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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 58: Disattenuation and Disambiguity (for some reason)

Topics: Doug and Eric give another view on Kyle Busch's 200 NASCAR win mark, appraise the Xfinity Series, and explore the intersection of personality and championships. They also dig in on F1, IMSA, and driver psychology.
Posted: March 19, 2019

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Episode 57: The (insert your analysis here) Kyle 200

Topics: Doug, Eric, and Dan rate the Phoenix racing, debate Kyle Busch's win total, discuss what the Suarez-McDowell fight really shows, talk about a new IndyCar star, and what F1's docu-series can teach NASCAR.

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Episode 56: Cars and drivers, fast and slow

Topics: The fellas discuss how the Vegas Cup race played out differently and if the changes were enough. They also debate whether the noncompetitive cars in the field should even show up and what changes NASCAR should make to qualifying with the new cars.

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Episode 55: Five takeaways from Atlanta

Topics: Doug, Eric, and Dan discuss clean air, passing, horsepower, and restarts after an interesting Atlanta race and they look ahead to Vegas and future changes in the sport.

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BONUS: Harvick, Blaney, Lajoie, Wilson, Hemric, Tifft, and Hill one-on-one

Topics: Doug talks with several drivers one-on-one about the new rules package, their Daytona races, and life off of the track.

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Episode 54: Differentiating 'Dega and Daytona, the Gibbs 500, and thoughts on Atlanta

Topics: Doug and Dan sift through Daytona 500 story lines, compare how the two tracks race and how that could change when the package does, look ahead to the unknowns at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and remember Sam Bass and Doyle Ford. They also talk about David Hoots' departure could affect the sport.

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Episode 53: New season, new rules, and the same old problems

Topics: The full crew is in mid-season form, as they discuss the Clash and the problems with the racing at Daytona these days. They then lay out the new rules for disqualifying winners and why more rules create more problems. Daniel Suarez and Bubba Wallace also chime in about the great fan spirit in Atlanta.

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Episode 52: The quick offseason; one-on-one with David Ragan

Topics: Doug, Dan, and Eric discuss some silly season moves and what's ahead for NASCAR in 2019. They also remember Glen Wood and Charles Barrett. David Ragan talks about Front Row's 2019 outlook and the big auction of one of his cars.

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Five to Go Bonus: One-one with new SHR driver Daniel Suarez

Topics: Doug gets to spend a few minutes with Daniel Suarez on his birthday to talk about the ins and outs of his change to Stewart-Haas Racing and how his career path resembles that of a recent NASCAR champ. Doug also recaps some strange NASCAR news from the past week and looks ahead to what the podcast will bring in 2019.

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Episode 51: Why betters lost money on NASCAR's champions this year

Topics: Doug and Dan break down how each of the Championship Four in Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series fared at Homestead-Miami Speedway, how Logano is a worthy champion, and why NBC could have done a much better job covering the whole race.

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News

  • Two men are accused to stealing more than $70,000 worth of musical instruments from the University of Louisville’s School of Music, WLKY reported. >> Read more trending news  Alphonso Monrew, 22, and Anthony Abrams, 52, were arrested Thursday, according to Jefferson County Jail records. Each were charged with two counts of third degree burglary and two counts of theft by unlawful taking, the television station reported. According to police, on several occasions the two men stole instruments, including a $10,000 guitar, from the university’s music school, WLKY reported. The thefts occurred over several weeks, the television station reported. All of the instruments have been recovered and will be returned to students, police said.
  • A Texas woman got an early start to celebrating her 105th birthday, joining more than 150 family members for a party at a San Antonio church, KSAT reported. >> Read more trending news  Minnie McRae, who turns 105 on Tuesday, was the guest of honor at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church on Saturday, the television station reported. McRae’s nephew, Arturo Ayala, flew from Germany to attend the party for a woman who taught him how to dance by giving him lessons in her living room, KSAT reported.  Ayala said he believes he knows the secret to his aunt’s long life 'She's never shared it, but from my relationship with her, I see her always praying and ... always reading,' Ayala told the television station.  Ayala also said McRae was very spiritual and did work with Incarnate Word. 'She's a blessing and she's a miracle,' Ayala told KSAT.
  • There will be laughing, singing, and music swinging when singer Martha Reeves receives another honor in May. >> Read more trending news  Reeves, 77, the lead vocalist of 1960s group Martha and Vandellas, will be honored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts on May 22, AL.com reported. Reeves was the singer for the group’s hits, including “Dancing in the Streets,” “Heat Wave” and “Jimmy Mack.” Reeves, a native of Eufaula, will receive Alabama’s 2019 Distinguished Artist Award. The award recognizes “a professional artist who is considered a native or adopted Alabamian and who has earned significant national acclaim for their art over an extended period,' according to the council’s website. Other recipients of the award include Jim Nabors, Fannie Flagg and George Lindsey. Vandella moved to Detroit as a child and grew up singing in church, AL.com reported. Her gospel-influenced vocals were evident in the group’s pop and rhythm and blues songs, which gave the Vandellas a string of hits on the Motown label. Reeves was inducted with the group -- Rosalind Ashford-Holmes, Annette Sterling-Helton, Lois Reeves and Betty Kelly -- into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. “Martha and the Vandellas were the Supremes’ tougher, more grounded counterpart,” the Rock Hall website says. “With her cheeky, fervent vocals, Martha Reeves led the group in a string of dance anthems that are irresistible to this day.” Reeves was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1995. 
  • A Florida deputy was arrested after an altercation at a Jacksonville nightclub, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office reported. >> Read more trending news  According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Officer Rodney Bryant, a 5 1/2-year member of the department, was involved in a dispute Friday at Mascara's Gentlemen's Club with his girlfriend and her friend.  Bryant has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He has been terminated from his position in the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. According to deputies, the group left the club but the dispute continued in a vehicle. This was when Bryant allegedly pulled over, opened the trunk of his vehicle and pulled out a firearm.  Bryant allegedly pointed the gun at the two women, making threats, according to the Sheriff’s Office.  They were all pulled over long enough for the girlfriend's friend to make contact with her sister, who later arrived at the scene, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The girl's sister observed Bryant with the firearm making threats and that he pointed the firearm at her, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
  • A Marine killed in action during the Vietnam War nearly 50 years ago was honored in a memorial service Saturday, and a headstone and plaque were erected at his gravesite at a South Florida cemetery, the Sun-Sentinel reported. >> Read more trending news  Private First Class Gregory Carter was killed in action Oct. 12, 1969, in the Quang Ngai province of South Vietnam, according to according to a Vietnam military casualties database on Ancestry.com. He was remembered in a service attended by nearly 200 people Saturday at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Fort Lauderdale, the Sun-Sentinel reported. “It’s like he woke up to the world again,” Carter’s brother, Anthony Owens, told the newspaper. “His life is meaningful. It means something.” “No, I did not (expect this many people). It raised our spirits, big time.” Carter laid in an unmarked grave until the Vietnam Veterans of America discovered him while searching for photographs of Vietnam veterans to place on the black granite Wall of Faces in Washington, D.C., the Sun-Sentinel reported. Carter was drafted into the Marines on July 4, 1969, when he was 19, according to the Ancestry.com database. He already had a young son and a daughter was on the way, but Carter would never know either of them, the newspaper reported. The Vietnam Veterans of America worked with the city of Fort Lauderdale and others to get Carter’s grave marker, the Sun-Sentinel reported. The organization also secured a photograph from a baseball team photograph in the Dillard High School yearbook, the newspaper reported. Gregory Carter now lies with his mother, grandparents, three siblings and other relatives at Sunset Memorial Gardens. “If you die you’re just lost until somebody thinks about you again,” Anthony Owens told the Sun-Sentinel. “So his spirit is probably all around us right now. It’s a good thing. He’s doing good.”
  • The wife of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was bitten by a rattlesnake at their Arizona home Friday, the Arizona Republic reported. >> Read more trending news  Ava Arpaio was working on her computer in her office around 10 a.m. when the snake bit her on the left foot, Joe Arpaio told the newspaper. 'She's tough. If she can put up with me for 60 years, then she can handle a snake bite,' Joe Arpaio told the Republic. Joe Arpaio, 86, said the large rattlesnake was removed by fire crews. 'Must've been a Democrat,' the longtime Republican joked to the Republic. Ava Arpaio likely will be in a hospital for 'two or three' days, her husband told the newspaper. Arpaio served as sheriff of Maricopa County for 24 years until losing re-election to Democrat Paul Penzone in 2016. The 86-year-old lawman made national news for his Tent City Jail where inmates were housed in Korean War era army tents, KSAZ reported. >> President Trump pardons Joe Arpaio Joe Arpaio was convicted of a criminal charge in July 2017 for refusing to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants. He was pardoned a month later by President Donald Trump.