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Alexander RossiIndyCar Second in Points Alexander Rossi returned to The Freak Nation Sunday night. Rossi is second in points with a 2016 Indy 500 win on his resume. In 2015 Rossi raced in Formula One with Marussia before coming to IndyCar. So he knows considerable background on the European racing community and the differences with the racing fans and community here in the U.S. Listen…

Brad SweetWorld of Outlaws Knoxville Winner Brad Sweet finally made it into The Freak Nation Sunday night. Sweet is a former NASCAR driver who won the biggest race on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car calendar Saturday night. It was by inches over 10-time Knoxville winner Donnie Schatz, a nine-time World of Outlaws champion. Sweet was a great conversation especially explaining the importance of Knoxville. Listen.

Jack RoushWe take a 2009 Freak Flashback with NASCAR Team Owner Jack Roush.  Roush has been a longtime Friend of the Freaks.  His stories are legendary!  But this visit is a special one when he describes a dealership visit with legendary Ford Corporation legend Edsel Ford.  Roush also goes into detail on a plane crash in Alabama that could have taken his life if it wasn’t for a true miracle.   Listen…

This is the Statt Mann Baby. Time to Scatt a little bit.

There’s a trend here worth noting. NASCAR has had 39 drivers win at least one of its 68 championships through last season.

Of those 39 drivers, only seven have been 40 or older. The oldest? 45-year-old Bobby Allison, leader of the Alabama Gang, who won the Cup title in 1983.

That means more than eight in ten champions have been younger than 40. That’s another way of saying Cup racing is a young man’s game.

Kevin HarvickAfter the weekend, the average age of the top ten in Cup points was 33 years. The youngest were Chase Elliott and Erik Jones at 22. They’re fifth and seventh. The oldest is today’s winner Kevin Harvick at 42 and he’s dominating the season with seven wins.

In fact, when Kevin took his six-year-old son Keelan into Victory Lane today it triggered another problem. A six year-old rolling into Victory Lane in a beer branded car is problematic for the front office.

Yes, Interim NASCAR Boss Jim France has a lot of work ahead of him. But maybe he has larger vision than his predecessors. He made Grand-Am work against the American Le Mans Series.

Peace.

Chase ElliottNASCAR Winner at The Glen Chase Elliott made a brief stop in The Freak Nation Sunday night. His first win ast The Glen was a popular one with all his competitors who rushed to congratulate Chase. He’s the son of Bill Elliott, Awesome Bill from Dawsonville, a NASCAR legend from a different time. Elliott is letting his debut victory sink in a bit. Listen…

Colin BraunIMSA Road America Winner Colin Braun came into The Freak Nation Sunday night after his second win in a row with teammate and team owner Jon Bennett. Braun’s CORE Autosport team isn’t one of the major teams in the sport but it’s winning with smarts and strategy. And he feels that’s good enough. But what about those IndyCar dreams? Listen.

Tanner GrayNHRA Pro Stock Seattle Winner Tanner Gray was the 2017 Rising Star in the NHRA, a title given to the Rookie of the Year. Gray’s fourth win of the season is more than anyone else in his category. But despite this success, Gray is still getting some shade from competitors who don’t appreciate his success at to young an age. Frankly, he doesn’t care. Listen…

Tony Stewart2002, 2005 & 2011 NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart came out of the bulging Freak Archives. The interview was from 2005 right before Stewart began his rise to his second championship.  Stewart has been a regular in The Freak Nation and his shows in this conversation when he stopped by before taking part in a charity race in Sedalia, Missouri.  Listen…

This is the Statt Mann Baby. Time to Scatt a little bit.

I had questions this week when I saw a Top Ten survey that put Watkins Glen on top for NASCAR racing. Watkins Glen is a road course and NASCAR makes its bones on oval racing tracks.

I thought it was curious that NASCAR’s race this weekend was at The Glen. Funny how that works. But I digress…

Bristol LogoThe real Best Track in NASCAR racing is at Bristol Motor Speedway, especially the night race at Bristol coming up August 18th. Bristol was fourth in this Top Ten list. What do they know?

But there’s absolutely no comparison and I’m a road racing fan over oval racing. There’s so much happening at the Bristol night race. The 36 degree banking allows for some great speeds on a halfmile track.

There used to be more than 150 thousand fans in the stands; so many you could feel the breeze when they cheered. And putting all that under the lights just added something special to the entire proceedings.

The Glen is just another race unless you get off on watching the drivers do something they don’t like like turning right instead of left all afternoon.

Peace.

JohnForceDenver Funny Car Winner John Force, a 16-time Funny Car Champion, was in the Freak Nation Sunday night where he’s always welcome with open arms. John Force might be The Freaks favorite Friend of the Freaks. His win in Denver was his first of 2018 keeping him in the chase for the NHRA playoffs. The win surprised his grandson: “Grandpa Won?!” Listen.