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Austin DillonNASCAR Texas Cup Winner Austin Dillon came into The Freak Nation Sunday night after ending his 88 race losing streak Sunday afternoon. Dillon had to survive not only the race and its competitors but he also fought 140 degree temperatures inside the racecar. Austin needed first aid when the race was over but he was anxious to get back home to his newborn son to enjoy the spoils of victory. Listen…

Pipo DeraniIMSA Sebring Winners Pipo Derani & Felipe Nasr called into The Freak Nation Sunday night while they were on their way to a celebratory dinner. Their Saturday win was a special IMSA make good race. Instead of the Sebring 12 Hour this was less than three hours or Sebring Lite. Still, it amounted to Derani’s fourth win at the legendary track and, for Nasr, it amounted to a win after Nasr survived the Covid-19 disease. Listen…

Susan WadeNHRA Insider/Journalist Susan Wade is a veteran in the NHRA paddock.  Her experience allowed her to create an excellent article in the Dragzine online magazine.  It looked at problems facing the NHRA and some of its team in this time of pandemic.  What’s especially important are the teams who have contracts that might be dependent on fans who aren’t allowed to attend NHRA events.  These are tough times in the drag racing industry. Listen…

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

I’ve known for a while that I can be a complete dinosaur about many things motor racing. And that includes one of my loves: performance rallying.

The American Rally Association re-launched its season this weekend after a five-month hiatus waiting out the pandemic.

The Southern Ohio Forest Rally was a one-day deal with no media, no spectators, and, apparently, official no results for anyone interested.

I was able to bump around on the ‘Net to learn Barry McKenna and co-driver Leon Jordan took first overall in their Skoda Fabia.  Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino were second in the Hoonigan Escort Cosworth. Brandon Semenuk in a Subaru was third.  A guy named Al Dantes told Facebook he won 2WD.

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And maybe the headline of the day: five-time U.S. champion Travis Pastrana and co-driver Chrissie Beavis scrambled out of their Subaru before it literally burned to the ground. The picture was ominous. Pastrana said he saved a hat.

No one cares about dinosaurs in a pandemic I guess.


Cole CusterNASCAR Kentucky Cup Winner Cole Custer came into The Freak Nation Sunday night still amazed at his surprise win after a last corner pass at Kentucky Speedway. Custer’s win in his rookie season is a rarity at Kentucky. And a lot of people who were gambling on his victory lost faith halfway through the race and lost out because of Cole’s heroics in the last 400 yards of the race. Listen…

Felix RosenquistIndyCar Road America 2 Winner Felix Rosenquist of Sweden has been pushing hard for the win in his first season in IndyCar. That first win came Sunday afternoon following a late race pass against Pato O’Ward. Rosenquist has been challenging the fastest in the series but he had trouble in race one Saturday. His success in race two on Sunday was complete. Listen…

Matt HaganNHRA Funny Car Winner Matt Hagan is a regular in The Freak Nation. His visit Sunday night was welcome as the NHRA returned to racing after the four month break because of the pandemic. Hagan is a busy man with several personal and family business interests. He said he got a lot done in his time off. But he also said his win Sunday felt different because 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force and his team wasn’t in Indianapolis for drag racing’s season reboot. Listen…

George ClintonKenny Sargent visited with music legend George Clinton back in 2006 when The Freaks were on Speedchannel weekly.  Clinton was in the middle of a tour promoting his latest musical release.  But you’d have thought he was promoting the cheeseburger he was eating in this Freakin’ Flashback! Clinton took a few moments away from his Mother Ship to talk about everything from 4-21 to not getting paid.  Listen…

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

Motor racing is forcing itself back into the sports headlines even with the coronavirus pandemic still raging.

Despite all the world’s problems it is great to see competition again. And even better to see Friend of the Freaks Scott Dixon dominating in IndyCar.

Antron BrownDuring the break I’ve taken the chance to listen to some different podcasts. And that includes a conversation between another Friend of the Freaks Antron Brown and NASCAR specialist Kelly Crandall.

In something called The Racing Writers Podcast three-time champion Antron Brown spilled a lot of himself. And that includes AB Motorsports, his own team sometime in the future.

Team ownership is hard but success means so much. There are tax advantages. Obviously sponsor relationships. Brand equity is built for the successful team. And there’s more.

Antron currently races for Don Schumacher Racing. So he’s learning from the best. Hope he’s studying hard and will become a homerun hitter when he’s ready to step to the plate.


Mario AndrettiDriver of the Century Mario Andretti is a very special Friend of the Freaks. We talked with him on video for an hour on our actual 20th anniversary, June 25th. Mario has always been available to The Freaks and his visits have always been candid, eye opening and fun. This was no different. His stories are as legendary as he is. Listen…