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Joey LoganoNASCAR Las Vegas Cup Winner Joey Logano was back in The Freak Nation Sunday Night. We talked with him as he was on his way to the airport to go back to North Carolina. The win was his first with his new crew chief Todd Gordon. Logano won under caution, beating Matt DiBenedetto after a wreck unfolded right as the field took the white flag. Listen…

Shane McElrethSupercross Tampa 250 cc Winner Shane McElreth found some comfort in The Freak Nation Sunday night. He’s building a reputation on the smaller 250 cc bikes in Supercross both in the West where he raced last year and in the East where he’s racing now. McElreth, though, thinks he’s about ready for the bigger 450 cc bikes. Listen…

AJ AllmendingerIn The Freaks 20th year we are looking back on archival interviews that were fun then and even more fun now. A.J. Allmenginer is always fun especially after a road course win driving NASCAR Nationwide cars in 2013. Allmendinger is a longtime Friend of the Freaks and when he gets in The Freak Nation he might talk about anything including Kenny’s air color. Listen…

Christopher BellNASCAR Cup Driver Christopher Bell has worked his way through NASCAR’s Ladder System to the major leagues of Cup racing this year.  Bell candidly talked about shuffling cars, earning respect as a rookie in the series and learning how to get the faster Cup cars around the track.  Listen…

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

Ryan  NewmanI’m one of the millions who’ve watched in amazement at the recovery road being traveled by NASCAR driver Ryan Newman.

I’m even more satisfied that Newman isn’t at the racetrack in Las Vegas this weekend. Newman did send a written statement read today by his Roush Fenway team executive Steve Newmark.

The statement said Newman is being treated for a head injury. I’d like to think the new car spec from NASCAR saved Newman’s life. Just being further away from the door probably helped limit Newman’s injuries when he was slammed by Corey LaJoie’s racer on the last lap at Daytona .

There’s concern, though, that no one’s saying what the head injuries are. We can assume concussion but that’s just an assumption.

Newman’s medical injuries are none of my business certainly. I’m just glad he’s still here, recovering and not at a racetrack or in a race car today. Hopefully the doctors will keep him out, with no external pressures to return, for as long as it takes to get him completely recovered. And maybe playing with his daughters.

Peace.

Brendan GaughanNASCAR Driver Brendan Gaughan is an Original Friend of the Freaks. He’s been around for nearly everyone of the 20 years. This visit to the Freak Nation, though, recalls some of the old days and where he is now including his newest brand, City Light Shine. Brendan grew up in gaming, played games in college, and, now, he’s shining games on business. Listen…

Alex BowmanNASCAR Driver Alex Bowman is becoming a regular visitor to The Freak Nation. He’s part of the surging Hendrick Motorsports team at the end of Daytona Speed Weeks. Bowman qualified on the front row for the 2020 Daytona 500. But he’ll restart 16th when the rain delayed race resumes Monday at 4pm Eastern Time. Bowman has a quick wit to be a joy in The Freak Nation. Listen…

Adam CianciaruloSupercross Rider Adam Cianciarulo is fifth in the 450 Supercross points.  That’s not bad for a young rider who’s even in a battle to get the rest of the grid to learn his name. To them he’s AC.  But Adam wouldn’t mind if they worry more about his name and less about the points he’s earning every Saturday night in the Supercross final.  He’s going as hard as he can.  It’s all he knows how to do.  Listen…

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

Noah GragsonThe TV guys made a big thing about the celebration antics of Noah Gragson after he won the Xfinity race at Daytona Saturday.

It was a popular victory with Gragson driving for Junior Motorsports and coming from behind to get the close win in the final five laps.

It was his first major win in NASCAR. He made a big deal throwing his water bottle into the crowd. It took several tries! Then he slid across the hood of his race car Dukes of Hazard style and waved repeatedly at the crowd.

This was all after the usual burnouts and spinning in the grass.

The genuine glee at a win was refreshing. The sparse crowd must have appreciated the demonstration as well. They stayed and cheered for a driver who looked like he actually was satisfied with something.

Who knows if Gragson will win again. But he was happy with this one and that might bring fans back to buy a ticket or watch on television. And that would be a massive win for NASCAR.

Peace.

Clint BowyerIt’s something to look forward to: NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer in The Freak Nation.  If we talk racing it’s only by accident.  This time we went down the track of competitive fathering, rides at Disney World and the care and use of spatulas.  You shouldn’t miss this right before the Super Bowl of Racing, the Daytona 500.  Only a Chiefs fan!  Listen…