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NASCAR’s 15-time Most Popular Driver and winner of two Daytona 500s, Dale Earnhardt Jr., hosts his very own podcast, The Dale Jr Download on Dirty Mo Media. Earnhardt and co-host Mike Davis raise the bar with unparalleled perspective, candi

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510 - Our 2023 Report Cards & Way Too Early Championship Picks

It’s the final episode of the Dale Jr. Download for this season and Dale Earnhardt Jr. bids longtime co-host Mike Davis farewell as he will not be joining the show next year. Mike explains that he’ll be stepping back from the show to better serve his position as President of Dirty Mo Media. The guys debriefed from their Wednesday interview with recent NASCAR Cup retiree Kevin Harvick. They also take the opportunity to fill out report cards for the 2023 NASCAR Playoffs roster and make some way too early predictions for next year.  During the Ask Jr. segment of the episode, listeners sent in questions regarding: The acceptable time of year to start listening to Christmas music Tipping for breaking up with someone Way too early New Year’s resolutions To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

510 - Our 2023 Report Cards & Way Too Early Championship Picks

It’s the final episode of the Dale Jr. Download for this season and Dale Earnhardt Jr. bids longtime co-host Mike Davis farewell as he will not be joining the show next year. Mike explains that he’ll be stepping back from the show to better serve his position as President of Dirty Mo Media. The guys debriefed from their Wednesday interview with recent NASCAR Cup retiree Kevin Harvick. They also take the opportunity to fill out report cards for the 2023 NASCAR Playoffs roster and make some way too early predictions for next year.  During the Ask Jr. segment of the episode, listeners sent in questions regarding: The acceptable time of year to start listening to Christmas music Tipping for breaking up with someone Way too early New Year’s resolutions To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

53:46

9 Nov 23

509 - Kevin Harvick - The Closer's Last Ride

Kevin Harvick steps out of the driver’s seat and into the Bojangles Studio to join Dale Earnhardt Jr. on this episode of the Download. Fresh off his last start as a full-time Cup competitor, Kevin returns to the show to discuss his retirement weekend with Dale and co-host Mike Davis. Although he’s developed a reputation for being a stern personality, Kevin explains the overwhelming emotion he felt throughout the race weekend in Phoenix. They also chat about the things that Kevin thought he would miss about being behind the wheel and some of the advice he received from fellow retirees.  While he may be absent from the starting grid next year, Kevin will still be a prominent member of the sport both as a broadcaster, a racing dad, and a series owner. Dale and Kevin examine the transition from racer to commentator and what to look forward to in the Fox Sports booth next year. Kevin also highlights ways he hopes to impart knowledge to up-and-coming drivers through Kevin Harvick Inc. Management and being a car and series owner for the CARS Tour.  Finally, Kevin touches on prepping his son Keelan for a long racing career to help continue the Harvick racing legacy, which has spanned the last 30 years. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

509 - Kevin Harvick - The Closer's Last Ride

Kevin Harvick steps out of the driver’s seat and into the Bojangles Studio to join Dale Earnhardt Jr. on this episode of the Download. Fresh off his last start as a full-time Cup competitor, Kevin returns to the show to discuss his retirement weekend with Dale and co-host Mike Davis. Although he’s developed a reputation for being a stern personality, Kevin explains the overwhelming emotion he felt throughout the race weekend in Phoenix. They also chat about the things that Kevin thought he would miss about being behind the wheel and some of the advice he received from fellow retirees.  While he may be absent from the starting grid next year, Kevin will still be a prominent member of the sport both as a broadcaster, a racing dad, and a series owner. Dale and Kevin examine the transition from racer to commentator and what to look forward to in the Fox Sports booth next year. Kevin also highlights ways he hopes to impart knowledge to up-and-coming drivers through Kevin Harvick Inc. Management and being a car and series owner for the CARS Tour.  Finally, Kevin touches on prepping his son Keelan for a long racing career to help continue the Harvick racing legacy, which has spanned the last 30 years. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:55:39

8 Nov 23

508 - A Good Bird From A Champion

Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns from NASCAR’s Championship weekend at Phoenix to join co-host Mike Davis for this year’s final edition of Dirty Air. After crowing three new NASCAR champions in races that ranged from chaotic to nerve-racking, the guys had a lot to discuss: What to do when the Airbnb doesn’t have everything you need Why was the Truck race so chaotic? JR Motorsports has a lot to be proud of this season Was the Phoenix Cup Championship race a good race?  Dale’s early season Ryan Blaney prediction pays off To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

508 - A Good Bird From A Champion

Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns from NASCAR’s Championship weekend at Phoenix to join co-host Mike Davis for this year’s final edition of Dirty Air. After crowing three new NASCAR champions in races that ranged from chaotic to nerve-racking, the guys had a lot to discuss: What to do when the Airbnb doesn’t have everything you need Why was the Truck race so chaotic? JR Motorsports has a lot to be proud of this season Was the Phoenix Cup Championship race a good race?  Dale’s early season Ryan Blaney prediction pays off To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:29:31

7 Nov 23

507 - The Blaney Train

Dale Earnhardt Jr. reconvenes with co-host Mike Davis to close out another week of the Dale Jr. Download. The guys reflect on their episode 506 interview with Jamie McMurray, which covered his transition from NASCAR Cup racer to Fox Sports commentator. They also size up the Championship Fours of both the Xfinity and Cup Series as the NASCAR contingent heads to Phoenix to close out the season.  During the Ask Jr. segment of the episode, listeners sent in questions regarding: Driver recovery after a grueling race Dale’s most memorable Halloween costume growing up Best first-date ideas Traveling tips To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

507 - The Blaney Train

Dale Earnhardt Jr. reconvenes with co-host Mike Davis to close out another week of the Dale Jr. Download. The guys reflect on their episode 506 interview with Jamie McMurray, which covered his transition from NASCAR Cup racer to Fox Sports commentator. They also size up the Championship Fours of both the Xfinity and Cup Series as the NASCAR contingent heads to Phoenix to close out the season.  During the Ask Jr. segment of the episode, listeners sent in questions regarding: Driver recovery after a grueling race Dale’s most memorable Halloween costume growing up Best first-date ideas Traveling tips To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

54:14

2 Nov 23

506 - Jamie McMurray - Happy With What I Have

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is joined by longtime NASCAR Cup racer and fellow broadcaster Jamie McMurray on this episode of the Dale Jr. Download. After finding his way into the racing world through the go-kart ranks in his hometown of Joplin, Missouri, Jamie began garnering attention as he found success racing late models at local tracks like Lebanon I-44, Bolivar Speedway, and I-70 Motorsports Park. Jamie explains that one of the interested parties was longtime NASCAR Truck team owner Mike Mittler, and after pairing up with him in 1999 he began a meteoric rise up the NASCAR ladder.  Jamie speaks about the pressure he felt when he was called up to the Cup Series by Ganassi Racing to fill in for an injured Sterling Marlin in 2002. It was during this stint that Jamie made history by winning his first Cup event in just his second attempt, at the UAM-GM Quality 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, an upset victory that shocked the sport. Dale and Jamie compare notes on transitioning from race driver to commentator and what fulfillment they find in the broadcast booth. They also reflect on their time as full-time drivers and how stepping away from the grind can give a new perspective on the sport. DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. Licensee partner Golden Nugget Lake Charles (LA). 21+, age varies by jurisdiction. Void in Ontario. See DKNG.co/autoracing for eligibility, terms and responsible gaming resources. Bonus bets expire seven days after issuance. Eligibility and deposit restrictions apply To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

506 - Jamie McMurray - Happy With What I Have

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is joined by longtime NASCAR Cup racer and fellow broadcaster Jamie McMurray on this episode of the Dale Jr. Download. After finding his way into the racing world through the go-kart ranks in his hometown of Joplin, Missouri, Jamie began garnering attention as he found success racing late models at local tracks like Lebanon I-44, Bolivar Speedway, and I-70 Motorsports Park. Jamie explains that one of the interested parties was longtime NASCAR Truck team owner Mike Mittler, and after pairing up with him in 1999 he began a meteoric rise up the NASCAR ladder.  Jamie speaks about the pressure he felt when he was called up to the Cup Series by Ganassi Racing to fill in for an injured Sterling Marlin in 2002. It was during this stint that Jamie made history by winning his first Cup event in just his second attempt, at the UAM-GM Quality 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, an upset victory that shocked the sport. Dale and Jamie compare notes on transitioning from race driver to commentator and what fulfillment they find in the broadcast booth. They also reflect on their time as full-time drivers and how stepping away from the grind can give a new perspective on the sport. DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. Licensee partner Golden Nugget Lake Charles (LA). 21+, age varies by jurisdiction. Void in Ontario. See DKNG.co/autoracing for eligibility, terms and responsible gaming resources. Bonus bets expire seven days after issuance. Eligibility and deposit restrictions apply To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:48:03

1 Nov 23

505 - Martinsville 2023 - Bad Teammates Version

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back from the chaotic NASCAR weekend at Martinsville for another edition of Dirty Air. He joins co-host Mike Davis to break down all the action from the final races in the Round of 8: Bad teammates in must-win situations The fallout from the Sheldon Creed and Austin Hill incident Celebrating a win when the rest of the field crashed  Goodyear brought a great tire to Martinsville  Dale’s Championship pick is in the Final Four To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

505 - Martinsville 2023 - Bad Teammates Version

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back from the chaotic NASCAR weekend at Martinsville for another edition of Dirty Air. He joins co-host Mike Davis to break down all the action from the final races in the Round of 8: Bad teammates in must-win situations The fallout from the Sheldon Creed and Austin Hill incident Celebrating a win when the rest of the field crashed  Goodyear brought a great tire to Martinsville  Dale’s Championship pick is in the Final Four To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:33:31

31 Oct 23

504 - Everyone Wins When Brands Are Built

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back in the Bojangles Studio for a Wednesday edition of The Dale Jr. Download. Mike Davis joins Dale to discuss yesterday's conversation with Xfinity Series driver Austin Hill. Plus Dale and Mike share their opinions on NASCAR team branding and who's responsibility it is to build driver star power, the team or corporate America? When the Download crew took to YouTube Live for the Ask Jr. segment of the show, listeners sent in questions about: What Dale learned from running the Xfinity race at Homestead for the Cup broadcast What other celebrity or athlete Dale would like to interview before a race The wild events during the CARS Tour race at Tri-County NASCAR’s equivalent to Taylor Swift/Travis Kelce Silliest rumor Dale has heard about himself To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

504 - Everyone Wins When Brands Are Built

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back in the Bojangles Studio for a Wednesday edition of The Dale Jr. Download. Mike Davis joins Dale to discuss yesterday's conversation with Xfinity Series driver Austin Hill. Plus Dale and Mike share their opinions on NASCAR team branding and who's responsibility it is to build driver star power, the team or corporate America? When the Download crew took to YouTube Live for the Ask Jr. segment of the show, listeners sent in questions about: What Dale learned from running the Xfinity race at Homestead for the Cup broadcast What other celebrity or athlete Dale would like to interview before a race The wild events during the CARS Tour race at Tri-County NASCAR’s equivalent to Taylor Swift/Travis Kelce Silliest rumor Dale has heard about himself To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

49:21

25 Oct 23

503 - Austin Hill - RCR's Next Man Up

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is joined by the driver of the Richard Childress number-21 Xfinity Series entry Austin Hill. Although Hill is locked in a fierce NASCAR Playoffs battle with JR Motorsports drivers Sam Mayer and Justin Allgaier, he and Dale set their competition aside for the day to better get to know one another. Austin explains that when he was a young boy he became enamored with NASCAR after his father began watching the sport. Taking inspiration from his childhood favorite driver Jeff Gordon, Austin proclaimed that he wanted to pursue racing, and at age six he entered the quarter midget driving ranks.  After spending his formative years working on his own cars and competing in family-prepared entries, Austin won his way through the K&N East Series and began seeking out opportunities in the NASCAR Trucks division. He recalls his first full-season ride came thanks to Young’s Motorsports, which brought about his first Series top-5 finish at Texas Motor Speedway in 2018. His impressive and consistent performances in the underfunded equipment impressed executives at Hattori Racing, and Austin locked up a multi-year deal driving not only the number-16 Truck entry but selective attempts in the Xfinity Series. After the deal fell apart due to funding issues, Austin disclosed how his current deal with Richard Childress Racing came together, where he continues to forge his path and establish himself as one of the premiere rising talents in NASCAR. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

503 - Austin Hill - RCR's Next Man Up

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is joined by the driver of the Richard Childress number-21 Xfinity Series entry Austin Hill. Although Hill is locked in a fierce NASCAR Playoffs battle with JR Motorsports drivers Sam Mayer and Justin Allgaier, he and Dale set their competition aside for the day to better get to know one another. Austin explains that when he was a young boy he became enamored with NASCAR after his father began watching the sport. Taking inspiration from his childhood favorite driver Jeff Gordon, Austin proclaimed that he wanted to pursue racing, and at age six he entered the quarter midget driving ranks.  After spending his formative years working on his own cars and competing in family-prepared entries, Austin won his way through the K&N East Series and began seeking out opportunities in the NASCAR Trucks division. He recalls his first full-season ride came thanks to Young’s Motorsports, which brought about his first Series top-5 finish at Texas Motor Speedway in 2018. His impressive and consistent performances in the underfunded equipment impressed executives at Hattori Racing, and Austin locked up a multi-year deal driving not only the number-16 Truck entry but selective attempts in the Xfinity Series. After the deal fell apart due to funding issues, Austin disclosed how his current deal with Richard Childress Racing came together, where he continues to forge his path and establish himself as one of the premiere rising talents in NASCAR. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:43:05

24 Oct 23

502 - Homestead Drinking Through A Fire Hose

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back after his top-5 finish in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Homestead for another episode of Dirty Air. After an up-and-down day at the race track, he and co-host Mike Davis had a lot to unpack: The short turnaround from practice to qualifying  What happened to cause the on-track incident with Josh Berry Behind the scenes of the pit road interview with PitBull Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. head to Martinsville below the cut-off line To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

502 - Homestead Drinking Through A Fire Hose

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back after his top-5 finish in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Homestead for another episode of Dirty Air. After an up-and-down day at the race track, he and co-host Mike Davis had a lot to unpack: The short turnaround from practice to qualifying  What happened to cause the on-track incident with Josh Berry Behind the scenes of the pit road interview with PitBull Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. head to Martinsville below the cut-off line To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:06:47

23 Oct 23

501 - Dale Jr. Previews His Return To Homestead

It’s time once again to close out the Download week as Dale Earnhardt Jr. is rejoined by special guest co-host Kelley Earnhardt Miller. They react to their Wednesday interview with Johnny Morris where they learned all about the origins of Bass Pro Shops and the many facets of the sporting goods empire. Dale also previews his return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series this weekend at Homestead, where he is looking forward to riding the high line in search of victory. Finally, no Thursday episode would be complete without the Flying Lap, where Dale reacts to clips from Actions Detrimental and Door Bumper Clear, and a report from the Short Track Insider. During the Ask Jr. portion of the episode, listeners wrote in questions regarding; Dale Earnhardt’s closest friend What kind of fish are in Dale Jr.’s aquarium? Go-to card games to play What’s the costume plan for this Halloween? Ideal sleeping temperature  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

501 - Dale Jr. Previews His Return To Homestead

It’s time once again to close out the Download week as Dale Earnhardt Jr. is rejoined by special guest co-host Kelley Earnhardt Miller. They react to their Wednesday interview with Johnny Morris where they learned all about the origins of Bass Pro Shops and the many facets of the sporting goods empire. Dale also previews his return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series this weekend at Homestead, where he is looking forward to riding the high line in search of victory. Finally, no Thursday episode would be complete without the Flying Lap, where Dale reacts to clips from Actions Detrimental and Door Bumper Clear, and a report from the Short Track Insider. During the Ask Jr. portion of the episode, listeners wrote in questions regarding; Dale Earnhardt’s closest friend What kind of fish are in Dale Jr.’s aquarium? Go-to card games to play What’s the costume plan for this Halloween? Ideal sleeping temperature  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

45:28

19 Oct 23

500 - Johnny Morris - The Bass Pro Shops Experience

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and special co-host Kelley Earnhardt Miller are joined by Johnny Morris, the founder and CEO of longtime racing sponsor and sporting goods empire Bass Pro Shops. The interview illustrates how Johnny rose from humble beginnings in the Ozarks of Missouri to creating a brand that not only revolutionized the outdoors industry but the consumer experience as a whole. Johnny recalls the family legend of first selling fishing lures out of his father’s Brown Derby liquor store in Springfield. Soon after, he developed his first catalog which helped the business rapidly grow. He then realized he needed a destination store to help attract his customers to Missouri, and the first Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World was born. The interview also covers how Johnny became involved with NASCAR after first being exposed to auto racing at the Springfield Fairgrounds. A chance meeting with Richard Childress and Dale Earnhardt at Charlotte Motor Speedway led to a collaboration between Bass Pro Shops and Richard Childress Racing. The merchandise produced to support the deal generated millions of dollars in revenue, which was donated to conservation efforts. Johnny explains that conservation is a major pillar of the Bass Pro Shops brand, and how passing along the outdoors tradition to future generations is essential for the prosperity of nature. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

500 - Johnny Morris - The Bass Pro Shops Experience

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and special co-host Kelley Earnhardt Miller are joined by Johnny Morris, the founder and CEO of longtime racing sponsor and sporting goods empire Bass Pro Shops. The interview illustrates how Johnny rose from humble beginnings in the Ozarks of Missouri to creating a brand that not only revolutionized the outdoors industry but the consumer experience as a whole. Johnny recalls the family legend of first selling fishing lures out of his father’s Brown Derby liquor store in Springfield. Soon after, he developed his first catalog which helped the business rapidly grow. He then realized he needed a destination store to help attract his customers to Missouri, and the first Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World was born. The interview also covers how Johnny became involved with NASCAR after first being exposed to auto racing at the Springfield Fairgrounds. A chance meeting with Richard Childress and Dale Earnhardt at Charlotte Motor Speedway led to a collaboration between Bass Pro Shops and Richard Childress Racing. The merchandise produced to support the deal generated millions of dollars in revenue, which was donated to conservation efforts. Johnny explains that conservation is a major pillar of the Bass Pro Shops brand, and how passing along the outdoors tradition to future generations is essential for the prosperity of nature. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:08:30

18 Oct 23

499 - Thank You Urgent Care

Dale Earnhardt Jr. makes his return to the Bojangles studio after a couple of weeks out of the office. He is joined by his sister Kelley Earnhardt Miller to chat about life and recap the exciting NASCAR weekend in Las Vegas: Gas or bad breath?  Touch Tunes hijacking  Dale’s recent trip to urgent care Kyle Larson is locked into the Final Four To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

499 - Thank You Urgent Care

Dale Earnhardt Jr. makes his return to the Bojangles studio after a couple of weeks out of the office. He is joined by his sister Kelley Earnhardt Miller to chat about life and recap the exciting NASCAR weekend in Las Vegas: Gas or bad breath?  Touch Tunes hijacking  Dale’s recent trip to urgent care Kyle Larson is locked into the Final Four To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:05:47

17 Oct 23

498 - Business of Motorsports (Part VI) - Owning & Operating The Local Short Track w/ Ashly Burnett

Kelley Earnhardt Miller sets out to learn the fundamentals of operating a race track as she sits down with Millbridge Speedway owner Ashly Burnett. She and co-host Mike Davis interview Ashly about her long family history in racing and how it led her to take over a speedway herself. Ashly explains that after growing up in the St. Louis area, her father Darrell forged a path in dirt modified racing that took her to many Midwest short tracks every weekend in her formative years. His pursuit to become an engine builder eventually led the family to North Carolina, and her brother Nick has since become an accomplished dirt racer in his own right.  Ashly and her husband Jeremy Burnett came to own Millbridge when its former owner decided to get out of the sport. She recalls the process of learning how to manage a speedway as they went along, from acquiring the necessary equipment like tractors and track graders to keeping events organized and on schedule. She also touches on how the track remained open during COVID and actually experienced a boom in popularity that it continues to thrive from. Finally, the interview discusses how Millbridge has played home to not only NASCAR Cup stars, but their children, and how the speedway could very well be a training ground for the next generation of racing superstars. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

498 - Business of Motorsports (Part VI) - Owning & Operating The Local Short Track w/ Ashly Burnett

Kelley Earnhardt Miller sets out to learn the fundamentals of operating a race track as she sits down with Millbridge Speedway owner Ashly Burnett. She and co-host Mike Davis interview Ashly about her long family history in racing and how it led her to take over a speedway herself. Ashly explains that after growing up in the St. Louis area, her father Darrell forged a path in dirt modified racing that took her to many Midwest short tracks every weekend in her formative years. His pursuit to become an engine builder eventually led the family to North Carolina, and her brother Nick has since become an accomplished dirt racer in his own right.  Ashly and her husband Jeremy Burnett came to own Millbridge when its former owner decided to get out of the sport. She recalls the process of learning how to manage a speedway as they went along, from acquiring the necessary equipment like tractors and track graders to keeping events organized and on schedule. She also touches on how the track remained open during COVID and actually experienced a boom in popularity that it continues to thrive from. Finally, the interview discusses how Millbridge has played home to not only NASCAR Cup stars, but their children, and how the speedway could very well be a training ground for the next generation of racing superstars. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:26:57

11 Oct 23

497 - It's Dale's Birthday, Mike's Feeling Generous

On today's episode, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is out of town this week celebrating his birthday, but no worries, Mike Davis is in the Bojangles Studio steering the ship. He is joined by the Dirty Mo Live crew and the boys recap the past weekend's race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, Jeff Gordon's recent comments about drivers being outspoken, and Mike gives out some gifts to lucky fans in the JRM gift shop! Plus we've got Andrew Kurland's Man on the Street to close out the show! To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

497 - It's Dale's Birthday, Mike's Feeling Generous

On today's episode, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is out of town this week celebrating his birthday, but no worries, Mike Davis is in the Bojangles Studio steering the ship. He is joined by the Dirty Mo Live crew and the boys recap the past weekend's race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, Jeff Gordon's recent comments about drivers being outspoken, and Mike gives out some gifts to lucky fans in the JRM gift shop! Plus we've got Andrew Kurland's Man on the Street to close out the show! To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

46:17

10 Oct 23

496 - Business of Motorsports Part V - Driver Representation w/ Josh Jones

Class is back in session as Kelley Earnhardt Miller returns for another episode of the Business of Motorsports. On this edition, she and co-host Mike Davis sit down with Josh Jones, the Vice President of Sports Marketing and Entertainment at Kevin Harvick Inc. Management. The main topics of discussion on the docket are driver representation, how to attain sponsors and what goes into contract negotiation. Josh explains how KHI transitioned from being a race team to a sports management firm, all stemming from a conversation had with UFC fighter Cowboy Cerrone. Since then, KHI has gone on to manage several race drivers, professional fighters, and PGA golfers. The interview also highlights Kevin’s ability to keep sponsors for long periods of his career, and what kind of work happens behind the scenes to keep all parties happy. Josh emphasizes the importance of media training in young drivers and how it’s not enough to just be a winner in today’s racing industry. Social media and branding for athletes are also covered, and how active content creation goes far for building a person’s brand. Finally, they dive deep into the make-up of today’s standard driver contracts and how much of negotiations rely upon sponsorship and bonus programs To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

496 - Business of Motorsports Part V - Driver Representation w/ Josh Jones

Class is back in session as Kelley Earnhardt Miller returns for another episode of the Business of Motorsports. On this edition, she and co-host Mike Davis sit down with Josh Jones, the Vice President of Sports Marketing and Entertainment at Kevin Harvick Inc. Management. The main topics of discussion on the docket are driver representation, how to attain sponsors and what goes into contract negotiation. Josh explains how KHI transitioned from being a race team to a sports management firm, all stemming from a conversation had with UFC fighter Cowboy Cerrone. Since then, KHI has gone on to manage several race drivers, professional fighters, and PGA golfers. The interview also highlights Kevin’s ability to keep sponsors for long periods of his career, and what kind of work happens behind the scenes to keep all parties happy. Josh emphasizes the importance of media training in young drivers and how it’s not enough to just be a winner in today’s racing industry. Social media and branding for athletes are also covered, and how active content creation goes far for building a person’s brand. Finally, they dive deep into the make-up of today’s standard driver contracts and how much of negotiations rely upon sponsorship and bonus programs To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:54:32

3 Oct 23

495 - Recap of High Limit Sprint Car Race at Lernerville Speedway

On this episode of The Dale Jr. Download, we're live from high in the sky as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mike Davis are joined by LW Miller and Wyatt Miller to recap their experience from Lernerville Speedway at the High Limit Sprint Car Series race. From losing money on the tarmac to a surprise gift for Amy to riding in the push truck, Dale Jr., Mike, LW, and Wyatt had quite the night on dirt. Plus we hear from Hannah Newhouse with Short Track Insider, and the Dirty Mo Dough crew has your 5 bets to watch this weekend at Talladega. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

495 - Recap of High Limit Sprint Car Race at Lernerville Speedway

On this episode of The Dale Jr. Download, we're live from high in the sky as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mike Davis are joined by LW Miller and Wyatt Miller to recap their experience from Lernerville Speedway at the High Limit Sprint Car Series race. From losing money on the tarmac to a surprise gift for Amy to riding in the push truck, Dale Jr., Mike, LW, and Wyatt had quite the night on dirt. Plus we hear from Hannah Newhouse with Short Track Insider, and the Dirty Mo Dough crew has your 5 bets to watch this weekend at Talladega. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

37:49

28 Sep 23

494 - Kyle Larson & Brad Sweet - Live from Lernerville Speedway

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mike Davis, and the Dirty Mo Media crew went to Lernerville Speedway Tuesday Night to see Kyle Larson and Brad Sweet's High Limit Sprint Car Series LIVE in action. Prior to the night festivities, Dale Jr. and Mike are joined by Kyle and Brad on stage in front of the front stretch grandstands for a live taping of The Dale Jr. Download. In this episode the guys talk to Kyle and Brad about how the series came together, the challenges of running a high-profile series, plus the future of the series. DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. Licensee partner Golden Nugget Lake Charles (LA). 21+, age varies by jurisdiction. Void in Ontario. See DKNG.co/autoracing for eligibility, terms and responsible gaming resources. Bonus bets expire seven days after issuance. Eligibility and deposit restrictions apply.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

494 - Kyle Larson & Brad Sweet - Live from Lernerville Speedway

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mike Davis, and the Dirty Mo Media crew went to Lernerville Speedway Tuesday Night to see Kyle Larson and Brad Sweet's High Limit Sprint Car Series LIVE in action. Prior to the night festivities, Dale Jr. and Mike are joined by Kyle and Brad on stage in front of the front stretch grandstands for a live taping of The Dale Jr. Download. In this episode the guys talk to Kyle and Brad about how the series came together, the challenges of running a high-profile series, plus the future of the series. DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. Licensee partner Golden Nugget Lake Charles (LA). 21+, age varies by jurisdiction. Void in Ontario. See DKNG.co/autoracing for eligibility, terms and responsible gaming resources. Bonus bets expire seven days after issuance. Eligibility and deposit restrictions apply.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

37:13

27 Sep 23

493 - Hold Up, Is Texas Back?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. survived the hot Texas heat and returned to the Bojangles Studio for another episode of Dirty Air. He joins co-host Mike Davis to join in on this week’s discourse surrounding the Lonestar speedway and more: Isla was upset that Dale didn’t win Bristol What Cup driver milestones are really worth mentioning? Dale’s trip to the Big Apple Texas Motor Speedway is heading in the right direction There are storylines galore in the Cup Series this year During the Ask Jr. portion of the episode, listeners sent in questions about: Cheating at Battleship The skeleton racing gloves Who was more competitive in racing, Kelley or Dale? Does Dale play golf? Free beer or free tacos? Favorite pizza toppings To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

493 - Hold Up, Is Texas Back?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. survived the hot Texas heat and returned to the Bojangles Studio for another episode of Dirty Air. He joins co-host Mike Davis to join in on this week’s discourse surrounding the Lonestar speedway and more: Isla was upset that Dale didn’t win Bristol What Cup driver milestones are really worth mentioning? Dale’s trip to the Big Apple Texas Motor Speedway is heading in the right direction There are storylines galore in the Cup Series this year During the Ask Jr. portion of the episode, listeners sent in questions about: Cheating at Battleship The skeleton racing gloves Who was more competitive in racing, Kelley or Dale? Does Dale play golf? Free beer or free tacos? Favorite pizza toppings To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:18:35

26 Sep 23

491 - Justin Haley - Motivated Now More Than Ever

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is joined on the Download this week by Kaulig Racing Cup driver Justin Haley. Back in July, Justin helped kick off the NASCAR silly season by announcing he was leaving his longtime home at Kaulig for Rick Ware Racing in 2024. Dale, co-host Mike Davis, and Justin discuss the move and the reasoning behind it. Justin explains that ultimately he wanted to bet on himself and believed in Ware’s determined approach to auto racing. Also, they analyze the back half of the Cup field and the huge gains teams like RWR and Front Row Motorsports have made with the NextGen Cup car. Justin fills listeners in on his journey through the world of motorsports, which began at the age of nine in the quarter midget class in Central Indiana. His Uncles Todd and Drew, who were both motorsports fanatics with ties to the industry, helped Justin embark on an ambitious path up the racing ladder. His climb up through the ranks saw him spend time in street stocks, late models, and Trans Am road racing. His 2016 K&N East Championship helped open the door to the upper echelon of NASCAR, becoming just the 32nd driver in history to have won races in the Trucks, Xfinity, and Cup Series. DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. Licensee partner Golden Nugget Lake Charles (LA). 21+, age varies by jurisdiction. Void in Ontario. See DKNG.co/autoracing for eligibility, terms and responsible gaming resources. Bonus bets expire seven days after issuance. Eligibility and deposit restrictions apply.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

491 - Justin Haley - Motivated Now More Than Ever

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is joined on the Download this week by Kaulig Racing Cup driver Justin Haley. Back in July, Justin helped kick off the NASCAR silly season by announcing he was leaving his longtime home at Kaulig for Rick Ware Racing in 2024. Dale, co-host Mike Davis, and Justin discuss the move and the reasoning behind it. Justin explains that ultimately he wanted to bet on himself and believed in Ware’s determined approach to auto racing. Also, they analyze the back half of the Cup field and the huge gains teams like RWR and Front Row Motorsports have made with the NextGen Cup car. Justin fills listeners in on his journey through the world of motorsports, which began at the age of nine in the quarter midget class in Central Indiana. His Uncles Todd and Drew, who were both motorsports fanatics with ties to the industry, helped Justin embark on an ambitious path up the racing ladder. His climb up through the ranks saw him spend time in street stocks, late models, and Trans Am road racing. His 2016 K&N East Championship helped open the door to the upper echelon of NASCAR, becoming just the 32nd driver in history to have won races in the Trucks, Xfinity, and Cup Series. DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. Licensee partner Golden Nugget Lake Charles (LA). 21+, age varies by jurisdiction. Void in Ontario. See DKNG.co/autoracing for eligibility, terms and responsible gaming resources. Bonus bets expire seven days after issuance. Eligibility and deposit restrictions apply.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:13:16

20 Sep 23

490 - Dale Jr. Recaps His Return at Bristol

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back in the studio after a captivating performance in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol. He and co-host Mike Davis take a deep dive into his highly anticipated return to Thunder Valley: The pre-qualifying jitters  Changing your mindset to deal with anxiety Dealing with the prospect of not qualifying for the race Outperforming expectations and leading some laps Realizing his car was on fire and what caused it DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. Licensee partner Golden Nugget Lake Charles (LA). 21+, age varies by jurisdiction. Void in Ontario. See DKNG.co/autoracing for eligibility, terms and responsible gaming resources. Bonus bets expire seven days after issuance. Eligibility and deposit restrictions apply.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

490 - Dale Jr. Recaps His Return at Bristol

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back in the studio after a captivating performance in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol. He and co-host Mike Davis take a deep dive into his highly anticipated return to Thunder Valley: The pre-qualifying jitters  Changing your mindset to deal with anxiety Dealing with the prospect of not qualifying for the race Outperforming expectations and leading some laps Realizing his car was on fire and what caused it DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. Licensee partner Golden Nugget Lake Charles (LA). 21+, age varies by jurisdiction. Void in Ontario. See DKNG.co/autoracing for eligibility, terms and responsible gaming resources. Bonus bets expire seven days after issuance. Eligibility and deposit restrictions apply.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:36:17

19 Sep 23

489 - Where Are All My Blues At?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. reconvenes with co-host Mike Davis to close out another week of the Dale Jr. Download. The guys discuss the results of Dale’s “management by strength” report and what it says about his personality. They also react to their incredible Wednesday interview with bass fishing legend and longtime friend of the Earnhardt family, Hank Parker Sr. Dale had several key takeaways from the chat with Hank that was enlightening and made him reflect differently on his relationship with his father. After that, Dale and Mike chat about the return of stage breaks at the ROVAL, Ty Majeski’s penalty, and Zane Smith’s future. During the Ask Jr. segment of the episode, listeners asked questions regarding: Dale’s recent trip to the antique store Choosing a different career path The emotions behind winning the first NASCAR race back after the 9/11 tragedy DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. Licensee partner Golden Nugget Lake Charles (LA). 21+, age varies by jurisdiction. Void in Ontario. See DKNG.co/autoracing for eligibility, terms and responsible gaming resources. Bonus bets expire seven days after issuance. Eligibility and deposit restrictions apply.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

489 - Where Are All My Blues At?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. reconvenes with co-host Mike Davis to close out another week of the Dale Jr. Download. The guys discuss the results of Dale’s “management by strength” report and what it says about his personality. They also react to their incredible Wednesday interview with bass fishing legend and longtime friend of the Earnhardt family, Hank Parker Sr. Dale had several key takeaways from the chat with Hank that was enlightening and made him reflect differently on his relationship with his father. After that, Dale and Mike chat about the return of stage breaks at the ROVAL, Ty Majeski’s penalty, and Zane Smith’s future. During the Ask Jr. segment of the episode, listeners asked questions regarding: Dale’s recent trip to the antique store Choosing a different career path The emotions behind winning the first NASCAR race back after the 9/11 tragedy DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. Licensee partner Golden Nugget Lake Charles (LA). 21+, age varies by jurisdiction. Void in Ontario. See DKNG.co/autoracing for eligibility, terms and responsible gaming resources. Bonus bets expire seven days after issuance. Eligibility and deposit restrictions apply.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:42:07

14 Sep 23

488 - Hank Parker Sr. - A Friendship Larger Than Life

In a conversation that gave us some intensely emotional moments along with plenty of laughs, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is joined by a great friend of his dad’s - bass fishing legend Hank Parker Sr. Hank Parker and Dale Earnhardt were close friends who met even before they rose to the top of their respective fields. As they both experienced early career triumphs, with Hank winning the BassMaster Classic in 1979 and Dale winning the NASCAR Cup Championship in 1980, they began fishing and hunting together, forging a close bond that would carry through Dale’s passing in 2001. This interview covers everything from why Hank Sr. traded his fishing pole in for a stock car, his journey from working at a marina to becoming one of the most recognized outdoorsmen in history, and the time he spent in the wild with the Earnhardts, with the hilarious and poignant stories to prove it.  You may remember the racing endeavors of Hank’s son Hank Jr., who spent time in the All-Pro Series before moving up to the NASCAR Busch Series and eventually winning two races. But the racing bug and need for speed first resonated in Hank, and the story of how he bought a Busch Series car from Dale and attempted to qualify at Rockingham is one you won’t want to miss. Hank also fills Dale Jr. in on why Hank may be responsible for convincing Dale Earnhardt to buy Dale Jr.’s first late model, and then relays some deeply intimate conversations he had with Dale during their hunting trips over the years, showing a side of the Intimidator you’ve never seen before. DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. Licensee partner Golden Nugget Lake Charles (LA). 21+, age varies by jurisdiction. Void in Ontario. See DKNG.co/autoracing for eligibility, terms and responsible gaming resources. Bonus bets expire seven days after issuance. Eligibility and deposit restrictions apply.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

488 - Hank Parker Sr. - A Friendship Larger Than Life

In a conversation that gave us some intensely emotional moments along with plenty of laughs, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is joined by a great friend of his dad’s - bass fishing legend Hank Parker Sr. Hank Parker and Dale Earnhardt were close friends who met even before they rose to the top of their respective fields. As they both experienced early career triumphs, with Hank winning the BassMaster Classic in 1979 and Dale winning the NASCAR Cup Championship in 1980, they began fishing and hunting together, forging a close bond that would carry through Dale’s passing in 2001. This interview covers everything from why Hank Sr. traded his fishing pole in for a stock car, his journey from working at a marina to becoming one of the most recognized outdoorsmen in history, and the time he spent in the wild with the Earnhardts, with the hilarious and poignant stories to prove it.  You may remember the racing endeavors of Hank’s son Hank Jr., who spent time in the All-Pro Series before moving up to the NASCAR Busch Series and eventually winning two races. But the racing bug and need for speed first resonated in Hank, and the story of how he bought a Busch Series car from Dale and attempted to qualify at Rockingham is one you won’t want to miss. Hank also fills Dale Jr. in on why Hank may be responsible for convincing Dale Earnhardt to buy Dale Jr.’s first late model, and then relays some deeply intimate conversations he had with Dale during their hunting trips over the years, showing a side of the Intimidator you’ve never seen before. DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. Licensee partner Golden Nugget Lake Charles (LA). 21+, age varies by jurisdiction. Void in Ontario. See DKNG.co/autoracing for eligibility, terms and responsible gaming resources. Bonus bets expire seven days after issuance. Eligibility and deposit restrictions apply.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:49:45

13 Sep 23

487 - Wrong Answers Only

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back from the NASCAR on NBC broadcasting booth in Kansas for a new episode of Dirty Air. While the NASCAR Cup Playoffs are fully underway, Dale and co-host Mike Davis had more than racing to discuss this week: A surprise gift from WWE The evolution of consuming music Mike won’t share his Spotify playlists, so don’t ask A small blunder during the Xfinity race broadcast Chase Elliott’s reaction to making contact with Kyle Larson DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. Licensee partner Golden Nugget Lake Charles (LA). 21+, age varies by jurisdiction. Void in Ontario. See DKNG.co/autoracing for eligibility, terms and responsible gaming resources. Bonus bets expire seven days after issuance. Eligibility and deposit restrictions apply. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

487 - Wrong Answers Only

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back from the NASCAR on NBC broadcasting booth in Kansas for a new episode of Dirty Air. While the NASCAR Cup Playoffs are fully underway, Dale and co-host Mike Davis had more than racing to discuss this week: A surprise gift from WWE The evolution of consuming music Mike won’t share his Spotify playlists, so don’t ask A small blunder during the Xfinity race broadcast Chase Elliott’s reaction to making contact with Kyle Larson DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. Licensee partner Golden Nugget Lake Charles (LA). 21+, age varies by jurisdiction. Void in Ontario. See DKNG.co/autoracing for eligibility, terms and responsible gaming resources. Bonus bets expire seven days after issuance. Eligibility and deposit restrictions apply. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:22:40

12 Sep 23

486 - Read The Replies, Mike!

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis reconvened in the Bojangles Studio to close out the Download week. In light of the comments on a video clip from Tuesday’s debate over the Bowman/Suarez Darlington incident, Dale once again tries to make his point clear to listeners. This leads to a debate between Dale and Mike over the concept of “reading the comments” and Dirty Mo Media’s mission statement in making content. After Wednesday’s incredible interview with WWE superstar Cody Rhodes, Dale is excited at the prospect of getting back into professional wrestling. There are also some NASCAR silly season developments, big opportunities for JRM late model ace Carson Kvapil, and another round of Immaculate Grid. During the Ask Jr. segment of the episode, listeners wanted to know about: Having a different pit crew for the Playoffs What a loose wheel feels like during a race What Dale thought of his first magazine cover shoot Race day superstitions DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

486 - Read The Replies, Mike!

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis reconvened in the Bojangles Studio to close out the Download week. In light of the comments on a video clip from Tuesday’s debate over the Bowman/Suarez Darlington incident, Dale once again tries to make his point clear to listeners. This leads to a debate between Dale and Mike over the concept of “reading the comments” and Dirty Mo Media’s mission statement in making content. After Wednesday’s incredible interview with WWE superstar Cody Rhodes, Dale is excited at the prospect of getting back into professional wrestling. There are also some NASCAR silly season developments, big opportunities for JRM late model ace Carson Kvapil, and another round of Immaculate Grid. During the Ask Jr. segment of the episode, listeners wanted to know about: Having a different pit crew for the Playoffs What a loose wheel feels like during a race What Dale thought of his first magazine cover shoot Race day superstitions DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:24:00

7 Sep 23

485 - WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes - The Journey To The Top

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Cody Rhodes may seem worlds apart on the surface, but their paths through life hold many similarities. On this episode of the Dale Jr. Download, the American Nightmare himself joins Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis to discuss their likeness: growing up in the shadow of a generational figure. Dale Jr. shares that while growing up, he used to watch Cody’s father, the iconic Dusty Rhodes, on Saturday morning matinee presentations of NWA Wrestling on television. Meanwhile, Cody recalled the experience of discovering his father’s legacy at an early age, and how over time he developed the inclination to follow in his footsteps. They chat about the internal conflict of being immensely proud of their fathers while wanting to forge a path of their own.  The conversation unpacks Cody’s stellar amateur wrestling career in high school, a sport he originally pursued to prove the legitimacy of his father’s career as a professional. They also discuss him taking on a position at WWE at an early age, and the idea that perhaps he was moved up from the developmental ranks too quickly simply because he was Dusty’s son. Cody speaks on playing the role of Stardust and how the rigidness of the WWE writers at the time led to him burning his bridges and returning to the independent circuit to reinvent himself. He also dives into his catastrophic pectoral injury and how he wrestled through it, only to return to glory on the Wrestlemania stage. DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

485 - WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes - The Journey To The Top

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Cody Rhodes may seem worlds apart on the surface, but their paths through life hold many similarities. On this episode of the Dale Jr. Download, the American Nightmare himself joins Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis to discuss their likeness: growing up in the shadow of a generational figure. Dale Jr. shares that while growing up, he used to watch Cody’s father, the iconic Dusty Rhodes, on Saturday morning matinee presentations of NWA Wrestling on television. Meanwhile, Cody recalled the experience of discovering his father’s legacy at an early age, and how over time he developed the inclination to follow in his footsteps. They chat about the internal conflict of being immensely proud of their fathers while wanting to forge a path of their own.  The conversation unpacks Cody’s stellar amateur wrestling career in high school, a sport he originally pursued to prove the legitimacy of his father’s career as a professional. They also discuss him taking on a position at WWE at an early age, and the idea that perhaps he was moved up from the developmental ranks too quickly simply because he was Dusty’s son. Cody speaks on playing the role of Stardust and how the rigidness of the WWE writers at the time led to him burning his bridges and returning to the independent circuit to reinvent himself. He also dives into his catastrophic pectoral injury and how he wrestled through it, only to return to glory on the Wrestlemania stage. DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

02:09:31

6 Sep 23

484 - Darlington Dust-Ups & Costly Mistakes

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back from the opening round of the NASCAR Playoffs to join co-host Mike Davis for some Dirty Air. As usual, the Lady in Black pushed drivers to the limits, and the NASCAR post-season started off on a dramatic note: Dale’s surprise race at Florence Speedway Sam Mayer’s run-in with Parker Kligerman Writing script vs. talking naturally Kevin Harvick’s costly pit penalty Alex Bowman and Daniel Suarez’s big crash DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

484 - Darlington Dust-Ups & Costly Mistakes

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back from the opening round of the NASCAR Playoffs to join co-host Mike Davis for some Dirty Air. As usual, the Lady in Black pushed drivers to the limits, and the NASCAR post-season started off on a dramatic note: Dale’s surprise race at Florence Speedway Sam Mayer’s run-in with Parker Kligerman Writing script vs. talking naturally Kevin Harvick’s costly pit penalty Alex Bowman and Daniel Suarez’s big crash DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:06:31

5 Sep 23

483 - Becoming Earnhardt Vol. 9 - The Dust Settles On 1979

The dust has settled on the greatest NASCAR Cup season in history, and it’s time to recap all that we’ve learned about 1979. Dale Earnhardt Jr. invites some of the guests from BECOMING EARNHARDT for a roundtable discussion to recount all that we’ve learned and conclude some of our favorite character’s stories. Dale’s aunts Cathy Watkins and Kaye Snipes as well as Osterlund Racing crew member Doug Richert return as first-hand character witnesses who helped bring the story of 1979 to life. The chat once again sets the dial back to the beginning of 1979 and views Dale Earnhardt through the eyes of his family, as he’s getting ready to embark on the biggest opportunity in his young racing career. It also dissects complicated characters like Jake Elder and the team dynamic at Osterlund Racing. They dive into the significance of the NASCAR Cup Rookie of the Year in 1979 and just how close things got in the race between Dale and Joe Millikan. Finally, some new details are revealed about the severity of Dale’s injury at Pocono and his lengthy hospital stay and time out of the driver’s seat DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

483 - Becoming Earnhardt Vol. 9 - The Dust Settles On 1979

The dust has settled on the greatest NASCAR Cup season in history, and it’s time to recap all that we’ve learned about 1979. Dale Earnhardt Jr. invites some of the guests from BECOMING EARNHARDT for a roundtable discussion to recount all that we’ve learned and conclude some of our favorite character’s stories. Dale’s aunts Cathy Watkins and Kaye Snipes as well as Osterlund Racing crew member Doug Richert return as first-hand character witnesses who helped bring the story of 1979 to life. The chat once again sets the dial back to the beginning of 1979 and views Dale Earnhardt through the eyes of his family, as he’s getting ready to embark on the biggest opportunity in his young racing career. It also dissects complicated characters like Jake Elder and the team dynamic at Osterlund Racing. They dive into the significance of the NASCAR Cup Rookie of the Year in 1979 and just how close things got in the race between Dale and Joe Millikan. Finally, some new details are revealed about the severity of Dale’s injury at Pocono and his lengthy hospital stay and time out of the driver’s seat DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:26:00

31 Aug 23

482 - Daytona: The Premier Drafting Track

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back from the NASCAR Regular Season finale at Daytona for another episode of Dirty Air. He joins co-host Mike Davis to break down the superspeedway action and debate a few other topics: The etiquette of liking or not liking bad news on social media Atlanta is NOT a superspeedway Justin Allgaier’s big Daytona win High speeds, big crashes and improved safety The debut of some new Dale Jr. Download segments During the Ask Jr. portion of the episode, listeners wrote in questions regarding: Have Dale’s favorite things held up since 2001? The story behind the relic Budweiser case Karsyn Elledge’s appearance on Claim to Fame Dale’s iPhone wallpaper and lock screen photos DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

482 - Daytona: The Premier Drafting Track

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back from the NASCAR Regular Season finale at Daytona for another episode of Dirty Air. He joins co-host Mike Davis to break down the superspeedway action and debate a few other topics: The etiquette of liking or not liking bad news on social media Atlanta is NOT a superspeedway Justin Allgaier’s big Daytona win High speeds, big crashes and improved safety The debut of some new Dale Jr. Download segments During the Ask Jr. portion of the episode, listeners wrote in questions regarding: Have Dale’s favorite things held up since 2001? The story behind the relic Budweiser case Karsyn Elledge’s appearance on Claim to Fame Dale’s iPhone wallpaper and lock screen photos DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:44:34

29 Aug 23

481 - Road Trip Recap From Martinsville

ROAD TRIP! Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mike Davis take the Dirty Mo Crew on the road for today's episode. Fresh off the track at Martinsville testing for NASCAR's MX5 support series, Dale Jr. describes how the cars drive, how similar they are to a stock car, and what the future may look like for the series at Martinsville Speedway. Plus Dale Jr. and Mike react to the release of Becoming Earnhardt Volume 7, Denny Hamlin's spicy comments about Sam Mayer from Watkins Glen, and so much more! Plus another short track update from Hannah Newhouse on Short Track Insider. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

481 - Road Trip Recap From Martinsville

ROAD TRIP! Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mike Davis take the Dirty Mo Crew on the road for today's episode. Fresh off the track at Martinsville testing for NASCAR's MX5 support series, Dale Jr. describes how the cars drive, how similar they are to a stock car, and what the future may look like for the series at Martinsville Speedway. Plus Dale Jr. and Mike react to the release of Becoming Earnhardt Volume 7, Denny Hamlin's spicy comments about Sam Mayer from Watkins Glen, and so much more! Plus another short track update from Hannah Newhouse on Short Track Insider. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

53:47

24 Aug 23

480 - Pump The Brakes on Stage Breaks

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back to start another week of the Dale Jr. Download with his co-host Mike Davis. This episode is a little out of the ordinary, as it involves a field trip. All the while, the guys had plenty to discuss: Denny Hamlin’s ongoing contract negotiations NASCAR NextGen’s road course problems Sam Mayer’s last lap bump to Ty Gibbs Dale Jr. getting behind the wheel at an IMSA test at Martinsville To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

480 - Pump The Brakes on Stage Breaks

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back to start another week of the Dale Jr. Download with his co-host Mike Davis. This episode is a little out of the ordinary, as it involves a field trip. All the while, the guys had plenty to discuss: Denny Hamlin’s ongoing contract negotiations NASCAR NextGen’s road course problems Sam Mayer’s last lap bump to Ty Gibbs Dale Jr. getting behind the wheel at an IMSA test at Martinsville To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:22:03

22 Aug 23

479 - Did Dale Sr. Come Back Too Early in '79?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis return once again to the Bojangles Studio to close out the Download week. The guys discuss the latest episode of Becoming Earnhardt which finds Dale Earnhardt watching the 1979 NASCAR Cup season from the sidelines after a major crash at Pocono. They discuss the psychology of the racer and what Dale may have been thinking at the moment, as well as the progression of driver injury rehabilitation protocol. Dale reacts to Noah Gragson’s recent release from Legacy Motor Club and offers up suggestions as to what he should do next in his career. Also, there is a preview of the new NASCAR Classics platform, a round of Immaculate Grid, and a bit from the Short Track Insider. DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

479 - Did Dale Sr. Come Back Too Early in '79?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis return once again to the Bojangles Studio to close out the Download week. The guys discuss the latest episode of Becoming Earnhardt which finds Dale Earnhardt watching the 1979 NASCAR Cup season from the sidelines after a major crash at Pocono. They discuss the psychology of the racer and what Dale may have been thinking at the moment, as well as the progression of driver injury rehabilitation protocol. Dale reacts to Noah Gragson’s recent release from Legacy Motor Club and offers up suggestions as to what he should do next in his career. Also, there is a preview of the new NASCAR Classics platform, a round of Immaculate Grid, and a bit from the Short Track Insider. DraftKings State-Specific Problem Gambling Information: In Massachusetts, call (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org, In New York, call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369). In Tennessee and Kansas, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. On behalf of Boot Hill Casino & Resort (KS). In West Virginia, Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net. All games regulated by the West Virginia Lottery. Please play responsibly. In partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. In Connecticut, Help is available for problem gambling call 888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:42:20

17 Aug 23

478 - What's The Fishing Net Caught On?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back from the Racing Capital of the World to join co-host Mike Davis for another episode of Dirty Air. After a compelling NASCAR race weekend in Indianapolis and some new developments in the life of fatherhood, the guys had plenty to unpack: Isla’s first day of kindergarten Michael McDowell’s emotional win How did the road course ringers fare?  Is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval coming back? To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

478 - What's The Fishing Net Caught On?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back from the Racing Capital of the World to join co-host Mike Davis for another episode of Dirty Air. After a compelling NASCAR race weekend in Indianapolis and some new developments in the life of fatherhood, the guys had plenty to unpack: Isla’s first day of kindergarten Michael McDowell’s emotional win How did the road course ringers fare?  Is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval coming back? To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

59:06

15 Aug 23

477 - Shane Van Gisbergen - Just The Beginning

Shane Van Gisbergen stops by the Bojangles Studio to chat with Dale Earnhardt Jr. in preparation for his highly anticipated return to NASCAR action this weekend in Indianapolis. After a stunning upset victory in his first NASCAR Cup attempt at the Chicago Street Course, SVG announced his plans to follow up his impressive debut by invading the Racing Capital of the World. He has also made it clear that he’d like to pursue NASCAR racing full-time in 2024, and he unpacks what that may look like with Dale Jr. and Download co-host Mike Davis.  But before that can become a reality, SVG is set to see how he’ll fare in pavement oval competition as he embarks on his first NASCAR Truck start for Niece Motorsports at Indianapolis Raceway Park. SVG explains that most of his experience in oval racing came early in his career in the quarter midget ranks, as well as some winged sprint car races he ran more recently. Dale Jr. provides some pointers on how to get around the 0.686-mile speedway and what to expect from Trucks competition. They also discuss SVG’s use of heel-and-toe shifting, the world of Australian V8 Supercars, and the rest of the ringers for this coming weekend in Indy. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

477 - Shane Van Gisbergen - Just The Beginning

Shane Van Gisbergen stops by the Bojangles Studio to chat with Dale Earnhardt Jr. in preparation for his highly anticipated return to NASCAR action this weekend in Indianapolis. After a stunning upset victory in his first NASCAR Cup attempt at the Chicago Street Course, SVG announced his plans to follow up his impressive debut by invading the Racing Capital of the World. He has also made it clear that he’d like to pursue NASCAR racing full-time in 2024, and he unpacks what that may look like with Dale Jr. and Download co-host Mike Davis.  But before that can become a reality, SVG is set to see how he’ll fare in pavement oval competition as he embarks on his first NASCAR Truck start for Niece Motorsports at Indianapolis Raceway Park. SVG explains that most of his experience in oval racing came early in his career in the quarter midget ranks, as well as some winged sprint car races he ran more recently. Dale Jr. provides some pointers on how to get around the 0.686-mile speedway and what to expect from Trucks competition. They also discuss SVG’s use of heel-and-toe shifting, the world of Australian V8 Supercars, and the rest of the ringers for this coming weekend in Indy. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:05:07

10 Aug 23

476 - Handicapping The Road Course Ringers at Indy

Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns from a rainy weekend in Michigan to join co-host Mike Davis for another episode of Dirty Air. With a star-studded NASCAR Cup race set for this coming weekend at the Indianapolis Road Course, the guys handicap the top ringers in the field, being Kamui Kobayashi, Shane Van Gisbergen, and Brodie Kostecki. They also recap Chris Buescher’s big win at Michigan and what it means for Roush-Fenway-Keselowski Racing and the rest of the Ford manufacturing roster.  During the Ask Jr. segment, listeners sent in questions regarding: What traits Dale looks for in young drivers Should all tracks have lights? Ideal songs for personal entrance music Favorite Washington Commanders moments witnessed in person What movie do you wish you could rewatch for the first time? To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

476 - Handicapping The Road Course Ringers at Indy

Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns from a rainy weekend in Michigan to join co-host Mike Davis for another episode of Dirty Air. With a star-studded NASCAR Cup race set for this coming weekend at the Indianapolis Road Course, the guys handicap the top ringers in the field, being Kamui Kobayashi, Shane Van Gisbergen, and Brodie Kostecki. They also recap Chris Buescher’s big win at Michigan and what it means for Roush-Fenway-Keselowski Racing and the rest of the Ford manufacturing roster.  During the Ask Jr. segment, listeners sent in questions regarding: What traits Dale looks for in young drivers Should all tracks have lights? Ideal songs for personal entrance music Favorite Washington Commanders moments witnessed in person What movie do you wish you could rewatch for the first time? To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:20:22

8 Aug 23

475 - Lawn Mower Concerts

Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns to wrap up the Download week with his co-host Mike Davis. The guys recap Sam Mayer’s first career Xfinity win. They check in on the ever-changing “bubble battle” as the NASCAR Cup Regular Season draws to a close. They also chat about the Xfinity Series’ big announcement that their future race broadcasts will be televised on the CW. Shane Van Gisbergen has announced his plans to race in NASCAR full-time next year, but where will he land? The guys hear from the Short Track Insider and tackle a new game, NASCAR’s Immaculate Grid.  During the Ask Jr. segment of the episode, listeners sent in questions regarding:  Dale’s choice in sneakers What it was like to shoot the new Bojangles commercial Regular Season Championship significance  Playoff points carrying over between rounds What volume Dale prefers his music at in his car To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

475 - Lawn Mower Concerts

Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns to wrap up the Download week with his co-host Mike Davis. The guys recap Sam Mayer’s first career Xfinity win. They check in on the ever-changing “bubble battle” as the NASCAR Cup Regular Season draws to a close. They also chat about the Xfinity Series’ big announcement that their future race broadcasts will be televised on the CW. Shane Van Gisbergen has announced his plans to race in NASCAR full-time next year, but where will he land? The guys hear from the Short Track Insider and tackle a new game, NASCAR’s Immaculate Grid.  During the Ask Jr. segment of the episode, listeners sent in questions regarding:  Dale’s choice in sneakers What it was like to shoot the new Bojangles commercial Regular Season Championship significance  Playoff points carrying over between rounds What volume Dale prefers his music at in his car To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:10:02

3 Aug 23

474 - Radically Changing Richmond

Dale Earnhardt Jr. joins co-host Mike Davis back in the Bojangles Studio for another edition of Dirty Air. After the weekend at Richmond, many are offering up their opinions on the latest short track showcase of the NextGen car, and Dale was ready to provide some insight: New steakhouse discourse  Fords looked strong at Richmond PJ1 vs. resin Dale responds to Denny Hamlin and Carson Hocevar To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

474 - Radically Changing Richmond

Dale Earnhardt Jr. joins co-host Mike Davis back in the Bojangles Studio for another edition of Dirty Air. After the weekend at Richmond, many are offering up their opinions on the latest short track showcase of the NextGen car, and Dale was ready to provide some insight: New steakhouse discourse  Fords looked strong at Richmond PJ1 vs. resin Dale responds to Denny Hamlin and Carson Hocevar To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:00:45

1 Aug 23

473 - It's Good To Be A NASCAR Fan Right Now

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back in the Bojangles Studio to join co-host Mike Davis and unpack all the action from NASCAR’s weekend in Pocono. After a controversial finish that has race fans split, there was plenty to discuss: Dale’s adventure reporting from the flag stand Austin Dillon vs. Tyler Reddick Denny Hamlin vs.Kyle Larson How good it is to be a NASCAR fan right now During the Ask Jr. segment of the show, listeners sent in questions about: NASCAR’s delayed caution at the end of the Cup race Apologies between drivers If you didn’t need sleep, how would you spend the extra time? To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

473 - It's Good To Be A NASCAR Fan Right Now

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back in the Bojangles Studio to join co-host Mike Davis and unpack all the action from NASCAR’s weekend in Pocono. After a controversial finish that has race fans split, there was plenty to discuss: Dale’s adventure reporting from the flag stand Austin Dillon vs. Tyler Reddick Denny Hamlin vs.Kyle Larson How good it is to be a NASCAR fan right now During the Ask Jr. segment of the show, listeners sent in questions about: NASCAR’s delayed caution at the end of the Cup race Apologies between drivers If you didn’t need sleep, how would you spend the extra time? To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:17:04

24 Jul 23

472. Donnie Allison: A Sport Worth Fighting For

The legendary Donnie Allison joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis in the Bojangles Studio to share never before told stories at the table. Donnie recounts the iconic 1979 Daytona 500, and the famous fight he was involved in from the race that put the sport on the map. Donnie details a diverse racing career that includes multiple starts in the Indianapolis 500, and reveals who he believes is the greatest race car driver to ever live. The group also discusses Allison's relationship with Cale Yarbrough after the '79 Daytona 500, a crash that altered the trajectory of his career, and a confrontation between Donnie and Dale Earnhardt that you don't want to miss. Dale Jr and Allison also discuss Donnie's nomination for the NASCAR Hall of Fame's pioneer ballot, and what it would mean for him to be voted in to the prestigious group. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

472. Donnie Allison: A Sport Worth Fighting For

The legendary Donnie Allison joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis in the Bojangles Studio to share never before told stories at the table. Donnie recounts the iconic 1979 Daytona 500, and the famous fight he was involved in from the race that put the sport on the map. Donnie details a diverse racing career that includes multiple starts in the Indianapolis 500, and reveals who he believes is the greatest race car driver to ever live. The group also discusses Allison's relationship with Cale Yarbrough after the '79 Daytona 500, a crash that altered the trajectory of his career, and a confrontation between Donnie and Dale Earnhardt that you don't want to miss. Dale Jr and Allison also discuss Donnie's nomination for the NASCAR Hall of Fame's pioneer ballot, and what it would mean for him to be voted in to the prestigious group. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:37:39

20 Jul 23

471. Bubble Wrapping The Cup Series

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back in the studio with co-host Mike Davis to break down NASCAR’s weekend in New Hampshire. As always, Dale had a lot to share from the broadcasting booth, and the guys chat about: Why not race in the rain? Five racing grooves at New Hampshire The short track package test has been postponed The developing Playoff points bubble situation During the Ask Jr. segment of the show, listeners sent in questions regarding: Larry the Lobster Dale’s trophy collection  Martin Truex Jr.’s 2024 plans To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

471. Bubble Wrapping The Cup Series

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back in the studio with co-host Mike Davis to break down NASCAR’s weekend in New Hampshire. As always, Dale had a lot to share from the broadcasting booth, and the guys chat about: Why not race in the rain? Five racing grooves at New Hampshire The short track package test has been postponed The developing Playoff points bubble situation During the Ask Jr. segment of the show, listeners sent in questions regarding: Larry the Lobster Dale’s trophy collection  Martin Truex Jr.’s 2024 plans To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

56:25

18 Jul 23

470 - Will Chase Elliott Make The Playoffs?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis are back again to wrap up another week of the Dale Jr. Download. After the exciting, Wednesday world premiere of Becoming Earnhardt, the guys reflect on the first episode and what it was like putting that series together. They also react to the big news that Busch Beer will be joining Ross Chastain and Trackhouse for the 2024 NASCAR season. Now that we’re past the halfway point of the NASCAR season, it’s time to start looking at the “bubble battle” and the guys speculate who may “points in” as well as who will make the final four. Finally, no Thursday episode would be complete without a new game (Guess the Year) and a report from the Short Track Insider. During the Ask Jr. segment, listeners sent in questions regarding: Do Isla and Nicole realize Dale Jr.’s voice is in Cars? What is the origin of racing under number 88? What fan tattoo stands out the most? NBC pre-race show grid walk and other ideas To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

470 - Will Chase Elliott Make The Playoffs?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis are back again to wrap up another week of the Dale Jr. Download. After the exciting, Wednesday world premiere of Becoming Earnhardt, the guys reflect on the first episode and what it was like putting that series together. They also react to the big news that Busch Beer will be joining Ross Chastain and Trackhouse for the 2024 NASCAR season. Now that we’re past the halfway point of the NASCAR season, it’s time to start looking at the “bubble battle” and the guys speculate who may “points in” as well as who will make the final four. Finally, no Thursday episode would be complete without a new game (Guess the Year) and a report from the Short Track Insider. During the Ask Jr. segment, listeners sent in questions regarding: Do Isla and Nicole realize Dale Jr.’s voice is in Cars? What is the origin of racing under number 88? What fan tattoo stands out the most? NBC pre-race show grid walk and other ideas To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:12:02

13 Jul 23

469 - Atlanta, Hottest Ticket on the Schedule?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back after NASCAR’s exciting weekend in Atlanta to join co-host Mike Davis and debrief the weekend. As always, there was plenty of homelife updates and racing action to unpack: Becoming Earnahrdt is upon us Potty Training round two Consequences of drinking a whole bottle of wine Atlanta is back To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

469 - Atlanta, Hottest Ticket on the Schedule?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back after NASCAR’s exciting weekend in Atlanta to join co-host Mike Davis and debrief the weekend. As always, there was plenty of homelife updates and racing action to unpack: Becoming Earnahrdt is upon us Potty Training round two Consequences of drinking a whole bottle of wine Atlanta is back To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:16:14

11 Jul 23

468 - Chicago was MASSIVE

Dale Earnhardt Jr. called in from vacation to join co-host Mike Davis, and he brought his fellow vacationer TJ Majors along with him. After the historic NASCAR weekend in Chicago, everyone felt the need to unwind and process all of the monumental events: Dale’s Bluey “controversy”  Dale and TJ’s beach house excursion  The magnitude of the Chicago Street Race event Shane Van Gisbergen’s skill level and victory  During the Ask Jr. segment of the show, listeners sent in questions regarding: Kip Childress’ new position at the CARS Tour Dale and TJ fighting on the radio How many steps did the guys log during the Chicago weekend? Did Dale get a Chicago dog or any deep-dish pizza?  Using track walks to help scout new tracks To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

468 - Chicago was MASSIVE

Dale Earnhardt Jr. called in from vacation to join co-host Mike Davis, and he brought his fellow vacationer TJ Majors along with him. After the historic NASCAR weekend in Chicago, everyone felt the need to unwind and process all of the monumental events: Dale’s Bluey “controversy”  Dale and TJ’s beach house excursion  The magnitude of the Chicago Street Race event Shane Van Gisbergen’s skill level and victory  During the Ask Jr. segment of the show, listeners sent in questions regarding: Kip Childress’ new position at the CARS Tour Dale and TJ fighting on the radio How many steps did the guys log during the Chicago weekend? Did Dale get a Chicago dog or any deep-dish pizza?  Using track walks to help scout new tracks To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:32:29

5 Jul 23

467 - Matt Kenseth - Mr. Consistency

The Class of 2000 reunites as NASCAR Hall of Famer Matt Kenseth joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis in the Bojangles Studio. Matt catches everyone up on what he’s been doing since retiring from full-time racing and reflects on whether he misses the week-to-week grind of being a NASCAR Cup racer. Matt also touches on his 2020 return to Ganassi Racing during COVID, and his experience and future plans with SRX. Dale and Matt had a lot to catch up on, and wound back the hands of time to when they first met coming through the NASCAR Xfinity ranks. Dale explains the impact that Matt’s first Xfinity at Rockingham in 1998 had on his perception in the NASCAR garage, and how it made him regarded as a legitimate contender in the rising class of drivers. The two old friends discuss the strange sensation of being happy for each other over the years, all while being partially jealous of one another’s success and how it motivated them to be better behind the wheel. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

467 - Matt Kenseth - Mr. Consistency

The Class of 2000 reunites as NASCAR Hall of Famer Matt Kenseth joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis in the Bojangles Studio. Matt catches everyone up on what he’s been doing since retiring from full-time racing and reflects on whether he misses the week-to-week grind of being a NASCAR Cup racer. Matt also touches on his 2020 return to Ganassi Racing during COVID, and his experience and future plans with SRX. Dale and Matt had a lot to catch up on, and wound back the hands of time to when they first met coming through the NASCAR Xfinity ranks. Dale explains the impact that Matt’s first Xfinity at Rockingham in 1998 had on his perception in the NASCAR garage, and how it made him regarded as a legitimate contender in the rising class of drivers. The two old friends discuss the strange sensation of being happy for each other over the years, all while being partially jealous of one another’s success and how it motivated them to be better behind the wheel. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:26:26

4 Jul 23

466 - Business of Motorsports Part IV - Sam Flood

Class is back in session as Kelley Earnhardt Miller joins co-host Mike Davis for another edition of Business of Motorsports, this time with the President of NBC Sports Sam Flood. After tackling team ownership, race promotion, and the souvenir industry, Kelley and Mike were eager to learn more about the world of television broadcasting and media rights. Sam explains how an unexpected sports injury in college led to him filling in as a commentator, which opened his eyes to a career path in broadcasting. After spending time at ABC Sports, he found his way to NBC covering the 1988 Seoul Olympics as a researcher and has worked for the network ever since.  Sam goes into what he looks for as an executive producer working on the content side of some of the biggest sports broadcasts in television. They also discuss the rise of digital streaming and how cable television has had to adapt and will continue to transform. Finally, he breaks down his philosophy for broadcasting a race and what his days at the racetrack look like. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

466 - Business of Motorsports Part IV - Sam Flood

Class is back in session as Kelley Earnhardt Miller joins co-host Mike Davis for another edition of Business of Motorsports, this time with the President of NBC Sports Sam Flood. After tackling team ownership, race promotion, and the souvenir industry, Kelley and Mike were eager to learn more about the world of television broadcasting and media rights. Sam explains how an unexpected sports injury in college led to him filling in as a commentator, which opened his eyes to a career path in broadcasting. After spending time at ABC Sports, he found his way to NBC covering the 1988 Seoul Olympics as a researcher and has worked for the network ever since.  Sam goes into what he looks for as an executive producer working on the content side of some of the biggest sports broadcasts in television. They also discuss the rise of digital streaming and how cable television has had to adapt and will continue to transform. Finally, he breaks down his philosophy for broadcasting a race and what his days at the racetrack look like. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:42:25

27 Jun 23

465 - Josh Berry Reaction & 1st Half Accolades

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis wrap up the week as they react to their Wednesday interview with Josh Berry. The guys reflect on how much they’ve enjoyed documenting Josh’s career progression over the years through his appearances on the Download, and Dale explains that he wishes he would have touched on what Josh’s promotion to the NASCAR Cup Series means for late model racing. It’s also time to give out mid-season accolades for the Cup Series and make some new final four predictions. Plus, no Thursday show would be complete without hearing from the Short Track Insider! To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

465 - Josh Berry Reaction & 1st Half Accolades

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis wrap up the week as they react to their Wednesday interview with Josh Berry. The guys reflect on how much they’ve enjoyed documenting Josh’s career progression over the years through his appearances on the Download, and Dale explains that he wishes he would have touched on what Josh’s promotion to the NASCAR Cup Series means for late model racing. It’s also time to give out mid-season accolades for the Cup Series and make some new final four predictions. Plus, no Thursday show would be complete without hearing from the Short Track Insider! To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

34:30

22 Jun 23

464 - Josh Berry - Marching 4Ward

On the biggest day of his racing career, Josh Berry joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis to share the news that he’ll be replacing Kevin Harvick in the Stewart-Haas Racing number 4 next year. Josh has been a frequent guest on the Dale Jr. Download throughout the years and could think of no better way to celebrate this major milestone than to sit down and reflect on his time spent at JR Motorsports. The interview covers how the deal to go Cup racing came together, and how Josh’s time spent filling in at Hendrick Motorsports earlier this year served as almost an audition in the decision-making. Dale inquires about how Josh was able to juggle so much at the same time this year, between racing full-time in the Xfinity Series, filling in for Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman, and working on putting together his 2024 Cup plans. Dale and Josh discuss the prospect of being a career late model racer and how his success at the short track level eventually led to the opportunity to run 12 races for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series. They also recognize that Josh’s first career Xfinity win at Martinsville helped change the perception of him as a driver and paved the way to his eventual Cup series opportunity. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

464 - Josh Berry - Marching 4Ward

On the biggest day of his racing career, Josh Berry joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis to share the news that he’ll be replacing Kevin Harvick in the Stewart-Haas Racing number 4 next year. Josh has been a frequent guest on the Dale Jr. Download throughout the years and could think of no better way to celebrate this major milestone than to sit down and reflect on his time spent at JR Motorsports. The interview covers how the deal to go Cup racing came together, and how Josh’s time spent filling in at Hendrick Motorsports earlier this year served as almost an audition in the decision-making. Dale inquires about how Josh was able to juggle so much at the same time this year, between racing full-time in the Xfinity Series, filling in for Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman, and working on putting together his 2024 Cup plans. Dale and Josh discuss the prospect of being a career late model racer and how his success at the short track level eventually led to the opportunity to run 12 races for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series. They also recognize that Josh’s first career Xfinity win at Martinsville helped change the perception of him as a driver and paved the way to his eventual Cup series opportunity. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:00:13

21 Jun 23

463 - Beers on the Beach

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis are back from their Father’s Day festivities to compare their experiences from the weekend: Another weekend at the beach Beer smuggling technique Trying new experiences vs. a peaceful day at home The CARS Tour race at Dominion  During the Ask Jr. segment of the episode, listeners wrote in questions regarding: Dale evolving as a broadcaster since his debut Favorite country music artist What type of music Dale Sr. enjoyed Bucket list vacation spot To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

463 - Beers on the Beach

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis are back from their Father’s Day festivities to compare their experiences from the weekend: Another weekend at the beach Beer smuggling technique Trying new experiences vs. a peaceful day at home The CARS Tour race at Dominion  During the Ask Jr. segment of the episode, listeners wrote in questions regarding: Dale evolving as a broadcaster since his debut Favorite country music artist What type of music Dale Sr. enjoyed Bucket list vacation spot To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:09:17

20 Jun 23

462 - Richie Gilmore (Part 2) - The DEI Days

In the dramatic conclusion of their conversation, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis talk to longtime NASCAR engine builder Richie Gilmore about his time at Dale Earnhardt Inc. Richie recounts the time at Talladega when he was approached by Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Ty Norris about coming to work at DEI, heading up the engine program for Dale Jr.’s imminent Cup debut. Once there though, Richie realized the grass is always greener on the other side, and work environment and disorganization almost sent him packing back to Hendrick Motorsports. It was then that he had an unforgettable meeting with Dale Sr. that would solidify his place at the organization for years to come. Dale Jr. and Richie have a vulnerable exchange about the fallout at DEI and the responsibility they felt for the way things unfolded. Richie talked about the transition from running the engine shop to running the team’s day-to-day operation when he was promoted to Vice President of Competition after Norris’ departure. Richie also gives listeners some insight into the 2020 merging of Richard Childress Racing and HMS’ engine-building efforts and the effect it has had on Chevrolet’s NASCAR efforts. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

462 - Richie Gilmore (Part 2) - The DEI Days

In the dramatic conclusion of their conversation, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis talk to longtime NASCAR engine builder Richie Gilmore about his time at Dale Earnhardt Inc. Richie recounts the time at Talladega when he was approached by Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Ty Norris about coming to work at DEI, heading up the engine program for Dale Jr.’s imminent Cup debut. Once there though, Richie realized the grass is always greener on the other side, and work environment and disorganization almost sent him packing back to Hendrick Motorsports. It was then that he had an unforgettable meeting with Dale Sr. that would solidify his place at the organization for years to come. Dale Jr. and Richie have a vulnerable exchange about the fallout at DEI and the responsibility they felt for the way things unfolded. Richie talked about the transition from running the engine shop to running the team’s day-to-day operation when he was promoted to Vice President of Competition after Norris’ departure. Richie also gives listeners some insight into the 2020 merging of Richard Childress Racing and HMS’ engine-building efforts and the effect it has had on Chevrolet’s NASCAR efforts. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:27:31

15 Jun 23

461 - Richie Gilmore (Part 1) - The Best Leaders Are Born Leaders

Dale Earnhardt Jr. reunites with a major figure from his career as he and co-host Mike Davis sit down with former Dale Earnhardt Inc. engine builder Richie Gilmore. After getting his start working on his uncle Jim Landry’s supermodifieds in the New Hampshire short track scene, Richie found his way into the NASCAR Busch North Series garage, and eventually gravitated to North Carolina, It was there he found a position working for Bob Whitcomb Racing, and in 1990 with Derrike Cope behind the wheel, the small but mighty outfit scored an upset victory in the Daytona 500. The interview gives an in-depth look at that 1990 Daytona victory and how the Whitcomb team miraculously completed the entirety of Speedweeks with the same power plant, which Richie helped assemble with his mentor Keith Dorton. Richie also speaks on his time working with Keith’s brother Randy Dorton at Hendrick Motorsports, and how he spearheaded HMS’s engine leasing program to Joe Gibbs Racing, which resulted in Dale Jarrett’s 1993 Daytona 500 triumph. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

461 - Richie Gilmore (Part 1) - The Best Leaders Are Born Leaders

Dale Earnhardt Jr. reunites with a major figure from his career as he and co-host Mike Davis sit down with former Dale Earnhardt Inc. engine builder Richie Gilmore. After getting his start working on his uncle Jim Landry’s supermodifieds in the New Hampshire short track scene, Richie found his way into the NASCAR Busch North Series garage, and eventually gravitated to North Carolina, It was there he found a position working for Bob Whitcomb Racing, and in 1990 with Derrike Cope behind the wheel, the small but mighty outfit scored an upset victory in the Daytona 500. The interview gives an in-depth look at that 1990 Daytona victory and how the Whitcomb team miraculously completed the entirety of Speedweeks with the same power plant, which Richie helped assemble with his mentor Keith Dorton. Richie also speaks on his time working with Keith’s brother Randy Dorton at Hendrick Motorsports, and how he spearheaded HMS’s engine leasing program to Joe Gibbs Racing, which resulted in Dale Jarrett’s 1993 Daytona 500 triumph. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:12:39

14 Jun 23

460 - Cabo, Sonoma, Le Mans, & Nashville

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back from vacation to join co-host Mike Davis and chat about life, Sonoma, and endurance racing: Dale’s family vacation in Cabo Beach Yoga No stage breaks in Sonoma Would an endurance race work for NASCAR? During the Ask Jr. segment of the broadcast, listeners sent in questions regarding: Dale’s weekly preparation for NASCAR on NBC broadcasts What happens when drivers go to the infield care center Where to go when visiting Nashville for the first time Favorite piece of Dale Jr. merchandise To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

460 - Cabo, Sonoma, Le Mans, & Nashville

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back from vacation to join co-host Mike Davis and chat about life, Sonoma, and endurance racing: Dale’s family vacation in Cabo Beach Yoga No stage breaks in Sonoma Would an endurance race work for NASCAR? During the Ask Jr. segment of the broadcast, listeners sent in questions regarding: Dale’s weekly preparation for NASCAR on NBC broadcasts What happens when drivers go to the infield care center Where to go when visiting Nashville for the first time Favorite piece of Dale Jr. merchandise To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:19:30

13 Jun 23

459 - Dale Jr.'s Impact on the NASCAR Souvenir Business - The Business of Motorsports Part IIII

As Kelley Earnhardt Miller’s conversation with Joe Mattes continues, she and co-host Mike Davis ask him about his time spent between Earnhardt-related companies, where he ended up working for the NASCAR.com superstore. When the time came for Dale Jr. to leave Dale Earnhardt Inc. in 2007, Kelley knew she wanted to work with Joe on setting up the branding and marketing for the new endeavor. Joe highlights how he came to work at JR Motorsports and the planning that went behind the announcement of Dale Jr.’s departure from DEI. The conversation covers what was considered one of the best-kept secrets in NASCAR history, as many merchandise vendors were involved but the news of Dale Jr.’s team switch somehow remained sealed. The 2007 announcement and merchandise campaign would go on to be one of the biggest retail successes in auto racing history, and ultimately it was carried out by a handful of people. The interview also gives insight into some of the most memorable Earnhardt-related merchandising and how it all came to be. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

459 - Dale Jr.'s Impact on the NASCAR Souvenir Business - The Business of Motorsports Part IIII

As Kelley Earnhardt Miller’s conversation with Joe Mattes continues, she and co-host Mike Davis ask him about his time spent between Earnhardt-related companies, where he ended up working for the NASCAR.com superstore. When the time came for Dale Jr. to leave Dale Earnhardt Inc. in 2007, Kelley knew she wanted to work with Joe on setting up the branding and marketing for the new endeavor. Joe highlights how he came to work at JR Motorsports and the planning that went behind the announcement of Dale Jr.’s departure from DEI. The conversation covers what was considered one of the best-kept secrets in NASCAR history, as many merchandise vendors were involved but the news of Dale Jr.’s team switch somehow remained sealed. The 2007 announcement and merchandise campaign would go on to be one of the biggest retail successes in auto racing history, and ultimately it was carried out by a handful of people. The interview also gives insight into some of the most memorable Earnhardt-related merchandising and how it all came to be. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:31:37

7 Jun 23

458 - Dale Earnhardt and the Rise of the NASCAR Souvenir Business - The Business of Motorsports Part III

Kelley Earnhardt Miller is back for another installment of the Business of Motorsports as she and co-host Mike Davis sit down with JR Motorsports’ Senior Vice President of Business and Strategy Joe Mattes. After spending years in the banking and garment industries, Mattes was connected with Dale Earnhardt Sr. through Don Hawk. Before Joe knew it, he was moving into Dale Sr.’s lake house and taking over a racing empire. Joe fills listeners in on how he and the Earnhardt team created some of the most iconic racing souvenirs of all time, including the Winston 25th Anniversary and the 1996 Olympics diecasts. He also explained the importance of not only working with large distributors and outlets but also directly with smaller vendors and collectors. The episode explains Joe’s departure from Dale Sr.'s enterprise and his early involvement with e-commerce through NASCAR.com. In part two, Joe details his journey back into the Earnhardt inner circle, this time through Dale Jr. and JR Motorsports. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

458 - Dale Earnhardt and the Rise of the NASCAR Souvenir Business - The Business of Motorsports Part III

Kelley Earnhardt Miller is back for another installment of the Business of Motorsports as she and co-host Mike Davis sit down with JR Motorsports’ Senior Vice President of Business and Strategy Joe Mattes. After spending years in the banking and garment industries, Mattes was connected with Dale Earnhardt Sr. through Don Hawk. Before Joe knew it, he was moving into Dale Sr.’s lake house and taking over a racing empire. Joe fills listeners in on how he and the Earnhardt team created some of the most iconic racing souvenirs of all time, including the Winston 25th Anniversary and the 1996 Olympics diecasts. He also explained the importance of not only working with large distributors and outlets but also directly with smaller vendors and collectors. The episode explains Joe’s departure from Dale Sr.'s enterprise and his early involvement with e-commerce through NASCAR.com. In part two, Joe details his journey back into the Earnhardt inner circle, this time through Dale Jr. and JR Motorsports. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:37:28

6 Jun 23

457 - It's Nothing Until It's Something

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis are joined by JR Motorsports driver Justin Allgaier to discuss his weekend victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. They also chat about the adversity the team has faced this year and what has kept them from winning races. Dale fills Mike in on a book he recently read and tells the story of his first tick bite. We also hear from the Short Track Insider and our Man on the Street reporting from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

457 - It's Nothing Until It's Something

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis are joined by JR Motorsports driver Justin Allgaier to discuss his weekend victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. They also chat about the adversity the team has faced this year and what has kept them from winning races. Dale fills Mike in on a book he recently read and tells the story of his first tick bite. We also hear from the Short Track Insider and our Man on the Street reporting from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:01:31

1 Jun 23

456 - Ryan Blaney - The Drought is Finally Over

2023 Coca-Cola 600 winner Ryan Blaney joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mike Davis fresh out of victory lane to discuss how he celebrated and what the win meant to him. Dale and Mike ask Ryan to weigh in on the Chase Elliott/Denny Hamlin incident and what he saw during the race. They also discuss Ryan’s time in the broadcast booth and how it makes him view driver feuds and conflict differently. The guys look ahead to this coming NASCAR weekend in St. Louis at Gateway International Raceway and Ryan gives his opinion of the new NextGen short-track package. They also reflect on the race at North Wilkesboro and how Ryan liked returning to the famed oval after its nearly 30-year absence from the NASCAR Cup schedule. Ryan’s victory at the Coke 600 was special because it snapped a 59-race losing streak, and he fills listeners in on what kept him motivated during the tough time period in his Cup career. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

456 - Ryan Blaney - The Drought is Finally Over

2023 Coca-Cola 600 winner Ryan Blaney joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mike Davis fresh out of victory lane to discuss how he celebrated and what the win meant to him. Dale and Mike ask Ryan to weigh in on the Chase Elliott/Denny Hamlin incident and what he saw during the race. They also discuss Ryan’s time in the broadcast booth and how it makes him view driver feuds and conflict differently. The guys look ahead to this coming NASCAR weekend in St. Louis at Gateway International Raceway and Ryan gives his opinion of the new NextGen short-track package. They also reflect on the race at North Wilkesboro and how Ryan liked returning to the famed oval after its nearly 30-year absence from the NASCAR Cup schedule. Ryan’s victory at the Coke 600 was special because it snapped a 59-race losing streak, and he fills listeners in on what kept him motivated during the tough time period in his Cup career. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:17:45

31 May 23

455 - The World 600, Best Race of the Year?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. joins co-host Mike Davis after the greatest weekend in racing to recap all the action and speculate on what news may come out this week from NASCAR: Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin’s on-track incident  How will NASCAR govern this situation? Emotional win for Blaney Dale’s time with NBC for the Indianapolis 500 broadcast During the Ask Jr. segment of the episode, listeners wrote in questions regarding: Drivers celebrating in the grandstand Watching old races with friends Preparing for NBC’s return to NASCAR broadcasting Restoration project updates To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

455 - The World 600, Best Race of the Year?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. joins co-host Mike Davis after the greatest weekend in racing to recap all the action and speculate on what news may come out this week from NASCAR: Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin’s on-track incident  How will NASCAR govern this situation? Emotional win for Blaney Dale’s time with NBC for the Indianapolis 500 broadcast During the Ask Jr. segment of the episode, listeners wrote in questions regarding: Drivers celebrating in the grandstand Watching old races with friends Preparing for NBC’s return to NASCAR broadcasting Restoration project updates To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:15:38

30 May 23

454 - We've Got Some New Hardware for the Studio

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis are back once again to wrap up the Dale Jr. Download week. The guys react to their stunning interview with Slugger Labbe which answered a lot of questions about the Dale Earnhardt Inc. days, and provided some closure to the turmoil the team experienced in 2005. Also, we hear from the Short Track Insider and play another round of Guess the Driver. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

454 - We've Got Some New Hardware for the Studio

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis are back once again to wrap up the Dale Jr. Download week. The guys react to their stunning interview with Slugger Labbe which answered a lot of questions about the Dale Earnhardt Inc. days, and provided some closure to the turmoil the team experienced in 2005. Also, we hear from the Short Track Insider and play another round of Guess the Driver. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

40:01

25 May 23

453 - Slugger Labbe - The DEI Days, Yates' Go-To, & A Broken Toolbox

Dale Earnhardt Jr. digs up a part of his past when he and co-host Mike Davis sit down with longtime NASCAR Crew Chief Slugger Labbe. After growing up in Maine and getting his start in the Busch North Tour ranks, Slugger hitched a ride to North Carolina with the racing Houston family and started his path on what would become a long career in the NASCAR garage. Over the years, Slugger worked for many powerhouse organizations such as Hendrick Motorsports, Yates Racing, and Richard Childress Racing. Slugger got his footing in the North Carolina NASCAR scene by working for teams in the Busch Grand National Ranks, under drivers Tommy Houston, Jeff Green, and Terry Labonte. He soon got a phone call offering him a job at Hendrick to work as a tire specialist. A few years later he got his first crack at being a crew chief through the Yates organization, calling the shots for Kenny Irwin Jr. A major topic of discussion was Slugger’s second stint at Dale Earnhardt Incorporated, where he served as Michael Waltrip’s Crew Chief starting in the middle of the 2001 season. Slugger provides a lot of never before heard stories about the famed organization and he and Dale are able to provide some closure on some of the tumultuous events that took place during that time. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

453 - Slugger Labbe - The DEI Days, Yates' Go-To, & A Broken Toolbox

Dale Earnhardt Jr. digs up a part of his past when he and co-host Mike Davis sit down with longtime NASCAR Crew Chief Slugger Labbe. After growing up in Maine and getting his start in the Busch North Tour ranks, Slugger hitched a ride to North Carolina with the racing Houston family and started his path on what would become a long career in the NASCAR garage. Over the years, Slugger worked for many powerhouse organizations such as Hendrick Motorsports, Yates Racing, and Richard Childress Racing. Slugger got his footing in the North Carolina NASCAR scene by working for teams in the Busch Grand National Ranks, under drivers Tommy Houston, Jeff Green, and Terry Labonte. He soon got a phone call offering him a job at Hendrick to work as a tire specialist. A few years later he got his first crack at being a crew chief through the Yates organization, calling the shots for Kenny Irwin Jr. A major topic of discussion was Slugger’s second stint at Dale Earnhardt Incorporated, where he served as Michael Waltrip’s Crew Chief starting in the middle of the 2001 season. Slugger provides a lot of never before heard stories about the famed organization and he and Dale are able to provide some closure on some of the tumultuous events that took place during that time. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:57:12

24 May 23

452 - Short Tracks, We Need to Fix This

After NASCAR’s triumphant return to North Wilkesboro Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis are back in the Bojangles Studio to recap the weekend. Why the weekend was very much a success, the NextGen car’s short track package problems once again were on display and provided much to discuss: The new format was designed to showcase the track Rain tire experiment during the heat races How do we fix the short-track package? The future of stock car racing at short tracks is in jeopardy During the Ask Jr. portion of the episode, listeners sent in questions regarding:  Dale’s most sought-after throwback t-shirt Weird Christmas gifts NASCAR having elimination qualifying like the Indianapolis 500 Will the return of North Wilkesboro spark other lost speedway revivals? To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

452 - Short Tracks, We Need to Fix This

After NASCAR’s triumphant return to North Wilkesboro Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis are back in the Bojangles Studio to recap the weekend. Why the weekend was very much a success, the NextGen car’s short track package problems once again were on display and provided much to discuss: The new format was designed to showcase the track Rain tire experiment during the heat races How do we fix the short-track package? The future of stock car racing at short tracks is in jeopardy During the Ask Jr. portion of the episode, listeners sent in questions regarding:  Dale’s most sought-after throwback t-shirt Weird Christmas gifts NASCAR having elimination qualifying like the Indianapolis 500 Will the return of North Wilkesboro spark other lost speedway revivals? To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:07:34

23 May 23

451 - Recapping The CARS Tour Race at North Wilkesboro

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is fresh out of the driver’s seat after competing in the CARS Tour late model stock car event at North Wilkesboro to join his co-host Mike Davis in the Bojangles Studio. Dale recounts his experience in the race and how an on-track traffic jam led to his car being damaged, altering the rest of his race execution. Dale and Mike also discuss the impressive talent in the CARS Tour ranks and preview the upcoming NASCAR All-Star weekend. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

451 - Recapping The CARS Tour Race at North Wilkesboro

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is fresh out of the driver’s seat after competing in the CARS Tour late model stock car event at North Wilkesboro to join his co-host Mike Davis in the Bojangles Studio. Dale recounts his experience in the race and how an on-track traffic jam led to his car being damaged, altering the rest of his race execution. Dale and Mike also discuss the impressive talent in the CARS Tour ranks and preview the upcoming NASCAR All-Star weekend. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

59:58

18 May 23

450 - Welcome to North Wilkesboro w/ Josh Berry

Josh Berry joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mike Davis live from Dale's bus to talk about this week's upcoming CARS Tour race at North Wilkesboro Speedway with Dale Jr. behind the wheel of the No. 3 Sun Drop car. Dale, Josh, and Mike recap Tuesday's practice session, a flashback to last year's CARS Tour race where Crew Chief Josh helped Dale Jr. finish Top 3, and the challenges some Cup Series regulars might face in this race. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

450 - Welcome to North Wilkesboro w/ Josh Berry

Josh Berry joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mike Davis live from Dale's bus to talk about this week's upcoming CARS Tour race at North Wilkesboro Speedway with Dale Jr. behind the wheel of the No. 3 Sun Drop car. Dale, Josh, and Mike recap Tuesday's practice session, a flashback to last year's CARS Tour race where Crew Chief Josh helped Dale Jr. finish Top 3, and the challenges some Cup Series regulars might face in this race. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

56:46

17 May 23

449 - Recapping Darlington & Previewing North Wilkesboro

It’s North Wilkesboro week, and before hopping behind the wheel of the JR Motorsports Sun Drop #3 Late Model Stock Car, Dale Earnhardt Jr. joins his co-host Mike Davis in Bojangles Studio for some Dirty Air. Dale is fresh from his trip to Darlington, where he was honored as one of NASCAR’s 75 Greatest Drivers. Dale and Mike discuss: Interactions with Geoff Bodine Carl Edwards’ unexpected reception  Kevin Harvick’s hot take on drivers fighting Ross Chastain and Kyle Larson’s Darlington dust-up During the Ask Jr. segment brought to you by Xfinity 10G, listeners sent in questions regarding: What video games Dale plays Which events at North Wilkesboro Dale is most excited for If Dale could ask him pets and animals one question, what would it be? Least favorite household chores To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

449 - Recapping Darlington & Previewing North Wilkesboro

It’s North Wilkesboro week, and before hopping behind the wheel of the JR Motorsports Sun Drop #3 Late Model Stock Car, Dale Earnhardt Jr. joins his co-host Mike Davis in Bojangles Studio for some Dirty Air. Dale is fresh from his trip to Darlington, where he was honored as one of NASCAR’s 75 Greatest Drivers. Dale and Mike discuss: Interactions with Geoff Bodine Carl Edwards’ unexpected reception  Kevin Harvick’s hot take on drivers fighting Ross Chastain and Kyle Larson’s Darlington dust-up During the Ask Jr. segment brought to you by Xfinity 10G, listeners sent in questions regarding: What video games Dale plays Which events at North Wilkesboro Dale is most excited for If Dale could ask him pets and animals one question, what would it be? Least favorite household chores To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:20:55

16 May 23

448 - Coffee in the Morning

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis reunite to close out the Dale Jr. Download week by discussing how their picks in the Denny Hamlin Bracket Challenge are faring after the first round at Kansas, watching some Macho Man Randy Savage clips and playing a couple of rounds of “Guess the Driver” and “Stump the Download” To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

448 - Coffee in the Morning

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis reunite to close out the Dale Jr. Download week by discussing how their picks in the Denny Hamlin Bracket Challenge are faring after the first round at Kansas, watching some Macho Man Randy Savage clips and playing a couple of rounds of “Guess the Driver” and “Stump the Download” To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

40:17

11 May 23

447 - Robbie Reiser - I Earned My Way Everyday

Dale Earnhardt Jr. reconnects with one of his fiercest rivals from his NASCAR Xfinity Series days, former crew chief Robbie Reiser. During Dale’s 1998 and ‘99 Xfinity Championship season runs, his main competition was fellow up-and-comer Matt Kenseth, for whom Reiser was calling the shots. Dale and co-host Mike Davis chat with Robbie about his family’s history in racing the short tracks of Wisconsin, where his father John was a champion dirt late model driver. Robbie recounts a hilarious story of how he came to be behind the wheel, thanks in part to wrecking his sister’s Ford Pinto in a street race with a friend.  After quickly rising through the local ranks in Southern Wisconsin, Robbie and his father John took the plunge into the world of NASCAR, moving their operation to Denver, North Carolina. After nearly losing everything due to a lack of funding, a series of events led to Robbie putting his former rival from home, Matt Kenseth, behind the wheel. They immediately found harmony and became contenders in the Xfinity Series, where they impressed the likes of Mark Martin and Jack Roush. Before long, the Reiser operation was absorbed by Roush Racing, and they took on the superstars of NASCAR Cup, where they would win a championship in 2003. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

447 - Robbie Reiser - I Earned My Way Everyday

Dale Earnhardt Jr. reconnects with one of his fiercest rivals from his NASCAR Xfinity Series days, former crew chief Robbie Reiser. During Dale’s 1998 and ‘99 Xfinity Championship season runs, his main competition was fellow up-and-comer Matt Kenseth, for whom Reiser was calling the shots. Dale and co-host Mike Davis chat with Robbie about his family’s history in racing the short tracks of Wisconsin, where his father John was a champion dirt late model driver. Robbie recounts a hilarious story of how he came to be behind the wheel, thanks in part to wrecking his sister’s Ford Pinto in a street race with a friend.  After quickly rising through the local ranks in Southern Wisconsin, Robbie and his father John took the plunge into the world of NASCAR, moving their operation to Denver, North Carolina. After nearly losing everything due to a lack of funding, a series of events led to Robbie putting his former rival from home, Matt Kenseth, behind the wheel. They immediately found harmony and became contenders in the Xfinity Series, where they impressed the likes of Mark Martin and Jack Roush. Before long, the Reiser operation was absorbed by Roush Racing, and they took on the superstars of NASCAR Cup, where they would win a championship in 2003. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

02:06:16

10 May 23

446 - Short Jabs & Directions to Earth

Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns from his broadcasting stint at the Kentucky Derby to reunite with co-host Mike Davis for another episode of Dale Jr. Download. The fans have spoken, and they love what they saw at Kansas Speedway over the weekend from the superstars of NASCAR. Dale and Mike discuss the action and more: Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson’s last-lap battle Noah Gragson and Ross Chastain’s pit road punch NASCAR’s next potential superstar Dale reports on his Kentucky Derby experience During the Ask Jr. segment, listeners sent in questions regarding: Balancing out-of-the-car obligations on race day What Dale would do if he didn’t get into racing Dale’s favorite, lesser-known music artists Dale’s love for sushi To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

446 - Short Jabs & Directions to Earth

Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns from his broadcasting stint at the Kentucky Derby to reunite with co-host Mike Davis for another episode of Dale Jr. Download. The fans have spoken, and they love what they saw at Kansas Speedway over the weekend from the superstars of NASCAR. Dale and Mike discuss the action and more: Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson’s last-lap battle Noah Gragson and Ross Chastain’s pit road punch NASCAR’s next potential superstar Dale reports on his Kentucky Derby experience During the Ask Jr. segment, listeners sent in questions regarding: Balancing out-of-the-car obligations on race day What Dale would do if he didn’t get into racing Dale’s favorite, lesser-known music artists Dale’s love for sushi To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:29:06

9 May 23

445 - Please Take My Tumblers

It’s time to wrap up the Dale Jr. Download week as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis reconvene to react to their interview with Bill Davis, discuss the rules of the Denny Hamlin Bracket Challenge, play another round of games, and recap the Truex brothers’ sweep during NASCAR’s weekend at the Monster Mile. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

445 - Please Take My Tumblers

It’s time to wrap up the Dale Jr. Download week as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis reconvene to react to their interview with Bill Davis, discuss the rules of the Denny Hamlin Bracket Challenge, play another round of games, and recap the Truex brothers’ sweep during NASCAR’s weekend at the Monster Mile. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:00:34

4 May 23

444 - Bill Davis - An Eye For Talent

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis sit down with the man behind the famed #22 Caterpillar NASCAR Cup ride, Bill Davis. After helping Mark Martin as he came through the American Speed Association ranks, Bill went on to form a long-running race team that fielded cars in all of NASCAR’s top-three divisions. On the back of his successful Arkansas-based trucking company, Bill first entered the Xfinity Series ranks on a limited basis with Martin behind the wheel. Their quick success proved he had what it took as an owner, and despite Martin having to focus on his Cup racing endeavors, he convinced Bill to move to North Carolina and pursue a full-time chauffeur. Bill explains that the driver he sought out came in the form of Jeff Gordon, who was making the transition from the sprint car world as a promising prospect. He also gives insight to how Gordon’s 1993 departure from the team led to a young Bobby Labonte inquiring about the ride, and how he came to end up fielding the well-known #22 Maxwell House car that was forever associated with Junior Johnson. Download listeners will get a master course in what it is to own a large-scale operation in NASCAR, as Bill details the ebb and flow of his organization and why it came to an end after the 2008 season To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

444 - Bill Davis - An Eye For Talent

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis sit down with the man behind the famed #22 Caterpillar NASCAR Cup ride, Bill Davis. After helping Mark Martin as he came through the American Speed Association ranks, Bill went on to form a long-running race team that fielded cars in all of NASCAR’s top-three divisions. On the back of his successful Arkansas-based trucking company, Bill first entered the Xfinity Series ranks on a limited basis with Martin behind the wheel. Their quick success proved he had what it took as an owner, and despite Martin having to focus on his Cup racing endeavors, he convinced Bill to move to North Carolina and pursue a full-time chauffeur. Bill explains that the driver he sought out came in the form of Jeff Gordon, who was making the transition from the sprint car world as a promising prospect. He also gives insight to how Gordon’s 1993 departure from the team led to a young Bobby Labonte inquiring about the ride, and how he came to end up fielding the well-known #22 Maxwell House car that was forever associated with Junior Johnson. Download listeners will get a master course in what it is to own a large-scale operation in NASCAR, as Bill details the ebb and flow of his organization and why it came to an end after the 2008 season To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:28:45

3 May 23

443 - Sorry Not Sorry

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis are back in the Bojangles Studio to kick off another week of the Dale Jr. Download. The guys had a wide variety of topics to catch up on and discuss, here’s what was on the docket: Denny Hamlin’s Bracket Challenge (1:30) Dale at the Kentucky Derby (10:45) Mental Health Month (20:12) Isla’s birthday bash  When the Download Gang went live on Youtube for Ask Jr., listeners sent in questions regarding: (38:00) Dale’s time with Neil deGrasse Tyson Dale and Mike’s bucket list items Fighting with crew chiefs on the radio Ross Chastain’s on-track aggression To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

443 - Sorry Not Sorry

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis are back in the Bojangles Studio to kick off another week of the Dale Jr. Download. The guys had a wide variety of topics to catch up on and discuss, here’s what was on the docket: Denny Hamlin’s Bracket Challenge (1:30) Dale at the Kentucky Derby (10:45) Mental Health Month (20:12) Isla’s birthday bash  When the Download Gang went live on Youtube for Ask Jr., listeners sent in questions regarding: (38:00) Dale’s time with Neil deGrasse Tyson Dale and Mike’s bucket list items Fighting with crew chiefs on the radio Ross Chastain’s on-track aggression To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:01:33

2 May 23

442 - Steve Letarte Brings A Surprise; Amy Takes Dale to Core

Dirty Mo Media worlds are colliding this week as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis welcome Dirty Mo Dough host Steve Letarte to the Bojangles Studio. They discuss the sports betting podcast, Steve surprises Dale with a meaningful honor and the guys play a couple rounds of guessing games. Also, Amy joins Dale and Mike to give her account of Dale’s first core class. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

442 - Steve Letarte Brings A Surprise; Amy Takes Dale to Core

Dirty Mo Media worlds are colliding this week as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis welcome Dirty Mo Dough host Steve Letarte to the Bojangles Studio. They discuss the sports betting podcast, Steve surprises Dale with a meaningful honor and the guys play a couple rounds of guessing games. Also, Amy joins Dale and Mike to give her account of Dale’s first core class. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:20:50

27 Apr 23

441 - Tony Stewart - Never Say Never

The last time Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis sat down with Tony Stewart, he was single and embarking on a 90-plus date sprint car schedule. Now, just four years later he’s happily married, owns an NHRA team, and is a Top-Alcohol Dragster event winner. Tony fills the guys in on his efforts to get in shape and where he and his wife, fellow NHRA competitor Leah Pruett, are thinking of settling down. They also discuss the difficulty of trying to run sprint cars on a part-time basis, and how competitive the dirt ranks have become in recent years.  Another new development for Tony was the 2020 formation of the Superstar Racing Experience, in which he won the inaugural points championship. Tony explains the vision behind the racing series, which drivers have impressed him thus far, and where he envisions it going in the future. The interview also covers how Tony and Leah met and how he ended up in the drag racing world. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

441 - Tony Stewart - Never Say Never

The last time Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis sat down with Tony Stewart, he was single and embarking on a 90-plus date sprint car schedule. Now, just four years later he’s happily married, owns an NHRA team, and is a Top-Alcohol Dragster event winner. Tony fills the guys in on his efforts to get in shape and where he and his wife, fellow NHRA competitor Leah Pruett, are thinking of settling down. They also discuss the difficulty of trying to run sprint cars on a part-time basis, and how competitive the dirt ranks have become in recent years.  Another new development for Tony was the 2020 formation of the Superstar Racing Experience, in which he won the inaugural points championship. Tony explains the vision behind the racing series, which drivers have impressed him thus far, and where he envisions it going in the future. The interview also covers how Tony and Leah met and how he ended up in the drag racing world. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:26:19

26 Apr 23

440 - Don't Touch My A1 Sauce

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis return to the Bojangles Studio for another hot edition of the Dale Jr. Download. NASCAR tackled the treacherous speeds of Talladega, and Dale continued his recent streak of new adventures, so there was plenty to discuss: Dale’s first core class (2:00) The right and wrong time for A.1. Steak Sauce (19:40) Twitter’s blue checkmark debacle (26:50) Ryan Preece and Kyle Larson’s massive crash (32:00) During the Ask Jr. portion of the episode, listeners sent in questions regarding:(49:58) The best meal Dale can cook Who would win Dale and Amy’s beer pong match-up When Dale went blonde  Dale and Amy’s first date To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

440 - Don't Touch My A1 Sauce

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis return to the Bojangles Studio for another hot edition of the Dale Jr. Download. NASCAR tackled the treacherous speeds of Talladega, and Dale continued his recent streak of new adventures, so there was plenty to discuss: Dale’s first core class (2:00) The right and wrong time for A.1. Steak Sauce (19:40) Twitter’s blue checkmark debacle (26:50) Ryan Preece and Kyle Larson’s massive crash (32:00) During the Ask Jr. portion of the episode, listeners sent in questions regarding:(49:58) The best meal Dale can cook Who would win Dale and Amy’s beer pong match-up When Dale went blonde  Dale and Amy’s first date To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:04:55

25 Apr 23

439 - Dale Jr. and Amy Try an Ice Bath

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is joined by his wife Amy and co-host Mike Davis to further discuss his recent adventure in cryotherapy. Amy arrives early to give her perspective on their date to the “cold box”, and then they fill listeners in on how it compared to their recent homemade ice bath. In solidarity, Mike spills the beans on what really happened at the end of his Grand Canyon vacation and the guys play a couple more rounds of tic-tac-toe. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

439 - Dale Jr. and Amy Try an Ice Bath

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is joined by his wife Amy and co-host Mike Davis to further discuss his recent adventure in cryotherapy. Amy arrives early to give her perspective on their date to the “cold box”, and then they fill listeners in on how it compared to their recent homemade ice bath. In solidarity, Mike spills the beans on what really happened at the end of his Grand Canyon vacation and the guys play a couple more rounds of tic-tac-toe. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:12:01

20 Apr 23

438 - Hut Stricklin - Helmet in Hand, Always Ready

It was a reunion of the “8’s” this week as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis sat down with longtime NASCAR Cup racer Hut Stricklin. After rising through the ranks of the NASCAR Dash Series, Stricklin went on to race for legendary car owners like Rod Osterlund, Bobby Allison, and Junior Johnson before arriving in the famed Stavola Brothers number-8. He would occupy the ride until 1998, and shortly after the team would dissolve, with the number 8 being sold off to Dale Earnhardt Inc. to prepare for Dale Jr.’s 1999 Cup debut.  Hut explains how he cut his teeth in the Alabama short-track racing scene, following in his father’s footsteps. They discuss how a chance encounter while driving around in Panama City would lead to Hut meeting his longtime wife Pam, daughter of racing legend Donnie Allison. Hut also fills listeners in on some of his favorite rides in Cup, how he became Tom Cruise's driving coach for the movie Days of Thunder, the story behind his career-best run at the 1996 Southern 500, and why he decided to walk away from the sport after the 2002 Bristol night race.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

438 - Hut Stricklin - Helmet in Hand, Always Ready

It was a reunion of the “8’s” this week as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis sat down with longtime NASCAR Cup racer Hut Stricklin. After rising through the ranks of the NASCAR Dash Series, Stricklin went on to race for legendary car owners like Rod Osterlund, Bobby Allison, and Junior Johnson before arriving in the famed Stavola Brothers number-8. He would occupy the ride until 1998, and shortly after the team would dissolve, with the number 8 being sold off to Dale Earnhardt Inc. to prepare for Dale Jr.’s 1999 Cup debut.  Hut explains how he cut his teeth in the Alabama short-track racing scene, following in his father’s footsteps. They discuss how a chance encounter while driving around in Panama City would lead to Hut meeting his longtime wife Pam, daughter of racing legend Donnie Allison. Hut also fills listeners in on some of his favorite rides in Cup, how he became Tom Cruise's driving coach for the movie Days of Thunder, the story behind his career-best run at the 1996 Southern 500, and why he decided to walk away from the sport after the 2002 Bristol night race.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

02:14:27

19 Apr 23

437 - Cryotherapy, Canyon Camping, & Fixing Martinsville

After a week’s vacation, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis are back in the Bojangles Studio for some Dirty Air. Mike details his trip to the Grand Canyon with his family, and Dale Jr. chimes in about his trip to the beach in Texas to visit family. They also discuss: Dale and Amy’s recent adventure in cryotherapy  Attending a Charlotte Football Club event  How the new short track package delivered at Martinsville  What short-term changes can be made to brakes and tires When the gang went live on Youtube, listeners sent in questions about: Talladega infield parties Best girl dad advice The most popular drivers in Cup today Favorite non-racing athletes To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

437 - Cryotherapy, Canyon Camping, & Fixing Martinsville

After a week’s vacation, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis are back in the Bojangles Studio for some Dirty Air. Mike details his trip to the Grand Canyon with his family, and Dale Jr. chimes in about his trip to the beach in Texas to visit family. They also discuss: Dale and Amy’s recent adventure in cryotherapy  Attending a Charlotte Football Club event  How the new short track package delivered at Martinsville  What short-term changes can be made to brakes and tires When the gang went live on Youtube, listeners sent in questions about: Talladega infield parties Best girl dad advice The most popular drivers in Cup today Favorite non-racing athletes To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:10:23

18 Apr 23

436 - The Business of Motorsports - Part II

It’s time once again to talk dollars and cents (and sense..) as Kelley Earnhardt Miller is back in the Bojangles Studio for the second edition of the Business of Motorsports. On this episode, she is joined by co-host Mike Davis and the President/CEO of Speedways Motorsports Inc., Marcus Smith. While Marcus has been a recurring guest on the Dale Jr. Download, this interview dives more into the nuts and bolts of how speedways operate and his business philosophy. Marcus discussed his path up the ladder at SMI and imparted advice he received from his father Bruton and former President of Charlotte Motor Speedway Humpy Wheeler. He also chats about the research that goes into keeping racing fans happy, the process of making the NASCAR schedule, track reconfigurations, and the speedways’ perspective in the ongoing negotiations surrounding the next NASCAR broadcasting deal. Listeners can expect to hear some updates on the NASCAR All-Star weekend at North Wilkesboro and what the future may hold for the legendary track. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

436 - The Business of Motorsports - Part II

It’s time once again to talk dollars and cents (and sense..) as Kelley Earnhardt Miller is back in the Bojangles Studio for the second edition of the Business of Motorsports. On this episode, she is joined by co-host Mike Davis and the President/CEO of Speedways Motorsports Inc., Marcus Smith. While Marcus has been a recurring guest on the Dale Jr. Download, this interview dives more into the nuts and bolts of how speedways operate and his business philosophy. Marcus discussed his path up the ladder at SMI and imparted advice he received from his father Bruton and former President of Charlotte Motor Speedway Humpy Wheeler. He also chats about the research that goes into keeping racing fans happy, the process of making the NASCAR schedule, track reconfigurations, and the speedways’ perspective in the ongoing negotiations surrounding the next NASCAR broadcasting deal. Listeners can expect to hear some updates on the NASCAR All-Star weekend at North Wilkesboro and what the future may hold for the legendary track. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:51:41

11 Apr 23

435 - The Intimidator Stories That Left Dale Jr. and Mike Shocked

As things wind down for the week of Dirty Mo Media programming, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis reunite to examine their illuminating interview with Tony Furr. They discuss how Tony’s insight painted a unique picture of Dale Earnhardt Sr., and detailed a lot of experiences that likely helped mold him into one of stock car racing’s greatest drivers. They also preview next week’s Business in Motorsports installment with Kelley Earnhardt-Miller and Marcus Smith, and Dale sets out to even the score with Mike in another round of tic-tac-toe. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

435 - The Intimidator Stories That Left Dale Jr. and Mike Shocked

As things wind down for the week of Dirty Mo Media programming, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis reunite to examine their illuminating interview with Tony Furr. They discuss how Tony’s insight painted a unique picture of Dale Earnhardt Sr., and detailed a lot of experiences that likely helped mold him into one of stock car racing’s greatest drivers. They also preview next week’s Business in Motorsports installment with Kelley Earnhardt-Miller and Marcus Smith, and Dale sets out to even the score with Mike in another round of tic-tac-toe. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

44:52

6 Apr 23

434 - Tony Furr - Slightly, Politely, All Nightly

Fans of Earnhardt family folklore are in for a treat today as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis sit down with longtime NASCAR garage fixture Tony Furr. While Furr worked as crew chief in the NASCAR ranks for several years and has a couple of wins to his credit, his roots rest in the Carolina red clay’s competitive short track ranks. They chat at length about Tony’s father Henry, who had a long legacy as an influential race promoter at both Concord Speedways and Metrolina. As Tony grew up helping out in his father’s endeavors, he eventually took over his fleet of Ford and Dodge late models and went on to field entries for some of the best racers in the Carolinas, including none other than Dale Earnhardt Sr. Tony provides listeners with a unique look at the humble beginnings of Dale Sr.’s legendary race career and the struggles they faced as a team. After finding his way into the NASCAR Cup garage through stints at Hendrick Motorsports and Cale Yarborough Motorsports, Tony became known for his “innovation” on cars, and faced a few hefty penalties throughout the years. The interview digs deep into some of the “developments” that landed Tony in hot water, and a few that may have slipped under the radar. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

434 - Tony Furr - Slightly, Politely, All Nightly

Fans of Earnhardt family folklore are in for a treat today as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis sit down with longtime NASCAR garage fixture Tony Furr. While Furr worked as crew chief in the NASCAR ranks for several years and has a couple of wins to his credit, his roots rest in the Carolina red clay’s competitive short track ranks. They chat at length about Tony’s father Henry, who had a long legacy as an influential race promoter at both Concord Speedways and Metrolina. As Tony grew up helping out in his father’s endeavors, he eventually took over his fleet of Ford and Dodge late models and went on to field entries for some of the best racers in the Carolinas, including none other than Dale Earnhardt Sr. Tony provides listeners with a unique look at the humble beginnings of Dale Sr.’s legendary race career and the struggles they faced as a team. After finding his way into the NASCAR Cup garage through stints at Hendrick Motorsports and Cale Yarborough Motorsports, Tony became known for his “innovation” on cars, and faced a few hefty penalties throughout the years. The interview digs deep into some of the “developments” that landed Tony in hot water, and a few that may have slipped under the radar. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:42:40

5 Apr 23

433 - Drivers Need Glasses

It’s time once again to kick off the Dale Jr. Download week as Dale Earnhardt Jr. joins co-host Mike Davis in the Bojangles Studio for some Dirty Air. Penalties were repealed and the famed Richmond Raceway delivered, and the guys had reactions to all of it: Dale found his first late-model stock car win trophy Hendrick Motorsports penalty is amended (8:35) Josh Berry impressed with a 2nd place run (25:30) Are there fewer consequences with the NextGen car? (36:53) During the fan favorite Ask Jr. segment, (46:48) listeners sent in questions about: Dale’s “Welcome to NASCAR” moment NASCAR racing overseas again Best post-win party Best prank  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

433 - Drivers Need Glasses

It’s time once again to kick off the Dale Jr. Download week as Dale Earnhardt Jr. joins co-host Mike Davis in the Bojangles Studio for some Dirty Air. Penalties were repealed and the famed Richmond Raceway delivered, and the guys had reactions to all of it: Dale found his first late-model stock car win trophy Hendrick Motorsports penalty is amended (8:35) Josh Berry impressed with a 2nd place run (25:30) Are there fewer consequences with the NextGen car? (36:53) During the fan favorite Ask Jr. segment, (46:48) listeners sent in questions about: Dale’s “Welcome to NASCAR” moment NASCAR racing overseas again Best post-win party Best prank  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:11:10

4 Apr 23

432 - Respect is the Name, Carnage is the Game

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis are back to close out the week and debrief their discussion with Chip Ganassi. They comment on how open Chip was and how he indicated that he wouldn’t be opposed to a return to NASCAR if the right opportunity presented itself. They also speak on what they learned about Chip’s relationships with his drivers outside of racing, as well as his perspective on the Ganassi Racing/Dale Earnhardt Inc. merger of 2009. Driver comments about respect and aggression in the NASCAR field are examined, and the guys strap in for another round of tic-tac-toe. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

432 - Respect is the Name, Carnage is the Game

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis are back to close out the week and debrief their discussion with Chip Ganassi. They comment on how open Chip was and how he indicated that he wouldn’t be opposed to a return to NASCAR if the right opportunity presented itself. They also speak on what they learned about Chip’s relationships with his drivers outside of racing, as well as his perspective on the Ganassi Racing/Dale Earnhardt Inc. merger of 2009. Driver comments about respect and aggression in the NASCAR field are examined, and the guys strap in for another round of tic-tac-toe. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:01:44

30 Mar 23

431 - Chip Ganassi - I Like Winners

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis sat down this week with one of the most accomplished car owners in motorsports history: Chip Ganassi. After finding his way into the world of auto racing through slot cars and dirt bikes, Chip built his own team and established a championship-winning culture that would deliver victories in every major event in the sport, as well as countless season titles across multiple disciplines. The interview discusses Chip’s upbringing and career behind the wheel at large, which saw him rise from the Formula Ford division to being the most improved driver in CART in 1983.  Chip details his horrific crash at Michigan International Speedway in 1984 that made doctors fear for the worse and sidelined him for six months. He explains it was during his recuperation that he figured out his next move, and before the age of 30, he bought into Patrick Racing. In 1990, the team officially became Chip Ganassi Racing, and as they say, the rest is history. Chip’s team has been one of the most dominant forces in American championship car racing over the last 30 years and has grown to have a significant presence in NASCAR and sports car competition as well. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

431 - Chip Ganassi - I Like Winners

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis sat down this week with one of the most accomplished car owners in motorsports history: Chip Ganassi. After finding his way into the world of auto racing through slot cars and dirt bikes, Chip built his own team and established a championship-winning culture that would deliver victories in every major event in the sport, as well as countless season titles across multiple disciplines. The interview discusses Chip’s upbringing and career behind the wheel at large, which saw him rise from the Formula Ford division to being the most improved driver in CART in 1983.  Chip details his horrific crash at Michigan International Speedway in 1984 that made doctors fear for the worse and sidelined him for six months. He explains it was during his recuperation that he figured out his next move, and before the age of 30, he bought into Patrick Racing. In 1990, the team officially became Chip Ganassi Racing, and as they say, the rest is history. Chip’s team has been one of the most dominant forces in American championship car racing over the last 30 years and has grown to have a significant presence in NASCAR and sports car competition as well. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:55:13

29 Mar 23

430 - Snakes, Snacks, & Stage Breaks

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis had a ton to talk about in the Bojangles Studio today as they kicked off another week of the Dale Jr Download. The sun has set on one of the most compelling NASCAR Cup races to date, as the stars of stock car racing took on drivers from the Formula One, IMSA, and IndyCar ranks at Circuit of the Americas this past weekend. The Download crew discussed: Favorite nostalgic snacks No stage breaks at COTA Late race cautions Road course ringers’ response to the physicality of Cup racing During the fan favorite Ask Jr. segment, listeners wrote in questions about: What format should NASCAR use at the All-Star race at North Wilkesboro? Thoughts on Kurt Busch’s emotional comments in the broadcast booth Getting a song stuck in your head during a race To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

430 - Snakes, Snacks, & Stage Breaks

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis had a ton to talk about in the Bojangles Studio today as they kicked off another week of the Dale Jr Download. The sun has set on one of the most compelling NASCAR Cup races to date, as the stars of stock car racing took on drivers from the Formula One, IMSA, and IndyCar ranks at Circuit of the Americas this past weekend. The Download crew discussed: Favorite nostalgic snacks No stage breaks at COTA Late race cautions Road course ringers’ response to the physicality of Cup racing During the fan favorite Ask Jr. segment, listeners wrote in questions about: What format should NASCAR use at the All-Star race at North Wilkesboro? Thoughts on Kurt Busch’s emotional comments in the broadcast booth Getting a song stuck in your head during a race To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:02:13

28 Mar 23

429 - Top Dale Sr. Moments Bracket & Mike's Signature Victory

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis reconvened in the Bojangles Studio to discuss their episode 428 interview with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Dale explains that Ricky at age 35 is likely just now getting into his prime as a racer, and a high-profile win like the Daytona 500 can do a lot to boost a driver’s career. They also break down the incredibly diverse field for this weekend’s NASCAR Cup race at Circuit of the Americas, run through a new Earnhardt-centric tournament bracket and introduce a new segment called “Guess the Driver.” To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

429 - Top Dale Sr. Moments Bracket & Mike's Signature Victory

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis reconvened in the Bojangles Studio to discuss their episode 428 interview with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Dale explains that Ricky at age 35 is likely just now getting into his prime as a racer, and a high-profile win like the Daytona 500 can do a lot to boost a driver’s career. They also break down the incredibly diverse field for this weekend’s NASCAR Cup race at Circuit of the Americas, run through a new Earnhardt-centric tournament bracket and introduce a new segment called “Guess the Driver.” To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

45:17

23 Mar 23

428 - Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - Welcome To The Daytona 500 Club

The Bojangles Studio was filled with Daytona 500 winners this week as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis sat down with Cup racer Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ricky started the 2023 season off with a bang by capturing the win in the 65th running of the Great American Race. The interview takes a look at how Ricky came from humble beginnings in Mississippi, working on his father’s sprint car team to becoming a back-to-back champion in the Xfinity Series and winning the crown jewel event in stock car racing. After a stellar year in the dirt racing world, Ricky was propelled into the mainstream racing scene when he signed a development deal with Roush Racing in 2008. He fills listeners in on what his time was like with the organization and the story of his unexpected departure after the 2019 season. He also provides insight to what it's like being on a single-car team at JTG Daugherty Racing in the NextGen era. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

428 - Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - Welcome To The Daytona 500 Club

The Bojangles Studio was filled with Daytona 500 winners this week as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis sat down with Cup racer Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ricky started the 2023 season off with a bang by capturing the win in the 65th running of the Great American Race. The interview takes a look at how Ricky came from humble beginnings in Mississippi, working on his father’s sprint car team to becoming a back-to-back champion in the Xfinity Series and winning the crown jewel event in stock car racing. After a stellar year in the dirt racing world, Ricky was propelled into the mainstream racing scene when he signed a development deal with Roush Racing in 2008. He fills listeners in on what his time was like with the organization and the story of his unexpected departure after the 2019 season. He also provides insight to what it's like being on a single-car team at JTG Daugherty Racing in the NextGen era. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:36:47

22 Mar 23

427 - Vacation From The Vacation

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis are back for another edition of the Dale Jr. Download. After NASCAR tackled the high banks of Atlanta and the chaotic news cycle continued, there was a lot for the Download crew to discuss: Vacation from the vacation (1:00)  Denny Hamlin, Hendrick Motorsports, and Kaulig Racing are all appealing their penalties (18:00) Josh Williams stopped the show at Atlanta (literally..) (30:25) Corey LaJoie and Spire Motorsports continue to impress (41:38) When the crew turned the floor over to listeners on Youtube live, they sent in questions regarding: (53:46) What actually happens in the NASCAR hauler? Using code words on the team radio How Dale’s journey to learning the guitar is going Getting a NextGen car for the car graveyard To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

427 - Vacation From The Vacation

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis are back for another edition of the Dale Jr. Download. After NASCAR tackled the high banks of Atlanta and the chaotic news cycle continued, there was a lot for the Download crew to discuss: Vacation from the vacation (1:00)  Denny Hamlin, Hendrick Motorsports, and Kaulig Racing are all appealing their penalties (18:00) Josh Williams stopped the show at Atlanta (literally..) (30:25) Corey LaJoie and Spire Motorsports continue to impress (41:38) When the crew turned the floor over to listeners on Youtube live, they sent in questions regarding: (53:46) What actually happens in the NASCAR hauler? Using code words on the team radio How Dale’s journey to learning the guitar is going Getting a NextGen car for the car graveyard To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:14:10

21 Mar 23

426 - Reaction to the Denny Hamlin & Hendrick Motorsports Penalties

Dale Earnhardt Jr. returned to the Bojangles Studio and joined co-host Mike Davis to comment on this week’s major announcements in the NASCAR world. They discuss the penalties issued to Hendrick Motorsports and Kaulig Racing over modified louvers from the Phoenix tech process, and what may have led to the teams tampering with the parts.(3:40) They also unpack the penalty and fine issued to Denny Hamlin over comments he made on Monday’s episode of Actions Detrimental, and deliberate why such punishments could stifle drivers’ willingness to speak openly and transparently in the future. (24:51) Plus they preview this week's upcoming race at Atlanta (43:51) and fill out a fun bracket in honor of March Madness. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

426 - Reaction to the Denny Hamlin & Hendrick Motorsports Penalties

Dale Earnhardt Jr. returned to the Bojangles Studio and joined co-host Mike Davis to comment on this week’s major announcements in the NASCAR world. They discuss the penalties issued to Hendrick Motorsports and Kaulig Racing over modified louvers from the Phoenix tech process, and what may have led to the teams tampering with the parts.(3:40) They also unpack the penalty and fine issued to Denny Hamlin over comments he made on Monday’s episode of Actions Detrimental, and deliberate why such punishments could stifle drivers’ willingness to speak openly and transparently in the future. (24:51) Plus they preview this week's upcoming race at Atlanta (43:51) and fill out a fun bracket in honor of March Madness. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:17:25

16 Mar 23

425 - The Business of Motorsports - Part I

Dirty Mo Media is proud to bring you a new Dale Jr. Download series called “Business of Motorsports”, featuring Kelley Earnhardt Miller. For the first installment, Kelley and co-host Mike Davis sit down with the President of 23XI Racing Steve Lauletta. Lauletta worked for many years in the sports marketing department for the Miller Brewing Company before serving as the President of Chip Ganassi Racing for over a decade.  Kelley and Steve discuss what the day-to-day life for the president of a NASCAR Cup team looks like, as well as the culture at 23XI Racing. Steve explains the steps the company has taken in its hiring process to ensure a unique approach to building a brand and a successful race team. They also discuss how they keep their sponsors involved with team activities and how they sell their employees on the company’s vision. Plus Steve talks about NASCAR's current charter system and the struggles or positives aspiring Cup Series teams, like JR Motorsports, face when deciding to buy a charter. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

425 - The Business of Motorsports - Part I

Dirty Mo Media is proud to bring you a new Dale Jr. Download series called “Business of Motorsports”, featuring Kelley Earnhardt Miller. For the first installment, Kelley and co-host Mike Davis sit down with the President of 23XI Racing Steve Lauletta. Lauletta worked for many years in the sports marketing department for the Miller Brewing Company before serving as the President of Chip Ganassi Racing for over a decade.  Kelley and Steve discuss what the day-to-day life for the president of a NASCAR Cup team looks like, as well as the culture at 23XI Racing. Steve explains the steps the company has taken in its hiring process to ensure a unique approach to building a brand and a successful race team. They also discuss how they keep their sponsors involved with team activities and how they sell their employees on the company’s vision. Plus Steve talks about NASCAR's current charter system and the struggles or positives aspiring Cup Series teams, like JR Motorsports, face when deciding to buy a charter. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:20:09

16 Mar 23

424 - Calm Down, Phoenix Gonna Phoenix

Dale Earnhardt Jr. joins co-host Mike Davis via Zoom from his family vacation for this week’s edition of Dirty Air. The NASCAR world has concluded their west coast swing and there was plenty to unpack: Denny Hamlin speaks candidly about his dust-up with Ross Chastain  JR Motorsports’ turbulent Xfinity race at Phoenix NASCAR confiscates louvers from Hendrick Motorsports and Kaulig Racing NASCAR’s new short track package gets its first test During the Ask Jr. segment, listeners sent in questions regarding: (36:30) Competing against IndyCar racers on iRacing The worst car Dale ever won with His March Madness bracket The weekend controversy at Hickory Motor Speedway To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

424 - Calm Down, Phoenix Gonna Phoenix

Dale Earnhardt Jr. joins co-host Mike Davis via Zoom from his family vacation for this week’s edition of Dirty Air. The NASCAR world has concluded their west coast swing and there was plenty to unpack: Denny Hamlin speaks candidly about his dust-up with Ross Chastain  JR Motorsports’ turbulent Xfinity race at Phoenix NASCAR confiscates louvers from Hendrick Motorsports and Kaulig Racing NASCAR’s new short track package gets its first test During the Ask Jr. segment, listeners sent in questions regarding: (36:30) Competing against IndyCar racers on iRacing The worst car Dale ever won with His March Madness bracket The weekend controversy at Hickory Motor Speedway To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

57:59

14 Mar 23

423 - Are We Going to Le Mans?!; Reaction to Tyler Reddick's New Approach to Life

As the quest continues to find a name for the Thursday edition of the Dale Jr. Download, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis return to the Bojangles Studio to debrief their episode 422 interview with Tyler Reddick.(2:35) Dale provided interesting insight into the journey of up-and-coming racers, and how sometimes it’s not enough to simply just be talented behind the wheel. The Short Track Insider is back to break down the grassroots racing world’s weekend events and help anticipate the upcoming season opener for the CARS Tour. (17:30) The guys also debut a new segment called “It’s Viral”, reacting to buzzworthy news items and relating their own personal experiences to the situations. (24:54) Plus Dale and Mike mull over their invite to do a Dale Jr. Download LIVE from the 24 hours of Le Mans. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

423 - Are We Going to Le Mans?!; Reaction to Tyler Reddick's New Approach to Life

As the quest continues to find a name for the Thursday edition of the Dale Jr. Download, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis return to the Bojangles Studio to debrief their episode 422 interview with Tyler Reddick.(2:35) Dale provided interesting insight into the journey of up-and-coming racers, and how sometimes it’s not enough to simply just be talented behind the wheel. The Short Track Insider is back to break down the grassroots racing world’s weekend events and help anticipate the upcoming season opener for the CARS Tour. (17:30) The guys also debut a new segment called “It’s Viral”, reacting to buzzworthy news items and relating their own personal experiences to the situations. (24:54) Plus Dale and Mike mull over their invite to do a Dale Jr. Download LIVE from the 24 hours of Le Mans. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

47:58

9 Mar 23

422 - Tyler Reddick - A New Approach to Life

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis sit down with the driver of 23XI’s number-45 NASCAR Cup ride Tyler Reddick on episode 422 of the Dale Jr. Download. After impressing in the NASCAR Truck ranks driving for Brad Keselowski Racing and winning his first Xfinity Series race for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2017, Reddick took over the JR Motorsports number-9 for William Byron. He would win the 2018 season opener at Daytona and go on to capture the points championship while locking up Rookie of the Year honors.  The guys chat about how fatherhood has changed Tyler’s approach to life, and how he became a more focused, hard-working version of himself. Dale also asks for Tyler’s opinion on the recently announced new NextGen short track package for the 2023 season. Other topics of discussion also include Tyler’s transition from Richard Childress Racing to 23XI, how he feels about seeing Kyle Busch in his former car, and what a weekly routine for a NASCAR Cup driver looks like. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

422 - Tyler Reddick - A New Approach to Life

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis sit down with the driver of 23XI’s number-45 NASCAR Cup ride Tyler Reddick on episode 422 of the Dale Jr. Download. After impressing in the NASCAR Truck ranks driving for Brad Keselowski Racing and winning his first Xfinity Series race for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2017, Reddick took over the JR Motorsports number-9 for William Byron. He would win the 2018 season opener at Daytona and go on to capture the points championship while locking up Rookie of the Year honors.  The guys chat about how fatherhood has changed Tyler’s approach to life, and how he became a more focused, hard-working version of himself. Dale also asks for Tyler’s opinion on the recently announced new NextGen short track package for the 2023 season. Other topics of discussion also include Tyler’s transition from Richard Childress Racing to 23XI, how he feels about seeing Kyle Busch in his former car, and what a weekly routine for a NASCAR Cup driver looks like. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:20:10

8 Mar 23

421 - A Dream Opportunity

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis have reunited in the Bojangles Studio to kick off a great week of the Dale Jr. Download. After a weekend that saw breaking news out of the NASCAR world, the guys unpack: Beach trip expectations and preferences (1:00) Are the NASCAR on Fox driver animations changing? (13:37) Chase Elliott’s snowboarding injury (17:10) Josh Berry’s big opportunity (31:20) When the Download gang hopped on Youtube Live to for Ask Jr., (44:07) listeners sent in questions about: Former drivers in race director positions What it's like having a driver sub in for you The angriest Dale has ever been at another driver To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

421 - A Dream Opportunity

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis have reunited in the Bojangles Studio to kick off a great week of the Dale Jr. Download. After a weekend that saw breaking news out of the NASCAR world, the guys unpack: Beach trip expectations and preferences (1:00) Are the NASCAR on Fox driver animations changing? (13:37) Chase Elliott’s snowboarding injury (17:10) Josh Berry’s big opportunity (31:20) When the Download gang hopped on Youtube Live to for Ask Jr., (44:07) listeners sent in questions about: Former drivers in race director positions What it's like having a driver sub in for you The angriest Dale has ever been at another driver To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:05:48

7 Mar 23

420 - Scott Dixon is a Living Legend; Dirty Mo Ultimate Experience Preview

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis are back to discuss their episode 419 interview with six-time IndyCar Champion and 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon. (2:00) They also discuss the revitalization of NASCAR RaceDay Live, which is to be hosted by Kenny Wallace at the upcoming Bristol Dirt Race. (8:45) Dale Jr. announces a new partnership between iRacing and the CARS Tour (11:45) and Hannah Newhouse is back with this week’s edition of “Short Track Insider”(16:32). Also, Mike gives listeners a preview of what to expect at the upcoming Dirty Mo Ultimate Experience at Las Vegas. (21:20) To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

420 - Scott Dixon is a Living Legend; Dirty Mo Ultimate Experience Preview

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis are back to discuss their episode 419 interview with six-time IndyCar Champion and 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon. (2:00) They also discuss the revitalization of NASCAR RaceDay Live, which is to be hosted by Kenny Wallace at the upcoming Bristol Dirt Race. (8:45) Dale Jr. announces a new partnership between iRacing and the CARS Tour (11:45) and Hannah Newhouse is back with this week’s edition of “Short Track Insider”(16:32). Also, Mike gives listeners a preview of what to expect at the upcoming Dirty Mo Ultimate Experience at Las Vegas. (21:20) To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

33:37

2 Mar 23

419 - Scott Dixon - The Unconventional Road to Indy

The Bojangles Studio is graced by IndyCar royalty this week as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his co-host Mike Davis sit down with Scott Dixon. Since emerging on the American open-wheel racing scene in 1999, Dixon has written his name into the history books (between Foyt and Andretti, mind you) by winning six IndyCar championships, 52 races, and the 2008 Indianapolis 500. The interview covers Scott’s early life and introduction to auto racing, which came thanks to his father’s own racing endeavors and the family promoting a dirt track in Townsville, Australia.  Dixon seemed destined for success as he won his way through the kart and lower Formula ranks in Australia and New Zealand, but with every progression came exponential budget growth. As his parents had already mortgaged their home to support his racing endeavors, his father and some local businessmen started an investment corporation that would sell shares of Scott’s potential career earnings to help keep him on track. The result was Dixon moving stateside in the late 90s, wowing Stefan Johansson in a test at Sebring and taking a seat in the Indy Lights Series, where he would win the championship in resounding fashion in 2000, beginning his dominance in American open-wheel racing. The interview also discusses Scott’s tenure at Chip Ganassi Racing, his family life, and the comparability of stock cars and championship cars.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

419 - Scott Dixon - The Unconventional Road to Indy

The Bojangles Studio is graced by IndyCar royalty this week as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his co-host Mike Davis sit down with Scott Dixon. Since emerging on the American open-wheel racing scene in 1999, Dixon has written his name into the history books (between Foyt and Andretti, mind you) by winning six IndyCar championships, 52 races, and the 2008 Indianapolis 500. The interview covers Scott’s early life and introduction to auto racing, which came thanks to his father’s own racing endeavors and the family promoting a dirt track in Townsville, Australia.  Dixon seemed destined for success as he won his way through the kart and lower Formula ranks in Australia and New Zealand, but with every progression came exponential budget growth. As his parents had already mortgaged their home to support his racing endeavors, his father and some local businessmen started an investment corporation that would sell shares of Scott’s potential career earnings to help keep him on track. The result was Dixon moving stateside in the late 90s, wowing Stefan Johansson in a test at Sebring and taking a seat in the Indy Lights Series, where he would win the championship in resounding fashion in 2000, beginning his dominance in American open-wheel racing. The interview also discusses Scott’s tenure at Chip Ganassi Racing, his family life, and the comparability of stock cars and championship cars.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:46:07

1 Mar 23

418 - The Future of Fontana; Kyle Busch is a Fan Favorite

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his co-host Mike Davis are reunited in the Bojangles Studio and it's time for another episode of the Dale Jr. Download. On this week’s edition of Dirty Air, the guys discuss: How to deal with parenting frustrations (2:00) The final NASCAR Cup race at the 2-mile Fontana (12:50) Possible reconfigurations of the track  Kyle Busch and Richard Childress Racing’s strong 2023 start (32:30) When the line of questioning was turned over to the listeners on Youtube Live for Ask Jr., they sent in questions about: (54:10) If social media existed in the early 2000s Who inspired Dale when he was growing up The best concerts Dale has ever been to Naming race cars To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

418 - The Future of Fontana; Kyle Busch is a Fan Favorite

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his co-host Mike Davis are reunited in the Bojangles Studio and it's time for another episode of the Dale Jr. Download. On this week’s edition of Dirty Air, the guys discuss: How to deal with parenting frustrations (2:00) The final NASCAR Cup race at the 2-mile Fontana (12:50) Possible reconfigurations of the track  Kyle Busch and Richard Childress Racing’s strong 2023 start (32:30) When the line of questioning was turned over to the listeners on Youtube Live for Ask Jr., they sent in questions about: (54:10) If social media existed in the early 2000s Who inspired Dale when he was growing up The best concerts Dale has ever been to Naming race cars To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:18:12

28 Feb 23

417 - Dale Jr & Kelley React to Jeffrey’s Visit & Dale Gets Quizzed By Amy

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is once again joined in the studio by his sister Kelley Earnhardt-Miller where they react to the episode 416 chat with their nephew Jeffrey Earnhardt. (3:00) Due to popular demand, the segment where Dale is quizzed on how well he knows his wife Amy is brought back for another round of questions. (9:20) Dale, Kelley, and producer Alex Timms share their most recent playlist song additions. (18:26) A new segment centered on short-track racing is introduced featuring Hannah Newhouse. (22:55) To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

417 - Dale Jr & Kelley React to Jeffrey’s Visit & Dale Gets Quizzed By Amy

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is once again joined in the studio by his sister Kelley Earnhardt-Miller where they react to the episode 416 chat with their nephew Jeffrey Earnhardt. (3:00) Due to popular demand, the segment where Dale is quizzed on how well he knows his wife Amy is brought back for another round of questions. (9:20) Dale, Kelley, and producer Alex Timms share their most recent playlist song additions. (18:26) A new segment centered on short-track racing is introduced featuring Hannah Newhouse. (22:55) To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

31:49

23 Feb 23

416 - Jeffrey Earnhardt - Paving My Own Way

On this episode of the Dale Jr. Download, it’s an Earnhardt family reunion as Dale Earnhardt Jr. is joined in the Bojangles Studio by his sister Kelley Earnhardt Miller and their nephew Jeffrey Earnhardt. Jeffrey made headlines in the stock car racing world last April when he piloted the Richard Childress No. 3 that his grandfather Dale made famous to a second-place finish in the Xfinity race at Talladega. The interview discusses his time spent in the NASCAR ranks over the last 16 years and the path that has led him to be in a full-time ride in the Xfinity Series, driving the No. 44 Chevy entry for Alpha Prime Racing. While he is an Earnhardt, Jeffrey has made it a point to earn his opportunities in racing based on hard work and merit, not his namesake. As a result, he’s followed a winding, sometimes turbulent road through the motorsports world. He provides great insight to listeners on the differences between top-dollar teams and smaller operations in NASCAR, and what he’s learned from his time spent with both. The Earnhardt family dynamic is also a topic of discussion, as well as Jeffrey’s memories of Dale Sr. and his relationship with his father Kerry. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

416 - Jeffrey Earnhardt - Paving My Own Way

On this episode of the Dale Jr. Download, it’s an Earnhardt family reunion as Dale Earnhardt Jr. is joined in the Bojangles Studio by his sister Kelley Earnhardt Miller and their nephew Jeffrey Earnhardt. Jeffrey made headlines in the stock car racing world last April when he piloted the Richard Childress No. 3 that his grandfather Dale made famous to a second-place finish in the Xfinity race at Talladega. The interview discusses his time spent in the NASCAR ranks over the last 16 years and the path that has led him to be in a full-time ride in the Xfinity Series, driving the No. 44 Chevy entry for Alpha Prime Racing. While he is an Earnhardt, Jeffrey has made it a point to earn his opportunities in racing based on hard work and merit, not his namesake. As a result, he’s followed a winding, sometimes turbulent road through the motorsports world. He provides great insight to listeners on the differences between top-dollar teams and smaller operations in NASCAR, and what he’s learned from his time spent with both. The Earnhardt family dynamic is also a topic of discussion, as well as Jeffrey’s memories of Dale Sr. and his relationship with his father Kerry. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:07:56

22 Feb 23

415 - Recapping the Daytona 500 with Steve Letarte

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is joined by his fellow NBC commentator and host of Dirty Mo Dough, Steve Letarte this week for episode 415 of the Dale Jr. Download. The guys have a lot to unpack from the Daytona 500 weekend, and topics of discussion include: Stenhouse’s big victory (3:19) Stock car racing is growing in the right direction (31:18) Race broadcast frustrations (9:28) JR Motorsports’ Daytona Recap (40:00) Previewing Fontana (49:52) When the Download crew plugged into Youtube Live for Ask Jr, listeners sent in questions regarding: (56:13) Driver-to-driver radio communication during races The new driver-eye cameras Dale running the All-Star race at North Wilkesboro Jimmie Johnson and Travis Pastrana’s Daytona runs The prospect of hosting Saturday Night Live To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

415 - Recapping the Daytona 500 with Steve Letarte

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is joined by his fellow NBC commentator and host of Dirty Mo Dough, Steve Letarte this week for episode 415 of the Dale Jr. Download. The guys have a lot to unpack from the Daytona 500 weekend, and topics of discussion include: Stenhouse’s big victory (3:19) Stock car racing is growing in the right direction (31:18) Race broadcast frustrations (9:28) JR Motorsports’ Daytona Recap (40:00) Previewing Fontana (49:52) When the Download crew plugged into Youtube Live for Ask Jr, listeners sent in questions regarding: (56:13) Driver-to-driver radio communication during races The new driver-eye cameras Dale running the All-Star race at North Wilkesboro Jimmie Johnson and Travis Pastrana’s Daytona runs The prospect of hosting Saturday Night Live To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:16:09

21 Feb 23

414 - Daytona 500 Preview and Reaction to our Steve Hmiel Conversation

It’s time to wrap up an eventful week with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his co-host Mike Davis. The guys react to their excellent conversation with longtime NASCAR crew member and former Dale Earnhardt Inc. employee Steve Hmiel in episode 413. (1:25) They also tee up a potential future conversation with the “Cat in the Hat” himself, Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing owner Jack Roush. There are reactions to Wednesday’s qualifying session for the Daytona 500, and Dale and Mike give their predictions for the Duels and for the winner of the Great American Race. (15:30) Listeners should also stay tuned for a quiz showing just how much Dale Jr. knows about his wife, Amy. (38:10) To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

414 - Daytona 500 Preview and Reaction to our Steve Hmiel Conversation

It’s time to wrap up an eventful week with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his co-host Mike Davis. The guys react to their excellent conversation with longtime NASCAR crew member and former Dale Earnhardt Inc. employee Steve Hmiel in episode 413. (1:25) They also tee up a potential future conversation with the “Cat in the Hat” himself, Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing owner Jack Roush. There are reactions to Wednesday’s qualifying session for the Daytona 500, and Dale and Mike give their predictions for the Duels and for the winner of the Great American Race. (15:30) Listeners should also stay tuned for a quiz showing just how much Dale Jr. knows about his wife, Amy. (38:10) To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

56:13

16 Feb 23

413 - Steve Hmiel - A Winner Everywhere He Goes

On Episode 413 of the Dale Jr. Download, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis sit down with longtime NASCAR crew member Steve Hmiel. The Syracuse, New York native first entered the NASCAR garage in the mid-1970s when he took a job working with Tex Powell, building race cars for drivers like Benny Parsons. The interview discusses Hmiel’s first high-profile opportunity when he was hired on as a fabricator at the legendary Petty Enterprises in 1975. Hmiel gives listeners a fascinating look at the Petty operation and what the NASCAR Cup scene was like at that time.  Hmiel also provides an extraordinary perspective on the inception of Jack Roush Racing’s stock car team, which he helped form with Robin Pemberton in late 1987. Dale Jr. and Steve debrief the 1990 Cup season, where Roush driver Mark Martin squared off against Dale Earnhardt Sr. for the points championship. They also discuss events from the heyday of Dale Earnhardt Inc., where Hmiel joined as a consultant and manager in 1998. Through an organization shake-up, Steve actually ended up crew chief for Dale Jr. in the middle of the 2005 season, helping guide him to victory at Chicagoland Speedway. Dale, Mike, and Steve are able to look back at that win and what it meant to not only the team at that time but Dale’s career as a whole. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

413 - Steve Hmiel - A Winner Everywhere He Goes

On Episode 413 of the Dale Jr. Download, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis sit down with longtime NASCAR crew member Steve Hmiel. The Syracuse, New York native first entered the NASCAR garage in the mid-1970s when he took a job working with Tex Powell, building race cars for drivers like Benny Parsons. The interview discusses Hmiel’s first high-profile opportunity when he was hired on as a fabricator at the legendary Petty Enterprises in 1975. Hmiel gives listeners a fascinating look at the Petty operation and what the NASCAR Cup scene was like at that time.  Hmiel also provides an extraordinary perspective on the inception of Jack Roush Racing’s stock car team, which he helped form with Robin Pemberton in late 1987. Dale Jr. and Steve debrief the 1990 Cup season, where Roush driver Mark Martin squared off against Dale Earnhardt Sr. for the points championship. They also discuss events from the heyday of Dale Earnhardt Inc., where Hmiel joined as a consultant and manager in 1998. Through an organization shake-up, Steve actually ended up crew chief for Dale Jr. in the middle of the 2005 season, helping guide him to victory at Chicagoland Speedway. Dale, Mike, and Steve are able to look back at that win and what it meant to not only the team at that time but Dale’s career as a whole. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

02:39:25

15 Feb 23

412 - I'd Rather Lose Than Be Bored

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis are back in the Bojangles Studio for another edition of the Dale Jr. Download. As always, it’s time to kick off the week with Dirty Air, discussing the past weekend and current events. On this episode, the guys discuss: Valentine’s Day plans (1:00) Dale’s race weekend at Florence Motor Speedway (6:48) NASCAR’s new short track/road course race package (16:00) Daytona 500 predictions (30:00) During the Ask Jr. segment (44:30) of the episode, listeners sent in questions regarding: Dale Jr’s Daytona 500 wins Super Bowl thoughts Drivers making weight  Earnhardt references in music To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

412 - I'd Rather Lose Than Be Bored

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis are back in the Bojangles Studio for another edition of the Dale Jr. Download. As always, it’s time to kick off the week with Dirty Air, discussing the past weekend and current events. On this episode, the guys discuss: Valentine’s Day plans (1:00) Dale’s race weekend at Florence Motor Speedway (6:48) NASCAR’s new short track/road course race package (16:00) Daytona 500 predictions (30:00) During the Ask Jr. segment (44:30) of the episode, listeners sent in questions regarding: Dale Jr’s Daytona 500 wins Super Bowl thoughts Drivers making weight  Earnhardt references in music To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:11:50

14 Feb 23

411 - Recapping Our Redneck Romance with Sterling Marlin

The people have spoken, and Dirty Mo Media has listened: we need more Dale Jr. Download. With that in mind, welcome to our Thursday Download Wrap-Up Show. In this new addition to the Dirty Mo programming line-up, listeners can expect Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis to unpack their guest interview of the week and other current and upcoming events. This week, the guys discussed the following: Sterling Marlin’s appearance on episode 410 of the Download A follow-up call with Sterling, discussing some things we missed Conor Daly to attempt the Daytona 500 Kyle Busch’s recent legal woes Kyle Larson to attempt the 2024 Indianapolis 500 Dale’s upcoming late-model race Super Bowl Picks To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

411 - Recapping Our Redneck Romance with Sterling Marlin

The people have spoken, and Dirty Mo Media has listened: we need more Dale Jr. Download. With that in mind, welcome to our Thursday Download Wrap-Up Show. In this new addition to the Dirty Mo programming line-up, listeners can expect Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis to unpack their guest interview of the week and other current and upcoming events. This week, the guys discussed the following: Sterling Marlin’s appearance on episode 410 of the Download A follow-up call with Sterling, discussing some things we missed Conor Daly to attempt the Daytona 500 Kyle Busch’s recent legal woes Kyle Larson to attempt the 2024 Indianapolis 500 Dale’s upcoming late-model race Super Bowl Picks To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

49:41

9 Feb 23

410 - Sterling Marlin - "I Broke My Dad's Collarbone"

It’s time once again to sit down with a guest in the Bojangles Studio, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis have decided to kick off the year with a bang. The highly-anticipated first interview of The Dale Jr. Download’s 11th season is none other than Columbia, Tennessee’s Sterling Marlin. Marlin has been one of the most requested visitors by Download listeners, as he was a fixture in the NASCAR Cup garage for nearly four decades and a fan favorite amongst his class of competitors. Sterling truly embodies the humble farmer to stock car racing star trajectory that NASCAR was founded on. In fact, he traveled from his family’s 600-acre farm which is located about an hour southwest of Nashville. It was on that very farm that he learned the ethics of hard work from his father Clifton “Coo Coo” Marlin. Hard working principles made Coo Coo a force to be reckoned with in the NASCAR Sportsman ranks of the ‘60s and ‘70s, which carried over to him being one of the best-running independent outfits on the Cup circuit. From the age of 12, Sterling found a place on his father’s race team, eventually rising to tire changer and crew chief.  His initial attempt at a cure came in the form of a ‘64 Chevelle, which he and his cousin drove from home straight to the race track; no tags, no lights, no worries. A few years later, he made a more proper entrance into the racing world, entering a NASCAR Sportsman race at the famed Nashville Fairgrounds. A couple racing weekends later, he found himself sitting in the driver’s seat of his father’s Cup ride, ready to take on the likes of Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, and the other stars of the 1970s.  And when the opportunity for a full-time Cup ride came knocking from Roger Hamby in 1983, Sterling rose to the occasion in the same fashion, finishing 19th in the point standings and winning Rookie of the Year honors.  Consistency seemed to be a key to success for Sterling, as a signed contract to be chauffeur of Billy Hagan’s championship-winning number-44 Piedmont Airlines ride brought about his breakthrough season in 1988. A 10th-place points effort made other car owners in the garage take notice, and the tobacco farmer from Columbia had established himself as a more than capable wheel-turner. Sterling had stints driving for some of the most steadiest outfits in the stock car scene, including Junior Johnson, Hoss Ellington, the Stravola Brothers, and Earl Sadler, but none could help him get over the hump from solid finisher to race winner. That is, until 1994.  Armed with a new ride at Morgan-McClure, in their bright-yellow Kodak number-4, Sterling set out on the season lightning quick, thanks in part to Dr. Gas’ revolutionary “x-pipe” exhaust system. The few extra horsepower was enough to edge Sterling ahead when it mattered most, making him the winner of the Daytona 500. After finishing second and coming close so many times, he was finally a race winner, in the sport’s biggest event at that. Once the glass was broken, Sterling returned the following year and repeated the feat, giving him the distinct honor of being the only driver in history to notch his first two victories in the Great American Race. He would go on to finish 3rd in the 1995 season points, certifying him as one of the top talents in the division.  Sterling would go on to have continued success in NASCAR, including a near-championship run in 2002 before retiring after the ‘09 season. The discussion covers the highs and lows of his career, as well as his 2012 diagnosis of Parkinsonism and his navigation of the disorder in his day-to-day life. Tune in to gain a unique perspective on one of stock car racing’s most memorable characters on episode 410 of the Dale Jr. Download. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

410 - Sterling Marlin - "I Broke My Dad's Collarbone"

It’s time once again to sit down with a guest in the Bojangles Studio, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis have decided to kick off the year with a bang. The highly-anticipated first interview of The Dale Jr. Download’s 11th season is none other than Columbia, Tennessee’s Sterling Marlin. Marlin has been one of the most requested visitors by Download listeners, as he was a fixture in the NASCAR Cup garage for nearly four decades and a fan favorite amongst his class of competitors. Sterling truly embodies the humble farmer to stock car racing star trajectory that NASCAR was founded on. In fact, he traveled from his family’s 600-acre farm which is located about an hour southwest of Nashville. It was on that very farm that he learned the ethics of hard work from his father Clifton “Coo Coo” Marlin. Hard working principles made Coo Coo a force to be reckoned with in the NASCAR Sportsman ranks of the ‘60s and ‘70s, which carried over to him being one of the best-running independent outfits on the Cup circuit. From the age of 12, Sterling found a place on his father’s race team, eventually rising to tire changer and crew chief.  His initial attempt at a cure came in the form of a ‘64 Chevelle, which he and his cousin drove from home straight to the race track; no tags, no lights, no worries. A few years later, he made a more proper entrance into the racing world, entering a NASCAR Sportsman race at the famed Nashville Fairgrounds. A couple racing weekends later, he found himself sitting in the driver’s seat of his father’s Cup ride, ready to take on the likes of Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, and the other stars of the 1970s.  And when the opportunity for a full-time Cup ride came knocking from Roger Hamby in 1983, Sterling rose to the occasion in the same fashion, finishing 19th in the point standings and winning Rookie of the Year honors.  Consistency seemed to be a key to success for Sterling, as a signed contract to be chauffeur of Billy Hagan’s championship-winning number-44 Piedmont Airlines ride brought about his breakthrough season in 1988. A 10th-place points effort made other car owners in the garage take notice, and the tobacco farmer from Columbia had established himself as a more than capable wheel-turner. Sterling had stints driving for some of the most steadiest outfits in the stock car scene, including Junior Johnson, Hoss Ellington, the Stravola Brothers, and Earl Sadler, but none could help him get over the hump from solid finisher to race winner. That is, until 1994.  Armed with a new ride at Morgan-McClure, in their bright-yellow Kodak number-4, Sterling set out on the season lightning quick, thanks in part to Dr. Gas’ revolutionary “x-pipe” exhaust system. The few extra horsepower was enough to edge Sterling ahead when it mattered most, making him the winner of the Daytona 500. After finishing second and coming close so many times, he was finally a race winner, in the sport’s biggest event at that. Once the glass was broken, Sterling returned the following year and repeated the feat, giving him the distinct honor of being the only driver in history to notch his first two victories in the Great American Race. He would go on to finish 3rd in the 1995 season points, certifying him as one of the top talents in the division.  Sterling would go on to have continued success in NASCAR, including a near-championship run in 2002 before retiring after the ‘09 season. The discussion covers the highs and lows of his career, as well as his 2012 diagnosis of Parkinsonism and his navigation of the disorder in his day-to-day life. Tune in to gain a unique perspective on one of stock car racing’s most memorable characters on episode 410 of the Dale Jr. Download. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

01:36:51

8 Feb 23

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