Simple Plan and New Found Glory

The world has opened up again and more bands are preparing to hit the road with rescheduled tour dates.

Simple Plan and New Found Glory have rescheduled their concert dates from last summer and have added a few more dates for their “Pop Punk’s Still Not Dead” tour. The band is bringing LOLO along as special guest performers for the tour set to begin in late August and run into October.

Pop Punk’s Still Not Dead Tour:

Aug 31 at the GMBG in Dallas, TX
Sept 1 at Stubb’s in Austin, TX
Sept 2 at the White Oak Music Hall in Houston, TX
Sept 4 at The Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ
Sept 5 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV
Sept 6 at SOMA in San Diego, CA
Sept 8 & 9 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA
Sept 11 at The UC Theatre in Berkeley, CA
Sept 12 at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR

Sept 13 at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle, WA
Sept 15 at The Complex in Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 16 at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO
Sept 21 at The Filmore in Minneapolis, MN
Sept 22 at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, MO
Sept 23 at The Factory in Chesterfield, MO
Sept 25 at EXPRESS LIVE! In Columbus, OH
Sept 26 at The Filmore in Detroit, MI
Sept 28 at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA
Sept 29 at the Starland in Sayreville, NJ
Oct 2 at Riverworks in Buffalo, NY
Oct 3 at the Franklin Music Hall in Philadelphia, PA
Oct 5 at the House of Blues in Boston, MA
Oct 6 at The Palladium in Worcester, MA
Oct 8 at Pier 17 in New York City, NY
Oct 9 at the Rams Head Live in Baltimore, MD
Oct 10 at The Ritz in Raleigh, NC
Oct 12 at The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA
Oct 14 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, FL
Oct 15 at the Revolution in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Oct 16 at the House of Blues in Lake Buena Vista, FL

Singer BJ Thomas Dies

Grammy Award winning entertainer BJ Thomas died May 29 in his Arlington, Texas home as a result of lung cancer at the age of 78.

Thomas burst on to the music scene in 1969 when he was tapped to perform “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” for the film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”.  Thomas earned as Academy Award for the Burt Bacharach and Hal David penned song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hziG9Nr6KHU

He went on to earn five Grammy Awards and release a number of other pop, country, and gospel hits including “Hooked on a Feeling”, ″(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song”, and “I Just Can’t Help Believing”.  His gospel album “Home Where I Belong” wen t on to become the first such album to be certified platinum for selling one million copies.

Thomas also has two Dove Awards – Gospel Music Awards – to his credit.  He has sold over 70 million albums around the world.  He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry when he was 30 years old.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkQoPfmUbY8

During his career, Thomas has performed with Dionne Warwick, Richard Marx, Vince Gill, Sara Niemietz, Keb Mo, Lyle Lovett, and Isaac Slade of The Fray.

Along with “Sundance”, Thomas’ music can be heard on dozens of productions including “Growing Pains”, “Bobby’s World”, “Forrest Gump”, “Chicago Hope”, “The In-Laws”, “Charlie’s Angels Full Throttle”, “Spider-Man 2”, “Cold Case”, “Mike & Mike”, “Family Guy”, and “Mrs. America”.

Billy Joe Thomas was born August 7, 1942 in Hugo Oklahoma but was raised in Houston, Texas where he loved to play baseball as a child.  He took the nickname BJ after several of his baseball mates had the same name.  He began singing in church as a teen-ager and went on to become a part of the locka rock band the Triumphs.  Saying that he “was raised in a fairly dysfunctional situation”, Thomas dealt with addiction issues for many years until his wife helped him to get clean in 1975.

Thomas is survived by his wife of over 50 years Gloria, daughters – Paige, Nora, and Erin – and four grandchildren.

BJ Thomas discography:
“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
“Tomorrow Never Comes”
“On My Way”
“Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”
“Young and in Love”
“Everybody’s Out of Town”
“Most of All”
“BJ Thomas Country”
“Billy Joe Thomas”
“Rock’n ‘Roll Lullaby”
“Songs “
“Longhorn & London Bridges”
“Help Me Make it (To My Rockin’ Chair)”
“Reunion”
“B.J. Thomas”
“Home Where I Belong”
“Everybody Loves  a Rain Song”
“Happy Man”
“You Gave Me Love (When Nobody Game Me a Prayer)”
“In Concert”
“Amazing Grace”
“Some Love Songs Never Die”
“Miracle”
“Peace in the Valley”
“Love Shines”
“New Looks”
“The Great American Dream”
“Shining”
“You Gave Me Love”
“Throwin’ Rocks at the Moon”
“All is Calm, All is Bright”
“Night Life”
Hey Won’t You Play Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song
“Midnight Minute”
“As We Know Him”
“Jesus Hearted People”
“Back Against the Wall”
“Rock and Roll Lullaby”
“Still Standing Here”
“Precious Memories”
“Scenes of Christmas”
“B.J. Thomas Sings Hank Williams and Other Favorites”
“I Believe”
“Christmas is Coming Home”
“Sounds of Christmas”
“You Call that a Mountain”
“Greatest & Latest”
“Holiday Treasures
Series: Country Christmas”
“That Christmas Feeling”
“We Praise: Glorify Thy Name”
“Home for Christmas”
“Love to Burn”
“Christmas Live”
“The Living Room Sessions”
“Recollections”
“Lovin’ You”

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Queen to Release ‘Greatest Hits’ Album

In 1981, music was available on vinyl, 8-track tape, or cassette tape.

That was the year that British rocker Queen released their “Greatest Hits” album. An album that went on to sell over 25 million copies around the world – six million of those in the United Kingdom! The album has spent over 900 weeks on the United Kingdom’s album chart – that’s 17 years on the music chart!

On July 2, Queen will be re-releasing their “Greatest Hits” album in a celebration of 50 years of making music.

When the re-release comes out, it will be available in a limited edition cassette and on CD. The limited edition cassette will be available exclusively on Queen’s online store and be available in four band member colour cassettes – 1,000 copies each. The CD slipcase will feature autographs by surviving members Brian May and Roger Taylor.

Queen was formed in 1970 and released their debut album in 1973. The rockers lost their flamboyant lead singer Freddie Mercury in 1991 at the age of 45 as a result of AIDS. Since that time, Queen has become members of the Songwriters and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame.

In recent years, Queen has made a resurgence with new lead singer Adam Lambert. Lambert was asked to join the band after he performed with the rockers on the season eight finale of “American Idol”. Lambert finished the season as the runner up to winner Kris Alen.

NASCAR Cup Series Standings – May 31

With the playoffs still two months away, the NASCAR Cup Series has only three repeat winners so far this season after Kyle Larson won his second race of the season with a dominating win at the Coca Cola 600 on May 30. The win also saw car owner Rick Hendrick break the record for the most wins by a team owner with 269 wins. Hendrick tied the record last week with Petty Enterprises (Richard Petty Motorsports) after the win by Chase Elliott at the road course Circuit of the Americas. Petty held the record for over 60 years.

Martin Truex Jr has three wins; while team mates Kyle Larson and Alex Bowman have two wins each. Eight other drivers have notched a win this season.

Still winless, Denny Hamlin continues to dominate in the Cup point standings with 633 points. Hamlin’s lead has diminished slightly over the past couple of weeks, but he still holds a lead of 76 points over Kyle Larson in second place.

With a total of six wins, Chevrolet has a 24 point lead in the manufacturers standings with 547 points. Ford is in second with 523 points with four wins and Toyota is in third with 513 points with five wins.


The top 16 drivers in the playoff standings are:
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Larson – race winner
William Byron – race winner
Chase Elliott – race winner
Joey Logano – race winner
Martin Truex Jr – race winner
Ryan Blaney – race winner
Kyle Busch – race winner
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski – race winner
Austin Dillon
Alex Bowman – race winner
Tyler Reddick
Chris Buescher
Christopher Bell – race winner
Michael McDowell – race winner

Dominating Win at Coke 600 for Record Breaker

It’s the longest race of the season for the NASCAR Cup Series when they go home to Charlotte for Memorial Day weekend and the Coca Cola 600.

Nearly all of the teams call the Charlotte area home and with the fans back in the stands, the employees can see the fruits of their labours by attending the race.

In a rare event for NASCAR in the 2021 season, the drivers take to the track on Saturday morning to qualify for the 600 in a single round one lap attempt. This is an impound race which means once qualifying has completed, NASCAR impounds the cars and the crews cannot work on them. The drivers must start the race with their qualifying set up and the tires they qualified on.

Thirty-eight teams brought cars to the track this weekend and all 38 of them will run in the race.

With a time of 29.95 seconds Kyle Larson puts his number five Hendrick Motorsports car on the pole with Ricky Stenhouse Jr starting alongside on the front row. Three of the top four positions are held by HMS team mates. The top five drivers are separated by just thousandths of a second. All four of the HMS cars are in the top 10.

The starting lineup for the Coca Cola 600:
Kyle Larson
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Chase Elliott
William Byron
Kevin Harvick
Austin Dillon
Alex Bowman
Martin Truex Jr
Daniel Suarez
Ross Chastain
Kurt Busch
Ryan Blaney
Brad Keselowski
Denny Hamlin
Tyler Reddick
Joey Logano
Christopher Bell
Bubba Wallace
Erik Jones
Kyle Busch
Chase Briscoe
Matt DiBenedetto
Cole Custer
Michael McDowell
Ryan Newman
Corey LaJoie
Chris Buescher
Ryan Preece
Anthony Alfredo
Justin Haley
Aric Almirola
Quin Houff
BJ McLeod
Cody Ware
James Davison
Garrett Smithley
Josh Bilicki
David Starr

With 400 laps in the race, there will be a total of four stages, 100 laps each.

With a rousing command from Jay Leno and Kevin Eubanks, the engines are fired and the crews are ready to go as the drivers get moving.

Kurt Busch and BJ McLeod will have to start the race from the back of the field after crews made unapproved adjustments to the cars.

Pole sitter Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Ricky Stenhouse Jr alongside. Kyle Larson edges out to take the lead for his first 600 lead with team mate Chase right behind.

The top five are Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and Ricky Stenhouse battling for second, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick.

Lap four, Kyle Larson has a near half second lead with team mates Chase Elliott in second and William Byron in third. Fellow Hendrick Motorsport team mate Alex Bowman is in eighth place.

Lap six, after starting the race form the back of the field, Kurt Busch has moved up to 32nd place.

After a practice session and a qualifying run, there will be no competition caution for this race.

Lap eight, Kyle Larson has a half second lead on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr round out the top five.

Lap nine, Kyle Larson marks 4,000 laps led in his NASCAR Cup Series career.

Lap 15, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race by over half a second on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr round out the top five.

Alex Bowman says that his car doesn’t like him; adding that it is loose and the splitter is hitting the track.

Lap 20, Kyle Larson has increased his lead to over a second on Chase Elliott.

Lap 25, there are 33 cars on the lead lap. Kurt Busch has moved up to 28th.

Leading every lap so far, Kyle Larson has a lead of over a second on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Ricky Stenhoue Jr round out the top five. Kyle Busch has entered the top five in ninth place and looking to move forward.

Lap 31, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race with a lead of nearly two seconds on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Lap 34, since race start, Kurt Busch has moved up 12 spots to 26th; brother Kyle has moved up 10 spots and is in the top 10 at eighth place.

Lap 37, Kyle Larson continues to increase his lead on Chase Elliott and is now nearly two and a half seconds in front.

Kevin Harvick reports a loose condition.

Lap 40, Chase Elliott has closed the gap on Kyle Larson to under half a second.

Lap 46, drivers begin making green flag pit stops. The drivers can run around 60 laps on a single load of fuel.

Ryan Blaney reports issues with his car turning. Denny Hamlin reports a tight condition.

Ross Chastain has along stop on pit road with the hood up.

Leader Kyle Larson comes down pit road and gives the lead over to William Byron.

William Byron comes down pit road and gives the lead over to Ricky Stenhouse Jr

Ricky Stenhouse Jr makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Brad Keselowski.

Lap 51, the top three drivers – Brad Keselowski, Matt DiBenedetto, and Anthony Alfredo – have not made a pit stop. Quin Houff – who is one lap down – has also not made his pit stop yet. There are eleven cars on the lead lap.

Lap 54, leaders encounter slower traffic.

Ryan Blaney has to make a second trip down pit road with a loose wheel.

Lap 56, leader Brad Keselowski makes his green flag pit stop. Matt DiBenedetto is the new leader.

Lap 57, Matt DiBenedetto makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Kyle Larson. Anthony Alfredo has yet to make his pit stop.

Ross Chastain has a broken oil pump belt and is in the garage to make repairs.

Lap 60, Anthony Alfredo is the last driver to make his green flag pit stop.

Lap 64, Kyle Larson has a lead of over a second on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Austin Dillon round out the top five. Kurt Busch is the last car on the lead lap in 19th place.

Lap 68, Kyle Larson has increased his lead to nearly two seconds on Chase Elliott; third place driver William Byron is over four seconds back with fourth place driver Kevin Harvick eight seconds back.

Austin Dillon and Kyle Busch battle for fifth.

Lap 71, Kyle Larson increases his lead to nearly two and a half seconds on Chase Elliott.

With 72 green flag laps in the books, this is the longest span of green flag laps ever to start the Coca Cola 600.

Lap 76, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of nearly three seconds on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Lap 81, Kyle Larson has a lead of over three seconds on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Austin Dillon rund out the top five.

Lap 85, Kyle Larson has a lead of over three seconds on Chase Elliott. Kyle Busch has gotten around Austin Dillon to take fifth place.

Ten laps remain in stage one; Kyle Larson continues to increase his lead and is now over four seconds in front of Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Austin Dillon round out the top five with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 95, Daniel Suarez makes an unscheduled trip down pit road with a flat tire. He returns to the track two laps down.

Ross Chastain returns to the track 38 laps down.

Kyle Larson wins stage one for his seventh stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
William Byron
Kevin Harvick
Austin Dillon
Kyle Busch
Martin Treux Jr
Tyler Reddick
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Alex Bowman

Drivers come down pit road for service with Kyle Larson winning the race off of pit road. Tyler Reddick has a slow pit stop after overshooting his pit stall and having to back up to make his pit stop.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 108 with Chase Elliott alongside. Kyle Larson gets out in front as drivers get three wide across the track.

The top fiveare Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, William Byron, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 110, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr battle for fifth.

Lap 111, Kevin Harvick and William Byron battle for third.

Lap 112, Kyle Larson has a half second lead on Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, William Byron, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five. There are 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 116, Kyle Larson has a lead of just under half a second on Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, Willliam Byron, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

So far, Kevin Harvick has the fastest lap run in the race.

Kyle Larson is dominating the race early, he has led 105 of the 116 laps run.

Lap 122, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race but has not run away with the lead so far in this stage. Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick battle for second. The top five drivers are less than a second and a half apart.

Lap 125, the top five are Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, William Byron, and Kyle Busch.

Alex Bowman a lead on Kyle Larson.nd Ricky Stenhouse Jr battle for tenth.

Alex Bowman reports that he has something hitting the track on the left side of his car.

Lap 129, Chase Elliott has closed to just a quarter of a second. Kevin Harvick nad William Byron continue to battle for third.

Lap 132, Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott battle for the lead with Chase Elliott taking the spot and begins to pull away.

Lap 133, the top five are Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch. There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 141, Chase Elliott has a lead of nearly half a second on Kyle Larson; William Byron, Kevin Harvick and Ausitn Dillon round out the top five.

Kurt Busch takes his car to the garage, reporting no oil pressure and a loss of power.

There are 18 cars on the lead lap with Brad Keselowski in 18th place.

NASCAR has black flagged David Starr for failure to make minimum speed. He will have to come down pit road and the team will attempt to fix the problem.

Lap 146, Brad Keselowski is the first driver to bring his car down pit road for a green flag pit stop and begin the cycle.

More drivers come down pit road for their green flag pit stops.

Lap 149, leader Chase Elliott makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Tyler Reddick.

Tyler Reddick makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Christopher Bell.

Reports from Kurt Busch’s team is that he broke the same belt that broke on team mate Ross Chastain’s car.

Lap 153, Christopher Bell makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead back to Kyle Larson; team mates William Byron and Chase Elliott are second and third.

Lap 159, Kyle Larson has a one second lead on William Byron; Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

With about 30 minutes to sunset, only turn three and the backstretch are in sunlight. As the night goes on the track temperatures will cool, enabling the drivers to run faster.

Lap lap 164, some of the drivers ran their fastest laps of the race.

Lap 165, Kyle Larson holds a near one second lead on William Byron; Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch round out the top five. The fourth Hendrick Motorsports drivers Alex Bowman is in eighth place. There are 18 cars on the lead lap.

FOX Broadcaster Mike Joy reports that the temperatures today are the coolest they have been since 1995.

The caution flag comes out on lap 172 when Kurt Busch returns to the track and the engine blows up. He is the first driver out of the race.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Alex Bowman wins the race off of pit road after taking only two tires. Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano also took only two tires. Fourth place driver Kyle Larson is the first car on four fresh tires.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 178 with Bowman edging out for the lead. Drivers are three wide across the track.

The top five are Alex Bowman, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 180, Denny Hamlin takes the lead.

Lap 181, Chase Elliott challenges Alex Bowman for the lead. Elliott takes the lead on lap 183.

The top five are Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman and Kyle Busch.

Fifteen laps remain in stage two, Kyle Larson is less than half a second behind leader Chase Elliott.

Lap 188, Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott battle for the lead with Larson getting back out in front.

With 12 laps remaining in stage two, the top five are Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, William Byron, and Denny Hamlin.

Ten laps remain in stage two and the HMS cars occupy the top four spots with Kyle Larson leading the way. Kyle Busch is in fifth.

Two weeks ago in Dover, Hendrick Motorsports finished the race in the top four positions for a NASCAR first.

Five to go in stage two, the top five are Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, William Byron, and Kyle Busch.

Four to go, Kyle Busch and Alex Bowman battle for fourth. Tyler Reddick tries to make it a three way battle.

On the final lap of stage two, five of the top six drivers are from the Bow Tie Brigrade – Chevrolets.

Kyle Larson wins stage two for his eighth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
William Byron
Kyel Busch
Tyler Reddick
Kevin Harvick
Alex Bowman
Chris Buescher
Denny Hamlin
Austin Dillon

At the end of stage two, NASCAR brings the field down pit road and are stopped for a moment of remembrance to those military members who have died in the line of duty.

The engines fire once more and make a lap before pit road opens for service.

Lead lap drivers come down pit road with Kyle Larson winning the race off of pit road. William Byron got some cookies during his pit stop.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three and edges out Chase Elliott as the drivers get three wide across the track.

Lap 208, the top five are Kyle Larson, William Byron, Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick.

Lap 211, William Byron challenges team mate Kyle Larson for the lead.

Christopher Bell gets loose and slaps the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 215, Kyle Larson has a lead of just one tenth of a second on William Byron; Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 216, Christopher Bell brings his car down pit road for service after hitting the wall.

Lap 217, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick battle for fourth place.

Lap 223, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on William Byron; Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 228, Alex Bowman takes fifth from Kevin Harvick for four HMS car in the top five; only Kyle Busch is not a Hendricks Motorsports car.

Lap 231, William Byron passes Kyle Larson to take the lead. All four of the Hendrick cars have led laps in the race.

With 600 miles of racing, the pit crews will have to make anywhere from nine to eleven pit stops. Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon has a crew member who has only been a part of the crew for seven months. Josh Bush comes to NASCAR after playing professional football with the Super Bowl winning Denver Broncos.

Lap 237, Kevin Harvick makes an unscheduled pit stop for a loose tire.

Lap 242, green flag pit stops are beginning.

Lap 245, William Byron has a half second lead on Kyle Larson; Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 248, Kyle Larson has led 148 laps in the race.

Kyle Larson makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Tyler Reddick.

Lap 249, Tyler Reddick, Austin Dillon, nad Anthony Alfredo have yet to make a pit stop.

Leader Tyler Reddick comes down pit road and give the lead over to Austin Dillon.

Lap 250, Austin Dillon makes his pit stop and gives the lead to Anthony Alfredo.

Leader Anthony Alfredo and Daniel Suarez are the only lead lap drivers who have not made a pits top.

Lap 252, Anthony Alfredo makes his pit stop and gives the lead to Kyle Larson.

Lap 254, the top five are Kyle Larson, William Byron, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman.

Lap 260, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on William Byron; Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 165, William Byron is slowly closing the gap on leader Kyle Larson. Larson’s lead is now just over a second.

Seventh place driver Denny Hamlin says that he just can’t go as fast as he would like.

Lap 269, Kyle Larson has a lead of just under a second on William Byron; Kye Busch is nearly four seconds back in third; Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

James Davison gets loose after some near contact with Quin Houff. Davison called the incident “knarley”.

Lap 277, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lad of nearly two seconds on William Byron; Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 283, there are 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 284, Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly two and a half seconds on William Byron with Kyle Busch five seconds back in third; Chase Ellitt and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

With just nine laps remaining in stage three, William Byron has closed to within two tenths of a second of Kyle Larson; Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman round out the top five. Kurt Busch is the only driver out of the race with 17 cars on the lead lap.

Kyle Larson becomes the first driver to lead 1,000 laps this season.

Ryan Newman gets into the wall and brings out the caution flag with just five laps remainin in stage three.


Stage three ends under caution with Kyle Larson winning the stage for the stage sweep and his ninth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage three:
Kyle Larson
William Byron
Kyle Busch/

Chase Elliott
Alex Bowman
Tyler Reddick
Denny Hamlin
Austin Dillon
Bubba Wallace
Kevin Harvick

Drivers come down pit road for service with Kyle Larson edging out Kyle Busch for the win off of pit road.

Ryan Blaney was charged with speeding on pit road and Bubba Wallace was charged with equipment interfering on pit road when a tire rolled into the next pit.

Kyle Larson Brings the field down for the green flag start of stage four but it is Kyle Busch who edges out in fornt for the lead. Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch battle for the lead.

Lap 307, Kyle Larson takes the lead with Chase Elliott in second; William Byron Alex Bowman and Kye Busch round out the top five. Busch falls back when he bottoms out.

Lap 309, Kyle Larson has the lead with Chase Elliott in second but William Byron comes up to battle for second; Kyle Busch and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 314, Kyle Larson has a tenth of a second lead on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five. There are 17 cars on the lead lap; Erik Jones is the last car on the lead lap.

Lap 118, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Chase Elliott.

Lap 324, Kyle Larson holds on to his lead of over half a second on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 328, Bubba Wallace is the last car on the lead lap in 15th place. Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Chase Elliott.

Lap 334, KyleLarson now has a lead of two and a half seconds on Chase Elliott; Kyle Busch passes William Byron for third and Alex Bowman is in fifth.

Lap 341, Kyle Larson now has a lead of over three seconds on Chase Elliott.

Martin Truex Jr has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road for a blown tire; just laps before scheduled green flag pit stops.

Lap 343, Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly three seconds on Kyle Busch; William Byron, Chase Elliott, and alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 345, William Byron and Denny Hamlin begin the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Lap 347, leader Kyle Larson comes down pit road for his pit stop and gives the lead over to Tyler Reddick.

Leader Tyler Reddick, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney have yet to make their pit stops.

Lap 349, leader Tyler Reddick comes down pit road and gives the lead over to Ryan Blaney.

Lap 250, Ryan Blaney makes his pit stop and gives the lead back to Kyle Larson.

Lap 351, Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly three seconds on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 355, Kyle Larson has a lead of three seconds on Chase Elliott.

Forty laps remain in the race, Kyle Larson has a lead of over two seconds on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Kyle Larson has led 294 laps of the 367 laps run so far.

Thirty to go, Kyle Larson has a two second lead on team mate Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Just 25 laps to go, Kyle Larson continues to dominate the race and has a second and a half lead on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Twenty to go, Kyle Larson continues to dominate the race. Two weeks ago, Hendrick Motorsports finished the race one, two, three, four; tonight they have four of the top five spots with Kyle Busch in fourth.

There are 14 cars on the lead lap with Bubba Wallace the last car on the lead lap There are no cars just one lap down.

Tyler Reddick gets loose but saves the car and the track stays green.

With 15 laps to go, Kyle Larson is running away with the race; he has a six second lead on Chase Elliott.

Chase Elliott and William Byron battle for second.

Twelve to go, Kyle Larson is “driving it like he stole it” with a seven and a half second lead on William Byron; Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Kyle Busch, William Byron, and Chase Elliott are in a three way battle for second.

Eight to go, Kyle Larson has a near 10 second lead on Chase Elliott; Kyle Busch, William Byron, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Seven to go, Kyle Larson has led 320 lpas so far.

Kyle Busch and William Byron continue to battle for thrid and swap it back and forth.

Five to go, Kyle Larson’s lead is now over 10 seconds.

Kyle Larson takes the white flag.

With a lead of over 10 seconds, Kyle Larson takes the checkered flag after three straight second place finishes. With Larson’s win, Rick Hendrick takes over the top spot for the most wins in the NASCAR Cup Series with 269; breaking the record held by Petty Enterprises for over 60 years! Geoff Bodine began the streak with the first win in 1960.

Kyle Larson becomes the third driver to win more than one race this season.

Larson said that it felt great to help Mr H. break the record.

Hendrick team mate Chase Elliott said that Kyle Larson had the best car and deserved the win.

The unofficial results of the Coca Cola 600:
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
William Byron
Alex Bowman
Austin Dillon
Denny Hamlin
Chris Buescher
Tyler Reddick
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Blaney
Bubba Wallace
Daniel Suarez
Erik Jones
Joey Logano
Matt DiBenedetto
Corey LaJoie
Michael McDowell
Cole Custer
Aric Almirola
Chase Briscoe
Christopher Bell
Anthony Alfredo
Ryan Preece
Ryan Newman
Justin Haley
Martin Truex Jr
Cody Ware
BJ McLeod
Quin Houff
James Davison
Garrett Smithley
Josh Bilicki
David Starr
Ross Chastain
Kurt Busch

Big Celebration for Four Time Win at Indy 500

The Indianapolis 500 is as much a part of the Memorial Day weekend as BBQ’s and remembering fallen military members.

This year to help celebrate the 105th Indianapolis 500 the fans return to the track with 135,000 enthusiastic race fans ready to cheer on the 33 drivers in the field. This becomes the event that has hosted the largest number of fans anywhere in the world since the outbreak of the pandemic.

This year the drivers represent 15 countries and includes some familiar names like Andretti, Fitipaldi, Herta, and Rahal.

In the middle of the first row, at 20 years old, Dutch driver Rinus VeeKay is the youngest driver to ever start the race from th front row.

The only female driver in the race, Simone De Silvestro is making history with a crew of predominantly women, including the over the wall crew.

The excitement began even before the drop of the green flag when Will Power had issues with getting his car started. After having his car pushed to pit road and restarted, he joins the field in his starting spot in the last row.

Scott Dixon brings the field to the green flag but it doesn’t take long for young guns Colton Herta and Rinus VeeKay to take the lead.

By lap six, Will Power had advanced seven positions to 25th after having some start issues before the beginning of the race.

Once Rinus VeeKay took the lead, he held on to the spot until he made his first of several pit stops for the day on lap 31.

Ed Carpenter’s car gets stalled on pit road but the crew gets it going again.

Coming down pit road, Stefan Wilson comes in too hot, locks up his tires, and hits the wall bringing out the first caution flag of the race on lap 34. The front end of Wilson’s car is destroyed and he becomes the first car out of the race.

Scott Dixon had to make an emergency stop on pit road for fuel. Coming down pit road, Dixon runs out of fuel and the car stalls out. It took several minutes and attempts to get the car going once again. As a result, Dixon is now one lap down.

Alexander Rossi also had to make an emergency stop for fuel and stalled out his car. Rossi also ended up one lap down due to a stalled engine.

Unlike NASCAR, IndyCar has no “lucky dog” giving a driver his lap back. They must drive their way back to the lead lap.

Stefan Wilson reports that he had no brakes at the time of his crash.

Twenty one year old Coltn Herta brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 47 and takes the lead.

A quarter of the way through the race on lap 50, Rinus VeeKay retakes the lead briefly before Conor Daly takes the lead to rousing cheers form the crowd.

Lap 69, the drivers begin a new round of pit stops when Rinus VeeKay comes down pit road. Lap 71, leader Conor Daly makes his pit stop.

Lap 100, halfway, Conor Daly leads the Indianapolis 500 in front of a hometown crowd driving a car with a U.S. Air Force paint scheme.

Lap 103, the third round of pit stops begins.

Scott McLaughlin was caught speeding on pit road after locking up the wheels in an attempt to get slowed down for his pit stop.

Lap 118, Graham Rahal gives up the lead to make his pit stop. Coming off of pit road after his pit stop the left rear wheel on Rahal’s car comes off and sends Rahal into the wall right in front of the leaders. Rahal becomes the second driver out of the race. A very frustrated Rahal climbed out of his car unhurt. Conor Daly drop kicked the errant tire when it passed in front of him.

Scott Dixon is back on the lead lap.

Alex Palou brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 125 but looking for his fourth Indy 500 win, Helio Castroneves takes the lead.

Pato O’Ward takes the lead.

Graham Rahal apologizes to his sponsors and partners saying that he is sorry they didn’t win…but they should have.

Alex Palou takes the lead on 132.

Conor Daly reports an understeer issue after hitting the tire form Graham Rahal’s car.

Helio Castroneves is the leader; he makes his pit stop on lap 151. Drivers make their pit stops. Takuma Sato is the new leader.

Will Power gets turned around on pit road and stops backwards in Simon Pagenaud’s pit stall. Reports are that the brakes on Power’s car were gone.

Lap 160, for the first time since the start of the race, Scott Dixon leads the race.

Lap 162, Scott Dixon makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Alex Palou.

Lap 170, Helio Castroneves takes the lead.

Simone Silvestro gets turned around on pit road. The crew pushes the car to her pit stop at the beginning of pit road.

Lap 174, drivers begin their final cycle of pit stops.

Simon Pagenaud is the leader.

Lap 179, Sage Kazam takes the lead.

Lap 179, Santino Ferrucci takes the lead.

Lap 185, Felix Rosenqvist leads the race

Lap 190, 10 to go, Felix Rosenqvist leads the race with the 2020 winner Takuma Sato in second; Alex Palou, Helio Castroneves, and Pao O’Ward round out the top five.

Felix Rosenqvist makes a pit stop, Takuma Sato takes the lead with Helio Castroneves right behind him.

Takuma Sato makes a pit stop, Helio Castroneves takes the lead with six laps remaining in the race.

Five to go, Alex Palou takes the lead.

Felix Rosenqvist was caught speeding on pit road and has to serve a pass through penalty.

Two to go, Helio Castroneves takes the lead.

Leaders encounter lapped traffic.

Helio Castroneves takes the white flag.

With rousing cheers in the background, Helio Castroneves wins his fourth Indianapolis 500! At 46 years old Castroneves joins his team in climbing the fence. He and his car owner share a Helio cannot take two steps with someone stopping him for a hug.

This was the fastest Indy 500 in the sports history. The race also set a record for the lowest number of caution flags with two.

With Helio standing on the wall, the crowd is yelling Helio!

More than just a fan of IndyCar, Helio Castroneves took home the Mirrorball trophy back in season five of “Dacing with the Stars”. Earlier this year he was a part of the winning team at the 24 Hours of Daytona.

Helio Castroneves joins AJ Foyt, Rick Mears, and Al Unser Sr as a four time Indy 500 winner.

After racing on the track, Castroneves runs down the front stretch as fans cheer. More hugs, this time from his fellow drivers. Will Power calls Helio a legend. And a hug from Mario himself.

And Helio finally kisses the bricks and congratulations from tack owners and officials.

Track officials finally get Helio to his car for the ride to victory lane. In victory lane, Helio gets a hug from Roger Penske…and many others before the Brazilian gets to take in the sweet taste of the milk and don the wreath of victory.

Results of the 105th annual Indianapolis 500:
Helio Castroneves
Alex Palou
Simon Pagenaud
Pato O’Ward
Ed Carpenter
Santino Ferrucci
Sage Karam
Rinus VeeKay
Juan Pablo Montoya
Tony Kanaan
Marcuh Ericsson
Josef Newgarden
Conor Daly
Takuma Sato
JR Hildebrand
Colton Herta
Scott Dixon
Jack Harvey
Marco Andretti
Scott McLaughlin
James Hinchcliffe
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Dalton Keller
Max Chilton
Pietro Fitipaldi
Sebastien Bourdais
Felix Rosenqvist
Ed Jones
Alexander Rossi
Will Power
Simone De Silvestro
Graham Rahal
Stefan Wilson

Rookie Wins Xfinity Race at Charlotte

In race two of a triple header weekend, it is a special day for the Xfinity Series when the teams pay tribute to military members on this Memorial Day weekend from Charlotte Motor Speedway and in the broadcast booth its a drivers only day where all of the broadcasters and reporters are NASCAR Cup Series drivers.

For this drivers only weekend, Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and former crew chief Chad Knaus will be in the studio. Kevin Harvick leads the way in the broadcast booth with Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney alongside. And on pit road its Erik Jones and Christopher Bell.

Grant Enfinger was called in at the last minute to substitute for Brandon Gdovic.

Forty-three cars came to Charlotte, but only 36 will race in the Alsco Uniforms 300.

After the first round of single lap qualifying Riley Herbst puts his number 98 car on the pole with a time of 29.35 seconds.

Joe Graf Jr, Kyle Weatherman, Gray Gaulding, Kavid Starr, Bayley Currey, BJ McLeod, and Dillon Bassett all failed to qualify for the race.

The starting lineup for the Alsco Uniforms 300:
Riley Herbst
Chase Briscoe
Daniel Hemric
Austin Cindric
AJ Allmendinger
Jeremy Clements
Myatt Snider
Ty Gibbs
Jeb Burton
Ty Dillon
Justin Haley
Ryan Sieg
Harrison Burton
Brandon Jones
Brett Moffitt
Tyler Reddick
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Josh Berry
Michael Annett
Ryan Vargas
Stefan Parsons
Chad Finchum
Noah Gragson
Matt Mills
Jade Buford
Justin Allgaier
Tommy Joe Martins
Landon Cassill
Colby Howard
Jesse Little
Cody Ware
Brandon Brown
Alex Labbe
Josh Williams
Grant Enfinger
Timmy Hill

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

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 20.

Riley Herbst brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Riley Herbst, Daniel Hemric, Chase Briscoe, AJ Allmendinger, and Austin Cindric.

Lap four, Riley Herbst leads the race with Daniel Hemric in second; Chase Briscoe, AJ Allmendinger, and Astin Cindric round out the top five.

After qualifying back in the pack, the JR Motorsports cars are beginning to move through the field. Justin Allgaier has moved up eight spots since the start of the race.

Lap 13, Daniel Hemric is the new leader with Riley Herbst nearly a second back; Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

All four of the JR Motorsports cars are in the top 20.

AJ Allmendinger is reporting a very loose condition in his car.

Lap 18, Daniel Hemric has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Riley Herbst; Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

At the end of lap 20, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution. Cody Ware gets into the wall.

With a limited number of tires many of the teams stayed out on the track.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 26 from the inside lane and edges out Riley Herbst for the lead.

The top five are Daniel Hemric, Riley Herbst, Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe and AJ Allmendinger. Austin Cindric and Riley Herbst battle for second with Cindric taking the spot.

In his first Xfinity Series race, subbing for Brandon Gdovic, Grant Enfinger gets into the wall after some on track contact; bringing out the caution flag.

Grant Enfinger’s car is on the tow truck and becomes the first driver out of the race.

Jeremy Clements made a pit stop for some adjustments after the splitter kept dragging the track.

Daneil Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 32 and again edges out Riley Herbst for the lead.

The top five are Daniel Hemric, Riely Herbst, AJ Allmendinger, Austin Cindirc, and Ty Gibbs. Ty Gibbs passes Austin Cindric for fourth.

Ten laps remain in stage one, Daniel Hemric leads the race with AJ Allmendinger in second; Ty Gibbs, Austin Cindric and Jeb Burton round out the top five.

Riley Herbst is falling through the field and is in ninth place.

Lap 40, Daneil Hemric has a lead of over half a second on AJ Allmendinger; Ty Gibbs, Austin Cindric, and Jeb Burton round out the top five.

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

Daniel Hemric wins stage one for his fourth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Daniel Hemric
AJ Allmendinger
Ty Gibbs
Austin Cirndric
Jeb Burton
Chase Briscoe
Noah Gragson
Harrison Burton
Ryan Sieg
Tyler Reddick

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires, fuel, and adjustments with Daniel Hemric winning the race off of pit road.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 53 and jumps out in front for the lead from the inside lane.

The top fiveare Daniel Hemric, AJ Allmendinger, Ty Gibbs, Noah Gragson, and Austin Cindric.

There are 34 cars on the lead lap; Myatt Snider is the only car not on the lead lap with Grant Enfinger out of the race.

Lap 57, Daniel Hemric continues to lead the race with AJ Allmendinger in second nearly half a second back; Noah Gragson Ty Gibbs, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Tyler Reddick was caught speeding during pit stops and had to restart the race from the back of the field. He has moved up several spots since the restart.

Lap 60, Daniel Hemric has increased his lead to over a second on AJ Allmendinger.

Lap 66, the top five are Daniel Hemric, AJ Allmendinger, Noah Gragson, Ty Gibbs, and Austin Cindric. Tyler Reddick is in 15th place.

Riley Herbst is reporting a very tight condition in his car.

Brandon Brown has lost the air hose that goes to his helmet to help cool him off.

Lap 70, Daniel Hemric has pulled out to a lead of over a second on AJ Allmendinger; Noah Gragson, Austin Cindric, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Lap 77, with 33 drivers on the lead lap, Daniel Hemric has a lead of nearly a second and a half on AJ Allmendinger; Noah Gragson, Austin Cindric, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Myatt Snider is currently one lap down; the team reports that he is one cylinder down.

With five laps remaining in stage two, Daniel Hemric has led every lap of the stage so far.

With a lead of over a second, Daniel Hemric wins stage two for the stage sweep and his fifth stage win of the season.

Ty Gibbs makes an off road excursion as he slides through the grass. With artificial turf on the infield, Ty Gibbs car is undamaged.

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

Drivers come down pit road for service with Daniel Hemric winning the race off of pit road.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the inside lane and edges out Noah Gragson for the lead.

Riley Herbst was charged with removing equipment from his pit stall and had to restart the race from the ack of the field.

Lap 98, the top five are Daniel Hemric, Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton, Chase Briscoe, and Noah Gragson.

Matt Mills brings out the caution flag after he spins out and hits the inside wall.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 104 and jumps out in front of Austin Cindric to hold on to the lead.

The top five are Daniel Hemric, Harrison Burton, Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, and Noah Gragson.

Lap 104, Daniel Hemric continues to dominate the race with Harrison Burotn nearly a half second back; Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five. There are 29 cars on the lead lap.

After his penalty and having to start stage three from the back of the field, Riley Herbst has entered the top 20.

Lap 110, Daniel Hemric has a half second lead on Chase Briscoe; Harrison Burton, Austin Cindric, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

With a stage of 110 laps, the drivers cannot finish the race on a single load of fuel and will have to make a pit stop.

Lap 112, Chase Briscoe has closed the gap on leader Daniel Hemric to a quarter of a second.

Lap 114, Chase Briscoe has caught up to leader Daniel Hemric and is in a battle for the lead. Chase Briscoe takes the lead.

Lap 118, Chase Briscoe has pulled out to a lead of over a half second on Daniel Hemric; Harrison Burton, Austin Cindric, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Jeb Burton brings out the caution flag on lap 119 when he spins out.

Drivers come down pit road for service; however, it is still too early to be able to finish the race on a single load of fuel. Chase Briscoe wins the race off of pit road. Daniel Hemric had a slow pit stop when he got boxed in his pit stall.

Daniel Hemric was charged with leaving his pit stall with equipment and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 124 and holds on to the lead.

Lap 125, the top five are Chase Briscoe, AJ Allmendinger, Austin Cindric, Noah Gragson, and Harrison Burton.

AJ Allmendinger is falling quickly through the field with some brake issues.

Lap 126, Chase Briscoe has a lead of over half a second on Austin Cindric; Harrison Burton, Ty Gibbs, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

AJ Allmendinger brings his car down pit road saying that the brake rotor exploded. He takes his car ts. the garage for repairs. The team reports a very loose tire.

Lap 132, Chase Briscoe has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Austin Cindric; Harrison Burton, Ty Gibbs, and Noah Gragson round out the top five. There are 28 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 134, Chase Briscoe is nearly two seconds in front of Austin Cindric. Daniel Hemric has entered the top 10 after having to restart at the back of the field.

Lap 138, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton, Ty Gibbs, and Brandon Jones.

Lap 141, Chase Briscoe has increased his lead to over three seconds on Austin Cindric; Harrison Burton, Ty Gibbs, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Noah Gragson reports a possible tire issue.

The caution flag comes out on lap 145 for debris on the track. Jeffrey Earnhardt has a flapping bumper cover that will have to be repaired.

AJ Allmendinger is out of the race. He reports that it wasn’t a brake issue but a lug nut got stuck in the works.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Ryan Sieg winning the race off of pit road after taking fuel only. Brandon Brown also took fuel only.

Ryan Sieg brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 151 and battle with Chase Briscoe for the lead. Ryan Sieg gets loose and causes a big crash that brings out the caution flag. Josh Berry and Brett Moffitt were also involved. Ryan Sieg takes his car to the garage. At one point the rear wheels on Ryan Sieg’s car were in the air.

Josh Berry is out of the infield care center and reports that he is fine.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap from the inside lane with Ty Gibbs alongside on lap 160. After a side by side battle, Chase Briscoe edges out for the lead.

The top five are Chase Briscoe, Ty Gibbs, Harrison Burton, Austin Cindric, and Justin Haley. Daniel Hemric has moved up to seventh.

There are 27 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 164, Chase Briscoe holds on to a third of a second lead on Ty Gibbs; Harrison Burton, Austin Cindric, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 168, Chase Briscoe has increased his lead to half a second on Ty Gibbs; Harrison Burton, Austin Cindric, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 177, Ty Gibbs has closed the gap on leader Chase Briscoe to just a quarter of a second and is challenging for the lead.

Twenty to go, Chase Briscoe has a lead of less than a tenth of a second on Ty Gibbs; Harrison Burton, Austin Cindric, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Chase Briscoe gets loose and spins out but keeps the car off the wall; bringing out the ninth caution flag of the race. Briscoe got loose in a battle for the lead.

Ty Gibbs is the new leader.

Chase Briscoe’s team has no more sticker tires and had to use the freshest set of scuffs.

Justin Allgaier brushed the wall and feels that something is broken in the rear of the car.

Brandon Brown came down pit road for a tire change; he was the only driver to have a set of sticker tires.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag restart with team mate Harrison Burton alongside on the outside lane on lap 187. The drivers are three wide across the track. Ty Gibbs edges out to take the lead but a crash involving Justin Haley, Daniel Hemric, Brandon Jones, Noah Gragson, Tommy Joe Martins, and Michael Annett were all involved in the crash.

After dominating the first two stages of the race, Daniel Hemric’s car is on the tow truck and out of the race.

Noah Gragson’s team pushes his car to the garage.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with just seven laps remaining in the race. Gibbs edges out Austin Cindric for the lead.

The top five are Ty Gibbs, Harrison Burton, Ausitn Cindric, Tyler Reddick, and Ty Dillon.

On fresh tires, Brandon Brown is moving through the field and is currently in sixth place.

Six to go, Ty Gibbs has pulledo ut the a half second lead on Austin Cindric; Harrison Burton, Tyler Reddick, and Brandon Brown round ou the to top five.

Three to go, To Gibbs holds on to his half second lead on Austin Cindric; Harrison Burton, Brandon Brown, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Ty Gibbs takes the white flag.

With a lead of over half a second 18 year old Ty Gibbs becomes the youngest winner ever at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is Gibbs first oval track win in the Xfinity Series and his second win of the season after winning the road course race at Daytona. Ty Gibbs has finished in the top 10 in all six of the Xfinity Series races he has started this season. Before talking about his win, Ty Gibbs apologized to Chase Briscoe for helping his get loose.

The unofficial results of the Alsco Uniforms 300:
Ty Gibbs
Austin Cindric
Harrison Burton
Brandon Brown
Tyler Reddick
Chase Briscoe
Ty Dillon
Brandon Jones
Jeb Burton
Jeremy Clements
Justin Allgaier
Riley Herbst
Landon Cassill
Alex Labbe
Chad Finchum
Ryan Vargas
Jade Buford
Jesse Little
Justin Haley
Cody Ware
Josh Williams
Jeffrey Earnhardt

Stefan Parsons
Michael Annett
Brett Moffitt
Myatt Snider
Noah Gragson
Daniel Hemric
Tommy Joe Martins
Colby Howard
Ryan Sieg
Josh Berry
AJ Allmendinger
Timmy Hill
Matt Mills
Grant Enfinger


Big Win at Home in Truck Series

This week NASCAR returns home to Charlotte, North Carolina and Charlotte Motor Speedway for a triple header weekend that marks the Memorial Day weekend and honours the nations military members. Each of the windshields in the race this weekend will carry the name of a fallen military member.

After a short rain shower cancelled qualifying, NASCAR has set the field for the Camping World Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 according to the formula that was created last year when the pandemic cancelled practices and qualifying rounds.

After winning the inaugural race at Circuit of the Americas, Todd Gilliland sits on the pole with Sheldon Creed starting alongside on the front row.

Thirty eight teams brought trucks to the track. Ad the trucks been able to qualify, only 36 of them would have made the field; however, since there was no qualifying, all 38 trucks will run in the race.

This is the final race of the Triple Truck Challenge where the race winner will win an additional $50,000. Sheldon Creed and Todd Gilliland won the first two races in the challenge.

The starting lineup for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200:
Todd Gilliland
Sheldon Creed
Austin Hill
John Hunter Nemechek
Ben Rhodes
Zane Smith
Tyler Ankrum
Grant Enfinger
Carson Hocevar
Matt Crafton
Stewart Friesen
Hailie Deegan
Austin Wayne Self
Johnny Sauter
Derek Kraus
Ryan Truex
Drew Dollar
Timmy Hill
Bayley Currey
Jack Wood
Kris Wright
Christian Eckes
Chandler Smith
Tate Fogleman
Tanner Gray
Chase Purdy
Cory Roper
Bret Holmes
Timothy Peters
CJ McLaughlin
Ty Majeski
Danny Bohn
Keith McGee
Akinori Ogata
Spencer Boyd
Dawson Cram
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Trey Hutchens III

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.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and goes noe to nose with Sheldon Creed before Creed edges out for the lead.

Lap two, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Austin Hill, Todd Gilliland, John Hunter Nemechek, and Ben Rhodes.

John Hunter Nemechek takes third form Todd Gilliland.

Lap three, Sheldon Creed has pulled out to a half second lead on Austin Hill; Todd Gilliland, John Hunter Nemechek, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Lap five, Sheldon Creed holds on to a half second lead on Austin Hill; Todd Gilliland, John Hunter Nemechek, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

In a backup truck, Timothy Peters has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road for a pwer steering issue.

CJ McLaughlin gets into the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 14, Sheldon Creed now has a lead of nearly three seconds over Austin Hill; Todd Gilliland, John Hunter Nemechek, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Lap 17, Sheldon Creed has led every lap so far and has a lead of just under three seconds on Austin Hill.

Lap 19, Sheldon Creed has increased his lead to over three and a half seconds on Austin Hill; Todd Gilliland, John Hunter Nemechek, and Zane Smith round out the top five. There are 30 trucks on the lead lap with Timothy Peters off the track.

Drivers are battling for position all through the field.

Lap 22, Sheldon Creed, holds on to his lead of over three and a half seconds on Austin Hill.

Only four laps remain in stage one; Sheldon Creed has a two second lead on Todd Gilliland; Austin Hill, Johb Hunter Nemechek, and Zane Smith round out the top five with 28 trucks on the lead lap.

Sheldon Creed wins stage one after leading every lap.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Sheldon Creed
Todd Gilliland
Austin Hill
John Hunter Nemechek
Zane Smith
Tyler Ankrum
Derek Kraus
Matt Crafton
Ben Rhodes
Hailie Deegan

Drivers come down pit road for service with Todd Gilliland barely winning the race off of pit road with John Hunter Nemechek and Sheldon Creed following.

Carson Hocevar had to make multiple trips down pit road to make adjustments to his truck.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the outside lane with John Hunter Nemechek alongside. Getting a push from the top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith, Todd Gillialnd, and Austin Hill.

Johnny Sauter has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road for a flat tire after some on track contact that nearly put Sauter into the wall.

Ben Rhodes and Austin Hill also made contact but the track stays green.

Lap 43, John Hunter Nemechek has a one second lead on Sheldon Creed; Zane Smith, Todd Gilliland, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Chandler Smith has damage to his truck after contact with Johnny Sauter.

There are 25 trucks on the lead lap with Timothy Peters off the track.

Lap 47, John Hunter Nemechek leads the race but Sheldon Creed is slowly closing the gap on the leader.

The caution flag comes out on lap 50 after Bret Holmes and Tanner Gray made contact causing serious damage to Holmes truck.

Some of the drivers come down pit road but the leaders stay out.

Chandler Smith is on pit road getting repairs.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart with just seven laps remaining in stage two. Nemechek gets out in front for the lead as the drivers get three wide.

The caution flag comes out on lap 54 for a crash involving Sheldon Creed, Todd Gilliland, and Chase Purdy. There is some significant damage to Sheldon Creed’s truck and he is out of the race.

Some drivers come down pit road for service including leader John Hunter Nemechek. Zane Smith is the new leader.

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

Zane Smith brings the field down for the one lap shootout to end stage one with Austin Hill alongside. Zane Smith jumps out in front but Austin Hill is not letting Smith get too far ahead and battles for the lead as the drivers get four wide.

Zane Smith wins stage two for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Zane Smith
Austin Hill
Ty Majeski
Derek Kraus
Ryan Truex
Matt Crafton
Carson Hocevar
Stewart Friesen
Grant Enfinger
John Hunter Nemechek

Austin Wayne Self spins out but doesn’t hit anything.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Austin Hill winning the race off of pit road, but not all of the drivers came down pit road. Carson Hocevar leads the race.

Zane Smith’s team was penalized for having a crew member come over the wall too soon. He will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Carson Hocevar brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 69 with Stewart Friesen alongside on the outside lane. Stewart Friesen edges out for the lead as the drivers get three wide.

Lap 70, the top five are Stewart Friesen Christia Eckes, John Hunter Nemechek, Carson Hocevar and Ausitn Hill.

After a three way battle, John Hunter Nemechek takes the lead with Carson Hocevar in second; Stewart Friesen, Christian Eckes, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Sixty to go, John Hunter Nemechek has a narrow lead on Carson Hocevar; Stewart Friesen, Christian Eckes, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

There are 23 trucks on the lead lap with three trucks out of the race and two off the track.

With 57 laps to go, John Hunter Nemechek has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half.

With 55 laps remaining in the race, John Hunter Nemechek leads the race with Carson Hocevar, Stewart Friesen, Austin Hill, and Christian Eckes rounding out the top five.

With 52 laps to go, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of over a second and a half on Carson Hocevar; Stewart Friesen, Austin Hill, and Christian Eckes round out the top five with 23 trucks on the lead lap. There are five trucks off the track.

Lap 88, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of nearly two seconds on Carson Hocevar; Stewart Friesen, Austin Hill, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Lap 90, John Hunter Nemechek has increased his lead to over two seconds on Carson Hocevar.

There are 42 laps remaining in the race, the drivers must make one more pit stop to make to the end of the race.

Lap 99, John Hunter Nemechek is running away from the field with a five second lead on Austin Hill; Ben Rhodes, Christian Ecekes, and Matt Crafton round out the top five as the cycle of green flag pit stops begin.

There are 19 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 101, leader John Hunter Nemechek makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Christian Eckes.

Lap 104, leader Christian Eckes makes his green flag pit stop and gives the elad over to Tyler Ankrum.

Leader Tyler Ankrum makes his green flag pit stop on lap 106 and gives the lead over to Zane Smith.

Only ae Smith and Ryan Truex hasve yet to make their green flag pit stops. Once pit stops cycle through, John hunter Nemechek will retake the lead.

Lap 108, Zane Smith has a lead of over three and a half seconds on Ryan Truex; John Hunter Nemechek Austin Hill, and Carson Hocevar round out the top five with just eleven trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 113, Zane Smith makes his pit stop and gives the elad over to Ryan Truex.

Twenty laps remain in the race with John Hunter Nemechek leading the field.

Matt Crafton brings his truck down pit road with what looks like smoke.

There is a big crash on the track that brings out he caution flag with 19 laps to go. Drew Dollar is stopped in the grass and Johnny Sauter’s truck is destroyed. Trey Hutchens truck is stopped against the wall. Sauter has let the window net down letting officials know that he is ok. Johnny Sauter is out of his truck and walking to the ambulance.

Hutchens was stopped on the track when the wreck occurred. Johnny Sauter’s truck spewed debris all over the track.

The roof of John Hunter Nemechek’s truck is damaged but he team thinks all is well. Debris hit the camera mounted on the roof.

Austin Hill reports that he did run over something, but does not know the extent of damage…if any.

Johnny Sauter is out of the infield care center and is fine.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with just 10 laps remaining in the race. Nemeched gets out in front as the drivers get three wide across the track.

The top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Carson Hocevar, Ben Rhodes, Stewart Friesen, and Todd Gilliland.

There are 12 trucks on thelead lap.

Six to go, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of over half a second on Carson Hocevar; Ben Rhodes, Stewart Friesen, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

Tanner Gray slaps the wall but the track stays green.

Three to go, John Hunter Nemechek continues to lead the race by nearly a second over Carson Hocevar.

John Hunter Nemechek and truck owner Kyle Busch have won all of the races on mile and a half tracks this season so far.

John Hunter Nemechek takes the white flag as Carson Hocevar edges closer.

John Hunter Nemechek wins the race for his third win of the season. KBM is four for four on mile and a half tracks this season and their sixth win this season. Nemechek also wins the $50,000 Triple Truck Challenge prize.

Hohn Hunter Nemechek said that it was awesome to have the fans back in the stands.

The unofficial results of the North Carolina Education Lottery 200:
John Hunter Nemechek
Carson Hocevar
Ben Rhodes
Stewart Friesen
Todd Gilliland
Chandler Smith
Ty Majeski
Derek Kraus
Austin Hill
Zane Smith
Christian Eckes
Ryan Truex
Hailie Deegan
Grant Finger
Jack Wood
Tyler Ankrum
Austin Wayne Smith
Timmy Hill
Bayley Currey
Drew Dollar
Dawson Cram
Tanner Gray
Kris Wright
Danny Bohbn
Cory Roper
Spencer Boyd
CJ McLaughlin
Akinori Ogata
Keith McGee
Matt Crafton
Johnny Sauter
Trey Hutchens III
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Chase Purdy
Sheldon Creed
Bret Holmes
Tate Fogleman
Timothy Peters.

Jordan Davis

Jordan Davis will be joining many musicians this fall when he hits the road for a tour that begins in September and runs into late December. The “Buy Dirt” tour is in support of his new album by the same name with Seaforth and Mackenzie Porter as opening acts. Davis will not have his opening acts for the stop at the Turning Stone Resort Casino.

Jordan Davis’ “Buy Dirt” tour dates:

Sept 9 at The Filmore in Minneapolis, MN
Sept 10 at Joes in Rosemont, IL
Sept 11 at the Intersection in Grand Rapids, MI
Sept 17 at The Egyptian in Indianapolis, IN
Sept 23 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayrevill, NJ
Oct 5 at The Showbox in Seattle, WA
Oct 7 at the McDonald Theater in Eugene, OR
Oct 28 at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 29 at The Norva in Norfokl, VA
Oct 30 at The Senate in Columbia, SC
Nov 7 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY
Dec 10 at the PromoWest Pavilion in Newport, KY
Dec 11 at The Factory in St. Louis, MO
Dec 16 at Webster Hall in New York City, NY
Dec 17 at the Rams Head Live in Baltimore, MD
Dec 18 at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY
Dec 19 at the House of Blues in Boston, MA

Asleep at the Wheel

It’s hard to imagine that Southern Rockers Asleep at the Wheel have been making music for 50 years. To mark the milestone event the rockers have a new album and a tour.

“Better Times” is a three song EP that features a couple of new tunes – one of which was written during the pandemic – and a re-imagined traditional song; all of which show off the Asleep at the Wheel sound fans have come to love.

“Better Times” will be available on CD and on limited edition vinyl that includes an autograph from lead singer Ray Benson.

Joining many of their fellow musicians, Asleep at the Wheel are hitting the road after many months of not being able to perform before a live audience.

While the tour is somewhat limited in scope, AATW advises fans to stay tuned for more to come as they continue to celebrate 50 years of making music.

Asleep at the Wheel was born in 1970 on a farm in West Virginia. Since that time they have earned 10 Grammy Awards, released 31 albums, received the Touring Band of the Year Award from the Country Music Association, and has a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association.

Asleep at the Wheel tour dates:
June 3 at the Birdsong Amphitheater in Stephenville, TX
June 5 at the Starlight Ranch Event Center in Amarillo, TX
June 6 at the Cactus Theater in Lubbock, TX
June 10 at the Rose Music Hall in Columbia, MO
June 11 at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO
June 19 at Buck’s Backyard in Buda, TX
June 20 at the Brazos Valley Expo in Bryan, TX
June 22 at the Saxon Pub in Austin, TX – Ray Benson only
July 8 at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA
July 9 at the Red Wind Music Festival in Mt. Solon, VA
July 10 at the Musikfest Cafe in Bethlehem, PA
July 16 at The Flying Monkey in Plymouth, NH
July 17 at the Center for the Arst in Natick, MA
July 20 at the Center for the Arts in Homer, NY
July 23 at the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, ME
July 30 at the Red River Station BBQ in Saint Jo, TX
Aug 22 at The Pub Station in Billings, MT
Aug 25 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts in Edmonds, WA

The Weeknd Big Winner at iHeartRadio Music Awards

On May 27, iHeartRadio presented their annual music awards with Usher serving as host for the star-studded event with The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars and Anderson. Paak – Silk Sonic, Dan + Shay, and Doja Cat all scheduled to perform from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. H.E.R., Demi Lovato, and Brandi Carlile are also scheduled to perform in a tribute to Sir Elton John who will be awarded the Icon Award.

This year the Music Awards will feature a number of new awards including some new fan voted categories. The iHeartRadio Music Awards reflect the most played artists and songs on iHeartRadio over the past year.


The Weeknd and Ariana Grande get the night of musical celebration started off with a performance before a live audience of masked up fans.

Usher called the sound of fans clapping and cheering a wonderful sound.

French Montanta presents the first award of the night for Best Collaboration to Megan The Stallion for her “Savage” remix with Beyonce.

Award winners Dan + Shay take the stage to perform their new single “Glad You Exist”.

The award for Alternative Rock Artist of the Year went the twenty one pilots. The duo also won the award for Alternative Rock Song of the Year for “Level of Concern”.

Silk Sonic; better known as Bruno Mars and Anderson. Paak, take the stage for a performance of “Leave the Door Open”.

Taylor Swift won the award for Pop Album of the Year for her album “folklore”.

LL Cool J presents the award for Male Artist of the Year to The Weeknd. LL Cool J anouncedd that The Weekend’s single “Blinding Lights” spent an entire year on the record chart.

Fellow British born artist Chris Martin presents the Icon Award to Sir Elton John. Along with many of the presenters tonight, Martin said it was so nice to see live people in the audience. Sir Elton said that performing before a live audience is the greatest feeling in the world. Lil Nas X also spoke on Sir Elton. H.E.R. started off the musical tribute with a performance of “Benny and the Jets” that included playing the red piano and her guitar. Brandi Carlile sang “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” and Demi Lovato concluded the musical tribute with “I’m Still Standing”.

Chris Martin called Sir Elton to the stage. Sir Elton thanked all of the performers who gave him tribute. He noted that radio is important; adding that it is exciting to hear yourself on the radio. He noted that he has had his time, but very glad people still play his music, but feels it is important to promote new artists.

Nelly presents the Hip-Hop Artist of the Year Award to 22 year old Roddy Ricch.

The award for Best New Artist goes to…
Country Artist: Gabby Barrett
Alternative Artist: Powfu

Latin Artist: Rawu Alejandro
Hip-Hop Artist: Roddy Ricch
R&B Artist: Snoh Aalegra
Pop Aritst: Doja Cat

Doja Cat takes the stage for a performance.


Dua Lipa is the Female Artist of the Year. She was the most streamed artist last year.

Robin Thicke presented the award for R&B Artist of the Year to H.E.R.

Host Usher takes the stage for a performance of a medley of songs.

Machine Gun Kelly presents the award for Song of the Year to The Weekend for “Blinding Lights”. The Weeknd said that the audience made him want to tour tomorrow. He noted that the “After Hours” are over and the Dawn is Coming!


The 2021 iHeartRadio Music Award winners:
Song of the Year: The Weeknd for “Blinding Lights”
Female Artist of the Year: Dua Lipa
Male Artist of the Year: The Weeknd
Best Duo or Group of the Year: Dan + Shay
Best Collaboration: Megan The Stallion with Beyonce on “Savage”
Best Pop Album: Taylor Swift for “folklore”
Best New Pop Artist: Doja Cat
Alternative Rock Album of the Year: “Tickets to My Downfall” by Machine Gun Kelly
Alternative Rock Song of the Year: “Level of Concern” by twent one pilots
Alternative Rock Artist of the Year: twenty one pilots
Best New Rock or Alternative Rock Artist: Powfu
Rock Album of the Year: “Power Up” by AC/DC
Rock Song of the Year: “Shame Shame” by the Foo Fighters
Rock Artist of the Year: The Pretty Reckless
Country Album of the Year: “What You See Ain’t Always What You Get” by Luke Combs
Country Song of the Year: “The Bones” by Maren Morris
Country Artist of the Year: Luke Combs
Best New Country Artist: Gabby Barrett
Dance Album of the Year: “Diple Presents Thonmas Wesley, Chapter 1: Snake Oil” by Diplo
Dance Song of the Year: “Roses” by SAINt JHN
Dance Artist of the Year: Marshmello
Hip-Hop Album of the Year: “My Turn” by Lil Baby
Hip-Hop Song of the Year: “The Box” by Roddy Ricch
Hip-Hop Artist of the Year: Roddy Ricch
Best New Hip-Hop Artist: Roddy Ricch
R&B Album of the Year: “Chilombo” by Jhene Aiko
R&B Song of the Year: “Go Crazy” by Chris Brown and Young Thug
R&B Artist of the Year: H.E.R.
Best New R&B Artist: Snoh Aalegra
Latin Pop or Reggaeton Album of the Year: “YHLQMDLG” by Bad Bunny
Latin Pop or Reggaeton Song of the Year: “Tusa” by Karol G and Micki Minaj
Latin Pop or Reggaeton Artist of the Year: J Balvin
Best New Latin Artist: Rauw Alejandro

Regional Mexican Album of the Year: “AYAYAY!” by Christian Nodal
Regional Mexican Song of the Year: “Se Me Olvido” by Christian Nodal
Regional Mexican Artist of the Year: Christian Nodal
Producer of the Year: Max Martin
Songwriter of the Year: Ashley Gorkey

In the Socially Fan Voted Awards:
Best Lyrics: “Adore You” by Harry Styles
Best Cover Song: “Adore You” by Lizzo
Best Fan Army: BTSArmy for BTS
Best Music Video: “Dynamite” by BTS
Social Star Award: Olivia Rodrigo
Favorite Music Video Choreography: Son Sung Deuk for BTS
TikTok Bop of the Year: “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd
Titanium Song of the Year: “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd
Titanium Artist of the Year: The Weeknd
Label of the Year: Republic Records

NASCAR Suspends Spotter

When it comes to violations of the NASCAR rule book, NASCAR officials have a zero tolerance policy.

After it was discovered that Cup Series spotter Eddie D’Hondt – who is currently the spotter for Hendricks Motor Sports driver Chase Elliott – had recently been arrested,D’Hondt was immediately suspened indefinitely.

According to reports, Hickory Police Department, D’Hondt was arrested May 12 and charged with two misdemeanor counts for battery of an unborn child and assault on a female.

NASCAR suspended the spotter for violating the Member Conduct Guidelines – section 12.8.1.e of the NASCAR rule book which states: “Being charged with or convicted of significant criminal violations (e.g. Domestic Violence, Trafficking, Assault), or having had determinations rendered by criminal or civil authorities that in NASCAR’s judgement necessitate action. NASCAR will not pre-judge guilt or innocence in the criminal or civil legal system, or the guilt or innocence of the Member, but rather review each matter in its own context and circumstances and with regards to its potential effects upon the sport.”

NASCAR also stated that D’Hondt also violated Section 2.11 of the rule book which states: “Any NASCAR Member charged with any violation of the law (misdemeanor and/or felony) shall notify NASCAR … prior to the next scheduled Event or within 72 hours of being so charged, whichever is earlier.”

A suspension by NASCAR does not equate a suspension by the team owner/employer. D’Hondt is an employee of Hendrick Motorsports who has also suspended the spotter. HMS issued a statement saying, “We became aware of the situation this morning and have immediately and indefinitely suspended Mr. D’Hondt’s role with our company. We are taking this matter very seriously and will continue to seek additional information about the alleged incident.”

Currently Chase Elliott’s cousing Trey Poole is listed as the new spotter for the number nine team. Last week at Circuit of the America’s, Poole was one of the three spotters used at the 3.41 mile track; along with D’Hondt and Elliott’s father and former racer bill Elliott.

Along with spotting for Elliott, D’Hondt spotted for the JR Motorsports driver of the number seven car Justin Allgaier in the Xfinity Series and for Hattori Racing driver of the number 16 truck driven by Austin Hill in the Camping World Truck Series.

Prior to joining Hendrick Motorsports in 2016 for Elliott’s rookie year, D’Hondt served as a spotter for Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch.

Entertainers Return to Las Vegas Strip

The world is opening up again…and so is Las Vegas with many performers scheduling residencies all along The Strip.  Along with the returning shows that were shut down during the pandemic, a number of artists are setting up new shows to entertain fans.


Las Vegas Residencies:
Barry Manilow returns to the Westgate – a venue he has played over 500 times – with “The Hits Come Home”

A perennial performer, Cher takes the stage at the MGM Park Theater for a show that features her hits and some new tunes.

A new edition to the list of Las Vegas residencies is Usher who brings his music to the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace.

David Lee Roth will rock the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Resort with a rousing show that will be sure to thrill fans.

Multi faceted and talented artist Sting brings his show of many hits – as a part of The Police and as a solo artist – to the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace.

German rockers The Scorpions finally get to bring their hit filled show to the Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theater after having to postpone the opening.

Hall of Fame Southern rockers ZZ Top brings their show to the Venetian Theater.  ZZ Top is another band that had to wait to bring their show to Las Vegas.

A long standing part of the Las Vegas entertainment scene, the Blue Man Group brings their unique show to the Luxor for a once in a lifetime experience.

In a new show, Lat Night MAGIC offers a schedule of rotating performers in this adult show that include music and magic to the Alexis Park Resort Hotel.

One of the best known magicians in the United States, Chrss Angel brings his new stripped down magic show that returns to the basics and will allow him to get up close and personnel with his fans.

Scattered all across Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil returns with an acrobatic extravaganza that features some of the best acrobats from around the world.

Also coming to Las Vegas for residencies:
Celine Dion
James Taylor
Jerry Seinfield
Journey
Keith Urban
Mariah Carey
Reba McIntyre with Brooks and Dunn
Van Morrison
Travis Scott
French Montana
Donny & Marie
Santana
Calvin Harris
Steve Aoki
Boyz II Men
Cardi B
Earth, Wind & Fire
Lady A
Aerosmith
Britney Spears
Bruno Mars
The Jonas Brothers
Janet Jackson
Lady Gaga
Christina Aguilera
Def Leppard
Kelly Clarkson
Gwen Stefani
Shania Twain
Tiesto
Zedd
Chicago
Steely Dan
The Chainsmokers
Diana Ross
Drake
John FOgerty
Robbie Williams
Sarah McLachlan
Smokey Robinson
Lionel Richie
Katy Perry
Luke Bryon
Carrie Underwood

The Black Crowes

Like many artists The Black Croweshave had to reschedule tour dates after the global pandemic shut down all live music events last year.

The “Shake Your Money Maker” tour that was originally scheduled for last summer has now been rescheduled to begin in July and run into September.

As a part of the set list the band will be performing their debut “Shake Your Money Maker” album from start to finish.

When the album came out in 1990, it topped out at number four on the Billboard 200 Album chart and went multi platinum, selling over five million copies.

All tickets purchased for the original dates will be honoured at the new dates. For fans who don’t already have tickets, they are on sale now on The Black Crowes website.


The Shake Your Money Maker tour dates:
July 20 & 21 at the Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville, TN
July 24 at the Bank Of NH in Gilford, NH
July 25 at The Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT
July 28 at the S&T Bank Music Park in Pittsburgh, PA
July 29 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, MI
July 31 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO
Aug 1 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Indianapolis, IN
Aug 3 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Aug 4 at the Blossom Amphitheatre in Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Aug 7 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL
Aug 8 at the Amierican Family Insurance Amphitheatre in Milwaukee, WI
Aug 10 at the Walmart Amphitheatre in Rogers, AR
Aug 11 at the Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas, TX
Aug 14 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
Aug 15 the Germania Amphitheatre in Austin, TX
Aug 18 at the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in San Diego, CA
Aug 19 at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA
Aug 21 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA
Aug 22 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA
Aug 25 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre in Portland, OR
Aug 26 at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle, WA
Aug 29 & 30 at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO
Sept 4 at the Cellairis Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA
Sept 5 at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Birmingham, AL
Sept 7 at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL
Sept 8 at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL
Sept 10 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
Sept 11 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh, NC
Sept 14 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
Sept 15 at the Xfinity Center in Boston, MA
Sept 17 at the Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY
Sept 18 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
Sept 22 at the Jiffy Lube Livein Washington, D.C.
Sept 23 at the BB&T Pavilion in Philadelphia, PA
Sept 25 at the Bethel Woods Theater in Bethel, NY

‘The Voice’ Crowns Season 20 Winner!

“The Voice” concludes its twentieth season of finding talented singer with a grand finale event that includes old friends and former contestants.

The night of music begins with a performance by Gwent Stefani.

Stand in coach for Kelly, Kelsea Ballerini performs and is joined by Team Kelly’s Kenzie Wheeler. Host Carson Daly called the performance beautiful. Speaking on Kelsea’s sitting in for Kelly, Carson said that she did a great job.

Carson announced that the top two finalists will get a trip to the Universal parks in Orlando.

Nick joins his singer Rachel Mac for a performance of a Foo Fighters song. This marks the first time that a Foo Fighters song has been allowed on the show. Normally wearing a hat, Rachel goes hatless but Nick has on a hat and is playing the guitar.

Making a return to “The Voice” stage, OneRepublic performs their new song “Run”. Ryan Teddy and the band were among the performers of the very first “The Voice” gand finale 10 years ago.

Kelsea Ballerini and Ryan Tedder both began their performances back stage and worked their way onto the stage.

Two time Grammy Award winning Christian singer Lauren Daigle performs her new single “Hold on to Me”.

Mega mentor Snoop Dogg returns to “The Voice” and takes the stage for a performance of “Sitting on Blades”. Snoop brought his blinged out bike to the stage for the performance.

“Dear Evan Hanson’s” Ben Platt comes to “The Voice”. The award winning actor earned a Tony Award for his performance and has reprised the role for the film adaptation of the musical.

Justin Bieber takes the stage for a performance.

Victor Solomon and his coach John Legend took on Donnie Hathaway for a duet performance. John began the season by singing to his team members using a small keyboard; for this performance, he takes to the big grand piano.

Ben Platt returns to perform his new single “Imagine”.

Kelly Clarkson takes the stage with her singer Kenzie Wheeler for a performance of the Keith Whitley song “When You Say Nothing at All”.

In a remote performance, Country star Thomas Rhett performs his new song “Country Again”.

Coach Blake Shelton takes the stage with both of his singers Jordan Matthew Young and Cam Anthony. Cam and Blake sings “She Drives Me Crazy” by the Fine Young Cannibals. Jordan and Blake sing the George Strait song “All My Exes Live in Texas”. Jordan and Blake also play guitar while they sing.

Making a return to “The Voice” for the first time since his departure as a coach, Adam Levine takes the stage with his band Maroon 5 for a performance of their new single “Beautiful Mistake”. Not a part of the show, Maroon 5 sings the song with Megan The Stallion on the single.

And finally it is time for the results of season 20!

The singer in fifth place is Team Legend’s Victor Solomon.

The singer in fourth place is Team Nick’s Rachal Mac.

The third place singer is Team Blake’s Jordan Matthew Young.

It comes down to Team Kelly’s Kenzie Wheeler and Team Blake’s Cam Anthony.

And the winner is…

Team Blake’s Cam Anthony!!!
Predicting that Cam would win early in the season, Blake has won with his eighth singer in 20 seasons.


NASCAR Tracks Expand Capacity

After over a year of lock downs and empty stadiums, the country is beginning to open up and allow fans back into the events.

This season NASCAR has been allowing a very limited number of fans into the tracks. Last week at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas the stands were filled with race fans.

As the country goes forward and more Americans get vaccinated, more tracks will be opening up to larger groups of fans and return to allowing access to the garage.

NASCAR has already announced that masks will no longer be required by crews, drivers, and reporters.

This weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the restrictions on grandstand seating has been lifted. While fans who have not been vaccinated are urged to continue covering their faces, North Carolina has lifted the social distancing and mask requirements.

At the road course race at Sanoma on June 5 and 6, the grandstands will be open to fans after not hosting a race last year due to travel restrictions as a result of the pandemic. The 2.52 mile track allows for plenty of social distancing.

In a return to Texas and Texas Motor Speedway for the annual All Star race, track officials have announced that not only will the grandstands be open; but the east side of the infield will also be open to campers; as well as; the dining area.

When NASCAR travels to Pocono Raceway in June for a doubleheader weekend, fans can pack the stands; however, until at least 70 percent of the Pennsylvania state residents have been vaccinated, face coverings are still required.

For the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic, Atlanta Motor Speedway will be open to a full capacity crowd when NASCAR comes to race in July. However, the speedway has announced that sanitizing stations will be available and efforts to limit contact with cashless transactions.

When NASCAR travels to The Brickyard in August, updated protocols have yet to be updated; however, current protocols call for a capacity of 135,000 fans and requres face coverings.

Ending the regular season, NASCAR returns to Daytona International Speedway in late August. Fans will not face any capacity limits like they did at the beginning of the season for the Daytona 500.

The playoffs kick off in a return to Darlington Raceway on Labor Day Weekend with the Southern 500. When fans return to the track, they will face no crowd restrictions in the stands.

With The Strip filled with casinos and performance lounges opening up, Las Vegas Motor Speedway is following suit and when fans travel to the desert for a late September race, NASCAR is looking to pack the stands after hosting no fans last September and only allowing 15,000 fans in the stands for the race that was held in March.

When NASCAR returns to Kansas Speedway in late October the fans will see no crowd restrictions for the triple header weekend.

NASCAR Issues COTA Penalty

During the inaugural races at Circuit of the Americas several teams were penalized during the races for speeding on pit road and in Cup Series race on Sunday, Austin Dillon was black flagged for short cutting the esses.

But in the penalty report on Tuesday, NASCAR has issued only one penalty for a lug nut infraction.

In the inspection process after the Pitt Boss 250 on Saturday, Xfinity Series number eleven Kaulig Racing car driven by Justin Haley was found to have a single lug nut improperly secured. As a result of the infraction, crew chief Alex Yontz was fined $5,000.


Haley returned to the track in Austin after missing the race at Darlington due to Covid protocols. Haley did not have the virus or test positive but he was exposed to someone who did.

‘The Voice’ Final Performances

After thousands of auditions, it all comes down to the final five on “The Voice”. Kelly, John, and Nick each have one singer in the finals, but Blake has two chances to win his eighth trophy with two singers in the finals after Jordan Matthew Young won the instant save last week.

The singers will perform twice – a personal dedication song and an upbeat song that shows who they are.

Team Kelly’s Kenzie Wheeler gets the night of music started off with “Heartland” by George Strait. Kelly blocked Blake to get Kenzie. Kelly is out of her chair clapping and dancing. Carson said that it was a great way to start off the finale. Blake said it was good and he sounded great. Kelly called the performance amazing; adding that it felt like being at a live show.

Team Legend’s Victor Solomon dedicated his song – “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt – to the love of his life. John was on his feet. Nick loved the dedication; adding that it was a phenomenal performance. Nick said that Victor is so creative vocally. Coach John agreed with Nick; adding that Victor has shown so many sides of himself.

Team Blake’s Jordan Matthew Young sang “Key to the Highway”. Blake yelled, that’s what I’m talking about. John said that he loves what Jordan brings to the show; adding that Jordan is the best dressed man this season. Blake thanked Jordan for rocking the stage.

Rachel Mac dedicates her song – “I Hope You Dance” – to her eight month old nephew Ezra. Kelly said that the sweetness of Rachel’s voice is so sweet; adding it was a job well done. Coach Nick noted that Rachel is the only female remaining and a one chair turn.

Coach Blake takes the stage to perform his newest single “Minimum Wage”.

Blake’s fiancee Gwen Stefani and namy of the singers that were a part of Team Blake over the past 10 years send messages of congratulations to Blake Shelton on his tenth anniversary on “The Voice”. Blake noted that all of the people who sent messages are making a living with music.

Team Blake’s second singer Cam Anthony dedicates his song to people…all people and faith and love with “Stand Up” from “Harriet”. Cam brought all of the coaches to their feet. John said that Cam is ready for any stage he wants to be on; adding that Cam has everything to be a superstar artist. Cam said that he looks up to John. Coach Blake said that the only thing bigger than Cam’s talent is his heart.

Kenzie returns with his emotional dedication to his hometown Dover, Florida – a seventh generation Floridian Kenzie performed “The Keeper of the Stars”. Nick said that Kenzie has been so far to watch this season; adding that he has made a lot of people in Florida proud. Kelly said that Kenzie doesn’t know just how talented he is; adding that his purpose in life is to make music and tell stories.

Rachel Mac returns to perform the Fleetwood Mac song “The Chain”. John said that it was so fun to watch; adding that it was powerful. John said it was a great song choice. Nick said that he has missed live music and felt like it was a concert he didn’t want to end.

Jordan returns to dedicate his performance of “Stay” by Rihanna to both of his grandmothers who impacted his life but are no longer alive. Nick says that Jordan has such a cool voice and is excited to buy his record when it comes out. Nick noted that Jordan can do it all. Blake noted that Jordan showed them another level of himself.

Cam returns with the Bon Jovi hit “Wanted Dead or Alive”; saying that he wants to celebrate his time on the show. Cam noted that his family used to rock out to the song. Kelly was surprised by the song choice; saying that he nailed it. Blake noted that there are people born with people…then there are people like Cam who can do anything.

Victor returns to close out the night of music with “Freedom” by Beyonce and brought the house down. Kelly called the performance awesome. She wants to know when the tour stars because she will be there. John said that he has never seen anything like it on “The Voice” stage; adding that it was incredible.

On Tuesday night the new winner will crowned in a two hour grand finale filled with all star performances.

NASCAR Cup Series Standings – May 24

The weather conditions shortened the inaugural race at Circuit of the Americas on May 23 and brought with it the eleventh different race winner of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. With Chase Elliott’s win, there are only five open spots remaining for the 16 playoff spots.

One of those remaining spots will go to the points leader at the end of the regular season if he is not among the race winners.

His consistent race finishes and accumulated stage points have kept Denny Hamlin at the top of the list despite his not crossing the finish line first yet this season. Over the 14 races this season, Denny Hamlin has racked up a total of 597 points, nearly 100 ahead of the second place driver William Byron who has 499 points.

With Chase Elliott’s win in the number nine Chevrolet, Chevrolet holds on to the manufacturers lead with 507 points, Ford follows in second with 494 points, and Toyota comes in third with 479 points.

The top 16 drivers in the playoffs are:
Denny Hamlin
William Byron – race winner
Kyle Larson – race winner
Joey Logano – race winner
Chase Elliott – race winner
Martin Truex Jr, – race winner
Ryan Blaney – race winner
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski – race winner
Kyle Busch – race winner
Austin Dillon
Alex Bowman – race winner
Chris Buescher
Christopher Bell – race winner
Tyler Reddick
Michael McDowell – race winner

The Weeknd, BTS Big Winners at 2021 Billboard Music Awards

The Billboard Music Awards kicks off with a musical extravaganza that includes DJ Khalid and H.E.R.

“The Voice” coach and Jona Brother Nick Jonas hosts this years gal event held outside at the Microsoft Theater for his first hosting of the show.

The winners of the Billboard Music Awards are selected according to radio airplay, streaming, downloads, and sales.

Inside the Microsoft Theater, Doja Cat and SZA take the stage for a performance.

In the first award of the night, the award for Top Hot 100 Artists went to The Weeknd. In his acceptance speech he said that his fellow nominees deserved the award as much as he did…if not more.

Twenty one pilots take the stage to perform their song “Shy Away”.

The award for Top Selling Song went to BTS for “Dynamite”.

Alicia Keys takes the stage for a performance after an introduction from former First Lady Michelle Obama. Her performance included playing part of the “Moonlight Sonata” by Ludwig von Beethoven, playing multiple pianos, and her breakout hit “Falling”.

The award for Top Female Country Artist went to former “American Idol” Gabby Barrett. Barrett also won the award for Top Country Song for “I Hope”.

The group of brother AJR take the stage to perform.

The award for Top Latin Artist went to Bad Bunny.

Inside the theater John Bon Jovi comes to the stage to present P!nk the Billboard Icon Award. This is only the tenth time that an artist has been presented with the Icon Award. P!nk takes the stage to perform some of her songs. And what P!nk performance isn’t complete without an spectacular acrobatic performance? This time she has a young helper joining her in the air. In her acceptance speech P!ni said that she loves what she does and the people she does it with; adding that she can’t wait to get back out there again.

In his Atlanta studio, Lil Baby presented the award for Top Hot 100 Song to The Weeknd for his song “Blinding Lights”. The Weeknd said that his fans make him want to do this forever.

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis about a song they wrote 30 years ago from Prince’s Paisley Park. Ann Nesbit and the Sounds of Blackness perform the song.

Karol G takes the stage for her debut Billboard Music Awards performance.

Swiss Beatz pays tribute to some of the rap artists who have passed on in the past year. He presents the award for Top Rap Song to Da Baby with Roddy Ricch for “Rockstar”. Da Baby thanked the fans saying that if they don’t press play, the music doesn’t get heard.

The Billboard Change Maker Award went to Trae The Truth who worked to help his fellow Houston residents during Hurrican Harvey. He also created an organization to help citizens in hardship. In only two days he organized a march in support of George Floyd that brought 60,000 people together. Noting that he came from the streets, Trae said that it’s important to change the world and support others.

Korean boy band BTS gives a performance from Seoul, Korea of their new single “Butter”.

Earning the Artist of the Decade Award, Drake said that his friends and family should be the ones to present the award. After 232 songs on the Billboard charts, record breaking chart hits, 27 Billboard Awards, and sold out performances; Canadian artist Drake is named the Billboard Artist of the Decade. He comes out on stage holding the hand of his small son and then hands the award to the child. Drake notes that he is very self conscious about his music and wonders how he can do better; adding that tonight he is sure he has done something right.

The only artist to have an all Spanish language album top the Billboard 200 Album chart, Bad Bunny gives a performance.

The award for Top Rock Artist went to Machine Gun Kelly. He noted that this is the first time he has been invited to a big stage to accept an award. It happened 15 years after his first release.

Making their Billboard Awards debut performance, Glass Animals take the stage.

The Weeknd hits the streets…um parking lots… of Los Angeles for a performance.

Cynthia Erivo presents the award for Top Billboard 200 Album of the Year to Pop Smoke for “Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon”. A posthumous award, Pop Smoke’s mother accepted the award in his honour.

Revolutionizing the music video back in the 80’s, Duran Duran take the stage at the Hammersmith with a performance that includes “Notorious” and “Hungry Like the Wolf”.

Leslie Odam Jr presents the award for Top Artist of the Year The Weeknd!

Closing out the night of music, host Nick Jonas joins brother Kevin and Joe for a performance that includes Marshmello on the keyboard.


Awards not presented during the live television broadcast:
Top New Artist: Pop Smoke
Top Male Artist: The Weeknd
Top Female Artist: Taylor Swift
To Duo or Group: BTS
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Streaming Songs Artist: Drake
Top Song Sales Artist: BTS
Top Radio Songs Artis: The Weeknd
Top Social Artist: BTS
Top R&B Artist: The Weeknd
Top R&B Male Artist: The Weeknd
Top R&B Female Artist: Doja Cat
Top Rap Artist: Pop Smoke
Top Rap Male Artist: Pop Smoke
Top Rap Female Artist: Megan The Stallion
Top Country Artist: Morgan Wallen
Top Country Male Artist: Morgan Wallen
Top Country Duo or Group: Florida Georgia Line
Top Latin Male Artist: Bad Bunny
Top Latin Female Artist: Karol G
Top Latin Duo or Group: Eslabon Armado
Top Dance/Electronic Artist: Lady Gaga
Top Christian Artist: Elevation Worship
Top Gospel Artist: Kanye West
Top R&B Album: “After Hours” by The Weeknd
Top Country Album: “Dangerous: The Double Album” by Morgan Wallen
Top Rock Album: “Tickets to My Downfall” by Machine Gun Kelly
Top Latin Album: “YHLQMDLG” by Bad Bunny
Top Dance/Electronic Album: “Chromatica” by Lady Gaga
Top Christian Album: “My Gift” by Carrie Underwood
Top Gospel Album: “Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 1” by Maverick City Music
Top Streaming Song: “ROCKSTAR” by DaBaby with Roddy Ricch
Top Radio Song: “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd
Top Collaboration: “I Hope” by Gabby Barrett with Charlie Puth
Top R&B Song: “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd
Top Rock Song: “Bang” by AJR
Top Latin Song: “Dakiti” by Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez
Top Dance/Electronic Song: “Roses” Imanbek Remix by SAINt JHN
Top Christian Song: “Graves into Gardens” by Elevaton Worship with Brandon Lake
Top Gospel Song: “Wash Us in the Blood” by Kanye West with Travis Scott

Idol Crowns 2021 Winner!

It has all come down to this one final episode on “American Idol” By the end of the night eight Grace Kinstler, Chayce Beckham, or Willie Spence will be crowned the newest Idol.

But first, a night of celebration and all star performances with Macklemore and Lewis getting the night of music started off and is joined by the finalists.

With the winner still up for the vote…the judges select a song for each of the finalists to perform.

First up is Grace Kinstler with “All By Myself” originally performed and written by Eric Carmen. Katy said that she picked the song for Grace because of its power and vulnerability. Luke called the performance amazing. Lionel said that Grace is a storyteller with a great voice.

The judges chose a Ray Charles song for Willie Spence with “Georgia on My Mind”. Willie told mentor Bobby Bones that he almost quit after his grandfather died. Willie noted that he had to do a soundcheck on the same day as the funeral. Willie brought the judges to their feet. Luke said that he can smell magnolia, Spanish moss, and peaches. Ryan and Luke are also from Georgia. Luke noted that Willie has delivered with every performance. Lionel said that Willie is a religious experience; adding that it was a great performance. Katy said that she needed her hankie; adding that the sky is the limit for Willie.

Closing out round one, Chayece Beckham sang The Beatles hit “Blackbird” and brought the judges to their feet. Lionel said that Chayce has an identifiable voice. Katy said that they chose the song because it is a small mighty song. Luke told Chayce that he has earned a bass fishing date.

Ryan Seacrest announces that the voting is very close.

In round two the singers make the home town heroes trip.

First up Idol travels back to Illinois and Grace’s home of Crystal Lake. For her hometown round performance Grace sang “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston. Katy noted that the voting is very close; telling fans that if they don’t vote then they can’t complain. Luke said that he wanted to stand on the desk. Lionel said that Grace has outdone herself and gave an amazing performance.
When Willie Spence went back home to Douglas, Georgia, he didn’t get just a day, he got a whole week dedicated to him. It was a very emotional reunion for Willie and his mom. He performed before a stadium filled with fans. For his hometown dedication song her performed the Sam Cooke song “A Change is Gonna Come”. Luke noted that they have heard the song on the show a few times before but never like that. Lionel noted that people look at Willie with pride and inspiration. A tearful Katy said that they are so proud of Willie; adding that it melted her heart to see Willie with his mom. Willie’s mom is in the audience. Katy gives a tearful Willie a tissue.

Chayce Beckham returns to Apple Valley for his hometown visit. The town planted an apple tree in Chayce’s honour. Chayce sang the Chris Stapleton song “Fire Away”. Lionel called the song a great choice for his voice. Katy noted that sometimes God has to turn up the volume to make sure you are listening…and Chayce is listening. Luke noted that it is a big deal to see the change since they first met him.

Idol alum Mickey Guyton returns with Alyssa Rae for a performance of “Black Like Me”.

In the first results of the night…
The singer in third place and the first elimination is…

Grace Kinstler.

Willie Spence and Chayce Beckham will compete for the title of the next “Ameircan Idol”. Host Ryan Seacrest said that the vote is very close.

Jingle writer and singer Tom McGovern gives his take on the season in song.

Graham Defranco returns to give Ryan a hand introducing Fall Out Boy with “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark”. Some of the finalists from the season join Fall Out Boy on stage.

Ten time Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall Famer Chaka Khan takes the stage to perform a medley of her hits and gets a little help from some of the Idol singers.

For the first time this season, Ryan, Katy, Luke, and Lionel all had a group hug. The judges were not allowed to hug any of the singers this season due to Covid protocols.

UK “X Factor” winner Leona Lewis takes the stage with finalist Willie Spence for a performance of “You Are the Reason”.

Multi Grammy Award winning artist Sheryl Crow takes the stage with Graham Defranco for a performance of a medley of her songs.

After the judges eliminated him, the outrage nearly broke Twitter. Murphy returns to the Idol stage for a performance of a medley of his original music.

Judge Luke Bryan takes the stage with Casey Bishop for a performance on the stage at Whiskey-a-Go-Go and then on the Idol stage with the Bon Jovi hit “Livin’ on a Prayer”.

Judge Lionel Richie takes the stage with some of the finalists for a performance of his song “One World”.

Lindsey Buckingham takes the stage for a performance of the Fleetwood Mac hit “Go Your Own Way” with Cassandra Coleman.

Alessia Cara and Grace Kinstler take the stage for a performance of “Stars to Your Beautiful”.

CMA Artist of the Year Luke Combs joins Chayce Beckham for a performance of “Forever After All”.

Judge Katy Perry takes the stage with Hunter Metts for a performance of her song “Thinking of You”. Katy plays the guitar for the performance.

Chayce Beckham takes the stage for a performance of Ed Sheeran’s “Afterglow”. Katy noted that there isn’t anything left to say; adding that he is living his dream. Luke noted that Chayce has a bright future. Lionel said congratulations and welcome to your career; adding that he has an amazing future.

Willie Spence returns for one final performance with “Stand Up” from “Harriet” by Cynthia Erivo. The judges were on their feet during the performance. Luke said that they love the voice and where it comes from…God and a soul within. Lionel said thank you; adding that his presence on the show has been a religious experience. Katy thanked Willie for blessing and saving them.

After the final vote of the season…

The 2021 “American Idol” is Chayce Beckham!!!!

Willie Spence is the runner up.

Chayce performs his single “23” in his first performance as the newest Idol.

Red Flags, Rain Mark Inaugural Race at COTA for Cup Series

The inaugural weekend at Circuit of the Americas concludes with a qualifying run for the NASCAR Cup Series before taking to the track for 68 laps around the 3.41 mile track for the EchoPark Automotive Texas Grand Prix.

Due to the Covid protocols during the season, this is only the second race of the season where the drivers had the opportunity to make a qualifying run.

Nine drivers who ran in one of the two races on Saturday will be running in the race on Sunday.

While qualifying starts under dry weather conditions under very cloudy skies, rain is expected in the area and the drivers may be racing in the rain later in the day.

At 3.41 miles, the track is so large that it requires three spotters for each driver.

Denny Hamlin discovered trouble with his power steering. He is on pit road and the crew is making repairs. His qualifying lap was good enough to place him in the middle of the pack.

Five of the drivers in the top 12 ran in a race on Saturday. Half of the top 12 made only one lap around the track and have fresher tires.

After two rounds of qualifying, Tyler Reddick won the pole for his first ever pole win and will bring the field to green. Kyle Larson will start alongside on the front row. The top four drivers were in the Xfinity race on Saturday; including race winner Kyle Busch who will start in fourth place.

The last time a Richard Childress Racing driver put their car on the pole in a road course race was 1996 with Dale Earnhardt Sr. Current pole sitter Tyler Reddick was seven months old.

Chase Elliott has the most road course wins of current active drivers with a total of five – four in the last five road course races.

The starting lineup for the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix:
Tyler Reddick
Kyle Larson
Austin Cindric
Kyle Busch
William Byron
Joey Logano
AJ Allmendinger
Chase Elliott
Ryan Blaney
Christopher Bell
Kevin Harvick
Alex Bowman
Kurt Busch
Cole Custer
Daniel Suarez
Austin Dillon
Martin Truex Jr
Bubba Wallace
Denny Hamlin
Ross Chastain
Matt DiBenedetto
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Michael McDowell
Brad Keselowski
Corey LaJoie
Aric Almirola
Chase Briscoe
Chris Buescher
Erik Jones
Justin Haley
Josh Bilicki
James Davison
Ty Dillon
Ryan Newman
Cody Ware
Ryan Preece
Anthony Alfredo
Garrett Smithley
Kyle Tilley
Quin Houff

During the qualifying event Denny Hamlin had some issues with his power steering which was repaired on pit road. Hamlin is among several drivers that will have to start the race from the back of the field. Hamlin, Aric Almirola, Chase Briscoe, James Davison, Chris Buescher, Anthony Alfredo, Erik Jones, and Cody Ware will have to move to the back of the field for unapproved adjustments to their cars. Daniel Suarez will also have to move to the back of the field after the crew made a transmission change.

Less than half an hour before start time, the rains begin to fall; meaning the race will begin under wet weather conditions. In a wet weather condition, the drivers have wet weather tires; the cars must also have a rear red blinking light for visibility, a defogger in the car, and a working windshield wiper. Some of the teams also use a rain resistant application to hep keep the windshield clear.

NASCAR is allowing the teams to choose whether they want to start the race on the wet weather tires or the racing slicks. Nearly all of the teams made a tire change from wet to slicks. Drivers will not lose their starting position for making the tire change.

During his pit stop for a tire change, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney’s teams made a tape adjustment which was not allowed; as a result, Blaney and Keselowski will have to start the race from the back of the field. Only Bubba Wallace, Martin Treux Jr, Michael McDowell, Ryan Preece, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr did not make a tire change.

Stage one of the race is 15 laps long, stage two is 17 laps long with stage thee lasting 36 laps for a total of 68 laps.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag start of the race before a packed house of fans. Drivers get four and five wide across the track going into turn one as Austin Cindric gets ut in front for the lead.

The top five are Austin Cinddric, William Byron, AJ Allmendinger, Joey Logano, and Tyler Reddick.

Lap one, William Byron is reporting that he needs different tires; he started the race on slicks. Byron, Alex Bowman, Joey Logano all come down pit road for a tire change to the wet weather tires. Much of the field follow for the rain tires.

Lap two, Austin Cindric, still on slicks, has pulled out to a two and a half second lead on AJ Allmendinger; Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap three, AJ Allmendinger gives up a third place position to come down pit road for a tire change as the rain continues to fall.

Austin Cindric is running away from the field with a lead of over five and a half seconds on Kyle Busch; Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, and Bubba Wallace round out the top five.

Lap three, Kyle Busch has closed the gap on leader Austin Cindric to just over four seconds.

Kyle Busch comes down pit road for a tire change; giving up a second place spot. Kyle Larson also makes a pit stop. Leader Austin Cindric remains on the track on slick tires.

Lap four, the top five are Austin Cindric, Martin Treux Jr, Bubba Wallace, Michael McDowell, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. All of the drivers are on wet weather tires accept Austin Cindric who has a lead of over eight seconds.

Lap five, Austin Cindric continues to lead the race six seconds ahead of Martin Truex Jr; Michael McDowell, Bubba Wllace, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr round out the top five.

Austin Cindric gives up a six second lead to come down pit road for a change to wet weather tires; Martin Truex Jr is the new leader.

Lap six, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over a second and a half on Michael McDowell; Bubba Wallace Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Ryan Preece round out the top five. All of the top five drivers started the race on wet weather tires.

Austin Cindric returns to the track in ninth place.

Lap seven, pole sitter Tyler Reddick is in 18th place.

Lap seven, all 40 cars are on the track and on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out on lap eight for Daniel Suarez who gets stalled on the track. Suarez reports that the car is locked in neutral. The crew made a transmission change prior to the race. Suarez can get his car repaired and turn to the race since the issue is mechanical and not crash releated.

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

After staying out on the track, Michael McDowell brings the field down for the green flag restart with Bubba Wallace alongside. Driver spread out five wide across the track on the restart with Michael McDowell taking the lead.

Lap 10, the top five are Michael McDowell, Joey Logano, Austin Cindric, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Bubba Wallace.

Denny Hamlin gets off the track but gets going again and the track stays green.

Denny Hamlin reports visibility issues.

Lap eleven, Michael McDowell has a half second lead on Joey Logano; Austin Cindric, William Byron, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Joey Logano challenges Michael McDowell for the lead.

Lap eleven, Joey Logano passes Michael McDowell for the lead.

Lap 12, Joey Logano has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Michael McDowell; Austin Cindric, William Byron, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Kyle Busch gets loose on the track but recovers and the track stays green.

Garrett Smithley gets turned around on the track but gets the car going again.

Lap 12, Joey Logano has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Michael McDowell; Austin Cindric, William Byron, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

A few drivers short pit and come down pit road before it closes for the end of the stage.

Lap 13, Corey LaJoie gets turned around on the traci but recovers.

Kurt Busch has passed William Byron for fourth.

Matt DiBenedetto gets off the track but recovers after a three way battle for position involving William Byron and Kyle Larson.

Lap 14, Kurt Busch passes Austin Cincric for third.

William Byron makes a trip down pit road with a flat tire. Pit road is closed; Byron will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

With a lead of over two and a half seconds, Joey Logano wins stage one for his first road course stage win and his third of the season.

The top 10 at the endo of stage one:
Joey Logano
Michael McDowell
Kurt Busch
Kyle Larson
Austin Cindric
Chris Buescher
Chase Briscoe
Ross Chastain
Kyle Busch
Matt DiBenedetto

Some drivers come down pit road for service and fresh tires.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 19. Joey Logano gets out in front for the lead from the inside lane but is getting a challenge form Kurt Busch.

Daniel Suarez returns to the track 10 laps down.

Ryan Newman gets turned around on the track but recovers.

The top five are Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Michael McDowell, Kyle Busch, Chris Buescher, and Kye Larson.

Joey Logano leads the race with the Busch brothers right behind.

Ryan Blaney gets turned around on the track but recovers with damage to the back of his car..

Christopher Bell brings out the caution flag for a wreck. Bubba Wallace is also out of his car after hitting the fence. Kevin Harvick has some heavy damage to his car. Harvick slowed down due to a lack of visibility and was rear ended by Bubba Wallace.

The skies are beginning to clear, but conditions are still bad for visibility on the track.

Christopher Bell’s car is on the tow truck and out of the race. Kevin Harvick’s car was pushed to pit road and is headed for the garage. Bubba Wallace is out of the race. Ryan Blaney is on the crash clock.

Some drivers come down pit road for service.

Martin Truex Jr had to make a pit stop to clear the windshield of oil.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart with Kyle Busch alongside on the front row on lap 25. Ross Chastain makes it a three way battle for the lead on the restart.

The top five are Ross Chastain, Ryan Preece, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Chase Elliott.

Ryan Preece and Ross Chastain battle for the lead with Preece taking the spot. Kyle Busch passes Joey Logano for third.

Austin Cindric enters the top five.

The caution flag comes out after Cole Custer slams into Martin Truex Jr from behind and puts Truex’s car on its front wheels. Custer’s car catches fire after hitting the fence. Truex hit Michael McDowell prior to being rear ended. Custer and Truex are out of their cars and walking away.

NASCAR has red flagged the race on lap 25.

The top five at the time of the red flag: Ross Chastain, Ryan Preece, Kyle Busch, Austin Cindric, and Chase Elliott.

The track drying equipment comes out on the track to remove some of the standing water that have been causing major rooster tails.

Cole Custer is out of the infield care center and is fine. Custer said that he could not see anything on the track. Custer noted that impacting the barrier was not as hard as he expected it to be.
Martin Truex Jr is also out of the care center and is fine. He also noted that he could not see anything on the track.

Martin Truex Jr, Cole Custer, Kevin Harvick, Christopher Bell, and Bubba Wallace are all out of the race.

After a red flag condition for around 20 minutes, NASCAR pulls the red flag and displays the yellow caution flag.

Once the car are moving again, NASCAR called for the cars to be brought down pit road where three crew members will be allowed to come out and clean the windshield and helmet visors only. Many of the crews are also armed with bottle of water repellent and defogger supplies to aid their drivers.

Once the cars are back out on the track, NASCAR open pit road for regular service.

The track PA system was playing “Car Wash” by Rolls Royce during the window cleaning process.

NASCAR has announced a procedure change; for the remainder of the race all restarts will be single file starts.

Some drivers come down pit road for service including leader Ross Chastain.

Lap 29, Ryan Preece brings the field down for the green flag restart and the drivers quickly get three wide going into turn one with Kyle Busch taking the lead followed by Austin Cindric.

Austin Dillon short cuts the esses and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Kyle Busch and Austin Cindric battle for the lead, swapping it back and forth before Kyle Busch gets out in front.

The top five are Kyle Busch, Austin Cindric, Ryan Preece, Chase Elliott, and Tyler Reddick.

Ryan Newman gets into the gravel but gets back on the track after spraying gravel all over his car.

Erik Jones gets off into the grass but recovers.

The battle between Kyle Busch and Austin Cindric continues with Kyle Busch holding on to the lead with three laps remaining in stage two.

Quin Houff gets off the track after some on track contact but recovers

Austin Cindric and Chase Elliott battle for second with Kyle Busch over two seconds out in front.

Kyle Busch wins stage two for his second career road course stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Tyler Reddick
Austin Cindric
Corey LaJoie
Kyle Larson
Ryan Preece
AJ Allmendinger
Chase Briscoe
Alex Bowman

Drivers come down pit road for service.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 36 and holds on to the lead.

The top five are Kyle Busch, Austin Cindric, Tyler Reddick, Chase Briscoe, and Chase Elliott.

Brad Keselowski gets turned around on the track after some contact with Ryan Newman. He gets the car moving again and the track stays green.

Lap 37, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a three second lead on Austin Cindric; Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Lap 38, Kyle Busch continues to increase his lead and is now nearly five seconds ahead of Austin Cindric Austin Cindric and Chase Elliott battle for second.

Kyle Larson gets around Chase Elliott for third.

James Davison is off the track but gets it going again. Ricky Stenhouse Jr gets turned around but gets going again.

The top five are Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Austin Cindric, Kyle Larson, and Joey Logano.

Drivers are getting three wide all through the field battling for position.

Lap 39, Austin Cindric has dropped to 10th. Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, and Joey Logano continue the battle for second.

Tyler Reddick gets turned around and finally gets moving again after getting stuck in the slick paint.

Lap 40, the top five are Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and AJ Allmendinger.

Lap 41, Kyle Busch has a three second lead on Kyle Larson; Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Ross Chastain and Kurt Busch make contact in a racing incident but the track stays green.

Lap 42, low on fuel, leader Kyle Busch a nd Chase Elliott come down pit road for service.

Kyle Larson is the new leader.

The top five are Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Ross Chastain, Kurt Busch, and Michael McDowell.

Kyle Busch returns to the track in 25th place.

Lap 43, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a three second lead on Joey Logano; Ross Chastain, Kurt Busch, and Michael McDowell round out the top five.

Kyle Busch’s team reports that he is two laps short of fuel to make it to the end of the race.

Ross Chastain takes second from Joey Logano.

With 25 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Larson has a three second lead on Ross Chastain; Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

AJ Allmendinger gives up fifth place to make a pit stop. Tyler Reddick also makes a pit stop.

The rain has picked up again.

Kyle Larson has a two second lead on Ross Chastain; Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Quin Houff is out of the race.

Leader Kyle Larson comes down pit road for service. Ross Chastain is the new leader. Joey Logano and Kurt Busch also make their pit stops.

With 23 laps to go, the top five are Ross Chastain, Alex Bowman, Denny Hamlin, William Byron, and Ryan Preece.

The skies have gotten very dark due to the weather and the rains have increased.

Lap 45, there are 32 cars on the lead lap. Daniel Suarez seven laps down is the only car on the track not on the lead lap.

Lap 46, Ross Chastain has a 13 second lead on Alex Bowman. Chastain is throwing a very big rooster tail as he works his way around the course.

With 22 laps to go, Kyle Busch has worked his way back into the top five after pit stops have cycled through.

Ross Chastain comes down pit road and gives the lead over to Alex Bowman.

Lap 47, the top fiveare Alex Bowman, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Larson.

Twenty to go, Alex Bowman leads the race with team mate Chase Elliott in second; Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

With 19 laps to go, the drivers have gotten spread out through the couse. Alex Bowman has a two second lead on Chase Elliott; Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson battle for third; Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Leader Alex Bowman comes down pit road for service; giving the lead over to Chase Elliott who has a six second lead on Kyle Larson; Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

With 18 laps to go, Chase Elliott has an eight second lead on Kyle Larson.

Chase Elliott’s team reports that they too are two laps short of making it to the end of the race on fuel.

Visibility has once again gotten bad and there are no light at COTA.

Kyle Busch reports that he has no tread and is hydroplaning badly. His team calls him down pit road for fresh tires and fuel.

With 16 laps to go, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of nearly 12 seconds on Kyle Larson.

Tyler Reddick, Austin Dillon, nd Kyle Busch are in a battle for ninth.

Kurt Busch gets off the track and into the dirt but keeps it moving and gets back out on the track. Busch just missed brother Kyle and Austin Dillon on his way to an off road excursion.

Moe drivers are coming down pit road for fuel and tires.

The caution flag comes out with 15 laps remaining in the race for standing water on the track.

Austin Cindric spun out just before the caution flag came out.

NASCAR brings the drivers down pit road and puts out the second red flag of the race due to rain, visibility, and standing water.

The drivers have exited their cars.

The track drying equipment is back out on the track and the teams have covered their cars.

NASCAR has called the race after 54 laps. With the win, Elliott helps Hendrick Motor Sports tie the record for most wins by an organization with Petty Enterprises with 268. The win also give Chevrolet 800 race wins.

This is Chase Elliott’s sixth road course race win – five of the last six road courses.

Chase Elliott becomes the eleventh different race winner of the season.

The unofficial results of the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix:
Chase Elliott
Kyle Larson
Joey Logano
Ross Chastain
AJ Allmendinger
Chase Briscoe
Michael McDowell
Alex Bowman
Tyler Reddick
Kyle Busch
William Byron
Austin Dillon
Chris Buescher
Demmy Hamlin
Ryan Preece
Erik Jones
Ryan Blaney
Anthony Alfredo
Brad Keselowski
Corey LaJoie
Ty Dillon
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Newman
Austin Cindric
Aric Almirola
Kurt Busch
Garrett Smithley
James Davison
Josh Bilicki
Kyle Tille
Cody Ware
Daniel Suarez
Quin Houf
Martin Truex Jr
Cole Custer
Kevin Harvick
Christopher Bell
Bubba Wallace
Justin Haley



Dominating Win for Xfinity Series at COTA

In the second of three races and capping off a double header Saturday, the Xfinity Series takes to the road course at Circuit of the Americas for the Pitt Boss 250 on a wet and rainy afternoon in Austin, Texas.

While NASCAR does not race on oval tracks in the rain, they will race under wet weather conditions on road cources. Under wet conditions the drivers have wet weather tires, a rear red light for visibility, a defroster inside the car, and a windshield wiper. Some teams also apply a rain resistant surface to the windshields to aid in visibility. Visibility will be an issue for the drivers even with the defogger and a windshield wiper with the rooster tails thrown out by the drivers.

Forty-three teams brought cars to the track but only 36 of them will be in the race.

Among the drivers attempting to qualify are some “road course ringers” including 58 year old Boris Said. Said , noted that he loves driving in the rain and thinks he can still deliver. While he has been running Trans Am cars, Said had to borrow a fire suit. Said noted that at least he can still fit in some young guys fire suit. He is wearing one of Timmy Hill’s suits.

Justin Haley returns to the track after missing a week due to the Covid protocols. Haley did not have the virus but was exposed to someone who had tested positive.

Ross Chastain stepped in at the last minute to take over driving duties for Joe Graf Jr who is dealing with some knee issues.

Noah Gragson will start the race from the middle of the pack after missing a turn and ending up in the gravel and had to be pulled out by the tow truck.

Seven of the top 12 drivers are doing double duty this weekend.

Making one of his five allowed starts in the Xfinity Series, the series winningest driver Candyman Kyle Busch puts his number 54 Skittles car on the pole with a time of two minutes 40 seconds and will bring the field to green. Watermelon Man Ross Chastain will start alongside on the front row.

After the first round of qualifying the seven drivers going home are:
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Kyle Weatherman
Stephen Leicht
Bayley Currey
Jesse Little
Caesar Bacarella
and Josh Williams

The starting lineup for the Pitt Boss 250 is:
Kyle Busch
Ross Chastain
Cole Custer
Alex Labbe
Tyler Reddick
Justin Haley
AJ Allmendinger
Austin Cindric
Justin Allgaier
Harrison Burton
Jeb Burton
Kevin Harvick
Andy Lally
Brandon Brown
Miguel Paludo
Spencer Pumpelly
Austin Dillon
Jade Buford
Brandon Jones
Noah Gragson
Brett Moffitt
Preston Pardus
Myatt Snider

Boris Said
Gray Gaulding
Daniel Hemric
Colby Howard
Timmy Hill
Riley Herbst
Landon Cassill
Ryan Ellis
Tommy Joe Martins
Jeremy Clements
Ryan Sieg
Michael Annett

Kris Wright and Ryan Sieg’s teams changed the engine and Daniel Hemric’s team changed the transmission prior to the race; as a result, the drivers will have to start the race from the back of the field.


Bubba Wallace and Ryan Blaney join Adam Alexander in the FOX Sports booth for the race.

While the skies were filled with rain for the Truck Series race, the skies have cleared for the Xfinity Series race and the track is drying. NASCAR has called it a damp surface; giving the teams their choice of starting the race on either slicks or wet weather tires. As a part of the warm up laps, NASCAR will let the drivers make a lap and then let them decide which set of tires to use. If a team chooses to change tires, they will not lose their starting spot.

Many of the crews are changing from the wet weather tires used during qualifying to the normal slicks used by NASCAR.

Stage one is 14 laps long with stages two and three lasting 16 laps each for a total 44 laps around the 20 turn, 3.41 mile track.

Brandon Brown is stalled on the track, delaying the green flag start.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane for the 69th time and goes nose to nose with Ross Chastain before getting out in front for the lead.

Ross Chastain missed the esses and ended up on the wrong side of the turtles. He will have to serve a pass through penalty.

The top five are Kyle Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Cole Custer, Alex Labbe, and Tyler Reddick.

Bubba Wallace reports that the track is rough on tires; even though it is only seven yers old.

Lap two, Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on AJ Allmendinger; Cole Custer is in third over a second and a half back in third.

Ross Chastain takes his 07 car to the garage with a broken axle. A driver who enters the garage with a mechanical issue, may make repairs and return to the track.

Lap three, Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on AJ Allmendinger; Justin Allgaier, Cole Custer, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

One of the cameras being used in the race is a drone camera; Bubba Wallace wants to fly the drone camera.

While the remainder of the field is several seconds back, AJ Allmendinger is not letting Kyle Busch get too far out in front and is staying close to the 54 car’s bumper.

Lap four, the top five are Kyle Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, Justin Haley, and Cole Custer. Ross Chastain in the garage for repairs is the only car not on the lead lap.

Lap five, Kyle Busch has pulled away from AJ Allmendinger with a lead of over a second and a half; Justin Allgaier, Justin Haley, and Cole Custer round out the top five.

After having to start the race from the back of the field, Daniel Hemric has moved up 15 spots.

After stopping on the track before the green flag, Brandon Brown returns to the track after making repairs for an alternator wire issue. Due to the length of the track, Brown did not lose a lap. He is in 35th place over a minute behind.

Lap seven, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over two and a half seconds on AJ Allmendinger; Justin Allgaier, Justin Haley, and Cole Custer continue to round out the top five.

On the track after helping out with the Truck Series race, Andy Lally is just outside the top 10 in twelfth place.

Daniel Hemric brings his car down pit road with a shifter issue. He was in 18th place at the time of his pit stop. He returns to the track still on the lead lap in 35th place.

Lap nine, Kyle Busch continues to increase his lead and is now over three seconds in front of AJ Allmendinger; Justin Allgaier, Cole Custer, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 10, leading every lap so far, Kyle Busch has a four second lead AJ Allmendinger; Justin Allgaier, Cole Custer, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Andy Lally is having some communication issues with his team.

Boris Said has slowed and stopped on the track.

Lap eleven, Kyle Busch continues to increase his lead and is now five seconds ahead of AJ Allmendinger.

Daniel Hemric was caught speeding on pit road and has to serve a pass through penalty.

The caution flag comes out for Boris Said stopped on the track. Ryan Ellis is also stalled on the track.

Many of the drivers come down pit road for service. AJ Allmendinger is among the 13 drivers stayed out on the track. Justin Allgaier wins the race off of pit raod; Kyle Busch came out fifth.

Justin Haley left pit road with a wrench and will have to restart from the back of the field.

Ross Chastain returns to the track 10 laps down.

In a one lap shootout for the end of sage one, AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag. Drivers get four and five wide across the track with AJ Allmendinger taking the lead.

AJ Allmendinger wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
AJ Allmendinger
Tyler Reddick
Brandon Jones
Andu Lally
Jeremu Clements
Justin Allgaier
Kevin Harvick
Tommy Joe Martins
Austin Dillon
Miguel Paludo

After spinning out on the last lap of stage one, Noah Gragson has to have his cr towed away and is out of the race.

The drivers who stayed out during the caution flag come down pit road for service.

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

Noah Gragson reports that his car started dropping fluid and caught on fire.

Andy Lally’s communication issues were due to his ear plugs calling out. He has asked for some tape to keep them in.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two with Kevin Harvick alongside on lap 18. The drivers get three and four wide across the track.

Kris Wright spins out after some on track contact from Brandon Jones.

Austin Cindric takes the lead; Justin Allgaier, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Miguel Paludo round out the top five.

Kris Wright makes an unscheduled trip down pit road; as does Brandon Jones.

Boris Said is off the track.

Lap 19, Austin Cindric has a one second lead on Kyle Busch; Justin Allgaier, Kevin Harvick, and Miguel Paludo in the number eight car round out the top five.

Kyle Busch battle Austin Cindric for the lead. Kyle Busch retakes the lead on lap 20.

Tommy Joe Martins gets stalled on the track and brings out the caution flag.

The teams were given three sets of tires for the race.

Ryan Sieg comes down pit road with the car on the jack and the crew is under the car.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 22 from the inside lane. Drivers get four and five wide across the track with Kyle Busch getting out in front.

The top five are Kyle Busch, Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, Kevin Harvick, and Jeb Burton.

Kyle Busch quickly pulls out in front for a one second lead on Austin Cindric.

Tommy Joe Martins is off the track.

Riley Herbst gets turned around but gets the car moving again and the track stays green.

Lap 24 Kyle Busch has a two second lead on Austin Cindric; Justin Allgaier, Kevin Harvick mad Jeb Burton round out the top five.

Tommy Joe Martins joins Noah Gragson out of the race. Ross Chastain is 10 laps down and Boris Said is eleven laps down.

Lap 25, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a three second lead on Austin Cindric.

Miguel Paludo is slowed on the track with a gear box issues. The track stays green as Paludo makes it to pit road. Paludo is reporting a transmission issue; saying that he cannot shift gears. While working his way down pit road, the drive shaft comes out of the car.

Five laps remain in stage two; Kyle Busch has a five second lead on Justin Allgaier; Austin Cindric, Kevin Harvick, and Myatt Snider rounds out the top five.

With four laps remaining in stage two, Brett Moffitt comes down pit road for service.

With three laps remaining in stage two, Austin Cindric leads the way as some of the drivers come down pit road for service.

Just before the close of pit road, leader Kyle Busch comes down pit road for service with second place driver Justin Allgaier behind him. Justin Haley is the new leader.

More drivers come down pit road before pit road closes to end the stage.

Kyle Busch returns to the track in sixth place.

Two laps remain in stage two, Justin Haley has a lead of over eight seconds on Michael Annett.

Timmy Hill is stalled off the track on the final lap of stage two. The track stays green.

With a lead of over nine seconds, Justin Haley wins stage two for a Kaulig Racing stage sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Justin Haley
Michael Annett
Jade Buford
Austin Dillon
Kyle Busch
Jeremy Clements
Justin Allgaier
Colby Howard
Kevin Harvick
AJ Allmendinger

Kris Wright is off the track.

The drivers who did not make a pit stop prior to the end of the race, make their pit stops.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the inside lane on lap 32 with Justin Allgaier alongside. Kyle Busch jumps out in front as the drivers get four wide across the track. AJ Allmendinger and Justin Allgaier battle for second with Allmendinger taking the spot.

Lap 33 AJ Allmendinger challenges Kyle Busch for the lead but Busch holds on to stay in the lead.

Lap 34, the top five are Kyle Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, and Jeb Burton.

There are 29 cars on the lead lap; the remaining drivers are either off the track or out of the race.

With 12 laps remaining in the race the drivers are getting very aggressive as they battle for position.

Lap 35, Kyle Busch has a second and a half lead on AJ Allmendinger.

Lap 36, Kyle Busch’s lead is over two seconds on AJ Allmendinger; Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, and Jeb Burton round out the top five.

Ten to go, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a three second lead on AJ Allmendinger.

With 10 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch has led 25 of the 36 laps run today so far.

Nine to go, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of five seconds on AJ Allmendinger; Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, and Jeb Burton round out the top five.

Daniel Hemric makes an unscheduled pit stop for another shifter issue.

With eight laps to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of over five and a half seconds on AJ Allmendinger with Justin Allgaier in third nearly eight seconds back; Austin Cindric and Jeb Burton rounding out the top five.

Six to go, Kyle Busch is running away from the field with a lead of over six and a half seconds on AJ Allmendinger; Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Third place driver Justin Allgaier is on baby watch; his wife Ashely is due anytime.

Riley Herbst spins out after some contact with Myatt Snider but the track stays green.

The wind has picked up at the track.

Four to go, Kyle Busch is “driving it like he stole it” with a lead of over seven seconds on AJ Allmendinger.

Daniel Hemric has to make another trip down pit road with continued shifter issues.

Three to go, Kevin Harvick takes fouurth from Austin Cindric. Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over eight seconds on AJ Allmendinger.

Last week it was JR Motorsports who dominated in the top 10, this week all three of the Kaulig Racing cars are in the top 10.

With 33 laps of leading the race, Kyle Busch takes the white flag with a lead of nearly nine seconds.

Earlier this year, Ty Gibbs took the number 54 car to victory lane at the road course in Daytona.

With a lead of over 10 and a half seconds, Kyle Busch wins the inaugural road course race at Circuit of the Americas in the Xfinity Series for career win number 98. Winning a race in every year of his 17 year career, Kyle Busch has won a race at 27 different tracks.

The unofficial results of the Pitt Boss 250:
Kyle Busch
AJ Allmendinger
Justin Allgaier
Kevin Harvick
Austin Cindric
Harrison Burton
Cole Custer
Tyler Reddick
Justin Haley
Jeb Burton
Michael Annett
Brett Moffitt
Austin Dillon
Preston Pardus
Jade Buford
Riley Herbst
Brandon Jones
Andy Lally
Spencer Pumpelly
Alex Labbe
Myatt Snider
Landon Cassill
Ryan Ellis
Ryan Sieg
Brandon Brown
Gray Gaulding
Colby Howard
Daniel Hemric
Ross Chastain
Boris Said
Kris Wright
Timmy Hill
Miguel Paludo
Tommy Joe Martins
Noah Gragson

Truck Series Opens COTA Weekend

On an early and wet Saturday morning, the Camping World Truck Series takes to the track to qualify for the Toyota Tundra 225 in the inaugural event at Circuit of the Americas to kick off a triple header weekend and a double header Saturday.

After a wet qualifying event, Tyler Ankrum puts his number 26 truck on the pole with Kaz Grala starting alongside on the front row.

For the first time in many years Paul Menard returns to NASCAR to race in the Truck Series and will start in 26th place.

The starting lineup for the Toyota Tundra 225 :
Tyler Ankrum
Kaz Grala
Sheldon Creed
Matt Crafton
Todd Gilliland
John Hunter Nemechek
Cameron Lawrence
Parker Chase
Austin Hill
Christian Eckes
Ben Rhodes
Ryan Truex
Parker Kligerman
Bayley Currey
Zane Smith
Stewart Friesen
Carson Hocevar
Timothy Peters
Derek Kraus
Chandler Smith
Sam Mayer
Timmy Hill
Grant Enfinger
Camden Murphy
Michele Abbate
Paul Menard
Johnny Sauter
Hailie Deegan
Austin Wayne Self
Tate Fogleman
Chase Purdy
Lawless Alan
Jack Wood
Cory Roper
Roger Reuse
Tanner Gray

Ryan Truex’s team made an engine change, Lawless Alan’s team made a transmission change, and Austin Wayne Self’s team made some unapproved adjustments to the truck; as a result, all three drivers will start the race from the back of the field.

NASCAR has determined that the course is udner wet conditions and the drivers will start the race with wet weather tires. They must also have a windshield wiper and a working red light in the rear window of the truck.

With a road course of over three miles, the race is only 41 laps in length. Stage one is 12 laps long, stage two is 14 laps long, and stage three is 15 laps in length.

Multi series driver and champion Andy Lally joins Vince Welch and Michael Waltrip in the FOX Sports booth for the race.

The rain has slowed to a drizzle and the track is expected to dry before the end of the race.

After winning his first pole, Tyler Ankrum brings the field down for the green flag start of the race but it is Kaz Grala who gets out in front for the lead.

Since the drivers had a practice session and a qualifying run, there will be no competition caution for the race.

Parker Kligerman and Austin Hill make contact spinning out Hill but the track stays green. Parker Kligerman makes an unscheduled trip down pit road for a flat tire. With lap times of over two minutes, drivers can make a pit stop and not lose a lap.

Kaz Grala leads lap one with Matt Crafton in second.

Lap two, the top five are Kaz Grala, Matt Crafton, Sheldon Creed, Tyler Ankrum, and Todd Gilliland.

Lap three, the rain has picked up at COTA.

Lap four, Kaz Grala has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Sheldon Creed; Tyler Ankrum, Matt Crafton, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

The rain has not dampened the fans enthusiasm for NASCAR’s coming to COTA and are filling the stands.

Hailie Deegan and Tate Fogleman make contact and spin out but the track stays green.

Lap five, Jaz Grala has increased his lead on Sheldon Creed to three seconds. All 36 trucks are on the track and on the lead lap.

Lap six. Kaz Grala has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Sheldon Creed; Tyler Ankrum, Matt Crafton, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

Tate Fogleman makes an unscheduled trip down pit road.

This is race two of the Triple Truck Challenge. The winner of the challenge will get $50,000.

Lap seven, Kaz Grala continues to lead the race but Sheldon Creed has cut into the lead which is now under two seconds; Tyler Ankrum, Todd Gilliland, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Lap nine, Kaz Grala’s lead is down to under a second and a half on Sheldon Creed with Todd Gilliland in third; Tyler Ankrum and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Zane Smith short pits and comes down pit road on lap 10. Grant Enfinger also makes a pit stop as other drivers pit before the end of the stage.

Lap 10, Kaz Grala has a lead of under a second on Sheldon Creed.

Sheldon Creed short pits from second place, coming down pit road just before it closes prior to the end of the stage.

Kaz Grala has the lead with Todd Gilliland in second.

On the final lap of stage one, Todd Gilliland and Kaz Grala battle for the lead. The battle continues with every turn.

Todd Gilliland finally gets around Kaz Grala to win stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Todd Gilliland
Kaz Grala
Tyler Ankrum
Matt Crafton
Ben Rhodes
Sam Mayer
John Hunter Nemechek
Stewart Friesen
Sheldon Creed
Timmy Hill

Drivers come down pit road for servcie with Todd Gilliland winning the race of fof pit road with Matt Crafton coming out second.

After pitting before the end of the stage, Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith, Grant Enginger, Christian Eckes, Parker Chase, Carson Hocevar, and Camden Murphy all stay out on the track.

Stage winner Todd Gilliland, Austin Wayne Self, Hailie Deegan were all charged with crew members coming over the pit wall too soon and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Sheldon Creed brings the filed down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 14 from the inside lane and jumps out in front for the lead with Grant Enfinger in second.

Lap 15, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Grant Enfinger, Zane Smith, Carson Hocevar, and Sam Mayer.

Drivers are getting four wide in spots on the track.

Zane Smith takes second place from Grant Enfinger.

Lap 16, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith, Grant Enfinger, Sam Mayer, and Kaz Grala.

Lap 17, Sheldon Creed has pulled out to a lead of over four seconds on Zane Smith; Grant Enfinger, Sam Mayer, and Kaz Grala round out the top five. Roger Reuse is the only driver not on the lead lap.

Fourth place driver Sam Mayer already has a win at Bristol under his belt…and he doesn’t even turn 18 until next month.

Lap 18, visibility is becoming a big issue for some of the drivers. Sheldon Creed has pulled out to a lead of over five seconds on Sam Mayer; Zane Smith, Grant Enfinger, and Kaz Grala round out the top five.

Lap 19, Sheld Creed continues to dominate the race with a lead of six seconds on Sam Mayer; Kaz Grala, Tyler Ankrum, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Lap 20, Zane Smith spins out with a flat tire and has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road.

Kaz Grala takes second from Sam Mayer but is six seconds behind the leader.

The top five are Sheldon Creed, Kaz Grala, Sam Mayer, Tyler Ankrum, and Ben Rhodes.

Some of the drivers begin making green flag pit stops.

Lap 21, Sheldon Creed continues to lead the race but is now less than five seconds in front of Kaz Grala; Tyler Ankrum, Sam Maher, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

With four laps remaining in stage two, Sam Mayer comes down pit road to make his pit stop; giving up a top five position.

Lap 23, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Kaz Grala, Tyler Ankrum, Ben Rhodes, and Grant Enfinger. There are 35 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 24, Kaz Grala gives up a second place spot to make a pit stop short of the end of the stage. Several of the drivers short pit including Ben Rhodes who also gives up a top five position.

Sheldon Creed leads the race but Tyler Ankrum is less than two seconds behind and is looking to challenge for the lead.

Leaders come down pit road three laps short of the end of stage two. Ben Rhodes is the new leader.

John Hunter Nemechek was charged with having an uncontrolled tire during his pit stop and will have to make a driver through penalty.

With two laps remaining in stage two, Ben Rhodes leads the race with Matt Crafton in second; Derek Kraus, Sheldon Creed, and Bayley Currey round out the top five.

Ben Rhodes has a five second lead on Matt Crafton on the final lap of stage two.

Ben Rhodes wins stage two for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ben Rhodes
Matt Crafton
Derek Kraus
Sheldon Creed
Tyler Ankrum
Bayley Currey
Kaz Grala
Sam Mayer
Camden Murphy
John Hunter Nemechek

The teams were given only three sets of wet weather tires for the race including those they started the race with.

Drivers come down pit road for service. Timothy Peters was charged with pitting outside of his pit stall and has been penalized one lap.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green lfag start of stage three on lap 29 and holds on to the lead as the drvers get five wide across the track.

The top five are Sheldon Creed, Kaz Grala, Tyler Ankrum, Austin Hill, and Todd Gilliland.

Timothy Peters and Rogers Reuse are the only drivers not on the lead lap.

Parker Kligerman spins out but the track stays green.

Kaz Grala nad Tyler Ankrum battle for second place.

Lap 30, Sheldon Creed has a lead of over a second on Tyler Ankrum; Kaz Grala, Todd Gilliland, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Derek Kraus spins out but gets going again and the track stays green.

With eleven laps remaining in the race, there has been only two caution flags at the end of the stages.

Tyler Ankrum battle Sheldon Creed for the lead.

Lap 31, Tanner Gray spins out but he track stays green.

Tyler Ankrum continues to battle with Sheldon Creed for the lead. Ankrum is currently out of the playoffs in 14th place and only 10 spots open for the playoffs but a win would guarantee him a spot.

Stewart Friesen spins out but gets going again.

Lap 32, the battle for the lead continues between leader Sheldon Creed and Tyler Ankrum; Todd Gilliland, Kaz Grala, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Ten to go, Sheldon Creed and Tyler Ankrum are side by side in a battle for the lead. Tyler Ankrum passes Sheldon Creed for the lead. Kaz Grala and Todd Gilliland move up hoping to join the battle for the lead spot.

Lap 33, Tyler Ankrum has a second and a half lead on Todd Gilliland; Sheldon Creed, Kaz Grala, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

With seven laps remaining in the race, Todd Gilliland is on leader Tyler Ankrum’s bumper and is challenging for the lead.

Todd Gilliland and Tyler Ankrum battle for the lead.

Six to go, Tyler Ankrum and Todd Gilliland continue to battle for the lead.

Lap 34, Todd Gilliland finally takes the lead but Tyler Ankrum isn’t ready to give up and the battle continues.

The top five are Todd Gilliland, Tyler Ankrum, Sheldon Creed, Kaz Grala, and Grant Enfinger.

Lap 35, Since taking the lead, Todd Gilliland has pulled away from the field and has a two and a half second lead on Tyler Ankrum.

Lap 36, Todd Gilliland has increased his lead to four seconds on Tyler Ankrum.

Christian Eckes has a flat tire and is limping his way around the track trying to get to pit road.

Three to go, Todd Gilliland has a lead of over four and a half seconds on Tyler Ankrum.

Kaz Grala takes second from Tyler Ankrum.

The top five are Todd Gilliland, Kaz Grala, Tyler Ankrum, Sheldon Creed, and Grant Enfinger.

Three laps and 60 turns remain; who has enough left in their tires to make it to the end?

Two to go, Todd Gillialand has increased his lead to eight seconds after setting the record for the fastest lap of the race.

Timmy Hill is stopped in the middle of the course

With a lead of 7.14 seconds, Todd Gilliland takes the white flag.

Chandler Smith gets off the track and into the gravel.

It has been nearly two years since Todd Gilliland last won a race but with a lead of over seven seconds he becomes the first NASCAR and Camping World Truck Series driver to win on the road course at Circuit of the Americas. Gilliland also takes home the Triple Truck Challenge prize.

The unoffical results of the Toyota Tundra 225:
Todd Gilliland
Kaz Grala
Tyler Ankrum
Grant Enfinger
Sheldon Creed
Sam Mayer
Carson Hocevar
Zane Smith
Austin Hill
Ben Rhodes
Paul Menard
John Hunter Nemechek
Parker Kligerman
Hailie Deegan
Matt Crafton
Austin Wayne Self
Stewart Friesen
Parker Chase
Camden Murphy
Ryan Truex
Derek Kraus
Johnny Sauter
Lawless Alan
Timmy Hill
Tate Fogleman
Chase Purdy
Bayley Currey
Jack Wood
Michele Abbate
Cory Roper
Chandler Smith
Tanner Gray
Timothy Peters
Christian Eckes
Cameron Lawrence

New Music from the Tragically Hip

The Tragically Hip have not released any new music since the death of Gordy Dowd in 2017…until now.

“Saskadelphia” is a collection of six previously unreleased songs set for a May 21 release.

The songs were originally written in 1990 but never made it onto an album…until now. Five of the songs were recorded in the Road Apple session while in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The sixth song is a live track that was performed in Montreal in 2000. While the live track was written at the same time as the others, an original recording has not been found.

Like with most albums, artists write and record more songs than ever make it on the final cut for any number of reasons. Thus was the case with the songs set to appear on “Saskadelphia”.

The Hip’s Johnny Fay spoke on the sings saying “we didn’t know what was there, so this meant baking them and listening to them as they were being transferred. Hearing them for the first time in 30 years was crazy.”

When Canadian Music celebrates 50 years of the JUNO Awards on June 6 Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush will be presenting The Tragically Hip with the Humanitarian Award. The band will also take the stage with Feist for a performance.

The track listing for “Saskadelphia”:
“Ouch”
“Not Necessary”
“Montreal” – a live performance
“Crack My Spine Like a Whip
“Just as Well”
“Reformed Baptist Blues”

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Like many artists, guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela are ready to get back out on the road to share their music. 

But this time around, Gabby and Rod are going to let their fans decide the set list.  The duo says to stay tuned for details.

Their “By Request” tour begins September 1 and tickets are on sale now.

Rodrigo y Gabriela tour dates:
Sept 1 at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Bolder, CO
Sept 3 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, CO
Sept 4 at the Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs, CO
Sept 8 at the Edgefield in Troutdale, OR
Sept 10 at the Crest Theater in Sacramento, CA
Sept 11 at the Oxbow Riverstage Concert Series in Napa, CA
Sept 12 at the Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay in San Diego, CA
Sept 14 at the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara, CA
Sept 15 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA
Sept 26 at the ACL Live at Moddy Theater in Austin, TX
Sept 28 at the Tobin Center for Performing Arts in San Antonio, TX
Oct 1 at the Buckhead Theater in Atlanta, GA
Oct 2 at the Charleston Music Hall in Charleston, SC
Oct 3 at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre in Wilmington, NC
Oct 5 at The Filmore in Charlotte, NC
Oct 6 at the Anthem in Washington, D.C
Oct 8 at the Hershey Theatre in Hershey, PA
Oct 9 at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston, MA
Oct 10 at Pier 17 in New York City, NY
Oct 11 at the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall in Munhall, PA
Oct 14 at the Chicago Theater in Chicago, IL
Oct 16 at The Filmore in Minneapolis, MN

KISS

Farewell tours have always been a long process often requiring years to complete; especially when those tours are interrupted by a global pandemic that shut everything down.

Hall of Fame rockers KISS have rescheduled their cancelled tour dates in the U.S., South America, Australia, and Europe that is set to begin in August and run through next summer.

Fans who have purchased tickets for the originally scheduled dates will have those tickets honoured.


KISS End of the Road tour dates:
Aug 18 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA
Aug 19 at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, ME
Aug 21 at the Hard Rock Live in Atlantic City, NJ
Aug 22 at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT
Aug 26 at The Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, PA
Aug 28 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh, NC
Aug 29 at the Cellairis Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA
Sept 1 at the DTE Engergy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI
Sept 2 at Wright State University’s Nutter Center in Dayton, OH
Sept 4 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL
Sept 5 at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater in Milwaukee, WI
Sept 17 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, WA
Sept 18 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA
Sept 21 at the ExtraMile Arena in Boise, ID
Sept 22 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 25 at the North Ilsnad Credit Union Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
Sept 26 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ
Sept 29 at the Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, TX
Oct 1 at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX
Oct 2 at the BOK Center in Oklahoma City, OK
Oct 5 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, MS
Oct 6 at the Lafayette Cajundome in Lafayette, LA
Oct 10 at the Movistar Arena in Bogota, Columbia
Oct 12 at the Arena 1 Costa Verde in Lima, Peru
Oct 14 at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile
Oct 16 at the Allianz Parque in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Oct 17 at the Arena Eurobike in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil
Oct 19 at he Pedreira Paula Leminski in Curitiba, Brazil
Oct 21 in Port Alegre, Brazil
Oct 23 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nov 14 at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia
Nov 17 at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Austraila
Nov 20, 21, & 23 at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia
Nov 26 & 27 at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia
Nov 30 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia
Dec 4 at the Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville, Australia
June 1 at the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany
June 3 at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland
June 6 at the Sportpalais in Antwerp, Belgium
June 7 at the Accor Arena in Paris, France
June 10 at the Download Festival in Donington, England
June 13 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany
June 16 at the Copenhell in Copenhagen, Denmark
June 18 at the Tele 2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden
June 20 at the Hartwell Arena in Helsinki, Finland
June 22 at the Scaninavium in Gothenburg, Sweden
June 24 at the Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany
June 26 at the Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria
June 28 at the Schleyerhalle in Stuttgart, Germany
June 30 at the Festival Du Printemps De Perouges in Saint-Vulbas, France
July 2 at the Roc Fest in Barcelona, Spain
July 3 at the Wizkink Arena in Madrid, Spain
July 5 at the Les Arenes de Nimes in Nimes, France
July 7 at the Hallenstadium in Zurich, Switzerland
July 9 at the Zagreb Arena in Zagreb, Croatia
July 11 at the Verona Arena in Verona, Italy
July 13 at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic
July 14 at the Budapest Arena in Budapest, Hungary
July 16 at the Romexpo in Bucharest, Romania
July 21 a the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

SRX Adds New Drivers

As SRX Racing – Superstar Racing Experience – prepares to launch its inaugural season, more drivers are signing on to participate in some of the races.

SRX features drivers from a number of different racing series including NASCAR, IndyCar Racing, Late Model, and Formula 1.

Greg Biffle, Scott Speed, and Scott Bloomquist have all signed up to run a partiial schedule of the six race season set to begin June 12 at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut.

Tony Stewart, Tony Kanaan, Paul Tracy, Bobby Labonte, Willy T. Ribbs, Bill Elliott, Ernie Francis Jr, Marco Andretti, Helio Castroneves, and Michael Waltrip have already signed up to run the full schedule.

Greg Biffle will run five of the six races beginning with the June 12 race. He will return on July 10 and will race for the remainder of the season.

Scott Speed will run his first race on June 26 on the dirst at Eldora Speedway. Speed will also race at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Scott Bloomquist is set to run only one race – on the dirt at Knoxville, Tennessee.

Greg Biffle retured from full time NASCAR racing in 2016 but has made a couple of starts in the Camping World Truck Series over the past few years. Biffle has won 55 races during his career.

Saying that he had to pinch himself when he got the call, Biffle said, “what excites me the most about SRX is the opportunity to get to race with such a wealth of talented drivers. It’s unbelievable, the talent level in this series, and to be able to compete with these guys is a chance of a lifetime.” He added, I’m super excited about the opportunity to be able to come and be part of this series, getting off the ground and starting out with it. It’s going to be fun.”

When Scott Speed retired in 2013, he had made 118 NASCAR Cup Series starts with only one win at Talladega Superspeedway. He has also made 28 Formula 1 starts.

Speed spoke on the opportunity to race in SRX saying, “this is all a clean sheet of paper and we’re going to have to adapt quickly. Obviously, the experience that guys like Tony (Stewart) and Ray (Evernham) have is going to play a big role in our success. It’s a new car, it’s a new tire, everything is so new – it’s going to be who adapts quickly to the situation.” He added, “it’s going to change from race to race, and I love that about SRX. There won’t be a ton of practice, there’s not a lot of experience from anybody in these cars on these tracks, and that’s quite a fun thing to be able get yourself into as a driver.”

Scott Bloomquist has made over 600 starts in Late Model racing on the dirt with 94 career wins. He also has 33 wins in the World of Outlaws.

Bloomquist spoke on being a part of SRX saying, “I’ve had a long career and have been able to do a lot of cool things in racing, and SRX is right up there with some of the coolest things I’ve been a part of in motorsports. It’s not often you can get such a diverse group of talent on one racetrack with an equal playing field in equal racecars, and I think what Tony and Ray have done with SRX is going to be very exciting for fans.” Bloomquist also noted that, “I also think, as racers, we’re going to find ourselves having a blast behind the wheel.”

Lollapalooza Returns!

After a year of cancelled festivals, live music is returning this summer. And music will ring out across the city of Chicago with Lollapalooza July 29 to August 1.


Over the four day festival event, 185 artists will take to the eight stages of Grant Park.


Headlining the event are Journey, new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members the Foo Fighters, and Past Malone.

Also included in the lineup are Limp Bizkit, Young The Giant, Angels and Airwaves, Jimmy Eat World, Tyler, The Creator, Miley Cyrus, DaBaby, Marshmello, Illenium, Megan Thee Stallion, and .Roddy Ricch.


Four day tickets begin at $375 and are on sale at https://www.lollapalooza.com/tickets. Single day tickets will be on sale at a later date.

Shinedown

More and more artists are scheduling and rescheduling tours and concert dates as the nation continues to ease pandemic restrictions.

Shinedown has planned a U.S. tour with The Struts and Zero 9:36 joining them on some of the dates.

The tour is set to begin on September 10 and run for a month. The Orlando concert will also include Bush, Candlebox, Dirty Honey, and Fozzy.

Frontman Brent Smith said that they were happy to return to live music but their priority is always the safety of their fans. Smith said, “we want to thank all of the fans/family for their patience and understanding over the course of the last year and a half. We know the power of music, and song is what brings us together and unites us ALL”.

Shinedown tour dates:
Sept 10 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Sept 12 at the Blue Ridge Rock Festival in Danville, VA
Sept 17 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
Sept 18 at the Eagles Ballroom Club in Milwaukee, WI
Sept 21 at the Azura in Bonner Springs, KS
Sept 22 at the Pinewood Bowl in Lincoln, NE
Sept 24 at the Zoo Amphitheatre in Oklahoma City, OK
Sept 25 at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving, TX
Sept 26 at the Walmart AMP in Rogers, AR
Sept 28 at the Smart Financial Center in Houston, TX
Oct 2 at the 98RockFest in Tampa, FL
Oct 8 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL
Oct 9 at Tinker Field in Orlando, FL

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie are going to be launching a tour in the fall performing in outdoor venues. Deep Sea Diver will be joining the rockers on some of the dates.

Perfume Genius will be performing at the Red Rocks performance.

Death Cab for Cutue tour dates:
Sept 4 at the KettleHouse Amphitheater in Missoula, MT
Sept 6 at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, OR
Sept 7 at the For k,,d Idaho Center Amphitheater in Nampa, ID
Sept 8 at the Spokane Pavilion in Spokane, WA
Sept 10 at the Ogden Twilight in Ogden, UT
Sept 11 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, CO
Sept 13 at the Red Rock Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO

Caleb Kennedy Top Charts

Earlier this year, Country music singer Morgan Wallen saw his music taken off of radio and streaming playlists and he was dropped by his record label. Despite the lack of airplay, Wallen’s fans stepped in and put the singer at the top of the charts; as well as, send his albums shooting up the charts despite the appearance of a questionable racial video.

Last week, “American Idol” contestant Caleb Kennedy was dropped from the reality singing competition show after a video appeared that was deemed questionable where Kennedy appeared with someone who allegedly was dressed in the manner of a Kl Klux Klan member.

Despite being eliminated from the show, Kennedy’s music is also shooting up the charts with his EP at number two on iTunes Country chart and a number seven overall.

It was Kennedy himself and his mother who alerted Idol producers about the two second video that appeared on Snapchat. He was dismissed the following day.

According to Kennedy’s mother Anita Gay, the video was taken when Caleb was 12 years old and that the person in the robe was mocking a character in a film they had seen.

Kennedy noted that the video, “displayed displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way. I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse.” He added that he is taking time away from social media to “better myself”.

Noting that he has disappointed people and has lost their respect, Kennedy said, “I’m so sorry! I pray that I can one day regain your trust in who I am and have your respect!”

iRacing at COTA

This weekend NASCAR will make history when all three of the sport’s racing series travels to Austin, Texas to take on the Formula One track Circuit of the Americas.

But before the drivers take to the track in the 3,400 pound cars, several of them will take to the virtural track for some Pro Invitational Series iRacing.

James Davison sits on the pole with Anthonuy Alfredo starting alongside on the front row.


The starting lineup for the race is:
James Davison
Anthony Alfredo
Tyler Reddick
Michael McDowell
William Byron
Kyle Larson
Josh Bilicki
Timmy Hill
Chase Briscoe
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Justin Haley
Chris Buescher
Christopher Bell
Austin Dillon
Alex Bowman
Quin Houff
Ryan Blaney
Cole Custer
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Mat DiBenedetto
Carrett Smithley
Kurt Busch
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Tilley
Jesse Iwuji
Chase Elliott
Clint Bowyer
Ross Chastain
Bubba Wallace
Martin Truex Jr
Aric Almirola
Ryan Newman
Corey LaJoie
Daniel Suarez
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Erik Jones
Joey Gase

Tonight’s race is 32 laps in length around the 3.41 mile track. Only green flag laps will count and the drivers get two car resets in case of a crash.

COTA features 20 turns taken from some of the most iconic Formula One tracks in Europe.

James Davison brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and get three and four wide on race start with James Davison taking the lead.

The top five are James Davison, Anthony Alfredo, Tyler Reddick, William Byron, and Michael McDowell.

James Davison has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Anthony Alfredo.

Lap two, James Davison has pulled out to a three second lead on Anthonuy Alfredo with William Byron in third; Tyler Reddick and Micahel McDowell round out the top five.

Michael McDowell gets around Tyler Reddick for fourth.

Chase Elliott is one lap down.

Lap three Brad Keselowski wrecks but the track stays green.

Lap three, James Davison holds on to the lead with a lead of over three and a half seconds on Anthony Alfredo; William Byron, Michael McDowell, and Josh Bilicki round out the top five.

Clint Bowyer has a map of the track taped to his dashboard.

Lap four, James Davison holds on to his three second lead on Anthony Alfredo; William Byron, Michael McDowell, and Josh Bilicki round out the top five with 37 cars on the lead lap.

Lap six, James Davison continues to lead the race by over three and a half seocnds on Antholy Alfredo; William Byron, Michael McDowell, and Josh Bilicki round out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr gets turned around but the track stays green.

Drivers are getting loose or making off road excursions on every lap.

Lap seven, James Davison has increased his lead to just under five seconds over Anthony Alfredo; William Byron, Michael McDowell, and Josh Bilicki round out the top five.

Justin Haley is iRacing tonight and after being exposed to someone with Covid last week, he has been cleared to return to the track this weekend.

Lap eight, James Davison has a five second lead on Anthony Alfredo with William Byron in third nearly eight seconds back; Michael McDowell and Josh Bilicki round out the top five.

Ryan Blaney makes an off road excursion but the track stays green.

Lap nine, James Davison continues to dominate the race and now has a six second lead on Anthony Alfredo; William Byron, Michael McDowell, and Josh Bilicki round out the top five.

Joey Logano gets spun out after some contact with Austin Dillon.

There are 35 cars on the lead lap with Clint Bowyer the last car on the lead lap.

Lap eleven, James Davison now has a lead of over seven seconds on Anthony Alfredo; William Byron, Michael McDowell, and Josh Bilicki round out the top five.

Lap 12, James Davison has an eight second lead on Anthony Alfredo.

A few drivers have come down pit road for fresh tires on a two stop plan. Drivers can run 18 to 20 laps on a single load of fuel.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr spins out but the track stays green.

There are 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 13, James Davison has led every lap so far and has an eight second lead on Anthony Alfredo.

Lap 14, nearly a minute behind the leaders, Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon battle for positoin.

Ryan Newman is the last car on the lead lap in 33rd position.

James Davison has pulled out to a nine second lead on Anthony Alfredo.

The course at COTA has plenty of space for drivers to recover if they get spun out or off the track.

Lap 15, the top five remains James Davison, Anthony Alfredo, William Byron, Michael McDowell, and Josh Bilicki.

More drivers begin to come down pit road for service.

Some of the drivers are comparing the course at COTA to someone putting Sonoma and Watkins Glen in a bowl and mixing it up.

Lap 18, James Davison continues to lead the race by nine seconds over Anthony Alfredo with 33 cars on the lead lap.

With 17 laps remaining in the race, leader James Davison makes his pit stop and hands the lead over the Anthony Alfredo.

Lap 16, with green flag pit stops continuing, Anthony Alfredo is the leader with William Byron, Josh Bilicki, Michael McDowell and James Davison.

Lap 17, James Davison retakes the lead with 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 18, the top five are James Davison, Anthony Alfredo, William Byron, Tyler Reddick, and Chris Buescher.

Joey Logano takes fans on a lap around COTA.

Lap 19, James Davison continues to dominate the race with Anthony Alfredo in second; William Byron, Tyler Reddick and Chris Buescher round out the top five.

Lap 20, James Davison has a lead of over 13 seconds on Anthony Alfredo; William Byron, Tyler Reddick and Chris Buescher round out the top five.

While the drivers are spread out throughtout the track, there have been plenty of battles between drivers.

Lap 21, Anthony Alfredo has closed the gap on leader James Davion to just under 12 seconds.

Clint Bowyer spins out once again.

Ten to go, Anthony Alfredo continues to edge closer to leader James Davison; Davison is now less than eleven seconds in front of Alfredo.

Lap 23, James Davison continues to dominate the race with an eleven second lead on Anthony Alfredo; William Byron, Tyler Reddick, and Chris Buescher round out the top five.

Only seven laps remaining in the race, James Davison has a 10 and a half second lead on Anthony Alfredo with William Byron, Tyler Reddick, and Chris Buescher rounding out the top five. There are 33 cars on the lead lap.

Kyle Tilley, who is in the iRace tonight, will be joining the Cup Series drivers on Sunday. Tilley is a champion IMSA driver.

Six to go, James Davison continues his 10 to eleven second lead on Anthony Alfredo.

Earning the fan once again in overwhelming fashion, Jesse Iwuji is in the race. Once again the naval commander presents a background of fighter jets.

Only four laps remain in the race, James Davison has lead every lap except for his pit stop lap and has a lead of over eleven seconds.

Joey Logano was black flagged to make a mandatory repair.

Three to go, the top five are James Davison, Anthony Alfredo, William Byron, Chris Buescher, and Denny Hamlin.

James Davison takes the white flag.

With a lead of nearly 12 seconds James Davison wins the race.

The results of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race from Circuit of the Americas:
James Davison
Anthony Alfredo
William Byron
Tyler Reddick
Chris Buescher
Timmy Hill
Denny Hamlin
Josh Bilicki
Michael McDowell
Ross Chastain
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Justin Haley
Daniel Suarez
Christopher Bell
Chase Briscoe
Garrett Smithely
Matt DiBenedetto
Austin Dillon
Cole Custer
Alex Bowman
Quin Houff
Bubba Wallace

Corey LaJoie
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Erik Jones
Joey Gase
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Tilley
Jesse Iwuji
Clint Bowyer
Ryan Newman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Aric Almirola
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott

Alice Cooper

Original shock rocker Alice Cooper will be hitting the road this fall for a U.S. tour and he is bringing KISS legend Ace Frehley along for many of the dates.

The tour will begin late in September and run through most of October.


Speaking on the upcoming tour Cooper said, “we’ve always had fun touring together and it should be a heavy rock show with Ace and a great way to get everyone back to live concerts again. It should be a great night of virtuoso guitars!”


Frehley added, “I’ve known Alice for over 30 years. We’re good friends, and we’ve toured together numerous times and always had a blast. Our musical roots are very similar, and the combination of our two bands make for a great event that nobody is gonna want to miss. Being off the road for more than a year because of the pandemic has been tough on everyone in the music industry, and I’m really looking forward to seeing all of the fans happy, healthy, and ready to rock.”

Alice Cooper tour dates:
Sept 17 at the Ovation Hall in the Oceans Resort Casino in Atlantic City, NJ
Sept 18 at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH
Sept 19 at the Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater in Bridgeport, CT
Sept 21 at the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA
Sept 22 at the Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheatre in Farmingville, NY
Sept 24 at the Huntington Bank Pavilion in Chicago, IL
Sept 25 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, MI
Sept 27 at the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater in Youngstown, OH
Sept 28 at the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights, OH
Sept 29 at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn in Indianapolis, IN
Oct 1 at the BMO Harris Pavilion in Milwaukee, WI
Oct 2 at the Saint Louis Music Park in St. Louis, MO
Oct 3 at the Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville, TN
Oct 5 at the Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville, KY
Oct 6 at The Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC
Oct 7 at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre in Charlotte, NC
Oct 9 at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, FL
Oct 10 at the iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL
Oct 11 at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL
Oct 13 at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center in Montgomery, AL
Oct 14 at the BJCC Concert Hall in Birmingham, AL
Oct 18 at the Smart Financial Center in Sugar Land, TX
Oct 19 at the HEB Center in Austin, TX
Oct 20 athe Will Rogers Auditorium in Ft. Worth, TX
Oct 22 at the Bancorp Sout Arena in Tupelo, MS
Oct 23 at the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta, GA


Black Crowes

Like every musician in the midst of or planning a tour last year, The Black Crowes had to cancel all dates when the nation went into lock down as a result of the Covid pandemic.

The Crowes are back and have rescheduled the dates for their “Shake Your Money Maker” tour.


Included in the set list is a performance of the entire “Shake Your Money Maker” album which was released in 1990. The album went on to be certified five times platinum in the United States for selling over five million copies. The RIAA (Record Industry Association of America) considered an album to be platinum when it sells one million copies.

While the band has added some new dates to the tour, fans who have purchased tickets for the cancelled dates may use their original tickets for the rescheduled dates.

The tour begins on Moon Day – July 20 – and will run into September. The Crowes begin a European tour in October.

The Black Crowes tour dates:
July 20 & 21 at the Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville, TN
July 24 at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH
July 25 at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT
July 28 at the S&T Bank Music Park in Pittsburgh, PA
July 29 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, MI
July 31 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Stl Louis, MO
Aug 1 at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Indianapolis, IN
Aug 3 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Aug 4 at the Blossom Music Center in Cleveland, OH
Aug 7 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL
Aug 8 ateh American Family Insurance Amphitheater in Milwaukee, WI
Aug 10 athe Walmart AMP in Rogers, AR
Aug 11 athe Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas, TX
Aug 14 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
Aug 15 at the Germania Insurance Amphitheater in Austin, TX
Aug 18 at the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in San Diego, CA
Aug 19 at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA
Aug 21 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA
Aug 22 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in San Francisco, CA
Aug 25 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Portland, OR
Aug 26 at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle, WA
Aug 29 & 30 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO
Sept 4 at the Cellairis Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA
Sept 5 at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Birmingham. AL
Sept 7 at the iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL
Sept 8 at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL
Sept 10 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
Sept 11 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh, NC
Sept 14 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
Sept 15 at the Xfinity Center in Boston, MA
Sept 17 at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY
Sept 18 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
Sept 22 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Washington, D.C.
Sept 23 at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ
Sept 25 at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY
Oct 21 at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland
Oct 23 & 24 at the O2 Academy in London, UK
Oct 26 at the O2 Apollo in Manchester, UK
Oct 28 at the Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium
Oct 30 at the Ruhr Contress in Bochum, Germany
Nov 1 at the AFAS in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nov 2 at the Tempodrom in Berlin, Germany
Nov 4 at the Olympia in Paris, France
Nov 6 at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan, Italy
Nov 9 at the St. Jordi Club in Barcelona, Spain
Nov 10 at the WiZink Center in Madrid, Spain
Nov 12 at the Campo Pequeno in Lisbon, Portugal
Nov 15 at the Jahrhunderthalle in Frankfurt, Germany
Nov 16 at the Samsung Hall in Zurich, Switzerland
Nov 18 at the Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany
Nov 19 at the 013 Tiburg in Tiburg, Netherlands

Final Five Revealed on ‘The Voice’

On the Monday performance show of “The Voice” nine semifinalists took the stage for a solo performance; along with a trio performance of a song from the seventies.

On Tuesday’s results show only five of the singers will survive the night.

The top vote getter from each team will move on to the finale with the remaining singers battling it out for the last instant save of the season.

The show begins with the first results from the night with Team Kelly’s Gihanna Zoe, Corey Ward, and Kenzie Wheeler. The first singer moving on to the finals is Kenzie Wheeler. Kenzie brought the house down with his performance of the George Jones hit “He Stopped Loving Her Today”.

Next up is Team Legend with Victor Solomon and Pia Renee. John’s singer moving on to the finals is Victor Solomon who chose to sing a Gospel song on Mondah night.


Season 17 winner Jake Hoot returns to “The Voice” stage to perform his new single “I Would Have Love You” with coach Kelly Clarkson

In the next results, Team Nick’s Dana Monique and Rachel Mac. The third singer moving on to the finals is Rachel Mac.

Australian rapper Maked Wolf performs his hit single “Astronaut in the Ocean” via a virtual performance.

And now it is time for Team Blake’s Cam Anthony and Jordan Matthew Young to learn their results. The fourth member moving on to the finals is Cam Anthony.

Jordan, Gihanna, Corey, Dana, and Pia will all get one more chance to impress the fans with their last chance performance for the instant save.

Pia sang “Everything I Wanted”.

Corey Ward sang the Goo Goo Dolls hit “Iris”.

Dana Monique sang “Caught Up in the Rapture”.

Jordan Matthew Young sang the Dobie Gray hit “Drift Away”.

The final last chance performance came form Gihanna Zoe with “Someone You Love”.

Via the fan vote and the instant save, the final singer moving on to the finale is Jordan Matthew Young!

NASCAR Issues Dover Penalties

During the post race inspection process after the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway on May 16, four NASCAR Cup Series teams were found to have an infraction involving an improperly secured lug nut.

In each case, the crew chiefs were fined $10,000 each.

The Cup Series teams that were penalized are:
The Richard Childress Racing number eight car driven by Tyler Reddick with Randall Burnett as crew chief

The Roush Fenway Racing number 17 car driven by Chris Buescher with Luke Lambert as crew chief

The Hendrick Motorsports number 24 car driven by Willliam Byron with Rudy Fugle as crew chief

The JTG Daugherty Racing number 37 car driven by Ryan Preece with Trent Owens as crew chief

There were no penalties in the Xfinity Series.

NASCAR Cup Series Standings – May 17

At the end of the race at Dover International Speedway on May 16, NASCAR fans saw an event that has happened on three times in the history of the sport – a one, two, three, four finish by the same car owner when Alex Bowman won his second race of the season; followed by team mates Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, and William Byron.

With Chevrolet taking the first four spots, the bow ties take the lead in the manufacturers race with 467 points. Ford follows with 460 points and Toyota in third with 452 points.

Even after his seventh place finish, Denny Hamlin not only holds on to the points lead but has increased it and now has a lead of 101 points ahead of William Byron with 574 points.

Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell holds down the 16th position with 290 points, eight in front of Matt DiBenedetto.

The NASCAR Cup Series has reached the halfway point of the regular season and has only two multi race winners in Alex Bowman and Martin Truex Jr.

The top 16 drivers in the points standings on May 17, 2021 are:
Denny Hamlin
William Byron – race winner
Martin Truex Jr – race winner
Joey Logano – race winner
Kyle Larson – race winner
Ryan Blaney – race winner
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski – race winner
Kyle Busch – race winner
Austin Dillon
Christopher Bell – race winner
Alex Bowman – race winner
Chris Buescher
Tyler Reddick
Michael McDowell – race winner

It’s the Semifinals on ‘The Voice’

With just a couple of weeks remaining in the season on “The Voice”, it is down to the final singers.

Over the weekend it was reported that Nick Jonas was hospitalized after an onset injury while filming. Nick is in his red chair. Nick reports that he took a spill on a bike and cracked a rib and has various bumps and bruises but he is doing okay otherwise.

It’s the semifinals with nine singers vying for five positions. The singers will perform twice tonight – a new solo performance and a trio performance paying tribute to the ’70’s.

Team Legend’s Victor Solomon gets the night of music started off with “I Can Only Imagine” that was originally recorded by MercyMe. Victor brought all four of the coaches to their feet. Kelly called the performance beautiful; saying that she wants to know which church Victor will be at. Noting that he is a preacher’s kid, Nick loved the performance…and is a bit worried for his team after that. John noted that Victor would be great as a minister if he chose to do so.

Team Blake’s Jordan Matthew Young calls himself a working class musician who never dreamed of getting this far on the show. Jordan chose “Rose Colored Glasses” by John Conlee. Blake noted that he performed that song in his early days; adding that Jordan reminds hem of himself. Kelly loved the song; adding that it was perfect. Blake agreed with Kelly; adding that he nailed it and did an incredible job.

In the first trio of the night Cam Anthony, Corey Ward, and Kenzie Wheeler join up for a performance of “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” by Elvin Bishop.

Team Legend’s Pia Renee goes reggae with her rendition of the Bob Marley and the Wailers song “Turn Your Lights Down Low”. Kelly said that Pia already looks like a star; adding that she is very talented. Nick said that it was like watching an award performance; adding that she should win every award. Saying that he is smiling from ear to ear, John loved everything about the performance; adding that it was perfect.

Season 19 finalist Ian Flannigan returns to “The Voice” stage with his coach Blake Shelton to perform his new single “Grow Up”.

Team Nick’s Rachel Mac chose the Christine Perry song “Human”. John called it a revelatory performance; adding that she gave a full range of emotions. Agreeing with John, Kelly called it a powerful performance. Coach Nick said that he was proud of Rachel for opening up; adding that she nailed the vocal performance.

Team Kelly’s Corey Ward – the instant save artist last week – chose to sing “Arcade” by Duncan Laurence. In rehearsals, Kelly said that the song sounded like one Corey had written. Blake noted that Corey is really making some headway; adding that Corey is so authentic. An excited Kelly said that Corey was great; adding that the vocal execution was perfect.

In the next trio; Pia Renee, Dana Monique, and Victor Solomon join up for the Earth, Wind, and Fire hit song “Shining Star”. John was up dancing and even Nick was out of his chair clapping.

Team Kelly’s Gihanna Zoe chose “Reflection” from “Mulan” for her solo performance. The song was originally performed by Christina Aguilera. Host Carson Daly said that it felt like a finale performance. Nick called Gihanna a star; adding that he was blown away by the vocal control. Saying that he has been a fan, John called the performance stunning and impressive. Kelly said that Gihanna delivered; noting that it was a very difficult song to sing.

In the final trio of the night Gihanna Zoe, Rachel Mac, and Jordan Matthew Young join up for a performance of the Fleetwood Mac song “Go Your Own Way”.

For the first time on “The Voice”, Team Nick’s Dana Monique chose to sing “Leave the Door Open” by Bruno Mars and Anderson. Paak. All four coaches were on the feet at the end of the performance. Carson said that Dana did an excellent job. John noted that Dana has been giving them finale worthy performances all season. Nick said that a star is born tonight; saying that she topped her performance from last week.

Team Blake’s Cam Anthony chose the R&B hit “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” by Boyz II Men. Cam began the song A Cappella. And once again the coaches were on their feet. Carson said that Cam did a great job. John noted that the song came out before Cam was born; adding that he did a great job. Kelly called the performance incredible and brilliant. A grinning coach Blake called the performance beautiful; adding that Cam is a superstar. Blake predicted that Cam is going to go far in the music business.

Team Kelly’s Kenzie Wheeler closes out the night of music with the George Jones smash hit “He Stopped Loving Her Today”. Kenzie said that it is his mom and grandma’s favourite song. Nick said that Kenzie has wonderfully classic voice. Kelly said that Kenzie is so gifted; adding that he is one of her favourite country artists.

Final Four Perform on Idol…One Goes Home

Last week on “American Idol” fans voted for their top five favourites from the top seven singers. But this week the five have become four after 16 year old Country singer Caleb Kennedy was dismissed after a video appeared demonstrating some questionable content.

On semi finals night the remaining four singers will perform three songs – songs written by their own idols, an original singles round, and a favourite past performance. The singers also pair up for duets of a Finneas song.

Award winning producer Finneas is mentoring the singers this week.

First up is Chayce Beckham who got to play one of his original songs for Finneas. Finneas told Chayce to focus on his voice. Chayce sang “Colder Weather” by the Zac Brown Band.

Katy said that Chayce was born on “American Idol”. She called Chayce’s guitar his ammunition. Luke said that Chayce is there because he is “real”; adding that people love authentic and genuine. Lionel said that Chayce earned the right to have everyone like him. Host Ryan Seacrest said when he stands next to Chayce, he realizes how much coolness he doesn’t have.

Casey Bishop chose to perform a song by mentor Finneas’ sister Billie Eilish; one that Finneas co-wrote with Billie. Finneas told her to sing as if she had just thought of the lyrics just before she walked out on the stage. Casey chose “wish you were gay”. Luke said that Casey crushed it; adding it was her best performance yet and a perfect song choice. Lionel noted that Casey has been pushing it all season; telling her to own her persona; adding that she killed it. Katy said that Casey found her star dust.

The 2019 Idol winner Layne Hardy returns to the Idol stage to promote his new music.

Grace Kinstler chose a song by original Idol winner Kelly Clarkson – “A Moment Like This” – for her idol song. Finneas told her to just fall in love with the song. Lionel noted that Grace is bringing who she is to the stage. Katy noted that her cousins wanted Grace to win; adding it was a great song choice. Luke said that all four of the finalists are super stars.

Closing out round one is Willie Spence with a song by John Legend. Finneas said that Willie has one of the best voices he has ever heard. Finneas said that Willie has a powerful voice. Willie sang the Academy Award winning song “Glory”. Lionel keps saying “oh my god”. Katy said that she was glad Willie took them to church. Luke wanted to talk to Willie for three minutes…but he couldn’t. Luke said that Willie will save people’s lives that his voice; adding that the performance was amazing. Lionel said that Willie has a stellar persona; adding that he uplifts and moves people.

Ryan Seacrest noted that the voting is close again this week.

Taking a break from the competition, this week’s mentor Finneas and Ashe take the stage for a performance of “Til Forever Falls Apart”.

In round two, the singers pick one of their favourite performances from the season to sing and perform their original song.

Chayce Beckham returns to sing his original song “23” and “You Should Probably Leave” by Chris Stapleton. Luke asked how do they create another way to say great job; adding that it felt like a real concert. Lionel said that from the beginning to now it has been a complete turn around; adding that everything is lining up for number one in show business. Katy asked Chayce where his song is on the chart. Chayce said that it is number one on the Country chart.

Casey Bishop returns for her original single “Love Me, Leave Me” and her original audition song “Live Wire” by Motley Crue. Lionel kept asking what??? Lionel loved the performance; adding that he wants front row seats and back stage passes. Katy said that her favourite song right now is “Love Me, Leave Me”. Kath said that Casey checks all the boxes. Luke noted that they were only two miles from all the bars where the 80’s hair bands played.

Willie and Grace pair up for a performance of “What They’ll Say About Us” – a song he began writing while Nick Cordero was still alive and completed after his death. Finneas said that if he had known about Grace and Willie’s voices when he wrote the song, he would have given it to them.

Judge Luke Bryan takes the stage to perform his new single “Waves”.

Idol alum Michael J Woodard returns to the Idol stage to promote his new music. He said that after the show, Katy signed him.

Grace Kinstler performs her original song “Love Someone” and “Father” by Demi Lovato. Luke said that it was a great performance. Lionel noted that it is clear that the birds are about to leave the nest. Katy said it was a great first song.

Willie Spence returns to debut his single “Never Be Alone” and a performance of Beynce’s “I Was Here”. Lionel asked what have we done; saying that he wants to see the tour. Lionel called Willie a giant of a voice and talent. Katy said that she gets chills when Willie performs; adding it was a great original song. Katy said that Willie is walking in the light. Luke said that Willie is like a teddy bear…until the lights come up.

Ryan said that he wishes they could have four winners.

For the final performance of the night Casey and Chayce take the stage to perform the Finneas song “Break My Heart Again”. Finneas told them that he was listening to a lot of Frank Sinatra the summer he wrote the song; adding that they could take melodic liberties with the song.

Ryan said that it has been amazing watching the four of them perform; adding that he thinks it is the best final four they have ever had.

The first singer in the finals is Chayce Beckham

Willie Spence is also moving on to the finals

It’s down to Casey and Grace.

The final singer moving on to the finals is Grace Kinstler.

Casey Bishop has been eliminated.

Hendrick Motorsports Conquers Miles the Monster

On a warm sunny Sunday afternoon, the NASCAR Cup Series takes on Miles the Monster at Dover International Speedway with the Drydene 400.

This marks the halfway point of the regular season for the Cup Series and so far there has been only one multi race winner – Martin Treux Jr has three wins to his name.

After some issues getting through the pre-race inspection process, Chase Elliott will have to start the race from the back of the field.

Ryan Newman will also have to start the race from the back of the field after the crew made some unapproved adjustments to the car.

JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry is making his Cup Series debut as he sits in for Justin Haley who is out this weekend due to Covid protocols. Due to the driver change in the number 77 car, Berry will have to start the race from the back of the field. The part time driver won the race at Darlington last week and came in second to win the Dash-4-Cash prize in the Xfinity Series race on Saturday.

After winning the race at Darlington Raceway for his third win of the season, Martin Truex Jr will sit on the pole and bring the field to green with points leader Denny Hamlin starting alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Drydene 400:
Martin Truex Jr
Denny Hamlin
William Byron
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott – moved to the back of the field
Joey Logano
Chris Buescher
Christopher Bell
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Newman – moved to the back of the field
Austin Dillon
Brad Keselowski
Alex Bowman
Chase Briscoe
Matt DiBenedetto
Ross Chastain
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Michael McDowell
Bubba Wallace
Erik Jones
Daniel Suarez
Ryan Preece
Corey LaJoie
Anthony Alfredo
Kurt Busch
Josh Berry – moved to the back of the field
Cole Custer
BJ McLeod
Aric Almirola
James Davison
Cody Ware
Quin Houff
Garrett Smithley
Josh Bilicki


NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 35.

Stages one and two of the race are 120 laps each with stage three lasting 160 laps around the one mile concrete track. Drivers can run between 95 and 100 laps on a single fuel load.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of the race before a full capacity crowd and gets out in front for the lead.

Lap four, Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on Kyle Larson; William Byron, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap nine, Chase Elliott has already moved up to 24th place after having to start the race from the back of the field. Josh Berry is in 33rd.

Lap 13, Martin Truex Jr continues to lead the race after his dominating run at Darlington last week; William Byron, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 15, Kyle Larson gets around Martin Truex Jr for the lead.

Lap 16, William Byron takes the lead.

Lap 23, the top five are William Byron, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 24, William Byron has pulled out to a one second lead on Kyle Larson.

Martin Truex Jr is reporting some grip issues; saying that he doesn’t have the turning he needs.

Kyle Busch is reporting some engine issues on his number 18 car.

Lap 29, Kyle Larson has closed the gap on leader William Byron to under half a second; Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

There are 30 cars on the lead lap.

Chase Elliott has entered the top 20.

Kyle Busch has fallen out of the top 10 and is in 20th place

Lap 35, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.

Drivers come down pit road for service. Some drivers are reporting tight condition; while others are reporting loose issues. Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road…barely over William Byron.

Tyler Reddick, Michael McDowell, and Corey LaJoie were all caught speeding on pit road.

Martin Truex Jr came out in 12th place after a lug nut got stuck in the jack.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restatt on lap 41 and gets out in front for the lead.

Michael McDowell is reporting some brake issues.

Kyle Busch reports that his engine issues are internal and they will run the car until it blows up.

Lap 43, the top five are Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, William Byron, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin.

William Byron is also reporting some brake issues.

Lap 48, Kyle Busch is the last car on the lead lap in 29th place.

Lap 49, Kyle Larson has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick; William Byron, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Chase Elliott is in the top 10 at tenth place.

Lap 54, Kyle Larson has increased his lead to over a second on Kevin Harvick; William Byron, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 62, Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Kevin Harvick; William Byron, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 67, there are 28 cars on the lead lap. Kyle Busch ahs gone one lap down.

Lap 68, Kyle Larson continues to increase his lead on Kevin Harvick and is now nearly two second in front of the field.

Corey LaJoie brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop with a flat tire.

Lap 73, Kyle Larson is now two seconds in front of Kevin Harvick; William Byron, Ryan Blaney, nad Denny Hamlin round out the top five..

With 44 laps remaining in stage one, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over two and a half seconds.

Lap 80, with a lead of two and a half seconds, leader Kyle Larson continues to lap cars; there are 24 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 84, Kyle Larson is running away from the field, he is now three and a half seconds in front of Kevin Harvick; William Byron is in third four seconds back;Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Despite engine issues, Kyle Busch holds on to 29th place, two laps down.

Chase Elliott, who is in seventh place after starting the race from the back of the field, is reporting brake issues. Several drivers are reporting brake issues during the race.

Lap 91, there are 22 cars on the lead lap with all 37 cars in the race.

Lap 94, Kyle Larson continues to increase his lead and is now nearly four seconds in front of Kevin Harvick; William Byron, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five with Chase Elliott in sixth.

Twenty to go in stage one, Kyle Larson is nearly five seconds in front of Kevin Harvick with William Byron, Denny Hamlinm nad Ryan Blaney rounding out the top five. There are 20 cars on the lead lap.

Driving it like he stole it, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over six seconds on Kevin Harvick with 16 laps remaining in stage one.

Lap 109, there are 19 cars on the lead lap with Kyle Larson over six seconds in front of the field.

Eight laps remain in stage one, the top five are Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Chase Ellliott.

Lap 114, Kyle Larson has increased his lead to over seven seconds on Denny Hamlin. There are 18 cars on the lead lap.

On the final lap of stage one, Chase Briscoe brings out the caution flag after getting into the wall with a flat tire.

Kyle Larson wins stage one under caution for his fifth stage win of the season. Larson and Denny Hamlin are tied for the most stage wins of the season with five.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Larson
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
William Byron
Joey Logano
Alex Bowman
Chris Buescher
Brad Keselowski

Drivers come down pit road for service with Kyle Larson winning the race off of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr makes a second trip down pit road to repair some damage to the front of his car.

Kyle Busch is on pit road with the hood up as his crew works on the engine.

Josh Berry was caught speeding on pit road.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 130 from the inside lane and holds on to the lead with Chase Elliott in second.

Lap 133, the top five are Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlinm and Joey Logano with f19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 139, Kyle Larson has a one second lead on Chase Elliott; Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

The number 18 team reports that Kyle Busch’s car has been repaired. FOX Sports reporter Larry McReynolds reports that Busch is running times equal to the leaders. Busch is currently in 37th place, eight laps down.

Lap 149, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race, but Chase Elliott has closed the gap to under a second.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr makes an unscheduled trip down pit road with a vibration.

Chase Briscoe is on pit road getting his car worked on after some crash damage.

Lap 152, there are 18 cars on the lead lap.

All four of the Hendricks Motorsports cars are in the top 10 with Alex Bowman in tenth.

Ryan Blaney has a hole in the front of his car. The crew will make repairs on the next pit stop.

Lap 156, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a one second lead on Chase Elliott; Ryan Blaney is in third nearly seven seconds back with Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top five.

Lap 167, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race but his lead is now under a second on Chase Elliott.

Josh Berry gets into the wall and brings out the caution flag.


Even though pit road is closed, Ryan Blaney comes down pit road for repairs to take full advantage of the caution. He will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Once pit road opens, the drivers come down pit road for service with Kyle Larson winning the race off of pit road; followed by Chase Elliott.

Ryan Blaney makes a second trip down pit road for the crew to continue working on the car.

Corey LaJoie was charged with having an uncontrolled tire during his pit stop.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 177 and holds on to his lead.

Lap 178, the top five are Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 184, Kyle Larson has a lead of just under a second on Chase Elliott; Denny Hamlin, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 193, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race but is not running away from the field like he did earlier in the race; Chase Elliott is less than a second back.

Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano make contact but save the cars and the track stays green.

Lap 200, Kyle Larson has a one second lead on Chase Elliott with William Byron, Denny Hamlin, and Alex Bowman rounding out the top five.

Lap 204, Hendrick Motorsports drivers are 1,2,3,4 with Kyle Larson leading the way.

Chase Briscoe has returned to the track 50 laps down.

Lap 210, Kyle Larson’s lead is down to just half a second on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Alex Bowman, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Twenty-five laps remain in stage two; Kyle Larson leads the Hendrick Motorsports parade with Chase Elliott in second, Alex Bowman in third, and William Byron in fourth; Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

With 17 laps remaining in stage two, Kyle Larson has a lead of less than half a second in front of team mate Chase Elliott. There are 19 cars on the lead lap with no cars just one lap down.

Lap 229, Tyler Reddick reports a very loose car.

In twelfth place, pole sitter Martin Truex Jr reports numerous handling lissues with his car.

Kyle Larson wins stage two by a second for the stage sweep and becomes the winningest stage winner of the season so far.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
Alex Bowman
William Byron
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Brad Keselowski
Austin Dillon
Tyler Reddick

Drivers come down pit road for service Kyle Larson edging out team mate Alex Bowman to win the race off of pit road.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three and edges out Chase Elliott for the lead as drivers get three and four wide across the track.

Lap 250, the top five are Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, William Byron, Chase Elliott, and Kurt Busch.

Brad Keselowski got loose but saved the car after nearly making contact with Kevin Harvick.

Lap 254, Kyle Larson is nearly a second in front of Hendrick Motorsports team mate Alex Bowman.

Lap 257, Kyle Larson is slowly increasing his lead on Alex Bowman; Larson is now over a second out in front.

Lap 259, Joey Logano has a hole in his front end. Logano is currently in 15th place.

Lap 270, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Alex Bowman;William Byron, Chase Elliott, and Kurt Busch round out the top five with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 274, Kyle Larson is now over three seconds in front of Alex Bowman with William Byron, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top five.

Lap 283, Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly three seconds on Alex Bowman; William Byron, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five. The Hendrick Motorsports cars have led the field for over 80 laps.

Lap 292, Kyle Larson has a lead of over three seconds on Alex Bowman; William Byron, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Seven of the top 10 cars are Chevrolets.

Lap 299, Kyle Larson’s lead is now nearly four seconds on Alex Bowman.

Lap 300, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a four second lead on Alex Bowman; William Byron, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Aric Almirola gets into the wall with a flat tire and brings out the caution flag on lap 302. Almirola’s car is in flames sitting up against the wall. He took a big hit in the car and is a little shaky getting out of the car.

The drivers are on the outside edge of the fuel load.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Alex Bowman winning the race off of pit road with Kyle Larson coming out in second.

Larry McReynolds reports that the number 48 team just had the fastest pit stop of 2021.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr was caught speeding on pit road.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with Chase Elliott alongside in the inside. Kyle Larson comes in behind Bowman.

Lap 308, Alex Bowman gets out in front for the lead with Chse Elliott in second; Kyle Larson, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 310, Alex Bowman is in the lead with Kyle Larson in second; Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick ,and William Byron round out the top five.

Brad Keselowski had to make a second trip down pit road due to a lug nut issue.

The caution flag comes out on lap 315 for a wreck involing Anthony Alfredo after contact from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Brad Keselowski made contact with Brad Keselowski which sent Stenhouse into Alfredo.

After being two laps down, Ryan Preece finally gets back on the lead lap.

After just six laps of green flag racing, many drivers make another trip down pit road for fresh tires. Leaders stay out.

After being checked out at the infield care center, Aric Almirola reports that his body is sore but he is okay. He believes that there was a suspension issues that caused the wreck.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 320 and jumps out in front for the lead with Kyle Larson on his bumper; Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, and William Byron round out the top five.

The first eight cars stayed out on the track.

With 78 laps remaining in the race, Alex Bowman has a half second lead on Kyle Larson; Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, and William Byron round out the top five.?

To the south of the track, the skies are getting very dark.

Lap 325, the caution flag comes out for debris on the track – a brake hose.

Some drivers come down pit road for service but the top eight drivers stayed out on the track once again.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 331 with Kyle Larson alongside. Bowman jumps out in front for the lead.

The top five are Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick.

Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney make contact in a bump and run; the track stays green.

Lap 334, Alex Bowman has a half second lead on Kyle Larson; Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Sixty laps remain in the race, Alex Bowman has a lead of less than half a second on Kyle Larson; Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 345, leader Alex Bowman has encountered slower traffic. Team mate Kyle Larson is in second place less than half a second back.

Fifty to go! Alex Bowman continues to lead the race; Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 356, Alex Bowman has increased his lead on Kyle Larson to nearly a second; Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Hendrick Motorsports currently occupies the top four spots; only three times in history has the top four positions be held by the same car owner.

With just 36 laps remaining in the race, drivers are battling for position all through the field.

Lap 365, Alex Bowman has increased his lead to voer a second on Kyle Larson.

BJ McLeod and Aric Almirola are out of the race.

There are just 30 laps remaining in the race, Alex Bowman has a lead of over a second on Kyle Larson; Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Kevin Hrvick round out the top five.

Twenty-five laps to go, Alex Bowman has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Kyle Larson.

On lap 376, Alex Bowman is leading career lap 1,000!

Second place driver Kyle Larson led 263 laps in the race today.

Lap 386, Alex Bowman has a lead of over a second on Kyle Larson; Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five. Pole sitter Martin Truex Jr has just gone one lap down.

With 13 laps remaining in the race, Hendrick Motorsports drivers have lead all but 18 laps in the race – Martin Truex Jr led the first 16 and Denny Hamlin led two.

Eight laps to go, Alex Bowman has a lead of a second and a half on Kyle Larson.

Chase Briscoe, who is 63 laps down, takes his car down pit road.

Five to go and Hendrick Motorsports holds the top four spots.

Alex Bowman takes the white flag with a lead of nearly two seconds.

With a Hendrick Motorsports sweep of the top four, Alex Bowman earns his second win of the season to join Martin Truex Jr as the only drivers to win more than one race this season. This marks career win nunber 267 for owner Rick Hendrick.

This is just the fourth time in the history of NASCAR that the same team owner has swept the top four spots and its the first time that has happened for Hendric Motorsports!

After his burnout, Alex Bowman’s car has some flames.

New team drivers Daniel Suarez and Bubba Wallace finished the race on the lead lap and in the top 12.

The unofficial results of the Drydene 400:
Alex Bowman
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
William Byron
Joey Logano
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Tyler Reddick
Daniel Suarez
Cole Custer
Bubba Wallace
Ryan Blaney
Kurt Busch
Austin Dillon
Ross Chastain
Brad Keselowski
Chris Buescher
Ryan Preece
Martin Truex Jr
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Christopher Bell
Erik Jones
Ryan Newman
Matt DiBenedetto
Michael McDowell
Corey LaJoie
Kyle Busch
Anthony Alfredo
Quin Houff
Josh Berry
Cody Ware
Garret Smithley
James Davison
Josh Bilicki
Chase Briscoe
BJ McLeod
Aric Almirola

Korn

Hard rockers Korn have announced that they will be joining the bands on tour later this year with a series of outdoor dates around the United States.

Fellow rockers Staind will be joining Korn on the road.

Tickets are on sale now.

Korn tour dates:
Aug 5 at the iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL
Aug 7 at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL
Aug 8 at the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA
Aug 10 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh, NC
Aug 11 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
Aug 13 at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ
Aug 14 at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA
Aug 17 at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY
Aug 18 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
Aug 20 at the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, CT
Aug 21 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA
Aug 24 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater in Darien Center, NY
Aug 25 at the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater in Syracuse, NY
Aug 27 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL
Aug 28 at the Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville, IN
Aug 31 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, MI
Sept 2 at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Sept 3 at The Pavillion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, PA
Sept 5 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO
Sept 6 at the Azura Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, KS
Sept 9 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 11 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA
Sept 12 at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA
Sept 14 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ
Sept 15 at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM
Sept 18 at the Germania Insurance Amphitheater in Austin, TX
Sept 19 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
Sept 21 at the Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas, TX
Sept 23 at the Louder than Life Festival in Louisville, KY

Rammstein

More and more bands are setting tour dates for 2021 and into 2022.

German rockers Rammstein have not only planned a tour but are adding dates to their stadium tour of Europe for next year.

The tour begins next spring in the Czech Republic and run into August.

Rammstein tour dates:
May 15 at the Airport Letnany in Prague, Czech Republic
May 20 & 21 at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, Germany
May 25 & 26 at the Worthersee Stadion in Klagenfurt, Austria
May 30 & 31 at the Stadion Letzigrund in Zurich, Switzerland
June 4 & 5 at the Olympiastdion in Berlin, Germany
June 10 & 11 at the Cannstatter Wasen in Stuttgart, Germany
June 14 & q5 at the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg, Germany
June 18 & 19 at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany
June 22 at Ceres Park in Aarhus, Denmark
June 26 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, UK
June 30 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, UK
July 4 & 5 at the Goffertpark in Nijmegen, Netherlands
July 8 & 9 at the Groupama Stadium in Lyon, France
July 12 at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino in Turin, France
July 16 at the PGE Narodowy in Warsaw, Poland
July 20 at the Song Festival Grounds in Tallinn, Estonia
July 24 at the Bjerke Travbane in Oslo, Norway
July 29 & 30 at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden
Aug 3 & 4 at the Park De Nieuwe Koers in Ostend, Belgium

Xfinity Series Races Miles the Monster

Kicking off a doubleheader weekend, the Xfinity Series travels to Dover, Deleware to tackle the Miles the Monster with the Drydene 200.

News broke Friday morning that Justin Haley was out of the races this weekend due to Covid protocols; taking his place is Camping World Truck Series driver Zane Smith. The number eleven car will have to start the race from the back of the field due to the driver change.

After having their penalty overturned, Noah Gragson has had his finish and prize money restored from the race at Darlington last week. As a result, Gragson is in the final Dash-4-Cash race. Gragson has won the $100,000 prize in all three of the previous Dash-4-Cash races. Gragson will be joined by team mates Josh Berry and Darlington winner Justin Allgaier; along with Brandon Jones in a battle for the cash.


Daniel Hemric sits on the pole with Justin Allgaier alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Drydene 200:
Daniel Hemric
Justin Allgaier
Noah Gragson
Brandon Jones
Harrison Burton
Josh Berry
AJ Allmendinger
Jeremy Clements
Zane Smith – moved to the back of the field due to a driver change
Brett Moffitt
Michael Annett
Ryan Sieg
Jeb Burton
Ty Gibbs
Myatt Snider
Austin Cindric

Tommy Joe Martins
Alex Labbe
Brandon Brown
Riley Herbst
David Starr
Timmy Hill
Ryan Vargas
BJ McLeod
Colby Howard
Bayley Currey
Cody Ware
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Josh Williams
John Hunter Nemechek
JJ Yeley
Kyle Weatherman
Jesse Little
Jade Buford
Kyle Sieg
Joe Graf Jr
Landon Cassill
Matt Jaskol
Matt Mills
Gray Gaulding

Justin Allgaier is the only driver in the field who has won an Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway.

Continuing the practice due to a lack of practice, NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 20.

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

Joining Adam Alexander in the FOX Broadcast booth for today’s race are Cup Series drivers Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski.

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

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and edges out Justin Allgaier to take the lead.

Lap two, the top five are Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier, Brandon Jones, Noah Gragson, and Josh Berry.

Lap three, Justin Allgiaer takes the lead.

Josh Berry has a possible tire rub.

Lap five, Justin Allgaier has a lead of over half a second on Daniel Hemric; Josh Berry, Brandon Jones, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

After starting the race from the back of the field, Zane Smith has moved up to 27th place.

Lap nine, Justin Allgaier has increased his lead of a second and a half on Josh Berry; Daniel Hemric, Brandon Jones, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap 12, Justina Allgaier has pulled out to a two second lead on Josh Berry.

Lap 15, Zane Smith is now in 21st place.

Lap 17, Josh Berry has closed the gap on leader Justin Allgaier to under a second and a half.

Lap 20, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.

The top five are Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry, Brandon Jones, Daniel Hemric, and AJ Allmendinger with seven cars one lap down.

At the time of the cauiton, Zane Smith has moved up 20 spots to 19th place.

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

Brett Moffitt was caught speeding on pit road.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 27 from the outside lane and jumps out in front for the lead.

Lap 28, the top five are Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger, Josh Berry, Brandon Jones, and Harrison Burton.

Lap 30, Justin Allgaier has already pulled out to a one lecond lead on AJ Allmendinger.

Lap 31, Zane Smith has entered the top 20 in 19th.

Riley Herbst brings out the second caution flag of the race on lap 32 when he spins out after contact frm Joh Hunter Nemechek.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart with team mate Josh Berry alongside on the inside lane with nine laps remaining in stage one. Allgaier gets out in front for the lead with Josh Berry in second; AJ Allmendinger, Harrison Burton, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

With seven laps remaining in stage one, Josh Berry battle Justin Allgaier for the lead but Allgaier holds on to the lead.

Lap 41, Zane Smith is just outside the top 10 in 12th place.

Justin Allgaier wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Justin Allgaier
Josh Berry
AJ Allmendinger
Harrison Burton
Brandon Jones
Noah Gragson
Ty Gibbs
Austin Cindric
Ryan Sieg
John Hunter Nemechek

Zane Smith finished in eleventh place after starting the rce in 39th.

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

Tommy Joe Martins, Riley Herbst, Matt Mills, and BJ McLeod stay out on the track.

Kyle Weatherman was caught speeding on pit road.

After staying out on the track, Tommy Joe Martins brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 55 and briefly holds on to the lead before Justin Allgaier takes the lead with Josh Berry in second; AJ Allmendinger, Noah Gragson, nad Tommy Joe Martins round out the top five.

The caution flag come out on lap 59 for a big crash that includes Matt Jaskol landing on top fo Jesse Little’s car. Matt Mills and Josh Williams were also involved.

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

Justin Allgaier has led 53 of the 60 one laps led so far.

Despite the significant damage to the cars, all of the drivers are fine. Matt Jaskol was talking to his crew when the safety crew arrived.

After a red flag condition of over 10 minutes, NASCAR pulls the red flag and displays the yellow as the cars get moving again.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 64 from the outside lane and holds on to the lead with Josh Berry in second; AJ Allmendinger, Tommy Joe Martins, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

There are 34 cars on the lead lap with Jess Little, Matt Jaskol, Josh Williams, and David Starr out of the race.

The caution flag comes out on lap 68 for a wreck involving Zane Smith and Brandon Jones. Zane Smith reported that he has no brakes.

FOX Sports reports that due to missing the race because of Covid protocols, NASCAR has granted Justin Haley a waiver and he will be able to qualify for the playoffs.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 75 from the outside lane and goes side by side with Josh Berry before Josh Berry edgies out for the lead.

Lap 76, the top five are Josh Berry, Justin Allgiaer, AJ Allmendinger, Noah Gragson, and Austin Cindric.

Ten laps remain in stage two, Josh Berry has a one second lead on team mate Justin Allgiaer with AJ Allmendinger, Austin Cindric, and Harrison Burton rounding out the top five.

With Brandon Jones out of the race, the remaining three Dash-4-Cash drivers are all JR Motorsports drivers with Josh Berry, Justin Allgiaer, and Noah Gragson.

Kyle Sierg brings out the caution flag with just six laps remaining in stage two when he gets stopped on the track after hitting the wall.

Stage two ends under caution with Josh Berry taking the win for his first ever stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Josh Berry
Justin Allgaier
Austin Cindric
AJ Allmendinger
Harrison Burton
Noah Gragson
Michael Annett
John Hunter Nemechek
Ty Gibbs
Rieley Herbst


Drivers come down pit road for service with Justin Allgaier winning the race off of pit road followed by team mate Josh Berry.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the outside lane on lap 97 with 32 cars on the lead lap. Justin Allgaier jumps out in front for the lead.

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

Lap 100, half way, Justin Allgaier has a lead of a quarter of a second on team mate Josh Berry; AJ Allmendinger, Harrison Burton, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Colby Howard is the only driver still in the race not on the lead lap in 33rd place. He is two laps down.

Lap 105, Justin Allgaier continues to lead the race with Josh Berry nearly half a second back.

Lap 110, Justin Allgaier continues to lead the race with Josh Berry in second; Austin Cindric, AJ Allmendinger, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap 114, Josh Berry passes Justin Allgaier for the lead.

Lap 118, Austin Cindric battles Justin Allgaier for second.

Lap 120, all four of the JR Motorsports cars are in the top 10 with nearly every lap led by one of the JRM cars.

Josh Berry leads the race by nearly two seconds over Justin Allgaier; Austin Cindric, AJ Allmendinger, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap 128, Josh Berry continues to lead the race by a second and a half on Justin Allgaier; Austin Cindric, AJ Allmendinger, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap 135, Josh Berry has increased his lead to two seconds of Justin Allgaier; Austin Cindric is two and a half seconds back with AJ Allmendinger over five seconds back.

There are only 17 cars on the lead lap.

John Hunter Nemechek brings out the seventh caution flag of the race on lap 139 with a smoking car due to a track bar issue. Nemechek was in ninth place at the time of the caution.

In their window, drivers come down pit road for a fresh set of tires with Josh Berry winning the race off of pit road.

Josh Berry brings the field down for the green flag restart with 56 laps remaining in the race with Justin Allgaier alongside on the front row. Josh Berry gets out in front for the lead.

Justin Allgaier takes the lead on lap 145; Josh Berry, Austin Cindric, AJ Allmendinger, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

Lap 150, in a battle for the lead, Austin Cindric and Justin Allgaier make contact but the track stays green. Austin Cindric takes the lead. Justin Allgaier’s car is smoking with a possible tire rub.

Fifty to go, the top five are Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry, AJ Allmendinger, and Ty Gibbs.

Lap 153, Austin Cindric has a lead of over a second on Justin Allgaier who is getting some pressure from Josh Berry for second place.

Lap 157, Austin Cindric pulls out to a two second lead on Justin Allgiaer.

Lap 165, Austin Cindric continues to lead the race by over two seconds. Justin Allgaier and Josh Berry continue to battle for second; AJ Allmendinger, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five. There are 17 cars on the lead lap.

Thirty to go, Austin Cindric continues to increase his lead and is now over three seconds in front of Justin Allgaier with 16 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 172, Josh Berry passes Justin Allgaier for second and is the top driver to win the Dash-4-Cash prize.

Lap 175, Austin Cindric now has a lead of nearly four seconds on Josh Berry; Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

Lap 178, Austin Cindric continues to increase his lead and is over four seconds in front of Josh Berry.

Fifteen to go, Austin Cindric has a lead of nearly four seconds on Josh Berry with 15 cars on the lead lap. Myatt Snider is the only driver one lap down.

Ten to go! Austin Cindric has a lead of nearly five seconds on Josh Berry.

Five to go, Austin Cindric continues to dominate with a five second lead on Josh Berry with Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger, and Ty Gibbs rounding out the top five.

Once he got out in front for the lead, Austin Cindric has run away from the field.

Austin Cindric takes the white flag with a four second lead on Josh Berry.

Reigning Xfinity Series champion Austin Cindric wins the race with Josh Berry taking home the Dash-4-Cash prize for a JR Motorsports sweep of the Dash-4-Cash races.

The unofficial results of the Drydene 200:
Austin Cindric
Josh Berry
Justin Allgaier
AJ Allmendinger
Ty Gibbs
Harrison Burton
Michael Annett
Ryan Sieg
Daniel Hemric
Brandon Brown
Jeb Burton
Jeremy Clements
Brett Moffitt
JJ Yeley
Noah Gragson
Myatt Snider
Riley Herbst
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Alex Labbe
Tommy Joe Martins
BJ McLeod
Kyle Weatherman
Cody Ware
Bayley Currey
Landon Cassill

Ryan Vargas
Matt Mills
Colby Howard
Joe Graf Jr
Timmy Hill
Gray Gaulding
John Hunter Nemechek
Jade Buford
Kyle Sieg
Brandon Jones
Zane Smith
Jesse Little
Josh Williams
Matt Jaskol
David Starr

Joe Bonamasssa

Blues Man Joe Bonamassa has planned a series of dates this summer in the wester portion of the United States beginning in late July.

Joe Bonamassa tour dates:
July 30 at the San Jose Civic in San Jose, CA
July 31 at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, CA
Aug 1 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angels, CA
Aug 3 at the San Diego Civic Theater in San Diego, CA
Aug 6 at the Park Theater in Las Vegas, NV
Aug 8 & 9 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO
Aug 10 at the Cheyenne Civic Center in Cheyenne, WY
Aug 12 at the Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City, UT

Modern English

As the world begins to return to some semblance of normalcy, bands are getting ready to hit the road once again.

Modern English has announced a summer tour in August and September around the U.S.  Ganser and Bootblack will be opening up for some of the dates.

Frontman Robbie Grey spoke on the band’s getting back out on the rad saying, “we can’t wait to explode back on stage. It’s been a tough year for everyone and we want to bring some energy and excitement to everybody. We look forward to seeing you and all being together in the same room.”

Modern English tour dates:
Aug 31 at the Turf Club in Minneapolis, MN
Sept 1 at SPACE in Chicago, IL
Sept 3 at the Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI
Sept 4 at The Acron in Three Oaks, MI
Sept 5 at the Magic Bag in Detroit, MI
Sept 8 at Sony Hall in New York City, NY
Sept 10 at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ
Sept 11 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT
Sept 12 at The Warehouse in Amityville, NY
Sept 14 at the Crafthouse in Pittsburgh, PA
Sept 15 at the Ardmore Music Hall in Philadelphis, PA
Sept 17-19 at The Big # in West Springfield, MA

Dead and Company

As more Americans receive their Covid vaccinations, the nation’s health officials are issuing new orders in regards to mask mandates.  The easing of rules is allowing musicians to get back out on the road to entertain fans.

Dead and Company have planned a tour that begins in mid August and will run through Halloween.  The tour features outdoor venues.

Tickets for the tour go on sale May 21 at noon local time.

Dead and Company tour dates:
Aug 16 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh, NC
Aug 18 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
Aug 20 at Citi Field in New York City, NY
Aug 21 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA
Aug 23 at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY
Aug 25 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater in Darien, NY (near Buffalo)
Aug 27 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
Aug 28 at the Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA
Sept 2 & 3 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA
Sept 5 at The Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT
Sept 7 at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Sept 10 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI
Sept 11 at he Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Sept 13 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, MO
Sept 15 at the Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville, IN
Sept 17 & 18 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
Oct 6 at the iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL
Oct 7 at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL
Oct 11 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
Oct 12 at the Cellairis Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA
Oct 145 at the Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas, TX
Oct 15 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
Oct 22 & 23 at the Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater in Greenwood Village, CO
Oct 25 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ
Oct 2 at the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in San Diego, CA
Oct 29-31 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA

Racer Justin Haley Out for Dover Weekend

Just as NASCAR is preparing to announce changes to the masking policy currently in place, Kaulig Racing announces that their Xfinity driver Justin Haley is out this weekend for the races at Dover International Speedway due to Covid protocols.  Kaulg did not specify whether Haley has actually contracted the disease or whether he was in a situation where he could have been exposed.

As a result, the Kaulig Racing number eleven car will be driven by Camping World Truck Series driver Zane Smith for the Xfinity Series Drydene 300.

Haley was scheduled to run the number Spire Motorsports number 77 car on Sunday for the Drydene 400,  JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry will make his Cup Series debut when he sits in for Haley at the Monster Mile. 

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Fan Vote Open for All Star Race

The annual NASCAR All Star Race is only one month away and now it is time for the fans to cast their votes.

For only the third time in All Star Race history, the annual race is being held at Texas Motor Speedway on June 13.


From now until noon on June 11, fans may go to https://www.nascar.com/fanvote to cast their votes for their favourite driver. Fans may vote once per day per email address. Fans who share their votes on Facebook and Twitter offer a bonus entry up to four votes per day.

The drivers eligible for the All Star fans vote are:
Aric Almirola
Anthony Alfredo
Chris Buescher
Josh Bilicki
Chase Briscoe
Ross Chastain
Austin Cindric
Matt DiBenedetto
Joey Gase
Timmy Hill
Quin Houff
Erik jones
Corey LaJoie
BJ McLeod
Ryan Preece
Tyler Reddick
Garrett Smithley
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Daniel Suarez
Bubba Wallace
and Cody Ware

Drivers became eligible for the fans vote by attempting to qualify for the Daytona 500 and must complete the Open with his vehicle in “raceable condition” in order to be eligible to win the fan vote.

If one of the drivers listed for the fan vote should win any of the races between now and the All Star race – Dover International Speedway, Circuit of the Americas, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Sonoma Raceway – will automatically be entered into the race and no longer eligible for the fan vote.

Any driver not already entered into the All Star race who wins a stage in the Open qualifying race will be entered into the main event.

Seventeen drivers have already qualified to run in the All Star Race. A driver is entered into the race if he has won a race in 2020 or 2021, is a past All Star race winner or past champion and a full time driver.

Drivers already entered into the All Star race are:
Alex Bowman
Austin Dillon
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott
Cole Custer
Denny Hamlin
Joey Logano
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Blaney, William Byron, Michael McDowell, Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson, and Ryan Newman.

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Rock Hall Names New Inductees

On May 12, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame released the list of the 2021 class of Rock Hall inductees.  The new class will be officially inducted in October that Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation John Sykes promises will be, “an unforgettable live celebration of music”.

Carole King, Tina Turner and Dave Grohl will become two time inductees.  King was previously inducted with fellow songwriter Gerry Goffin and Turner was previously inducted as a part of Ike and Tina Turner.  Dave Grohl is already in The Hall as a part of Nirvana and will become a second time inductee as a part of The Foo Fighters.

Grohl, The Go-Go’s and Jay-Z are all being inducted after appearing on the ballot for the first time.

The remaining new members in the performance category are Todd Rundgren, Krafterwerk, Charley Patton, and Gill Scott Heron.


LL Cool J, Billy Preston, and Randy Rhoads are all being inducted under the Musical Excellence Award and the Ahmet Ertegun Award goes to Clarence Avant.

The top three artists in the fan votes were Tina Turner, The Go-Go’s, and the Foo Fighters.

Artists become eligible for membership in the Hall of Fame 25 years after their first record release.  Eligibility is based on the impact and influences of rock and roll.  Recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award are selected based on their contributions and influence of artists and rock and roll.

This year the induction ceremony will take place in the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on October 30.  Tickets go on sale for the gala event in July.


About the inductees:
Known as the Godfather of Black Music, Clarence Avant has been a manager, a label owner, a concert organizer, mentor, fundraiser, and an event producer.  In the words of Billy Preston, Avant, “put people together”.  Avant created Sussex Records whose biggest artist was Bill Withers.


After the death of lead singer Kurt Cobain and the breakup of Nirvana, drummer Dave Grohl had a large collection of original music that needed to be heard…and the Foo Fighters was born.  Grohl went beyond fellow drummers and singers Don Henley and Phil Collins to perform nearly every instrument on the tracks of his debut album.

The all female band The Go-Go’s has become the most successful group in history beginning with their debut album that featured all female artists with original music to top the Billboard Album chart.

More than just a rapper, Jay-Z, has racked up 14 number one albums, 22 Grammy Awards, is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame – a first for a rapper -, and has sold out stadiums.  He founded the record label Roc-A Fella Records and later led Def Jam Records.  At Def Jam he signed Rihanna, Kanye West, and J. Cole.  The first hip-hop billionaire, Shawn Carter, Kay-Z has expanded into fashion, sports ownership, music streaming, and political activism.

A part of the pop music world for over 50 years, Carole King has six Grammy Award, the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize, a Kennedy Center Honour, and a successful Tony Award winning Broadway musical to her credit.

German band Kraftwerk are musical pioneers when it comes to the use of synthesizers and what became known as “Kosmische Musik” (cosmic music).  The band has had their music sampled by numerous artists including hip-hop artists; and has influenced many more.

Sometimes referred to as the “Little Richard of Hip-Hop”, LL Cool J is an award winning music artist and actor.  A Def Jam artist while still in his teens, his was the first album released by the label.  Surpassing hip-hop, LL Cool J was the first such artist to top the R&B music charts in 1987.

Before there was Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, or Robert Johnson; there was Charley Patton.  Known as the “Father of the Delta Blues”, Patten began playing when he was seven years old and went on to mentor Johnson, Son House, and Howlin’ Wolf.  He released his first recording in 1929.

“Will it go round in circles???”; it has for Billy Preston who has gone from a session and touring musician to an award winning artist and songwriter.  Sometimes known as “The Fifth Beatle”, Preston began paying organ for Mahalia Jackson when he was only 10 years old, toured with Little Richard, and has played with Sam Cooke.  He was singed to SAR Records at the age of 16 by Sam Cooke.  He later appeared on The Beatles final album in 1970.  He has also performed with Ray Charles, the Everly Brothers, the Rolling Stones, Sly and the Family Stone, Sir Elton John, Joni Mitchell, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Guitarist Randy Rhoads has influenced generation of rockers.  After beginning as a classical guitarist, Rhoads went on to pioneer the techniques used by solo guitarists in metal music.  Rhoads has played with Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne before dying in a plane crash in 1982.

Todd Rundgren is far more than a singer; he is a songwriter, mulit instrumentalist, producer, and engineer.  Since beginning with his band Nazz in 1967, Rundgren has gone on to entertain generations of fans and influenced many artists.

More than a musician, Gil Scott-Heron was a poet, novelist, and scholar.   A nonconformist, his debut album was a Spoken Word release that also reflected his numerous musical influences.  When Clive Davis took over Arista Records, Scott-Heron was the first person he signed to the label.  He has had his music sampled by Kanye West, Rihanna, and Drake.

Aretha Franklin was the Queen of Soul, but Tina Turner is the Queen of Rock and Roll.  She has been entertaining audiences and making hit records for over 50 years beginning with the Ike and Tine Turner band and later as a solo artist.  Turner has earned herself a number of Grammy Awards and multi platinum records.

Gragson Penalty Overturned

After the Steakhouse Elite 200 from Darlington Raceway on May 8, NASCAR Officials determined in the post race inspection process that the JR Motorsports number nine car driven by Noah Gragson violated the NASCAR rule book in relation to the car’s suspension and was disqualified from the race.

JR Motorsports appealed the decision that had stripped Gragson os his fourth place finish, the $100,000 Dash-4-Cash bonus, and a spot in the final Dash-4-Cash race at Dover International Speedway this weekend.

On May 12, the Appeals Board ruled that FR Motorsports and Noah Gragson’s team did not break any rules and restored Gragson’s fourth place finish and Dash-4-Cash prize. Gragson will also join JR Motorsports team mates Justin Allgaier and Josh Berry; along with Brandon Jones in a battle for the final Dash-4-Cash race.

NASCAR cannot appeal the decision.

Caleb Kennedy Out of Idol

For the second time this season “American Idol” loses a singer that had been originally chosen by the judges to appear on the live performances.

Sixteen year old Caleb Kennedy was voted in as one of the top seven singers moving to the next round of the show.

However, Kennedy is no longer a part of the competition after a video surfaced of a younger Kennedy sitting with someone who was allegedly wearing a Klu Klux Kaln hood.

Kennedy posted an explanation on his Instagram account saying, “hey y’all, this is gonna be a bit of a surprise but I am no longer gonna be on ‘American Idol’. There was a video that surfaced on the internet and it displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way. I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse. I wanna say sorry to all my fans and everyone who I have let down. I’ll be taking a little time off social media to better myself, but saying that, I know this has hurt and disappointed a lot of people and made people lose respect for me. I’m so sorry! I pray that I can one day regain your trust in who I am and have your respect! Thank you for supporting me.”

As with Wyatt Pike, the spot left empty by Kennedy’s departure will not be filled. The show on Sunday night was set to be a double elimination show, but will now be a single elimination show.

feature photo credit: Caleb Kennedy’s Facebook Page

‘The Voice’ Top 17 Results

On Monday night’s show of “The Voice”, 17 singers took to the stage for the first live performances of the season.

On the Tuesday results show, only nine of the 17 will survive the night – top votes from each team, coaches choice, and an instant save.

In the first results of the night, Team Blake takes the stage…

In the fan vote, Cam Anthony is moving on to the next round.
For the coaches save, Blake chose Jordan Matthew Young is moving on to the next round.

Next up is Team Nick…

In the fan vote, Rachel Mac is moving on to the next round.
In the coaches choice, Nick chose to save Dana Monique.

Then came Team Legend…
In the fan vote, Victor Solomon is moving on to the next round.
In the coaches choice, John chose to save Pia Renee to move on to the next round.

And finally it was Team Kelly’s turn to learn their results…
In the fan vote, Kenzie Wheeler is moving on to the next round.
In the coaches choice, Kelly chose to save Gihanna Zoe.

The four singers that have earned the highest remaining voetes and will be performing for the wild card instant save are:
Pete Mroz
Jose Figueroa Jr
Ryleigh Modig
and Corey Ward

Anna Grace, Andrew Marshall, Devan Blake Jones, Zania Alake, and Zae Romeo have all been eliminated from the competition.

First up to sing is Team Blake’s Pete Mroz with the Dan + Shay smash hit “Speechless”.

Team Nick’s Jose Figueroa Jr took on Stevie Wonder with “Superstition”.

Team Kelly’s Corey Ward sang “Lose You to Find Me”.

And closing out the wild card performances is Ryleigh Modig with “It Will Rain” by Bruno Mars.

And the final singer moving on to the next round is Team Kelly’s Corey Ward!

Next week the top nine will take the stage for the semi-finals.

NASCAR Issues Darlington Penalties

This past weekend at Darlington Raceway was a fun time for the drivers and crew with the throwback theme; but it was also a very busy time for the NASCAR officials who had to inspect and keep track of three separate racing series with the Camping World Truck, Xfinity, and Cup Series all running races.

While the Camping World Truck Series drivers avoided any penalties after the race, the Xfinity Series had three penalties issued; while the Cup Series had two penalties…one resulting in a suspension. All of the penalties were lug nut related in the post race inspection process.

The Penske Racing number 22 car driven by Joey Logano was charged with having two lug nuts improperly secured. As a result, crew chief Paul Wolfe was fined $20,000 and will be suspended for the upcoming race at Dover International Speedway this weekend.

The Roush Fenway Racing number 17 car driven by Chris Buescher was also charged with having a single lug nut improperly secured and crew chief Luke Lambert was fined $10,000.

In the Xfinity Series, three crew chiefs were fined $5,000 for having a single lug nut improperly secured…
The Kaulig Racing number 10 car driven by Jeb Burton with Bruce Schlicker as crew chief

The Kaulig Racing number 16 car driven by AJ Allmendinger with Jason Trinchere as crew chief

And the Martins Motorsports number 44 car driven by Tommy Joe Martins with Buddy Sisco as crew chief.

Broadway to Reopen in Fall

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that capacity restrictions will be lifted on May 19; however, social distancing restrictions will remain in place. He has also announced that New York City…and the state of New York… will be fully open later this summer.

With these announcements, Broadway is preparing to open its doors once again after being dark for nearly a year and a half.

TheTony Award nominated musical story of The Temptations – “Ain’t too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations” has announced that it will return to the Imperial Theatre on October 16, 2021.


“Company” is a gender swapping production will resume with previews on December 20 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre with an opening night of January 9, 2022.

With Rob McClure in the title role, “Mrs Doubtfire” will return to Broadway and the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on October 21 with previews. The official opening date for the musical will be December 5.

In one of the earliest returns, the Tony Award nominated musical will return to the Schoenfeld Theatre beginning September 21 with a full eight performances a week schedule for at least the first three months.

Behind “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Chicago” is the second longest running show on Broadway. The award winning musical is currently the first show to open when it returns September 14 at the Ambassador Theatre.


The Roundabout Theatre Company has released the dates for three of its upcoming productions for the 2021-2022 season. The season will begin on October 8 with previews of “Caroline, or Change” at Studio 54. The official opening is on October 27.

“Trouble in Mind” is set for previews on October 29 with an official opening on November 18 at the American Airlines Theatre.

“Haidle’s Birthday Candles” is set for previews on March 18, 2022 with an official opening on April 10.

“Exception to the Rule” will open in Aprill 2022 at the Black Box Theatre and “The Wanderers” will open at the Laura Pels Theatre in July 2022.

In the fall of 2022 the Roundabout Company will present a non-traditional presentation of “1776” featuring female, trans, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming artists.

Returning productions with tickets on sale now:
“Chicago” – limited dates currently available
“Six” – previews begin September 17
“Come From Away” – shows begin September 21
“Ain’t Too Proud” – October 16
“Mrs. Doubtfire” – October 21
“The Phantom of the Opera” – October 22
“Diana” – December 1

Returning shows – tickets not on sale yet:
“Company” – previews December 20
“The Music Man” – December 20
“The Minutes” – March 2022

Returning shows with no start date:
“American Utopia”
“Jagged Litle Pill”

‘The Voice’ Goes Live with Performances

All of the auditions and battles are over and after taking a week off to celebrate 10 years of performances, “The Voice” returns with the live shows and the fan vote.

Sixteen singers have secured their spots in the live shows, but there is one more singer to join the finalists. After a week of voting for the saved artists – Savannah, Devan, Emma, and Carolina; the fans have chosen Team Nick’s Devan Blake Jones.

On Tuesday’s results show nearly half of the singers will be eliminated when only nine will survive the night.

Team Kelly gets the night started off with an impassioned performance by Corey Ward. Nick noted that Corey blows them away and had so much passion in his performance. Kelly loved the passion in the performance; addng that you can’t teach emotion.

Host Carson Daly announced that all of the performances from the show are available on all streaming services.

John said that Gihanna Zoe sang beyond her ways. Kelly said that she thinks Gihanna has the biggest voice on the show.

Kelly’s steal Zae Romeo impressed Kelly with her saying that he was like a mix of Corey and Gihanna.

Kenzie Wheeler closes out Team Kelly with some music by Brooks and Dunn. Blake said that Kenzie died a good job. Saying that she loves Kenzie, Kelly thought Kenzie is a fantastic performer and wants to see how he does as a songwriter.

Next up is Team Legend with steal Ryleigh Modig getting the team started off. John called the performance so special; adding that he is lucky to have her on his team.

Detroit singer Zania Alake performed “Dangerous Woman”. John said that he knew Zania was a great singer but this was even bettter.

Pia Renee sang “Need You Bad” and had John out of his chair dancing. Blake said that it was the Best Team Legend performance of the night. John called the performance fantastic; adding that he loves seeing her blossom on the stage.

Closing out Team Legend is Victor Solomon perform the Stevie Wonder song “I Wish”. John and Kelly were up dancing during the performance and had all four coaches on their feet at the end of the song. John pointed out that it was the first four coach standing O of the night; adding that Victor was flawless.

Up next is Team Nick who has five singers thanks to the save vote of Devan Blake Jones.

Getting the team performances started off is Dana Monique with “Free Your Mind”. Dana had the coaches out of their chairs dancing along. Carson called it a fierce performance. Kelly called it amazing; adding that her dream was to sing backup for somebody like Dana. Nick simply said that it is an honour to be Dana’s coach; adding she blew it out of the park.

Nick steal Andrew Marshall sang the Corine Bailey Rae song “Put Your Records On”. Nick called Andrew a star with an incredible tone.

Gospel singer Jose Figuero Jr sang “Talking to the Moon”. John said that Jose has a special gift; adding that it is a pleasure to hear him sing. Nick noted that Jose pushed himself and was unbelievable with his best vocal performance on the show.

Knockout save Devan Blake Jones performed “Shape of My Heart”. After congratulating Devan on winning the knockout, Nick called the performance unbelievable.

Closing out Team Nick is Rachel Mac with a performance of “Rainbow” by Kacey Musgraves. Nick called Rachel a special artist who was born for the stage.

The final team of the night is Team Blake with Jordan Matthew Young taking on some Fleetwood Mac and brought all four coaches to their feet. Kelly said that Jordan is too cool to be on Blake’s team; adding that he is an incredible talent. Blake called the performance a breath of fresh air; adding that there is no one like Jordan in the competition.

Blake steal Anna Grace sang “Let Her Go”. Blake noted that nobody has sung with such artistry during the show; adding that Anna is unbelievable.

Former Blake band mate Pete Mroz took on Pat Benetar with “We Belong”. Blake noted that he has a special place in his heart for Pete; adding that Pete still has the same passion and talent he had when they wer band mates.

Cam Anthony closes out the night of music with a performance of “Take Me to Church” by Hozier and brought the coaches to their feet. John said that every time Cam sings, it breaks his heart; adding that Cam is phenomenal and has so much potential. Blake said that Cam has delivered every time he takes the stage; adding that people are always asking about him.

JR Motorsports Appeals Penalty

During the post-race inspection process after the Steakhouse Elite 200 on May 8 at Darlington Raceway, the NASCAR officials found an issue with the suspension system on the JR Motorsports number nine car driven by Noah Gragson.

As a result of the infraction, NASCAR disqualified the number nine car’s fourth place finish and winning the $100,000 Dash-4-Cash prize.

Gragson has won all of the three Dash-4-Cash races; but due to his disqualification, the money goes to AJ Allmendinger and Gragson loses out on an opportunity to race for the prize next week at Dover.

According to NASCAR, the number nine team violated rule number 20 in the NASCAR Rule Book which states, “all suspension mounts and mounting hardware must not allow movement or realignment of any suspension and/or drivetrain component beyond normal rotation or suspension and/or drivetrain travel.”

On Monday, May 10, JR Motorsports filed an appeal of the penalty.

Cup Series Standings – May 10, 2021

On May 9, Martin Truex Jr won his third race of the season when he became the first driver to win a race at Darlington Raceway after winning a stage or lead the most laps. Truex swept the stages on the Goodyear 400 and led the most laps in the race. Not only is Truex the first driver to win more than one race, he is also the first driver to win three races this season.

Despite Truex;s three race wins, Denny Hamlin holds on to his lead in the points standings with 529 points. Martin Truex Jr is the second place driver – 75 points behind the leader.

Ford holds on to the manufacturer’s points lead with 428 points; just one point ahead of Chevrolet; Toyota is in third six points back.

The top 16 drivers in the NASCAR Cup Standings:
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
William Byron
Joey Logano
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick
Chase Elliott
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Christopher Bell
Austin Dillon
Chris Buescher
Alex Bowman
Michael McDowell
Tyler Reddick

Matt DiBenedetto is in 17th place but tied in points with Matt Dibenedetto.

While Denny Hamlin sits atop the points standings, priority of playoff positions goes to race winners and the regular season winner even if he did not win a race; the remainder of the 16 playoff positons are set according top points standings.

Two More Go Home on Idol

Tonight on “American Idol” the remaining singers will in an Idol first take on the music of British rockers Coldplay with lead singer Chris Martin serving as mentor for the contestants.

Continuing the multiple eliminations, tonight two more singers will be eliminated.

Casey Bishop gets the night of music started off with a performance of “Paradise”. Chris Martin told her to exist inside the song and not worry about what anyone thinks. Katy said that it was great to see Casey cut loose and harness the energy. Luke noted that he has never heard Casey deliver a bad note in the competition. Lionel said Casey was fantastic.

Next up is Chayce Beckham chose to sing a song he loved – “Magic”. Martin said that he forgot to mentor Chayce and just played along. Luke said that Chayce did a great job; adding that he has so many artistic moments in his performances. Lionel said that half of game was to have confidence and the other half was to have fun. Lionel noted that Chayce has a signature voice. Katy said that Chayce has the Chris Martin vibe.

Willie Spence sang “Yellow”. Willie grew up singing in the church; Chris Martin revealed that he grew up singing in the church too – a very strict English church. When Willie said that he has some insecurities, Martin said he did too; especially after hearing Willie sing. Lionel noted that Willie took a Chris Martin song and made it a Willie Spence song. Katy said that when Willie sings, it’s amazing; adding that Chris Martin helped Willie soar. Luke said that he will treasure all of the times he has gotten to see Willie sing. Luke wants to add some episodes so he can hear Willie sing more.

Country singer Caleb Kennedy puts his own country spin on “Violet Hill”. Martin revealed that this was the first Coldplay song ever. When Caleb played a song he had written for Chris Martin, Martin was impressed. Katy said that she has never had a Coldplay song scare her, but that one did…in a good way. Luke told Caleb to never say he isn’t a singer because he is a singer and a songwriter. Lionel agreed with Luke and reminded Caleb that the audience isn’t at the rehearsals so to remember to bring it on the stage.

Host Ryan Seacrest announced that the search for the 2022 edition of “American Idol” has begun.

Arthur Gunn chose one of Coldplay’s early songs with the Grammy Award winning song “In My Place”. Noting that music is like water flowing, Chris Martin was very open to the singers re-arranging his songs. He told Arthur that he has to do what he thinks is right. Luke noted that Arthur walks to the beat of his own drum…adding that it was cool. Luke said that he loved the vocals on the song. Lionel called Arthur a treasured soul; adding that he is an artist. Katy said that Arthur sound good like it was at his show; but would have like to sing along but didn’t know the melody.

Grace Kinstler couldn’t decide which song to perform and got a little help from Chris Martin on her song choice. Chris said that he could never win “American Idol” but he would love being vulnerable. Grace chose to sing “Fix You”. Lionel noted that Grace’s flaws are her magic; adding that it was the part that makes entertainment. Katy said that Grace has finally arrived with that song. Luke said that he was pumped up with the performance; adding that he almost said a really bad word on TV.

The top five will be entering the studio to perform a single and they will be mentored by award winning producer Jinneas.

Last up is Hunter Metts who chose to sing “Everglow” – song Martin said was written after listening to a lot of Bonnie Raitt. Chris Martin said that Hunter is another one who didn’t need mentoring, just sit and listen. Katy noted that she gets so many texts about Hunter. She said that Hunter is beloved. Luke said that it was amazing seeing Hunter on stage; adding that he has a unique voice. Lionel noted that Hunter is a storyteller with a unique voice; adding that the sky is the limit.

In a debut performance Coldplay performed their new single “Higher Power”.

Performing two songs tonight, the singers return for a round of “Mother’s Day” songs.

Casey Bishop returns for a performance of “Ironic” by Alanis Mofrisette. Casey had the judges out of their chairs dancing during the performance. Luke said that it was fun watchig her. Lionel said that the song choice and stage presence were right on the money. Katy told Casey to keep bringing that kind of stage presence.

Ryan Seacrest revealed that the voting was really close tonight.

Chayce Beckham returns to perform an original song that he wrote for his mom – “”Mama”. Lionel said that Chayce had him crying. Lionel told Chayce to put the song out now..it is a hit! Katy called Chayce sensitive and vulnerable and gave him an A+. Luke said it was the right song on the right night. Chayce had everyone tearing up…including himself.

Willie Spence sings the Joe Cocker song “You Are So Beautiful” for his mom. On a video, his mom was in tears. Katy said that she has never heard the song performed like that; adding that it was very connected. Luke noted that Willie has so many amazing qualities in his voice. Lionel said that the way Willie navigates the notes is beautiful; adding that he Williezied the song.

Caleb Kennedy returns with an original song for his mom – “Mama Said”. Luke called Caleb a true anomoly; writing songs that sound like they were written by a 50 year old man, not a 15 year old. Calling Caleb gifted, Lionel told Caleb to put the song out right now. Katy said that wearing his heart on his sleeve was awesome.

Arthur Gunn performs the Lynyrd Skynyrd song “Simple Man” for his mom. Lionel called Arthur a stylist and has a signature sound. Katy said that she connected with Arthur; adding that the song was great for his voice. Luke reminded Arthur that things are getting tough and to bring it every time.

Grace Kinstler sang one of her mom’s favourtie songs – “When e Were Young” by Adele. Katy said that she was proud of Grace tonight; adding that she has stepped up her game. Luke called it magical…like a movie. Lionel said that it was perfectly done; adding that the delivery was right on point.

Closing out the night of music, Hunter Metts performs a personal request from his mom – his original song “The River”. Luke called the performance incredible; adding that all of the original songs tonight were amazing. Lionel said that Hunter has drifted into professional status. Katy applauded Hunter and all of the original songs.

And finally it is time for the resutls that will reveal the final five…

Ryan Seacrest announced that the vote was really close tonight.

The first singer in the top five is Casey Bishop.

Also moving on to the top five are Grace Kinstler.
Next in the top five is Chayce Beckham.

Also moving on to the top five is Willie Spence.

And the final singer in the top five is Caleb Kennedy!

Arthur Gunn and Hunter Metts have been eliminated from the competition.

Dominating Win to Make History in Cup Series at Darlington

Normally a Sunday off for Mother’s DAy, the NASCAR Cup Series caps off a triple header weekend of throwback racing at Darlington Raceway. The drivers are sporting tribute paint schemes from various racing series. Even the Goodyear tires have a lok from the past in this Goodyear 400.

This marks the 12th – the one third mark – race of the season.

AT 85 degrees air temperature, it is the hottest day of the season for the drivers.

If Kyle Busch leads just nine laps, he will reach a major milestone of having led 18,000 laps in his racing career.

Chase Elliott will have to start the race from the back of the field after the crew made some unapproved adjustments to the number nine car – removing a packer. Aric Almirola will also have to start from the back of the field after his number 10 car failed the pre-race inspection process twice.


Brad Keselowski sits on the pole for the second week in a row and will bring the field to green with Kevin Harvick starting alongside on the front row.

Motown legend Smokey Robinson performed the National Anthem before the race. The rendition also included a portion of “America the Beautiful”.

The starting lineup of the Goodyear 400:
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
William Byron
Chase Elliott – moved to the back of the field
Denny Hamlin
Matt DiBenedetto
Austin Dillon
Tyler Reddick
Chris Buescher
Joey Logano
Michael McDowell
Kyle Larson
Daniel Suarez
Ryan Blaney
Kurt Busch
Ross Chastain
Alex Bowman
Ryan Newman
Christopher Bell
Chase Briscoe
Bubba Wallace
Cole Custer
Anthony Alfredo
Erik Jones
Aric Almirola – moved to the back of the field
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Preece
Corey LaJoie
Justin Haley
BJ McLeod
Cody Ware
JJ Yeley
Quin Houff
James Davison
Josh Bilicki

Mothers of NASCAR Hall of Famers gave the command to start the engines for today’s race.

NASCAR legends Bill Elliott and Leonard Wood are pacing the field today.

Stages one of the race is 90 laps in length with stage two lasting 95 laps and stage three lasting 108 laps for a total of 293 laps around the mile and a third track.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution of lap 30. With no practice or qualifying this season, NASCAR has been adding a competition caution in the races. Drivers may make pit stops prior to the competition caution but cannot fuel the cars.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and jumps out in front of Kevin Harvick for the lead.

Lap two, the top five are Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and William Byron.

Tyler Reddick has earned his “Darlington stripe” early when he brushed the wall on lap one.

Lap four, Brad Keselowski has the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

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

Kurt Busch is sreporting issues with his car.

Aric Almirola brings out the first caution flag of the race on lap seven after a big hit to the inside wall after contact from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The whole front end of the number 10 car has some heavy damage.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 12 and edges out Brad Keselowski for the lead with Kyle Busch right behind him.

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

Lap 14 Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch battle for the lead with Busch taking the spot.

Lap 15, Brad Keselowski is falling through the field with reports of the splitter hitting the track. He is currently in ninth place.

Lap 16, the top five are Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, Tyler Reddick, and Denny Hamlin.

Aric Almirola is out of the race.

Lap 17, Chase Elliott enters the top 20.

Lap 21, Kyle Busch has a third of a second lead on team mate Martin Truex Jr; Kevin Harvick, Tyler Reddick, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 23, Kyle Busch brings out the caution flag when he spins out with a flat tire. Martin Truex Jr is the new leader. Busch was just one lap shy of leading 18,000 laps.

The tires that came off of Kyle Busch’s car was severely corded.

Kevin Harvick reports that his car has no grip and will not turn.

NASCAR has named this as the competition caution.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires with Martin Truex Jr winning the race of of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 29 and holds on to the lead with Kevin Harvick in second.

The top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, Tyler Reddick, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin. Kyle Busch restarts the race on the lead lap in 34th place.

Lap 34, Kyle Busch has moved up to 27th place.

Ryan Newman gets slideways when he attempts to pass Brad Keselowski.

Most of the field is single file and riding near the wall on the high line.

Lap 36, William Byron gets loose when he tries to pass Austin Dillon. Byron saved the car.

Lap 37, Martin Truex Jr ahs a lead of over half a second on Kevin Harvick; Tyler Reddick, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 45, halfway through stage one, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Tyler Reddick; Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Joey Logano round out the top five. Kyle Busch is up to 22nd place

Kyle Larson is reporting a very loose condition and is in seventh place.

Brad Keselowski is back in 18th place.

Lap 50, Chase Elliott is just outside the top 10 in twelfth place.

Cole Custer is driving the “Happy Mother’s Day” car.

With 36 laps remaining in stage one, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead to three and a half seconds on Denny Hamlin; Tyler Reddick, Kevin Harvick, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Drivers begin the cycle of green flag pit stops. Drivers are reporting very slick conditions on the track and no grip.

Lap 61, leader Martin Truex Jr makes his pit stop and gives the lead over the Tyler Reddick.

FOX Sports broadcaster Jeff Gordon reports that the track temperature is 132 degrees.

The teams have only 10 sets of tires for todays race.

Ross Chastain leads the race, he has yet to make his pit stop. There are only 12 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 70, the top five are Ross Chastain, Martin Treux Jr, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Tyler Reddick.

Lap 72, Martin Truex Jr passes Ross Chastain to retake the lead. Chastain has dropped to third place on old tires.

With 15 laps remaining in stage one, Martin Truex Jr has a two second lead on Denny Hamlin; Kevin Harvick, Tyler Reddick, and Kyle Larson round out the top five. Ross Chastain continues to drop through the field on old tires after not making his pit stop.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 78, Denny Hamlin has closed the gap on leader Martin Truex Jr to under a second.

Lap 83, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead on Denny Hamlin to over a second; Kevin Harvick, Tyler Reddick, and Kyle Larson round out the top five. Kyle Busch is back on the lead lap in 17th place. Brad Keselowski and Bubba Wallace battle for the “lucky dog” spot.

Five to go, Martin Truex Jr has a 1.25 second lead on Denny Hamlin with Kevin Harvick in third over six seconds back; Tyler Reddick and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Two laps remain in stage one and leader Martin Truex Jr puts Ross Chastain one lap down.

Martin Truex Jr wins stage one for his fifth stage win at Darlington.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Martin Truex Jr
Denny Hamlin
Tyler Reddick
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott
William Byron
Alex Bowman

Drivers come down pit road for service with Martin Truex Jr winning the race off of pit road.

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

Kurt Busch was the “lucky dog”.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 98. Truex holds on to the lead.

The top five are Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Tyler Reddit, and Joey Logano. Hamlin, Reddick, and Logano battle for position./

Cole Custer hits the wall hard on lap 99 and brings out the fourth caution flag. Custer hit the inside wall in the same spot as team mate Aric Almirola earlier in the race after Alfredo and Quin Houff had some on track contact. But unlike Almirola, Custer’s car came off the ground. Anthony Alfredo and Cole Custer made contact before the wreck. Alfredo also has some damage to his car.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 105 from the inside lane and gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Tyler Reddick, and Kevin Harvick. Kyle Busch is in the top 10.

The caution flag comes out on lap 107 when Kurt Busch hits the inside wall on the front stretch. There are flames coming out from under his car. Busch and Bubba Wallace were racing for the “lucky dog” position at the time of the wreck.

Since he was a part of the wreck that caused the caution, Bubba Wallace did not get the “lucky dog”.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires but Denny Hamlin stayed out and is the new leader.

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

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 115 with Chase Briscoe alongside. Denny Hamlin gets out in front for the lead but Martin Truex Jr comes up with a fresh set of tires nad takes the lead.

Lap 116, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and William Byron.

Lap 120, Joey Logano takes second from Denny Hamlin with Martin Treux Jr out in front by nearly two seconds.

Lap 122, there are 17 cars on the lead lap with three drivers out of the race after hard crashes.

Lap 125, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of two and a half seconds on Joey Logano; Kyle Busch, William Byron, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five. Denny Hamlin has fallen to sixth place on old tires.

Lap 128, Martin Truex Jr continues to increase his lead, which is now over three seconds.

Alex Bowman and Ryan Blaney make contact in a battle for position, but he track stays green.

Lap 136, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly four seconds on Joey Logano; Kyle Busch, William Byron, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Lap 139, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is now approaching five seconds on Joey Logano.

Alex Bowman brings his number 48 car down pit road with a possible tire going down.

Ryan Blaney brings his car down pit road with a damaged car.

Halfway through stage two, drivers are beginning to make green flag pit stops.

Josh Bilicki takes his car to the garage.

Martin Truex Jr makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Chris Buescher.

Chris Buescher comes down pit road and gives the lead over to Kevin Harvick.

As green flag pit stops cycle through, there are only seven cars on the lead lap.

Kevin Harvick makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Christopher Bell.

Once Christopher Bell makes his pit stop, Martin Truex Jr will retake the lead.

With 36 laps remaining in stage two, Christopher Bell makes his pit stop and gives the lead back to Martin Truex Jr with William Byron in second; Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

So far, Martin Truex Jr has led over 100 laps in the race.

Lap 157, Martin Truex Jr is “driving it like he stole it” with a lead of over five and a half seconds on William Byron; Kyle Busch, Joey Loganom, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Truex continues to increase his lead; on lap 161, he has a lead of over seven seconds on William Byron.

Lap 164, Martin Truex Jr has now pulled out to a lead of over eight seconds on Kyle Busch; William Byron, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Pole sitter Brad Keselowski brings his car down pit road with a flat tire.

There are 16 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 169, Martin Truex Jr now has a lead of over nine seconds on Kyle Busch.

Fifteen laps remain in stage two; Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over 10 seconds on Kyle Busch; William Byron, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five with 16 cars on the lead lap.

With 10 laps to go, Martin Truex Jr has led 130 laps so far. He now has an eleven second win on team mate Kyle Busch.

FOX Sports reports that to date no driver that has won a stage, has also won the race…nor has any driver that has lead the most laps. Truex has done both today so far.

Six laps remain in stage two; Martin Treux Jr has a lead of nearly 13 seconds on Kyle Busch with 16 cars on the lead lap.

Four to go, Martin Truex’s lead is now 13 and a half seconds on Kyle Busch.

With a lead of over 14 seconds, Martin Truex wins stage two for the stage sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
William Byron
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Larson
Christopher Bell
Joey Logano
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Blaney
Chris Buescher

Drivers come down pit road for service with Martin Truex Jr winning the race off of pit road after taking only two tires. Kyle Busch came out second.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the inside lane with 100 laps remaining in the race. Truex jumps out in front for the lead.

The top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, William Byron, and Joey Logano. There are 16 cars on the lead lap.

As afternoon gives way to evening, the track is beginning to change with a current track temperature of 116 degrees. The changing track conditions may also change the way the cars handle.

Lap 200, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch.

Kyle Busch has some debris on his front grille.

Cody Ware and Josh Bilicki are off the track with Kurt Busch, Cole Custer, and Aric Almirola out of the race.

Lap 202, Erik Jones comes down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop with tire issues.

Lap 208, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Kyle Busch.

Brad Keselowski comes down pit road for fresh tires. He was two laps down when he came down pit road.

Eighty to go, Martin Truex Jr is beginning to run away with the field again; he has a lead of over four seconds on Kyle Busch; Denny Hamlin, William Byron, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

There are 15 cars on the lead lap.

There are 75 laps remaining in the race, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead to over five and a half seconds on Kyle Busch.

Lap 220, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly six seconds on Kyle Busch; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, and William Byron round out the top five.

Joey Logano and Kyle Busch begin the cycle of green flag pit stops on lap 224. More drivers are making the trip down pit road for fresh tires. Only Martin Truex Jr remains on the track.

Lap 225, Martin Truex Jr makes his pit stop. He has led 180 laps so far.

Alex Bowman has a tire going down and is smoking.

While Martin Truex Jr is looking to be the first stage winner and driver to lead the most laps and win the race; William Byron is looking to maintain his streak of top 10 finishes.

Alex Bowman makes an unscheduled pit stop for fresh tires after a smoking tire.

With 63 laps remaining in the race, Martin Truex Jr has a near two second lead on Kyle Busch; Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five. There are 14 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 237, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly two and a half seconds on Kyle Busch; Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Kyle Larson passes Kyle Busch for second; Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly three and a half seconds with 53 laps remaining in the race.

There are 14 cars on the lead lap, but no driver is just one lap down.

Fifty to go, Martin Truex Jr ahs a lead of just under three and a half seconds on Kyle Larson; Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Forty-five laps to go, Martin Truex Jr has a four second lead on Kyle Larson; Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

As the sun begins to go down, it is becoming an issue for the drivers who are finding it difficult to see.

Three laps down, Brad Keselowski comes down pit road for service with 40 laps remaining in the race.

Lap 254, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly five seconds on Kyle Larson. Joey Logano and William Byron begin the final cycle of green flag pit stops.

Thirty-seven laps to go, leader Martin Truex Jr makes his green flag pit stop.

Joey Logano is caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

With 35 laps to go, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Kyle Larson; Kyle Busch, William Byron, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Joey Logano is now one lap down in 14th place and is in the “lucky dog” position.

With 30 laps to go, Kyle Larson has cut into Martin Truex Jr’s lead, which is now approaching a half a second. Third place driver Kyle Busch is five seconds back.

Lap 264, Kyle Larson has caught up to leader Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 265, Kyle Larson begins to challenge Martin Truex Jr for the lead.

Twenty-five to go, Martin Truex Jr holds on to the lead but by less than a quarter of a second on Kyle Larson; Kyle Busch, William Byron, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Twenty to go, Martin Truex Jr continues to dominate the race with a lead of less than one second on Kyle Larson; Kyle Busch, William Byron, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

With 18 laps remaining in the race, the fastest cars on the track are Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Busch.

Denny Hamlin gets into the wall but saves the car and the track stays green.

Fifteen to go, Kyle Larson has closed the gap on leader Martin Truex Jr to under half a second.

Martin Truex Jr gets loose and nearly hits the wall with the right rear of his car.

Ten to go, Tyler Reddick and Ryan Newman are battling to stay on the lead lap. Leader Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly a second on Kyle Larson with third place drivers Kyle Busch four seconds back.

Eight to go, Kyle Larson threads the needle and goes three wide to pass Ryan Newman and Tyler Reddick.

With six laps to go, there are eleven cars on the lead lap.

Five to go, Martin Truex Jr holds on the lead by nearly a second on Kyle Larson. He has led 233 laps so far.

There are only nine cars on the lead lap.

Christopher Bell comes down pit road after hitting the wall.

Three to go, Martin Truex Jr ahs increased his lead to over a second on Kyle Larson.

Martin Truex Jr takes the white flag with a lead of over two seconds.

Martin Truex Jr becomes the first driver to win a stage – he had the stage sweep – or lead the most laps and win the race. In Truex’s case he did both.

This is Martin Truex Jr’s third win of the season – the only driver this season to win more than one race.

The unofficial results of the Goodyear 400:
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
William Byron
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Chase Elliott
Ryan Blaney
Chris Buescher
Ryan Newman
Chase Briscoe
Tyler Reddick
Joey Logano
Christopher Bell
Ross Chastain
Austin Dillon
Alex Bowman
Erik Jones
Matt DiBenedetto
Ricky Stenhouse Jr

Bubba Wallace
Corey LaJoie
Daniel Suarez
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Preece
Anthony Alfredo
Michael McDowell
Justin Haley
JJ Yeley
Quin Houff
James Davison
BJ McLeod
Josh Bilicki
Cody Ware
Kurt Busch
Cole Custer
Aric Almirola

Brad Paisley

Country music star Brad Paisley is hitting the road this summer for an extended tour that begins in June and will run into October and will include a couple of big festival dates and outdoor shows.

Brad Paisley tour dates:
June 5 at the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City, FL
July 4 at the Let Freedom Sing! Festival in Nashville, TN
July 8 at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, FL
July 9 at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL
July 10 at the iTHINK Financial Amphitheare in West Palm Beach, FL
July 17 at the Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater in Hinckley, MN
July 22 at the Brandon Amphitheater in Brandon, MS
July 23 at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater in Tuscaloosa, AL
July 24 at the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA
July 30 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO
July 31 at the Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville, IN
Aug 9 at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, OH
Aug 14 at the Dos Euis Pavilion in Dallas, TX
Aug 15 at the Cynthia Wood Mitchell Pavillion in The Woodlands, TX
Aug 21 at the Allen County Fair in Lima, OH
Aug 22 at The ICON Festival Stage at Smale Park in Cincinnati, OH
Aug 27 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC
Aug 28 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
Aug 29 at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA
Sept 10 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL
Sept 11 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI
Sept 23 at the After Hours at The Meadow Event Park in Doswell, VA
Sept 24 at the Court of Honor Stage in West Springfield, MA
Sept 26 at the Bloomsburg Fair in Bloomsburg, PA
Sept 30 at the Toyota Amphitheatre in Sacramento, CA
Oct 1 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA
Oct 2 at the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
Oct 7 at the Isleta Amphitheatre in Albuquerque, NM
Oct 8 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ
Oct 9 at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA

NASCAR DQ’s Xfinity Driver Noah Gragson

At the end of the Steakhouse Elite 200, JR Motorsports had all four of its drivers in the top 10 including the race winner and the winner of the $100,000 Dash-4-Cash prize.

But after the post race inspection process, Noah Gragson’s number nine car had been disqualified; which means he not only was relegated from fourth place to the last place position, he also lost the Dash-4-Cash money.

With the disqualification, AJ Allmendinger was named the winner of the Dash-4-Cash prize. The money goes to the top placing driver of the four eligible drivers for the prize. Allmendinger finished the race in fourth place and officials had no issues with his car after inspection.

With his disqualification, Noah Gragson is also out of the running for the final Dash-4-Cash race at Dover. The four drivers eligible for the final prize are the top three finishers at Darlington Raceway – ustin Allgaier, Josh Berry and Brandon Jones – and AJ Allmendinger.

According to NASCAR, Gragson’s car failed the suspension inspection and violated the NASCAR Rule Book in relation to the suspension mounts and mounting hardware.

There is no word yet from JR Motorsports as to whether they will appeal the ruling.

Dierks Bentley

Doing their share to help keep fans safe, music artists are scheduling tour dates in outdoor venues. Country music star Dierks Bentley has planned an outdoor tour around the United States later this year, beginning in mid August and run into October.

Riley Green and Parker McCollum will be joining Bentley on some of the dates.


Taking the name from a song he wrote, Bentley is calling the tour the “Beers on Me” tour.

Dierks Bentley “Beers on Me” tour dates:
Aug 13 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 14 at the ford Idaho Center Amphitheater in Boise, ID
Aug 15 at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, OR
Aug 20 at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA
Aug 21 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA
Aug 22 at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena in Stateline, NV
Aug 26 at the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in San Diego, CA
Aug 27 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ
Aug 28 at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM
Sept 16 at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA
Sept 17 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC
Sept 18 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
Sept 23 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD
Sept 24 at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY
Sept 25 at the Xfinity Center in Boston, MA
Oct 7 at the DET Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, MI
Oct 8 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Oct 9 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
Oct 15 at the Ruoff Music Center in Indianapolis, IN
Oct 16 at The Pavilion of Star Lake in Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 21 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in St. Louis, MO
Oct 22 at the Walmart AMP in Rogers, AR

Texas Proposed National Anthem Bill

For many years the National Anthem has been played prior to the beginning of every major sporting event in the United States. But in recent years the practice has drawn some contention with some athletes choosing to use the playing of the anthem as a platform for peaceful protest against social injustice by kneeling or “taking a knee”.

The protests drew so much controversy that some television networks refused to air the playing of the anthem. There have even been cases where the playing of the anthem was eliminated all together in order to prevent players from using for protest.

The Texas legislature has taken matters into their own hands by proposing a bill that would require the playing of the anthem at all games where the teams have government contracts.”

The bill states, “government entities would be banned from entering contracts with pro sports teams without written agreement from the teams to play the national anthem before all preseason, regular season and postseason game.”

The bill passed overwhelmingly with just two Senators voting against the bill.


The bill was proposed after the NBA Dallas Mavericks announced that they would not be playing the National Anthem prior to the playing of games. Thirteen games had been played before anyone noticed the practice.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has complied with the proposed bill and spoke on the bill saying, “we respect and always have respected the passion people have for the anthem and our country. But we also loudly hear the voices of those who feel that the anthem does not represent them. We feel that their voices need to be respected and heard, because they have not been.”

He added, “going forward, our hope is that people will take the same passion they have for this issue and apply the same amount of energy to listen to those who feel differently from them.”

Overtime Finish for Xfinity Series in Darlington

In race two of the throwback triple header weekend at Darlington Raceway, the Xfinity Series takes to the track for the Steakhouse Elite 200.

This is also the third of four Dash-4-Cash races with Noah Gragson, Jeb Burton, Austin Cindric, and AJ Allmendinger competing for the $100,000 prize.

AJ Allmendinger sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Austin Cindric starting alongside on the front row.

Dale Earnhardt Jr is driving the pace car for today’s race.

The starting lineup for the Steakhouse Elite 200:
AJ Allmendinger
Austin Cindric
Jeb Burton
Justin Haley
Noah Gragson
Riley Herbst
Daniel Hemric
Harrison Burton
Brandon Brown
Myatt Snider
Ryan Sieg
Jeremy Clements
Brett Moffitt
Tommy Joe Martins
Timmy Hill
Justin Allgaier
David Starr
Jade Buford
Landon Cassill
Michael Annett
Josh Williams
Brandon Jones
Alex Labbe
Josh Berry
Colby Howard
Kyle Weatherman
Brandon Gdovic
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Ty Gibbs
Joe Graf Jr
Jesse Little
Matt Mills
Ryan Ellis
Ryan Vargas
JJ Yeley
Tanner Berryhill
Gray Gaulding
BJ McLeod
Bayley Currey
Matt Jaskol

NASCAR has called for a competition caution of lap 20.

Stages one and two of the race are 45 laps each with stage three lasting 57 laps for a total of 147 laps around the mile and a third track.

Cup Series drivers Bubba Wallace and Erik Jones join Adam Alexander in the broadcast booth for the race.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and edges out Austin Cindric for the lead.

The teams were given five sets of tires for todays race.

Lap three Austin Cindric challenges AJ Allmendinger for the lead and on lap four Cindric takes the lead.

Lap four, the top five are Austin Cindric, AJ Allmendinger, Justin Haley, Jeb Burton, and Noah Gragson.

The caution flag comes out for a wreck involving Brandon Gdovic, JJ Yeley, and Joe Graf Jr in a three wide battle.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap eight and holds on to the lead with Justin Haley in second.

Lap eight, the top five are Austin Cindric, Justin Haley, AJ Allmendinger, Noah Gragson, and Jeb Burton.

Lap 10, AJ Allmendinger takes second from Justin Haley.

The top five are Austin Cindric, AJ Allmendinger, Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric, and Justin Haley.

Gray Gaulding is off the track with 37 cars on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out on lap 13 when Brandon Gdovic gets into the wall.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 17 with Noah Gragson alongside. Grgason jumps out in front to take the lead.

The top five are Noah Gragson, Austin Cindric, AJ Allmendinger, Daniel Hemric, and Justin Haley.

Lap 19, Gray Gaulding returns to the track 15 laps down.

Noah Gragson and Austin Cindric battle for the lead but Gragson holds on to the spot.

At the end of lap 20, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.

A handful of drivers come down pit road for fresh tires but the leaders stayed out on the track.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 26 from the outside lane. Drivers spread out three and four wide across the track. Austin Cindric takes the lead from the inside lane.

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

Lap 28, Brandon Gdovic and Gray Gaulding are the only drivers not on the lead lap.

Lap 30, Austin Cindric has a lead of nearly half a second on noah Gragson; AJ Allmendinger, Harrison Burton, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Lap 32, Jade Buford makes an unscheduled trip down pit road for a possible flat tire. The track stays green.

Ten laps to go in stage one, Austin Cindric leads the race with Noah Gragson in second; Harrison Burton, Daniel Hemric, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

AJ Allmendinger is reporting that his car will not turn properly.

Five to go in stage one, Austin Cindric has a lead of over half a second on Noah Gragson.

During the last caution flag, Tommy Joe Martins made a pit stop for tires and is roaring through the field and is currently in sixth place.

With two laps remaining in stage one, Noah Gragson challenges Austin Cindric for the lead.

On the final lap of stage one Matt Mills spins out and bring out the caution flag. Austin Cindric wins stage one under caution for his fifth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Austin Cindric
Noah Gragson
Harrison Burton
Daniel Hemric
Tommy Joe Martins
AJ Allmendinger
Myatt Snider
Justin Allgaier
Ty Gibbs
Michael Annett

Drivers come down pit road for service with Daniel Hemric winning the race off of pit road.

Ty Gibbs was caught speeding on pit road. Riley Herbst was charged with leaving his pit stall with equipment. Both drivers will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Daneil Hemric brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the outside lane on lap 53. After a side by side battle Daniel Hemric takes the lead.

Lap 54, the top five are Daneil Hemric, Noah Gragson, Myatt Snider, AJ Allmendinger, and Austin Cindric.

Matt Mills is out of the race and Josh Williams is off the track. There are 35 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 58, Daniel Hemric has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, Austin Cindric, and Brandon Jones round out the top five. After having to restart the race from the back of the field, Ty Gibbs is in 20th place and Riley Herbst is in 24th.

Lap 67, Tommy Joe Martins and Kyle Weatherman hit the wall but the track stays green. Martins had to make an unscheduled pit stop after cutting a tire.

Lap 73, Daniel Hemric has a lead of over asecond on Noah Gragson; AJ Allmendinger, Austin Cindric, and Justin Allagier round out the top five.

Lap 74, Daniel Hemric’s lead is now over a second and a half on Noah Gragson.

Lap 76, Ty Gibbs has entered the top 10 after starting from the back of the field for a speeding penalty during his pit stop at the end of stage one.

Ten to go in stage one, Daniel Hemric has pulled out to a lead of over three seconds on AJ Allmendinger, Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Jesse Little brings out the fifth caution flag of the race when he spins out after contact on the track.

Some drivers come down pit road for service. Leader Daniel Hemric makes an unscheduled trip down pit road for a possible flat tire.

AJ Allmendinger is the new leader with 30 cars on the lead lap.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag shootout to the end of stage two with Brandon Jones alongside. Brandon Jones takes the lead. Drivers are getting three and four wide across the track.

After some contact on the track, AJ Allmendinger takes the lead with Austin Cindric in second.

On fresher tires, Harrison Burton makes a pass on AJ Allmendinger coming to the green checkered flag to win stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Harrison Burton
Noah Gragson
AJ Allmendinger
Josh Berry
Ryan Sieg
Jeb Burton
Michael Annett
Justin Allgaier
Austin Cindric
Brett Moffitt

Drivers come down pit road for service with several drivers staying out on the track.

Ty Gibbs is having some overheating issue with his car.

After staying out on the track, Harrison Burton brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 100 from the outside lane and goes nose to nose with Noah Gragson before Gragson takes the lead. Harrison continues to battle Gragson for the lead.

Lap 100, the top five are Noah Gragson, Harrison Burton, Josh Berry, Ryan Sieg, and Riley Herbst.

There are 31 cars on the lead lap.

Forty to go, Noah Gragson has a quarter of a second lead on Harrison Burton; Josh Berry, Ryan Sieg, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

Lap 115, Noah Gragson continues to lead the race with Harrison Burton in second; Josh Berry, Ty Gibbs, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Thirty to go, Noah Gragson has a lead of over half a second on Harrison Burton. There are 29 cars on the lead lap. Josh Williams is out of the race.

Riley Herbst slaps the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 119, Noah Gragson continues to increase his lead on Harrison Burton and is now nearly a second and a half out in front.

Brandon Brown gets into the wall but the track stays green. Brown makes a trip down pit road for fresh tires.

Lap 123, Noah Gragson has a lead of over a second and a half on Harrison Burton; Ty Gibbs, Josh Berry, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 126 for a wreck involving Gray Gaulding who is 19 laps down and Joe Graf Jr. Gaulding is the third driver out of the race after his wreck.

Riley Herbst blows a tire after hitting the wall earlier.

With 20 laps to go, Noah Gragson leads the field down pit road for fresh tires. Harrison Burton wins the race off of pit road.

Ty Gibbs was caught speeding on pit road again and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Harrison Burton brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 16 laps remaining in the race from the outside lane. Josh Berry jumps out in frton from the inside lane to take the lead.

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

Joe Graf Jr wrecks and brings out the eighth caution flag of the race.

NASCAR reviewed the restart but after Harrison Burton spun his tires, it was determined a good restart.

A part time driver in the number eight car for JR Motorsports, Josh Berry noted that he will be as aggressive as he needs to be; adding that he will not be there in a few more weeks.

Josh Berry brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with just 10 laps remaining in the race. Berry goes nose to nose with team mate Justin Allgaier before Allgaier takes the lead.

The top five are Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry, Harrison Burton, Noah Gragson, and Brandon Jones.

Eight to go, Daniel Hemric takes fifth form Brandon Jones.

Lap 140, Justin Allgaier has a lead of nearly half a second on Josh Berry, Harrison Burton, Noah Gragson, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Ryan Vargas brings out the ninth caution flag when he spins out with just five laps to go.

Several drivers come down pit road for that last set of fresh tires.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green/white/checker two lap overtime shootout from the outside lane with team mate Josh Berry on the inside lane. Josh Berry edges out Justin Allgaier for the lead but Allgaier passes to retake the topspot. Brandon Jones makes it a three wide battle but falls into third place.

On the restart, Austin Cindric hit the wall but the track stays green.

Justin Allgiaer takes the white flag.

Justin Allgaier wins the race for his second race win of the season. Team mate Josh Berry finishes second and fellow team mate Noah Gragson makes it three for three in the Dash-4-Cash win. The fourth JR Motorsports team mate finished seven for all four drivers finishing in the top 10.

The unofficial results of the Steakhouse Elitie 200:
Justin Allgaier
Josh Berry
Brandon Jones
Noah Gragson
Daniel Hemric
Jeremy Clements
Michael Annett
Brett Moffitt
Ryan Sieg
Alex Labbe
Harrison Burton
Landon Cassill
AJ Allmendinger
Justin Haley
Tommy Joe Martins
Ryan Ellis
David Starr
Ty Gibbs
Myatt Snider
Jeb Burton
Tanner Berryhill
JJ Yeley
Timmy Hill
Brandon Brown
Bayley Currey
BJ McLeod
Ryan Vargas
Riley Herbst
Colby Howard
Austin Cindric
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Jesse Little
Kyle Weatherman
Matt Jaskol
Jade Buford
Brandon Gdovic
Joe Graf Jr
Gray Gaulding
Josh Williams
Matt Mills


Sir Paul Gets Stamped

An entertainer achieves many milestones during a career. One of the signs that an entertainer has reached iconic status is when the national postal service

issues a collection of stamps in their honour.

On May 6 the Royal Mail Serivce in the United Kingdom has announced that they will be issuing a collection of 12 stamps in hounor of native son and Hall of Fame music legend Sir Paul McCartney. The Royal Mail worked with Sir Paul in creating the collection.

The collectible stamps are in celebration of Sir Paul’s career as a solo artist.

Set for a May 28 release, the set features eight of Sir Paul’s most iconic solo albums including his 1970 debut “McCartney” and his most recent album “McCartney III”. The remaining four stamps feature photos of Sir Paul in his second home – the studio.

Sir Paul is only the third music artist from the United Kingdom to have a stamp series honouring him – the others were David Bowie and Sir Elton John.

Along with his 18 Grammy Awards and seven Diamond Awards for selling at least 10 million copies of an album in the United States while with the Beatles, Sir Paul has earned numerous gold, platinum, nad multi-platinum awards with the band.

As a solo artist he has earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the most successful songwriter of all time in the United Kingdom with 188 songs – 91 of which were top 10’s and 33 reached number one and has earned over 60 gold discs.

Pile Up, Red Flag Late at Darlington for Trucks

The Camping World Truck Series kicks off a triple header weekend with some Friday night racing from Darlington Raceway.  A throwback weekend, the drivers will be sporting some special paint schemes that honour racers..and cars…from the past.

This race also begins the Triple Truck Challenge where drivers can earn a $50,000 bonus for the race winner.  If the same drivers wins future “Trip” races, the bonus money increases up to $500,000 for a “Trip” sweep.  The remaining races in “The Trip” are at the Circuit of the Americas and Charlotte Motor Speedway later this month.

Truck Series points leader John Hunter Nemechek sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Austin Hill alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the LiftKits4Less.com 200:
John Hunter Nemechek
Austin Hill
Zane Smith
Ben Rhodes
Todd Gilliland
Johnny Sauter
Stewart Friesen
Chandler Smith
Matt Crafton
Hailie Deegan
Tanner Gray
Austin Wayne Self
Corey Heim
Carson Hocevar
Sheldon Creed
Tyler Ankrum
Grant Enfinger
Ryan Truex
Ryan Reed
Derek Kraus
Timothy Peters
Erik Darnell
Akinori Ogata
Chase Purdy
Codie Rohrbaugh
Timmy Hill
Danny Bohn
Spencer Davis
Cory Roper
Kris Wright
Jordan Anderson
Dawson Cram
Tate Fogleman
Spencer Boyd
David Gilliland
Parker Kligerman
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Bayley Currey
BJ McLeod
Norm Benning

Among the oldest tracks on the NASCAR circuit, Darlington is often referred to as the “Track to tough to tame” and “The Lady in Black”.

Stages one and two of the race are 45 laps each with stage three lasting 57 laps for a total of 147 laps around the mile and a third  track.

Beginning the race in daylight, the drivers will have to deal with a glaring sun until the sun begins to set.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and after going nose to nose with Austin Hill, Nemechek takes the lead.

Lap two, the top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Austin Hill, Ben Rhodes, Zane Smith, and Todd Gilliland.

Akinori Ogata had to start the race from the back of the field after missing the rookie driver’s meeting.

With the drivers not having an opportunity to practice and check on tire wear and handling, NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 15.

Norm Benning gets loose and nearly takes out the leader.

Lap seven, Austin Hill takes the lead with Ben Rhodes in second.

Lap nine, the top five are Austin Hill, Ben Rhodes, John Hunter Nemechek, Zane Smith, and Todd Gilliland.

Lap 10, Austin Hill and Bren Rhodes battle for the lead with Hill holding on to the top spot.

Lap eleven, Austin Hill has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Ben Rhodes; John Hunter Nemechek, Zane Smith, and Todd Gilliland rounds out the top five.

Lap 13, Austin Hill has increased his lead to over half a second on Ben Rhodes.

Cory Roper swipes the wall after getting a flat tire, the track stays green

The competition caution comes out at the end of lap 15.  The teams received six sets of tires for the race.

Most of the field comes down pit road for adjustments and service.  After taking only two tires, Gant Enfinger wins the race off of pit road.

Ryan Truex and Bayley Currey stayed out on the track; while Todd Gilliland and Grant Enfinger stopped on pit road and took only two tires.

Ryan Truex brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 22 from the outside lane with Truex jumping out in front for the lead as drivers back in the field get four wide.

Lap 23, Ben Rhodes takes the lead.

Lap 24, the top five are Ben Rhodes, Todd Gilliland, John Hunter Nemechek, Zane Smith, and Ryan Truex.

There are 36 trucks on the lead lap with Cory Roper the only driver out of the race.

Lap 26, Ben Rhodes has a lead of over half a second on John Hunter Nemechek.

The caution flag comes out on lap 27 after Codie Rohrbaugh and Kris Wright make contact and get into a wreck.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with 13 laps remaining in stage one with Todd Gilliland alongside.   Drivers quickly get three wide across the track.  Stewart Friesen brings out the caution flag when he spins out.  Todd Gilliland takes the lead on the restart.

Ben Rhodes reports to his crew that with the sun setting and the wind picking up, the track has cooled off and freed up.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag restart with nine laps remaining in stage one.  Gilliland holds on to the lead with Zane Smith taking second.

Lap 37, the top five are Todd Gilliland, John hunter Nemechek, Zane Smith, Sheldon Creed, and Austin Hill.

Codie Rohrbaugh and Krus Wright join Cory Roper as drivers out of the race.

Five laps remain in stage one, Todd Gilliland has a lead of nearly half a second on John Hunter Nemechek.

Derek Kraus is on pit road with some engine issues; reporting that the truck won’t fire.

Todd Gilliland wins stage one for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Todd Gilliland
John Hunter Nemechek
Zane Smith
Austin Hill
Sheldon Creed
Matt Crafton
Chandler Smith
Corey Heim
Grant Enfinger
Tyler Ankrum

Drivers come down pit road for service with Todd Gilliland winning the race off of pit road.  John Hunter Nemechek came out second.

Matt Crafton’s crew had trouble getting one of the tires off of the  truck and caused him to have a slow pit stop.

After staying out on the track, Stewart Friesen brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two but it is Todd Gilliland who gets out front for the lead.

Lap 54, John Hunter Nemechek takes the lead.

The top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Todd Gilliland, Zane Smith, Sheldon Creed, and Stewart Friesen.

Eighteen year old Corey Heim is making his Truck Series debut at Darlington Raceway.  He is driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the number 51 truck.

Lap 58, John Hunter Nemechek has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Todd Gilliland; Zane Smith, Sheldon Creed, and Stewart Friesen round out the top five.

There are 35 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 63, John Hunter Nemechek now has a lead of over two seconds on Todd Gilliland.

Lap 69, John Hunter Nemechek has increased his lead to over two and a half seconds on Todd Gilliland; Zane Smith, Sheldon Creed, and Stewart Friesen round out the top five.

Lap 73, Zane Smith is reporting a vibration in his truck.  The crew is prepared if Smith has to bring the truck down pit road.

With 17 laps remaining in stage two, Todd Gilliland has closed the gap on leader John Hunter Nemechek to under two seconds.

Ten laps to go in stage two; John Hunter Nemechek to lead the race.

Chase Purdy brings out the caution flag after making contact with Akinori Ogata.  Chase Purdy is the fourth driver out of the race.

At the time of the caution, the top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Todd Gilliland, Stewart Friesen, Corey Heim, and Carson Hocevar.

Ben Rhodes makes a trip down pit road for service despite pit road being closed.  He had a tire with only five pound of pressure in it.  He will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Coming into tonight’s race, John Hunter Nemechek has earned 109 stage points including points earned from his two wins.

With six laps remaining in the stage, John Hunter Nemechek brings a pack of drivers down pit road for fresh tires.  John Hunter Nemechek wins the race off of pit road but will restartt the rout in fifth place after the first drivers stayed out on the track.

After staying out on the track, Tanner Gray brings the field down for the green flag restart and a two lap shootout for the end of stage two. Timmy Hill gets out in front for the lead but John Hunter Nemechek quickly retakes the lead. Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

John Hunter Nemechek wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
John Hunter Nemechek
Corey Heim
Chandler Smith
Carson Hocevar
Stewart Friesen.
Timmy Hill
Todd Gilliland
Sheldon Creed
Timothy Peters
Austin Hill

After pitting just a few laps ago, the leaders stay out on the track.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 95 and holds on to the lead of the race as the drivers get spread out across the track.

Erik Darnell slaps the wall but he track stays green.

With 49 laps remaining in the race, the top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Corey Heim, Carson Hocevar, Chandler Smith, and Austin Hill.

Timothy Peters brings out the caution flag on lap 101 when he spins out after making contact with Johnny Sauter. Todd Gilliland was also involved in the malee.

Drivers come down pit road for service. Of the drivers who made a pit stop, Matt Crafton wins the race off of pit road.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart with 41 laps remaining in the race. The drivers get three wide in a battle for the lead with John Hunter Nemechek taking the lead.

Lap 107, the top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Corey Heim, Austin Hill, Carson Hocevar, and Chandler Smith. Three of the top five trucks are from Kyle Busch Motorsports who has won the past five races in a row.

Tanner Gray spins out and hits the wall bringing out the caution flag with 37 laps remaining in the race after contact from Ryan Truex. Timmy Hill and Akinori Ogata were caught up in the wreck.

Some drivers come down pit road for fresh tires. Leaders stay out.

Carson Hocevar had to make a second trip down pit road to remove a dragging side skirt.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 117 but the caution flag comes out quickly for a big pile up involving several trucks. It all began with a push from behind…

Leader John Hunter Nemechek, Corey Heim, Austin Hill, Grant Enfinger, Dawson Cram, Zane Smith, Spencer Davis, Tyler Ankrum, Timothy Peters, BJ McLeod, Chandler Smith, David Gilliland, Matt Crafton, Derek Kraus, Ryan Truex, and Hailie Deegan were all involved in the wreck.

NASCAR has red flagged the race in order to get everything cleaned up. By the end of the wreck the track was blocked.

After a red flag delay of over 10 minutes, NASCAR has displayed the yellow flag and the drivers begin moving once again. Crews that need to make repairs to the trucks can now work on those trucks.

Ben Rhodes is currently listed as the leader.

Chandler Smith was speeding past the safety crew and has had his truck parked by NASCAR and called to the hauler for a meeting.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with 17 laps remaining in the race. Ben Rhodes gets out in front for the lead.

Parker Kligerman and Stewart Friesen wreck and bring out the tenth caution flag of the race after Kligerman cuts a tire. Parker Kligerman is out of the race. This caution flag ties the current record for caution flags in a race.

NASCAR has called Stewart Friesen to pit road after his “crash clock” limit has expired.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag restartt from the outside lane with just eight laps remaining in the race. Ben Rhodes and Sheldon Creed battle for the lead with Sheldon Creed getting out in front for he lead.

Danny Bohn gets loose and spins out and brings out the caution flag with seven laps remaining in the race.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart for a two lap shootout from the outside lane. Drivers are getting four wide across the track. Sheldon Creed takes the lead.

Sheldon Creed takes the white flag.

Sheldon Creed wins the race under caution after Hailie Deegan wrecks. Creed breaks the Kyle Busch Motorsports winning streak and wins the Triple Truck Challenge bonus of $50,000. This is Creed’s first win of the season.

The unofficial results of the LiftKits4Less 200:
Sheldon Creed
Ben Rhodes
Carson Hocevar
Matt Crafton
Johnny Sauter
Grant Enfinger
Timmy Hill
John Hunter Nemechek
Austin Wayne Self
Jordan Anderson
Ryan Truex
Ryan Reed
Austin Hill
Tyler Ankrum
Todd Gilliland
Zane Smith
Erik Darnell
Danny Bohn
Timothy Peters
Hailie Deegan
Bayley Currey
Spencer Boyd
Corey Heim
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Stewart Friesen
Parker Kligerman
Chandler Smith
David Gilliland
Spencer Davis
Tate Fogleman
Dawson Cram
BJ McLeod
Tanner Gray
Akinori Ogata
Derek Kraus
Chase Purdy
Norm Benning
Codie Rohrbaugh
Kris Wright
Cory Roper


‘The Voice’ Winners: Where Are They Now?

This year, “The Voice” is celebrating 20 years of the singing competition reality show.  And while some of the previous winners have had some genre success; there has yet to be a massive breakout winner like its coaches including Kelly Clarkson who went from being a singing hopeful on such a show to being a household name.

But what has become of the previous winners as “The Voice” gets ready to take the finalists to the live shows and fan vote to crown a new winner later this month.

The most recent winners – Todd Tilghman in season 18 and Carter Rubin in season 19 – have not yet had the opportunity to make their mark in Voice history due to the pandemic and lock downs that have prevented them from performing live.

Season two winner Jermaine Paul has not seen much in the form of chart topping music since he won the show; in fact, he saw more success before “The Voice” than after.

Season six winner and coach Usher team member also has not found success on the Billboard chart but has followed in the heels of a number of reality singing contestants by performing on the Broadway stage in a holiday production called “Home for the Holidays” in 2017.

Original “The Voice” winner Javier Colon was the first, but has released only one album since winning the show and has not had any singles chart on the Billboard Hot 100.  However, he is one of thousands of entertainers that can be found on Tik Tok.

While season seven winner Craig Wayne Boyd topped the Billboard Country chart with his “The Voice” single, the singer has released only one album since his win, but did release an EP in 2019 titled “From the Inbetween”.

Maelyn Jarmon won season 16 in 2019 but has yet to release an album…or even a single; but her duet of “Unforgettable” with John Legend did top the Billboard Chart.   She is also among the numerous singers who can be found on Tik Tok. 

Season 17 winner Jake Hoot joined his coach Kelly Clarkson for a duet “I Would’ve Loved You” earlier this year.  The song topped the Digital Country chart.  He has also released an EP “Love Out of Time” in January.  While he has found little solo success thus far, Hoot has performed on the Grand Ole Opry stage twice.

Season 13 winner Chloe Kohanski (chloe mk) released an EP titled “Fantasy” in 2019 with a single “Cosmic” in 2020.  She is one of the few Voice winners who has seen some success with her original music.  She has also appeared on and topped the Billboard Emerging Artist chart a number of times.

Season 12 winner Chris Blue has found some success on the R&B charts with songs he performed while on “The Voice” and is prolific with releasing music, but has yet to “breakout”.  He has released two albums in the past couple of years – “Fresh Start” and “One Light”.  And be on the lookout for his next single “Moon” coming out soon.

Season eleven winner Sundance Head has seen some success on the Billboard Singles chart with his “The Voice” song “Darlin’ Dong’s Go”.  He has also released three albums since his win in 2016.

Season five winner Tessanne Chin was a popular draw during “the Voice” tour after her win in 2013 but has not seen much success in the way of hit singles.  Her debut album did see some success on the Billboard chart peaking at number 41.

She also was asked to perform at the White House in 2014.  However, Tessanne Chin is the only singer to win “The Voice” that has made an appearance at the White House!

Child actor Alisan Porter took home the prize in season 10.  While she continues to release music and has had some minor chart success, she is still best known for her role in “Curly Sue”.

Sean 15 winner Chevel Shepherd hit number one the Country Digital chart with her Voice single.  She has since hit the top 10 of that chart twice; as well as, being named on Emerging Artist chart.  She released her holiday album “A Good Ol’ Country Christmas” in 2020.  She has also appeared in the film “Wildfire”.

The youngest Voice winner to date is Brynn Cartelli in season 14 was just 15 years old when she won the show.  Her original song “Last Night’s Mascara” has had over seven million streams on Spotify.  Her latest singe is “Long Way Home”.  Cartelli was nominated for a People’s Choice Award back in 2018.

Known as much for his long hair as his musical ability, season eight winner Sawyer Fredericks has set a number of records on iTunes with 14 songs in the top 200 singles chart.  While on he show, his song was a part of the top 10 singles every week and nearly broke the single day download record with “Please” which was also a hit on the Billboard Hot 100.  His two albums “Sawyer Fredericks” and “A Good Storm” also saw success on the Billboard Album 200 chart.

Season nine winner Jordan Smith made history on the Billboard Christian Single chart by holding down the number one and number two spots on the chart.  He has had a total of six top 10 songs on the Christian Music chart including three number ones.  His debut album “Something Beautiful” topped out at the number two spot on the Billboard 200 Album chart; his holiday album “Tis the Season” reached number eleven.  His original song “Ashes” was recorded by Celine Dion for the film “Deadpool 2”

Daneille Bradbery was in her teens when she won season four with Blake Shelton as her coach.  Since winning the show she has seen some significant success on the Country music charts including some original music.  In 2019 she was nominated for the Best Female Vocalist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards.  She has appeared in episodes of “Nashville” and “Hart of Dixie”.

Season three champion Cassadee Pope has seen the most success of all “The Voice” winners with a Grammy nomination and her own episode of “Lip Sync Battle”.  She has also seen significant success on the music charts with two top 10’s including a number one on the Country Album chart for her album “Frame by Frame”.

The Strong Names New Video Game Hall Inductees

On May 6, The Strong Museum and the World Video Game Hall of Fame announced the newest members of the Video Game Hall of Fame.

Last year 12 finalists were announced for possible induction into The Hall – “Animal Crossing”, “Call of Duty”, “FarmVille”, “FIFA International Soccer”, “Guitar Hero”, “Mattel Football”, “Microsoft Flight Simulator”, “Pole Position”, “Portal”, “StarCraft”, “Tron”, and “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?”.  Of those 12, Animal Crossing”, “Microsoft Flight Simulato”r, “StarCraft”, and “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” were all selected to join the games on the second floor at The Strong.

The World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees are selected based on their influence on popular culture and their longevity as a cross generational entertainment activity.  The Video Game Hall of Fame includes all manner of video games whether is be arcade, console, computer, handheld, and mobile.  New inductees are selected by industry experts each year.


Since its debut in 2001, “Animal Crossing” has offered players a no stress leisurely game in a town setting where they can build a life by completing a variety of activities.

The “Microsoft Flight Simulator” has given players the opportunity to feel what it is like to be a pilot for nearly 40 years.  The Flight Simulator offers a real time experience in the cockpit in a variety of planes.

Debuting in 1998, “StarCraft” is an immersive science fiction game for single or multiple players.  Winning multiple Game of the Year Awards, StarCraft has spawned books, toys, clothing, and gaming accessories.


“Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” began as a game in 1985 and has since exploded into a world of its own with a hit television franchise that has made learning about geography fun for generations of school children.  The game has since spawned numerous versions of the game and program sequels.

The World Video Game Hall of Fame is housed on the second floor of The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York.  The Strong also features the National Toy Hall of Fame (also on the second floor) and hundreds of interactive exhibits and displays including a miniature grocery store complete with check out lanes, a replica of “the stoop” on “Sesame Street”, super heroes, a post office, and story book characters.

photos courtesy of The Strong in Rochester, New York

SRX Racing Announces Race Format

No matter what style of racing someone may like, there is a style of racing to fit the bill.

NASCAR Hall of Fame driver and car owner Tony Stewart and former crew chief and broadcaster Ray Evernham have created the SRX Racing Series – a short season short track series which is set to begin its inaugural season this June.

On May 6 SRX released the format that will be used for the races which is similar to current dirt and short track races.

Each race will have two 15 minute heat races with a 100 lap feature race.  The heat races will determine the starting lineup for the feature race. 

The champion for the season will be determined by the winners of the six feature races.

But unlike current short track racing formats, the heat races will not be to determine the field.  The lineup for the first heat will be determined by a random draw.

After the first heat, the field will be inverted for the second heat.  The finishing order in the second heat will determine the starting lineup for the feature race.

In case of a late race caution, the series will allow an unlimited number of green/white/checker finishes like races in the NASCAR Series currently provides.

Points will be given for finishes in the heat and feature races.  The winner of the heat will receive 12 points with the next eleven finishers receiving points in descending order. 

In the feature race, the winner will receive 25 points with succeeding finishers earning 22, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12,10, eight, six, four, and two points for the twelfth place finisher.

Series creator Ray Evernham spoke on the format via a statement saying, “it was very important to come up with a format that would provide the best entertainment to our fans while rewarding the drivers for their performance.”

Fellow owner Tony Stewart added, “with this format, you not only have to be the fastest driver, but you’ve got to be the smartest driver too. This is going to be a challenge. These are new, purpose-built racecars that none of us have driven before. Every track is so different, and we don’t know how abrasive the pavement tracks are going to be and what kind of grip we’re going to have on the dirt tracks. Even for the local all-stars who have turned thousands of laps at their particular track, they’ll be doing it in a totally different environment. It’s all unpredictable, but that’s what’ll make for great racing and a great fan experience, whether they’re in the grandstands or at home.”

The series will open at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Connecticut.  The series will also race at Knoxville Raceway, Slinger Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway, Eldora Speedway, and conclude at the Nashville Fairgrounds.

Currently 12 drivers have signed up to participate in the series: series co-owner Tony Stewart, Helio Castroneves, Bobby Labonte, Paul Tracy, Tony Kanaan, Willy T. Ribbs, Bill Elliott, Ernie Francis Jr, Marco Andretti, and Michael Waltrip.

Formula One driver Mark Webber had previously announced participation in the series but has since bowed out of the races.

eNASCAR Goes iRacing at Darlington

Before NASCAR travels to Darlington, South Carolina for a triple header throwback weekend, the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series takes to the virtual Darlington Raceway – also known as the Lady in Black – for a virtual race that will feature the Next Gen Car that will be debuted in 2022.

Again this week, Naval Lt Commander Jesse Iwuji earned the fan vote and will join the field for the race.  While NASCAR has had a long relationship with the United States military, Commander Iwuju is the only NASCAR driver who has served or is serving in the Armed Services.

While it is subject to change, currently the drivers scheduled to participate in tonight’s race are:
Quin Houff
Brad Keselowski
Austin Dillon
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Larson
Ryan Newman
Corey LaJoie
Tyler Reddick
Chase Elliott
Aric Almirola
Denny Hamlin
Chase Briscoe
James Davison
Chris Buescher
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Christopher Bell
Matt DiBenedetto
Joey Logano
Bubba Wallace
William Byron
Michael McDowell
Anthony Alfredo
Cole Custer
Ross Chastain
Erik Jones
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Alex Bowman
Garrett Smithley
Josh Bilicki
Joey Gase
Justin Haley
BJ McLeod
Daniel Suarez
Timmy Hill
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Bobby Labonte
Jesse Iwuji

Kurt Busch has joined the lineup for the race.

Bobby Labonte is sitting in for Clint Bowyer who has a previous engagement.

Dale Earnhardt Jr will sit on the pole and bring the field to the green flag with Denny Hamlin starting alongside on the front row.

The race is 120 laps with a fuel load of 60 to 65 laps.  Each driver gets two resets to make repairs.  All of the cars have been set up the same.

Dale Earnhardt Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of the iRace with Earnhardt getting out in front for the lead and even before the first lap is complete, the caution flag comes out for a wreck started by Matt DiBenedetto.  Anthony Alfredo, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin were also involved.

Dale Earnhardt Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap seven and holds on to the lead with William Byron in second.

Lap eight, William Byron challenges Dale Earnhardt Jr for the lead but loses a spot to Christopher Bell instead.

Lap nine, the top five are Dale Earnhardt Jr, Christopher Bell, William Byron, Timmy Hill, and Chase Briscoe.

The caution flag comes out on lap 10 after Anthony Alfredo hits Joey Gase.  Denny Hamlin was involved in the second crash.  Hamlin has had to use both of his resets in the first 10 laps due to crashes.

Dale Earnhardt brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 16 and edges out Christopher Bell to hold on to the lead.

Jesse Iwuji has a backdrop of naval planes behind him.

Lap 17, Dale Earnhardt Jr continues to lead the race with Christopher Bell in second; William Byron, Timmy Hill, and James Davison round out the top five.

Lap 20, Joey Logano reports that Austin Dillon has wrecked in front of him.  The caution flag comes out on lap 21.  Joey Logano also has some damage to his car after being hit by Michael McDowell.  Kevin Harvick was also involved in the wreck.

Drivers come down pit road for service and fresh tires.

Bobby Labonte had to be logged back into the race.

The top five drivers stayed out on the track.

Dale Earnhardt Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 27 and jumps out in front for the lead.

The top five are Dale Earnhardt Jr, William Byron, Brad Keselowski, Chase Briscoe, and Chase Elliott.

Martin Truex Jr spins out but the track stays green.

There are 28 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 30, Dale Earnhardt Jr has led every lap so far.

Corey LaJoie and James Davison make contact and spin out but the track stays green on lap 33.

Lap 34, Dale Earnhardt Jr has a lead of over half a second on William Byron; Brad Keselowski, Timmy Hill, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Lap 36, there are 24 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 39, William Byron has closed the gap on leader Dale Earnhardt Jr tu a third of a second; Timmy Hill, Brad Keselowski, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

It’s Cinco de Mayo and Daniel Suarez has a Cinco de Mayo celebration paint scheme on his car.

Lap 44, Dale Earnhardt Jr has led every lap so far.  He has increased his lead on William Byron to nearly half a second; Timmy Hill, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 48, William Byron passes Dale Earnhardt Jr for the lead.

Lap 49, Timmy Hill, who has made a pit stop, passes Earnhardt for second.

Five drivers did not come down pit road on lap 23.  With a fuel load of 60 to 65 laps, they can make the race on a single pit stop; while the rest of the field will have to make a second stop.

Lap 52, William Byron leads the race with Timmy Hill in second; Dale Earnhardt Jr, Kyle Larson, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Alex Bowman gets loose and spins out on lap 54 bringing out the caution flag.  Cole Custer and Austin Dillon also got involved in the wreck.

Lap 55, Bobby Labonte has returned to the race 35 laps down after some simulator issues.

Timmy Hill brings the field down for the green flag restart with Dale Earnhardt Jr alongside on lap 61 with Timmy Hill jumping out in front for the lead.

The top five are Timmy Hill, William Byron, , Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chase Briscoe, and Kyle Larson.  There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 65, Timmy Hill holds on to the lead with William Byron in second; Chase Briscoe, Kyle Larson ,and Dale Earnhardt Jr round out the top five.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr is the last car on the lead lap in 21st place.

Chase Briscoe bumps the wall, and gets passed by Kyle Larson and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Fifty to go, Timmy Hill leads the race with William Byron in second.

 Lap 73, there are 20 cars on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out for a wreck involving Quin Houff.  Ryan Newman was sitting on the track.

Drivers come down pit road for service.

While the Cup Series drivers will have to wait until 2022 to get behind the wheel of the Next Gen car, iRacing fans can get behind the wheel of the Next Gen car now.

Timmy Hill reports that the cars get loose in traffic; adding that it is difficult to pass.

Timmy Hill brings the field down for the green flag restart with 39 laps remaining in the race.

The top five are Timmy Hill, William Byron, Kyle Larson, Anthony Alfredo, and Justin Haley.  Dale Earnhardt Jr restarts the race in eighth place.

Dale Earnhardt Jr and Chase Briscoe make contact but the track stays green.

Lap 74, William Byron passes Timmy Hill for the lead.

Thirty-five laps to go, William Byron leads the race with Timmy Hill in second; Anthony Alfredo, Kyle Larson, and Brad Keselowski rounds out the top five.

The top four cars have pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on the fifth place car.

Joey Logano spins out but the track stays green.

With 30 laps remaining in the race William Byron has the lead with Timmy Hill in second; Anthony Alfredo, Kyle Larson, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 81, Timmy Hill battle William Byron for the lead, but Byron holds him off.

Kyle Larson slaps the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 83, the top four drivers have now pulled out to a lead of over two seconds.

Anthony Alfredo passes Timmy Hill for second place.

With 24 laps to go, William Byron leads the race; Anthony Alfredo, Timmy Hill, Kyle Larson, and Brad Keselowski round ut the top five.

Timmy Hill makes contact with the wall but the track stays green.

Twenty to go, William Byron has a lead of a quarter of a second on Anthony Alfredo.

With just eleven laps remaining in the race Joey Logano brings out the caution flag after making contact with Austin Dillon and sending him airborne.

Leader Timmy Hill stays out on the track but some drivers came down pit road for fresh tires.

Timmy Hill brings the field down for the green flag restart with just eight laps remaining in the race. Timmy Hill and Chase Bricose were going side by side in turn one but cars were crashing behind him and brings the caution flag out. Chase Briscoe, William Byron, and Kyle Larson were among those involved.

Timmy Hill brings the field down for the three laps shootout to the end. Hill jumps out in front for the lead with Anthony Alfredo in second; James Davison, Erik Jones, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Two to go, Erik Jones takes the lead as Timmy Hill gets into the wall.

Erik Jones takes the white flag.

Erik Jones in the number 43 Petty car wins the race for his first iRacing win. The winner gets bragging rights and will have $5,000 donated to the charity of his choice.

The results of the iRacing Darlington race:
Erik Jones
Anthony Alfredo
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Tyler Reddick
Chase Elliott
Kurt Busch
James Davison
Brad Keselowski
Jesse Iwuji
Daniel Suarez
Timmy Hill
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Joey Gase
Garrett Smithley
Martin Truex Jr
Christopher Bell
Aric Almirola
Bubba Wallace
Joey Logano
Kevin Harvick
Josh Bilicki
Quin Houff
Kyle Busch
Chase Briscoe
William Byron
Kyle Larson
Justin Haley
Alex Bowman
Austin Dillon
Bobby Labonte
BJ McLeod
Ryan Newman
Cole Custer
Corey LaJoie
Matt DiBenedetto
Chris Buescher
Michael McDowell
Denny Hamlin
Ross Chastain

Everclear Returns to Summerland Tour

Everclear is resuming the annual Summerland Tour this year after having to take off last summer due to the pandemic.  This year Living Colour, Hoobastank, and Wheatus will be joining the tour.

The U.S. tour does not include any west coast dates; only eastern and central United States shows.

Art Alexakis of Everclear has spent two months battling the virus itself and is still dealing with the lingering symptoms; but he is overjoyed to be getting back out on the stage performing.

Summerland Tour dates:
July 2 at the Orange County Speedway in Middletown, NY
July 3 at the Orange Loop Arena in Atlantic City, NJ
July 8 at the Arena Theatre in Houston, TX
July 9 at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth, TX
July 11 at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, TX
July 15 at the Riverfront Live in Cincinnati, OH
July 16 at The Mill in Terra Haute, IN
July 17 at Piere’s in Fort Wayne, IN
July 22 at the Lander’s Center in Southaven, MS
July 23 at Silverados in Black Mountain, NC
July 24 at The Plant in Dothan, AL
July 28 at the Victory Theatre in Evansville, IN
July 30 at the Von Braun Center Back Lot in Huntsville, AL
July 31 at Hot Springs in Murfreesboro, TN
Sept 25 at the Barnato on the Block Festival in Omaha, NE

Megadeth and Lamb of God

As more states ease Covid restrictions, artists are beginning to schedule tours to begin late in the summer and beyond.

Hard rockers Megadeth and Lamb of God were in the middle of a tur when everything was shut down.

The bands have rescheduled the dates and are bringing Trivium and In Flames along for the fun.  Many of the dates are in outdoor venues.

The North American tour is set to begin in late August and will include three Canadian dates.

Band members are very excited about the tour and cannot wait to get back on the stage and share their music with fans.

Megadeth and lamb of God tour dates:
Aug 20 at the Germania Insurance Amphitheater in Austin, TX
Aug 21 at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving, TX
Aug 22 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
Aug 24 at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX
Aug 25 at the Isleta Ampheather in Albuquerque, NM
Aug 27 at the Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Aug 29 at the Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
Aug 31 at the Reno Events Center in Reno, NV
Sept 1 at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA
Sept 2 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA
Sept 4 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
Sept 5 at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, WA
Sept 9 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL
Sept 11 at the Blue Ridge Festival in Danville, VA
Sept 12 at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY
Sept 13 at the Leader Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA
Sept 15 at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ
Sept 16 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
Sept 18 at the Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville, IN
Sept 19 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI
Sept 20 at the PNC Paviliojn in Cincinnati, OH
Sept 22 at the Walmart AMP in Rogers, AR
Sept at the Soaring Eagle
Casino Amphitheatre in Mount Pleasant, MI
Sept 26 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO
Sept 28 at the Armory in Minneapolis, MN
Sept 30 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
Oct 1 at the Place Bell in Laval, QC
Oct 2 at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, QC

Def Leppard to Release New Boxed Set

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Def Leppard have been making music for many years; as a result, they have created a great deal of music.

On June 11 the rockers will release the third boxed set of music set to feature the band’s musical career.

Set one of the four boxed set packages was released in 2018 and the second set was released in 2019.

The newest release in the career spanning collection will feature six CD’s or nine vinyl albums featuring the albums “X”, “Yeah!”, “Songs from the Sparkle Lounge”. This will mark the first time that all three albums will be available in vinyl.

The collection will also include the original artwork, B-sides, live performances, and a hard backed book with rare photos.

All three albums were hits on both sides of the Atlantic.

NASCAR Issues Kansas Penalties

During the Buschy McBusch 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 1 Denny Hamlin’s team reported that the crew had gotten only three of the five lug nuts on one of his wheels properly secured.  The team chose to continue on in the race with no penalty.

However, once the race was completed during the post-race inspection process NASCAR officials found three cars with improperly secured lug nuts.

The crew chiefs on each of the teams has been fined $10,000 for the infraction.

The three teams charged with the penalty are:
The number one Chip Ganassi Racing car driven by Kurt Busch with Matt McCall as crew chief
The number 17 Roush Fenway Racing car driven by Chris Buescher with Luke Lambert as crew chief
The number 22 Team Penske car driven by Joey Logano with Paul Wolfe as crew chief



In other NASCAR news, Camping World Truck Series engineer Jonathan Stewart for the number 21 GMS Racing team has been reinstated after he has completed the “Road to Recovery” program.  Stewart was suspended on March 16 after he violated the Substance Abuse Policy.

2021 Billboard Music Awards Nominees

 Winners selected by the music industry and the American Music Awards winners are chosen by the fans, the Billboard Music Award winners are based on airplay, streaming, and sales.

The Recording Academy may have given The Weeknd the big snub, but he leads the pack when it comes to the nominees for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards with 16.  Rapper Juice WRLD and Pop Smoke have passed on in the past year but their music lives on and have earned some nominations.  The biggest Billboard Music Award winner ever – Drake – will also have an opportunity to add to his collection with a couple more nominations.

The world of Country Music may have turned their back on new comer Morgan Wallen for using a racial slur but Billboard hasn’t and has earned himself six nominations.  However, he will not be among the presenters or performers.

Along with Wallen, DaBaby, Pop Smoke, Juice WRLD, “American Idol” alum Gabby Barrett,  Bad Bunny, Chris Brown, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, BTS, and Justin Bieber have all garnered multiple nominations.

Billboard Music Award winner and “The Voice” coach Nick Jonas will be hosting the gala event on May 23.  Jonas is taking over for fellow “The Voice” coach Kelly Clarkson who has hosted the ceremonies for the past three years.

The Billboard Music Awards will honour P!nk with their Icon Award during the ceremonies.  At 41, she will be the youngest artist to receive the award.  She will join previous winners Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Garth Brooks.


The nominees for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards are:
Top Artist:
Drake
Juice WRLD
Pop Smoke
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

Top New Artist:
Gabby Barrett
Doja Cat
Jack Harlow
Pop Smoke
Rod Wave

Top Male Artist:
Drake
Juice WRLD
Lil Baby
Pop Smoke
The Weeknd

Top Female Artist:
Billie Eilish
Ariana Grande
Dua Lipa
Megan Thee Stallion
Taylor Swift

Top Duo or Group:
AC/DC
AJR
BTS
Dan + Shay
Maroon 5

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Drake
Juice WRLD
Pop Smoke
Post Malone
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist:
DaBaby
Drake
Dua Lipa
Pop Smoke
The Weeknd

Top Streaming Songs Artist:
DaBaby
Drake
Lil Baby
Pop Smoke
The Weeknd

Top Song Sales Artist:
Justin Bieber
BTS
Megan Thee Stallion
Morgan Wallen
The Weeknd

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Justin Bieber
Lewis Capaldi
Dua Lipa
Harry Styles
The Weeknd

Top Social Artist:
BLACKPINK
BTS
Ariana Grande
SB19
Seventeen

Top R&B Artist:
Jhené Aiko
Justin Bieber
Chris Brown
Doja Cat
The Weeknd

Top R&B Male Artist:
Justin Bieber
Chris Brown
The Weeknd

Top R&B Female Artist:
Jhené Aiko
Doja Cat
SZA

Top Rap Artist:
DaBaby
Drake
Juice WRLD
Lil Baby
Pop Smoke

Top Rap Male Artist:
Juice WRLD
Lil Baby
Pop Smoke

Top Rap Female Artist:
Cardi B
Megan Thee Stallion
Saweetie

Top Country Artist:
Gabby Barrett
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Chris Stapleton
Morgan Wallen

Top Country Male Artist:
Luke Combs
Chris Stapleton
Morgan Wallen

Top Country Female Artist:
Gabby Barrett
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood

Top Country Duo or Group:
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

Top Rock Artist:
AC/DC
AJR
Five Finger Death Punch
Machine Gun Kelly
twenty one pilots

Top Latin Artist:
Anuel AA
Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Maluma
Ozuna

Top Latin Male Artist:
Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna

Top Latin Female Artist:
Becky G
Karol G
Rosalía

Top Latin Duo or Group:
Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Eslabón Armado
Los Dos Carnales

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
The Chainsmokers
Kygo
Lady Gaga
Marshmello
Surf Mesa

Top Christian Artist:
Casting Crowns
Elevation Worship
for KING & COUNTRY
Carrie Underwood
Zach Williams

Top Gospel Artist:
Kirk Franklin
Koryn Hawthorne
Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Maverick City Music
Kanye West

Top Billboard 200 Album:
“Legends Never Die” by Juice WRLD
“My Turn” by Lil Baby
“Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon” by Pop Smoke
“folklore” by Taylor Swift
“After Hours” by The Weeknd

Top R&B Album:
“Chilombo” by Jhene Aiko
“Slime & B” by Chris Brown and Young Thug
“Hot Pink” by Doja Cat
“It Was Good Until it Wasn’t” by Kehlani
“After Hours” by The Weeknd

Top Rap Album:
“Blame it on Baby” by DaBaby
“Legends Never Die” by Juice WRLD
“My Turn” by Lil Baby
“Eternal Atake” by Lil Uzi
“Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon” by Pop Smoke


Top Country Album:

“Goldmine” by Gabby Barrett
“Southside” by Sam Hunt
“Starting Over” by Chris Stapleton
“My Gift” by Carrie Underwood
“Dangerous: The Double Album” by Morgan Wallen

Top Rock Album:
“Power UP” by AC/DC
“Plastic Hearts” by Miley Cyrus
“Dreamland” by Glass Animals
“Tickets to My Downfall” by Machine Gun Kelly
“Letter to You” by Bruce Springsteen

Top Latin Album:
“Emmanuel” by Anuel AA
“El Ultimo Tour Del Mundo” by Bad Bunny
“Las que no iban a salir” by Bad Bunny
“YHLQMDLG” by Bad Bunny
“Colores” by J Balvin

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
“Carte Blance” by DJ Snake
“Gravity” by Gryffin
“Chromatica” by Lady Gaga
“Disco” by Kylie Minogue

Top Christian Album:
Peace” by Bethel Music
“Grave Into Gardens” by Elevation Worship
“My Gift” by Carrie Underwood
“Holy Water “by We The Kingdom
“Rescue Story” by Zach Williams

Top Gospel Album:
“I AM” by Koryn Hawthorne
“Royalty: Live at the Ryman” by  Tasha Cobbs Leonard
“Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 1” by Maverick City Music
“Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 2” by Maverick City Music
“Kierra” by Kierra Sheard

Top Hot 100 Song:
“Mood” by 24kGoldn with iann dior
“I Hope” by Gabby Barrett with Charlie Puth
“Go Crazy” by Chris Brown and Young Thug
“ROCKSTAR” by DaBaby with Riddy Ricch
“Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd

Top Streaming Song:
“WAP” by Cardi B with Megan Thee Stallion
“ROCKSTAR” by DaBaby with Riddy Ricch
“Life is Good” by Future with Drake
“WHATS POPPIN” by Jack Harlow with DaBaby, Tory Lanez, and Lil Wayne
“Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd

Top Selling Song:
“I Hope” by Gabby Barrett with Charlie Puth
“Dynamite” by BTS
“WAP” by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion
“Savage” by Megan The Stallion
“Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd


Top Radio Song:
“I Hope” by Gabby Barrett with Charlie Puth
“Go Crazy” by Chris Brown and Young Thug
“Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa
“Adore You” by Harry Styles
“Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd

Top Collaboration:
“Mood” by 24kGoldn with iann dior
“I Hope” by Gabby Barrett with Charlie Puth
“Go Crazy” by Chris Brown and Young Thug
“ROCKSTAR” by DaBaby with Roddy Ricch
“WHATS POPPIN” by Jack Harlow with DaBaby, Tory Lanez, and Lil Wayne

Top R&B Song:
“B.S.” by Jhene Aiko with H.E.R.
“Intentions” by Justin Bieber with Quavo
“Go Crazy” by Chris Brown and Young Thug
“Say So” by Doja Cat
“Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd

Top Rap Song:
“Mood” by 24kGoldn with iann dior
“WAP” by Cardi B with Megan Thee Stallion
“ROCKSTAR” by DaBaby with Roddy Ricch
“WHATS POPPIN” by Jack Harlow with DaBaby, Tory Lanez, and Lil Wayne
“Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion

Top Country Song:
“Got What I Got” by Jason Aldean
“I Hope” by Gabby Barrett
“One of Them Girls” by Lee Brice
“Chasin’ You” by Morgan Wallen
“More Than My Hometown” by Morgan Wallen

Top Rock Song:
“Bang!” by AJR
“Monsters” by All Time Low with blackbear
“Heat Waves”  by Glass Animals
“my ex’s best friend” by Machine Gun Kelly with blackbear
“Level of Concern” by twenty one pilots

Top Latin Song:
“Yo Perreo Sola” by Band Bunny
“Dakiti” by Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez
“RITMO (Bad Boys for Life)” by the Black Eyed Peas and J Balvin
“Hawai” by Maluma and The Weeknd
“Caramelo” by Ozuna x Karol G x Myke Towers

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
“Stupid Love” by Lady Gaga
“Rain on Me” by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande
“Roses” (Imanbek Remix) by  SAINt JHN
“ily (I love you baby)” by Surf Mesa with Emilee
“Breaking Me” by Topic and A7S

Top Christian Song:
“Graves Into Gardens” by Elevation Worship with Brandon Lake
“TOGETHER” by for KING & COUNTRY, Kirk Franklin & Tori Kellyfor KING & COUNTRY, Kirk Franklin, and Tori Kelly
“The Blessing” live by Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, and Elevation Worship
“Famous For (I Believe)” by Tauren Wells with Jenn Johnson
“There Was Jesus” by Zach Williams and Dolly Parton

Top Gospel Song:
“Speak to Me” by Koryn Hawthorne
“Movin’ On” by Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music
“Thank You for it All” by Marvin Sapp
“We Gon’ Be Alright” by Tye Tribbett
“Wash Us in the Blood” by Kanye West with Travis Scott

NASCAR Cup Series Standings – May 2

At the end of the Buschy McBusch 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 1, the NASCAR Cup Series crowned its tenth winner of the 2021 season.

While the race winners will fill the spots in the playoffs first, the points winner at the end of the regular season will also earn a spot in the playoffs. Sixteen drivers will move on to the playoffs.

Denny Hamlin has yet to win a race this season, but continues to lead in the points standings with 481 points – 85 points ahead of second place driver Martin Truex Jr – the only driver to win two races this season.

With his race win in Kansas, Kyle Busch enters the top 10 at the number 10 spot.

Seven of the top 10 drivers in the points have won a race; the remaining three race winners are in the top 14.

In the manufacturers standings, Ford holds on to the lead by five points over Chevrolet iith 97 points.

The top 16 drivers in the standings on May 2 are:
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
William Byron
Joey Logano
Ryan Blaney
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Austin Dillon
Christopher Bell
Michael McDowell
Alex Bowman
Chris Buescher
Matt DiBenedetto

Disney Night on Idol…3 Go Home

After taking a week off to make way for the 93rd annual Academy Awards, “American Idol” returns with the top 10 and songs from the Disney songbook in a live simulcast show across the nation.

Sophia gets the night started off with a performance of “A Whole New World”. She is joined the rest of the contestants.

Katy comes out dressed as Tinker Bell.

On a special Monday show two weeks ago, America voted for the comeback singer to join the top 10 and America voted for Arthur Gunn.

After the live cross country vote, three singers will be eliminated at the end of the show.

Television, film, and Broadway actor and musician John Stamos mentored the singers this week from Disney World.

Kicking off the competition with a rousing performance is Caleb Kennedy who sang “Real Gone” by The Cars. Katy said that every time she sees Caleb he has a little more sparkle; adding it was a perfect song choice. Luke said it was a total Caleb the artist look; adding that it was great. Lionel loved that Caleb actually gave them a smile; adding that it was a radiating performance.

Willie Spence sings “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King”. During rehearsals, John Stamos had to stand up for Willie’s performance. A smiling Luke said that Willie just made him feel alive; adding that Willie has the magic. Lionel said that Willie has a voice that he could sing the phone book and make it his own; adding that Willie has an incredible delivery. Katy called Willie a bona fide Idol; adding that the performance was brilliant. Katy said that she couldn’t wait to hear Willie sing again.

Deshawn Gonclaves performs the iconic “When You Wish Upon a Star” from “Pinocchio” with a Big Band Jazz flair. Deshawn starts out behind the piano. Lionel asked, “who are are you really?” He added that Deshawn is showbusiness. Katy also wanted to know who Desshawn is; adding that he was amazing and unlike she has ever seen before. A grinning Luke noted that Deshawn has blossomed; adding that he is not the same guy who showed up at the audition.

Host Ryan Seacrest reveals that next week along with some special Mother’s Day message, for the first time in Idol history the singers will be performing songs from the Coldplay songbook. In a special message from the band, lead singer Chris Martin noted that they will be mentoring the singers…and maybe he can learn how to sing better.

Casey Bishop sang a stripped down version of “When She Loved Me” from “Toy Story”. Clips from the movie aired while Casey sang. Katy said that Casey’s vocals will take her to infinity and beyond; adding that she loves Casey can sing anything. Casey gave Luke goosebumps. Lionel said that Casey is grace beyond her years.

Next up Chayce Beckham chose “Baby Mine” from “Dumbo”. Chayce said that it reminded him of when he was a kid. During the mentoring session John said that Chayce was true and authentic. Luke gave Chayce massive props for bringing the steel guitar to the stage; adding the performance was him with a solid and great performance. Lionel told Chayce to stop thinking that he was here; telling him to enjoy the moment. Katy said that Chaayce took a lullaby and made it a cool song.

Alyssa Wray took on the original princess Cinderella with “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”. She begins the song A Cappella. Lionel said that he will have to go back and watch the movie; adding that her dress was on fire. He called it an amazing performance. Katy noted the control was unlike any other; adding that Alyssa is a princess. Luke noted that it was so much fun to watch the singers turn into a work of art; adding that Alyssas did a great job.

Comeback vote winner Arthur Gunn chose the Oscar winning song “Remember Me” from “Coco” but with his own spin on the song. John Stamos called Arthur’s voice stunning. Katy called it one of Arthur’s best performances; adding that it was amazing. Luke called the performance authentic Arthur Gunn. Lionel said that it is the greatest part of being a stylist when a singer can take any sing and make it their own.

Taking a break from the competition, John Batiste performed “It’s All Right” from the Oscar winning animated film “Soul”. He had the house on their feet dancing.

Cassandra Coleman chose “Go the Distance” form Hercules”. Luke called it Cassandra’s most solid performance vocally. Lionel agreed with Luke; adding that she showed the clarity of her voice. Katy noted that Cassandra’s confidence has grown.

Hunter Metts chose “You’ll Be in My Heart” from “Tarzan”. Hunter said that it is his Mom’s favourite song. Lionel said that’s what he was waiting for. Lionel told Hunter to enjoy the stage. Katy said that Hunter sounded great. Luke said that Hunter has a recognizable voice.

The final contestant of the night is Grace Kinstler with “Into the Unknown” from “Frozen II”. Katy said that Grace had a magic wand in her voice. Luke said that Grace had the eye of the tiger and went beyond.

After the live nationwide vote…

Chayce Beckham is the first singer in the top seven
Casey Bishop is also in the top seven

Willie Spence is in the top seven

Hunter Metts is in the top seven

Caleb Kennedy is in the top seven

Grace Kinstler is in th top seven

and the final singer in the top seven is…Arthur Gunn!

Cassandra Coleman, Alyssa Wray, and Deshawn Gonclaves have all be eliminated from the competition.

10th Cup Winner of Season at Kansas

This week the NASCAR Cup Series travels to Kansas Speedway for the Buschy McBusch 400.

Fresh off of his win at Talladega, Brad Keselowski sits on the pole and will bring the field to the green flag with William Byron starting alongside on the front row.

Points leader Denny Hamlin will start the race in 20th place.

Joey Logano starts the race in 29th place after crashing out of the race early in Talladega. Logano woke up Saturday morning with a case of food poisoning. While he says that he feels much better, the team has a backup driver standing by just in case he is needed.

Erik Jones and Ross Chastain will have to start the race from the back of the field after failing the pre-race inspection process. Anthony Alfredo will also have to start the race from the back of the field after the crew made some unapproved adjustments to the car.

The starting lineup for the Buschy McBusch 400:
Brad Keselowski
William Byron
Michael McDowell
Kevin Harvick
Matt DiBenedetto
Austin Dillon
Ryan Blaney
Christopher Bell
Kyle Busch
Cole Custer
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Preece
Bubba Wallace
Ryan Newman
Martin Truex Jr
Chris Buescher
Chase Elliott
Aric Almirola
Chase Briscoe
Denny Hamlin
Daniel Suarez
Anthony Alfredo – moved to the back of the field
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ross Chastain – moved to the back of the field
Alex Bowman
Corey LaJoie
Erik Jones
Kurt Busch
Joey Logano
BJ McLeod
Justin Haley
Kyle Larson
Cody Ware
Quin Houff
Joey Gase
Garrett Smithley
Josh Bilicki
Austin Cindric
Matt Mills

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 25 in order to give the crews a chance to check and adjust the cars after there was no practice.

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. The drivers will have to make a pit stop for fuel in all three of the stages.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out William Byron to take the lead.

Lap two the top five are Brad Keselowski, William Byron, Kevin Harvick, Michael McDowell, and Matt DiBenedetto.

Lap four, Kyle Larson has moved up 13 spots since the race start.

Lap five, Brad Keselowski holds on to the lead with William Byron in second; Kevin Harvick, Matt DiBenedetto, and Michael McDowell round out the top five.

Lap seven, Brad Keselowski holds on to the lead with William Byron in second; Kevin Harvick, Matt DiBenedetto, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 10, Brad Keselowski has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on William Byron; Kevin Harvick, Christopher Bell, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

Lap 15, Brad Keselowski has led every lap so far, William Byron, Kevin Harvick, Christopher Bell, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

After starting from the back of the field with a penalty, Ross Chastain has entered the top 15.

Lap 19, the top five are Brad Keselowski, William Byron, Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick.

Lap 20, Kyle Larson has entered the top 10.

The first drivers to ride the high line, Tyler Reddick says that he hates running the low line. Reddick is currently in sixth place.

Lap 23, Brad Keselowski has a near half second lead on William Byron.

There are 32 cars on the lead lap with Matt Mills two laps down.

At the end of lap 25, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution. BJ McLeod is the “lucky dog”.

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

Chase Briscoe was caught speeding on pit road.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 31 and gets out in front of William Byron to hold on to the lead.

Lap 31, the top five are Brad Keselowski, William Byron, Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick, and Kevin Harvick.

William Byron battle Brad Keselowski for the lead but Keselowski holds him off.

Lap 34, Brad Keselowski has increased his lead on William Byron to a third of a second; Tyler Reddick, Kevin Harvick, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

NASCAR has black flagged Ryan Newman for a crew member making an unapproved body adjustment to his car during the pit stop. Not only will Newman have to come down pit road, the crew must repair whatever they did – pulling on the right side skirt of the car.

Lap 39, Brad Keselowski continues to lead the race with William Byron in second; Tyler Reddick, Kyle Larson, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

With 34 laps remaining in stage one, Brad Keselowski has dominated the stage and holds a half second lead on William Byron; Tyler Reddick, Kyle Larson, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Alex Bowman is reporting that he is having some alternator issues with low voltage and the battery isn’t charging.

Kyle Busch is reporting some tight issues with his car.

Lap 50, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over half a second on William Byron; Tyler Reddick, Kyle Larson, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 54, Brad Keselowski has a lead of nearly a second on William Byron; Tyler Reddick, Kyle Larson, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Twenty laps remain in stage one, Brad Keselowski has led the most laps of his career at Kansas.

The top five are Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Willaim Bryon, Tyler Reddick, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 62, Kyle Larson is closing the gap on leader Brad Keselowski and is only a quarter of a second behind.

Lap 63, Kyle Larson battles Brad Keselowski for the lead; so far Keselowski has held him off with the help of a slower car.

Ten to go in stage one, Brad Keselowski continues to dominate the stage with Kyle Larson in second; Tyler Reddick, William Byron, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 73, Kyle Larson puts a slide job on Brad Keselowski to take the lead; Tyler Reddick, Kyle Busch, and William Byron round out the top five with 30 cars on the lead lap.

Kyle Larson takes the lead after starting the race rom 32nd place.

With four laps to go in stage one, it’s a battle of the Kyles when Kyle Busch passes Kyle Larson to take the lead.

Kyle Busch wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Tyler Reddick
Brad Keselowski
William Byron
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Denny Hamlin
Christopher Bell

On Saturday night Kyle Busch took his number 51 truck to victory lane for a win in the Truck Series. Today it is his 36th birthday. FOX Sport reports that Busch has never lost a race on his birthday. The last time he ran a race on his birthday was 2009 and he won the race.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Kyle Larson winning the race off of pit road. For the second time, Kyle Busch loses two spots on pit road.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 88 from the outside lane with Tyler Reddick on the inside. Getting a push from Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson gets out in front while the drivers get four wide across the track.

The top five are Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, Tyler Reddick, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski.

Lap 92, Kyle Larson has a near half second lead on Kyle Busch; Brad Keselowski, Tyler Reddick, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 95, there are 30 cars on the lead lap with all 39 drivers still on the track.

Kyle Larson has pulled out to a one second lead on Kyle Busch; Brad Keselowski, Tyler Reddick, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 97, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 104, Kyle Larson holds on to his lead of over a second on Kyle Busch; Brad Keselowski, Martin Treux Jr, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Drivers are spread out all across the track throughout the field.

Joey Logano reports that his car feels like it has a hole in the nose. FOX Sports reporter Larry McReynolds says that there is some damage to the nose of Logano’s car.

Lap 109, Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Kyle Busch; Brad Keselowski, Martin Truesx Jr, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 113, Kyle Larson has increased his lead on Kyle Busch to over a second and a half; Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 120, Denny Hamlin begins the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Kyle Busch tells his team that whatever Kyle Larson has, he doesn’t have and he wants it.

Lap 121, leader Kyle Larson makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over the Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

The top six drivers have not made their pit stops.

Cody Ware spins coming on to pit road but the track stays green as he gets on to pit road. Ware will have to serve a pass through penalty for a commitment cone violaton.

As pit stops continue, there are only 15 cars on the lead lap.

With 32 laps remaining in stage two, Ricky Stenhouse Jr continues to lead the race but still has to make his pit stop. Stenhouse has a lead of over six seconds on Anthony Alfredo who also needs to make his pit stop.

With 25 laps remaining in stage two, Kyle Larson is in second place eight seconds behind leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr who still hasn’t made his pit stop.

William Byron reports a bad loose condition in his car – an eight out of 10.

With 20 laps remaining in stage one, Kyle Larson has closed the gap on leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr to under five seconds.

There are 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 141, Kyle Larson is now just over two seconds behind leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Lap 144, Kyle Larson is just one second behind Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Lap 145, Kyle Larson passes Ricky Stenhouse Jr for the lead. Ricky Stenhouse finally makes his green flag pit stop.

With eleven laps remaining in stage two, the top five are Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, and Chase Elliott. There is over seven seconds between Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch.

Lap 152, the last car to make his green flag pit stop is Daniel Suarez.

Lap 153, Kyle Busch has closed the gap on leader Kyle Larson to under seven seconds.

Lap 155, the top five are Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, and Chase Elliott.

With a lead of nearly six seconds, Kyle Larson wins his fourth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
Tyler Reddick
Christopher Bell
Kevin Harvick

Drivers come down pit road for service with Kyle Larson winning the race off of pit road and Kyle Busch coming out second.

Denny Hamlin’s team reports that Denny Hamlin has only three lug nuts on one of his tires. The crew decided to stay out on the track.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the outside lane oon lap 167. Drivers quickly get three wide.

Kyle Larson takes the lead.

Lap 168, Kyle Busch takes the lead briefly before Larson gets back out in front.

Bubba Wallace gets loose after some slight contact with Kurt Busch. Bubba saves the car and the track stays green. Alex Bowman hits the wall as a part of the three way battle and had to make an unscheduled trip down pit road for a flat tire.

With 95 laps to go, the top five are Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Brad Keselowski.

Ninety to go, Kye Larson has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Denny Hamlin; Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 185, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 189, Kyle Larson has a second and a half lead on Denny Hamlin.

Lap 195, Kyle Larson has increased his lead on Denny Hamlin to two seconds and nearly four seconds on Kyle Busch; Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Just 65 laps remain in the race but the drivers have to make one more pit stop. Kye Larson has a lead of over two seconds on Denny Hamlin with Kyle Busch in third over three seconds back; Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney round out the top five. There are 20 cars on the lead lap with all 39 cars in the race.

With 61 laps to go, William Byron begins the cycle of green flag pit stops.

More drivers come down pit road for their pit stop.

With 55 laps to go leader Kyle Larson comes down pit road for his pit stop and gives the elad over the Chris Buescher.

There is a tire in the grass…it belongs to Tyler Reddick’s crew. He is being charged for an uncontrolled tire on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Leader Chris Buescher, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Daniel Suarez are the only drivers who have yet to make a pit stop.

With 49 laps to go, there are 10 cars on the lead lap. Once Chris Buescher makes his pit stop, Kyle Larson will retake the lead.

Denny Hamlin and Aric Almirola were also charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Lap 224, there are 15 cars on the lead lap with Chris Buescher leading the race. Chris Buescher and Daniel Suarez have yet to make their pits stops.

Lap 226, Chris Buescher finally makes his pit stop. Kyle Larson retakes the lead over three seconds in front of Denny Hamlin; Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five. There are 17 cars on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out with 38 laps remaining in the race for the tire sitting in the grass. NASCAR waited until all of the drivers had made their green flag pit stops before putting out the caution flag. Daniel Suarez is the “lucky dog”.

Drivers come down pit road for service. Kyle Larson is reporting a tight condition; while Kevin Harvick is reporting a loose condition. Kyle Busch continues to make adjustments to his car. Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road.

Kevin Harvick and Daniel Suarez were charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with Denny Hamlin alongside and Kyle Busch right behind him with 32 laps remaining in the race. Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson battle for the lead; swapping it back and forth.

Kenny Hamlin takes the lead with Kyle Larson in second; Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five. There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Twenty five laps to go, Denny Hamlin has a narrow lead on Kyle Larson with Kyle Busch in third nearly a second back, Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Kyle Larson takes the lead after Denny Hamlin slaps the wall.

Kyle Busch takes second place.

The caution flag comes out with 23 laps to go for Denny Hamlin’s flat tire after hitting the wall.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service with some of them taking only two tires.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with 18 laps remaining in the race. Kyle Busch is alongside on the inside lane. Ryan Blaney gives Kyle Larson a push to help Larson hold on to the lead. Drivers get three wide acorss the track battling for position.

With 17 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Larson leads the race; Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

The drivers who made a four tire pit stop are moving up through the field.

Austin Dillon slaps the wall.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr brings out the caution flag after he spins out after some contact on the track with Austin Cindric.

Drivers back in the field come down pit road for fresh tires.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 10 laps to go with Kyle Busch on the inside lane. After going side by side, Kyle Busch gets out in front for the lead with the field three wide behind him.

Christopher Bell spins out and hits Ryan Preece to bring out the caution flag. Ricky Stenhouse Jr was also involved and brings his wrecked car to a stop at the start/finish line. He become the first car out of the race.

Ryan Preece takes his car to the garage.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with just two laps remaining in the race. Kyle Busch gets out in front for the lead but Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson make contact; the track stays green.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag.

Birthday boy Kyle Busch wins the race! Busch becomes the tenth different winner this season! This marks 17 season in a row – every year he has been in the Cup Series – that Kyle Busch has won at least one race. After winning the Truck Series race, Kyle Busch has swept the weekend at Kansas Motor Speedway.

The unofficial results of the Buschy McBusch 400:
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
Matt DiBenedetto
Chase Elliott
Martin Truex Jr
Tyler Reddick
Chris Buescher
William Byron
Austin Dillon
Daniel Suarez
Denny Hamlin
Michael McDowell
Ross Chastain
Kurt Busch
Ryan Newman
Joey Logano
Alex Bowman
Kyle Larson
Chase Briscoe
Ryan Blaney
Austin Cindric
Anthoby Alfredo
Cole Custer
Erik Jones
Bubba Wallace
Corey LaJoie
Christopher Bell
Aric Almirola
Justin Haley
BJ McLeod
Ryan Preece
Garrett Smithley
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Joey Gase
Cody Ware
Quin Houff
Matt Mills
Josh Bilicki


Double Overtime Finish for Truck Series at Kansas

The Camping World Truck Series returns after a week off for some Saturday night racing at Kansas Speedway with the Wise Power 200.

After winning the race in Richmond, John Hunter Nemechek sits on the pole with boss man Kyle Busch in the number 51 truck starting alongside on the front row as they bring the field to green.

The starting lineup for the Wise Power 200:
John Hunter Nemechek
Kyle Busch
Ben Rhodes
Johnny Sauter
Chandler Smith
Todd Gilliland
Austin Hill
Sheldon Creed
Zane Smith
Stewart Friesen
Carson Hocevar
Matt Crafton
Tyler Ankrum
Derek Kraus
Raphael Lessard
Austin Wayne Self
Christian Eckes
Tanner Gray
Spencer Davis
Hailie Deegan
Danny Bohn
Timothy Peters
Chase Purdy
Kris Wright
Timmy Hill
Bayley Currey
Spencer Boyd
Dawson Cram
Grant Enfinger
Chase Briscoe
Ryan Truex
Bret Holmes
Ryan Reed
Ross Chastain
Tate Fogleman
Jordan Anderson
Norm Benning
Jesse Iwuji
Jennifer Jo Cobb
CJ McLaughlin

Out of the six races run in the Truck Series this season, Kyle Busch Motorsports has four wins with two of those wins belonging to John Hunter Nemechek.

There has been seven different winners in the past seven races at Kansas Speedway in the Truck Series with Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton, and Austin Hill all winning last year.

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

Along with truck owner and Cup Series driver Kyle Busch, Cup Series drivers Ross Chastain and Chase Briscoe are also in the race.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and goes nose to nose with Kyle Busch for the lead. Drivers are getting three wide behind the leaders.

John Hunter Nemechek leads the first lap.

Lap two the top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Sheldon Creed, Kyle Busch, Ben Rhodes, and Austin Hill.

Lap three, John Hunter Nemechek has a quarter of a second lead on Sheldon Creed; Ben Rhodes takes third place from Kyle Busch.

Lap five, John Hunter Nemechek continues to lead the race; Sheldon Creed, Ben Rhodes, Kyle Busch, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

After starting the race in 32nd place, Ross Chastain takes the number 44 truck inside the top fifteen.

Spencer Boyd and Timmy Hill jumped the start of the race and have been black flagged by NASCAR. The drivers must serve a pass through penalty down pit road.

Lap 10, the top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Sheldon Creed, Kyle Busch, Ben Rhodes, and Austin Hill.

Lap 12, Sheldon Creed passes John Hunter Nemechek for the lead. Matt Crafton gets around Austin Hill for fifth place.

Lap 16, the top five are Sheldon Creed, John Hunter Nemechek, Kyle Busch, Ben Rhodes, and Matt Crafton.

Third place driver Kyle Busch is running the fastest laps on the track.

Kyle Busch is reporting a bit of a rear tire rub…and a loose condition.

Lap 20, Sheldon Creed has a quarter of a second on John Hunter Nemechek; Kyle Busch, Ben Rhodes, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Lap 21, Ross Chastain has entered th top 10.

There are 30 turcks on the lead lap with Danny Bohn the last driver on the lead lap. Ryan Reed is five laps down.

Lap 23, after being over two second back, Kyle Busch has pulled up to under a second behind leader John Hunter Nemechek.

Lap 25, Sheldon Creed passes John Hunter Nemechek for the lead with Kyle Busch in second.

With just four laps remaining in stage one Kyle Busch becomes the new leader; Sheldon Creed, John Hunter Nemechek, Ben Rhodes, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Lap 27, John Hunter Nemechek passes Sheldon Creed for second place.

Lap 28, there are 26 trucks on the lead lap.

With a lead of nearly a second and a half, Kyle Busch wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Busch
John Hunter Nemechek
Sheldon Creed
Ben Rhodes
Matt Crafton
Austin Hill
Stewart Friesen
Todd Gilliland
Derek Kraus
Ross Chastain

Kyle Busch Motortsports has won 10 of the 13 stages run in the Truck Series this season.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Kyle Busch winning the rce off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 38 from th inside lane with Sheldon Creed on the outside lane. Kyle Busch edges out in front for the lead but is getting a challenge form Sheldon Creed.

Sheldon Creed takes the lead after a push from behind.

Lap 39, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Kyle Busch, Austin Hill, Todd Gilliland, and Ben Rhodes.

Lap 40, Kyle Busch passes Sheldon Creed for the lead.

There are 27 trucks on the lead lap. Jesse Iwuji, Ryan Reed, and Jennifer Jo Cobb are all on pit road.

Lap 42, the top five are Kyle Busch, Sheldon Creed, Austin Hill, John Hunter Nemechek, and Stewart Friesen.

In her strongest performance yet, Hailie Deegen has moved into 12th place.

Chase Purdy gets loose but saves the truck and the track stays green.

Jennifer Jo Cobb and Ryan Reed are off the track.

Lap 46, Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly half a second on Sheldon Creed; Austin Hill, John Hunter Nemechek, and Stewart Friesen round out the top five.

After nearly crashing his truck, Chase Purdy brings his truck down pit road.

Lap 50, the top five are Kyle Busch, Sheldon Creed, Austin Hill, John Hunter Nemechek, and Stewart Friesen.

Lap 53, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half on Sheldon Creed; John Hunter Nemechek, Austin Hill, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Five laps remain in stage two and Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over two and a half seconds on Sheldon Creed.

Sheldon Creed and John Hunter Nemechek battle for second.

With two laps remaining in stage two, Hailie Deegan has entered the top 10.

With a lead of over three seconds, Kyle Busch wins stage two for the sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch
John Hunter Nemechek
Sheldon Creed
Austin Hill
Zane Smith
Stewart Friesen
Derek Kraus
Ben Rhodes
Todd Gilliland
Hailie Deegan

Drivers come down pit road for service with John Hunter Nemechek winning the race off of pit road; followed by Kyle Busch.

Austin Hill is reporting an issue with this truck but the crew did not find anything during the pit stop.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 68 from the outside lane. John Hunter Nemechek gets a push from Kyle Busch to take the lead as drivers get three wide across the track.

Sheldon Creed, Kyle Busch, and John Hunter Nemechek make it a three wide battle for the lead with Kyle Busch getting out in front for the lead.

Lap 70, the top five are Kyle Busch, John Hunter Nemechek, Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith, and Stewart Friesen.

Carson Hocevar brings out the first caution flag of the race for an on track incident on lap 70 when he got loose and nearly sideways before saving the truck.

During the caution flag Johnny Sauter made a pit stop for some wholesale changes to his truck. Sauter is celebrating his birthday on the track while his family looks on from the stands.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 75 bug it is Zane Smith who gets out in front for the lead as drivers get three and four wide across the track.

Sheldon Creed passes his team mate Zane Smith for the lead.

Lap 76, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith, John Hunter Nemechek, Ross Chastain, and Stewart Friesen. Kyle Busch is back in seventh place.

Lap 78, John Hunter Nemechek and Zane Smith batgtle for second.

Norm Benning is out of the race.

Lap 79, Sheldon Creed leads the race with a half second lead on John Hunter Nemechek; Ross Chastain, Zane Smith, and Stewart Friesen round out the top five.

Lap 82, Sheldon Creed leads the race but Kyle Busch is beginning to make his move and has passed Tanner Gray for sixth.

Lap 83, Kyle Busch takes fifth from Stewart Friesen.

Lap 86, Sheldon Creed leads the race with Kyle Busch in fifth 2.3 seconds back.

Lap 88, the top five are Sheldon Creed, John Hunter Nemechek, Ross Chastain, Zane Smith, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 91, Kyle Busch takes fourth form Zane Smith.

With 43 laps remaining in the race, Sheldon Creed leads the race with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Kyle Busch, Ross Chastain, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Kyle Busch is reporting a tight condition on his truck. Running some of the fastest laps on the track, he is just over half a second behind the leader Sheldon Creed.

The drivers will have to make a pit stop in order to finish the race.

Lap 96, John Hunter Nemechek battle Sheldon Creed for the lead.

Lap 98, Sheldon Creed and John Hunter Nemechek contiue to battle for the lead with Kyle Busch on their bumper.

Zane Smith is the first driver to make his green flag pit stop.

Lap 99, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Kyle Busch Ross Chastain, Ben Rhodes, and Bayley Currey.

The 26 truck of Tyler Ankrum gets loose but saves the truck and the track stays green.

More drivers are making their green flag pit stops including the leaders.

Lap 101, Ben Rhodes is the new leader.

Tanner Gray was caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Leader Ben Rhodes comes down pit road and gives the lead over to Christian Eckes.

Lap 107, Johnny Sauter takes the lead.

Lap 110, the top six drivers have yet to make their green flag pit stops with 14 trucks on the lead lap.

With 21 laps to go, Johnny Sauter and is the only driver yet to make a pit stop. Once he makes that stop, Johnn Hunter Nemechek will take over the lead with Kyle Busch in second.

Kyle Busch passes John Hunter Nemechek for second, over 16 seconds behind leader Johnny Sauter.

Sheldon Creed slaps the wall but the trtack stays green. He has to bring his truck down pit road for fresh tires.

With 16 laps remaining in the race, Johnny Sauter finally makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Kyle Busch.

Lap 121, the top five are Kyle Busch, John Hunter Nemechek, Ross Chastain, Ben Rhodes and Zane Smith.

Just 10 laps remain in the race, Kyle Busch has a lead of a second on John Hunter Nemechek; Ross Chastain, Ben Rhodes, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Johnny Sauter is the last truck on the lead lap in 13th place.

Eight to go and Kyle Busch has increased his lead to nearly two seconds on John Hunter Nemechek.

The caution flag comes out with just seven laps to go for Jennifer Jo Cobb who is stopped at the entrance to pit road. The safety crew pushes her truck to the garage.

John Hunter Nemechek brings his truck down pit road. A few other drivers also come down pit road for fresher tires.

Bret Holmes’ truck is running very slow on the track, extending the caution.

In an overtime shootout, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green/white/checker restart from the outside lane with Ross Chastain on the inside. Ross Chastain edges out in front as the drivers get three wide.

Stewart Friesen spins out and brings out the caution flag. Friesen makes contact with Derek Kraus.

Kyle Busch has dropped to fifth place on the restart.

Ben Rhodes had to make a pit stop for fuel.

The top five are Ross Chastain, Zane Smith, Bayley Currey, Kyle Busch, and Austin Hill.

Kyle Busch is reporting a possible brake issue on his truck.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the second overtime restart from the inside lane with Zane Smith on the outside. Ross Chastain gets out in front with the drivers getting four wide across the track.

Ross Chastain’s truck is smoking.

Kyle Busch takes the lead…and the white flag.

Kyle Busch wins the race for the fifth Kyle Busch Motorsports win in a row. This is the 61st Truck Series race win for Busch.

The Unofficial results of the WISE Power 200:
Kyle Busch
Ross Chastain
Austin Hill
Christian Eckes
John Hunter Nemechek
Todd Gilliland
Zane Smith
Raphael Lessard
Johnny Sauter
Ben Rhodes
Chandler Smith
Bayley Currey
Hailie Deegan
Stewart Friesen
Tyler Ankrum
Austin Wayne Self
Grant Enfinger
Tanner Gray
Chase Briscoe
Ryan Truex
Timothy Peters
Timmy Hill
Carson Hocevar
Matt Crafton
Chase Purdy
Danny Bohn
Bret Holmes
Derek Kraus
Spencer Davis
Jordan Anderson
Dawson Cram
Sheldon Creed
Kris Wright
CJ McLaughlin
Spencer Boyd
Tate Fogleman
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Jesse Iwuji
Norm Benning
Ryan Reed