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Robert HIght2019 NHRA Funny Car Champion Robert Hight came into The Freak Nation after winning his third Funny Car title. Hight is a longtime Friend of the Freaks but his final round Sunday afternoon in Pomona was something few have seen before in a title winning round. Hight explained how it all unfolded. Listen…

lou gramm and bandLegendary Foreigner Front Man Lou Gramm returned to The Freak Nation Sunday night. The wildly popular band is about to hit the road again after releasing a new CD and DVD Friday. “Foreigner – Double Vision: Then and Now” takes us behind the scenes as original Foreigner band members, including Gramm, joined Mick Jones and Foreigner’s current lineup for a once in a lifetime reunion concert for the very first time in the band’s 40-year history. Listen…

JohnForceSunday night we took a six year Freakin’ Flashback with 16-Time Funny Car Champion John Force.  Of course, any visit with Force is legendous and this was no different.  Force is one of drag racing’s largest names and he shows how he got that designation in this conversation from 2013 right after he won his 16th championship.  Listen…

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

First of all, this isn’t a movie review. The last time I reviewed a movie I told the truth and was never invited back to review another one.

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I paid to go see Ford vs. Ferrari on Friday at noon. For me, it was excellent.

But it’s not a documentary. For example, the producers wanted us to believe that Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California was Daytona, including signage on the front straight.

For me, the story was about the friendship between Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles. The film could have been called Carroll and Ken but some might have confused that with a romantic comedy. So, even if you don’t like racing, the story is worth a couple hours of your time.

A Ford won Le Mans in 1966, ’67, ’68 and ’69. But the factory effort failed miserably in 1965. The movie details some of that but the video below details a lot. Take a look.

As for Ford vs. Ferrari? Take the time especially if you like good stories about larger than life characters.

Peace.

JackBeckmanNHRA Funny Car Title Challenger Jack Beckman is just 46 points out of first place going into the season’s final event, The World Finals in Pomona. Beckman is in line for his second championship after winning in 2012. Beckman is always a fun conversation and Sunday night was no different. Listen…

Julie GieseISM Raceway President Julie Giese came into The Freak Nation Sunday night after a big weekend of semi final NASCAR racing. The finalists for the 2019 NASCAR Cup Finals in Homestead were decided at ISM Raceway in Phoenix. Giese talked about the event at the remodeled racetrack and getting ready for the NASCAR Finals due at ISM next year. Listen…

Shawn MichaelsThis week’s Freakin’ Flashback with WWE Superstar Shawn Michaels was rec orded in 2013.  Michaels is a legendary wrestler and called an Ambassador for the WWE.  Michaels was really comfortable when he was in The Freak Nation talking about birthdays, anniversaries and a name for his beard.  Listen…

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

Roger PenskeSo Roger Penske bought everything IndyCar. The announcement came this week proving it is possible to keep a secret in modern media.

But we’re told the actual deal doesn’t become official until January.

The largest headline, though, might be what wasn’t announced: the money. The Speedway and Penske are both private companies so they’re not obligated to say anything.

Roger said he hasn’t paid any money yet and he spent much of the week looking over his purchase.

A respected piece of media this week valued that purchase at anywhere from 300 to 350 million dollars.

If a top ten race at a top ten venue in a top ten series is only worth a .275 hitter in baseball, motor racing is more niche activity than anyone wants to believe.

Here’s the point. Imagine if your house was valued at $500 million and your neighbors dumped their house in a distress sale at $250 million; you’d be spitting nails. In short, any stakeholder in the racing industry should be spitting nails tonight.

The biggest question is why Tony George dumped his house on the market now. Yes, Virginia, secrets are possible in modern media.

Peace.

Sam SchmidtArrow McLaren SP IndyCar Team Owner Sam Schmidt took a deep breath Sunday night and came into The Freak Nation to answer questions about the dismissal of popular driver James Hinchcliffe. Schmidt answered all The Freaks questions taking all the heat for Hinchcliffe’s departure from the team. He said the decision was all his and his partner Rick Peterson. He said the team’s performance with its new drivers in 2020 will dictate whether or not the decision was a good one. Listen…

Brittany ForceNHRA Las Vegas Top Fuel Winner Brittany Force came into The Freak Nation before celebrating her victory in Las Vegas. Force will make a charge for her second Top Fuel title (2017) at the season’s final event in Pomona in two weeks. Force is beginning to sync with her new crew chief David Grubnic and the pair has NHRA records to prove their success. Listen…