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Race Theory with Derrike & Elyshia Cope

Derrike & Elyshia Cope

Do you love NASCAR and all things racing?

Meet Derrike and Elyshia Cope, former NASCAR team and married couple. With Derrike’s 35 years NASCAR racing background and Elyshia’s vast marketing experience, they worked successfully for a NASCAR Cup team for five years and even ran their own Xfinity team. On their show, Race Theory, Derrike and Elyshia discuss asphalt racing, life on the road, how to have a good relationship with sponsors, and how they managed to balance their work and family life as both a couple and a team.

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  • Obstacle is the Way December 7, 2022
    We begin speaking about the 2019 race season. We overcome a major obstacle as we acquire a Charter which is the thing that everyone said we could not do! The future is bright as we now own a NASCAR Franchise! A rough start to the year with a crash at the Daytona 500. Personnel issues […]
    Derrike & Elyshia Cope
  • A Year of Adjustments November 30, 2022
    Elyshia and I discuss the 2018 NASCAR Cup series season. The sponsor VRX Simulators, and the driver Jeffrey Earnhardt. Our struggles and wrecks lead to difficulties between driver and crew chief. Sponsor runs out of money and the owners of the race team make changes. We start to turn the season around but a crew […]
    Derrike & Elyshia Cope
  • The Jersey Boys Dream November 23, 2022
    In this episode we talk about 2017 with Premium Motorsports in the Cup series as a shock specialist with the lure of driving in some races, if we could bring funding. Elyshia goes on a quest to find sponsorship so I could drive some races. She alludes to struggles with Premium undermining her and turning […]
    Derrike & Elyshia Cope
  • When You Least Expect It November 16, 2022
    We discuss 2011 and my full time Nationwide Series drive. On comes a new sponsor for some races called Maxelence as nutrition base drink. Little do I know that the founder and his wife would later become my mother and father in law. Elyshia discusses her background in nutrition and her role as a VP […]
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  • Fight your own Battles November 9, 2022
    Discussion on the season ending races for the championships. We talk about the TransAm Series, Both TA and TA2. We talk about NASCAR and the season ending races and the winners of the championships. This includes the Truck Series, the Xfinity Series, and the Cup Series.We then move on from episode 10 in more story […]
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  • On a Quest November 2, 2022
    We discuss the decision to try and start my own teams and the quest for sponsorship and partners to make this happen.We find sponsorship with Friendly's Ice Cream and run a year in the Cup series only to have it come to an end with them not returning.On to another team BAM Racing, where my […]
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  • Zoom to Gloom November 2, 2022
    This episode covers the end of Bahari Racing and the discussions with the new owner Jack Birmingham who renames the team Eel River Racing.The next opportunity comes with Fenley-Moore Motorsports where I team up with Joey Knuckles and Bud Moore in Spartanburg, SC.We have instant success and it looks like we are on our way […]
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  • Sweet Turned Sour November 2, 2022
    We start by recalling my hard decision to go to MB3 Motorsports with the Skittles Brand Sponsorship from M&M Mars Corp.I discuss and know right away I have made a mistake and the race team crew members are over their heads and we get off to a poor start.It is a difficult year and tension […]
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  • Horsepower November 2, 2022
    I am excited for this episode. I discuss the best years of my career at Bobby Allison Motorsports next to winning the Daytona 500.I go in depth about the internal workings and what made this team so productive.My relationship with the Alabama Gang and my first win in a Busch Series car in only my […]
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  • No Fluke November 2, 2022
    We discuss the lead up to the 1990 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. The first race is the 1990 Daytona 500. All the excitement surrounding the race is the filming of Days of Thunder movie with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. We give a complete in depth look into the preparation for the Daytona 500 […]
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