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  • Tony Schumacher Issues AN NHRA Warning

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    NHRA Bristol Top Fuel Winner Tony Schumacher is an eight time Top Fuel Champion. That breaks a record of five held by Joe Amato. Six of those championships came consecutively from 2004 to 2009. But his win Sunday in Bristol was his first since March of 2017 at Gainesville. Despite the months of frustration, Schumacher told The Freaks: "I wouldn't want to be racing me the rest of the season." Tony believes his dry spell is over and the last time he broke a dry spell he won some titles. Listen...

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  • Gabby Chaves on Soccer, IndyCar & Colombian Soccer

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    IndyCar Driver Gabby Chaves won the 2014 Indy Lights championship and was voted the 2015 IndyCar Rookie of the Year.  But with the start of the World Cup soccer tournament, Chaves has his mind on things other than Indy.  The young Colombian star driver says he hasn't missed a game in the World Cup and cheers for his home nation.  But when it somes to winning the Indy 500 versus scoring a World Cup winning goal?  Well you have to hear where his heart is. Listen...

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  • Blocking and Tackling in Racing

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    This is the Statt Mann Baby. Time to Scatt a little bit. Racing has a problem that must be addressed sooner than later. The idea of blocking another competitor on the track is filled with danger for all concerned. Very early Sunday morning there was about three hours left in the Le Mans 24 Hour race when Sebastian Bourdais and Frank Makowiecki were nose to bumper battling for second place in the GTE Pro class. Their fight had everyone’s attention worldwide with multiple passes each lap. More than once Makowiecki swerved back and forth blocking, once nearly forcing Bourdais from the roadway. It was ugly. After his driver change, Bourdais was furious. Justifiably in my mind. The Porsche team leader made some excuses about tight competition. There weren’t any penalties. Makowiecki, in fact, went on to finish second in class in his Porsche and Bourdais’ Ford finished third. Blocking’s not rare. IndyCar officials fight it when they can. One move is allowed. The second move can be penalized. NASCAR largely ignores blocking. Something’s got to be done. It’s getting out of control. Peace.

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