep Vickers out of the #55 Aaron’s Toyota the remainder of the season, effective immediately. Vickers said his physicians are confident he will be able to resume activity before the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season begins.

What was a bad year for MWR has just gotten even worse.