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podcasts: Five To Go

Atlanta traffic and pit reporter Doug "Fireball" Turnbull, WSB Radio Host Eric Von Haessler, and championship-winning mechanic Dan Elliott go long form on five big stories in the racing world each week, along with tales from the garage and the grandstands from over the years.

Most Recent Episode:

Episode 86: Dan and Eric solve all of NASCAR's problems

Topics: Doug, Dan, and Eric sum up their takes on the championship races and the 2019 season in Cup, overall. This is a deep dive on some of the root problems in the sport and some big ideas to fix them.
Posted: November 18, 2019

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Episode 85: Playoff formats, the control of NASCAR, and the Georgia playoff curse

Topics: With Eric out, Doug and Dan discuss what they think the ideal Playoff format would be, the benefits of the current one, the disadvantages of owners having so much say in NASCAR, and Chase Elliott and the Georgia sports curse in NASCAR.

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Episode 84: Big fixes, finding the big personalities, and big Penske news

Topics: The whole gang returns to recap Texas and the unforced errors there. They also take a deep dive on the "it" factor NASCAR is missing, Penske's IndyCar purchase, and Kurt Busch's delayed retirement.

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Episode 83: Martinsville dominance and how to handle the fights

Topics: Doug and Dan break down the Martinsville race and its lack of lead changes, but also discuss how teams can better handle angry drivers. They also discuss Chase Elliott's mechanical gremlins and Todd Gilliland's spicy race-winning radio chatter.

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Episode 82: Judging 'Dega, overruling the rules

Topics: Doug and Dan talk about the action in Talladega, the yellow line rule, the 2020 rules and wrecking at superspeedways, more Silly Season moves, the Gen-6 test, and the race that could be another wild card later in the Playoffs.

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Episode 81: The only reason NASCAR should slow cars down

Topics: The whole gang is in the house to pinpoint why passing is becoming so hard, discuss if Logano/Elliott/Blaney are doomed in the Playoffs, preview Talladega, and talk about Logano's strategy of racing hard so many laps down at Dover.

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Episode 80: So many plot turns leaving the Roval

Topics: Doug and Dan are joined by special guests Devin and Drew Kupka to sift through the story lines leaving the Roval, the big Silly Season news with Buescher and Stenhouse Jr., what cost savings the new rules really bring, and what sportsmanship should look like.

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Episode 79: Richmond musings and Silly Season desperation

Topics: Doug and Dan chew on some of the big stories out of Richmond, including JGR dominance and drivers on fumes. They also assess the Hemric firing and what other drivers could see a change. Then Dan discusses what the impact of Gen-7 cars will have on small teams.

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Episode 78: Hot takes and hot tempers after Round 1

Topics: Doug gets Eric's instant reaction on NASCAR's biggest stories of the week, including the missing edge with Kyle Busch and where young Xfinity Series drivers could end up driving in Cup.

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Episode 77: Spec cars, an absent champ, and a sour puss

Topics: Doug, Eric, and Dan discuss how the Brickyard 400 and the final Playoff race shook out, what future spec cars could look like, the unenthusiastic Kyle Busch-Xfinity win, and matching up the series' Playoffs.

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News

  • The remains of six victims of a deadly volcano eruption in New Zealand have been recovered. Sixteen people were killed on White Island when a volcano there unexpectedly erupted Monday, The Associated Press reported. Eight military specialists recovered six of the eight victims believed to be on the island, and the bodies will be taken to Auckland for identification, CNN reported. Due to toxic gases still being released from the volcano, the team had to wear protective suits and breathing gear to be on the island, the AP reported. The search had to end as air supplies ran low, the New York Times reported. An additional recovery mission is planned to find a tour guide and boat captain who had taken tourists to the island. At least one of them is expected to be in the water, but the other person’s location is unknown, the AP reported. Forty-seven tourists, many from a Royal Caribbean cruise, and guides were on the island when the volcano exploded. Many of the people who survived were burned. Fifteen tourists not from Australia are in burn units across the country with 11 listed as very critical. Thirteen Australians who were part of the tour have all returned to their home country, the AP reported. Skin banks are sending tissues to hospitals to help treat the burns, as medical teams from Australia, Britain and the U.S. travel to New Zealand to help treat patients, the AP reported.
  • A Minnesota man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 24 years in prison in the death of his 13-day-old son. Michael Herkal, 33, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, nearly 16 months to the day after Apple Valley police responded to an Aug. 12, 2018, medical call for an infant not breathing, WCCO reported. The child died two days later, after doctors determined he had suffered a skull fracture and bleeding in his brain. Herkal was charged initially with felony assault and malicious punishment of a child, but three additional charges of murder were filed after authorities received the autopsy report, KARE11 reported. According to WCCO, Herkal initially told authorities his toddler pulled the newborn off the couch twice but later claimed the baby slipped from his hands and fell onto a coffee table during a diaper change. During his plea hearing, however, Herkal admitted he also shook the infant violently and slapped him, the TV station reported.
  • Major League Baseball announced substantial changes Thursday to its drug use and testing policy, multiple news outlets reported. In addition to removing marijuana from its “drugs of abuse” category – making it the first major US sports league to do so – the organization announced mandatory testing for the presence of opioids, cocaine, synthetic THC, LSD and fentanyl, ABC News reported. Per the policy revisions, players will still be tested for “natural cannabinoids” such as THC, CBD, and marijuana, but punishment for violations will now be treated similarly to those of the alcohol and violence policies, ABC News reported. 'Going forward, marijuana-related conduct will be treated the same as alcohol-related conduct under the Parties’ Joint Treatment Program for Alcohol-Related and Off-Field Violent Conduct, which provides mandatory evaluation, voluntary treatment and the possibility of discipline by a Player’s Club or the Commissioner’s Office in response to certain conduct involving Natural Cannabinoids,” the league, in association with its players union, stated. According to NPR, the policy changes will take effect during 2020 spring training.  “The opioid epidemic in our country is an issue of significant concern to Major League Baseball,” MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem said in a prepared statement, adding, “It is our hope that this agreement - which is based on principles of prevention, treatment, awareness and education - will help protect the health and safety of our Players.” Read more here and here.
  • Seeking emergency mental health assistance could soon be as simple as dialing 988, federal regulators announced Thursday. The Federal Communications Commission formally began the process Thursday to designate 988 as a nationwide suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. “The three-digit number is really going to be a breakthrough in terms of reaching people in a crisis,” Dwight Holton, CEO of suicide prevention nonprofit Lines for Life, told USA Today. “No one is embarrassed to call 911 for a fire or an emergency. No one should be embarrassed to call 988 for a mental health emergency.' According to The Wall Street Journal, the new hotline is intended to simplify access to services available currently by dialing 1-800-273-TALK, the existing National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Once operational, dialing 988 would connect callers to the existing hotline and then route them to nearby crisis centers equipped to provide assistance. “We believe this historical and critical effort will turn the tide on reducing suicides and promote mental wellness in the United States,” said a statement from Kimberly Williams, chief executive of Vibrant Emotional Health, the nonprofit that administers the lifeline, The Journal reported. Read more here and here.
  • An emergency landing by a single-engine plane snarled traffic Thursday night on Interstate 5 in San Diego, multiple news outlets reported. Ian Gregor, public affairs manager for the Federal Aviation Administration, told KNSD the Cessna 182 made a hard landing on the southbound lanes around 7:15 p.m. Within 30 minutes authorities had re-opened two southbound lanes, KFMB reported. Carlsbad Fire Division Chief Mike Lopez told KNSD a man and a woman were on board traveling from the San Gabriel Airport in Los Angeles to McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. According to KFMB, no injuries were reported, and the plane did not strike any motorists. “They did a pretty good job landing this thing,” Lopez told KNSD, adding, “The skill of that pilot, he did a stellar job.”
  • A Fort Gibson man recently showed off his blacksmith skills by taking first place in a competition television show. Nic Overton, 23, earned the top spot on the History Channel’s “Forged in Fire,” which is centered around blacksmith work. Along with bragging rights, Overton won a $10,000 prize. Overton told KOKI he’s been fascinated with blacksmithing since he was a child and crafted his first knife out of a railroad spike. He managed to turn his hobby into a career. He owns his own business called Nix Knives.