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Tyler Reddick2018 NASCAR Xfinity Champion Tyler Reddick was in The Freak Nation Sunday night after winning his unexpected title. The favorites were Christopher Bell and Cole Custer but Reddick knew he had to be aggressive at Homestead and that aggression earned him the championship instead. Reddick talked about his mental state getting the title and he also talked about his conversations with his spotter and team. Listen…

(L-R) Mike Mizanin and Maryse Mizanin at the Teen Choice Awards 2018 held at The Forum in Inglewood, CA on Sunday, August 12, 2018. (Photo By Sthanlee B. Mirador/Sipa USA) (Newscom TagID: sipaphotoseight425989.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]
WWE Star Mike “The Miz” Mizanin was in The Freak Nation this week talking about his brilliant and diverse entertainment career. In addition to the WWE where he is a Smackdown star, he also has a new film The Marine 6: Close Quarters. It’s out in digital and Blue Ray. Mizanin first gained fame in reality television on MTV’s The Real World: Back to New York in 2001. He talked about his preparation for his wide ranging career. Listen…

Matt HardyFilmSkeet Ulrich and television actor Skeet Ulrich joined with WWE star Matt Hardy this week as the two prepare for the WWE’s Royal Rumble in Phoenix in January.  Both love wrestling and motorsports.  And each can bring a different perspective to their favorite things.  Ulrich’s latest TV show is Riverdale on the CW.  Hardy’s WWE career is highlighted by his 13-Woirld WWE tag-team championships.  They’re a fun team themselves.  Listen…

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

It’s easy to miss Toyota’s domination in NHRA drag racing. You don’t see Camrys or Corollas in any of the classes after all.

JRToddBut Toyota sponsored drivers and teams won ten races this year. J.R. Todd won three of the last five races in the NHRA Countdown on his way to his first Funny Car title. Todd won six races in all, most of any driver in the 2018 season.

It’s taken several conversations through the years to learn what Toyota Racing Development engineers do in drag racing. Considering the speeds, the aerodynamic design work in Funny Car and Top Fuel might be the most important contribution.

2018 Todd Toyota NHRAThen there’s the engineering involved in reading the race track conditions. That helps team crew chiefs get ten thousand horsepower down the drag strip.

I was laughed at a few years ago when I suggested to a team affiliate that Toyota could make some hay putting its NASCAR engine into Pro Stock. Too expensive was the reply and that was after they already had the engine!

Engineering in drag racing might be overlooked in the sport. We get caught up in numbers but Toyota’s found a way to shrink the numbers to their favor.


Kyle BuschNASCAR Phoenix Winner Kyle Busch came into The Freak Nation this week to talk about the changes in ISM Raceway or what used to be Phoenix International Raceway. The track has been completely redesigned including moving the start finish line to the other side of the track. Busch talked about the changes and the impact on racing. He also talked about getting ready for the championship run next weekend at Homestead in Florida. Listen…

Matt SmithNHRA 2018 Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion Matt Smith returned to The Freak Nation Sunday night hours after winning his third title in the NHRA. But after Matt talked about his win we all got lost in his favorite Thanksgiving meal which includes his Grandma’s Mac&Cheese. Smith and his wife Angie both race in the NHRA on motorcycles and their hunt for a sponsor is overwhelming. So is their Thanksgiving break. Listen…

Jesse IwujiNASCAR Driver & Navy Reservist Jesse Iwuji came into The Freak Nation this week to talk about a host of things including his many businesses, his racing commitments that have grown to the NASCAR truck series. And he found tie to share some of his experiences in the Navy and Naval Reserve. Jesse Iwuji lives life in the fast lane. He’s a race car driver after all. Fast is how you spell his DNA. Listen…

Jake OwenCountry Music Star Jake Owen enjoyed his visit to The Freak Nation.  In fact he dropped his headset on the way out of the studio after declaring himself “a Freak!”  In between he found time to talk about his new television show Real Country which debuts Tuesday on the USA Network.  He’ll be on the show with Shania Twain as they look for new voices and great voices singing country music.  Listen…

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

Max VerstappenI’m more than sick of the apologists who say Max Verstappen is hamstrung because he’s so fast and everyone around him doesn’t know what they’re doing. Verstappen is the Grand Wizard of that club.

Esteban OconSunday in the Brazilian Grand Prix Verstappen took the best car in the race and crashed it into Esteban Ocon while leading. He then called Ocon all sorts of names because Ocon didn’t get out of Max’s way.

I guess once Verstappen gets into the lead everyone else should pull over and park.

Five-time World champion Lewis Hamilton, Sunday’s eventual race winner, told Max after the race that Max had more to lose than Ocon in the incident.

It’s implied that all Verstappen had to do was lift, let Ocon go by and pass him further down the road. Instead he banged into the slower car then cursed and complained because Ocon was on the track with him.

Max won the last race and appeared to be beyond his early career aggression. But maybe not.

Racing’s more than being fast. Maybe Max will learn that one day.


Steve Torrence2018 NHRA Top Fuel Champion Steve Torrence came into The Freak Nation while taking a break before the season finale at Pomona next weekend. Torrence is undefeated in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship. That’s why he has the title early. But he’s not celebrating that hard yet. He wants to go all the way winning all the Countdown races, a record that won’t be broken anytime soon. Listen.