‘Face Off’ Goes ‘Through the Looking Glass” for Finale

Face Off” has reached the finale of the season…and the series. Jordan, Matt, and Walter will battle it out for the big prize and the title of “Face Off: Battle Royale” winner.

The three guys meet McKenzie Westmore on the “Face Off” reveal stage to learn their final challenge.

In part one of the two part finale, the artists will create their characters and do a lighting and camera test.

For their final challenge the artists will step “Through the Looking Glass” like “Alice in Wonderland”. Each artist must create two wildly whimsical characters that will appear in a short film directed by John Wynn.

Having to create two complete characters, McKenzie notes that the artists will need a little extra help. The eliminated artists return and the finalists each choose two artists for their team.

Matt chose Damien and Graham
Walter chose Yvonne and Derek
Matt chose Mel and Kevon

McKenzie told the artists that since Louis Carroll created Alice, some lost chapters have been found. With that in mind, they have created some “lost” chapters of their own to serve as the basis for the characters.

Matt chose “Questionable Queen” and has to create a porcelain prince and a tin jester
Walter chose “Team Time” and has to create a ginger general and a lollipop ballerina
Jordan chose “Garden Games” and has to create grasshopper and a fox.

The artists have three days before the lighting test to complete their characters.

Jordan is getting less happy the more he works on his grasshopper sculpt. Mel is working on the fox but is not pleased because it isn’t looking like a fox. Mel starts over while Jordan keeps working in hopes of getting it worked out.

Michael Westmore comes to the lab to offer some advice for the artists.

On day two, Jordan still isn’t happy with his grasshopper character and continues working to try and create what he wants.

Walter is getting very worried about getting all of his pieces molded. Walter says that he is way behind. Walter is trying to create a fat suit and uses his own hands for his character. One of the fingers breaks and he cannot use them. One of Walter’s molds locks up and then cracks in half, breaking up. He tries gluing the mold back together and salvage what he can. Walter says that this is the first time he has experienced such a monumental failure.

On day three there is still much to do..

Kevon is demolding the grasshopper piece, Mel’s fox masks came out well and Jordan begins pre-painting the pieces. During application, Kevon discovers that the grasshopper suit is too tight and has to carve out some of the poly-foam to make it fit. Jordan does a little experimenting on the grasshopper eyes.

Walter notes that he has some major repairs to do; there re chunks in his lollipop ballerina pieces. Walter is questioning everything and is getting frantic as time passes. Walter thinks that he has failed and is second guessing all of his choices.

Matt notes that he has a lot of patching to do; but adds that the application is going well.

Going into last looks, the artists still has a lot of work to do.

Matt is having some wardrobe issues.

On the movie set…
Matt notes that he sees all the flaws when he views his characters on the monitor.

Director John Wynn has a lot of suggestions for the artists on the changes he wants to see. Michael Westmore has a few suggestions of his own to help the artists keep from having to completely remake the pieces.

Walter said that so far everything is like a nightmare. He has a lot of re-sculpting to do on his characters. He is very upset over the state of his characters.

Next week, part two of the finale where the characters get put on film and head judge Glenn Hettrick names the winner.

DWTS Juniors Coming

After 26 seasons of Ballroom dancing on “Dancing with the Stars” the Junior dancers are getting their chance to take a turn around the Ballroom when ABC launches “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” this falls. Set for an October 7 debut, the show will pair celebrity children with Junior Ballroom dancers to perform routines before a panel of judges.

Scheduled to judge the competition are reigning DWTS champion and Olympic skater Adam Rippon, Ballroom champion and DWTS professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy, and award winning choreographer Mandy Moore.

The adults will return on September 24 for the season 27 premiere of “Dancing with the Stars”.

Kennedy Center Names 2018 Honors

For over 40 years the Kennedy Center has been honouring members of the arts – music, dance, and acting – for their life long contributions to the arts and society.

On December 2 the Kennedy Center will induct the 41st class of Kennedy Center Honours in a Gala celebration inside the Kennedy Center itself.

This year singer, actress, and gay icon Cher, pianist and award winning composer Philip Glass, iconic Country music entertainer Reva McEntire, and Jazz saxophone player and composerWayne Shorter will be honoured.

This year’s fifth honouree is an ensemble of creators, the men who brought the Tony Award winning musical “Hamilton” to life – Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Andy Blankenbuehler, and Alex Lacamoire – will receive a special honour for their trailblazing work in bringing the musical to the stage.

 

Feature photo credit: By http://www.GlynLowe.com from Hamburg, Germany – John F. Kennedy CenterUploaded by tm, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26694238

Top 10 Guys Perform on SYTYCD

Last week on “So You Think You Can Dance” the top 10 girls performed for one of five female spots in the top 10.

This week, it’s the guys turn to strut their stuff and vie for a spot in the top 10.

As before the guys will be paired with an All Star and given a routine in a style other than their own to show whether or not they can dance in a variety of style

First up was Ballroom dancer Cole Mills who was paired with Jamie for a Contemporary routine choreographed by Travis Wall. Nigel said that Cole had brilliant connections and dance beautifully; adding that he would have thought that Cole was a Contemporary dancer. Vanessa said that Cole had some gorgeous partnering. Noting that she has never seen improvement like Cole’s, Mary said that Cole had her in the first few seconds.

Used to dancing alone, Jay Jay was paired with Chelsea for a Cha Cha to the music of Meghan Trainor. After asking Jay Jay if there was anything he couldn’t do, Vanessa called the routine flawless and captivating; adding that he was a powerhouse. Mary noted that she is drawn to Jay Jay every time he takes the stage. Nigel cautioned Jay Jay to watch his lines.

Hip-Hop dancer Slavik took on a Jazz routine with Allison that was choreographed by Tyce Diorio. Vanessa said that she felt like she saw a new passion in Slavik; adding she saw some sexy dancing. Mary said that the performance was so believable and Slavik had some outstanding partnering. Nigel said that Slavik did a really good job.

Justin Pham performed a Hip-Hop routine with Comfort. Noting that Justin hit everything, Mary felt that the moves weren’t heavy enough. Nigel agreed that the moves were a bit light weight; adding that Justin gave the what they asked for.

Contemporary dancer Peyton Albright performed a Cha Cha with Chelsea. Mary said that the chemistry wasn’t there; adding that she thought he spent too much time working on the technical side. Nigel said that it didn’t sit comfortably with him; adding that Peyton was perfect at the parts he expected. Vanessa said that she felt a little disconnect.

Animator Kyle Bennett Jr danced a Contemporary routine with Lauren that was choreographed by Travis Wall. Vanessa said that the dance was beautiful; adding that she loved watching him dance. Noting that there was dance in Kyle’s soul, Mary noted that what Kyle lacks in training, he gives in his heart. Nigel said that the dance was a pleasure to watch.

Tap dancer Evan DeBenedetto performed a Contemporary routine with Allison. Noting that he felt the emotion, Nigel said that the dance was well done. Vanessa said that it was a strong performance and danced really good. Noting that the choreography was beautiful, Mary said that Evan gave it everything he could.

Animator Justin Payne performed Jazz with Jamie that was choreographed by Tyce Diorio. Vanessa that she was impressed with Dustin all through the Academy. Mary said that Tyce brought out another side of Dustin. Noting that it was not a smiley routine, Nigel missed the smile.

Ballroom dancer Allen Genkin performed Jazz with Lauren. Noting that Allen did a pretty good job, Mary said that some spots came from an organic place while other didn’t. Vanessa noted that Allen hit it hard in some place; adding he did a really good job.

The final dance of the night was Darius Hickman with a Hip-Hop routine with Comfort that was choreographed by Luther Brown that had the judges laughing. Nigel called it a fun routine that felt right for Darius. Calling the routine so good, Vanessa said that she felt like Darius just became her best friend. Mary said that Darius knocked them out with the routine.

During deliberations, Nigel noted that it was going to be very hard to cut the boys down to five.

Saying that they have all been terrific; Nigel said that they have taken into account everything the guys had done during Academy Week.

Justin, Allen, Peyton, Kyle, and Dustin failed to make the cut. Saying that he would be much better next year, Nigel invited Dustin to please return next season.

Tap dancer Evan was the first to make it in the top five; Jay Jay, Cole, Darius, and Slavik will join the girls as the top 10 for season 15.

Next week the performances go live and it is up to the fans to decide who will move on.

Bluegrass HOF and Awards Nominees

When Bill Monroe – the Father of Bluegrass music – died, mandolin virtuoso Ricky Skaggs picked up the reigns and ensured that the music formed out of Blue Ridge Mountains would continue to thrive.

When the International Bluegrass Music Association announced the newest members of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, Skaggs’ name was on the list.

Joining Ricky Skaggs in the 2018 class of inductees are Tom T. and Dixie Hall and Paul Williams.

The induction is a posthumous one for Dixie Hall who died in 2015.

Along with the new Hall of Fame inductees, the IBMA announced the nominees for the Bluegrass Music Awards. Winners will be announced on September 27 at the annual ceremonies to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center.

Becky Buller and Molly Tuttle lead the list with six nominations each. Special Consensus, The Del McCoury Band/The Travelin’ McCourys, Balsam Range, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, The Sam Bush Band, Michael Cleveland, The Gibson Brothers, Sierra Hull, The Infamous Stringdusters, Lonesome River Band, Mile Twelve, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Punch Brothers, Missy Raines, Sister Sadie, and Rhonda Vincent also garnered multiple nominations.

Instrument maker George Gruhn, Bluegrass Festival organizer Christopher Howard-Williams, musician Curtis McPeake, journalist Walter Saunders, and Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers member Chris Thile are all being honoured with a Distinguished Achievement Award.

The nominees for the Bluegrass Music Awards:

Entertainer of the Year:
Balsam Range
Del McCoury Band
Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
The Earls of Leicester
Gibson Brothers

Vocal Group of the Year:
Balsam Range
Flatt Lonesome
Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
Gibson Brothers
I’m with Her

Instrumental Group of the Year:
Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
Sam Bush Band
The Travelin’ McCourys
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
Punch Brothers

Emerging Artist of the Year:
Mile Twelve
Molly Tuttle
Po’ Ramblin’ Boys
Billy Strings
Jeff Scroggins and Colorado
Sister Sadie

Song of the Year:
Calamity Jane” written by Becky Buller and Tim Stafford
“If I’d Have Wrote that Song” written by Larry Cordle, Larry Shell, and James Silvers
“Swept Away” written by Laruie Lewis
“Way Down the River Road” written by John Hartford
“You Didn’t Call My Name” written by Molly Tuttle

Album of the Year:
“Life is a Story” by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
“Mayhayley’s House” by the Lonesome River Band
“Rise” by Molly Tuttle
“The Story We Tell” by Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers

Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year:
“I’m Going Under” by Darin and Brooke Aldridge
“Little Girl” by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
“Speakin’ to that Mountain” by Becky Buller
“Travelin’ Shoes” by Special Consensus
“When God’s in It” by Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers

Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year:
“Lynchburg Chicken Run” by The Grascals
“Medley: Sallin the Garden/Big Country?Molly Put the Kettle On” by Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
“Sirens” by the Infamous Stringdusters
“Squirrel Hunters” by Special Consensus
“Wickwire” by Mile Twelve

Recorded Event of the Year:
“Calamity Jane” by Becky Buller with Rhonda Vincent
“I’ll Just Go Away” by Dale Ann Bradley and Vince Gill
“The Rebel and the Rose” by Becky Buller with Sam Bush
“She Took the Tennessee River” by Special Consensus and Bobby Osborne
“Swept Away” by Missy Raines and Alison Brown

Male Vocalist of the Year:
Shawn Camp
Buddy Melton
Del CmCoury
Russell Moore
Tim O’Brien

Female Vocalist:
Brooke Aldridge
Dale Ann Bradley
Becky Buller
Molly Tuttle
Rhonda Vincent

Banjo Player of the Year:
Kristin Scott Benson
Gina Clowes
Ned Luberecki
Noam Pikelny
Sammy Shelor

Bass Player of the Year:
Barry Bales
Mike Bub
Missy Raines
Mark Schatz
Tim Surrett

Fiddle Player of the Year:
Hunter Berry
Becky Buller
Jason Carter
Michael Cleveland
Stuart Duncan

Dobro Player of the Year:
Jerry Douglas
Andy Hall
Rob Ickes
Phil Leadbetter
Justin Moses

Guitar Player of the Year:
Kenny Smith
Billy Strings
Bryan Sutton
Molly Tuttle
Josh Williams

Mandolin Player of the Year:
Sam Bush
Jesse Brock
Sierra Hull
Ronnie McCoury
Frank Solivan

 

feature photo taken from the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Facebook page.

Hard Crashes and Overtime Mark Cup Race in Pocono

Capping off the triple header weekend is the Monster Energy Cup Series with the Gander Outdoors 400 at Pocono Speedway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

Seven time Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson makes his 600th Cup Series start this weekend.

After three rounds of qualifying with a qualifying time of 50.663 Kevin Harvick won the pole.

The starting lineup for the Gander Outdoors 400:
Kevin Harvick – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Kyle Busch – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Daniel Suarez – new pole sitter
Kyle Larson – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Joey Logano – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
William Byron – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Brad Keselowski
Jamie McMurray
Chase Elliott
Austin Dillon – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Kurt Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Jimmie Johnson – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Ryan Newman
Paul Menard – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Ryan Blaney – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Aric Almirola – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Alex Bowman
Clint Bowyer – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Bubba Wallace – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Matt Kenseth
Kasey Kahne – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Chris Buescher
Michael McDowell
AJ Allmendinger
Ty Dillon
David Ragan
Rickhy Stenhouse Jr
Matt DiBenedetto
Jeffrey Earnhardt
J.J. Yeley
Corey LaJoie
Gray Gaulding
Kyle Weatherman
Landon Cassill
Reed Sorenson
BJ McLeod
Timmy Hill

In post qualifying inspection, NASCAR discovered a number of violations from nearly a third of the field including some of the front runners. These infractions will result in a shake up of the starting lineup for the race and a loss of their chosen pit stalls.

Pole sitter Kevin Harvick’s number four Stewart-Haas car failed the body scan portion of the inspection. The number 18 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Kyle Busch also failed inspection when his M&M’s car failed to pass the chassis station.

As a result, both Harvick and Busch will have to forego their front row positions and will start the race from the back of the field. With the front row starting in the back of the field, Daniel Suarez earns his first pole position.

A total of 13 drivers had their qualifying times disallowed for failing portions of the inspection. Kyle Larson’s number 42 car, Joey Logano’s number 22 car, William Byron’s 24 car, Clint Bowyer’s number 14 car, Ryan Blaney’s number 12 car, Aric Almirola’s number 10 car, Jimmie Johnson’s number 48 car, Paul Menard’s number 21 car, Austin Dillon’s number three car, Bubba Wallace’s number 43 car, and Kasey Kahne’s number 95 car also failed inspection and will have to start the race from the back of the field.

The 13 drivers will be seeded according to their Monster Energy Cup Series standings.

In addition to starting from the rear of the field, Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne will have the additional penalty of losing their car chiefs, being docked 10 car owner points, and losing 10 driver points after failing the inspection process three times.

Joey Logano and Paul Menard’s car failed inspection twice; as a result, they will lose their car chiefs for the race.

Known as “The Tricky Triangle”, Pocono Speedway has the longest front stretch in the NASCAR circuit. While there are only three corners, the track poses some issues for the drivers…and their crew chiefs.

Stages one and two of the race are 50 laps each with stage three lasting 60 laps for a total of 160 laps around the two and a half mile track. The drivers cannot complete a stage without making a pit stop.

Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front for the lead s the drivers get three and four wide in the first laps.

The top five are Daniel Suarez, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott and Erik Jones. After starting 29th, Kevin Harvick has already moved up to 18th place. With Kyle Busch right beside him.

Lap three Daniel Suarez has a third of a second lead on Denny Hamlin.

On lap four, Kevin Harvick is in 13th and Kyle Busch are in 15th place.

Lap five Daniel Suarez has increased his lead to over half a second on Denny Hamlin; Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Lap seven, Kevin Harvick is in 12th place with Kyle Busch right behind him in 13th.

Lap eight, Daniel Suarez’s lead is up to nearly a second on Denny Hamlin. There are 39 cars on the lead lap.

Lap eleven, Kevin Harvick has moved into the top 10 n ninth place with Kyle Busch in 12th.

Lap 13 Daniel Suarez continues to lead the race; Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Lap 16 Daniel Suarez holds on to his lead over Denny Hamlin; Kevin Harvick is in ninth and Kyle Busch is in eleventh.

Lap 18, Daniel Suarez has a half second lead on Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson has moved up to 16th place after having to start the race from the back of the field. There are 38 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 19 Denny Hamlin is closing in on Daniel Suarez as Kevin Harvick picks up another position to eighth. Martin Truex Jr is reporting brake issues and a bouncing tire.

Lap 20 Daniel Suarez leads with Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, and Erik Jones. Kyle Busch has cracked the top 10.

Lap 21, Kevin Harvick is the first driver to make his green flag pit stop.

Lap 22, the leaders come down pit road for service. Brad Keselowski takes over the lead of the race.

Lap 34, Brad Keselowski comes down pit road giving the lead over to Jamie McMurray.

Many of the teams are changing only two tires.

Lap 25, Kurt Busch is the new leader as green flag pit stops continue.

Jamie McMurray was caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Matt Kenseth was caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Lap 29 Kurt Busch continues to lead the race as one of the drivers who has yet to make a pit stop.

Lap 30, the top five are Kurt Busch, Chris Buescher, Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Austin Dillon.

Lap 31, Jimmie Johnson makes his green flag pit stop.

Lap 32, Kurt Busch continues to lead the race with 25 cars on the lead lap.

With a few drivers still needing to make a pit stop, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch are in the top 10.

Lap 34, Kurt Busch gives up the lead to make his green flag pit stop.

With pit stops complete, Denny Hamlin is the new leader with Daniel Suarez in second, Chase Elliott in third, Brad Keselowski in fourth, and Kevin Harvick in fifth. Kyle Busch is in seventh.

David Ragan was caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Chase Elliott has erased a lead of over a second by leader Denny Hamlin and is closing in on the leader.

Lap 39, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Daniel Suarez, Kevin Harvick, and Brad Keselowski.

Lap 39 Chase Elliott passes Denny Hamlin for the lead.

Lap 40, leader Chase Elliott is battling slower cars and increasing his lead over Denny Hamlin; Daniel Suarez, Kevin Harvick, and Brad Keselowski rounding out the top five. Kyle Busch is in seventh place.

Lap 44, Kevin Harvick passes Daniel Suarez for third.

Lap 45, Kyle Busch passes Brad Keselowski to take sixth place.

Lap 46, Kevin Harvick is now in second place over three seconds behind leader Chase Elliott.

Lap 48, Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr come down pit road before it closes and will be out in front at the beginning of stage two.

Chase Elliott wins stage one for his second stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chase Elliott

Kevn Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Daniel Suarez
Clint Bowyer
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Ryan Blaney

After having barrelled through the field in stage one, Kevin Harvick reports that he is terrible in traffic.

After taking ony two tires, Kurt Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Joey Logano has an extended pit stop while his team makes further repairs to the nose of his car as a result of damage from an incident at race start.

Erik Jones brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 57 with Erik Jones getting out in front of the field with Chase Elliott in second and Kevin Harvick in third.

Lap 58 the top five are Erik Jones, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Alex Bowman in the Philadelphia Eagles car.

Lap 60, Erik Jones has a half second lead on Chase Elliott; Kyle Busch has gotten around brother Kurt for sixth place.

Lap 61, Chase Elliott is closing in on leader Erik Jones with Kevin Harvick on his bumper.

Lap 62, Kevin Harvick gets around Chase Elliott for second place.

Martin Truex Jr is still reporitng some brake issues.

Lap 64, Erik Jones has a lead of only a tenth of a second on Kevin Harvick.

Lap 65, Kevin Harvick passes Erik Jones to take over the lead of the race.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Erik Jones, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, and Alex Bowman.

Lap 68, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half on Erik Jones.

Kurt Busch makes a green flag pit stop.

Kevin Harvick has increased his lead over Erik Jones to nearly two and a half seconds with Chase Elliott in third.

After coming off of pit road behind leader Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch finally gets around Harvick to get back on the lead lap.

Lap 72, Erik Jones has closed the gap on Kevin Harvick to under two seconds.

Lap 73, Kevin Harvick has again pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Erik Jones; Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Chris Buescher is off the track.

Green flag pit stops begin on lap 75. Martin Truex Jr reports some front end damage after being hit by something on the track.

Leader Kevin Harvick comes down pit road on lap 78 giving the lead to Daniel Suarez.

Lap 82, after making his green flag pit stop, Kevin Harvick is in seventh place. Daniel Suarez, Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Blaney, Kasey Kahne, and Paul Menard have yet to make their green flag pit stops.

Lap 83, Corey LaJoie brings out the first on track caution flag when he gets into the wall.

The drivers who have not pitted, make their pit stops.

Lap 84, Kurt Busch makes a trip down pit road to check that all of the lug nuts are secure.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 88 and gets a challenge from Chase Elliott as the cars get four wide across the track. Kevin Harvick takes the lead with Kyle Busch in second.

Lap 89 the top five are Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 90, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 91, the top two cars of Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch started the race in 29th and 28th.

Lap 92 the top five are Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott Erik Jones, and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 95, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of two seconds on Kyle Busch.

With five laps remaining in the stage several drivers give up stage points and bring their cars down pit road for service.

Lap 98, Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly three seconds on Chase Elliott; Clint Bowyer, Alex Bowman,and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick wins stage two for his tenth stage win of the season. Harvick has never won a race at Pocono in the Monster Cup Series – he is 0 for 35.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kevin Harvick
Chase Elliott
Clint Bowyer
Alex Bowman
Kyle Larson
Jimmie Johnson
Brad Keselowski
Jamie McMurray
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano

Taking only two tires, Kasey Kahne jumps 13 spots and wins the race off of pit road.

After short pitting – lap 84, William Byron brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 106 and gets into a battle for the lead as the drivers get three and four wide. William Byron comes out ahead for the lead with Erik Jones in second and Kyle Busch in third. Kevin Harvick restarted the race in ninth place and has dropped to eleventh on the restart.

Lap 198, William Byron has a lead of just a tenth of a second on Erik Jones with Kyle Busch in third a half of a second back.

Kyle Busch gets around Erik Jones for second place with William Byorn a half a second ahead.

There are 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 110, William Byron has a two tenths of a second lead on Kyle Busch with Erik Jones in third.

Lap 111, Kyle Busch challenges William Byron for the lead with Erik Jones on their bumper. Kyle Busch is the new leader as brother Kurt cuts a tire. The track stays green as he gets down to pit road.

Lap 112, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on William Byron; Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones, and Chase Elliott round out the top five. Kevin Harvick is mired back in ninth place.

Lap 115 Kyle Busch leads Daniel Suarez by over two seconds as William Byron is falling through the field on old tires.

Lap 118, Kyle Busch leads the race with Daniel Suarez over two seconds behind; Erik Jones, Chase Elliott, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five with Kevin Harvick up to sixth place.

Lap 120, Brad Keselowski blows a tire backing into the wall bringing out the caution flag just as he was battling Jimmie Johnson for position.

Kevin Harvick is now in fifth place.

On the outside edge of the fuel load, teams must ensure that they get the fuel cells packed full in order to make it to the end of the race.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road. Kasey Kahne advanced 19 spots after taking only two tires.

Clint Bowyer was caught speeding on pit road.

After having a slow pit stop, Kevin Harvick makes contact with team mate Aric Almirola and has to make a second trip down pit road for repairs. Aric Almirola also has to make a trip down pit road for repairs.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 123 and the caution comes back out quickly when Landon Cassill has a smoking car and dropping liquid on the track from a blown engine.

Brad Keselowski takes his car to the garage.

When the green flag came out, Kevin Harvick had yet to catch up to the field.

The extra caution laps is aiding in the fuel issue and whether or not the drivers can make it to the end of the race.

Kevin Harvick makes an additional trip down pit road for repairs…and a fuel top off.

There is an extended caution flag as crews work on getting the track cleaned up.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 132 and battles with Daniel Suarez for the lead. Kyle Busch gets out in front for the lead with Daniel Suarez in second and Chase Elliott in third.

Back in the field the drivers are getting three wide with only 27 laps remaining in the race.

Lap 133 Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Daniel Suarez with Chase Elliott over a second behind.

Lap 134, Kyle Busch as the lead; Daniel Suarez, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five.

Lap 135, Kevin Harvick has gained nine spots since the restart after dropping to 29th after making repairs to his car.

Lap 136, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over half a second on Daniel Suarez with Chase Elliott in third.

Lap 137, Kevin Harvick is eleven seconds behind in 15th.

Joey Logano brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop

Twenty to go, Kyle Busch is out in front of the pack with Kevin Harvick in 12th place.

Lap 142, Kyle Busch continues to lead the race with team mate Daniel Suarez in second.

Four of the top five drivers are from Joe Gibbs Racing; only third place driver Chase Elliott is not a part of JGR.

Fifteen to go and Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly two seconds on Daniel Suarez.

With 14 laps remaining in the race Kyle Busch has a two second lead on Daniel Suarez with 29 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 147, Kevin Harvick has made it back to the top 10.

Lap 149, Daniel Suarez has closed the gap to leader Kyle Busch to under two seconds.

Bubba Wallace hits the wall very hard bringing out the caution flag on lap 153. There is a great deal of damage to the car but Bubba put his window net down and exits the car. He spends a few minutes sitting on the track against his car before making his way to the ambulance for the trip to the infield care center. Pit reporters stated that Bubba called it the hardest hit he had ever had. His girlfriend tweeted that she was never so happy to see Bubba get out of a car.

NBC Sports broadcasters note that prior to slamming into the wall, parts of the brakes were scattered about the track.

NASCAR has put out the red flag to get the track cleaned up and check the safer wall for damage.

After a 10 minute red flag, NASCAR puts out the caution flag and the engines gets refired with only five laps remaining in the race.

With only three laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart and jumps out for the lead.

With only two laps to go the caution flag comes out when Aric Almirola’s spins out.

In overtime racing, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart and the drivers get three wide with Kyle Busch coming out in front with Daniel Suarez in second and Erik Jones in third.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag.

After winning the truck race on Saturday, Kyle Busch wins the Gander Outdoors 400 for the Pocono weekend sweep. This is Busch’s sixth win this season and 49 career wins in Monster Cup. This win ties Busch with Tony Stewart on the career wins list.

The unofficial results of the Gander Outdoors 400:
Kyle Busch
Daniel Suarez
Alex Bowman
Kevin Harvick
Erik Jones
William Byron
Chase Elliott
Ryan Newman
Kurt Busch
Denny Hamlin
Clint Bowyer
Ryan Blaney
Austin Dillon
AJ Allmendinger
Martin Truex Jr
Michael McDowell
Jimmie Johnson
Matt Kenseth
David Ragan
Jamie McMurray
Paul Menard
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Kyle Larson
Ty Dillon
Aric Almirola
Matt DiBenedetto
Joey Logano
JJ Yeley
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Kasey Kahne
Kyle Weatherman
Reed Sorenson
Bubba Wallace
Landon Cassill
Ross Chastain
Timmy Hill
Chris Buescher
Brad Keselowski
Corey LaJoie
BJ McLeod

Historic Win in Overtime at Iowa Speedway for Xfinity Series

In race two of a triple header weekend, NASCAR and the Xfinity Series travels to Iowa Speedway for the U.S. Cellular 250.

After three rounds of qualifying Elliott Sadler wins the pole and will bring the field down for the green flag.

The starting lineup for the U.S. Cellualr 250:

Elliott Sadler
Cole Custer
Christopher Bell
Kyle Benjamin
Tyler Reddick
Austin Cindric
Justin Allgaier
Shane Lee
Brandon Jones
Daniel Hemric
John Hunter Nemechek
Chase Briscoe
Jeremy Clements
Ryan Turex
Casey Rodderick
Matt Tifft
Michael Annett
Ross Chastain
Ryan Reed
Ryan Sieg
Aex Labbe
Joey Gase
David Starr
Garrett Smithley
Tommy Joe Martins
Max Tullman
Spencer Boyd
Brandon Hightower
Chad Finchum
Ray Black Jr
Josh Williams
Jeff Grren
Morgan Shepherd
Villie Miller
Mike Harmon
Dexter Bean
Peter Shepherd
Stan Mullis
Josh Bilicki
Stephen Leicht – did not make a qualifying run

Stages one and two of the race are 60 laps each with stage three lasting 130 laps.

Elliott Sadler brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and edges out Cole Custer for the lead.

The drivers have wasted no time in getting spread out three wide across the track.

Elliott Sadler leads lap one with Cole Custer in second and Kyle Benjamin in third.

Lap five, Elliott Sadler has a quarter second lead on Cole Custer with Kyle Benjamin, Christopher Bell, and Shane Lee rounding out the top five.

Lap eight Elliott Sadler holds on to his lead over Cole Custer; Kyle Benjamin, Christopher Bell, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Lap 10 Christopher Bell has gotten around Kyle Benjamin to take over third place with Elliott Sadler in the lead followed by Cole Custer.

Lap 13, there are 36 cars on the lead lap with Elliott Sadler leading the way; followed by Cole Custer and Christopher Bell.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap 19 when Tyler Reddick blows a tires and scatters debris across the track.

Tyler Reddick is also reporting radio issues and has to make additional trips down pit road to make repairs.

Elliott Sadler brings the field down or the green flag restart on lap 25 but this time Cole Custer jumps out in front for the lead.

Cole Custer is in the lead with Elliott Sadler in second and Christopher Bell in third.

Lap 29 Cole Custer has a near half second lead on Elliott Sadler.

Josh Bilicki is off the track.

The top five are Cole Custer, Elliott Sadler, Christopher Bell, Kyle Benjamin, and Austin Cindric.

Lap 40 Cole Custer has a lead of over half a second on Elliott Sadler with Christopher Bell in third.

Lap 42 there are 32 cars on the lead lap with Cole Custer out in front by over half a second on Elliott Sadler.

Lap 47, Cole Custer continues to lead the race with Elliott Sadler in second; Christopher Bell, Kyle Benjamin and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Lap 52, Cole Custer has increased his lead over over a second on Elliott Sadler with Christopher Bell in third. There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Vinnie Miller gets turned around and brings out the second caution flag of the race.

Chad Finchum’s car is smoking heavily and on fire. Finchum gets out of his car quickly.

Stage one ends under caution with Cole Custer winning the stage for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Cole Custer
Elliott Sadler
Christopher Bell
Austin Cindric
Kyle Benjamin
Justin Allgaier
Brandon Jones
John Hunter Nemechek
Daniel Hemric
Shane Lee

Cole Custer wins the race off of pit road.

Daniel Hemric was caught speeding on pit road.

Taking the inside lane, Cole Custer brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two but gets a challenge from Elliott Sadler.

Elliott Sadler leads the race with Cole Custer in second and Christopher Bell in third s drivers battle for spots behind them.

Lap 70, Elliott Sadler had pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Cole Custer.

Lap 72 the top five are Elliott Sadler, Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, and John Hunter Nemechek.

Ryan Sieg has a flat tire but makes to pit road and the track stays green.

Lap 74 Elliott Sadler holds on to the lead with 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 76, Elliott Sadler has a narrow lead on Cole Custer with Christopher Bell in third.

Elliott Sadler, Cole Custer, and Christopher Bell make it three wide battle for the lead with Elliott Sadler holding on to the lead.

Lap 80 Elliott Sadler leads a tight pack with Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, and Justin Allgaier behind.

Cole Custer gets around Elliott Sadler to retake the lead of the race.

Lap 88 the top five are Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, Austin Cindric, Kyle Benjamin, and Elliott Sadler.

Reporting that he has no grip, Elliott Sadler is falling back in the field.

Cole Custer has a lead of nearly half a second on Christopher Bell with 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 97 Cole Custer has increased his lead to over half a second on Christopher Bell with Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, and Kyle Benjamin rounding out the top five.

Lap 104, Cole Custer is in the lead with Christopher Bell in second, Austin Cindric is in third with Justin Allgaier in fourth on Cndric’s bumper; Brandon Jones rounds out the top five.

Justin Allgaier finally gets around Austin Cindric to take over third.

With 12 laps renaming in stage two, Cole Custer is out in front with the lead, Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Christopher Bell challenges Cole Custer for the lead but Custer holds on the lead.

Five to go in stage two, Cole Custer is in the lead with Christopher Bell on his bumper challenging for the lead.

With five laps remaining in stage two, Christopher Bell gets around Cole Custer for the lead.

Lap 118, Christopher Bell has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Cole Custer.

Christopher Bell wins stage two for his fourth stage win of the season.

The top 10 drivers at the end of stage two:

Christopher Bell
Cole Custer
Justin Allgaier
Brandon Jones
Austin Cindric
John Hunter Nemechek
Kyle Benjamin
Elliott Sadler
Ryan Reed
Daniel Hemric

Cole Custer wins the race off of pit road and retakes the lead.

With 130 laps in stage three, the drivers cannot complete the race without making a pit stop.

Cole Custer brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three and edges out Christopher Bell and Justin Allgaier for the lead.

With 21 cars on the lead lap, Cole Custer is in the lead; Justin Allgaier, Christopher Bell, Brandon Jones, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

With Cole Custer in the lead, Justin Allgaier and Christopher Bell battle it out for second place.

Lap 137 Cole Custer leads the race with 20 cars on the lead lap as Justin Allgaier and Christopher Bell continue to battle for second.

Lap 140 Cole Custer has a one second lead on Christopher Bell who just passed Justin Allgaier to take over second place.

Since getting around Justin Allgaier, Christopher Bell has caught up to leader Cole Custer and is challenging to take the lead.

Lap 150, Cole Custer has led 100 laps so far as he fight to stay ahead of Christopher Bell.

The top five are Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, Brandon Jones, and Austin Cindric.

Lap 154, Christopher Bell gets around Cole Custer to take the lead but mired in lapped traffic, Cole Custer is looking to take his lead back.

Lap 158, Christopher Bell pulls out to a lead of nearly half a second on Cole Custer with Justin Allgaier in third.

Lap 162, Christopher Bell holds on to a half second lead over Cole Custer.

Lap 171, Christopher Bell has a half second lead on Cole Custer with Justin Allgaier in third.

Lap 176 Christopher Bell is in the lead, Justin Allgaier and Brandon Jones are battling for third; Cole Custer is in second a half second behind Bell.

Lap 179, Christopher Bell has a lead of over half a second over Cole Custer with 16 cars on the lead lap.

With Christopher Bell in the lead, Justin Allgaier has caught up to Cole Custer and is challenging for second place.

Lap 187, the top five are Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, Brandon Jones, Justin Allgaier, and John Hunter Nemechek.

Austin Cindric had to make an unscheduled pit stop for a loose wheel.

Lap 190, Christopher Bell has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Cole Custer.

Lap 195, Christopher Bell’s lead is now over two and a half seconds on Cole Custer.

Lap 197, Cole Custer comes down pit road for his green flag pit stop as drivers begin the cycle of stops for the last set of tires and a fresh tank of fuel.

Lap 202, leader Christopher Bell brings his car down pit road for service.

Cole Custer hit Peter Shepherd when he re-entered the track from pit road but Custer recovered and the track stayed green.

Lap 209, Shane Lee is in the lead but has yet to make his pit stop.

Once all of the drivers have come down pit road, Christopher Bell will retake the lead.

Lap 214, Christopher Bell has retaken the lead and has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Shane Lee.

Lap 219, Shane Lee finally comes down pit road for his green flag pit stop.

Lap 220, Christopher Bell leads the race with Cole Custer, Justin Allgaier, Brandon Jones, and John Hunter Nemechek rounding out the top five.

Lap 223, Christopher Bell has a lead of over four second on Cole Custer with Justin Allgaier in third.

With 20 laps remaining in the race, there are only 12 cars on the lead lap. Christopher Bell has a four and a half second lead on Cole Custer.

The caution flag comes out with only 14 laps remaining in the race when Chase Briscoe spins and gets hit by leader Christopher Bell.

Despite a broadside hit on Chase Briscoe’s car, there is little damage on Christopher Bell’s car.

Only nine to go when Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart and gets out in front for the lead but Brandon Jones comes up and challenges Christopher Bell for the lead.

The caution flag comes out with only seven laps remaining when Garrett Smithely gets into the wall as drivers were battling for position all through the field.

Cole Custer brings his car down pit road for some scuff tires after hitting the wall on the restart.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart in a three lap over time shootout. Drivers get four wide across the track as they fight for the lead. Justin Allgaier jumped out in front but a big crash from Max Tullman and Matt Tifft bring out the caution flag.

With a lot of debris spread around the track, NASCAR has red flagged the race.

After NASCAR reviewed the timing loops, Justin Allgaier will bring the field to the green flag restart with Christopher Bell in fourth.

After a 17 minute red flag stoppage, NASCAR displays the caution flag and the cars are moving again.

In the second overtime green flag start, Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag, and the cars get three and four wide across the track.

Christopher Bell shoots up to go nose to nose with Justin Alglaier and gets out in front to take the lead. As the cars come to the checkered flag, cars are wrecking on the track.

With his third win in a row, Christopher Bell repeats a feat that has not been done for 20 years when Dale Earnhardt Jr was an Xfinity Series driver.

The unofficial results of the U.S. Cellular 250:
Christopher Bell
Justin Allgaier
Kyle Benjamin
Ross Chastain
John Hunter Nemechek
Elliott Sadler
Ryan Reed
Ryan Truex
Cole Custer
Chase Briscoe
Daniel Hemric
Brandon Jones
Shane Lee
Michael Annett
Casey Roderick
Alex Labbe
Joey Gase
Austin Condric
David Starr
Jeremy Clements
Tommy Joe Martins
Tyler Reddick
Spencer Boyd
Josh Williams
Garrett Smithley
Matt Tifft
Brandon Hightower
Ray Black Jr
Vinnie Miller
Max Tullman
Peter Shepherd
Mike Harmon
Stan Mullis
Ryan Sieg
Jeff Green
Dexter Bean
Chad Finchum
Morgan Shepherd
Stephen Leicht
Josh BIlicki

Record Win at Pocono for CWTS Truck Owner

The Camping World Truck Series kicks off a two city triple header weekend in Long Pond, Pennsylvania at Pocono Speedway for the Gander Outdoors 150.

The track known as the Tricky Triangle is a three turn two mile track.

Brett Moffitt blew an engine in practice on Friday and then had issues with the new engine during qualifying. As a result, Moffitt will have to start the race at the back of the field.

A very ill Noah Gragson collapsed on pit road during qualifying and did not make a qualifying run. There is still some question as to whether or not he will be able to make the race.

After two rounds of qualifying with a new track record of 52.83 seconds, Kyle Busch wins his fourth pole in the truck series. Busch will bring the field to the green flag with team mate Todd Gilliland alongside.

The starting lineup for the Gander Outdoors 150:
Kyle Busch
Todd Gilliland
Justin Haley
Dalton Sargeant
Grant Enfinger
Joe Nemechek
Johnny Sauter
Myatt Snider
Austin Hill – moved to the back of the field
Cody Coughlin
Tanner Thorson
Stewart Friesen – moved to the back of the field for tire change
Austin Wayne Self
Ben Rodes – moved to the back of the field in a backup truck
Bo LeMastus
Jordan Anderson
Justin Fontaine
Reed Sorenson
Wendell Chavous
Matt Crafton
Timmy Hill
Camden Murphy
Josh Reaume
J.J. Yeley
Todd Peck
BJ McLeod
Bayley Currey
Norm Benning
Ray Ciccarelli
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Noah Gragson
Brett Moffitt

After falling ill, NASCAR did not clear Noah Gragson and truck owner Kyle Busch had to locate a substitute driver. Fellow Monster Energy Cup Series driver Erik Jones will take over the truck for the race.

With only 60 laps around the two and a half mile track, the stages will be quick with stages one and two lasting only 15 laps each with stage three lasting 30 laps.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start from the outside lane but it is Todd Gilliland who gets out in front for the lead.

Todd Gilliland leads the race with Kyle Busch, Justin Haley, Dalton Sargeant, and Joe Nemechek round out the top five.

Before the lap is complete, Kyle Busch passes Todd Gilliland for the lead

Lap two, Kyle Busch pulls out to a lead of over half a second on Todd Gillialnd.

Lap three, Erik Jones has already moved up to 14th place.

Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on Todd Gililand; Justin Haley, Dalton Sargeant, and Joe Nemechek round out the top five.

Lap five Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly a second on Todd Gilliland; Erik Jones has moved up to eleventh place.

Lap six, Ben Rhodes has moved up to 16th place after starting the race at the back of the field, Erik Jones is in the top 10 with Kyle Busch in the lead by nearly a second and a half.

Lap 10, Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly two seconds on Todd Gilliland. Brett Moffitt and Erik Jones have both moved into the top 10 after starting the race at the back of the field

Brett Moffitt brings his truck down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop with engine issues.

Leader Kyle Busch short pits with three laps remaining in stage one and give the lead over to Todd Gilliland.

After leaving his pit stall, Brett Moffitt backs his truck up on pit road and takes his truck to the garage.

Lap 13, Erik Jones has moved into fourth place.

Todd Gilliland has a half second lead on Justin Haley; Dalton Sargeant, Erik Jones, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Todd Gilliland wins stage one for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Todd Gillialnd
Justin Haley
Dalton Sargeant
Erik Jones
Grant Enfinger
Joe Nemechek
Johnny Sauter
Stewart Friesen
Cody Coughlin
Austin Hill

Taking only two tires, Justin Haley wins the race off of pit road.

Johnny Sauter was caught for speeding on pit road.

After pitting early, Kyle Busch and Myatt Snider are on the front row and bring the field down for the green flag start of stage two. Kyle Busch jumps out in front for the lead on lap 20.

With Kyle Busch Motorsports running one, two, three; boss man Kyle Busch leads the race with Todd Gilliland in second and Erik Jones in third.

Lap 21, Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on Erik Jones with Todd Gillialnd, Dalton Sargeant, and Joe Nemechek rounding out the top five.

Lap 22, Kyle Busch increases his lead over Erik Jones to over half a second with Dalton Sargeant moving into third.

Lap 26 Erik Jones has caught up to Kyle Busch and passes Busch for the lead.

Before pit road closes leaders Erik Jones and Kyle Busch bring their trucks down pit road for service.

Kyle Busch and Todd Gilliland are reporting some very tight conditions.

Stewart Friesen wins stage two after having to start the race from the back of the field.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Stewart Friesen
Grant Enfinger
Myat Snider
Cody Coughlin
Austin Hill
Ben Rhodes
Tanner Thorson
Jordan Anderson
Justin Fontaine
Austin Wayne Self

Several laps down, Brett Moffitt is back on the track after addressing a right front suspension issue.

Taking only fuel Bo LeMastus wins the race off of pit road.

After short pitting, Dalton Sargeant brings the field down for the green flag start of stage thee on lap 35.

Dalton Sargeant has the lead with Kyle Busch in second; Joe Nemechek, Erik Jones, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Kyle Busch passes Dalton Sargeant to take the lead on lap 36.

Lap 37, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of half a second on Dalton Sargeant; Erik Jones, Joe Nemechek, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Lap 38, Kyle Busch holds on to his half second lead on Dalton Sargeant but Erik Jones is closing in on Sargeant.

Lap 29, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to a second on Dalton Sargeant.

Lap 40 Kyle Busch’s lead is now nearly a second and a half on Dalton Sargeant with Erik Jones right on Sargeant’s bumper. Erik Jones passes Dalton Sargeant for second place with leader Kyle Busch over two second out in front.

Erik Jones is slowly closing in on leader Kyle Busch.

Lap 45, Kyle Busch’s lead is down to less than two seconds over Erik Jones with Jones running faster laps.

There are 26 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 47, Erik Jones has pulled to within a second of leader Kyle Busch; Dalton Sargeant, Joe Nemechek, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Lap 48, Kyle Busch’s lead is down to under a second on Erik Jones.

Ten to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of a little over half a second on Erik Jones; Dalton Sargeant, Johnny Sauter, and Joe Nemechek round out the top five.

With nine to go, Erik Jones has caught Kyle Busch and the two are battling for the lead. So far Kyle Busch hold Jones off. Erik Jones stepped into the truck a mere hour prior to race start as a substitute driver for the ailing Noah Gragson. Jones has not been behind the wheel of a CWTS truck in two years.

With seven laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch has a lead of just under half a second over Erik Jones with third place driver Dalton Sargeant over 10 seconds behind.

Lap 54, Kyle Busch’s lead is only three tenths of a second on Erik Jones.

Over 15 seconds back, Johnny Sauter, Justin Haley, and Grant Enfinger get three wide in a battle for fifth place.

Four to go, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to nearly a second on Erik Jones.

Lap 57, Kyle Busch has a one second lead on Erik Jones.

FOX broadcasters reveal that Kyle Busch has won a total of 190 races in the CWTS, Xfinity, and Cup series combined.

Two to go, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a second and a half lead on Erik Jones.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag.

Kyle Busch wins the Gander Outdoors 150 for his 51st Truck Series win. This ties Busch with Ron Hornaday for the most truck series wins…and career win 191.

The unofficial results of the Gander Outdoors 150:
Kyle Busch
Erik Jones
Dalton Sargeant
Stewart Friesen
Justin Haley
Grant Enfinger
Todd Gilliland
Johnny Sauter
Matt Crafton
Joe Nemechek
Ben Rhodes
Myatt Snider
Austin Hill
Cody Coughlin
Tanner Thorson
Jordan Anderson
Justin Fontaine
Austin Wayne Self
Josh Reaume
Bo LeMastus
Wendell Chavous
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Todd Peck
BJ McLeod
Norm Benning
Brett Moffitt
Ray Ciccarelli
Timmy Hill
Camden Murphy
Reed Sorenson
J.J. Yeley
Bayley Currey

Love Was in the Air with The O’Jays

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The O’Jays brought their smooth sounding Philly Sou to the Seneca Events Center in the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino for a lovefest of babymaking music on July 20.

As the O’Jays, Eddie Eric, and Walter have been making music together for over 50 years. Playing before a packed house of dancing and screaming fans the trio wandered about the stage performing music that spanned their career. Backed by a live band that included local musicians on horns, there was no need for any electronic enhancements beyond a microphone.

The band dedicated the show to the ladies in the audience and thanked the men for bringing those ladies.

The O’Jays opened the show with “Ship Ahoy” – a song they said was a sign to move forward – that was accompanied by a slideshow on the video screen.

The set also included “Living’ for the Weekend”, “Forever Mine”, “Cry Together”, “I Love Music” “Stairway to Heaven”, “Back Stabbers”, “Use ta be My Girl”, and “For the Love of Money”.

Sitting on stools, the trio went way back to the early days of their careers for a medley of songs that the guys noted that anyone who remembered the songs was really old…like them. Whether they were old or just avid music fans, members of the audience did know the songs and joined in.

Fans who had seats along the outside of the venue or in the back of the room frequently got up to dance while others near the front of the venue became the fourth O’Jay and readily joined in on the singing.

Though less than an hour and a half in length, the show was filed with tunes that were easy to sing along with…and dance to…for a fun evening that ended all too soon.

New Music Friday – July 27

This week on this last New Music Friday in July Daughtry, Dee Snider, Rise Against, Santigold, Boz Scaggs, Kenny Chesney, Halestorm, and Bob Dylan are among the artists with new releases.

Albums:
“Benton County Relic” by Cedric Burnside
“BASIC VOLUME” by Gaika
“Better Late than Never” by BrvndonP
“Burn Slow” by Jaira Burns
“Cage to Rattle” by Daughtry
“Family Portrait” by Ross from Friends
“Flux Pavilion Presents: Earwax” by Various Artists
“For the Love of Metal” by Dee Snider
“The Ghost Note Symphonies, Vol. 1” by Rise Against
“The Girl” by Brez
“Hands on Me” Remixes by BURNS
“Helix” (Volume 2) by Various Artists
“Hold Fast” Acoustic Sessions by Face to Face
“I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions” by Santigold
“In Due Time” by KR
“Just Business” by Bass Drum of Death
“K. Roosevelt” by K. Roosevelt
“La Oscuridad” by Bryant Myers
“Lifers” by Cody Jinks
“Lifted” by Israel Nash”Lips Like Oxygen” by Oh, Weatherly
“Lithium Zion” by Deaf Wish
“Living in Symbol” by Astronauts, etc
“NOVA” by RL Grime
“Out of the Blues” by Boz Scaggs
“Philthy Rich Presents: Carried by 6” by Various Artists
The original motion picture soundtrack for “Puzzle” by Dustin O’Halloran
“Silk Canvas” by VanJess
“Songs for the Saints” by Kenny Chesney
“Swervo” by G Herbo & Southside
“TA1300” by Denzel Curry
“Talk of this Town” by Catherine McGrath
“Toxic” by Tatiiana Hazel
“Vicious” by Halestorm
“Who Runs the World” by Rockabye Baby!
“Live 1962-1966 – Rare Performances from the Copyright Collections” by Bob Dylan

EP’s:
“Absolutes” by Yoke Lore
“Phase” by Sei A
“Queen Naija” by Queen Naija
“The Radio Winners” by Madisen Ward and Mama Bear
“The Station” by Oneohtrix Point Never

Talladega Speedway Gets an Upgrade

Like Daytona, Talladega Speedway is a superspeedway over two miles in length. The longest track on the NASCAR circuit, Talladega is 2.66 miles around and has a banking in the turns of 33 degrees.

NASCAR is a unique sport in that it lets the fans get “up close and personal” with members of the sport. Fans can park their RV’s in the same area as the racers, set up viewing spots in the infield, and even catch drivers on the way to their cars for an autograph.

On July 26 the International Speedway Corporation announced that it will be launching a major renovation project in the infield at Talladega Speedway. “Transformation” is a $50 million project will include a “one-of-a-kind” Garage Fan Zone for fans, sponsors, and teams.

The Infield Project features a new Monster Energy Cup Series garage that will include a fan walkway and an open air club with a bar and 41 foot video screen for watching the action live and on the big screen.

The renovation will also include Wi-Fi, two new concession stand, restrooms, Guest Services, a First Aid facility, and more parking spots for RV’s complete with electric and water hookups. Other refinements include a new Victory Lane with better fan viewing, a Paddock Club near pit road, and garage suites.

A new Race Operations center is also planned where Race Control, the Public Address system, and all broadcast media booths will be housed.

The Xfinity Series and the Truck Series will take over the old Cup garage once the project is completed.

Chairman of Talladega Superspeedway Grant Lynch spoke on the new project saying, “we have had nearly 50 years of incredible history in motorsports and have been a tourist destination for so many, The investment that we are making shows a commitment today, tomorrow and beyond. Fans, both current and future, have a lot to look forward to in the next 50 years. There’s only one Talladega.”

The project is scheduled to begin after NASCAR runs it fall races October 12-14 and will be completed by October 2019 – just in time for the fall race at Talladega and a 50th anniversary for the track.

NASCAR runs two events each year at Talladega – once in the spring and again in the fall. The fall race is a part of the playoffs as the top drivers vie for the big prize at the end of the season.

 

feature photo credit: By Brian Cantoni – originally posted to Flickr as Talladega Panorama, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4029664

Final Four Set After Comeback Episode

It’s only one week away from crowning a new champion on “The Four”, but before a new winner can be crowned; they must face the comeback artists.

Two comeback artists will battle it out for the right to challenge one of “The Four”. The audience will choose the winners. After the challenge, the judges will determine who won the right to take one of the seats.

But before the battles begins Zhavia returns for a performance of the Jackson 5 hit “Give Me One More Chance” with the current members of “The Four”. Season one winner Evvie McKinney also joins the performance.

In the first comeback battle, one of the original four Stephanie Zelaya faces off against Whitney Reign. Sean noted that he saw no fear from Whitney tonight. Meghan said that Stephanie was amazing and DJ Khalid loved how she represented her Latino heritage. The audience chose Whitney Reign as the winner of the battle. Whitney chose to take on the person who unseated her – Ali Caldwell. Meghan said that Ali gave her chills but she saw a star in Whitney. Noting that it was going to be a tough decision, Sean said that he saw something he had not seen before in Whitney; adding that Ali has one of the best voices he has ever heard. Sean noted that he was not there to please anyone but to decide whom he would sign. After a heated discussion from the judges, DJ named Whitney as the winner of the battle and she becomes the first member of the Final Four.

The next battle paired rappers Lil Brie and Dylan Jacob for the right to challenge one of “The Four”. Sean said that Lil Brie still used too many words; adding that Dylan showed better breath control. DJ liked Brie but noted that Dylan came ready to battle. He noted that both of them represented the young world. The audience chose Dylan Jacob as the winner and once again he chose to challenge Sharaya J; saying that he came to finish what he started. While Sharaya was the strongest challenger, Meghan said that both of them gave 100 percent. Sean noted that Dylan was humble and talented; adding that he liked Dylan’s vibe. Sean noted that there was a reason Sharaya is the longest sitting performer on “The Four”. Sharaya won the challenge and will go up against the singers next week in the finale. Sean revealed that after Dylan’s performance last time, he got calls from two major labels about signing him.

Original “The Four” member Carvena Jones returns for a battle against Eban Lurks. Meghan noted that Carvena was so confident and made it look easy. DJ noted that he heard what he wanted from Eban – a chance to hear Eban. He added that he would sign both singers. In the closest vote of the night, Carvena won the battle and chose to challenge Leah Jenea. Sean said that Carvena did everything perfectly but Leah Jenae didn’t’ do everything perfect but her voice and vibe are special. Noting that the battle was serious, Leah Jenea held on to her seat as one of “The Four”.

In the final battle of the night, former “The Four” members Jesse Kramer and James Graham go head to head. With guitar in hand, Jesse gave a performance of “Come Together” that had the audience captivated and singing along. James performed the Sam Smith song and James Bond theme “Writings on the Wall”. Meghan said that she missed Jesse but James had her heart pounding and gave her chills. DJ noted that James came to battle and get his seat back. Sean noted that Jesse finally got it all together. James won the battle and challenged Jeronelle McGhee for the final seat on “The Four”. Jeronelle took on John Legend for his performance but James brought the house down with his rendition of “Without You”. DJ Khalid noted that both of the guys were great; adding it was going to be a tough decision. Saying that she has worked with John Legend, Meghan said that Legend would love what Jeronelle did with the song. DJ said that for the first time he saw real emotion in James’ performance.

Before the decision is announced, DJ Khalid has an announcement to make – he is releasing a new album on Friday that features performances from a variety of artists.

Sean said that the guys gave two perfect performances. Meghan noted that the girls were crying when James was singing.

The final seat on the “Final Four” is James Graham.

At Jeonelle’s request, Sean went up on stage to Diddy Bop while DJ Khalid blows his golden airhorn.

Next week Sharaya, Whitney, Leah Jenea and James will battle it out to claim the title as champion of “The Four” and a record deal with Republic records.

NFL Anthem Saga Continues

The saga surrounding the NFL, its players, and the National Anthem continues.

On July 24 NFL officials met with members of the NFL Player’s Association; a meeting San Francisco 49ers cornerback and vice president of the NFLPA Richard Sherman described as “open and amicable”. Sherman added that he was not sure when future talks would take place or what sort of compromise would come out of the meetings.

In May the NFL issued a ruling stating that all players on the field at the time of pre-game festivities must stand at attention during the playing of the National Anthem. Any player who does not wish to stand can remain in the locker room. As a part of the ruling, team owners were left to determine any penalty for players who violate that ruling.

After the NFLPA filed a grievance against the NFL over the ruling, the NFL has tabled the ruling until they could meet with the NFLPA and come to some form of compromise.

However, one NFL owner is not waiting for any decisions by the NFL and the NFLPA. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has announced that no players will be allowed to remain in the locker room during the playing of the National Anthem; but instead, must be on the field and standing at attention.

Jones noted that the Cowboys have “always had” a policy that required its players to stand during the anthem; adding that no ruling by the league would effect the Cowboys.

The NFL has yet to respond to Jones’ remarks.

In 2009 the NFL began requiring its personnel to be o the field during the playing of the anthem when they signed a marketing deal with the United States military.

 

Duel Rounds Begin on ‘World of Dance’

In the second of a two night special event, “World of Dance” moves to its new night and time with the first episode of the Duel Rounds.

In this round dancers will face off in a head to head competition agianst fellow dancers in their own category. The highest scoring dancers got to select whom they wanted to battle against. Scores are revealed after both dancers/groups have performed.

Karen y Ricardo chose to battle Luka and Jenalyn.

Up first are nine time dance champions Karen y Ricardo. Saying that she gets nervous watching them dance, Jennifer said that she want to dance with the duo; adding that they are so incredible to watch. Noting that they are competition dancers, Derek said that their tricks are death defying. Ne-Yo said that he was on the edge of his seat; adding that one false move and somebody was going to the hospital. Karen y Ricardo scored 98.3 points for their dance.

Next up were Luka and Jenalyn with a dance that had Jenalyn in a straight jacket for the first part of the dance. Jennifer noted that the routine was super gutsy; adding that it was an exceptional routine. Jennifer said that the duo really stepped it up. Saying that the routine was risky and daring, Ne-Yo said that it was the best he had seen them dance. Derek loved the concept saying that the dance was incredible and so creative. Luka and Jenalyn scored 92.3 points for their dance.

Karen y Ricardo won the first battle.

The Untouchables chose to battle it out with the female group Expressionz.

With the Untouchables going first, Jennifer said that the performance felt like duel material. Ne-Yo noted that there were more than one style in the dance but each style had it’s time to shine. Derek liked the full production but felt if he stripped the production content away, the dance was a bit simple. Jennifer noted that the moves don’t always have to be complicated. The Untouchables scored 89.3 points for their dance.

The Expressionz gave Jennifer goosebumps. Jennifer called the performance so strong but soft; adding the routine was perfectly in sync and it moved her. Derek said that the quality of dance was second to none; adding that it was controlled with the turns in sync. Ne-Yo noted that it was like one person up there; adding that they played to their strengths. Expressionz scored 94 points for their dance.

Expressionz won the battle.

Krumpers Bdash and Konkrete faced off against Ballroom dancers Pasha and Daniella.

Pasha and Daniella were first and had a routine that Derek called great; adding that Daniella was a beast. Ne-Yo liked the quality of movement but wanted more. Jennifer said that they danced beautifully but kept waiting for something to happen. Pasha and Daniella scored 88.3 points for their dance.

Bdash and Konkrete used the “Moonlight Sonata” for a part of their music. Noting that he hates clowns, Derek said that the guys took a risk and it paid off. Jennifer said that she was nervous when she learned who the duo was going up against but said the duo was so effective, never lost character and showed that they have real artistry. Ne-Yo said that they took an extreme risk that paid off and elevated the style. Bdash and Konkrete scored 94.3 points for their dance.

Bdash and Konkete won the battle.

The Japanese group Fabulous Sisters and the Hawaiian Hip-Hop group Rascals paired up for a dance off.

With the Rascals going first, Jennifer said that they had griminess and swag. Ne-Yo noted that the routine was clean and in sync. Derek said that they made it look easy. Rascals scored 94.3 points for their dance.

Ne-YO said that the Fabulous Sisters created beautiful pictures and were art in motion. He noted that they were so mature for being so young. Jennifer noted that the girls were perfectly synchronized. Derek said that they have so much power when they were on stage; adding that they were clean and laser sharp. Fabulous Sister scored 95.7 points for their dance.

Fabulous Sisters win the battle.

Solo dancer Michael Dameski chose to battle the only other solo artist in his division – Angyl.

The Australian born Dameski danced first. Saying that he displayed pure artistic beauty, Ne-Yo said that Michael was like a super hero. Jennifer said that it was a great routine; adding that it was like an emotional roller coaster. Derek said that it appeared that Michael was dancing in water; adding that the routine was pure quality. Derek noted that Michael pushed himself to the edge. Michael scored 94.7 points for his dance.

Ne-Yo loved Angyl’s moves with the hat and the separation but noted she didn’t give her moves time to breathe. Ne-Yo added that the felt like it didn’t have a destination. Jennifer called it a great routine; adding she loved the music choice. While Derek thought the routine could be more dynamic, he loved Angyl’s musicality. Angyl scored 88.3 points for her dance.

Michael Dameski won the battle.

The New Zeland group The Bradas danced off against tap dancers The Jam Project.

The Bradas went first with a routine that seemed to have props appear from out of nowhere. Derek noted that the use of props could be dangerous but it definitely paid off. Ne-Yo noted that the guys took their previous notes and added more dance moves to their routine. Jennifer noted that they were on the edge of their seat; adding that the routine was amazing and they did a great job. The Bradas scored 89.7 points for their dance.

The Jam Project chose “I Feel Good” for their performance. Derek noted that they were so crisp, clean, and together; adding that he loved the song choice. Saying that they did their thing, Ne-Yo said that they were so in sync and he loved it. Jennifer said that it was a great routine and very entertaining; adding that it was 100 times better than their qualifying round performance. The Jam Project scored 88.3 points for their dance.

The Bradas won the battle.

In the final battle of the night, last season’s runner up Eva Igo went up against fusion dancers Avery and Marcus.

Going first, Eva gave a performance that had Derek saying she has the ability to connect. Saying that Eva always gives him chills, Derek wanted more construction in the routine. While he thought Eva is a powerhouse, Ne-Yo felt like he had seen it all before and wanted Eva to take it to the next level. Calling Eva a beast, Jennifer noted that Eva unleashed her heart on them. Eva scored 92 points for her dance.

The final performance of the night was from Avery and Marcus with Avery in point shoes as they performed a fusion of Ballet and Contemporary dances. Noting that it was such a step up from the last performance, Derek said that they were so elegant and he loved it; adding that he loved the fusion. Ne-Yo loved the routine, noting that both dancers had places to shine; adding that he didn’t see the nerves this time. Calling the duo dynamic and beautiful, Jennifer said that it was one of the hardest duel so far. Avery and Marcus scored 93.3 points for their dance.

Avery and Marcus beat out Eva Igo.

Next week the duel rounds continue.

NASCAR Assesses New Hampshire Penalties

As expected, the two Xfinity Series teams that failed post race inspection after the Lakes Region 200 at New Hampshire Speedway on July 21 have been charged with penalties.

The Joe Gibbs Racing number 18 car driven by Ryan Preece and the Chip Ganassi Racing number 42 car driven by John Hunter Nemechek were both found to have failed the height measurements. As a result of the infractions the number 18 car’s crew chief Eric Phillips and the number 42 crew chief Mike Shiplett were fined $10,000 and have been suspended for the next Xfinity Series race. In addition, team owners Joe Gibbs and Chip Ganassi were each docked 10 car owner points; as were the drivers.

The Hendrick Motorsports number 24 car driven by rookie William Byron was charged with a safety violation for not having all 20 of the lug nuts on the car secured properly after the Monster Energy Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race on July 22. As a result of the infraction, crew chief Darian Grubb was fined $10,000.

The Xfinity Series Jimmy Means Racing number 52 car driven by David Starr was found to have an improperly secured lug nut after the race and crew chief Timothy Brown has been fined $5,000.

Qualifying Rounds Conclude on ‘World of Dance’

Tonight on “World of Dance” the qualifying rounds conclude in the first of a two night event.

The night of dancing begins with 14 year old Victoria Caban who pays homage to her Latina roots with a Flamenco dance. Victoria, whose parents come from Puerto Rico, said that if she won the million dollars she would use some of the money to help Puerto Rico. Jennifer noted that there was a grown woman in there. Noting that Victoria’s lines were exquisite, Jennifer said that it was like watching art with an outstanding performance. Ne-Yo said that Victoria kicked it up to the “World of Dance” level. Calling Victoria the Misty Copeland of Flamenco, Derek said that the performance was captivating with gusto and grace. Victoria scored 90.7 points for her dance.

The Contemporary dance group The Pursuit gave a performance that ended up giving Jennifer goosebumps. Noting that she wasn’t sure at first, Jennifer said that the group was strong and powerful. Ne-Yo said that the performance was a prime example of an elevated Contemporary style and he enjoyed it from top to bottom. Derek loved the counter rhythms in the routine; adding that it created magic and it was awesome to watch. The Pursuit scored 87 points for their dance.

The Contemporary dance duo of L&J had Ne-Yo marking that the duo had passion even before they began the dance. Though not a couple, Jennifer said that the chemistry made her believe that they were a real couple; adding that they were each a half that made a whole. Saying that it was all about the passion Ne-Yo said that they made him feel it. Derek said that the duo wer great partners and were authentic. L&J scored 90,3 points for their dance.

The Pulse is a Utah group from Centerstage – the same studio where Derek Hough danced. Derek said that they did a great job but there were some erratic movements. Derek went up on the stage to show them. He told them that they needed to be calm and strong. Jennifer said that she loves to see Derek dance; adding that it reminds you of another level of dance. Ne-Yo said that from what he saw the potential was there but it wasn’t there quite yet. Thanks to an 84 from Jennifer the group made it into the dual rounds with a score of 80.3 points.

Dressed in leather and point shoes, Avery and Marcus performed a fusion of Ballet and Contemporary dance to rock music. Calling them super talented, Jennifer said that overall it was a very strong performance but she felt the nerves. Saying that they were great, Ne-Yo said that the strength and agility from the duo was impressive. Derek loved the fusion; adding that the energy and performance was there but he noted that there was some issue with the transitions. Avery and Marcus scored 84 points for their dance.

The Orlando Hip-Hop group Funkywunks brought Derek out of his chair. Saying that they were sexy and they knew it, Jennifer said that they made everybody smile. Ne-Yo called them amazing; adding that it was clean and fun from stat to finish. Derek called the performance very original with some great wow moments; adding that he loved it. The group scored 87 points for their dance.

In a series of clips Iowa Girlz scored 87.3 points, Dem Raider Boyz scored 84 points, Girlcool scored 81.7 points, Second to None scored 82.7 points, the Lil Killaz Crew scored 83 points, the Opus Dance Collective scored 80.7 points, the trio 3Xtreme scored 83.3 points Angyl scored 85.3 points, and Tribe Unleashed scored 83 points.

In the final dance performance of the qualifying rounds, the South Korean group Morning of Owl brought Derek to his feet. An excited Jennifer called the performance spontaneous and fun; adding that she really enjoyed it. Ne-Yo loved how the group incorporated martial arts and some things he had never seen before in the routine. Noting that the band started slow, Derek called the dance moves sick; adding he is curious to see what else they were going to do. The group scored 84 points for their dance.

On Wednesday, “World of Dance” moves to its new night with the first episode of the dual rounds.

‘Face Off’ Goes Batty on Semi Finals

Last week on “Face Off” Jordan won his first challenge with his sea creature. This week the six remaining artists enter the semi finals as the season and the series nears and end.

When the artists enter the lab, it is pitch dark and decorated like a bat cave.

Host McKenzie Westmore tells the artists that for centuries there has been a lot of superstitions surrounding bats…and vampires. This week’s spotlight challenge is for each artist to choose a bat and use it as inspiration for an original vampire character.

McKenzie reveals that there are no more head to head battles; it’s each artist for themselves.

And since it is the semi finals, half of the artists will be eliminated since there are only three spots in the finals.

Since he won the challenge last week, Jordan gets some extra help from an industry expert – two time Emmy Award winning makeup artist and vampire expert Todd Masters. The duo have two hours to work together.

Series mentor Michael Westmore visits the lab to offer some advice to the artists…
He tells Mel that her sculpt is looking too cute. She eventually decides to exaggerate the ears but wants a beautiful vampire.
He offers some advice to Matt on creating shadows.
He advises Walter on making his character more vampirish and less human.
Derek gets some advice on the details and his character’s nose.
Damien asks for some suggestions about his character.
Michael advises Jordan that the ears on his character look too much like “Harry Potter”.

Mel wants to add wings to her character.

Matt’s mold cracks but he manages to make repairs and the mold comes out fine.

Walter is so focused on working on the details, he doesn’t realize that he is the only one who is not in the mold room. Once he makes it to the mold room, he gets his mold open but discovers it is full of clay and the end of the day is fastly approaching. He manages to get everything cleaned out in time.

On application day Walter discovers that his mold has some steam pockets but he thinks that he can cover up the bad spots.

Matt’s pieces came out good after mishap but he is worried since he has a lot of parts to his character.

Going into last looks the artists still have a lot of work to do.

After the reveal and closer looks, McKenzie announces that normally they would announce the best and worst looks but since this is the semi finals and a battle royale, the artists have one more chance to show the judges what they are made of and have one more hour of last looks to show what the vampire would look like after being exposed to the sunlight.

Walter is not happy with his burn makeup.

The judges get a second close up look at the characters.

This week the judges do not speak with the artists, but only confer with each other on the makeups.

The judges were impressed with Matt’s ability for authenticity and originality; adding that he had some intelligent work, a beautiful paint job, and stepped up his game this week.

Walter’s character was strong from the front and in profile. Noting that Walter is phenomenally talented, the judges loved the paint job and said that his work was really well done.

The judge’s felt that Mel’s character was cutsie and gothic; adding that the burn effect was not well executed.

Derek’s character was soft and undefined except in the face; but his exposure makeup looked real.

While Damien had an interesting chest piece, it didn’t carry up to the face and the exposure looked more like acid than a burn.

Jordan’s character was really well done and had an exquisite paint job. The judges noted that Jordan has been listening to what they have had to say over the season.

Saying that he has had fantastic makeups all season long, Glenn names Walter as the first person moving on to the finals.

With a creative vision that is one of a kind, Matt is also in the finals.

And the winner of the challenge and the final person moving on to the finals, Jordan wins his second challenge.

Mel, Derek, and Damien have been eliminated from the competition.

Country Singer Karen Waldrup, ‘Justified’ and Charted

Nashville, New York City, and Los Angeles Re filled with musicians looking for that big break. And every once in a while an artist not only gets a break, but scores big.

On July 13, Country music artist Karen Waldrup released her full length debut album “Justified” and one week later her album had not only charted on the Billboard charts, but did so in the top 50 on four separate charts.

Justified” debuted at number 26 on the Country Music Chart, number 44 on the Independent Music Chart, number 14 on the Heatseekers Chart, and number seven on the Heatseekers South Central Chart.

The Louisiana native used the crowdfunding service Indiegogo to fund the album of eleven songs that fuse Country music with Louisiana soul.

A songwriter herself, Waldrup wrote or co-wrote nine of the eleven songs that appear on the album.

At the request of a fan, the two time Nashville Independent Music Award winner recorded her version of the Leann Womack hit “I Hope You Dance”. After garnering over 28 million views for that video, Waldrup has recorded the song for the album.

 

feature photo courtesy of Evolution PR

 

 

Rocker Simmons Pens Musical Book

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gene Simmons is best known as a member of the hard rock band KISS. But he is also an author who has recently penned a book on “The 27 Club” – musicians who died when they were 27 years old.

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27: The Legend and Mythology of the 27 Club” is Simmons latest authorial release and chronicles the artists who died often at the height of their careers and the methos that surrounds them.

It began in 1938 with Blues guitarist Robert Johnson; then in 1969 Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix all died at age 27. Most recently British artist Amy Winehouse died in 2011, again at age 27.

27: The Legend and Mythology of the 27 Club” is published by Powerhouse Books and retails for $27.

 

photos courtesy of  27: The Legend & Mythology Of The 27 Club by Gene Simmons, published by powerHouse Books.

Top 10 Girls Perform on SYTYCD

Last week on “So You Think You Can Dance” the judges revealed the top 20, but there was a big twist…only 10 of them will be moving on to the live shows.

Up first the top 10 girls perform with an All Star in a dance choreographed by a world renowned choreographer.

Up first was Contemporary dancer Hannahleigh Cabonella who danced a Salsa with Jonathan to the music of Jennifer Lopez. After all three of the judges kept saying wow, Mary said that Hannahleigh was on fire; adding that they performed tricks Mary had never seen on the show before. Nigel said that the performance was stunning and fearless; adding that Hannahleigh delivered the goods. Vanessa noted that Hannahleigh’s core was so strong; adding that she shined on the stage.

Ballroom dancer Magda Fialek performed a Contemporary dance with Robert that brought tears to the eyes of Mary and Vanessa. Vanessa called the performance gorgeous. Mary said that Magda gave an honest performance. Nigel said that Magda should be very proud of herself. Later talking to his fellow judges, Nigel noted that Magda deserved to be in the top five.

Contemporary dancer Dayna Madison danced a Cha Cha with Paul. Saying that she did a very good job and was a little firecracker out there, Mary wanted to see more chemistry and noted that the routine felt a little uncomfortable in some places. Nigel said that Dayna danced very well. Saying that Dayna seemed like she was having the time of her life; Vanessa said that Dayna had the skills to back it up.

Contemporary dancer Genessy Castillo took on a Hip-Hop routine with season 10 champion Fikshun. After saying that Fikshun did some great work, Nigel noted that Genessy put in the work and it showed. Vanessa called the performance amazing; adding that Genessy brought the fire and was so much fun to watch. Saying that she couldn’t believe the attitude, Mary noted that Fikshun loved dancing with Genessey.

Tap dancer Brianna Penrose who paired up with Brandon for a Contemporary routine. Saying that Brianna danced beautifully, Vanessa said that it was great seeing Brianna in the routine; adding that there were some stunning moments. While Mary thought that Brianna did a beautiful job, she felt that some of the tricks were a but laboured. Disagreeing with his fellow judges, Nigel said that the routine felt heavy and plodding; adding that some of the transitions felt uncomfortable.

Chelsea Hough joined up with Johnathan for a Salsa. Noting that Chelsea really got into it, Mary said that Chelsea did an amazing job and noted that Chelsea really soaked up the technique. Saying that hips don’t lie, Nigel noted that Chelsea’s hips were going for it. Vanessa said that Chelsea did an incredible job.

Ballroom dancer Stephanie Sosa performed a Contemporary routine with season 14 winner Lex. Nigel noted that the routine was very nice to watch but had no wow factor. Vanessa noted that Stephanie’s passion is beautiful. Noting that Stephanie did a good job, Mary wanted to see more fluidity in the movements.

Sydney Moss performed a Cha Cha with Paul. Mary wanted to see more fire from Sydney; adding that Sydney needed to be more grounded. Nigel said that he didn’t feel that Sydney’s body was feeling the music. Saying that the dance felt a bit monotone, Vanessa liked the dance but didn’t love it.

Contemporary dancer Emily Carr paired up with season 10 champion Fikshun for some Hip-Hop. Vanessa said that the routine was so much fun to watch.ccMary loved the routine but wanted more energy from Emily. While it was a fun routine and she did it well, Nigel felt that the routine was missing some strength in places.

The final dance of the night was a Jazz routine with Jensen Arnold and Brandon. Saying that she gave a sensational performance, Nigel noted that Jensen has matured a great deal over the season so far. Vanessa noted that Brandon pushed Jensen to new places. Mary said that Jensen gave the most assured performance of the day.

After some deliberation and discussion Nigel revealed the results, but first he had a few words of advice…after congratulating all of the dancers on the work they have done during Academy Week, he told the girls who would not be moving on to use it as a stepping stone.

And now for the results…
Brianna did not make it into the top five
Sydney did not make it to the top five
Hannahleigh was the first dancer in the top five
Jensen is in the top five
Emily did not make in the top five
Magda is in the top five
Genessey is in the top five
Stephanie did not make the top five
Dayna did not make the top five
Chelsea was the final member if the top five

Next week it’s the guys turn.

NFL Freezes New Policy

After cowing to the political whims of the White House and establishing a ruling on the conduct of professional football players during the performance of the National Anthem, the NFL has tabled the matter.

The ruling was announced without prior consultation of the NFL Player Association; as a result, the Player’s Association has filed a grievance against the ruling.

In the wake of the grievance, the NFL has put a “freeze” on the ruling that would require all players and team personnel on the field during the playing of the anthem to stand at attention. Players who do not wish to stand may remain in the locker room.

The NFL and the NFLPA have issued a joint statement saying that both sides are currently working on a resolution jointly.

Only hours before the statement was issued, the Miami Dolphins had released a proposal on player conduct during the playing of the anthem. Under the new policy, the NFL required each team to submit their rules for conduct during the anthem.

The White House has been very vocal on the matter calling for players to be suspended for the entire season and even fired when refusing to stand for the anthem. The vociferous outrage is voiced on the misguided ideals that the players are showing disrespect for the nation’s colours when in fact they are bringing awareness to the gross injustices aimed at minorities on a daily basis.

It should be noted that the game of choice by the current White House resident – golf – does not start each competition with the playing of the National Anthem.

2018 Kid’s Choice Award Winners

Gone are the days when children were meant to be seen and not heard. Not only are they being heard, today’s kids are speaking loudly about their choices.

On July 19 the children’s network Nickelodeon held their annual Kid’s Choice Sports Awards where the younger set voiced their thoughts on who was the best.

National Basketball Association Houston Rockets player Chris Paul served as host for the fifth annual event that was geld at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California.

And the winners are:|
Favourite Male Athlete: Cleveland Cavilers basketball player LeBron James
Favourite Female Athlete: Orlando Pride and U.S. Women’s National Soccer team player Alex Morgan
King of Swag: New York Giants football player Odell Beckham Jr
Queen of Swag: professional tennis player Serena Williams
Best Cannon (throwing arm): Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson
Biggest Powerhouse: New England Patriots football player Rob Gronkowski
Need for Speed: Team USA skier Lindsey Vonn
Don’t Try This at Home: professional and Team USA snowboarder Chloe Kim
Sickest Moves: Golden State Warriors basketball player Stephen Curry
Heavy Hitter: professional tennis payer Venus Williams
Clutch Player of the Year: Golden State Warriors basketball player Kevin Durant
Nothing But Net: Houston Rockets basketball player Chris Paul
Winter Wonders: professional snowboarder Saun White
Hands of Gold: Pittsburgh Steelers football player Antonio Brown
Favourite Newcomer: female professional basketball player Allisha Gray
Biggest Kid: Olympic Gold medal winning gymnast Laurie Hernandez
Most Valuable Most Valuable Player:
professional basketball player and MVP James Harden
Player of the Year: Cleveland Caviliers basketball player LeBron James
Legend Award: former race car driver Danica Patrick

 

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Top Five Xfinity Cars Fail Post Race Inspection

After the Xfinity Series Lakes Region 200 race in Loudon, New Hampshire on July 21, post race inspection revealed that two of the top five cars failed to pass the ride height requirements.

The number 18 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Ryan Preece and the number 42 Chip Ganassi Racing car driven by John Hunter Nemechek finished the race in third and fourth.

The number 52 Jimmy Means Racing car driven by David Starr had one of its lug nuts improperly secured.

While NASCAR will not assess any penalties until later in the week, a previous ride height penalty resulted in a loss of car owner and driver points and a fine and suspension for the car’s crew chief.

NASCAR is taking the first place Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Christopher Bell and the second place Team Penske car driven by Brad Keselowski to their R&D center in Concord North Carolina for a more detailed inspection.

A Beat and Bang Win in New Hampshire

In their only trip to New Hampshire this season, the Monster Energy Cup Series is running the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.

For something a little different this weekend, NBC broadcaster Rick Allen leaves the broadcast booth for the first time in 16 years and joins the reporting crew on pit road leaving Steve Latart, Jeff Burton, and Dale Earnhardt Jr up in the booth in the words of Jeff Burton, “unsupervised.” They even had a pole as the to the race day attire for the broadcast booth.

After three rounds of qualifying at the Magic Mile, with a time of 28.51 seconds Kurt Busch wins his first pole at New Hampshire and will bring the field to green.

The starting lineup for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301:
Kurt Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Deny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Brad Keselowski
Erik Jones
Alex Bowman
Daniel Suarez
Chase Elliott
William Byron
Paul Menard
Aric Almirola
Kevin Harvick
Clint Bowyer
AJ Almendinger
Austin Dillon
Ryan Newman
Joey Logano
Kyle Larson
Jimmie Johnson
Jamie McMurray
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Chris Buescher
Ty Dillon
Kasey Kahne
Bubba Wallace
Matt DiBenedetto
Michael McDowell
David Ragan
Matt Kenseth
Ross Chastian
Corey LaJoie
Landon Cassill
Kyle Weatherman
BJ McLeod
Blake Jones

After moving up the start time for the race due to the possibility of bad weather, the race was delayed several hours for rain.

Shortly after 3:30pm the teams begin bringing the cars out of the garage as track drying continues. NASCAR announces driver introductions to begin at 3:50pm.

NASCAR has called for a 4:15pm green flag start.

Stages one and two of the race are 75 laps each with stage three lasting 151 laps for a total of 301 laps around the mile track in Loudon, New Hampshire.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 35. Teams cannot fuel the car before the competition caution.

Ty Dillon brings his car down pit road for an undetermined issue.

At 4:24 Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out martin Truex Jr to take the lead.

Lap three Kurt Busch leads the race with Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch rounding out the top five.

Pit rod reporters reveal that Ty Dillon’s water bottle came loose and was rolling around on the floorboard.

Lap six Kurt Busch has a lead of nearly half a second on Martin Truex Jr with Denny Hamlin in third.

Lap eight, Kurt Busch holds on to his lead over Martin Truex Jr with Denny Hamlin.

Kyle Busch is reporting that there is some water seepage coming out of the safer barriers.

Lap eleven, Kurt Busch continues to lead the race with Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, and Eirk Jones rounding out the top five.

Landon Cassill brings out the first caution flag on lap 14 of the race when he gets into the wall and causes a lot of damage. He takes his car directly to the garage.

Some drivers from the back of the field bring their cars down pit road for fresh tires and adjustments.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 18 and goes nose to nose with Martin Truex Jr for the lead. Kurt Busch edges out for the lead.

Lap 18 AJ Allmendinger brings out the caution flag when he hits the wall with a flat tire. Allmendinger’s car is taken off the track on a tow truck.

Lap 20 the top five are Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 24 and jumps out in front of the field for the lead. Brother Kyle is behind in second.

Lap 26, Kurt Busch is in the lead with Kyle Busch in second and Denny Hamlin in third.

Lap 30 Kurt Busch leads Denny Hamlin by over a second with Kyle Busch in third.

Lap 33, the top five are Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Martin Truex Jr.

NASCAR puts out the competition caution on lap 35, Kurt Busch has led every race so far.

Most of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.

Taking only two tires, Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road. Kyle Busch in fifth place is the first driver with four fresh tires. Leader Kurt Busch comes out in sixth place.

After staying out on the track, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, with Jimmie Johnson alongside, brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 40. Stenhouse and Johnson run nose to nose battling for the lead with Ricky Stenhouse Jr getting out in front for the lead.

Lap 42, the top five, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr, Matt Kenseth, and Ryan Blaney.

Lap 44, Ricky Stenhouse Jr has a quarter of a second lead on Jimmie Johnson with Martin Truex Jr in third.

Lap 49, Martin Truex Jr passes Ricky Stenhouse Jr to take over the lead of the race.

Lap 50 the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Jimmie Johnson, and Kurt Busch.

Lap 53, the caution flag comes out for debris on the track.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 56 and jumps out in front for the lead with Jimmie Johnson is second.

Lap 57 Martin Truex Jr leads the race by over half a second on Jimmie Johnson with Chase Elliott in third.

Lap 60 Martin Truex Jr leads by over a second on Jimmy Johnson with Chase Elliott in third.

Lap 61 Chase Elliott passes Jimmie Johnson to take over second place with Martin Truex Jr in the lead by nearly a second and a half.

Lap 61, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 69, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over a second and a half on Chase Elliott; Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Blaney, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 71, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead to two seconds on Chase Elliott.

Martin Truex Jr wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Jimmie Johnson
Kurt Busch
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Clint Bowyer
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road with Chase Elliott in second; pole sitter Kurt Busch followed by brother Kyle and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 82 and jumps out in front for the lead.

Lap 83 the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch.

Ty Dillon has been black flagged for a restart violation and must serve a pass through penalty.

Lap 86, Martin Truex Jr leads the race by nearly a second on Chase Elliott.

Lap 88, Martin Truex Jr’s lead over Chase Elliott is now over a second with Kyle Busch in third.

Lap 92, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is now a second and a half on Chase Elliott with Kyle Busch in third.

Lap 100, Martin Truex Jr leads; Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 103, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch.

Chase Elliott has cut into Martin Truex Jr’s lead and is behind by less than a second.

There are 31 cars on the lead lap with two cars out of the race.

Lap 106, Martin Truex Jr leads Chase Elliott by a second with Kurt Busch in third.

Lap 110 Martin Truex Jr leads Chase Elliott by a second with Kurt Busch in third.

Lap 115, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch. There are 29 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 118, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of a second on Chase Elliott.

Lap 120, Chase Elliott has closed the gap to leader Martin Truex Jr to less than a second.

Lap 123, Chase Elliott has closed the gap on leader Martin Truex Jr to just half a second with pole sitter Kurt Busch in third.

Lap 130, Chase Elliott has reached leader Martin Truex Jr and is challenging for the lead as they encounter slower cars making it three and four wide.

Lap 131, Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr swap the lead back and forth. Kurt Busch makes it a three way battle with Chase Elliott getting out in front, Kurt Busch second and Martin Truex Jr in third.

Lap 135, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a half second lead on Kurt Busch; Martin Truex Jr is in third.

In sixth place Aric Almirola is running some of the fastest laps on the track.

Lap 137, Chase Elliott leads the race with 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 143, Chase Elliott has a half second lead on Kurt Busch; Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Kyle Busch is reporting numerous issues with his car and lack of handling.

Three laps remainign in stage two Chase Elliott’s lead over Kurt Busch is down to less than half a second.

Chase Elliott wins stage two for his first stage win of the season and only the third Chevrolet stage win this season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Chase Elliott
Kurt Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Aric Almirola
Kyle Busch
Clint Bowyer
Jimmie Johnson
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano

Chase Elliott and Kurt Busch are nose to nose for the win coming off pit road. Elliott wins by mere inches.

NASCAR has determined that Kurt Busch won the race off of pit road.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 158 and edges out Chase Elliott for the lead.

The top five are Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Ryan Blaney.

Lap 160, Kurt Busch has pulled out to a half second lead on Chase Elliott; Aric Almirola has moved up to third place.

After making multiple adjustments during his pit stop Kyle Busch came out in eleventh place. On lap 164, he has moved up to sixth place.

Lap 165, Kurt Busch leads Aric Almirola by over a second with Chase Elliott in third.

Lap 168 the top five are Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 170, Kurt Busch has increased his lead on Aric Almirola to nearly a second and a half.

Lap 176, Kurt Busch is in the lead; Aric Almirola, Chase Elliot, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 178, Kyle Busch passes Martin Truex Jr for fourth.

There are 25 cars on the lead lap; AJ Allmendinger and Landon Cassill are the only cars out of the race after on track incidents early in the race.

Lap 182, Kurt Busch has a lead of over a second on Aric Almirola with Chase Elliott in third.

Lap 187, Kurt Bus holds on to his lead over Aric Almirola; Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 190, Kurt Busch has a one second lead on Aric Almirola with Chase Elliott in third.

Lap 194, the top five are Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola, Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick.

Martin Truex Jr is reporting wheel hop issues.

Lap 200 – 100 to go – Kurt Busch is in the lead by nearly a second and a half on Aric Almirola; Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 204, Kurt Busch’s lead on Aric Almirola is down to under a second.

Aric Almorla has caught up to leader Kurt Busch and with the help of some slower traffic, passes Busch to take over the lead.

Brad Keselowski is reporting that his brakes are gone.

Lap 215, the top five are Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 220, Aric Almirola’s lead on Kurt Busch is over half a second; Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

The teams cannot complete the race without making a pit stop…and there are reports of the possibility of more rain.

Lap 223, Daniel Suarez is the first driver to come down pit road for his green flag pit stop. There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

Ricky Stenhoue Jr gets into the wall but the track stays green.

Clint Bowyer was charged with pitting outside of his pit box and will have to serve a penalty.

After making his pit stop early, Kevin Harvick gets around Aric Almirola to take over the lead of the race.

Lap 230 the top five are Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Jamie McMurray, Kyle Busch, and Chase Elliott.

Clint Bowyer reports that his car feels like it is coming apart.

In a fight for the lead Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola battle it out among lapped traffic with Aric Almirola taking the lead; Kyle Busch is in third.

Sixty to go, Aric Almirola has a lead of over half a second on Kevin Harvick; Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 245, Aric Almirola has a lead of over a second on Kevin Harvick; Kyle Busch is over two seconds behind.

There are 16 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 249, Brad Keselowski brings his car down pit road fer service. He has no brakes.

Leader Aric Almirola put Denny Hamlin a lap down.

Kevin Harvick has closed the gap on leader Aric Almirola to less than a second. Kyle Busch is in third.

Lap 254, Aric Almirola’s lead over Kevin Harvick is now over a second. Kyle Busch is in third over two seconds behind.

Clint Bowyer brings out the caution flag on lap 255 when he gets into the wall.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road, Kevin Harvick in second, and Aric Almirola in third after a couple of bobbles during the pit stop.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 260 and gets out in front for the lead with Kevin Harvick on his bumper.

The top five are Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and Ryan Newman.

The top three – Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Martin Truex Jr – are running one, two, three on the track.

Lap 265, Kyle Busch has a third of a second lead on Kevin Harvick with Martin Truex Jr in third.

Lap 267, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Kevin Harvick.

With 25 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch has a three quarter of a second lead on Kevin Harvick; Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Austin Dillon made an unscheduled pit stop with a loose tire.

Kyle Busch continues to lead the race with Kevin Harvick over half a second behind.

Twenty to go, Kyle Busch is in the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Martin Truex Jr, Aric Almirola, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick has closed the gap to Kyle Busch to under half a second.

Lap 283, Kevin Harvick has caught up to Kyle Busch. Pit reporters announce that it has begun to sprinkle on pit road.

Leader Kyle Busch reports rain in turn one.

Lap 285, Kyle Busch’s lead over Kevin Harvick is down to just a quarter of a second as the leaders encounter slower traffic.

Twelve to go, Kyle Busch is out in front by only a quarter of a second on Kevin Harvick.

Ten to go, Kyle Busch’s lead is down to a tenth of a second on Kevin Harvick.

Lap 291, Kevin Harvick bumps Kyle Busch’s back bumper.

Lap 293, Kevin Harvick bumps Kyle Busch’s quarter panel and pushes him out of the way to take the lead.

Five to go, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over a second on Kevin Harvick.

Kevin Harvick takes the white flag.

Kevin Harvick wins the Foxwoods Resort Casino 300 for his sixth win of the season. This is the first time that Harvick has won six races in a single season.

The unofficial results of the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301:
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
Aric Almirola
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Ryan Newman
Ryan Blaney
Kurt Busch
Joey Logano
Jimmie Johnson
Alex Bowman
Kyle Larson
Denny Hamlin
William Byron
Matt Kenseth
Erik Jones
Paul Menard
Jamie McMurray
Kasey Kahne
Chris Buescher
Austin Dillion
Daniel Suarez
Ty Dillon
Bubba Wallace
Ross Chastain
Michael McDowell
Corey LaJoie
Matt DiBenedetto
David Ragan
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Kyle Weatherman
Brad Keselowski
Blake Jones
BJ McLeod
AJ Allmendinger
Landon Cassill

Battle to the End in Loudon for Xfinity Series

The Xfinity Series takes to the one mile flat track in Loudon, New Hampshire for the Lakes Region 200.

On a beautiful Saturday New England morning the drivers take to the track for three rounds of qualifying. After three rounds of qualifying, Brad Keselowski wins the pole and will bring the field to the green.

The starting lineup for the Lakes Region 200:
Brad Keselowski – moved to the back of the field for being late to the driver’s meeting
Christopher Bell
Ryan Preece
Cole Custer
John Hunter Nemecheck
Daniel Hemric
Justin Allgaier
Brandon Jones
Tyler Reddick
Elliott Sadler
Austin Dillon
Johnny Sauter
Ryan Truex
Matt Tifft
Austin Cindric
Kaz Grala
Ryan Sieg
Jeremy Clements
Michael Annett
Ross Chastain
Alex Labbe
Joey Gase
J.J. Yeley
Ryan Reed
Tommy Joe Martins
BJ McLeod – moved to the back of the field for being late to the driver’s meeting
David Starr
Garrett Smithley
Spencer Boyd
Donald Theetge
Jeff Green
Timmy Hill
Josh Bilicki
Chad Finchum
Vinnie Miller
Morgan Shepherd
Bayley Currey
Carl Long
Mike Harmon
Angela Ruch

Stages one and two are 45 laps each with stage three lasting 110 laps. The drivers cannot complete stage three without making a green flag pit stop.

Ryan Preece and Christopher Bell bring the field down for the green flag with the two drivers going nose to nose around the track. Ryan Preece leads lap one.

Lap four Christopher Bel has taken the lead of the race.

Lap five Brad Keselowski has moved up to 21st place.

Lap six Christopher Bell leads the rce with Ryan Preece in second and Justin Allgaier in third.

Lap eight the top five are Christopher Bell, Ryan Preece, Justin Allgaier, John Hunter Nemechek, and Daniel Hemric.

Lap 10 Christopher Bell has a half second lead on Ryan Preece. Brad Keselowski is in 14th place.

John Hunter Nemechek and Justin Allgaier battle for third.

Lap 12 Christopher Bell holds on to his lead over Ryan Preece with John Hunter Nemechek in third.

Lap 14 Christopher Bell leads with Ryan Preece in second and John Hunter Nemechek in third. There are 37 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 20, Ryan Preece has caught leader Christopher Bell and is challenging for the lead; so far Bell is holding Preece off.

Lap 22 Brad Keselowski has moved into the top 10 to eighth place. There are 29 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 24 Christopher Bell is still in the lead but Ryan Preece on his bumper and looking for the lead.

Lap 26 Christopher Bell has the lead, Ryan Preece, John Hunter Nemechek, Justin Allgaier, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Lap 29 Jeff Green is off the track with 27 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 30 Christopher Bell has pulled out to a half second lead on Ryan Preece.

In lapped traffic, Ryan Preece has once a gain caught leader Christopher Bell and is challenging for the lead.

Lap 32 Christopher Bell leads the race with Ryan Preece in second and John Hunter Nemechek in third with 24 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 35, the top five are Christopher Bell, Ryan Preece, John Hunter Nemechek, Daniel Hemric, and Brad Keselowski.

Lap 38 Tyler Reddick brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop after hitting the wall and blowing a tire.

Lap 39 there are 21 cars on the lead lap with Morgan Shepherd and Jeff Green off the track.

Lap 40 Leader Christopher Bell has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Ryan Preece.

Christopher Bell wins stage one for his third stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Christopher Bell
Ryan Preece
John Hunter Nemechek
Daneil Hemric
Brad Keselowski
Brandon Jones
Cole Custer
Justin Allgaier
Matt Tift
Elliott Sadler

Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road with Ryan Preece out in second. Christopher Bell dropped to fourth.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 54 and the drivers get three wide on the start. Ryan Preece takes the lead.

Ryan Preece is in the lead with Brad Keselowski, Christopher Bell, John Hunter Nemechek, and Daniel Hemric rounding out the top five.

Brad Keselowski is reporting radio issues and cannot hear his team. The crew reports that they can hear fine, the issue is in Brad’s car.

Lap 58, Brad Keselowski passes Ryan Preece to retake the lead.

Lap 59 Brad Keselowski is in the lead with Ryan Preece is second and Christopher Bell in third.

Justin Allgaier is reporting car issues.

Lap 62, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over half a second on Ryan Preece; Christopher Bell, John Hunter Nemechek, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five. Justin Allgaier has dropped to tenth place.

The 70 the caution flag comes out for debris on the track.

There are 23 cars on the lead lap.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart on lp 75 but gets challenged by Ryan Preece.

Brad Keselowski leads the race with Ryan Prrece ins second and Christopher Bell in third.

Lap 80 the caution flag comes out when Ross Chastain spins out and hits the wall. Only 10 laps til the end of stage two, some of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 83 but it is Ryan Preece who jumps out in front for the lead. After pitting, Christopher Bell restarts the race in 14th.

Brad Keselowski challenges Ryan Preece for the lead. Ryan Truex spins out after contact from the number 16 car of Ryan Reed, bringing out the caution flag. Truex keeps his car off of the wall. Justin Allgaier was also involved in the crash and has damage to his car.

With only two laps remaining in the stage, Ryan Preece brings the field down for the green flag restart with Brad Keselowski getting out in front for the lead. Ryan Preece and Brad Keselowski battle it out for the lead with Keselowski getting out in front.

Brad Keselowski wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Brad Keselowski
Daniel Hemric
Ryan Preece
Brandon Jones
John Hunter Numechek
Elliott Sadler
Austin Cindric
Christopher Bell
Ryan Sieg
Matt Tifft

Not taking any tires Johnny Sauter and Ryan Truex wins the race off of pit road. Stage two winner Brad Keselowski comes out third. Christopher Bell stayed out on the track.

Elliott Sadler and Christopher Bell bring the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 99. Elliott Sadler is in the lead with Christopher Bell in second and Cole Custer in third.

Cole Custer gets around Christopher Bell to take over second as the drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Lap 101, Elliott Sadler has a lead of over half a second on Cole Custer with 25 cars on the lead lap and four cars off the track.

Lap 105 Elliott Sadler leads the race with Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, and Austin Dillon rounding out the top five.

106 Elliott Sadler holds on to a half second lead on Cole Custer with Christopher Bell in third.

Lap 111, Elliott Sadler continues to lead the race with Christopher Bell in second and Cole Custer in third.

Lap 113 the top five are Elliott Sadler, Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric, and Brad Keselowski.

Elliott Sadler holds on to a half second lead on Christopher Bell; Cole Custer, Brad Keselowski, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Lap 117, Elliott Sadler holds on to his half second lead on Christopher Bell.

Lap 119 Christopher Bell is challenging leader Elliott Sadler for the lead. Christopher Bell passes Elliott Sadler for the lead.

Lap 121, Christopher Bell is in the lead with Elliott Sadler ins second and Brad Keselowski in third.

Christopher Bell is reporting that he has no tachometer light and is concerned about speeding on pit road.

Lap 124 Christopher Bell has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Elliott Sadler. There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 128, Christopher Bell leads the race by over half a second on Brad Keselowski, Elliott Sadler is in third.

Lap 130, Christopher Bell holds on to his lead of over half a second on Brad Keselowski.

Lap 132, Brad Keselowski has caught up to leader Christopher Bell.

Lap 133, Brad Keselowski challenges Christopher Bell for the lead.

Lap 138, Christopher Bell has pulled away from Brad Keselowski and now has a lead of nearly half a second.

Lap 140, there are only 17 cars on the lead lap as leader Christopher Bell continues to lap slower traffic.

Lap 142, Christopher Bell has a third of a second lead on Brad Keselowski with Elliott Sadler n third, with John Hunter Nemechek and Daniel Hemric rounding out the top five.

Lap 144, Brad Keselowski challenges Christopher Bell for the lead as the two go nose to nose around the track.

Lap 145, Brad Keselowski finally gets around Christopher Bell but Bell kept up the challenge; only to lose the lead to Keselowski.

Fifty to go, Brad Keselowski is in the lead with Christopher Bell in second, Elliott Sadler in third.

Lap 155, Brad Keselowski is in the lead with Christopher Bell nearly a second and a half behind.

Pit road reporters reveal that Christopher Bell has no tachometer at all and has no way to judge his speed.

Lap 157 the top five are Brad Keselowski, Christopher Bell, Elliott Sadler, John Hunter Nemechek, and Daniel Hemric.

Lap 160, drivers begin making green flag pit stops.

Lap 161, there are only 12 cars on the lead lap.

Christopher Bell’s team had to guess the speeds when they brought him down pit road for service.

Daniel Hemric takes over the lead when Brad Keselowski made his pit stop.

Some teams are changing only two tires trying to improve their spots.

Jeremy Clements brings out the caution flag when he can’t get slowed down fast enough and hits the water barrels on lap 167.

NASCAR has brought out the red flag while they get the track cleaned up and replace the water barrels.

After a short stop for clean up, NASCAR pulls the red flag and puts out the caution flag with 32 laps remaining in the race.

When John Hunter Nemechek made his pit stop, he overshot the pit stall. Nemechek reported that he has no brakes.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 28 laps remaining in the race with Keselowski jumping out in front for the lead.

Ryan Preece makes it three wide across the track.

Brad Keselowski is in the lead with Christopher Bell in second and John Hunter Nemechek in third.

Lap 175, the top five are Brad Keselowski, Christopher Bell, John Hunter Nemechek, Ryan Preece and Matt Tifft.

With a lot of smoke on the track, NASCAR brings out the caution flag when Chad Finchum and Garrett Smithley wreck.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 182. Christopher Bell edges out Brad Keselowski for the lead but John Hunter Nemechek challenges Bell for the lead. Ryan Preece makes it a three wide for second place with Christopher Bell out in front.

Lap 183 Christopher Bell leads with Brad Keselowski in second and Ryan Preece in third.

Lap 185 Christopher Bell leads while Brad Keselowski and Ryan Preece battle it out for second.

Lap 186 Christopher Bell has pulled out to a half second lead as Brad Keselowski and Ryan Preece battle for the second spot.

Lap 188 Christopher Bell leads the race, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Preece, Matt Tifft, and John Hunter Nemechek rounding out the top five.

Now that Keselowski has gotten around Ryan Preece, he is closing in on leader Christopher Bell.

Nine to go Christopher Bell’s lead over Brad Keselowski is down to less than half a second.

With eight laps remaining in the race, there are 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 193, Christopher Bell has a half second lead on Brad Keselowski.

Lap 196, Christopher Bell’s lead over Brad Keselowski is down to only a quarter of a second.

Lap 197, Brad Keselowski has caught up to leader Christopher Bell.

Two laps to go and Brad Keselowski is challenging Christopher Bell for the lead.

Christopher Bell takes the white flag.

For the second week in a row, Christopher Bell takes the checkered flag and beats out a Monster Energy Cup Series regular. This is Bell’s third win of the season.

On the final lap, Austin Cindric gets into the wall.

The unofficial results of the Lakes Region 200:
Christopher Bell
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Preece
John Hunter Nemechek
Matt Tifft
Brandon Jones
Justin Allgaier
Elliott Sadler
Cole Custer
Austin Dillon
Daniel Hemric
Ryan Reed
Ryan Truex
Kaz Grala
Ryan Sieg
Michael Annett
Austin Cindric
Jeremy Clements
Johnny Sauter
Tommy Joe Martins
Chad Finchum
Joey Gase
Alex Labbe
Spencer Boyd
Tyler Reddick
Ross Chastain
Vinnie Miller
David Starr
Bayley Currey
Angela Ruch
Mike Harmon
Garrett Smithley
Donald Theetge
Josh Bilicki
BJ McLeod
J.J. Yeley
Carl Long
Timmy Hill
Morgan Shepherd
Jeff Green

New Music Friday – July 20

This week in New Music Friday, the new releases include music from the Punch Brothers, Enrique Iglesias, and a variety of soundtracks including the hit Broadway musical about Donna Summer.

Albums:
“Hive Mind” by The Internet
“All Ashore” by the Punch Brothers
“Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” by Various Artists
“Forever” by Popcaan
“Mitad y Mitad” by Calibre 50
“Take Me to the Disco” by Meg Myers
“The Tree” by Lori McKenna
“Head in the Clouds” by 88rising
“PRIME” by P-Lo
The original soundtrack for “Marvel Future Fight” by Various Artists
Soundtrack for the original YouTube series “ Best Shot” by Roahn Hylton and Jacob Yoffee
The original motion picture soundtrack for “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies” by Various Artists
The original television soundtrack for season three of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” by the television series cast
“Would You Still Be There?” by Kalin White
“Boy in Jeans” by Ryan Beatty
“Idol Blue” by Johnny Rain
“Move to Miami” Remixes by Enrique Iglesias
“B.E.N.I.R.O.” by Messiah
“Devouring Radiant Light” by Skeletonwitch
“The Sacrament of Sin” by Powerwolf
“Harlan & Alondra” by Buddy
“Epica vs. Attack on Titan Songs” by Epica
“Crown Shyness” by Trash Boat
“Ask Bout Me” by Jay Park
“New Beta, Vol. 1” by Powell
“New Beta, Vol. II” by Powell
“Personal Best” by Chelsea Jade
“7 Vibez” by Jesus Honcho
“Ocean” Remixes by Martin Garrix with Khalid
The original motion picture soundtrack for “The Equalizer 2” by Harry Gregson-Williams
“Black Noise 2084” by DJ Khalab

EPs:
“The Famous” by Mason Ramsey
“Hopeful” by AJ Mitchell
“The Story of Fishbone” by Radio Base

Dolphins Releases Team Anthem Policy

As the NFL teams prepare for preseason camp, the Miami Dolphins is the first team to release the rulings surrounding the new policy regarding the National Anthem and player protests.

Under the new NFL Anthem policy, the teams can be fined but the individual teams are responsible for any punishment for players who violate the rule.

The proposal submitted by the Dolphins states that the policy surrounding the National Anthem falls under the category of “conduct detrimental to the club” with punishment including a suspension of up to four games or a fine. The collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFL Players Association states that fines are limited to no more than one week’s salary.

The ruling does not apply to players alone but to any team employee. Any team member on the playing field during pre-game ceremonies must stand at attention during the performance of the National Anthem; otherwise the team member may remain in the locker room.

Meanwhile, Tennessee Titans player Jurrell Casey has stated that he will continue the protests he started last season. Titans CEO Steve Underwood states that he intends to speak with Casey on the matter once Casey returns to the U.S.; Casey is currently in the United Kingdom. Underwood stated that he believed Casey did not understand how the new policy works.

The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance with the NFL over the new policy.

Auditions Conclude on ‘The Four’

Last week on “The Four” it was the third week in a row where all four of the singers were challenged and rocker Jesse Kramer lost his seat after Noah Barlass beat Kramer out in the audience vote.

This week it is the final week of auditions and the last chance for the challengers to try and dethrone one of “The Four”.

The Four” get the night of music started with a group performance.

Classically trained Jeronelle McGhee is the first challenger to take the stage. Saying that he has studied the show and the singers, he chose to perform the Alex Clare song “Too Close”. Meghan said that he had an incredible voice. Sean noted that his relentlessness to get on the show and perform was truly inspirational. DJ Khalid enjoyed the performance and thought that Jeronelle sang great but wondered if he had what it takes to beat one of “The Four”. Jeronelle got three yeses and the right to challenge one of “The Four”. He chose to challenge Noah Barlass. After the audience vote Jeronelle becomes the newest member of “The Four” unseating Noah.

Next up to try and challenge one of “The Four” is Mackenzie Johnson who brought her guitar for a performance of the Justin Bieber song “Love Yourself”. Saying that Mackenzie reminded her of herself, Meghan said that the performance was a bit shaky. Sean noted that he liked the comfort and tone in the last four bars of the song. Mackenzie got three nos for her performance.

Leah-Jenea Gaines comes from a musical household came out on stage with a lot of energy for her performance of “Best Part”. Sean said, “you did that!” Meghan loved Leah’s voice and tone; adding that she was unique and sounded like nobody else. Bringing out his candle, DJ Khalid liked the incredible energy; adding that he saw Leah. Leah-Jenea got three yeses and chose to challenge James for his seat. Leah’s choice got Sean excited for what was to come. After both performances and the audience vote Leah-Jenea upsets “The Four” and takes over original member James Graham. With that Sharaya J is the only original member of “The Four” remaining.

Next up to hopeful challenge one of “The Four” is rpaper AJ Reynolds who performs one of his own songs. AJ engaged the audience and had them joining in. DJ Khalid noted that AJ had something when he performed an original song and got the crowd to join in. Meghan noted that it was the most energy of anyone she had seen on the stage. Calling AJ authentic, Sean said that AJ has some writing skills; adding that he hopes AJ has another one because he plans on putting AJ through. Sean said he wants a copy of AJ’s first song – “Cheeks”. AJ got three yeses and said that he thinks Sharaya needs a battle. After the two rappers battle it out in song, Sharaya J successfully defends her seat and becomes the longest seat holder in “The Four” history.

Anthony Garguila-is a theme park performer but is looking move out on is own. He met Meghan Trainor when he was little and she recognized him. Meghan said that she felt like Anthony gave her everything. DJ Khalid said that he wanted to see just how good Anthony is and battle Ali. DJ Khalid got his wish and will challenge Ali in the last battle of the night. DJ and Sean both noted that Anthony gave a performance suitable for Broadway or the theater. They were shocked when Anthony told them that he is a performer at Universal Studios in Orlando. In the final vote of the night, Ali Caldwell holds on to her seat.

The auditions are over, next week is the comeback show and only two weeks until the season finale.
At the end of the show a not appeared stating that there were some technical issues with the voting app in the studio and the winner of the final battle between Ali Caldwell and Anthony Garguila was determined by the judging panel.

Classic Rock Lives with Bostyx

It was a lucky Friday the 13th for rock fans, especially for those who are fans of the 70s and 80s rock music when Bostyx came to the Bear’s Den Showroom in the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino for two shows.

For one member of the band it was a bit of a homecoming; drummer Glenn Jost is from the Buffalo area – he grew up in Williamsville.

Fronted by former Boston member David Victor, Bostyx performs the music of Boston and Styx.

After opening the show with a rocking instrumental rendition of the National Anthem, the band mixed up the set list with tunes from the band that give Bostyx their name – Boston and Styx.

Up first was the Boston hit song “Rock and Roll Band”. The band also played the Boston songs “Smokin”, “More Than a Feeling”, “Don’t Look Back”, and “Peace of Mind”.

The set list also featured the Styx hits “Grand Illusion”, “Foolin’ Yourself”, “Lady”, Babe”, “Best of Times”, “Too Much Time on My Hands”, “Rockin’ the Paradise”, and “Come Sail Away” whee fans were invited to sing and dance along.

Returning to the stage after some rousing cheers the band performed the Boston hit “Foreplay/Longtime”.

All five band members – Glenn Jost, Roby Duros, Manny Aguirrie, Victor Bender, and David Victor – shared the vocal duties and with their constant moving about the stage to get closer to the fans or rock with each other, it was clear that the group was having a good time performing as they played before a packed house of avid rock and roll fans.

Nose to Nose Overtime Win at Eldora

The Camping World Truck Series moves to Ohio for a little dirt racing with the Eldora Dirt Derby and some mid week racing on a Wednesday night.

Like Daytona for the Monster Energy Cup Series, racing at Eldora is like no other race for the Truck Series with heat racing and a main event…all on the big dirt oval track.

Monster Energy Cup Series driver Kyle Larson joins Michael Waltrip and Vince Welch in the broadcast booth. Xfinity Series driver Christopher Bell also joins the broadcast team trackside.

Thirty nine teams have brought trucks to Eldora for 32 spots in the race.

After only one round of single truck qualifying Ben Rhodes puts his truck on the pole but the driver that will bring the field to the green flag in the main event will be determined by the heat races.

The night begins with five qualifying races of 10 laps each with the top five winners advancing to the main event.

The starting lineup for the Dirt Derby:
Ben Rhodes
Todd Gilliland
Chase Briscoe
Matt Crafton
Stewart Friesen
Sheldon Creed
Logan Seavey
Chris Windom
Grant Enfinger
Ryan Newman
Austin Wayne Self
Brett Moffitt
Tyler Dippel
Nick Hoffman
Myatt Snider
Justin Shipley
Max McLaughlin
Norm Benning
Justin Haley
JR Heffner
Austin Hill
Ty Dillon
Kyle Strickler
Cody Coughlin
Jeffrey Abbey
John Hunter Nemechek
Noah Gragson
Tanner Thorson
Johnny Sauter
Justin Fontaine
Wendell Chavous
Dalton Sargeant

There are three stages in the race of 40, 50, and 60 laps each for a total of 150 laps.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and the drivers get four wide as soon as the green flag waves. Ben Rhodes leads lap one.

Ben Rhodes, Todd Gilliland, Matt Crafton, Sheldon Creed, and Chris Windom round out the top five.

Lap five, Ben Rhodes holds on to the lead of the race with Todd Gilliland, Chris Windom, Matt Crafton, and Sheldon Creed the top five drivers.

Lap eight Ben Rhodes continues to lead the race by over two seconds.

Johnny Sauter gets around and brings out the first caution flag of the race on lap nine.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 14 but Ben Rhodes takes over the lead of the race.

Lap 17 the drivers are four wide across the half mile track with Ben Rhodes leading the way. Stewart Friesen is a third of a second behind .

Halfway through stage one, Ben Rhodes has a half second lead when Justin Fontaine brings out the second caution flag of the race after spinning out.

Ben Rhodes, Stewart Fresen, Logan Seavey, Chris Windom, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 25 and holds on to the lead.

Stewart Friesen and Ben Rhodes battle for the lead, Logan Seavy and Chris Windom also get involved and bring out the third caution flag of the race when Chris Wndom gets into Stewart Friesen.

Stewart Friesen brings his truck down pit road for service and adjustments.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag restart with just seven laps remaining in stage one. Ben Rhodes holds on to his lead of the race.

Ben Rhodes, Logan Seavy, Chase Briscoe, Grant Enfinger, and Chris Windom round out the top five.

Logan Seavy challenges Ben Rhodes for the lead but Ben Rhodes holds on to maintain his lead of the race.

Ben Rhodes edges out Logan Seavy to wins stage one for his fourth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ben Rhodes
Logan Seavy
Chase Briscoe
Chris Windom
Tyler Dippel
John Hunter Nemechek
Grant Enfinger
Matt Crafton
Ryan Newman
Austin Wayne Self

Only 16 teams can pit at one time – the first 16 and then the second 16 – but not all of the drivers chose to come down pit road. The drivers are stopped on the track during the pit stop. The teams have three minutes to complete all service and adjustments.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 42 and edges out Logan Seavey for the lead of the race.

The drivers are getting four wide across the track.

Lap 44 Ben Rhodes leads; Chase Briscoe, Tyler Dippel, Chris Windom, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Ben Rhodes gets into the wall and has to bring his truck down pit road. The track stays green.

Chase Briscoe is the new race leader.

Lap 50, Chase Briscoe has a one second lead on Chrs Windom; Tyler Dippel, Grant Enfinger, and Myatt Snider round out the top five.

Lap 52, the top five are: Chase Briscoe, Grant Enfinger, Chris Windom, Myatt Snider, and Tyler Dippel.

The caution flag comes out on lap 53 after Tyler Dippel and Matt Crafton make contact. Ryan Newman was also involved in the crash.

Despite having damage to his truck, Matt Crafton stayed out on the track.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 60 and holds on to the lead with Grant Enfinger in second.

Lap 62, Chase Briscoe leads the race; Grant Enfinger, Chris Windom, Myatt Snider, and Logan Seavey round out the top five.

There are only three trucks one lap down.

Lap 65, Chase Briscoe has a tenth of a second lead on Grant Enfinger; Chris Windom, Myatt Snider, and Logan Seavey round out the top five.

Grant Enfinger challenges Chase Briscoe for the lead with 22 laps remaining in stage two.

Lap 71, Chase Briscoe has pulled out to a third of a second on Grant Enfinger; Chris Windom, Myatt Snider, and Logan Seavey round out the top five.

Lap 75, Chase Briscoe has increased his lead over half a second on Grant Enfinger; Chris Windom, Logan Seavey, and Austin Wayne Self round out the top five.

Lap 80, Chase Briscoe holds on to his lead of nearly a second on Grant Enfinger; Logan Seavey, Chris Windom, and Austin Wayne Self round out the top five.

Lap 84, Chase Briscoe’s lead over Grant Enfinger is down to under half a second; Logan Seavey, Chris Windom, and Austin Wayne Self round out the top five.

Lap 87, Chase Briscoe now has a lead of half a second on Grant Enfinger.

Chase Briscoe wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Chase Briscoe
Grant Enfinger
Logan Seavey
Austin Wayne Self
Chris Windom
Todd Gilliland
Matt Crafton
Myatt Snider
Austin Hill
Stewart Friesen

Again some drivers choose to stay out on the track; while others come down pit road for service.

Logan Seavey brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 93.

Lap 94, the top five are Logan Seavey, Stewart Friesen, Austin Wayne Self, Todd Gilliland, and Justin Haley.

Lap 97, Logan Seavey leads Stewart Friesen by over four seconds; Austin Wayne Self, Todd Gilliland, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Lap 100, Logan Seavey’s lead is down to just two seconds over Stewart Friesen as Friesen battles Austin Wayne Self for second place.

Lap 109, Logan Seavey has pulled out to a lead of four seconds on Stewart Friesen; Austin Wayne Self, Grant Enfinger, and Todd Gilliand round out the top five.

Lap 113, Logan Seavey continues with a huge lead over Stewart Friesen. This is Seavey’s first race on the dirt of Eldora. He is beginning to catch the slower traffic.

Lap 115, there are 28 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 118, Logan Seavey continues to lead the race by over four seconds…even in traffic; Stewart Friesen, Grant Enfinger, Chase Broscoe and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

Thirty to go and Logan Seavey holds on to a lead of four and a half seconds on Stewart Friesen.

Lap 129, Stewart Friesen has closed the gap to leader Logan Seavey to three and a half seconds.

Tyler Dippel brings out the caution flag with 20 laps to go wen he spins out after making contact with Austin Wayne Self.

Logan Seavey brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 135 and drivers immediately get four wide in a race for the lead.

Logan Seavy holds on to the lead but the caution comes out when Todd Gilliland and Myatt Snider get into each other. Austin Hill and Cody Coughlin were also involved.

Logan Seavey brings the field down for the green flag restart with only five laps remaining in the race with Chase Briscoe gettng out in front for the lead.

A big crash on the backstretch brings out the caution flag. Dalton Sargeant, JR Heffner, Norm Benning, and Kyle Strickler were all involved.

In an overtime event, Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart and holds on to the lead.

Chase Briscoe and Grant Enfinger are nose to nose as they take the white flag with Chase Briscoe edging out Grant Enfinger to win the race by 38 thousands of a second.

The unofficial results for the Edlora Dirt Derby:
Chase Briscoe
Grant Enfinger
Stewart Friesen
Matt Crafton
Brett Moffitt
Noah Gragson
John Hunter Nemechek
Logan Seavey
Justin Haley
Nick Hoffman
Ty Dillon
Max McLaughlin
Tyler Dippel
Chris Windom
Sheldon Creed
Johnny Sauter
Jeffrey Abbey
Austin Wayne Self
Tanner Thorson
Myatt Snider
Austin Hill
Todd Gilliland
Wendell Chavous
JR Heffner
Justin Fontaine
Justin Shipley
Dalton Sargeant
Cody Coughlin
Ben Rhodes
Ryan Newman
Kyle Strickler
Norm Benning

Titan’s Casey Defies Anthem Rule

The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance against the new ruling over how players should conduct themselves during the playing of the National Anthem prior the football games, but not all of the players are waiting for the outcome to express their intentions when it comes to the National Anthem.

Defensive end for the Tennessee Titans Jurrell Casey has announced his intention to continuing his protest against social injustice on the field while The Anthem is played.

Speaking on his decision Casey said, “It is what it is, at the end of the day, I don’t pay no mind to it. I’m going to do what I do that’s going to bring light to my community. … I will continue to use my platform to keep on speaking up.”

While some players took a knee in protest, Casey chose to raise a fist abd said that his protests will be a continuation from last season.

Noting that some of his fellow players are not happy with the new ruling, Casey said, “I feel it’s not right, I don’t think it was a good decision for the NFL to come up with that ruling. But they have their reasons for what they’ve done.”

The Tennessee Titans have not responded to Casey’s remarks.

In 2016, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kapernick took a knee during the playing of the National Anthem as a way to bring awareness of social injustice toward people of colour. As the weeks went on more players began joining the movement. And while Kapernick did not play during the 2017 football season, his efforts continued.

But after a very vocal protest based on false information, the NFL Commissioner took action and passed a ruling that stated any player who came out on the field prior to the start of the game must stand for the performing of the National Anthem. Players who did not wish to comply may remain in the locker room.

Players who do not comply with the ruling are subject to being fined by The League and/or the team.

NASCAR Issues Kentucky Penalties

After the triple header weekend in Kentucky, NASCAR has charged two teams with rules violations. The Xfinity Series number 22 Team Penske car driven by Paul Menard was charged with not having all 20 of their lug nuts secured. As a result of the infraction, crew chief Brian Wilson has been fines $5,000.

In the Camping World Truck Series, the number 24 GMS Racing truck driven by Justin Haley was also charged with not having all of the lug nuts properly secured. Crew chief Kevin Bellicourt was fined $2,500 for the infraction.

There were no penalties issued for the Monster Energy Cup Series drivers.

Cute, Amazing, and Inspiring as Qualifiers Continue on WOD

This week on “Word of Dance” the qualifying rounds continue as dancers continue to vie for the $1 million prize.

Kicking the night off was the all girl Hip-Hop group Cubcakes Dance Crew whose youngest member is only nine years old. Jennifer noted that it was always amazing to her to see babies like them come out with so much poise; adding that the dance was clean and precise. Jennifer noted that the girls have the making of a really great dance crew. Asking how is he supposed to judge that, Ne-Yo said that the crew was super clean in in sync. Saying that they did a great job, Derek noted that the crew’s personality was ridiculous. The crew scored 83 points for their dance.

Luka and Jenalyn made a return visit after being cut during the dual rounds last season. Noting that it was good to see them back and looking different; Jennifer said that they have the tricks that most people cannot do. Derek loved the intro; adding that they did an all around great job. Saying that he loved that they took their notes from last season, Ne-Yo said that they did a great job. The duo scored 87 points for their dance.

The tap dance group The Jam Project performed to “2 or 6 to 4” by Chicago and brought rousing cheers from the crowd. Noting that tap was such a classic form of dance that he would like to see thrive, Derek loved the counter rhythms; adding the guys did a great job. Ne-Yo loved that the group used the entire stage. Noting that tap is a classic art form Jennifer said that the guys needed to bring the legacy to it. The Jam Project scored 83 points for their dance.

The male Contemporary dance duo Marinspired brought Jennifer to her feet with their performance. Jennifer said that the guys did some beautiful work; adding that they were so strong and awesome. Noting that it was the first time on the show, Jennifer said that you don’t get to see two guys dancing together very often. Saying that they had some great storytelling, Derek noted that the dance was abstract on purpose. Ne-Yo noted that the lack of clean and order is what made the dance beautiful. The duo scored 91,3 points for their dance.

Estonian couple Alisa and Joseph took the stage for their first ever competition. Calling them adorable, Jennifer said that she loved the dance; adding that it was really delightful and so cute. Saying that he loved it when it felt real, Ne-Yo added that he felt like he had seen it all before. Derek loved the theatrics but wondered whether they could be competitive. The couple scored 90.7 points for their dance.

The duo known as The Gentlemen performed to a Ne-Yo song and even brought flowers to Jennifer at the end of the dance. Jennifer noted that the performance felt like the two brothers were dancing on the street; adding that they need to bring it to the stage. Joking that they should have chosen a better song, Ne-Yo loved the performance. Derek like the dynamic of the dance; adding that the boys had swag; but the brothers could only garner a score of 79.7 points for their dance and failed to move on to the next round.

Members of The Dragon House dance crew in Atlanta has brought a lot of dancers to reality dance competitions, Three of the crew’s animators took the stage on “World of Dance” to perform. Ne-Yo said that he was very familiar with what they did and wanted more. Noting that the trio were in sync, Jennifer said that the in btetween was lacking for her. Derek noted that their were some great moments in the dance but it wasn’t consistent. Getting a score of 79 points from Derek, the crew squeaked by to the next round with a score of 80 points.

In the final performance of the night, the all female Contemporary dance group the Quad Squad that brought Derek to his feet during the dance. Noting that the group’s strength was incredible, Derek called the girls a great team. Calling the girls amazing, Ne-Yo said that they were super together and moved as one. Saying that their were some mind blowing amazing moments, Jennifer noted that they played to the girl’s individual strengths; adding that was what made a great team. Derek thanked the girls from reminding him not to skip leg day. The team scored 89 points for their dance.

Next week in a two night event, the qualifying rounds conclude and the dual rounds begin.

Sea Monsters Make a Splash on ‘Face Of’

Only six artists remain on this 13th season of “Face Off” and this week it is time to see what the remaining artists are made of.

When the artists enter the lab they find all manner of nautical artifacts. For centuries treasure hunters have sailed the high seas but feared getting to close to the edge of the earth or they would be devoured by monsters.

The artists must create a sea monster that was inspired by illustrations from a 16th century map. And since they are creating sea creatures, the creations will be tested in their natural environment…underwater. The makeups must be waterproof. The judges will see the creatures both on the land and in the water.

This week’s match ups are:
Derek and Mel
Matt and Walter
Jordan and Damien

During season two, Matt was the champion on the sea monster challenge.

Mentor Michael Westmore visits the lab to offer some advice for the artists. After talking with Westmore, Derek makes some changes to his sculpture and is much happier with the result.

Mel has a concept of what she wants to do but it isn’t coming out in the clay.

When Mel comes into the lab on day two, she does not like her sculpt; she tears it apart and starts over.

Jordan is getting more excited the more work he gets done on his sea creature.

Matt is working to emphasize the profile of his sea creature.

Damien is getting very ambitious with his sea creature and has a lot of pieces to apply.

Mel chose a seahorse for her inspiration and is creating a mane for her creature.

It’s application day and only four hours to apply the pieces with only one hour in last looks. The artists have a lot of extra work to waterproof their prosthetic pieces.

Mel is running way behind, her model is giving her a hand with the waterproofing.

Derek has some repair work to do on his model when the chest piece does not fit properly.

In his meeting with Mel, Michael Westmore told her not to start with black paint, she forgot what he told her and laid down the black paint first and then tried to add gold, it begins to turn green. She has a plan to recover the paint job during last looks.

Damien said that he has two hours of painting to do and only an hour to do it.

While in the tank pieces from Damien’s creature come off.

After the reveal, closer looks, and dive into the tank;

In Mel against Derek, Derek wins
In Walter against Matt, Matt wins
In Jordan against Damien, Jordan wins

The judges spoke with some of the artists…
Glenn said that Matt’s creature was phenomenal; adding that the head shape was gorgeous and had great balance. Ve loved the chest piece and Neville said that the side view was perfect. The judges noted that Matt’s creature was one of the finest they had seen and was fantastic underwater.

Ve said that Mel’s creature looked bizarre to her and not a success for her. Neville felt that the creature did not feel terrestrial or mythical. Glenn noted that Mel made some disastrous paint decisions.

Neville said that Jordan’s creature was so well crafted and conceived. Glenn noted that the creature had a killer profile; adding that the makeup worked well underwater. Calling the creature gorgeous, Ve said that it gave her goosebumps; adding that the creature could walk on to a movie set right now.

Glenn said that Damien’s paint job fought the sculpture and noted that it lost some of its components in the water. Calling the paint job the most problematic, Ve questioned Damien’s use of turquoise. Neville called the creature confusing.

Saying that it was a killer makeup, Glenn named Jordan as the winner of the challenge. This was Jordan’s first win.

One Swing Wins Home Run Derby in Slugfest

Each year on the night before the annual All Star game eight of the game’s players gather to see who can “knock it out of the park” in the Home Run Derby.

This year the Home Run Derby and the All Star game are taking place at the home of the National League Washington Nationals.

The 2018 Home Run Derby contenders are:
Philadelphia Phillie Rhys Hoskins
Milwaukee Brewer Jesus Aguilar
Chicago Cub Kyle Schwarber
Houston Astro Alex Bregman
Chicago Cub Javier Baez
Los Angeles Dodger Max Muncy
Atlanta Brave Freddie Freeman
Washington National Bryce Harper

The batters are paired up for a head to head match with the batter who has the most home runs moving on to the next round.

Each batter will have four minutes to hit as many homers as he can, but he must wait for one pitch to land before the next pitch can be thrown. Each batter is allowed a time out.

If a batter hits two balls at least 440 feet, he will earn a 30 second bonus added to his batting time.

Should a tie occur, there will be a one minute swing off.

The first batter to come to the plate is Rhys Hoskins who hit a total of 17 including his first and last swings.

Next up is Jesus Aguilar who hit eleven homers.

Rhys Hoskins wins the first head to head battle.

In the second head to head match up, Kyle Schwarber comes to the plate and hit a total of 14 home runs but he is the first batter to earn the 30 second bonus where he he hit an additional two homers for a grant total of 16 home runs.

Alex Bregman comes to bat and hits 15 home runs and barely misses tying the score.

Kyle Schwarber wins the second head to head battle.

Up next is Javier Baez who hit 14 home runs but reached his 30 second bonus time early on in the at bat. Baez hit an additional two homers for a grand total of 16 home runs.

Max Muncy comes to the plate and hits 17 home runs with 35 seconds to go to upset Javier Baez to move on to the next round.

In the final match up, Freddie Freeman comes to bat first and hits 12 home runs.

The final batter in round one is home town player Bryce Harper who not only reached his bonus time with two balls hit at least 440 feet, he hit many more that far in a part he knows well. Harper reaches 13 homers to beat Freddie Freeman with over 30 seconds remaining in his original time.

In the next round, Rhys Hoskins and Kyle Schwarber facing off and Max Muncy and Bryce Harper facing off. The winners will face each other for the tropy and home run derby winner for 2018.

After a break for the military members to hold their home run derby finals Army beating Navy with just one home run after Navy failed to hit any homers.

Rhys Hoskins is the first batter to come to he plate in round two and hits a whopping 19 home runs and hits more than enough to earn a 3 second bonus time. Hoskins adds another home run to make it a total of 20 home runs after hitting 16 in his first round.

Kyle Schwarber comes to the plate and hits 21 home runs and even though he has a 30 bonus, does not need it to win the round. Kyle Schwarber is in the finals.

Max Muncy is up next and hits 12 home runs.

The final batter in round two is Bryce Harper who again needs only 13 homers to win the round and has over a minute remaining on the clock. Bryce Harper will face Kyle Schwarber for the championship.

In the final round, the batters get two time outs.

Kyle Schwarber comes to the plate first and hits 17 home runs but has an additional 30 bonus time to add more homers. He hits one more homer to make it a total of 18 for his final round.

One last time hometown player Bryce Harper comes to the plate and hits 18 home runs with a 30 bonus after getting on tear in the last minute. He hits a home run in his bonus round to win the silver bats! Harper hands the trophy to his Dad who was pitching to him.

Harper becomes only the third player to win the home run derby in his home park.

He called it a dream come true to have his Dad throwing to him in the derby.

 

feature photo credit (cropped): By State Farm on Flickr – Originally posted to Flickr as “Victory”, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20328107

Top 20 Revealed on SYTYCD

In part two of Academy Week on “So You Think You Can Dance” the 41 remaining dancers must first face two time Emmy Award wining SYTYCD alum Travis Wall.

After facing Travis Wall and his always interesting and complicated choreography, only 33 dancers survived to moved on and face Mandy Moore for a massive group Jazz routine that will incorporate all the various styles of dance.

After a performance that brought the judges to their feet, it was time for deliberations and the next round of cuts. Once it was all over only 27 dancers remained and hoping to be one of the top 20.

The dancers have one final round to impress the judges with a solo performance.

For this final round, the dancers will have to wait until everyone has performed before they learn their results.

The first dancer in the top 20 is Jay Jay Dixonbey. Joining him are:
Genessy Castillo
Magda Fialek
Jensen Arnold
Stephanie Sosa
Dayna Madison
Sydney Moss
Brianna Penrose
Chelsea Hough
Emily Carr
Hannahlei Caranila
Cole Mills
Justin Pham
Slavik Pustovoytov
Peyton Albrecht
Dustin Payne
Evan DeBenedetto
Kyle Bennett Jr
Darius Hickman
Allen Gangkin

And with that the top 20 has been revealed, but there is a twist…and it’s a big one…

after being paired with an all star and a choreographer for a dance outside of their style. Only 10 will be moving on to the next round.