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JosefNewgardenIndyCar Iowa Winner Josef Newgarden, the points leader in the season championship, was in The Freak Nation Sunday night to talk about his rain delayed victory in Iowa. The delay found the race not ending until early Sunday morning but Newgarden was happy anyway as he expanded his points lead for the championship. But Newgarden has lots on his plate including how he gets home from the race and how he’ll gt married later this year. Listen…

Greg AndersonNHRA Denver Pro Stock Winner Greg Anderson broke his year-long winless streak Sunday at the Mile High Nationals. The idea of Anderson going winless is pretty rare considering he’s won four championships (2003-05, 2010) and was the 2004 Speed Channel Driver of the Year, one of only three drag racers to earn the honor. Anderson is one of the best but his 80+ wins are coming tougher lately as the competition catches up with him. Listen…

Daniel MillerL.A. Times Writer & Podcast Host Daniel Miller has investigated a Larger Than Life personality from the Los Angeles streets in the late 1960s. But Big Willie Robinson found a way to calm tensions and bring together diverse community using street racing and political power. It was an odd mix but Miller tells us that Big Willie was an odd man. He introduces him in his podcast, Larger Than Life. Listen…

Adam ConoverAdam Ruins Everything Host Adam Conover visited The Freak Nation Sunday night explaining his popular show on Tru-TV.  Adam Ruins Everything busts myths and “old wives tales” for us. Some are in the mainstream, others are in sports.  He described several that are strongly checked out by the show staff and investigators.  Conover is a fun conversation mixing in his comedic experience with his hosting skills.  Listen…

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INDYCAR_logoThe IndyCar Series goes to Mid-Ohio next weekend with a tough championship still unfolding in 2019.

There are five events left in the season including Mid-Ohio. And there’s less than 100 points separating the top four drivers in the battle. Points leader Josef Newgarden won last night in Iowa but second was the 2018 champion Scott Dixon, a long-time Friend of the Freaks.

Dixon’s fourth in the standings but I’d be afraid to say he’s not in the chase with five events left. In fact, Alexander Rossi, the number two driver in the list, will be hard to ignore along with Simon Pagenaud who’s third in points.

The Wild Card in this game, though, is the double points available in the last race at Laguna Seca.

Newgarden, Pagenaud and Dixon all have titles in their chip stack. So they know how to cash in down the stretch. Rossi still must prove he can get it done and not leave any money on the table.

Remember Rounders? Check! Check! Check! Check! Check! No one’s eating Oreos in this game! Let’s play some cards…

Peace.

Corbin BernsenThe Freaks spend a few minutes with actor Corbin Bernsen on the 30th Anniversary of the iconic film Major League. Bernsen was one of the stars including Wesley Snipes, Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Bob Uecker, Rene Russo and Dennis Haysbert. It was an ensemble of stars and some were early in their brilliant careers. Bernsen, in fact, was coming off a popular TV show L.A. Law. He talked about a possible Major League 4. Listen…

Chandler SmithARCA Elko Speedway Winner Chandler Smith returned to The Freak Nation Sunday night after his third win of the ARCA season on General Tires. Smith has had enormous success with Venturini Motorsports in ARCA and with Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR truck series. But he’s still auditioning weekly to get a ride in the Xfinity or Cup series. But in between those paths, Smith vividly remembers some parts of racing in the American Midwest. Listen…

P-NutP-Nut is the longtime bassist in the iconic band 311.  The group has been recording and traveling for some 30 years and their fans are all over the world.  He considers himself a musical alchemist who’s worked in several genres of music and had success in all of them, even changing the way the bass is played in several.   Listen…

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

Between workouts, walks and bike rides I’ve become a pretty good consumer of podcasts.

The Los Angeles Times, in fact, did a great series called Dirty John. I understand it’s even becoming a television show. Now the LA Times Studios have a series made for The Freak Nation. It’s called Larger Than Life and that’s the only way to describe Big Willie Robinson, the founder and president of the Los Angeles County Street Racers.

Larger Than Life

Long before TV’s Street Outlaws in the 405, there were street racers ON the 405 in Southern California.

I discovered Big Willie one night in 1968, standing in a pickup bed screaming to the assembled throng in a shopping center at Crenshaw and Slauson at 3 AM. If a large muscled black man in a black derby hat screaming at that time in the morning with the LAPD watching and doing nothing didn’t get your attention you needed to move along and wake up later.

The Larger Than Life podcast describes how Big Willie saved LA streets from illegal racing and rioting at a time when everyone wanted nothing more.

It’s a Larger than Life story about a Larger Than Life man at a time when LA streets were making Larger Than Life headlines. Listen and learn.

Peace.

Kyle BuschSunday night we looked back on a conversation with 2015 NASCAR Cup Champion Kyle Busch. This talke, however, was 11 years before that in 2004 after Kyle, 19 at the time, won a Busch Series race in Kentucky. The Cup series was sponsored by Nextel at the time and Kyle was longing to be a part of THAT! Here’s Kyle. Listen…