Sir Elton Goes Purple and Gold

When Sir Elton John gave his first performance at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, he was a lad of only 23.

It has been 50 years since that first performance and Sir Elton is celebrating with a special vinyl release of his self titled debut album.  The new release is a double album release with a remastered version of the album plus a second disc featuring demos and bonus tracks.

The special edition comes in transparent purple.

A second special release will be released as a gold vinyl single album on October 30.

Deftones Say ‘Adopt-a-Dot’

In these troubled times it is often difficult for organizations to earn money for charitable endeavours. 

Rockers The Deftones have come up with a created a unique way for their fans to help raise money for UC Davis Children’s Hospital and Live Nation’s ‘Crew Nation’ – an organization that aids out of work music crews.  The Deftones newest album “Ohms” features thousands of dots – 12,995 of them – on the album cover that fans can adopt.

Any fan that participates in the “Adopt-a-Dot” program can upload their photo which will become a part of the album.

To Adopt-a-Dot got to: https://www.deftones.com/adopt

feature photo credit: The Deftones FAcebook page

NASCAR Reveals Cup Series 2021 Schedule

Looking for a hopeful 2021, NASCAR has released the schedule for next year. A schedule that features more road courses and a new dirt trace race for the NASCAR Cup Series drivers.

As usual, the season will begin with Speedweeks at the Daytona International Speedway.  After the schedule change for the 2020 season that will end with the championship race in the desert at Phoenix Raceway; the 2021 will also end in Phoenix.

New for the 2021 season is a road race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.  Previously the 3.426 mile track has been host to Formula 1, IndyCar, and IMSA races.

As previously announced, NASCAR comes to Nashville for a summer race on the 1.33 mile track.

Previously a weekend for some Saturday night racing in Daytona; July 4 will feature another road course race when the Cup Series takes on the four mile track of Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.  It has been 65 years since the Cup Series has run a race at Elkhart Lake.

After the NASCAR debut at the road course in Indianapolis, the Cup Series will race on the 2.439 mile road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next summer.

And for the first time in over 50 years, the NASCAR Cup Series will run a dirt track race.

For many years Charlotte Motor Speedway was the home of the annual All Star race.  Next season the All Star race moves to Texas Motor Speedway and move to a date in June.

Darlington Raceway and Atlanta Motor Speedway will host two races next season.

With all the additions next season, there has to be some eliminations of tracks; Chicagoland and Kentucky Speedway will not host any races in the Cup Series next season.

NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell spoke on the new schedule saying, “we developed the 2021 schedule with one primary goal: Continue to take steps to create the most dynamic schedule possible for our fans.  Extensive collaboration between NASCAR, the race tracks, race teams and our broadcast partners allowed NASCAR to create what promises to be an exciting 2021 schedule of races.”

The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule:
Feb 9 –  The Clash on the road course at Daytona
Feb 11 –  The Duel at Daytona
Feb 14 – Daytona 500
Feb 21 – Homestead-Miami
Feb 28 – Auto Club Speedway
March 7 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 14 – Phoenix Raceway
March 21 – Atlanta Motor Speedway
March 28 – Bristol Motor Speedway – on the dirt
April 10 – Martinsville Speedway
April 18 – Richmond Raceway
April 25 – Talladega Superspeedway
May 2 – Kansas Speedway
May 9 – Darlington Raceway
May 16 – The Monster Mile at Dover
May 23 – Circuit of the Americas
May 30 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 6 – Sonoma Raceway
June 13 – the All Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway
June 20 – Nashville Speedway
June 26 and 27 – doubleheader at Pocono Raceway
July 4 – Road America
July 11 – Atlanta Motor Speedway
July 18 – New Hampshire Speedway
Aug 8 – Watkins Glen International Speedway
Aug 15 – road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Aug 22 – Michigan International Speedway
Aug 28 – Daytona International Speedway

2021 Playoff Races:
Sept 5 – Darlington Raceway
Sept 11 – Richmond Raceway
Sept 18 – Bristol Speedway
Sept 26 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Oct 3 – Talladega Superspeedway
Oct 10 – the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Oct 17 – Texas Motor Speedway
Oct 24 – Kansas Speedway
Oct 31 – Martinsville Speedway
Nov 7 – Phoenix Raceway

The 2021 schedules for the Xfinity and Camping World (Gander RV and Outdoors) Truck Series will be released at a later date.

Carrie Underwood Gets into Holiday Spirit

Award winning Country star Carrie Underwood has already begun to get into the spirit of the coming holiday season with her first Christmas album and special on HBO Max.  Underwood will be joined by a full orchestra and choir for the performance of traditional and original holiday music.

Underwood’s first holiday album “My Gift” is available now as a digital download and on CD; it will be released on vinyl October 30.

Along with several classic holiday tunes, “My Gift” will feature original songs including a duet with John Legend.  And getting his musical career off to an early start is Underwood’s five year old son Isaiah on “Little Drummer Boy”.

Speaking on her new projects Underwood said, “the journey of writing and recording this album started last year when I finished my tour and we could have never anticipated the circumstances we would be in this year.”

She added, “creating this album has been good for my heart, and I’m thrilled to get to share it with the world and to bring it to life with Playtone and HBO Max.”

The track listing for “My Gift”:
“Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”
“O Come All Ye Faithful”
“Let There be Peace”
“Little Drummer Boy”
“Sweet Baby Jesus”
“Hallelujah”
“O Holy Night”
“Mary, Did You Know?”
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
“Away in a Manger”
“Silent Night”

feature photo credit: Carrie Underwood’s Facebook page

Brendan Gaughan Runs Final NASCAR Race

It is often said in the Marines, once in never out.

The same can often be said of race car drivers.

While he officially retired from full time racing after the 2017 racing season, Brendan Gaughan has made the occasional race start, running races at the super speedways at Talladega and Daytona.

This weekend when NASCAR races at Talladega, Brendan Gaughan will make his final race start as a NASCAR driver in the YellaWood 500.

In his 23 year career as a stock car driver, Gaughan has made a total of 502 race starts in the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series, Xfinity Series, and NASCAR Cup Series.  When he takes the green flag on October 4, it will be Gaughan’s 67th Cup Series start.  Gaughan has eight race wins in the Truck Series and two wins in the Xfinity Series.

Still having fun, Gaughan will continue to run in off-road races – the place where it all began for him.

And Gaughan’s seven year old son just ran his first race.  Gaughan intends to be involved with that as well.

Speaking on his future in racing, Gaughan said, “I’ll still be driving things. Think of Tony Stewart, Kenny Schrader – we love to drive, we love to race and I’m still racing don’t you worry about that. I just don’t plan on doing NASCAR anymore. You won’t have to worry about me coming out of second retirement from NASCAR.”

feature photo credit: By Royalbroil – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62083261

NASCAR Issues Las Vegas Penalties

The lug nut monster was very busy last weekend in the desert when all three of the NASCAR series raced at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Seven teams across two of the racing series were fined for violations involving an improperly secured lug nut.

As a result of the violation…
Matt McCall, crew chief for the race winning number one car driven by Kurt Busch
Greg Erwin, crew chief for the number 21 car driven by Matt DiBenedetto
and Seth Barbour, crew chief for the number 38 car driven by John Hunter Nemechek
were each fined $10,000.

Bruce Schlicker, crew chief for the number 10 car driven by Ross Chastain
Dave Rogers, crew chief for the number 18 car driven by Riley Herbst
Ben Beshore, crew chief for the number 20 car driven by Harrison Burton
and Brian Wilson, crew chief for the number 22 car driven by Austin Cindric
were each fined $5,000.
 

Expanded Floyd on the Way

With the Covid-19 pandemic still raging around the world, getting the band together to record some new music can be difficult at best.

Though no longer together as a band, Pink Floyd will be releasing some expanded editions of their live album “Delicate Sound of Thunder”.

Set for a November 20 release, the original “Delicate Sound of Thunder” was recorded over a five night stint at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York. 

The was the first recording after founding members Roger Waters and Richard Wright had left the band; although Richard Wright did return for the live shows and the recording of the album “A Momentary Lapse of Reason” as one of the salaried musicians.  David Gilmour and Nick Mason continued on as Pink Floyd. 

The new release is taken from the original recording was re-edited and restored for inclusion in the Pink Floyd boxed set “The Later Years”.

The November 20 release will be available in a variety of formats from vinyl to DVD and multiple CD packages and feature bonus tracks.

Disney Night on DWTS

It’s Disney Night on “Dancing with the Stars”!

The 14 remaining couples will dance to music from Disney movies while looking to increase their scores over the past two weeks…and avoid being sent home.  Disney has brought some of the items from their Electric Light Parade to the Ballroom.

Skai and Alan danced a Jive to the music from “Princes and the Frog”.  Derek said that Skai looked like a beautiful princess; adding that Skai has a lot of potential but wasn’t impressed with the performance.  Bruno noted that Skai “went for it”; adding that she did very well.  Carrie Ann noted that Skai looked a bit nervous but got back on track.  Skai and Alan scored 18 points for their dance.

Monica and Val dance a Viennese Waltz to the music of “The Little Mermaid”.  Monica dedicated the dance to her family whom she says means the world to her.  Bruno said that Monica danced with such confidence; but cautioned her to watch her posture.  Carrie Ann said that the magic of Disney has touched Monica.  Derek called the dance beautiful but told her to watch her feet.  Derek noted that this week was much better than last week.  Monica and Val scored their highest score yet iwth 21 points for their dance.

Justina and Sasha dance a Charleston to the music of “Mary Poppins”.  The duo take a risk and perform with props – an umbrella and cane.  Carrie Ann loved the performance; adding that the two match each other and were perfectly in sync.  Derek didn’t feel like he got the whole Charleston.  Bruno called Justina delicious; adding that it felt like a wonderful Vaudevillian performance.   Justina and Sasha scored 19 points for their dance.     

AJ and Cheryl dance a Quickstep to the music of “Aladdin.  Derek said that he could always rely on AJ to make him smile.  Bruno loved it, adding that AJ kept the steps going well.  Carrie Ann liked that AJ put his own spin on the dance.  AJ and Cheryl scored 21 points for their dance.

Anne and Keo Quickstep to the music of “Hercules”.  In the rehearsal package, Anne called Keo a 30 year old god; adding that there was no better Hercules.  Bruno called the dance quite entertaining.  Carrie Ann said that they were off to a great start but then they lost control.  Derek suggested to Anne to learn the dance and then dance it alone to help her with the dance; adding he loved her acting and emotion in the dances.  Anne and Keo scored 15 points for their dance. 

Jeannie and Brandon dance a Viennese Waltz to the music of “Up”; complete with a bunch of balloons.  Carrie Ann said that Jeannie was great; adding that they were a good couple.  Derek called the dance beautiful with a fantastic frame; adding it was her best performance.  Bruno said that they captured the film like two actors in tune.  Jeannie and Brandon scored 22 points for their dance.  Jeannie was very excited and ran and took the eight from Bruno.

Nelly and Daniella dance a Foxtrot to a new Disney movie yet to be released – “Soul”.  Derek called the performance great.  Bruno called the dance charming; adding that Nelly was a real gentleman.  Bruno noted that they performed a slow Foxtrot which is very difficult to do.  Carrie Ann said that there is a naturalness form Nelly; adding that she wants to see a breakout.  Nelly and Daniella scored 18 points for their dance.

Carole and Pasha Samba to the music of “The Lion King”.  Bruno was stunned, saying that he has never seen a Samba like that before; adding that she just walked through it.  Carrie Ann said that Carole danced with love but lacked much of the Samba moves.  Derek thanked Carole for loving big cats.  He gave them a 10 for their costume.  Carole and Pasha scored 12 points for their dance.  Bruno gave them a three.

Kaitlyn and Artem dance a Rumba to the music of “Moana”.   Carrie Ann called it the best dance of the night.  Derek called the dance beautiful; adding that there was fluidity in the dance.  Bruno said that they reminded him of flow of water.  Kaitlyn and Artem scored 23 points for their dance.

Vernon and Peta dance a Quickstep to the music from “Beauty and the Beast”.  Vernon was hoping to play the beast but he must play the candlestick in the dance.  Derek said that Vernon radiates joy when he dances; adding that he enjoyed it.  Bruno said that Peta has tamed the beast; adding that Vernon is connected with his partner.  Carrie Ann said that the duo have found their balance; adding it is one of her favourite dances of the night.  Vernon and Peta scored 22 points for their dance.

Nev and Jenna dance an Argentine Tango to the music of “Pirates of the Caribbean”.  Bruno called it another hit for Captain Jack Sparrow.  Bruno noted that Nev had all the Argentine Tango steps while maintaining the character of Jack Sparrow.  Carrie Ann loved the characterization and the appropriate lifts.  Derek said, “now we’re cooking with some hot sauce:” adding that it was so good.  Derek said that Nev nailed it.  Nev and Jenna earned the highest score of the season so far when they scored 24 points for their dance.

Johnny and Britt danced a Rumba to the music from “Mulan”.  A tearful Carrie Ann said that it felt so good; noting that Johnny made the transition from an Olympic skater to a Ballroom dancer.  Derek called the performance beautiful.  Bruno noted that Johnny’s shapes were exquisite; adding that Johnny showed character and emotion.  Johnny and Britt scored 24 points for their dance.

Jesse and Sharna Jive to the music of “Newsies”.  Derek felt that Jesse was not as comfortable with the routine.  Bruno said that he felt it big time; adding that Jesse played the role brilliantly.  Bruno said that the footwork was very light.  Carrie Ann agreed with both of the guys; saying that Jesse could be on Broadway but needs to work on his musicality.  Jesse and Sharna scored 20 points for their dance.

Finishing out the night of dancing when Chrishell and Gleb Waltz to the music of “Cinderella”.  Bruno called Chrishell the belle of the ball; adding that he could feel the romance.  Carrie Ann said that they were stunning and magic together.  Derek called them stunning; adding that it was a beautiful dance.  Chrishell and Gleb scored 22 points for their dance.

Disney Night scores:
Carole and Pasha – 12
Anne and Keo – 15
Skai and Alan – 18
Nelly and Daniella – 18
Justina and Sasha – 19
Jess and Sharna – 20
Monica and Val – 21
AJ and Cheryl – 21
Jeannie and Brandon – 22
Vernon and Peta – 22
Chrishell and Gleb – 22
Kaitlyn and Artem – 23
Nev and Jenna – 24
Johnny and Britt – 24

After all of the scores and fan votes have been counted…
Nelly and Daniella
Nev and Jenna
Monica and Val
Vernon and Peta
Chrishell and Gleb
Kaitlyn and Artem
Johnny and Britt
Jesse and Sharna
Jeannie and Brandon
Justina and Sasha
AJ and Cheryl
and Skai and Alan are all safe for another week.

Anne and Keo and Carole and Pasha are the bottom two couples.  The judges will decide which couple will go home.

Derek saved Anne and Keo
Bruno saved Anne and Keo
Carrie Ann chose to save Anne and Keo

After being in the bottom two for two weeks, Carole and Pasha have been eliminated from the competition.

‘Umbrella Academy” Rules Music Chart

Not since the release of “Saturday Night Fever” in 1977 has a soundtrack dominated a Billboard chart.  The Hollywood Reporter has released the top songs on the TV Songs Chart and with the exception of ONE song, the top 10 is dominated by the music from the Netflix series “The Umbrella Academy”.

Taken from the comic book series by the same name, the Internet Movie Database describes the show as, “a family of former child heroes, now grown apart, must reunite to continue to protect the world.”

Beginning with the number one song “I Was Made for Loving You” by KISS, music from “The Umbrella Academy” dominates the top seven songs and completes the dominance by taking the ninth and tenth spots.

Only the number eight song “Turtles All the Way Down” by Sturgill Simpson from “Yellowstone” is not from the Nextflix series.

The top 10 songs:
“I Was Made for Loving You” by KISS
“In Hell I’ll Be in Good Company” by The Dead South
“Crazy” by Daniela Andrade
“Major Tom” by Peter Schilling
“Wicked Games” by Parra for Cuva with Anna Naklab
“Right Back Where We Started” by Maxine Nightingale
“Bad Guy” by The Interrupters
“Turtles All the Way Down” by Sturgill Simpson
“Golden Brown” by The Stranglers
“Sunny” by Boney M.

feature photo credit: “the Umbrella Academy” Facebook page

Overtime Finish in for First Win in Vegas

The NASCAR Cup Series completes a weekend of racing in the desert with the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as they kick off the next round of the playoffs.

With no practice or qualifying runs this season, NASCAR has turned to a unique formula to determine which driver in the NASCAR Cup Series will sit on the pole.  After his eighth win of the season at Bristol last week, Kevin Harvick sits on the pole with home town driver Kyle Busch starting alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the South Point 400:
Kevin Harvick – playoff driver
Kyle Busch– playoff driver
Chase Elliott– playoff driver
Aric Almirola– playoff driver
Joey Logano– playoff driver
Clint Bowyer– playoff driver
Austin Dillon– playoff driver
Alex Bowman– playoff driver
Kurt Busch– playoff driver
Denny Hamlin– playoff driver
Martin Truex Jr– playoff driver
Brad Keselowski– playoff driver
Erik Jones
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Blaney
Chris Buescher
Michael McDowell
Jimmie Johnson
Matt DiBenedetto
Matt Kenseth
Ryan Preece
Cole Custer
Bubba Wallace
Ty Dillon
John Hunter Nemechek
Christopher Bell
Ryan Newman
William Byron/
Daniel Suarez
Gray Gaulding
Corey LaJoie
Quin Houff
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Joey Gase
Brennan Poole
Timmy Hill
JJ Yeley
Josh BIlicki
Chad Finchum

With the race starting late in the afternoon, air, track, and in car temperatures will easily rise above 100 degrees.

Stages one and two of the race are 80 laps each with stage three lasting 107 laps for a total of 267 laps around the mile and a half track.  With a fuel load of around 60 laps, the drivers cannot complete any of the stages on a single fuel run.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution around lap 25.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and jumps out in front after a push from Chase Elliott.  After giving Harvick a push, Elliott pushes Harvick out of the way to take the lead.

The drivers are already getting three and four wide across the track.   NBC Sports broadcaster Dale Earnhardt Jr compared the start to a race at Tallagedga (the location of the next race).

Lap three, Chase Elliott leads the race with Joey Logano in second; Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap six, Chase Elliott has a quarter of a second lead on Joey Logano; Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap eight, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano; Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Kurt Busch continue to round out the top five.

Lap 10, Chase Elliott now has a lead of over a second on Joey Logano.

Lap 12, Chase Elliott has increased his lead to nearly two seconds on Kyle Busch; Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 14, Chase Elliott has a lead of over two seconds on Kyle Busch with Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, and Kurt Busch rounding out the top five.  Chad Finchum is the only driver one lap down.

Lap 18, Chase Elliott is dominating the race early with a lead of nearly three seconds on Kyle Busch.  There are 34 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 20, Chase Elliott has increased his lead to over three seconds on Kyle Busch.

Currently the wind is blowing around 15mph; however, the forecast calls for the winds to increase to as much as 25mph later on.  The winds could cause some issues for the drivers.

Lap 23, Chase Elliott has a lead of over three seconds on Kyle Busch; Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.  There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 25, Kyle Busch is three and a half seconds behind leader Chase Elliott.

At the end of lap 25, NASCAR puts out the yellow flag for the competition caution.  The caution flag erases a lead of three and a half seconds for Chase Elliott.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires and service.  Several of the drivers are reporting very loos conditions.  Kevin Harvick is reporting a tight condition.  Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 31 from the outside lane.  Drivers get three wide on the restart.  Denny Hamlin gets out in front of Kyle Busch for the lead.

Lap 32, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, and Chase Elliott.

Lap 33, Joey Logano takes second from Kyle Busch; Denny Hamlin leads the race.

Lap 34, Denny Hamlin is in the lead; Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Tyler Reddick has to make an unscheduled pit stop with a tire issue.

Lap 37, Denny Hamlin has a lead of a third of a second on Joey Logano; Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 41, Denny Hamlin has a half second lead on Joey Logano; Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 44, Denny Hamlin has a lead of nearly half a second on Joey Logano; Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 48, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano; Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 52, Denny Hamlin now has a one second lead on Joey Logano; Kyle Busch is in third over two seconds back; Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 55, the drivers are getting spread out through the field with Denny Hamlin over a half second in front of Joey Logano; Kyle Busch is in third over three seconds back; Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick are nearly four seconds back.

After starting in the top 10, Kurt Busch has dropped to 15th place reporting that at the beginning of a run his car is “a hot mess” and “pogo sticking around” but said that it gets better as the run goes on.

Lap 60, Denny Hamlin has a lead over a second on Joey Logano; Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 63, Denny Hamlin has a lead of nearly two seconds over Joey Logano with third place driver Kyle Busch over four seconds back.

Lap 67, with 29 cars on the lead lap Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of over two and a half seconds on Joey Logano with Kyle Busch over five seconds back in third; Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick round out the top five over six seconds behind.

Shadows have begun to move across the track as the sun moves toward setting.

Lap 71, Denny Hamlin now has a three second lead on Joey Logano; Kyle Busch is six seconds back in third.

Chad Finchum is out of the race.

Timmy Hill is 45 laps down.

Six laps remain in stage one, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Joey Logano; Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Three laps to go in stage one, Denny Hamlin holds on to a lead of over two and a half seconds on Joey Logano; Kyle Busch is over six seconds back.

Denny Hamlin wins stage one by two and a half seconds for his ninth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Denny Hamlin
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
Austin Dillon
Ryan Blaney
Alex Bowman
Martin Truex Jr
Clint Bowyer

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.  Some drivers are still reporting loose conditions in their cars.  Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the outside lane with Joey Logano alongside on the inside.  Kyle Busch edges out Logano for the lead but Logano takes the lead after a push from Chase Elliott.

Lap 88, Denny Hamlin comes from the inside to make it three wide and takes the lead.

Joey Logano’s car is smoking with a tire rub.

Lap 90,Denny Hamlin leads the race with Chase Elliott in second and Alex Bowman in third.

Lap 91, Joey Logano brings his car down pit road for fresh tires and to repair the damage.

Lap 92, Chase Elliott passes Denny Hamlin to take the lead.

Lap 93, the top five are Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Alex Bowman, Kyle Busch, and Austin Dillon.

Kyle Busch is reporting some issues with the rear of his car.

Lap 97, Chase Elliott has a half second lead on Denny Hamlin with Alex Bowman over a second back in third.

Despite some damage to his car, Kyle Busch holds on to fourth place.

Lap 100, Chase Elliott holds on to a half second lead on Denny Hamlin; Alex Bowman, Kyle Busch, and Austin Dillon round out the top five with 28 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 105, Chase Elliott has increased his lead to a second on Denny Hamlin; Alex Bowman, Kyle Busch, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.  There are 28 cars on the lead lap with Chad Finchum as the only driver out of the race.

Lap 111, Denny Hamlin has cut into the gap to leader Chase Elliott to just over half a second; Alex Bowman, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 115, Austin Dillon has retaken fifth place from Martin Truex Jr with Chase Elliott leading the race by over half a second.

Lap 118, Martin Truex Jr brings his car down pit road for fresh tires and fuel as the green flag pit stops begin.

Second place driver Denny Hamlin is on pit road.  Kyle Busch also comes down pit road.

Kyle Busch’s team had an air gun issue which caused a slow stop for the team.

Leader Chase Elliott makes his pit stop and give the lead over to Ryan Blaney.

Ryan Blaney makes his stop and gives the lead over to Matt DiBenedetto.

Brad Keselowski has the lead.

Keselowski makes his pit stop and gives the lead over the William Byron.

Jimmie Johnson was caught speeding on pit road.

Kurt Busch overshot his pit stall and had to back it up causing a slow stop.

Lap 127, the top five are William Byron, Chris Buescher, Ryan Newman, Corey LaJoie, and Chase Elliott.

Lap 129, William Byron has a lead of nearly seven and a half seconds on Chris Buescher. 

The top four drivers have yet to make a pit stop – William Byron, Chris Buescher, Ryan Newman, and Corey La Joie.

Lap 136, William Byron makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Chris Buescher.

Lap 138, Chris Buescher, Ryan Newman, and Corey LaJoie have yet to make their pit stops.  There are 16 cars on the lead lap.  Kyle Busch is in 13th place after his slow pit stop due to the air gun issue.

Lap 140, Chris Buescher has a lead of over 12 seconds on Ryan Newman.

Chase Elliott passes Ryan Newman to take second place.

Ryan Newman makes his pit stop.

Lap 144, Chase Elliott has closed the gap on leader Chris Buescher to eleven seconds.

Lap 145, Chris Buescher finally makes his pit stop; giving the lead over to Chase Elliott.

The top five are Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr, and Austin Dillon.  Kyle Busch is back in 12th place.

Lap 150, Chase Elliott has a one second lead on Denny Hamlin; Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.  Kyle Busch has moved into the top 10 in eighth place.

There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 153, Chase Elliott’s lead over Denny Hamlin is down to half a second; Alex Bowman is three seconds back in third place.

Lap 155, Denny Hamlin is closing in on leader Chase Elliott and looking to challenge for the lead as the drivers encounter slower traffic.

Chase Elliott wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Alex Bowman
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Blaney
Austin Dillon
Kevin Harvick
Matt DiBenedetto
Clint Bowyer
William Byron

Tyler Reddick brings his car down pit road with a flat tire.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Denny Hamlin winning the race off of pit road; followed by Alex Bowman and Chase Elliott.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 167 with Denny Hamlin getting out in front after a push from Chase Elliott.

Alex Bowman gets around Denny Hamlin to take the lead for his first laps at leading a race in Las Vegas.

Lap 169, the top five are Alex Bowman, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, and Ryan Blaney.

Lap 171, Denny Hamlin continues to challenge leader Alex Bowman.

Lap 172, Denny Hamlin gets around Alex Bowman to take the lead.

Tyler Reddick is out of the race.

Lap 175, Denny Hamlin has a near half second lead on Alex Bowman; Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 180, Denny Hamlin has the lead but Chase Elliott is coming on and ready to challenge for the lead; Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.  There are 24 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 186, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a half second lead on Chase Elliott with Alex Bowman a second back in third.

Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano are both a lap down.

The caution flag comes out on lap 190 for debris on the track.  Jimmie Johnson is the “lucky dog”.  With 77 laps remaining in the race, the drivers cannot complete the race if they make a pit stop for fuel.

Chris Buescher, Ryan Newman, and Corey La Joie took the wave around on the green flag restart and are in need of a pit stop.  The caution flag keeps them from losing a lap.

Many of the drivers come down pit road for service including the leaders.  Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road with Martin Truex Jr coming out second.

Austin Dillon was charged with a safety violation on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 197 with the drivers getting four wide in a battle.  Denny Hamlin gets out in front for the lead with Matt DiBenedetto in second; Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr, and Ryan Blaney rounding out the top five.

The track will continue to cool off with the entire track in the shadows.

With 67 laps to go, Alex Bowman battles Matt DiBenedetto for second place with Bowman taking the spot.

Denny Hamlin leads the race with Alex Bowman in second; Matt DiBenedetto, Martin Truex Jr, and Ryan Blaney rounding out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr battles Matt DiBenedetto for third.

Sixty to go, Denny Hamlin has a third of a second lead on Alex Bowman; Matt DiBenedetto, Martin Truex Jr, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Chase Elliott has gotten around Ryan Blaney to take fifth place.

With 56 laps remaining in the race, Denny Hamlin is in the lead; Alex Bowman, Matt DiBenedetto, Chase Elliott, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Austin Dillon reports that he has no power steering and water coming out of the car.  NBC Sports broadcasters report that the belts have come off of the engine in Dillon’s car.

Timmy Hill is off the track.  Austin Dillon is on pit road with the teams trying to assess and repair the engine issues.

There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

With 49 laps remaining in the race, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over a second and a half over Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr, Matt DiBenedetto, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Four of the drivers in the top 10 are drivers who are not in the playoffs.

Lap 223, now eight laps down, Austin Dillon returns to the track in 33rd place.

Forty one to go, Denny Hamlin has a one second lead on Alex Bowman; Martin Truex Jr, Matt DiBenedetto, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five with 26 cars on the lead lap. 

As the sun begins to set, the lights are on at the track.

Thirty six to go, drivers begin making green flag pit stops.

Thirty four to go, leader Denny Hamlin makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Matt DiBenedetto.

Matt DiBenedetto makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Kurt Busch.

The caution flag comes out with 32 laps to go for Jimmie Johnson’s flat tire.  The incident is leaving debris all over the track.

With the drivers in the middle of green flag pit stops, the caution flag could mix things up all through the field.

Drivers who have yet to make a pit stop come down pit road for service.

After the wave arounds, Matt DiBenedetto will bring the field down for the green flag restart with Kurt Busch alongside on the front row.  There are only 25 laps remaining in the race.  Drivers are getting four wide across the track in the field.

Matt DiBenedetto and Kurt Busch battle it out for the lead with Busch taking the top spot.

Kurt Busch leads the race; Matt DiBenedetto, Christopher Bell, John Hunter Nemechek, and Chris Buescher round out the top five.

Twenty to go, with 24 cars on the lead lap, Kurt Busch has a tenth of a second lead on Matt DiBenedetto; Christopher Bell, John Hunter Nemechek, and Ryan Newman round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out with just 19 laps to go when John Hunter Nemechek spins out and hits the wall with a flat tire.  Erik Jones and Ricky Stenhouse Jr make contact trying to avoid Nemechek.  Stenhouse got into the wall and is on pit road getting repairs.

Top 10 stay out but from eleventh on back the drivers come down pit road for fresh tires.

The sun has gone down and there are only 12 laps remaining in the race with Kurt Busch bringing the field down for the green flag restart.  Kurt Busch jumps out in front for the lead with Matt DiBenedetto in second; drivers get three wide through the field.

The top five are Kurt Busch, Matt DiBenedetto, Alex Bowman, Ryan Newman, and Ryan Blaney.

Ten to go, Kurt Busch holds on to the lead but Matt DiBenedetto is challenging for the lead with Alex Bowman right behind them.

Christopher Bell gets into the wall but the track stays green.

Eight to go, Kurt Busch holds on to the lead with Matt DiBenedetto in second; Alex Bowman, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

William Byron spins out with a flat tire bringing out the caution flag.  Corey LaJoie also has a smoking car.

There are only six laps remaining in the race.

Reports are that Clint Bowyer’s car is running a bit hot.

The race goes into overtime.

In a green/white/checker start, Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart jumps out in front for the lead.  Drivers are spreading out and pushing each other all through the field.

Denny Hamlin and Matt DiBenedetto battle it out for second.

Kurt Busch wins at home for his first Las Vegas win.  Little brother Kyle drives up beside Kurt to help celebrate.

Kurt Busch is the first driver to move on to the next round of the playoffs with his win.

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




Cold War Kids Go Virtual

In this age of the Covid-19 pandemic, lockdowns, and bans on large crowd gatherings musicians have had to think creatively when it comes to performances.

The Cold War Kids have combined the themed shows and virtual performances to create a virtual tour on four weekends.

Each of the shows will feature different music and will be available to every fan around the world.  There is no capacity limits and each show is open to everyone.

The first show is on October 10 and will celebrate the album “Robbers & Cowards” which the band will play in its entirety for the first time.

On October 25, Cold War Kids will be performing the albums “New Age Norms” both albums.  This will mark the first time that “New Age Norms 2” will be performed in full.

Changing things up a little for the November 8 show, the band will feature a “Festival set”

And for the final show on November 22, Cold War Kids will be performing a selection of “Deep Cuts and Fan Favorites”.

Tickets are $15 for each show.  For avid fans, the Cold War Kids is offering a $50 for all four shows deal.  Tickets are available at: https://nocapshows.com/artist?name=coldwarkids.

First Sweep in Dominant Win for Xfinity Series

In the second race of a triple header weekend, the Xfinity Series kicks off their playoff season with the Alsco 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

After winning last week at Bristol, Chase Briscoe sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Austin Cindric starting alongside on the front row.

NASCAR has planned a competition caution for the race on lap 20.

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

With a late afternoon start, the drivers will have to deal with the setting sun and glare on the windshields.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Chase Briscoe taking the lead of the race.

Lap two the top five are Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Ross Chastain, Noah Gragson, and Anthony Alfredo.

Lap six, Chase Briscoe has a lead of over half a second on Austin Cindric with Ross Chastain in third.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap eight when Kyle Weatherman gets into the wall with a steering issue. Matt Mills is the “lucky dog”.

Lap 14, Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart with Austin Cindric alongside. Drivers get three wide across the track in a battle for the lead. Austin Cindric takes the lead with Ross Chastain is in second. Noah Gragson and Chase Briscoe battle for third.

Chase Briscoe reports a very loose condition in his car and falls to fifth.

Lap 17 Austin Cindric has a one second lead on Ross Chastain with Noah Gragson in third.

Lap 18, Austin Hill spins out to bring out the second caution flag of the race. Once again Matt Mills is the “lucky dog”.

NASCAR has announced that this caution will also serve as the competition caution.

Some of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service but the leaders stay out.

Lap 24, Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with Ross Chastain alongside on the outside. Austin Cindrc gets a push from Ryan Sieg and gets out in front for the lead. Ross Chastain charges from the outside lane to take the lead. Brandon Jones and Justin Allgaier make contact but the track stays green.

Lap 27, Ross Chastain leads the race with Ryan Sieg in second.

28, Ryan Sieg and Ross Chastain battle for the lead with Chastain holding on to the top spot and Ryan Sieg on his bumper.

Lap 30, Ross Chastain holds on to the lead with Ryan Sieg, Chase Briscoe, Noah Gragson, and Austin Cindric rounding out the top five.

Lap 33, Ross Chastain has a lead of less than half a second on Ryan Sieg with Chase Briscoe in third. There are 34 cars on the lead lap.

Chad Finchum is off the track.

ap 39, Chase Briscoe passes Ross Chastain to retake the lead.

Lap 41, Chase Briscoe has a narrow lead on Ross Chastain, Ryan Sieg, Noah Gragson, and Anthony Alfredo round out the top five.

Vinnie Miller is off the track.

Ross Chastain hits the wall but he keeps going and the track stays green.

Chase Briscoe wins stage one.

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

Eight of the top 10 drivers in the top 10 are playoff drivers.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Briscoe winning the race off of pit road with Ryan Sieg coming out second.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two with Briscoe taking the lead; Ryan Sieg is in second with Ross Chastain in third.

Lap 54, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Ryan Sieg, Ross Chastain, Anthony Alfredo, and Brandon Jones.

Noah Gragson and Brandon Jones make contact on the track but the track stays green.

Noah Gragson passes Ross Chastain.

Lap 58, Chase Briscoe leads the race with Ryan Sieg in second, and Anthony Alfredo in third.

Lap 60, Noah Gragson passes Anthony Alfredo fir third.

Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race with Ryan Sieg in second and home town native Noah Gragson in third.

Lap 66, Chase Briscoe has a lead of over a second and a half on Ryan Sieg with Noah Gragson in third.

Lap 73, Noah Gragson passes Ryan Sieg for second with Chase Briscoe in the lead.

Lap 76, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Noah Gragson, Ryan Sieg, Austin Cindric, and Anthony Alfredo.

Leaders are encountering slower traffic on every lap. There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Chad Finchum is out of the race.

Lap 78, Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race with Ryan Sieg in second and Austin Cindric in third.

Lap 81, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Noah Gragson, Austin Cindric, Ryan Sieg, and Anthony Alfredo with 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 84, Chase Briscoe has a third of a second lead on Noah Gragson; Austin Cindric is in third over two and a half seconds back.

After hitting the wall, Ross Chastain’s car is not running as well as it had earlier; he is just six points above the cut line in eighth place of the 12 playoff drivers.

While still in the upper 80’s, the track has begun to cool off and is affecting how the cars are handling.

Leader Chase Briscoe has never swept the stages in a race.

For the first time in his career, Chase Briscoe wins stage two for a stage sweep…and his seventh stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Chase Briscoe
Noah Gragson
Austin Cindric
Ryan Sieg
Anthony Alfredo
Brandon Jones
Justin Haley
Daniel Hemric
Justin Allgaier
Riley Herbst

Drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Briscoe winning the race off of pit road.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 97 and gets out in front for the lead after a battle with Noah Gragson.

With a fuel load of 55 to 60 laps, the drivers cannot complete stage three without making at least one stop for fuel.

As the sun begins to set, Justin Allgaier is beginning to work his way through the field.

There are 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 100, half way, Chase Briscoe has a half second lead on Noah Gragson with Austin Cindric in third; Anthony Alfredo and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 106, Chase Briscoe has pulled out to a lead of of nearly a second and a half on Noah Gragson; Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Daniel Hemric and Anthony Alfredo make contact but the drivers save the cars and the track stays green.

Lap 111, Chase Briscoe continues to dominate the race over Noah Gragson.

Lap 114, Chase Briscoe has pulled out to a lead of two seconds on Noah Gragson; Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, and Brandonn Jones round out the top five with 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 117, Noah Gragson has cut into Chase Briscoe’s lead; Briscoe is now a second and a half in front of Gragson.

Lap 120, Chase Briscoe has increased his lead on Noah Gragson to just under two seconds; Austin Cindric is in third over three seconds bac; Justin Allgaier and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 122, Chase Briscoe’s lead is now over two seconds on Noah Gragson with Austin Cindric in third nearly four seconds back.

Lap 125, Chase Briscoe continues to increase his lead on Noah Gragson; he now has a three second lead on Gragson.

Lap 131, Chase Briscoe has pulled out to a lead of over three seconds on Noah Gragson; Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 133, Chase Briscoe continues to pace the field and has pulled out to a lead of over four seconds on Noah Gragson.

Lap 137, Chase Briscoe is running away with the race, he now has a lead of over five seconds on Noah Gragson.

Lap 139, there are only 16 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 140, Noah Gragson has cut into Chase Briscoe;s lead; it is now just under five seconds.

Lap 143, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Noah Gragson, Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, and Ryan Sieg.

Lap 145, Harrison Burton brings his car down pit road to begin the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Lap 149, Chase Briscoe brings his car down pit road for his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Ryan Sieg.

Ryan Sieg slides through his pit stall and has to back up. The cooling air hose on his helmet has come out and he does not have any cool air coming into his head.

Michael Annett has yet to make his pit stop and is the new leader with Chase Briscoe in second.

Lap 155, there’s a tire out in the grass and brings out the caution flag. It’s a sticker tire. The tire came from Joe Graf’s pit stall.

The caution came at the most opportune time for leader Michael Annett who while in the lead was about to get lapped by Chase Briscoe on fresher tires.

Brandon Brown was the “lucky dog” putting 15 cars on the lead lap.

Michael Annett makes his pit stop for fuel and fresh tires.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 161 and gets out in front for the lead with Austin Cindric in second; Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

With less than 40 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are getting aggressive as they battle for position.

Lap 164, Chase Briscoe has a lead of a second and a half on Austin Cindric; Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Thirty to go, Chase Briscoe has increased his lead to over two seconds on Austin Cindric.

With just 24 laps remaining in the race, Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race with Austin Cindric in second; Noah Gragson, Harrison burton, and Michael Annett round out the top five.

Twenty to go, Chase Briscoe is “driving it like he stole it” with a lead of over six and a half seconds on Austin Cindric.

Seventeen to go, Alex Labbe is very slow on the track trying to work his way down pit road.

With a lead of over six seconds, leader Chase Briscoe is reporting a vibration.

Lap 186, Alex Labbe is stopped on pit road and brings out the caution flag.

Drivers come down pit road for that one last set of fresh tires. Harrison Burton does not have any fresh tires.

Chase Briscoe wins the race off of pit road.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart with just nine laps remaining in the race.

Noah Gragson and Chase Briscoe battle for the lead with Briscoe getting out in front. Ross Chastain got really loose but saved the car and the track stays green.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Seven to go, Chase Briscoe has a half second lead on Noah Gragson with 16 cars on the lead lap.

Five to go, Chase Briscoe’s lead is now a second on Noah Gragson.

Four to go, Chase Briscoe leads the race with all four of the JR Motorsports cars in the top five.

The top five are Chase Briscoe, Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier, and Michael Annett.

Chase Briscoe takes the white flag.

Leading 163 laps, Chase Briscoe wins the race after sweeping the first two stages and winning the Las Vegas race in February. This is Briscoe’s eighth win of the season. Only Jack Ingram and Sam Ard have won eight races in a single season.

At the beginning of the season, Chase Briscoe reasoned With just 2that he would need to win eight races in the Xfinity Series if he was going to get a ride in the NASCAR Cup Series.

The unofficial results of the Alsco 300:
Chase Briscoe
Noah Gragson
Daniel Hemric
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Sieg
Austin Cindric
Michael Annett
Anthony Alfredo
Harrison Burton
Justin Haley
Brandon Jones
Riley Herbst
Jeremy Clements
Brett Moffitt
Brandon Brown
Ross Chastain
Austin Hill
Josh Williams
Myatt Snider
Stefan Parsons
Colby Howard
Tommy Joe Martins
Jesse Little
Gray Gaulding
Bayley Currey
BJ McLeod
Joe Graf Jr
Timmy Hill
Dexter Bean
Matt Mills
Kody Vanderwal
Alex Labbe
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Vinnie Miller
Chad Finchum
Kyle Weatherman


Clutch Win in Vegas for Truck Series Driver

The Gander RV Outdoors Truck Series kicks off a triple header weekend with the second race in round one of the playoffs at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the World of Westgate 200.

Brett Moffitt sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Tyler Ankrum alongside on the front row.

While the drivers will be running under the lights, the temperatures are still high and it will be a hot night on the track.  At race start air temps were in the 90’s.

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

Las Vegas native and NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch joins Michael Waltrip and Vince Welch in the broadcast booth for tonight’s race.

While Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin have dominated wins in the NASCAR Cup Series and Chase Briscoe has been dominate in the Xfinity Series, The Gander Truck Series has seen 10 different race winners so far this season.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 10.

Natalie Decker’s truck is being pushed to the garage with reports that she has not been medically cleared to run the race.  She will be listed as the last place driver in the race.

Conor Daly is making his debut Gander Truck Series start.  He and Travis Pastrana, who has not been in a truck for two years, have a friendly bet going.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and the drivers quickly get three and four wide across the track…and even five wide.

Sheldon Creed gives Brett Moffitt a push and Moffitt leads the first lap of the race.

Sheldon Creed passes Brett Moffitt for the lead of the race on lap two.

Lap three, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Brett Moffitt, Grant Enfinger, Tyler Ankrum, and Chandler Smith.

Lap five, Raphael Lessard takes his truck down pit road with some damage to the right side of his truck.

Lap six, Sheldon Creed has a lead of over a second on Brett Moffitt with Grant Enfinger in third; Tyler Ankrum and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Lap nine, Sheldon Creed continues to lead the race.  Jesse Iwuji had to make an unscheduled trip down pit road with radio issues and is now five laps down.

Lap eleven, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.  Leaders stay out but some drivers outside the top 10 bring their trucks down pit road for service including Ben Rhodes in ninth place.

Ben Rhodes has to make a second trip down pit road with a smoking truck.  There was some oil under the truck.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 15 and edges out Brett Moffitt for the lead as drivers get three and four wide across the track.

Lap 16, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Brett Moffitt, Grant Enfinger, Zane Smith, and Tyler Ankrum.

Lap 18, Chandler Smith gets slideways but saves the truck and the track stays green.

Lap 19, Sheldon Creed has a one second lead on Brett Moffitt; Grant Enfinger, Zane Smith, and Tyler Ankrum round out the top five.

Lap 25, Sheldon Creed continues to lead the race with a lead of over two seconds on Brett Moffitt; Grant Enfinger, Zane Smith, and Derek Kraus round out the top five. 

Ben Rhodes is moving through the field as the smoke appears to have gone away.  He has moved up to eighth place after restarting the race in 19th.

Lap 28, Sheldon Creed has a lead of over two seconds on Bett Moffitt with Grant Enfinger in third nearly four seconds back.

Sheldon Creed wins stage one by nearly four seconds for his sixth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Sheldon Creed
Brett Moffitt
Derek Kraus
Grant Enfinger
Zane Smith
Ben Rhodes
Christian Eckes
Tanner Gray
Matt Crafton
Chandler Smith

Drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service.  Grant Enfinger reports that his splitter has been hitting the track.  Sheldon Creed wins the race off of pit road.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 38 and gets a push from Brett Moffitt to edge out Christian Eckes for the lead.

Lap 39, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Brett Moffitt, Zane Smith, Derek Kraus, and Christian Eckes.

Lap 40, Jordan Anderson brings his truck down pit road with a flat tire.  Anderson has his dog on the side of his truck.

With 27 trucks on the lead lap, Sheldon Creed has a half second lead on Brett Moffitt; Zane Smith, Derek Kraus, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Dawson Cram is out of the race.

Lap 45, Sheldon Creed has a one second lead on Brett Moffitt.

Lap 48, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Brett Moffitt, Zane Smith, Derek Kraus, and Christian Eckes.  Derek Kraus is the only driver in the top seven that is not in the playoffs.

Lap 50, Sheldon Creed has pulled out to a lead of two seconds on Brett Moffitt; Zane Smith, Derek Kraus, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Reports are that Ben Rhodes’ truck while running well on the track, may be slowly trying to blow the engine.

Lap 54, Sheldon Creed has a lead of nearly three seconds on Brett Moffitt; Zane Smith, Derek Kraus, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Lap 55, Sheldon Creed has increased his lead to over three and a half seconds on Zane Smith.

Five laps remain in stage two; Sheldon Creed has a lead of nearly four seconds on Zane Smith.

Four laps remain in stage two; Sheldon Creed has pulled out to a lead of over four seconds on Zane Smith.

Two to go, Sheldon Creed has a lead of four and a half seconds on Zane Smith.

Sheldon Creed wins stage two for the stage sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Sheldon Creed
Zane Smith
Brett Moffitt
Derek Kraus
Ben Rhodes
Johnny Sauter
Christian Eckes
Matt Crafton
Austin Hill
Tanner Gray

Drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service.  Sheldon Creed wins the race off of pit road.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 68 and edges out Brett Moffitt for the lead.  Brett Moffitt passes Sheldon Creed for the lead.  Christian Eckes gets around Brett Moffitt for the lead.

Lap 69, the top five are Christian Eckes, Brett Moffitt, Sheldon Creed, Tanner Gray, and Derek Kraus.

Lap 70 Sheldon Creed passes Brett Moffitt for second.

With 134 laps in stage three, the drivers cannot complete the stage on a single load of fuel and will have to make a pit stop.

Lap 72, Sheldon Creed passes Brett Moffitt to take second and aims for leader Christian Eckes.

Jennifer Jo Cobb is off the track.

Lap 74, Sheldon Creed takes the lead with Brett Moffit in second and Christian Eckes in third.

Lap 75, Sheldon Creed has a lead of nearly a second on Brett Moffitt; Derek Kraus, Christian Eckes, and Zane Smith round out the top five.  There are 25 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 78, Time Viens has been posted by NASCAR for not making the minimum speed.

Lap 79, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Derek Kraus, Brett Moffitt, Johnny Sauter, and Christian Eckes.

Lap 81, Brett Moffitt has fallen to fourth place; Sheldon Creed is in the lead with Derek Kraus in second and Johnny Sauter in third.

Lap 82, Sheldon Creed has a lead of nearly two seconds on Derek Kraus.

Lap 83, Sheldon Creed now has a lead of nearly two and a half seconds on Derek Kraus; Johnny Sauter, Brett Moffitt, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Ben Rhodes brings out the caution flag on lap 84 when he spins out and hits the wall after contact from Todd Gilliland.

On pit road, Ben Rhodes truck is on fire underneath the truck.  The crew gets the fire out and continues to make repairs.

Drivers come down pit road for what they hope is the last time on pit road.  Brett Moffit describes his truck as “evil”.  Sheldon Creed wins the race off of pit road.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 90 from the outside lane.  Austin Hill makes it a three wide battle for the lead.  Drivers get five wide across the track with Sheldon Creed taking the lead.

The caution flag comes out for the stalled truck of Jordan Anderson at the entrance to pit road.  Jordan Anderson is out of the race.

The top five are Sheldon Creed, Austin Hill, Christian Eckes, Zane Smith, and Derek Kraus.

Lap 92, Sheldon Creed has led 86 laps so far.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart with 40 laps remaining in the race.  Sheldon Creed gets a push from Christian Eckes but it is Austin Hill that takes the lead with Stewart Friesen in second.  Sheldon Creed falls to seventh place.

With 38 laps to go the top five are Austin Hill, Stewart Friesen, Grant Enfinger, Sheldon Creed, and Zane Smith.

Sheldon Creed takes third from Grant Enfiger.

Drivers are getting four wide across the track.

Thirty five to go, Austin Hill has the lead with Stewart Friesen in second; Sheldon Creed, Grant Enfinger, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Chandler Smith takes fourth form Christian Eckes.

Thirty three to go, Sheldon Creed takes second from Stewart Friesen.

Derek Kraus has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road.

With 32 laps to go, Austin Hill has a lead of over a second on Sheldon Creed.

Thirty to go, Austin Hill holds on to his one second lead on Sheldon Creed; Stewart Friesen, Grant Enfinger, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

Lap 195, Austin Hill has increased his lead to a second and a half on Sheldon Creed.

Lap 108, Austin Hill has a lead of over a second and a half on Sheldon Creed; Stewart Friesen, Chandler Smith, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Lap 110, Sheldon Creed has begun to cut into the gap on leader Austin Hill.  Hill’s lead is down to under a second on Creed.

With 22 laps to go, Sheldon Creed is just a quarter of a second behind Austin Hill; Stewart Friesen, Chandler Smith, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five. 

Twenty to go, there are 21 trucks on the lead lap.  Austin Hill has increased his lead on Sheldon Creed to half a second.

Eighteen to go, Sheldon Creed has closed the gap on leader Austin Hill to under a quarter of a second.

Seventeen to go, Austin Hill continues to lead the race with Sheldon Creed closely behind.

Fifteen to go, Austin Hill is in the lead; Sheldon Creed, Stewart Friesen, Chandler Smith, and Tanner Gray round out the top five.

Sheldon Creed taps the wall but recovers and the track stays green.

Ten to go, Austin Hill holds on to the lead with Sheldon Creed in second; Stewart Friesen, Chandler Smith, and Tanner Gray round out the top five.

Only nine laps remain in the race, Austin Hill has a lead of over half a second on Sheldon Creed.

Seven to go, there are 18 trucks on the lead lap.  Sheldon Creed has closed the gap on Austin Hill to under half a second.

Tanner Gray takes fourth from Chandler Smith.

Six to go, Austin Hill’s lead is back to over half a second on Sheldon Creed.

Five to go, Austin Hill has a half second lead on Sheldon Creed.

Three to go, leader Austin Hill encounters slower traffic.

Austin Hill takes the white flag.

After a dominating run by Sheldon Creed, Austin Hill wins the race.

The unofficial results of the World of Westgate 200:
Austin Hill
Sheldon Creed
Tanner Gray
Stewart Friesen
Chandler Smith
Grant Enfinger
Zane Smith
Christian Eckes
Matt Crafton
Tyler Ankrum
Johnny Sauter
Ryan Truex
Todd Gilliland
Dylan Lupton
Brett Moffitt
Tate Fogleman
Tyler Hill
Conor Daly
Spencer Davis
Raphael Lessard
Travis Pastrana
Clay Greenfield
Ben Rhodes
Austin Wayne Self
Danny Bohn
Ray Ciccarelli
Chase Purdy
Spencer Boyd
Josh Reaume
Derek Kraus
Jesse Iwuji
Jordan Anderson
Tim Viens
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Dawson Cram
Natalie Decker

Time Square NYE Being Scaled Way Back

Ne York Governor Andrew Cuomo hasn’t weighed in on whether he will allow Santa to travel from house to house this Christmas, but due to current restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic Halloween is questionable and the annual Thanksgiving parade is at best a scaled down affair.

The latest in traditional large crowd gatherings, the annual dropping of the ball and New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square has been squelched and is being replaced by socially distant event with virtual elements.

NYE event sponsors the Times Square Alliance, Jamestown Properties and Countdown Entertainment released a statement saying that while some elements are still in the planning stages, the in person segments will have an extremely limited number of attendees.

Long considered a “bucket list” event, each year millions of people flock to New York City’s Time Square to celebrate the ringing in of a new year with millions more watching on their television sets from home.  New Year’s Eve organizers have announced that they will be creating a virtual experience where people can celebrate the New Year no matter where they are.  Time Square Alliance president Tim Tompkins said, “more than ever in these divided and fear-filled times, the world desperately needs to come together symbolically and virtually to celebrate the people and things we love and to look forward with a sense of renewal and new beginnings.”

Organizers noted that this year the celebration “will honor essential workers and others who have made a difference in 2020.”

Final Report on Earnhardt Plane Crash Released

The National Transportation Safety Board has released their final report as to the cause of a crash landing of a small plane with NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Dale Earnhardt Jr and his family in 2019.

According to the NTSB, the pilot was unable to maintain the proper airspeed for a safe landing.  The flight crew also decided to continue with an unstable final approach and landing also contributed to the crash.

On August 15, 2019, Earnhardt was accompanied by his wife Amy and daughter Isla were headed for a weekend of racing at Bristol Motor Speedway where Earnhardt had four cars racing in the Xfinity Series race and the retired driver worked as an anylists for NBC Sports. 

The Cessna 680A Citation Latitude bounced twice after a hard landing before finally landing long on the runway at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport before the right side landing gear collapsed causing the right wing to touch the ground.  The plane traveled the remaining 1,000 feet of runway before crashing through a fence and coming to a stop near Tennessee Highway 91.  As the plane began smoking, the Earnhardt family and pilots escaped from the plane, sustaining only minor injuries as the plane began to burn.

After investigating the crash over the past year, the NTSB issued their final report with a list of events that contributed to the crashing of the plane.

The report states that the cause was due to pilot error, including:
Pilot Richard Pope carried extra speed on the approach saying that the plane, “slows down so easy”.
The decision to make an unstable approach instead of making a go around run before landing caused “a bounced landing, a loss of airplane control, a landing gear collapse, and a runway excursion.”
Failure to deploy the speedbrakes upon initial touchdown; which would have prevented the plane from running off of the runway.
Failure to maintain proper airspeed and poor decision making by the pilot.

No word was given on whether the pilots would be subjected to any disciplinary action or what that discipline would be if any were handed down.

Feature photo credit: By Zach Catanzareti Photo – dale earnhardt jr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=90746728

NASCAR Issues Rule Book and Bristol Penalties

With the maximum four NASCAR teams, Hendrick Motorsports spends a lot of time in the wind tunnel testing cars in search of the fastest and most aerodynamic cars.

But on September 24, NASCAR handed down a penalty to Hendrick Motorsports for violating the rule book when the exceeded their limit in the wind tunnel for the 2020 racing season.

The teams have been allotted 150 hours of testing time in the wind tunnel through the end of 2021 with a maximum of 70 hours in the wind tunnel for 2020.

Hendrick themselves reported the infraction of less than an hour over the allotted time.

As a result of the infraction, NASCAR has fined HMS $100,000 and has docked them 10 hours of testing time in the wind tunnel.


In other penalty news, one Xfinity Series and one Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series team was penalized for having one lug nut improperly secured during the post-race inspection process after the races at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend.

In the Xfinity Series, crew chief Bruce Schlicker for the number 10 car driven by Ross Chastain was fined $5,000 for the infraction.

In the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series, crew chief Kevin Bellicourt for the number 19 truck driven by Derek Kraus was fined $2,500 for the infraction.

Linkin Park Goes Diamond

Amid all the tragedy and bad news, Linkin Park received some good news via the RIAA – Recording Industry Association of America – when the rockers debut album “Hybrid Theory” was certified 12 times platinum for selling 12 million copies in the U.S.  The RIAA certifies an album with the Diamond Award when it has sold at least 10 million copies in the United States.  Considered “the best-selling debut of the 21st century”, the album has sold 25 million copies around the world.

The news comes as Linkin Park is set to release a 20th anniversary edition of the album on October 9. 

The anniversary package features the original album, demos, rarities, B-sides, and DVD’s with over an hour and a half of never before seen video. 

The package will come in a Super Deluxe box,  a vinyl box set, as a deluxe CD, and as a digital download.

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Spreading a ‘Seed of Joy’

This year has been a tough go for millions of Americans; as well as, citizens all around the world; especially for musicians and entertainers.

Pop artist Marc Scibilia is looking to a “Seed of Joy” with the release of his new album on November 13.

Scibilia recorded “Seed of Joy” in his Nashville basement as a solo project amid the Covid-19 pandemic.  “Seed of Joy” is an album of hope in a troubled time.

On November 12, Scibilia will hold a release party at the City Winery in Nashville, Tennessee.  The event is being held outside with limited capacity and social distancing protocols in place. 

For fans who cannot make the in person performance can livestream the event on Mandolin.

A Buffalo native, Marc has been performing most of his life.  His breakout came in 2015 when it was his voice America heard singing “This Land is You Land” in a commercial during the Super Bowl.  He has racked up well over 100 million streams of his music and has had his music appear in a variety of films and television programs.  He has toured with James Bay, Zac Brown Band, Butch Walker, and Nick Jonas; just to mention a few.

Feature photo credit: Marc Scibilia’s Facebook page

First Elimination on DWTS

On a special Tuesday broadcast of “Dancing with the Stars” the 15 couple face the first elimination of the season.

Nev and Jenna get the night of dancing started off with a Cha Cha to “Dynamite” by BTS.  Derek called it a solid performance and a great way to start the show.  Bruno said that Nev was nibble with his footwork with mind boggling gyrations.  Carrie Ann called Nev an incredible dancer.  Nev and Jenna scored 21 points for their dance.

After topping the leaderboard last week, Skai and Alan dance a Samba to “Miss Independent” by Ne-Yo.  Bruno noted that things happen, but Skai is precise and full of talent.  Carrie Ann said that the way the routine started, it looked like they may top the leaderboard again.  Derek said that a set back brings a come back. Skai had a mishap in her dance.  Skai and Alan scored 15 points for their dance.

Host Tyra Banks revealed that just before air time, Kailyn has an ankle injury.  It is unknown at this time whether or not she will be able to perform.

Johnny and Britt dance a Tango to Poker Face” by Lady Gaga.  In rehearsals, Johnny said that it is one of his favourite songs.  Carrie Ann noted that Johnny was totally into the dance but his footwork is strange.  Derek loved the Johnny drama; adding for Johnny to watch his frame.  Bruno noted that the great lady – Gaga – has inspired him.  Johnny and Britt scored 18 points for their dance.

Tied for the lead last week, Justina and Sasha dance a Foxtrot.  Derek said that Justina was a natural and so beautiful.  Bruno said that he loves watching her; adding that she dances form the heart.  Carrie Ann noted that the power of dance was the ability to take people to another place…and Justina did that with her dance.  Justina and Sasha scored 21 points for their dance.

Monica and Val dance a Jive to “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift.  Bruno noted that Monica’s cheerleading helped her with the dance; adding that he liked the feel.  Carrie Ann noted that Monica was more relaxed this week; adding that she wanted to see more dance.  Derek called the dance fun, playful, and bubbly.  Monica and Val scored 16 point for their dance.

AJ and Cheryl dance a Foxtrot to “Ain’t that a Kick in the Head”.  AJ said that it was one of his and his wife’s favourite songs.  Carrie Ann loved it; adding that he was smooth as silk out there.  Derek called AJ a showman; adding he did a great job.  Bruno said that the Rat Pack would be proud; adding it had pizzazz.  AJ and Cheryl scored 19 points for their dance.

Anne and Keo danced a Fox Trot to “Counting Stars” by One Republic.  Derek loved the connection between the two; adding that he enjoyed it.  Bruno was swept away with the connection; adding that there was a lot of Fox Trot content in the dance.  Cannie Ann noted that Ann trusts Keo; adding she can see growth since last week.  Anne and Keo scored 18 points for their dance.

Nelly and Daniella dance a Cha Cha to the music of Earth, Wind, and Fire.  Bruno said that Nelly’s timing was great tonight: adding that he has great musicality.  Carrie Ann noted that Nelly is a hard worker; adding that he is the easiest to watch.  Derek said that Nelly’s timing is impeccable.  Nelly and Daniella scored 18 points for their dance.

Chrishell and Gleb danced a Rumba to “This is Me”.  Carrie Ann said that Chrishell danced from her heart.  Derek noted that Chrishell was more passionate this week.  Bruno was impressed; adding that she has some beautiful lines at times.  Chrishell and Gleb scored 18 points for their dance.

Artem gave an update on Kaitlyn saying that they will be dancing tonight.

Charles and Emma danced a Cha Cha to the music of Luther Vandross.  Derek noted that the timing was better; adding that it was a huge improvement from last week.  Bruno noted that Charles was much better this week.  Carrie Ann loved the dance.  Charles and Emma scored 15 points for their dance.

Jesse and Sharna Fox Trot to “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac.  Bruno said “Mr Dreamy does it again”.  Carrie Ann called the dance elegant.  Derek said good job.  Jesse noted that learning the choreography is the most difficult thing.  Jesse and Sharna scored 20 points for their dance.

Jeannie and Brandon Cha Cha and have Carrie Ann saying that it was a great improvement.  Derek noted Jeannie’s bent legs; adding he liked the energy and charisma.  Bruno loved that play between partners.  Jeannie and Brandon scored 18 points for their dance.

After scoring the lowest points of the week, Carole and Pasha look for some bigger points with their Viennese Waltz to “What’s New Pussycat” by Tom Jones.  Derek said that there was a big improvement form last week.  Bruno said that Carole’s performance shined this week.  Carrie Ann said that the dance suited Carole this week.  Carole and Pasha scored 16 points for their dance.

Vernon and Peta dance a Paso Doble to the music of Rihanna.  Bruno said that there was a new bull in the house; adding that he loved the power, determination, and strength in the dance.  Derek noted that he enjoyed the dance but needs to work on the shaping.  Carrie Ann wants to see more of the feeling; adding that he needs to go bigger.  Vernon and Peta scored 18 points for their dance.

In the final dance of the night, Kaitlyn and Artem Foxtrot to “I Hope You Dance” by Leann Womack.  Carrie Ann said if that is how you dance with a bad ankle, I’d love to see you dance with a good one.  Derek said that the dance was beautiful, graceful, and effortless.   Bruno said that the quality of movement had a classical ballet quality to it.  Kaitlyn took ballet for 15 years when she was a child.  Kaitlyn and Artem scored 22 points for the highest score of the night.

Week two scores:
Skai and Alan – 15
Charles and Emma – 15
Monica and Val – 16
Carole and Pasha – 16
Johnny and Britt – 18
Anne and Keo – 18
Nelly and Daniella – 18
Chrishell and Gleb – 18
Jeannie and Brandon – 18
Vernon and Peta – 18
AJ and Cheryl – 19
Jesse and Sharna – 20
Nev and Jenna – 21
Justina and Sasha – 21
Kaitlyn and Artem – 22

DWTS Premiere scores:
Carole and Pasha – 11
Charles and Emma – 12
Chrishell and Gleb – 13
Nelly and Daniella – 16
Vernon and Peta – 17
AJ and Cheryl – 18
Anne and Keo – 18
Jeannie and Brandon – 18
Jesse and Sharna – 18
Johnny and Britt – 18
Monica and Val – 19
Kaitlyn and Artem – 20
Nev and Jenna – 20
Skai and Alan – 21
Justina and Sasha – 21

Total scores:
Charles and Emma – 12 + 15 = 27
Carole and Pasha – 11 + 16 = 27
Chrishell and Gleb – 18 + 13 = 31
Nelly and Daniella – 18 + 16 = 34
Monica and Val – 16 + 19 = 35
Vernon and Peta – 17 + 18 = 35
Skai and Alan – 15 + 21 = 36
Anne and Keo – 18 + 18 = 36
Johnny and Britt – 18 + 18 = 36
Jeannie and Brandon – 18 + 18 = 36
AJ and Cheryl – 19 + 18 = 37
Jesse and Sharna – 20 + 18 = 38
Nev and Jenna – 21 + 20 = 41
Justina and Sasha – 21 + 21 = 42
Kaitlyn and Artem – 20 + 22 = 42

In the first results of the season after the scores from this week and last week; along with the fan vote…
Kaitlyn and Artem, Vernon and Peta, AJ and Cheryl, Justina and Sasha, Jesse and Sharna, Johnny and Britt, Monica and Val, Nelly and Daniella, Jeannie and Brandon, Nev and Jenna, Ann and Keo, Skai and Alan, and Chrishell and Gleb are all safe and will return to dance next week.

Charles and Emma and Carole and Pasha are the couples in the bottom and in danger of going home. 

The judges vote to save one of the couples…
Carrie Ann chose to save Carole and Pasha
Bruno chose to save Charles and Emma
Derek broke the tie by choosing to save Carole and Pasha

Charles and Emma is the first couple to be eliminated from the competition.

DWTS returns next week at its regularly scheduled time on Monday for Disney Night.

Bubba Joins New Team

Two weeks ago NASCAR Cup driver Bubba Wallace announced that he would be leaving the number 43 car and Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of the 2020 racing season.

On September 22, Wallace announced that he is moving to a new racing team in 2021.  Basketball legend Michael Jordan and NASCAR Cup driver Denny Hamlin have joined forces to for the new racing team with Jordan as the majority owner.  Jordan has announced that Bubba Wallace will be the driver for the team.  Team name, manufacturer, sponsors, and car number will be revealed at a later date.

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Jordan has also purchased one of the available NASCAR charters from Germain Racing; which means that the team is assured of a starting spot in each of the 36 races next season. Teams that do not have a charter must race their way in on time during the qualifying process for each race.

Jordan, who owns the NBA Charlotte Hornets, is not the first basketball star to take ownership in a NASCAR racing team; Brad Daugherty is part owner in JTG Daugherty Racing.

In a statement Jordan said that he grew up going to races in North Carolina and is a lifelong racing fan. He added, “the opportunity to own my own racing team in partnership with my friend, Denny Hamnlin, and the have Bubba Wallace driving for us is very exciting for me.”

Jordon continued, “historically, NASCAR has struggled with diversity and there have been few Black owners. The timing seemed perfect as NASCAR is evolving and embracing social change more and more. In addition to the recent commitment and donations I have made to combat systemic racism, I see this as a chance to educate a new audience and open more opportunities for Black people in racing.”

Speaking on formation of the team Denny Hamlin said, “deciding on a driver was easy — it had to be Bubba Wallace.”

Hamlin continued, “Bubba has shown tremendous improvement since joining the Cup Series and we believe he’s ready to take his career to a higher level. He deserves the opportunity to compete for race wins and our team will make sure he has the resources to do just that. Off the track, Bubba has been a loud voice for change in our sport and our country. MJ and I support him fully in those efforts and stand beside him.”

Wallace has been at the forefront of the movement for social change and injustice in NASCAR.

Wallace himself spoke on his new opportunity saying, “this is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I believe is a great fit for me at this point in my career. Both Michael and Denny are great competitors and are focused on building the best team they possibly can to go out and compete for race wins. I’m grateful and humbled that Michael and Denny believe in me and I’m super pumped to begin this adventure with them.”

NASCAR issued a statement on the new venture saying, “we proudly welcome Michael Jordan into the NASCAR family, and look forward to watching Michael, Denny Hamlin and Bubba Wallace compete in 2021. Michael is an iconic sports figure and celebrated champion whose fiercely competitive nature has placed him among the greatest athletes of all time. His presence at NASCAR’s top level will further strengthen the competition, excitement and momentum growing around our sport. We wish Michael and his team tremendous success.”

Musical Cop Jeff Carson releases Hope Filled Single

Award winning Country music star Jeff Carson like many artists is looking for a way to keep the music going in this era of lockdowns and crowd restrictions.

He took a step back in time and chose to re-release his 2003 single “God Save the World”.  A song of hope, “God Save the World” is an appropriate choice in these uncertain times.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk0uV36FIjo

Carson spoke on the song and his decision to release it saying, “I was excited about the opportunity of recording this song. I have always loved ballads with meaningful lyrics, and this song, I believe, expresses the feelings of so many people in these trying times we’re all living in.”  He added, “without a doubt this song is more relatable to today’s society than when I cut it years ago.  This year has been bad and I think people will appreciate its message. It just felt like the right time to re-record it.”

Carson has recorded the demos for songs that later became hits for Tracy Byrd, Tracy Lawrence, Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw.  Those demos also led to Carson getting a recording contract of his own, hit songs, and an Academy of Country Music Award.

More than just a Country singer, Carson is also a police officer in Franklin, Tennessee.  He joined the force in 2007.

While the Covid-19 has put the music on hold for, Jeff Carson has no plans of abandoning either of his careers as a musician or a police officer.

“God Save the World” is available on all digital and streaming services.

feature photo credit: Jeff Carson’s Facebook page

Ganassi Names Driver for 42 Car

The watermelon man is on the move!

One of the big pieces in the NASCAR Silly Season puzzle has just fallen into place.

On September 21, Chip Ganassi Racing announced that current Xfinity Series driver Ross Chastain will move up to the Cup Series next season to drive the number 42 car.

Team owner Chip Ganassi spoke on the hiring of Chastain saying, “Ross has been a part of this organization for a few years now, and I am happy to announce him as our driver for the number 42 team.  In three races with our organization in 2018 and watching ever since, he showed me and everyone else that he is a tenacious driver who wants to win. We believe that Ross will give our team the opportunity to be competitive each week and our sponsors someone to build a program around. Additionally, his racing background has him well-suited to make the move to the Cup Series.”

Chastain was asked about driving for Ganassi again after his second place finish Xfinity Series in Bristol last weekend.  Chastain responded with, “are you kidding me? Of course.  Everybody in this entire garage would. Yeah, who wouldn’t?”

“I can’t thank Chip enough for this opportunity.  The faith he and the organization showed me back in 2018 was a real turning point in my career, and I am extremely happy for the chance to join the team again especially with all the great guys they have on the 42 and to be able to team with a champion like Kurt Busch. Racing in the Cup Series with a serious contender has always been my goal, and I’m looking forward to joining what is a very strong team. I know I have my work cut out for me, but I’m ready to get to work and help bring more success to the organization.”

Chastain, who comes from a 12 generation family of watermelon farmers in Florida, is currently one of the 12 drivers who will compete in the Xfinity Series playoffs that begin this weekend in Las Vegas.  The 27 year old driver has finished 23 of 26 races in the top 10 this season.  He celebrates his race wins by smashing watermelons on the start/finish line and again in victory lane.

Last season Chastain drove in every race possible, at times even running races in the Truck, Xfinity, and Cup Series in the same weekend.  While he has curtailed some of that activity this season, he has stull run several Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series races this season.

feature photo credit: By FullmentalFic – https://www.flickr.com/photos/fullmentalfic/24693280339/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83443946

Canadian Comedy Dominates Emmy Awards

Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 2020 edition of the Prime Time Emmy Awards.  In this age of the global pandemic and social distancing, Kimmel host the gala event in an empty theatre full of cardboard cutouts and flashbacks to a theatre filled with people.

Kimmel said that the awards won’t stop the pandemic or the fires but they are fun…and right now we need fun.

With his Emmy win this week, Norman Lear became the oldest ever award winner at the age of 98.

The Emmys are broadcasting from over 100 remote locations from around the world.

Instead of an orchestra this year, the Emmys has a DJ.

Jennifer Aniston presented the first award of the night – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series to Catherine O’Hara for her role as Moira Rose in “Schitt’s Creek”.

The award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series went to Eugene Levy for his role as Johnny Rose in “Schitt’s Creek”.

Tracee Ellis Ross presented the award for Outstanding Writer for a Comedy Series to Daniel Levy for “Schitt’s Creek”.

The award for Outstanding Direction in a Comedy Series went to Daniel Levy and Andrew Cividino for “Schitt’s Creek”.

The award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series went to Daniel Levy for his role as David Rose in “Schitt’s Creek”.

The award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series went to Annie Murphy for her role as Alexis Rose in “Schitt’s Creek”.

The award for Outstanding Comedy Series went to “Schitt’s Creek”.

The award for Outstanding Variety Talk Series went to “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”.

The award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie went to Regina King for her role in the “Watchman”.

The award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie went to Mark Ruffalo for his role in “I Know This Much is True”.

The award for Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or Movie went to Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson for “Watchman”.

The award for Outstanding Direction in a Limited Series or Move went to Maria Schrader for “Unorthodox”.

The award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie went to Yahya Abdul-Mateen II for “Watchman”.

The award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie went to Uzo Aduba for her role in “Mrs. America”.

Anthony Anderson presented the award for Outstanding Limited Series went to “Watchman”.

In the In Memorium segment, H.E.R. performed “Nothing Compares to You” as the names and photos of those who have died over the past year aired.

The award for Outstanding Competition Program went to “RuPaul’s Drag Race”. 

Tyler Perry was named as the 2020 Governor’s Award.  The award is not presented every year but only when the recipient rises above the medium.  Oprah Winfrey and Chris Rock paid tribute to Perry.

The award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series went to Jeremy Strong for his role in “Succession”.

The award for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Drama Series went to Zendaya for her role in “Euphoria”.

Laverne Cox presented the award for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series went to Jesse Armstrong for “Succession”.

The award for Outstanding Direction in a Drama Series went to Andrij Parekh.  Parekh noted that he won the award on his birthday.  He dedicated the award to those who have names that are difficult to pronounce or are considered outsiders.

The award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series went to Billy Crudup for his role in “The Morning Show”.

The award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series went to Julia Garner for her role in “Ozark”.

The final award of the night was for Outstanding Drama Series.  “This is Us” actor Sterling K. Brown presented the award for “Succession”.

Whitesnake Feels the Love

Known for their hard rocking sounds, Whitesnake is preparing to release a new album suitable for Valentine’s Day.  “Love Songs” will be released on November 6.

As a preview to the new album, the rockers are releasing a new version of their hit “Is This Love”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ER1NXiS0bh0

“Love Songs” is the second release of the “Red, White, and Blues Trilogy” and features hits and deep cuts from 1987 to 2011.  The collection will also include music from David Coverdale’s solo album “Into the Light”.

Following “The Rock Album”, “Love Songs” features songs that have been “revisited, remixed, and remastered”.  The 14 song album features two songs that are previously unreleased.

Saying, “as most of you know, pretty much all the songs I write are love songs in some way, shape, or form,” David Coverdale spoke on the new album saying, “these are some of my favorites.  Not all are ballads.  Some are out and out rockers with powerful romantic themes…and of course…include heavy breathing in all of them!”

The album will be available in CD, digital, and vinyl formats.

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Sir Paul Celebrates Debut Album

Sir Paul McCartney has been making music for most of his life and has dozens of albums to show for it.

In celebration of Record Store Day on September 26, Sir Paul is marking the day with a 50th anniversary limited edition release of his debut solo album “McCartney”.

With the breakup of The Beatles looming, Sir Paul released his debut solo album in April 1970 – just one month after The Beatles final release of “Let it Be”.  Known as the bass player for The Beatles, Sir Paul sent a message with the release of “McCartney” by producing the album himself AND playing every instrument on the album.

Among the 13 songs on the album is the hit song “Maybe I’m Amazed”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdDPR8GzXy8

Like the original album, the limited edition anniversary release is being issued on vinyl.

feature photo credit: By Jimmy Baikovicius from Montevideo, Uruguay – Paul McCartney – Out There Concert | 140420-5806-jikatu, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50530942

Neil Young Sets New ‘Archives’ Release

While much of the world has been in lock down and idle, award winning Hall of Fame musician Neil Young has been very busy working on a new music collection release.

On November 20, Young will release a 10 box set of music from 1972 through 1976.  “Archives Volume 2: 1972-1976” will be available for pre-order beginning October 16.

Along with all the hits and classics from the era, the set will include 12 previously unreleased songs and 50 songs with previously unheard versions.

Arranged in chronological order, the set begins with music that was recorded after the release of “Harvest” and runs through his 1976 tour with Crazy Horse.

“Archives” is available only on Neil Young’s Archive page at https://neilyoungarchives.com/news/1/article?id=Page1-Archives-Vol-II-1972-1976-track-listing.

Included in the set are music from “Everybody’s Alone”, “Tuscaloosa”, “Tonight’s the Night”, “Roxy: Tonight’s the Night Live”, “Walk On”, “The Old Homestead”, “Homegrown”, and “Dume”.

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Cup Driver Squeezes Out Win #9 at Bristol

The NASCAR Cup Series completes the tripleheader weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway with the Bass Pro Shops Night Race. 

This is also the final race in round one of the playoffs.  By the end of the race, four drivers will be eliminated from the playoff competition.  William Byron, Cole Custer, Matt DiBenedetto, and Ryan Blaney are currently below the cut line and are in danger of being eliminated.

Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski are guaranteed a spot in the next round of the playoffs after winning a race.

After winning last week’s race at Richmond, Brad Keselowski will sit on the pole and bring the field to green with Joey Logano alongside on the front row.

After the pre-race inspection process, three of the Joe Gibbs Racing cars failed inspection…twice.  As a result, the number eleven car driven by Denny Hamlin, the number 18 car driven by Kyle Busch, and the number 20 car driven by Erik Jones will all have to start the race from the back of the field.

The starting lineup for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race are:
Brad Keselowski
Joey Logano
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Austin Dillon
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin – moved to the back of the field for inspection issues
Alex Bowman
Kyle Busch – moved to the back of the field for inspection issues
Aric Almirola
Clint Bowyer
Cole Custer
Kurt Busch
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Matt DiBenedetto
Tyler Reddick
Christopher Bell
Matt Kenseth
Erik Jones – moved to the back of the field for inspection issues
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Preece
Chris Buescher
Jimmie Johnson
Ryan Newman
Michael McDowell
Bubba Wallace
Ty Dillon
Daniel Suarez
Corey LaJoie
John Hunter Nemechek
JJ Yeley
Quin Houff
Reed Sorenson
James Davison
Joey Gase
Gray Gaulding
Timmy Hill
Josh Bilicki
Garrett Smithley

While the stands are not packed with fans like in races past, there are fans at the race to cheer on their favourite drivers.

Kyle Busch has won eight Cup races at Bristol – the most of any active driver – and has a total of 22 wins across all three NASCAR racing series – also a record.  But at only 18 points above the cut line, Busch will have to come from the back of the field at a track known for quick laps, short tempers, and fast runs to lap tail end cars.

Adding to the unusual events surrounding the night race at Bristol, the drivers have something else to deal with when they take to the track…cooler temperatures.

Stages one and tow of the race are 125 laps in length with stage three lasting 250 laps for a total of 500 laps around the half mile track.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution around lap 30.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and jumps out in front for the lead with Kevin Harvick in second and Joey Logano in third.

Lap three, the top five are Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Martin Truex Jr.

Lap six, after starting the race from the back of the field, Kyle Busch has moved up to 32nd place.  Forty cars started the race.

Lap eight, Brad Keselowski has a third of a second lead on Kevin Harvick; Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Martin Truex Jr.  Joey Gase is the only car not on the lead lap.

Lap 14, Brad Keselowski continues to lead the race with Kevin Harvick on his bumper and challenging for the lead.  Kyle Busch is in 25th place.  There are 35 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 18, Kevin Harvick passes Brad Keselowski for the lead.

Lap 21, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Brad Keselowski; Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr brings out the caution flag on lap 29 when he spins out and hits the wall after making contact with Jimmie Johnson.  He is dropping flued on the track.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr is the first driver out of the race.

NASCAR has announced that this will be the competition caution.

The teams have 10 sets of tires for tonight’s race.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.  Taking only two tires, Matt DiBenedetto wins the race off of pit road.  Tyler Reddick also took only tow tires.

Matt DiBenedetto brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 41 and jumps out in front for the lead with Brad Keselowski in second and Joey Logano in third.

Brad Keselowski passes Matt DiBenedetto for the lead on lap 43; Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 47, with 34 cars on the lead lap, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over a second on Matt DibEnedetto.  After a pit road issues that cost him six spots on the track, Kyle Busch is in 24th place.

Lap 53, Brad Keselowski has a lead of nearly two seconds on Matt DiBenedetto; Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 60, Brad Keselowski has a two second lead on Matt DiBenedetto with 33 cars on the lead lap.  Kyle Busch is in 21st place.

Lap 63, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over two seconds on Matt DiBenedetto; Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five. 

Lap 66, 31 cars on the lead lap; Kyle Busch is in 19th place.

Lap 75, Brad Keselowski has pulled out to a lead of two and a half seconds on Matt DiBenedetto with Joey Logano right behind DiBenedetto.  Kyle Busch is moving through the field and is in 13th place.

There are 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 83, Chase Elliott passes Joey Logano for third place with Brad Keselowski over two and a half seconds in front of Matt DiBenedetto.  Kyle Busch is now in the top 10 in ninth place.

Lap 89, the top five are Brad Keselowski, Matt DiBenedetto, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney.

Kyle Busch is running the fastest laps on the track.

Lap 91, Brad Keselowski holds on to a lead of over two and a half seconds on Matt DiBenedetto.

Lap 94, Chase Elliott passes Matt DiBenedetto for second place.

Lap 97, Kyle Busch passes Ryan Blaney for fifth place.

Lap 100, Brad Keselowski continues to lead the race, but Chase Elliott has closed the gap to under a second and a half; Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Mat DiBenedetto round out the top five.

Lap 106, there are 29 cars on the lead lap with Brad Keselowski leading the way with a lead of only a tenth of a second on Chase Elliott.

Lap 108, Chase Elliott passes Brad Keselowski for the lead; Kyle Busch is in third place.

Lap 114, Chase Elliott is in the lead with Kyle Busch just under a second and a half back in second place.

Lap 115, Chase Elliott has a lead of just over a second on Kyle Busch with Brad Keselowski in third. Keselowski reports that his tires are worn out.

Lap 119, Chase Elliott continues to lead the race but, Kyle Busch is coming on and is now less than a second back; Kevin Harvick is in third palce.

Four laps remain in stage one with Chase Elliott leading the way; Kyle Busch is just over half a second back.

Chase Elliott wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harcik
Alex Bowman
Christopher Bell
Kurt Busch
Brad Keselowski
William Byron
Joey Logano
Babba Wallace

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires and service. Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Joey Logano has clinched a spot in the next round of the playoffs.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the outside lane on lap 137 and jumps out in front for the lead.

The top five are Kyle Busch, Alex Bowman,Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, and Joey Logano.

La 140, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Alex Bowman with 28 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 143, Kyle Busch now has a one second lead on Chase Elliott; Alex Bowman, Kevin Harvick, and Joey Logano round out the top five

Ree Sorenson and Josh Bilicki are off the track

Josh Bilicki is out of the race.

Lap 152, Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly a secon on Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 157, with 27 cars on the lead lap, Kyle Busch continues to lead the race by over half a second on Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 167, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Chase Elliott as Elliott continues to cutinto the lead; Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

As they run on the track now Clint Bowyer, Cole Custer, Matt DiBenedetto, and Ryan Blaney are below the cut line and would be eliminated from the playoffs.

Lap 176, Kyle Busch holds on to a half second lead on Chase Elliott.

A closed coliseum,noise is a major issue at Bristol making communication very difficult; Brad Keselowski and his team had a miscommunication due to the noise and made the wrong adjustments to the car on the last pit stop.

Lap 188, Kyle Busch holds on to his lead of half a second on Chase Elliott.

Matt DiBenedetto brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop with a bad tire vibration.

Denny Hamlin has clinched a spot in the next round of the playoffs.

Matt DiBenedetto’s team reports that he did have a loose wheel. DiBenedetto is now three laps down.

Lap 194, Chase Elliott has closed the gap on leader Kyle Busch to under half a second.

Lap 200, the top five are Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin.

Chase Elliott is on Kyle Busch’s bumper and looking to take the lead.

Matt DiBenedetto has gotten one of his laps back.

Kyle Busch puts Cole Custer a lap down; leaving 22 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 208, Kyle Busch has a lead of less than half a second on Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 212, Martin Truex Jr is reporting a vibration; saying it feels like the car is coming apart. He brings his car down pit road to address the issue.

Lap 215, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on second place with Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick battling for the spot.

Denny Hamlin has some major hood damage; speculation is that he ran into Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 220, Kyle Busch has a one second lead on Kevin Harvick; Chase Elliott is in third.

Lap 225, there are 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 227, Kyle Busch holds on to a lead of over half a second on Kevin Harvick.

Video evidence shows that the round lug nut holes on a tire that came from Martin Truex Jr’s car are no longer round but oblong – a sign of a loose wheel.

Lap 231, Kevin Harvick has closed the gap on leader Kyle Busch to under half a second.

The caution flag comes out on lap 232 for an accident involving William Byron who is now out of the race with significant damage to his car.

Christopher Bell has some damage to his car.

Drivers come down pit road for service with just 14 laps remaining in stage two. Several drivers are reporting issues with their cars.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 242 and jumps out for the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Joey Logano and Chase Elliott battle for third.

With five laps remaining in stage two, Kyle Busch leads the race; Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 249 for the six car of Ryan Newman when he gets slideways down the track.

Kyle Busch wins stage two under caution.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Chase Elliott
Joey Logano
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Aric Almirola
Clint Bowyer
Erik Jones
Austin Dillon

Matt DiBenedetto is the “lucky dog” and is now back on the lead lap.

Leaders stay out after pitting just a few laps ago but other drivers come down pit road for service.

After getting back on the lead lap, Matt DiBenedetto is caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race form the back of the field.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 261 from the outside lane and jumps out in front of Joey Logano for the lead.

Chase Elliott has clinched a spot in the next round of the playoffs.

Lap 265, the top five are Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Kurt Busch.

Lap 270, Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on Kevin Harvick. There are 25 cars on the lead lap.

Clint Bowyer and Cole Custer are tied at the cutoff line for moving on to the next round in the playoffs.

Lap 278, Kyle Busch holds on to his half second lead on Kevin Harvick.

Since coming from the back of the field to take the lead at the beginning of stage two, Busch has dominated the race and led every lap.

Lap 281, Kevin Harvick takes the lead from Kyle Busch via the high line.

Lap 284, Kyle Busch closes in on leader Kevin Harvick.

Lap 288, Kevin Harvick has a lead of less than half a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 294, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Kurt Busch.

Brad Keselowski reports that he has lost power steering and is beginning to fall through the field.

Lap 299, Kyle Busch challenges Kevin Harvick for the lead with the drivers in traffic.

Alex Bowman reports a vibration and brings his car down pit road for fresh tires.

Lap 304, there are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 306, Kevin Harvick has encountered slower traffic with Kyle Busch short behind.

Matt DiBenedetto is the last car on the lead lap and is in danger of going a lap down.

NASCAR has posted the number two car; Brad Keselowski has to bring his car down pit road.

Lap 311, Matt DiBenedetto is fighting to stay on the lead lap while Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch battle for the lead.

Brad Keselowski is on pit road but the issue cannot be repaired and he is out of the race.

Lap 315, Kevin Harvick puts Matt DiBenedetto a lap down; Harvick has a half second lead on Kyle Busch; Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

The 88 team reports that there were no loose tires on Alex Bowman’s car.

Lap 322, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch.

Kurt Busch is also reporting a vibration and has fallen out of the top 10.

Lap 326, Kurt Busch brings his car down pit road for service after reporting a vibration.

Lap 239, leader Kevin Harvick continues to lap cars; there are now just 15 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 334, Kevin Harvick has a lead of a second and half on Kyle Busch.

Kurt Busch has a loose wheel.

Lap 339, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Clint Bowyer, and Joey Logano.

Ryan Blaney is reporting a tight condition in his car.

Lap 345, there are only 13 cars on the lead lap.

Kevin Harvick has a lead of over a second and a half on Kyle Busch; Chase Elliott, Clint Bowyer, and Tyler Reddick.

Lap 354, Kevin Harvick continues to pul away from the field, he has a lead of over two seconds on Kyle Busch.

Ryan Blaney makes a green flag pit stop with a tight condition. With a stage of 250 laps, the drivers cannot complete the stage on fuel or tires.

Lap 361, there are now just eleven crs on the lead lap.

Since taking the lead Kevin Harvick has run away from the field with a lead of two and a half seconds on Kyle Busch and lapping several cars; there are only 10 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 372, Joey Logano makes his green flag pit stop.

Lap 373, Kevin Harvick has a lead of three seconds on Kyle Busch.

The tires were down to the fabric on Ryan Blaney’s tires.

Lap 380, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead on Kyle Busch to over three seconds; Chase Elliott, Clint Bowyer, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five. There are only nine cars on the lead lap.

Drivers are making laps around Bristol in 16 seconds.

Lap 388, Kevin Harvick’s lead is now nearly four seconds on Kyle Busch with just eight cars on the lead lap.

Lap 393, drivers are currently spread out around the track but if there is a caution flag, the field will be bunched up and increases the risk of more caution flags.

One hundred laps to go, Kevin Harvick has run away from the field with a lead of six seconds on Kyle Busch. There are eight cars on the lead lap.

Lap 405, Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson make their green flag pit stops as more drivers begin coming down pit road for service.

Lap 407, the caution flag comes out when James Davison gets into the wall. Leader Kevin Harvick was preparing to come down pit road when the caution flag came out.

Drivers come down pit road for service.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 418 and jumps out in front of Clint Bowyer for the lead with Kyle Busch right behind. There are only six cars on the lead lap.

Eighty to go, Kevin Harvick leads the race with Kyle Busch in second and Erik Jones in third.

Lap 425, Kevin Harvick has a lead of just under half a second on Kyle Busch with Erik Jones in third.

With 71 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch is beginning to challenge leader Kevin Harvick.

Kyle Busch is searching for grip while leader Kevin Harvick runs steadily on the bottom lane.

Lap 436, Kevin Harvick has a third of a second lead on Kyle Busch; Erik Jones, Clint Bowyer, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five. Aric Almirola is the only other driver on the lead lap.

Lap 439, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch battle for the lead with Harvick holding on so far.

With 59 laps to go, Kevin Harvick has pulled away a little on Kyle Busch.

Lap 445, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 449, leaders have encountered heavy traffic.

Lap 453, Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly half a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 457, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch continue their battle for the lead; so far Harvick has held him off.

Lap 459, Kyle Busch passes Kevin Harvick for the lead in heavy traffic,.

Thirty four to go, Kyle Busch gets caught behind Loey Logano and Kevin Harvick retakes the lead and begins to pull away.

Kyle Busch , Austin Dillon, Alex Bowman, and Martin Truex Jr have clinched their spots in the next round of the playoffs.

Lap 476, Kevin Harvick has a quarter second lead on Kyle Bush.

Christopher Bell gets into the wall with a flat tire but the he gets down pit road and the track stays green.

The leaders have again encountered slower traffic.

Twenty to go, Kevin Harvick gets slideways but he recovers and the track stays green.

Lap 483, Kevin Harvick holds on to the lead with Kyle Busch a quarter of a second back.

Kyle Bush has won at least one race in each of the past 15 seasons; he is eager to make it 16 wins.

Ten to go, Kevin Harvick has two tenths of a second lead on Kyle Busch.

Each lap Kyle Busch gets close to Kevin Harvick but can’t quite get around him to take the lead.

Six to go leaders are in heavy traffic with Kevin Harvick out in front.

Three to go, no traffic in front; Kevin Harvick continues to hold on to the lead.

Kevin Harvick takes the white flag.

Kevin Harvick holds off Kyle Busch for his ninth win of the season.

The unofficial results of the Bass Pro Shops Night Race:
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
Erik Jones
Tyler Reddick
Aric Almirola
Clint Bowyer
Chase Elliott
Chris Buescher
Ryan Preece
Michael McDowell
Joey Logano
Austin Dillon
Ryan Blaney
Matt Kenseth
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Jimmie Johnson
Ty Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto
John Hunter Nemechek
Denny Hamlin
Bubba Wallace
Cole Custer
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Newman
Daniel Suarez
Gray Gaulding
Christopher Bell
Quin Houff
JJ Yeley
Joey Gase
Garrett Smithley
Corey LaJoie
Brad Keselowski
James Davison
Reed Sorenson
Timmy HIll
William Byron
Josh Bilicki
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

After the first round of the playoffs…
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Martin Truex Jr
Alex Bowman
Ausitn Dillon
Kyle Busch
Clint Bowyer
and Kurt Busch
will all be moving on to the next round of the playoffs.

Cole Custer, William Byron, Ryan Blaney, and Matt DiBenedetto have all been eliminated from the playoffs.


’49th Parallel” Gets New Release

Jazz trumpeter Woody Shaw died in 1989 at the age of 44 as a result of kidney failure.  His final studio recording – “49th Parallel” was recorded in 1987 and has been out of print for over 25 years.

The album featured bassist Neil Swainson, Joe Henderson on tenor saxophone, and Woody Shaw.  As part of an effort to preserve Jazz history, Cellar Music Group, Reel to Real, and la reserve records released the album which is now available on digital platforms for the first time.

The album was recorded in Toronto over a two day period.  Bass player Neil Swainson said that it was an honour to see his album out and available to put into Jazz music fans.

At the time of the recording Shaw had just come form a stint in rehab for heroin addiction.  He also had retinitis pigmentosa (tunnel vision) and was unable to read the music.  He recorded the album form memory and played by ear.

During his career, Shaw also worked with the Horace Silver Quartet and Art Blakey.

feature photo credit: By Tom Marcello Webster, New York, USA – Woody Shaw – trumpet, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3856615

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg Dies

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has lost her battle with cancer.  After a valiant struggle, Ginsberg died September 18, 2020 – just a short time before American Jews were to ring in the new year with Rosh Hashanah celebrations – from complications of her pancreatic cancer in her Washington, DC home at the age of 87.

Ginsberg has dealt with a number of health issues over the past several years including broken ribs, five buts of cancer, and a blocked artery.

She was the second woman to be named to sit on the bench of the Supreme Court after Sandra Day O”Connor.  A staunch rights advocate, Ginsberg frequently butted heads with her fellow Justices. A stickler for following the rules, she was a strong believer in digging into the cases.

President Jimmy Carter appointed Ginsberg to a Federal judgeship.

Appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, it was the first time a Supreme Court Justice a democratic president nominated a member of SCOTUS in 26 years.  She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate with a vote of 96 to 3.

At the time of his appointment, President Clinton said, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg does not need a seat on the Supreme Court to earn her place in the American history books. She has already done that.”   As an architect of the women’s rights movement, Ginsberg won five of the six key cases she argued in the seventies.

Ginsberg was presented with the Thurgood Marshall Award in 1999 for her contributions ot civil rights and gender equality.

When not sitting on the bench, Ginsberg loved opera.

Joan Ruth Bader was born on March 15, 1933 in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn, New York the youngest of two girls.  Her older sister died when she was six years old.  Young Ruth dreamed of being an opera star when she grew up. 

Ginsberg’s own mother died as a result of cancer when Ruth was in high school.

She graduated from Cornell University and attended Harverd University before going to Columbia.  After graduating from the Columbia University Law School in 1959, she had difficulty in finding a job in the man’s world of law.  Ginsberg noted that she had three strikes against her – she was a woman, Jewish, and a mother.  She later became the first female tenured professor at Columbia University.

Predeceased by her husband of over 50 years Martin – a tax attorney and law professor, Ginsberg is survived by her children Jane and James and grandchildren.  Martin died in 2010 as a result of cancer

Feature photo credit: By Simmie Knox, under commission of the United States Supreme Court – http://dcchs.org/usca/RuthGinsburg.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23263923

Lucky Seven Wins for Xfinity Driver at Bristol

The Xfinity Series concludes their regular season at Bristol Motor Speedway with the Food City 300.

Justin Allgaier sits on the pole and will bring the field to the green flag with Ross Chastain alongside on the front row.

Stages one and two of the race are 85 laps each with stage three lasting 130 laps for a total of 300 laps around the half mile track.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane with Allgaier jumping out in front for the lead.

Lap three Ross Chastain battles Justin Allgaier for the lead and takes the top spot on lap four.

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

After being in the top five, Justin Haley is falling back in the field; he is currently in ninth place.

Lap eleven Leader Ross Chastain has encountered slower traffic with Justin Allgaier less than half a second back and challenging for the lead.

Lap 17 Ross Chastain is in heavy traffic with Justin Allgaier a third of a second back; there are 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 18, Justin Allgaier has closed the gap on leader Ross Chastain to under two tenths of a second.  These are the first laps that Ross Chastain has led at Bristol.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution flag around lap 40.  Since returning to racing, NASCAR has called for a competition caution in many of the races to allows teams to check for tire wear and allowing for adjustments since the teams have not been able to have any practice time on the track.

Lap 27, the top five remains Ross Chastain, Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, Noah Gragson, and Chase Briscoe.  Justin Allgaier is less than two car lengths behind Ross Chastain.

Brett Moffitt has had some issues with his car and has already been on pit road three times to work on the car.  He is currently seven laps down.

Lap 33, there are on 19 cars on the lead lap.

Austin Cindric has joined the battle for the top position as drivers encounter slower traffic.

Lap 36, Justin Allgaier is on leader Ross Chastain’s bumper and challenging for the lead.

Myatt Snider and Stephen Leicht are off the track.

Lap 40, there are only 17 cars on the lead lap.

NASCAR throws the yellow flag for the competition caution.  The teams have only four sets of tires for tonight’s race.

Gray Gaulding is the “lucky dog” which will put 18 cars on the lead lap.

Ryan Sieg was one of only two drivers on the lead lap to come down pit road.  Sieg was caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race form the back of the field.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 47 but it is Justin Allgaier who edges out for the lead from the outside.

Ross Chastain battles Justin Allgaier for the lead and on lap 51, Allgaier holds on to the lead.

Lap 52, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Ross Chastain, Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, and Justin Haley.

Lap 58, Justin Allgaier has a third of a second lead on Ross Chastain with Chase Briscoe in third.

The caution flag comes out for a big crash on lap 63.  Tommy Joe Martins, BJ McLeod, Jeffrey Earnhardt, and Vinnie Miller were among those involved.  There were some hard hits against the wall in the wreck.

NASCAR displayed the red flag briefly in order to get the track cleaned up.

Ryan Sieg made a second trip down pit road for adjustments and fresh tires.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 70 and jumps out in front for the lead with Ross Chastain in second.

Bayley Currey was the “lucky dog” putting 19 cars on the lead lap.

Justin Haley passes Ross Chastain for second.

Lap 73, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Justin Haley, Ross Chastain, Noah Gragson, and Chase Briscoe.

Lap 76, Justin Allgaier has a lead of nearly half a second Justin Haley; Ross Chastain, Chase Briscoe, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Vinnie and BJ McLeod are out of the race.  Myatt Snider and Stephen Leicht are still off the track.

Three laps remain in stage one, Justin Allgaier continues to lead the race.

Justin Allgaier wins stage one.

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

Drivers come down pit road for service and fresh tires with Justin Allgaier winning the race off of pit road from the number one pit stall.

After staying out on the track, Ryan Sieg brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 94 from the inside lane and goes nose to nose with Justin Allgaier.  Justin Allgaier takes the lead with Chase Briscoe in second and Austin Cindric in third.

Lap 96, Justin Allgaier has a half second lead on Austin Cindric; Chase Briscoe, Noah Gragson, and Justin Haley round out the top five.  Ross Chastain has fallen to eighth place.

Lap 100, with 20 cars on the lead lap, Justin Allgaier has a quarter of a second lead on Austin Cindric with Chase Briscoe over a second back in third.

Justin Haley is falling back in the field and has to bring his car down pit road with a possible flat tire.

Lap 107, Justin Allgaier continues to lead the race and has a lead of nearly half a second on Austin Cindric.

Lap 109, leader Justin Allgaier is encountering heavy traffic with drivers getting three wide across the track.

Lap 112, Austin Cindric has caught up to the bumper of leader Justin Allgaier while Allgaier battles slower traffic.

Kyle Weatherman, Myatt Snider, and Stephen Leicht are all out of the race.

Lap 115, there are 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 118, Justin Allgaier has increased his lead on  Austin Cindric to half a second as the lead lap drivers continue to encounter heavy traffic.

Michael Annett slams the wall and brings out the caution flag on lap 121.  Joe Graf Jr was also involved in the wreck.

NASCAR has displayed the red flag and stopped the race while they clean up the track.  There is a lot of fluid on the track.

Justin Haley is continuing to have issues with handling issues and right side tires.

NASCAR has pulled the red flag and put out the yellow flag as the drivers get moving again.

Michael Annett is out of the race.

A half mile track, slower cars are finding it difficult to “get out the way”.

Justin Haley has brought his car down pit road again to try and diagnose the issue…all while trying to stay on the lead lap.  There are 17 cars on the lead lap.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 130.  And edges out for the lead with Austin Cindric right behind him.

With most of the drivers on the inside lane, Harrison Burton is stuck on the outside and having trouble getting in a spot.

Lap 133, Timmy Hill is the last car on the lead lap in 18th place.

Lap 135, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, Noah Gragson, Chase Briscoe, and Harrison Burton.

Lap 140, Justin Allgaier continues to lead the race and has a third of a second lead on Austin Cindric with Noah Gragson in third nearly a second behind.

Myatt Snider’s car encountered a rock that punctured the oil pan.

Lap 145, Justin Allgaier has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Austin Cindric.

Noah Gragson and Ross Chastain make contact…several times…on the track.  The aggressive battle continues for a few laps.

Lap 151, Justin Allgaier has increased his lead to nearly a second on Austin Cindric; Chase Briscoe, Ross Chastain, and Noah Gragson round out the otp five.

Lap 162, Justin Allgaier has led 113 laps so far.

Lap 164, Justin Allgaier has pulled out toa lead of over a second and a half on Austin Cindric; Chase Briscoe, Ross Chastain, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.  There are 16 cars on the lead lap.

Two laps remain in stage two, Justin Allgaier has a lead of over two seconds.

Justin Allgaier sweeps the stage wins for his eleventh and twelfth stage wins of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Justin Allgaier
Austin Cindric
Chase Briscoe
Ross Chastain
Noah Gragson
Jeb Burton
Harrison Burton
Riley Herbst
Anthony Alfredo
Ryan Sieg

Drivers brings their cars down pit road for service and fresh tires.  Noah Gragson reports a loose condition in his car.  Justin Allgaier was a bit tight.  Chase Briscoe wins the race off of pit road with Justin Allgaier coming out third.

Austin Cindric came out in eighth place after a tire fell on the air hose.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 179 with Ross Chastain alongside on the front row.  Ross Chastain gets out in front for the lead with Chase Briscoe in second; Justin Allgaier, Harrison Burton, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Timmy Hill was the “lucky dog” in 16th place.

Lap 183, Ross Chastain has a near half second lead on Chase Briscoe; Justin Allgaier, Harrison Burton, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Lap 188, Ross Chastain leads the race; Justin Allgaier, Harrison Burton, and Austin Cindric are all battling for position form third to nine. 

Justin Allgaier is reporting that his car is way tighter.

Lap 192, the top five are Ross Chastain, Chase Briscoe, Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, and Harrison Burton.

Drivers are making it four wide on the track as drivers battle slower traffic.

Lap 189, Chase Briscoe has closed the gap on leader Ross Chastain to under half a second as they battle slower traffic.

Justin Allgaier has fallen to sixth place.

Lap 200, Ross Chastain leads the race with Chase Briscoe in second less than half a second back; Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.
Bayley Currey brings out the sixth caution flag of the race on 200 when he throws a spring out on the track.  Currey takes his car to the garage with a suspension issue.

Justin Allgaier is reporting that he has not grip on the track.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 209 with Ross Chastain getting out in front after a push from Austin Cindric.

The top five are Ross Chastain, Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, Riley Herbst, and Harrison Burton.

Lap 211, Bayley Currey is out of the race.

Lap 215, Ross Chastain has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Austin Cindric with Chase Briscoe in third.  After reporting car issues, Justin Allgaier has moved up to fifth place.

Lap 221, Ross Chastain continues to lead the race by nearly half a second on Austin Cindric; Chase Briscoe, Harrison Burton, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Leader Ross Chastain has only two stage win points and no wins this season.

Chase Briscoe takes second place from Austin Cindric with 73 laps remaining in the race.

There are 15 cars on the lead lap.

Seventy laps remain in the race, Ross Chastain has the lead with Chase Briscoe in second; Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 240, Ross Chastain has a third of a second lead on Chase Briscoe; Austin Cindric, Harrison  Burton, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 243, the caution flag comes out when Dexter Bean spins out.  The teams have one final set of tires remaining in the pits and will be coming down pit road for fresh tires.

Timmy Hill in 15th is the “lucky dog”.

Ross Chastain wins the race off of pit road; followed by Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, and Justin Allgaier.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 250.  Even before the green flag drops, the drivers are getting aggressive.  Ross Chastain takes the lead with Austin Cindric in second.

Austin Cindric takes the lead with Justin Allgaier and Chase Briscoe battling for third.

Lap 254, the top five are Austin Cindric, Ross Chastain, Chase Briscoe, Justin Allgaier, and Harrison Burton.

Lap 258, Austin Cindric has a third of a second lead on Ross Chastain; Chase Briscoe, Justin Allgaier, and Harrison Burton round out the top five with 15 cars on the lead lap.

With less than 40 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are getting aggressive all through the field as they battle for position.

Austin Cindric has a lead of nearly half a second on Ross Chastain; Chase Briscoe is in third over a second back.

Thirty to go, leader Austin Cindric encounters slower traffic.  Ross Chastain is on leader Austin Cindric’s bumper and looking to take the lead.

Lap 172, Chase Briscoe has made it a three way battle.

Harrison Burton has taken fourth place form Justin Allgaier.

Only 20 laps remain in the race, Austin Cindric continues to lead the race with Ross Chastain in second and Chase Briscoe in third.

Fifteen to go, Ross Chastain is closing the gap on leader Austin Cindric. 

Austin Cindric reports that he has lost power steering.

Chase Briscoe is challenging Ross Chastain for second.

Lap 289, Ross Chastain and Chase Briscoe battle for second including making contact with Chase Briscoe taking the spot.

Chase Briscoe has caught leader Austin Cindric and is challenging for the lead with just seven laps remaining in the race.

Lap 294, Chase Briscoe passes Austin Cindric for  the lead.

Five to go, Ross Chastain passes Austin Cindric for second.

Three laps remain in the race; with 13 cars on the lead lap, Chase Briscoe has a lead of over half a second on Ross Chastain.

Chase Briscoe takes the white flag.

With six wins already under his belt, Chase Briscoe wins at Bristol for his seventh win of the season.  And there are some fans in the stands to cheer on the race winner.

The unofficial results of the Food City 300:
Chase Briscoe
Ross Chastain
Austin Cindric
Harrison Burton
Justin Allgaier
Anthony Alfredo
Noah Gragson
Brandon Jones
Jeb Burton
Riley Herbst
Jeremy Clements
Brandon Brown
Alex Labbe
Ryan Sieg
Timmy Hill
Justin Haley
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Gray Gaulding
Josh Williams
Chad Finchum
Colby Howard
Matt Mills
Stefan Parsons
Tommy Joe Martins
Jesse Little
Brett Moffitt
Joey Graf Jr
Dexter Bean
Kody Vanderwal
Bayley Currey
Michael Annett
Kyle Weatherman
Vinnie Miller
BJ McLeod
Myatt Snider
Stephen Leicht

Austin Cindric wins the regular season and the 15 bonus playoff points.

The Xfinity Series playoff drivers are:
Chase Briscoe
Austin Cindric
Justin Allgaier
Noah Gragson
Brandon Jones
Justin Haley
Harrison Burton
Ross Chastain
Ryan Sieg
Michael Annett
Riley Herbst
Brandon Brown

NASCAR Silly Season in Full Swing

The 2020 racing season certainly has been one like no other, a season for the record books.

Along with the doubleheader weekends, empty stands, and pandemic rules; the NASCAR Silly Season is in full swing with a retiring legend, teams closing down, and driving on the move.

Before the season even started, seven time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson announced that the 2020 NASCAR racing season would be his last as a full time driver in NASCAR.  Hendrick Motor Sports owner Rick Hendrick has not named a replacement for the retiring driver.


After Leavine Family Racing announced that they were selling the team, and closing their operations at the end of the season, Christopher Bell found himself out of a ride.

Joe Gibbs Racing announced that they the driver of the number 20 car Erik Jones would not be returning to the team next season.

JGR has named Christopher Bell as the new driver of the number 20 car.


Matt Kenseth replaced Kyle Larson in the number 42 Chip Ganassi Racing car after Lawson was dismissed for violating the NASCAR rule book.  Kenseth has stated that it is unlikely that he will return to the 42 car…or Cup racing…next season.  It is unknown at this point as to who will be driving the number 42 car next season.


Bubba Wallace has announced that he will not be returning to drive the Richard Petty Motorsports number 43 car next season.  RPM has not named a replacement nor has Wallace stated where he will be driving next season.


Corey LaJoie has announced that he will not be returning to drive the number 32 Go Fas Racing car next season.  LaJoie has not stated where he will going next season; nor has GFR announced a replacement for LaJoie.


Daniel Suarez has recently announced that he will be returning to drive the Gaunt Brothers Racing number 95 car next season.  GBR has not yet named a replacement driver; nor has Suarez announced where he will be going next season.


Spire Motorsports purchased Leavine Family Racing and will be fielding a second car next season.  The driver and number for the new car have yet to be announced.


Rick Ware Racing has purchased the charter for Premium Motorsports and will be fielding the number 15 and 27 cars.  While Brennan Poole, Joey Gase, JJ Yeley, Reed Sorenson, and Garrett Smithley have all driven for Rick Ware Racing; it has not been revealed whether RWR will continue to use part time drivers or name two full time drivers for their cars.


Quin Houff currently drives for StarCom Racing and Timmy Hill currently drives for MBM Motorsports; but it is unknown at this time whether or not the teams will be returning next season, depending on sponsorships.

45 DQ’d After Bristol Truck Race

After the post-race inspection process following the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series UNOH 200, NASCAR disqualified the number 45 Niece Motorsports truck driven by Trevor Bayne for failing the height requirements.  As a result of the infraction, Bayne’s fifth place finish was nullified, and he has been placed as the last place finisher.

The race at Bristol Motor Speedway was Bayne’s third race start in the 2020 season.

While the official penalties will not be listed until Tuesday, NASCAR officials found that the number 18 McAnally-Hilgermann truck driven by Derek Kraus was found to have a lug nut improperly secured during the post-race inspection process.

Teen wins at Bristol

The Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series kicks off their playoff season with some night racing at Bristol Motor Speedway and the UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics.

Grant Enfinger will sit on the pole and bring the field to green with Brett Moffitt starting alongside on the front row.

Stages one and two of the race are 55 laps each with stage three lasting 90 laps for a total of 200 laps around the half mile track known as The Last Coliseum.

It’s the same old Bristol, but the drivers will have to deal with some new tires in this race.

Kurt Busch joins the broadcast crew for this Truck Series race.

Armed with the helmet cam, Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane but it is Brett Moffitt who gets out in front for the lead.

Lap three the top nine spots are all filled by playoff drivers.

Lap four, regular season champion Austin Hill has some damage to his truck after contact on the track.

Lap five, the top five are Brett Moffitt, Grant Enfinger, Tyler Ankrum, Sheldon Creed, and Zane Smith.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap eight for debris on the track.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 14 and jumps out in front for the lead.

Brett Moffitt is in the lead with Tyler Ankrum in second; Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Lap 19, Brett Moffitt has a haf second lead on Tyler Ankrum; Sheldon Ceed, Zane Smith, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Lap 23, Josh Reaume is off the track.

Lap 25, Brett Moffitt, continues to lead the race with a lead of over half a second on Tyler Ankrum; Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Grant Enfinger reports some engine issues with his truck, saying that it keeps shutting off on him.

Lap 30, Brett Moffitt has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Tyler Ankrum.

Stewart Friesen is having some issues with his truck; also saying that his engine is shutting off.

It rained in Bristol prior to the race and the trucks were left out in the elements; FOX broadcasters report that it is possible that the engine issue are due to wet electrical wires.

lap 38, Stewart Friesen brings his truck down pit road.

Austin Hill is reporting possible brake issues on his truck.

Lap 39, there are 21 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 50, Bree Moffitt has a lead of over two seconds on Tyler Ankrum; Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five. Playoff drivers Todd Gilliland and Austin Hill are one lap down with only 15 trucks on the lead lap.

Norm Benning is off the track; Stewart Friesen is still in the pits.

Brett Moffitt wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Brett Moffitt
Tyler Ankurm
Sheldon Creed
Zane Smith
Grant Enfinger
Matt Crafton
Sam Mayer
Derek Kraus
Johnny Sauter
Christian Eckes

Brett Moffitt is the only lead lap driver to bring his truck down pit road. He reported a tight condition on his truck. Several lap down drivers come down pit road for service.

Grant Enfinger is on pit road so that the team can try and find the source of his engine issues.

Tyler Ankurm brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two with Sheldon Creed alongside on the front row and edges out for the lead.

Lap 69, Tyler Ankrum leads the race with Sheldon Creed in second; Johnny Sauter, Zane Smith, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five. There are 16 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 72, Tyler Ankrum holds on to a narrow lead on Sheldon Creed with Johnny Sauter in third over a second back.

Lap 77, Tyler Ankrum has a half second lead on Sheldon Creed; Johnny Sauter, Zane Smith, and Derek Kraus round out the top five.

Back in 15th place, the crew appears to have repaired Grant Enfinger’s truck.

The caution flag comes out on lap 83 when Danny Bohn spins out.

Sheldon Creed gives up second place for a trip down pit road. Sheldon Creed was caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race form the back of the field.

Tyler Ankrum brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 89 from the outside lane. Ankrum jumps out in front for the lead.

Lap 90, the top five are Tyler Ankrum, Zane Smith, Johnny Sauter, Same Mayer, and Matt Craton.

Lap 95, Tyler Ankrum has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Johnny Sauter; Zane Smith, Brett Moffitt, and Sam Mayer rounding out the top five.

Ten laps remain in stage two; there are 16 trucks on the lead lap with Tyler Ankrum leading the way by over two seconds on Johnny Sauter.

Five laps remain in stage two, Tyler Ankrum has a lead of over thee seconds on Johnny Sauter with 16 trucks on the lead lap.

Tyler Ankrum wins stage two for his first stage win of the season…and his truck series career.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Tyler Ankrum
Johnny Sauter
Brett Moffitt
Zane Smith
Sam Maher
Derek Kraus
Matt Crafton
Carson Hocevar
Parker Kligerman
Christian Eckes

Tyler Ankrum missed pit road after a radio communication misunderstanding.

After being the only driver on the lead lap to pit at the end of stage one, Brett Moffitt is in the lead and will bring the field to the green flag start of stage three.

Lap 120, Brett Moffitt takes the lead as the drivers gets three wide across the track.

Lap 123, Brett Moffitt has a lead of over half a second on Zane Smith; Derek Kraus, Trevor Bayne, and Sam Mayer round out the top five with 17 trucks on the lead lap.

With 73 laps remaining in the race Brett Moffitt has al lead of over a second on Derek Kraus; Sam Mayer, Zane Smith, and Trevor Bayne round out the top five.

Lap 130, Brett Moffitt has increased his lead to over a second and a half on Sam Mayer; Derek Kraus, Zane Smith, and Trevor Bayne round out the top five.

Brett Moffitt continues to lead the race, but 17 year old Sam Mayer is closing the gap.

Sixty five to go, Brett Moffit’s lead is down to just over a second on Sam Mayer.

With only 50 laps to go, Sam Mayer has closed the gap on leader Brett Moffitt to under half a second; Zane Smith, Chandler Smith, and Parker Kligerman round out the top five.

Already a lap down, Austin Hill is in danger of going a second lap down.

Leader Brett Morristown has led the most laps in his career but Sam Mayer is closing in on the leader.

The caution flag comes out with 46laps remaining in the race when Austin Wayne Self spins out and hits the wall hard.

Todd Gilliland is the “lucky dog”.

A few drivers come down pit for for service and adjustments.

Brett Moffitt reports that his truck is getting too tight.

Zane Smith is reporting that he is having issues getting through the center of the corner.

With 34 laps remaining in the race Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag restart with Moffitt getting out in front to hold on to his lead.

Austin Hill was charged with having too many members over the wall and has to serve a penalty.

Lap 170,Brett Moffitt and Sam Mayer battle for the lead with Mayer taking the lead; Zane Smith, Tanner Gray, and Parker Kligerman round out the top five.

With 25 laps to go, Sam Mayer has a half second lead on Brett Moffitt.

Twenty to go, Sam Mayer is in the lead with Brett Moffitt, Zane Smith, Parker Kligerman, and Tanner Gray rounding out the top five.

Just 10 laps remain, Sam Mayer continues to lead the race by over a second on Brett Moffitt.

Zan Smith is dropping through the field and is in 15th.

Six to go, Sam Mayer has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Brett Moffitt.

Three to go, Sam Mayer is now over four seconds out in front.

Sam Mayer takes the white flag in only his fourth start of the season.

Sam mAyer wins his first race!

The unofficial results of the UNOH 200:
Sam Mayer
Brett zmoffitt
Tanner Gray
Parker Kligerman
Trevor Blayne
Chandler Smith
Grant Enfinger
Tyler Ankrum
Ross Chastain
Johnny Sauter
Matt Crafton
Sheldon Creed
Christian Eckes
Ben Rhodes
Todd Gilliland
Derek Kraus
Zane Smith
Carson Hocevar
Raphael Lessard
Camden Murphy
Timmy Hill
Tate Fogleman
Clay Glreenfield
Jordan Anderson
Danny Bohn
Austin Hill
Josh Bilicki
Spencer Boyd
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Natalie Decker
Cody Erickson
Codie Rohrbaugh
Stewart Friesen
Austin Wayne Self
Norm Benning
Josh Reaume

2020 ACM Awards

For the first time it the 55 year history of the Academy of Country Music Awards, one of the biggest nights in Country music is being held in Nashville, Tennessee – the home of Country music.  With the Covid-19 pandemic and a ban on the gathering of large crowds still in place, the ACM Awards is presenting live performances to empty rooms from the Grand Ole Opry House, the historic Ryaman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Café – places that every Country music star has dreamed of playing.

Originally scheduled for April in Las Vegas, the pandemic put a hold on the ACM Awards, but they have returned for a late summer celebration in September.

From the Grand Ole Opry House, Luke Bryan gets the night started with a little music.  His fellow Entertainer of the Year Award nominees Eric Church, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, and Carrie Underwood also perform.

Host Keith Urban takes the stage at the Opry House to welcome and thank Country music fans for tuning in.  Urban spoke of the unsettling world we currently find ourselves…including two pandemics, the virus and social injustice.  He said that the center of Country music, it’s about community.

Jerry Allen gives his debut performance on the ACM’s form the Bluebird Café.

The 2019 ACM Vocal Group of the Year Old Dominion perform from the Ryman Auditorium.

At the Opry House, Clint and Lisa Black present the first award of the year for Duo of the Year to Dan + Shay.

Luke Bryan returns to the stage for a performance of “One Margarita”.

Bobby Bones presents the award for Song of the Year to Old Dominion for “One Man Band”.

Kelsea Ballarini performed from the Ryaman Auditorium. 

Miranda Lambert gives an acoustic performance of “Bluebird” from the legendary Bluebird Café.

At the Grand Ole Opry House Keith Urban spoke with Miranda Lambert.  He announced that Miranda has earned 35 ACM Awards – the most of anyone.

New Male Artist of the Year nominee Morgan Wallen performs from the Opry Stage.

The award for Group of the Year went to Old Dominion.

At the Ryaman, Thomas Rhett and Tom Pardee join forces for a special duet performance.

Blake Shelton and girlfriend Gwen Stefani perform together at the Bluebird Café via the green screen and the magic of television.

At he Grand Ole Opry, Keith announced that this is the 95th anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry.  Carrie Underwood paid tribute to the female legends of Country music in a performance that included Patsy Cline, Loreta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton, and Vicki Lawrence.

At the Bluebird Café, Luke Combs talked about his time with veterans and teaching them guitar.  He then performed a song he wrote for his now wife – “Better Together”.

At the Ryaman Auditorium, New Female Artist of the Year Tanille Townes gave a performance.

At the Ryman, “American Idol” alum Gabby Barrett performed her song “I Hope”. 

At the Opry House, Duo of the Year winners Dan + Shay perform.

At the Ryman, New Male Artist of the Year Riley Green performs.

 Keith Urban introduces Kane Brown who performed from the Opry House stage.

The award for Single of the Year went to Blake Shelton for “God’s Country”.  Blake accepted the award via video from Los Angeles.

At the Ryman, Maren Morris performs.

After a seven year absence from the ACM’s, Taylor Swift makes a return to perform an acoustic version of her song “Betty”.

Darius Rucker presents the award for Album of the Year to Luke Combs for “What You See is What You Get”.  Luke accepted his award at the Bluebird Café.

Keith introduces Eric Church who performed the Johnny Cash song “Ragged Old Flag” and “Stick THAT in Your Country Song”.       

Eighteen time ACM Award winner Tim McGraw takes the stage at the Bluebird Café for a performance of “I Called Mama”. 

After speaking on the power of women, McGraw introduced Mickey Guyton and Keith Urban on piano for a performance of “What are You Going to Tell Her” on the Opry House Stage.

Host Keith Urban pairs up with pop star P!nk for a new single “One Too Many”.

Lauren Alaina presented the award for Male Artist of the Year to Luke Combs who accepted his second award at the Bluebird Café.    

Gospel singer CeCe Wynans presented the award for Female Artist of the Year to Maren Morris.

Trisha Yearwood paid tribute to those who died over the past year with an In Memorium performance.

Florida Georgia Line took the stage at the Opry House to perform their newest single “I Love My Country”.

Reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year presented the award to the 2020 winner…and it was a tie.  Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood.  Urban noted that he thinks it is the first time in ACM history that the Entertainer of the Year award has gone to two winners.

The night of music concluded with a virtual group performance of Willie Nelson’s hit “On the Road Again”.

Awards not presented during the live television broadcast:
New Female Artist of the Year:
Tanille Townes
New Male Artist of the Year:
Riley Green
Video of the Year:
“Remember You Young” by Thomas Rhett
Music Event of the Year:
“Fooled Around and Fell in Love” by Miranda Lambert with Maren Morris



feature photo credit: the ACM Facebook page

NASCAR’s Suarez Leaving 96 Car

NASCAR Cup’s playoff season has just begun, but the NASCAR Silly Season is in full swing with the retirement of Jimmie Johnson, the number 48 car is open with car owner Rick Hendrick looking for a new driver.

It has also been announced that Erik Jones will not return to the Joe Gibbs Racing number 20 car.

And in the past week, it was revealed that Bubba Wallace would not be returning to drive the number 43 car Richard Petty Motorsports.

On September 15, it was announced that Daniel Suarez would not be returning to drive the number 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing car next season.

This is Suarez’ fourth season as a NASCAR Cup Series driver, in that time he has driven for three different teams – Joe Gibbs Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing, and Gaunt Brothers Racing.

While he is currently unsure of the future in NASCAR, Suarez said, “I want to wish Gaunt Brothers Racing nothing but the best for the future.”

Team owner Marty Gaunt said, “the entire team is very appreciative of the effort Daniel has put forth.  He has helped build the foundation we need for next season as well as 2022 when the NextGen car arrives. We’re both committed to earning as many points as possible in these last eight races together and finishing the season strong.”

Gaunt added, “it’s a big jump to go from a part-time schedule to a full-time schedule, especially this season as we all dealt with the challenges of a global pandemic, but we’ve made it work.  Our strategic partnership with Toyota has been a critical and valuable asset, and that’s evident by the reliability we’ve been able to achieve this year. We’re laying important groundwork for improved goals next year that, ultimately, sets us up for success with the Next Gen car in 2022. We’re taking a methodical, long-term approach to our future and the next driver of our number 96 Toyota will be an integral part of that development.”

feature photo credit: By Morrison_2001 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/10097502@N03/33251072260/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=84767440

NASCAR Issues Richmond Penalties

The lug nut monster has been very busy the past few weeks.  NASCAR has issued penalties to four teams after the races at Richmond Raceway this past weekend.  At least one team in all three of the NASCAR Series received a penalty for lug nut infractions.

In the NASCAR Cup Series , the Joe Gibbs Racing number eleven car driven by Denny Hamlin and the Penske Racing number 12 car driven by Ryan Blaney were both found to have a single lug nut improperly secured during the post-race inspection process.  As a result of the infractions, number eleven crew chief Chris Gabehart and number 12 crew chief Todd Gordon were fined $10,000 each.

In the Xfinity Series, the Kaulig Racing number 10 driven by Ross Chastain was also found to have a single lug nut improperly secured with crew chief Bruce Schlicker being fine $5,000.

In the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series the Hattori Racing Enterprises number 16 truck driven by Austin Hill was found to have a single lug nut improperly secured with crew chief Scott Zipadelli being fined $2,500.

No further penalties were assessed to the Joe Gibbs Racing number 18 driven by Kyle Busch after Busch had to start the race form the back of the field after failing the pre-race inspection twice on Saturday night.

DWTS Premieres Season 29

“Dancing with the Stars” begins a new season with a new host, new stars, and a new judge.

Tyra Banks takes over the hosting duties after the departure of Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.

With travel restrictions, social distancing, and lockdown issues head judge Len Goodman is stuck in England and will not be a part of the judging panel this season. Taking his place is DWTS champion Derek Hough.

Fans are not in the Ballroom yet and the judges – Carrie Ann Inaba, a silver haired Bruno Tonioli, and Derek Hough are all social distancing at a new judge’s table.

Fans of the show will notice that no one in the Ballroom is wearing a mask. The dancers and celebrities have been quarantined so that ABC determined a mask was not needed. Even the married couples – there are three this year – must separate for the season.

Backstreet Boy AJ McLean is paired up with Cheryl Burke for a Cha Cha. Derek called it a great way to start the show but wanted more Jive action. Bruno called the dance strong and powerful; adding that AJ needed to work on his kicks and flicks. Carrie Ann said it was exactly the way they should start off the season. She added that AJ needed to dance a little bigger. AJ and Cheryl scored 18 points for their dance.

Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko are paired up for the Tango. Bruno noted that Chrishell gave them the selling points but went wrong. Noting that Chrishell has so much potential, Carrie Ann felt that Chrishell didn’t get her feet under her. Derek noted that Chrishell needed to start from the bottom and work on her feet. Chrishell and Gleb scored 13 points for their dance.

Football star Vernon Davis paired up with Peta Murgatroyd for a Fox Trot to the music of John Legend. Carrie Ann called the performance impressive; adding that Vernon has stage presence. Noting that Vernon had a good frame, Derek said that Vernon was so smooth. Bruno noted that the couple had sizzling chemistry; adding that he noticed Vernon trying to perform the rise and fall in the dance. Vernon and Peta scored 17 points for their dance.

Anne Heche and Keo Motsepe paired up for a Cha Cha. Saying that it made him smile, Derek said it was a great first dance that was fun, clean, and neat. Bruno said that Anne had full on zest in her performance; adding that while she did a really good job, she needs more hip action. Carrie Ann loved the strength and tension; adding that the couple had a great partnership. Anne and Keo scored 18 points for their dance.

Jeannie Mai and Brandon Armstrong joined up for a Salsa that Bruno called so energizing; adding that Jeannie was a little ray of sunshine. While telling Jeannie to watch her foot placement, Bruno said that the spirit of the dance was spot on. Calling the dance amazing, Carrie Ann said that they lit up the room. Saying Holey Moley, Derek thought it was a good start; adding the dance was well done but told Jeannie to watch her turns. Jeannie and Brandon scored 18 points for their dance.

Jesse Metcalfe paired up with a blonde Sharna Burgess for a Quickstep to “Part Time Lover” by Stevie Wonder. Carrie Ann said that it was one of the most passionate Quicksteps she has ever seen on the show; adding that at time Jesse got a little wild and needs to “tame the beast”. Derek called it a great first dance; adding that Jesse was a leading man on the dance floor. Noting that the Quickstep is a hard dance, Bruno said that Jesse did well. Jesse and Sharna scored 18 points for their dance.

At 18, Skai Jackson is the youngest dancer this season. She paired up with Alan Bersten for a Tango. Derek called the dance clean and strong; adding that Skai has a beautiful posture. Bruno said that for Skai, the sky was the limit; adding she gave a mature performance with fantastic shapes. Saying that Skai coped with the height differential well, Carrie Ann called it a beautiful and exciting performance. Skai and Alan scored 21 points for their dance.

Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe paired up with a returning Artem Chigvintsev for a Cha Cha. Telling Artem that it was nice to have him back where he belonged, Bruno said that while Kaitlyn could be sharper, Artem really got her going. Carrie Ann said that it was a great first dance; adding that Kaitlyn needs to work on pointing her feet. Derek agreed that it was a great first dance; adding that while it was a beautiful Cha Cha and Kaitlyn has a lot of potential, he felt that it was a safe dance. Kaitlyn and Artem scored 20 points for their dance.

Nev Schulman and Jenna Johnson performed a Foxtrot to “The Way You Look Tonight”. Carrie Ann said that they transported them back to the era of the dance; adding that Nev’s world needs a little more of Nev. Derek called it a great dance that was a pleasure to watch; adding that Nev is good. Bruno called Nev a great dancer; adding that loved the classic Hollywood style in the dance. Nev and Jenna scored 20 points for their dance.

Back in London, Len Goodman made an appearance saying that everyone looks great; adding that he is going to be keeping an eye on the cast this season and he will be back later.

Ice skater Johnny Weir and new pro dancer Britt Stewart performed a purple Cha Cha. After welcoming Britt to the Ballroom, Derek said that it was a great first dance; telling Johnny to stay consistently Johnny. Bruno agreed that it was a great opening dance; adding that Johnny had a wonderful lyrical quality to his dancing and noting that Johnny feels the music in his body. Carrie Ann said that Johnny should have been on the show years ago. She reminded Johnny to stay connected with his partner. This is the first time Weir has ever had to perform with a partner. Johnny and Britt scored 18 points for their dance.

Justina Machado and Sasha Farber performed a Cha Cha to “Respect”. Saying that she has respect, Bruno said that Justina has confidence and musicality. Saying Mui calliente, Carrie Ann said that Justina got everyone out of their seats. Saying that Justina oozed charisma, Derek said that Justina filled the room with energy. Justin and Sasha scored 21 points for their dance.

Six foot nine basketball star Charles Oakley and Emma Slater danced a Salsa. Saying that is wasn’t his last dance, Carrie Ann noted that Charles was ahead of the music. Agreeing that Charles was ahead of the music, Derek said that Charles was also flat footed; adding that he felt the joy in Charles. Bruno noted that Charles got into the spirit of the dance in his own way. Charles and Emma scored 12 points for their dance.

Cheerleading coach Monica Aldama and Val Chmerkovskiy danced a Foxtrot that Derek said was beautiful, plesant to watch, and a breath of fresh air; addign that it was good to watch. Noting that Monica had a slow start, Carrie Ann was impressed that Monica went for it. Bruno said that the dance was stylish and looked as it should. Monica and Val scored 19 points for their dance.

Award winning Hip-Hop artist Nelly was paired up with new DWTS pro dancer Danielle Karagach for a Salsa to one of Nelly’s own songs. Bruno called it a wonderful ride; adding that the interplay was so much fun. Bruno said that the dance was very grounded but cautioned Nelly to watch his shoulders. Saying that she didn’t expect the back flip from Nelly, Carrie Ann said that the groove was right but Nelly needs to open up and show who he is. Derek said that it was a great dance; but noted Nelly’s footwear saying that the sneakers were appropriate for this dance but in future he needed to wear some Ballroom shoes. Nelly and Danielle scored 16 points for their dance.

In the final dance of the night, Carole Baskin and Pasha Pashkov performed a Paso Doble to “Eye of the Tiger”. Carrie Ann loved the connection between the two; adding that Carole did not hold back. Derek said that Carole smashed it; adding that she needs to watch her shoulders. Disagreeing with his fellow judges, Bruno said that the dance was kind of sedated and didn’t pop. Carole and Pasha scored eleven points for their dance.

No one is eliminated this week. The scores will be added to those for next week and added to fan votes for the first elimination next week.


DWTS Premiere scores:
Carole and Pasha – 11
Charles and Emma – 12
Chrishell and Gleb – 13
Nelly and Daniella – 16
Vernon and Peta – 17
AJ and Cheryl – 18
Anne and Keo – 18
Jeannie and Brandon – 18
Jesse and Sharna – 18
Johnny and Britt – 18
Monica and Val – 19
Kaitlyn and Artem – 20
Nev and Jenna – 20
Skai and Alan – 21
Justina and Sasha – 21

Jim Brickman Spreading ‘Comfort and Joy’

Award winning piano virtuoso Jim Brickman is set to spread some “Comfort and Joy” this holiday season with a series of virtual concerts that will include meet and greets via Zoom and Christmas gifts delivered to you with his “Comfort and Joy at Home 2020 Virtual Tour”.

Brickman is also helping out local theatres by donating a portion of the ticket sales.  The pandemic and lockdowns have been particularly hard on live theatre and music venues.

Brickman will mix traditional holiday tunes with his own original music to provide an up close and personal experience that will make every fan feel like they are sitting in the front row. 

Tickets for the “Comfort and Joy at Home” concerts are $40, $75, and $125 each  The $75 and $125 packages include a Zoom meet and greet and a stocking filled with gifts including a program and music delivered to your door.  Tickets can be purchased at: https://www.jimbrickman.com/tour/

https://youtu.be/ZwyVs5mFvug

Jim Brickman Comfort and Joy at Home tour dates: (all times are local)
Nov 29 at 3pm for the Lied Center for the Performing Arts in Lincoln, NE
Nov 29 at 4pm on KSSK Radio
Dec 2 at 7pm for the Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge, LA
Dec 3 at 7pm for the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, FL
Dec 3 at 9pm for the Broadway in Lubbock, TX
Dec 3 at 8pm for the Broadway in Colorado Springs, CO
Dec 4 at 7pm for the Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville, IL
Dec 4 at 7:30pm for the First Interstate Center for the Arts in Spokane, WA
Dec 5 at 7pm for the Broadway in South Bend, IN
Dec 5 at 4pm for the Broadway in Toledo, OH
Dec 5 at 8pm for the Playhouse Square in Cleveland, OH
Dec 5 at 3pm for the Broadway in Peoria, IL
Dec 6 at 4pm for the Weinberg Center in Frederick, MD
Dec 6 at 3pm for the Marcus Performing Arts Center in Milwaukee, WI
Dec 6 at 6pm for the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN
Dec 6 at 7pm for the Lexington Opera House in Lexington, KY
Dec 8 at 7pm for the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL
Dec 10 at 7pm for the RBLTS’s Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, NY
Dec 10 at 7pm for the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville, KY
Dec 10 at 7pm for the Heritage Theater in Campbell, CA
Dec 10 at 7pm for the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre in Vacaville, CA
Dec 10 at 7pm for the Downey Civic Theatre in Downey, CA
Dec 10 at 7pm for the San Ramon Performing Arts Center in San Ramon, CA
Dec 11 at 7pm for the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, IA
Dec 11 at 9pm for the Hennepin Theatre Trust in Minneapolis, MN
Dec 12 at 7pm for The Bushnell Performing Arts Center in Hartford, CT
Dec 12 at 10pm EST – the Brickman Holiday Party
Dec 13 at 4pm for the Orpheim Theatre in Wichita, KS
Dec 13 at 7pm for the Gillioz Theatre in Springfield, MO
Dec 15 at 7pm for The OnCenter in Syracuse, NY
Dec 15 at 7pm for the Broadway in Eugene, OR
Dec 15 at 7pm for the Broadway in Riverside, CA
Dec 151 at 7pm for the Broadway in Santa Barbara, CA
Dec 15 for the Broadway in Thousand Oaks, CA
Dec 16 at 7pm for the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis, MO
Dec 17 at 7pm for the Folly Theater in Kansas City, MO
Dec 17 at 8pm for the Morrison Center in Boise, ID
Dec 18 at 7pm for the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester, MA
Dec 18 at 9pm for the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford, IL
Dec 19 at 7pm for the Allentown Symphony in Allentown, PA
Dec 19 at 7pm for the Portland 5 Centers for the Arts in Portland, OR
Dec 20 at 2pm for the Balboa Theatre in San Diego, CA
Dec 20 at 7pm for the Lyric Theatre in Birmingham, AL
Dec 21 at 7pm for the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, WA
Dec 22 at 7pm for the Kalamazoo State Theatre in Kalamazoo, MI
Dec 23 at 7pm for the Southern Theatre in Columbus, OH
Dec 23 at 7pm for the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, CT
Dec 23 at 10pm – Brickman Holiday Party

feature photo credit: By PianoMan99 – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11433154

Big League Fun at The Strong

The global pandemic may have postponed and cancelled sporting events around the world, but thanks to The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York baseball fans can get a glimpse into what really goes on in the game.  Learn about the science and the math behind the game with the Big League Fun Exhibit beginning September 26.

Visitors to The Strong and the Big League Fun Exhibit can see what it’s like to be a broadcaster by entering the booth and calling a game.  Real game clips and sound effects complete the recorded broadcast.  Create your own baseball card, complete with your favourite team’s logo.  Throw a pitch from the pitcher’s mound, take a few swings in the digitally enhanced batter’s cage, make the game saving catch, or step behind home plate to see what it’s like to be the umpire and make a few calls.

For baseball fans who are looking for something a little less active; answer trivia and physics questions, learn how to calculate batting averages, or use the green screen technology to conduct interviews.

Missed out on the experience of going to a game this year?  Visitors can create their own game experience at the ballpark with props and costumes including selling tickets and concessions.

Love playing armchair coach/umpire?  Visitors can interact with the first base coach and strategize a variety of game scenarios.

The Strong is open daily from 10am to 3pm.  Tickets and face coverings are required to enter the museum.  Social distancing and limited capacity measures will be enforced.

Admission to The Strong is $16; members and children under the age of two are free.

Admission to the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden is 11am to 2:30pm daily with the last entry at 2:15pm.  Tickets are an additional $5 for non-members and $4 for members.



feature photo credit: courtesy of The Strong in Rochester, New York

Dominating Win in Richmond for NASCAR Cup

The NASCAR Cup Series caps off a busy weekend of short track racing at Richmond Raceway with the Federated Auto Parts 400.

Last weekend, Kevin Harvick kicked off the playoffs with a win at Darlington and guaranteed his spot in the next round of the playoffs.  Harvick will sit on the pole for tonight’s race and bring the field to green.

When the green flag drops, Chad Knaus will mark 700 Cup Series starts as a crew chief.  As a crew chief for the Hendrick Motorsports number 24, Knaus has been the crew chief for seven time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and William Byron.

The 2020 racing season has not been a good year for the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch.  The Covid-19 pandemic, no on track practice, and an inability to figure out the tires have all conspired to keep Busch out of Victory Circle this season.  After his Joe Gibbs Racing number 18 car failed the pre-race inspection process twice, Busch will have to give up his sixth place starting spot and move to the back of the field to start the race.

Christopher Bell also has to move to the back of the field after some inspection issues.

The starting lineup for the Federated Auto Parts 400:
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Austin Dillon
Alex Bowman
William Byron
Kyle Busch – moved to the back of the field for failed inspection
Denny Hamlin
Kurt Busch
Brad Keselowski
Aric Almirola
Clint Bowyer
Chase Elliott
Cole Custer
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Blaney
Matt DiBenedetto
Erik Jones
Jimmie Johnson
Matt Kenseth
Michael McDowell
Ryan Newman
Tyler Reddick
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Preece
Chris Buescher
Christopher Bell – moved to the back of the field for inspection issues
Ty Dillon
Daniel Suarez
Brennan Poole
Bubba Wallace
John Hunter Nemechek
JJ Yeley
Quin Houff
Corey La Joie
Reed Sorenson
Joey Gase
Timmy Hill
James Davison

Stages one is 80 laps each, stage two is 155 laps long, and stage three is 165 laps long for a total of 400 laps around the ¾ mile track.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start ace and jumps out in front of Joey Logano for the lead.

Lap three, Kevin Harvick leads the race with Joey Logano in second: Austin Dillon, Alex Bowman, and William Byron round out the top five.  After starting from the back of the field, Kyle Busch is in 30th place.

Lap eight, Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly half a second on Joey Logano with Austin Dillon in third.

Lap eleven, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to over half a second on Joey Logano, Alex Bowman, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.  Kyle Busch has moved up to 25th place.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 30.

Lap 15, Kyle Busch continues to lead the race with a lead of over half a second on Austin Dillon.

Lap 17, all 38 cars are on the lead lap with Kevin Harvick out in front by over half a second on Austin Dillon.

Lap 20, Austin Dillon has caught leader Kevin Harvick and passed him to take the lead of the race.

Lap 22, the top five are Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, and Brad Keselowski.  Kyle Busch has moved up to 21st place.

Lap 28, Austin Dillon has a lead of over a second on Joey Logano with Kevin Harvick in third over two seconds back; Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

NASCAR puts out the yellow flag for the competition caution at the end of lap 30.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for fresh tires and service with Austin Dillon winning the race off of pit road; Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick follow.

Ryan Blaney had to make a second trip down pit road to tighten a loose tire.

Austin Dillon brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 38 with Dillon jumping out in front for the lead from the inside lane.

Lap 39, Denny Hamlin passes Austin Dillon for the lead.

Lap 41, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano with Austin Dillon in third; Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.  Kyle Busch is in 16th place.

Lap 45, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Joey Loagno.  There are 35 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 47, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, and Brad Keselowski. 

Lap 50, Denny Hamlin holds on to a one second lead on Joey Logano with Austin Dillon a second and a half back.

Lap 53, Austin Dillon passes Joey Logano to take second place; Denny Hamlin leads the race by a second and a half.  Kyle Busch has moved up to 15th place.

Lap 57, Austin Dillon has closed the gap on leader Denny Hamlin to a second with Joey Logano in third over two seconds back.

Lap 60, with 33 cars on the lead lap, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over half a second on Austin Dillon; Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.  Kyle Busch is in 16th place over eleven seconds back.

Lap 66, Denny Hamlin’s lead is down to just over half a second on Austin Dillon; Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 69, Kyle Busch enters the top 15.  Denny Hamlin’s lead is down to just half a second.

Ryan Blaney is reporting a tight condition on his car.

Lap 72, Austin Dillon has closed the gap on leader Denny Hamlin to under half a second with Joey Logano in third over four seconds back.  There are 31 cars on the lead lap.

Five laps remain in stage one; Denny Hamlin has a lead of under half a second on Austin Dillon.

Denny Hamlin wins stage one for his eighth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Denny Hamlin
Austin Dillon
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick
Alex Bowman
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Clint Bowyer

With the abrasive track, drivers are eager to get four new tires on each pit stop.  Once again Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road.  Kyle Busch moves up five spaces to eighth place after his pit stop.

Denny Hamlin and Austin Dillon were caught speeding on pit road.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 90 and jumps out in front for the lead.

The top five are Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Alex Bowman, Kevin Harvick, and Martin Truex Jr.  Kyle Busch is in seventh place.

Lap 98, Joey Loagno has a third of a second lead on Brad Keselowski with Martin Truex Jr in third; Alex Bowman and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 103, Austin Dillon has moved up to 21st place and Kenny Hamlin is in 24th place after having to restart from the back of the field for a speeding penalty.

Lap 195, Joey Logano continues to lead the race with Brad Keselowski nearly a half second back; Martin Truex Jr, Alex Bowman, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 107, Kevin Harvick passes Alex Bowman for fourth.

Brad Keselowski has caught leader and team mate Joey Logano but remains in second place.

Lap 114, Brad Keselowski is challenging leader Joey Logano for the lead as they encounter slower traffic.

There are 30 cars on the lead lap with Timmy Hill off the track.

Lap 117, the top five are Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Chase Elliott. 

Lap 119, Brad Keselowski begins to battle Joey Logano for the lead.

Lap 121, Brad Keselowski passes Joey Logano for the lead.

Austin Dillon has moved up to 12th place and Denny Hamlin is in 20th

Lap 124, the top five are Brad Keselowski,, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Chase Elliott with 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 128, Brad Keselowski has a near half second lead on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr is over a second back in third place.

Lap 129, Austin Dillon has moved up 18 spots since having to restart the  race from the back of the field.

Lap 132, Brad Keselowski has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 138, there are 28 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 140, Matt DiBenedetto is on pit road for his green flag pit stop.  All of the teams will have to make at least one pit stop during the stage for fuel and tires.  Kevin Harvick also comes down pit road for his scheduled pit stop.

Lap 143, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over a second on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 145 more drivers come down pit road for their scheduled pit stops.

Lap 147, leader Brad Keselowski continues to lap slower traffic with 24 cars on the lead lap.

Kao 149, Keyle Busch passes Alex Bowman to enter the top five.

Austin Dillon has entered the top 10 in ninth place; Denny Hamlin is in 16th.

Lap 154, Brad Keselowski has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Drivers making green flag pit stops go one or two laps down depending on their relationship to the leader until the leader balances out the field.

Lap 162, leader Brad Keselowski makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Kevin Harvick.

Lap 164, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon, Aric Almirola, Cole Custer, and Matt DiBenedetto.

William Byron is having some handling issues with his car.  He is currently two laps down.

Lap 169, Kevin Harvick leads the race with Austin Dillon over a half second back; Aric Almirola, Cole Custer, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 177, Austin Dillon gets into the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 178, Kevin Harvick has a two second lead on Austin Dillon; Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano round out the top five.  There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 180, Austin Dillon has closed the gap on leader Kevin Harvick to under half a second.

Lap 182, Austin Dillon has caught and passed Kevin Harvick with newer tires to take the lead.

Lap 184, Austin Dillon has pulled out to a one second lead on Kevin Harvick; Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 187, Kevin Harvick makes a pit stop and was charged with making a commitment cone violation.  He will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Lap 189, Austin Dillon has a lead of nearly three seconds on Brad Keselowski; Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 192, there are 17 cars on the lead lap.  Austin Dillon has a lead of nearly two seconds on Brad Keselowski.

After serving his penalty, Kevin Harvick returns to the track in 27th place one lap down.

Lap 200, Austin Dillon has his number three car in the lead nearly two seconds ahead of Brad Keselowski; Joey Logano is in third over three seconds back.

Timmy Hill is out of the race.

Lap 205, Austin Dillon has a one second lead on Brad Keselowski; Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 210, Austin Dillon’s lead is down to just half a second on Brad Keselowski with just 15 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 213, Brad Keselowski has caught leader Austin Dillon and is beginning to challenge for the lead. 

While Austin Dillon and Brad Keselowski battle for the lead, Joey Logano loses third place to Martin Truex Jr nearly five seconds back.

Lap 218, Brad Keselowski takes advantage of the lapped car of Michael McDowell to take the lead form Austin Dillon.

Lap 219, Brad Keselowski has already pulled out to a half second lead on Austin Dillon; Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

In 16th place, the first car one lap down, Kevin Harvick is close to unlapping himself.

Lap 226, Brad Keselowski hasa one second lead on Austin Dillon; Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick has unlapped himself and is again back on the lead lap.

Lap 230, five laps remain in stage two; Brad Keselowski has a lead of less than half a second on Austin Dillon; Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

With three laps remaining in stage two, Brad Keselowski has lapped playoff driver Cole Custer and is about to lap playoff driver Clint Bowyer.

Brad Keselowski wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two;
Brad Keselowski
Austin Dillon
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Aric Almirola
Matt Kenseth
Kevin Harvick

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires and fuel with Brad Keselowski winning the race off of pit road and Martin Truex Jr out second.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 244 and jumps out in front for the lead.

The top five are Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, Austin Dillon, and Chase Elliott.

La 247, Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon battle for fifth place.

Lap 248, Brad Keselowski has a one second lead on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 250, Brad Keselowski leads the race with 16 cars on the lead lap.  Timmy Hill is the only driver out of the race.

Lap 254, Brad Keselowski has a near one second lead on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 259, Brad Keselowski has a one second lead on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr is in third over two seconds back; Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 266, Brad Keselowski continues to lead the race with a one second lead on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch round out the top five with 16 cars on the lead lap.

NBC Sport broadcaster Dale Earnhardt Jr noted that stage three of a race in Richmond has never gone caution free.  The drivers will have to stop at least once for fuel…and tires…during stage three.

Lap 273, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over a second on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 278, Brad Keselowski has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch round out the top five with 16 cars on the lead lap.

In 13th place, Denny Hamlin said that his car is “just awful” and the car is “plowing”.

Lap 289, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over a second and a half on Joey Logano; Martin TReux Jr, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch round out the top five with 15 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 292, Denny Hamlin is the first driver to come down pit road for his green flag pit stop.

Lap 294, Joey Logano is the first of the lead lap drivers to make his pit stop.

Leader Brad Keselowski makes his pt stop and gives the lead over to Chase Elliott with Kyle Busch in second two seconds back.

Lap 295, Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch make their pit stops and gives the lead over to Kurt Busch.

Lap 298, the top five are Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Martin Truex Jr with just nine cars on the lead lap.  Kyle Busch is the last car on the lead lap in ninth place.

Lap 305, yet to make a pit stop, Kurt Busch has a three second lead on Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth.

Lap 308, Joey Logano passes Kurt Busch to take the lead on fresher tires.

Lap 311, the top five are Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr, Austin Dillon, and Kurt Busch.

Lap 313, Kurt Busch finally makes his pit stop.

Lap 314, Joey Logano has the lead with Brad Keselowski on his bumper; Martin Truex Jr, Austin Dillon, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 116, Brad Keselowski passes Joey Logano to take the lead with Martin Truex Jr nearly two seconds back in third.  There are only 13 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 420, Brad Keselowski has a one second lead on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Austin Dillon, and Chase Elliott round out the top five;  Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, and Alex Bowman fill out the top 10.

Lap 425, Brad Keselowski has led 126 laps so far and has a lead of a second and a half on team mate Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Austin Dillon, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 432, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over three seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 434, Austin Dillon passes Joey Logano to take third place.

Austin Dillon drops to fourth place after missing pit road and has to make another lap before making his pit stop.  He is the first of the two stop drivers to come down pit road for fresh tires.

Lap 440, Brad Keselowski has a lead of nearly four seconds on Martin Truex Jr with eleven cars on the lead lap.

Lap 441, Denny Hamlin makes his pit stop as the two stop drivers begin making their green flag pit stops.

Brad Keselowski makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Kyle Busch; Kevin Harvick is in second nearly three seconds back.

With 55 laps remaining in the race, the top five are Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, and Austin Dillon.

Lap 447, Kyle Busch gives up the lead to come down pit road for service and gives the lead over to Kevin Harvick.

Kevin Harvick makes his pit stop and give the lead over to Kurt Busch.

Fifty to go, Kurt Busch is the leader with Austin Dillon in second just over half a second back; Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Austin Dillon takes the lead with Brad Keselowski in second and battling for the lead.

Brad Keselowski passes Austin Dillon to take the lead. 

With 43 laps remaining in the race, Brad Keselowski has a lead of two and a half seconds on Austin Dillon; Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

With 38 laps to go there are 13 cars on the lead lap.

Thirty-five to go, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

With 26 laps to go, Austin Dillon has caught Joey Logano and is challenging for third.

Twenty to go, Brad Keselowski continues to dominate the race with a lead of two and a half seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Eighteen to go, Martin Truex Jr has closed the gap on leader Brad Keselowski to under two and a half seconds with just eleven cars on the lead lap.

Eleven to go, Brad Keselowski has a two and a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Austin Dillon and Joey Logano battle for third with Chase Elliot rounding out the top five.

Eight to go, the battle for third between Joey Logano and Austin Dillon continues.

Five to go, Brad Keselowski called his shot earlier this week and is backing it up; he has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Joey Logano has retaken third from Austin Dillon, and Chase Elliott rounds out the top five.

Brad Keselowski takes the white flag with a lead of over two and a half seconds on Martin Truex Jr.

Brad Keselowski wins the race and earns himself a spot in the next round of the playoffs.  This is Keselowski’s 34th career win and his fourth win of the season.

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



Dark Tranquility are In the ‘Moment’

Dark Tranquility are in the “Moment” with their new album set for a November 20 release.

In advance of the album, the band has released the first single from the album “Phantom Days”.

https://youtu.be/a_CfzJ9GZ4M

“Moment” is Dark Tranquility’s first release in four years.  It is also band’s 12th album but the first album release under the current band lineup.

Noting that they have been working on the album for some time, the band said, “we hope this finds you well and gives some sort of respite in these trying times.”

The band is offering “Moment” in a variety of formats – a digital download, vinyl ( black and silver versions), and on CD.

Hatebreed to Release New Album

Bands are still unable to perform live gigs before crowds of fans, but they have not been completely idle. 

Hard rockers Hatebreed have a new album coming out in November, just in time for the holiday season.

“Weight of the False Self” is set for a November 27 release.  Giving fans a bit of a tease of what’s to come, the band has released a lyric video of the album’s title track.

https://youtu.be/VLJrg_IteSo

Band frontman Jamey Jasta noted that when writing songs for the band, he tries to “be in the moment” and “getting a mental picture of my current reality.”

The Album’s producer Matt Byrne of Zeuss spoke on the album saying, “there’s no shortage of beefy riffs and adrenaline-fueled drums on this record. I’m proud to say that we will consistently provide a soundtrack to which you can mosh in your living room and destroy your apartment.”H

Double Win in Xfinity Doubleheader

For the second time in less than 24 hours the Xfinity Series goes short track racing as they cap off a doubleheader at Richmond Raceway with the Richmond is for Racing Lovers 250.  This is the fourth doubleheader weekend for the Xfinity Series racers.

After running 250 laps under the lights, the drivers will race 250 laps under cloudy skies.

Setting the starting lineup for today’s race, NASCAR has inverted the top 15 drivers putting Tommy Joe Martins on the pole with Brandon Jones starting alongside on the front row.  Friday’s race winner Justin Allgaier will start today’s race in 14th place.

During the post-race inspection process after the race on Friday night, NASCAR officials found that the number 61 car driven by Chad Finchum failed the ride height requirements.  As a result of the infraction, Finchum’s 27th place finish was disqualified.  Finchum and the team lose any points earned during the race and is listed as the last place driver in the GoBowling 250.

NASCAR has also penalized the MBM Motorsports number 13 car driven by Stephen Leicht after they violated the NASCAR rule book when they dropped an axel on the track.  As a result, car chief Zach Gobble has been ejected from the track and will miss the race on Saturday.

Myatt Snider has to move to the back of the field in a backup car.

Stages one and two of the race are 75 laps each with stage three lasting 100 laps for a total of 250 laps around the ¾ mile track.

NBC Sports goes with an all driver broadcast team when Jeff Burton, Dale Jarrett, and Dale Earnhardt Jr join up to call the race.

Tommy Joe Martins brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and goes nose to nose the Brandon Jones as the drivers quickly get three wide across the track.  Brandon Jones takes the lead.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 40.

Lap four, the top five are Brandon Jones,, Chase Briscoe, Ryan Sieg, Kaz Grala, and Michael Annett.

Lap seven, Brandon Jones and Chase Briscoe battle for the lead but Jones holds on to the top spot.

Lap 10, Brandon Jones leads the race with Chase Briscoe in second and Kaz Grala in third; Ryan Sieg and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap 14, Brandon Jones holds on to his third of a second lead on Chase Briscoe with Kaz Grala in third over half a second back.

Lap 17, Chase Briscoe passes Brandon Jones to take the lead; Kaz Grala, Noah Gragson, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Kaz Grala has taken second place form Brandon Jones with Chase Briscoe in the lead.

Lap 22, the top five are Chse Briscoe, Kaz Grala, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, and Brandon Jones.

Lap 25, Noah Gragson and Kaz Grala battle for second place; swapping back and forth until Gragson takes the spot.

Lap 27, leader Chase Briscoe has encountered slower traffic and is beginning to lap cars; Timmy Hill is the first driver to go one lap down.

Lap 29, Noah Gragson challenges Chase Briscoe for the lead.  Lap 30, Noah Gragson takes the lead and continues to lap slower traffic.

Lap 31, the top five are Noah Gragson, Chase Briscoe, Kaz Grala, Justin Haley, and Austin Cindric.  Friday Race winner Justin Allgaier has moved from 15th to seventh.

Lap 34, Kaz Grala battles Chase Briscoe for second.  Justin Haley has joined the battle.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track in a battle for second.

Lap 37, Noah Gragson has a lead of nearly a second on Justin Haley; Chase Briscoe, Justin Allgaier, and Kaz Grala round out the top five.

Lap 40, Justin Allgaier passes Justin Haley for second with Noah Gragson nearly a second out in front with the lead.

At the end of lap 40, NASCAR puts out the yellow flag for the competition caution.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for fresh tires.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 46 with team mate Justin Allgaier alongside.  Justin Allgaier takes the lead as drivers get three wide across the track.

Lap 47, Justin Allgaier is in the lead with Noah Gragson in second; Justin Haley, Chase Briscoe, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Lap 51, Justin Allgaier has a narrow lead on Noah Gragson with Justin Haley, Ross Chastain, and Chase Briscoe rounding out the top five.

Lap 55, Noah Gragson continues to challenge Justin Allgaier for the lead.

Lap 58, there are 29 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 64, Justin Allgaier has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Noah Gragson; Justin Haley, Ross Chastain, and Michael Annett round out the top five.

Lap 68, Justin Allgaier holds on to a lead of over half a second on Nah Gragson; Justin Haley, Ross Chastain, and Michael Annett round out the top five with 30 cars on the lead lap.

Timmy Hill is off the track.

Austin Cindric is reporting a possible tire going down with four laps remaining in stage one.

Justin Allgaier wins stage one for his 10th stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Justin Allgaier
Noah Gragson
Justin Haley
Ross Chastain
Harrison Burton
Michael Annett
Riley Herbst
Jeb Burton
Ryan Sieg
Kaz Grala

Drivers come down pit road for service.  Justin Haley reports a very loose condition on his car.  Justin Allgaier wins the race off of pit road.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the inside lane with team mate Noah Gragson alongside on lap 83.  Drivers quickly get three wide across the track with Ross Chastain getting out in front for the lead.

Lap 84, the top five are Ross Chastain, Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, Harrison Burton, and Jeb Burton.

Lap 85, Justin Allgaier challenges Ross Chastain for the lead; so far Chastain holds him off.

Lap 88, Ross Chastain has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Justin Allgaier; Noah Gragson, Jeb Burton, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Broadcaster Dale Earnardt Jr has four cars in the race; three of which are in the top five.  Broadcaster Jeff Burton has a son and a nephew in the race with Harrison and Jeb Burton.

Lap 93, Ross Chastain has a lead of over a second on Justin Allgaier; Noah Gragson, Jeb Burton, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 100, Ross Chastain has a lead of over half a second on Justin Allgaier; Noah Gragson, Jeb Burton, and Justin  Haley round off the top five.  Timmy Hill is out of the race.

Lap 102, Justin Allgaier has closed the gap on leader Ross Chastain to under half a second.

Lap 109, Ross Chastain has encountered heavy traffic with Justin Allgaier on his bumper. 

Lap 113, the top five are Ross Chastain, Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, and Harrison Burton.  There are 24 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 119, Justin Allgaier challenges Ross Chastain for the lead.  Ross Chastain has put pole sitter Tommy Joe Martins a lap down; there are now 21 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 122, the top five are Ross Chastain, Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, and Harrison Burton.

Lap 125, Justin Allgaier continues to challenge Ross Chastain for the lead.  While Chastain has finished second numerous times this season; he has yet to win a race.

Lap 128 Justin Allgaier passes Ross Chastain to take the lead.

Ross Chastain has a loose condition in his car.

Lap 131, Harrison Burton passes Noah Gragson for third.

With 20 cars on the lead lap, Justin Allgaier leads the race with Ross Chastain in second; Harrison Burton, Riley Herbst, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap 139, Justin Allgaier has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Ross Chastain.

The caution flag comes out on lap 140 after Colby Howard hits the wall.  Howard brought out a caution flag in Friday’s race for hitting the wall.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for fresh tires with less than 10 laps remaining in stage two. 

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 145and edges out Kaz Grala for the lead.  Drivers are getting three wide across the track as they battle for position.

Four laps remain in stage two; Justin Allgaier, Ross Chastain, and Justin Haley battle for the lead with Ross Chastain taking the lead.

Justin Haley battle Ross Chastain for the lead on the final lap of stage two.  Ross Chastain wins stage two for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ross Chastain
Justin Haley
Jeb Burton
Chase Briscoe
Harrison Burton
Austin Cindric
Riley Herbst
Justin Allgaier
Noah Gragson
Kaz Grala

Drivers come down pit road for service.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 158 and gets out in front for the lead.

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

Lap 160 Jeb Burton gets around Ross Chastain to take the lead.


Lap 162, Jeb Burton has a lead of over a second on Justin Allgaier with Ross Chastain in third.

Lap 166, Jeb Burton has a near one second lead on Justin Allgaier; Ross Chastain, Austin Cindric, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Lap 170, Justin Allgaier has caught up to leader Jeb Burton and is beginning to challenge for the lead.

Lap 173, there are 19 cars on the lead lap.

Justin Allgaier passes Jeb Burton for the lead; Ross Chastain, Noah Gragson, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Lap 178, Justin Allgaier has pulled out to a one second lead on Jeb Burton; Ross Chastain, Noah Gragson, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 181, Justin Allgaier has increased his lead to two seconds on Jeb Burton.

Lap 185, Justin Allgaier has increased his lead on Ross Chastain to two and a half seconds; Jeb Burton, Noah Gragson, and Justin Haley round out the top five. 

If seventh place driver Austin Cindric finishes the race with a points lead of 61 points, he will clinch the regular season championship.

Lap 190, Justin Allgaier continues to pull away from the field and now has a lead of three seconds on Ross Chastain.  Colby Howard is out of the race with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 197, Justin Allgaier now has a lead of over four seconds on Ross Chastain; Jeb Burton, Justin Haley, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Fifty to go, Justin Allgaier has pulled away from the field with a five second lead on Ross Chastain.  There are just 18 cars on the lead lap.

 Lap 208, leader Justin Allgaier is “driving it like he stole it” with a lead of nearly seven seconds on Ross Chastain with 16 cars on the lead lap.

The top five are Justin Allgaier, Ross Chastain, Jeb Burton, Justin Haley, and Noah Gragson.

Lap 215, Justin Allgaier is looking to make it a doubleheader sweep with a lead of over seven seconds on Ross Chastain.

Thirty to go, Justin Allgaier has an eight second lead on Ross Chastain.  Barring a caution or an issue with his car, it is Allgaier’s race to lose.

Twenty-five to go, Justin Allgaier’s lead is nearly nine seconds on Ross Chastain; Jeb Burton, Justin Haley ,and Harrison Burton round out the top five.  There are 14 cars on the lead lap.

Riley Herbst brings out the caution flag on lap 290 when he gets into the wall and erases a Justin Allgaier lead of over nine seconds.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires.  There are just 19 laps remaining in the race.  Justin Allgaier wins the race off of pit road with Jeb Burton coming out second.

Justin Allgaier has led 118 laps so far.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart with 13 laps remaining in the race.   Drivers spread out three and four wide across the track while Justin Allgaier edges out Jeb Burton for the lead. 

The top five are Justin Allgaier, Jeb Burton, Ross Chastain, Harrison Burton, and Justin Haley.

Ten to go, Justin Allgaier has a lead of nearly half  a second on Jeb Burton with 16 cars on the lead lap.

Eight to go, Justin Allgaier edges out to a lead of over half a second on Jeb Burton.

Six to go, Justin Allgaier’s lead is now a second over Jeb Burton; Ross Chastain, Harrison Burton, nad Justin Haley round out the top five.

Harrison Burton is challenging Ross Chastain for third place.

With just two laps to go, the leaders have encountered heavy traffic.

Justin Allgaier takes the white flag with a lead of nearly two seconds on Jeb Burton.

Justin Allgaier wins the race to sweep the weekend.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

The unofficial results of the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250:
Justin Allgaier
Jeb Burton
Ross Chastain
Harrison Burton
Justin Haley
Noah Gragson
Michael Annett
Brandon Jones
Kaz Grala
Austin Cindric
Brandon Brown
AlexLabbe
Matt Mills
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Ryan Sieg
Chase Briscoe
Jeremy Clements
Brett Moffitt
Bayley Currey
Kyle Weatherman
Mason Massey
Stephen Leicht
Joey Gase
BJ McLeod
Josh Williams
Tommy Joe Martins
Joe Graf Jr
Chad Finchum
Kody Vanderwal
Dexter Bean
Jesse Little
Riley Herbst
Colby Howard
Timmy Hill

Austin Cindric clinches the regular season championship with one race remaining in the regular season. Cindric wins 15 playoff points for winning the regular season.







Short Trackin’ in Richmond for Xfinity Series

The Xfinity Series kicks off a doubleheader weekend with some Friday night short track racing on the ¾ mile track at Richmond Raceway and the GoBowling 250.

Allowed to run in only five Xfinity races during the season, Kyle Busch will run his fifth race driving the Starburst number 54 car.  To date Busch has won 97 Xfinity Series races to top the list of all time winners.

Watermelon man Ross Chastain will sit on the pole and bring the field to the green flag with Brandon Jones starting alongside on the front row.

Stages one and two of the race are 75 laps each with stage three lasting 100 laps for a total of 250 laps around the track.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and jumps out in front for the lead of the race while Brandon Jones and Harrison Burton battle for second.



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

After starting in 30th place, Kyle Busch has already moved up to 24th.

Lap five, Ross Chastain has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Brandon Jones with Harrison Burton in third.  Kyle Such is up to 20th place.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 40.

Timmy Hill is off the track.

Lap 10, Ross Chastain has increased his lead to over half a second on Harrison Burton with Austin Cindric in third.  Kyle Busch has moved up to 19th place.

Lap 13, Ross Chastain continues to lead the race with Harrison Burton in second and Austin Cindric in third,  Kyle Busch is now in 18th place.

The caution flag comes out on lap 16 when Colby Howard gets into the wall.  There is some precipitation in the area.

There are raindrops on the camera lenses.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 24 from the inside lane and gets out in front for the lead as the drivers make it a three wide battle.  Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Leading all 25 of the laps so far, Ross Chastain has led the most laps he has ever led.

Lap 27, Ross Chastain has a half second lead on Austin Cindric with Harrison Burton in third.  Kyle Busch has moved up to 13th place. 

Lap 33, Ross Chastain has pulled out to nearly a second on Austin Cindric with Justin Haley in third.  Kyle Busch has moved up to 12th place.

Timmy hill is out of the race.

Brandon Brown is reporting some possible overheating issues.

Lap 36, Justin Haley has taken second place away from Austin Cindric.

The teams have only four sets of tires for the race.

Lap 38, Justin Haley challenges Ross Chastain for the lead; after going side by side for a lap, Justin Haley takes the lead.  Kyle Busch has entered the top 10.

At the end of lap 40, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.  Prior to the competition caution, drivers could come down pit road but could not fuel the car.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service; while other stayed out on the track.

Chase  Briscoe wins the race off of pit road, but after staying out on the track Harrison Burton brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 46.  Drivers get four wide across the track sending Myatt Snider into the wall and bringing out the caution flag.

At the restart, Kyle Busch was in third place.
Harrison Burton brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 52 and gets out in front for the lead with Kyle Busch right behind him.

Lap 54, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Kyle Busch, Harrison Burton, Ross Chastain, and Austin Cindric.

The drivers continue to get three wide across the track.

Lap 57, Chase Briscoe has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Austin Cindric; Ross Chastain, Kyle Busch, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

The field is mixed with drivers who made a pit stop for fresh tires during the competition caution and drivers who stayed out on the track.

Lap 60, Austin Cindric has taken the lead form Chase Briscoe; Ross Chastain, Kyle Busch, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 62, Austin Cindric has a lead of nearly half a second on Chase Briscoe, Ross Chastain, Kyle Busch, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 66, Austin Cindric has a half second lead on Chase Briscoe; Ross Chastain, Justin Haley, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Kyle Busch is reporting a tight condition in his car.

There are 33 cars on the lead lap.

With seven laps remaining in stage one, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Chase Briscoe; Ross Chastain, Justin Haley, and Michael Annett round out the top five.

Three laps remain in stage one Austin Cindric has a one second lead on Chase Briscoe; Ross Chastain, Justin Haley, and Michael Annett round out the top five.

Austin Cinrdric wins stage one for his tenth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Austin Cindric
Chase Briscoe
Ross Chastain
Justin Haley
Justin Allgaier
Michael Annett
Kaz Grala
Kyle Busch
Brett Moffitt
Jeremy Clements

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

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the inside lane and edges out Chase Briscoe for the lead while Chase Briscoe and Ross Chastain battle for second.

Justin Haley had to make a second trip down pit road during the stage break and is stuck back in the field.

Lap 88, Austin Cindric has a lead of over half a second on Ross Chastain with Justin Allgaier, Chase Briscoe, and Michael Annett rounding out the top five.

There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 93, Austin Cindric has a one second lead on Ross Chastain with Justin Allgaier in third.

NASCAR is a family sport, Brandon Brown’s dad used to come to every race, but a diagnosis of cancer stopped Jerry from coming to the track and even kept Brandon from seeing his dad due to the pandemic.  Last month, Jerry rang the bell after completing his treatment…and he is at the race!

Lap 100, Austin Cindric continues to lead the race with Justin Allgaier in second and Ross Chastain in third.

Lap 105, Austin Cindric has a lead of over a second on Justin Allgaier; Kyle Busch, Ross Chastain, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Lap 111, Brandon Brown has a little smoke coming from his car but reports that it is getting better.

In a doubleheader weekend, the teams must drive the same car with the same engine.  In order to drive a backup car, NASCAR says that the main car must be undrivable.  If a team has to move to a backup car, they also lose their starting spot and have to start the race from the back of the field.

Lap 118, Austin Cindric has a half second lead on Justin Allgaier; Kyle Busch, Ross Chastain, and Kaz Grala round out the top five with 26 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 123, Justin Allgaier has caught leader Austin Cindric and is challenging for the lead.  On lap 124, Justin Allgaier takes the lead of the race.

Lap 127, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, Ross Chastain, Kyle Busch, and Kaz Grala.

Lap 133, Justin Allgaier has a lead of nearly a second on Ross Chastain with Kyle Busch in third.

Lap 137, Justin Allgaier continues to lead the race with 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 140, Justin Allgaier has a lead of over a second on Ross Chastain with Kyle Busch in third.

Lap 145, Justin Allgaier has pulled out to nearly a two second lead on Ross Chastain; Kyle Busch, Justin Haley, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Lap 148, there are only 18 cars on the lead lap.

With a lead of over two seconds, Justin Allgaier wins stage two for his ninth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Justin Allgiaer
Ross Chastain
Justin Haley
Kyle Busch
Kaz Grala
Austin Cindric
Brett Moffitt
Noah Gragson
Jeb Burton
Michael Annett

Drivers come down pit road for service with Justin Allgaier winning the race off of pit road.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 158 and holds on to the lead with Austin Cindric and Ross Chastain battling for second.

The drivers can complete the race on a single load of fuel, but the tires may not last the entire stage.

Lap 164, Justin Allgaier has a near half second lead on Austin Cindric with Justin Haley in third.  There are 18 cars on the lead lap.

With 64 laps remaining in the race, Justin Allgaier leads the race with Austin Cindric in second.

Lap 169, Justin Haley takes second from Austin Cindric.

Lap 171, the top five are Justin Allgiaer, Justin Haley, Austin Cindric, Brett Moffitt, and Jeb Burton.

Lap 177, Justin Haley is the new leader with a one second lead on Justin Allgaier; Austin Cindric, Brett Moffitt, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 183, Justin Haley has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Justin Allgaier; Austin Cindric, Brett Moffitt, and Kyle Busch round out the top five with only 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 188, Justin Haley has pulled out to a lead of over two and a half seconds on Justin Allgaier, Kyle Busch, Brett Moffitt, and Austin Cindric round out the top five with 17 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 191, Jeb Burton takes his car to the garage with brake issues.

Lap 196, Justin Haley has a two second lead on Justin Allgaier with Kyle Busch, Brett Moffitt, and Austin Cindric rounding out the top five.

Lap 203, Austin Cindric reports that as the race goes on, the worse the car gets.

Lap 204, Justin Haley has a lead of just under two seconds on Justin Allgaier; Kyle Busch, Brett Moffitt, and Austin Cindric round out the top five with 17 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 206, Justin Allgaier has closed the gap on leader Justin Haley to under a second with Kyle Busch in third; Austin Cindric and Bett Moffitt round out the top five.

Lap 212, Justin Haley is just a half a second in front of Justin Allgaier; Kyle Busch, Austin Cindric, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Thirty to go, Justin Haley has a lead of just half a second on Justin Allgaier.

Lap 221, Justin Allgaier has caught up to leader Justin Haley and is battling for the lead.  On lap 224, Justin Allgaier is the new leader; Kyle Busch is in third, tow seconds back.  There are 15 cars on the lead lap.

Jeb Burton returns to the track 18 laps down.

Twenty to go, Justin Allgaier has the lead with Justin Haley just under a half second back; Kyle Busch, Austin Cindric, and Ross Chastain round out the top five with 14 cars on the lead lap.

Fifteen to go, Justin Allgaier has a half second lead on Justin Haley; Kyle Busch is in third two seconds back.  There are just 13 cars on the lead lap.

There are 12 cars on the lead lap with 12 laps to go.

Ten to go, Justin Allgaier has increased his lead to nearly a second on Justin Haley; Kyle Busch, Austin Cindric, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.  There are eleven cars on the lead lap.

There are only eight laps remaining in the race, race leader Justin Allgaier has just put the tenth place car a lap down.

Five to go, Justin Allgaier has a one second lead on Justin Haley with Kyle Busch two seconds back and nine cars on the lead lap.

Justin Allgaier takes the white flag.

Justin Allgaier wins the race for his second win of the season.

The unofficial results of the GoBowling 250:
Justin Allgaier
Justin Haley
Kyle Busch
Austin Cindric
Ross Chastain
Brett Moffitt
Michael Annett
Noah Gragson
Kaz Grala
Riley Herbst
Chase Briscoe
Ryan Sieg
Matt Mills
Brandon Jones
Tommy Joe Martins
Harrison Burton
Jeremy Clements
Brandon Brown
Joe Graf Jr
Joey Gase
Bayley Currey
Josh Williams
Alex Labbe
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Jesse Little
Kyle Weatherman
Chad Finchum
Mason Massey
Kody Vanderwal
BJ McLeod
Vinnie Miller
Dexter Bean
Jeb Burton
Colby Howard
Stephen Leicht
Myatt Snider
Timmy Hill

Truck Series: From a Lap Down to Win at Richmond

It’s the final race of the regular season for the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series when they travel to Richmond for some short track racing.

The Truck Series kicks off three days of racing that will see all three of the NASCAR series on the track…including a doubleheader.

This is the first time in 15 years that the Truck Series has run a race at Richmond Raceway.  Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter are the only two drivers in the field who have run a race at Richmond.

The Toyotacare 250 is the last chance for the drivers to race their way into one of 10 spots in the playoffs.

Points leader Austin Hill sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Ben Rhodes alongside on the front row.

NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch joins Michael Waltrip and Vince Welch in the broadcast booth for the race.

Stages one and two of the race are 70 laps each with stage three lasting 110 laps for a total of 250 laps around the ¾ mile track.

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

Lap four, Natalie Decker is on pit road with the hood up.

Lap five, Austin Hill has a lead of over half a second on Christian Eckes; Brett Moffitt, Ben Rhodes, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Lap eight, Johnny Sauter is on pit road for an unscheduled pit stop after reporting a tire issue.

The teams have only four sets of tires for the race.

Lap 10, with a once second lead, Austin Hill has already encountered slower traffic.

Johnny Sauter’s team is reporting that the tires were fine; adding that they believe something is broken on the truck.

Josh Reaume and Jennifer Jo Cobb are off the track; Natalie Decker is 12 laps down.

Lap 14, Christian Eckes has pulled to within a half a second on lead Austin Hill; Brett Moffitt, Ben Rhodes, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Derek Kraus reports that his truck is “pushing like a dump truck”.

Leading every lap so far, Austi Hill has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Christian Eckes; Ben Rhodes, Brett Moffitt, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Lap 26, there are 28 trucks on the lead lap.

Natalie Decker is off the track.

Lap 29, Austin Hill continues to lead the race with Ben Rhodes over a second and a half back; Christian Eckes, Brett Moffitt, and Grant Enfinger d out the top five.

Lap 38, Ben Rhodes has closed to within half a second on leader Austin Hill; Grant Enfinger, Christian Eckes, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five. 

Lap 45, Austin Hill has led every lap so far and continues to dominate the race; Ben Rhodes, Grant Enfinger, Brett Moffitt, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Josh Reaume has returned to the track 23 laps down.  There are 23 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 48, has a lead of over a second on Ben Rhodes; Grant Enfinger, Brett Moffitt, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 58 after Tim Viens spins out.  Some of the drivers made a trip down pit road for fresh tires.

Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag restart with 10 laps remaining in stage one.  Hill gets out in front to hold on to his lead.

Lap 63, the top five are Austin Hill, Ben Rhodes, Christian Eckes, Brett Moffitt, and Todd Gilliland.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Six laps remain in stage one, Austin Hill has pulled out to a lead of half a second.

On fresh tires, Zane Smith is charging through the field and has taken the lead away form Austin Hill.

Three laps remain in stage one, Zane Smith has pulled out to a lead of a second on Austin Hill.

Zane Smith wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Zane Smith
Grant Enfinger
Austin Hill
Stewart Friesen
Ben Rhodes
Derek Kraus
Sam Mayer
Brett Moffitt
Tate Fogleman
Christian Eckes

Drivers come down pit road for service and fresh tires with Ben Rhodes winning the race off of pit road; Austin Hill comes out second.

Raphael Lessard had to serve a penalty for pitting outside of his pit stall.

Chandler Smith ran over the choice rule box and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

After staying out on the track, Zane Smith brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 83 and edges out for the lead as the drivers get spread out through the field.

Tim Viens is out of the race.

Lap 86, Zane Smith leads the race; Grant Enfinger, Ben Rhodes, Brett Moffitt, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

There are on 20 trucks on the lead lap.

Trevor Bayne has taken his truck to the garage.

Lap 91, the top five are Zane Smith, Grant Enfinger, Ben Rhodes,  Brett Moffitt, and Austin Hill.

Lap 96, Zane Smith continues to lead the race with Grant Enfinger in second; Ben Rhodes, Brett Moffitt, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Lap 100, Zane Smith continues to lead the race with 20 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 104, Zane Smith has increased his lead to nearly half a second on Grant Enfinger; Ben Rhodes, Brett Moffitt, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Natalie Decker has returned to the track but is 91 laps down.

Lap 113, Grant Enfinger is the new leader with team mate Ben Rhodes taking second; Zane Smith, Austin Hill, and David Ragan round out the top five with just 19 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 119, Grant Enfinger and Ben Rhodes bat the lead of the race with heavy traffic in front of them.  Ben Rhodes takes the lead; Grant Enfinger, Austin Hill, Zane Smith, and David Ragan round out the top five.

Lap 123, Ben Rhodes has a lead of over half a second on Grant Enfinger; Austin Hill, David Ragan, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Only seven laps remain in stage two; Ben Rhodes leads the race by over half a second with team mate Grant Enfinger in second; Austin Hill, David Ragan, and Zane Smith round out the top five.  There are 18 trucks on the lead lap.

Jennifer Jo Cobb is out of the race.

Ben Rhodes wins stage two for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ben Rhodes
Grant Enfinger
Austin Hill
David Ragan
Zane Smith
Brett Moffitt
Matt Crafton
Sheldon Creed
Todd Gilliland
Timmy Hill

Drivers come down pit road for fuel, tires, and adjustments.  Ben Rhodes wins the race off of pit road.

Austin Hill has clinched the regular season championship.  He has earned 15 bonus points for the win that will stay with him throughout his time in the playoffs.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 153 and edges out Grant Enfinger for the lead; Austin Hill, Zane Smith, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

Grant Enfinger has a heavily smoking truck after some possible contact with another driver.

The drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Lap 157, the top five are Ben Rhodes, Grant Enfinger, Austin Hill, Todd Gilliland, and Zane Smith.

Grant Enfinger brings his truck down pit road to check on the tire rub.

Lap 160, Ben Rhodes has a near half second lead on Austin Hill; Todd Gilliland, Zane Smith, and David Ragan round out the top five.

Lap 162, there are 17 trucks on the lead lap with Grant Enfinger the first truck a lap down.

Lap 170, Ben Rhodes has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Austin Hill; David Ragan, Todd Gilliland, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 175, after Austin Wayne Self and Ray Ciccarelli make contact.

A few drivers bring their trucks down pit road for fresh tires.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 182 with Ben Rhodes edging out Austin Hill for the lead.

The top five are Ben Rhodes, David Ragan, Austin Hill, Todd Gilliland, and Brett Moffitt.

Sixty five laps remain in the race; Ben Rhodes battle with Brett Moffitt for the lead with Moffitt getting out in front.

Sixty to go, Brett Moffitt has a lead of nearly a second on Ben Rhodes; Tyler Ankrum, Matt Crafton, and David Ragan round out the top five.

Fifty to go, Brett Moffitt has a near one second lead on Matt Crafton; Ben Rhodes, Tyler Ankrum, and Codie Rohrbaugh round out the top five.

With 45 laps remaining in the race, Brett Moffitt holds on to his near one second lead on Matt Crafton; Tyler Ankrum, Grant Enfinger, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.  There are 18 trucks on the lead lap.

There are 38 laps remaining in the race, Brett Moffitt holds on to his near one second lead on Matt Crafton; Grant Enfinger, Tyler Ankrum, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Leader Brett Moffitt has encountered slower traffic; Matt Crafton passes Brett Moffitt for the lead.

Twenty five to go, Matt Crafton has a lead of over half a second on Brett Moffitt; Grant Enfinger, Ben Rhodes, and Tyler Ankrum round out the top five with 16 trucks on the lead lap.

Leader Matt Crafton is lapping slower traffic; there are only 13 trucks on the lead lap.

Twenty to go, in heavy traffic, Matt Crafton has a lead of a second and a half on Grant Enfinger; Brett Moffitt, Ben Rhodes, and Tyler Ankurm round out the top five.

With 15 laps remaining in the race, Matt Crafton is in the lead and mowing them down; there are only 10 trucks on the lead lap.  Crafton has a one second lead on Grant Enfinger.

Ten to go, after being a lap down with a tire rub, Grant Enfinger has moved into second place and is closing in on leader Matt Crafton.  Enfinger is less than half a second back.

With seven laps remaining in the race, Grant Enfinger passes Matt Crafton to take the lead.

Five to go, Grant Enfinger has just passed Austin Hill to leave only seven trucks on the lead lap.

Grant Enfinger takes the white flag.

With a lead of a second and only six trucks on the lead lap, Grant Enfinger wins his third race of the season.

The unofficial results of the Toyotacare 250:
Grant Enfinger
Matt Crafton
Ben Rhodes
Brett Moffitt
Tyler Ankrum
 Codie Rohrbaugh
David Ragan
Austin Hill
Timmy Hill
Stewart Friesen
Zane Smith
Chandler Smith
Sheldon Creed
Austin Wayne Self
Tate Fogleman
Tanner Gray
Todd Gilliland
Christian Eckes
Sam Mayer
Spencer Boyd
Clay Greenfield
Carson Hocevar
Derek Kraus
Jordan Anderson
Josh Bilicki
Raphael Lessard
Johnny Sauter
Ryan Huff
Trevor Byane
Norm Benning
Ray Ciccarelli
Josh Reaume
Danny Bohn
Natalie Decker
Tim Viens
Jennifer Jo Cobb

The 10 drivers that will participate in the playoffs:
Sheldon Creed
Zane Smith
Austin Hill
Grant Enfinger
Brett Moffitt
Ben Rhodes/
Matt Crafton
Christian Eckes
Todd Gilliland
Tyler Ankrum

Bubba Leaving RPM

There has been some speculation for the past several weeks as to whether or not Bubba Wallace would return to drive the number 43 Richar Petty Motorsports car next season.

On September 9, Richard Petty Motorsports revealed that Wallace, born Darrell Wallace Jr, will be leaving RPM at the end of the 2020 racing season.

RPM released a statement saying, “we look forward to the next chapter in the making for the iconic No. 43 team. We will announce our new driver in the near future.”

The 26 year old Wallace has spent the past three seasons with RPM driving the iconic number 43 car. With nine races remaining in the season, Wallace has five top 10 finishes.

Wallace spoke on his decision saying, “this

was not an easy decision as I have nothing but the utmost respect for Richard Petty and his family, but I believe it’s time for someone else to take over the reins of the No. 43.  Thank you to the King and everyone at Richard Petty Motorsports for giving me the opportunity to start my Cup Series career. I’ve grown so much as a driver and as a person since joining them. We’ve got nine more races together, and I hope we can finish the 2020 season on a high note.”

feature photo credit: By Zach Catanzareti – https://www.flickr.com/photos/58980992@N03/26660167747, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=85768793

Toy Hall of Fame Finalists Revealed

On September 9 The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York revealed the 12 finalists for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

Toys are considered for induction into the Hall of Fame based on their longevity, iconic status, innovation, and ability to foster learning through play.

Many of the toys inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame have entertained generations of children; whether it be a wooden stick or cardboard box to multiplayer games.

The 12 finalists being considered for induction into the Hall of Fame include dolls, horses, games, conquering heroes, and foster artistic endeavours.

The finalists are: Baby Nancy, bingo, Breyer Horses, Jenga, Lite-Brite, Masters of the Universe, My Little Pony, Risk, sidewalk chalk, Sorry!, Tamagotchi, and Yahtzee.

The Strong vice president for collections Christopher Bensch spoke on the finalists saying, “whether old or new, or simple of high-tech, all 12 of these toy finalists greatly influenced the world of play.”

Meet the Finalists for the National Toy Hall of Fame:

In 1968, Shindana toys released Baby Nancy, a doll with dark complexion and textured hair.  She was one of the first ethnic dolls to be sold in the mainstream market.

Known today as a past time for many older adults and a staple of fundraising ventures; the game of Bingo has been a part of game culture for centuries.

The Breyer Molding Company introduced the hand designed equine characters the Breyer horses in 1950.  More than just toys that spark the imagination, the magical creatures have become collector’s items and cherished keepsakes.

The towering construction game Jenga was created by Leslie Scott and is based on the toy blocks she had as a child.  Jenga comes from kujenga – Swahili for to build.  The game has become popular for young and old alike.

Lite-Brite has spawned the creativity of children since 1966.  The creative toy uses black paper, coloured plastic pegs, and a light to display the results of the creator’s imagination.

Toy maker Mattel capitalized on the popularity of the comic book, television shows, and films of “He-Man” and the “Master’s of the Universe” to create a line of action figures and items from toothbrushes to sleeping bags.

The colourful plastic toys known as My Little Pony is more than just a plastic toy horse; available in hundreds of varieties, they come with extra long manes and tails for little girls to brush like hair.  Originally released in the 80’s, the toys made a resurgence in 2003.

The strategy board game Risk, allows players to use miniature figures to wage a war to conquer the world.  Originally released in 1959, the game is based on the French game “Le Conquete du Monde”.

Chalk in one form or another has been used as an artform for centuries – back to the days of the cave dwellers.  Today children use the large colourful sticks to create any manner of artists expression on sidewalks around the world.

The board game Sorry is based on the Indian game pachisi but uses cards instead of dice.  The game’s popularity is due largely to the randomness of the draw of the cards.

One of the electronic toy pioneers, Tamagotchi is a digital pet that comes alive – one that a child could raise and love just like an actual pet.

A game involving dice, keeping score, and creating combinations similar to a hand of poker, Yahtzee has enticed adults and children alike.  Hundreds of millions of people around the world have played the dice game with many doing so on a regular basis.

While a panel of experts will determine which of the 12 finalists will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, toy fans from anywhere can also cast a vote for their favourite toys.  From now to September 16, fans can go to toyhalloffame.org and cast a vote for the toys they deem worthy of induction.  The top three vote getters will be added to the votes by the expert panel.  Each collective “Player’s Choice” will be counted as a single vote.

The newest members to the National Toy Hall of Fame will be revealed to join the 71 toys in The Hall in a ceremony on November 5 at  The Strong.

The National Toy Hall of Fame is housed on the second floor of The Strong Museum.  Visitors to the museum can tour the exhibits as a part of their museum admission.



photo credits: Courtesy of The Strong, Rochester, New York

Jimmie Johnson Signs with Ganassi and IndyCar

Seven time NASCAR Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson has announced that the 2020 racing season would be his final season as a full time NASCAR Cup drivers.

On September 9, 2020; Johnson has announced he has already made some plans for the 2021 season.  Johnson will continue to race, only not in a NASCAR Cup car.  Johnson has signed a two year contract with Ganassi Racing in hopes of moving from stock cars to the open wheeled Indy cars.

Before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic that shut everything down in March, Johnson was going to make a run in an IndyCar during the doubleheader weekend of NASCAR and IndyCar at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  He eventually got to make his test run at IMS in July.

Johnson spoke on that test and his plans saying, “when I tested Chip’s Indy car earlier in the year, it only lit the fire more.  found that I wanted to do it more than ever before. … As part of a natural progression, I wanted to publicly show the alignment with Chip Ganassi Racing to kick the sponsorship program into high gear. The goal is to run the full road and street program, and today is a very important first step in accomplishing that goal.”

Ganassi Racing owner Chip Ganassi also spoke on the new partnership saying, “it is always difficult to find great drivers but for them to be great guys too makes it even that much more challenging.  To pair Jimmie with the likes of Scott Dixon is quite an opportunity. They are truly in rarified air and I think everyone knows by now that ‘I like winners.’ The goal right now is for us to run Jimmie in an Indy car for at least the next couple of seasons, and we want to show people we’re serious about the program. We felt it was important to get the partnership done and start putting the financial building blocks in place to make this a reality. Jimmie’s record speaks for itself and we feel a championship-level driver of his caliber can only make our team better.”

The switch to IndyCar and Chip Ganassi also allows Johnson to run some of the most prominent races in NASCAR if he chooses to do so.

Johnson has spent 20 years driving a Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.  The switch to Ganassi and Honda marks the first time Johnson makes a car owner or car manufacturer change.

Along with his seven championships, Johnson has won 83 races in his NASCAR Cup career, placing him sixth on the all time win list and one of only three active drivers in the top 10.

This is not the first time that Chip Ganassi has signed a driver to cross racing series.  In 2006 Formula One driver Juan Pablo Montoya moved over to NASCAR  and in 2008 Dario Franchitti took a break from IndyCar to run NASCAR.

feature photo credit: By Zach Catanzareti – https://www.flickr.com/photos/58980992@N03/43095960194, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=85590887

NASCAR Issues Darlington Penalties, Including Suspensions

Darlington Raceway is also known as “the track too tough to tame” because it is rough on tires and can be very difficult to run.

This past weekend’s triple header was also hard on pit crews and lug nuts.  Several teams were issued penalties relating to unsecured lug nuts with two of those penalties resulting in a suspension.

NASCAR officials determined that the number 14 Stewart-Haas car driven by Clint Bowyer and the number 18 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Kyle Busch had two lug nuts improperly secured during the post race inspection process.  As a result of the infractions Bowyer’s crew chief Johnny Klausmeier and Busch’s crew chief Adam Stevens were fined $20,000 each and suspended for the race at Richmond this weekend. 

The race winning Stewart-Haas Racing number four car driven by Kevin Harvick and the Hendrick Motorsports number 24 car driven by William Byron were found to have a single lug nut improperly secured during inspection.  The crew chief’s for each team have been fined $10,000 each.

No further penalties were assessed the Penske Racing number 12 driven by Ryan Blaney other than those issued prior to the race on Sunday.  After a five pound bag of ballast was found in Blaney’s car during pre-race inspection, NASCAR docked team owner Roger Penske and driver Ryan Blaney 10 points, the crew chief was ejected from the track, and Blaney had to start the race from the back of the field instead of his number seven starting spot.

In the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series, the Bill McAnally Racing number 19 driven by Derek Kraus was found to have a single lug nut improperly secured.  As a result, crew chief Kevin Bellicourt was fined $2,500.

NASCAR Hall of Fame to Reopen

It has been six month since much of the nation shutdown due to the Covid-9 virus.  While some places have begun to reopen, there are many places that have yet to reopen including concert venues, theatres, and museums.

On September 8, NASCAR announced that the NASCAR Hall of Fame will reopen on September 16 with new Covid-19 protocols.

The Hall of Fame will open from 10am to 5pm Wednesday through Monday with (Hot Pass) Tuesday reserved for private groups and special events.

Prior to the official opening, The Hall will have a special welcome back event for members on September 12 and 13.

Along with increased cleaning and sanitizing, especially high use areas; The Hall is requiring all visitors to wear face coverings while in the Hall of Fame, each visitor will receive their own stylus for interactive exhibits, hand sanitizers have been installed throughout the Hall of Fame,  HOF employees are also required to wear face coverings,  restrooms are now hands free with the installation of foot claws, and social distancing and reduced capacity protocols will be in place.

NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley spoke on the reopening saying, “we’re thrilled and ready to welcome back guests to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  “The health and safety of our visitors and staff is our highest priority, and based on months of hard work from our teammates at the Hall and Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, we are confident we are prepared to safely reopen.”

To reduce further contact, visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets online at nascarhall.com

For visitors who choose to purchase tickets at the box office, only one member of the group need to approach the box office window.

For fans who are in areas still under lockdown or are not quite ready to venture out among the crowds, the Hall of Fame website – nascarhall.com – offers a free educational experience form home.

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‘Star Trek’ Day

Fifty-four years ago, Gene Roddenberry launched a television series that was described as a “Wagon Train” to the stars.  While the show itself only lasted three seasons, it spawned a cult that has helped to create a franchise filled with television series and movies.

On September 8, CBS All Access is launching “Star Trek” Day filled with shows and panel discussions.

It all begins at 3am EDT with a marathon of episodes.  At 3pm EDT for three hours of panel discussions that features actors and series creators from the various series with Wil Wheaton and Mica Burton as moderators.

Sonequa Martin-Green, David Ajala, Alex Kurtzman, and Michelle Paradise form “Star Trek: Discovery”; Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn, Ethan Peck, Akiva Goldsman, and Henry Alonso form “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds”; Scott Bakula, Linda Park, John Billingsley, Dominic Keating, Anthony Montgomery, and Connor Trinneer from “Star Trek: Enterprise”; Terry Farrell, Alexander Siddig, Armin Shimerman, Nana Visitor, Cirroc Lofton, and Ira Steven Behr from “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”; George Takai and Rod Roddenberry from “Star Trek: The Original Series”; Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noel Wells, Eugene Cordero, and Mike McMahan form the animated series “Star Trek: Lower Decks”; Kate Mulgrew, Robert Picardo, Robert McNeill, Garrett Want, Tim Russ, and Ethan Phillips from “Star Trek: Voyager”; and Sir Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Picard” will all be participating in the panels.

Panel discussions include what’s happening in season three of “Discovery”, the most famous episode on “Deep Space Nine”, upcoming adventures on “Strange New Worlds”, the premiere episode of “The Original Series” and the impact the series has had on society, the legacy of “Voyager”, the adventures of “Enterprise” and its position in ST history, what to expect in the coming episodes of “Lower Decks”, and Stewart and Frakes revisit their time on “The Next Generation”.

Episodes in the marathon include “Broken Arrow”, “Caretaker”, “Encounter at Farpoint”, “The Vulcan Hello”, “Eimissary”, ”Second Contact”, “Remembrance”, “The Man Trap”, “Children of Mars”, “The Visitor”, “Yesterday’s Enterprise”, “The City on the Edge of Forever”, “Living Witness”, “Envoys”, “The Best of Both Worlds”, “More Tribbles, More Troubles”, “Regeneration”, and “Through the Valley of Shadows”.

feature photo credit: Official “Star Trek” Facebook page

DWTS Issues Protocols

When ‘Dancing with the Stars” premieres season 29 on September 14, there will be a number of changes, some of which will not be immediately noticeable to the fans.

This season’s professional dancers include three married couples – Emma Slater and Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy, and Danielle Karagach and Pasha Pashkov – ; however, during their time on the show, they will not be permitted to interact with each other.  All dancers – celebrity and professional – will be quarantined and isolated in their own “pods” to aid in reducing any chance of virus spreading among the cast.  The dancers will also be  tested for the Covid-19 virus daily.

The isolation and testing will allow the couple to perform sans a mask.  ABC notes that the rules may change during the season, depending upon the situation.

Fans are already aware that Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews are out as hosts and Tyra Banks – who also serves as one of the executive producers – will take over the hosting duties.

The judges will be further apart this season and they will not have to deal with all the boos because there will be no live audience in the Ballroom.

Cup Series Playoffs Begin with Eighth Win

It’s playoff time!

The NASCAR Cup Series caps off a triple header weekend of racing at Darlington Raceway with the Southern 500.

Starting off in daylight, the drivers will go 500 miles to end the race under the lights.  The 16 playoff drivers will be looking to notch the first win in a playoff round that will end with four drivers being eliminated.

While the stands are not packed as in races past, there will be some fans in the stands for the race.

The Southern 500 is a special weekend for more than just kicking off the playoffs; it is also a throwback weekend where the teams feature special paint schemes from years past.

Jimmie Johson is in his final year of full time racing, Hendrick Motorsports drivers are all sporting throwback paint schemes saluting Johnson.

After the final race of the regular season in Daytona last week, NASCAR reset the points of the 16 playoff drivers.  Each driver received 2,000 points plus whatever playoff points they have earn for stage and race wins.

Penske racing driver Ryan Blaney was listed in the seventh position with 2,013 points; but after a violation during the pre-race inspection process, the number 12 team was penalized for having improperly mounted ballast.  A five pound ballast bag was mistakenly left in the car.  As a result of the infraction; Blaney will have to start the race from the back of the field, crew chief Todd Gordon has been ejected from the track, car owner Roger Penske was docked 10 car owner points, and most devastating Blaney was docked 10 driver points.  The loss of 10 points has dropped Blaney to 13th in the playoff standings – one spot below the cutoff line for the next round.

Chase Elliott will sit on the pole and bring the field to green with Denny Hamlin starting alongside on the front row.

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

During stage two of the race, Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett will be joining Dale Earnhardt Jr in the booth to call the race and tell a few stories.

Denny Hamlin is reporting some possible issues with his car even before the race begins.

Stages one and two of the race are 115 laps each with stage three lasting 137 laps for a total of 367 laps around the mile and a third track.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 25.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and goes side by side with Denny Hamlin before finally taking the lead.

Lap two the top five are Kevin Harvick, Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, and William Byron.

At race start the sun is proving to be a problem for the drivers with major glare issues.

Lap six, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Alex Bowman;  points leader Kevin Harvick in sixth place.

Lap 10, Chase Elliott continues to lead the race with a lead of nearly a second on Alex Bowman; Martin Truex Jr, William Byron, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin is reporting a very loose condition; especially in turn one.

Lap 14, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and half over Alex Bowman.

After having to start the race from the back of the field, Ryan Blaney has moved up to 21st position.

Lap 18, Chase Elliott has a lead of a second and a half on Alex Bowman; Martin Truex Jr is in third over two seconds back; William Byron and Denny Hamlin round out the top five. 

Lap 21, running the fastest laps on the track, Martin Truex Jr takes second place from Alex Bowman.

Lap 23, leader Chase Elliott has begun lapping slower traffic; there are 34 cars on the lead lap. 

Alex Bowman is reporting that he may have some splitter issues.

NASCAR puts out the yellow flag at the end of lap 25 for the competition caution.  With the tire wear drivers experience, pit road is likely to be very busy.  The teams were given 12 sets of tires for this race.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires…and adjustments.  Chase Elliott in the number one pit stall wins the race off of pit road.
Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 32 and goes side by side with team mate Alex Bowman before taking the lead after a push form Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 34, the top five are Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr,  Denny Hamlin, Alex Bowman, and Kevin Harvick.

Lap 37, Chase Elliott has a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and William Byron round out the top five.  There are 34 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 42, Chase Elliott has a lead of nearly a second on Martin Truex Jr; Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and William Byron round out the top five.

The preferred line around Darlington is up near the wall but it also causes the drivers to scrape the wall – called the Darlington stripe.

Lap 48, Chase Elliott has increased his lead on Martin Truex Jr to over a second; third place driver Denny Hamlin is over three seconds back.

Lap 51, Chase Elliott has led every lap so far and with a lead of over a second, he is dominating the race.

Lap 53, all 16 playoff drivers are now in the top 20.

Lap 55, the top five are Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, and William Byron.

Denny Hamlin reports that he continues to have some serious loose conditions; telling his crew chief that they only got about half of what they needed on the pit stop.

Lap 60, Chase Elliott has a lead of over a second on Martin Truex Jr; Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, and William Byron round out the top five.

Clint Bowyer is reporting some handling issues; he is currently in eleventh place.

Lap 65, Chase Elliott continues to lead the race with a second and a half lead on Martin Truex Jr; Denny Hamlin is in third over four seconds back.

Austin Dillon makes a trip down pit road with a possible tire issue.

With a stage length of 115 laps, the drivers cannot complete the stage on a single fuel load and will have to make a pit stop.

Lap 67, the top five are Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, and William Byron.

Lap 72, Kyle Busch brings his car down pit road with reports of the car is out of control and very loose.  Alex Bowman also brings his car down pit road with the same complaint.  Green flag pit stops have begun.

Lap 73, leader Chase Elliott brings his car down pit road and gives the lead over to Denny Hamlin.

Lap 74, Denny Hamlin brings his car down pit road and gives the lead over to Kurt Busch.

Lap 75, Kurt Busch comes down pit road; Chase Elliott retakes the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second a half second back.  Denny Hamlin, William Byron, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five with 28 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 79, Martin Truex Jr has caught up to leader Chase Elliott but a slower car has spread out the two to a half a second.

Lap 81, Timmy Hill is off the track.

The caution flag comes out on lap 82 after Brad Keselowski hits the wall with a flat tire and cause some damage to his car.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Martin Truex Jr edging out Chase Elliott on pit road.

After staying out on the track,, Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with Bubba Wallace alongside on the front row.

Lap 87, Martin Truex Jr takes the lead with Kurt Busch in second; Chase Elliott, Bubba Wallace and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

During the Choose Lane, Joey Gase ran over the box and had to restart the race from the back of the field.

On old tires, Bubba Wallace is falling back in the field.

Lap 91, Martin Truex Jr has a one second lead on Kurt Busch with Chase Elliott in third nearly a second and a half back.

Lap 94, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead on Chase Elliott to over a second and a half; Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 100, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of two and a half seconds on Chase Elliott; Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 106, Martin Truex Jr has a three second lead on Jimmie Johnson; Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 110, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a three second lead on Jimmie Johnson; Chase Elliott is over five seconds back in third.

There are 29 cars on the lead lap.

Jimmie Johnson is the only driver in the top 10 not in the playoffs.

Martin Truex Jr wins stage one for his third stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Martin Truex Jr
Jimmie Johnson
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Joey Logano

Drivers come down pit road for serice with Martin Truex Jr winning the race off of pit road.

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

Just as the drivers were coming down for the green flag, Ryan Blaney had to make an unscheduled trip down pit road with a flat tire.

Lap 124, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, and Joey Logano.

Kevin Harvick is reporting a very loose condition; comparing the car to being on ice skates.

Jimmie Johnson had a slow pit stop after a lug nut go stuck in the wheel.

Lap 130, Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on Chase Elliott; Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

As the sun begins to set, the track is cooling and changing. The sun is no longer an issue for the drivers.

In a throwback weekend, seven tine Cup champion Jimmie Johnson merged the pain schemes of fellow seven time Cup champions Dale Earnhardt Sr and Richard Petty.

Lap 138, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half on Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 144, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead to two and a half seconds on Chase Elliott.

Lap 147, Denny Hamlin has caught up to Chase Elliott and is trying to pass for second.

Lap 148, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over three and a half seconds on Denny Hamlin; Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 152, Kurt Busch is challenging Denny Hamlin for second but Hamlin holds him off.

With 29 cars on the lead lap, Martin Truex Jr continues to dominate the race with a lead of over three seconds.

Chase Elliott reports that something has gone wrong with the car.

Lap 157, Kevin Harvick comes down pit road for service; saying that the car is “just wicked”.

Lap 163, Martin Truex Jr holds on to his three and a half second lead on Kurt Busch; Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Kyle Petty compares driving Darlington Raceway to walking on ice in winter.

Lap 169, the track is completely under the lights now that the sun has set.

Lap 170, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of over four and a half seconds on Kurt Busch; Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Matt DiBenedetto and Alex Bowman make their pit stops as green flag pit stops begin.  DiBenedetto reports that his car is very loose.

Leader Martin Truex Jr makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Kurt Busch.

Drivers are reporting that their tires are “gone’.

Kurt Busch makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Kevin Harvick.

Kevin Harvick had pitted several laps earlier and will have to make an additional trip down pit road before the end of the stage.

Lap 177, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, Jimmie Johnson, Alex Bowman, and Kurt Busch.

When Kevin Harvick took the lead, he was over eight seconds in front of Martin Truex Jr; on lap 178, his lead is down to just six seconds.

The caution flag comes out on lap 179 when Bubba Wallace spins out.  Dale Earnhardt Jr said that is sounded like Bubba had hit the clutch and not the brake.  Bubba reports that he thought the car jumped out of gear.

Drivers come down pit road for service.

Kevin Harvick is reporting that the car is still way too loose.

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road with Kevin Harvick coming out second.

Cole Custer was caught speeding on pit road.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 185 with Denny Hamlin alongside on the front row.  Denny Hamlin gets out in front for the lead initially, but Martin Truex Jr passes Hamlin and jumps out in front.

Lapa 187, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, and Alex Bowman.

Lap 192, Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick; Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 196, there are 30 cars on the lead lap with only one driver off the track.

Martin Truex Jr holds on to a half second lead on Kevin Harvick; Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

James Davison is out of the race.

Lap 200, Martin Truex Jr leads the race, but is less than a second out in front of Kevin Harvick; Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Joey Logano is reporting some kind of a vibration; his team reports that all of the lug nuts are tight.

Lap 204, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead to over a second on Kevin Harvick; Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 209, Martin Truex Jr is beginning to pull away, he now has a lead of two and a half seconds on Kevin Harvick.

While several of the drivers have been reporting very loose conditions, Kyle Busch reports a tight condition.

Lap 214, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is now over three seconds on Kevin Harvick; Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

There are 28 cars on the lead lap.  Bubba Wallace is off the track.

Lap 218, Martin Truex Jr continues to increase his lead on Kevin Harvick; which is now over four seconds.

Denny Hamlin has passed Kevin Harvick for second and has his sights on team mate Martin Truex Jr who has a four second lead on Hamlin.

Eight laps remain in stage two, there are just 25 cars on the lead lap.  Truex has increased his lead to four and a half seconds on Denny Hamlin; Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Four laps remain in stage two, Martin Truex Jr has a five second lead on Denny Hamlin.

Martin Truex Jr wins stage two to sweep the stages.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Martin Truex Jr
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Alex Bowman
Jimmie Johnson
Kyle Busch
Erik Jones
Austin Dillon
Clint Bowyer
Kurt Busch

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

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three and edges out Alex Bowman for the lead.  Corey LaJoie had some sort of issue on the restart and has to work his way to pit road.

Lap 237,Denny Hamlin leads the race with Martin Truex Jr in second; Kevin Harvick, Alex Bowman, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Lap 242, Denny Hamlin is in the lead with Martin Truex Jr on his bumper.  Joey Logano has some damage to the back of his cr.

On a replay, Logano’s damage came from Corey LaJoie’s car on the restart.

Lap 245, the caution flag comes out for John Hunter Nemechek hits the wall.  John Hunter Nemechek takes his car to the garage.

Matt DiBenedetto is the “lucky dog”.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires with Martin Truex Jr coming out first and Denny Hamlin out second.  Kyle Busch comes off of pit road third.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 251 with Kyle Busch alongside on the front row.  Truex jumps out in front for the lead with Kyle Busch in second.

Kyle Busch comes up from the inside to challenge Truex but Truex holds him off.  After a battle with Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch takes second.

Lap 253, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Kurt Busch.

Kyle Busch reported a radio issue, someone at the track had a radio on the same frequency in the open position.

Lap 260, Martin Truex Jr has just a half second lead on Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

There are 26 cars on the lead lap; Christopher Bell is off the track.  John Hunter Nemechek and Corey LaJoie are out of the race.

Lap 264, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a one second lead on Kyle Busch; Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Clint Bowyer is reporting some voltage issue, the voltage is blinking low.  Currently Bowyer is in sixth place.

One hundred to go, Martin Truex Jr is dominating the race with a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch; Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap  273, Martin Truex Jr has a two second lead on team mate Kyle Busch; Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 281, Kyle Busch has closed the gap on leader Martin Truex Jr to a second and a half; Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 284, Jimmie Johnson comes down pit road for a green flag pit stop.  Austin Dillon also makes a pit stop.  Taking tire wear in consideration, some of the drivers are dividing stage three into thirds instead of half to take advantage of fresh tires and the time they can gain on the track.

Lap 288, Martin Truex Jr has a two and a half second lead on Kyle Busch; Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Lap 291, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead on Kyle Busch to over three seconds.

Lap 294, there are only eight cars on the lead lap – the same eight drivers who have yet to make a pit stop.

Lap 297, Martin Truex Jr got slideways on the track, but saved the car and the track stayed green.

On fresh tires, Kevin Harvick – the first car a lap down – is running times two seconds faster that the drivers on old tires.

Lap 298, Kyle Busch is two seconds behind leader Martin Truex Jr.

Clint Bowyer had to pit a few laps sooner than planned with a tire coming apart.

Lap 305, Kyle Busch has closed the gap on leader Martin Truex Jr to under two seconds.

More drivers are making green flag pit stops.

Leader Martin Truex Jr makes his pit stop; as well as, second place driver Kyle Busch; Denny Hamlin is the new leader.

Denny Hamlin is having trouble getting to pit road.

Kevin Harvick is the new leader with Chase Elliott in second a second back.

Finally getting down pit road, Denny Hamlin reports that he gets looser the longer he runs.

With 55 laps remaining in the race, Kevin Harvick leads the race; Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, Austin Dillon, and Aric Almirola round out the top five with 18 cars on the lead lap.  Denny Hamlin is the first car one lap down.

Forty eight to go, Chase Elliott passes Kevin Harvic for the lead.

The seventh caution flag of the night comes out with 47 laps to go for debris on the track – some sheet metal is flying around.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Elliott coming out of pit road first with Kevin Harvick a half a car behind.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart with Martin Truex Jr alongside on the front row with 41 laps remaining in the race.  Chase Elliott takes the lead with Kevin Harvick in second.

Martin Truex Jr takes second place from Kevin Harvick.

The top five are Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon, and Joey Logano.

Erik Jones is in sixth place, he is the only driver in the top 15 not in the playoffs.

There are 22 cars on the lead lap with 35 laps to go.

Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Martin Truex Jr; Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 340,Chase Elliott has a lead of half a second on Martin Truex Jr; Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Twenty to go, Chase Elliott holds on to the lead with Martin Truex Jr close behind; Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon and Joey Logano round out the top five.

With 16 laps to go, Martin Truex Jr has caught up to leader Chase Elliott.

Fifteen to go, Martin Truex Jr takes the lead but both drivers hit the wall rather hard.  Truex was not completely clear when he went in front of Elliott and sent both of them into the wall.

Martin Truex Jr and Chase Elliott both report possible tire issues.

Martin Truex Jr comes down pit road with a flat tire.

Kevin Harvick passes Chase Elliott for the lead as Chase Elliott begins to fall through the field.

Ten to go, Kevin Harvick has a half second lead on Austin Dillon; Joey Logano, Erik Jones, and William Byron round out the top five with 21 cars on the lead lap.

Chase Elliott has fallen to tenth place.

Harvick encounters slower traffic with eight laps to go.

Seven to go, Kevin Harvick has a half second lead on Austin Dillon; Joey Logano, Erik Jones, and William Byron round out the top five.

Six to go, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a second lead on Austin Dillon.

Four to go, Kevin Harvick has a one second lead on Austin Dillon.

Two to go, Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race with Austin Dillon in second as they again encounter slower traffic.

Kevin Harvick takes the white flag!

Kevin Harvick wins the first race in the playoffs and notches his eighth win of the season.  Kevin Harvick moves into ninth place on the all time winners list with 57.

Harvick welcomed the fans back to the track; adding that it was a lot more fun with the fans in the stands.

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







First Win in Overtime at Darlington for Trucks

The Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series gets a doubleheader Sunday started off with the South Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Darlington Raceway – the track called “The Lady in Black” and “too tough to tame”.

After NASCAR’s new formula to determine the starting lineup, Brett Moffitt sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Sheldon Creed alongside on the front row.

In a one off racing deal, Greg Biffle returns to Darlington to run the race after flying in from out west on Saturday.

David Ragan returns to the truck series for the first time since 2006 and will have to come from the back of the field.

Trevor Bayne has been out of racing for a number of years, but quickly accepted an invitation to run in today’s race.

Stages one and two of the race are 45 laps each with stage three lasting 57 laps for a total of 147 laps around the mile and a third track.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and goes side by side with Sheldon Creed before Creed gets out in front to take the lead.

It only took one turn for the drivers to get three wide across the track.

Lap two, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Brett Moffitt, Zane Smith, Raphael Lessard, and Austin Hill.

Lap three, Brett Moffitt challenges Sheldon Creed for the lead, but Creed holds him off.

Bryant Barnhill brings out the first caution flag of the race when the South Carolina native gets into the wall hard.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap eleven with Brett Moffitt edging out for the lead before Sheldon Creed reclaims the top spot.

Lap 12, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Bett Moffitt, Zane Smith, Austin Hill, and Ben Rhodes.

Lap 13, Austin Hill takes third place from Zane Smith.

Zane Smith is reporting a tight condition.

Lap 18, Sheldon Creed has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Brett Moffitt; Austin Hill, Zane Smith, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Stewart Friesen is reporting a handling issue on his truck.

The caution flag comes out on lap 21 for a competition caution.  With no practice, the competition caution gives the crews a chance to check tire wear and make adjustments to the handling of the truck.

Drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service.  The teams were given six sets of tires for today’s race.

Brett Moffitt wins the race off of pit road.

Zane Smith’s team had a slow pit stop after having trouble removing a piece of rubber.

After staying out on the track, Timmy Hill brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 26 but it is Brett Moffitt who gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 27, the top five are Brett Moffitt, Sheldon Creed, Austin Hill, Ben Rhodes, and David Ragan.

Lap 28, there are 32 cars on the lead lap with Bryant Barnhill out of the race and Norm Benning one lap down.

After getting in a truck after being out of NASCAR for some time, David Ragan is in fifth place after starting in last place (34th), Greg Biffle is in 17th, and Trevor Bayne is in 20th.

Lap 33, Brett Moffitt has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Sheldon Creed; Austin Hill, Ben Rhodes, and David Ragan round out the top five.

David Ragan is having some radio issues – he can hear the crew and spotter, but they cannot hear him.

Lap 37, Brett Moffitt has increased his lead over Sheldon Creed to two seconds.; Austin Hill, Ben Rhodes, and David Ragan continue in the top five.

Lap 39, Brett Moffitt continues to increase his lead and is now over three seconds out in front as he has begun lapping slower traffic.  There are 28 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 43, now in second, Austin Hill has closed the gap on leader Brett Moffit to under half a second.

Austin Hill battle Brett Moffitt for the lead…and the stage one win.

Brett Moffitt wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Brett Moffitt
Austin Hill
Sheldon Creed
Ben Rhodes
David Ragan
Matt Crafton/

Tyler Ankrum
Raphael Lessard
Christian Eckes
Zane Smith

Drivers come down pit road for service with Bett Moffitt winning the race off of pit road.

Trevor Bayne is reporting that something broke in the front suspension.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two with team mate Sheldon Creed alongside on lap 52.  Moffitt and Creed go side by side until Sheldon Creed finally gets out in front for the lead.

Dawson Cram brings his truck down pit road after hitting the wall.

Lap 55, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Brett Moffitt, Austin Hill, Ben Rhodes, and Raphael Lessard.

Lap 58, Sheldon Creed has a lead of over half a second on Brett Moffitt; Austin Hill, Ben Rhodes, and Raphael Lessard round out the top five.

Zane Smith passed four trucks in one pass.

Lap 62, Brett Moffitt has cut into Sheldon Creed’s lead and is now on his bumper and is looking to challenge for the lead.

Lap 68, Sheldon Creed has increased his lead on Brett Moffitt to half a second.  There are 25 trucks on the lead lap with two trucks out of the race.

Lap 71, Brett Moffitt has again cut into Sheldon Creed’s lead; which is now down to a quarter of a second.

Tyler Ankrum is reporting a grip problem and Christian Eckes reports a loose condition on his truck

Lap 77, Sheldon Creed continues to lead the race with Brett Moffitt over half a second back; Austin Hill, Ben Rhodes, and Raphael Lessard round out the top five.

With just eight laps remaining in stage two, Sheldon Creed has a lead of over half a second on team mate Brett Moffitt; Austin Hill is nearly two seconds back in third place.  Norm Benning is off the track with 21 trucks on the lead lap.

Five to go in stage two, Brett Moffitt has closed back up to just a quarter of a second behind leader Sheldon Creed.

Sheldon Creed got slideways on the track but saved the truck and kept it off the wall.

Sheldon Creed wins stage two for his fifth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Sheldon Creed
Brett Moffitt
Austin Hill
Ben Rhodes
Raphael Lessard
David RaganTyler Ankrum
Matt Crafton
Todd Gilliland
Zane Smith

Drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service with Brett Moffitt winning the race off of pit road form pit stall number one.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 98 from the inside lane and jumps out in front for the lead after a push from team mate Sheldon Creed.

Lap 100, the top five are Brett Moffitt, Sheldon Creed, Austin Hill,, Raphael Lessard, and Ben Rhodes.

Lap 101, Brett Moffitt has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Sheldon Creed; Austin Hill, Raphael Lessard, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 103 when Tyler Ankrum spins out and manages to avoid the wall.  Zane Smith has some damage to his truck after some contact from Ankrum.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 107 from the inside lane with team mate Sheldon Creed alongside on the outside lane.  Moffitt gets out in front for the lead with Sheldon Creed in second.  Moffitt has come in second several times this season, but has yet to win a race.

Lap 109, Brett Moffitt has a half second lead on Sheldon Creed; Ben Rhodes, Austin Hill, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

With 35 laps remaining in the race, Brett Moffitt has pulled ut to a lead of over a second on Sheldon Creed; Ben Rhodes, Austin Hill, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Thirty to go, Brett Moffitt now has a lead of over a second and a half on Sheldon Creed; Ben Rhodes, Austin Hill, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.  There are 22 trucks on the lead lap.

With 27 laps to go, Brett Moffitt has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Sheldon Creed; Ben Rhodes is over three and a half seconds back in third.

The caution flag comes out with 25 laps to go when Tanner Gray makes contact with Zane Smith against the wall.  Smith has some damage to his truck.

Zane Smith reports that they have “killed” the body on the truck.

Drivers bring their trucks down pit road for fresh tires.  Brett Moffitt wins the race off of pit road.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with just 18 laps remaining in the race.  With a push from Austin Hill Brett Moffitt edges out in front but Hill makes it a three way battle with Moffitt and Sheldon Creed. 

Sheldon Creed takes the lead with Austin Hill in second; Brett Moffitt, Christian Eckes, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

With one race remaining until the playoffs; Brett Moffitt, Christian Eckes, and Ben Rhodes have clinched a spot in the playoffs.

Ben Rhodes takes fourth from Christian Eckes.

Fifteen to go, Sheldon Creed has the lead with Austin Hill in second; Brett Moffitt, Ben Rhodes, and Christian Eckes round out the top five with 23 turcks on the lead lap.

Ten to go, Sheldon Creed continues to lead the race by over half a second on Austin Hill; Brett Moffitt, Ben Rhodes, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Lap 138, Chandler Smith and Johnny Sauter make unscheduled pit stops down pit road.  Smith reported a possible tire issue but Sauter has to take his truck to the garage.

Seven to go, Sheldon Creed has puled out to a lead of a second on Austin Hill; Brett Moffitt, Ben Rhodes, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Todd Gilliland and Derek Kraus make contact in a battle for position with Derek Kraus taking the spot. 

The seventh caution flag of the race comes out when Josh Reaume spins out and hits David Ragan after some contact from Matt Crafton.

With only four laps remaining in the race; the finish will go into overtime.

Sheldon Creed’s team is reporting that he cannot complete the race on his current tires and has to make a pit stop.  Some of the drivers come down pit road but many of them stayed out on the track.

After dominating the race, Sheldon Creed was caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Staying out on the track, Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the overtime finish.  The first eleven drivers stayed out on the track.  On the inside lane, Derek Kraus gets out in front for the lead with Ben Rhodes in second. 

Ben Rhodes passes Derek Kraus on the outside to take the lead.

Ben Rhodes takes the white flag. 

It has been 48 races since Ben Rhodes has won a race; but the streak has ended with his first run at Darlington!!

The unofficial results of the South Carolina Education Lottery 200:
Ben Rhodes
Derek Kraus
Austin Hill
Grant Enfinger
Christian Eckes
Raphael Lessard
Todd Gillialnd
Stewart Friesen
Timmy Hill
Brett Moffitt
Tyler Ankrum
Bayley Currey
Ty Majeski
Matt Crafton
Tate Fogleman
Zane Smith
Austin Wayne Self
Sheldon Creed
Greg Biffle
Danny Bohn
Clay Greenfield
David Ragan
Chandler Smith
Jordan Anderson
Codie Rohrbaugh
Spencer Boyd
Trevor Bayne
Josh Reaume
Tanner Gray
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Johnny Sauter
Norm Benning
Dawson Cram
Bryant Barnhill

Wild Finish for Xfinity in Darlington

The Xfinity Series kicks off a triple header weekend at Darlington Raceway with the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 for an action packed two days of racing by all three series.

Called “the track too tough to tame”, Darlington Raceway is one of the oldest tracks on the NASCAR circuit and has been hosting races for eight decades.

A long standing Darlington tradition is the throwback paint schemes that features cars from years gone by.

Justin Haley sits on the pole and will lead the field to the green flag after NASCAR’s new formula for dertermining the starting lineup.

NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin is the only Cup driver in the race today.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution at lap 15.

Stages one and two of the race are 45 laps each with stage three lasting 57 laps for a total of 147 laps around the mile and a third track.

Justin Haley brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane with Chase Briscoe on the inside. Justin Haley edges out for the lead as the drivers quickly move up close to the wall.

Lap two, Anthony Alfred and Justin Allgaier make contact causing a pile up on the track at includes Kyle Weatherman, Ryan Sieg, Joe Graf Jr, and Brandon Brown.


Colby Howard ran over the Choose Arrow and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Justin Haely brings the field down for the green flag restart of the race on lap nine but Haley spins his tires and Cahse Briscoe takes the lead with Ross Chastain taking second; Justin Haley, Austin Cindric, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Lap 12, Chase Briscoe has a lead of nearly half a second on Ross Chastin; Austin Cindric, Justin Haley, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Lap 13, Ross Chastain catches and passes Chase Briscoe for the lead.

Lap 17, Ross Chastain, has a lead of over half a second on Austin Cindric; Chase Briscoe, Justin Haley, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap 20,, there are 32 cars on the lead lap.

After an early caution flag for an on track incident, NASCAR revised their competition caution and waited until the end of lap 20 to throw the yellow flag.

Daniel Hemric is out of the race after the lap two wreck.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for fresh tires. Riley Herbst made a pit stop reporting engine issues. Under the hood,, the crew found a loose wire and made repairs.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 26 and edges out Justin Haley for the lead. Denny Hamlin is in the top 10 after starting the race from the last spot.

Lap 27, Ross Chastain heads the race with Justin Haley in second; Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 31, Stephen Leicht is off the track with Kyle Weatherman and Daneil Hemric out of the race. There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 32, Ross Chastain leads the race with Denny Hamlin a quarter of a second back; Justin Haley, Austin Cindric, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Lap 33, Denny Hamlin passes Ross Chastain for the lead.

Lap 37, Denny Hamlin has his Cale Yarborough throwback out in front of th field with Ross Chastain in second; Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, and Justin Haley.

Lap 42, Justin Haley has some significant damage to the front of his car after making ocntact with Justin Allgaier, who was slowed on the track.

Lap 45, drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of over four and a half seconds on Ross Chastain with Austin Cindric in third.

Denny Hamlin wins stage one by nearly five seconds for his first Xfinity stage win of the season.

The top five at the end of stage one:
Denny Hamlin
Ross Chastain
Austin Cindric
Chase Brisco
Noah Gragson
Brandon Jones
Tommy Joe Martins
Michael Annett
Ryan Sieg
Justin Allgaier

Drivers come down pit road for service. Denny Hamlin reported a tight condition. Parker Kligerman also reports a tight condition.

Chase Briscoe wins the race off of pit road; but Denny Hamlin came out in eleventh place after a slow pit stop.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two with Ross Chastain alongside on the fornt row on lap 52 with Ross Chastain and Broscoe battling for the lead. Chase Briscoe takes the lead; Ross Chastai is in second followed by Brandon Jones and Austin Cindric.

Pole sitter Justin Haley restarts the race form the 34th position.

Lap 56, Chase Briscoe leads the race with Austin Cindric over a second back in second place with Brandon Jones ins third.

Lap 59, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Brandon Jones, Ross Chastain, and Noah Gragson.

Not only are the drivers throwing back with the pain schemes, Goodyear tires brought back the old Blue Streak tire design.

Lap Lap 69, Chase Briscoe has a lead of over a second on Brandon Jones wiht Austin Cindric in third.

Lap 73, Chase Briscoe leads the race with Brandon Jones in second and Austin Cindric in third.

Lap 75, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Brandon Jones, Denny Hamlin, Austin Cindric, and Ross Chastain.

Leader Chase Briscoe is reporting a possible tire issue. Justin Allgaier had to make an unscheduled pit stop with a tire issue – the front tires were beginning to chord.

Lap 80, Chase Briscoe has a lead of over half a second on Brandon Jones; Denny Hamlin, Ross Chastain, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Lap 83, Denny Hamlin retakes the lead of the race; Chase Briscoe, Brandon Jones, Ross Chastain, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Justin Allgaier has to make another trip down pit road with a tire issue; he has taken his car to the garage for repairs.

There are 23 cars on the lead lap.

With three laps remaining in stage two, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over a second on Brandon Jones; Chase Briscoe, Ross Chastain, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Noah Gragson spins out and makes contact with Dexter Bean on the final lap of stage two. Gragson kept the car off of the wall.

Denny Hamlin sweeps the stages with a win of stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Denny Hamlin
Brandon Jones
Chase Briscoe
Ross Chastain
Harrison Burton
Ryan Sieg
Austin Cindric
Michael Annett
Jeremy Clements
Riley Herbst

Drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Briscoe winning the race off of pit road once again; Ross Chastain and Denny Hamlin follow. In stage one, Hamlin reported a tight condition but in stage two, he reported a loose condition.

Justin Allgaier has returned to the track after repairs. He had upper control arm issues.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 96 and goes nose to nose with Ross Chastain and Denny Hamlin lurking in third place.

Chase Briscoe gets out in front for the lead with Ross Chastain in second and Denny Hamlin in third.

The drivers can complete the race on a single fuel load, the question is whether or not the tires can last until the end of the race.

Lap 100, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Denny Hamlin, Ross Chastain, Brandon Jones, and Austin Cindric.

Lap 101, Brandon Jones gets around Ross Chastain for third.

Jeremy Clements gets slowed on the track and brings out the caution flag after stopping on the track on lap 102.

While they have only gone seven laps, some of the drivers come down pit road for fresh tires.

After staying out on the track, Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 107 and holds on to the lead.

David Starr brings out the caution flag after making some contact with the wall.

Lap 116,, Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart and gets out in front of Ryan Sieg for the lead.

Chase Briscoe leads the race iwht Ryan Sieg in second and Harrison Burton in third.

Brett Moffit’s car is smoking andpissibly dropping flued on the track; he gets slowed on the track in an attempt to get to pit road. The caution flag comes out when Chase Briscoe, Matt Mills, and Anthony Alfredo encounter the fluid and wreck.

NASCAR puts out the red flag in order to get the fluid cleaned up off of the track.

After a near nine minute red flag condition, NASCAR pulls the red flag and displays the yellow flag. The cars get moving once again.

Ryan Sieg brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 21 laps remaining in the race with Harrison Burton alongside on the inside lane.

Nineteen to go, Ross Chastain leads the race with Denny Hamlin in second over half a second back; Ryan Sieg is in third; Riley Herbst and Brandon Jones rounds out the top five.

Fifteen to go, Ross Chastain leads Denny Hamlin by under half a second; Ryan Sieg is in third place nearly three seconds back.

Hailing form a multi generational family of watermelon farmers, Ross Chastain made sure to purchase a watermelon on the way to the track…just in case he wins so that he can smash it in victory lane.

With 13 laps remaining in the race, Ross Chastain and Denny Hamlin battle for the lead with Chastain holding on to the lead for the moment.

Hamlin gets into the wall but holds on to second place.

Ross Chastain tags the wall but holds on to the car…and the lead.

Ten to go, Ross Chastain leads the race with Denny Hamlin on his bumper; Brandon Jones Ryan Sieg, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

There are only 19 cars on the lead lap.

Eight to go, Ross Chastain holds on to the lead but Denny Hamlin begins to challenge for the lead.

Ross Chastain tags the wall again with six to go.

Denny Hamlin again challenges Ross Chastain for the lead but Chastain manages to hold on to the lead with just five laps remaining in the race.

Four to go, Ross Chastain and Denny Hamlin battle for the lead; Brandon Jones is in third place two seconds back.

Three to go, Ross Chastain and Denny Hamlin continute to battle and allow Brandon Jones to make it a three way battle.

Ross Chastain and Denny Hamlin are side by side for the lead with Hamlin taking the spot, After Hamlin and Chastain tag the wall and get loose, Brandon Jones comes from third place to take the lead…and the win for his third win of the season!

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

Yes Goes Live

Live music may have been put on hold, but that doesn’t mean that music fans cannot experience some live music from home. 

On October 2, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame progressive rock band Yes will release “The Royal Affair Tour, Live from Las Vegas”.

The rockers are offering the new album in a variety of release formats – a digital download, a CD, and a double disc vinyl.  The CD and vinyl will also come with a booklet.

The tracklisting for “The Royal Affair Tour, Live from Las Vegas”:
“No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed”
“Tempus Fugit”
“Going For The One”
“I’ve Seen All Good People”
“Siberian Khatru”
“Onward”
“America”
“Imagine”
“Roundabout”
“Starship Trooper”

Bay City Rollers’ Ian Mitchell Dies

Bay City Rollers’ bass player Ian Mitchell died in Los Angeles at the age of 62.  While the death was confirmed on the band’s official Facebook page, not cause of death of date was given.

The band formed in Scotland in the seventies; Mitchell was just 17 when he joined the band in 1976 but remained with the Rollers less than a year.  Mitchell was with the band when they had a hit with “I Only Want to Be With You” and the album “Dedication”.

Original bass player Alan Longmuir formed the band with his brother Derek in Edinburgh.

He returned to his native Northern Ireland and played with the band Rosetta Stone and later with his own band and The Passengers; as well as, a solo artist.

After leaving the music business, Mitchell became a computer programmer and motivational speaker.

He was born in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Wendy.

feature photo credit: Bay City Rollers Facebook page

ST: Discovery Diversifies with More Characters

From the moment it first went on the air Gene Roddenberry’s vision known as “Star Trek” has shattered stereotypes and broken down barriers; whether it be the first actress of colour cast in a non-traditional role and the first interracial kiss in the original series to the introduction of androgynous characters on “The Next Generation” and same sex couples.

Continuing that tradition of groundbreaking characters, the newest series in the “Star Trek” franchise “Discovery” has cast some new characters to season three of the series.  Ian Alexander, who came out as transgender in 2014, joins the cast as the transgender character Gray – a non-blended Trill – and Blue Del Barrio has been cast as the non binary character Adira.

In 1992, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” aired an episode title “The Outcast” where the Enterprise crew encountered a planet of androgynous people who were neither male or female. 

The series, which begins on CBS All Access on October 15, includes the first woman of colour in a lead role and a same sex couple.  While not a major role, in “Star Trek: Beyond” there was a brief scene where Sulu met his same sex partner and daughter on the space station.

feature photo credit: Star Trek Discovery Facebook page

DWTS Reveals New Cast

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of uncertainty to the world with millions of people still out of work and many businesses still shuttered.  But one thing that is for certain is that there will be plenty of dancing and drama in the Ballroom when “Dancing with the Stars” returns for a new season on September 14.

On September 2, DWTS announced the celebrity cast that will be competing this season for the mirroball trophy alongside their professional Ballroom dancing partners.

Along with a plethora of TV hosts and actors; this season’s lineup includes reality stars, sports figures, and two award winning singers.

Meet the season 29 DWTS cast:

Monica Aldama is a 14 time National Champion  Cheerleading coach.  She has spent the past 25 years as the head cheerleading coach at Navarro College where she was inducted to the inaugural class of the university’s athletic Hall of Fame.

Big Cat Rescue founder and CEO Carol Baskin is no stranger to television where she has appeared on numerous documentaries.  An animal advocate, Baskin has spoken to groups around the world and is the host of the “Cat Chat Show”.

The most recent “Bachelorette”, Canadian born Katlyn Bristowe has taken her time on the reality dating series and parlayed it into an enterprise with her own hair accessories, wine, and digital series.  An aspiring singer, she has released her first Country Pop song and she has made numerous appearances on a variety of television talk and variety shows.

Professional football player Vernon Davis.  After spending 15 seasons in San Francisco and Washington, the former tight end retired at the end of the 2019/20 season.  Since retiring, the budding actor has launched numerous entrepreneurial endeavors.  In past DWTS seasons football players have faired very well on the show, with a few even adding the mirrorball to their trophy cases.

Actress Anne Heche is an award winning actress whose credits include “The Vanished”, “Best of Enemies”, “My Friend Dahmer”, “Wildcard”, “Catfight”, “The Last Word”, and “Opening Night”.

The season 29 teen celebrity is 18 year old Skai Jackson. This season’s youngest contestant, Jackson is a star on the Disney Channel series “Jessie” and “BUNK’D”.

Actress Justina Machado has appeared on the stage; as well as, in films and on television.  Her credits include the current “One Day at a Time”, “Six Feet Under”, “Jane the Virgin”, and “Elena of Avalor”.  She also performed in the Broadway production of “In the Heights”.

Jeannie Mai is an award winning talk show host on “The Real”.  She also serves as a sideline reporter for “Holey Moley”. A first generation Asian-American, Mai is an advocate against human trafficking, supports women’s issues, and spends time volunteering in Asia to aid the less fortunate.

A member of one of the most popular boy bands in the modern era, AJ McLean has spent the past 27 years as a teen heart throb and member of the chart topping, award winning band the Backstreet Boys. 

Award winning entertainers Jesse Metcalfe was appeared in a variety of roles from comedic to a Country music star including “desperate Housewives”, “Hard Kill”, “Chesapeake Shores”, “Escape Plan 2: Hades”, “The Ninth Passenger”, “John Tucker Must Die”, “Christmas Next Door”, and “A Country Wedding”.

Award winning artist Nelly became one of only seven rap artists to earn a Diamond Award – at least 10 million copies of a song or album sold in the United States – when he teamed up with Country music sensations Florida Georgia Line  for the smash hit “Cruise”.  Since breaking onto the music scene in 2000, the three time Grammy Award winner has collaborated with Florida Georgia Line, Kane Brown, Jimmie Allen, Kelly Rowland, Cash, and Digital Animal Farm.

Former NBA basketball player Charles Oakley spent 19 seasons running up and down the court cooking up some trouble for the opposing team.  In the 10 years he spent with the New York Knicks, the team made it to the playoffs every season.  When he is not coaching in the Big3 League, Oakley loves to cook and has served thousands of his meals to the needy.

Producer, photographer, and TV host Nev Schulman is best known for his docu-film “Catfish” and the subsequent television series.  Currently, he hosts the Facebook series “We Need to Talk” along with his wife Laura.

High end realtor Chrishell Stause stars in the Netflix docu-series “Selling Sunset”.  She has also made guest appearances in three of the four remaining daytime dramas on network television – “All My Children”, “The Young and the Restless”, and “Days of Our Lives”.  She is also an advocate for the homeless, especially families with children.

Champion ice skater Johnny Weir  rounds out this season’s competitors.  The three time Olympian also serves as a commentator for ice skating events during the Winter Olympic Games.

While fans will have to wait until the September 14 premiere to learn who will be paired with who; the celebrities will be joining already announced professional dancers

Brandon Armstrong
Alan Bernstein
Sharna Burgess
Cheryl Burke
Artem Chigvintsev
Val Chmerkovskiy
Sasha Farmer
Jenna Johnson
Daniella Karagach
Keo Motsepe
Peta Murgatroyd
Pasha Pashkov
Glen Savchenko
Emma Slater
and Britt Stewart
as the cast of season 29 on “Dancing with the Stars”.

Judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Carrie Ann Inaba will return to the Ballroom, but the show will see a new host when Tyra Banks takes over the duties formally held by Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.

Trump and Campaign Get Sued

Since he first announced his intent to run for President of the United States in 2016, Donald Trump has freely “borrowed” music for his rallies and campaign ads.

Many of the artists have sent cease and desist orders and even threatened legal action but so far none of them on those threats…until now.

“Electric Avenue” singer Eddy Grant is the first artist to file a suit against the Trump presidential campaign for copyright infringement after his song “Electric Avenue” was used in a campaign ad featuring himself on a speeding train and presidential candidate Joe Biden on a hand car.

Trump posted the video via his Twitter account on August 12.  On August 13, a cease and desist letter was sent Trump’s lawyers; however, the video is still live.  Calling it “copyright 101”, lawyers noted that neither Trump or his campaign sought permission from Grant to use the song in their video.



In the suit filed in New York on September 1, they are asking for a jury trial, licensing fees, statutory damages, and removal of the video.

Grant wrote the song in 1981 in response to race riots in Brixton, England.

Anytime a song is used at a rally or in an ad, parties must receive permission and pay licensing fees for use of the music by any artist.  But for the past four plus years, Trump and his campaign have failed to seek any form of permission or pay any of the legal licensing fees on music used.

Previously the Rolling Stones, Sir Elton John, and Axl Rose, and Neil Young have requested their music NOT be played at any of Trump’s rallies or on campaign ads.

feature photo credit: By Stuart Sevastos – originally posted to Flickr as Eddy Grant @ Supreme Court Gardens (24/1/2009), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7371115

Vinyl Anniversaries

Iron Maiden
When the compact disc came out some 30 years ago, the “experts” proclaimed that the vinyl long playing album was dead.  And while LP’s waned for a while, they have made a roaring comeback; especially when it comes to collectors.

More and more artists are releasing special albums on vinyl, and often with creative designs.

The hard rocking band Iron Maiden is celebrating 40 years of rock and roll with a special anniversary release of their self titled debut album on October 9.  The limited edition album will feature a clear vinyl picture disc.

Originally released in the spring of 1980, the album includes songs that went on to become an integral part of every Iron Maiden performance.

The album is currently available for pre order from the band’s website at IronMaiden.com.




The Distillers
When the compact disc came out some 30 years ago, the “experts” proclaimed that the vinyl long playing album was dead.  And while LP’s waned for a while, they have made a roaring comeback; especially when it comes to collectors.

More and more artists are releasing special albums on vinyl, and often with creative designs.

The hard rocking band Iron Maiden is celebrating 40 years of rock and roll with a special anniversary release of their self titled debut album on October 9.  The limited edition album will feature a clear vinyl picture disc.

Originally released in the spring of 1980, the album includes songs that went on to become an integral part of every Iron Maiden performance.

The album is currently available for pre order from the band’s website at IronMaiden.com.

Killswitch Engage
Killswitch Engage is also celebrating 20 years of music with an anniversary release of the debut album. 

Not only are the rockers offering up the album in a vinyl format for the first time; they have also included four bonus tracks to the album.

Available October 9, fans have two designs to choose from…a clear vinyl with a mint splatter and a Coke bottle clear and olive green split.


Sir Elton John
Sir Elton John was a young lad of 23 when he first performed for American audiences at The Troubadour. 

The iconic Hall of Fame rocker is celebrating 50 years of making music with a special vinyl release of his self titled debut album.

The double album features a remastered edition of the album plus some bonus tracks and demos on the second disc.  Along with songs that have appeared on vinyl before, the special edition album comes in transparent purple.

A second limited edition gold edition of the album will be released in a single disc format on October 30.