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Marc GoossensIMSA Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Winners Marc Goossens and Renger van der Zande were chasing the supposed winners Sunday afternoon when a potential legendary pass took place that changed everything. It all unfolded in Laguna Seca’s historic Corkscrew at the top of the hill. The pass surprised everyone including the man who made it, Van Der Zande. He’ll take us there. Listen…

Christina NielsenIMSA Laguna Seca GT Daytona Winners Alessandro Balzan and Christina Nielsen came into The Freak Nation Sunday evening after their big win at Mazda Raceway. The win allowed the pair to stretch their category points lead going into the final race of the year outside Atlanta. But Balzan and Nielsen have fun racing their Ferrari. Listen…

Al CarterContinental Tire Sports Car Challenge Winners Al Carter and Steve PHillips were in The Freak Nation Sunday afternoon after their surprise win Saturday at Mazda Raceway. The win had special meaning because of Carter’s birthday celebration Friday. Even better, these men aren’t kids like many of the winners these days. Listen…

Austin TheriaultARCA Kentucky Winner Austin Theriault is having a great season that could end in a championship. Theriault’s successes this year has made him a regular in The Freak Nation. And we like it because we get a chance to talk with a special driver who can win on pavement, dirt, road courses and ovals. He can even go four-wide to fight off all challengers. Listen…

RonCappsNHRA Reading Funny Car Winner Ron Capps chased a Funny Car title for years but now he’s in a battle to keep the championship he won last year.  Capps won in Reading Sunday evening and now he’s in a battle with Robert Hight going into the final four rounds of the 2017 season.  St. Louis is the next event next weekend and there may be some closed door meetings at Don Schumacher racing before the lights go down in St. Louis.  Listen…

Robert HIghtNHRA Charlotte Funny Car Winner Robert Hight came into The Freak Nation just hours after his win Sunday where he took over the Funny Car points lead in the Chase for the NHRA championship. Hight drives for John Force Racing and part of his win Sunday was a victory over teammate and Force’s daughter Courtney Force. Hight must keep things in perspective after afternoons like that. Listen…

Christopher BellARCA Chicagoland Winner Christopher Bell is another of the media savvy ARCA drivers who win in every thing every where and are comfortable talking about all of it. Bell is a champion Midget Racer, a winner in the legendary Turkey Night Grand Prix and the annual Chili Bowl. Now Bell is dusting off his pavement skills and he blames his success in dirt for most of it. Listen…

Austin TheriaultARCA Salem Winner Austin Theriault is resetting some of the records in the ARCA series. His third straight win this weekend in Indiana makes him the only driver inn ARCA’s 60+ years to get a win on dirt, a road course and a paved oval in the same season.  Only nine have ever done it in their careers to this point.  Theriault is doing this with Ken Schrader Racing, setting records with less than 20 ARCA races on his resume. Listen.

Austin TheriaultARCA General Tire Road America Winner Austin Theriault not only got his first road course win Sunday but he gave some wonderful reasons his team got the victory. It’s not often that a young stock cr driver can explain why his team and car worked so well in a hostile environment like Road America. But Austin did it in The Freak Nation Sunday night. He also gave a good account of his fight with Austin Cindric in the last two laps. Listen…

Josef NewgardenIndyCar St. Louis Winner Josef Newgarden has won three of his last four races and four all season. Saturday night’s latest win in St. Louis put him 31 points ahead of perennial title contender Scott Dixon who’s won four championship altogether. Newgarden’s win Saturday, though came at the expense of teammate and defending IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud who wound up third. Newgarden is getting more aggressive in his chase for the title and he doesn’t mind that at all. Listen…