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The premier podcast venue for those that make ULTRA4 & Off-Road Racing the toughest, most diverse motorsport in the world.
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EP 38 Pam Hall

EP 38 Pam Hall

2020-11-0901:50:02

A play on the triumph and losses in performance and life.  The Talent Tank podcast will navigate the inner workings of lifestyle, lives, family, teams, careers, programs, and technology in and around the offroad motorsports industry.  What breeds success with your Talent Tank on full, failures when its on empty.  From the journey to the Starting Line to take that Green Flag, on to exploring trials and tribulations on and off the track in pursuit of victorious achievement and the Checkered Flag.Rarer than a unicorn; a female motorsports announcer, but wait there's more.  She's also a veteran offroad racecar driver with 13+ years chasing dust.  No way you say!  Yes, Unicorns do exist!  On this episode of The Talent Tank, we are so blessed to be graced with ULTRA4 Racing's newest face to the LIVE feed, the lovely and super talented Pam Hall, @mrspamhall.  Crank it up, put on your American Flag Bikini, and break off the knob because Pam kills it on the behind the scenes pre-running, King of the Hammers photography, keeper of the KOH WiFi master password, course marking, visor down time, Rebelle Rally, and how she came to be Co-Host of the Ultra4 Live Feed play-by-play.Headshot provided by Alan Johnson @thedustygnome After the Checkered Flag-Anyone familiar with all of the prep and engineering work required to make a traditional race car will laugh when they see what it takes to set up a skidplate racer:1. Strip the interior.2. Relocate the battery away from the extremities of the car.3. Weld the doors and trunk shut, then chain down the hood, too.4. Replace the back wheels with metal skids.That last part is the important one, but not particularly complicated. You take a regular, cheapest-wheel-in-the-universe steelie and weld a set of steel plates to it like a fat ski. It’s a few basic welds to make the skidplate and the wheel bolts right up to the car as before.It is with this small change that makes the skidplate what it is: near-uncontrollable for the driver and unquestionably entertaining for anybody watching.Traditional race cars are what they are because they try to be objectively better. Better accelerating. Better braking. Better handling.Skidplate cars are intentionally worse. Losing all of the traction of your rear-wheels in a front-wheel drive car makes it want to slide absolutely everywhere. Lift off the gas and the car tries to spin out. Get back on the gas and the car pulls itself straight, until you feed in too much throttle, at which point the front wheels slip and the whole car tries to spin out again.Please like & subscribe.https://www.thetalenttank.com/https://www.instagram.com/thetalenttank/https://www.facebook.com/thetalenttankInsiders Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/TheTalentTankInsiders/ 
EP 37 Chip MacLaughlin

EP 37 Chip MacLaughlin

2020-11-0201:53:30

A play on the triumph and losses in performance and life.  The Talent Tank podcast will navigate the inner workings of lifestyle, lives, family, teams, careers, programs, and technology in and around the offroad motorsports industry.  What breeds success with your Talent Tank on full, failures when its on empty.  From the journey to the Starting Line to take that Green Flag, on to exploring trials and tribulations on and off the track in pursuit of victorious achievement and the Checkered Flag.#ChipHappens  Well it finally happened on The Talent Tank.  We stepped in it fully, or it fully hit the fan. On this episode we moved this Texan, one of the funniest guys in ULTRA4 Racing from side chick to show pony.  Chip MacLaughlin the  driver of the # 4 Unlimited 4400 car of Rufus Racing @rufusracingtx did a cannonball into the tank, and we are so glad he did.  From practical jokes, burning down trucks, running at the front of the pack, popping motors, with a heavy dose of philanthropy and figuring out what really matters when you are faced with the worst adversities in life.  While we didn't talk about HOA's with Chip, he's well versed and hence this episodes "After the Checkered Flag".  Enjoy!After the Checkered Flag-Important Tips to Avoid Being Taken Advantage of By An Abusive HOA Board & Underhanded Property Management Company:-DOCUMENT & SAVE ALL communication and correspondence. Keep letters , emails, faxes, text messages, and record phone calls where legal. Texas is a “one-party consent” state, meaning only ONE party in a recorded conversation has to consent. Please check the applicable laws of your state or the one you’re calling to.-Know what your Texas HOA rights are by law. Read and get an understanding of the Texas Property Codes, CC&R’s (Convenants, Conditions & Restrictions), By-Laws, and HOA Rules & Regulations. -Get familiar with debt collection laws. The Texas Debt Collection Act, Federal Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and Texas Third Party Collections spell out Do’s and Don’ts for debt collectors.-Organize! Talk to your neighbors and get connected with the Nextdoor app. Chances are, you are NOT THE FIRST or only homeowner to experience HOA abuse of power by your Board members. Go to your HOA meetings. Come up with an action plan to remove unscrupulous HOA Board members and property managers that don’t know the law or intentionally side-step it. Run for office so that you and your neighbors can make the community friendly decisions. As board members, you can control where the money is going and make sure that your neighbors stay in the loop through effective communication tools. -Be patient and civil. Give your HOA Board and property management company a chance to right their wrongs. If you have exhausted all means to resolve your HOA issue before litigation but are still faced with unjust actions, then you may have a reason to sue your HOA.Please like & subscribe.https://www.thetalenttank.com/https://www.instagram.com/thetalenttank/https://www.facebook.com/thetalenttankInsiders Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/TheTalentTankInsiders/ 
EP 36 Levi Shirley

EP 36 Levi Shirley

2020-10-2602:09:26

A play on the triumph and losses in performance and life.  The Talent Tank podcast will navigate the inner workings of lifestyle, lives, family, teams, careers, programs, and technology in and around the offroad motorsports industry.  What breeds success with your Talent Tank on full, failures when its on empty.  From the journey to the Starting Line to take that Green Flag, on to exploring trials and tribulations on and off the track in pursuit of victorious achievement and the Checkered Flag.When you think about Dodge City, Kansas the fastest gunslingers to walk the west come to mind.  The likes of Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and even Jesse James.  Here in the modern era, competing for that title of the fastest in the history books hailing out of Dodge City is none other than  ULTRA4 Racing's driver of the #81 Unlimited 4400 car Levi Shirley, @levishirley.  Levi is one of the offroad endurance racing's second generation young guns, and remarkably for how young he is, has over a decade in rock sports.  So dial it in and rip off the knob as we go deep on The Talent Tank with Levi discussing everything from prep, tech, sponsors, to the successes and failure that have him at the top of the 4400 game.  After the Checkered Flag- The beef cattle sector has been and continues to be the single largest sector in the Kansas agriculture industry, with cattle and calves generating $8.27 billion in cash receipts in 2017, which accounted for more than 50 percent of Kansas agricultural cash receipts that year. Not only does Kansas have the third largest number of cattle on ranches and feedyards at 6.35 million on Jan. 1, 2019, the state also has a significant footprint in the cattle processing sector. In 2017, Kansas produced nearly 5.69 billion pounds of red meat, or nearly 11 percent of the nation’s total.  The Dodge City National Beef  plant employs around 2,900 people.  While the Dodge City Cargill plant employs around 2700 employees and process 5,800 to 6,000 cattle per day. Together Cargill and National Beef process about 11,000 head every day in Dodge City, Kansas.Please like & subscribe.https://www.thetalenttank.com/https://www.instagram.com/thetalenttank/https://www.facebook.com/thetalenttankInsiders Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/TheTalentTankInsiders/ 
EP 35 Alan Johnson

EP 35 Alan Johnson

2020-10-1901:43:02

A play on the triumph and losses in performance and life.  The Talent Tank podcast will navigate the inner workings of lifestyle, lives, family, teams, careers, programs, and technology in and around the offroad motorsports industry.  What breeds success with your Talent Tank on full, failures when its on empty.  From the journey to the Starting Line to take that Green Flag, on to exploring trials and tribulations on and off the track in pursuit of victorious achievement and the Checkered Flag.Jumping into the The Talent Tank this week is a bigger than life character that goes by the moniker The Dusty Gnome. He is anything but infinitesimal.  Current VP of Marketing and Communications for ULTRA4 Racing and for many of us, our good buddy, Alan Johnson @thedustygnome.  While it did take some coercing of Alan, some hesitation on his part, and ultimately chiding, you're going to enjoy the next two hours of one of the many behind the scenes personalities that keep the Ultra4 train on the tracks and charging hard.   The twists and unexpected turns that Alan has navigated in life are nothing short of impressive.  From his days in a band trying to make it in Nashville, to having a mid-life crisis that made him throw his hat in the "Every Man Challenge" ring at 40 years old, he has done it all.  Alan is a modern day Jekyll and Hyde. He juggles his professional suit and tie, bill paying gig in the dental software world with his dust covered cargo pants, flip flops and offroad scarf wearing alter ego.  I hope you enjoy this Episode highlighting the guy for all things media, perception, and focused narrative of unlimited offroad 4-wheel drive racing that is Ultra4.    Headshot provided by Lona Scott of Scott's Designs @scotts.designs After the Checkered Flag-Offroad scarf?  The shemagh (pronounced “schmog”) – also called a keffiyeh and ghutrah – originated in the Middle East. They are a scarf-type wrap commonly found in arid regions to provide protection from direct sun exposure, as well to protect the mouth and eyes from blown dust and sand.  There are many different names for the shemagh, like keffiyeh and ghutrah. One style of the white and red keffiyeh is typically associated with Jordan, while another white and red pattern is associated with the Arabian Peninsula. The white and black ones are typically associated with Iraq.Please like & subscribe.https://www.thetalenttank.com/https://www.instagram.com/thetalenttank/https://www.facebook.com/thetalenttankInsiders Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/TheTalentTankInsiders/ 
EP 34 Bailey Cole

EP 34 Bailey Cole

2020-10-1202:11:43

A play on the triumph and losses in performance and life.  The Talent Tank podcast will navigate the inner workings of lifestyle, lives, family, teams, careers, programs, and technology in and around the offroad motorsports industry.  What breeds success with your Talent Tank on full, failures when its on empty.  From the journey to the Starting Line to take that Green Flag, on to exploring trials and tribulations on and off the track in pursuit of victorious achievement and the Checkered Flag.Heir apparent to the Hammerking Empire, the "Prince" so to speak jumps on The Talent Tank this week.  Bailey Cole, @bailey_cole_racing, driver of the 4454 ULTRA4 Racing 4400 race car.  4th at 2020 King of the Hammers, currently sitting in 3rd in the National points race.  Bailey has been around offroad since he could walk, and he's been around King of the Hammers and Ultra4 Racing since before they were a thing.  On this episode we discuss close calls, near death experiences, earning respect as one of the fastest drivers to come up through the ranks of the lower classes.  Cutting his teeth in underpowered straight axle cars to earn the seat he has in the elite Class 4400 field.  At 23 he's already a Class Champion after winning the 2019 Score Baja1000.  Now wrapping up college, we look forward at what the future may hold.  Sit down, crank it up, and lets go!After the Checkered Flag-The Crandon International Off-Road Raceway, Crandon for short. Is a short course offroad  racetrack, located near Crandon, Wisconsin.  The course hosts the World Championship Off-Road Races, Red Bull World Cup, Forest County Potawatomi Spring Brush Run Races, and Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League points races. The track started out as a 1.75-mile long, now shortened to 1.5 miles venue. Heats are started with a "land rush" start side by side on a standing start-line.Please like & subscribe.https://www.thetalenttank.com/https://www.instagram.com/thetalenttank/https://www.facebook.com/thetalenttankInsiders Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/TheTalentTankInsiders/ 
EP 33 Phil Licciardi

EP 33 Phil Licciardi

2020-10-0501:44:08

A play on the triumph and losses in performance and life.  The Talent Tank podcast will navigate the inner workings of lifestyle, lives, family, teams, careers, programs, and technology in and around the offroad motorsports industry.  What breeds success with your Talent Tank on full, failures when its on empty.  From the journey to the Starting Line to take that Green Flag, on to exploring trials and tribulations on and off the track in pursuit of victorious achievement and the Checkered Flag.You are in for it in this installment of The Talent Tank.  We have one of the funniest, good time having characters in all of the Ultra4 Racing family.  None other than Phil Licciardi @liberty_mtn_fab of Liberty Mountain Fabrication in Gardnerville, Nevada.  Some may know him by his old Pirate4x4 name of "SillyNeck", while more recently his customers have started calling him "ShockJesus".  A long time, lifetime member of the Rock Zombies, Phil exemplifies and embraces the outside wheeling lifestyle.  Lives, breathes, eats, sleeps the lifestyle.  When you can't find him hard at work at the shop, you can find him in the pits or on the road for one of his east coast shock tuning tours.  We cover some don't miss ground from recent forest fires and how he and his family dodged losing everything, to what is the Rock Zombie Bikini Car Wash.    Headshot provided by Lona Scott of Scott's Designs @scotts.designs After the Checkered Flag-As many as 90 percent of wildland fires in the United States are caused by people, according to the U.S. Department of Interior. Some human-caused fires result from campfires left unattended, the burning of debris, downed power lines, negligently discarded cigarettes and intentional acts of arson. The remaining 10 percent are started by lightning or lava.  According to Verisk’s 2019 Wildfire Risk Analysis 4.5 million U.S. homes were identified at high or extreme risk of wildfire, with more than 2 million in California alone.   From January 1 to September 28, 2020 there were 44,520 wildfires compared with 39,476 wildfires in the same period in 2019, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. About 7.5 million acres were burned in the 2020 period, compared with 4.4 million acres in 2019. Please like & subscribe.https://thetalenttank.com/https://www.instagram.com/thetalenttank/https://www.facebook.com/thetalenttank/Insiders Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/TheTalentTankInsiders/
EP 32 Ryan Miller

EP 32 Ryan Miller

2020-09-2802:00:46

A play on the triumph and losses in performance and life.  The Talent Tank podcast will navigate the inner workings of lifestyle, lives, family, teams, careers, programs, and technology in and around the offroad motorsports industry.  What breeds success with your Talent Tank on full, failures when its on empty.  From the journey to the Starting Line to take that Green Flag, on to exploring trials and tribulations on and off the track in pursuit of victorious achievement and the Checkered Flag.When we look at the long standing race teams in the Ultra4 Racing family, one of the first that comes to mind is Campbell Enterprises out of Gilbert, Arizona.  On this installment of the The Talent Tank we get a look inside race and recreational operations with a head first dive with Ryan Miller @ryan_miller_26 the new fill in driver in the Campbell stable, driving the 35AZ for Bailey Campbell @baileycampbell35az.  Ryan has been a staple in the Campbell pits for over a decade, co-driving for Shannon, Weyland, and Bailey at points along the way.  Heavily involved in prep, and strategy, he's become something of a defacto crewchief.  Join along as we discuss Ultra4 Moab, Rebelle Rally, Flatfender Jeeps, and how Ryan came to be the go-to driver of the #35 Ultra4 Racing 4400 car.  After the Checkered Flag-It's the stuff of legend; the U.S. Army requested a vehicle—and drove off in a hero. The Willys MB, its spirit forged by the fire of combat and honed in the heat of battle, seared its way into the hearts of warriors fighting for freedom. Fierce emotional bonds often developed between a soldier and his "jeep" 4x4. The faithful MB earned a place in every GI's heart, in every area of combat, in every conceivable role.The tough, simple, Jeep became the GI's best friend—second only to his rifle. One MB was even awarded a Purple Heart and sent home. General George C. Marshall, US Army Chief of Staff during World War II, and later U.S. Secretary of State, described the Jeep as "America's greatest contribution to modern warfare". Scripps Howard WWII Reporter Ernie Pyle once said, "It did everything. It went everywhere. Was a faithful as a dog, as strong as a mule, and as agile as a goat. It constantly carried twice what it was designed for and still kept going."Please like & subscribe.https://thetalenttank.com/https://www.instagram.com/thetalenttank/https://www.facebook.com/thetalenttank/Insiders Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/TheTalentTankInsiders/
EP 31 James Cantrell

EP 31 James Cantrell

2020-09-2101:22:47

A play on the triumph and losses in performance and life.  The Talent Tank podcast will navigate the inner workings of lifestyle, lives, family, teams, careers, programs, and technology in and around the offroad motorsports industry.  What breeds success with your Talent Tank on full, failures when its on empty.  From the journey to the Starting Line to take that Green Flag, on to exploring trials and tribulations on and off the track in pursuit of victorious achievement and the Checkered Flag.The Johnny Knoxville of Ultra4 Racing hailing out of the great state of Kentucky.  None other than the Madram11 sponsored UTV driver James Cantrell @j_cantrell502 sits down for a dive into The Talent Tank.  This guy is currently in Ultra4 National Championship UTV title contention, so we got him to take a quick break and talk about life, hard work, race prep, or lack of race prep.  Making sure you are having a good time, and how to properly load a trailer and change a tire.  After the Checkered Flag-Here are six basic steps you should follow when loading a trailer, including parking on a level surface, loading heavy items first, following the 60/40 rule and tying down cargo.Always load on a flat level surfaceEmergency brakes applied (trailer too if equipped)Chock the tires to prevent rolling (it’s best to chock the last axle). If there are multiple axles on the trailer, chock the last axleIf observing stay away from the vehicle, and do not approach the loaded trailer until the implement is in park with the brakes locked.If the vehicle or implement rolls or shifts while loading … DO NOT PUT YOURSELF IN DANGER.Trucks, trailers and equipment can all be replaced … you cannot.Please like & subscribe.https://thetalenttank.com/https://www.instagram.com/thetalenttank/https://www.facebook.com/thetalenttank/Insiders Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/TheTalentTankInsiders/
A play on the triumph and losses in performance and life.  The Talent Tank podcast will navigate the inner workings of lifestyle, lives, family, teams, careers, programs, and technology in and around the offroad motorsports industry.  What breeds success with your Talent Tank on full, failures when its on empty.  From the journey to the Starting Line to take that Green Flag, on to exploring trials and tribulations on and off the track in pursuit of victorious achievement and the Checkered Flag.Another famous Texan, now hailing out of the great state of Indiana.  None other than the iconic landmark of Ultra4 Races and Hammertown USA, Puff The Magic Race Dragon.   On this installment of The Talent Tank we have a sit down with current curator Brandt Erwin @keepviper13 of Team Indiana, as well as call in's from Terry Madden @terry_madden and Levi Shirley @levishirley on their involvement in the lore of the magical race dragon and contributions to offroad history.  After the Checkered Flag-The number of injuries from inflatable bounce houses has skyrocketed over the last 20 years to more than 30 children injured each day, about one every 45 minutes, and some of the injuries were severe or even fatal, according to the Child Injury Prevention Alliance.More than 113,000 people were injured in inflatables from 2003 to 2013, most of them children.Please like & subscribe.https://thetalenttank.com/https://www.instagram.com/thetalenttank/https://www.facebook.com/thetalenttank/Insiders Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/TheTalentTankInsiders/
EP 29 Jim Marsden

EP 29 Jim Marsden

2020-06-0802:06:41

A play on the triumph and losses in performance and life.  The Talent Tank podcast will navigate the inner workings of lifestyle, lives, family, teams, careers, programs, and technology in and around the offroad motorsports industry.  What breeds success with your Talent Tank on full, failures when its on empty.  From the journey to the Starting Line to take that Green Flag, on to exploring trials and tribulations on and off the track in pursuit of victorious achievement and the Checkered Flag.From across the pond, to close out this Spring 2020 season we have only the second Brit to grace The Talent Tank.  We landed the dashingly handsome, almost James Bond 007'esc smooth talking linguist announcer for ULTRA4 Racing.  As well as he's possibly the winning-est across all motorsport events he's competed in, none of other than the "Kingpin of Gigglepin", Jim Marsden @jim_gigglepin_marsden.  Everything's on the table, from building furniture, working in the nightclubs, to figuring out how to wrench, being your own boss, winches, did we mention we talk winches specifically these dual motor crazy units Jim builds.  Mix in some mudbog racing, numerous Ultra4 Europe Championships and the pilgrimage to Johnson Valley and how he got his break with a microphone in his hand to announcing for King of the Hammers and the Martelli Brothers The Mint400.  After the Checkered Flag-The Sir John Cass School of Art, abbreviated as "The Cass" and nicknamed the Aldgate Bauhaus, is an art school in Aldgate, London that forms part of London Metropolitan University. It has a history stretching back to the 1800's via its various predecessor institutions.  Learning through practice, playing with process and working with clients; students at the School gain real-world experience in both individual and collaborative projects, engaging with professionals, communities and companies. There is a strong emphasis in the teaching studios on socially engaged architecture, art and design applied to both local and global contexts. The many specialist facilities available to students include wood, metal and plastic workshops, darkrooms and digital manufacturing technology.Headshot provided by: Paolo BaraldiBrought to you by:Custom Splice www.customsplice.com for all of your recovery equipment needs, they are your one stop shop. Branik Motorsports Custom Machine www.branikmotorsports.com is a full-service machine shop with one off and production capabilities that prides themselves on quality, service and value.Magnitude Performance www.magnitudeperformance.com a Mast Motorsports Company www.mastmotorsports.com.  Magnitude is a Made in the USA manufacturer of premium chrome silicon coil-over suspension springs.Please like & subscribe.https://thetalenttank.com/https://www.instagram.com/thetalenttank/https://www.facebook.com/thetalenttank/Insiders Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/TheTalentTankInsiders/
EP 28 Rob Usnick

EP 28 Rob Usnick

2020-06-0102:11:43

A play on the triumph and losses in performance and life.  The Talent Tank podcast will navigate the inner workings of lifestyle, lives, family, teams, careers, programs, and technology in and around the offroad motorsports industry.  What breeds success with your Talent Tank on full, failures when its on empty.  From the journey to the Starting Line to take that Green Flag, on to exploring trials and tribulations on and off the track in pursuit of victorious achievement and the Checkered Flag.I am guilty of overuse of the nomenclature "Bad Ass", but that's exactly what we have on this episode of The Talent Tank.  Recently retired Special Forces Master Sergeant/E-8 Rob Usnick, former ULTRA4 Racing 4400/UTV/Moto racer, and current pirate of the high seas.  Well fishing guide in the United States Virgin Island.  From his thousands of race miles to his thousands of miles on the open ocean.  How mental preparation gets you in the race, but how mental perseverance gets you to the finish line.  Always finding new ways to challenge himself and his friends, from Afghanistan, to Baja, to Best in The Desert, Johnson Valley to Rausch Creek, being a published author and "Survivor" the TV show hopeful.  If you find yourself in the USVI call Ocean Surfari, and ask for Cpt. Rob.After the Checkered Flag-Chasing Bubbles is a documentary about the journey and spirit of Alex Rust, a farm boy turned day trader from Indiana who, at 25, abandoned his life in Chicago, bought a modest sailboat (called Bubbles) and set out to sail around the world.Alex began his sailing adventure in the BVI from Nanny Cay BVI where he bought Bubbles a 39-foot sailboat. It took him three years to sail around the world and return back to Nanny Cay – where his adventure first began. The day Alex and his boat Bubbles returned to Nanny Cay was momentous. Alex and his crew arrived back to a massive welcoming party at the round-the-world finish line in Nanny Cay.  The party went on for days and Alex and his friends celebrated across the BVI – Nanny Cay, Willy T, Cane Garden Bay and Jost Van Dyke. The documentary Chasing Bubbles on Youtube.  https://youtu.be/ibP5IQxId34Brought to you by:Custom Splice www.customsplice.com for all of your recovery equipment needs, they are your one stop shop. Branik Motorsports Custom Machine www.branikmotorsports.com is a full-service machine shop with one off and production capabilities that prides themselves on quality, service and value.Magnitude Performance www.magnitudeperformance.com a Mast Motorsports Company www.mastmotorsports.com.  Magnitude is a Made in the USA manufacturer of premium chrome silicon coil-over suspension springs.Please like & subscribe.https://thetalenttank.com/https://www.instagram.com/thetalenttank/https://www.facebook.com/thetalenttank/Insiders Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/TheTalentTankInsiders/
EP 27 Nick Nelson

EP 27 Nick Nelson

2020-05-2501:59:16

A play on the triumph and losses in performance and life.  The Talent Tank podcast will navigate the inner workings of lifestyle, lives, family, teams, careers, programs, and technology in and around the offroad motorsports industry.  What breeds success with your Talent Tank on full, failures when its on empty.  From the journey to the Starting Line to take that Green Flag, on to exploring trials and tribulations on and off the track in pursuit of victorious achievement and the Checkered Flag.What a treat getting Mr. Sendy Senderson, the first cousin, three times removed of Larry The Enticer, akin to Blake Wilkey, but wears his mullet on his chin, and his Canadian Tuxedo as cutoffs.  In the hot seat for a deep dive in the tank, making time inbetween epic viral hits Nick Nelson @thennelson, the driver of the #40 ULTRA4 Racing 4400, and T1 driver, telling us hows its done and how simple it really is, if you are bold enough, and you just flat out work your ass off trying to fulfill your hopes and dreams.  North Carolina, Wyoming, Florida, and currently racing out of Las Vegas where welding, structural fab work, construction, and grinding it out have landed Nick in some amazing opportunities, and some crazy envious fun.  Everything from guns, souped up Jetta's and mini jet boats, enjoy.           After the Checkered Flag-Hickory Motor Speedway located in Hickory, North Carolina.  One of stock car racing's most storied venues, and is often referred to as the "World's Most Famous Short Track" and the "Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars".  First opening in 1951 as a 1⁄2-mile dirt track.  Drivers such as Gwyn Staley, Junior Johnson, Ned Jarrett, and Ralph Earnhardt  became track champions in the 1950s, with Earnhardt winning five of them. In 1953, NASCAR's Grand National Series visited the track for the first time. Tim Flock won that first race at the speedway, which became a regular part of the Grand National schedule. After winning his track championship in 1952, Junior Johnson became the most successful Grand National driver at Hickory, winning there seven times.  Hickory was dropped from the Grand National schedule after the 1971 seasonHeadshot Provided by Alan JohnsonBrought to you by:Custom Splice www.customsplice.com for all of your recovery equipment needs, they are your one stop shop. Branik Motorsports Custom Machine www.branikmotorsports.com is a full-service machine shop with one off and production capabilities that prides themselves on quality, service and value.Magnitude Performance www.magnitudeperformance.com a Mast Motorsports Company www.mastmotorsports.com.  Magnitude is a Made in the USA manufacturer of premium chrome silicon coil-over suspension springs.Please like & subscribe.https://thetalenttank.com/https://www.instagram.com/thetalenttank/https://www.facebook.com/thetalenttank/Insiders Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/TheTalentTankInsiders/
EP 26 Derek West

EP 26 Derek West

2020-05-1802:01:17

A play on the triumph and losses in performance and life.  The Talent Tank podcast will navigate the inner workings of lifestyle, lives, family, teams, careers, programs, and technology in and around the offroad motorsports industry.  What breeds success with your Talent Tank on full, failures when its on empty.  From the journey to the Starting Line to take that Green Flag, on to exploring trials and tribulations on and off the track in pursuit of victorious achievement and the Checkered Flag.The Outlaw from the Ozarks, the Springfield Sultan, none other than "Disco" Derek West @derekwest20 of Crush Motorsports on this episode of The Talent Tank.  We dive in on everything from driving the ULTRA4 Racing #20 4400 Class car, on into a crash course on solar power for your home.  Examining the cruxes of taking one thing you love, and it turning into a job.  For the last 18 years as a rock sports professional, Derek has been one of those guys that if you ever beat him, you know he just had a bad day, because he's rarely out driven.  Deeper into the tank we discuss how to stay motivated, how to continue to have success, and the logic behind taking the path less traveled.   After the Checkered Flag-Solar panel cost in 2020: What range of costs should you expect to see in quotes for a solar panel system? Solar panel costs for an average-sized installation in the U.S. usually range from $11,411 to $14,874 after solar tax credits, and the average price per watt for solar panels ranges from $2.57 to $3.35.Headshot Provided by Alan JohnsonBrought to you by:Custom Splice www.customsplice.com for all of your recovery equipment needs, they are your one stop shop. Branik Motorsports Custom Machine www.branikmotorsports.com is a full-service machine shop with one off and production capabilities that prides themselves on quality, service and value.Magnitude Performance www.magnitudeperformance.com a Mast Motorsports Company www.mastmotorsports.com.  Magnitude is a Made in the USA manufacturer of premium chrome silicon coil-over suspension springs.Please like & subscribe.https://thetalenttank.com/https://www.instagram.com/thetalenttank/https://www.facebook.com/thetalenttank/Insiders Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/TheTalentTankInsiders/
EP 25 Tom Wayes

EP 25 Tom Wayes

2020-05-1102:01:16

A play on the triumph and losses in performance and life.  The Talent Tank podcast will navigate the inner workings of lifestyle, lives, family, teams, careers, programs, and technology in and around the offroad motorsports industry.  What breeds success with your Talent Tank on full, failures when its on empty.  From the journey to the Starting Line to take that Green Flag, on to exploring trials and tribulations on and off the track in pursuit of victorious achievement and the Checkered Flag.He's about the closest thing ULTRA4 Racing has to Captain America.  On this Episode hailing from Olympic Valley, Tahoe, Reno, Haines, Alaska by way of Pennsylvania we take a dive into the psyche of the man behind the mustache, Tom Wayes @twayes, driver of the #321 4400 car, macho man of the ski's, and slinger of the chainsaw from the tallest trees in the Sierra Nevada's.  When you don't find him jumping out of helicopters, or playing Paul Bunyon, you can find him exploring the backcountry on bike, sled, or his trusty Raptor.  We get a look at what has made the Wayes name always apart of the podium conversations surrounding 4400.  How he's been successful, how he's dealt with shortcomings, wrecks, injuries, getting older, and keeping the eye on the prize to live out "I wanna be 60 years old, Crusty, Salty, doing this exact thing." With a sweet/easy recipe for a Baja Fog thrown in for good measure.After the Checkered Flag-SEABA has access to terrain from Petersburg, Alaska to Haines, Alaska. With a heli skiing area over 250 nautical miles from the southern reaches of Southeast Alaska all the way to the British Columbia / Yukon border. They have three distinct staging areas Haines, Juneau and Petersburg.  Each port has distinct weather influences and terrain options, allowing clients the best opportunity to crush powder.  With such a vast area to operate they can move operations to areas with the most favorable Heli Ski conditions.The tree line in Southeast Alaska (2,500 to 3,000ft) is higher than any other Alaskan heli skiing destination, giving clients access to epic tree lines even when the peaks are fogged in. SEABA provides everything from mellow rollers to spicy steeps. Rest assured there is heli skiing terrain for all ability levels. http://www.seaba-heli.com/Brought to you by:Custom Splice www.customsplice.com for all of your recovery equipment needs, they are your one stop shop. Branik Motorsports Custom Machine www.branikmotorsports.com is a full-service machine shop with one off and production capabilities that prides themselves on quality, service and value.Magnitude Performance www.magnitudeperformance.com a Mast Motorsports Company www.mastmotorsports.com.  Magnitude is a Made in the USA manufacturer of premium chrome silicon coil-over suspension springs.Please like & subscribe.https://www.thetalenttank.com/https://www.instagram.com/thetalenttank/https://www.facebook.com/thetalenttank/Insiders Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/TheTalentTankInsiders/
EP 24 Jason Berger

EP 24 Jason Berger

2020-05-0402:07:571

A play on the triumph and losses in performance and life.  The Talent Tank podcast will navigate the inner workings of lifestyle, lives, family, teams, careers, programs, and technology in and around the offroad motorsports industry.  What breeds success with your Talent Tank on full, failures when its on empty.  From the journey to the Starting Line to take that Green Flag, on to exploring trials and tribulations on and off the track in pursuit of victorious achievement and the Checkered Flag.Prepare to be motivated and inspired on this Episode of The Talent Tank.  Known simply as "Coach" or more endearingly as the "Winning-est Co-Driver in Off-Road History" none other than Jason Berger @crossfitsally.  We've all heard tale of this "Legend" from Truckee, CA.  Now finally having the opportunity to sit down and dissect what drives this guy.  What makes him tick, and how he has inspired numerous, motivates the masses, and keeps a select few, best in the world offroad racecar drivers continuously in the podium hunt conversation.  ULTRA4 Racing deals out the toughest courses on the planet, Jason doles out the ways to mentally and physically be the most prepared in mind and body before taking them on, exceeding goals, and remaining positive in the face of anything but.  Did we mention Jason is into CrossFit, don't worry he'll tell you he is, but he's much more than that.  Successful business owner of Dreamtown CrossFit, prolific philanthropist, humbled husband, fiercely driven competitor once the green flag drops  After the Checkered Flag-To understand CrossFit’s success it’s important to first idenitfy what CrossFit is and how it sets itself apart in the fitness industry.  CrossFit  uses aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing, etc. to test the body’s capabilites and stretch its limits. In addition to these focus areas, intensity is another integral part of CrossFit’s proposition. That a key way to test the body’s limits is to not only challenge it with new and varied movements but to maximize the amount of work done in the shortest period of time. They explain that by employing a constantly varied approach to training, functional movements and intensity lead to dramatic gains in fitness https://www.crossfit.com/Brought to you by:Custom Splice www.customsplice.com for all of your recovery equipment needs, they are your one stop shop. Branik Motorsports Custom Machine www.branikmotorsports.com is a full-service machine shop with one off and production capabilities that prides themselves on quality, service and value.Magnitude Performance www.magnitudeperformance.com a Mast Motorsports Company www.mastmotorsports.com.  Magnitude is a Made in the USA manufacturer of premium chrome silicon coil-over suspension springs.Please like & subscribe.https://www.thetalenttank.com/https://www.instagram.com/thetalenttank/https://www.facebook.com/thetalenttank/Insiders Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/TheTalentTankInsiders/
EP 23 Hunter Miller

EP 23 Hunter Miller

2020-04-2702:05:20

A play on the triumph and losses in performance and life.  The Talent Tank podcast will navigate the inner workings of lifestyle, lives, family, teams, careers, programs, and technology in and around the offroad motorsports industry.  What breeds success with your Talent Tank on full, failures when its on empty.  From the journey to the Starting Line to take that Green Flag, on to exploring trials and tribulations on and off the track in pursuit of victorious achievement and the Checkered Flag.For his debut in ULTRA4 Racing UTV to end with the winning of the King of the Hammers UTV race.  We had to find out who this well accomplished driver was, and how he crossed over to immediate success.  On this dive into The Talent Tank with Hunter Miller @huntermiller90, we get into the depths of who this modest, hard driven Texan, with a penchant for pain and victory is.  With a racing resume that spans +20 years it becomes painfully obvious when Hunter and his CanAm @canamoffroad showed up on the lakebed they were immediate contenders and a force to be reckoned with.  Racing is only half of the Miller family story, from racing side by side with his brother.  To working along side his brother, and parents growing their glass business through embracing of technology Miller Glassworks @millerglassworks in a bedroom community that services one of the largest metropolitan areas in the US, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.Youtube link, Can-Am How to win King of the Hammers After the Checkered Flag-In the mid-1970s, enterprising motorcycle race promoter Dave Coombs stumbled onto the small West Virginia town of Davis. Looking at the beautiful yet rugged terrain, Dave realized it would be the perfect spot to hold a motorcycle race.  It would be a tough event only the strongest riders and machines could finish.  He called the race the Blackwater 100, for nearby Blackwater Falls, and 100 for the number of miles. Blackwater soon became legendary, deemed "America's Toughest Race." The series became known as the Grand National Cross Country Series, GNCC.  Headshot Credit: Harlen FoleyBrought to you by:Custom Splice www.customsplice.com for your recovery equipment needs, they are your one stop shop. Branik Motorsports Custom Machine www.branikmotorsports.com is a full-service machine shop with one off and production capabilities that prides themselves on quality, service and value.Magnitude Performance www.magnitudeperformance.com a Mast Motorsports Company www.mastmotorsports.com.  Magnitude is a Made in the USA manufacturer of premium chrome silicon coil-over suspension springs.Please like & subscribe.https://www.thetalenttank.com/https://www.instagram.com/thetalenttank/https://www.facebook.com/thetalenttank/Insiders Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/TheTalentTankInsiders/
EP 22 Stan Haynes

EP 22 Stan Haynes

2020-04-2001:50:47

A play on the triumph and losses in performance and life.  The Talent Tank podcast will navigate the inner workings of lifestyle, lives, family, teams, careers, programs, and technology in and around the offroad motorsports industry.  What breeds success with your Talent Tank on full, failures when its on empty.  From the journey to the Starting Line to take that Green Flag, on to exploring trials and tribulations on and off the track in pursuit of victorious achievement and the Checkered Flag.A dive into The Talent Tank with pillar, and oldest kid on Team Indiana.  Stan Haynes, Mr. Branik.  Stan the quintessential nicest, most loved, will give you the shirt off his back ULTRA4 Racing racer you've ever met.  From sponsoring @ultra4racing King of the Hammers, numerous finishes, off-road hard part innovation, his we don't say no business mind, and hard as nails "family first" because they are your co-workers mentality, we discover we need many more Stan's in the world. After the Checkered Flag-Golf carts by design, are supposed to be safe. From accelerator governors that don’t let the carts reach speeds over 15 mph; to weighted down with heavy engines and batteries and are hard to tip; and typically are used only on smooth paved paths or manicured grass fairways.  The American Journal of Preventive Medicine, however, reports that injuries from being hit by or falling off of golf carts surged 132 percent from 1990 to 2006. Nearly 150,000 people, ranging in age from two months to 96 years, were hurt in golf cart accidents during that time. One reason, according to the Journal, may be that golf carts have become much faster and more powerful. Reaching speeds of up to 25 miles per hour and traveling as far as 40 miles on a single charge, golf carts now offer quick travel in a variety of venues. As noted by the study’s authors, golf carts are routinely used at sporting events, hospitals, airports, parks, college campuses, businesses and military bases. In some gated and retirement communities, golf carts have become the primary means of transportation.A few other golf cart statistics that may surprise you:• 40% of golf cart accidents involve a person falling out of the cart• 10% of golf cart accidents involve rollovers• Each year in the U.S., about 15,000 golf cart related injuries require emergency careBrought to you by:Custom Splice www.customsplice.com for all of your recovery equipment needs, they are your one stop shop. Branik Motorsports Custom Machine www.branikmotorsports.com is a full-service machine shop with one off and production capabilities that prides themselves on quality, service and value.Magnitude Performance www.magnitudeperformance.com a Mast Motorsports Company www.mastmotorsports.com.  Magnitude is a Made in the USA manufacturer of premium chrome silicon coil-over suspension springs.Please like & subscribe.https://www.thetalenttank.com/https://www.instagram.com/thetalenttank/https://www.facebook.com/thetalenttank/Insiders Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/TheTalentTankInsiders/
EP 21 Jesse Haines

EP 21 Jesse Haines

2020-04-1302:08:071

A play on the triumph and losses in performance and life.  The Talent Tank podcast will navigate the inner workings of lifestyle, lives, family, teams, careers, programs, and technology in and around the offroad motorsports industry.  What breeds success with your Talent Tank on full, failures when its on empty.  From the journey to the Starting Line to take that Green Flag, on to exploring trials and tribulations on and off the track in pursuit of victorious achievement and the Checkered Flag.From winning crawling competitions on numerous continents, to hitting the comp crawling world with a defibrillator and some aggressive CPR, recently beating COVID-19 and our current ULTRA4 Racing @ultra4racing King of the Hammers 4600 Class Champion Jesse Haines @jesse_haines_fabrication.  Very few individuals have been as prolific or sustained the staying power to continue to be a pillar of rock sports, and continue to push the limits of whats possible for as long as Jesse has.  Be prepared for this dive into Jesse's head, a ton of nuggets, and some hilarity that ensues while pinned out at 53mph on the way to a King of the Hammers podium.  After the Checkered Flag-The Mahindra Roxor is a 4x4 off-road only utility vehicle assembled by Mahindra Automotive North America (MANA) since 2018. MANA is the US arm of Indian automotive company Mahindra. It is based on the Mahindra Thar M2DICR variant, produced and sold in the Indian market since 2010. Mahindra has made off-road vehicles in jeep(GP) pattern since a 1947 contract with Willys to build such vehicles for Indian market.The Roxor was announced in November 2017 and began sales on March 2, 2018. In the United States it is an off-highway side-by-side (SxS). The Roxor is assembled at Mahindra's 150,000 sq ft (14,000 m2) factory that opened in March 2018 in Auburn Hills, outside Detroit, Michigan.  Mahindra is the first new automaker to open a manufacturing operation in the Detroit area in almost 30 years. Roxors are assembled at the US Mahindra facility with about 50% local content, by value. They are sold through powersports dealers across US and Canada.Headshot provided by: Alan Johnson at White Collar PublishingBrought to you by:Custom Splice www.customsplice.com for all of your recovery equipment needs, they are your one stop shop. Branik Motorsports Custom Machine www.branikmotorsports.com is a full-service machine shop with one off and production capabilities that prides themselves on quality, service and value.Magnitude Performance www.magnitudeperformance.com a Mast Motorsports Company www.mastmotorsports.com.  Magnitude is a Made in the USA manufacturer of premium chrome silicon coil-over suspension springs.Please like & subscribe.https://www.thetalenttank.com/https://www.instagram.com/thetalenttank/https://www.facebook.com/thetalenttank/Insiders Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/TheTalentTankInsiders/
EP 20 Ian Johnson

EP 20 Ian Johnson

2020-04-0601:57:54

A play on the triumph and losses in performance and life.  The Talent Tank podcast will navigate the inner workings of lifestyle, lives, family, teams, careers, programs, and technology in and around the offroad motorsports industry.  What breeds success with your Talent Tank on full, failures when its on empty.  From the journey to the Starting Line to take that Green Flag, on to exploring trials and tribulations on and off the track in pursuit of victorious achievement and the Checkered Flag.The Don King of Offroad Media, the Guy Fieri of ULTRA4, the Marge Simpson of Okay too far.  Ian of Offroad.  Ian from Big Tire Garage.  Ian Johnson @ianfrombigtiregarge We know and love this guy.  He's been a staple of offroad television, magazines, the internet, announcing King of the Hammers for ULTRA4 Racing @ultra4racing, and now one of the esteemed personalities to guest appear on The Talent Tank.  We talk Canadian, not the language, media, building, wrenching, building some more, being right, logistics of a build, being wrong, hair products, believing in yourself, and absolutely surrounding yourself with the best people you can find.     After the Checkered Flag-Xtreme 4x4 was a half hour series that began in January 2005 as part of Spike's Powerblock line up. The show used a how-to format, where the hosts build or modify vehicles in order to turn them into off-road-oriented rigs. They also periodically show various forms of off-road racing from across the United States. These include such events as rock crawling, desert racing, sand drags, mud racing, and trail riding adventures.The hosts, Ian Johnson and Jessi Combs, were selected as part of a publicized, nationwide search for hosts where viewers were encouraged to send in their videos and resumes to Spike TV executives.Unlike other shows aired as a part of the Powerblock, the "how-to" component of Xtreme is emphasized to a much greater extent. The show provides more in-depth information on such things as wheel alignment and creating rollcages and suspension for off-road vehicles.Brought to you by:Custom Splice www.customsplice.com for all of your recovery equipment needs, they are your one stop shop. Branik Motorsports Custom Machine www.branikmotorsports.com is a full-service machine shop with one off and production capabilities that prides themselves on quality, service and value.Magnitude Performance www.magnitudeperformance.com a Mast Motorsports Company www.mastmotorsports.com.  Magnitude is a Made in the USA manufacturer of premium chrome silicon coil-over suspension springs.Please like & subscribe.https://www.thetalenttank.com/https://www.instagram.com/thetalenttank/https://www.facebook.com/thetalenttank/Insiders Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/TheTalentTankInsiders/
EP 19 Erik Miller

EP 19 Erik Miller

2020-03-3002:32:041

A play on the triumph and losses in performance and life.  The Talent Tank podcast will navigate the inner workings of lifestyle, lives, family, teams, careers, programs, and technology in and around the offroad motorsports industry.  What breeds success with your Talent Tank on full, failures when its on empty.  From the journey to the Starting Line to take that Green Flag, on to exploring trials and tribulations on and off the track in pursuit of victorious achievement and the Checkered Flag.Two time King, and quite possibly the best ULTRA4 Racing @ultra4racing driver for the past decade, Miller Motorsports, Erik Miller @21erikmiller.  As an east coast racer hailing out of Cumberland, MD it comes as a shock to most that he is so wickedly accomplished and successful nationwide.  With 15 years in rock sports, a business building championship winning off-road racing cars, and the key-holder to the success of the solid axle four wheel drive platform in an era when everyone swears you have to have independent suspension or be relegated to losing.  Erik is a giant among men.  Who's the only competitor to finish every single King of the Hammers 4400 race since his first in 2010?  This guy, and he hasn't finished outside the Top 4 in six years.  So yes, you could say this is an exciting and insightful interview, settle in for a long stroll through the halls of Miller Motorsports and what its taken to build the dynasty that you have to go through if you want to win in ULTRA4.   After the Checkered Flag-Covid19: People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.More rarely, the disease can be serious and even fatal. Older people, and people with other medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), may be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.People may experience: cough, fever, tiredness, difficulty breathing (severe cases)Source:  World Health OrganizationHeadshot Provided by: Alan Johnson at White Collar PublishingBrought to you by:Custom Splice www.customsplice.com for all of your recovery equipment needs, they are your one stop shop. Branik Motorsports Custom Machine www.branikmotorsports.com is a full-service machine shop with one off and production capabilities that prides themselves on quality, service and value.Magnitude Performance www.magnitudeperformance.com a Mast Motorsports Company www.mastmotorsports.com.  Magnitude is a Made in the USA manufacturer of premium chrome silicon coil-over suspension springs.Please like & subscribe.https://www.thetalenttank.com/https://www.instagram.com/thetalenttank/https://www.facebook.com/thetalenttankInsiders Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/TheTalentTankInsiders/ 
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