“Dinner Drive with Kyle Petty” to Include Special Guests John Oates, Jeff Gordon, Shawn Johnson East, Chipper Jones, and More, While the Premiere Episode of “Big Kenny’s Crank It Up Garage” to Feature California-based Custom Car, the Glamis Dune Buggy
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (May 24, 2022) – Award-winning Circle Network announced today that it is airing sophomore seasons of two hit summer programs, “Dinner Drive with Kyle Petty” and “Big Kenny’s Crank It Up Garage,” both set to premiere on Thursday, June 16 at 9pm/8pm CT and 9:30pm/8:30pm CT respectively. Big Kenny from renowned country group Big & Rich, is back following his hit season one premiere with a front-row look into the wildest motorized builds and the stories behind them. NASCAR legend Kyle Petty will bring his viewers one-on-one conversations with some of his favorite athletes and musicians from around the nation as they take a drive and share stories over dinner.
“Dinner Drive with Kyle Petty” will feature 12 30-minute episodes with guests from sports and entertainment hand-selected by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty himself. Each guest takes Kyle for a spin in a special car to one of their favorite local restaurants. This year, Petty will visit Olympian Shawn Johnson and her husband Andrew East, World Series baseball champion Chipper Jones, musicians John Oates and Lyle Lovett, NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon, and more. The premiere episode will air on Thursday, June 16 at 9/8c pm.
Circle Network will also debut season two of “Big Kenny’s Crank It Up Garage,” a series following Big & Rich’s Big Kenny as he travels the country to discover some of the most mind-blowing vintage automobiles alongside his wingman, Charlie Pennachio. Big Kenny will kick off season two in California, exploring the iconic Glamis Dune Buggy. Kenny and Charlie will travel through Arizona, Nevada and Florida checking out new inventions before wrapping up the season in their home of Nashville, a total of 12 30-minute episodes. Season two premieres Thursday, June 16 at 9:30/8:30c pm, following “Dinner Drive.”
“After successful premiere seasons of both ‘Dinner Drive with Kyle Petty’ and ‘Big Kenny’s Crank It Up Garage,’ we’re really excited to bring our viewers a fresh season of both shows,” said Evan Haiman, SVP of Content at Circle Network. “Circle viewers that are fans of everything from NASCAR to country music will find an episode that’s right up their alley.”
Season two programming* of “Dinner Drive With Kyle Petty” includes:
Thursday, June 16, 2022 9/8c pm – John Oates
Kyle travels to Nashville, TN. nicknamed “Music City” to meet with half of the pop rock duo Hall & Oates. After meeting John Oates in a Nashville recording studio where he can still be found singing, songwriting, and producing music, the two take a cruise in a sporty 1960 Porsche 356. But the trip wouldn’t be complete without stopping by a Nashville landmark for over 70 years. With its quaint country charm and down-home dishes, breakfast for dinner at The Loveless Cafe provides the perfect setting for a trip down memory lane with this musical icon.
Thursday, June 23, 2022 9/8c pm – Darrell Waltrip
Kyle stops by Franklin, TN. to visit with 3-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Darrell Waltrip. With his illustrious on track career and his almost 20 year run in the broadcast booth now in the rear view, these days you can find Darrell at the local Honda dealership that bears his name. It is here that he offers Kyle a tour, including a stop at one special car that won’t be for sale, the Pennzoil Chevrolet he drove for none other than Dale Earnhardt. Since you can’t take a stock car to dinner, Darrell hops in with Kyle for the quick trip over to J. Alexander’s Restaurant where the two dive deeper into Darrell’s racing career and impacts on the sport.
Thursday, June 30, 2022 9/8c pm – Chipper Jones
Kyle heads to Milton, GA. to visit with a local legend who spent his 19-year Hall of Fame career playing for one team, the Atlanta Braves. Now residing just a short commute from the city where he became an 8-time All-Star and World Series Champion, Kyle pays a visit to the home of the one known simply as “Chipper.” The two walk through Chipper’s personal collection of hunting trophies and baseball artifacts, before reminiscing on the beginnings of his baseball career after Kyle surprises him with a 1990 Corvette ZR-1, which Chipper once owned. Before leaving town, the two stop by Chipper’s neighborhood favorite, 7 Acre BarNGrill, where they chat about life on and off the field.
Thursday, July 7, 2022 9/8c pm – John Rich
Kyle drops in on country music singer-songwriter John Rich who makes his home right in the heart of Music City. The two tour Mt. Richmore, which is the name given to John’s extravagant Nashville mansion overlooking the skyline of downtown Nashville. With a fully loaded stage for musical performances and his own private bar, who needs to go out for dinner? So John and Kyle pile into his old 1964 Ford pickup to grab some takeout from the best BBQ joint in town, Martin’s Bar-B-Que. With a strong belief that music has no boundaries, John lets Kyle in on the keys to his success in moving the needle of country music, all while digging into some ribs, brisket, and more.
Thursday, July 14, 2022 9/8c pm – Joe Gibbs
As a three-time Super Bowl winning head coach with the Washington Redskins and a five-time NASCAR Cup Series title-holding owner with the company that bears his name, Joe Gibbs is in elite company as a Hall of Famer in two sports. For this episode, Kyle stops by his race shop in Huntersville, NC to pay a visit to the man most know as “Coach.” The two tour the facility together and talk in length about the #11 Car, driven to victory by Denny Hamlin in the 2019 Daytona 500, just a month after Joe Gibbs son J.D. ‘s passing – a race that he calls the greatest moment of his sports career. Afterwards, Joe gets candid about the highs and lows of his career in football and racing as the two sit down to a meal from nearby 131 MAIN Restaurant.
Thursday, July 21, 2022 9/8c pm – Lyle Lovett
Kyle travels deep in the heart of Texas to visit American singer-songwriter and actor Lyle Lovett. While performing all over the world, Lyle has remained anchored in his roots in the Lonestar state. The two spend the day in Old Town Spring by touring the historic, and allegedly haunted, Wunsche Brothers Cafe, constructed in 1902, which served as a stepping stone in Lyle’s music career. Then after a ride down Main Street in Lyle’s Ford pickup truck, Kyle dives deeper into Lyle’s heritage and career over some mouth-watering Texas-style BBQ and fixin’s from CorkScrew BBQ.
Thursday, July 28, 2022 9/8c pm – Jeff Gordon
Kyle makes the quick trip to a location he is all too familiar with from his days in NASCAR. But before dinner at The Speedway Club overlooking Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kyle meets up at Hendrick Motorsports with this 4-time Cup Series Champion who transcended the sport. That NASCAR legend is Jeff Gordon, who spent his entire career driving for the race team he now serves as Vice Chairman for. After a quick tour of the Hendrick Museum, Jeff takes Kyle for a spin in a 2022 Chevrolet Corvette just down the road to a place where they once battled on the track. The two slow down enough to catch up over a nice dinner, but with an intense need for speed, this day wouldn’t be complete without a little thrill ride down the zMAX Dragway.
Thursday, August 4, 2022 9/8c pm – Shawn Johnson + Andrew East
For the first time on his show, Kyle pays a visit to not one, but two guest stars in The Volunteer State. An Olympic Gold medal gymnast who stole the hearts of millions with her golden smile and the golden boy from Indianapolis who carved a path for himself to the NFL. Ultimately, after closing out chapters of their respective athletic careers, Shawn Johnson East & Andrew East have become one of the internet’s favorite couples. So today Kyle meets with them at their home and sets up one special surprise for Andrew in the form of a vintage 66’ Ford Bronco. The three of them hop in and take a drive to the Greenhouse Bar where they sit down and chat about their new ventures and the raw moments they have experienced as a couple and parents.
Thursday, August 11, 2022 9/8c pm – Avett Brothers
Growing up on 60-plus acres of land out where the asphalt ends in Concord, NC., Scott and Seth Avett of the Avett Brothers make Kyle feel right at home when he stops by for a visit. The Avett family’s passion for music has been passed down for generations just like the land they still call home. So today Kyle tours the family land in unique fashion riding on a true “offroad” Dinner Drive ride, before stopping for coffee and a meal to discuss the brothers’ path through the arts and ultimately coming together to become internationally recognized artists with a following of millions. Before leaving, Kyle makes one last stop to check out brother Scott’s passion for a different kind of art.
“Big Kenny’s Crank It Up Garage” season two programming will include:
Thursday, June 16, 2022 9:30/8:30c pm – 2001 Glamis Dune Buggies, Brawley, CA
Big Kenny and Charlie head out to the Southern California town of Brawley to meet with builder Andrew Buck and explore the Glamis Dune Buggies. The Buckshot Dune Buggies are some of the biggest, strongest and most powerful in the world, with almost 2000hp. The body is built around the windshield, the tires are $1000 each and the transaxle is $30,000. These rear engine supercars own the dunes of Glamis, the sand toy capital of the world.
Thursday, June 23, 2022 9:30/8:30c pm – 2002 Big Red & Walter the Bus, Phoenix, AZ
Kenny and Charlie drives east to Phoenix, AZ to chat with builder Kirk Strawn about his Volkswagen vehicles, Big Red and Walter the Bus. From Burning Man to a warehouse that doubles as an arthouse dancefloor, Big Red and Walter the Bus turn heads wherever they go, the mutant spawn of retired fire trucks. Big Red is a giant Volkswagen Beetle, while its big brother Walter is a massive VW bus.
Thursday, June 30, 2022 9:30/8:30c pm – 2003 Dwarf Cars, Maricopa, AZ
Big Kenny and Charlie drive out to Maricopa, a city south of Phoenix to chat with Ernie Adams about his dwarf cars. For almost 60 years, Adams has been building meticulous scaled-down versions of cars from hand-built parts and all kinds of scrap, from refrigerators to tabasco sauce bottles. He has a museum packed with dwarf-sized cruisers and race cars, Americana and memories in the desert town of Maricopa.
Thursday, July 7, 2022 9:30/8:30c pm – 2004 Sin City Hustler, White Hills, AZ
Big Toyz Racing builder Brad Campbell takes Big Kenny and Charlie to check out his giant vintage vehicle in the rural town of White Hills, AZ. 12 feet tall and 32 feet long, the Sin City Hustler has been cited by the Guinness Book of Records as the longest monster truck in the world. This elephant-sized ride with a limousine-style interior runs on a track with jaw-dropping dips and turns. That’s not surprising since Brad Campbell, who built the Hustler by hand, is a former monster truck race driver.
Thursday, July 14, 2022 9:30/8:30c pm – 2005 Count’s Kustoms 32.5, Las Vegas, NV
Count’s Kustoms builder Danny Koker welcomes Kenny and Charlie into his Vegas home to check out the Kustom Hot Rod 32.5. In Vegas, Koker takes Big Kenny and Charlie for a ride through Vegas in his 5-window highboy 1932 Ford hot rod. This chop top coupe with a 550hp Chevy engine, a step boxed body and red spider web detailing embodies Danny’s passion for custom cars.
Thursday, July 21, 2022 9:30/8:30c pm – 2006 Atomic Motors Rat Rod, Las Vegas, NV
Kenny and Charlie stay in Las Vegas to check out Atomic Motors’ 1 Bad Rat vehicle, built by Paul Crifasi. A Vegas landmark on wheels, the 1 Bad Rat is instantly recognizable from the sound of its roaring engine and the look of its 1937 International Harvester cab rescued from a mining site, with bullet holes in the doors. The rat rod has a 440 Mopar bored and stroked out to 517 cubic inches. It cost about $5000 and took its owner 5 weeks to build. This classic street rod is used to cruise the strip and for commutes to Atomic Motors, where Paul helps to restore and customize vehicles.
Thursday, July 28, 2022 9:30/8:30c pm – 2007 Airboat/Hard Rock Bike, Florida Everglades
Kenny and Charlie head cross country to the Florida Everglades, where they meet with builder Robby Daffin. They visit the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, FL to check out a unique custom Hard Rock-themed motorcycle with the Osceola Brothers. They then take a surprise ride through the Everglades on a custom airboat with a 540 series airplane engine.
Thursday, August 4, 2022 9:30/8:30c pm – 2008 Typhoon AUV, West Palm Beach, FL
Kenny and Charlie drive north to West Palm Beach to meet with Shadow Six Racing’s Ryan Goldberg and check out his aquatic vehicle, the Typhoon. Typhoon is a one-of-a-kind AUV – Aquatic Utility Vehicle – that combines Yamaha WaveRunners with a Polaris RZR, a titanium cage and a custom carbon fiber hull. Everything about the vehicle is an engineering marvel, down to its extraordinary control setup (throttle on the right, lever on the left for steering, brake and reverse). Traveling at 100 mph, it can run on a calm lake or on 6-foot ocean waves.
Thursday, August 11, 2022 9:30/8:30c pm – 2009 ETV Space Car, Sebastian, FL
Next, Kenny and Charlie head even further north to Sebastian to check out builder Mike Vetter’s ETV – Extra Terrestrial Vehicle. Vetter’s ETV is a sleek space age car with scissor doors, a Chevy 2-liter supercharged motor and gull wing windows. It rides low to the ground – or the lunar surface – with its wheels encapsulated in its space age shape.
Thursday, August 18, 2022 9:30/8:30c pm – 2010 Excalibur Chrome Truck, Orlando, FL
In Orlando, Kenny and Charlie meet with Sean Puz to learn more about his chrome truck, the Excalibur. The Excalibur is a V8 powered truck with a custom body that looks like a gleaming suit of armor. The four-wheel independent hydraulics raise the vehicle to variable heights up to 8 inches, with independent shocks.
Thursday, August 25, 2022 9:30/8:30c pm – 2011 Lil Big Rig, Nashville, TN
Big Kenny meets a Lil Kenny! Kenny and Charlie head to the Old Hickory neighborhood in Music City to meet with Bub Suffern and explore his Lil Big Rig. Australia-born Bob Suffern scratch-builds downsized versions of traditional big rigs. Bob and his daughter Jessica take pickup trucks and transform them into 5-foot-tall rigs with fiberglass bodies and two extra wheels. And these vehicles aren’t just for show – they can haul too.
Thursday, September 1, 2022 9:30/8:30c pm – Best Of Big Kenny’s Crank It Up Garage
To celebrate season two of Big Kenny’s Crank It Up Garage, Circle put together the most exciting, hilarious and fun moments from throughout the season into one 30-minute episode. Tune in to relive your favorite moments and vehicles from season two all at once!