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When you’ve spent more than 20 years of your life on the road as a NASCAR crew chief and NBC analyst, you’re bound to meet some interesting characters along the way. Letarte on Location brings you closer to all kinds of personalities that Steve has connected with throughout the years traveling the circuit. So sit down, buckle up and get ready for some “off the grid” conversations.
 
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In this episode of Stacking Pennies, Corey LaJoie sits down with Ricky Rudd to talk about how he got the nickname “The Rooster,” taping his eyes open at Daytona in 1984 and his regret of not fighting Kevin Harvick at Richmond in 2003. Ryan “Skip” Flores joins to talk about the upcoming challenge that is Martinsville’s pit road and the crew talks da…
 
Jerry Freeze, general manager of Front Row Motorsports, on life at the Daytona 500 champion's headquarters, even if the signage doesn’t reflect its greatest triumph yet (1:00); describing the command center at Front Row Motorsports and its role in warding off geese (3:00); what being general manager entails (4:00); comparing the Daytona 500 victory…
 
Steve sits down with Bridget and Sarah Burgess of BMI Racing. 19-year old Bridget pilots the No. 88 Chevrolet for her family-run race team in ARCA Menards West Series competition with her mother, Sarah, calling the shots from atop the pit box. They talk about their family’s move from Australia to America in order to pursuit their racing dreams.…
 
On this episode of Stacking Pennies with Corey LaJoie, Corey goes 1-on-1 with Bristol Dirt Race winner Joey Logano. LaJoie also gets some flack on Twitter from Brett Griffin. Ryan 'Skip' Flores joins to talk pit road happenings from Bristol and the crew throws out ideas for the next dirt race. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/ad…
 
NASCAR on NBC analyst Kyle Petty on why The King and other old-timers were leery about Bristol Dirt (1:00); how racing on dirt in 2021 compared to 50 years ago (3:00); does NASCAR need a dirt race to showcase driver talent? (5:30); “it’s all about the fans,” and they told KP that they loved it (6:30); improvements to consider for 2022, starting wit…
 
On this episode of Stacking Pennies with Corey LaJoie, the crew dives into NASCAR's best fights, including the scuffle between Noah Gragson and Daniel Hemric at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Ryan "Skip" Flores then talks about the news off of pit road, and Ryan Blaney calls in to talk about his win in the ATL. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit mega…
 
NASCAR on NBC analyst Dale Jarrett on how did Kyle Larson lose this race? (1:00); did Joey Logano really affect the outcome much? (3:30); how did Ryan Blaney conserve his tires so well on a track that gobbles them? DJ offers the Hall of Fame driver perspective (5:30); what this victory says about the emergence of Ryan Blaney as a championship conte…
 
On this episode of Stacking Pennies with Corey LaJoie, Corey talks about his upcoming dirt late model race at Bristol Motor Speedway to help prepare him for the NASCAR Cup Series' race there. Ryan 'Skip' Flores drops by to talk about the happenings on pit road. And the age-old debate resurfaces of where numbers should be on the side of the car. Lea…
 
Michael McDowell joins Steve to chat about his path to earning first career Cup Series win as a 70/1 underdog in the sport’s biggest event … the Daytona 500! The native of Glendale, Arizona talks about how focusing on the details helped the No. 34 Ford Mustang team make an impact early in the season. Approaching his career with honesty, making achi…
 
NASCAR on NBC analyst Jeff Burton returns to the NASCAR on NBC Podcast for his first appearance in a year and five days to break down the NASCAR Cup race at Phoenix Raceway, including recalling the last time we did this pre-pandemic (1:00); what stood out about Martin Truex Jr.’s victory, aside from being so good after scrubbing the wall (2:00); wa…
 
On this episode of Stacking Pennies with Corey LaJoie, Kyle Larson and crew chief Cliff Daniels recap their win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Kyle gives Corey a few dirt racing pointers ahead of Bristol. Ryan 'Skip' Flores talks about the happenings on pit road as the crew turns its sights to Phoenix Raceway with a call from track president Julie…
 
NASCAR on NBC analyst Steve Letarte breaks down the NASCAR Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, including Kyle Larson breaking the “underdog” streak (1:00); how it felt to see a crowd (though limited) at Las Vegas this time (2:00); is Larson getting up to speed so quickly a surprise? (4:00); sizing up the surge by Hendrick Motorsports (6:30); why …
 
Steve goes crew chief-to-crew chief with Adam Stevens, who is leading the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota with driver Christopher Bell. Just three races into their first season together, Stevens and Bell have set the bar high with a victory at the Daytona Road Course. Both crew chiefs share stories of past driver swaps and what it meant for the rest…
 
On this episode of Stacking Pennies Corey LaJoie interviews the Homestead winner William Byron and interim crew chief Steve Letarte about all things Homestead. Skip Flores hops on to talk Daniel Hemric hitting his tire carrier and Corey and Jonathan Merryman go toe-to-toe over fire suits and numbers on the rear quarter panel. Learn more about your …
 
NASCAR on NBC analyst Steve Letarte breaks down the NASCAR Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where he returned as a de-facto crew chief for the first time in several years and explained how race day felt (1:00); what surprised him the most about what the NASCAR garage looks like now vs. 2014 (2:30); how the race unfolded (5:00); why Corey LaJoi…
 
Steve’s two-wheel fandom shines through with this week’s guest, Monster Energy AMA Supercross rider Christian Craig. The veteran racer talks about his recent injury and how he powered through his heats in Orlando. Plus, what was his extra encouragement in Houston. Craig, who is currently competing in the 250 SX class with Yamaha, also shares how hi…
 
On this episode of Stacking Pennies Corey breaks down the two incidents between himself and Chase Elliott at the Daytona Road Course. Ty Gibbs stops by to talk about winning in his first ever NASCAR Xfinity Series start and Ryan 'Skip' Flores updates us on the latest news and notes from pit road. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm…
 
NASCAR on NBC analyst Steve Letarte breaks down the NASCAR weekend at the Daytona Road Course, analyzing how Christopher Bell and Ty Gibbs are making the future seem bright at Joe Gibbs Racing (1:00); why are so many inexperienced drivers getting their first NASCAR national series victories at road courses? (3:00); some insight on what Letarte know…
 
On this episode of Stacking Pennies, Corey is joined by Daytona 500 Champion Michael McDowell. The two talk about Michael's humble 14 years in the sport before winning his first, and the biggest race in NASCAR, the Daytona 500. Ryan 'Skip' Flores also joins Corey to talk about life on pit road in Daytona and Jonathan Merryman drops by to talk about…
 
NASCAR on NBC analyst Steve Letarte breaks down the Daytona 500, analyzing the breathtaking final lap and what he saw between Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano (1:00); Are we learning you shouldn’t block while leading on the last lap of the Daytona 500? (3:30); How does Roger Penske handle the aftermath? (4:30); on Michael McDowell’s underdog story (…
 
In this first episode of Stacking Pennies, Corey LaJoie catches up with Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Chase Briscoe as the two swap old racing stories as well as talk about the upcoming Daytona 500. Ever wonder how Lake Lloyd got its name? You're in luck because LaJoie breaks that down as well. Skip Flores also stops by to update us on the ha…
 
Steve Letarte is back on location with NASCAR Cup Series Champion Chase Elliott for the season’s first episode of Letarte On Location. Since winning the championship, Elliott has had a busy off-season racing in marquee events, and now he’s ready for his sports car debut in the prestigious Rolex 24 at Daytona. The two sat down at Daytona talk about …
 
The newly named Chevrolet sports car program manager who oversees Corvette Racing and also has managed the Cadillac program that has four consecutive overall victories in the Rolex 24 at Daytona on her new expanded role as a major manufacturer executive in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series (1:00); how many people she oversees (3:00…
 
Steve welcomes NASCAR Cup Series driver Ty Dillon to Letarte On Location this week. Coming off an impressive showing at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, Ty talks about working on his road course skills and shares his thoughts on a 2021 schedule with more chances to show those skills off. Also on Ty’s mind: The final days of Germain Racing, where…
 
The newest member of the NASCAR on NBC team, Brad Daugherty, joins Steve for an episode of Letarte on Location. Brad shares stories of his past growing up in North Carolina and how his love of racing grew because of his family - and his dreams of one day becoming a race car driver! That, however, was not in the cards for the 7-foot Daugherty, who b…
 
As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Omar Amador of Telemundo joins Steve for the latest edition of Letarte On Location. Omar covers a variety of sports for Telemundo’s Spanish-speaking audience, including NASCAR. In his conversation with Steve, he explains how he fell in love with NASCAR at Daytona, his involvement in the sport (including cove…
 
Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip, Rusty Wallace and Dale Earnhardt Jr. share everything they love about Bristol Motor Speedway ... their first impressions on rolling into NASCAR's "Last Great Colosseum," the secrets to some of their success, why they tell every fan it's the first NASCAR racetrack where they should attend a race, the toll it takes on …
 
In the latest Letarte On Location, Xfinity Series driver Jeremy Clements joins Steve to talk about what goes into bringing a small, family-owned race team to the track each week. From working with mileaged-out parts to booking travel, Jeremy and his #51 team have to make the most of it. But he remains dedicated to living out his dream - a commitmen…
 
In retirement, former NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler’s schedule is more packed than ever with coaching youth sports, iRacing and golfing! So Steve was lucky to get him to join the Letarte On Location podcast this week. Elliott reflects on his driving career, the current state of the Playoffs, and which Hall of Fame driver helped him as a rookie.…
 
Winston Kelley, NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director & MRN Pit Reporter, joins Letarte On Location to share stories of the past in honor of Throwback Weekend at Darlington. Winston talks to Steve about how he juggled multiple jobs in order to follow NASCAR on the weekends, and balancing his current roles at the Hall of Fame and MRN. He also goes …
 
Denny Hamlin has been making the most of the 2020 season, before and after the two-month pause due to the global pandemic. Steve welcomes the three-time Daytona 500 Champion to Letarte On Location this week. They talk about career goals and how they have evolved over time, popularity in NASCAR and hurdles Denny has overcome during his time in the s…
 
In a conversation between crew chiefs, Steve welcomes Martin Truex Jr.’s head wrench James Small to Letarte On Location. In his maiden season as the head of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota, Small talks about his start in racing back home in Australia to his current role in NASCAR's premier series. Small gives Steve a lesson about the difference …
 
Letarte On Location talks to Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile ahead of the first NASCAR weekend on the facility’s storied road course. Both Chip and Steve share their love of NASCAR history along evolution of the sport. As leader of one of the most famous race tracks, Chip shares his career path mowing lawns at Darlington and late…
 
It’s 2020, and Steve Letarte is back with “Letarte On Location” - but locations are a little different for now. Steve talks with NBC Sports play-by-play announcer & host Leigh Diffey, both from their own homes. Leigh has contributed to a variety of motorsports productions for not only NBC, but the BBC too. In this first episode of the season, they …
 
Lunch Talk Live with Mike Tirico for Thursday 6/11 -Dan Hicks on the restart of the PGA Tour -Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst on encouraging the Badgers football family to bond together and help others -Falcons coach Dan Quinn on protesting, Matt Ryan's voice, and showing leadership -Anson Carter on steps being taken within the NHL world to fi…
 
Lunch Talk Live with Mike Tirico for Thursday 6/4 -Tony Dungy on Drew Brees -Stephanie Ruhle on the business and economic impact the pandemic and demonstrations will have on sports -Jim Furyk on golf resuming next week -Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith on the upcoming Belmont -Scott Dixon on the restart of IndyCar this weekend…
 
Lunch Talk Live with Mike Tirico for Monday 6/1 -Basketball Hall of Famer and former Detroit mayor Dave Bing on the George Floyd murder and the response we've seen across the nation -Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders on being a white coach in the NBA and the need to listen and educate himself and listen to his players on how to deal with the Ge…
 
Lunch Talk Live with Mike Tirico for Friday 5/29 -Tony Dungy on the situation in Minneapolis -Rebecca Lowe on the return of the Premier League -Matt Rhule on entering year 1 as the Panthers coach -James van Riemsdyk on the NHL's plan to return to the ice -Ricky Carmichael on the return of supercross this weekend…
 
Lunch Talk Live with Mike Tirico for Thursday 5/28 -Robbie Earle on the news that the Premier League will return June 17 -Indians manager Terry Francona on getting his team ready for a return, why the owners and MLBPA shouldn't negotiate so publicly, and coaching Michael Jordan in the minors -Chris Simms on the 4th & 15 alternative, Sky Judge, and …
 
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