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Tony SchumacherNHRA Gainesville Top Fuel Winner Tony Schumacher was in The Freak Nation Sunday night just hours after his win in the Gatornationals. Schumacher was effusive in his praise for his car early in the season. His confidence was strong enough to use qualifying to get some additional test data that he eventually used in his victory runs. When Schumacher is confident enough to nearly brag, the rest of the Top Fuel category may need to run and hide. Listen…

Ricky TaylorIMSA Sebring 12 Hour Winner Ricky Taylor is a Friend of the Freaks so when he comes into The Freak Nation after a win we listen and, even, give him some business because he takes it so well. Taylor, along with his brother Jordan Taylor and teammate Alexander Lynn, got the win, the second in Florida for Wayne Taylor Racing at the start of the season.  Ricky admitted that now the season changes from the endurance events at Daytona and Sebring to the sprint race at Long Beach next month. Listen…

Martin TruexNASCAR Las Vegas Cup Winner Martin Truex, Jr. is from one of the smallest but most successful teams in NASCAR racing. Furniture Row is based in Denver instead of North Carolina. And, in Denver, the team has a close association with the Denver Broncos and team icon John Elway. Truex is a favorite of The Freaks because he’s good and he doesn’t take himself so seriously. We LOVE that. Listen…

Sebastian BourdaisIndyCar St. Petersburg Winner Sebastien Bourdais is in his first of two years with Dale Coyne Racing. So his win Sunday was very significant because he got one of the paddock’s smallest team into Victory Circle over everyone else including the most powerful IndyCar team, Penske Racing. Bourdais said team owner Dale Coyne is paying the bills out of his own pocket so Sunday’s success is important because it might shake more sponsor support out into the open. Listen…

Brad KeselowskiNASCAR Cup Series Atlanta Winner Brad Keselowski is another longtime Friend of the Freaks. His visit Sunday night was special because of his last minute win in Atlanta Sunday afternoon. Brad has been victimized by his mistakes but Sunday he benefited from a speeding in pit lane violation by Kevin Harvick who dominated the race all day. Brad talked about that, how the tables might turn later in the season and the special emotion of racing and winning with his new family. Listen…

Austin TheriaultARCA Daytona Lucas Oil 200 Winner Austin Theriault won in a rain-shortened ARCA opener. Theriault, though, was in charge of the race and going away when the race was red-flagged for a crash and the rains came bringing out a black flag and the end of the event. Theriault drives for former NASCAR regular Kenny Schrader. Their entry in the race Saturday wasn’t guaranteed until the last minute. Listen…

Leah PritchettNHRA Pomona Top Fuel Winner Leah Pritchett came into The Freak Nation Sunday night a few hours after her big win. Pritc hett is one of many woman in the NHRA who do more than look good. They win!! Events and Championships. What’s it like to beat the men in their own drag racing game? What’s like to take over and compete equally with the men in their own drag racing game? Leah t3ells us some of those answers. Listen…

MattHaganCUMHRA Mello Yello Pomona Funny Car winner Matt Hagan was in The Freak Nation Sunday night. Actually he had a great conversation with Statt Mann before the Pomona Winternationals. He has two championships in 2011 and 2014 to back up his, now, 22 wins since he entered the category in 2009. But Hagan has something that he’ll be overcoming in the 2017 season, the death of his brother over the winter. Hagan is a longtime Friend of the Freaks. That made it even more difficult to have this conversation with him about his offseason. Listen…

WTR Wins

It was a storybook finish to a dramatic race in the rain and cold and wheel-to-wheel bullring fierce battles. Wayne Taylor Racing with Ricky & Jordan Taylor, Max Angelelli and Jeff Gordon won the Rolex 24 at Daytona as a going away present for Max who said he’s leaving the driver’s side of the sport. The win was as popular as it was controversial with Ricky’s pass for the win in the last six minutes of the 24 hours. The Freaks have them all here. Listen…

FordGT Wins
Ford Racing followed up it’s win at the Le Mans 24 Hours last June with another 24 hour win Sunday afternoon in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller took Sebastian Bourdais to the GTLM Victory Circle after 24 hours of rain, cold and wheel-to-wheel racing twice around the clock. Bourdais and Hand stopped in the Freak Nation minutes after leaving the Victory podium. Listen…