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JosefNewgarden2017 IndyCar Champion Josef Newgarden was in The Freak Nation on his digital media tour after getting the title Sunday afternoon in Sonoma. Newgarden got the title in his first year with Penske Racing. He was quick to point out the differences between Penske and other teams where title are at a premium if they exist at all. Listen…

Morgan LucasMorgan Lucas Racing Owner Morgan Lewis has been working hard with his wife Katie to build the brand for the ninth annual golf tournament honoring the memory of funny car driver Eric Medlen who was killed during a test session ten years ago last March. Lucas is no longer racing but it sounds like he’s getting just as much hard work building the tournament that raises money for the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent. This year all proceeds will be used to create new patient themed rooms for the children who stay overnight in the hospital. Listen…

Scott PalmerNHRA Cat Spot Litter Funny Car Driver Scott Palmer faces one of the biggest weeks in his racing career. He has until Wednesday for drag racing fans to vote him into the Traxxas Shootout at the U.S. Nationals. But, more important, he is ninth out of ten who will qualify for the NHRA’s championship playoffs. That’s all in the next week for Palmer who’s proud of the fact he’s on a smaller less funded team but still competing for titles. Listen…

Alex BowmanNASCAR driver Alex Bowman’s life is about to change radically. Starting next year he’ll be replacing Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the NASCAR Cup Series #88 fulltime. The change was announced last week and on social media, Bowman is fast becoming the object of many conversations. You don’t replace the most popular stock car driver in the world without facing that reality. It’s the nicknames, though, that are coming hardest. Listen…

Ricky HouseNHRA Cat Spot Litter TF Harley Rider Ricky House was in The Freak Nation Sunday night battling to remain second in the TF Harley standings. The season is about over for the big bikes to House didn’t want to talk about much more than keeping his standing. But his casual way of talking about riding a 1200 horsepower motorcycle more than 200 MPH in the quartermile fascinated The Freaks. It’s rare when the operator of a drag racing machine needs to wear bullet proof armor to protect himself from the machine! Listen…

Nigel HookLucas Oil Silverhook Power Boat Drivers Jay Johnson & Nigel Hook next month will attempt a World Record run from the Florida Keys to Havanna Cuba and, possibly, attempt another record on a return run. Their Lucas Oil sponsored Silverhook power boat is powered by two engines totaling more than three thousand horsepower. But flying low across the ocean in hurricane season has its own form of danger. Listen…

RonCappsNHRA ESPY Nominee Ron Capps won his first Funny Car championship last year. He’s been one of the hottest drivers in all of motor racing and that’s why he got the ESPY nomination. If he should win he’d become the first drag racer to get the honor. Capps is part of Don Schumacher Racing, a team that’s won the last nine NHRA Funny Car events. Ron told The Freaks his toughest competition comes when he must face the guys on the other side of the shop. Listen…

Brandon JonesARCA Michigan Winner Brandon Jones spun during the ARCA race June 16th but he went on to win race anyway. Jones is part of the Richard Childress Racing program. He drives in the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck series in addition to his starts in ARCA. His success in each is moving him up the ladder rapidly. Brandon is part of stock car racing’s New World Order of young drivers who not only drive fast but speak easily with the media. Listen…

Harrison BurtonARCA & NASCAR Winner Harrison Burton sounds more “together” than any youngster ever in racing. At 16 he sounds more mature than many more than twice his age. Burton is the son of NASCAR veteran Jeff Burton and nephew of Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton. Harrison had much to say about his racing family and racing in general. You’ll love to make room on your favorite driver’s list when you year this young man talk. Listen…

Mario AndrettiRacing Legend Mario Andretti is always a welcome guest in The Freak Nation. He stops by once or twice a year and always leaves us knowing and wanting more. Andretti’s legend is global so when Fernando Alonso came to Indy he came under the Andretti name. Mario’s experience is so expansive he might be the only one who can put several generations of IndyCar machinery into perspective for us. Listen…