Allman Betts Band

The Allman Betts Band are about to launch a new tour they are calling the Autumn in America tour that will feature many of the dates in the western part of the United States. Marc Ford and River Kittens will be going along on the tour. The band will be traveling across the pond for some European dates beginning in November.

With the recent Hurricane in Louisiana, those dates may have to be postponed or changed.

Allman Betts Band tour dates:
Sept 2 at the Regent Theater in Los Angeles, CA
Sept 3 at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz, CA
Sept 4 at the Crystal Bay Casino in Crystal Bay, NV
Sept 5 at Beach Park in San Rafael, CA
Sept 7 at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, CA
Sept 8 at Century Center in Bend, OR
Sept 9 at the Roseland Theater in Portland, OR
Sept 10 at the Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas, NV
Sept 11 at the Martin Woldson Theater in Spokane, WA
Sept 12 at the Wilma Theatre in Missoula, MT
Sept 15 at the Pub Station in Billings, MT
Sept 16 at The Elm in Bozeman, MT
Sept 17 at the Revolution Concert House in Garden City, ID
Sept 18 at The Commwealth Room in Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 19 at the Telluride Blues and Brews in Telluride, CO
Sept 21 at the Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City, MO
Sept 22 at the Gillioz Theatre in Springfield, MO
Sept 23 on the Spirit of the South tour in Indianapolis, IN
Sept 24 on the Spirit of the South Tour in Sterling Heights, MI
Sept 25 on the Spirit of the South Tour in Cleveland, OH
Sept 26 at the Carnegie of Homestead in Munhall, PA
Sept 28 at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC
Sept 29 at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, TN
Sept 30 at the Mars Music Hall in Huntsville, AL
Oct 1 at the Robert Kirk Walker Theatre in Chattanooga, TN
Oct 2 at The Matin Centre in Douglas, GA
Oct 3 at the Cumberland Caverns in McMinniville, TN
Oct 5 & 6 at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayetta. LA
Oct 7 at the Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge, LA
Oct 8 at The Fillmore in New Orleans, LA
Oct 9 at the Downtown Historic in Helena, AR
Oct 28 on the Spirit of the South Tour in Morrison, CO
Oct 30 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, HI
Oct 31 at the Hawaii Theatre in Honolulu,, HI
Nov 11 at the 7er-Club in Mannheim, Germany
Nov 12 at the Hirsch in Nurnberg, Germany
Nov 14 at the Columbia Theater in Berlin, Germany
Nov 15 at the Fabrik in Hamberg, Germany
Nov 16 at the Musiktheater Piano in Dortmund, Germany
Nov 18 at the Cafe de la Danse in Paris, France
Nov 19 at KK’s Steel Mell in Wolverhampton, UK
Nov 20 at The Musician in Leicester, UK
Nov 21 at The Garage in London, UK
May 6 at The Fillmore in New Orleans, LA
July 5 at the Kunst!Rasen in Bonn, Germany

Tokyo Paralympics Medal Count – Day 7

It has been one week since the opening ceremonies rang in the long delayed 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Since those opening ceremonies, hundreds of medals have been handed out. With its bronze medals, Morocco and Oman has brought the number of medal winning countries to 80.

The People’s Republic of China holds on to the lead with 62 gold medals and an overall medal count of 132.

The United States has added to their totals with 24 gold medals and a total of 63.

Paralympic Medal Count – Day 7:
People’s Republic of China – 132
Great Britain – 80
RPC (Russia) – 74
Ukraine – 67
United States – 63
Australia – 54
Italy – 43
Brazil – 42
France – 33
Netherlands – 32
Spain – 26
Germany – 25
Japan – 22
Uzbekistan – 15
Colombia – 15
Azerbaijan – 15
Poland – 15
Islamic Republic of Iran – 14
Mexico – 13
Republic of Korea – 13
Canada – 13
Turkey – 12
Belgium – 12
India – 10
Hungary – 9
New Zealand – 8
Nigeria – 7
Algeria – 7
Belarus – 7
Israel – 7
Thailand – 7
Tunisia – 7
Ireland – 6
Egypt – 6
Greece – 6
Switzerland – 6
Austria – 6
Venezuela – 6
Latvia – 5
Slovakia – 5
South Africa – 5
Kazakhstan – 4
Denmark – 4
Jordan – 4
Chile – 4
Norway – 4
Sweden – 4
Cuba – 4
Indonesia – 3
Georgia – 3
Czech Republic – 3
Argentina – 3
Romania – 2
Bulgaria – 2
Lithuania – 2
Ecuador – 2
Malaysia – 2
Sri Lanka – 2
Iraq – 2
Finland – 2
Singapore – 1
Vietnam – 1
El Salvador – 1
Ethiopia – 1
Hong Kong – 1
Montenegro – 1
Chinese Taipei – 1
Uganda – 1
Croatia – 1
Nambia – 1
Cyprus – 1
Portugal – 1
Mongolia – 1
Costa Rica – 1
Kuwait – 1
Slovenia – 1
Kenya – 1
United Arab Emirates – 1
Morocco – 1
Oman – 1

Tokyo Paralympics Medal Count – Day 6

The athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics continue to add to the medal count as 78 countries now have medal winners in the Summer Games.

The People’s Republic of Chine continue their lead of both the gold medals with 54 and the total medal count with 119.

The United States holds on to fourth place in the gold medal count with 18, but are fifth in the overall standings with 49

The Paralympic games have so many more medals then the Olympics due to classifications of the athletes in an effort to pair athletes of like abilities together and to keep the games fair.

Paralympic Medal Count – Day 6:
People’s Republic of China – 119
Great Britain – 68
RPC (Russia) – 61
Ukraine – 52
United States – 49
Australia – 42
Brazil – 35
Italy – 34
France – 28
Netherlands – 24
Spain – 20
Japan – 20
Uzbekistan – 15
Germany – 15
Colombia – 13
Azerbaijan – 13
Poland – 13
Republic of Korea – 13
Canada – 12
Turkey – 11
Islamic Republic of Iran – 11
Mexico – 9
Algeria – 7
Hungary – 7
Belgium – 7
Belarus – 7
Israel – 7
India – 7
Egypt – 6
New Zealand – 6
Nigeria – 6
Greece – 5
Thailand – 5
Kazakhstan – 4
Switzerland – 4
Denmark – 4
Tunisia – 4
Ireland – 4
Jordan – 4
Chile – 4
Norway – 4
Latvia – 4
Indonesia – 3
Slovakia – 3
Georgia – 3
South Africa – 3
Austria – 3
Czech Republic – 3
Argentina – 3
Romania – 2
Bulgaria – 2
Lithuania – 2
Venezuela – 2
Ecuador – 2
Sweden – 2
Malaysia – 2
Sri Lanka – 2
Cuba – 2
Iraq – 2
Singapore – 1
Vietnam – 1
El Salvador – 1
Ethiopia – 1
Hong Kong – 1
Montenegro – 1
Chinese Taipei – 1
Uganda – 1
Croatia – 1
Nambia – 1
Cyprus – 1
Finland – 1
Portugal – 1
Mongolia – 1
Costa Rica – 1
Kuwait – 1
Slovenia – 1
Kenya – 1
United Arab Emirates – 1

NASCAR DQ’s Driver from Daytona Race

Once a NASCAR sanctioned race has been completed, NASCAR officials inspect several of the car. Some infractions like loose or missing lug nuts garner fines for the crew chiefs; but a major infraction can result in fines, lost points, and even a disqualification.

Such was the case for the Roush Fenway Racing number 17 team after the final race of the regular season in the Cup Series on Saturday night. Officials found that the track bar mounting assembly under the car did not meet technical specifications and was therefore, illegal.

As a result, Buescher’s second place finish in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 was disqualified and Buescher is listed as the final driver in 40th place. Third place driver Bubba Wallace in the 23XI Racing number 23 is now the second place driver as all drivers will move up one spot. Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney won the race for his third win of the 2021 season.

However, the disqualification does not change any of the point standings when it comes to placing the 16 playoff drivers.

Actor Ed Asner Dies

Prolific actor Ed Asner died August 29, 2021 at the age of 91. While an official cause of death was not given, family members said that Asner died “peacefully”.

The award winning actor has appeared in over 400 film nad television productions including three that have been completed but not aired, five in post production, one being filmed and eleven either in pre-production or just announced.

Asner once said, “I never get enough work. It’s the history of my career. There just isn’t anything to turn down, let me put it that way.”

While appearing in numerous productions, it was his appearance as Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” that put Asner in the spotlight. He went on to spend five season as “Lou Grant” in his own television show.

Asner has won three Emmy Awards for his role on “The Mary Tyler Moore” show, two more for his role on “Lou Grant”, and Emmys for his roles in the miniseries “Rich Man, Poor Man” and “Roots”. He is also a former President of the Screen Actors Guild.

Yitzhak Edward Asner was born on November 15, 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri to Orthodox Jewish parents. After high school he studied journalism until a professor told him that there was little money in the profession. Asner chose to change his studies to drama and appeared in the campus production of “Murder in the Cathedral”. In 1951, Asner was draftered into military service where he served in France as a part of the Army Signal Corps.

After leaving the Army, Asner returned to Chicago and acting at the Playwrights Theatre Club and Second City. On Broadway he appeared in the “Threepenny Opera”, “Face of a Hero”, and “Grace”.

Asner moved to Hollywood in the 50’s where he made his television debut in 1957 on “Studio One”.

His other acting credits include “Naked City”, “Route 66”, “The Untouchables”, “The Outer Limits”, “The Rat Patrol”, “Gunsmoke”, as John Wayne’s nemesis Bart Jason in “El Dorado”, “The Fugitive”, “The Wild Wild West”, “Mission Impossible”, “Mod Squad”, both versions of “Hawaii Five-O”, “Highway to Heaven”, “JFK”, “Gargoyles”, “Freakazoid!”, “The Closer”, “The Simpsons”, “King of the Hill”, “ER”, “Elf”, “The Practice”, “CSI:NY”, “UP”, “The Cleveland Show”, “Murdoch Mysteries”, “American Dad”, and his final roles earlier this year in “Grace and Frankie” and “Captain Daddy”.

Asner is survived by his children Matthew, Liza, Kate, and Charles.

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Tokyo Paralympics Medal Count – Day 5

As the Tokyo Paralympics approaches it’s first full week of competitions 69 different nations have earned medals.

During the opening ceremonies when the nations paraded into the stadium, only the banner naming the country of Afghanistan was present. Due to events in the country, the two athletes set to compete could not get out of the country. With the help of others and travel through a few nations, the two athletes have made their way to Japan and will be a part of The Games.

This year the Olympics and the Paralympics has been one for the record books with nations earning their first ever medals…including their first taste of gold.

The People’s Republic of China continues to lead the medal count for gold with 46. China is also the first country to break the 100 medal total with 104.

The United States moves up to tie for third with the RPC with 15 gold medals. The Americans have earned a total of 40 medals thus far.

Paralympic Medal Count – Day 5:
People’s Republic of China – 104
Great Britain – 60
RPC (Russia) – 52
Ukraine – 43
United States – 40
Australia – 36
Brazil – 30
Italy – 27
France – 26
Netherlands – 19
Spain – 18
Japan – 18
Uzbekistan – 12
Colombia – 12
Azerbaijan – 12
Poland – 11
Canada – 11
Germany – 10
Republic of Korea – 9
Turkey – 7
Algeria – 7
Mexico – 7
Hungary – 7
Islamic Republic of Iran – 7
Egypt – 6
Belgium – 5
Belarus – 5
Greece – 5
Israel – 5
Thailand – 5
Kazakhstan – 4
New Zealand – 4
Switzerland – 4
Nigeria – 4
Tunisia – 3
Indonesia – 3
Denmark – 3
India – 3
Slovakia – 3
Ireland – 3
Jordan – 3
Chile – 3
Norway – 3
Georgia – 3
Latvia – 2
Romania – 2
South Africa – 2
Bulgaria – 2
Lithuania – 2
Venezuela – 2
Ecuador – 2
Austria – 2
Czech Republic – 2
Argentina – 2
Singapore – 1
Vietnam – 1
El Salvador – 1
Ethiopia – 1
Malaysia – 1
Hong Kong – 1
Montenegro – 1
Chinese Taipei – 1
Uganda – 1
Croatia – 1
Iraq – 1
Nambia – 1
Cyprus – 1
Finland – 1
Portugal – 1

Cup Series Sets Playoff Feld

The NASCAR Cup Series had an unprecedented 13 different drivers win at least one race this season.

With the “win and you’re in” format for the playoffs, that left little room for other drivers to earn their way into the first round of the playoffs set to begin September 4 at Darlington Raceway for theSouthern 500.

After leading in the point standings most of the season, Denny Hamlin clinched his spot on points at the end of the road course race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

After the race at Michigan, Kevin Harvick secured himself a spot in the playoffs based on points.

And after a late race pile up in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway to end the regular season, Austin Dillon was knocked out of the race…and a chance at the playoffs that went to Richard Childress Racing team mate Tyler Reddick.

Leading the way with five race wins this season, Kyle a Larson has been named the regular season champion and earns an additional 15 bonus points going into the playoffs.

The remainder of the 16 playoff drivers are:

Ryan Blaney

Martin Truex Jr

Kyle Busch

Chase Elliott

Alex Bowman

William Byron

Joey Lugano

Brad Keselowski

Kurt Busch

Christopher Bell

Michael McDowell

and Aric Almirola

The 16 playoff drivers have had their point totals reset to 2,000 points plus any bonus points earned from stage and race wins. All playoffs points earned carry over to the next round as long as the driver moves on until the final race of the season when a champion is crowned.

Each round is three races with the four drivers having the lowest number of points being eliminated from the playoffs.

The NASCAR playoff system is unlike any other sport; all of the drivers continue to run in the races and compete for the wins not just the playoff drivers.

The “final four” are the top four drivers from the round of eight; those four drivers compete, along with the rest of the field, in the final race of the season at Phoenix Raceway and the driver who finishes in the highest position wins the championship. A driver does not have to be the race winner to be crowned the champion.

Big One, Overtime Sets Playoff List for Cup Series

Five drivers will face an even bigger challenge during the Coke Zero Sugar 400 in the final race of the Cup Series regular season. All of the penalties relate to pre-race inspection issues.

Current Cup Series points leader and pole sitter Kyle Larson will have to start the race from the back of the field after his number five Hendrick Motorsports car failed the inspection process three times. Driver of the Rick Ware Racing number 15 car Joey Gase and Kaulig Racing number 16 car Kaz Grala will also have to start the race from the back of the field after failing inspection multiple times.

Front Row Motorsports drivers Michael McDowell and Anthony Alfredo not only will start the race from the back of the field, but will also have to do without their crew chiefs after NASCAR determined that the teams violated the NASCAR rule book in relation to the deck lids used on the cars.

During the inspection process it was determined that the Front Row Motorsports did not comply with the NASCAR approved specifications in when it comes to the deck lid and deck lid extensions. As a result, crew chief for Michael McDowell’s number 34 car Drew Blickenserfer and the crew chief for Anthony Alfredo’s number 38 car Seth Barbour have been ejected from the race.

After missing last week due to Covid protocols, Corey LaJoie returns to the track and will race at Daytona.

Only one of the 16 playoff spots remains open on this final race of the regular season. This season has seen 13 different drivers win races with Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick securing spots in the playoffs via points.

Hendrick Motorsports team mates Kyle Larson and William Byron are set to start the race from the front row with Kyle Larson winning the again this week.

The starting lineup for the Coke Zero Sugar 400:
Kyle Larson – moved to the back of the field
William Byron
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
Kurt Busch
Matt DiBenedetto
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Chris Buescher
Christopher Bell
Alex Bowman
Chase Briscoe
Tyler Reddick
Michael McDowell – moved to the back of the field
Aric Almirola
Bubba Wallace
Erik Jones
Joey Logano
Ryan Newman
Ryan Preece
Cole Custer
Daniel Suarez
Austin Haley
Justin Haley
Ross Chastain
BJ McLeod
Cody Ware
Anthony Alfredo – moved to the back of the field
Corey LaJoie
Garrett Smithley
Quin Houff
Josh Bilicki
Joey Gase – moved to the back of the field
Kaz Grala – moved to the back of the field
Landon Cassill
David Starr

Stages one and two of the race are 50 laps each with stage three lasting 60 laps for a total of 160 laps around the two and a half mile track.

The drivers can make only 42 to 46 laps on a single load of fuel. They cannot complete any of the stages on a single load of fuel.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 20.

Along with starting from the back of the field, Anthony Alfredo will have to serve a pass through penalty on race start.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with William Bryon alongside. Hamlin and Byron go side by side for the lead with William Byron edging out for the lead after a push from Kle Busch.

Lap two, William Byron leads the race with Denny Hamlin in second; Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Matt DiBenedetto passes Kyle Busch for fifth.

Drivers will move back and forth through the field the entire race.

Lap four, William Byron holds on to the lead with a little help from team mate Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin has fallen to seventh.

Lap six, William Byron has the lead with Chase Elliott in second; Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five. Denny Hamlin is now in thenth place.

Quin Houff has made an unscheduled trip down pit road.

Kevin Harvick has dropped to the bottom lane and is battling William Byron for the lead.

Lap eight, Kevin Harvick takes the lead with William Byron in second; Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 10, Denny Hamlin has taken the lead with Bubba Wallace in second; William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Quin Houff is off the track. Anthony Alfredo is the only car one lap down.

Lap 13, after starting the race from the back of the field, Kyle Larson has moved up to 26th.

Lap 14, Denny Hamlin leads the race as the drivers get three wide across the track.

Lap 15, William Byron is the new leader with Ross Chastain in second; Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Bubba Wallace round out the top five.

Matt DiBenedetto has dropped back in the field reporting that the drivers were a bit too aggressive.

Lap 17, Denny Hamlin retakes the lead from William Byron.=; Byron takes it back.

Ross Chastain got into the fence but saved the car.

Ross Chastain is dropping back.

Lap 18, Austin Dillon has the lead with Chase Elliott in second; Denny Hamlin, William Byron, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Ross Chastain comes down pit road with a flat tire. Drivers cannot fuel the cars prior to a competition caution.

Austin Dillon and Chase Elliott battle for the lead with Elliott taking the spot.

NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution on lap 22.

Drivers come down pit road for service. Many of the drivers take fuel only. Chase Elliott wins the race off of pit road.

Kurt Busch missed his pit stall after Denny Hamlin blocked him coming out of his pit stall.

Michael McDowell has a great deal of smoke coming out of his car. Reports are that the engine has blown up.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 26 from the inside lane and goes nose to nose with Cole Custer before getting out in front after a push from Joey Logano.

The top five are Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, Cole Custer, Austin Dillon, nad Denny Hamlin.

Lap 27, Cole Custer edges out for the lead after a push.

Chase Elliott comes back to retake the lead.

Lap 29, Chase Elliott and Cole Custer continue to battle back and forth for the lead.

Chase Elliott leads the race with Joey logano in second; Cole Custer, Austin Dilon, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 30, drivers are beginning to get single file with Chase Elliott leading the race.

Lap 35, drivers are single file with Chase Elliott leading the way; Joey Logano, Cole Custer, Austin Dillon, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Kyle Busch reports that his car is “a turd” and “horrible”. Busch is currently in ninth place.

Chase Elliott has some debris on his grille and is reporting that the temperatures are climbing.

Lap 41, Chase Elliott continues to lead the race but Elliott falls back to get the debris off the grille. Joey Logano is the new leader.

Lap 42, the cars are no longer single file, Joey Logano leads the race with Cole Custer in second; Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, and William Byron round out the top five. The debris is now on Joey Logano’s car.

Lap 44, Chase Elliott retakes the lead.

Lap 46, Joey Logano takes the lead briefly before falling back and giving the lead back to Chase Elliott.

Lap 47, Chase Elliott leads the race with Austin Dillon on his bumper. When the race started, Austin Dillon was 25 points below the cut line.

The top five are Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Ross Chastain.

Lap 48, Austin Dillon drops to the bottom lane to try and battle leader Chase Elliott but falls back instead after he gets no help.

Ross Chastain makes contact with Kyle Busch but Busch saves the car.

Chase Elliott wins stage one.

The top five at the end of stage one:
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Ross Chastain
Martin Truex Jr
Austin Dillon
Corey Lajoie
Joey Logano
Ryan Preece
Chris Buescher

Drivers come down pit road for service with Cody Ware winning the race off of pit road after taking fuel only. Kyle Busch comes out second, the first driver to take four fresh tires.

Much of the field makes a second trip down pit road to top off their fuel with one lap to green.

Joey Logano’s team was charged with throwing equipment in their pit stall and will have to serve a penalty.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 56. Martin Truex Jr gets out in front for the lead from the outside lane.

The top five are Martin Truex Jr, Corey LaJoie, Christopher Bell, Chase Elliott, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Lap 57, Martin Trues Jr has the lead but gets a challenge form Corey LaJoie. Truex holds him off.

Lap 59, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Christopher Bell, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Kyle Busch, and Austin Dillon. There are 36 cars on the lead lap.

Quin Houff has returned to the track 27 laps down.

Lap 60, Martin Truex Jr leads the race but Chase Elliott is pushing Corey LaJoie trying to get him up front.

Lap 63, Martin Truex Jr leads the race with Christopher Bell in second; Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Kyle Busch, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Lap 67, Martin Truex Jr continues to lead the race with Christopher Bell in second; Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Kyle Busch, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr has never won a race at Daytona or Talladega.

Lap 70, Christopher Bell takes the lead and brings Ricky Stenhouse Jr along.

The top five are Christopher Bell, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, and Martin Truex Jr.

Martin Truex Jr had debris on his grille and dropped back to get it off. New leader Christopher Bell now has debris on his grille. Leaders are picking up the debris near the wall.

Lap 73, Kyle Larson is now in the top 20 at 17th.

Michael McDowell is out of the race.

The caution flag comes out on lap 77 after a wreck after leaders checked up. Aric Almirola, Alex Bowman, and Denny Hamlin were all involved.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 82 with Joey Logano alongside. Logano takes the lead with Corey LaJOie in second.

Joey Logano leads the race but drivers are spread out across the track battling for position.

Lap 84, Joey Logano leads the race with Tyler Reddick in second.

Lap 85, Joey Logano leads from the inside lane with Tyler Reddick in second; Chris Buescher, Ryan Blaney, nad Ricky Stenhouse Jr round out the top five. Kyle Larson enters the top 10.

Lap 86, Joey Logano moves up to the outside lane to hold on to thel ead with Tyler Reddick in second; Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Kyle Busch, and Austin Dillon round out the top five. Kyle Larson is in 10th.

When the race began, Kyle Larson had a 25 point advantage on Denny Hamlin for the points standings lead; that lead has dropped to 17 points. The driver named the winner of the regular season receives a 15 point bonus with the second place drivers earning10 bonus points; drivers from third to 10th earn a descending amount of points beginning at eight.

Lap 93,Joey Logano holds on to his tenth of a second lead on Tyler Reddick; Ryan Blaney passes Reddick for second coming from the inside lane.

With six laps remaining in stage two, Joey Logano is swapping from the top to the bottom trying to block the cars.

Five to go in stage two, team mates Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney continue to battle for the lead.

Ryan Blaney is the new leader as the battle continues.

With a push from Tyler Reddick, Joey Logano retakes the lead.

Back in the lead, Joey Logano continues to move up and down the track to block drivers from taking the lead.

Drivers are three wide back in the field.

Joey Logano wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Joey Logano
Austin Dillon
William Byron
Tyler Reddick
Kyle Larson
Ryan Blaney
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Kyle Busch
Bubba Wallace
Christopher Bell

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

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 106 and goes nose to nose with Denny Hamlin for the lead. Hamlin gets out in front with William Bryon in second; Kevin Harvick, Bubba Wallace, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Bubba Wallace passes Alex Bowman for third; Austin Dillon is in fifth.

Lap 108, Joey Logano pushes Kevin Harvick to the lead.

Joey Logano goes to the outside lane and battle with Kevin Harvick for the lead.

Chase Elliott passes Kevin Harvick for the lead but Denny Hamlin pushes Harvick back to the lead.

Lap 110, Kevin Harvick leads from the outside lane with Denny Hamlin in second. Joey Logano is on the inside lane and is trying to work ihis way to the lead. Logano gets a push from Ross Chastain for the lead.

Lap 112, Joey Logano moves to the outside lane and Ross Chastain comes from the inside to battle for the lead. Ross chastain is the new leader.

Lap 113, Joey Logano and Ross Chastain battle for the lead.

Lap 114, Ross Chastain takes the lead.

Ryan Blaney gets a push from Martin Truex Jr to battle Ross Chastain for the lead.

Ryan Blaney takes the lead.

Lap 115, Ross Chastain edges out in front for the lead but Ryan Bla ey comes right back to retake the lead.

Lap 118, Ross Chastain gets a push from Kevin Harvick to take the lead from the inside lane.

As drivers move up to the outside lane, drivers on the inside work their way to the front of the pack.

Lap 119, Ross Chastain leads the race with Alex Bowman in second; Kyle Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Alex Bowman is reporting some radio issues.

With 40 laps remaining in the race, Michael McDowell remains the only driver out of the race.

Lap 122, Ross Chastain leads the race from the inside lane but Kevin Harvick is pushing Alex Bowman in an effort to take the lead.

Drivers are spreading out across the track.

Lap 123, the Ford drivers come down pit road for green flag pit stops with most of the drivers taking fuel only.

Bubba Wallace is the new leader. Alex Bowman and Bubba Wallace battle for the lead.

Lap 125, Ross Chastain has taken the lead with Ricky Stenhouse Jr in second; Bubba Wallace, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 126, Bubba Wallace takes the lead.

Bubba Wallace and Ross Chastain battle for the lead; swapping back and forth.

Lap 128, Bubba Wallace is in the lead but is getting challenged all around as drivers continue to battle for position.

Lap 130, Ross Chastain has taken the lead as the battle continues.

Lap 131, the battle continues with Bubba Wallace back out in front.

Ross Chastain has retaken the lead.

Lap 132, Bubba Wallace and Ross Chastain continue to battle back and forth for the lead.

Lap 134, Bubba Wallace takes the lead with Kyle Busch right behind him; Christopher Bell, Ross Chastain, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

The big pack of Chevrolets and Toyotas have caught up to some of the Fords and put them a lap down. There are 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 137, Kyle Busch comes from the outside lane to pass Bubba Wallace for the lead.

Lap 139, leaders have gotten single file with Kyle Busch leading the way; Christopher Bell, Martin Truex Jr, Bubba Wallace, Corey LaJoie, and Landon Cassill round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 140 for a wreck involving Cody Ware, Joey Gase, and Garrett Smithley. All three drivers are from Rick Ware Racing.

The drivers who have not made a pit stop come down pit road for service. Most of the drivers are taking fuel only. Kyle Busch leads the race off of pit road with fuel only. Chase Elliott’s crew gave him four fresh tires.

Austin Dillon was caught speeding on pit road. He will have to restart the race from the back of the field. Dillon is also reporting an electrial issue in the car.

With the Fords having made a pit stop earlier, Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 16 laps remaining in the race. Joey Logano gets in front of team mate Ryan Blaney for the lead. Drivers are getting aggressive in a battle for position.

The caution flag comes out for a big crash. Brad Keselowski, Tyler Reddick, Chase Briscoe, Martin Truex Jr, William Byron, Anthony Alfredo, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Alex Landon Cassill, and Daniel Suarez. William Byron had to have his car towed to the garage and is out of the race.

Coming into the race, Tyler Reddick held the final spot in the playoffs.

NASCAR has red flagged the race in order to get the track cleaned up and give the drivers the most laps as possible to race.

In his post accident interview, William Byron said that it felt like bumper cars out on the track.

After a 16 minute delay, NASCAR has pulled the red flag and displayed the caution flag. The drivers are moving again with some drivers coming down pit road.

Austin Dillon’s crew brings him down pit road to replace the battery in hopes of addressing the electrical issues.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart with team mate Ryan Blaney alongside with just 10 laps remaining in the race. Joey Logano gets out in front for the lead. Drivers are getting three wide through the field.

Aric Almirola comes up from the inside lane but Joey Logano holds on to the lead.

Nine to go, Joey Logano leads the race with Ryan Blaney in second. Drivers continue to battle for position on the inside lane as they try to take the lead.

Wit the help of a push form Chase Elliott, Chris Buescher takes the lead with seven to go.

Chase Elliott gets a push from Denny Hamlin and battle with Chris Buescher for the lead. Joey Logano makes it a three wide battle.

Chase Elliott leads the race with five to go.

Joey Logano has a flat tire and gets into the wall with five to go. He makes it to pit road and the track stays green.

Matt DiBenedetto takes the lead but Chase Elliott retakes the lead.

Chase Elliott and Matt DiBenedetto battle for the lead and make contact causing a big lap with just three laps remaining in the race. Most of the field was involved including Chase Elliott, Matt DiBenedetto, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Preece, Cole Custer, Ricky Stenhouse, Alex Bowman and Denny Hamlin.


Chris Buescher leads the race.

The race has gone into overtime.

Austin Dillon’s team reports that he must win to make it into the playoffs. Dillon reports that his electrical issue has returned.

Five of the top six drivers have not won a race this season.

Chris Buescher brings the field down for the overtime shootout. Buescher and Ryan Blaney are nose to nose with Ryan Blaney getting out in front after a push.

Chris Buescher comes up on the inside lane but Ryan Blaney holds on to the lead to take the white flag.

Drivers continue to shove and battle causing another big wreck.

Ryan Blaney wins for the second week in a row.

Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Corey LaJoie, Daniel Suarez, and Kurt Busch were all involved.

Tyler Reddick is the final driver in the playoffs based on points.

The unofficial results of the Coke Zero Sugar 400:
Ryan Blaney
Chris Buescher
Bubba Wallace
Ryan Newman
Ryan Preece
Justin Haley
Tyler Reddick
Alex Bowman
Chase Elliott
BJ McLeod
Josh Bilicki
Erik Jones
Kurt Busch
Denny Hamlin
Aric Almirola
Corey LaJoie
Austin Dillon
Kevin Harvick
Ross Chastain
Daniel Suarez
Kyle Larson
Chase Briscoe
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Joey Logano
Cole Custer
Matt DiBenedetto
Anthony Alfredo
David Starr
Cody Ware
Martin Truex Jr
Garrett Smithley
Joey Gase
Christopher Bell
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Kaz Grala
Landon Cassill
William Byron
Quin Houff
Michael McDowell

The playoffs begin next week at Darlington Raceway

Tokyo Paralympics Medal Count – Day 4

The 2020 edition of the Paralympics in Tokyo has given out hundreds of medals in the first four days of competition and will continue to do so over the next week and a half.

A few of the sports are winding down but there are others preparing to start up.

Eleven more nations have added their names to the medal winners for a total of 61. The People’s Republic of China continues to lead the medal count and has increased that lead with 30 gold medals and 77 medals overall. Great Britain is the next closest country with 16 gold and 43 overall. The United States holds on to their seventh place position with eleven golds and 22 overall.

Paralympic Medal Count – Day 4:
People’s Republic of China – 77
Great Britain – 43
RPC (Russia) – 40
Ukraine – 34
Australia – 27
Brazil – 23
United States – 22
France – 19
Italy – 18
Netherlands – 16
Spain – 14
Japan – 13
Uzbekistan – 11
Colombia – 9
Poland – 9
Azerbaijan – 9
Republic of Korea – 8
Canada – 8
Germany – 7
Turkey – 6
Algeria – 5
Belgium – 5
Egypt – 5
Mexico – 5
Belarus – 4
Hungary – 4
Greece – 4
Israel – 3
Kazakhstan – 3
New Zealand – 3
Tunisia – 3
Indonesia – 3
Denmark – 3
Nigeria – 3
Islamic Republic of Iran – 3
Thailand – 3
Slovakia – 2
Latvia – 2
Romania – 2
South Africa – 2
Ireland – 2
Switzerland – 2
Jordan – 2
Bulgaria – 2
Lithuania – 2
Venezuela – 2
Chile – 1
Singapore – 1
Austria – 1
Georgia – 1
Vietnam – 1
Argentina – 1
El Salvador – 1
Ethiopia – 1
Malaysia – 1
Czech Republic – 1
Hong Kong – 1
Montenegro – 1
Norway – 1
Chinese Taipei – 1
Uganda – 1

3 Wide Photo Finish in Delayed Xfinity Race

The Xfinity Series travels to the home of NASCAR, Daytona Beach, Florida for the Wawa 250 on the high banked tri-oval of Daytona International Speedway.

The past 12 Daytona races for the Xfinity Series has brought 12 different winners.

Michigan race winner AJ Allmendinger sits on the pole and will bring the field to green. Noah Gragson will start alongside on the front row.

After several weeks out of the car due to a leg injury, Michael Annett returns to the number one JR Motorsports car.

The starting lineup for the Wawa 250:
AJ Allmendinger
Noah Gragson
Brandon Jones
Justin Allgaier
Harrison Burton
Riley Herbst
Brett Moffitt
Jeremy Clements
Justin Haley
Jade Buford
Ryan Sieg
Tommy Joe Martins
Jeb Burton
Austin Cindric
Christopher Bell
Matt Mills
Josh Williams
Jordan Anderson
Michael Annett
Colin Garrett
Daniel Hemric
Sam Mayer
Myatt Snider
Ryan Vargas
Alex Labbe
Landon Cassill
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Kyle Weatherman
Blaine Perkins
Mason Massey
Brandon Brown
David Starr
Colby Howard
JJ Yeley
Jason White
Caesar Bacarella
Chase Briscor
Spencer Boyd
Joey Graf Jr
Timothy Viens

Before the drivers even take to the track, the race has been delayed due to lightening strikes in the area.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 15.

Stages one and two of the race are 30 laps each with stage three lasting 40 laps for a total of 100 laps around the two and a half mile track. The drivers can complete all of the stages on a single load of fuel.

At 7:18pm the teams bring the cars down pit road and the drivers are called to their cars.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and gets a push from Justin Allgaier to put Allmendinger in the lead.

AJ Allmendinger leads the first lap with Noah Gragson in second; Justin Allgaier, Brandon Jones and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Lap four, Noah Gragson passes AJ Allmendinger for the lead; Justin Allgaier, Brandon Jones, and Riely Herbst round out the top five.

The drivers can tap the car in front of them but cannot push.

Lap five, AJ Allmendinger retakes the lead.

Lap six, Brandon Jones takes the lead, but Noah Gragson passes for the lead. AJ Allmendinger retakes the lead.

Lap seven, AJ Allmendinger leads the race with Brandon Jones in second; Noah Gragson, Harrison Burton, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Brandon Jones’ car is pushing water and the grille looks as if there is some debris on it. Jones reports temps in the car are rising.

Lap nine, Brandon Jones has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road. The crew gets the debris off of the grille but did not put any water in the car.

Lap 10, AJ Allmendinger leads the race; Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, Riley Herbst, and coming from the middle of the pack Austin Cindric rounds out the top five.

Lap 14, Noah Gragson passes AJ Allmendinger for the lead.

Lap 15, Noah Gragson leads the race; AJ Allmendinger, Riley Herbst, Justin Allgaier, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

At the end of lap 15, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution. Brandon Jones is the “lucky dog”.

Several drivers come down pit road for service and adjustments including some from the front of the pack. Brandon Jones comes down pit road to replace the water he has lost.

Summertime in Daytona, a rain shower has popped up.

Brandon Jones takes his car to the garage with a blown engine. The crew waited too long before coming down pit road to replace the water.

The drivers bring the cars down pit road for a red flag condition for the rain.

At 8:40pm the rain has stopped and track drying procedures continue.

At 9pm, the rains have returned.

Ap 9:10pm NASCAR has called the race and has scheduled it to resume on Saturday afternoon at 12:30pm prior to the Cup Series race.

The drivers have completed 19 of the 100 laps of the race when NASCAR called it for rain. After the cars have been set up for some night time racing, the drivers will return to the track in the heat of the day. When the drivers cranked the engines, the air temperature was 86 degrees but with the humidity and heat index, the temps reach 100 degrees.

When the race was stopped AJ Allmendinger was leading the race; Christopher Bell, Myatt Snider, Austin Cindric, and Brett Moffitt rounded out the top five.

Driving the Joe Gibbs Racing number 54 car is Cup Series driver Christopher Bell who will also race in the Cup Series regular season final tonight.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green restart and jumps out in front for the lead from the outside lane on lap 22.

Lap 23, AJ Allmendinger leads the way with Austin Cindric in second; Justin Haley, Myatt Snider, and Christopher Bell round out the top five. After some engine issue early in the race on Friday night, Brandon Jones is out of the race. All 39 cars remaining on the track are on the lead lap.

Lap 25, AJ Allmendinger continues to lead the race with Justin Haley in second; Austin Cindric, Jeb Burton, and Myatt Snider round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 26 for a crash involving several cars. Austin Cindric, Myatt Snider, Sam Mayer, Daniel Hemric, and Michael Annett were all involved. Snider was pushing Cindric who moved to the right and hit the wall; Snider came down and hit Michael Annett who went on an off road excursion.

A frustrated Austin Cindric is out of his car…and out of the race after the crash.

Justin Haley was in a battle for the lead with AJ Allmendinger when the caution came out and is listed as the race leader.

Stage one ends under caution with Justin Haley winning the stage with Kaulig Racing going 1-2-3.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Justin Haley
AJ Allmendinger
Jeb Burton
Christopher Bell
Brett Moffitt
Justin Allgiaer
Caesar Bacarella
Harrison Burton
Noah Gragson
Brandon Brown

Drivers come down pit road for service; but a few stay out. Justin Allgaier wins the race off of pit road.

Brandon Brown brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 34 but it is Riley Herbst who edges out for the lead before Brandon Brown makes it a battle.

Lap 35, the top five are Riley Herbst, Chase Briscoe, Brandon Brown, Ryan Sieg, and AJ Allmendinger.

The caution flag comes out on lap 35 for debris on the track. Michael Annett has a tire rub that shreds the left front panel.

Riley Herbst brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 40 and gets out in front of Chase Briscoe for the lead.

The top five are Riley Herbst, Chase Briscoe, Brandon Brown, Ryan Sieg, and Harrison Burton.

Lap 41, Brandon Brown goes nose to nose with leader Riley Herbst to battle for the lead. Herbst holds on to the lead.

Lap 42, Riley Herbst leads the race with Chase Briscoe in second; Brandon Brown, Ryan Sieg, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Lap 44, Riley Herbst and Brandon Brown battle for the lead with Brandon Brown edging out for the lead from the inside lane.

Lap 45, Brandon Brown leads the race with AJ All on his bumper; Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

Lap 46, AJ Allmendinger takes the lead with Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, Sam Mayer, and Brandon Brown rounding out the top five.

Lap 48, the caution flag comes out for debris on the track after Caesar Bacarella lost some sheet metal.

Several drivers come down pit road for service including the leaders.

Brandon Brown brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 53 from the inside lane with Riley Herbst alongside on the outside. Brandon Brown jumps out in front for the lead.

The top five are Brandon Brown, Riley Herbst, Brett Moffitt, Chase Briscoe, and Noah Gragson.

Sam Mayer gets out in front for thelad with Noah Gragson in second; Brandon Brown, Christopher Bell, and Jeb Burton round out the top five.

Lap 54, Jeb Burton passes Sam Mayer on the inside lane with his Kaulig Racing team mates in tow to take the lead.

Lap 55, Jeb Burton leads the race with AJ Allmendinger in second; Justin Haley, Sam Mayer, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Sam Mayer comes up on the inside to take second.

Lap 57, Brandon Brown has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road out of fuel

Jeb Burton leads the race with Sam Mayer in second; Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 58, Noah Gragson challenges Jeb Burton for the lead.

The top six drivers are all Kaulig Racing and JR Motorsports drivers.

Jeb Burton wins stage two with AJ Allmendinger and Justin Haley behind him for another Kaulig Racing 1-2-3.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Jeb Burton
AJ Allmendinger
Justin Haley
Riley Herbst
Christopher Bell
Noah Gragson
Daniel Hemric
Justin Allgaier
Chase Briscoe
Sam Mayer

Drivers come down pit road for service with AJ Allmendinger winning the race off of pit road taking fuel only. Allmendinger’s Kaulig team mates Jeb Burton and Justin Haley come out right behind him also taking fuel only.

Christopher Bell and Noah Gragson bring the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 63.

Christopher Bell leads the race with Noah Gragson in second; Harrison Burotn, Justin Allgaier, and Jeb Burton round out the top five.

Lap 65, Noah Gragson and Christopher Bell battle for the lead with Gragson edging out for the lead.

Lap 66, Noah Gragson leads the race with Christopher Bell and Justin Allgaier battling for second.

The top five are Noah Gragson, Christopher Bell, Harrison Burton, Jeb Burton, and Justin Allgaier.

Lap 70, there are 37 cars on the lead lap with two cars out of the race.

Noah Gragson leads the race with Christopher Bell in second; Harrison Burton, Jeb Burton, and Myatt Snider round out the top five.

Leader Noah Gragson has debris on his grille.

The caution flag comes out on lap 73 when Colin Garrett and Colby Howard spin out. Garrett is stuck in the grass.

Noah Gragson moves up to the pace car’s bumper to get the debris off of his grille.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 77 with Christopher Bell alongside on the inside lane. With a push from Jeb Burton, Noah Gragson edges out for the lead but in a three wide battle, Christopher Bell is the new leader.

The top five are Christopher Bell, Jeb Burton, Noah Gragson, Myatt Snider, and Justin Allgaier.

Lap 79, Christopher Bell holds on to the lead with Jeb Burton on his bumper, Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Colin Garrett and Spencer Boyd are out of the race with 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 82, the caution flag comes out for a crash involving Caesar Bacarella, Matt Mills, and Jade Buford. Bacarella is in the grass near the wall.

Jeb Burton reports water temps are going crazy and are all over the place.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 14 laps remaining in the race. Bell and Jeb Burton battle fo the lead with Christopher Bell finally getting out in front with 13 laps to go.

The top five are Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger, Jeb Burton, and Harrison Burton.

There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Ten to go, Christopher Bell leads the race with Justin Allgaier in second; AJ Allmendinger, Harrison Burton, and Jeb Burton round out the top five.

Eight to go, the drivers are still single file.

Joe Graf Jr is off the track.

Six to go, some of the drivers are beginning to move down the track trying to battle for position.

Christopher Bell continues to lead the race. He has never won a race at Daytona.

Five to go, Christopher Bell holds on to a tenth of a second lead on Justin Allgaier.

Drivers are beginning to make their moves. The three drivers of Kaulig Racing have gotten together and are working to take the lead.

AJ Allmendinger is the new leader with Jeb Burton in second and Justin Haley in third; Christopher Bell and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Three to go, AJ Allmendinger and his Kaulig Racing mates lead the race. Christopher Bell tries to breakup the trio.

Two to go, Christopher Bell tries to battle AJ Allmendinger for the lead but a push from Jeb Burton keeps Allmendinger in the lead.

AJ Allmendinger takes the white flag.

The Kaulig Racing cars are side by side in a battle for the lead with Justin Haley edging out for the win with AJ Allmendinger in second; Jeb Burton finishes fourth behind Justin Allgaier. Haley was very emotional with his third Daytona win.

AJ Allmendinger takes over the points lead.

The unofficial results of the Wawa 250:
Justin Haley
AJ Allmendinger
Justin Allgaier
Jeb Burton
Daniel Hemric
Christopher Bell
Noah Gragson
Myatt Snider
Harrison Burton
Riley Herbst
Brett Moffitt
Sam Mayer
JJ Yeley
David Starr
Jason White
Ryan Sieg
Josh William
Tommy Joe Martins
Chase Briscoe
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Landon Cassill
Jordan Anderson
Blaine Perkins
Jeremy Clements
Mason Massey
Colby Howard
Ryan Vargas
Jade Buford
Tim Viens
Michael Annett
Alex Labbe
Kyle Weatherman
Matt Mills
Brandon Brown
Joe Graf Je
Caesar Bacarella
Colin Garrett
Spencer Boyd
Austin Cindric
Brandon Jones

Kurt Busch Gets His Ride

On Friday (August 27) one more piece of the Silly Season puzzle has fallen into place after 23XI Racing announced the driver for the second full time team they intend to field beginning in the 2022 season.

With the sale of Chip Ganassi Racing earlier this year, drivers Kurt Busch and Ross Chastain found themselves without a ride after the end of this season.  Ross Chastain has signed a deal with Trackhouse Racing – who purchased Chip Ganassi Racing – and will join Daniel Suarez for next season.

Kurt Busch will driver the number 45 car and join Bubba Wallace at 23XI Racing for the 2022 season.  Busch brings current sponsor Monster Energy with him to the new team.

23XI Racing is owned by NBA legend Michael Jordan and driver of the number eleven Cup Series car Denny Hamlin.  Jordan was best known for wearing the number 23 uniform during his playing career; but he also wore the number 45 – Busch’s new number – during his Hall of Fame career and when he played minor league baseball.

Kurt Busch spoke on the opportunity via a release saying, “I cannot begin to express my gratitude for this opportunity. Racing to win is what I live for. Helping to continue developing a new team, alongside Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin, and Toyota is exactly what I want to be part of. Winning is important to 23XI, it’s important to Monster Energy, and it’s important to me. That is our goal.”

Minor team owner Denny Hamlin spoke on the expansion saying, “when we started this team, our vision was to grow to a multi-car organization. To be able to expand in just our second year is a huge step for us.  Kurt brings a wealth of knowledge and a championship mindset to our team, and will be able to help us grow stronger and more competitive each and every week.”

The 2022 racing season the 43 year old Kurt Busch will make his 22nd season as a Cup Series driver.  This will mark the first time that Busch will drive a Toyota…joining younger brother Kyle in a Toyota.

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Tokyo Paralympics Medal Count – Day 3

After three days of competition in the Tokyo Paralympics, hundreds of medals have been passed out to athletes from 50 nations.  There are many more medals awarded despite fewer events in the Paralympics due to the numerous classifications for the athletes.

The People’s Republic of China holds on to the lead in gold medals with 19 and the overall medal count with 43.  The United States moves up one more spot with seven gold medals but is in seventh with 14 medals overall.

Paralympic Medal Count – Day 3:
People’s Republic of China – 43
Great Britain – 28
RPC (Russia) – 26
Ukraine – 22
Australia – 19
Brazil – 17
United States – 14
Italy – 14
Netherlands – 12
France – 11
Japan – 10
Spain – 8
Colombia – 6
Poland – 6
Canada – 6
Azerbaijan – 5
Belarus – 3
Uzbekistan – 3
Algeria – 3
Belgium – 3
Greece – 3
Israel – 2
Hungary – 2
Kazakhstan – 2
New Zealand – 2
Tunisia – 2
Slovakia – 2
Egypt – 2
Latvia – 2
Indonesia – 2
Romania – 2
Germany – 2
Mexico – 2
Turkey – 2
Chile – 1
Denmark – 1
Ireland – 1
Jordan – 1
Nigeria – 1
Singapore – 1
Austria – 1
Bulgaria – 1
Georgia – 1
Islamic Republic of Iran – 1
Vietnam – 1
Argentina – 1
El Salvador – 1
Lithuania – 1
Thailand – 1
Venezuela – 1

Numbers Move on Next Gen Car

When the NASCAR Cup Series drivers take to the track for the beginning of the 2022 season, the drivers will be racing in a newly designed car – the Next Gen car.

Along with the numerous changes to the cars that fans cannot see is one that everyone will notice – a new location for the car numbers.

Currently the car numbers are centered on the side of the door; for the new season, the numbers get moved forward, sitting just behind the front wheels.  Sponsors depend on space all over the car to advertise.  The Next Gen car features a smaller front quarter panel.  Moving the number forward frees up some space for logos. 

Tokyo Paralympics Medal Count – Day 2

After two days of competition in the Tokyo Paralympics, eleven more countries join the medal count for a total of 33.

The People’s Republic of China has taken over the number one spot in the medal count with 23 including eight gold medals to also lead the gold medal count. Australia drops to number four, but the United States games a spot after winning their first gold medals.

2020 Paralympic Medals – Day 2:
People’s Republic of China – 23
Great Britain – 17
RPC (Russia) – 17
Australia – 14
Italy – 11
Netherlands – 9
Ukraine – 9
Brazil – 8
Spain – 4
United States – 4
France – 4
Japan – 4
Canada – 4
Belgium – 3
Poland – 3
Greece – 3
Belarus – 2
Hungary – 2
Germany – 2
Chile – 1
Colombia – 1
Ireland – 1
Israel – 1
Jordan – 1
Kazakhstan – 1
Nigeria – 1
Singapore – 1
Austria – 1
Georgia – 1
Indonesia – 1
New Zealand – 1
Vietnam – 1
Azerbaijan – 1
Mexico – 1
Slovakia – 1
Thailand – 1
Uzbekistan – 1
Venezuela – 1

My Morning Jacket

Rockers My Morning Jacket have a new album coming out in October.  The self titled album is set for an October 22 release but is available now for pre-order.  Their ninth album, this is the first release in since 2015.

The two LP release comes in blue and orange vinyl.  The album also comes in CD and in a deluxe package that includes a fold out poster.

The band spoke on the release saying, “sending everyone lots of positive energy and wishes for good health and safety in these ever changing times. We can’t wait to see everyone on the road and we hope the new music brings as much magic, healing, and fun into your life as it brought to us while we were creating it.”

The band has a number of tour dates planned beginning this weekend.  The rockers will be sharing the stage with Brittany Howard on several of the dates.  Some shows are sold out.

My Morning Jacket tour dates:
Aug 27 at the Metro Credit Union Amphithreatre in Charlotte, NC
Aug 28 at the Railbird Festival in Lexington, KY
Sept 3 at the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA
Sept 4 at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, TN
Sept 7 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD
Sept 8 at The Mann Center in Philadelphia, PA
Sept 10 & 11 at the Forest Hill Stadium in Queens, NY
Sept 23 at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA
Sept 24 at the Doheny State Beach Ohana Festival in Dana Point, CA
Sept 25 at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA
Sept 28 at Edgefield in Troutdale, OR
Sept 29 at Riverfront Park in Spokane, WA
Oct 1 & 2 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA
Oct 3 at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, OR
Oct 29 at the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham. AL
Oct 30 at Suwannee Hulaween in Live Oak, FL
Oct 31 at the Orpheum Theatre in New Orleans, LA
Nov 2 at the Stifel Theatre in St Louis, MO
Nov 4-6 at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL
Dec 29-31 at The Mission Ballroom in Denver, CO
March 2-5 at the One Big Holiday in Riviera May, Mexico

NASCAR Issues Michigan/Gateway Penalties

Last weekend all three NASCAR racing series – Camping World Trucks, Xfinity, and Cup – raced with the Xfinity and Cup Series in Michigan; while the Truck raced at Gateway.

NASCAR issued a total five penalties with all but one of them related to the lug nut infraction.

In the Camping Worl Truck Series

NASCAR penalized three Cup Series teams, an Xfinity Series team and a Camping World Truck Series team Wednesday for infractions during last weekend’s events at Michigan International Speedway and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

In the Camping World Truck Series the McAnally-Hilgemann Racing number 19 truck driven by Derek Kraus was found to have a single lug nut improperly secured. As a result, crew chief Mark Hillman was fined $2,5000.

In the Xfinity Series, the Kaulig Racing number 16driven by AJ Allmendinger was also found to have a single lug nut improperly secured. Crew chief Jason Trinchere was fined $5,000 for the infraction. The penalty does not affect Allmendinger’s race win.

Also in the Xfiity Series, NASCAR has suspended crew member Brian Thomas indefinitely; citing a behavioural infraction.

A total of three teams were assessed a penalty by NASCAR officials.

During the race, Ross Chastain had to take his Chip Ganassi Racing number 42 car to the garage for extended repairs after losing an axle. As a result, number 42 crew member David Fero has been suspended from the the race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night.

The remaining two penalties in the Cup Series were as a result of a lug nut infraction where a single lug nut was found to be improperly secured. Each crew chief was fined $10,000 for the infraction. The teams were the 23XI Racing number 23 car driven by Bubba Wallace with Mike Wheeler as crew chief and the Petty Ware Racing number 51 driven by Cody Ware with Mike Hillman as crew chief.

2020 Tokyo Paralympics Medal Count – Day 1

On August 24, 2021; the Paralympic athletes opened their Olympic events. Hundreds of athletes from 162 countries marched into National Stadium in Tokyo to mark the beginning of two weeks of sporting events. Some nations have only a single athlete to represent their homeland, but they all marched with the pride only seen during Olympic events.

In the first day of competition, 22 countries earned medals with Australia leading the way with a total of 10 medals – six of them gold.

The Americans have some catching up to do with just two silver medals so far.

2020 Paralympic Medals – Day 1:
Australia – 10
People’s Republic of China – 8
Ukraine – 8
RPC (Russia) – 6
Great Britain – 6
Italy – 5
Brazil – 4
Netherlands – 2
Spain – 2
United States – 2
France – 2
Japan – 2
Poland – 2
Canada – 2
Greece – 2
Belarus – 1
Chile – 1
Israel – 1
Singapore – 1
Georgia – 1
Hungary – 1
Germany – 1
Mexico – 1
Uzbekistan – 1

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Jerry Cantrell

Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains has planned a solo tour for next year of North America. Cantrell is releasing a new album “Brighten” set for an October 29 release and is launching the tour to promote the album.

Speaking on the tour, Cantrell said, “I will be taking my new album, Brighten, on the road in Spring 2022. Looking forward to Rawking out with you all.”

Tickets go on sale to the general public on August 27 beginning at 10am local time on jerrycantrell.com.

The album features eight new original songs and features numerous guest rockers.

Jerry Cantrell tour dates:
March 24 at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, MN
March 26 at The Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL
March 28 at St Andrews Hall in Detroit, MI
March 29 at HISTORY in Toronto, ON
March 31 at the Roxian Theatre in Mckees Rocks, PA
Arpil 2 at the Music Box in Atlantic City, NJ
April 3 at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA
April 5 at Irving Place in New York City, NY
April 6 at Big Nigh Live in Boston, MA
April 8 at the Rams Head Live in Baltimore, MD
April 9 at The Ritz in Raleigh, NC
April 10 at The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC
April 12 at the House of Blues in Lake Buena Vista, FL
April 13 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, FL
April 15 at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA
April 17 at the Ryaman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
April 19 at The Fillmore in New Orleans, LA
April 21 at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX
April 22 at the Azted Theatre in San Antonio, TX
April 23 at the House of Blues in Houston, TX
April 25 at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City, OK
April 27 at the Summit Music Hall in Denver, CO
April 28 at The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT
May 1 at the Roseland Theater in Portland, OR
May 2 at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, WA
May 4 at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA
May 5 at The Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA
May 7 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV
May 8 at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA

Stones Drummer Charlie Watts Dies

Long time Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts died August 24, 2021 in a London hospital at the age of 80. An exact cause of death was not revealed, but fellow Stones members noted that Watts was surrounded by family at the time of his death.

Watts had announced earliers that he would not be a part of the upcoming Rolling Stones tour due to an undisclosed health issue.

The dapperly attired Watts joined The Stones in 1963 and rose to listed with Keith Moon and Ginger Bakes as one of the premiere drummers in rock and roll. A part of The Stones for nearly 60 years, only lead singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards have been with the band longer.

Prior to joining the Rolling Stones, Watts performed with Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated.

A jazz drummer before coming to the Rolling Stones, Watts continued to perform jazz whenever he could including his own band and numerous side projects.

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While most rockers love the spotlight and strutting their stuff on solos, Watts preferred to remain in the background; holding down the rhythm section. But Watts shined in a different kind of spotlight – stage designer and album cover artist. He was not fond of being chased down the street by screaming female fans.

Watts did not driver, but loved collecting cars and having a horse farm. Watts disliked leaving home; he noted that he loved what he did but couldn’t wait until he got back home to his family again.

He was born Charles Robert Watts on June 2, 1941 in Neasden, England; the son of a truck driver. Loving the glitter and lights, Watts began playing the drums when he was just eight years old. He taught himself to play by playing along with jazz records.

He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2004, but beat the disease.


Watts married Shirley Ann Sheperd in 1964; over 50 years later, she survives him. The couple had a daughter Seraphina who also survives him; along with granddaughter Charlotte and sister Linda.

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NFL Star, Naval Commander Join to Form New Team

Prior to the Xfinity Series race at Michigan International Speedway last weekend, former Naval officer and current race car driver Jesse Iwuji announced that he and NFL Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith have partnered up to form a new full time racing team in the Xfinity Series next season.

During his announcement, Iwuji noted that he is rather new to auto racing because being a man of colour, he could find no role model when he was young that made him feel that he could make a career from racing. 

In recent years, NASCAR has taken some major steps toward inclusion of non-white drivers, crew members, and owners. 

Iwuji is excited about the new partnership not just because he will have a full time ride next season; but also, because he will be a face of diversity and inclusion; showing others that anything is possible.

Smith spoke on the new partnership saying that they wanted, “to bring more attention and create those opportunities that Jesse talked about. Creating a legacy and a pipeline of people who don’t know the pathway to get there. Our mission is two-to-threefold if you will. We obviously want to win, but we also want to create opportunities for others.”

Iwuji added, this is the life we live.  We live it, people see it and they want to follow in it. That’s something that we’re going to bring to the table. We’re going to be able to provide people with opportunity in places where they’ve never seen it before or would have known that is even possible. There are some people out there that have always wanted to be a part of motorsports, a part of NASCAR. In their minds, they truly feel like they can’t do it because of whatever barrier that is. We want to break those barriers to give these people opportunities.”

During his football career, Emmitt Smith wore the number 22.  Iwuji played football as a child and at the Naval Academy and also wore the number 22 because of Smith.  Iwuji noted that he would like to drive the number 22 car but the number is already in use by Team Penske with Austin Cindric driving the 22 this year.

Information about the car manufacturer, car number, sponsors, and crew members will be forthcoming over the coming months.

After seven years as a full time Naval officer, Iwuji has retired but has reserved his commission and is now a member of the Naval Reserves with the rank of Lt. Commander.

Smith spent 13 of his 15 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys where he set a record an NFL rushing record.

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Broadway to Celebrate Theatres Opening

When New York reached 70 percent of the population being fully vaccinated, they celebrated with a fireworks display over Niagara Falls. Before the rains chased everyone away on August 21, New York City was celebrating New York City and their return after having some of the worst numbers during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

September 17 to 19 Broadway will celebrate the reopening of theatres with “Curtain Up!” an outdoor festival in Times Square. The celebration includes live performances, a concert, and panel discussions.

The highlight of the festival will be a live performance on September 19 by some Broadway favourites.

Playbill, the Times Square Alliance, Prudential, and The Broadway League are sponsoring the three day event. All city, state, and federal Covid protocols will be enforced.

NASCAR Point Series Standings – Aug 23

Just one week remains in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series regular season.  After Kevin Harvick secured himself a spot in the playoffs on points, only one spot remains in the 16 playoff positions.

After Ryan Blaney won his second race of the season at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday (Aug 22), Ford has won six races this season, tying Toyota in wins.  With 13 race wins this season, Chevrolet holds on to the manufacturers point standings with 927 points.  Ford follows with 862 points with Toyota coming in with 845 points.

Denny Hamlin led the points standings for most of the season despite not winning any races; with five race wins, Kyle Larson has taken over the points lead with 1,004 points, 28 ahead of Denny Hamlin.  Hamlin has clinched a spot in the playoffs with 976 points.

Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, William Byron, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Christopher Bell, Michael McDowell, and Aric Almirola have all secured spots in the playoffs via race wins; while Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick have clinched playoff spots with points.

The final spot will be determined by the end of the race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night.

Current playoff standings:
Kyle Larson
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
William Byron
Chase Elliott
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
Tyler Reddick
Alex Bowman
Kurt Busch
Christopher Bell
Michael McDowell
Aric Almirola

Closest Finish in MIS History for Cup Series

Only two races remain in the NASCAR Cup Series regular season. After two weeks of road course racing, the Cup Series returns to the oval tracks with the high speed two mile track in the Irish Hills of Michigan with the Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

The Cup Series caps off a triple header weekend of racing that has brought a red flag for a power outage and a three try overtime shootout to the finish.

Kevin Harvick has won four of the last five races at MIS including three in a row. Winless so far this season, could this be the day the number four Stewart-Haas Racing car secures his spot in the playoffs?

But “the Candy Man” Kyle Busch leads the way with the most top 10’s in a row with eight.

Late last week it was announced that Corey LaJoie would not be in the race due to Covid-19 protocols. Josh Berry will do the three-peat when he takes over driving the number seven car for the race. LaJoie has not tested positive for the virus but was exposed to someone who was positive. As a precaution, LaJoie is not at the track and will not run in the race.

Current points leader Kyle Larson sits on the pole and will bring the field to green. Larson has five wins this season. Reigning Cup Series champion Chase Elliott will start alongside Larson on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Firekeepers Casino 400:
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
Ryan Blaney
Matt DiBenedetto
Martin Truex Jr
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Alex Bowman
Chris Buescher
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Erik Jones
Tyler Reddick
Bubba Wallace
Ryan Newman
Justin Haley
William Byron
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Chase Briscoe
Ross Chastain
Aric Almirola
Josh Berry
Michael McDowell
Austin Dillon
Cole Custer
Christopher Bell
Josh Bilicki
Daniel Suarez
Quin Houff
Ryan Preece
Garrett Smithley
Joey Gase
Anthony Alfredo
BJ McLeod
Cody Ware

Stages one and two of the race are 60 laps each with stage three lasting 80 laps for a total of 200 laps around the two mile track.

With a fuel load of 50 to 52 laps, the drivers cannot complete any of the stages without making at least one pit stop for fuel.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 20.

Kurt Busc has three wins at MIS; however, they were with three different numbers, manufacturers, and car owners!

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane. Drivers get in a three wide battle. After a push from Matt DiBenedetto, Kyle Larson takes the lead.

Lap two, Kyle Larson leads the race wit Matt DiBenedetto in second; Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Ryan Blaney started third but is falling through the field and has dropped out of the top 10.

Lap three, Matt DiBenedetto battles with Kyle Larson for the lead. Larson holds on to the lead.

Kurt Busch passes Matt DiBenedetto for second.

Lap five, Kyle Larson has a narrow lead on Kurt Busch; Matt DiBenedetto, Chase Elliott, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

After starting in fifth, Martin Truex Jr has dropped to 31st with some left rear damage. Truex is also reporting some major handling issues.

Lap seven, Kyle Larson has a third of a second lead on Kurt Busch; Matt DiBenedetto, Chase Elliott, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick reports that his car is “nervous loose”. He is dropping back in the field and has fallen out of the top 10.

Lap 14, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race with a third of a second lead on Kurt Busch; Matt DiBenedetto, Chase Elliott, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 17, leader Kyle Larson is beginning to lap cars.

AT the end of lap 20, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution. Drivers are now in their fuel window to make it to the end of the stage.

With 13 winners so far this season, there are only three spots remaining in the top 16 playoffs; but Denny Hamlin has earned enough points to secure a spot in the playoffs, leaving only two spots.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Denny Hamlin winning the race off of pit road after taking fuel only. Kyle Larson came out second with two fresh tires.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane. Hamlin takes the lead with Chase Elliott in second; Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Prior to the competition caution, Denny Hamlin had no communication with his team due to a loose antennae.

Lap 27, Chase Elliott passes Denny Hamlin for the lead.

Lap 29, Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch battle for second.

Lap 30, Chase Elliott has a tenth of a second lead on Denny Hamlin; Kurt Busch and Kyle Larson battle for third with Tyler Reddick in fifth.

The caution flag comes out on lap 31 after Joey Gase hits the wall hard with a flat tire and is stopped on the track. Gase was in last place, one lap down. Gase is out of the car and checking out the car prior to getting in the safety car for the ride to the infield care center.

The damage to Martin Truex Jr’s car was due to contact with Kyle Busch on lap three.

Chase Elliott’s team is also reporting some radio issues.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 36 with Kurt Busch alongside. The two go side by side before Chase Elliott finally gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 37, drivers are three wide across the track. Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin battle for third.

Joey Logano passes Kurt Busch for third.

Lap 38, the top five are Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, and Kurt Busch.

Kurt Busch continues to loose spots after taking two left side tires durng the competition caution. He is in sixth place.

Lap 40, Joey Logano battle Denny Hamlin for second. Hamlin holds on.

Joey Gase is the first driver out of the race.

Lap 41, the top five are Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, and Austin Dillon.

Richard Childress Racing drivers Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick are in a battle for the final playoff spot. Currently Dillon is in fifth with Reddick in 15th.

Lap 45, Chase Elliott continues to lead the race but Denny Hamlin is just a tenth of a second back.

When the teams come to Michigan, the race becomes more than about just taking home a win; it is a matter of pride since the manufacturers are based in nearby Detroit. This race is about bragging rights for the car makers.

Lap 50, after coming from fifth, Austin Dillon is now in second place behind leader Chase Elliott; Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 53, Chase Elliott has a lead of over half a second on Austin Dillon.

Kyle Busch has re-entered the top 10 in eighth place.

Now in second place, Austin Dillon is the last driver in the playoffs with a two point lead on team mate Tyler Reddick.

Lap 56, Kyle Larson has passes Joey Logano for fourth; William Byron has passed Logano for fifth.

Kyle Larson passes Denny Hamlin for third.

Chase Elliott wins stage one for only the second Chevy driver to win stage one at Michigan.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chase Elliott
Kyle Larson
Austin Dillon
Denny Hamlin
William Byron
Joey Logano
Matt DiBenedetto
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski

Drivers come down pit road for service.

Joey Logano had to make a second trip down pit road for missing lug nuts.

Kye Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two but it is Austin Dillon who edges out for the lead on lap 66.

Lap 67, Matt DiBenedetto makes it a three way battle for the lead with Kyle Larson taking the lead.

Kurt Busch gets loose after some contact with Matt DiBenedetto but saves the car from the wall. He is falling through the field.

Lap 70, Kyle Larson leads the race with Chase Elliott in second; Austin Dillon, Kyle Buch, and Daniel Suarez rounding out the top five.

Austin Dillon passes Chase Elliott for second.

Lap 72, Matt DiBenedetto takes fifth from Daniel Suarez.

Lap 74, Austin Dillon battles Kyle Larson for the lead with Chase Elliott on their bumpers. Kyle Larson holds on to the lead but Austin Dillon on right on his bumper.

Lap 76, Austin Dillon is in second place but he is two points below the cut line for the playoffs.

Lap 77, Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson battle for the lead; the two go side by side and edge each other for the lead; Chase Elliott is in third waiting for his chance.

Lap 79, Kyle Larson leads the race with Chase Elliott in second; Austin Dillon, Matt DiBenedetto, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 80, Chase Elliott passes Kyle Larson for the lead.

Austin Dillon comes up to battle Kyle Larson for second.

Lap 81, Chase Elliott leads the race with team mate Kyle Larson in second; Austin Dillon, Matt DiBenedetto, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 83, Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon have caught up to leader Chase Elliott and are looking to challenge for the lead.

Kyle Busch ahs retaken fourth from Matt DiBenedetto.

Lap 86, team mates Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott pair up to take advantage of the draft to put some distance on third place driver Austin Dillon. Dillon is within half a second of the leaders; Kyle Busch and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

Lap 89, the top three drivers have pulled away from the rest of the field; they are separated by about a third of a second; fourth place driver Kyle Busch is a second back.

Tyler Reddick is reporting a vibration.

Chase Elliott passes Kyle Larson for the lead.

Lap 92, the top five are Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Kyle Busch, and Christopher Bell.

Buddies Ryan Blaney and Bubba Wallace battle for tenth.

Drivers are battling for positon allthrough the field.

Lap 99, Chase Elliott has a tenth of a second lead on Kyle Larson; Austin Dillon, Kyle Busch, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

There are 31 cars on the lead lap.

Kyle Larson is reporting that the car temperatures are creeping up.

Lap 101, Kevin Harvick brings his car down pit road to begin the cycle of green flag pit stops. Harvick is reporting a very loose condition in his car.

Lap 103, Kyle Busch passes Austin Dillon for third with Christopher Bell in tow.

The top five are Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell, and Austin Dillon.

Lap 105, Denny Hamlin takes fifth form Austin Dillon.

William Byron comes down pit road for fresh tires and fuel.

More drivers begin making their green flag pit stops.

Kyle Busch ahs pulled to within half a second of the leaders.

Lap 109, Chase Elliott’s lead is being challenged with Kyle Busch right behind them in third.

Lap 111, Kyle Larson makes his green flag pit stop.

Lap 111, Chase Elliott makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Kyle Busch.

Lap 113, Austin Dillon makes his pit stop.

Lap 114, Kyle Larson passes Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin.

Kyle Busch makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Christopher Bell. Busch takes only two tires.

Denny Hamlin overshot his pit stop and had to back up before the crew could pit the car.

Lap 115, leader Christopher Bell makes his green flag pit stop; Kyle Busch retakes the lead with five laps remaining in the race.

In seventh place, Tyelr Reddick takes fuel only.

Joey Logano is off the track.

With three laps remaining in stage two, Kyle Busch ahs a lead of over two seconds on Christopher Bell.

Ross Chastain has taken his car to the garage.

Kyle Busch wins stage two after taking only two tires during his pit stop.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch
Christopher Bell
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamin
Austin Dillon
Brad Keselowski
Tyler Reddick
William Byron
Matt DiBenedetto
Kurt Busch

Austin Dillon comes down the track and when he begins to move up off the apron at the start/finish line, he makes contact with Brad Keselowski, sending Dillon into the wall hard. Dillon got airborne after hitting the wall. Dillon’s car is on the tow truck headed for the garage and out of the race.

Drivers come down pit road for service. Chase Elliott stalls his car briefly on pit road.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with Kurt Busch alongside. Kurt Busch and Larson are in a side by side battle for thel ead. After a push from William Byron, Kyle Larson takes the lead.

Lap 128, Kyle Larson leads the race with team mate William Byron in second; Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Matt DiBenedetto rounding out the top five. There are 27 cars on the lead lap.

Anthony Alfredo and Ross Chastain are off the track; while Austin Dillon and Joey Gase are out of the race.

After restarting the race in 13th place, Kyle Busch has entered the top 10.

Austin Dillon is out of the infield care center and fine; he said that he had a “rocket ship” today.

Lap 134, Kyle Larson leads the race with William Byron just a tenth of a second back; Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Martin Truex Jr rounding out the top five.

Lap 141, Kyle Larson continues to hold on to the lead by a narrow margin over William Byron; Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Anthony Alfredo returns to the track 20 laps down; Ross Chastain is still in the garage.

Lap 146, Kyle Larson has dominated much of the race as he looks to be the first driver to win six races this season and extend his points lead.

Mired back in 14th, Chase Elliott is running some of the fastest laps on th track.

Lap 150, Kyle Larson leads the race with William Byron in second; kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 154, Kyle Larson holds on to the lead with William Byron in second; Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 156, William Byron brings his car down pit road for service. Denny Hamlin passes Kurt Busch to take second, over half a second behind leader Kyle Larson.

Lap 157, Alex Bowman makes his green flag pit stop.

Lap 159, leader Kyle Larson is out of fuel but makes his way on to pit road. With his pit stall all the way down pit road, he will lose some time.

Denny Hamlin is the new leader.

Kurt Busch makes his pit stop.

Lap 162, the top five are Dennny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Tyler Reddick.

More drivers make their green flag pit stops.

Lap 165, leader Denny Hamlin makes his pit stop and gives the lead over the Kyle Busch.

Lap 167, Kyle Busch leads the race with Brad Keselowski in second; Chase Elliott, Chris Buescher, and Christopher Bell round out the top five but all of them have yet to make their pit stops.

Leader Kyle Busch comes down pit road and overshoots his pit stall. He has to back it up before the crew can service the car. Brad Keselowski is the new leader. Busch returns to the track in 20th place.

Lap 171, the top six drivers have yet to make their pit stops.

There are only 14 cars on the lead lap.

With 27 laps remaining in the race, leaders Brad Keselowski and Christopher Bell make their pit stops and gives the lead over the William Byron with Kyle Larson in second.

The top five are William Byron, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, and Ryan Blaney.

With 21 laps remaining in the race, there are reports of precipitation in the area. NASCAR has displayed the caution flag for wet weather conditions.

With 18 laps remaining in the race, pit road is open; leaders stay out but drivers back in the field come down pit road for fresh tires.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with just 14 laps remaining in the race. After a push from Kyle Larson, William Byron gets out in front for the lead. Drivers get three wide battling for position.

The caution flag comes out for a crash. Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, Josh Berry, Michael McDowell, Martin Truex Jr, and Christopher Bell were all involved in the wreck.

Joey Logano takes his car to the garage with crash damage.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with just eight laps remaining in the race. Getting a push from Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney takes the lead with William Byron in second. Drivers are getting five wide across the track battling for position.

The top five are Ryan Blaney, William Byron, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Kurt Busch.

Tyler Reddick spins out but the track stays green as he gets moving again.

Kyle Larson passes William Byron for second with Ryan Blaney in the lead.

Five to go, Ryan Blaney holds on to the lead with Kyle Larson on his bumper; Kurt Busch, William Byron, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Drivers are pushing, beating, and banging all through the field in a battle for position and points.

Three to go, William Byron drops to the bottom and passes Kyle Larson for second.

Two to go, William Byron tries to get past Ryan Blaney for the lead.

Ryan Blaney takes the white flag.

Ryan Blaney holds off William Byron to win the race for the closest finish in MIS history – 77/1,000th of a second! The top five drivers were separated by less than half a second. This is Blaney’s second win of the season.

Kevin Harvick has locked in a spot in the playoffs on points. There is only one more spot open with one race remaining in the regular season.

The unofficial results of the Firekeepers Casino 400:
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Kyle Larson
Kurt Busch
Denny Hamlin
Matt DiBenedetto
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Brad Keselowski
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Briscoe
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Christopher Bell
Kevin Harvick
Chris Buescher
Alex Bowman
Aric Almirola
Erik Jones
Bubba Wallace
Michael McDowell
Ryan Preece
Daniel Suarez
Cole Custer
Ryan Newman
Justin Haley
Josh Berry
Cody Ware
BJ McLeod
Tyler Reddick
Quin Houff
Josh Bilicki
Garrett Smithley
Joey Logano
Anthony Alfredo
Ross Chastain
Austin Dillon
Joey Gase

3 Overtime Finish for Xfinity at MIS

In race two of a triple header weekend, the Xfinity Series is at Michigan International Speedway for the New Holland 250.

After two weeks of road racing, the Xfinity Series returns to the traditional track for some good old fashioned oval racing.

Austin Cindric sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with AJ Allmendinger alongside on the front row.

After running the Truck Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway on Friday night, Jordan Anderson and Josh Berry traveled to Michigan to race in the Xfinity Series.

Michael Annett is still recovering from his leg injury; as a result, Josh Berry is taking over the driving duties of the JR Motorsports number one car.

Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace is driving the Hattori Racing Enterprises number 61 car after Corey LaJoie is under the Covid protocols and unable to race.

The starting lineup for the New Holland 250:
Austin Cindric
AJ Allmendinger
Justin Haley
Noah Gragson
Justin Allgaier
Harrison Burton
Daniel Hemric
Riley Herbst
Myatt Snider
Ty Gibbs
Jeremy Clements
Jeb Burton
Alex Labbe
Josh Williams
Landon Cassill
Sam Mayer
Josh Berry
Tommy Joe Martins
Jade Buford
Brett Moffitt

Kyle Weatherman
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Sieg
Brandon Jones
Brandon Brown
Mason Massey
Matt Mills
Carson Ware
ColinGarrett
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Jordan Anderson
Joe Graf Jr
Jesse Little
Caesar Bacarella
Ryan Vargas
Bubba Wallace
David Starr
Colby Howard
Bayley Currey
Gray Gaulding

Lt Commander Jesse Iwuji has been doing some part time driving in the Xfinity Series. Beginning with the 2022 racing season, Iwuji will be driving full time in a new team of Iwuji and NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith.

Stages one and two of the race are 30 laps each with stage three lasting 65 laps for a total of 125 laps around the two mile track.

With a fuel load of around 47 laps, the drivers can complete the first two stages without making a stop for fuel; however, all of the drivers will have to make a pit stop for fuel in stage three.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the gren flag start of the race from the inside lane. Cindric and AJ Allmendinger go side by side but Allmendinger takes the lead after Cindric gets loose. Drivers are getting three and four wide across the track.

Lap two, AJ Allmendinger leads the race by over a second and a half; Justin Haley, Ty Gibbs, Noah Gragson, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Only three laps into the race, AJ Allmendinger has already pulled out to a lead of two seconds on Ty Gibbs; Justin Haley, Austin Cindric, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap five, Austin Cindric passes Justin Haley for third; AJ Allmendinger leads the race by just under two seconds.

Lap seven, AJ Allmendinger has a two second lead on Ty Gibbs; Austin Cindric, Justin Haley, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap 12, AJ Allmendinger has led every lap so far; he has a lead of over a second on Ty Gibbs; Austin Cindric, Justin Haley, and Harrison Burton round out the top five. After starting back in the field, Josh Berry has entered the top 20. Bubba Wallace is just outside the top 20 in 23rd.

Lap 15, Ty Gibbs continues to eat into, AJ Allmendinger’s gap; which is now less than one second.

NASCAR displays the yellow flag on lap 16 for a competition caution.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for adjustments and service. The teams were given only three sets of tires for today’s race.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 21. Drivers get three wide across the track with Austin Cindric jumping out in front for the lead with Ty Gibbs in second and AJ Allmendinger in third.

The caution flag comes out on lap 22 when Caesar Bacarella gets into the wall after spinning out.

Allmendinger reports that he had difficulty getting the car into gear; adding that the shifter wouldn’t go into fourth on the pace laps.

A few drivers come down pit road for service. Drivers who stop now can make it on fuel to the end of stage two.

Ryan Sieg is on pit road with the hood up for a loose plug wire.

Justin Allgaier has to restart the race from the back of the field after the team was charged with an uncontrolled tire. Bubba Wallace also has to restart the race from the back of the field after a crew member came over the wall too soon.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart with just four laps remaining in stage one. Cindric takes the lead with Ty Gibbs in second;Myatt Snider, AJ Allmendinger, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

After having to start the race from the last spot due to a driver change, Josh Berry has entered the top 10 in ninth place.

With a lead of over a second, Austin Cindric wins stage one for his ninth stage win of the season.

Allmendinger climbs the fence after doing a big burnout to celebrate his second win in six days.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Austin Cindric
Ty Gibbs
AJ Allmendinger
Myatt Snider
Noah Gragson
Daniel Hemric
Harrison Burton
Brandon Jones
Josh Berry
Justin Haley

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

On pit road Ty Gibbs and Myatt Snider make contact; sending Snider into the curb hard.

Josh Berry, Matt Mills, and Ryan Vargas were all charged with having a crew member come over the wall too soon and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Sam Mayer has to take his car to the garage for repairs after having some gear issues.

After staying out on the track, Jeb Burton for the green flag start of stage two on lap 36 and gets out in front of Tommy Joe Martins for the lead.

Cars crash bringing out the fourth caution flag of the race. Austin Cindric, Myatt Snider, Daniel Hemric, Bubba Wallace, Joe Graf Jr, Justin Haley, and Brandon Brown were all involved. Myatt Snider got loose and makes contact with Brandon Brown and the rest were caught up in the melee.

NASCAR has held Myatt Snider two laps after the gas man did more than fuel the car on his pit stop.

Austin Cindric’s car is smoking from the rear and there are reports that he is dropping fluid on the track.  The sheet metal on the front of his car is gone.

Jeb Burton brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 46 and gets out in front for the lead with Tyler Reddick in second.  Ty Gibbs takes second.

Jeb Burton leads the race with Justin Allgaier in second; AJ Allmendinger, Ty Gibbs, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Daniel Hemric, Joe Graf, Brandon Brown, and Austin Cindric are out of the race.

Lap 50, Jeb Burton has a narrow lead on AJ Allmendinger; Justin Allgaier, Ty Gibbs, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap 51, Harrison Burton and Noah Gragson battle for fifth.

Justin Allgaier takes second from AJ Allmendinger.

Ceasar Bacarella and Myatt Snider were unable to make minimum speed and are out of the race.

Lap 54, AJ Allmendinger retakes second and is on leader Jeb Burton’s bumper.

Ty Gibbs makes it a three way battle for the lead with AJ Allmendinger taking the lead; Jeb Burton, Ty Gibbs, Justin Allgaier, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

There are 31 cars on the lead lap.

Justin Allgaier reports a very lose condition.

With four laps remaining in stage two, AJ Allmendinger has a lead of over half a second on Ty Gibbs.

AJ Allmendinger wins stage two by nearly a second on Ty Gibbs.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
AJ Allmendinger
Ty Gibbs
Harrison Burton
Justin Allgaier
Jeb Burton
Noah Gragson
Brandon Jones
Josh Berry
Brett Moffitt
Riley Herbst

Drivers come down pit road for service.  Ty Gibbs gets blocked in his pit stall by Josh Williams. 

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 67 with Jeb Burton alongside.  The two go nose to nose before Allmendinger edges out for the lead.

The top five are AJ Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, Harrison Burton, Jeb Burton, and Josh Berry.

Sam Mayer is back on the track 25 laps down.

Lap 70, Josh Berry passes Jeb Burton for fourth.  AJ Allmendinger has a half second lead on Justin Allgaier.

Lap 72, Harrison Burton reports that he has a vibration and some smoke in the cockpit.

Lap 73, Harrison Burton makes an unscheduled trip down pit road.  The crew changes right side tires.

Lap 74, AJ Allmendinger holds on to a half second lead on Justin Allgaier.

Lap 78, AJ Allmendinger leads the race with Justin Allgaier in second; Josh Berry, Brandon Jones, and Ty Gibbs rounding out the top five.

Harrison Burton is the last car on the lead lap in 32nd.

Lap 82, leader AJ Allmendinger reports reports vibrations on both right side tires…like they are missing a lug nut.

Lap 85, Justin Allgaier has caught up to leader AJ Allmendinger and begins to challenge for the lead.

Lap 87, Josh Berry makes it a three way battle for the lead with Josh Berry coming from the outside to pass both drivers for the lead on lap 88.

Lap 89, the top five are Josh Berry, AJ Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, Brandon Jones, and Ty Gibbs.

Lap 91, Justin Allgaier gets around AJ Allmendinger for second.

With 34 laps remaining in the race, drivers still need to make a pit stop for fresh tires and fuel.

Lap 94, Josh Berry has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half on Justin Allgaier; AJ Allmendinger, Brandon Jones, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

Lap 96, there are only 17 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 101, leader Josh Berry puts Harrison Burton one lap down to make only 15 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 104, Noah Gragson is the first driver to come down pit road and beginning the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Lap 105, there are only 12 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 106, Ty Gibbs comes down pit road for his green flag pit stop.  He has a long pit stop and is charged with the team having an uncontrolled tire.

Lap 107, Josh Berry has a lead of over two seconds on Justin Allgaier.

Lap 108, leader Josh Berry makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over the Justin Allgaier.

Lap 110, Justin Allgaier makes his green flag pit stop and takes fuel only.  Jeb Burton is the new leader.

Lap 111, Alex Labbe gets sideways while making his pit stop.

Lap 113, Jeb Burton is out of fuel.  He is slowly working his way around the track to reach pit road.

Justin Allgaier leads the race with Josh Berry in second; Brandon Jones, AJ Allmendinger, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap 117, the caution flag comes out for Jeb Burton stopped on the track out of fuel.

Brandon Jones makes a pit stop.

Riley Herbst comes down pit road with a vibration.

Leader Justin Allgaier comes down pit road for fresh tires.  Josh Berry is the new leader.

Josh Berry brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 121 from the outside lane with AJ Allmendinger alongside.  Only five laps remain in the race.

AJ Allmendinger takes the lead with a little push from Justin Allgaier.  Josh Berry passes Allmendinger for the lead.  There are eleven cars on the lead lap.

Four to go, Josh Berry and AJ Allmendinger battle for the lead with Allmendinger taking the lead.

Caution flag comes out on lap 122 after Jesse Little and Bayley Currey make contact.  Little hits the wall hard.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag restart and a two lap overtime shootout from the outside lane and gets out in front for the lead. 

The caution flag comes out when Mason Massey is stopped on the track after hitting the wall.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the second overtime start on lap 133 and battles with Josh Berry for the lead.

Ty Gibbs spins out and hits the wall bringing out the caution flag.

The race will go into an overtime start for the  third time.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag overtime start from the outside lane with Noah Gragson alongside.  With a little push from Brandon Jones, AJ Allmendinger gets out in front for the lead.  There are 14 cars on the lead lap.

In the longest Xfinity Series race at MIS, AJ Allmendinger wins the race after winning the crash filled road course race last week at Indianapolis in the Cup Series race.  This is Allmendinger’s third win of the season.

The unofficial results of the New Holland 250:
AJ Allmendinger
Brandon Jones
Noah Gragson
Josh Berry
Harrison Burton
Justin Allgaier
Riley Herbst
Brett Moffitt
Jade Buford
Bubba Wallace
Jeremy Clements
Ryan Sieg
Ty Gibbs
Matt Mills
Jordan Anderson
Tyler Reddick
Justin Haley
Josh Williams
Tommy Joe Martins
Colin Garrett
Ryan Vargas
David Starr
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Kyle Weatherman
Colby Howard
Landon Cassill
Gray Gaulding
Carson Ware
Jeb Burton
Mason Massey
Alex Labbe
Jesse Little
Sam Mayer
Bayley Currey
Ceasar Bacarella
Myatt Snider
Austin Crindric
Joe Graf Jr
Daniel Hemric
Brandon Brown

Red Flag, Power Outage, and Overtime Mark Gateway Race

The Camping World Truck Series kicks off a triple header weekend with a stand alone event from World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. The Toyota 200 Presented By CK Power is the start of the seven race playoffs for the Truck Series that will culminate with the final four and a series champion in Phoenix in November.

Ten drivers will be competing for the championship:
John Hunter Nemechek
Austin Hill
Ben Rhodes
Todd Gilliland
Sheldon Creed
Zane Smith
Matt Crafton
Carson Hocevar
Stewart Friesen
and Chandler Smith

Joining Vince Welch and Michael Waltrip in the FOX Sports broadcast booth tonight is Cup Series driver and former champion Kurt Busch.


Austin Hill sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with regular season champion John Hunter Nemechek starting alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Toyota 200 Presented By CK Power:
Austin Hill
John Hunter Nemechek
Todd Gilliland
Sheldon Creed
Zane Smith
Carson Hocevar
Ben Rhodes
Christian Eckes
Stewart Friesen
Matt Crafton
Derek Griffith
Chandler Smith
Tyler Ankrum
Josh Berry
Austin Wayne Self
Tanner Gray
Derek Kraus
Ryan Truex
Hailie Deegan
Johnny Sauter
Jack Wood
Kris Wright
Danny Bohn
Tate Fogleman
Ty Majeski
Taylor Gray
Tyler Hill
Chase Purdy
Jake Griffin
Grant Enfinger
Chris Hacker
Spencer Boyd
Jordan Anderson
Roger Reuse
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Armani Williams
Cory Roper
Dawson Cram
Norm Benning

Stages one and two of the race are 55 laps each with stage three lasting 50 laps for a total of 160 laps around the 1.25 mile track.

Normally many of the crews that service the trucks also service the Cup Series cars; with the Cup Series in Michigan this week, NASCAR has called for non-competitive pit stops where teams can change tires only during stage breaks and the crews are allowed a specific amount of time for pit service without losing on track positions.

AT 45, Matt Crafton is the oldest driver in the playoffs; while 18 year old Carson Hocevar is the youngest.

Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag start of the race to begin the playoffs and takes the lead as drivers get three and four wide across the track.

Austin Hill leads lap one.

Lap two, Sheldon Creed passes Austin Hill to take the lead.

Lap three, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Austin Hill, Zane Smith, John Hunter Nemechek, and Todd Gilliland.

Christian Eckes and John Hunter Nemechek make contact but the track stays green.

Lap seven, Sheldon Creed has a lead of nearly a second on Austin Hill; Zane Smith, Todd Gilliland, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five. John Hunter Nemechek had dropped to ninth place. Carson Hocevar is the playoff driver in the lowest position in 21st.

Lap 10, Sheldon Creed has increased his lead to nearly two seconds on Zane Smith; Austin Hill, Todd Gilliland, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Lap 16, Sheldon Creed continues to lead the race with Zane Smith nearly two seconds behind; Austin Hill, Todd Gilliland, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Chris Hacker’s truck was smoking and the crew pushed it to the garage.

There are 34 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 20, with 32 trucks on the lead lap, Sheldon Creed holds on to his near two second lead on Zane Smith; Todd Gilliland, Austin Hill, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

In 22nd place, Carson Hocevar reports that he is bottoming out and has an unhappy truck.

Lap 22, Sheldon Creed has increased his lead to over two seconds on Zane Smith.

Lap 23, after starting 25th, Ty Majeski has entered the top 10.

The caution flag comes out on lap 25 for Chandler Smith’s smoking truck. Reports are the gauges look fine. The crew reports a right rear hub issue. Smith takes his truck to the garage for repairs.

Zane Smith’s team reports possible brake issues

Sheldon Creed brigns the field down for the green flag restart on lap 30 and gets out in front for the lead as drivers get three and four wide.

Zane Smith passes Sheldon Creed for the lead; Ben Rhodes, Todd Gilliland, and Stewart Friesen rounds out the top five.

There are 31 trucks on the lead lap.

Cory Roper spins out and brings out the second caution flag of the race.

Zane Smith brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 39 from the inside lane. Zane Smith edges out in front for the lead with Sheldo nCreed in second; Ben Rhodes, Stewart Friesen, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

Sheldon Creed and Zane Smith battle for the lead with Smith taking the spot after a little swapping back and forth.

The third caution flag of the race comes out for Derek Griffith who has some rear end damage after hitting the wall.

Zane Smith brings the field down for the green flag restart with just nine laps remaining in stage one. Zane Smith edges out for the lead from the outside lane to take the lead.

The top five are Zane Smith, Sheldon Creed, Stewart Friesen, Ben Rhodes, and Todd Gilliland.

Chris Hacker returns to the track 21 laps down. Jennifer Jo Cobb and Chandler Smith are off the track.

Seven laps remain in stage one; Sheldon Creed passes Zane Smith for the lead.

Lap 50, Ty Majeski enters the top five after passing Todd Gilliland.

Four laps remain in stage one, Sheldon Creed has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second over team mate Zane Smith.

Lap 54, Stewart Friesen passes Zane Smith for second.

With a lead of over a second and a half, Sheldon Creed wins stage one for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Sheldon Creed
Stewart Friesen
Ben Rhodes
Zane Smith
Ty Mjeski
Todd Gilliland
Matt Crafton
Austin Hill
John Hunter Nemechek
Derek Kraus

The crews have three minutes to change tires, fuel the trucks, and make any needed adjustments.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the outside lane on lap 59 with Stewart Friese alongside. Creed and Friesen go side by side before Sheldon Creed edges out for the lead.

The top five are Sheldon Cred, Zane Smith, Stewart Friesen, Ben Rhodes, and Ty Majeski.

Lap 60, Sheldon Creed has jumped out to a two second lead on Zane Smith. Zane Smith and Stewart Friesen battle for second; but Smith holds on to the spot.

There is a power outage at the track; bringing out the caution flag. NASCAR displays the red flag at 10:22pm EDT and brings the trucks down pit road.

Reports are an accident outside of the track is the cause of the power issues inside the track.

The race president reports that it is actually a fire outside the track that has caused the power issues with a transformer out.

Track officials are placing some portable lights around the track and must restore the timing and scoring before the race can continue.

At 11:05pm EDT, NASCAR has called the drivers back to their trucks.

The lights along the backstretch have come back on.

At 11:10pm EDT, the engines have fired once again.

Chandler Smith returns to the track 36 laps down.

Jordan Anderson is still on pit road with the hood up.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 67. Creed jumps out in front for the lead. Drivers are getting two and three wide across the track.

Still early in stage two, the drivers are getting aggressive; beating and banging for positoin as they get four wide.

Sheldon Creed continues to increase his lead with 36 laps remaining in stage two.

While the lights are working fine, timing and scoring is not working properly.

Sheldon Creed leads the race with Ben Rhodes in second; Mat Crafton is in third with Stewart Friesen in fourth.

Thirty laps remain in stage two with Sheldon Creed leading the way; Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, Stewart Friesen, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Sheldon Creed has pulled out to a lead of over half a straightaway in front of Ben Rhodes; Matt Crafton challenges Rhodes for second.

Twenty to go is stage two, Sheldon Creed is dominating the race with Ben Rhodes and Matt Crafton battling for second.

Danny Bohn slowly makes his way to pit road.

After leading early, Zane Smith is falling back in the field; he reports further brake issues, saying that he is pushing it to the floor.

Leader Sheldon Creed has encountered slower traffic with 10 laps remaining in stage two.

Zane Smith brings his truck down pit road and the crew is looking under the truck. Smith is the second playoff driver to have some major issues with his truck.

Sheldon Creed leads the race with Ben Rhodes in second; Mat Crafton, John Hunter Nemechek, and Stewart Friesen round out the top five.

Zane Smith’s crew pushes the truck to the garage.

Zane Smith is out of his truck…and out of the race.

Leader Sheldon Creed has Austin Wayne Self right in front of him and is working to put the driver a lap down.

With a big lead, Sheldon Creed wins stage two for the stage sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Sheldon Creed
Ben Rhodes
Matt Crafton
John Hunter Nemechek
Stewart Friesen
Ty Majeski
Derek Kraus
Tyler Ankrum
Christian Eckes
Austin Hill

Drivers come down pit road for their pit stops. The hood is up on Matt Crafton’s truck; he has been reporting heating issues all race long.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the outside lane on lap 112. Sheldon Creed gets out in front for the lead as the drivers go three wide across the track. Matt Crafton takes second from Ben Rhodes.

The caution flag comes out for a crash involving several top drivers including Todd Gilliland, Ty Majeski, Austin Hill, and John Hunter Nemechek. Tyler Ankrum, Jake Griffin, Christian Eckes, and Chandler Smith were also involved.

John Hunter Nemechek reports that the engine just shut off but he got it going again.

The top five are Sheldon Creed, Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes, Stewart Friesen, and Derek Kraus.

There are only 20 trucks on the lead lap.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 40 laps remaining in the race. Creed jumps out in front from the outside lane. Grant Enfinger has an issue with his truck; the hoods flies up. He makes his way to pit road and the track stays green.

Sheldon Creed has a lead of over a second on Ben Rhodes; Matt Crafton, Stewart Friesen, and Derek Kraus round out the top five with 18 trucks on the lead lap.

Thirty five laps to go, Sheldon Creed has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Ben Rhodes; Matt Crafton, Stewart Friesen, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

With 31 laps remaining in the race, John Hunter Nemechek brings his truck down pit road. When the crew removes the tire, the brake rotor is on fire. He pulls off behind the wall and the crew gathers with the hood up. Prior to coming down pit road, Nemechek reported that something broke.

Only 26 laps remain in the race, Sheldon Creed has a lead of over two seconds on Ben Rhodes; Matt Crafton, Stewart Friesen, and Derek Kraus round out the top five.

With 23 laps to go, there are 17 trucks on the lead lap.

Twenty to go, Sheldon Creed has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Ben Rhodes.

Fifteen to go, Sheldon Creed continues to dominate the race with a lead of two and a half seconds on Ben Rhodes; Matt Crafton, Stewart Friesen, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

With 12 laps to go, there are only 14 trucks on the lead lap.

After being in the top five, Derek Kraus has fallen out of the top 10 after an unscheduled trip down pit road.

Ten to go, Sheldon Creed has a lead of nearly two and a half seconds on Ben Rhodes wint only 13 trucks on the lead lap.

Of the 10 playoff drivers, only leaders Sheldon Creed, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, and Stewart Friesen have not had issues with their trucks.

Five to go Tanner Gray spins out and brings out the caution flag.

Derek Kraus is stopped on the track.

The race goes into overtime…

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green/white/checker overtime finish from the outside lane and edges out Matt Crafton for the lead as drivers get three and four wide across the track.

Sheldon Creed takes the white flag.

Ryan Truex gets into the wall but the track stays green.

In dominating fashion, Sheldon Creed wins the first race of the playoffs and secures his spot in the second round.

The unofficial results of the Toyota 200:
Sheldon Creed
Matt Crafton
Ben Rhodes
Stewart Friesen
Johnny Sauter
Chase Purdy
Hailie Deegan
Carson Hocevar
Austin Wayne Self
Jack Wood
Tyler Hill
Taylor Gray
Ryan Truex
Tate Fogleman
Josh Berry
Spender Boyd
Cory Roper
Kris Wright
Tanner Gray
Derek Kraus
Armani Williams
John Hunter Nemechek
Austin Hill
Roger Reuse
Grant Enfinger
Derek Griffith
Chris Hacker
Chandler Smith
Todd Gilliland
Dawson Cram
Christian Eckes
Tyler Hill
Ty Majeski
Jake Griffin
Zane Smith
Danny Bohn
Jordan Anderson
Jennifer Jo Cobb








Seth Glier

Independent music artist Seth Glier has just released his newest album “Coronation”. Created during the pandemic last year, Glier spoke on the album saying, “the “Coronation” was born out of and during the pandemic, forcing me to reflect on myself and the state of the planet in ways I never have before. It explores fear, destruction, hope, healing, love, and everything in between.”

Along with digital and streaming, the album is available on vinyl and CD.

Glier has launched a tour to help promote and support the album.

Seth Glier tour dates:
Aug 21 at the Highly Caffeinated 5k + Music Festival in Bethlehem, CT
Sept 16 at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI
Sept 17 at the Lynne Sherwood Waterfornt Stadium in Grand Haven, MI
Sept 23 at the Center for the Arts in Natick, MA
Oct 1 at the Boothbay Opera House in Boothbay Harbor, ME
Oct 2 at a house concert in Conway, NH
Nov 9 at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City, NY
Nov 10 at the City Winery in Philadelphia, PA
Nov 11 at the Evening Muse in Charlotte, NC
Nov 14 at Cafe Eleven in St Augustine, FL
Nov 18 at the Listening Room in Sarasota, FL
Nov 19 at the Hard Rock in Orlando, FL
Nov 20 at the Craftsman House in St Petersburg, FL
Nov 26 at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY
Nov 27 at Vanilla Bean in Prmfret, CT
Dec. 17 at the Academy of Musch Theatre in Northampton, MA

Brooks Cancels Shows, Some ME Venues to Require Shots

Recently Stevie Nicks cited the increase in Cofic cases and wanting to keep everyone safe as the reason why whe cancelled all of her festival dates in the coming months.

Country music legend Garth Brooks has cancelled the remainder of his stadium tour for the same reason. Brooks had only five shows remaining in the tour.

The tickets for the Seattle show never went on sale; however, the concerts in Cincinnati,, Charlotte, Baltimore, Foxborough, and Nashville have all been cancelled.

Brooks hopes that he can soon reschedule the cancelled dates and resume touring.

While some entertainers are cancelling shows, other venues are continuing to put on productions and shows by allowing only vaccinated fans into the venues.

Following in the footsteps of Live Nation, Broadway, Chicago Theatres, the Kennedy Center, and the Ford Theatre; a number of venues in the state of Maine are requiring attendees to show proof of a vaccination or a negative Covid test.

The State Theater, Thompson’s Point, and the Portland House of Music in Portland are among several venues across the state hoping to cut down on the surge of cases by requiring fans to be vaccinated or at least have a negative test before entering the venue. The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor and the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield are also requiring vaccines to enter.

LaJoie Out in Michigan

Earlier this week NASCAR announced some changes to their Covid-19 porotcols and re-implementing some restrictions that were in place last year due to a surge in positive cases ans the delta variant rages on.

Spire Motorsports announced Thrusday that driver of the number seven car, Corey LaJoie would not be making the trip to Michigan this weekend or running in the race due to Covid protocols.

In their statement, Spire Motorsports did not specify whether LaJoie had tested positive for the virus or whether he had been exposed to someone who had tested positive; only that LaJoie would not be at the track or running in the race.

Sprie has tapped Xfinity Series driver Josh Berry to fill in for LaJoie. Earlier this season when Spire Motorsports driver Justin Haley had to miss a race, it was Josh Berry who took over the driving dutes of Haley’s car.

Berry has just signed a full time deal to drive the JR Motorsports number eight car in the Xfinity Series next season.

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NASCAR Issues Indy Road Course Penalties

After all of the controversy over the weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway due to a malfunctioning curb barrier, NASCAR issued only two penalties – one in the Cup Series and one in the Xfinity Series.

In the Cup Series, officials found an improperly secured lug nut on the Team Penske number 12 car driven by Ryan Blaney. As a result, crew chief Todd Gordon was fined $10,000 for the infraction. The penalty does not affect Blaney’s second place finish in the Verizon 200 at The Brickyard.

In the Xfinity Series, NASCAR officials issued a severe penalty when they suspended the crew chief for the RSS Racing number 39 car driven by Ryan Sieg. Shane Wilson has been suspended for four races due to a violation of the NASCAR rule book regarding a safety violation during the road course race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday. Prior to Wilson taking over the crew chief duties in May, Kevin Starland was the crew chief for the number 39 car; he will reclaim those duties in Wilson’s absence.

NASCAR did not cite the specific violation but noted that the rule book states, a safety violation may be imposed for any action or omission by a Competitor or vehicle that creates an unsafe environment or poses a threat to the safety of the Competitors, as determined by NASCAR.”

Some Chicago Theatres to Require Vaccines

Following in the foot steps of Broadway, The Kennedy Center, and the Ford Theatre; over 65 of the theatrical venues in Chicago will require cast, crew, and audience members to show proof that they have been vaccinated in order to attend a production.

Beginning September 1 and running through at least the end of the year, audience members will not only have to show proof of vaccination, but will have to wear a face covering as well.

The protocols will be regularly evaluated to determine whether any changes will need to be made depending on what the current science dictates.

Executive Director for the League of Chicago Theatres Deb Clapp spoke on the decision saying, “the arts and cultural community is embedded in the fabric of Chicago. Not all of the League’s more than 200 member theatres will be able to open this fall. We are pleased that many members of our vibrant performing arts community that will be opening have come together to craft a unified response to this crisis so that audiences can once again experience the joy of live performance without future disruption.”

The venues participating in the vaccine requirement include:
the 16th Street Theater
A Red Orchid Theatre
About Face Theatre
Aguijón Theatre
Albany Park Theatre Project
American Blues Theater
Apollo Theater Chicago
Artemesia Theatre
The Artistic Home
Aston Rep Theatre Company
Athenaeum Theatre
Auditorium Theatre
Babes with Blades
Black Button Eyes Productions
Bluebird Arts
Brightside Theatre
Broadway In Chicago
Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble
Chicago Humanities Festival
Chicago Latino Theater Alliance
Chicago Magic Lounge
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association
Chicago Youth Shakespeare
Court Theatre
First Floor Theatre
First Folio Theater
Goodman Theatre
Greenhouse Theatre Center
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
Hell in a Handbag
Her Story Theatre
High Concept Labs
House Theatre of Chicago
International Voices Project
The Joffrey Ballet
Lookingglass Theatre Company
Lyric Opera of Chicago
The Marriott Theatre
Midsommer Flight
The Neo Futurists
The New Coordinates
Northlight Theatre
Oak Park Festival Theatre
Oil Lamp Theater
Old Town School of Folk Music
Paramount Theatre
Piven Theatre Workshop
Pivot Arts
Playmakers Laboratory
Porchlight Music Theatre
Pridearts
Promethean Theatre Ensemble
Raven Theatre
Red Tape Theatre
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Saint Sebastian Players
Saltbox Theatre Collective
The Second City
Shattered Globe Theatre
Skokie Theatre
Stage Left Theatre
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Theatre Wit
Three Brothers Theatre
Timeline Theatre Company
UrbanTheater Company
Victory Gardens Theater
WildClaw Theatre
Williams Street Repertory Theatre
Writers Theatre

NASCAR Updates Covid Protocols

The numbers are rising again when it comes to the Covid-19 virus and the delta variant. As a result, companies and organizations are re-assessing protocols.

Among those is NASCAR who have made a number of changes to how the teams, drivers, and fans interact for the foreseeable future.

Beginning this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway and Michigan International Speedway fans will no longer be allowed in the garage, haulers, and racing grid. Only NASCAR licensed personnel will be allowed on the grid and members of the media must wear a face covering when interacting with the drivers and will not be allowed in the garage area on inside the haulers.

Drivers can no longer visit the suites and must keep their distance from fans. The drivers will have to plan out their routes to minimize casual interactions with fans. Interactions with drivers will be in a controlled environment that includes distancing.

NASCAR will limit the number of people during driver introductions and on Victory Lane.

All persons in an enclosed area must have their face covered at all times, regardless of whether or not they have been vaccinated.

Over the past year and a half, NASCAR has been meticulous about the safety of crews and drivers; as a result, there have been very few incidents of positive cases and no mass outbreaks.

Xfinity News: Bubba Subs, Berry Goes Full Time

With the Camping World Truck Series beginning their playoffs on Friday night at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway; Truck Series regular Austin Hill has decided to concentrate on those playoffs and will not participate in the Xfinity Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday in the New Holland 250. Hattori Racing Enterprises has asked Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace to step in and take over the driving duties of the number 61 car.

Hill, currently ranked second of the 10 playoff drivers said, “we really enjoy running the Xfinity Series but having someone like Bubba step in to help this weekend will let us focus 100% on our AISIN Toyota Tundra at Gateway. The first race in the playoffs is always important and our team has a great chance to win everywhere we go with our AISIN Toyota Tundra. Being able to focus solely on Gateway Friday night will be helpful for us to get our championship run started on the right foot.”

This will be Wallace’s first time in an Xfinity Series car since 2017. Wallce is the lone driver for the new Cup Series team 23XI Racing in the number 23 car.

Speaking on the opportunity Wallace said, “I’m excited to race again in the Xfinity Series. Michigan is a track where I’ve run well in the past and even won in the Truck Series. Anytime we can get extra track time, it helps. Just to get extra laps before the Cup race on Sunday will be good with no practice or qualifying. Thanks to everyone at HRE and Toyota for the opportunity to run the AISIN Supra this weekend. Hopefully we can go out and have a strong race and put ourselves in contention at the end of the day.”



In other Xfinity Series news…
Since ending his part time stint as the driver of the Xfinity Series JR Motorsports number eight car, Josh Berry has jumped behind the wheel of a car…or truck…every chance he got while looking for a full time ride.

On August 15 Berry got the news that he will be driving full time in the Xfinity Series next season when he returns to drive the number eight JR Motorsports car.

Berry took the number eight to victory lane at Martinsville Speedway in April.

NBC Sports broadcaster and JR Motorsports owner Dale Earnhardt Jr spoke highly of Berry; adding that he hoped the young driver could find a full time ride. Via a team statement, Junior said, “this moment is something we’ve been working toward for a long time. Josh took full advantage of the opportunity he had this year in the number eight car. He went out, raced hard, and earned every bit of this. With all he’s accomplished on a limited schedule, I can’t wait to see what he can do in this series full time.”

Prior to stepping into the number eight car in the Xfinity Series, Berry drove late models for JRM where he racked up 89 wins.

Berry spoke on the new opportunity saying, “it’s difficult to put into words what this means. I’m just a local short track racer, so saying this is a dream come true seems like an understatement. I’m so grateful to Dale, Kelley, L.W. (Miller) and everyone at JR Motorsports. They have always believed in me. This is the opportunity of a lifetime, and I’m ready and focused on 2022.”

Officials Address IMS Curb Issues

Over the course of the weekend, three different racing series ran the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when the IndyCar, Xfiniity, and Cup Series all ran races. While there were a few issues with the curb in turn six during the IndyCar and Xfinity races on Saturday; the real issues began late in the race on Sunday with the NASCAR Cup Series cars.

The NASCAR Cup Series cars weigh 3,400 pounds each. There were 40 cars in the race running over 80 laps around the track. Late in the race, the drivers began to have issues with the curbing coming up from the track.

After several cars were involved in a big crash that brought out a red flag and put several drivers out of the race. After a second incident, track officials removed the damaged curb away from the track all together. IMS track president Doug Boles was out on the track aiding in the removal and cleanup.

The orange barrier that had caused some issues with the Xfinity Series drivers was removed after the race on Saturday; however the two curbs on the right had side of the track were left in place.

The issue with the turn six curb has caused quite a bit of controversy among drivers and officials.

Both NASCAR Vice President of Competition Scott Miller and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Track President Doug Boles spoke on the issue…

“Obviously that thing had deteriorated after that last big wreck quite substantially. There was no way we could justify leaving it like it was without removing it. There was some debate and it obviously had to come out if we were going to continue.” Miller also indicated that there had been some debate over removing the other curb barrier in turn six, but officials determined that it was not an option because the curb was needed to help slow the cars down.

IMS President Doug Boles noted, “the curbing that delaminated is the same style of curbing that we’ve had since we re-did the road course in 2014, so those curbs have been placed, repaired, so we’ve not really ever had an issue with those curbs at all.” Adding, “we looked at that curb between every session, we looked at it at night and in the morning and there was no indication today that there was really anything wrong with that curbing. So, it was a little bit of a surprise for us when the race had started that we started having issues with it.”

Saying that this would be a leaning experience, Miller and Boles noted that the incident would not affect future road course races at the Brickyard for NASCAR.

Admitting that they had their problems, Miller said, “this is one of those deals where you take a lot of learnings away and come back and put on a better event, obviously avoiding the problems that we had (Sunday). I think that we saw some exciting action out there and I think the course itself puts on a really good show.”

The race at IMS was the sixth road course this season for the Cup Series; but Sunday was the first time that curb barriers caused such carnage.

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NASCAR Cup Series Point Standings – Aug 15, 2021

Running the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 14 turned out to be a wild ride for the NASCAR Cup Series drivers that included two red flags and several drivers with a DNF – Did Not Finish – after their names.

Going into tat race, Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin were tied in the points standings with 917 points but Larson having the edge with five race wins.

With just two races remaining in the regular season, Denny Hamlin is the first driver to secure a spot in the playoffs without scoring a race win for the 2021 season. His 931 points have him locked in to one of the three remaining spots open. After leading the points race for most of the 2021 season.

In the manufacturers race, Chevrolet leads the way with 13 wins and 892 points; Ford follows with five wins and 822 points. Toyota rounds out the standings with six wins and 813 points.


With five race and 12 stage wins, Kyle Larson leads the point and playoff standings.

Drivers who have secued a spot in the playoffs:
Kyle Larson
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Alex Bowman
William Byron
Denny Hamlin
Joey Logano
Ryan Blaney
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch
Christopher Bell
Michael McDowell
and Aric Almirola

Drivers currently in the playoffs standings via points:
Tyler Reddick
Kevin Harvick

Austin Dillon currently sits outside the top 16, 28 points below the cut line.

Red Flags, Overtime, Flying Cars Mark Indy Road Course Debut

The NASCAR Cup Series caps off a triple header weekend of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in historic fashion when they run the 2.4 mile road course instead of the famed oval raceway.

Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron will sit on the pole and bring the field to green after an early morning qualifying event. Chase Brisoce will start alongside on the front row. Byron will have fellow HMS team mates Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson starting in the second row. Elliott and Larson have won four of the five road courses run this season including Larson’s win last week at Watkins Glen.

The starting lineup for the Verizon 200 at The Brickyard:
William Byron
Chase Briscoe
Chase Elliott
Kyle Larson
Daniel Suarez
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
AJ Allmendinger
Ross Chastain
Cole Custer
Tyler Reddick
Michael McDowell
Austin Cindric
Denny Hamlin
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Blaney
Christopher Bell
Aric Almirola
Chris Buescher
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Austin Dillon
Alex Bowman
Kevin Harvick
Corey LaJoie
Bubba Wallace
Erik Jones
Justin Haley
Ryan Preece
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Newman
Anthony Alfredo
James Davison
Andy Lally
Josh Bilicki
Cody Ware
Quin Houff
Garrett Smithley
Timmy Hill

Again this week the NBC Sports broadcast crew will be calling the race radio style with Mike Bagley, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jeff Burton scattered around the track.

Stage one is 15 laps each, stage two is 20 laps, and stage three is 47 laps long with a fuel load of 34 to 36 laps.

After a number of the Xfinity Series drivers literally went airborne jumping a curb in turn six in Saturday’s race, track officials have removed that curb for today’s race.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and jumps out in front for the lead. Drivers are getting four wide across the track.

William Byron leads lap one with Chase Briscoe on his bumper.

Lap two, William Bryon is the leader with Chase Briscoe in second; Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Drivers continue to get three and four wide across the track as they battle for positon.

Indiana native Chase Briscoe gets around William Byron for the lead.


Daniel Suarez takes fifth from Martin Truex Jr.

Lap three, Chase Briscoe has a half second lead on William Byron; Chasee Elliott, Kyle Larson, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five. After starting in 21st, Kyle Busch has moved into the top 15.

Lap four, Chase Briscoe holds onto his half second lead on William Byron; Chase Elliott is in third over a second back.

Martin Truex Jr makes an unscheduled trip down pit road for a tire rub after some on track contact.

Lap five, Chase Briscoe leads the race with William Byron, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, and Daniel Suarez rounding out the top five.

Austin Cindric spins out but the track stays green.

Lap eight, Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race with William Byron over a half second back; Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five. Anthony Alfredo is the only car not on the lead lap.

Aric Almirola comes down pit road for some repairs after on track contact damaged the car.

Lap 10, leader Chase Briscoe has some grass on the grille. His water and oil temperatures are creeping up.

Lap 12, Chase Briscoe leads the race but the gap between him and William Byron is under half a second; Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

Drivers are beginning to make pit stops short of the end of stage one.

Lap 13, the leaders come down pit road. Michael McDowell is the new leader.

Chase Briscoe’s crew did not get all of the grass off of it grille.

Lap 14, Tyler Reddick battles with Michael McDowell for the lead. Tyler Reddick takes the lead.

Tyler Reddick wins stage one for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Tyler Reddick
Michael McDowell
Austin Dillon
Erik Joones
Ryan Preece
Brad Keselowski
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Justin Haley
Chase Briscoe
Chase Elliott

Drivers who have not pitted come down pit road for service.

After pit stops, Chase Briscoe was in second place but NASCAR has determined that Briscoe did not keep pace car speed after having to reset the ECU. Briscoe will restart the race in fifth place.

Staying out on the track, Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 20 with Chase Elliott alongside. Keselowski jumps out in front for the lead going into turn one. Drivers are two and three wide across the track.

Brad Keselowski holds on to the lead with William Byron in second; Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Willilam Byron and Chase Elliott battle Brad Keselowski for the lead.

Lap 21 Chase Elliott edges out in front for the lead with Joey Logano in third.

William Byron gets off the course and falls back in the field.

Lap 21, the top five are Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, and Kyle Busch. William Byron falls to eighth place.

Lap 22, Chase Elliott has a lead of over a second on Joey Logano; Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Drivers are passing Brad Keselowski who is on old tires. He drops to sixth place.

Lap 23, Chase Elliott has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Joey Logano; Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, and Cole Custer round out thetop five. Brad Keselowski is in ninth place.

Drivers continue to pass Brad Keselowski who has fallen to 15th.

Lap 23, Matt DiBenedetto and Christopher Bell make contact and get off the track. The track stays green as both drivers get back on the track.

Ross Chastain spins out and makes it a hairy situation for drivers. The track stays green.

Lap 24, Kurt Busch as to make an unscheduled trip down pit road for a flat tire.

Chase Elliott has a lead of over two seconds on Joey Logano.

Lap 25, Brad Keselowski gets into the wall in turn eleven; the track stays green.

Joey Logano spins out in the grass after some contact with Kyle Larson.

Lap 27, Chase Elliott has a lead of over two seconds on team mate Kyle Larson; Kyle Busch, Cole Custer, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 28, Kyle Larson has closed the gap on leader Chase Elliott to under two seconds.

Lap 29, Brad Keselowski finally makes his first pit stop.

Ross Chastain comes down pit road for service.

Lap 29, Chase Elliott has a lead of just over a second on Kyle Larson; Kyle Busch, Cole Custer, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lapa 31, Chase Elliott’s lead is down to under a second on team mate Kyle Larson; Kyle Busch is in third over two seconds back; Cole Custer and William Byron round out the top five.

Brad Keselowski and Anthony Alfredo are the only drivers not on the lead lap with all 40 drivers still in the race.

Lap 32, Austin Cindric begins the drivers pitting short of the end of the stage.

Lap 33, Chase Elliott’s lead is down to under half a second onf Kyle Larson; Kyle Busch, Cole Custer, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Leaders come down pit road for service. Tyler Reddick is the new leader with team mate Austin Dillon right behind. The two drivers are currently in a battle for the final spot in the playoffs.

Tyler Reddick win stage two for the stage sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Tyler Reddick
Austin Dillon
Ryan Preece
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Matt DiBenedetto
Justin Haley
Corey Lajoie
Andy Lally
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott

On the final lap of stage two, Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson were in a fierce battle for position which will also help to determine the lead at the beginning of stage three if all drivers make a pit stop.

Drivers come down pit road for service.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 40 with team mate Chase Elliott alongside. Drivers are three and four wide across the track. Kyle Larson takes the lead going into turn one.

The top five are Kyle Larson, William Byron, Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, and Chase Briscoe.

Drivers are spinning out and making contact through the field but the track stays green.

The caution flag comes out on lap 41 for debris on the track. There is some debris wedged into the curb. Crews went out and worked on the curbs during the stage break.

Aric Almirola is on pit road for repairs after some on track contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Crews are out on the track working on the curb and removed a huge piece of sheet metal.

Race leader, Kyle Larson did not make it to the track until after 3am after winning on the dirt with the sprint car race at the Knoxville Nationals.

With track repairs completed, Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 44 and edges out for the lead as the field gets three and four wide.

Kyle Larson leads the race with William Byron in second; Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin has some on track contact as drivers battle for position. The track stays green.

Denny Hamlin overshoots turn one in a three way battle for position.

Lap 45, Kyle Larson has a one second lead on William Byron; Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

There are 39 cars on the lead lap with all 40 drivers still on the track.


Lap 47, Kyle Larson has a second and a half lead on William Byron; Chase elliott, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Chase Briscoe locked up the tires and has a flat spotted tire. The crew chief is trying to keep Briscoe on the track to make it to the pit window for the end of the race.

Lap 50, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on William Byron; Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Austin Cinddric spins out into the grass after some contact with Kurt Busch. Cindric gets the car moving again and the track stays green.

Lap 52, Chase Briscoe finally makes it down pit road.

Austin Cindric comes down pit road after his spinning out.

Thirty laps remain in the race and Kyle Larson has extended his lead to over three seconds.

Lap 54 more drivers come down pit road for what they hope is the final pit stop including Chase Elliott.

Lap 55, leader Kyle Larson makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Denny Hamlin.

Kyle Larson is in eleventh place after making his pit stop.

Lap 57, Denny Hamlin leads the race with Bubba Wallace in second; Kurt Busch, AJ Allmendinger, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five. All of the drivers still need to make a pit stop. Over 13 seconds separate leader Denny Hamlin from Bubba Wallace.

Lap 59. Denny Hamlin locked up his brakes and gets off the track; he gets the car going again but has a grille full of grass.

Lap 59, the top 10 drivers have yet to make a pit stop.

After his run through the grass, Denny Hamlin’s lead is down to just eleven seconds on Kurt Busch.

Kurt Busch makes his pit stop and gives second place back to Bubba Wallace.

Lap 61, Bubba Wallace and Chris Buescher make their pit stops. Denny Hamlin has a 15 second lead on AJ Allmendinger.

Lap 63, Denny Hamlin, Tyler Reddick nad Ryan Preece make their pit stops. Matt DiBenedetto is the new leader with Kyle Larson a second and a half back in second; Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

There are 34 cars on the lead lap with Andy Lally and Cody Ware out of the race.

Lap 64, Kyle Larson passes Matt DiBenedetto for the lead. Matty D. still needs to make a pit stop.

Currently, Kyle Larson has a 14 point lead on Denny Hamlin in the Cup Series standings.

Lap 65, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over four seconds on Matt DiBenedetto; Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Chase Elliott passes Matt DiBenedetto for second. Martin Truex Jr passes Kyle Busch for fifth.

Lap 67, Kyle Larson has a five second lead on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Matt DiBenedetto, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 68, Martin Truex Jr gets around Matt DiBenedetto for fourth.

Lap 70, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race with a lead of over five seconds on team mate Chase Elliott; William Byron, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch round out thetop five. There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Chase Briscoe had to make a second trip down pit road for a flat spotted tire. He is the last car on the lead lap in 32nd place.

Eleven to go, Chase Elliott has cut into Kyle Larson’s lead to four and a half seconds.

Ten to go, NASCAR puts out the caution flag for a big piece of debris on the track.

Matt DiBenedetto makes his pit stop just before the caution flag.

The top five are Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, William Byron, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch.

Track crews are out working on the turn five curb once again.

Pit road is open the the leaders come down pit road for fresh tires. Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch stayed out and will take over the top spots. Several drivers come down pit road for fresh tires.

Chase Elliott had a very slow pit stop after his car fell off the jack during the stop.

With just six laps remaining in the race, Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and goes side by side with Kurt Busch. Kyle Larson cones from fifth place to make it a three way battle. Denny Hamlin gets out in front for the lead.

Martin Truex Jr spins out in turn six and gets into the grass but the track stays green.

Denny Hamlin leads the race with Chase Briscoe in second; Kyle Larson, William Byron, a nd Kyle Busch rounding out the top five.

Five to go, Denny Hamlin and Chase Briscoe battle for the lead.

Big crash that brings out the caution flag. The curb in turn five came up and sent a number of drivers crashing. Joey Logano hit the tire wall hard. Ryan Preece, Daniel Suarez, William Byron, Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick, Chris Buescher, James Davison, and Kevin Harvick were all involved and have damage to their cars.

NASCAR has red flagged the race.

The front end of Joey Logano’s cr is totally destroyed. Logano is out of his car.

The curb is also destroyed. Crews are out working on the curb once again. Even the track president is out on the track helping out.

William Byons said that when Kyle Larson went over the curb something went up and when he hit it, it felt like hitting a wall.

The curbing has been removed.

Joey Logano is fine; adding that the hit didn’t feel that hard due to the tires absorbing most of the impact.

After a delay of over 20 minutes, NASCAR displays the yellow flag and the cars are moving once again.

Daniel Suarez said that he didn’t really know what happened, he just went flying.

Denny Hamlin is the leader with Kyle Larson in second.

The race is officially in overtime. Once the green flag flies, it will be a green/white/checker finish.

Martin Truex Jr is on pit road for repairs.

The track has a great deal of speedy dry all over the place after a great deal of fluid had been dropped on the track.

With the pace laps adding up while clean up continues, will fuel management be an issue for some of the drivers?

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag shootout for the finish with Kyle Larson alongside. Denny Hamlin edges out in front for the lead and beats out Kyle Larson going into turn one to take the lead.

Cars are wrecking on the backstretch and bring out the caution flag. Austin Dillon, Tyler Reddick, Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, Corey LaJoie, and Michael MdDowell were all involved. Dillon and McDowell got into the wall. The curb…or missing curb…is being named s the cause of the wreck.

The race has been red flagged for the second time.

After a delay of a little over five minutes, NASCAR pulls the red flag and displays the caution flag. The drivers get moving once again as they prepare for the second attempt at an overtime finish.

Involved in that last crash, Austin Dillon said that he didn’t see anything but smoke; adding that the day has turned into a demo derby.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down one more time for the green flag shootout to the finish with Chase Briscoe alongside. Denny Hamlin gets out in fornt but Chase Briscoe is side by side going into turn one. Chase Briscoe gets forced off into the grass but gets back on the track.

Denny Hamlin leads the race. Hamlin spins out and is in the grass.

Chase Briscoe has been penalized but not returning to the track properly.

AJ Allmendinger is the leader and takes the white flag with Ryan Blaney in second and Kyle Larson in third.

AJ Allmendinger makes history as the first ever winner at the road course in Indianapolis for the NASCAR Cup Series!

An Xfinity Series regular, AJ Allmendinger will not be a part of the playoffs in the NASCAR Cup Series.

The unofficial results of the Verizon 200 at The Brickyard:
AJ Allmendinger
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
Matt DiBenedetto
Kurt Busch
Erik Jones
Justin Haley
Austin Cindric
Ryan Newman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Chris Buescher
Bubba Wallace
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Corey LaJoie
Alex Bowman
Josh Bilicki
Aric Almirola
Kyle Busch
Tyler Reddick
Quin Houff
Denny Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
Cole Custer
Chase Briscoe
Timmy Hill
Garrett Smithley
Ross Chastain
Michael McDowell
Austin Dillon
James Davison
William Byron
Joey Logano
Ryan Preece
Christopher Bell
Daniel Suarez
Anthony Alfredo
Andy Lally
Cody Ware

Road Racing in Indianapolis for Xfinity Series

Last year the Xfinity Series made their debut on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But this year its even more special…the fans are in the stands.

IndyCar got the day of racing started off running the road course with Will Power giving Roger Penske his first win as the owner of the car and the track.

After running the road course at Watkins Glen last week, the Xfinity Series makes it two in a row for more road course racing at IMS.

In a rare qualifying event, AJ Allmendinger Last week sit on the pole and bring the field to green for the Penzoil 150 at the Brickyard. Austin Cindric will start alongside on the front row.

Kyle Busch is no longer eligible to run an Xfinity Series race this season, fellow Cup Series drivers Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon, and Chase Elliott are in the field today. Chase Elliott is sitting in for injured driver Michael Annett who is still recovering from a leg injury.

While Annett received a waiver from NASCAR for the races he has missed, he is currently on the bubble to make it to the playoffs.

Eighteen year old Ty Gibbs took home the checkered flag last week at Watkins Glen. The young driver has run 10 races this season and has won three of them – two of them on road courses. During his pre-race interview, Gibbs had a Monster Energy drink in each hand alternating them as he drank.

IndyCar driver Colton Herta grew up around race cars but admitted that until today, he had never seen a stock car. With an early race, young Colton – who finished third in the IndyCar race – says that he is ready to be a race fan and watch his first stock car race.

IndyCar driver Sage Karam is making his Xfinity Series debut. He has run the Indy 500 eight times, but this is the first time he will drive a stock car on the track.

The starting lineup for the Penzoil 150:
AJ Allmendinger
Austin Cindric
Justin Haley
Justin Allgaier
Ty Gibbs
Riley Herbst
Noah Gragson
Myatt Snider
Will Rodgers
Preston Pardus
Harrison Burton
Brandon Jones
Daniel Hemric
Brandon Brown
Jade Buford
Kevin Harvick
Brett Moffitt
Sage Karam
Austin Dillon
Jeremy Clements
Alex Labbe
Josh Bilicki
Jeb Burton
Sam Mayer
Chase Elliott
Andy Lally
Kyle Weatherman
Austin Hill
Spencer Pumpelly
Kris Wright
Josh Williams
Tommy Joe Martins
Landon Cassill
James Davison
Ryan Sieg
JJ Yeley

Again this week, the NBC Sports broadcasters are calling the race radio style with Mike Bagley, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jeff Burton.

For the drivers who have run the oval, today’s race is completely backwards to what they are used to.

Landon Cassill, Kyle Weatherman, Sam Mayer, and Austin Dillon all have to start the race from the back of the field after crews made some unapproved adjustments.

Stages one and two of the race are 20 laps each with stage three lasting 22 laps for a total of 62 laps around the two and a half mile course.

With a fuel load of 34 to 36 laps, drivers can make the race on a single pit stop.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and edges out in front for the lead with drivers getting three wide across the track.

Justin Haley takes the lead in turn two.

Drivers are wrecking but the track stays green. Josh Bilicki and Preston Pardus were involved. Drivers were jumping the curb in turns five and six; causing some damage to the cars.

AJ Allmendinger gets off the track but gets things going again.

The caution flag comes out on lap two after Preston Pardus is stopped on the track.

Brandon Jones has some significant damage to his car. Kevin Harvick and Harrison Burton also have some damage.

At the time of the caution, Justin Haley leads the race with Austin Cindric in second; Ty Gibbs, Justin Allgaier, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick reports that the sway bar is knocked off of the car. Brandon Jones and Kevin Harvick’s crews have pushed the cars to the garage.

Justin Haley brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap five and goes nose to nose with Ty Gibbs for the lead.

Justin Haley takes the lead in turn one.

Justin Haley leads the race with Austin Cindric in second; Justin Allgaier, Ty Gibs, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Lap six, Justin Haley has a lead of over half a second on Austin Cindric. Preston Pardus, Brandon Jones, and Brandon Brown are all out of the race. Kevin Harvick is off the track for repairs.

Lap seven, AJ Allmendinger missed a couple of turns on lap one and is now in seventh place.

Lap seven; Justin Haley has pulled out to a one second lead on Austin Cindric; Justin Allgaier Ty Gibbs, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Ty Gibbs takes third from Justin Allgaier.

Lap eight, Austin Cindric has cut into leader Justin Haley’s lead which is now just over half a second.

Lap 10, Justin Haley continues to lead the race with a one second lead on Austin Cindric; Ty Gibbs, Justin Allgaier, and Riley Herbst round out the top five. There are 31 cars on the lead lap.

Ryan Sieg is slowed on the track after spinning out but gets moving again.

Lap 12, Riley Herbst passes Justin Allgaier for fourth.

Lap 12, Ryan Sieg spins out again but gets moving again and the track stays green.

Lap 13, Justin Haley has a half second lead on Austin Cindric; Ty Gibbs, Riley Herbst, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 14, with 30 cars on the lead lap, Austin Cindric is beginning to challenge leader Justin Haley.

Lap 15, Austin Cindric passes Justin Haley for the lead.

Austin Cindric has pulled out to a half second lead on Justin Haley.

Will Rodgers spins out and makes a run in the grass but the track stays green.

Ryan Seig has a flat tire and is throwing debris on the track and the caution flag comes out on lap 16.

The wheel comes off of Ryan Sieg’s car and continues to throw debris as he works to make his way to pit road. He comes down pit road even though pit road is closed.

Most of the drivers come down pit road for service and adjustments.

Austin Cindric wins the race off of pit road.

Austin Dillon will have to restart the race from the back of the field after a crew member jumped over the wall too soon.

Riley Herbst brings the field down for the green flag restart with Sage Karam alongside for a two lap shootout to end stage one. Riley Herbst takes the lead; Safe Karam, Jeb Burton, Justin Haley, and Tommuy Joe Martins round out the top five.

Justin Haley passed six cars on the restart to take third.

Justin Haley challenges Riley Herbst for the lead and takes the spot.

Justin Haley wins stage one for his fourth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Justin Haley
Riley Herbst
Jeb Burton
Austin Cindric
Sage Karam
Noah Gragson
Jeremy Clements
Tommy Joe Martins
Chase Elliott
Ty Gibbs

Drivers who stayed out on the track during the caution flag come down pit road for service.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 24. In a three wide battle, Austin Cindric takes the lead with Noah Gragson in second.

Cars are making some off road excursions but the track stays green.

The top five are Austin Cindric, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Jeremy Clements, and Justin Allgaier.

There is some smoke coming from a few of the cars.

Brett Moffitt, Ryan Sieg, and Kevin Harvick are off the track.

Ty Gibbs comes down pit road for fresh tires after spinning out.

Daniel Hemric comes down pit road after a tire rub.

Lap 27, Austin Cindric has a one second lead on Noah Gragson; Justin Haley, Justin Allgaier, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

There are 27 cars on the lead lap.

Drivers continue to jump the curb and are gettng airborne.

Kris Wright is off the track.

Ryan Sieg and Kevin Harvick are out of the race.

Brett Moffitt is off the track. Kris Wright is out of the race.

Austin Hill brings out the caution flag after he is stopped on the track with a blown engine on lap 29. Drivers are in their window to complete the race on a single load of fuel.

A few drivers come down pit road for service including Riley Herbst who has some damage to his car.

Kyle Weatherman’s team was charged with having an uncontrolled tire during the pit stop; Weatherman will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Riley Herbst was charged with having too many crew members over the wall and will have to start form the back of the field.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart with eight laps remaining in stage two. Noah Gragson edges out Cindric on turn one to take the lead.

Lap 33, the top five are Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, Austin Cindric, Justin Haley, and Sam Mayer.

AJ Allmendinger passes Noah Gragson for the lead with Justin Haley in third.

Justin Haley gets around Noah Gragson for second.

Lap 34, Austin Dillon gets turned around after coming in too hot but gets the car moving again. He drops to the back of the field.

AJ Allmendinger has a near half second lead on Justin Haley; Noah Gragson, Austin Cindric, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

There are 27 cars on the lead lap Josh Bilicki the only driver one lap down.

Lap 38, Austin Cindric brings his car down pit road for service and has a few more drivers follow him.

AJ Allmendinger leads the race by over a second on Justin Haley; Noah Gragson is in thrid over four seconds back.

The caution flag comes out on lap 39 for Will Rodgers whose right front of the car is on fire. Rodgers is out of the car safely.

Justin Allgaier came down pit road but NASCAR said that he pitted when pit road was closed.

Stage two ends under caution with AJ Allmendinger winning the stage.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
AJ Allmendinger
Justin Haley
Noah Gragson
Ty Gibbs
Andy Lally
Jeb Burton
Daniel Hemric
Jeremy Clements
Riley Herbst
Josh Williams

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

After staying out on the track, Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with Austin Cindric alongside with 19 lpas remaining in the race. Ty Gibbs jumps out in front for the lead.

Ty Gibbs leads the race with Austin Cindric in second; Myatt Snider, Harrison Burton, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

Austin Cindric passes Ty Gibbs for the lead.

Sam Mayer makes a run through the grass and hits the tire wall hard. He gets moving again but stops on the track with heavy front end damage. The track stays green.

With 17 laps remaining in the race, Austin Cindric has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Myatt Snider; AJ Allmendinger, Chase Elliott, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

Sam Mayer is out of the race.

Lap 48, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Myatt Snider.

Lap 49, Austin Cindric has increased his lead to three seconds on Myatt Snider; AJ Allmendinger, Chase Elliott, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

There are 25 cars on the lead lap with Josh Bilicki the only car one lap down. There are 10 cars out of the race.

Lap 50, Austin Cindric has a lead of nearly four seconds on AJ Allmendinger; Chase Elliott, Myatt Snider, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 53, Austin Cindric continues to lead the race with AJ Allmendinger in second; Chase Elliott, Justin Haley, and Myatt Snider round out the top five.

Lap 54, Ty Gibbs takes fifth form Myatt Snider.

Eight laps remain in the race; Austin Cindric has a lead of over three and a half seconds on AJ Allmendinger; Chase Elliott, Justin Haley, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

Five laps remain in the race, Ty Gibbs gives up fifth place to make a trip down pit road for fuel. Gibbs comes back out on the track in 15th.

With just four laps remaining in the race, Austin Cindric has a near four second lead on AJ Allmendinger; Chase Elliott, Justin Haley, and Myatt Snider round out the top five.

Wtih two laps to go, Justin Haley gets around Chase Elliott for third. Noah Gragson takes fifth.

Currently AJ Allmendinger and Marcus Ambrose have five road course wins in the Xfinity Series. Austin Cindric has four and will tie for the lead if he wins the race.

Austin Cindric takes the white flag.

In a rare event – Dad is at the track to watch – Austin Cindric wins the race to give Penske a Saturday sweep. Austin’s dad works for Penske. Cindric was singing in the car on the cool down lap.

Austin Cindric becomes the first Xfinity Series driver to win five races in the 2021 season.

The unofficial results of the Penzoil 150 at the Brickyard:
Austin Cindric
AJ Allmendinger
Justin Haley
Chase Elliott
Noah Gragson
Austin Dillon
Myatt Snider
Riley Herbst
Harrison Burton
Andy Lally
Justin Allgaier
Daniel Hemric
Alex Labbe
Jeremy Clements
Josh Williams
Kyle Weatherman
Landon Cassill
James Davison
Ty Gibbs
Jade Buford
Tommy Joe Martins
JJ Yeley
Jeb Burton
Spencer Pumpelly
Josh Bilicki
Sage Karam
Sam Mayer
Will Rodgers
Austin Hill
Kris Wright
Brett Moffitt
Ryan Sieg
Kevin Harvick
Brandon Brown
Preston Pardus
Brandon Jones


FSU Legend Bobby Bowden Dies

DADGUM IT!
An expression not often heard in Tallahassee prior to 1976 and the arrival of a new football coach by the name of Bobby Bowden.

Years later, the expression could be heard all over town on an hourly basis.

Bobby Bowden died August 8, 2021 in his Tallahassee home at the age of 91 as a result of pancreatic cancer.  He was surrounded by family at the time of his death.

When the news broke only a few weeks earlier, Bowden said that he was at peace with the diagnosis.

When Bowden took over the head coaching duties at Florida State University, he was coming in to take over a team who was lackluster at best.  In his first season, Bowden took the Seminoles to a five and six record…the first and only time his Seminoles would have a losing season.

He became known as a legend in Tallahassee…and across the nation, but he never forgot his roots and was always the guy next door.

At one time, there were 49 former Seminole football players in the NFL; a few who even went on to be a part of the NFL Hall of Fame.  Understanding that most of his players would never see the inside of a professional football locker room, Coach Bowden once told former Nole quarterback Drew Weatherford, “you’re going to have a much bigger impact in this world outside of football than you will playing it. This is just the beginning for you.”

His lessons in the locker room went far beyond football, teaching goal setting, doing the right thing, fundamentals, and performing at the highest standard.  These lessons helped Coach Bowden become one of the winningest coaches in college football.

Seminole football became a religion in Tallahassee with the eleventh commandment – Thou shalt NOT interrupt Seminoles games or schedule events during those games.

Bobby Bowden and his wife Ann had six children, but in reality, Bowden had hundreds of children; treating all of his players like family.

A deeply religious man, Bowden didn’t preach it, he LIVED it.  Even after retiring from coaching, Bowden would happily sign any item requested…just leave it at the back door.

In the film “We are Marshall”, the role of Bobby Bowden was played by Mike Pniewski.  Only a small role, but it showed Bowden’s character when he opened his film room to the new Marshall football coach.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama on November 8, 1929, Bowden did not play football until he attended Woodlawn High School; where he played quarterback.  He went on to play for the Crimson Tide, but at the time married players were not permitted on the team.  Bowden transferred to Howard College – now Samford University – where he continued his football career.

He began his coaching career as an assistant at Howard before moving on to South Georgia Junior College as the athletic director and head coach. In 1959, Bowden returned to Howard (Samford) as the head coach. In 1963, FSU called for Bowden to serve as the receivers coach before he left in 1966 to become the offensive coordinator at West Virginia and then the Mountaineers head coach until leaving for FSU in 1976 where he spent the remainder of his coaching career.  Prior to his coming to FSU, the Seminoles football team had won just four games in the past three seasons.

Over the course of 34 years as the Seminoles head coach Bowden had 33 winning seasons, won 326 games, took the team to 31 bowl games – 15 of those on New Year’s Day, and two National Championships.  Bowden was the last college football coach to hoist the crystal football prior to the NCAA implementation of the college football playoffs.  A six time National Coach of the Year, Bobby Bowden is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.  He was also awarded the National Football Foundation’s gold medal.  The field on which the Seminoles play at Doak Campbell Stadium is named for Bowden.

In a head coaching career that began in 1959, Bowden has had only two losing seasons!

Former Seminoles Warrick Dunn, Anquan Boldin, and Derrick Brooks have all earned Walter Payton Man of the Year honours; Bowden is the only football coach to have three players win the award.

Bowden may have come up a bit short on building a dynasty like one of his former university teams, but he has cemented the role of a legend that will be the measure for all present and future Seminole coaches.

Bowden is survived by his wife of 72 years Ann, six children – Robyn, Steve, Tommy, Terry, Ginger, and Jeff; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren.

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The Dream Came True…on a Field in Iowa

In 1989, Kevin Costner starred in a movie called “Field of Dreams” where a farmer named Ray in Dyersville, Iowa built a baseball field in the middle of his corn field.

James Earl Jones noted that the one constant in history has been baseball.

The voices told Ray, “if you build it, they will come”.

And come they have…
In a historic event, the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees will play a game for real on the field that Ray built back in 1989. The stands will be filled with 8,000 Iowa residents and watch the stats being displayed on a hand operated scoreboard.

This will also mark the first time that a professional baseball game will be played in the state of Iowa.

The game that was originally scheduled to the 2020 season was postponed when the baseball season was cut short due to the Covid 10 pandemic.

After arriving at the ball park, some of the players walked through the corn to view the field that was built for the film and upon returning, they got lost in the corn. Several of the players are hoping to launch a ball into that corn during the game.


White Sox skipper Tony LaRussa will miss the historic game tonight due to his brother-in-law’s funeral.

Wearing retro styled uniforms, the White Sox will be the home team for tonight’s game. Even the FOX Sports crew got into the spirit of the event with retro outfits.

Left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney will start for the Yankees; while right-handed pitcher Lance Lynn will start the game for the White Sox. Iowa native will call the balls and strikes as the home plate umpire.

The starting lineup for the “Field of Dreams” game…
New York Yankees:
DJ LeMahieu
Brett Gardner
Aaron Judge
Joey Gallo
Giancarlo Stanton
Luke Voit
Rougned Odor
Kyle Hisashioka
Tyler Wade

Chicago White Sox:
Tim Anderson
Cesar Hernandez
Jose Abreu
Eloy Jimenez
Yoan Moncada
Andrew Aaughn
Luis Robert
Adam Engel
Seby Zavala

“Field of Dreams” star Kevin Costner comes through the cornfield and strolls across the field and turns to watch the players coming through the corn just like they did in the movie. After shaking hands with many of the players, Costner spoke to the gathered crowd on the movie becoming a reality…adding that the dream is still alive.

Answering the question from the movie, “Is this heaven?” Costner said, “yes, it is!”

White Sox player Jose Abreu was the first person to hit a ball into the field of corn in the bottom of the first inning with two outs. A historic event, the ball was recovered from the corn.

At the end of the first inning, the White Sox lead the “Field of Dreams” game 1 – 0.

After two full innings, the score remains 1 – 0 White Sox.

In the top of the third inning, Aaron Judge adds his name to the players hitting a ball into the corn with a three run shot that put the Yankees ahead 3 – 1.

The White Sox answer in the bottom of the third with a three run shot into the corn by Eloy Jimenez to make it 5 – 3 White Sox.

At the end of three innings, the White Sox lead 5 – 3.

Om the bottom of the fourth inning, Seby Zavala became the third White Sox to hit one into the corn with a two run homer to make it 7 – 3.

At the end of four innings, the White Sox extend their lead to 7 – 3 over the Yankees.

At the end of five, the White Sox continue to lead 7 – 3.

In the top of the sixt inning, Brett Gardner became the second Yankee to hit one into the corn to make it 7 – 4.

After six innings the score is 7 – 4 White Sox.

At the end of seven innings, the White Sox continue to lead the game, 7 – 4.

After eight innings, the White Sox lead the Yankees 7 – 4.

With two outs in the top of the ninth, Aaron Judge becomes the first player to hit two into the corn to make it a 7 – 6 game.

Giancarlo Stanton hit one into the corn to make it an 8 – 7 Yankees lead.

Tim Anderson hits a two run walk off homer for the White Sox win, 9 – 8!

The first of a three game series, the White Sox and Yankees will continue the series on Saturday night in Chicago.

It was a night filled with pomp and circumstance; and a night for the history books. But above all, it was a professional baseball game that matters…not just in the record books; but to the teams as well. For a few hours, Iowa became heaven in a dream come true.

D.C. Theatres to Require Vaccinations for Entry

Recently with the increase of Covid cases with the delta variant. The Broadway League has announced that vaccinations are required to enter the theatres.

On August 12, the Kennedy Center and the Ford’s Theatre are among the Washington, D.C. venues who will also be requiring proof of a vaccination by anyone who enters the buildings including audience, cast, crew, and staff.

The new ruling goes into effect on September 1, 2021.

Along with a photo ID and proof of a vaccination to enter, masks will also be required in the venues except when eating or drinking in the authorized areas.

The vaccination requirement apply to performances; not the daytime visitors to the Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site or the limited public areas of the Kennedy Center including the Hall of States, Hall of Nations, Grand Foyer, the REACH, or outdoor spaces.

President of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Deborah F. Rutter spoke on the new ruling saying, “our audiences have stuck by us with great solidarity over these last many months. As we welcome them back to the Kennedy Center and enjoy live performances once again, it is also our duty to ensure our patrons’ health and security, as well as the safety of our performers and staff. Working together we can get back to what we love—the arts—but we must reopen cautiously and responsibly. These new measures will reduce risk and help all arts venues maintain the forward momentum we are feeling right now.”


Ford’s Theatre Director Pau; R. Tetreault also spoke on the new mandates saying, “we have longed for the day we can safely gather again to create art, and to draw in our audiences with visceral, thought-provoking, and dazzling moments of live performance. These requirements for vaccination and masking are an added assurance of our commitment to the safety and wellness of our theatre patrons—necessary temporary measures to protect our community from contracting and spreading COVID-19.”

The Kennedy Center plans on reviewing their Covid protocols on a monthly basis; while Ford’s Theatre’s current protocols are set to run through October 31.

Race Broadcaster Bob Jenkins Dies

Sports broadcaster Bob Jenkins died August 9, 2021 as a result of cancer in Indianapolis, Indiana at the age of 73.

A survivor in 1983 from colon cancer, Jenkins revealed in February that the cancer had returned, this time in his brain; adding that he was undergoing treatment with chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The diagnosis of two malignant tumours came after a severe headache in December 2020.

NASCAR spoke on Jenkins saying, “though known for his immense talent as a broadcaster, Bob’s passion for motorsports truly defined what it meant to be a racer. The motorsports industry lost a broadcasting legend.”

An Indiana native, Jenkins played many roles during his years covering the Indy 500 form in the TV and radio booth to turn reporter, analyst, and as the track’s public address announcer.

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Jenkins is a member of the Indianapolis Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Speaking on Jenkins, Indy Racing legend Mario Andretti said, “he was one of us in every way.”

A long time race fan, prior to being a part of the broadcast crew for the Indianapolis 500, Jenkins was present for many of the races…rarely missing since a race since 1960.

He was best known for his broadcasts of the Indianapolis 500 races; as well as, NASCAR events for ABC and ESPN. He also worked for the Versus Network (now NBCSports) prior to his retirement in 2012.

Like some of the NASCAR drivers, Jenkins lent his talents to the NASCAR-centric films “Days of Thunder” as the Daytona track announcer and as himself in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”. He also appeared in the film “Kart Racer”.

He was born September 4, 1947 in the rural Indiana town of Richmond.

Jenkins is predeceased by his wife Pam who also died as a result of brain cancer in 2012. Noting that he has a small family, he is survived by his niece and nephew.

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Covis Sidelines West End Productions

Just as theatres began to reopen and set opening dates for their various productions, some of them are having to shut back down due to a surge in the Covid 19 Delta variant.

The West End productions of “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Be More Chill” have had to cancel performance dates after a member of the cast has contracted the coronavirus.

The Lord Andrew Lloyd Weber and Time Rice production of “Joseph” has been running since July 12 but is now closed until at least August 15.

“Be More Chill” by Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz reopened on June 30 but has been shutdown until at least Aug 19.

Currently both productions are scheduled to run through September 5.

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NASCAR Issues Penalty Report for Watkins Glen

Loose lug nuts continue to be an issue for NASCAR teams.

When NASCAR issued the penalty report for teams after the road course races at Watkins Glen International, a total of four lug nut penalties were issued.

In the Cup Series, two teams were charged with having one lug nut improperly secured. As a result of the infraction, the crew chiefs have been fined $10,000.

The two Cup Series teams charged with the penalty are:
The Joe Gibbs Racing number 18 car driven by Kyle Busch with Ben Beshore as crew chief
The Front Row Motorsports number 38 car driven by Anthony Alfredo with Set Barbour as crew chief

NASCAR officials also found two teams in the Xfinity Series also violated the secure lug nut rule. With a single lug nut improperly secured, the crew chiefs were each fined $5,000.

The Xfinity Series teams issued a penalty were:
The Joe Gibbs Racing number 54 car driven by Ty Gibbs with Chris Gayle as crew chief. Gibbs’ race win was not affected by the penalty.
The Joe Gibbs Racing number 19 car driven by Brandon Jones with Jeff Meendering as crew chief

There were no penalties assessed to any teams in the Camping World Truck Series.


In other penalty news…
The Xfinity Series DGM Racing number 36 car’s car chief Joseph Keim has been suspended for the upcoming race at The Brickyard after driver Alex Labbe lost a rear axle during the Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey 200 at Watkins Glen.

Playoff Field Set for Camping World Truck Series

On Saturday, August 7 the Camping World Truck Series returned to Watkins Glen International for some road course racing after an absence of over 20 years.  It was the final race of the regular season for the Truck Series.

Thanks to multiple wins by Kyle Busch and his driver John Hunter Nemechek, Toyota leads the competition for the manufacturers title with eleven wins and 537 points; Chevrolet follows with one win and 476 points.  Ford has two wins but is 103 points behind with 434 points.

With five wins this season in his return to Truck Series racing, John Hunter Nemechek has been crowned the winner of the regular season with 605 points.  Nemechek leads in the point standings with 2,049 points after the points were reset for the 10 playoff drivers.

Only five of the 10 playoff drivers won races this season.

The 10 drivers in the Camping World Truck Series playoffs are:
John Hunter Nemechek
Ben Rhodes
Todd Gilliland
Austin Hill
Sheldon Creed
Zane Smith
Matt Crafton
Carson Hocevar
Chandler Smith
Stewart Friesen

NASCAR Point Standings – Aug 9, 2021

Only three more races remain in the regular season for the NASCAR Cup Series. 

After taking a break for a couple of weeks to make way for the Tokyo Olympic games, NASCAR returned on the first weekend in August for some road course racing at Watkins Glen International in central New York.

Kyle Larson held off a charging Chase Elliott to win his fifth race of the season.  With Larson’s win, he is now tied with Denny Hamlin in the points standings with 917.

At the end of the season, NASCAR will reset the points for the 16 playoff drivers to 2,000 plus any stage and race win playoff points.  The playoff drivers will also earn bonus points depending on their position.  As it stands, Kyle Larson would top the list of playoff drivers with 2,052 points.  Second place driver Martin Truex Jr would have 2,024 points.

With Larson’s win at Watkins Glen, Chevrolet has a total of 12 wins for the season and leads the manufacturers points with 852; Ford is 63 points behind with six wins and 789 points.  Toyota has five wins this season and 787 points.  Most of the Chevrolet wins can be credited to the four Hendrick Motorsports drivers – all who will be a part of the playoffs.

Only three spots are open in the playoffs after there have been 12 different winners this season.  Denny Hamlin has yet to win a race but has been consistent throughout the season and has spent most of the season as the leader in playoff points.

The drivers in the playoffs after the race at Watkins Glen:
Kyle Larson
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
William Byron
Alex Bowman
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch
Christopher Bell
Michael McDowell
Aric Almirola
Kevin Harvick
Tyler Reddick

Tokyo Olympics Medal Count – Final Talley

The competitions are over and Tokyo is ready to send the games on to Paris in 2024.

In the final medal count, the United States takes the lead in the gold medal count with 39; beating out the People’s Republic of China by one. The U.S. also claimed the win in the total medal count with 113 – 39 gold, 41 silver, and 33 bronze – to be the only country to top the 100 medal count.

Host country Japan broke a previous record for a medal count with 27 gold and 58 overall.

Despite Russia being banned from the games over doping issues, Russian athletes competing under the flag of the ROC – Russian Olympic Committee – took home a total of 71 medals – 20 of them gold.

A total of 93 countries had athletes take home medals in an Olympic games held with no fans and a number of controversies.

Olympic Medal Count – Final Totals:
United States – 113
People’s Republic of China – 88
ROC (Russia) – 71
Great Britain – 65
Japan – 58
Australia – 46
Italy – 40
Germany – 37
Netherlands – 36
France – 33
Canada – 24
Brazil – 21
New Zealand – 20
Republic of Korea – 20
Hungary – 20
Ukraine – 19
Spain – 17
Cuba – 15
Poland – 14
Switzerland – 13
Turkey – 13
Chinese Taipei – 12
Czech Republic – 11
Denmark – 11
Kenya – 10
Jamaica – 9
Sweden – 9
Serbia – 9
Croatia – 8
Georgia – 8
Kazakhstan – 8
Norway – 8
Austria – 7
Islamic Republic of Iran – 7
Belarus – 7
India – 7
Azerbaijan – 7
Belgium – 7
Egypt – 6
Bulgaria – 6
Hong Kong, China – 6
Indonesia – 5
Slovenia – 5
Colombia – 5
Dominican Republic – 5
Uzbekistan – 5
Romaia – 4
Venezuela – 4
Portugal – 4
Uganda – 4
Armenia – 4
Mongolia – 4
Mexico – 4
Israel – 4
Philippines – 4
Slovakia – 4
Ethiopia – 4
Greece – 4
Ecuador – 4
Ireland – 4
South Africa – 3
Kyrgyzstan – 3
San Marino – 3
Qatar – 3
Argentina – 3
Kosovo – 2
Tunisia – 2
Estonia – 2
Fiji – 2
Latvia – 2
Nigeria – 2
Thailand – 2
Jordan – 2
Finland – 2
Bahamas – 2
Malaysia – 2
Bermuda – 1
Morocco – 1
Puerto Rico – 1
North Macedonia – 1
Nambia – 1
Turkmenistan – 1
Cote d’Ivoire – 1
Ghana – 1
Kuwait – 1
Syrian Arab Republic – 1
Burkina Faso – 1
Grenada – 1
Lithuania – 1
Bahrain – 1
Saudia Arabia – 1
Botswana – 1
Republic of Moldova – 1


On August 24 the paralympians begin their games.

Five for Five at Watkins Glen Cup Series Race

The Cup Series returns to Watkins Glen International to cap off a triple header weekend after taking a couple of weeks off for the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo.

With four more races in the regular season, only three of the 16 playoff spots are open. While Kyle Larson leads the way with four race wins, Denny Hamlin has been consistent all season and leads in the points standings.

Reigning Cup Series champion Chase Elliott is also making a bid to be the road course king. He has won the past two races at Watkins Glen but his efforts to make it three in a row have gotten a bit harder after NASCAR officials assessed a major penalty to the Hendrick Motorsports number nine team. Elliott’s car failed the pre-race inspection process twice; as a result he will have to start the race from the back of the field and will not have his crew chief Alan Gustafson on the pit box for the race.

Elliott and Joe Gibbs Racing driver Christopher Bell were charged with violating the NASCAR rule book in relation to the rear window air deflectors. Bell is also starting the race from the back of the field without his crew chief Adam Stevens.

A major penalty, Bell, Elliott, and their car owners have all been docked 10 points and the teams were fined $25,000.

This is also a special day for the NBC Sports broadcasting crew who leaves the broadcast booth to take up spots around the track for a radio styled broadcast.

In his final race at Watkins Glen in the number two Penske Racing car, Brad Keselowski sits on the pole with team mate Joey Logano starting alongside on the front row. The third Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney starts third.

The starting lineup for the Go Bowling at The Glen:
Brad Keselowski

Joey Logano
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Christopher Bell – moved to the back of the field
Aric Almirola
Martin Truex Jr
Alex Bowman
Chase Elliott – moved to the back of the field
Ross Chastain
Tyler Reddick
Matt DiBenedetto
William Byron
Austin Dillon
Kurt Busch
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Cole Custer
Kyle Busch
Daniel Suarez
Erik Jones
Ryan Preece
Chris Buescher
Michael McDowell
Bubba Wallace
Chase Briscoe
Ryan Newman
Corey LaJoie
Justin Haley
Anthony Alfredo
Garrett Smithley
Kyle Tilley
Josh Bilicki
Quin Houff
James Davison
RC Enerson

During the Truck Series race on Saturday, the race was shortened as a result of lightening. Reports are that there is a chance of some wet weather during the race today.

Stages one and two are 20 laps each with stage three lasting 50 laps for a total of 90 laps around the near two and a half mile track.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 10.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of the race before a sold out crowd and jumps out in front for the lead with team mate Joey Logano right behind him.

Brad Keselowski leads laps one.

The top five are Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Martin Truex Jr. Chase Elliott and Christopher Bell are up to 28 and 29 after starting the race from the back of the field.

Ryan Newman spins out but the track stays green

Lap four, Chase Elliott has moved up 12 spots since the race start. Brad Keselowski has a lead of a third of a second on Joey Logano with Kyle Larson in third over a second back; Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap seven, Brad Keselowski continues to lead the race but is getting a challenge form Joey Logano with Kyle Larson looking to make it a three way battle. Martin Truex Jr has passed Denny Hamlin for fourth. Chase Elliott has entered the top 20.

Lap nine, Brad Keselowski has led every lap so far with team mate Joey Logano in second; Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five. Chase Elliott is in 19th place.

Lap 10, Brad Keselowski spins out and falls to sixth place. Joey Logano is the new leader.

At the end of lap 10, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service including Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 13 with Kyle Larson alongside. Logano gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex, Jr, Denny Hamlin, and Tyler Reddick. Brad Keselowski restarts the race in 17th after the pit stop and Chase Elliott is in 21st.

Lap 14, Joey Logano leads the race but Kyle Larson is looking to challenge and take the lead.

Joey Logano’s team reports a radio issue. He can hear his spotter but cannot talk to the crew.

Lap 16, Joey Logano has a quarter of a second lead on Kyle Larson; Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Lap 17, Kyle Larson has been unable to make any headway on leader Joey Logano.

Some drivers are coming down pit road for service short of the end of the stage. Drivers can pit under green and not lose a lap.

Lap 19, Kyle Larson made a move on leader Joey Logano with no success; Denny Hamlin is the third place driver after Martin Truex Jr made a pit stop milliseconds before pit road closed.

Brad Keselowski is reporting a brake issue.

Joey Logano wins stage one for his fourth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Joey Logano
Kyle Larson
Denny Hamlin
Tyler Reddick
William Byron
Kyle Busch
Alex Bowman
Chase Elliott
Austin Dillon
Erik Jones

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

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

After staying out on the track, Ricky Stenhouse Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two with Martin Truex Jr alongside. Chase Briscoe makes it a three wide battle with Martin Truex Jr taking the lead.

The top five are Martin Truex Jr, Chase Briscoe, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Ryan Blaney.

All 37 drivers who started the race are in the race and on the lead lap.

Lap 24, Christopher Bell takes fifth from Ryan Blaney.

Lap 25, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of over a second nad a half on Chase Briscoe; Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 26 when Ryan Blaney spins out and James Davison is stopped on the track.

A few drivers come down pit road for service including Brad Keselowski whose crew spends time working on the splitter.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 27 with Truex taking the lead. Kevin Harvick passes Chase Briscoe for second after Briscoe had a bad restart.

Lap 28, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, Chase Briscoe, Christopher Bell, and Matt DiBenedetto.

James Davison is off the track.

Lap 29, Chase Briscoe and Christopher Bell make contact but the track stays green. Briscoe hit Bell after Briscoe got off the track.

Lap 30, third place driver Christopher Bell started the race from the back of the field with inspection issues. Bell passes Kevin Harvick for second, over two seconds behind Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 31, Chase Elliott makes an unscheduled trip down pit road with flat spotted tires.

Lap 31, the top five are Martin Truex Jr with a two and a half second lead, Christopher Bell, Kevin Harvick, Chase Briscoe, and Matt DiBenedetto.

Team mates Tyler Reddick and Austin Dillon find themselves on opposite ends of the cut line, separated by nine points.

Lap 36, Martin Truex Jr continues to lead the race by less than two seconds over Christopher Bell; Kevin Harvick, Chase Briscoe,and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Several drivers are reporting handling issues in the cars.

Bubba Wallace’s 23XI owner Michael Jordan is on the pit box today. Bubba comes down pit road for service with three laps remaining in stage two.

Lap 37, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead to two and a half seconds on Christopher Bell.

James Davison returns to the track 12 laps down.

Lap 38, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin battle for position with Hamlin taking eighth and Logano back to ninth.

With a lead of over two seconds, Martin Truex Jr wins stage two for his fifth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Martin Truex Jr
Christopher Bell
Kevin Harvick
Chase Briscoe
Kyle Larson
Ross Chastain
Matt DiBenedetto
Denny Hamlin
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch

With 50 laps remaining in the race, the drivers cannot complete the race without making a pit stop for fuel.

While the leaders stay out, several drivers come down pit road for service.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 44. Turex jumps out in front for the lead but Christopher Bell is quickly on his bumper.

The top five are Martin Truex Jr, Christopher Bell, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, and Ross Chastain.

Kyle Larson passes Kevin Harvick for third.

Ross Chastain passes Kevin Harvick for fourth.

Lap 45, Martin Truex Jr leads the race with Christopher Bell on his bumper making a challenge for the lead; Kyle Larson, Ross Chastain, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 46, Kyle Larson has pulled upt to Christopher Bell’s bumper; looking to make it a three way battle for the lead with Martin Truex Jr.

Martin Truex Jr was the last driver not named Chase Elliott to win a race at Watkins Glen.

Lap 47, the top three drivers – Martin Truex Jr, Christopher Bell, and Kyle Larson – are three seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

Christopher Bell and Martin Truex Jr battle for the lead with Kyle Larson on their bumper. Truex holds on to the lead with Bell in second and Larson in third.

James Davison is back off the track. He is the only driver in the race, not on the lead lap.

Lap 50, Martin Truex Jr holds on to the lead with Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson close behind; Ross Chastain and Kevin Harvick roud out the top five.

Lap 51, Christopher Bell moves up closer to leader Martin Truex Jr looking to challenge for the lead once again.

After restarting the race from the back of the field, Chase Elliott is just outside the top 10 in eleventh.

Erik Jones spins out but the track stays green with Jones off the racing surface. Jones gets the car moving again.

Lap 54, Christopher Bell continues to challenge Martin Truex Jr for the lead with Kyle Larson closely behind.

The top three drivers are separated by less then a second.

Kyle Larson makes contact with Christopher Bell and Bell spins out. The track stays green as Bell gets moving again and Kyle Larson takes second.

Lap 55, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, William Byron, and Chase Briscoe as green flag pit stops begin.

Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski make contact when Keselowski spins out with more brake issues. Logano has some heavy damage near the rear tire well.

Lap 57, leaders Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Larson come down pit road for service. Denny Hamlin is the new leader with Chase Elliott over a second back.

Kyle Larson beats Martin Truex Jr off of pit road.

Lap 59, the current leaders still need to make their pit stops.

Lap 6Denny Hamlin leads the race with Chase Elliott in second; Elliott makes his green flag pit stop and gives second over the Kurt Busch.

Lap 61, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Daniel Suarez, Cole Custer, and Corey LaJoie. Kyle Larson is currently in sixth with Martin Truex Jr in seventh.

The top four drivers – Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Daniel Suarez, and Cole Custer – still need to make their pit stops.

Lap 63, leader Denny Hamlin makes his pit stop. Kurt Busch is the new leader.

Daniel Suarez and Cole Custer come down pit road. Kyle Larson is in second.

Daniel Suarez is moving very slowly on pit road. He is reporting that he has no power.

Lap 65, Kurt Busch makes his pit stop. Kyle Larson is the new leader.

The top five are Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, Corey LaJoie, Kyle Busch, and William Byron.

Lapp 66, Chase Elliott passes team mate William Byron for fifth.

Lap 67, Kyle Larson leads the race with Martin Truex Jr in second; Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and William Byron round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin’s car is dumping fuel out of the filler.

Lap 68, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a two second lead on Martin Truex Jr; third place driver Kyle Busch is 10 seconds back.

Lap 70, the top 10 drivers are separated by over 20 seconds.

Chase Elliott gets around Kyle Busch for third.

After getting around Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott is slowly closing the gap on Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Larson is now two and a half seconds in front of Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 75, Kyle Larson has a three second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Chase Elliott is in third seven and a half seconds back.

Lap 74, Kyle Larson leads the race; Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, and William Byron round out the top five.

While Kyle Larson is expanding the gap on the field, Chase Elliott is closing the gap on leader Kyle Larson.

Lap 76, Kyle Larson has increased his lead to nearly three and a half seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Chase Elliott is less than six seconds back in third.

Lap 77, Kyle Larson now has a lead of over four second on Martin Truex Jr with Chase Elliott six seconds back.

Lap 79, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a four and a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr but Chase Elliott has closed the gap to under five and a half seconds.

Ten to go, Chase Elliott has caught up to second place driver Martin Truex Jr. Elliott takes second and is now five and a half seconds behind leader Kyle Larson.

There are 26 cars on the lead lap. Jamnes Davison is out of the race.

Seven to go, Kyle Larson has a five second lead on Chase Elliott; Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, and William Byron round out the top five.

Chase Elliott is running laps just a wee bit faster than Kyle Larson but the gap is still five seconds with just six laps remaining in the race.

Five to go, Kyle Larson encounters slower traffic. His lead is now under five seconds over Chase Elliott.

With just 26 cars on the lead lap, there are a lot of slower cars in front of the leaders.

Four to go, Kyle Larson’s lead is again five seconds on Chase Elliott; Martin Truex Jr is in third seven and a half seconds back.

With numerous lapped cars in front of him, Kyle Larson’s lead is down to under three seconds.

Three to go, Kyle Larson’s lead is down to just two seconds on Chase Elliott.

Kyle Larson takes the white flag with a three second lead on Chase Elliott.

Breaking the Chase Elliott dominance, Kyle Larson wins his first career win at Watkins Glen for his fifth race win this season.

With the win, Kyle Larson is tied with Denny Hamlin in the points standings with 917.

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

Tokyo Olympics Medal Count – Day 15

Only a couple of days of competition remains in the Tokyo Summer Olympic games. Many of the athletes have already made their way back home as the final events wind down.

The People’s Republic of China added two more gold medals to hold on to the lead with 38 – just two more than the United States. In the overall medal count, the United States has a 21 medal edge over second place China. The first county to top 100 medals, the United States has amassed a total of 108 medals – 36 gold, 39 sliver, and 33 bronze.

Botswana, Saudia Arabia, Bahrain, and the Republic of Moldova add their names to the list of medal winners for a total of 93 medal winning countries.

Olympic Medal Count Day 15:
United States – 108
People’s Republic of China – 87
ROC (Russia) – 69
Great Britain – 63
Japan – 56
Australia – 46
Italy – 39
Germany – 37
Netherlands – 33
France – 32
Canada – 23
New Zealand – 20
Republic of Korea – 20
Hungary – 19
Brazil – 19
Ukraine – 18
Spain – 17
Cuba – 14
Poland – 14
Switzerland – 13
Turkey – 13
Chinese Taipei – 12
Czech Republic – 11
Denmark – 11
Jamaica – 9
Sweden – 9
Kenya – 9
Croatia – 8
Georgia – 8
Kazakhstan – 8
Austria – 7
Serbia – 7
Norway – 7
Islamic Republic of Iran – 7
Belarus – 7
India – 7
Azerbaijan – 7
Belgium – 6
Egypt – 6
Indonesia – 5
Hong Kong, China – 5
Slovenia – 5
Bulgaria – 5
Colombia – 5
Dominican Republic – 5
Romaia – 4
Venezuela – 4
Portugal – 4
Uganda – 4
Uzbekistan – 4
Armenia – 4
Mongolia – 4
Mexico – 4
Israel – 4
Philippines – 4
Slovakia – 4
Ethiopia – 4
Ecuador – 3
Greece – 3
South Africa – 3
Ireland – 3
Kyrgyzstan – 3
San Marino – 3
Qatar – 3
Argentina – 3
Kosovo – 2
Tunisia – 2
Estonia – 2
Fiji – 2
Latvia – 2
Nigeria – 2
Thailand – 2
Jordan – 2
Finland – 2
Bahamas – 2
Bermuda – 1
Morocco – 1
Puerto Rico – 1
North Macedonia – 1
Nambia – 1
Turkmenistan – 1
Cote d’Ivoire – 1
Ghana – 1
Kuwait – 1
Malaysia – 1
Syrian Arab Republic – 1
Burkina Faso – 1
Grenada – 1
Lithuania – 1
Bahrain – 1
Saudia Arabia – 1
Botswana – 1
Republic of Moldova – 1

Battles Abound in Rookie Win for Xfinity at Watkins Glen

Delayed due to lightening, the Xfinity Series looks to run their fifth road course race of the season when the car finally take to the track at Watkins Glen International for the Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey 200.

After running the lightening shortened Truck Series race, AJ Allmendinger, Sam Mayer, and Timmy Hill are doing double duty and are racing in the Xfinity Series race today.

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

The starting lineup for the Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey 200:
Justin Allgaier
Austin Cindric
Daniel Hemric
Harrison Burton
Justin Haley
AJ Allmendinger
Myatt Snider
Jeb Burton
Brett Moffitt
Riley Herbst
Noah Gragson
Jeremy Clements
Ryan Sieg
Brandon Brown
Ty Gibbs
Jade Buford
Tommy Joe Martins
Michael Annett
Josh Williams
Landon Cassill
Brandon Jones
Kyle Weatherman
Sam Mayer
Kris Wright
Joe Graf Jr
Alex Labbe
Jesse Little
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Matt Mills
Josh Bilicki
Colby Howard
Timmy Hill
Austin Dillon
Michael Munley
Preston Pardus
Erik Jones
Kyle Tilley
David Smith
Bayley Currey
Stephen Leicht

Stages one and two of the race are 20 laps long with stage three lasting 42 laps for a total of 82 laps around the nearly two and a half mile track.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane.  Austin Cindric takes the lead.

The top five are Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, Harrison Burton, and Justin Haley

Ryan Sieg and David Smith make contact and get off the track but the track stays green.

AJ Allmendinger passes Justin Haley and Harrison Burton to take fourth.

Lap two, Austin Cindric has a lead of over half a second on Justin Allgaier; Daniel Hemric, AJ Allmendinger, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap three for a crash involving Michael Munley and getting into the tire wall.  Munley gets the car moving again before safety workers arrive.

Only a few drivers came down pit road during the caution flag.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with Justin Allgaier alongside on lap seven after a delay to get the tire wall reset.  Cindric takes the lead with AJ Allmendinger taking second.

The top five are Austin Cindric, AJ Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, and Justin Haley.

AJ Allmendinger challenges Austin Cindric for the lead.

Harrison Burton and Justin Haley battle for fifth while AJ Allmendinger continues to battle for the lead.

Ty Gibbs has joined the battle for fifth.

Ty Gibbs passes Harrison Burton for sixth and sets his sights on Justin Haley.

Lap nine, Austin Cindric and AJ Allmendinger continue to battle for the lead; Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution at the end of lap 10.

Leaders stay out on the track, but drivers back in the field come down pit road for service and adjustments.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 12 with AJ Allmendinger alongside.  Kyle Tilley spins around after some on track contact.  The track stays green.

Austin Cindric holds on to the lead with AJ Allmendinger in second; Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

AJ Allmendinger begins to challenge leader Austin Cindric for the lead.

After spinning out on the restart, Kyle Tilley works his way to pit road.

Ty Gibbs, Harrison Burton, and Justin Allgaier battle for position.

Lap 13, the top five are Austin Cindric, AJ Allmendinger, Daniel Hemric, Ty Gibbs, and Justin Allgaier.

Lap 14, Daniel Hemric begins to put some pressure on AJ Allmendinger for second.  Ty Gibbs in fourth is looking to make it a three way battle.

Lap 14, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on AJ Allmendinger.

Lap 15, AJ Allmendinger is closing the gap on leader Austin Cindric.

Lap 16, leaders stay out but other drivers including Ty Gibbs and Justin Allgaier come down pit road for a pit stop before the end of the stage.  A road course, drivers can make a pit stop and not go down a lap.

Lap 18, Austin Cindric has a half second lead on AJ Allmendinger; Daniel Hemric is over two seconds back in third.

Leaders are encountering slower traffic.

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

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Austin Cindric
AJ Allmendinger
Daniel Hemric
Harrison Burton
Jeb Burton
Justin Haley
Noah Gragson
Brandon Jones
Riley Herbst
Sam Mayer

Reports are that there are a few raindrops in areas of the track and the wind is picking up, but the lightening is staying away.

Drivers come down pit road for service. 

After staying out on the track, Harrison Burton is the leader.

Harrison Burton brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 24 with Brandon Jones alongside.  After going side by side, Ty Gibbs makes it a three way battle.  Brandon Jones takes the lead.

Ty Gibbs battles with Brandon Jones for the lead.  Ty Gibbs takes the lead.

Daniel Hemric spins out but the track stays green.

Alex Labbe loses an axle prior to the restart.

The top five are Ty Gibbs, Harrison Burton, Brandon Jones, Justin Allgaier, and Myatt Snider.

Justin Allgaier and Brandon Jones battle for third.

Lap 28, Harrison Burton comes down pit road for service.

Lap 29, Ty Gibbs leads the race with Justin Allgaier in second;, AJ Allmendinger, Brandon Jones and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Ty Gibbs has pulled out to a lead of over three seconds on Justin Allgaier and AJ Allmendinger.

Brandon Jones is the only driver not to make a pit stop; he comes down pit road for his first stop on lap 30.

Brandon Jones was caught speeding on pit road and had to serve a pass through penalty.

The caution flag comes out on lap 33 for a mechanical issue for Alex Labbe. He has flames coming out from under his car. Labbe was already five laps down due to an axle issue. He drops grease on the track.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service.

After an extended caution flag to get the track cleaned up, Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag restart with AJ Allmendinger alongside on lap 36. Gibbs and Allmendinger go side by side with Allmendinger taking the lead in turn three.

The top five are AJ Allmendinger, Ty Gibbs, Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, and Noah Gragson.

Lap 37, Ty Gibbs comes up to battle AJ Allmendinger for the lead.

Lap 38, Ty Gibbs and AJ Allmendinger continue to battle for the lead with Austin Cindric in third; Justin Allgaier, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

AJ Allmendinger wins stage two with Ty Gibbs a fenderr length behind.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
AJ Allmendinger
Ty Gibbs
Austin Cindric
Justin Allgaier
Noah Gragson
Riley Herbst
Sam Mayer
Michael Annett
Erik Jones
Daniel Hemric

With a stage length of 42 laps, all of the drivers will have to make at least one pit stop for fuel during stage three.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service including leader AJ Allmendinger, but Ty Gibbs stays out on the track to lead the race.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 44 with Austin Cindric alongside. Ty Gibbs takes the lead.

Sam Mayer battles Austin Cindric for second.

Lap 45, the top five are Ty Gibbs, Austin Cindric, Sam Mayer, Noah Gragsn, and Daniel Hemric.

Sam Mayer and Noah Gragson battle for third.

Harrison Burton takes fifth

Back in the field, drivers begin battling for position.

Lap 47, Ty Gibbs has a lead of over half a second on Austin Cindric with Sam Mayer in third; Noah Gragson and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Thirty five laps remain in the race and the drivers are getting more aggressive as they battle for position.

Myatt Snider spins out in the bus stop but the track stays green.

The caution flag comes out on lap 49 for a crash involving Matt Mills and David Smith. Mills ran into the tire barrier.

Pit road is open and all of the drivers come down pit road for everything from fuel only to four tire pit stops.

Justin Allgaier wins the race off of pit road after taking fuel only.

Outside the fuel window, crew chiefs are telling their drivers to save fuel.

Daniel Hemric is among a few drivers who did not come down pit road.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 50. Hemric jumps out in front for the lead with Bayley Currey in second; Preston Pardus, Joe Graf Jr, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Drivers who made a pit stop are coming on strong very quickly to take the top spots.

Ty Gibbs battles Bayley Currey for third and takes the spot.

Lap 53, Daniel Hemric leads the race with Brandon Jones in second; Ty Gibbs, Justin Allgaier, and Bayley Currey round out the top five.

Brandon Jones and Ty Gibbs are slowly closing in on leader Daniel Hemric who still has to make a pit stop.

Lap 53, Daniel Hemric has a half second lead on Brandon Jones; Ty Gibbs, Justin Allgaier, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 55, Austin Dillon brings his car down pit road and heads for the garage.

Daniel Hemric finally makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Ty Gibbs.

Twenty five laps to go, Ty Gibbs leads the race with Brandon Jones in second; Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Justin Allgaier and Austin Cindric battle for third with Justin Haley right behind them.

Lap 57, Austin Cindric takes third. Justin Haley passes Justin Allgaier for fourth.

AJ Allmendinger is making his move and is coming through the field. He battles Justin Allgaier for fifth.

Lap 59, Ty Gibbs has pulled out to a one second lead on Brandon Jones; Austin Cindric, Justin Haley, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Lap 60, Justin Haley falls through the field with reports that he is stuck in neutral.

Ty Gibbs has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Brandon Jones; Austin Cindric, AJ Allmendinger, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 62, 20 to go, Ty Gibbs is barreling through the course with a lead of two and a half seconds on Brandon Jones; Austin Cindric, AJ Allmendinger, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

AJ Allmendinger is running some of the fastest laps on the track.

Austin Cindric challenges Brandon Jones for second.

Lap 64, Ty Gibbs continues to increase his lead and is now over three seconds ahead.

Austin Cindric takes second after Brandon Jones comes down pit road for fuel.

Justin Allgaier reports that he might have a tire going down and has to make a pit stop.

Lap 65, Ty Gibbs has a lead of over three and a half seconds on Austin Cindric; AJ Allmendinger, Noah Gragson, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap 66, Sam Mayer and Kris Wright make contact, spinning out Wright but the track stays green.

Lap 68, Erik Jones hits the barrier after losing his brakes and brings out the seventh caution flag of the race. Jones gets stuck in the gravel.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service but the leaders stay out on the track. Fifth place driver Noah Gragson leads the list of drivers coming down pit road.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag restart with Austin Cindric alongside and AJ Allmendinger right behind on lap 70. Jeremy Clemnts comes down pit road just as the race restarts.

Austin Cindric takes the lead going into turn two.

The top five are Austin Cindirc, Ty Gibbs, AJ Allmendinger, Harrison Burton, and Jeb Burton.

Ty Gibbs battles with Austin Cindric for the lead but so far Cindric holds on to the lead.

Ty Gibbs continues to battle with Austin Cindric for the lead. On lap 71, Ty Gibbs takes the lead. Austin Cindric and AJ Allmendinger battle for second.

Lap 72, 10 to go, Ty Gibbs leads the race with AJ Allmendinger in second; Austin Cindrci, Harrison Burton, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Ty Gibbs pulls away from the field, but AJ Allmendinger is coming on hard to challenge for the lead.

Lap 73, Ty Gibbs pulls out to a one second lead on AJ Allmendinger; Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 74, Justin Allgaier and Harrison Burton battle for fourth.

Ty Gibbs has a lead of over a second on AJ Allmendinger with Austin Cindric in third.

The caution flag comes out on lap 75 when Kyle Weatherman is stopped on the track and jumps out of his car.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag restart with just four laps remaining in the race with AJ Allm

alongside nad Austin Cindric behind. With a bump from Austin Cindric, Ty Gibbs takes the lead but AJ Allmendinger comes from the outside to take the lead.

Daniel Hemric spins out but the track stays green.

Ty Gibbs battles with AJ All for the lead as they begin pulling away from Austin Cindric.

Bayley Currey spins out in front of the field but the track stays green.

Ty Gibbs gets around AJ Allmendinger as they cross the start/finish line for two laps to go.

Ty Gibbs takes the white flag.

With a lead of over half a second, Ty Gibbs wins the race as AJ Allmendinger and Austin Cindric battle for second.

The unofficial results of the Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey 200:
Ty Gibbs
AJ Allmendinger
Austin Cindric
Justin Allgaier
Harrison Burton
Brandon Jones
Noah Gragson
Jeb Burton
Justin Haley
Sam Mayer
Michael Annett
Brandon Brown
Riely Herbst
Josh Williams
Myatt Snider
Jeremy Clements
Kris Wright
Ryan Sieg
Tommy Joe Martins
Landon Cassill
Jade Buford
Daniel Hemric
Preston Pardus
Josh Bilicki
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Brett Moffitt
Jesse Little
Stephen Leicht
Timmy Hill
Joe Graf Jr
Colby Howard
Bayley Currey
David Smith
Kyle Weatherman
Michael Munley
Erik Jones
Austin Dillon
Matt Mills
Alex Labbe
Kyle Tilley

Lightening Shortens Truck Race at Watkins Glen

After a month away from the track, the Camping World Truck Series returns with the final race of the 2021 regular season with the United Rentals 176 at Watkins Glen International.

The next time the Truck Series takes to the track will be the beginning of the playoffs. Seven drivers are already locked into the playoffs. John Hunter Nemechek is the regular season winner with a series leading five race wins. Nemechek also earns 15 bonus points for winning the regular season. Also locked in to the playoffs are Ben Rhodes, Todd Gilliland, Austin Hill, Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith, and Matt Crafton. Carson Hocevar, Chandler Smith, and Stewart Friesen currently round out the top 10 for the playoffs but should a driver below the cut line win the race, the final three playoff spots will change.

Austin Hill sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Todd Gilliland alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the United Rentals 176:
Austin Hill
Todd Gillialnd
Chandler Smith
Matt Crafton
Ben Rhodes
John Hunter Nemechek
Derek Kraus
Zane Smith
Carson Hocevar
Tyler Ankrum
Danny Bohn
Ryan Truex
Tate Fogleman
Johnny Sauter
Christian Eckes
Corey Heim
Stewart Friesen
Hailie Deegan
Sheldon Creed
Austin Wayne Self
Josh Berry
Tanner Gray
Kaz Grala
Lawless Alan
AJ Allmendinger
Norm Benning
Jack Wood
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Will Rodgers
Grant Enfinger
Chad Chastain
Taylor Gray
Josh Reaume
Spencer Boyd
Bobby Reuse
Timmy Hill
Roger Reuse
Parker Kligerman
Paul Menard
Sam Mayer

AJ Allmendinger was asked to sit in and run the race after Chase Purdy was sidelined due to Covid protocols.

Stage one of the race is 20 laps, stage two is 25 laps, and stage three is 27 laps for a total of 72 laps around the seven turn road course.

Cup Series driver Joey Logano joins Vince Welch and Michael Waltrip in the FOX broadcast booth for today’s race.

It has been over 20 years since the Camping World Truck Series has run a race at Watkins Glen.

Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out for the lead but drivers already get tangled and turned around going into turn one.

John Hunter Nemechek and Ben Rhodes make contact but the track stays green.

Austin Hill leads the race with Todd Gilliland in second; Matt Crafton, Chandler Smith, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Lap two, Austin Hill has a lead of nearly half a second on Todd Gilliland.

Tate Fogleman spins out and gets off the track but gets going again and the track stays green.

Lap three, Kaz Grala has an on track incident but gets going again.

Lap three, drivers are already making pit stops including Tyler Ankrum who had a flat tire.

Lap four, Austin Hill leads the race by half a second on Todd Gilliland; Matt Crafton, Carson Hocevar, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Carson Hocevar passes Matt Crafton for third.

Leaders Austin Hill and Todd Gilliand have pulled out to a lead of over three and a half seconds on Carson Hocevar.

Ben Rhodes was caught speeding on pit road and has to serve a pass through penalty.

Lap five, Johnny Sauter makes a pit stop with an overheating issue due to grass on the grille.

Lap six, Todd Gilliland passes Austin Hill for the lead.

Leaders are encountering slower traffic with 38 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap seven, Todd Gilliland has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Austin Hill; Carson Hocevar, Matt Crafton, and Sheldon Creed round out the top five.

Sheldon Creed passes Matt Crafton for fourth.

There are 35 trucks on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out on lap eight after Chad Chastain spins out and hits the tire wall. The younger brother of “watermelon man” Ross Chastain, this was Chad’s truck series debut.

Several drivers come down pit road for service. Grant Enfinger’s truck is stuck in second gear; a crew member is hanging out the window trying to work on the truck.

Taylor Gray makes his delayed Truck Series debut in today’s race after recovering from a broken back and ankle from an auto accident.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 10 and once again drivers have issues getting through turn one. Todd Gilliland holds on to the lead.

Lap 12, Todd Gilliland leads the race with Carson Hocevar in second; Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

After starting the race in last place, Sam Mayer is in the top 15 in 13th place.

Will rodgers is off the track.

Chandler Smith who is currently on the bubble in 10th place in the standings, believes something has broken on his truck.

Lap 14, the top five are Todd Gilliland, Sheldon Creed, Carson Hocevar, Zane Smith, and Austin Hill.

Lap 16, Todd Gilliland has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Sheldon Creed; Carson Hocevar, Zane Smith, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Matt Crafton spins out after some contact from Austin Wayne Self but gets back on the track and the track stays green.

Bobby Reuse spins out several times but the track stays green.

With just four laps remaining in stage one, several of the drivers are short pitting the end of the stage.

Lap 18, Todd Gilliland has increased his lead to over three seconds on Sheldon Creed;Derek Kraus, Austin Wayne Self, and Josh Berry round out the top five as pit stops continue.

On a normal oval course the drivers come down pit road with the driver’s side closest to the wall; however, on road courses like Watkins Glen the drivers pit “backwards” with the driver’s side closes to pit lane.

Lap 19, Todd Gilliland now has a lead of over seven seconds on Sheldon Creed; Derek Kraus, Josh Berry, and Austin Wayne Self round out the top five.

With a lead of over eight seconds, Todd Gilliland wins stage one for his third stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Todd Gilliland
Sheldon Creed
Derek Kraus
Josh Berry
Austin Wayne Self
AJ Allmendinger
Paul Menard
Stewart Friesen
Ben Rhodes
Ryan Truex

Drivers who have not already pitted come down pit road for service.

Due to some mechanical issues, Chandler Smith has dropped out of the top 10; Derek Kraus is now the 10th place driver in the standings.

After staying out on the track, Jack Wood brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two with Carson Hocevar in second.

Lap 24, Carson Hocevar takes the lead with Zane Smith in second; Sam Mayer, Austin Hill, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

Lap 25, Zane Smit passes Carson Hocevar for the lead.

Sam Mayer takes seocond form Carson Hocevar.

Lap 26, AJ Allmendinger has entered the top 10.

Lap 26, Zane Smith has a half second lead on Sam Mayer; Austin Hill, Carson Hocevar and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

Lap 27, there are 32 trucks on the lead lap with Norm Benning, Grant Enfinger, and Will Rodgers off the track.

Tanner Gray gets off the track after some contact with Derek Kraus but the track stays green.

Lap 27, Sam Mayer and Austin Hill challenge Zane Smith for the lead but Smith holds on with Mayer in second and Hill in third.

In stage one the leaders pulled out to leads of over half a second; so far leaders have not pulled away from the field.

Derek Kraus has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road for overheating issues with grass all in the grille.

Austin Hill gets around Sam Mayer for second.

Derek Kraus was caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Lap 29, Austin Hill is the new leader with Sam Mayer in second; Zane Smith, Carson Hocevar, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

Lap 31, John Hunter Nemechek moves into third place behind Austin Hill and Sam Mayer.

Lap 32, the top five are Austin Hill, Sam Mayer, John Hunter Nemechek, Zane Smith, and Parker Kligerman.

Grant Enfinger and Will Rodgers are out of the race

Lap 33, after having to make a pit stop to clear the grass from the grille, AJ Allmendinger has moved up to sixth place.

Norm Benning returns to the track 13 laps down.

Lap 34, AJ Allmendinger passes Parker Kligerman for fifth place.

After his pit road difficulties, Derek Kraus has fallen back out of the top 10 in points; putting Chandler Smith back in the hunt.

Carson Hocevar has dropped to 10th and is reporting some issues with his brakes overheating.

Lap 35, Austin Hill has pulled away from the field with a lead of over three seconds on John Hunter Nemechek; Sam Mayer, AJ Allmendinger, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Lap 40, six laps remain in stage two, Austin Hill has a three second lead on John Hunter Nemechek; AJ Allmendinger, Sam Mayer, and Zane Smith round out the top five. There are 26 trucks on the lead lap.

Todd Gilliland is reporting some issues with the fuel pump.

Jennifer Jo Cobb is off the track.

Four laps remain in stage two, drivers begin to make pit stops.

Lap 43, leader Austin Hill comes down pit road for service; giving the lead over to John unter Nemechek.

The top five are John Hunter Nemechek; Austin Hill, AJ Allmendinger, Ben Rhodes, and Sheldon Creed.

AJ Allmendinger reports that the truck is bouncing; adding that it feels like something is broken.

Lap 44, leader John Hunter Nemechek comes down pit road; Austin Hill is the new leader.

Taylor Gray is off the track.

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

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Austin Hill
John Hunter Nemechek
AJ Allmendinger
Zane Smith
Sheldon Creed
Tyler Ankrum
Carson Hocevar
Todd Gilliland
Ben Rhodes
Sam Mayer

Bobby Reuse is not feeling well; Jordan Anderson will take over the driving duties in the number three truck.

Some drivers come down pit road for service.

AJ Allmendinger has made multiple trips down pit road as the crew tries to diagnose the issue with his truck.

Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 49 and jumps out in front for the lead. Spread out four and five wide, the drivers make it through turn one safely.

Austin Hill leads the race with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Zane Smith, Sheldon Creed, and Tyler Ankrum round out the top five.

Sam Mayer cannot communicate with his team after radio issues. There is also a good bit of grass on his grille.

Twenty to go, Austin Hill has a half second lead on John Hunter Nemechek; Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith, and Tyler Ankrum round out the top five with 29 trucks on the lead lap.

Derek Kraus hits the wall with 19 laps to go and brings out the caution flag.

Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag restart with 16 laps remaining in the race. Austin Hill edges out John Hunter Nemechek for the lead as the drivers make it cleanly through turn one.

Vince Welch reports that there is some weather in the area. NASCAR runs in wet weather on road courses.

Lap 57, Austin Hill has a half second lead on John Hunter Nemechek; Sheldon Creed, Todd Gilliland, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

AJ Allmendinger is the last truck on the lead lap in 29th place.

Norm Benning is out of the race. Jennifer Jo Cobb is 15 laps down.

Lap 61, the caution flag comes out due to lightening in the area. FOX has pulled several of the camera crew scattered around the track due to the issue.

NASCAR brings the trucks down pit road and displays the red flag with eleven laps remaining in the race.

Once lightening is sighted, there is a mandatory 30 minute wait. If lightening is seen within that 30 minute window, the clock starts over. While waiting out the lightening, some raindrops have begun to fall. The drivers do have wet weather tires that they can use once racing resumes.

Due to repeated lightening strikes and scheduling issues, NASCAR has called the race with eleven laps to go and named Austin Hill as the winner. The win moves Hill from fifth to second in the playoff standings.

The unofficial results of the United Rentals 176:
Austin Hill
John Hunter Nemechek
Sheldon Creed
Todd Gilliland
Parker Kligerman
Zane Smith
Tyler Ankrum
Paul Menard
Sam Mayer
Carson Hocevar
Josh Berry
Kaz Grala
Christian Eckes
Tanner Gray
Ben Rhodes
Austin Wayne Self
Ryan Truex
Chandler Smith
Corey Heim
Hailie Deegan
Stewart Friesen
Derek Kraus
Matt Crafton
Johnny Sauter
Timmy Hill
Jack Wood
Tate Fogleman
AJ Allmendinger
Danny Bohn
Bobby Reuse
Roger Reuse
Josh Reaume
Lawless Alan
Spencer Boyd
Chad Chastain
Tanner Gray
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Norm Benning
Grant Enfinger
Will Rodgers

At the end of the race, the top 10 drivers in the points standings did not change, making Carson Hocevar, Stewart Friesen, and Chandler Smith the final drivers to make the playoffs.




Them Coulee Boys Have a ‘Namesake’

Years ago Bela Fleck turned bluegrass music on its head with his band New Grass Revival; Them Coulee Boys have done it again for Americana and folk-grass music with their latest album “Namesake” when they perform songs in their Americana style but using electronic instruments.

The 10 song album is the band’s fifth release – after three full length albums and an EP. When the pandemic hit and the world locked down, the band gathered in their rehearsal space and began writing. The result is “Namesake”.

Believing that music is the ultimate healer, Them Coulee Boys members until August 10 are donating the proceeds from “Phil’s Song” to the suicide prevention organization Just Live, Inc. Soren Staff and Beau Janke penned the song after the death of friend Phil Marks in 2019.

Them Coulee Boys tour dates:
Aug 7 at Gitchigrass in Superior, WI
Aug 13 at Ashely for the Arts in Arcadia, WI
Aug 14 at the Ledgestone Vineyards in Greenleaf, WI
Aug 15 at the Blue Ox Music Festival in Eau Claire, WI
Aug 19-21 at Campout at the Cabin in Elkader, IA
Aug 27 at The Lift in Dubuque, IA
Sept 3 at Wildwood in Iowa City, IA
Sept 4 at the Labor of Love Festival in Franklin, WI
Sept 5 at Reggie’s in Chicago, IL
Sept 5 at the Big Top Chautauqua in Washburn, WI
Sept 17 at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock, MI
Sept 18 at the Skal House in Mt. Horeb, WI
Sept 30 at the Shitty Barn in Spring Green, WI
Oct 1 at the Weill Center in Sheboygan, WI
Oct 2 at the Pablo Center in Eau Claire, WI

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Tokyo Olympic Games Medal Count – Day 14

Day 14 of the Tokyo Summer Olympic games brings more medals for the top nations and brings the first medal for Lithuania. The People’s Republic of China continues to dominate the top of the gold medal chart with 36, but the United States is just shy of 100 to top the overall medal count with 98…and gold medal games in baseball and basketball on the horizon.

Olympic Medal Count Day 14:
United States – 98
People’s Republic of China – 79
ROC (Russia) – 62
Great Britain – 58
Japan – 51
Australia – 44
Italy – 38
Germany – 36
Netherlands – 31
France – 27
Canada – 22
Republic of Korea – 19
New Zealand – 19
Hungary – 17
Brazil – 16
Ukraine – 14
Cuba – 13
Switzerland – 13
Spain – 13
Chinese Taipei – 12
Poland – 12
Turkey – 10
Czech Republic – 9
Denmark – 9
Croatia – 8
Jamaica – 8
Sweden – 8
Georgia – 8
Austria – 7
Kazakhstan – 7
Serbia – 7
Islamic Republic of Iran – 6
Kenya – 6
Indonesia – 5
Norway – 5
Belgium – 5
Hong Kong, China – 5
India – 5
Slovenia – 5
Belarus – 5
Romaia – 4
Venezuela – 4
Bulgaria – 4
Portugal – 4
Colombia – 4
Uganda – 4
Uzbekistan – 4
Armenia – 4
Azerbaijan – 4
Mongolia – 4
Egypt – 4
Mexico – 4
Ecuador – 3
Greece – 3
South Africa – 3
Slovakia – 3
Ethiopia – 3
Ireland – 3
Israel – 3
Dominican Republic – 3
Philippines – 3
Kyrgyzstan – 3
San Marino – 3
Kosovo – 2
Qatar – 2
Tunisia – 2
Estonia – 2
Fiji – 2
Latvia – 2
Nigeria – 2
Thailand – 2
Jordan – 2
Finland – 2
Argentina – 2
Bahamas – 1
Bermuda – 1
Morocco – 1
Puerto Rico – 1
North Macedonia – 1
Nambia – 1
Turkmenistan – 1
Cote d’Ivoire – 1
Ghana – 1
Kuwait – 1
Malaysia – 1
Syrian Arab Republic – 1
Burkina Faso – 1
Grenada – 1
Lithuania – 1

Tokyo Olympics Medal Count – Day 13

Day 13 of the Tokyo Summer Olympics brought the biggest haul of medals for the American athletes when the United States added a dozen medals to their count.

Grenada, Burkina Faso, and the Bahamas earned their first medal of these Olympic games, making 88 nations to win a medal at the Tokyo Summer Olympic games.

The People’s Republic of China continues to lead the race in the gold medal count with 34. But the United States has jumped to a total of 91 medals – 29 gold, 35 silver, and 27 bronze – to take the lead by 15 over China.

Olympic Medal Count Day 13:
United States – 91
People’s Republic of China – 74
ROC (Russia) – 58
Great Britain – 51
Japan – 46
Australia – 41
Italy – 35
Germany – 34
France – 27
Netherlands – 26
Republic of Korea – 19
New Zealand – 19
Canada – 18
Brazil – 16
Hungary – 15
Ukraine – 13
Switzerland – 12
Cuba – 12
Spain – 12
Chinese Taipei – 12
Poland – 10
Czech Republic – 9
Croatia – 8
Denmark – 8
Sweden – 7
Georgia – 7
Jamaica – 7
Turkey – 7
Austria – 7
Kazakhstan – 7
Serbia – 6
Indonesia – 5
Norway – 5
Kenya – 5
Belgium – 5
Islamic Republic of Iran – 5
Hong Kong, China – 5
India – 5
Slovenia – 4
Romaia – 4
Venezuela – 4
Bulgaria – 4
Portugal – 4
Colombia – 4
Ecuador – 3
Greece – 3
Uzbekistan – 3
South Africa – 3
Slovakia – 3
Ethiopia – 3
Ireland – 3
Israel – 3
Armenia – 3
Dominican Republic – 3
Mongolia – 3
Azerbaijan – 3
Mexico – 3
Uganda – 3
Egypt – 3
Belarus – 3
Philippines – 3
Kyrgyzstan – 3
San Marino – 3
Kosovo – 2
Qatar – 2
Tunisia – 2
Estonia – 2
Fiji – 2
Latvia – 2
Nigeria – 2
Thailand – 2
Jordan – 2
Finland – 2
Bahamas – 1
Bermuda – 1
Morocco – 1
Puerto Rico – 1
North Macedonia – 1
Nambia – 1
Turkmenistan – 1
Argentina – 1
Cote d’Ivoire – 1
Ghana – 1
Kuwait – 1
Malaysia – 1
Syrian Arab Republic – 1
Burkina Faso – 1
Grenada – 1

Tokyo Olympics Medal Count – Day 12

On day 12 of the Tokyo Summer Olympics, more sports wind down as the end of the games are just a few days away. Many of the team sporting events have reached the semifinals.

The People’s Republic of China did not add to their gold medal count on Tuesday, but continue to hold on to the lead in gold medals with 32. The United States has expanded their lead in the overall medal count with 79 – 25 gold, 31 silver, and 23 bronze.

Winning their first medal of the Tokyo games, Syria adds their name to the list of medal winers.

Olympic Medal Count Day 11:
United States – 79
People’s Republic of China – 70
ROC (Russia) – 53
Great Britain – 48
Japan – 40
Australia – 36
Germany – 32
Italy – 30
France – 25
Netherlands – 23
Republic of Korea – 19
New Zealand – 15
Brazil – 15
Canada – 15
Switzerland – 12
Hungary – 12
Cuba – 12
Chinese Taipei – 11
Ukraine – 11
Poland – 10
Spain – 10
Czech Republic – 8
Croatia – 8
Sweden – 7
Denmark – 7
Georgia – 7
Turkey – 6
Serbia – 6
Jamaica – 5
Austria – 5
Indonesia – 5
Norway – 5
Kenya – 5
Slovenia – 4
Romaia – 4
Venezuela – 4
Islamic Republic of Iran – 4
Kazakhstan – 4
Ecuador – 3
Greece – 3
Uzbekistan – 3
Hong Kong, China – 3
South Africa – 3
Slovakia – 3
Belgium – 3
Ethiopia – 3
Ireland – 3
Israel – 3
Armenia – 3
Colombia – 3
Dominican Republic – 3
Mongolia – 3
Portugal – 3
Azerbaijan – 3
Mexico – 3

Uganda – 3
India – 3
Egypt – 3
Kosovo – 2
Qatar – 2
Philippines – 2
Tunisia – 2
Belarus – 2
Estonia – 2
Fiji – 2
Latvia – 2
Kyrgyzstan – 2
Nigeria – 2
San Marino – 2
Bulgaria –
Bermuda – 1
Morocco – 1
Puerto Rico – 1
Thailand – 1
Jordan – 1
North Macedonia – 1
Nambia – 1
Turkmenistan – 1
Argentina – 1
Cote d’Ivoire – 1
Finland – 1
Ghana – 1
Kuwait – 1
Malaysia – 1
Syrian Arab Republic – 1

Ross Chastain Gets a Ride in Cup Series

Late in June Chip Ganassi Racing sold their NASCAR brand of the business to Trackhouse Racing. With that sale the fates of CGR drivers Kurt Busch and Ross Chastain were left up in the air once the 2021 racing season has ended.

While Kurt Busch is still waiting for word of what his future in racing holds, Ross Chastain can now breathe a sigh of relief…he has a new ride for the 2022 NASCAR racing season.

The eight generation watermelon farmer known as the “watermelon man”, Ross Chastain will join Daniel Suarez as the second full time driver for Trackhouse Racing in 2022.

Chastain will take over the driving duties in the number one car.

When the announcement was made that Trackhouse Racing owner Justin Marks had purchased Chip Ganassi Racing, Chastain had texted just three words to Marks…”I want this.” Grammy award winning Latin music star Pitbull is also part owner of Trackhouse Racing.

Over the past few years Chastain has driven for a number of teams in the Camping World Truck Series, the Xfinity Series, and the Cup Series including driving in every race he possibly could during the season.

Justin Marks spoke on their choice of Ross Chastain as their newest driver saying, “he’s got a lot of fight and a lot of want in him. And I tell people this: there’s a real nuance when you’re looking at drivers and you’re trying to determine what skill set they’ve got and what kind of potential they have and to me, I’m a huge fan of people that have had to work hard against adversity and against odds to try to get where they’ve gotten in their careers. I think it’s that fight and those years of working hard towards something when it’s been difficult along the way that pays dividends at the Cup level.”

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Tokyo Olympics Medal Count – Day 11

On day eleven of the Tokyo Olympic Games more sports have concluded while others are winding down.

As Kyrgyzstan and African nations Ghana and Nambia add their names to the list of medal winners, the People’s Republic of China continue to lead the list of gold medal winners with 32 – one third of their total medal count.  However, the United States continues to lead the overall medal count with 73 – 24 gold, 28 silver, and 21 bronze.

Olympic Medal Count Day 11:
United States – 73
People’s Republic of China – 69
ROC (Russia) – 52
Great Britain – 43
Japan – 36
Australia – 34
Germany – 30
Italy – 29
France – 24
Netherlands – 21
Republic of Korea – 19
New Zealand – 15
Brazil – 15
Canada – 14
Switzerland – 12
Hungary – 11
Cuba – 11
Chinese Taipei – 10
Spain – 9
Czech Republic – 8
Croatia – 8
Ukraine – 7
Poland – 6
Denmark – 6
Georgia – 6
Turkey – 6
Sweden – 5
Jamaica – 5
Austria – 5
Indonesia – 5
Serbia – 5
Norway – 4
Slovenia – 4
Romaia – 4
Venezuela – 4
Ecuador – 3
Greece – 3
Uzbekistan – 3
Hong Kong, China – 3
South Africa – 3
Slovakia – 3
Belgium – 3
Ethiopia – 3
Ireland – 3
Israel – 3
Armenia – 3
Colombia – 3
Dominican Republic – 3
Mongolia – 3
Portugal – 3
Azerbaijan – 3
Kazakhstan – 3
Mexico – 3
Kosovo – 2
Qatar – 2
Philippines – 2
Tunisia – 2
Belarus – 2
Estonia – 2
Fiji – 2
Islamic Republic of Iran – 2
Latvia – 2
India – 2
Kenya – 2
Kyrgyzstan – 2
Nigeria – 2
San Marino – 2
Uganda – 2
Egypt – 2
Bermuda – 1
Morocco – 1
Puerto Rico – 1
Thailand – 1
Bulgaria – 1
Jordan – 1
North Macedonia – 1
Nambia – 1
Turkmenistan – 1
Argentina – 1
Cote d’Ivoire – 1
Finland – 1
Ghana – 1
Kuwait – 1
Malaysia – 1

Actor Saginaw Grant Dies

Native American actor Saginaw Grant died in Hollywood his sleep as a result of natural causes on July 28, 2021; just one week after his 85th birthday.

While Grant is best known as an actor, he was the hereditary chief for the Sac and Fox Nation. He made his home in Hollywood where he worked, but never left his Oklahoma or Native roots.

When not on the set, Grant could often be found participating in PowWow events. He also spoke at events on the life and culture of Native Americans.

After getting his acting start in a car commercial, Grant appeared in over 50 productions including his 1988 debut in “War Party”, “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles”, “Harts of the West”, “Nash Bridges”, “Baywatch”, “Grey Owl”, “Legend of the Phantom Rider”, “My Name is Earl”, “Saving Grace”, “American Horror Story”, the 2013 “Lone Ranger” movie, “Breaking Bad”, “Shameless”, “Wind Walkers”, “Baskets” “Veep”, and “Valley of the Gods”.

He was born Morgan Saginaw Grant on July 20, 1936 in Pawnee, Oklahoma but was raised in Cushing, Oklahoma on a farm with his brothers and sister. He was the grandson of a medicine man – a a role he often played. A young Saginaw learned a great deal about his people form both of his grandfathers.

A Korean War veteran, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps.


Grant is survived by his adopted daughter, actress Mariana Tosca.

feature photo credit: Saginaw Grant 2015.jpg, [[File:Saginaw Grant 2015.jpg|Saginaw_Grant_2015]]

Tokyo Olympics Medal Count – Day 10

Over the past 10 days of competition in the Tokyo Summer Olympic games, the International Olympic Committee has awarded hundreds of medals to athletes in 80 countries.  Puerto Rico, Kenya, Morocco, and Armenia have all added their names to the lists of medal winning countries.

The People’s Republic of China added five more gold medals to increase their lead in the gold medal race; the United States added a total of five more medals to hold on to the over all medal count with 64 – 22 gold, 25, silver, and 17 bronze.

The People’s Republic of China, the United States, and the Russian Olympic Committee are the only countries to top the 50 medal count.

Olympic Medal Count Day 10:
United States – 64
People’s Republic of China – 62
ROC (Russia) – 50
Great Britain – 35
Japan – 33
Australia – 33
Italy – 28
France – 23
Germany – 23
Republic of Korea – 19
Netherlands – 18
Czech Republic – 17
Canada – 14
Switzerland – 12
New Zealand – 11
Chinese Taipei – 10
Brazil – 10
Cuba – 8
Croatia – 7
Spain – 7
Hungary – 6
Georgia – 6
Ukraine – 6
Denmark – 5
Austria – 5
Indonesia – 5
Serbia – 5
Turkey – 5
Slovenia – 4
Slovenia – 4
Sweden – 4
Venezuela – 4
Jamaica – 4
Ecuador – 3
Greece – 3
Hong Kong, China – 3
South Africa – 3
Slovakia – 3
Belgium – 3
Ethiopia – 3
Norway – 3
Ireland – 3
Israel – 3
Colombia – 3
Dominican Republic – 3
Mongolia – 3
Kazakhstan – 3
Mexico – 3
Kosovo – 2
Qatar – 2
Poland – 2
Tunisia – 2
Belarus – 2
Estonia – 2
Fiji – 2
Uzbekistan – 2
India – 2
Kenya – 2
Portugal – 2
San Marino – 2
Uganda – 2
Azerbaijan – 2
Egypt – 2
Bermuda – 1
Islamic Republic of Iran – 1
Latvia – 1
Morocco – 1
Philippines – 1
Puerto Rico – 1
Thailand – 1
Bulgaria – 1
Jordan – 1
North Macedonia – 1
Turkmenistan – 1
Argentina – 1
Armenia – 1
Cote d’Ivoire – 1
Finland – 1
Kuwait – 1
Malaysia – 1

Tokyo Olympics Medal Count – Day 9

On day nine of the Tokyo Summer Olympics, the medal count jumped for the leaders with the People’s Republic of China holding on to the gold medal lead with 24.  But the United States racked up over a dozen new medals to retake the lead in the overall medal count with 59 – 20 gold, 23 silver, and 16 bronze.

No new countries added their names to the lismedal winners on Saturday.

Olympic Medal Count Day 9:
United States – 59
People’s Republic of China – 51
ROC (Russia) – 44
Great Britain – 32
Japan – 31
Australia – 31
Italy – 27
France – 21
Germany – 19
Republic of Korea – 17
Netherlands – 17
Canada – 14
Switzerland – 12
New Zealand – 11
Chinese Taipei – 10
Brazil – 10
Czech Republic – 8
Croatia – 7
Spain – 7
Hungary – 6
Ukraine – 6
Georgia – 5
Austria – 5
Slovenia – 4
Romania – 4
Sweden – 4
Venezuela – 4
Denmark – 4
Serbia – 4
Hong Kong, China – 3
South Africa – 3
Slovakia – 3
Belgium – 3
Jamaica – 3
Norway – 3
Ireland – 3
Israel – 3
Turkey – 3
Colombia – 3
Indonesia – 3
Mongolia -3
Kazakhstan – 3
Mexico – 3
Ecuador – 2
Kosovo – 2
Qatar – 2
Poland – 2
Tunisia – 2
Belarus – 2
Estonia – 2
Fiji – 2
Uzbekistan – 2
Dominican Republic – 2
Cuba – 2
India – 2
Portugal – 2
San Marino – 2
Uganda – 2
Azerbaijan – 2
Egypt – 2
Bermuda – 1
Ethiopia – 1
Greece – 1
Islamic Republic of Iran – 1
Latvia – 1
Philippines – 1
Thailand – 1
Bulgaria – 1
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