‘Black Panther’ Actor Chadwick Boseman Dies

Versatile actor Chadwick Boseman died August 28, 2020 as a result of cancer in his Los Angeles home.   Boseman was surrounded by family at the time of his death.  Boseman was 43.

Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago but he never publicly spoke on the diagnosis and continued to work between treatments.

While he only appeared in around three dozen productions; his roles included the iconic Jackie Robinson, James Brown, Justice Thurgood Marshall, and Marvel Comics’ Black Panther.

Boseman made his television debut in 1970 on the daytime drama “All My Children”.  He also appeared in “Third Watch”, “Law & Order”, the shorts “Date”,  “Lady Like”, and “The Appointment”, “CSI:NY”, “The Express”, “ER”, “Cold Case”, “Lie to Me”, “Lincoln Heights”, “Persons Unknown”, “The Glades”, “Castle”, “Detroit 1-8-7”, “Justified”, “Fringe”, and “The Kill Hole” before getting his big break as baseball player Jackie Robinson in “42”. 

He also appeared in “Draft Day”, “Get on Up”, the short “9 Kisses”, “God of Egypt”, “Captain America: Civil War”, “Message from the King”, “Marshall”, “Black Panther”, “Avengers: Infinity War”, “Avengers: Endgame”, “21 Bridges”, and “Da 5 Bloods”.

He had completed “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” before his death.  “Yasuke” is currently in pre-production and a “Black Panther” sequel was being planned.

Boseman was more than just an actor, he also served as a producer on a number of films including “Message from the King”, “Marshall”, and “21 Bridges”.  He was also listed as a producer for “Yasuke”.

Chadwick Aaron Boseman was born on November 29, 2976 in Anderson, South Carolina and later graduated from Howard University in Washington, DC where he first got interested in acting and the theater.  He is also a graduate of the British American Dramatic Academy in Oxford, England.

He is survived by his wife Taylor Simone.  The couple had no children.

feature photo credit: By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America – Chadwick Boseman, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=67164043

2020 MTV VMA’s

MTV doesn’t play very many music videos any more, but they still celebrate the medium with the annual MTV Video Music Awards.

In what was originally planned as a gala extravaganza at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn has become a city wide event as the event has moved outside and across the five Burroughs of New York City.

With the Covid-19 virus still a certainty and life an uncertainty, MTV hade the decision to move the awards outside.

Keke Palmer is hosting the event from inside the Barclay’s Center.

One day after his death, MTV has dedicated the show to super hero actor Chadwick Boseman.

High above the Manhattan, The Weeknd gets the night of music started with “Blinding Lights”.

DaBaby  performs a medley of “Peephole”, “Blind”, and “Rockstar”.

In the first award of the night, Jaden Smith presented the award for Best Collaboration to Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande for “Rain on Me”.

Miley Cyrus performs “Midnight Sky” in a performance that includes swinging from a disco ball.

Drew Barrymore presented the award for Best Direction of a Video to Taylor Swift for “The Man”.  This was the first time Swift directed a video on her own.

At the Skyline Drive In in Brooklyn, Maluma gives a performance of “Hawai”.

The award for Best Latin Video went to Maluma for “Qué Pena”.  While he sang in Spanish, Maluma accepted the award in English and Spanish.  This is Maluma’s first VMA award.

The award for Song of the Year went to Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande for “Rain on Me”. 

In a historic event, BTS gives their first MVA performance live from their homeland of South Korea of their new record shattering video “Dynamite”.

The award for Best Music Video from Home went to Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber for “Stuck with You”.

Lady Gaga takes the stage for a medley performance of “Enigma”, Chromatica II”, “Rain on Me” with Ariana Grande, and “Stupid Love”.  Both artists were wearing masks during their performance.  In the first hour, Lady Gaga has accepted two awards and given a performance; in that time, she has made four costume changes.

Nicole Richie presents the award for Best Pop Video to BTS for “On”.  The band gave their acceptance speech via video from South Korea.

Richie also presented the award for Best R&B Video to The Weeknd for “Blinding Lights”.

Award winning performer Kelly Clarkson presents the award for Artist of the Year to Lady Gaga.

Honouring the medical workers for all that they have done, the MTV VMA’s showed clips of health care workers making music of their own.

JP Saxe and Julia Michaels gave a special performance.

Sophia Carson presented the award for Video for Good – artists using their voice and music for change – to H.E.R. for “I Can’t Breathe”.  Pepsi will be giving $100,000 to the NAACP Legal Fund.

New artist Doja Cat gave her debut VMA performance of “Say So” and “Like That”.

Lady Gaga is presented with the inaugural MTV Tricon Award.  This is her fourth on air award of the night.  Lady Gaga, along with Ariana Grande, received nine VMA nominations to lead the list of nominees.

Travis Barker presented the award for Best Hip-Hop Video to Megan Thee Stalllion for “Savage”.  This is Megan’s second VMA Award.

Barker paid tribute to the Hip-Hop artists who have died this year; as well as, all of artist lost in the past year.

Back at the Drive In in Brooklyn, host Keke Palmer performs “Snack”.

In a VMA debut, CNCO give a performance.

Machine Gun Kelly presents the award for Best New Artist – a fan voted award – to Doja Cat.  Kelly revealed that over 39 million votes were cast.

Bebe Rexha presented the biggest award of the night, Video of the Year to The Weeknd for “Blinding Lights”.

Closing out the night of music was the Black Eyed Peas with “Vida Loca” and “I Got a Feeling”.


Awards not presented during the live television broadcast:
Best K-Pop: BTS for “On”
Best Rock: Cold Play for “Orphans”
Best Alternative: Machine Gun Kelly for “Bloody Valentine”
Best Group: BTS
Best Quarantine Performance: CNCO for “MTV Unplugged at Home”
Best Cinematography: Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande for “Rain on Me”
Best Art Direction: Miley Cyrus for “Mother’s Daughter”
Visual Effects:
Dua Lipa for “Physical”
Best Choreography: BTS for “On”
Best Editing: Miley Cyrus for “Mother’s Daughter”

Truck Series Takes on Gateway

In a single race event, the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series travels to the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison, Illinois for the CarShield 200.  And this week, there are fans in the stands.

With the Xfinity and NASCAR Cup Series in Daytona, many of the teams do not have access to their normal spotters and pit road crews.  As a result, NASCAR has altered the pit road rules a bit.  Crews may change tires only during the stage breaks where they will have a three minute break to do so without losing their on track position.

After his win last week at Dover, Zane Smith sits on the pole and will bring the field to the green flag with Brett Moffitt starting along side on the front row.

This is the final race in the Triple Truck Challenge where the race winner will receive a $50,000 bonus.  Should Sheldon Creed or Zane Smith – the previous two Challenge winners – win the race, their bonus will double to $100,000.

Only three races remain until the playoffs and drivers are fighting for the remaining five spots in the top 10.

Stages one and two of the race are 55 laps each with stage three lasting only 50 laps for a total of 160 laps around the track.

Zane Smith brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and jumps out in front for the lead.

The top five are Zane Smith, Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton, Austin Hill, and Todd Gilliland.

Lap two, Zane Smith has a quarter of a second lead on Brett Moffitt; Todd Gilliland, Austin Hill, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Lap five, Zane Smith has increased his lead to nearly half a second on Brett Moffitt.

Lap seven, Matt Crafton and Austin Hill battle for fourth with Matt Crafton getting around Hill to take the spot.

Lap 10, Zane Smith has led every lap so far.

Lap eleven, Zane Smith leads the race with Brett Moffitt in second; Todd Gilliland, Matt Crafton, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Lap 16, Zane Smith continues to lead the race with Brett Moffitt, Todd Gilliland, Matt Crafton, and Austin Hill rounding the top five.

Lap 19, 29 of the 33 trucks in the field are on the lead lap with all of the drivers in the race.

Lap 20, Zane Smith has a lead of over half a second on Bett Moffitt; Todd Gilliland, Matt Crafton, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Lap 22, Todd Gilliland has caught up to Brett Moffitt and is challenging for second place.

Lap 23, leader Zane Smith has encountered some slower traffic.

Johnny Sauter makes an unscheduled trip down pit road with drive train issues.  The team takes the truck to the garage to assess the issue and hopefully make repairs.  While teams cannot work on crash damage in the garage, they can work on repairing mechanical issues.

Lap 30, Zane Smith has a lead of nearly a second on Todd Gilliland; Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Lap 32, Zane Smith’s lead is now over a second on Todd Gililand with Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton, and Austin Hill rounding out the top five.

Lap 36, Christian Eckes takes fifth from Austin Hill; Zane Smith continues to lead the race.

Johnny Sauter is out of the race with a bell housing issue.

Lap 40, Zane Smith has a half second lead on Todd Gilliland; Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Lap 45, Todd Gillialnd has caught and is challenging leader Zane Smith.  Todd Gilliland is the new leader.

Lap 48, Todd Gilliland has a lead of over half a second on Zane Smith; Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Five laps remain in stage one, Todd Gilliland has a lead of over a second on Zane Smith; Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

With a lead of over a second and a half, Todd Gilliland wins stage one for his third stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Todd Gillialnd
Zane Smith
Brett Moffitt
Christian Eckes
Matt Crafton
Sam MMayer
Ben Rhodes
Sheldon Creed
Ty Majeski
Tyler Ankrum

Drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service.  The drivers will return to the track in the same positions that they entered the pits.

One quarter of the drivers in the field today are still in their teens.

Todd Gilliland was reporting a possible brake issue, but after checking, the crew said the brakes are fine.

Matt Crafton’s truck shut off and the hood was up during his pit stop.  The crew believes the issues was a shortage of fuel.

Leader Todd Gilliland has a potential splitter issue – he has worn some it it down.

The Choose Rule is in effect for the race.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 62 and edges out Zane Smith for the lead; Brett Moffitt, Christian Eckes, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Sam Mayer takes fifth from Matt Crafton.  The 17 year old ran the fastest lap in the race so far.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track as they battle for position.

Lap 67, Todd Gilliland has a half second lead on Zane Smith; Christian Eckes, Brett Moffitt, and Sam Mayer round out the top five. 

Lap 72, Todd Gilliland continues to lead the race, Zane Smith, Christian Eckes, Sam Mayer, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Lap 76, Todd Gilliland continues to lead the race with Zane Smith in second; Christian Eckes, Sam Mayer, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five with 21 trucks on the lead lap.

Chandler Smith brings out the first caution flag for an on track incident on lap 78 after getting loose and backing his truck into the wall; causing significant damage to his truck.

Grant Enfinger brings his truck down pit road with a hot condition; Enfinger also reports a very tight issue.  After removing some tape from the grille, the Enfinger reports that temps are coming down in the truck.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 83 and gets out in front of Zane Smith for the lead.

The top five are Todd Gilliland, Christian Eckes, Zane Smith, Sam Mayer, and Brett Moffitt.

Lap 86, Sheldon Creed takes fifth place from Brett Moffitt; Todd Gilliland continues to lead the race by half a second on Christian Eckes.

Lap 90, Todd Gilliland has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Christian Eckes; Zane Smith, Sheldon Creed, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.  There are 21 trucks on the lead lap with Johnny Sauter the only driver off of the track.

Lap 100, Todd Gilliland has a lead of over half a second on Christian Eckes; Zane Smith, Sheldon Creed, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

With normal spotters in Daytona, some of the drivers are using spotters for the IndyCar teams.

Lap 108, Todd Gilliland has a lead of over a second on Christian Eckes; Zane Smith, Sam Mayer, and Sheldon Creed round out the top five.

With a lead of over a second, Todd Gilliland sweeps the stage wins.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Todd Gilliland
Christian Eckes
Zane Smith
Sam Mayer
Sheldon Creed
Brett Moffitt
Tyler Ankrum
Ben Rhodes
Raphael Lessard
Stewart Friesen

Drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service, fresh tires, and fuel.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 116 but it is Christian Eckes who edges out for the lead initially before Christian Eckes comes up to battle for the lead.  On lap 117, Todd Gilliland takes the lead with Sheldon Creed in second; Christian Eckes, Sam Mayer, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Christian Eckes has a tire issue and has to bring his truck down pit road for tires.

Lap 121, leader Todd Gilliland gets into the wall after making contact with Sheldon Creed; Sam Mayer takes the lead of the race.

Lapa 122, Sam Mayer has a half second lead on Sheldon Creed; Zane Smith, Brett Moffitt, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Lap 125, Todd Gilliland has to bring his truck down pit road for tires and repairs after hitting the wall.

Christian Eckes takes his car to the garage out of the race.

Jennifer Jo Cobb gets into the wall and brings out the caution flag on lap 127.

Christian Eckes reports that he had a bad vibration and broke the drive train on his truck.

Sam Mayer brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 132 and goes side by side with Sheldon Creed before taking the lead.

The top five are Sam Mayer, Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith, Brett Moffitt, and Ben Rhodes.

Carson Hocevar gets slowed on the track.

Twenty five to go, Sam Mayer has a quarter of a second lead on Sheldon Creed; Zane Smith, Raphael Lessard, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Lap 137, with 20 cars on the lead lap, Sam Mayer has a lead of nearly half a second on team mate Sheldon Creed; Zane Smith, Raphael Lessard, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Twenty to go, Sam Mayer has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Sheldon Creed.

The caution flag comes out on lap 142 Austin Wayne Self gets into the wall after making contact with Carson Hocevar.

Sam Mayer brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 13 laps remaining in the race but it is Sheldon Creed who jumps out in front for the lead.

The top five are Sheldon Creed, Brett Moffitt, Austin Hill, Sam Mayer, and Zane Smith.

Ten to go, Sheldon Creed leads the race with Brett Moffitt ins second; Austin Hill, Sam Mayer, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Five to go, Sheldon Creed has a half second lead on Brett Moffitt.

Sheldon Creed takes the white flag.

Sheldon Creed wins the race for his third win of the season.

Having already winning the first race of the Triple Truck Challenge, Sheldon Creed wins a bonus of $100,000 for a total bonus of $150,000.

The unofficial results of the CarShield 200:
Sheldon Creed
Brett Moffitt
Austin Hill
Sam Mayer
Stewart Friesen
Raphael Lessard
Zane Smith
Grant Enfinger
Ty Majeski
Tanner Gray
Ben Rhodes
Tyler Ankrum
Derek Kraus
Matt Crafton
Carson Hocevar
Danny Bohn
Jordan Anderson
Tate Fogleman
Clay Greenfield
Kyle Donahue
Tyler Hill
Todd Gilliland
Dawson Cram
Chandler Smith
Spencer Boyd
Bryant Barnhill
Roger Reuse
Natalie Decker
Norm Benning
Austin Wayne Self
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Christian Eckes
Johnny Sauter




Big Crash, Red Flags, and a Wild Ride in Daytona

Saturday night is made for racing!  The NASCAR Cup Series caps off a regular season where it all began – the high banks of Daytona International Speedway.

After winning the Sunday race in Dover last weekend and clinching the regular season championship last week, Kevin Harvick sits on the pole for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 with Martin Truex Jr starting alongside on the front row with a full field of 40 cars in the race.

The starting lineup for the Coke Zero Sugar 400:
Kevin Harvick
Martin Trues Jr
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Aric Almirola
William Byron
Jimmie Johnson
Alex Bowman
Ryan Blaney
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Austin Dillon
Kurt Busch
Clint Bowyer
Matt DiBenedetto
Cole Custer
Chris Buescher
Tyler Reddick
Matt Kenseth
Erik Jones
Bubba Wallace
Ryan Newman
Christopher Bell
John Hunter Nemechek
Corey LaJoie
Michael McDowell
Chase Elliott
Ryan Preece
Ty Dillon
Daniel Suarez
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Brennan Poole
JJ Yeley
Quin Houff
Timmy Hill
Ross Chastain
Joey Gase
James Davison
Josh Bilicki
Brendan Gaughan

There are about 20,000 fans in the stands for the race tonight and when Ryan Newman was introduced he received a standing ovation after making a return to the site where he ended his Daytona 500 run with a trip to the hospital after a horrific accident.  Newman says that he has no memory of the crash or the events after.

At a track where anything can happen…and usually does…all but three of the playoff spots have been taken.  Eighteen drivers have the opportunity to race their way into the playoffs including seven time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson.

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.

With a fuel load of 35 to 37 laps, the drivers cannot complete any of the stages on a single load of fuel.

For this race the Choose Rule is not in effect, but the double yellow line is.  Drivers must restart the race in traditional starting lineups.  The double yellow line is the no-go line; drivers cannot go below the line to better their position, if they do, they must serve a penalty.

Austin Dillon and Cint Bowyer will have to start the race from the back of the field after making unapproved adjustments.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front for the lead.

With a push from behind, Martin Truex Jr takes the high line to the lead.

Lap two, Martin Truex Jr is in the lead with Kevin Harvick in second.

Kevin Harvick retakes the lead from the outside lane after getting a push from Brad Keselowski; but Martin Truex Jr isn’t letting Harvick pull away.

Sparks are flying from some of the cars when they scrape the ground.

Lap four, Kevin Harvick is the leader with Brad Keselowski in second.

Lap five, William Byron takes second with Kevin Harvick in the lead; Alex Bowman, Brad Keselowski, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap six, William Byron takes the lead from the outside lane.

JJ Yeley gets stopped on the track bit is out of the racing field.

Lap eight, William Byron leads the race from the outside lane with Alex Bowman in second and Kevin Harvick in third.

Drivers are forming a middle lane for some three wide racing.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 20.

Lap nine, the top five are William Byron, Alex Bowman, Kevin Harvick, Cole Custer, and Erik Jones.

Lap 10, Kevin Harvick has dropped to sixth place with William Byron leading the race with team mate Alex Bowman in second.

Lap 12, William Byron continues to lead the race; Kevin Harvick has worked his way back up to second place.

Kevin Harvick has some debris on his grille and is reporting some very hot temperature issues.

Harvick pulled up on Ryan Blaney’s bumper and got the debris off of his grille.

Lap 16, William Byron leads the race with Alex Bowman in second and Cole Custer in third; Erik Jones and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Leader William Byron has some debris on his grille.

Lap 19, the drivers have gotten single file with William Byron in the lead.

NASCAR puts out the yellow flag for the competition caution on lap 21.  There are 36 cars on the lead lap.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service with several taking fuel only including leader William Byron.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 25 and battles for the lead with Alex Bowman with Byron taking the lead.

There has been a lightning strike close enough to the track that NBC has brought all of their camera operators down from the roof.

Lap 26, the top five are William Byron, Alex Bowman, Tyler Reddick, Jimmie Johnson, and Erik Jones.

JJ Yeley is out of the race.

William Byron leads the race from the outside lane; Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin have connected up with Erik Jones pushing his to the lead on the inside lane.

Lap 30, the top five are Erik Jones, Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell, Michael McDowell, and Joey Logano.

Now in the lead, Erik Jones has moved to the high line with Joey Logano leading the pack on the inside lane.

Lap 32, Erik Jones holds on to the lead with team mate Kyle Busch in second; Christopher Bell, Michael McDowell, and Matt Kenseth round out the top five.

William Byron has moved to the inside lane and works his way back to the lead with Alex Bowman behind him.

Lap 34, the top five are William Byron, Alex Bowman, Tyler Reddick, Joey Logano, and Erik Jones.

Lap 36, Joey Logano is the new leader with William Byron ins second.

Lap 37, the top five are Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, Kyle Busch, and Christopher Bell.

Lap 40, the high line has a big lead on the inside lane with Joey Logano leading the way; Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, Kyle Busch, and Christopher bell round out the top five.

Lap 41, Jimmie Johnson jumps to the inside lane but could not make any ground and rejoined the top outside line.

Hendrick drivers William Byron, and Jimmie Johnson jump to the inside lane and get more drivers to join them for a move to the front with less than 10 laps remaining in stage one.

Lap 45, leading the inside line, Tyler Reddick has moved up to fifth place with Joey Logano leading the race on the outside lane.

Lap 46, Tyler Reddick is challenging Joey Logano for the lead; but with a little help from Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano holds on to the lead.

With three laps remaining in the stage, the inside lane is working to make another run for the lead.

Two laps remain in stage one, Joey Logano holds on to the lead.

Joey Logano and Tyler Reddick battle for the lead and the stage one win with Joey Logano getting the win for his fifth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Joey Logano
Erik Jones
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Blaney
Jimmie Johnson
Christopher Bell
William Byron
Michael McDowell
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch

Drivers come down pit road for service with Christopher Bell winning the race off of pit road after taking only two tires.

Several of the drivers make a trip down pit road just before the green flag and then save fuel trying to make the stage on just one fuel load.

Denny Hamlin was charged with a pit road violation – not maintain single file.

Clint Bowyer has clinched his position in the playoffs; only two spot remain open.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 55.

Lap 58, the top five are, Erik Jones, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, and Christopher Bell.

Lap 61, Erik Jones has a tenth of a second lead on Jimmie Johnson with Kurt Busch in third; Matt Kenseth and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Austin Dillon ran the fasted lap on lap 35 with a speed of over 203 miles per hour.

Lap 65, drivers are making pit stops for fuel only to make it to the end of the stage.

Lap 67, Kyle Busch leads the race with Ricky Stenhouse Jr in second; John Hunter Nemechek, Matt DiBenedetto, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Some of the teams who stopped for fuel with one to go are now reporting that they cannot make it to the end of the stage on their current fuel load including the leader.

Lap 70, Kyle Busch is in the lead; Ricky Stenhouse Jr, John Hunter Nemechek, Matt DiBenedetto, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 72, Daniel Suarez passes Kyle Busch for the lead.

Lap 73, Ty Dillon takes the lead.

Daniel Suarez retakes the lead.

The top five are Daniel Suarez, Ty Dillon, Corey LaJoie, Bubba Wallace, and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 75, Daniel Suarez leads the race, Ty Dillon, Bubba Wallace, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.  The drivers who made pit stops for fuel have joined up for the draft and are running speeds one second faster than the leaders.

Lap 80, halfway, Daniel Suarez leads the race with Ty Dillon in second; Bubba Wallace, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five with 35 drivers on the lead lap.  At a track known for big crashes, there have been no caution flags for incident in the race.

Lap 84, Daniel Suarez continues to lead the race with Ty Dillon in second with the front grup of drivers in fuel conservation mode.

Lap 89, some of the drivers in the front pack bring their cars down pit road for fuel.

Daniel Suarez leads the race with Kyle Busch in second; Denny Hamlin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.  The second pack has caught up to the lead pack.

Joey Logano takes the lead from the outside lane as the line freight trains the inside lane.

Lap 92, Joey Logano leads the race with Ryan Blaney in second; Martin Truex Jr, Brad Keselowski, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Lap 94, Matt DiBenedetto jumps down to the inside lane but no one came with him and is now falling back.  DiBenedetto gest back in line in eighth place.

Low on fuel, Kyle Busch is caught in the middle lane.  His crew chief is telling Busch to get down to the inside and come down pit road for fuel.  There are three laps remaining in the stage but pit road closes with two laps remaining in the stage.  Busch safely gets on pit road.

Joey Logano leads the race from the inside lane with Martin Truex Jr on the outside lane.  Logano blacks Truex to hold on to the lead.

Joey Logano wins stage two to sweep the stages.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Joey Logano
Martin Truex JR
Clint Bowyer
Kurt Busch
Jimmie Johson
Brad Keselowski
Matt DiBenedetto
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Blaney
Christopher Bell

Drivers come down pit road for service with Joey Logano winning the race off of pit road.

Ross Chastain and Denny Hamlin received pit road penalties and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 106 but it is Martin Truex Jr who gets out in front for the lead with Joey Logano on his bumper.

There will be no saving fuel in this stage, all of the drivers will have to make a pit stop for fuel to complete the race.

Lap 107, Martin Truex Jr is in the lead with Joey Logano in second; Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 109, the top group of drivers are single file but back in the field they are getting three wide.

Lap 111, Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Clint Bowyer are single file; but the rest of the field is three wide.

Lap 112, Joey Logano takes the lead on the outside lane.

Lap 113, Martin Truex Jr takes the lead on the inside lane.

Lap 114, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, and Kurt Busch.

Lap 116, Martin Truex Jr has a tenth of a second lead on Kyle Busch; Jimmie Johnson is in third; Chase Elliott and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Jimmie Johnson moves up to the outside lane and gets a push from Joey Logano.  Truex jumps up in front of Johnson to block; laving Kyle Busch to lead the bottom lane and take the lead.

Jimmie Johnson’s move cost him several spots and he is now out of the playoff list, two points below the line.

Lap 122, the top five are Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, William Byron, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

With just 37 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are getting aggressive and running three and four wide across the track.

Lap 125, drivers begin making their green flag pit stops.  Some of the drivers are taking fuel only.

Lap 127, Kyle Busch brings his car down pit road for service; giving the lead over to Joey Logano.

The teams are making pit stops according to their car manufacturers. 

Lap 129, Kyle Busch leads the second pack of drivers, with the front pack yet to make their pit stops.

Thirty to go, Joey Logano leads the race but has yet to make a pit stop along with his Ford team mates.

Lap 131, there are 32 cars on the lead lap with only one car out of the race.

Lap 132, leader Joey Logano makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Michael McDowell.

Lap 135, Kyle Busch leading the outside lane, blows past Joey Logano to take the lead; Denny Hamlin, William Byron, Kurt Busch, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Lap 136, Ricky Stenhouse Jr has taken fifth place from Austin Dillon with Kyle Busch in the lead.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr is moving quickly through the field from the outside lane and is battling Kyle Busch for the lead.  Denny Hamlin gives Kyle Busch a push to keep him in the lead.

Twenty to go, with the drivers running three wide, Kyle Busch leads the race with Denny Hamlin in second and William Byron in third.

Jimmie Johnson is frantically trying to make his way back to the front of the pack.

The caution flag comes out with 17 laps remaining in the race for Australian driver James Davison with four flat tires after a wreck that also involved Brendan Gaughan.

Some of the drivers come down for service – fresh tires – including third place driver William Byron.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 13 laps remaining in the race and jumps out in front for the lead.

Twelve to go, Kyle Busch leads the race with Denny Hamlin in second and Kurt Busch in third; Joey Logano and Christopher Bell round out the top five.  The drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Ten to go, Kyle Busch holds on to the lead.  The reigning Cup champion has not won a race this season.

Nine to go, drivers are three wide and battling for the lead with Kyle Busch getting out in front.

The big one just happened when Tyler Reddick gets in the lead and tries to block Kyle Busch.  Ryan Preece, Ryan Newman, Martin Truex Jr, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Tyler Reddick, Erik Jones, Michael McDowell,  and Ricky Stenhouse Jr were all involved in the crash.

The three drivers battling for the final spots in the playoffs – William Byron, Jimmie Johnson, and Matt DiBenedetto all avoided any crash damage.

NASCAR has red flagged the race with eight laps remaining in the race in order to clean up the crash damage.

When the drivers get moving again, Denny Hamlin is listed as the leader of the race.

After a red flag condition of a little over five minutes, NASCAR puts out the yellow flag and the drivers get moving again with a bunch of the leaders out of the race.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with just five laps remaining in the race from the outside lane; and goes side by side with Tyler Reddick for the lead.  After a push from Chris Buescher, Tyler Reddick edges out for the lead but Denny Hamlin is getting a push from Joey Logano to take the lead with Clint Bowyer in third.

Three to go, Denny Hamlin leads the race as the drivers get four wide across the track.

Joey Logano get in front of Denny Hamlin for the lead,  The caution flag comes out for another Big One.  Jimmie Johnson with heavy damage, Tyler Reddick, Matt DiBenedetto, Joey Logano, William Byron John Hunter Nemechek, Cole Custer, Matt Kenseth, Bubba Wallace, Matt DiBenedetto, and William Byron were all involved in the crash.

NASCAR has red flagged the race for the second time.  Once the race gets going again, the race will have an overtime finish.

After the second red flag condition, NASCAR displays the yellow flag; the drivers get moving again and repairs on the wrecked cars begins.

After significant damage to his car, Jimmie Johnson is back out on the track moving again and looking to finish the race and hoping to make it into the playoffs for one last run at the championship in his final year of full time racing.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the first overtime attempt at a finish with Denny Hamlin and William Byron battling for the lead.  Byron gets out in front with rookie driver Christopher Bell in second. 

William Byron and Martin Truex Jr battle for the lead with Bryon taking the white flag.  Clint Bowyer, Ty Dillon, Aric Almirola, and Kevin Harvick were involved in a wreck but unless the drivers are in danger, NASCAR will not display the yellow flag. 

William Byron wins the race for his first Cup Series win.

The unofficial results of the Coke Zero Sugar 400:
William Byron
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Bubba Wallace
Ryan Blaney
Alex Bowman
Brendan Gaughan
Chris Buescher
Brad Keselowski
John Hunter Nemechek
Matt DiBenedetto
Christopher Bell
Michael McDowell
Brennan Poole
Ross Chastain
Jimmie Johnson
Aric Almirola
Clint Bowyer
Kevin Harvick
Corey LaJoie
Ty Dillon
Quin Houff
Timmy Hill
Austin Dillon
Daniel Suarez
Joey Logano
Matt Kenseth
Tyler Reddick
Cole Custer
Joey Gase
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Erik Jones
Ryan Newman
Ryan Preece
Josh BIlicki
James Davison
JJ Yeley

With a record setting 57 playoff points, Kevin Harvick leads the list of 16 drivers to make the playoffs.  The remaining 15 drivers are:

Denny Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Blaney
Alex Bowman
William Byron
Austin Dillon
Cole Custer
Aric Almirola
Clint Bowyer
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Matt DiBenedetto

The playoff races begin next week with some night racing at Darlington.

Wild Finish for Xfinity in Daytona

It’s back to Daytona International Speedway for a doubleheader weekend and a little night racing when the Xfinity Series gets the weekend started with the WaWa 250 on the tri-oval.

After his win at Dover last weekend, Chase Briscoe sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Ross Chastain starting alongside on the front row.

It is appropriate that the drivers are racing at the World Center of Racing with a lineup that includes drivers from Canada and Scotland.

Riley Herbst’s number 18 car failed the inspection process three times and will have to start the race from the back of the field and serve a pass through penalty once the race starts.  And the team’s car chief has been ejected form the track.

NASCAR has called to fa competition caution on lap 10.

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

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and thanks to a push from Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe takes the lead.

Lap two the top five are Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Ross Chastain, Justin Haley, and Brandon Jones.

Lap three, Chase Briscoe is in the lead with Austin Cindric on his bumper; Ross Chastain is right behind on third.

The four JR Motorsports cars are lined up nose to bumper on the outside lane led by Noah Gragson who has signed on to remain with JRM next season.  The four drivers are looking to run down the leaders on the inside lane.

The caution flag comes out on lap six when Joe Graf Jr hit the was hard after some contact in an on track incident and causing some significant damage to the car.  Graf is depositing debris all around the track.  NASCAR has announced that this will serve as the competition caution.  The team told Graf to take the car to the garage.

This weekend, the Choose Rule is not in play, the drivers must line up according to position and have no choice of whether they want the inside or outside lane.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap eleven with Chase Briscoe edging out for the lead with Austin Cindric in second and Justin Haley in third.

The drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Lap 13, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton, Justin Haley, and Brandon Jones.

Caesar Bacarella brings out the caution flag on lap 14 after getting into the grass with a damaged car. 

Scottish driver John Jackson also got turned around on the track.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 18 from the inside lane but gets a challenge from Harrison Burton for the lead.  On lap 19, Chase Briscoe gets out in front for the lead with Austin Cindric in second; Justin Haley, Harrison Burton, and Ross Chastain round out the top five

Caesar Bacarella and Joe Graf Jr are out of the race with John Jackson off the track, 

After making a pit stop during the caution flag, the JR Motorsports drivers have come from the back of the field to move into the top 10.

Lap 23, Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race.

Justin Haley has taken the lead from Chase Briscoe; Ross Chastain, Anthony Alfredo, Chase Briscoe, and Brandon Brown round out the top five.

Lap 24, Riley Herbst started the race with a pass through penalty, he is now in the top 10.

Lap 25, Jeffrey Earnhardt and Kody Vanderwall bring out the third caution flag of the race for a crash.  BJ McLeod was also involved in the crash and has some damage to his car.

The drivers were four wide across the track when the caution flag came out.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for a one lap shootout to end stage one with Justin Haley alongside on the front row.  With a push form Austin Cindric, Justin Haley gets out in front for the lead.

Justin Haley wins stage one.

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

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service with Ross Chastain winning the race off of pit road as several of the drivers took only two tires.

After staying out on the  track, Timmy Hill brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 35 and gets out in front of Alex Labbe for the lead.

Lap 35, the top five are Timmy Hill, Alex Labbe, AJ Allmendinger, Brett Moffitt, and Myatt Snider.

Ryan Sieg may have some bumper damage to his car.

Lap 36, AJ Allmendinger takes the lead with Ross Chastain, and Justin Haley fill out the parade of team mates; Austin Cindric and Timmy Hill round out the top five.

Lap 38, AJ Allmendinger leads the race with Ross Chastain in second; Justin Haley, Austin Cindric, and Timmy Hill round out the top five.

Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe are the only Fods in the field.

Lap 40, the top five are AJ Allmendinger, Ross Chastain, Justin Haley, Austin Cindric, and Timmy Hill.

Brandon Jones brings out the caution flag on lap 41 with a big crash. Chase Briscoe, Noah Gragson, Myatt Snider, Michael Annett, Colby Howard, Anthony Alfredo, Alex Labbe, Daniel Haley, Tommy Joe Martins , Brandon Brown, Justin Allgaier, and Brett Moffitt, were all involved.  The drivers who were involved in the crash have six minutes to get their cars repaired enough to make minimum speed.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag restart with Ross Chastain alongside on the front row on lap 46.  AJ Allendinger gets out in front for the lead with Austin Cindric in second; Ross Chastain, Riley Herbst, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 47 for another wreck.  Justin Allgaier and Alex Labbe were again involved in the crash.  Allgaier reports that he blew a tire.  Joey Gase, and Jeremy Clements were also involved.

NASCAR has red flagged the race in order to get the track cleaned up. 

NBC Sports broadcaster Jeff Burton reports that out of the 37 cars that started the race, 23 of them have been involved in a wreck and the race has yet to reach the halfway point.

Even though the sun has gone down, the air temperature is 87 degrees with a humidity about the same; causing some very hot conditions for the drivers; especially while they sit in the cars under a red flag condition.  NASCAR crews are passing out bottles of water to the drivers.

NBS Sports broadcaster Dale Earnhardt Jr noted that during a normal race a driver can lose around eight pounds…even more on the really hot days.

After a delay of about 10 minutes, NASCAR pulls the red flag and displays the yellow flag.  The drivers get moving again with some bringing their cars down pit road.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 50 from the inside lane.  Allmendinger and Austin Cindric go side by side in a battle for the lead with Allmendinger taking the lead.

The top five are AJ Allmendinger, Ross Chastain, Austin Cindric, Justin Haley, and Riley Herbst.

The caution flag comes out on lap 53 for debris on the track.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service including the leaders.

Riley Herbst brings the field down for the green flag restart with just five laps remaining in stage two with Harrison Burton in second.

The top five are Riley Herbst, Harrison Burton, Gray Gaulding, Austin Cindric, and AJ Allmendinger.

There are 25 cars remaining in the race with 12 drivers out of the race.

Lap 57, Gray Gaulding takes the lead.

AJ Allmendinger takes the lead on the last lap of stage two.

AJ Allmendinger wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
AJ Allmendinger
Ross Chastain
Justin Haley
Gray Gaulding
Michael Annett
Riley Herbst
Harrison Burton
Chase Briscoe
Austin Cindric
Ryan Sieg

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service with Chase Briscoe leading the way after taking fuel only.

After staying out on the track, AJ Allmending brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 65 and jumps out in front for the lead.

The top five are AJ Allmendinger, Ryan Sieg, Ross Chastain, Justin Haley, and Riley Herbst.

Ross Chastain takes second place with Justin Haely in third.

Ryan Sieg has been black flagged and must bring his car down pit road to address a repair issue.

Daniel Hemric has also been black flagged to make repairs for a mandatory part of the car.

With 31 laps remaining in the race AJ Allmendinger leads the race; Ross Chastain, Justin Haley, Chase Briscoe, and Josh Williams round out the top five.

Lap 73, the top 10 drivers have pulled away from the field with AJ Allmendinger leading the way; Ross Chastain, Justin Haley, Chase Briscoe, and Josh Williams round out the top five.

With 23 laps remaining in the race, there are 22 cars on the lead lap.

AJ Allmendinger continues to lead the race with Ross Chastain in second; Justin Haley, Chase Briscoe, and Josh Williams rounding out the top five.

Teams and drivers are making plans to try and better their positions with 20 laps remaining in the race.

The moves have begun with several drivers passing Josh Williams.  The top five are AJ Allmendinger, Ross Chastain, Justin Haley, Chase Briscoe, and Austin Cindric.

There are 20 cars on the lead lap.

With just 13 laps remaining in the race, AJ Allmendinger leads the race; Ross Chastain, Justin Haley, Chase Briscoe, and Austin Cindric round out the top five with just 17 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 89, the top five are AJ Allmendinger, Ross Chastain, Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, and Michael Annett.  Justin Haley got hung out after jumping out of line and fell to sixth place.

Only seven laps remaining in the race, AJ Allmendinger continues to lead the way with Ross Chastain in second and looking to smash a watermelon in victory lane with a win in his home state.

Five to go, AJ Allmendinger holds on to the lead with 16 cars on the lead lap; Ross Chastain, Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, and Michael Annett round out the top five.

With just two laps remaining in the race, the drivers have begun to make their moves for position.

AJ Allmendinger takes the while flag.

In trying to pass for the lead, Ross Chastain makes contact with leader AJ Allmendinger, giving the lead over to Justin Haley who goes on to lead the race.  Austin Cindric and Michael Annett hit the wall. Justin Haely sweeps the Super Speedways this season.

The unofficial results of the WaWa 250:
Justin Haley
Gray Gaulding
Chase Briscoe
Riley Herbst
Harrison Burton
Ross Chastain
Michael Annett
Austin Cindric
Josh Williams
Jess Little
Vinnie Miller
Colby Howard
Brandon Jones
Tommy Joe Martins
AJ Allmendinger
Matt Mills
Mike Harmon
Time Viens
Myatt Snider
Jeremy Clements
Anthony Alfredo Timmy Hill
Ryan Sieg
Daniel Hemric
Chad Finchum
Brandon Brown
Brett Moffitt
Joey Gase
Justin Allgaier
Alex Labbe
Noah Gragson
BJ McLeod
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Kody Vanderwal
John Jackson
Ceasar Bacarella
Joe Graf Jr

Around the World with Queen

Adam Lambert began performing with Queen surviving members Brian May and Roger Taylor in 2009 when they first paired up for a grand finale performance on “American Idol”. While Queen + Adam Lambert have played before millions of fans, but in all that time, the trio have never released an album.

But on October 2, the band will release their first album since the death of lead singer Freddie Mercury.  The live compilation album “Live Around the World” is a collection of performances from a recent world tour.

The album will be available in CD, Cd and DVD, CD and Blu-Ray, and vinyl formats.  The DVD and Blu-Ray contain extra footage.

The album is available for pre-order now.

Taylor, May, and Lambert culled through more than 200 performances including Rock in Rio, Lisbon, the Isle of Wight Festival, Japan, Summer Sonic, the United Kingdom, and North America to find the 20 songs for the album; plus the entire 22 minute, Fire Fight Australia benefit concert performance.

Brian May spoke on the album saying, “as we all grapple with the challenge of creating live shows in a world dominated by a formidable viral enemy, it seemed the perfect time for us to create a collection of hand-picked live highlights from our Queen shows over the last 7 years with our brother Adam Lambert. It’s a first! As you watch and listen to these tracks you’ll be journeying all around the world with us, and experiencing a complete virtual live set.  The collection climaxes in Sydney earlier this year when, in support Fire Fight Australia, we recreated the complete Queen Live Aid set. It was a historic event for a great cause – with perhaps the highest adrenaline level since the original Live Aid in 1985.  It makes me particularly happy that we can now share this unique moment with the whole world.”

Adam Lambert added, “when we couldn’t tour this year we wanted to give the fans something in place of that, and a Live album just felt right. It’s the first time we have released an album together and we have had a lot of fun putting it together, picking out favourite performances over the past seven years
.”

The only other music released by Queen + Adam Lambert was the charity single “You Are the Champions” – a single to benefit the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

Queen released their final album – “Innuendo” – less than a year before Freddie Mercury died as a result of AIDS in November 1991.  While very sick, he still went to the studio to work on and record the album.  The final song for the album was “The Show Must Go On”.  While a mantra in the theatre world, the song was meant as a tribute to Mercury and his lust for life. 

Now 30 years later in 2020, the song takes on a new meaning as artists struggle to find work and perform as restrictions on crowds and performances continue.

May recorded the demo; singing the high notes in falsetto.  He recalled telling Mercury that it wasn’t going to be easy to sing; but May recalls that Mercury “delivered one of the most extraordinary performances of his life.”

Mercury would never get the chance to perform the work live.  It was debuted nearly two years later at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert in London’s Wembley Stadium with Sir Elton John singing the lyrics.

“Queen + Adam Lambert Live Around the World” tracklist:
“Tear it Up”
“Now I’m Here”
“Another One Bites the Dust”
“Fat Bottomed Girls”
“Don’t Stop Me Now”
“I Want to Break Free”
“Somebody to Love”
“Love Kills – The Ballad”
“I Was Born to Love You”
“Under Pressure”
“Who Wants to Live Forever”
“The Show Must Go On”
“Love of My Life”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“Radio Ga Ga”
“Ah-Ohs”
“Hammer to Fall”
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
“We Will Rock You”
“We Are the Champions”

The DVD and Blu-Ray also includes:
a drum battle between father and son and a Brian May guitar solo of “Last Horizon”

‘99 Bottles’ for a Dog’s Life

The monotonous countdown song “99 Bottles of Beer” has long been a time killer on long boring journeys by fidgety teens and young adults.

Now the song has been recreated as a charity single with …you guessed it… 99 metalheads providing the lyrics.

In honor of International Dog Day on August 26, Derek Engemann and John Jarvis of Scour have launched the project to raise funds for Old Dog Haven – an organization that finds homes for older dogs, where they can live out their remaining years with a caring family.

Members of Pantera, Mastodon, Slayer, and Dillinger Escape Plan are among the artists who appear on the song.

Speaking on the project, Derek Engemann said, “This has been an epically fun project involving the entire Metal scene, and even a few Ska bands!  The ’99 Bottles’ has truly shown the good side of humanity during these wild times that we are in. I was amazed at all of the people who were eager to sign up for a verse.”

The song is available for streaming or purchase on all digital and streaming platforms.

A GoFundMe page has also been created for fans who wish to help out at https://www.gofundme.com/f/99-bottles-for-senior-dogs.  Keeping with the theme, the goal is for $9,999.

And the 99 are:
99. Mike “XCIX” Williams from EyeHateGod
98. Chris Copp from The Soiled Doves
97. Mark “Barney” Greenway from Napalm Death
96. Obie Flett from Pathology and Inherit Disease
95. Matt McGachy from Cryptopsy
94. John Gallagher from Dying Fetus
93. Alex Cha from Ampallang Infection
92. Fredrick Soderberg from Soreption
91. Yngve “Bolt” Christiansen from Blood Red Throne
90. Nader Sadek
89. Colin Clive from Mustard Plug and The War Between
88. Mike Majewski from Formerly of Devourment and Kill Everything
87. Chris “Whiskey” Wilson from Gornography and Introvert Perversions
86. Sherwood Webber from Skinless
85. John McEntee from Incantation
84. Jeremy Wagner from Broken Hope
83. Heljarmadr from Dark Funeral
82. Steve “Zetro” Souza from Exodus
81. Brian Slagel from Metal Blade Records
80. Tim Goergen from Within the Ruins
80. Taylor from Massacre
79. Lenzig Leal from Cephalic Carnage
78. Liam Wilson from Dillinger Escape Plan
77. Tony Sekthdamon from Emperor and Myrkskog
76. Carla Harvey from Butcher Babies
75. Ally Levine from Beekeeper
74. L.Z. I Voice Actress
73. Jessica Pimmentel from Alekhine’s Gun and Star of Orange is the New Black
72. Heidi Shepherd from Butcher Babies
71. Jeremy Kling from Venom Inc.
70. Stu Block from Iced Earth
69. Matt Heafy from Trivium
68. Madison from Cloud Rat
67. Shawn Knight from Child Bite
67. Phil Demmel from Vio-lence and Ex-Machine Head
66. Paul Ryan from Origin
65. John Jarvis from Nest
64. Carlos from Gloryhole Guillotine
63. “Necro” Tom Quach from Harkonin
62. Chuck Billy from Testament
61. Jarvis Leatherby from Night Demon
60. Kate Richardson-Anselmo from Housecore Records
59. Mike D’Salvo from Akurion and Ex-Cryptopsy
58. Anthony Trapini from Odious Mortem
57. Alissa White-Gluz from Arch Enemy
56. Matt Harvey from Exhumed
55. Dan Potthast from Mu330
54. Dave Hill from Witch Taint
53. Don Jamieson from That Metal Show
52. Cody Souza from Hatriot
51. Slasher Dave from Acid Witch
50. Mike De Leon from Philip H Anselmo and the Illegals
49. Jason Asberry from Stormruler
48. Ben Marotta from Eukaryst
47. B.C. Brian Craig from Don’t Mind Dying and Slugtrail
46. Torin Ridgeway from Liquid Death
45. The Doc from The Boozehoundz
44. Zach Gibson from Sh*t Life
44. Joshua Riley from Unmerciful
43. Kyle Thomas from Exhorder
42. Alexandre Leblanc from Neuraxis and Heavy Metal Chaos
41. Gene Meyer from Bandit
40. Shawn the Butcher from Sirius XM
39. Tommy “Death Metal God” Dahlstom from Aeon
38. Tony Reust formerly of Unmerciful
37. Tony Foresta from Municipal Waste
36. “Captain” Chris Andrews from Devourment
35. Nick Moreno from Flesh Hoarder
34. Ryan “Loop Man” Vincent M from Legend and Apollo Audio Alternative
33. James Lee formerly of Origin
32. Ross Dolan from Immolation
31. Andrew Ortega from Oracle
30. Shaun LaCanne from Putrid Pile
29. David White from Heathen
28. Steve Brogden from Nukem
27. Dennis Sanders from Spirit in the Room
26. Derek Engemann from Scour
25. Courtney Cox from The Iron Maidens
24. Toshihiko Takahashi from Palm
23. Kelly Shaefer from Athiest
22. Danko Jones
21. Jeff Becerra from Possessed
21. Paul McGuire from Cerebral Bore
20. Mallika Sundaramurthy from Abnormality
19. Mark Osegueda from Death Angel
18. Brian Kingsland from Nile
17. Alex Carmago from Krisiun
16. Nasty from Crackwhore
15. Robin Mazen – Gruesome, Derketa, and Castrator
14. Matt Young from King Parrot
13. Leon Del Muerte from Nails and Murder Construct
12. Mark Kloeppel from Misery Index and Cast the Stone
11. Jason Netherton from Misery Index
10. Brendon Small from Dethklok and Galaktikon
9. Johnny Kelly from Type O Negative
8. Burton C Bell from Fear Factory
7. Gary Holt from Slayer and Exodus
6. Bill Kelliher from Mastodon
5. Matt Byrne from Hatebreed
4. Derrick Green from Sepultura
3. Andrew Huskey from Cast the Stone
2. Kirk Windstein from Crowbar and Down
1. Philip H Anselmo from Pantera

Power Trip Singer Riley Gale Dies

Riley Gale, the lead singer for the thrash metal band Power Trip, died August 25, 2002 at the age of 34.  An official cause of death has not been given.

Along with his band Power Trip which began back in 2008 in Dallas, Gale has worked with Ice-T.  As a part of Power Trip, Gale has shared a stage with numerous bands including Ozzy Osbourne, Anthrax, Exodus, Five Finger Death Punch, and Napalm Death.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8LCT-uCuoE

Outside of the band, Gale loved philosophy and literature, especially Tolstoy, Foucault, Derrida, and Deleuze.  He was also interested in current affairs and sued some of them in his lyrics.

No list of survivors was released.

feature photo credit: By Andreas Lawen, Fotandi – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=79606984

Americana Artist Justin Townes Earle Dies

Musician and songwriter Justin Townes Earle died August 23, 2020 in Nashville at the age of 38.  No official cause of death was given; however, Earle was found in his Nashville home by law enforcement officials answering a call for a welfare check. 

Police say the cause of death may be from a drug overdose; an autopsy is pending.

Justin, like his father Steve, have had a history with addiction.

An American roots music performer, he was the son of Alternative Country artist Steve Earle, the Americana Honors and Awards named Justin the Emerging Act of the Year in 2009.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LLqFF89UtU

Besides sharing the stage with his father, Earle performed with the Distributors, the Swindlers, Jason Isbell, and The Head & The Heart.  A frequent performer on the festival circuit, Earle has performed at numerous events including the Stagecoach, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and Glastonbury.

He released his debut album “Yuma” in 2007 and released seven more albums during his career with “The Saint of Lost Causes” his final album in  2019.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lk677khGbUI

His music has appeared on “Mystery Road”, “The Ranch”, “Motel Life”, “The Marty Stuart Show”, “90210”, the “Late Show with David Letterman”, “Sons of Anarchy”, “Treme”, and “Justified”.

Justin Himself has a handful of acting credits to his name as a wedding guest in “Beautiful Boy”, a member of the Courthouse crowd in “Proverbs”, “Black Cab Sessions USA”, and as a musician in “Treme”.  “My Fool Heart”, where he played a mysterious man, is currently in post production.

An only child to Steve Earle and Carol Ann Hunter,orn January 4, 1982, Earle was named after artist Townes Van Zandt.  Earle once said that his first name was supposed to be Townes, but his mother would not have it; therefore Townes became his middle name.

Earle is survived by his wife Jenn, a child, and his parents.

feature photo credit: By Bryan Ledgard – https://www.flickr.com/photos/ledgard/6001313919/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=58249401

Artists Embracing Vinyl with New Music

In the ever changing saga known as the music business, artists continue to adjust and adapt as they work to bring new music to the fans.

And even during a global pandemic that shut much of the world down, musicians have continued to create and record; some have even used the pandemic and shutdown as inspiration for new songs.

Video may have killed the radio star, but the vinyl album is alive and thriving.

Here is just some of the tunes  that are available now…or on the horizon.

Television composer Brad Chiet has created Fleah for a new album of “electronic grooves”.  Looking for new musical viewpoint, Chiet created Fleah and recorded “Fuel” – an album to help us “push forward” in this new era.

The Old 97’s return with “Twelfth”; an album that was not only recorded during the pandemic, but also while dodging a tornado!  “A resounding ode to endurance and resilience from a veteran group”, the band is also offering up the album in a limited edition vinyl edition.

South African “The Voice” Vusi Mahlasela has released a live performance album of traditional township songs titled “Shebeen Queen”.  Dedicated to his grandmother Ida, Mahlasela says that she is the the “Shebeen Queen”; adding, “she was and still is my greatest hero.”

The Cordovas have brought together wide eyed abandon, wild poetry, country music, folk, and groove heavy rock and roll for their new album “Destiny Hotel”.  Set for a fall release on October 18, The Cordovas are offering fans the chance to pre-order a limited edition gold vinyl copy of the album.

Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon pair up for their first collaboration in 15 years with “Noon”.  Noting that the album is more intimate than previous releases, Kottke said, “we wanted to get that late-night feel.”  The album features eleven new songs and will be available for digital download on August 28.  Physical copies, including a red and gold vinyl version, will be available on November 18.


King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard is re-releasing their 2016 album “Nonagon Infinity”; but this time it will be on a tri-colour red, black, and yellow vinyl.  The album comes in a gatefold jacket and custom inner sleeve.  The package also includes a digital download card.

The band is also re-releasing their third album “Sketches of Brunswick East” – an album with the Mild High Club.  But this time the album will be on yellow vinyl with some blue spatter.


Preparing for the release of his new album “Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs”, Saskatchewan Country music star Colter Wall has released the single “High & Mighty”.  The album is set for an August 28 release.  Fans of the television series “Deadwood” and “Yellowstone” are familiar with Wall’s music.

There was a time when women, like children, were to be seen and not heard.  Girls were sent away to “Finishing School” to learn the proper way to act.

Classically trained multi instrumentalist Teri Bracken under the guise of Bronte Fall is looking to have the voices of all women heard with her six song EP “Finishing School”.

In an era when artists take months to craft a single song, five of the six songs on the album were recorded in just four days.

Nine Penalties in Dover Over Doubleheader Weekend

Apparently Miles wasn’t the only Monster at the Monster Mile in Dover, Delaware this past weekend.  The lug nut monster was very busy on Saturday and Sunday with a total of nine teams being assessed a penalty for a lug nut violation in the doubleheader weekend.

With NASCAR limiting the number of personnel at the track, the teams are allowed only five crew members over the wall on pit stops; as a result, the crews must do much more in a very limited amount of time if they wish to be  competitive.

In the NASCAR Cup Series the crew chief is fined $10,000 per improperly secured lug nut; while the fine is only $5,000 for crew chiefs in the Xfinity. Series.

In the NASCAR Cup Series…

the number three Richard Childress Racing car driven by Austin Dillon with Justin Alexander as crew chief

the number eleven Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Saturday race winner Denny Hamlin with Chris Gabehart as crew chief

the number 20 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Erik Jones with Chris Gayle as crew chief

the number 21 Wood Brothers Racing car driven by Matt DiBenedetto with Greg Irwin as crew Chief

the number 22 Team Penske car driven by Joey Logano with Paul Wolfe as crew chief

and the number 95 Leavine Family Racing car driven by Christopher Bell with Jason Ratcliff

we’re all found to have one of their lug nuts improperly secured.

Also found to have an improperly secured lug nut were Xfinity Series teams…

The Joe Gibbs Racing number 18 car driven by Riley Herbst with Dave Rogers as crew chief

The number 22 Team Penske car driven by Austin Cindric with Brian Wilson as crew chief

And the number Martins Motorsports car driven by Tommy Joe Martins with Buddy Sisco as crew chief

Tonys Will Go On…Virtually

Broadway shutdown, along with everything else in the world in early March in response to the global outbreak of the corona virus.  The closure has also closed down the annual Tony Awards that honors the best of Broadway and Off Broadway.

Despite the closures, The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing have found a way to rescue an otherwise dismal theatre season with an online edition of the 74th annual Tony Awards.

Though short, The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing agree that the performances and performers deserve to be honored and recognized.

Details of an official date and a list of nominees is yet to come.  

When New York City’s cultural centers, including Broadway, shut down there were over a dozen productions who had yet to play before audiences.  One of the biggest decisions to be made will be not only who is eligible, but of those eligible, who deserves the nominations.

Tony Awards organizers have established that in order for a production to be eligible for the awards, it had to have opened prior to February 19, 2020.

With the eligibility rule established, what follows is a list of productions that could possibly receive a nomination once those determinations are made:

“Moulin Rouge!”
“The Lightning Thief”
“Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”
“Jagged Little Pill”
“Sea Wall/A Life”
“The Height of the Storm”
“The Great Society”
“Slave Play”
“Linda Vista”
“The Sound Inside”
“The Inheritance”
“A Christmas Carol”
“My Name is Lucy Barton”
“Grand Horizons”
“Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune”
“Betrayal”
“The Rose Tattoo”
A Soldier’s Play” – while the play never appeared on Broadway, a production did appear on Off Broadway in 1981

NASCAR Cup Playoff Picture Taking Shape

When Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick put his number four car out in front for the lead at the end of stage one in the Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway on August 23, he did more than dominate the remainder of the race, Harvick clinched the regular season title for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season.  Harvick clinched the title somewhere around the halfway point of the 115 lap stage two – a little less than halfway through the race.

Harvick continued to dominate the race winning both stages…and the race itself for his seventh race win of the 2020 season.  The win also earned Harvick his 56th career win to tie with fellow NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch.

Clinching the title has earned Harvick an additional 15 playoff points to go along with the 42 playoff points he has already earned. 

While driver points get reset at the end of every round, any playoff points a drivers has earned carries through as long as they are a part of the playoff picture.  The 10 race playoff races are divided into three rounds of three races each with the final round consisting of a single championship race where four drivers will compete for the championship.

Going into the doubleheader weekend at Dover, 10 drivers had secured their spots in the 16 driver playoff roster after earning at least one race win.  By the end of the second doubleheader race on Sunday, three more drivers had earned their spot in the playoffs based on points.  Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kurt Busch who drives the number one car, Stewart-Haas Racing driver Aric Almirola who drives the number 10 car, and the Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch who drives the number 18 car have secured themselves a spot at least in the first round of the playoffs.

The final race in the regular season is a race around the tri-oval at Daytona International Speedway where the final three spots will be filled.

Drivers who have earned playoff spots with race wins are Kevin Harvick with seven, Denny Hamlin with six, Brad Keselowski with three, Chase Elliott and Joey Logano each have two, with Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, Austin Dillon, and Cole Custer each win one win.

Currently Clint Bowyer, Matt DiBenedetto, and William Byron hold the final three spots in the playoffs, but with the unpredictability of super speedway racing at Daytona, anything can happen.  Seven time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson is in his final season as a full time driver; he is currently four points below the cut line in seventeenth place.  Johnson must make a very good showing…or even a win to clinch a spot in the playoffs in his final season.

700 Wins for Ford with Dover Win

Capping off a weekend of five races in three days, the NASCAR Cup Series will run the second of their doubleheader races in less than 24 hours.

After NASCAR has inverted the first half of the field putting the Wood Brothers number 21 car driven by Matt DiBenedetto on the pole with Rocket Man Ryan Newman starting alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Drydene 311:
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Newman
Ty Dillon
Aric Almirola
Chris Buescher
Austin Dillon
Ryan Blaney
Tyler Reddick
Erik Jones
Cole Custer
Ricky Stenhouse JR
Brad Keselowski
Joey Logano
Jimmie Johnson
Clint Bowyer
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Denny Hamlin
Alex Bowman
Matt Kenseth
William Byron
Christopher Bell
Michael McDowell
Bubba Wallace
John Hunter Nemechek
Kurt Busch
Ryan Preece
Corey LaJoie
Daniel Suarez
JJ Yeley
Josh Bilicki
Brennan Poole
Quin Houfff
Timmy Hill
Reed Sorenson
Joey Gase
Garrett Smithley
BJ McLeod

In a doubleheader weekend, drivers must use the same cars for both races.  If a driver cannot use the same car for the second race, they will have to start the race from the back of the field.  Alex Bowman and Kurt Busch had to move to backup cars after crashes during the race.  Busch crashed out very early in the race after contact from Erik Jones.  Garrett Smithely’s team made an engine change and will have to start the race at the back of the field.

Stage one of the race is 70, stage two is 115 laps, and stage three is 126 laps.  With a fuel load of around 90 laps, the drivers cannot complete stages two or three without making a stop for fuel…and tires.

Matt DiBenedetto brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and jumps out in front for the lead.  Ryan Newman and Aric Almirola battle for second place with Almirola taking the spot.

Lap four, the top five are Matt DiBenedetto, Aric Almirola, Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon, and Chris Buescher.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr brings out the first caution flag of the race on lap six after hitting the wall.  Stenhouse gets loose after making contact with Joey Logano who was hit from behind by Erik Jones.  Joey Gase and Garrett Smithley get into a crash after the caution flag came out.  Chase Elliott gets into the back of Kyle Busch.  All of the drivers are on the crash clock except Chase Elliott who has taken his car to the garage with significant front end damage.

After the crashes, there are four cars laps down.  Chase Elliott and Joey Gase are out of the race.

Matt DiBenedetto brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 12 but it is Aric Almirola who gets out in front for the lead from the inside lane with Ryan Blaney in second; Matty D is back in third; Ryan Newman and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track as they battle for position.

Lap 16, Aric Almirola has a half second lead on Ryan Blaney with Matt DiBenedetto a second and a half back in third.

Lap 20, Aric Almirola has a one second lead on Ryan Newman with Matt DiBenedetto over two seconds back in third.

Lap 24, Ricky Stenhouse Jr is off the track.

Aric Almirola has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Ryan Newman; Matt DiBenedetto, Tyler Reddick, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 30, Aric Almirola has pulled out to a second and a half lead on Ryan Blaney with Mat DiBenedetto over three seconds back on third place.  There are 33 cars on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out on lap 32 for debris on the track.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for adjustments and service including leader Aric Almirola.  Taking only two tires, Matt DiBenedetto wins the race off of pit road; Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson were among those drivers who also took only two tires.

After staying out on the track, Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 40 and gets out in front for the lead.  Pulling away after taking the lead, Ryan Blaney is already half a second in front of William Byron; Matt DiBenedetto is in third over a second back.  William Byron and Kurt Busch also stayed out on the track,

Lap 44, Ryan Blaney has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on William Byron; Matt DiBenedetto, Brad Keselowski, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 50, Ryan Blaney has a lead of over a second on William Byron; Matt DiBenedetto, Brad Keselowski, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 53, Ryan Blaney has a one second lead on William Byron; Matt DiBenedetto is two seconds back in third battling with Brad Keselowski for the position.

Lap 60, 10 to go in stage one, Ryan Blaney holds on to his lead of a second on William Byron; Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 65, the top five are Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, William Byron, Aric Almirola, and Brad Keselowski.

Lap 68, Kevin Harvick passes Ryan Blaney from the outside lane to take the lead.

Kevin Harvick wins stage one for his sixth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Aric Almirola
Brad Keselowski
Joey Logano
Matt DiBenedetto
Jimmie Johnson
Kurt Busch
Austin Dillon

Drivers come down pit road for adjustments and service with Kevin Harvick winning the race off of pit road.

Aric Almirola was caught speeding on pit road.

One of the oldest tracks on the circuits, the crews are looking at a  patch on the track and are working on making a repair.  NASCAR has red flagged the race so that the teams can make the repairs.  NASCAR reports that it will take 10 to 15 minutes to make the repair and have it dried enough for racing.

While fans are not allowed in the stands, there are a number of “Fat Heads” taking their place.

After an eleven minute red flag condition, NASCAR has displayed the yellow flag and the drivers are moving again.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 79 with Harvick getting out in front of Ryan Blaney for the lead.

Lap 80, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, William Byron, and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 85, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Ryan Blaney; Joey Logano is over a second and a Half back in third.

Austin Dillon had to make a second trip down pit road with loose lug nuts.

JJ Yeley gets slowed down on the track and gets his car down pit road; the track stays green.

Lap 90, Kevin Harvick holds on to a one second lead on Ryan Blaney; Joey Logano is nearly two and a half seconds back in third.

Lap 92, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, William Byron, and Denny Hamlin with 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 96, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead on Ryan Blaney to over a second and a half.

The caution flag comes out on lap 100 when Corey LaJoie gets slideways after some contact from Ty Dillon.

Kyle Busch has some damage to his car and is reporting a very tight condition.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Joey Logano winning the race off of pit road; Kevin Harvick came out second.

Jimmie Johnson was caught speeding on pit road.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 107 and edges out Kevin Harvick for the lead from the outside lane.

Lap 108, the top five are Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 112, Joey Logano is in the lead with Kevin Harvick on his bumper and looking for the top spot and clean air.

Lap 115, Kevin Harvick passes Joey Logano for the lead; Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 118, Kevin Harvick has a half second lead on Joey Logano with Ryan Blaney over a second back in third.

Lap 121, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of a second on Joey Logano with Ryan Blaney in third over a second and a half back.

Lap 125, Kevin Harvick continues to gradually increase his lead on Joey Logano and is now over a second out in front; Ryan Blaney is over two seconds back in third.

Lap 128, after having to restart the race at the back of the field due to a speeding penalty, Jimmie Johnson is back in the top 20 in 19th place.

Lap 130, drivers are getting four wide across the track.

There are 29 cars on the elad lap.

Kevin Harvick has a lead of over a second and a Half on Joey Logano.

Lap 134, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, and Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 140, Jimmie Johnson is now in 14th after having to serve a speeding penalty.

Lap 141, Kevin Harvick is pulling away from the field and how has a lead of over two seconds on Joey Logano; Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 147, Kevin Harvick is now nearly three seconds in front of Joey Logano with Ryan Blaney over five seconds back in third.

There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 150, Kevin Harvick has just clinched the regular season championship with one more race to go – Daytona on the tri-oval.

Lap 155, Kevin Harvick is running away with the lead, he is now over five seconds in front of Joey Logano with Ryan Blaney nearly six seconds back.

Lap 160, Kevin Harvick is over five and a half seconds in front of Joey Logano; Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, and Martin Treux Jr round out the top five. With 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 165, Kevin Harvick is driving his number four car like he stole it, he is now over seven seconds in front of Joey Logano; Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 170, 15 laps remaining in stage two, Kevin Harvick has left the field behind with a seven and a half second lead on Joey Logano.

Lap 173, Kevin Harvick’s lead is approaching eight seconds on Joey Logano.

Ten laps to go in stage two, while Kevin Harvick leaves the field in his tracks; Jimmie Johnson has been roaring through the field after a speeding penalty and is just outside the top 10 in eleventh place.

Eight laps to go in stage two, Kevin Harvick continues to increase his lead and is now over eight seconds in front of Joey Logano.

Six to go in stage two; the top five are Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and Ryan Blaney.

Four laps remain in stage two, leader Kevin Harvick has put a number of drivers a lap down; there are only 18 cars on the lead lap.

Kevin Harvick wins stage two in a decisive manner with a lead of over eight seconds to sweep the stages.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Alex Bowman
Cole Custer
Jimmie Johnson
Brad Keselowski

Drivers come down pit road for service with Kevin Harvick winning the race off of pit road.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 193 and jumps out in front for the lead with Joey Logano in second and Denny Hamlin in third; Martin Truex Jr and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 195, Kevin Harvick has already pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Joey Logano.

Lap 200, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over a second on Joey Logano; Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and William Byron round out the top five with 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 202, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a two second lead on Joey Logano with Denny Hamlin over three seconds back.

NBC Sports broadcaster pointed out that there are only nine drivers in the field who have more career wins than Jimmie Johnson has Dover wins; Johnson is the winningest driver at Dover with eleven wins.

Lap 290,the top five are Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and William Byron.

Lap 211, 100 to go, Kevin Harvick has dominated the race since he took the lead at the end of stage one and now has a lead of over two seconds on Joey Logano.

Lap 216, the caution flag comes out when Quin Houff spins out and manages NOT to hit anything.  With 96 laps remaining in the race, it is questionable as to whether or not the drivers can make it to the end of the race.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service with a nose to nose race off of pit road; Kevin Harvick came out first.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart with 90 laps remaining in the race and jumps out in front for the lead with Denny Hamlin taking second form Joey Logano; Alex Bowman and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.  There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

With 88 laps to go, Kevin Harvick has already pulled out to a one second lead on Denny Hamlin.

With 86 laps to go, Kevin Harvick has a second and a Half lead on Denny Hamlin.

Reporting a possible loose wheel, Denny Hamlin has to bring his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop.

With 84 lpas to go, Kevin Harvick has a two second lead on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Alex Bowman, and William Byron round out the top five.  Denny Hamlin returns to the track in 29th place one lap down.

Lap 232, Kevin Harvick has a two second lead on Joey Logano with Martin Truex Jr in third nearly three and a half seconds back.

Lap 238, 73 to go, Kevin Harvick has a three second lead on Joey Logano.

Seventy to go, Kevin Harvick continues to pull away from the field and has a lead of nearly three and a half seconds on Joey Logano; third place driver Martin Truex Jr is nearly five seconds back.

With 64 laps to go, Kevin Harvick has a three and a half second lead on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Alex Bowman, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 254, Kevin Harvick continues to dominate the race with a lead of over three seconds on Joey Logano.

With 55 laps to go, Ryan Blaney gets slideways, but saves the car and loses several spots on the track. 

Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly five seconds on Joey Logano.

Fifty to go, Kevin Harvick continues to dominate the race and has a lead of four and a half seconds on Joey Logano.  Jimmie Johnson has just run the fastest lap of the race.  Johnson is currently in seventh place.

Lap 265, Kevin Harvick’s lead is now over five seconds on Joey Logano with 18 cars on the lead lap.

With 43 laps remaining in the race, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, Alex Bowman, and William Byron.

Forty to go, Kevin Harvick holds on to his five second lead on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr is over six seconds back in third place.

With 33 laps to go, there are 17 cars on the lead lap with Kevin Harvick out in front by five seconds on Joey Logano.

Thirty to go, Martin Truex Jr has caught up to Joey Logano and is challenging for the position.  Kevin Harvick has checked out and is five seconds in front of the field.

The drivers are slipping and sliding all over the track with no grip on the track.

Twenty five to go, Kevin Harvick has a five second lead on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Alex Bowman, and William Bryon round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 288 when Corey LaJoie gets into the wall.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires and fuel.  Taking only two tires, Jimmie Johnson wins the race off of pit road with Kevin Harvick coming out second.

After taking just two tires, Jimmie Johnson brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 17 laps remaining in the race.  Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick go nose to nose with Kevin Harvick getting out in front to retake the lead.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr, William Byron, and Alex Bowman.

Martin Truex Jr passes Jimmie Johnson for second.

With 13 laps to go, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a two second lead on Martin Truex Jr.

Ten to go, Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly three seconds on Martin Truex Jr;  team mates Jimmie Johnson, William Byron, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 303, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to over three seconds on Martin Truex Jr.

Six to go, Kevin Harvick continues to increase his lead on Martin Truex Jr and is not nearly three and a half seconds ahead.

Four to go, Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly four seconds on Martin Truex Jr with Jimmie Johnson in third.

Kevin Harvick takes the white flag with a near four second lead on Martin Truex Jr.

Sweeping the stages, Kevin Harvick notches his seventh race win of the season to get his 56th career NASCAR Cup Series win, tying Kyle Busch for career wins.

Harvick’s win is also the 700th NASCR Cup win for Ford.

The unofficial results for the Drydene 311:
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Jimmie Johnson
William Byron
Alex Bowman
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
Brad Keselowski
Austin Dillon
Cole Custer
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Kurt Busch
Chris Buescher
Matt Kenseth
Clint Bowyer
Matt DiBenedetto
Tyler Reddick
Denny Hamlin
John Hunter Nemechek
Bubba Wallace
Erik Jones
Corey LaJoie
Ryan Newman
Michael McDowell
Ryan Preece
Christopher Bell
Daniel Suarez
Ty Dillon
Brennan Poole
BJ McLeod
Josh Bilicki
Reed Sorenson
Quin Houff
Garrett Smithley
Timmy Hill
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
JJ Yeley
Chase Elliott
Joey Gase

Worst to First Win for Xfinity Series in Dover

It’s day two of the double double for NASCAR at Dover International Speedway as the team take on Miles the Monster.

The Xfinity Series gets the afternoon of racing started with the second Drydene 200. 

Justin Allgaier took the win in Saturday’s race, but he will have to come from the middle of the pack if he wants to repeat his win after NASCAR has inverted the first 15 drivers and putting Brett Moffitt on the pole with Brandon Brown starting alongside on the front row.

In a doubleheader weekend the drivers must race the same car in both races.  If a driver cannot use the same car, then they will have to start the race from the back of the field.  Chase Briscoe finished 10th in Saturdays race, but due to crash damage sustained during the race has gone to a backup car and will have to start the race from the back of the field.

Anthony Alfredo is already on pit road with power steering issues.

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

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap eight.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front for the lead with Justin Haley taking second place; Riley Herbst, Brandon Brown, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap five, Brett Moffitt leads the way with Justin Haley less than half a second back.  A full time Truck Series driver, Moffitt is leading his first ever Xfinity Series laps.

Lap eight, the top five are Brett Moffitt, Justin Haley, Riley Herbst, Noah Gragson, and Brandon Brown.  Saturday’s winner Justin Allgaier has moved up to sixth place from his 15th place starting spot. 

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap eleven when Vinnie Miller slaps the wall hard.

After starting the race from the back of the field, Chase Brisoce has moved up to 16th place.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 16 with Moffitt jumping out in front to hold on to the lead.

Lap 17, the top five are Brett Moffitt, Riley Herbst, Justin Haley, Brandon Brown, and Noah Gragson.

Lap 18, Justin Allgaier has entered the top five.

Lap 20, Brett Moffitt leads the race with Ross Chastain in second.

Lap 21, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.  Teams have an option of coming down pit road during a competition but are not required to do so.

The team only have three sets of tires in the pits for a total of four sets, counting the set on their cars.

Leaders stay out, but a few drivers back in the field come down pit road for service.

Harrison Burton has to restart the race from the back of the field after a choose cone violation.

Leading every lap so far, Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 25, but it is the watermelon man Ross Chastain who takes the lead, putting Moffitt in second; Riley Herbst, Justin Allgaier, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Daniel Hemric takes over the driving duties from Jeb Burton in the number eight car for today’s race.

Lap 30, Ross Chastain has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Brett Moffitt with Justin Allgaier a second and a half in third.

Lap 34, Ross Chastain has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half on Brett Moffitt; Justin Allgaier, Riley Herbst, and Noah Gragson round out the top five. With 34 cars on the lead lap.  Vinnie Miller is out of the race.

Lap 37, Ross Chastain has increased his lead to over two seconds on Brett Moffitt. 

Lap 38, Justin Allgaier takes second from Brett Moffitt; two and a half seconds behind leader Ross Chastain.

Four laps remain in stage one, Ross Chastain has a two and a half second lead on Justin Allgaier; Brett Moffitt, Riley Herbst, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

With a lead of two seconds, Ross Chastain wins stage one for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ross Chastain
Justin Allgaier
Brett Moffitt
Riley Herbst
Noah Gragson
Chase Briscoe
Justin Haley
Austin Cindric
Daniel Hemric
Brandon Brown

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service with Brandon Jones winning the race off of pit road after taking only two tires.

Riley Herbst’s team was charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 53 but it is Justin Allgaier who edges out for the lead.  Drivers are getting three wide across the battle as they battle for position.

The top five are Justin Allgaier, Ross Chastain, Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, and Brandon Jones.

Lap 57, the top three drivers are separated by less than half a second.

Lap 60, Justin Allgaier is in the lead with Ross Chastain in second; Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 65 when Jeffrey Earnhardt gets into the wall after some possible contact with Riley Herbst.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 69 with Allgaier Jumping out for the lead with Ross Chastain in second; Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Coming from third place, Chase Briscoe comes from the outside and takes the lead of the race after starting the race from the back of the field in a backup car.

Lap 73, there are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 75, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Justin Allgaier, Ross Chastain, Austin Cindric, and Noah Gragson.

Lap 83, Chase Briscoe has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Justin Allgaier; Ross Chastain, Austin Cindric, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

With a half second lead, Chase Briscoe wins stage two for his fifth stage win of the season.

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

Drivers brings their cars down pit road for service with Chase Briscoe winning the race off of pit road and Austin Cindric out second.  A small pit road, Daniel Hemric and Brandon Jones make contact after their pit stops.  Justin Allgaier had a slow pit stop due to crew issues and lost several spots on the track.  Allgaier’s team was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 97 and jumps out in front of Austin Cindric for the lead.

The top five are Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Ross Chastain, Daniel Hemric, and Harrison Burton.

Lap 101, Chase Briscoe has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Ross Chastain with Austin Cindric in third over a second behind.

Lap 104, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Ross Chastain, Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric, and Harrison Burton.

Lap 107, after having to restart the race form the back of the field, Justin Allgaier has already moved into 15th place in just 10 laps.

Lap 112, Chase Briscoe has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Ross Chastain with Austin Cindric nearly two seconds back in third; Daniel Hemric and Harrison Burton round out the top five.  There are 28 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 120, Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race with Ross Chastain in second one second back.

With a fuel load of 85 to 90 laps, the drivers cannot compete the race on a single fuel load; they will have to make a pit stop at some point during the final stage.

Leader Chase Briscoe tweeted before the race that he was going to win today’s race.

Lap 126, Chase Briscoe has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Ross Chastain; Austin Cindric is nearly three and a half seconds back in third.  There are only 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 132, Chase Briscoe has a second and a half lead on Ross Chastain; Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric, and Harrison Burton round out the top five with 16 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 138, Chase Briscoe continues to dominate the race with a lead of nearly two seconds on Ross Chastain; Austin Cindric is four seconds back in third place.

Lap 142, Justin Allgaier has entered the top 10.  There are only 16 cars on the lead lap with four drivers out of the race.

Fifty to go, Chase Briscoe has a one second lead on Ross Chastain; Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.  Chase Briscoe has encountered heavy traffic with only 12 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 155, with race leader Chase Briscoe in heavy traffic, Ross Chastain is one second back in second place; third place driver Austin Cindric is nearly five seconds behind the leader.

Lap 158, there are eleven cars on the lead lap.

Lap 161, Chase Briscoe continues to dominate the race with a second and a half lead on Ross Chastain; Austin Cindric is over six seconds back in third place.

Lap 163, Daniel Hemric’s team is short pitting and comes down pit road for fuel and fresh tires.  Harrison Burton also comes down pit road for his service nearly spinning out to begin the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Harrison Burton has been charged with a commitment cone violation and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Leader Chase Briscoe comes down pit road for his service giving the lead over to Ross Chastain.

Lap 168, Ross Chastain makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Brandon Jones.

Stefan Parson spins out at the entrance to pit road, but the track stays green.

Lap 171, leader Brandon Jones comes down pit road for his service and gives the lead over the Noah Gragson.

Chase Briscoe is the first car one lap down in fifth place with Ross Chastain on his bumper.

Twenty five to go, the top four drivers have yet to make their pits tops – Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, and Anthony Alfredo.

Justin Allgaier makes his pit stop; leaving only three drivers who have yet to pit.

Lap 182, leader Noah Gragson makes his pit stop and giving the lead over to Michael Annett, the final driver who has not made a pit stop.

Fifteen to go, Michael Annett is the leader but still needs to make his pit stop.  Once Annett pits, Chase Briscoe will retake the lead with Ross Chastain behind him.

Lap 187, Michael Annett makes his pit stop.  Chase Briscoe is the leader with Ross Chastain over two and a half seconds back; Austin Cindric, Brandon Jones, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five with just nine cars on the lead laps.

Lap 191, Chase Briscoe has pulled out to a three second lead on Ross Chastain with Austin Cindric over three seconds back in third.

Pit reporter Jesse Iwuji reports a few rain drops in the area.

Seven to go, Chase Briscoe reports that it is raining.

Five to go, Chase Briscoe has a two second lead on Ross Chastain with Austin Cindric two and a half seconds back with only seven cars on the lead lap.

At 100 laps of green flag racing, it is the longest green flag run in the Xfinity Series this season.

With a lead of two seconds on Ross Chastain, Chase Briscoe takes the white flag.

Coming from last place in a backup car, Chase Briscoe wins the race, like he predicted, in dominating fashion for his sixth win of the season.  When the season began, Briscoe said that he needed to win eight races this season.

The unofficial results for the Drydene 200:
Chase Briscoe
Ross Chastain
Austin Cindric
Brandon Jones
Daniel Hemric
Noah Gragson
Justin Allgaier
Michael Annett
Riley Herbst
Brett Moffitt
Harrison Burton
Justin Haley
Anthony Alfredo
Ryan Sieg
Tommy Joe Martins
Brandon Brown
Alex Labbe
Myatt Snider
Jeremy Clements
David Starr
Joe Graf Jr
Josh Williams
Jesse Little
Chad Finchum
BJ McLeod
Colby Howard
Kody Vanderwal
Stefan Parsons
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Matt Mills
Stephen Leicht
Korbin Forrister
Bayley Currey
Timmy Hill
Kyle Weatherman
Vinnie Miller

First Win to Tame The Monster in Cup Series

The NASCAR Cup Series kicks off the first race of their double header weekend with the Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway.

Hoping to tame Miles the Monster, the field of 40 drivers will be led by Daytona road course winner Chase Elliott who has earned the pole under the new format.  Denny Hamlin will start alongside on the front row.

Earlier in the week, Corey LaJoie announced that he would not be returning to GoFas Racing next season.

And Austin Dillon returns to the track after getting the all clear from medical personnel after first getting a positive test for the Covid-19 virus and then testing negative twice.  Missing the Daytona road course race was the first time in his NASCAR Cup Series career that Dillon has missed a race.  He will be starting today’s race in 32nd place.

With a monster of a race winning drought, seven time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson holds the record for being the winningest driver at Dover with eleven wins.  The giant Miles the Monster standing out in front of the track is holds a Jimmie Johnson number 48 car in his hand.  The monster is so huge that he can hold an acutal car in his hand.

The starting lineup for the Drydene 311:
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Clint Bowyer
Joey Logano
Jimmie Johnson
Brad Keselowski
William Byron
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Alex Bowman
Chris Buescher
Erik Jones
Matt DiBenedetto
Michael McDowell
Tyler Reddick
Aric Almirola
Christopher Bell
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Blaney
Cole Custer
Kyle Busch
Ryan Newman
Bubba Wallace
Ty Dillon
Matt Kenseth
Ryan Preece
Daniel Suarez
Corey LaJoie
Brennan Poole
John Hunter Nemechek
Austin Dillon
Timmy Hill
JJ Yeley
Quin Houff
Reed Sorenson
Josh Bilicki
Joey Gase
Garrett Smithley
BJ McLeod

Stage one of the race is 70 laps with stage two lasting 115 laps, and stage three is 126 laps in length for a total of 311 laps around the one mile track.  The drivers cannot complete stages two and three on a single fuel load and will have to make pit stop during the stages.  NASCAR has called for a competition caution around lap 25.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with broadcaster “The Bagman” waving the flag.  Chase Elliott jumps out in front for a big lead on Denny Hamlin and the rest of the field.

The top five are Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Martin Treux Jr, and Jimmie Johnson.

Only four laps into the race and Chase Elliott has already pulled out to a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin.

Lap five Chase Elliott has a lead of over a second and a half on Denny Hamlin with Clint Bowyer over two seconds back.

The first caution flag comes out on lap seven when Kurt Busch gets into the wall after some contact with Erik Jones.  Alex Bowman was also involved; both Jones and Bowman have significant damage to their cars.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 12 and again jumps out in front for the lead with Denny Hamlin in second.

Lap 15, the top five are Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, and Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 17, Chase Elliott has a one second lead on Denny Hamlin with Clint Bowyer in third over two seconds back.

Lap 20, Chase Elliott has a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin; Clint Bowyer is in third nearly three seconds back. 

After his crash, Kurt Busch is out of the race and will have to start the race on Sunday from the back of the field in a backup car.

Lap 25, Chase Elliott has led every lap so far with a one second lead on Denny Hamlin.

NASCAR throws the yellow flag on lap 25 for the competition caution. 

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service with Joey Logano winning the race off of pit road after taking only two tires; Ryan Blaney and Aric Almirola also took only two tires.

Kevin Harvick had to make a second trip down pit road for loose lug nuts.

After staying out on the track, Austin Dillon brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 32 and gets out in front for the lead with Matt Kenseth in second.  Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

The top five are Austin Dillon, Matt Kenseth, Chris Buescher, Ryan Newman, and Joey Logano.  Clint Bowyer and Chase Elliott make contact on the track but they save the cars and the track stays green.

Chase Elliott reports a tire rub after making contact with Clint Bowyer.

La 39, Austin Dillon has pulled out to a lead of nearly three seconds on Matt Kenseth the Joey Logano in third; Denny Hamlin and Chris Buescher round out the top five. 

Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano make some contact but the track stays green.

Lap 44, Austin Dillon has increased his lead to three and a half seconds on Denny Hamlin; third place driver Matt Kenseth is over four seconds back.

Lap 51, Denny Hamlin has closed the gap on leader Austin Dillon to just a second.  Moving up 13 spots, Brad Keselowski is not in third place.

After having to make two stops on pit road, Kevin Harvick is motoring through the field and has advanced 16 spots in the field.

Lap 58, the top five are Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Clint Bowyer with 32 cars on the lead lap.

With four fresh tires, Denny Hamlin passes Austin Dillon lap 60 to take the lead.

Lap 61, Kevin Harvick has moved into the top 10.

Lap 63, Reed Sorenson gets slowed on the track with a smoking car.

The top five are Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, and Martin Truex Jr.

With a lead of over three seconds, Denny Hamlin wins stage one for his sixth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Denny Hamlin
Austin Dillon
Brad Keselowski
Clint Bowyer
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Kevin Harvick
Jimmie Johnson
Chris Buescher
Aric Almirola

Drivers come down pit road for service with Denny Hamlin winning the race off of pit road; followed by Martin Truex Jr.

Crew chief Chad Knaus made major whole sale changes to driver William Byron’s car on pit road.

With 31 cars on the lead lap, Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 78 with Denny Hamlin getting out in front for the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second; Clint Bowyer is in third.

Matt Kenseth was caught speeding on pit road.

Lap 80, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, and Austin Dillon.

Lap 83, Denny Hamlin has a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr with Clint Bowyer in third one second back.

Lap 88, Denny Hamlin has increased his lead to over half a second o Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, and Austin Dillon round out the top five. 

Reed Sorenson is off the track; there are 31 cars on the lead lap with no driver just one lap down.

Lap 93, after dominating the first part of the race, Chase Elliott is mired back in the field in 24th place.

Lap 100, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over half a second on Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Lap 105, with 30 cars on the lead lap, Denny Hamlin  has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer is in third nearly three seconds back.

Several of the drivers are reporting loose conditions.

Quin Houff has a smoking car but gets on pit road and the track stays green.

Lap 114, Denny Hamlin has increased his lead to two seconds on Martin Truex Jr with Clint Bowyer in third three and a half seconds back.

Even back in the field in 16th place, Chase Elliott is running some of the fastest laps in the race.

Lap 124, with 24 cars on the lead lap, Denny Hamlin has a lead of nearly two and a half seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Lap 127, leader Denny Hamlin passes William Byron to put him one lap down.  Byron is in a battle with team mate Jimmie Johnson for the final spot in the playoffs.

Lap 133, Kevin Harvick reports that his car is pushing like a dump truck.

Kevin Harvick brings his car down pit road for service.

Denny Hamlin has a lead of nearly four seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer is some six seconds back in third place.

Lap 136, other drivers begin making their green flag pit stops.

Race leader Denny Hamlin makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Brad Keselowski.

Leader Brad Keselowski brings his car down pit road for service and gives the lead over to Kyle Busch.

Kyle Busch makes his pit stop, giving the lead over to Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to matt DiBenedetto.

With 35 laps remaining in stage two, Wood Brothers driver Matt DiBenedetto leads the race; he is one of four drivers who have yet to make their pit stops along with William Byron, Michael McDowell, and Alex Bowman.

Lap 155, Matt DeBenedetto has a lead of over four and a half seconds on William Byron with Denny Hamlin nearly seven seconds back.

There are 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 160, the top five are Matt DiBenedetto, William Byron, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and Michael McDowell.

Lap 161, Leader Matt DiBenedetto comes down pit road for his pit stop and gives the lead over to William Byron.

Lap 162, Denny Hamlin passes William Byron to take the lead.

Martin Truex Jr passes William Byron for second; putting Byron in third.

Aric Almirola makes a trip down pit road with a vibration.

Lap 170, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over a second on Martin Truex Jr; William Byron finally makes his pit stop; taking only two tires.

BJ McLeod reports a tire rub and vibration.

Ten laps remain in stage two; Denny Hamlin continues to lead the race with Martin Truex Jr in second; Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Busch round out the top five with 16 cars on the lead lap.

Five to go in stage two, Denny Hamlin has a second and a half lead on Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin wins stage two for the stage sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Clint Bowyer
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick
Jimmie Johnson
Joey Logano
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Chase Elliott

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road with Denny Hamlin in second; Kyle Busch comes out third.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with Kyle Busch on the inside lane.  Martin Truex Jr gets out in front for the lead with Kyle Busch in second.

Lap 194, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, Bradk Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, and Clint Bowyer with 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 196, Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on Kyle Busch with Brad Keselowski one second back in third.

Lap 200, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over half a second on team mate Kyle Busch; Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Battling Denny Hamlin for third, Brad Keselowski gets slideways in the corner but saves the car and holds on to his third place position.

Lap 206, Martin Truex Jr has a one second lead on Kyle Busch; Brad Keselowski is two and a half seconds back in third.

Denny Hamlin gets around Brad Keselowski for third place on lap 208.

Lap 216, Joe Gibbs Racing has the top three spots with Martin Truex Jr in the lead; followed by Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 220, Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on Kyle Busch with Denny Hamlin over two second back in third.

Lap 225, Martin Truex Jr holds on to his half second lead on Kyle Busch with Denny Hamlin two seconds back in third.

Martin Truex Jr reports a very loose condition in his car.

Lap 229, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead on Kyle Busch to over half a second; Denny Hamlin continues to run two seconds behind in third place: Brad Keselowski and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Lap 238, Martin Truex Jr continues to lead the race with Kyle Busch in second; Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Clint Bowyer battle Brad Keselowski for fourth place.

Lap 243, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half on Kyle Busch; Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott make contact as they battle for position.

Denny Hamlin gets around Kyle Busch for second.

There are 64 laps remaining in the race; the drivers still have to make a pit stop; the question is when to come down pit road.

Kyle Busch is reporting a very loose condition.

Lap 252, Kevin Harvick is the first driver to make his green flag pit stop; Chase Elliott also makes his pit stop.

Martin Truex Jr has a one second lead on team mate Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Cole Custer round out the top five as more drivers come down pit road for service.

Lead Martin Truex Jr makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Brad Keselowski. 

Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Tyler Reddick and Austin Dillon are the only cars still on the lead lap; they also need to make their pit stops.

Lap 261, Austin Dillon takes the lead when Brad Keselowski comes down pit road for his service.

Lap 264, the top five are Austin Dillon, Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick.  Dillon still needs to make his pit stop.

Kyle Busch is reporting some issues with his car.

Clint Bowyer is also reporting some issues with his car.

Once loose, some of the cars are getting tight and causing problems for the drivers.

With 35 laps remaining in the race, there are 13 cars on the lead lap.

Thirty to go, Martin Truex Jr passes Austin Dillon for the lead; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Austin Dillon finally makes his pit stop, he is also reporting a tight condition.

Martin Truex Jr is the leader with Denny Hamlin in second one second back; Kyle Busch is the third place driver nearly five seconds back; Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

William Byron makes his pit stop with 24 laps remaining in the race.

With 12 cars on the lead lap, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin with Kyle Busch over six seconds back in third.

With 18 laps remaining in the race, martin Truex Jr is mired in lapped traffic and allows Denny Hamlin to close to less than a second on the leader.

Fifteen to go, Martin Truex Jr continues to lead the race, but his less than a second in front of the leader.

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

Ten to go, Denny Hamlin has caught leader Martin Truex Jr and passes Truex Jr on the inside lane to take the lead.

Martin Truex Jr has been the third place driver at the end of the past five races; he is looking to better that position for this race.

Five to go, Denny Hamlin leads the way with Martin Truex Jr in second and Kyle Busch in third.

Denny Hamlin takes the white flag.

Taming The Monster for the first time, Denny Hamlin wins his sixth race of the season.

The unofficial results of the Drydene 311:
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Chase Elliot
Clint Bowyer
Jimmie Johnson
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Cole Custer
Erik Jones
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Blaney
Austin Dillon
Chris Buescher
Aric Almirola
Ty Dillon
Ryan Newman
Matt DiBenedetto
Alex Bowman
Christopher Bell
Matt Kenseth
John Hunter Nemechek
Ryan Preece
Michael McDowell
Bubba Wallace
William Byron
Corey LaJoie
Daniel Suarez
JJ Yeley
Josh Bilicki
Quin Houff
Timmy Hill
Joey Gase
Brennan Poole
Garrett Smithley
BJ McLeod
Reed Sorenson
Kurt Busch

The drivers return on Sunday to do it all again.

First Win of the Season in Dover for Xfinity Series

It’s a double double weekend for NASCAR at Dover International Speedway when the Xfinity and Cup Series both take on Miles the Monster and run doubleheader races starting with the Drydene 200.

Five time winner this season, including the road course at Daytona last week, Austin Cindric sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Noah Gragson starting alongside on the front row.

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

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 20.  The teams have only three sets of tires for today’s race.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and immediately gets out in front for the lead.

Noah Gragson has a tire rub.

Lap three, the top five are Austin Cindric, Noah Gragson, Harrison Burton, Riley Herbst, and Justin Allgaier.

Lap six, Austin Cindric has a lead of over half a second on Noah Gragson with Harrison Burton over a second and a half back in third. 

Matt Mills has been off the track since lap one.  He is the only car not on the lead lap.

Lap eleven, Austin Cindric has a lead of over a second on Noah Gragson; Harrison Burton, Riley Herbst, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 16, leader Austin Cindric has encountered slower traffic; there are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 19, Noah Gragson has closed the gap on leader Austin Dillon to just half a second as Cindric battle slower traffic.

Lap 21, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.

Leaders stay out, but a few drivers at the back of the field come down pit road for service.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 26 with Cindric jumping out in front for the lead.  Cindric has led every lap so far.

After the first 15 drivers stayed out on the track, the top three drivers remain the same – Austin Cindric, Noah Gragson, and Harrison Burton; fourth and fifth place drivers are now Justin Allgaier and Riley Herbst.

Lap 30, Justin Allgaier gets around Harrison Burton for third; Austin Cindric has a lead of nearly a second on Noah Gragson.

Lap 33, Ross Chastain takes fifth from Riley Herbst.

The top five are Austin Cindric, Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, Harrison Burton, and Ross Chastain.

Lap 35, Austin Cindric has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Noah Gragson.

While returning from Daytona last week, Kyle Weatherman’s team had the hauler stolen with the race car inside.  Law enforcement officers are still searching for the stolen vehicles.  Like a big family, the teams came together to ensure that the team and Weatherman had what he needed to run the race.  Weatherman is currently in 19th place.

Four laps to go in stage one, Austin Cindric has a one second lead on Noah Gragson; Justin Allgaier, Ross Chastain, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Austin Cindric wins stage one for his ninth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Austin Cindric
Noah Gragson
Justin Allgaier
Ross Chastain
Harrison Burton
Riley Herbst
Brandon Jones
Chase Briscoe
Michael Annett
Ryan Sieg

Drivers come down pit road for service with Noah Gragson winning the race off of pit road and Austin Cindric out second.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the outside lane with Austin Cindric alongside on the inside lane.  With a little push from Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson takes the lead with Justin Allgaier in second and Austin Cindric in third.

Lap 53, the top vie are Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton, and Chase Briscoe.

Lap 55, Noah Gragson has a half second lead on Justin Allgaier with Austin Cindric three quarters of a second back.

Lap 61, Noah Gragson has pulled out to a one second lead on Justin Allgaier; Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.  There are 29 cars on the lead lap with no driver just one lap down.

Lap 67, Noah Gragson has a half second lead on Justin Allgaier; Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Lap 72, leader Noah Gragson has encountered slower traffic; he is a half second ahead of Austin Cindric with Austin Cindric in third.

In a three way battle, Justin Allgaier takes the lead of the race form Noah Gragson; Austin Cindric is in third.

The caution flag comes out on lap 77 when fourth place driver Chase Briscoe gets loose in trying to pass Austin Cindric and spins out.  He hits the wall.

A doubleheader weekend, drivers must drive the same car in both races; if they must go to a backup car, they will have to start the second race from the back of the field.

Kyle Weatherman was charged with a chose cone violation and had to restart the race from the back of the field.

Under the new choose rule, the drivers can choose which lane they want to restart the race.  Any driver who runs over the choose arrow instead of going right or left must restart the race from the back of the field.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 82 and jumps out in front for the lead with Austin Cindric in second and Noah Gragson in third.

Lap 85, Justin Allgaier has the lead with Austin Cindric on his bumper; Ross Chastain, Noah Gragson, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Justin Allgaier wins stage two for his eighth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Justin Allgaier
Austin Cindric
Ross Chastain
Noah Gragson
Riley Herbst
Harrison Burton
Justin Haley
Brandon Jones
Jeb Burton
Michael Annett

Drivers come down pit road for service with Justin Allgaier winning the race off of pit road; Austin Cindric came out second.

After staying out on the track Brandon Brown brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 97 with Justin Allgaier getting out in front for the lead.

The top five are Justin Allgaier, Brandon Brown, Austin Cindric, Ryan Sieg, and Harrison Burton.

Lap 100, Justin Allgaier has a lead of over a second on Brandon Brown with Austin Cindric, Ryan Sieg, and Ross Chastain rounding out the top five.

There are 26 cars on the lead lap.  Matt Mills has returned to the track and is 36 laps down.  Timmy Hill is 46 laps down.

Lap 106, Justin Allgaier has a lead of over a second on Austin Allgaier; Ross Chastain, Brandon Brown, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap 114, Justin Allgaier continues to lead the race with Austin Cindric in second one second back, Ross Chastain, Harrison Burton, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 120, Justin Allgaier has a lead of just inder a second on Austin Cindric; Ross Chastain, Harrison Burton, and Brandon Jones round out the top five with 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 125, Justin Allgaier continues to lead the race with Austin Cindric over a second back.  Timmy Hill is out of the race.

With 110 laps in the stage, the drivers cannot complete the race on a single fuel load.  At lap 125, the drivers are now in their pit windows and can pit at any time.

Lap 132, Justin Allgaier’s lead is down to just under a second on Austin Cindric; Ross Chastain, Harrison Burton, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 140, Justin Allgaier continues to lead the race with Austin Cindric less than a second back;  Ross Chastain is in third a second and a half back,  Harrison Burton and Brandon Jones round out the top five with only 15 cars on the lead lap.  Bayley Currey joins Timmy Hill in the garage out of the race.

Several of the drivers are reporting loose conditions in their cars.

Lap 150, Justin Allgaier’s lead is down to less than a second on Austin Cindric.

The caution flag comes out when BJ McLeod gets into the wall with a flat tire.  He takes his car to the garage while the drivers bring their cars down pit road to fill the fuel cell, get fresh tires, and make adjustments to the cars.  Justin Allgaier wins the race off of pit road with watermelon man Ross Chastain coming out second.

Kody Vanderwal was charged with a penalty for leaving his pit stall with equipment.

Justin Allgiaer brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 154.  Justin Allgaier jumps out in front of Austin Cindric for the lead; Ross Chastain, Harrison Burton, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

After winning Daytona last week, Austin Cindric tied Sam Ard for winning five out of six races.  No driver has ever won six out of seven races.

Lap 160 Justin Allgaier and Austin Cindric battle for the lead but Allgaier holds on to the lead as Ross Chastain makes it a three way battle as he challenges Austin Cindric for second place.

Brandon Jones brings out the caution flag when he gets loose and spins out.

Pit road is open, but the teams have used all of their tires.

With 33 laps remaining in the race, Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart with Austin Cindric alongside on the front row.  Justin Allgaier gets out in front for the lead with Austin Cindric on his bumper and Ross Chastain on Cindric’s bumper in third.

Thirty to go, Justin Allgaier has a half second lead on Austin Cindric as he looks to mark his first race win of the season.

Twenty five to go, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, Ross Chastain, Harrison Burton, and Noah Gragson with 17 cars on the lead lap.

Harrison Burton and Noah Gragson battle for fourth with Gragson taking the spot.

Twenty to go, Justin Allgaier has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Austin Cindric with Ross Chastain in third two seconds back.

Fifteen to go, Justin Allgaier’s lead is now a second and a half on Austin Cindric with Ross Chastain two seconds back in third.

Ten to go, Justin Allgaier holds on his second and a half lead on Austin Cindric; Ross Chastain continues to run in third two seconds back.

Five to go, Justin Allgaier has increased his lead on Austin Cindric to over a second and a half over Austin Cindric.

With Justin Allgaier in the lead, JR Motorsports has all four of its cars in the top 10 with Gragson in fourth, Jeb Burton in seventh, and Michael Annett in ninth.

Justin Allgaier takes the white flag.

Getting his first win of the season, Justin Allgaier leads the first of two races at the Monster Mile.

The Unofficial results of the Drydene 200:
Justin Allgaier
Austin Cindric
Ross Chastain
Noah Gragson
Harrison Burton
Riley Herbst
Jeb Burton
Justin Haley
Michael Annett
Chase Briscoe
Anthony Alfredo
Ryan Sieg
Jeremy Clements
Brandon Brown
Brett Moffitt
Brandon Jones
Myatt Snider
Joe Graf Jr
Alex Labbe
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Tommy Joe Martins
Stephen Leicht
Jesse Little
Josh Williams
Kyle Weatherman
Stefan Parsons
David Starr
Vinnie Miller
Chad Finchum
Colby Howard
Kody Vanderwal
Korbin Forrister
Matt Mills
BJ McLeod
Bayley Currey
Timmy Hill

NFL Chiefs Ban Native Imagery

Kansas City’s football team may be the Chiefs; but they don’t want to see any in the stands this year.

If and when fans will be allowed into the stadium to watch the games live, no Native American head gear, face paint, or costumes will be allowed at Arrowhead Stadium.  Any fan who comes to the stadium with such attire, will not be permitted into the stadium.

The verdict on whether or not the Tomahawk Chop will be allowed is still out.  The name of the stadium – Arrowhead – and the team’s logo – a KC inside an arrowhead – have not been brought up as of yet.

The purpose is to eliminate all racist imagery from the franchise.

In the wake of a recent escalation of racial inequality and a move toward the elimination of that inequality, professional sports teams with Native American imagery have been working toward making less offensive decisions.

The Chiefs are also looking to “something that symbolizes the heartbeat of the stadium” and eliminate the War Drum currently used at the beginning of each game.

In a move to bridge the gap, the Chiefs celebrate Native American Heritage Month and invite Native elders to a game for the “Blessing of the Drum and the Four Directions of Arrowhead Stadium”.

The team’s name comes from a former Kansas City Mayor, Harold Roe “Chief” Bartle and not a Native American.  At one time a man attired in full Native American regalia rode out on the field on the pinto horse Warpaint.  Today, the rider is one of the team’s cheerleaders.

The Chiefs noted that they are grateful for the conversations with Native leaders; adding that it is important to continue the diaglogue.

While the Chiefs began a dialogue with groups for a better understanding of Native American cultures and issues, the issue came to a head with a push to change the name of the team in Washington and eliminating the name Redskins.  The team has removed the name and is currently searching for a new nickname.  Until a new name is found, they will simply be called the Washington football team.

The “Tomahawk Chop” and “Warchant” became popular among professional ball teams as graduates of Florida State University entered the world of professional sports.  Like everything associated with the Seminoles, the “Chop” and Warchant are done with the approval of the Seminole Nation of Florida.  The regalia worn by Chief Osceola was donated to the university by The Nation and all Native symbols on the uniforms of the athletes have been created or approved by The Nation.

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Truck Series Tames The Monster

The Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series kicks off a weekend filled with racing at Dover International Speedway when NASCAR takes on Miles the Monster.

Johnny Sauter has won the past three races at Dover, but is in a must win situation this season.  Sauter is hoping to make it four in a row with the KDI Office Technology 200.

Stages one and two of the race are 45 laps each with stage three lasting 110 laps for a total of 200 laps around the one mile track.  NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 20.

Brett Moffitt sits on the pole with Daytona road course winner Sheldon Creed starting alongside on the front row.

Just 17 years old, Sam Mayer wins the ARCA race and then makes his Truck Series debut.

Dover is also the second race of the Triple Truck Challenge, the race winner will win a bonus of $50,000; but if Sheldon Creed wins his second race in a row, he will win an additional bonus of $50,000 for a total of $150,000 bonus for tow races.

Brett Moffit takes the outside lane and brings the field down for the green flag start of the race; jumping out in front for the lead while Matt Crafton and Sheldon Creed battle for second with Crafton taking the spot.

Lap three, Brett Moffitt leads the way with a lead of nearly half a second on Matt Crafton; Austin Hill, Sheldon Creed, and  Tyler Ankrum round out the top five.

Lap six, Brett Moffitt continues to lead the race; Matt Crafton; Sheldon Creed, and  Tyler Ankrum round out the top five.

Tate Fogleman brings out the first caution of the race when he gets loos and spins out, avoiding the wall.

During restarts, drivers get to choose whether they want to restart the race from the inside or outside lane.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 12 and gets out in front for the lead; Austin Hill, Matt Crafton, Tyler Ankrum, and Sheldon Creed round out the top five.

All 35 drivers are still on the track with Ty Majeski and Tate Fogleman the only drivers one lap down.

The teams have five sets of tires for today’s race.

Lap 16, Brett Moffitt has led every lap so far; Matt Crafton, Austin Hill, Sheldon Creed, and Tyler Ankrum round out the top five.

Lap 20, Brett Moffitt holds on to the lead of the race with Matt Crafton in second when NASCAR puts out the yellow flag for the competition caution.

With a fuel load of around 78 to 80 laps, the drivers have a choice of whether they wish to make a pit stop.  The leaders stay out, but some of the drivers made a stop for adjustments.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 24 from the outside lane.  Again Moffitt gets out in front but Austin Hill and Matt Crafton make it three wide.  After Moffitt gets squeezed out, Hill and Crafton battle for the lead with Austin Hill taking the lead.

Lap 29, Austin Hill has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Matt Crafton; Tyler Ankrum, Brett Moffitt, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

After starting the race in 26th, teen rookie Sam Mayer has moved up to 15th place.

Lap 35, Austin Hill has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Matt Crafton; Tyler Ankrum, Brett Moffitt, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

With six laps remaining in stage one, Austin Hill leads the race with Matt Crafton, Tyler Ankrum, Zane Smith, and Brett Moffitt rounding out the top five.

Lap 42, Austin Hill has a three second lead on Matt Crafton.

Drivers are getting three and four wide across the track.

With a lead of over three seconds, points leader Austin Hill wins stage one for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Austin Hill
Matt Crafton
Tyler Ankrum
Zane Smith
Brett Moffitt
Ssheldon Creed
Christican Eckes
Grant Enfinger
Raphael Lessard
Todd Gilliland

Drivers come down pit road for service.  Tyler Ankrum described his truck as being “nuclear loose”.  Taking fuel only, Johnny Sauter wins the race off of pit road.

Stage winner Austin Hill will restart the race from 12th at what he calls his favourite track.

After staying out on the track, Chandler Smith will bring the field down for the green flag start of stage two with Ben Rhodes alongside on the front row.  Lap 53, Chandler Smith and Ben Rhodes battle for the lead on the restart with Smith getting out in front for the lead.

Lap 56, the top five are Chandler Smith, Ben Rhodes, Derek Kraus, Zane Smith, and Johnny Sauter.

Lap 61, Chandler Smith has pulled out to a one second lead on Ben Rhodes with Derek Kraus, Zane Smith, and Johnny Sauter rounding out the top five.

Lap 70, Chandler Smith has a lead of over a second on Derek Kraus; Bren Rhodes, Zane Smith, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.  Stage one winner Austin Hill is still in 12th place after not moving up in the field since the race restart.

Bryant Barnhill and Norm Benning are off the track with 27 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 77, Derek Kraus has closed the gap on leader Chandler Smith to under half a second; Zane Smith, Ben Rhodes, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Leader Chandler Smith is mired in lapped traffic.

Lap 79, Derek Kraus passes Chandler Smith for the lead while Smith battles lapped traffic. 

Lap 82, the top five are Derek Kraus, Chandler Smith, Zane Smith, Christian Eckes, and Ben Rhodes.

Lap 85, Zane Smith takes second from Chandler Smith with Derek Kraus in the lead.

Zane Smith has caught up to leader Derek Kraus.  Christian Eckes passes Chandler Smith for the lead.

With Derek Kraus battling lapped traffic, Zane Smith passes for the lead.

Chandler Smith and Christian Eckes make contact and bring out the caution flag with just two laps remaining in stage two. 

Zane Smith wins stage two under caution.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Zane Smith
Derek Kraus
Christian Eckes
Sheldon Creed
Brett Moffitt
Ben Rhodes
Todd Gilliland
Johnny Sauter
Tyler Ankrum
Matt Crafton

Zane Smith wins the race off of pit road.

With a stage length of 110 laps, the drivers cannot complete the race on a single load of fuel.

Christian Eckes brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 98 and gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Christian Eckes, Todd Gilliland, Brett Moffitt, Zane Smith, and Johnny Sauter.

There are only 23 trucks on the lead lap.  Bryan Barnhill has returned to the track 27 laps down but Parker Kligermam joins Norm Benning off the track.

Lap 102, Christian Eckes has a lead of over half a second on Todd Gilliland; Zane Smith, Brett Moffitt, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Bryant Barnhill is back off the track for a total of three drivers off the track.

Lap 106, Christian Eckes has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Todd Gilliland; Zane Smith, Brett Moffitt, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Lap 108, Zane Smith has taken over second place and is over a second behind leader Christian Eckes.

Lap 115, Christian Eckes’ lead is down to just a third of a second over Zane Smith; Brett Moffitt, Todd Gilliland, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Lap 120, Zane Smith challenges Christian Eckes for the lead but passing a slower truck, Eckes holds on to the lead.

Lap 125, Christian Eckes holds on to a narrow lead on Zane Smith with Brett Moffitt in third; Todd Gilliland and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Lap 127, there are only 19 trucks on the lead lap.

Brett Moffitt takes second from Zane Smith and is on the tailgate of leader Christian Eckes.

Lap 130, Brett Moffitt passes Christian Eckes for the lead; Zane Smith, Todd Gilliland, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Brett Moffitt puts Chandler Smith a lap down; there are only 18 trucks on the lead lap.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track as they battle for space.

Lap 139, Brett Moffitt has a one second lead on Zane Smith, Christian Eckes, Todd Gilliland, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Lap 143, Brett Moffitt leads the race; Zane Smith, Christian Eckes, Todd Gilliland, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

With 17 trucks on the lead lap, Brett Moffitt is in the lead with Zane Smith in second.

Zane Smith passes team mate Brett Moffitt on lap 155; Christian Eckes, Todd Gilliland, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Forty laps to go, Zane Smith has a lead of over a second on Brett Moffitt; Christian Eckes, Todd Gilliland, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five with 16 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 162, Brett Moffitt is the first driver to bring his truck down pit road for service; leader Zane Smith also makes his pit stop and give the lead over to Christian Eckes.

More drivers make their stops on pit road.  Todd Gilliland is the new leader.

Todd Gilliland makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Tanner Gray.

Tanner Gray makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Sheldon Creed.

Sheldon Creed makes his pit stop and Zane Smith retakes the lead.

Raphael Lessard and Tanner Gray were charged with commit cone violations and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

With 25 laps remaining in the race, Zane Smith has a lead of over half a second with Brett Moffitt in second; Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five with just 13 trucks on the lead lap.

Twenty to go, Zane Smith has a lead of over half a second on Brett Moffitt; Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five with only eleven trucks on the lead lap.

Fifteen to go, Zane Smith continues to lead the race with a lead of over a second on Brett Moffitt.

Ten to go, Zane Smith has a lead of over a second and a half on Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

Stewart Friesen brings out the caution flag with just eight laps remaining in the race when his truck gets loose and he spins out avoiding the wall.

Zane Smith brings the field down for the green flag restart and a three lap shootout to end the race.  Zane Smith jumps out in front with Matt Crafton in second; Brett Moffitt, Todd Gilliland, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

With a lead of over half a second, Zane Smith takes the white flag.

Winning his second race of the season, Zane Smith will take home the mini Miles the Monster trophy in his Dover debut…and a $50,000 Triple Truck Challenge bonus.

The unofficial results of the KDI Office Technology 200 :
Zane Smith
Matt Crafton
Brett Moffitt
Todd Gilliland
Ben Rhodes
Johnny Sauter
Tyler Ankrum
Austin Hill
Stewart Friesen
Derek Kraus
Christian Eckes
Carson Hocevar
Grant Enfinger
Ty Maeski
Sam Mayer
Spencer Davis
Tanner Gray
Bayley Currey
Raphael Lessard
Chandler Smith
Timmy Hill
Sheldon Creed
Austin Wayne Self
Jordan Anderson
Dawson Cram
JJ Yeley
Tate Fogleman
Spencer Boyd
Tyler Hill
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Tim Viens
Clay Greenfield
Bryant Barnhill
Parker Kligerman
Norm Benning

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Drag Queen Chi Chi DeVayne Dies

When RuPaul introduced the world to her competition reality show “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, she opened up a whole new world to drag queens and fans alike.  Over the past 12 plus seasons dozens of drag queens have strutted their stuff of the runway and in the workroom; opening up a whole new world to television viewers.

On August 20, the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” family lost one of its members when season eight contestant and season three All Star Chi Chi DeVayne died as a result of Scleroderma and Pneumonia at the age of 34.  It is also suspected that she suffered from kidney failure.

Scleroderma is a rare disease where the skin hardens and tightens.  An auto immune disease, Scleroderma can be controlled but there is no cure.

Born Zavion Davenport is a native of Louisiana. 

Before becoming a drag queen and coming to Drag Race, Davenport was involved with gangs; adding that she came from the streets.

After joining the drag queen family DeVayne, she took the name Chi Chi and began working in the bars around Louisiana.

On “Drag Race”, DeVayne was known for her ability to create “drag on a dime”; calling herself the “cheap queen”.  Her introduction to “Drag Race” fans on season eight was walking into the work room wearing a dress made out of garbage bags.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axjNJa7O14Q

After placing fourth in the competition, DeVayne made drag a full time career and even made appearances on several television shows and podcasts including “Little America”, “Hey Qween”, “Bootleg Opinions”, “How to Makeup”, “Drag Babies”, and “Whatcha Packin’”.  She made her “Drag Race” return on season three of the All Star version of the show.

RuPaul noted that Chi Chi will be missed but never forgotten.

No list of survivors was given.

feature photo credit: Chi Chi DeVayne’s Facebook page

NASCAR Amends Car Rule

Anyone who has ever spent time in a car during the summer months without an air conditioner knows how hot it can get. 

For a NASCAR driver, the “air conditioner” is an air hose blowing into the helmet.  The drivers equate spending time in a car during a race to closing all of the windows and turning up the heat for four hours.  Along with a full face helmet, the drivers wear heavy gloves, fire retardant undergarments, and a full fire suit to protect them. 

During the summer months air temperatures at a track are often in the nineties with track temperatures well over 100 degrees; inside the cars the temperatures often reach 130 to 140 degrees, which can literally cook the drivers.

Over the past few weekends, several of the drivers have had to receive attention from the infield care center after the completion of a race due to overheating issues.

In response to the overheating issues NASCAR has made an adjustment to the cars.  Normally, a car must have a sealed window on the right hand side of the car and a window net on the left hand – driver’s side.  NASCAR has mandated that beginning this weekend at Dover, the teams may remove most – two-thirds – of the right side window and allow air to flow into the car.  However, the air coming into the car is ambient air and still very hot.

Several hundred miles north of Daytona, temperatures at Dover should be several degrees cooler this weekend and less of a strain on the drivers.

While Dover is a trial, the real test will be when the teams take to the tracks at Darlington and Richmond.

NASCAR noted that they are looking at the issue; but also noted that the teams look for every aerodynamic advantage they can get and often driver comfort is at the bottom of the list.  A few drivers have turned to using a cool suit under their fire suits but it requires the engineers to build an engine that can handle the extra power.

Dillon Cleared to Race

Last week, Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon missed the inaugural road race at Daytona International Speedway after receiving a positive diagnosis for the Covid-19 virus.  It was the first time Dillon did not drive the number three car since coming to the NASCAR Cup.

 Dillon is only the second driver to have tested positive for the virus; Jimmie Johnson missed his first ever race after testing positive and missing the race at Indianapolis.

Like Johnson, Dillon will miss only one race due to the positive test.  A new father with an infant son at home, Dillon has been medically cleared to take on Miles the Monster for a doubleheader weekend in Dover.  Dillon had to test negative twice at least 24 hours apart and had to receive written permission to return from his personal physician. 

The NASCAR rules state that a driver must compete in all of the races in order to be eligible for the playoffs; NASCAR has stated that Dillon will receive a waiver and be allowed to continue and make a run for the championship.  Dillon will be one of the top 16 drivers making a run for the championship after winning the race in Texas.

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NASCAR Issues Road Course Penalties

Since its return to racing, NASCAR has had some very busy weekends with some of the series running doubleheaders and a track easily seeing four and five races in a two or three day period.

Surprisingly with fewer team members allowed at the tracks and a reduction in the size of over the wall pit crew, there have been a minimal number of penalties with improperly secured lug nuts being the most often charged penalty.

Over the past weekend, all three of the NASCAR Racing Series made history by running stock cars and trucks on the road course at Daytona International Speedway. 

Only two penalties were issued by NASCAR, both in the NASCAR Cup Series for having a lug nut improperly secured in the post-race inspection process.

The number four Stewart-Haas Racing car driven by Kevin Harvick and the number 19 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Martin Truex Jr were the teams charged.  As a result, the number four car’s crew chief Rodney Childrers and the number 19’s crew chief James Small were each fined $10,000 for the infraction.

‘Friday’ Actor John Witherspoon Has Died

Comedic actor John Witherspoon died October 29, 2019 as a result of a heart attack in Sherman Oaks, California at the age of 77.

Best known for playing the role of Ice Cube’s father in the “Friday” films; Witherspoon appeared in over 80 roles including the voice of the grandfather in the animated series “The Boondocks”, “The Incredible Hulk”, “Good Times”, the MC at the Cinderella Club in “The Jazz Singer”, “WKRP in Cincinnati”, “Amen”, the Reverend in “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”, “Townsend Television”, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, “Vampire in Brooklyn”, over 100 episodes on “The Wayans Bros.”, “The Tracy Morgan Show”, “The First Family”, the role of James Brown on “Black-ish”, and “Black Jesus”.

He was also a frequent guest of David Letterman on late night television.

John Weatherspoon was born on January 27, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan.  He was a fashion model in Detroit before becoming a star in Hollywood.


He is survived by his wife of over 30 years Angela and children John David and Alexander.

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Actor Ben Cross Dies

Actor Ben Cross died August 18 in Vienna, Austria after what the family is calling a short illness at the age of 72.


While his role as Olympic runner Harold Abrahams in the 1981 award winning film “Chariots of Fire” is considered Cross’ breakout role,  Cross made his film debut in 1972 in the short film “The Reprieve”.  From there he would go on to appear in over 100 productions where his roles included a Prince, a Vulcan Ambassador, a sea Captain, and an iconic vampire.

After making his film debut in 1972, Cross’ film and televisionroles include “A Bridge too Far”, 10 episodes of the mini series “The Citadel”, “The Twilight Zone”, Barnabas Collins in the 1991 remake of “Dark Shadows”, “First Knight”, the made for TV movie “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, the mini series “Spartacus”, Spock’s father Sarek in the 2009 JJ Abrams film “Star Trek”, the mini series “Ben Hur”, the TV series “Banshee”, and his final role in 2020 “The Rest is Ashes”.

At the time of his death, Cross had just completed filming “The Devil’s Light” and the film “Last Letter from Your Love” is in post-production.  He was cast for roles in “Liberty” and “Resilient 3D” both of which are currently in pre-production.

He was born Harry Bernard Cross on December 16, 1947 in London, England where he began his acting career as a small child including the role of Jesus at the age of 12 in a school pageant.  Cross was accepted to RADA – the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art – when he was 22 years old.  After graduating from RADA Cross took his career to the stage where his roles included performances in “Macbeth”, “The Importance of Being Earnest”, “Death of a Salesman”, “Twelfth Night”, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Irma La Douce”, and “Chicago”.

Cross is survived by his wife third wife Deyana, two children – Lauren and Theo -, and three grandchildren.

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Kyle Larson Seeks Reinsttment

When NASCAR was shut down along with all other events involving large crowds in March as a measure to try and curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus,  several of the drivers turned to iRacing events that became very popular for racing fans.

During one of these iRacing events in April, then Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kyle Larson uttered a derogatory racial slur toward his spotter in an exchange during the race.

As a result of his remarks, NASCAR immediately suspended Larson for his actions; two days later after threats from sponsors to leave the team, Chip Ganassi fired Larson as the driver of the number 42 car.

Since leaving NASCAR, Larson has been racing in the World of Outlaws where he has won over half of the races he has entered – 24 out of 46.

Speaking on his reprehensible behaviour; Larson said, “I was just ignorant. And immature. I didn’t understand the negativity and hurt that comes with that word. That’s not a word that I had ever used. I grew up in Northern California, all I ever did was race and that’s all I was focused on. There’s probably a lot of real-life experiences I didn’t get to have and I was just ignorant to how hurtful that word is.”

At the time of his suspension, NASCAR informed Larson that in order to return to NASCAR he must undergo sensitivity training and file an official request for reinstatement.

While NASCAR has confirmed that Larson has officially filed for reinstatement, officials say that the request is currently under “review”.

NASCAR Hall of Fame member and Stewart-Haas co-owner Tony Stewart believes that it is time that NASCAR reinstate Kyle Larson; saying, “Kyle has done everything NASCAR has asked him to do.  I think there are a lot of things besides what NASCAR has asked him to do that he’s done on his own to try to make this right and to try to do the right thing.  Ultimately, NASCAR has to be comfortable with that. It’s going to be their decision if and when he comes back.”

Going beyond the requirements ordered by NASCAR for reinstatement, Larson volunteered at a foundation created by Tony Sanneh in Minneapolis.  And in the wake of the death of George Floyd, Larson returned to Minneapolis touring the site of Floyd’s death and subsequent protests.  “I never really realized how privileged I was in the way I grew up,” Larson said. “I never had to really worry about anything and I guess I was naive. I didn’t have a full understanding that there are people struggling with different things on a daily basis. It was very impactful, very moving.”

Larson also connected with Olympic track and field star Jackie Joyner-Kersee in East St. Louis and works with the Urban Youth Racing School in Philadelphia.

First Nominees for NFL HOF Named

The NFL Hall of Fame has cancelled the annual Hall of Fame game and induction ceremonies for this year due to the global pandemic, but they are working on who will be enshrined into The Hall in 2021.

Super Bowl winning coach Tom Flores is among the finalists for induction next year.  Flores has a record of 105 wins and 90 losses as a head coach for the Raiders and Seahawks.  He took the Raiders to Super Bowl winning seasons in 1980 and 1983.  Flores was named the AFC Coach of the Year in 1983.

Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Drew Pearson has been named as the senior nominee for the Hall of Fame.  

After being signed to the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent, Pearson went on to become a three time Pro Bowler, was named to the All Decade team in the seventies, and a member of a Super Bowl winning team. 

Flores is among the first of the nominees named for possible induction into the HOF.  The newest class of the NFL Hall of Fame will be named on February 6 where between four and eight new members will be named.  The remainder of the nominees will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Players and coaches become eligible for the Hall of Fame five years after leaving the game.  In order to become a member of The Hall, a nominee must receive a minimum of 80 percent of the vote.

The 2021 class of the HOF – along with the 2020 members – will be enshrined on August 8, 2021.

Washington Team Names New President

After many years of contention, the NFL team in Washington, DC has finally relented and removed the name “Redskins” as the team’s nickname.

While they search for a new team name, the Washington football team must also work on the team itself – both on the field and in the front office.

One of those changes is the hiring of a new team president.  With the hiring of former professional football player Jason Wright; not only is Wright the youngest person to hold the position at the age of 38, Washington becomes the first team in the NFL to hire a person of colour as their president.

Wright spoke on his hiring saying, “the pivot in history, given the history of the franchise, is great.  I think that it also just shows a way of evaluating talent where the most qualified professional happened to also be Black. And that that didn’t prevent them from getting the role is a good signal to just all of us who may not be from the majority population in corporate America or in the global corporate ecosystem.”

Wright will handle the business side of football; while head coach Ron Rivera will take care of business on the field.

Washington owner Dan Snyder spoke on his new hire saying, “if I could custom design a leader for this important time in our history, it would be Jason. His experience as a former player, coupled with his business acumen, gives him a perspective that is unrivaled in the league.”

Prior to the hiring of Wright, Minnesota Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren was the highest ranking non-white executive in any NFL team.  Warren left the Vikings in 2019 to become the Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference.

During his career with the NFL Wright was a running back with the Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, and the Arizona Cardinals.  While at Arizona he was a team captain and the NFL Players Association representative.

 

DWTS Announces Premiere Date and Pro Lineup

“Dancing with the Stars” has announced the premiere of season 29 on September 14 with Tyra Banks as the new host of the show.

With professional dancers  Witney Carson and Lindsay Arnold both expecting babies early next year; the show has brought on two new pros to join the cast.

DWTS is becoming a family affair, this season’s cast includes three married couples; and with the new rule requiring all pro dancers to live in separate accommodations, should prove to be very challenging for the married dancers; especially sisters in law Jenna Johnson and Peta Murgatroyd who are looking to get pregnant at the same time.

While the “celebrity” dancers will be announced at a later date, it has been announced that “The Bachelorette” Kaitlyn Bristow will be a part of the show.

While original show host Tom Bergeron is no longer a part of the show, head judge Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli will be returning to take their seats at the judge’s table.

Along with married couples Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson, Emma Slater and Sasha Farber, and Pasha Pashkov and new pro Daniella Karagoch; Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten,Sharna Burgess, Cheryl Burke, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, and Gleb Savchenko will all be returning to the show.  Britt Stewart is the second of the new dancers; along with Karagoch that will be competing on their debut season.

Originally created as a competition reality series that paired Ballroom dancing professionals with celebrities who have no dance experience; DWTS has gotten criticism in recent years for allowing stars with a great deal of dance experience, controversial “stars”, and “stars” of questionable talent.

 

Warren Givens ‘Rattles the Cages’ with New Album

The global pandemic has brought live music performances to a halt, but the music hasn’t stopped.

Artists have continued to record music and set album releases.

Warren Givens has released “Rattle the Cages” – an album he completed recording while under quarantine.  An album in two parts, the album features the same songs performed as a rock version and again at the opposite end of the spectrum as a stripped down acoustic roots version.

Fans of the competition reality shows like “American Idol” are familiar with hearing the same song in a variety of versions.

Givens spoke on the album saying, “the balance between the two versions was very important because folk music is at the core of everything that I do.  So, while wanting to venture into new waters with the full band versions, I felt it was necessary to keep the reminder of my musical roots.”

He added, “this record means saying ‘screw it’ by throwing out my fears and trusting myself in a way that I’ve never experienced before.  I set out to simultaneously write and record the most natural songs I could muster, and also to record them in a way that pushes the envelope while mirroring my evolving influences.”

Previously, Warren Givens has been a part of the Sheep Canyon Rangers and has performed with Miranda Lambert

 

feature photo credit: Warren Givens Facebook page

 

Hoot and Hollar with Golden Shoals

Living the life of a nomad is nothing new to a musician.

Roots, Folk, and Bluegrass artists Amy Alvey and Mark Kilianski have lived that life over the past several years; going from gig to gig on foot, living in vehicles; and have called North Carolina, Massachusetts, California, and New Jersey home.

Since graduating from the Berklee College of Music, Alvey and Kilianski have performed under a variety of names including Hoot and Holler; today, they are known as Golden Shoals and have just released their self titled debut album.

Representing a fresh start for the duo, “Golden Shoals” features 12 new songs born out of inspirations from their musical journey.

The stripped down album includes only Alvey, Kilianski and Landon George on upright bass and drums.

Over the years, Alvey and Kilianski has shared the stage with Ricky Skaggs, Michael Daves, Red Tail Ring, The Reverlers, The Brother Brothers, The Steel Wheels, Tatiana Hargreaves, Roochie Toochie and The Ragtime Shepherd Kings, Charm City Junction, Twisted Pine, and Lula Wiles.

The Golden Shoals album is currently available for streaming on Spotify at: https://open.spotify.com/album/4h6LcVIzGnJexntn9eiQYS?si=knaXzBg_RcS151vKvJsmGg.

 

feature photo credit: courtesy of Golden Shoals and taken by Red Line Roots

Myrtle Beach Cancels Music Fest

Beaches are always a big draw for the tourist trade…so are music festivals.  And when a community can combine the two, it is big business.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has announced that the annual Carolina Country Music Festival has been cancelled for this year due to the ongoing uncertainty of the Covid-19 virus.

Festival organizers said, “the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 made it increasingly clear that moving CCMF to 2021 was the best decision to protect the health and safety of fans, the community, artists, and CCMF staff.  We appreciate everyone’s patience and support as we worked tirelessly with the obstacles surrounding, yet again, the CCMF postponement.”

The Festival was originally scheduled for June 4 through 7 and postponed until September 17.

The Festival has been rescheduled for June 10 through 13 of 2021.

Country music stars Luke Combs, Darius Rucker, Eric Church, and Jake Owen are among those that are scheduled to perform at the festival.

The annual festival which has been held since 2015, draws some 30,000 music fans and brings in some $20 million each year.

Currently South Carolina governor Henry McMaster has stated that venues may hold concerts at 50 percent capacity.

Tickets purchased for the postponed dates will be good for the new dates.  For fans who cannot attend the new dates, may obtain a refund.

 

feature photo credit: By Matthewtrudeauphoto – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28294078

 

Scorpions Celebrate ‘Wind of Change’

Hard rockers The Scorpions have planned a limited edition boxed set release of “Wind of Change” to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the song.

Set for an October 3 release, “Wind of Change: The Iconic Song” features the hit single in a variety of versions including the album cut, the Berlin Philharmonic version, the Russian and Spanish versions, and a previously unreleased demo version.  The songs come in vinyl and CD formats; along with an 84 page hardcover book, handwritten lyrics, and photographs all in a brick look box.

The collection is limited to 2020 hand numbered copies.

Certified gold in the United States, “Wind of Change” topped charts around the world and was a part of the rockers eleventh album “Crazy World” – an album that was certified double platinum for selling two million copies in the United States.

 

feature photo credit: By Nick Ares from Auburn, CA, United States – Scorpions, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=91609397

 

Zeppelin Song Headed for SCOTUS

Members of the rock group Led Zeppelin have been in and out of court for the past six years over their chart topping smash “Stairway to Heaven”.

In 2014, the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe – aka – Randy California – field a suit of copyright infringement against the rockers for “stealing” part of the song “Taurus”.

In 2016 a jury passed down a verdict in favour of Led Zeppelin.  In March 2020, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld the 2016 decision.

Not satisfied with the decision, Wolfe’s estate is looking to continue the suit and a petition for a writ of certificate has been filed with the United States Supreme Court.  In the petition filed, the estate said, “the (Ninth Circuit) opinion is a disaster for the creatives whose talent is often preyed upon.  By the same token, it is a gift to the music industry and its attorney – enthusiastically received – by a circuit whose own judge once observed: ‘Our circuit is the most hostile to copyright owners of all the circuits.

“Stairway to Heaven” appeared on “Led Zeppelin IV”, an album that has been certified with a Diamond Award by the RIAA – Recording Industry Association of America – for selling at least 10 million copies – 23 million.  The album has sold nearly 40 million copies around the world.

 

feature photo credit: By p a h, United Kingdom profile – Led Zeppelin by p a h, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3330909

Some NFL Teams Announce Plans for Fans

After everything was shut down in March due to the corona virus, sporting events are slowly making a comeback.

The NBA and NHL have placed their teams in a bubble and are playing games with no fans in the stands. Baseball has also returned with no fans but the teams are traveling from city to city albeit in a limited capacity environment and have seen a number of issues and virus outbreaks.

NASCAR was the first sport to make a return and has even allowed fans in the stands in a limited capacity at a few tracks.

As the beginning of camp looms, the NFL must now decide how it will handle the issue of playing games with or without fans.

Playing games without any fans will have a huge negative impact on the NFL’s economic picture since the teams depend on TV deals and fans to keep them running.

Instead of a League wide policy, each team is approaching the issue separately; while some teams have released information on the season, others are still holding out hope for allowing fans or are awaiting word from government officials.
The Atlanta Falcons will limit the number of fans allowed inside Mercedes-Benz stadium to 10 to 20 thousand. The Falcons are also keeping their options open depending on how the situation changes in relation to the virus.
Currently the Baltimore Ravens have deferred season tickets to the 2021 season; adding that if and when regulations allow, fans will be permitted in M&T Bank Stadium but at a very limited capacity.
The Buffalo Bills have also deferred all 2020 season tickets to next season and are still waiting for word from New York State on whether fans will be allowed to watch the games at New Era Field.

The Cincinnati Bengals are also awaiting news from government officials on whether fans will be allowed at the games; but at a significantly reduced capacity. Even if fans are allowed, tailgating will not be permitted.

The Green Bay Packers have not announced plans for the fans past the first two games where the stands will remain empty. The Packers is the only team in the NFL that is owned by the city of Green Bay and the fans.

The Houston Texans will allow a maximum of 14,000 fans in NRG Stadium; adding that fans must wear face coverings throughout the game expect for when they are eating or drinking.

The Indianapolis Colts will allow a maximum of 25 percent capacity at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will also be allowing a maximum of 25 percent capacity; adding that any increase in capacity will depend on government health and safety protocols.

The Las Vegas Raiders were set to open their new Allegiant Stadium this season but due to the corona virus, fans will have to wait for another season to see the new home of the Raiders…except on television. No fans will be allowed in the stadium this season.

The New England Patriots have announced that they will allow a 20 percent capacity at Gillette Stadium; adding that any plans to admit fans will require approval from government officials.

The New Orleans Saints have only announced that no fans will be permitted to attend the season opener in the Superdome; they have made no announcement past the first game.

Both the New York Giants and Jets play their games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey; due to continued lockdown rules, there will be no fans permitted at the games until further notice.

Already a tumultuous season for the team in Washington, no fans will be allowed to attend the games at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.

Drama, History, and Stock Cars on Daytona Road Course

The NASCAR Cup Series caps off a weekend of historic racing at Daytona International Speedway where all three of the NASCAR series running the 3.61 mile road course race.

Thirty nine drivers will take to the track for the Go Bowling 235.

Kaz Grala is taking over the number three Richard Childress Racing car after driver Austin Dillon tested positive for the Covid-19 virus and will miss his first NASCAR Cup Series race.

In a pre-race interview, driver of the number six Roush Fenway Racing car, Ryan Newman noted that he did not remember leaving the track back in February after a horrific crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500.  He wanted to thank all of the workers who helped him after the crash but due to the Covid safety rules and social distancing it is not possible.  In lieu of a one on one with the workers, Newman is addressing them in a special message over the radio.

After dominating the races in Michigan last week and the new formula for setting the starting lineup, Kevin Harvick sits on the pole and will bring the field to green.  Denny Hamlin will start alongside on the front row.

With the current rules, the drivers have had no practice; but Kyle Busch was among the dozens of drivers who participated in the 2020 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in January.  Busch said that if invited, he would do the race again.

The starting lineup for the Go Bowling 235:
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
Chase Elliott
Kurt Busch
Matt DiBenedetto
Kaz Grala – in for Austin Dillon
Jimmie Johnson
Clint Bowyer
William Byron
Ryan Newman
Christopher Bell
Matt Kenseth
Brad Keselowski
Tyler Reddick
Bubba Wallace
Erik Jones
Chris Buescher
Ryan Preece
Ty Dillon
Ryan Blaney
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Cole Custer
Alex Bowman
John Hunter Nemechek
Corey LaJoie
Michael McDowell
Daniel Suarez
JJ Yeley
Brennan Poole
Stanton Barrett
Quin Houff
Garrett Smithley
Timmy Hill
James Davison
Brendan Gaughan

While social distancing rules are in place, there are some fans in the stands to watch the first ever NASCAR Cup road course race at Daytona.

Stage one and two of the race are 15 laps each with stage three lasting 35 laps.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and go side by side before Denny Hamlin edges out for the lead.  Kyle Busch comes from fourth to pass Kevin Harvick and take second place.

Kyle Busch is on leader Denny Hamlin’s bumper and challenging for the lead.

The top five are Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Joey Logano.

Lap two, Denny Hamlin has a narrow lead on Kyle Busch with Kevin Harvick nearly four seconds back.

Kyle Busch passes Denny Hamlin for the lead.  Martin Truex Jr takes third.

Lap three, Denny Hamlin gets around Kyle Busch to retake the lead.

Lap four, Denny Hamlin has a lead of a second and a half on Kyle Busch with Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Chase Elliott rounding out the top five.

Kyle Busch is making an unscheduled trip down pit road with a tire issue.  With a course of nearly four miles, Busch will not lose a lap.  FOX pit reports state that the tire was severely damaged.

Brad Keselowski and Tyler Reddick both missed a chicane and have to make a stop and go penalty.  Drivers who do not make the stop and go, have to come down pit road for a pass through penalty.

Lap five, Denny Hamlin continues to lead the race; Martin Truex Jr is in second over two seconds back; Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.  Kyle Busch is back in 34th place after making his pit stop.

Lap seven, Martin Truex Jr has closed to with a second and a half on leader Denny Hamlin; Chase Elliott is in third over seven seconds back.

Lap eight, Denny Hamlin’s lead is down to under a second on Martin Truex Jr; Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr is running laps faster than leader Denny Hamlin.

Stunt car driver Stanton Barrett is off the track four laps down; the remainder of the field are on the lead lap.

Kyle Busch is moving up through the field and is in 28th after having to make a pit stop for a flat tire.

Martin Truex Jr passes Denny Hamlin for the lead on lap 10; Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin has a smoking tire rub and has to make a trip down pit road for a tire change.

Lap eleven, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Chase Elliott; Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick comes down pit road for service on lap 12.

Lap 13, Christopher Bell and Kurt Busch are among the drivers who make their pit stops just before pit road closes to end stage one.

Kyle Busch makes another trip down pit road reporting more tire issues.

Lap 13, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Chase Elliott.

Martin Truex Jr gives up the lead to Chase Elliott and makes a pit stop.

Chase Elliott is the leader with Joey Logano in second nearly eight seconds back; Jimmie Johnson is in third 13 seconds back.

Alex Bowman has a flat tire and is trying to make his way to pit road as the tire carcass comes off and lands on the track.

Chase Elliott wins stage one by nearly nine seconds.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chase Elliott
Matt DiBenedetto Logano
Jimmie Johnson
Clint Bowyer
Erik Jones
William Byron
Martin Truex Jr
Cole Custer
Ryan Preece

There are 37 cars on the lead lap.

Drivers come down pit road for service.  Drivers shut their engines off during a pit stop to save fuel; Martin Truex Jr’s car was slow to restart and cost him several spots on the track.  He will restart the race in 10th place.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 17 with Denny Hamlin alongside on the front row.  Joey Logano gets out in front from the inside lane and is getting a challenge from Denny Hamlin.  Hamlin takes the lead with Kevin Harvick right behind to take second.  Joey Logano has yet to make a pit stop.

Lap 18, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, and Martin Truex Jr.

Martin Truex Jr passes Kevin Harvick to take second on lap 19.

After having tire issues, Kyle Busch is back in the top 10.

Lap 20, the top five are Kenny Hamlin with Martin Truex Jr a half second back, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Ryan Blaney.

Lap 20, Denny Hamlin has a lead of less than half a second on Martin Truex Jr with Truex coming on fast; Kevin Harvick is in third over three seconds back.

A third of the way through the race, there are 37 cars on the lead lap with just one car – Stanton Barrett – off the track.

Lap 22, Martin Truex Jr has caught Denny Hamlin and challenging for the lead.  Martin Truex Jr passes Denny Hamlin and is the new leader.  Truex is pulling away from Hamlin and has pulled out to a one second lead.

Lap 23, Martin Truex Jr has a second and a half lead on Denny Hamlin; Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Stage one winner Chase Elliott has taken fifth place from Ryan Blaney; Kyle Busch is in seventh.

Lap 25, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Denny Hamlin; Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Kyle Busch has gotten off the course and has fallen to 13th.

Lap 27, Jimmie Johnson makes a pit stop.

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

More drivers make a trip down pit road for service including Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.

Lap 28, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly four seconds on Denny Hamlin; Clint Bowyer, Ryan Blaney, and William Byron round out the top five.

Leader Martin Truex Jr makes a pit stop and gives the lead over to Denny Hamlin.

Martin Truex Jr was caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.  With only two laps remaining in stage two, pit road is closed; as a result, Truex’s penalty will be at the back of the field on the restart.

Denny Hamlin wins stage two for his fifth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Denny Hamlin
Clint Bowyer
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Preece
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch

Drivers come down pit road for service with Clint Bowyer winning the race off pit road with Denny Hamlin coming out second.

The skies are getting cloudy and dark with inclement weather less than 10 miles away.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 34 and gets out in front for the lead but is getting pressure from Kurt Busch.

After some contact from Christopher Bell, Kevin Harvick gets turned around and makes a run through the grass.  The track stays green and after the field moves through, Harvick gets moving again.

Chase Elliott has a lead of over a second on Kurt Busch with Michael McDowell in third three seconds back.  Martin Truex Jr is back in 28th place

Martin Truex Jr and Ty Dillon make contact; Truex now has a tire rub.

Lap 35, the top five are Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, Michael McDowell, Brad Keselowski, and Jimmie Johnson.

Kevin Harvick has to make a trip down pit road with flat spotted tires.

Chase Elliott has a lead of nearly three and a half seconds on Kurt Busch; Michael McDowell, Jimmie Johnson, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

JJ Yeley brought his car down, climbed out of the car, and collapsed from the heat.  He has been taken to the infield care center and Bayley Currey has taken over the driving duties of the number 27 car.  The drivers have cooler air being pumped into their helmets, but when the temperatures reach 140 degrees inside the cars, the temperature change isn’t that much different.

A member of Daniel Suarez’ pit crew has collapsed from heat exhaustion and has been taken to the care center.

Lap 36, the caution flag comes out for lightning in the area.

NASCAR will bring the drivers down pit road and red flag the race.  From the time a lightning strike is seen, there is a minimum of a 30 minute wait before the race can resume.  If more lightning is spotted before the time limit, the clock resets.

The drivers are out of their cars and being covered.

AT 5:13, NASCAR has called the drivers back to their cars and prepare to race again.  Should the rains come, the teams can run in the rain.  Each team has three sets of rain tires in their pits; the cars are equipped with a red brake light, a windshield wiper, and a defogger inside the car.

The engines have re-fired at 5:22pm.  There are 28 laps remaining in the race.

At 5:24pm NASCAR has pulled the red flag and displayed the yellow flag…and the skies appear to be clearing somewhat.  Reports are that the temperatures have dropped around 10 degrees and feel much cooler.

The 51 car of James Davison needed a push to get started.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service.  Matt Truex Jr is getting some damage repairs in his pit box.  Kevin Harvick is reporting a very loose condition and is getting numerous adjustments to his car.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart with 26 laps remaining in the race.  Chase Elliott and Kurt Busch go side by side before Elliott gets out in front.

The top five are Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, Michael McDowell, Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski.  Jimmie Johnson gets around Michael McDowell for third.

Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Kurt Busch; Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, and Michael McDowell round out the top five.

Lap 41, Chase Elliott has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Kurt Busch; Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, and Michael McDowell round out the top five.  Clint Bowyer is challenging McDowell for fifth.

John Hunter Nemechek gets turned around on the course bu the track stays green.

Lap 42, Kyle Busch passes Jimmie Johnson for third and aims for brother Kurt’s bumper…and second place.

Chase Elliott has increased his lead to nearly four seconds over Kurt Busch.  Kurt and Kyle Busch battle for second place with Jimmie Johnson on their bumpers.

Lap 43, Kyle Busch takes second from brother Kurt.

Lap 43, Jimmie Johnson passes Kurt Busch for third.

Kevin Harvick gets turned around on the course but gets the car moving again and the track stays green.

Lap 44, Chase Elliott has checked out on the field and has a lead of five and a half seconds on Kyle Busch; Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Brad Keselowski missed the chicane and had to make a complete stop before continuing the race.

Lap 45, Brad Keselowski brings his car down pit road for service, he is at the edge of his window to make it to the end of the race.

Chase Elliott is “driving it like he stole it” with a six second lead on Kyle Busch; Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin passes Kurt Busch for fifth.

Joey Logano makes his pit stop.

Kevin Harvick makes his pit stop.

In road course racing, pitting under the green flag is better than pitting under the caution flag.

Lap 46, Chase Elliott continues to increase his lead on the field and now has a lead of nearly seven seconds on Kyle Busch; Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, nad Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Kurt Busch makes his pit stop and most drivers have entered the pit window to make the end of the race on a single load of fuel.

Lap 47, Chase Elliott is approaching an eight second lead on Kyle Busch; Jimmie Johnson gives up third place to make a pit stop.

Lap 48, the top five are Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and William Byron.

Lap 48, Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch make their pit stops.  Kyle Busch takes his car to the garage with a brake issue.  Busch’s team can make repairs to the car since it is a mechanical issue.

Lap 49, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kaz Grala, Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola, and Alex Bowman.

Lap 50, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over nine seconds on Kaz Grala.With 15 laps remaining in the race, Martin Truex Jr makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Kaz Grala.  Truex returns to the track in 14th place.

Lap 51, the top five are Kaz Grala, Alex Bowman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Chase Elliott, and Cole Custer.

Leader Kaz Grala has yet to make his pit stop, this is his first NASCAR Cup start.

Lap 52, Kaz Grala has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Alex Bowman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Chase Elliott, and Ryan Preece round out the top five.

Chase Elliott has passed Ricky Stenhouse Jr for third.

Lap 53, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin battle for fourth with Denny Hamlin taking the spot.

Lap 54, leader Kaz Grala and Alex Bowman make their pit stops giving the lead over to Chase Elliott with Denny Hamlin nearly eleven seconds back in second; Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, and Michael McDowell round out the top five.

Kyle Busch has returned to the race six laps down.

With eleven laps to go, Chase Elliott has a 10 second lead on Denny Hamlin with Jimmie Johnson in third; Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin has closed the gap on leader Chase Elliott to under 10 seconds with eleven laps remaining in the race.

Ten to go, Chase Elliott has a lead of just under 10 seconds on Denny Hamlin with Jimmie Johnson in third over eleven seconds back.

Nine to go, Chase Elliott has a lead of nearly 10 seconds on Denny Hamlin; Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Christopher Bell gets off into the grass but gets the car moving again and the track stays green.

Eight laps to go, Chase Elliott has a lead of nearly 10 seconds on Denny Hamlin.

While Chase Elliott has a commanding lead on the field, drivers throughout the field continue to battle for position.

Six to go, Kenny Hamlin has closed the gap on leader Chase Elliot to nearly eight seconds; Jimmie Johnson is in third eleven seconds behind with 35 cars on the lead lap.

Kyle Busch brings out the caution flag with just five laps remaining in the race.  Both rear tires are blown out and gets into the wall.

The caution flag erased a huge lead for leader Chase Elliott and will bunch the field back up.

Kyle Busch makes it back to the garage.

Leaders stay out, but some of the drivers come down pit road for fresh tires.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart with Denny Hamlin alongside on the front row with just three laps remaining in the race.  Elliott gets out in front for the lead but Clint Bowyer give Denny Hamlin a push.  Chase Elliott is the leader with Denny Hamlin in second; Jimmie Johnson, Chris Buescher and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr gets around Chris Buescher for fourth.

Chase Elliott has a half second lead on Denny Hamlin.

Corey LaJoie spins out but get going again and the track stays green.

Two to go, Chase Elliott holds on to his half second lead on Denny Hamlin with Jimmie Johnson in third over two seconds back.

Chase Elliott takes the white flag with a half second lead on Denny Hamlin.

Ring the Sireeeen in Dawsonville!
Chase Elliott has won his third road course race in a row when he makes history as the inaugural winner of the Go Bowling 235 at Daytona International Speedway.

The unofficial results of the Go Bowling 235:
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Jimmie Johnson
Chris Buescher
Clint Bowyer
Kaz Grala
William Byron
Joey Logano
Michael McDowell
Eirk Jones
Alex Bowman
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch
Matt DiBenedetto
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Kevin Harvick
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Newman
Ty Dillon
Christopher Bell
Cole Custer
Ryan Preece
Aric Almirola
Bubba Wallace
Matt Kenseth
Daniel Suarez
Brennan Poole
Timmy Hill
James Davison
Ryan Blaney
Corey LaJoie
Quin Houff
JJ Yeley/Bayley Currey
John Hunter Nemechek
Garrett Smithley
Kyle Busch
Stanton Barrett
Brendan Gaughan

Truck Series Debuts Daytona Road Course

The Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series gets a doubleheader day started with the Sunoco 159 on the road course at Daytona International Speedway.

This is also the first of the three Triple Truck Challenge races where the winner receives a bonus of $50,000. If the same driver wins all three races, they will win a bonus of $500,000.

After winning the race in Michigan last week, Zane Smith will sit on the pole and bring the field to the green flag. Christian Eckes starts alongside on the front row of the 38 truck field.

Stages one of the race is only 12 laps long with stage two lasting 13 laps and stage three lasting 19 laps for a total of 44 laps around the 3.61 mile course.

Alex Taglioni is considered a road course ringer, but Brett Moffitt is the only driver in the field who has a previous road course win.

Zane Smith brings the field down for the green flag start of the race but after missing turn one and flat spotting his tires, Brett Moffitt takes the lead of the race.

Lap two, Brett Moffitt has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds over Tyler Ankrum, Christian Eckes, Austin Hill, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Lap three, Brett Moffitt has increased his lead to two and a half seconds on Tyler Ankrum; Christian Eckes, Austin Hill, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Christian Eckes takes second form Tyler Ankrum over two and a half seconds back from leader Brett Moffitt. Sheldon Creed has taken fifth place form Ben Rhodes.

After some issues in a chicane, Brett Moffitt’s lead is down to under a second.

Lap four, the top five are Brett Moffitt, Christian Eckes, Tyler Ankrum, Sheldon Creed, and Austin Hill.

Lap five, Brett Moffitt continues to lead the race with a lead of over two and a half seconds on Christian Eckes; Sheldon Creed, Todd Gilliland, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Derek Kraus missed the chicane and has to make a stop and go penalty before continuing in the race. Drivers who miss the chicane must come to a complete stop before moving on; if a driver does not serve the stop and go, the penalty becomes a pass through penalty.

Lap six, Brett Moffitt has increased his lead to three and a half seconds on Christian Eckes; Sheldon Creed, Todd Gilliland, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Roger Reuse, who has been off the track since the race began, is the only driver not on the lead lap.

Lap six. Brett Moffitt continues to increase his lead which is now over four seconds in front of Christian Eckes; Jennifer Jo Cobb is the only driver one lap down.

Lap seven, over five seconds in front of the field, Brett Moffitt has begun lapping trucks with Tim Viens and Jennifer Jo Cobb both a lap down.

Lap eight, Brett Moffit’s lead is now nearly six seconds on Sheldon Creed; Christian Eckes, Austin Hill, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

Short pitting, some of the drivers have brought their trucks down pit road for service.

Lap nine, Brett Moffitt is dominating the race with a lead of over six and a half seconds on Sheldon Creed.

Mark Smith brings out the first caution flag of the race when he spins out on lap 10. Carson Hocevar also got off the course.

Brett Moffitt wins stage one under caution for his fourth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Brett Moffitt
Sheldon Creed
Christian Eckes
Austin Hill
Todd Gilliland
Ben Rhodes
Tyler Ankrum
Austin Wayne Self
Tanner Gray
Derek Kraus

Bobby Kennedy was not feeling well and the team has made a driver change with Josh Reaume taking over.

Jennifer Jo Cobb was in the garage for mechanical repairs.

Grant Enfinger and Stewart Friesen both have had electrical issues and have had to make battery and alternator changes.

After pit stops, Christian Eckes, who stayed out on the track, will bring the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 15. Again turn one has proved to be an issue for some drivers where not everyone has made the turn.

Christian Ecked is in the lead but getting a challenge form Matt Crafton for the lead.

Lap 15, the top five are Christian Eckes, Matt Crafton, Raphael Lessard, Parker Kligerman, and Alex Tagliani.

Johnny Sauter gets off into the grass, but the track stays green.

A very hot day – 90 degrees – some of the teams are having electrical issues while trying to keep the truck and the driver cooled off.

Matt Crafton takes the lead from Christian Eckes.

The top five are Matt Crafton, Raphael Lessard, Christian Eckes, Parker Kligerman, and Sheldon Creed.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Christian Eckes has been falling through the field after not changing tires and has spun out but the track stays green.

Lap 16, Raphael Lessard is challenging Matt Crafton for the lead.

Lap 17, Matt Crafton holds on to the lead with Raphael Lessard in second; Sheldon Creed, Parker Kligerman, and Alex Taglioani round out the top five.

Todd Gilliland is on pit road for a battery change. Derek Kraus is also on pit road after getting off the track and causing some truck damage.

Lap 18, Sheldon Creed comes from third to take the lead with Raphael Lessard in second; Alex Tagliani, Parker Kligerman, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

NASCAR is reviewing the pass for the lead, there is some question as to whether Matt Crafton’s truck made the chicane properly.

Matt Crafton is reporting some wheel hopping issues.

Sheldon Creed has a lead of nearly a second on Raphael Lessard, Alex Tagliani, Parker Kligerman, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Lap 20, Christian Eckes finally makes his first pit stop for service.

Sheldon Creed has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Raphael Lessard; Alex Tagliani, Parker Kligerman, and Austin Hill round out the top five. Stage one winner Brett Moffitt is in sixth place over seven seconds back.

With two laps remaining in stage two, some drivers are short pitting.

Sheldon Creed has a lead of eight seconds on Austin Hill; Tyler Ankrum, Zane Smith, and Kris Wright round out the top five.

Leader Sheldon Creed is slowing down on the track with a reported fuel issue. Turned out he was coasting, thinking he had won the stage.

Sheldon Creed wins stage two for his fourth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Sheldon Creed
Austin Hill
Tyler Ankrum
Zane Smith
Kris Wright
Spencer David
Raphael Lessard
Alex Tagliani
Brett Moffitt
Ty Majeski

Drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service.

Raphael Lessard and Alex Tagliani bring the field down for the green flag start of stage three with Lessard getting out in front for the lead.

The top five are Raphael Lessard, Matt Crafton, Brett Moffitt, Alex Tagliani, and Ty Majeski.

Carson Hocevar gets off the course but the track stays green.

With 16 laps remaining in the race, Raphael Lessard has a narrow lead on Matt Crafton; Brett Moffitt, Alex Tagliani, and Parker Kligerman round out the top five.

Matt Craton takes the lead from Raphael Lessard with Bett Moffitt taking second after Lessard misses the turn; Alex Tagliani, Parker Kligerman, and Sheldon Creed round out the top five with 14 laps remaining in the race.

Brett Moffitt gets around Matt Crafton to take the lead.

The caution flag comes out with 12 laps remaining in the race when Josh Reaume is stopped on the track. In the words of FOX broadcaster Michael Waltrip, original driver Bobby Kennedy was ill and now the truck is ill.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires and fuel. Brett Moffitt wins the race off of pit road with Alex Tagliani out second.

Matt Crafton stayed out on the track despite being short on fuel to make it to the end of the race. The team feels that the caution flags will give them the cushion they need to complete the race without stopping.

Matt Crafton and Sheldon Creed stayed out on the track and will bring the field down for the green flag restart with 10 laps remaining in the race. Matt Crafton gets out in front for the lead; Sheldon Creed, Tyler Ankrum, Christian Eckes, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Sheldon Creed takes the lead from Matt Crafton; Tyler Ankrum, Ben Rhodes, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Nine to go, Sheldon Creed has a lead of over a second on Matt Crafton; Tyler Ankrum, Ben Rhodes, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five. There are 30 cars on the lad lap with four trucks off the track.

Eight laps to go, Sheldon Creed has a two second lead on Matt Crafton; Tyler Ankrum, Brett Moffitt, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Sheldon Creed has pulled out to a lead of two and a half seconds on Matt Crafton; Brett Moffitt, Tyler Ankrum, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Seven to go and Sheldon Creed has pulled out to a lead of nearly four seconds on Matt Crafton; Brett Moffitt, Tyler Ankrum, and Raphael Lessard round out the top five.

Six to go, Sheldon Creed continues to expand his lead and is now over four and a half seconds in front of Matt Crafton and Brett Moffitt who are battling for second. Brett Moffitt passes Matt Crafton for second.

Sheldon Creed is now over five and a half seconds in front of Brett Moffitt.

Derek Kraus is stopped on the track and brings out the caution flag with five laps remaining in the race.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart with just three laps remaining in the race with Creed taking the lead. Natalie Decker spins out but the track stays green as drivers move around her.

Brett Moffitt challenges Sheldon Creed for the lead.

The top five are Sheldon Creed, Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton, Raphael Lessard, and Tyler Ankrum.

Ben Rhodes gets off the course but the track stays green.

Carson Hocevar brings out the caution flag after a crash with just two laps remaining in the race.

The race has gone into overtime.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag overtime start with team mate Brett Moffitt alongside on the front row. Sheldon Creed edges out for the lead after some side by side racing.

Brett Moffitt challenges Sheldon Creed for the lead but has not quite been able to make the pass.

Sheldon Creed takes the white flag with Brett Moffitt on his tailgate. Brett Moffitt continues to challenge Sheldon Creed for the lead.Sheldon Creed wins the first road course race at Daytona!

Drivers were wrecking in the final turns as they came to the checkered flag.

The drivers are staggering with heat exhaustion as they exit their trucks.

The unofficial results of the SMatt Crafton
Austin Hill
Tyler Ankrum
Grant Enfinger
Parker Kligerman
Scott Lagasse Jr
Stewart Friesen
Austin Wayne Self
Christopher Eckes
Zane Smith
Ben Rhodes
Tanner Gray
Tyler Hill
Spencer Boyd
Bryan Collyer
Tate Fogleman
Natalie Decker
Johnny Sauter
Alex Tagliani
Mike Skeen
Tim Viens
Kris Wright
Cory Roper
Norm Benning
Carson Hocevar
Codie Rohrbaugh
Derek Kraus
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Ty Majeski
Todd Gilliland
Spencer Davis
Jordan Anderson
Mark Smith
Bobby Gilbert/Josh Reaume
Roger Reuse

Childress Driver Tests Positive for Covid-19

Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon is the second driver in NASCAR to have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.  Dillon drivers the NASCAR Cup number three RCR car.

The diagnosis means that Austin Dillon will miss the first road course rase at Daytona International Speedway.

RCR has stated that Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series driver Kaz Grala will drive the number three car for the Go Bowling 235 on August 16.  This will be Grala’s debut in the NASCAR Cup Series but has driven the road course at Daytona twice as a part of a team in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

Dillon reported the news himself and is currently in self-quarantine.  Wife Whitney and newborn son Ace are healthy and currently symptom free.

Dillon must test negative twice, 24 hours apart and receive written clearance from a doctor before he will be allowed to return to NASCAR and racing.

After winning the race at Texas Motor Speedway, Austin Dillon is eligible for the playoffs.  Once Dillon returns to racing, he can receive a waiver form NASCAR for not having participated in every race.

RCR issued a statement on the news saying, “RCR takes the safety of our employees, fellow competitors, fans, partners and outside vendors seriously.  Based upon recommendations outlined by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NASCAR and our health partners at Wake-Forest Baptist Health, RCR has enacted procedures and safety protocols designed to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread. These guidelines were developed in close consultation with a panel of medical experts with broad experience in infectious diseases, many of whom have been on the front line in treating COVID-19 patients across the country. We will continue to adhere to these guidelines in order to protect the health and safety of our employees and their families, and our business partners.”

Wild Ride for Debut Daytona Road Course

The Xfinity Series kicks off a historic weekend at Daytona International Speedway with the first running of the road course for NASCAR with the UNOH 188.

Continuing the practice begun when NASCAR made a return since the outbreak of the global pandemic, the drivers have had no practice and have had to rely on iRacing and simulators to learn the track.

AJ Allmendinger, Earl Bamber, Josh Bilicki, Chase Briscoe, Bobby Reuse, Preston Pardus, Andy Lally, Brandon Gdovic, Jeffrey Earnhardt, and Austin Cindric not only have previous road course experience, but thanks to the Rolex 24 endurance race have previous on the track.

But one thing that the simulator cannot reflect is the summer heat and humidity in Florida.

The race gets off to a late start after a delay for lightning.  A hot summer day in Florida frequently brings late afternoon thunderstorms that drench the area for a short time and move on leaving the pavement steaming.

While the drivers will not run a race with lightning in the area, they will run in the rain.  The cars have been equipped with a brake light, windshield wiper, and a defogger inside the car; and there are wet weather tires in the pits.

After the new formula to determine the starting lineup, Austin Cindric will sit on the pole and bring the field to green with Chase Briscoe starting alongside on the front row.

And the rain has begun to fall as the Xfinity Series continues to wait out the lightning.  The skies must be clear of lightning for at least 30 minutes before they can be given the all clear.

After a delay of nearly two hours, the drivers have been called to their cars.

NASCAR has called the track conditions a wet surface condition,  drivers must come down pit road and change to wet weather tires.

Stages one and two are only 15 laps each with stage three lasting 22 laps for a total of 52 laps around the 3.61 mile course.

NASCAR has upgraded the track conditions to a damp condition; giving the teams the option of which tire combination they wish to use at race start.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and goes side by side with Chase Briscoe.  Going into turn one, Noah Gragson takes the lead when Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe miss the turn.

In turn six of lap one Austin Cindric takes the lead.

Chase Briscoe missed the chicane and had to come to a complete stop before continuing in the race.

Austin Cindric leads lap one and has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Noah Gragson; Ross Chastain, Justin Haley, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Ross Chastain and Justin Haley missed a portion of the chicane and had to come to a complete stop before continuing on.

Lap three, Austin Cindric’s lead is down to a second on Noah Gragson with AJ Allmendinger in third.

Chase Briscoe made a stop down pit road to change from wet weather tires to dry weather tires.

Lap four, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Noah Gragson.  AJ Allmendinger passes Noah Gragson for second and is two and a half seconds behind leader Austin Cindric.

Several of the drivers continue to have issues with missing turns and the chicanes.

Lap six, Austin Cindric has a lead of nearly four seconds on AJ Allmendinger; Ross Chastain, Noah Gragson and Justin Haley round out the top five.  All 38 drivers are still on the track and on the lead lap.

There are cars scattered all through the course.

Lap eight, Austin Cindric holds on to his lead of over three and a half second on AJ Allmendinger; third place driver Ross Chastain is over 15 seconds back.  There are 34 cars on the lead lap.

Lap nine. Austin Cindric has a four second lead on AJ Allmendinger with Ross Chastain 20 seconds back in third place.

Lap eleven, over four seconds out in front, Austin Cindric has lead every lap so far.

Road course expert Andy Lally and Justin Allgiaer battle for fifth.

Lap 12, Ross Chastain is slowed on the track and is reporting a gear issue.  Justin Haley spins out and makes a run through the grass after hitting the bumps; bringing out the caution flag.

AJ Allmendinger comes down pit road before the caution flag comes out.

Harrison Burton has smoke in his car.

The front end of Justin Haley’s car is torn up and likely out of the race.

AJ Allmendinger begins leaving his pit stall while the fuel can was still attached and had to stop and was charged with a penalty for having his car serviced outside of the pit box.  He has been penalized one lap for the infraction.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service; Austin Cindric stayed out on the track.  Andy Lally is looking for forward bit, the team throws everything at the car.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for a one lap shootout to end stage one and gets out in front for the lead with Michael Annett in second.  Daniel Hemric gets into the grass but gets the car moving again briefly.

Austin Cindric wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Austin Cindric
Noah Gragson
Jade Buford
Riley Harbst
Earl Bamber
Justin Allgaier
Chase Briscoe
Brandon Brown
MIchael Annett
Andy Lally

Jade Buford has a broken tachometer.

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

After staying out on the track, Noah Gragson and Riley Herbst are on the front row and will bring the field down for the green flag start of stage two.  Earl Bamber is in the second row with Justin Allgaier.  Noah Gragson takes the lead.  Earl Bamber turns Riley Herbst.  Leader Noah Gragson slides off the track and get into the tire barriers bringing out the caution flag.  Jeffrey Earnhardt was slowed on the track after a bad start.

AJ Allmendinger is the “lucky dog”.

Justin Allgaier made an unscheduled stop on pit road for a possible car issue.

Chase Briscoe is the leader and will bring the field down for the green flag restart.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the restart with Harrison Burton alongside on the front row on lap 20.  Briscoe gets out in front for the lead.  Tommy Joe Martins gets turns around on the track but get the car moving again and the track stays green.

A big mix up on the track sending Jesse Little through the grass but he gets back on the track and the track stays green.

Josh Williams gets turned around and takes out a few signs but he track stays green.

The caution flag comes out on lap 21 for debris on the track.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 23 and jumps out in front for the lead with Harrison Burton in second and Earl Barber in third.

After having some wheel hop issues, Harrison Burton has moved into second place.

Lap 24, Chase Briscoe has a lead of over half a second on Harrison Burton with Earl Bamber in third two seconds back.

Austin Cindric has moved into third place, over two seconds behind the leader.

There are 29 cars on the lead lap with four drivers off the track or out of the race.

Lap 25, Chase Briscoe has a lead of nearly a second on Harrison Burton and Austin Cindric a second and a half back in third.

Josh Bilicki spins out but get the car moving again and the track stays green.

After being a lap down due to a penalty, AJ Allmendinger has moved into the top 10.

Lap 25, Chase Briscoe has the lead but Austin Cindric has taken second place from Harrison burton and a second and a half back.

Lap 27, Chase Briscoe has the lead but Austin Cindric is on his bumper looking to take back the lead.

Kody Vanderwall gets off the track and into the grass but gets back on the track again and the track stays green.

Lap 28, Chase Briscoe holds on to the lead but is getting a challenge form Austin Cindric.

Lap 29, Austin Cindric continues to dog team mate Chase Briscoe and he is looking to retake the lead.

The final lap of stage two, leader Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric continue to battle for the lead.

Briscoe and Cindric make contact as they battle for the lead with Austin Cindric taking the lead with Chase Briscoe continuing the battle.  Going side by side, Chase Briscoe gets the lead and wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Chase Briscoe
Austin Cindric
Harrison Burton
AJ Allmendinger
Andy Lally
Preston Pardus
Earl Bamber
Brandon Jones
Justin Allgaier
Riley Herbst

During some side by side racing, Austin Cindric tosses a water bottle to Chase Briscoe through the window.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Briscoe winning the race off of pit road and Austin Cindric coming out second.

Josh Bilicki brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three but it is Chase Briscoe who gets out in front for the lead.  Austin Cindric gets off the track but gets back and the track stays green.

Lap 33, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton, Josh  Bilicki, and AJ Allmendiger.

Chase Briscoe ahs a lead of over a second and a half on Austin Cindric.

Thirty four laps into the race, drivers are still having issues with the chicanes and missing the turns.

Lap 34, Brandon Brown gets off the track but back again and continues on in the race.

chase Briscoe has a one second lead on Austin Cindric; AJ Allmendinger, Harrison Burton, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Lap 35, Austin Cindric has closed the gap on leader Chase Briscoe to under a second; AJ Allmendinger is in third.

Lap 36, Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race but is less than a second in front of Austin Cindric; AJ Allmendinger, Harrison Burton, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Lap 37, Chase Briscoe has a lead of just over half a second on Austin Cindric; AJ Allmendinger, Riley Herbst, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap 38, Chase Briscoe has a half second lead on Austin Cindric; AJ Allmendinger is in third over two seconds back.

Lap 39, reports are that leaders Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric have just enough fuel to make it to the end of the race if it doesn’t go into overtime.  Other teams are reporting that they are a little short and are asking their drivers to save fuel.

Lap 40, Chase Briscoe has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half on Austin Cindric; AJ Allmendinger, Riley Herbst, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap 40, Chase Briscoe has a two second lead on Austin Cindric.  Riley Herbst gets through the grass but gets going again and the track stays green.

Lap 41, leader Chase Briscoe’s team is telling him that they are close on fuel and are asking Briscoe to save a bit of fuel if he can.  Briscoe has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Austin Cindric; AJ Allmendinger, Harrison Burton, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Harrison Burton is reporting some wheel hop and brake issues.

Lap 42, Riley Herbst spins out again, but the track stays green as he gets going again.

Lap 43, Earl Bamber gets into the grass, causing heavy damage to his car.  He shuts the car off next to the wall.  The caution flag comes out on lap 44 for debris scattered all over the track.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Briscoe winning the race off of pit road and Austin Cindric right behind him.

Before making his pit stop, Austin Cinddric described his car as being undescribingly bad.

Bayley Currey, Kyle Weatherman, and Myatt Snider stayed out on the track.  Bayley Currey brings the field down for the green flag restart with seven laps remaining in the race.  Drivers get three wide with several drivers missing turn one and damage to some cars bringing out the caution flag.  Brandon Jones is the leader of the race.  Chase Briscoe is reporting brake issues.  Preston Pardus, Riley Herbst, and Chase Briscoe all got turned around.

Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart with Austin Cindric alongside on the front row with just five laps remaining in the race.  Brandon Jones jumps out in front for the lead.  Drivers stack up back in the field after Jade Buford gets turned around but the track stays green.

Brandon Jones and Austin Cindric battle for the lead with Austin Cindric finally getting out in front for the lead.

Austin Cindric has won four of the past five races.

With four laps to go, Austin Cindric has a lead of over a second on Brandon Jones with Justin Allgaier ins third; Andy Lally and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Three to go, Austin Cindric has a lead of two and a half seconds on Brandon Jones with Justin Allgaier over three seconds back.

Justin Allgaier gets turned around after some contact from AJ Allmendinger.  The track stays green.

Andy Lally and Noah Gragson battle for third.

Two to go, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of over four second on Brandon Jones.

Austin Cindric takes the white flag with a lead of over five seconds on Brandon Jones.

Winning his fifth of the last sixth races, Austin Cindric joins Sam Ard as the only drivers to do so.

The unofficial results of the UNOH 188:
Austin Cindric
Brandon Jones
Noah Gragson
AJ Allmendinger
Andy Lally
Jeremy Clements
Riley Herbst
Harrison Burton
Justin Allgaier
Myatt Snider
Ryan Sieg
Josh Bilicki
Tommy Joe Martins
Bayley Currey
Michael Annett
Jade Buford
Kyle Weatherman
Jesse Little
BJ McLeod
Scott Heckert
Matt Mills
Stephen Leicht
Kody Vanderwal
Josh Williams
Mike Wallace
Joe Graf Jr
Alex Labbe
Brandon Gdovic
Chase Briscoe
Preston Pardus
Bobby Reuse
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Earl Bamber
Brandon Brown
Harold Crooms
Ross Chastain
Daniel Hemric
Justin Haley

CMA Names New Hall of Fame Members

On August 12, the Country Music Association announced the newest members to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Marty Stuart, songwriter Dean Dillon and joining his father as a member Hank Williams Jr.

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The 71 year of Williams who lost his 27 year old daughter in an auto accident in June said, “I have been making Top 10 records for 56 years. ,I fell off a mountain and tried to reinvent myself as a truly individual artist and one who stepped out of the shadows of a very famous man… one of the greatest. I’ve got to thank all those rowdy friends who, year after year, still show up for me. It’s an honor to carry on this family tradition. It is much appreciated.”

For many years, Williams and his song “All My Rowdy Friends are Comin’ Over Tonight” served as the opening the Monday Night Football on ESPN.

During hi career, Williams has had 10 number one Country songs on the Billboard Country charts, a Grammy Award, is a two time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, and has three Academy of Country Music Awards.

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Marty Stuart is a five time Grammy Award winning performer who has performed with Lester Flatt, Johnny Cash.

Stuart said via a statement, “it is the ultimate honour in country music.  I’m so honored to be included in this class and I’m honored to be included alongside Hank Jr. and Dean Dillon. I love those people. To be officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame is beyond words. I’m usually not at a loss for words.”

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Songwriter Dean Dillon has penned chart topping songs for George Strait, David Allan Coe, George Jones,  Chris Stapleton, Kenny Chesney, and Toby Keith.

In a statement Dillon said, “I was just speechless.  Trying to soak in the words that I had just heard. My life flashed before my eyes. You could’ve knocked me over with a feather.”

 

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VMA’s Announce More Performers

With the annual MTV Video Music Awards less than two weeks away, MTV continues to set the lineup of performers and a host for the awards gala that has moved from inside the Barclays Center to a variety of locations around New York City and Brooklyn.

Joining BTS, Doja Cat and J Balvin as performers are The Weeknd, Roddy Ricch, Maluma, CNCO, and Lady Gaga who is tied with Ariana Grande for the most nominations with nine.

Entertainer Keke Palmer will host the awards gala.

Triple Truck Challenge Returns

While the Xfinity Series drivers compete for the Dash-4-Cash bonus, drivers in the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series have the Triple Truck Challenge.

Unlike the Dash-4-Cash, where only four drivers are eligible to compete for the bonus prize, every driver in the field is eligible for the Triple Truck Challenge money.

The winner of the road course race at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday will win a $50,000 bonus.  The Challenge continues at Dover International Speedway and World Wide Technology Raceway in Gateway.  If the same drivers should win at Daytona and Dover, he will receive a bonus of $150,000 and should the same driver win all three races, the bonus will be raised to $500,000.

On August 16, 39 drivers will take to the track for the first ever NASCAR road course race in Daytona for the Sunoco 159.

Only five races remain in the regular racing season before the 10 driver field will be set for the playoffs and the race for a champion.  Currently Zane Smith, Austin Hill, Sheldon Creed,  Matt Crafton, ang Grant Enfinger have all won races and are assured of a spot in the playoffs.

 

MLB Hands Down Suspensions

Already starting the new season under a cloud after a cheating scandal was uncovered, the Houston Astros have seen their share of troubles continue.

After a benches clearing brawl with the Oakland Athletics, Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron was handed a 20 game suspension for his participation in the melee.  When handing down the decision, Major League Baseball noted it was “for his role in inciting and escalating the conflict between the two clubs.”

A’s outfielder Ramon Laureano earned himself a six game suspension and has appealed the decision.  Both also received undisclosed fines.

Cintron issued a statement saying, “I accept MLB’s suspension and will learn from this.  Although I never referenced Ramon’s mother, my actions were inappropriate. I apologize for my part in Sunday’s unfortunate incident. As coaches, we are held to a higher standard and should be an example to the players. Hopefully, other coaches will learn from my mistake so that this never happens again in the future.”

Astros pitcher Humberto Castellonos hit Ramon Laureano in the seventh inning.  There was an exchange of words that ended in Laureano throwing his batting helmet down and sprinting toward Alex Cintron but was tackled by Astros catcher Dustin Garneau before he reached Cintron.

Laureano was hit three times during the weekend series.

The incident cleared both dugouts.  Umpire Ted Barrett ejected Laureano from the game.

Astros manager Dusty Baker was already out of the game when the brawl occurred.

In other suspension news…
Relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Joe Kelly was suspended for throwing at the heads of Houston Astros batters.  The suspension which was originally eight games, has been reduced to five games after Kelly appealed the decision.

During a game on July 29, Kelly threw a 96mph fastball near the head of Astro Alex Bregman and two brush back curve balls at Carlos Correa and the duo later exchanged words.  The benches cleared for both the Astros and Dodgers in the sixth inning after Kelly’s actions.

Kelly is currently on the 10 day injury list for right shoulder inflammation.  He will serve his five game suspension once he comes off of the injury list.

Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was suspended for one game – which he has already served.

 

Bowie to Release Anniversary Album

It has been over four years since legendary rocker David Bowie died as a result of cancer; while gone, he is long from forgotten.

Bowie’s family is celebrating the 45th anniversary of the release of “Young Americans” in 1975 on September 18 with a gold limited edition vinyl release.

The gold record release will only be available in stores and is set to coincide when Bowie’s single “Fame” hit number one.  Bowie wrote the song with Beatle john Lennon and Carlos Santana.

“Young Americans” was Bowie’s ninth album and marked his transition from glam rocker to music that leaned more toward R&B and soul.

A top 10 album in a number of countries, “Young Americans” was certified gold by the RIAA – Recording Industry Association of America – for selling a 100,00 copies in the United States.

“Young Americans” is the latest of anniversary editions released by Bowie.

The tracklisting for “Young Americans”:
“Young Americans”
“Win”
“Fascination”
“Right”
“Somebody Up There Likes Me”
“Across the Universe”
“Can You Hear Me?”
“Fame”

 

KISS and David Lee Roth

While the Covid-19 virus continues to keep its hold on the United States…and the world…artists are working hard to reschedule lost and postponed concert dates.

Rockers KISS and David Lee Roth are the latest musicians to announce rescheduled tour dates.  The End of the Road retirement tour was interrupted when the country shut down in March in an effort to slow down the spread of the virus.

The “retirement” tour will return next August and run into October of next year.
David Lee Roth will not be a part of the show in Atlantic City.

KISS and David Lee Roth tour dates:
Aug 18 at the Great Woods in Mansfield, MA
Aug 19 at the Waterfront in Bangor, ME
Aug 21 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ
Aug 22 at the Meadows in Hartford, CT
Aug 26 at the KeyBank Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 28 at the Walnut Creek Theatre in Raleigh, NC
Aug 29 at Lakewood in Atlanta, GA
Sept 1 at the Nutter Center in Dayton, OH
Sept 2 at Pine Knob in Clarkston, MI
Sept 4 at The World in Tinley Park, IL
Sept 5 at Marcus in Milwaukee, WI
Sept 17 at the Sunlight in Ridgefield, WA
Sept 18 at The Gorge in George, WA
Sept 21 at the ExtraMile Arena in Boise, ID
Sept 22 at the USANA Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 25 at North Island in Chula Vista, CA
Sept 26 at the Desert Sky in Phoenix, AZ
Sept 29 at the 360 in Austin, TX
Oct 1 at Kickies in F. Worth, TX
Oct 2 at the BOK in Tulsa, OK
Oct 5 at the Mississippi Coast in Biloxi, MS
Oct 6 at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA

 

New NY Exhibit at The Strong

For their newest exhibit The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York stays a little closer to home with “Celebrate the Finger Lakes”.

The exhibit opens August 24 and will run through September 7.

Visitors can check out vendor exhibitions, learn about the area’s agriculture and cultural, and see some special performances; all in a safe socially distanced environment.

Created during an ice age melt, the five Finger Lakes are a unique region of central New York.  The local 4H groups and SNAP-ED offer information on eating healthy, the Rochester Weavers’ Guild will have some of their creations on display of Latinx costumes, learn about traffic safety from the Livingston County Cornell Cooperative Extension, take a photo in a demolition derby car from the Hemlock Fair Demolition Derby, and learn about New York apples with the Apple Growers Association…complete with samples.

Covering two floors, The Strong has lots of space for exhibits, patrons, and space for performers.  Included in the special performances are Hilby the Skinny German Joggle Boy, Grupo Cultural Latino En Rochester, Womba Africa, and bilingual story telling.  The 4H groups will have a BBQ contest and give a cooking demonstration on the final weekend of the exhibit.

Bill Gray’s is offering up some summer snacks and for those who want a little more than a nibble, there will be some food trucks outside near the entrance to the museum.

The Strong also offers a train and carousel, a Pop-Up Midway,  a year round Butterfly Garden, the National Toy Hall of Fame, and the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

In order to ensure a safe environment for staff and visitors, The Strong is offering reserved ticket sessions from 9am to noon and 1 to 4pm daily with additional hours from 5 to 8pm on Friday and Saturday.  All visitors must have a timed ticket in order to enter the museum.

Tickets to The Strong are $16 for non-members over the age of two and free to members and visitors under the age of two.

Entrance to the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden is $4 for members, $5 for non-members, and free to visitors under the age of two.

feature photo credit: courtesy of The Strong in Rochester, NY

 

CBS Makes Changes to Police Shows

While the world is battling a pandemic, cities across the United States are also dealing with massive protests over police brutality and reform.

Law enforcement organizations and unions continue to resist reforms but Hollywood is taking a stance with four of CBS’s biggest series are making plans to make some changes in how the police are perceived.  “NCIS”, “NCIS: Los Angeles”, and “NCIS: New Orleans”; along with “Blue Bloods” has joined forces with the public safety advisory group 21CP Solutions to make some changes in their shows.

21CP Solutions works with law enforcement agencies to bring policing to the 21st century.

R Scott Gemmill of “NCIS: Los Angeles” said, “having an audience of millions of viewers each week comes with a great deal of responsibility.  This new partnership will help us ensure that our storytelling continues to produce accurate portrayals of law enforcement, and will hopefully allow us to play a small part in the ongoing reform moving forward.”

“NCIS: New Orleans” CCH Ponder, who plays coroner Dr. Loretta Wade noted that season seven of the show will address the recent pandemic and the wearing of masks.

 

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MusiCares Charity Auction

Unlike most jobs, musicians do not always have access to health insurance and other safety nets open to workers.  But thanks to the Recording Academy and MusiCares, services and funding are available in times of need.

MusiCares depends on donations, usually in the form of a charitable auction, to raise funds to aid musicians in their time of need.

Each year as a part of the annual Grammy Awards celebration, the Recording Academy salutes the MusiCares Person of the Year with a benefit concert and celebrity auction.

At various times during the year, The Academy also holds a celebrity auction allowing fans the opportunity to obtain memorabilia or meet some of their favorite artists.  With restrictions over travel and crowds still in place, the meet and greets for this year will be of the virtual variety, but it is still a once in a lifetime experience for a one on one event.

Now through August 27, fans can bid on some exclusive experiences with a few of the biggest names in music including Lee Ann Womack, Megadeath’s David Ellefson, Hunter Hays, Halestorm, Adam Blackstone, Jimmy Douglas, Larry Klein, Steve Lillywhite, Giles Martin, and Tony Visconti.

Producer Tim Palmer has worked with many artists over the years and promises lots of stories from over the years in his Zoom meeting with the auction winner.

Award winning bass player David Ellefson of Megadeath is offering a virtual bass lesson.

Award winning performer Lee Ann Womack is offering a meet up and top premium tickets for a future concert.

Country music star Hunter Hayes is not only offering a Zoom meet and greet; but also some Hunter Hayes merchandise.

While not a musician, CEO and Co-Founder La Colombe Coffee Todd Carmichael is offering a Zoom session in the “Art of Coffee”.

Producer Larry Klein, mastering engineer Chris Athens, Giles Martin, and producer Jimmy Douglas are each offering a one hour session on Zoom.

Producer Mike Clink, producer Steve Lillywhite, and Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger of Halestorm are each offering Zoom sessions.

Award winning producer Tony Visconti is offering to evaluate a song by the winning bidder.

Bass an Adam Blackstone is offering a lesson and chat with the winning bidder.

Bleaker is offering six months of coaching, mentoring, and community building for an artist.

Award winning industry veteran Tricky Stewart is offering a one hour mentoring session via Zoom.

Tom Gimbel is offering a 30 minute putting lesson backstage at a Foreigner concert while the band is offering tickets with a meet and greet.

And the Country music group Old Dominion is offering a meet and greet with members of the band via Zoom.

Fans can place their bids at CharityBuzz.com.
 

feature photo credit: MusiCares Facebook page

Dolly to Release Christmas Album

With the dog days of August raging on and worries of what to do with the children as a new school years looms, it is a little difficult to think of the winter holidays, the spreading of good tiding of joy, and new music to help keep the spirit merry and bright.

But those hot summer days are just the time of year that musicians enter the studio to create those wonderful sounds of the season and bring fans a new take on some old holiday classics and to share some new sounds of the season.

On October 2, Country music icon Dolly Parton will release “A Holly Dolly Christmas” – her first album of holiday music in 30 years.  The album features some new tunes and holiday classics performed by Parton along with some special guests including Michael Bublé, Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus, brother Randy Parton, Jimmy Fallon, and Willie Nelson.

While Parton started working on the album last year, it wasn’t completed until this year during the pandemic. Noting that she is an older person and didn’t want to catch the virus, Parton said, “we were working in our little circle with our masks and with our gloves and we had our engineer and we just had the very few people that we had to have when we were in there when I was singing.”  Adding, “I’m hoping I can outrun all that. We’ve been all very, very smart, but it didn’t slow us up.”

Older or not, Parton is not sitting around and letting the dust settle, she has been very busy and has a number of projects coming out later this year including a career spanning coffee table book titled “Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics” on November 17; along with an audio book edition set for release on the same day.

Also set for release in the fall is a TimeLife DVD collection “The Ultimate Dolly Parton DVD Collection”.

The tracklisting for “A Holly Dolly Christmas”:
“Holly Jolly Christmas”
“Christmas Is” with Miley Cyrus
“Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas” with Michael Bublé
“Christmas On The Square”
“Circle Of Love”
“All I Want For Christmas Is You” with Jimmy Fallon
“Comin’ Home For Christmas”
“Christmas Where We Are” with Billy Ray Cyrus
“Pretty Paper” with Willie Nelson
“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”
“You Are My Christmas” with Randy Parton
“Mary, Did You Know?”

 

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Board Overturns Penalty

After a video appeared on social media showing Xfinity Series driver Álex Labbe driving a Sports Car Club of America’s (SCCA) GT-1 class Chevrolet on the road course at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR charged Labbe and Xfinity Series DGM Racing team owner Mario Gosselin of violating the NASCAR rule book on testing.

The penalty of a loss of 75 car owner and driver points; along with a fine of $50,000 was appealed.

On August 12, Chuck Deery, Jay Signore and Kevin Whitaker of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel overturned the penalty.

The overturning of the penalty gives Labbe back his 75 docked points; placing him in 16th place in the driver point standings – four spots below the cutoff line for the playoffs.

NASCAR will run its inaugural races on the road course at Daytona this weekend.

2020 Prime Time Emmy Noms

On July 28, the nominees for the 2020 Prime Time Emmy Awards were announced.  Once again the HBO network has created a show to top the list of nominees.  “Watchman” scored a whopping 26 nominations but falls short of the record sedt by “Roots” in 1977 with 37.

A documentary about the lunar landing 50 years ago has earned a nomination for cinematorgraphy.

The Canadian comedy “Schitt’s Creek” has earned 15 nominations in its sixth and final year on Netflix; second only to Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” with 20.  “Ozark”, “Succession”, “Madelorian”, “Saturday Night Live”, and “The Crown” also garnered double digit nominations.

Fred Willard and Lynn Shelton have earned posthumous nominations.

Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel will serve as host for the 72nd annual Emmy Awards, set to be held on September 20.

The nominees for the 2020 Prime Time Emmy Awards are:
Outstanding Comedy Series:
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“Dead to Me”
“Insecure”
“Schitt’s Creek”
“The Good Place”
“The Kominsky Method”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
“What We Do in the Shadows”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Don Cheadle as Mo Monroe on “Black Monday”
Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson Sr on “black-ish”
Ramy Youssef as Ramy on “Ramy”
“Eugene Levy as Johnny Rose on “Schitt’s Creek”
Ted Danson as Michael on “The Good Place”
<ocjae; Dpig;as as Sandy Kominsky on “The Kominsky Method”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comdey Series:
Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson on “black-ish”
Christina Applegate as Jen Harding on “Dead to Me”
Linda Cardellini as Judy Hale on “Dead to Me”
Issa Rae as Issa on “Insecure”
Catherine O’Hara as Moira Rose on “Schitt’s Creek”
Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam “Midge” Maisel on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Andre Braugher as Captain Raymond Holt on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Mahershala Ali as Sheikh Malik on “Ramy”
Kenan Thompson as Various Characters on “Saturday Night Live”
“Daniel Levy” as David Rose on “Schitt’s Creek”
William Jackson Harper as Chidi Anagonye on “The Good Place”
Alan Arkin as Norman Newlander on “The Kominsky Mehtod”
Sterling K. Brown as Reggie on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Tony Shalhoub as Abe Weissman on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comdey Series:
Betty Gilpin as Debbie Eagan on “GLOW”
Yvonne Orji as Molly on “Insecure”
Kate McKinnon as Various Characters on “Saturday Night Live”
Cecily Strong as Various Characters on “Saturday Night Live”
Annie Murphy as Alexis Rose on “Schitt’s Creek”
D’Arcy Carden as Janet on “The Good Place”
Marin Hinkle as Rose Weissman on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series:
Fred Willard as Frank Dumphy on “Modern Familly”
Dev Patel as Joshua on “Modern Love”
Adam Driver as Host on “Saturday Night Live”
Eddie Murphy as Host on “Saturday Night Live”
Brad Pitt as Dr. Anthony Fauci on “Saturday Night Live”
Luke Kirby as Lenny Bruce on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series:
Angela Bassett as Mo in “A Black Lady Sketch Show”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Host on “Saturday Night Live”
“Maya Rudolph as Senator Kamala Harris on “Saturday Night Live”
Maya Rudolph as “The Judge on “The Good Place”
Wanda Sykes as Moms Mabley on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Bette Midler as Haddassah Gold on “The Politician”

Outstanding Directing for a Comdey Series:
Gail Mancuso for “Modern Family – Finale part 2”
Ramy Youssef for “Ramy – Miakhalifa.mov”
Andrew Cividino and Daniel Levy for “Schitt’s Creek – Happy Ending”
Matt Shakman for “The Great – Pilot”
Amy Sherman-Palladino for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – It’s Comedy or Cabbage”
Daniel Palladino for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Marvelous Radio”
James Burrows for “Will & Grace – We Love Lucy”

Outstanding Writing for a Comdey Series:
Daniel Levy for “Schitt’s Creek – Happy Ending”
David West Read for “Schitt’s Creek – The Presidential Suite”
Michael Schur for “The Good Place – Whener Your’re Ready”
Tony McNamara for “The Great – The Great”
Sam Johnson and Chris Marcil for “What We Do in the Shadows – Collaboration”
Paul Simms for “What We Do in the Shadows – Ghosts”
Stefani Robinson for “What We Do in the Shadows – On the Run”

Outstanding Drama Series:
“Better Call Saul”
“Killing Eve”
“Ozark”
“Stranger Things”
“Succession”
“The Crown”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“The Mandalorian”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Jason Bateman as Martin “Marty” Byrdeon “Ozark”
“Billy Porter as Pray Tell on “Pose”
Brian Cox as Logan Roy on “Succession”
Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy on “Succession”
Steve Carell as Mitch Kessler on “The Morning Show”
Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson on “This is Us”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Zendaya as Rue on “Euphoria”
Jodie Comer as Villanelle on “Killing Eve”
Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri on “Killing Eve”
Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde on “Ozark”
Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II on “The Crown”
Jennifer Aniston as Alex Levy on “The Morning Show”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring on “Better Call Saul”
Nicholas Braun as Greg Hirsch on “Succession”
Kieran Culkin as Roman Roy on “Succession”
Matthew Macfadyen as Tom Wambsgans on “Succession”
Bradley Whitford as Commander Joseph Lawrence on “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Billy Crudup as Cory Ellison on “The Morning Show”
Mark Duplass as Charles “Chip” Black on “The Morning Show”
Jeffrey Wright as Bernard on “Westworld”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Laura Dern as Renata Klein on “Big Little Lies”
Meryl Streep as Mary Louis Wright on “Big Little Lies”
Fiona Shaw as Carolyn Martens on “Killing Eve”
Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore on “Ozark”
Sarah Snook as Shiv Roy on “Succession”
Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret on “The Crown”
Samira Wiley as Moira on The Handmaid’s Tale”
Thandie Newton as Maeve on “Westworld

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series:
Andrew Scott as Chris Gillhaney on “Black Mirror”
James Cromwell as Ewan Roy on “Succession”
Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon on “The Mandalorian”
Martin Short as Dick Lundy on “The Morning Show”
Jason Bateman as Terry Maitland on ‘The Outsider”
Ron Cephas Jones as William Hill on “This is Us”

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series:
Cicely Tyson as Ophelia Harkness on “How to Get Away with Murder”
Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset on “Orange is the New Black”
Cherry Jones as Nan Pierce on “Succession”
Harriet Walter as Lady Caroline Collingwood on “Succession”
Alexis Bledel as Emily on “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Phylicia Rashad as Carol Clarke on “This is Us”

Outstanding Choreography for a Variety or Reality Programming:
Parris Goebel for the routines Statues, Benches, and Window on “Savage X Fenty Show”
Al Blackstone for the routines I’ll Be Seeing You, Mambo Italiano, and The Girl from Ipanema on “So You Think You Can Dance”
Travis Wall for the routines Enough is Enough and Sign of the Times on “So You Think You Can Dance”
Jemel McWilliams for the opening routine Come Alive on “The Oscars”
Jefferson Benjumea and Adriantia Avila for the routines Dos Jueyes and El Ray Timbal on “World of Dance”

Outstanding Contemporary Hairstyling:
“black-ish – Hair Day”
“Grace and Frankie – The Laughing Stock”
“Schitt’s Creek – Happy Ending”
“The Handmaid’s Tale – Liars”
“The Politician – Pilot”
“This is Us – Strangers: Part Two”

Outstanding Contemporary Hairstyling for a Variety, Nonfiction, or Reality Program:
“A Celebration of the Music from Coco”
“Dancing wit the Stars – Episode 2802”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race – I’m that Bitch”
“The Oscars”
“The Voice – Top 10”

Outstanding Contemporary Non- Prosthetic Makeup for a Variety, Nonfiction, or Reality Program:
“Dancing with the Stars – Disney Night”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race – I’m that Bitch”
“The Little Mermaid Live!”
“The Oscars”
“The Voice – Top 10”

Outstanding Contemporary Non-Prosthetic Makeup in a Drama Series:
“Big Little Lies – She Knows”
“Euphoria – And Salt the Earth Behind You”
“Ozark – In Case of Emergency”
“Schitt’s Creek – Happy Ending”
“The Handmaid’s Tale – Mayday”
“The Politician – The Assassination of Payton Hobart”

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series:
“Homeland – Prisoners of War”
“Ozark – Fire Pink”
“Ozark – Su Casa Es Mi Casa”
“Succession – Hunting”
“Succession – This is Not for Tears”
“The Crown – Cri de Couer”
“The Crown – Aberfan”
“The Morning Show – The Interview”

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special:
Lynn Shelton for “Little Fires Everywhere – Find a Way”
Lenny Abrahamson for “Norman People – Episode 5”
Maria Schrader for “Unorthodox”
Steph Green for “Watchmen – Little Fear of Lightning”
Stephen Williams for “Watchmen – This Extraordinary Being”
Nicole Kassell for “Watchmen – It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice”

Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program:
Greg Whiteley for “Cheer – Daytona”
Rich Kim for “LEGO Masters – Mega City Block”
Hisham Abed for “Queer Eye – Disabled But Not Really”
Nick Murray for “RuPaul’s Drag Race – I’m that Bitch”
Ariel Boles for “Top Chef – The Jonathan Gold Standard”

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series:
Dime Davis for “A Black Lady Sketch Show – Born at Night, but not Last Night”
Paul Pennolino and Christopher Werner for “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – Episode 629”
Don Roy King for “Saturday Night Live” with Eddie Murphy as host
David Paul Meyer for “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – Dr. Fauci Answers Trevor’s Questions About Coronavirus”
Jim Hoskinson for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – Live Show with Chris Christie and Nathaniel Tateliff”
Linda Mendoza for “Tiffany Haddish Presents: The Ready -Flame Monroe”

Outstanding Director for a Variety Special:
Louis J. Horvitz for the “26nd Grammy Awards”
Glenn Weiss for the “73rd Annual Tony Awards”
Stan Lathan for “Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones”
Pamela Fryman and Andy Fisher for “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: All in the Family and Good Times”
Hamish Hamilton for “Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show starring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira”

Outstanding Directing for a Non Fiction or Documentary Program:
Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert for “American Factory”
Todd Douglas Miller for “Apollo 11”
Nadia Hallgren for “Becoming”
Feras Fayyad for “The Cave”
Jason Hehir for “The Last Dance”
Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin for “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness”

Outstanding Documentary or Non Fiction Series:
“American Masters”
“Hillary”
“McMillion$”
“The Last Dance”
“Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness”

Outstanding Documentary or Non Fiction Special:
“Beastie Boys Story”
“Becoming”
“Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time”
“The Apollo”
“The Great Hack”

Outstanding Fantasy or Sci-Fi Costumes:
“Aisling”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“The Mandalorian”
“Watchmen”
“Westworld”

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program:
Amy Poehler on “Making It”
Nicole Byer for “Nailed It”
Karamo Brown, Anton Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk, and Jonathan Van Ness on “Queer Eye”
RuPaul on “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
Daymond John, Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Kevin O’Leary, and Robert Herjavec on “Shark Tank”
Padma Lakshmi and Tom Collicchio on “Top Chef”

Outstanding Hosted Non Fiction Series or Special:
“Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”
“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath”
“Ugly Delicious”
“Vice”

Outstanding Directing for a Documentary or Non Fiction Program:
Steven Bognar and Julia Reichart for “American Factory”
Todd Douglas Miller for “Apollo 11”
Nadia Hallgren for “Becoming”
Feras Fayyad for “The Cave”
Jason Hehir for “The Last Dance”
Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin for “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness”

Outstanding Documentary or Non Fiction Series:
“American Masters”
“Hillary”
“McMillion$”
“The Last Dance”
“Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness”

Outstanding Documentary or Non Fiction Special:
“Beastie Boys Story”
“Becoming”
“Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time”
“The Apollo”
“The Great Hack”

Outstanding Fantasy or Sci-Fi Costumes:
“Carnival Row – Aisling”
“The Handmaid’s Tale – Household”
“The Mandalorian – Chapter 3: The Sin”
“Watchmen – It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice”
“Westworld – Parce Domine”

Outstanding Interactive Extension of a Linear Program:
“Mr. Robot – Season_4.9 ARG”
“Stranger Things – Scoops Ahoy: Operation Scoop Snoop”
“Westworld – Free Will is Not Free Interactive Experience”

Outstanding Derivative Interactive Program:
“Big Mouth Guide to Life”
“Doctor WhoP The Runaway”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a LImiited Series or Movie:
Hugh Jackman as Frank Tassone in “Bad Education”
Jeremy Pope as Archie Coleman in “Hollywood”
Mark Ruffalo as Dominick  and Thomas Birdsey in “I Know this Much is True”
Paul Mescal as Connell in “Normal People”
Jeremy Iron as Adrian Veidt and Ozymandias in “Watchmen”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a LImiited Series or Movie:
Kerry Washington as Mia Warren on “Little Ries Everywhere”
Cate Blanchett as Phyllis Schlafly on “Mrs. America”
Octavia Spencer as Madam C.J. Walker on “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker”
Shira Haas as Esther Shapiro on “Unorthodox”
Regina King as Angela Abar and Sister Night on “Watchmen”

Outstanding Lighting Design and Direction for a Variety Series:
“America’s Got Talent – Live Results Finale”
“Jimmy KImmel Live! – Live in Brooklyn”
“Saturday Night Live with John Mulaney as host”
“So You Think You Can Dance – Finale”
“The Voice – Live Finale”

Outstanding Lighting Design and Direction for a Variety Special:
“62nd Grammy Awards”
“73rd Annual Tony Awards”
“Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show starring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira”
“The Kennedy Center Honors”
“The Oscars”

Outstanding Television Movie:
“American Son”
“Bad Education”
“Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: These Old Bones”
“El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend”

Outstanding Main Title Design:
“Abstract: The Art of Design”
“Carnival Row”
“Godfather of Harlem”
“The Morning Show”
“The Politician”
“Watchmen”
“Westworld”

Outstanding Limited Series:
“Little Fires Everywhere”
“Mrs. America”
“Unbelievable”
“Unorthodox”
“Watchmen”

Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series:
“One Day at a Time – Boundaries”
“The Connors – Slappy Holidays”
“Will & Grace – We Love Lucy”
“Will & Grace – What a Dump”

Outstanding Original Dramatic Score for a Documentary Series or Special:
Kamasi Washington for “Becoming”
Amanda Jones for “Home – Maine”
Pinar Toprak and Alex Kovacs for “McMillion$”
Mark Mothersbaugh, John Enroth, and Albert Fox for “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness”
Laura Karpman for “Why We Hate”

Outstanding Original Dramatic Score for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special:
Nathan Barr for “Hollywood – Hooray for Hollywood: Part 2”
Mark Isham and Isabella Summers for “Little Fires Everywhere – The Spider Web”
Kris Bowers for “Mrs. America – Reagan”
Antonio Gambale for “Unorthodox – Part 1”
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for “Watchmen- It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice”

Outstanding Original Dramatic Score for a Series:
Labrinth for “Euphoria – Bonne and Clyde”
Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans for “Ozark – All In”
Nicholas Britell for “Succession – This is Not for Tears”
Martin Phipps for “The Crown – Aberfan”
Ludwig Goransson for “The Mandalorian – Chapter 8: Redemption”

Outstanding Music Direction:
Sheila E., Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis for “Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince”
Lenny Pickett, Eli Brueggemann, and Leon Pendarvis for “Saturday Night Live – SNL at Home #1”
Adam Wayne Blackstone for “Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show starring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira”
Rickey Minor for “The Kennedy Center Honors”
Rickey Minor for “The Oscars”

Outstanding Music Supervision:
Thomas Golubic for “Better Call Saul – The Guy for This”
Jen Malone and Adam Leber for “Euphoria – And Salt the Earth Behind You”
Kier Lehman for “Insecure – Lowkey Movin’ On”
Catherine Grieves and David Holmes for “Killing Eve – Meetings Have Biscuits”
Nora Felder for “Stranger Things – Chapter Three: The Case of the Missing Lifeguard”
Robin Urdang, Amy Sherman-Palladino, and Daniel Palladino for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – It’s Comedy or Cabbage”
Liza Richardson for “Watchmen – This Extraordinary Being”

Outstanding Narrator:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on “Black Patriots: Heroes of the Revolution”
Lupita Nyong’o on “Serengeti”
David Attenborough on “Seven Worlds, One Planet”
Chiwetel Ejoifor on “The Elephant Queen”
Angela Bassett on “The Imagineering Story”

Outstanding Original Interactive Program:
“Rebuilding Notre Dame”
“The Messy Truth VR Experience”
“When We Stayed Home”

Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music:
Nathan Barr for “Carnival Row”
Olafur Arnalds for “Defending Jacob”
Nathan Barr for “Hollywood”
Antonio Gambale for “Unorthodox”
Laura Karpman for “Why We Hate”
The Rza for “Wu-Tang: An American Saga”

Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics:
Labrinth for”All for Us” from “Euphoria – And Salt the Earth Behind You”
David Dabbon, Joanna Rothkopt, Jill Twiss, and Seena Vali for “Eat Sh!t, Bob” from “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – Episode 629”
Ingrid Michaelson for “Build it Up” from “Little Fires Everywhere – Find a Way”
Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo for “Letter to My Godfather” form “The Black Godfather”
Thomas Mizer and Curtis Moore for “One Less Angel” from “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Strike Up the Band”
Siddhartha Khosla and Taylor Goldsmith for “Memorized from “This is Us – Strangers”
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for “The Way it Used to Be” from “Watchmen – This Extraordinary Being”

Outstanding Period and/or Character Hairstyling:
“Hollywood – A Hollywood Ending”
“Pose – Worth It”
“Star Trek: Picard – Stardust City Rag”
“The Crown – Cri DeCoeur”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – A Jewish Girl Walks into The Apollo…”

Outstanding Period and/or Character Non-Prosthetic Makeup:
“American Horror Story: 1984 – The Lady in White”
“Hollywood – Outlaws”
“Pose – Acting Up”
“Star Trek: Picard – Stardust City Rag”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – It’s Comedy or Cabbage”

Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured Reality or Competition Program:
“LEGO Masters – Mega City Block”
“Queer Eye – Disabled but not Really”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race – I’m that Bitch”
“Survivor – It’s Like a Survivor Economy”
“Top Chef – The Jonathan Gold Standard”

Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program:
“Cheer – God Blessed Texas”
“Deadliest Catch – Cold War Rivals”
“Life Below Zero – The New World”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked – The Ball Ball”

Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program:
“American Factory”
“Apollo 11”
“Beastie Boys Story”
“McMillion$”
“The Last Dance”
“Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness”

Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming:
“Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones”
“Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor”
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – Eat Sh!t, Bob!”
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – The Journey of ChiiJohn: Chapter 2”
“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – Trump’s Coronavirus Address and Trevor’s Audience Tribute Song”

Outstanding Production Design for a Half Hour Narrative Program:
“GLOW – Up, Up, Up”
“Space Force – The Launch”
“The Mandalorian – Chapter 1: The Mandalorian”
“What We Do In the Shadows – Resurrection, Collaboration, Witches”
“Will & Grace- We Love Lucy”

Outstanding Production Design for a Variety Special:
“62nd Grammy Awards”
“77th Annual Golden Globe Awards”
“Live in Front of a Studio Audience: All in the Family and Good Times”
“The Little Mermaid Live!”
“The Oscars”

Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Reality or Competition Series:
“At Home with Amy Sedaris – Outdoor Entertaining, Travel”
“Drunk History – Bad Blood”
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – Episode 629”
“Queer Eye – We’re in Japan!: The Ideal Woman”
“Saturday Night Live” with Eddie Murphy and John Mulaney as host

Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special:
“American Horror Story: 1984 – True Killers”
“Hollywood – Jump”
“Pose – Love’s in Need of Love Today”
“Star Trek: Picard – Absolute Candor”
“The Mandalorian – Chapter 6: The Prisoner”
Westworld – Crisis Theory”

Outstanding Competition Program:
“Nailed It!”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“The Masked Singer”
“The Voice”
“Top Chef”

Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series:
“Better Call Saul Employee Training: Legal Ethics with Kim Wexler”
“Most Dangerous Game”
“Reno 911!”
“Star Trek: Short Treks”
“The Good Place Presents: The Selection”

Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series:
“Between the Scenes – The Daily Show”
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents: Pandemic Video Diaries”
“National Geographic Presents Cosmos: Creating Possible Worlds”
“Pose: Identity, Family, Community”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race Out of the Closet”

Outstanding Short Form Variety Series:
“Being at Home with Samantha Bee”
“Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: The Movie, Sorta Uncut Interviews”
“Carpool Karaoke: The Series”
“Jimmy Kimmel’s Quarantine Minilogues”
“The Randy Rainbow Show”

Outstanding Short Form Animated Program:
“Forky Asks a Question: What is Love?”
“Robot Chicken”
“Steven Universe Future

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series:
“Curb Your Enthusiams – Elizabeth, Margaret and Larry”
“Insecure – Lowkey Trying”
“Schitt’s Creek – Happy Ending”
“Schitt’s Creek – Start Spreading the News”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – A Jewish Girl Walks into the Apollo…”
“What We Do in the Shadows – Resurrection”

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series:
“Ozark – Fire Pink”
“Ozark – Wartime”
“Stranger Things – Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt”
“Succession – DC”
“Succession – This is not for Tears”
“The Mandalorian – Chapter 2: The Child”
“The Mandalorian – Chapter 4: Sanctuary”
“The Mandalorian – Chapter 8: Redemption”

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or Movie:
“El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie”
“Mrs. America – Phyllis”
“Watchmen – A God Walks in to a Bar”
“Watchmen – It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice”
“Watchmen – This Extraordinary Being”

Outstanding Sound Editing for a Half Hour Comedy or Drama Series and Animation:
“GLOW – The Libertines”
“Silicon Valley – Exit Event”
“Space Force – The Launch”
“The Mandalorian – Chapter 1: The Mandalorian”
“What We Do in the Shadows – The Return”

Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special:
“American Horror Story: 1984 – Camp Redwood”
“Catherine The Great ‘ Episode Four”
“Devs – Episode 3”
“El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie”
“Watchmen – This Extraordinary Being”

Outstanding Sound Editing for a One Hour Comedy or Drama Series:
“Better Call Saul – Bagman”
“Star Trek: Picard – Et in Arcadia Ego: Part 2”
“Stranger Things – Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt”
“The Boys – The Name of the Game”
“The Crown – Aberfan”
“Westworld – Parce Domine”

Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program:
“Apollo 11”
“Beastie Boys Story”
“Cheer – Daytona”
“Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time”
“McMillion$ – Episode 1”
“Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness – Cult of Personality”

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Half Hour Comedy or Drama Series and Animation:
“Modern Family – Finale Part 1”
“Schitt’s Creek – Happy Ending”
“Space Force – Save Epsilon 6!”
“The Mandalorian – Chapter 2: The Child”
“The Ranch – Fadeaway”

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a One Hour Comdey or Drama Series:
“Better Call Saul – Bagman”
“Ozark – All In”
“Star Trek: Picard – Et In Arcadia Ego: Part 2”
“Stranger Things – Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – A Jewish Girl Walks into the Apollo…”
“Westworld – Parce Domine”

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or Movie:
“American Horror Story: 1984 – Camp Redwood”
“Devs – Episode 3”
“El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie”
“Hollywood – Hooray for Hollywood”
“Watchmen – This Extraordinary Being”

Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special:
“American Horror Story: 1984 – Camp Redwood”
“Catherine the Great – Episode Four”
“Devs – Episode 3”
“El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie”
“Watchmen – This Extraordinary Being”

Outstanding Sound Editing for a One Hour Comedy or Drama Series:
“Bett Call Saul – Bagman”
“Star Trek: Picard – Et In Arcadia Ego: Part 2”
“Stranger Things – Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt”
“The Boys – The Name of the Game”
“The Crown – Aberfan”
“Westworld – Parce Domine”

Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program:
“Apollo 11”
“Beastie Boys Story”
“Cheer – Daytona”
“Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time”
“McMillion$ – Episode 1”
“Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness”

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Half Hour Comedy or Drama Series:
“Modern Family – Finale Part 1”
“Schitt’s Creek – Happy Ending”
“Space Force – Save Epsilon 6!”
“The Mandalorian – Chapter 2: The Child”
“The Ranch – Fadeaway”

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a One Hour Comedy or Drama Series:
“Better Call Saul – Bagman”
“Ozark – All In”
“Star Trek: Picard – Et In Arcadia Ego: Part 2”
“Stranger Things – Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – A Jewish Girl Walks into the Apollo…”
“Westworld – Parce Domime”

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special:
“62nd Grammy Awards”
“Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones”
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – Episode 629”
“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – Jessie Reyez”
“The Oscars”

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program:
“Apollo 11”
“Beastie Boys Story”
“Cheer – Daytona”
“Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race – I’m that Bitch”
“Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness”

Outstanding Special Visual Effects:
“Lost in Space – Ninety-Seven”
“Stranger Things – Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt”
“The Mandalorian – Chapter 2: The Child”
“Watchmen – See How They Fly”
“Westworld – Crisis Theory”

Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role:
“Devs – Episode 8”
“Tales from the Loop – Loop”
“The Handmaid’s Tale – Household”
“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan – Strongman”
“Vikings – The Best Laid Plans”

Outstanding Structured Reality Program:
“A Very Brady Renovation”
“Antiques Roadshow”
“Love is Blind”
“Queer Eye”
“Shark Tank”

Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program:
“Ballers”
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
“Henry Danger”
“Shameless”
“Space Force”

Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series, or Movie:
“S.W.A.T.”
“Stranger Things”
“The Blacklist”
“The Mandalorian”
“The Rookie”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:
Dylan McDermott as Ernie in “Hollywood”
Jim Parsons as Henry Willson in “Hollywood”
“Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon in the “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend”
Jovan Adepo as  Officer Will Reeve and Hooded Justine on “Watchmen”
Louis Gossett Jr as William Reeves on “Watchmen”
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Cal Abar and Dr. Manhattan on “Watchmen”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:
Holland Taylor as Miss Kincaid in “Hollywood”
Tracey Ullman as Bett Friedan in “Mrs. America”
Uzo Aduba as Shirley Chisholm in “Mrs. America”
Margo Martindale as Bella Abzug in “Mrs. America”
Toni Collette as Detective Grace Rasmussen in “Unbelievable”
Jean Smart as Agent Laurie Blake in “Watchmen”

Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, and Video Control for a Special:
“2019 American Music Awards”
“Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones”
“Live in Front of a Studio Audience: All in the Family and Good Times”
“The Little Mermaid Live!”
“The Oscars”

Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, and Video Control for a Series:
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
“Saturday Night Live” with Woody Harrelson as host
“The Voice”

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program:
“Amy Schumer Learns to Cook: Lunch Break and Pasta Night”
“Cheer”
“Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked”
“We’re Here”

Outstanding Live Variety Special:
“73rd Annual Tony Awards”
“77th Annual Golden Globe Awards”
“Live in Front of a Studio Audience: All in the Family and Good Times”
“Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show starring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira”
“The Oscars”

Outstanding Variety Talk Series:
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series:
“A Black Lady Sketch Show”
“Drunk History”
“Saturday Night Live”

Outstanding Pre-Recorded Variety Special:
“Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones”
“Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Centr Mark Twain Prize for American Humor”
“Hannah Gadsby: Douglas”
“Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill”
“John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch”
“Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah”

Outstanding Character Voice Over Performance:
Maya Rudolph as Connie the Hormone Monstress in “Big Mouth”
Leslie Odom Jr as Owen in “Central Park”
Wanda Sykes as Gladys in “Crank Yankers”
Taika Waititi as IG-11 in “The Mandalorian”
Hank Azaria as a variety of characters in “The Simpsons”
Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson, Nelson, Ralph, and Todd on “The Simpsons”

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series:
“Bett Call Saul – Bagman”
“Better Call Saul – Bad Choice Road”
“Ozark – All In”
“Ozark – Boss Fight”
“Ozark – Fire Pink”
“Succession – This in Not for Tears”
The Crown – Aberfan”

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series:
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”
“Las Week Tonight with John Oliver”
“Late Night with Seth Meyers”
“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special:
“Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones”
“Hannah Gadsby: Douglas”
“John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch”
“Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything”
“Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby”

Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program:
“Beastie Boys Story”
“Circus of Books”
“Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer”
“McMillion$ – Episode 1”
“The Cave”

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special:
“Mrs. America – Shirley”
“Norman People – Episode 3”
“Unbelievable – Episode 1”
“Unorthodox – Part 1”
“Watchmen – This Extraordinary Being”

Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking:
“Chasing the Moon” (American Experience)
“Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements”
“One Child Nation”
“The Cave”

Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series:
Laurence Fishburne as Lt. Steven Poincy in  “#FreeFayshawn”
Stephan James as Rayshawn in “#FreeRayshawn”
Christoph Waltz as Miles Sellers in “Most Dangerous Game”
Mamoudou Athie as Jerome o
n “Oh Jerome, No (Cake)”
Corey Hawkins as Paul in “Survive”

Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series:
Jasmine Cephas Jones as Tyisha in “#FreeRyashawn”
Anna Kendrick as Cody in “Dummy”
Kaitlin Olson as Cricket Melfi in “Flipped”
Rain Valdez as Belle Jonas in “Razor Tongue”
Kerri Kenney-Silver as Deputy Trudy Wiegel in “Reno 911!”

Outstanding Animated Program:
“Big Mouth – Disclosure The Movie: The Musical”
“Bob’s Burgers – Pig Trouble in Little Tina”
“BoJack Horseman – The View from Halfway Down”
“Rick and Morty – the Vat of Acid Episode”
“The Simpsons – Thanksgiving of Horror”

Outstanding Production Design for a One Hour Narrative Contemporary Program:
“Big Little Lies – What Have They Done?, The Bad Mother, I Want to Know”
“Killing Eve – Are You from Pinner?”
“Ozark – Wartime”
“Succession – This is not for Tears”
“The Handmaid’s Tale – Household”
“The Morning Show – In the Dark Night of the Sould it’s Always 3:30 in the Morning”

Outstanding Production Design for a One Hour Narrative Period or Fantasy Program:
“Hollywood”
“The Crown – Aberfan”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – “It’s Comedy or Cabbage” and “A Jewish Girl Walks into The Apollo…”
“Watchmen – An Almost Religious Awe”
“Westworld – Parce Domine”

Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series:
“Curb You Enthusiasm”
“Dead to Me”
“Insecure”
“Schitt’s Creek”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
“What We Do in the Shadows”

Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series:
“Big Little Lies”
“Killing Eve”
“Ozark”
“Succession”
“The Crown”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”

Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special:
“Mrs. America”
“Norman People”
“Unbelievable”
“Unorthodox”
“Watchmen”

Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program:
“Born this Way”
“Love is Blind”
“Queer Eye”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“The Voice”

Outstanding Children’s Program:
“Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance”
“Star Wars Resistance”
“We are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest”

Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie:
“Defending Jacob – After”
“Devs – Episode 7”
“The Plot Against America – Part 1”
“Watchmen – Little Fear of Lightning”
“Watchmen – This Extraordinary Being”

Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi Camera Series:
“Bob Hearts Abishola – Ice Cream for Breakfast”
“Family Reunion – Remember Black Elvis?”
“The Ranch – It Ain’t My Falt”
“Will & Grace – Accidentally on Porpoise”

Outstanding Cinematography for a One Hour Single Camera Series:
“Mindhunter – Episode 6”
“Ozark – Boss Fight”
“Ozark – Civil Union”
“Tales from the Loop – Loop”
“The Crown – Aberfan”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – It’s Comedy or Cabbage”
“Westworld – Parce Domine”

Outstanding Cinematography for a Half Hour Single Camera Series:
“Homecoming – Giant”
“Insecure – Lowkey Happy”
“Insecure – Lowkey Lost”
“The End of the F***ing World – Episode 2”
“The Mandalorian – Chapter 7: The Reckoning”

Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program:
“American Factory”
“Apollo 11”
“Becoming”
“Sea of Shadows”
“Serengeti”
“The Cave”

Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program:
“Cheer – Hit Zero”
“Life Below Zero – The New World”
“Queer Eye – We’re in Japan!: Japanese Holiday”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Survivor”

Outstanding Commercial:
“Back-to-School Essentials – Sandy Hook Promise”
“Before Alexa – Amazon”
“Bounce – Apple AirPods”
“Groundhot Day – Jeep (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles/FCA”
“The Look – P&G”

Outstanding Contemporary Costumes:
“black-ish”
“Euphoria – The Next Epidose”
“Grace and Frankie – The Tank”
“Killing Eve – Are You From Pinner?”
“Schitt’s Creek – Happy Ending”
“The Politician – Pilot”
“Unorthodox – Part 2”

Outstanding Period Costumes:
“Hollywood – A Hollywood Ending”
“Mrs. America”
“Pose – Acting Up”
“The Crown – Cri De Coeur”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – It’s Comedy or Cabbage”

Outstanding Costumes for a Variety, Nonfiction, or Reality Program:
“Dancing with the Stars – Halloween Night”
“Drunk History – Fame”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race – I’m that Bitch”
“Saturday Night Live” with Eddie Murphy as host
“The Masked Singer – The Season Kick-Off Mask-Off: Group A”

Spire Motorsports New Owners of Leavine

Last week Bob Leavine of Leavine Family Racing announced that due to events surrounding the Covid-19 virus, he was forced to have to sell his racing team – Leavine Family Racing.

On August 11, Spire Motorsports announced that they have purchased LFR and will be expanding the team from one to two cars.

Leavine will continue to own and operate the team until the final race of the 2020 racing season which concludes at Phoenix Raceway in November.

Currently Leavine has a technical partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing.  While Spire will acquire the racing charter; the shop in Concord, North Carolina; and all inventory; the vehicles will be returned to JGR at the end of the season.

Spire Motorsports co-owner Jeff Dickerson spoke on the acquisition saying, “this is an exciting moment for Spire as we take the natural next step in our long-term plan to build our race team and prepare for the Next Gen car in 2022.  Bob Leavine invested more than money into LFR and this industry. He built a team brick by brick and we have long admired how he took his own steps in the garage. He also did it with his family at his side. We won’t let that be lost in this transaction. When you build something with your family, it always means a little bit more. His ability to connect with fans was genuine and we are thankful he chose us to carry this team forward.”

Dickerson added, “these are no doubt trying times, but I have never been prouder to be part of this sport. NASCAR has managed several difficult situations this spring and into the summer. We believe in the ownership model that NASCAR has built and where this sport is going now more than ever.”

Spire Motorsports was established in 2018 and is owned by Jeff Dickersn and Thaddeus “T.J.” Puchyr.  Spire Motorsports driver Justin Haley won the 2019 edition of the Coke Zero Suga 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Spire will announce car manufacturer and drivers at a later date.

 

feature photo credit: By Zach Catanzareti Photo – underglow lights, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=92369949

 

 

NASCAR Issues Michigan Penalties

Race fans who watched the Consumers Energy race on Sunday saw a NASCAR official check the lug nuts on the tires of race winner Kevin Harvick’s car to ensure that all 20 of them were properly secured.

The wheels on Harvick’s car were properly secured and free of penalty; but not all of the teams were so lucky.

During the post race inspection process after the Firekeepers Casino 400 on Saturday, NASCAR found that the number eleven Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Denny Hamlin had one lug nut improperly secured.  As a result of the infraction, number eleven car crew chief Chris Gabehart was fine $10,000.

After the Consumers Energy 400 race at Michigan on Sunday, NASCAR determined that the Hendrick Motorsports number 24 car driven by William Byron was also found to have a single lug nut improperly secured; crew chief Chad Knaus was fined $10,000 for the infraction.

In other penalty news, NASCAR issued no further penalties to Roush Fenway Racing.  Prior to the race on Saturday, NASCAR confiscated the spoilers from the RFR number six car driven by Ryan Newman and the number 17 driven by Chris Buescher.  NASCAR also docked Roush Fenway 20 owner and driver points for both teams and fined the teams $25,000 each.

Prior to the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday, NASCAR penalized the number 13 ThorSport truck for an infraction involving unapproved parts on the truck bed side panels.  The number 13 team was docked 10 car owner and driver points.  No further penalties were levied.

 

Christopher Bell Gets New Ride

Last week two events occurred in NASCAR that had the potential to cause a major shakeup among the NASCAR Cup Series – Leavine Family Racing announced that they were selling the team, leaving the fate of rookie driver Christopher Bell uncertain and the announcement that Erik Jones would not be returning to driver the Joe Gibbs Racing number 20 car next season.

On Monday, August 10, the two news items collided when Joe Gibbs Racing made the announcement that Christopher Bell would be joining JGR as the new driver of the number 20 car next season.

The Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate spoke on the news saying, “I’m so appreciative of the opportunity I have this year with LFR and I want to finish this season strong for Bob (Leavine) and everyone there.  At the same time, I’m extremely excited to return to Joe Gibbs Racing starting in 2021. It’s an organization I’m very comfortable with and have had a lot of success with.”

Bell will join current JGR drivers Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Denny Hamlin.  He follows Tony Stewart, Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth, and Erik Jones as drivers of the number 20 car.

JGR team owner Joe Gibbs spoke on adding Christopher Bell to his lineup of drivers saying, “we are excited to bring Christopher into our Cup Series program starting in 2021.  He obviously had tremendous success in the Xfinity Series with us and we look forward to his return to JGR.”

Prior to moving up to the NASCAR Cup Series this year, Bell drove for JGR in the Xfinity Series; winning 16 races.  While driving in the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, Bell was crowned the Truck Series champion.

Before coming to NASCAR, Bell drove sprint-cars and was the winner of the Chili Bowl Nationals three years in a row.  The Oklahoma native has also added five World of Outlaw victories to his credit.

 

feature photo credit: By Zach Catanzareti – https://www.flickr.com/photos/58980992@N03/45277725914, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=85652878

 

MTV Moonman Goes Walkabout

Originally planned as an indoor event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, MTV is moving their annual Video Music Awards outside.  The event will take place at various location throughout New York City on August 30.

MTV has a history of presenting a portion of the annual awards gala from remote locations in an effort to make the show more interesting; this year the remote broadcasts are to allow the show to be presented in a safe manner.

Even though the number of cases in New York state and New York City have leveled off, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has set some strict standards to keep the numbers down including face coverings while in public and no large crowds or gatherings allowed.

According to MTV and the Barclays Center, the 2020 MVA’s will, “pay homage to the incredible resiliency of New York with several outdoor performances around the City with limited or no audience.”

K-Pop sensations BTS, Doja Cat, and J Balvin have been named as performers during the awards gala.  A show host and more performers will be named in the coming days.

Fans may cast their votes for their favourites in 15 different categories from now until August 23 at vma.mtv.com.  Voting for the Best New Artist is open until show time on August 30.

MTV plans to return to the Barclays Center in 2021 for the VMA’s.

 

 

 

 

Black Sabbath Celebrates ‘Paranoid’

Fifty years ago Black Sabbath released their second album “Paranoid”.  To mark the occasion, the band is releasing a special anniversary edition of the album on October 9.

The expanded anniversary package will be available in vinyl and CD versions.

Whether it be a five LP or four CD version; the super deluxe edition package will also include some live concert footage.  The vinyl collection will also include a hardcover book filled with interviews, photos, and memorabilia; and a replica tour book from the “Paranoid” tour.

Also included in the package is the original album plus a Quadrophonic Mix of the album from 1974 folded into stereo and live performances from the August 31 performance in Montreux, Switzerland and a performance given for a television broadcast in Brussels, Belgium.

 

Weekend Sweep at MIS

The NASCAR Cup Series returns to Michigan International Speedway for the second race of a doubleheader weekend with the Consumers Energy 400.

After the Firekeeps Casino 400 on Saturday, NASCAR inverted the top 20 finishers, putting Chris Buescher on the pole with Clint Bowyer starting alongside on the front row.  Race winner Kevin Harvick will start the race from the 20th position.  The second half of the field will start the race from their finishing position.

In a doubleheader weekend, the teams must run the same car in both races.  If a driver has been involved in a crash and has to go to a backup car, then they will have to start the race from the back of the field.  Pole sitter Chris Buescher, Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman, Tyler Reddick, Aric Almirola, Michael McDowell, Ryan Preece, John Hunter Nemechek, and Cole Custer will all have to start the race from the back of the field in a backup car.

After an engine change, Brennan Poole and the number seven car with a transmission and driver change will also have to start the race from the back of the field.  Joey Gase has been replaced by Josh Bilicki.

The starting lineup for the Consumers Energy 400:
Chris Buescher – moved to the back of the field in a backup car
Clint Bowyer
Tyler Reddick– moved to the back of the field in a backup car
Matt Kenseth
Aric Almirola– moved to the back of the field in a backup car
Matt DiBenedetto
William Byron
Christopher Bell
Jimmie Johnson
Erik Jones
Kurt Busch
Bubba Wallace
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick
Alex Bowman
Corey LaJoie
Ty Dillon
Daniel Suarez
Ryan Preece– moved to the back of the field in a backup car
JJ Yeley
Quin Houff
Ryan Newman– moved to the back of the field in a backup car
Michael McDowell– moved to the back of the field in a backup car
Reed Sorenson
Austin Dillon– moved to the back of the field in a backup car
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Timmy Hill
Cole Custer– moved to the back of the field in a backup car
Garrett Smithley
John Hunter Nemechkek– moved to the back of the field in a backup car
Brennan Poole – moved to the back of the field for an engine change
James Davison
Josh Bilicki – moved to the back of the field for a transmission and driver change

Stage one of the race is 40 laps, stage two is 45 laps, and stage three is 71 laps in length for a total of 156 laps around the two mile track.

In addition to having to start the race from the back of the field due to a backup car, Austin Dillon’s team made some unapproved adjustments and will have to serve a pass through penalty once the race begins.

Clint Bowyer and William Byron are on the front row with Clint Bowyer bringing the field down for the green flag start of the race.  Bowyer and Byron go side by side as drivers get three and four wide across the track.  Clint Bowyer takes the lead with William Byron in second.

Lap two, Clint Bowyer is in the lead with Jimmie Johnson a half second back and Matt DiBenedetto in third.

Lap four, Clint Bowyer is in the lead; Jimmie Johnson, Matt DiBenedetto, William Byron, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.  Saturday’s race winner Kevin Harvick is in 13th place.

Lap six, Clint Bowyer has a lead of over half a second on Jimmie Johnson with Matt DiBenedetto over a second back in third.

Only six laps into the race, the drivers are spread out through the track.

Lap eight, Clint Bowyer has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Jimmie Johnson.  Kevin Harvick is in 13th place.

Lap 10, Clint Bowyer continues to increase his lead and is now a second and a half in front of Jimmie Johnson.  All 39 cars are on the lead lap including Austin Dillon after serving his pass through penalty.

Lap 12, Clint Bowyer has a lead of two and a half seconds on Christopher Bell with Matt DiBenedetto nearly three seconds back in third; William Byron and Erik Jones round out the top five.  Kevin Harvick has entered the top 10.

Lap 17, Clint Bowyer continues to dominate the race with a lead of nearly three seconds on Christopher Bell.

Lap 20, Clint Bowyer’s lead on Christopher Bell is down to less than two and a half seconds with 36 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 23, the Busch brothers are nose to tail again for this race

Lap 24, Christopher Bell has closed the gap on Clint Bowyer to under two seconds; Matt DiBenedetto, William Byron, and Erik Jones round out the top five with 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 26, Clint Bowyer has increased his lead to two seconds on Christopher Bell; Matt DiBenedetto, William Byron, and Erik Jones round out the top five.  In ninth place, Kevin Harvick is running the fastest laps of the race.

Lap 30, Clint Bowyer’s lead is now back up to over two and a half seconds over Christopher Bell; Matt DiBenedetto, William Byron, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Lap 32, Clint Bowyer’s lead is now nearly three seconds on Christopher Bell with 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 33, Clint Bowyer continues to dominate the field and has a three second lead on Christopher Bell; there are 31 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 34, the top five are Clint Bowyer, Christopher Bell, Matt DiBenedetto, Kyle Busch, and William Byron.

Lap 36, Clint Bowyer’s lead is back down to under two and a half seconds on Christopher Bell with Kyle Busch in third nearly four seconds behind; Matt DiBenedetto and Erik Jones round out the top five.

After calling his shot before race start, Clint Bowyer wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Clint Boywer
Christopher Bell
Kyle Busch
Matt DiBenedetto
Erik Jones
William Byron
Ryan Blaney
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Joey Logano

Drivers come down pit road for service.  Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road with Kevin Harvick coming out second and Clint Bowyer out third.

Ryan Blaney had to make a second trip down pit road after the crew didn’t get his fuel cell full.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 48 from the outside lane with Kevin Harvick right behind him.  William Byron chose the inside lane and will start alongside Busch.  Kyle Busch gets out in front for the lead after a push from Kevin Harvick.  Kevin Harvick passes Kyle Busch to take the lead.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, William Byron, and Erik Jones.

Lap 50, Kevin Harvick ahs a half second lead on Kyle Busch.  The drivers are getting three and four wide across the track.

Lap 51, Brad Keselowski takes third from Clint Bowyer.

Lap 52, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch; Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Lap 54, Brad Keselowski passes Kyle Busch for second.

Some teams are reporting cording on the tires.

Lap 55, Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Brad Keselowski.

Lap 60, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over a second and a half on Brad Keselowski with Kyle Busch in third nearly two seconds back; Clint Bowyer and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 62, Kevin Harvick’s lead is approaching two seconds over Brad Keselowski.

Lap 64, there are 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 65, Kevin Harvick is pulling away from the field with a lead of over two seconds on Brad Keselowski; Kyle Busch is in thirld three seconds back.

Lap 66, Kevin Harvick is picking up where he left off on Saturday and continues to dominate the race; he now has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Brad Keselowski with Kyle Busch in third nearly three and a half seconds back.

Lap 72, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Christopher, and Clint Bowyer.

Lap 75, Kevin Harvick continues to hold on to his two and a half second lead on Brad Keselowski with Kyle Busch in third over four seconds back.

Erik Jones is reporting a very tight condition in his car.

Lap 77, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead on Brad Keselowski to over three seconds with Kyle Busch four and a half seconds back in third.

Lap 79, Kevin Harvick continues his lead of three seconds on Brad Keselowski with 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 81, Kevin Harvick is dominating the race with a lead of three and a half seconds on Brad Keselowski; Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Kyle Busch reports that he feels like he has a tire coming apart.

For his third stage win of the weekend, Kevin Harvick wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Christopher Bell
Clint Bowyer
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Aric Almirola
Joey Logano
Ryan Blaney

Drivers come down pit road for service.  Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road with Kyle Busch coming out second and Brad Keselowski in third.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 92 with Denny Hamlin alongside on the front row.

The drivers cannot complete stage three without making a pit stop for fuel.

Denny Hamlin gets out in front for the lead but Kevin Harvick makes it a three wide battle with Ryan Blaney taking the lead.

Lap 93, the top five are Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, and Brad Keselowski.

Lap 95, Ryan Blaney is in the lead with Denny Hamlin in second and Brad Keselowski in third.

The caution flag comes out for a big crash involving Penske Racing drivers Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski.  In a battle for the lead, Brad Keselowski makes contact with Brad Keselowski, sending both drivers into the wall hard.  Keselowski’s car comes to a stop in the grass.  He climbs out of his car and stops to examine the damage before making the ambulance ride to the infield care center.

Clint Bowyer and Alex Bowman make contact in trying to avoid the crashed cars; causing damage to both cars.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 101 with Kyle Busch alongside on the front row.  After a push from Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin gets out in front for the lead but Kevin Harvick comes from the outside to take the lead.

Clint Bowyer has a heavily smoking car on the restart.

Lap 103, Kevin Harvick is in the lead with Denny Hamlin in second; Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Clint Bowyer has to bring his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop for a tire change.

Christopher Bell has a heavily smoking car and brings out the caution flag on lap 105 with a flat tire.

In an interview outside the infield care center, Brad Keselowski said that he “just lost it”; adding that it was his fault and he really felt bad for his team mate Ryan Blaney.

On the outside of their fuel window, drivers bring their cars down pit road for service with several team calling for fuel only.  Denny Hamlin and Matt DiBenedetto win the race off of pit road after taking only fuel.

After staying out on the track, Aric Almirola brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 110 with Kevin Harvick on the inside lane.  Drivers are getting four wide across the track.

Almirola stayed out on the track after some miscommunication with his team.

Aric Almirola takes the lead with Kevin Harvick in second.

Aric Almirola will have to stop for fuel at some point.

With 45 laps remaining in the race, Aric Almirola has the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Matt DiBenedetto, Martin Truex Jr, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 113, drivers are battling for position all through the field.  Aric Almirola holds on to a narrow lead on Kevin Harvick with Martin Truex Jr in third nearly a second behind the leader.

Lap 115, Kevin Harvick passes Aric Almirola for the lead but has not pulled away from the field.

Lap 117, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a half second lead on Aric Almirola; Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

Lap 122, Kevin Harvick holds on to his lead on Aric Almirola with Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, and Kurt Busch rounding out the top five.

Thirty to go, Kevin Harvick has the lead but is reporting temps are up in the engine.

Lap 128, leader Kevin Harvick now has a half second lead on Aric Almirola with Martin Truex Jr in third.

With 26 laps remaining in the race, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, and Martin Trues Jr make it a three way battle for the lead with Kevin Harvick holding on to the top spot; Martin Truex Jr takes second and Aric Almirola is in third.

There are 28 cars on the lead lap.

Denny Hamlin takes third form Aric Almirola.

Alex Bowman has a flat tire leaving part of the tire on the track, bringing out the caution flag with 19 laps remaining in the race.

Aric Almirola has to come down pit road for fuel but the field stays out on the track.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 141 with Denny Hamlin alongside on the inside lane.  Kevin Harvick gets out in front for the lead with Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr battling for second.  The Busch brothers go side by side in row three.

Kevin Harvick pulls out to a lead of over half a second while Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr battled for second with Hamlin taking the spot.

Thirteen laps remaining in the race, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over half a second on Denny Hamlin with Martin Truex Jr in third; Kyle Busch and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Ten to go, Kevin Harvick has dominated the weekend and has a lead of nearly a second on Denny Hamlin with Martin Truex Jr in third.

Eight laps remain, Kevin Harvick has a half second lead on Denny Hamlin with Martin Truex Jr in third.

Denny Hamlin has caught up to leader Kevin Harvick and is looking to challenge for the lead.

Five to go, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick start to battle for the lead.  Kevin Harvick is in the lead.

Three to go, Kevin Harvick has the lead but Denny Hamlin is stalking Harvick for the lead.

Kevin Harvick takes the white flag with Denny Hamlin on his bumper.

Dominating the weekend at Michigan, Kevin Harvick wins the race to sweep the weekend, get his sixth race win of the season, and move ahead of Lee Petty on the all time winners list with 55 wins and ties him with Rusty Wallace in tenth place.

This is the first time in nearly 50 years that the same driver won races in back to back days when Richard Petty did it in 1971.

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

 

FI Issues Design Penalty

In NASCAR the cars are designed to be as close to each other as possible despite being from three different manufacturers; but in Formula One Racing each car manufacturer must design and build their own cars.

On August 7, Formula One stewards penalized Racing Point for attempting to copy and reverser engineer a Mercedes design.  The team was docked 15 constructor’s championship points and fine 400,000 euros – $470,000.  The penalties do not affect any of the drivers and their current standings.

Ferrari and McLaren have stated that they will appeal the decision.

In the ruling the Stewards deemed that the design of the 2019 championship winning car was a slightly modified Mercedes design.

After the listed parts included the brake ducts, Team Renault filed a protest over the designs, which prompted the investigation and subsequent penalties.

Racing Pont argued that they did not copy the design, merely used the information about the parts when creating the design.

In every form of racing, aerodynamics and any advantage a team can eek out is a major priority; as a result, brake duct designs have become more elaborate over recent years.

Formula One is looking to make a rule change to address the issue of reverse engineering rival team’s cars.  FIA head of single-seater matters Niklas Tombazis said, “we We don’t want next year to have eight or 10 Mercedes, or copies of Mercedes, on the grid, where the main skill becomes how you do this process.”  Adding, “we,do plan, in the very short notice, to introduce some amendment to the 2021 sporting regulations that will prevent this becoming the norm. It will prevent (teams) from using extensive parts of photos to copy whole portions of other cars in the way Racing Point has done.”

 

feature photo credit: By Alberto-g-rovi – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=92380501

 

Overtime Finish for NASCAR Cup at MIS

Capping off a double header day, the NASCAR Cup Series runs the first of a double header weekend in the Irish Hills of Michigan for the Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

During the pre-race inspection process the number six and 17 cars of Roush Fenway Racing had the rear spoilers confiscated and were charged with violating the NASCAR rule book for making altercations.  As a result of the rule violation, each team was fined $25,000, will have to start the race from the back of the field, car owner Jack Roush was docked 20 car owner points for each team, and drivers Ryan Newman and Chris Buescher were also docked 20 driver points.

Also starting from the back of the field are Joey Gase and Jimmie Johnson after their cars failed the inspection process twice.  The penalty does not affect Gase since he was already starting from the back of the field.

After a random draw based on driver points, Joey Logano will sit on the pole and bring the field to the green flag.  Denny Hamlin will start alongside Logano on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Firekeepers Casino 400:
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Aric Almirola
Brad Keselowski
Alex Bowman
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Clint Bowyer
Kurt Busch
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Newman – moved to the back of the field for rules violation
Tyler Reddick
Matt DiBenedetto
Cole Custer
Jimmie Johnson – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection twice
Austin Dillon
William Byron
Matt Kenseth
Michael McDowell
Chris Buescher – moved to the back of the field for a rules violation
Erik Jones
Bubba Wallace
Quin Houff
JJ Yeley
Brennan Poole
James Davison
Christopher Bell
Reed Sorenson
John Hunter Nemechek
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Garrett Smithley
Ty Dillon
Ryan Preece
Corey LaJoie
Daniel Suarez
Timmy Hill
Joey Gase

Stage one of the race is 40 laps long, stage two is 45 laps long, and stage three lasts 71 laps for a total 156 laps.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution around lap 15.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front for the lead but Aric Almirola makes a challenge for the lead before falling to second place.

The top five are Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, Alex Bowman, and Kevin Harvick.

Leader Joey Logano reports that he has a vibration.

Lap four, Joey Logano in lead, Denny Hamlin is in second; Aric Almirola is in third place nearly a second back.

Lap six, Joey Logano has a half second lead on Denny Hamlin with Aric Almirola over a second back.

Lap seven, the top five are Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, Kevin Harvick, and Alex Bowman.

Lap 13, Denny Hamlin challenges Joey Logano for the lead.

Lap 15, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano are side by side battling for the lead but Logano holds him off; Kevin Harvick is in third.

The competition caution comes out on lap 16.  Ryan Blaney had come down pit road for fresh tires just before the caution flag came out.  Under the rules of the competition caution, drivers can come down pit road but cannot take fuel until the competition caution.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service; Aric Almirola and Brad Keselowski had adjustments made to their cars.

Beginning this weekend, NASCAR has implemented the “Choose Rule” where the drivers can decide whether they want to restart the race from the inside or outside lane.  There is a big V on the track where the drivers decide which lane they want.  If they run over the orange box inside the V then they must restart the race form the back of the field.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 19 with Hamlin getting out in front for the lead.  Drivers get three and four wide across the track as they battle for position.

Garrett Smithley has been posted for a restart violation.

Lap 21, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Alex Bowman, and Kurt Busch.

Martin Truex Jr has to bring his car down pit road with a flat tire; the track stays green.

Lap 23, Kevin Harvick takes second place to make it a 1-2 Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick.  Kevin Harvick passes Hamlin for the lead.

Lap 25, Kurt Busch passes Joey Logano for third place; Kevin Harvick has a half second lead.

Kevin Harvick is driving the same car he drove to a win at Indianapolis.

Tyler Reddick comes down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop, saying that something broke.

Lap 27, Kevin Harvick has a half second lead on Denny Hamlin.  Joey Logano is reporting some issues with his car.  There are 34 cars on the lead lap.  James Davison is off the track.

Lap 33, Kevin Harvick has a half second lead on Denny Hamlin; Ryan Blaney is in third two and a half seconds back.

With five laps remaining in stage one, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, and Erik Jones.

Three laps remain in stage one, Kevin Harvick is in the lead with Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, and Erik Jones rounding out the top five.  There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Kevin Harvick wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Kurt Busch
Brad Keselowski
Erik Jones
Alex Bowman
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Ricky Stenhouse Jr

Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 48 and edges out for the lead after a push form Kevin Harvick.  Drivers get three wide across the track.

The top five are Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, and Kurt Busch.

Lap 50, Ryan Blaney takes the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Kurt Busch is in third with Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski battling for fourth.

Lap 52, Ryan Blaney is in the lead with Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Erik Jones, and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five.

Lap 60, the top five are Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin with 33 drivers on the lead lap.

Lap 64, Kevin Harvick challenges Ryan Blaney for the lead with Erik Jones a half second back

Joey Gase is off the track.

Lap 66, the top five are Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Erik Jones, Denny Hamlin, and Brad Keselowski.  The Busch brothers battle for sixth.

Lap 68, Denny Hamlin takes third while Kevin Harvick continues to stalk leader Ryan Blaney.

Lap 71, Denny Hamlin makes it a three way battle for the lead.

Lap 77, the top five are Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, and Erik Jones.

Kevin Harvick continues to battle Ryan Blaney and takes the lead.  There are 31 cars on the lead lap.

Brad Keselowski takes third place after Denny Hamlin gets loose and has to save the car.

Lap 80, Kevin Harvick has a third of a second lead on Ryan Blaney; Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Brad Keselowski gets loose but saves the car, Denny Hamlin retakes third place.

Lap 81, Erik Jones takes fourth place from Brad Keselowski

Kevin Harvick has a lead of over half a second on Ryan Blaney.  There are 29 cars on the lead lap.

John Hunter Nemechek and Alex Bowman are reporting vibrations in their cars.

Kevin Harvick wins stage two to sweep the stages.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Clint Bowyer
Jimmie Johnson

Drivers come down pit road for service.  Denny Hamlin says that he is too loose.  Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 92 with Denny Hamlin alongside on the front row.  After a push from Erik Jones, Denny Hamlin gets out in front for the lead.  Drivers are getting three and four wide across the track as they battle for position.

Lap 93, Kevin Harvick takes the lead; Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out when John Hunter Nemechek spins out after making contact with Chris Buescher.

A few drivers come down pit road for service.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 99 with Denny Hamlin alongside on the front row.

After a push from Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick takes the lead.  Drivers are getting aggressive and three wide across the track.

Kevin Harvick is in the lead; followed by Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin.  There are 31 trucks on the lead lap.  Joey Gase is out of the race.

With 71 laps in stage three, the drivers cannot complete the race without making a stop for fuel.

Lap 103, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney.

Lap 106, John Hunter Nemechek brings out the fifth caution flag of the race with a flat tire.

With 50 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are close to their pit window for fuel.

The drivers come down pit road for service.  Taking fuel only, Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 111.  With a push from team mate Erik Jones, Kyle Busch gets out in front for the lead.

Kevin Harvick is in second and challenges Kyle Busch for the lead.

Lap 112, Kevin Harvick retakes the lead of the race; Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, Erik Jones, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

With 42 laps remaining in the race, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch; Martin Truex Jr is in third.

Lap 117, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Erik Jones, and Chase Elliott.  There are 32 cars on the lead lap; Joey Gase is the only driver out of the race.

Lap 121, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, Erik Jones, and Chase Elliott.

Lap 123, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch; Martin Truex Jr, Erik Jones, and Chase Elliott round out the top five with 32 cars on the lead lap.

With 30 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are getting aggressive on the track as they battle for position.

With 29 laps remaining in the race, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to over a second and a half on Kyle Busch.

With 27 laps to go, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to over two seconds on Kyle Busch.

The caution flag comes out for a crash involving John Hunter Nemechek.  Nemechek takes his car to the garage.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service, but most of them stay out on the track.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 18 laps remaining in the race with Chase Elliott alongside on the front row.  Kevin Harvick gets out in front for the lead but Kyle Busch makes it a three wide battle.  Chase Elliott takes the lead.

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

Fifteen laps remain in the race, Kevin Harvick is on leader Chase Elliott’s bumper and challenging for the lead.

The caution flag comes out with 14 laps remaining in the race when Ryan Preece spins out after making contact with Tyler Reddick.

Ten to go, Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart with Kyle Busch alongside on the front row.  Elliott and Busch go side by side for the lead.  Kyle Busch is the new leader.

Kevin Harvick challenges Kyle Busch for the lead and takes the air off of Busch’s spoiler causing Busch to get loose.  Busch saves the car and Harvick takes the lead.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Erik Jones.

The caution flag comes out with just seven laps to go when Cole Custer hits the wall hard.  He takes his car to the garage.

With fluid on the track, NASCAR has red flagged the race to get it cleaned up.

While the drivers wait in their cars, NASCAR brings out water for those who want it.

In a three lap shootout, Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart with Denny Hamlin alongside on the inside lane.  Bubba Wallace makes it a three way battle for second place with Kevin Harvick in the lead.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin.

The ninth caution flag of the race comes out for a crash involving Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman.  Dillon gets loose and spins out making contact with a number of drivers…and the wall before making a run through the grass.

The race runs into overtime.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down with Brad Keselowski on the inside lane.  With no pushing, Harvick and Keselowski battle for the lead.  Drivers get three wide across the track.

Kevin Harvick takes the white flag.

After sweeping the race stages, Kevin Harvick wins the race for his fifth wins of the season, third Michigan race in a row in August, and to tie Lee Petty with 54 career Cup series wins.

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

 

Wild Ride at Road America for Xfinity Series

In a stand alone event, the Xfinity Series goes road course racing at Road America in El Carte Lake, Wisconsin and the Henry 180.

For the first time in the Xfinity Series since the restart after the pandemic, there are fans in attendance to see the race.

It’s a sunny day at the track but there is a possibility of bad weather in the area.  Normally, NASCAR does not run a race in the rain, but for road course races, wet weather gear is a part of the gear.  Each car must be outfitted with a windshield wiper and a red braking light in the rear.  The allotment of tires also includes wet weather tires.

After a random draw based on driver points, Michael Annett and his number one car will sit on the pole and bring the field to green with Austin Cindric starting alongside on the front row.  This is the third race in a row that Annett has won the pole.

A fairly short race, stage one is 14 laps, stage two is 15 laps, and stage three is 16 laps for a total of 45 laps around the four and a half mile track.

After running the Truck Series race on Friday night in Michigan, Navy Lt Commander Jesse Iwuji is making his debut start in the Xfinity Series at Road America.

Brandon Brown needed a push to get started.  Brown is reporting fuel pressure issues and has to be pushed to pit road.  In his pit stall, Brandon Brown’s crew are under the hood and under the car looking for the problem with his fuel pressure.

Michael Annett brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Austin Cindric edging out for the lead in turn one.

Riley Herbst locks up his tires to keep from wrecking.

Austin Cindric leads lap one.

Bayley Currey is off the track with a smoking car.

Austin Cindric leads the race with Justin Haley, Harrison Burton, Kaz Grala, and Ross Chastain rounding out the top five.

The drivers can run 16 to 18 laps on a single fuel load.

Brandon Brown has returned to the race one lap down.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap two for Bayley Currey’s stopped car.  Tommy Joe Martins has some damage to his car and a flat tire in an unrelated incident.

NASCAR has called this caution a quickie yellow.  Teams have a maximum of 80 seconds from pit entry to pit exit where they must either change tires or fuel the car but cannot do both on a single pit stop.

Riley Herbst came down pit road to change his flat spotted tires.  The caution came at a fortunate time for Herbst who would have been penalized two laps had he come down pit road to change the tires under green without prior permission.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap four with Justin Haley alongside on the front row.  Cindric holds on to the lead as they go into turn one with Justin Haley in second; Harrison Burton, Ross Chastain, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Chase Briscoe has some trouble on the track and saves the car but the track stays green and stacks up the cars behind him.  He has flat spotted one of his tires in the process.

Lap six, Austin Cindric continues to lead the race with Justin Haley over a half second back; Ross Chastain, Kaz Grala, and Jeremy Clements round out the top five.

A family owned team, Jeremy Clements’ 64 year old dad is one of the tire changers on the car today.

Lap seven, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Justin Haley.

The number eight car of Daniel Hemric is slowed on the track and stops with reports of a blown engine.  NASCAR has put out the caution flag for fluid on the track.

NASCAR brings the cars down pit road with a red flag condition after lightening within 10 miles of the track on lap nine.

While the drivers wait out the minimum 30 hold for lightening, rain begins to fall on Road America.

Teams are removing the covers from the cars in preparation of getting moving again.

The drivers will make a single lap under caution to access the track conditions and determine whether or not they need to change to the wet weather tires.

Under new rules, teams cannot change tires on a green flag pit stop, they can change from wet weather tires to dry tires or dry tires to wet weather tires under green if needed.

Just as the drivers are getting ready to fire the engines, there is another lightening strike within the 10 mile limit and the race is further delayed.

For the second time, the drivers are heading for their cars at Road America after waiting out the second lightening delay.

The cars are moving once again.  The drivers are taking their assessment lap to determine whether or not they will run on wet or dry tires…and the rain has stopped.

Drivers are coming down pit road.  Some of the teams are switching to the wet weather tires.

Vinnie Miller is stopped on the track.

Raining again, Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart with just three laps remaining in stage one.  Rain or no rain, the drivers are racing hard with Justin Haley leading the race.

The caution flag comes out for Vinnie Miller’s stopped car in what has been named the “Canada corner”.

Justin Haley brings the field down for the green flag restart with just one lap remaining in stage one.  Justin Haley takes the lead going into turn one.  Visibility is low with lots of water spray.

Justin Haley wins stage one for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Justin Haley
Austin Cindric
Chase Briscoe
Ross Chastain
Andy Lally
Justin Allgaier
Michael Annett
Josh Bilicki
Jade Buford
RC Enerson

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.  The teams are allowed to make two pit stops during the stage breaks.  With races in all three series in two cities, there are a number of team members crewing the car who do not normally work on pit road; as a result, NASCAR has modified the pit road rules to accommodate the pit crews.  If the drivers have no penalties, they will resume their spots on the track after pitting, but will have to line up behind drivers who did not make a pit stop.

After staying out on the track, Josh Bilicki brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 18.  Josh Bilicki gets out in front for the lead but is being challenged as drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Raining hard, the drivers can see only three cars ahead of them.

The top five are Josh Bilicki, Preston Pardus, Harrison Burton, Alex Labbe, and AJ Allmendinger.

Lap 18, Preston Pardus battles Josh Bilicki for the lead; so far, Bilicki holds Pardus off.

After holding on to the lead, Josh Bilicki has pulled away from Preston Pardus.

Lap 20, Josh Bilicki and Noah Gragson battle for the lead with Bilicki holding Gragson off to hold on to the lead.  Alex Labbe makes it a three way battle for the lead.  Noah Gragson finally gets around Josh Bilicki for the lead, but the battle isn’t over

Lap 21, Noah Gragson is in the lead with Alex Labbe in second and Josh Bilicki in third.

Noah Gragson gets loose and Alex Labbe takes the lead.  AJ Allmendinger takes second.

Jesse Little spins out but the track stays green.

AJ Allmendinger challenges Quebec native Alex Labbe for the lead.

Lap 22, Alex Labbe leads the race with AJ Allmendinger in second; Noah Gragson, Preston Pardus, and Myatt Snider round out the top five.

Lap 22, AJ Allmendinger takes the lead with Alex Labbe half a second back; Noah Gragson, Preston Pardus, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

The track is nearly dry and the drivers are looking for puddles to help cool the west weather tires until they can come down pit road and change back to the slicks.

Lap 23, AJ Allmendinger has increased his lead to nearly a second on Alex Labbe; Noah Gragson, Preston Pardus, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Lap 24, AJ Allmendinger has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Alex Labbe.

With six laps remaining in the stage, Justin Allgaier is the first driver to come down pit road to change to the dry weather tires.

Lap 25, AJ Allmendinger holds on to his lead of nearly a second and a half on Alex Labbe.  Myatt Snider comes down pit road to make his tire change.

Lap 26, AJ Allmendinger now has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Alex Labbe; third place driver Preston Pardus is nearly 12 seconds back.

More drivers are coming down pit road to change from wet to slick tires.

Jesse Little runs into the gravel trap and is stuck.  If he cannot get out of the gravel pit, NASCAR will have to display the caution flag.  More drivers are on pit road.

The caution flag comes out with three laps remaining in stage two.

Jeremy Clements is charged with leaving pit road too early.  Under green flag conditions, drivers must spend at least 60 seconds from pit in to pit out.

Crews are working to extricate Jesse Little’s car from the gravel trap.

Two laps remaining in stage two, the pits are closed.

AJ Allmendinger wins stage two under caution.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
AJ Allmendinger
Ross Chastain
Justin Haley
Josh Bilicki
Andy Lally
Kaz Grala
Brandon Brown
Jade Buford
Michael Annett
Scott Heckert

After all of the pit stops, Kaz Grala leads the race and brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 33 with Justin Allgaier alongside on the front row.  Grala and Allgaier go side by side but Chase Briscoe is looking to make it a three way battle.  After some side by side racing, Justin Allgaier gets out in front for the lead.

Austin Cindric takes second form Kaz Grala and aims for leader Justin Allgaier.

Lap 33, Austin Cindric is on Justin Allgaier’s bumper challenging for the lead.

Lap 34, Austin Cindric gets around Justin Allgaier in turn one to take the lead.

The top five are Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, Kaz Grala, Noah Gragson, and Chase Briscoe.  Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of a second on Justin Allgaier.

Lap 35, – 10 to go – Austin Cindric has increased his lead on Justin Allgaier to a second and a half; Kaz Grala, Noah Gragson, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Myatt Snider and Alex Labbe make contact and spin out but the track stays green as drivers move around the them.

Lap 35, Austin Cindric now has a two second lead on Justin Allgaier; Kaz Grala, Chase Briscoe, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

AJ Allmendinger takes fifth form Noah Gragson.

There are 31 cars on the lead lap.  In his first ever Xfinity Series race, Jesse Iwuji is in 32nd place, the first car one lap down.

Lap 35, Austin Cindric has a lead of over two seconds on Justin Allgaier; Chase Briscoe, AJ Allmendinger, and Kaz Grala round out the top five.

AJ Allmendinger takes third place; three and a half seconds behind the leader.

Lap 36, Austin Cindric has increased his lead to over three seconds on Justin Allgaier; AJ Allmendinger is in third nearly four seconds back.

Lap 37, Austin Cindric continues to lead the race by three and a half seconds on Justin Allgaier with AJ Allmendinger on his bumper.

AJ Allmendinger takes second place from Justin Allgaier; three and a half seconds behind leader Austin Cindric.

Bright sunshine has returned to the track.

Lap 38, Austin Cindric has a lead of over three and a half seconds on AJ Allmendinger; Chase Briscoe, Justin Allgaier, and Kaz Grala round out the top five.

Scott Herckert is off the track and off the course.

Justin Haley spins after contact from Riley Herbst, but saves the car and the track stays green.

NASCAR displays the caution flag in order to get Scott Heckert out of the gravel with just six laps remaining in the race.

Leaders come down pit road for fresh tires.

After staying out on the track, Preston Pardus brings the field down for the green flag restart with only for laps remaining in the race.  Ryan Sieg will start alongside on the front row.

Preston Pardus gets out in front for the lead with drivers battling for position behind him.

Justin Allgaier brings out the caution flag after making contact with Kaz Grala and slamming into the wall.  Myatt Snider, Jeremy Clements, and Jeffrey Earnhardt were also involved in a crash.

Preston Pardus brings the field down for the green flag restart with just two laps remaining in the race with Ryan Sieg alongside on the front row.  Austin Cindric comes form the outside to take the lead with AJ Allmendinger right behind him.  Riley Herbst gets off the track into the grass but the track stays green.

Austin Cindric is in the lead with AJ Allmendinger in second; Chase Briscoe, Preston Pardus and Kaz Grala round out the top five.

Austin Cindric takes the white flag.

With a lead of nearly a second, Austin Cindric wins the road course race at Road America.  This is Cindric’s fourth win of the season.

Cindirc is the eleventh race winner in eleven races in the Xfinity Series.

The unofficial results of the Henry 180:
Austin Cindric
AJ Allmendinger
Chase Briscoe
Kaz Grala
Andy Lally
Noah Gragson
Ross Chastain
Preston Pardus
Ryan Sieg
Michael Annett
Justin Haley
Brandon Brown
Josh Williams
Brandon Jones
Alex Labbe
Harrison Burton
Josh Bilicki
Tommy Joe Martins
Jade Buford
RC Enerson
Kyle Weatherman
Stephen Leicht
Riley Herbst
Mike Wallace
Joe Graf Jr
Jess Iwuji
Kody Vanderwal
Jess Little
Jeremy Clements
Justin Allgaier
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Myatt Snider
Scott Heckert
Vinnie Miller
Daniel Hemric
Chad Finchum
Bayley Currey

Double Overtime Finish for First Win in Truck Series

The Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series kicks off a busy weekend of racing at Michigan International Speedway with the Henry Ford Health System 200.

During the pre-race inspection process, NASCAR determined that the number 13 Thor Sport truck driven by Johnny Sauter for violating the NASCAR rule book when it comes to dimensions of the return flange on the truck bed sides.  Crew chief Joe Shear Jr has been ejected from the track, Thor Sport has been docked 10 truck owner points, and Johnny Sauter has been docked 10 driver points.

After a random draw based on driver points, Chandler Smith will sit on the pole and bring the field to green.  Birthday boy Brett Moffitt will start alongside Smith on the front row.

Stages one and two of the track are just 20 laps each with stage three lasting 60 laps for a total of 100 laps around the two mile track.

NASCAR  has implemented the choose rule for race restarts; allowing  whether or not they wish to restart the race from the inside or outside lane.  Drivers must select their lane at the orange V on the track.  Drivers who do not make a left or right choice and run over the V will have to move to the back of the field.

Chandler Smith brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane, but after a push from behind, Brett Moffit gets out in front for the lead.

Drivers are getting four wide across the track.

Lap two, Brett Moffitt is in the lead with Christian Eckes, Ben Rhodes, Derek Kraus, and Austin Hill rounding out the top five.  Pole sitter Chandler Smith has dropped to eighth place.

Lap four, Trey Hutchens and Josh Reaume bring out the first caution flag of the race when they make contact and send Hutchins into the grass.

Chandler Smith is reporting a tight condition in his truck.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap eight with Moffitt getting out in front after a push from Ben Rhodes.

Lap eight, Brett Moffitt is in the lead with Ben Rhodes in second and challenging for the lead.  Brett Moffitt holds on to the lead.

Lap nine, the top five are Brett Moffitt, Ben Rhodes, Sheldon Creed, Derek Kraus, and Christian Eckes.

After getting his truck repaired, Trey Hutchens is the only driver a lap down with all 39 truck on the track.

Lap 12, Brett Moffitt holds on to the lead with Sheldon Creed in second.  Moving quickly through the field, Matt Crafton is in third.

Lap 12, Christian Eckes gets loose and  spins out, bringing out the second caution flag of the race.

Drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service.

Driver of the number 24 truck, David Gravel, is making just his second start on asphalt.  He has 54 World of Outlaw wins  on the dirt.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for a three laps shootout to the end of sage one and jumps out in front after a push from Sheldon Creed; Ben Rhodes, Austin Hill, and Matt Crafton round out the top five. Hill, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Brennan Poole brings out the caution flag with just two laps remaining in stage one when he gets loose and spins out.

Brett Moffitt wins stage one under caution, for his third stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Brett Moffitt
Sheldon Creed
Ben Rhodes
Matt Crafton
Derek Kraus
Austin Hill
Grant Enfinger
Stewart Friesen
Zane Smith
Chandler Smith

Taking only two tires, Stewart Friesen and Ty Majeski wins the race off of pit road.  Stewart Friesen made a second trip down pit road for more service.

Teams on pit road are reporting some cording on the tires.

After staying out on the track, Chandler Smith brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 25, but it is Raphael Lessard who gets out in front for the lead.  Driver are getting three and four wide across the track.

Lap 26, Raphael Lessard is in the lead with drivers getting five wide.

Parker Kligerman takes the lead after starting the race in 35th place.

Lap 27, Raphael Lessard retakes the lead with Parker Kligerman in second; Johnny Sauter, Todd Gilliland, and Tanner Gray round out the top five.

Lap 27, Raphael Lessard has a half second lead on Johnny Sauter with Parker Kligerman, John Hunter Nemechek, and Todd Gilliland rounding out the top five.

Lap 28, leader Raphael Lessard has a flat tire and is working his way to the bottom of the track and pit road.  Johnny Sauter is the new leader.

Lap 29, Johnny Sauter is in the lead with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Todd Gilliland, Parker Kligerman, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Lap 30, Johnny Sauter has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on John Hunter Nemechek.

Lap 34, Johnny Sauter continues to lead the race as Brett Moffitt and Todd Gilliland battle for the lead.

Five laps remain in stage two with Johnny Sauter over two seconds out in front with Brett Moffitt, Todd Gilliland, Tanner Gray, and Grant Enfinger rounding out the top five.

Lap 38, Johnny Sauter’s lead is down to under two seconds on Brett Moffitt.

Johnny Sauter wins stage two for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Johnny Sauter
Brett Moffitt
Todd Gilliland
Grant Enfinger
Tanner Gray
Sheldon Creed
Austin Hill
John Hunter Nemechek
Parker Kligerman
Derek Kraus

Todd Gilliland and Austin Hill are on the front row for the green flag start of stage three on lap 48.

Austin Hill takes the lead with Johnny Sauter in second; Todd Gilliland, Grant Enfinger, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Lap 49, there are 35 trucks on the lead lap with all 39 drivers still on the track.

Lap 50, Austin Hill has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Todd Gilliland when the caution flag comes out for a big crash.  David Gravel, Matt Crafton, Stewart Friesen, Ryan Truex, and Christian Eckes were all involved.

Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 58, but Sheldon Creed from the inside lane gets out in front for the lead with Austin Hill in second.

Austin Hill takes the lead.

The caution flag comes out on lap 59 when Chandler Smith crashes after making contact with Ben Rhodes.

The drivers cannot complete stage three without making a stop for fuel; with 40 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are within their pit window.  The drivers come down pit road for service.

Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 65 with John Hunter Nemechek alongside on the front row.  Sauter and Nemechek go side by side before Nemechek gets out in front for the lead after a push from behind.

The top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Johnny Sauter, Grant Enfinger, Austin Wayne Self, and Derek Kraus.

Lap 67, Grant Enfinger comes from third to take the lead.

Lap 68, the top five are Grant Enfinger, John Hunter Nemechek, Johnny Sauter, Austin Wayne Self, and Derek Kraus.

Lap 70, Grant Enfinger has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Johnny Sauter.

Lap 71, Johnny Sauter has caught up to leader Grant Enfinger and is challenging for the lead.

Lap 72 the seventh caution flag of the race comes out when Austin Wayne Self spins out.  Derek Kraus has a flat tire.

Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 77; the drivers get three wide on the restart with Grant Enfinger getting out in front for the lead with Johnny Sauter in second; Sheldon Creed, John Hunter Nemechek, and Tanner Gray round out the top five.

Lap 80, Grant Enfinger is in the lead with Johnny Sauter right behind him; third place driver Sheldon Creed is over a second and a half back.

Lap 82, Grant Enfinger continues to lead the race, but Johnny Sauter is on his tailgate and challenging for the lead.  Austin Hill and Sheldon Creed battle for third over two seconds back.

Lap 84, Johnny Sauter takes the lead.  The caution flag comes out when Johnny Sauter crashes while battling Grant Enfinger for the lead.

Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 89 and jumps out in front after a push from Sheldon Creed as drivers get three wide across the track.

Ray Ciccarelli brings out the caution flag when he spins out shortly after the restart.

Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag restart with just six laps remaining in the race.  Grant Enfinger and John Hunter Nemechek go side by side, swapping the lead back and forth before Grant Enfinger takes the lead.

Tyler Hill brings out the record setting tenth caution flag of the race when he spins out and makes a run through the grass  with only five laps to go.

In the first overtime attempt of the race, Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag restart and gets out in front for the lead.  The caution flag comes out for a crash involving Jeb Burton and Brennan Poole.

NASCAR has displayed the red flag in order to get the track cleaned up.

After a red flag condition of nearly 10 minutes, Grant Enfinger takes the outside lane and brings the field down for the second attempt at a green flag overtime restart with John Hunter Nemechek on the inside lane.  Grant Enfinger edges out for the lead but gets turned around with a push from behind and a three wide battle.  Christian Eckes takes the lead.  Trey Hutchens gets turned around but the track stays green.

Christian Eckes takes the white flag with Zane Smith in second.

Zane Smith gets around Christian Eckes to take the lead.

Zane Smith takes the checkered flag for his first career Truck Series win.

The unofficial results of the Henry Ford Health 200:
Zane Smith
Christian Eckes
Tanner Gray
Tyler Ankrum
Todd Gilliland
Brett Moffitt
Raphael Lessard
Derek Kraus
Parker Kligerman
David Gravel
Ben Rhodes
Austin Hill
Tate Fogleman
Dawson Cram
Ty Majeski
Johnny Sauter
Josh Reaume
Codie Rohrbaugh
Ryan Truex
Clay Greenfield
Tyler Hill
Jess Iwuji
Matt Crafton
Cory Roper
John Hunter Nemechek
Tim Viens
Spencer Boyd
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Trey Hutchens III
Sheldon Creed
Norm Benning
Jordan Anderson
Grant Enfinger
Brennan Poole
Jeb Burton
Austin Wayne Self
Chandler Smith
Stewart Friesen

 

No 20 in 20 for NAMA

On August 6, the Native American Music Association made the announcement that the 2020 edition of the Native American Music Awards have been cancelled for this year.

Normally held each November, the NAMA’s honour Native American artists from around North America.

This year would have marked the 20th annual NAMA Awards.

For the past several years the annual NAMA Awards have been held at the Seneca Niagara and Seneca Allegheny Casino properties.  Scheduled to be held at Seneca Niagara this year, NAMA noted that there is a great deal of work required in putting on an awards gala; adding that due to the continued uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 virus, Seneca Niagara is not scheduling any events for the remainder of the year.

With the cancellation of the awards presentations, NAMA has suspended the acceptance of nominee submissions until further notice.

 

Feature photo credit: NAMA Facebook page

NASCAR Releases Rest of Schedule

As the regular NASCAR season begins to wind down, NASCAR has released the schedule for the playoff races beginning September 6 for the NASCAR Cup Series.  The playoffs for the Xfinity Series begin on September 26; while the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series playoffs begin on October 16.

NASCAR senior vice president of competition Scott Miller spoke on the schedule saying, “the one fortunate part of this latter part of the season and the playoffs is we were able to keep the original tracks and dates intact when it came to the Cup Series, but definitely they have had to be flexible with integrating some of the other series into those events so that they had a good championship schedule as well.”

NASCAR racing schedule through end of 2020 season:
Aug 8 an Xfinity Series race at Road America
Aug 8 a NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway
Aug 9 a NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway
Aug 15 an Xfinity Series Race at Daytona International Speedway
Aug 16 a Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series Race at Daytona International Speedway
Aug 16 a NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway
Aug 21 a Gander Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway
Aug 22 an Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway
Aug 22 a NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway
Aug 23 an Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway
Aug 23 a NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway
Aug 28 an Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway
Aug 29 a NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway
Aug 30 a Gander Truck Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway
Sept 5 an Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway
Sept 6 a Gander Truck Series race at Darlington Raceway
Sept 6 a NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway
Sept 10 a Gander Truck Series race at Richmond Raceway
Sept 11 an Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway
Sept 12 an Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway
Sept 12 a NASCAR Cup race at Richmond Raceway
Sept 17 a Gander Truck race at Bristol Speedway
Sept 17 an ARCA race at Bristol Speedway
Sept 18 an Xfinity Series race at Bristol Speedway
Sept 19 a NASCAR Cup race at Bristol Speedway
Sept 25 a Gander Truck race at Las Vegas International Speedway
Sept 26 an Xfinity race at Las Vegas International Speedway
Sept 27 a NASCAR Cup race at Las Vegas International Speedway
Oct 3 a Gander Truck race at Talladega Speedway
Oct 3 an Xfinity Series race at Talladega Speedway
Oct 4 an Xfinity Series race at Talladega Speedway
Oct 4 a NASCAR Cup race at Talladega Speedway
Oct 10 an Xfinity Series race at the Charlotte Roval
Oct 11 a NASCAR Cup race at the Charlotte Roval
Oct 16 a Gander Truck race at Kansas Speedway
Oct 16 an ARCA race at Kansas Speedway
Oct 17 an Xfinity race at Kansas Speedway
Oct 18 a NASCAR Cup race at Kansas Speedway
Oct 24 an Xfinity race at Texas Speedway
Oct 25 a Gander Truck race at Texas Speedway
Oct 25 a NASCAR Cup race at Texas Speedway
Oct 30 a Gander Truck race at Martinsville Speedway
Nov 1 a NASCAR Cup race at Martinsville Speedway
Nov 6 a Gander Truck race at Phoenix Speedway
Nov 7 an ARCA race at Phoenix Speedway
Nov 7 an Xfinity race at Phoenix Speedway
Nov 8 a NASCAR Car race at Phoenix Speedway

 

NASCAR Makes Rule Changes

It has been a rather odd season for NASCAR, its fans, and especially the drivers.

As the season moves forward with no more practice or qualifying runs as NASCAR continues to limit the number of personnel at the tracks; the sport also continues to tweak the rules while trying to keep things exciting for both drivers and fans.

A very popular rule for dirt track races – the Choose Rule- has come to NASCAR.  The rule was included in the rules package for the annual All Star race last month at Bristol Speedway.  Beginning with the races this weekend at Michigan International Speedway the Choose Rule will be a part of NASCAR.

The rule will not apply to the road courses and the superspeedway tracks of Daytona and Talladega.  The rule does not apply to race starts but will occur on restarts.

There is a spot on the track with an orange V where the drivers will have to make their choice of whether they want the restart in the inside or outside lanes.  Drivers who cross over the box inside the V will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Since the restart of the season in May, the starting lineup for most of the races have been set by a random draw based on driver points.  On weekends where there have been double header races, the field for the second race was set the inverting a portion of the field and the results from the previous race.

On August 5, NASCAR announced that there will be a change to how the starting lineups and pit stall selections will be made.

Using a competition based system where the finishing order from the previous race, team owner points standings, and the fastest lap in the previous race; the new formula will be used beginning with the road course races at Daytona International Speedway beginning August 15.  The formula will also be used to determine the winner for the pole in the NASCAR Cup and Gander RV and Outdoor Truck Series races.

 

Changes Coming to Joe Gibbs Racing

It has already been a wild and crazy season for NASCAR and its drivers.

And in this odd season, the annual “Silly Season” has begun with the announcement of a change coming to Joe Gibbs Racing.

The driver of the number 20 car Erik Jones will not be returning the JGR after the end of the 2020 season.  Jones has spent the past two years with Gibbs after driving for Furniture Row Racing – which no longer exists – in his rookie season.

In a release issued by the team, Erik Jones said, “I greatly appreciate the opportunity that JGR provided me with over the last four years and I wish the team nothing but success and good fortune.  JGR gave me a solid foundation from which to go out and compete at the highest level and I look forward to building on that in the years to come.”

Jones has won two races as a member of the NASCAR Cup Series, once at Daytona International Speedway and once at Darlington Raceway.  He is currently two spots below the cutoff line in 18th place in the NASCAR Cup Series standings.

Team owner Joe Gibbs spoke on Jones saying, “we appreciate all Erik has done for Joe Gibbs Racing over the past several years.  He joined us as a teenager and has accomplished so much in his time here and we remain focused on the remainder of this season and earning him a spot in the playoffs.”

 

feature photo credit: By GabboT – Toyota 10, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=89693242

 

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

 

Mastodon has ‘Medium Rarities’

The hard rocking band Mastodon are planning to celebrate their 20th anniversary with the release of a rarities album titled “Medium Rarities”.

The band is also releasing a new song “Rufus Lives” as a part of the soundtrack for the upcoming film “Bill & Ted Face the Music”.

The soundtrack is due out August 28; while the new Mastodon album will be out on September 11.

“Medium Rarities” will be available in a variety of formats including one on pink vinyl and will include a number of guest artists.

The tracklisting for “Medium Rarities”:
“Fallen Torches” – previously unreleased
“A Commotion” “Asleep in the Deep” – instrumental version
“Capillarian Crest” – a live performance
“A Spoonful Weighs a Ton”
“Toe to Toes” – instrumental version
“Circle of Cysquatch – a live performance
“Atlanta”
“Jaguar God” – instrumental version
“Cut You Up with a Linoleum Life “Blood & Thunder” – a live performance
“White Walker
“Halloween” – an instrumental version
“Crystal Skull” – a live performance
“Orion”
“Iron Tusk” – a live performance

 

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Lamb of God, Kreator, and Power Trip

Rockers Lamb of God and Kreator had to postpone their State of Unrest tour in Europe when the corona virus broke out.  Those dates have now been rescheduled.  Power Trip will also be along on the tour.

Mille Petrozza of Kreator noted that they had hoped to have the dates rescheduled for this year; saying, “we’ll be back with a new record and new production, together with Lamb Of God’s latest banger… the tour will be bigger and badder than before! See you there in 2021!”

Mark Morton of Lamb of God added, “while its later than we had hoped, we’re excited to have new dates in the books for 2021. We couldn’t be more excited about returning to the stage in Europe with our friends in Kreator and Power Trip. It will be worth the wait.”

Lamb of God, Kreator, and Power Trip rescheduled tour dates for 2021:
Nov 19 at the Forum Black Box in Copenhagen Denmark
Nov 20 at the Fryshuset Arenan in Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 22 at the Teatria in Oulu, Finland
Nov 23 at the Ice Hall Black Box in Helsinki, Finland
Nov 25 at Stodola in Warsaw, Poland
Nov 26 at the Columbiahalle in Berlin, Germany
Nov 27 at the Haus Auensee in Leipzig, Germany
Nov 28 at the Zenith in Munich, Germany
Nov 30 at the Samsung Hall in Zurich, Switzerland
Dec 1 at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium
Dec 3 at the MHP Arena in Ludwigsburg, Germany
Dec 4 at the edel-optics.de in Hamburg, Germany
Dec 5 at Saarlandhalle in Saarbrucken, Germany
Dec 7 at Razzmatazz in Barcelona, Spain
Dec 8 at La Riviera in Madrid, Spain
Dec 10 at the Schlachthof in Wiesbaden, Germany
Dec 11 at the Grugahalle in Essen, Germany
Dec 12 at the 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands
Dec 14 at the O2 Academy in Bristol, UK
Dec 15 at the Academy in Manchester, UK
Dec 16 at the O2 Academy in Glasgow, UK
Dec 17 at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, UK
Dec 19 at the O2 Academy in London, UK
Dec 20 at L’Olympia in Paris, France

 

MSG Cancels Holiday Show

Broadway, the Lincoln Center, The Met, and all other cultural events in New York City has been cancelled until at least the beginning of next year.

And now Madison Square Garden has announced that the annual Christmas Spectacular that features the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes has been cancelled.  This marks the first time since 1933 that the Rockettes will not perform a holiday show in New York City.

MSG Entertainment issued a statement saying, “we regret that the 2020 production of the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes, presented by Chase, has been canceled due to continued uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. We are disappointed for everyone involved with the show, as well as for the many fans who make the Christmas Spectacular a cherished part of their holiday tradition.”

Anyone who has purchased tickets for the event may obtain a refund from the point of purchase.  Tickets for the 2021 Spectacular are currently on sale

The annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular runs throughout the holiday season from early in November to just after the New Year.

So far, there has been no word on the status of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

Indy 500 to Run Minus Fans

After announcing last month that there would be fans in the stands for the postponed Indianapolis 500 later this month, Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske has announced that this year’s 500 will be run without any fans.
This year marks the 104th edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” marks the first time in the history of the 500 that it will be run without fans.  Even during the Great Depression, fans attended the race.

Since its inception, the dates for the Indianapolis 500 have never been changed…until now.  Originally scheduled for Memorial Day weekend in May, the race was postponed until August 23.

Penske, who bought the track in January, has been working hard to ensure the race could be run safely with fans.  At first he said that the race wouldn’t run without fans in the stands that can hold up to 250,000 fans.  But as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to hold on, the decision was made to allow 50 percent capacity in the stands and then only 25 percent capacity as the virus continues to spread.  Positive cases have continued to rise in Indiana and Marion County – the county where IMS is located – so in what Penske calls, “the toughest business decision I’ve ever made in my life,” the race will be run without the fans in the stands.  Penske added, “we didn’t buy the Speedway for one year, we bought it for generations to come, and it’s important to our reputation to do the right thing.  We need to be safe and smart about this.  Obviously we want full attendance, but we don’t want to jeopardize the health and safety of our fans and the community. We also don’t want to jeopardize the ability to hold a successful race.”

Penske has spent around $15 million upgrading the facility since buying the track.

Indiana’s largest health care system IU Health stated, “until we sustain better control of this virus and its spread, we strongly encourage IMS to consider an alternative to running the Indy 500 with fans in August.”  IMS was surprised by the statement, especially after having worked with IU Health on the 88 page safety plan that would allow fans at the track.

IU Health continued, “we have concerns about the risks of infection beyond the scope of the IMS plan, including social gatherings, travel, restaurants, bars, accommodations and other event-related activities.  This could lead to a spike in COVID-19 infections as we continue to see cases and hospitalizations increase every day.”

Penske noted that the letter was disappointing, but that it did not, “force his hand”, when it came to making his decision to close the track to spectators.

IMS said in a statement, “the number of cases in Marion County has tripled while the positivity rate has doubled. We said from the beginning of the pandemic we would put the health and safety of our community first, and while hosting spectators at a limited capacity with our robust plan in place was appropriate in late June, it is not the right path forward based on the current environment.”

The first day of practice at the track has been cancelled with the first day on the track for drivers being August 12.  The annual Pit Crew Competition that is normally held two days prior to the race has also been cancelled for this year.

Like other sports, the IndyCar season has been ravaged by the pandemic.  Once the season began, it has still had to undergo a number of changes to accommodate the increase in cases around the country.

 

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NASCAR Issues New Hampshire Penalties

Prior to the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on August 2 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway NASCAR levied penalties to the Go Fas Racing number 32 driven by Corey LaJoie and the number 43 Richard Petty Motorsports car driven by Bubba Wallace for having the car’s ballast improperly mounted.  The crew chiefs were suspended for the race, both team owners were docked 10 car owner points each, and the drivers were docked 10 driver points each for the infraction.  The drivers also had to start the race from the back of the field.

In addition, NASCAR has issued additional penalties to several teams after the post race inspection process.

The Stewart-Haas Racing number 14 car driven by Clint Bowyer was found to have two lug nuts improperly secured; as a result of the infraction, crew chief Johnny Klausmeier was fined $20,000 and has been suspended from the next NASCAR Cup Series race.

The number two, eight, and 19 cars were also found to have lug nut infractions.

The Penske Racing number two car driven by race winner Brad Keselowski was found to have one lug nut improperly secured.  Crew chief Jeremy Bullins was fined $10,000.

The number eight Richard Childress Racing car driven by Tyler Reddick was also found to have a single lug nut improperly secured and crew chief Randall Burnett was fined $10,000.

The Joe Gibbs Racing number 19 car driven by Martin Truex Jr also had an unsecured lug nut and crew chief James Small was fined $10,000.

While the Xfinity Series did not run last weekend, NASCAR has issued a penalty to DGM Racing for an infraction involving the NASCAR testing policy.

The NASCAR rule book prohibits private vehicle testing.  Over the weekend, DGM driver Alex Labbe was seen running laps at the road course at Daytona International Speedway in a Sports Car Club of America’s (SCCA) GT-1 class car.

NASCAR’s Xfinity Series is set to run the road course on August 15 with no practice or qualifying runs prior to the race.

As a result of the infraction, team owner Mario Gosselin has been fined $50,000 and has been docked 75 car owner points.  Driver Alex Labbe has also been docked 75 driver points; dropping him from 16th to 21st in the driver standings.

DGM Racing has announced that they will appeal the ruling; saying, “DGM Racing is aware of the allegations against us. We feel we followed all the proper protocol and will be appealing the penalty. We are unable to comment further. Thank you for the support we have received so far.”

 

Leavine Family Racing Sells Team

It takes millions of dollars each year to field a single car for a NASCAR Cup Series team.  And on the morning of August 4, race fans learned just how serious it can be to run a racing team when Leavine Family Racing announced that they have sold the team.  The team noted that the deal included everything LFR owned – charter, building, and inventory.  The only items not included in the sale were those that belonged to Joe Gibbs Racing with whom Leavine had an alliance.

Noting that the announcing the news of a new owner is up to them, Leavine Family Racing’s president Jeremy Lange would not reveal exactly who bought the team.

When the NASCAR racing season ends in November, Leavine Family Racing will cease to exist.  LFR has been a part of the NASCAR Cup Series since 2011 and currently fields the number 95 car driven by Christopher Bell.

When the Covid-19 virus and ensuing pandemic shutdown all sporting and entertainment events in March, NASCAR also took an extended break of seven weeks.  The lack of racing and sponsor income has taken its toll on the team.  Leavine’s WRL General Contractors in Texas has also suffered due to lack of the ability to work.

In a statement Leavine said, “this decision has not been made lightly.  Family has always been a part of the team’s name and this is how we view every member of our race team — as our family. There is no good time to make this announcement, but doing it earlier allows our people to explore employment opportunities, for next season, to provide for their families. There will be opportunities with the new owners which was important to our decision.”

David Starr, Michael McDowell, Kasey Kahne, Matt DiBenedetto, Ty Dillon, and Scott Speed have all driven for Leavine Family Racing.

 

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‘Field of Dreams’ Game on Hold

The 2020 Major League Baseball season was supposed to include a very special game – a baseball game next to the field that was created for the film “Field of Dreams” starring Kevin Costner.

The phrase, “if you build it, they will come” was to become, if you play it they will watch when the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox were to play a game on a newly constructed field adjacent to the one created for the film.

With the onset of the corona virus and the subsequent shutdown of all sports, the teams were changed to the Chicago White Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Now with outbreaks of the virus among some of the teams, cancelled and postponed games; MLB has announced that the “Field of Dreams” game will be postponed until the 2021 MLB season.

The cornfield and ballpark are in Iowa; MLB will keep the White Sox as the host team with their new opponent yet to be determined.

Over the past several days, it was announced that half of the Miami Marlins had tested positive for the Covid-19 virus and most recently there have been some players on the St. Louis Cardinals team who tested positive; calling into question as to whether or not the 60 game season is in jeopardy or even viable.

 

 

‘The Rock’ Buys XFL

After a season in 2001, the XFL made a return in 2020, only to have a global pandemic bring the league to a screeching halt in April.

After all sporting and entertainment events involving crowds was shutdown in a hope of “flattening the curve”, the XFL furloughed all workers and filed for bankruptcy on April 13.

On August 3, former actor and professional wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced that he has bought the XFL.  Johnson reportedly paid $15 million for the franchise.

A much smaller version of the NFL, the XFL had a season of 10 games scheduled with an eight team league.  They had played half of those games before everything was shut down.

Professional football in the spring has always been a challenge as owners of the various leagues were hoping to capitalize on the void left to footballs fans after the annual Super Bowl game.

The XFL played for a season back in 2001 and the Alliance of American Football attempted a season in 2019 but failed to complete the whole season.

 

 

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Brian Fallon

Lead singer from Gaslight Anthem, Brian Fallon has recorded a solo album “Local Honey”.  He had planned to tour and promote the album this year but like so many others had his plans shutdown because of the Covid-19 virus.

Fallon has since rescheduled the postponed dates for next year

Fallon told fans to “stay tuned” because he will be announcing more performance dates in the near future.

Brian Fallon tour dates:
April 24 at the Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, MA
April 25 at the State Theatre in Portland, ME
April 27 at the Columbus Theatre in Providence, RI
April 30 at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC
May 1 at the Town Hall Theatre in New York City, NY
May 2 at the Webster Hall in New York City, NY
May 29 at the Kessler Theater in Dallas, TX
May 30 at The Heights Theater in Houston, TX
June 3 at the Revolution in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
June 4 at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa, FL
June 5 at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta, GA
June 7 at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, TN
June 8 at The Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, NC
June 9 at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, NC
June 11 at Asbury Hall (Babeville) in Buffalo, NY
June 12 at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, ON
June 15 & 16 at the Count Baise Center in Red Bank, NJ
Nov 9 at the Carlswerk Victoria in Cologne, Germany
Nov 10 at the Batschkap in Frankfurt, Germany
Nov 11 at the Docks in Hamburg, Germany
Nov 12 at the Lille Vega in Copenhagen, Denmark
Nov 13 at the Debaser Strand in Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 14 at Pustervik in Gothenburg, Sweden
Nov 16 at Huxley’s in Berlin, Germany
Nov 17 at the Arena in Wien (Vienna), Austria
Nov 18 at Loewensaal in Nurnberg, Germany
Nov 19 at the Longhorn in Stuttgart, Germany
Nov 20 at the Komplex XS in Zurich, Switzerland
Nov 21 at the Muffathalle in Munich, Germany
Nov 23 at the Circolo Magnolia in Milan, Italy
Nov 25 at LA 2 in Barcelona, Spain
Nov 26 at Mon Live in Madrid, Spain
Nov 27 at the Loco Club in Valencia, Spain
Nov 29 at the Backstage in Paris, France
Nov 30 at the Trix Club in Antwerp, Belgium
Dec 1 at the Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht, Netherlands
Dec 3 at the Waterfront in Norwich, UK
Dec 4 at the O2 Academy in Leeds, UK
Dec 5 at SWG3 in Glasgow, UK
Dec 6 at Rock City in Nottingham, UK
Dec 8 at the O2 Academy in Bristol, UK
Dec 9 at the O2 Academy in Manchester, UK
Dec 10 at the Institute in Birmingham, UK
Dec 11 at he O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, UK

 

The Brad and Denny Show at New Hampshire

In a single event weekend, the NASCAR Cup Series travels to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.

In a random draw based on car owner points, Aric Almirola will start on the pole and bring the field to the green flag.

During the pre-race inspection process, the number 43 Richard Petty Motorsports car driven by Bubba Wallace and the number 32 Go Fas Racing car driven by Corey LaJoie were both found to have the ballast improperly mounted.  As a result of the infraction, both drivers will have to start the race from the back of the field; in addition, both teams have been docked 10 car owner points and 10 driver points and the number 43 crew chief Jerry Baxter and number 32 crew chief Ryan Sparks have been suspended for the race.

The number three Richard Childress Racing car driven by Austin Dillon was charged with making unapproved adjustments to the car and will also have to start the race from the  back of the field.

And for just the fourth time since NASCAR has returned to the track, there are fans in the stands.

The starting lineup for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301:
Aric Almirola
Denny Hamlin
Chase Elliott
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Clint Bowyer
Kevin Harvick
Alex Bowman
Joey Logano
Kurt Busch
Martin Truex JR
Ryan Blaney
Tyler Reddick
Cole Custer
Bubba Wallace – moved to the back of the field for inspection infraction
William Byron
Erik Jones
Michael McDowell
Matt DiBenedetto
Jimmie Johnson
Matt Kenseth
Ryan Newman
Austin Dillon – moved to the bac of the field for unapproved adjustments
Chris Buescher
Ty Dillon
James Davison
Garrett Smithley
Joey GAse
JJ Yeley
Ryan Preece
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Quin Houff
Corey LaJoie – moved to the back of the field for an inspection infraction
Brennan Poole
Christopher Bell
John Hunter Nemechek
Daneil Suarez
Timmy Hill

Stages one is 75 laps and stage two is 110 laps, with stage three lasting 116 laps.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 30.

Aric Almirola brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and jumps out in front for the lead with Brad Keselowski in second.

Lap three Brad Keselowski challenges Aric Almirola for the lead with Keselowski taking the lead on lap four.

The top five are Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Clint Bowyer.

Kyle Busch gets around Denny Hamlin for third but the battle isn’t over yet; Hamlin retakes third with Clint Bowyer challenging Busch for fourth.

Lap eight, Brad Keselowski has a third of a second lead on Aric Almirola with Denny Hamlin in third.

Lap nine, Kurt Busch reports that the track is very loose with the fresh traction compound on the track.

Lap eleven, Brad Keselowski has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Aric Almirola; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 15 when Kyle Busch gets into the wall with a flat tire and becomes the first car out of the race.  This marks the first time Kyle Busch has had a DNF – Did Not Finish – at New Hampshire.

Drivers come down pit road for service, but they cannot take on any fuel.

Erik Jones was charged with pitting outside of his pit box and will have to serve a one lap penalty.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 22 from the outside lane and get out in front of the field for the lead with Joey Logano in second: Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Lap 25, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano with Jimmie Johnson in third.

Lap 31, NASCAR puts out the yellow flag for the competition caution.  Drivers many now fuel their cars.

Several drivers bring their cars down pit road for service, but leader Brad Keselowski stayed out on the track.

Joey Logano had a slow pit stop when the air hose got hung up on an electrical box and the tire changer had difficulty getting it around the car.

Erik Jones was the “lucky dog” and got his lap back.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane and jumps out in front for the lead.

Lap 35, Brad Keselowski leads the race with Denny Hamlin in second and Ryan Blaney in third; Clint Bowyer and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

There are reports of possible rain heading toward the race track which may result in a shortened race.

Lap 38, Denny Hamlin is challenging Brad Keselowski for the lead.  Keselowski has yet to make a pit stop for fresh tires; while Hamlin has fresh tires.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Lap 40, Brad Keselowski has a two tenths of a second lead on Denny Hamlin; Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five with 36 cars on the lead lap and one driver out of the race.

Lap 42, three wide battle for the lead with Brad Keselowski in front with Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney battling for position.

Lap 44, Brad Keselowski continues to lead while Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney battle for second.

Lap 50, Brad Keselowski holds on to the lead but Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney continue to battle for the position.

Lap 52, Ryan Blaney has gotten around Denny Hamlin for second and is challenging Brad Keselowski for the lead.

Lap 53, the battle for the lead continues but so far, Brad Keselowski holds on to the lead.

Lap 55, Denny Hamlin has retaken second form Ryan Blaney; Brad Keselowski has a half second lead.

Lap 58, Denny Hamlin finally passes Brad Keselowski for the lead but on lap 59 Keselowski retakes the lead.

Lap 62, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski battle for the lead with Hamlin getting out in front; Ryan Blaney, Matt DiBenedetto, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 63 when Jimmie Johnson spins out after battling for position with Clint Bowyer.

Drivers come down pit road including leader Brad Keselowski.  Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 68 and holds on to the lead.

Lap 68, Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin battle for the lead with Hamlin holding on to the top spot.

The top five are Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick.

With three laps remaining in stage one, Denny Hamlin has a lead of nearly a second on Martin Truex Jr with Kevin Harvick in third; Christopher Bell and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin wins stage one for his fourth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Christopher Bell
Brad Keselwoski
Ryan Blaney
Clint Bowyer
Joey Logano
Ryan Preece
Aric Almirola

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the outside lane on lap 83 and gets out in front for the lead with Martin Truex Jr ins second; Kevin Harvick is in third.

Lap 84, Martin Truex Jr battles with Denny Hamlin for the lead but Hamlin holds him off on the outside lane.

Lap 88, Denny Hamlin has a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr with Kevin Harvick, Christopher Bell, and Brad Keselwoski rounding out the top five.  There are 35 cars on the lead lap.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track as they battle for position.

Lap 90, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 92, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, and Christopher Bell.

The caution flag comes out on lap 93 for rain.

While Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney stay out on the track, the rest of the drivers come down pit road for service.

Martin Truex Jr’s team had an uncontrolled tire on pit road and will have to serve a penalty.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 101 with Ryan Blaney alongside on the front row.  Harvick takes the lead with Ryan Blaney in second battling for the lead and Clint Bowyer in third.

This week the teams were given only six sets of tires for the entire race.  Some teams have already used four of those sets.

Lap 103, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin battle for the lead with Hamlin taking the top spot.  Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney battle for third.

Ryan Blaney is reporting a very loose condition on restars.

Lap 106, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over half a second on Kevin Harvick.

Lap 107, Joey Logano gets around Kevin Harvick for second.

After starting the race at the back of the field, Bubba Wallace has moved up to 12th place.

NBC Sports reports that car owner Richard Petty Motorsports has offer Wallace part ownership in the team if he resigns with them.  Wallace noted that he has a lot of options on the table at this point and doesn’t know what he will do just yet.

Lap 111, Denny Hamlin has a half second lead on Joey Logano with Brad Keselowski in third.

Lap 115, Denny Hamlin holds on to his half second lead on Joey Logano with Brad Keselowski in third; Kevin Harvick and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 124, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Joey Logano; Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 128, Brad Keselowski passes Joey Logano for second.

Joey Logano is having some brake issues.

Lap 129, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over a second and a half on Brad Keselowski; Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 132, Brad Keselowski has closed the gap on leader Denny Hamlin to a second and a half.

There are 31 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 135, Denny Hamlin has a lead of just over a second on Brad Keselowski; Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 141, Brad Keselowski has caught up to leader Denny Hamlin and is challenging for the lead.  Lap 142, Brad Keselowski takes the lead but Hamlin uses a lapped car to get his lead back.

Lap 144, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski continue to battle for the lead; so far Hamlin has held off Keselowski.

Lap 146, Brad Keselowski again takes the lead with Hamlin looking to get it back.  Hamlin brushed the wall and gave Keselowski the chance to get around lapped traffic and take the lead.

Lap 148, Brad Keselowski has pulled out to a half second lead on Denny Hamlin; Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer have not pitted since the end of stage one; they will have to make a stop very soon.

Lap 152, Brad Keselowski has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Denny Hamlin; Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 154, Brad Keselowski’s lead is now nearly two seconds on Denny Hamlin.  There are 23 cars on the lead lap with Corey LaJoie off the track.

Lap 156, Brad Keselowski’s lead is now two and a half seconds on Denny Hamlin.

Lap 158, Brad Keselowski’s lead is now three seconds on Denny Hamlin.

Battling a very loose condition, Ryan Blaney has falled out of the top 10 to 13th place.

Lap 161, with 23 cars on the lead lap, Brad Keselowski has over a three second lead on Denny Hamlin; Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, and William Byron round out the top five.

Struggling on the track and trying to save as much fuel as possible, Kevin Harvick is dropping in the field.  Harvick finally makes a pit stop on lap 166.  A green flag pit stop at New Hampshire means a driver loses two laps.

The caution flag comes out on lap 172 when Christopher Bell spins out with a flat tire.  Ryan Blaney was on pit road when the caution flag came out.

Christopher Bell’s team is having trouble getting the car jacked up.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down pit road for service.  Taking only two tires, Austin Dillon wins the race off of pit road.

Austin Dillon brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 177 with Brad Keselowski alongside on the front row.

Austin Dillon initially takes the lead but Brad Keselowski passes Dillon for the lead with Denny Hamlin in second and Aric Almirola in third.

Matt Kenseth brings out the caution flag on lap 179 when he spins out after a little contact.

After several drivers took the wave around last time, they bring their cars down pit road this time.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart and a two lap shootout to the end of stage two with Denny Hamlin alongside on the front row.  There are 29 cars on the lead lap.  Denny Hamlin gets out in front for the lead with Brad Keselowski on his bumper.

One to go, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski battle for the lead with Brad Keselowski edging out to win the stage for his sixth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Brad Keselowski
Denny Hamlin
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
William Byron
Clint Bowyer
Austin Dillon
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Matt DiBenedetto

Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin bring the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 192 with Hamlin edging out for the lead but Keselowski continues to battle for the lead.

Lap 193 Keselowski takes the lead with Hamlin fighting on the outside lane and taking the lead.

Lap 194, Denny Hamlin leads the race with Brad Keselowski in second; William Byron is in third with Aric Almirola and Joey Logano rounding out the top five.

Matt Kenseth brings out the ninth caution flag of the race on lap 197 when he gets into the wall with a flat tire.

Some drivers come down pit road for service.

Denny Hamlin is reporting a tight condition.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with Brad Keselowski alongside on the front row on lap 201 – 100 to go.  Brad Keselowski gets out in front from the inside lane to take the lead with William Byron initially taking second but Denny Hamlin is battling for the spot.

The top five are Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, William Byron, Aric Almirola, and Martin Truex Jr.

Matt Kenseth brings out another caution flag on lap 205 with yet another flat tire.  Kenseth takes his car to the garage after hitting the wall again.

Leaders come down pit road but several drivers stay out on the track.  Taking fuel only, Joey Logano wins the race off of pit road.  Denny Hamlin also took fuel only.

Chase Elliott and Ricky Stenhouse Jr bring the field down for the green flag restart on lap 209 with Elliott getting out in front; Ryan Blaney is in second with Ricky Stenhouse Jr in third.

Lap 211, Chase Elliott leads the way; Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Denny Hamlin, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 212, Ryan Blaney challenges Chase Elliott for the lead.

John Hunter Nemechek brings out the tenth caution flag of the race on lap 214 after hitting the wall hard with a flat tire.

Leaders come down pit road for service.

Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano bring the field down for the green flag restart on lap 219 with Hamlin getting out in front for the lead and Brad Keselowski on his bumper.

Lap 221, Keselowski and Hamlin go door to door with Keselowski getting out in front for the lead.

The top five are Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, and Jimmie Johnson.

There are 30 cars on the lead lap with Brad Keselowski in a battle for the lead with Denny Hamlin.

Lap 226, Brad Keselowski has a third of a second lad on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex JR, Joey Logano, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

Lap 229, Denny Hamlin is just two tenths of a second behind leader Brad Keselowski as the two continue their race long battle for the lead.

Lap 232, Denny Hamlin continues to inch closer to leader Brad Keselowski.  Hamlin came on the radio to say that it was some awesome racing.

Lap 236, Brad Keselowski has opened up the lead on Denny Hamlin to over half a second.

Lap 240, the top five are Brad Keselowski by nearly a second on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Matt DiBenedetto.

Lap 242, Brad Keselowski has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Matt DIBenedetto round out the top five.
Lap 245, Brad Keselowski’s lead is now a second and  half on Denny Hamlin.

Lap 247, there are 27 cars on the lead lap.  Brad Keselowski holds on to a lad of over a second on Denny Hamlin.

Lap 129, Christopher Bell brings his car down pit road for a flat tire; the track stays green.

Lap 253, the top five remains Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Matt DiBenedetto.

Lap 257, 45 to go, Brad Keselowski has a second and a half lead on Denny Hamlin; Marin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.  There are 25 cars on the lead lap.

Forty to go, Brad Keselowski has increased his lead to over a second and a half on Denny Hamlin.

Lap 265, Brad Keselowski has pulled out to a two second lead on Denny Hamlin.

Lap 269, with 22 cars on the lead lap, Brad Keselowski has a lad of nearly two and a half second lead on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

Just 27 laps remain in the race; Brad Keselowski continues to lead the race by two and a half seconds on Denny Hamlin.

Lap 277, Brad Keselowski now has a three second lead on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

There are 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 280, Brad Keselowski continues to increase the gap on Denny Hamlin and now has a lead of over three seconds.

Lap 284, Brad Keselowski’s lead is now nearly three and a half seconds on Denny Hamlin.

There are 15 laps remaining in the race, Brad Keselowski has a lead of three seconds on Denny Hamlin and is probably safe to finish the race on his fuel load; however, there are some drivers who may or may not have saved enough fuel to finish the race without making a stop.

At 72 laps, this is officially the longest green flag run in the race.  A normal fuel load is between 80 and 85 laps..

Only nine laps remain in the race, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over two seconds on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

Six to go, Denny Hamlin is over two seconds behind leader Brad Keselowski; but third place driver Martin Truex Jr is over six seconds back and fourth place driver Joey Logano is over nine seconds back.

Brad Keselowski takes the white flag.

With a lead of over two seconds, Brad Keselowski wins the race…and the giant lobster!  This is Keselowski’s 33rd career win.

The unofficial results of the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301:
Brad Keselowski
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Kevin Harvick
Matt DiBenedetto
Aric Almirola
Cole Custer
Chase Elliott
Tyler Reddick
William Byron
Jimmie Johnson
Austin Dillon
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Alex Bowman
Ryan Preece
Kurt Busch
Clint Bowyer
Michael McDowell
Ryan Blaney
Ryan Newman
Ty Dillon
Bubba Wallace
Erik Jones
Chris Buescher
Daniel Suarez
Brennan Poole
Christopher Bell
JJ Yeley
James Davison
Garrett Smithley
Quin Houff
Timmy HillJ
oey Gase
Corey LaJoie
John Hunter Nemechek
Matt Kenseth
Kyle Busch

West End ‘Phantom’ Closed for Repairs

For the past 33 years, “The Phantom of the Opera” has had a home at the Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End.  Recently, it was reported that the long running hit musical would be closing permanently.

The Phantom will go on…once the current lockdown protocols for the Covid-19 virus have been lifted and the Theatre has undergone some badly needed repairs and restorations.

Once the all clear has been given and the restorations have been completed, “The Phantom” will return.

The London productions of “Hamilton”, “Les Miserables”, and “Mary Poppins” will all remain closed through the endo the year.  With the continued uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 virus and social distancing protocols, several of the theatres in the West End will remain closed; despite the West End being allowed to pen on August 2.

 

MTV Releases 2020 VMA Nominations

When a journalist writes an article, they try to answer the questions who, what, when, where, why, and how.  With the release of the 2020 MTV Video Music Award nominees, the question of where, when, and who have been answered.

The 2020 edition of the Video Music Awards will be held August 30 at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn.

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande lead the way with nine nominations each; Billie Eilish and The Weeknd also garnered multiple nominations with six each.

Acknowledging the oddity of events in 2020 and the inability of artists to perform live and create music videos in a normal manner, the VMA’s have added two new categories this year for live quarantine performance and video at home.

The nominees for the 2020 MTV VMA’s are:
Video of the Year:
Billie Eilish for “Everything I Wanted”
Eminem for “Godzilla” with Juice WRLD
Future for “Life is Good” with Drake
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande for “Rain on Me”
Taylor Swift for “The Man”
The Weeknd for “Blinding Lights”

Artist of the Year:
DaBaby
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Megan Thee Stallion
Post Malone
The Weeknd

Song of the Year:
“Everything I Wanted “ by Billie Eilish
“Say So” by Doja Cat
“Rain on Me” by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande
“Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion
“Circles” by Post Malone
“The Box” by Roddy Ricch

Best Collaboration:
Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber with “Stuck with U”
Black Eyed Peas with J Balvin with “RITMO (Bad Boys for Life”
Ed Sheeran with Khalid for “Beautiful People”
Future with Drake for “Life is Good”
Karol G with Nicki Minaj with “Tusa”
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande with “Rain on Me”

PUSH Best New Artist:
Doja Cat
Jack Harlow
Lewis Capaldi
Roddy Ricch
Tate McRae
Yungblud

Best Pop Video:
“On” by BTS
“You Should Be Sad” by Halsey
“What a Man Gotta Do” by the Jonas Brothers
“Rain on Me” by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande
“Lover” by Taylor Swift

Best Hip-Hop Video:
“Bop” by DaBaby
“Godzilla” by Eminem with Juice WRLD
“Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion
“The Box” by Roddy Ricch
“Highest in the Room” by Travis Scott

Best Rock Video:
“Happy Days” by Blink-182
“Orphans” by Coldplay
“Wasted on You” by Evanescence
“Dear Future Self (Hands Up)” by Fall Out Boy with Wyclef Jean
“Oh Yeah!” by Green Day
“Caution” by The Killers

Best Alternative Video:
“If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)” by The 1975
“Some Kind Of Disaster” by All Time Low
“Let’s Fall in Love for the Night” by Finneas
“Doin’ Time” by Lana Del Rey
“Bloody Valentine” by Machine Gun Kelly
“Level of Concern” by Twenty One Pilots

Best Latin Video:
“China” by Anuel AA with Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Karol G, and J Balvin
“Yo Perreo Sola” by Bad Bunny
“Mamacita” by the Black Eyed Peas with Ozuna and J. Rey Soul
“Amarillo” by J Balvin
“Tusa” by Karol G with Nicki Minaj
“Que Pena” by Maluma with J. Balvin

Best R&B Video:
“Underdog” by Alicia Keys
“Do It” by Chloe x Halle
“Slide” by H.E.R. with YG
“Eleven” by Khalid with Summer Walker
“’Cuz I Love You” by Lizzo
“Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd

Best K-Pop Video:
“Oh My God” by (G)I-DLE
“On” by BTS
“Obsession” by EXO
“Someone’s Someone” by Monsta X
“9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)” by Tomorrow X Together
“Psycho” by Red Velvet

Video For Good:
“Lockdown” by Anderson .Paak
“All the Good Girls Go to Hell” by Billie Eilish
“I Love Me” by Demi Lovato
“I Can’t Breathe” by H.E.R.
“The Bigger Picture” by Lil Baby
“The Man” by Taylor Swift

Best Music Video form Home:
“Wildflower” by 5 Seconds of Summer
“Stuck with U” by Ariana Grande with Justin Bieber
“Happy Days” by Blink-182
“Toosie Slide” by Drake
“Bigger Love” by John Legend
“Level of Concern” by Twenty One Pilots

Best Quarantine Performance:
“Do It” by Chloe x Halle from the MTV Prom-athon
Unplugged at Home by CNCO
Club MTV presents #DanceTogether by DJ D-Nice
#togetherathome Concert Series by John Legend
“Smile” from One World: Together At Home by Lady Gaga
Nirvana Tribute by Post Malone

Best Video Direction:
“Xanny” directed by Billie Eilish
“Say So” by directed by Hannah Lux Davis
“Don’t Start Now” directed by Nabil
“Adore You” by directed by Dave Meyers
“The Man” directed by Taylor Swift
“Blinding Lights” directed by Anton Tammi

Best Cinematography:
“Old Me” cinematography by Kieran Fowler
“My Oh My” cinematography by Dave Meyers
“All the Good Girls Go to Hell” cinematography by Christopher Probst
“Harleys in Hawaii” cinematography Arnau Valls
“Rain on Me” cinematography by Thomas Kloss
“Blinding Lights” cinematography by Oliver Millar

Best Art Direction:
“Babushka Boi” art direction by A$AP Rocky and Madia Lee Cohen
“Physical” art direction by Anna Colome Nogu
“Adore You” art direction by Laura Ellis Cricks
“Mother’s Daughter” art direction by Christian Stone
“Boyfriend” art direction by Tatiana Van Sauter
“Lover” art direction by Ethan Tobman

Best Visual Effects:
“All the Good Girls Go to Hell” visual effects by Drive Studios
“I Love Me” visual effects by Hoddy FX
“Physical” visual effects by EIGHTY4
“Adore You” visual effects by Mathematic
“Rain on Me” visual effects by Ingenuity Studios
“Highest in the Room” visual effects by ARTJAIL, SCISSOR FILMS & FRENDER

Best Choreography:
“On” choreographed by Son Sung Deuk, Lee Ga Hun, and Lee Byung Eun
“Honey Boo” choreographed by Kyle Hanagami
“Bop” choreographed by Dani Leigh and Cherry
“Physical” choreographed by Charm La’Donna
“Rain on Me” choreographed by Richy Jackson
“Motivation” choreographed by Sean Bankhead

Best Editing:
“Graveyard” edited by Emilie Aubry, Janne Vartia, and Timn Montana
“Can’t Believe the Way We Flow” edited by Frank Lebon
“Good as Hell” edited by Russell Santos and Sofia Kerpan
“Mother’s Daughter” edited by Alexandre Moors and Nuno Xico
“A Pale” edited by Andre Jones
“Blinding Lights” edited by Janne Vartia and Tim Montana

 

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Placido Domingo to Receive Lifetime Award

Seven time Grammy Award winning opera star Placido Domingo is being presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the organization that presents the Austria Music Prize.

The 79 year old star was among the millions of citizens around the world who had contracted the Covid-19 virus.  The August 6 invitation only ceremony in Salzburg will be Domingo’s first outing since recovering from the virus.

The panel of journalists who selected Domingo for the prize spoke on the famed tenor saying he is, ’’one of the best and most influential vocal actors in the world.  He has set international standards at the highest level for decades.”

On hearing the news about the award, Domingo said, “it is such a delicate moment in history for all of us, for our health and for the health of the whole world.  The message of the Austrian Music Prize is simply wonderful: the promotion of the arts, and especially of music, is important to gain the energy for a new beginning.”

Domingo will join Rene Kollo, Grace Bumbry, Zubin Mehta, and Neil Shicoff as winners of the award.

While numerous organizations in the United States have pulled performances by Domingo from their schedules over allegations of sexual harassment; however, European audiences and symphonies still love the artist.  Domingo is set to perform in Caserta and Verona this summer.

Domingo has denied the allegations but issued an amended apology saying, “my apology was sincere and heartfelt, to any colleague who I have made to feel uncomfortable, or hurt in any manner, by anything I have said or done.  But I know what I have not done, and I’ll deny it again. I have never behaved aggressively toward anyone, and I have never done anything to obstruct or hurt anyone’s career.”

 

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