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Robert HIghtNHRA Denver Funny Car Winner Robert Hight came into The Freak Nation Sunday night just hours after his boss, John Force, renamed the Denver Mile High Nationals, the Mopar Mile “Hight” Nationals. Hight’s first win of the season was his 38th of a brilliant career and marked the 13th straight year Hight has earned at least one victory. Hight said the win included some luck that might continue to Sonoma next week. But Hight had some other reasons for the victory. Listen…

Patrick LindseyIMSA GTD Lime Rock Winner Patrick Lindsey spent time with The Freaks Sunday night extolling the virtues of tiny Lime Rock Park, the shortest track the IMSA series runs on. He talked about the strangeness of car set up for the track as well as the fun of competing there. He also took some time to take us to the 24 Hours of LeMans where he went as a Porsche VIP last month. Listen…

Denny HamlinNASCAR New Hampshire Cup Winner Denny Hamlin broke the 2017 ice for Joe Gibbs Racing. His win Sunday was the team’s first after being close all season. Hamlin came into The Freak Nation Sunday night shortly after his victory and the impressive burnout display that shredded his tires on the racetrack. Even though the win was Hamlin’s first for the season he was seventh in points before the victory guaranteed him a spot in the Chase for the Championship later this year. Listen…

JosefNewgardenIndyCar Toronto Winner Josef Newgarden came into The Freak Nation Sunday night to talk about his win in front of a full house of fans in Canada.  Newgarden is considered part of the New Breed of drivers in IndyCar. But nearly falling in his Victory Lane celebration would have kicked him out of the New Breed Division. Newgarden talked about his slip and the slippage that might be happening within the IndyCar driver pool. Listen…

Joao BarbosaIMSA Watkins Glen Winner Joao Barbosa made the pass for the win with nine minutes left after nearly six hours of racing. The Watkins Glen Six Hour on sthe 4th of July Holiday Weekend was special for Barbosa and his Action Express Team including co-drivers Christian Fittipaldi and Felipe Albuquerque. The win stopped and incredible five-race win string by Wayne Taylor Racing’s Ricky and Jordan Taylor. Barbosa said the entire team made progress to get this win. Listen…

JackBeckmanNHRA Norwalk Funny Car Winner Jack Beckman always adds something to The Freak Nation when he visits. Our 17th anniversary show on Sunday night was no different. He won in Norwalk to continue a great season. But the final run Sunday afternoon ended with an explosion and fire. Jack was able to laugh about it but his crew was waiting for pizza and working well into the night to get ready for a test session Monday morning. Beckman takes us to a Funny Car win and more. Listen…

Kyle LarsonNASCAR Michigan Cup Winner Kyle Larson is back atop the Cup Series points after his second win of the year Sunday. His win in Michigan was solid, some might say dominate on Fathers Day. His son spent most of the post race activities with Kyle and showed his enthusiasm with a thumbs up sign for the photographers. But some of the competitors that Larson beat were less than enthusiastic about the win especially the late race Yellow Flags that might have given Larson an unfair advantage. Listen…

Clay MillicanNHRA Bristol Top Fuel Winner Clay Millican is a longtime Friend of The Freaks. But his visit Sunday night was after his first NHRA Top Fuel win after six championships in the IHRA. Millican broke some of the lifetime achievement records in the IHRA but his win Sunday in Bristol was well received by many. It’s Fathers Day, though, that made Millican very emotional Sunday night. Listen…

Scott Dixon2017 Indy 500 Pole Sitter Scott Dixon was in The Freak Nation Sunday night just hours after he won the Pole for next Sunday’s 101st Indy 500. Dixon is a longtime Friend of the Freaks so the conversation was comfortable and enlightening at the same time. Dixon talked about his top qualifying run on Sunday afternoon and he followed that with some comments on Formula One driver Fernando Alonso as well at NHRA defending champion Ron Capps. Would Dixon get into a nitro burning drag racer? Listen…

RonCappsNHRA Topeka Funny Car Winner Ron Capps is on one of the biggest rolls in drag racing history. He won his fourth straight Funny Car event in Topeka Sunday. Why’s track to fast? Ron has a great explanation. What about getting these wins at the start of the season instead of the end when it really counts? And is anyone on the team superstitious? Doing anything different? Any dancing dolls? Listen…