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Billy DuffyGuitarist & Founding Member The Cult Billy Duffy is on a special tour, Revolution 3, with legendary bands Stone Temple Pilots and Bush and from what he says, the tour is growing almost daily. Seven new dates have been added growing the stops to 27 across North America this summer. And that doesn’t include two shows the band will do on its own! Billy Duffy is heavy metal rock! Listen…

Ed Carpenter2018 Indy 500 Pole Sitter Ed Carpenter was pleased to be the Indy 500 top qualifier but Sunday night he was looking more toward becoming the top finisher and getting the win. Carpenter has take three of the last four Top Qualifier awards but the races have all ended in disappointment. He wants to change that. So does his son. Listen…

Clay MillicanNHRA Top Qualifier Top Fuel Topeka Clay Millican is always a welcome guest in The Freak Nation. He’s been a long time friend. So close, in fact, that he’s offered Keny and Statt Mann a taste of nitro itself! And we lived to tell about it. Just like telling about the rain and the cars in the other lane. That last comment was maybe the line of the night. Listen…

Rickey MedlockeLynyrd Skynyrd Guitar Musician Rickey Medlocke says he loves to come into The Freak Nation and we love having him.  Just as much as we love his music with Lynyrd Skynyrd even though Medlock talked about the legendary band’s last tour: The Last of the Street Survivors.  Medlocke has been with Skynyrd and bands of his own but it’s Skynyrd that will be the longest memories.  He talked about those memories Sunday night. Listen…

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

Here’s something to consider if you looked at the Royal Wedding Saturday and fell in love with all things British.

A survey done last year in Britain found that Brits believe Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter are bad news for their well-being. 18-24 year olds were studied.

The good news? Social Media helped with their self-expression and community building.

But here’s the bad news: those platforms provoked anxiety and depression, deprived them of sleep and left them with a fear of missing out.

Kevin HarvickKyle BuschMaybe that’s what you feel when you don’t have the latest comment from Kevin Harvick or Kyle Busch. Or maybe that’s what you feel when you can’t get to the phone to find out who won the pole at Indy.

Some of the world’s largest corporations are waiting out there to sell us something or, more likely, sell our interest to someone else.

Either way, someone’s making billions on your next Instagram missive. Shouldn’t you get a piece of that action?

Peace.

SC_FreaksNot Much Motorsports with The Freaks is a weekly  feature that looks at quirky things outside the world of motor racing.  This week we found a series of stories that, frankly, were pretty far outside the world of motorsports.  The conversations surrounding the stories were fun.  Listen…

Mark MIlesMark Miles is the President and Chief Executive Officer Hulman & Company, which owns the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar. So when The Freaks get a chance to talk with him we learn a lot especially about IndyCar’s new TV contract with NBC. That was announced this week so the news is fresh. We learned about all the future of broadcasting which includes streaming and what that might cost IndyCar fans. Listen…

Judas Priest Lead Singer Rob Halford is getting comfortable in The Freak Nation. That’s why he always leaves us with something great when he visits. This time he spoke something brilliant. It was about the boxes and labels that surround us at a culture. The band opened a massive world tour last weekend in Pennsylvania. It’ll go until 2019 when Judas Priest celebrates it’s 50th anniversary. Listen…

This is the Statt Mann. Time to Scat a little bit…

You know what we don’t do enough? We don’t experience life. We tend to watch it wash by in a flash flood of moments, cheering for someone else’s success and not our own.

I didn’t watch much Motorsports this weekend. Television isn’t a priority at Ghost Ranch, 23,000 acres of northern New Mexico in a little town called Abiquiu.

Ghost Ranch

Georgia O’Keefe lived and did a lot of her painting there. Heard some intimate stories about her too. Ghost Ranch isn’t in the middle of nowhere but you can see nowhere from one of its hills.

In fact, I turned right out of the gate and when went looking for nowhere. I wound it up near the Colorado border watching it snow sideways in 40 degree temperatures. I turned back deciding nowhere wasn’t a hospitable place.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, while writing and listening to Clapton and Billy Preston, a woman walked by the window. She smiled, waved, said Hi and kept going.

In Southern California women cry, grab their purse and run the other way when they see me.

New Mexico is different. You have to experience New Mexico.

Peace.

CJ WilsonIMSA Team Owner CJ Wilson is a long-time Friend of The Freaks. So when he makes a visit there’s usually something worth remembering. That includes Sunday night’s visit when CJ gave The Freaks a headline about Ryan Seacrest. He also gave us some news on why he picked Honda over several other customer racing options. Listen…