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Brad KeselowskiNASCAR Talladega Winner Brad Keselowski came into The Freak Nation briefly Sunday night to talk about his survival of the Talladega NASCAR Cup race. About a dozen cars finished from the 40+ that started. Crash after crash in traffic after traffic trimmed the field to almost nothing. Brad, a longtime Friend of the Freaks, talked about surviving the Alabama track. Listen…

Scott Speed22017 Global Rallycross Champion Scott Speed interrupted his family night at Disneyland to talk with The Freaks Sunday night. Speed is a former F1 and NASCAR driver who’s found a home with his third GRC title. Speed races for Andretti Autosport but he is happy to not be in IndyCar, Michael Andretti’s main business. Speed considers GRC his destination series. Listen…

Brittany ForceNHRA Texas Top Fuel Winner Brittany Force made a giant step in her fight for the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel title.  Force’s victory was her seventh career win. It allowed her to move within 57 points of the category lead with two events left in the season in Las Vegas and Pomona. And she is having this success while she considers her options as she tests for a Nitro Funny Car license on the side. Listen…

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

I come from a generation that believes Formula One is the pinnacle of all motor racing worldwide. But that’s changing. Immensely!

Some examples: Ferrari went to partner team Haas Racing about firing one of its drivers to make room for a driver Ferrari wants to bring up to the big show next year.

To their credit, Haas said No! But comments indicate we should stay tuned.

Torro Rosso, Red Bull’s second string, gave one of its sponsored drivers permission to take off next weekend’s U.S. Grand Prix to race for a driver’s title in Japan’s Super Formula series.

Brendan HartleySet to replace Pierre Gasly at Torro Rosso is Porsche Factory driver Brendan Hartley. Hartley and Porsche say Hartley has Porsche’s permission despite his commitments to Porsche in the World Endurance Championship where he won the title last year, won Le Mans this year and leads the points chasing another title this season.

Yes, F1 has come a long way when it becomes a borderline farm system for teams and crews who get a better offer.

Peace.

Brendan HartleyIMSA Petit Le Mans Winner Brendan Hartley returned to The Freak Nation Sunday night after getting an important win at Petit Le Mans. Hartley is also one of the fastest in the World Endurance Championship where he’s a Porsche Factory driver. He returns to the WEC next weekend in Japan. So, what’s he think about comparing the WEC to IMSA? And IndyCar in 2018? Listen…

Zach VeachAndretti Autosport IndyCar Driver Zach Veach was back in The Freak Nation after signing his first full-time contract to drive in IndyCar. He’ll be with Andretti Autosport in 2018 where he’s been driving in the IndyCar ladder system. Veach is a longtime Friend of the Freaks. We’ve been in each other’s corner since Veach was 15-years-old. Zach knows a lot about The Freaks including how to make a bet with Kenny. Listen…

Ryan McGeeNASCAR/ESPN Analyst Ryan McGee hasn’t been in The Freak Nation for several months. That’s why we let Ryan bring us up to speed on what’s going on in the NASCAR garage. We talked about safety, doctors following drivers, ways to make the cars safer and whether or not the season is too long. Does NASCAR need to control the summer? Race on Wednesday nights? Ryan has some answers. Listen…

Joey Tempest 2Europe Lead Singer Joey Tempest has a distinctive voice that you’ll never forget once you’ve heard it.  And if you listen to rock music you’ve heard it a lot! Tempest and the band Europe is back in the new music business with “Walk the Earth” scheduled for full release October 20th.  Tempest talks music, Swedish athletes including Ronnie Petersen, and using Europe’s music in TV commercials. Great few minutes! Listen….

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

Early last January Ford said it would set aside more than four billion dollars to work on electrifying its product line including its Mustang and F-150 trucks.

The massive plan would bring new cars, new jobs and new ideas to Detroit.

Shortly after the announcement I asked the head of Ford Racing if this would affect any motorsports plans going forward. I was assured it wouldn’t.

2017 Ken Block Rallycross

Well, this week Ford said it was putting its World Rallycross budgets with Ken Block on hold for the time being. It said it wanted to see where the sport was going.

I take that to mean that overtures toward creating electric or hybrid rallycross cars could bring Ford back to the paddock.

Always remember that Ford’s in the business of selling cars and not racing them.

If rallycross started allowing cars that Ford wants to build, guess were Ford would be spending it’s time and dollars.

Until then… stand by!

Peace.

Greg AndersonNHRA St. Louis Pro Stock Winner Greg Anderson has four championships already on his resume and he leads the points on his way to a possible fifth. But before he can count that chicken Greg has an old family friend (really a young family friend!) standing in the way. Greg said it was a youngster who once needed Greg to change his diapers! Still, Greg beat him this weekend and leads him in points. Listen…