PODCAST: Hard Left Turn ENCORE - Drivers start younger and retire younger

By AccessWDUN Staff
Posted 8:00PM on Wednesday 22nd June 2022 ( 1 week ago )

With the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series being off for the Father's Day weekend, our Hard Left Turn crew thought this would be a good time for a look back at one of their pre-season shows.

So they switched on the Wayback Machine, and took a trip to January 12, 2022, and a look at the trend of drivers starting at a younger age and walking away from the sport at an earlier age as well.

Several weeks prior to the recording of this show, Pete McCole mentioned about how dramatically different the average ages of the fields and the retirement ages of drivers had changed over the past 25 years.  Brandon Reed remembered how drivers such as Richard Petty, Harry Gant and Bobby Allison raced well past the half-century mark.  Amy Henderson remarked on how the pressures of today's NASCAR differs from how it was just 10 years ago, much less 25.

With that in mind - and seeing whereas it was his idea - Pete McCole took the reigns of the Hard Left Turn podcast for that week, as the crew discussed how young the average driver is now, and how they are looking for an escape route from the sport at a younger age as well.

Don't forget, the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series are back in aciton this coming weekend at Nashville.

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Aric Almirola celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Atlanta Motor Speedway President Ed Clark (left) salutes Harry Gant (right) on his last NASCAR Cup Series career start on November 13, 1994 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Gant is the oldest winner in series history, having won his final race at Michigan International Speedway on August 16, 1992 at the age of 52. Photo: NASCAR Media
Pete McCole (left), Brandon Reed (center) and Amy Henderson (right) stand in the infield at Charlotte Motor Speedway prior to the 2019 Coca-Cola 600. Photo: John K. Harrelson

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