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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.

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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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Episode 62: Who wears the white hat and what will Talladega bring?

Topics: The whole gang digs in on which driver could make a real rival to Kyle Busch, the complicated legacy of Kurt Busch, the essence and success of local short tracks, and what the new Talladega package may produce. Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch and No. 41 driver Daniel Suarez also join as guests.

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Episode 61: Doug, Dan, and David Ragan remember Captain Herb Emory

Topics: Doug and Dan share some Captain Herb Emory stories on the week of the five-year anniversary of his death and Unadilla, Georgia's David Ragan shares the impressions that Captain Herb left on him in his early career. Dan and Doug also introduce the 2019 Georgia Racing Hall of Fame inductees and break down last week's racing at Bristol Motor Speedway. They also explore the DW retirement and something lacking in this past week's coverage.

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BONUS: 15 good minutes with IndyCar's Ryan Hunter-Reay

Topics: RHR sits down with Doug Turnbull to talk about the upcoming race at Barber Motorsports Park, the rookies to watch in the NTT IndyCar Series, how the economic model works in his series. and how he turned his early career struggles into success.

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Episode 60: A large round table discusses big schedule changes

Topics: With Von Haessler off, interns Devin Kupka (and his dad Andrew) and George Clark join Doug and Dan to discuss the major 2020 schedule changes, the interesting Texas races, Kyle Busch's big mistakes, and heat races to fix qualifying.

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Episode 59: Ranking the Cup teams and ranking hot dogs

Topics: Dan, Eric, and Doug rank each MENCS organization, talk about the time of opportunity for the smaller teams to pounce, and discuss Doug's weird diet and best/worst track food.

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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.

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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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  • A year ago, the world watched as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married at Windsor Castle’s historic St. George’s Chapel. Less than a year after their nuptials, they welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. On Sunday, the couple celebrated their first wedding anniversary. >> Read more trending news  Harper’s Bazaar reported that the couple has shared behind-the-scenes moments from their big day in an Instagram post on Sussex Royal. Related: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: A relationship timeline The video slideshow begins with a series of black-and-white photos that include images of Markle holding hands with her mother, Doria Ragland, and Prince Harry pretending to hitchhike to his wedding. Audio of “This Little Light of Mine,” which Sussex Royal said was selected by the couple for their recessional, can be heard as the images are displayed. The video slideshow ends in color images of the big day and wedding bells. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also shared a message to supporters, saying, “Thank you for all of the love and support from so many of you around the world. Each of you made this day even more meaningful.” Watch the video below.
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  • The creepy, unsettling image of the “Momo challenge” will be coming to the big screen, according to one report. Deadline reported that “Getaway,” a horror film directed by Lilton Stewart III, will follow a group of teens on their last summer vacation before college who end up secluded in a cabin. >> Read more trending news  “In ghost story fashion, one tells the story of the urban legend, MOMO, a strange spirit of a bird-like woman that taunts its victims with specific personal details and violent commands via text message and phone calls,” Deadline reported. “What starts out as a harmless prank soon turns more sinister over the next 24 hours as the teens start disappearing without any motive or pattern.” The urban legend is inspired by the viral internet hoax that made the rounds last year. Related: What is the ‘Momo challenge’ and is it a hoax? Despite endless media coverage and local law enforcement warnings on social media of the supposed internet challenge, there were no verified cases of the “challenge” or people being harmed because of the game. “We’ve seen no recent evidence of videos promoting the Momo Challenge on YouTube,”  the video platform said on Twitter in February 2019. “Videos encouraging harmful and dangerous challenges are against our policies.”
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