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John Close1001 NASCAR Facts Author John Close offered some incredible trivia when he visited The Freak Nation Sunday night. His new book about NASCAR trivia is one of the best selling books on Amazon. Despite falling attendance and TV ratings NASCAR fans still want to read some quick trivia on their sport. And John has the best. Listen…

Shawne MerrimanThree-time NFL Pro Bowler Shawne Merriman is getting his feet wet in the world of motorsports.  He was one of the best linebackers in the NFL when he played. But violence in pro football is nothing like the nuance of motor racing. He’s learning that!  Merriman, however, is a determined winner and that’s being translated to his racing team. Listen…

Rob HalfordJudas Priest lead vocalist Rob Halford has a legendary voice tied to heavy metal, trash metal, speed metal, industrial metal & hard rock. It has a range from screaching falsetto to a throaty growl. But Halford is as down to earth as any global music legend. He can laugh at a three-year-old loving his music and a 43-year-old grooving to it. It’s a foundation for his Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp in Southern California. Listen…

Chris NevilleFox Sports NASCAR Reporter Chris Neville is a Friend of The Freaks. We caught up with him Sunday night as he boarded a plane out of Richmond, Virginia where the NASCAR Cup Series raced Sunday afternoon.  Neville was amused at being ignored by 2015 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch. But he was far more serious about problems all racing series are having rebuilding their fan bases.  He took us on some deep background. Listen…

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

Watching the Can-Am Challenge race at the Long Beach Grand Prix Saturday took me back to my early 20s at Riverside International Raceway. A long time ago on both fronts!

The noise from these Jurassic monsters set off car alarms and shook windows all around the track. I was standing next to a very young Millennial who grabbed his ears on the first of the parade laps. I told him if that hurt his ears he’d better leave now.

LBGP Can-Am raceAs I suspected, it was a parade, though. Promoters called it a celebration of the cars. Some has build dates some fifty years ago with values approaching multi millions of dollars. Still some were more suited for a more gentlemanly vintage race. One or two were running on three or four of their eight cylinders at the end.

The two black Shadows did put on a choreographed show swapping positions at safe places on the track. They managed to be wheel to wheel at the end crossing the finish line less than two ten-thousandths of a second apart.

It was a celebration of an era when drivers drove and cars raced unfettered by computers, electronics and mufflers. A wonderful trip down memory lane for me.

Peace.

Scott Dixon2015 IndyCar champion Scott Dixon is ready to get after what would be his fifth American open-wheel title (2003, 2008, 2013 & 2015). He was fourth in Long Beach after starting second. He was the fastest car early in the weekend but it’s the last session that counts the most. After a long relationship with Target, his Chip Ganassi Racing car is now another color for another sponsor. It takes some getting used to. Listen…

Dax ShephardCHiPs Actor/Director Dax Shephard is a motorhead especially when it comes to motorcycle racing. He’s especially a fan of MotoGP, the biggest global motorcycle racing series. He acted in, directed and was the executive producer of the CHiPs movie that opened this weekend in theaters. Shephard said he was willing to step aside for better actors but that wasn’t necessary as the project came together. Dax is a racing Freak. Listen…

SC_FreaksWe’ve all been the victim of a Telemarketer who calls at the most inconvenient time.  This time Kenny Sargent doesn’t let the woman off the hook.  He keeps her around a bit. Actually they keep each other on the phone, both looking for just what they want.  And, as the saying goes, fun ensues.  Everyone has experienced this in modern America. Listen to how a Freak deals with the call.

Kelly KnievelEvel Knievel’s son Kelly Knievel came into The Freak Nation Sunday night to tell us that two valuable pieces of the Knievel memorabilia vault are being released on the world.  A set of leathers used by Evel jumping 50 cars in the L.A. Coliseum are being auctioned as well as a custom cane used by Knievel during his many rehabilitation periods.  Kelly is releasing the pieces for a reason.  And the sales could solve a problem for him. What is it? Listen…

Chris JacobsBarrett Jackson Host Chris Jacobs is part of the rarest fraternity on earth: The SpeedFreaks Alumni Association. He was with The Freaks several years ago but now he’s hosting several shows in the Discovery Channel universe plus the NFl Network. But his visit Sunday night was about the Barrett Jackson auto auction in Scottsdale this past weekend. The stories ranged from Don The Snake Prudhomme to Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. And they’re all wonderful. Listen…