Tuesday 26 May 2015

Kickin' the Tires Live

  • 5/23/2015

    Back in Charlotte, N.C. for another week as the Sprint Cup Series gets ready for NASCAR's longest race, plus a special treat from Penske Racing and Shell.

  • 5/9/2015

    Kyle Busch will make his return this week and you can hear him on Kickin' the Tires as he prepares for the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

  • 5/8/2015

    Kickin' the Tires is again joined by Chris Knight and Kelly Crandall as NASCAR descends on Kansas Speedway, dodging rain and tornadoes for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400.

  • 5/2/2015

    Chris Knight from and Kelly Crandall from join Kickin' the Tires this week to share their thoughts on GoDaddy leaving Danica Patrick, a new series sponsor and who to watch for the NASCAR championship.

  • More radio show

In The News


Saturday, 23 May 2015 16:34

UPDATED: Investigations into Pocket Commando's handling of charity money, raise video funding questions

By Jerry Jordan


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Self-proclaimed 'Pocket Commando" Patricia Driscoll, who heads the Armed Forces Foundationa and runs a defense company called "Frontline Defense Systems, is now coming under fire over how she runs the charities day-to-day operations.

Following up on an investigation in February by Kickin' the Tires, ESPN's Mike Fish drafted an in-depth piece looking even further into Driscoll and how she is alleged to use AFF money as her own slush fund. Both sports news agencies relied on leaked documents and tax records that bring into question how donations are spent.



Sunday, 17 May 2015 06:42

Denny Hamlin snags $1 million in Sprint All-Star Race

Denny Hamlin wins 30th Annual Sprint All-Star Race. Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Harold Hinson Photography

By Jerry Jordan


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Drive it like you stole it,” well, that is exactly what Denny Hamlin did Saturday night – holding off Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch to win a cool $1 million under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the 30th running of the Sprint All-Star Race.

Hamlin put the No. 11 FedEx Toyota on the pole for the main event and having the first pit selection helped him pick-up valuable positions on pit road that led to the win. Sure, the car was fast but Hamlin said, the entire team was behind the win.

“It was just a total team effort, from pit crew, to the adjustments, to the road guys, the adjustments they made last night,” Hamlin said. “What an awesome night.  I mean, everything came together.  Definitely with 50 to go, I didn't see this coming.  But Dave made a smart call on the third segment I think in taking two tires to try to get my average finish back up. Still didn't think we were going to get on the front row coming from sixth average finish.  But I didn't think about that number one pit stall being so close to that camera.  That's usually worth at least two positions anyway.

It was the first-ever All-Star win for Joe Gibbs Racing, which has competed in the Sprint Cup Series for 24 years and Coach Joe Gibbs said it was a special night. He said the entire family was there, including J.D. Gibbs, who has suffered health issues lately.



Sunday, 10 May 2015 21:22

Allmendinger extends contract with JTG

A.J. Allmendinger signs five-year deal with JTG Daugherty Racing. Photo by Jerry Jordan/Kickin' the Tires

By Jerry Jordan


KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A.J. Allmendinger walked into the media center at Kansas Speedway, on Saturday, with a big smile on his face and a big announcement to make – he signed a five-year deal with JTG Daugherty Racing through 2020.

“I have always said I have a verbal lifetime contract with JTG Daugherty Racing, but I want to announce today that I have officially signed a contract for a five year deal ,” Allmendinger said. “Tad handed me the contract and I flipped to the back page, signed it and said, ‘here you go.’ I did unfortunately not look at it that closely because in the contract it was written that I have to call him ‘The Man’ and he gets unlimited mulligans in golf. The unlimited mulliigans, I am not worried about, I can still beat him with those but calling him ‘The Man’ constantly is a little over the top but hey, you know whatever works.”

Allmendinger said the JTG team is like family to him and he is thrilled at the direction they are going. From a sponsor standpoint, he joked that he has a 12-pound fire suit because of all the decals on it. From his newest sponsorship with Kroger to the continued relationships with Busch’s Baked Beans, Scott, Chlorox and the alliance with Richard Childress Racing, Allmendinger said things are looking bright at JTG.

“It just shows the confidence they have in us and the confidence they have in Tad and the fact that they like me, which is shocking so I was pretty excited about that,” Allmendinger said. “To have a company like Kroger step-up and make a long-term commitment for the next couple of years that really could lead to something way bigger than that, I know when it comes to the other sponsors that we have and other companies that see what we have seen what this deal is right now, and possibly can be, this deal could be bigger than we even know right now.”



Saturday, 09 May 2015 02:20

The Ups and Downs of Qualifying at Kansas Speedway


Erik Jones makes a good showing in qualifying effort at Kansas Speedway. Photo by Jerry Jordan

By Jerry Jordan


KANSAS CITY, Kan. – It was completely opposite ends of the spectrum for Toyota drivers Clint Bowyer and Erik Jones during Friday’s qualifying for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway with hometown-favorite, Bowyer, walking away in frustration and rookie, Erik Jones, jubilantly going to the media center for post-qualifying interviews.

"It’s weird, the thing either really sticks and hauls ass or it chews the front tires and takes off up the racetrack,” said, Bowyer, who was clearly frustrated at his 21st place starting spot for Saturday’s race. “If it loses point whatsoever, it’s just a slow lap. The same was in race trim and then we switch over to qualifying trim and that thing really kept digging, almost wide open and you’d roll out of it about half-throttle, you know, and it was just too tight.”

For Jones, making it to the final round of qualifying and putting the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota on the grid in 12th, was a surprise for most everyone at the track, including his self.


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