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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 70: Down and dirty about Daytona and the importance of winning

Topics: Eric, Dan, and Doug analyze the surprising Haley-Spire Motorsports Daytona win, the art of blocking, and the problem with manufacturer alliances. Matt DiBenedetto joins to talk about the biggest shot of his racing career and rate his 2019 season.
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BONUS: Live from the 2019 Georgia Racing Hall of Fame inductions

Topics: Doug and Dan discuss are live from Dawsonville, GA at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. They discuss 2019 inductees Billy Ballew, Tammy Jo Kirk, Randy Holt (who joins as a guest), the late Biddle Ridley, and the late Bob Wright. Karen Emory also joins to talk about the dedication of the Jimmy Mosteller/Captain Herb Emory Racing Library. Watch the Facebook Live here: https://www.facebook.com/FireballTurnbull/videos/10105166188344167/

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Episode 69: Sizing up Silly Season, Bowman's breakthrough, and adieu to the Firecracker

Topics: Young fans Devin and Drew Kupka join Doug and Dan to review Chicagoland and how Bowman held the win. They also talk about Erik Jones and Christopher Bell's Silly Season rumors, the thin line between 1st and 30th, and reminisce the final July Daytona 400.

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Episode 68: Sonoma strategy, DW, and taking away wins.

Topics: Doug, Eric, and Dan breakdown a strange, strung out Sonoma Cup race, examine what to look for in a TV racing commentator, and debate whether taking Chastain's win away was the right move.

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Episode 67: Conflicted package, Truck talk, and F1 controversy

Topics: The whole gang convenes to talk about the good and bad of Monday's Michigan Cup race, what Greg Biffle's NGOTS win means for the rest of KBM, the Ross Chastain points switch, and the fury over Sebastian Vettel's win being taken away.

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Episode 66: There's a Busbee in the room

Topics: With the full gang back, Yahoo! Sports' Jay Busbee joins the discussion on the Coca-Cola 600, driver endurance, career longevity, and a crash so bad it destroyed a rear end gear. Busbee also shares some interesting notes from his book "Earnhardt Nation" and his take on the 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees.

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Episode 65: The 24 Hours of Charlotte, the 15 minutes of Almirola

Topics: With Eric out, Doug and Dan break down Dan's big 24 Hours of Charlotte idea, dissect Kyle Larson, explain different types of transmissions, honor the passing of several racing luminaries and our veterans, predict what the Coke 600 may display, laugh about the eleven pit road punches heard around the world, and spend some quality time on the phone with Aric Almirola.

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Episode 64: Speedy bow ties, Bowman, and what Ridley's win meant for the Elliott's

Topics: With Eric away, Doug and Dan talk about why Chevrolet's are faster in Cup, if Alex Bowman could be the next Cup winner, some oddities on the stat sheet, the All-Star rules, and Georgian Jody Ridley's underdog Dover win in 1981.

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BONUS: Ron Capps and John Force ahead of Atlanta Dragway's Arby's Southern Nationals

Topics: NHRA Funny Car legends Ron Capps and John Force share their passion for NHRA, the difference in each track, and what life promoting the sport is like. Arby's Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway is May 3rd-5th and every ticket is a pit pass!

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Episode 63: NXS driver Chris Cockrum in studio on what his first top 10 means

Topics: Doug, Dan, and Eric welcome special in-studio guest Christ Cockrum after his first-ever NASCAR top 10 at Talladega. Cockrum explains how his small team works and how elated they were to finish and the dynamics of the draft. We also hear from Jeffrey Earnhardt and MENCS 'Dega runner-up Alex Bowman. The gang also discusses the crowd reaction to Chase Elliott's Talladega win.

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News

  • It's been a major distraction for drivers on Florida’s Turnpike in Osceola County. They don't know if she has a home, but a dog, whom some are now calling Ozzy, certainly has a lot of people watching out for her. >> Read more trending news  Dispatchers at the turnpike’s Traffic Management Center have spent months doing everything they can to catch the dog before she or a driver gets hurt. On Friday, Florida Turnpike officials said she was captured. She is very calm and quiet. There's a whole team of people watching hundreds of cameras along the turnpike and keeping an eye out for anything that may be dangerous for drivers. But consistently since May, in one particular part of the road, they kept seeing the same dog over and over. Road Ranger Jonathon Hester patrols a stretch of the turnpike near the Yeehaw Junction. “Our No. 1 job is safety,' Hester said. He's usually routing drivers around wrecks or helping with a flat tire. But lately, he's been determined to find the furry fugitive. 'This one has just evaded us for a long time and we keep trying to find him,” Hester said. For about two months, dispatchers were seeing the yellow Labrador between mile markers 196 and 205 on the turnpike, headed southbound. 'And just kind of runs up and down the roadway. It's a big distraction for the motorists driving by,” Hester said. “People see it and slam on their brakes.' Officials said they have no idea where she came from. 'It's possible it could've come from a vehicle crash,” Hester said. “A motorist could've been traveling with this dog, and crashed and the dog got scared and ran away.' Because she's been living on the road in Osceola County, they have affectionately named her Ozzy. Osceola County Animal Control let Hester borrow a trap in an effort to catch Ozzy. Now that the dog is caught, they plan to scan Ozzy for a chip to see if she has a home. If not, Ozzy may be up for adoption.
  • The Jacksonville Game Center has been burglarized twice in less than a month with thieves making off with nearly $10,000 worth of Magic the Gathering cards.  >> Read more trending news  Store owners told Action News Jax that both times, the thieves busted through a wall to get in. Hector Ortiz is a regular at the game center. Action News Jax caught up with him as customers and staff were preparing for their Friday night Magic the Gathering tournament. “The place is pretty packed, we have anywhere from 20-plus players,” Ortiz said. “It’s like a second home. A lot of people come to get away from issues.” So, when these crimes occur, Ortiz said the customers take it as a personal attack. “The first time it happened was really heartbreaking,” Ortiz said. Action News Jax first reported three weeks ago when thieves busted a hole in the wall to take more than $5,000 rare Magic the Gathering cards. The owner said they came back again overnight Friday. Surveillance video showed the glow of their flashlights. The owner said this time, they left another hole in the wall and stole more than $3,000 in those same, valuable cards.  He said they busted through the wall at the restaurant next door. Friday, Hunan Wok had a board up in the window where the thieves broke their glass to get in.Ortiz had a message for the thieves. “Just grow up,” Ortiz said. “It’s not necessary. You’re attacking us for a quick buck. Just go out there and get a job, man.
  • A woman is in jail facing felony charges after Clayton County authorities said she allegedly sneaked a firecracker into a courtroom and threatened to blow up the place.  >> Read more trending news  Whitney Jefferies, 32, was arrested Monday night after a judge saw the threat the woman allegedly posted on social media, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Judge Michael Garrett said Jefferies was in the front row in his courtroom. He told Channel 2 she seemed agitated that it was taking so long for her case to be called.  Later, he saw a video she posted on her social media page in which she held up a firecracker and said she was going to blow the courtroom apart, the news station reported.  It is not clear how Jefferies got the firecracker into the courtroom, and Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill has not commented on the situation. Deputies went to Jefferies’ condo in Morrow to arrest her, Channel 2 reported. Nobody answered when agents first knocked on her door, according to the news station.However, deputies realized someone was inside the home when a pizza was delivered to the house later that evening, Channel 2 reported.  Deputies went back to Jefferies’ door and brought her out in handcuffs, the news station reported.  Jefferies was booked into the Clayton jail, where she remains held on a $35,000 bond. She face three charges, including making terroristic threats and possession of a destructive device.
  • A Charlotte, North Carolina woman and her Australian boyfriend were murdered while they were traveling the world, officials said. >> Read more trending news  Chynna Deese, 24, and her boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, 23, were found shot and killed on a remote western Canadian highway Monday near their broken down van, WSOC-TV reported. Officials said they were exploring Canadian national parks and heading to Alaska. Police said this does not appear connected to any other crimes. Friday night, WSOC-TV interviewed Chynna's mother Sheila Deese, who said despite not knowing how her daughter died, she's comforted in knowing her daughter and Fowler were together until the end. 'It is a love story, a southern girl goes out of the country, meets this Australian and they were just the same personality,' Sheila Deese said. Canadian Police said they don't know if Deese and Fowler were targeted or if this was random. They said they are working with the FBI to find the couple's killer. 
  • A 77-year-old convicted murderer who was released from prison after being deemed 'too old' to kill again was convicted this week of fatally stabbing a Maine woman. >> Read more trending news  Albert Flick was found guilty Wednesday of killing 48-year-old Kimberly Dobbie in July 2018 outside a Lewiston laundromat. The attack happened in front of Dobbie's 11-year-old twin boys. 'I'm glad the verdict is done and over and I'm glad he'll never be able to walk the streets again,' said Dobbie's friend James Lipps, NBC News reported. This is Flick's second murder conviction. Flick was convicted in the 1979 death of his wife, Sandra. Similar to Dobbie's death, Flick stabbed his wife as her daughter watched, CNN reported. Flick was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 1979 murder. He was released and was released in 2000 after 21 years for good behavior, The Washington Post reported.  By 2010, when he was in his late 60s, Flick had been convicted of assaulting two other women. Despite his record, the judge in the 2010 case sentenced him to four years. “At some point Mr. Flick is going to age out of his capacity to engage in this conduct,” Maine Superior Court Justice Robert E. Crowley said, according to the Portland Press Herald. “And incarcerating him beyond the time that he ages out doesn’t seem to me to make good sense.” Judge Crowley retired in 2010. He hasn't responded to media requests for comment. Flick is scheduled for sentencing August 9. He faces 25 years to life behind bars. “I firmly believe this could have been prevented,” Elsie Clement, whose mother was stabbed to death by Flick in 1979, told the Press Herald last year of Dobbie's death. “There is no reason this man should have been on the streets in the first place, no reason.”
  • Public school students in New Hampshire will be provided with free menstrual products thanks to the passage of a new law. SB 142, signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Chris Sununu, will require public schools to provide feminine hygiene products in women’s and gender-neutral bathrooms in high schools and middle schools starting January 1, The Concord Monitor reported.  >> Read more trending news  “This legislation is about equality and dignity,” Sununu said. “SB 142 will help ensure young women in New Hampshire public schools will have the freedom to learn without disruption – and free of shame, or fear of stigma.” The idea for the law came from 17-year-old Caroline Dillon, a high school student in Rochester, N.H. The high schooler was inspired to act after learning in U.S. History class about 'period poverty,' where those who can't afford feminine hygiene products miss work or school during menstruation. “It was sad to think about,” Dillon told The Monitor. “Girls in middle and high school would never dream of telling somebody that they have to miss school or use socks because they can’t pay for pads.” Dillon approached state Sen. Martha Hennessey with her idea, and Hennesey became a main sponsor of the bill. Educating some lawmakers was initially awkward, Dillon said. Most lawmakers are men, and wanted to avoid words like 'menstruation,' 'tampon' and 'feminine hygiene products,' The Monitor reported. “They would say ‘the thing’ or just try to avoid saying it all together,” Dillon said. “I would say to them, ‘If this makes you uncomfortable, think about how uncomfortable it is to be in this situation yourself. If you can't really picture it yourself, think about any woman in your life: your mom, your daughter, your aunt – think about how uncomfortable she feels – you are in the position to make it so these women don’t have to feel that way.’ ”  Dillon's efforts were ultimately successful. Funding for the new measure will come from school districts' budgets, according to CNN. Districts can partner with nonprofit organizations to provide the feminine hygiene products. Opponents of the bill said its amounts to an unconstitutional unfunded mandate,  USA Today reported. Similar laws currently exist in New York, Illinois and California.