If you’re like me, you like to listen to NASCAR-related content as you sit down and play your favorite NASCAR video game. There’s just simply nothing better than winning your first ever NASCAR Cup Series Championship on NASCAR Heat 5 (after six season of coming in second or third, mind you) and three Daytona 500’s in the comfort of your own home while listening to some of the greats talking about the sport we all love.
But enough about me. Here are all the NASCAR Podcasts I think you should listen to while you’re becoming a NASCAR Heat legend…or, you know, while you’re being responsible and completing all your mundane chores such as doing the laundry or cleaning the dishes. Check it out:
Dale Jr. Download (Dale Earnhardt Jr.)
Let’s get this one out of the way first. I was then, I am now, and I always will be a Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan. He was my favorite driver from the 2001 season (my first season watching NASCAR) and he will be when he returns to compete in the September race at Bristol later this year. I even drove to North Wilkesboro last August to watch him run third in the No. 3 Sundrop car.
With all that bias put out there, there is a reason the DJD is one of the most popular podcasts on any format and it’s not just the driver’s popularity. Even many fans who still, after six years of retirement compare his record to his father’s (come on, guys, he was never going to be his dad and that’s okay) tune into his weekly podcast to get his takes on the current issues of the sport, many of them calling for NASCAR to hire him as a consultant of some kind.
The chemistry between Junebug and Mike Davis is unmatched and Dale Jr.’s knowledge of love for the heritage of the sport is on full display. If you haven’t already given it a shot, please do so. You won’t regret it.
Actions Detrimental (Denny Hamlin)
With Denny Hamlin still being an active driver, his Actions Detrimental podcast is a somewhat controversial hoot. Here, the 3-time Daytona 500 champion, Denny Hamlin, recaps his races, highlighting his struggles and…occasionally admits to wrecking a fellow competitor on purpose.
While still a relatively young podcast, it’s definitely become one of the more popular as Denny is viewed as a straight shooter, giving his honest takes about driver aggression and the NASCAR appeal process.
Speed Street (Conor Daly)
INDYCAR driver-turned NASCAR rookie will be making a handful of starts this year for The Money Team in their No. 50 car in the Cup Series. Daly made the Daytona 500 this year even after a Speedweeks full of mechanical issues for the team and even more recently competed in the Cup Series race at COTA.
With at least one more start on his 2023 schedule, Daly’s Speed Street Podcast produced by Dale Jr.’s Dirty Mo Media is a great place to get an outsider’s take on many of NASCAR’s more hot-button issues.
Stacking Pennies (Corey LaJoie)
This NASCAR endorsed podcast, Stacking Pennies, is hosted by one of NASCAR more popular underdogs, Corey LaJoie. LaJoie gives his take on weekend events, his performance with his Spire Racing No. 7, and also occasionally interviews other current drivers.
In the clip below, LaJoie sits down with 2014 NASCAR Cup Series Champion, Kevin Harvick, in his final season.
Backseat Drivers (Kyle Petty)
Kyle Petty is a straight shooter. All the fans know that. When Danica Patrick was struggling to make a name for herself in the world of NASCAR, Kyle Petty told it how it was while most other commentators treated her with kid gloves. With Ryan Blaney underperforming compared to his teammate Joey Logano, Petty had a lot to say about it, stating that Blaney isn’t living up to his potential.
Agree or disagree, you have to give Petty props for not being afraid to speak what is on his mind. His podcast, Backseat Drivers, is a NASCAR endorsed podcast and is certainly worth a listen.
Mark, Mamba, and The Mayor (Mark Martin & Jeff Burton)
Mark “the Kid” Martin and the undisputed NASCAR Mayor, Jeff Burton, host this podcast. The upload schedule isn’t as consistent as others but when they do release a new episode, it’s a whale of a good time.
The Glass Case of Emotion (Ryan Blaney)
Another NASCAR endorsed podcast is hosted by none other than Ryan Blaney, driver of the Team Penske No. 12 Menards Mustang.
In this podcast, he talks about the current issues in the sport as a driver who still competes on a weekly basis as well as interviews NASCAR legends, such as Ray Evernham in the clip below.
Wheelmen of Genius (Bayley Currey)
Wheelmen of Genius, a partner with the Daily Downforce, is hosted by NASCAR Xfinity Series driver, Bayley Currey. As stated in the description, it is the podcast where the two hosts “talk about nothing”.
There’s a lot of motorsports and discussions about current issues within the sport thrown in, but it also covers the daily lives of the hosts, often discussion of what they’re into at the moment.
The Burnout (Carson Hocevar)
There is only one episode of The Burnout released so far. This podcast is hosted by NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver, Carson Hocevar, and NASCAR journalist, Matt Weaver.
Check out the premier episode where they discuss the issues with “rich kids” in NASCAR.
Power Hour (Brennan Poole)
A new addition to the Out of The Groove empire for the 2023 season is Power Hour. PH is hosted by Daily Downforce partner, Eric Estepp, and NASCAR Xfinity Series driver, Brennan Poole.
All episodes can be found on the Out of the Groove YouTube Channel or wherever you listen to your podcasts. In the latest episode, the hosts sit down with NASCAR legend, Mark “The Kid” Martin and discuss the best and worst moments of his illustrious NASCAR career.
Are there any podcasts we missed? What’s your favorite of the ones listed here? Let us at the Daily Downforce know!