Grip Strip Podcast Episode 124 - Ralph Sheheen! Plus NASCAR Talk with Phil, Josh and Joe Passero
Phil and Josh bring back regular contributor Joe Passero of Beyond The Flag/Fansided to interview legendary motorsports commentator and co-owner of Speed Sport Ralph Sheheen. Ralph stays on for nearly an hour to discuss his early days and current projects in motorsports along with providing plenty of great advice for those who are looking to get into the motorsports broadcasting/journalism business.
Ralph also went over some great stories and moments along with his amazing collection of books and memorabilia (which you can see on the YT channel feed)! Ralph also assisted Phil in going to commercial since Phil was still in fanboy mode!
After the interview, the trio discussed Tyler Reddick's shocking move to 23XI for 2024. What does this mean for him, 23XI, RCR and who's in play to replace him at RCR? Could Dale, Jr. and JRM come into Cup? New Hampshire saw Christopher Bell win his second career Cup Series race and become the 14th different winner in 2022. The guys go over other key stories like Martin Truex, Jr. and Kevin Harvick who dominated the race along with some drivers that had strong runs but have struggled so far in 2022. Clyde continues to finish up front and add to his points lead with a solid chance to win the Regular Season title.
On the XFinity side, JRM continues their domination with Justin Allgaier winning at NHMS for the first time but solidifying his shot for an elusive first title. Ty Gibbs was the other dominant figure but had mechanical issues while Landon Cassill had a career day ruined by a post-race penalty. The finishing order was definitely random with all the attrition that took place.
Phil, Josh and Joe previewed the triple header at Pocono Raceway this coming weekend along with picks. Zane Smith essentially needs to start on Saturday to win the Regular Season title and earn another 15 playoff points while all the regulars are looking for one more win before moving to IRP for the playoff opener next week.
Can Matt Crafton make the playoffs or will the three-time series champion miss out due to an outside driver winning? In XFinity and Cup, both races could play a big role in the points battles and possibly another winner making the cutoff more interesting.
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