500. What word other than “wow” comes to mind? An incredible milestone to say the least and what a journey it has been. Incredible guests ranging from a vast array of different platforms and backgrounds (fellow podcasters, ghost hunters, politicians, over the top personalities, culinary icons, advocates and more) unabashed commentary on current events, and a comedic undertone that balances out the crazy of the world, The Malliard report has seen many changes, growth, and has become a podcast enjoyed the world over. To commemorate such a number, it only seems fitting to have a guest that understands the significance of the number 500. This week Jim welcomes Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton to the show to discuss the physical demands of racing, his philanthropy work, and much more.
“John Edward Burton III (Ward) is an American former professional stock car racing driver. He has five career wins in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, including the 2002 Daytona 500 and the 2001 Southern 500. He is the older brother of fellow NASCAR driver and NASCAR on NBC broadcaster Jeff Burton, the father of current NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Jeb Burton, and the uncle of driver Harrison Burton. He currently operates the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation, a conservation and sportsman’s’ organization.”
“Burton moved up to Winston Cup in 1994. He ran 26 of 31 races in the #31 Hardee’s Chevy for Alan Dillard, Jr., winning his first career pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway and finishing thirty-fifth in standings. He returned to the #31 ride in 1995 but was released midway through the season. He moved to the #22 Bill Davis Racing MBNA Pontiac after 21 races where he won the AC-Delco 400 at Rockingham. Caterpillar became the new primary sponsor for the car in 1999, where he picked up a ninth-place points finish. In 2000 he won the Mall.com 400 at Darlington Speedway and had 17 Top 10 finishes to finish 10th in the final points standings. Davis Racing switched to Dodge in 2001 when he won the Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway and had 10 Top 10 finishes to finish 14th in the final points standings. In 2002, he began the season by winning the prestigious Daytona 500. He also won the New England 300 at Loudon, New Hampshire.”
To have reached the 500th show marker is certainly something to be excited about, but it would not be here today if it was not for all you fantastic listeners. From the loyal listeners in the Duck Pond every Tuesday night, to the person on the other side of the big pond listening through a podcast app, thank you all so very much. We only look forward to what the journey has in store for us. If you haven’t had the chance to head over to malliard.com yet, make sure you do. You can catch up on any of the other 499 shows, snag some merch, and much more. Help keep this show rolling for another 500 by rating and subscribing through your favorite podcasting app. Reach out to Jim through any of the social media platforms @malliard and let us know what your favorite episode has been!