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JohnForce16-Time NHRA Funny Car Champion John Force is one of the original Friend of the Freaks. He’s supported us from nearly the beginning 20 years ago. This 13 or so minutes is from an hour long conversation with John that’s posted on our You Tube channel. The Force program is taking the 2020 season off but is making firm plans to return to racing in 2021. That’s just one of the things John talked about with us. Listen…

JackBeckmanNHRA Texas Motorplex Funny Car Winner Jack Beckman came into The Freak Nation again. He’s a longtime Friend of the Freaks who is fighting to get his ride for next year sponsored. These are strange times in the NHRA. Even the series switched overall sponsors in mid-season. This Covid year has changed things that maybe won’t go back to normal. Listen…

Michele AbbateFirst Female TransAm TA2 Podium Finisher Michele Abbate came into The Freak Nation Sunday night after a rare success for a woman driver in the TransAm West Coast series. Abbate is sponsored by Lucas Oil and she’s finding success with her own team, run with her husband, in less than a dozen races all together. Abbate is determined to reach the national TransAm racing series, one of the oldest racing programs in America. Listen…

Ryan BriscoeIMSA Petit LeMans Winner Ryan Briscoe has been coming into The Freak Nation for many years. His visit Sunday night was candid as usual.  And we learned a lot about how his Wayne Taylor Racing Team  was gifted the victory when two other cars battled so hard they took each other out of the win with only ten minutes left in the race.  Briscoe’s team was right there to take advantage.  Listen…

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

Kyle LarsonIs six months enough time for Kyle Larson to return to the NASCAR Cup Series? I don’t think so.

It was April 13th when Larson let slip a racial slur during an iRacing event being streamed live. Within a couple days he’d lost his ride with Chip Ganassi and his sponsorships including McDonalds and Chevrolet.

But I don’t think six months is enough time to get the counseling and self-awareness help he clearly needs. Maybe Larson needs it more than most with his mixed ethnicity. His father is white and his mother Japanese American.

His career even benefited from diversity programs that opened doors for him.

I liked Kyle when he was in The Freak Nation. My disappointment was real last April.

At this time in history, some mea culpas and celebrity good wishes aren’t enough to cover the casualness of what he did. A return now would make NASCAR’s diversity efforts look amateurish.

Peace.

AJ AllmendingerNASCAR Xfinity Charlotte Roval Winner AJ Allmendinger is a longtime Friend of the Freaks and, when he came into The Freak Nation Sunday night it was to have a great time after a great race Saturday night. In the rain and darkness at the Charlotte Roval, Allmendinger scored a major win. It was something that NASCAR driver don’t normally do: run on a road course in a night time rain storm. As with any AJ visit, it was legendous! Listen…

Antonio GarciaIMSA Charlotte Roval Winner Antonio Garcia made a rare Freak Nation appearance. He drove to the Saturday night win in horrible conditions with co-driver Jordan Taylor. Garcia has been with the Corvette Racing Team for many years but he’s excited about the new Corvette C8.R and the success the team is having with the mid-engine sports car. The Charlotte win was the team’s fifth in six races this season putting them in the driver’s seat for the 2020 title. Listen…

Will Power200IndyCar Indy2 Race Winner Will Power is another Friend of the Freaks.  His visit Sunday night was a week after his win in the second of two IndyCar races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last weekend.  The 2014 IndyCar champion is always pretty relaxed when he comes into The Freak Nation and this was no different. His relaxation makes for a very candid conversation.  Listen…

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

Before Saturday night’s race on the Charlotte Roval they called it a street course on steroids. It was that and more.

20-1010 IMSA Charlotte Roval

Normally I like to see drivers stretched to their limits. Drivers should be able to drive on any kind of track in any conditions in any direction.

But driving in the dark through a river of water between walls that challenged water drainage? That’s not racing. That’s random.

Saturday night I kept trying to be reasonable with my own expectations. Drivers should drive, right? But cornball tracks in cornball conditions is something else.

The rain did let up a bit to let some water drain away. That allowed the two IMSA GT categories to race legitimately. But there were only six cars in one class and 12 in another. Only three finished in the faster GTLM category.

Normally I love IMSA racing. But Saturday night was just that, a Saturday night gimmick. I hope it doesn’t become a norm but maybe I’m the only one who thinks random action is racing.

Peace.

RonCappsNHRA Funny Car Gainesville Winner Ron Capps is a longtime Friend of the Freaks. He was in The Freak Nation Sunday night shortly after the win in the Gatornationals. Capps was excited, obviously, about the victory but he was careful to talk about a mild celebration before his flight home at 5:30 in the morning! Ron also talked about his dirt track spin to save his Funny Car on the drag strip. Listen…