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Gary Nelson Tells Legendary Cheating Stories and How He’s Dealing with On-Track Tragedies

Gary Nelson Tells Legendary Cheating Stories and How He’s Dealing with On-Track Tragedies

Join Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the Dale Jr. Download as he interviews legendary NASCAR crew chief Gary Nelson. Known for his innovative strategies and daring tactics, Nelson has worked with iconic drivers like Ricky Rudd, Bobby Allison, and Geoff Bodine. Gary delves into the world of NASCAR innovation, sharing stories about finding ways around NASCAR’s scales, aerodynamics advancements, and his cars that looked "too good" to inspectors. Nelson also recounts the early days of his career, discussing his relationship with Robert Gee, lessons learned from Darrell Waltrip, and his crucial role in Dale Earnhardt's first win at Bristol. Dale Jr. and Gary explore his give-and-take relationship with Bobby Allison and what it took for them to achieve success together. The conversation continues with Nelson’s time at Hendrick Motorsports, the creation of SABCO with Felix Sabates, and his transition to the NASCAR Winston Cup Director role. Gary reveals how Rick Hendrick's persuasive skills led him to join HMS, his experiences with Geoff Bodine in winning the Daytona 500, and behind-the-scenes stories that inspired "Days of Thunder." Gary shares pivotal moments, including a near-firing after a shouting match with Kyle Petty at Dover, and his mission to enhance NASCAR safety after witnessing tragic on-track crashes. This episode is a treasure trove of insights and stories from one of NASCAR's most influential figures. Don't miss this compelling conversation on the Dale Jr Download! Follow Dirty Mo Media Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: TikTok: All About Dirty Mo Media: Chapters 00:00 - Introduction and Background of Gary Nelson 06:55 - Innovative Techniques and Weight Manipulation in NASCAR 14:12 - Challenges and Excitement in the NASCAR Industry 21:52 - Stories and Anecdotes from the NASCAR World 46:34 - The Challenges of the 1980 Season and the Return in 1981 56:07 - The Importance of Aerodynamics in Racing 01:05:07 - The Struggles and Successes with Bobby Allison 01:14:45 - The Role of Crew Chiefs in Setting Up Race Cars 01:22:26 - Transition and Success with the R&D Car at Daytona 01:28:15 - Engineering and Setup: Tire Temperatures and Panhard Bar 01:46:16 - Feuds and Rivalries in NASCAR 01:58:23 - Commentating and Transition to Sabco Racing 02:04:29 - The Dominance of the #88 Car and the Advantage of Radio and Tire Development 02:14:38 - Transitioning to Working for NASCAR and the Focus on Safety Innovation 02:19:45 - The Importance of Holding the Driver Tightly in the Car and the Development of Safer Walls 02:26:06 - Pride in the Safety Advancements Made During Nelson's Time at NASCAR
Hailie Deegan and AM Racing Part Ways: What's Next for Her Career?

Hailie Deegan and AM Racing Part Ways: What's Next for Her Career?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back in the studio for this week’s episode of Dirty Air, ready to dive into the latest NASCAR action after an eventful weekend in Chicago. Was it a vacation, or was he just gathering more stories to share? Joined by special co-host TJ Majors, Dale breaks down all the excitement and drama from the Windy City. Here's what's on the agenda: Golf Cart Woes: Dale explains why he doesn’t trust his golf cart. Chicago Rain: The relentless rains that impacted the races. SVG and Larson’s Weekend: A rollercoaster of ups and downs for Shane van Gisbergen and Kyle Larson. Post-Race Retaliation: The incidents of retaliation after the checkered flag. Playoff Tensions: How the Playoff window is tightening for non-winners. Hailie Deegan Parting Ways With AM Racing: What's next for her career? Tyler Reddick’s Last-Lap Shot: A close look at Tyler Reddick’s attempt on the final lap. During the Ask Jr. segment, Dale answers listener questions on three hot topics: Ryan Blaney’s ESPY Chances: Can Ryan Blaney clinch the ESPY “Driver of the Year” award? NASCAR’s EV Project: Dale’s thoughts on NASCAR’s ambitious Electric Vehicle Project and its future impact on the sport. Rodney Childers to Spire Motorsports: Insights on Rodney Childers moving to Spire Motorsports in 2025 to work on the 7 car. Don’t miss this comprehensive episode filled with NASCAR news, expert opinions, and behind-the-scenes stories from Dale Jr. and TJ Majors! Follow Dirty Mo Media Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: TikTok: All About Dirty Mo Media: Chapters 00:00 - Introduction 02:16 - The Job of a Spotter 08:17 - Dale Jr.'s Love for Lego Sets 19:49 - Racing in Wet Conditions at the Chicago Race 25:05 - Debating the Use of Rain Tires and Timed Events 31:45 - Christopher Bell's Comment and Stage Breaks 33:34 - Strategic Considerations: Moving Up the Stage End 36:29 - On-Track Incidents and Driver Conduct 41:50 - The Playoff Picture and the Importance of Wins 55:08 - Hailie Deegan and the Need for Opportunities 01:03:19 - The Role of Experience in Driver Success 01:07:11 - Hailie Deegan's NASCAR Career and Future Opportunities 01:11:26 - Alex Bowman's Win at Chicago and Ally's Support 01:19:41 - Betting Predictions for Pocono 01:35:56 - Upcoming Content on Dirty Mo Media
How Hot Does The Inside Of A NASCAR Cup Car Feel?

How Hot Does The Inside Of A NASCAR Cup Car Feel?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. sits down for a conversation with his longtime friend and 2017 NASCAR Cup Champion Martin Truex Jr. With his recent retirement announcement in the rearview mirror, Dale Jr. is anxious to connect with Martin and see what his plans are for the future. At the time of the interview, Martin is preparing to embark on a fishing trip in his home state of New Jersey, which gives listeners a good idea of what he’ll be spending his time doing once he’s no longer behind the wheel full-time. Martin explains that over the last couple of years, he had been making more trips home to New Jersey and enjoyed connecting with his family and friends, so he recently purchased a house in his hometown. Dale inquires as to what kind of racing fans might see Martin doing in the future, to which he answers that he’ll likely be running the Daytona 500, some Xfinity events, and even a NASCAR Truck in the coming years. Martin also expresses interest in getting behind the wheel of a NASCAR modified and competing in the Turkey Derby at his home track, Wall Stadium, where he started his racing career in the late 90s. On the topic of hunting and being a full-time sportsman, Dale plants the seed of Martin possibly hosting his own outdoors show, helping to further the brand and mission state of Bass Pro Shops, of which Martin has had a long-running partnership with since first coming together at Chance 2 Motorsports in 2003. The conversation looks at the two halves of Martin’s NASCAR Cup career and how his journey to the top of stock car racing almost didn’t happen, his working relationship with Cole Pearn and what his thoughts are currently on the NextGen Car. Follow Dirty Mo Media Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: TikTok: All About Dirty Mo Media: 00:00 - Martin Truex Jr.'s Retirement Announcement and Future Plans 02:08 - Fishing and Life in New Jersey 07:48 - Running Races 13:14 - Friendship and Championship Win 28:07 - The Surprising Strategies that Led to Wins 30:31 - Respecting Cole Pearn's Decision to Leave 34:51 - Challenges of the Next Gen Car 41:43 - Involvement in Businesses and Passion for Hunting 50:52 - Excitement for the Next Chapter of Life
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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 as part of the Kids Drive NASCAR platform. He also served as a sports anchor for Arizona PBS’ nightly programming


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.


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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