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Christian EckesNASCAR iRacing St. Louis Winner Christian Eckes returned to The Freak Nation Sunday night. He won at the Worldwide Technology Raceway outside St. Louis Friday night. Eckes is becoming a regular at the front of the line in virtual racing leagues through the week. He explained how the experience helps. Listen…

SimonPagenaudIndyCar iRacing Motegi Winner Simon Pagenaud, last year’s Indy 500 winner, was back in The Freak Nation Sunday night after his second straight win in the IndyCar sim racing circuit. Pagenaud is a longtime Friend of the Freaks. We’ve been with him through sports cars, IndyCars and the acquisition of Norman and his wife Hailey. Acquisition might be a bad choice of words on both counts, though. Norman and Hailey might have acquired Simon! Listen…

William ByronNASCAR iRacing Richmond Winner William Byron was in The Freak Nation Sunday night. The win at Richmond was his second win in a row in the invitational racing. That means he’s The Dude in the virtual stock car world. He loves sim racing and works at it when he’s not involved in his iconic #24 Hendrick Motorsports actual racecar. Does any of this sim racing jump the screen to the real world? Listen…

Scott McLaughlinIndyCar iRacing Barber Winner Scott McLaughlin visited The Freak Nation from Australia his home country. McLaughlin was scheduled to driver with Roger Penske in 2020 before the global agenda changed radically. McLaughlin Saturday got a squeaky win over Will Power in a virtual race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham. McLaughlin is a great conversation. Listen…

Timmy HIllNASCAR iRacing Texas Winner Timmy Hill stepped into the spotlight with his win Sunday. That made his appearance in The Freak Nation Sunday night even more bright. Hill has considerable racing experience in NASCAR but his win in a virtual race was pretty important for Hill’s career. Listen…

Sage KaramIndyCar iRacing Watkins Glen Winner Sage Karam has been in and out of IndyCar racing for several years but his virtual win at The Glen Saturday may be a door opener to return to the series regularly. Karam dominated in the iRacing world Saturday and in these different times, that may be enough. Listen…

Chandler SmithARCA Phoenix Winner Chandler Smith came into The Freak Nation Sunday night with great explanations of his win in Phoenix, how last minutes decisions made the win possible, and how pressures don’t get into the car with him when he races.  Smith haas great background on ARCA racing and how the series could get him ready to move up to the NASCAR Cup series.  Listen…

Alex BowmanNASCAR Fontana Cup Winner Alex Bowman was back in The Freak Nation Sunday night hours after his dominating win at Auto Club Speedway. Bowman’s win was his second in the Cup Series and it may cost him a tattoo. He had a bet with a friend who plays drums in a rock band and, apparently, the win means he may have do get some ink with his buddy. Will Bowman’s boss Rick Hendrick mind? “Not if you rat me out!” Bowman exclaimed. Listen…

Joey LoganoNASCAR Las Vegas Cup Winner Joey Logano was back in The Freak Nation Sunday Night. We talked with him as he was on his way to the airport to go back to North Carolina. The win was his first with his new crew chief Todd Gordon. Logano won under caution, beating Matt DiBenedetto after a wreck unfolded right as the field took the white flag. Listen…

Shane McElrethSupercross Tampa 250 cc Winner Shane McElreth found some comfort in The Freak Nation Sunday night. He’s building a reputation on the smaller 250 cc bikes in Supercross both in the West where he raced last year and in the East where he’s racing now. McElreth, though, thinks he’s about ready for the bigger 450 cc bikes. Listen…