Motorhead: 40th Anniversary Release of ‘Ace of Spades’

On October 30, British rockers Motorhead will celebrate 40 years of their album “Ace of Spades” with a new boxed set.

The vinyl package will feature a remastered version of the original album, two live albums, unreleased demos, outtakes, rarities, a DVD of rare television performances, a 40 page book, a tour program from 1980, a copy of the Motorhead Rock Commando comic, poker dice, and a reproduction of the Dutch seven inch singer of “Ace of Spades” that includes a previously unreleased instrumental version of the song.

The anniversary release will also be available in a two CD and a three album deluxe edition.

 

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Jerry Garcia Foundation Releases Benefit Album

Since his death, Jerry Garcia’s family has created a foundation which includes a record company – OnlyLove Records.

The Jerry Garcia Foundation and OnlyLove Records is releasing “My Sisters and Brothers” – a compilation of Garcia’s music performed by musicians he has worked with between 1976 and 1990.

Proceeds from the album will go to Covid-19 Relief around the globe via the OnlyLove Relief Fund.

Set for an August 1, 2020 release, the album will be available on digital streaming services.

A print of the painting used for the album’s cover art is up for auction via Charity Buzz.

The art booklet and liner notes is available at the Terrapin Gallery.

A spokesman for the Jerry Garcia Foundation spoke on the album saying “music heals.  It has the potential to lift our spirits and connect us with one another. It is our hope that this music will bring comfort where needed.”

Garcia’s daughter Keelin and wife Manasha served as producers for the project.

Tracklisting for “My Sisters and Brothers”
“The Wheel”
“My Sisters and Brothers”
“Palm Sunday”
“I’ll Be With Thee”
“Turtle Dove”
“Who Was John”
“Ride Mighty High”
“Magnificent Sanctuary Band”

 

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Shiny Objects Sees the Light

Independent record label Om Records does more than host a home for independent music artists, the founder of the label is also a musician.

Recording under the name Shiny Objects, Christopher J. Smith is preparing to release his newest album “Ambient Downtempo Works”.

The first single from that album – “The Light that Shines” – is out now.

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Suzi Ragsdale Visits a ‘Ghost Town’

Musical renaissance woman Suzi Ragsdale is releasing her first album in 10 years on October 9, 2020.  The first single and video from “Ghost Town” “Wildflowers” is out now.

The daughter of iconic comedic singer Ray Stevens, Ragsdale has been a part of the music world since she was in kindergarten.  Along with writing and performing her own songs, she has written songs for a number of Nashville stars including Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Jamey Johnson, Rodney Crowell, Hal Ketchum, Lari White, Darrell Scott, Anne Murray, Billy Dean, and rock duo Nelson; sung backup for dozens of artists including Loretta Lynn, Pam Tillis, Kathy Mattea, Suzy Bogguss, Ian Tyson, Tom Paxton, Watermelon Slim, and Hank Williams Jr; and shared the stage with Guy Clark and Darrell Scott.

Speaking on her new album Ragsdale said, “though not intentionally written to be so, this group of songs has a common thread of transformation—of accepting what’s out of our control, but without resignation.  Instead, rising from the proverbial ashes with perseverance and strength, humor, and grace.”

The tracklist for “Ghost Town”:
“Ghost Town”
“Loved and Won”
“Live Until You Die”
“Wildflowers”
“The Ending”

 

Dodger Pitcher Joe Kelly Suspended

Baseball fans knew that it would happen, the only questions were when and by whom.

During the off season, the Houston Astros was charged with cheating by stealing the signs of opposing teams.  Stealing anything other than a base is extremely frowned upon in Major League Baseball.

The stands are empty…except for cardboard fake fans…and the noise is piped in but at least the Boys of Summer have begun to play and business is…more or less…back to normal.

That is, until Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly took the mound against the Houston Astros…and took matters into his own hands on July 28.  Kelly seemed to be having trouble locating his pitches; Alex Bregman had to duck at one pitch and there was a curve ball that didn’t curve thrown at Carlos Correa.  Miraculously, no one was hit.

After striking Correa out, Kelly stuck his tongue out and sneered at Correa; the resulting response was a bench clearing shouting brawl that paid little heed to social distancing rules.

On July 29, Major League Baseball suspended Kelly eight games for his actions.  Dodger manager Dave Roberts was suspended for one game and Astros manager Dusty Bakes was fined; although the amount was not revealed.

Baker claimed that the fine was for letting his players violate the new Covid-19 safety protocols; adding, “It’s no big deal.  I’ll just pay a fine. No problem.”   Baker noted that he thought the penalties were fair.

Roberts has served his suspension; but Kelly, who denies aiming the ball at the players, is appealing the ruling.  He will be allowed to play until MLB makes a determination on the appeal.

 

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Brooks Says No to Entertainer of the Year Award

A seven time champion at anything can be considered a dynasty.

Seven time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year winner Garth Brooks has decided that seven is the magic number and no longer wishes to have his name entered as a nominee for one of the biggest awards in Country Music.

Brooks won his seventh Entertainer of the Year award in 2029 beating out lone female nominee Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, and Keith Urban.

Brooks noted that he made the decision after seeing a tweet asking why didn’t he bow out and let the next generation have a chance.  However, Brooks stated that he is competitive and has no issue with being on the ballot in other categories.

During his career, Brooks has filled a room with awards that include two Grammy Awards, induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and is the only artist to have eight albums certified with the Diamond Award for selling at least 10 million copies in the United States.  The RIAA – Recording Association of America has Brooks listed as a top solo artist for selling 156 million albums in the U.S.

During a press conference the Country icon said, “with all the love and gratefulness in the world, we are officially pulling ourselves out of entertainer of the year.  With number seven we feel very lucky, it’s time for someone else to feel what that feels like.  These awards mean the world to me. I just feel like it’s someone else’s turn.”

When Brooks approached the CMA about removing his name, they said they could not do anything.  The CMA also noted that according to the rules an artist can not remove their names from the ballot.  Ultimately the decision will be up to the voters.

 

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Guns ‘N’ Roses

Rockers Guns ‘N Roses have announced the rescheduled dates for their North American tour that was shutdown when the country went in lockdown due to the corona virus pandemic. 

While the band worked hard to get the tour rescheduled, a few dates ended up getting cancelled due to scheduling conflicts and unavailable venues. 

Guns ‘N’ Roses 2021 North American tour dates:
July 10 at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI
July 13 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC
July 16 at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN
July 18 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana
July 21 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
July 24 at Comerica Park in Detroit, MI
July 26 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON
Aug 3 at Fenway Park in Boston, MA
Aug 5 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ
Aug 11 at the Fargodome in Fargo, ND
Aug 13 at Washington Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, MT
Aug 16 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver, CO
Aug 19 at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, CA 

 

NASCAR Adjusts Stand Alone Races

Next month, the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series and the Xfinity Series have stand alone racing events. NASCAR has made some modifications to the pit stall procedures for those races.

For the race at World Wide Technology Raceway on August 30, NASCAR will freeze the field at the end of the first two stages of 55 laps; teams will have the opportunity to make a pit stop if they wish. Teams have three minutes to make any adjustments, repairs, and pit service needed before reclaiming their on track position behind the drivers who did not make a pit stop. Drivers will line back up on the track in the order in which they came down pit road – lead lap trucks who did not pit, lead lap trucks who pitted, trucks lap(s) down, the free pass truck, wave around trucks, and finally any penalty trucks.

Should a team take more than the allotted time, they will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Under normal caution flag conditions, the lead lap trucks pit first; followed by trucks not on the lead lap. For this race, all caution flags will be “quickie yellows” allowing all drivers to make a pit stop together.

Teams will be allowed to make a tire change only during the stage break stops; NASCAR will make an exception only for flat or damaged tires.

Gander Trucks managing director Brad Moran spoke on the changes saying, “we believe these updated procedures are the best fit for the lone NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series standalone race of 2020. Given the importance of this race in the Triple Truck Challenge and the Gander Trucks playoffs, we wanted to provide our fans with more green-flag racing and place the fate of the bonus in the drivers’ hands.”

At the Xfinity Series race at Road America on August 8; NASCAR will freeze the field at the time a caution flag comes out. Normally teams may add fuel, change two tires, or change all four tires in a single stop; however, for Road America, teams may change four tires, fuel the car, or change two tires and fuel the car. In order to make a four tire change and fuel the car, a team must make two pit stops.

NASCAR reserves the right to call for a quickie yellow during cautions for on track incidents. During green flag pit stops teams may only put fuel in the car. Whether or not a team may change any tires is at NASCAR’s discretion.

During a normal pit stop teams are working as quickly as possible to get their driver back out on the track; but for this race there are time limits – a minimum of 60 seconds for green flag stops and a maximum of 80 seconds for yellow flag stops.

On oval tracks, cars will race only during dry weather conditions; however, for the road course race at Road America, the teams will have access to wet weather tires and will continue to race even in the rain.

Appeals Board Upholds Xfinity Penalty at KY

Whenever NASCAR issues a penalty to the teams, the team owner has the right to appeal that penalty.

After they were issued a penalty on July 14 after a weekend of racing at Kentucky Speedway; Tony Clements – the owner of the Xfinity Series number 51 car – filed an appeal.

The number 51 car is driven by Tony Clements son Jeremy.

Initially NASCAR ruled that Clements violated the “non-compliance with essential personnel/team event roster rules.” The violations were related to the new Covid-19 safety protocols in relation to the team rosters.

The team was fined $10,000 for the violation.

Ater Clements appealed the ruling, the National Motorsports Appeals Panel – a three person review board – upheld the ruling by NASCAR.

Clements has the option of making one final appeal the decision to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer.

Actor John Saxon Dies

Actor John Saxon died July 25, 2020 as a result of pneumonia in Murfreesboro, Tennessee at the age of 83.

While he appeared in nearly 200 productions, Saxon is best knows for his roles in “Enter the Dragon” and “Nightmare on Elm Street”.

He was “discovered” by Henry Wilson, the same talent agent that helped to launch the careers of Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter.

A nativ e of New York, Saxon portrayed a variety of characters including a Puerto Rican, a Mexican, and a Middle Easterner.

Saxon made his film debut in 1954 in “It Should Happen to You” but it wasn’t until 1955 when he earned his first credited role in an episode of the television series “Medic”.  His other roles include “The Unforgiven”, “Another World”, “Dr. Kildare”, “Cimarron Strip”, “Bonanza”, “Ironside”, “The Virginian”, “The Bold Ones: The New Doctors”, “Kung Fu”, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, “Gunsmoke”, “The Six Million Dollar Man”, “The Bionic Woman”, “Hawaii Five-O”, “The Electric Horseman”, “Magnum, P.I.”, “Fantasy Island”, “Dynasty”, “The A-Team”, “Falcon Crest”, “The Last Samurai”, “In the Heat of the Night”, “Murder, She Wrote”, “Beverly Hills Cop III”, “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare”, “Melrose Place”, “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues”, “Criminal Minds”, and “CSI: Crim Scene Investigations”.  “Bring Me the Head of Lance Henriksen” is currently in post production and “After the Thunderstorm” was being filmed at the time of his death.

He was born Carmine Orrico on August 5, 1936 to an Italian immigrant in Brooklyn, New York.  He is fluent in Italian.

Saxon is survived by his third wife Gloria, sister, Dolores, sons Antonio and Lance, grandson Mitchell, and great grandson John.

 

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Robert Plant Goes ‘Deep’

Robert Plant has had a long and varied musical career from a member of rock legends Led Zeppelin to performing solo and with Alison Krauss.

On October 2, Plant is releasing “Digging Deep: Subterranea” – a collection of music from his solo career beginning with the debut solo album “Pictures at Eleven”.  The collection of 30 songs will include three previously unreleased songs.

The collection is being released as a limited edition two CD collection.

The tracklisting for “Digging Deep: Subterranea”:
“Rainbow”
“Hurting Kind”
“Shine It All Around”
“Ship Of Fools”
“Nothing Takes The Place Of You”
“Heaven Knows”
“In The Mood”
“Charlie Patton Highway (Turn It Up – Part 1)”
“New World”
“Like I’ve Never Been Gone”
“I Believe”
“Dance With You Tonight”
“Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down”
“Great Spirit” (acoustic)
“Angel Dance”
“Takamba”
“Anniversary”
“Wreckless Love”
“White Clean & Neat”
“Silver Rider”
“Fat Lip”
“29 Palms”
“Last Time I Saw Her”
“Embrace Another Fall”
“Too Much Alike” (with Patty Griffin)
“Big Log”
“Falling In Love Again”
“Memory Song (Hello Hello)”
“Promised Land”

 

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Lolla2020 Goes Virtual

The Covid-19 pandemic has shut down all events and festivals for this year; but the organizers of Lollapalooza have found a way to continue the annual event…Virtual Lola2020.

Award winning entertainer LL Cool J and Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction and Lollapalooza founder will host the four night free event that begins July 30 and will run through August 2.  Fans can see all the music and special performances beginning at 6pm eastern time via the Lollapalooza YouTube channel – YouTube.com/Lollapalooza.

The festival will feature fan favourite performances from previous years, new performances, and special conversations for a total of over 150 performances.

Previous Lollapalooza performances include LCD Soundsystem, Metallica, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ellie Goulding, Run The Jewels, Lorde, Alabama Shakes, Tove Lo, Paul McCartney, Chance The Rapper, OutKast, and Arcade Fire.

The new performances include Alison Wonderland in a live set, Carnage, H.E.R., Kali Uchis, Kaskade, Louis the Child, NGHTMRE, Pink Sweat$, SAYMYNAME, Tank and the Bangas, The Neighbourhood, Vic Mensa, Yungblud, and ZHU.

Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot will be appearing throughout the weekend to host conversations with the hosts including Lars Ulrich, Chuck D. Matt Pinfield, and former First Lady Michelle Obama.  Other special events include a reunion of Porno for Pyros – their first in 24 years, the King Heaven Orchestra with Taylor Hawkins, and a David Bowie tribute.

The City of Chicago will be featured with performances by local artists including Jamila Woods, KAINA, Heavy Steppers with Jamal Smallz, Peter CottonTale, Rebirth Poetry Ensemble, Emon Fowler, Linda Sol, and The Era Footwork Crew.

When Lollapalooza was cancelled, it affected much more than the music; local businesses, artists, and photographers were also affected.  Fans can help support local Chicago with the Paypal Loves Chicago hub where they can order food, purchase art, or just make a donation.

The Toyota Music Den returns for a showcase of emerging artists DaniLeigh, mxmtoon, Masego and Princess Nokia; and sponsor a Mayor of  Lolla sweepstakes where the winner can earn a platinum prize package to Lolla21.

 

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NASCAR Issues Kansas Penalties

Last weekend at Kansas Speedway the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series ran its first ever doubleheader racing event.  The ARCA, Xfinity, and NASCAR Series also ran single races for a very busy weekend of racing.

On July 28, NASCAR officials handed down just two penalties in the Gander Truck Series for lug nut violations.

The number 19 McAnally Hilgemann Racing truck driven by Derek Kraus was found to have one lug nut improperly secured; as a result, crew chief Kevin Bellicourt has been fined $2,500.

The number 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports truck driven by Brandon Jones was also found to a lug nut improperly secured.  Crew chief Danny Stockman was also fined $2,500 for the infraction.

Both drivers finished the race in the top 10.

Show Host Regis Philbin Dies

Talk and game show host Regis Philbin died July 14, as a result of natural causes in New York City just a few week sky of his 89th birthday.

Appearing in hundreds of productions, Philbin was best known for his roles as the host on the night time television game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and as the co-host on the morning television talk show “Live with Kathie Lee” and later with Kelly Ripa.

It was Regis Philbin who surpassed Hugh Downs to hold the Guinness Book of World Records for logging the most hours on television with over 15,000.

The Daytime Emmy Awards presented Philbin with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and has a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host.  He is a member of the National Association of Broadcasters and the Television Halls of Fame.

He was born Regis Francis Xavier Philbin on August, 25, 1931 in New York City.  The son of Italian-Irish Roman Catholic parents, he was named after the high school where his father had gone.  An alumnus of Notre Dame University, Philbin had one said that he wanted his ashes scattered on the university grounds.

The joke in and around Hollywood is that everyone is a star waiting for their break.  But for Philbin, that is exactly what happened; after a stint in the United States Navy where he worked in broadcasting, Philbin got a job parking cars at KCOP-TV and began working his way up the ladder to stagehand, courier, news writer, producer, and on to on air talent and star.

He has worked for television stations in Los Angeles, San Diego, St. Louis, and New York City.

While best known as a talk show and game host, Philbin is listed as an actor in nearly 90 productions including his 1968 debut on “Cowboy in Africa”, “The Big Valley”, “Get Smart”, “Love, American Style”, “The Bad News Bears Go to Japan”, “CHiPs”, “Fantasy Island”, the daytime drama “Ryan’s Hope”, “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues”, “Seinfeld”, “Diagnosis Murder”, “The Simpsons”, “Spin City”, “Family Guy”, “How I Met Your Mother”, “30 Rock”, and “Hot in Cleveland”.

Along with his appearances on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and “Live with Kathie Lee” and “Live with Regis and Kelly”; Philbin has appeared in over 200 productions as himself including talks shows, “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”, variety shows, game shows, parades, “Hee Haw”, award shows, and late night talk shows.

What may come as a surprise to some is that, Philbin also had a singing career with a record contract.  It began with a performance of Pennies from Heaven” on an episode of Joey Bishop’s show.

Philbin is survived by his second wife of 50 years Joy and children J.J., Joanna, Amy, and Catherine.

 

 

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Drake Sets Hot 100 Record

It is not uncommon these days to see a top singles chart filled hit songs by more than one artist.  Hip-Hop stars like Drake have launched a second career out of musical collaborations.

Not even a global pandemic can slow them down.

When this week’s Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart was released, Drake, with the help of DJ Khalid, added two more top 10 singles to the list when DJ Khalid’s “Popstar” debuted at number three and “Greece” debuted at number eight.  Both songs featured Drake.

With the top 10 debut of both songs, Drake takes over sole possession of the record for having the most songs in the Hot 100 top 10 with 40.  The two songs make the fifth and sixth top 10 hits for DJ Khalid.

Previously Drake was tied with Madonna at 38.

Drake broke onto the Hot 100 in 2009 when “Best I Ever Had” reached number two on the chart.  It has taken him just eleven years to break the record with 25 solo hits and 15 collaborations.  Twenty five of the record setting singles debuted in the top 10.

Created in 1958, the Hot 100 does not reflect hit songs prior to its creation.    As a result, not all of Elvis Presley’s hit songs are counted in the record.  Originally Presley held the record with 21, until four mop topped lads from Liverpool snatched it away in 1967.  The Beatles held the record for 34 years when Madonna took the lead.  The Beatles are the only group on the list.

While “Popstar” has sold only 15,000 downloaded copies, it has been streamed over 28 million times and had a radio airplay of over 13 million.  “Greece” has been downloaded 9,000 times with over 22 million streams and three and half million radio airplay’s.

The artists with the most to 10 hit songs on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles are:
Drake with 40
Madonna with 38
The Beatles with 34
Rihanna with 31
Michael Jackson with 30
Mariah Carey with 28
Stevie Wonder with 28
Janet Jackson with 27
Sir Elton John with 27
Lil Wayne, Elvis Presley, and Taylor Swift all with 25 each.

 

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Olivia de Havilland Dies

Award winning actress Olivia de Havilland died of natural causes on July 26, 2020 in her Paris, France home just three weeks after her 104th birthday.  She has lived in Paris since 1953.

She was among the last surviving actors from the lead cast of “Gone with the Wind”.

In a career that spanned six decades, she appeared in some 60 productions appearing in films opposite Erol Flynn, Montgomery Cliff, Mickey Rooney, and Sir Ralph Richardson.

She made her Broadway debut in  1951 as Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet”.  Her other Broadway roles are “Candida”, and “A Gift of Time”.

De Havilland made her Hollywood screen debut in 1935 as Dolly Stevens in “Alibi Ike”.  She went on to appear in dozens of productions including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “The Adventures of Robin Hood”, “Gone with the Wind”, “The Ambassador’s Daughter”, “Hush..Hush, Sweet Charlotte”, an uncredited role on “The Big Valley”, “Airport ‘77”, “Roots: The Next Generation”, “The Love Boat”, “North and South, Book II”, and her final role in 1988 in “The Woman He Loved”.

As herself, de Havilland has appeared in documentaries, award shows, talk shows, and game shows.

Along with her two Academy Awards, de Havilland has been awarded a Golden Globe award, the National Medal of Arts and a Legion of Honor from France.  In 2017, she was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and holds the title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

During the early years of Hollywood, stars were contracted to studios, not films like today.  In 1943, de Havilland took the studio to court when they tried to keep her under contract after it had expired.  The California Court of Appeals ruled that the studio could not extend a contract without the actor’s permission.  The law carries her name.

She was born Olivia Mary de Havilland on July 1, 1916 in Tokyo, Japan the daughter of a patent attorney.  Her parents split up when Olivia was only three years old; her mother took the girls to America and California.  She began acting while at Mills College.  Despite suffering from stage fright, she had wanted to be a stage actress.

Predeceased by her sister Joan Fontaine, mother Lillian Fontaine, and son Benjamin; de Havilland is survived by her daughter Gisele Galante Chulack, son-in-law Andrew Chulack, and niece Deborah Dozier Potter.

 

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No Halloween Nights at Disney

Halloween is not just about ghosts, witches, and pumpkins; it’s also about togetherness – especially when expecting to have your wits scared out of you.  But with the current Covid-19 pandemic, togetherness and crowds are as rare as a sighting of Ichabod Crane’s head.

Disney has opened its parks to visitors and even though October is still a few months away, Universal has decided to cancel their annual Halloween Horror Nights events this year at the Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.

In a Tween, the company said, “we know this decision will disappoint our fans and guests. We are disappointed too. But we look forward to creating an amazing event in 2021.”

Walt Disney World has also cancelled its annual Magic Kingdom Halloween part for this year.

Both events bring thousands of visitors to the park each year.

 

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Hall of Famer Peter Green Dies

Musician and Bluesman Peter Green has died.  The law firm Swan Turton announced that the artist had died peacefully in his sleep over the weekend at the age of 73.  No other details were given.

Green was just 19 when he took over for Eric Clapton in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.

The following year Green, and drummer Mick Fleetwood left to join Jeremy Spencer and Bob Brunning to form Fleetwood Mac.  When Brunning left the band, Bluesbreakers’ bass player John McVie took over,

Fleetwood Mac released their self titled debut album in 1968 and saw the album reach the top five on the UK album chart and remained on the chart for over a year.

Green appeared on the group’s first three albums and penned a number of their early hits including “Black Magic Woman” which later launched Santana’s meteoric career.

He left Fleetwood Mac in 1970 and released his debut solo album “ The End of the Game”.  But a stint in a mental hospital with a diagnosis of schizophrenia kept Green from releasing another album until 1979.   He would go on to release an album each year for the next five years.

Considered by some to be the best Blues Rocker in the UK; Blues legend B.B. King once spoke on Green saying, Green, “has the sweetest tone I ever heard. He was the only one who gave me the cold sweats.”

Noting that Green deserved credit for the band’s early success, former band mate Mick Fleetwood described Green, “as a standout in an era of great guitar work.”

Current Fleetwood Mac lead singer spoke on Green saying, “I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Peter Green.  My biggest regret is that I never got to share the stage with him. I always hoped in my heart of hearts that that would happen. When I first listened to all the Fleetwood Mac records, I was very taken with his guitar playing. It was one of the reasons I was excited to join the band. His legacy will live on forever in the history books of Rock n Roll. It was in the beginning, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and I thank you, Peter Green, for that. You changed our lives.”

When Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, Green was listed as one of the inductees.

Green returned to performing in the ‘90’s with Peter Green Splinter Group.

He was born Peter Allen Greenbaum on Oct. 29, 1946  in the East London community of Bethnal Green where he began playing guitar at age 10.  Later he played in various venues around the UK while still in his teens.

This fall Fleetwood Mac will release a boxed set that will feature their music in their early years when Green was a part of the band.

Divorced, Green is survived by his children Rosebud and Liam.

Peter Green discography:
“The End of the Game”
“In the Skies”
“Little Dreamer”
“Blue Guitar”
“Whatcha Gonna Do?”
“White Skies”
“Kolors”
“Come on Down”
“A Case for the Blues”
“Peter Green” – import
“Kolors” – import
“Legend” – import
“Little Dreamer” – import
“A Portrait of Peter Green”
“A Rock Legend”
“Watcha Gonna Do” – import
“White Sky” – import
“Farewell Concert”
“Peter Green Splinter Group”
“Bandit”
“The Robert Johnson Songbook”
“Green’s Blues”
“Blues for Dhyana”
“Two Greens Make a Blues”
“Destiny Road”
“Peter Green Songbook”
“Hot Foot Powder”
“Peter Green”
“The Clown”
“MacBeth: An Original Score”
“Me & the Devil”
“Time Traders”
“Soho: Live at Ronnie Scott’s”
“A Fool No More”
“Peter Plays the Blues: The Classic Compositions of Robert Johnson”
“Reaching the Cold 100”
“Blues by Green”
“Blues Don’t Change”
“Soho Sessions: Live in Soho”
“Rarities”

 

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Hoop Dance Champion Nakotah LaRance Dies

Champion hoop dancer Nakotah LaRance died July 12, 2020 in New Mexico after an accidental fall.  He was 30 years old.

LaRance fell from a bridge in Rio Arriba County.

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During his short career, LaRance performed with Cirque du Soleil, appeared on television, and taught young Natives how to perform the dances.  After returning home to New Mexico, LaRance taught the Pueblo of Pojoaque Youth Hoop Dancers and the Lightning Boy Foundation Youth Hoop Dancers.  His father noted that Nakotah loved teaching and giving back to the Nation.

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He made his television debut in 2005 on the mini series “Into the West”.  His other appearances include the TV moive “Three Wise Guys”, “Expiration Date”, “Not Like Everyone Else”, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” as Crow Foot, “Longmire”, and “Lightning in the Hand”.

He began competing in the annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest when he was a child and went on to become a three time champion as an adult.

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Champion hoop dancer Derrick Davis got a young Nakotah started on a path of dancing when he began teaching a five year old Nakotah.  Davis even provided Nakotah with his first set of hoops.

Hoop dancing involves intricate moves while working with several hoops that are formed into a variety of shapes while the performer dances.

LaRance’s father said, “the hoop dance is a healing ceremony.  Just a super energy that comes out of performing gives people a whole other feeling about them, what they saw and even about themselves.”

An Alaskan Native and member of the Tewa, Hop, Navajo, and Assiniboine Nations, he was born Nakotah Lomasohu Raymond LaRance on August 23, 1989 in Barrow, Alaska.

LaRance is survived by his parents Marian and  Steve; and sibling Shandien and Nizhoni; and aunt Lynnae.

The family is planning to hold a memorial once the pandemic has passed.

 

photo credits; Nakotah LaRance’s Facebook page

 

 

 

 

Double Overtime Win in Xfinity Series

The Xfinity Series finishes out three days of racing at Kansas Speedway with the Kansas Lottery 250.

After a random draw based on car owner points, Michael Annett and his number one car will sit on the pole and bring the field to the green flag with Brandon Jones starting alongside on the front row.

Temperatures inside the cars are over 100 degrees and will reach well over 100 degrees by race end.

Justin Haley was late getting off pit road while the team tried to fix a radio issue.

Myatt Sniker’s team takes his car to the garage with no power.

Stages one and two of the race are 40 laps each with stage three lasting 87 laps for a total of 167 laps around the mile and a half track.

On a hot and sticky Kansas afternoon in July, Michael Annett brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and jumps out in front for the lead as drivers get three wide across the track.

Lap two, Brandon Jones takes the lead with Michael Annett in second; Kaz Grala, Austin Cindric, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Lap four, Brandon Jones has a lead of nearly a second on Austin Cindric with Kaz Grala in third.  Ross Chastain is already up near the wall.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution around lap 20.  Drivers may make a pit stop prior to the competition caution, but cannot fuel their cars.

Myatt Snider’s team got the power issue solved and Snider made race start but is now one lap down.

Lap 10 Austin Cindric and Brandon Jones battle for the lead with Austin Cindric taking the top spot; Ross Chastain is in third.

Lap 15, Austin Cindric has a lead of nearly two seconds on Brandon Jones; Ross Chastain, Kaz Grala, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap 18, Austin Cindric’s lead is now nearly two and a half seconds on Brandon Jones.

Despite trying to make repairs, Justin Haley continues to have radio issues and the team has to resort to other methods of communication.

NASCAR puts out the yellow flag for the competition caution on lap 21.  Ja Junior Avila in 32nd is the “lucky dog”.

Some drivers come down pit road for service, but the leaders stay out.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 26 and jumps out in front of Brandon Jones for the lead; Daniel Hemric, Ross Chastain, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap 30, Austin Cindric has a lead of nearly half a second on Ross Chastain with Brandon Jones in third; Harrison Burton and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

After running truck races for the past two days, one earlier today, Brett Moffitt is in the Xfinity Series race.

With eight laps remaining in stage one, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Ross Chastain; Brandon Jones, Justin Allgaier, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap 37, Austin Cindric now has a lead of over three seconds on Ross Chastain with Harrison Burton in third.

With a lead of over three and a half seconds, Austin Cindric wins stage one for stage win number six of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one :
Austin Cindric
Ross Chastain
Harrison Burton
Brandon Jones
Justin Allgaier
Justin Haley
Daniel Hemric
Brett Moffitt
Riley Herbst
Kaz Grala

Drivers come down pit road for service with Austin Cindric winning the race off of pit road.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 47 but it is Ross Chastain that gets out in front first.  Austin Cindric passes Ross Chastain to take the lead with the drivers getting three wide across the track.

Lap 48, Justin Allgaier takes second place and is only two tenths of a second behind leader Austin Cindric.

Lap 50, Austin Cindric has a half second lead on Justin Allgaier with Harrison Burton in third.

Lap 53, Austin Cindric has a lead of over a second on Harrison Burton; Justin Allgaier, Ross Chastain, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 60, Austin Cindric has increased his lead on Harrison Burton to two seconds; Justin Allgaier, Brandon Jones, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 63, Austin Cindric continues to dominate the race with a lead of over a second on Harrison Burton with 31 cars on the lead lap.  Dexter Bean is out of the race and Kyle Weatherman is off the track.  Stephen Leicht has returned to the track 38 laps down.

Lap 68, Austin Cindric holds on to his one second lead on Harrison Burton; Justin Allgaier, Ross Chastain and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 70, Harrison Burton has closed the gap on leader Austin Cindric to under half a second; Justin Allgaier is in third over three seconds back.

Lap 71, Harrison Burton challenges Austin Cindric for the lead as they encounter slower traffic.

Harrison Burton took the lead briefly but was passed by Austin Cindric amidst slower traffic.

With seven laps remaining in stage two, Austin Cindric and Harrison Burton continue to battle for the lead.

As Austin Cindric and Harrison Burton battle for the lead, there are 26 cars on the lead lap with only five laps remaining in stage two.

Lap 76, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of half a second on Harrison Burton with slower traffic ahead.

Making the stage sweep, Austin Cindric wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Austin Cindric
Harrison Burton
Justin Allgaier
Ross Chastain
Justin Haley
Brandon Jones
Chase Briscoe
Riley Herbst
Daniel Hemric
Noah Gragson

Jeffrey Earnhardt in 23rd place is the “lucky dog”.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service with Austin Cindric winning the race off of pit road; followed by Harrison Burton, Justin Allgaier, and Ross Chastain.

Brett Moffit was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with Harrison Burton alongside on lap 86 with Cindric getting out in front for the lead as the drivers get three wide across the track.

Lapp 88, Justin Allgaier challenges for the lead as Harrison Burton begins to challenge Allgaier for second.

Lap 89, Austin Cindric is in the lead with Justin Allgaier in second; Harrison Burton, Brandon Jones, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Austin Cindric is reporting a vibration in his car.

Lap 93, Austin Cindric has a second and a half lead on Justin Allgaier.

Justin Haley continues to have radio issues, his team cannot hear him.

Lap 94, Harrison Burton passes Justin Allgaier for second but the two continue to battle for the position.  Austin Cindric has a lead of over two seconds on the duo.

Lap 98, the top five are Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton, Justin Allgaier, Brandon Jones, and Chase Briscoe.

Lap 102, Austin Cindric has dominated the race, leading all but 10 laps of the race.

Lap 103, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of over three and a half second on Harrison Burton with Justin Allgaier in third; Brandon Jones and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.  There are 22 cars on the lead lap and four cars out of the race.

Lap 107, Austin Cindric has a lead of nearly three seconds on Harrison Burton; Justin  Allgaier, Brandon Jones, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

With a stage run of 87 laps, the drivers cannot complete the race on a single fuel load and will have to make a pit stop some time around the middle of the stage.

Lap 113, Harrison Burton has closed the gap on leader Austin Cindric to just two seconds.

Fifty to go, Austin Cindric  continues to lead the race with Harrison Burton less than two seconds back; Justin Allgaier, Ross Chastain, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 122, Austin Cindric has a lead of only a second and a half on Harrison Burton as Burton continues to slowly close the gap.

There are only 17 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 127, Justin Haley makes his green flag pit stop to start the cycle of pit stops.

Austin Cindric and Harrison Burton make their green flag pit stops giving the lead over the Ross Chastain.

Drivers are making their green flag stops in groups..  Ryan Sieg is the leader.

With several drivers yet to make their pit stops, there are 12 cars on the lead lap with Ryan Sieg leading the way.  Austin Cindric is in fifth place with Harrison Burton is sixth.

Thirty to go, Still to make his pit stop, Ryan Sieg leads the race by a second on Noah Gragson; Kaz Grala, Austin Cindric, and Harrison Burton round out the top five..  Alex Labbe makes his pit stop.

Ryan Sieg, Noah Gragson, and Kaz Grala are the only drivers yet to make a pit stop.  Once they come down pit road, Austin Cindric will retake the lead.

Lap 145, Ryan Sieg comes down pit road for his pit stop.  Austin Cindric is the new leader with Harrison Burton in second.

Twenty to go, Austin Cindric has a lead of under a second on Harrison Burton with Burton running the fastest laps on the track.

There are only 10 cars on the lead lap.

Noah Gragson had a slow pit stop when he had to stop so that the team could take the wrench adjuster out of the car before he left pit road with equipment.

Seventeen to go, Austin Cindric’s lead on Harrison Burton is less than a second; Ross Chastain, Daniel Hemric, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Fifteen to go, Harrison Burton has closed the gap on leader Austin Cindric to less than half a second; Ross Chastain, Justin Allgaier, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.  There are eleven cars on the lead lap.

Twelve to go, Harrison Burton continues to close the gap on leader Austin Cindric.

Eleven to go, Harrison Burton has caught up to leader Austin Cindric.

Ten to go, Harrison Burton passes Austin Cindric for the lead.

With eight laps remaining in the race, Harrison Burton is in the lead and pulling away from Austin Cindric.

Six to go, Harrison Burton has a lead of over a second on Austin Cindric.

The caution flag comes out with just four laps remaining in the race when Joe Graf Jr gets into the wall.  The caution erases a lead of over a second and a half for Harrison Burton.

With only eleven cars on the lead lap, the leaders come down pit road for fresh tires.  Austin Cindric wins the race off of pit rod with Harrison Burton coming out in second after a slow pit stop.  Ryan Sieg stayed out on the track.

Ryan Sieg brings the field down for a two lap overtime shootout.  The drivers get three wide across the track.  Austin gets out in front just as Jesse Little spins out and brings out the caution flag.

According to timing and scoring, Ryan Sieg is the leader and will bring the field to green on the second overtime start.

Alex Labbe ran out of gas on the track and has to be moved from the track before the race can go to green.

Ryan Sieg brings the field down for the second overtime restart with Sieg getting out in front for the lead.

Austin Cindric comes from the outside lane to take the lead.  Slow car on the track but the track stays green.

Austin Cindric takes the white flag but Brandon Jones comes from seventh on the outside to take the lead.

Brandon Jones wins his third race in overtime for his second Kansas win in a row.  Jones ran the Truck Series, the ARCA race, and the Xfinity Series races this weekend.

The unofficial results of the Kansas Lottery 250:
Brandon Jones
Austin Cindric
Harrison Burton
Ryan Sieg
Ross Chastain
Justin Haley
Daniel Hemric
Michael Annett
Riley Herbst
Justin Allgaier
Brandon Brown
Jeremy Clements
Kaz Grala
Chase Briscoe
Noah Gragson
Colin Garrett
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Tommy Joe Martins
Timmy Hill
Josh Williams
Alex Labbe
Myatt Snider
Bayley Currey
David Starr
Ryan Vargas
Matt Mills
Kody Vanderwal
Joey Graf Jr
Chad Finchum
Vinnie Miller
BJ McLeod
Ja Junior Avila
Jesse Little
Brett Moffitt
Dexter Bean
Kyle Weatherman
Stephen Leicht

3 Year Drought Ends with Truck Series Win

Less than 15 hours after leaving the track, the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series returns on a hot sticky Kansas afternoon to run the E.P.T. 200.

The race is the same length as Friday night and the heat remains, but this time the drivers will be running in the heat of the day on a bright sunny day with temperatures around 90 and temps on the track at over 120 degrees.  After the race last night, five drivers had to seek attention from the infield care center due to heat issues.

In the first ever doubleheader for the Gander Truck Series, the drivers must run the same truck with the same equipment.  Teams who had to move to a backup truck due to accident damage will have to move to the back of the field.  Sheldon Creed, Jordan Anderson, Spencer Davis, and Stewart Friesen will all start from the back of the field in a backup truck.

Ty Majeski has to start the race from the back of the field after making a transmission change.

The starting lineup for today’s race was determined by how the drivers finished on Friday night with the first 15 positions inverted; putting Chase Purdy on the pole with Brandon Jones alongside on the front row.  Last night’s race winner Austin Hill starts the race in 15th place.

Watermelon man Ross Chastain is not running the truck race today; award winning driver Travis Pastrana is driving in Chastain’s place.

Stages one and two of the race are 30 laps each with stage three lasting 74 laps for a total of 134 laps around the mile and a half track.

Chase Purdy brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with the drivers quickly getting three wide.  Third place driver Christian Eckes takes the lead with Todd Gilliland in second; Brandon Jones in third.

Lap three, Ty Majeski is already having trouble and has to bring his truck down pit road with contact damage.  On pit road his pit crew has a jack issue causing a slow pit stop.

Lap five, Christian Eckes has a half second lead on Zane Smith; Brennan Poole, Todd Gilliland, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Ty Majeski returns to the track one lap down.

Lap seven, Zane Smith takes the lead; Christian Eckes, Brennan Poole, Brett Moffitt, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

Christian Eckes has a big plastic bag stuck on one of the hood pins and is flapping around.  The bag finally pulls off and nearly gets caught on another truck.

Chase Purdy gets a little sideway on the track but saves the truck and the track stays green.

Lap 15, Zane Smith has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Brett Moffitt; Christian Eckes, Brennan Poole, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Lap 18, there are 31 trucks on the lead lap.

Brett Moffit has closed the gap on leader Zane Smith to a little over half a second; Matt Crafton, Christian Eckes, and Brennan Poole round out the top five.

Drivers are reporting some very loose conditions on the track.  Loose trucks was also a big issue in the race on Friday night.

Travis Pastrono brings his truck down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop with a flat tire.  Pastrono has not been in a truck since 2017.  He had to borrow a fire suit from Stewart Freisen.

Lap 26, Zane Smith has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Brett Moffitt; Matt Crafton, Christian Eckes, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

With a lead of nearly a second, Zane Smith wins stage one for his second stage win of the season.

Robby Lyone is the “lucky dog”.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Zane Smith
Brett Moffitt
Matt Crafton
Christian Eckes
Brandon Jones
Brennan Poole
Chase Purdy
Todd Gilliland
Raphael Lessard
Derek Kraus

Drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service with Austin Hill winning the race off of pit road after taking only two tires.  Ben Rhodes and Stewart Friesen also took only two tires.

Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two and gets out in front for the lead with Zane Smith and Ben Rhodes battling for second.

Lap 39, the top five are Austin Hill, Zane Smith, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, and Stewart Friesen.  There are 28 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 40, Austin Hill has a narrow lead on Zane Smith.

Zane Smith gets around Austin Hill for the lead.

Tanner Gray scrapes the wall but the track stays green.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap 42 for Bryan Dauzat spins out.

After having some major truck issues on Friday night, Tyler Ankrum has gone from 33rd to the top five in today’s race.

Zane Smith brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 46 with Ben Rhodes alogside on the front row.  Drivers are gettting four wide on the restart with Zane Smith getting out in front for the lead.

The top five are Zane Smith, Austin Hill, Matt Crafton, Brett Moffitt, and Derek Kraus.

Todd Gilliland and Tyler Ankrum make contact on the restart but the track stays green.

Lap 50, Zane Smith has a third of a second lead on Matt Crafton with Brett Moffitt, Sheldon Creed, and Austin Hill rounding out the top five.  There are 28 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 56, Matt Crafton is challenging leader Zane Smith for the top spot.

Making the stage sweep Zane Smith wins stage two with 28 trucks on the lead lap.

The top 10 at then end of stage two:
Zane Smith
Matt Crafton
Brett Moffitt
Sheldon Creed
Derek Kraus
Tyler Ankrum
Austin Hill
Christian Eckes
Chase Purdy
Todd Gilliland

Drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service.  Taking fuel only, Stewart Friesen wins the race off of pit road.

Trying to cool off, Matt Crafton has ice all over the place in his truck…and him.

Stewart Friesen brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with Matt Crafton alongside on the front row.

Lap 68, Matt Crafton gets out in front on the restart but Brett Moffitt jumps out in front for the lead.  The drivers are getting four wide across the track and they battle for position.

Lap 69, the top five are Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton, Sheldon Creed Tyler Ankrum, and Zane Smith.

The drivers can run 50 to 55 laps on a single fuel load; with a stage of 74 lpas, the drivers cannot complete the race on a single fueld load and will have to make a pit stop before the end of the race.

Lap 72, Sheldon Creed takes the lead.

Lap 73, Travis Pastrono spins out the makes a rund through the grass bringing out the caution flag.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 78 from the outside lane but it is Brett Moffitt who edges out for the lead.

Lap 78, Cory Roper gets into the wall after making contact with Derek Kraus.

Drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service, looking to make this their final pit stop.

Brett Moffitt stayed out on the track and brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 83. A big crash on the restart brings out the caution flag.

Natalie Decker, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Stewart Friesen, Codie Rohrbaugh, Spencer Davis, Ty Majeski, and Johnny Sauter were all involved in the crash.  The wreck began when Tanner Gray made contact with Clay Greenfield.

NASCAR has red flagged the race to get the track cleaned up.  There is debris everywhere.

After a delay of over five minutes, NASCAR pulls the red flag to display the yellow flag.  The trucks get moving again with 50 laps remaining in the race.  Drivers come down pit road for service including leader Brett Moffitt who had stayed out on the track during the last caution flag.

Kevin Donahue and Tanner Gray brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 87.  Drivers get four wide across the track battling for position.  In a three wide battle for the lead, Sheldon Creed gets out in front with Matt Crafton in second.

Lap 89, Sheldon Creed has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Matt Crafton;Austin Hill, Derek Kraus, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 91, Sheldon Creed has a one second lead on Matt Crafton with 26 trucks on the lead lap.  There are five truck out of the race and one off the track.

The caution flag comes out on lap 94 for a wreck involving Brett Moffitt and Tyler Ankrum.  Ankrum is stopped with the driver’s side again the wall.  Zane Smith was also involved after making contact with Tyler Ankrum.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 100 and battles with Austin Hill for the lead.  Austin Hill gets out in front for the lead; Sheldon Creed, Matt Crafton, Brandon Jones, and Derek Kraus round out the top five.

Lap 105, the caution flag comes out after Raphael Lessard has a flat tire and spins out while attempting to get to pit road.

Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag restart with reed gets into the wall. 28 laps remaining in the race.  Matt Crafton and Austin Hill battle for the lead with Austin Hill getting out in front.  The caution flag comes out when Sheldon Creed gets into the wall.

Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag restart with 23 laps remaining in the race.  The drivers get three and four wide across the track with Matt Crafton getting out in front for the lead.

Christian Eckes challenges Matt Crafton for the lead bu t Craafton holds him off.

With 20 to go, Matt Crafton, Christian Eckes, Austin Hill, Derek Kraus, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Fifteen to go, Matt Crafton holds on to the lead with Christian Eckes close behind and challenging for the lead; Derek Kraus, Grant Enfinger, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Ten to go, Matt Crafton has a half second lead on Christian Eckes; Gran Enfinger Tanner Gray, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Five to go, Matt Crafton continues to lead the race with Christian Eckes just a tenth of a second back.

With only 18 trucks on the lead lap, Matt Crafton takes the white flag.

After a three year drought, three time and current Truck Series champion Matt Crafton wins the first daytime truck race since 2013.  The last time there was a Truck Series race in the daytime at Kansas, Matt Crafton won the race in 2013.

The unofficial results of the E.P.T. 200:
Matt Crafton
Christian Eckes
Grant Enfinger
Tanner Gray
Ben Rhodes
Austin Hill
Derek Kraus
Brandon Jones
Zane Smith
Chase Purdy
Raphael Lessard
Brennan Poole
Austin Wayne Self
Spencer David
Jordan Anderson
Tyler Hill
Tate Fogleman
Spencer Boyd
Ryan Huff
Todd Gilliland
Robby Lyons
Travis Pastrana
Kevin Donahue
Ray Ciccarelli
Norm Benning
Sheldon Creed
Brett Moffitt
Tyler Ankrum
Codie Rohrbaugh
Ty Majeski
Clay Green field
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Johnny Sauter
Stewart Friesen
Natalie Decker
Cory Roper
Bryan Dauzat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Jays Get a Home for 2020

After much searching and speculation, the Toronto Blue Jays will play their home games for the 2020 baseball season at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York; just across the river from their Canadian province of Ontario.

Sahlen Field is the home of the Tornoto Blue Jays AAA team the Buffalo Bisons.

The Ontario Provincial government denied the Blue Jays the ability to play their home games at home in the Rogers Centre in Toronto due to health concerns over teams having to constantly crossing the U.S./Canadian border which is currently closed.

Prior to making the decision to play in Buffalo, the Blue Jays had sought the right to play their home games at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, but due to a recent rise inCovid-19 cases, Pennsylvania government officials denied the request.

The Blue Jays also briefly considered Camden Yard, the home of the Baltimore Orioles.  Their spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida was also on the list but Florida has been seeing a spike in Covid-19 cases.

The Blue Jays open the 2020 season in Florida against the Tampa Bay Rays.  Their first home game is scheduled for July 29 against the World Series winning Washington Nationals but due to upgrades needed at Sahlen Field in order to bring the field up to Major League standard, the Blue Jays will be playing the Nationals in Washington.

Depending on infrastructure upgrades, the Blue Jays may have their first home game on July 31 against the Philadelphia Phillies or August 11 against the Miami Marlins.

Among the upgrades to bring Sahlen Field up to Major League standards, the locker room must be expanded to accommodate social distancing and the on field lights must be replaced.  The Blue jays will be paying for most if not all of the costs incurred in upgrading the ball park.

Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro spoke on coming events now that the home field has been made saying, “we’re trying to take a very good Minor League facility and bring it up as close as possible to a Major League facility within the confines of the physical infrastructure.  That means we’re trying to think about the size of spaces, locker rooms, cages, training rooms and resources.”

Government officials from Buffalo City Mayor Byron Brown to Senator Chuck Schumer were backing the decision for the Blue Jays to play in western New York.

One the Blue Jays take the field for a game, it will be the first time since 1885 that a professional baseball game will be held on Buffalo.

The Blue Jays and visiting teams will be quarantined in tow hotels and have their meals catered by local restaurants.

 

feature photo credit: By Keith Allison – https://www.flickr.com/photos/keithallison/33696080431, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=58590271

 

Trucks Kick Off Doubleheader Weekend

The Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series kicks off a doubleheader weekend at Kansas Speedway with the Blu-Emu Maximum Pain relief 200 on a hot midwestern America night.

After a random draw based on truck owner points, Christian Eckes sits on the pole with Brett Moffitt starting alongside on the front row.

In honour of baseball season finally opening, Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench gave the command to start engines.

Stages one and two of the race are 30 lap shootouts with stage three lasting 74 laps for a total of 134 laps around the mile and a half track.

Christian Eckes brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane.  Drivers quickly get three wide across the track with Brett Moffitt getting out in front after a push.

Drivers are already getting aggressive as they battle for position.

Lap two, Brett Moffitt has a lead of nearly a second on Christian Eckes; Todd Gilliland, Brandon Jones, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Lap four, Brett Moffitt has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half on Todd Gilliland; Austin Hill, Christian Eckes, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Lap seven, Todd Gilliland has closed the gap on leader Brett Moffitt to just half a second;, Austin Hill, Zane Smith, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Lap eight Todd Gilliland challenges Brett Moffitt for the lead, but so far, Moffitt has held him off.

Lap nine, Todd Gilliland passes Brett Moffitt for the lead.

Lap eleven, Todd Gilliland has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Brett Moffitt; Austin Hill, Zane Smith, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 16, Tyler Ankrum makes an unscheduled pit stop with a tire issue.

Todd Gilliland has a lead of over a second on Brett Moffitt; Austin Hill, Zane Smith, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Tyler Ankrum takes his truck to the garage for a brake issue.  Teams may work on cars and trucks with mechanical issues bur once a vehicle is taken to the garage with crash damage, the team is out of the race.

Teen driver Derek Kraus is passing up his high school graduation in order to race this weekend.

The caution flag comes out on lap 19 when Robby Lyons spins out and slides sideways down the track.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service.  Leaders stay out.

Kevin Donahue is on pit road getting repairs after hitting the wall.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with seven laps remaining in stage one.  Brett Moffitt jumps out in front after getting a push.

Lap 23, Brett Moffitt leads the race; Austin Hill, Ross Chastain, Todd Gilliland, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Lap 26, Brett Moffitt has a lead of over half a second on Austin Hill; Ross Chastain, Todd Gilliland, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

With a lead of over half a second; Brett Moffitt wins stage one for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Brett Moffitt
Austin Hill
Ross Chastain
Todd Gilliland
Matt Crafton
Derek Kraus
Christian Eckes
Zane Smith
Ben Rhodes
Sheldon Creed

Drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service.  The drivers that came down pit road during the caution flag have stayed out on the track.  Taking fuel only, Sheldon Creed wins the race off of pit road.

Christian Eckes brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the outside lane on lap 37.  Christian Eckes gets out in front as the drivers get four wide across the track.

Tyler Ankrum as returned to the track 22 laps down.

Lap 39, the top five are Christian Eckes, Ty Majeski, Ben Rhodes Austin Hill, and Stewart Friesen.

Lap 41, Austin Hill is the new leader with Christian Eckes in second; Ty Majeski, Ben Rhodes, and Stewart Friesen round out the top five.

Lap 43, Austin Hill has pulled out to a half second lead on Ty Majeski.

Lap 48 Austin Hill has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Zane Smith; Ty Majeski, Ben Rhodes, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Stewart Friesen brings his truck down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop with a tire issue.

Bryan Dauzat is out of the race.

Lap 52, Austin Hill has a lead of over a second on Zane Smith with 31 trucks on the lead lap.

Five laps remain in stage two; Austin Hill is in the lead with Zane Smith over a second back; Ben Rhodes, Ty Majeski, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

With a lead of nearly a second; Austin Hill wins stage two for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Austin Hill
Ben Rhodes
ane Smith
Ty Majeski
Derek Kraus
Christian Eckes
Ross Chastain
Sheldon Creed
Brandon Jones
Tanner Gray

Drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service.  Ben Rhodes wins the race off of pit road with pole sitter Christian Eckes coming out second.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 67.  The drivers quickly get three and four wide across the track.  Christian Eckes gets out in front for the lead.

Christian Eckes is in the lead with Zane Smith in second; Austin Hill, Johnny Sauter, and Raphael Lessard round out the top five.

Lap 69, Christian Eckes and Zane Smith battle for the lead with Smith taking the spot.

Lap 70, Zane Smith has a lead of over half a second on Christian Eckes; Austin Hill, Johnny Sauter, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

There are 31 trucks on the lead lap.

Norm Benning is off the track.

Lap 73, Zane Smith has a one second lead on Austin Hill; Christian Eckes, Matt Crafton, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Lap 74, Zane Smith has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Austin Hill; Christian Eckes, Matt Crafton, and Derek Kraus round out the top five.

Lap 79, Zane Smith has increased his lead to over a second and a half on Austin Hill; Matt Crafton, Christian Eckes, and Derek Kraus round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 82 for Korbin Forrister when he hits the wall with a flat tire.

While tires were an issue for the NASCAR Cup Series drivers on Thursday night, tires are not an issue for the Truck Series drivers.

Drivers come down pit road for what is expected to be the last pit stop of the race.  Some of the drivers are reporting a loose condition.  Taking fuel only, Ross Chastain wins the race off of pit road.  Sheldon Creed had issues getting out of his pit box after being blocked by another driver.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 88 but it is Matt Crafton who gets out in front for the lead.  Austin Hill and Matt Crafton battle for the lead.

Lap 89, Matt Crafton is in the lead with Austin Hill in second; Brett Moffitt, Grant Enfinger, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Lap 90, Austin Hill passes Matt Crafton for the lead.  Brett Moffitt gets around Crafton for second and heads for leader Austin Hill.

Lap 91, Brett Moffitt and Austin Hill battle for the lead with the two drivers swapping the lead back and forth.

Lap 93, Brett Moffitt is in the lead with Austin Hill a quarter of a second back; Grant Enfinger, Matt Crafton, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Lap 95, Brett Moffitt holds a narrow lead on Austin Hill with Grant Enfinger looking to make it a three way battle.

Lap 96 Brett Moffitt and Austin Hill battle for the lead with Austin Hill getting out in front for the lead; Grant Enfinger, Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Lap 100, 34 to go, Austin Hill has a quarter of a second lead on Grant Enfinger; Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Lap 102, Ross Chastain brings his truck down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop with smoke coming out the back of the truck.  Chastain has to make a second trip down pit road with a flat tire.

Lap 105, Austin Hill has a lead of over a second and a half on Grant Enfinger; Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

With 26 laps remaining in the race, Austin Hill has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Grant Enfinger; Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Stewart Friesen has to make an unscheduled pit stop with a tire issue.

Lap 110, Austin Hill has increased his lead for over two and a half seconds over Grant Enfinger; Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

During the last round of pit stops, Todd Gilliland was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road./

Grant Enfinger and Brett Moffitt battle for second nearly three seconds behind leader Austin Hill.

With just 20 laps to go, Austin Hill has a three second lead on Grant Enfinger.

With 18 laps remaining in the race, there are 23 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 118, Austin Hill has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Brett Moffitt; Grant Enfinger, Matt Crafton, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Lap 121, Austin Hill has pulled out to a lead of nearly four seconds on Brett Moffitt; Grant Enfinger, Matt Crafton, and Zane Smith round out the top five with 21 trucks on the lead lap.

Ten to go, Austin Hill has a lead of over three and a half seconds on Brett Moffitt; Grant Enfinger, Matt Crafton, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Five to go, Austin Hill holds on to a four second lead on Brett Moffitt with just 19 trucks on the lead lpa.

Jordan Anderson and Spencer Davis make contact but the track stays green.

With a lead of nearly three and a half seconds, Austin Hill takes the white flag.

Getting his first win of the season, Austin Hill wins the race.

The unofficial results of the Blu Emu Maximum Relief 200:
Austin Hill
Brett Moffitt
Grant Enfinger
Matt Crafton
Derek Kraus
Zane Smith
Ben Rhodes
Sheldon Creed
Johnny SAyuter
Todd Gilliland
Ty Majeski
Brennan Poole
Christian Eckes
Brandon Jones
Chase Purdy
Raphael Lessard
Austin Wayne Self
Tanner Gray
Timmy Hill
Cory Roper
Natalie Decker
Tate Fogleman
Spencer Boyd
Codie Rohrbaugh
dawson Cram
Robby Lyons
Stewart Friesen
Clay Greenfield
Spencer Davis
Jordan Anderson
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Ray Ciccarelli
Tyler Ankrum
Ross Chastain
Korbin Forrister
Norm Benning
Bryan Dauzat
Kevin Donahue

NFL Cuts Pre-Season

As teams, owners, and players continue to work out the details for a pandemic 2020 NFL season, rules and protocols remain fluid.

The latest change is that the NFL will start the 2020 playing season without having played any pre-season games.

Eighty players per team will be allowed in camp as the NFL continues to limit contact between personnel.

Whether or not the teams will get some extra time in camp to prepare is still being debated.

The NFL Players Association is looking to allow high risk players the ability to opt out of the season like a number of MLB players and umpires have chosen to do.

Once in training camp, the players will be tested for the Covid-19 virus daily for the first two weeks.

Rookie players are already reporting to camp; while the veteran players will begin reporting in the next week.

 

NASCAR Opens Big Weekend in Kansas

The NASCAR Cup Series kicks off three days of racing at Kansas Speedway with five races in three days beginning with the Super Start Batteries 400.

After a random draw based on car owner points, Kevin Harvick sits on the pole and will bring the field to the green flag with Joey Logano starting alongside on the front row.

Josh Bilicki will have to start the race from the back of the field after making unapproved adjustments to the car.

The last time the NASCAR Cup Series raced on a Thursday night, it was 1985 and many of the drivers in the field were not even born yet.

William Byron’s crew chief Chad Knaus will miss the race tonight; he is on baby watch and is home for the birth of second child. While waiting, Knaus will be in the engineering room back in Charlotte at Hendrick Motorsports.

The starting lineup for the Super Start Batteries 400:
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
Alex Bowman
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Denny Hamlin
Chase Elliott
Matt DiBenedetto
Chris Buescher
Matt Kenseth
William Byron
Austin Dillon
Bubba Wallace
Ryan Newman
Clint Bowyer
Jimmie Johnson
Erik Jones
Christopher Bell
Tyler Reddick
Cole Custer
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Garrett Smithley
Michael McDowell
JJ Yeley
Brennan Poole
John Hunter Nemechek
Corey LaJOie
Quin HOuff
Josh Bilicki – moved to the back of the field for unapproved adjustments
Joey Gase
Ryan Preece
Ty Dillon
Daniel Suarez
Timmy Hill
Reed Sorenson
BJ McLeod

Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs player Chris Jones gave the command to start the engines.

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.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane. The drivers quickly get three wide across the track. Joey Logano gets out in front for the lead on the back stretch.

Lap two, Joey Logano has the lead with Ryan Blaney in second; Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap five, Joey Logano is getting challenged for the lead by Ryan Blaney with Martin Truex Jr in third; Kevin Harvick and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 25.

Lap nine, Joey Logano holds on to the lead with Ryan Blaney right behind him; Martin Truex Jr is in third nearly a second and a half back.

Lap eleven, Ryan Blaney continues to challenge Joey Logano for the lead; Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

With a fuel load of around 60 laps, the drivers cannot complete any of the stages on a single fuel load and will have to make at least one pit stop during each of the stages.

Lap 15, Joey Logano has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Ryan Blaney; Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 19, there are 31 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 20, Joey Logano has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Ryan Blaney; Martin Truex Jr, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 22, with Joey Logano leading the race by over half a second, Martin Truex Jr and Ryan Blaney battle for second place.

Lap 23, Martin Truex Jr gets around Ryan Blaney to take second place. Kyle Busch passes Brad Keselowski for fourth place.

Lap 26, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution as Martin Truex Jr begins to challenge leader Joey Logano.

Last week at Texas tire wear was not an issue, but this week tire wear will be a big issue all race long. Lap times are dropping over a second as the tires wear down.

The drivers brings their cars down pit road for service. Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Joey Logano and Chris Buescher had an uncontrolled tire during their pit stops.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart with Kyle Busch alongside on the front row on lap 31. With a bit of a push from Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch takes the lead form the inside lane.

Lap 32, the top five are Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 34, Kyle Busch is in the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second; Kevin Harvick is in third but gets passed by Denny Hamlin.

Lap 36, the top five are Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick.

Lap 37, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 37, Denny Hamlin passes Martin Truex Jr to take second place

Three of the four Joe Gibbs cars are in the top three positions.

Ryan Blaney is reporting a vibration in the car.

Kevin Harvick is also reporting some issues with his car, saying that it just isn’t right.

Lap 39, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 44, Kyle Busch has a one second lead on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 47, second place driver Denny Hamlin has closed the gap on leader Kyle Busch, who is now just half a second out in front. There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Tyler Reddick brushes the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 50, Kyle Busch’s lead is now down to under half a second on Kenny Hamlin with Martin Truex Jr nearly a second and a half back.

Lap 52, Leader Kyler Busch has increased his lead back to half a second on team mate Denny Hamlin.

Lap 55, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over half a second on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 58, Kyle Busch now has a one second lead on Denny Hamlin.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop for a fire inside the car. There is heavy smoke coming out of the car. The team reports some sort of electrical fire and is out of the race.

Lap 62, Denny Hamlin has closed the gap on leader Kyle Busch to just over half a second.

Lap 68, there are 27 cars on the lead lap.

The unofficial results of the Super Saver Batteries 400:

Ricky Stenhouse Jr said that he fire was right next to him in the car.

Lap 70, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over a second on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Seven laps remain in stage one; Kyle Busch has a second and a half lead on Denny Hamlin as he continues to put drivers a lap down; William Byron in 24th place is the las car on the lead lap.

Kurt Busch is reporting a loose condition; citing an over camber in the car.

BJ McLeod is off the track.

With a lead of nearly two seconds, Kyle Busch wins stage one for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Blaney
Brad Keselowski
Tyler Reddick
Kevin Harvick
Aric Almirola
Alex Bowman
Erik Jones

Kyle Busch reports that the front of his car is bouncing.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service. Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road with Martin Truex Jr out second and Kyle Busch out third.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the outside lane on lap 87 and gets out in front after a bit of a push from Brad Keselowski.

Kyle Busch had some tape put on his car during his pit stop as the sun is beginning to set and temperatures cool.

William Byron had an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Lap 91, Denny Hamlin has a lead of less than a second on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney ro und out the top five.

Lap 94, Martin Truex Jr is working to challenge leader Denny Hamlin.

Lap 96, Denny Hamlin has only a tenth of a second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five with 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 98, Martin Truex Jr Passes Denny Hamlin for the lead.

Lap 100, the caution flag comes out when Bubba Wallace spins out with a flat tire.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service. Taking only two tires, Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 105 but it is Martin Truex Jr that jumps out in front for the lead first. Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr battle for the lead with Ryan Blaney in third and is looking to make it a three way battle.

Brad Keselowski finally gets out in front for the lead on lap 107; Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

There are 28 cars on the lead lap with Timmy Hill, Brennan Poole, and BJ McLeod off the track and Ricky Stenhouse Jr out of the race.

Lap 111, Brad Keselowski has a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five with Kyle Busch in sixth.

Lap 114, Martin Truex Jr has caught up to leader Brad Keselowski and is challenging for the lead.

After getting a tire violation penalty during the competition caution, Joey Logano has moved up to the top 10.

Lap 115, Martin Truex Jr gets around Brad Keselowski for the lead.

Lap 123, Martin Truex Jr leads the race with Denny Hamlin in second; Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Clint Bowyer is having some issues with his car.

Lap 127, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over two seconds on Denny Hamlin; Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 132, Ryan Blaney passes Brad Keselowski for third. Denny Hamlin has cut into Martin Truex Jr’s lead to less than two seconds.

Lap 135, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over twos seconds on Denny Hamlin; Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 143 when Chris Buescher spins out and has a flat tire. There are a lot of sparks coming out from under his car as he makes his way to pit road. Bubba Wallace is the “lucky dog” in 26th place.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service. Taking only two tires, Ryan Blaney wins the race off of pit road. Jimmie Johnson, Tyler Reddick, and John Hunter Nemechek also took only two tires.

As the sun begins to set, Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with just eleven laps remaining in stage two. Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Blaney battle for the lead with Ryan Blaney taking the lead after a push from Denny Hamlin.

The top five are Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, and Jimmie Johnson.

Some of the drivers who took only two tires are falling through the field. Denny Hamlin has brushed the wall with an ill handling car.

With seven laps to go in stage two, Ryan Blaney has a half second lead on Denny Hamlin with Aric Almirola in third.

Six to go, Ran Blaney holds on to the lead with Brad Keselowski in second and Aric Almirola in third; Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski battle for the lead with just two laps remaining in stage two.

Brad Keselowski takes the lead and wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Aric Almirola
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Erik Jones
Martin Truex Jr
Jimmie Johnson
Chase Elliott

Drivers bring their cars down pit road. Taking only two tires, Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road. Chase Elliott also took just two tires.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the outside lane and goes nose to nose with Chase Elliott before getting out in front for the lead with Kyle Busch in second on lap 167

Lap 168, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 170, Brad Keselowski gets around Kyle Busch for third.

The caution flag comes out after Matt Kenseth and Bubba Wallace make contact and crash. Kenseth got loose and spun out; Bubba had no place to go in a racing event. Bubba Wallace is out of the race with a broken suspension. Matt Kenseth is on pit road on the crash clock.

Some of the drivers from back in the field come down pit road for service but the leaders stay out. Tyler Reddick took fuel only with only two sets of tires remaining in his pit box.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restar from the outside lane on lap 175. Getting a push from team mate Kyle Busch, Hamlin gets out in front.

The caution flag comes out for a big crash involving Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, and Matt DiBenedetto who hit the wall hard were all involved in the crash. Logano also smacked the wall with a flat tire. Joey Logano is out of the race with a busted suspension. Austin Dillon is out with a busted radiator.

Under caution on lap 179, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski. Clint Bowyer is the last car on the lead lap in 25th place.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 182 and gets out in front for the lead. And the caution flag comes out for another big crash. Ryan Preece hit the wall hard and went airborne; Chris Buescher, Christopher Bell, and Ryan Newman were also involved in the wreck that had cars hitting the wall. A frustrated Ryan Preece climbed out of his car unharmed.

Lap 183, under caution, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch. There are 23 cars on the lead lap with no cars just one lap down.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart one more time on lap and the drivers get three wide across the track as Hamlin takes the lead.

Lap 188, Denny Hamlin is in the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second; Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

After getting aggressive on the restart, Kyle Busch has dropped to seventh place.

Lap 192, Denny Hamlin holds on to the lead with Martin Truex Jr just a tenth of a second behind; Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 193, Martin Truex Jr passes Denny Hamlin to take the lead of the race.

Lap 194, Ryan Newman brings out the ninth caution flag of the race with a flat tire. Newman spun out getting into his pit stall.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires and to pack the fuel cell. Taking only two tires, Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road; Ryan Blaney, Tyler Reddick and Alex Bowman also took only two tires. Matt Kenseth took fuel only on his pit stop.

After staying out on the track, William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart with Denny Hamlin alongside on the front row. Drivers get spread out across the track. Lap 100, William Byron and Denny Hamlin go nose to nose around the track.
Lap 201, William Byron gets out in front for the lead with Denny Hamlin in second.

Lap 202, William Byron leads the way with Brad Keselowski in second; Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

With 22 laps on the lead lap, Brad Keselowski challenges William Byron for the lead and on lap 206, Brad Keselowski is the new leader.

After failing to meet minimum speed, Jimmie Johnson is out of the race.

Lap 208, Brad Keselowski leads the race with William Byron in second; Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 211, Brad Keselowski has a lead of under half a second on William Byron; Denny Hamlin, Kyle busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Ryan Newman is slow on the track.

Lap 215, Brad Keselowski continues to lead the race with William Byron only a quarter of a second back; Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 218, William Byron has caught up to leader Brad Keselowski and is challenging for the lead; Kyle Busch is in third over three seconds back. Ryan Blaney falls to eighth place after slapping the wall.

Lap 221, William Byron passes Brad Keselowski to retake the lead.

With 44 laps emaining in the race, William Byron has pulled out to a one second lead on Brad Keselowski; Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 227, Ryan Blaney brings his car down pit road; as does Kyle Busch for fresh tires and fuel after hitting the wall.

Lap 231, William Byron ahs pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Brad Keselowski; Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

There are only 17 cars on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out on lap 235 for Corey LaJoie’s smoking car with a flat tire.

Drivers come down pit road dor service. William Byron wins the race off of pit road with just tow tires. Team mate Alex Bowman also took only two tires. Alex Bowman’s team had only two tires remaining in their pit stall.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart with 28 laps remaining in the race. Team mates William Byron and Alex Bowman go side by side for the lead with Alex Bowman getting out for the lead with 27 laps to go.

The top three are Alex Bowman, Kevin Harvick, and William Byron.

John Hunter Nemechek brings out the caution flag with 25 laps to go when he gets loose and into the wall.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with 22 laps remaining in the race. Bowman gets out in front for the lead after getting a push from Kevin Harvick.

Coming from the outside, Kevin Harvick takes the lead and coming from the inside, Denny Hamlin takes second putting Bowman in third; Brad Keselowski and William Byron round out the top five.

Twenty to go; Kevin Harvick has a lead of over half a second on Denny Hamlin with 19 cars on the lead lap.

With 17 laps to go, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over half a second while Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski battle for second place; Martin Truex Jr and Erik Jones round out the top five.

With 14 laps to go, Denny Hamlin has closed the gap on leader Kevin Harvick to just a quarter of a second.

Thirteen to go, Denny Hamlin battle Kevin Harvick for the lead and takes the lead away from Harvick.

Ten to go, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Kevin Harvick; Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr, and Erik Jones round out the top five. After slapping the wall and coming down pit road, Kyle Busch is back on the lead lap in 12th place.

Eight laps to go, Denny Hamlin has a half second lead on Brad Keselowski; Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Five to go, Denny Hamlin has a half second lead on Brad Keselowski; Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin takes the white flag.

With a lead of half a second on Brad Keselowski Denny Hamlin wins his fifth race of the season.

The unofficial results of the Super Saver Batteries 400:
Denny Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Erik Jones
Aric Almirola
Cole Custer
Alex Bowman
Kurt Busch
William Byron
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Tyler Reddick
Clint Bowyer
Ty Dillon
Michael McDowell
Matt Kenseth
Daniel Suarez
John Hunter Nemechek
Ryan Blaney
Corey LaJoie
JJ Yeley
Christopher Bell
Quin Houff
Josh Bilicki
Garrett Smithley
Austin Dillon
Ryan Newman
Joey Gase
Brennan Poole
Reed Sorenson
Jimmie Johnson
Chris Buescher
Ryan Preece
Joey Logano
Matt DiBenedetto
Bubba Wallace
Timmy Hill
BJ McLeod
Ricky Stenhouse Jr

 

Queen Makes History…Again

Just a week after making history on the music charts in the United Kingdom, British rockers Queen set another chart record; this time in the United States.

The band’s 1981 “Greatest Hits” album has spent a total of over 900 weeks on the British music charts and now Billboard Magazine has announced that the album has spent 55 weeks (over a year) at the number one spot on the Billboard Catalog Albums chart.

The record puts Queen at number two on the all time list behind the Bob Marley and the Wailers album “Legend” who has spent a total of 129 weeks in the number one spot.

Creed’s “My Own Prison” previously held the second spot at 54 weeks but has been overtaken by Queen.

Album on the Catalog Albums chart have been out for at least 18 months and lists the most popular albums of the week.  The chart only lists US sales.

 

Giving Games Open July 24

With the Summer Olympic Games postponed until next year due to the corona virus pandemic, Team USA has created the Giving Games to help encourage Americans to unite and support their athletes.

There are 25 different groups who have come together to launch the Giving Games to help raise money in order to avoid any financial hardships among the athletes.  While many Olympic teams receive subsidies from their governments; Team USA members must rely on donations from the community.

Had the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo taken place, they would have begun on July 24; therefore, the Giving Games will launch on the same day and run through August 9.

Giving Games Ambassador Darius Fulghum spoke on the events saying, “while I have to wait another year to achieve my Olympic dreams, Giving Games is a great opportunity to inspire America to support USA Boxing and all United States athletes.  Donations will not only help myself and my 2021 teammates but will help the next generation of Olympic Champions.”   Fulghum is a member of Team USA and the Heavyweight representative on the USA Boxing Olympic Qualification Team.  A Golden Gloves Champion in 2018, he earned his Nursing degree last year and is a Registered Nurse.
USA Boxing Executive Director Mike McAtee also spoke on the Giving Games saying, “this year has been extremely difficult for all, and our hope is to not only help support our 2021 Olympians, but help raise funds for our 1,700+ gyms that have been impacted by COVID-19 and impact the lives of so many youth that are our future Olympians.”

People who make donations may give to a specific sport or they may donate to the general support fund.

There are a number of ways that sports and Olympic fans can donate:
by taking the Giving Games quiz to find out what sport fits you best
Enter to win a sweepstakes package from Omaze
Join in to help set a world record for the most donations in a 24 hour period
or donate directly to a sport with the Medal of Giving

The top three donors in each sport will receive either a gold, silver, or bronze medal…just like the winning Olympians.

Donations can be made via givinggames2020.com/support.

Joan Baez to Receive Guthrie Prize

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer and songwriter Joan Baez has been selected as the 2020 recipient of the Woodie Guthrie Prize.  A longtime folk singer, Baez has long been an activist for a number of causes including protesting the Vietnam War and fighting for Civil Rights.  The Woody Guthrie Prize goes to artists who speak out for those who are less fortunate.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and social distancing laws, Baez will be honoured at a virtual ceremony on August 16 as a part of the Philadelphia Folk Festival.  Tickets for the event are a pay-what-you-can and are available at folkfest.org.

Baez spoke on how she has followed in the footsteps of Woody Guthrie via a statement saying, “it has been my mission to use my music as a voice for those who cannot be heard or have been silenced by fear and powerlessness.”  She added, “Thank you, Woody, and I will gladly accept the Woody Guthrie prize.”

Baez joins a number of other former recipients including John Mellancamp, Norman Lear, Chuck D, Mavis Staples, Pete Seeger, and Kris Kristofferson.

The New York native has released a total of 67 albums in her long career as a Folk singer.  Her accomplishments include eight Grammy Awards and two Grammy and one Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards

 

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MLB to Enhance Reviews

When the Major League Baseball season begins on July 23, fans who tune in to the broadcasts will notice a number of differences in the how the game looks.  For starters, there will be no fans in the stands and the pitchers will not have an at bat.  And when it comes to reviewing plays, MLB has doubled the number of cameras to 24.

The cameras operate at a high frame rate and are designed to stream directly to the replay operations center and to the video rooms at the ballparks for reviews.  MLB is also installing 4K cameras with zoom lenses behind home plate at high locations.

MLB has a new replay center in Manhattan that is double the size of their old one and is located across the street from Radio City Music Hall.

MLB executive vice president of strategy, technology and innovation Chris Marinak spoke on the new cameras and location saying, “we think that the product of all these items is going to result in a much more rapid review process, so that we’ll be getting video available much more quickly to the umpires, who will be making decision more quickly.  The same will be true of the replay personnel in the ballpark, who are helping their manager make a decision on whether to challenge.”

This season team managers have 20 seconds after a play to decide whether or not they want to challenge the call.  Previously managers had 30 seconds to make the call.

Major League Baseball has had video reviews on plays since 2014.

Once a manager challenges a call, the umpires will review the video of the play in question.  Last season, there were 1,275 such reviews with 1,051 of them at the behest of a manager.  Six hundred and three of those calls were overturned after a review with 310 of them confirmed.

MLB is also presenting a new Statcast system that will make use of Hawk Eye and a series of 12 cameras to create data for video boards and scoreboards.  There will be five pitcher oriented cameras, four home plate cameras, a centerfield camera, with the remainder used to track the players at a rate of 100 frames per second.  The 4K cameras have the capability of being sped up to catch as many as 500 fames per second.  In contrast, television operates at just 30 frames per second.

MLB’s chief technology officer Jason Gaedtke spoke on the new innovations saying, “we’re trying to set a foundation here with this new deployment that is a foundation that we can innovate on for the next five years as technology continues to progress.”

With their new innovations, MLB is looking to cut the margin of error down significantly and eliminate blind spots on the field.

Instead of group viewing of games, MLB is providing 15 iPads per team for the players.  The tablets will be wiped clean after every game and will not be supplied with connectivity during a game.

And since there will be no fans in the stands, MLB is looking to simulate crowd noise.

Nick Mason and Saucerful of Secrets

Nick Mason of Saucerful of Secrets and Pink Floyd has announced that their postponed concert dates in the United Kingdom have been rescheduled.

Saucerful of Secrets performs Pink Floyd music created prior to the release of “Dark Side of the Moon”.
The tour dates were originally scheduled to begin in April but the global Covid-19 pandemic shut everything down and all tours were put on hold.

The band had planned to move the dates to October, but have now rescheduled them for the spring of 2021.

The shows in Gateshead and Southampton were unable to be rescheduled.  Fans will receive a refund for purchased tickets.

Tickets purchased for the original tour dates will be honoured for the new dates.

Saucerful of Secrets will release their new album “Live at the Roundhouse” on September 18.  The album was recorded in May of 2019 at the London venue.

Saucerful of Secrets 2021 tour dates:
April 13 at De Montfort Hall in Leicester, UK
April 14 at G Live in Guildford, UK
April 16 at Fairfield Halls in Croydon, UK
April 18 at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, UK
April 19 at the Guildhall in Portsmouth, UK
April 20 at City Hall in Sheffield, UK
April 22 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK
April 24 at the Pavilions in Plymouth, UK
April 26 at the Dome in Brighton, UK
April 27 at the Forum in Bath, UK
April 29 at the New Theatre in Oxford, UK
April 30 at the Regent Theatre in Ipswich, UK
May 1 at St. David’s Hall in Cardiff, UK
May 3 at the Philharmonic in Liverpool, UK
May 4 at the Barbican in York, UK
May 5 at the O2 City Hall in Newcastle, UK
May 7 at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham, UK
May 8 at the Apollo in Manchester, UK
May 9 at Usher Hall in Edinburgh, UK

 

Braves Remove ‘Chop’ Sign

While the Washington NFL team has been in the spotlight recently due to their name “Redskins” – which they have since removed -, they are not the only professional sports team facing controversy.

The Atlanta Braves have no intention of changing their name, but the team is facing some issues over their use of the Tomahawk Chop.

The team has removed the “Chop On” sign from Truist Park – the Braves home field.  The slogan for the 2020 season is “For the A” in a shortened season that will see limited fan attendance if any.

The use of The Chop, foam red tomahawks, and the use of the “War Chant” performed by the Florida State Marching Chiefs is under review.  The foam tomahawks were not distributed last season during post season play when the Braves played the St. Louis Cardinals.  Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley, who is a member of the Cherokee Nation, said that the chop was insulting.

The Chop was not originated by the Braves; but rather “borrowed” from the Florida State Seminoles after some Seminole baseball players became professional players.

Like all aspects of things related to the Seminoles from uniforms to the War Chant and the Tomahawk Chop are used with the approval of the Florida Seminole Nation.

 

feature photo credit: By Brooke Novak from Atlanta, Georgia – STRIKE!, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2514485

Marleys Re-imagine Big Hit

Bob Marley died at the age of 36 in 1981 as the result of cancer; but he has left a multi-generational legacy of award winning children and grandchildren.

The family has taken his 1977 hit song “One Love” and “re-imagined” it as a charity release to aid children who have been affected by the Covid-19 virus.

Stephen, Cedella, and Skip Marley have joined together to create the new version of the song.  Proceeds from the release will go to Reimagine – a global campaign from UNICEF.  Jewelry maker Pandora has announced that they will match all donations dollar for dollar up to one million dollars.

A child when Marley composed the song, Cedella spoke on their choice saying, “Daddy wrote this song like 40 years ago, a long, long time. It just feels like right now in the world we need to have some different type of unity happening. Not just lip service, but real action.  I think we’re going to bring this song to a generation that needs to know we do care. We do care what happens. We’re going to do a nudge and push and a shove and hopefully the message will resonate.”

Grammy Award winning brother Stephen added, “the song is very special because of (its) message. It’s a song of equality. One love meaning love for everyone, for all humanity. It doesn’t matter the color, creed or social status or anything like that. It’s appreciating the human family. ‘One heart, let’s get together and feel all right’.  It’s a very important statement to my family.”

The song was recorded at Cedella’s Miami home.  Bob’s widow and her mom, Rita came in to hear the song and gave her approval.  “My mom, she came in and she listened, and she gave us a thumbs up and that seal of approval is priceless,” said Cedella.

An up and coming artist, Cedella’s son Skip has worked with Katy Perry and Major Lazer.

 

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DWTS Names New Host

Just one day after the firing of “Dancing with the Stars” hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews; ABC announced that “America’s Next Top Model” creator Tyra Banks would not only be taking over the hosting duties solo; she will also be an executive producer for the show.

Banks spoke on the show via a statement admitted that she is a fan of the format of of “fun mixed with raw emotion, seeing celebrities push past their comfort zones, the sizzling dance performances … it’s always transported me to my days of turning it up 10 notches on the catwalk.”

Banks added that original host Tom Bergeron set “a powerful stage” and she is looking forward to continuing the legacy.
In releasing Bergeron and Andrews, ABC noted that they are looking to bring a “creative refresh” to the show while maintaining the affection viewers have for the show.

Due to the ongoing issues with the Covid-19 pandemic, it is unsure as the when season 29 of the show will premiere of the series; along with most of the fall television season.

 

NASCAR: No Practice to Continue

Since their return to racing in May, NASCAR has held events to a single day with no practice or qualifying with the exception of the NASCAR Cup Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600 and the inaugural Xfinity Series road course race in Indianapolis.

On July 21, NASCAR announced that for the remainder of the 2020 racing season the current practice for racing events will continue in all three racing series – NASCAR Cup, Xfinity, and the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series.  No practice or qualifying sessions will be held.

As the uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic continues, NASCAR is looking to continue current safety protocols that include keeping travel and shop teams separate, at track temperature testing, universal masking of everyone at the track, limiting the number of personnel per team at the track, and single day racing events.

While several of the drivers have noted that the lack of practice has caused some issues for them, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller said, “the current format has worked well in addressing several challenges during our return to racing. Most importantly, we have seen competitive racing week-to-week. NASCAR will adjust the starting lineup draw procedure for the Playoff races, and will announce the new process at a later date.”

Miller noted that to add practice and qualifying events for the races requires an increase in at track personnel and a bigger risk of failure when it comes to safety protocols.

Currently, the starting grid is determined by a random draw based on car (or truck) owner points with one through 12 going first, 13 through 24 next, 25 through 36, and then the remainder of the field – 37 to 40.  Miller has suggested that perhaps the playoff drivers will get a first choice once the playoff races begin in September.

Can VR Save the Theatre?

With the risk of spreading the coronavirus, theatres around the world have closed and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

But innovator and architect Brendan Bradley has created an alternative that is not only safe but will not require the use of a mask or social distancing.

Bradley has created Future Stages – a virtual reality theatre experience.

The 3D virtual theatre will let theatre goers enter the theatre, visit the box office, shop for merchandise, get a program, and even visit the actors backstage all without leaving the comfort of the home.

Theatre goers can use a VR headset or even the web browser on their computer.  Visitors can even create their own avatar for their theatre experience.

Visitors can get a sneak peek at the concept via a walking tour at https://hubs.mozilla.com/weiAQnM/future-stages-tour.

And since the theatre is a virtual one, theatre goers can sit next to each other and talk to each other with no worry of getting sick.

Bradley has even created his theatre to simulate a real theatre in that voices do not carry – unless you are really loud – to disturb others or be heard across the room.

Producers will be able to “rent” a space to put on their production just like a brick and mortar theatre.

Currently some theatres and organizations are broadcasting productions on television or via streaming; but those are two dimensional platforms, Bradley’s creation is a three dimensional representation – just like being there.  And unlike a Zoom meeting or production where viewing is extremely limited, Bradley’s 3D VR Future Stages is viewer controlled.

On the performers side, Future Stages allows the performers to interact with each other via a dual camera system and a baby monitor app.

While a virtual reality setup, Bradley has designed the program for amateurs saying, “I want to make this as comprehensive as possible so that people don’t dismiss it.  If you have any technical know-how, my video should get you at least 90 percent of the way there. And I’m more than happy to talk.”

 

 

Black Madonna Changes Name

Producer Black Madonna is the latest artist to make a name change in the wake of a move to eliminate social injustice and inequality.

Saying, “my artist name has been a point of controversy, confusion, pain, and frustration,” has announced that going forward her name will be The Blessed Madonna.

Born Marea Stamper, the artist noted, “I have always been transparent about my faith because I felt a responsibility to be clear about who I was and who I was not.  The name was a reflection of my family’s lifelong and profound Catholic devotion to a specific kind of European icon of the Virgin Mary who is dark in hue.  People who shared that devotion loved the name, but in retrospect I should have listened harder to other perspectives.”

Churches around the world depict Jesus and the Virgin Mary as white; but there are others around Europe and in Latin America that show Mary as having dark skin.

The Blessed Madonna follows Lady Antebellum who changed their name to Lady A and The Dixie Chicks who are now known simply as The Chicks.

 

feature photo credit: The Blessed Madonna’s Facebook page

 

MLB Umpires Opt Out

As Major League Baseball prepares to open its abbreviated 2020 season, the players are not the only ones looking to opt out for the season.

About 10 Major League umpires have also chosen to sit out the season over health concerns and the COVID-19 virus.

Currently MLB has 76 full time umpires, about a quarter of whom are over the age of 55.  Joe West and Gerry Davis are the oldest at 67.

Umpires…and players…who opt out due to high risk – age, health risk, etc. – will be paid for the season even if they don’t work.

Umpires are paid on a 12 month cycle instead of seasonal.

With the Minor League season having been cancelled, Minor League umpires who have previously filled in at the major league level can fill in, in case of a shortage.

Like the players, the umpires have to prepare for the upcoming season and have begun officiating at intrasquad and exhibition games.

 

Rammstein Reschedules

German rockers Rammstein have announced the rescheduled dates for their North American tour that includes dates in Canada and Mexico.

The rockers announced that all tickets purchased for the original dates will be good for the new shows.  In addition, fans who are unable to attend a rescheduled date may obtain a refund and will soon receive an email with the instructions on how to do so.

The show scheduled for Washington DC could not be rescheduled and has been cancelled.  Fans may obtain a refund from the point of purchase.

Rammstein 2021 tour dates:
Aug 22 at the Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, QC
Aug 26 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA
Sept 1 at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL
Sept 3 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MNSept 8 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA
Sept 10 at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ
Sept 18 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA
Sept 24 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX
Sept 30 & Oct 1 at the Ford Sol in Mexico City, Mexico

 

KISS Reschedules

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in late February and early March, it brought the entire planet to a halt.  Thousand of concert dates were postponed or cancelled, among them was the farewell tour by  Hall of Fame rockers KISS.

The legendary rockers have rescheduled a majority of their European tour dates for next spring and summer.  Unfortunately the shows in Sandnes, Norway; Kaunas, Lithuania; Lisbon, Portugal; and Gliwice, Poland could not be rescheduled.

Paul Stanley spoke on the new dates saying, “we are waiting. We are ready. When we are told everyone is safe and this pandemic is over, we will shake the earth and rock your world as always and as never before.”

Gene Simmons added, “we can’t wait for this pandemic to be over, and for all of you to be safe. We are planning to rock your world, once it is safe out there, for all of you and for us.”

KISS 2021 European tour dates:
June 2 at the Sportspalais in Antwerp, Belgium
June 8 at the Accors Hotel Arena in Paris, France
June 10 at the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany
June 12 at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland
June 15 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany
June 19 at the Tele 2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden
June 21 at the Hartwell Arena in Helsinki, Finland
June 23 at the Scandanavian in Gothenburg, Sweden
June 25 at the Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany
June 30 at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland
July 3 at Rockfest in Barcelona, Spain
July 4 at the Wizink Arena in Madrid, Spain
July 6 at the Roman Arena in Nimes, France
July 8 at the Schleyerhalle in Stuttgart, Germany
July 10 at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic
July 12 at the Arena Di Verona in Verona, Italy
July 15 at the Budapest Arena in Budapest, Hungary

 

No Surfing in 2020

While professional sports around North America are working hard to reopen safely and bring sporting events to fans, the World Surf League has cancelled the 2020 surfing season.

The League is citing continued uncertainty surrounding international travel and the need to keep the athletes safe and healthy.

World Surf League CEO Erik Logan spoke on the decision saying, “while we firmly believe that surfing is amongst the sports best suited for competition to be held safely during the age of unresolved COVID, we have huge respect for the ongoing concerns of many in our community as the world works to resolve this.”

Unlike a ball game where competitors can isolate themselves in a single location to play their games like with basketball and hockey, surfers must ride the waves and go where they can find the big waves.

The WSL hopes to get the 2021 season underway in December in Oahu, provided it is safe to do so.

 

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Queen Sets UK Record

Only two of the original band members remain,  it British rockers Queen are as popular as ever.

Their “Greatest Hits” album was originally released in 1981.  Since that time the album has spent a total of nearly three years on the UK album chart.

At 901 weeks on the album chart, Queen’s “Greatest Hits” album is only the third in UK album history to reach the 900 week milestone.  “Legend” by Bob Marley and the Wailers at 933 weeks and “Gold” by ABBA at 949 weeks are the other two albums to reach such a status.

Queen saw the album debut in the number two spot on the chart and took the top spot the following week where it stayed for four weeks.

Currently, the album is sitting at number 16.

The album has been certified eight times platinum in the United States for selling eight million copies, it has sold over six million copies in the United Kingdom, and has sold a total some 25 million copies around the world.

 

Blue Jays: A Team Without a Home

With altered schedule for the 30 Major League Baseball teams calls for the teams to play only those teams in their regions – East plays East, Central plays Central, and West plays West – with no fans in the stands.

While this plan limits the amount of travel, it is proving to be problematic for one NLB team.  The Toronto Blue Jays are the only professional baseball team who calls Canada home. 

With the increase of COVID-19 cases reaching  record numbers in the United States, the Canadian government has determined that it is not safe for the Blue Jays to play their home games at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.  The move would require numerous border crossings by the Blue Jays and their opponents raising the risk of further spreading the virus across two nations.

Currently the U.S./Canadian. Border is closed to non-essential traffic until at least August 21.

With the NLB season set to begin on July 23, the Blue Jays currently do not have a home.  The Blue Jays report that they are weighing their options but the two most likely locations each bring with them their own set of problems.

In a normal season, all of the MLB teams travel to either Florida or Arizona for spring training.  The Blue Jays spend their spring training at Dunedin, Florida.  One of their options, Dunedin is located in a state that is currently seeing record setting cases of the virus.  The Blue Jays note that while a health risk, Dunedin offers the type of facilities the major league team needs to play the game in a safe environment.

Another option is Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York where the Blue Jays triple AAA team the Buffalo Bisons play their home games.  Buffalo lies just across the Niagara River from Ontario, Canada which would be closer to home for the Blue Jays.

City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz are supportive of the Buffalo option with Poloncarz saying, “let’s find a way to make them the ‘Buffalo Blue Jays’ this year.”

In order for the Blue Jays to play in. Buffalo, Sahlen Field would have to undergo a number of infrastructure upgrades.  The locker room is too small and does not allow for proper social distancing.  The field lights and training facilities would also need to be upgraded.  Weight rooms,batting cages, and training rooms would also undergo an upgrade should the Blue Jays decide to play in Buffalo.

The Blue Jays are scheduled to open their season July 24 against the Tampa Bay Rays in Tampa.  The Blue Jays home opener is set against the World Series Champion Washington Nationals on July 29.

When the National Hockey League decided to restart the season, they chose two hub cities for all of the teams to play in. Due to events the NHL chose Toronto as the eastern hub city and Edmonton as the west hub city, eliminating any health risks from American cities.

1st TX Win in NASCAR Cup

It’s 95 degrees at Texas Motor Speedway and the NASCAR Cup Series drivers are about to climb into their cars for 500 miles of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.  Temperatures inside the cars will reach 135 to 140 degrees – hot enough to cook meat.

And for the second race in a row, there are fans in the stands.  Texas Motor Speedway has a capacity of 135,000 fans; today there are around 25,000 NASCAR fans there to cheer on their favourite drivers.

After a random draw based on car owner points, Aric Almirola will sit on the pole and bring the field down for the green flag with Ryan Blaney starting alongside on the front row.

After failing the pre-race inspection process twice, the number nine Hendrick Motorsports car driven by Chase Elliott and the number seven Tommy Baldwin Racing car driven by Reed Sorenson will have to start the race from the back of the field.

The starting lineup for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500:
Aric Almirola
Ryan Blaney
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
Denny Hamlin
Chase Elliott – moved to the back of the field after failing inspection
Joey Logano
Martin Truex Jr
Matt DiBenedetto
Alex Bowman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Bubba Wallace
Ryan Newman
Chris Buescher
Clint Bowyer
William Byron
Cole Custer
Jimmie Johnson
Austin Dillon
Matt Kenseth
Erik Jones
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Preece
Quin Houff
Josh Bilicki
John Hunter Nemechek
Gray Gaulding
Ty Dillon
Joey Gase
Brennan Poole
Christopher Bell
Michael McDowell
JJ Yeley
Corey LaJoie
Daniel Suarez
Timmy Hill
BJ McLeod
Reed Sorenson

Kyle Busch and Timmy Hill are running all three of the races this weekend.  Busch won both the Xfinity Series and the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series races on Saturday, but was disqualified from the Xfinity Series race after his car failed post race inspection.
Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw gave a rousing command to start the engines!

Stages one and two are 105 laps each with stage three lasting 124 laps.  NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 20.

Polesitter Aric Almirola is reporting some brake issues.

Aric Almirola brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and goes side by side with Ryan Blaney before getting out in front for the lead in turn two.  The drivers have quickly bunched up back in the field.

Lap two, the top five are Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, and Brad Keselowski.

Lap four, Aric Almirola has a half second lead on Ryan Blaney with Kurt Busch in third; Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

The drivers cannot complete any of the stages on one fuel load, they will have to make at least one pit stop in every stage.

Lap seven, Aric Almirola has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Ryan Blaney; Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.  After starting the race from the back of the field, Chase Elliott has moved up to 27th place.

Lap eleven, Aric Almirola holds his one second lead on Ryan Blaney.

Lap 16, Aric Almirola’s lead is down to under a second on Ryan Blaney; Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Joey Logano is reporting some vibration issues with his car.

Lap 21, NASCAR puts out the yellow flag for the competition caution.

Many of the drivers brings their cars down pit road for service.

Jimmie Johnson’s team was charged with a safety violation – too many crew members over the pit wall.

After staying out on the track, Aric Almirola brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 26 and holds on to the lead.

William Byron gets loose and stacks up the field but the track stays green with no on track incidents.

Lap 27, Kevin Harvick challenges Aric Almirola for the lead and passes to take the top spot; Martin Truex Jr is in third.

Lap 30, Kevin Harvick has the lead with Aric Almirola in second; Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 32, Aric Almirola has caught up to leader Kevin Harvick and is challenging for the lead but has not quite been able to complete the pass.

Lap 35, Chase Elliott has moved into the top 20 after having to start the race from the back of the field.

There are 35 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 37, Kevin Harvick has a third of a second lead on Aric Almirola; Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 40, The current temperature inside Ty Dillon’s car is 135 degrees.

Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Aric Almirola; Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 44, Aric Almirola has closed the gap on lead Kevin Harvick to under a tenth of a second as he again challenges for the lead.

Lap 47, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, and William Byron.

Several of the drivers are reporting that they are hitting the track hard as they go over the bumps.

Lap 50, Kevin Harvick has a tenth of a second lead on Aric Almirola; Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, and William Byron round out the top five with 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 53, Kevin Harvick has made a slight increase in his lead over Aric Almirola to a quarter of a second.

After getting a penalty during the caution, Jimmie Johnson had to restart the race from the back of the field, he has moved up to 16th place.

Lap 56, Aric Almirola flies past Kevin Harvick to retake the
lead.

Lap 58, Aric Almirola has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Kevin Harvick; Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney rounds out the top five.

Lap 60, Aric Almirola has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick.  Harvick is making his 700th race start, one of only 18 drivers to do so.

Lap 62, Martin Truex Jr gets around Kevin Harvick to take second place.

Lap 64, Aric Almirola and Kevin Harvick are the first drivers to make their green flag pit stops and begin the cycle of pit stops.  Martin Truex Jr is the new leader with Kyle Busch in second.

Aric Almirola has been posted for a blend line violation and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Lap 69, Martin Truex Jr comes down pit road slowly, out of fuel.  Kyle Busch is the new leader.

Lap 70, Ryan Blaney gasses Kyle Busch for the lead.

Lap 74, Ryan Blaney has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch, William Byron, Erik Jones, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 80, Ryan Blaney has increased his lead on Kyle Busch to a second with William Bryon over six seconds back in third.

Lap 83, Ryan Blaney has a lead of over a second and a half on Kyle Busch; William Byron is in third over seven seconds back.

Lap 86, Ryan Blaney has pulled out to a lead of two seconds on Kyle Busch; William Byron, Erik Jones, and Alex Bowman round out the top five over eight seconds back.  Green flag pit stops continue.

Lap 89, Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney make their green flag pit stops.  Erik Jones is the new leader.

Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin report tight conditions in their cars.

Lap 94, the top three drivers – Erik Jones, Brad Keselwoski, and Christopher Bell have yet to make their pit stops.

Erik Jones is the only driver yet to make a pit stop.

With green flag pit stops complete, Ryan Blaney is the leader of the race.

Lap 96, the top five are Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Tyler Reddick, and William Byron.

Kurt Busch report an eleven out of 10 loose condition.

Brennan Poole gets slowed on the track with a flat tire as he works to get down pit road.

Lap 100, Ryan Blaney has a half second lead on Kyle Busch; with Kevin Harvick in third over three seconds back.

Ryan Blaney wins stage one for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Tyler Reddick
William Byron
Kurt Busch
Jimmie Johnson
Alex Bowman
Chris Buescher

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service.  Taking only two tires, William Byron wins the race off of pit road.  Tyler Reddick, Alex Bowman, Kurt Busch, Matt DiBenedetto, Martin Truex Jr, and Ty Dillon also took only two tires on their pit stops.

The temperature in Ty Dillon’s car is now up to 144 degrees.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 112 and goes side by side with Kyle Busch before Kyle Busch finally gets out in front on lap 113.  Chase Elliott and Joey Logano make contact but the track stays green.

Lap 116, Kyle Busch has a narrow lead on Ryan Blaney; Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Jimmie Johnson brings out the caution flag for the first on track incident when he gets into the wall.  Johnson reports that the lap was “ugly”.

After going a lap down due to pitting outside the box, Ryan Newman is the “lucky dog” and is back on the lead lap.

NASCAR is holding Jimmie Johnson two laps for having too many crew members over the wall to repair crash damage.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 122 with Kyle Busch jumping out in front for the lead as drivers get three wide across the track.

Lap 123, the top five are Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, and Chase Elliott.

Christopher Bell gets slideways on the track but saves the car and the track stays green.

Lap 124, Denny Hamlin passes Kyle Busch for the lead with Ryan Blaney taking second on lap 125; Kyle Busch is back to third.

Lap 126, Denny Hamlin has a quarter of a second lead on Ryan Blaney; Kyle Busch is in third over half a second back.

Lap 127, Ryan Blaney passes Denny Hamlin to take the lead with Kyle Busch in third.

Lap 129, Joey Logano gets around Kyle Busch to take third.

Lap 130, Ryan Blaney has a lead of over half a second on Denny Hamlin with Joey Logano in third.  There are 29 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 131, Joey Logano gets around Denny Hamlin for second; Ryan Blaney leads the race by over half a second.

Lap 140, Ryan Blaney has a lead of over a second on Joey Logano; Kenny Hamlin, Erik Jones, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

After being penalized for a blend line violation and having braking issues, Aric Almirola is back in the top 10.

Lap 144, Ryan Blaney has a lead of nearly a second on Joey Logano; Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 147, Ryan Blaney has a lead of nearly a second on Joey Logano; Denny Hamlin is in third over three seconds back; Erik Jones, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 151, Ryan Blaney has increased his lead to a second on Joey Logano.

Lap 156, Ryan Blaney continues to lead the race by nearly two seconds on Joey Logano; Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones, and Kyle Busch round out the top five with 29 cars on the lead lap.

When the drivers were parked during the lockdown, they took to iRacing.  At the Texas iRacing event Timmy Hill won the race.  This weekend, Texas gave Hill a cowboy hat for his win.

Lap 160, drivers begin making green flag pit stops.

Ryan Blaney makes his green flag pit stop giving the lead over to Joey Logano.

Clint Bowyer reports that his car is still very tight.

Lap 168, Joey Logano has a lead of over four and a half seconds on Erik Jones; Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 189, Joey Logano makes his pit stop, giving the lead over to Erik Jones.

Lap 171, Erik Jones makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Kevin Harvick.

Lap 175, Kevin Harvick is in the lead as drivers continue to make their green flag pit stops.

Lap 178, leader Kevin Harvick makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Aric Almirola; Martin Truex Jr, Matt Kenseth, Austin Dillon, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Matt Kenseth’s team reports some radio issues.

Leader Aric Almirola makes his green flag pit stop on lap 181 and gives the lead over the Martin Truex Jr.

There are only eight cars on the lead lap as drivers continue to make their green flag pit stops.

Lap 188, Martin Truex Jr ahs a six second lead on Brad Keselowski; Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.  There are only seven cars on the lead lap.

Chris Buescher had to make another trip down pit road after a fueling issue.

Brad Keselowski makes his green flag pit stop.

Martin Truex Jr takes fuel only on his green flag pit stop, Ryan Blaney is the new leader with a three second lead on Joey Logano; Denny Hamlin is over six seconds back in third.

Lap 194, with all the green flag pit stops complete, there are 23 cars on the lead lap with Ryan Blaney in the lead.

Lap 200, Ryan Blaney has a three second lead on Joey Logano; Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr’s team is telling their driver to save as much fuel as possible after he left too soon on his pit stop and did not get the car full of fuel.

Lap 205, Ryan Blaney has a near four second lead on Joey Logano; Denny Hamlin Martin Truex Jr, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 206, Kurt Busch gets around Martin Truex Jr for fourth.

With a lead of five seconds, Ryan Blaney sweeps the stage wins for the race.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Aric Almirola
Erik Jones
Kyle Busch

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.  Ryan Blaney wins the race off of pit road.  Brad Keselowski gained 12 spots after taking only two tires.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with Brad Keselowski alongside on the front row on lap 218 with Brad Keselowski getting out in front for the lead as drivers have to check up.

The caution flag comes out on lap 219 after several drivers have to check up; Kyle Busch got sideway and made a run through the grass after contact from Aric Almirola.  William Byron spins, Matt Kenseth, Cole Custer, Martin Truex Jr, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Chris Buescher, Ryan Preece, and Kurt Busch were all involved in the wreck.

NASCAR has red flagged the race in order to get the track cleaned up.  The drivers are not getting any air in their cars.  With the cars stopped on the front row, fans are walking up to the fence to get a close look at the cars.

Ty Dillon and Jimmie Johnson made it through the wreck fine but during the caution, Jimmie Johnson hit Ty Dillon from behind.

Leader Brad Keselowski is thankful to the art department for giving his a white car on such a hot day.

Cole Custer is out of the race.

The cars are moving once again and the drivers brings their cars down pit road for damage assessment and repairs.  Drivers involved in the crash are on the “crash clock” and have six minutes to make repairs and reach minimum speed.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 225 and jumps out in front for the lead with Denny Hamlin in second and Chase Elliott in third.

Lap 226, Brad Keselowski has pulled out to a quarter of a second lead on Denny Hamlin; Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, and Joey Logano round out the top five with 20 cars on the lead lap and only two cars out of the race.

Lap 229, Brad Keselowski is in the lead with Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney right behind him challenging for the lead.

Lap 231, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin battle for the lead with Ryan Blaney trying to make it a three way battle.  Denny Hamlin gets out in front but Keselowski retakes the lead as the battle continues.  Lap 233, Denny Hamlin takes the lead with Brad Keselowski in second and Ryan Blaney in third.  Several drivers back in the field have caught up to the leaders during the battle.

Lap 235, Ryan Blaney passes Brad Keselowski for second and is heading for the leader.

Lap 237, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Aric Almirola.

Lap 238, Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin battle for the lead with Blaney taking the lead.

The caution flag comes out on lap 243 for a crash involving John Hunter Nemechek when he hits the wall with the back of his car after getting loose.

Tyler Reddick is the “lucky dog”.

Some of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service and adjustments.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 248 with Denny Hamlin alongside on the front row.  Blaney and Hamlin battle for the lead back and forth with Ryan Blaney eventually getting out in front after a little push from buddy Chase Elliott.

Ty Dillon brings out the seventh caution flag of the race after making contact with William Byron and getting into the wall.

Clint Bowyer is on pit road; a crew member is using a leaf blower to help cool Bowyer off while he sits on pit road.

William Byron is out of the race.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 255 from the bottom lane and goes side by side with Denny Hamlin for the lead.  Ryan Blaney gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, Chase Elliott, and Matt DiBenedetto.

With 20 cars on the lead lap, Ryan Blaney has a near half a second lead on Denny Hamlin; Aric Almirola, Matt DiBenedetto, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 266, Ryan Blaney has a near half second lead on Denny Hamlin; Aric Almirola, Matt DiBenedetto, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 269, Ryan Blaney has pulled out to a one second lead on Denny Hamlin with Aric Almirola and Matt DiBenedetto battling for third.

With 63 laps remaining in the race, the drivers will soon have to make a pit stop for fuel.  Ryan Blaney has a commanding lead with over a second and a half on Denny Hamlin; Aric Almirola, Matt DiBenedetto, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 277, Ryan Blaney has pulled out to a two second lead on Denny Hamlin.

During the All Star race, Matt DiBenedetto and Bubba Wallace tangled on the track.  A frustrated Bubba put his front bumper in DiBenedetto’s hauler.  Matty D has put the bumper up for auction with the proceeds going to MRO – Motor Racing Outreach.

Lap 284, Ryan Blaney has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Denny Hamlin; Aric Almirola, Matt DiBenedetto, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 288, Chase Elliott is the first driver to make his green flag pit stop as the cycle of stops begins.  Leader Ryan Blaney also comes down pit road and gives the lead over the Denny Hamlin.

Leader Denny Hamlin makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Matt DiBenedetto.

Matt DiBenedetto comes down pit road and gives the lead to Joey Logano.

Denny Hamlin is reporting a loose condition.

Lap 300, Joey Logano has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick; Kyle Busch, Erik Jones, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.  There are 14 cars on the lead lap with drivers still to make their pit stops.

Quin Houff brings out the caution flag on lap 306 when he spins out and hits the wall after making contact with Christopher Bell and Matt DiBenedetto.

The lead lap drivers – 14 – bring their cars down pit road for service.  Taking fuel only Tyler Reddick wins the race off of pit road.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart with Austin Dillon alongside on the front row on lap 311 with Austin Dillon getting out in front from the inside lane.

Austin Dillon leads the race with team mate Tyler Reddick in second; Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Kurt Busch rounding out the top five.

With 21 laps to go, Kyle Busch takes third place after making a run through the grass in the big wreck.

Twenty to go, Austin Dillon has a lead of nearly a second on team mate Tyler Reddick; Joey Logano and Kyle Busch battle for third with Kevin Harvick on their bumper.  Brad Keselowski joins the battle.

Denny Hamlin brings out the ninth caution flag of the race with sixteen laps remaining in the race.  Alex Bowman was also involved and has serious suspension damage.  Hamlin gets loose and gets into Bowman.  Denny Hamlin comes down pit road for repairs while Alex Bowman takes his car to the garage.

Joey Logano is reporting a bad vibration but feels he can make it to the end of the race.

Austin Dillon brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with just eleven laps remaining in the race.  Getting a push from behind the drivers battle for the lead going back and forth with Austin Dillon taking the lead with 10 laps to go.  Kyle Busch and Joey Logano battle for third with Busch taking the spot.

Nine to go, Austin Dillon leads the race with Tyler Reddick in second and Kyle Busch looking to take the spot.

Eight to go, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch battle for third with Logano taking the spot.

Seven to go, Austin Dillon has just a quarter second lead on Tyler Reddick.

Denny Hamlin spins out and makes a run through the grass and brings out the caution flag with just six laps remaining in the race.

Austin Dillon brings the field down for the green/white/checker finish from the inside lane.  Austin Dillon gets out in front to hold on to the lead but Tyler Rddick is battling for the lead.

Austin Dillon takes the white flag.

New papa Austin Dillon wins the race at Texas with team mate rookie Tyler Reddick in second; giving Richard Childress Racing their first one/two finish since 2008.  This is Austin’s third career win.

Dillon “burns it down” at the start/finish line to the sounds of fans cheering.

The unofficial results of the O’Reilly’s Auto Parts 500:
Austin Dillon
Tyler Reddick
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Erik Jones
Ryan Blaney
Kurt Busch
Brad Keselowski
Aric Almirola
Clint Bowyer
Chase Elliott
Ryan Newman
Bubba Wallace
Michael McDowell
Corey LaJoie
Matt DiBenedetto
Matt Kenseth
Chris Buescher
Denny Hamlin
Christopher Bell
John Hunter Nemechek
Daniel Suarez
JJ Yeley
Gray Gaulding
Jimmie Johnson
Brennan Poole
Reed Sorenson
Martin Truex Jr
Alex Bowman
Josh Bilicki
Joey Gase
BJ McLeod
Quin Houff
Ty Dillon
Timmy Hill
William Byron
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Cole Custer
Ryan Preece

Rowdy Wins the Day at TMS

In the second race of the day, the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series takes to the track on a hot July Texas night for the Vankor 250.

After a random draw based on truck owner points, Sheldon Creed sits on the pole with Grant Enfinger starting alongside on the front row.

Brett Moffitt, Justin Haley, Timmy Hill, Ross Chastain, and Kyle Busch will make their second race start of the day.

Stages one and two of the race are 40 laps each with stage three lasting 87 laps for a total of 167 laps around the mile and a half track.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and goes side by side with Grant Enfinger as the drivers spread out across the track.  Sheldon Creed gets out in front for the lead with Grant Enfinger in second; Kyle Busch, Zane Smith, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Lap three, Sheldon Creed has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch; Zane Smith, Grant Enfinger, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Lap five, Kyle Busch closes the gap on leader Sheldon Creed to under half a second.

Lap six, Sheldon Creed has a quarter of a second lead on Kyle Busch; Zane Smith, Brett Moffitt, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Lap eight, Kyle Busch gets around Sheldon Creed for the lead as Zane Smith was coming up to make it a three wide race for the lead.

Sheldon Creed has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road for a flat tire.

Lap 10, Kyle Busch is in the lead with Zane Smith nearly a half second back; Brett Moffitt, Ben Rhodes, and Tyler Ankrum round out the top five.

Lap 16, Zane Smith passes Kyle Busch to take the lead from the high side.

Lap 18, Zane Smith holds a narrow lead on Kyle Busch; Ben Rhodes, Brett Moffitt, and Tyler Ankrum round out the top five.

Lap 20, there are 28 trucks on the lead lap.

With sunset still over an hour away, the drivers will face some issues as more of the track loses the sun.

Lap 23, Zane Smith continues to lead the race with Kyle Busch just under half a second back; Ben Rhodes, Tyler Ankrum, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five with 24 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 25, Zane Smith has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Kyle Busch; third place driver Ben Rhodes is over three seconds behind the leader.

Lap 30, 10 to go in stage one, Zane Smith continues to lead the race with Kyle Busch only a quarter of a second behind; over three seconds back Ben Rhodes, Tyler Ankrum, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Lap 34, Kyle Busch passes Zane Smith to take the lead.

There are 21 trucks on the lead lap.

After a flat tire, Sheldon Creed is two laps down.

After the past two races – Pocono and Kentucky – were filled with cautions early in the race, the drivers have gone caution free with just two laps remaining in stage one.

With a lead of over a second, Kyle Busch wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Busch
Zane Smith
Tyler Ankrum
Ben Rhodes
Brett Moffitt
Christian Eckes
Todd Gilliland
Matt Crafton
Justin Haley
Grant Enfinger

Matt Crafton is reporting possible alternator issues in his truck.

Drivers brings their trucks down pit road for service.

Matt Crafton is on pit road getting his truck repaired and installing a new battery.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 47.

Christian Eckes briefly gets out in front of the boss, Kyle Busch for the lead.

Lap 48, Kyle Busch leads the race with Christian Eckes a quarter of a second behind; Todd Gilliland, Brett Moffitt, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Natalie Decker had a smoking truck on the restart and had to take her truck down pit road.

Lap 50, Kyle Busch leads the rce with Christian Ecked right behind him; Todd Gilliland, Brett Moffitt, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Natalie Decker and Tanner Gray are off the track.  There are 20 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 55, Kyle Busch has a lead of less than half a second on Christian Eckes; over two seconds back Todd Gilliland, Brett Moffitt, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Lap 60, Kyle Busch holds on to a half second lead on Christian Eckes; over two and a half seconds back Brett Moffitt, Zane Smith, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Johnny Sauter brings out the caution flag on lap 61 with smoke coming out of the tailpipe.  Sauter is on pit road with the hood up and heavy smoke.

Some of the drivers from the back of the field come down pit road for service.

Grant Enfinger had to make multiple trips down pit road with mechanical issues.

Johnny Sauter is out of the race.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 69 and gets out in front for the lead with Christian Eckes in second; Brett Moffitt, Ben Rhodes, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Lap 70 Christian Eckes moves up to challenge boss man Kyle Busch for the lead and gets out in front to take the lead.  The truck that Christian Eckes is driving is the same truck that Kyle Busch took to victory last year.

Lap 73, Christian Eckes ahs a narrow lead on Kyle Busch; Zane Smith, Brett Moffitt, and Ben Rhodes rund out the top five.

Lap 74, Jordan Anderson brings out the caution flag when he spins out for the first on track incident of the night.  Anderson manages to keep the truck off the wall.

Leaders come down pit road; along with several other drivers but several drivers also stayed out on the track.

Taking fuel only, Christian Eckes wins the race off of pit road.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag restart with just two laps remaining in stage two.  The drivers get three wide on the restart with Brett Moffitt getting out in front for the lead with Matt Crafton in second; Tyler Ankrum, Ben Rhodes, and Tate Fogleman round out the top five.

Derek Kraus and Tate Fogleman bring out the caution flag when the get into a wreck.

Brett Moffitt wins stage two for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Brett Moffitt
Matt Crafton
Tyler Ankrum
Ben Rhodes
Zane Smith
Christian Eckes
Derek Kraus
Ryan Truex
Ross Chastain
Grant Enfinger

With the drivers who pitted during the caution flag at lap 74 staying out on the track, some of the drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service.

Matt Crafton’s team reports that the alternator is not working and they may have to replace the battery for a second time.

Austin Hill had an extended pit stop when the crew had to get under the hood for an adjustment.

Brett Moffitt wins the race off of pit road.

Zane Smith is the new leader and will bring the field down for the green flag start of stage three.

Zane Smith brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 87 with Christian Eckes alongside on the front row.  Christian Eckes gets out in front for the lead with Ross Chastain in second; Zane Smith, Kyle Busch, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Lap 91, Christian Eckes has a narrow lead on Zane Smith; Kyle Busch, Justin Haley, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five with 21 trucks on the lead lap.

Brennan Poole has an on track issue and gets into the wall.  He brings his truck down pit road and the track stays green.

Lap 95, boss man Kyle Busch is on leader Christian Eckes’ bumper and challenging for the lead.

Lap 96, Zane Smith is making it a three way battle.

Lap 98, there are 31 trucks still on the track.

Lap 100, Christian Eckes is in the lead with Kyle Busch right behind him; Zane Smith, Justin Haley, and Brett moffitt round out the top five.

Lap 102, With Christian Eckes in the lead; Zane Smith gets around Kyle Busch to take second.

After getting loose on the track, Kyle Busch takes second from Zane Smith.

Lap 106, Christian Eckes has a third of  a second lead on Kyle Busch; Zane Smith is in third over a second back; Justin Haley and Brett Moffitt round out the top five over five second back with 20 trucks on the lead lap.  There are four trucks out of the race.

Austin Hill brings his truck down pit road and heads for the garage with his smoking truck.

Lap 112, Christian Eckes has a tenth of a second lead on Kyle Busch with Zane Smith in third; Brett Moffitt and Justin Haley round out the top five.  The drivers must still make a pit stop before the end of the race.

There are 18 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 116, Christian Eckes has pulled out to a lead of a quarter of a second on Kyle Busch; Zane Smith, Brett Moffitt, and Justin Haley round out the top five.  There are 17 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 121, Christian Eckes continues to hold a narrow lead on Kyle Busch with Zane Smith, Brett Moffitt, and Justin Haley rounding out the top five with only 15 trucks on the lead lap.

With 44 laps remaining in the race, Christian Eckes has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch.

Zane Smith is the first driver to come down pit road for a flat tire and begins the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Lap 127, Christian Eckes has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch.

Todd Gilliland takes only two tires on his green flag pit stop.

Lap 131, smoking the tires, Kyle Busch brings his truck down pit road for service.  He nearly stopped in the wrong pit box after spotting the number 18 – his car number.

Lap 133, leader Christian Eckes comes down pit road for his service and gives the lead over to Matt Crafton.

Lap 134, Matt Crafton makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Kyle Busch.

Lap 135, Kyle Busch leads the race with Christian Eckes nearly three seconds back.

With 32 laps remaining in the race, Zane Smith slaps the wall and has to bring his truck down pit road with a flat tire. The track stays green.

With 31 laps to go, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of three seconds on Christian Eckes.

Lap 137, Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly three seconds on Christian Eckes; Ben Rhodes, Brett Moffitt, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

Lap 140, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to nearly three and a half seconds on 19 year old Christian Eckes.

With just 23 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch has a lead of over four seconds on Christian Eckes; Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five with just nine trucks on the lead lap.

Twenty to go, Kyle Busch has a four and a half second lead on Christian Eckes; over 12 seconds back, Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Seventeen to go, Christian Eckes has closed the gap on leader Kyle Busch to just under four seconds.

The caution flag comes out with just 15 laps remaining in the race when Todd Gilliland gets into the wall.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 10 laps remaining in the race.  Busch and Christian Eckes go side by side around the track for two laps before Kyle Busch gets out in front for the lead.

Seven to go, the top five are Kyle Busch, Christian Eckes, Matt Crafton, Stewart Friesen, and Brett Moffitt.

Five to go, Kyle Bush has a third of a second lead on Christian Eckes.

Three to go, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Christian Eckes.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag with a lead of over half a second.

Kyle Busch notches Truck Series win number 59; his fifth in Texas and third in a row.

The unofficial results of the Vankor 250:
Kyle Busch
Christian Eckes
Matt Crafton
Stewart Friesen
Brett Moffitt
Tyler Ankrum
Justin Haley
Grant Enfinger
Ben Rhodes
Ross Chastain
Derek Kraus
Raphael Lessard
Ryan Truex
Austin Wayne Self
Ty Majeski
Sheldon Creed
Cory Roper
Timmy Hill
Zane Smith
Clay Greenfield
Spencer Davis
Codie Rohrbaugh
Angela Ruch
Spencer Boyd
Akinori Ogata
Tim Viens
Todd Gilliland
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Austin Hill
Brennan Poole
Tate Fogleman
Johnny Sauter
Norm Benning
Natalie Decker
Tanner Gray

NASCAR DQ’s Xfinity Winner

After coming from the back of the field three different times to eventually wins the My Bariatric Solutions 300, Kyle Busch had his car disqualified and was stripped of his win after failing post race inspection.

The Joe Gibbs Racing number 54 car failed to comply with the ride height requirements during the post race inspection process.

As a result of the infraction, Busch had his win disqualified and is listed as the last place driver in the race.

Second place driver Austin Cindric has been named the winner for his third race win of the season.

Denny Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing number 18 was the last time a driver was disqualified in the Xfinity Series.  The number 18 car also failed the ride height requirements after the race at Darlington Raceway in 2019.

 

Overtime Win for #98

On a hot July afternoon, the Xfinity Series kicks off a tripleheader weekend and a double header Saturday when NASCAR travels to Texas Motor Speedway.

After a random draw based on car owner points, Michael Annett will sit on the pole for the My Bariatric Solutions 300.  Jeb Burton will start alongside for an all JR Motorsports front row.  All four of Junior’s drivers will start the race in the top 10.

NASCAR Cup champion Kyle Busch is in the race – a track where he has nine wins.  Busch will be starting the race from 28th place.

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.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 20.

Michael Annett brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane.  Austin Cindric makes it a three wide battle for the lead.

Lap two, Austin Cindric has already pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Michael Annett; Jeb Burton, Justin Allgaier, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap four when Riley Herbst gets loose and slams the back of the car into the wall after some contact from Noah Gragson.  Herbst has significant damage to his car and is on the crash clock.  The team has six minutes to get the car repaired and able to run at least minimum speed.

Noah Gragson has been involved in on track confrontations in 12 of the last 16 races.

Riley Herbst is back on the track two laps down.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the gren flag restart on lap nine from the bottom lane and jumps out in front for the lead.

Jeb Burton gets loose, but saves the car and the track stays green.

Lap 10, the top five are Austin Cindric, Michael Annett, Brandon Jones, Chase Briscoe, and Noah Gragson.  Kyle Busch has moved up to 13th place; up 15 places.

Lap 13, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Michael Annett.

Riley Herbst has failed to make minimum speed and is out of the race.

Lap 15, Austin Cindric has increased his lead to over a second on Michael Annett with Brandon Jones in third.  Kyle Busch is no in the top 10.

Lap 17, Austin Cindric is pulling away from the field; he now has a lead of nearly two seconds on Michael Annett; Brandon Jones, Justin Allgaier, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Brandon Jones gets around Michael Annett to take second place.

Myatt Snider brings out the second caution flag on lap 10 after contact from Matt Mills and hits the wall, causing significant damage to the rear of the car.

NASCAR has announced that his will also serve as the competition caution.

With outside temperatures in the 90’s, temps inside the cars are reaching 140 degrees!

After staying out on the track, Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 24 from the bottom lane and gets out in front to continue leading the race.

The top five are Austin Cindric, Brandon Jones, Justin Allgaier, Chase Briscoe, and Noah Gragson.  Kyle Busch is in 10th place.

Lap 27, Austin Cindric leads the race with Brandon Jones on his bumper; Justin Allgaier, Chase Briscoe, and Noah Gragsn round out the top five.

Lap 30, Austin Cindric has a quarter of a second lead on Justin Allgaier; Brandon Jones, Chase Briscoe, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Leading every lap so far, this is the ninth race in a row that Austin Cindric has led laps in a race.

Lap 32, Justin Allgaier has caught up to Austin Cindric and is challenging for the lead with Brandon Jones close behind.

Lap 35, Justin Allgaier gets around Austin Cindric to take the lead.

Lap 37, Justin Allgaier has a third of a second lead on Austin Cindric; Brandon Jones, Chase Briscoe, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 38, Austin Cindric has a loose condition and has had to save the car several times.

Lap 39, Justin Allgaier has a half second lead on Brandon Jones; Austin Cindric, Kyle Busch, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Lap 41, Justin Allgaier holds on to his half second lead on Brandon Jones; Austin Cindric, Kyle Busch, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

With a lead of a second, Justin Allgaier wins stage one for his sixth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Justin Allgaier
Brandon Jones
Kyle Busch
Austin Cindric
Chase Briscoe
Harrison Burton
Noah Gragson
Michael Annett
Ross Chastain
Anthony Alfredo

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.  Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.  Despite coming from a 28th place start to end the stage in 3rd place, Busch was complaining of a tight condition.  With temps of 145 degrees inside the car, Busch asked his team for two Gatorade bottles and two bags of ice.

Kyle Busch was caught for speeding on pit road.  Reports that the needle on his tachometer is sticking.

Austin Cindric and Justin Allgaier bring the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 52.

After going side by side for a couple of laps, beating and banging for the lead, Justin Allgaier finally gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 54, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Harrison Burton, Austin Cindric, Noah Gragson, and Chase Briscoe.  Kyle Busch has moved up to 18th place after restarting the race from the back of the field.

Lap 57, Justin Allgaier has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Harrison Burton.

Lap 58, Austin Cindric gets around Harrison Burton to take second place; over a second and half behind leader Justin Allgaier.  Taking 15th, Kyle Busch continues to move through the field.

Lap 60, Justin Allgaier has a second and a half lead on Austin Cindric; Harrison Burton, Ross Chastain, and Michael Annett round out the top five.  Kyle Busch is now in 14th place.

Lap 62, Austin Cindric retakes second place as he looks to get back at Justin Allgaier and retake the lead.

Lap 65, Austin Cindric has closed the gap on leader Justin Allgaier to under a second and a half.  Kyle Busch is just outside the 50 10 in eleventh.

Lap 66, the caution flag comes out for debris on the track – a piece of debris from Myatt Snider’s car.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 73 from the outside lane but it is Austin Cindric who initially gets out in front for the lead but Allgaier continues to challenge and eventually gets the lead.

Ross Chastain slaps the wall after contact with Chase Briscoe, but the track stays green.

Kody Vanderwal brings out the caution flag on lap 76 after getting loose and spinning out.  Vanderwall is one of three 19 year old drivers in the race.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 79 and goes side by side with Austin Cindric before getting out in front to hold on to the lead of the race.

The top five are Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton, Brandon Jones ,and Noah Gragson.

Ten laps to go in stage two; Justin Allgaier has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second; Austin Cindric, Brandon Jones, Noah Gragson, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.  Kyle Busch is in eighth place.

Seven laps to go in stage two; Justin Allgaier has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Austin Cindric; Brandon Jones, Noah Gragson, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Chase Briscoe is reporting several issues with his car.

Lap 86, Justin Allgaier has a lead of nearly two seconds on Austin Cindric; Brandon Jones, Noah Gragson, and Kyle Busch round out the top five with 29 cars on the lead lap.

With a lead of over two seconds, Justin Allgaier sweeps the stage wins at Texas.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Justin Allgaier
Austin Cindric
Brandon Jones
Noah Gragson
Kyle Busch
Chase Briscoe
Harrison Burton
Jeb Burton
Ryan Sieg
Michael Annett

The drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.  Taking only fuel, Brandon Brown wins the race off of pit road with Justin Allgaier out second with four fresh tires.

After staying out on the track, Anthony Alfredo and Ross Chastain are on the front row with Alfredo bringing the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 97.  Ross Chastain gets out in front for the lead with Kyle Busch on his bumper.

Lap 98, Kyle Busch takes the lead with Ross Chastain in second and battling for the lead.

Lap 99, Ross Chastain is in the lead with Anthonly Alfredo in second.

Lap 100, after getting loose Kyle Busch drops to fourth.  Anthony Alfredo takes the lead with Justin Allgaier in second and Ross Chastain in third.

Lap 101, Anthony Alfredo has the lead with Justin Allgaier on his bumper; Kyle Busch, Noah Gragson and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Lap 103, Anthony Alfredo has a quarter of a second lead on Justin Allgiaer with Kyle Busch in third; Noah Gragson and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Lap 106, Justin Allgaier takes the lead from Anthony Alfredo.  Kyle Busch takes second.

Lap 107 Anthony Alfredo brings out the caution flag when he slams the wall.  Alfredo reported to his team that the car would not turn.

Pole sitter Michael Annett brings his car down pit road for service.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 111 with Kyle Busch alongside on the front row.  Allgaier jumps out in front for the lead with Busch and Noah Gragson battling for second.

Lap 113, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Kyle Busch, Noah Gragson, Austin Cindric, and Jeb Burton.

Lap 115, Justin Allgaier and Kyle Busch battle for the lead with Busch putting his Twix car out in front.  The winningest driver in the Xfinity Series, Busch has a total of 97 wins.

Noah Gragson gets loose getting into the wall and brings out the caution flag on lap 118.

Some of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for fresh tires and fuel.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 123 and edges out Austin Cindric for the lead with Jeb Burton in third.  After coming down pit road, Kyle Busch restarted the race in 15th.

Lap 124, Austin Cindric is only a quarter of a second behind leader Justin Allgaier.

Lap 126, Justin Allgaier and Austin Cindric battle for the lead with Allgaier holding on to the top spot.  Justin Allgaier is looking for his first win of the season.

Noah Gragson was unable to make minimum speed and get the car repaired in time.  He is now out of the race.

Lap 130, Justin Allgaier has a third of a second lead on Austin Cindric; Jeb Burton, Justin Haley, and Michael Annett round out the top five.

Lap 131, Justin Allgaier has pulled out to a half second lead on Austin Cindric.  Kyle Busch is in sixth place.

With 27 cars on the lead lap, there are no cars just one lap down.

Lap 134, Justin Allagier has a lead of nearly a second on Austin Cindric; Jeb Burton, Kyle Busch, and Justin Haley rounding out the top five.

Lap 136, Justin Allgaier has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Austin Cindric.

Lap 140, Justin Allgaier holds on to a one second lead over Austin Cindric; Jeb Burton, Kyle Busch, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap 143, encountering slower traffic, Austin Cindric has closed the gap on lead Justin Allgaier to just two tenths of a second; Jeb Burton, Kyle Busch, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap 147, Austin Cindric has caught up to lead Justin Allgaier and is challenging for the lead; Jeb Burton, Kyle Busch, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

There are 19 cars on the lead lap; Jesse Little is the first car one lap down.

Fifty to go, Justin Allgaier holds on to the lead but Austin Cindric is on his bumper and looking for the lead; Kyle Busch, Jeb Burton, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap 153, Austin Cindric finally gets around Justin Allgaier to take the lead with a little help from lapped traffic.

Lap 157, green flag pit stops have begun.

Austin Cindric has a lead of over half a second on Justin Allgaier; Kyle Busch, Harrison Burton, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

With over 136 degrees in the car, Ross Chastain reports that the water bags in his car have busted and the water is very hot.

Leaders come down pit road for service giving the lead over to Kyle Busch.

Kyle Busch comes down pit road with a bad vibration giving the lead over the Harrison Burton.

Lap 163, as green flag pit stops continue, there are only five cars on the lead lap – Harrison Burton, Chase Briscoe, Michael Annett, Ross Chastain, and Brandon Brown.

Kyle Busch and Justin Allgaier battle for position in sixth and seventh positions with Allgaier in front and will take over the elad once all of the drivers have made their pit stops.

Justin Allgaier has been posted for violating the blend line rule.  He will have to serve a pass through penalty.

After serving his pass through penalty, Justin Allgaier returns to the track in 17th place.

The top four drivers – Harrison Burton, Chase Briscoe, Brandon Brown, and Ross Chastain have yet to make their green flag pit stops.

Lap 177, leader Harrison Burton makes his pit stop giving the lead over to Chase Briscoe.  Ross Chastain is the only other driver yet to make a pit stop.

With 21 laps remaining in the race, Chase Briscoe is in the lead and has yet to make his pit stop; Kyle Busch passes Briscoe and gets his lap back.  Chase Briscoe, Ross Chastain, and Kyle Busch are the only drivers on the lead lap.

With just 15 laps remaining in the race, Ross Chastain makes his pit stop; Chase Briscoe is the only driver yet to make a pit stop.

Ten to go, leader Chase Briscoe finally makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Kyle Busch; Austin Cindric in second and Harrison Burton in third are the only cars on the lead lap.

With Chase Briscoe making his pit stop, there are now nine cars on the lead lap with Kyle Busch leading the way.

Six laps remain in the race when the caution flag comes out with only eight cars on the lead lap when Joe Graf Jr got loose on the track.

Leader Kyle Busch had some debris on his grille, he pulled up close behind the pace car to remove the debris.

The race goes into overtime.

A few drivers come down pit road for fresh tires.  The teams were given only four sets of tires for the race.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the overtime restart with Austin Cindric alongside on the front row.  Kyle Busch jumps out in front for the lead with Austin Cindric in second.

Jeb Burton gets sideways but the track stays green.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag as he increases his lead on Austin Cindric.

Kyle Busch wins Xfinity race number 98 and Texas win number 10.

Busch has noted that the lack of practice has hampered his NASCAR Cup racing efforts.  After today’s win, he has had 300 miles worth of practice for the race on Sunday.

The unofficial results of the My Bariatric Solutions 300:
Kyle Busch
Austin Cindric
Chase Briscoe
Justin Allgaier
Harrison Burton
Michael Annett
Jeb Burton
Brandon Jones
Justin Haley
Ross Chastain
Brandon Brown
Jeremy Clements
Jeffrey Earnhardt
David Starr
Jesse Little
Tommy Joe Martins
Brett Moffitt
Timmy Hill
Stefan Parsons
Bayley Currey
BJ McLeod
Joe Graf Jr
Josh Williams
Colby Howard
Chad Finchum
Vinnie Miller
Matt Mills
Anthony Alfredo
Kyle Weatherman
Ryan Sieg
Noah Gragson
Alex Labbe
Kody Vanderwal
Dexter Bean
Myatt Snider
Stephen Leicht
Riley Herbst

Mira Lehr’s Art of the Climate

The news in 2019 was dominated by words like climate change and global warming.

 

When the calendar turned over to 2020, the world shut down over the COVID-19 virus.  One thing the shutdown has shown is that reversing the damage down by the 2019 headlines are possible.

 

Artist Mira Lehr has created an exhibition titled “High Water Mark”.  The exhibition has been held over at the Menello Museum of Art in Orlando, Florida until September.  Lehr’s work is not small in size; one work in the exhibit is 40 feet in length.

The museum has recently reopened after being closed during the lock down.

Lehr spoke on events saying, “for the first time in history, humanity has witnessed how pollution on the Earth can be reversed.  . If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we have to be aware now of how fossil fuels are killing the planet.  It’s time to develop new thoughts about energy, which we have, and start to use them.”

She added, “we can see clearly now, more than ever, how we are all interconnected. What affects one nation, will affect all nations. We are really one landmass in a one-world ocean.  This is the ideal time to be looking at the earth in this urgent manner.”

Lehr has spent over 50 years creating her environmentally themed artwork and now at 85 she shows no signs of slowing down.

 

 

Photos courtesy of William Spring, Jose Lima, and Mira Lehr

 

So Sure Debuts ‘Caffeine Drip’

A mashup of A Fragile Tomorrow’s Sean and Brendan Kelly and The Explorers Club’s Kyle Polk, the trio comes together as the band So Sure.

The guys have just released their debut EP titled “Caffeine Drip” and are donating the Proceeds to aid in ending racial injustice.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the EP and accompanying video are being donated to the ACLU to aid in their efforts to bring an end to racial injustice and police brutality.

With the world in lock down and most everything closed down; Sean, Brendan, and Kyle came together and have created songs that express the span of emotions we are all feeling during this uncertain time.

“Caffeine Drip” is available on all digital platforms.

The band plans on hitting the road for a tour as soon as it is safely possible.

Rose Parade Cancelled

When the Covid-19 virus hit the United States earlier this year, it was hoped that all would be well come summer and life would return to normal by early fall.  But it has not happened and in some cases has gotten worse.

While there are some places opening once again, others are being postponed or even cancelled.

Such is the case of the annual Rose Parade each New Year’s in Pasadena.

Due to the pandemic, the Tournament of Roses Association has announced that the 2021 Rose Parade has been cancelled.  This is only the fourth time in 132 years that the spectacle of floats and flowers will not be held.  The other three times – 1942, 43, and 45 – were due to World War II.

The 2021 president of the Tournament of Roses Association Bob Miller spoke on the decision saying, “the health and well-being of our parade participants and guests, as well as that of our volunteer members, professional staff and partners, is our number one priority.”

As many as one million visitors come to the annual event to see dozens of floats created from live flowers.  Thousands of others are involved in ensuring that the parade goes on and hundreds more that march in the parade.

Much like the annual Macy’ Thanksgiving Day Parade, planning for the annual Rose Parade begins shortly after it ends and involves participants from across the country and around the globe.

Association executive director and CEO David Eads added, “in addition to the advance planning required by our band and equestrian units, the construction of our floats takes many months and typically requires thousands of volunteers to gather in ways that aren’t in compliance with safety recommendations and won’t be safe in the coming months.”

The Tournament of Roses Association promises to offer an alternative celebration and will announce plans soon.

Currently the Rose Bowl game itself is still being planned.  Known as the Granddaddy of them all, the annual Rose Bowl game is one of the four original bowl games that showcases the best in college football.  The 2021 Rose Bowl is scheduled to be one of the semifinal games for the championship.

 

feature photo credit: By Prayitno / Thank you for (12 millions +) view from Los Angeles, USA – Sweepstakes Trophy : Preserving Paradise, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65741385

Trapt Works the Shadows

The American rock band Trapt has just released their eighth studio album “Shadow Work”.  Their newest album is currently available on digital streaming platforms.

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The first three singles of the album – “Tell Me How You Really Feel,” “Far Enough Away” and “Make It Out Alive” – were released prior to the July 3rd album release.

The band says that “Make it Out Alive” is “dedicated to every American that is doing the best that they can to keep spirits elevated during the pandemic.”

Trapt lead vocalist Chris Taylor Brown added, “the concept of ‘Shadow Work’ is trying your best to understand and then accept the darkest parts of yourself.  Doing your best to keep those parts as close to you as you can and align them with the ideal version of you. The dark side holds a lot of power, if one can harness it in this way. We all need to truly know who we are and accept and love all parts of us, the good, bad and the ugly. I did a lot of soul searching at the same time I was writing new songs for ‘Shadow Work.’ These songs are like a diary for the last few years of my life. Musically, these songs flowed from the heart. The music would capture an emotion and I would then do my best to tell the story, those emotions brought out in me, with the lyrics.”

“Shadow Work” track listing:
“Make it Out Alive”
“I Want to Want What I Want”
“Tell Me How You Really Feel”
“Too Little too Late”
“Far Enough Away
“Turn Me Around Again”
“Trying too Hard”
“Let Me Down Slowly”
“Too Far Away”
“Get You Back”
“Hold and Be Held”

 

photos courtesy of Trapt

Kyle Larson Shines on Dirt

Since leaving NASCAR in May after losing his ride over a racial slur, race car driver Kyle Larson has been making the best of the situation.

Since returning to the World of Outlaws and dirt track racing, Larson has won four races in two months.

Larson has beat the 10 time World of Outlaws Series champion Donny Schatz in a three lap shootout at Attica Raceway Park in Ohio.

He took his number 57 car to victory at the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions at Sharon Speedway; a victory in Knoxville, and in a Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek he dominated the series.

Racing in World of Outlaws and Midgets, Larson has racked up nearly two dozen victories including an Indiana Midget Week Championship.

While sporting events were shut down due to the Covid-19 virus, NASCAR drivers turned to iRacing events for some fun and entertainment that quickly became very popular among drivers and racing fans.  During one such event Kyle Larson uttered a racial slur over the radio aimed at his white spotter.  NASCAR responded quickly by suspending Larson indefinitely.  After some backlash form car sponsors, car owner of the number 42 car Chip Ganassi fired Larson.  He has since returned to dirt track racing.

 

 

First Time All Star Winner!

Normally held the weekend before the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused numerous schedule changes.  One of those changes is the annual NASCAR All Star Race in a history making event will run the All Star race at a short track when they travel to Thunder Valley and Bristol Motor Speedway…and there are fans in the stands!

Kicking off the night’s festivities is the All Star Open where the winner in each of the three stages will move on to the main race; along with the driver voted in by the fans.

Also new for this race is the Choose Rule where the drivers can choose which lane they want to restart the race in.  There is an orange arrow on the track where the drivers will make their choice of the lane they wish to run.

The cars themselves will look a bit different for this race with the car numbers further back on the side panel and there are neon lights under the cars – blue for Fords, Red for Toyotas, and Amber for Chevrolets.

The starting lineup for The Open are:
Michael McDowell
Aric Almirola
Christopher Bell
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Tyler Reddick
Bubba Wallace
William Byron
Chris Buescher
Clint Bowyer
Matt DiBenedetto
Austin Dillon
Ryan Preece
JJ Yeley
Garrett Smithley
Brennan Poole
Quin Houff
Joey Gase
Daniel Suarez
John Hunter Nemechek
Ty Dillon
Corey LaJoie

Stages one and two of The Open will be 35 laps each with stage three lasting just 15 laps for a total of 85 laps around the half mile concrete track.

 

Michael McDowell brings the field down for the green flag start of  The Open and the drivers are getting three and four wide across the track.

Tyler Reddick has an issue with his car.

Michael McDowell takes the lead from the pole.

Lap six, Michael McDowell and Aric Almirola battle for the lead with Ricky Stenhouse Jr making it a three way battle; so far McDowell holds them off.

Lap 10, the top five are Michael McDowell, Aric Almirola, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Bubba Wallace, William Bryon.

Lap eleven, Aric Almirola passes Michael McDowell for the lead.

Lap 15, Aric Almirola has pulled out to a one second lead on Michael McDowell and Ricky Stenhouse JR who are battling for second; Bubba Wallace, and William Byron round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 18 when Bubba Wallace and Michael McDowell get into a big crash.  William Byron also has some slight damage to his car.

Bubba, who was in the running for the fan vote, has a badly damaged car after hitting the wall.  He must have a car capable of running the race to win the fan vote into the race.

Caution flags do count for the stages.

This will be the first time that the drivers will get the opportunity to choose which lane they want to restart in.

Tyler Reddick reported an extremely loose condition with three rounds down on the trackbar.

Aric Almirola brings the field down for the green flag restart with six laps remaining in the stage.

Aric Almirola takes the lead with William Byron in second; Ty Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

Aric Almirola wins stage one and will be a part of the All Star Race.

Already in the All Star Race, Aric Almirola’s car is in the pits and wil not run the remainder of the race.

William Byron will bring the field down for the green flag start of stage two Ty Dillon alongside on the front row.  William Byron gets out in front for the lead as drivers get three wide across the track.

Lap 37, John Hunter Nemechek and Ryan Preece get into a wreck and brings out the caution flag.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 41 with Ty Dillon alongside on the front row.  Byron gets out in front for the lead with Christopher Bell in second; Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon,, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

With 24 laps remaining in stage two, William Byron has pulled out to a near one second lead on Christopher Bell; Austin Dillon, Matt DiBenedetto and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Twenty to go in stage two, William Byron has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Christopher Bell; Matt DiBenedetto, Austin Dillon, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Tyler Reddick brushes the wall but the track stays green.

With 16 laps remaining in stage two, William Byron has increased his lead to over a second and a half; Christopher Bell, Matt DiBenedetto, Austin Dillon, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

With 13 laps remaining in the race, Matt DiBenedetto puts the bumper to Christopher Bell’s car and takes second place.

Ten to go, William Byron has pulled out to a two second lead on Matt DiBenedetto; Austin Dillon, Clint Bowyer, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Six to go, William Byron holds on to a two second lead on Matt DiBenedetto; Austin Dillon, Clint Bowyer, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.  There are 16 cars on the lead lap.

With a lead of over two seconds, William Byron wins stage two and will move on to the All Star Race.  This is the second year in a row that Byron has raced his way into the All Star Race.

With just 15 laps in stage three, only the green flag laps will count and the overtime rule is in play.

William Byron’s car is in the pits and out of the race as he prepares for the All Star Race.

Matt DiBenedetto brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three for the 15 laps shootout.  Matt DiBenedetto gets out in front for the lead with Clint Bowyer taking second place and riding DiBenedetto’s bumper.

Lap 72, the top five are Matt DiBenedetto, Clint Boyer, Austin Dillon, John Hunter Nemechek, and Chris Buescher.

Lap 75, Matt DiBenedetto has pulled out to a half second lead on Clint Bowyer; Austin Dillon, Chris Buescher, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

With six laps remaining in the race, Matt DiBenedetto has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Clint Bowyer; Austin Dillon, Chris Buescher, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

Two to go, Clint Bowyer has closed the gap on leader Matt DiBenedetto to under half a second.

Driving the Wood Brothers number 21 car, Matt DiBenedetto wins the All Star Open race and will be a part of the All Star Race.  This is DiBenedetto’s first All Star Race.

The final spot in the All Star Race goes to the one the fans have chosen…overall fan vote winner Clint Bowyer!  There are loud cheers from the fans in the stands.

The starting lineup for the All Star Race:
Martin Truex Jr.
Alex Bowman
Ryan Blaney
Justin Haley
Kevin Harvick
Matt Kenseth
Kurt Busch
Cole Custer
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Ryan Newman
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Jimmie Johnson
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Stage One Open winner Aric Almirola
Stage Two Open winner William Byron
Open winner Matt DiBenedetto
Fan choice winner Clint Bowyer

The All Star race will be run in four stages with stage one lasting 55 laps, stages two and three lasting 35 laps each, and stage four lasting just 15 laps for a shootout to the end with only green flag laps counting.  The laps between the stages do no count.

The winner of the All Star Race gets a million dollar prize…and there are no points awarded for this race.

Pole sitter Martin Truex Jr had issues in the inspection process and will have to start the race from the back of the field.

Bryson Burns announced that Bubba Wallace is the recipient of the 2020 Burnsie Award – an award presented to a member of NASCAR who exemplifies what broadcaster Steve Burns was about.  Burns died in 2015 as a result of cancer.

A guest of the Governor, Darrel Waltrip returns to start the race with a Boogity Boogity, Boogity.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and initially gets out in front for the lead.

On lap two, Ryan Blaney takes the lead with Alex Bowman in second; Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap five, Ryan Blaney has a half second lead on Alex Bowman; Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Kurt Busch brings out the first caution flag of the race on lap nine when he spins out after contact with Brad Keselowski.  Busch taps the outside wall with the rear end of his car.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 14 with Ryan Blaney alongside on the front row.  Ryan Blaney jumps out for the lead with Kevin Harvick right behind him.

Lap 15, Ryan Blaney is in the lead with Kevin Harvick second; Alex Bowman, Joey Logano, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Matt DiBenedetto hits the wall after making contact with William Byron, but the track stays green.

Lap 20, Ryan Blaney holds on to the lead with Kevin Harvick a quarter of a second behind; Alex Bowman, Joey Logano, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 25, Ryan Blaney has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Kevin Harvick; Alex Bowman, Joey Logano, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 30, Ryan Blaney holds on to the lead with Kevin Harvick a half second back; Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr has moved up to sixteenth place after starting the race from the back of the field.

Lap 35, Ryan Blaney holds on to his lead but Kevin Harvick has closed the gap to under half a second; Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 40, Ryan Blaney has again pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Kevin Harvick; Chase Elliott, Alex, Bowman and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Ten to go in stage one, Ryan Blaney has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Kevin Harvick; Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman and Erik Jones round out the top five.  Kurt Busch is the only driver one lap down after getting into the wall.

Six laps remain in stage one, Kevin Harvick has closed the gap on leader Ryan Blaney to just a quarter of a second; Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Ryan Blaney wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ryan Blaney
Kevin Harvick
Chase Elliott
Alex Bowman
Erik Jones
Aric Almirola
Joey Logano
Brad Keselwoski
Kyle Busch
Ryan Newman

Kurt Busch gets the “lucky dog”.

Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two and jumps out in front for the lead with Chase Elliott in second.

Rocket Man Ryan Newman brings out the caution flag on lap 57 after getting loose and spinning out.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart with 30 laps remaining in stage two.  After not getting a good start, Chase Elliott gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 62, Chase Elliott is the leader with Kevin Harvick in second; Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

With 20 laps remaining in stage two, Chase Elliott is in the lead with Kevin Harvick on his bumper; Ryan Blaney; Alex Bowman, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Erik Jones’ pit crew came over the wall too soon during the pit stop and Kurt Busch’s team was charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road.  Both drivers had to restart the race from the back of the field.

Ten to go, Chase Elliott continues to lead the race with Kevin Harvick less than half a second behind; Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Five to go, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Kevin Harvick; Ryan Blaney in third is over two seconds back; Brad Keselowski and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Chase Elliott wins stage two by over a second on Kevin Harvick.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Brad Keselowski
Alex Bowman
Clint Bowyer
Denny Hamlin
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
Kyle Busch

Ryan Blaney is the only driver who did not come down pit road.  Taking only two tires, Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road.

After staying out on the track, Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three.  Blaney takes the lead with team mate Brad Keselowski in second.

Lap 92, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, and Kevin Harvick make it a three way battle for second with Ryan Blaney in the lead.

Lap 95, Ryan Blaney has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Brad Keselowski; Chase Elliott, ,Kevin Harvick, and Joey Logano round out the top five.  All 20 drivers are still on the track and on the lead lap.

Lap 100, Ryan Blaney holds a narrow lead on Brad Keselowski; Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 104, the top four drivers are nose to bumper; separated by only half a second.

Lap 107, the top five are Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.

Lap 110, Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott battle for the lead with Elliott taking the spot.

With 10 laps remaining in stage three, Chase Elliott has a lead of over half a second on Ryan Blaney; Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Five laps remain in stage three; Chase Elliott has a lead of over half a second on Ryan Blaney; Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Chase Elliott wins stage three for his second stage win of the race.

The top 10 at the end of stage three:
Chase Elliott
Ryan Blaney
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Joey Logano
Alex Bowman
Clint Bowyer

Kevin Harvick in fifth place is the first driver to come down pit road.

In stage four, only the green flag laps will count and the overtime rule is in play.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage four and jumps out in front for the lead as drivers get three wide across the track.

Chase Elliott is in the lead with Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney battling for second; Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Ten to go, Chase Elliott has a quarter second lead on Kyle Busch; Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Seven to go, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch.

Only four laps remain in the race, Chase Elliott has a half second lead on Kyle Busch; Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Chase Elliott takes the white flag.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Chase Elliott wins the All Star Race.  His father Bill Elliott won the All Star Race in 1986.  The only two times an All Star Race was held anywhere other than Charlotte Motor Speedway, it has been won by an Elliott.  The folks in Dawsonville, Georgia will be ringing the siren on the pool hall tonight!

The near 30,000 fans in the stands are cheering loudly!

The results of the 2020 All Star Race:
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Alex Bowman
Aric Almirola
Martin Truex Jr
Erik Jones
William Byron
Matt DiBenedetto
Justin Haley
Clint Bowyer
Cole Custer
Jimmie Johnson
Matt Kenseth
Ryan Newman
Kurt Busch

Stones Reissue 1973 Album

Bands like The Rolling Stones are currently unable to tour.  But fans will still be able to hear their favourite rockers with some new music.

The Stones are releasing some expanded versions of the “Goats Heads Soup” album on September 4, 2020.

The album was originally recorded in Jamaica, Los Angeles, and London; produced the hits “Angie”, “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo “, and “Dance with Mr D”; and topped record charts around the world in 1973.

Titled “Goats Head Soup 2020” is being released as a four disc CD, a vinyl box set, deluxe versions, as a single CD, on vinyl, and on cassette.

The Super Deluxe set features 35 songs on three CD’s and a Blu-Ray disc of the album that will include three previously unreleased songs and videos; along with a live concert performance.  The set will also include a 120 page book, and tour posters.

The two CD and vinyl sets include the album plus the rare tracks.

The single CD and vinyl albums feature the album in stereo.

 

feature photo credit: By Raph_PH – StonesStockholm121017-135, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=67682310

 

 

Osbournes Return to TV

The Osbournes are returning to television…at least most of them.

Ozzy, Sharon, and son Jack have a new eight episode show on the Travel Channel titled “The Osbournes Want to Believe”.  The paranormal series will have Jack showing his parents videos of supposed paranormal events and will try to convince them it is true.

Jack spoke on the new series saying, “my parents have always lived on the edge, even when it comes to believing in the supernatural.  I’m convinced they just haven’t seen enough evidence, so I’m making them watch the most undeniable footage caught on camera, including a few from my own personal experiences. My biggest challenge may be keeping their comments family friendly. It will be a classic Osbourne gathering!”

From Bigfoot to UFOs, poltergeists, creepy dolls and unexplained apparitions, the couple will review – and critique – each caught-on-camera moment, a compilation of Jack’s favorite pieces of evidence. Not ones to shy away from honesty and humor, there’s no shortage of fun, antics and lively commentary in the Osbourne screening room.

Sister Kelly will not be a part of the show.

The hour long series will premiere on the Travel Channel at 10pm August 2.

 

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‘Glee’ Actress Naya Riviera Dies

Authorities have confirmed that former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera died July 8, 2020 as a result of accidental drowning in Lake Piru in Piru, California at the age of 33.

The award winning actress was on a boating outing with her four year old son Josey at the time of her death.

Rivera is the third cast member of the hit television show to die; Cory Montieth died in 2013 and Mark Sailing died in 2018.

Rivera played a lesbian cheerleader in 113 episodes of the hit Ryan Murphy television musical comedy series “Glee”.

While she is best known for her appearance in “Glee”, Rivera performed in a couple dozen productions including her debut as Hillary Winston in five episodes of “The Royal Family”, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, “Family Matters”, “Baywatch”,  “8 Simple Rules”, eleven episodes of “The Bernie Mac Show”, “CSI: Miami”, “American Dad”, and her final role in 20 episodes of “Step Up: High Water”.

As herself, Naya Rivera appeared in numerous talk shows, award shows, documentaries, “Lip Sync Battle”, and was a guest judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race”.

Besides acting, Rivera authored her memoirs and released some music.

A native of California, Rivera was born Naya Marie Rivera on January 12, 1987 in Valencia.  She began her acting career while she was still very young.

Rivera is survived by her parents – Yolanda and George, siblings Mychal and Nickayla, son Josey, and ex-husband Ryan Dorsey.

 

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DWTS Fires Hosts

After serving as host for the competition dance reality show “Dancing with the Stars”, Tom Bergeron will not be returning to the show when it returns.

Bergeron and his co-host Erin Andrews did not have their contracts renewed and have essentially been fired from the show.

Bergeron has hosted the show for all 28 seasons; while Andrews, who has been on the show for 10 seasons, is Bergeron’s fourth co-host.  Andrews, a sportscaster, was a contestant before joining the show as a co-host.

Bergeron broke the news to fans via Twitter saying, “just informed @DancingABC will be continuing without me. It’s been an incredible 15 year run and the most unexpected gift of my career. I’m grateful for that and for the lifelong friendships made. That said, now what am I supposed to do with all of these glitter masks?”.

ABC and BBC issued a statement on their decision saying,  “Tom Bergeron will forever be part of the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ family. As we embark on a new creative direction, he departs the show with our sincerest thanks and gratitude for his trademark wit and charm that helped make this show a success. Erin will also not be returning, and we appreciate all that she brought to the ballroom. Fans have been rooting for her since she originally competed as a contestant back in 2010, and her signature sense of humor has become a hallmark of the show.”

In recent years, ABC has been criticized by fans for their choices of younger lesser known “celebrities”, polarizing politicians, and “has-beens” as their choice of contestants on the show.  The decision to oust Bergeron and Andrews is also drawing some ire from longtime DWTS fans.

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Actress Kelly Preston Dies

Actress Kelly Preston died July 12, 2020 in Houston, Texas just three months shy of her 58th birthday as a result of breast cancer.  Preston, who is the wife of award winning actor John Travolta, had been battling the disease for the past two years.

Along with appearing opposite her future husband John Travolta, Preston has shared some screen time with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DiVito, Kevin Costner, Roy Scheider, Ann-Margret, Kevin Spacey,Quentin Tarantino, George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Kevin Bacon, Meg Ryan, Matthew Broderick, Debra Winger, Zooey Deschanel, Hank Azaria, Mike Myers, Rod Steiger, Julie Harris, and Tom Cruise.  She also appeared in the video for the Maroon 5 hit song “She Will Be Loved”.

Preston made her television acting debut in 1980 in an episode of “Hawaii Five-O”.  From there she went on to appear in over 70 film and television productions including “Quincy M.E.”, “CHiPs”, “For Love and Honor”, “Blue Thunder”, “Twins”, “Tales from the Crypt”, “Jerry Maguire”, “Addicted to Love”, “For Love of the Game”, “Battlefield Earth”, “The Cat in the Hat”, “Fat Actress”, “Medium”, “CSI: Cyber”, and her final role in 2018 in ”Gotti”.  “Off the Rails” is currently in post production.  As herself, Preston has appeared in dozens of, documentaries, award shows, talk shows, and variety shows.

She was born Kelly Kamalelehua Smith on October 13, 1962 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  She also grew up in Iraq and Australia.  Back in Hawaii as a teen, she began appearing in acting in commercials and graduated from Punahou High School – the same school as President Barack Obama.

Predeceased by her son Jett, Preston is survived byer her second husband of 28 years, John Travolta and children Ella Bleu and Benjamin.

 

 

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Nodisco is ‘Unrelated’

Canadian Pop and R&B artist Nodisco has released a new single “Unrelated” – a song that explores the relationship once the initial flirtations have passed.

Listen to “Unrelated”: https://levelmusic.lnk.to/unrelated

Nodisco spoke on the song saying, “‘Unrelated’ describes the moment in the relationship when the mask and slight facade you put on to this newfound love finally fades and you open up and reveal the most intimate details about yourself.”

“Unrelated” comes on the heels of “Moonlight in My Bedroom”.

A relative newcomer, Nodisco is an alum of Babyface’s songwriting camp.  The artist was handpicked by Babyface to be a part of the camp.

A vinyl collector, Nodisco notes that he got vocal and songwriting lessons form artists like Brian McKnight and Craig David.  He has since created a sound and style of his own.

 

feature photo credit: Nodisco’s Facebook page

 

 

Sir Elton John Reschedules

Amidst a farewell tour when the global pandemic shut everything down, Sir Elton John has since rescheduled his postponed tour dates…again. The shows had originally been rescheduled for this autumn have again been rescheduled for next year.

Noting that rescheduling tour dates is never an easy or light job, Sir Elton said, “as you can imagine, touring is a huge undertaking so we have needed time to sort through all the details to make sure we can visit every city and play every show we already have on sale. Thank you for your patience whilst we have been doing this.” Sir Elton added that he is looking forward to completing the tour and seeing his fans once again.

Sir Elton’s rescheduled 2021 tour dates:
Oct 30 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK
Nov 2 & 3 at The O2 in London, UK
Nov 5 at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, UK
Nov 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, & 17 at The O2 in London, UK
Nov 19 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK
Nov 21 at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham, UK
Nov 23 at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham, UK
Nov 27 & 28 at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, UK
Dec 1 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK
Dec 3 & 4 at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland
Dec 6 at the SSE Arena in Belfast, UK
Dec 9 & 10 at the P&J Live in Aberdeen, UK
Dec 13 & 14 at the Hydro in Glasgow, UK

 

Judas Priest Reschedules

As issues with the Covid-19 virus continue to plague the country; hard rockers Judas Priest has postponed their U.S. tour to celebrate 50 years of music. The tour that was set to begin this fall has been set back until next year.

The rocker’s 50 Heavy Metal Years tour was set to begin in September. The band has worked hard to reschedule as many of the dates as possible but there are some of the dates that cannot be rescheduled and have been cancelled.

Tickets purchased for the original dates will be honoured for the new dates. Fans will receive an email detailing refund policies for those who cannot attend the new dates.

The cancelled shows are:
The Sept 11 show in Long Island, NY
The Sept 14 shoe in Philadelphia, PA
The Sept 15 show in Newark, NY
The Sept 18 show in Orlando, FL
The Sept 20 show in Louisville, KY
The Sept 21 show in Grand Rapids, MI
The Sept 23 show in Detroit, MI
The Sept 26 show in Chicago, IL
Sept 27 show in Minneapolis, MN
The Oct 8 show in Albuquerque, NM
The Oct 11 show in Salt Lake City, UT

Fans who have purchased tickets for these shows will automatically receive a refund in the coming days from the ticket company. For tickets that were purchased in person at the box office, fans should contact the venue directly.

Judas Priest rescheduled dates in 2021:
Sept 13 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
Sept 17 at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, OH
Sept 22 at the Miller High Life Theater in Milwaukee, WI
Sept 25 at the St. Louis Music Park in St. Louis, MO
Sept 29 at The Mission Ballroom in Denver, CO
Oct 6 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA
Oct 8 at the Zappos Theater in Las Vegas, NV
Oct 9 at the Federal Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
Oct 12 at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, TX
Oct 13 at the HEB Center in Cedar Park, TX
Oct 15 at the Toyota Music Factory in Dallas, TX
Oct 16 at The Zoo Amphitheatre in Oklahoma City, OK
Oct 28 at the MGM Casino in Washington, DC
Oct 30 at the Foxwoods Casino Arena in Ledyard, CT

 

Om Records Turns 25

Twenty five years ago the San Francisco Bay Area became home to the independent music label Om Records. Since that time they have become one of the top record labels when it comes to for underground, electronic, house, and hip-hop music.

To celebrate the milestone, Om Records has compiled a collection of music from past artist, current artists, and a few yet to be released tracks.

The tracklisting for “Om Records: 25 Years”
“When I’m With You” by Kaskade & Colette
“Let’s Try” by Body Language
“Let’s Go Back” by Chuck Live & Fourfeet
“The Story” by Mark Farina & Homer’s Espinoza
A demo of “Turfbuilders” by People Under the Stairs
“This is How We Do” by Colossus
“Want Your Love” – The Jazzual Suspects Remix by King Kooba
“Be Free” by J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science with Carlos Araiza
“Believe in Somebody” by Shiny Objects with Jesse Rennix
“Spin Cycle” by Rithma
“Vector” by Blackbird Blackbird
“Sublime” by Reptile Room
“On a Bridge” by Rocket Empire
“Acid Raindrops” by People Under the Stairs – song is billed as “a bonafide weed smoking classic!”
“Dream Machine” by Mark Farina & Sean Hayes
“It’s You, It’s Me” by Kaskade
“For Those Who Like to Get Down” by Marques Wyatt – DEEP Sunday Retro Vibe Mix
“Love Lights the Underground” by the Groove Armada
“Feel in’ Hypnotized” by Colette – Kaskade Mix
“Social Studies” by Body Language – Plastic Plates Mix
“Overdressed” by TWINKIDS
“Movin” to My Beat” by J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science with People Under the Stairs
“Hell’s Kitchen” by MING & FS
“Thrupenny Bits” by Colossus – the Jazzual Suspects Mix
“Fooling Myself” by King Kooba – the Easy Access Orchestra Mix
“Fall Into You” by Soulstice

NFL Issues Safety Protocols

As the National Football League prepares for the 2020 playing season, the League office has issued some new rules for the players game day protocols.  The protocols are part of an eleven page memorandum sent to the teams.

After playing hard nosed football for 60 minutes in some very close quarters, the League has mandated that players cannot interact with each other any closer than six feet.

For a number of years players who respected or admired each other or were just good friends would sometimes trade game jerseys once the game was over.  The NFL has stated that practice would no longer be allowed.

On field seating is no longer allowed, the teams would travel to the stadium via bus, and the media will not be allowed in the locker room.

While everyone on the sideline is subject to a temperature check and sideline workers will be required to wear a mask, the coaches and players will not have to wear a mask while on the sidelines.  Personal items cannot be shared including clothing, towels, cups, and food.

Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 will not be allowed in the stadium.

Players are to be kept isolated from non-player personnel.

When it comes to entertainers – cheerleaders, mascots, flag runners, etc. must have prior approval from the NFL, undergo screening, and maintain social distancing.

Some of the proposed protocols have been mat with criticism by the players.

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman noted via Twitter, “this is a perfect example of NFL thinking in a nutshell. Players can go engage in a full contact game and do it safely. However, it is deemed unsafe for them to exchange jerseys after said game.”

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson questioned why the NFL is even letting them play at all?

Modified Driver Shawn Balluzzo Dies

Auto racing can be an exciting sport, but it is also a dangerous one.  And despite all of the safety precautions, accidents do happen and sometimes with tragic results.

During a modified race at the Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia July 11, Modified racing champion Shawn Balluzzo crashed his car into the turn two wall head on after launching over the hood of another car.  Safety workers had to remove the roof from Balluzzo’s car in order to get him out of the car.  Balluzzo later died as a result of his injuries at a local hospital.  He was 64.

The crash happened in the second of two races run Saturday night in the track’s season opener.  He had finished second in the first race.

He was an eleven time Langley Speedway champion who won 16 of the 17 modified races run last year at Langley.

A statement issued by Langley Speedway officials noted that Balluzzo had, “won the hearts of our fans with 11 track championships and a driving style that made him one of the most respected competitors we’ve ever known.”

Balluzzo is survived by his wife Terri and three children.

feature photo credit: Shawn Balluzzo’s Facebook page

 

 

Rookie Wins Quaker State 400 in KY

The NASCAR Cup Series caps off a busy weekend at Kentucky Speedway with the Quaker State 400. The fifth race in four days, Kentucky has hosted races in the Xfinity, ARCA, Gander RV and Outdoors Truck, and NASCAR Cup Series this weekend without fans as NASCAR continues its 2020 racing season.

After missing a race for the first time in his NASCAR Cup Series racing career, Jimmie Johnson returns to the track to race this weekend.

After a random draw based on car owner points, Kyle Busch will sit on the pole and bring the field to the green flag with Joey Logano starting alongside on the front row.

During the pre race inspection process, the number 19 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Martin Truex Jr and the number 42 Chip Ganassi Racing car driven by Matt Kenseth failed inspection twice and will have to start the race from the back of the field. Both drivers were slated to start the race in the top 20.

The starting line up for the Quaker State 400:
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Kevin Harvick
Aric Almirola
Alex Bowman
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch
Chase Elliott
Martin Truex Jr – moved to the back of the field after failing inspection
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Blaney
Denny Hamlin
Chris Buescher
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Clint Bowyer
Erik Jones
Matt Kenseth – moved to the back of the field after failing inspection
Bubba Wallace
Austin Dillon
Jimmie Johnson
William Byron
John Hunter Nemechek
Ryan Newman
Tyler Reddick
Garrett Smithley
Josh Bilicki
Corey LaJoie
Quin Houff
Cole Custer
Michael McDowell
Brennan Poole
Ryan Preece
Ty Dillon
Christopher Bell
Joey Gase
JJ Yeley
Daniel Suarez
Timmy Hill

Award winning peddle steel guitarist Robert Randolph performed the National Anthem after the prayer by NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Darrell Waltrip.

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.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 25.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside laneand goes nose to nose with Joey Logano before getting out in front for the lead.

Lap two, Kyle Busch Aric Almirola, Joey logano, Brad Keselowski, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap four, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Aric Almiroola; Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap seven, Kyle Busch continues to lead the race but by only a quarter of a second on Aric Almirola; Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap eight, Aric Almirola challenges Kyle Busch for the lead but Busch holds him off so far.

Lap 10, Aric Almirola gets around Kyle Busch to take the lead.

Lap 16, Aric Almirola has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch; Joey Logano, Alex Bowman, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five. There are 34 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 20, Aric Almirola has increased his lead to over a second on Kyle Busch; Joey Logano, Alex Bowman, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 21, after starting the race from the back of the field after failing inspection, Martn Truex Jr has moved up 15 spots.to 20th place.

Lap 23, Aric Almirola has a second and a half lead on Kyle Busch.

The drivers are getting three and four wide across the track as they battle for position.

On lap 26, NASCAR puts out the yellow flag for the competition caution.

Nearly all of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service. Aric Almirola wins the race off of pit road.

Aric Almirola brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 31 from the outside lane and goes nose to nose the Joey Logano before edging out in front for the lead.

Lap 32, Aric Almirola leads the race with Chase Elliott in second; Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

Ty Dillon was charged with a commitment line violation during the pit stop and had to restart the race from the back of the field.

Lap 35, Cole Custer has set the fastest lap of the day.

Lap 35, Aric Almirola has a near one second lead on Chase Elliott; Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Eleventh place driver Kyle Busch has some debris on his grille.

Lap 41, Aric Almrola has a lead of over a second on Chase Elliott; Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 46, Aric Almirola continues to lead the race with Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top five.

Lap 49, Aric Almirola has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Chase Elliott; Joey Logano, Matt DiBenedetto, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Ryan Blaney is reporting that something broke in his car after the gear shift jumped out of fourth gear. Blaney was asking the team for a bungy cord or something to make a quick fix.

Lap 55, Aric Almirola has a lead of over two seconds on Chase Elliott; Joey Logano, Matt DiBenedetto, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

There are 32 cars on the lead lap with all 38 cars still on the track.

Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch have both reported “chatter” in their cars.

Lap 60, Chase Elliott has closed the gap on leader Aric Almirola to under two seconds; Joey Logano, Matt DiBenedetto, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 63, in heavy traffic, Aric Almirola’s lead is down to under a second on Chase Elliott with Matt DiBenedetto in third.

With eleven laps remaining in stage one, Aric Almirola has increased his lead to nearly two and a half seconds on Chase Elliott; Matt DiBenedetto, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five with 27 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 73, John Hunter Nemechek gets really loose on the track but saves the car and the track stays green.

Lap 74, Aric Almirola is running away with the race, he has a lead of over four seconds on Chase Elliott.

Timmy Hill is off the track.

With 25 cars on the lead lap, Aric Almirola wins stage one by over four seconds for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Aric Almirola
Chase Elliott
Joey Logano
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Blaney
Kevin Harvick
Alex Bowman
Kurt Busch
Clint Bowyer
Martin Truex Jr

Ryan Newman is the “lucky dog”.

Aric Almirola wins the race off of pit road with Joey Logano coming out second.

Blaney gets a bungy cord to work on his shifter.

Ty Dillon was caught speeding on pit road.

Aric Almirola brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the outside lane on lap 87 and finally gets out in front of Joey Logano for the lead; Matt DiBenedetto, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Timmy Hill is back on the track eleven laps down.

Lap 93, Aric Almirola has a lead of nearly half a second on Joey Logano; Matt DiBenedetto, Chase Elliott, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 94, Aric Almirola has increased his lead to over half a second on Joey Logano.

Lap 96, Aric Almirola now has a lead of over a second on Joey Logano; Matt DiBenedetto, Ryan Blaney, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 104, Aric Almirola has a two second lead on Joey Logano; Matt DiBenedetto, Ryan Blaney, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick reports that whatever adjustments the team did made things worse; adding that the car is just plowing. Harvick is “feeling the pressure” after his son Keelan won his first go kart race on Saturday.

Lap 110, Aric Almirola is dominating the race with consistent two plus second leads on the second place driver.

Lap 115, with Aric Almirola out in front by over two seconds; Joey Logano, Matt DiBenedetto, Ryan Blaney, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Halfway through stage two, there have been no caution flags for on track incidents.

Lap 125, Aric Almirola has a lead of over two secondson Ryan Blaney; Joey Logano, Matt DiBenedetto, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Since getting around Joey Logano for second place, Ryan Blaney is slowly closing the gap on leader Aric Almirola.

Lap 130, Aric Almirola has a lead of just under two seconds on Ryan Blaney; Joey Logano, Matt DiBenedetto, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 132, Aric Almirola’s lead is down to under a second and a half on Ryan Blaney with 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 139, Ryan Blaney gets around Aric Almirola to take the lead. Blaney has had some shifter issues in his car and at times is driving one handed while he holds on to the broken shifter.

Lap 142, Ryan Blaney has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Aric Almirola; Joey Logano, Matt DiBenedetto, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 144, Joey Logano passes Aric Almirola for secnd place. Ryan Blaney has a near three second lead on Logano.

Tyler Reddick becomes the first driver to make a green flag pit stop and begin the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Lap 150, leader Ryan Blaney comes down pit road for his stop and gives the lead over the Matt DiBenedetto.

Lap 152, Matt DiBenedetto makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Brad Keselowski.

Lap 154, Brad Keselowski makes his pit stop.

Lap 154, Matt Kenseth brings out the first caution flag of the race for an on track incident when he gets loose with a flat tire.

Even though he was on pit road, Brad Keselowski is listed as the leader of the race with Ryan Blaney in second.

Ryan Newman is the “lucky dog”.

With just one lap remaining in stage two, Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart with team mate Ryan Blaney alongside. Brad Keselowski takes the lead.

Brad Keselowski wins stage two for his fourth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Cole Custer
Joey Logano
Martin Truex Jr
Alex Bowman
Austin Dillon
Jimmie Johnson
Matt DiBenedetto
Erik Jones

Ryan Preece has taken his car to the garage with a transmission issue.

Brennan Poole, Quin Houff, and Corey LaJoie were all caught speeding on pit road during green flag pit stops.

Only a few drivers come down pit road for service after making green flag stops only a few laps ago.

Kyle Busch is reporting some sort of issue with his car; saying it is motor boating.

Michael McDowell is the “lucky dog”.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with 100 laps remaining in the race. Keselowski takes the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second; Ryan Blaney, Jimmie Johnson, and Kurt Busch round out the top five. Drivers were getting three and four wide across the track.

With 97 laps remaining in the rce, Brad Keselowski has a lead of a third of a second on Martin Truex Jr.

Kyle Busch gets into the wall but save the car and the track stays green.

Ninety four to go, Martn Truex Jr takes the lead form Brad Keselowski but Keselowski comes back to retake the lead; Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Blaney, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

With 86 laps remaining in the race, Martin Truex Jr gets around Brad Keselowski to take the lead; Ryan Blaney, Jimmie Johnson, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Eighty one to go, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a half second lead on Brad Keselowski; Ryan Blaney, Jimmie Johnson, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Seventy five to go, Martin Truex Jr has a near one second lead on Brad Keselowski; Ryan Blaney, Jimmie Johnson, and Kurt Bsuch round out the top five.

Seventy to go, Martin Truex continues to lead the race by a half second on Brad Keselowski with Ryan Blaney, Jimmie Johnson, and Kurt Busch rounding out the top five. There are 24 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 202, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Brad Keselowski; Ryan Blaney, Jimmie Johnson, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Sixty to go, Martin Truex Jr continues to increase his lead on Brad Keselowski which is now over two seconds.

Jimmie Johnson brings his car down for an unscheduled pit road with a vibration issue. The drivers will have to make at least one pit stop to complete the race and they are now in the pit window.

Alex Bowman brings his car donw pit road for service.

With 56 laps to go, drivers are making green flag pit stops.

Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly three seconds on Brad Keselowski; Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five. There are only 20 cars on the lead lap with just one car out of the race.

Fifty three to go, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is now nearly four seconds on Brad Keselowski.

Fifty go go, drivers continue to make green flag pit stops. Martin Truex Jr now has a lead of almost five seconds on Brad Keselowski; Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Top five driver Kurt Busch makes his pit stop reporting a vibration.

With 47 laps to go, leader Martin Truex Jr brings his stuttering car down pit road for fuel and gives the lead over the Brad Keselowski who has yet to make a pit stop.

Forty four to go, leader Brad Keselowski brings his car down pit road and gives the lead over to Cole Custer.

There are only 12 cars on the lead lap.

Forty to go, leader Cole Custer comes down pit road and gives the lead over to William Byron.

The caution flag comes out with 38 laps remaining in the race when Brennan Poole cuts a tire and leaves some debris on the track. Austin Dillon spins out and bumps the wall trying to avoid the debris.

After pit stops cycle through, Martin Truex Jr is in the lead and will bring the field down for the green flag restart with just 30 laps remaining in the race; Ryan Blaney restarts alongside on the front row. Turex and Blaney go nose to nose as drivers get theree wide across the track. Truex takes the lead.

With 29 laps remaining in the race, Martin Truex Jr is in the lead with Ryan Blaney in second; Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

With 26 laps to go, Jimmie Johnson has run the fastest lap of the race.

With 25 laps remaining in the race, Martin Truex Jr has run his fastest laps of the race.

John Hunter Nemechek brings hout the caution flag when he gets into the wall with just 24 laps remaining in the race.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 19 laps remaining in the race. Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson make contact on the restart, sending Johnson into the grass, and brings out the caution flag.

Ryan Blaney brins the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with just 13 laps remaining in the race. Kevin Harvick makes it a three wide run and takes the lead. Drivers are getting three wide all through the field as they battle for positon in the final laps.

Top five five are Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, and Austin Dillon.

Kentucky is the only track on the circuit that Kevin Harvick has not won a race. He has yet to win the Roval in Charlotte, but he has won a race at Charlotte.

Lap 259, Martin Truex Jr and Kevin Harvick battle for the lead. The caution comes out for Matt Kenseth who gets slideways on the track and spins on pit road.

There are six laps remaining in the race.

One more time…With just two laps to go, Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the restart of the race with Martin Truex Jr alongside. After going nose to nose, Ryan Blaney makes it a three wide race and Cole Custer makes it four wide briefly before taking the lead.

Rookie driver Cole Custer wins the race! The last time a rookie won the race at Kentucky, it was Erik Jones who took the win.

Custer’s team runs across the track to come celebrate with their rookie driver. Custer called the car the best he had ever had. The win also put Custer in the All Star race.

The unofficial results of the Quaker State 400:
Cole Custer
Martin Truex Jr
Matt DiBenedetto
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Ryan Blaney
Christopher Bell
Aric Almirola
Brad Keselowski
Tyler Reddick
William Byron
Denny Hamlin
Austin Dillon
Clint Bowyer
Joey Logano
Ty Dillon
Ryan Newman
Jimmie Johnson
Alex Bowman
Chris Buescher
Kyle Busch
Erik Jones
Chase Elliott
Michael McDowell
Matt Kenseht
Daniel Suarez
Bubba Wallace
Corey LaJoie
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
JJ Yeley
Brennan Poole
Josh Bilicki
Garrett Smithley
Joey Gase
Quin Houff
John Hunter Nemechek
Timmy Hill
Ryan Preece

Hockey Returns Aug 1

The NBA and MLB are back in camp and preparing to resume play. And the NFL is preparing to start their 2020 season. On August the NHL will return to the ice. For a couple of months at least sports fans who have been starved over the past four months for a game will have a plethora of choices to fulfill their hunger for a game.

The pact agreed upon on July 10, 2020 puts players back on the ice in as safe a manner as possible and guarantees play through the 2026 season.

With the recent surge in cases of the COVID-19 virus across the United States, the NHL has selected the eastern city of Toronto, Ontario and the western city of Edmonton, Alberta as the hub cities where the teams will play.

As the Canadian national pastime, it is only fitting that the games be played north of the border. To minimize the risk of spreading the virus, the NHL has selected two hub cities where the teams will play all of their games.

Training camp opens July 13 and it is the deadline for any player who wishes to declare that he will not resume play for the remainder of the 2020 season without receiving a penalty.

Saying, “being my little kids’ dad every day is the most important job I have,” Calgary Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic has stated that he will not return to play. His daughter was in the hospital last year with a respiratory illness.

Once play begins, there will be no fans in the stands and there will be a multiple gamer per day as the 24 teams work their way to the final matchup of the season for the Stanley Cup in early autumn.

The top four teams from each conference – Boston, Tampa Bay, Washington, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Colorado, Vegas and Dallas – earn a bye in the qualifying round and will play round robin games to determine seeding.

The qualifying round is a best of five series that matches:
Pittsburgh against Montreal
Carolina against the New York Rangers
New York Islanders against Florida
Toronto against Columbus
Edmonton against Chicago
Nashville against Arizona
Vancouver against Minnesota
Calgary against Winnipeg

The Hurricanes and Rangers, Islanders and Panthers, and Penguins and Canadiens kick things off in Toronto while the Oilers and Blackhawks and the Flames and Jets get the season started in Calgary with a 52 game qualifying round in nine days.

On August 10 the league takes a break for the draft lottery.

The second round of games – first playoff round – begins on August 11 with the first of the best of seven games series. The teams will be reseeded after each round of games.

Each team is limited to a total of 52 personnel with a maximum of 31 players. All personnel NHL, arena, hotel, and restaurant staff will be tested daily. The players will be quarantined for added safety.

The NHL 2020 first round schedule:
August 1 –
New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes, Game 1
Florida Panthers vs. New York Islanders, Game 1
Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, Game
1

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers, Game 1
Winnipeg Jets vs. Calgary Flames, Game 1

August 2 –
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Game 1
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins

Minnesota Wild vs. Vancouver Canucks, Game 1
Arizona Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators, Game 1

St. Louis Blues vs. Colorado Avalanche

August 3 –
New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes, Game 2
Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, Game 2
Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Winnipeg Jets vs. Calgary Flames, Game 2
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers, Game 2

Dallas Stars vs. Vegas Golden Knights
August 4 –

Florida Panthers vs. New York Islanders, Game 2
Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers, Game 3
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Game 2
Calgary Flames vs. Winnipeg Jets, Game 3
Nashville Predators vs. Arizona Coyotes, Game 3
Minnesota Wild vs. Vancouver Canucks, Game 2

August 5 –
New York Islanders vs. Florida Panthers, Game 3
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens, Game 3
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins
Nashville Predators vs. Arizona Coyotes, Game 3
Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks, Game 3

Colorado Avalanche vs. Dallas Stars
August 6 –

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Game 3
Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers, Game 4*
Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Vancouver Canucks vs. Minnesota Wild, Game 3
Calgary Flames vs. Winnipeg Jets, Game 4*

Vegas Golden Knights vs. St. Louis Blues
August 7 –

New York Islanders vs. Florida Panthers, Game 4*
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens, Game 4*
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Game 4*

Nashville Predators vs. Arizona Coyotes, Game 4*
Vancouver Canucks vs. Minnesota Wild, Game 4*
Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks, Game 4*

August 8 –
New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes, Game 5*
Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, Game 5*
Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals
Winnipeg Jets vs. Calgary Flames, Game 5*
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers, Game 5*

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche

August 9 –
Florida Panthers vs. New York Islanders, Game 5*
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs,
Game 5*
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Minnesota Wild vs. Vancouver Canucks, Game 5*
Arizona Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators, Game 5*

Dallas Stars vs. St. Louis Blues

* if necessary

Ciccarelli Goes Political in Truck Sponsorship

On June 10 NASCAR made the decision to ban the Stars and Bars of the Confederate flag at all NASCAR events and tracks after some urging from NASCAR’s only biracial driver Bubba Wallace.

In the wake of that decision, Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series owner and part time driver Ray Ciccarelli announced that he was quitting the circuit at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, he continues to field trucks in races.

At The Brickyard race last weekend in Indianapolis, Corey LaJoie ran a paint scheme supporting the current White House administration and their bid for re-election. But a pit road incident early in the race, caused enough damage to LaJoie’s car to take him out of the race with the paint scheme unviewed.

During the Truck Series race at Kentucky, Ciccarelli had a similar paint scheme on his number 49 truck driven by Tim Viens. Viens got into a wreck on lap 18 of the race, causing significant damage to the truck. Viens finished the weather shortened race in 35th with truck owner Ciccarelli in 32nd.


An expensive sport, team owners depend on sponsorships to pay for the cars and trucks. And primary sponsorships for a NASCAR vehicle can cost millions of dollars.

Reports are that the PAC for the re-election has paid Go Fas Racing over $350,000 to sponsor Corey LaJoie’s car.

In a Facebook post Ciccarelli’s wife Sarah said, “well it’s been a fun ride and dream come true but if that is the direction NASCAR is headed we will not participate after the 2020 season is over. I don’t believe in kneeling during anthem nor taken [sic] ppl right to fly what ever flag they love. I could care less about the Confederate Flag but there are ppl that do and it doesn’t make them a racist all you are doing is f—— one group to cater to another and I ain’t spend the money we are to participate in any political BS!! So everything is for SALE!! ”

The post has since been deleted.

Most recently NASCAR has been the target of presidential tweets over his displeasure of the flag ban and attacking Richard Petty Motorsports driver Bubba Wallace.

Weather Shortens Truck Race in KY

The Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series continues the racing at Kentucky Speedway on July 11 with the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225.

After running both races in the Xfinity Series doubleheader on Thrusday and Friday, Brett Moffitt sits on the pole after a random draw and will bring the field to green.

The pre-race inspection process caused some issues for three of the truck teams when the number 13 ThorSport Racing truck driven by Johnny Sauter, the number 19 McAnally-Hilgemann Racing truck driven by Derek Kraus, and the number 99 ThorSport truck driven by Ben Rhodes all failed the inspection process multiple times. As a result of the infractions, each team will be docked 10 truck owner points, the driver will be docked 10 points in the standings, and they will all have to start the race from the back of the field. All three drivers drew positions in the top 20 of the 40 truck field.

Trey Hutchins will have to start the race from the back of the field after the team made some unapproved adjustments and Ray Ciccarelli missed the driver’s meeting and will be starting the race from the back of the field.

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

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and after a push Brett Moffitt gets out in front for the lead.

The caution flag comes out on lap one after Spencer Boyd drops fluid on the track from his smoking truck.

Johnny Sauter had to make an unscheduled pit stop for a splitter issue. The team was charged with the crew coming over the wall too soon and Sauter will have to serve a penalty.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap eight with Sheldon Creed taking the lead briefly before Brett Moffitt retakes the top spot.

Lap nine, teenager Christian Eckes challenges Brett Moffitt for the lead but Moffitt holds him off.

Lap 10, the top five are Brett Moffitt, Zane Smith, Sheldon Creed, Tyler Ankrum, and Christian Eckes.

Lap 14, Brett Moffitt has a half second lead on Zane Smith as the drivers get three and four wide. Codie Rohrbaugh gets loose and brings out the second caution flag of the race when he gets into the wall. Rohrbaugh was in the middle of a three wide battle. Rohrbaugh walks away from his truck safely.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 18 but it is Zane Smith who initially gets out in front after a push. Moffitt takes the lead and begins to pull out in front. He has led every lap so far.

Timothy Viens spins out and makes an off road excursion through the grass bringing out the third caution flag of the race.

Ryan Truex has some damage to the back of his truck.

Some drivers came down pit road for service.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 26 and goes nose to nose with Zane Smith before Zane Smith puts a slide job on Moffitt and takes the lead.

The top five are Zane Smith, Brett Moffitt, Christian Eckes, Sheldon Creed, and Tyler Ankrum.

Ryan Truex’s truck is smoking and has to bring his truck down pit road after making contact with Cory Roper.

Lap 31, there are 31 trucks on the lead lap. Codie Rohrbaugh is out of the race and Norm Benning is off the track.

Lap 33, Zane Smith and Brett Moffitt battle for the lead with the two going side by side. Lap 34, Zane Smith gets out in front for the lead.

Zane Smith wins stage one for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Zane Smith
Brett Moffitt
Sheldon Creed
Christian Eckes’
Tyler Ankrum
Todd Gilliland
Grant Enfinger
Derek Kraus
Austin Hill
Spencer Davis

One of the five drivers who had to start the race from the back of the field, Derek Kraus finishes stage one in the stop 10.

Drivers come down pit road for service. Taking only two tires, Zane Smith wins the race of of pit road. Johnny Sauter also took only two tires.

Brett Moffitt was charged with a safety violation.

After staying out on the track, Parker Kligerman brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two with Matt Crafton alongside. Drivers are getting three and four wide across the track.

Parker Kligerman takes the lead with Ben Rhodes in second; Zane Smith, Sheldon Creed, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Bryant Barnhaill brings out the fifth caution flag of the race on lap 43 when he gets turned around on the track with a flat tire.

Chandler Smith and Stewart Friesen make contact on the track; Smith has to come down pit road for repairs.

Parker Kligerman brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 47 with Ben Rhodes getting out in front.

The caution flag comes out when Jennifer Jo Cobb and Korbin Forrister get into a wreck. Ther is significant damage to Cobb’s truck.

Several of the teams have been talking on the radio about rain in the area. The race is considered official once it reaches the end of stage two or halfway.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 52 and edges out for the lead before Sheldon Creed enters the battle and takes the elad.

The top five are Sheldon Creed, Ben Rhodes, Zane Smith, Matt Crafton, and Johnny Sauter.

Lap 55, Sheldon Creed has a half second lead on Ben Rhodes with Zane Smith, Matt Crafton, and Johnny Sauter rounding out the top five.

Lap 58, Sheldon Creed has a lead of over half a second on Ben Rhodes with Zane Smith in third over three seconds back; Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

FOX Sports broadcasters report that there is rain in the area.

Lap 65, Sheldon Creed has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Ben Rhodes; over seven seconds back Zane Smith, Matt Crafton, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Sheldon Creed wins stage two for his third stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Sheldon Creed
Ben Rhodes
Matt Crafton
Johnny Sauter
Austin Hill
Christian Eckes
Zane Smith
Derek Kras
Tanner Gray
Todd Gilliland

The rain is eminent, it is just a matter of how long before it arrives. The FOX Sports camera crew has come down from their camera positions. FOX is using only the drone and robo cams.

NASCAR has red flagged the race for lightening in the area. The trucks have been brought down pit road and parked and covered up.

With the race halted after 71 laps – the end of stage two – due to lightening and rain, Sheldon Creed is the winner of the race for his first career Truck Series win.

The unofficial results of the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225:
Sheldon Creed
Ben Rhodes
Matt Crafton
Johnny Sauter
Austin Hill
Christian Eckes
Zane Smith
Derek Kraus
Tanner Gray
Todd Gilliland
Brett Moffitt
Grant Enfinger
Raphael Lessard
Spencer Davis
Stewart Friesen
Tyler Ankrum
Brennan Poole
Ty Majeski
Parker Kligerman
Austin Wayne Self
Tate Fogleman
Chandler Smith
Cory Roper
Jordan Anderson
Angela Ruch
Clay Greenfield
Ryan Truexs
Dawson Cram
Tyler Hill
Natalie Decker
Chase Purdy
Ray Ciccarelli
Bryant Barnhill
Korbin Forrister
Tim Viens
Trey Hutchens III
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Spencer Boyd
Codie Rohrbaugh
Norm Benning

Two in a Row for Xfinity in KY

The Xfinity Series gets ready for another doubleheader weekend with the Alsco 300 from Kentucky Speedway.

With the top 15 cars inverted, Myatt Snider will sit on the pole with Jesse Little starting alongside on the front row. Last night’s winner Austin Cindric will start back in the pack in 15th place.

A number of drivers were involved in wrecks in Thursday night’s race with some having to go to a backup car. Any drivers who cannot run the same car in both races must start the second race from the back of the field. Ronnie Bassett Jr, Justin Allgaier, Timmy Hill, Kody Vanderwal, Brandon Brown, Colby Howard, Daniel Hemric, and Brandon Jones will all start the race in a backup car.

After making a visit to the infield care center when he was involved in a wreck, Justin Allgaier was sent to a local hospital for further evaluation with a non racing incident. He has been cleared by NASCAR to return to the track and will be in the race tonight.

Kurt Busch joins Clint Bowyer and Adam Alexander in the broadcast booth for tonight’s race.

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.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 20.

Myatt Snider brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and jukps out in front as the drivers get three wide across the track.

Kyle Weatherman gets into the wall but the track stays green.

Jeremy Clements takes the lead with Brett Moffitt in second.

Kyle Weather brings his car down pit road.

Ryan Sieg gets sideways on lap three, bringing out the first caution flag of the race.

Justin Allgaier has a bad spot in his windshield tear offs, right where he looks out the windshield.

Jeremy Dlements brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap seven with Noah Gragson getting out in front before Jeremy Clements retakes the lead.

Brett Mofitt had to bring his car down pit road with a flat tire.

Lap nine, the top five are Jeremy Clements, Noah Gragson, Anthony Alfredo, Ross Chastain, and Justin Haley.

Justin Allgaier brings his car to pit road for an unscheduled stop; saying the car is wrecking loose. Allgaier started the race in a backup car.

Jeremy Clements’ family builds the engines for their cars.

Lap 12, Jeremy Clements and Noah Gragson swap the lead back and forth with Noah Gragson finally getting out in front for the lead.

After starting in 17th, Harrison Burton has moved up to sixth place.

Lap 15, afater starting the race in 15th, last night’s winner Austin Cindric moves into sixth place; putting Harrison Burton in seventh.

In Thursday’s race, Jeb Burton drove the number eight car for JR Motorsports; tonight Daniel Hemric takes over the driving duties in a backup car after Burton wrecked on the first lap of the race.

Lap 19, Noah Gragson has a half second lead on Jeremy Dlements; Anthony Alfredo, Ross Chastain, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Justin Allgaier returns to the track one lap down. Along with being loose, he had a flat tire.

Lap 21, Austin Cindric passes two cars at once, taking third place.

At the end of lap 21, NASCAR puts out the yellow flag for the competition caution.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 26 with Noah Gragson getting out in front for the lead; Jeremy Clements, Ross Chastain, Harrison Burton, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

There are 31 cars on the lead lap with one car out of the race – Kyle Weatherman.

Lap 28, Noah Gragson has a near half second lead on Jeremy Clements; Ross Chastain, Harrison Burton, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Several drivers get together and freight train Ross Chastain, dropping him to eighth.

Lap 32, Noah Gragson has a lead of over a second on Harrison Burton; Austin Cindric, Jeremy Clements, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Lap 36, Noah Gragson continues to lead the race by over a second on Harrison Burton; Austin Cindric, Riley Herbst, and Jeremy Clements round out the top five.

FOX Sports broadcasters report that it was a brake rotar, probably from Kyle Weatherman’s car, that hit Justin Allgaier’s windshield.

Lap 40, Harrison Burton has closed the gap on Noah Gragson, whose lead is now under a second; Austin Cindric, Riley Herbst, and Anthony Alfredo round out the top five.

Lap 43, Noah Gragson, Harrison Burton, and and Austin Cindric are right on each other’s bumper.

Noah Gragson gets himself another stage win for his eighth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Noah Gragson
Harrison Burton
Austin Cindric
Anthony Alfredo
Brandon Jones
Riley Herbst
Chase Briscie
Kere,u Clenents
Daneil Hemric
Ross Chastain

Noah Gragson wins the race off of pit road with Harrison Burton out second.

Noah Gragson was caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Jesse Little was charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Harrison Burton brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 53 but it is Austin Cindric who gets out in front for the lead. Harrison Burton retakes the lead of the race.

Lap 54, the top five are Harrisn Burton, Austin Cindric, Anthony Alfredo, Chase Briscoe, and Riley Herbst. Noah Gragson in back in the field in 19th place.

There are 25 cars on the lead lap with two cars out of the race – Ryan Sieg and Kyle Weatherman. Chad Finchum and Stephen Leicht are off the track.

Lap 58, Harrison Burton holds on to a narrow lead on Austin Cindric; Anthony Alfredo, Chase Briscoe, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Leader Harrison Burton is reporting a tight condition in his car.

Lap 63, Austin Cindric gets around Harrison Burton to take the lead of the race.

Lap 67, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of half a second on Harrison Burton; Anthony Alfredo, Chase Briscoe, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Stephen Leicht is out of the race with 24 crs on the lead lap. Chad Finchum returns to the track 17 laps down.

Lap 72, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Harrison Burton; Anthony Alfredo, Riley Herbst, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Lap 75, Austin Cindric continues to extend his lead and is now over a second and a half on Harrison Burton; Anthony Alfredo, Chase Briscoe, and Riley Herbst rounds out the top five.

Lap 77, Anthony Alfred gets around Harrison Burton to take second place; Chase Briscoe follows to put Burton in fourth place.

Lap 80, Austin Cindric has a lead of over a second and a half on Anthony Alfredo; Chase Briscoe Harrison Burton, and Riley Herbst round out the top five with just 15 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 86, Daniel Hemric takes fifth from Riley Herbst.

With four laps remaining in stage two, there are only 13 cars on the lead lap as Austin Cindric continues lapping the field. Cindric now has a lead of over two seconds on Anthony Alfredo.

With a lead of nearly three seconds, Austin Cindric wins stage two for his fifth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Austin Cindric
Anthony Alfredo
Harrison Burton
Chase Briscoe
Daniel Hemric
Riley Herbst
Brandon Jones
Noah Gragson
Justin Haley
Jeremy Clements

There are no fans in the stands for the race, but Colonel Sanders is in attendance and watching the race.

Austin Cindric wins the race off of pit road with Riley Herbst coming out second.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 99 with Cindric jumping out in front of Riley Herbst for the lead; Chase Briscoe, Daniel Hemric, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Stuck on the insidel ane, Harrisn Burton falls to 10th plance after restarting the race in third.

Lap 100, Autsin Cindric has already pulled out to a half second lead on Riely Herbst.

Ronnie Bassett Jr and Chad Finchum are off the track.

Austin Cindric has a near one second lead on Riley Herbst with Chase Briscoe, Daniel Hemric, and Anthony Alfredo rounding out the top five. There are only 13 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 104, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Riley Herbst; Chase Briscoe, Daniel Hemric, and Anthony Alfred round out the top five.

Lap 108, Austin Cindric’s lead is now over two seconds on Riley Herbst.

Lap 111, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of over two and a half seconds on Riley Herbst; Chase Briscoe, Daniel Hemric, and Anthony Alfredo round out the top five.

Lap 115, Austin Cindric’s lead is now over three seconds on Riley Herbst with 13 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 118, Riley Herbst has closed the gap on leader Austin Cindric to under two and a half seconds; Chase Briscoe, Daniel Hemric, and Anthony Alfredo round out the top five.

Ronnie Bassett Jr ius out of the race.

Lap 123, Austin Cindric has increased his lead on Riley Herbst to over three seconds: Daniel Hemric, Chse Briscoe, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 127, with only 12 cars on the lead lap, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of over three and a half seconds on Riley Herbst; Daniel Hemric, Chase Briscoe, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 132, Austin Cindric has a lead of over four and a half seconds on Riley Herbst; Daniel Hemric, Brandon Jones, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

The drivers still have to make a pit stop to have enough fuel to complete the race.

Sixty to go, Austin Cindric is “driving it like he stole it” with a lead of over six seconds on Daniel Hemric; Riley Herbst, Brandon Jones, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Lap 143, Noah Gragson is the first driver to come down pit road for his green flag pit stop. Gragson reported a possible tire issue to his crew chief.

More drivers come down pit road to begin the cycle of green flag stops.

Lap 147, Austin Cindric’s lead is now over eight seconds on Brandon Jones.

Daniel Hemric slid into his pit stall and was very close to the pit wall.

Lap 148, Austin Cindric comes down pit road for service and gives the lead over the Chase Briscoe.

Riley Herbst was caught speeding on pit road. He will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Lap 151, Chase Briscoe comes down pit road for his pit stop and gives the lead over to Harrison Burton.

Lap 152, Harrison Burton comes down pit road and gives the lead over to Ross Chastain.

One Ross Chastain makes his pit stop, Austin Cindric wil retake the lead. Justin Allgaier is the only other driver yet to make a pit stop.

Lap 156, Ross Chastain and Justin Allgaier make their pit stops; giving the lead back to Austin Cindric with a lead of nine and a half seconds on Daniel Hemric; Brandon Jones, Chase Briscoe, and Anthony Alfredo round out the top five with just nine cars on the lead lap.

With 37 laps remaining in the race, Austin Cindric has left the field behind with a lead of over 10 seconds on Daniel Hemric; Brandon Jones, Chse Briscoe, and Anthony Alfredo round out the top five.

Myatt Snider is on pit road and getting out of his car.

Lap 167, Austin Cindric’s lead is now nearly 12 seconds on Daniel Hemric with nine cars on the lead lap.

Thirty to go, Austin Cindric has a lead of over 12 seconds on Daniel Hemric; Brandon Jones, Chase Briscoe, and Anthony Alfredo round out the top five.

Twenty-five to go, Austin Cindric has a lead of just under 12 seconds on Daniel Hemric; Brandon Jones, Chase Briscoe, and Anthony Alfredo round out the top five.

Battling Daniel Hemric, Brandon Jones gets loose and spins out hitting the wall on lap 179 and brings out the caution flag. The yellow erases a lead of nearly 12 seconds for Austin Cindric. Daneil Hemric also has some damage to his car after getting into the wall.

Prior to the wreck, Brandon Jones reported a loose condition in the car.

Leaders come down pit road. Anthony Alfredo gets sideways in his pit stall. Austin Cindric wins the race off of pit road with Daneil Hemric coming out second.

After having an issue getting into his pit stall, Anthony Alfredo was charged with his team coming over the wall too soon and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

With just 13 laps remaining in the race, Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart with the drivers battling all through the field, bumping and banging for position. Austin Cindric is out in front for the lead. Justin Allgaier is finally back on the lead lap after getting a lap down early in the race due to a tire issue.

Ten to go, Austin Cindrci has a half second lead on Chse Briscoe; Justin Haley, Ross Chastain, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track as they battle for postion.

Seven to go, Austin Cindric continues to lead the race but has a lead of under a second on Chase Briscoe.

Six to go, with 12 cars on the lead lap, Austin Cindric has a one second lead on Chase Briscoe; Justin Haley, Ross Chastain, and Michael Annett round out the top five.

Three to go, Austin Cindric has a near two second lead on Chase Briscoe.

Austin Cindric takes the white flag.

Tying a record set by Richard Petty in 1971, Austin Cindric wins his second race for a back to back win and the Kentucky sweep.

The unofficial results of the Alsco 300:
Austin Cindric
Chase Briscoe
Justin Haley
Ross Chastain
Justin Allgaier
Anthony Alfredo
Noah Gragson
Michael Annett
Daniel Hemric
Riley Herbst
Jeremy Clements
Harrison Burton
Brandon Brown
Jesse Little
Josh Williams
Garrett Smithley
Brett Moffitt
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Matt Mills
BJ McLeod
Colby Howard
Joe Graf Jr
Mason Massey
Alex Labbe
Bayley Currey
Timmy Hill
Tommy Joe Martins
Vinnie Miller
Kody Vanderwal
Brandon Jones
Myatt Snider
Ronnie Bassett Jr
Chad Finchum
Stephen Leicht
Ryan Sieg
Kyle Weatherman

Newport Folk Festival Goes Virtual

The Covid-19 pandemic has put a stop to most live performances and festivals this year including the Newport Folk Festival normally scheduled in the summer.

While many festivals are postponing events until next year, the Newport Folk Festival is moving online for a ticketed event July 31 to August 2.

The Folk On Revival Weekend will feature a series of live performances including Mavis Staples, Deer Tick, Roger Waters & Lucius, Sharon Van Etten, Leon Bridges, Jim James, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Tom Morello, Trombone Shorty, and Ben Harper.

Included with the series of ticketed webcast events is a free film premiere.

The scheduled ticketed events include:
“Mavis 80” – Mavis Staples 80th birthday celebration
“Deer Tick and Friends”

The film “Our Voices Together” will premiere in a free screening on You Tube August 2.

A series of radio broadcasts from the past 60 years is also scheduled to air on WFUV in New York City, WMVY in Martha’s Vineyard, and WEXT in Albany, New York.

Newport Folk Festival executive producer Jay Sweet spoke on the Festival in a statement saying, “in the history of this festival, there has never been a time like we’re in now. A global pandemic shuttering our plans to congregate before quickly shifting into the biggest civil rights movement in over 50 years. Many of our lives have drastically changed, financially, emotionally, and/or irrevocably. It has been painful for many of us, on the front lines fighting the pandemic, on the front lines fighting social injustice and especially for those losing loved ones along the way. While it was an emotional gut punch to cancel the festival in a year where it is so clearly needed, we felt it was imperative to our community to do something. Music has always brought our family together, even when we’re divided. The Newport stage has always been a sanctuary for artists to speak their minds on the times in front of us, not with merely one voice alone, but many in unison. This year’s Newport is no exception, collectively representing what it feels like to be human in today’s world by amplifying our convictions. For 2020 these voices will be our megaphone, these events our stage.”

Brittany Howard, Andrew Bird, Phoebe Bridgers, Nathaniel Rateliff, Big Thief, Yola, Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Khruangbin, Jimmy Cliff were among those who were scheduled to perform live at the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals this year before the events were cancelled.

 

feature photo credit: Newport Folk Festival Facebook page

Greg Hoy and the Boys Release a Summer Song

Greg Hoy has released dozens of albums with different bands and under a variety of names. His latest incarnation is called Greg Hoy and the Boys.

His latest single “Leaving While You Stay” offers up a summer song about watching people. The release comes on the heels of the band having their summer tour cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A rebuke on current events, the lyrics include the line, “if you elect a clown, you’re going to get a circus.”

Hoy and The Boys recently entered the studio
and recorded an albums worth of music that they will be releasing some time in the near future…and hitting the road as soon as it is safely possible to do so.

A very busy boy, Greg Hoy has formed Greg Hoy and the Boys, Twice As Bright, and The Royal Panics; worked with The Last Town Chorus, Glenn Branca, J. Robbins, and Steve Albini; and has had his music played on “One Tree Hill” and “Made” on MTV. Hoy has also been a host on Arlene’s Grocery Punk Rock Heavy Metal Karaoke in New York City.

 

feature photo credit: Greg Hoy and the Boys website

GLAAD Goes Virtual for Awards

Like many other award presentations, the annual GLAAD Media Awards were postponed after the breakout of the COVID-19 virus.

As a result the media Awards are going virtual with a star studded presentation that will air on Facebook and You Tube.  The tv network LOGO will rebroadcast the festivities on August 3.

The GLAAD Media Awards were created to honor members of the media, media outlets, and programming that features a fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of the Gay Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community.

And this year GLAAD is bringing back the popular Outstanding Broadway Production category.

With Comedians Fortune Feimster and Gina Yashere serving as hosts for the gala event; Chloe x Halle, Peppermint, Dolly Parton, Beanie Feldstein, Lena Waithe, Olivia Wilde, Cara Delevingne, Kaitlyn Dever, Sonya Deville, Jonica T. Gibbs, Dan Levy, Lil Nas X, Rachel Maddow, Ryan O’Connell, the cast and producers of “Pose”, Geena Rocero, Angelica Ross, Benito Skinner, Brian Michael Smith, Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union, and Raquel Willis are all scheduled to appear.

GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis spoke on the awards gala saying, “as this year’s Media Awards go virtual, we hope to send a powerful message to LGBTQ+ people that in the midst of this culturally and politically divisive time, our visibility and voices have never been more important.”

Along with awards in 30 categories being handed out, special recognition will be paid to the Netflix show “Special”, journalists Karen Ocamb and Mark Segal, Ryan Murphy, and Judith Light.

The nominees for the 2020 GLAAD Media Awards:
Outstanding Wide Release Film:
“Bombshell”
“Booksmart”
“Downton Abbey”
“Judy”
“Rocketman”

Outstanding Limited Release Film:
“Adam”
“Brittany Runs a Marathon”
“End of the Century”
“The Heiresses”
“Kanarie”
“Pain & Glory”
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”
“Rafiki”
“Socrates”
“This is Not Berlin”

Outstanding Documentary:
“5B”
“Gay Chorus Deep South”
“Leitis in Waiting”
“State of Pride”
“Wig”

Outstanding Drama Series:
“Batwoman”
“Billions”
Euphoria”
“Killing Eve”
“The L Word: Generation Q”
“The Politician”
“Pose”
“Shadowhunters”
“Star Trek: Discovery”
“Supergirl”

Outstanding Comedy Series:
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
“Dear White People”
“Dickinson”
“One Day at a Time”
“The Other Two”
“Schitt’s Creek”
“Sex Education”
“Superstore”
“Vida”
“Work in Progress”

Outstanding Individual Episode in a series without a regular LGBTQ character:
“Love – Drunk History”
“Murdered at a Bad Address – Law & Order: SVU”
“Spontaneous Combustion – Easy”
“This Extraordinary Being – Watchmen”
“Two Doors Down – Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings”

Outstanding TV Movie:
“Deadwood: The Movie”
“Let it Snow”
“Rent: Live”
“Transparent: Musicale Finale”
“Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story”

Outstanding Limited Series:
“Mrs Fletcher”
“The Red Line”
“Tales of the City”
“When They See Us”
“Years & Years”

Outstanding Kids and Family Programming:
“Andi Mack”
“The Bravest Knight”
“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”
“The Loud House”
“Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone”
“Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling”
“She-Ra and the Princesses of Power”
“Steven Universe: The Move”
“A Tale of Two Nellas”
“Twelve Forever”

Outstanding Reality Program:
“Are You the One?”
“Bachelor in Paradise”
“I Am Jazz”
“Queer Eye”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”

Outstanding Music Artist:
Adam Lambert
Brittany Howard
Kevin Abstract
Kim Petras
King Princess
Lil Nas X
Melissa Etheridge
Mika
Tegan & Sara
Young M.A.

Outstanding Comic Book:
“The Avant-Guards”
“Bloom”
“Crowded”
“Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me”
“Liebestrasse”
“Lumberjanes”
“Runaways”
“Star Wars: Doctor Aphra”
“The Wicked + Divine”

Outstanding Video Game:
“Apex Legends”
“Borderlands 3”
“The Outer Worlds”
“Overwatch”
“The Walking Dead: The Final Season”

Outstanding Broadway Production:
“Choir Boy”
“The Inheritance”
“Jagged Little Pill”
“Slave Play”
“What the Constitution Means to Me”

Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode:
“Billy Porter Serves Cataract Realness, Fashion, and Tonys” from “The View”
“Ellen Meets Inspiring Mormon Valedictorian” from “The Ellen Show”
“Jacob Tobia – Promoting a ‘Gender-Chill’ Exploration of Identity with ‘Sissy’” from “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”
“Jonathan Van Ness: Honey, She’s An Onion With All Sorts of Layers” from “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”
“Lilly Is Struggling to Date Women” from “A Little Late with Lilly Singh”

Outstanding TV Newsmagazine:
“ABC News Pride Day”
“All Her Sons”
“Am I Next? Gay and Targeted in Chechnya”
“Am I Next? Trans and Targeted”
“Rainbow Railroad” 60 Minutes

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment:
“Black and Trans in Texas” Vice News Tonight
“Don Lemon to Kevin Hart: Walking away right now is your choice” CNN Tonight with Don Lemon
“Laverne Cox: We exist, we deserve human rights” Up with David Gura
“One-on-One with Mayor Pete Buttigieg” The Rachel Maddow Show
“Ryan Russell Reveals His Truth” ESPN

Outstanding Newspaper Article:
“L.G.B.T.Q. Community Finds ‘Sense of Home’ in the Bronx” by Rick Rojas  from The New York Times
“Military Reports No Discharges Under Trans Ban — But Advocates Have Doubts” by Chris Johnson from the Washington Blade
“Nearly 4 Million LGBTQ People Live in Rural America, and ‘Everything is not bias and awful’” by Susan Miller from USA Today
“Texas Leads the Nation in Transgender Murders. After the Latest Attack, the Dallas Trans Community Asks Why” by Lauren McGaughy from The Dallas Morning News
“Trump Pledged to End the HIV Epidemic. San Francisco Could Get There First” by Maria L. La Ganga from the Los Angeles Times

Outstanding Magazine Article:
“2019 Sportsperson of the Year: Megan Rapinoe” by Jenny Vrentas from Sports Illustrated
“In Her Element: Geena Rocero” by Geena Rocero from Playboy
“Indya Moore Just Wants to Be Free” by Jada Yuan from ELLE
“Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s Unlikely, Untested, Unprecedented Presidential Campaign” by Charlotte Alter from TIME
“The Trans Obituaries Project” by Raquel Willis from OUT

Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage:
Advocate
Billboard
Entertainment Weekly
OUT
Variety

Outstanding Digital Journalism Article:
“Finding the Truth About Transgender Athletes in Women’s Sports” by Cyd Zeigler and Dawn Ennis from Outsports.com
“How a New Class of Trans Male Actors Are Changing the Face of Television” by Trish Bendix from TIME.com
“’This time is real’: Taiwan Counts Down to Asia’s First Same-Sex Weddings” by Beh Lih Yi  from Openlynews.com
“Trump Administration to LGBT Couples: Your ‘Out of Wedlock’ Kids Aren’t Citizens” by Scott Bixby from TheDailyBeast.com
“When Transgender Travelers Walk Into Scanners, Invasive Searches Sometimes Wait on the Other Side” by Lucas Waldron, Brenda Medina from ProPublica.org

Outstanding Video or Multimedia Digital Journalism:
“Between Two Homes: The LGBTQ+ Refugees America Left Behind” by Judah Robinson from NowThis
“LGBTQ+ Community Debates the Meaning of ‘Queer,’ Military Bans, & More” produced by Ruben Davis, Arielle Duhaime-Ross, Brett Karley, Brendan Kennedy, Brian McGee, James Novogrod, Ani Ucar, Molly Wertheimer, and Brent Whiteside from VICE
“The Life Threatening Dangers Of Gay Conversion Therapy” by Grace Baldridge from Refinery29
“MTV News: Sound On – LGBTQ+ Representation” by Terron Moore and Rakhee Jethwa from MTV News
“Stonewall 50: The Revolution” produced by Sekiya Dorsett, Brooke Sopelsa, Elizabeth Kuhr, Shahrzad Elghanayan, Wesley Oliver, Tim Fitzsimons, and Victor Limjoco from NBC OUT and Nightly Films

Outstanding Blog:
Gays with Kids
JoeMyGod
My Fabulous Disease
Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents
TransGriot

Outstanding Spanish-Language Scripted Television Series:
“Amar a Muerte”
“El Corazón Nunca Se Equivoca”
“El Juego de las Llaves”
“Élite”
“Los Espookys”

Outstanding Spanish-Language TV Newsmagazine:
“Después de Stonewall”
“Fallece Mujer Transgénero” Conclusiones
“Nosotrxs Somos”
“Orgullo” Despierta América

Outstanding Spanish-Language TV Interview:
“Cómo y Cuándo Salir del Clóset” from Un Nuevo Día
“Conoce la Importancia de Apoyar a un Ser Querido Cuando ‘Sale del Clóset’” from A Primera Hora
“Deportada y Asesinada” from Al Punto
“Pareja Transgénero Quiere Tener Hijos” from Un Nuevo Día
“Tanya Saracho, Una Latina en Hollywood” from Ojo Crítico

Outstanding Spanish-Language TV Journalism Segment:
“Amor Sin Condición” from Noticiero Univision 33
“Exigen Justicia Para Franco” from Noticias 22
“Sabor a Comunidad” Noticiero from Telemundo 48
“Ser Latina y Trans en EE.UU. Implica una Lucha Contra la Discriminación en Varios Frentes” from Proyecto Ser Humano
“Triunfa el Amor por Ser Padres” from Noticiero Telemundo 44

Outstanding Spanish-Language Digital Journalism Article:
“Fue Negligencia de ICE: las Denuncias de Abusos y Discriminación de Mujeres Transgénero Tras Dos Muertes en un Año” por Patricia Clarembaux from Univision.com
“Los Multiples Rostros de la Comunidad Transgénero en Estados Unidos” from Al Día News
“Una Pareja Gay Celebra su Primer Día de Madres, Algo que Pensaron Nunca Sería Posible” por Laura Rodriguez (Hoy)
“Queer en la Caravana: el Peligro de Ser Migrante LGBT Buscando Asilo” por Mabel Jiménez from eltecolote.org
“Soy Gay y Estoy Orgulloso de Poder Decirlo: Jorge Luis Martínez, patinador mexicano” por Mario Villagrán from GQ Mexico

Outstanding Spanish-Language Digital Video or Multimedia Journalism:
“América a Fondo: Brigitte Baptiste, el Rostro de la (bio) Diversidad” por David Casasús from EFE
“Conoce a Jorge Luis Martínez Patinador que se Declaró Abiertamente Gay” from Quién
“Latinxs Cuentan Qué Es Ser Latinx” from BBC Mundo
“Santuario, el Inesperado Refugio de Indígenas Trans en Colombia” por Alejandro Millán Valencia from BBC Mundo

 

feature photo credit: GLAAD Facebook page

 

Fairy Magic at The Strong

The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York has many things to offer its visitors. And while many of the exhibits are interactive, one of the most awe inspiring is the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden.

Opening July 11 and running through November 1 The Strong presents Fairy Magic! The exhibit features light spritley music as visitors wander through the garden filled with hundreds of butterflies, orchids, begonias, whimsical flowers, and even a set of doors from a fairy house that were donated by Blue Toucan Studios artists Chris Pallace and Kevin Serwacki.

Visitors are welcome to photograph the garden and its myriad of residents.

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The only year round indoor butterfly garden in upstate New York, the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden is also homered to a chameleon, turtles, a tortoise, and a green aracari toucan.

Entry into the Butterfly Garden requires an additional charge above the general admission ticket price.

In order to ensure the safety of visitors and employees, entry into The Strong is via a timed ticket which may be purchased online or at the admissions desk.

Tickets to The Strong are $16 for everyone over the age of two and free for members and those under the age of two.

Entry to the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden is $4 for members, $5 for non members, and free for those under the age of two.

Reserved tickets are available from 9am to noon and 1pm to 4pm daily with additional times from 5pm to 8pm on Friday and Saturday.

All visitors to The Strong who are medically able to do so must wear a mask and social distancing protocols are in place. The food court will be closed and the water fountains are not in sue. Visitors are encouraged to bring a water bottle and fill them with the new touchless water stations.

Train and carousel rides are available only through a touchless pay system.

 

photos courtesy of The Strong in Rochester, NY

Overtime Finish for Xfinity Series in Kentucky

The Xfinity Series kicks off a busy weekend of racing at Kentucky Speedway and an Xfinity Series doubleheader.

The first of five races – two Xfinity races, one ARCA race, one Truck Series race, and a NASCAR Cup race to cap off the weekend.

Noah Gragson will sit on the pole after a random draw that was set by car owner points. Watermelon Man Ross Chastain will start alongside Gragson on the front row.

With temperatures topping out in the mid nineties, the drivers will run the Shady Rays 200 on a hot summer night under the lights.

Anthony Alfredo has an issue with his car even before the race gets started.

Having won the past two races, Chase Briscoe starts the race from the seventh position and is looking for win number six of the 2020 racing season.

The crew finally gets the steering wheel issue fixed on Anthony Alfredo’s car and he gets moving.

Stages one and two of the race are just 30 laps each with stage three lasting 74 laps for a total of 134 laps.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 15.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and jumps out in front for the lead.

Going into turn one, Brandon Jones gets turned around after Jeb Burton gets loose. In a racing event Jones hit the sideways Burton. Burton gets airborne after he was hit.

A doubleheader weekend, the drivers have to use the same car for both races unless the car was damaged too badly. Any team who goes to a second car will have to start the second race from the back of the field.

Jeb Burton’s team gets the car repaired and he is back on the track three laps down. Brandon Jones is out of the race.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap eight and goes nose to nose with Ross Chastain before taking the lead on turn two.

Drivers are reporting that the track is very slick and dirty.

Lap nine, the top five are Noah Gragson, Ross Chastain, Michael Annett, Austin Cindric, and Harrison Burton.

Lap eleven, Noah Gragson has a lead of nearly a second on Austin Cindric; Michael Annett, Chase Briscoe, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap 13, Austin Cindric has closed the gap on leader Noah Gragson to under half a second; Michael Annett, Chse Briscoe, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Austin Cindric has caught up to leader Noah Gragson.

At the end of lap 15, NASCAR throws the competition caution. As the “lucky dog”, Jeb Burton gets one of his laps back.

Chase Briscoe is one of only a few drivers who came down pit road for service.

Taking the outside lane, Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 20 and jumps out in front for the lead with Austin Cindric on his bumper.

With 10 laps remaining in stage one, Noah Gragson leads the race with Austin Cindric on his bumper; Harrison Burton, Ross Chastain, and Anthony Alfredo round out the top five.

After restarting the race in 27th place, Chase Briscoe has moved up to 20th in only three laps.

Lap 24, Austin Cindric challenges Noah Gragson for the lead but Gragson holds on to the lead.

Lap 26, Noah Gragson has a second and a half lead on Harrison Burton; Austin Cindric, Ross Chastain, and Anthony Alfredo round out the top five.

With two laps remaining in stage one, Noah Gragson has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Harrison Burton.

With a three second lead, Noah Gragson wins stage one for his series leading sixth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Noah Gragson
Harrison Burton
Austin Ciondric
Ross Chastain
Anthony Alfredo
Michael Annett
Justin Haley
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Sieg
Brett Moffitt

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service. Noah Gragson wins the race off of pit road with Harrison Burton out second.

Harrison Burton had to make a second trip down pit road for an uncontrolled tire.

Brett Mofitt, Matt Mills, and Kyle Weatherman all had crew member come over the wall too soon and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

After staying out on the track, Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 37 and goes side by side with Noah Gragson before Gragson takes the lead.

Lap 39, Noah Gragson is in the lead with Chase Briscoe in second; Austin Cindric, Ross Chastain, and Brandon Brown round out the top five.

Lap 41, Noah Gragson has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Chase Briscoe; Austin Cindric, Ross Chastain, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

When Noah Gragson’s team removed his first set of tires, they were corded all the way around. NASCAR has issued five sets of tires to each team.

Lap 45, Noah Gragson has a lead of over half a second on Chase Briscoe; Austin Cindric, Ross Chastain, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Lap 50, Noah Gragson continues to dominate the race with a lead of over a second on Chase Briscoe; Austin Cindric, Ross Chastain, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Chase Briscoe is reporting a vibration in his car.

Lap 54, Noah Gragson holds on to his one second lead on Chase Briscoe with 29 cars on the lead lap.

Jeb Burton and Tommy Joe Martins are off the track with Stephen Leicht and Brandon Jones out of the race.

Five laps to go in stage two; Noah Gragson has a one second lead on Austin Cindric; Chase Briscoe, Ross Chastain and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Lap 58, Noah Gragson is lapping cars; there are only 22 cars on the lead lap.

With a lead of over a second, Noah Gragson wins stage two for the stage sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Noah Gragson
Austin Cindric
Chase Briscoe
Ross Chastain
Riley Herbst
Justin Allgaier
Michael Annett
Ryan Sieg
Brandon Brown
Anthony Alfredo

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service. Noah Gragson is reporting a vibration.

Noah Gragson edges out Chase Briscoe to win the race off of pit road.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 68 and gets out in front to dontiue his dominance of the race with Chase Briscoe in second; Austin Cindric, Riley Herbst, and Jusitn Allgaier round out the top five.

On lap 72, Noah Gragson has just run his fastest lap of the race.

Gragson has a quarter of a second lead on Austin Cindric; Chase Briscoe, Riley Herbst, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 75, Austin Cindric has closed the gap on leader Noah Gragson to just a tenth of a second; Chase Briscoe, Riley Herbst, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 81, Noah Gragson is getting challenged for the lead by Austin Cindric; with the help of a lapped car, Gragson holds on to the lead.

Lap 85, Noah Gragson has a quarter of a second lead on Austin Cindric; Chase Briscoe, Justin Allgaier, and Riley Herbst round out the top five with 22 caes on the lead lap.

Alex Labbe gets loose on the track but he saves the car and the track stays green.

Brandon Brown gets loose and into the wall and brings out the caution flag on lap 89.

The drivers are in their fuel window to make it to the end of the race with 45 laps remaining in the race.

Taking only two tires, Justin Haely and Jeremy Clements win the race off of pit road with Noah Gragson coming out third.

Justin Haley brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 93 with Haley edging out for the lead.

Austin Cindric comes from fourth place to take the lead; Justin Haley, Chase Briscoe, Harrison Burton, and Michael Annett round out the top five. Noah Gargaon is back in traffic in eithgh place.

Lap 100, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a second and a half lead on Justin Haley; Chase Briscoe, Harrison Burton, and Michael Annett round out the top five.

Ross Chastain and Brett Moffitt make contact and get lose, but save the cars. Leaving debris on the track, NASCAR puts out the sixth caution flag of the race.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 106 with Austin Cindric and Justin Haley battling for the lead. Austin Cindric gets out in front for the lead with Chase Briscoe in second; Harrison Burton, Justin Haley, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

With just 20 laps remaining in the race, Austin Cindric has a near two second lead on Chase Briscoe; Harrison Burton, Justin Allagier, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Austin Cindric is running laps a second fasther than the rest of the field.

Fifteen to go, Austin Cindric has a near two second lead on Chase Briscoe; Harrison Burton, Justin Allgaier, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Colby Howard gets into the wall and brings out the caution flag.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart with just nine laps remaining in the race. The cars are getting three and four wide across the track with Austin Cindric getting out in front for the lead; Chase Briscoe, Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Five to go, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Chase Briscoe; Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Harrison Burton brings out the eighth caution flag of the race when h gets loose and spins out.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the overtime finish and the first attempt at a green/white/checker finish. Austin Cindric gets out in front for the lead.

Austin Cindric takes the white flag with Riley Herbst in second.

Winning his first oval race in the 2020 season, Austin Cindric wins his third race of the season while Justin Allgaier and Ronny Bassett Jr wreck and hit the wall. Both drivers are out of the cars. Bassett’s car got off the ground when it hit the wall.

The unofficial results of the Shady Rays 200:
Austin Cindric
Riley Herbst
Ross Chastain
Chase Briscoe
Anthonly Alfredo
Michael Annett
Justin Haley
Kyle Weatherman
Ryan Sieg
Brett Moffitt
Noah Gragson
Jeremy Clements
Joe Graf Jr
Jesse Little
Myatt Snider
Chad Finchum
Harrison Burton
BJ McLeod
Ronnie Bassett JR
Justin Allgaier
Timmy Hill
Bayley Currey
Vinnie Miller
Alex Labbe
Kody Vanderwal
Josh Williams
Brandon Brown
Mason Massey
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Matt Mills
Garrett Smithely
Colby Howard
Tommy Joe Martins
Jeb Burton
Stephen Leicht
Brandon Jones

NASCAR Announces More Races

On July 8, NASCAR released the schedule for the remainder of the 2020 regular season.  The schedule features more doubleheaders and road course races with two stops at Daytona International Speedway in August.

Each year dozens of teams gather at Daytona for the annual Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.  Occasionally, some of those teams have included NASCAR Cup Series drivers including Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jeff Gordon – who has a Rolex to prove it.  In August the NASCAR Cup Series will take to the famous road course that includes part of the high banked oval.  The Daytona road course will replace the road course race at Watkins Glen in central New York.

Which tracks, if any, will allow fans in the stands will be determined on a race by race basis based on local ordinances and health guidelines.

NASCAR race schedule:
July 9 an Xfinity Series race at Kentucky
July 10 an Xfinity Series race at Kentucky
July 11 a Gander Trucks Series race at Kentucky
July 12 a Cup Series race at Kentucky
July 15 an ARCA Menards Series race at Charlotte
July 15 Cup Series All Star events at Charlotte
July 18 an Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway
July 18 a Gander Trucks Series race at Texas
July 19 a Cup Series race at Texas
July 23 at Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway
July 24 a Gander Truck Series race at Kansas
July 24 an ARCA Series race in Kansas
July 25 a Gander Trucks Series race at Kansas
July 25 an Xfinity Series race at Kansas
Aug 2 a Cup Series race at New Hampshire Speedway
Aug 7 a Gander Outdoors and RV Truck Series race at Michigan
Aug 8 an Xfinity Series race at Road America
Aug 8 a NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan
Aug 9 an ARCA race at Michigan
Aug 9 a NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan
Aug 14 an ARCA road race at Daytona
Aug 15 an Xfinity Series road race at Daytona
Aug 16 a Truck Series road race at Daytona
Aug 16 a NASCAR Cup Series road race at Daytona
Aug 21 an ARCA race at Dover
Aug 21 a Truck Series race at Dover
Aug 22 an Xfinity Series race at Dover
Aug 22 a NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover
Aug 23 an Xfinity Series race at Dover
Aug 23 a NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover
Aug 28 an Xfinity Series race at Daytona
Aug 29 an ARCA race at WWT Raceway
Aug 29 a NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona
Aug 30 a Truck Series race at WWT Raceway

 

Town Mountain Releases New Single

For the Country music and Bluegrass band Town Mountain the release of their new single “You Can’t Win ‘Em All” has been a long time coming.

Recorded nearly a year ago after their Red Rocks performance, any extra recording, mixing, and engineering of the song had to be done during the national lockdown due to the COVID-19 virus.  Grammy Award winning Joel Savoy produced the song.

Written by singer and mandolin player Phil Barker, the song laments on a lost love and past decisions.

Hailing from Asheville, North Carolina; Town Mountain is Phil Barker, Jesse Langlais, Robert Greer, Bobby Britt, and Zach Smith.  Since forming in 2007, the band has shared the stage with the Yonder Mountain String Band, Del McCoury, Ralph Stanley and His Clinch Mountain Boys, and Greensky Bluegrass.  And they have performed on the coveted Grand Ole Opry stage in the Ryman Auditorium.

“You Can’t Win ‘Em All” will be available on all digital platforms beginning Friday, July 10.

 

feature photo credit: Town Mountain Facebook page

Kevin Keller Sees Heaven in Music

When a journalist asks an artist about their source of inspiration for songs, the answer usually has something to do with the world around them.  But New Age artist Kevin Keller puts a whole new meaning to that answer with the music from his upcoming 12th album “The Front Porch of Heaven”.

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Birds flying to the light. Successful concept. Leadership and fellowship concept.

Set for a September 18 release, Keller has channeled his time on the operating table during open heart surgery which included him being on a life support system while his heart was deliberately stopped!

Keller has put into music his journey of the experience itself and the relief of when it was all over and he had survived.

The ambient music composer has been creating music for over 25 years by mixing neo-classical and electronic sounds to create a sound to soothe the soul or provide a pleasant background for work or play.

An introduction to Tangerine Dream led to the piano and teaching himself to read music before launching on a career that has put the award winning composer in a class all his own.

Keller has branched out, creating works for ballet companies, writing for film and television, and the dance reality competition show “So You Think You Can Dance” has used one of Keller’s songs on the show.

photos courtesy of EMPKT and Kevin Keller

 

Johnson Ready to Return to Racing

Less than a week after revealing a positive diagnosis of the COVID-19 virus, seven time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has been given the all clear to return to racing.

After breaking a streak of 663 races, Johnson had to sit out the run at The Brickyard last weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

According to a NASCAR mandate, Johnson had to test negative twice in tests taken 24 hours apart.  He did so on Monday and Tuesday.  Johnson will return to driving the number 48 car for the race this weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

Johnson issued a release saying, “my family is so grateful for the incredible love and support we’ve received over the last several days.  I especially want to thank Justin Allgaier for stepping in for me at Indy and being a true pro. I’m excited about getting back to business with my team this weekend.

While there have been a couple of positive tests among crew members from other shop crew members, Johnson is the first driver to have tested positive for the virus.

While asymptomatic, Johnson had a test after his wife Chandra tested positive for the virus.  The Johnsons have two small daughters who tested negative.  In an interview via Skype last Sunday with NBC Sportscasters, Johnson spoke on the difficulty of parenting two frightened little girls from a distance.

MLB Releases Schedule

The first half of 2020 has been turned upside down with sporting events postponed and cancelled around the globe.

Postponed since March, the Major League Baseball season will finally get underway on July 23 with a doubleheader on ESPN featuring the New York Yankees and the 2019 World Series champion Washington Nationals in the early game and the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants in the late game.

With the games taking place with no fans in the stands, the television schedule is packed with games for fans to see including a triple header of games on FOX July 24 and a Sunday afternoon game on TBS July 26.

The “Field of Dreams” game originally scheduled between the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals on Aug 13 will still be played with the exception of the Yankees will no longer be a part of the game; they are being replaced by the Chicago White Sox.

Jackie Robinson Day has been moved to August 28 since there were no games on April 15 and on August 16, MLB will mark the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues.

Other special dates being honoured by MLB is Roberto Clemente Day on September 9 and on the final day of regular season play – September 27 – every game will begin at 3pm eastern time.

With all the delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 MLB baseball season will be only 60 games in length instead of the normal 162.  To cut down on travel and possible exposure to the virus, the teams will only be playing the teams in their own division and interleague teams in the same division.  There have been no changes thus far to the playoff format, which will continue to include 10 teams.

The shortened playing season also means few off days, with the exception of the teams playing on July 23 who will get an extra day, the teams will only have six days off.

While the teams must deal with an altered schedule, health checks, and safety protocols; they must also deal with altered rosters.  Several players have announced that they will be sitting out the 2020 playing season over concerns about the Covid-19 virus.

The 2020 MLB opening weekend schedule:
(all times are EDT)

July 23 – Yankees at Nationals – 7:08pm
July 23 – Giants at Dodgers – 10:08pm
July 24 – Braves at Mets – 4:10pm
July 24 – Tigers at Reds – 6:10pm
July 24 – Blue Jays at Rays – 6:40pm
July 24 – Martins at Phillies – 7:05pm
July 24 – Royals at Indians – 7:10pm
July 24 – Brewers at Cubs – 7:10pm
July 24 – Orioles at Red Sox – 7:30pm
July 24 – Rockies at Rangers – 8:05pm
July 24 – Twins at White Sox – 8:10pm
July 24 – Pirates at Cardinals – 8:15pm
July 24 – Mariners at Astros – 9:10pm
July 24 – Diamondbacks at Padres – 9:10pm
July 24 – Giants at Dodgers – 9:40pm
July 24 – Angels at Athletics – 10:10pm
July 25 – Brewers at Cubs – 1:05pm
July 25 – Orioles at Red Sox – 1:35pm
July 25 – Twins at White Sox – 2:10pm
July 25 – Pirates at Cardinals – 2:15pm
July 25 – Blue Jays at Rays – 3:10pm
July 25 – Marlins at Phillies – 4:05pm
July 25 – Rockies at Rangers – 4:05pm
July 25 – Braves at Mets – 4:10pm
July 25 – Angels at Athletics – 4: 10pm
July 25 – Mariners at Astros – 4:10pm
July 25 – Giants at Dodgers – 4:10pm
July 25 – Royals at Indians – 5:10pm
July 25 – Tigers at Reds – 5:10pm
July 25 – Yankees at Nationals – 7:15pm
July 25 – D-Backs at Padres – 9:10pm

 

NASCAR Issues Indianapolis Penalties

After the historic weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that saw both IndyCar and NASCAR races held on the same weekend and an Xfinity Series race that held the first road course race at the legendary track.

On July 7, NASCAR issued two penalties to teams in the Xfinity Series; one that resulted in a suspension.

The Penske Racing number 22 car driven by Austin Cindric was found to have an unsecured lug nut during the post race inspection process.  As a result of the infraction, crew chief Brian Wilson has been fined $5,000.

Tommy Joe Martins is the driver for the Martins Motorsports number 44 car.  During the race, Martins brought out one of the several caution flags when the rear axle became dislodged from the car.  Ensuring that the rear axle is properly secured is a part of the NASCAR rule book.   As a result, crew chief for the number 44 car, Daniel Johnson has been suspended for the next points race.  The Xfinity Series will next race at Kentucky Speedway this weekend.

Film Composer Ennio Morricone Dies

Award winning film composer Ennio Morricone died July 6, 2020 in a Rome hospital after a fall at the age of 91.

A very prolific composer, he has scored over 500 soundtracks for films and television from westerns to out of this world compositions.

Stepping beyond his classical training, Morricone wrote music for Joan Baez, k.d. lang, the Pet Shop Boys, Sting, and Andrea Bocelli.  He also has written a number of Italian pop songs.

Not only did Morricone inspire millions to purchase soundtracks containing his music – over 70 million copies; he also inspired his fellow musicians in their own compositions including Jay-Z, Metallica, Radiohead, the Ramones, Muse, and Gnarls Barkley.

He has won Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Awards for his compositions including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Film Academy.

Morricone was born in Rome, Italy on November 10, 1928, the son of a trumpet player.  He began his musical journey by following in his father’s footsteps and studied the trumpet at the Conservatory of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

He began his career by arranging music for radio and then moving on to television and the theatre before turning to composing with his first composition in 1961 – “Il Federale”.

He lived his entire life in his native city and never learned to speak English.  He made his first trip to America and Hollywood when he was 78 years old.

Over the course of his career, Morricone has worked with some of the top Hollywood directors including Brian de Palma, Quentin Tarantino, Sergio Leone, and Gillo Pontecorvo.

Morricone’s list of hundreds of compositions include “A Fistful of Dollars”, “The Battle of Algiers”, “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”, “Once Upon a Time in the West”, “Two Mules for Sister Sara”, “The Canterbury Tales”, “Arabian Nights”, “Footloose”, “La Cage aux Folles II”, “The Thing”, the mini series “Marco Polo”, “Once Upon a Time in America”, “The Untouchables”, the “Octopus” series, “Bugsy”, the mini series “Samson and Delilah”, the 1998 version of “The Phantom of the Opera”, “mission to Mars”, and  “The Hateful Eight”.

Known as the “Maestro”, Morricone requested a private funeral, saying, “I don’t want to bother anyone.”

Morricone is survived by his wife of over 60 years Maria and children Marco, Alessandra, Andrea and Giovanni.

 

feature photo credit: By Georges Biard, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21288724

Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels Dies

The Devil nay have gone down to Georgia, but Country music star and Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels is surely on his way to heaven.

The fiddle playing star died July 6, 2020 in a Hermitage, Tennessee hospital as the result of a stroke at the age of 83

Daniels had a mild stroke in 2010 and had a pacemaker implanted in 2013.

Daniels began his musical career  as a session player.  A multi instrumentalist who could play the fiddle, guitar, banjo, and mandolin; as well as, sing, Daniels lent his talents to a number of stars including Bob Dylan, Marty Robbins, Claude King, Flatt & Scruggs, Pete Seeger, Leonard Cohen, Al Kooper and Ringo Starr.

In the seventies, he put together his own band and has toured the world many times over.  In the early years, it was not uncommon for the Charlie Daniels Band to perform 250 concerts in a single year including numerous shows for the troops.  His list of performances include the White House and the Super Bowl.

Like many Country stars, Daniels also performed Gospel music and even earned a Dove Award for his music.

When musicians gather, the music is all that matters and a jam session will happen in short order.  Daniels would regularly hold a Volunteer Jam in Nashville that has included some heavy hitters in the music world including Don Henley, Amy Grant, James Brown, Pat Boone, Bill Monroe, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alabama, Billy Joel, Little Richard, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eugene Fodor and Woody Herman.

His biggest hit, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” topped both the Country and Pop music charts and win Daniels several awards.

Daniels also owns a handful of acting credits which include the film “Urban Cowboy”, “Trunkfest”, “King of the Hill”, “Murder, She Wrote”, and “Wheels of Justice”.

He also appeared on numerous documentaries, music shows, awards shows, variety shows, game shows, and the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.

His accomplishments include being a member of the Grand Ole Opry, a Grammy Award, a Canadian Country Music Award, Dove Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards, and is a member of the Country Music and Musicians Halls of Fame.

Charles Edward Daniels was born on October 28, 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Daniels is survived by his wife of 56 years, Hazel and son Charlie Jr.

 

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Actor Nick Cordero Dies After Covid Battle

After a very long battle with the Covid-19 virus, Broadway actor Nick Cordero has succumbed to complications as a result of the virus on July 5 in a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 41.

Cordero was first hospitalized with the virus in early March.  Since his admittance he has been on a very rocky journey that included a leg amputation due to blood circulation issues, a medically induced coma, two months on a ventilator, numerous infection issues, and even a heart resuscitation.  He tested negative twice in April but the virus had done its damage to his body.  Cordero’s wife Amanda revealed that he would need a double lung transplant if he were to have an semblance of a normal life.

The Tony Award nominated actor has appeared in “Rock of Ages”, “Bullets Over Broadway”, “Waitress”, and “A Bronx Tale The Musical”.  He originate the role of Cheech in “Bullets Over Broadway”, a role for which he won a “Theatre World” Award.  The role also earned him Drama Desk and Tony Award nominations.

On the screen, he appeared in “Mob Town”, “Inside Game”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “Blue Bloods”, “Going in Style”, “A Stand Up Guy”, “Lilyhammer”, “Don Juan”, “Apartments at 254”, and “Queer as Folk”.

He was born Nicholas Eduardo Alberto Cordero on September 17, 1978 in Hamilton, Ontario.  Before making his acting debut, Cordero was a part of the band Lovemethod.  His Off-Broadway debut came in 2009 with the title role in the musical “The Toxic Avenger”.

Cordero is survived by his wife Amanda and their one year old son Elvis.

 

 

Threepeat at The Brickyard

The NASCAR Cup Series travels to Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 sponsored by Big Machine Records.

The Cup Series caps off a historic weekend where the Xfinity Series ran the inaugural road course race and the IndyCar series also ran a race with Scott Dixon winning the race.

An event that has become all too familiar to race fans this season is a weather delay.  For the fifth time since NASCAR returned to the track after the break for the virus, the race has been delayed due to weather issues.  While there is no rain on the track, there has been some lightening in the area.

Once the race gets started, Joey Logano will sit on the pole after a random draw with Kurt Busch alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Big Machine 400:
Joey Logano
Kurt Busch – making his 700th race start
Alex Bowman
Justin Allgaier – sitting in for Jimmie Johnson
Aric Almirola
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Newman
Matt DiBenedetto
Austin Dillon
Bubba Wallace
William Byron
John Hunter Nemechek
Chris Buescher
Matt Kenseth
Clint Bowyer
Erik Jones
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Joey Gase
Brennan Poole
Michael McDowell
Garrett SMithley
Ty Dillon
Cole Custer
Corey LaJoie
Ross Chastain
Quin Houff
JJ Yeley
Christopher Bell
Ryan Preece
Daniel Suarez
Timmy Hill
Josh Bilicki
BJ McLeod

After learning that his wife had tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, Jimmie Johnson learned that he also tested positive for the virus.  While he is currently asymptomatic, Johnson says that he feels fine but is very concerned about his six and nine year old daughters who so far have test negative.  Justin Allgaier is replacing Johnson in the number 48 car until Johnson has been cleared to return to racing.

In the past there has been a few drivers who ran the Memorial Day weekend double of the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day.  Kurt Busch is one of those drivers and the only active driver who has done so.  In an interview during the delay, Kurt expressed an interest in getting back in an IndyCar and running a “double” next year.

After an hour delay, the drivers are in their cars and moving on the track.

Stages one and two of the race are 50 laps each with stage three lasting 60 laps for a total of 160 laps around the two and a half mile track.  The drivers cannot complete any of the stages on a single fuel load.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and goes side by side with Kurt Busch before Joey Logano edges out in front for the leas.  The drivers gets three wide across the track vying for position.

Lap two, the top five are Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and Alex Bowman.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 12.

Lap three, Joey Logano has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Kurt Busch with Denny Hamlin in thirs; Alex Bowman and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap five, Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney make contact but the track stays green.  The two drivers were involved in an on track altercation last week that put Busch out of the race.

Martin Truex Jr is reporting some issues with his engine as he falls through the field.

Lap eleven, Joey Logano holds on to his near one second lead on Denny Hamlin with Kurt Busch, Alex Bowman, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.  Martin Truex Jr has fallen to 29th place citing ECU issues.

Kevin Harvick brings his car down pit road just before the competition caution comes out.  Drivers cannot take on any fuel prior to the competition caution flag.

Lap 13, NASCAR throw the competition caution.

Once pit road opens the drivers bring their cars down pit road.  Cars get piled up on pit road involving several drivers.  Martin Truex Jr and Corey LaJoie are among those involved.  Michael McDowell slowed down to enter his pit stall and caused the pile up.

The narrowest pit road in the series, one of the crew members on Ryan Blaney’s team got pinched between Blaney’s car and another driver and is being attend to by medical officials.  The crew member gives a thumbs up and a smile as he is taken to the ambulance.  Pit crew members are required to wear fire suits and helmets.  Rear tire changer Zach Price was the injured crewman.

NASCAR has red flagged the race to clean up pit road.  During a red flag condition, teams may make a visual examination of their cars but cannot touch or work on them.

After a red flag delay of about 10 minutes, NASCAR has withdrawn the red flag and displayed the yellow flag as the cars get moving once again.

Teams involved in the pit road incident are on NASCAR’s “crash clock” where they have six minutes to make repairs and achieve minimum speed or they will be out of the race.   The “crash clock” applies to accidents only not mechanical issues.

Kurt Busch had issues in his pit stall and had a slow stop, putting him back in the field in 28th place.

After the team made repairs, Martin Truex Jr took his car out on the track but was back on pit road in short order and is out of the race.

Having stayed out on the track after pitting early, Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 20 and jumps out in front for the lead before Joey Logano comes alongside to battle for the lead.  Harvick gets out in front on turn three to take the lead; Aric Almirola is in third.

Justin Allgaier in the 48 car has to bring his smoking car down pit road with a blown engine.  He becomes the second car out of the race.  Allgaier was one of the cars involved in the pit road altercation.

Lap 23, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano; Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 26, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead on Joey Logano to over a second; Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Also involved in the pit road incident, Brennan Poole and Ricky Stenhouse Jr could not make the minimum race speed and are out of the race.

Lap 30, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Joey Logano; Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin passes Chase Elliott to take fifth place.

Lap 32, Aric Almirola makes an unscheduled trip down pit road for a bad vibration.

Lap 33, Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race with a lead of over three seconds on Joey Logano; Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 35, Kevin Harvick’s lead is now over four seconds on Joey Logano; there are 29 cars on the lead lap with six cars out of the race.

Lap 37, Kevin Harvick – who cannot complete the stage on fuel – holds on to his four second lead on Joey Logano with Denny Hamlin in third.

Lap 39, Kevin Harvick’s lead is now nearly five seconds on Joey Logano; Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

On fresh tires, Aric Almirola is running some of the fastest laps on the track.  He has raced his way back on the lead lap after passing leader Kevin Harvick.

Ryan Newman brings out the caution flag on lap 41 after he gets into the wall with a flat tire.  There is significant damage to the Oscar Mayer car.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.  Taking only two tires, Ty Dillon wins the race off of pit road.  Kevin Harvick had to hit the reserve button coming down pit road.

NASCAR has brought Christopher Bell down pit road to repair a transponder issue.  The transponder is how the cars are scored.  Bell will be allowed to reclaim his spot on the track.

After staying out on the track, William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart of the race with Erik Jones starting alongside on the front row with just three laps remaining in stage one.  William Byron takes the lead with Ty Dillon in second/ Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

William Byron is in the lead with Erik Jones in second.  The drivers battle for position behind as the end of the stage looms.

William Byron wins stage one for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
William Byron
Erik Jones
Austin Dillon
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Matt DiBenedetto
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Clint Bowyer

Some of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service including the drivers who stayed out on the last caution flag.

Daniel Suarez was charged with having a crew member come over the wall too soon

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 56 with Elliott getting out in front for the lead as the drivers get three wide across the track.

The top five are Chase Elliott, Matt DiBendedtto, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 58, leading his first laps at Indianapolis, Chase Elliott has a half second lead on Matt DiBenedetto with Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch rounding out the top five.  There are 28 drivers on the lead lap with six cars out of the race.

Lap 60, Chase Elliott has increased his lead to a second over Matt DiBenedetto.

Lap 63, Chase Elliott now has a lead of over a second on Matt DiBenedetto with Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch rounding out the top five.

Lap 66, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Mat DiBenedetto; Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

NBC Sports reports that the injured crew member on Ryan Blaney’s team is awake and alert but has been taken to a local hospital for further observation.

Lap 70, Chase Elliott continues to pull away from the field with a lead of over four seconds on Matt DiBenedetto.

Fifth place driver Kyle Busch is reporting a vibration in his car.

Lap 71, with a four second lead on the field, Chase Elliott is approaching slower traffic.  Denny Hamlin gets around Matt DiBenedetto for second; Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 75 for a crash when Erik Jones hits the wall hard and has a car in flames.  Jones reports to his team that he is all right in a breathless tone.  Jones is out of the car and assessing the damage.

Much of the field comes down pit road for fuel and fresh tires.  Taking only two tires William Byron and Austin Dillon win the race off of pit road.

William Byron, with Austin Dillon alongside on the front row, brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 83 with Austin Dillon edging out for the lead.  The cars are getting three wide across the track.

William Byron brings out the caution flag on lap 83 when he blows the left front tire and causing some damage to the car.  Byron reports that, “something broke”, before the tire blew.

Austin Dillon brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 88 and goes side by side with Kenny Hamlin until third place driver Kevin Harvick makes a run and takes the lead.

Ryan Blaney brings out the caution flag on lap 88 when he gets into the wall after getting loose, causing damage to the driver’s side of the car.  Blaney brings the car down pit road and into his pit stall.

Joey Logano brings his car down pit road; as does Brad Keselowski.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 92 and jumps out in front for the lead.  The drivers are getting three wide across the track with Chase Elliott taking second place and Denny Hamlin in third; Matt DiBenedetto and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Lap 93, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Chase Elliott with 26 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 95, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Matt DiBenedetto, and Austin Dillon.

Only four laps remain in stage two, Kevin Harvick has a two second lead on Chase Elliott; Denny Hamlin, Matt DiBenedetto, and Austin Dillon round out the top five with 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 97, Alex Bowman’s team short pits and brings his car down pit road for service.

Kevin Harvick wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kevin Harvick
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Matt DiBenedetto
Austin Dillon
Matt Kenseth
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Christopher Bell
Clint Bowyer

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.

After two stages, Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott have earned the most stage points today with 16.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with Chase Elliott alongside on the front row on lap 106.  Harvick goes side by side with Elliott.  After a push from Christopher Bell, Denny Hamlin goes three wide to take the lead but Kevin Harvick makes a power move to retake the lead.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Christopher Bell, and Tyler Reddick.

Lap 108, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over half a second on Denny Hamlin with 25 cars on the lead lap and nine cars out of the race.

Lap 111, Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race with Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick rounding out the top five.

Lap 115, Kevin Harvick holds on to his half second lead on Denny Hamlin with Chase Elliott, Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick rounding out the top five.

The top five were last on pit road on lap 77; they will have to make pit stops in the next handful of laps.

Denny Hamlin is very slowly closing the gap on leader Kevin Harvick who is now less than half a second out in front.

Lap 120, Denny Hamlin has caught up to leader Kevin Harvick with pit stops drawing near.

Tyler Reddick becomes the first of the top five to make a pit stop.  Next up is Denny Hamlin on lap 123.

Leader Kevin Harvick comes down pit road for his green flag pit stop, Matt Kenseth is the new leader.

Lap 127, more drivers make their green flag pit stops.

Lap 130, the top five are Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Cole Custer with 18 cars on the lead lap and nine cars out of the race.

The caution flag comes out on lap 133 when Alex Bowman smacks the wall hard with a flat tire.  Bowman drops the window net to indicate he is ok.

Some of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.  Matt Kenseth wins the race off of pit road.

Staying out on the track, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick are back up front and on the front row.

As the sun begins to make its way below the grandstands, Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 137 with Denny Hamlin getting out in front for the lead.  Matt Kenseth and Christopher Bell battle with Kevin Harvick for second with Harvick getting the spot.

Lap 138, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Cole Custer, and Christopher Bell.

Kevin Harvick challenges Denny Hamlin for second but Hamlin holds on to the lead.  Kevin Harvick is running faster speeds than the lead on the track.

Twenty to go, Kenny Hamlin has a narrow lead on Kevin Harvick; Matt Kenseth Cole Custer, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 143, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a half second lead on Kevin Harvick; Matt Kenseth, Cole Custer, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

With 15 laps remaining in the race, the top three drivers are separated by less than a second with Denny Hamlin leading the way.

The top five are Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Aric Almirola, and Cole Custer.

Matt Kenseth in third place is running the fastest laps on the track; he is eight tenths of a second behind leader Denny Hamlin.

Ten to go, Denny Hamlin has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick; Matt Kenseth, Aric Almirola, and Cole Custer round out the top five.

Leader Denny Hamlin brings out the caution flag when he slams the wall with a flat tire with only seven laps remaining in the race.  Hamlin gets out of the car and walks to the ambulance.

Some of the drivers brings their cars down pit road for service including Christopher Bell who is reporting a bad vibration.  Chase Elliott also comes down pit road for service.  The leaders stay out on the track including Matt Kenseth who fakes coming down pit road.

With an extended caution for cleanup, the race is going into overtime for a green/white/checker finish.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the first attempt at an overtime finish with Kevin Harvick edging out in front for the lead with Matt Kenseth in second; team mates Cole Custer and Aric Almirola battle it out for third.

Kevin Harvick takes the white flag and pulls out to increase his lead on Matt Kenseth.

Repeating his win from last year, Kevin Harvick wins The Brickyard for his third Brickyard win!  This is Harvick’s 53rd career NASCAR Cup Series win; one more and he will tie Lee Petty for eleventh on the all time winners list.

Matt DiBenedetto and Austin Dillon wreck on the final lap of the race.

And copying car owner’s signature move, Kevin Harvick and his pit crew climb the fence.

The unofficial results of the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at The Brickyard:
Kevin Harvick
Matt Kenseth
Aric Almirola
Brad Keselowski
Cole Custer
Kyle Busch
Michael McDowell
Tyler Reddick
Bubba Wallace
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Christopher Bell
Kurt Busch
Ty Dillon
Clint Bowyer
John Hunter Nemechek
Ross Chastain
Austin Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto
Daniel Suarez
JJ Yeley
BJ McLeod
Quin Houff
Garrett Smithley
Josh Bilicki
Joey Gase
William Byron
Denny Hamlin
Timmy Hill
Alex Bowman
Chris Buescher
Ryan Blaney
Erik Jones
Ryan Newman
Brennan Poole
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Justin Allgaier
Martin Truex Jr
Corey Lajoie
Ryan Preece

NASCAR’s Johnson Responds to Virus Diagnosis

The past four months has seen the world change in many ways from how we live to how we see the world.  For NASCAR’s seven time champion Jimmie Johnson, the world has gone from how he views his job as a race car driver to being turned on its head after receiving the diagnosis of a positive test for the Covid-19 virus.

Johnson had the test after his wife Chandra tested positive for the virus.  Johnson cites his wife and her, “diligence on trying to do the right thing at all times,” for the early detection and subsequent isolation for the virus.

The Johnson’s also have two young girls at home; six year old and a nine year old.

While Johnson misses being at the track and behind the wheel of his number 48 car, his main concern is for his daughters and how he can properly parent them, albeit from a distance; including allaying the fears of two little girls he cannot hold and hug.

The race at Indianapolis will mark the first time in Johnson’s long career of 663 races that he has missed a race.

Johnson will have to receive two negative tests 24 hours apart before he will be allowed back to racing.

He has won the Brickyard race in Indianapolis four times.

 

New Collection from the Grateful Dead

Fifty years ago in 1970, the Grateful Dead released the album “Workingman’s Dead”.

Now thanks to “The Angel’s Share” Dead Head’s can listen to some of the outtakes from that album.

The collection of music has never been heard outside the original recording sessions…until now. Featuring over two and a half hours of music, the old 16 track reels were discovered recently in some unmarked boxes. David Lemieux, Brian Kehew, and Mike Johnson spent hours compiling the collection that includes outtakes from every song on the album.

“Workingman’s Dead” tracklisting:
“Uncle John’s Band”
“High Time”
“Dire Wolf”
“New Speedway Boogie”
“Cumberland Blues”
“Black Peter”
“Easy Wind”
“Casey Jones”

Indiana Native Wins at IMS

For the second week in a row NASCAR is making history with the first ever road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Xfinity Series with the Penzoil 150.

Thirty eight drivers will take to the road course with just two short practice sessions.

A relatively short race, stages one and two are just 20 laps each with stage three lasting 22 laps for a total of 62 laps around the course.

JR Motorsports drivers Jeb Burton and Michael Annett will bring the field down for the green flag start of the race with Jeb Burton getting out in front to lead the race. The drivers are getting three wide across the track as they go into the turns.

Brandon Jones challenges Jeb Burton for the lead but so far Burton has held him off.

Jeb Burton leads the first lap of the inaugural road course race.

Jeb Burton , Brandon Jones, and Justin Allgaier make it a three wide battle for the lead on lap number two with Allgaier getting out in front. Austin Cindric has moved from a tenth place start to challenge Justin Allgaier for the lead.

Lap three, Justin Allgaier leads the race with Austin Cindric on his bumper; Brandon Jones is in third.

As they cross the start/finish line to start lap five, Austin Cindric gets around Justin Allgaier to take the lead; Justin Haley Brandon Jones, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Since getting out in front of the field, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Justin Allgaier on lap eight.

The top five are Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, Justin Haley, Chase Briscoe, and Ross Chastain.

Lap 10, Austin Cindric has a three second lead on Justin Allgaier with Justin Haley in third over four seconds back.

Lap eleven, Jeffrey Earnhardt brings his smoking car down pit road with a broken trackbar. The track stays green.

Anthony Alfredo makes an unscheduled trip down pit road on lap 12 for an issue with the window net. NASCAR requires that the window nets be properly secured during a race and Alfredo’s was not secured.

Lap 14, Austin Cindric has a three and a half second lead on Justin Allgaier; Justin Haley, Chase Briscoe, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Preston Pardis and Josh Williams both got off the track but got moving again and the track stays green.

Jeb Burton is reporting some power steering issues and has to bring his car down pit road.

Brett Moffitt is off the track with Jeffrey Earnhardt out of the race.

Lap 16, Autsin Cindric has increased his lead to nearly five seconds on Justin Allgaier.

Preston Pardus gets turned around and off the track for a second time but the track stays green.

Lap 17, Vinnie Miller has a flat tire and is depositing debris all along the track. NASCAR puts out the first caution flag of the race on lap 18 for debris.

Winning stage one under caution, Austin Cindric earns his fourth stage win of the season. Cindric’s car owner is Roger Penske and Prenske Racing; Penske also owns IMS.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Austin Cindric
Justin Allgaier
Justin Haley
Chase Briscoe
Brandon Jones
Noah Gragson
Ross Chastain
Harrison Burton
Alex Labbe
Jeremy Clements

Coming down pit road, AJ Allmendinger was caught speeding and will have to serve a penalty.

Justin Haley is reporting issues with getting his car into second gear.

Chase Brisco wins the race off of pit road, but not all of the drivers made a pit stop.

NASCAR does not race on ovals in wet weather conditions, but they can run a race on road courses with rain tires. Drivers have two sets of rain tires in their pits. The cars must also have a red light in the rear, a de-fogger, and a windshield wiper. With very cloudy skies above, there is the chance of rain in the area. Many of the drivers have never races in the rain.

Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 24 but it is Chase Briscoe going into turn one that gets out in front for the lead with Austin Cindric right behind him in second; Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Austin Cindric is riding on leader Chase Briscoe’s bumper challenging for the lead, but so far, Briscoe has held Cindric off.

Lap 26, Austin Cindric continues to challenge Chase Briscoe for the lead. The son of a racer, leader Chase Briscoe’s dad has won over 150 Sprint car races.

Bayley Currey brings out the caution flag on lap 26 when his car gets stopped on the track.

“American Ninja Warrior” Jade Buford is making his Xfinity Series debut.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 29 but it is Austin Cindirc who gets out in front for the lead after a push from Riley Herbst.

NASCAR has posted Austin Cindric for jumping the restart. He will have to serve a pass through penalty.

The team has three laps to serve the penalty before NASCAR will no longer score the car. The 22 team is looking at the footage and protesting the ruling.

NASCAR has upheld the penalty and Austin Cindric must come down pit road for the pass through penalty.

When Austin Cindric serves his penalty on lap 32, he gives the lead over to Chase Briscoe; Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, Riley Herbst, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 34, Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race with Noah Gragson in second; Justin Allgaier, Riley Herbst, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Brandon Jones brings out the caution flag on lap 35 when he takes his flaming car into the grass. Jones had reported some brake issues earlier.

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Brandon Brown and Josh Bilicki bring the field down for the two lap shootout to the end of stage two after staying out on the track. Getting three and four wide across the track, the rear bumper on Brandon Brown’s car comes off.

Ryan Sieg is in the lead and getting a challenge from Chase Briscoe.

Lap 39, Chase Briscoe takes the lead.

Noah Gragson gets off the track and in the grass after some contact from Timmy Hill but the track stays green.

Chse Brisco wins stage two at his home town track..

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Chase Briscoe
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Sieg
Justin Haley
Michael Annett
Brandon Brown
Josh Bilicki
Timmy Hill
Harrison Burton
AJ Allmendinger

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 44 and jumps out for the lead with Justin Allgaier in second.

Chase Briscoe leads the race with Justin Allgaier, Justin Haley, AJ Allmendinger, and Austin Cindric rounding out the top five.

There are 33 cars on the lead lap.

With 17 laps remaining in the race, Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race with Justin Allgaier, Justin Haley, AJ Allmendinger, and Austin Cindric rounding out the top five.

Lap 47, Chase Briscoe has a one second lead on Justin Allgaier with AJ Allmendinger, Austin Cindric, and Justin Haley rounding out the top five.

AJ Allmendinger is challenging Justin Allgier for second and takes the spot.

With 13 laps to go, Chase Briscoe has pulled out to a three second lead on AJ Allmendinger with Austin Cindric in third.

Micke Wallace and Brett Moffitt get turned around on the track but they are off the racing course and the track stays green.

Anthony Alfredo gets turned around on the trac but the track stays green.

Ten to go, Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race.

The caution flag comes out for the 44 car of Tommy Joe Martins. He left an axle on the track and was dropping a lot of fluid on the track.

Leaders come down pit road for fresh tires.

Justin Allgaier was charged with coming out of his pit stall with equipment.

Harrison Burton had to make a second trip down pit road for a loose wheel.

Preston Pardus and Kyle Weatherman bring the field down for the green flag restart with just seven laps reamining in the race. The drivers get five wide across the track vollying for space. Chase Briscoe takes the lead with AJ Allmendinger in second.

AJ Allmendinger challenges Chase Briscoe for the lead but Briscoe holds him off.

Kody Vanderwal gets off the track but the track stays green.

Chase Briscoe is in the lead with AJ Allmendinger in second; Austin Cindric, Noah Gragson, and Justin Haley rounding out the top five.

Five to go, Chase Briscoe has a narrow lead on AJ Allmendinger as they continue to battle for position.

After his pit road penalty, Justin Allgaier has moved up to just outside the top 10 in eleventh.

AJ Allmendinger continues to challenge Chase Briscoe for the lead. Austin Cindric has pulled up to make it a three way battle with Briscoe holding on to the lead.

Chase Briscoe missed the corner and AJ Allmendinger takes the lead with Austin Cindric on his bumper. The two make contact but Allmendinger holds on to the lead.

Three to go; AJ Allmendinger has the lead with Austin Cindric in second; Chase Briscoe, Noah Gragson, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

As AJ Allmendinger and Austin Cindric battle for the lead, Chase Briscoe makes it a three wide battle and retakes the lead with AL Allmendinger in second.

Contact on the tract between aJ Allmendinger nad Austin Cindric. Justin Haley takes second.

Chase Briscoe takes the white flag.

Indiana native Chase Briscoe wins the race for his first IMS win! This is Briscoe’s fifth win of the season and second in a row.

After a burnout on the track, Briscoe and the team follow in the footsteps of fellow Indiana native Tony Stewart and climb the fence… And then they get to kiss the bricks!

The unofficial results of the Penzoil 150:
Chse Briscoe
Justin Haley
Noah Gragson
AJ Allmendinger
Austin Cindric
Ross Chastain
Justin Allgaier
Alex Labbe
Michael Annett
Preston Pardus
Brandon Brown
Brandon Gdovic
Jeremy Clements
Jake Buford
Kyle Weatherman
Myatt Snider
Ryan Sieg
Jesse Little
Timmy Hill
Anthony Alfredo
Stephen Leicht
Josh Williams
Josh Bilicki
Mike Wallace
Harrison Burton
Joe Graf Jr
Chad Finchum
Kody Vanderwal
BJ McLeod
Matt Mills
Jeb Burton
Vinnie Miller
Riley Herbst
Bayley Currey
Tommy Joe Martins
Brett Moffitt
Brandon Jones
Jeffrey Earnhardt