James Bond Actor Sir Sean Connery Dies

Sir Sean Connery died October 31, 2020 at the age of 90 at his home in the Bahamas. His wife reported that Sir Sean died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family. Son Jason added that his father had been ill for quite some time.

The Oscar Award winning actor is best known for his seven roles as British Secret Agent James Bond; but Sir Sean appeared in over 90 film and television productions along with over 100 appearances of himself. The original Bond, Sir Sean set the standard for all of those who came after him including Sir Roger Moore, Pierce Brosman, and current Bond Daniel Craig.

Sir Sean made his James Bond film debut in 1962 in “Dr. No”; he went on to portray the super spy in “Thunderball”, “From Russia with Love”, “Goldfinger”, “You Only Live Twice”, and “Diamonds are Forever” in 1971. He returned in 1983 for his final role as Bond in “Never Say Never Again”.

In the 1967 version on “Casino Royale”, James Bond was played by Peter Sellers and in 1969 George Lazenby played Bond in “OnHer Majesty’s Secret Service”.

Feeling too type cast and not taken seriously as an actor, Sir Sean turned his back on the Bond films; but despite the thoughts of the critics, he continued to act with a long and successful career.

Other iconic roles include the father of Indiana Jones in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, the captain of the Russian submarine in “The Hunt for Red October”, the immortal Ramirez in the film “Highlander II: The Quickening” with Christopher Lambert, and that of King Richard in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”.

In 1987, he was awarded the Academy Award for his role as a Chicago policeman in “The Untouchables”.

His acting career began on the London stage in “South Pacific” before turning to the screen. He made his film debut in 1954 in an uncredited role in “Let’s Make Up”. His first credited role came in the television series “Dixon of Dock Green” in 1956.

Other roles include “The Molly Maguires”, “The Man Who Would Be King”, “Robin and Marian”, “Gawain and the Green Knight”, “The Presidio”, “The Russia House”, “Medicine Man”, “Rising Sun”, King Arthur in “First Knight”, and his final role in 2012 in “Sir Billi”.

At the age of 59, he was named the “Sexiest Man Alive” by “People” Magazine.

Along with his Academy Award, Sir Sean has been awarded Commander of the Order of Arts and Literature by France, is a Kennedy Center Honouree, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Film Institute, and has been knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

He was born Thomas Sean Connery on August 25, 1930 in Edinburgh, Scotland the oldest of two boys. He left school at age 13 to help support the family. Before turning his hand to acting, Sir Sean held numerous jobs including a milkman, laborer, steel bender, cement mixer, bricklayer, and served three years in the Royal Navy before being discharged with stomach ulcers.

He is survived by his second wife of 45 years Micheline, sons Jason and Stefan, and brother Neil.

feature photo credit: Sean Connery’s webpage – seanconnery.com

Youngest Driver Ever Wins at Martinsville in Xfinity Series

The Xfinity Series closes out the second round of the playoffs at Martinsville Speedway with the Draft Top 250. By the end of the race the final four that will race for the championship will be set as the 2020 racing season nears an end.

Austin Cindric sits on the pole and will bring the field to the green flag with Noah Gragson alongside on the front row.

Chase Briscoe has secured his spot in the final four after a win; Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, and Justin Haley are all above the cut line; but Brtandon Jones, Ross Chastain, Noah Gragson, and Ryan Sieg are below the cut line and in a must win situation to avoid elimination for the final four.

This marks the first time that the Xfinity Series has run in Martinsville since 2006. Winner at Martinsville receive a very unifque trophy – a grandfather clock!

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

The track known as the paperclip is small and leaders will be lapping slower traffic very quickly.

NASCAR has called for a competiton caution around lap 25.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Austin Cindric jumping out in front for the lead.

Lap two Austin Cindric leads the race with Noah Gragson in second; Ross Chastain, Justin Haley, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Gray Gaulding brings out the first caution flag of the race on lap four when he gets stopped on the track. Gaulding reports that he can’t get the engine cranked.

Gray Gaulding has gotten the car moving again and will restart from the back of the field.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap nine and edges out Noah Gragsn for the lead.

Austin Cindric leads the race with Justin Haley in second and Noah Gragson in third.

Lap 13, Austin Cindric has a lead of half a second on Justin Haley with Noah Gragson a second back in third.

Lap 16 there are 37 cars on the lead lap.

Brett Moffitt is reporting some brake handling and wheel hop issues.

Lap 20, Austin Cindric has a lead of over half a second on Justin Haley; Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Bayley Currey hits the wall but the track stays green. Currey brings his car down pit road with a flat tire.

NASCAR displays the caution flag at the end of lap 25 for the competition caution.

Since returning to racing after the Covid-19 shutdown, NASCAR has run races with no practice or qualifying runs. They have called for a competition caution early in the races to allow teams to check tire wear and make adjustments that would normally have been done during a practice session.

A few drivers back in the field made a pit stop for fresh tires.

Ryan Sieg was caught speeding on pit road.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 32 and continues to lead the race.

Lap 33, Austin Cindric is in the lead with Noah Gragson in second and Justin Haley in third being challenged for position by Harrison Burton.

Lap 35, Harrison Burton takes third place with Austin Cindric leading the race.

Gray Gaulding again brings out the caution flag on lap 37 when he spins out in a three wide situation.

Chase Briscoe reports to his team that the brakes are smelling. The crew chief remarks that the entire track has a brake smell.

Ryan Vargas is stopped on the track but gets his car moving again as the field prepares to come to the green.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with Noah Gragson on the outside on lap 43, the drivers go nose to nose with Noah Gragson finally getting the lead on lap 45.

Noah Gragson leads the race with Harrison Burton in second and Austin Cindric in third.

Now leading the race, Noah Gragson is above the cut line and a part of the final four.

Jeb Burton taps the wall after getting loose but the track stays green.

Harrison Burton challenges Noah Gragson for the lead. The same two drivers battled on the final lap for the win in Texas last week with Burton getting the win.

Lap 51, Noah Gragson leads with Harrison Burton in second; Austin Cindric, Justin Haley, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five. There are 34 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 54, Harrison Burton continues to challenge leader Noah Gragson with third place driver Austin Cindric looking to make it a three way battle.

Lap 58, leaders have encountered slower traffic.

Noah Gragson wins stage one for his ninth stage win of the season.

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

Only three of the top 10 drivers were not in the playoffs.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service with Harrison Burton winning the race off of pit road.

A very tight pit road, Brandon Jones and AJ Allmendinger make contact on pit road.

After staying out on the track JJ Yeley is the leader with Ryan Sieg in second.

JJ Yeley brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 69 with Yeley taking the lead and Harrison Burton in second.

Lap 70 Harrison Burton battle JJ Yeley for the lead with Burton taking the spot.

Lap 71 Harrison Burton leads the race with Noah Gragson in second; JJ Yeley, Austin Cindric, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

The caution flag coumes out on lap 73 when BJ McLeod, Donald Theage, and Stefan Parsons get into a wreck that spread dirt and mud on the track.

Lap 77, NASCAR has red flagged the race to get the track cleaned up form all the dirt and mud.

After a 10 minute red flag delay, NASCAR has put out the yellow flag and the cars are moving again.

Last week’s race winner Harrison Burton leads the race and brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 81 and battles Noah Grags for the lead. Noah Gragson edges out for the lead from the outside lane.

Lap 83, Harrison Burton continues to battle Noah Gragson for the lead and gets out in front on lap 84.

Ross Chastain and Ausitn Cindric battle for third.

Lap 85, Harrison Burton leads the race with Noah Gragson in second; Ross Chastain, Justin Haley, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 89, Harrison Burton leads the race with Ross Chastain on his bumper; Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

There are 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 92, Ross Chastain battles Harrison Burton for the lead with Chastain taking the top spot. The lead puts Chastain above the cut line. An in-car camera on Chastain’s pedals shows the 12th generation watermelon farmer wearing shoes that resemble watermelons.

Lap 102, Ross Chastain continues to lead the race with Harrison Burton in second; Noah Gragson, Justin, Haley, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 106 when Matt Mills car has flames coming out from under the car. Mills gets the car stopped and is out of the car safely.

Mills car is stopped near pit entry; pit road continues to stay closed. Any driver who makes a pit stop will have to serve a penalty.

Justin Haley reports that the gages are good but the car doesn’t sound right.

With only 10 laps remaining in stage two, pit road is open. Some of the non playoff drivers make a pit stop. Guaranteed a spot in the final four, Chase Briscoe also comes down pit road for service.

With a fuel load of around 150 laps, the drivers can complete the race from this point on a single load of fuel.

Austin Cindric is reporting some water overheating issues in his car.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart with just seven laps remaining in stage two from the inside lane with Noah Gragson alongside. Ross Chastain gets out in front of Noah Gragson to hold on to the lead.

Lap 115, Ross Chastain leads the race with Noah Gragson in second and Justin Haley in third.

Josh Reaume and Matt Mills are out of the race with Ryan Vargas off the track.

Ross Chastain wins stage two for his third stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ross Chastain
Noah Gragson
Justin Haley
Justin Allgaier
Austin Cindric
Brandon Jones
Brett Moffitt
AJ Allmendinger
Harrison Burton
Timmy Hill

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.

There are 27 cars on the lead lap.

After pitting during the last caution, AJ Allmendinger is in the lead and will bring the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the inside lane. AJ Allmendinger edges out Harrison Burton for the lead on lap 129.

The top five are AJ Allmendinger, Harrison Burton, Riley Herbst, Jeb Burton, and Ryan Sieg.

Lap 131, AJ Allmendinger is in the lead; Harrison Burton, Jeb Burton, Ryan Sieg, and Myatt Snider round out the top five.

JJ Yeley brings out the caution flag when he spins out and narrowly avoids taking Justin Haley with him.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 139 and jumps out in front for the lead while cousins Jeb and Harrison Burton battle for second.

Lap 140, the top fiveare AJ Allmendinger, Harrison Burton, Jeb Burton, Ryan Sieg, and Myatt Snider.

Lap 142, AJ Allmendinger has pulled out to a lead of over a second while the Burton cousins continue to battle for second.

As they stand now…Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Justin Allgiaer, and Justin Haley are above the cut line and would be the final four; while Ross Chastain, Brandon Jones, Noah Gragson, and Ryan Sieg are below the cut line and facing elimination.

Lap 147, AJ Allmendinger has a second and a half lead on Harrison Burton; Jeb Burton, Ryan Sieg, and Myatt Snider round out the top five.

There are 27 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 150, AJ Allmendinger continues to lead the race by over a second on Harrison Burton.

Lap 158, AJ Allmendinger continues to lead the race with Harrison Burton, Jeb Burton, Ryan Sieg, and Myatt Snider rounding out the top five.

With 23 cars still on the lead lap, AJ Allmendinger has a one second lead on Harrison Burton; Jeb Burton, Ryan Sieg, and Myatt Snider round out the top five.

Justin Haley reports continued water temperature issues; saying that it is steady but pegged at the limit.

With just 80 laps to go, AJ Allmendinger has just a half second lead on Harrison Burton with Jeb Burton in three.

Drivers are beginning to get aggressive on the track; beating and banging for position.

With 76 laps to go, there are 20 cars on the lead lap. Harrison Burton has caught up to leader AJ Allmendinger and is challenging for the lead.

Whle AJ Allmendinger and Harrison Burton battle for the lead; third place driver Jeb Burton is over eight seconds back.

Seventy to go, AJ Allmendinger and Harrison Burton continue to battle for the lead with Jeb Burton, Ryan Sieg, and Justin Allgaier rounding out the top five.

The ninth caution flag of the race comeso ut with 68 laps to go after Bayley Currey gets into the wall. Team reports that the car is killed and Currey takes his car to the garage.

After 44 laps of green flag racing, leaders come down pit road for service. Harrison Burton wins the race off of pit road.

Harrison Burton brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with just 61 laps remaining in the race and battle AJ Allmendinger for the lead. After getting door to door with each other, AJ Allmendinger gets out in front for the lead with 57 laps to go.

The top five are AJ Allmendinger, Harrison Burton, Justin Allgaier, Jeb Burton, and Noah Gragson.

With 53 laps to go, Harrison Burton passes AJ Allmendinger for the lead. Allmendinger has a flat tire and has to bring his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop.

Fifty to go, Harrison Burton leads the race with Justin Allgaier in second: Noah Gragson, Jeb Burton, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Ross Chastain passes Riley Herbst for fifth place.

Lap 205 Harrison Burton has a half second lead on Justin Allgaier as the leaders encounter lapped traffic.

Lap 210, Harrison Burton leads the race with Justin Allgaier in second; over three seconds back Noah Gragson, Jeb Burton, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out with 37 laps to go for a crash involving Myatt Snider and Brandon Brown.

A few drivers back in the field come down pit road for service; but the leaders stay out on the track.

Harrison Burton brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with just 30 laps remaining in the race. Harrison Burton and Just Allgaier go side by side until Burton gets out in front for the lead with Allgaier on his bumper; Noah Gragson is in third on Allgaier’s bumper.

With 22 cars on the lead lap, Harrison Burton has a quarter of a second lead on Justin Allgaier with Noah Gragson in third; Jeb Burton and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

With 23 laps to go, Chase Briscoe is in the final four; Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, and Justin Haley are abobve the cut line; but Brandon Jones, Noah Gragson, Ross Chastain, and Ryan Sieg are below the cut line and in danger of elimination.

Just 19 laps to go, Harrison Burton has a lead of nearly half a seocnd on Justin Allgaier with team mate Noah Gragson in third.

Fifteen to go, the top five are Harrison Burton, Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, Ross Chastain, and Jeb Burton.

Ten to go, Harrison Burton has a lead of over half a second on Justin Allgaier; Noah Gragson, Ross Chastain, and Jeb Burton round out the top five.

Seven to go, Harrison Burton has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Justin Allgaier; with Noah Gragson, Ross Chastain, and Jeb Burton rounding out the top five.

Four to go, Justin Allgaier has closed the gap to under a second on leader Harrison Burton after Burton encountered lapped traffic.

Harrison Burton takes the white flag.

For the second week in a row, Harrison Burton wins the race. At 20 years old he becomes the youngest driver to win at Martinsville; eclipsing his father. Father and son talk over the radio after the race. Dad Jeff Burton is one of the NBC Sports broadcasters. Harrison noted that he is doing something his dad didn’t do in his first Martinsville win – a burnout.

The final four is set with Chase Briscoe, Justin Allagiaer, Justin Haley, and Austin Cindric.

The unofficial results for the Draft Top 250:
Harrison Burton
Justin Allgaier
Noah Gragson
Jeb Burton
Ross Chastain
Riley Herbst
Chase Briscoe
Michael Annett
Brandon Jones
Brandon Jones
Austin Cindric
Ryan Sieg
Justin Haley
Brett Moffitt
JJ Yeley
Jeremy Clements
Tommy Joe Martins
Timmy Hill
Brandon Brown
Josh Williams
Mason Diaz
Joe Graf Jr
Jesse Little
Myatt Snider
Stefan Parsons
Colby Howard
AJ Allmendinger
Alex Labbe
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Kody Vanderwal
Kyle Weatherman
Donal Theatge
Carl Long
BJ McLeod
Ryan Vargas
Gray Gaulding
Bayley Currey
Chad Finchum
Matt Mills
Josh Reaume

Final Four Set for Truck Series in Martinsville

The Gander RV and Outdoor Truck Series kicks off a triple header weekend that decides the final four that will race for the championship from Martinsville Speedway for a little night racing with the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200.

Sheldon Creed sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Zane Smith alongside on the front row.

Sheldon Creed and Brett Moffitt have clinched their spots in the final four after wins at Texas and Kansas. Regular season champion Austin Hill, Zane Smith, Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes, Tyler Ankrum, and Grant Enfinger are all vying for the two remaining spots in the final four. Hill and Smith are currently above the cut line and could make it on points but Crafton, Rhodes, Ankrum, and Enfinger are all in a must win situation and at risk of being eliminated.

Stages one and two of the race are 50 laps each with stage three lasting 100 laps for a total of 200 laps around the half mile track.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane but it is team mate Zane Smith who gets out in front for the lead.

Lap two, the top five are Zane Smith, Sheldon Creed, Brett Moffitt, Austin Hill, and Tyler Ankrum.

Only a half mile around, it will not take long for the leaders to begin lapping trucks.

Lap five Josh Reaume is already two laps down.

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

Lap nine, Zane Smith holds on to the lead with Sheldon Creed in second; Austin Hill, Brett Moffitt ,and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Josh Reaume is off the track. Jennifer Jo Cobb is the only truck on the track one lap down.

Sheldon Creed passes Zane Smith for the lead.

Lap 12 the caution flag comes out for a wreck involving several trucks that blocked the track.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 22 with team mate Zane Smith alongside. Matt Crafton made it a three wide battle as Sheldon Creed gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 23, Sheldon Creed leads the race; Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes, Zane Smith, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Halfway through stage one, there are 33 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 28, Sheldon Creed has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half on Matt Crafton; Ben Rhodes, Zane Smith, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Lap 32, Ryan Truex and Josh Reaume are off the track.

Lap 41, Sheldon Creed has left the rest of the field behind with a lead of over six seconds on Matt Crafton; Johnny Sauter, Zane Smith, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five. There are only 19 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 45, Sheldon Creed is “driving it like he stole it” with a lead of nearly eight seconds on Matt Crafton.

The caution flag comes out with just three laps remaining in stage one after a wreck involving Jordan Anderson and Natalie Decker.

Stage one ends under caution with Sheldon Creed earning his eleventh stage of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Sheldon Creed
Matt Crafton
Johnny Sauter
Zane Smith
Ben Rhodes
Brett Moffitt
Christian Eckes
Grant Enfinger
Raphael Lessard
Stewart Friesen

Drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service with Sheldon Creed winning the race off of pit road; even after having to wait an extra second to get all of the lug nuts tightened.

Zane Smith’s crew reports that the rear tires on Smith’s truck were “junk” and “torn up”.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 60 with Matt Crafton alongside on the inside lane. Sheldon Creed holds on to the lead of the race with Zane Smith taking second; Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Lap 64, Sheldon Creed already has a one second lead on Zane Smith with Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, and Christian Eckes rounding out the top five. There are 21 trucks on the lead lap.

Regular season champion Austin Hill was 12 points above the cut line at race start; but some issues with his truck is costing him spots on the track and he ahs dropped to 10 below the cut line and in danger of begin eliminated from the playoffs.

Lap 71, Sheldon Creed holds on to his one second lead on Zane Smith; Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Parker Kligerman has to bring his truck down pit road for an unscheduled stop with a flat tire.

Lap 76, Leader Sheldon Creed has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road with a flat tire. Zane Smith is the new leader.

The caution flag comes out on lap 78 when Clay Greenfield spun out.

Austin Hill’s team continues to have issues with his truck; reporting possible engine issues.

Jennifer Jo Cobb brings her smoking truck to the garage.

Some of the drivers bring their trucks down pit road in a strategy to lead at the end of the stage.

Austin Hill is on pit road with the hood up as the crew tries to diagnose the problem.

Zane Smith bring the field down for the green flag restart on lap 85 with Matt Crafton alongside. Matt Crafton takes the lead but Johnny Sauter gets around Crafton to take the lead.

Lap 86, the top five are Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, Stewart Friesen, Brandon Jones, and Tanner Gray.

Zane Smith got bumped on the restart and has fallen out of the top 10.

Lap 90, Tanner Gray spins out and brings out the caution flag while in a battle for the “lucky dog” spot.

Race leader Johnny Sauter brings his truck down pit road for service; as does a few other drivers.

After his flat tire while leading the race, Sheldon Creed is now in 18th place.

Austin Hill’s team reports that they believe there is a drive train issues and “dead cylander” in the truck; adding that they don’t know how long the truck would last.

With just two laps remaining in stage two, Matt Crafton brings the field down for the green flag restart with Stewart Friesen alongside. Stewart Friesen takes the lead with Matt Crafton in second.

Stewart Friesen wins stage two for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Stewart Friesen
Matt Crafton
Grant Enfinger
Raphael Lessard
Brett Moffitt
Tyler Ankrum
Christian Eckes
Johnny Sauter
Carson Hocevar
Ben Rhodes

Drivers comes down pit road for service.

Sheldon Creed was the “lucky dog”.

Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the inside lane on lap 113 and edges out Christian Eckes for the lead.

Lap 113, the top five are Grant Enfinger, Chridtian Eckes, Raphael Lessard, Johnny Sauter, and Ben Rhodes.

Raphael Lessard takes second from Christian Eckes with Johnny Sauter in third.

Seventeen year old driver Carson Hocevar brings out the caution flag after getting hit from behind by Christian Eckes. Tate Fogleman also has an issue with his truck.

Austin Hill takes his truck to the garage and the hood is up. The regular season champion is out of the race and currently below the cut line.

Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag restart with 74 laps remaining in the race with Johnny Sauter alongside on the outside lane. Johnny Sauter gets out in front of Enfinger for the lead in turn two.

Lap 127, the top five are Johnny Sauter, Grant Enfinger, Ben Rhodes, Raphael Lessard, and Zane Smith.

Lap 130, Johnny Sauter has a one second lead on Grant Enfinger; Ben Rhodes, Raphael Lessard, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Lap 134, there are 18 trucks on the lead lap with four trucks wither off the track or out of the race.

Lap 135, Grant Enfinger has closed the gap on leader Johnny Sauter to just half a second; Ben Rhodes, Raphael Lessard, and Zane Smith rount out the top five.

Lap 139, Sheldon Creed has entered the top 10.

With 58 laps to go, Johnny Sauter has a lead of nearly a second on Grant Enfinger; Raphael Lessard, Zane Smith, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Lap 146, Johnny Sauter has just a quarter of a second lead on Grant Enfinger; Raphael Lessard, Zane Smith, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Fifty to go, Johnny Sauter hasa half second lead on Grant Enfinger; Zane Smith, Raphael Lessard, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

With 47 laps remaining in the race, there are just 17 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 154, Tanner Gray brings out the caution flag after making contact with someone on the track and spins out.

Drivers come down pit road for fuel and resh tires with Johnny Sauter winning the race off of pit road.

Johnny Sauter and Carson Hocevar bring the field down for the green flag restart with just 40 laps remaining in the race. Grant Enfinger gets out in front for the lead with Brett Moffitt in second; Zane Smith, Sheldon Creed, and Raphael Lessard round out the top five.

Johnny Sauter has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road with a flat tire.

Lap 165, Grant Enfinger has a narrow lead on Brett Moffitt.

Clay Green field brings out the caution flag agaon when he spins out with a flat tire.

With just 27 laps remaining in the race, Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag restart and goes side by side with Sheldon Creed. Sheldon Creed edges out for the lead but Brett Moffitt makes it a three wide battle.

Lap 175, the caution flag comes out when Grant Enfinger and Sheldon Creed makes contact sending Sheldon Creed around. Creed gets moving again and is still in the race.

Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag restart one more time with 19 laps remaining in the race but it is Raphael Lessard the gets out in front for the lead first.

The top five are Raphael Lessard, Brett Moffitt, Grant Enfinger, Christian Eckes, and Ben Rhodes.

Carson Hocevar brings out the caution flag with 15 to go when he spins out and is stopped up against the wall.

Raphael Lessard brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 10 laps to go with Brett Moffitt alongside. Lessard edges out for the lead but Grant Enfinger comes up on the inside to challenge Lessard for the lead.

The eleventh caution olf the race comes out when Raphael Lessard gets spun out by Ben Rhodes. Brett Moffitt also gets some damage to his truck when he makes contact with Ben Rhodes.

Brett Moffitt is out of the race but has secured his spot in the final four after winning in Texas last week.

Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag restart; Ben Rhodes is in second place. Both drivers are currently below the cut line and must win the race to make it to the final four.

Grant Enfinger gets out in front with Christian Eckes in second and Ben Rhodes in third.

Grant Enfinger takes the white flag.

In a must win situation, Grant Enfinger wins the race and will compete for the championship as a part of the final four. The fourth driver in the fian four is Zane Smith who wins the spot by just three points. Matt Crafton, Austin Hill, Ben Rhodes, and Tyler Ankrum have all been eliminated from the playoffs.

The unofficial results of the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200:
Grant Enfinger
Ben Rhodes
Zane Smith
Christian Eckes
Matt Craftn
Stewart Friesen
Danny Bohn
Sheldon Creed
Austin Wayne Self
Derek Kraus
Trevor Bayne
Tyler Ankrum
Carson Hocevar
Timmy Hill
Spencer Boyd
Dwason Cram
Brandon Jones
Sam Mayer
Jordan Anderson
Raphael Lessard
Clay Greenfield
BJ McLeod
Johnny Sauter
Parker Kligerman
Ray Ciccarelli
Norm Benning
Natalie Decker
Brett Moffitt
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Ryan Truex
Tanner Gray
Todd Gilliland
Spencer Davis
Codie Rohrbaugh
Austin Hill
Tate Fogleman
Josh Reaume

NASCAR Reveals Xfinity 2021 Schedule

With just two races remaining in the 2020 racing season, NASCAR has released the 2021 schedule for the Xfinity Series.  Like the NASCAR Cup Series, the Xfinity schedule includes new venues and more road courses.

The Xfinity races will pair up with the NASCAR Cup for 32 of its 33 races next season.  The only stand alone event will be the Mid-Ohio race in June.  When the NASCAR Cup runs its doubleheader weekend at Pocono, the Xfinity Series is scheduled to run its only Sunday race of the year.

NASCAR vice president of racing development Ben Kennedy said, “as was the case with the Cup Series, we’re thrilled to have worked with the industry and our broadcast partners to deliver an exciting Xfinity Series schedule for our fans.  We saw phenomenal Xfinity Series racing in 2020, and this schedule allows us to build on that momentum by adding compelling new venues to an already fantastic mix of traditional race tracks.”

Again next season, Bristol will cap off the regular season with Las Vegas starting off the playoffs.  The season ends in Phoenix with the crowning of a champion.

The 2021 Xfinity Series schedule:
Feb 13 at Daytona
Feb 20 at Homestead-Miami
Feb 27 at Auto Club Speedway
March 6 at Las Vegas
March 13 at Phoenix Raceway
March 20 at Atlanta
April 9 at Martinsville
April 24 at Talladega Superspeedway
May 6 at Darlington
May 15 at Dover
May 22 at Circuit of the Americas
May 29 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 5 at Mid-Ohio
June 12 at Texas Motor Speedway
June 19 at Nashville Superspeedway
June 27 at Pocono
July 3 at Road America
July 10 at Atlanta
July 17 at New Hampshire
August 7 at Watkins Glen International
August 14 at Indianapolis Road Course
August 21 at Michigan
Aug 27 at Daytona
Sept 4 at Darlington
Sept 11 at Richmond Raceway
Sept 17 at Bristol
Sept 25 at Las Vegas
Oct 2 at Talladega
Oct 9 at the Charlotte Roval
Oct 16 at Texas
Oct 23 at Kansas Speedway
Oct 30 at Martinsville
Nov 6 at Phoenix Raceway

More Info from 23XI Racing

Since the first announcement that basketball legend Michael Jordan and NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin have joined forces to form a new NASCAR Cup racing team, the duo have been releasing new information about the new team piece by piece.

It is now known that the current driver of the number 43 Richard Petty Motorsports car Bubba Wallace is leaving that team after the race in Phoenix to join the new Jordan/Hamlin team named 23XI – 23 Eleven – for Jordan’s uniform number and eleven for Hamlin’s car number.

Today it was announced that Bubba will be driving a Toyota and that 23XI have formed a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing – Hamlin’s current team.  A technical alliance means that JGR will offer support services for the new team.

Hamlin spoke on the manufacturer announcement saying, “Toyota has been a big part of my NASCAR career.  We’ve achieved multiple milestones together including back-to-back Daytona 500 victories. I know how they support their teams, and when I decided move to team ownership, I knew that I wanted Toyota to be alongside our team. Toyota supports my vision with this team and will be integrated with our team members to support us as we grow and strive to achieve race wins and championships.”

“My main goal for 23XI Racing is to be competitive for a championship as soon as possible.  Our partnership with Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing gives us the equipment, resources and expertise to do it,” added Jordan.

JGR owner Joe Gibbs spoke on the new alliance saying, “we’re excited to have the opportunity to provide resources to this new Toyota team to help them get started.  We can remember being in a similar position nearly three decades ago and we were fortunate to have a similar agreement that helped us in the beginning. We’re happy for Denny to realize his dream of ownership and certainly it’s a big deal for NASCAR to have someone with the respect and stature of Michael Jordan enter our sport.”

Denny Hamlin also announced that Mike Wheeler will serve as the crew chief for the number 23 car.  Wheeler was Hamlin’s crew chief at JGR from 2016 to 2018.

NASCAR Issues Texas Penalties in Cup Series

It was a rough week for the NASCAR Cup Series teams at Texas Motor Speedway the past few days when a persistent drizzle and rain prevented the teams from racing for three days.

The rains abated and allowed the race to be completed on Wednesday October 28 with Kyle Busch finally getting his first win of the season.

But three teams were not quite so lucky when it came to avoiding penalties after the race.

During the post race inspection process, NASCAR officials discovered loose lug nuts on three cars.

The Roush Fenway Racing number six car driven by Ryan Newman, the number 12 Penske Racing car driven by Ryan Blaney, and the number 14 Stewart-Haas Racing car driven by Clint Bowyer were all found to have a single lug nut improperly secured.

As a result of the infraction, NASCAR has fined Newman’s crew chief Scott Graves, Blaney’s crew chief Todd Gordon, and Bowyer’s crew chief John Klausmeier $10,000 each.

After confiscating the spoiler, suspending and fining  crew chief James Smallls, and docking 20 owner and driver points for violating the NASCAR rule book; NASCAR has not levied any further penalties on the Stewart-Haas Racing number 19 team with Martin Truex Jr as the driver.

Positive Covid Sidelines 24 Crew

Since sporting events returned after a three month lockdown, the NFL and MLB at times have struggled to maintain proper protocols and avoid outbreaks of the Covid-19 virus.  But NASCAR has had very few incidents of a positive diagnosis and no extended absences for illness due to the virus…

However, the Hendrick Motorsports number 24 team has had a mini outbreak of positive tests from the “over-the-wall” crew that pits William Byron’s car during races.

After a three day delay due to wet weather conditions, NASCAR finally completed the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway completed on Wednesday October 28.  Due to the positive testing, the five member pit crew did not service Byron’s car in Texas and will not be on hand to crew the car during the race at Martinsville on Sunday. 

Since returning to racing, the racing teams have kept road crew and shop crews separated with personnel limiting face to face communication to avoid any major outbreaks.  HMS reports that no other members of the 24 team have been affected.

Staffed by HMS, members of the number 47 team will crew Byron’s number 24 car in Martinsville.

Like all of NASCAR, Hendrick Motorsports follows strict protocols based on recommendations from the CDC, OSHA and the NCDHHS (North Carolina Health Services).

A member of the 95 crew woke up Wednesday not feeling well but tested negative for the virus and the crew was allowed to service Christopher Bell’s car during the race.

feature photo credit: By Zach Catanzareti Photo – martin truex jr. william byron, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=90712622

Kyle Larson Gets a Ride

Since being suspended for uttering an offensive racial slur on Easter Sunday, Kyle Larson has learned a big lesson…”words matter.” Larson also noted that accountability, apologizing when you are wrong, and respecting other people also matter.

Less than two weeks after Larson was reinstated by NASCAR, the race car driver has been signed to a new contract to drive in the sport’s premiere level. Larson will be allowed to return to NASCAR beginning in January 2021.

Saying, “Kyle is unquestionably one of the most talented race car drivers in the world. He has championship-level ability and will be a significant addition to our on-track program. More importantly, I have full confidence that he understands our expectations and will be a tremendous ambassador for our team, our partners and NASCAR. Kyle and I have had many, many conversations leading up to today’s announcement. I’m confident about what’s in his heart and his desire to be a champion in all aspects of his life and career. Kyle has done important work over the past six months and Hendrick Motorsports is going to support those continued efforts” Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick has singed Larson to drive the number five car which will replace the number 88 car.

“The ‘five’ is special to me. It’s the original,” Hendrick said. “I view it as Hendrick Motorsports’ flagship team in a lot of ways. To bring the car back to the race track is meaningful for my family and for many of our team members and fans. We plan to build on its winning history with Kyle and (crew chief) Cliff (Daniels).”

At 28 years of age, Larson will become the oldest member of the HMS drivers; joining Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Alex Bowman.

Hendricksk spoke on his young stable of drivers saying,

“I’m excited about our roster of young talent. We have a team that is built to win races and compete for championships for years to come.”

Larson spoke on joining his new team saying, “Hendrick Motorsports is a championship organization that has set a high bar for performance and for how drivers represent the team and its partner. My goal is to win races, be a great teammate, continue my personal efforts to grow and hold myself to that high standard personally and professionally. Making the absolute most of this platform and the opportunity in front of me is my focus. I know what’s expected of me and what I expect of myself, on and off the track.” Larson added, I can’t put into words how grateful I am for the commitment, the faith and the confidence from him and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports.”

An Asian-American, Larson became the first graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program to race full time in NASCAR Cup.

One of the requirements for his re-instatement was to attend sensitivity training. Larson has gone beyond that requirement and is currently working with the Urban Youth Racing School to help provide a platform for minorites interested in racing. He has also been working with the Sanneh Foundation to help “ advance diversity, equity and community well-being.”

Since coming to the NASCAR Cup in 2014, Larson has made 223 race starts and finished in the top 10 in 101 of those races including six wins.

NASCAR Issues Truck Series Penalty

During the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series race on Sunday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, the number 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports truck driven by Chandler Smith lost a wheel on the race track after making a pit stop.

As a result of losing that tire on the race track, NASCAR has issued a safety violation penalty on the team that includes the suspension of crew chief Danny Stockman tire changer Brandon Traino, and jackman Charles Thacker for the next three races. There are only two more races in the 2020 season; which means the penalty will carry over to the beginning of the 2021 racing season.

3 Day Delay Brings First Win of the Season in TX

For the final race of a Sunday doubleheader and the end of a tripleheader weekend, the NASCAR Cup Series runs the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

A number of teams had difficulties during the pre-race inspection process with three cars being sent to the rear of the field and one team having their spoiler confiscated. Martin Truex, Chad Finchum, and Daniel Suarez’ cars all failed inspection twice and will have to start the race from the back of the field. In addition, the number 19 car driven by Martin Truex Jr had the spoiler confiscated for violating the NASCAR rule book by using a spoiler “supplied from the manufacturer”.

As a result of the infraction, Truex was moved to the back of the field, the team was fined $35,000, team owner Joe Gibbs was docked 20 car owner points, and Truex was also docked 20 driver points. Truex is currently below the cut line in sixth place. Truex also looses his crew chief for the race.

Kevin Harvick is on the pole and will bring the field to green with Joey Logano alongside on the front row.

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

Jimmie Johnson’s father, Gary, gives a rousing command to start the engines.

Stages one and two of the race are 105 laps each with stage three lasting 124 laps for a total of 334 laps around the mile and a half track.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution around lap 25.

There is a mist in the air but not enough to halt the race.

With a fuel load of around 60 laps the drivers cannot complete any of the stages on a single fuel load.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Kevin Harvick getting out in front from the inside lane.

Kevin Harvick leads the first lap with Brad Keselowski in second and Alex Bowman in third.

Lap four, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over half a second on Brad Keselowski; Alex Bowman is in third.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap five when Chris Buescher hits the wall and has significant damage to his car. With the current crash clock and limited repairs allowed, it is somewhat questionable whether Buescher will be able to complete the race.

The mist in the air has gotten heavier but pit reporters say that the precipitation is not reaching the ground.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap nine and edges out Brad Keselowski for the lead.

Alex Bowman and Brad Keselowski battle for second.

Lap 10, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Alex Bowman, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney.

Since starting from the back of the field, Martin Truex Jr has moved up to 23rd place.

There are 38 cars on the lead lapChris Buescher is back on the track and has made minimum speed. Buescher is in 40th place five laps down.

Lap 17, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Brad Keselowski with Alex Bowman in third nearly two seconds back.

Reed Sorenson and Chris Buescher are the only drivers not on the lead lap.

Lap 21, Kevin Harvick continues to pull away from the field with a lead of nearly two seconds on Brad Keselowski; Alex Bowman, Joey Logano, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

JJ Yeley brings out the second caution flag of the day when he slams the wall. NASCAR has also announced that this will serve as the competition caution. The rear of Yeley’s car is destroyed.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service. Many of the drivers took only two tires; while others took fuel only. Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 28 and holds on to the lead. Denny Hamlin gets loose way up the track but holds on to the car. Aric Almirola also got loose.

Kevin Harvick tags the outside wall as drivers get four wide in a battle for position. Alex Bowman is the new leader with Matt DiBenedetto in second and Joey Logano in third.

Kevin Harvick has to bring his car down pit road for fresh tires and repairs.

Cole Custer’s car gets into the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 35, Alex Bowman has a lead of nearly half a second on Joey Logano with Matt DiBenedetto in third.

After smacking the wall, Kevin Harvick is currently in fourth place in the playoffs only eight points above the cut line and in danger of not making the final four despite winning nine races this season.

The mist is increasing around the track.

Lap 40, Alex Bowman has increased his lead on Joey Logano to over a second; Matt DiBenedetto, Martin Truex Jr, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

NASCAR has put out the caution flag for rain. NASCAR will race in the rain on road courses but not on ovals.

In their fuel window, drivers come down pit road for service.

After hitting the wall, Kevin Harvick is in 36th place one lap down.

NASCAR brings the field down pit road and red flags the race on lap 52. The jet dryers are on the track.

Saying that he tried to turn the car and it kept going straight until it hit the wall, Kevin Harvick blames his hitting the wall on the weather conditions.

After a delay of over half an hour, the teams are covering the cars as the mist is turning to rain.

The sun has set and the lights are on as the track dryers and air titans continue to dry the track as the misty rain continues several hours after NASCAR put out the red flag to delay the race for weather issues.

At 8:40pm EST, NASCAR has called the race for tonight; the race will now resume at 10am EST on Monday morning.

After a red flag delay of over 48 hours due to wet weather conditions, the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 will finally get underway beginning with lap 52 in stage one.

After a scheduled restart for Monday morning got washed out due to more rain, NASCAR rescheduled the race for a Tuesday noon start; but once again Mother Nature is delaying the start of the race with more misty conditions. The air titans are on the track drying the track. NASCAR has brought in some extra track drying equipment from Atlanta Motor Speedway and Martinsville to help get the track ready for racing.

When the race restarts, Clint Bowyer is in the lead and will bring the field down for the green flag; Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones, Joey Logano, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

The track has been cleaned of the rubber built up and the temperatures have dropped some 20 to 25 degrees. Although the race began on Sunday, it will be like a brand new track for the drivers with no idea of how their cars will handle on the green track.

At 5pm EDT on October 28 – three days after the original race start – the drivers are in their cars and the engines have fired for the final 500 mile race of the season.

At 5:05pm, the drivers are moving and are running under caution. The laps do count toward the total 334 laps in the race.

Chris Buescher is in the garage for repairs. Kevin Harvick has made a number of stops getting his car repaired after slapping the wall on Sunday.

After three days of rain delays, there are fans in the stands.

Clint Bowyer brings the field down for the green flag restart at 5:10pm on lap 57.

Clint Bowyer leads the race with Erik Jones in second and Martin Truex Jr in third; Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five. Kevin Harvick is in 36th place one lap down.

Matt Kenseth spins out and hits Bubba Wallace bringing out the caution flag on lap 60. Aric Almirola and Denny Hamlin were also involved A run through the grass has ended Matt Kenseth’s day. Bubba Wallace who was just along for the ride after Kenseth got loose walks away from his car with significant damage. Kevin Harvick is the “lucky dog”.

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

Clint Bowyer brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 69 from the inside lane and goes side by side with Martin Truex Jr for the lead. With a push from Erik Jones, Clint Bowyer edges out for the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second and Erik Jones in third; Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Lap 74, Clint Bowyer has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Martin Truex Jr with Erik Jones right behind. There are 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 75, Kevin Harvick has moved up to 23rd palce after getting back on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out on lap 77 for debris on the track.

Kevin Harvick reports that his car is good enough to move back to the front.

Kurt Busch reports some overheating issues and has made multiple trips down pit road.

Clint Bowyer brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 82 from the inside lane and goes side by side with Martin Truex Jr before Bowyer takes the lead on lap 84 after a push from Erik Jones; Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 87, Kevin Harvick has moved into the top 20 and gained over 25 points after restarting the race just two points above the cut line.

Lap 90, Clint Bowyer has a lead of nearly half a second on Martin Truex Jr; Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney, and Joey Logano round out the otp five.

Lap 94, Clint Bowyer continues to lead the race but Martin Truex Jr has pulled to within a tenth of a second of the leader; Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 100, Clint Bowyer has led half of the laps in the race; Martin Truex Jr, Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

With three laps remaining in stage one, Martin Truex Jr challenges Clint Bowyer for the lead but a block holds him off.

Kevin Harvick is in 15th place.

Clint Bowyer wins stage one for his fourth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Clint Bowyer
Martin Truex Jr
Erik Jones
Ryan Blaney
Jimmie Johnson
William Byron
Chase Elliott
Joey Logano
Austin Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto

Drivers come down pit road for service with Alex Bowman winning the race off of pit road after taking fuel only. Christopher Bell comes out second with two fresh tires.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 112 with Bowman getting out front after a push from Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 114, Alex Bowman has a thrid of a second lead on Martin Truex Jr with Clint Bowyer, Ryan Blaney, and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the top five.

Lap 116, Alex Bowman leads the way with Ryan Blaney in second and Clint Bowyer in third.

Lap 117, Jimmie Johnson gets around Clint Bowyer to take third.

Lap 119, the top five are Alex Bowman Ryan Blaney, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr, and Clint Bowyer.

Lap 121, Kevin Harvick has entered the top 10 in eighth place. There are 32 cars on the lead lap. Bubba Wallace, Matt Kenseth, and JJ Yeley are out of the race.

Lap 125, Alex Bowman has a third of a second lead on Ryan Blaney with Jimmie Johnson in third; Martin Truex Jr and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Lap 127, Ryan Blaney has closed the gap on leader Alex Bowman to just a tenth of a second.

Lap 133, Alex Bowman has a narrow lead on Ryan Blaney; Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Joey Gase gets into the wall and brings out the caution flag.

The field comes down pit road for service with Ryan Blaney winning the race off of pit road after taking fuel only. Austin Dillon and Alex Bowman also took fuel only. Many of the drivers took just two fresh tires.

Alex Bowman had a slow pit stop after pit road issues, a near miss with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 139 from the inside lane and goes side by side with Martin Truex Jr before getting out in front for the lead on lap 140.

The top five are Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, Clint Bowyer, Austin Dillon, and Chase Elliott. Kevin Harvick is in seventh place.

Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick pass Chase Elliott; giving Busch fifth place.

Lap 144, Ryan Blaney has a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr with Clint Bowyer in third; Austin Dillon and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 151, Ryan Blaney has just a tenth of a second lead on Martin Truex Jr with Clint Bowyer in third.

Despite being in second place, Martin Truex Jr is 30 points below the cut line; while Kevin Harvick has moved back up to second place 45 points above the cut line.

Lap 155, Ryan Blaney leads the race; Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Lap 157, Martin Truex Jr gets around Ryan Blaney to take the lead. Truex is now in secpnd place in the playoffs; above the cut line.

Lap 165, Martin Truex Jr leads the race; Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Lap 170, there are 29 cars on the lead lap.

Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a half second lead on Ryan Blaney; Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, and Austin Dillon round out the top five. Kevin Harvick is just outside the top five in sixth place.

Denny Hamlin has been reporting that he has a vibration in his car.

Lap 175, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of under half a second on Ryan Blaney with Kyle Busch a second and a half back.

There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 176, Kevin Harvick makes an unscheduled trip down pit road for a vibration. Harvick returns to the trakc in 30th place – one lap down.

Lap 180, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over half a second on Ryan Blaney; Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 185, Martin Truex Jr has a second and a half lead on Kyle Busch with Ryan Blaney in third over a second and a half back.

Lap 190, Martin Truex Jr continues to lead the race, but second place driver Kyle Busch has closed the gap to under a second with Ryan Blaney in third nearly two seconds back; Clint Bowyer and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

With less than 20 laps remaining in the stage Ryan Blaney brings his car down pit road for service as green flag pit stops begin.

Lap 197, Kyle Busch has closed to within two tenths of a second on leader Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer, Alex Bowman and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 199, Kyle Busch takes the lead and drivers continue making green flag pit stops with many of the drivers taking fuel only.

Ten to go in stage two, leader Kyle Busch comes down pit road for fuel ownly.

Chase Elliott makes a second trip down pit road saying that he had a vibration. Joey Logano also reported a vibration.

Lap 203, Matt DiBenedetto is the leader of the race with Denny Hamlin in second; Erik Jones, Kyle busch, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

The rear tires from Chase Elliott’s car were coming apart.

Five laps remain in stage two, Erik Jones is the leader with Kyle Busch in second over four seconds back.

Lap 206, Erik Jones makes his pit stop and gives the lead back to Kyle Busch with Martin Truex Jr in second nearly a second back; Alex Bowman, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

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

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr
Alex Bowman
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Christopher Bell
Austin Dillon
Clint Bowyer
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Kevin Harvick

Some of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service despite having just been on pit road less than 20 laps ago. Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road after taking fuel only. Leader Kyle Busch stayed out on the track.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 217 from the inside lane and edges out Clint Bowyer for the lead but Bowyer makes it a battle for the lead as the two swap back and forth for the lead. Matt DiBenedetto makes it a three way battle.

Lap 219, the top five are Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Matt DiBenedetto, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin.

Martin Truex Jr gets around Denny Hamlin for fifth.

Lap 222, Martin Truex Jr takes fourth from Joey Logano.

Lap 223, Kyle Busch has just a tenth of a second lead on Clint Bowyer with Matt DiBenedetto in third; Martin Truex Jr and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 226, Kyle Busch holds on to the lead with Clint Bowyer on his bumper; Matt DiBenedetto and Martin Truex Jr battle for third.

There are 23 cars on the lead lap.

Martin Truex Jr has taken third place from Matt DiBenedetto. He has expressed some displeasure with some of his fellow drivers.

Joey Gase is off the track.

Lap 232, Kyle Busch has a lead of two tenths of a second on Clint Bowyer; Martin Truex Jr, Matt DiBenedetto, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

One hundred to go, Kyle Busch holds on to the lead with Clint Bowyer on his bumper.

With a win in Kansas, Joey Logano has secured his spot in the final four and sits atop the list of playoff drivers. Currently Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, and Brad Keselowski sits above the cut line; while Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr, and Kurt Busch are below the cut line and face elimination after the race in Martinsville on November 1.

Lap 243, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Clint Bowyer with Martin Truex Jr in third; Matt DiBenedetto and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

After coming through the field, Kevin Harvick has begun to fall through the field with handling issues. Denny Hamlin is also reporting that it is not his day and has had to deal with a number of car isues.

Lap 249, leader Kyle Busch is reporting a vibration. Several teams have reported vibrations during the race.

Lap 251, Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly a second on Clint Bowyer with Martin Truex Jr in third over six seconds back.

Corey LaJoie is the last car on the lead lap in 22nd place.

Joey Gase is out of the race.

Lap 255, Leader Kyle Busch has increased his lead on Clint Bowyer to nearly two seconds; third place driver Martin Truex Jr is over seven seconds back.

Clint Bowyer reports that he is out of fuel and brings his car down pit road for service.

Lap 258 – 77 to go – Martin Truex Jr has moved into second place over seven seconds back.

In fuel conservation mode, Kyle Busch is running less than full throttle and still leads by over six seconds.

Lap 262, the top five are Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Matt DiBenedetto.

With 67 laps remaining in the race, leader Kyle Busch brings his car down pit road for his green flag pit stop and beings the cycle of pit stops. Martin Truex Jr is the new leader with Christopher Bell in second over two seconds back.

Lap 273, Christopher Bell has closed the gap on leader Martin Truex Jr to under a second and a half.

Kevin Harvick makes his pit stop and has an issue with one of the tires rolling along the wall. NASCAR did not issue a penalty to the team.

Lap 276, leader Martin Truex Jr makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Christopher Bell.

With 56 laps to go, drivers continue to make green flag pit stops including leader Christopher Bell, giving the lead over to Kyle Busch.

The top five are Kyle busch, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr, Christopher Bell, and Brad Keselowski.

Jimmie Johnson is on pit road with a heavily smoking car with some sort of engine issue. The team reports that they are done.

Lap 282, Clint Bowyer passes Kyle Busch for the lead but Bowyer cannot finish the race on his current fuel load; Martin Truex Jr is in third over six seconds back. Kyle Busch is taking advantage of being in second place by drafting on leader Clint Bowyer.

With 46 laps to go, Clint Bowyer has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half; Martin Truex Jr is over five and a half seconds back in third but Christopher Bell is riding Truex’s bumper; fifth place driver Ryan Blaney os over eleven seconds back.

There are only 19 cars on the lead lap.

Christopher Bell chellenges Martin Truex Jr for third place.

Forty to go, Clint Bowyer has a lead of nearly two seconds on Kyle Busch who is in fuel conservation mode; Martin Truex Jr, Christopher Bell, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Leader Clint Bowyer is looking for one more win before he retires at the end of the season. Kyle Busch has won at least one race every season and is looking to continue the streak this season. Martin Treux Jr needs a win to stay in the playoffs. And Christopher Bell is moving on to a new team next season and would like to give his current team a win before he leaves.

Lap 302, Clint Bowyer has a lead of over three and a half seconds on Kyle Busch; Martin Truex Jr, Christopher Bell, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

With 30 laps to go, Kyle Busch just ran the fastest lap on the track.

With 27 laps to go, Kyle Busch has closed the gap on leader Clint Bowyer to under two and a half seconds with Martin Truex Jr in third.

Twenty five to go, Kyle Busch has closed to just over a second behind leader Clint Bowyer.

Twenty three to go, Kyle Busch takes the lead as Clint Bowyer brings his car down pit road for fuel.

Lap 312, Kyle Busch has a lead of just one second on Martin Truex Jr; Christopher Bell, Ryan Blaney, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Twenty to go, with 17 cars on the lead lap, Kyle Busch has a lead of a second on Martin Truex Jr. Busch’s team is telling him to save just a little bit.

Fourteen to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of just over a second on Martin Truex Jr with Christopher Bell in third two seconds back.

Twelve to go, Kyle Busch has caught up to Kevin Harvick – the last car on the lead lap. Busch has a lead of just one second on Martin Truex Jr.

Ten to go, has Kyle Busch saved enough fuel to make it to the end of the race? Busch gets around Kevin Harvick with Martin Truex Jr just half a second back.

Seven to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of just under a second on Martin Treux Jr.

Five to go, Kyle Busch holds on to a one second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Christopher Bell is in third three seconds back.

Three to go, Kyle Busch holds on to his one second lead on Martin Truex Jr with crew chief Adam Stevens continuing to ask Busch to save fuel.

Kyle Busch takes thw white flag.

Kyle Busch wins at Texas!!!!!!!!! He has won at least one race every year of his career and with this win he extends the streak to 16. The question of whether or not he had enough fuel is dispelled with an impressive burnout the makes the car disappear; using the remainder of his fuel and had to get a push to victory lane.

Saying that it has been a long time, Busch had to be reminded to take his signature bow with the checkered flag.

The unofficial results of the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500:
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Christopher Bell
Ryan Blaney
Alex Bowman
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch
Matt DiBe
Denny Hamlin
Joey Logano
Austin Dillon
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
William Byron
Cole Custer
Tyler Reddick
Kevin Harvick
Clint Bowyer
Ryan Preece
Chase Elliott
Erik Jones
John Hunter Nemechek
Aric Almirola
Ty Dillon
Corey LaJoie
Michael McDowell
Daniel Suarez
Brennan Poole
Josh Bilicki
Timmy Hill
Garrett Smithley
Reed Sorenson
Quin Houff
Chris Buescher
Chad Finchum
Jimmie Johnson
Joey Gase
Bubba Wallace
Matt Kenseth
JJ Yeley

Blind Auditions part 4 on ‘The Voice’

When the Monday episode of “The Voice” Blind Auditions went off the air, everyone was left in limbo as to who the night’s only four chair turn would choose to be her coach.

Deszi chose Kelly to be her coach!

Kelly now has seven singers on her team; while Gwen, John, and Blake each have six singers.

Olivia Reyes made the shower her stage when she was younger, but season two winner Jermane Paul’s daughter signed her up in a surprise audition.  This is Olivia’s first public performance.  She chose the Harry Styles song “Fallen” for her audition.  John was the first one to push his button; Gwen joined him at the end of the song.  John said that Olivia had a clear tone.  Kelly said that she has a wonderful voice.  Gwen noted that it was more about singing; adding that she could help Olivia with that.  Olivia chose John to be her coach.

Tony Mason comes from a musical family and was a part of The Mason Brothers; he has been making music for over 40 years.  At 56 he is the only grandfather to audition this season.  Tony chose “What’s Going On” for his audition but failed to turn any chairs.  John said that Tony reminded him of Donny Hathaway.

Putting his own spin on “Fire and Rain”, Sam Stacey got Kelly, Gwen, and Blake to turn their chairs.  Sam traded his bank job in for a guitar and a full time music gig.  Kelly said that he has a warm tone to his voice.  Saying that he is friends with James Taylor, Blake noted that Sam is not a razzle dazzle singer but an emotional and believable singer.  Gwen said that Sam has a beautiful voice.  Sam chose Blake to be his coach.

Larriah Jackson is only 15 years old but she has already given over 350 performances.  She chose “I’ll Be There” for her audition and had Gwen turning her chair within a few measures.  Gwen said that Larriah has a rich and warm singing voice.  Blake noted that the two girls are going to have a blast.

Payton Lamar spent seven months gigging in Paris but had to wait until the very last moment of her song before Blake turned his chair.  Blake noted that it was going to be a lot of fun but also a lot of work.

The second oldest of 10, Van Andrew moved to Nashville in March; two days before a tornado and Covid hit. Gwen and Blake turned their chairs together near the end of the song.  Blake said that Van got to him at the end.  Kelly felt that there were some pitch issues.  Gwen said that Van has a unique voice; adding that its all about the song.  Blake said Van’s voice was like nothing he had ever heard; adding that Van is an awesome singer.  Saying that it is so hard, Van chose Gwen to be his coach.

In the final audition of the night, Tanner Gomes grew up on a ranch and turned to Country music for a way to escape.  He called being on “The Voice” stage one of the biggest stages ever.  Kelly was the first one to turn her chair for the Country singer; Gwen and John joined Kelly at the very end.  Blake said that Tanner is a great singer but he already has a bunch of Country artists on his team.  John said that Tanner has a rich baritone…and a great hat.  Gwen said that she has learned so much about Country music and thinks she can help Tanner.  Kelly said that Tanner’s voice has everything she loves about Country music.  Saying that he has watched the show since the first season, Tanner chose Kelly to be his coach.

Team Legend:
Tamara Jade 
John Holiday
Cami Clune
Sid Kingsley
Rio Souma
Casme
Olivia Reyes

Team Gwen:
Lauren Frihauf
Payge Turner
Liam St. John
Chloe Hogan
Ryan Berg
Carter Rubin
Larriah Jackson
Van Andrew

Team Kelly:
Joseph Soul
Eli Zamora
Marisa Corvo
Madeline Consoer
Ryan Gallagher
Kelsie Watts
Deszi
Tanner Gomes

Team Blake:
Ian Flanigan
Jim Ranger
Taryn Papa
Aaron Scott
Jus Jon
Ben Allen
Sam Stacey
Payton Lamar

F1 Driver Lewis Hamilton Sets Record

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has added his name in the record books.

German F1 driver Michael Schumacher set the open wheel racing sport on fire when he set the record for career wins with 91 wins and seven F1 championships – a record some thought would stand for generations. It has been eight years since Schumacher retired from racing.

On October 25, 2020 Hamilton notched his 92nd win by taking the checkered flag at the Portuguese Grand Prix; eclipsing Schumacher’s record.

Currently sitting at the top of the standings, Hamilton has won eight races so far this season and has 256 points – 77 points ahead of second place driver Valtteri Bottas – Hamilton is set to tie Schumacher’s seven championships.

The 35 year old driver achieved his 92 wins with 262 starts – winning about 35 percent of the time; while Schumacher won 91 races in 306 starts – winning about 30 percent of the time. Hamilton also holds the record for pole wins with 97 and podium finishes with 161.

Ironically, it was Hamilton who took over driving the Mercedes when Schumacher retired in 2013. He made his F1 debut in 2007 driving for McLaren at the age of 22.

The British driver has the tattoo “Still I Rise” – the title of a poem by American Civil Right activist Maya Angelou – on his back.

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Blind Auditions Continue on ‘The Voice’

Week two on season 19 of “The Voice” continues with the Blind Auditions. Last week John, Blake, and Gwen all picked up four singers each for their teams with Kelly leading the way with five singers.

Gwen is the only coach remaining with a block after John and Blake used their blocks on Kelly and Kelly used her block on Blake.

The auditions begin with Rio Souma who works on an assembly line at Chrysler in Detroit. And while he loves his job, music is his passion and Rio is looking to follow his dreams. Rio chose the Smokey Robinson song “Cruisin’” for his audition and has Gwen turning her chair right away; John and Kelly soon follow. John is up singing and swaying to the song. Kelly said that Rio has an incredible gift. Blake said that he loves Rio’s voice; added that he was not familiar with the song. John said that it is one of his favourite songs on the planet; adding that Rio brought power to the song and made it his own. Gwen said that she loved the sound; adding that Rio showed confidence on the stage. Rio chose John to be his coach.

Next up was Ryan Berg with a John Mayer song. Gwen quickly turns her chair. John was next to push his chair but Gwen used her block on John. Gwen said that Ryan had a classic sounding voice. Blake liked Ryan’s style.

None of the coaches have any more blocks.

Becca Kotte comes from a musical family and has been a part of the Las Vegas “Rock of Ages” and has been a backup singer for Sir Rod Stewart. She chose “American Woman” for her audition but failed to turn any chairs. Kelly called her an incredible singer but just heard a few things she wasn’t sure about. Close to pushing his button, Blake agreed with Kelly. John invited Becca to come back.

Jus Jon began his musical career in his father’s church. It took a while, but Blake finally turned his chair. Kelly said that he had a powerful voice but was waiting for something else. John said that Jon had a great voice. Blake noted that there is nobody on his team like Jus Jon.

Ben Allen was a bike champion but has turned his bike in for a guitar. It only took about three measures for Blake to turn his chair with Gwen pushing her button shortly after. John followed right behind Gwen. Gwen said that Ben sounded like a record; adding that he has a lot of potential. Kelly cited Blake as her reason for not turning her chair. John said that Ben has a voice for days. Blake said that he misses a good old fashioned country singer and that’s what Ben is. Ben chose Blake to be his coach.

Showboat performer Kelsie Watts chose a Kelly Clarkson song for her audition. It took a bit for a shocked Kelly to turn her chair and had Gwen joining her. Kelly said that Kelsie sang “the crap out of my song”; adding that Kelsi made it even better. Gwen called Kelsie so talented and incredible. Kelsie chose Kelly to be her coach.

James Mays started singing in church and pursued music in college. He noted that Kelly could sing the phone book. He chose “The Show Must Go On” by Queen for his audition but failed to turn any chairs. John noted that James had a powerful voice but heard some pitch issues. Blake suggested that James pursue musical theatre; Kelly agreed. Blake told James to come back with a song that shows more of what he wants to do.

Fourteen year old Carter Rubin surprised the coaches with his performance. John didn’t wait very long before pushing his chair; Gwen followed shortly thereafter. Gwen said that Carter did not look like his voice. His grandfather was a part of Jay and the Americans. Kelly said that Carter has the most incredible smile on the planet; adding that he has a great voice. John said that Carter has control with a brilliant tone. Gwen said that Carter has an incredible tone; adding that she has a 14 year old son. John noted that Carter is the youngest person he has ever turned for and would love to have him on his team. Carter chose Gwen to be his coach.

Casme was excited to be on “The Voice” stage. The New Orleans native chose “Baby I Love You” for her audition and had John grooving along with the song before he finally turned his chair. John said that he was so happy that he has Casme all to himself; adding that he is lucky to have her on his team. Saying that she has a powerful voice, Blake noted that Casme is going to be a beast on the show.

Michelle Moonshine has been playing music since she was 18. Her first chance to audition on “The Voice” was sidelined by the birth of her son Liam. Six years later she finally gets her chance and plays the guitar as she sings “Carolina in My Mind” for her audition but fails to turn any chairs. The coaches liked her voice but thought her voice was too timid and lackadaisical.

The final audition of the night was from Desz who has performed with the Houston Opera and the Kanye West Coachella Choir. She sang “Unbreak My Heart” for her audition and didn’t have to wait long before Kelly turned her chair with John following. Gwen was the third coach to turn her chair; and Blake made it the only four chair turn of the night at the end of the song. Kelly said that Desz nailed it. John noted that they were enthralled with the performance. John noted that Desz made the song her own. Gwen said that there was so much more than to performing than singing; adding that she could help Desz with it. Noting that she turned around first, Kelly loved the big notes and control. Fans will have to wait to learn who Desz chooses for her coach until the Tuesday edition of the show.

Team Legend:
Tamara Jade
John Holiday
Cami Clune
Sid Kingsley
Rio Souma
Casme

Team Gwen:
Lauren Frihauf
Payge Turner
Liam St. John
Chloe Hogan
Ryan Berg
Carter Rubin

Team Kelly:
Joseph Soul
Eli Zamora
Marisa Corvo
Madeline Consoer
Ryan Gallagher
Kelsie Watts

Team Blake:
Ian Flanigan
Jim Ranger
Taryn Papa
Aaron Scott
Jus Jon
Ben Allen

AMA Announce 2020 Nominees

On October 25, Dick Clark Productions announced the nominees for the 2020 American Music Awards. Canadian Hip-Hop artist The Weeknd and American rapper Roddy Ricch lead the list with eight nominations each including Artist of the Year where they will go up against Canadian Justin Bieber and Americans Post Malone and Taylor Swift.

Megan Thee Stallion, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Doja Cat, DaBaby, Dan + Shay, and Bad Bunny have also garnered multiple nominations.


To reflect the ever changing music scene, this year the AMA’s have included new categories for rap, hip-hop, and Latin music.


In the November 22 ceremony, the American Music Awards will combine pre-recorded segments and live performances for the awards gala in response to the ongoing issues with the Covid-19 pandemic.

A fan voted awards gala, Taylor Swift leads the list of all time awards with 29 including a category leading five Artist of the Year awards.

Fans may cast their votes at TheAMAs.com/Vote.

The nominees for the 2020 American Music Awards are:
Artist of the Year:
Justin Bieber
Post Malone
Roddy Ricch
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

New Artist of the Year:
Lewis Capaldi
Doja Cat
DaBaby
Lil Baby
Megan Thee Stallion
Roddy Ricch

Collaboration of the Year:
“WAP” by Cardi B with Megan Thee Stallion
“Rockstar” by DaBaby with Roddy Ricch
“10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay with Jusitn Bieber
“Rain on Me” by Lady Gaga with Arian Grande
“Savage Remix” by Megan Thee Stallion with Beyonce

Favourite Social Artist:
BTS
Billie Eilish
EXO
Ariana Grande
NCT 127

Favourite Music Video:
“Say So” by Doja Cat
“Life is Good” by Future with Drake
“Rain on Me” by Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande
“cardigan” by Taylor Swift
“Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd

Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artist:
Justin Bieber
Post Malone
The Weeknd

Favourite Pop/Rock Female Artist:
Dua Lipa
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift

Favourite Pop/Rock Duo or Group:
BTS
Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5

Favourite Pop/Rock Album: “Fine Line” by Harry Styles
“folklore” by Taylor Swift
“After Hours” by The Weeknd

Favourite Pop/Rock Song:
“Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi
“Don’t Stop Now” by Dua Lipa
“Circles” by Post Malone
“The Box” by Roddy Ricch
“Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd

Favourite Country Male Artist:
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Morgan Wallen

Favourite Country Female Artist:
Gabby Barrett
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris

Favourite Country Duo or Group:
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion

Favourite Country Album:
“What You See is What You Get” by Luke Combs
“Fully Loaded: God’s Country” by Blake Shelton
“If I Know Me” by Morgan Wallen

Favourite Country Song:
“10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber
“The Bones” by Maren Morris
“Nobody But You” by Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani

Favourite Male Rap/Hip-Hop Artist:
DaBaby
Juice WRLD
Roddy Ricch

Favourite Female Rap/Hip-Hop Artist:
Cardi B
Nicki Minaj
Megan Thee Stallion

Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Album:
“My Turn” by Lil Baby
“Eternal Atake” by Lil Uzi Vert
“Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial” by Roddy Ricch

Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Song:
“WAP” by Cardi B. and Megan Thee Stallion
“Rockstar” by DaBaby and Roddy Ricch

“The Box” by Roddy Ricch

Favourite Male Soul/R&B Artist:
Chris Brown
John Legend
The Weeknd

Favourite Female Soul/R&B Artist:
Jhene Aiko
Doja Cat
Summer Walker

Favourite Soul/R&B Album:
“Hot Pink” by Doja Cat
“Over It” by Summer Walker
“After Hours” by The Weeknd

Favourite Soul/R&B Song:
“No Guidance” by Chris Brown
“Playing Games” by Summer Walker
“Heartless” by The Weeknd

Favourite Male Latin Artist:
Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna

Favourite Female Latin Artist:
Becky G
KAROL G
Rosalia

Favourite Latin Album:
“Emmanuel” by Anuel AA
“Las que no iban a salir” by Bad Bunny
“YHLQMDLG” by Bad Bunny

Favourite Latin Song:
“Vete” by Bad Bunny
“RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)” by the Black Eyed Peas and J Balvin
“Tusa” by KAROL G and Nicki Minaj

Favourtie Alternative Rock Artist:
Billie Eilish
Tame Impala
twenty one pilots

Favourite Adult Contemporary Artist:
Lewis Capaldi
Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5

Favourite Contemporary Inspirational Artist:
Lauren Daigle
for KING & COUNTRY
Kanye West

Favourite Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Artist:
Kygo
Lady Gaga
Marshmello

Favourite Soundtrack:
“Birds ofPrey: The Album”
“Frozen II”
“Trolls: World Tour”


Celebrating Halloween with Villain’s Night on DWTS

It’s “Villain’s Night” on “Dancing with the stars to celebrate Halloween.

Ten couples remain and will perform some frightfully delightful dances to celebrate the sppoky season. Even host Tyra Banks and judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Derek Hough, and Bruno Tonioli are dressed in costume.

Jeannie and Brandon get the night of dancing started off by paying tribute to Hannibal Lecter with a Paso Doble to “Maneater” by Nelly Furtado. Derek said that Jeannie ate up that Paso Doble; adding that it was a great Paso. Bruno said that Jeannie made a meal out of it; adding that she was irresistable. Carrie Ann called it an explosive Paso; adding that it was incredible with great attack. Jeannie and Brandon scored 25 points for their dance.

Johnny and Britt put the bite on a Viennese Waltz with a tribute to vampires with “Creep” by Radiohead. Bruno said that the dance was very very good; adding that the prince of darkness ruled the dance floor. Carrie Ann said that Johnny floated to the dance like a dream; adding that it was beautiful and well done. Derek loved the version of the song and the way Johnny performed the dance. Johnny and Britt scored 27 points for their dance.

Chrishell and Gleb tribute the Disney film Maleficent when they perform a Paso Doble to “In the Air Tonight”. Carrie Ann said that Chrishell was in her element; adding it was simple moves executed brilliantly. Derek called the performance cinematic. Bruno called the performance mesmerizing; but noted she lost the fluidity at times. Chrishell and Gleb scored 26 points for their dance.

Monica and Val “Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” with a Jazz routine to “Fever”. Derek loved the musicality and transisitions; adding that overall it was a strong performance. Bruno said that he got a mild chill because she didn’t express the moves through her body. Agreeing with Bruno, Carrie Ann said that the intention behind the moves was lacking. Monica and Val scored 22 points for their dance.

AJ and Cheryl dance a Tango to the music form “Psycho”. During stage rehearsals Cheryl fell and hit her head. Cheryl has been cleared to dance. Carrie Ann was truly impressed; adding that it was a difficult routine. Derek loved the intro; adding AJ had some great footwork. Bruno called it a slasher of a Tango; adding the character was truly believable. AJ and Cheryl scored 26 points for their dance. The judges noted that it was AJ’s frame that needs work.

Nelly and Daniella pay tribute to Freddie Kruger with an Argentine Tango to “I Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd. Nelly said that he was excited to dig his claws in to the dance. Carrie Ann said that it was by far Nelly’s best dance. Derek said that is definitely was not a nightmare on the dance floor. Bruno said that Nelly killed that Argentine Tango. Nelly and Daniella scored 27 points for their dance for his highest score of the season.

Justina and Sasha pay tribute to “Carrie” with a Tango to the music of Hozier. Derek said that Justina set the place on fire; adding that it was aweseme. Derek siad that Justina has an exquisite frame. Bruno called the dance bloodcurdling good; adding that it was powerful. Agreeing the Bruno, Carrie Ann said that Justina makes use of the space. Justina and Sasha scored 26 for their dance.

Nev and Jenna pay tribute to “Black Swan” with a Paso Doble to the music of “Swan Lake”. Bruno loved the performance. Carrie Ann said that there were high expectations going into the dance and they met them. Derek loved the shaping in the moves of the dance. Nev and Jenna scored 30 for the first perfect score of the season.

Skai and Alan pay tribute to the “Bride of Chuckie” with an Argentine Tango to the music of Billie Eilish. Carrie Ann was proud of Skai; saying that she has had the toughest road this season. Derek noted that Skai was on a mission; adding that she killed the routine. Bruno said that there wasn’t a bad step in the dance; adding it was her best placement. Skai and Alan scored 27 points for their dance.

Kaitlyn and Artem close out the night of dancing with a tribute to Cruella DeVill with a Paso Dobe to “Disturbia” by Rihanna. Derek wanted to adopt Artem – the dalmation. Derek noted that there was a lot of content in the dance; adding that it was a great way to end the show. Bruno said that the dance felt slightly rushed. Carrie Ann noted that Kaitlyn is a good dancer but there were moments of chaos; adding that it was another week of not a great dance. Kaitlyn and Artem scored 24 points for their dance.

Villain’s Week scores:
Monica and Val – 22
Kaitlyn and Artem – 24
Jeannie and Brandon – 25
Chrishell and Gleb – 26
AJ and Cheryl – 26
Justina and Sasha – 26
Johnny and Britt – 27
Nelly and Daniella – 27
Skai and Alan – 27
Nev and Jenna – 30


Time for the results…
Nev and Jenna
Johnny and Britt
Skai and Alan
Nelly and Daniella
Chrishell and Gleb
Justin and Sasha
AJ and Cheryl
and Kaitlyn and Artem are all safe for another week.

Monica and Val and Jeannie and Brandon are the two couples in the bottom and in danger of being eliminated.

Bruno chose to save Jeannie and Brandon
Derek chose to save Monica and Val
Carrie Ann chose to save Jeannie and Brandon

Monica and Val have been eliminated from the competition.

Next week it’s a double elimination and a double dance week.

Ozzy Reschedules Tour Dates

After being sidelined the past couple of years due to medical issues and a global pandemic, Ozzy Osbourne is looking to get back on the road to complete his final tour – No More Tours 2.

Ozzy has rescheduled the UK and European dates beginning late in January 2022. Judas Priest will be joining “The Prince of Darkness” on the tour. Ozzy also plans on rescheduling the North American tour dates.

Speaking on his plans to tour Ozzy said, “I really want to thank my fans for their loyalty and for waiting for me. Believe me, I can’t wait to see you all again. Please stay safe in these uncertain times. God Bless you All! Love Ozzy”.


The No More Tours 2 tour dates:
Jan 26 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany
Jan 28 at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic
Jan 31 at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland
Feb 2 at the Budapest Arena in Budapest, Hungary (no Judas Priest)
Feb 5 at the WiZink Center in Madrid, Spain
Feb 8 at the Unipol Arena in Bologna, Italy
Feb 11 at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany
Feb 14 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamberg, Germany
Feb 17 at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland
Feb 19 at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Arena
Feb 21 at the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany
Feb 24 at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany
Feb 27 at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham, UK
March 1 at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland
March 4 at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham, UK
March 7 at The O2 in London, UK
March 9 at the AO Arena in Manchester, UK
March 12 at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle, UK
March 14 at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, UK

Smashing Pumpkins Planning World Tour

The Smashing Pumpkins, like all other artists, have had to put their tour plans on hold for this year, but they are not letting a global pandemci slow them down.

Next year the Pumpkins will be celebrating 25 years of their album “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” by planning a world tour. “Mellon Collie” was released 25 years ago this month but any celebrations had to be delayed.

The band will announce the dates, venues, and locations soon.

While locked down by the pandemic, the Smashing Pumpkins have not been idle, they have some new music on the way.

When the Pumpkins released “Mellon Collie”, they began a trilogy of concept albums. That trilogy was continued with “MACHINA”. Now they plan on completing the process with the final album some time late next year.

Crashfest and Overtime for Trucks in TX

The Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series kicks off a double header day of racing at Texas Motor Speedway with the SpeedyCash.com 400.

Sheldon Creed sits on the pole and will bring the field to  green with Kansas winner Brett Moffitt alongside on the front row.

Brett Moffitt has clinched his spot in the final four after winning the race at Kansas Speedway last week, but Ben Rhodes and Tyler Ankrum are in a must win situation if they hope to race for a championship in two weeks.

Fifteen points below the cut line, reigning Truck Series champion Matt Crafton is also in a must win situation if he hopes to battle for a repeat as the champ.  Crafton is the only driver in the field who has a win at Texas.

Grant Enfinger is the fourth driver below the cut line and in danger of being eliminated after the race next week.

Stages one and two are 35 laps each with stage three lasting 77 laps for a total of 147 laps around the mile and a half track.

On an overcast day with temps around 60 degrees, Sheldon Creed brings the 37 truck field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and after a push from Austin Hill, Creed takes the lead.

Lap two, Sheldon Creed leads the race, Austin Hill, Chandler Smith, Brett Moffitt, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Lap six, Sheldon Creed holds on to the lead with Austin Hill in second; Brett Motffitt, Chandler Smith, and Derek Kraus round out the top five.

Lap 13, Sheldon Creed continues to lead the race with Austin Hill in second and Brett Moffitt in third; Chandler Smith and Derek Kraus round out the top five.

The eight playoff drivers are in the top 12 with 33 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 17, the top three drivers – Sheldon Creed, Austin Hill, and Brett Moffitt – are only haf a second apart.

Lap 21, Sheldon Creed has pulled out to a one second lead on Austin Hill with Brett Moffitt in third; Chandler Smith and Derek Kraus round out the top five.

There are 30 truck on the lead lap.

Lap 25, Sheldon Creed has a lead of over a second on Austin Hill; Brett Moffitt, Chandler Smith, and Be Rhodes round out the top five.


Seven of the eight playoff drivers are in the top 10 with Tyler Ankum in twelfth.

With seven laps remaining in stage one, Sheldon Creed has led every lap so far and has a one second lead on Austin Hill; Brett Moffitt, Ben Rhodes, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.  There are 24 trucks on the lead lap with all 37 drivers still in the race.

Three laps remain in stage one; Austin Hill has closed the gap on leader Sheldon Creed to under a second; Brett Moffitt, Ben Rhodes, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Tim Viens brings out the first caution flag of the race when he hits the wall with just two laps remaining in stage one.

With stage one ending under caution, Sheldon Creed wins the stage for his tenth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Sheldon Creed
Austin Hill
Brett Moffitt
Ben Rhodes
Matt Crafton
Chandler Smith
Chirstian Eckes
Zane Smith
Grant Enfinger
Todd Gilliland

Drivers come down pit road for service and adjustments with Sheldon Creed winning the race off of pit road after taking fuel only.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the inside lane on lap 41 and gets out in front for the lead after a push from Brett Moffitt.

Sheldon Creed is the leader; Austin Hill, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Christian Eckes takes fifth from Brett Moffitt.

Ryan Truex was penalized for a restart violation and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

The caution flag comes out on lap 43 when Clay Green field gets into the wall.  Greenfield’s truck is stuck with the driver’s side againt the wall.  He had flames coming out from under the car when he hit the inside wall.  Greenfield is out of his truck and walks to the ambulance for a ride to the car center.

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

After a red flag condition of six minutes, NASCAR displays the yellow flag and the trucks get moving once again.

Tyler Ankrum brought his truck down pit road for some adjustments; saying that the truck was too tight and riding too high.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 49 with Ben Rhodes on the inside.  After going side by side, Ben Rhodes edges out for the lead from the inside lane.

Lap 50, Sheldon Creed retakes the lead with Matt Crafton in second; Ben Rhodes, Zane Smith, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 53 for a crash involving Tate Fogleman who has some significant damage to the rear of his truck after hitting the wall.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with Matt Crafton alongside on lap 58.  Creed and Crafton make contact as they battle for the lead with Sheldon Creed taking the lead.

Lap 59, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Matt Crafton, Zane Smith, Chandler Smith, nad Derek Kraus.

Lap 64, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Matt Crafton, Zane Smith, Derek Kraus, and Ben Rhodes.

Lap 66, there are 22 trucks on the lead lap with three trucks out of the race and two off the track.

Lap 69, Matt Crafton has taken the lead with Sheldon Creed in second.

Matt Crafton wins stage two for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 after stage two:
Matt Crafton
Sheldon Creed
Ben Rhodes
Zane Smith
Chandler Smith
Derek Kraus
Christian Eckes
Austin Hill
Grant Enfinger
Brett Moffitt

Drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service with Matt Crafton winning the race off of pit road; folowed by Sheldon Creed.

The teams were given four sets of tires for today’s race.  With a stage length of 77 laps the drivers cannot complete stage three without making a pit stop for fuel.

One of the tires that came off of Matt Crafton’s truck had a big blister on it.  Crews are checking the tire and hope it “just a fluke”.

Matt Crafton has placed in the top 10 at a Texas race 18 times – 10 of them in a row.

Matt Crafton brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the outside lane on lap 78 with Sheldon Creed on the inside.  Sheldon Creed gets out in front for the lead with Matt Crafton in second and Ben Rhodes in third.

Lap 80, Sheldon Creed leads the race with Matt Crafton in second; Christian Eckes, Brett Moffitt, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Lap 85, Sheldon Creed continues to dominate the race with a third of a second lead on Matt Crafton; Christian Eckes, Ben Rhodes, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

Lap 87, Matt Crafton has closed the gap on leader Sheldon Creed to just a quarter of a second.

Lap 90, Sheldon Creed has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Matt Crafton; Christian Eckes, Ben Rhodes, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 92 after Grant Enfinger has an issue with his engine and brings his smoking truck down pit road.  Enfinger is in the playoffs but below the cut line.

With 55 laps to go, the drivers are at the edge of their pit window for fuel.

Drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service.  After taking fuel only Derek Kraus and Dylan Lupton win the race off of pit road.

Zane Smith had to make a second trip down pit road for a loose tire.

Grant Enfinger is out of the race with an engine issue.

Austin Hill also makes a second trip down pit road to address an issue.

Sheldon Creed and Derek Kraus bring the field down for the green flag restart on lap 97 with Creed getting out in front for the lead.

Lap 97, the top five are Sheld on Creed, Christian Eckes, Derek Kraus, Ben Rhodes, and Matt Crafton.

With Grant Enfinger’s engine issues, Matt Crafton is now above the cut line by two points.

Lap 100, Sheldon Creed leads the race; Christian Eckes, Matt Crafton, Derek Kraus, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Matt Crafton takes second place from Christian Eckes.

Lap 103, Sheldon Creed has a lead of just under half a second on Matt Crafton; Christian Eckes, ohnny Sauter, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five with 23 trucks on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out on lap 106 when Todd Gillialnd and Ben Rhodes make contact sending Gilliland into the wall.  The duo were battling for fifth at the time of the crash.  Brett Moffitt narrowly escapes hitting Gilliand as he moves across the track.

Grant Enfinger reports that his truck “just blew up”.

Derek Kraus brings his truck down pit road for tires.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with 35 laps to go with Matt Crafton alongside on the outside lane.  Crafton has dropped below the cut line with minus two points.  After a push from Christian Ecked, Sheldon Creed gets out in front but is getting a challenge for the lead; Stewart Friesen makes it a three wide battle. 

Sheldon Creed takes the lead with Stewart Friesen in second; Christian Eckes, Matt Crafton, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Matt Crafton takes thrid from Christian Eckes.

The caution flag comes out with 31 laps to go when Chandler Smith gets into the wall after spinning out.  Smith made contact with Tanner Gray before the crash.

After making a pit stop, the left rear tire coms off of Chandler Smith’s truck.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with Stewart Friesen on the outside with 25 laps remaining in the race.  Creed has led 104 of the 123 laps in today’s race.  With a push from Matt Crafton, Sheldon Creed gets out in front for the lead as drivers are getting three wide battling for position.

With 24 to go, Sheldon Creed has a narrow leadon Stewart Friesen; Johnny Sauter, Brett Moffitt, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

With 22 laps to go, Stewart Friesen takes the lead.  Sheldon Creed drops to fourth place.

Twenty to go, the top five are Stewart Friesen, Johnny Sauter, Sheldon Creed, Brett Moffitt,and Austin Hill.

After taking last week off from the Truck Series, Stewart Friesen has a narrow lead on Johnny Sauter.

Johnny Sauter and Stewart Freisen bring out the eighth caution flag when they wreck in a battle for the lead. Third place driver Sheldon Creed takes the lead.

After hitting the wall, Stewart Friesen is out of the race.  Johnny Sauter is able to continue running.

With only 12 laps remaining in the race, Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with Brett Moffitt alongside.  Sheldon Creed gets a push from Austin Hill to jump out in front.  Drivers are gett in three wide across the track.

The top five are Sheldon Creed, Ben Rhodes, Austin Hill, Brett Moffitt, and Christian Eckes.

Ten to go, Sheldon Creed leads the way with Ben Rhodes in second; Austin Hill, Christian Eckes, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Christian Eckes takes second form Ben Rhodes who drops to fifth in a battle for position.

Eight to go, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Austin Hill, Christian Eckes, Ben Rhodes, and Brett Moffitt.

Austin Hill challenges Sheldon Creed for the lead but Creed holds him off.

Six to go, Ben Rhodes moves into third.

Five to go, Sheldon Creed has a narrow lead on Austin Hill; Ben Rhodes, Christian Eckes, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Three to go, Christian Eckes and Ben Rhodes battle for third.

Christian Eckes brings out the caution flag when he gets into the wall after making contact with Ben Rhodes as Austin Hill takes the lead form Sheldon Creed.

The race is going into overtime.

After hitting the wall hard, Christian Eckes is slow to get out of his truck but walks to the ambulance.

Ben Rhodes has to bring his truck down pit road giving up third place after the wreck with Christian Eckes.  Rhodes is currently 43 points below the cut line.

Austin Hill on the outside lane.  Sheldon Creed and Austin Hill go side by side in a battle for the lead, but a push from team nate Brett Moffitt puts  Creed out in front for the lead.

Sheldon Creed takes the white flag.

With a crash on the backstretch, the race ends under caution with Sheldon Creed winning his fourth race of the season and clinches his spot in the final four. 

The unofficial results of the SpeedyCash.com 400:
Sheldon Creed
Austin Hill
Zane Smith
Raphael Lessard
Brett Moffitt
Matt Crafton
Austin Wayne Self
Dylan Lupton
Derek Karaus
Tanner Gray
Tyler Hill
Chase Purdy
Jordan Anderson
Spencer Boyd
James Buescher
Tyler Ankrum
Danny Bohn
Dawson Cram
Josh Bilicki
Ben Rhodes
Chandler Smith
Ray Ciccarelli
Johnny Sauter
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Christian Eckes
Norm Benning
Josh Reaume
Stewart Friesen
Trevor Bayne
Natalie Decker
Todd Gilliland
Grant Enfinger
Tate Fogleman
Ryan Truex
Clay Greenfleld
Trey Hutchens III
Tim Viens

Steve Perry Gets Acoustic

In 2018 Steve Perry released the album “Traces”, his first after a number of years away from the microphone.

On December 4, Perry will release an acoustic version of some of the songs. Perry has chosen eight of the 15 tracks on the album for “Traces: Alternate Versions and Sketches”.

Speaking on the album Perry said, “I’m really pleased with the sonics and I’m really pleased with the simplicity of the song and the lyric and the chords, which is basically what it’s stripped down to.”

Perry has been keeping busy during the pandemic and lock down by writing music and recording in his home studio. But before he releases any of the new music, Perry will close out Perry said, “the acoustic Traces is going to close the Traces chapter. Then I’m opening up another chapter next year at some point.”

Arlo Guthrie Retires

Over the past few years, the number of long popular artists have announced that they are retiring. But the retirement is conditional…the artists are only putting away their travel gear, only to continue making music but not promote it on tour.

The latest in the list of artists is folk legend Arlo Guthrie.

At 73, Guthrie has cited health reasons as to why he will no longer tour. Like many musicians, Guthrie was forced to cancel shows this year due to the Corona virus. But unlike many of his fellow musicians Guthrie will not be rescheduling any of those dates.

In a post he titled “Gone Fishing” Guthrie said, “it’s been a great 50-plus years of being a working entertainer, but I reached the difficult decision that touring and stage shows are no longer possible.” Guthrie has had two strokes in recent years with the most recent attack putting him in the hospital last year. He continued, “a folk singer’s shelf life may be a lot longer than a dancer or an athlete, but at some point, unless you’re incredibly fortunate or just plain whacko (either one or both) it’s time to hang up the ‘Gone Fishing’ sign.”

Guthrie noted that retiring from touring does not mean he will stop making music; adding, “I hope to be a thorn in the side of a new administration pretty soon.”

Following in his father, Woody’s, footsteps; Guthrie burst onto the musical scene in 1967 with “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” – an 18 minute epic autobiographical tale of Guthrie’s Thanksgiving Day events in 1965.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m57gzA2JCcM

Since that first performance, Guthrie has played himself in the film “Alice’s Restaurant”, written a nuumber of children’s books, and released nearly three dozen albums.

feature photo credit: By Shelka04, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2595079

Last Corner Pass for Win in TX for Xfinity Series

With just three races remaining in the 2020 NASCAR season, the Xfinity Series kicks off a triple header weekend at Texas Motor Speedway with the O’Reilley Auto Parts 300.

After his record setting win at Kansas last weekend, Chase Briscoe sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Justin Haley alongside on the front row.

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

The first eight drivers in the lineup are the eight playoff drivers.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of the race on a cool cloudy afternoon and jumps out in front for the lead from the inside lane.

The drivers quickly get two and three wide across the track as they battle for position.

Lap two Chase Briscoe has a near half second lead on Brandon Jones with Justin Haley in third.

Lap four, Chase Briscoe has increased his lead on Brandon Jones to over half a second with Justin Haley, Justin Allgaier, and Austin Cindric rounding out the top five.

Lap six, Austin Cindric gets free and drops a few spots; Noah Gragson is in the fifth position.

Lap seven, Chase Briscoe now has a lead of a second on Brandon Jones with Justin Haley in third; Justin Allgaier and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap nine, Timmy Hill is the only car one lap down.?

Lap 10, Brandon Jones has closed the gap on leader Chase Briscoe to under a second.

Lap eleven, Jeb Burton brings out the first caution flag of the race when he spins out in a single car incident. Burton runs sideways down the track spewing a big cloud of smoke.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 15 and holds on to his lead from the outside lane. Brandon Jones holds on to second with Justin Allgaier moving into third.

As with all races since coming back from the lockdown, NASCAR has called for a competition caution around lap 20 for teams to check tires and make adjustments. Since coming back, the teams have had no practice on the tracks.

Lap 18, Chase Briscoe has a quarter of a second lead on Brandon Jones with Justin Allgaier one second back in third. There are 334 cars on the lead lap with Timmy Hill off the track.

NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution at the end of lap 20. Jeb Burton is the “lucky dog”.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service and adjustments. The teams have only four sets of tires for today’s race. Austin Cindric’s team is making some major adjustments after the driver reports a major loose condition.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 25 and goes side by side with Justin Allgaier for the lead. Brandon Jones makes it a three wide battle with Chase Briscoe taking the lead. He has led every lap so far in today’s race.

Of the 36 cars that started the race, Timmy Hill is the only driver off the track and not on the lead lap.

Lap 30, Chase Briscoe has a narrow lead on Brandon Jones with Ross Chastain in third; Noah Gragson and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Since battling for the lead on the restart, Justin Allgaier has fallen to sixth place.

Lap 33, Brandon Jones challenges Chase Briscoe for the lead with Jones taking the spot briefly before Briscoe retakes the lead form the outside lane.

Lap 35, Chase Briscoe gets loose and gives the lead over the Brandon Jones. Briscoe has to bring his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop with a flat tire. Briscoe has reported brake issues and a vibration since the race began.

Lap 38, Brandon Jones is in the lead with Ross Chastain nearly a second and a half back; Harrison Burton, Noah Gragson and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Chase Briscoe reports something has broken on the car.

The caution flag comes out on lap 40 when David Starr drops fluid on the track and brings his smoking car down pit road.

Chase Briscoe reports black smoke in his cockpit; adding that it feels like something has broken in the rear of the car.

Many of the non playoff drivers come down pit road for fresh tires.

Chase Briscoe’s team reports that there is a broken shock on the right rear.

Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart for a one lap shootout to end stage one. Jones jumps out in front for the lead.

Brandon Jones wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Brandon Jones
Justin ALLgaier
Riley Herbst
Jeremy Clements
Ross Chastain
Austin Cindric
Justin Haley
Bayley Currey
Ryan Sieg
Harrison Burton

Chase Briscoe takes his car to the garage for repairs.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Austin Hill winning the race off of pit road after taking only fuel.

Harrison Burton and Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 52 with Harrison Burton taking the lead but Noah Gragson makes it a battle for the top spot with Noah Gragson edging out to take the lead. Lap 54 Burton and Gragson continue to battle for the lead with Gragson finally taking the spot.

Lap 55, Ryan Sieg takes his gar to the garage with a number of issues.

Lap 56, Noah Gragson has a third of a second lead on Harrison Burton with Anthon Alfredo in third. There are 31 cars on the lead lap.

Austin Hill brings his car down pit for an unscheduled pit stop with a flat tire.

Chase Briscoe returns to the track 16 laps down after the team made repairs.

Lap 62, Noah Gragson has a narrow lead on Harrison Burton with Anthony Alfredo in third. Last week in Kansas, Anthony Alfredo’s race ended with him on his roof after a big crash.

Lap 68, Harrison Burton challenges Noah Gragson for the lead.

Chad Finchum, David Starr, and Timmy Hill are out of the race.

Lap 72, there are 28 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 72, Noah Gragson has a half second lead on Harrison Burton; Anthony Alfredo, Michael Annett, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 74, Harrison Burton has closed the gap on leader Noah Gragson to under a quarter of a second. There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 78, Noah Gragson and Harrison Burton battle for the lead with the two swapping the lead before Gragson holds on to the lead as they enter slower traffic.

Lap 81 the top five are Noah Gragson, Harrison Burton, Justin Allgaier, Anthony Alfredo, and Michael Annett.

Harrison Burton takes the lead after passing Noah Gragson with the help of a slower car.

There are only 17 cars on the lead lap with three laps remaining in stage two.

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

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Harrison Burton
Justin Allgaier
Noah Gragson
Micahel Annett
Austin Cindric
Anthony Alfredo
Ross Chastain
Riely Herbst
Jistin Haley
Brandon Jones.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Harrison Burton winning the race off of pit road with Justin Allgaier coming out second.

With a final stage of 110 laps, the drivers cannot complete the stage on a single fuel load and will have to make at least one trip down pit road for fuel.

Harrison Burton brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 98 with Justin Allgaier and Harrisn Burton battling for the lead. After swapping back and forth Harrisn Burton takes the lead.

Lap 99, Justin Allgaier takes the lead with Noah Gragsn in second and Austin Cindric in third.

Lap 100, Justin Allgaier is in the lead with Noagh Gragson in second and Austin Cindric in third.

Lap 101, Austin Cindric takes second from Noah Gragson with Justin Allgaier over a second out in front..

Lap 104, Justin Allgaier has a lead of over a second on Austin Cindric; Noah Gragson, Harrison Burton Burton, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Harrison Burton brings out the caution flag on lap 108 when he spins out with a loose car and comes to a stop in the grass.

Way short of the fuel window, only a few drivers come down pit road for service.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 113 from the outside land and holds on to the lead with Austin Cindric in second.

Noah Gragson and Ross Chastain battle for third.

Lap 115, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, Ross Chastain, Noah Gragson, and Anthony Alfredo.

Lap 120, Justin Allgaier has a third of a second lead on Austin Cindric with Ross Chastain in third; Noah Gragson and Justin Haley round out the top five with 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 130, Justin Allgaier is in the lead by a third of a second over Austin Cindric; Ross Chastain, Noah Gragson and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Riley Herbst brings out the seventh caution flag of the race on lap 133 when he gets into the wall. Herbst was attempting to pass Jeb Burton for seventh when he got loose.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service and to pack the fuel cell in hopes of making it to the end of the race.

Taking fuel only Jeb Burton wins the race off of pit road with cousin Harrison also taking fuel only coming out secnd.

Jeb and Harrison Burton bring the field down for the green flag restart with 63 laps remaining in the race. The cousins battle for the lead with Jeb edging out for the lead as drivers get three and four wide across the track.

Justin Haley tries to make it a three way battle. Justin Haley takes second from Harrison Burton.

Sixty to go, Jeb Burton has a third of a second lad on Ross Chastain; Justin Haley, Astin Cindric, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

With 59 laps to go, Ross Chastain is the new leader. Austin Cindric takes second from Jeb Burton.

With 57 laps to go Ross Chastain has a one second lead on Austin Cindric; Jeb Burton, Justin Haley, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Fifty-five to go, Ross Chastain has a lead of a second and a half on Austin Cindric

Fifty to go, Ross Chastain has a second and a half lead on Austin Cindric.

Lap 154 Ross Chastain leads the race; Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, Justin Haley, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

With 43 laps remaining in the race, Ross Chastain has a one second lead on Austin Cidric.

Jeb Burton brings out the caution flag after getting into the wall after reporting a vibration. He has significant damage to his car. During the last caution flag, Burton did not change his tires.

Many of the teams do not have a set of fresh tires.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh(er) tires and fuel. Taking fuel only Justin Haley wins the race off of pit road followed by Michael Annett who also took fuel only.

Justin Haley brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with 37 laps remaining in the race. Ross Chastain makes it a three wide battle to take the lead after the restart. Justin Haley is in second and Justin Haley in third.

Austin Cindric gets into the wall but the track stays green.

Ross Chastain leads the race with Justin Haley in second and Justin Allgaier in third.

With 34 laps to go, Ross chastain has a lead of voer a second on Justin Allgaier; Noah Gragson, Austin Cindric, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Austin Cindric and Noah Gragson battle for third.

The caution flag comes out for a crash involving Joe Graf Jr and Myatt Snider. Both drivers are stopped against the wall. Graf gets his car moving again but Snider is stuck against the wall with the driver’s side against the wall. Snider gets out of his car and walks to the ambulance.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 25 laps remaining in the race. After a push form Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier takes the lead but Austin Cindric jumps out for the lead.

The caution flag comes out after a big crash involving some of the playoff drivers. Brandon Jones, Justin Allgaier, Jeremy Clements, and Ross Chastain were all involved. Allgaier got loose as the drivers got four wide, sending cars scattering.

Justin Allgaier’s team pushes the car to the garage; Allgaier is out of the race.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart with Noah Gragson alongside with just 15 laps remaining in the race. Noah Gragson battles Austin Cindric for the lead and takes the lead with Anthony Alfredo in second and Harrison Burton in third.

Twelve to go, Noah Gragson has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Anthony Alfredo with Harrison Burton in third.

Nine to go, Noah Gragson holds on to his half second lead on Anthony Alfredo with Harrison Burton in third.

Six to go, Noah Gragson has a lead of nearly a seocnd on Anthony Alfredo. Third place driver Harrison Burton challenges Alfredo for second.

Four to go, Noah Gragson holds on to the lead; but Harrison Burton is running some of the fastest laps on the track.

Three to go, Harrison Burton takes second from Anthony Alfredo and puts his sights on leader Noah Gragson.

Noah Gragson takes the white flag.

Harrison Burton has caught up to leader Noah Gragson and on turn four Burton takes the lead for the win. This is Burton’s third Xfinity Series win.

The unofficial results of the O’Reilley Auto Parts 300:
Harrison Burton
Noah Gragson
Anthony Alfredo
Austin Cindric
Brandon Brown
Michael Annett
Justin Haley
Ryan Vargas
Josh Williams
Tommy Joe Martins
Alex Labbe
Bayley Currey
Matt Mills
Brett Moffitt
Jesse Little
Ross Chastain
BJ McLeod
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Kyle Weatherman
CJ McLaughlin
Kody Vanderwal
Joe Graf Jr
Jesse Iwuji
Chase Briscoe
Brandon Jones
Justin Allgaier
Jeremy Clements
Colby Howard
Myatt Snider
Jeb Burton
Ryan Sieg
Riley Herbst
Austin Hill
Chad Finchum
David Starr
Timmy Hill

‘Your Love’ Singer Tony Lewis Dies

Founding member, bass player, and singer for the 80’s band The Outfield, Tony Lewis died on October 19 unexpectedly in England at the age of 62.  An official cause of death was not released.

Lewis’ high pitched voice can be heard on the songs “All the Love”, “Say it Isn’t So”, “Everytime You Cry”, and “Your Love”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N1iwQxiHrs

Seeing more success in the United States than their native United Kingdom; The Outfield’s debut album “Play Deep” went multi-platinum selling over two million copies according to the RIAA – Recording Industry Association of America.

A top 10 hit, “You Love” has been covered by numerous artists including Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, B.o.B. Less than Jake, and Wyclef Jean.

Along with their debut album, Lewis and The Outfield also released “Voices of Babylon”, “Diamond Days”, “Rockeye”, “Anytime Now”, and “Replay”  Lewis also released the solo album “Out of the Darkness” and “Unplugged – The Acoustic Sessions”.

He was born on December 21, 1957 in London, England.  He and friend John Spinks formed the band Sirius B before founding the Baseball Boys which eventually became The Outfield.

Lewis is survived by his wife of 35 years Carol, daughter Gemma and Rosie, and three grandchildren.

Feature photo credit: By Juliettrowe – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=82461377

GMS Signs Truck Series Drivers Extensions

As the 2020 NASCAR season winds down more teams and drivers are shoring up their plans and contracts for the next season…and beyond.

GMS Racing has announced that Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series drivers Sheldon Creed, who drives the number 2 truck, and Tyler Ankrum, who drives the number 26 truck, will be returning next season to GMS. 

Creed and Ankrum are currently among the eight drivers in the playoffs.  Creed has 10 top 10 finishes in 20 races with three of them race wins.  Ankrum is the reigning Sunoco Rookie of the Year; and while he has yet to win a race, he has nine top 10 finishes this season.

Sheldon Creed spoke on his contract extension saying, “I’m excited to be coming back for another year with GMS.  I feel like we’ve made a ton of improvements in so many ways this year compared to my rookie year. I’m thankful to Chevy and everybody at GMS for the opportunity to come back next season to show what we’re really capable of and continue to improve and compete for wins and a championship.”

Tyler Ankrum also spoke on his return to GMS saying, “I’m thankful for another full-time year in the trucks with GMS next season.  This has been a learning year for our team, but I know we’ve got what it takes to go out and compete for wins. This is my first full-time season in trucks and to have the security and support from Maury (Gallagher) and Mike (Beam) to be back for another year is awesome. We still have a lot to prove and we’re in the perfect spot to do that for the rest of the season and next year as well.”

GMS Racing president Mike Beam spoke on the return of Creed and Ankrum saying, “GMS is excited to have these talented drivers back for 2021.  We’ve been blessed with a great deal of success this season and these young men have represented our organization well on and off the track. I have no doubt their determination and success will continue to grow in 2021.”


On October 22, Go Fas Racing announced that they would be closing full time operations at the end of this season and will be running only a handful of races as a part time team next season.  GFR owner Archie St. Hilare also announced that he would be selling his ownership in the team’s NASCAR charter.

On October 23, Matt Tifft and BJ McLeod revealed that they would be purchasing St. Hilare’s charter.  The duo will join Joe Falk in using the charter to enter races next season.

Go Fas Racing Closing Full Time

It has been an unprecedented season in NASCAR between the shutdown, scrambled schedules, and shifting drivers.  There has been a big shift in team ownership this season with Leavine Family Racing being sold and the addition of two new racing teams set to go when the new season opens in February.

Full time NASCAR Cup Series team Go Fas Racing has announced that they will cease full time operations at the end of the 2020 season in November.  Beginning with the 2021 season, GFR will become a part time racing team.

Corey LaJoie who has announced that he will not be returning to the team next season, drives the number 32 car for Go Fas Racing.

GFS owner Archie St. Hilaire spoke on the team’s plans saying they are, “running five or six races in 2021 2021 at tracks we enjoy and make financial sense.”  Hilaire added that he is transferring his half of the NASCAR charters to a new owner, which will be named later, and Circle Sport Racing owner Joe Falk will continue to hold the other half of the charters.

Hilaire spoke on the decision to close full time operations saying, “it has been a lot of fun over the years but with the evolution of life, your priorities change.  With my son Mason (Go Fas’ general manager) moving on to start his own business in a different industry and myself getting ready to spend time with my daughter having my first grandchild, I feel its time to re-evaluate the next chapter of my life. It definitely has been great working with Ford and all of our great marketing partners over the last 10 years and we look forward to continuing with them on a smaller scale going forward.”

feature photo credit: By Zach Catanzareti Photo – corey lajoie, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=79710759

Jordan & Hamlin Give Team a Name

Recently basketball legend Michael Jordan and NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin announced a joint venture to launch a new racing team.  At the time of the announcement, it was known only that Bubba Wallace would be the team’s drivers.

On October 22, the team owners have revealed a few more details about the team owned by Jordan and Hamlin.  23XI (23 eleven) Racing will feature the number 23 on their car that is set to run beginning with Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway next February.

The 23 represents the jersey number Jordan wore when he played for the Chicago Bulls where he was a part of six championship teams.  The number eleven represents the number of Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing car.

Denny Hamlin spoke on the team’s name in an official release saying, “Michael and I have a shared vision for this team, so it’s exciting to see it reflected in the team name and on the race car with the iconic number 23 that Michael made famous.”


23XI has yet to reveal whether Wallace will be behind the wheel of a Ford, a Chevrolet, or a Toyota as more detail will be forthcoming as the duo continue to build the team.

RPM Names New 43 Driver

One more piece of the silly season puzzle has fallen into place with the naming of the new driver for the iconic number 43 Richard Petty Motorsports car.

Just one day after Stewart-Haas Racing announced that Xfinity Series driver Chase Briscoe would be moving up to the Cup Series to take over the driving duties of the number 14 car; Richard Petty Motorsports has named Erik Jones as the replacement for Bubba Wallace who is moving on to join the new racing team owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin.

Jones spoke on the opportunity to drive for The King saying, “you look at the history of NASCAR and the 43, everybody knows who Richard Petty is if they’re a race fan. And even if they aren’t a race fan, a lot of people know who Richard Petty is. So, that’s really neat. Having the chance to get to spend some time with him the last couple of weeks has been pretty cool. I’d never really gotten the chance to talk too much with him and spend a lot of time with him, other than in passing. So, it’s just really cool to hear the old stories. I’m a really big fan of the history of the sport and to get to hear some of the stories first-hand is a pretty cool experience. It’s really neat to see how invested he is in the team, in the sport and the direction we’re going. I think that’s going to be a really good match.”

Chief Executive officer for Richard Petty Motorsports Brian Moffitt spoke on the new hire saying, “Erik is an exceptionally talented driver, and we are excited to have him join our team.  At only 24 years old, Erik is part of NASCAR’s next generation of stars. He has won races at every level in NASCAR he has competed in — including in the NASCAR Cup Series. Erik is a proven winner and we look forward to providing him with the opportunity to add more wins to his already impressive resume.”

On August 6, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Jones would not be returning to the number 20 car next season.  Since that announcement, there has been much speculation over what would be the fate of the young driver.

Jones came to the attention of JGR owner Coach Joe Gibbs in 2013 when JGR driver Kyle Busch introduced him after Jones beat Busch in the Chili Bowl International.

Jones becomes the latest in the list of drivers to sit behind the wheel of the iconic number 43 car that has had some famous names including Lee, Maurice, Kyle, and Richard Petty; John Andretti; Bobby Hamilton; Bobby Labonte; AJ Allmendinger; Aric Almirola; and Bubba Wallace.

Blind Auditions Continue on ‘The Voice’

Season 19 of “The Voice” premiered on October 19 with a four chair turn, a block, jaw dropping surprises, and eight singers already paired up with coaches.

Coaches Kelly Clarkson and Gwen Stefani have come armed with gifts for their team members.

Kelly leads the way with three members on her team; John and Blake follows with two each, and Gwen with just one singer on her team.

The blind auditions continue on Tuesday with more jaw dropping auditions.

Taryn Papa is a full time musician who has performed at Blake’s club in Nashville.  She gets the night of auditions started off with a Martina McBride song.  Blake was the first to turn his chair; followed by Kelly and Gwen; but Blake blocked Kelly.  Gwen said that she thinks she has a chance; adding that she gets Taryn.  John noted that Taryn has passion and emotion.  Blake said that there is currently no female singer like Taryn on the charts.  Taryn chose Blake to be her coach.

Kelly has been blocked twice now.

Liam St. John has been jumping all his life and was looking to be a pro athlete before turning to music full time.  Liam had to wait a while before Blake finally turned his chair; followed by Gwen.  Blake said that there must be some hearing issues since only two chairs turned.  John said that it was an all around good performance.  Gwen said that Liam sounded incredible; adding that his voice sounded rich.  Liam chose Gwen to be his coach.

Faye Moffett has played all around Tulsa for the past 10 years.  She performed before Rosa Parks when she was only 10 years old.  Faye performs “Anyone” with just the piano but failed to turn any of the chairs.  John was concerned about the runs.  Saying that she was gifted, Gwen said that she didn’t feel it.  Blake said that Faye had a very dominant vibrato.

Aaron Scott has a rock band called One Way North, but tonight the middle school teacher is performing solo and gets John to make a quick turn of his chair.  Blake joins John with a chair turn.  Blake said it was incredible.  John said that Aaron entered the song with such charisma and energy.  Kelly said that Aaron stands out.  Saying they made it tough, Aaron chose Blake to be his coach.

Madeline Consoer has been singing in Nashville and chose a Maren Morris song for her audition.  It took a bit but Kelly finally turned her chair…and used her block on Blake, who did not turn.  John said that it was a great song choice. Gwen said that she sounded so experienced.  Kelly is excited that she doesn’t have to fight with Blake.

Since Blake did not turn his chair, Kelly still has her block.

Saying that she wants to work with Gwen Cami Clune said that working with John would also be interesting.  She has been singing and dancing since she was four year old.  She sang “Skinny Love” for her audition and only got out two notes before Kelly turned her chair, John and Gwen quickly followed.  Blake eventually made it a four chair turn, only to find that he had been blocked.  Cami had the coaches on their feet.  John called the performance mesmerizing; adding that he would like to help her to the finale.  Gwen said that Cami is believable; adding that she could help Cami find hers.  Kelly noted that there is no one like her on the show.  Cami chose John to be her coach.

Parede Valente-Johnson works on a hemp farm but loves singing.  His audition will be his first performance.  While he rocked the stage, he failed to turn any chairs.  Kelly said the performance was a bit linear.  John noted that the song had too much growl and not enough singing.

Performing “The Prayer” in Italian, Ryan Gallagher, had to wait until near the end before Kelly and Blake pushed their buttons.  Kelly said that his voice was magical.  Ryan has travelled the world with his singing.  Kelly said that no one in the competition can touch him.  Blake said that he is a proud member of the Grand Ole Opera.  Ryan chose Kelly to be his coach.

Chloe Hogan began playing piano and singing since she was nine years old.  Chloe put her own spin on “What the World Needs Now” for her audition and had Gwen turning her chair right away.  Kelly said that she loved the style but heard some pitch issues.  Blake told her to go learn the music from the “Rapture” album by Anita Baker.  Gwen said that what she heard in the performance was exciting.

Kiari Mhoon is an Army man who sings in the Army chorus.  He met his husband in the Army.  Kiari sings “Wanted” for his audition but failed to turn any chairs.  Blake said that he felt like he heard three different singers; adding that it felt all over the map.  John noted that Kiari has potential.  Gwen called Kiari a diamond in the rough.  Kelly felt the emotion got away with him. 

In the final audition of the night, Sid Kingsley crossed the country from Virginia to Los Angeles for his audition.  Sid started out playing the saxophone, but for his audition he is playing the piano.  John and Gwen push their buttons at the same time.  Blake turns his chair.  John called the performance incredible; adding that he was impressed with Sid’s tenor voice.  Gwen said that Sid has a strong voice.  Kelly called herself an idiot for not turning.  Blake noted that Sid has a cool laid back confidence.  Sid said his mom told him to pick Blake, Sid decided to pick John to be his coach.

Team Legend:
Tamara Jade 
John Holiday
Cami Clune
Sid Kingsley

Team Gwen:
Lauren Frihauf
Liam St. John
Chloe Hogan

Team Kelly:
Joseph Soul
Eli Zamora
Marisa Corvo
Madeline Consoer
Ryan Gallagher

Team Blake:
Ian Flanigan
Jim Ranger
Taryn Papa
Aaron Scott

SHR Names Bowyer Replacement

Xfinity Series driver and 2019 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Chase Briscoe has said that every race is an audition for him if he hopes to move up to the next series – NASCAR Cup.  So far this year, Briscoe has won a record nine races and currently sits atop the leaderboard in the playoffs driving the Stewart-Haas Racing number 98 car.

Prior to the 2020 racing season, Briscoe had won only two Xfinity Series races.  When the season started, Briscoe had set a goal of eight wins for the season.  There are still three races remaining in the season.

The 2016 ARCA Menards Series champion also has two Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series victories.

Less than two weeks ago, Stewart-Haas Racing driver Clint Bowyer announced his retirement from NASCAR to enter the broadcast booth.

On October 20, Stewart-Haas Racing made the official announcement that Chase Briscoe has not only auditioned for, but has earned him a spot in NASCAR Cup by naming Briscoe as the new driver of the number 14 car being vacated by Bowyer.

Car owner Tony Stewart spoke on the decision saying, “He’s delivered time and time again this season and he’s definitely ready for the NASCAR Cup Series.”

Briscoe’s primary sponsor HighPoint – a Sparta, New Jersey IT company is making the move with Briscoe to serve as the primary sponsor on the number 14 car.

feature photo credit: By Zach Catanzareti Photo – chase briscoe, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=84932390

NASCAR Issues Kansas Penalties

During the races last weekending at Kansas Speedway, there were a number of instances where a driver had to make an additional trip down pit road to have his lug nuts tightened.

On Tuesday, NASCAR issued four penalties…all for lug nut violations.

In the NASCAR Cup Series…
The number four Stewart-Haas Racing car driven by Kevin Harvick with Rodney Childers as crew chief
The number 18 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Kyle Busch with Adam Stevens as crew chief
and the number 19 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Martin Truex Jr with James Small as crew chief
…all three crew chiefs were fined $10,000 for having a single lug nut improperly secured.

And in the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series Drew Blickensderfer was fined $2,500 for the number 17 DGR-Crosley truck driven by Hailie Deegan for having a single lug nut improperly secured.  Deegan made her Truck Series debut at the Clean Harbor 200 on Saturday afternoon.

‘The Voice’ Season 19 Premieres

“The Voice” premieres a new season with Blake, Gwen Kelly, and John for number 19.

With a ban on large crowds, there is no live audience this season; but “The Voice” has brought in a virtual audience from all over the country.

Tamara gets the blind auditions started off.  Coming from a musical family, Tamara has shared the stage with Lizzo.  Three notes into her audition, Tamara had Kelly and John turning their chairs and up dancing.  It took a while but Gwen and Blake eventually joined them for the first four chair turn of the season.  Kelly said that Tamara was incredible; adding that she will be in the finale.  Kelly noted that Tamara moved people.  Blake thins that Tamara can win and wants her on his team.  John noted that Tamara can do everything.  Gwen, who said that she has been doing this for a long time, noted that she could help Tamara wither her rap/singing.  Saying that it is a lot harder than she thought it would be, Tamara chose John to be her coach.

Farm girl Lauren Frihauf took on Melissa Etheridge for her audition and got John and Gwen to turn their chairs.  Kelly noted that it was not what she expected.  Gwen could not believe that Lauren is just 16; adding Lauren is like her dream job on the show.  Kelly campaign’s for Gwen.  John noted that he is picky but was the first to turn his chair; adding that Lauren has so much potential.  Lauren chose Gwen to be her coach.

Joseph Soul comes from Maui has been DJ’ing since he was 12 years old but is ready to launch a solo career.  He put his own spin on a Bib Marley song for his audition.  John and Kelly are singing along.  Blake and Kelly finally turned their chairs near the end of the song.  They said that they were shocked it wasn’t a four chair turn.  Kelly called Joseph an incredibly talented artist.  Blake points out all of his wins – seven of them.  Joseph chose Kelly to be his coach.

Kelly and Gwen have gifts for their team members.

Ian Flanigan is a full time musician who tours the country and lives in an RV with his wife and daughter.  Singing “Colder Weather”, Ian plays the guitar as he sings.  Blake has his band on his button for a while before he finally turns his chair.  Blake asked where the long beard and big hat are?  John said that Ian has some richness in his voice.  Gwen added that Ian sounds like he is already on a record.  Kelly said that she thinks Ian is very talented.

Blake has a carboard cutout of himself for the artists to shake his hand or hug.

Hailey Green is only 14 and has been playing football since she was five years old and sings the National Anthem at her own football games.  She performs the Allman Brothers song “Soul Shine” for her audition but fails to turn any chairs.  The coaches were shocked when they first saw her.  Kelly told her to come back.  Blake said that she is about a year away from being able to compete in a competition like “The Voice”.

Jim Ranger is a third generation pastor and has been singing since he was very small.  Jim said that he has his wife were born in the same hospital by the same doctor about a week apart.  It only took a couple of measures before John turned his chair; Gwen wasn’t very far behind him.  Near the end of Jim’s rendition of a Keith Urban song, Blake turned his chair.  Kelly noted that she should have turned.  John said that he could feel the spirit.  Gwen talks about all her musical styles; saying that she could feel Jim’s vibe.  John called Jim a great musician.  Blake noted that he liked the build in the song.  Jim chose Blake to be his coach.  Blake starts singing and Jim joins him.

Eli Zamora was born in the U.S. but grew up in Mexico and used music to help him learn English when his family moved to America.  Eli is a gondolier in Las Vegas.  He gave his audition in Spanish. Kelly turned her chair.  Kelly said that he was so great; adding he had so much passion.  Gwen said that Eli was great.  Blake said that he didn’t think he was right to be Eli’s coach. 

Kelly was impressed with Payge Turner’s low notes but it was Blake who was the first person to turn his chair; Gwen joined him near the end of the audition.  Payge was born in Trinidad and Tobago but moved to the U.S. when she was 13.  Kelly noted that Payge has so much power for someone so little.  Gwen said that she turned because she was impressed with Payge’s voice.  Blake said that Payge was not just an artist but an incredible performer.  Payge chose Gwen to be her coach.  Payge even caught the shirt that Gwen shot at her with the T-shirt shooter.

Corey Ward said that his mom loves the show and is trying out for the show for her.  Performing since he was a teen, Corey had the virtual fans cheering but failed to turn any of the coach’s chairs.  Gwen like the growl and tone in Corey’s voice but said it felt linear.  Kelly noted some pitch issues.  John said that Corey had a powerful voice but had some control issues.

Marisa Corvo comes from a big Italian family and has been playing piano since she was very small.  She chose “Perfect” by P!ink for her audition as she played the keyboard.  Near the end of the song Blake and Gwen pushed their buttons with Kelly joining in at the end.  Kelly called it an amazing finish; adding that Marisa has range for days.  Gwen said that Marisa has range and power.  Blake said that he thinks he is the right coach because he has been on the show for a long time.  With the conversation moving to Italian sauce, Blake compares himself to the tomatoes.  Marisa chose Kelly to be her coach.

In the final audition of the night, John pushed his button three words into “Misty”.  After a while Kelly turned her chair and had a very shocked look on her face.  Gwen turned her chair and was also shocked.  In what they thought was a female’s voice, they found John Holiday.  John used his one block on Kelly.  Holiday told John that he is an opera singer.  Kelly said that Holiday has an incredible range.  Gwen called Holiday incredible.  Saying that he is honoured they turned for him, Holiday chose John Legend to be his coach.

Team Legend:
Tamara Jade
John Holiday

Team Gwen:
Lauren Frihauf

Team Kelly:
Joseph Soul
Eli Zamora
Marisa Corvo

Team Blake:
Ian Flanigan
Jim Ranger

Remaining Eleven Get Emotional on DWTS

This week on “Dancing with the Stars”, the eleven remaining couples will perform; along with a special performance from six time Mirror Ball trophy winner and current judge Derek Hough.

After his near perfect score last week, Johnny and Britt get the night of dancing started off with a Salsa to “On the Floor” by Jennifer Lopez.  Derek said that JLo would be very proud; adding it was a great way to start the show.  Bruno said that Johnny worked it for all its worth; adding that it was a great performance but the style wasn’t quite right.  Carrie Ann said that it wasn’t Johnny’s best dance; adding that she wanted the dance to be more earthy and grounded.  Johnny and Britt scored 22 points for their dance.

Nev and Jenna take on a Jazz routine to “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark.  Bruno called the dance deliciously bonkers; saying he didn’t know what it was but it worked.  Carrie Ann said that the dance was amazing; adding that they had every Jazz step in the routine.  Derek noted that the duo was clean and together the whole time.  Nev and Jenna scored 26 points for their dance.

Monica and Val perform a Rumba to “Have I Told You Lately” by Sir Rod Stewart.  Monica dedicated the dance to her husband Chris.  Carrie Ann kept saying wow; adding that Monica has come into her own.  Derek said that there was a softness about Monica’s performance; adding that he loved the Rumba.  Bruno called it a classic Rumba; adding that it had the right amount of romance and sensuality.  Monica and Val scored 27 points for their dance.

Skai and Alan dance a Cha Cha to “Say So” by Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj.  Derek noted that things happen and commended Skai for recovering and kept going.  Bruno said that accidents happen but she handled it as best she could.  Carrie Ann said that what Skai did performed was her best.  Skai and Alan scored 18 points for their dance.

Vernon and Peta danced a Cha Cha to “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang.  Vernon dedicated the dance to his grandfather who passed away last September.  Bruno called the performance very bright and colourful; adding that he had the right feel for the dance.  Carrie Ann enjoys watching Vernon dance; adding that has an ease about him.  Derek said that gives Vernon a 10 for the joy; adding he was smooth and strong.  Vernon and Peta scored 21 points for their dance.

Nelly and Daniella channel their Country music vibe when they dance a Viennese Waltz to “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw.  Carrie Ann was speechless; she noted that there was something beautiful happening.  Derek said that Nelly was incredibly masculine; adding that it was wonderful.  Bruno called Nelly inspired and endearing.  Nelly and Daniella scored 24 points for their dance.

Taking a break from the competition, Derek Hough pairs up with his girlfriend Hailey for a performance of Latin dance styles including the Tango, Paso Doble, and Flamenco.

The competition continues with Jeannie and Brandon dancing a Rumba to the music of Deseree.  Derek called the dance really really good and sensual.  Bruno said that dance had so much passion.  Carrie Ann called Jeannie stunning; adding that she gives on everything she does.  Jeannie and Brandon scored 25 points for their dance.

AJ and Cheryl danced a Samba to the music of JBalvin.  Bruno called AJ solid; adding he always delivers.  Carrie Ann felt is was a breakthrough for AJ.  Derek noted that AJ shook; adding that it was so much fun to watch and well done.  AJ and Cheryl scored 27 points for their dance.

Chrishell and Gleb dance a Contemporary routine to the music of Grace Potter.  Carrie Ann said that Chrishell poured her heart and soul into the dance.  Derek called Chrishell extraordinary; adding that he felt the dance.  Bruno called the dance so emotionally engaging; adding she gave everything she had.  Chrishell and Gleb scored 24 points for their dance.

Kaitlyn and Artem dance a Samba to the music of Justin Bieber.  Derek called the dance fantastic.  Bruno called it a first class Samba; adding that Kaitlyn made it look elegant.  Carrie Ann said that the dance was well executed but wasn’t impressed.  Kaitlyn and Artem scored 27 points for their dance.

Closing out the night of dancing are Justina and  Sasha with a Viennese Waltz to “She’s Always a Woman” by Billy Joel.  Bruno noted that tonight has been a fantastic show and thanked the pro dancers.  He called Justina smooth ans silk and light as a feather.  Carrie Ann called Justin a refined and elegant; adding that she is a beautiful dancer.  Derek called Justina reliable and consistent; adding that she floated across the floor.  Justina and Sasha scored 27 points for their dance.

Top eleven scores:
Skai and Alan – 18
Vernon and Peta – 21
Johnny and Britt – 22
Nelly and Daniella – 24
Chrishell and Gleb – 24
Jeannie and Brandon – 25
Nev and Jenna – 26
Monica and Val – 27
AJ and Cheryl – 27
Kaitlyn and Artem – 27
Justina and Sasha – 27

Now that all the couples have performed, it is time for the results…
Nelly and Daniella
Jeannie and Brandon
Monica and Val
Chrishell and Gleb
AJ and Cheryl
Justina and Sasha
Kaitlyn and Artem
Nev and Jenna
and Skai and Alan

Johnny and Britt and Vernon and Peta are in the bottom and in danger of going home.

Derek chose to save Johnny and Britt
Carrie Ann chose to save Vernon and Peta
With the deciding vote, Bruno chose to save Johnny and Britt

Vernon and Peta have been eliminated from the competition.

Next week get ready for Halloweeen!

NASCAR Reinstates Larson

When it comes to violations of the NASCAR Rule Book, NASCAR has a no tolerance policy; whether it be pushing the limits in the cars or conduct by the crews and drivers themselves.

Last April Kyle Larson was heard uttering a racial slur over an open channel on a radio during an iRacing event.  NASCAR suspended Larson immediately and was subsequently suspended by car owner Chip Ganassi of Chip Ganassi Racing.

Since leaving NASCAR, Larson has returned to Sprint car racing where he has dominated the sport where he won 12 races in the World of Outlaws Series.

Last week, Larson applied for reinstatement in NASCAR.  In order to be eligible for reinstatement, Larson was required to attend sensitivity training.

Additionally, Larson will be required to make a number of speaking engagements over the next three years, further diversity training classes, and continue his working with the Urban Youth Racing School and Rev Racing as a coach and mentor.

On October 19, NASCAR approved Larson’s reinstatement and he will be eligible to return to NASCAR events beginning January 1, 2021.

In an official statement, the sanctioning body said, “NASCAR continues to prioritize diversity and inclusion across our sport.  Kyle Larson has fulfilled the requirements set by NASCAR, and has taken several voluntary measures, to better educate himself so that he can use his platform to help bridge the divide in our country. Larson’s indefinite suspension has been lifted. Under the terms of his reinstatement, he will be cleared to return to all NASCAR racing activities effective January 1, 2021.”

In an interview with the Associated Press Larson admitted that he was ignorant and immature for using the slur; adding that he did not understand the hurt and negative connotations associated with the word.

Cold, Winds Greet Cup Drivers in Kansas

The NASCAR Cup Series caps off a triple header weekend with the Hollywood Casino 400 form Kansas Speedway. 

Only eight of the original playoff drivers remain as they begin the final round of the playoffs before the championship race in Phoenix.

After his win last week on The Roval, Chase Elliott will sit on the pole and bring the field to green with Joey Logano alongside on the front row.

Playoff driver Martin Truex Jr will have to start his Joe Gibbs Racing number 19 car from the back of the field after failing the pre-race inspection process twice.

Australian driver James Davison’s Rick Ware Racing number 53 car also failed the inspection process twice and will have to move to the back of the field.

The starting lineup for the Hollywood Casino 400:
Chase Elliott
Joey Logano
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Alex Bowman
Denny Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Erik Jones
Clint Bowyer
Cole Custer
Jimmie Johnson
Tyler Reddick
Aric Almirola
Austin Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Preece
Kyle Busch
Chris Buescher
Christopher Bell
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Bubba Wallace
Ty Dillon
Michael McDowell
Daniel Suarez
Ryan Newman
Corey LaJoie
Matt Kenseth
Quin Houff
John Hunter Nemechek
James Davison – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
JJ Yeley
Brennan Poole
Reed Sorenson
Timmy Hill
Joey Gase
Josh Bilicki
Chad Finchum

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.

There are some fans in the stands for today’s race.  A few Clint Bowyer fans have formed themselves into the number 14 in honour of the retiring driver who is trading his steering wheel in for a microphone next season as he enters the broadcast booth.  Bowyer moves to the front of the field for a thank you lap.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on around lap 25.

With a fuel load of around 60 laps, the drivers cannot complete any of the stages on a single fuel load.

With temperatures in the 40’s and wind chills in the 30’s, the drivers will have to deal with some cold tires – they are not allowed to heat the tires in any way other than running them on the cars.

On a chilly Sunday afternoon, Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front for the lead as drivers quickly get three wide across the track.

Lap two, Chase Elliott leads the race with Joey Logano in second and Kurt Busch in third; Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin round out the top five battling for position.

Lap four, Kurt Busch battles Joey Logano for second with Chase Elliott out in front.

Lap five, after starting from the back of the field, Martin Truex Jr has moved up 18 spots.

Lap six, Chase Elliott has a third of a second lead on Joey Logano with Kevin Harvick in third and Kurt Busch in fourth battling for position.

Drivers are getting three wide in a battle for second place.

Lap eight, Kevin Harvick moves into second and begins to challenge leader Chase Elliott.  Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin battle for third.

Lap nine, Chase Elliott leads the race; Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap eleven, Kevin Harvick has caught up to the bumper of leader Chase Elliott in a challenge to take the lead.

At race start, the track temperature was only 50 degrees.

Lap 20, Chase Elliott continues to lead the race with Kevin Harvick in second, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 22, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a second and a half lead on Kevin Harvick; Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 25, Chase Elliott has a lead of over a second and a half on Kevin Harvick; Denny Hamlin is in third over three seconds back.

At the end of lap 25, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.

Martin Truex Jr has moved up 25 spots since the race start and is in twelfth place.

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

Kurt Busch was caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 31 with Chase Elliott alongside.  William Byron edges out for the lead with Chase Elliott surges ahead for the lead.  Kevin Harvick comes up to challenge for the lead as the two battle back and forth with Harvick taking the lead.

Lap 33, Kevin Harvick leads the race with Chase Elliott in second: Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.  There are 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 36, Kevin Harvick has a third of a second lead on Chase Elliott with Denny Hamlin in third just over half a second back.

Lap 40, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over half  a second on Chase Elliott with Denny Hamlin in third over a second back.

Lap 48, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Chase Elliott with Ryan Blaney in third; Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski rounds out the top five.

Lap 54, Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly a second on Chase Elliott with Ryan Blaney in third.  There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 56, Brad Keselowski takes third from Ryan Blaney.

Lap 57, Kevin Harvick has a lead of just over half a second on Chase Elliott.

Chase Elliott is reporting some radio issues.  He cannot hear the crew but they can hear him.

Lap 60, Chase Elliott has closed the gap on leader Kevin Harvick to under half a second.

Joey Logano is falling through the field.

Lap 68, Chase Elliott is the new leader after getting around Kevin Harvick.

Lap 69, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Kevin Harvick with Brad Keselowski in third.

Brad Keselowski is reporting a small vibration.  The team reports that that is a common occurrence at Kansas.

Lap 72, the top five are Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney ,and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 73, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski battle for  second; Harvick holds him off.

Five laps remain in stage one; Chase Elliott has a one second lead on Brad Keselowski Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin pass Kevin Harvick with just four laps remaining in stage one.

Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski battle for the lead with slower traffic around them.  Elliott holds on to the lead.

Chase Elliott wins stage one for his ninth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chase Elliott
Brad Keselowski
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Erik Jones
Kevin Harvick
Alex Bowman
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch

During his pit stop, Chase Elliott’s team plans to give him a new set of new ear plugs.  The trick will be for Elliott to get the ear plugs hooked up.  Normally a driver puts in his ear plugs for the radio before he puts on his helmet.

Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 87 with Chase Elliott alongside.

After a push from Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin edges out for the lead.  Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Chase Elliott battles with Denny Hamlin for the lead.

Denny Hamlin takes the lead with Chase Elliott in second and Ryan Blaney in third.

Chase Elliott did not replace his ear plugs but instead unplugged and plugged back in the old ones.  For now he can hear the team.  The crew chief believes there is a short in the ear plugs.

The vibration that Brad Keselowski felt was the result of a missing wheel weight.

Tyler Reddick had to make a second trip down pit road for loose lug nuts.

Lap 95, Denny Hamlin leads the race with Ryan Blaney in second and Chase Elliott in third.

Kevin Harvick is having some issues with his car in traffic.

Lap 97, Ryan Blaney has caught up to leader Denny Hamlin and is challenging for the lead; Chase Elliott is in third over half a second back.

Lap 100, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, and Brad Keselowski.  There are 30 cars on the lead lap.


Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick battle for third with Kevin Harvick taking the spot.

Lap 108, Denny Hamlin leads the race with Ryan Blaney in second and Chase Elliott in third with 30 cars on the lead lap.

Kevin Harvick is reporting some handling issues in his car.

Lap 111, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over half a second on Ryan Blaney.

Chase Elliott’s radio issues are still unresolved.

Lap 115, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney battle for the lead but an encounter with a lapped car has given Hamlin the edge and he holds on to the lead.

Lap 123, Erik Jones is the first driver to come down pit road for his pit stop to begin the cycle of green flag pit stops.

The top five are Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, and Kurt Busch.

Coming into pit road, Kyle Busch reports a tight condition.

Lap 126, leader Denny Hamlin comes down pit road and gives the lead over to Brad Keselowski.

Chase Elliott is reporting that he can hear his crew chief but not the spotter.

Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch had a close call on pit road, but there was no damage to the cars.

Lap 131, Brad Keselowski has a three second lead on Kurt Busch; Martin Truex Jr, Clint Bowyer, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five as green flag pit stops continue.

Lap 132, Brad Keselowski comes down pit road giving the lead over to Kurt Busch.

Lap 132, Kurt Busch comes down pit road and gives the lead over to Matt DiBenedetto.

Some of the drivers had to make their pit stops sooner than planned due to tire wear.
Lap 141, Matt DiBenedetto continues to lead the race with Michael McDowell in second and Ryan Newman in third.  All three drivers have yet to make their pit stops.

Matt Kenseth brings out the caution flag on lap 144 when he slams into the wall.   Kenseth takes his smoking car down pit road.  This is the first caution flag of the race for an on track incident.  Erik Jones also gets into the wall and has some damage to his car.

Drivers come down pit road for service…including those who have recently made a pit stop.

The caution flag caught some of the drivers who have pitted a lap down. 

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 150 with Ryan Blaney alongside.  Hamlin edges out for the lead from the outside lane.  Drivers are getting three and four wide across the track.

With 10 laps to go in stage two the top five are, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, and Kevin Harvick.

With seven laps to go in stage two, Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney battle for second with Denny Hamlin in the lead.  Harvick takes second.

Five laps to go in stage two, Kevin Harvick looks to take the lead from Denny Hamlin.

There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Denny Hamlin wins stage two for his tenth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Alex Bowman
Chase Elliott
Brad Keselowski
Matt DiBenedetto
Martin Truex Jr
Kurt Busch
Clint Bowyer

Drivers come down pit road for service.  After taking only two tires, Joey Logano wins the race off of pit road.  Aric Almirola also took only two tires.

After staying out on the track, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 168.  Getting a push from Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch takes the lead but Joey Logano pushes through and takes the lead as drivers get four wide across the track.

Joey Logano leads the race with Kevin Harvick in second and Alex Bowman in third.

Lap 171, Kyle Busch takes third from Alex Bowman.

Kevin Harvick gets around Joey Logano for the lead.

Lap 173, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, and Brad Keselowski.

Lap 175, Brad Keselowski takes third from Kyle Busch with Kevin Harvick in the lead and Joey Logano in second.

Lap 180, Denny Hamlin brings his car down pit road with a flat tire after hitting the wall.  Hamlin is now one lap down.

Lap 184, Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly three seconds on Brad Keselowski.

Lap 188, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 192, there are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 193, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over four second on Brad Keselowski.

Kurt Busch reports that he is losing power.  He reports that the engine temperatures are normal.

Kurt Busch’s car is smoking badly with a blown engine and brings out the caution flag on lap 199.

The caution flag is just outside of the pit window for fuel to make it to the end of the race.

Drivers come down pit road for service with the crew chiefs telling the crews to pack the fuel cell and for the drivers to save fuel.  Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road with Kyle Busch coming out in second.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart with 62 laps remaining in the race.  Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch battle for the lead as the drivers gets three and four wide.  Kevin Harvick takes the lead with Ryan Blaney in second and Joey Logano in third.

Sixty to go, Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly a half second on Joey Logano with Ryan Blaney in third.

Brad Keselowski takes third from Ryan Blaney as the two battle for position.

Erik Jones brings his car down pit road for service.

With less than 60 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are getting aggressive; beating and banging for position.

Fifty to go, Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race with Joey Logano in second; Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Tyler Reddick brings his car down pit road after bringing out the caution flag with 47 laps remaining in the race.  Reddick gets into the wall and scrapes it all through the turn.

With 46 laps remaining in the race, how many of the drivers will come down pit road for fuel and tires?

Pit road is full of drivers getting service.  Joey Logano edges out Kevin Harvick to win the race off of pit road.

Denny Hamlin is back on the lead lap and has a full tank of fuel.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart with 42 laps to go.  Logano battle with Kevin Harvick for the lead but a push from Ryan Blaney helps to push Logano to the lead.

Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Preece get into the wall but the track stays green.

Forty to go, the top five are Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, and Chase Elliott.

Kevin Harvick continues to challenge Joey Logano for the lead but Logano continues to block Harvick.

With 33 laps remaining in the race, Brad Keselowski has caught up to leader Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick while the two drivers were battling for the lead.

Brad Keselowski challenges Kevin Harvick for second place.

Only 25 laps to go, Joey Logano continues to lead the race and block Kevin Harvick’s attempts at a pass for the lead; Brad Keselowski is in third.

Twenty to go, Joey Logano continues to lead the race and fend off Kevin Harvick.

Seventeen to go, the leaders encounter lapped traffic as Kevin Harvick continues to battle Joey Logano for the lead; Alex Bowman, Brad Keselowski, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Ten to go, Joey Logano has pulled out to a half second lead on Kevin Harvick.

Six to go, Kevin Harvick has pulled up to Joey Logano’s bumper and continues to challenge for the lead.  Alex Bowman closes in on Kevin Harvick.

Three to go, Joey Logano continues to hold off Kevin Harvick with Alex Bowman right behind them.

Joey Logano takes the white flag.

Joey Logano wins the race and clinches his spot in the final four for a chance at the championship!

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

Big Crash, Red Flags in Kansas for Xfinity Series.

The Xfinity Series kicks off the round of eight with the second race on a doubleheader Saturday with the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.

After racing in a torrential downpour last week, the drivers gear up for some night racing under the lights and cool temperatures.

Noah Gragson sits on the pole with Austin Cindric alongside on the front row.

Stages one and two 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 fuel load of 56 to 60 laps, the drivers cannot complete stage three without making a pit stop.

Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer gave a rousing command to start engines.  The Kansas native announced last week that he will be stepping away from the car next season to enter the broadcast booth.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on or around lap 20.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and edges out Austin Cindric for the lead.

Lap two, Noah Gragsn leads the race with Austin Cindric in second; Ross Chastain, Brandon Jones, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Austin Cindric and Ross Chastain battle for second but Cindric holds him off.  Brandon Jones makes it a three way battle.

Lap five, Noah Gragson has a lead of over half a second on Austin Cindric; Ross Chastain, Brandon Jones, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.  Stephen Leicht is one lap down.

After winning the Truck Series race, Brett Moffitt is driving in the Xfinity series race and is currently in 19th.

Justin Allgaier is reporting some issues with the handling of his car.

Lap nine, Noah Gragson leads the race with Austin Cindric in second; Ross Chastain,, Brandon Jones, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap eleven after Matt Mills gets sideways on the track in a single car incident.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 15 with Austin Cindric alongside on the outside.  Drivers immediately get four wide in a battle for the lead.  The caution flag come out for a crash on lap 15.  Leaders Austin Cindric and Noah Gragson were involved causing significant damage to the cars.

Ross Chastain is the leader.

NASCAR has moved the competition caution to lap 25.

Noah Gragson and Austin Cindric are on the crash clock.  Cindric is back on the track and making minimum  speed.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 20 and holds on to the lead.  Chase Briscoe battles Ross Chastain for the lead. 

Lap 21, Chase Briscoe takes the lead with Ross Chastain in second; Brandon Jones, Harrison Burton, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Noah Gragson’s team cannot get repairs completed in time and is out of the rce.

Lap 24, Chase Briscoe has a one second lead on Brandon Jones with Ross Chastain in third.

At the end of lap 25, NASCAR puts out the yellow flag for the competition caution.

The top five are Chase Briscoe, Brandon Jones, Harrison Burton, Ross Chastain, and Ryan Sieg.

Austin Cindric is back on pit road for more repairs.  After meeting the minimum speed, he is no longer on the crash clock and can make the necessary repairs.

The teams were given only four sets of tires for today’s race.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 30 and gets out in front for the lead with Harrison Burton in second.

Lap 31, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Brandon Jones, Harrison Burton, Ryan Sieg, and Ross Chastain.

Daniel Hemric gets into the wall but the track stays green.  Hemric takes his car to pit road with a possible flat tire.

Lap 35, Chase Briscoe has a one second lead on Brandon Jones; Harrison Burton, Ryan Sieg, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.  There are 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 41, Chase Briscoe continues ot lead the race with Brandon Jones in second; Harrison Burton, Ross Chastain, and Anthony Alfredo round out the top five with 29 cars on the lead lap.

Chase Briscoe wins stage one with a lead of over three seconds.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chase Briscoe
Brandon Jones
Harrison Burton
Anthony Alfredo
Ross Chastain
Riley Herbst
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Sieg
Brandon Brown
Justin Haley

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

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 52 and immediately make it a three wide battle for the lead.  Chase Briscoe gets out in front for the lead.

Jeffrey Earnhardt brings out the caution flag on lap 53 when he spins out after some contact from Joe Graf Jr.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart  with Ross Chastain alongside on lap 57.  Ross Chastain edges out for the lead but Briscoe comes from the outside to pass Chastain and take the lead.

Lap 58, the top five are Chse Briscoe, Ross Chastain, Brandon Jones, Anthony Alfredo, and Harrison Burton.

There are 30 cars on the lead lap with Noah Gragson out of the race.

Lap 60, Chase Briscoe has a lead of over a second on Brandon Jones; Anthony Alfredo, Ross Chastain, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Leader Chase Briscoe is reporting a vibration; his team reports that all of the lug nuts are tight.

Lap 64, Chase Briscoe now has a two second lead on Brandon Jones; Anthony Alfredo, Ross Chastain, and Harrison Burton round out the top five. 

Stephen Leicht is out of the race.

Lap 67, Chase Briscoe has a lead of over two seconds on Brandon Jones.  Justin Allgaier is still reporting a very loose condition in his car.

Lap 70, Chase Briscoe has increased his lead to nearly three seconds on Brandon Jones; Anthony Alfredo, Ross Chastain, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Ross Chastain reports a loose condition in his car; adding that when he hits the seams, it is even worse.

Lap 76, Chase Briscoe has a three second lead on Brandon Jones; Anthony Alfredo, Ross Chastain, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Harrison Burton has caught up to Ross Chastain and is battling for fourth.

Lap 79, Harrison Burton gets around Ross Chastain for fourth.

Lap 80, Chase Briscoe has a lead of over three seconds on Brandon Jones with 23 cars on the lead lap.

After battling on the track in the Truck Series, Brett Moffitt and Austin Hill continue their battle in the Xfinity Series.

Five to go in stage two, Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race with a lead of over three seconds on Brandon Jones.

Chase Briscoe wins stage two for the stage sweep.  Briscoe has swept the first stages in three of the last four races.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Chase Briscoe
Brandon Jones
Anthony Alfredo
Harrison Burton
Harrison Burton
Ross Chastain
Riley Herbst
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Sieg
Brett Moffitt
Austin Hill

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service with Chase Briscoe winning the race off of pit road once again.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 97 and gets a challenge for the lead from Brandon Jones.  Briscoe and Jones battle for the lead with Briscoe getting out in front for the lead.

Lap 98, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Brandon Jones, Anthony Alfredo, Riley Herbst, and Harrison Burton.

Lap 100, Brandon Jones is staying close to leader Chase Briscoe’s bumper; Anthony Alfredo, Riley Herbst, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Lap 102, there are 20 cars on the lead lap.

Riley Herbst challenges Anthony Alfredo for third.

After his crash on lap five, Austin Cindric is 22 laps down in 32nd place.

Lap 107, Chase Briscoe has a lead of under half a second on Brandon Jones; Anthony Alfredo, Riley Herbst, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Lap 111, Chase Briscoe is dominating the race, leading 90 of the laps run so far.

Lap 112, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Brandon Jones, Anthony Alfredo, Riley Herbst, and Harrison Burton with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 115, Chase Briscoe has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Brandon Jones.

Ross Chastain’s handling issues continue and he is dropping in the field; he is currently in seventh place.

Lap 118, Chase Briscoe has a one second on Brandon Jones; Anthony Alfredo, Riley Herbst, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Despite being many laps down, Austin Cindric is three points above the cut line as Ross Chastain’s handling issues continue.  Out of the race, Noah Gragson is in eight place 30 points below the cut line.

After being two laps down Daniel Hemric is back on the lead lap in eleventh place.

Lap 124, Chase Briscoe has a one second lead on Brandon Jones; Anthony Alfredo is in third nearly four seconds back; Riley Herbst and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap 132, Chase Briscoe has pulled out to a lead of two seconds on Brandon Jones; Anthony Alfredo, Riley Herbst, and Harrison Burton round out the top five with just 15 cars on the lead lap.  Briscoe has led 111 laps so far.

Chase Briscoe reports that he is a little too free to hustle the car; Briscoe has a 1.8 second lead on Brandon Jones.

Lap 135, Myatt Snider is the last car on the lead lap in 14th place.

Myatt Snider and Harrison Burton race on the track while their fathers Marty Snider and Jeff Burton are a part of the broadcast team.  New dad Dale Earnhardt Jr is absent tonight after the birth of his daughter last Monday.  Nicole Lorraine is Jr and wife Amy’s second child; the couple have a two year old daughter Isla Rose.

Lap 140, Chase Briscoe has pulled out to a lead of nearly three seconds on Brandon Jones; Anthony Alfredo, Riley Herbst, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap 143, Daniel Hemric begins the cycle of green flag pit stops.  Ross Chastain’s team made a three round change to try and tighten up the car.

Harrison Burton is also reporting a loose issue.

Justin Allgaier continues to struggle with a loose issue.

Leader make their pit stop giving the lead over to Anthony Alfredo.

Anthony Alfredo makes his pit stop giving the lead over to Ryan Sieg,

Fifty to go, Ryan Sieg is in the lead but has yet to make his pit stop.

After a slow pit stop, Chase Briscoe’s near three second lead has dropped to just a second on Brandon Jones.

The caution flag comes out on lap 156 when Josh Reaume gets slideways and gets into the grass.

There are only 13 cars on the lead lap.

Ryan Sieg has yet to make his pit stop and must come down pit road, but how many other drivers will join him???  A few of the drivers come down for fresh tires.

Joe Graf Jr brings his car down pit road with a heavily smoking car with a possible oil line issue.  He gets stopped on pit road.

Chase Briscoe retakes the lead and brings the field down for the green flag restart with 37 laps remaining in the race.  Briscoe and Brandon Jones battle for the lead  with Briscoe taking the lead.

The Cup Series haulers have arrived at the track and will begin preparing for Sunday’s race.

With 35 laps remaining in the race Chase Briscoe has a half second lead on Brandon Jones; Riley Herbst, Anthony Alfredo and Ross Chastain round out the top five.  There are just 14 cars on the lead lap.

Harrison Burton spins out and just misses the wall bringing out the eighth caution flag of the race with 32 laps to go.  Burton appears to have a flat tire and has damage to the left side of his car.  Anthony Alfred and Ross Chastain make contact on the track and Burton spins out trying to avoid them.

Drivers come down pit road for that final set of sticker tires.  Harrison Burton wins the race off of pit road with Chase Briscoe coming out in second.

After staying out on the track, Ray Sieg brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 28 laps remaining in the race.  Chase Briscoe restarts the race in seventh place. 

Drivers get four wide going into turn one and crash with Antony Alfredo on his roof.  Riley Herbst, Justin Allgaier, and Brandon Brown were also involved.  Alfredo slid down the track on the driver’s side before turning onto the roof of his car.

NASCAR puts out the red flag to ensure Alfredo is safe and to get the track cleaned up. There are several emergency vehicles surrounding Alfredo’s car. Alfredo is talking with his crew chief; as well as, the track workers. The car is back on its wheels and Alfredo climbs out of the car and walks to the ambulance!!!

The drivers are moving again and under caution.

Brandon Jones and Ross Chastain are on pit road for damage repairs.

Ryan Sieg brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with 23 laps remaining in the race. Chase Briscoe is in eighth place.

Drivers get three and four wide going into turn one with Ryan Sieg in the lead.

Anthony Alfredo has been checked and released from the infield care center!

The top five are Ryan Sieg, Chase Briscoe, Brett Moffitt, Justin Haley, and Austin Hill.

With 22 laps remaining in the race, Chase Briscoe takes the lead.

Eighteen to go, Chase Briscoe leads the race with Ryan Sieg in second; Brett Moffitt, Justin Haley, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Fifteen to go, Chase Briscoe has a two second lead on Ryan Sieg; Brett Moffitt, Justin Haley and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Brett Moffitt challenges Ryan Sieg for second.

There are only 13 cars on the lead lap.

Thirteen to go, Chase Briscoe has a three second lead on Ryan Sieg.

Anthony Alfredo thanked the emergency workers for their quick response. Upon seeing the replay he said wow. Alfredo said that he is fine. He added that he wished he could have flipped back and kept going; adding that he wishes he could get back out on the track.

The tenth caution flag comes out with just nine laps to go when Myatt Snider spins out with a flat tire.

Ryan Sieg comes down pit road for his final set of fresh tires. A few other drivers come down pit road for service and adjustments.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with just four laps remaining in the race with Justin Haley alongside on the front row. Drivers get four wide, with Chase Briscoe taking the lead after a push from Daniel Hemric.

The top five are Chase Briscoe, Daniel Hemric, Justin Haley, Ryan Sieg, and Austin Hill.

Two to go, Chase Briscoe has a one second lead on Daniel Hemric.

Chase Briscoe takes the white flag with a lead of over a second.

Chase Briscoe gets his ninth win of the season in dominating fashion to become the first driver in the championship four.

Nine wins in 30 races is a record for any driver not in the Cup Series. Briscoe also becomes Ford’s winningest driver, taking the spot from Carl Edwards.

The unofficial results of the Kansas Lotter 300:
Chase Briscoe
Daniel Hemric
Ryan Sieg
Justin Haley
Austin Hill
Josh Williams
Brett Moffitt
Michael Annett
Brandon Jones
Justin Allgaier
Harrison Burton
Ross Chastain
Brandon Brown
Tommy Joe Martins
Jeremy Clements
Dexter Bean
BJ McLeod
Bayley Currey
Jesse Little
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Myatt Snider
Timmy Hill
Alex Labbe
David Starr
Matt Mills
Kody Vanderwal
Jesse Iwuji
Austin Cindric
Anthony Alfredo
Riley Herbst
Vinnie Miller
Joe Graf Jr
Josh Reaume
Ryan Vargas
Stephen Leicht
Noah Gragson

First Win to the Playoffs in Truck Series

Only four races remain in the 2020 NASCAR season.  After a scramble to recover the season after a national lockdown of large gatherings, it has come down to the last four races in the final round of the playoffs before the championship race in the desert at Phoenix Raceway.

The Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series kicks off a triple header weekend and a double header day with the Clean Harbors 200 at Kansas Speedway.

Non playoff driver Chandler Smith sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Ben Rhodes alongside on the front row.

Making her Gander Truck Series debut in today’s race is 19 year old Hailie Deegan.  She will start the race at the back of the field in 34th place.

World of Outlaws racer David Gravel returns for his second Truck Series start.  He will start in 25th place.

Stages one and two of the race are 30 laps each with stage three lasting 74 laps for a total of 134 laps around the mile and a half track.  The drivers cannot complete stage three without making a pit stop.

Chandler Smith brings the field down for the green flag start from the outside lane, the drivers quickly get three and four wide across the track.  Sheldon Creed and Ben Rhodes battle it out for the lead of the race with Creed edging out for the top spot.

Lap two, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Grant Enfinger, Ben Rhodes, Chandler Smith, and Matt Crafton.

Lap three, Sheldon Creed has a lead of nearly a second on Chandler Smith with Matt Crafton in third, Grant Enfinger and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Lap six, all eight playoff drivers are in the top 10.

Hailie Deegan has moved up to 26th place.  While the team is looking to finish the lap, Deegan is hoping for a top 15 finish.

Lap eight, Sheldon Creed continues to lead the race with Chandler Smith in second; Matt Crafton, Grant Enfinger, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Ben Rhodes reports a very loose condition; adding that he started the race with radio issues; which has since been resolved.

Lap 12, Sheldon Creed has a lead of over half a second on Chandler Smith with Matt Crafton in third; Grant Enfinger and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Lap 17 Sheldon Creed has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Chandler Smith; Matt Crafton, Zane Smith and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.  Austin Hill takes fifth form Enfinger.

The drivers are facing a 30 mile an hour wind going into turn three.

Austin Hill in fifth place is running some of the fastest laps in the race.

Lap 21, David Gravel has moved up only two spots to 23rd, but Hailie Deegan has moved up to 25th place – the last truck on the lead lap – after starting the race in 34th.

Lap 22, Sheldon Creed has a one second lead on Chandler Smith; Austin Hill is now in third with Zane Smith and Matt Crafton rounding out the top five.

There are 25 trucks on the lead lap.

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

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Sheldon Creed
Chandler Smith
Austin Hill
Zane Smith
Matt Crafton
Christian Eckes
Grant Enfinger
Johnny Sauter
Brett Moffitt
Todd Gilliland

Hailie Deegan is the “lucky dog” and is back on the lead lap in 25th.

Drivers come down pit road for service and fresh tires.  The teams get four sets of tires for today’s race.  Austin Hill wins the race off of pit road.  Ben Rhodes has an extended pit stop while the crew tries to make adjustments to his truck.

Jordan Anderson remains on pit road while the crew tries to address whatever issues are plaguing the truck.

Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 38 with Zane Smith alongside.  Hill takes the lead while the drivers get three wide across the track.

The caution flag come out on lap 38 for a wreck involving Tyler Ankrum, David Gravel, Parker Kligerman, Tanner Gray, and Raphael Lessard were all involved.  Tyler Ankrum had  a flaming truck.  He came into the race in eighth place in the playoffs.

With debris all over the track, NASCAR has stopped the trucks on the track and displayed the red flag in order to get the track cleaned up and cleared off.

David Gravel said that his involvement in the crash was due to his inexperience.

Ben Rhodes has been penalized two laps after he had too many men over the wall working on making repairs to his truck.

The drivers are again moving…
Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 46 with the drivers quickly getting three and four wide.

Austin Hill gets out in front for the lead with Zane Smith in second; Sheldon Creed, Grant Enfinger, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

Lap 47, Zane Smith gets around Austin Hill for the lead.  Hill and Sheldon Creed battle for second.

Lap 48, Zane Smith leads the race.  Sheldon Creed passes Smith to retake the lead but Smith takes back the top spot with Austin Hill in second; Sheldon Creed, Grant Enfinger, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

With battle all through the field, Zane Smith, Austin Hill, and Sheldon Creed battling for the lead.

Nine laps remain in stage two with Zane Smith leading the way; Sheldon Creed, Austin Hill, Christian Eckes, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

Sheldon Creed takes the lead with just a few laps remaining in stage two; Zane Smith, Chandler Smith, Austin Hill, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Sheldon Creed wins stage two for the stage sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Sheldon Creed
Zane Smith
Chandler Smith
Christian Eckes
Austin Hill
Matt Crafton
Todd Gilliland
Johnny Sauter
Brett Moffitt
Trevor Bayne

Drivers come down pit road for service with Sheldon Creed winning the race off of pit road. 

After an on track incident, Austin Hill had to make an additional trip down pit road for repairs after a smoking truck.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 68 and gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Sheldon Creed, Brett Moffitt, Christian Eckes, Zane Smith, and Matt Crafton.

Lap 70, Sheldon Creed continues to lead the race with Zane Smith in second; Matt Crafton, Brett Moffitt, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.  Hailie Deegan is in 14th place.

Raphael Lessard, Tyler Ankrum, David Gravel, and Tanner Gray are out of the race.

Lap 74, Sheldon Creed has a lead of nearly a second on Zane Smith; Matt Crafton, Brett Moffitt, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Lap 77, there are 22 trucks on the lead lap with Sheldon Creed leading the way by less than half a second on Zane Smith.

Lap 80, Zane Smith has caught up to leader Sheldon Creed and is beginning to challenge for the spot.

Lap 82, Zane Smith takes the lead from Sheldon Creed; Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Lap 84, Brett Moffitt gets around Sheldon Creed for second.

Johnny Sauter is reporting a very loose condition.

Lap 86, Zane Smith ahs a lead of over a second on Brett Moffitt; Sheldon Creed, Grant Enfinger, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Lap 93, Zane Smith has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Brett Moffitt; Grant Enfinger, Sheldon Creed and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

With 18 trucks on the lead lap, Zane Smith has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Brett Moffitt with 37 laps remaining in the race.

Lap 100, Zane Smith now has a near two second lead on Brett Moffitt; Grant Enfinger, Chandler Smith and Matt Crafton round out the top five.  Sheldon Creed has fallen to eighth place.

Lap 101, Sheldon Creed is the first driver to come down pit road for his green flag pit stop.

More drivers begin to make their green flag pit stops including fifth place driver Matt Crafton.

Lap 104, leader Zane Smith makes his green flag pit stop; handing the lead over the Grant Enfinger.

Grant Enfinger makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over the Chandler Smith.

Chandler Smith makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Christian Eckes.

With 23 laps remaining in the race, the top seven drivers have yet to make their pit stops.

Christian Eckes makes his green flag pit stop, giving the lead over to Johnny Sauter.  Eckes took only two tires on his pit stop.

Johnny Sauter comes down pit road; todd Gilliland is the new leader but still has to make his pit stop.

Johnny Sauter was caught speeding on pit road. 

Leader Todd Gilliland and Hailie Deegan are the only drivers yet to make their pit stops.

The final two drivers make their pit stops.  Brett Moffitt is the new leader with Zane Smith in second; Grant Enfinger, Sheldon Creed, and Christian Eckes round out the top five with 17 laps remaining in the race.

Ten to go, Zane Smith leads the race with Brett Moffitt in second; Grant Enfinger, Sheldon Creed, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

There are only eleven trucks on the  lead lap.  Norm Benning and Tim Viens are off the track.

Five to go, Zane Smith has a narrow lead on Brett Moffitt; Grant Enfinger, Sheldon Creed, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Four to go, Zane Smith and Brett Moffitt battle for the lead with the two drivers swapping back and forth.  Zane Smith brings out the caution flag with three laps to go when he spins out after making contact with Brett Moffitt.  Smith has to being his truck down pit road with a flat tire.

While the teams have used all of their sticker tires, a few of the drivers bring their trucks down pit road to get some scuffs for a fresher set of tires.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag overtime start from the inside lane with Grant Enfinger alongside on the outside lane.  Brett Moffitt gets out in front for the lead with Sheldon Creed in second. 

Brett Moffitt takes the white flag.

Brett Moffitt wins the race with Sheldon Creed in second.

After not winning a race all season, Brett Moffitt becomes the first driver to win his way into the final four and a chance for the championship.

Hailie Deegan just missed her goal of a top 15 finish by finishing the race in 16th, one lap down; but she did complete the race without a major incident.

The unofficial results of the Clean Harbors 200:
Brett Moffitt
Sheldon Creed
Austin Hill
Grant Enfinger
Chandler Smith
Christian Eckes
Timothy Peters
Matt Crafton
Derek Kraus
Trevor Bayne
Zane Smith
Ryan Truex
Todd Gilliland
Tyler Hill
Parker Kligerman
Hailie DeeganTate Fogleman
Johnny Sauter
Austin Wayne Self
Ben Rhodes
Danny Bohn
Spencer Boyd
Dawson Cram
Colin Garrett
Clay Green field
Ray Ciccarelli
Josh Reaume
Josh Bilicki
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Jordan Anderson
Norm Benning
Tim Viens
Raphael Lessard
Tyler Ankrum
David Gravel
Tanner Gray






Alice in Chains Gets a ‘Facelift’

The hard rocking band Alice in Chains is celebrating 30 years of their debut album “Facelift”.  To mark the event the band is releasing an anniversary package of the album in a variety of formats.

While the album never made it into the top 20 of the Billboard 200 Album Chart, it did go on to be certified double platinum for selling two million copies.  The single “Man in the Box” earned the Seattle rockers a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance with a Vocal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAqZb52sgpU

The two vinyl edition is set for a November 13 release; but the Deluxe box set will not be released until the end of January.

The Deluxe package will include an acrylic box with gel transparencies, the album on two picture disc vinyl albums, a cassette, a hard cover photo book, a two sided poster, a slipmat, stickers, a tour laminate, and art prints.

On December 1, the Museum of Pop Culture will honour the rockers with the Founders Award for their musical contributions over the past 30 plus years.

The fundraising event will feature a performance by the rockers themselves; as well as, tribute performances by other musicians.

Museum of Pop Culture Executive Director Alexis Lee spoke on the event saying, “the influence of Alice in Chains is woven into the fabric of Seattle music history and we’re thrilled to honour them with this year’s Founders Award.  While circumstance has moved our annual fundraiser online, we’re excited that people around the world will be able to be a part of our creative community and experience the band and an amazing line-up of tribute artists.” 

Like many business and cultural facilities were closed for several months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the non-profit entity is looking to continue preserve the Pop Culture in Seattle.

Alice in Chains will join previous Founders Award winners Brandi Carlile, John Fogerty, The Doors, Joe Walsh, and Jimmy Page.

For more information or to make a donation, go to mopop.org.

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Tony Award Noms Announced

Broadway has been shuttered since mid-March and the annual Tony Award ceremonies in June have been postponed until November.

When Broadway closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there were over a dozen productions that were unable to open.  Currently, Broadway is not scheduled to reopen until next summer.

On October 15, the Broadway Theatre League presented the annual Tony Award nominations for the shortened season.  The Alanis Morissette musical “Jagged Little Pill” – named after her 1995 album – tops the list of nominees with 15.

Adapted from the hit movie, “Moulin Rouge” has earned 14 nominations.  “Slave Play”, “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”, The Inheritance”, “A Soldier’s Play”, “The Sound Inside”, “A Christmas Carol”, “Betrayal”, and “Sea Wal/A Life” also garnered multiple nominations.


Normally there are nearly three dozen productions eligible for award nominations, but with the shortened season only 18 plays and musical were deemed eligible – 10 new plays, four revival plays, and four musicals; as a result, the list of nominees is also much shorter with only three Best Musical and five Best Play nominees.  Many of the categories have fewer nominees.  The category for Best Musical was eliminated this year due to no eligible musicals.  The Best Score category has five Play nominees with no musicals eligible.

The 74th annual Tony Award ceremonies will be held as a digital event later this year.

The 2020 Tony Award nominees are:
Best Paly:
“Grand Horizons”
“The Inheritance”
“Sea Wall/A Life”
“Slave Play”
“The Sound Inside”

Best Revival of a Play:
“Betrayal”
“Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune”
“A Soldier’s Play”

Best Musical:
“Jagged Little Pill”
“Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
“Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play:
Joaquina Kalukango in “Slave Play”
Laura Linney in “My Name is Lucy Barton”
Audra McDonald in “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune”
Mary-Louise Parker in “The Sound Inside”

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play:
Ian Barford in “Linda Vista”
Andrew Burnap in “The Inheritance”
Jake Gyllenhaal in “Sea Wall/A Life”
Tom Hiddleston in “Betrayal”
Tom Sturridge” in “Sea Wall/A Life”
Blair Underwood in “A Soldier’s Play”

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical:
Karen Olivo in “Moulin Rouge!”
Elizabeth Stanley in “Jagged Little Pill”
Adrienne Warren in “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical:
Aaron Tveit in “Moulin Rouge”

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play:
Ato Blankson-Wood in “Slave Play”
James Cusati-Moyer in “Slave Play”
David Alan Grier in “A Soldier’s Play”
John Benjamin Hickey in “The Inheritance”
Paul Hilton in “The Inheritance”

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play:
Jane Alexander in “Grand Horizons”
Chalia La Tour in “Slave Play”
Annie McNamara in “Slave Play”
Lois Smith in “The Inheritance”
Cora Vander Broek in “Linda Vista”

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical:
Danny Burstein in “Moulin Rouge!”
Derek Klena in “Jagged Little Pill”
Sean Allan Krill in “Jagged Little Pill”
Sahr Ngaujah in “Moulin Rouge!”
Daniel J. Watts in “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical:
Kathryn Gallagher in “Jagged Little Pill”
Celia Rose Gooding in “Jagged Little Pill”
Robyn Hurder in “Moulin Rouge!”
Lauren Patten in “Jagged Little Pill”
Myra Lucretia Taylor in “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Book of a Musical:
“Jagged Little Pill”
“Moulin Rouge!”
“Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Original Score written for the Theatre:
“A Christmas Carol”
“The Inheritance”
“The Rose Tattoo”
“Slave Play”
“The Sound Inside”

Best Direction of a Play:
David Cromer for “The Sound Inside”
Stephen Daldry for “The Inheritance”
Kenny Leon for “A Soldier’s Play”
Jamie Lloyd for “Betrayal”
Robert O’Hara for “Slave Play”

Best Direction of a Musical:
Phyllida Lloyd for “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”
Diane Paulus for “Jagged Little Pill”
Alex Timbers for “Moulin Rouge!”

Best Choreography:
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for “Jagged Little Pill”
Sonya Tayeh for “Moulin Rouge”
Anthony van Laast for “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Orchestrations:
Tom Kitt for “Jagged Little Pill”
Katie Kresek, Charlie Rosen, Matt Stine, and Jusitn Levine for “Moulin Rouge!”
Ethan Popp for “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Scenic Design of a Play:
Bob Crowley for “The Inheritance”
Soutra Gilmour for “Betrayal”
Rob Howell for “A Christmas Carol”
Derek McLane for “A Soldier’s Play”
Clint Ramos for “Slave Play”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical:
Riccardo Hernandez and Lucy Mackinnon for “Jagged Little Pill”
Derek McLane for “Moulin Rouge!”
Mark Thompson and Jeff Sugg for “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Costume Design of a Play:
Dede Ayite for “Slave Play”
Dede Ayite for “A Soldier’s Play”
Bob Crowley for “The Inheritance”
Rob Howell for “A Christmas Carol”
Clint Ramos for “The Rose Tattoo”

Best Costume Design of a Musical:
Emily Rebholz for “Jagged Little Pill”
Mark Thompson for “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”
Catherine Zuber for “Moulin Rouge!”

Best Lighting Design of a Play:
Jiyoun Chang for “Slave Play”
Jon Clark for “The Inheritance”
Heather Gilbert for “The Sound Inside”
Allen Lee Hughes for “A Soldier’s Play”
Hugh Vanstone for “A Christmas Carol”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical:
Justin Townsend for “Jagged Little Pill”
Justin Townsend for “Moulin Rouge!”
Bruno Poet for “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Sound Design of a Play:
Paul Arditti and Christopher Reid for “The Inheritance”
Simon Baker for “A Christmas Carol”
Lindsay Jones for “Slave Play”
Daniel Kluger for “Sea Wall/ A Life”
Daniel Kluger for “The Sound Inside”

Best Sound Design of a Musical:
Jonathan Deans for “Jagged Little Pill”
Peter Hylenski for “Moulin Rouge!”
Nevin Steinberg for “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

No Pro Bowl for 2021

Since taking the annual Pro Bowl game out of Hawaii, the NFL has chosen different locations for the game.  The 2021 game is scheduled for the new home of the Las Vegas Raiders on January 31.

But with the continued uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, the NFL has added the Pro Bowl game to the list of cancelled events; along with the Hall of Fame game and Hall of Fame induction ceremonies that were cancelled in August.

In a statement released by the NFL, the league said, “the league will work closely with the NFLPA – NFL Players Association – and other partners, to create a variety of engaging activities to replace the Pro Bowl game this season.”

Despite numerous precautions, the NFL has had numerous players, coaches, and staff testing positive for the virus; causing postponement of games.  In a virtual meeting by team owners, the NFL is opting for some virtual events in lieu of the All Star game to make room for any possibility of needing to schedule postponed games in January.

However, the NFL intends to hold the fan vote beginning November 17 with the rosters being released some time in December.  Players and coaches also get a vote with each entity counting one third toweard the total vote.

Since being rescheduled to the week before the Super Bowl instead of the week after, many of the best players no longer participate in the game for fear of injury in the week before appearing in the championship game.

The owners also voted to award the 2022 Pro Bowl game to Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

 After the 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas was cancelled and rescheduled as a virtual event, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the 2021 NFL Draft will be held in Las Vegas.

Post Malone Big Winner at 2020 Billboard Music Awards

The Covid-19 has caused numerous award shows and gala events to be put on hold, but the Bilboard Music Awards is live and ready to pay tribute to the best in record sales, digital downloads, and radio airplay over the past year.

Kelly Clarkson returns to host the awards and opens the show with “Higher Love” with a little help from her friends including Sheila E on drums and Pentatonix.  There is no live audience at the Dolby Theatre for the awards presentation.

Clarkson notes that music moves us and unites us in a celebration of all styles of music.

Nicole Richie presents the first award of the night for Top Billboard 200 Album to Billie Eilish for “When We All Fall Alseep, Where do We Go?”.

Sia makes one of her rare television appearances to perform “Courage to Change”.

Kane Brown joins up with Swae Lee and Khalid for a performance.

Julia Michaels presented the award for Hot 100 Song to Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus for “Old Town Road”.

Alicia Keys takes the stage for a performance of “Love Looks Better”.

The award for Top Female Artist goes to Billie Eilish.  Eilish thanked all the women who have come before her.

Jane Lynch presents the award for Top Country Artist to Luke Combs who performs “Better Together” live on the stage before accepting the award.

Sixteen time Billboard Music Award nominee Post Malone performs from “a top secret location” somewhere in Los Angeles.  He is joined by Tyla Yahweh.

Sheila E. presents the award for Top Song Sales Artist to Lizzo.  She came out on stage wearing a dress saying “vote”.  She told everyone to be true to who you are; adding that there is power in who you are.  She said to refuse to be suppressed.

Brandy takes the stage with Ty Dolla $ign for a performance.

John Legend takes the stage for an emotional performance of “Never Break”.  He dedicates the song to his wife Chrissie.  The couple recently lost the baby that Chrissie was carrying.

In Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms presents the inaugural Billboard Change Maker Award to rap artists Killer Mike; a solo artist and one half of Run the Jewels.  The father and husband thanks his wife for standing by his side; saying that it is their award.  He tells young artists matter and are needed more than ever.  He said that he is a product of Atlanta.

Dancer Twitch presents the award for Top Latin Artist to Bad Bunny who performs live on the stage before accepting the award.  Bad Bunny gave his acceptance speech in English and Spanish…mostly Spanish.

The award for Top Male Artist went to Post Malone.  Back from his “secret location” Malone accepted the award on the Dolby Theatre stage.  Noting how strange it was not to have fans in the audience, Malone said that he wanted to focus on spreading love.

Doja Cat makes her debut appearance on the Billboard Music Awards stage for a performance.

Music Icon Cher presents the Billboard Icon Award to Country music legend Garth Brooks.  The Icon Award is presented to an artist who has had excellence on the stage and in the studio; a musical legend in their own time.  Brooks is a nine time Diamond Award winner for selling at least 10 million copies in the U.S. of an album.  Brooks gives a performance of a medley of some of his biggest hits.  Brooks said that getting an award that Cher also earned made him feel “cool”.

The award for To R&B Artist went to Khalid.  He also reminded his fans that their voices matters.

Saint Jhn wins this year’s award for Breakout Artist.

In a tribute to Eddie Van Halen, Billboard replayed the performance from five years ago where son Wolfgang joined Van Halen on the stage.

Tik Tok creator Addison Rae presented the fan voted Chart Achievement Award to Harry Styles.  Due to travel restrictions, Styles was not able to be at the awards ceremony.

The fan voted Top Social Artist went to BTS who accepted the award from their home in South Korea.

Demi Lovato gives a world premiere performance.

In a live performance form South Korea, BTS gave a performance of the hit “Dynamite”.

The award for Top Christian Artist went to Lauren Daigle. 

Taraji P. Henson presents the biggest award of the night for Top Artist to Post Malone.  Malone said that he was blown away.  Malone won a total of nine awards for the night.

In the throwback performance, the female trio En Vogue performs “Free Your Mind”.

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Drenching Rains and Overtime Mark Historic Roval Race

NASCAR travels to the Charlotte Motor Speedway for a little road racing in the final race of the second round of the playoffs.  The Xfinity Series takes on the Roval with the Drive for a Cure 250.

Unlike the oval courses, NASCAR will race in the rain, and according to forecasts rain is on the way.   Racing in the rain requires a special rain tire, a windshield wiper, a rear running light, and the option of a defogger inside of the car.

Noah Gragson sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Justin Haley alongside on the front row.

Birthday boy Harrison Burton can no longer be called a teenager as he turns 20 years old.  Newly promoted Lt. Commander Jesse Iwuji said that Bruton’s birthday wish is to transfer into the next round of the playoffs.  Burton currently is in ninth place, seven points below the cut line.

Stages one and tow of the race are only 20 laps each with stage three lasting 27 laps for a total of 67 laps around the course that incorporates both the road course and parts of the oval track; similar to the course at Daytona.

The Roval is one of the most difficult tracks to run on the NASCAR circuit with many spots filled with the risk of wrecks.  And if they must run in the rain, the course can get treacherous.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag from the inside lane and gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Daniel Hemric Brandon Jones, and Ross Chastain.

Moving through the field quickly, Austin Cindric has already moved up to fifth place.

Lap two, Noah Gragson leads the race with Daniel Hemric in second and Ross Chastain in third; Justin Haley and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap three for Brett Moffitt who wrecks saying that something broke in the rear.  Moffitt reports that he could feel something wasn’t right from the start of the race.  Brett Moffitt is in the garage with a possible broken trackbar.

The rain heading toward the track are rements of Hurricane Delta.

The rain drops have begun at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Teams must now decide whether or not to come down pit road to put on rain tires.  The teams have two sets of rain tires in the pits.

The caution flag for the Brett Moffitt crash is now the caution flag for weather.

The field comes down pit road for service including a tire change to rain tires. 

With rain coming down, Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap seven.  The drivers get three wide on the restart with Justin Haley taking the lead.

Noah Gragson is in the lead with Ross Chastain in second and Justin Haley in third; Chase Briscoe and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Having moved up 17 spots already, AJ Allmendinger loves racing in the rain.

Lap nine, Noah Gragson continues to lead the race with Justin Haley in second and Ross Chastain in third; Chase Briscoe and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

The windshield wiper on Justin Haley’s car is not working properly.

Lap 10, all cars are on the lead lap except Brett Moffitt who is out of the race after his lap three crash.

Lap eleven, Noah Gragson continues to lead the race with Justin Haley in second and Ross Chastain in third.

Gragson has a lead of nearly two seconds on Justin Haley; Ross Chastain, AJ Allmendinger, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

With the rain really coming down, Noah Gragson has pulled out to a lead of nearly two and a half seconds on Justin Haley.  Third place driver Ross Chastain is also having windshield wiper issues.  Harrison Burton and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Kyle Weatherman gets into the wall but gets back on the asphalt and the track stays green.  Chase Briscoe also had an issue. 

Drivers are spinning out all over the track including Noah Gragson and Ross Chastain.

Justin Haley leads the race with Harrison Burton in second, with Alex Labbe in third.

NBC Sports broadcaster Dale Earnhardt Jr noted that it wasn’t raining…it was pouring!

Lap 14, NASCAR finally puts out the caution flag after multiple cars get into the wall and barriers. Tommy Joe Martins, Austin Hill, and Matt Mills are all stopped against the wall.

The drivers are hydroplaning after a great deal of water has fallen in a short period of time.

NASCAR is monitoring the situation and will determine whether it is too dangerous to continue racing.  There is enough water on the track that the splitters are causing a wake.

Drivers are on pit road for service, many are getting windshield wiper repairs.

Lap 17, continuing to run under the caution, Justin Haley leads the race with Harrison Burton in second; Alex Labbe, Kaz Grala, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap time are 17 seconds slower in the rain than on a dry track.

Kaz Grala is reporting some power steering issues.

Justin Haley’s crew chief reports that the current rain conditions will remain for around another 20 minutes, but will get heavy after that.  Haley remarks that he thought it was already heavy.

Justin Haley brings the field down for the green flag restart with just two laps remaining in stage one.  Justin Haley leads the race with Harrison Burton in second and Noah Gragson in third.

Drivers are three wide across the track, with Noah Gragson taking the lead; Harrison Burton is in second and Justin Haley in third.

Harrison Burton has issues in the chicane and had to come to a stop, causing him to lose a lot of spots.

Kaz Grala takes the lead with Noah Gragson in second and Justin Haley in third.

Lap 19, with the drivers slipping and sliding all over the track, Noah Gragson leads the race with Kaz Grala in second.

Kaz Grala passes Noah Gragson for the lead.

Kaz Grala wins stage one for his first ever stage win in the Xfinity Series.

Harrison Burton missed the chicane twice.  Any driver who misses a chicane must come to a complete stop.  Burton made the stop on his first miss but did not come to a complete stop on his second attempt and will have to serve a penalty by restarting the race from the back of the field.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kaz Grala
Noah Gragson
Alex Labbe
Justin Haley
Justin Allgaier
Ross Chastain
Daniel Hemric
Josh Williams
Preston Purdy
Brandon Brown

Pit reporter Jesse Iwuji notes that the pit crews have a number of issues of their own including some very slick walls with the pink Breast Cancer Awareness walls and attempting to clear some of the water out of the pits with a giant push broom.

The painted areas on the track are also very slick and causing some issues for the drivers who are used to cutting the corners on the curves.

Noah Gragson’s team was having some issues with the radio, but has apparently fixed the issue.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two and gets out in front for the lead with Brandon Brown in second and Kaz Grala in third.

With the cars bunched up on the restart, visibility and hydroplaning is even worse.

Lap 24, Brandon Brown makes a pass for the lead on Noah Gragson but misses the curve; Noah Gragson and Kaz Grala also miss the corner.  Noah Gragson holds on to the lead.

AJ Allmendinger gets slowed down on the track but the track stays green.

Visibility is near zero.

While the teams may not like the conditions; the fans are getting entertained.  The NBC broadcast crew is having a blast watching the race including retired drivers Jeff Burtn and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Lap 26, Noah Gragson is in the lead with Riley Herbst in second; Josh Williams is in third.

Cody Ware gets loose and bumps the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 27, Riley Herbst challenges Noah Gragson for the lead and spins Gragson out.  Riley Herbst is the new leader.  The fourth caution flag of the race comes out on lap 27.

During the caution flag, NASCAR has the trucks out trying to blow some of the water off of the track.

Noah Gragson is on pit road getting repairs.  Kaz Grala is also on pit road with some bent fenders.

Lap 28, NASCAR brings the field down pit road and puts out the red flag in order to give the jet dryers and air titans a chance to get some of the water off of the track. 

There’s a boat sitting in the grandstands!

 Many of the drivers are staying in their covered cars during the rad flag condition since it is cool and dry.

After a red flag condition of over 30 minutes, the drivers begin making their way to their cars.

Twelve generation watermelon farmer Ross Chastain noted that flooding rains are not good for the family’s watermelon crops.

Ryan Sieg noted that the drivers cannot even see the cars in front of them because the rain is so heavy.

The defogging systems inside the cars are not working as efficiently as the teams had hoped in the heavy rain.

Forty minutes after NASCAR put out the red flag, the engines have fired back up.

With over half of the race remaining, there is some question as to whether or not the drivers can complete the race due to darkness.  While there are lights on the oval, the infield portion of the Roval is not lit.  IMSA has brought some temporary lights for their race, but they are not bright enough for the stock cars to run.  The rulebook says that a race is complete once it reaches halfway or the end of stage two.

The cars are moving and getting lined up for the restart…

Noah Gragson is having some radio issues; his crew chief will have to depend on the spotters to relay messages.

Riley Herbst brings the field down for the green flag restart with Josh Williams alongside on lap 34 with Riley Herbst getting out in front but Justin Allgaier comes charging through the field to take the lead.  Justin Allgaier, Riley Herbst, Michael Annett, and Justin Haley all get into the wall and brings out the caution flag.  Justin Haley’s car is under the rearend of Preston Pardis’ car.

AJ Allmendinger is the new leader.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag restart with Chase Briscoe alongside on lap 37 with Chase Briscoe getting out in front for the lead.  Josh Williams gets into the wall hard.  Chase Briscoe gets slideways but holds on to the lead.  The track stays green.

Harrison Burton is stopped on the track and brings out the caution flag.  There are reports of issue with the clutch and drive line shaft.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service.  Harrison Burton’s team pushed the car to the garage.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for a one lap shootout to end stage two with Ross Chastain alongside on the front row.  Chase Briscoe gets out in front for the lead.

Chase Briscoe wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage tow:
Chase Briscoe
Ross Chastain
Alex Labbe
Austin Cindric
Noah Gragson
Daniel Hemric
Brandon Brown
Justin Allgaier
Gray Gaulding
Jude Buford

Austin Cindric and Noah Gragson have clinched spots in the next round of the playoffs.

Drivers come down pit road for fuel and service.  Dale Earnhardt Jr  comments on how dangerous it is on pit road with all of the water.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with 25 laps remaining in the race.  Chase Briscoe takes the lead.  Noah Gragson spins out and slams the wall in turn one but the track stays green.

Chase Briscoe leads the race with Ross Chastain in second and Alex Labbe in third.

After restarting the race back in the pack, AJ Allmendinger is working his way through the field.

With 23 laps remaining in the race, AJ Allmendinger has moved up to fifth place with Chase Briscoe leading the race.

Riley Herbst hit the rumble strips (turtles) on the chicane and went airborne briefly. 

Ryan Sieg spins out hitting the wall and causes some significant damage to his car but the track stays green.

Twenty to go, Chase Briscoe leads the race with Ross Chastain in second.

Alex Labbe spins out and gets off the track.  The track stays green.

Jeffrey Earnhardt get stopped in the chicane but gets the car moving again.

Jess Little brings out the eighth caution flag of the race when he gets stopped on the track.

A few drivers come down pit road for fuel and repairs.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart with AJ Allmendinger alongside with just 17 laps remaining in the race.  Going door to door, AJ Allmendinger edges out in front as the drivers beat and bang each other.  Myatt Snider makes it a three way battle and takes second place.

Fifteen to go, AJ Allmendinger leads the race with Chase Briscoe in second after Myatt Snider gets loose.

Myatt Snider gets turned around and is stopped on the track while he waits for the field to pass.

AJ Allmendinger has the lead with Chase Briscoe in second and Daniel Hemric in third.

The rain appears to have let up a bit, but there is plenty of water on the track.

Noah Gragson and Riley Herbst make contact with each other again but keep going.

Leader AJ Allmendinger barely made the chicane and has let second place driver Chase Briscoe to close in on AJ;s bumper.

Twelve to go, Chase Briscoe and AJ Allmendinger battle for the lead with Chase Briscoe taking the lead.

Reports are that Chase Briscoe’s car is questionable on having enough fuel to finish the race.

Ten to go, Chase Briscoe has the lead with AJ Allmendinger close behind in second; Daniel Hemric is in third; Justin Allgaier and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Austin Cindric missed the chicane and has to come to a complete stop before continuing.

As the rains slow, the cars speed up; Chase Briscoe is in the lead with AJ Allmendinger in second.

CJ McLaughlin brings out the caution flag after getting into the wall.  Chase Briscoe brushes the wall in trying to avoid McLaughlin.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart with just six laps to go with AJ Allmendinger alongside.  AJ Allmendinger gets out in front after a battle for the lead; Justin Allgaier is in third.

Chase Briscoe continues to challenge AJ Allmendinger for the lead.

For to go and the battle continues as the rains increase.  Chase Briscoe edges out AJ Allmendinger for the lead.

Brandon Brown hits the wall and is stopped on the track.  The caution flag finally comes out.

Three laps remain in the race, depending on how long it takes to get Brown off the track, the race may go into overtime.  Riley Herbst makes contact on the track.

Saying that he can’t see, Justin Allgaier missed the chicane on the back stretch and had to come to a stop.

The race is now in overtime under dark skies.

Taking the inside lane, Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the overtime restart and AJ Allmendiger takes the lead after Chase Briscoe spins out and has to wait for the field to pass.

Under storming skies, AJ Allmendinger takes the white flag.

AJ Allmendinger wins the rain soaked Roval race in the dark.

The results of the Drive for the Cure 250 at the Roval:
AJ Allmendinger
Noah Gragson
Daniel Hemric
Alex Labbe
Ross Chastain
Austin Cindric
Cody Ware
Jade Buford
Michael Annett
Brandon Jones
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Riley Herbst
Josh Bilicki
Myatt Snider
Joe Graf Jr
Jeremy Clements
Ryan Vargas
Chase Briscoe
Timmy Hill
Kody Vanderwal
Ryan Sieg
BJ McLeod
Justin Allgaier
Stephen Leicht
Matt Mills
Brandon Brown
Tommy Joe Martins
Gray Gaulding
CJ McLaughlin
Jesse Little
Kaz Grala
Preston Pardis
Harrison Burton
Josh Wiliam
Justin Haley
Austin Hill
Kyle Weatherman
Brett Moffitt

After the race Harrison Burton, Brandon Brown, Michael Annett, and Riley Herbst have been eliminated from the playoffs.

80’s Night on DWTS

This week on “Dancing with the Stars” the 12 remaining couple will travel back in time for 80’s week.

Before the dancing began, host Tyra Banks said that a technical issue caused her cards to have the wrong information.

Getting the night of dancing started off was Justina and Sasha with a Jazz routine to “Maniac” form “Flashdance” that included the water scene from the movie.  Derek said that is was a great way to open the show; adding that she was a “Maniac” out there.  Derek noted that this is the point where the competition really begins.  Bruno called the routine wonderful; adding that he loved Sasha’s costume.  Carrie Ann said that Justina was incredible and truly brought the 80’s.  Justina and Sasha scored 24 points for their dance.

Jesse and Sharna Tango to the music of Tears for Fears with “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”.   Bruno said that Jesse started very well but then lost it.  Carrie Ann agreed with Bruno; adding she thought he was much more confident this week.  Derek noted that they are rooting for him; adding that they have to be honest, saying that it wasn’t his best dance.  Jesse and Sharna scored 19 points for their dance. 

Chrishell and Gleb Cha Cha to the music of New Kids on the Block with “The Right Stuff”.  Carrie Ann said that they had all the right stuff for the 80’s but not for the Cha Cha; adding that it was fun to watch.  Derek said that the side by side was the best part; adding that they looked amazing.  Bruno said that only they could turn a Cha Cha into “Dirty Dancing”; adding that he didn’t mind it.   A big NKOTB fan, the guys in the band sent Chrishell a video message. Chrishell and Gleb scored 19 points for their dance.

Jeannie and Brandon perform a Jazz routine to the music of Madonna with “Like a Virgin”.  Adding props is always a risk; this week Jannie and Brandon have added a bathtub into their routine.  Derek said that they looked adorable; adding that it was a simole but clean routine.  Bruno said that it was squeaky clean.  Carrie Ann said that it was an incredible performance; adding that Jeannie is an exciting dancer.  Jeannie and Brandon scored 24 point for their dance.

Monica and Val Tango to “Tainted Love”.  Bruno said that Monica was focused like a laser guided missile; adding she was on it tonight.  Carrie Ann said that it was an incredible performance; adding that Monica was a dynamic performer.  Derek noted that Monica being in the bottom last week gave her a drive; adding that it was the first Tango that moved across the floor.  Monica and Val scored 26 points for their dance.

AJ and Cheryl Waltz to “Open Arms” by Journey.  Carrie Ann said that the dance had such elegance; adding that AJ was leading Cheryl.  Derek loved the style on AJ; adding that he had great control with his feet.  Bruno said that AJ was doing all the right things.  All three judges noted that AJ needs some work on his frame.  AJ and Cheryl scored 24 points for their dance.

Teenager Skai Jackson wasn’t even born during the eighties.  Skai and Alan perform a Jazz routine to “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News featured in the film “Back to the Future”.  Derek said that the performance was fun.  Bruno said that Skai had the moves.  Carrie Ann loved the lifts; adding that Skai had moments of greatness.  Skai and Alan scored 24 points for their dance.

Vernon and Peta Tango to the music of Bon Jovi with “Living on a Prayer”.  Bruno said that Vernon was working the rock god vibe but went a bit wrong in his footwork.  Carrie Ann liked the quality of the movement.  Derek gave a huge shoutout to hair and makeup.  Derek noted that Vernon thrived in the softer dances.  Vernon and Peta scored 21 points for their dance.

Kaitlyn and Artem Tango to the music of Tiffany.  Carrie Ann said that Kaitlyn was the best in frame.  Derek loved the choreography; adding that it was a beautiful Tango.  Bruno called it an action packed blockbuster.  Kaitlyn and Artem scored 27 points for their dance.

Nelly and Daniella Samba to “Rhythm of the Night” by DeBarge.  Derek called it Nelly’s best dance so far; adding that it was a legitimate Samba.  Bruno called the dance happy, free, easy, and effortless; noting that it was a proper Samba.  Carrie Ann said that the dance made her so happy.   Nelly and Daniella scored 24 points for their dance.

Johnny and Britt perform a Contemporary routine to “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler.  Jonnie was having a bit of trouble in rehearsals so Britt took him to the ice rink…and it did the trick.  Bruno said that what Johnny is doing now is being an artist.  Carrie Ann told Johnny to take a bow; adding it was incredible.  Derek called the performance perfect.  Johnny and Britt scored 29 points with tens from Carrie Ann and Derek.

Closing out the night of dancing is Nev and Jenna Quickstep to “Take on Me” by A-ha.  Carrie Ann called the night amazing.  Noting that Nev is the most consistent dancer, Carrie Ann felt Nev was a little off tonight.  Derek loved the dance; adding it was a great way to end the night.  Brtuno said that Nev took to the Quickstep like a duck to water.  Nev and Jenna scored 26 points for their dance.

80’s Week scores:
Jesse and Sharna – 19
Chrishell and Gleb – 19
Vernon and Peta – 21
Justina and Sasha – 24
Jeannie and Brandon – 24
AJ and Cheryl – 24
Skai and Alan – 24
Nelly and Daniella – 24
Monica and Val – 26
Nev and Jenna – 26
Kaitlyn and Artem – 27
Johnny and Britt – 29

 In this week’s results…
Monica and Val
Nelly and Daniella
Jeannie and Brandon
Johnny and Britt
Justina and Sasha
AJ and Cheryl
Nev and Jenna
Skai and Alan
Kaitlyn and Artem
and Chrishell and Gleb will all be returning to dance again next week.

Jesse and Sharna and Vernon and Peta are in the bottom tow and in danger of going home.

Bruno to save Vernon and Peta
Carrie Ann chose to save Vernon and Peta
Derek chose to save Vernon and Peta

Jesse and Sharna have been eliminated from the competition.

Next week Derek comes from behind the judge’s table to take to the dance floor.

NYC Venues Looking to Open Early

Recently The Metropolitan Opera announced the cancellation of the entire 2020-21 season and Broadway League further postponed the opening of theatres on Broadway and Off-Broadway.  But several open air venues including The Shed, St. Ann’s Warehouse, the Park Avenue Armory, BRIC, Harlem Stage, National Black Theatre, and the Perelman Center are looking to get things moving a little sooner than next summer.

Non-profit venues, the theatres believe that they can properly arrange seating to meet social distancing requirements.

The theatres are attempting to urge New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to allow them to open with a mask requirement and limited capacity.

The organizations point out that some indoor facilities including bowling alleys and museums are currently open.

National Black Theatre chief executive Sade Lythcott noted, “until we can safely get audiences into our spaces, we can’t do what it is that we actually do.”

The state advisory committee NY Forward supports the idea.  Co-chair Steven M. Cohen said, “it’s reasonable to assume spaces like the ones in the coalition will open sooner than traditional theatres like those on Broadway.”

There have already been some artistic events allowed to operate with a limited capacity and no audiences. 

St. Ann’s Warehouse performed a rooftop concert and the Park Avenue Armory has begun rehearsals for “Afterwardness”.  The She is scheduled to open on October 16 with a new art exhibit.

If the venues get the go ahead, The Shed will be among the first to open with a revamped version of “Help”.  Originally set for 19 actors, the show will be reworked as a monologue.

Cup Series Makes History at The Roval

The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway is again the site of an elimination race when the NASCAR Cup Series takes to the unique road course for the Band of America Roval 400.

The race on the Roval is the final race in round two of the playoffs.   By the end of the race, four more drivers will be eliminated from the playoffs.

Like the Xfinity Series on Saturday, the weather is expected to be rather nasty.  While NASCAR does not race in the rain on the oval courses; they will race in the rain on the road courses.  Remnants of Hurricane Delta dropped a deluge on the course Saturday that caused a red flag condition while crews attempted to push some of the water away from the racing course.

In the case of rain, teams will have four sets of special rain tires in the pits.  NASCAR officials will determine before the start of the race whether the track is dry, damp, or wet and it is at that point that the teams will determine how they wish to proceed with slicks or rain tires.  For west weather conditions the cars must have a windshield wiper installed and a flashing red light at the back of the car; there is also the option of having a defogger inside of the car to aid in visibility.

NBC Sports broadcaster Jeff Burton points out that the Cup Series has not run a race in the rain since the early days of NASCAR in the 50’s.

With no practice time on the tricky road course, the drivers face a big challenge that gets even bigger if they must also battle the weather.

After his photo finish win last week at Talladega, Denny Hamlin wins the pole for the race with Chase Elliott starting alongside on the front row.

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

Though not packed, there are fans in the stands to cheer on their favourite drivers.

Stages one and two of the race are just 25 laps each with stage three lasting 59 laps for a total of 109 laps around the two plus mile course.

Though the sky is dry, the track is wet and for the first time in the history of the NASCAR Cup, the drivers will begin the race on the treaded wet weather tires.

As drivers work their way off of pit road, crews are pushing the number 20 car trying to get the car started with an electrical issue.  Once the engine is fired, crew members are not allowed in the cars; one of the 20 car crew members jumped into Erik Jones’ car to check things out.  As a result, Jones will have to start the race from the back of the field.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out Chase Elliott for the lead with Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski battling for second.

Brad Keselowski battles Denny Hamlin for the lead with Keselowski taking the lead.

Lap two the top five are Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, and Joey Logano.

Lap two and Michael McDowell has moved up 10 spots on the track.

Lap three, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin with Chase Elliott in third.

Lap three, Chase Elliott takes second from Denny Hamlin.

Ty Dillon has worked his way into the top five on lap four.

Brad Keselowski has a lead of nearly two seconds on Chase Elliott with Denny Hamlin in third; Kevin Harvick and Ty Dillon round out the top five.

Lap five, after starting the race from the back of the field, Erik Jones has moved up to 24th place.

Ty Dillon has taken third place from Denny Hamlin.

Lap five, the top five are Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, Ty Dillon, and Joey Logano.

Lap seven, Brad Keselwoski has a half second lead on Chase Elliott with Martin Truex Jr in thirs with all 38 drivers on the lead lap.

Chase Elliott battles Brad Keselowski for the lead.  Elliott takes the lead on lap eight.

Lap eight, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Brad Keselowski; with Martin Truex Jr on his bumper.

Martin Truex Jr takes second from Brad Keselowski.

Lap nine, the top five are Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, and Ty Dillon.

Clint Bowyer takes third from  Brad Keselowski.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 10.

NASCAR puts out the yellow flag for the competition caution at the end of lap 10.  Drivers have the option of coming down pit road to take fuel, change tires, and make adjustments.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service including a tire change.  Reports are that Ty Dillon changed to the slick dry tires.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart with Martin Truex Jr alongside with Truex taking the lead.

Lap 13, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Clint Bowyer, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Busch.

Clint Bowyer battle Martin Truex Jr for the lead.  Bowyer is the new leader.

Lap 14, the Busch brothers have gotten around Brad Keselowski to take fourth and fifith.

Only three days after announcing that this will be his final season, Clint Bowyer has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Martin Truex Jr; Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Running on slick tires, Ryan Newman loses traction and spins out but the track stays green.

As the track continues to dry, the drivers consistently increase the speeds around the track.

Lap 16, Clint Bowyer ahs increased his lead to over two seconds on Martin Truex Jr with Chase Elliott in third.  All 38 cars are still on the lead lap.

Kevin Harvick came down pit road during the caution flag to change tires, but he kept the rain tires.  His team reports that that right front tire was blistering as the rain tires begin to break down in the heat.

Some of the teams are making green flag pits stops to change to the dry tires.

Lap 18, Clint Bowyer continues to lead the race with Martin Truex Jr in second; Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, and Kyle Busch rounding out the top five.

Lap 19, Kurt Busch takes third from Chase Elliott.

On the slick dry tires, Ty Dillon takes third place from Kurt Busch with Clint Bowyer in the lead.

Drivers continue to make green flag pit stops to change from wet to dry tires.  Pit reporters reveal that the wet tires coming off of the cars are destroyed.

Lap 21, Ty Dillon is challenging Clint Bowyer for the lead.  New leader, Ty Dillon has taken the lead and is pulling away fast.

Lap 22, Denny Hamlin gets off of the track but manages to get back and the track stays green.

More drivers come down pit road for dry weather tires.

Ty Dillon has pulled out to a leaven seconds on Clint Bowyer.

John Hunter Nemechek has gotten off the track and is stuck in the grass and brings out the caution flag on lap 23.  Nemechek finally gets his car unstuck and back on the track.

The remainder of the drivers who were running on wet tires come down pit road for slicks.  Kurt Busch was the only driver who did not come down pit road to change his tires.

The race will restart with just one lap remaining in stage one.  Ty Dillon brings the field down for a one lap shootout and jumps out in front for the lead with Matt DiBenedetto in second.

Christopher Bell takes second with Timmy Hill in third.

Ty Dillon wins stage one for his third stage win of the season with a top 10 that includes only one of the 12 playoff drivers.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ty Dillon
Christopher Bell
Matt DiBenedetto
William Byron
Timmy Hill
Ryan Newman
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Bubba Wallace
Erik Jones

Kevin Harvick had an extended pit stop after the crew had to make some damage repairs.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two with Matt DiBenedetto alongside.  Bell takes the lead with William Byron in second and Matt DiBenedetto in third.

Lap 29, with the sun peeking out, Christopher Bell leads the race; William Byron, Matt DiBenedetto, Ryan Newman, and Joey Logano rounding out the top five.

Lap 30, William Byron battle Christopher Bell for the lead with Bryon taking the top spot.

Byron takes the corner hot and gets off the track but manages to not only get back on the track, but holds on to the lead.

Kevin Harvick has clinched a spot in the next round of the playoffs and will join race winners Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch in the round of eight.

William Byron continues to lead the race with a lead of nearly two second on Christopher Bell.

Lap 34, Brad Keselowski, Erik Jones, and Matt DiBenedetto get stopped on the track but get moving again and the track stays green.  Dale Earnhardt Jr joked that the guys were pulling over to watch a movie on the big screen.

Lap 35, William Byron has a lead of over two seconds on Christopher Bell with Joey Logano in third.

Christopher Bell gets off the track but gets moving again and the track stays green.

Lap 35, William Byron leads the race with Ryan Blane in second; Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.


Kyle Busch is the reigning Cup champion, but it is the fact that he has not won a race this season is of much more concern to him.  Busch has been in NASCAR for 15 years and has won at least one race in each of those 15 years.  He is looking to continue that streak.

Lap 38, William Byron continues to lead the race with Ryan Blaney in second and Joey Logano in third; Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Aric Almirola and Ryan Newman spin out but get moving and the track stays green.

Lap 39, William Byron has a half second lead on Ryan Blaney with Blaney closing the gap.

Lap 40, Ryan Blaney passes William Byron for the lead; Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 43, Ryan Blaney has the lead by three seconds on William Byron; Joey Logano is in third over four and a half seconds back. There are 36 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 45, Ryan Blaney has increased his lead over William Byron to nearly four seconds with Joey Logano in third.

Denny Hamlin short pits and comes down pit road for service.  Several more drivers short pit and come down pit road before the end of stage two.

Lap 47, JJ Yeley brings out the caution flag when he gets into the wall and is stopped.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart with just two laps remaining in stage two.  Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano battle for the lead while drivers are getting four wide across the track. 

Kyle Busch has to limp around the track with a flat tire before he can get to pit road.

Ryan Blaney has a one second lead on Chase Elliott

Denny Hamlin spins out on the final lap of stage two but gets the car moving again.

Ryan Blaney wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott
Christopher Bell
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Alex Bowman
William Byron
Tyler Reddick
Michael McDowell
Brad Keselowski

Drivers come down pit road for service. With a fuel load of 35 to 37 laps, the drivers will have to make at least one more trip down pit road.

After staying out on the track, Christopher Bell brings the field down for the  green flag start of stage three on lap 54 with Bell getting out in front for the lead.

As the drivers were coming down for the green flag restart, Chase Elliott brings his car down pit road with a loose tire.


William Byron gets around Christopher Bell for the lead.

Cole Custer, Ty Dillon, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin all have on track incidents with Hamlin getting into the grass; but the track stays green and Hamlin gets back on the track.

Matt DiBenedetto makes an unscheduled trip down pit road for repairs and fresh tires.

Lap 57, William Byron has a one second lead on Christopher Bell with Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, and Kurt Busch rounding out the top five.

Lap 60, William Byron continues to lead the race with Christopher Bell in second; Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, and Kurt Bust round out the top five. 

After having to make a second trip down pit road for a loose tire, Chase Elliott is in 22nd place.  Elliott has won the last three road course races.

Lap 63, William Byron has a lead of nearly two seconds on Christopher Bell with Brad Keselowski in third over four seconds back.

Brad Keselowski gets off the course and Clint Bowyer takes third place.

Ty Dillon spins out and gets into the grass on lap 65 and brings out the caution flag.  Dillon gets back on the course and continues on in 33rd place.

Drivers come down pit road for service.  The drivers are outside of their fuel window and will still have to make at least one more stop for fuel.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 68 and edges out Christopher Bell for the lead with Clint Bowyer in third.

Going into turn three, Clint Bowyer takes second from Christopher Bell.

Lap 70, William Byron has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Clint Bowyer; Christopher Bell, Ryan Blaney, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Austin Dillon brings out the caution flag on lap 71 after hitting the wall and stopping on the track.  With flat tires, Dillon needs help  getting his car moving.  Dale Earnhardt Jr noted that if it were 1989 the number three pit crew would be out on the track changing the tires.

Alex Bowman reports that he isn’t feeling well.

The drivers come down pit road for service and fuel.  The drivers are at the edge of their fuel windows.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart and jumps out in front of Ricky Stenhouse Jr for the lead.  Bubba Wallace and Stenhouse make contact; spinning Stenhouse out.  That portion of the track still has some standing water.

With smoke coming out the back of the car, Clint Bowyer reports that something broke; adding he has a power steering issue.

Race leader Ryan Blaney spins out after getting into the water.  Ryan Preece is the new leader.

With 35 laps to go, Ryan Blaney comes down pit road; Ryan Preece is in the lead with Alex Bowman in second and Joey Logano in third.

Ryan Blaney was caught speeding on pit road.

With 33 laps to go, Ryan Preece is in the lead; Alex Bowman, Joey Logano, Erik Jones, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Erik Jones is reporting some overheating issues.

With 30 laps remaining in the race, Timmy Hill is the only car officially out of the race.

Kyle Busch takes fifth form Erik Jones.

Lap 81, Ryan Preece leads the race with Alex Bowman on his bumper.

Ryan Preece leads the race; Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Ryan Preece and Alex Bowman battle for the lead with Alex Bowman taking the stop.

Alex Bowman and Chase Elliott battle for the lead, but so far Bowman holds him off.

Lap 84, Chase Elliott takes the lead from Alex Bowman; Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Some of the teams are reporting that they are short on fuel.

Lap 86, Chase Elliott has a lead of over a second on Alex Bowman; Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

There is some debris on the track; NASCAR put out the caution flag.

Matt Kenseth gets into the tire barrie just before turn three.

There are 34 cars on the lead lap.

Drivers come down pit road for service.

After staying out on the track, Kyle Busch is the leader and brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 20 laps to go with Busch getting out in front and Erik Jones in second.

The top five are Kyle Busch, Erik Jones, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, and Kurt Busch.

Nineteen to go, Erik Jones and Kyle Busch battle for the lead and gets out in front of Busch to become the leader. 

Chase Elliott gets around Kyle Busch for second.

Eighteen to go, Erik Jones and Chase Elliead.battle for the lead with Elliott taking the lead.

John Hunter Nemechek spins out but gets moving again and the track stays green.

Sixteen to go, Chase Elliott has a one second lead on Erik Jones; Kurt Busch Kyle Busch, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Fifteen to go, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a two second lead on Erik Jones.

Jimmie Johnson brings his smoking car down pit road.

Brennan Poole is stopped on the track bringing out the caution flag with 12 laps remaining in the race.

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

When the caution flag came out, Ty Dillon was attempting to make a pit stop.  The yellow came out and he moved to stay out and was charged with a commitment cone violation and had to restart the race from the back of the field.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 10 laps to go.  Erik Jones challenges Elliott for the lead but Elliott holds him off and pulls away for a one second lead.

The top five are Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, Erik Jones, Kurt Busch, and Ryan Blaney.

Even though it has not rained for quite a while, there are still some very wet spots on the track.

Michael McDowell spins around but the cars get around him and the track stays green with just seven laps remaining in the race.  McDowell gets turned around a second time; the track stays green.

With five laps to go, Chase Elliott has a two second lead on Joey Logano; Kurt Busch, Erik Jones, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Ryan Newman gets turned around and then makes contact with Gray Gaulding but the track stays green.

Wreck on the back stretch when Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr make contact as leader Chase Elliott takes the white flag.

Ring the siren!
Chase Elliott wins his fourth road course race in a row to take second place behind Jeff Gordon who has six.

Josh Bilicki gets into the wall and brings his car to a stop with flames coming out from under the car.

Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, Austin Dillon, and reigning Cup champion Kyle Busch have been eliminated from the playoffs.

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



Yankee Great Whitey Ford Dies

Cy Young Award winner and Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Whitey Ford died October 8, 2020 in his Long Island, New York home less than two weeks before his 92nd birthday.  Reportedly Ford was watching his beloved Yankees play and was surrounded by family at the time of his death.  No official cause of death was given, but Ford had been dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.

A star pitcher for the New York Yankees, Ford holds the highest winning percentage at 69%, has the most wins in Yankees history at 236, and holds the record for the most World Series wins.

His accomplishments are numerous in the World Series record book including 33 consecutive scoreless innings, 10 wins, 22 starts, 146 innings pitched, and 94 strikeouts.  He has earned six World Series championships as a part of the Yankees.

Considered the greatest pitcher in Yankees history, the lefthander spent his entire 17 year career (1950-67) with the Yankees.  His team mates include Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Bobby Richardson, and Yogi Berra.  He also made eight appearances in the annual All Star game. 

When Ford was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Yankees retired his number 16 jersey.

Current Yankee manager Aaron Boone said that Ford was on the Mt. Rushmore of Yankee baseball.

Not a power pitcher, Ford threw from overhand to side and everything in between.  He also admitted to using methods that are no longer allowed in the game like adding substances to the ball or cutting it with his ring.

He was born Edward Charles Ford on October 21, 1028 on the East Side of Manhattan about 100 blocks from Yankee Stadium.  Blonde headed, he earned the name Whitey while in the minor leagues.

Ford served two years of military service in the Army during the Korean War but never saw foreign duty.

Predeceased by his son Thomas, Ford is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years Joan son Eddie, daughter Sally Ann, eight grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

feature photo credit: By Bowman Gum – http://bbcemporium.com/1953-bowman/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17402295

Broadway Opening Delayed Again

As uncertainty continues around the Covid-19 virus, Broadway has again delayed the date for shows to open and reopen.  After everything was shutdown in March, it was thought that it would be safe to open shows late in the fall; those dates quickly moved to January of 2021 as New York City was ravaged by the deadly virus that took the lives of 24,000 New York City residents. 

As a new outbreak of the virus has taken hold in the City, Broadway has again delayed the opening of productions until some time in May.

Anyone who has purchased a ticket for a production can receive a refund or an exchange for any show scheduled through May 30.

Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin said, “we are working tirelessly with multiple partners on sustaining the industry once we raise our curtains.”

The executive director of the Actors’ Equity Association – an organization that represents 51,000 theatre actors and stage managers – also spoke on the new delays saying, “today the Broadway League made the difficult but responsible decision to put the safety and health of their workers and audience first. This is a deeply painful time for everyone who depends on the arts for their livelihood.  We are at this moment because, seven months into the pandemic, our nation still lacks a coherent national strategy for masks and testing which could help bring the virus under control.”

When Broadway shut down in March, it put a number of shows in jeopardy including 16 that had yet to open.  With the new delay, more shows are again in limbo including “The Music Man”,”MJ”, “Flying Over Sunset”, “Caroline, or Change”, “Plaza Suite”, “American Buffalo”, and “The Minutes”.

“MJ” the biographical musical about Michael Jackson was set to open this past summer, but with the new delay the show will not open until at least September.

Fans of “The Music Man” will have to wait even longer; previews are set to begin in December with the official show opening in February of 2022.

Broadway is the second organization to postpone productions; recently The Metropolitan Opera has scratched its entire season for 2020-21.  It is the first time in The Met’s 140 year history that The Met has gone dark.  Currently they plan to reopen in September.

The West End in London, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and Huntington Theatre Company in Boston have all postponed productions until some time next year.

Clint Bowyer Makes a Move

The NASCAR Silly Season just got a lot crazier after the announcement of a retirement by a major team driver.

On October 8, Clint Bowyer has announced that he will hang up the fire suit at the end of the 2020 racing season.

But Bowyer will not have to sit around and wonder what he will be doing next season…he will follow fellow Cup Series drivers Kyle Petty, Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, and Dale Earnhardt Jr into the broadcast booth.

Currently driving the number 14 Stewart-Haas Racing car, Bowyer has signed with FOX Sports to work as one of their commentators.  Bowyer is no stranger to the broadcast booth, having called a few Xfinity Series races and was a driver/commentator during the short iRacing season while the cars were idle during the pandemic shutdown.

Clint Bowyer has been a member of Stewart-Haas Racing since 2017 where he replaced the retiring Tony Stewart.  He has won two races while at SHR.

Since his debut in 2006, Bowyer has won a total of 10 races; along with eight Xfinity Series and three Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series races.

Stewart-Haas Racing will name Bowyer’s replacement in the coming weeks.

feature photo credit: By Zach Catanzareti Photo – clint bowyer, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83406149

Cindric, DiBenedetto Sign Extensions

The wait is over for Wood Brothers driver Matt DiBenedetto!

The driver of the Wood Brothers number 21 car will return next season after signing a contract extension.  Wood Brothers Racing is DiBenedetto’s fourth team since moving to the Cup Series in 2014.  He previously drove for Leavine Family Racing, Go Fas Racing, and BK Racing.

DiBenedetto has finished second in two races this year, just missing out on giving Wood Brothers their 100th Cup Series win.

DiBenedetto spoke via a statement on his return to Wood Brothers saying, “it’s such an honor to be able to continue to drive for Wood Brothers Racing and have another year to grow with this organization.  I am excited to learn from our 2020 notebook and I’m confident that with a full season under our belt and working together as a team, we will produce even better results.”


In other Silly Season news, Xfinity Series driver Austin Cindric has also signed an extension with Penske Racing that will keep him driving the number 22 car in the Xfinity Series next season and moving into the Cup Series in 2022.

Winning five races this season, there has been some question as to whether Cindric would remain in the Xfinity Series next season or move up to the Cup Series.  With his multiyear contract extension, that question has now been answered. 

Cindric will make a limited number of starts in the Cup Series next season as he works toward a full time ride in the Next Generation car and racing for the Rookie of the Year in 2022.

Cindric said in a team release, “every race car driver wants to advance in his career, and I can’t think of a better way to do that than on a clear path with Team Penske that will eventually lead to a full-time opportunity in the NASCAR Cup Series. I’m really excited for this next chapter in my development to continue working towards competing and trying to win at the highest level. Another season of experience in the Xfinity Series will be beneficial and I’m looking forward to competing in some Cup Series races in 2021 to prepare for a full season in 2022.”

NFMHOF Names 2020 Class

On October 5, the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame held a special invitation only event to announce the 2020 class of Hall of Fame inductees.   This year’s class features the first ever music business, a Blues singer, a punk band, an award winning Jazz guitar player, a metal guitarist, and a singing bass player.

Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame member Bruce Wojick hosted the event that featured announcing the newest inductees and posing for photos.

Hall of Fame President Peter Paonessa Jr spoke noting that the work on the search for members of the Hall of Fame never stops.  Adding that without these very important people (Hall of Fame members) they would not be here.

Wojick said that during the 2019 induction ceremony, they had planned to honour a long time journalist Norma Hicks whose weekly articles on local musicians were greatly anticipated.  Hicks received a nice plaque in honour of her service.

Noting that the Covid-19 pandemic has forced many changes this year including the inability to hold the now annual gala event to celebrate the newest class of Hall of Fame inductees.  Wojick said that even if it doesn’t happen until next September, there will be a big event of celebration to honour the new inductees.

The only female inductee for 2020 is the Niagara Falls native Gospel and Blues singer and actress Marsha McWilson.  Along with being very active in her church, McWilson has performed at numerous venues in Niagara Falls; as well as, on cruise ships.  She has also worked with Tyler Perry.  McWilson thanked everyone saying that the announcement made her feel like she was somebody.

The only band being inducted this year is the pop rock band Seven Day Faith – Rob Bilson, Rob Ferenc, Kevin Ernst, and John Rosini. The band has played in numerous western New York venues including sharing the stage with KISS and Pat Benatar. Due to current travel restrictions, not all of the band members were able to be present for the event.

Noting that it was long overdue, Bruce Wojick announced Jazz guitarist Thom Rotella. Currently making his home in California; Rotella has had a successful career that includes having worked with numerous artists including Norah Jones, Donna Summer, Frank Sinatra, Cher, The Beach Boys, Phil Spector, Lionel Richie, Bette Midler, Luciano Pavarotti, Seth MacFarland, David Foster, Stanley Turrentine, Tom Scott, Rick Braun, Gerald Ablright and Gregg Karukas.

Guitarist Michael Hatalak not only plays guitar for the western New York band Tiny Music; he also is the guitarist, songwriter, and producer for the metal band It Dies Today. When not performing on stage, Hatalak helps to make the acts on the stage at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino sound good as a member of the production staff.


For the first time in the history of the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame, the nominating committee has chosen to induct a music store – D’Amico Music.  Jerry D’Amico opened the store in 1972 and became the largest music store in the area selling albums, giving lessons, and offering recording facilities.  No longer with us, daughter Ivy D’Amico accepted the nomination.

Already a member of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame as a member of the Soul Providers, Thomas Nelson has been named as a member of the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame on his own merit.  Making his home in Canada, Nelson has opened for Gordon Lightfoot and works with the drummer from Santana; as well as, his own band.

A posthumous award, The Legacy Award honours musical pioneers from the Niagara Falls area.  This year’s recipient is guitarist Charles Chiarenza who was a member of the Julius Wechter and the Baja Marimba Band, worked with Burt Bacharach, and appeared on a number of film and television productions.  Later he became a restauranteur. 

The 2020 recipient of the Dr. Samuel “Saxman” Morreale Award goes to guitarist Thomas Proctor who has hosted his own radio show, performs solo and as a part of two groups, and popular festival host.

Congratulations to the 2020 class of the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame!  The honourees will be celebrated at a later date in a gala event filled with music.

Already a member of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame as a member of the Soul Providers, Thomas Nelson has been named as a member of the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame on his own merit.  Making his home in Canada, Nelson has opened for Gordon Lightfoot and works with the drummer from Santana; as well as, his own band.

A posthumous award, The Legacy Award honours musical pioneers from the Niagara Falls area.  This year’s recipient is guitarist Charles Chiarenza who was a member of the Julius Wechter and the Baja Marimba Band, worked with Burt Bacharach, and appeared on a number of film and television productions.  Later he became a restauranteur. 

The 2020 recipient of the Dr. Samuel “Saxman” Morreale Award goes to guitarist Thomas Proctor who has hosted his own radio show, performs solo and as a part of two groups, and popular festival host.

Congratulations to the 2020 class of the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame!  The honourees will be celebrated at a later date in a gala event filled with music.

Already a member of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame as a member of the Soul Providers, Thomas Nelson has been named as a member of the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame on his own merit.  Making his home in Canada, Nelson has opened for Gordon Lightfoot and works with the drummer from Santana; as well as, his own band.

A posthumous award, The Legacy Award honours musical pioneers from the Niagara Falls area.  This year’s recipient is guitarist Charles Chiarenza who was a member of the Julius Wechter and the Baja Marimba Band, worked with Burt Bacharach, and appeared on a number of film and television productions.  Later he became a restauranteur. 

The 2020 recipient of the Dr. Samuel “Saxman” Morreale Award goes to guitarist Thomas Proctor who has hosted his own radio show, performs solo and as a part of two groups, and popular festival host.

Congratulations to the 2020 class of the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame!  The honourees will be celebrated at a later date in a gala event filled with music.

Singer Johnny Nash Dies

Entertainer Johnny Nash died October 6, 2020 as a result of natural causes in his Houston, Texas home at the age of 80.

A reggae singer, Nash is best known for his smash hit “I Can See Clearly Now”.  It is reported that Nash penned the song while recovering from cataract surgery.  The song would later be covered by numerous artists including Ray Charles, Donny Osmond, Soul Asylum, and Jimmy Cliff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkwJ-g0iJ6w

Nash once said, “I feel that music is universal. Music is for the ears and not the age.”

While he is best known for “I Can See Clearly Now”; Nash also had hits with  “Hold Me Tight” and “You Got Soul”; as well as, an early version of “Stir it Up”.

Nash was the first American to perform and record reggae music in Jamaica.

The singer, songwriter, actor, and producer began his musical career as a teenager in the fifties.

In just 10 years, Nash was helping to run a record company where he helped to launch the career of friend and fellow reggae singer Bob Marley.  He also collaborated on a song with Paul Anka.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh4Zm6YRHDk

Nash’s music has appeared in nearly 70 film and television productions including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon”, “Scandal”, “The Boondocks”, “The Practice”, “Cool Runnings”, “Thelma & Louise”, “Saturday Night Live”, “The Wonder Years”, and “The Mighty Hercules”

Nash has also appeared as an actor in “Love is Not a Game”, “Key Witness”, and “Take a Giant Step”.

Since leaving music in the late eighties, Nash has managed rodeo shows in his Indoor Arena.  A native of Houston, Nash has loved horseback riding since he was a child.

John Lester Nash Jr was born on August 19, 1940 and began singing in the church before garnering a national audience from his appearances on “The Arthur Godfrey Show”. 

He is survived by his third wife Carli and children John and Monica.

Johnny Nash discography:
“Johnny Nash”
“Quiet Hour”
“I Got Rhythm”
“Let’s Get Lost”
“Starring Johnny Nash: Studio Time”
“Composer’s Choice”
“Hold Me Tight”
“Let’s Go Dancing”
“Folk Soul”
“Prince of Peace”
“I Can See Clearly Now”
“Teardrops in the Rain”
“My Merry-Go-Round”
“Celebrate Life”
“What a Wonderful World Epic”
“The Johnny Nash Album”
“Tears on My Pillow”
“The Sixties Compilation”

feature photo credit: Johnny Nash’s webpage

Daniel Suarez Joins New Racing Team

As the NASCAR season approaches the end of the 2020 racing season, more pieces of the “Silly Season” fall into place.

The Michael Jordan/Denny Hamlin racing team will not be the only new team to join NASCAR next season.  The Trackhouse Entertainment Group has announced that they have formed a new racing team that will make its debut at the Daytona 500.

Trackhouse has entered into a partnership with Richard Childress Racing to technical support that includes technology, intellectual property, human capital, and engineering elements.

The Group has tapped Mexican born driver Daniel Suarez to drive the number 99 Chevrolet.

Suarez is the first driver born outside of the United States to win a NASCAR championship when he won the Xfinity Series championship in 2016.

Trackhouse Entertainment Group owner Justin Marks spoke on the new team saying, “the formation of a top-level NASCAR Cup Series team has been a dream of mine for a long time.  A lot of hard work has transpired to get us to this point and I don’t think we could’ve ended up with better partners in RCR and Chevrolet and with a more passionate and committed driver than Daniel Suárez. Daniel’s drive and hunger to get to the top of this sport is palpable every time I am in his presence. We are building a team of winners and Daniel has delivered just about every time he’s sat in race winning equipment. It’s my job now to put a car underneath him that will carry him to the highest echelon of the sport.”

Suarez spoke on his new racing team saying, “I see in Trackhouse a great opportunity for me with a very strong group of people that share the same vision, commitment and goals that I have.  Justin has been involved in the racing world for over 20 years and understands the ins and outs of the sport both as a driver and from the business side. I have learned a lot in the last few years and have been very fortunate to be a part of very good organizations. I have learned that this sport is about people, and I know we are going to work very hard to put together a talented team. Furthermore, getting the support from a strong manufacturer like Chevrolet will be a key to our success. My goal is simple, I want to win races.”

After moving to the United States from his Monterrey home, Daniel Suarez learned to speak English by watching television.  He began his U.S. racing career in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and began to move his way up through the ranks driving in the Gander RV and outdoors Truck Series, the Xnifity Series, and currently drives the number 96 car for Gaunt Brothers Racing.  In 138 Cup Series races, Suarez has finished in the top 10 32 times and has sat on the pole twice.

Teenager Deegan to Make Truck Series Debut

Over the past few years NASCAR has worked hard to diversify its teams from pit crew members to drivers.  While the pit crews show the most increase in female and minority personnel; there have been some advances in the drivers as well.

Currently the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series is the only one of the three NASCAR racing series that features any full time female drivers – Jennifer Jo Cobb and Natalie Decker – and the only series with a female owner in Jennifer Jo Cobb.

The Gander Truck Series is about to get another female driver when 19 year old Hallie Deegan gets behind the wheel for her debut in the Truck Series.

Deegan is set to drive the DGR-Crosley number 17 truck at Kansas Speedway on October 17 in The Clean Harbors 200  – the next race for the Truck Series.  The number 17 truck runs only part time in the Truck Series and has had several different drivers behind the wheel.  Deegan will join DGR-Crosely full time driver Tanner Gray.

Deegan is a full time driver in the ARCA Series where she has taken her number four car to the finish line in the top 10 in 16 of the 19 races she has run.  She is currently ranked number three in the standings in the ARCA Series.

While she has yet to win in the ARCA Series, Deegan has three victories in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 2018 and 2019.

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Eddie Van Halen Dies

The year 2020 has been a rough one for all of us, but especially for members of the music world with some of the biggest names in music passing on.

On October 6, guitar legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eddie Van Halen died as a result of throat cancer in Santa Monica, California at the age of 65.

Born in the Netherlands, the guitar virtuoso spawned generations of budding guitar players.  Twelve of the bands 13 albums went multi-platinum with two of those being certified with Diamond Awards for selling at least 10 million copies in the United States.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwYN7mTi6HM

Van Halen and his band mates of Van Halen helped to propel the hair bands of the 80’s to the top of the charts.  His solos were unmistakable and immediately recognizable.  Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue called Van Halen, “the Mozart of rock guitar”.

 He was also classically trained on the piano…but never learned to read music.

Van Halen, brother Alex, David Lee Roth, and Michael Anthony formed Van Halen in 1974 as Mammoth.  But after discovering that a band by that name already existed, they changed the name to Van Halen.  The band released their self titled debut album in 1978.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9r-NxuYszg

Van Halen did not reserve his virtuosity just for the band; it was his guitar fans heard on the Michael Jackson smash hit “Beat It”.  He received no compensation or credit for his 30 minutes of work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRdxUFDoQe0

His music appeared in over 100 film and television productions including “Family Guy”, “Despicable Me 3”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “Minions”, “Glee”, “South Park”, “The Green Hornet”, “Two and a Half Men”, “Mission to Mars”, “Twister”, “Back to the Future”, and “WKRP in Cincinnati”.

Along with the numerous music videos that Van Halen appeared in; he also made acting appearances in “Two and a Half Men”, “Café Americain”, “Frasier”, and on late night television shows.

He was born Edward Lodewijk Van Halen on January 26, 1955 in Nijmegen, Netherlands.  The family immigrated to the United States when a young Eddie was just seven years old.  His father played clarinet in a big band before coming to America.  Van Halen noted that they traveled halfway around the world with $50 and a piano with no job prospects, housing, or knowing how to speak English. 

It was a young Eddie who received a drum set and Alex got the guitar, but Alex so loved the drums that Eddie ended up with the guitar.  Van Halen cited Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix as his influences.

Van Halen is survived by his second wife Jane and son Wolfgang.

Feature photo credit: By Carl Lender – Flickr: Eddie Van Halen, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24578034

Alex Bowman Gets a New Ride

Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick has made his decision as to who will replace retiring Jimmie Johnson next season behind the wheel of the number 48 car…and he already familiar with him.

Currently driving the number 88 car after the retirement of Dale Earnhardt Jr, Alex Bowman will be moving over to take on the driving duties in the number 48 car.

In his third season as a Hendrick Motorsports driver, Bowman once again has some big shoes to fill.  Earnhardt was the 15 time Most Popular driver when he retired; now Bowman will be replacing a seven time Cup champion.  Bowman spoke on following the legends saying, “both of them have had so much to do with my career. Obviously, I wouldn’t be driving for Hendrick Motorsports at all without Dale’s help, and since then, Jimmie’s been a huge part of it.  It’s tough to take over from the most popular of all time, and then three years later to follow that up with arguably the greatest of all time. But it means a lot to me that everybody at Hendrick Motorsports has faith in me, and Ally has faith in me to do a good job and make the 48 car proud.”

Jimmie Johnson spoke on Bowman’s new ride saying, ““I think the world’s been eagerly awaiting, and obviously a big day for all of us.  Very happy for Alex, very proud of Alex. When I look at his journey to climb the ladder and to get to where he is today, that guy has had to work his guts out for his opportunity, time and time again. Every time he’s had the opportunity, he’s made the most of it and has earned that next ride. Really proud of him. He’s going to be a great replacement in the 48 car. Then also to have Greg Ives coming over, it’s really special for Greg, too, with the history that he has on the 48 car.”

Johnson added, “I’m here for Hendrick Motorsports and for Alex and anything that 48 car needs.  I spent my entire career in the company, in that race car, and I want nothing but the best for them. As I look at things differently in my racing career and scale things down a bit, I’m still going to be here. Anything those guys need from me, I’m around and would be glad to help.”

Bowman’s current crew chief Greg Ives – who also worked with Earnhardt – will make the move with Bowman.  Replacements for Bowman and Ives; as well as, the fate of Cliff Daniels, the current crew chief for Jimmie Johnson, will be determined at a later date.

Johnson announced at the end of last season that the 2020 racing season would be his last as a full time driver in NASCAR and not even a viral pandemic that shut down all sports for seven weeks can change Johnson’s mind.  Recently Johnson announced that he will be running the road courses for Penske Racing in Indy cars.

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Xfinity Driver DQ’d After Talladega

Former NASCAR driver and current owner of JR Motorsports Dale Earnhardt Jr barely missed winning another Talladega race but this time as an owner when his number one car driven by Michael Annett finished the race in second place behind Justin Haley.

But after NASCAR found an infraction during the post-race inspection process, the car was disqualified and listed in the last place.  The disqualification also sent Annett from the ninth place position in the playoff standings to the 12th place position – last place.  He is now 38 points below the cutoff line.

During inspection after the Ag-Pro 300 on October 3, Annett’s car failed to meet the minimum height requirements in the car.

This weekend the NASCAR circuit travels to Charlotte Motor Speedway to race on the Roval; it is an elimination race for the Xfinity and Cup Series drivers.

While there were some on track penalties during the NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday for going below the double yellow line – forbidden at Talladega and Daytona – there were no additional penalties for the drivers.

13 Couples Perform on DWTS

It’s week four on “Dancing with the Stars” and 13 couples remain to dance for fan votes.

‘The show opens with the celebrities spoke about “a problem” – judges comments.

Nelly and Daniella get the night of dancing started off with a Paso Doble to the music of DJ Khalid. Carrie Ann has asked Nelly to “break out” because he has been “too safe”. A pumped up Derek said that he enjoyed the performance; adding that it was a great way to start the show. Bruno noted that Nelly went for it; adding that Nelly had the power but needs to refine the artistry. Carrie Ann said that was what she was looking for; adding that he didn’t miss a step and it was an improvement. Nelly and Daniella scored 21 points for their dance. That was Nelly’s first sevens and his highest score so far.

Chrishell and Gleb danced a Foxtrot to the music of Harry Styles. Bruno said that it was almost too hot to trot; adding that she lost a bit of footwork. Carrie Ann said that she was proud of Chrishell; adding that she has so much potential. Derek noted that Chrishell looked so much more comfortable; adding it was her best dance. Chrishell and Gleb scored 22 points for their dance.

Monica and Val perform a Samba to “Party in the U.S.A.”. Carrie Ann said that they are formidable partners; adding that Monica looked like she was having fun. Derek noted that it was a proper Samba and her best dance. Bruno wanted to join the party; adding that he was impressed that it was a real Samba. Monica and Val scored 24 points for their dance for her first eights and highest score of the season.

Anne and Keo perform a Paso Dobe to the music of Katy Perry. Anne opened the dance solo. Derek said that Anne was so much more in control. Bruno called Anne a multi-coloured warrior; adding it was the most focused performance to date. Carrie Ann called Anne inspiring. Anne and Keo scored 21 points for their dance for her highest score of the season.

Nev and Jenna Rumba to the music of Celine Dion. Nev is dedicating the dance to his wife Laura. Bruno said that it felt like a romantic dream set to music. Carrie Ann said that Nev gave excellent frame and added poetry to the dance; adding the couple was like a vision. Derek called it a beautiful Rumba; adding that he loved it. Nev and Jenna scored 24 points for their dance.

Attired in hot pink Justina and Sasha Salsa. Justina dedicated the dance to her grandmother who immigrated to the U.S. from Puerto Rico. Carrie Ann noted that they got them all on their feet; adding she felt like she was at Justina’s house. Noting that the dance was so much fun, Derek said that Justina was authentic. Bruno said that Justina was on fire; adding the hips don’t lie. Justina and Sasha scored 24 points for their dance for their best score so far.

Kaitlyn and Artem dance a Viennese Waltz to the music of Luke Combs. Derek called the performance beautiful, elegant, and stunning. Bruno compared the movement to a feather. Carrie Ann said that Kaitlyn is an excellent dancer and magical. Kaitlyn and Artem scored 25 points with the first nine of the season.

Johnny and Britt Jive to “Crocodile Rock” by Sir Elton John. Bruno said that Johnny was in full throttle; adding that he was exploding out there. Carrie Ann called the dance incredible and fantastic. Derek echoed his fellow judges; adding that Johnny opened up on the dance floor tonight. Johnny and Britt scored 24 points for their dance.

Jeannie and Brandon Tango to the White Stripes. Carrie Ann said that it was so good. Derek noted that Jeannie’s focus was so good. Bruno loves the way Jeannie can switch her personality to fit the dance. Jeannie and Brandon scored 21 points for their dance.

Vernon and Peta Rumba to the music of Al Green and dedicates it to his Grandmother who raised him. Derek said that the dance brought him joy; adding that it was beautiful. Bruno noted that Vernon gets better every week. Carrie Ann noted that Vernon understands momentum in movement…and the hip action. Carrie Ann said that there is a poety to Vernon. Vernon and Peta scored 22 points for their dance.

Jesse and Sharna Cha Cha to “Smooth” by Santana. Bruno said that Jesse drives him crazy; adding that he forgot the hips; adding he isn’t quite there yet. Carrie Ann noted that the musicality is better but wants to see a more relaxed Jesse. Derek noted that Jesse was much better this week. Jesse and Sharna scored 21 points for their dance.

Skai and Alan Foxtrot to the music of John Legend and dedicated the dance to her former co-star Cameron who died last year after bad seizure. Derek said that it was his favourite dance of the night; adding that she is a gorgeous Ballroom dancer. An emotional Carrie Ann said that Skai was like and angel; adding that it was perfection. Bruno called the performance stunning; adding that her poise was regal. Skai and Alan scored 28 points with the first 10 of the season from Carrie Ann.

Closing out the night of dance is AJ and Cheryl Cha Cha to the music of one of his own songs – “Larger than Life” with the Backstreet Boys performing the song virtually that included AJ doing some solo dancing. Derek called the band living legends; adding that he enjoyed watching AJ. Bruno called it a winning performance. Carrie Ann called it a great way to end the night; adding that it was like going to a concert. AJ and Cheryl scored 24 points for their dance.

Week 4 scores:
Nelly and Daniella – 21
Anne and Keo – 21
Jeannie and Brandon – 21
Jesse and Sharna – 21
Chrishell and Gleb – 22
Vernon and Peta – 22
Monica and Val – 24
Nev and Jenna – 24
Justina and Sasha – 24
Johnny and Britt – 24
AJ and Cheryl – 24
Kaitlyn and Artem – 25
Skai and Alan – 28


After the judges scores and the fan votes from the eastern and central time zones…
Skai and Alan
Johnny and Britt
Jeannie and Brandon
AJ and Cheryl
Kaitlyn and Artem
Jesse and Sharna
Nev and Jenna
Justina and Sasha
Nelly and Daneilla
and Vernon and Peta
are all safe and will be returning for next week.

Amid a bit of confusion Ann and Keo and Monica and Val are the two couples in the bottom two.

Carrie Ann chose to save Monica and Val
Derek chose to Monica and Val
Bruno also chose to save Monica and Val

Anne and Keo have been eliminated from the competition.

Next week…80’s week!

Dega Being Dega: Crashes, Red Flags, and Overtime

The NASCAR Cup Series concludes a weekend of racing at Talladega Superspeedway with the Yellawood 500. This is also the second race in the round of 12 playoffs.

Denny Hamlin sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Las Vegas winner Kurt Busch starting alongside on the front row.

There were no pre-race inspection issues this week.

The starting lineup for the Yellawood 500:
Denny Hamlin
Kurt Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Alex Bowman
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Joey Logano
Clint Bowyer
Chase Elliott
Aric Almirola
Austin Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Blaney
Chris Buscher
Erik Jones
Jimmie Johnson
Cole Custer
Ryan Newman
Matt Kenseth
William Byron
Christopher Bell
John Hunter Nemechek
Michael McDowell
Ryan Preece
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Bubba Wallace
Ty Dillon
Corey LaJoie
Tyler Reddick
Daniel Suarez
Brennan Poole
Quin HouffJJ Yeley
Justin Haley
Joey Gase
Timmy Hill
James Davison

Stages one and two of the race are 60 laps each with stage three lasting 68 laps for a total of 188 laps around the 2.66 mile track. Talladega is the largest oval track in the NASCAR circuit.

With a fuel load of 36 to 38 laps, the drivers cannot complete any of the stages without making a pit stop.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution around lap 25.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Hamlin edging out for the lead.

The caution flag comes out on lap one going into turn three for a crash involving Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick. Bell has a flat tire; adding that he can’t keept the car straight.

Tyler Reddick’s hood is covered in “200 mile an hour tape” but he is back in the race.

Christopher Bell is off the track.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap five from the outside lane and holds on to the lead.

The top five are Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Busch.

Lap six, Denny Hamlin has the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second and Kyle Busch in third.

The Busch brothers – Kurt and Kyle – are swapping third place back and forth with Kyle on the inside and Kurt on the outside.

Martin Truex Jr’s team was reporting some radio issues.

The caution flag comes out on lap nine for a crash that put Ricky Stenhouse Jr in the wall after a push that went wrong. Stenhouse has significant damage to his car including two flat tires.

Kyle Busch’s team is having some radio issue; the cannot hear each other. The track is so large that distance and radio communication is difficult.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down once again for the green flag restart on lap 13 and jumps out in front. Drivers are getting theee wide across the track.

The caution comes out on lap 13 for Corey LaJoie who is stopped on the track.

NBC broadcaster Jeff Burton reports that this is a record; having three caution flags in the first 13 laps.

Working together and hooking up for the draft is essential for a successful race at Daytona and Talladega; this week the car manufacturers met and organized plans for their drivers to work together.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 16 from the outside lane and jumps out for the lead.

NASCAR has stated that the competition caution will be around lap 25 as planned.

Denny Hamlin has the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second and Kevin Harvick in third.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr is out of the race.

Lap 17, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano battle for the lead with Kevin Harvick in third. Drivers are three wide across the track.

Lap 18, Joey Logano takes the lead with Kevin Harvick in second and Denny Hamlin in third.

Lap 19 Denny Hamlin challenges Joey Logano for the lead; Kevin Harvick is in third.

Denny Hamlin retakes the lead.

Only one third of the way through stage one and the drivers have already begun to get aggressive and battle for position.

Lap 21, Denny Hamlin leads the race with Joey Logano in second and Kevin Harvick in third.

The drivers are running laps at nearly 200mph.

Lap 21, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, and Cole Custer.

Lap 23, the inside lane has gotten organized and are moving up. Leader Denny Hamlin moves down to blcok the inside lane. There are three lanes of racers on the track.

Lap 25, Denny Hamlin leads the race; Aric Almirola, Matt DiBenedetto, Joey Logao, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

The competition caution comes out at the end of lap 25.

In their fuel window, it is expected that many of the drivers will come down pit road for service.

Denny Hamlin leads the field down pit road. Taking fuel only, Aric Almirola wins the race off of pit road. Several drivers did not take tires during the pit stop.

Kyle Busch ran through his pit stall and had to back up causing a slow pit stop.

Clint Bowyer has a bit of damage to his car after making contact on pit road.

Aric Almirola brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 31 with Joey Logano starting alongside. After a push from Matt DiBedetto, Almirola takes the lead.

Aric Almirola leads the race with Matt DiBenedetto in second and Ryan Blaney in third.

Lap 32, Matt DiBenedetto and Aric Almirola battle for the lead.

Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin drop back in the field in hopes of avoiding a big wreck.

Lap 34, Ryan Blaney takes the lead with Aric Almirola in second and Erik Jones in third.

Lap 35, Ryan Blaney leads the race while Erik Jones and Aric Almirola battle for second.

Team mates Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Busch push Erik Jones to the lead.

Lap 40, Erik Jones leads the race with Martin Truex Jr in Second; Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

With stage one two thirds of the way through, the drivers are doing a great deal of pushing as they battle for position.

Lap 42, Ryan Blaney leads the outside lane and is looking to challenge leader Erik Jones.

Lap 43, Ryan Blaney takes the lead with Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones battling for second.

Lap 44, Ryan Blaney leads the race from the outside lane; Brad Keselowski, Daniel Suarez, Joey Logano, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Lap 45, Ryan Blaney leads the race form the inside lane with Brad Keselowski in second. There are 34 cars on the lead lap. James Davison is off the track. Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Christopher Bell are out of the race.

Lap 47, Ryan Blaney has the lead; Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Chris Buescher, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Kyle Busch has taken the lead of the race.

Lap 53, With an organized outside lane, Chase Elliott takes the lead with Bubba Wallace in secnd and Kurt Busch in third.

Drivers are three wide across the track. Clint Bowyer drops to the back of the pack.

Lap 54, Kurt Busch takes the lead with Aric Almirola in second.

Aric Almirola takes the lead with Brad Keselowski in second and Chris Buescher in third.

Lap 55, Aric Almirola has the lead with Brad Keselowski in secnd and Chase Elliott in third.

Drivers are getting four wide across the track as they battle for position with only four laps remaining in stage one.

Aric Almirola continues to lead the race but the field is comimg on stong.

The caution flag comes out on lap 57 for a big crash involving Aric Almirola, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, and an airborne Kyle Busch. The incident began with a push from behind on Almirola.

Aric Almirola reports that his day is most likely done.

Alex Bowman and Kyle Busch will have to make multiple stops on pit road for repairs.

Aric Almirola is out of the race.

Ending under caution, Chris Buescher wins stage one for his first stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chris Buescher
Joey Logano
Austin Dillon
Brad Keselowski
Erik Jones
Chase Elliott
Tyler Reddick
Martin Truex Jr
Kurt Busch
Cole Custer

Chase Elliott wins the race off of pit road.

Out of the infield care center, Aric Almirola reports that he is fine.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 66 with Brad Keselowski alongside. Erik Jones gives Brad Keselowski a push to the lead.

While making minimum speed, Kyle Busch is at the back of the pack with steering wheel issues.

Kevin Harvick had an uncontrolled tire during his pit stop but he started from the back of the field.

Kyle Busch brings out the caution flag on lap 69 after a flat tire blew the bumper off and spewed debris on the track.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires. Drivers with crash damage took advantage of the caution to make further repairs.

Some of the playoff drivers have moved to the back of the field in hopes of avoiding any more “big ones”.

Denny Hamlin was caught speeding on pit road.

Chris Buesher brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 74 with Brad Keselowski alongside. Buescher takes the lead and moves down to the inside lane.

Lap 75, Chris Buescher and Erik Jones battle for the lead with Michael McDowell in third.

Erik Jones takes the lead.

Lap 76, Chris Buescher has takend the lead with Brad Keselowski in second and Erik Jones in third.

Lap Lap 78, Chris Buescher leads the race with Brad Keselowski in second; Tyler Reddick is in third.

Lap 79 the top four or five are single file with Chris Buescher leading the way.

Lap 80, Chris Buescher continues to lead the race with Brad Keselowski in second and Tyler Reddick in third.

The inside lane is well organized; but the middle and outside lanes are somewhat less organized.

Lap 81 Getting organized, the outside lane with Erik Jones leading the line challenges Chris Buescher for the lead.

Leading 15 laps, Chris Buescher has led the most laps ever in his career.

Lap 83, Erik Jones has taken the lead from the outside lane with Chase Elliott in second.

Lap 86 drivers begin making green flag pit stops with the Chevrolets leading the way. Most of the drivers take fuel only.

Lap 87, Erik Jones leads the race with Erik Jones in second.

The seventh caution flag comes out on lap 88 when Ryan Blaney gets into the wall with a flat tire; there is also some debris on the track. Teams were in the process of making pit stops when the caution came out.

Drivers come down pit road for service. Taking fuel only, Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road and advances 12 spots on the track.

Chase Elliott with team mate William Byron bring the field down for the green flag restart on lap 93 with Chase Elliott taking the lead.

Drivers quickly spread out across the track. Chase lliott is in the lead with William Byron in second with Ryan Prrece and Kurt Busch battling for third.

Lap 95, the top five are Chase Elliott, William Byron, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, and Bubba Wallace.

Lap 97, Chase Elliott continues to lead the race with William Byron in second and Kurt Busch in third.

Lap 100, Chase Elliott continues to lead the race with team mate William Byron in second; Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, and Bubba Wallace round out the top five.

Lap 103, Chase Elliott holds on to the lead of the race will William Byron in second and Kurt Busch in third.

Matt DiBenedetto has a loose roof flap blowing around.

Joey Logano is aggressively pushing any driver who happens to be in front of him.

Lap 106, Chase Elliott holds on to the lead with Jimmie Johnson in second and William Byron in third.

Jimmie Johnson has some debris on the grille of his car. Broadcaster say that the debris appears to be the roof flap from Matt DiBenedetto’s car.

Lap 108, Joey Logano has taken second place on the outside lane .

Lap 109, “THE BIG ONE” big crash, Brendan Gaughan in his final race has significant damage to his car. Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Preece, Joey Gase, Daniel Suarez,Jimmie Johnson, and an airborne Kurt Busch were all involved in the crash as debris was flying everywhere.. It all began with contact between Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson. Kurt Busch landed on top of Cole Custer’s car before dropping on to the track on all four wheels.

NASCAR has displayed the red flag in order to get the track cleaned up and the damaged cars off the track.

Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Cole Custer are out of the race. All drivers involved in the crash are fine.

NBC broadcasters report that 13 cars were involved in the crash including several playoff drivers

NASCAR pulls the red flag to display the yellow cation flag. Teams can now work on their wrecked cars.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 114 and holds on to the lead with William Byron in second and Joey Logano in third.

With a push from Matt DiBenedetto, Joey Logano jumps out in front for the lead.

All of the cars who were on the “crash clock” have made minimum speed and are back in the race.

Five to go in stage two, Joey Logano holds the lead with Matt DiBenedetto in second and Chris Buescher in third.

In the outside lane, Martin Truex Jr leads the line with Tyler Reddick giving him a push to make a move.

Four to go, Martin Truex Rj takes the lead with Joey Logano in second.

Tyler Reddick jumps out to try and take the lead from the inside lane.

Two to go in stage two, Martin Treux Jr leads the race with Chase Elliott in second. Joey Logano is falling through the field with some sort of issue.

Reports are that Joey Logano was penalized for forcing Matt DiBenedetto below the yellow line. Even if Logano had not dropped back in the field, he would not have received any stage points.

With a big lead, Martin Truex Jr wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Martin Truex Jr
Brad Keselowski
Chris Buescher
Chase Elliott
John Huntejr Nemechek
William Byron
Ryan Blaney
Ryan Preece
Ty Dillon
Bubba Wallace

Drivers come down pit road for service with Martin Truex Jr taking feul only to win the race off of pit road.

For the second week in a row, Austin Dillon finds himself behind the wall getting his car repaired. Two laps down, Dillon returns to the track with a new radiator.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 125 and edges out Brad Keselowski to take the lead.

Brad Keselowski takes the elad with Martin Truex Jr in second and Tyler Reddick in third.

With a push from Alex Bowman, Tyler Reddick is working to bring the outside lane to the front. Tyler Reddick takes the lead with a car that was damaged in a wreck on the first lap of the race.

Lap 128, Brad Keselowski jumps to the outside lane and passes Tyler Reddick for the lead.

Bubba Wallace comes up the outside lane with Ty Dillon on his bumper is working to take the lead. Bubba Wallace is the new leader.

Lap 130, Bubba Wallace is in the lead with Alex Bowman in second and Matt Kenseth in third running his final race at Talladega.

Leader Bubba Wallace has been on pit road eight times for repairs after being involved in the lap one crash.

Lap 135, Brad Keselowski has taken the lead of the race.

Fifty to go, there have been nine caution flags in the race so far; knocking out three of the 12 playoff drivers. There is a total of eleven drivers out of the race.

Lap 137 Joey Logano has taken the lead of the race with William Byron in second in the outside lane.

Lap 138, Joey Logano leads the race with William Byron in second and Brad Keselowski in third.

Lap 140, Joey Logano holds on tot he lead, William Byron is in second and Ty Dillon is in third.

Jimmie Johnson is off the track.

Lap 141, the top five are Joey Logano, William Byron, Ty Dillon, Erik Jones and Ryan Preece.

After driving around in the back of the field, Kevin Harvick has entered the top 10 in sixth place.

Lap 143, Joey Logano continues to lead the race with William Byron in secnd and Ty Dillon in third.

Lap 144, there are 25 cars on the lead lap; including Kyle Busch who has been involved in both of the big on track incidents.

Lap 148 – 40 to go – Joey Logano leads the pace from the outside lane.

Jimmie Johnson has returned to the track after having to make a repair to fuel the car, but he is displaying debris all over the track. Johnson is 16 laps down in 29th place.
NASCAR has thrown the yellow flag for debris in the track.

Just outside their fuel window, drivers come down pit road for service. Taking only two tires, Joey Logano wins the race off of pit road with Kevin Harvick coming out second.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 153 with Kevin Harvick alongside. Logano edges out Harvick for the lead.

Devin Harvick gives Joey Logano a push to keep him out in front but after Logano breaks for a block, William, Buron becomes the new leader with Ryan Preece in second. Joey Logano takes second from Preece.

Thirty five to to, Ryan Preece gives Joey Logano a push to the lead.

Lap 155, Joey Logano is in the lead with Ryan Preece in second and Brad Keselowski in third.

Thirty to go, Joey Logano continues to lead the race with Ryan Preece in second; Brad Keselowski, Chris Buescher, Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

Chase Elliott has gotten the inside lane organized and is making a run to take the lead from Joey Logano. Elliott and Logano battle for the lead.

Lap 159, Chase Elliott has the lead but Joey Logano takes it back. Elliott’s team topped off during the caution flag but Logoano’s team is telling their driver to watch the feul.

Lap 161, Chase Ellitt leads the race. Getting a push, Brbba Wallace takes the lead.

The drivers are three wide with all three front row drivers battling for the lead.

Twenty five to go, Joey Logano takes the lead from Bubba Wallace as the two battle for the top spot.

Joey Logano takes the lead with Brad Keselowski in second and Chris Buescher in third.

Taking the high line, Joey Logano leads the race with Brad Keselowski in second pushing him along.

Lap 166, the drivers have formed two rows with the leaders battling for position. Joey Logano is the leader with Chase Elliott challenging.

Lap 168, Chase Ellitt takes the elad with Joey Logano in second and Ryan Preece in third.

Lap 169, Joey Logano challenges leader Chase Elliott form the outside lane but Elliott holds on to the lead.

Nineteen to go, Joey Logano passes Chase Elliott for the lead on the outside lane.

Seventeen to go, Joey Logano holds on to the lead with Brad Keselowski in second.

The pack is beginning to break up back in the field with drivers getting three wide.

Fifteen to go, Joey Logano leads the race from the outside lane with Brad Keselowski in second; Ryan Preece, Bubba Wallace, and Chris Buescher round out the top five.

The inside lane is beginning to reform and slowly moving their way forward.

Bubba Wallace jumped down in front of Chase Elliott to lead the inside lane.

Twelve to go, Joey Logano continues to lead the race with Bubba Wallace in the inside lane working his way forway very slowly.

Lap 177, Bubba Wallace gets out in front of Joey Logano briefly but Logano gets a bug push from Brad Keselowski to retake the lead.

Ten to go, the inside lane continues to battle for the lead; so far, Joey Logano continues to lead.

Nine to go, Bubba edges out for the lead.

Bubba Wallace jumps up to block Joey Logano to hold on to the lead.

Six to go, the bottom lane has fallen apart, Bubba Wallace leads the race from the outside lane. He gets a big push form Joey Logano.

Joey Logano has dropped down to take the lead, Bubba Wallace hits the wall after a bad push from Ryan Preece; he keeps going but has fallen through the field.

With only five laps remaining in the race, James Davison spins out and brings out the record tying eleventh caution of the race.

Drivers make a trip down pit road for fresh tires and fuel.

Race overs into overtime!

Joey Logano brings the field down for the first attempt of a green/white/checker overtime finish. Joey Logano gets out in front for the lead as drivers tandem up for the push.

Chase Elliott edges out Joey Logano for the lead but his left side tires were below the yellow line.

The caution flag comes out for a big crash involving several cars include playoff drivers Kyle Busch for the third time, Joey Logano, Martine Truex Jr, and Kevin Harvick. Tyler Reddick was also involved.

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

Chase Elliott was below the yellow line but NASCAR has determined that the fault did not lie with Elliott but with Joey Logano and for the second time Logano has been penalized for pushing a driver below the yellow line.

Chase Elliott is listed as the leader with Matt DiBenedetto, William Byron, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Preece round out the top five.

With a second overtime, some of the drivers are concerned about whether or not they have enough fuel to complete the race.

After a red flag event of over 10 minutes, NASCAR displays the yellow flag and the drivers get moving once again.

Some drivers come down pit road for fuel, tires, and crash damage. Joey Logano’s car is being pushed to the garage..

After pit stops, Chase Elliott is the leader with Matt DiBenedetto in second; John Hunter Nemechek, Chris Buescher, and Ryan Preece round out the top five.

The drivers line up for a second attempt at an overtime finish. Leader did not come down pit road for fuel; there is some question about whether or not they have enough to finish the race.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart and edges out for the lead…but does he have the fuel??? He has already flipped to the reserve.

Bubba Wallace gets into the wall to bring out another caution. Ryan Blaney, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, and Austin Dillon were also involved in the crash. Bubba hit the wall after some contact form Chris Buescher.

Pole sitter Denny Hamlin has spent a good bit of the race in the back of the field; he is currently in fourth place with cars needing fuel in front of him.

Several drivers come down pit road for a splash of fuel in order to complete the race.

In the third overtime attempt, Matt DiBenedetto brings the field down for the green flag restart and once again there is a question of enough fuel to finish the race. Matt Dibenedetto edges out in front for the lead with a push from Chris Buescher.

Matt DiBenedetto takes the white flagCars are crashing back in the field as Matt DiBenedetto, Denny Hamlin, and Wiliam Byron make it a photo finish. Denny Hamlin wins by 23 thousandsth of a second! This is the seventh win of the season for Hamlin and number 44 career wins.

NASCAR is reviewing the finish to ensure whether or not Hamlin went below the line or whether he was forced below the line.

NASCAR has determined that Denny Hamlin is indeed the winner of the race. In addition, NASCAR has penalized Chase Elliott for going below the double yellow line to advance his position and Matt DiBenedetto for forcing the number 24 car of William Byron below the line.

The unofficial results of the Yellawood 500:
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Ty Dillon
William Byrom
Ryan Newman
Chris Buescher
Tyler Reddick
John Hunter Nemechek
Brennan Poole
Ryan Preece
Justin Haley
Austin Dillon
Quin Houff
Alex Bowman
Timmy Hill
Matt Kenseth
Joey Gase
Brad Keselowski
Cody Ware
Devin Harvick
Matt DiBenedetto
Chase Elliott
Martin Truex Jr
Bubba Wallace
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
Corey LaJoie
Jimmie Johnson
James Davison
Cole Custer
Kurt Busch
Clint Bowyer
Daniel Suarez
Brandan Gaughan
Michael McDowell
Aric Almirola
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Christopher Bell

3 in a Row for Xfinity Series in Dega

The Xfinity Series takes to the track in race two of a doubleheader day for the Ag-Pro 300. This is the second race in the round of 12 playoffs.

Stage one and two are 25 laps in length with stage three lasting 63 laps for a total of 113 laps around the two and a half mile track.

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

Noah Gragson gets out in front of Chase Brisoce for the lead.

Lap three, drivers get three wide across the track with Justin Allgaier taking the lead. Chase Briscoe passes Justin Allgaier to take the lead.

Lap four, Chase Briscoe is in the lead with Austin Cindric in second and Anthony Alfredo in third.

Lap five, Chase Briscoe holds on to the lead; Austin Cindric, Anthony Alfredo, Justin Allgaier, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Justin Allgaier has taken thrid form Anthony Alfredo.

Lap eleven, Chase Briscoe lead the race from the outside lane with Justin Allgaier leading the inside lane.

Lap 12, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, Justin Haley, and Brandon Brown.

There are 35 cars on the lead lap with Kody Vanderwal off the track.

Lap 14, Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race with Austin Cindric in second; Justin Haley, Brandon Brown, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 15 Justin Allgaier takes third on the inside land with Chase Briscoe in the lead.

Lap 16 Chase Briscoe is in the lead with Austin Cindric in second and Justin Allgaier in third.

Lap 17, Chase Briscoe holds on to the lead of the race; Austin Cindric, Justin Haley, Justin Allgaier, and Michael Annett round out the top five.

With seven laps remaining in stage one, Chase Briscoe continues to dominate the race with Austin Cindric in second and Justin Haley in third; Brandon Jones and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Five to go in stage one, Chase Briscoe has led nearly every lap in the stage with Austin Cindric in second and Justin Haley in third.

There are 35 cars on the lead lap. Kody Vanderwal has returned to the track 15 laps down.

Leader Chase Briscoe has secured his spot in the next round of the playoffs after winning the race in Las Vegas last week.

Lap 23, Chase Briscoe is in the lead with Austin Cindric in second and Justin Haley in third.

Chase Briscoe wins stage one.

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

Drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Briscoe winning the race off of pit road. Many of the teams took only two tires.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 30 with Briscoe holding on to the lead. After nearly missing the start of the race, Brandon Jones is in second and Austin Cindric is in third.

Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric are the only two cars in the field that are Fords.

Lap 31, Brandon Jones and Chase Briscoe battle for the lead and swapping to back and forth. Chase Briscoe retakes and holds the lead.

Lap 32, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Anthony Alfredo, Justin Haley, and Ross Chastain.

Lap 34, Chase Briscoe leads from the outside lane with most of the field in the outside lane.

Lap 35, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Justin Haley, Daniel Jemric, and Justin Allgaier.

Lap 39, Chase Briscoe leads the freight train of cars from the outside lane near the wall; Austin Cindric, Justin Haley, Daniel Hemric, and Justin Allgiaer round out the top five.

Ten laps remain in stage two, some of the drivers are looking to gather a group of drivers to try and move up in the field.

Vinnie Miller in 36th is the only car one lap down; Kody Vanderwal is 15 laps down.

Riley Herbst spins out and hits the wall hard before making a run through the grass. Herbst hit the driver’s side hard against the wall. There may be a broken track bar on the car.

A few drivers short pitted and came down pit road for tires and will stay out at the end of the stage.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart with just four laps remaining in stage two. Ross Chastain got spun out on the restart bringing out the caution flag. Colby Howard was also involved.

NASCAR has red flagged the race to preserve the end of the stage for a green flag finish.

After a hard hit, Chastain’s crew believes that most of the damage is cosmetic and not structural. They cannot touch the car until the red flag has been lifted.

Harrison Burton’s car, which was also involved, has some damage to his car on the front end.

Pit reports reveal that Ross Chastain’s team has said that they have a broken control arm in the car.

NASCAR has pulled the red flag and displayed the yellow flag. The cars get moving again. Justin Allgaier”s car spews a great deal of smoke or steam when he fires up the car but it quickly goes away.

Ross Chastain is on pit road and the crew is working on repairs. Chastain is on the crash clock; he has six minutes to get the car repaired enough to make minimum speed or he is out of the race.

Justin Allgaier reports that his water guage is fluctuating up and down.

Chase Briscoe brings the field to the green flag for the final lap of stage two and jumps out in front for thel ead.

Chase Briscoe sweeps the stages with a stage two win.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Chase Briscoe
Austin Cindric
Daniel Hemric
Justin Haley
Justin Allgaier
Harrisn Burton
Brandon Jones
Ruan Sieg
Brandon Brown
Noah Gragson

Drivers come down pit road for service with Noah Gragson winning the race on pit road after taking only fuel.

Justin Allgaier made an additional trip down pit road with concerns of possible issues after the car left fluid on the ground. He was also penalized for having too many crew members over the pit wall.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 56 and the front of the pack quickly gets three and four wide.

AJ Allmendinger leads the race with Noah Gragson in secnd and Michael Annett in third; Daniel Hemric and Justin Haley round out the top five. Chase Briscoe is in 12th place.

Lap 58, AJ Allmendinger holds on to the lead with Noah Gragson in second and Michael Annett in third. There are 34 cars on the lead lap. Riley Herbst and Colby Howard are out of the race.

Lap 60, AJ Allmendinger continues to lead the race followed by team mates Noah Gragson, Michael Annett, and Daniel Hemric.

With 63 laps in the stage, the drivers cannot complete the race without making a pit stop.

Justin Allgaier’s team reports that they may have a cylander going down.

Lap 65, AJ Allmendinger leads the pack from the outside lane; Noah Gragson, Michael Annett, and Daniel Hemric, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 67, AJ Allmendinger has a tenth of a second lead on Noah Gragson; Michael Annett, Daniel Hemric, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Already out of the race, playoff driver Riley Herbst finds himself at the bottom of the list 32 points below the cut line.

Lap 71, AJ Allmendinger continues to hold on to his narrow lead on Noah Gragson; Michael Annett, Daniel Hemric, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Despit possible engine trouble, Justin Allgaier is still on the lead lap in 19th place.

Lap 76, AJ Allmendinger leads the race with Noah Gragson in second as drivers prepare to make a pit stop.

The caution flag come out on lap 77 for a crash involving Austin Cindric and Austin Hill. Both cars have significant damage after hitting the wall.

Drivers are running speeds of near 200mph on the track; pit road speed is 55mph.

Austin Cindric’s car is being towed to the garage and is out of the race.

There were some drivers who came down pit road but continued on and did not make a stop. Michael Annett, Justin Haley, and Ryan Vargas were charged with pitting too early and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

With 33 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are now in their pit window to finish the race on a single fuel load.

Drivers come down pit road for service with many of them taking fuel only. Brandon Brown wins the race off of pit road.

Brandon Brown brings the field down for the green flag restart with 30 laps remaining in the race. Brown gets out in front for the lead with Brandon Jones in second and Ross Chastain in third.

Chase Briscoe has moved into third place.

Drivers are getting three and four wide across the track as they get aggressive for positon with only 29 laps to go.

Chase Briscoe and Brandon Brown battle for the lead with Briscoe edging out for the lead.

Twenty eight to go, Chase Briscoe leads the race with AJ Allmendinger on his bumper; Brandon Jones is in third.

Drivers are three wide through the field.

Twenty six to go, Chase Briscoe leads the way with AJ Allmendinger in second and Brandon Jones in third. Josh Williams is leading the inside lane.

Twenty four to go, Chase Briscoe is the sole Ford on the track and is leading the race with AJ Allmendinger in second and Brandon Jones in third. He has led 53 laps so far in today’s race.

There are 31 cars on the lead lap. Joe Graf Jr is off the track.

The caution flag comes out with 22 laps to go for debris on the track.

Justin Allgaier is reporting that the oil gage is going “haywire”. He has a lot of smoke coming out the back of his car.

With 18 laps remaining in the race, Chase Brisoce brings the field down for the green flag restart and gets out in front for the lead as drivers get three and four wide across the track.

Chase Briscoe is in the lead with Noah Gragson in second and Daniel Hemric in thrid.

Justin Allgaier brings his smoking car down pit road and heads for the garage with engine issues.

Sixteen to go, Chase Brisoce leads the way; Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric, Ross Chastain, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Fourteen to go, Chase Briscoe leads the race with Noah Gragson on his bumper; Daniel Hemric, Ross Chastain, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Ten to go, Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race; Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric, Ross Chastain, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Eight to go, drivers are starting to make their moves to advance through the field.

Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race with Noah Gragson in second.

Only six laps remain in the race with Chase Briscoe leading the way while drivers in the back of the field battle for position.

Five to go, Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race; Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric, Ross Chastain, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Four to go, the inside lane in moving forward as more drivers join the pack.

Three to go, Chase Briscoe holds on to the lead.

Chase Briscoe gets loose but saves the car and continues to lead the race.

Two to go, Justin Haley passes Chase Briscoe from the inside lane. Noah Gragson makes contackt with Chase Briscoe for a second time and Briscoe falls through the field.

Justin Haley takes the white flag. Cars are wrecking behind the leader and brings out the caution flag.

Justin Haley wins his third Superspeedway race in a row to tie Dale Earnhardt Sr and Jr.

After the crash on the final lap, several drivers are left in the grass or against the wall while others are limping around the track.

The unofficial results of the Ag-Pro 300:
Justin Haley
Michael Annett
Ryan Sieg
Noah Gragson
Brandon Jones
Daniel Hemric
Ross Chastain
Josh Williams
Garrett Smithley
Brandon Brown
Alex Labbe
Chad Finchum
Anthony Alfredo
Caesar Bacarella
Timmy Hill
Tommy Joe Martins
Joe Nemechek
Mike Harmon
Josh Bilicki
Chase Briscoe
Jeremy Clements
Matt Mills
Vinnie Miller
Harrison Burton
AJ Allmendinger
Jesse Little
Myatt Snider
Brett Moffitt
Kody Vanderwal
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Vargas
Joe Graf Jr
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Austin Hill
Austin Cindric
Riley Herbst
Colby Howard




1st Time Winner in Dega for Truck Series

The Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series kicks off another triple header weekend with the Chevrolet Silverado 250. This is also the last race in the first round of the playoffs for the Truck Series. At the end of the race two drivers will be eliminated from the playoffs.

During pre-race inspections the number 52 Halmar Friesen Racing truck driven by Stewart Friesen and the number nine CR7 Motorsports truck driven by Codie Rohrbaugh were charged with rule book violations for having improper vent holes in the truck bed – the vent holes are for air intake only.

As a result of the infraction, both teams were docked 20 driver and 20 truck owner points. Neither driver is a part of the playoffs. Crew chiefs Trip Bruce III for the 52 truck and Dough George for the nine turck have also been suspended for the race,

Sheldon Creed sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Austin Hill starting alongside on the front row.

Stages one and two of the race are just 20 laps each with stage three lasting 54 laps for a total of 94 laps around the 2.66 mile track.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and goes side by side with Austin Hill for the first lap. On lap two, Austin Hill finally gets out in front for the lead.

Lap three, Austin Hill leads the race with Sheldon Creed swapping back and forth; Grant Enfinger, Zane Smith, nad Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Talladega is one of only two tracks – Daytona the other one – where the drivers are not allowed to go below the double yellow line onto the apron of the track. Locking bumpers for a push is also prohibited.

Lap five, Austin Hill and Sheldon Creed continue to swap the lead back and forth; the remainder of the field also moves as the lead changes.

Lap six, the top five are Austin Hill, Sheldon Creed, Matt Crafton, Tyler Ankrum, and Christian Eckes.

Lap seven, Austin Hill has a tenth of a second lead on Sheldon Creed; Matt Crafton, Christian Eckes, and Tyler Ankrum round out the top five with the drivers getting three wide across the track.

Grant Enfinger makes an unscheduled pit stop for a flat tire after a tire rub.

Lap 13, Sheldon Creed leads the race. The first caution flag of the race comes out for a crash involving several trucks including Danny Bohn, Zane Smith, Joe Nemechek, Chase Purdy, Dawson Cram, Spencer Boyd, and Korbin Forrister. Eleven trucks were involved in the wreck with seven drivers out of the race. A block by Sheldon Creed backed up the field and the accordion effect caused the wreck.

NASCAR has red flagged the race in order to get the track cleaned up and the wrecked trucks cleared.

Once the trucks get moving again, only two laps remain in stage one with Christian Eckes taking the lead on the green flag.

Lap 19, Sheldon Creed takes the lead with Christian Eckes in second

Austin Hill wins stage one after a push from Todd Gilliland.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Austin Hill
Todd Gillialnd
Christian Eckes
Sheldon Creed
Benj Rhodes
Chandler Smith
Gus Dean
Tyler Ankrum
Brett Moffitt
Derek Kraus

Drivers bring their turcks down pit road for service with Christian Eckes winning the race off of pit road.

Todd Gilliland and Grant Enfinger had to make multiple trips down pit road for adjustments.

After staying out on the track, Derek Kraus brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 26.

Derek Kraus leads the race with Raphael Lessard in second; Johnny Sauter, Chandler Smith and Ben Rhodes round out the top five. The inside lane is leading the way.

Lap 27, Derek Kraus holds on to the lead with Johnny Sauter in second; Chandler Smith, Ben Rhodes, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Lap 29, Derek Kraus is in the lead with Johnny Sauter in second; Chandler Smith, Ben Rhodes, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Sheldon Creed has clinched a spot in the next round of the playoffs to join Austin Hill who earned his spot in the next round with a race win.

Lap 34, Derek Kraus holds on to thel ead; Johnny Sauter, Chandler Smith, Ben Rhodes, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Tate Fogleman is off the track.

Five laps remain in stage two; Derek Kraus leads the way; Johnny Sauter, Chandler Smith, Ben Rhodes, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Gus Dean brings out the caution flag on lap 38 for a crash that gets him into the wall hard after making contact with Tanner Gray.

Ending under caution, Derek Kraus wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Derek Kraus
Johnny Sauter
Chandler Smith
Austin Hill
Brett Moffitt
Ben Rhodes
Todd Gilliland
Sheldon Creek
Tyler Ankurm
Matt Crafton

Drivers come down pit road for service with Brett Moffitt winning the race off of pit road taking fuel only.

Austin Hill made contact with a pit crew member coming out of his pit stall. The tire changer for that team is fine and back to work.

Brett Moffitt has clinched his spot in the next round of the playoffs.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 45 with Moffitt getting out in front for the lead.

The top five are Brett Moffitt, Sheldon Creed, Derek Kraus, Tyler Ankrum, and Johnnhy Sauter.

There are over 40 laps remaining in the race and the drivers are already getting aggressive.

Lap 47, there are 38 cars on the lead lap; Grant Enfinger is the only driver one lap down in 29th, the remainder of the field is off the track or out of the race.

The caution flag comes out on lap 48 for Tanner Gray and Todd Gilliland when it appears that Todd Gilliland’s engine appears to blow up. Tanner Gray spins out and hits the wall.

Todd Gillialnd is out of the race with a blown engine. The blown engine also eliminates Gilliand from the playoffs.

Grant Enfinger gets his lap back and is back on the lead lap.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag start of the race on lap 54 with Brett Moffitt getting out in front for the lead with Sheldon Creed in second; Johnny Sauter, Derek Kraus, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Matt Crafton takes fifth from Ben Rhodes.

Lap 55, Sheldon Creed takes the lead.

Drivers get three wide across the track with Johnny Sauter taking the lead.

Lap 56, Ben Rhodes takes the lead with Sheldon Creed in second; Johnny Sauter, Derek Kraus and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Lap 57, Johnny Sauter takes the lead with Austin Hill in second.

Lap 58, the top five are Johnny Sauter, Austin Hill, Ben Rhodes, Sheldon Creed, and Derek Kraus.

Lap 59, Johnny Sauter holds on to the lead with Austin Hill in second; Ben Rhodes, Sheldon Creed, and Derek Kraus round out the single file top five.

Lap 62, Johnny Sauter continues to lead the race with Austin Hill in second; Ben Rhodes, Sheldon Creed, and Derek Kraus round out the top five.

The drivers will have to make a pit stop in order to complete the race; and will have to do so soon.

Lap 63, Johnny Sauter leads the race with Austin Hill in second.

Lap 64, Austin Hill is the first of the lead pack to make a green flag pit stop. Many of the drivers are taking fuel only.

Austin Hill was caught speeding on pit road.

Pitting by truck manufacturer, more drivers come down pit road for fuel.

Lap 66, leader Johnny Saute rand the last group of trucks make their pit stops. Jennifer Jo Cobbs is the new leader.

Contact on pit road, Chandler Smith hits Robby Lyons.

Lap 68, Jennifer Jo Cobb is in the lead with Bryan Dauzat in second.

Jennifer Jo Cobbs has a half second lead on Bryan Dauzat; Johnny Sauter, Christian Eckes, and Matt Crafton round out the top five. Cobb and Dauzat have yet to make their pit stops.

After serving his penalty for speeding, Austin Hill is the last car on the lead lap in 24th.

Twenty to go, Jennifer Jo Cobb leads the race with Bryan Dauzat in second still needing to make a pit stop; Sheldon Creed, Brett Moffitt, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Seventeen to go, Jennifer Jo Cobb – the only female to own and drive in NASCAR – continues to lead the race with Bryan Dauzat in second; Sheldon Creed, Brett Moffitt, and Kaz Grala round out the top five.

Fifteen to go, leader Jennifer Jo Cobb and Bryan Dauzat in second have yet to make a pit stop; Sheldon Creed, Brett Moffitt, and Kaz Grala round out the top five.

Hammer down, Sheldon Creed brings a group form the outside lane to take the lead with Brett Moffitt in second; Kaz Grala, Stewart Friesen and Tyler Ankrum round out the top five.

Christian Eckes got loose but saved the truck and the track stays green.

Ten to go, Sheldon Creed leads the race with team mate Brett Moffitt in second; Stewart Friesen, Johnny Sauter, and Raphael Lessard round out the top five.

There are 19 trucks on the lead lap.

Eight to go, Sheldon Creed leads the race with Brett Moffitt in second.

Seven to go, Stewart Friesen takes the lead after leader Sheldon Creed has some sort of issue with his truck.

Sheldon Creed brings his car down pit road with a flat tire. NASCAR brings out the caution flag for debris on the track from Creed’s truck.

Five to go, second place driver Tyler Ankrum is the only playoff driver in the top five.

In a two lap shootout, Stewart Friesen brings the field down for the green flag restart and gets out in front for the lead after a push from fellow Canadian Raphael Lessard.

Raphael Lessard gets the lead but Stewart Friesen retakes the lead and the white flat.

After getting three, four, and five wide, trucks start wrecking to bring out the caution flag. Austin Hill’s truck is on fire. Stewart Friesen and Christian Eckes are in the grass.

NASCAR has to relay on video evidence and timing loops Raphael Lessard is named the winner of the race for his first Truck Series career win.

Christian Eckes has been eliminated from the playoffs.

The unofficial results for the Chevrolet Silverado 250:
Raphael Lessard
Trevor Bayne
Chandler Smith
Codie Rohrbaugh
Ben Rhodes
Jordan Anderson
Kaz Grala
Brett Moffitt
Derek Kraus
Matt Crafton
Sheldon Creed
Grant Enfinger
Johnny Sauter
Clay Greenfield
Bayley Currey
Tyler Ankrum
Stewart Friesen
Christian Eckes
Austin Hill
Austin Wayne Self
Bryan Dauzat
Norm Benning
Josh Reaume
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Jason White
Robby Lyons
Ray Ciccarelli
Todd Gilliland
Tanner Gray
Gus Dean
Tate Fogleman
Chase Purdy
Zane Smith
Danny Bohn
Dawson Cram
Korbin Forrister
Joe Nemechek
Spencer Boyd

Neil Young, Crazy Horse ‘Return to Greendale’

In 2003, Neil Young and his band Crazy Horse released the album “Greendale”.  The concept album told the story of a fictional town with song topics like environmentalism, corruption, and capitalism. 

On November 6, Young and Crazy Horse will release “Return to Greendale”, a live album from that tour that was recorded in Toronto.  Young has also planned a concert film release.

The album is scheduled to be released as a digital download, in two CD and vinyl formats, and in a limited edition deluxe boxed set that will include a DVD and Blu-Ray concert film.

Iron Maiden Set Live Release

Tours are still on hold as the Covid-19 virus rages on around the world, but metal rockers Iron Maiden are bringing the tour to their fans in the form of a double disc live album.

“Nights of the Dead, Legacy of the Beast: Live in Mexico City” is set for a November 20 release. 

The album was recorded during the band’s 2019 tour when the band performed in Mexico City over a three night period to sold out audiences.

The album is being offered as a digital download, as a 2 CD digipack, a deluxe 2 CD package with a hardcase book, a triple vinyl set, and a triple vinyl featuring the Mexican flag.

Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris spoke about the release saying, “when the final leg of our 2020 Legacy tour this summer had to be cancelled due to the COVID pandemic, the whole band was very disappointed and deflated and we know our fans felt the same.  We’d been really looking forward to bringing the show to even more countries and although we’ve been able to reschedule most of our European own-shows for 2021, we thought we’d take a listen to the recordings from the tour so far and see if we could create a definitive live album souvenir that everyone, everywhere could enjoy.”  Harris added that they had never released a live album from Mexico before.

Band manager Rod Smallwood stated, “when our 2020 tour got cancelled, putting together a live album seemed the obvious thing to do.”

Tracklisting for “Nights of the Dead, Legacy of the Beast: Live in Mexico City”:
“Churchill’s Speech”
“Aces High”
“Where Eagles Dare”
“2 Minutes To Midnight”
“The Clansman”
“The Trooper”
“Revelations”
“For The Greater Good Of God”
“The Wicker Man”
“Sign Of The Cross”
“Flight Of Icarus “
“Fear Of The Dark”
“Iron Maiden”
“The Number Of The Beast”
“The Evil That Men Do “
“Hallowed Be Thy Name”
“Run To The Hills”

Truck Series Driver Seeks Land Speed Record

The Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series has two regular full time female drivers – Jennifer Jo Cobb and Natalie Decker – but only one female owner.  Jennifer Jo Cobb, who has been a part of the Truck Series for 10 years, is the only female owner is any of the three NASCAR racing series.

But Cobb’s interests go far beyond the Truck Series…

This weekend she will not only race on the high banks of Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, but on Friday night she will be attempting to set a new land speed record at the East Coast Timing Association Horsepower Harvest Events in Blytheville, Arkansas. 

Driving a Ford Fusion, Cobb is looking to become the fastest female of any event driving a NASCAR stock car.  She must top speeds well over 200mph to secure the title.

A cutoff race for the first round of the playoffs, NASCAR is allowing a limited number of fans into the stands for the Chevrolet Silverado 250 on October 3.

feature photo credit: By U.S. Army – Jennifer Jo Cobb to unveil ‘Driven 2 Honor’ program at Daytona 110215, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=69684388

IndyCar Sets 2021 Schedule

Just one day after NASCAR released the Cup Series schedule for the 2021 season, IndyCar has revealed their proposed schedule for the coming year.

IndyCar opens their season in March not on the track but on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida and concluding at Laguna Seca in September.

While Detroit, Richmond, Circuit of the Americas, and a second Texas race have been eliminated; there is a race at Texas where IndyCar and NASCAR will race at the same track on the same weekend for an Indy/NASCAR doubleheader.

IndyCar 2021 Racing schedule:
March 7 on the streets of St. Petersburg
April 11 at Barber Motorsports Park
April 18 on the streets of Long Beach
May 1 & 2 at Texas Motor Speedway
May 15 on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
May 22 & 23 Indianapolis 500 qualifying
May 30 at IMS for the Indianapolis 500
June 12 & 13 on the streets of Belli Isle – Detroit
June 20 at Road America
July 4 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
July 11 on the streets of Toronto
Aug 8 on the streets of Nashville
Aug 14 the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Aug 21 at World Wide Technology Raceway
Sept 12 at Portland International Raceway
Sept 19 at WeatherTech Raceway in Laguna Seca

DWTS Fired Hosts for ‘Evolution’

Just as “Dancing with the Stars” fans were preparing for a new season of the reality competition dance show, they learned that popular hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews were not only being let go; but were dismissed apparently with no cause.

It has now been revealed that there was a reason…evolution.

ABC executive Andrew Llinares said that they wanted to see the show evolve.

Former model Tyra Banks has joined the show as an executive producer and as the show’s sole host.

Admitting that they simply wanted a new host, Llinares said, “I think it’s all about evolution. I think any show like this that has been on many, many seasons needs to continue to evolve.  I think changing the host was all about evolution, it was about making the show feel fresh, making it feel new [and] kind of make it reach out — maybe to a new audience as well, as well as the audience that’s been there for years.”

When season 29 of DWTS premiered, Neilson noted that just six million people tuned in to the new season.  Since that premiere, there have been numerous complaints over Banks and her hosting style.

While the fans are not happy, ABC is; Llinares added, “I think it’s working brilliantly with the one host. I think it’s really refreshed the pace of the show, actually.  I think it’s taken it to a new pace, in terms of moving faster and just feeling different. I think there’s a real danger when a show’s been on for a long time that the audience almost gets bored of the rhythm. It doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with it. It just sort of gets a little boring — the rhythm of it. So, I think it’s changed the rhythm of the show in a really exciting way.”

With only three weeks into the new season, it is still too early to tell whether or not, DWTS will survive to see a 30th season.