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Rick MearsThe Freaks took us back 15 years to 2004 and a ear-opening interview with Rick Mears.  Mears won in off-road before he went to open-wheel racing.  Did off-road help as it appears to have helped Jimmie Johnson in NASCAR?  And what about Mears testing in Formula One? Could he have won there? Rick Mears is a wonderful few minutes on racing.  Listen…

This is the Statt Mann Baby. Time to Scatt a little bit.

It’s not often that NASCAR racing compares with stick and ball sports. But here’s a stretch.

The NCAA men’s basketball final is Monday night between Texas Tech and Virginia, two teams with a blend of experienced upper classmen and talented inexperienced freshmen.

In fact only two teams made up of inexperienced one-and-done freshman have ever won the title: Kentucky in 2012 anJoey Loganod Duke in 2015.

Apparently Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson were right: “Old age and treachery always overcomes youth and skill.”

In NASCAR Cup racing it’s personified in Joey Logano. He didn’t win Sunday at Bristol but each of the last six years his average finishing position has improved. That includes the championship he won last year.

Logano has gone a long way from the Rookie of the Year days in 2009 when everyone hated him because of his driving. Now they just hate him because he’s a champion.

Peace.

This is the Statt Mann Baby. Time to Scatt a little bit.

In the mid-16th Century the French decided to change from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar.

That moved the start of the year from April 1st to January 1st. Those who continued to celebrate the start of the year on April 1st became known as April Fools, thus, April Fools Day.

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Some foolishness came into the Formula One world this week when McLaren CEO Zak Brown threatened to pull the historic team from the historic series. The American wants new rules that would make McLaren more competitive financially and on the track.

However, McLaren’s core businesses, engineering and technology, are built on its presence and success in F1. Billions in global contracts could be at stake.

Guess who would be “The Fool” if Zak Brown is in charge should McLaren run aground and spill its guts all over the F1 shores.

Hard to imagine.

Peace.

Denny HamlinNASCAR Texas Winner Denny Hanlin Came into The Freak Nation Sunday night after his second win of the young season. After winning the Daytona 500, Hamlin won in Texas overcoming two penalties in the process. He also described problems with the car and strategy during the race. Listen…

Mike HeltonNASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton once ran NASCAR’s Cup Series. Now he’s moved into the senior executive offices to plan NASCAR’s future. That future will start next season when NASCAR has decided to break with traditions and try new things in it’s top level Cup series.  Helton explained some of those changes along with some other plans that might be on the horizon beyond 2020.  Listen…

Rafa MatosTrans Am TA2 Road Atlanta Winner Raphael Matos returned to The Freak Nation after a ten year hiatus. Matos once came to see The Freaks along with Shaquille O’Neal. But Sunday night he came as a Trans Am TA2 winner at Road Atlanta. The win follows the season opening victory at Sebring. Matos is in Trans Am after a career in IndyCar and sports cars. Listen…

Oliver AskewIndy Lites COTA Winner Oliver Askew won two races in Texas now he has some time off and he talked about the break when he came into The Freak Nation Sunday night.  Askew is 22-years-old but in IndyCar racing, that CAN be pretty old. Askew talked about his early days in karting, how he got into open-wheel racing and how he’ll be preparing ofr his future during his upcoming break.  Listen…

Solton HertaIndyCar COTA Winner Colton Herta came into The Freak Nation Sunday night as the youngest winner in IndyCar history. Colton was only 18 when he won at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. He’s the son of former IndyCar winner Bryan Herta but, soon, Bryan’s identity might end up more as Colton’s Dad. Colton is fast and could wind up a regular winner in the series. If he can recover from Sunday’s win at COTA. Listen…

Justin HIllSupercross Rider Justin Hill says he’s been considered a Freak before so when he came into The Freak Nation Sunday night he felt right at home. The Freaks, in fact, welcomed his comfortable conversation and the way he moved easily between Supercross riding, guitar playing and lyric writing. Hill is the 2017 250cc West champion but that might be just a single line in his bio. He’s fighting injuries but nothing may keep him from recording music in the studio. Listen…

Angelle SampeyThree-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion Angelle Sampey returned to The Freak Nation Sunday night after a lengthy absence. From 2000-2002 Angelle was Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing. Few could keep her and her Suzuki from the championship. But secretly she was impressed by the Harley Davidsons chasing her. Now she has a chance to compete on the Harley with the Vance & Hines team, maybe the most powerful in the sport. Sampey is a Friend of the Freaks and talks with us like she talks with few others. Listen…