On this pre-Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals episode of the NHRA Insider Podcast, NHRA on FOX analyst Tony Pedregon and NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor Kevin McKenna join host Brian Lohnes to talk about how testing has gone, what teams should be better than they were in 2022, and which teams have made the most waves in testing. The guys also delve into the topic of the things they DO NOT want to hear in 2023, and that may be the most entertaining part of the whole exercise.
Pedregon takes us deep inside the Bob Tasca III team to talk about what happened to cause his crew chief change, the immediate results of it, and why the driver/crew chief dynamic is so important on any team. Lohnes shares a wild story about how they may have known about the change before many others did. Clay Millican's team is talked through, and expectations are shared now that they have the most parts, pieces, and funding than they ever have had before. Similarly, the guys talk about Doug Kalitta and the whole Kalitta camp and what they foresee for Shawn Langdon and Doug in 2023.
The class-by-class breakdown culminates in a fun conversation about the cliches and actions the guys want to see drivers' abandon for 2023. Whether it's feigning to not care about opponents or turning the top end into a recreation of the summer of love, the boys have a few ideas. Perhaps you have more to add!
A fun show to get us fully cranked up for the start of the season!