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Mario Andretti: Addicted To Adrenaline
01:44:23

Mario Andretti: Addicted To Adrenaline

Dale Earnhardt Jr. sits down for an incredible conversation with motorsports icon Mario Andretti. With a resume that includes wins in the Indy 500 and the Daytona 500, four IndyCar championships, and a Formula One championship, Mario is in rarified air in motorsports history, ranking among the best to ever sit behind the wheel. Mario reflects on his childhood in Italy and how his family migrated from a refugee camp to Nazareth, Pennsylvania when he was 15 years old. It was there that his twin brother Aldo and he discovered the nearby Nazareth Speedway and set out with the ambition to build a racecar to enter the local sportsman division. At the advice of his friends, the Andretti brother team settled on a 1948 Hudson Hornet for their initial foray into racing, thanks to the classic car’s success on the dirt in early NASCAR competition. With a fabricated story of racing in the Formula Junior ranks in Italy and doctored driver's licenses in their pockets, the Andretti's set out with a full head of steam and found immediate success, helping to launch one of the greatest stories in auto racing. Mario explains that his decision to leave stock cars and venture into open wheel racing came through the ¾ midget ranks of the East Coast, and his time in the division helped land him USAC sprint and championship car rides. After getting his feet wet in the big cars in 1964, Mario had a tremendous rookie season, placing 3rd at the Indianapolis 500 and winning the national championship. Mario and Dale also chat about his journey into the NASCAR world, which resulted in a 1967 Daytona 500 victory with the Holman-Moody team. Mario admits that some on the team were pulling for his teammate Fred Lorenzen, but with the help of the legendary engine builder Waddell Wilson, he was able to overcome adversity for his lone NASCAR win. The conversation also covers Mario’s track record at the Indy 500, pursuing his childhood love of Formula One racing and how he came to win the 1978 World Championship and returning to the US to finish his career in the CART ranks, racing alongside his son Michael. Follow Dirty Mo Media Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DirtyMoMedia Twitter: https://twitter.com/DirtyMoMedia Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtymomedia TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@dirtymomedia_ All About Dirty Mo Media: https://www.dirtymomedia.com
Dale Jr. Talks NASCAR Charters, Josh Berry’s Future, and Waiver Drama
01:28:55

Dale Jr. Talks NASCAR Charters, Josh Berry’s Future, and Waiver Drama

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back behind the microphone to react to the chaotic NASCAR Cup race outcome at Gateway on this edition of Dirty Air. Blown engines and empty gas tanks disrupted Christopher Bell and Ryan Blaney’s clear paths to victory, and Austin Cindric was in the right place at the right time. In this episode, Dale Jr. rants about annoying phone calls, shares a funny bouncy house tale, and discusses the latest NASCAR Cup Series news. Dale Jr. reacts to the recent race at St. Louis, the performance of drivers, and the impact of track conditions on the race. He also talks about the charter agreement and what happens to drivers when Stewart-Haas racing closes after this season. Special guest Austin Cindric talks about his Cup Series win at Gateway and what it's like to race the Next Gen car. They also touch on the surprising results of the bracket challenge and the performance of Justin Haley in the Cup series. The crew also reacts to Elton Sawyer's quotes and discusses live betting on NASCAR races. Follow Dirty Mo Media Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DirtyMoMedia Twitter: https://twitter.com/DirtyMoMedia Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtymomedia TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@dirtymomedia_ All About Dirty Mo Media: https://www.dirtymomedia.com Chapters: 00:00 - Challenges of Moving Up to the Cup Series 18:27 - The Value and Complexity of NASCAR Charters 27:12 - The Trademark of the Number Eight: Legacy and Ownership 31:09 - Kyle Larson's Waiver: Implications and Precedent 43:44 - Dynamics of the Motorsports Industry: Ownership, Contracts, and Future 45:06 - Centering Life Around Racing 46:32 - Challenges of the Next-Gen Car in NASCAR 47:31 - Impact of Driver Data in Racing 01:22:21 - iRacing and Live Betting in NASCAR 01:28:04 - Predictions and Expectations for Upcoming NASCAR Events
From Self-Funded Musician to Megastar: The Luke Combs Story | Dale Jr. Download
01:26:06

From Self-Funded Musician to Megastar: The Luke Combs Story | Dale Jr. Download

Luke Combs joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the Download to share his journey from growing up in North Carolina to pursuing a career in country music. He discusses his early experiences, challenges, and successes, shedding light on his approach to music and his decision to move to Nashville. The stories Luke tells about his days working as a bouncer and performing at local college bars provide valuable lessons and inspiration for aspiring musicians and fans alike. Does Luke ever plan to return to ASU to finish his college degree? What had he figured out about life that set him up for success in Nashville, regardless of whether he secured a record deal? The conversation then delves into his passion for performing, his love for his home state, and the impact of social media on his career. Luke talks about his humble beginnings as an aspiring singer/songwriter – and reluctant guitar player – and his path to becoming a megastar. Dale’s conversation with Luke dives into everything from Luke’s early days in Nashville to that time he lit one with Willie Nelson to his “Fast Cars” collab with Tracy Chapman and getting to share the stage with Eric Church. Luke Combs’ interview with Dale Jr. provides a candid and personal look at the life and career of a rising country music icon. Follow Dirty Mo Media Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DirtyMoMedia Twitter: https://twitter.com/DirtyMoMedia Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtymomedia TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@dirtymomedia_ All About Dirty Mo Media: https://www.dirtymomedia.com The Denny Hamlin Bracket Challenge is officially out now! Head to dirtymomedia.com/bracketchallenge to enter and share it with us on social media. Let's go! https://www.dirtymomedia.com/bracketchallenge Chapters: 00:00 - The Journey Begins: North Carolina to Nashville 16:25 - Passion and Dedication in Music Creation 45:40 - The Journey Begins: Aspiring Musician to Megastar 53:12 - Navigating the Music Industry in Nashville 01:16:31 - Honoring Iconic Songs and Collaborations
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The Dale Jr. download:

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DALE EARNHARDT, JR.

Two-time Daytona 500 champion and winner of 15 consecutive NASCAR Most Popular Driver awards… Winner of two NASCAR Xfinity Series championships as a driver and five as a team owner… Recognized still as one of America’s most beloved sports figures... New York Times best-selling author, most recently for his 2018 book Racing To The Finish… Currently an analyst for NBC Sports’ NASCAR coverage.

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Andrew Kurland

Andrew Kurland first started working in the NASCAR garages at 12 years old as a reporter for NASCAR’s kid programming. As an on-air correspondent, Kurland has interacted with a variety of drivers and personalities throughout the sport. Over the years he has appeared on NASCAR on NBC, Fox Sports 1, and NASCAR.com as part of the Kids Drive NASCAR platform. He also served as a sports anchor for Arizona PBS’ nightly programming

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Carla Metts Gebhart

Currently working at FOX Charlotte, WJZY-TV as the Sports Director and an Anchor. She previously worked for NASCAR and Midcos Sports Network as a producer and reporter in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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Casey Boat

A marketing professional in the NASCAR industry. Married to Chad Boat, a professional stock car and sprint car racer who -owns Trucker Boat Motorsports. A native of Miami, Florida and alumnus of UNC Charlotte.

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