Take 3 – Martinsville 2

So technical difficulties (i.e., Coach did not push the right buttons) caused us to lose the hilarious audio of Rob trying to do a show while Coach had a mouthful of Payday candy bars. Nonetheless, take 2 and take 3 of the TrachSchmak podcast (sponsored by trackschmak.com and the TrachSchmak podcast) were recorded and edited and now exist on our server, for your listening pleasure.

We still found things to enjoy and laugh about at Martinsville, our most recent 5 star race. Also, our most ridiculous outro song ever.

Picks for next week:

Rob: Matt Kenseth
Coach: Mark Martin

Week 7 “Relative” Chase Standings as of Martinsville

Week 7 “Relative” Chase Standings as of Martinsville
It’s no secret, we hate the NASCAR Chase Format. We imagine that in a true playoff system, Chase drivers should be scored relative to each other. Here’s what that would look like:

Place NASCAR Chase: Relative
Playoff System
Points Regular
Season
Wins
Chase Wins Official NASCAR Points
1 Brad Keselowski   67 3 2 1st Jimmie Johnson
2 Jimmie Johnson   65  (-2) 3 1 2nd Brad Keselowski  (-2)
3 Kasey Kahne   60  (-7) 2 0 3rd Clint Bowyer  (-26)
4 Clint Bowyer (+1) 56  (-11) 2 1 4th Kasey Kahne  (-29)
5 Denny Hamlin (-2)   48  (-19) 4 1 5th Denny Hamlin (-49)
6 Jeff Gordon (+1) 47 (-20) 1 0 6th Jeff Gordon  (-54)
7 Martin Truex Jr. (-1)   46  (-21) 0 0 7th Martin Truex Jr.  (-63)
8 Matt Kenseth   44  (-23) 2 2 8th Matt Kenseth (-65)
9 Tony Stewart   39  (-28) 3 0 9th Greg Biffle  (-69)
10 Greg Biffle   38  (-29) 1 1 10th Tony Stewart (-71)
11 Kevin Harvick   32  (-35) 0 0 11th Kevin Harvick  (-88)
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr.   27  (-40) 1 0 12th Dale Earnhardt Jr.  (-140)

Half the Chase is now Dust in the Wind at Kansas

Last week we forgot about the repave, but this week we were all reminded as the race took some fun turns. This week, the trachschmak podcast (sponsored by Trach Schmak, no relation), takes a look at Aric Almirola (although not at how to say his name), Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson’s amazing recovery, Kyle Busch’s spin, Greg Biffle’s spin, Danica Patrick’s spin and retaliation, and all the other spins and incidences of the day.

Picks for Martinsville:

Coach: Jeff Gordon
Rob: Clint Bowyer

Week 6 “Relative” Chase Standings as of Kansas

Week 6 “Relative” Chase Standings as of Kansas
It’s no secret, we hate the NASCAR Chase Format. We imagine that in a true playoff system, Chase drivers should be scored relative to each other. Here’s what that would look like:

Place NASCAR Chase: Relative
Playoff System
Points Regular
Season
Wins
Chase Wins Official NASCAR Points
1 Brad Keselowski   58 3 2 1st Brad Keselowski
2 Jimmie Johnson   52  (-6) 3 0 2nd Jimmie Johnson  (-7)
3 Kasey Kahne (+1)   49  (-9) 2 0 3rd Denny Hamlin  (-20)
4 Denny Hamlin (-1) 47  (-11) 4 1 4th Clint Bowyer  (-25)
5 Clint Bowyer   46  (-12) 2 1 5th Kasey Kahne (-30)
6 Martin Truex Jr. (+1) 42 (-16) 0 0 6th Martin Truex Jr.  (-43)
7 Jeff Gordon (-1)   39  (-19) 1 0 7th Tony Stewart  (-47)
8 Matt Kenseth  (+3) 37  (-21) 2 2 8th Jeff Gordon (-51)
9 Tony Stewart   36  (-22) 3 0 9th Matt Kenseth  (-55)
10 Greg Biffle  (-2) 31  (-27) 1 1 10th Kevin Harvick (-59)
11 Kevin Harvick (-1)   30  (-28) 0 0 11th Greg Biffle  (-62)
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr.   22  (-36) 1 0 12th Dale Earnhardt Jr.  (-122)

Half the turtles, Twice the Schmak at Charlotte

This week, we take note of a half-sponsorship, a less than half-hearted crowd, and the best 5 laps of any racing in the last month.

That, plus the Dale Jr. medical leave, Keselowski’s fuel issue, relative points, Fox contract extension, qualifying rule changes, and more!

Picks for next week:

Coach: Brad Keselowski
Rob: Denny Hamlin

Week 5 “Relative” Chase Standings

Week 5 “Relative” Chase Standings as of Charlotte
It’s no secret, we hate the NASCAR Chase Format. We imagine that in a true playoff system, Chase drivers should be scored relative to each other. Here’s what that would look like:

Place NASCAR Chase: Relative
Playoff System
Points Regular
Season
Wins
Chase Wins Official NASCAR Points
1 Brad Keselowski   51 3 2 1st Brad Keselowski
2 Jimmie Johnson   46  (-5) 3 0 2nd Jimmie Johnson  (-7)
3 Denny Hamlin   44  (-7) 4 1 3rd Denny Hamlin  (-15)
4 Kasey Kahne (+1) 39  (-12) 2 0 4th Clint Bowyer  (-28)
5 Clint Bowyer  (+1) 38  (-13) 2 1 5th Kasey Kahne (-35)
6 Jeff Gordon (-2) 34 (-20) 1 0 6th Greg Biffle  (-43)
7 Martin Truex Jr.   31  (-20) 0 0 7th Martin Truex Jr.  (-49)
8 Greg Biffle  (+4) 29  (-22) 1 1 8th Tony Stewart (-50)
9 Tony Stewart   27  (-24) 3 0 9th Jeff Gordon  (-50)
10 Kevin Harvick  (-2) 26  (-25) 0 0 10th Kevin Harvick (-54)
11 Matt Kenseth (+1)   24  (-27) 2 0 11th Matt Kenseth  (-67)
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-2)   22  (-29) 1 0 12th Dale Earnhardt Jr.  (-86)

A new side of Kid Rock from Talladega

The show this week takes a look at the sights (ohh, my eyes!) from Talladega, and how not great the race really was. Can you really call it a race if you can lay back at 3/4 throttle for all but the last 20 laps? What was up with Kid Rock? Kurt Busch – mistake or meltdown? Points – NASCAR’s or ours? All these questions and more are answered in this week’s episode.

Picks – this week, the pick totals are tied – who will win at Charlotte?

Rob: Jimmie Johnson
Coach: Denny Hamlin

Week 4 “Relative” Chase Standings

Week 4 “Relative” Chase Standings

Place NASCAR Chase: Relative
Playoff System
Points Regular
Season
Wins
Chase Wins Official NASCAR Points
1 Brad Keselowski   45 3 2 1st Brad Keselowski
2 Jimmie Johnson   36  (-9) 3 0 2nd Jimmie Johnson  (-23)
3 Denny Hamlin   33  (-12) 4 1 3rd Denny Hamlin  (-23)
4 Jeff Gordon (+2) 32  (-13) 1 0 4th Kasey Kahne  (-36)
5 Kasey Kahne  (-1) 31  (-14) 2 0 5th Clint Bowyer (-40)
6 Clint Bowyer (-1) 25 (-20) 2 0 6th Jeff Gordon  (-42)
7 Martin Truex Jr.  (+2) 24  (-21) 0 0 7th Tony Stewart  (-46)
8 Kevin Harvick  (+2) 23  (-22) 1 0 8th Martin Trues Jr. (-48)
9 Tony Stewart  (-2) 22  (-23) 3 0 9th Greg Biffle  (-49)
10 Dale Earnhardt Jr.  (-2) 22  (-23) 1 0 10th Kevin Harvick (-49)
11 Matt Kenseth (+2)   20  (-25) 1 1 11th Dale Earnhardt Jr.  (-51)
12 Greg Biffle (-1)   20  (-25) 2 0 12th Matt Kenseth  (-62)

Unrealized Expectations, live from Dover

This week’s super exciting trachschmak captures all of the excitement and intrigue that was Dover! All of it! From pit reporters not able to “report” from the TeeVee, Biffle’s bleep-fest, real points, alternate points, pick points, and more, it was a heck of a show.

Also, bonus footage of us straightening out the Trachschmak Pick Points (TPPs) this week. It’s exciting!

Picks for next week at Talladega:

Coach: Dale Jr.
Rob: Keselowski.