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#59 – Austin Hill, Scott Zipadelli, and Max McLaughlin on the Racing Writer’s Podcast

Austin Hill, Scott Zipadelli, and Max McLaughlin on the Racing Writer’s Podcast

Ahead of a new Truck Series season the defending series champion crew chief from Hattori Racing and his new driver are here to discuss their pairing and more. Scott Zipadelli shares insight into how the offseason has gone for the 16 team as they waited for the seat to be filled by a new driver; whether the team has had any turnover in personnel after winning the championship; first impressions of Austin Hill, who takes a turn to explain how he landed at HRE as well as his racing background for those unfamiliar; what the social media support has meant to him; Zipadelli breaks down the expectations for his team this season; how far HRE has come since he joined in 2017 and the put work in to get to where they are now; why his team has something to prove and clearing the air on Brett Moffitt leaving; and then how he views the Truck Series and its competition; Hill explains the difference going from a car to a truck and offers a lesson on a driver learning aero and drafting in the trucks; where he thinks his strengths will be this season; and whether he can win in 2019.

After that, Max McLaughlin joins the podcast to share how his deal to run K&N came to be with Hattori; digs into his dirt background and extensive success; why he wants to make the transition from dirt to asphalt; why he didn’t run more Truck Series races with Niece Motorsports in 2018 after making his debut at Eldora; learning from dad Mike, who has competed on dirt and in NASCAR; what he anticipates doing as he works in the Hattori shop on a weekly basis and expectations for the season. Music:

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