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Gracie TrotterARCA K&N West Las Vegas Winner Gracie Trotter this weekend became the first woman to win an ARCA race. The win came at the Bull Ring track in Las Vegas where she’s getting valuable experience as a Toyota Development driver. Trotter has been in eight races with an average finishing position better than fifth. Trotter has enormous developmental potential and, at 19, could be around stock car racing for many years. Listen…

Sam MayerNASCAR Truck Series Bristol Winner Sam Mayer pulled off a unique doubleheader last weekend. He won both the truck race and an ARCA race also at Bristol. Obviously he calls Bristol Motor Speedway his favorite track and would hate to see any changes made that would make the track easier to race. Mayer is 17 and racing against drivers who might be older than his parents. Listen…

Townsend BellNBC Analyst/Driver Townsend Bell spent the weekend racing in the IMSA doubleheader at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He returned to The Freak Nation shortly after Sunday afternoon’s race.  He spent time as an analyst talking about racing in IndyCar and IMSA.  Curiously enough, some of that analysis dovetailed with his own driving experiences.  Listen…

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

If you’re a regular here you know I love Formula Drift and the business-like way the founders run the series.

2020 FD WAshington

The Covid issues this year forced Ryan Sage and Jim Liaw to make some changes in the event format. This weekend was the second doubleheader weekend of the year. State officials in Washington added another wrinkle, they did it without fans for the first time in the series 17-year history.

I read an analysis by veteran drifting journalist Joey Redmond that suggested doubleheader weekends might be the wave of the future. Qualifying falls from the schedule but, apparently, it’s not missed.

The 2020 pandemic will force most of us to consider a different way to do things in the new normal. Formula D shouldn’t be any different.

Last week The Freaks talked about the money saved when event weekends count for more than one chunk of race points. And saving money might become the bedrock foundation of whatever new will be. Ryan and Jim have led motorsports through dark valleys before. Maybe they can do it again.

Peace.

Conor DalyIndyCar Driver Conor Daly returned to The Freak Nation Sunday night after announcing that he’ll enter a NASCAR truck series race to compete against Action Sports legend Travis Pastrana. The pair became friends recently and the rivalry grew last summer as the duo competed in iRacing events on the Internet. Daly called the sim racing a “Land of Dreams” but he’s not dreaming about his race against Pastrana. He desperately wants to win! Listen…

Jerett BrooksLucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Chandler Pro2 Winner Jerret Brooks returned to The Freak Nation to talk about the multi race weekends in the LOORRS series this season. Delays in the season caused by the pandemic has led to as many as three races in a weekend. Brooks is on a roll winning at least one race in each of the last three weekends. Listen…

Nic WallendaHigh Wire Artist Nic Wallenda represents one of the greatest family names in entertainment.  The Wallenda Family has been walking across wires for nearly two centuries and Nic talked about the adventure in a book Facing Fears. He talked passionately about the book that came about after a family accident that nearly killed his sister. Wallenda said he wanted to quit but didn’t after his wife reminded him that his personal mantra is “Never Give up.”  Listen…

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

Sports IllusionWay back in the middle ‘80s, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, I read a wonderful book “Sports Illusion, Sports Reality” by Leonard Koppett.

He rightly argued that fan interest waned and even disappeared unless promoters created the illusion that it mattered who won and lost the contest. I always likened it to pro basketball. The Globetrotters and Lakers have the same skill sets but it matters who wins and loses Lakers games. Globetrotters? Not so much.

I consider myself a sports car racing fan but I had the same feelings about this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Normally it’s a rite of summer for me watching Le Mans even throughout the night on television.

But this year the production waned and the announcers couldn’t make the outcome matter to me. Toyota winning its third straight race wasn’t as impressive as the Audi run of things in the early 2000s. Competition was much stiffer then but Audi started a run winning 13 of 15 races.

Maybe it was a different sensibility this year. Some people like parades. Maybe next year get Macy’s to string up balloons.

Peace.

Colton HertaIndyCar Mid-Ohio2 Winner Colton Herta found time for The Freak Nation while driving back to Indianapolis after his win Sunday in Central Ohio. Herta dominated the win and it seems the only times he gets on the IndyCar podium is when he wins. Sunday was his third in IndyCar and it came after the fourth Pole of his young career. Herta was the youngest race winner in IndyCar history when he won at Circuit of The Americas at 18 years, 359 days old. He has a brilliant career ahead but Formula One? Listen…

Brendan GaughanNASCAR Driver Brendan Gaughan is an original Friend of the Freaks. His return to The Freak Nation Sunday night was to talk about his relationship with former Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson. Gaughan played football and basketball for the Hoyas and it was a real fight with Thompson to get him to “let” Brendan start his racing career in the Nevada desert. These are stories you won’t hear anywhere else. Listen…