Broadway to Offer Special Shows

Earlier this year history was made at the annual Tony Awards when actress Ali Stoker became the first actor who uses a wheelchair to win the coveted award.

Broadway will again feature special performances that will cater to people in the Autism Spectrum.

During the 2019-20 Broadway season, five musicals will offer a special performance –
“The Lion King” on September 29
“Frozen” on November 17
“Wicked” on February 2
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” on March 1
and “ Aladdin” on May 3

Tickets for the special performances go on sale six to eight weeks before the show.

Broadway has offered special performances of productions for the past eight years. Each performance features dimmed lighting instead of a full blackout, adjusted sound with a 90 decibal limited, and strobe and flash lighting is omitted.

Special educational materials are also available for audience members ahead of time to help with the characters and plot of the production.

Speaking on the program, TDF executive direcotr Victoria Bailey said, “we’re grateful to everyone involved in these productions for helping us provide this service to this underserved audience and help us provide an experience for families that is often life-changing. A special thanks to our funders, who like us, believe that the arts are for everyone. They make it possible for us to provide several hundred free tickets for each performance to families with children on the spectrum, who could not afford even discounted tickets.”

The Lion King” was the first production to offer a special program; other productions that have participated in the program are “Cats”, “Come from Away”, “Elf”, “Kinky Boots”, “Mary Poppins”, “My Fair Lady”, “Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark”, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”, “The King and I”, and “The Phantom of the Opera”.

 

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A Blues Brothers Party at Seneca Niagara

More than a tribute, it was a musical review with antics reminiscent of an old vaudeville show that included unsuspecting members of the audience when the Fairchild Blues Tribute came to the Bear’s Den Showroom in the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino on July 27.

With the backing of a full band “brothers Jake and Elwood Blues” entertained the full house with song, dance, and some “tom foolery”.

 

The band got the night started off with the theme from “Peter Gun” and then the “brothers” took the stage. After a few moments of standing on the stage, the audience took over with chants of “we want the show”.

And so it began…
Beginning their show with “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” and “Soul Man”, the duo danced and sang all over the stage.

Noting that the night was going to be a big party, the set list included “Sweet Home Chicago”, “Bony Maronie”, “Do You Love Me”, “What I Say”, “Hallelujah, I Love Her So”, “Minnie the Moocher”, “Rawhide”, and closing it all out with an audience participation performance of “Shout”.

But in between all of the songs…

It all began with Elvis…or rather the lack of Elvis and his scarf throwing. But have no fear, The Blue Brothers had some “scarves” of their own to throw…bags of them – white socks – which they tossed into the crowd.

Other antics included twerking audience members, a jail house “girl fried”, and a “kissing contest”. After bringing a gentleman on stage to go back stage for a consultation with a “love expert” on how to stay married, he returned to the stage to find three ladies waiting. The man was told that he would be blindfolded and would have to kiss each one of them and rate their kisses. But once blindfolded, it was his wife who came on stage for the kissing. He gave her a two, a five, and finally a 10.

This was not a show for sitting quietly, but one for dancing, singing along, and having a lot of fun…and they did.

After the show, the “brothers” met with fans in the lobby for a meet and greet including losts of sillly photos.

Strong Shows Fan Appreciation

Appreciation days always mean something a little special. The year The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York is celebrating Fan Appreciation Day on August 29.

The Thursday before Labor Day weekend, the event marks The Strong reaching 100,000 fans on Facebook.

Special activities run from 11am to 2pm and feature both indoor and outdoor – weather permitting – activities including snow cones, sidewalk art creations, a bubble machine, a performance by the Happy Pirates, and free rides on the Elaine Wilson Carousel and the Strong Express Train.

Visitors on Fan Appreciation Day are also invited to join in for a group photo marking the special day.

The Strong is the home of the National Toy Hall of Fame where bubbles found a home as a part of the 2014 class of inductees.

Located at One Manhattan Square in Rochester, New York; The Strong is open seven days a week – from 10am to 5pm Monday thru Thursday, 10 am to 8pm Friday and Saturday, and from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday.

Tickets are &16 for everyone over the age of two and free to members and children under the age of two.

Final Cut – The Girls

Last week on “So You Think You Can Dance” the top 20 dancers were revealed but it isn’t over yet…the top 20 will become the top 10 after performing with an All Star.

First up are the top 10 girls to “dance for their lives” in hopes of being one of the top five and move on to the live shows.

Contemporary dancer Mariah has been paired with Jonathan for a Salsa and impressed Ballroom expert Mary Murphy.

Next up is Salsa dancer Melanie who has been paired with Fik-shun for some Hip-Hop.

Ballroom dancer Ashley has been paired up with Lex for a Contemporary routine.

Hip-Hop dancer Anna was paired with Marco for a Jazz routine.

Contemporary dancer Madison was paired with Kiki for a Cha Cha.

Ballroom dancer Sofia has been paired with Marco for a Jazz routine. Sofia was paired with Marco in season 14.

Popper Sumi was paired with Lex for a Contenporary routine.

Ballroom dancer Nazz was paired with Fik-shun for a Luther Brown Hip-Hop routine.

Contemporary dancer Sophie was paired with Kiki for a Cha Cha.

The final dancer on the floor was Ballroom dancer Stephanie who was paired with Jonathan with a Mandy Moore Contemporary routine. She was cut just short of the top 10 last season.

And the final five are…
Mariah
Stephanie
Anna
Sofie
and Madison

Next week the guys will take the stage to determine the top five dancers.

Static-X

After selling out their North American tour dates, Static-X have announced some additional dates for the tour.

Currently on their Wisconsin Death Trip 20th Anniversary Tour, co-headliners Devildriver will continue on the first part of the tour, with Wednesday 13 taking over co-headlining duties for the second part. Dope and Raven Black are also be a part of the tour.

Static-X tour dates:
July 27 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV
Aug 22 at the Eatons Hill Hotel in Eatons Hill, Australia
Aug 23 at the Croxton Bandroom in Melbourne, Australia
Aug 24 at the Metro Theatre in Sydney, Australia
Aug 26 at The Gov in Hindmarsh, Australia
Aug 27 at the Rock Rover in Fremantle, Australia
Sept 18 at the Cashier ‘Atlas in Kyiv, Ukraine
Sept 20 at the Cosmonaut Club in St. Petersburg, Russia
Sept 21 at the Glavclub Green Concert in Moscow, Russia
Sept 24 at SWX in Bristol, UK
Sept 25 at the Tramshed in Cardiff, UK
Sept 26 at The Electric Ballroom in London, UK
Sept 27 at the Rock City in Nottingham, UK
Sept 28 at the Stylus in Leeds, UK
Sept 29 at the Engine Rooms in Southampton, UK
Oct 1 at the Northumbria Institute in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Oct 2 at The Garage in Glasgow, UK
Oct 3 at the O2 Ritz in Manchester, UK
Oct 4 at the O2 Institute in Birmingham, UK
Oct 5 at File 7 in Magny-Le-Hongre, France
Oct 6 at the Muziekcentrum Trix in Antwerp, Belgium
Oct 7 at the Markthalle in Hamburg, Germany
Oct 9 at the Essigfabrik in Koln, Germany
Oct 10 at the MS Connextion Complex in MA, Germany
Oct 11 at the Jungendkulturhaus in Zurich, Switzerland
Oct 12 at the Discoteca Rock Planet in Cervia, Italy
Oct 14 at the MeetFactory in Praha, Czech Republic
Nov 8 at Emo’s in Austin, TX
Nov 9 at Clicks in Tyler, TX
Nov 10 at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City, OK
Nov 12 at the Varsity Theatre in Baton Rouge, LA
Nov 13 at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA
Nov 15 at the Revolution in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Nov 16 at The Orpheum in Tampa, FL
Nov 17 at Club LA in Destin, FL
Nov 19 at the Cone Denim in Greensboro, NC
Nov 20 at The NorVa in Norfolk, VA
Nov 22 at the Skyloft in Albany, NY
Nov 23 at the Providence Metal Fest in Providence, RI
Nov 24 at the Sony Hall in New York City, NY
Nov 26 at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH
Nov 27 at the Machine Shop in Flint, MI
Nov 29 at the Riverfront Live in Cincinnati, OH
Nov 30 at The Rave II in Milwaukee, WI
Dec 1 at The City Center in Champaign, IL
Dec 2 at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL
Dec 3 at the Green Bay Distillery in Green Bay, WI
Dec 4 at The Myth in St. Paul, MN
Dec 5 at Wooly’s in Des Moines, IA
Dec 6 at Pop’s in Sauget, IL
Dec 7 aat the Bourbon Theater in Lincoln, NE
Dec 8 at the Sunshine Studios Live in Colorado Springs, CO
Dec 10 at The Royal Bar in Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 11 at the Knitting Factory in Boise, ID
Dec 12 at the Knitting Factory in Spokane, WA
Dec 13 at the Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, OR
Dec 14 at El Corazon in Seattle, WA
Dec 15 at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver, BC
Dec 17 at Slim’s in San Francisco, CA
Dec 18 at Fulton 55 in Fresno, CA

Exciting Overtime Finish for Monster Cup in Pocono

Capping off a triple header weekend, the Monster Energy Cup Series runs the Gander RV 400 from the “tricky triangle” of Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

The excitement began early for the Monster Cup drivers when Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott each had on track incidents during practice that send teams scrambling for backup cars.

This week the NBCSports crew is doing something a little different with three of the broadcasters each taking a corner and will be giving a radio styled description of the on track events.

After single car qualifying, with a time of 51.707 seconds, Kevin Harvick follows up his New Hampshire win by putting his number four car on the pole and will bring the field to green.

In post qualifying inspection nearly a quarter of the field failed the inspection process and have had their qualifying times disallowed…including some front runners. The number three driven by Austin Dillon, the number 12 driven by Ryan Blaney, the number 15 driven by Ross Chastain, the number 24 driven by William Byron, the number 27 driven by Reed Sorenson, the number 34 driven by Michael McDowell, the number 32 driven by Corey LaJoie, the number 37 driven by Chris Buescher, and the number 48 driven by Jimmie Johnson all failed inspection and will have to start the race from the back of the field.

In addition, engineer Ryan Sparks for Austin Dillon’s team has been ejected fro the weekend.

The starting lineup for the Gander RV 400:
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
Erik Jones
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Daniel Suarez
Martin Truex Jr
Denny Hamlin
Matt DiBenedetto
Brad Keselowski
Alex Bowman
Clint Bowyer
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
David Ragan
Paul Menard
Daniel Hemric
Chase Elliott
Ryan Newman
Ryan Preece
Bubba Wallace
Matt Tifft
Kyle Larson
Landon Cassill
Ty Dillon
Josh Bilicki
BJ McLeod
Quin Houff
Austin Theriault
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Jimmie Johnson
Chris Buescher
Austin Dillon
Michael McDowell
Corey LaJoie
Ross Chastain
Reed Sorenson

Stages one and two of the race are 50 laps each with stage three lasting 60 laps around the two and a half mile track for a total of 400 miles.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and the drivers immediately spread out to four and five wide. Kevin Harvick gets out in front for the lead.

Kevin Harvick leads the first lap with Joey Logano in second and Kyle Busch in third.

Lap three the drivers finally get single file with Kevin Harvick leading the way.

Lap four, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over half a seocnd on Joey Logano. Brad Keselowski hits the wall and has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road for repairs. The track stays green.

In his pit stall, Brad Keselowski’s car falls off of the jack, making for a slow pit stop.

Lap six, Kevin Harvick now has a lead of over a second on Joey Logano.

Lap elevin, Kevin Harvick contiues to lead the race with a two second lead on Joey Logano.

Lap 13, all 38 cars are still on the lead lap.

Lap 14, Alex Bowman makes his green flag pit stop as strategy begins for teams making pit stops.

Lap 17, Kevin Harvick has led every lap so far; he has a lead of over a second on Joey Logano.

After starting from the back of the field in a backup car, Kyle Larson has moved up to eleventh.

With 29 laps remaining in stage one, drivers begin making green flag pit stops.

Lap 25, with green flag pit stops going on, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over three seconds on Denny Hamlin.

Lap 30, Kevin Harvick hold on to his two second lead on Denny Hamlin, but he still has to make his pit stop.

Lap 34, the top 10 have yet to make their pit stops. Kevin Harvick has a second and a half lead on Denny Hamlin.

Lap 39, Kevin Harvick finally makes his green flag pit stop.

Lap 40, Kyle Busch is the new leader with Jimmie Johnson in second over a second behind.

Lap 41 Jimmie Johnson makes his green pit stop. Kyle Busch now has a five second lead on Joey Logano.

The team reports that the track bar adjuster is broken on Erik Jones car.

Lap 43, Kyle Busch holds on to his five second lead over Joey Logano.

Lap 46, there are 27 cars on the lead lap with Kyle Busch leading the way, five seconds ahead of Joey Logano.

Kyle Busch wins stage one for his eighth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Larson
Erik Jones
Aric Almirola
Kurt Busch
Clint Bowyer

Taking only two tires, Daniel Hemric wins the race off of pit road.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two and holds on to the lead as the drivers get three and four wide across the track.

Lap 56, Kevin Harvick is back in the lead with Ryan Newman in second over haf a second back.

Lap 58, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead on Ryan Newman to two seconds with Denny Hamlin in third with Kyle Busch on his bumper.

Lap 59, Denny Hamlin gets around Ryan Newman for second.

Kyle Busch gets around Ryan Newman for third.

Lap 60, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of nearly three seconds on Denny Hamlin with 28 cars on the lead lap.

Kyle Busch has gotten around Denny Hamlin and is closing in on leader Kevin Harvick. Busch is less than two seconds back.

Lap 67, Kyle Busch has closed to within a second of leader Kevin Harvick who is closing in on lapping Ryan Blaney.

Lap 68, Kyle Busch has closed the gap to leader Kevin Harvick to just over half a second.

Lap 71, Kyle Busch has closed the gap on Kevin Harvick to under half a second.

Lap 73, Kyle Busch gets around Kevin Harvick for the lead and is pulling away.

Kyle Busch has not only caught and passed leader Kevin Harvick, he has also put Ryan Blaney a lap down.

Lap 79, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half over Kevin Harvick.

Kevin Harvick makes his green flag pit stop.

Kyle Busch has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Denny Hamlin.

Chase Elliott blows a front tire and hits the wall hard, which brings the caution flag out on lap 83. Elliott has some heavy damage to his car and takes it to the garage. Elliott was in a backup car after a crash in practice.

Taking only two tires, Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road, but not every driver made a pit stop.

After staying out on the track, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 88 and gets out in front for the lead as drivers get three and four wide behind him.

In just one lap, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Kevin Harvick.

There are fierce battles for position all through the field.

Lap 90, Jeff Burton reports a few rain drops in the area.

Lap 91, NASCAR throws the caution flag for rain.

The race becomes official at the end of stage two…eight laps away.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 94 and edges out Kevin Harvick for the lead while Jimmie Johnson gets around Harvick to take second.

Lap 96, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Jimmie Johnson.

Lap 97, Ryan Blaney gets into the wall but the track stays green. The green flag finally comes out when Blaney hits the wall.

Kyle Busch gives up his lead to come down pit road for service before he ran out of fuel.

Jimmie Johnson wins stage two under caution. This is only Johnson’s second career stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Jimmie Johnson
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Martin Truex Jr
Denny Hamlin
Austin Dillon
Erik Jones
Brad Keselowski
Alex Bowman
Kyle Larson

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 103 and edges out for the lead but Harvick gets plenty of challenge from Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano for the lead.

Denny Hamlin takes the lead wit Joey Logano in second and Kevin Harvick in third.

There are 54 laps remaining in the race and the drivers battling for position all through the field.

Lap 107, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick is nearly two seconds back.

Lap 110, Denny Hamlin has increased his lead over Joey Logano to just under two seconds.

Lap 113, Denny Hamlin’s lead is now over two seconds on Joey Logano with Kevin Harvick in third.

Ryan Preece slams into the wall causing a lot of damage to his car and brings out the caution flag on lap 114.

Taking only two tires, Erik Jones wins the race off of pit road. Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, William Byron, Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, and Daniel Hemric, and Austin Dillon also took only two tires. Daniel Suarez and Kurt Busch took fuel only.

Staying out on the track, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 119 and holds on to his lead as drivers try to challenge him for the lead.

Lap 120, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a half second lead on Erik Jones.

Lap 123, David Ragan has a lot of damage to his smoking car and is trying to make it to pit road. So far the track stays green.

With 34 laps to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on team mate Erik Jones with fellow team mate Martin Truex Jr in third.

Teams are reporting that they are anywhere from one to four laps short of making it to the end of race on their current fuel load.

With 29 laps to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of over two seconds on Erik Jones.

Lap 135, Kyle Busch gives up his lead for a pit stop. Erik Jones is the new leader. Busch comes back out on the track in 26th place.

Twenty to go, Erik Jones is in the lead only a third of a second ahead of team mate Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 144, Denny Hamlin comes from third to pass Martin Truex Jr and Erik Jones to become the new leader.

Fourteen to go, who has saved enough fuel and who will fall just a bit short???

Lap 147, Denny Hamlin has a one second lead on Martin Truex Jr with Kevin Harvick in third.

Eleven to go, Denny Hamlin’s lead over Martin Truex Jr is down to half a second with Kevin Harvic a second and a half back.

Lap 151, Denny Hamlin has a one second lead on Erik Jones.

The caution flag comes out with only eight laps remaining in the race when Josh Bilicki gets stopped on the track.

With only four laps remaining in the race, Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart holds on to his lead as drivers get four and five wide behind him.

Kurt Busch wrecks after contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr and brings out the caution flag. Michael McDowell was also involved in the crash.

Daniel Suarez was charged with a restart violation for laying back – something NASCAR told the drivers they would not allow on restarts.

In an overtime restart, Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag with Erik Jones starting alongside. Drivers are getting four and five wide across the track.

Denny Hamlin is out in front for the lead.

Denny Hamlin takes the white flag…but do they have enough fuel???

Denny Hamlin wins at Pocono for his 34th career win!

The unofficial results of the Gander RV 400:
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Martin Truex Jr
William Byron
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick
Daniel Hemric
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Clint Bowyer
Aric Almirola
Joey Logano
Ryan Newman
Jimmie Johnson
Chris Buescher
Matt DiBenedetto
Paul Menard
Austin Dillon
Alex Bowman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Bubba Wallace
Matt Tifft
Daniel Suarez
Michael McDowell
Corey LaJoie
Kurt Busch
Landon Cassill
Ty Dillon
Ross Chastain
Quin Houff
Reed Sorenson
BJ McLeod
Austin Theriault
Josh Bilicki
David Ragan
Ryan Preece
Chase Elliott

Thrilling First Win in Xfinity Race at Iowa

Race two of this triple header weekend is a stand alone race for the Xfinity Series in Iowa with the U.S. Cellular 250.

With a qualifying time of 23.710 Christopher Bell puts his number 20 car on the pole and will bring the field to green. Barely missing the top spot, Chase Briscoe will start alongside on the front row.

Stages one and two of the race are 60 laps each with stage three lasting 130 laps for a total of 250 laps around the 7/8 mile track.

A few hours before race time a rain storm moved through and washed all the rubber off of the track.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out Chase Briscoe at the line but Briscoe gives Bell a bit of a challenge before Christopher Bell takes the lead. The drivers get three wide across the track.

Lap four, Christopher Bell has already pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Chase Briscoe. J.J. Yeley is off the track.

Lap nine, Christopher Bell has increased his lead to nearly a second on Chase Briscoe.

Lap eleven, Christopher Bell has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Chase Briscoe.

Lap 24, Christopher Bell continues to lead the race with Chase Briscoe in second.

Lap 31, Christopher Bell has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Chase Briscoe with 22 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 34, Christopher Bell’s lead is now over four seconds ahead of Chase Briscoe.

Lap 44, Justin Allgaier hits the wall but the track stays green until Austin Crindric slams the wall and brings out the first caution flag of the race.

Christopher Bell wins the race off of pit road.

After staying out on the track, Zane Smith brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 52 and gets out in front for the lead.

NASCAR is reviewing the restart.

NASCAR has determined that the restart was good.

Lap 55, Christopher Bell is the leader of the race.

Lap 57, Christopher Bell continues to lead the race with Cole Custer in second.

Christopher Bell wins stage one for his 12th stage win of ht season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Christopher Bell
Cole Custer
Chase Briscoe
Brandon Jones
Justin Allgaier
Tyler Reddick
Justin Haley
John Hunter Nemechek
Michael Annett
Riley Herbst

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 69 and jumps out in front for the lead.

Lap 72, Christopher Bell has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Brandon Jones.

Riley Herbst brings out the caution flag on lap 74 when he gets loose and spins out. Jeremy Clements was also involved in the wreck with nowhere to go.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 80 and edges out Brandon Jones with a little help from a push.

Lap 83, Christopher Bell has a near half second lead on Chase Briscoe.

Lap 88, Christopher Bell has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Chase Briscoe.

Lap 91, Christopher Bell now has a lead of over a second on Chase Briscoe.

Brandon Jones hits the wall but the track stays green. Jones brings his car down pit road for repairs.

Lap 101, Christopher Bell continues to dominate the race with a lead of over two seconds on Chase Briscoe.

Lap 107, with 23 cars on the lead lap Christopher Bell has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Chase Briscoe.

Lap 116, Christopher Bell now has a lead of over three seconds on Chase Briscoe with 18 cars on the lead lap.

Christopher Bell increases his stage point lead with his 13th stage win of the season at the end of stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Christopher Bell
Chase Briscoe
Tyler Reddick
Cole Custer
Justin Haley
John Hunter Nemechek
Michael Annett
Ryan Sieg
Zane Smith
Justin Allgaier

Christopher Bell wins the race off of pit road with Chase Briscoe out second.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 130 and holds on to his lead as drivers get three and four wide behind him.

Lap 135, Christopher Bell has a lead of over half a second on Cole Custer.

Lap 141, Christopher Bell has increased his lead to over a second on Cole Custer.

The caution flag comes out for David Starr when he hits the wall.

Taking fuel only Chase Briscoe wins the race off of pit road.

After staying out on the track, John Hunter Nemechek is the leader and will bring the field to green.

Chase Briscoe was charged with running over the air gun and will have to restart the race from the back of the field. Since he is starting from the back of the field, Chase Briscoe came down pit road for tires.

Cole Custer was caught speeding on pit road.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 159 and initially holds off the field for the lead…until Christopher Bell comes charging through and takes the lead on lap 161.

The caution flag comes out when Cole Custer hits the wall.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 170 and jumps out in front for the lead.

Lap 173, Christopher Bell has a lead of over half a second on Tyler Reddick.

Lap 183, Christopher Bell has a lead of over a second on Tyler Reddick as the sun begins to set over Iowa Speedway. There are 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 190, 60 to go, Christopher Bell continues to dominate the race with a near second lead on Tyler Reddick.

The caution flag comes out on lap 200 when Michael Annett gets loose and spins out blowing a couple of tires.

While some of the drivers made a trip down pit road for service, the leaders stayed out on the track.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 207and goes nose to nose with Tyler Reddick before getting out in front for the lead as Tyler Reddick, Justin Allgaier, and John Hunter Nemechek battle for second.

Since getting past Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on John Hunter Nemechek.

Lap 214, John Hunter Nemechek has caught up to leader Christopher Bell and is challenging for the lead. After battling for a few laps, Christopher Bell holds on to the lead as Brandon Brown brings out the caution flag with a blown engine. Brown had a trail of smoke that looked like a victory burn out.

Christopher Bell has led 212 of the 221 laps run in the race so far.

Dillon Bassett brought his car down pit road and hit one of the sweeper trucks in a cloud of dust.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart with John Hunter Nemechek alongside with just 22 laps remaining in the race. After some side by side racing and a push from Chase Briscoe, Christopher Bell edges out for the lead.

Twenty to go, Chase Briscoe gets around John Hunter Nemechek for second place and is on leader Christopher Bell’s bumper.

John Hunter Nemechek and Chase Briscoe are in a fierce battle for second with Christopher Bell holding on to the lead with 17 laps to go.

With 14 laps to go, there are 15 cars on the lead lap.

Tyler Reddick gets into the wall but the track stays green.

Ten to go, Christopher Bell continues to lead with Chase Briscoe in second as drivers battle for position behind them.

Only nine laps remain in the race, Chase Briscoe has caught leader Christopher Bell and is challenging for the lead.

Seven to go, Chase Briscoe edges out Christopher Bell to take the lead of the race.

Chase Briscoe takes the white flag.

Chase Briscoe wins his first race of the season and earns himself a spot in the playoffs with just two more races to go in the regular season.

After dominating the race all day, Christopher Bell ends up finishing second.

Chase Briscoe gives an impressive victory burnout after charging through the field after getting a pit road penalty that put him back in the field.

Unofficial results for the U.S. Cellular 250:
Chase Briscoe
Christopher Bell
John Hunter Nemechek
Noah Gragson
Tyler Reddick
Justin Allgaier
Shane Lee
Justin Haley
Zane Smith
Michael Annett
Ray Black Jr
Ryan Sieg
Riley Herbst
Gray Gaulding
Josh Williams
Stephen Leicht
Ryan Vargas
Matt Mills
Joey Gase
Vinnie Miller
Stefan Parsons
Garrett Smithley
Stan Mullis
Camden Murphy
Ryan Repko
Dillon Bassett
Brandon Brown
Will Rodgers
Cole Custer
Jeremy Clements
David Starr
Chad Finchum
Brandon Jones
Mike Harmon
Timmy Hill
Morgan Shepherd
Austin Cindric
J.J. Yeley

Dominating Win in Truck Series at Pocono

It’s a triple header weekend for NASCAR with the Gander Outdoors Truck Series getting things started from the “tricky triangle” known as Pocono for the Gander RV 150.

With a track setting time of 52.52 seconds, Austin Hill won the pole and will bring the field down to the green.

Stages one and two of the race are only 15 laps each with stage three lasting 30 laps for a total of 60 laps around the two and a half mile track.

Ben Rhodes, Josh Reaume, and Mason Massey all had to move to the back of the field for unapproved adjustments.

Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and the drivers get three wide right from the start.

As the drivers reach turn one, Stewart Friesen goes low and spins out and brings out the first caution flag of the race. Anthony Alfredo had nowhere to go and hit Friesen. Both drivers are out of the race. Natalie Decker and Ben Rhodes also sustained some damage from the wreck.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap five and holds on to the lead.

Lap six, Bryan Dauzat spins out and hits the wall to bring out the second caution flag of the race.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap seven but Bayley Currey spins out but the track stays green.

Lap seven, this is the first lap that the drivers have made it to turn two under green flag conditions.

Lap nine, Ross Chastain has pulled out to a one second lead on Sheldon Creed.

Lap 10, Johnny Sauter makes an unscheduled trip down pit road.

Lap 12, Ross Chastain has increased his lead to nearly two seconds on Sheldon Creed with 27 trucks on the lead lap.

Ross Chastain wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ross Chastain
Sheldon Creed
Harrison Burton
Austin Hill
Brett Moffitt
Grant Enfinger
Christian Eckes
Todd Gillilan d
Tyler Dippel
Tyler Ankrum

Taking only two tires, Tyler Ankrum wins the race off of pit road but not all of the drivers made a trip down pit road.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 20 and holds on to his lead as the drivers get spread out across the track.

Sheldon Creed hits the wall but saves it and the track stays green.

Lap 21, Ross Chastain has a one second lead on Harrison Burton. Sheldon Creed brings his truck down pit road for repairs.

Pole sitter Austin Hill brings his truck down pit road and to the garage with clutch issues on lap 23.

Lap 24, Ross Chastain has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Harrison Burton.

Lap 25, Ross Chastain’s lead is now nearly two and a half seconds on Harrison Burton as he runs the fastest laps on the track.

Lap 26, Ross Chastain brings his truck down pit road for service and is joined by a number of other drivers.

Harrison Burton is the new leader.

Harrison Burton has a lead of over two seconds on Brett Moffitt.

Harrison Burton wins stage two for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Harrison Burton
Brett Moffitt
Grant Enfinger
Ben Rhodes
Matt Crafton
Gus Dean
Tyler Dippel
Todd Gilliland
Jordan Anderson
Austin Wayne Self

Taking only two tires, Matt Crafton wins the race off of pit road.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three and pulls out for the lead on lap 34.

Lap 35, Ross Chastain has already pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Tyler Ankrum.

Lap 36, Ross Chastain has a lead of over a second on Tyler Ankrum.

Lap 40, Ross Chastain continues to lead the race and has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half over Tyler Ankrum.

Lap 43, Tyler Ankrum is very slowly closing the gap on leader Ross Chastain. Chastain’s lead is down to just a second over Ankrum.

Fifteen to go, Ross Chastain holds on to his lead over Tyler Ankrum but the lead is now less than a second.

Lap 47, Ross Chastain has increased his lead over Tyler Ankrum back to a second.

Ten to go, Ross Chastain has a lead of nearly two seconds on Tyler Ankrum.

Seven to go, Ross Chastain’s lead is now up to over three and a half seconds on Tyler Ankrum.

Five to go, Ross Chastain’s lead is now over two seconds on Tyler Ankrum with Harrison Burton in third.

Three to go, Ross Chastain holds on to his lead over Tyler Ankrum. Is another watermelon in danger of being smashed or will Ross see a victory ripped away from him?

Ross Chastain takes the white flag with a two and a half second lead.

Ross Chastain becomes the first Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver to win three races in the season.

But before the live watermelon, Ross gets a giant watermelon beach ball thrown at him…and has a lot of fun throwing it around with the fans.

Unofficial results for the Gander RV 150:
Ross Chastain
Tyler Ankrum
Harrison Burton
Christian Eckes
Brett Moffitt
Matt Crafton
Todd Gilliland
Johnny Sauter
Ben Rhodes
Grant Enfinger
Tyler Dippel
Anthony Mrakovich
Jordan Anderson
Gus Dean
Austin Wayne Self
Natalie Decker
Mason Massey
Spencer Boyd
Ray Ciccarelli
Josh Reaume
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Norm Benning
Bayley Currey
Bryan Dauzat
Sheldon Creed
T. J. Bell
Bryant Barnhill
Joe Nemechek
Daniel Bassett
Austin Hill
Anthony Alfredo
Stewart Friesen

Young Thug and Machine Gun Kelly

Award winning Rap artist Young Thug has joined forces with fellow Rapper Machine Gun Kelly for a North American tour this fall. The rappers have recruited some special guests to join them along the way with Polo G, YBN Nahmir, Killy, and Strick.

Young Thug dates:
Aug 23 at the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH
Sept 28 at the RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, CA

Young Thug and Machine Gun Kelly tour dates:
Sept 30 at RBC Echo Beach in Toronto, ON
Oct 3 at the Floyd L Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, NY
Oct 4 at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, MA
Oct 5 at the Ryan Center in Kingston, RI
Oct 6 at the MECU Pavilion in Baltimore, MD
Oct 8 at the PNC Pavilion in Cincinnati, OH
Oct 10 at The Met in Philadelphia, PA
Oct 11 at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT
Oct 12 at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, ME
Oct 16 at the Coca Cola Roxy in Atlanta, GA
Oct 18 at the Yeungling Center in Tampa, FL
Oct 19 at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, FL
Oct 20 at The Anthem in Washington, DC
Oct 24 at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, IN
Oct 25 at the Credit Union 1 Arena in Chicago, IL
Oct 26 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI
Oct 27 at the Eagles Club in Milwaukee, WI
Oct 30 at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, MO
Oct 31 at the Family Arena in St. Charles, MO
Nov 2 at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX
Nov 5 at the Filmore Auditorium in Denver, CO
Nov 6 at The Great Saltair in Magna, UT
Nov 8 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
Nov 10 at the WAMU Theater in Seattle, WA
Nov 13 at the Reno Events Center in Reno, NV
Nov 15 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
Nov 17 at the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre in San Diego, CA
Nov 18 at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, CA

Tank and Bangas

The band Tank and The Bangas have planned a tour around the United States late this summer and into the fall to support their new album “Green Balloon”.

Tickets go on sale July 26 via the band’s website.

Tank and Bangas tour dates:
Aug 4 at the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, RI
Aug 9 at the NewWest Fest in Fort Collins, CO
Aug 24 at Afropunk in Brooklyn, NY
Aug 25 at the Thing in Port Townsend, WA
Sept 13 at the Emerge Fest in Birmingham, AL
Sept 19 at the White Oak Music Hall in Houston, TX
Sept 20 at Emo’s East in Austin, TX
Sept 21 at Trees in Dallas, TX
Sept 22 at the Revolution Music Room in Little Rock, AR
Sept 25 at the Meow Wolf in Sante Fe, NM
Sept 26 at The Van Buren in Phoenix, AZ
Sept 29 at the Crystal Bay Club in Crystal Bay, NV
Oct 1 at the Music Box in San Diego, CA
Oct 3 at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
Oct 4 at the SoHo in Santa Barbara, CA
Oct 7 at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle, WA
Oct 8 at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR
Oct 9 at the Knitting Factory in Boise, ID
Oct 11 at the Gothic Theatre in Englewood, CA
Oct 12 at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO
Oct 14 at The Truman in Kansas City, MO
Oct 15 at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN
Oct 16 at the Metro in Chicago, IL
Oct 18 at the Rams Head Live! In Baltimore, MD
Oct 10 at the Apollo Theater in New York City, NY
Oct 20 at the Royale in Boston, MA
Oct 22 at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA

The Highwaymen Tribute the Outlaws of Country Music

Playing before a full house at the Bear’s Den Showroom in the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino on July 20, The Highwaymen Live paid tribute to the original Outlaws of Country Music with the songs of Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson.

Taking the stage first, Waylon opened the show with “Ain’t Livin’ Long Like This” and “Don’t Y’all Think this Outlaw Bit”.

Next came the man in black himself – Johnny Cash with his signature smash hit “Folsom Prison Blues” complete with a city change from Reno to Buffalo…which brought a round of applause from the audience.

Waylon and Johnny shared the stage performing “Get Rhythm” – a song Johnny had originally written for Elvis Presley – and “Chain Gang” before Willie Nelson appeared on stage in a cloud of smoke.

Complete with video images and jokes that could have come right out of the “Hee Haw” cornfield, the show featured hit songs form all three legendary performers including “Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”, “Beer for My Horses”, “Ghost Riders in the Sky”, “Daddy Sang Bass”, “Good Ol’ Boys” (“Dukes of Hazzard” theme), “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys”, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”, “Big River”, “Ring of Fire”, “On the Road Again”, “I Walk the Line”, “Luckenbach Texas”, “Poncho and Lefty”, “Hurt”, “Boy Named Sue”, “Always on My Mind”, “Good Hearted Woman”, and a salute to the troops and veterans from Waylon with “America”.

Not quite a hoedown with dancing in the aisles, the fans were not to be left out; they clapped and sang along to the song, and even shouted out a song title every now and then.

While very popular, tribute shows can sometimes be a risky venture, but The Highwaymen Live went beyond just performing the songs to actually embodying the performers for that once in a lifetime experience.

After the show Willie, Waylon, and Johnny met with fans and posed for photos.

Jean-Luc Picard Gets Own Series

On the heels of their successful All Access series “Star Trek” Discovery”, CBS is creating a new series and this time, they are bringing back some familiar faces for long time “Star Trek” fans.

For seven years, Captain Jean-Luc Picard led the Starship Enterprise. Now Sir Patrick Stewart returns to lead his own series in “Star Trek: Picard”.

Stewart will be reunited with Next Generation cast member Brent Spiner who returns to reprise his role as Data. Members of the Borg collective will also return when Jeri Ryan and Jonathan Del Arco reprise their roles as Seven of Nine and Hugh the Borg.

Fellow Next Generation cast mates Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes are also scheduled to be a part of the show.

Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera and Harry Treadaway are also a part of the series.

The new series is set 20 years after Next Generation and more character driven than previous series. A retired Admiral Picard is tending his vineyard when he is drawn back to Starfleet.

Set to air next year, “Star Trek: Picard” also has Patrick Stewart as its executive producer.

 

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Sir Paul Reissues Live Albums

Sir Paul McCartney has enjoyed a long and diverse musical career. Whether it be with The Beatles, his band Wings, or as a solo artist, this musical Knight has packed houses and thrilled audiences with his performances.

Now fans can relive some of those moments with four remastered live album reissues. “Amoeba Gig”, “Paul Is Live”, “CHOBA B CCCP” and “Wings Over America” are available on vinyl, CD, and digital downloads. They can be purchased as single releases or as a package set.

The vinyl edition comes in the traditional black or can be purchased as a limited edition colour vinyl. The four album set comes on coloured vinyl.

This is the first time that the solo performance “Amoeba Gig” is being made available with all 21 songs in the set.

“Paul is Live” was recorded during Sir Paul’s 1993 world tour.

“CHOBA B CCCP” – which is Russian for “Back in the USSR” was released in 1988 in the Soviet Union. The release made Sir Paul the first western artist to release an album for the Soviet market. The release is a remastered version of the original Soviet release.

The unprecedented triple vinyl album “Wings Over America” topped the album charts on its original release.

 

Top 20 Revealed on SYTYCD

It’s week two of the Dance Academy on “So You Think You Can Dance” and before the top 20 are revealed, there is one more round of choreography.

Eightly-three dancers entered the Academy, 54 remain.

But first the dancers must complete the Contemporary dance round that began last week.

After the Contemporary round 43 dancers remain to face award winning choreographer Mandy Moore for a group performance. She is taking some of the moves from their three previous rounds and mashing them all up into a new dance.

After a performance that brought the judges to their feet, 33 dancers remain to dance one more time before the top 20 are revealed.

The final round is a solo round where the dancers perform in their own style.

Now that the solos are over, the judges have one more decision to make…

  1. dancers will go home.

The top 20:
Anna
Sophie
Ashley
Sofia
Nazz
Madison
Melanie
Mariah
Stephanie

Sumi

Bailey
Brandon
Benjamin”
Ezra
Vlad
Nathan
Alexandr
Gino
Clocks
and Eddie

But Academy Week isn’t over yet…

Next week, the top 20 are paired up with an All Star for a couples dance before the top 10 dancers to go to the live shows are revealed.

Dance Comes to The Strong

The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York is far more than just a collection of artifacts and exhibits geared toward the younger generation, it is a place that encourages discovery and learning through play for all children. The Museum even offers special sensory days where the lighting is softer and the building is quieter for those children with high sensory issues.

Recently The Strong announced a new initiative to aid people who have been diagnosed in the Autism Spectrum by teaching them job skills.

On August 22 The Strong will present a dance performance from A Moving Experience from Arc of Monroe. The diverse group of dancers is a modern dance troupe comprised of adults attending the Community Arts Connection program.

The performance begins at noon and is part of the troupe’s 25th anniversary.

Museum entrance fees of $16 for anyone over the age of two or free to members and children under the age of two are required to attend the dance performance.

 

feature photo courtesy of The Strong in Rochester, NY

Dominating Win for Xfinity in New Hampshire

The Xfinity Series kicks off a double header weekend in Loudon, New Hampshire for a hot weekend of racing. Teams will be running the ROXOR 200 in what is set to be the hottest weekend so far with the east coast in the middle of a massive heat wave.

Cole Custer puts his 00 on the pole and will bring the field to the green flag. Christopher Bell will start alongside on the front row.

After making an engine change, Austin Cindric will have to start from the back of the field.

Stages one and two of the race are 45 laps each with stage three lasting 110 laps for a total of 200 laps around the one mile track.

Cole Custer brings the field down for the green flag from the outside lane and jumps out in front for the lead. With drivers getting three wide across the track, Christopher Bell catches up to Cole Custer and challenges for the lead.

Lap three, Christopher Bell gets past Cole Custer for the lead.

Lap seven, Christopher Bell has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Cole Custer with Paul Menard in third.

Lap 10, Christopher Bell has a half second lead on Cole Custer; while in only his third Xfinity Series start, Harrison Burton challenges Monster Energy Cup Series regular Paul Menard for third.

While Burton and Menard were battling for third, Justin Allgaier gets past both of them for the third spot with Christopher Bell nearly a second in front of Cole Custer.

Lap 20, Christopher Bell has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Cole Custer. There are 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 25, Christopher Bell has a lead of over a second on Cole Custer with 28 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 27, Joey Gase brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop.

Lap 30, Christopher Bell continues to dominate the race with a lead of over a second on Cole Custer.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap 32 when John Hunter Nemecbhek loses control of his car and hits the wall hard. Nemechek reports that he had no brakes going into the corner.

Christopher Bell wins the race off of pit road. He has led all 33 laps so far.

During the pit stop, Harrison Burton’s team had an air gun issue and will end up losing a lot of positions on the track.

After staying out on the track, Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 36. Drivers get three and four wide across the start on the restart.

Ryan Sieg challenges Brandon Jones for the lead as drivers battle for position on the track.

With drivers three wide at the green/white checkered flag, Brandon Jones wins stage one for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Brandon Jones

Christopher Bell
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Sieg
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Truex
Cole Custer
Justin Haley
Paul Menard
Chase Briscoe

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the outside lane and edges out Tyler Reddick for the lead.

Lap 60, Christopher Bell has pulled out to a lead of nearly three seconds on Tyler Reddick with Cole Custer in third. There are 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 66, Christopher Bell is running away with it, he has a lead of nearly four seconds on Tyler Reddick.

Lap 74, Christopher Bell has increased his lead to nearly five seconds on Tyler Reddick. There are 28 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 77, Justin Allgaier gets around Tyler Reddick for second place. Christopher Bell is in the lead nearly five seconds out in front.

Lap 81, “driving it like he stole it”, Christopher Bell has a lead of over five second on Justin Allgaier.

With four laps to go in stage two, leader Christopher Bell now has a lead of over five and a half seconds on Justin Allgiaer with Cole Custer in third.

Lap 88, Christopher Bell has a lead of over six seconds on Justin Allgaier.

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

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Christopher Bell
Justin Allgaier
Cole Custer
Tyler Reddick
Paul Menard
Chase Briscoe
Ryan Truex
Austin Cindric
Harrison Burton
Michael Annett

Christopher Bell wins the race off of pit road with Justin Allgaier coming out second.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 99 and gets out in front to hold on to his lead.

Lap 103, Christopher Bell has already pulled out to a lead of over a second on Justin Allgaier.

Lap 107, Christopher Bell has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Justin Allgaier.

Lap 115, Christopher Bell now has a lead of over four seconds on Cole Custer with Justin Allgaier in third.

There are 22 cars on the lead lap.

The drivers cannot complete the race without making at least one pit stop.

Lap 121, Christopher Bell has a lead of four and a half seconds on Cole Custer with 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 127, Christopher Bell has a lead of over four and a half seconds on Cole Custer.

Lap 134, Christopher Bell holds on to his lead of over four and a half seconds on Cole Custer with only 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 140, leader Christopher Bell has some debris on the air ducts for his brakes but so far there are no issues with the car.

The caution flag comes out on lap 141 for debris on the track.

Christopher Bell wins the race off of pit road.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 146 and jumps out in front for the lead. Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Fifty to go, Christopher Bell has a half second lead on Cole Custer with Justin Allgaier in third.

The caution flag comes out with 47 laps to go after Paul Menard hits Harrison Burton and spins Burton out and into the wall.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with 42 laps remaining in the race and holds on to his lead.

With 38 laps to go, Christopher Bell has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Cole Custer.

With 31 lap remaining in the race, Christopher Bell has a lead of nearly two seconds on the track with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Twenty to go, Christopher Bell has a lead of two seconds on Cole Custer.

Thirteen to go, Christopher Bell continues his dominance of the race, leading over 170 laps so far and over 1,000 laps for the season.

Ten to go, Christopher Bell’s lead is back to over two seconds over Cole Custer.

Five to go, Christopher Bell’s lead is nearly three seconds over Cole Custer with 18 cars on the lead lap.

Christopher Bell takes the white flag with a near three second lead.

After dominating the race and leading 186 laps, Christopher Bell wins the race for his fifth race win of the season. Bell has won both of the races he has run at New Hampshire.

Results of the ROXOR 200:

Christopher Bell
Cole Custer
Justin Allgaier
Tyler Reddick
Paul Menard
Chase Briscoe
Ryan Truex
Ryan Sieg
Brandon Jones
Noah Gragson
Michael Annett
Austin Cindric
Justin Haley
Kaz Grala
Jeremy Clements
Brandon Brown
Gray Gaulding
Ray Black Jr
Josh Williams
Matt Mills
BJ McLeod
Alex Labbe
Stephen Leicht
Garrett Smithley
Tommy Joe Martins
David Starr
Vinnie Miller
CJ McLaughlin
Harrison Burton
Chad Finchum
Joey Gase
Tyler Matthews
Shne Lee
Timmy Hill
Bayley Currey
John Hunter Nemechek
Landon Cassill
Carl Long

2019 Kennedy Center Honors

The five recipients selected for the 2019 Kennedy Center Honors includes a flying nun, the first ever television series, a musical conductor and two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.

Each year the Kennedy Center selects five recipients to receive the Honors. These recipients are selected for their artistry and the mark they have left on American culture.

This year award winning actor Sally Field, musical conductor for the San Francisco Symphony Michael Tilson Thomas, singer Linda Ronstadt, R&B group Earth Wind and Fire, and the long running children’s television series “Sesame Street” have been chosen for the Honors.

While the gala event celebrating the recipients careers will take place at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC on December 8, fans will have to wait another week on December 15 to view the celebration on television.

In the case of the group Earth, Wind, and Fire who has seen a number personnel changes over the years; Philip Bailey, Verdine White, and Ralph Johnson have been named as the recipients to attend the festivities.

“Sesame Street” has been a part of children’s television for 50 years and in that tome, thousands of artisans have been a part of the show. Series co-founders Joan Ganz Cooney and Dr. Lloyd Morrisett will be on hand to represent all of those artisans through the years.

Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, and Marc Martel

Christian music artists Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith each have tours on the horizon. For a handful of those dates the two artists will be sharing the stage with Marc Martel for some Christmas shows. The holiday shows will feature a full symphony orchestra.

Grant and Smith last toured together for a holiday tour in 2017.

Formerly a part of the Christian rock band Downhere, Marc Martel lent his voice to the award winning film about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

Fans who come to any of the holiday shows with Grant (with Michael W. Smith and husband Vince Gill) will also get to see a snowball fight.

Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, and Marc Martel concert dates:
Nov 30 in Cincinnati, OH
Dec 1 in Columbus, OH
Dec 2 in Indianapolis. IN
Dec 5 in Grand Rapids, MI
Dec 6 in Minneapolis, MN
Dec7 in Sioux Falls, SD
Dec 8 in Des Moines, IA

Michael W. Smith and Marc Martel tour dates:
Dec 10 in Nashville, TN
Dec 11 in Atlanta, GA
Dec 13 in Reading, PA
Dec 14 in Huntington, WV
Dec 15 in Shippensburg, PA
Dec 18 in Detroit, MI
Dec 19 in Pittsburgh, PA
Dec 20 in Lowell, MA
Dec 21 in Medford, NJ

Amy Grant tour dates:
Aug 7 in Lovington, NM
Aug 9 in South Bend, IN
Aug 10 in Asheville, NC
Sept 13 in Clearwater, FL
Sept 14 in Bonita Springs, FL
Sept 15 in Key West, FL
Sept 22 in Bloomsburg, PA
Sept 26 in Canton, OH
Sept 27 in Flint, MI
Sept 28 in Prestonburg, KY
Oct 6 in Wabash, IN
Oct 17 in North Tonawanda, NY
Oct 18 in Lowell, MA
Oct 19 in Hanover, PA
Nov 30 in Cincinnati, OH
Dec 1 in Columbus, OH
Dec 2 in Indianapolis. IN
Dec 5 in Grand Rapids, MI
Dec 6 in Minneapolis, MN
Dec7 in Sioux Falls, SD
Dec 8 in Des Moines, IA
Dec 11 & 12, 15-19, and 22 & 23 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN with Vince Gill
April 17 in Crystal Lake, IL

Michael W. Smith tour dates:
Sept 10 at the Clay Country Regional Events Center in Spencer, IA
Oct 3 at the Gillioz Theatre in Springfield, MO
Oct 4 at the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga, TN
Oct 5 at the Women of Joy Conference in Pigeon Forge, TN
Oct 6 at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, TN
Oct 10 at the Perot Theatre in Texarkana, AR
Oct 11 at the Lyric Theatre in Birmingham, AL
Oct 12 at the Center Stage Theater in Atlanta, GA
Oct 13 at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Memphis, TN
Oct 17 at the Greenwell Springs Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, LA
Oct 18 at the LifeAustin Amphitheatre in Austin, TX
Oct 19 at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre in San Antonio, TX
Oct 20 at the Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City, OK
Oct 25-27 at The Retreat 2019 in Asheville, NC
Nov 1 at the Arlington Music Hall in Dallas, TX
Nov 2 at the Magoffin Auditorium in El Paso, TX
Nov 3 at Chandler Center For The Arts in Phoenix, AZ
Nov 7 at the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, WA
Nov 8 at the East Hill Church in Portland, OR
Nov 9 at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento, CA
Nov 10 at the City National Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA
Nov 12 at the New Venture Christian Fellowship in Oceanside, CA
Nov 14 at the Christian Life Center in Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 15 at the Mission Hills Church in Denver, CO
Nov 16 at the Orpheum Theatre in Wichita, KS
Nov 30 at the U.S. Bank Arean in Cincinnati, OH
Dec 1at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH
Dec 2 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. IN
Dec 5 at The Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI
Dec 6 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
Dec7 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, SD
Dec 8 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA
Dec 10 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN
Dec 11 at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in Atlanta, GA
Dec 13 at the Santander Performing Arts Center in Reading, PA
Dec 14 at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center in Huntington, WV
Dec 15 at the Luhns Center in Shippensburg, PA
Dec 18 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI
Dec 19 at the Christ Church at Grove Farm in Pittsburgh, PA
Dec 20 at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA
Dec 21 at the Fellowship Alliance Chapel in Medford, NJ

Thunder on the Niagara

Niagara Falls is known for its thundering waters as the tumble over the 180 foot cliff into the Niagara River below.

On August 3 and 4, the area will be known for another thundering sound when over 70 racing teams from across North America take to the Niagara River for two days of racing with Thunder on the Niagara.

Gratwick Riverside Park in North Tonawanda – located just south of Niagara Falls – will host the event for the 14th year.

NASCAR fans routinely see drivers run speeds of 150 to 200 miles around the track each week, when “the fastest show on water” takes to the Niagara River, racing fans will see boats racing at similar speeds.

Along with a prime spot for watching the races, Gratwick Park will feature a kid’s zone, a car show, vendors, and fireworks to close out the evening on Saturday. The awards will be presented around 6pm on Sunday evening.

Attendance to the event itself and Gratwick Park are free but parking will be $10. Portions of the proceeds from the parking fees will go to the Twin Cities Community Outreach.

VIP admission tickets are available for $75 per person and include a private covered viewing area and free food and beverages.

 

feature photo credit taken from Thunder on the Niagara Facebook page.

Burn Out on The Strip

NASCAR coming into any town is a spectacle worth seeing. In Bristol they make a grand parade out of the haulers coming into town.

For the second year, Las Vegas has created its own unique way to celebrate when the teams arrive into town…The Great Burnout!

This year the post season begins at the track in Las Vegas. As a part of the festivities, the 16 drivers who have made it to the playoffs will drive down the famous Las Vegas Strip on September 12. Appropriately the event is being sponsored by Goodyear – the official tires of NASCAR.

Beginning at Planet Hollywood the drivers will drive north to Spring Mountain Road (between Fashion Show and Wynn Las Vegas) where they will then put on a spectacle reserved for part of the post race festivities – the burn out.

NASCAR fans across the country will have the opportunity to view the event along with all the fans in Las Vegas when NBCSN broadcasts it live beginning at 7pm eastern time.

Post Malone

Rap artist Post Malone has announced a fall tour of North America. His “Runaway Tour” will also include Swae Lee and Tyla Yaweh.

The tour will also feature a number of festival dares including his own Psty Fest in Dallas.

Tickets for the tour go on sale July 19.

Post Malone tour dates:
Sept 14 at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA
Sept 16 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Sept 17 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
Sept 19 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
Sept 21 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA
Sept 22 at the Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, NV
Sept 26 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
Sept 29 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
Oct 3 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Oct 6 at the KeyBank Arena in Buffalo, NY
Oct 9 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA
Oct 11 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ
Oct 12 at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
Oct 14 at Madison Square Garden, in New York City, NY
Oct 17 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
Oct 18 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
Oct 20 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL
Oct 24 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Oct 25 at the Vystar Veterans Arena in Jacksonville, FL
Oct 27 at the Voodoo Festival in New Orleans, LA
Oct 29 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
Nov 2 at the Posty Fest in Dallas, TX
Nov 5 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX
Nov 8 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ
Nov 10 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
Nov 11 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 14 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA
Nov 16 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
Nov 20 at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA

Junkyard

Power rockers Junkyard have announced their Summertime Blooze tour where they will perform in cities on the east coast, mid-West, and mid Atlantic states.

Thanks to MTV and their song “Hollywood”, Junkyard burst on the music scene in 1989. Since then they have released a number of albums and shared the stage with fellow rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Black Crowes.

This fall the band is releasing “Old Habits Die Hard” – a collection of songs from the nineties that were never released.

Summertime Blooze tour dates:
July 31 at the State Street Pub in Indianapolis, IN
Aug 1 at the Winchester Music Tavern in Lakewood, OH
Aug 2 at the Skyloft in Albany, NY
Aug 4 at the Greasy Luck Brewpub in New Bedford, MA
Aug 5 at the Kingsland in Brooklyn, NY
Aug 6 at the Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia, PA
Aug 8 at Ralph’s Diner in Worcester, MA
Aug 9 at the Fish Head Cantina in Helethorpe, MD
Aug 10 at The Rim in Norton, WV
Aug 11 at 37 Main in Buford, GA

George Michael Musical Tour Coming

When award winning British pop artist George Michael left us on Christmas Day over two years ago, he left behind a legacy of great music.

ICM Partners has announced that they are creating a musical production of Michael’s music that will tour the world.

“The Life and Music of George Michael” is scheduled to begin its journey next year.

George Michael first appeared on the music scene while still in his teens as one half of the duo Wham – with Andrew Ridgeley – and later went on to a successful solo career that saw his debut solo album certified Diamond for selling at least 10 million copies and earn him a Grammy, earn him eight number one singles, and over 50 million in album sales.

“The Life and Music of George Michael” will feature music from Michael’s solo and Wham careers.

 

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Carbon Leaf

The band Carbon Leaf is “Looking Past the Future” on their latest tour. While the Rock the Boat Cruise is sold out, fans can still see the band in a number of locations this fall.

Carbon Leaf tour dates:
Sept 24 at the City Winery in Nashville, TN
Sept 25 at The Old Rock House in St. louis, MO
Sept 26 at the Dosey Doe Big Barn in The Woodlands, TX
Sept 27 at the Deep Ellum Art Company in Dallas, TX
Sept 28 at 3Ten in Austin, TX
Sept 30 at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, AZ
Oct 1 at Winston’s Beach in San Diego, CA
Oct 2 at the Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles, CA
Oct 3 at The Chapel in San Francisco, CA
Oct 4 at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR
Oct 5 at The Crocodile in Seattle, WA
Oct 6 at The Triple Door in Seattle, WA – 2 shows
Oct 7 at The Bartlett in Spokane, WA
Oct 8 at Neurolux in Boise, ID
Oct 9 at The State Room in Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 10 at the eTown Hall in Boulder, CO
Oct 11 at the Bluebird Theater in Denver, CO
Oct 12 at the Voodoo Lounge in Kansas City, MO
Oct 15 at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St Paul, MN
Oct 16 at The Backroom in Milwaukee, WI
Oct 17 at the Chop Shop in Chicago, IL
Oct 18 at the Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland, OH
Oct 19 at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI
Nov 1 at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro, NC
Nov 2 at The Jefferson in Charlottesville, VA
Nov 15 at the Port City Music Hall in Portland, ME
Nov 16 at Higher Ground in Burlington, VT
Nov 21 at Sony Hall in New York City, NY
Nov 22 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
Nov 23 at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA
Dec 5 at the World Café Live in Philadelphia, PA
Dec 7 at the Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, NH
Dec 13-15 at The Ram’s Head in Annapolis, MD
QqDec19 & 20 at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA
Dec 21 at The National in Richmond, VA
Jan 24 for The Rockboat XX out of Miami, FL

 

The Academy Opens on SYTYCD

The auditions are over and it is time to get down to work on “So You Think You Can Dance”. Seventy-nine dancers earned their tickets to the Dance Academy and will have to prove themselves in other dance styles if they hope to move on.

Like the auditions, the Academy is held in Los Angeles.

Over a three day period, the dancers will have to make it through four rounds of dance if they hope to make it to the top 20.

Up first is Hip-Hop with Luther Brown who brought a hard hitting routine filled with personality. In the first two groups, Nigel had to admonish the dancers about not giving up; especially in an audition…and things didn’t get much better throughout the round. After the Hip-Hop round, 69 dancers survived.

Day two is Ballroom with Emma and Sasha Slater with a Cha Cha. After an energetic trick filled dance, 54 dancers survive to move on to the Contemporary round with Talia Favia.

Next week its Mandy Moore and the reveal of the top 20.

Twenty One Pilots

Currently romping around the world on their “Bandito Tour”, Twenty One Pilots have added some dates in the U.S. For this fall.

Twenty One Pilots tour dates:
July 17-20 at the Gurtenfestival in Bern, Switzerland
July 19 at the Festival De Nimes in Nimes, France
July 20 & 21 at Lollapalooza in Paris, France
July 23 at the Paleo Festival in Nyon, Switzerland
Aug 3 at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL
Aug 9-11 at the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco, CA
Aug 15 at the Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary
Aug 15-18 at the Pukkelpop in Kiewit-Hasselt, Belgium
Aug 16-18 at the Lowlands Festival in Biddinghuzen, Netherlands
Aug 22-25 at the Caberet Vert in Charleville-Mezieres, France
Aug 24 at the Reading Festival in Reading, UK
Aug 25 at the Leeds Festival in Wetherby, UK
Sept 7 at Lollapalooza in Berlin, Germany
Oct 9 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Oct 11 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC
Oct 12 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
Oct 15 at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD
Oct 17 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
Oct 18 at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA
Oct 20 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
Oct 22 at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH
Oct 24 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
Oct 25 at the Well Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA
Oct 27 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
Oct 30 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Nov 1 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
Nov 2 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
Nov 3 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
Nov 5 at the Pechanga Arena in San Diego, CA
Nov 8 at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX
Nov 9 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK

Thrilling Overtime Finish for Monster Cup in KY

Capping off a triple header weekend and celebrating 20 years at the track, the Monster Energy Cup Series runs the Quaker State 400 in Sparta, Kentucky.

After single car qualifying, Daniel Suarez puts his number 41 car on the pole and will lead the field to the green flag.

Quaker State 400 starting lineup:
Daniel Suarez
Aric Almirola
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Daniel Hemric
Clint Bowyer
Martin Truex Jr
Austin Dillon
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
William Byron
Jimmie Johnson
Paul Menard
Ryan Blaney
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Michael McDowell
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
Erik Jones
Alex Bowman
Matt DiBenedetto
David Ragan
Chris Buescher
Ty Dillon
Bubba Wallace
Corey LaJoie
Ryan Preece
Matt Tifft
Bayley Currey
Ross Chastain
Landon Cassill
BJ McLeod
Ryan Newman
Quin Houff

After failing inspection multiple times, Ryan Newman had his qualifying time disallowed and has to start the race from the back of the field.

Stages one and two of the race are 80 laps each with stage three lasting 107 laps for a total of 267 laps around the mile and a half track. A fuel load will last only about 60 laps; therefore, the drivers will have to make at least one pit stop for fuel in all three of the stages.

At 70 feet across, the track in Kentucky is one of the widest in NASCAR, allowing the drivers to spread out.

Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and jumps out in front of Aric Almirola for the lead.

Lap three, Daniel Suarez has pulled out to a half second lead on Aric Almirola with Kevin Harvick in third.

With the race starting before sunset, the sun is proving to be difficult for the drivers in the first stage of the race.

Lap seven, Daniel Suarez continues to lead the race with a lead of over half a second on Aric Almirola.

Lap 12, Daniel Suarez has led every lap so far and has a half second lead on Aric Almirola with all 36 drivers on the lead lap.

Lap 15, Aric Almirola has closed the gap on leader Daniel Suarez to less than half a second.

Lap 18, Daniel Suarez has encountered slower traffic and his lead is down to less than a quarter of a second with Kevin Harvick in third over a second back.

Lap 23, Daniel Suarez has a narrow lead on Aric Almirola with 33 cars on the lead lap.

Brad Keselowski is reporting something is “off” in his race car.

Lap 29, Daniel Suarez has led every lap so far but has Aric Almirola in his bumper challenging for the lead.

Lap 30, Daniel Suarez has led every lap so far…the most laps he has ever led in a Monster Energy Cup Series race.

Lap 38, leader Daniel Suarez has put six cars a lap down as Aric Almirola challenges for the lead.

Halfway through stage one, Daniel Suarez has led every lap with Aric Almirola in second and Kevin Harvick in third.

Clint Bowyer is the first driver to make a green flag pit stop on lap 43.

Ryan Blaney makes his pit stop with complaints of a chattering car on lap 44.

Chase Elliott brings out the first caution flag of the race with a flat tire on lap 46.

Before the caution flag came out, the top three drivers were team mates with Stewart-Haas Racing.

With track position being the key phrase of the weekend, Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road taking fuel only. Kurt Busch also took fuel only.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 53 with Keselowski and Kurt Busch going nose to nose. Kurt Busch gets out in front for the lead.

Kyle Busch gets around Brad Keselowski for second.

Corey LaJoie brings out the caution flag on lap 54 after spinning out.

After bringing out the caution flag for a flat tire and getting a lap down, Chase Elliott is the “lucky dog” and is back on the lead lap.

The Busch brothers bring the field down for the green flag restart on lap 60 and go nose to nose as drivers get three and four wide across the track. Kurt Busch takes the lead with Joey Logano in second and Kyle Busch in third.

The caution flag comes out on lap 63 for Landon Cassill and Bayley Currey who both get sideways on the track. Ryan Blaney is the “lucky dog”.

Brad Keselowski is reporting a possible valve spring issue.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 67 and edges out Joey Logano for the lead but Logano comes up to challenge for the lead. Kurt Busch holds on to his lead.

Lap 71, Kurt Busch has a lead of just under half a second on Joey Logano with Kyle Busch in third.

Three laps remain in stage one, Kurt Busch has a lead of nearly half a second on Joey Logano with little brother Kyle two seconds back in third.

Kurt Busch wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kurt Busch
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Aric Almirola
Kevin Harvick
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Martin Truex Jr
Daniel Hemric
Paul Menard

Taking only two tires, Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road. Paul Menard, Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones, Bubba Wallace, and Jimmie Johnson also took only two tires.

After staying out on the track Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Clint Bowyer are on the front row and will bring the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 87 with the cars getting three wide across the track. Ricky Stenhouse jr is the new leader 32 cars on the lead lap.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr has a two tenths of a second lead on Clint Bowyer and Austin Dillon in third.

Lap 95, Ricky Stenhouse Jr is in the lead with Clint Bowyer in second and Ryan Newman in third.

On two fresher tires, Kyle Busch has blown by Austin Dillon and is heading for Ryan Newman.

Lap 100, Ricky Stenhouse Jr is in the lead but Clint Bowyer has moved up on his bumper to challenge for the lead.

Lap 103, Kyle Busch gets around Clint Bowyer and Ricky Stenhouse Jr to become the new leader.

Lap 108, Kyle Busch has already pulled out to a lead of a secnd and half on Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Daniel Suarez is the first driver on pit road for a green flag pit stop.

Daniel Suarez was caught speeding on pit road.

Lap 110, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a two second lead on Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Lap 113, Kyle Busch is running away with it, he is now three seconds ahead of Ricky Stenhouse Jr; Clint Bowyer is in third.

Lap 116, Ricky Stenhouse Jr comes down pit road for service. Kyle Busch has a lead of over four seconds on Clint Bowyer.

Driving it like he stole it”, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of five and a half seconds on Clint Bowyer.

Joey Logano had to make a trip down pit road with a vibration for a flat tire.

Lap 122, Kyle Busch’s lead is now over six seconds on Clint Bowyer.

Lap 125, Kyle Busch’s lead is nearly seven seconds on Clint Bowyer.

Austin Dillon has an alternator issue with his car and is trying to hold out until the end of the stage.

Lap 130, has a seven second lead on Clint Bowyer with Austin Dillon in third over nine seconds back.

Kyle Busch still has to make his stage two pit stop.

Lap 132, Brad Keselowski is the last car on the lead lap in 20th place.

Lap 135, Kyle Busch has an eight second lead on Denny Hamlin as green flag pit stops continue.

Lap 143, Kyle Busch has a lead of over eight seconds on Denny Hamlin as he continues to put divers a lap down. There are eleven cars on the lead lap.

Lap 148, with Denny Hamlin making his pit stop, Kyle Busch has a lead of over 14 seconds on Aric Almirola.

Lap 150, Kyle Busch has a lead of 19 seconds on William Byron.

Kyle Busch finally makes his green flag pit stop on lap 150. He makes a four tire stop.

With such a huge lead, Kyle Busch holds on to the lead of the race.

Alex Bowman had to make a second trip down pit road for a flat tire.

Denny Hamlin was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Daniel Hemric was penalized for leaving pit road with equipment when he left the pit box with the jack.

Lap 153, Kyle Busch has a two second lead on Erik Jones.

Kyle Busch wins stage two for a Busch brothers sweep of the first two stages.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch
Erik Jones
Austin Dillon
Joey Logano
Clint Bowyer
Kyle Larson
Kurt Busch
Ryan Blaney
Paul Menard
Aric Almirola

Taking fuel only Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

After staying out on the track, Clint Bowyer is the leader and brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 167 and holds on to the lead as drivers get three wide across the track battling for position.

Austin Dillon has lost a gear.

With 100 laps remaining in the race the drivers are getting aggressive and fighting for every spot.

Lap 171, Clint Bowyer has a narrow lead on William Byron with Aric Almirola in third. Kyle Busch is in fifth place, chasing brother Kurt for fourth.

Night has settled over the track and the times are getting faster around the track. The first three drivers have run their fastest laps yet.

Lap 175, Clint Bowyer holds on to his narrow lead over William Byron. Aric Almirola is in third with the Busch brothers battling for fourth.

Jimmie Johnson brings out the caution flag on lap 179 when he gets into the wall and spins out with a flat tire.

Daniel Suarez is the “lucky dog”.

Clint Bowyer brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 184 and holds on to his lead as drivers get three and four wide across the track.

NASCAR has posted William Byron for a restart violation.

Lap 189, Clint Bowyer has a narrow lead on Kurt Busch with Kyle Busch in third less than two seconds back.

Lap 194, Kurt Busch challenges Clint Bowyer for the lead, but so far Bowyer has held Busch off.

Lap 200, Kurt Busch is again challenging Clint Bowyer for the lead with Kyle Busch on his bumper.

Lap 203, Kurt Busch tries to pass Clint Bowyer for the lead and allows Kyle Busch to catch up to them.

Kurt Busch continues to challenge Clint Bowyer for the lead.

Lap 206, Clint Bowyer makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Kurt Busch with brother Kyle in second.

Lap 210, Kurt Busch has a lead of nearly a second on brother Kyle; Joey Logano is in third.

Lap 214, leader Kurt Busch makes his green flag pit stop, Kyle Busch is the new leader.

Lap 216, Kyle Busch has a one second lead on Joey Logano.

Lap 224, Kyle Busch continues to lead the race, he has a second lead on Joey Logano.

William Byron and Martin Truex Jr make contact but the track stays green.

Lap 226, leader Kyle Busch comes down pit road for his green flag pit stop. Joey Logano also comes down pit road for service.

Denny Hamlin is the new leader.

Lap 231, the top 10 drivers have yet to make their green flag pit stops.

Leader Denny Hamlin makes his pit stop on lap 232; Ryan Newman is the new leader.

Martin Truex Jr was caught speeding on pit road.

Only 28 laps remain in the race, Ryan Newman has a lead of nearly two seconds on Danield Suarez. The top six drivers have yet to make a pit stop.

Lap 246, leader Ryan Newman reports that he is out of fuel and brings his car down pit road. Daniel Suarez is the new leader.

Joey Logano and Kyle Busch are battling for position with Logano getting out in front of Busch. This will be the leaders once all of the drivers have made their pit stops.

Lap 249, Joey Logano is the leader with Kyle Busch in second.

Fifteen to go, Joey Logano has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Kyle Busch.

Ten to go, Joey Logano has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Kyle Busch.

Lap 260, Kyle Busch has cut into Joey Logano’s lead and has gotten it down to a second and a half.

Bubba Wallace brings out the caution flag with a flat tire on lap 260.

The race goes into overtime for a green/white/checker finish.

In an overtime restart, Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag and the drivers immediately get therre and four wide. Kyle Busch gets out in front first but brother Kurt pours it on for a Busch brothers battle to the checkered flag.

After just missing the win last week due to a lightening strike, Kurt Busch wins the battle with his brother…and the race!

Quaker State 400 results:
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Erik Jones
Kyle Larson
Denny Hamlin
Clint Bowyer
Joey Logano
Daniel Suarez
Ryan Newman
Chris Buescher
Paul Menard
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Blaney
Aric Almirola
Chase Elliott
Matt DiBenedetto
Alex Bowman
William Byron
Martin Truex Jr
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Preece
Kevin Harvick
Bubba Wallace
Daniel Hemric
Michael McDowell
Ty Dillon
Matt Tifft
Corey LaJoie
David Ragan
Jimmie Johnson
Ross Chastain
Landon Cassill
Bayley Currey
Quin Houff
Austin Dillon
BJ McLeod

Series Leading Fifth Win at Kentucky for Xfinity Series

Race two of the triple header weekend in Sparta, Kentucky is the Xfinity Series Alsco 300.

As the time for qualifying approached, there were still some drivers trying to make their way through the inspection process…some for the third time. Cole Custer’s team needed four tries to make it through inspection.

After single car qualifying, Austin Cindric puts his number 22 car on the pole and will bring the field down for the green flag. Christopher Bell will start on the front row alongside Cindric.

Stages one and two of the race are 45 laps each with stage three lasting 110 laps for a total of 200 laps around the mile and a half track.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and goes nose to nose with Christopher Bell before Bell takes the lead.

Lap four, Tyler Reddick gets sideways but saves the car and nearly sends Brandon Jones into the wall.

Lap five, the first caution flag comes out for a wreck involving JA Junior Avila.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 12 and jumps out in front of Austin Cindric for the lead.

Lap 14, Christopher Bell has a half second lead on Austin Cindric with Noah Gragson in third.

Lap 17, Christopher Bell continues to lead the race and has a lead of nearly a second on Austin Cindric.

Lap 20, Christopher Bell has a lead of over half a second on Austin Cindric as he continues to lead the race. There are 35 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 25, Christopher Bell has a lead of over a second on Austin Cindric with 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 31, Christopher Bell holds on to his lead of over a second on Austin Cindric with 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 35, Christopher Bell has increased his lead to over two seconds on Austin Cindric.

Lap 40, Christopher Bell has pulled out to a lead of over three seconds on Austin Cindric with 20 cars on the lead lap.

With a lead of nearly three and a half seconds, Christopher Bell wins stage one for his ninth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Christopher Bell
Austin Cindric
Justin Allgaier
Tyler Reddick
Brandon Jones
Noah Gragson
Cole Custer
Michael Annett
Riley Herbst
Chase Briscoe

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

Justin Haley brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 51 and holds on to the lead.

Tyler Reddick nearly wrecks his car but saves it and the track stays green.

Lap 53, Brandon Jones pulls a slide job and takes the lead from Justin Haley with Noah Gragson coming along for second. After a slow pit stop, Christopher Bell is in third.

Austin Cindric makes contact with Justin Haley on the track and hits the wall bringing out the caution flag.

Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 60 but it is Noah Gragson who gets out in front for the lead.

Chase Briscoe tags the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 64, Noah Gragson leads the race with Christopher Bell in second.

Lap 66, Christopher Bell challenges Noah Gragson for the lead and passes Gragson to lead the race for the second time.

Ronnie Bassett Jr gets turned around and brings out the caution flag.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 72 and holds on to his lead as drivers battle for position behind him.

Lap 75, Christopher Bell has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Brandon Jones.

Lap 77, Christopher Bell’s lead is now over a second on Brandon Jones.

Lap 80, Christopher Bell has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Brandon Jones.

Lap 82, Christopher Bell has increased his lead to nearly two seconds on Brandon Jones with 19 cars on the lead lap.

With a two second lead, Christopher Bell wins stage two for his tenth stage win of the season and his third sweep of the first two stages.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Christopher Bell
Brandon Jones
Cole Custer
Noah Gragson
Justin Allgaier
Tyler Reddick
Michael Annett
Ryan Truex
Riley Herbst
John Hunter Nemechek

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 96 but it is Brandon Jones who gets out in front first.

Lap 101, leader Brandon Jones is reporting a little smoke in the car.

Chase Briscoe gets around Brandon Jones for the lead.

Lap 106, Brandon Jones brings his smoking car down pit road.

Lap 110, Cole Custer challenges Chase Briscoe for the lead and becomes the new leader with Christopher Bell moving into second place.

Lap 113, Cole Custer has a three tenths of a second lead on Christopher Bell.

Lap 120, Cole Custer has pulled out to a one second lead on Christopher Bell.

Brandon Jones reports that the engine let go; adding that he felt he had the winning car.

Lap 125, Cole Custer now has a second and a half lead on Christopher Bell.

Lap 139, Cole Custer has increased his lead over Christopher Bell to two seconds.

Lap 147, Cole Custer has pulled out to a lead of nearly three seconds on Christopher Bell.

Lap 148, drivers begin making green flag pit stops.

John Hunter Nemechek was charged with leaving pit road with equipment when the adjustment wrench was left in the back of the car.

After green flag pit stops, Christopher Bell is less than one second behind Cole Custer.

Justin Allgaier was caught speeding on pit road.

Forty to go, Cole Custer has a second and a half lead on Christopher Bell.

With Cole Custer mired in traffic, Christopher Bell has closed the gap to the leader to less than a second.

There are only seven cars on the lead lap.

Twenty-five to go, Cole Custer continues to dominate the race and has a lead of nearly two seconds over Christopher Bell.

Only 14 laps remain in the race, Cole Custer has increased his lead over Christopher Bell to over two seconds with just six cars on the lead lap.

Seven to go, Cole Custer has a commanding lead over Christopher Bell as the laps count down. There are five cars on the lead lap. Bell is over two and a half seconds back, but third place driver Tyler Reddick is over 13 seconds back.

Cole Custer takes the white flag with only five cars on the lead lap.

Cole Custer wins his fifth race of the season and seven wins for his career.

The Alsco 300 results:
Cole Custer
Christopher Bell
Tyler Reddick
Michael Annett
Chase Briscoe
Noah Gragson
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Truex
Ryan Sieg
Justin Haley
Riley Herbst
John Hunter Nemechek
Jeremy Clements
Austin Cindric
Gray Gaulding
Shane Lee
Brandon Brown
Josh Williams
Garrett Smithley
BJ McLeod
Joey Gase
David Starr
Matt Mills
Stephen Leicht
Vinnie Miller
Landon Cassill
Mike Harmon
Chad Finchum
Ronnie Bassett Jr
Brandon Jones
John Jackson
Josh Bilicki
Camden Murphy
Morgan Shepherd
Ray Black Jr
Jeff Green
Timmy Hill
JA Junior Avila

‘Bad Guy’ Actor Frank Doubleday Has Died

Actor Frank Doubleday who was best known for his bad guy roles in John Carpenter films died March 3, 2018 in his Los Angeles home as a result of esophageal cancer at the age of 73.

He was born January 28, 1945 in Norwich, Connecticut but moved to the Los Angeles area when he was six years old. But it wasn’t until he was in college that Doubleday began his acting career.

After making his debut in 1975 in the television series Lucas Tanner; Doubleday went on to appear in a few dozen productions including “Police Story”, “Assault on Precinct 13”, “Starsky and Hutch”, “Wonder Woman”, “The Big Fix”, “Charlie’s Angels”, “The Incredible Hulk”, Romeo in “Escape from New York”, “ChiPS”, “Hill Street Blues”, “TJ Hooker”, and his final role in 1997 in “Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction”.

After retiring from acting, Doubleday turned to teaching and directing in the theater.

He is survived by his wife and partner of 40 years Christine and two children – Portia and Kaitlin – and his mother Jane.

 

feature photo taken from Twitter.

Dale Jr’s Mom Brenda Jackson Has Died

Brenda Jackson may not be a household name to many NASCAR fans, but she was the mother of one…Dale Jr.

Jackson died April 22, 2019 at the age of 65 as a result of cancer.

Jackson worked at JR Motorsports alongside her children Dale Earnhardt Jr and Kelley Earnhardt Miller.

No stranger to NASCAR and racing, Jackson was the daughter of car fabricator Robert Gee whose clients included ex-husband Dale Earnhardt Sr. Brenda married Dale Sr in 1972. The couple had two children.

Predeceased by her parents and sister Sandra, Brenda Jackson is survived by her two children, stepdaughter Meredith, husband of 33 years retired fireman Willie Jackson, five grandchildren, and brothers Robert and Jimmy.

 

feature photo credit: By Dough4872 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=73309526

Latin Academy Names Juanes Person of the Year

Multi Latin Grammy Award winning performer Juanes has been named the 2019 Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy.

The 46 year old Columbian born musician has won 23 Latin Grammy Awards – seven in one year. He has also earned two Grammy Awards.

Honoured for his music and philanthropic endeavours, Juanes joins previous winners including Marc Anthony, Miguel Bosé, Vicente Fernandez, Juan Gabriel, Alejandro Sanz, Gloria Estefan, Maná, and Shakira.

Juanes has established the Mi Sangre Foundation and Paz Sin Fronteras (Peace without Borders).

He will be honoured in a gala event on November 13 at the MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas just prior to the annual Latin Grammy Award presentation on November 14.

This marks the 20th anniversary of the Latin Grammy Person of the Year.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation which counts among its endeavours as giving scholarships to Latin music students around the world.

Juan Esteban Aristizabal Vasquez was born in Medelin, Colubia in 1972. After learning to play the guitar from familhy members he went on to be a part of the metal band Ekhymosis while still in his teens. In 2000, Juanes embarked on his solo music career. While he currently makes his home in the United States, Juanes continues to perform for audiences in his native Spanish and has amassed eight multi platinum records, 12 number one singles, and sold over 20 million albums.

 

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Unapproved Parts Mark Beginning of Kentucky Racing Weekend

Normally NASCAR waits until after the races have completed before assessing any penalties to teams for infractions outside of the inspection process. But this week two teams faced issues even before getting on the track.

Gander Outdoors Truck Series team Halmar Racing was found to have an unacceptable vehicle and had their number 52 truck driven by Stewart Friesen confiscated. Friesen has been allowed to continue in the race but with a backup truck for the Buckle Up Your Truck 225 on July 11.

NASCAR officials determined that there was an issue with the firewall.

Further penalties may be forthcoming from NASCAR next week.

After starting the race from the back of the field, Friesen went on to finish the race in second place.

 

In the Xfinity Series, the Penske Racing team was charged with making an illegal body modification to the number 22 car driven by Austin Cindric. As a result of the infraction, crew chief Brian Wilson was suspended for the race and escorted from the garage. Wilson was also fined $10,000.

Driver Austin Cindric was docked 10 driver points and team owner Roger Penske was docked 10 car owner points.

The number 22 team has made the appropriate changes to the car and will be allowed to run the car in the race at Kentucky Speedway this weekend.

 

On a lighter note, Monster Energy Cup Series driver Kyle Busch earned his second ESPY Award during the annual awards presentation on July 10 for Best Driver, beating out Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, NHRA driver Steve Torrence, and IncyCar driver Scott Dixon. To date Busch has won over 200 races across the ttree NASCAR racing series.

Truck Series Kicks Off KY Triple Header

The Gander Outdoors Truck Series kicks off a triple header weekend of night racing at Kentucky Speedway with the Buckle Up Your Truck 225.

Thirty-four teams brought trucks to the track to fill 32 spots.

After having his truck confiscated, Stewart Friesen had to move to a backup truck and will start the race from the back of the field.

With a qualifying run of 29.68 seconds Grant Enfinger puts his truck on the pole and will lead the field to the green flag. Sheldon Creed will start alongside Enfinger on the front row.

Stages one and two of the race will be 35 laps each with stage three lasting 80 laps for a total of 150 laps around the mile and a half track.

At 70 feet wide, there is plenty of room for the drivers to get spread out across the track.

Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Sheldon Creed getting out in front for the lead as the drivers get three wide on the first turn.

Lap two, Sheldon Creed has already pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Grant Enfinger.

After starting the race in 27th place, Brandon Jones needed less than five laps to move up to 16th place. Stewart Friesen has advanced 10 spots after starting the race in the last position.

Lap seven, Sheldon Creed has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Grant Enfinger.

Lap 15, reigning ARCA champ Sheldon Creed now has a lead of over two seconds on Grant Enfinger.

Lap 17, Grant Enfinger has closed the gap on leader Sheldon Creed to under a second.

Lap 26, Sheldon Creed has increased his lead on Grant Enfinger to a second and a half.

Austin Hill brings his truck down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop with reports of power issues.

Lap 30, Sheldon Creed’s lead is back to over two seconds on Grant Enfinger.

Austin Hill has to bring his truck down pit road for a second time with a power issue. Austin Hill takes his truck to the garage.

Brandon Jones is now in the top 10 with two laps remaining in the stage.

Sheldon Creed wins stage one for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Sheldon Creed
Grant Enfinger
Todd Gilliland
Tyler Ankrum
Ross Chastain
Harrison Burton
Brett Moffitt
Brandon Jones
Brennan Poole
Johnny Sauter

Taking only two tires, Grant Enfinger wins the race off of pit road. Sheldon Creed, Todd Gilliland, Brandon Jones, Tyler Ankrum. Brett Moffitt, Harrison Burton, Brennan Poole, Johnny Sauter, and Austin Wayne Self also took only two tires.

Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton were both penalized for commitment cone violations coming on to pit road.

Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two with Sheldon Creed alongside on the front row. Lap 40, Grant Enfinger gets out in front for the lead with the drivers getting four wide across the track on the restart.

The caution flag comes out for a crash involving Natalie Decker, Spencer Boyd, and Jordan Anderson. Boyd’s truck is totaled but Spencer gets out of the truck safely. Johnny Sauter also sustained a wee bit of damage as a result of the crash but will be able to continue the race.

After starting the race in 27th, Brandon Jones has moved up to the second spot.

Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 51 and goes nose to nose with Brandon Jones before edging out in front for the lead.

Chad Finley brings out the caution flag on lap 55 when he spins out in a single truck incident.

A few drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service including Sheldon Creed.

Todd Gilliland and Ben Rhodes are on pit road…with their hoods up. Todd Gilliland is reporting some sort of an engine issue – possibly down a cylinder.

Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag restart with just eleven laps remaining in stage two. Grant Enfinger gets out in front as trucks crash behind him.

Harrison Burton, Gus Dean, Johnny Sauter, and Josh Bilicki were all involved in the crash.

During the crash, Brandon Jones gets out in front for the lead.

Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart with just six laps remaining in stage two. With a push from Matt Crafton, Brandon Jones jumps out in front for the lead.

Grant Enfinger and Brandon Jones get into the wall after Enfinger gets loose and taking out both the first and second place trucks. Brandon Jones had flames coming out from under his truck.

Matt Crafton is the new leader after getting a penalty that sent him to the back of the field.

Matt Crafton wins stage two under caution.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Matt Crafton
Ross Chastain
Dylan Lupton
Tyler Ankrum
Spencer Davis
Stewart Friesen
Ben Rhodes
Austin Wayne Self
Sheldon Creed
Brennan Poole

Tyler Ankrum brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with Brennan Poole also on the front row with Poole taking the lead first before Tyler Ankrum gets out in front as the drivers get aggressive.

Lap 83, 18 year old Tyler Ankrum has a lead of just under half a second on Ben Rhodes.

Sheldon Creed is on the track with a flat tire that is smoking. Creed gets down pit road.

All of the drivers must make one more pit stop, they cannot complete the stage without making a stop for fuel.

Lap 97, Tyler Ankrum has a near half second lead on Ben Rhodes. Leading the race for 27 laps, this is the most laps that Ankrum has led in his racing career.

Lap 104, Tyler Ankrum has a lead of over a second as Ben Rhodes and Brett Moffitt battle for the second place spot.

Tyler Ankrum is running away from the fied with a lead of over two seconds on now second place driver Brett Moffitt.

Lap 110, leader Tyler Ankrum brings his truck down pit road for his green flag pit stop. Brett Moffitt is the new leader.

Lap 115, Ben Rhodes makes his green flag pit stop from the third place position.

Lap 119, leader Brett Moffitt has a lead of over nine seconds on Harrison Burton as green flag pit stops continue.

Brett Moffitt makes his green flag pit stop with 29 laps remaining in the race and taking fuel only. Matt Crafton is the new leader.

Matt Crafton comes down pit road for his pit stop with 27 laps to go. Brett Moffitt is the new leader with a lead of nearly five seconds over Ben Rhodes.

Leader Brett Moffitt’s team has told the driver to save fuel because they are about two laps short.

Ben Rhodes hits the wall but the track stays green.

Ben Rhodes team is also reporting that they are short on fuel.

Twenty to go, Brett Moffitt has a lead of over eight seconds on Ben Rhodes with Tyler Ankrum in third.

Ben Rhodes has to come down pit road with a blown tire; the track stays green.

With only 12 laps remaining in the race, Brett Moffitt has a lead of over eleven seconds on Tyler Ankrum with only eight trucks on the lead lap.

Nine to go, With Brett Moffitt backing it down, Tyler Ankrum is less than eight seconds back.

Five to go, Brett Moffitt has a lead of less than six seconds on Tyler Ankrum.

Three to go, Matt Crafton is out of fuel. Todd Gilliland is also out of fuel.

Two to go, Brett Moffitt is still in the lead but has just run out of fuel giving the lead over to Tyelr Ankrum with Stewart Friesen in second over six seconds back.

After turning 18 in March, Tyler Ankrum has led the most laps and wins his first race in the Truck Series. This was Ankrum’s twelfth Truck Series start.

The California teen called the race win a dream come true.

Buckle Up Your Truck 225 results:
Tyler Ankrum
Stewart Friesen
Harrison Burton
Ross Chastain
Dylan Lupton
Austin Wayne Self
Brett Moffitt
Spencer Davis
Jeb Burton
Johnny Sauter
Tyler Hill
Tyler Dippel
Matt Crafton
Codie Rohrbaugh
Brennan Poole
Clay Greenfield
Todd Gilliland
Mason Massey IV
Ben Rhodes
Josh Bilicki
Sheldon Creed
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Brandon Jones
Grant Enfinger
Gus Dean
Chad Finley
Natalie Decker
Camden Murphy
Spencer Boyd
Jorand Anderson
Austin Hill
Joe Nemechek

Slayer

The rock band Slayer have announced that they are on their farewell world tour.

Slayer tour dates:
July 10 at the Arenele Romane in Bucharest, Romania
July 11 at the Festivalna Hall in Sofia, Bulgaria
July 13 at the Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall in Neo Marousi, Greece
July 26 at the Chaos AB in Edmonton, AB
July 28 at Heavy Montreal in Montreal, QC
Aug 2 at the Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany
Aug 3 at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany
Sept 13 at the Riot Fest in Chicago, IL
Sept 27 at the Coliseo General Ruminahui in Quito, Ecuador
Sept 29 at Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Oct 2 at the Espaco das Americas in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Oct 4 at the Rock in Rio in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Oct 6 at the Gets Louder Festival in Santiago, Chile
Oct 11 at the Exit 111 Festival in Manchester, TN
Nov 2 at the Explore Asheville.com Arena in Asheville, NC
Nov 3 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
Nov 5 at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, VA
Nov 6 at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA
Nov 8 at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, MA
Nov 9 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Nov 11 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY
Nov 12 Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
Nov 14 at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, IL
Nov 15 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, SD
Nov 17 at the Fargodome in Fargo, ND
Nov 18 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, NE
Nov 20 at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 22 at the First Interstate Arena at MetraPark in Billings, MT
Nov 24 at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, WA
Nov 26 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA
Nov 27 at the Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Nov 30 at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA

Metalachi

No longer is music limited to Pop, Rock, Country, Soul, and Latin. Artists are blurring the lines of musical genres mixing and matching styles to create their own unique sound.

Such an example are heavy metal mariachi rockers Metalachi who will be bringing their own sound to a number of cities in North America this summer. The tour includes the band’s first ever dates north of the border in Ontario and Quebec.

Metalachi tour dates:
July 19 at the Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff. AZ
July 20 at the Sister Bar in Albuquerque, NM
July 21 at the County Fair in Denver, CO
July 28 at the Parc Jean-Drapeau for Heavy Montreal in Montreal, QC
July 30 at Lee’s Place on Toronto, ON
July 31 at the Starlight Social Club in Waterloo, ON
Aug 2 at the Brauerhouse in Lombard, IL
Aug 3 at the Turf Club in St. Paul, MN
Aug 4 at The Waiting Room in Omaha, NE
Aug 6 at The Oriental Theater in Denver, CO
Aug 8 at the Virginia Street Brewhouse in Reno, NV
Aug 9 at the Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series in South Lake Tahoe, CA
Aug 10 at the Mammoth Margarita Festival in Mammoth, CA

Michaela Anne is a ‘Child in the Wind’

Country music artist Michaela Anne has just released her new single “Child in the Wind”. The song is the second single from her upcoming album “Desert Dove” which is set for a September 27 release.

“Desert Dove” is her first album with Yep Roc Records.

Michaela Anne has also set some tour dates along the east coast of the U.S. to promote the album.

Michaela Anne tour dates:
Aug 1 & 2 at the Mile of Music in Appleton, WI
Sept 10-15 at the AmericanaFest in Nashville, TN
Oct 10 at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA
Oct 11 at Kings in Raleigh, NC
Oct 13 at the Evening Muse in Charlotte, NC
Oct 16 at the Mercury Lounge in New York City, NY
Oct 18 at The Town and The City Festival in Lowell, MA
Oct 19 at Hangin’ and Sangin’ in Saugerties, NY

 

ZZ Top

Texas Blues Rockers ZZ Top have been making music and amazing crowds for 50 years. And in celebration of the milestone, the guys have planned a tour of North America. And even before the tour has started, the band has added more dates to the tour.

Cheap Trick will be joining ZZ Top for much of the tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd joining the tour for a few dates.

ZZ Top tour dates:
Aug 16 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre in Ridgefield, WA
Aug 17 at the Northern Quest Casino Theater in Airway Heights, WA
Aug 18 at the Chevrolet Stage in Vancouver, BC
Aug 20 at the Yakima Valley SunDome in Yakima, WA
Aug 21 at the Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, WA
Aug 23 at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA
Aug 24 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA
Aug 25 at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, CA
Aug 27 at the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara, CA
Aug 28 at the Cal Coast Union Open Air Theatre in San Diego, CA
Aug 29 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
Aug 31 at the International Pop Festival in Lewisville, TX
Sept 1 at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, MO
Sept 2 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, MN
Sept 4 at the BMO Harris Pacilion in Milwaukee, WI
Sept 6 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, MO
Sept 7 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL
Sept 8 at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheater in Sterling Heights, MI
Sept 10 at the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights, OH
Sept 11 at the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA
Sept 13 at the Ocean City Bike Fest in Ocean City, MD
Sept 14 at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH
Sept 15 at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ
Sept 17 at the Crouse-Hinds Theatre in Syracuse, NY
Sept 18 at the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA
Sept 19 at the Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY
Sept 21 at the Jacobs Pavilion in Cleveland, OH
Sept 22 at the Bourbon and Beyond Festival in Louisville, KY
Oct 5 at the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, NC
Oct 6 at the PNC Music Pacilion I Charlotte, NC
Oct 9 at the Volvo Cars Stadium in Charleston, SC
Oct 11 at the Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center in Cherokee, NC
Oct 12 at the Exit 111 Festival in Manchester, TN
Oct 13 at the Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA
Oct 15 at the James Brown Arena in Agusta, GA
Oct 16 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL
Oct 18 at the Hertz Arena in Estero, FL
Oct 19 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL
Oct 20 at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre n West Palm Beach, FL
Oct 25 at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD
Oct 26 at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, PA
Oct 29 at the Warner Theatre in Erie, PA
Nov 1 at The Sylvee in Madison, WI
Nov 9 at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, LA

 

Auditions Conclude on SYTYCD

After taking a week off for the Independence Day holiday, “So You Think You Can Dance” returns with the final auditions before the dancers who survived go to the Dance Academy.

Getting the show started is Ballroom dance couple Andrew Avila and Melany Mercedes who are returning from last season with a saucy Salsa that brought the judges to their feet. The duo got their tickets to the Dance Academy.

Next up was Michael Sales who began Break Dancing at age 14. After earning some great comments from the judges, Michael got his ticket to the Dance Academy.

Mariah Russell has watched SYTYCD since she was little and dreamed of being on the show. Her Contemporary dance routine touched the judge’s heart and earned her a ticket to the Dance Academy.

In a clip of Contemporary dance auditions; Shamus Moriarty, Olivia Alboher, and Luke Phillips all earned their tickets to the Dance Academy.

Phoebe Kockhis was born with Down Syndrone and began dancing when she was two and a half years old. She has had a dream of being on the show since she was six years old with the first episode in the series. She earned cheers from D-trix and some positive remarks from the judges. While she did not move on in the competition, Nigel invited her to be his guest at the Dance Academy and have some fun.

James Cody returns to SYTYCD for his fourth try of getting on the show. He was last on the show in season 12 and made it to the Academy in Las Vegas. Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, James said that his dancing is a mood stabilizer and he feels better than he has in a long time. James had D-trix making all kinds of noises and Nigel dancing in his chair. Nigel said that James is brilliant at what he does, but fears that James doesn’t put in the work. With the deciding vote, Laurieann put James through to the Dance Academy.

Maia Bliudnikas has been dancing since she was nine years old. Mary called her audition one of the most perfect performances of the auditions. With four yeses, Maia got her ticket to the Dance Academy.

In the final audition of season 16, tap dancer Eddie Hoyt returns for another try. Whie he didn’t make it on the show last season, he was offered a teaching position at Centerstage. After bringing the judges…and the crowd to their feet, Mary was very emotional in her comments, saying that she has never cried over a tap routine before. Even D-trix had tears from the dance. Eddie revealed that he didn’t choreograph the routine; adding that he freestyled it because he needed to feel it. Eddie got his ticket to the Dance Academy. D-trix said that if Eddie survives the Dance Academy, then he would be a contender and even a finalist.

Next week, it’s on to the Dance Academy and the toughest week of their lives.

Record Setting Night at Home Run Derby

It’s the night before the annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game from the home of the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie.

But first, the sluggers will take the field to show off their home run hitting skills in the annual Home Run Derby.

The players have four minutes to hit as many home runs as they can. Players who hit two balls over 440 feet will earn some extra hitting time.

The eight players are divided into four pairs who will face off with each other.

Second generation player Vladimir Guerrero Jr is the youngest player ever to participate in the Home Run Derby.

Up first is Los Angeles Dodgers Joc Pederson who will go up against Houston Astros Alex Bregman.

Joc hit 16 home runs but has earned himself an extra 30 seconds of hitting time for hitting at least two homers over 440 feet. After the extra hitting time, Joc Pederson hit a record setting 21 home runs. This is the first time that a batter hit 21 homers in the first round.

Alex Bregman hit 16 home runs with no extra bat time.

Joc Pederson won the round and will move on to the next round.

Up next is second generation player and Toronto Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Vladimir’s first homer was 460 feet and he only needed two more to hit a second on over 440 with 476 feet. He also hit several more hoers over 440 feet including one at 472 feet. Vladimir hit 24 home runs and still have his 30 second bonus time remaining. And with that Vladimir Guerrero set a record with a total of 29 home runs.

Oakland Athletics Matt Chapman goes up against Guerrero with his dad Jim Chapman throwing the balls. Matt hit 13 homers in the regular time but has earned his 30 bonus time. Matt failed to hit any homers in the bonus time and had only 13 home runs. Vladimir Guerero wins the round and will move on to the semi final round.

The third match-up pairs Atlanta Braves Ronald Acuna Jr and Pittsburg Pirates Josh Bell for a battle of the home runs.

Up first is Ronald Acuna with 23 home runs and earned himself some bonus time. Ronald only hit two more home runs in his bonus time for a total of 25 home runs.

Calling the other side of Lake Erie home, the Pirates Josh Bell takes the plate to see how many homers he can hit. Josh Bell hit 17 home runs during the regular time and earned himself some bonus hitting time. Josh hit only one honer during his bonus time for a total of 18 home runs. Ronald Acuna Jr wins the round with 25 home runs.

In the final pairing, home town hero Carlos Santana goes against New York Mets Pete Alonso for the final spot in the semi finals.

Indians’ Carlos Santana takes the plate first and after a slow start belts 13 home runs. Santana is the first batter not to earn the 30 second bonus time.

The final batter in round one is Pete Alonso who launches 14 home runs in regular time. Alonso earned his bonus time by hitting two homers at 452 feet. But already hitting more home runs than Carlos Santana, Alonso does not need to use his bonus time.

A total of 148 home runs her hit in the first round setting a new Home Run Derby record.

Vladimir Guerrero gets the semi finals round started off by hitting 27 homers in his regular time and still has his bonus time to go. During an interview after the first round, Vladimir said that he was aiming to hit 30 homers. And with his bonus time, Vladimir Guerrero hits 29 home runs for the second time and ties another record.

Next up is Joc Pederson who has his work cut out for him. And at the end of his regular time, Joc has hit 27 homers and still has his bonus time to go. Joc Pederson ties Vladimir Guerrero with 29 home runs.

After the tie, both batters will have a swing off tie breaker round where they will each have one minute to hit homers. Up first is Vladimir who hit eight more homers for a total of 37 home runs. Joc Pederson again matched Vladimir and hit eight homers for a total of 37.

Now they will battle one more time in a three swing, swing off. This is the first time the competition has had a swing off. Vladimir hit only one homer in his three swings. Now it’s up to Joc Pederson who hit one home run for another tie.

In another swing off, Vladimir hit another two home runs for a total of 40 and setting another record.

And in the final at bat, Joc Pederson hit only one home run for a total of 39 and gives the win to Guerrero.

After hitting a total of 69 home runs, Vladimir Guerrero moves on to the finals in hopes of becoming the youngest player to win the Home Run Derby at age 20.

Ronald Acuna Jr and Pete Alonso go head to head for the last spot in the finals and a chance to beat out Vladimir Guerrero.

Up first is Ronald Acuna Jr who hit 25 homers in the first round. Ronald hit 18 home runs in his regular time but has the 30 second bonus time for a chance to add to his total. Ronald only hit one more homer in his bonus time for a total of 19 home runs.

Rounding out the semi finals, Pete Alonso hit 20 home runs in his regular time to beat out Ronald Acuna Jr. Alonso earned his bonus time but does not need the time.

The final round for the title will be the American League vs the National League with Vladimir Guerrero and Pete Alonso.

In his final round, Vladimir Guerrero hit a total of 22 home runs for a grand total of 91…30 more than the previous record.

Pete Alonso hit 23 home runs with 20 seconds of regular time remaining to beat out Vladimir Guerrero for the title of Home Run Derby winner…and a million dollar prize.

 

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The Cult Celebrates Anniversary

In celebration of the 30th anniversary release of “Sonic Temple”, The Cult is releasing the album in a variety of formats; each unique in its own way.

Along with the album re-release on September 13, the band will be making a short tour around the United Kingdom.

The Cult have planned a boxed set, a CD set, a double LP, and a digital version for release.

The boxed set will feature vinyl and cassette, memorabilia and other items related to the album, and previously unreleased music. The set has been limited to a total of 3,000 worldwide copies.

Each numbered set includes a total of 40 tracks on three LP’s and a cassette tape. Along with the album, the third LP is a live performance in Wembley Stadium. Memorabilia and such includes a backstage pass and press releases.

For those fans who just want the music there is a five CD set featuring the album and lots of alternate and extended versions of the songs. The CD set also includes the Wembley performance for a total of 53 tracks.

For retro fans there is a revamped version of the original album on two discs. The original album has been out of print for over 20 years.

And for the computer age, there is a 43 track digital release that features all the alternate and extended tracks from the CD set along with the live performance but does not include the original “Sonic Temple” album.

The Cult UK tour dates:
Oct 15 at Rock City in Nottingham
Oct 17 at the Academy in Birmingham
Oct 18 at the University in Cardiff
Oct 20 at the Academy in Leeds
Oct 21 at The Music Hall in Aberdeen
Oct 22 at the Academy in Glasgow
Oct 24 at the Apollo in Manchester
Oct 27 at the Hammersmith Apollo in London
Oct 28 at the Academy in Bristol
Oct 29 at Guildhall in Portsmouth

Big One, Lightening Mark End of Race in Daytona

Racing at Daytona is always a special event, but this year the Coke Zero 400 is especially significant for a number of reasons.

It is the final July race in Daytona. Beginning next season, the second Daytona race will move to September where it will mark the end of the regular season. The season begins at Daytona and will host the final race before the playoffs.

Beginning with the Memorial Day weekend race, NASCAR has sponsored the Salute to the Troops with the drivers carrying the names of service members, units, or squadrons over their windshields. Daytona marks the final Salute to the Troops weekend. With several military bases in Florida, numerous military personnel are in attendance for the festivities.

Oh, and there are no more restrictor plates, NASCAR has brought a new car package to the track.

Summer in Florida also means something else…daily afternoon rain storms. Plagued by rain all weekend long, NASCAR canceled qualifying for the Monster Energy Cup Series race. The field has been set by the rule book putting Joey Logano on the pole with Kyle Busch starting alongside on the front row.

The starting line up for the Coke Zero 400:
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Denny Hamlin
Chase Elliott
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Ryan Blaney
Aric Almirola
William Bryon
Kyle Larson
Jimmie Johnson
Daniel Suarez
Clint Bowyer
Erik Jones
Ryan Newman
Ricky Stenhouse JR
Paul Menard
Austin Dillon
Chris Buescher
Ty Dillon
Daniel Hemric
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Preece
David Ragan
Michael McDowell
Bubba Wallace
Corey LaJoie
Matt Tifft
Quin Houff
Landon Cassill
Justin Haley
BJ McLeod
Parker Kligerman
JJ Yeley
Ross Chastain
Brendan Gaughan
Joey Gase

After the pre-qualifying inspection process, the number six Roush Fenway Racing car driven by Ryan Newman and the number 15 Premium Motorsports car driven by Quin Houff failed the inspection process twice. As a result of the failures, each team has lost a crew member for the remainder of the weekend. For the number six car, engineer Travis Peterson was ejected and car chief John Colbert for the number 15 car was ejected. While neither driver will lose his starting position, both will be docked 15 minutes of practice time for the next race.

On Friday night, the Xfinity Series race was delayed by over two hours because of the rain. And once again, rain has delayed the start of the race on Saturday night. As a result, NASCAR has postponed the Coke Zero 400 until Sunday afternoon where the drivers will run in the heat of the day.

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.

NASCAR has not called for a competition caution for the race.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out Kyle Busch for the lead.

Lap six, Joey Logano has a tenth of a second lead on Kevin Harvick with Brad Keselowski in third.

Lap 12, Joey Logano holds on to his tenth of a second lead on Kevin Harvick.

Race fans are used to race teams working together when it comes to pit stops and running on the track; but this time around the manufacturing companies have gotten involved and have issued car manufacture rules for running the race in Daytona.

Some of the car decals wrapping appears to be coming loose on Chris Buescher’s car.

The air friction has ripped the air flap from the hood of Paul Menard’s car.

Lap 19, the leaders are beginning to lap the slower cars.

Lap 22, Leader Joey Logano holds on to his tenth of a second lead on Kevin Harvick.

Lap 27, Joey Logano continues to dominate the race as Fords lead the pack.

Lap 33, the top nine positions are held by Fords with Joey Logano leading the way. Ty Dillon is the first non Ford in a Chevrolet in tenth place.

Lap 36, the leaders come down pit road for service.

With the Fords on pit road, Kyle Busch takes the lead.

Denny Hamlin nearly wrecked coming down pit road, barely missing Kyle Busch.

Lap 37, the remainder of the field comes down pit road for service. The teams took fuel only.

Denny Hamlin is in the lead on lap 38.

Lap 41, Kurt Busch leads the race.

Lap 42, Kevin Harvick is the leader with Joey Logano in second.

With five laps remaining in stage one, Kevin Harvick leads the pack with Joey Logano right behind.

Joey wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Joey Logano
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Blaney
Kevin Harvick
Chase Elliott
Daniel Suarez
Clint Bowyer
Denny Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
Martin Truex Jr

Martin Truex Jr is reporting radio issues, he cannot hear his crew chief.

Taking fuel only Michael McDowell wins the race off of pit road.


Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 56 and holds on to the lead with a push from Ryan Blaney. Elliott in a Chevrolet is surrounded by Fords.

Lap 57, Ricky Stenhouse Jr is the new leader.

Brad Keselowski nearly takes out Kevin Harvick after not lifting – earlier in the week, Keselowski said that he was not going to lift on the track.

Leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr brings out the caution flag after making a run through the grass after trying to block Kurt Busch.

A number of drivers come down pit road to top off their fuel.

Clint Bowyer and Austin Dillon bring the field down for the green restart on lap 63 with Austin Dillon taking the lead with a little help from Chase Elliott.

Lap 64, Ryan Blaneyh takes the lead.

Lap 65, Austin Dillon retakes the lead.

Lap 72, Austin Dillon holds on to the lead with Chase Elliott in second followed by team mates William Byron and Alex Bowman as the Chevys take over the top spots.

Kurt Busch brings out the caution flag when he spins out after brushing the wall.

Austin Dillon brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap78 and jumps out in front of Chase Elliott to hold on to the lead.

Lap 80, the drivers are three wide through the field.

Lap 81, Austin Dillon leads the field with team mates Alex Bowman and Chase Elliott right behind.

The caution flag comes out for a multi car crash on lap 83. Brad Keselowski gets a push form Kevin Harvick that sends him into the wall. Daniel Hemric, Daniel Suarez, Kevin Harvick, and David Ragan were also involved in the crash. Brad Keselowski’s team is on the damage clock.

Brad Keselowski is out of the race.

Dark clouds are on the horizon…

Austin Dillon brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 87 and holds on to his lead.

Lap 88, Austin Dillon is in the lead with team mates Alex Bowman, William Byron, and Chase Elliott behind him for a Chevrolet lead. William Byron is in a backup car after an on track incident with Brad Keselowski during practice Thursday.

Ten to go in stage two with reports of lightening on the horizon, Austin Dillon continues to lead the race with the next six cars Chevrotlets.

Six to go in stage two, Austin Dillon in a Chevrolet leads the way but the Fords are coming in the outside lane.

Lap 96, Clint Bowyer moves up to challenge leader Austin Dillon and takes the lead.

Lap 97, leader Clint Bowyer and Austin Dillon are nose to nose in a battle for the lead.

Lap 98, Austin Dillon retakes the lead.

Austin Dillon wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Austin Dillon
Alex Bowman
William Byron
Chase Elliott
Clint Bowyer
Kyle Larson
Jimmie Johnson
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Bubba Wallace
Joey Logano

Taking only two tires, Joey Logano wins the race off of pit road. Ryan Newman and Erik Jones also took only two tires. Chris Buescher stayed out on the track.

Kyle Busch had an extended pit stop after not being able to get his car slowed down fast enough.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three but it is Ryan Newman who edges out for the lead on lap 105.

Lap 106, Austin Dillon passes Logano for the lead.

Lap 107, drivers are three wide through the field.

With bad weather coming, the drivers are getting very aggressive on the track.

Ryan Newman gets into the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 110, Joey Logano challenges Austin Dillon for the lead with the two drivers going nose to nose around the track.

Lap 111, Joey Logano gets out in front for the lead.

Paul Menard gets loose but the track stays green.

Paul Menard makes it three wide for a fight for the lead.

Paul Menard is the new leader with the help of a push from Denny Hamlin.

Lap 113, Denny Hamlin is now the leader.

Lap 117, Denny Hamlin continues to lead the race.

Kevin Harvick is slow in the track but gets to pit road.

The BIG ONE happens on lap 118 with smoke and cars everywhere and taking out nearly half of the field.

It all began when Austin Dillon blocks Clint Bowyer and Bowyer makes contact with Dillon’s car. Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Martin Truex Jr, Erik Jones, Joey Logano, Michael McDowell, Chris Buescher, Kyle Larson, Bubba Wallace, Ryan Preece, Alex Bowman, Matt DiBenedetto, and Parker Kligerman were all involved in the wreck.

Drivers brings their cars down pit road.

After squeaking through the melee, Kurt Busch is the new leader.

Kurt Busch comes down pit road and gives the lead over to rookie driver Justin Haley.

With lightening strikes in the area, NASCAR brings the cars down pit road and puts out the red flag.

After a red flag delay for weather of over an hour, NASCAR has called the race and declares the race official. Justin Haley is named the winner of the race.

Results for the weather shortened Coke Zero Sugar 400:
Justin Haley
William Byron
Jimmie Johnson
Ty Dillon
Ryan Newman
Corey LaJoie
Aric Almirola
Matt DiBenedetto
Matt Tifft
Kurt Busch
Landon Cassill
JJ Yeley
Michael McDowell
Kyle Busch
Bubba Wallace
Paul Menard
Chris Buescher
Daniel Hemric
Brendan Gaughan
Kyle Larson
Alex Bowman
Martin Truex Jr
Erik Jones
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
Joey Gase
BJ McLeod
Kevin Harvick
Ross Chastain
Parker Kligerman
Ryan Preece
Austin Dillon
Clint Bowyer
Chase Elliott
Ryan Blaney
Quin Houff
David Ragan
Brad Keselowski
Daniel Suarez

NASCAR Disqualifies Driver in Xfinity Race

For the second week in a row, the third place finisher in the Xfinity Series race had his car disqualified after failing the post race inspection process.

After the race at Chicagoland last week, Christopher Bell’s finish was disqualified after NASCAR determined that there was an issue with the ride height limit.

And in the early morning hours of July 6 after a extended rain delay, NASCAR completed post race inspection for the Xfinity Series Circle K Firecracker 250 and determined that after Kaulig Racing finished one-two-three, the third place number 10 car driven by AJ Allmendinger was disqualified after NASCAR found a discrepancy with the engine.

As a result of the disqualifications Christopher Bell and AJ Allmendinger were relegated to the last place position.

There was no indication as to whether any further penalties will be forthcoming for the number 10 car.

Crashes, Smashes, and First Win in Daytona

The Xfinity Series goes under the lights at Daytona International Speedway for the Firecracker 250.

Forty teams brought cars to the track but only 38 will be able to run the race.

After a delay in qualifying due to weather issues, Tyler Reddick puts his car on the pole for his third pole of the season, including the pole for the inaugural race in Daytona last February.

Cody Ware is under the weather and is unable to drive; taking his place is mechanic Stefan Parsons – nephew of NASCAR icon Benny Parsons – making his debut at Daytona.

After over two hours of a delay due to rain, the drivers have been called to their cars for some late night racing.

Stages one and two of the race are 30 laps each with stage three lasting 40 laps for a total of 100 laps around the two and a half mile track.

Noah Gragson makes an unscheduled trip down pit road on the parade laps, reportedly with radio issues.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out in front of the field for the lead.

Lap four, AJ Allmendinger and Ross Chastain go nose to nose in a battle for the lead.

Lap five, Ross Chastain takes the lead but gets passed by AJ Allmendinger.

After getting caught up in the middle, pole sitter Tyler Reddick drops to 21st place.

Lap seven, Michael Annett takes the lead. Annett won the Daytona race in February to open the season.

Lap eight, AJ Allmendinger is the new leader with Ross Chastain in second.

Ross Chastain takes the lead as the drivers go two by two through the field.

The caution flag comes out on lap eight whenAustin Cindric and Caesar Bacarella make contact and catch up other drivers. Brandon Jones, Ray Black Jr, Cole Custer, Landon Cassill, Chris Cockrum, Josh Williams, Scott Lagasse Jr, and Joe Graf Jr were also involved in the crash.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 14 and holds on to the lead after getting a push from AJ Allmendinger.

Lap 18, “Watermelon Man” Ross Chastain has just a tenth of a second lead on Justin Allgaier.

Lap 21, Tyler Reddick has moved back to the front of the field in fourth place behind Ross Chastain, AJ Allmendinger, and Christopher Bell.

The caution flag comes out on lap 22 for a big crash with a number of drivers running through the wet grass. Tyler Reddick slaps the wall and cars got stacked up behind him. John Hunter Nemechek and Sheldon Creed were also involved in the crash.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the two lap shootout to end stage one on lap 28. Chastain edges out Ryan Sieg to hold on to the lead of the race.

Ryan Sieg takes the lead on lap 29 but Ross Chastain gets back around Sieg to take the lead.

Ross Chastain wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ross Chastain
Ryan Sieg
Riley Herbst
Noah Gragson
Timmy Hill
Justin Haley
AJ Allmendinger
Justin Allgaier
Tyler Reddick
Christopher Bell

From inside his car, in race reporter AJ Allmendinger called the race insane but awesome.

NASCAR has penalized Justin Haley after Haley forced a car down below the yellow line late in stage one and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 36 and holds on to the lead.

After a wild stage one, the drivers have settled down a bit and are somewhat less aggressive.

Lap 41, AJ Allmemndinger has a tenth of a second lead on Michael Annett.

The caution flag comes out on lap 45 for a wreck involving Tyler Reddick and Chase Briscoe. After a hard hit into the wall, Chase Briscoe climbs out of the car unassisted. Tyler Reddick’s car was out of control with a flat tire.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green fflag restart on lap 50 and holds on to his lead with Ross Chastain in second and Christopher Bell in third.

Eight laps remain in stage two, and the drivers are no longer taking it easy, they are getting three wide throughout the field.

Five laps to go in stage two, AJ Allmendinger is in the lead with Ross Chastain on his bumper in second.

After being penalized at the beginning of stage two, Justin Haley has moved into the top five.

After saying that he didn’t want any part of what those crazy kids were going to do in the race, AJ Allmendinger wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
AJ Allmendinger

Michael Annett
Ross Chastain
Justin Haley
Justin Allgaier
Christopher Bell
Noah Gragson
Cole Custer
Riley Herbst
Austin Cindric

Taking fuel only, Justin Allgaier wins the race off of pit road. Noah Gragson and Riley Herbst also took fuel only.

Christopher Bell was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 66 but it is Noah Gragson who gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 68, Ross Chastain takes the lead of the race.

Leader Ross Chastain and Justin Allgaier battle for the lead with Justin Allgaier getting out in front for the lead.

Lap 70, Ross Chastain gets a push from AJ Allmendinger to take the lead.

The caution flag comes out on lap 72 for “the big one” with cars on the track and in the grass. Shane Lee, Chad Finchum, David Starr, Scott Lagasse Jr, Sheldon Creed, Brandon Brown, Chris Cockrum, and BJ McLeod were all involved.

Ross Chastain brings the filed down for the green flag restart with just 21 laps remaining in the race.

Riley Herbst makes a run through the grass but the track stays green.

Ross Chastain holds on to the lead with Justin Haley in second and Timmy Hill in third.

With only 14 laps remaining in the race the caution flag comes out for the second big one involving all of “the big three”. Cole Custer, Timmy Hill, Gray Gaulding, Chad Finchum, Noah Gragson, Caesar Bacarella, Ryan Sieg, Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, and Michael Annett were all involved.

In his first ever NASCAR start, Stefan Parsons is in the top 15.

NASCAR has red flagged the race with only 13 laps remaining in the race to get the track and the infield cleaned up.

In car reporter AJ Allmendinger noted that he could see the wreck happening before it started and even though he avoided most of the carnage, he did sustain a bit of damage.

The cars finally get moving again.

Justin Haley and Tyler Reddick bring the field down for the green lfag restart with just 10 laps remaining in the race. Justin Haley gets out in front for the lead. Tyler Reddick makes a run on Justin Haley and passes for the lead as drivers battle for position throughout the field.

Justin Allgaier gets spun around with nine laps to go but the track stays green.

Ross Chastain gets around Tyler Reddick for the lead with seven laps to go.

Five to go, Ross Chastain holds on to the lead with Justin Haley in second. Shane Lee spins out but the track stays green.

Tyler Reddick has to bring his car down pit road with a flat tire with only four laps to go.

Two to go, Ross Chastain still has the lead but only a tenth of a second ahead of Justin Haley.

Ross Chastain takes the white flag. Can he hold off Justin Haley to drop another watermelon in victory lane or will another driver make a last turn pass for the lead?

Ross Chastain wins the Firecracker 250 with team mates Justin Haley and AJ Allmendinger right behind for the team’s first win.

Chastain smashes the watermelon on the start – finish line and then takes a bit out of one of the pieces.

,Firecracker 250 results:
Ross Chastain
Justin Haley
AJ Allmendinger
Christopher Bell
Austin Cindric
Stephen Leicht
Brandon Brown
Jeff Green
Gray Gaulding
Jeremy Clements
Matt Mills
Vinnie Miller
Stefan Parsons
Ray Black Jr
Garrett Smithley
Noah Gragson
Tyler Reddick
Justin Allgaier
Riley Herbst
Chris Cockrum
Timmy Hill
Shane Lee
John Hunter Nemechek
Joe Graf Jr
Ryan Sieg
Michael Annett
Cole Custer
Chad Finchum
Josh Williams
“Caesar Bacarella
Brandon Jones
Scott Lagasse Jr
David Starr
BJ McLeod
Sheldon Creed
Chase Briscoe
Joe Nemechek
Landon Cassill

Jon Anderson

Jon Anderson of Yes has added some dates to his United States segment of the tour – 1,000 Hands World Tour.

And fans who attend the show will get a special bonus, an early copy of the new album “1000 Hands” – an album that has been 30 years in the making.

Anderson noted that the shows will include Yes songs, songs he hasn’t performed in some time, and songs from the new album.

Jon Anderson tour dates:
July 24 at the Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY
July 26 at the St. George Theater in Staten Island, NY
July 27 at the Patchougue Theatre in Pachogue, NY
July 29 at the Ocean City Music Pier in Ocean City, NJ
Aug 2 at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ
Aug 3 at the Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA
Aug 5 at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA
Aug 8 at the 20 Monroe Live in Grand Rapids, MI
Aug 9 at On The Riverfront in Detroit, MI
Aug 10 at The Clyde Theatre in Fort Wayne, IN
Aug 13 at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount, VA
Aug 14 at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, TN
Aug 16 at the Peoples Bank Theater in Marietta, OH
Aug 17 at the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, MI
Aug 20 at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO
Aug 21 at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, CO
Aug 23 at the Ilani Resort in Ridgefield, WA
Aug 26 at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, CA
Aug 29 a The Rose in Pasadena, CA
Aug 30 at The Libby Bowl in Ojai, CA
Sept 1 at The Canyon Montclair in Montclair, CA

Tim McGraw

Award winning Country music icon Tim McGraw is about to embark on a tour around the United States with a couple of stops in Canada and some dates Downunder.

Tim McGraw tour dates:
July 12 at the Salinas Sports Complex in Salinas, CA
July 13 at the Country Thunder Saskatchewan in Craven, SK
July 14 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB
July 15 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
July 18 at the Great Jones County Fair in Monticello, IA
July 19 at the Shadow Hill Ranch in Twin Lakes, WI
July 20 at the Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN
July 26 at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds in Minot, ND
July 27 at the Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, WY
Aug 10 at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant, MI
Aug 14 at the House of Power Stadium in Middletown, NY
Aug 17 at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, NY
Aug 30 at Panama City Beach in Panama City Beach, FL
Sept 14 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, KY
Sept 20 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Sept 28 at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia
Sept 29 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Boondall, Australia
Oct 4 at the Hope Estate in Pokolbin, Australia
Oct 5 at the deni ute muster in Deniliquin, Australia
Oct 6 at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia
Nov 16 at the Choctaw Casino and Resort in Dorant, OK

Hammer’s House Party

One of the pioneers of what would become known as Hip-Hop music, MC Hammer is being joined by fellow Hip-Hop and R&B artists for a summer tour they are calling Hammer’s House Party.

Included in the line up are MC Hammer himself, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Sisqo, Tone Loc, and Kid’n’Play.

This marks Hammer’s first major tour in nearly 30 years.

Included on the tour is a stop in Niagara Falls, NY for an outdoor performance at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in August.

Hammer’s House Party tour dates:
July 13 at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA
July 26 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI
July 27 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, IN
Aug 1 at the HEB Center in Cedar Park, TX
Aug 2 at the Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving, TX
Aug 3 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
Aug 4 at the Concrete Street Amphitheater in Corpus Christie, TX
Aug 9 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, MO
Aug 10 at The Grand Theater at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT
Aug 16 at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, NY
Aug 17 at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA
Aug 23 at the St. Elizabeth East Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, DC
Aug 30 at the PNE Rogers Amphitheatre in Vancouver, BC
Sept 1 at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, LA

Celebrating Love Through Married with Pride

While millions of people celebrated World Pride and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City, members of the LGBTQ community celebrated a wedding ceremony in Niagara Falls.

Looking out on Terrapin Point and the Horseshoe Falls, over a dozen couples gathered on Goat Island in the Niagara Falls State Park on June 30 to express their love and commitment to their partners in Married with Pride.

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The gathered couples came from as far away as Florida and Georgia. It included couples who have been married for only a few years to one couple who finally decided to marry after being together for 43 years.

Leader for Niagara County Pride Ronald Piaseczny opened the ceremonies with a greeting for the crowd and introduced Pastor Sue – Sue Frawley – who opened her benediction with the words “Queerly beloved”. She ended with not just an Amen, but with an Awomen as well.

Program manager for the Pride Center of Western New York Steve Jagord spoke before New York State Legislator Harry Bonson spoke about being present when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Marriage Equality Bill in 2011 and brought one of the pens that the governor used to sign the bill into law for the couple to use on their official documents.

Singer Andrew Eisenhardt performed an A Capella rendition of the Bette Midler song “The Rose”.

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Gay activist and ordained Kitty Lambert-Rudd performed the official vows portion of the ceremony. She spoke from the heart to the couples of love and devotion.

When the Marriage Equality Law took effect in 2011, Kitty and her partner Cheryle became the first same sex couple to be legally married in New York with a ceremony just after midnight.

Ron closed out Married with Pride by thanking all those who attended and helped to make the even possible. He also invited everyone to the Rainbow Reception being held outside the Hard Rock Cafe.

Rainbow Reception:
Out on the street next to the Hard Rock Cafe the street was blocked off and a stage was erected where DJ Milk and his mates not only got the party started, but kept things going with plenty of dance music.

Also on hand were award winning veteran performers Keke Valasquez-Lord – who also served as the MC for the show, Fantasee Island, Chevon Davis, and Veronica Lace put on two shows for the crowd.

The queens even came down off the stage to perform on the street among the crowd.

It was a day of Pride and celebration that not only saw couples expressing their love; but also, a community who came together to show that love will always win. And as Kitty Lambert-Rudd pointed out love is a living thing that changes and grows.

Celebrating Pride is only a month long, but love lasts a lifetime as the couples who gathered in the park to celebrate and make their vows showed.

Chicagoland Penalties

After the races at Chicagoland Speedway this past weekend, the winning drivers in all three series – Gander Outdoors Truck, Xfinity, and Monster Energy Cup – the winning vehicles passed post race inspection; however two race teams were found to have one of their lug nuts improperly secured during the inspection process.

In the Xfinity Series, the number 00 Stewart-Haas Racing car driven by Cole Custer had one unsecured lug nut; as a result, crew chief Mike Shiplett was fined $5,000.

In the Monster Energy Cup Series, the number eleven Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Denny Hamlin also had an unsecured lug nut and crew chief Chris Gabehart was fined $10,000.

This weekend the teams return to the track where it all began – Daytona – for some night racing in the annual Independence Day races.

Exciting First Monster Cup Win in Chicagoland

The Monster Energy Cup Series caps off the triple header weekend with the Camping World 400.

After one round of single car qualifying, Austin Dillon runs a time of 30.363 seconds to put his number three car on the pole. Kevin Harvick will start alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Camping World 400:
Austin Dillon
Kevin Harvick
Daniel Hemric
Jimmie Johnson
Kurt Busch
Clint Bowyer
Michael McDowell
Alex Bowman
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott
Kyle Larson
Aric Almirola
Ryan Newman
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Ty Dillon
Erik Jones
Ryan Preece
David Ragan
Paul Menard
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Bubba Wallace
Chris Buescher
Daniel Suarez
Matt DiBenedetto
Corey LaJoie
Ross Chastain
Bayley Currey
Landon Cassill
BJ McLeod
Quin Houff
Josh Bilicki
Reed Sorenson
Matt Tifft

After an engine change, William Byron has to start the race from the back of the field.

Stages one and two of the race are 80 laps each with stage three lasting 107 laps for a total of 267 laps for 400 miles around the mile and a half track.

Austin Dillon bring the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front for the lead as the drivers get three and four wide across the track.

Lap four, Jimmie Johnson gets around Daniel Hemric for second and is looking to take the lead away from Austin Dillon.

Lap eight, Jimmie Johnson gets around Austin Dillon for the lead but Dillon is not ready to give up and challenges for the lead. After going nose to nose with Dillon, Jimmie Johnson finally pulls away to hold on to the lead.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap eleven for bad weather in the area. NASCAR brings the cars down pit road as lightening strikes in the sky.

With eleven laps in the books, NASCAR has red flagged the race and the teams are covering the cars.

Some huge wind gusts and very dark skies have come over the track.

Twenty minutes into the red flag condition, the rains appeared with a vengeance.

After a rain delay of over three hours, the drivers returned to their cars to continue the race.

After the storm, track temperatures dropped 50 degrees.

Once the cars get moving again, several drivers bring their cars down pit road for fresh tires and adjustments.

Jimmie Johnson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 16 and goes nose to nose with Austin Dillon, but after a push from Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon takes over the lead.

Lap 20, Kevin Harvick challenges Austin Dillon for the lead and becomes the new leader.

Lap 25, Kyle Busch gets into the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 27, Kevin Harvick has a quarter of a second lead on Ryan Blaney with Jimmie Johnson in third.

Lap 32, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over half a second On Ryan Blaney.

Lap 45, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead over Ryan Blaney to over a second.

The drivers cannot complete the stage without making a pit stop for fuel.

Lap 49, Alex Bowman becomes the first driver to make a greet flag pit stop.

Lap 55, Kevin Harvick has a lead of a second and a half on Ryan Blaney.

Daniel Hemric’s team was charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road, he will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Lap 63, there are only 17 cars on the lead lap.

Bubba Wallace was charged with leaving his pit box with equipment.

Lap 67, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to two seconds over Ryan Blaney.

With eight laps remaining in stage one, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over six seconds as green flag pit stops continue.

Leader Kevin Harvick has a flat tire and must come down pit road.

With only five laps to go in the stage, several drivers are taking fuel only.

Ryan Blaney has to bring his car down pit road with a flat tire with three laps to go in stage one.

Clint Bowyer brings out the caution flag on lap 78 when he blows a tire and hits the wall, causing heavy damage to the car.

Denny Hamlin is the leader and will win stage one under caution.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Denny Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
Michael McDowell
Jimmie Johnson
Austin Dillon
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
William Byron
Alex Bowman
Kurt Busch

Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 86 and holds on to the lead with drivers getting three wide across the track.

Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin battle for second with Kevin Harvick in the lead trying to break the draft.

Lap 94, Chase Elliott is back in the top 10 after being down two laps.

Clint Bowyer has another flat tire and is very slowly working his way to pit road.

After starting the race from the back of the field, William Byron is challenging Kevin Harvick for the lead.

Lap 99, William Byron passes Kevin Harvick to take the lead of the race.

During pit stops on the caution, Denny Hanlin’s team was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

William Byron brings the field on lap 110 but falls back in the field with Kevin Harvick taking the lead.

Lap 115, Kevin Harvick holds on to a narrow lead over Jimmie Johnson with Chase Elliott in third,

Lap 123, the two 43 year old veterans of Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson lead the pack as they battle for the lead. So far Harvick has the lead.

For the first time this season, all four of the Hendrick Motorsports cars are in the top seven.

Lap 134, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Jimmie Johnson.

Lap 134, Chase Elliott passes team mate Jimmie Johnson for second place.

Lap 137, Kevin Harvick is reporting a possible tire issue. Daniel Suarez has a smoking car after making contact with Denny Hamlin. Suarez gets down pit road and the track stays green.

Lap 146, Kevin Harvick holds on to ahalf second lead while team mates Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott battle for second. Alex Bowman and Kyle Larson battle for fourth.

With seven laps remaining in stage two, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over half a second.

Four laps remain in stage two and Kevin Harvick’s lead is down to less than two tenths of a second ahead of Chase Elliott.

Kevin Harvick wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kevin Harvick
Chase Elliott
Kyle Larson
Alex Bowman
Jimmie Johnson
Martin Truex Jr
William Byron
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Aric Almirola

Issues on put road caused Chase Elliott to lose 18 spots.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three but it is Kyle Larson who gets out in front after a fierce battle for position.

Contact on the track causes Kyle Busch to come down pit road with a flat tire.

Lap 171, Alex Bowman gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 172, Kevin Harvick brings out the caution flag when he hits the wall.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 179 and edges out Kyle Larson for the lead as drivers get three wide.

Ryan Newman gets into the fence but the track stays green.

Drivers are beating and banging all through the field.

Lap 185, Alex Bowman has a third of a second lead on team mate Jimmie Johnson.

La 193, Alex Bowman has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Jimmie Johnson.

Lap 200, Alex Bowman’s lead is now nearly two seconds on Jimmie Johnson; the largest lead of the day.

With 59 laps remaining in the race, Alex Bowman has pulled out to a lead of over three seconds on Kyle Larson.

Fifty to go, Kyle Larson has closed the gap on lead Alex Bowman to only two and a half seconds.

Green flag pit stops have begun.

Only 44 laps remain in the race, Kevin Harvick is the only driver year to make a pit atop and is the leader of the race.

Forty-three to go, Harvick pits and gives the lead back to Alex Bowman with a lead of over two seconds on Kyle Larson.

Just 35 laps to go, Alex Bowman has pulled out to a lead of nearly three seconds on Kyle Larson.

The inside of Kyle Busch’s car is filled with smoke, they believe he has some burning rubber under the car. Busch has to bring his car down pit road.

Twenty-five to go, Alex Bowman continues to dominate the race with a lead of over three seconds.

Alex Bowman has encountered traffic and has lost a good bit of his lead over Kyle Larson.

Sixteen to go, Alex Bowman’s lead is down to under a second as he encounters more traffic.

Twelve to go, Kyle Larson has caught up to leader Alex Bowman and the battle is on.

Ten to go, Kyle Larson is only a quarter of a second behind leader Alex Bowman.

Eight to go, Bowman and Larson are side by side and Kyle Larson takes the lead.

Six to go, Alex Bowman and Kyle Larson are side by side and Bowman retakes the lead.

Alex Bowman takes the white flag.

In an exciting finish, Alex Bowman gets his first career NASCAR win. And with that, Bowman has finished in every position from first to 43rd.

Results of the Camping World 400:
Alex Bowman
Kyle Larson
Joey Logano
Jimmie Johnson
Brad Kesekowski
Ryan Blaney
Erik Jones
William Byron
Martin Truex Jr
Austin Dillon
Chase Elliott
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Aric Almirola
Ryan Newman
Chris Buescher
Daniel Hemric
Michael McDowell
Paul Menard
Kyle Busch
David Ragan
Daniel Suarez
Bubba Wallace
Ross Chastain
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Preece
Matt Tifft
Corey LaJoie
Landon Cassill
Bayley Currey
Josh Bilicki
Reed Sorenson
Ty Dillon
BJ McLeod
Clint Bowyer
Quin Houff

Encore Auditions on SYTYCD

This week on “So You Think You Can Dance”, it is a repeat of the season opener on this holiday week.

Dezi Saenz get the auditions started off with a Hip-Hop routine that Nigel Lythgoe called tremendous. When LaurieAnn asked if Dezi choreographed her own routine, Dezi said that it was freestyle. Dezi got her ticket to the Dance Academy with four yeses.

Season 15’s Stephanie Sosa returns for another try and this time she brought her brother Ezra to lend a hand. After their mother had a stroke last year, Stephanie said that she was dancing for her mom…who was in the audience. After a routine that Mary called fabulous, she put them on her hot tamale train and both dancers earned their way to the Dance Academy.

In a series of clips Jesse Sykes, Dayna Madison, and Benjamin Castro all earned their tickets to the Dance Academy.

Matthew Deloch returns from season 14 – missing last season after a knee injury – and performed a routine that Dominic called amazing. LaurieAnn said that Alvin Ailey would have dreamed of a dancer like Matthew. He got his ticket to the Dance Academy.

Australian born Sarah “Smac” McCreanor performed a comedic Jazz routine to “Boogie Wonderland”. Mary called Sarah the Lucille Ball of dancing. Sarah got her ticket to the Dance Academy.

Mom of three Amanda Butler performed a Hip-Hop routine with her Mom Crew. While the judges liked the performance, Amanda did not get her ticket to the Dance Academy…but they did get a dance with Dominic after a request from Nigel.

Gino Cosculluela has two siblings who are professional dancers. Nigel calls mom down to be a guest judge after learning that Gino appeared in an episode of “Dance Moms” when he was nine years old. Nigel said that he would be shocked if Gino was not a part of the top 10 this season. Gino got his ticket to the Dance Academy with four yeses.

Liam Gallagher

On September 20 Liam Gallagher will release his new album “Why Me? Why Not?”. To support the new album, he will be touring around the United Kingdom and Europe beginning November 11 and running into the new year.

Tickets go on sale starting July 9.

Liam Gallagher tour dates:
Nov 11 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, UK
Nov 12 at the Birmingham Arena in Birmingham, UK
Nov 14 at the P&J Live in Aberdeen, UK
Nov 15 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, UK
Nov 17 at the Utilita arena in Newcastle, UK
Nov 18 at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield, UK
Nov 20 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK
Nov 21 at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, UK
Nov 24 at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland
Nov 26 at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham UK
Nov 28 at the O2 Arena in London, UK
Feb 1 at the Spektrum in Oslo, Norway
Feb 2 at the Annexet in Stockholm, Sweden
Feb 4 at the Vega in Copenhagen, Denmark
Feb 5 at the Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany
Feb 7 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Feb 8 at the Forest National in Brussels, Belgium
Feb 10 at the Palladium in Cologne, Germany
Feb 11 at the Tempodrom in Berlin, Germany
Feb 13 at the Tonhalle in Munich, Germany
Feb 15 at the Palazzo Dello Sport in Rome, Italy
Feb 18 at the Gasometer in Vienna, Austria
Feb 21 at the Zenith in Paris, France