Last week in Kanseth

We schmak all things Kansas, including Clint Bowyer, Danica Patrick, Kevin Harvick vs. Tony Stewart as mentor, NBC hockey coverage vs. FOX, Iowa Speedway news, and lots more!

Picks for the “Sprint Showdown” (i.e., second tier race)
Coach: Kyle Larson
Rob: Danica Patrick

Picks for the All Star Race (i.e., the real race)
Coach: Kasey Kahne
Rob: Joey Logano

My Ding-A-Ling

This week, we schmaked all that happened at Talladega (not much) and a bit about Bowyers new dingy, and all other sorts of things that may or may not happen at the Kansas mother’s day eve night race.

Picks for next week:
Coach: Matt Kenseth
Rob: Brad Keselowski

Sub picks (growler of beer wager):
Coach: Kasey Kahne
Rob: Joey Logano

Bubbling Ball of Melted Plastic

A race was held. Things happened. Tires blew up again. Richmond was great, but what do we have to look forward to at Talladega?

Picks for next week:

Rob – Jeff Gordon
Coach – David Ragan

Multi-zone schmak

This week’s schmak covers Darlington briefly, the new multi-zone tire for Richmond, and all the news that’s fit to podcast from the last two weeks.

Picks for Richmond:

Rob: Matt Kenseth
Coach: Kevin Harvick

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.

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.

Domestic Abuse: Kvapil – Arrested, Released, Still Racing

We talked about this a little bit on our latest schmak, but didn’t know a lot about the situation. Now some alleged facts have emerged, and, if true, sounds worse:

According to court records reviewed by The Sporting News, Kvapil allegedly pulled his wife into a bedroom by her hair and struck her in the head. He is not permitted to return home and can only contact his wife by phone or email on matters concerning their children.

Pulled her hair and punched her in the head. What did he have to say for himself?

Kvapil, who will race Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, apologized to BK Racing, NASCAR, fans and “anyone else that was impacted by Tuesday night.”

His wife & children aren’t specifically named. Perhaps they’re part of the “anyone else”.

“Obviously, there was a domestic situation Tuesday night with my wife. Regret that that happened,” he said after qualifying 41st Thursday night.

“there was a domestic situation” – no, he pulled his wife by the hair and punched her. That’s assault. Jerk.

“Regret that that happened” – there’s no “I” in that statement. Taking no blame. No apologies.

“Because it is a family, personal matter, we ask for respect and privacy in this situation and we try to work it out together as a family. I’m obviously embarrassed about the situation. I don’t like the negative effects that it has brought on.”

“…don’t like the negative effects” – I’m sure his wife didn’t like the negative effects of a fist to the face either. Jerk.

“It’s been tough. I guess you really find out your true friends, your supporters,” Kvapil said.

So Kvapil is trying to be a victim here. Not a lot of people want to be associated with a wife-beater. Hopefully his “true friends” are the ones telling him how he screwed up and how to apologize and such. Anyone unquestioningly standing by him at this point is not a “true friend”.

“It’s been quite an eye-opening experience.

I bet it was for his wife, too. Especially after he punched her.

Been through some things I definitely don’t ever want to go through again.

He’s the one who put both of them through all these things. Again, trying be the victim. Jerk.

I should add that to be fair, the full facts of the situation haven’t been divulged, and might not ever be divulged. But no matter what the circumstances are leading up to the assault, this whole situation could have been avoided by simply not pulling his wife by the hair into another room and then striking her in the head.

And of course, the 83 and 93 BK racing teams were sporting the logos of Domestic Violence Awareness Month – starting this week. Still, he will be racing this weekend, despite his “I’m kind of a victim too” non-apology “apology”.

Hold on to your sponsors! New Hampshire edition.

This week we schmak about all things chase, sponsorship, New Hampshire race, you know, all the things that there are to schmak about.

Picks for next week:
Rob: Jeff Gordon
Coach: Jimmie Johnson

Our picks for the championship are currently 1-2 in the standings, and another chase driver has been erased in disgrace from our Alternate Race in the Chase.

For those playing the home game, we take the lowest finishing chase driver and eliminate him from the competition, which will leave us with 4 drivers competing for the title at Homestead (would have been 3 without the extra chaser).

After the second race in the chase, we have the following drivers still in the chase:

Matt Kenseth
Jimmie Johnson
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Carl Edwards
Greg Biffle
Clint Bowyer
Dale Earnheardt Jr.
Kurt Busch
Ryan Newman
Jeff Gordon

Elminated so far:
Joey Logano (eliminated race 1 – Chicagoland)
Kasey Kahne (eliminated race 2 – New Hampshire)

Mucking with the rules at Chicagoland

Recorded on Monday night, it took me until now to edit this thing and post it. Big week.

Anyway, we offer our punchy, tired, and yet very entertaining take on all the changes announced right before (and during) the race at Chicagoland.

We also discuss our mutual misunderstanding about who was picking whom for the chase championship (spoiler: neither of us wanted Carl Edwards).

New picks for the chase:
Rob: Matt Kenseth (most likely to win)
Coach: Kyle Busch (gotta pick someone).

Also – T-shirts have arrived! Party Planning to commence.

Picks for next week at New Hampshire:

Coach: Kurt Busch
Rob: Jimmie Johnson