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Leah PritchettNHRA Pomona Top Fuel Winner Leah Pritchett came into The Freak Nation Sunday night a few hours after her big win. Pritc hett is one of many woman in the NHRA who do more than look good. They win!! Events and Championships. What’s it like to beat the men in their own drag racing game? What’s like to take over and compete equally with the men in their own drag racing game? Leah t3ells us some of those answers. Listen…

MattHaganCUMHRA Mello Yello Pomona Funny Car winner Matt Hagan was in The Freak Nation Sunday night. Actually he had a great conversation with Statt Mann before the Pomona Winternationals. He has two championships in 2011 and 2014 to back up his, now, 22 wins since he entered the category in 2009. But Hagan has something that he’ll be overcoming in the 2017 season, the death of his brother over the winter. Hagan is a longtime Friend of the Freaks. That made it even more difficult to have this conversation with him about his offseason. Listen…

Tony Kanaan2004 IndyCar Champion Tony Kanaan, winner of the 2013 Indy 500, broke some news this week in The Freak Nation.  The Brazilian born Kanaan is now an American citizen.  That’s a piece of news he offered.  And there’s more.  Tony is a long time Friend of the Freaks who has a resume that also includes a 2015 overall win at the Rolex 24 t Daytona.  So when we get a chance to visit with Tony, there’s always something new.  Listen…

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

Jari-Matti LatvalaI try not to get emotionally involved with drivers in motor sports. But I am human and several are special to me.

One of those is Finnish driver Jari-Matti Latvala who won Rally Sweden this weekend in only the second event of Toyota’s return to world rallying after 17 years on the sidelines.

When Latvala was at Ford four years ago we had memorable conversations mostly about his love of the U.S., especially Las Vegas, where he could go and relax without being stalked by world rally fans.

This weekend was Latvala’s 17th career win. It leaves him atop the World Rally Championship points, the first time someone other than Sebastien Ogier was leading the series since 2014.

In addition to Latvala I also cheer for his Toyota boss, Tommi Makinen, a four-time champion who brought the Toyota team online this year with cars he developed at his shops in Finland.

A lot happened in Sweden this weekend, not the least of which was watching some pretty great people experience success after months of hard work and dedication.

Peace.

CourtneyForceNHRA Mello Yello Funny Car driver Courtney Force starts the opening weekend of the season with the confidence that her John Force Racing Team had her the fastest of all at preseason testing last week. Courtney has won races – eight in her young career – and finished sixth in the Funny Car standings last season. But she turned up with speed in the Arizona testing and enters the Winternationals this weekend with lots of hope for this season. Listen…

JackBeckmanNHRA Funny Car driver Jack Beckman is a favorite in The Freak Nation. His background is teaching people to get their drag racing licenses so he has considerable knowledge on what makes you fast in a four second Funny Car. Beckman has 24 career wins in the NHRA including a 2012 Funny Car championship. He finished fifth last season after challenging for the title at midseason. Beckman knows a lot about the four second quarter mile. Listen…

JRToddNHRA drag racer JR Tofdd is leaving the Top Fuel ranks to run a Funny Car for Kalitta Motorsports in 2017. Todd has been with Kalitta since March of 2014 and has battled all the way to second in the Top Fuel standings in 2014 and fourth last season. In addition, his resume includes being the first African-American driver to win a Top Fuel race. That was back in 2006. But switching to the more demanding Funny Cars will bring all of his experience to task starting this weekend in Pomona. Listen…

MattHaganCUNHRA Funny Car pilot Matt Hagan is one of the fastest drivers in the class. He has two championships in 2011 and 2014 to back up his 21 wins since he entered the category in 2009. But Hagan has something that he’ll be overcoming in the 2017 season, the death of his brother over the winter. Hagan is a longtime Friend of the Freaks. That made it even more difficult to have this conversation with him about his off-season. Listen…

Tony SchumacherNHRA Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher is one of the best to ever race in the category. He has a record 82 wins under his belt going into the 2017 season this weekend in Pomona. Those wins built eight championships in the category including six in a row from 2004-2009. But with all that behind him, Schumacher enters the 2017 season with something new, a well manicured beard. He’s not sure how long he’ll keep it but Tony said it’s good for this weekend at least. Listen…

Troy Coughlin JrTroy Coughlin, Jr. moves from the sportsmen and Pro Mod categories of drag racing to the fastest cars on the planet in 2017. Coughlin will be in a sub-four second Top Fuel dragster for Kalitta Motorsports for the entire season. Coughlin is the son of two-time Pro Mod champion Troy Sr. There are even people in the industry who believe in his talents. Drag Illustrated Magazine named him among the brightest young people in drag racing. Coughlin comes from a family that’s made drag racing the family business. So a lot is expected of his 26-year-old. Listen…