NBA Proposes Strict Vaccine Rules for New Season

When the Covid pandemic broke out, the NBA was in the middle of its season. The league adapted and continued to hold games in “a bubble” with no fans in the stands.

The NBA is about to start their third season facing Covid protocols and in some cases they will be severe.

With 90 percent of the players already vaccinated, there are some holdouts. The NBA has announced that it is proposing all of its players to get the vaccine. Players who are fully vaccinated will be allowed to carry on in a “normal” fashion.

The proposed rules for those players who are refusing to get vaccinated will be very strict and include no close association with vaccinated players; masking at all times; stay at home orders with no going to bars, clubs, restaurants, and large indoor gatherings. Unvaccinated players will not be allowed to eat in the same room as their vaccinated team mates. On the road, unvaccinated players will have to stay at the hotel unless traveling to or playing in a game.

Unvaccinated players will be tested on any day where they will be around team mates – practice, travel, game, and team activity days. Players who are vaccinated will not be subject to such strict testing.

The NBA has made the proposals, but before they become a requirement to play in the league, the NBA Players’ Association must approved them. Previously, the NBAPA has shied away from any vaccine mandate.

However, players who reside in and play for teams in cities like San Francisco and New York City face extra scrutiny because there are ordinances in place that require them to be vaccinated in order to play. The NBA has said that any player who has to miss a game due to the city ordinances will not be paid for those games.

Any vaccinated player who is expected of a positive exposure will have to be tested for seven consecutive days but will not be required to quarantine; however, unvaccinated players will be required to quarantine for seven days.

While the new proposals have yet to be voted on by the NBAPA, the rules that were put in place last season still apply including masking inside team facilities, while traveling, and while sitting on the bench no matter the vaccine status. Head coaches are exempt from the masking rule during games. All stat crews, team attendants, and referees are required to be vaccinated.

Strict Covid Rules for 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games barely a month past, the International Olympic Committee has turned their attentions to 2022 and the Winter Olympic games in Beijing, China. The Winter Games are scheduled to begin on February 4, 2022 and run until February 20 with the Paralympic Games beginning March 4, 2022 and ending on March 13.

While China has plans to allow fans into the stands; no foreign visitors will be allowed to attend the games including those who do not reside in mainland China. Spectators will also have to follow the strick protocol measures that will be set up.

The IOC has also implemented some very strict protocols in the wake of the ongoing issues with the Covid-19 pandemic. The protocols apply to the Olympic and Paralympic games.

All of the athletes attending the games who are fully vaccinated will not have to quarantine prior to entering the Olympic Village. All vaccines must be officially approved by the issuing country or World Health Organization.

All unvaccinated athletes must quarantine for 21 days prior to entering the Olympic Village or venues. Any athlete who has a “justified” medical reason for not having the vaccine, will have their cases reviewed. Testing will be conducted on a daily basis.

The Beijing Winter Games has designed a “ closed-loop management system” that encompasses all areas related to the games including arrival and departure, transport, accommodation, catering, competitions, and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The system will be in effect from January 23 until the end of the Paralympic games. Athletes will only be allowed to travel – on the approved transportation system – between accommodations, training, and competitions.

Anyone participating in the 2022 Winter Olympic games who is not residing in the Olympic Village housing will be required to stay in contracted hotel that will also have to follow strict Covid protocols.

‘Aladdin’ Cancels Show Over Covid

After 18 months in the dark, Broadway has finally begun to open shows with some strict protocols designed to keep cast, crew, and audiences safe.

But despite all of the caution, some breakthrough cases were detected in vaccinated company members in the course of testing.

As a result of the positive cases, the show was cancelled for September 29. “Aladdin” announced that refunds for the cancelled show were available at the point of purchase.

Disney Theatrical has announced that the show will go on and resume performances on September 30 after no new positive cases have been detected in the past 24 hours.

“Aladdin” is the first Broadway production since the return to have an issue with the Covid-19 virus. All cast, crew, and audience must be vaccinated to enter the theatre with everyone except performers on stage must have their faces covered while inside the building.

NFL Reveals 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Entertainment

Over the past few years the NFL has made a decisive move away from rock and roll artists for their annual Super Bowl halftime show. Most recently Canadian artist The Weeknd entertained the fans; Bruno Mars, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, and Beyonce have also performed recently at the annual event.

On September 30, the NFL, Roc Nation, and Pepsi announced the lineup for the Super Bowl halftime show on February 13, 2022 at the new SoFi stadium in Inglewood, California.

This year there will not be a single star performing but five artists will take the stage – Mary J Blige, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar. This will mark the first time that all five artists will share the same stage.


One of the early starts of the Rap music genre, Dr. Dre has been around since the 80’s and helped to launch the careers of fellow performers Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and Kendrick Lamar. Dre also has ties with Mary J Blige; he produced her hit song “Family Affair’.


A southern California native, Dre stated that the show is going to be an, “unforgettable cultural moment.”

NASCAR Announces 2022 Xfinity and Truck Series Races

Over the past couple of seasons, NASCAR has brought some big changes to the race schedule across all three racing series.  This year more road course races were added to the schedule.  Next season all three series will see a new track on the schedule.

On September 29,NASCAR released the 2022 schedules for both the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series.  The Cup Series schedule was released on September 15.

The Xfinity Series will race in the Pacific Northwest when they travel to Portland International Raceway in Oregon.  Portland International is a 1.964 mile road course.  It has been over 20 years since a major NASCAR sanctioned race has run in the Northwest.

Portland will replace the road course race at Mid-Ohio for the Xfinity Series.

Saying that he had travelled to the Pacific Northwest and looked at tracks in Oregon and Washington, NASCAR senior vice president of strategy and innovation Ben Kennedy spoke on the addition saying that it would be, “a great time of year to be racing, especially in the Pacific Northwest starting to warm up, and I think it’ll be a great addition to the schedule.”

In the Camping World Truck Series will see its schedule increase with one more race for a total of 23 and on the final weekend in July while the Xfinity and Cup Series are racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course, the Truck Series will kick off their playoffs with a return to Lucas Oil Raceway (Indianapolis Raceway Park).  The Truck Series was last at Lucas Oil Raceway’s .686 mile oval in 2011.

Ben Kennedy spoke on the addition saying, “it’s something that our fans have been asking for for a long time is getting back to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, and I think a big part of that is the racing product that it put on as another great short track that we had on the Camping World Truck Series schedule back in the day.  I think it’ll be a great addition to the schedule, especially on that weekend. I think from a timing perspective, it just, it couldn’t have worked out any better having it on the same weekend as the Xfinity and Cup race and then also to be able to kick off our playoffs as a part of that, too.”


Also new for the CWTS is a return to the road course at Sonoma and the addition of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  And the truck series will not be racing at Watkins Glen in 2022.  With the continuing uncertainties surrounding the Covid-19 virus and the opening of the border, there will be no race again next year on the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

And like the Cup Series, the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series will shuffle some of the playoff races around.

Racing fans will have a total of 15 times next season to see a triple header race weekend.

2022 Xfinity Series schedule:
Feb 19 – Daytona International Speedway
Feb 26 – Auto Club Speedway
March 5 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 12 – Phoenix Raceway

March 19 – Atlanta Motor Speedway
March 26 – Circuit of the Americas
April 2 – Richmond Raceway
April 8 – Martinsville Speedway
April 23 – Talladega Superspeedway
April 30 – Dover International Speedway
May 7 – Darlington Raceway
May 21 – Texas Motor Speedway
May 28 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 4 – Portland International Raceway
June 25 – Nashville Superspeedway
July 2 – Road America
July 9 – Atlanta Motor Speedway
July 16 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway
July 23 – Pocono Raceway
July 30 – Indianapolis Road Course
Aug 6 – Michigan International Speedway
Aug 20 – Watkins Glen International
Aug 26 – Daytona International Speedway
Sept 3 – Darlington Raceway
Sept 10 – Kansas Speedway
Sept 16 – Bristol Motor Speedway

Playoff Races:
Sept 24 – Texas Motor Speedway
Oct 1 – Talladega Superspeedway
Oct 8 – Charlotte Roval
Oct 15 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Oct 22 – Homestead-Miami Speedway
Oct 29 – Martinsville Speedway
Nov 5 – Phoenix Raceway – championship race


2022 Camping World Truck Series schedule:
Feb 18 – Daytona International Speedway
March 4 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 19 – Atlanta Motor Speeway
March 26 – Circuit of the Americas
April 7 – Martinsville Speedway
April 16 – Dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway
May 6 – Darlington Raceway
May 14 – Kansas Speedway
May 20 – Texas Motor Speedway
May 27 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 4 – World Wide Technology Raceway
June 11 – Sonoma Raceway
June 18 – Knoxville Raceway
June 24 – Nashville Superspeedway
July 9 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
July 23 – Pocono Raceway

Playoff races:
July 29 – Lucas Oil Raceway
Aug 13 – Richmond Raceway
Sept 9 – Kansas Speedway
Sept 15 – Bristol Motor Speedway
Oct 1 – Talladega Superspeedway
Oct 22 – Homestead-Miami Speedway
Nov 4 – Phoenix Raceway – championship race


NASCAR Issues Las Vegas Penalties, Including a Suspension

During the races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last weekend, loose lug nuts were a major issue that required several drivers to make an additional trip down pit road to tighten up lug nuts.

When NASCAR officials handed down the penalties on September 28, a total of six teams were charged with having at least one lug nut improperly secured during the post race inspection process.

The biggest penalty issued by NASCAR was to the Stewart-Haas Racing number four car driven by Kevin Harvick. It was found to have two lug nuts improperly secured and as a result, crew chief Rodney Childers has been fined $20,000 and suspended from the race at Talladega this weekend. Stewart-Haas has named Greg Zipadelli as the crew chief for Harvick’s car this weekend.

The remaining four Cup Series teams had their crew chiefs fined $10,000 for a single lug nut improperly secured. The teams were:

The Hendrick Motorsports number five car driven by Kyle Larson with Cliff Daniels as crew chief
The Joe Gibbs Racing number 18 car driven by Kyle Busch with Ben Beshore as crew chief
The Chip Hanassi Racing number 42 car driven by Ross Chastain with Phil Surgen as crew chief
The Trackhouse Racing number 99 car driven by Daniel Suarez with Travis Mack as crew chief

There was just one car who did not have all 20 lug nuts properly secured in the Xfinity Series – the JR Motorsports number one car that was driven by Josh Berry. Crew chief Mike Bumgarner was fined $5,000 for the infraction. The penalty does not affect Berry’s winning the race on Saturday.

‘The Voice’ Concludes Week 2 Auditions

When “The Voice” ended on Monday night, Holly Forbes was in the process of selecting which one of the coaches’ teams she would join. While a four chair turn, Ariana was finally successful in blocking John.


On Tuesday the show opens with Holly making her decision…she chose Kelly to be her coach.

Tuesday’s show begins with Kelly and Blake having six acts each with Ariana and John having seven acts.

Bella DeNapoli comes from a musical family who performs on weekends. Bella first performed on stage when she was 13 but this is the first time she will be singing solo. All of the coaches were looking at Ariana during Bella’s performance. Kelly, Ariana, and John all pushed their buttons at the same time. John said that it was an interesting song choice; adding that she could do anything. Kelly said that she felt like she was at Bella’s show. Ariana said that Bella is such a great singer; adding that she has great control. Saying that it is crazy, Bella chose Ariana to be her coach.

David Vogel chose one of Ariana Grande’s songs for his audition. He said that he has never done anything even remotely close to “The Voice” but will sing his heart out. Ariana finally pushed her button at the last note of the song. David said htat Ariana is his dream coach. Arian said that it was a unique take on the song. Kelly said that it was a smart thing to take songs and make them your own.

Janora Brown has been singing most of her life at home and in church. Kelly and John turned their chairs together. Ariana called it a beautiful performance. John loved the song and Janora’s version of it. Kelly said that Janora had a lot of control with her runs. Blake said that Janora’s voice would be instantly recognizable on the radio. She chose John to be her coach.

Kaitlyn Velez grew up watching “The Voice” and is now going to audition for it. John and Blake pushed their buttons together to turn their chairs. John loved Kailyn’s vibrato; addng that there is no one like her on the show. Kelly like Kaitlyn’s tone but wondered whether she could open it up. Airana called Kaitlyn super talented. Blake noted that Kaitlyn has her own way of performing. Saying that she was shocked he turned his chair, Kaityly chose Blake to be her coach.

In a video clip…
Berritt Haynes was granted a Make-A-Wish to see the show but ended up singing for the coaches. Haynes and Clint Sherman both joined Blakes team.

Kayla Lilly chose “Never Enough” from “The Greatest Showman” for her audition but failed to impress the coaches enough to turn their chairs. Ariana said that Kayla has a great voice but needs to find a balance. Kelly told Kayla to let go and come back. The coaches thought that Kayla was thinking too much.

In the final audition of the night, teens The Cunningham Sisters whoare obsessed with the show and grew up singing in the church take the stage for a performance of “Never Alone”. Kelly was the first one to turn her chair with John right behind her. Ariana was mad at herself for not turning her chair. John noted that he is the only coach who does not have a duo or trio on his team. Kelly said that the girls have great voices; but added that the girls need to learn how to blend and be in sync. The girls chose Kelly to be their coach.


Team Kelly:
Girl Named Tom
Kinsey Rose
Carolina Alonso
Gymani
Jeremy Rosado
Holly Forbes
The Cunningham Sisters

Team Ariana:
Katie Rae
Katherine Ann Mohler
Vaughn Mogul
Chavon Rodgers
Jim and Sasha Allen
Raquel Trinidad
Hailey Mai
Bella DiNapoli
David Vogel

Team Blake:
Peedy Chavis
Wendy Moten
Lana Scott
Hailey Green
The Joy Reunion
Carson Peters
Kaitlyn Velez
Berritt Haynes
Clint Sherman

Team Legend:
Jonathan Mouton
Jack Rogan
Samuel Harness
Joshua Vicanti
Paris Winningham
Keilah Grace
Samara Brown
Janora Brow

NASCAR Cup Series Point Standings – Sept 28

After his win in the Souht Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 26, Denny Hamlin ranks second in the point standings but has secured his spot in the next rund of the playoffs with the win.

With 3,096 points, Kyle Larson continues to hold on to the point lead, 14 points in front of Denny Hamlin.

After the race at Las Vegas, William Byron, Kevin Harvick, Alex Bowman, and Christopher Bell are currently below the cut line and in danger of being eliminated from the playoffs after the Roval race in Charlotte.

The current point standings in the playoffs:
Kyle Larson – 3,096
Denny Hamlin – 3,082
Kyle Busch – 3,074
Martin Truex Jr – 3,074
Ryan Blaney – 3,063
Chase Elliott – 3,061
Joey Logano – 3,045
Brad Keselowski – 3.043
Willaim Byron -3,039
Kevin Harvick – 3,036
Alex Bowman – 3,030
Christopher Bell – 3,018

Auditions Continue on Week 2 of ‘The Voice’

Week two of the Blind Auditions on “The Vocie” begins with Kelly and Blake having four artists on their teams while Ariana and John have five artists each on their teams.

Blake reminds everybody that he has won the show eight times with his entrance.

Ariana is the only coach who still has her block.

Self proclaimed hippie and glass artist Raquel Trinidad calls Miami home. She chose the Stevie Wonder song “I Wish” for her audition. After dancing around a bit, Jon was the first one to push his chair. Ariana follwed and then Kelly to make it a three chair turn. Ariana said that Raquel’s voice is like a breath of fresh air. John noted that Raquel has a flexible voice. Kelly noted that Raquel has some great runs; adding that she is really talented. Raquel chose Ariana to be her coach.

The trio The Joy Reunion have been playing together for over 10 years. The group says that they play California Country. After saying tat they were country on the first notes, Blake waited a bit before pushing his button and was joined by John for a two chair turn. John said that they were so fun to listen to. Blake noted that he always tries to get a country artist in the finale. Kelly noted that she didn’t turn because she already has a group. The Joy Reunion chose Blake to be their coach.

Jasmine Mills is a mother of two who sings at church. Her version of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” failed to impress the coaches enough to turn their chairs. Blake apologized for not turning but said it started off a bit. Kelly and Ariana liked the performance but were looking for a little something more. John noted that perhaps a better song choice will get some chair turns.

Haily Mia shocked the coaches and impressed Kelly and Ariana enough to turn their chairs. At 13 years old, she is the youngest singer to appear on the show. She says that she has been waiting to get on the show. Kelly said that she thought she was turning for someone who was 24; adding that Hailey could sing anything she wanted. John said that for Hailey to perform the song was impressive. Ariana noted that she could tell Hailey was young but not that young. Hailey chose Ariana to be her coach.

Jeremy Rosado put his musical career on hold to raise his niece that became his daughter. Saying that he is not a Country artist, he is doing a Rascal Flatts song for his audition. He missed his daughter’s high school audition to audition for the show. Jeremy had to wait until the end of the song before Kelly and Blake turned their chairs. Kelly called the performance incredibly cool; adding that he is overwhelmingly talented. Blake said that Jeremy kept getting better and wouldn’t take no for an answer. John noted that Jeremy has a big heart. Jeremy chose Kelly to be his coach.

Piney Flatts native Carson Peters is known for his fiddle playing and has appeared on the Jay Leno Show and opened up for Ricky Skaggs who also brought him on the stage at the Grand Ole Opry. Carson got a message from Ricky Skaggs before he went on stage. Carson played the guitar for his audition of “Tulsa Time”. It didn’t take long for John to turn his chair for Carson. Blake followed shortly thereafter. Ariana joined the guys in turning her chair and Kelly made it a four chair turn at the last second. John noted that he turned his chair first; adding that it looked like he was having fun. Kelly said that she loved Carson’s voice and hopes that Carson would play his fiddle. Ariana said that she appreciated Carson’s voice. Blake was impressed with Carson. Saying that it is tougher than he thought it would be, Carson chose Blake to be his coach.

Keilah Grace had to wait a bit before Kelly pushed her chair; John and Ariana joined her by the end of the song. John said that Kelah took them on a journey with her voice. Keilah comes from a musical family and has been performing with her family for several years. John said that Keilah had an Olivia Newton John vibe to her voice. Kelly said that she felt it; adding that she turned her voice first. Ariana said that Keilah has a great voice. Saying that she loves them all, Keilah chose John to be her coach.

Buffalo native Bubba is a hair stylist be day but wants to make music his life. He failed to impress the coaches enough to turn a chair. John said that he was so close noting that there were some pitchy moments. Kelly and Ariana felt that Bubba needs to stop thinking so much.

Samara Brown is following in the footsteps of her sister Amanda who appeared on season three of “The Voice”. She has performed around the world but calls the show her biggest opportunity. She chose a Chaka Khan song for her audition and got John to turn his chair early with Ariana. Ariana tried to block John but she waited too long. John and Ariana were standing up dancing to the song. John said that Samara killed it; adding that he would love to work with her. Ariana called the performance perfect from start to finish. Samara chose John to be her coach.

Lucas O’Reilly began playing guitar when he was six years old. Singing came many years later with a garage band. A big fan of James Taylor, Lucas chose a James Taylor song for his audition but failed to turn any chairs. Kelly wanted to hear more range. Ariana said that she would buy his album but wanted to hear more. John noted some pitch issues; adding that Lucas has a great tone.

In the final audition of the night, Holly Forbes is a caregiver and uses her music with her clients. She chose the Sir Elton song “Rocket Man” for her audition and got Kelly, John, and Ariana to push their buttons together; Blake made it a four chair turn early but Ariana finally got to use her block on John. Blake called it a great performance; adding that she isn’t just a singer, but an artist. Ariana called the performance moving and emotionally charged. John said that Holly gave a very compelling performance. Kelly admitted that Ariana is great…but she is great too. Kelly noted that Holly got lost in the song. Holly’s daughter Violet loves Ariana Grande and thinks her mom should go with Ariana; but fans will have to wait until the Tuesday show to learn which team Holly will join.


Team Kelly:
Girl Named Tom
Kinsey Rose
Carolina Alonso
Gymani
Jeremy Rosado

Team Ariana:
Katie Rae
Katherine Ann Mohler
Vaughn Mogul
Chavon Rodgers
Jim and Sasha Allen
Raquel Trinidad
Hailey Mai

Team Blake:
Peedy Chavis
Wendy Moten
Lana Scott
Hailey Green
The Joy Reunion
Carson Peters

Team Legend:
Jonathan Mouton
Jack Rogan
Samuel Harness
Joshua Vicanti
Paris Winningham
Keilah Grace
Samara Brown

First Elimination…and Covid Case on DWTS

On week two of “Dancing with the Stars” the first couple will be eliminated.

But that isn’t the only bad news for one cast member of the show, On Sunday, just one day before the show was due to air, professional dancer Cheryl Burke announced that she has tested positive for the Covid-10 virus despite being vaccinated. Burke will have to quarantine for the next 10 days.

In determining which couple will go home, the scores from this week and last week will be added to the fan votes.

After the opening number was cut short to allow host Tyra Banks her signature cat walk entrance, Banks announced that Cody Rigsby is not in the Ballroom but he is not out of the competition just yet.

Matt and Lindsay get the night of dancing open with a Samba. Matt’s girlfriend Rachael makes a visit to the rehearsal hall. Matt takes his shirt off and throws it at Bruno during the dance. Len said that Matt would have been better served working on his hips instead of throwing the shirt. Derek noted that Matt needs to work on his bounce and his feet. Bruno told Matt to get those hips moving. Carrie Ann noted that there was a lift and Lindsay needs to keep her feet on the ground. Matt and Lindsay scored 22 points for their dance.

Olivia and Val performed a Viennese Waltz. Derek noted that there was a purity in Olivia’s performance. Bruno called it incredibly done for a beginner. Carrie Ann noted that there was a trust and vulnerability to the dance. Len thought the rotation was nice and a nice mix of steps. Olivia and Val scored 27 points for their dance.

Kenya and Brandon Cha Cha to “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer that ended with a stage filled with baloons. Bruno said that Kenya is irresistable. Carrie Ann called Kenya amazing. Len said that Kenya has plenty of gear in the rear and was working her hips. Derek called Kenya amazing; adding that there were moments of greatness in the dance. Kenya and Brandon scored 24 points for their dance.

The Miz and Witney Tango to the music of Poison. Carrie Ann said that was what she wanted to see; adding that it was amazing. Len said the dance had plenty of attack but no finesse. Derek said that The Miz was so locked in with awesome control. Bruno said that the dance was channeled. 26 points including a five from Len.

Real life couple and partners Brian Austin Green and Sharna Rumba to the music of James Arthur wile surrounded by a Van Gogh styled virtual immersion. Len noted that there was some romance about the dance but was mostly just posing. Derek said that it was a dance just for them. Bruno noted that it was an honest dance but felt more like a contemporary dance not a Rumba. Carrie Ann noted that the chemistry is great but needed more moves. Brian and Sharna scored 23 points for their dance.

Christine and Pasha Salsa to the music of Luis Fonsi. Christine admits to being a DWTS super fan who used to wit outside for tickets to the show. Derek said that Christine knows how to use her body. Bruno told Christine to watch the dismount. Carrie Ann said that Christine’s passion is amazing. Len noted that he doesn’t think they will be going home this week. Christine and Pasha scored 24 points for their dance.

Jimmie and Emma Rumba to one of his own songs. Jimmie brought the house to their feet. Bruno said it was a great song; adding he did a good job using his arms. Carrie Ann said she felt it; adding that he had so much respect for the art form. Len noted that the foot work was a bit hit and miss but the upper body work was great. Derek said that Jimmie’s upper body was great. Tyra said that she was feeling it. Jimmie and Emma scored 27 points for their dance.

Amanda and Alan Foxtrot to “It Had to Be You”. It was her and Nick’s wedding dance…and the song he sang in the Broadway show where they met. Carrie Ann called Amanda a star; adding it was like watching a Broadway performance. Len loved the song; adding that he liked it so much he didn’t want it to end. Derek called Amanda’s legs stunning; adding that it was so enjoyable to watch. Bruno called the performance radiant; adding if you got it, flaunt it. Amanda and Alan scored 32 points for their dance. It is the highest score this season so far.

JoJo and Jenna Cha Cha to “Rain on Me”. Len called it his favourite Latin dance of the season. Derek loved the performance and energy; but needs to contain it a bit. Bruno said that the dance was crisp it was crackling. Carrie Ann said that it was like watching a dance off; adding that the duo is fantastic together. JoJo and Jenna scored 31 points for their dance.

Iman and Daniela Rumba to one of his and his wife’s favourite songs. Derek said that Iman just looked like he enjoyed it; adding he did a great job. Bruno appreciated the work Iman put into the dance. Carrie Ann noted that there was more content and connected with the music. A smiling Len liked the dance; adding that it was a great improvement on last week. Iman and Daniela scored 25 points for their dance.

Coming back from the commercial break…and a costume change…

Martin and Britt Cha Cha to “Twist and Shout”; a song Martin danced to at his wedding. Bruno said definitely more content. Carrie Ann is happy for Martin; saying that he let loose and was having fun. Len said that Britt has done a sterling job working with Martin. Derek loved the opening move; adding that it was a lot of fun. Martin and Britt scored 15 points for their dance.

Host Tyra Banks announces that next week is Britney Spears week; the dancers will be performing to her music.

Melora and Artem Rumba to “All By Myself” by Eric Carmen. Celine Dion performed the song…along with several other artists, but it was composed and originally performed by Eric Carmen. Carrie Ann called the performance dramatic; adding that she loved it. Len said that overall it was easy like Sunday morning but she needed more hip action; adding that he wanted more Rumba steps. Derek said that Melora’s movements are beautiful. Bruno said that the dance was much more centered. Melora and Artem scored 27 points for their dance.

Cheryl Burke is quarantining at home and partner cody Rigsby is not in the Ballroom after being exposed to Cheryl and the virus. Dancing a Salsa, Cody and Cheryl’s rehearsal dance airs. They are not in costume but rehearsal clothes. Cody and Cheryl are brought in virtually to hear the remarks. Len wishes Cheryl a speedy recover; adding that the dance had a lot of Salsa content. Derek noted that it was very good for a rehearsal; adding that he could imagine the dance in the Ballroom. Saying they missed them, Bruno noted that the talent was clear. Carrie Ann noted that the dance had lots of content but was not fantastic. Cody and Cheryl scored 24 points for their rehearsal video.

Melanie C and Gleb Foxtrot to The Beatles song “Here Comes the Sun”. Melanie grew up in Liverpool. Derek called Melanie a gorgeous dancer; adding that it was clean and elegant. Bruno said that Melanie did a great job. Carrie Ann said that she loved seeing that side of Melanie. Len used a few Beatles song titles to describe the dance. Sir Ringo Starr sent Melanie a message of peace and love. Melanie and Gleb scored 30 points for their dance.

Closing out the night of dancing, Suni and Sasha Cha Cha. Bruno said that the dance was precise and clean; adding that when she smiles she shines. He tells Suni to become a character. Carrie Ann noted that she could see Suni gaining confidence as the dance went on. Len said that the dance was well done. Derek called Suni sassy in the dance. Suni and Sash scored 28 for their dance.

Weeks two scores:
Martin and Britt – 15
Matt and Lindsay – 22
Brian and Sharna – 23
Kenya and Brandon – 24
Christine and Pasha – 24
Cody and Cheryl – 24
Iman and Daniela – 25
The Miz and Witney – 26
Olivia and Val – 27
Jimmie and Emma – 27
Melora and Artem – 27
Suni and Sasha – 28
Melanie C and Gleb – 30
JoJo and Jenna – 31
Amanda and Alan – 32


Season 30 Premiere scores:
Martin and Britt – 13
Iman and Daniela – 21
Jimmie and Emma – 22
The Miz and Witney – 24
Cody and Cheryl – 24
Matt and Lindsay – 24
Brian and Sharna – 24
Olivia and Val – 25
Christine and Pasha – 25
Melora and Artem – 26
Kenya and Brandon – 26
Melanie C and Gleb – 27
Suni and Sasha – 28
Amanda and Alan – 28
JoJo and Jenna – 29

Total scores:
Martin and Britt – 15 + 13 = 28
Matt and Lindsay – 22 + 24 = 46
Iman and Daniela – 25 + 21 = 46
Brian and Sharna – 23 + 24 = 47
Cody and Cheryl – 24 + 24 = 48
Christine and Pasha – 24 + 25 = 49
Jimmie and Emma – 27 + 21 = 49
Kenya and Brandon – 24 + 26 = 50
The Miz and Witney – 26 + 24 = 50
Olivia and Val – 27 + 25 = 52
Melora and Artem – 27 + 26 = 53
Suni and Sasha – 28 + 28 = 56
Melanie C and Gleb – 30 + 27 = 57
JoJo and Jenna – 31 + 29 = 60
Amanda and Alan – 32 + 28 = 60

After all of the votes were tabulated and the scores combined…
Iman and Daniela are safe
Amanda and Alan are safe
Suni and Sasha are safe
Cody and Cheryl are safe
Matt and Lindsay are safe
JoJo and Jenna are safe
Melora and Artem are safe
Jimmie and Emma are safe
Melanie C and Gleb are safe
Olivia and Val are safe
The Miz and Witney are safe
Brian and Sharna are safe
Kenya and Brandon are safe

Martin and Britt and Christine and Pasha are in the bottom two.

Derek votes to save Christine and Pasha
Bruno votes to save Christine and Pasha
Carrie Ann votes to save Christine and Pasha
Len said that he would have voted with his fellow judges.

Martin and Britt are the first couple to go home.

‘Moulin Rouge’ Dominates 2020 Tony Awards

Broadway has finally reopened after a year and a half of going dark and the annual Tony Awards have also returned even if they are in a shortened format due to so many productions not being able to open.

In a gala event that spanned two networks and needed two hosts, the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League presents the annual Tony Awards and musical performances in the Wintergarden Theatre.

Cast members of “Hairspray” perform “You Can’t Stop the Beat”.

Audra McDonald is the first host of the night. She notes that it feels like homecoming after 560 nights of darkness.

The first award of the night was for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play to David Alan Grier for his role in “A Solder’s Play”.

The award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical went to Danny Burstein for his role in “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”. This is his first Tony win.

The award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play went to Lois Smith for her role in “The Inheritance”. This is her first Tony win.

The award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical went to Lauren Patten for her role in “Jagged Little Pill”. This is her first Tony nomination and win.

David Byrne and his musical “American Utopia” was presented with a Special Tony Award.

Tony Award winning actor Ali Stoker performs “What I Did for Love” from “A Chorus Line”.

The award for Best Scenic Design of a Play went to Bob Howell for “A Christmas Carol”.

The award for Best Costume Design of a Play went to ob Howell for “A Christmas Carol”.

The award for Best Lighting Design of a Play went to Hugh Vanstone for “A Chrtmas Carol”.

“Freestyle Love Supreme” was presented with a Special Tony Award.

The award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical went to Derek McLane for “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”.

The award for Best Costume Design of a Musical went to Catherine Zuber for “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”.

The award for Best Lighting Design of a Musical went to Justin Townsend for “Moulin Rouge! The Msical”. This is his first Tony win.

The award for Best Sound Design of a Musical went to Peter Hylenski for “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”. This is his first Tony Award.

The award for Best Sound Design of a Play went to Simon Baker for “A Chrstmas Carol”.

Lin-Manuel Miranda presented the award for Best Original Score Written for the Theatre went to Christopher Nightingale for “A Christmas Carol”.

Award winning singer Jennifer Nettles performs “Anyone Can Whistle” from “Anyone Can Whistle”.

Cyndi Lauper and Wayne Brady present the award for Best Book of a Musical went to Diablo Cody for “Jagged Little Pill”. This is her first Tony win.

The award for Best Orchestrations went to Justin Levine, Katie Kresek, Charlie Rosen, and Matt Stine for “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”.

The award for Best Choreography went to Sonya Tayeh for “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”. Known for her choreography on the dance competition show “So You Think You Can Dance”, this is the first nomination and Tony Award win for Tayeh. She was the first woman to win the award in 10 years.

The Broadway Advocacy Coalition was presented with a Special Tony Award. BAC was founded in 2016 in response to social injustice and racism.

The award for Best Direction of a Play went to Stephen Daldry for “The Inheritance”.

The award for Best Direction of a Musical went to Alex Timbers for “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”. This is his first Tony Award win.

Original “Dreamgirl” Sheryl Lee Ralph introduced Jennifer Holiday who performed “And I Am Telling You “I’m Not Going”. Holiday earned a standing ovation for her performance.

The award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play went to Andrew Burnap for his role in “The Inheritance”. This is his first Tony Award nomination and win.

The award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical went to Aaron Tveit for his role in “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”. Tveit was the only nominee in the category. It is his first Tony nomination and win. Tveit was very emotional during his acceptance speech.

The award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play went to Mary-Louise Parker for her role in “The Sound Inside”.

The award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical went to Adrenne Warren for her role in “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical”. This is her first Tony Award win.

Leslie Odem Jr takes over the hosting duties and gets the night of music and awards on CBS started with a musical performance touting that Broadway is Back!

David Byrnes from “American Utopia” welcomes fans to dance along…but keep the aisles clear…during their performance of “Burning Down the House”. Audience members stood and danced along to the music.

Everyone in the audience had to either have the vaccine shots or test negative to enter the theatre and all audience members must have their faces covered. Only the performers on stage are unmasked.

The cast of “Moulan Rouge” performed on their stage before a live audience. The day Broadway shut down, the musical was in between two performances.

EGOT winner John Legend joins members of the cast from “Ain’t too Proud” for a performance of “My Girl” and “Ain’t too Proud to Beg”. Legend is currently best known as one of the coaches on the singing competitoin show “The Voice”, but he has also won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards.

The award for Best Revival of a Play went to “A Soldier’s Play”.

In a special Tony performance, is a presentation of tap and a recitation on silence.

The award for Best Play went to “The Inheritance”. The award was dedicated to all those who were lost to AIDS and Covid. Writer Matthew Lopez is the first Latin writer to win the award.

Anika Noni Rose and Ben Platt performed “Move On” from “Sunday in the Park with George”.

Award winning entertainer Josh Groban joins host Leslie Odem Jr on stage to honour the arts teachers and perform “Beautiful City” from “Godspell”.

“Kinky Boots” creator Cyndi Lauper presents the cast from “Jagged Little Pill” for a live performance of “Ironic” and “All I Really Want”.

Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters presents the In Memoriam segment of the show; honouring those who have passed on over the past year. Brian Stokes Mitchell sang “Impossible Dream” from “Man of La Mancha”. Norm Lewis and Keli O’Hara performed “A Place for Us” from “West Side Story”. The entertainment world has lost over 300 members over the past year…some as a result of the Covidvirus. The segment showed only a portion of those that have passed on.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer got a standing ovation for his part in getting Broadway open once again.

The cast of “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” performed “We Don’t Need Another Hero”, “Simply the Best”, and “Proud Mary”.

Chita Rivera and Lord Andrew Lloyd Weber present the award for Best Musical to “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”.
Titus Burgess and Andrew Reynolds performed “It Takes Two” from “Into the Woods”.

Leslie Odem Jr performs “You Matter to Me “ from “Waitress” in a duet.

Kristen Chenow4th and Idina Menzel join up for a performance of “For Good” from “Wicked”.

Members of the cast from “Rent” perform “What You Want”

Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell perform “Wheels of a Dream” from “Ragtime”.

Freestyle Love Supreme closes out the night with a performance.

Graciela Daniele was presented a Special Tony Award for her Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

Julie Halston won the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award.

The Tony for Excellence in the Theatre went to:
Fred Gallo
Irene Gandy
Beverly Jenkins
the New Federal Theatre and founder Woodie King Jr.

First Time Vegas Winner Clinches Playoff Spot

The NASCAR Cup Series caps off a triple header weekend and begins round two – the round of 12 – of the playoffs with the South Point 400 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Playoff drivers William Byron and Martin Truex Jr will have to start the race from the back of the field after their cars failed the pre-race inspection process multiple times. Byron was scheduled to start the race from third with Truex alongside in fourth. After just missing the cut last week, Aric Almirola was one of four drivers to be eliminated from the playoffs. Almirola’s car also failed the pre-race inspection process twice and will join Byron and Truex at the back of the field.

JJ Yeley’s number 66 car failed the inspection process three times; as a result, he will not only have to start the race from the back of the field; but will also have to serve a pass through penalty at the start of the race and lose his car chief Ty Brazeal for the race. The move will not affect Yeley any since he was already scheduled to start at the back of the pack.

Playoff driver and Las Vegas native Kyle Busch will make start number 600 when the green flag drops. Busch has a total of 222 race wins with 59 of them in the Cup Series.


Points leader Kyle Larson sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Ryan Blaney starting alongside.

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

Stages one and two of the race are 80 laps each with stage three lasting 107 laps for a total of 267 laps around the mile and a half track.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 25.

With a fuel load of 64 to 70 laps, the drivers cannot complete any of the stages on a single load of fuel.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and edges out Ryan Blaney going into turn one, but after a push from Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney takes the lead.

Lap two, the top five are Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski.

Lap three, Denny Hamlin takes second from Kyle Larson. Joey Logano takes fifth.

Lap five, Ryan Blaney leads the race with Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson battling for second.

Lap six Ryan Blaney has a narrow lead on Denny Hamlin; Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson battle for third with Joey Logano rounding out the top five.

After starting the race from the back of the field, William Byron and Martin Truex Jr have entered the top 10.

Lap eight, Denny Hamlin passes Ryan Blaney to take the lead; Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, and Joey Logano round out the toop five,.

Lap 10, Denny Hamlin leads the race with Ryan Blaney in second; Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, and Joey Logano round out the top five with 37 cars on the lead lap. After having to serve a pass though penalty upon race start, JJ Yeley is one lap dpwn.

Lap 12, Joey Gase makes an unscheduled trip down pit road.

Lap 18, Denny Hamlin has a third of a second lead on Ryan Blaney with Kyle Larson over a second back in third, Kyel Busch and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five, William Byron has entered the top 10 with Martin Truex Jr in 19th.

Lap 21, Denny Hamlin pulls out to a lead of over half a second on Ryan Blaney; Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

Lap 26, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Kyle Busch winning the race off of pit road.

Joey Logano made a second trip down pit road to ensure all lug nuts were tight.

Kurt Busch had a slow pit stop after having to make repairs due to some on track contact with Christopher Bell.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lalne on lap 31 and goes side by side with Denny Hamlin in a battle for the lead. Going side by side, the duo swap the lead back and forth before Denny Hamlin finally edges out for the lead.

Lap 33, Denny Hamlin leads the race with Kyle Busch in second and Kyle Larson in third; Ryan Blaney and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

There are 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 35, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, and Matt DiBenedetto.

Lap 37, Kevin Harvick takes fifth from Matt DiBenedetto.

Lap 38, Kyle Busch is on leader Denny Hamlin’s bumper with Kyle Larson right behind.

Lap 40, there are just two tenths of a second separating the top three drivers.

Kyle Larson takes second from Kyle Busch with Denny Hamlin leading the race.

Lap 45, Kyle Larson passes Denny Hamlin for the lead from the inside lane.

Lap 47, the top five are Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick.

Lap 50, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a half second lead on Kyle Busch; Denny Hamlin is in third place a second and a half back with Ryan Blaney and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top five. There are 33 cars on the lead lap. William Byron is just outside the top five in sixth place after having to start the race from the back of the field.

Lap 54, there are 33 cars on the lead lap with no driver just one lap down.

Lap 55, William Byron passes Kevin Harvick for fifth.

Lap 56, fourth place driver Ryan Blaney is reporting a a vibration.

Lap 63, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Kyle Busch; Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and William Byron round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick reports that something is no right…maybe a tire. He does have a bit of damage to the car as a result of some on track contact.

Lap 69, Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly two seconds on Kyle Busch; Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and William Byron round out the top five with 29 cars on the lead lap.

Air temperatures are 94 degrees with the on track temperature at 120 degrees. Temps inside the cars are also over 100 degrees.

Lap 70, Ryan Blaney is reporting that his cool suit is malfunctioning and is pumping out hot water.

Lap 75, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race with Kyle Busch nearly two seconds back; Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and William Byron round out the top five with 24 cars on the lead lap.

Kyle Larson wins stage one for his 15th stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Chase Elliott
Tyler Reddick
Kevin Harvick
Matt DiBenedetto
Martin Truex Jr

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

Aric Almirola was charged with equipment interference during his pit stop and will have to restart the race from the back of the field. Christopher Bell came down pit road while pit road was closed and will also have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 88 from the inside lane and with the help of a push from Ryan Blaney gets out in front for th lead.

Drivers are getting three and four wide across the track.

Lap 89, Kyle Larson passes Denny Hamlin for the lead.

Lap 90, Kyle Larson leads the race with Denny Hamlin in second; Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

William Byron passes team mate Chase Elliott for third.

Lap 92, a three way battle for the lead with William Byron taking the lead; Kyle Larson is in second with Denny Hamlin in third.

The caution flag comes out for a wreck involving Joey Gase. The rear end of his car is destroyed after Gase hits the wall after loosing a tire.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service. Kyle Busch made a pit stop due to a loose wheel.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with Kyle Larson on the outside on lap 99 but it is Kyle Larson with a push from Chase Elliott who gets out in front for the lead.

Drivers get four wide going into tturn one.

Several drivers have had to make additional stops on pit road for loose lug nuts.

Lap 101, Kyle Larson leads the race with team mate Chase Elliott in second; William Byronj, Ryan Blaney, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 102, Chase Elliott battles with Kyle Larson for the lead. Chase Elliott is the new leader.

Joey Gase and JJ Yeley are out of the race.

Lap 105, Kyle Larson has retaken the lead with William Byron ins second and Chase Elliott in third; Alex Bowman completes the Hendrick Motorsports sweep in fourth.

Lap 107, the top five drivers are separated by less than one second.

Lap 108, the top five are Kyle Larson, William Byron, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, and Alex Bowman with 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 117, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on William Byron; Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 121, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a one second lead on William Byron; Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Chase Elliott round out the top five with 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 124, Kyle Larson has increased his lead to nearly two seconds on William Byron.

Turns one and two are in shadow as the sun continues to move westward and setting.

The air temperature remains 94 degrees, but the track temperature has dropped to 104.

Thirty one laps remain in stage two; some of the drivers will have to make a pit stop for fuel before the end of the stage.

Lap 133, drivers who need fuel are beginning to make their pit stops.

Lap 134, Kyle Larson has a lead of over three seconds on Kyle Busch; Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Tyelr Reddick round out the top five.

Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin battle for second.

Lap 137, Denny Hamlin takes second with Kyle Busch in third; Kyle Larson has a lead of over three seconds.

Lap 142, Kyle Larson’s lead is down to under two seconds on Denny Hamlin; Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Kyle Larson has to make a pit stop before the end of the stage; but he is waiting until the last possible moment to take advantage of a caution should one come out.

Eleven laps remain in stage two, Kyle Larson has a one second lead on Denny Hamlin; Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

There are 20 cars o the lead lap.

Lap 152, leader Kyle Larson makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Denny Hamlin with Kyle Busch in second; Tyler Reddick, Martin Truex Jr, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Five laps remain in stage two, there are 17 cars on the lread lap.

Alex Bowman gives up a top five spot to make a pit stop for fuel.

With less than two laps to the end of stage two, William Byron passes Ross Chastain to become the “lucky dog” at the end of the stage.

With a lead of over a second, Denny Hamlin wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Tyler Reddick
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Austin Dillon
Bubba Wallace

Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, and Ryan Blaney all finished the stage one lap down but can take the wave around and get back on the lead lap.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Denny Hamlin winning the race off of pit road.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the outside lane on lap 166 and goes side by side with team mate Martin Truex Jr. After a push from Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr takes the elad.

Lap 168, Denny Hamlin retakes the lead.

Lap 169, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, Tyler Reddick, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch. There are 22 cars on the lead lap.

After his hard crash into the wall, Joey Gase has been transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. Gase slammed the wall hard after loosing a tire.

Lap 171, Denny Hamlin has a narrow lead of Tyler Reddick; Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch round out the otp five.

Lap 175, Denny Hamlin has a two tenths of a second lead on Tyler Reddick; Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Kyle Busch passes Kevin Harvick with brother Kurt on his bumper.

Lap 183, Denny Hamlin has a near half second lead on Tyler Reddick; Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

While Kyle Busch is making start number 600, big brother Kurt is making start number 750.

Lap 191, Tyler Reddick has closed the gap on leader Denny Hamlin to under half a second and is looking to challenge Hamlin for the lead.

Tyler Reddick and Kurt Busch are the only two drivers in the top 10 not in the playoffs.

Lap 202, Denny Having has pulled out to a second and a half lead on Tyler Reddick; Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and William Byron round out the top five with 22 cars on the lead lap.

As the night goes on, the track temperature continues to drop and is now 99 degrees. As the track cools, the drivers will find more grip and speeds will increase on the track.

With 62 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are now within their pit window to make it to the end of the race. A few of the drivers are taking advantage of the opportunity to pit earlier in order to get fresh tires and hopefully pass some cars on the track.

Lap 211, Kyle Busch makes his green flag pit stop.

Lap 212, team mate Martin Truex Jr makes his green flag pit stop and begins the parade of drivers coming down pit road for service.

Lap 215, leader Denny Hamlin makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over the Tyler Reddick.

Alex Bowman had to make a second trip down pit road for a loose tire.

Lap 218, Tyler Reddick makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Brad Keselowski.

Brad Keselowski and Austin Dillon are the only drivers who have not made a pit stop.

Only 43 laps remain in the race. Austin Dillon is the new leader after Brad Keselowski made his pit stop.

William Byron reports a flat tire and has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road.

Lap 226, Austin Dillon leads the race with Denny Hamlin in second; Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Alex Bowman’s loose wheel was a punctured tire.

Lap 229, Austin Dillon is the last driver to make his green flag pit stop. Denny Hamlin is the new leader and has a lead of over a second on Chase Elliott; Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five with 17 cars on the lead lap.

Joey Logano is reporting an issue with his car with a possible loose tire.

Kyle Busch reports that he hit something and now has damage to the left front of his car.

Only 24 laps remain in the race; Denny Hamlin leads the race with Chase Elliott in second; Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five. There are 14 cars on the lead lap.

Denny Hamlin has a second and a half lead on Chase Elliott with Kyle Busch in third; Martin Truex Jr and Tyler Reddick round out the top five with 13 cars on the lead lap.

Twenty to go, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Chase Elliott with Kyle Busch in third.

Seventeen to go, Denny Hamlin has encountered slower traffic. There are now 12 cars on the lead lap. Hamlin’s lead on Chase Elliott is down to just over a second.

Twelve to go, Denny Hamlin continues to lead the race with Chase Elliott over a second behind; Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Seven to go, Denny Hamlin holds on to a one second lead on Chase Elliott with Kyle Busch over eleven seconds back in third.

Five to go, Denny Hamlin encounters slower traffic; Chase Elliott is under a second in front of Chase Elliott.

Denny Hamlin takes the white flag with a lead of two tenths of a second on Chase Elliott.

After winning the first race in round one of the playoffs, Denny Hamlin wins the first race of round two in the playoffs to secure his spot in the next round of the playoffs with his first Las Vegas win. Hamlin led 137 of the 267 laps in the race.

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

Substitute Driver Wins Big at Las Vegas Xfinity Race

The Xfinity Series kicks off their first round of the playoffs with the Alsco Uniform 302 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway in race two of a triple header weekend.

The 12 drivers heading into the playoffs are:
Austin Cindric
AJ Allmendinger
Justin Allgaier
Noah Gragson
Justin Haley
Daniel Hemric
Jeb Burton
Harrison Burton
Myatt Snider
Brandon Jones
Riley Herbst
Jeremy Clements

The playoff points have been reset to 2,000 points for each driver plus any playoff and bonus points earned. Austin Cindric and regular season champion AJ Allmendinger are tied with 2,044 points each.

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

The starting lineup for the Alsco Uniforms 302:
Austin Cindric
AJ Allmendinger
Justin Allgaier
Justin Haley
Harrison Burton
Ty Gibbs
Daniel Hemric
Brandon Jones
Noah Gragson
Riley Herbst
Sam Mayer
Myatt Snider
Jeremy Clements
Jeb Burton
Josh Berry
Brandon Brown
Alex Labbe
Josh Williams
Tommy Joe Martins
Ryan Sieg
Joe Graf Jr
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Jade Buford
Blaine Perkins
Dylan Upton
Kyle Weatherman
Brett Moffitt
Ty Dillon
Matt Mills
Mason Massey
Ryan Vargas
Spencer Boyd
JJ Yeley
Matt Jaskol
Carson Ware
Bayley Currey
David Starr
BJ McLeod
CJ McLaughlin

Once again this week, Josh Berry is sitting in for Michael Annett who is still recovering from a leg injury.

Driver Matt Jaskol had an interesting way of entering the racetrack today…he skydived on the to track; jumping from a helicopter 5,000 feet in the air!

Air temperatures are in the 90’s at race start; which means that inside the car the temps will reach well over 125 degrees.

The Doo Wop Kings performed a harmonizing National Anthem that brought smiles to some of the drivers and crew.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 25.

Stages one and two are 45 laps each with stage three lasting 111 laps for a total of 201 laps around the mile and a half track.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and goes nose to nose with AJ Allmendinger after a little help from behind in the form of a push. Austin Cindric takes the lead in turn four to lead lap one.

Lap two, Austin Cindric leads the race with AJ Allmendinger in second; Justin Haley, Ty Gibbs, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap four, Austin Cindric has a third of a second lead on AJ Allmendinger.

Justin Allgaier and Ty Gibbs battle back and forth for spots four and five. On lap six, Justin Allgaier is in fourth with Gibbs in fifth.

Lap seven, Austin Cindric holds on to a lead of just under half a second on AJ Allmendinger; Justin Haley is three seconds back in third with Justin Allgaier and Ty Gibbs rounding out the top five.

Lap nine, Austin Cindric has increased his lead on AJ Allmendinger to over half a second.

Lap 13, Austin Cindric has led every lap so far with AJ Allmendinger in second; Justin Haley, Ty Gibbs, and Justin Allgiaer round out the top five.

Lap 17, Justin Allgaier gets slideways after getting loose on the track and drops a few spots but saves the car and the track stays green.

Lap 19, Austin Cindric has increased his lead to over half a second on AJ Allmendinger; Ty Gibbs, Daniel Hemric, and Justin Allgiaer round out the top five.

Reports are that there is some fluid coming from Justin Allgaier’s car. The crew told him to watch his gauges.

There are 34 cars on the lead lap with all 40 cars still on the track.

Lap 34, AJ Allmendinger has caught up to leader Austin Cindric and is challenging for the lead.

Lap 24, Austin Cindric holds on to the lead and has again pulled away from AJ Allmendinger and is now a half a second back in front.

Lap 26, NASCAR brings out the yellow flag for the competition caution.

Only a handful of drivers bring their car down pit road including Justin Allgaier. Several crew members crawl under the car to check for any leaks.

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

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 31. AJ Allmendinger takes the lead as a wreck happens in turn one. Jeb Burotn, Alex Labbe, JJ Yeley, Jeremy Clements, Riley Herbst, Sam Mayer, Dylan Lupton, BJ McLeod, Ty Dillon, Bayley Currey, Joe Graf Jr, Josh Berry, and Brandon Brown were all involved in the wreck. Riley Herbst gets loose in a five wide battle and starts the melee.

Riley Herbst is out of the race.

With his car on the hook, Jeb Burton is out of the race.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with Ty Gibbs on the inside lane on lap 41. AJ Allmendinger gets out in front for the lead with Austin Cindric in second thanks to a push from Daniel Hemric.

With five laps remaining in stage one, AJ Allmendinger already has a lead of nearly half a second with Daniel Hemric in second; Austin Cindric, Ty Gibbs, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

There are 22 cars on the lead lap.

One to go in stage one and AJ Allmendinger holds on to his half second lead on Daniel Hemric.

AJ Allmendinger wins stage one for his 10th stage wins of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
AJ Allmendinger
Daniel Hemric
Austin Cindric
Ty Gibbs
Noah Gragson
Harrison Burton
Ryan Sieg
Brandon Jones
Josh Berry
Brett Moffitt

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

Noah Gragson was charged with driving through too many pit boxes coming into his pit stall and will have to restart the race from the back of the field. He reports that his steering wheel popped off.

Ryan Sieg was charged with an equipment interference issue and will also have to serve a penalty.

After staying out on the track, Ty Dillon brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 52 and gets out in front for the lead with Daniel Hemric taking second.

Lap 52, the top five are Ty Dillon, Daniel Hemric, Brandon Jones, Harrison Burton, and Justin Allgiaer.

Drivers are getting three and four wide across the track.

The caution flag comes out for Ryan Sieg on lap 54 after he gets loose and spins out after some on track contact. The rear bumper is torn off of Sieg’s car.

Brandon Jones will restart the race back in the pack after having to make a pit stop for a vibration.

Ty Dillon brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with Daniel Hemric on the inside on lap 60. Ty Dillon gegts out in front for the lead with Daniel Henric in second.

Justin Allgaier takes second with Harrison Burton in third.

Lap 61, the top five are Ty Dillon, Justin Allgaier, Harrison Burton, Daniel Hemric, and Austin Cindric.

Lap 63, Ty Dillon holds off Justin Allgaier to hold on to the lead on older tires; Harrison Burton, Austin Cindric, and Daneil Hemric round out the top five.

Lap 65, there are 24 cars on the lead lap.

Harrison Burton is reporting that Justin Allgaier is leaking fluid. Earlier the crew determined that there was a bit of grease that had leaked from the rear end housing.

Lap 66, Justin Allgaier passes Ty Dillon for the lead; Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

Lap 69, Harrison Burton is falling back in the field. He is reporting that he is very loose.

Lap 70, Justin Allgaier has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Ty Dillon.

Lap 77, Justin Allgaier holds a second and a half lead on Ty Dillon; Austin Cindric, Ty Gibbs, and Daneil Hemric round out the top five with 23 cars on the lead lap. There are nine cars out of the race.

Mired back in tenth place, AJ Allmendinger is reporting a bad handling car.

Lap 85, Justin Allgaier has pulled out to a two second lead on Ty Dillon; Austin Cindric, Ty Gibbs, and Noah Gragson round out the top five with 22 cars on the lead lap.

As sunset approaches the entire track is in shadow; increasing the on track grip.

Lap 87, there are only 19 cars on the lead lap.

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

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Justin Allgaier
Ty Dillon
Austin Cindric
Noah Gragson
Daniel Hemric
Josh Berry
Ty Gibbs
Brett Moffitt
AJ Allmendinger
Justin Haley

Drivers come down pit road for service with Justin Allgaier winning the race off of pit road.

Noah Gragson has another penalty, this time he was caught speeding on pit road.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 97 from the outside lane and holds on to the lead.

Lap 98, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, AJ Allmendinger, Daniel Hemric, and Ty Gibbs. There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

With a stage of over 100 laps, the drivers cannot complete the stae on a single load of fuel and will have to make a pit stop during the stage.

Lap 100, Justin Allgaier has a half second lead on Austin Cindric.

Ty Dillon had a bit of a mistake on pit road, he tried pitting in the wrong spot. He is now in eleventh place.

Lap 104, Justin Allgaier has a lead of nearly a second on Austin Cindric with AJ Allmendinger in third; Ty Gibbs and Josh Berry round out the top five.

AJ Allmendinger is driving a brand new car that was built for the playoffs.

Lap 113, Justin Allgaier has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Austin Cindric; AJ Allmendinger, Ty Gibbs, and Josh Berry rounds out the top five.

Carson Ware and CJ McLaughlin are off the track.

Lap 118, Justin Allgaier continues to lead the race by over a second on Austin Cindric.

After having to start the race from the back of the field, Noah Gragson has moved up to the top 10 in seventh place.

Justin Haley brings out the caution flag on lap 120 when he spins out.

With over 80 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are not yet in their fuel window but still come down pit road for fresh tires. Justin Allgaier wins the race off of pit road.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 126. Justin Allgaier edges out Ty Gibbs for the lead as the drivers get three wide going into turn one.

Justin Allgaier leads the race with Austin Cindric in second; Ty Gibbs, Noah Gragson, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Carson Ware returns to the track 19 laps down.

AJ Allmendinger hits the wall on the restart but reports are the car is undamaged.

Lap 130, Josh Berry and Ty Gibbs battle for third. AJ Allmendinger makes it a three way battle. Gibbs holds on to third but Allmendinger takes fourth from Berry.

Lap 132, the three way battle between Ty Gibbs, Josh Berry, and AJ Allmendinger continues with AJ taking third, Josh Berry in fourth, and Ty Gibbs in fifth.

Lap 134, Austin Cindric passes Justin Allgaier for the lead.

Lap 136, Austin Cindric leads the race with Justin Allgaier trying to chase him down; AJ Allmendinger, Josh Berry, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

Lap 138, Justin Allgaier passes Austin Cindric to retake the lead.

Lap 142, Justin Allgaier leads the race with Austin Cindric in second; Josh Berry, AJ Allmendinger, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap 143, Noah Gragson passes AJ Allmendinger for fourth.

Lap 144, Justin Allgaier has encountered slower traffic; there are 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 145, Noah Gragson has overcome two pit road penalties today and is currently in fourth place over a second and a half behind the leader.

Lap 147, the drivers are now in their pit window to make it to the end of the race on fuel.

Lap 148, Justin Allgaier leads the race; Josh Berry, Austin Cindric, Noah Gragson, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

Carson Ware is once again off the track.

Lap 156, Josh Berry subbing for Michael Annett is less than half a second behind leader and team mate Justin Allgaier; Austin Cindric, Noah Gragson, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five with 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 158, Noah Gragson passes Austin Cindric for third.; but Cindric retakes the spot.

Lap 160 Josh Berry passes Justin Allgaier for the lead as the battle between Noah Gragson and Austin Cindric continues.

There are just 17 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 164, Josh Berry leads the race with Justin Allgaier in second; Noah Gragson, Austin Cindric, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

With 36 laps remaining in the race, teams are discussing when to come down pit road for that last load of fuel and tires.

There are just 15 cars on the lead lap. Myatt Snider is the last car on the lead lap.

With 33 lapst to go, Josh Berry has pulled out to a lead of over two and a half seconds on Justin Allgaier.

Lap 170, Josh Berry puts Myatt Snider a lap down. There are 14 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 173, Noah Gragson brushes the wall.

Ljosh Berry now has a three and a half second lead on Justin Allgaier; Noah Gragson, Ty Gibbs, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Lap 174, Josh Berry continues to increase his lead and is now four seconds in front of Justin Allgaier.

Lap 176, Josh Berry’s lead is now over four and a half second with 13 cars on the lead lap.

Brandon Jones begins the cycle of green flag pit stops among lead lap drivers.

Lap 179, Josh Berry now has a five second lead on Justin Allgaier. Allgaier makes his green flag pit stop.

Lap 180, Josh Berry has a lead of over seven seconds on Noah Gragson.

Lap 181, leader Josh Berry gives up a lead of over seven seconds to make his green flag pit stop. Justin Haley is the new leader. Haley and Myatt Snider are the only drivers yet to make a pit stop.

Lap 183, Justin Allgaier takes the lead when Justin Haley makes his pit stop.

Ty Gibbs was caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Lap 185, Josh Berry passes Justin Allgaier for the lead with 12 cars on the lead lap.

With 15 laps to go, Josh Berry is steadily increasing his lead on Justin Allgaier; he is now over a second ahead.

Twelve laps to go, Josh Berry leads the way with Justin Allgaier in second; Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Ten to go, Josh Berry has a lead of three and a half seconds on Justin Allgaier.

Eight laps to go, Josh Berry has increased his lead to over four seconds on Justin Allgaier.

Seven to go, there are 10 cars on the lead lap.

Four to go, Josh Berry has pulled out to a lead of over four and a half seconds on Justin Allgaier.

With a lead of over four seconds, Josh Berry takes the white flag.

Sitting in for Michael Annett, Josh Berry wins the race at Las Vegas to lead a 1-2-3 for JR Motorsports.

The unofficial results of the Alsco Uniforms 302:
Josh Berry
Justin Allgaier
Noah Gragson
Austin Cindric
Daniel Hemric
Brandon Jones
AJ Allmendinger
Ty Dillon
Justin Haley
Harrison Burton
Ty Gibbs
Brett Moffitt
Bayley Currey
Tommy Joe Martins
Myatt Snider
Landon Cassill
Ryan Sieg
Kyle Weatherman
Ryan Vargas
Blaine Perkins
David Starr
Brandon Brown
Mason Massey
Josh Williams
Spencer Boyd
Jade Buford
Matt Jaskol
Matt Mills
Jeffrey Earnhardt
BJ McLeod
Carson Ware
CJ McLaughlin
Riley Herbst
Sam Mayer
Dylan Lupton
Jeb Burton
JJ Yeley
Alex Labbe
Jeremy Clements
Joe Graf Ju

Las Vegas Shakes Up Points in Truck Series Playoffs

The Camping World Truck Series begins their round of eight of the playoffs with the Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200 Presented by Westgate Resorts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as they kick off a tripleheader weekend on Friday night.

Truck Series regular series champion John unter Nemechek sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with last week’s winner Chandler Smtih alongside for an all Kyle Busch Motorsports front row.

The drivers continuing on in the playoffs are :
John Hunter Nemechek
Sheldon Creed
Ben Rhodes
Zane Smith
Chandler Smith
Matt Crafton
Carson Hocevar
Stewart Friesen


The starting lineup for the Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200 Presented by Westgate Resorts:
John Hunter Nemechek
Chandler Smith
Stewart Friesen
Zane Smith
Carson Hocevar
Matt Crafton
Ben Rhodes
Todd Gilliland
Sheldon Creed
Austin Hill
Johnny Sauter
Derek Kraus
Austin Wayne Smith
Ryan Truex
Christian Eckes
Tyler Ankrum
Hailie Deegan
Drew Dollar
Chase Purdy
Jack Wood
Cory Roper
Brett Moffitt
Grant Enfinger
Tyler Hill
Howie Disavino III
Kris Wright
Chris Hacker
Danny Bohn
Tanner Gray
CJ McLaughlin
Spencer Boyd
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Tate Fogleman
Spencer Davis
Brett Holmes
Dylan Lupton
Keith McGee

Stages one and two of the race are 30 laps each with stage three lasting 74 laps for a total of 134 laps around the mile and a half track. There will be no competition caution for tonight’s race.

It may be to sun set, but the temperatures in Las Vegas are above 90 degrees which means a hot night of racing for the Truck Series drivers.

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

Dylan Lupton started the race from the back of the field after the crew made some unapproved adjustments to the truck and Keith McGee started from the rear of the field after a driver change.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and edges out Chandler Smith for the lead.

Drivers are already getting three wide across the track.

Lap two, John Hunter Nemechek leads the race with Chandler Smith in second; Stewart Friesen, Todd Gilliland, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Lap three, Todd Gilliland passes Stewart Friesen and Chandler Smith to take second with John Hunter Nemechek a quarter of a second out in front.

Lap four, John Hunter Nemechek pulls out to a half seocnd lead on Todd Gilliland.

Lap five, Chris Hacker brings out the first caution flag of the race when he spins out and hits the wall.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside field on lap nine with Todd Gilliland on the inside lane. Nemechek gets out in front for the lead with Todd Gilliland in second. Chandler Smith passes Gilliland for second.

The top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Chandler Smith, Todd Gilliland, Ben Rhodes, and Zane Smith.

Drivers are getting three and four wide across the track in a battle for position.

Eighteen year old Carson Hocevar is the only playoff driver who has yet to win a Truck Series race.

Lap 13, John Hunter Nemechek holds on to the lead with Todd Gilliland in second; Chandler Smith, Ben Rhodes, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

There are 35 trucks on the lead lap with all 37 starters still on the track.

Lap 16, Todd Gilliland is less than half a second behind John Hunter Nemechek; third place driver Chandler Smith is over a second back.

Lap 18, John Hunter Nemechek has pulled out to a near one second lead on Todd Gilliland. Fifth place driver Zane Smith is over five seconds back.

Lap 21, Stewart Friesen has passed Zane Smith for fifth.

Lap 24, Todd Gilliland has closed the gap on leader John Hunter Nemechek to less than half a second.

There are 29 trucks on the lead lap. Chris Hacker is out of the race.

Lap 26, Matt Crafton is the only playoff driver not in the top 10 at 13th.

Lap 28, Todd Gilliland has caught up to leader John Hunter Nemechek but has not been able to pass him.

John Hunter Nemechek wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
John Hunter Nemechek
Todd Gilliland
Chandler Smith
Ben Rhodes
Stewart Friesen
Zane Smith
Christian Eckes
Sheldon Creed
Austin Hill
Tyler Ankrum

Spencer Davis was the “lucky dog”.

Drivers come down pit road for service. Todd Gilliland edges out John Hunter Nemechek to win the race off of pit road.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the outside lane on lap 37 but it is John Hunter Nemechek who edges out in front with a push from Stewart Friesen.

Sheldon Creed bumps Stewart Friesen and Friesen takes the lead.

Lap 38, Todd Gilliland passes Stewart Friesen for the lead.

Drivers are four wide across the track.

Zane Smith has a flat tire. He keeps it off of the wall but the tire is shredding on the track. Smith does not make it to pit road. The third caution flag comes out on lap 40. Zane Smith goes one lap down and reports no power in the truck.

John Hunter Nemechek has a tire rub.

Lap 41, under caution, the top five are Todd Gilliland, Ben Rhodes, Stewart Friesen, Sheldon Creed, and Christian Eckes. John Hunter Nemechek is in sixth place.

Matt Crafton is reporting some temperature issues.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 46 but it is Ben Rhodes who jumps out in front for the lead.

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

Zane Smith is seven laps down.

John Hunter Nemechek is off the pace and has dropped back.

Lap 49, Ben Rhodes leads the race with Todd Gilliland in second; Sheldon Creed, Stewart Friesen, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek has fallen to 29th.

Lap 51, Todd Gilliland passes Ben Rhodes for the lead.
With eight laps remaining in stage two, John Hunter Nemechek gets stalled on the track and brings out the caution flag. He reports that he has power to the gauges but no firing power.

Drivers come down pit road for service with seven laps remaining in stage two. But some drivers stay out on the track.

With 29 trucks on the lead lap; Zane Smith is 15 laps down and John Hunter Nemechek is two laps down.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag restart with just five laps remaining in stage two. Todd Gilliland gets out in front for the lead with Ben Rhodes taking second; Sheldon Creed, Matt Crafton, and Stewart Friesen in fifth.

With battles going on all through the field, Todd Gilliland wins stage two for his fourth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Todd Gilliland
Ben Rhodes
Carson Hocevar
Stewart Friesen
Sheldon Creed
Tanner Gray
Austin Hill
Matt Crafton
Christian Eckes
Chandler Smith

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

Drivers come down pit road for service. Todd Gilliland wins the race off of pit road, but Carson Hocevar stayed out on the track and will bring the field to green.

Carson Hocevar brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 66 and gets out in front after a push from Austin Hill.

The top five are Carson Hocevar, Austin Hill, Tanner Gray, Tyler Ankrum, and Austin Wayne Self. Todd Gilliland in eighth is the first driver on fresher tires.

With 66 laps remaining in the race, there are 30 trucks on the lead lap.

Sheldon Creed scrapes the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 70, Austin Hill and Carson Hocevar battle for the lead.

A big crash brings out the caution flag with Sheldon Creed’s truck on fire. Creed gets out of the truck and goes to check on Chandler Smith who was also involved. Hailie Deegan, Chase Purdy, and Tyler Ankrum were also involved. Tyler Ankrum gets loose and into the wall. Chandler Smith tries to pass on the outside and hits the wall sending him down the track where Sheldon Creed slams into Smith on the driver’s side.

Playoff drivers Sheldon Creed and Chandler Smith are out of the race.

John Hunter Nemechek continues to have electrical gremlins; reporting that the truck just shuts itself off.

With 57 laps remaining in the race, Austin Hill brigns the field down for the green flag restart and gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Austin Hill, Tanner Gray, Todd Gilliland, Carson Hocevar, and Johnny Sauter.

John Hunter Nemechek loses power once again. NASCAR tells him to get off the track so that the race can stay green. Nemechek does not make it back to pit road and the caution flag comes out with 54 laps remaining in the race.

Leaders come down pit road for service. Drivers are now within their pit window to make it to the end of the race on a single load of fuel. Taking fuel only, Brett Moffitt wins the race off of pit road.

John Hunter Nemechek takes his truck to the garage.

Out of the infield care center, Chandler Smith says that he is fine.

TateFogleman brings the field down for the green flag restart with 50 laps remaining in the race. Brett Holmes gets out in front from the outside lane. Todd Gilliland passes Homes for the lead. Brett Moffitt passes Todd Gilliland for the lead.

The top five are Brett Moffitt, Todd Gilliland, Austin Hill, Tanner Gray, and Ben Rhodes.

Todd Gilliland takes the lead with Austin Hill in second; Christian Eckes, Brett Moffitt, and Tanner Gray round out the top five.

With 47 laps to go, there are 27 trucks on the lead lap.

Austin Hill challenges leader Todd Gilliland. Matt Crafton takes fifth from Tanner Gray.

With 44 laps to go, Todd Gilliland leads the race with Christian Eckes in second; Austin Hill, Brett Moffitt, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Tyler Ankrum is out of the infield care center and is fine. He apologized to team mate Sheldon Creed who is one of the eight playoff drivers and is now out of the race due to the wreck.

Forty to go, Todd Gilliland leads the race with Christian Eckes in second; Austin Hill, Brett Moffitt, and Stewart Friesen rounding out the top five. Stewart Friesen is the only top five driver in the playoffs.

Lap 100, Todd Gilliland has a second and a half lead on Christian Eckes; Stewart Friesen, Austin Hill, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Sheldon Creed is out of the infield care center; Sheldon reports that he is ok; adding that Talladega is going to be interesting…and fun.

Lap 102, Todd Gilliland has increased his lead to nearly two seconds on Christian Eckes; Stewart Friesen, Johnny Sauter, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Thirty to go, Todd Gilliland’s lead is down to just one second on Christian Eckes.

With 27 laps to go, Todd Gilliland has led the most laps so far with 44.

Twenty-five to go, Todd Gilliland has a lead of over a second and a half on Christian Eckes; Stewart Friesen, Johnny Sauter, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

There are only 18 trucks on the lead lap with 22 laps remaining in the race.

Drew Dollar spins out after some on track contact with Jack Wood and brings out the caution flag with 21 laps to go.

There are only 15 trucks on the lead lap.

Drivers come down pit road for that one last set of sticker tires. Todd Gilliland edges out Christian Eckes for the lead off of pit road.

After staying out on the track, Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 118 from the outside lane. Todd Gilliland is on the inside lane. Todd Gilliland gets a push from Christian Eckes to take the lead.

Drivers get four wide across the track.

Fifteen to go, Tanner Gray is smoking with a flat tire.

Todd Gilliland leads the race with Christian Eckes in second; Stewart Friesen, Austin Hill, and Carson Hocevar round out the top five.

Tanner Gray makes it to pit road and the track stays green.

Ten to go, Todd Gilliland continues to lead the race with Christian Eckes in second; Stewart Friesen Austin Hill, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Reporting a vibration, Carson Hocevar brings out the caution flag when he gets loose.

Brett Moffitt’s truck is smoking with a possible flat tire.

Carson Hocevar is being held a lap for causing the caution flag.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with just five laps remaining in the race. Todd Gilliland gets out in front for the lead but Christian Eckes takes the lad before a four wide battle for the lead with Christian Eckes holding on to the lead; Matt Crafton takes second with Ben Rhodes, Todd Gilliland, and Stewart Friesen rounding out the top five.

Ben Rhodes takes second with Christian Eckes in the lead.

Part time driver Christian Eckes takes the white flag.

The caution flag comes out when Tyler Hill gets into the wall with Christian Eckes taking the checkered flag for his first career win. ThorSport finished 1-2-3-4 to make Truck Series history as the first team to do so. Christian Eckes, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, and Johnny Sauter all drive for ThorSport.

Only three of the eight playoff drivers finished in the top 10.

The unofficial results of the Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200:
Christian Eckes
Ben Rhodes
Matt Crafton
Johnny Sauter
Todd Gilliland
Stewart Friesen
Grant Enfinger
Austin Wayne Self
Ryan Truex
Austin Hill
Bret Holmes
Derek Kraus
Chase Purdy
Tate Fogleman
Spencer Davis
Kris Wright
Tyler Hill
Danny Bohn
Spencer Boys
CJ McLaughlin
Dylan Lupton
Carson Hocevar
Tanner Gray
Drew Dollar
Brett Moffitt
Howie Disavino III
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Cory Roper
Zane Smith
Jack Wood
Hailie Deegan
Keith McGee
John Hunter Nemechek
Tyler Ankrum
Chandler Smith
Sheldon Creed
Chris Hacker


Ben Rhodes takes over the lead in playoff points.

Songwriter Scott Alan Releases Special Album

Musical artists have long collaborated with their fellow musicians on projects in a variety of combinations.

For his new album “Nothing More” Scott Alan has assembled a very special group of performers to join him…all of his fellow collaborators are gay and trans dads.

Out on September 24, Alan’s ninth album is a love letter to his daughter and features Matt Henry from “Kinky Boots”, Taylor Frey from the national tour of “Hairspray”, Kyle Dean Massey from “Wicked”, Raymond J. Lee from “Honeymoon in Vegas”, Claybourne Elder from “Company”, Rory O’Malley from “The Book of Mormon”, Jared Gertner from “Ordinary Days”, Sam Harris from “The Life”, Daniel Torres from “Evita”, Joe Aaron Reid from the West End production of “Dreamgirls”, Blake Bowden from the Australian “Phantom of the Opera”, Jonannas Mymark from the Coppenhagen production of “Aladdin”, Lance Bass, Duncan James, Brody Ray, Ian H. Watkins, Markus Feehily, nad Mary Lambert.

Ben Cohn co-produced, arranged, and orchestrated the album.

The physical CD copy of the album includes a second CD with instrumentals of each song and can be purchased at: http://www.scottalan.net/signed-sheet-music/nothing-more-signed-cd. A signed copy of the album is also available.

The Tracklisting for “Nothing More”:
“Something is Missing”
“We’re Gonna Be Dads”
“Alex Vivian”
“Best for You”
“Alex’s Lullaby”
“I’m in Love with You”
“The Routine”
“It’s All Up to You”
“For Always”
“Don’t Grow”
“Daddy’s Little Girl”

Roger Taylor Goes Solo for New LP

Queen drummer Roger Taylor is releasing a solo album On October 1. 2021. With the pandemic shutting down venues and concert tours, Taylor had plenty of time to channel his own creative juices in a new album.

“Outsider” is Taylor’s first solo project in eight years. The album will be available on vinyl, cassette, CD, as a digital download, and via streaming.

Known as a drummer; Taylor is also a composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist who made use of his numerous talents to create the new album.

KT Tunstall lends her voice to “We’re All Just Trying to Get By”.

The only non original song on the album is “The Clapping Song” which was originally released in 1965 by Shirley Ellis.

Taylor is celebrating the release of the new album with a short tour of the United Kingdom beginning October 2. Along with his solo material, Taylor will also be performing some music from Queen catalog. This will be Taylor’s first solo tour in over 20 years.


“Outsider” track list:
“Tides”
“I Know, I Know, I Know”
“More Kicks”
“Absolutely Anything”
“Gangsters are Running the World”
“We’re All Just Trying to Get By”
“Gangsters are Running the World” – Purple version
“Isolation”
“The Clapping Song”
“Outsider”
“Foreign Sand” – English Mix
“Journey’s End”

Roger Taylor tour dates:
Oct 2 at the O2 Academy in Newcastle
Oct 3 at the Academy in Manchester
Oct 5 at the Barbican in York
Oct 6 at St David’s Hall in Cardiff
Oct 8 at the O2 Academy in Liverpool
Oct 9 at the University East Anglia in Norwich
Oct 11 at the Forum in Bath
Oct 12 at the O2 Academy in Bournemouth
Oct 14 at the Pavilions in Plymouth
Oct 15 at Rock City in Nottingham
Oct 17 at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill
Oct 19 at G Live in Guilford
Oct 20 at the HMV Empire in Coventry
Oct 22 at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London

Camping World Trucks Get New Look for ’22

The manufacturers in the Camping World Truck Series – Ford, Chevrolet, and Toyota – will remain for the next racing season in 2022; however, NASCAR has authorized some “tweaking” to the body in the form of new noses and tails. The new designs will be more in align with the trucks found on the street


NASCAR has long desired to have all of its vehicles look the same, but is allowing the change to make the truck more recognizable to the truck buying public.

NASCAR promises that the changes will not alter the on track thrills currently seen by race fans.

NASCAR’s senior vice president of innovation and racing development John Probst said, “I think you’ll see a lot more characteristics of the production trucks in the trucks that you see on track in 2022.” He added, “they look really good with all that additional styling on the fenders and the hood and in the lower nose. It’s even striking again when you see them all painted up with the decals on them and the paint schemes they implement. There’s a lot of thought that went behind them. I think the fans are going to be over the moon with how these trucks look.”

The proposal for the new designs were first submitted last year. After all three manufacturers passed the wind tunnel test on the first attempt, NASCAR approved the changes.

Like the Xfinity Series cars, the new nose and tail pieces of the 2022 truck designs will be composed of the stronger composite material in stead of the current sheet metal.

The racing teams will be given the option of using the new designs or the current design for the 2022 season to aid in managing the finances of building trucks.

Metallica Album Hits Top 10…Again

One indication that an album outlasts the sands of time is when it returns to the top 10 of the Billboard 200 Album chart 30 years after its original release.

Such is the case for hard rockers Metallica and their self titled album.

Last week Billboard recorded the album at number 158 on the 200 Album chart, this week the album has jumped to number nine.

The big move came after Metallica released an anniversary edition of the 1991 album. The new version of the album is available via vinyl, CD, extended three CD package, digital download, and a Deluxe Box set that includes the album on vinyl; a picture disc; three live vinyl albums; 14 CDs featuring interviews, demos mixes, and live performances; six DVDs featuring outtakes, behind the scenes videos, and live performances; plus a hardcover book, tour laminates, lithos, guitar picks, a Metallica lanyard, lyric sheets, and a download card. The Deluxe edition is a limited edition release.

Combining all versions of the album plus streaming the “Metallica” album sold 37,000 copies last week. Since the original release in 1991, the breakthrough album remains one of the top selling albums in the United States and has earned Diamond Award status for selling over 10 million copies with 17 million…and counting.

Rock Hall Legends Exhibit Honours Alice Cooper

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio is open once again and ready to welcome guests.

Beginning September 23, 2021, the Hall of Fame has a new exhibit for old school rock and roll fans…the legendary Alice Cooper.

Often referred to as the original shock rocker, one of Cooper’s stage props was an electric chair. That chair will be among the artifacts on display in the new Legends of Rock exhibit.

Also included in the exhibit are stories behind the music, costumes from his stage shows including the Nightmare Returns leather jacket and white top hat, the Mad House Rock tour leather bondage costume, and Cooper’s signature black leather jacket with nails. The exhibit will also include the Alice Cooper Court street sign.

Rockers are eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first music release. Cooper was inducted into The Hall in 2011. His unique style of rock inspired numerous future genres and rockers including hard rock, glam rock, metal music, and even punk rock. His 1969 hit “School’s Out” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy” remain popular songs for old and new rockers alike…especially once the end of the school year is at hand.

The rotating Legends of Rock exhibits feature some of the most iconic moments in the history of rock and roll from its inception in the 1950’s to today.

According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “more than a musical sensation, rock and roll was a social and generational phenomenon that became one of the most important artistic movements of the twentieth century. Its seismic influence reverberates across society, impacting how we think about fashion, youth culture, dance, race, sexuality and free speech. It has become a way of life; one that thrives today. The diverse representation of artists in the Legends of Rock exhibition are exemplary of rock’s enduring power to connect us all. Ranging from rhythm and blues, jazz, and folk rock to heavy metal and hip-hop, this exhibition represents a myriad of musical genres and highlights some of the world’s most iconic acts both past and present.

NASCAR Issues Bristol Penalties

The lug nut monster was very busy last weekend at the triple header event at Bristol Motor Speedway. A total of five teams were issued a penalty for having an improperly secured lug nut on their vehicle during the post race inspection process.

In the Camping World Truck Series the number 88 ThorSport Racing truck driven by Matt Crafton. Crew chief Carl “Junior” Joiner was fined $2,500 for the infraction.

In the Xfinity Series, the number seven JR Motorsports car driven by Justin Allgaier with Jason Burdett as crew chief and the number 18 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Daniel Hemric with Dave Rogers as crew chief were each fined $5,000 for having a single lug ut improperly secured.

In the Cup Series, the number 10 Stewart-Haas Racing car driven by Aric Almirola with Mike Bubarewic as crew chief and the number 19 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Martin Truex Jr and James Small as crew chief were also found to have a single lug nut improperly secured. As a result the two crew chiefs were fined $10,000 each for the infraction.

Premiere Week Continues on ‘The Voice’

The Blind Audition continue of “The Voice” with a two hour Tuesday show. During the premiere of season 21 on Monday night, Kelly and Blake both used their only block to help them get singers they wanted on their teams.

Night two opens with Lana Scott singing country music. When Blake pushed his button for Lana, he fulfilled a prediction by her grandmother that a Lana would be on the show. Kelly Joined Blake in turning her chair. Blake said “THAT was country.” Thanking Lana for coming to the show, Blake loved her tone and personality. Kelly tries to convince Lana that she is a big country music fan. John and Ariana get up and leave for a snack while Blake and Kelly argue back and forth. After returning to their chairs, John and Ariana cast their votes for Kelly. Lana chose Blake to be her coach.

Ariana said that she feels like her and John are parents on a trip with their children fighting over toys.

Indiana native Samuel Harness calls being on “The Voice” is a dream come true. One of five adopted children, Samuel comes from a musical family – his dad and uncle are in a bluegrass band. Putting his own spin on the 3 Doors Down song “Here Without You”, Samuel impressed John enough to turn his chair. After a bit of a wait, Blake and Ariana also pushed their buttons. Ariana called the performance incredible; adding that she loved the whole journey. John noted that the vibrato and rasp was signature to Samuel; adding that he would love to work with Samuel. Kelly said that she loves Samuel’s voice. Blake said that voices like Samuel’s are rare. Noting that he is the reigning champ, Blake said that it would be nice to do it again. Saying that they are all amazing artists, Samuel chose John to be his coach.

Carolina Alonso was born in Mexico but now calls Reno, Nevada home. In college, she performs weekends with her dad. She performed her blind audition in Spanish. Kelly was the only coach to turn her chair. John noted that she has the perfect coach. Kelly said that she was obsessed with Carolina’s voice.

Chavon Rodgers comes from a musical family and impressed John with his performance of “Driver’s License” enough to turn his chair. Ariana joined John near the end of the song. Chavon brought a brick from his hometown of Ada, Oklahoma. Ariana said that she loved the journey of the performance and his interpretation. John loved that Chavon made the song his own. Chavon chose Ariana to be his coach.

Serenity Arce is just 14 years old and a dancer. The Jupiter, Florida cites Ariana as an idol of hers. Serenity failed to turn any chairs. Blake noted that it was probably a good thing no one turned for Serentiy; adding that she needed a little more time. Blake told her to come back or go and get her own record deal.

It took a while before any chairs turned for Joshua Vicanti, but John was the first and used his block in the process. Near the end Ariana turned her chair to find out that she was the once who got blocked. Kelly said that Joshua has insane range. John said that Joshua has a powerful voice.

Hailey Green returns, but this time she is 15 years old and the only female linebacker to play football and performing with her band. This time Hailey chose “Home” for her audition. Blake pushed his button at the very last moment. John said that Hailey has a powerful voice. Ariana said that Hailey’s voice is amazing; adding that she regrets not turning her chair. Blake said that he is excited to work with Hailey.

Jim and Sasha Allen are a father/son duo. Armed with a mandolin and guitar, the duo performed their version of “Leaving on a Jet Plane”. It took a white but Kelly finally pushed her button and at the very end Ariana joined her. Sasha presented Blake with a drawing of the duo with Blake. Kelly loved the duo; adding that there was no way she was going to let them go home. Ariana noted that the harmonies were perfect; adding that she would have liked to hear more range. John loves the idea of a family singing together. Jim and Sasha chose Ariana to be their coach.

This marks the first time that more than one group has moved on past the blind auditions.

Singing “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder, Paris Winningham got John to turn his chair and get up dancing. Ariana also turned her chair. As a member of the US Navy, Paris has seen the world and lent his singing skills to Navy events. A knee injury ended his naval career but has helped to launch his musical career. Ariana said that Pairs has so much soul. John said that Pairs lit the stage one fire and gave a performance beyond great. Saying that he screwed up by not pushing his button, Blake called the performance incredible. Paris chose John to be his coach.

Camryn B failed to turn any chairs with her audition. John apologized for not having any good news for them. Camryn noted that she has been at tapings. Kelly wanted to hear more Camryn and less Adele in her performance. Ariana told Camryn to come back.

In the final audition of the night, Gymani comes from a musical family; her mother performed in a band. Gymani is singing one of Ariana Grande’s songs for her audition. Gymani didn’t have to wait long before Blake and Ariana pushed their buttons; John joined them shortly thereafter. Kelly made it the only four chair turn of the night. Ariana called the performance phenomenal; adding that she loved the changes. Ariana was honoured that Gymani sang one of her songs. John said that Gymani truly made the song her own and executed it flawlessly. Kelly said that she was in a battle with herself but had to turn her chair. Kelly noted that she has no one on her team like Gymani. Kelly said that Gymani’s voice is why the show is there. Gymani chose Kelly to be her coach.


Team Kelly:
Girl Named Tom
Kinsey Rose
Carolina Alonso
Gymani

Team Ariana:
Katie Rae
Katherine Ann Mohler
Vaughn Mogul
Chavon Rodgers
Jim and Sasha Allen

Team Blake:
Peedy Chavis
Wendy Moten
Lana Scott
Hailey Green

Team Legend:
Jonathan Mouton
Jack Rogan
Samuel Harness
Joshua Vicanti
Paris Winningham

‘The Voice’ Premieres Season 21

“The Voice” closed out season 20 last November with another win for the only original coach Blake Shelton. This season Nick Jonas steps aside and Ariana Grande joins Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, and John Legend.

This season the singers perform before a live audience.

Coaches John Legend and Blake Shelton get the season started off with a duet performance of “Hold On”.

Then Kelly Clarkson and Arian Grande take the stage asking for a little “Respect”.

The guys return to the stage for a performance by all four coaches before the competition begins.

The Blind Auditions begin with a trio that has Kelly turning her chair right away. John doesn’t wait long to join Kelly. After a bit of a wait, Blake and Ariana make it a four chair turn. Girl Named Tom is a family group. Kelly said that she really wanted to work with them. Blake said that he would be proud to represent them. Ariana loved the tight knit harmonies. John noted he loved what could happen when harmony is down right. The trio decided to be the first members of Team Kelly.

Katie Rae has been singing most of her life but didn’t sing before an audience until she was 30. She chose the Maren Morris song “Bones” for her audition. John and Kelly were quick to turn their chairs with Ariana following shortly behind. Country boy Blake Shelton did not turn his chair. Ariana loved Katie’s voice. John said that he loved a powerful woman; adding that it would be an honour to work with her. Ariana tried to interrupt John by playing a piece of her music. Kelly noted that a lot of people can sing but not many people can move you. Katie chose Ariana to be her coach. Ariana has a lunch box filled with teas and other such goodies for her singers this season. Blake noted that he didn’t turn his chair because Katie wasn’t quite what he was looking for.

John was quick to push his button the the “Heatbreak Hotel” singer with Blake right behind him. The Elvis look alike had John out of his chair dancing. Kelly said that Peedy Chavis was adorable. Blake said it had him fired up. Blake noted that the song was introduction to Elvis. John noted that he turned his chair because Peedy sang his butt off; adding that he would love to bring the older music to a new generation. Peedy chose Blake to be his coach.

LA native Johnathan Mouton comes from a musical family; his mom was a backup singer for Stevie Wonder. A professional singer, Jonathan was diagnosed with cancer in 2014. Five years cancer free, Jonathan performs on “The Voice” stage and had to wait for a bit before John turned his chair. Saying that she had to, Ariana turned her chair while John was dancing to Jonathan’s performance of “Leave the Door Open”. Ariana noted that Jonathan has so much control. John called the performance so silky; adding that he would have so much fun working with Jonathan. Kelly called Jonathan an incredible artist. Jonathan chose John to be his coach.

Marco Salvador calls Miami home but was born in Venezuela. His grandfather was a big singer in Venezuela. The 15 year old chose an Enrique Iglasies song for his audition that was in English and Spanish. But he failed to turn any chairs. Blake noted that there were some great moments in the song. Kelly noted that he was incredible for 15.

Katherine Ann Mohler won an A Cappella contest in high school. Katherine had to wait until her final noted before Ariana and Blake pushed their buttons. Ariana noted that she could tell Katherine was nervous but had a wonderful voice. Kelly and John ganged up on Blake to help Ariana. Katherine chose Ariana as her coach; a person she has been obsessed with.

Jack Rogan calls Rochester, New York home and while he has performed before friends and family, his blind audition will be his first big performance. Playing his guitar, Jack sang “House of the Rising Sun” and got Kelly and John to turn their charis quickly. Ariana said that she was waiting to be moved just a bit more. John said that the beauty of his tone is what made him turn the chair; adding that it was an enjoyable performance. Kelly said that she loves Jack’s voice; adding that he got better and better. Jack chose John to be his coach. No songs this year, John has boxing robes for his members.

Kinsey Rose got Kelly’s attention quickly…and there was a block as well. Kelly blcoked Blake. Kinsey got the chance to perform with her idol Vince Gill. Kelly has jackets for her team members.

Vaughn Mugol was born in the Philippines and is carrying on the family tradition as a registered nurse. He uses his singing abilities to help comfort his patients. Again John and Kelly pushed their buttons together; Ariana joined them shortly thereafter. Ariana called the performance beautiful. John didn’t believe that Vaughn has no performance experience. Kelly noted that Vaughn is an emotional singer. Noting that he was going to take a leap of faith, Vaughn chose Ariana to be his coach.

Gracie Nourbash failed to impress any of the coaches enough to turn their chairs. Kelly noted that Gracie had amazing range. Gracie brought some photos of her and Ariana taken six years ago.

In the final audition of the night, Wendy Moten has toured with some of the biggest names in the business but calls her blind audition a scary thing. Blake didn’t wait long to turn his chair…and make a block. John and Ariana followed shortly to find that John was the blocked coach. Kelly made it a four chair turn. John said that Wendy’s voice is beyond…and phenomenal. Ariana said that she didn’t know where to start; adding that she is spectacular. Kelly said that Wendy is what the show is all about. Lake called it top three blind audition of all time; adding that he would be honoured to be Wendy’s coach. A 35 year veteran of the music business, Wendy chose Blake to be her coach.

The Blind Auditions continue on Tuesday night.


Team Kelly:
Girl Named Tom
Kinsey Rose

Team Ariana:
Katie Rae
Katherine Ann Mohler
Vaughn Mogul

Team Blake:
Peedy Chavis
Wendy Moten

Team Legend:
Jonathan Mouton
Jack Rogan

DWTS Premieres Season 30

“Dancing with the Stars” premieres its 30th season with a new cast of “celebrities” and a returning Len Goodman who was sidelined last season due to the Covid pandemic.

As expected returning for her second season, host Tyra Banks strikes her “model’s pose” upton entering the stage attired in a dress to rival the Mirror Ball trophy.

Spice Girl Melanie C gets the night of dance started off with a Cha Cha with partner Gleb to one of her Spece Girls songs. Len said that he is happy to be back; adding that Melanie was teriffic with a polished performance. Derek said that the dance was clean and precise; adding that Melanie has some great legs. Bruno thanked Melanie for spicing up his life…and the dance; adding that she had some good leg action. Carrie Ann said that Sporty Spice was her fav; adding that Melanie was very clean. Melanie and Gleb earned 27 points for their dance.

WWE star Mike “The Miz” pairs up with Witney Carson for a Cha Cha to the new BTS hit “Butter”. Derek noted that it was good to see Witney back; adding that he was surprised at Mike’s performance. Bruno said that Witney tamed the beast; adding that Mike was light on his feet. Carrie Ann said that Mike was incredible with great energy. Len said that Mike was better than expected. The Miz and Witney scored 24 points for their dance.

NBA star Iman Schumpert pairs up with Daniella for a Jive to the Black Eyed Peas. Bruno noted that it is very hard for tall people to do the Jive but Iman was light on his feet and showed some musicality; adding that it was a great debut. Carrie Ann called Iman the Fly Guy of this season; adding that he was stylish and smooth. Len felt like the dance was all too causal but fun and entertaining. Derek noted that Iman looked comfortable; adding that it was a great first week. Iman and Daniella scored 21 points for their dance.

Olivia Jade is paired up with Val for a Salsa. Carrie Ann said that the dance was well done with great lines. Len said that dance was clean and polished. Derek said that Olivia has great legs and a great first dance. Bruno said that Olivia took to the dance like a duck to water. Olivia and Val scored 25 points for their dance.


Country music star Jimmie Allen pairs up with Emma Slater for a Tango. Jimmie said that he wants to be an amabassador for Country music…and to win. Len said that the dance didn’t support Jimmie’s personality; adding that he has great potential. Derek called it an incredible week one frame. Bruno noted that Jimmie managed to keep the Tango on track; adding that there were some good moments. Carrie Ann noted that it was a tough dance but Jimmie did a great job. Jimmie and Emma scored 22 points for their dance.

Actress Melora Hardin pairs up with Artem for a Tango to the music of Robert Palmer. Derek stood up and clapped; saying that he was blown away. Bruno said that Melora had great lines and brilliant. Carrie Ann said that Melora brought the drama to the dance. Len liked it; saying that Melora just came out and danced. Melora and Artem scored 26 points for their dance.

Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Suni Lee pairs up with Sasha Farber for a Jive. Bruno said that Suni had great kick and flicks. Carrie Ann called Suni incredible and amazing. Len said that the dance was neat and precise. Derek noted that Suni has the technique. Suni and Sasha scored 28 points for their dance to take the lead.

Fitness guru Cody Rigsby pairs up with Cheryl Burke for a Tango that has Cody starting out on a bike. Carrie Ann noted that see what all the hype is about; adding that Cody needs to relax. Len said that Cody has great presence and potential; adding that he is one to watch. Derek said that Cody was so much fun and entertaining. Bruno loved the attitude. Cody and Cheryl scored 24 points for their dance.

Broadway actor and talk show host Amanda Kloots pairs up with Alan for a Tango. Len said that the dance. Derek noted that dance is the best way to claim your joy; adding that it was a sensational routine. Bruno said that Amanda has it all. An emotional Carrie Ann said that Amanda was elegance and beauty like an angel. Amanda and Alan scored 28 points for their dance.

When the show returns from a commercial break, host Tyra Banks has made a costume change.

Karate man Martin Kove pairs up with Britt for a Paso Doble that opens with a speech from Martin. At 74, Kove is the oldest dancer this season. Derek noted that he felt Martin was a bit unprepared. Bruno said that they need to work on the content. Carrie Ann said that Martin had commitment to character but lacked contact Len said that from someone in his seventies, he felt that Martin came out and made a great effort. Martin and Britt scored 13 points for their dance.

Reality star and former Miss USA Kenya Moore pairs up with Brandon for a Fox Trot Doja Cat. Bruno said that it was classy and glossy; adding that Kenya moves very well. Carrie Ann said that Kenya looked like a queen out there; adding that the dance was well done. Len said that the dance had charm and sophistication. Derek said that Kenya has so much potential; adding that the dance was beautiful. Kenya and Brandon scored 26 points for their dance.

Actress Christine Chiu pairs up with Pasha for a Tango to the music of Fergie. Carrie Ann said that Christine is like a diamond in the rough; adding it is what they are looking for on the show. Len noted that Christine had great control. Derek loved the dress; adding that she had a great frame. Bruno called Christine a gem but needs a bit of polish. The duo has already had to deal with injuries. Christine and Pasha scored 25 points for their dance.

Bachelor Matt James paired up with Lindsey for a Cha Cha to the music of Rick James. Noting that he has no dance experience, Matt wore crocs to his first rehearsal. Len would have liked more hip action, but added that Matt’s future could be rosey. Derek called it a great Cha Cha. Bruno said that Matt delivered; adding that next time he would be brilliant. Carrie Ann liked the way they ussed the space; adding that the body rolls were great. Matt and Lindsay scored 24 points for their dance.

Actor Brian Austin Green pairs up with girlfriend Sharna Burgess for a Fox Trot. Derek said that the dance was so good. Bruno said that he is sensing some sizzling chemistry. Carrie Ann said that she loved seeing Sharna so happy. Len said that Brian needs to work on his feet; adding that the competition is working on being something special. Brian and Sharna scored 24 points for their dance.

In the last dance of the night,JoJo Siwa pairs up with Jenna for a historic DWTS event as the first same sex dance couple on the American version of the show. The very first same sex couple happened in 2010 in Israel. The couple performs a Quickstep to “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” with JoJo as the lead. Bruno noted that it was finally the groundbreaking moment they have been waiting for. Carrie Ann called it amazing. Len noted that the dance was entertaining and full of attack. Derek said that JoJo was made for DWTS. JoJo and Jenna scored 29 points for their dance to top the leaderboard.

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Season 30 Premiere scores:
Martin and Britt – 13
Iman and Daniella – 21
Jimmie and Emma – 22
The Miz and Witney – 24
Cody and Cheryl – 24
Matt and Lindsay – 24
Brian and Sharna – 24
Olivia and Val – 25
Christine and Pasha – 25
Melora and Artem – 26
Kenya and Brandon – 26
Melanie C and Gleb – 27
Suni and Sasha – 28
Amanda and Alan – 28
JoJo and Jenna – 29

2021 Emmy Award Winners – Complete List

On September 20, the Academy for Television Arts and Sciences held the annual Emmy Awards in a live television event with Cedric the Entertainer hosting the gala event.

Less than half of the over 40 awards for acting, directing, and writing were presented during the live broadcast.

Following is a list of all the winners of the 73rd annual Emmy Awards:
Outstanding Limited Series – “I May Destroy You”
Outstanding Drama Series – “The Crown”
Outstanding Comedy Series – “Ted Lasso”
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Josh O’Connor in “The Crown”
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Olivia Colman in “The Crown”
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie – Ewan McGregor in “Halston”
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie – Kate Winslet in “Mare of Easttown”
Outstanding Competition Program – “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
Out Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Jason Sudeikis in “Ted Lasso”
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Jean Smart in “Hacks”
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Tobias Menzies in “The Crown”
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Gillian Anderson in “The Crown”
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie – Evan Peters in “Mare of Easttown”
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie – Julianne Nicholson in “Mare of Easttown”
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Brett Goldstein in “Ted Lasso”
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a comedy Series – Hannah Waddingham in “Ted Lasso”
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series – Courtney B. Vance in “Lovecraft Country”
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series – Claire Foy in “The Crown”
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – Dave Chappelle in “Saturday Night Live”
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series – Maya Rudolph in “Saturday Night Live”
Outstanding Structured Reality Program – “Queer Eye”
Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program – “RuPaul’s Drag Race Untucked”
Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program – “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
Outstanding Television Movie – “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square”
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series – Peter Morgan for “The Crown – War”
Outstanding Director in a Drama Series – Jessica Hobbs for “The Crown – War”
Outstanding Writing for a Comdey Series – Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, and Jen Statsky for “Hacks – There is No Line”
Outstanding Directing for a Comdey Series – Lucia Aniello for “Hacks – There is No Line”
Outstanding Directing for a Limited or Anthonlogy Series or Movie – Scott Frank for “The Queen’s Gambit’
Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie – Michaela Coel for “I May Destroy You”
Outstanding Variety Talk Series – “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series – “Saturday Night Live”
Outstanding Variety Live Special – “Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand BuildingBack America Great Again Better 2020”
Outstanding Pre-Recorded Variety Special – “Hamilton”
Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special – “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy”
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series – “Saturday Night Live” with Dave Chappelle as host
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special – “Bo Burnham: Inside, Bo Burnham”
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series – “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special – “Bo Burnham: Inside, Bo Burnham”
Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series – “Secrets of the Whales”
Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special – “Boys State”

Women Rule at 73rd Annual Emmys

Over the past year and a half, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has seen in increase of viewership as people were unable to get out of the house. With network television, cable channels, On Demand, and streaming services; TV fans had plenty of programs to choose from.

On September 19, The Academy presents the annual Emmy Awards in a live television event with an audience. Attendees were required to be vaccinated in order to be in the venue.


Cedric the Entertainer is hosting this year’s event and promises to bring the fun.

The night opens with a rap performance to television and the shows through the years.

Seth Rogan presents the first award of the night for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series to Hannah Waddingham for her role in “Ted Lasso”.

The award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series went to Brett Goldstein for his role in “Ted Lasso”.

The Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or Movie went to Julianne Nicholson for her role in “Mare of Easttown”.


The award for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or Movie went to Evan Peters for his role in “Mare of Easttown”.

The award for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series went to Peter Morgan for “The Crown”.

The award for Best Direction in a Drama Series went to Jessica Hobbs for “The Crown”.

Late show host Stephen Colbert presents the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series to Gillian Anderson for her role in “The Crown”.

Kerry Washington presented the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series to Tobias Menzies.

The award for Best Writing in a Variety Series went to the writers of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”.

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

The award for Best Variety Sketch Series went to “Saturday Night Live”.

Members from the cast of “Schitt’s Creek” presented the award for Best Writing in a Comedy Series to the writers from “Hacks” after a snafu with the teleprompter.

The award for Best Direction in a Comedy Series went to Lucia Aniello for “Hacks”.

The award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series went to Jean Smart for her role in “Hacks”.

The award for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series went to Jason Sudeikis for his role in “Ted Lasso”.

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

Award winning dancer, choreographer, and actor Debbie Allen is the winner of the Television Academy Governor’s Award. After a standing ovation, Allen said that she is trembling with pride.

The award for Outstanding Direction in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Movie went to Scott Frank for “Queen’s Gambit”. Frank said that he accepts the award on behalf of all those involved in the series.

Sir Patrick Stewart presented the award for Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Movie went to Michaela Coel for “I May Destroy You”. She dedicated the award to every survivor of sexual assault.

The award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Movie went to Kate Winslet for her role in “Mare of Easttown”.

Tarji P. Henson presented the award for Outstanding Actor Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Movie Ewan McGregor for his role in “Halston”.

The award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series went to Olivia Colman for her role in “The Crown”.

The award for Lead Actor in a Drama Series went to Josh O’Connor for his role in “The Crown”.

The award for Best Variety Special Live went to “Stephen Colbert Election Night 2020”.

The award for Best Variety Special Pre-recorded went to “Hamilton”.

The In Memoriam segment paid tribute to the many artists that have passed on over the past year.

The award for Best Comedy Series went to “Ted Lasso”.

The award for Best Drama Series went to “The Crown”.

Angela Bassett presented the final award of the night for Outstanding Limited Series or Anthology Series to “The Queen’s Gambit”.

Kiefer Sutherland

Actor Kiefer Sutherland has released two albums and is set to release his third album “Bloor Street” on January 21. Sutherland will follow the album release up with a tour of the United Kingdom and Europe.

Like many musicians, Sutherland found himself with little to do last year during the shutdown; as a result he wrote and recorded some new music.

Sutherland spoke on the new album saying, “writing and recording this album was a unique experience given the pandemic and subsequent restrictions that followed. I found myself, like so many, with a block of time that I had never been afforded before, which allowed me to not only reflect upon my life but also to write about it.”

He added, “music , whether touring or recording, has always been a personal extension of storytelling for me. I couldn’t be more excited to share these new songs and, hopefully sooner than later, play them for audiences around the world.”


Kiefer Sutherland tour dates:
Jan 28 at the Chalk in Brighton, UK
Jan 29 at the Asylum in Hull, UK
Jan 30 at UEA in Norwich, UK
Feb 1 at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, UK
Feb 2 at the O2 Ritz in Manchester, UK
Feb 3 at Tramshed in Cardiff, UK
Feb 5 at the O2 Academy in Bournemouth, UK
Feb 6 at Leadmill in Sheffield, UK
Feb 7 at the O2 Institute in Birmingham, UK
Feb 9 at the O2 City Hall in Newcastle, UK
Feb 10 at the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen, UK
Feb 11 at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow, UK
Feb 13 at the Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht, Netherlands
Feb 15 at Im Wizemann in Stuttgart, Germany
Feb 16 at Bierhuebeli in Bern, Switzerland
Feb 17 at Cafe De La Danse in Paris, France
Feb 19 at Carlswerk Victoria in Cologne, Germany
Feb 20 at Metropol in Berlin, Germany
Feb 21 at Markthalle in Hamburg, Germany
Feb 23 at Gasometer in Vienna, Austria
Feb 24 at Posthof in Linz, Austria
Feb 25 at Backstage Werk in Munich, Germany


Updated Cup Series Standings – Sept 19, 2021

The first round of the playoffs are over and the original 16 are now 12. The points have been reset to 3,000 plus any playoff and bonus points.

With six race wins, Kyle Larson holds on to the top spot with a total of 3,059 points.

Martin Truex Jr is in second place with 3,029 points; 30 points behind Larson.

Kevin Harvick is the only one of the 12 playoffs drivers who has yet to win a race.

Round two of the playoffs feature the mile and a half track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, and the road course at Charlotte Motor Speedway known as The Roval.

The 12 drivers moving on to the next round of the playoffs are:
Kyle Larson – 3,059
Martin Truex Jr -3,029
Denny Hamlin – 3,024
Ryan Blaney – 3,024
Kyle Busch – 3,022
Chase Elliott – 3,021
Alex Bowman – 3,015
William Byron – 3,014
Joey Logano – 3,013
Brad Keselowski – 3,008
Christopher Bell – 3,005
Kevin Harvick – 3,002

First Cup Series Bristol Win in Cut Off Race at Bristol

The NASCAR Cup Series caps off a triple header at Bristol Motor Speedway, with the Bass Pro Shops Night Race. The race also rounds out the three races in round one of the playoffs.

The last time the Cup Series drivers were at Bristol, the track was covered in dirt. With the release of the 2022 Cup Series schedule, the drivers will be returning to Bristol next spring for another run on the dirt.

Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr have secured spots in the next round of the playoffs with a win in the first two races. Kyle Larson has also secured his spot in the next round via points. Kurt Busch currently sits on the bubble as the last driver that would move on to the round of 12; while Alex Bowman, Tyler Reddick, William Byron, and Michael McDowell all face elimination.

After his win at Richmond Raceway, Martin Truex Jr sits on the pole with Denny Hamlin alongside on the front row.

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

There is a bit of weather in the area, but NASCAR officials expect for the race to begin on time.

Stages one and two of the race are 125 laps each with stage three lasting 250 laps for a total of 500 laps around the half mile track. Drivers can run 150 to 160 laps on a sigle load of fuel.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution around lap 40.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and jumps out in front for the lead. Chase Elliott takes second.

Lap two, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Christopher Bell.

Lap six, Chase Elliott battles Martin Truex Jr for the lead. Elliott is the new leader.

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

Lap eleven, Brad Keselowski says that it is the best car he’s every had at Bristol.

Lap 13, Chase Elliott has a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex Jr and Jeoy Logano battle for third. Logano takes third.

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

Brad Keselowski passes Martin Truex Jr for fifth.

Tyler Reddick reports some radio issues, saying that he can’t hear his crew chief.

There are 35 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 24, Denny Hamlin has closed the gap on leader Chase Elliott to under half a second.

Lap 26, the top five re Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano.

Lap 34, Chase Elliott has a half second lead on Denny Hamlin; Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Kurt Busch is reporting some major handling issues with his car.

Lap 37, there are 29 cars on the lead lap.

Martin Truex Jr is in 10th and reporting a very free condition.

Lap 40, Denny Hamlin battles with Chase Elliott for the lead but Elliott holds on.

Lap 41, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.

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

Drivers come down pit road for service with several reporting handling issues. Chase Elliott leads the race off of pit road with Denny Hamlin out second.

Joey Logano had a slow pit stop due to a cooling hose coming loose.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 48 and gets out in front for the lead with Kyle Larson in second.

The top five are Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Kenny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, and Kevin Harvick.

Lap 57, Denny Hamlin passes Kyle Larson for second; Chase Elliott has a half second lead.

Lap 62, Chase Elliott has a near half second lead on Denny Hamlin as they encounter slower traffic.

There are 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 77, Chase Elliott leads the race but Kyle Larson is close behind; Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five with 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 84,Kyle Larson takes advantage of a lapped car to pass Chase Elliott for the lead with Denny Hamlin taking second.

Lap 89, Denny Hamlin has caught up to leader Kyle Larson and challenges for the lead. Denny Hamlin uses the lapped car of Corey LaJoie to take the lead but Kyle Larson continues to battle.

Lap 93, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney.

Lap 95, leader Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Kyle Larson.

With 27 cars on the lead lap, there are lapped cars all through the field.

Lap 109, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Larson; Chase elliott, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 118, in 22nd place, Joey Logano is just two spots away from going a lap down.

Six laps remain in stage one, Kyle Larson has caught up to leader Denny Hamlin who is on Bubba Wallace’s bumper and looking to pit him a lap down.

Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin battle for the lead. Larson takes the lead briefly. Bubba Wallace goes a lap down.

Denny Hamlin wins stage one for his fourth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
Christopher Bell
Martin Truex Jr
William Byron

Joey Logano in the number 22 car is in 22nd place, the last car on the lead lap. Bubba Wallace is the “lucky dog” and will get back on the lead lap.

Drivers come down pit road for service with several drivers continuing to have handling issues with their cars. Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road with Chace Elliott coming out second.

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

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the outside lane and jumps out in front for the lead with Brad Keselowski taking second; Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 138, Brad Keselowski battles with Kyle Larson for the lead. Brad Keselowski is the new leader.

Lap 142, Brad Keselowski has a tenth of a secnd lead on Denny Hamlin; Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 146, Denny Hamlin passes Brad Keselowski for the lead with Kyle Larson taking second. There are 23 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 150, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a one second lead on Kyle Larson; Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five with Kyle Busch in sixth.

Lap 158, Denny Hamlin’s lead is down to under a second with Kyle Larson in second; Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 160, Aric Almirola’s car is smoking.

Lap 168, the caution flag comes out for Daniel Suarez’ smoking car. Ryan Newman got into the wall and has damage to his car. Cole Custer is also on pit road with damage to his car. Bubba Wallace also has some damage to his car.

Aric Almirola reports that the smoke doesn’t smell like anything.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires and fuel. Kyle Busch is still reporting a tight issue; as well as, Alex Bowman. Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road.

Aric Almirola’s crew reports that there is fluid inside the left front. Almirola’s car is still smoking and has been black flagged.

NASCAR has extended the caution as they search for fluid on the track.

Almirola’s crew changed the bad oil line and he is still on the lead lap.

Lap 182, Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart and gets out in front for htel ead.

Lap 187, the top five are Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski.

Ryan Newman’s team could not get the car repaired during the crashed vehicle policy and becomes the first driver out of the race.

There are 27 crs on the lead lap.

Lap 193, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott have worked their way back to the top 10 after being mired back in the field due to pit road issues.

Lap 195, Kyle Larson has a lead of over half a second on Denny Hamlin; Ryan Blaney is over two seconds back in third with Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski rounding out the top five.

Kurt Busch is reporting a possible tire vibration and a possible ride height issue.

Lap 204, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a near one second lead on Denny Hamlin.

Lap 214, Kely Larson has increased his lead to over a second and a half on Denny Hamlin; Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 220, the caution flag comes out for a big crash involving BJ McLeod, Justin Haley, and Anthony Alfredo. Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott were battling for sixth when the caution flag came out.

BJ McLeod is out of the race.

NASCAR has red flagged the race on lap 225 to get the track cleaned up.

After a red flag delay of around seven minutes NASCAR displays the yellow flag and the drivers get moving again.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service but the leaders stay out on the track.

Several drivers come down pit road for service but the leaders stay out on the track.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with just 18 laps remaining in stage two. Kyle Larson gets out in front for thel ead with Brad Keselowski in second; Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick in ninth place is the first driver on fresh tires.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Denny Hamlin is on leader Kyle Larson’s bumper in an effort to take the lead with 13 laps remaining in stage two.

Lap 239, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson are in a battle for the lead with Brad Keselowski coming up to Hamlin’s bumper to make it a three way battle.

Ten to go in stage two, Kyle Larson holds on to the lead.

Five to go, Kyle Larson has a near half second lead on Denny Hamlin. Anthony Alfredo takes his car down pit road.

Justin Haley and BJ McLeod are out of the race; joining Ryan Newman in the garage.

Kyle Larson wins stage two to earn playoff point number 54.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Larson
Denny Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
William Byron
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Christopher Bell
Tyler Reddick
Kyle Busch

Drivers come down pit road for service but some drivers stayed out on the track.

Tyler Reddick has to make a second trip down pit road for a lug nut issue.

Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, and Joey Logano have clinched spots in the next round of the playoffs based on points earned.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with 241 laps remaining in the race.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, Christopher Bell, and Aric Almirola.

Lap 264, Ryan Blaney passes Kevin Harvick to take the lead.

Ryan Blaney barely misses hitting the wall when he gets caught up in some debris.

Lap 270, Ryan Blaney has a third of a second lead on Kevin Harvick; Christopher Bell, Denny Hamlin, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 277, Ryan Blaney has a near half second lead on Kevin Harvick with 27 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 282, Ryan Blaney has a third of a second lead on Kevin Harvick with Christopher Bell over a second back in third place.

Lap 295, Kevin Harvick has closed the gap on Ryan Blaney. Harvick and Blaney battle for the lead among lapped traffic; so far Blaney holds Harvick off.

Lap 303, Ryan Blaney passes Michael McDowell to put him a lap down.

Lap 307, Kevin Harvick catches leader Ryan Blaney and takes the lead.

Lap 310, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson, and Denny Hamlin.

There are 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 317, Kyle Larson passes Christopher Bell for third place; Denny Hamlin is in fifth.

Lap 325, Kevin Harvick leads the race with Kyle Larson in second; Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 332, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson battle for the lead.

Lap 337, Kyle Larson passes Kevin Harvick for the lead. Harvick was trapped behind lapped driver David Star.

Lap 339, Kurt Busch fights to stay on the lead lap.

Anthony Alfredo is off the track.

Lap 344, Kyle Larson finally puts Kurt Busch a lap down.

Lap 347, Kyle Larson leads the race with Kevin Harvick in second; Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 351, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a one second lead on Kevin Harvick.

Leader Kyle Larson has put playoff drivers Kurt Busch, Tyler Reddick, and Michael McDowell one lap down.

Lap 363, there are 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 364, Quin Houff brings out the caution flag with a blown tire. Houff nearly hits Ricky Stenhouse Jr who was trying to come down pit road.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Kyle Larson winning the race off of pit road. Christopher Bell had a slow pit stop after he missed the pit stall and had to back up to get into his pit stall.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restar from the outside lane on lap 371 and jumps out in front for the lead.

The top five are Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney.

Lap 372, Denny Hamlin is on Kyle Larson’s bumper. Drivers are battling all through the field for position.

With 123 laps remaining in the race William Byron, Tyler Reddick, Kurt Busch, and Michael McDowell are all below the cut line for elimination from the playoffs.

Lap 388, Quin Houff brings out the seventh caution flag of the race when he gets into the wall with a flat tire.

Tyler Reddick is the “lucky dog” and is back on the lead lap.

Some of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service but leader Kyle Larson is among the drivers who stay out on th track.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 397 and holds on to the lead with Denny Hamlin in second.

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

Denny Hamlin battles Kyle Larson for the lead. Some on track contact, Denny Hamlin cuts a tire and hits the wall bringing out the caution flag with 100 laps to go.

Kurt Busch is the “lucky dog” and is back on the lead lap.

There is a little damage to Kyle Larson’s car but he elects to stay out on the track. Denny Hamlin has to come down pit road for fresh tires and a little repair.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restarts from the outside lane with 93 laps remaining in the race.

Lap 413, Chase Elliott finally takes the lead from Kyle Larson.

Lap 415, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a half second lead on Kyle Larson; Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and William Byron round out the top five.

With 77 laps remaining in the race, there are 22 cars on the lead lap with Chase Elliott leading the race.

Quin Houff and Anthony Alfredo are out of the race.

Lap 435, Chase Elliott has a lead of nearly half a second on Kevin Harvick; Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 441, Kevin Harvick catches up to lead Chase Elliott and challenges for the lead

Lap 454, Kevin Harvick continues to try and battle leader Chase Elliott for the lead with Elliott holding him off so far.

Lap 455, Kyle Busch has a flat tire and has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road to change tires. Busch is tow laps down. Busch’s flat tire has dropped him to just two points above the cut line.

Lap 465, Kyle Busch gets one of his laps back.

Lap 467, leader Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick make contact. Chase Elliott has a flat tire and has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road. Kevin Harvick is the new leader.

Chase Elliott returns to the track three laps down.

Lap 473, when Chase Elliott passes leader Kevin Harvick to get one of his laps back, he makes contact with Harvick to show his displeasure.

Lap 474, Christopher Bell has a flat tire and has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road. He returns to the track laps down.

Lap 479, Kevin Harvick has a half second lead on Kyle Larson with 19 cars on the lead lap.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, William Byron, Ryan Blaney, and Alex Bowman.

Fourteen laps remain in the race, Kevin Harvick has a half second lead on Kyle Larson.

Back in the field, Aric Almirola is in a battle to get above the cut line; he is currently two points below the cut line.

Nine to go, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to over half a second on Kyle Larson. Last season, Harvick led with the most race wins; this season he has yet to win a race.

With six laps to go, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson battle for the lead with lapped traffic in front of htem.

Lap 497, Kyle Larson puts a slide job on Kevin Harvick to take the lead.

Kyle Larson takes the white flag.

Kyle Larson wins the race for his sixth win of the season.

Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott play bumper cars on pit road to express their feelings over on track events. Out of their cars, the two drivers have an aggressive discussion. Kevin Harvick throws his gloves.

Tyler Reddick, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, and Michael McDowell have been eliminated from the playoffs.

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



Overtime, Crash at Finish Line for Xfinity Series at Bristol

Race two of the triple header at Bristol Motor Speedway is the final race of the regular season for the Xfinity Series with the Food City 300.

JR Motorsports team mates Noah Gragson and Justin Allgaier sit on the front row with Gragson as the pole istter. Fellow JR Motorsports driver Michael Annett has re-injured his surgically repaired leg and is out of the race. Josh Berry is climbing behind the steering wheel of the number one JR Motorsports car.

Currently AJ Allmendinger leads the points race with 993; Xfinity Series reigning champion Austin Cindric is just five points behind with 988 points. However, when it comes to race wins, Cindric leads the way with five; Allmendinger has three wins this season. Only three spots are open to fill out the 12 drivers in the playoffs.

The starting lineup for the Food City 300:
Noah Gragson
Justin Allgaier
Ty Gibbs
Daniel Hemric
Justin Haley
Harrison Burton
Jeb Burton
Riley Herbst
Austin Cindric
AJ Allmendinger
Brandon Brown
Ryan Sieg
Jeremy Clements
Alex Labbe
Josh Berry – moved to the back of the field for a driver change
Brandon Jones
Myatt Snider
Josh Williams
Kyle Weatherman
Brett Moffitt
Brandon Gdovic
Sam Mayer
Tommy Joe Martins
David Starr
Jesse Little
Matt Mills
Stefan Parsons
Ryan Vargas
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Jade Buford
Ty Dillon
Sage Karam
Spencer Boyd
Carson Ware
Landon Cassill
Joe Graf Jr
BJ McLeod
Chad Finchum
Gray Gaulding
Bayley Currey

Stages one and two are 85 laps each with stage three lasting 130 laps. NASCAR has called for a competition caution around lap 40.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and gets out in front for the lead with Daniel Hemric in second.

Noah Gragson leads lap one.

Lap three, the top five are Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier, Harrison Burton, and Ty Gibbs.

Lap five, Daniel Hemric passes Noah Gragson for the lead.

Lap seven, Daniel Hemric has a lead of nearly half a second on Noah Gragson; Justin Allgaier, Ty Gibbs, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Jeffrey Earnhardt makes an unscheduled trip down pit road for a flat tire.

Brett Moffitt brings out the first caution flag of the race on lap 10 after getting into the wall hard.

After starting the race from the back of the field, Josh Berry has moved up 13 spots to 27th on lap 10.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 17 and jumps out in front for the lead with Justin Allgaier in second.

The top five are Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, and Ty Gibbs.

Brett Moffitt is out of the race.

Lap 22, Daniel Hemric has a lead of nearly a second on Justin Allgaier; Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Lap 29, Josh Berry has entered the top 20.

Lap 31, Daniel Hemric has a third of a second lead on Justin Allgaier; Justin Haley, Austin Cindric, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap 3, leader Daniel Hemric encountered slower traffic and begins lapping cars. There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 36, Justin Allgaier takes advantage of the slower traffic and passes Daniel Hemric for the lead.

Lap 39, Justin Allgaier leads the race with Justin Haley in second; Daniel Hemric, Austin Cindric, and Noah Gragson round out the top five. AJ Allmendinger is in the top 10 in ninth.

NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution on lap 41.

Few drivers take advantage of the caution and come down pit road.

Leader Justin Allgaier has some debris on his grille but was unable to get the debris off by coming up on the bumper of the pace car.

There is a gas can on the track that is spilling fuel on the track from Spencer Boyd’s car. He will have to restart the race from the back of the field foe leaving pit road with equipment.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 52 and jumps out in front for the lead with Daniel Hemric right behind him.

L ap 53, the top fivea re Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, AJ Allmendinger. Josh Berry is in 15th.

Lap 55, Sam Mayer started the race in 22nd, he is now in sixth place.

Lap 56, Justin Allgaier leads the race with Daniel Hemric on his bumper; Noagh Gragson and Justin Haley battle for third.

Lap 59, Sam Mayer takes fifth from AJ Allmendinger.

Lap 62, there are 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 64, Justin Allgaier has a lead of nearly half a second on Daniel Hemric; Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

Lap 77, Justin Allgaier leads the race with Daniel Hemric in second; Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

Josh Berry’s number one car is smoking. NASCAR has black flagged the driver and he will have to come down pit road.

With two laps remaining in stage one, there are 24 cars on the lead lap with Justin Allgaier leading the race.

Justin Allgaier wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Justin Allgaier
Daniel Hemric
Noah Gragson
Justin Haley
Sam Mayer
AJ Allmendinger
Austin Cindric
Brandon Jones
Ty Gibbs
Harrison Burton

Drivers come down pit road for service with Justin Allgaier winning the race off of pit road.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 94 and gets out in front for the lead with Daniel Hemric in second.

Lap 95, the top fiver are Justin Allgiaer, Daniel Hemric, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, and AJ Allmendinger.

Drivers are getting three and four wide across the track.

Josh Berry, Bayley Currey, and Landion Cassill are off the track.


Lap 100, Justin Allgaier has the lead with Daniel Hemric just two tenths of a second back; Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Ty Gibbs and Austin Cindric battle for sixth.

The caution flag comes out on lap 103 after Tommy Joe Martins spins out.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 109 from the outside lane and has an issue on the restart, letting Daniel Hemric out in front.

Matt Mills brings out the fifth caution flag of the race when he gets stopped on the track on lap 111. Mills reports that he has no control of the car. Matt Mills showed his frustration at Spencer Boyd.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 117 and gets out in front for the lead with Justin Allgaier in seocnd.

The top five are Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, Austin Cindric, and Justin Haley.

Ryan Vargas is off the track.

Matt Mills is the second driver out of the race.

There are 27 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 123, Daniel Hemric has a lead of nearly half a second on Justin Allgaier; Noah Gragson, Austin Cindric, and Justin Haley round out the top five with AJ Allmendinger in sixth.

Bayley Currey is out of the race.

Lap 128, Daniel Hemric has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Justin Allgaier. Hemric has finished in second place nine times but has yet to claim a checkered flag. He has led 1,000 laps so far.

Lap 134, leader Daniel Hemric is approaching slower traffic.

Lap 136, Justin Allgaier takes advantage of Jade Buford trapping leader Daniel Hemric to take the lead.

Lap 141, Justin Allgaier leads the race with Daniel Hemric in second; Noah Gragson, Austin Cindric, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five with 24 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 147, leader Justin Allgaier has encountered a lot of slower traffic and must carfullly negotiate around them to keep the lead.

Leader Justin Allgaier gets loose after some on track contact with Joe Graf Jr but saves the car. The caution flag comes out on lap 154.

Daniel Hemric takes the lead with Noah Gragson in second. Justin Allgaier falls back to third.

Some drivers come down pit road for service.

Harrison Burton reports that his car is “terrible”.

Sam Mayer says that his car is tight. Jeremy Clements makes contact with the tire carrier for Sam Mayer. The tire carrier is ok.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 162 with Justin Allgaier in second; Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

After drifting on the track, Justin Allgaier stays out on the track and does not come down pit road for fresh tires.

Four laps remain in stage two, Daniel Hemric holds on to the lead with Justin Allgaier in second.

Daniel Hemric wins stage two for his seventh stage win of the season.

The top q0 at the end of stage two:
Daniel Hemric
Justin Allgaier
Noah Gragson
Justin Haley
Austin Cindric
AJ Allmendinger
Ty Gibbs
Brandon Jones
Ryan Sieg
Jeb Burton

Drivers who did not make a pit stop during the last caution flag, come down pit road for service. Harrison Burton wins the race off of pit road; Justin Allgaier comes out in third with Daniel Hemric out fifth.

Noah Gragson and Justin Allgaier were caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

After staying out on the track, Jeb Burton brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the outside lane with Riley Herbst alongside. Burton gets out in front for the lead with Samy Mayer in second

Lap 182, Sam Mayer passes Jeb Burton for the lead; Riley Herbst, Brandon Brown, and Jeremy Clements round out the top five. Daniel Hemric is in sixth place with 23 cars on the lead lap.

Josh Berry returns to the track 91 laps down.

Sam Mayer is the third JR Motorsports car to lead the race tonight.

Lap 190, Noah Gragson and Justin Allgaier have entered the top 20 after restarting the race from the back of the field.

Sam Mayer has a lead of over a second on Jeb Burton; Riley Herbst, Daniel Hemric, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Lap 197, After getting caught speeding on pit road, Justin Allgaier has moved up to 16th.

Carson Ware brings out the eighth caution flag of the race on lap 199 with a flat tire.

Riley Herbst is reporting some possible transmission issues.

Sam Mayer brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with 96 laps remaining in the race. Mayer gets past Jeb Burton for the lead. Jeb Burton and Daniel Hemric battle for second. Hemric gets loose and Austin Cindric takes second.

Lap 208, Sam Mayer leads the race with Austin Cindric in second; Daniel Hemric, Jeb Burton, and Riely Herbst round out the top five. Justin Allgaier and Noah Gragson are 14th and 15th.

Lap 214, Sam Mayer has a lead of over half a second on Austin Cindric; Daniel Hemric, Riley Herbst, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five. Justin Allgaier is just outside the top 10 in 12th place.

Lap 224, Same Mayer leads the race but Austin Cindric is coming up for the challenge for the lead. Justin Allgaier has enetered the top 10 in eighth place.

Lap 229, the top five are Sam Mayer, Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric, Riley Herbst, and AJ Allmendinger.

Lap 230, Austin Cindric battles Sam Mayer for the lead and takes the top spot.

There are 22 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 233, the top five are Austin Cindric, Sam Mayer, Daniel Hemric, Riley Herbst, and AJ Allmendinger. Justin Allgaier is in sixth place.

Lap 236, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a one second lead on Sam Mayer.

The ninth caution flag comes out on lap 238 when David Starr and Tommy Joe Martins make contact and spin out. Starr reports that he can’t get the car to turn.

Several drivers come down pit road for fresh tries including the leaders.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 248 with Riley Herbst alongside. Cindric jumps out in front for the lead with Sam Mayer in second and Justin Allgaier in third.

Justin Allgaier battles with team mate Sam Mayer for second.

Noah Gragson gets loose but saves the car and the track stays green.

Lap 251, the top five are Austin Cindric, Sam Mayer, Justin Allgaier, Brandon ones, and AJ Allmendinger.

With 46 laps remaining in the race, Austin Cindric has a lead of over a second and a half on Sam Mayer.

Jeb Burton has a flat tire after making contact with Myatt Snider.

Ryan Sieg comes down the track in front of the leaders.

Jeb Burton makes his way down pit road.

There are 39 laps remaining in th race, Austin Cindric has a second and a half lead on Sam Mayer; Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger, and Daniel emric round out the top five.

With 34 laps to go, thre are 21 cars on the lead lap.

NASCAR has black flagged Ryan Sieg and he will have to come down pit road.

Lap 269, Austin Cindric is mired in traffic; Sam Mayer has closed the gap on Cindric to under half a second with Justin Allgaier on Mayer’s bumper.

There are 18 cars on the lead lap.

Twenty five to go, Sam Mayer battles with Austin Cindric for the lead but Cindric holds on to the lead.

With 22 laps to go, Justin Allgaier challenges Sam Mayer for second.

Leader Austin Cindric has pulled out to a one second lead as Sam Mayer and Justin Allgaier battle for second place.

There are only 16 cars on the lead lap.

Ten to go, Austin Cindric has once again caught up to lapped traffic.

Nine to go, Austin Cindric has a lead of over a second on Sam Mayer, Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Just six laps remain in the race, Austin Cindric has a one second lead on Sam Mayer with 13 cars on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out with just four laps remaining in the race when Sam Mayer and Justin Allgaier make contact and spins out Mayer making contact with Josh Williams.

The race goes into overtime.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag overtime shootout from the outside lane with AJ Allmendinger alongside on the inside lane. Cindric edges out for the lead but AJ Allmendinger comes up for a battle, Justin Allagier makes it a three wide battle.

AJ Allmendinger edges out for the win in a battle for the lead that sent him sideways across the finish line. Allmendinger has to go to the infield care center before he can go to victory lane.

AJ Allmendinger is also the regular season champion for the Xfinity Series.

Second place driver Austin Cindric said that it was just racing. He noted that he hated wrecking but added that the fans love it. He was booed and cheered within a few moments of each other.

The 2021 playoff drivers are Austin Cindric, AJ Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley Daniel Hemric, Jeb Burton, Harrison Burton, Myatt Snider, Brandon Jones, Riley Herbst, and Jeremy Clements.

Austin Cindric is listed as the number seed simply becaause he has five wins to Allmendinger’s four. Both drivers ahd the same number of points at 2044.

AJ Allmendinger noted that it was crazy at the end; that it’s Bristol baby and that’s what it’s all about. He called it a dream come true. Race winners at Bristol get a sword. Noting that he is almost 40, Allmendinger said that he is driving every lap like it’s his last one because he doesn’t know when it will end.

The unofficial results of the Food City 300:
AJ Allmendinger
Austin Cindric
Riley Herbst
Justin Allgaier
Brandon Jones
Justin Haley
Harrison Burton
Myatt Snider
Sam Mayer
Daniel Hemric
Ty Gibbs
Noah Gragson
Jeremy Clements
Brandon Brown
Ty Dillon
Sage Karam
Joe Graf Jr
Gray Gaulding
Alex Labbe
Josh Williams
Brandon Gdovic
Stefan Parsons
Tommy Joe Martins
Jeb Burton
Jeffrey Earnhardt
BJ McLeod
Jade Buford
Jesse Little
Kyle Weatherman
David Starr
Spencer Boyd
Carson Ware
Chad Finchum
Ryan Sieg
Josh Berry
Matt Mills
Ryan Vargas
Bayley Currey
Landon Cassill
Brett Moffitt

Red Flags, First Win in Cut-Off Race for Trucks at Bristol

The Camping World Truck Series kicks off a triple header of night racing at Bristol Motor Speedway on a cut off weekend for all three series. For the Camping World Truck Series it is the final race of round one of the playoffs. By the end of the race, two of the top 10 playoff drivers will be eliminated from the list of playff drivers.

After winning both of the first two playoff drivers, Sheldon Creed has guaranteed his spot in the next round of the playoffs and will sit on the pole for the UNOH 200.

Staring alongside on the front row, John Hunter Nemechek has also secured his spot in the next round of the playoffs after winning the regular season championship with five wins and accruing 50 playoff points.

The starting lineup for the UNOH 200:
Sheldon Creed
John Hunter Nemechek
Todd Gilliland
Matt Crafton
Stewart Frieson
Grant Enfinger
Chandler Smith
Carson Hocevar
Zane Smith
Austin Hill
Ben Rhodes
Drew Dollar
Johnny Sauter
Parker Kligerman
Derek Kraus
Austin Wayne Self
Josh Berry
Tyler Ankrum
Chase Purdy
Colby Howard
Tanner Gray
Danny Bohn
Hailie Deegan
Kris Wright
Lawless Alan
Ryan Truex
Spencer Boyd
Josh Reaume
Dawson Cram
Doug Coby
Tate Fogleman
Timmy Hill
Howie Disavino III
Clay Greenfield
Taylor Gray
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Cory Roper
CJ McLaughlin
Sam Mayer
Ray Ciccarelli

Stages one and two of the race are 55 laps each with stage three lasting 90 laps for a total of 200 laps around the half mile track.

Kurt Busch joins Vince Welch and Michael Waltrip in the FOX Sports Broadcast booth for tonight’s race. Busch is a six time Bristol winner.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and jumps out in front for the lead with John Hunter Nemechek on his bumper.

Sheldon Creed leads lap one.

Lap three, Sheldon Creed leads the race with John Hunter Nemechek in second.

The caution flag comes out on lap four when Sam Mayer spins out after some on track contact. Howie Disavino III and Josh Reaume were also involved in the wreck.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 14. Creed jumps out in front for the lead with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Grant Enfinger, Matt Crafton, and Carson Hocevar round out the top five.

Drivers are getting three wide in a battle for position. John Hunter Nemechek drops to eighth and is still falling in the field after making contact with Grant Enfinger.

Lap 19, Sheldon Creed has a one second lead on Matt Crafton; Grant Enfinger, Carson Hocevar, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Lap 22, Sheldon Creed continues to extend his lead.

The caution flag come out on lap 23 when Tanner Gray gets into the wall.

Tanner Gray’s truck is on the tow truck and out of the race.

Ray Ciccarelli, Tate Fogleman, and Josh Reaume are all several laps down.

The drivers have run only 28 laps are have noted that the track has lots of trash and debris on it.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 33 with Matt Crafton on the inside lane. Sheldon Creed jumps out in frotn for thel ead with Carson Hocevar taking second.

Lap 34, Matt Crafton and Carson Hocevar battle for second with Crafton taking the spot.

Lap 35, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Matt Crafton, Austin Hill, Grant Enfinger, and Zane Smith. John Hunter Nemechek has moved up to seventh.

Lap 38 Sheldon Creed has already pulled out to a two second lead on Matt Crafton.

The number 18 truck of Chandler Smith is smoking in the corners with a possible tire rub.

Lap 43, Sheldon Creed now has a lead of over thee and a half seconds on Matt Crafton.; Austin Hill, Zane Smith, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

With nine laps remaining in stage one, leader Sheldon Creed has begun lapping slower traffic. There are 30 trucks on the lead lap.

The third caution flag of the race comes out with just six laps remaining in stage one when Spencer Boyd gets into the wall.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for a one lap shootout to the end of stage one. Creed gets out in front for the lead with Austin Hill taking second.

Sheldon Creed wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Sheldon Creed
Austin Hill
Matt Crafton
Zane Smith
Grant Enfinger
Carson Hocevar

Stewart Friesen
Todd Gilliland
Tyler Ankrum

Johnny Sauter

A few drivers come down pit road for service. With a fuel load of 120 to 130 laps, the drivers can complete the race on just one pit stop.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the outside lane on lap 67 with Matt Crafton alongside. Creed jumps out in front for the lead.

Lap 68, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Austin Hill, Matt Crafton, Zane Smith, and Stewart Friesen.

Drew Dollar brings out the caution flag on lap 71 when he spins out. With nowhere to go, Drew Dollar, Dawson Cram, Lawless Alan, Danny Bohn,Colby Howard, Cory Roper, Howie Disavino III, and Tate Fogleman were also involved in the wreck.

Lap 72, NASCAR has displayed the red flag in order to get the track cleaned up.

Austin Hill is reporting that his brakes are a little hot.

Dominating the race, Sheldon Creed reports that his truck is free.

John Hunter Nemechek is reporting that he is having some fire issues in the truck.

After a delay of around six minutes, NASCAR displays the yellow flag and the drivers get moving again.

Carson Hocevar reports a very tight condition and that his truck is not handling.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 80 with Matt Crafton alongside. Creed gets out in front for the lead with Austin Hill on his bumper.

The top five are Sheldon Creed, Austin Hill, Tyler Ankrum, Chandler Smith, and Matt Crafton.

Lap 82, Sheldon Creed has a half second lead on Austin Hill. Zane Smith takes fifth place.

Lap 85, Sheldon Creed now has a lead of over a second on Austin Hill.

Lap 88, Sheldon Creed pulls out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Austin Hill; Tyler Ankrum, Chandler Smith, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Lap 100, only 10 laps remain in stage two, Sheldon Creed has led every lap so far as he dominates the race. After winning the first two races in the first round of the playoffs, Creed is looking to sweep round one.

Lap 105, Sheldon Creed has a lead of over three seconds on Tyler Ankrum; Austin Hill, Zane Smith, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

Thee are 22 trucks on the lead lap.

With two laps remaining in stage two, Sheldon Creed’s lead is under two seconds after encountering slower traffic.

Sheldon Creed wins stage two for the stage sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Sheldon Creed
Tyler Ankrum
Austin Hill
Zane Smith
Chandler Smith
John Hunter Nemechek
Stewart Friesen
Grant Enfinger
Parker Kligerman
Matt Crafton

Drivers come down pit road for service. Sheldon Creed wins the race off of pit road with Tyler Ankrum out second.

Carson Hocevar stayed out on the track.

Austin Hill was caught speeding on pit road.

Zane Smith’s crew was charged with throwing equipment in the pits when his gas man threw the gas can over pit wall.

Carson Hocevar brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the inside lane with Sheldon Creed alongside on the outside on lap 121. Sheldon Creed takes the lead.

Lap 122, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Carson Hocevar, Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, and John Hunter Nemechek.

John Hunter Nemechek takes fourth.

Tyler Ankrum is on pit road after getting into the wall.

Clay Greenfield brings out the caution flag on lap 129 after spinning out. Parker Kligerman also spins out after some on track contact.

Tyler Ankrum’s crew pushes the truck to the garage.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with 64 laps remaining in the race and jumps out in front for the lead with Carson Hocevar in second; John Hunter Nemechek, Grant Enfinger, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Lap 151, Sheldon Creed has a lead of over a second on Carson Hocevar; John Hunter Nemechek, Grant Enfinger, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Fifty to go, Sheldon Creed has a lead of over a second on Carson Hocevar; John Hunter Nemechek, Grant Enfinger, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 154 when , Chase Purdy, and Taylor Gray, Jennifer Jo Cobb, and Zane Smith make contact.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with Carson Hocevar alongside on lap 163. Creed edges out Hocevar with John Hunter Nemechek getting into second; Carson Hocevar, Johnny Sauter, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Matt Crafton has secured himself a spot in the next round of the playoffs via points.

Lap 168, Sheldon Creed has a half second lead on John Hunter Nemechek; Johnny Sauter, Carson Hocevar, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

Despite being in the top five, Chandler Smith remains below the cut line and is facing elimination in the playoffs.

Parker Kligerman brings out the caution flag with 29 laps to go with a flt tire.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with just 23 laps remaining in the race. Creed edges out John Hunter Nemechek for the lead, but Nemechek comes back to battle for the lead. Sheldon Creed holds off Nemechek.

Austin Wayne Self brings out the caution flag after spinning out.

Stewart Friesen has locke

One more time, Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with just 15 laps remaining in the race. Creed gets out in front of Chandler Smith for the lead.

The top five are Sheldon Creed, Chandler Smith, John Hunter Nemechek, Johnny Sauter, and Carson Hocevar.

Austin Hill and Austin Wayne Self make contact and bring out the caution flag with eleven laps remaining in the race. Hailie Deegan, Lawlwess Alan, Derek Kraus, Austin Wayne Self, and Josh Berry were also involved in the wreck. Hill is out of the race and out of the playoffs. Austin Hill hit the wall before hitting Hailie Deegan.

NASCAR has once again displayed the red flag to get the track cleaned up.

After a red flag of around 10 minutes, NASCAR displays the yellow flag and the trucks get moving once again.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with just five laps remaining in the race. Creed goes side by side with Chandler Smith before John Hunter Nemechek makes it three wide and takes the lead.

Sheldon Creed has a flat tire.

With two laps remaining in the race, Chandler Smith takes the lead.

Chandler Smith takes the white flag and wins the race for his first career race win and a spot in the next round of the playoffs after coming into the race below the cut line.

Todd Gilliland and Austin Hill are the two drivers eliminated from the playoffs.

The unofficial results of the UNOH 200:
Chandler Smith
Grant Enfinger
John Hunter Nemechek
Stewart Friesen
Johnny Sauter
Carson Hocevar
Matt Crafton
Zane Smith
Ben Rhodes
Todd Gilliland
Josh Berry
Doug Coby
Derek Kraus

Austin Wayne Self
Colby Howard
Ryan Truex
Timmy Hill
Lawless Alan
Sheldon Creed
Cory Roper
Parker Kligerman
Sam Mayer
Clay Greenfield
Austin Hill
Hailie Deegan
CJ McLaughlin
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Howie Disavino III
Taylor Gray
Chase Purdy
Spencer Boyd
Tyler Ankrum
Danny Bohn
Drew Dollar
Dawson Cram
Kris Wright
Tate Fogleman
Tanner Gray
Ray Ciccarelli
Josh Reaume

MLB Announces Roberto Clemente Award Nominees

As a part of the Super Bowl festivities, the NFL honours one player with the Walter Payton Award each year. The award isn’t for what the player did on the field of play but what he does outside the football field.

In Major League Baseball, the award is named after Roberto Clemente. The Puerto Rican born players was killed in a plane crash trying to deliver relief supplies to an earthquake hit Nicaragua in 1972.

Each of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball nominates the player who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

The Hall of Fame Clemente was the first Latin player to reach 3,000 hits between his 1955 debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates and his death in 1972.

Fans may also cast their votes for the player they feel best exemplifies what Clemente brought to baseball at

https://www.mlb.com/forms/roberto-clemente-award.

The 2021 Roberto Clemente Award nominees are:
David Peralta from the Arizona Diamondbacks
Will Smith from the Atlanta Braves
Trey Mancini from the Baltimore Orioles
Nathan Eovaldi from the Boston Red Sox
Jason Heyward from the Chicago Clubs
Liam Hendriks from the Chicago White Sox
Joey Votto from the Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Civale from the Cleveland Indians
Ian Desmond from the Colorado Rockies
Miguel Cabrera from the Detroit Tigers
Alex Bregman from the Houston Astros
Salvador Perez from the Kansas City Royals
Mike Trout from the Los Angeles Angels
Justin Turner from the Los Angeles Dodgers
Miguel Rojas from the Miami Marlins
Brent Suter from the Milwaukee Brewers
Nelson Cruz from the Minnesota Twins
Pete Alonso from the New York Mets
Kyle Higashioka from the New York Yankees
Tony Kemp from the Oakland Athletics
Alec Bohm from the Philadelphia Phillies
Jacob Stallings from the Pittsburgh Pirates
Joe Musgrove from the San Diego Padres
Brandon Crawford from the San Francisco Giants
Kyle Seager from the Seattle Mariners
Paul Goldschmidt from the St. Louis Cardinals
Ryan Yarrough from the Tampa Bay Rays
Jose Trevino from the Texas Rangers
Bo Bichette from the Toronto Blue Jays
Max Scherzer from the Washington Nationals – Scherzer was recently traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers but his nomination comes from his old team the Nationals.

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Sir Elton Postpones Tour Dates

The “Yellow Brick Road” has just gotten a little longer.

Sir Elton John has had to postpone dates on his Farewell “Yellow Brick Road” tour.

The 74 year old rocker has announced that the European portion of the tour is being put off until 2023 after a fall last summer is requiring him to have hip surgery.

Sir Elton issued a statement on the upcoming events saying, “despite intensive physio and specialist treatment, the pain has continued to get worse and is leading to increasing difficulties moving. I have been advised to have an operation as soon as possible to get me back to full fitness and make sure there are no long-term complications.” He added, “it is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I am forced to reschedule the 2021 dates of my Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in Europe and the UK to 2023.”

Sir Elton promises his fans that, “the shows will return to the road next year and I will make sure they are more than worth the wait.”

His final appearance this year will be on September 25 at his Global Citizen charity event.


Currently Sir Elton is planning on keeping his US tour dates set to begin at New Orleans in January 2022.

The Strong Announces Toy Hall of Fame Finalists

On September 15, The Strong and the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York revealed the 12 finalists up for induction into the Hall of Fame for 2021.

Finalists for the Hall of Fame are selected on their longevity, impact on culture, and iconic status. As seen in the past, finalists may be traditional toys or something as old as the cardboard box, a stick, or this year’s nominee sand.

The finalists for 2021 are:
American Girl Dolls
Battleship
billiards
Cabbage Patch Kids
Fisher-Price Corn Popper
Mahjong
Masters of the Universe
the piñata
Risk
sand
The Settlers of Catan
toy fire engine

Whether it be a bucket of sand, a board game, or a doll that had parents fighting over them in the stores, the 12 finalists have a far reaching impact on generations of children. And not all of the finalists are just for kids as seen with games like Risk and billiards.

The 12 finalists were selected from thousands of nominees received from across the country…and the world.

While a panel of experts will make the final decisions, the general public may also have a say in the outcome of the inductees. From now til September 22, toy fans may cast their votes at toyhalloffame.org. The top three toys will be added to the top three toys selected by the expert panel for the final decision of inductees. The fan votes will count as one vote in the final decision.

The new class of inductees will be revealed at The Strong on November 4.

The newest class of Hall of Famers will join the previously announced 74 inductees.

The National Toy Hall of Fame is located on the second floor of The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York.


Meet the 2021 National Toy Hall of Fame finalists:

American Girl Dolls were created in 1986. They were designed to show off America’s social and cultural heritage. Each doll has her own narrative.


Battleship began with pencil and paper. It later grew into the plastic box strategy game where players try to discover the location of their opponents pieces. Today numerous versions of the game are available from the traditional box format to computerized versions.

Billiards covers a variety of games that require a stick and a cue ball. Stemming from the lawn game of croquet as far back as the 14th century, billiards has been a part of society for hundreds of years. While the old time “pool hall” is a dying breed, the game remains very popular as a pass time…and a way of teaching physics.

When the Cabbage Patch Kids first hit the market, they were the IT toy of the year. Parents would swarm stores to get their hands on the dolls. Their plastic heads and hands with soft bodies gave children a cuddly playmate or snuggle buddy. The dolls later spawned books and and television programs. What set the Cabbage Patch dolls apart from the typical baby doll was that each came with its own name and adoption papers.

The Fisher-Price Corn Popper has been a part of toddlers playtime and even learning to walk for over 50 years. The bright colours and popping sounds also delighted the children.

Mahjong is an ancient game from China that originated from a gambling game of cards. The Asian game made it way to the United States in the 1920’s and has grown to a popular computer game that anyone can play.

The Masters of the Universe action figures stemmed from the original comic book series. The rubbery figures have launched themselves into a universe all their own with television programs, films, and a plethora of merchandise items from toothbrushes to sleepwear.

More than a toy, the pinata has long been a part of parties where players are blindfolded and try to knock the stuffed pinata open to release the goodies within. The pinata has long been considered a part of Mexican culture but evidence shows that the party game may have originally come from 13th century China.

A strategy board game, Risk originated in France as Le Conquete du Monde. Players have military figures and try to conquer their opponents to rule the world.

A part of the earth since the world began, sand has been the object of many a little girls mud pies, sandcastles on the beach, and the subject medium for many a budding sculptures.

The Settlers of Catan – Catan – originated in Germany before sweeping across Europe. The board game pits players against each other to build settlements via rolls of the dice; as well as, trading with opponents for needed goods.

The toy fire engine has been a staple for many a little boys toy box for generations. The brightly coloured trucks have been constructed out of wood, metal, and plastic. Some are simple trucks; while others are elaborate affairs with flashing lights, sound, and moving parts. The toys urge role play and spark many an imagination..

Photo Credits: Courtesy of The Strong®, Rochester, New York

NASCAR Releases 2022 Cup Series Schedule

Just one day after announcing that the annual Clash that begins the NASCAR Cup Series racing season has been moved to Los Angeles and the L.A. Coliseum, NASCAR announces the Cup Series schedule for the 2022 season.

Other changes include the addition of World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway and Homestead-Miami returns as one of the playoff races.

Gateway has been a part of the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series in the past but will make it Cup Series debut next June. With the addition of Gateway, Pocono will lose one of its races.


Despite weather issues, the dirt track race at Bristol was a hit with both fans and drivers in 2021 and will return for 2022; this time under the lights on Easter Sunday. Circuit of the Americas, Nashville Superspeedway, Road America, and the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will also be back for another season. After missing a couple of year due to Covid issues, Auto Club Speedway in Fontana returns to the schedule as a part of the early season west coast swing.

The inaugural race on the road course at Indy brought quite a controversy among fans and drivers when multiple cars were destroyed due to a curb issue. However, the road course returns to the schedule. NASCAR senior vice president of strategy and innovation spoke on the decision saying, “I think the reason behind that is just, the racing product that we saw on the road course, I think fans liked it quite a bit. “I think a few things to work through, and we’ve been working hand in hand with (IMS track president) Doug Boles and the entire team ever since that event, but I think as we look towards the future, it’d be great to get back to the oval. Obviously, a ton of history and prestige around running on the oval and the Brickyard 400, so looking forward to seeing us back there sometime in the future.”

A number of the tracks in the final 10 races of the season will be playing musical dates as they which around to host different playoff races.

Ben Kennedy spoke on the changes saying, “I think we have a really strong playoff slate right now. That said, we want to keep it fresh, we want to keep it new, we want to keep it exciting, and I think with a lot of the great tracks that we have online, a lot of great tracks that we already have in our schedule, I think we’ve got a bunch of options to play with in the future. So excited about some of the changes we’ll see in ’22. I think, that said, as I think about ’23 and beyond, I think the opportunity for us to rotate some of those playoff venues will be there, something that we’ll definitely take a look at.”

The annual All Star race returns to Texas Motor Speedway again next year; making it only the second track after Charlotte Motor Speedway to host the race more than once.

In seasons past, the NASCAR Cup Series did not race on Easter Sunday or Mother’s Day; they will be racing on both of those days but will take off for Father’s Day in 2022 for the only week off during the season.

Daytona International Speedway will start and end the regular season again next year.

The schedules for the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series schedule:
Feb 6 – The Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Feb 17 – Bluegreen Vacations Duels at Daytona International Speedway
Feb 20 – the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway
Feb 27 – NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA
March 6 – Penzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 13 – Ruoff Mortgage 500 at Phoenix Raceway
March 20 – Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
March 27 – EchoPark Automotive Texas Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas
April 3 – Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway
April 9 – Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway
April 17 – Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway
April 24 – Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway
May 1 – NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway
May 8 – NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway
May 15 – NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway
May 22 – NASCAR All Star races at Texas Motor Speedway
May 29 – Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 5 – NASCAR Cup Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway
June 12 – Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway
June 26 – Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway
July 3 – NASCAR Cup Series race at Road America
July 10 – Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart at Atlanta Motor Speedway
July 17 – NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire
July 24 – NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway
July 31 – NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Road Course
Aug 7 – FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway
Aug 14 – Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway
Aug 21 – NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International
Aug 27 – Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway
Sept 4 – Southern 500 at Darlington Racway (Playoffs begin)
Sept 11 – Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway
Sept 17 – Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway
Sept 25 – AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway
Oct 2 – YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway
Oct 9 – Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Oct 16 – South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Oct 23 – Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Oct 30 – Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway
Nov 6 – NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway

VMA’s Celebrate 40 Years of MTV

On September 12, 2021 the MTV Video Music Awards returned with live performances and a live audience in New York City.

Celebrating 40 years of MTV and music videos, Madonna opens the show with “and they said it wouldn’t last”.

Justin Bieber gets the night of music started off; followed by Olivia Rodrigo.

Doja Cat hosted the musical gala from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

MTV Legend Jennifer Lopez presents the first award of the night for Song of the Year to Olivia Rodrigo for “Good 4 U”. She dedicated the song to all the girls who write songs on their bedroom floor.

Hailie Bieber takes the stage to introduce Kacey Musgrave who makes her VMA performance debut with “Star Crossed”.

21 Pilots take the stage for a performance of “Saturday”.

Cyndi Lauper noted that she won the first MVA Moon Person (Moon Man Award) back in 1984. She presented the award for the Best Pop Award to Justin Bieber for “Peaches”.

Saint. Jhn performs.

In an outdoor performance from Brooklyn Bridge Park, Ed Sheeran performs his new single “Shivers”.

Broadway star Billy Porter introduced Lil Nas X who performed “Industry Baby” with Jack Harlow and “Montero” in a performance that proved the guys can have suggestive dances too.

Avril Lavigne presents the award for Video for Good to Billie Eilish for “Your Power”.

Sean Mendez debuts “Summer of Love”, but first Camila Cabello takes the stage for a performance of “Don’t Go Yet”.

Latto takes the stage for a performance of “Big Energy”.

Olympic gymnast Simone Biles intorduces host Doja Cat for a high flying performance of “Been Like This” and “You Right”.

MMA star Conor McGregor presents the award for Artist of the Year to Justin Bieber in a category dominated by women. In his acceptance speech, Bieber noted that music was a wonderful outlet for bringing people together.

Chloe of Chloe X Halle gives her first solo performance on the VMA stage with “Give Mercy”.

Wyclef Jean presented the award for Best Hip-Hop went to Travis Scott with Young Thug and MIA for “Franchise”. He told the crowd to spread love and we would be ok.

Normani takes the stage for a performance of “Wild Side”.

Latto returns for a performance of “Muwop”.

Latin music star Ozuma takes the stage for a performance of “La Funka”. The fun Spanish language performance featured “bear” dancers. The giant Moon Person on the stage was temporarily changed to a bear holding a Puerto Rican flag.

The award for Best Collaboration went to Doja Cat and SZA for “Kiss Me More”.

Saint. Jhn returns to perform “Sucks to be You”.

Members of the Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, and 98 Degrees take the stage to present the award for Best K-Pop to BTS for “Butter”. The Korean band sent a video message of thanks…and a shoutout to Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohai Otani.

Billie Eilish presented the MTV Global Icon Award to new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Foo Fighters. The rockers took the stage to perform a medley of songs.

SZA introduces Alicia Keys who is joined by Swae Lee for a performance of her new single “LaLa”. Keys also takes to the piano to perform her signature song “Empire State of Mind”.

The award for Best Alternative went to Machine Gun Kelly with Blackbear for “My Exes Best Friend”.

Latto returns on the Extended Play stage to perform.

Doja Cat presented the fan voted award for Best New Artists to Olivia Rodrigo.

Swizz Beatz introduced Busta Rhymes who gave a medley performance of his music that lasted several minutes.

BTS won the award for Best Group
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, and Sun Sonic won the Best R&B award for “Leave the Door Open”
Lil Nas X won the Best Direction Award for “Montero”
Beyonce, Blue Ivy, Saint Jhn, and Wizkid won the Best Cinematorgraphy Award for “Brown Skin Girl”

Harry Styles won the Best Choreography Award for “Treat People with Kindness”

Rocker David Lee Roth presents the award for Video of the Year to Lil Nas X for “Montero”.

Closing out the night of music was Machine Gun Kelly with Travis Barker in a performance of “Papercuts”.


The Clash Gets New Home for 2022

For over 70 years the NASCAR racing season has begun with Speedweeks at the home of NASCAR, Daytona International Speedway. But when the 2022 season begins in February, The Clash will begin across the country in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Normally run on the two and a half mile high banks of Daytona, the 2022 Clash will be run on a quarter mile oval that circles the football field that has hosted two Olympic games and hundreds of football games in its 98 year history. Currently NASCAR does not have any quarter-mile tracks – the half mile tracks at Bristol and Martinsville are the shortest tracks on the NASCAR circuit.

The new location for the 2022 Clash has been two years in the making.

The February 6 race will also debut the Next Gen car.

The Clash began in 1979 as the Budweiser Shootout. This will mark the first time that the race has benn held outside of Daytona.

NASCAR senior vice president of strategy and innovation Ben Kennedy spoke on the new location for The Clash saying, “we’ve been discussing the Clash for a while, and we’ve had it at the (Daytona) oval for a number of years. We moved it to the road course this year, but really wanted to think outside the box as we thought about the Clash in the future — and seeing that it’s an exhibition event, we looked at a number of different places and locations that we could host it at, and ultimately narrowed it down to the L.A. Coliseum. Kennedy added, “I think the large fan base that we have here in Los Angeles, the largest that we actually have in the nation, paired with exciting racing and being here in the downtown Los Angeles market, I think will be really special.”

This will not be the first time that racing has occurred at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The 77,500 seat stadium has hosted supercross, speedway motorcycle, off-road trucks, rallycross, and X Games events. This will mark the first time a stock car event will be held at the venue.

Construction of the temporary asphalt track will begin on New Year’s Day. Officials have used the iRacing simulator to help in designing the track and obtain feedback from Cup Series drivers who have tested on the virtual track.

In years past, The Clash has included previous winners, Series champions, pole winners, and race winners; however, the format for eligible drivers in the 2022 series will be announced at a later date. Ben Kennedy noted, “ the format will be a little bit different from what we’ve traditionally seen at the Clash at Daytona.”

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NASCAR Issues Richmond Penalties

After the doubleheader races at Richmond Raceway on Sept 11, a total of three teams were fined for lug nut violations.

In the Xfinity Series, after the Go Bowling 250, NASCAR found that the number 20 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Harrison Burton had on lug nut improperly secured. As a result, crew chief Jason Ratcliff was fined $5,000.

After the Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders, two teams were charged with penalties relating to lug nuts.

In the post-race inspection process, NASCAR officials found that the race winning number 19 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Martin Truex Jr had one lug nut improperly secured and has fined crew chief James Small $10,000.

NASCAR officials found two lug nuts improperly secured on the Spire Motorsports number 77 car driven by Justin Haley. NASCAR has fined crew chief Kevin Bellicourt $20,000 and has suspended him from the next points race which is at Bristol Speedway on Saturday night.


Dodger Pitcher Notches 3,000th Strikeout

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Max Scherzer joined an exclusive club of less than 20 members on Sunday, September 12, 2021 when he became the 19th pitcher to throw at least 3,000 strikeouts during his 14 year career. Justin Verlander is the only active pitcher with 3,000 strikeouts.

Scherzer reached the milestone in the top of the fifth inning when he struck out Eric Hosmer before a home town crowd on the way to the Dodgers shutting out the San Diego Padres 8-0. Scherzer took a perfect game into the eighth inning including a perfect nine pitch three strikeout second inning. It was the third time in Scherzer’s career that he has thrown a perfect inning; joining Sandy Koufax and Chris Sale for the honour.

After becoming strikeout number 3,000, Hosmer broke up the perfect game in the eighth inning with a double. Scherzer left the game at the end of the eighth inning with one hit, no walks, and nine strikeouts.

Speaking on the accomplishment, Scherzer said, “everybody can have the ability to do this,” Scherzer said, “but few have the durability to do this.”

Max Scherzer joined the World Series champion Dodgers in July in a trade from the Washington Nationals.

Since joining the Dodgers, Scherzer has thrown 29.2 innings in eight starts. In that time he has gone 6-0 with an ERA of 0.88 and 72 strikeouts. Not losing a game since May 30, he is currently on a 10 game winning streak. His 2021 season stats are 14-4 with a League leading 2.17 ERA. In 27 starts in the 2021 season, Max Scherzer has thrown 218 strikeouts.

He has been a part of the annual All Star team eight times and has won the Cy Young Award three times. Scherzer was a part of the World Series champion Washington Nationals in 2019. He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2006 MLB draft.

At 37, Max Scherzer shows no signs of slowing down.


The 3,000strikeout club:
Nolan Ryan – 5,714

Randy Johnson – 4,875
Roger Clemens – 4,672
Steve Carlton – 4,136
Bert Blyleven – 3,701
Tom Seaver – 3,640
Don Sutton – 3,574
Gaylord Perry – 3,534
Walter Johnson – 3,508
Greg Maddox – 3,371
Phil Niekro – 3,342
Pedro Martinez – 3,154
Bob Gibson – 3,117
Curt Schilling – 3,116
CC Sabathia – 3,093
John Smoltz – 3,084
Justin Verlander – 3,013
Max Scherzer – 3,003

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Tony’s Name 2021 Hosts

After a long wait due to the global pandemic, the American Theatre Wing has announced the host for the 2020 edition of the Tony Awards. Dividing the four hour extravaganza in half, award winning performers Leslie Odem Jr and Audra McDonald will share the hosting duties for Tony Awards when they take place on September 26, 2021.

McDonald will open the ceremonies with Odem taking over at 9pm and finishing out the night.

This year the Tony Awards will be held at the Winter Garden Theatre before a live audience. Everyone attending the festivities must show proof of vaccination and are required to wear a face covering at all times inside the theatre. Children under 12 may be permitted in the venue with proof of a negative test.

Due to the shutdown of Broadway last March, only 18 plays and musicals are eligible for nominations – about half of the normal 34 normally included in the nomination process. The number of categories has also dropped this year to 25.

Broadway and theatre fans will have to access the pay streaming service Paramount + to see the entire gala event. Only the last two hours are being aired on the CBS network.

Leslie Odem Jr played Aaron Burr in the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton”. Audra McDonald appears in the play “Frankie and Johnny” and a nominee this year.

NASCAR Cup Series Point Standings – Sept 12, 2021

Emotions ran high on September 11, 2021 at Richmond Raceway. It was the 20th anniversary of the events that toppled the World Trade Center and the second race in round one of the playoffs in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Denny Hamlin knew that he had secured his spot in the next round of the playoffs after winning the opening race at Darlington Speedway.

Hamlin dominated the race but came up a little short when Joe Gibbs Racing team mate Martin Truex Jr won the race to secure his spot in the next round of the playoffs.

During the race, regular season champion and points leader Kyle Larson had earned enough points to secure his spot in the next round. Larson has earned over 50 bonus and playoff points this season so far.

A wreck early knocked Kurt Busch out of the race…and possibly a spot in the next round. Busch is currently on the bubble as the last driver that would move on. Alex Bowman, Tyler Reddick, William Byron, and Michael McDowell are all currently below the cut line and are facing elimination after the night race in Bristol on Saturday.

The current standings for the 16 playoff drivers are:
Kyle Larson
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Ryan Blaney
Kevin Harvick
Chase Elliott
Christopher Bell
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Aric Almirola
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Tyler Reddick
William Byron
Michael McDowell

Big Playoff Win in Cup Series Race at Richmond

The NASCAR Cup Series caps off a doubleheader day of racing with some good old fashioned short track racing on a Saturday night with the Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders.

Regular season champion Kyle Larson was set to start the race from the pole but pre-race inspection issues will send Larson to the rear of the field. Driver of the number 41 Stewart-Haas Racing car Cole Custer will also be starting the race from the back of the field after his car failed inspection multiple times.

With Larson’s car failing twice; resulting in a move to the rear of the field, Southern 500 winner Denny Hamlin will now bring the field down for the green flag start of the race with Martin Truex Jr alongside on the front row.

Having already race in the Xfinity Series earlier in the day, Justin Haley and JJ Yeley are doing the doubleheader and running the the race tonight.

The starting lineup for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders:
Kyle Larson – moved to the back of the field
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Aric Almirola
Christopher Bell
Tyler Reddick
Alex Bowman
Chase Elliott
William Byron
Kyle Busch
Michael McDowell
Ross Chastain
Chris Buescher
Austin Dillon
Ryan Preece
Cole Custer – moved to the back of the field
Daniel Suarez
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Newman
Corey LaJoie
Chase Briscoe
Bubba Wallace
Matt DiBenedetto
Justin Haley
Anthony Alfredo
Erik Jones
BJ McLeod
Josh Bilicki
Joey Gase
Quin Houff
Garrett Smithley
JJ Yeley

Stages one lasts 80 laps, stage two is 155 laps, and stage three is 165 laps for a total of 400 laps around the ¾ mile track.

Fans at the track were given small flags which they were asked to wave as first responders took to the track for a lap. Crew member lined the pit wall holding large American flags and “Never Forget” flags. The crowd chanted USA as the vehicles made their way around the track.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution flag on lap 30.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of the race but it is Martin Truex Jr who jumps out in front for the lead.

NASCAR has black flagged Martin Truex Jr for jumping the start of the race. Truex will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Denny Hamlin is the new leader.

Lap five, Denny Hamlin leads the race with Kurt Busch in second; Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr returns to the track in last place but is still on the lead lap.

Lap nine, Denny Hamlin has a half second lead on Kurt Busch; Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Kyle Larson has moved up 10 spots since the race start after starting at the back of the field.

Lap 12, Denny Hamlin has increased his lead to nearly a second on Kurt Busch.

Only 12 laps into the race, the brake rotors are already glowing bright red.

Lap 15, Denny Hamlin has a one second lead on Kurt Busch; Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 22, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a two second lead on Kurt Busch; Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 25, leader Denny Hamlin has already encountered slower traffic; threr are 33 cars on the lead lap.

Kyle Larson is in the top 20 in 20th place.

Kevin Harvick has passed Brad Keselowski to take fifth.

Lap 29, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick.

Lap 31, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires and service. Kurt Busch wins the race off of pit road. Four of Busch’s regular pit crew members are out due to Covid-19 contact and he has new crew members.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 37 but get a challenge from Denny Hamlin who retakes the lead.

The top five are Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick.

Kyle Busch had to restart the race from the back of the field after a penalty for equipment interference; a tire gets away from the crew and rolls into the next pit stall.

Joey Logano passes Kurt Busch for second for equipment interference. Bubba Wallace was caught speeding on pit road and will also have to restart from the back of the field.

Lap 40, Kurt Busch hits the wall after losing a tire. Bubba Wallace has the tire carcass stuck under his car. Busch hit the wall on the driver’s side; bringing out the caution flag. He is the first driver out of the race.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 48 with Joey Logano alongside. Denny Hamlin jumps out in front for the lead with Ryan Blaney in second.

The top five are Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick. Kyle Larson is in 13th place.

Lap 54, Denny Hamlin has a near one second lead on Ryan Blaney; Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 57, Denny Hamlin has increased his lead to over a second on Ryan Blaney.

Lap 58, Kyle Larson enters the top 10.

Kurt Busch is out of the infield care center and is fine. He reports that something happened to the left rear tire.

Lap 67, Denny Hamlin has a lead of nearly two and a half seconds on Ryan Blaney; Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five with Kyle Larson in seventh place.

Lap 70, Joey Logano takes second and Chase Elliott takes third; putting Ryan Blaney in fourth place.

Lap 72, Kyle Larson passes Brad Keselowski for fifth place.

Six laps to go in stage one; Denny Hamlin has a three and a half second lead on Joey Logano; Chase elliott, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Kyle Larson passes Ryan Blaney for fourth.

Chase Elliott battles with Joey Logano for second with four laps remaining in stage one.

Lap 78, Denny Hamlin continues to increase his lead and is now over four and a half seconds in front of Chase Elliott.

With a lead of nearly five seconds, Denny Hamlin wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kenny Hamlin
Chase Elliott
Joey Logano
Kyle Larson
Ryan Blaney
Ross Chastain
Brad Keselowski
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Aric Almirola

The drivers come down pit road for service with Denny Hamlin edging out Chase Elliott to win the race off of pit road.

Daniel Suarez was charged with an equipment interference penalty.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 80 and gets out in front of Chase Elliott for the lead.

Lap 90, Denny Hamlin leads the race but is getting a challenge from Chase Elliott; Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 93, Kyle Larson and Ross Chastain battle for position and takes fifth place.

Chase Elliott gets around Denny Hamlin for the lead.

Lap 96, Chase Elliott has a half second lead on Denny Hamlin; Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Ross Chastain round out the top five with 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 98, Brad Keselowski passes team mate Joey Logano for third.

Lap 100, Chase Elliott leads the race with Denny Hamin in second; Brad Keselowski, Ross Chastain, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 107, Chase Elliott has a lead of over half a second on Denny Hamlin with Rodd Chastain, Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano rounding out the top five.

Several of the drivers are reporting various handling issue with their cars.

Lap 116, Chase Elliott has a one second lead on Denny Hamlin; Ross Chastain, Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 121, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano battle for fifth.

Lap 123, Joey Logano holds off Kyle Busch and passes Brad Keselowski to take fourth.

Lap 124, Kyle Busch passes Brad Keselowski to take fifth.

Lap 131, Chase Elliott has a lead of four seconds on Ross Chastain as drivers begin making green flag pit stops.

Lapa 132, leader Chase Elliott makes his pit stop and gives the lead over the Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 134, Martin Truex Jr makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead overto Kyle Larson.

Lap 135, Kyle Larson makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Christopher Bell.

Michael McDowell was caught speeding and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Lap 137, Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott battle for position with Hamlin passing Elliott.

Matt DiBenedetto is the leader.

After Matt DiBenedetto makes his green flag pit stop, Denny Hamlin is the new leader, over half a second ahead of Chase Elliott; Ross Chastain, Joey Logano, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 143, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over half a second on Chase Elliott; Ross Chastain is in third over four seconds back with Joey Logano and Kyle Busch rounding out the top five.

Lap 152, Denny Hamlin has led 100 laps so far and currently has a near half second lead on Chase Elliott; Ross Chastain, Kyle Busch, and Joey Logano round out the top five with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 158, Ross Chastain is the only non playoff driver in the top 14 drivers.

Lap 159, Chase Elliott has caught up to leader Denny Hamlin and is on his bumper challenging for the lead.

Lap 162, half the field is at least one lap down.

In a three way battle, Chase Elliott takes the lead on lap 163 with Denny Hamlin in second; Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

La 166, Chase Elliott has a near half second lead on Denny Hamlin with 17 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 174, Chase Elliott has a half second lead on Denny Hamlin; Kyle busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Joey Logano round out the top five with 17 cars on the lead lap.

Kyle Larson passes Joey Logano for fifth.

Lap 178, Denny Hamlin has caught up to leader Chase Elliot and is challenging for the lead. Hamlin takes the lead from the outside lane on lap 179.

Lap 180, Martin Truex Jr is the first of the lead lap drivers to make his green flag pit stop.

Denny Hamlin makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Chase Elliott.

Chase elliott comes down pit road and gives the lead over to Kyle Larson.

On his pit stop, Chase Elliott thought that he had overshot his pit stop and started backing up. The jack was already under the car; causing some damage to the jack and the car.

Lap 186, Kyle Larson makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Christopher Bell.

Christopher Bell makes his pit stop and gives the lead back to Denny Hamlin. Chase Elliott is listed one lap down after his pit road issues.

Lap 190, Denny Hamlin has a two second lead on Kyle Busch; Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Ross Chastain round out the top five. Chase Elliott is just in front of the leader the last car on the lead lap in 15th place.

Lap 198, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over two seconds on Kyle Busch; Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Lap 203, Denny Hamlin increases his lead over Kyle Busch to two land a half seconds. Chase Elliott is the last car on the lead lap in 15th.

Lap 211, Denny Hamlin is closing in on Chase Elliott. There is some damage to the left rear panel of Chase Elliott’s car after some contact on pit road.

Lap 214, Denny Hamlin has caught up to a group of slower traffic including Chase Elliott. Denny Hamlin gets in front of Chase Elliott to put him a lap down. There are now only 14 cars on the lead lap.


Lap 225, Denny Hamlin’s lead on Kyle Busch is down to a second and a half with Hamlin in heavy traffic; Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin has put Austin Dillon a lap down; there are 13 cars on the lead lap.

Five laps remain in stage two, Denny Hamlin has a lead of just over a second on Kyle Busch with 12 cars on the lead lap.

Chase Elliott has put himself in the “lucky dog” spot with three laps remaining in stage two.

Fresh off of his win at Darlington, Denny Hamlin wins stage two for the stage sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Larson
Joey Logano
Christopher Bell
Ross Chastain
Aric Almirola
Alex Bowman
Kevin Harvick

Lap 239, drivers come down pit road for service. Kevin Harvick has an extended stop with some race damage.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 245 and gets out in front of Martin Truex Jr for the lead.

Lap 246, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell, and Joey Logano.

Ross Chastain was caught speeding on pit road.

There are 14 drivers on the lead lap.

Bubba Wallace brings out the caution flag on lap 250 when he gets into the wall.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 255. For a Joe Gibbs Racing 1-2-3-4, Hamlin leads the way followed by Martin Truex Jr, Christopher Bell, and Kyle Busch. Joey Logano rounds out the top five.

Lap 259, team mates Kyle Busch and Christopher Bell make contact but the track stays green.

Joey Logano and Kyle Larson battle for fifth iwht Larson getting the spot.

Lap 263, Denny Hamlin has just a tenth of a second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 268, Martin Truex Jr remains on Denny Hamlin’s bumper in a challenge for the lead. Truex takes the lead.

Drivers are getting three wide in a battle for position.

Lap 271, Kyle Busch passes Christopher Bell for third.

Lap 277, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to al lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin; Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 283, Brad Keselowski is the last car on the lead lap in 14th.

Lap 284, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Denny Hamlin; Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Lap 290, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over a second and a half on Denny Hamlin; Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 294, drivers, begin making green flag pot stops.

Leader Martin Truex Jr makes his pot stop on lap 298 and gives the lead over to Christopher Bell.

Michael McDowell was caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Leader Christopher Bell is the only driver who needs to make a pit stop; he makes his stop on lap 301. Ross Chastain is the new leader.

Lap 303, Ross Chastain has a lead of over half a second on Kyle busch; Martin Truex Jr, Deny Hamlin, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

When Michael McDowell came down pit road to serve his pass through penalty, he was again caught speeding and will have to serve another pass through penalty.

Lap 305, Kyle Busch passes Ross Chastain for the lead.

Lap 308, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Ross Chastain; Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, nad Joey Logano round out the top five.

Aric Almirola had to make two trips down pit road during pit stops after he had a loose tire.

Lap 311, Kyle Busch as increased his lead to two and a half seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Ross Chastain, Denny Hamlin, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 319, Kyle Busch has a lead of two and a half second on Martin Truex Jr with Denny Hamlin, Ross Chastain, and Chase Elliott rounding out the top five.

With 76 laps remaining in the race, there are 13 cars on the lead lap with Kyle Busch leading the race.

Lap 326, after being a lap down, Chase Elliott is back on the lead lap and in the top five in fourth place.

Lap 330, Kyle Busch has a lead of over two seconds on Martin Truex Jr.

Kyle Larson has earned enough points to secure himself a spot in the next round of the playoffs. After the race in Bristol next week the four drivers with the fewest points will be eliminated from the playoffs.

Lap 334, Kyle Busch passes lex Bowman to put Bowman a lap down. There are only 12 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 340, leader Kyle Busch passes William Byronto put him another lap down and is on Brad Keselowski’s bumper.

There are 58 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch passes Brad Keselowski to put him a lap down. There are now only eleven cars on the lead lap.

Drivers are beginning to make final green flap pit stops.

Lap 346, Kyle Busch makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Denny Hamlin.

Kyle Busch was caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Kyle Larson is the leader.

Lap 348, Kyle Larson makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 350, Kyle Busch serves his penalty and returns to the track the last car on the lead laps in 10th place.

Lap 353, the top five re Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, Christopher Bell, Chase Elliott, and Ross Chastain.

With 46 laps remaining in the race, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over seven seconds.

Lap 358, Denny Hamlin is slowly closing the gap on leader Martin Truex Jr; Hamlin is now less than seven seconds back.

With 38 laps to go, leader Martin Truex Jr has encountered heavy traffic. Denny Hamlin is now six seconds back of the leader.

Lap 365, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is now down to five and a half seconds on Denny Hamlin; Christopher Bell, Chase Elliott, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Only 29 laps to go, Martin Truex Jr holds on to his five and a half second lead on Denny Hamlin; Christopher Bell, Chase Elliott, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Twenty five to go, Denny Hamlin has closed the gap on leader Martin Truex Jr to five seconds.

Lap 378, Kyle Busch is now the last car on the lead lap in ninth place.

Lap 282, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is down to under five seconds on Denny Hamlin.

With 16 laps to go, Denny Hamin is four and a half seconds behind leader Martin Truex Jr.

Just 13 laps remain in the race; Martin Truex Jr leads the race with Denny Hamlin in second; Christopher Bell, Chase Elliott, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Ten to go, Denny Hamlin is just over three and a half seconds behind Martin Truex Jr.

Nine to go, Ross Chastain makes contact with Kyle Larson before passing for sixth. Kyle Larson retakes the spot.

Seven to go, the gap between leader Martin Truex Jr and Denny Hamlin is under three seconds.

Four to go, Martin Truex Jr has a two second lead on Denny Hamlin.

Martin Truex Jr takes the white flag.

After having to go to the back of the field after jumping the race start, Martin Truex Jr wins the race at Richmond. He has secured himself a spot in the next round of the playoffs.

This is Martin Truex Jr’s fourth race win of the season.

Despite having worn out tires, Truex does a burnout lap in celebration.

The unofficial results of the Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders:
Martin Truex Jr
Denny Hamlin
Christopher Bell
Chase Elliott
Joey Logano
Kyle Larson
Ross Chastain
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Austin Dillon
Alex Bowman
Brad Keselowski
Aric Almirola
Tyler Reddick
Chase Briscoe
Daniel Suarez

Matt DiBenedetto
William Byron
Ryan Newman
Erik Jones
Cole Custer
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Chris Buescher
Ryan Preece
Anthony Alfredo
Justin Haley
Michael McDowell
Corey LaJoie
BJ McLeod
Garrett Smithley
Bubba Wallace
Joey Gase
JJ Yeley
Quin Houff
Josh Bilicki
Kurt Busch

JR Motorsports Bowls Over Competition for Xfinity Series Win at Richmond

Twenty years ago today the world came to a halt for America when terrorist flew hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center and attempted to fly one into the Pentagon. Twelve days later NASCAR returned at Dover Speedway where Dale Earnhardt Jr won the race.

Today in the first race of a doubleheader day of racing, Junior makes his solo start of the year driving the number eight JR Motorsports car in the Xfinity Series Go Bowling 250 at Richmond Raceway. Junior will be starting the race from back in the pack in 30th place. And for the first time, wife Amy and the girls are at the track to see Junior race.

Austin Cindric sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Harrison Burton starting alongside on the front row.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 35.

The starting lineup for the Go Bowling 250:
Austin Cindric
Harrison Burton
Noah Gragson
Justin Haley
Justin Allgaier
Jeb Burton
Jeremy Clements
AJ Allmendinger
Myatt Snider
Michael Annett
Ryan Sieg
Daniel Hemric
Alex Labbe
Josh Williams
Ty Gibbs
Brandon Jones
Brandon Brown
Jade Buford
Ty Dillon
Riley Herbst
Matt Mills
Patrick Emerling
Joe Graf Jr
Tommy Joe Martins
Ryan Vargas
Jeffrey Earnhardt
John Hunter Nemechek
Bayley Currey
JJ Yeley
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Landon Cassill
Kyle Weatherman
Josh Berry
Mason Massey
Spencer Boyd
Stephen Leicht
David Starr
Sam Mayer
CJ McLaughlin
Akinori Ogata

In giving their picks for the race winner, Kyle Petty chose Dale Jr for the win; adding that he would mow Junior’s lawn if he wins the race.

Stages one and two of the race are 75 laps each with stage three lasting 100 laps for a total of 250 laps around the ¾ mile track. The teams only have four sets of tires for the race – three in the pits.

The only sport to add a prayer as a part of the pre-race festivities, today, the prayer included a “Boogity, Boogity, Boogity, let’s go racing!”

With Dale Earnhardt Jr in the race, Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett joins Steve Letarte and Vinc Welch in the broadcast booth.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and edges out Harrison Burotn to take the lead.

Ty Dillon and Bayley Currey had to start the race from the back of the field after a driver change and Aginori Ogata started the race from the back of the field after missing driver introductions.

Austin Cindric leads lap one.

Lap six, the top five are Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton, Jeb Burton, Noah Gragson, and Justin Allgaier. Dale Jr has moved up seven spots to 23rd.

CJ McLaughlin is off the track.

Every fan at the race was given a small American flag and from laps nine to eleven, they wil be waving those flags in remembrance of events 20 years ago. The broadcast booth also went silent and only the sound of the cars could be heard.

Lap 12, Austin Cindric has a half second lead on Harrison Burton; Jeb Burton, Noah Gragson, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five. Dale Jr has entered the top 20 in 19th.

Lap 23, Austin Cindric has led every lap so far with Harrison Burton a half second back; Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five. Dale Jr is in 19th battling with Josh Berry.

Lap 27, Ty Gibbs passes Justin Allgaier for fifth.

There are 37 cars on the lead lap with CJ McLaughlin off the track.

Lap 30, Austin Cindric has increased his lead to a second on Harrison Burton; AJ Allmendinger, Ty Gibbs, and Noah Gragson round out the top five. Stephen Leicht is on pit road.

Lap 34, CJ McLaughlin has returned to the track 32 laps down.

NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution on lap 36.

Dale Earnhardt Jr reports on the radio that he is having fun.

Only a few drivers come down pit road for service.

Jeb Burton is on pit road, reporting no power. The crew had plans to replace the battery. Burton reports that he has power. It appeared that there was a short somewhere or something had come loose.

Austin Cindric brings the field dow nfor the green flag restart on alp 43 and battle with AJ Allmendinger for the lead.

Lapa 44, Austin Cindric leads the race with AJ Allmendinger in second; Harrison Burton, Justin Allgaier, and Justin Haley round out the top five with 34 cars on the lead lap. Dale Earnhardt Jr restarts the race in 19th place.

Lap 46, AJ Allmendinger passes Austin Cindric for the lead.

Lap 47, Justin Allgaier passes Austin Cidric for second.

Lap 48, Harrisn Burton passes Austin Cindric for third and battles with Justin Allgaier for second.

Lap 50, AJ Allmendinger leads the race with Harrison Burton in second; Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

Lap 52, AJ Allmendinger has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Harrison Burton; Austin Cindric, Ty Gibbs, and Tommy Joe Martins on fresh tires round out the top five. Martins is the only driver who took fresh tires at the caution.

Lap 58, on fresh tires, Tommy Joe Martins has moved up to second place behind AJ Allmendinger.

Lap 61, AJ Allmendinger leads the race with Tommy Joe Martins in second over a half second back; Austin Cindric, Ty Gibbs, and Harrison Burton round out the top five. Dale Earnhardt Jr is in 20th place over 12 seconds back.

Ten laps remain in stage one, AJ Allmendinger’s lead is down to under half a seocnd on Tommy Joe Martins.

Eight laps remain in stage one, Tommy Joe Martins battles with AJ Allmendinger for the lead.

With six laps to go in the stage, Tommy Joe Martins passes AJ Allmendinger for the lead.

Fifth place driver JJ Yeley also took fresh tires at the competition caution.

Lap 72, AJ Allmendinger battles back to retake the lead form Tommy Joe Martins.

AJ Allmendinger edges out Tommy Joe Martins to win stage one for his ninth stage win of the season…and another playoff point.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
AJ Allmendinger
Tommy Joe Martins
Austin Cindric
Ty Gibbs
JJ Yeley
Harrison Burton
Daniel Hemric
Noah Gragson
Spencer Boyd
Patrick Emerling

Michael Annett has some damage to his car after some on track contact.

Austin Cindric wins the race off of pit road. AJ Allmendinger lost five spots after having to back up to get out of his pit stall.

Justin Allgaier is reporting some major issues with his car. The crew checked the car over and could not find an issue.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the inside lane on lap 85. Drivers get three wide in a battle for position.

Daniel Hemric takes the lead from the outside lane.

Tommy Joe Martins brings out the caution flag on lap 86 when he spins out after making contact with Spencer Boyd. Martins was in 15th place at the time of the incident.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 92 from the inside lane and goes three wide with Austin Cindric and Noah Gragson for the lead.

Daniel Hemric takes the lead with Austin Cindric in second; Ty Gibbs, Noah Gragson, and John Hunter Nemechek rounding out the top five. Dale Jr is just outside the top 10 in 12th place.

Lap 96, Daneil Hemric leads the race with Ty Gibbs just two tenths of a second back; Austin Cindric, John Hunter Nemechek, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap 98, Ty Gibbs passes Daniel Hemric for the lead.

Dale Jr reports that “it’s like Christmas back here”. Jr has entered the top 10 in tenth place.

Lap 102, Ty Gibbs has a lead of over half a second on Daniel Hemric; Austin Cindric, Noah Gragson, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Lap 110, Ty Gibbs has pulled out to a led of over a second on Austin Cindric; Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five. Dale Jr is in ninth place.

There are 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 115, Ty Gibbs continues to lead the race by over a second on Austin Cindric; AJ Allmendinger, Harrison Burton, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap 121, AJ Allmendinger passes Austin Cindric for second; Ty Gibbs has a lead of over a second and a half.

Lap 125, AJ Allmendinger has closed the gap on leader Ty Gibbs to just over a second.

Brandon Brown has reported a number of issues in his car including some smoke in the cockpit.

Lap 134, Ty Gibbs holds on to a one second lead on AJ Allmendinger with Harrison Burton, Daniel Hemric, and Noah Gragson rounding out the top five.

Ty Gibbs has made 13 Xfinity Series starts and has led eleven of them.

There are 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 140, Ty Gibbs continues to lead the race but is now less than a second in front of AJ Allmendinger; Harrison Burton, Daniel Hemric, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

With five laps remaining in stae two, Ty Gibbs has a led of just over half a second on AJ Allmendinger.

CJ McLaughlin brings out the caution flag when he spins out and makes contact with Jade Buford. McLaughlin was off the pace and was trying to make his way to pit road when the incident occurred.

With the stage ending under caution, Ty Gibbs wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ty Gibbs
AJ Allmendinger
Harrison Burton
Noah Gragson
Daniel Hemric
Austin Cindric
Sam Mayer
Riley Herbst
Ryan Sieg
John Hunger Nemechek

Drivers come down pit road for service. Several of the drivers are asking to be “freed up” in the center. Daniel Hemric wins the race off of pit road.

AJ Allmendinger had another slow stop on pit road when a tire got away from them. He came out in fifth place; losing three spots.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down fro the green flag start of stage three from the outside lane but it is Noah Gragson who gets out in front from the inside lane on lap 160.

The top five are Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric, Ty Gibbs, Harrison Burton, and Sam Mayer. There are 27 cars on the lead lap.

After having numerous car issues, Justin Allgaier has recovered and is in sixth place.

Lap 165, Ty Gibbs passes Noah Gragson from the outside lane to take the lead.

Dale Earnhardt Jr has not been in a race car in over a year; despite not being able to have any practice time, he has moved up to seventh place after starting the race in 30th place.

Bayley Currey brings out the caution flag on lap 170 when he spins out and gets into the wall.

Ryan Sieg is the only driver who comes down pit road for fresh tires. Sieg will have to restart the race from the back of the field after having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

With 74 laps remaining in the race, Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane but it is Harrison Burton who gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Harrison Burton, Ty Gibbs, Sam Mayer, Noah Gragson, and Justin Allgaier. Dale Jr is in eighth place.

Landon Cassill hits the wall and gets stopped on the track while trying to make his way to pit road; bringing out the caution flag.

Several drivers come down pit road; while others stay out on the track. Leaders are among the drivers who made a pit stop.

After staying out on the track, Sam Mayer brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with 63 laps remaining in the race. Drivers get five wide on the restart.

Same Mayer takes the lead with Justin Haley in second; Riley Herbst, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Ryan Sieg rounding out the top five.

On fresh tires, Harrison Burton passes Sam Mayer for the lead.

With 44 laps remaining in the race, Harrison Burton leads the race with Ty Gibbs in second; AJ Allmendinger, John Hunter Nemechek, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

CJ McLaughlin is the only driver out of the race with Landon Cassill off the track. There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

There are 34 laps remaining in the race; Harrison Burton has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Ty Gibbs, AJ Allmendinger, John Hunter Nemechek, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Thirty to go, after restarting the race in the top 10, Dale Earnhardt Jr has fallen to 21st place on old tires.

The caution flag comes out on lap 224 when Josh Williams gets into the wall after spinning out. Akinori Ogata also spins out.

All of the driver of the drivers who have a fresh set of tires come down pit road; as well as, some of the other drivers taking cold scuffs. Harrison Burton wins the race off of pit road.

Jeb Burton had an uncontrolled tire on pit road and Dale Earnhardt Jr was caught speeding on pit road. Both drivers will have to start from the back of the field.

After staying out on the track, AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with 20 laps remaining in the race. Drivers get three and four wide across the track in a battle for position.

Tommy Joe Martins gets into the wall and brings out the caution flag with 19 laps to go.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 14 laps remaining in the race. AJ Allmendinger jumps out for the lead with Noah Gragson in second.

Noah Gragson passes AJ Allmendinger for the lead. Jeremy Clements spins out and brings out the ninth caution flag of the race. The drivers were three wide in a battle for position when Clements got loose on the inside of a three wide battle.

Austin Cindric comes down pit road for a tire change.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with just seven laps to go. Gragson gets out in front for the lead with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

Justin Allgaier and John Hunter Nemechek battle for second.

Five to go, Noah Gragson has a lead of over half a second on John Hunter Nemechek.

Four to go, on fresher tires, Justin Haley takes second.

Noah Gragson takes the white flag.

For the second week in a row, Noah Gragson wins the race. Dale Earnhardt Jr finished back in the field in 14th but he is still a winner as the car owner of the number nine car.

After an impressive burn out, Noah Gragson stands on the roof of his car holding an American flag as the crowd chants U.S.A. After his post race interview, Gragson climbs the fence in celebration.

The unofficial results of the Go Bowling 250:
Noah Gragson
Justin Haley
John Hunter Nemechek
Justin Allgaier
Riley Herbst
Daniel Hemric
Ty Gibbs
Brandon Brown
Harrison Burton
Jeb Burton
Ty Dillon
Sam Mayer
Ryan Sieg
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Kyle Weatherman
Austin Cindric
Mason Massey
AJ Allmendinger
Alex Labbe
Brandon Jones
Matt Mills
Michael Annett
Josh Williams
Josh Berry
Myatt Snider
Jeremy Clements
Bayley Currey
David Starr
JJ Yeley
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Joe Graf Jr
Patrick Emerling
Spencer Boyd
Akinori Ogata
Ryan Vargas
Jade Buford
Tommy Joe Martins
Stephen Leicht
Landon Cassill
CJ McLaughlin





Roger Daltrey

In June British rocker Roger Daltrey canceled his solo United States tour saying, “when I booked these shows several months ago, I was confident that things would be back to normal by August, but due to the uncertainty of the current travel situation and the challenges for a UK act to be able to perform in the USA I have reluctantly decided to cancel the shows. I hope to re-book them in the near future, and to those of you who have bought tickets, please accept my sincere apologies. He added, “I do appreciate your support and can’t wait to get back to work once the time is right.”

But he has scheduled some dates in his native United Kingdom for late in the fall. Daltrey spoke on the dates saying, “the truth is singers need to sing. Use it or lose it.”

The “Who Was I” tour will feature Who classics, his solo hits, and a question and answer session with fans. Daltrey says that he wants to take fans on a musical journey of his career.

Roger Daltrey tour dates:
Nov 7 at Symphony Hall in Birmingham, UK
Nov 9 at the O2 Apollo in Manchester, UK
Nov 11 at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, UK
Nov 15 at the London Palladium in London, UK
Nov 17 at the Brighton Centre in Brighton, UK
Nov 19 at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend-on-Sea, UK
Nov 21 at the New Theatre in Oxford, UK
Nov 24 at the SEC Armadillo in Glasgow, UK
Nov 26 at the O2 City Hall in Newcastle, UK
Nov 29 at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, UK
Dec 1 at the Guildhall in Portsmouth, UK
Dec 2 at the International Centre in Bournemouth, UK

NFL Makes Rule Changes

On September 9, 2021, the NFL kicked off its 102nd season with a game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Each spring the team owners gather to discuss numerous aspects on the upcoming season including any rule tweaks, changes, or additions. This year there were six rule changes in the way the game will be played.

One rule the fans have already noted, the elimination of overtime play in the pre-season. In 2021 season, the regular season is expanded to 17 games. As a result, the NFL has shortened the pre-season by one game to only three with a week between it and the regular season.

In recent years the NFL has made a number of changes in the game designed to cut down on injuries; especially when it comes to kick offs. This year the NFL is limiting the number of players allowed in the “setup zone” – the 10 to 25 yards from the spot of a kickoff. No more than nine players from the return team will be allowed in the setup zone for an onside kick attempt. The rule is designed to give the kicking team a better opportunity at recovering the ball.

The next rule change relates to the replay officials. The NFL has added a neutral replay official to aid in replay calls. With the rule change, the replay official may use technology to aid in determining the outcome of a protested call. In event of a disagreement in the outcome between the replay official and the on field official, the ruling of the on field official will take precedence.

In a clarification, accepted penalties on a point after or two point conversion cannot change the spot of the ball when both teams are involved in the infractions. The ruling stems from a 2019 game between the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos where a ball of spotted wrongfully after penalties were assessed.

In an amendment to the rule relating to penalties that result in a loss of down, trick plays that include two forward passes from behind the line of scrimmage or a quarterback crossing the line of scrimmage before returning behind the line to throw a pass downfield. The penalty will now be five yards plus a loss of down.

For years, the NFL has had a certain set of numbers for players in specific positions. Formerly only quarterbacks, kickers, and punters were permitted to wear single digit jersey numbers; the expansion now allows offensive skill position players, linebackers and defensive backs to wear any number up to 49 including single digit numbers.

This season officials will be putting an emphasis on the taunting rule. Players charged with taunting will be ejected from the game but will not face any further punishment.

After the return of football in 2020, players faced strict rules in regard to social distancing and face coverings. This season with vaccines available, the NFL is mandating players and team members be fully vaccinated or face weekly Covid testing.

Last season the NFL was flexible when it came to moving games around after an outbreak of the virus among teams; this season, any team who cannot make a game due to an outbreak will have to forfeit the game. Games will not be rescheduled due to a Covid-19 outbreak.

NASCAR Hall Names 2021 Induction Date

Like everything in 2020, the NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were postponed until it was safe to hold the event.

NASCAR has announced that the induction of the 2021 Hall of Fame class will be inducted on January 21, 2022 at the Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Winston Kelley spoke on the announcement saying, “we are thrilled to celebrate these legends’ significant accomplishments and contributions to NASCAR alongside their families, friends and fans. The decision to postpone was very difficult but the right thing to do. With the planned evolution from five to three inductees with the Class of 2021, NASCAR and the NASCAR Hall of Fame teams saw an opportunity to take a fresh look at our schedule of events for Induction Weekend and are excited about what we have created. It’s always a special time for each honoree and their families and friends and will be a truly memorable weekend for our fans and guests alike.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr joins his father Dale Sr in the Hall of Fame this year; along with Red Farmer and Mike Stefanik. The Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR goes to Ralph Seagraves.

After opening in 2010, the 2021 class of inductees is the 12th group of inductees into the Hall of Fame and bringing the total members to 58. This is the first year that just three new members were chosen.

A 15 time most popular driver award winner, Dale Earnhardt Jr is the third generation of Earnhardts to race in NASCAR. Junior was a driver, is a car owner in the Xfinity Series, and is one of the broadcasters for NASCAR events at NBC.

Red Farmer is an original member of the group known as the Alabama Gang. One of the 50 Greatest Drivers in NASCAR, Farmer raced well into his 80’s.

One of the Modified Tour’s 10 Greatest Drivers, Mike Stefanik holds the record for most wins, poles, top fives, and top tens.

The Hall of Fame ceremonies will feature three days of events including the ceremony itself, an exclusive insiders experience, a brunch event with NASCAR Hall of Famers and behind-the-scenes looks at pieces of racing history.

Tickets for the weekend events will go on sale to the general public on October 7 at 10am local time and are $150 per person for the induction ceremony itself.

Fender to Celebrate 75 Years

There are thousands of musicians around the world in local music, national, and international Halls of Fame who can tank one man for helping them become a musical legend…Lee Fender.

Fender’s solid body construction revolutionized the world of music and how musicians perform their music.

This year Fender celebrates 75 years of making their world famous guitars. To help celebrate the event, author Dave Hunter has compiled a historical account of Fender in 223 page book filled with over 300 photos and stories of Fender through the years.

Fans will learn how Lee Fender came from humble beginnings to create one of the biggest and most recognizable music companies in history; as well as, how the company has grown over the years. The book also includes photos from the factory floor.

“Fender 75 Years” is set for a September 28 2021, release with a limited edition deluxe version due out on December 28, 2021. The deluxe version is limited to 500 copies and will include posters and flat art works.

“Fender 75 Years” is a must have for any die hard guitar fan; especially collectors of the famed Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars.

“Fender 75 Years” retails for $50 in the U.S., $65 in Canada, and 35 in the United Kingdom.

DWTS Announces Season 30 Celebrities

The wait is over for fans of the reality dancing competition show “Dancing with the Stars”. On September 8, ABC revealed the celebrity cast members for season 30.

It was previously announced that pop singer JoJo Siwa and Olympic gold medal gymnast Suni Lee would be a part of the show. And in a DWTS first, Siwa will have a female dance partner.

Joining Siwa and Lee are:
Country singer Jimmie Allen
Spice Girl singer Melanie C
Christine Chiu from “Bling Empire”
actor Brian Austin Green from “Beverly Hills, 90210”
Melora Hardin from “The Office”
social media star Olivia Jade
Matt James from “The Bachelor”
Amanda Kloots of “The Talk”
Martin Kove from ”Cobra Kai”
WWE wrestler Mike “The Miz” Mizanin
Kenya Moore from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”
Peloton instructor Cody Rigsby
and Basketball player Iman Shumpert

While the celebrities are busy working on their first dances, fans will learn who the partners are on the first show of the season on September 20.

The pro dancers joining the show this season are:
Brandon Armstrong
Lindsay Arnold
Alan Bersten
Sharna Burgess
Cheryl Burke
Witney Carson
Artem Chigvintsev
Val Chmerkovskiy
Sasha Farber
Jenna Johnson
Daniella Karagach
Pasha Pashkov
Gleb Savchenko
Emma Slater
and Brit Stewart

Tyra Banks returns this season as the host and executive producer for the show.

Len Goodman returns to his role as head judge with Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Derek Hough at the judge’s table.


Meet the celebrities:

Jimmie Allen is a songwriter and Country music singer who made history in 2018 when he became the first man of colour to have the first two singles from his debut album reach number one. Allen is the Academy of Country Music’s New Male Artist of the Year.

Better known to Spice Girls fans as Sporty Spice, Melanie C becomes the second Spice Girl – after Mel B. to join the cast of “Dancing with the Stars”. The Spice Girls broke onto the music scene in 1996 with “Wannabe”. Mel and the Spice Girls have gone on to sell over 85 million albums around the world.


Known as a star on the Netflix series “Bling Empire”, Christine Chiu is the founder of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery and the Regenerative Medicine Aesthetic Institute.

Actor Brian Austin Green broke out on the series “Beverly Hills, 90210”. He has gone on to appear in numerous productions including a guest judge on “The Masked Singer” and the executive producer for the 90210 remake.

Best known for her role as Jan Levinson on “The Office”, Melora Hardin has appeared in over 100 productions including “Transparent”, “A Million Little Things”, and “The Bold Type”.

You Tube influencer Olivia Jade offer advice to young women on fashion, lifestyles, wellness, and social issues. She has garnered over three million followers.

The first man of colour on “The Bachelor”, Matt James is this season’s selection from “The Bachelor” franchise to appear on DWTS. A former pro football player, James now calls New York City home where he finds creative ways to engage youth in under served areas of NYC.

Broadway actress and television host Amanda Kloots came to the nation’s attention last year when her husband Nick Cordero was hospitalized with the Covid-19 virus and subsequently died as a result of the virus leaving Kloots alone with a small son. One of the hosts for the talk show series “The Talk”, Kloots is also a dance and fitness guru who has led many classes in the New York City area.

Veteran actor Martin Kove has appeared in over 200 film and television productions including the original “Karate Kid” as John Kreese. He most recently reprised the role of Kreese on the television series “Cobra Kai”.

Suni Lee is a three time Olympic medal winning gymnast who most recently brought home the gold medal for the individual all-around at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 18 year old will be working on her dance moves in between classes at Auburn University.

Known as “The Miz” in the wrestling ring, Mike Mizanin has been a part of WWE – World Wrestling Entertainment – for the past 12 years. Prior to making his mark in the wrestling ring, The Miz was a staple on MTV’s reality shows.

Best known for her role on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”, Kenya Moore is a former Miss USA – only the second woman of colour to hold the title – and has her onwn hair care line.

Dancer Cody Rigsby has shared the stage with the likes of Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj and has gone on to become a Peloton instructor who is the director of Cycling Content. He pushes class members to push themselves but have fun in the process.

NBA basketball player Iman Shumpert was drafted by the New York Knicks in 2011. He went on to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, and the Brooklyn Nets before turning his attention to music and rapping where he goes by Iman. He most recently added acting to his list of accomplishments by entering the reality series world.

Identifying herself as a lesbian, pop singer JoJo Siwa is the first cast member of DWTS that will be dancing with a same sex partner. With over 80 million social media fans, Siwa will be starring in the new series “The J Team”. She is also an executive producer of the live-action musical sereis.

The Goldens Go for Three at a Time

It often takes an artist several months or even a year to record and release an album. William Lee Golden and The Goldens will be releasing three full length albums in the coming months.

“Old Country Church Gospel”, “Country Roads: Vintage Country Classics”, and “Southern Accents: Pop & Country Rock” are set to be released early in 2022.

Oak Ridge Boy, Grand Ole Opry member, Country Music Hall of Famer, and Gospel Music Hall of Fame artist William Lee Golden found plenty to keep him busy during the pandemic lock down last year. Golden; sons Rusty, Craig, and Chris; grandchildren Elizabeth, Rebekah, and Elijah; along with friends Aaron McCune, Ben Isaacs, and Michael Sykes all gathered and spent time recording. The result was three albums worth of music.

All 30 of the songs recorded for the albums have had an impact on Golden and his family in some way.

Golden spoke on the three albums in different genres saying, “music has always been a huge part of my life. When my boys were growing up, it was important for me to introduce them to music of all walks of life.” He added, “throughout the years, we’ve sung together many times, but never on an official project. Due to the world’s events of the last year and a half, we decided as a family that it was time to record 32 of our favorite songs, which then turned into three full albums of country, rock, and gospel! We are so excited for everyone to hear our version of these classic hits.”

William Le Golden and The Goldens album tracklistings:
“Country Roads: Vintage Country Classics”
“I Still Miss Someone”
“Four Walls”
“Welcome To My World”
“Take Me Home Country Roads”
“The Great Speckled Bird”
“Green Green Gras of Home”
“Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On”
“You are My Sunshine”
“For the Good Times”
“Jambalaya”

“Southern Accents: Pop & Country Rock”
“Me and Bobby McGee”
“The Long and Winding Road”
“Stand By Me”
“Long Black Veil”
“Southern Accents”
“Elvira”
“Multi-colored Lady”
“Bobby Sue”
“Hollywood Nights”

“Old Country Church Gospel”
“Come and Dine”
“Old Country Church”
“It’s Suppertime”
“If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again”
“Until Then”
“Why Me, Lord?”
“Power in the Blood”
“Too Much to Gain”
“Sheltered”
“Softly and Tenderly”
“Love Lifted Me”
“I Saw the Light”

feature photo credit: courtesy of Jeremy Westby and 2911 Media

NASCAR Fines Kyle Busch

During the race at Darlingtpn Raceway on September 5, Kyle Busch made contact with Austin Dillon before putting his number 18 M&M’s car into the wall.

When Busch took his car to the garage, out of the race, in his frustration he did not follow proper safety and speed protocols; running over several orange cones at speeds exceeding safety measures and in the vacinity of spectators. As a result, NASCAR officials have fined Busch $50,000 under the member conduct guidelines with “actions detrimental to stock car racing”.

Senior Vice President of Competition for NASCAR Scott Miller spoke on Busch and the penalty saying, “It was a situation that could have been bad. Fortunately nobody got hit or anything like that. It all worked out, but putting people in harm’s way for no reason is something we take seriously.”

French Actor Jean-Paul Belmondo Dies

French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo died September 6, 2021 in Paris, France at the age of 88. An offical cause of death was not released.

A longtime actor, Belmondo is best known for his role in “Breathless”. In a career spanning over 50 years, he has appeared in nearly 100 productions where he was sometimes known for performing his own stunts. Over the course of that career, Belmondo has worked with numerous directors including Francois Truffaut, Claude Lelouch, and Jean-Luc Godard.

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Belmonde made his screen debut in 1956 with the short “Moliere”. He went on to appear in 90 more productions including “The Three Musketeers” as D’Artagnan, “Breathless”, “Seven Day…Seven Nights”, “That Man from Rio”, “Weekend at Dunkirk”, “Casino Royale”, “Le guignolo”, the title role in “Cyrano de Bergerac”, “Les Miserables”, and his final role in 2008 in “A Man and His Dog”.

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke on Belmondo calling him “a national treasure”; adding that he was a “sublime hero” and a “familiar figure”.

He was born on April 9, 1933 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, the son of a sculpture and a painter. Before turning to acting, Belmondo played football and was a boxer. He left school at 16 and began studying at the Conservatoire National Superieur d’Art Dramatique where one of his professors told him that he would never make it as an actor due to his looks.

Prior to making his screen debut in 1960, he performed on the stage.

Predeceased by his daughter Patricia, Belmondo is survived by his children Florence, Paul, and Stella; and grandchildren.

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Actor Michael K. Williams Dies

Actor Michael K. Williams was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment on September 6, 2021. The cause of death is currently being investigated.

While Williams appeared in over 100 different film nad television productions, he is best known for portraying Omar Little on the television series “The Wire”.

He got his start not as an actor, but as a professional dancer where he worked with Madonna and George Michael.

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He earned a Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal Chalky White on “Boardwalk Empire”.

While he has appeared in a number of music videos as a backup dancer, Williams made his acting debut in 1996 in “Bullet”. From there he went on to appear in over 100 productions including “The Sopranos”, “Third Watch”, “Lackawanna Blues”, “Boston Legal”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “The Wire”, “Incredible Hulk”, “CSI: NY”, “Law & Order”, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “12 Years a Slave”, “RoboCop”, “Boardwalk Empire”, “Bessie”, the “Ghostbusters” remake, “The Night Of”, “When They See Us”, “Lovecraft Country”, and his final role in “F is for Family”.

Williams also had a number of productions in various stages of completion at the time of his death including two that were completed but not yet aired.

When not on camera, Williams is an activist for the young and those who have served time in prison. An Ambassador of Smart Justice with the ACLU, he has worked to build community centers and safe places for children; as well as, helping people released from prison re-adjust to society outside of jail.


He was born Michael Kenneth Williams on November 22, 1966 in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Williams has three children, Elijah, Karim, and Chanel.

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Cup Series Playoff Standings – Sept 6, 2021

The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs began with the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 6.  In a wild affair that brought trouble for more of the playoff drivers than not also brought Denny Hamlin his first win of the season.

While Hamlin has secured his spot in the next round of the playoffs, several of the top 16 drivers are facing elimination after the race at Bristol Motor Speedway in two weeks.

The four drivers with the lowest points will be eliminated as the playoffs move into the next round after Bristol.

After the end of the regular season race at Daytona, all of the points were reset for the playoff drivers to 2,000 plus any bonus and playoff points.

With a total of 2,106 points Kyle Larson holds on to the lead with Denny Hamlin in second place with 2,072 points.

After the first race in round one of the playoffs, the standings are:
Kyle Larson – 2,106
Denny Hamlin – 2,072
Martin Truex Jr – 2,062
Kurt Busch – 2,052
Ryan Blaney – 2,048
Joey Logano – 2,047
Kevin Harvick – 2,046
Brad Keselowski – 2,038
Christopher Bell – 2,031
Chase Elliott – 2,030
Aric Almirola – 2,029
Tyler Reddick – 2,026
Alex Bowman – 2,026
Kyle Busch – 2,024
William Byron – 2,017
Michael McDowell – 2,006

On Saturday night, the drivers will take on the ¾ mile track at Richmond.

Wild Ride Kicks off Cup Series Playoffs

The NASCAR Cup Series begins the 2021 playoffs with the Southern 500 from Darlington Raceway as they cap off a doubleheader day and a triple header weekend.

After winning his third race of the season at Daytona to end the regular season, Ryan Blaney sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Denny Hamlin starting alongside on the front row.

Driving the number three Richard Childress Racing car, Austin Dillon will have to start the race from the back of the field after his car failed the pre-race inpsection process multiple times.

The starting lineup for the Cook Out Southern 500:
Ryan Blaney
Denny Hamlin
Kurt Busch
Chase Elliott
Alex Bowman
Kyle Larson
Tyler Reddick
Aric Almirola
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
Christopher Bell

William Byron
Michael McDowell
Brad Keselowski
Bubba Wallace
Ryan Preece
Ryan Newman
Justin Haley
Austin Dillon – moved to the back of the field
Erik Jones
Ross Chastain
Chase Briscoe
Corey LaJoie
Daniel Suarez
BJ McLeod
Josh Bilicki
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Matt DiBenedetto
Cole Custer
Anthony Alfredo
Cody Ware
Chris Buescher
Joey Gase
James Davison
Quin Houff

Stages one and two of the race are 115 laps each with stage three lasting 137 laps for a total of 367 laps around the mile and a third track.

The drivers can run 60 to 65 laps on a single load of fuel. The teams have 12 sets of tires for this race.


Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and jumps out in front for the lead with Kurt Busch on his bumper.

Lap two, Ryan Blaney leads the race with Kurt Busch in second; Denny Hamlin, Alex Bowman, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap four, Austin Dillon has moved up to 30th after starting in last place due to inspection issues.

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

Lap six, Ryan Blaney has a lead of half a second on Kurt Busch.

Alex Bowman reports some possible electrical issues when he fired up the engine. He addes that he cannot shut the engine off during cautions.

Lap eight, Ryan Blaney holds his half second lead on Kurt Busch; Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman round out the top five. These are the first laps Blaney has ever led at Darlington.

Lap 12, Chase Elliott passes Denny Hamlin for third. Kurt Busch has cut the lead to leader Ryan Blaney to under half a second.

Lap 12, Alex Bowman scrapes the wall after a flat tire. William Byron makes contact with Bowman when he can’t get slowed down and brings out the caution flag.

Kurt Busch passes Ryan Blaney for the lead.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 20 from the inside lane and gets out in front for the lead with Ryan Blaney in second.

The top five are Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney, Tyler Reddick, Kevin Harvick, and Chase Elliott.

Lap 23, Austin Dillon is now in 20th place.

Lap 24, Kurt Busch has a lead of over half a second on Ryan Blaney; Kevin Harvick, Tyler Reddick, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 26, Kevin Harvick passes Ryan Blaney for second.

At the end of lap 26, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.

Michael McDowell took four tires during the first caution and advanced 14 spots in six laps.

NBC Sports crews report that Goodyear brought 2,000 tires for today’s race!

Drivers come down pot road for fresh tires. Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road with Kurt Busch coming out second.

Chase Elliott had to make a second trip down pit road after making contact with a tire from the 53 team.

After staying out on the track Erik Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 30. Kevin Harvick quickly passes Jones to take the lead.

Michael McDowell slams the wall hard after getting loose and brings out the caution flag on lap 32. McDowell barely misses Joey Logano as he moves across the track.

Kevin Harvick leads the race with Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Preece, and Martin Truex Jr rounding out the top five.

Michael McDowell is the first driver out of the race.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 36 and jumps out in front for the lead with Kurt Busch in second; Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 37, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Kurt Busch; Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 42, Kevin Harvick holds on to a lead of over half a second on Kurt Busch; Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 45, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to over a second on Kurt Busch; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

James Davison and Cody Ware get into a wreck and bring out the caution flag on lap 48. Cody Ware has a flat tire and is dropping debris all over the track. Davison got loose and Cody Ware blew a trie trying to avoid James Davison.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires and service. Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road with Kevin Harvick coming out second.

Alex Bowman’s car broke out in flames during the pit stop. The fire is out and Bowman is moving again. Everyone in the pits is fine.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 54 from the inside lane. Hamlin gets out in front for the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Ryan Blaney,, Kurt Busch, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

The sun is beginning to set and is causing some major glare issues for the drivers as the track begins to transition.

Lap 58, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Ryan Blaney; Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 59, James Davison and Michael McDowell are out of the race with the remainder of the cars all on the lead lap.

Lap 61, Denny Hamlin has a one second lead on Ryan Blaney; Kurt Busch, Kyle Larsoon, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 65, Denny Hamlin has increased his lead to over a second on Ryan Blaney; Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 67, Ryan Blaney has closed the gap on leader Denny Hamlin to under a second.

Lap 76, Denny Hamlin continues to lead the race with Ryan Blaney in second; Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Tyler Reddick is reporting a vibration in the car.

Lap 81, drivers begin to make pit stops for fresh tires and fuel. Leader Denny Hamlin comes down pit road and gives the lead over to Ryan Blaney.

Lap 83, leader Ryan Blaney makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Alex Bowman as green flag pit stops continue.

Lap 84, Alex Bowman makes his pit stop and gives the lead back to Denny Hamlin.

Lap 85, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, and Martin Truex Jr.

BJ McLeod and Josh Bilicki have yet to make their pit stop.

There are 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 91, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over three seconds on Kyle Larson.

Lap 98, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over four seconds on Kyle Larson; Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five with 27 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 100, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over three seconds on Kyle Larson; Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 104, Kyle Larson is slowly eating into Denny Hamlin’s lead; Hamlin is just over three seconds ahead.

Kyle Busch reports that they are “not waking the car up in the right way”.

With nine laps remaining in stage one, there are 25 cars on the lead lap.

Two laps remain in stage one, Denny Hamlin has a lead of nearly two and a half seconds on Kyle Larson with 23 cars on the lead lap.

Denny Hamlin wins his first stage since April.

The top 10 at the of stage one:
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Larson
Kurt Busch
Ryan Blaney
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Tyler Reddick
Aric Almirola
Ross Chastain
Joey Logano

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires and service with Denny Hamlin winning the race off of pit road and Kyle Larson coming out second.

For stage two of the race, the “legends” take over the broadcast booth with Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett, and Dale Earnhardt Jr taking over.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 123 from the inside lane. Hamlin goes side by side with Kyle Larson before Larson gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, and Martin Truex Jr.

The caution flag comes out on lap 126 when Austin Dillon makes contact with Kyle Busch and sends the M&M’s car into the wall. Busch takes his car to the garage. Kyle Busch is out of the race.

Christopher Bell has gotten into the wall and is on pit road getting repairs.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 130 and gets out in front for the lead with Kurt Busch in second.

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

Lap 132, the top five are Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and Ryan Blaney.

Ryan Blaney passes Martin Truex Jr for fourth.

Lap 135, Kyle Larson has a lead of over half a second on Kurt Busch; Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Ross Chastain round out the top five with 24 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 141, Kyle Larson has increased his lead to over a second on Kurt Busch; Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Out of the infield care center, Kyle Busch said that it wasn’t the number three car’s fault; adding that their car was garbage.

Lap 145, Kyle Larson has increased his lead to two seconds on Kurt Busch.

Lap 152, Kyle Larson continues to increase his lead and is now over three seconds in front of Kurt Busch; Denny Hamlin, Ross Chastain, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 155, Daniel Suarez is the first driver to make a green flag pit stop.

Lap 158, Kyle Larson has a near six second lead on Kurt Busch.

Chase Elliott missed pit road while trying to make his pit stop. Kevin Harvick reports that he is very tight. Joey Logano also reports a very tight condition.

Leader Kyle Larson makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Christopher Bell.

Martin Truex Jr reports a “major loose wheel” and will have to make another trip down pit road.

The caution flag comes out on lap 163 for debris on the track.

Drivers that were a lap down due to pit stops can take the wave around, but Martin Truex Jr will have to come down pit road and cannot take the wave around.

Leader Christopher Bell ran over the debris and will have to come down pit road. He had yet to make his green flag pit stop.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 169. Kyle Larson jumps out in front for the lead with Kurt Busch in second; Denny Hamlin, Ross Chastain, and Christopher Bell round out the top five. Christopher Bell passes Ross Chastain for fourth.

Lap 171, there are 23 crs on the lead lap with three drivers out of the race – two of them playoff drivers.

Lap 173, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a near one second lead on Kurt Busch; Denny Hamlin, Christopher Bell, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 175, Kyle Larson continues to increase his lead and is now over a second in front of Kurt Busch.

Lap 180, Chase Elliott and Ross Chastain make contact but the track stays green.

Lap 181, Denny Hamlin battles with Kurt Busch for second. Hamlin passes Busch to take second.

Lap 183, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Denny Hamlin.

Lap 190, Kyle Larson has a near two second lead on Denny Hamlin; Kurt Busch, Christopher Bell, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 193, Kyle Larson continues to increase his lead and is now nearly two and a half seconds on Denny Hamlin.

Lap 196, Ross Chastain leads a host of driver including Chase Elliott and William Byron coming down pit road for service.

Lap 198, leader Kyle Larson makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Christopher Bell.

Lap 199, leader Christopher Bell makes his pit stop and give the lead back to Kyle Larson.

William Byron hits the wall and brings out the eighth caution flag of the race on lap 200. Byron hit the wall hard with the right front quarter of the car after a flat tire.. He becomes the fourth driver out of the race and the third playoff driver to wreck out of the race.

William Byron reports that he is fine.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 206 and gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 207, the top five are Kyle Larson, Kenny Hamlin, Christopher Bell, Kevin Harvick, and Ross Chastain.

Lap 210, Kyle Larson has a near second and a half lead on Denny Hamlin.

Lap 212, there are 22 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 214, fully under the lights, Kyle Larson has a lead of over two seconds on Denny Hamlin; Christopher Bell, Kevin Harvick, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Lap 220 – 10 laps to go in stage two – rim riding, Kyle Larson has a three and a half second lead on Denny Hamlin with Christopher Bell in third; Kevin Harvick and Ross Chastain round out the top five with 22 cars on the lead lap.

Aric Almirola is falling through the field; reporting numerous issues.

Martin Truex Jr and Matt DiBenedetto battle for the “lucky dog” position.

Matt DiBenedetto has a tire rub and has some smoke coming in the cockpit.

Three laps remain in stage two, Kyle Larson has a near five second lead on Christopher Bell with Denny Hamlin in third; Ross Chastain and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Kyle Larson wins stage two for his 13th stage win of the season..

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Larson
Christopher Bell
Ross Chastain
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Ryan Blaney
Corey LaJoie

Drivers come down pit road for service with Kyle Larson winning the race off of pit road.

Rick Allen and Jeff Burton return to the broadcast boot the finish the race.

Ryan Blaney is charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 237 and jumps out in front for the lead.

Lap 239, the top five are Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Ross Chastain, and Christopher Bell.

Lap 243, Kyle Larson begins to pull away from the field and has a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin; Joey Logano, Ross Chastain, and Christopher Bell round out the top five. There are 23 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 247, Kyle Larson is running some of the fastest laps in the race.

Martin Truex Jr was the “lucky dog” and is back on the lead lap in 17th place.

Christopher Bell reports that the vibration has returned; adding that his car is very loose.

Lap 251, Kyle Larson leads the race by nearly two seconds; Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Ross Chastain, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 253, Christopher Bell has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road for a loose wheel.

Lap 259, Kyle Larson has a near two second lead on Denny Hamlin.

Lap 263, Aric Almirola gets into the wall but saves it and the track stays green.

Lap 265, Kyle Larson has increased his lead to over two seconds on Denny Hamlin.

Aric Almirola is concerned that he may have a tire rub after hitting the wall.

Leader Kyle Larson brushed the wall; his crew chief tells him to not worry about it. Larson had a lead of nearly two and a half seconds.

Lap 270, Kurt Busch begins the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Leader Kyle Larson comes down pit road and gives the lead over to Denny Hamlin.

Lap 273, Ryan Blaney reports some brake fade as he makes his pit stop.

Lap 279, leader Denny Hamlin makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Martin Truex Jr who quickly comes down pit road.

Lap 282, Kyle Larson retakes the lead and has a lead of over seven seconds on Ross Chastain. There are 17 cars on the lead lap.

Erik Jones is out of the race.

Lap 287, Martin Truex Jr unlaps himself and is back on the lead lap.

Lap 288, Kyle Larson has a lead of over five seconds on Ross Chastain.

Kevin Harvick has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road with a loose tire.

Lap 290, Ross Chastain continues to close the gap on leader Kyle Larson; Larson is now less than four and a half seconds in front of Chastain.

Lap 299, Ross Chastain makes his pit stop.

Lap 300, more drivers come down pit road for fresh tires including leader Kyle Larson. Denny Hamlin is the new leader.

Lap 304, Ross Chastain bets Kyle Larson off of pit road after making their fastest pit stop of the season.

Lap 305, Denny Hamlin leads the race. It has yet to make his pit stop.

Sixty laps remain in the race, and there are only five drivers on the lead lap.

Lap 312, Denny Hamlin has an eleven second lead on Martin Truex Jr but both drivers have yet to make their pit stops. Ross Chastain, Kyle Larson, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Ryan Blaney spins out with a flat tire on lap 319 and brings out the caution flag. Blaney reports that he doesn’t have any brakes.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires. Martin Truex Jr won the race off of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr was caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 325. Denny Hamlin gets out in front with Kyle Larson in second.

Drivers get spread out across the field as Chris Buescher has an issue.

Chase Elliott brings out the caution flag when he gets into the wall on lap 328 with a flat tire.

Kyle Larson is the only Hendricks Motorsports car who has not had a major issue tonight.

Some drivers come down pit road for service.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with Kyle Larson alongside with 36 laps remaining in the race. Denny Hamlin gets out in front but Kyle Larson is making a run on Hamlin for the lead.

The top five are Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Ross Chastain, Joey Logano, and Kevin Harvick. There are only 15 cars on the lead lap.

With 33 laps to go, Kyle Larson is only two tenth of a second behind leader Denny Hamlin.

Thrity to go, Denny Hamlin leads the race with Kyle Larson in second; Ross Chastain, Joey Logano, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

With 26 laps to go, Denny Hamlin is slowly pulling away from Kyle Larson; Hamlin is now half a second in front of Larson.

Twenty-three to go, Martin Truex Jr passes Kevin Harvick for fifth. He has been running the fastest laps on the track.

Eighteen to go, Denny Hamlin has just a tenth of a second lead on Kyle Larson; Ross Chastain, Martin Truex Jr, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Fifteen to go, denny Hamlin has a third of a second lead on Kyle Larson. Ross Chastain battle Kyle Larson for second.

Ten to go, Denny Hamlin has a half second lead on Kyle Larson; Ross Chastain, Martin Truex Jr, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Seven to go, Denny Hamlin continues to lead the race with Kyle Larson in second. Hamlin ran the Xfinity race on Saturday.

Six to go, Ross Chastain has fallen to over a second back in third place.

Four to go, Denny Hamlin holds on to the lead with Kyle Larson continuing to try and run Hamlin down for the lead.

Denny Hamlin takes the white flag.

In the first race of the playoff rounds, Denny Hamlin finally gets his first win of the 2021 season. Kyle Larson was on Hamlin’s bumper when they crossed the finish line.

The unofficial results of the Cook Out Southern 500:
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Larson
Ross Chastain
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Brad Keselowski
Joey Logano
Chris Buescher
Austin Dillon
Cole Custer
Ryan Preece
Daniel Suarez
Ryan Newman
Corey LaJoie
Aric Almirola
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Tyler Reddick
Chase Briscoe
Christopher Bell
Bubba Wallace
Ryan Blaney
Mat DiBenedetto
Anthony Alfredo
Justin Haley
Alex Bowman
BJ McLeod
Josh Bilicki
Joey Gase
Quin Houff
Chase Elliott
Erik Jones
Cody Ware
William Byron
Kyle Busch
James Davison
Michael McDowell







Tokyo Paralympics Medal Count – Day 12

After the final full day of competition at the Tokyo Paralympics, the People’s Republic of China has dominated in the medal cunt with 96 gold medals and a total of 207 medals. The Chinese have earned over 75 more medals than the second place country of Great Britain who has 124.

The United States takes over third in the gold medal count with 37 but sits in fourth in overall medals with 104.

The festivities will conclude with the closing ceremonies on Sunday and the athletes begin to prepare for the 2024 games in Paris.

Paralympic Medal Count – Day 12:
People’s Republic of China – 207
Great Britain – 124
RPC (Russia) – 118
United States – 104
Ukraine – 98
Australia – 80
Brazil – 72
Italy – 69
Netherlands – 59
France – 54
Japan – 51
Germany – 43
Spain – 36
Poland – 25
Colombia – 24
Islamic Republic of Iran – 24
Republic of Korea – 24
Mexico – 22
Canada – 21

Azerbaijan – 19
Uzbekistan – 19
India – 19
Thailand – 18
Hungary –16
Belgium – 15
Turkey – 15
Switzerland – 14
New Zealand – 12
Algeria – 12
Tunisia – 11
Greece – 11
Nigeria – 10
Slovakia – 11
Morocco – 11
Austria – 9
Israel – 9
Argentina – 9
Indonesia – 9
Czech Republic – 8
Sweden – 8
Belarus – 7
Egypt – 7
Ireland – 7
Venezuela – 7
Croatia – 7
South Africa – 7
Chile – 6
Cuba – 6
Serbia – 6
Kazakhstan – 5
Latvia – 5
Denmark – 5
Finland – 5
Jordan – 5
Malaysia – 5
Hong Kong – 5
Norway – 4
Georgia – 3
Ecuador – 3
Lithuania – 3
Iraq – 3
United Arab Emirates – 3
Romania – 2
Bulgaria – 2
Sri Lanka – 2
Cyprus – 2
Slovenia – 2
Singapore – 2
Nambia – 2
Portugal – 2
Costa Rica – 2
Kuwait – 2
Vietnam – 1
El Salvador – 1
Ethiopia – 1
Montenegro – 1
Chinese Taipei – 1
Uganda – 1
Mongolia – 1
Kenya – 1
Oman – 1
Saudi Arabia – 1
Peru – 1
Pakistan – 1
Bosnia and Herzegovina – 1
Qatar – 1

Truck Series Driver Tames ‘The Lady in Black’ for Second Win

The Camping World Truck Series kicks off a double header day of racing with the In It to Win It 200 from Darlington Raceway. This is the second race of round one in the playoffs for the Truck Series drivers.

Sheldon Creed took home the trophy in the first race of the playoffs at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway and will sit on the pole for today’s race with Matt Crafton alongside on the front row.

With his win at Gateway, Sheldon Creed has locked in a spot for the round of eight of the playoffs.

The starting lineup for the In It to Win It 200:
Sheldon Creed
Matt Crafton
Ben Rhodes
Stewart Friesen
Carson Hocevar
John Hunter Nemechek
Austin Hill
Todd Gilliland
Chandler Smith
Zane Smith
Dylan Lupton
Grant Enfinger
Hailie Deegan
Jack Wood
Johnny Sauter
Austin Wayne Self
Chase Purdy
Derek Kraus
Ryan Truex
Josh Berry
Tyler Hill
Tanner Gray
Kris Wright
Tate Fogleman
Tyler Ankrum
Spencer Boyd
Danny Bohn?

Dawson Cram
Colby Howard
Josh Reaume
Lawless Alan
Ryan Ellis
Jordan Anderson
Parker Kligerman
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Spencer Davis
Norm Benning
Clay Greenfield

Stages one and two of the race are 45 laps each with stage three lasting 57 laps for a total of 147 laps around the mile and a third track.

Todd Bodine joins Vince Welch and Michael Waltrip in the FOX Sport broadcast booth for today’s race.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and jumps out in front for the lead with Matt Crafton edging out Ben Rhodes for second.

The drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Lap two, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes, John Hunter Nemechek, and Stewart Friesen.

John Hunter Nemechek passes Ben Rhodes for third.

Lap five, Sheldon Creed has pulled out to a half second lead on Matt Crafton; John Hunter Nemechek, Ben Rhodes, and Carson Hocevar round out the top five.

Lap seven, Matt Crafton has closed the gap on leader Sheldon Creed to just one tenth of a second with John Hunter Nemechek on Crafton’s bumper.

Lap eight, John Hunter Nemechek passes Matt Crafton for second.

Lap nine, John Hunter Nemechek battle with Sheldon Creed for the lead; Creed holds him off.

Lap 10, Joh Hunter Nemechek gets around Sheldon Creed to take the lead.

Lap eleven, the top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Sheldon Creed, Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes, and Carson Hocevar.

Matt Crafton passes Sheldon Creed for second.

NASCAR has called for a competiton caution on lap 15.

Sheldon Creed and Stewart Friesen are reporting loose conditions.

Lap 14, John Hunter Nemechek has a one second lead on Matt Crafton; Sheldon Creed, Carson Hocevar, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

The teams were given a total of five sets of tires for today’s race.

Lap 16, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.

Several drivers come down pit road for service and adjustments.

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

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 21 with Matt Crafton alongside. Nemechek gets out in front for the lead with Carson Hocevar in second; Matt Crafton, Todd Gilliland, and Stewart Friesen round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 22 for debris on the track after a part of the drive shaft came off of Tate Fogleman’s truck.

Ben Rhodes makes contact with Sheldon Creed and causes some damage to both trucks.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 27 from the outside lane. Nemechek edges out Matt Crafton to take the lead.

Colby Howard spins out with a flat tire and brings out the caution flag after going three wide. Howard stayed off the wall and did not hit any other trucks.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down once again for the green flag restart on lap 31 from the outside lane with Matt Crafton on the inside lane. Nemechek and Crafton go side by side before Nemechek takes the lead.

Lap 31, the top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Matt Crafton, Stewart Friesen, Carson Hocevar, and Todd Gilliland.

Lap 33, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of over a second on Matt Crafton with Stewart Friesen, Carson Hocevar, and Todd Gilliland rounding out the top five.

Ryan Elliss and Tate Fogleman are off the track. Jennifer Jo Cobb is the only driver on the track not on the lead lap.

Lap 37, John Hunter Nemechek has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Matt Crafton.

Lap 41, John Hunter Nemechek continues to lead the race with Matt Crafton in second; Stewart Frieson, Zane Smith, and Sheldon Creed round out the top five.

Lap 44, John Hunter Nemechek continues to lead Matt Crafton by over a second and a half; Zane Smith, Stewart Friesen, and Sheldon Creed round out the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek wins stage one for his 10th stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one :
John Hunter Nemechek
Matt Crafton
Zane Smith
Sheldon Creed
Stewart Friesen
Todd Gilliland
Carson Hocevar
Chandler Smith
Parker Kligerman
Ben Rhodes

The field comes down pit road for service. Sheldon Creed wins the race off of pit road with john Hunter Nemechek coming out second.

Ben Rhodes brings his truck down pit road for further repairs after saying that the truck felt weird; adding that the front and rear weren’t connecting.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 52 from the inside lane and gets out in front for the lead with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Chandler Smith, Matt Crafton and Carson Hocevar round out the top five.

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

Zane Smith and Tyler Ankrum make contact on the track but the track stays green.

Lap 57, Sheldon Creed has a half second lead on John Hunter Nemechek; Chandler Smith, Matt Crafton, and Carson Hocevar round out the top five.

Lap 59, part time driver Parker Kligerman started the race in 34th, he is now in the top 10 in seventh place.

Chandler Smith takes second from John Hunter Nemechek and sets his sights on leader Sheldon Creed.

Lap 64, the top five are Sheldon Creed, Chandler Smith, John Hunter Nemechek, Matt Crafton, and Carson Hocevar.

Chandler Smith passes Sheldon Creed for the lead.

Lap 66, Chandler Smith has pulled out to a lead of two seconds on Sheldon Creed. John Hunter Nemechek challenges Creed for second place.

Jack Wood, Kris Wright, and Ben Rhodes get into a wreck and bring out the caution flag on lap 67. The drivers were three wide at the time of the crash.

Race leader Chandler Smith comes down pit road for fresh tires. A number of other drivers also make a pit stop. Matt Crafton is on pit road with the hood up after reporting some brake issues. Ben Rhodes is on pit road for crash repairs.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 72 with John Hunter Nemechek alongside. Creed gets out in front for the lead with Nemechek in second; Carson Hocevar, Stewart Friesen, and Parker Kligerman round out the top five.

Ryan Elliss and Tate Fogleman are out of the race. There are 30 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 79, Sheldon Creed ahs a third of a second lead on John Hunter Nemechek; Carson Hocevar, Stewart Friesen, and Parker kligerman round out the top five.

Matt Crafton reports that his trip down pit road did not fix his brake issues.

Lap 85, despite brake issues, Matt Crafton is in seventh place.

Sheldon Creed holds on to his narrow lead on John Hunter Nemechek.

Lap 86, Sheldon Creed leads the race with John Hunter Nemechek a third of a second behind; Carson Hocevar, Chandler Smith, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Lap 88, Dylan Lupton hits the wall and has to bring his truck down pit road. The track stays green.

Sheldon Creed wins stage two for his third stage win of the playoffs.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Sheldon Creed
Chandler Smith
John Hunter Nemechek
Matt Crafton
Carson Hocevar
Zane Smith
Todd Gilliland
Stewart Friesen
Parker Kligerman
Tanner Gray

Drivers come down pit road for service. Sheldon Creed wins the race off of pit road.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the inside lane on lap 97 and gets out in front of Chandler Smith for the lead.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track as they battle for position. Tanner Gray brushes the wall but the track stays green.

The top five are Sheldon Creed, Chandler Smith, John Hunter Nemechek, Johnny Sauter, and Todd Gilliland.

Lap 100, Sheldon Creed has a lead of just under half a second on Chandler Smith; John Hunter Nemechek, Todd Gilliland, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Lap 103, Tanner Gray gets into the wall again and is slowed on the track. Gray works his way to pit road and the track stays green.

The seventh caution flag of the race comes out when Derek Kraus gets into Lawless Alan; spinning Alan around.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with Chandler Smith on the outside on lap 110. Creed jumps out in front for the lead.

Josh Reaume gets into the inside wall and brings out the caution flag.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with 32 laps remaining in the race. Creed gets out in front of Chandler Smith for the lead.

The top five are Sheldon Creed, Chandler Smith, John Hunter Nemechek, Grant Enfinger, and Parker Kligerman.

There are 27 trucks on the lead lap.

Thirty to go, Sheldon Creed leads the race but is getting a challenge form Chandler Smith; John Hunter Nemechek, Grant Enfinger, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

Lap 120, Sheldon Creed has a half second lead on John Hunter Nemechek; Chandler Smith, Grant Enfinger, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

Twenty to go, Sheldon Creed has a near half second lead on John Hunter Nemechek; Grant Enfinger, Chandler Smith, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

Fifteen to go, Sheldon Creed has a half second lead on John Hunter Nemechek with Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, and Todd Gilliland rounding out the top five.

Stewart Friesen passes Grant Enfinger for third.

Nine laps remain in the race, Sheldon Creed has a lead of nearly a second and a half on John Hunter Nemechek; Stewart Friesen, Grant Enfinger, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

Five to go, there are 22 trucks on the lead lap with four trucks out of the race. Sheldon Creed has a lead of over a half a second on John Hunter Nemechek. Stewart Friesen is one second back in third.

Tyler Hill comes down pit road with damage but the track stays green.

Sheldon Creed takes the white flag. He has won three of the last four playoff races including the 2021 playoff opener at Gateway.

Sheldon Creed wins the race for his second playoff win this season.

The unofficial results of the In It to Win It 200:
Sheldon Creed
John Hunter Nemechek
Stewart Friesen
Todd Gilliland
Parker Kligerman
Grant Enfinger
Chandler Smith
Johnny Sauter
Zane Smith
Matt Crafton
Carson Hocevar
Austin Hill
Colby Howard
Austin Wayne Self
Chase Purdy
Derek Kraus
Josh Berry
Tyler Ankrum
Clay Greenfield
Danny Bone
Spencer Boyd
Spencer Davis
Dawson Cram
Tanner Gray
Josh Reaume
Jordan Anderson
Lawless Alan
Kris Wright
Hailie Deegan
Jack Wood
Dylan Lupton
Tyler Hill
Ryan Truex
Ben Rhodes
Norm Benning
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Ryan Ellis Tate Fogleman

With his second place finish, John Hunter Nemechek has secured a spot in the next round of the playoffs; joining Sheldon Creed in the round ouf eight.



Tokyo Paralympics Medal Count – Day 11

It has been eleven days since the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games began and in that time nearly 1,000 gold, silver, and bronze medals have been handed out to athletes in 86 countries.

The People’s Republic of China continue to lead the list of medal winners with 93 gold medals and a total of 200 medals.

The United States has joined the list of 100 plus medal winners with a total of 101 – 35 of them gold.

Paralympic Medal Count – Day 11:
People’s Republic of China – 200
Great Britain – 122
RPC (Russia) – 117
United States – 101
Ukraine – 98
Australia – 78
Brazil – 71
Italy – 69
Netherlands – 58
France – 52
Germany – 43
Japan – 43
Spain – 35
Poland – 25
Colombia – 24
Islamic Republic of Iran – 24
Republic of Korea – 22
Mexico – 22
Canada – 21

Azerbaijan – 19
Uzbekistan – 19
Thailand – 17
India – 17
Hungary –16
Belgium – 15
Turkey – 15
Switzerland – 12
New Zealand – 12
Algeria – 12
Tunisia – 11
Greece – 11
Nigeria – 10
Slovakia – 10
Morocco – 10
Austria – 9
Israel – 9
Argentina – 9
Czech Republic – 8
Belarus – 7
Egypt – 7
Ireland – 7
Sweden – 7
Venezuela – 7
Croatia – 7
South Africa – 6
Chile – 6
Cuba – 6
Serbia – 6
Indonesia – 6
Kazakhstan – 5
Latvia – 5
Denmark – 5
Finland – 5
Jordan – 5
Malaysia – 5
Norway – 4
Georgia – 3
Ecuador – 3
Lithuania – 3
Iraq – 3
Hong Kong – 3
United Arab Emirates – 3
Romania – 2
Bulgaria – 2
Sri Lanka – 2
Cyprus – 2
Slovenia – 2
Singapore – 2
Nambia – 2
Portugal – 2
Costa Rica – 2
Kuwait – 2
Vietnam – 1
El Salvador – 1
Ethiopia – 1
Montenegro – 1
Chinese Taipei – 1
Uganda – 1
Mongolia – 1
Kenya – 1
Oman – 1
Saudi Arabia – 1
Peru – 1
Pakistan – 1
Bosnia and Herzegovina – 1
Qatar – 1

Overtime Finish for Xfinity Series Win at Darlington Raceway

The Xfinity Series kicks off a triple header weekend of racing on this Labor Day weekend at the track that is called “too tough to tame” – Darlington Raceway – and the Sports Clips Haircuts VFW Help a Hero 200.

While the Camping World Truck Series and the Cup Series have reached the playoffs, the Xfinity Series still has three more races before they reach the playoffs and reveal the top 12 drivers that will battle for the championship.


Daniel Hemric sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with current points leader AJ Allmendinger starting alongside on the front row.


Cup Series regulars Denny Hamlin, Tyler Reddick, Austin Dillon, and Ty Dillon will also be a part of the 40 car field today.

The starting lineup for the Sports Clips 200:
Daniel Hemric
AJ Allmendinger
Justin Haley
Justin Allgaier
Jeb Burton
Harrison Burton
Riley Herbst
Noah Gragson
Myatt Snider
Ty Dillon
Sam Mayer
Ryan Sieg
Tommy Joe Martns
Denny Hamlin
Jeremy Clements
Josh Williams
Landon Cassill
David Starr
Michael Annett
Jade Buford
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Alex Labbe
Brandon Brown
Austin Cindric
Brandon Jones
Mason Massey
Ryan Vargas
Tyler Reddick
Timmy Hill
Colby Howard
Colin Garrett
Joe Graf Jr
Matt Mills
Jesse Little
Austin Dillon
Ryan Ellis
Kyle Weatherman
Carson Ware
BJ McLeod
Gray Gaulding

Ty Dillon is sitting in for Brett Moffitt who has pulled out of the race due to a medical issue. He will have to start the race from the back of the field.

Stages one and two of the race are 45 laps each with stage three lasting 57 laps for a total of 147 laps around the mile and a third track.

Motocross star Ricky Carmichael joins Rick Allen, Steve Letarte, and Jeff Burton in the broadcast booth for the race. Carmichael is a 12 time champion and a Hall of Fame member. He has also driven in the Camping World Truck Series.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and jumps out in front for the lead.

Already at the back of the field, Gray Gaulding will have to start the race from the back of the field after missing drivers introductions.

Lap two, Sam Mayer hits the wall but the track stays green.

Lap three, Daniel Hemric has a third of a second lead on Justin Allgaier; Justin Haley, AJ Allmendinger, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap five, Darlington Raceway repaved 600 feet of race track in turn two. The drivers are reporting that the new paving is very slick and has no grip.

Lap seven, Daniel Hemric holds on to a narrow lead on Justin Allgaier with Justin Haley, AJ Allmendinger, and Harrison Burton rounding out the top five.

Lap 10, Daniel Hemric leads the race with Justin Allgaier on his bumper and challenging for the lead; AJ Allmendinger, Justin Haley, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap eleven, Justin Allgaier takes the lead after Daniel Hemric allows the driver to get in front. Hemric has some debris on his track and is looking for help to get the debris off.

Gray Gaulding is out of the race.

Lap 12, the caution flag comes out after Carson Ware spins out. He doesn’t hit the wall.

Daniel Hemric comes down pit road with a possible engine issue – a loose plug wire. The crew reattaches the plug wire and does not loose a lap.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 16 from the outside lane and edges out AJ Allmendinger for the lead; Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Noah Gragson takes second from Allmendinger.

La p18, Justin Allgaier has a lead of nearly half a second on Noah Gragson; AJ Allmendinger, Denny Hamlin, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

The teams were given just four sets of tires for today’s race.

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

Daniel Hemric is the only driver who came down pit road for fresh tires.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 26 from the outside lane; but it is Noah Gragson who initially gets out in front before Allgaier retakes the lead.

Lap 27, the top five are Justin Algaier, Noah Gragson, Denny Hamlin, AJ Allmendinger, and Justin Haley.


Lap 29, Justin Allgaier leads the race with Noah Gragsn and Denny Hamlin in a battle for second.

Lap 31,after restarting the race in 32nd on lap 26, Daneil Hemric is just outside the top 10 in 12th place.

Lap 32, Noah Gragson passes Justin Allgaier for the lead. Denny Hamlin also passes Allgaier.

Lap 33, the top five are Noah Gragson, Denny Hamlin, Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger, and Justin Haley.

Lap 34, Colin Garrett is the only driver not on the lead lap.

Lap 35, Denny Hamlin passes Noah Gragson for the lead.

Lap 39, Justin Haley passes AJ Allmendinger for fourth; putting Allmendinger in fifth place.

Lap 40, Denny Hamlin leads the race with Daniel Hemric in second; Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin gets sideways at the end of stage one.

Daniel Hemric wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Daniel Hemric
Noah Gragson
AJ Allmendinger
Justin Haley
Denny Hamlin
Harrison Burton
Austin Cindric
Brandon Jones
Myatt Snider
Justin Allgaier


Noah Gragson is reporting some brake issues; but they are not consistent.

Showing the value of fresh tires, Daniel Hemric needed just 20 laps to go from 32nd place to win the stage.

Sam Mayer had an issue on pit road; there was a fire in the tire well. Mayer is out of the car and fine.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Justin Haley winning the race off of pit road.

Denny Hamlin tried passing David Starr on pit road and made contact with Starr. There is a bit of damage on Hamlin’s car.

Part of Justin Allgaier’s handling issues was due to worn out tires.

Justin Haley brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 54 from the inside lane and gets out in front after a push from Daniel Hemric.

AJ Allmendinger passes Justin Haley for the lead.

Lap 55, the top five are AJ Allmendinger, Justin Haley, Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, and Daniel Hemric.

Kyle Weatherman and Sam Mayer are off the track.

The caution flag comes out on lap 59 when Brandon Jones and Daniel Hemric make contact; spinning out Jones and sending him into the wall.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 65 with Justin Haley alongside. Allmendinger gets out in front for the lead with Noah Gragson taking second; Austin Cindric, Justin Haley, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

There are 34 cars on the lead lap. Kyle Weatherman has returned to the track 15 laps down.

Lap 69, AJ Allmendinger has a narrow lead over Noah Gragson; Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 71, Noah Gragson passes AJ Allmendinger for the lead.

AJ Allmendinger reports some issues with his right rear tire wear.

Lap 73, Noah Gragson has pulled out to a one second lead on AJ Allmendinger; Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric, and Justin Haley round out the top five. Cindric and Allmendinger are currently in a battle for the points lead…and the 15 bonus points at the end of the regular season.

Lap 80, Noah Gragson has a lead of over half a second on AJ Allmendinger; Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap 83, Noah Gragson has increased his lead to over a second and a half on AJ Allmendinger with Austin Cindric, Daniel, Hemric, and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five.

Lap 85, AJ Allmendinger and Austin Cindric make contact and gives Allmendinger a Darlington stripe but the track stays green.

With three laps remaining in stage two, Noah Gragson has pulled out toa two and a half second lead as Daniel Hemric and AJ Allmendinger battling for second.

Drivers get three wide in turns one and two going into the final lap of stage two.

Noah Gragson wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Noah Gragson
Denny Hamlin
Austin Cindric
Justin Allgaier
Daniel Hemric
AJ Allmendinger
Harrison Burton
Austin Dillon
Justin Haley
Myatt Snider

Drivers come down pit road for service with Noah Gragson winning the race off of pit road.

Noah Gragsn brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the inside lane on lap 98 with Denny Hamlin alongside. Gragson gets out in front for the lead and gets a challenge from AJ Allmendinger.

AJ Allmendinger takes the lead with Denny Hamlin in second; Noah Gragson, Austin Cindric, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 100, AJ Allmendinger leads the race with Denny Hamlin on his bumper; Noah Gragson, Austin Cindric, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Lap 103, Austin Dillon has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road.

Denny Hamlin passes AJ Allmendinger for the lead.

Lap 105, Denny Hamlin has a near half secon lead on AJ Allmendinger with Noah Gragson, Austin Cindric, and Daniel Hemric rounding out the top five.

Lap 109, The caution flag comes out after Riley Herbst rear ends a slowed Tommy Joe Martins. Herbst brings his car down pit road and has to make a quick escape when the car catches fire. Herbst was 44 points above the cut line in 12th place at the time of the wreck.

Even though the drivers were on pit road just 12 laps ago, they all come down pit road for fresh tires. Timmy Hill stays out on the track. Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road.

All of the drivers have one set of fresh tires remaining except Alex Labbe and Daniel Hemric. Timmy Hill has two sets of tires.

Timmy Hill brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with Denny Hamlin alongside on the inside. Denny Hamlin jumps out in front as the drivers spread out across the track to get around Timmy Hill. Hill reports that the car came out of gear.

With 31 laps to go, Denny Hamlin leads the race with AJ Allmendinger in second; Noah Gragson, Harrison Burton, and Justin Allagier round out the top five.

There are 29 cars on the lead lap with Tommy Joe Martins, Riley Herbst, Sam Mayer, and Gray Gaulding out of the race. Timmy Hill is on pit road. Kyle Weatherman is 18 laps down with Ryan Ellis 19 laps down.

Lap 122, Denny Hamlin has a lead of nearly a second on AJ Allmendinger; Noah Gragson, Harrison Burton, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Just 17 laps remain in the race with Denny Hamlin leading Noah Gragson by over half a second; Harrison Burton, Justin Allgaier, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Timmy Hill is out of the race.


Lap 133, Noah Gragson has cut Denny Hamlin’s lead to under half a second; third place driver Harrison Burton is over two seconds back with Justin Allgaier, and AJ Allmendinger rounding out the top five.

Ten to go, Denny Hamlin continues to lead the race, but has pulled out to a one second lead on Noah Gragson.

Lap 138, Brandon Jones spins out and brings out the seventh caution flag of the race.

Drivers come down pit road for that last set of tires. Daneil Hemric and Landon Cassill stay out on the track with no fresh tires in the pits. Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road…barely…but was charged with equipment – tire – over the pit wall too soon. Hamlin will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart on old tires with Landon Cassill alongside on lap 140. Daneil Hemric gets ut in front for the lead as the drivers get three wide. Noah Gragson gets out in front for the lead with Daniel Hemric in second.

Four laps to go, Daniel Hemric slides and gests stopped on the track but gets the car moving and the track stays green.

AJ Allmendinger has an issue with his car and has sparks coming out from under the car.

The eighth caution flag comes out for debris on the track. The race goes into overtime.

In a two lap overtime shootout, Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 151 from the inside lane with Austin Cindric alongside on the outside lane. Gragson jumps out in front for the lead with Harrison Burton on his bumper. Burton challenges Gragson, but Gragson holds on to the lead.

Noah Gragson wins his first race of the 2021 season with Harrison Burton just two tenths of a second behind. Noah Gragson has secured himself a spot in the playoffs on points but now will enter the playoffs as a race winner.

The unofficial results of the Sports Clips Haircuts VFW Help a Hero 200:
Noah Gragsn
Harrison Burton
Austin Cindric
Justin Haley
Jeb Burton
Justin Allgaier
Tyler Reddick
Jeremy Clements
Myatt snider
Alex Labbe
Ryan Sieg
Denny Hamlin
Ty Dillon
Michael Annett
Josh Williams
Landon Cassill
Colin Garrett
Mason Massey
Joe Graf Jr
AJ Allmendinger
Jade Buford
BJ McLeod
Matt Mills
Daniel Hemric
Ryan Vargas
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Colby Howard
Brandon Brown
Austin Dillon
David Starr
Carson Ware
Jesse Little
Brandon Jones
Kyle Weatherman
Ryan Ellis
Timmy Hill
Tommy Joe Martins
Riley Herbst
Sam Mayer
Gray Gaulding

David Ferguson Debuts with Star-Studded Album

An award winning recording engineer, David Ferguson has stepped out of the control room and in front of a microphone to release his debut album “Nashville No More”. 

Ferguson has been an integral part of the Nashville music scene for decades. He has worked with the likes of Johnny Cash, John Prine, Sturgill Simpson; as well as, compose soundtracks for video games.

The 10 song album features collaborations with Sierra Hull and Justin Moses, Margo Price, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Bela Fleck, Ronnie McCoury, Tim O’Brien, Dan Auerbach, Mark Howard, Billy Stanford, Kenny Vaughan, Russ Pahl, Sam Bacon, Mike Rojas, Mike Bub, and Dave Roe.

Fergie – as he is known in Nashville – admits to originally recording the album “to pass the time” during the pandemic but “Nashville No More” has ended up as a culmination of 40 years at the board in a recording studio control room.

“Nashville No More” tracklisting:
“Four Strong Winds”
“Boats to Build”
“Fellow Travelers”
“Nights with You”
“Looking for Rainbows”
“Chardonnay”
“Early Morning Rain”
“Knocking Around Nashville”
“My Autumns Done Come”
“Hard Times Come Again No More”

feature poto credit: IVPR

Kacey Musgraves

Country music star Kacey Musgraves has announced a tour beginning in January she is calling the “Star Crossed” tour to support her new album by the same name due out September 10.

The six time Grammy Award winning artist is bringing King Princess and NUMA along for the tour. This will be Musgraves first tour in two years.

Tickets for the tour go on sale September 9 at 10am local time on Musgraves website.

Kacey Musgraves tour dates:
Jan 19 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
Jan 20 at the United Center in Chicago, IL
Jan 21 at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, MO
Jan 23 at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
Jan 24 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Jan 26 at the Well Fargo Centeri n Philadelphia, PA
Jan 27 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA
Feb 3 at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
Feb 5 at Madison Sqaure Garden in New York City, NY
Feb 9 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
Feb 11 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Feb 14 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
Feb 16 at the Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Feb 19 at the Oakland Arena in Oakland, CA
Feb 20 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA

Tokyo Paralympics Medal Count – Day 10

The 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games enter their final weekend of competition before the closing ceremonies conclude on September 5.

With the addition of Pakistan to the list, there are now 84 countries who have had athletes earn medals in the Tokyo Paralympics.

The People’s Republic of China continues to dominate the list of medal winners with 85 gold medals and 184 medals overall. Great Britain and the RPC add their names to the list of countries who have won at least 100 medals.

The United States has tied for third in gold medals with 34. The Americans have earned a total of 92 medals to hold on to fifth in the overall count.

Paralympic Medal Count – Day 10:
People’s Republic of China – 184
Great Britain – 111
RPC (Russia) – 107
Ukraine – 94
United States – 92
Australia – 72
Italy – 65
Brazil – 61
Netherlands – 54
France – 51
Germany – 39
Japan – 34
Spain – 33
Colombia – 23
Poland – 23
Mexico – 21
Canada – 20
Islamic Republic of Iran – 20
Republic of Korea – 19

Azerbaijan – 17
Uzbekistan – 17
Thailand – 15
Hungary –15
Belgium – 15
Turkey – 15
India – 13
Switzerland – 12
New Zealand – 12
Algeria – 10
Slovakia – 9
Austria – 9
Tunisia – 9
Israel – 9
Greece – 9
Nigeria – 8
Czech Republic – 8
Belarus – 7
Egypt – 7
Ireland – 7
Sweden – 7
Argentina – 7
Venezuela – 6
Latvia – 5
South Africa – 6
Morocco – 6
Kazakhstan – 5
Chile – 5
Cuba – 5
Denmark – 5
Finland – 5
Croatia – 5
Jordan – 4
Norway – 4
Serbia – 4
Indonesia – 3
Georgia – 3
Malaysia – 3
Ecuador – 3
Lithuania – 3
Romania – 2
Bulgaria – 2
Sri Lanka – 2
Iraq – 2
Cyprus – 2
Slovenia – 2
Hong Kong – 2
Singapore – 2
Nambia – 2
United Arab Emirates – 2
Vietnam – 1
El Salvador – 1
Ethiopia – 1
Montenegro – 1
Chinese Taipei – 1
Uganda – 1
Portugal – 1
Mongolia – 1
Costa Rica – 1
Kuwait – 1
Kenya – 1
Oman – 1
Saudi Arabia – 1
Peru – 1
Pakistan – 1

DWTS Makes BIG Change for Upcoming Season

Over the past couple of years “Dancing with the Stars” fans have seen a lot of changes from a new host to new professional dancers.

When season 30 premieres later this month, fans will see a major change when they meet the couples.  Entertainer Jojo Siwa will become the first American DWTS contestant to dance with a same sex partner.

This is not the first time that a DWTS franchise has had a same sex couple.  A few years ago, Israel featured a same sex couple in the competition.

Siwa is an 18 year old who identifies herself as gay and queer.  She notes that allowing her to dance with a same sex partner lets other know that it is all right for people to be themselves.  “I think it breaks a wall that’s never been broken down before.  It’s normal for a girl to dance with a guy, and I think that’s really cool, but it’s really special that now not only do I get to share with the world that you get to love who you love, but also you get to dance with who you want to dance with,” she said.

Noting that among the decisions that she and her partner will have to work out are who leads and costumes; Siwa said, “it’s going to give so much to people out there, people of the LGBTQ community, everyone, people who feel just a little different.  I want to make it OK for the people who come after me.”

Show host Tyra Banks spoke on the decision saying, “I think it’s going to save lives.  I think it’s going to change lives, and it’s going to make a lot of noise, and the noise that needs to be made.”

While the cast will not be revealed until next week, Olympic gold medal gymnast Suni Lee will also be competing on the show.  Lee brought home a full set of medals – a gold, a silver, and a bronze – for her gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics.  Lee spoke on her opportunity to be a part of the show saying, “I can express myself, which I’m excited for, because in gymnastics you can’t really do that, especially when you’re training for so much and it’s just a very intense kind of environment. I’m excited to kind of let loose and just have fun.”

With Covid restrictions and lock downs in place last season, head judge Len Goodman could not be a part of the show, but he returns this season to his spot at the table along with regulars Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli; along with a fourth judge – Derek Hough.

Carbon Leaf

Virginia’s Folk music band Carbon Leaf is launching their fall tour on September 8 that will end in a home show in December.

The band notes that “safety is paramount” and has asked that ALL venues require concert attendees to be vaccinated or have a negative Covid test 72 hours prior to the performance.  Band members say, “we are looking forward to having a safe place to gather and experience the live music together, and we hope to see you all out for ‘The Hunting Ground’ tour”.

The Hunting Ground tour dates:
Sept 8 at Daryl’s House in Pawling, NY
Sept 9 at Bull Run in Shirley, MA
Sept 10 at the Bank of New Hampshire Stage in Concord, NH
Sept 11 at the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk, CT
Sept 12 at the Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington, NY
Sept 14 at the Montage Music Hall in Rochester, NY
Sept 15 at the Buffalo Iron Works in Buffalo, NY
Sept 16 at the Thunderbird Music Hall in Pittsburgh, PA
Sept 17 at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI
Sept 19 at Lake Park in Des Plaines, IL – this is a free show
Sept 24 at the Inn at the Old Silk Mill in Fredericksburg, VA
Sept 27 at MIM In Phoenix, AZ
Sept 28 at Winston’s Beach Club in San Diego, CA
Sept 29 at the Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles, CA
Sept 30 at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA
Oct 1 at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR
Oct 2 at The Crocodile Showroom in Seattle, WA
Oct 3 at The Triple Door in Seattle, WA – 2 shows
Oct 5 at The Olympic in Boise, ID
Oct 6 at Soundwell in Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 8 at The Armory in Ft. Collins, CO
Oct 9 at the Bluebird Theater in Denver, CO
Oct 10 at Encore at The Uptown in Kansas City, MO
Oct 11 at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St. Paul, MN
Oct 12 at the High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI
Oct 13 at the City Winery in Chicago, IL
Oct 14 at the Listening Room in Grand Rapids, MI
Oct 15 at the Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland, OH
Oct 16 at Hi-Fi Indy in Indianapolis, IN
Oct 19 at the White Oak Music Hall in Houston, TX
Oct 20 at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX
Oct 21 at the 3Ten at Austin City Limits in Austin, TX
Oct 22 at the Old Rock House in St Louis, MO
Nov 2 at the City Winery in Atlanta, GA
Nov 3 at the Roasting Room Lounge in Bluffton, SC
Nov 4 at the Pour House in Charleston, SC
Nov 5 at the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, NC
Nov 6 at the Motorco Music Hall in Durham, NC
Nov 10 at 1 Longfellow Square in Portland, ME
Nov 11 at The Wolf Den in Uncasville, CT
Nov 12 at Higher Ground in Burlington, VT
Nov 13 at the Rockport Music Hall in Rockport, MA
Dec 3 at the World Café in Philadelphia, PA
Dec 4 at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City, NY
Dec 5 at the Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, NH
Dec 10-12 at the Ram’s Head Onstage in Annapolis, MD -four shows
Dec 16 & 17 at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA
Dec 18 at the National in Richmond, VA

Tokyo Paralympics Medal Count – Day 9

It has been nine days since the 2020 Tokyo Paralympians have gathered for the international competition.

When the athletes walked into the National Stadium for the parade of nations, 162 flags were revealed. With a total of 83 nations winning medals over half of those nations have now earned a medal.

Thrughout The Games, the People’s Republic of China has dominated in the medal count and continues to do so with a total of 77 gold medals and 167 medals overall – winning 20 medals in one day.

The United States in fifth place for the overall medal count with 80. The U.S. holds on to fourth place in the gold medal count with 27.

Paralympic Medal Count – Day 9:
People’s Republic of China – 167
RPC (Russia) – 97
Great Britain – 96
Ukraine – 84
United States – 80
Australia – 66
Italy – 58
Brazil – 54
France – 46
Netherlands – 41
Germany – 34
Spain – 33
Japan – 27
Colombia – 21
Poland – 19
Canada – 18
Islamic Republic of Iran – 18

Azerbaijan – 16
Uzbekistan – 16
Republic of Korea – 16
Mexico – 15
Thailand – 15
Turkey – 14
Belgium – 13
Hungary –13
Switzerland – 12
New Zealand – 10
India – 10
Algeria – 10
Slovakia – 9
Austria – 9
Tunisia – 9
Israel – 9
Nigeria – 8
Greece – 8
Belarus – 7
Egypt – 7
Czech Republic – 7
Ireland – 6
Venezuela – 6
Latvia – 5
South Africa – 5
Kazakhstan – 5
Chile – 5
Cuba – 5
Argentina – 5
Denmark – 4
Jordan – 4
Norway – 4
Sweden – 4
Finland – 4
Morocco – 4
Indonesia – 3
Georgia – 3
Malaysia – 3
Serbia – 3
Croatia – 3
Romania – 2
Bulgaria – 2
Lithuania – 2
Ecuador – 2
Sri Lanka – 2
Iraq – 2
Cyprus – 2
Slovenia – 2
Hong Kong – 2
Singapore – 2
Nambia – 2
Vietnam – 1
El Salvador – 1
Ethiopia – 1
Montenegro – 1
Chinese Taipei – 1
Uganda – 1
Portugal – 1
Mongolia – 1
Costa Rica – 1
Kuwait – 1
Kenya – 1
United Arab Emirates – 1
Oman – 1
Saudi Arabia – 1
Peru – 1

Trans Siberian Orchestra

After missing a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Trans Siberian Orcheste returns this fall for another tour of festive music in a theatrical spectacular they are calling a homecoming.

As in previous years, two different groups of performers will criss-cross the cournty bringing their holiday music to fans with a 59 city live tour. Tickets go on sale to the general public September 17 at 10am lcoal time.

TSO lead guitarist Al Pitrelli spoke on the upcoming tour saying, “not that anyone took this for granted, but (these shows) are something we planned our holidays around and that was taken away from us last year. To be able to go out and do this again, we can’t wait. Every lyric will be sung and every note will be played with that much more importance.” He added, “if that anyone took this for granted, but (these shows) are something we planned our holidays around and that was taken away from us last year.”

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of “Christmas Eve and Other Stories”, TSO will need at least a dozen buses and 21 tractor trailers to carry everything needed for the show.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra tour dates:
Nov 17 at the Resch Center in Green Bay, WI
Nov 17 at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, IA
Nov 18 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, SD
Nov 19 at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA
Nov 20 at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA
Nov 20 at the Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Nov 21 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes Barre, PA
Nov 21 at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 23 at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 24 at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY
Nov 26 at the SNHU Arean in Manchester, NH
Nov 26 at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, WA
Nov 27 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA
Nov 27 at the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, WA
Nov 28 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
Nov 28 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
Dec 1 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Dec 1 at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA
Dec 2 at the Heritage Bank Center in Cincinnati, OH
Dec 2 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA
Dec 3 at the Huntington Center in Toledo, OH
Dec 3 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
Dec 4 at the Nutter Center in Dayton, OH
Dec 4 at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, CA
Dec 5 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI
Dec 5 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ
Dec 8 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC
Dec 8 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
Dec 9 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC
Dec 9 at the Frank C. Erwin Jr Special Events Center in Austin, TX
Dec 10 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greensville, SC
Dec 10 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
Dec 11 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
Dec 11 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
Dec 12 at the Gas South Arena in Atlanta, GA
Dec 12 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX
Dec 15 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
Dec 15 at the BJCC in Birmingham, AL
Dec 16 at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA
Dec 16 at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL
Dec 17 at the Wells Farco Center in Philadelphia, PA
Dec 17 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL
Dec 18 at the UBSArena in Belmont, NY
Dec 18 at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL
Dec 19 at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA
Dec 19 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Dec 21 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
Dec 22 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Dec 22 at the Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Dec 23 at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
Dec 23 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL
Dec 26 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
Dec 26 at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
Dec 27 at the Xcel Energy Arena in St. Paul, MN
Dec 28 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
Dec 29 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Dec 29 at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, MO
Dec 30 at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, OH
Dec 30 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO


Curtain Up! Begins Sept 17

In an outdoor event to welcome back Broadway, Playbill, The Broadway League, and the Times Square Alliance have joined forces for Curtain Up! The three day event will feature 22 separate events along Broadway between 45th and 48th Streets beginning September 17.

All events are free and will include a Jimmy Awards reunion concert, a Vive! Broadway celebration, seven productions by playwrights of colour, and performances from hit Broadway shows. Broadway production performances include Ain’t Too Proud”, “Aladdin”, “Caroline, or Change”, “Chicago”, “Come From Away”, “Company”, “Dear Evan Hansen”, “Diana the Musical”, “Girl from the North Country”, “Hadestown”, “Jagged Little Pill”, “The Lion King”, “Mrs Doubtfire”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Six”, “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”, “Waitress”, “Wicked”, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, “Lackawanna Blues”, “Pass Over”, “Thoughts of a Colored Man”, and “To Kill a Mockingbird”.

The festivities begin at 11am on September 17 with the Broadway Podcast Network at the Playbill Piano Bar.

The events officially kick off at noon in Duffy Square with speakers and performers. The festivities conclude at Duffy Square beginning at 11am with “This is Broadway” – a concert to celebrate the return of theatrical events across New York City.

Playbill has created a special program that will be handed out in Times Square.

All state and federal Covid protocols will be in place during the events.

Tokyo Paralympics Medal Count – Day 8

After eight days of competition at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, dozens of World and paralympic records have been broken as the stakes get higher and the times get lower.

The swimming and track and field events continue as tennis and basketball reach their final stages.

The People’s Republic of China continue to lead the gold medal count with 68; as well as, the overall medal count with 147.

The United States has 25 gold medals and a total of 72; 65 percent of those medals have been won by woman.

Two more countries have added their names to the list of medal winners for a total of 82.

Paralympic Medal Count – Day 8:
People’s Republic of China – 147
RPC (Russia) – 89
Great Britain – 86
Ukraine – 75
United States – 72
Australia – 60
Italy – 48
Brazil – 48
France – 40
Netherlands – 39
Germany – 31
Spain – 30
Japan – 25
Colombia – 20
Poland – 18
Canada – 16
Azerbaijan – 16
Uzbekistan – 15
Islamic Republic of Iran – 15
Mexico – 14
Republic of Korea – 14
Turkey – 12
Belgium – 12
Thailand – 12
Hungary –11
New Zealand – 10
India – 10
Slovakia – 9
Austria – 9
Tunisia – 8
Nigeria – 7
Algeria – 7
Belarus – 7
Israel – 7
Switzerland – 7
Greece – 7
Ireland – 6
Egypt – 6
Venezuela – 6
Czech Republic – 6
Latvia – 5
South Africa – 5
Kazakhstan – 5
Denmark – 4
Jordan – 4
Chile – 4
Norway – 4
Sweden – 4
Finland – 4
Cuba – 4
Indonesia – 3
Georgia – 3
Argentina – 3
Malaysia – 3
Serbia – 3
Morocco – 3
Romania – 2
Bulgaria – 2
Lithuania – 2
Ecuador – 2
Sri Lanka – 2
Iraq – 2
Cyprus – 2
Croatia – 2
Slovenia – 2.
Hong Kong – 2
Singapore – 1
Vietnam – 1
El Salvador – 1
Ethiopia – 1
Montenegro – 1
Chinese Taipei – 1
Uganda – 1
Nambia – 1
Portugal – 1
Mongolia – 1
Costa Rica – 1
Kuwait – 1
Kenya – 1
United Arab Emirates – 1
Oman – 1
Saudi Arabia – 1

NASCAR Issues Single Daytona Penalty

This past weekend at Daytona International Speedway, there was plenty of excitement on the track during both the Xfinity and Cup Series races with big pile ups and overtime finishes.

On Sunday several Cup Series drivers had to start the race from the back of the field due to pre-race inspection issues and after the race, NASCAR officials disqualified Chris Buescher’s second place finish after it was discovered that there was an illegal part on his car.

But when it came to issuing penalties, NASCAR handed out one penalty for a single lug nut infraction.

In the Xfinity Series the SS Green Light Racing number 17 car driven by JJ Yeley was found to have a single lug nut improperly secured. As a result, crew chief Jason Miller was fined $5,000.

In other penalty news, NASCAR has reinstated Michael Leoncini. The crew member is now eligible to return to his normal duties.

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