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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…

Christopher Bell2017 Chili Bowl Winner Christopher Bell came into The Freak Nation Sunday Night to celebrate his iconic win. The win was all the more special to Bell because he grew up in Norman, Oklahoma not far from the major race in Tulsa. Bell said he went to the week-long race when he was young and always dreamed of success in the Chili Bowl. Bell, who finished third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2016 is ready for his career to step up in class in 2017. Listen…

Eric Curran2016 IMSA Weathertech DP Champion Eric Curran has raced everything from little Chevy Cobalts to 200 MPH Daytona Prototypes in the IMSA Weathertech sports car series.  Now, though, Curran is the 2016 champion in one of the fastest cars in all of global sports car racing. He shares the title with teammate Dane Cameron at Action Express Racing.  The 2017 season will bring massive changes at the front of sports car racing with a new prototype that will be faster than anything Curran has driven. And he loves it. Listen…

Darren Law25 Hours of Thunderhill Winner Darren Law won the race with his Flying Lizard Motorsports team for the second straight year. Law and Flying Lizard is a highly professional program racing in a sportsman event that’s growing annually in stature. Law explained how important the event is becoming and why the team takes the time to run the race in the first place. Listen…

Jimmie Johnson2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson wasn’t expected to win his historic seventh Sprint Cup title at the end of the season ending race in Homestead Sunday night. But strange decisions by other drivers, late race wrecks and some good driving by Johnson earned him his championship. It puts him in a rare place. Only two other drivers in NASCAR history have seven championships, Richard Pretty and Dale Earnhardt, Sr. We talked with Johnson about an hour after his Podium celebration. Listen…

Johnny Sauter2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Johnny Sauter is a veteran of the truck series as well as the Freak Nation.  Sauter is a 15-year veteran of NASCAR racing with experience in all three national series but most coming in the  NCWTS.  His championship Friday night is his first since 2001 when he won an American Speed Association (ASA) title. The championship came after switching to GMS Racing after several years with ThorSport.  Sauter said the move felt right an is an example of people making racing right. Listen.

RonCapps2016 NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car Champion Ron Capps might be the most original of all OGs in The Freak Nation. Next to the Freaks, Capps might be our largest regular. So when he finally won his first title, we wanted to join with him in the celebration. Instead we talked with Capps and heard how he’s partying and sharing the championship with some of the biggest names in music and racing. Listen…