One of my responsibilities as part of the NHRAonFOX team is to make a podcast about the world of NHRA Mello Yello Championship drag racing. I’ve treated each one of these like a blank slate and have used the platform to get inside the sport, the minds of the drivers, and some of the backstage stories that have been fascinating. This latest episode is a gem because it has three guests on it rather than just the normal two.
Antron Brown has a race car back and he’s one round out of second place as the halfway point of the entire 2019 season comes ever closer. The frustrations of 2018 seem very far behind him and the team is no longer scuffling to win rounds. They have made multiple finals this year and are being consistent. Brown himself is driving like a man possessed and they are consistently flirting with snagging their first Wally since Seattle of 2018.
The second guest on the show is my right hand man in the broadcast booth for the TV show Tony Pedregon. I wanted to have Tony on because we are really time limited on the broadcasts to explore some of the most interesting topics that the sport has going on. It is one thing to have 45-seconds on TV show to talk about stuff, it is another to explore these issues for several minutes. Tony brings some good insight on several things that have bubbled to the surface over these first 10 races.
Lastly, Stevie Fast Jackson. This man is one a tear in 2019. He leads the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA pro mod points by more than a race now and he shows no signs of letting up. His win in Topeka was his second at that track and it was emotionally charged as his crew chief Billy Stockily recently and unexpectedly lost his father. Jackson talks about the emotions of the day and the how they have been hammering the competition this year.