A Lifetime in NASCAR

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Rating
4.8
from
25 reviews
This podcast has
65 episodes
Language
Explicit
No
Date created
2021/01/07
Last published
2022/06/23
Average duration
72 min.
Release period
8 days

Description

A Lifetime in NASCAR features NASCAR writers and historians Ben White and Jerry Bonkowski taking a look at the current events of NASCAR through the lens of the past. Join these historians as they tackle the NASCAR timeline from an all-new perspective.

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The Petty's Unstoppable 67 (w/ Eric Estepp!)
2022/06/23
The 1967 NASCAR Grand National season dawned like any other with great anticipation that drivers and teams would find their places within the win column and bid for the season-long championship.  Among those that drove Fords, Mercury's, Chryslers, Dodges and Plymouths were the stars that fans loved and admired. They were sure their favorites would emerge best and take the coveted crown by season's end.  When the season began, no one had any idea the Petty's would ultimately win 27 of 48 races and take the championship going away. It was a magical year for the team from Level Cross, N.C. and even Richard Petty, crew chief Dale Inman and engine builder Maurice Petty were surprised by their own incredible success. Ben White and guest analyst Eric Estepp discuss the Petty's and their incredible 1967 season as well as the 1966 Plymouth Belvedere that carried Richard to the best year of his 32-year career. They also look back at the origins of  the No. 67 in NASCAR in podcast No. 67 of "A Lifetime in NASCAR. Give "A Lifetime in NASCAR" a listen for some interesting information on this week's podcast.
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Who ISN'T in the NASCAR Hall of Fame?
2022/06/15
When the NASCAR Hall of Fame officially opened on May 11, 2010, there was a great deal of enthusiasm among race fans as well as the motorsports media. A prestigious panel of motorsports icons voted on the inaugural class, naming Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Junior Johnson, Bill France Sr. and Bill France Jr. as the first recipients to go into the hall. Over the past 12 years, a remarkable list of individuals have been inducted among drivers, crew chiefs and team owners. Many icons of the sport have yet to be inducted in the years to come. NASCAR historians Ben White and Jerry Bonkowski look back at many of the stories involving those that haven't been inducted in podcast No. 68 of "A Lifetime in NASCAR, as well as the origins of the car number in this episode. Give "A Lifetime in NASCAR" a listen for some interesting information on this week's podcast.
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The Toughest Stock Car Driver That Ever Lived
2022/06/08
When Cale Yarborough was growing up near Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, in Timmonsville, S.C., the allure of the 1.366-mile speedway was just too difficult to ignore. He was only 11 years old when it opened in 1950 and eventually, the young farm boy would drive there and become a five-time winner at the historic track. The three-time Cup Series champion has quite a story concerning his life and career, some of which includes being lucky to be alive. NASCAR historians Ben White and Jerry Bonkowski look back at many of the stories involving Yarborough's life  in podcast No. 66 of "A Lifetime in NASCAR, as well as the origins of the car number 66 in this episode, a number Yarborough used when he was a team owner in the Cup Series.  Give "A Lifetime in NASCAR" a listen for some interesting information on this week's podcast.
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A Lifetime at Charlotte Motor Speedway
2022/06/03
When O. Bruton Smith opened the gates of Charlotte Motor Speedway in the summer of 1960,  he had no idea what kind of problems he would encounter before returning to reclaim his prize 13 years later. Ultimately, the track served as the foundation and cornerstone of NASCAR's Cup Series and helped make numerous careers in the sport. It continues to serve as the flagship of Speedway Motorsports Inc. formed in 1994 and is predecessor to all of the state-of-the-art race tracks under their umbrellas, NASCAR historians Ben White and Jerry Bonkowski look back at many of the stories involving the track's history in podcast No. 65 of "A Lifetime in NASCAR, as well as the origins of the car number in this episode. Give "A Lifetime in NASCAR" a listen for some interesting information on this week's podcast.
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NASCAR's Day One Rivalries
2022/05/19
Rivalries have always been a part of NASCAR history. They began with the first Strictly Stock race on June 19, 1949 at Charlotte, N.C. when Jim Roper drove into victory lane for the very first time, He did so after race winner Glenn Dunaway was declared illegal for having leaf springs at the rear of his Ford. From that day forward, drivers have expressed their unhappiness with other drivers, especially after being sent sideways on the track followed by angry comments on pit road or the garage area. From the 1940s through the 1990s, there were plenty of legendary drivers that kept fans on the edges of their seats with the latest skirmish in the headlines. NASCAR historians Ben White and Jerry Bonkowski look back at many of those stories in podcast No. 64 of "A Lifetime in NASCAR, as well as the origins of the car number in this episode. Give "A Lifetime in NASCAR" a listen for some interesting information on this week's podcast.
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Bet You Didn't Know That! - Trivia from 74 Years of NASCAR Racing
2022/05/12
Throughout NASCAR's incredible history, there have been plenty of noteworthy stories that have made the sport of stock car racing just that much more enjoyable. They are the trivial yet amazing pieces of information that leaves one with a smile after learning extra tidbits hidden deep in the history books. NASCAR historians Ben White and Jerry Bonkowski look back at a few of these astonishing  facts and share their thoughts on how and why they came about. They also look back at the origins and interesting milestones of the No. 63  in NASCAR's past during podcast No. 63 of "A Lifetime in NASCAR."
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From Cotton Field to Crown Jewel: The History of Darlington Raceway
2022/05/05
In the mind of Harold Brasington, Darlington Raceway was nothing more than a sketch of what his track would look like for well over a decade before ground was finally broken to get the process started. When the gates finally opened for qualifying 10 days before the green flag waved over the inaugural Southern 500 on Sept. 4, 1950, the 1.25-mile superspeedway was all the rage among the people of Darlington County, S.C. It was the one entity that would put Darlington, S.C. and Florence, S.C. on the regional and national map. Eventually, over a period of 70 years, the track "Too Tough to Tame" helped to build the careers of many NASCAR legends. Thus far, 63 checkered flags have fallen over drivers in spring and fall events at the legendary and historic track. NASCAR historians Ben White and Jerry Bonkowski look back at how the track came into existence and revisit some of the greatest victories that occurred there. They also look back at the origins and interesting milestones of the No. 62 in NASCAR history during podcast No. 62 of "A Lifetime in NASCAR." Give "A Lifetime in NASCAR" a listen for some interesting information on this week's podcast.
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Neil Bonnett: Friend First, Racer Second
2022/04/28
To many in the garage area, Neil Bonnett was one pf the most beloved drivers in NASCAR's long history. The native of Hueytown, AL. was lost in a single-car crash during a practice session at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 11, 1994, nine days before the Daytona 500. Bonnett was attempting a comeback for six races scheduled for that season in a Chevrolet fielded by team owner James Finch. NASCAR historians Ben White and Jerry Bonkowski look back at Bonnett's life and career, as well as his career as a broadcaster for several major networks. They also discuss the origins and interesting milestones of the No. 61 in NASCAR history during podcast No. 61 of "A Lifetime in NASCAR." Give "A Lifetime in NASCAR" a listen for some interesting information on this week's podcast.
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Biggest Cheaters? Genius Innovators? Depends on Who You Ask...
2022/04/21
Throughout NASCAR's 74-year history, there have been plenty of instances where competitors have searched for advantages within the rules that could help them on the race track. Many of those innovations have been tried and been caught by NASCAR officials and deemed cheating outside the spirit of the rules, NASCAR historians Ben White and Jerry Bonkowski dedicate this week's show to looking back at many of those items discovered as well as some of the crew chiefs and mechanics that came up with them. They also discuss the origins and interesting milestones of the No. 60 in NASCAR history during podcast No. 60 of "A Lifetime in NASCAR." Give "A Lifetime in NASCAR" a listen for some interesting information on this week's podcast.
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"The Greatest Driver in NASCAR History" (According to Richard Petty)
2022/04/14
Throughout David Pearson's iconic NASCAR career, there was something very special about the Spartanburg, S.C. native. He collected 105 Cup Series victories and three championships and during that time and how he won more races at the famed Darlington (S.C.) Raceway that any other driver. No matter what type of car he drove, he mastered the 1.366-mile track better than any other driver. Wins came with Ford's Holman Moody, Wood Brothers Racing and Team owners Rod Osterlund and Hoss Ellington. His 105th and final win came at Darlington on April 13, 1980. This week marks the 50th anniversary when Pearson joined the Wood Brothers for the 1972 Rebel 400.. NASCAR historians Ben White and Jerry Bonkowski dedicate this week's show to Pearson and discuss his life and career and love for Darlington Raceway. They also discuss the origins of the No. 59 in NASCAR history during podcast No. 59 of "A Lifetime in NASCAR." Give "A Lifetime in NASCAR" a listen for some interesting information on this week's podcast.
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Personal Stories of Alan Kulwicki with Tom Roberts
2022/04/07
Descriptions of the late Alan Kulwicki include determined, calculating, focused, and driven. The Greenfield, Wisc. native came to NASCAR's Cup Series determined to win races and championships his way - as opposed to driving for other team owners. Kulwicki won five races and the 1992 Cup Series championship before his untimely death on April 1, 1993 in a private airplane crash. NASCAR historians Ben White and Jerry Bonkowski dedicate this week's show to Kulwicki and discuss his life and career. They are joined by Tom Roberts, Kulwicki's longtime public relations manager, and share behind the scenes stories of the fallen champion from a personal perspective. Give "A Lifetime in NASCAR" a listen for some interesting information on this week's podcast.
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My Friend Dale Earnhardt
2022/03/31
As a child, Dale Earnhardt dreamed of following in his father's footsteps and becoming a race car driver. It was an extremely difficult road with many setbacks with extreme odds against him. Miraculously, the native of Kannapolis, N.C. went on to win seven Cup Series titles as well as 76-races during his incredible career. NASCAR historians Ben White and Jerry Bonkowski dedicate this week's show to the memory of Earnhardt and tell some interesting stories about the beloved champion as well as some rarely discussed statistics concerning an eight and one-half year period of his career during episode No. 57 of "A Lifetime in NASCAR." Also discussed is the number 57 and some drivers that wheeled the number during their esteemed careers in the Cup series. Give "A Lifetime in NASCAR" a listen for some interesting information on this week's podcast. NASCAR writers and historians Ben White and Jerry Bonkowski take a look at the current events of NASCAR through the lens of the past. For more shows visit https://groovymotorsports.com/
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4.8 out of 5
25 reviews
BP0626 2021/08/10
Breath of Fresh Air
Guys thank you for being such a breath of fresh air. I love the history of NASCAR and thankful that y’all being it to light. More people need to know ...
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Sam d man 45 2021/06/29
Great
So many cool and obscure stories that only people like you guys will ever get to tell and you do it so humbly, liking the shorter episode’s too very g...
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bbbrandrew 2021/06/25
Great show
Love the knowledge and passion from these guys. Easily one of my favorite podcasts.
thecuse 2021/02/06
Great show guys!!
Finally a show that talks about NASCAR stories from the past! The Dale Earnhardt story from Japan is awesome. Your perspective, knowledge and passion ...
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