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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 93: Good Phoenix, Conflicted Feelings on Single-Lugs, Clash Changes, and Farewell Ed Clark

Topics: Doug, Dan, and Eric recap a great racing weekend for the Cup Series at Phoenix and what made it good. They also share their reservations of the move to single-lug nut pit stops in 2021 and why the Clash on the road course could work. Then they share stories about Ed Clark, including how Dan ticked him off on the race track. Ed then joins to reflect on his career and what the future holds for the outgoing AMS president.
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BONUS: Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick

Topics: Since Doug forgot to add this audio to Episode 92, we give you a bonus episode with the Cup Series rookies. Custer and Reddick both talk about adjusting to the momentum-driven Cup cars. Reddick also talks about the layout of his team, fatherhood, and his aggressive style - and he addresses if there is anything left of his scrap with Custer last year. They each also talk about the difficulties to and fro on the west coast swing.

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Episode 92: Bowman, Burton, bow ties, Toyotas, and Seven-Time

Topics: Eric returns to give his take on Newman and the season, so far. Then the Dan, Eric, and Doug talk about what Bowman's win means for both he and Hendrick, what Harrison Burton's NXS says, if the Toyotas and Chevys really have swapped places, the expenses of qualifying trim, and what they would be happy seeing a resurgent Jimmie Johnson do in his final year. Then rookies Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick join to explain their transitions to and struggles in the Cup Series.

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Episode 91: Newman update, more on safety, parity (or not), and some good Vegas racing

Topics: With Eric out, Doug and Dan welcome "Bud's Garage" host Bud Hughes to talk about the latest updates on Ryan Newman's injuries and safety. They then break down the NASCAR Cup Series' Las Vegas race and the Hendrick party there. They also look back at the Xfinity and NGOTS Truck races and the pressure two Daniels may be putting on themselves.

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Episode 90: Newman and safety, the rest of the 500, the rest of 2020

Topics: With Eric out, racing mechanic instructor and radio host Bud Hughes joins Doug and Dan. They analyze Ryan Newman's wreck and miraculous recovery and how it could affect Gen-7 car development. They also offer thoughts about the rest of the Daytona 500, the ups and downs with the President and the rain, and how drivers and crews approach racing in the face of danger.

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2020 Daytona 500 postlude and a prayer

Topics: Doug Turnbull shares his thoughts just after the Daytona 500 while walking through a somber and tense garage. Denny Hamlin's win in the race is far overshadowed by Ryan Newman's horrible wreck and trip to the hospital. Turnbull recaps the day and what is known of Newman's condition at the time of recording. David Ragan and Corey Lajoie also give extremely insightful interviews before the 500.

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Episode 89: The crashy Clash, who to favor in the 500, and words with Custer and Buescher

Topics: Recapping one whale of a Busch Clash, the shot in the arm for Stenhouse Jr. after the 500 pole, and the manufacturer to watch in the Daytona 500. Doug, Eric, and Dan also talk about the FOX broadcast and if 2020 is a weird year with change on the horizon. Cole Custer and Chris Buescher also join to talk about their new NASCAR Cup Series rides.

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Episode 88: AMS Pit Party with Bubba Wallace and Kyle Petty

Topics: On this jam-packed episode live from a Marietta, GA QuikTrip, Doug hosts Atlanta Motor Speedway president Brandon Hutchinson, Georgia driver Chris Cockrum, and racing analysts Rob D'Amico and Darius Goodman. Special guests Kyle Petty and Bubba Wallace then also join to preview the 2020 race season and the March 15th Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

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Episode 87: Off season filibuster

Topics: Doug and Dan remember bid farewell to Junior Johnson and Bill Simpson, reflect on Jimmie Johnson, analyze Cole Pearn's resignation, and unpack Hailie Deegan's move to Ford. Dan also goes in-depth on the rumored transmission and suspension changes on the Gen-7 car.

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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.

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  • With more states imposing “safer at home” and quarantine orders because of the coronavirus, families and friends are searching for ways to stay connected. Sure, the telephone works, but more people are using video apps for face-to-face contact. It’s a good way for older citizens to connect with grandchildren without worrying about coming in contact. While hugs may be precious, people are becoming more aware of staying isolated. There are plenty of ways to connect. Here is a look at 12 video-chatting applications: Zoom: This app appears to be geared toward business, but families can use Zoom too. Users initiating a meeting are taken to a virtual room that looks like a table in a conference room. Personal groups of up to 100 people can meet online for free. Business options include packages for sale that allow up to 1,000 participants. Facebook Live: Viewers can connect in real-time from their cellphones, computers and even through their television set. FaceTime: This app, though the Apple store, allows users to make video and audio calls to groups of up to 32 people. FaceTime is available on Apple products including iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Facebook Messenger: Similar to FaceTime, Messenger allows free video calling around the world for individuals or groups of up to six. It can be used on cellphones, tablets and computers. Skype: This app has been around for a while. Skype can accommodate groups of up to 50 people worldwide, It can be used on computers, mobile devices, XBox One and even smartwatches. WhatsApp: More than 2 billion users take advantage of the WhatsApp. The mobile app works on Android and iOS platforms, making it a good choice for people with friends owning diverse types of devices. The free app allows groups of up to four users per session. Tango: You know the old phrase. It takes two to Tango, and this app restricts video contact to two people. This free app is good but only two! The free app is good for video calling one other person at a time. You can also make voice calls, send messages and play games using Tango. Google Hangouts: This app is free in its basic form. Google Hangouts allows up to 10 participants at a time. You can even video chat through your Gmail accounts. Instagram: Up to six people can video chat at once via Instagram. Houseparty: This video chat app is owned by Epic Games, which developed Fortnite. Houseparty allows people to play video games or test trivia skills through its interface. It is available through Android, iOS, MacOs and Chrome. Snapchat: With Chat 2.0, Snapchat users can use a full, featured video chat service. Snapchat is free to use, but can chew up a lot of data time. It is recommended to connect to a wireless network before making your call. Viber: The Viber app is good for international calls and one-on-one video calls. Calls between Viber users are free, but a fee will apply for calling people without the app.
  • Tom Coburn, a former U.S. senator from Oklahoma known as a conservative political maverick, died after a battle with prostate cancer, according to The Associated Press. He was 72. Coburn retired from the Senate in 2015 after being diagnosed with cancer. He served two terms from 2005 to 2015, KOKI reported. “Oklahoma has lost a tremendous leader, and I lost a great friend today,' U.S. Sen. James Lankford said in a statement. “Dr. Coburn was an inspiration to many in our state and our nation. He was unwavering in his conservative values, but he had deep and meaningful friendships with people from all political and personal backgrounds. He was truly respected by people on both sides of the aisle.” In the Senate, Coburn was the ranking member of the Committee on Homeland Security and also served on the committees on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; and Intelligence. From 1995 to 2001, Coburn represented Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. A family physician, Coburn was a member of the Committee on Commerce, where he sat on the subcommittees on Health and Environment as vice-chairman, Energy & Power, and Oversight and Investigations. Coburn was also selected co-chair of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS in 2001. Services for Coburn have not been announced, KOKI reported.
  • Florida senior citizens who live in a downtown Orlando high-rise flickered the lights of their apartments Friday in a show of support for the doctors and nurses who are trying to thwart the spread of the coronavirus. Residents of Westminster Towers flickered their apartment lights at 9 p.m. to show support for the medical professionals working at Orlando Health. “Tonight, we flashed all of our lights to show our thanks to the hero health care workers at Orlando Regional Medical Center as they work hard to treat the sick and keep us safe from COVID-19,” Westminster Towers said on Facebook. “Thank you.” The display could be seen from the hospital campus, which is near the apartment building. “Thank you (Westminster Towers) for lighting up the night and our hearts,” the hospital network said on Facebook. “We’re all in this together.”
  • The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Georgia climbed to 2,366 Saturday as the state’s death toll reached 69. Since Friday evening, the confirmed number of Georgians who have died as a result of COVID-19 increased by four, according to the latest data from the Georgia Department of Public Health.  » COMPLETE COVERAGE: Coronavirus in Georgia Health officials also confirmed an additional 168 cases since the 7 p.m. update. Of Georgia’s overall cases, 617 people remain hospitalized, a rate of about 26%, according to the state’s noon figures.  Fulton County still has the most cases with 373, followed by DeKalb with 240, Dougherty County with 205, and Cobb with 181.  As of Monday, the number of confirmed cases across the state was fewer than 1,000 Since Friday evening, Fulton has 26 new cases, while DeKalb has 21 more and 18 more people tested positive in Cobb. Four counties also reported their first cases, including Murray, Walton, Jenkins and Pike.  » MORE: City under siege: Coronavirus exacts heavy toll in Albany A total of 11,051 tests have been conducted so far in Georgia. About 21.4% of those returned positive results. On Friday afternoon, the DPH started releasing data on where people died. Dougherty County leads the count with 13 deaths, followed by Fulton with 12, Cobb County with eight, and Lee County with five. About 2.9% of Georgians who have tested positive for the highly contagious disease have died. » DASHBOARD: Real-time stats and charts tracking coronavirus in Georgia For most, COVID-19 causes only mild or moderate symptoms. Older adults and those with existing health problems are at risk of more severe illnesses, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover in a matter of weeks. As numbers spike across the state, Gov. Brian Kemp is urging Georgians to stay home and practice social distancing. At a town hall broadcast Thursday evening, Kemp told residents to heed directives to avoid more restrictive measures, such as a statewide stay-at-home mandate. » RELATED: Kemp urges Georgians to heed virus warnings but balks at drastic steps Bars and nightclubs remain closed across the state, many public gatherings are banned, and the elderly and medically fragile are ordered to shelter in place. » PHOTOS: Metro Atlanta adjusts to shifts in daily life amid coronavirus crisis Many metro Atlanta cities and counties have issued their own stay-at-home orders to residents, shutting down nonessential businesses and imposing curfews. » MORE: DeKalb County issues stay-at-home order Speaking on CNN Saturday morning, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said metro Atlanta’s hospitals are already nearing capacity.  “...We are a large urban city in an even larger metropolitan area, so on a good day our hospitals and our ICU beds are at a premium,” she said. “What people have to realize is strokes don’t stop, diabetes and these things that send people into our emergency rooms, these things continue. It’s stressing our health care system and you add this pandemic on top of it and we have a real problem of it brewing right here in Atlanta.” » RELATED: Bottoms: Stay home so others ‘have an opportunity to simply live’ Those who believe they are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 are asked to contact their primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic. Do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility. Georgians can also call the state COVID-19 hotline at 844-442-2681 to share public health information and connect with medical professionals.  — Please return to AJC.com for updates.
  • He has been a prominent face during the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefings. Now, Anthony Fauci’s face is prominently featured on doughnuts in a New York shop. According to WHAM-TV, Donuts Delite, in Rochester, introduced the sweet treat Monday as a tribute to Fauci, 79, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a doctor for the National Institutes of Health. Nick Semeraro, owner of Donut Delites, said his employees have made “thousands” of doughnuts, the television station reported. “We wanted to find a way to cheer up the people in our neighborhood,” Semeraro told CNN. “We noticed Dr. Fauci on (television), and we loved his message and how thorough he was, and how he kept everyone informed during the crisis... so we wanted to give back and say thanks.” The shop printed Fauci’s face on edible paper and put it on top of a buttercream-frosted doughnut, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported. Fauci’s image was then encircled with frosting decorated with red, white and blue sprinkles, the newspaper reported. “Right now, we’re selling over 100 an hour at least,” Semararo told WHAM. “We had no idea they would blow up like that. “It just started as a tribute,” Semararo told the television station. “It started as a thank you. It’s sticking, and I think it’s great. People are stuck at home and what’s happening is, it’s starting conversations. Whether they pick it up for someone, it starts that thinking outside of the box and giving back.” Semararo said he would continue to make the doughnuts as long as there is a demand. “I never met a guy that worldwide (who) is so loved,” Semeraro told CNN. “And a month ago, we never knew his first and last name... His political agenda is medical. It’s facts ... the American public needs facts now.”
  • The chief executive officer of Texas Roadhouse restaurants said he is giving up his salary and bonus so the chain’s front-line employees can be paid during the coronavirus pandemic. Wayne Kent Taylor will begin donating his checks from the pay period beginning March 18 through Jan. 7, 2021, Market Watch reported Wednesday. Louisville Business First reported Taylor’s total compensation package in 2018 was $1.3 million with his base salary being $525,000. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Texas Roadhouse said it is also suspending its dividend in an effort to conserve cash during the pandemic, according to Market Watch. Texas Roadhouse, a publicly traded company based in Kentucky, employs more than 56,000 workers and has 563 locations in the U.S. and internationally, the website reported. Taylor, 63, founded the chain in 1993, opening his first restaurant in Clarksville, Indiana, USA Today reported.