Kansas & All Start S5E11

Belated but not forgotten!

We schmak the Kansas race and the… well, whatever that “All Star” thing is.

Picks for next week at the Coke 600:

Coach: Kevin Harvick
Rob: Brad Keselowski

Talladega, S5E10

We schmak the thing that happened at Talladega, talk shirts, fantasy, and moooorrrreeee!

Picks for Kansas:

Coach: Kevin Harvick
Rob: Jeff Gordon

Richmond S5E09

We briefly Schmak the Richmond race.

Picks for ‘dega:

Coach: Clint Bowyer
Rob: Erik Jones

Chase Brawl!

 

This week we schmak the schmaking that happened instead of a race at Texas. We apologize in advance for some audio quality issues – both of us had loud fans or A/C going in the background and noise removal techniques created a sub optimal sound.

Picks for next week at Phoenix:

Coach: Kevin Harvick
Rob: Brad Keselowski

Also, here is a picture that we talk about in the podcast:

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Chase Ahoy!

It’s a shorter show this week, because of the amazingly boring Richmond race. Never fear, the schmak livens things up, and we handicap the brackets for the chase elimination rounds.

Print out your own bracket here

Picks for Chicagoland:

Coach: Keselowski
Rob: Kyle Busch

Entitlement Complex

This week, we schmak the magical dice pick that was Coach’s Daytona driver Aric Almirola, Joey Logano’s sense of entitlement, New Hampshire overall, and announce next week’s call in guest show (Tuesday, 6pm pacific).

No picks for next week as there is not a race next weekend.

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

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.

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.