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A breakdown of the Complete First Season of POWER HOUR.

You can watch the complete first season of Eric Estepp’s (Out of the Groove) and Brennan Poole’s (JD Motorsports/Alpha Prime Motorsports) podcast, Power Hour now on YouTube!

In this first season of the groundbreaking and popular driver-content creator collaborative podcast, your humble hosts sit down with big-name Cup drivers Daniel Suarez, Corey LaJoie, Erik Jones, and Chase Briscoe as well as up-and-comers Carson Hocevar and Jesse Love. The dynamic duo also sits down with NASCAR Hall-of-Famer, Mark “The Kid” Martin!

All of this awesomeness is available for your viewing pleasure via the Power Hour Playlist on YouTube! Check it out:

Ep. 1 Smashing Pinatas With Daniel Suarez

In this first episode of Power Hour, our hosts Eric Estepp and Brennan Poole break down all the latest breaking news stories from the world of NASCAR. In the news segment, Eric and Brennan discuss Kyle Busch and his potential impact on Kaulig’s Xfinity Series program, the hot-topic discussion over whether or not the Busch Clash at the Coliseum should be a points-paying event, the doomed fate of the Auto Club Speedway, and much, much more!

At time-stamp 23:13 the interview with the driver of the No. 99 Trackhouse Chevy, Daniel Suarez begins. In the interview portion of the podcast, the three amigos discuss his first-ever playoff berth in 2022, his break-out win at Sonoma the summer of that year, and the unique tradition of Suarez taking pinatas to the racetrack and the origin of that tradition.

Hear about all of this and more in what is effectively the pilot episode of Out of the Groove: Power Hour.

Ep. 2 Called to the Hauler (feat. Carson Hocevar)

In this second-ever episode of Power Hour our hosts, Eric Estepp and NASCAR Xfinity Series driver, Brennan Poole discuss the epic “park it” dispute of the year between Josh Williams and NASCAR at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Brennan Poole also discusses first-hand what he dubbed the “biggest hit” of his racing career. They also break down the wild and, at times, “unwatchable” Xfinity in Hotlanta.

The interview with Carson Hocevar begins at timestamp 17:40. The interview begins with Carson talking about taking his first-ever laps at the famous North Wilkesboro Speedway and how it felt to walk inside such a historic facility. They also discuss the technicality and driving technique it takes to get around a track as worn out as North Wilkesboro when it comes to tire management and falloff. Hocevar also discusses how his part-time deal with Spire in the Xfinity Series came to be and he also reveals that he was in contention to replace Noah Gragson in the No. 9 car at JR Motorsports.

Hear all these discussions and more in this latest episode of Out of the Groove: Power Hour.

Ep. 3 Mark Martin Opens Up About The Highs And Lows of Racing

In the third episode of Power Hour Eric and Brennan talk about the then-upcoming Super Mario movie and their various expectations. They also discuss Brennan’s 100th career Xfinity Series start at Richmond the week before.

The Mark Martin interview begins at timestamp 11:25. In the first part of the interview, Mark and the guys discuss “The Kid’s” up and down career from his initial start, to having to go back to ASA with nothing, to working his way back up the ranks, and, ultimately, landing his big shot with an unlikely ally in Jack Rousch.

They also discuss Mark’s upcoming book, a collaborative effort with his son, Matt, which spun off into a merchandise company and Instagram page. He ends this part of the discussion with an encouraging message for all the dreamers and aspiring racers out there.

At timestamp 36:45, Eric brings the star of the past in Mark Martin into the present with the hot-button issue of driver etiquette and how it has changed over time. Mark Martin gives his thoughts on the current generation of drivers and their “cut-throat” style of racing compared to his blue-collar roots in the ASA.

At time marker 57:00, the dynamic Power Hour duo takes a handful of fan questions from Out of the Crowd.

Hear all the tales of Mark Martin’s storied career and much more in this third episode of Out of the Groove: Power Hour.

Ep. 4 Jeremy Clements Gets Real About Family-Owned Racing

In this fourth episode of Power Hour Eric and Brennan begin their discussion by discussing Poole’s new early-2000s punk rock look before spilling over into the news portion of the podcast. In the news portion, they discuss co-host Brennan’s handful of Cup Series starts for Rick Ware Racing. These were Poole’s first-ever starts in the NextGen and he compares this to both his Xfinity car as well as the Cup car he drove back in 2020 for Premium Motorsports. The boys also discuss Brennan’s run-in with Ross Chastain at Dover and his comments after the incident. They also discuss the All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro and what the future of that event may or may not be.

The Jeremy Clements interview begins at 30:25. In this section of the show, Clements discusses what it’s like to be racing for a family-owned race team with limited factory support from Chevrolet. They also discuss the shared passion of experiencing Major League Baseball at the ballpark. Jeremy also talks about some of the ins and outs of running a race team entirely in-house from self-constructed engines to chassis.

Fan questions begin at time stamp 50:00 and the boys discuss Brennan’s childhood dream team and their favorite racing movies of all time.

Learn about all this and more in this fourth-ever episode of Out of the Groove: Power Hour!

Ep. 5 Life Lessons With Corey LaJoie and Preparing for Chicago

In the fifth episode of Power Hour Eric and Brennan catch up on the last couple of races, including Nashville, which saw Brennan run double duty for Rick Ware’s No. 15 car in the Cup Series and in his usual Xfinity ride for JD Motorsports. They also look forward to the inaugural race at the Chicago Street Course, their expectations for that race, schedule diversity, and where they think NASCAR may be headed in the future with the NASCAR schedule.

The interview with Corey LaJoie begins at timestamp 34:50. In the interview, they talk, again, about the upcoming Chicago Street Course. They also go into great length discussing LaJoie’s involvement in helping build Spire Motorsports from the ground up and being their franchise driver. He talks about Spire’s slow start and the growing pains they’ve endured on the road to becoming a more competitive NASCAR Cup Series team. They also discuss fatherhood and racing as well as dive into LaJoie’s big break with Hendrick Motorsports driving the No. 9 car for the suspended Chase Elliott.

At time marker 1:00:35, Brennan and Eric take on the fan question: What are your favorite NASCAR paint schemes of all time?

Check out all that and more in this fifth episode of Out of the Groove: Power Hour!

Ep. 6 Flipping for NASCAR Free Agency Feat. Daniel Hemric

In the sixth episode of Power Hour, sponsored by Circle B Diecasts, our hosts, Eric Estepp and Brennan Poole start off the show by showing off their favorite diecasts in their ever-growing collection. Then, they recap the races that had happened since the last podcast. Brennan briefly mentions his struggles at Pocono and the controversy with Denny Hamlin and the fights on pit road. In the news, they discussed the shocking silly season news of Justin Haley jumping ship from Kaulig to Rick Ware for the 2024 season. They also discuss other free agency rumors.

The interview with Xfinity Series Champion, Daniel Hemric, begins at time marker 22:00. They start off the conversation with Hemric’s epic 2021 Xfinity Series Championship win. Brennan marvels about how the two virtually grew up racing one another and talks about how wild it is that they’re still able to do that at the highest level in motorsports. They also touch on the tightly-kitted nature and culture of Kaulig Racing compared to other teams. They end their conversation discussing all the moving parts of the 2024 Silly Season with all its complex ins and outs with the uncertainties of the TV contract and the Cup Series charter agreement.

At timestamp 48:00, Eric and Brennan tackle the viewer question: What is your favorite ugly paint scheme?

Check out all this and more in this sixth episode of Out of the Groove: Power Hour!

Ep. 7 The Mental Side of Driving Racecars Feat. Sam Mayer

CircleBDiecast.com presents the seventh episode of the first season of the Power Hour podcast! Our two co-hosts, YouTuber Eric Estepp and NASCAR driver Brennan Poole, start the show by showing off, again, some rather neat diecast cars in their collection.

Then, the guys dive headfirst into talking about the cut-off race at Daytona. Specifically, our hosts recount the hard, brutal crashes that occurred in the Coke Zero 400 of 2023. Of course, the first one that comes to mind is the absolutely horrific wreck that saw Ryan Preece’s car catch air and barrel roll down the infield grass on the backstretch. Then, of course, there was the scary head-on collusion by Ryan Blaney in turn 4 which damaged the outside SAFER Barrier.

At time marker 22:00 Sam Mayer joins the show. In the interview section of this podcast episode, Mayer discusses his origins in racing, dating all the way back to his go-cart days, and then taking us all the way to being an Xfinity Series winner in 2023. They discuss his first win and then his second and the surprise that both came on road courses when he was never really considered to be a road course ace. They also discuss Sam’s first Xfinity Playoff berth and his mindset heading into the NASCAR post-season.

In the fan question segment of the show, Eric and Brennan tackle the questions: “What’s the dumbest thing someone has said to you about NASCAR to your face?” and “What is your favorite food?”

Learn about all this and much more in the seventh episode of Out of the Groove: Power Hour!

Ep. 8 Shaking and Baking With Chase Briscoe

In this eighth first-season episode of Power Hour, sponsored by Circle B Diecasts, Eric and Brennan start the show jumping right into NASCAR Silly Season as they discuss the somewhat unique move for Sammy Smith to move over to JR Motorsports and drive the No. 8 care for the 2024 NASCAR Xfinity Series season. They also discuss how this could potentially open up some doors for other drivers in the Xfinity Series looking for that golden opportunity.

They then show off some of their favorite diecast cars from their personal collection. They also discuss the revitalization of the Texas Motor Speedway in the NextGen era and they discuss the future of the track and whether or not it’ll go down the same route as Atlanta. They also touch on the recent chatter considering the 2024 NASCAR schedule.

The interview portion with Chase Briscoe begins at timestamp 29:00. They start the interview discussing the Shake and Bake reboot SHR was doing with him as his teammate in the No. 41, Ryan Preece. They also discuss the difficulties in moving up from the Xfinity Series to the Cup Series and how much more challenging the competition is.

The fan question for this episode is: “What is it like to be a racecar driver?” and Brennan answers it eloquently.

Check out all this and more in this awesome eighth episode of Out of the Groove: Power Hour!

Ep. 9 Silly (Spooky) Season Shocker! (Feat. Erik Jones)

CircleBDiecast.com Presents this ninth episode of the Power Hour podcast, hosted by YouTuber Eric Estepp and Brennan Poole. In this episode, our guest is NASCAR Cup Series winner and Legacy Motor Club cornerstone, Erik Jones. But before Erik joins the show, we first must admire the awesome Halloween backdrop behind Brennan. Then, the guys show off a couple of their favorite diecasts, one of them a sure-fire Halloween favorite.

Then they transition into some Silly Season rumors, including Chandler Smith’s return to Toyota after only 1 season away and Sheldon Creed leaving RCR for JGR. They also briefly touch on the interesting dynamic within the NASCAR developmental pipeline amongst all the teams.

The interview with Erik Jones begins at time stamp 37:00. In the interview, the guys and Erik talk about Erik potentially dressing up as Beetlejuice for Halloween. They then transition into talking about Erik’s career as a racecar driver, from humble beginnings a local haunts in Michigan all the way to Gibbs and then, ultimately, Legacy Motor Club. They talk about the future of the team with all the changes going on heading into 2024 and the goals they have going forward.

The fan question comes into play at about 53:30. The question is: “What is your favorite chip brand or flavor?”

Learn the answer to this question and much more about Erik Jones and his NASCAR origin in this ninth episode of Out of the Groove: Power Hour!

Ep. 10 Big Moves and Major Life Decisions Feat. Jesse Love

In the Season 1 finale of Power Hour, hosted by YouTuber Eric Estepp and NASCAR driver Brennan Poole, the guys welcome Jesee Love to the stage and also discuss some big changes for everyone involved heading into the 2024 NASCAR season!

They start the episode by thanking sponsor Circle B Diecasts and showing off some awesome pieces of their own diecast collections. They then quickly transition to the major announcement that, for the 2024 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, Power Hour Host, Brennan Poole will be taking over the No. 44 Chevrolet for Alpha Prime Racing. It has been a long road for Brennan in this sport and it’s truly nice to see an opportunity like this go to such a deserving young driver trying to prove his talents.

Eric and Brennan then briefly touch on the 2023 champions, first taking on Ryan Blaney. Brennan said, as a Ford driver in the Cup Series, that Ford was at a disadvantage for a lion share of the year but hit on something at the right moment. Brennan picked Cole Custer in the Xfinity Series and he was right. And they also touch on the debacle that was the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship Race.

23:30 is the time marker for the interview with the 2023 ARCA Menards Series Champion, Jesse Love. They start by talking about that dominant ARCA Series Championship win and then transition to talking about his new ride with RCR in their No. 2 Xfinity Series car for 2024. He also talks about the tough decision to leave his Toyota family for the Chevy-backed RCR. They end by talking about the expectations for next season and Love’s mindset in this massive leap in his career.

The fan question portion starts at timestamp 49:30. This week’s question is: “Of any driver who never got a fair chance at the top level in NASCAR, who do you think should have?”

Learn the answer to this question and many more in this season finale of Out of the Groove: Power Hour!

Bring on Season 2!

That does it for this season of Power Hour, Daily Downforce subscribers! Don’t forget as a special treat for Power Hour viewers, you can use code “OOTG” for $6 off shipping at Circle B Diecast

What was your favorite episode in its inaugural season? Also, what diecast car that the guys showed off did you like the best? Let us know! In the meantime, keep it right here at DailyDownforce.com for all your most recent off-season NASCAR news and stories! See you in 2024 for exciting new content!

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