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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…

SimonPagenaudIndyCar Phoenix Winner Simon Pagenaud, the 2016 IndyCar champion, came into The Freak Nation Sunday with his pet dog that had to be set aside to continue the conversation. Pagenaud had much to say about his win Saturday night at Phoenix International Raceway, especially about the crash that marred the beginning of the race. How do drivers avoid such crashes in the first place? Is is skill or fate or luck? And is any of this different for the drivers with big resources against the drivers with less resourced teams. Listen…

RonCappsNHRA Charlotte 4-Wide Funny Car Winner Ron Capps, the 2016 NHRA Funny Car champion, might be the biggest Friend of the Freaks. And Sunday night he was all in on the once-a-year NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, North Carolina. Some drivers and fans, including Statt Mann, don’t like the diffeent format. Capps doesn’t have many nice thing to say about those naysayers. He likes the idea. Listen…

JosefNewgardenIndyCar Birmingham Winner Josef Newgarden got his fourth career win and first for his new team at Penske Motorsports. Newgarden was eager to be in The Freak Nation and said all the right things in celebrating his important win. He also had some comment on the largest headline in IndyCar this season, the appearance of two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso at the upcoming Indy 500. Newgarden’s win was his first at Penske but it won’t be his last. Listen…

Leah PritchettNHRA Houston Top Fuel Winner Leah Pritchett is always welcome in The Freak Nation. Her candid fun always adds something to the conversation. Sunday night she even brought something for The Freak Nation pizza lovers. Sponsor Papa John’s has a discount when Leah wins and Monday’s orders are no different. Try “Leah 30″ for this pizza discount in honor of Leah Pritchett’s success in Houston. Listen…

Jarett BrooksLucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series Phoenix Pro 2 Winner Jarett Brooks got his first in in the Pro 2 category Saturday. It was a special race. Brooks had to drive through some of the greatest names in his sport including Bryce Menzies, Jeremy McGrath and Brian Deegan to get the victory. You’d think he’d be a little more excited. It’s tough to get a first time winner to accept he’s a different driver now. Listen…

Wayne TaylorIMSA Long Beach Winning Team Owner Wayne Taylor has navigated three wins in three IMSA races this season. Wayne Taylor Racing won both Florida endurance races and Saturday’s sprint race in Long Beach. Now he’s managing the performance of his team and his new Cadillac prototype. Can it be slowed in the hands of his sons Ricky and Jordan Taylor who drive the car. Wayne throws some headlines into this conversation. Listen…

Chad KnausNASCAR Cup Texas Winning Crew Chief Chad Knaus came into The Freak Nation Sunday night after leading Jimmie Johnson and the 48 team to victory at Texas Motor Speedway. Knaus and Johnson have won seven Cup championships together so they know success and each other better than all but anyone. Knaus talked about getting Jimmie to Victory Circle and other things NASCAR including distance runs, training and listening to each other. Listen…

James HinchcliffeIndyCar Long Beach Winner James Hinchcliffe is a favorite of The Freak Nation. His win Sunday was his first in nearly two years. Hinchcliffe, the Mayor of Hinchtown, was candid on a number of issues including the early success of IndyCar’s smaller teams. They’re leading the points early in the season instead of the usually big foot results from teams such as Penske and Ganassi Racing. Listen…