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A highlight from What if Jimmie Johnson wins the 2023 Daytona 500?
"We are back again sort of. We are back, Carrie. It's good to talk to you man. Good to see you. It's great. This could be fun. Had a couple of weeks off after doing a show, which was wildly popular. We had a couple thousand people listening to that one. That was great. Nice. Okay, so maybe building the anticipation of the lap weekly helped out a little bit. People are like, oh, they're back, great. I guess we'll have to listen. Right, a little pent up season. You know, NASCAR convulsions, you know? Yeah, I think from this point forward, we're back, right? 'cause yeah, I think so. 'cause we got racing next week. 24 Rolex is this weekend. We've got the clash next week and I think we're back. Then there's a two week period, right between the clash and the 500, but there's stuff going on there's qualifying. Duels. And then the 500 itself. So come on, then you'll have all the fevered last minutes announcements that people haven't gotten to in the off season. So it'll be funny to talk about in that little stretch as well. Yeah, yeah, yeah, for sure. So this week, we saw race cars on the racetrack at Phoenix and we've got a Jimmy Johnson boy oh man, of course we do. Let's actually begin with that. We've got two clips from Jimmy, and first up he's talking about how cool it is to get back in the race car. As car is a lot different than what I drove here in 2020.
A highlight from TFLW is BACK for NASCAR 2023!
"This is the final lap weekly, the show where a couple of guys talk all things NASCAR my name's Carrie Murphy. I'm a longtime host of all things the final lap co host, Toby Christie, founder and editor in chief of Toby Christie dot com first show of the new year, the 75th anniversary for NASCAR and man. It feels good to be back. It's weird, but it was nice to have a little bit of a break finally. This was strange. We're not used to this. Not at all. I'm sure some of our listeners are going, I was like, I'm going to come back, are they going to come back? Right. I think it's done for. No, we're back. We're back in action. You can't end this. Come on. They would be tough. It'd be weird. Yeah, it would be. So no, it was good. What did you do over the break? Carrie, would you, would you do? You go do anything fun? Yeah, it went down to Long Beach to the aquarium there, then we on another trip we went down to San Diego, did SeaWorld, so it was a very ocean friendly, I guess, trips. But nice. Very nice. Got to see a couple of Nimitz class aircraft carriers. I saw that. Yes, that's cool. And you didn't have the nemon stick ready, you just kind of assumed they were the right size. I just kind of eyeballed it and I needed another Nimitz class and I didn't have it. So that's awesome. It was pretty cool. It was actually the USS Abraham Lincoln, which was used in Top Gun: Maverick. Okay, well there you go. Were they still filming like a sequel of the sequel? Or no, I think Tom's busy with mission impossible. So you think, okay, he's like Mission Impossible 75 at this point. He's jumping off gorges with a motorcycle and doing base jumping. I know he looks young still, but at what age does it get to the point where they're like, okay. It's not really believable to have Tom Cruise doing
A highlight from TFLW - Toby and Kerry have Off Season NASCAR News
"Season in full swing. We had a couple of weeks off. Man, it is crazy, isn't it? I feel rested, I feel relaxed. Yeah? Yeah? I'm not used to doing this anymore. It's weird. No, it's weird. I was gonna say it's weird actually cracking the mic and talking a little bit. Yeah, so at the same time, it's a good thing. It's good to see you could talk to you. Let's do this thing, man. This is gonna be good. Yeah, we got any Shaq eyewear that we wanna wear? Yeah, so Shaq eye gear is where it's at man. If you've got a blue light emitting devices that you stare at all day long like Carrie and I, we're just staring at these screens all day long, whether it be. Cell phone. Seriously. Whether it be your kids Nintendo Switch, I don't care what it is. If it admits blue light, grab some shack eyed frames there, they will help. Keep all that
A highlight from TFLW 2022 NASCAR Off Season News
"Hey guys, it's Kerry from the final lap weekly, and Toby, of course, is enjoying his time off as MI during the off season. Wait a minute. Well, maybe he's actually enjoying it more than I am because he actually has this week off and I'm here still talking. Wait a minute, that's not fair. Why does he get the time? Why do I? Whatever. Anyway, I actually enjoy doing this, so I'm gonna go ahead. We're gonna do a kind of a news and nuggets and notes kind of show for this week and then next week Tobey and I will be back and we'll be talking about champions week going on in Nashville right now probably if you're listening to this. So let's get into some of the news of the week or weeks and hope you enjoy. This is the final lap weekly. Featuring the final app radio show. A report from the sports business journal has the RTA or race team alliance, the group of NASCAR charter holding teams, looking into their own exhibition events. The possibility of NASCAR's biggest teams organizing their own off season racing raises an eyebrow at the very least. According to the report they have asked the wasserman media group a sports marketing agency to explore these opportunities. Further, the report says that these teams are going down this road because they are struggling to turn a profit with the current business model of NASCAR. Teams holding charters in the sport are of course bound by their contract with the sanctioning body to not create competing racing series. However, that expires after the 2024 season. As long
A highlight from TFLW - What is the biggest NASCAR News Story this week?
"Is great. Yeah, yeah, I mean, we've kind of seen a few big key things in the Cup Series kind of fall a couple of the big dominoes have now fallen this week. And I think we're going to have a better idea how things are going to look next year. All right, before we get into that, let's run down the final Cup Series driver standings for 2022. We'll run them down 16 to one because those were the playoff drivers. That's a smooth idea. I like that. I've got the list here so that you just roll with it. Alex Bowman at number 16 obviously concussion. Dropped him in the standings. Yeah, that's a bomber. He did have the win early in the year at Las Vegas and looked like he had kind of regained a little bit of his momentum going in to the playoffs there, but ultimately the concussion knocked him out. We've got to Kevin Harvick with a historically bad finish. 15th is
A highlight from Phoenix: Joey Logano on a supremely confident championship run; what happened with Chase Elliott and Ross Chastain; whats 2023 hold for NASCAR and Next Gen Year 2
"NASCAR Nancy podcast. I'm your host Nate Ryan. Here on the Wednesday after the season finale, I'm on camera, but not on camera in the traditional way. Parker Kligerman has joined me on YouTube. Yeah, go check out Parker Clinton's YouTube channel for some exciting V logging. Unexpectedly. We're avoiding maybe calling it a vlog. Yeah, vlog. So normally this would be on camera before NASCAR America, known as car American motormouth today, so instead, Parker and I are doing this old school. I'm recording solely the audio version of the NASCAR on NBC podcast, which I normally do as a simulcast sort of thing, but in this case, there will be no on camera version just me and Parker in the studio talking it out Phoenix raceway, the season finale Parker was there. I was there. Joey Logano wins the 2022 championship. And this worked out well, Parker because you had Joey Logano's pit as one of the NASCAR NBC pit reporters this past weekend. And you noticed it too as well, I'm sure the swagger, the confidence he had pretty much all weekend, even before he won the pole position. When did you first notice it? When did you see it? I noticed it when I talked to Paul that Wednesday. Before the weekend. And once I got assigned, I talked to Paul, and I know Paul really well. I was test driver for him on the Xfinity program when he was at Penske with Brad when they first came in together. I was like the back of driver I did all the practice and qualifying and Brad couldn't make it with Paul. So I've known Paul really well. And I was their test driver when they won the championship in 2012 on the two car, their light car. So I know Paul, and I know how on edge he can be. And when I spoke to him for 30 minutes on Wednesday, it was just like, when we won Vegas, we went to work on Phoenix the next day. And I'm telling you partner, we are prepared. And he just kept saying, we are prepared. And I'm just like, all right, he doesn't usually say that, right? He just kept really leaning into that. And then I saw Joey's comments at media day. And it was like, oh, these guys are. They've beaten everyone before, you know, they've shown up. And it just meant that you could tell that they were just in a different space than the others. And their confidence was booming. And so I just thought that continued until I interviewed Joey for qualifying. And well, actually, I'm going to go back to practice. I saw they weren't as good, maybe they were good on the long run. You could see it, but they weren't as good maybe as the 9 or the one. And then the 12 car though was a rocket ship in practice if you remember. And I thought, huh, they talk about being prepared, doing all the stuff, the 12 cars been knocked out. I wonder if the 12 cars got something different. So of course, it did a little bit. And then on the next day, I interviewed Joey before he goes and qualified. I said, what would you be satisfied with? What helps you towards win this championship? And he said first, I'm going to win the poll. I'm like, okay. That's confidence. What does he do? He wins the poll. And then I was told that the two setups between the 12 and the 22 were almost very similar. And I have to think that was a little bit of the 12 was set up in a way. This trying something in practice that they saw and liked because Joey and him, Paul talked about it forever. After practice and I saw. And so it just kept building until I was like, and I think it was in most of my reports before the race. And when we did reports during the race, I was like, this team has mentally been the champion since, you know, since Tuesday and it's up to everyone else to take this championship from them and no one rose up. I noticed it right away on media day as well. I was in the NBC room and asking questions of each of the four championship contenders as they came in. And no disrespect to chase Elliott Christopher Bell Ross Chastain. But the demeanor, the body language, the way he answered the question. Joey Logano just, he was in a different plane than these guys. It's hard to explain, but just the first question we asked each of these guys was what does it mean to be here and have this opportunity in the race for the championship? Something you'd normally expect a driver to answer. It means the world, you know, this is what we're all building for. Everybody gave that answer except for Joey, who's Joey's answer was, it means nothing. And that was how he started the interview. And they were like 5 other people in the interview. And everybody's like, ears perked up and it's just like, what's happening here? And he just continued to parlay this. And I don't think he was playing mind games the way we've seen Tony Stewart do with Carl Edwards in 2011 or Kevin Harvick has done it with several drivers, not just in the playoffs, but just in general. But he definitely took advantage of the fact. I mean, he said Sunday Night after he won the race and the championship that I could tell that some guys were just happy to be here. And obviously there are two guys who would have been making their first appearance Christopher Bell and Ross Chastain. How did you, I mean, because you're aware of that your driver, you're going to be a full time expanding series driver again next year where those mental games get played. How do you think Joey Logano kind of used those edges? Because he doesn't do it in a real overt way, like other guys do, but clearly he took some confidence from it. Yeah, I think he just leaned into like, I know exactly what to do. I've been here before. I've done it. I've got two of them beat on that fact. And I believe I have a faster, better car than the 9, which Penske also believed that short tracks had been a strength for them this year. And that Paul mentioned that and that he and Joey were really confident about their package on the short tracks, which they consider Phoenix, maybe is a little bit of a hybrid, but they consider a short track package. So I think it wasn't you put it. It wasn't mental games. It wasn't like, you know, ribbing of the others and like poking fun or even folks. It was like they don't even exist. That was the other thing. It was like, it was just, I'm so confident, there is not three others here. I don't even know who you're talking about. You could put Dale Earnhardt, David Pearson Bobby Allison there. I'm still gonna win the championship. Wouldn't matter. That doesn't matter to me. We're here. We're gonna be the best. We are the best team. They made the pit crew change, replacing their Jackman, Braxton Brandon, who had been with Paul since he been in cup. Braxton, I have no Braxton forever. He Graham stoddard was put in that position. They did that right before Martinsville.
A highlight from 2022 NASCAR Champions from Phoenix, Logano, Gibbs, Smith
"Hey, Carrie. Yeah, what's up, Toby? Did you know that there is a form of transportation that can get you from point a to point B with no emissions whatsoever? Former transportation, like a buggy or something? Yeah. All right. It's got pedals. It's a bike. Oh, well, I think people still ride those. They do. And somebody really cool with that last name is Joe bike. Ah, okay, now I see where you're going. That's where we were going. The man the myth the legend, Joe bike, is the guy bringing the show to our amazing Patreon subscriber. We have tons of awesome Patreon subscribers, but none of them are at the level of Joe bike, who has gone to the only at mattress giant level tier of the Patreon page. And he is the guy bringing this show to you as a result. So thank you, Joe. If you'd like to be like Joe and be the guy that we talked about at the beginning of the show or gal if I'm sure I don't know what our I don't know where our percentages are here, but it's like 2% women. It's really weird. It's how many? 2%. It's pretty low. Oh, is it really? Do we know that? We have that information? Yeah, yeah, yeah. Oh, we have the technology. Okay. So if you're one of the 2% of the females that listen to this show and you want to be at the front of this show, you want to stake your claim as the woman voice of the final app weekly. Go to Patreon dot com slash final
A highlight from EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - NASCAR Driver Ross Chastain
"On the final app with us once again is Ross Chastain. Welcome back to the show. All right, for you, anything earth shattering, mind-blowing, crazy going on in your life right now? It's in a while year of my life as you just go back a calendar year to transition to track house, but definitely this last week then, you know, all of our goals and hopes and dreams are attainable and to be 80 day and go through this for the first time is incredible. So yeah, we did something last Sunday that got some clicks and some views online. That's pretty awesome. It's pretty awesome to watch as a fan as a media member. I mean, for me, it looked like you were out there playing chess and everyone else was stumbling around playing candy land. It was that intense. That different that next level. Well, I do know how to play chess, which might surprise people, but yeah, look at this, you got to think far ahead and plan your move and be able to react in the moment and this was just a pure thought that popped into my head on the final lap and I confirmed that we were not going to make the transfer if I didn't pass through cars and only way in my mind that I could was to try what I tried and for some reason it worked. So it wasn't this elaborate pre planned premeditated
A highlight from Rowdy Dragon's Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Phoenix
"Are. What's going on everybody? Rowdy dragon back again with this week's final app weekly fantasy segment of the show, covering Martinsville. How about that for a finish? Ross Chastain really put the hit on Denny Hamlin there in the end. All right, let's take a look at the stages for this week and see who put the hits on Martinsville for this week. For the first stage, lord Byron 24 fan was up top. Second stage we had a tie. 88 8 three Chevy, obviously, an Earnhardt fan. And rowdy dragon. I got myself a stage win. Now looking at the winner originally sparks are flying took home that checker flag, but after that penalty for Keselowski was issued, sparks took a huge hit, falling to the 55th spot. Finally, one of the penalties goes my way this season, so your winner, rowdy dragon. Collected 261 points, and a whopping 73 stage points on the day. Can you hear that? That's me pat myself on the back. Now my position in the league hasn't changed. I'm still sitting in second, just chipped off a few more points off that lead. We'll see what happens next weekend. Toby Christie, he came in the 32nd spot, not a bad finish on the day. Moving up to the 54th spot in the league. Carrie Murphy, he finished in the 51st spot, climbing up to the 67th in the rankings. Right now, looks like Toby has an 84 point lead over Carrie. Carrie will be hard pressed to catch Toby this weekend. Our sponsor Joe bike, he finished in the 58th spot. And sits in the 46th spot in the league. So now about this princess cruise ship business. Am I the only one who gets click baited every time I access my lineup? I think I may have booked a cruise on accident. It's happened so many times. I'm sure I'm not alone. All right, so looking back at last week's drivers, we had the 11, the 9, the 12, the 11 car ran well all day. But in the end being snookered by that Ross Chastain highlight reel we will all see thousands of times from here to eternity. Denny came home. 5th scoring two stage wins coming up with the most points for your fantasy lineup. Chase Elliott was also a FrontRunner for the latter part of the day, also collecting 18 stage points, coming in fourth, most
A highlight from Interview: Ross Chastain and his WILD Martinsville Move, NASCAR Phoenix Preview
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