Eagles of Death Metal Get in the Holiday Spirit

California rockers Eagles of Death Metal are dipping their musical toes into the holiday music genre with the EP “A Boots Electric Christmas”.  Set for a November 19 release the six track EP will be available as a CD and as a digital download.

EODM’s Jesse Hughes puts his own “electrified” spin on some classic holiday tunes and “Put a Little Love in Your Heart”.  The songs feature some interesting and lovely melodies on the traditional songs.  Hughes and band mate Joshua Homme also sing an A Cappella version of “O Holy Night”.

The EP is currently available for pre-order and includes a bonus of “O Holy Night” and “Put a Litle Love in Your Heart” immediately.  Go to eaglesofdeaathmetal.com to order.

The rockers are also launching a tour in November of the United Kingdom and a European tour beginning in March.

Tracklisting for “A Boots Electric Christmas”:
“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”
“Put a Little Love in Your Heart”
“O Holy Night”
“Little Drummer Boy”
“Little Town of Bethlehem”
“O Holy Night” – A Cappella



Eagles of Death Metal tour dates:
Nov 22 at Chalk in Brighton, UK
Nov 23 at Tramshead in Cardiff, UK
Nov 24 at the University in Newcastle, UK
Nov 26 at the O2 Institute in Birmingham, UK
Nov 27 at the Academy in Dublin, Ireland
Nov 28 at the Limelight in Belfast, UK
Nov 29 at the SWG3 Galzanisers in Glasgow, UK
Dec 1 at the Beckett University in Leeds, UK
Dec 2 at the Roundhouse in London, UK
Dec 3 at Rock City in Nottingham, UK
Dec 5 at the O2 Ritz in Manchester, Uk
Dec 6 at the O2 Academy in Bristol, UK
March 19 at the Komplex in Zurich, Switzerland
March 20 at the LKA-Longhorn in Stuttgart, Germany
March 21 at Alcatraz in Milan, Italy
March 22 at Simm City in Vienna, Austria
March 24 at the Akvarium Klub in Budapest, Hungary
March 25 at the Culture Factory in Zagreb, Croatia
March 27 at the Lucerna Music Bar in Prague, Czech Republic
March 28 at the Backstage Werk in Munich, Germany
March 30 at Modernes in Bremen, Germany
March 31 at Amager Bio in Copenhagen, Denmark
April 1 at the Sentrum Scene in Oslo, Norway
April 2 at Pustervik in Gothenburg, Sweden
April 4 at Slaktkrykan in Stockholm, Sweden
April 6 at Helitehas in Talinn, Estonia
April 7 at the Palladium in Riga, Latvia
April 9 at Stodola in Warsaw, Poland
April 10  at Huxleys in Berlin, Germany
April 11 at Fabrik in Hamburg, Germany
April 13 at the Skaters Palace in Munster, Germany
April 14 at Melkweg in Amsterdam, Netherlands
April 16 at the Live Music Hall in Cologne, Germany
April 18 at La Rodia in Besancon, France
April 20 at Razzmatazz in Barcelona, Spain
April 21 at Sala La Riviera in Madrid, Spain
April 22 at the Coliseum in Lisbon, Portugal
April 23 at Sala Capitol in Santiago, Spain
April 25 at La Krakatoa in Bordeaux, France
April 26 at L’Olympia in Paris, France
April 27 at Trix Hall in Antwerp, Belgium
April 28 at Den Atelier in Luxembourg, Luxembourg
April 30 at the Teddy Rocks Festival in Blandford Forum, UK




feature photo credit: courtesy of Meg McLean Corso and UMe

Cup Final Four Set in Overtime Finish at Martinsville

It’s the final race before a new champion will be crowned in the NASCAR Cup Series. Eight playoff drivers will be cut to four.

Even before there was a NASCAR, there was a Martinsville and today Martinsville’s half mile paper clip shaped track will determine the final four drivers that will compete for the championship next week in Phoenix.

Kyle Larson has secured his spot in the final four after two race wins.

In both the Truck and Xfinity Series races there was a lot of beating, banging, and flared tempers that resulted in double digit caution flags and even one red flag.  Even before the Cup Series drivers take to the track, the drama has begun.  Half of the field failed the pre-race inspection process on the first attempt including playoff drivers Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Chase Elliott.  Of the 19 cars, only the Joe Gibbs Racing number eleven car driven by Denny Hamlin failed inspection for a second time.  After passing on the third attempt, Hamlin will have to start the race from the back of the field.  He was scheduled to start the game in third place.

Kyle Larson has dominated the round of eight with two wins.  Larson will start the Xfinity 500 from the pole with Chase Elliott starting alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Xfinity 500:
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin – moved to the back of the field
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
William Byron
Christopher Bell
Alex Bowman
Austin Dillon
Chris Buescher
Ross Chastain
Bubba Wallace
Tyler Reddick
Michael McDowell
Daniel Suarez
Matt DiBenedetto
Chase Briscoe
Aric Almirola
Cole Custer
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Preece
Ryan Newman
Erik Jones
Corey LaJoie
BJ McLeod
Cody Ware
Anthony Alfredo
Josh Bilicki
Joey Gase
Justin Haley
Quin Houff
Garrett Smithley
Timmy Hill

Stages one and two of the race are 130 laps each with stage three lasting 240 laps for a total of 500 laps around the half mile track.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 60.

Drivers can run around 165 laps on a single load of fuel.  They will have to make a stop for fuel during stage three.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and takes the lead.  Chase Elliott has already made contact with another driver on lap one.

Lap three, Kyle Larson leads the race with Martin Truex Jr in second; Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap five, Denny Hamlin has moved up to 31st after starting the race from the back of the field.

Lap seven, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over half a second in front of Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 10, Joey Gase has taken his car down pit road.

Lap eleven, Kyle Larson has a one second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.  Denny Hamlin is in 28th place as he works his way through the field.

Lap 18, Kyle Larson has a lead of over a second on Martin Truex Jr.  Denny Hamlin is in 27th place.

Lap 25, Kyle Larson has led every lap so far and has a second and a half lead on Martin Truex Jr; Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.  Denny Hamlin is up to 25th place.

Denny Hamlin reports a tight condition in his car.

Lap 33, Kyle Larson holds a second and a half lead on Martin Truex Jr; Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Ryan Blaney reports numerous handling issues in his car.

Lap 37, in 23rd place, Denny Hamlin has moved above the cut line with a single point over Kyle Busch.

Lap 39, Chase Elliott passes Martin Truex Jr for second; Kyle Larson leads the race by over a second. 

Leader Kyle Larson has approached slower traffic.  There are 26 cars on the lead lap with Denny Hamlin in 21st.

Lap 51, Kyle Larson’s lead is down to just half a second on Chase Elliott; Martin Truex Jr, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Busch round out the top five. 

There are 23 cars on the lead lap; Denny Hamlin is in 21st.

Lap 55, Chase Elliott has caught up to leader Kyle Larson.

Lap 56, Chase Elliott passes Kyle Larson for the lead.

Lap 58, now the leader, Chase Elliott is on Ricky Stenhouse Jr’s bumper and is looking to put him a lap down.

Lap 59, Martin Truex Jr has caught up to leaders Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson for a three way battle.

Lap 61, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.

Several of the drivers come down pit road for service.  Kyle Busch reports that the left side of his car is shaking.  Many of the drivers are reporting various handling issues in their cars.  Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road.

Denny Hamlin was caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.  Hamlin had moved up to 21st before the caution.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 68.

The top five are Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr, and Joey Logano.

Lap 71, Kyle Larson has a half second lead on Chase Elliott.

Ryan Newman spins out on lap 72 and brings out the caution flag.  Newman makes contact with Michael McDowell when he gets turned around.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 77 and holds on to the lead.

Lap 79, the top five are Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, Brad Keselowski, and William Byron.  There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Chase Elliott is reporting some possible electrical issues in his car.

Joey Gase is off the track.

Lap 85, Chase Elliott passes Kyle Larson for the lead; Martin Truex Jr, William Byron, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 89, Ross Chastain makes a trip down pit road for a possible loose wheel.

Lap 91, Chase Elliott has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Larson; Martin Truex  Jr, William Byron, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Ryan Blaney ahs some damage to his car after contact from Austin Dillon.

Lap 104, Chase Elliott has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Larson; Martin Truex Jr, William Byron, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 108, Denny Hamlin is in 16th place and up to eleven points above the cut line.

There are 24 cars on  the lead lap.

Lap 113, Chase Elliott has a one second lead on Kyle Larson; Martin Truex Jr, William Byron, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 120, Denny Hamlin finally gets around Ricky Stenhouse Jr for 14th.

Lap 124, Chase Elliott has a one second lead on Kyle Larson; Martin Truex Jr, William Byron, and Brad Keselowski rounds out the top five.

There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Austin Dillon has a hole on the right front of his car, but reports that the car is running better.

Chase Elliott wins stage one for his third stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chase Elliott
Kyle Larson
Martin Truex Jr
William Byron
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Austin Dillon
Alex Bowman
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola

Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney are the only playoff drivers not to earn any stage points.

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

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

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 141 and gets out in front of Martin Truex Jr for the lead; Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and William Byron round out the top five.

Joey Gase is out of the race with Ryan Preece off the track.

Lap 148, Chase Elliott has a lead of nearly a half a second on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Busch, William Byron, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 151, Denny Hamlin is just outside of the top 10 in eleventh place; Kyle Larson is in 21st with 22 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 153, William Byron passes Kyle Busch for third.

Lap 157, Chase Elliott has a lead of over half a second on Martin Truex Jr; William Byron, Kyle Busch, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.  Denny Hamlin has entered the top 10.  Joey Logano is having some handling issues and is mired back in the field.

Lap 168, Now in the top 10, Denny Hamlin is secrely above the cut line and a part of the final four.

Lap 170, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a one second lead on Martin Truex Jr; William Byron, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Busch round out the top five..  There are 22 cars on the lead lap.  Ryan Preece has returned to the track 54 laps down.

Kyle Larson has moved up to 16th place after a speeding penalty.

Lap 176, Chase Elliott’s lead is now a second and a half on Martin Truex Jr.

Kyle Busch tells his team that he needs “a lot of help” with his car.

Lap 180, Chase Elliott has a sone second lead on Martin Truex Jr; William Byron, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Ryan Newman has to make an unscheduled pit stop for a tire rub after some three wide racing.

Lap 185, Ryan Blaney is in leader Chase Elliott’s sight and in danger of going a lap down.

Lap 194, Chase Elliott has a one second lead on Martin Truex Jr; William Byron, Alex Bowman, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.  There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

The fourth caution flag comes out on lap 197 when Austin Dillon gets into the wall with a flat tire.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Martin Truex Jr winning the race off of pit road.  Tyler Reddick is caught speeding on pit road.  The pit road speed for Martinsville is a very pedestrian 30mph.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 204 and edges out Chase Ellitt for the initial lead, but Chase Elliot comes from the outside lane to pass Truex for the lead.

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

Lap 209, Kyle Busch passes Alex bowman for fourth.

Lap 211, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Martin Truex Jr; William Byron, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.  There are 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 218, Chase Elliott has increased his lead to over a second on Martin Truex Jr; William Byron, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five. 

Timmy Hill is off the track.

Lap 219, William Byron passes Martin Truex Jr for second.

Lap 222, the top five are Chase Elliott, William Byron, Martin Truex Jr, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 229, Chase Elliott has a one second lead on William Byron; Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.  Kyle Larson has entered the top 10 after his speeding penalty.

Lap 223, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch battle for sixth with Hamlin taking the spot.

There are only 20 cars on the lead lap with Timmy Hill and Joey Gase out of the race.

Kyle Busch is still asking for help…including with himself.

Lap 238, Chase Elliott has a one second lead on Alex Bowman; William Byron, Martin Truex Jr, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Currently Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano are all below the cut line and in danger of elimination from the playoffs.

Lap 251, Denny Hamlin has passed Christopher Bell for fifth place.

Lap 252, it’s a Hendrick Motorsports 1-2-3 with Chase Elliott leading the way with Alex Bowman in second and William Byron in third; Martin Truex Jr  and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

When the race began, Denny Hamlin was 32 points above the cut line, he is now 34 points above after getting into the top five.

Chase Elliott wins stage two for the stage sweep.

Chase Elliott has earned enough points to secure a spot in the final four and a chance to defend his title.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Chase Elliott
William Byron
Alex Bowman
Martin Truex Jr
Denny Hamlin
Aric Almirola
Christopher Bell
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch

Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, and Joey Logano failed to earn any stage points.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Elliott winning the race off of pit road.  Kyle Busch was caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Chase Elliott brings the field down pit road for the green flag start of stage three on lap 270 and gets out in front of team mate Alex Bowman for the lead.

The top five are Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, and William Byron.  Kyle Busch is the last car on the lead lap in 20th place.

Justin Haley has to bring his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop with a smoking tire.

Lap 279, Chase Elliott has a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin; Alex Bowman, William Byron, and Aric Almirola rounding out the top five.

Lap 282, Alex Bowman and Denny Hamlin battle for second with William Byron looking to make it a three way battle.

Lap 284, Chase Elliott has a near two second lead on Alex Bowman; Denny Hamlin, William Byron, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 287, Bubba Wallace gets up the track after some contact with Erik Jones, but the track stays green.

Lap 288, Chase Elliott has led 207 laps so far and currently has a two second lead on Alex Bowman.

Lap 297, Chase Elliott has a near two second lead on Alex Bowman; William Byron, Denny Hamlin, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.  Kyle Busch has failed to move through the field after a speeding penalty.  He is currently in 18th place.

Lap 303, Alex Bowman has closed the gap on leader Chase Elliott to under a second.

Lap 310, Alex Bowman has caught up to leader Chase Elliott.

Josh Bilicki brings out the caution flag when he spins out and hits the wall after some contact with Corey LaJoie.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Elliott winning the race off of pit road.  Bubba Wallace was caught speeding on pit road.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 320 with Denny Hamlin alongside.  Chase Elliott gets out in front for the lead.  Denny Hamlin missed a shift.

Lap 321, the top five are Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, Denny Hamlin Martin Truex Jr, and Aric Almirola.

Quin Houff brings out the caution flag when Josh Bilicki sends him into the wall on lap 323.  Quin Houff took exception with Josh Bilicki sending him into the wall and purposely spin Bilicki out.  NASCAR has penalized Houff five laps for the infraction.

During the caution, Joey Logano brings his car down pit road for adjustments and fresh tires.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 330 and holds on to his lead but gets a challenge from Alex Bowman.

The top five are Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and William Byron.

Ryan Blaney has a possible tire rub after some beating and banging on the track.

Lap 337, Chase Elliott has a lead of over half a second on Alex Bowman; Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and William Byron round out the top five.

Ryan Newman brings out the eighth caution flag on lap 340.  Ross Chastain and Newman make contact before Newman hits the wall.

Several drivers come down pit road for service. Joey Logano stays out on the track and will be the race leader.

The drivers are on the edge of their pit window to make it to the end of the race on fuel.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on alp 346 and edges out for the lead with Chase Elliott in second.

The top five are Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Larson.  Kyle Busch ahs entered the top 10.

As the air temperatures cool, the handling of the cars also changes.

Lap 351, Chase Elliott passes Joey Logano for the lead.  Putting Joey Logano in second also puts him back below the cut line.

Alex Bowman battles with Joey Logano to take second place.

Martin Truex Jr has liquid coming out of his car and may possibly have an overheating issue.

Lap 355, the top five are Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, and Joey Logano.

Cole Custer spins out to bring out the ninth caution flag of the race on lap 356.  Custer keeps his car off the wall and does not hit any other cars.

Martin Truex Jr is recycling his engine to avoid any overheating issues.

Denny Hamlin reports that he could not feel when the jack dropped; he lost a few spots as a result.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restar on lap 363 and beats out team mate Alex Bowman for the lead.

The top five are Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Larson, and William Byron.  There are 23 cars on the lead lap.

Brad Keselowski and Christopher Bell make contact but the track stays green.

Lap 370, Chase Elliott has a half second lead on Alex Bowman; Martin Truex Jr, William Byron, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 379 when Daniel Suarez spins out.

Drivers come down pit road for service.  Chase Elliott reports that his car is getting tighter.  Chase Elliott wins the race off of pit road but not all of the drivers made a pit stop.

Kyle Larson is caught speeding on pit road for a second time.  Larson was pushing Denny Hamlin when he was charged with speeding.

After staying out on the track, Cole Custer brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with 116 laps remaining in the race.

It was a fortunate caution flag for Martin Truex Jr who had a loose wheel.

Martin Truex Jr takes the lead with Austin Dillon in second; Denny Hamlin, Tyler Reddick, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

With 112 laps to go, Denny Hamlin passes Martin Truex Jr for the lead.

With 109 laps to go, Chase Elliott passes Joey Logano for fourth; Deny Hamlin leads the race with Martin Truex Jr in second with Austin Dillon in third.

Lap 393, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over half a second on Martin Truex Jr; Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 405, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over half a second on Martin Truex Jr; Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

With 89 laps to go, there are 23 cars on the lead lap.

Five of the eight playoff drivers are in the top 10.

Lap 417, Denny Hamlin has a near one second lead on Martin Truex Jr;  Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Lap 421, Brad Keselowski battles with Austin Dillon for fifth.

Alex Bowman passes Chase Elliott for third.  After leading 289 laps, Elliott is losing the handling in his car.

Brad Keselowski passes Austin Dillon for fifth.

Lap 426, Denny Hamlin has pulled ut to a lead of over a second on Martin Truex Jr.  Alex Bowman is on Truex’ bumper and challenging for the spot.

The eleventh caution flag comes out on lap 437 when Austin Dillon gets into the wall with a flat tire.

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 restart with 57 laps remaining in the race.  Hamlin gets out in front for the lead with Alex Bowman in second; Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 446, Alex Bowman battles with Denny Hamlin for the lead; Hamlin holds him off.

Lap 450, Martin Truex Jr has an issue with his car, the track stays green.  He has a bad fender rub after contact with Brad Keselowski.

Lap 452, Denny Hamlin and Alex Bowman battle for the lead; Chase Elliott , Brad Keselowski, and William Byron round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out when Brad Keselowski makes contact with Chase Elliott and sends Elliott around.

A few drivers come down pit road for service including Chase Elliott.  NBC Sports reports say that none of the teams have any fresh sticker tires.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with 40 laps remaining in the race.  Alex Bowman is alongside on the outside lane.  Hamlin gets out in front for the lead with Alex Bowman in second.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr spins out and brings out the  caution flag.  Bubba Wallace also has some severe damage to his car.

Kyle Larson brings his car down pit road for some damage to the car.

Bubba Wallace comes down pit road for repairs.

Denny Hamlin again brings the field down for the green flag restart with 34 laps remaining in the race.  Hamlin gets out in front for the lead with Alex Bowman and Brad Keselowski in a battle for second.

Lap 468, Martin Truex Jr makes it a three way battle for second.

Lap 469, Denny Hamlin leads the race; Brad Keselowski, Alex Bowman, William Byron, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr gets into the wall.

Ryan Preece spins out to bring out the caution flag.

A few drivers come down pit road but Martin Truex Jr was not one of them.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 23 laps remaining in the race.  Denny Hamlin gets out in front with Alex Bowman in second.  Hamlin and Bowman battle for the lead with Hamlin holding on to the lead.

The top five are Denny Hamlin, Alex Bowman, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and William Byron.

With 17 laps to go, Brad Keselowski battle with Kyle Busch for third and Martin Truex Jr fights for every spot he can in an attempt to move above the cult line.

Lap 486, Alex Bowman continues to battle with leader Denny Hamlin.

Ten to go, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr are tied for the final spot in the final four.

Nine to go, Denny Hamlin leads the race with Alex Bowman continuing to battle for the lead; Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and William Byron round out the top five.

The 15th caution flag of the race comes out with just six laps remaining in the race when Denny Hamlin spins out after Alex Bowman gets loose and makes contact.  Alex Bowman takes the lead.

Martin Truex Jr gets around Kurt Busch and is now one point above the cut line, putting Kyle Busch below the cut line.

For the third time this weekend, the race goes into overtime.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the two lap overtime shootout to the finish.  Alex Bowman takes the lead but Kyle Busch is coming from the outside.

Alex Bowman takes the white flag with Kyle Busch in second.

Alex Bowman wins his fourth race of the season and another win by a non-playoff driver.  Brad Keselowski gets into Kyle Busch and spins him around.  Kenny Hamlin drives up to face off with Alex Bowman and pushes the car before he drives away after the crew chief said, “big picture”.

Despite finishing in second place, Kyle Busch fell three point short of making the final four.  Penske Racing drivers Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Joey Logano also failed to make the final four.

The four drivers that will compete for the championship are Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, and Martin Truex Jr.

The unofficial results of the Xfinity 500:
Alex Bowman
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Martin Truex Jr
William Byron
Aric Almirola
Kurt Busch
Erik Jones
Chris Buescher
Joey Logano
Ryan Blaney
Kevin Harvick
Austin Dillon
Kyle Larson
Matt DiBenedetto
Chase Elliott
Christopher Bell
Tyler Reddick
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Anthony Alfredo
Corey LaJoie
Chase Briscoe
Cole Custer
Denny Hamlin
Bubba Wallace
Michael McDowell
Ross Chastain
Daniel Suarez
BJ McLeod
Cody Ware
Justin Haley
Ryan Newman
Garrett Smithley
Quin Houff
Josh Bilicki
Ryan Preece
Timmy Hill
Joey Gase

Xfinity Series ‘Silly Season’ News

As the 2021 NASCAR season draws to a close, drivers and teams continue to work towards finding a ride and filling out crews for the 2022 season.

When the 2022 Xfinity Series begins at Daytona in February, the Richard Childress will field two cars with two new drivers.  Camping World Truck Series regulars Sheldon Creed and Austin Hill are moving up to the Xfinity Series to drive for RCR.

RCR has a total of 86 race wins in the Xfinity Series.  Former RCR drivers include Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, and Tyler Reddick; all of whom have moved up and driven in the Cup Series.


Sponsorships are essential to any racing team no matter what level.  RSS Racing has announced that CMR Construction & Roofing is returning as the full time primary sponsor for the number 39 car driven by Ryan Sieg.

RSS has also formed a technical alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing. 

Currently, RSS fields only the one car in the Xfinity Series; however, they plan on adding to the team for the 2022 season.  Announcements on the additional car(s) will be made at a later date.

Double Overtime Finish at Martinsville for Xfinity Series

In race two of a doubleheader day of racing, the Xfinity Series will set the final four with the Dead On Tools 250 at Martinsville Speedway.

The Camping World Truck Series set a record for the number of caution flags in a playoff race with 13.  A half mile short track, Martinsville is sure to be short on tempers and long of destruction to the cars.

After running 200 laps in the Truck Series, Josh Berry and Spencer Boyd are doing the doubleheader and racing in the Xfinity Series.

The first two races in this round of eight have been won by non-playoff drivers.  Austin Cindric and AJ Allmendinger are tied at the top of the point standings; Justin Allgaier and Daniel Hemric are also above the cut line when the race begins.  Justin Haley, Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, and Harrison Burton begin the race below the cut line and in danger of elimination.  None of the drivers have secured their spot in the final four.

Austin Cindric sits on the pole and will bring the field to the green flag with four time race winner Ty Gibbs alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Dead On Tools 250:
Austin Cindric
Ty Gibbs
AJ Allmendinger
Justin Haley
Justin Allgaier
Michael Annett
Daniel Hemric
Brandon Jones
Noah Gragson
Harrison Burton
Sam Mayer
Myatt Snider
Brett Moffitt
Ryan Sieg
Jeb Burton
Riley Herbst
Brandon Brown
Jeremy Clements
Tommy Joe Martins
Bayley Currey
Ryan Vargas
Josh Williams
Landon Cassill
Kyle Weatherman
Alex Labbe
Natalie Decker
Jeffrey Earnhardt
JJ Yeley
Josh Berry
Colin Garrett
Jade Buford
Joe Graf Jr
Akinori Ogata
Ryan Ellis
Matt Mills
David Starr
Stephen Leicht
Preston Pardus
Spencer Boyd
Mike Harmon

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

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 25.

The drivers can run around 140 laps on a single load of fuel.

Stephen Leicht and Joe Graf Jr will have to start the race from the back of the field after the crews made some unapproved adjustments to the cars.  Mike Harmon starts the race from the back of the field after a driver change.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Cindric edging out for the lead form the inside lane. 

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

Lap three, Ty Gibbs battles with Austin Cindric for the lead.

Lap four, Austin Cindric takes the lead.

Lap six, Mike Harmon brings his car down pit road.

Lap eight, Austin Cindric has a third of a second lead on Ty Gibbs; AJ Allmendinger, Justin Haley, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap eleven, Austin Cindric continues to lead the race with Ty Gibbs in second; AJ Allmendinger, Justin Haley, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Lap 14, Austin Cindric has increased his lead to over half a second on AJ Allmendinger.

The first caution flag comes out on lap 15 when Preston Pardus spins out after some contact with Ryan Vargas.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 21.  Cindric edges out Ty Gibbs to take the lead with AJ Allmendinger in second; Ty Gibbs, Daniel Hemric, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 24, Austin Cindric has a two tenths of a second lead on AJ Allmendinger; Daniel Hemric, Ty Gibbs, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.  There are 38 cars on the lead lap.  Mike Harmon returns to the track 10 laps down.

With the early caution flag, NASCAR has moved the competition caution to around lap 30.

Lap 29, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a half second lead on AJ Allmendinger; Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

Lap 30, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green falg restart on lap 36 and gets out in front of AJ Allmendinger for the lead.  AJ Allmendinger and Daniel Hemric battle for second.

Lap 38, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a half second lead on Daniel Hemric; AJ Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

Ty Gibbs reports that his car is too free.

Lap 43, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a one second lead on Daniel Hemric; Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

Lap 47, Sam Mayer brings out the caution flag with a flat tire after some contact with Ty Gibbs.

Several of the drivers come down pit road for service.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 54 and jumps out in front for the lead.

The top five are Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger, and Josh Berry.

Austin Cindric wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Austin Cindric
Daniel Hemric
Justin Allgaier
AJ Allendinger
Josh Berry
Ryan Sieg
Noah Gragson
Michael Annett
JJ Yeley
Brett Moffitt

Harrison Burton, Justin Haley, and Brandon Jones failed to earn any stage points.

Drivers come down pit road for service but not all of the drivers made a pit stop.

Harrison Burton and Brandon Jones are now in a must win situation in order to make into the final four.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two with Ty Gibbs alongside on lap 69.  Noah Gragson takes the lead with Ty Gibbs in second; Jeb Burton, Jeremy Clements, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.  Austin Cindric restarts the race in 16th place.

Drivers get three wide across the narrow track.

Lap 74, Noah Gragson has a lead of nerly half a second on Ty Gibbs; Jeb Burton, Jeremy Clements, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap 80, Noah Gragson has a two thenths of a second lead on Ty Gibbs; Harrison Burton, Jeremy Clements, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 90, Noah Gragson continues to lead the race with Ty Gibbs in second; Harrison Burton, Jeb Burton, and Jeremy Clements round out the top five.  Austin Cindric has entered the top 10 with AJ Allmendinger just outside of the top 10. 

Lap 92, Noah Gragson is nearly a half second lead on Ty Gibbs with Harrison Burton nearly a second back in third; Jeb Burton is over three seconds back in four with Jeremy Clements in fifth.

Lap 97, Noah Gragson is in the lead with Ty B=Gibbs and Harrison Burton challenging for the lead.

Lap 98, Harrison Burton has a wheel hop but holds on to his top five spot.

Lap 103, with 26 cars on the lead lap, Noah Gragson leads the race with Harrison Burton in second; Ty Gibbs, Jeb Burton, and Jeremy Clements round out the top five.

Lap 109, Noah Gragson has encountered slower traffic.

Mike Harmon and Tommy Joe Martins are out of the race.  Kyle Weatherman is off the track.

Lap 112, Austin Cindric battles with Jeremy Clements for fifth place.

There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 114, the top five are Noah Gragson, Harrison Burton, Ty Gibbs, Jeb Burton, and Austin Cindric.

Lap 116, Harrison Burton has caught up to leader Noah Gragson and is beginning to challenge for the lead.

On the final lap of stage two, Noah Gragson and Harrison Burton battle for the lead with Noah Gragson winning the stage.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Noah Gragson
Harrison Burton
 Ty Gibbs
Jeb Burton
Austin Cindric
Daniel Hemric
AJ Allmendinger
Riley Herbst
Jeremuy Clements
Myatt Snider

Austin Cindric and AJ Allmendinger has locked in spots in the final four.

Drivers come down pit road for service with the leaders holding on to their spots on th track.

Justin Haley had a tire on fire during the pit stop.  Haley reports that he has no brake pedal.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 131.  Gragson and Harrison Burton go side by side with Ty Gibbs on their bumper.

Justin Haley takes his car to the garage.

Lap 134, Noah Gragson takes the lead with Harrison Burton in second; Ty Gibbs ,Jeb Burton, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.  There are 27 cars on the lead lap.  Kyle Weatherman is back on the track 34 laps down.

Lap 139 Harrison Burton battles with Noah Gragson for the lead.  Gragson hold shim off.

Drivers are stacking up behind the leaders.

Lap 142, Noah Gragson holds on to the lead but Harrison Burton continues to challenge with drivers single file behind him.

Daniel Hemric has yet to win his first Xfinity Series win but has made the playoffs every year he has driven in the series.

The caution flag comes out on lap 150 when Bayley Currey spins out with a flat tire.

Lap 151, Justin Haley returns to the track 22 laps down.  The team reports that there is a caliper issue.

A few drivers come down pit road for service and adjustments.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with 95 laps remaining in the race.  Gragson jumps out in front of Ty Gibbs for the lead.  Team mates Ty Gibbs and Harrison Burton battle for second.

Lap 160, Noah Gragson has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second as Ty Gibbs and Harrison Burotn battle for second; Austin Cindric and Jeb Burton round out the top five.

Harrison Burton reports that he is too free on exit.

Lap 165, Ty Gibbs has closed the gap on leader Noah Gragson to just a tenth of a second; Harrison Burton Austin Cindric, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Lap 178, Noah Gragson has increased his lead on Ty Gibbs to over half a second./

Lap 179, Ryan Ellis spins out and brings out the  caution flag.

Most of the field comes down pit road for fresh tires and service.  Noah Gragson reports that he is still too tight.  Ty Gibbs wins the race off of pit road with Harrison Burton coming out second.  Noah Gragson comes off pit road in third place.

After staying out on the track, Spencer Boyd brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 185 and drivers get three wide across the track.  Ty Gibbs takes the lead with Noah Gragson in second; Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Myatt Snider gets into the wall and brings out the caution flag on lap 180 after some contact with Ryan Sieg.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag restart with Noah Gragson alongside on lap 193.  Ty Gibbs gets out in front as the caution flag comes out for a big crash.  Drivers were trying to get around Spencer Boyd on old tires.  Jeb Burton, Riley Herbst, Matt Mills, Myatt Snider, Brett Moffitt, and Michael Annett were all involved.  Michael Annett’s car is dropping lots of fluid on the track.  Jeb Burton has some major damage to his car.

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

After a delay of around 10 minutes, NASCAR displays the yellow flag and the cars are moving once again.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with Noah Gragson alongside with 50 laps remaining in the race.  Ty Gibbs takes the lead. 

Ty Gibbs spins out and brings out the caution flag after contact from Noah Gragson.  Austin Cindric bumps Gragson, who bumps Gibbs.  Harrison Burton gets blocked and has to stop after Gibbs spins out.

Noah Gragson is the leader and brings the field down for the green flag restart with Austin Cindric alongside with 43 laps to go.  Gragson gets out in front for the lead.  The top five are Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric and Brandon Jones.

Forty to go, Daniel Hemric and Justin Allgaier are separated by just three points with Hemric above the cut line and Allgaier below.  The two are second and third on the track with Noah Gragson a half second out in front.

There are 35 laps remaining in the race, Noah Gragson leads the race with Daniel Hemric af half second back.

The tenth caution flag of the race comes out for debris on the track.

Harrison Burton left pet road with the jack still attached.  The jack came loose on the track.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with 26 laps to go.  Gragson gets out in front of Justin Allgaier to hold on to the lead.

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

With only 23 laps to go, the drivers are getting even more aggressive.

Twenty to go, Noah Gragson leads the race with Daniel Hemric on his bumper.

During a pre-race interview, Noah Gragson said that he had the snow shovel on the front and would do whatever it took to win the race.

With 18 laps to go, Daniel Hemric passes Noah Gragson for the lead.

Fifteen to go, Daniel Hemric ahs a near half second lead on Noah Gragson.  Leaders have encountered slower traffic.

There are 27 cars on the lead lap with five cars out

Ten to go, Daniel Hemric has increased his lead to over half a second on Noah Gragson; Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out for the 12th time when Justin Haley spins out with seven laps remaining in the race.

The race is going into overtime.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag overtime two lap shootout.  Noah Gragson and Daniel Hemric are side by side in a battle for the lead when the caution flag comes out when Josh Berry spins after contact with Riley Herbst.

Noah Gragson was named the leader when the caution flag came out and will lead the field down for the second overtime start from the inside lane with Austin Cindric on the outside.  Gragson gets out in front for the lead with Austin Cindric in second.

Noah Gragson takes the white flag.

Austin Cindric and Noah Gragson battle for the lead with Noah Gragson barely edging out for his third win of the season.  With the win, Noah Gragson has earned a spot in the final four.  The fourth driver in the final four is Daniel Hemric.

Gragson gives an impressive burnout that destroys the tires before he and his crew climb the fence in celebration.

The unofficial results of the Dead On Tools 250:
Noah Gragson
Austin Cindric
Daniel Hemric
Sam Mayer
Justin Allgaier
Brandon Jones
AJ Allmendinger
Alex Labbe
Jeremy Clements
Riley Herbst
Josh Williams
Landon Cassill
Myatt Snider
Colin Garrett
Joe Graf Jr
JJ Yeley
Jade Buford
Preston Pardus
Brett Moffitt
Harrison Burton
Stephen Leicht
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Ryan Ellis
David Starr
Natalie Decker
Akinori Ogata
Ty Gibbs
Josh Berry
Matt Mills
Spencer Boyd
Ryan Sieg
Ryan Vargas
Justin Haley
Kyle Weatherman
Bayley Currey
Brandon Brown
Jeb Burton
Michael Annett
Mike Harmon
Tommy Joe Martins

First Win in Truck Series Overtime Finish

There are only two more weekends of racing the the NASCAR 2021 season.  After taking a break for the past three weeks, the Camping World Truck Series returns to kick off a triple header weekend of racing and a double header of Saturday racing with the United Rentals 200 at Martinsville Speedway.

The last time the Truck Series was on the track was at the circuits largest track in Talladega where all eight of the playoff drivers were involved in on track incidents.  This week the drivers will take to one of the smallest track at just a half mile around.

In the final race before the championship race, none of the eight playoff drivers have secured their spot in the final four.  Currently John Hunter Nemechek, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, and Sheldon Creed are above the cut line; while Stewart Friesen, Chandler Smith, Carson Hocevar, and Zane Smith are all below the cut line.  But Martinsville is known for plenty of beating and banging and anything can happen…and usually does.

With 37 Truck Series races at Martinsville under his belt, Matt Crafton is the only multi race winner in the field with playoff driver with more than one win.

The winner earns one of the most coveted prizes on the circuit – a grandfather clock.

Five time race winner John Hunter Nemechek sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Todd Gilliland starting alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the United Rentals 200:
John hunter Nemechek
Todd Gilliland
Ben Rhodes
Sheldon Creed
Matt Crafton
Chandler Smith
Stewart Friesen
Carson Hocevar
Zane Smith
Austin Hill
Ryan Truex
Tate Fogleman
Chase Purdy
Danny Bohn
Grant Enfinger
Cory Roper
Derek Kraus
Spencer Boyd
Tyler Ankrum
Bret Holmes
Austin Wayne Self
Johnny Sauter
Hailie Deegan
Timmy Hill
Josh Berry
Kris Wright
Tanner Gray
Corey Heim
Colby Howard
Parker Kligerman
Sage Karam
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Dawson Cram
Jack Wood
Josh Reaume
Spencer Davis
Chris Hacker
Jesse Iwuji
Taylor Gray
Roger Reuse

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

The drivers can run around 140 laps on a single load of fuel.

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

Parker Kilgerman has to start the race from the back of the field after the crew made some unapproved adjustments to the truck.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of the race but it is Todd Gilliland who gets out in front for the lead with Sheldon Creed in second; John Hunter Nemechek, Chandler Smith and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Lap four, Todd Gilliland has a lead of nearly half a second on Sheldon Creed; John Hunter Nemechek, Chandler Smith, and Ben Rodes round out the top five.

Cory Roper gets loose on the track but the track stays green.

Lap seven, Todd Gilliland continues to lead the race but is now over a half a second infront of Sheldon Creed.

Lap 10, the top five remains Todd Gilliland, Sheldon Creed, John Hunter Nemechek, Chandler Smith, and Ben Rhodes.

Lap 20, Todd Gilliland has led every lap so far with Sheldon Creed in second; John Hunter Nemechek, Chandler Smith, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Leaders have begun lapping slower trucks; thefre are 32 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 25, Todd Gilliland has pulled out to a two second lead on Sheldon Creed.

The teams have four sets of tires in the pits for todays race.

Lap 27, Todd Gilliland has a two second lead on Sheldon Creed, John Hunter Nemechek, Ben Rhodes, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Lap 29, Hailie Deegan has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road with a flat tire after contact with Parker Kligerman.

Lap 31, Sheldon Creed has cut into Todd Gilliland’s lead; which is now down to just one second.

Lap 32, Chase Purdy gets slow on the track, but the track stays green.  Purdy takes his truck to the garage with no power.

Lap 40, Todd Gilliland has pulled out to a lead of over three seconds on Sheldon Creed; there are 24 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 42, Todd Gilliland continues to increase his lead and is now three and a half seconds in front of Sheldon Creed; John Hunter Nemechek, Ben Rhodes, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Chandler Smith is reporting some handling issue with his truck.  He is currently in the lowest spot of the eight playoff drivers in 13th.

The first caution flag of the race comes out with just five laps remaining in stage one when Cory Roper spins out and hits the wall.  Roper reports that he locked it up.

Todd Gilliland wins stage one under caution.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Todd Gilliland
Sheldon Creed
John Hunter Nemechek
Ben Rhodes
Matt Crafton
Zane Smith
Stewart Friesen
Johnny Sauter
Carson Hocevar
Austin Hill

Chandler Smith is the only playoff driver who did not earn any stage points.  Below the cut line, Smith is in a must win situation.

The drivers come down pit road for service.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 57 and holds on to the lead with John Hunter Nemechek taking second and Sheldon Creed in third; Johnny Sauter and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

There are 26 trucks on the lead lap with Colby Howard off the track and Chase Purdy out of the race.

Matt Crafton is reporting brake issues in his truck.

Lap 64, Todd Gilliland has a lead of over half a second on John Hunter Nemechek; Sheldon Creed, Johnny Sauter, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 66 when Jack Wood is stopped on the track after spinning out.

A few drivers come down pit road for service and adjustments.  Josh Berry’s crew had the hood up on his truck.

Chandler Smith is also reporting some very tight and brake issues.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 72 from the inside lane but it is John Hunter Nemechek who gets out in front for the lead. 

Lap 74, Todd Gilliland passes John Hunter Nemechek for the lead; Sheldon Creed, Johnny Sauter, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Lap 77, Todd Gilliland has a half second lead on John Hunter Nemechek with 26 trucks on the lead lap

Colby Howard has returned to the track 30 laps down.

The third caution flag of the race comes out on lap 81 for debris on the track.

Several drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service but the leaders stay out.  Carson Hocevar’s crew made some radical changes to his truck.  Chandler Smith is still reporting some tight issues in his truck.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 86 from the inside lane.  This time, Gilliland gets out in front quickly to hold on to the lead.  The caution flag comes out for a multi-truck incident on lap 88.  Bret Holmes, Corey Roper, Ryan Truex, Tanner Gray, and Josh Reaume were all involved in the crash.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag restart with just five laps remaining in stage two.  Gilliland edges out John Hunter Nemechek for the lead; Sheldon Creed, Johnny Sauter, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

With a lead of over half a second, Todd Gilliland wins stage two for the stage sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Todd Gilliland
John Hunter Nemechek/
Sheldon Creed
Johnny Sauter
Matt Crafton
Ben Rhodes
Taylor Gray
Zane Smith/
Carson Hocevar
Stewart Friesen

At the halfway point of the race, none of the playoff drivers have locked in a spot in the final four.

Drivers come down pit road for service which includes a number of adjustments.  John Hunter Nemechek wins the race off of pit road.

After staying out on the track, Carson Hocevar brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 110 and edges out Zane Smith for the lead.

Lap 112, Zane Smith passes Carson Hocevar for the lead; Stewart Friesen, Corey Heim, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Jennifer Jo Cobb gets turned around and brings out the sixth caution flag of the race on lap 116.  The safety crews come to her aid when she cannot get the truck refired.

Todd Gilliland is mired back in eleventh place after pitting at the end of the stage.

Chandler Smith reports that his tires have no grip.

Zane Smith brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 124 but it is Carson Hocevar who takes the lead; Zane Smith, Stewart Friesen, Corey Heim, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five

Lap 125, Zane Smith passes Carson Hocevar for the lead.

Drivers are trying to get three wide across the narrow track.

Johnny Sauter slaps the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 129, Todd Gilliland has entered the top 10 after pitting at the end of stage two.

John Hunter Nemechek gets into the wall and brings out the caution flag on lap 131 after making contact with Austin Wayne Self.  Nemechek’s truck is stopped on the track and he can’t get it refired; he is asking for a push.  There is significant damage to the truck.

When the race began, John Hunter Nemechek had led in the points standings; after hitting the wall, he has dropped to third just 17 points above the cut line.

Now out of the race, John Hunter Nemechek has lost more points and is in danger of falling below the cut line.  Per NASCAR rules, he must go to the infield care center to get checked out.

Zane Smith brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 141 and edges out Carson Hocevar to take the lead.  Carson Hocevar and Stewart Friesen battle for second.

The caution flag comes out on lap 142 when Jack Wood spins out.

Zane Smith brings the field down for the green flag restart with 54 laps remaining in the race.  Smith and Carson Hocevar battle for the lead with Zane Smith getting out in front.  Todd Gilliland is up to sixth place.

Sane Karam brings out the ninth caution flag of the race after hitting the wall in his Truck Series debut.  Karam gets the truck moving again but has to come down pit road for repairs.

NASCAR has charged Carson Hocevar with jumping the restart and will have to serve a pass through penalty. 

Zane Smith brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 154 with Corey Heim alongside.  Zane Smith battles Corey Heim for the lead with Smith getting out in front; Stewart Friesen, Chandler Smith, and Todd Gilliland rounding out the top five.

Todd Gilliland passes Chandler Smith for fourth.

The tenth caution flag comes out on lap 157 when Parker Kligerman spins out but avoids the wall after some contact with Johnny Sauter.  He gets the truck moving again.

Zane Smith brings the field down for the green flag restart with Todd Gilliland alongside on the outside lane with just 37 laps remaining in the race.  Smith gets out in front but Todd Gilliland comes up on the outside to battle for the lead.

The top five are Zane Smith, Todd Gilliland, Stewart Friesen, Corey Heim, and Chandler Smith.

Thirty to go, Todd Gilliland is on leader Zane Smith’s bumper and looking to take the lead.

Currently John Hunter Nemechek is just six points above the cut line.

With 27 laps to go, Todd Gilliland passes Zane Smith for the lead.  John Hunter Nemechek is now 15 points above the cut line.

Johnny Sauter brings out the caution flag with just 23 laps to go when he spins out and hits the wall after some contact with Parker Kligerman.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 17 laps to go.  Gilliland edges out Zane Smith for the lead.

The top five are Todd Gilliland, Zane Smith, Stewart Friesen, Chandler Smith and Tanner Gray.

The caution flag comes out with 15 laps to go after a multi-truck incident.  Josh Berry, Corey Heim, Matt Crafton, and Grant Enfinger were all involved.  Grant Enfinger bumps Matt Crafton from behind and causes a spin to begin the crash.

Sheldon Creed also has an on track incident and had to make a trip down pit road.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag restart with just eight laps remaining in the race.  Gilliland gets out in front for the lead; Zane Smith, Stewart Friesen, Tanner Gray, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

Five to go and the drivers are getting three wide.

The 13th caution flag comes out when Dawson Cram hits the wall after some contact form Corey Heim.  The race is going into over time.

Thirteen caution flag is the most ever for a Truck Series playoff race.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the two lap overtime shootout with Stewart Friesen on the outside lane.  Drivers are three wide in a battle for the lead with Todd Gilliland edging out for the lead before being spun out just as Zane Smith takes the white flag.

The race ends under caution with Zane Smith getting the win for a spot in the final four.  Smith was in a must win situation.  This was Smith’s first win of the season.

John Hunter Nemechek makes the final; Ben Rhodes and Matt Crafton round out the top four.  Stewart Friesen, Chandler Smith, Sheldon Creed, and Carson Hocevar have all be eliminated from the playoffs.

The unofficial results of the United Rentals 200:
Zane Smith
Austin Hill
Chandler Smith
Parker Kligerman
Matt Crafton
Ben Rhodes
Taylor Gray
Tanner Gray
Sheldon Creed
Corey Heim
Timmy Hill
Carson Hocevar
Kris Wright
Danny Bohn
Spencer Boyd
Chris Hacker
Stewart Friesen
Tate Fogleman
Hailie Deegan
Austin Wayne Self
Grant Enfinger
Bret Homes
Dawson Cram
Derek Kraus
Todd Gilliland
Tyler Ankrum
Jack Wood
Josh Berry
Spencer Davis
Jesse Iwuji
Johnny Sauter
Sage Karam
Ryan Truex
Josh Reaume
Roger Reuse
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Cory Roper
Colby Howard
John Hunter Nemechek
Chase Purdy

With many hurt feelings, there are “discussions” and confrontations all around the track.

New ‘Queen of the Universe’ Series Announced

There’s a new singing competition coming to television and it has some big names in the world of music joining the show.

For the past decade, drag queen fans have been tuning in to “RuPaul’s Drag Race” where they often get to see the queens perform live and in lip sync battles.

In the new competition series “Queen of the Universe”, drag queens from all across the planet will be competing for the title of “Queen of the Universe”.  They will have to perform live before the juding panel and a live audience.

British talk show host Graham Norton will serve as host for the series.  Entertainers Vanessa Williams and Leona Lewis will be a part of the judging panel for the series.  “RuPaul’s Drag Race” regular judge Michelle Visage and Drag Race All Star winner Trixie Mattel will also be a part of the first judging panel.

The series will air on Paramount+ and is set to begin on December 2, 2021.  Season one contestants have not yet been announced but will come from a variety of nations.

BMC and Amazon Present Donations to HBCU’s

Amazon has been in the news quite a bit lately, and not always in a good light. 

But along with labour and delivery issues, Amazon is helping out victims of Hurricane Ida who caused a great deal of damage throughout Lousiana.

In conjunction with the Black Music Collective, Amazon Music presented two Historically Black Colleges and Universities with $10,000 each to help replace damaged musical equipment.

HBCU’s Dillard University and Xavier University were the recipients of the awards. 

The Black Music Collective is a part of the Recording Academy.

Co-President of the Recording Academy Valeisha Butterfield Jones spoke on the donations saying, “fostering opportunities for aspiring Black music professionals is one of the BMC and Recording Academy’s most urgent priorities.  Partnering with Amazon Music to award donations for music equipment to music programs on Historically Black College and University campuses affected by Hurricane Ida is the latest action in our commitment to invest in the next generation of Black music leaders. We’re honored to offer these scholarships to Dillard University and Xavier University, both of Louisiana, and continue creating pathways for success.”

Vice President of Amazon Music Ryan Redington added, “with this donation, Amazon Music and the Recording Academy are coming together to support the music departments at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, which are vital to developing the next generation of Black musicians.  Hurricane Ida has made this school year even more challenging for universities across Louisiana, that’s why it was so essential for us to step up to support Dillard University and Xavier University and help to replace musical equipment damaged by the storm.”

The donations to the two HBCU schools is just one of many initiatives that BMC and Amazon Music have collaborated on.  Earlier this year three HBCU students were presented a $10,000 “Your Future is Now” scholarship; along with a two week immersive program at Amazon Music.

The Black Music Collective is comprised of music creators of colour who look to increase the voice of minorities within the music community at large and the Recording Academy in particular.  Debra Lee, John Legend, Quincy Jones, Aloe Blacc, H.E.R., and Yolanda Adams are among the artists in the BMC.

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Latin Grammy’s Name Some Performers

On November 18, the Latin Recording Academy will present the 22nd annual Latin Grammy Awards in a live television event.  This year the Latin Grammy’s have the theme of “Rediscovering Life Through Music” inviting music fans to explore what is important in their lives via music.

Four time Latin Grammy Award host Roselyn Sánchez returns as one of the hosts for this year’s awards.  Ana Brenda Contreras and Carlos Rivera also return for the second time to join Sanchez as hosts for the awards gala.

With the awards just a few weeks away, the Latin Recording Academy has released the names of some of the artists set to perform at the festivities.  Ozuna, C. Tangana, Rubén Blades, Nella, Paula Arenas, Danna Paola, Banda El Recodo de Cruz Liarraga, Calibre 50, La Arrolladora Banda El Limón de René Camacho, and Los Dos Carnales are all on the list.

Like the Grammy Awards, the Latin Grammy’s will feature one of a kind collaborations and performances.  Eight time Latin and nine time Latin Grammy Award winner Ruben Blades will take the stage with Roberto Delgado and an ensemble of 20 musicians.

With dozens of categories, a majority of the awards will be presented prior to the live television broadcast.

A limited number of tickets are still available for the gala event in Las Vegas.  All attendees must be fully vaccinated or present proof of a negative test within 72 hours of the awards presentations.  All guests must wear face coverings regardless of vaccination status and may be required to undergo a health screening.

Jonsi Presents Solo Debut Art Installation

Icelandic born musician and artist Jonsi formed the band Sigur Ros where he also created a language of vocalizations instead of singing lyrics to create a new musical genre that fused rock and new age music known as ambient rock.

Music is not the only place that Jonsi creates unique and one of a kind artistic creations.

Inspired by the recent eruption of the Fagradalsfjall volcano, Jonsi is presenting his newest art exhibit titled “Obsidian”.  This is his first solo exhibition and his second at the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York City.

The exhibit opens on October 30 and runs through December 17, 2021.

Fagradalsfjall sat dormant for over 800 years but with the global pandemic still clenching the world in its claws, Jonsi was unable to travel back to his homeland to see the historic event first hand.  Jonsi has created two multi dimensional art installations that touch all of the senses. 

Using a tonal palette that includes sounds from nature, his own voice, and mechanically generated frequencies to create the sounds; and includes some invigorating scents from nature with his visual creations to create his works.

The ground floor installation features a choral work in four parts whose lyrics are similar to those of Sigur Ros’ music to create a soundscape of rocks and lava while smells of fossilized amber and smoke help to give the appearance of standing inside a volcano.

Upstairs visitors will find sculptures created out of resin and obsidian glass with the smell of burnt birch trees and crackling sounds in the air to give the illusion of the volcano coming to life.

A third installation features a giant metal flower with LED lights that pulsate with the smell of ozone in the air.  The exhibit eventually will cause the visitor to close their eyes and even produce a trance like effect.

A destructive force to be sure, a volcano also leaves a new creation in its wake.

The Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is located at 521 West 21st Street in New York City, NY

feature photo credit: Jónsi (Jón Þór Birgisson) (8070717818).jpg

It’s a ‘Tokyo Glow’ for DJ Notoya

Music is the true universal language; one need not understand the lyrics to appreciate and enjoy the music.

On December 10, 2021 Nippon Columbia is releasing “Tokyo Glow”.  The 18 track album features songs from the seventies and eighties that has been compiled by DJ Notoya.  Notoya has combed the vaults of Nippon Columbia for this collection of pop, funk, and soul tunes and includes cult classics; as well as, some rarities.  Artists included on the album are Hiroshi Sato, Hatsumi Shibata, Hitomi “Penny” Tohyama, and Midori Hara.

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The album will be available in a digital download and in two CD and two LP packages.  Many of the songs in the collection have never been released in a digital format and are being offered on vinyl outside of Japan for the first time.

DJ Notoya spoke on the new compilation saying, “I wanted to introduce more of this music to the world – not just on vinyl but via playlists on Spotify and Apple Music. I wanted to show there was more depth to music from Japan from the 1970s and 80s. So, for Tokyo Glow I focused more on the slightly more underground tracks from the era, rather than the bigger, well-known releases. For me, that was a more fun and satisfying approach.”

The tracklisting for “Tokyo Glow”:
“Kimagure” by Kumi Nakamura
“Indo No Michibata” by Miyuki Maki
“Osake To Joke” by Haruyoshi Yamashina
“Natsu No Hikari Ni” by Sumiko Yamagata
“Party is Over” by Hatsumi Shibata
“Moonlight Flight” by Makoto Iwabuchi
“Saigo No Tejina” by Hiroshi Sato
“Paradise’s Dream” by Arakawa Band
“I Wander All Alone (Part III)” by New Generation Company
“Ojosan Oteyawarakani” by Kiyohiko Ozaki
“Juggler” by Kengo Kurozumi
“Koi No Paradigm” by Ken Nishizaki
“Simply Another Love” by Jodeos
“Aamar Jabar” by Midori Hara
“Tuxedo Connection” by Hitomi “Penny” Tohyama
“Oh! Daddy” by Mizuki Koyama
“Sofa Bed Blues” by Haruo Chikada & Vibra-Tones
“Chigasaki Memory”  by Mitsuko Horie

feature photo credit: Aaron Feterl and Chummy Press

Kyle Busch to Make Rallycross Debut

The NASCAR racing season ends November 7 with the Cup Series race at Phoenix Speedway.  But racers love to race and will get behind the wheel of anything that goes fast, given the chance.

Cup Series driver Kyle Busch will enter into the Nitro Rallycross in Phoenix on November 13 and 14 at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.  Busch will be making his debut in the Nitro RX Supercar class.

Rallycross racing is very similar to Supercross motorcycle racing but in four wheeled cars.

Busch spoke on his upcoming debut saying, “anybody that knows me knows that I’m a true racer and I’ve always prided myself in the ability to get behind the wheel of any type of vehicle at any type of track and be competitive. So, I’m pumped for the opportunity to go wheel-to-wheel with some of the best rallycross drivers from around the world in Nitro Rallycross at Wild Horse Pass.“

Supercross and part time  NASCAR driver Travis Pastrana created the Nitro Rallycross Series in 2018.

Busch added, “Travis has put a lot of time and effort into developing challenging courses and recruiting talented drivers to compete alongside him in this series — I’m appreciative of the invite to be a part of it and I’m excited to get out there and see how I stack up against the competition.”

Busch will be competing with some of the top names in racing from around the world including multi format winners Tanner Foust and Scott Speed.

Travis Pastrana spoke on Kyle Busch’s upcoming debut saying, “I’m so stoked to get the word out that Kyle is going to compete in Nitro Rallycross.  From day one, this series was made by drivers for drivers in order to create a totally new type of motorsport – one that was challenging to race while at the same time thrilling for fans to watch. Having a champion of Kyle’s caliber get in the ring raises the game even more and introduces a new audience to Nitro RX.”

Lea Solanga

Tony Award winning entertainer Lea Salonga will be stepping away from the Broadway stage next year for a mid and western North American tour that includes a stop in Hawaii.  The “Dream Again” tour is set to begin in April.

Salonga noted that once she finally gets back out on the road, it will have been tow years since her last performance.  “I am counting down the days to the first show. I miss the audiences. I miss my band and our tour crew,” she said.

Broadway fans have seen Salonga in “Miss Saigon”, “Once on this Island”, and “Les Miserables”.  Her screen appearances include the voice of Princess Jasmine in “Aladdin”, “Yellow Rose”, “Mulan”, and is set to appear in upcoming episodes of “Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin”.

Lea Salonge “Dream Again” tour dates:
April 6 in Winnipeg, MB
April 8 in Calgary, AB
April 10 in Edmonton, AB
April 12 in Vancouver, BC
April 15 in Lancaster, CA
April 16 in Cerritos, CA
April 22 in Chicago, IL
April 23 in Strathmore, MD
April 25 in North Little Rock, AR
April 29 & 30 in Indianapolis, IN
May 5 in Scottsdale, AZ
May 7 & 8 in Las Vegas, NV
May 10 & 11 in Livermore, CA
May 15 in Modesto, CA
May 20 & 21 in Honolulu, HI

Knockouts Continue on ‘The Voice’

On Monday night, “The Voice” got the knockout rounds started off with mega mentor Ed Sheeran.

Ariana and Kelly have both used their one save for this round.  Blake and Ariana have two of their five team members; while Kelly has three and John has just one singer on his team.

Tonight, “The Voice” celebrates the most watched show of the decade with their 500th episode.

Johnj pairs up BrittanyBree with “Best Part” and Samuel Harness with “Bruises” by Lewis Capaldi.  Kelly said that they both were so good.  Blake said that Brittany did some great things vocally but Samuel “had a moment”.  John said that he didn’t know what to do because they were both so good.  John chose Samuel as the winner of the battle.

Kelly paired teens The Cunningham Sisters with “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” and Hailey Mia with “Arcade” for a battle.  In rehearsals, Kelly said that she was very impressed.  Blake said that it was the cutest thing he had ever seen.  Ariana said that she was obsessed with all three of them.  Kelly said that they were all so gifted.  Kelly said that as a mammas it was very hard; she chose Hailey as the winner of the battle.

In the final battle of the night, Ariana paired David Vogel with “Lose You to Love Me” with just his guitar and Ryleigh Plank with “Midnight Sky”.  John called Ryleigh a star and said that David’s choice to go acoustic was great.  Kelly noted that both singers are free spirited.  Blake said that David put his stamp all over the song; adding that Ryleigh had a “thing”.  Ariana called David’s performance so special and Ryleigh has the vocals of all the greats mixed together.  Ariana chose Ryleigh as the winner of the battle.  John pushed his button to steal David.  Ariana was thrilled that John stole David.

Team Blake:
Wendy Moten
Libianca

Team Ariana:
Raquel Trinidad
Holly Forbes – steal
Ryleigh Plank

Team Kelly:
Katie Rae – steal
Gymani
Girl Named Tom
Hailey Mia

Team Legend:
Joshua Vacanti
Samuel Harness
David Vogel – steal


NASCAR Issues Kansas Penalties

This past weekend was a rough one for drivers in the Xfinity and Cup Series with several playoff drivers having issues on the track.

When NASCAR issued the penalty report on Tuesday, the drivers weren’t the only ones with issues at Kansas Speedway.  A total of six crews were penalized with a total of four crew members suspended including two crew chiefs.

Four teams in the Cup Series were charged with penalties for violating the NASCAR rule book in relation to tire safety. 

The Stewart-Haas Racing number 14 car driven by Chase Briscoe and the Team Penske number 22 car driven by Joey Logano were each charged with having a single lug nut improperly secured.  As a result, number 14 crew chief Johnny Klausmeier and number 22 crew chief Paul Wolfe have been fined $10,000 each.

The Joe Gibbs Racing number 20 car driven by Christopher Bell was found to have two lug number improperly secured during the post race inspection process. Crew chief Adam Stevens has been fined $20,000 and is being suspended from the race at Martinsville on Sunday.

In the Xfinity Series, two crew chiefs were charged with having a single lug nut improperly secured during the post race inspection process.  The Kaulig Racing number 16 car driven by AJ Allmendinger with Jason Trinchere and the number 19 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Brandon Jones with Jeff Meendering as crew chief.  Each of the crew chiefs were fined $5,000.

Also in the Xfinity Series, the Our Motorsports number 23 car driven by Patrick Emerling dropped some ballast during the race.  As a result, crew chief Kenneth Roettger, car chief Robert Anderson, and crew member Drew Beason have all been suspended for four races.  There are only two more races remaining in the 2021 racing season.  The suspension will carry over to the first two races in 2022.

Knockout Rounds Begin on ‘The Voice’

The blind auditions are over and it’s time for the Knockout rounds. This season’s mega mentor is award winning British pop star Ed Sheeran.

The coaches have a steal for this round but there are no saves for this round.

It was recently revealed that Sheeran has test positive for the Covid-19 virus. The Knockout rounds were recorded prior to that diagnosis.

Blake gets the night of music started with a pairing of Wendy Moten singing Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way” and steal Jonathan Mouton with “I Can See Clearly Now”. Jonathan said that his mother sang the song to him during his battle with cancer. Wendy told Blake that she has been a part of the Country group The Time Jumpers for two years.

Ariana noted that there is too much talent this season. She loved Jonathan’s rendition but said that Wendy blew it out of the park. John loved how Jonathan opened the song A Cappella. Blake said that Jonathan was incredible; adding that he couldn’t wait to see what offers were going to come Wendy’s way. Blake chose Wendy as the winner of the battle.

Ariana paired Raquel Trinidad with “Valarie” and Katie Rae with “Hold on to Me” by Laruen Daigle. John said that both of them were so good. Kelly said that Katie Rae’s tone is magical and Raquel is sassy in a good way. Blake said that Raquel lit the room up and Katie gave an emotional performance. Ariana said that the decision is extra hard for her because the girls are two of her favourites. Ariana chose Raquel as the winner of the battle. Kelly used her steal on Katie Rae.

Kelly have Ed one of her jackets. Kelly paired Gymani with “Pillow Talk” and steal Kinsey Rose with “Strawberry Wine”. Blake noted that the two couldn’t be more different. Ariana said that they both were very good. Kelly said both did a great job. Noting that she thinks she is the better competitor, Kelly chose Gymani as the winner of the battle.

John paired Joshua Vacanti with “Falling” and Sabrina Dias with the Ed Sheeran song “Photograph” while playing guitar and drums for a battle. D said that it was the first time he has heard one of his songs live. He sang with her during rehearsals. Kelly said that it was so cool. Blake was impressed with Sabrina but said that Joshua went for the fences. John said that it was so cool to see them both shine on the stage. Saying that they did not make the decision easy for him, John chose Joshua as the winner of the battle.

Blake paired up Libianca with “Everything I Wanted” by Billie Eilish and Hailey Green singing Blake’s song “God’s Country”. Ariana called the performances incredible. John said that Hailey’s voice is powerful but Libianca was like a master class in vocals. Blake thought both performances were incredible. Calling the decision soul crushing, Blake chose Libianca as the winner of the battle.

In the final battle of the night, Kelly pairs the family trio Girl Named Tom with “Wichita Lineman” and Holly Forbes with “Superstar”. John said that’s he glad he has a steal. Blake said they both did a great job. Ariana called Girl Named Tom’s performance an award show performance but Holly is what she grew up hearing. Kelly said that they both were incredible, she chose Girl Named Tom as the winner of the battle. John and Ariana both pushed their buttons to steal Holly. Saying that she loves both of them, Holly chose Ariana as her new coach.


Team Blake:
Wendy Moten
Libianca

Team Ariana:
Raquel Trinidad
Holly Forbes – steal

Team Kelly:
Katie Rae – steal
Gymani
Girl Named Tom

Team Legend:
Joshua Vacanti


It’s Horrrs Night on DWTS

With Halloween less than one week away, “Dancing with the Stars” is celebrating the event with Horror night.

It has been a tumultuous half season so far with some very controversial eliminations and accusations of favourtism by the judges.

New judge Derek Hough will come from behind the judging table and take to the dance floor for a performance.

The Miz and Witney perform a Paso Doble inspired by “Hell Raiser”.  All week long, Mike tried to scare Witney in rehearsals.  Witney’s family joined The Miz’s family for some Halloween fun.  Len said that Mike nailed it.  Derek called the dance really impressive.  Bruno said that it was a devilishly good dance.  Carrie Ann loved the dance.  Tyra asked Mike what his biggest fear was and Mike said that stepping on the dance floor every week and being judged by professionals.  The Miz and Witney scored 34 points for their dance.

Kenya and Brandon dance an Argentine inspired by “Arachnophobia”.  Derek said that Kenya has an elegant demearnour about her.  Bruno said that Kenya could wrap him in her web any time; adding that she has great poise.  Carrie Ann said that Kenya has so much power.  Len said the Kenya spun a web that captured the flavour of the Argentine Tango.  Kenya and Brandon scored 32 points for their dance.

JoJo and Jenna are not clowning around when they dance a Jazz routine inspired by “It”.  JoJo came to rehearsal dressed as Jenna.  JoJo’s family came to visit in rehearsals this week.  Bruno called the dance brilliant; adding that they turned a nightmare into a work of art.  Carrie Ann said that there were so many thoughts going through her head; adding that JoJo is a brilliant dancer.  Len said that the dance captured the flavour of the book.  Derek said that it was beautifully done and phenomenal.  JoJo and Jenna scored their second perfect score in a row with 40 points.

Cody and Cheryl Cha Cha inspired by “American Psycho”.  Cody chats with his partner via video this week.  Cody dedicated the dance to his partner Andreas.  Carrie Ann said that Cody was amazing.  Len said “hallelujah”; adding he has been waiting for Cody to show them his potential…and he did it.  Derek called it Cody’s best dance.  Bruno said that the dance was great.  Cody and Cheryl scored 36 points for their dance.  This is Cody’s highest score so far.

Jimmie and Emma perform a Contemporary dance inspired by “A Quiet Place”.  Emma included American Sign language into the dance.  Jimmie was very emotional after the dance.  Len said that he loved the dance; adding that it held his attention.  Derek called it a beautiful routine.  Bruno said that Jimmie went beyond the film with their dance.  Carrie Ann said that Jimmie just understood the power of dance.  Jimmie and Emma scored 38 points including 10’s from Carrie Ann and Derek.

Taking a break from the competition, Derek, his girlfriend Hailey, and some special guests perform “Tango of the Dead”.

Olivia and Val dance a Paso Doble inspired by “The Purge”.  Derek said that Olivia has been amazing all season.  Bruno said that Olivia kept up with Val very well.  Carrie Ann said that Olivia makes things look effortless.  Len said that Olivia has come back to life and gave a terrific Paso Doble.  Olivia and Val scored 36 points for their dance.

Melora and Artem dance a Jive to “Hound Dog” inspired by the Stephen King film “Cujo”.  Melora’s dad was in “Cujo”.  Melora’s parents visit the rehearsal hall this week.  Melora dedicated the dance to her parents who were in the audience.  Bruno said that all of Melora’s performances make him feel good.  Carrie Ann said that it was a great performance; but wants more.  Len said that it was a mix of quantity and quality; adding that it was a proper Jive.  Derek said that Melora danced beautifully but agrees with Carrie Ann and wants more.  Melora and Artem scored 34 points for their dance.

Iman and Danielle dance a Contemporary routine inspired by Us”.  The dance brought the judges to their feet.  Carrie Ann stood up and said “holy cow”; adding that it was genius and perfection.  Len said that Daniella came up with the most brilliant concept; adding that the dance was terrific.  Derek jumped on the table; adding it was a dance people will watch over and over.  Bruno was transfixed; adding that it was a masterpiece performance.  Iman and Daniella earned a perfect score for their dance. 

Suni and Sasha dance a Tango inspired by the “Vampire Diaries” to the music of Ed Sheeran.  Sasha is known as the DWTS prankster but Suni got him; but Sasha got her back.  Len liked the frame; adding that there was lots of good movement.  Derek agreed the frame was beautiful.  Bruno said that Suni had bite tonight.  Carrie Ann noted the lift; adding that she can see the fun coming out.  Suni is a big “Vampire Diaries” fan and she got a video message from the show.  Suni and Sasha scored36 points for their dance.

Amanda and Alan close out the night of dancing with an Argentine Tango inspired by “Saw” to “Paint it Black”.  Amanda is not a fan of sp38ooky stuff.  Alan said that it is the hardest dance he has had to choreograph.  Derek noted that it was a challenging routine but a 10.  Bruno said that the dance was so sharp and so much real Argentine Tango content.  Carrie Ann said that Amanda is forcing herself instead of allowing it to happen.  Len said that the dance was a bit too sharp.  Amanda and Alan scored 38 points for their dance.


Horror Night scores:
Kenya and Brandon – 32
The Miz and Witney – 34
Melora and Artem – 34
Cody and Cheryl – 36
Olivia and Val – 36
Suni and Sasha – 36
Jimmie and Emma – 38
Amanda and Alan – 38
JoJo and Jenna – 40
Iman and Daniella – 40



In this week’s results…
Iman and Daniella
Olivia and Val
JoJo and Jenna
Cody and Cheryl
The Miz and Witney
Amanda and Alan
Jimmie and Emma
and Melora and Artem are all safe for another week.

Kenya and Brandon and Suni and Sasha are in the bottom and in danger of going home.

Carrie Ann chose to save Suni and Sasha
Derek chose to save Suni and Sasha
Bruno chose to save Suni and Sasha

Kenya and Brandon have been eliminated from the competition.

Len would have made it an unanimous decision.

Next week DWTS will rock out the music of Queen.

NASCAR Cup Series Point Standings – Oct 25, 2021

Kansas Speedway was rough on playoff drivers in both the Xfinity and Cup Series over the weekend.  In the Xfinity Series six of the eight playoff drivers had trouble on the track and for the second week in a row, a non-playoff driver won the race  AJ Allmendinger and reigning Xfinity Series champion Austin Cindric are tied for the lead with no drivers having clinched a spot in the final four.

In the Cup Series on Sunday, Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Kyle Busch all had issues on the track. 

With his win at Texas Motor Speedway, Kyle Larson had secured his spot in the final four; but with his win at Kansas, Larson has extended his lead in the playoff standings with 4,181 points.

The upcoming race at Martinsville is the final cut off race for all three racing series where the final four will be named to compete for the championship next month at Phoenix Speedway.

NASCAR Cup Series point standings – Oct 25, 2021:
Kyle Larson – 4,181
Chase Elliott – 4,107
Denny Hamlin – 4,105
Kyle Busch – 4,074
Ryan Blaney – 4,073
Martin Truex Jr – 4,071
Brad Keselowski – 4,068
Joey Logano – 4,048

HMS Dominates at Kansas on Anniversary of Plane Crash

The Cup Series caps off a doubleheader weekend of racing at Kansas Speedway with the Hollywood Casino 400.

After his win at Texas Motor Speedway last week, points leader Kyle Larson is the only driver who is guaranteed a spot in the final four in two weeks to end the season.

Fresh off of his win, Kyle Larson sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Ryan Blaney starting alongside on the front row.

Quin Houff and Ryan Newman will have to start the race from the back of the field after failing the pre-race inspection process multiple times. Chase Briscoe will start the race from the back of the field after the crew made some unapproved adjustments to the car.

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

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

The drivers can run around 65 to 68 laps on a single load of fuel; which means that they will have to make a fuel stop in all three stages of the race.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 25.

Award winning actor Eric Stonestreet gave a rousing command to start the engines that had everyone fired up.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane with Ryan Blaney alongside. Even with a push from Kyle Busch, it takes over a lap for Kyle Larson to get out in front of Ryan Blaney to take the lead.

Lap three, Kyle Larson leads the race with Brad Keselowski in second; Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Seventeen years ago today, members of Hendrick Motorsports including owner Rick Hendrick’s 17 year old son Ricky. In tribute, HMS crew members turn their hats backwards. The crew was flying to Martinsville. Kyle Larson’s paint scheme reflects the same paint scheme Ricky Hendrick had when he won his truck race at Kansas.

Lap seven, Kyle Larson has a two tenths of a second lead on Brad Keselowski; Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap nine, drivers are beginning to report rain on the track.

NASCAR displays the caution flag on lap eleven for rain.

NASCAR has brought the cars down pit road on lap 12 and brought out the red flag. Drivers are being asked to exit their cars with lightening in the area. The wind has also picked up.

The wind was blowing hard enough to tear the roofs off of some of the pit boxes. William Byron’s crew chief was hit in the head when the roof of the 24 team’s pit box came off. During the red flag he sprinted to and from the infield care center for medical assistance.

After a delay of about 15 minutes, NASCAR has called the drivers back to their cars to prepare to restart the race.

A few drivers take advantage of the caution and come down pit road for service.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 16 with Brad Keselowski alongside. After going side by side, Kyle Larson gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 17, Kyle Larson leads the race with Brad Keselowski in second; Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 20, Kyle Larson has a third of a second lead on Brad Keselowski; Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 22, Ryan Blaney slaps the wall and causes some damage to the right side of his car. The wind is causing some issues for the drivers.

Lap 23, Kyle Busch brings out the caution flag with a flat tire. Busch also has some damage to the right side of his car.

NASCAR has called this as the competition caution. The field comes down pit road for service. After taking fuel only Matt DiBenedetto and Aric Almirola win the race off of pit road.

Matt DiBenedetto brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 28. Matt DiBenedetto gets out in front for the lead but Kyle Larson comes from second to pass for the lead.

Lap 29 Matt DiBenedetto retakes the lead briefly before Kyle Larson gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 30, the top five are Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, William Byron, Matt DiBenedetto, and Ryan Blaney.

The air temperature was 73 degrees when the race began but since the rain and wind increase, the temperature has begun to drop.

Lap 33, Chase Elliott passes Kyle Larson for the lead with William Byron in third for a HMS 1-2-3.

Brad Keselowski is falling through the field with a damaged car after contact with Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 35, William Byron passes Chase Elliott to take the lead; Kyle Larson is in second and Chase Elliott is in third.

Lap 37, Kyle Larson passes William Byron for the lead.

Brad Keselowski is slowed on the track and has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road with a flat tire.

Lap 39, the top five are Kyle Larson, William Byron, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, and Joey Logano.

The drivers have run less than 40 laps and already two of the eight playoff drivers have had trouble with their cars.

Lap 41, Kyle Larson has a narrow lead on team mate William Byron; Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 42, Joey Logano is reporting a vibration.

Lap 50, Kyle Larson has a one second lead on William Byron; Chase Elliott who is reporting a vibration is in third with Ryan Blaney and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top five.

Lap 52, Martin Truex Jr has a smoking car after hitting the wall. Truex has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road with a flat tire. Truex is the third playoff driver to have issues on the track.

Lap 56, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of nearly two and a half seconds on William Byron; Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Chad Finchum is off the track.

Martin Truex Jr comes back on the track two laps down but he passes leader Kyle Larson to get one of his laps back.

Kyle Busch restarted the race in 39th place after having to stop for repairs. He has moved up to 12th place on lap 62. Busch is running speeds faster than leader Kyle Larson.

Lap 69, Kyle Larson puts Brad Keselowski down a second lap.

Kyle Larson has a two second lead on William Byron; Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five with 23 cars on the lead lap. Kyle Busch has entered the top 10.

Lap 71, Ryan Blaney has to make an unscheduled pit stop with a flat tire. He was in fourth place.

Lap 73, the top five are Kyle Larson, William Byron, Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, and Kevin Harvick.

With just five laps remaining in stage one, part time racer and NBC sportscaster Parker Kligerman is the last car on the lead lap in 17th place.

Kyle Larson wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Larson
William Byron
Chase Elliott
Kurt Busch
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvidk
Alex Bowman
Ross Chastain
Kyle Busch
Tyler Reddick

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

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 87 and gets in front after a push from team mate Chase Elliott.

The top five are Kyle Larson, William Byron, Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 88, Chase Elliott passes Kyle Larson for the lead.

Lap 90, Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott battle for the lead but Elliott holds him off.

Lap 93, Chase Elliott leads the race with Kyle Larson a half second back; William Byron, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

William Byron passes Kyle Larson for second.

Lap 96, William Byron has caught up to leader Chase Elliott and is challenging for the lead. Kyle Larson moves up to make it a three way battle.

Chad Finchum is out of the race.

Lap 99, Chase Elliott leads the race with William Byron in second and Kyle Larson in third.

Lap 105, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a one second lead on William Byron; Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 108, Kyle Busch and Bubba Wallace battle for tenth with Bubba taking the spot.

Lap 111, Chase Elliott has a lead of over a second on William Byron; Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Kyle Busch is reporting a very tight condition.

Lap 116, there are 17 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 117, William Byron has closed the gap on leader Chase Elliott to under a second; Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 118, Bubba Wallace is the first driver on pit road for his green flag pit stop.

Lap 119, Kyle Busch makes his green flag pit stop to start the cycle of pit stops.

Lap 122, more drivers make their green flag pit stops.

Lap 123, leader Chase Elliott makes his pit stop and give the lead over to William Byron.

Lap 124, William Byron makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Kurt Busch.

Lap 125, Kurt Busch makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Joey Logano. Logano, Chase Elliott, and William Byron are the only drivers on the lead lap.

Lap 133, Kyle Busch has hit the wall again and has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road.

Kyle Larson has unlapped himself and is back on the lead lap to make four cars on the lead lap.

Lap 136, Kurt Busch is back on the lead lap.

Lap 140, Kevin Harvick has unlapped himself and is back on the lead lap.

Alex Bowman and Tyler Reddick make it a three wide battle as they try to get back on the lead lap.

Lap 144, there are now eight cars on the lead lap.

Martin Truex Jr comes down pit road on lap 144 out of gas. He only ran 58 laps on that load of fuel.

Lap 146, the top five are Joey Logano, William Byron, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, and Kurt Busch.

Joey Logano makes his pit stop and gives the lead to William Byron. There are now 14 cars on the lead lap.

There is a possibility that Joey Logano’s team did not get all of the lug nuts tight.

Only eight laps remain in stage two, William Byron leads the race by over three seconds; Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five with 14 cars on the lead lap.

Joey Logano reports that the car feels fine, no vibrations from loose lug nuts.

William Byron wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stge two:
William Byron
Chase Elliott
Kyle Larson
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Tyler Reddick
Alex Bowman
Denny Hamlin
Bubba Wallace
Ross Chastain

Drivers come down pit road for service with Kyle Larson beating out a four way battle to come off of pit road first.

Ross Chastain was caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the longest line.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the outside lane on lap 168. Kyle Larson and William Byron battle for the lead as drivers are getting four wide back in the field.

Lap 169, the battle for the lead continues with Kyle Larson and William Byron side by side. Tyler Reddick comes up on the outside to make it a three wide battle for the lead.

Lap 171, Kyle Larson takes the lead with William Byron in second.

Lap 172, the top five are Kyle Larson, Tyler Reddick, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and William Byron.

Ross Chastain was charged with a restart violation and has to serve a pass through penalty.

The caution flag comes out on lap 173 when Anthony Alfredo hits the wall with a flat tire.

Leader Kyle Larson reports a small tire rub.

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

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

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 180. Kyle Larson comes from the outside to take the lead with Kurt Busch in second; Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

William Byron takes third form Chase Elliott.

Joey Logano passes Chase Elliott for fourth.

Kevin Harvick passes Chase Elliott for fifth.

With 85 laps remaining in the race, Kurt Busch is looking to battle Kyle Larson for the lead.

William Byron battles Kurt Busch for second.

Lap 186, William Byron passes Kurt Busch for second and then takes the lead form Kyle Larson.

Lap 187, the top five are William Byron, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Larson.

Eighty laps to go, William Byron has a third of a second lead on Kurt Busch; Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 197, William Byron continues to lead the race with Kurt Busch in second a second back; Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Larson rounding out the top five.

Lap 200, Justin Haley is off the track; Anthony Alfredo and Chad Finchum are out of the race.

Denny Hamlin reports some heating issues in the engine.

Lap 204, William Byron has pulled out to a lead of nearly tow seconds on Kurt Busch; Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 207, William Byron has increased his lead to two and a half seconds on Kurt Busch; Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Larson round out the top five. The drivers still need to make one more pit stop before the end of the race.

Kyle Larson swipes the wall but the track stays green. Larson is reporting a tight condition.

Several drivers are reporting some tire debris on the track. There is some heavy duty tape on the track.

Lap 212, the drivers are within their window to make a pit stop for fuel and finish the race.

Lap 214, Brad Keselowski is the first driver to make a pit stop and begins the cycle. Keselowski had some debris on his grille and the engine temperatures had spiked.

With 50 laps to go, Ryan Newman spins out and brings out the caution flag. He kept the car off the wall.

The field comes down pit road for service with William Byron winning the race off of pit road.

William Byron had to make a second trip down pit road for a loose lug nut.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart and gets out in front after a push from Chase Elliott.

Drivers get three wide in a battle for positon.

With 44 laps to go, Chase Elliott has the lead with Kurt Busch in second.

Ryan Blaney hits the wall and brings out the caution flag with 44 laps remaining in the race.

On pit road, Ryan Blaney’s crew is having difficulty getting the car up. He has some suspension damage and is out of the race.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 39 laps to go. Chase Elliott takes the lead with Kyle Larson in second as drivers get four wide in a battle for position.

Kyle Larson takes the lead with Kurt Busch in second.

Denny Hamlin takes third.

The top five are Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Chase Elliott.

With 34 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Larson leads the race with Kevin Harvick on his bumper; Kurt Busch is right behind in third.

Thirty-two to go, Kyle Larson leads the race with Kevin Harvick in second; Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

With 28 laps to go, Kevin Harvick continues to challenge leader Kyle Larson; Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Kurt Busch battle Kevin Harvick for second; Chase Elliott moves up to try and make it a three way battle.

Chase Elliott is rim riding looking to move up.

Twenty-five to go, Tyler Reddick brings his smoking car down pit road.

With 24 laps to go, Kyle Larson has a near half second lead on Kevin Harvick.

Chase Elliott and Kurt Busch battle for third.

Twenty to go, Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly half a second on Kevin Harvick; Chase Elliott Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Only 17 laps to go, Kyle Larson has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick.

The first car one lap down, Brad Keselowski is reporting debris everywhere in hopes of getting a caution.

Fifteen to go, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race. Chase Elliott battles with Kevin Harvick for second.

Chase Elliott takes second from Kevin Harvick with 14 laps to go.

Just 13 laps remain in the race, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half on Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Ten to go, Kyle Larson holds a lead of over a second on Chase Elliott.

There are 16 cars on the lead lap.

Eight to go, Chase Elliott has closed the gap on leader Kyle Larson to under a second.

Five to go, Chase Elliott is right up against the wall trying to catch leader Kyle Larson. He has bumped the wall several times in the past few laps.

Four to go, leader Kyle Larson has encountered slower traffic.

Three to go, Kyle Larson has a lead of a second and a half on Chase Elliott.

Kyle Larson takes the white flag.

Winning his third race in a row, Kyle Larson wins the race for his ninth race win of the season.

Kyle Larson dedicated the race to Rick and Linda Hendrick.

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

NASCAR Earns Thousands for Charity with Pink Window Nets

NASCAR fans were sure to notice the pink window nets the drivers carried in their cars during the road race on The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Honouring breast cancer awareness month, the initiative was two years in the making. Young fan Mason Bradley sent a letter to Kurt Busch that included a drawing of Kurt’s car with a pink window net. Young Bradley suggested having a pink window net for Breast Cancer Awareness. At the time Mason’s mother Stephanie was fighting breast cancer and is now in remission.

The idea was tabled for a year after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic caused numerous logistical issues for NASCAR.

Before the drivers could honour Bradley’s request, NASCAR had to make a change in the rule book which stated that all window nets were to be black. The rule now states that the window nets must be black unless otherwise approved by NASCAR.

When the NASCAR Cup Series made its annual fall stop at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the road course race on The Roval, many drivers in the field sported pink window nets. After the race those window nets were put up for auction on ebay with the money going to charity.

Money from the “Windows of Hope” are going to aid families diagnosed with breast cancer.

A total of 1,377 bids were cast with Kurt Busch’s window nets receiving the most bids with 67. Kevin Harvick’s window net earned the highest bid of the auction with his window net selling for $5,100. A total of $55,884.80 was raised.

The breakdown of bets and drivers are:
Kevin Harvick’s window net earned 49 bids and sold for $5,100

Kyle Larson’s window net earned 62 bids and sold for $5,926.83

Alex Bowman’s window net earned 56 bids and sold for $4,000
Kurt Busch’s window net earned 67 bids and sold for $3,801.97
Kyle Busch’s window net earned 63 bids and sold for $3,551
Chase Elliott’s window net earned 42 bids and sold for $3,050

Ryan Blaney’s window net earned 37 bids and sold for $2,550

Martin Truex Jr’s window net earned 31 bids and sold for $2,325

William Byron’s window net earned 45 bids and sold for $1,325

Brad Keselowski’s window net earned 51 bids and sold for $1,275

Matt DiBenedetto’s window net earned 37 bids and sold for $1,175

Bubba Wallace’s window net earned 32 bids and sold for $1,175

Christopher Bell’s window net earned 23 bids and sold for $1,100

Cody Ware’s window net earned 32 bids and sold for $1,025

Denny Hamlin’s window net earned 19 bids and sold for $1,011

Ryan Newman’s window net earned 34 bids and sold for $1,011

Tyler Reddick’s window net earned 42 bids and sold for $1,009

Erik Jones’ window net earned 38 bids and sold for $1,000

Joey Logano’s window net earned 37 bids and sold for $1,000

AJ Allmendinger’s window net earned 34 bids and sold for $890

Corey LaJoie’s window net earned 32 bids and sold for $867

Chase Briscoe’s window net earned 17 bids and sold $866

Anthony Alfredo’s window net earned 26 bids and sold for $860

Austin Cindric’s window net earned 31 bids and sold for $860

Ricky Stenhouse Jr’s window net earned 37 bids and sold for $810

Austin Dillon’s window net earned 64 bids and sold for $800

Daniel Suarez’ window net earned 23 bids and sold for $780

Joey Hand’s window net earned 34 bids and sold for $755

Justin Haley’s window net earned 43 bids and sold for $740

Cole Custer’s window net earned 42 bids and sold for $728

Ross Chastain’s window net earned 32 bids and sold for $710

Aric Almirola’s window net earned 16 bids and sold for $698

Ryan Preece’s window net earned 17 bids and sold for $610

Michael McDowell’s window net earned 25 bids and sold for $580

Chris Buescher’s window net earned 29 bids and sold for $570

Quin Houff’s window net earned 30 bids and sold for $570

Garrett Smithley’s window net earned 20 bids and sold for $570

Josh Bilicki’s window net earned just eight bids and sold for $510

Scott Heckert’s window net earned 20 bids and sold for $500

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Teen Becomes Youngest Four Time Winner in Xfinity Series

It’s week two in the round of eight as the Xfinity Series gets a doulbleheader weekend started at Kansas Speedway with the Kansas Lottery 300.

While AJ Allmendinger has a narrow lead in the playoffs, none of the playoff drivers have secured a spot in the final four after Camping World Truck Series regular John Hunter Nemechek took the checkered flag last week at Texas Motor Speedway.

After finished second for the tenth time last week, Daniel Hemric sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Austin Cindric starting alongside on the front row. Hemric is currently two points below the cut line.

Points leader AJ Allmendinger starts the race on row three in fifth place.

The starting line up for the Kansas Lottery 300:
Daniel Hemric
Austin Cindric
Justin Allgaier
Noah Gragson
AJ Allmendinger
Justin Haley
Harrison Burton
Michael Annett
Brandon Jones
Ty Gibbs
Jeb Burton
Sam Mayer
Riley Herbst
Ryan Sieg
Myatt Snider
Brett Moffitt
Tommy Joe Martins
Josh Williams
Jeremy Clements
Ryan Vargas
Alex Labbe
Bayley Currey
Brandon Brown
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Kyle Weatherman
Mason Massey
Jordan Anderson
Dylan Lupton
Jesse Little
Joe Graf Jr
Matt Mills
Spencer Boyd
David Starr
Patrick Emerling
Jade Buford
Loris Hezemans
Joey Gase
Landon Cassill
Garrett Smithley
Gray Gaulding

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

Drivers can run around 60 laps on a single load of fuel.

NASCAR has called for a competiton caution around lap 20.

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

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and jumps out in front for the lead.

Daniel Hemric leads lap one.

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

Daniel Hemric and Austin Cindric have pulled out to a lead of over half a second on the rest of the field.

Lap four, Daniel Hemric has a third of a second lead on Austin Cindric; Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five nearly a second back.

Lap seven, Daniel Hermic holds on to the lead with Austin Cindric just two tenths of a second bacck; Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, an Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap eight, Austin Cindric gets in a battle for the lead for but Hemric holds him off.

Lap nine, Austin Cindrc continues to challenge Daniel Hemric for the lead.

Lap 10, Austin Cindric takes the lead on a pass from the outside.

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

Lap 17, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of over three seconds on Daniel Hemric; AH Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

There are 36 cars on the lead laps with Gray Gaulding off the track and Joey Gase out of the race.

NASCAR puts out the yellow flag for the competition caution on lap 21.

Many of the drivers are reporting a loose condition in their cars.

Pit road was open but all of the lead lap drivers stayed out on the track.

Austin Cindric’s crew are having issues hearing their driver.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 25 from the inside lane. Cindric and Daniel Hemric go side by side before Cindric gets out in front for the lead as drivers get three and four side across the track.

Lap 27, the top five are Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric, AJ Allmendinger, Ty Gibbs, and Brandon Jones.

David Starr is off the track with 35 cars on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out on lap 29 when Jade Buford gets into a big crash and causes significant damage to his car. Buford climbs out of his car unaided. Dylan Lupton makes contact with Buford before hitting the wall hard and getting airborne. Dylan Lupton reports that the car gets away from him.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the gren flag restart from the inside lane on lap 38 – there are just eight laps remaining in stage one. Drivers get three wide across the track. AJ Allmendinger takes the lead briefly before Daniel Hemric gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 39, AJ Allmendinger retakes the lead with Daniel Hemric in second; Austin Cindric, Noah Gragson, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

Drivers are getting three wide through the field.

Five to go, AJ Allmendingerleads the race with Daniel Hemric, Austin Cindric, Ty Gibbs, and Myatt Snider round out the top five.

Four laps remain in stage one, AJ Allmendinger has a lead of just tenth of a second on Daniel Hermic.

Thee to go, Daniel Hemric battles with AJ Allmendinger for the lead.

Two to go, Austin Cindric tries to come up and make it a three way battle.

AJ Allmendinger wins stage one with Daniel Hemric finishing second.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
AJ Allmendinger
Daniel Hemric
Austin Cindric
Ty Gibbs
Justin Allgaier
Myatt Snider
Noah Gragson
Brandon Jones
Justin Haley
Michael Annett

Harrison Burton is the only playoff driver who did not earn any stage points after coming in in eleventh place.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Austin Cindric winning the race off of pit road. Ty Gibbs comes out second. AJ Allmendinger lost seven spots on pit road after some lug nuts fell off and had to be replaced; causing a 17 second pit stop.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 51 and goes side by side with Ty Gibbs. Drivers are getting three and four wide through the field.

Austin Cindric takes the lead with Ty Gibbs in second; Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric, ,and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Justin Allgaier also had a slow pit stop after one of the crew members fell down.

Drivers are battling for position all through the field.

Lpa 54, Austin Cindirc leads the race with Ty Gibbs in second; Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five. There are 36 cars on the lead lap. All of the drivers still on the track are on the lead lap. Jade Buford and Joey Gase are out of the race with David Starr and Gray Gaulding off the track.

Lap 57, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Ty Gibbs,, Noah Gragsn, Daniel Hemric, and AH Allmendinger round out the top five. Allmendinger is nearly three seconds behind the leader.

When the crew members removed tires during pit stops, some of the drivers’ had tires showing some cording.

Lap 62, Austin Cindric has increased his lead to over a second on Ty Gibbs; third place driver Noah Gragson is over two seconds back; Daniel Hemric and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

AJ Allmendinger is reporting that he has no side bite in his car.

Lap 71, Austin Cindric continues to lead the race by less than half a second on Ty Gibbs in second; Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric, and Myatt Snider round out the top five.

Lap 74, leaders encounter slower traffic spread out across the track.

Lap 76, Austin Cindric weaves his way through slower traffic with Ty Gibbs a half a second back. There are 25 cars on the lead lap.

David Starr returns to the track 41 laps down.

Lap 79, the top five are Austin Cindric, Ty Gibbs, Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric, and Myatt Snider.

Lap 80, Daniel Hemric gets around Noah Gragson to take third.

Lap 84, Austin Cindric leads the race but Ty Gibbs is challenging for the lead. There are only 18 cars on the lead lap.

With five laps remaining in stage two, Austin Cindric has a narrow lead on Ty Gibbs; Daniel Hemric, Noah Gragson, and Myatt Snider round out the top five.


After holding off Ty Gibbs, Austin Cindric wins his eleventh stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Austin Cindric
Ty Gibbs
Daniel Hemric
Joah Gragson
Myatt Snider
AJ Allmendinger
Justin Allgaier
Harrison Burton
Sam Mayer
Justin Haley

This time around, Brandon Jones was the only playoff driver not to win any stage points.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Ty Gibbs winning the race off of pit road.

Ty Gibbs was charged with speeding on pit road. He will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

During his pit stop, Brandon Jones’ team removed three pakcers to get the splitter down.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with Myatt Snider alongside on lap 97 with Cindric taking the lead.

On the backstretch Noah Gragson and Daniel Hemric make contact and bring out the caution flag. Gragson makes contact with the rear of Hemric’s car when Hemric gets slowed on the track. Both drivers keep their cars off the wall but have damage to their cars…and send the field scattering.

At the time of the caution Austin Cindric was leading the race.

Daniel Hemric and Noah Gragson are on pit road for repairs.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 103 with Harrison Burton alongside. Cindric gets out in front for the lead with Myatt Snider and Harrison Burton battling for second.

Lap 104,, the top five are Austin Cindric, Myatt Snider, Harrison Burton, Justin Allgaier, and AJ Allmendinger.

Joe Graf Jr brings out the sixth caution on lap 104 when he spins out but keeps it off the wall.

Daniel Hemric comes down pit road for more repairs.

Austin Cindirc brings the field downfor the gren flag restart with Myatt Snider alongside on lap 108. Drivers get four wide across the track.

Austin Cindric takes the lead with Myatt Snider in second; AJ Allmendinger, Harrison Burton, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 110, Myatt Snider scrapes the wall bu the track stays green. Snider falls to sixth place.

Lap 111, the top five are Austin Cidric, Harrison Burton, AJ Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, and Ty Gibbs.

Lap 116, Austin Cindric has a one second lead on Harrison Burton; Ty Gibbs, Justin Allgaier, and Noah Gragson round out the top five. There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 118, Noah Gragson passes Justin Allgaier for fourth.

Lap 123, Riley Herbst has to bring his car down pit road for an unscheduled stop after he gets into the wall.

Lap 130, Aus Cindric has a narrow lead on Harrison Burton; Ty Gibbs, Noah Gragson, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 135, Austin Cindric and Harrison Burton battle for the lead but Cindric holds on to the lead.

Mason Masey brings out the seventh caution flag of the race on lap 136 after he gets into the wall with a flat tire.

Drivers come down pit road for service but the drivers are just outside of their pit window to make it to the end of the race on fuel. Austin Cindric wins the race off of pit road.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart with 60 laps remaining in the race with Ty Gibbs alongside. Ty Gibbs gets out in front for the lead.

Ty Gibbs leads the race with Austin Cindric in second; Justin Allgaier, Harrison Burton, and Sam Maher round out the top five.

Lap 143, Austin Cindric passes Ty Gibbs to take the lead.

Lap 145, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a half second lead on Ty Gibbs; Justin Allgaier, Harrison Burton, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Austin Cindric’s crew believes that they have enough fuel to make it to the end of the race.

Lap 148, Austin Cindric has increased his lead on Ty Gibbs to over half a second; Justin Allgaier, Harrison Burton, and Noah Gragson round ut the top five.

Harrison Burton and Justin Allgaier battle for third.

Fifty laps remain in the race, Austin Cindric has a one second lead on Ty Gibbs.

AJ Allmendinger reports that he is very tight. AJ is currently 30 points above the cut line behind leader Austin Cindric. He is running in seventh place.

Lap 157, Joe Graf Jr brings out the caution flag after he loses a tire and throw debris on the track.

Leaders come down pit road for their last set of fresh tires and top off the fuel. Noah Gragson and Daniel Hemric do not have any fresh tires. After taking fuel only, Brandon Jones wins the race off of pit road.

Justin Allgaier again has a bad stop after another crew member falls down.

After staying out on the track, Noah Gragson and AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 159. Noah Gragson gets out in front for the lead but Brandon Jones spins out from the middle of the pack. He avoids any major contact and the wall.

Brandon Jones is the fifth playoff driver to have an issue on the track today.

Brandon Jones is on pit road for repairs.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with AJ Allmendinger on the inside on lap 164. After a push from Daniel Hemric, Noah Gragson takes the lead.

The top five are Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, Daniel Hemric, Austin Cindric, and Michel Annett.

Lap 165, after a three wide battle, Austin Cindric takes second and sets his sights on leader Noah Gragson.

Lap 166, Austin Cindric passes Noah Gragson for the lead.

The top five are Austin Cindric, Noah Gragson, Sam Mayer, AJ Allmendinger, and Harrison Burton.

There are 23 cars on the lead lap with four drivers out of the race.

Lap 170, Austin Cindric has a one second lead on Noah Gragson; Sam Mayer, Harrison Burton, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

Sam Mayer passes Noah Gragson for second…but the two continue to battle for the position.

Lap 175, Austin Cindric has a lead of nearly two seconds wile Noah Gragson, Sam Mayer, and Harrison Burton battle for second.

Lap 176, the top five are Austin Cindric, Ty Gibbs, Harrison Burton, Noah Gragson, and Sam Mayer.

The tenth caution flag of the race comes out for a big crash involving Harrison Burton, Noah Gragson, and Sam Mayer. Mayer makes contact with Burton and sends him into Noah Gragson and the wall. Noah Gragson and Harrison Burton have some heavy damage to their cars. The rear of Burton’s car came off the ground when he hit the wall.

Drivers come down pit road for service. The drivers who have one last set of tires put them on the cars; while others put on less used scuffs.

Austin Cindric and Justin Haley are the only playoff drivers who have not had a major issue in today’s race.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 185 from the outside lane with Ty Gibbs on the inside lane. Austin Cindric and Ty Gibbs go side by side but Cindric gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 186, Austin Cindric leads the race with Ty Gibbs in second; Sam Mayer, AJ Allmendinger, and Myatt Sinder round out the top five.

Lap 187, on fresh tires AJ Allmendinger passes Sam Mayer for third.

Lap 188, Austin Cindric is in the lead but Ty Gibbs is coming on strong.

Lap 190, Ty Gibbs passes Austin Cindric for the lead and begins to pull away.

Ten to go, Ty Gibbs leads the race with Austin Cindric in second; AJ Allmendinger, Brett Moffitt, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

Lap 194, Ty Gibbs has a lead of nearly a second on Austin Cindric; AJ Allmendinger, Justin Haley, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Three lap remain in the race, Ty Gibbs has a one second lead on Austin Cindric; AJ Allmendinger, Justin Haley, and Ryan Sieg round out the top five.

Ty Gibbs takes the white flag.

For the fourth time in the 2021 racing season,19 year old Ty Gibbs wins the race. This is the second week in a row that the Joe Gibbs Racing number 54 car has won the race. This is the eleventh race of the 2021 season that the number 54 car has been the race winner. Gibbs becomes the youngest driver in the Xfinity Series to win four races.

With Ty Gibbs win, at least three of the final four playoff spots will be determined by points. And no drivers are locked into the final four as of yet.

The unofficial results of the Kansas Lottery 300:
Ty Gibbs
Austin Cindric
AJ Allmendinger
Justin Haley
Ryan Sieg
Brett Moffitt
Michael Annett
Sam Mayer
Justin Allgaier
Myatt Snider
Brandon Jones
Jeb Burton
Riley Herbst
Brandon Brown
Daniel Hemric
Bayley Currey
Jeremy Clements
Garrett Smithley
Landon Cassill
Jordan Anderson
Kyle Weatherman
Ryan Vargas
Tommy Joe Martins
Patrick Emerling
Matt Mills
Josh Williams
Dylan Lupton
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Joe Graf Jr
Jesse Little
Spencer Boyd
Loris Hezemans
Alex Labbe
Harrison Burton
Noah Gragson
David Starr
Mason Massey
Jade Buford
Gray Gaulding
Joey Gase

The round of eight concludes next week at Martinsville.

Actor Peter Scolari Dies

Character actor Peter Scolari died October 22, 2021 in New York City as a result of cancer at the age of 66.


Scolari made his screen debut in 1978 and appeared both on Broadway and in over 100 film and television productions, but it wasn’t until his 1980 appearance opposite Tom Hanks in the sitcom “Bosom Buddies” – where the duo appeared in drag – that he became a well known figure.

Scolari also appeared on the screen with Bob Newhart and went on to be friends for over 40 years. Newhart, who is 92, spoke on Scolari’s passing saying, “in life, he was a fantastic person, and it was a joy to work together. He will be sorely missed and his passing at 66 is much too early. Newhart added, “the contributions of on-screen couple Scolari and Julia Duffy in ‘Newhart’ were an “essential part” of the show’s success.” The role earned Scolari three Emmy nominations.

He finally earned his Emmy Award in 2016 for his role as Ted Horvat – a character who came out as gay – in “Girls”.

He made is Broadway debut in 2003 as Wilbur Turnglad in “Hairspray”. Scolari has also appeared in “Wicked”, “Sly Fox”, “Magic/Bird”, “Lucky Guy”, and “Bronx Bombers” where he played Yogi Berra. His other stage roles include the role of Vince Fontaine in the national tour of “Grease”, “Old Man Joseph and His Family”, “The Exonerated”, “In the Wings”, “Whit’es Lies”, “It Must Be Him”, “Dear Elizabeth”, and “The True”.

Scolari’s other film and television roles include “Happy Days”, “Hotel”, “The Love Boat”, “The Twilight Zone”, “Diagnosis Murder: The House on Sycamore Street”, “Empty Nest”, “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”, “Dave’s World”, “That Thing You Do”, “The Nanny”, “From the Earth to the Moon”, “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Series’, “Touched by an Angel”, “Reba”, “E.R.”, “The West Wing”, “American Dad!”, “Gotham”, “Blue Bloods”, and his final role as Bishop Thomas Marx in “Evil”.

He was born on September 12, 1955 in New Rochelle, New York.

Scolari is survived by his fourth wife and fellow actor Tracy and children – Nicholas, Josheph, Keaton, and Cali.

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Recording Academy Adds ‘Inclusion Rider’

In recent years Hollywood has seen a major swing in how awards and award nominees are viewed. Awards organizations have had to field numerous allegations of racism and discrimination.

Those allegations have now crossed the line from Hollywood to the world of music and the Grammy Awards.

In response, the Recording Academy has issued an Inclusion Rider to insure equality and inclusion in every level of the Grammy Awards.

The 2022 or 64th annual Grammy Award ceremonies are scheduled to be held January 31, 2022 and will be the first time the Inclusion Rider will be in play.

Kalpana Kotagal, Fanshen Cox, Valeisha Butterfield Jones, and Allie-Ryan Butler have all come together to create the new rider in, “ infusing the highest standards of inclusion, belonging and representation” to the awards and its recipients.

Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr spoke on the new Inclusion Rider saying, “I am proud that the Academy is leading the charge in releasing an Inclusion Rider for the music community that counters systematic bias. We were proud to work with a very diverse crew last year for the GRAMMY Awards, and this is the culmination of a years-long effort to create a rider for the production of the Grammy’s. But this is only the beginning. We are committed to putting in the real work required to help create a pipeline of diverse talent and drastically change representation.”

President of Color of Change Rashad Robinson added, “with the Inclusion Rider, Color Of Change and the Recording Academy are working to change the rules that have enabled systemic discrimination in the music business for far too long. The Inclusion Rider is a concrete accountability mechanism aimed at breaking through an endless stream of empty commitments. It will ensure that Black people finally gain the authority in the industry that matches their essential contributions to it. An initiative of #ChangeMusic, the Inclusion Rider changes the rules of the industry’s hiring and management practices to open up opportunities for work and promotion that have long been denied.”

The new Inclusion Rider is designed improving and diversifying the pool for hiring personnel involved with the awards.

Civil right attorney and co-author Kalpana Kotagal spoke on the new Rider saying, “by committing to use the Inclusion Rider for its 2022 production, the Grammy Awards is not only ensuring a more equitable and diverse hiring process, it is also setting an important standard for inclusivity and representation at award shows moving forward.”

Chuck Berry Goes Live

Chuck Berry died in 2017 at the age of 90. But thanks to the prolific collections of music in the vaults, Berry’s music lives on to entertain old fans and introduce a new generation to the eary days of rock and roll.

One of the earliest artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Berry was inducted in 1986.

On December 17, Dualtone Records will release a live album that was recorded during two performances at the Blueberry Hill Cafe in 2005 and 2006. The St. Louis venue was Berry’s favourite location to play. He played The Blueberry Cafe over 200 times in 17 years.

While Berry was born on October 18, 1926; the album is being billed as a celebration of his birthday.

“Live at Blueberry Hill” is filled with Berry hits and classics including “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Sweet Little Sixteen”, “Johnny B. Goode”, “Rock and Roll Music”, “Let it Rock”, “Carol/Little Queenie”, “Around and Around”, “Nadine”, and “Mean Old World”.


The album is currently available for pre-order from the Dualtone Records website at https://www.dualtone.com/.

Rock Hall Names 2021 Ceremony Performers

Next weekend the 2021 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will finally get their time on the stage and their names officially on the books as members of the Hall of Fame.

The Hall will hold the 36th annual induction ceremony at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland on October 30. A limited number of tickets are still available for purchase. HBO will air the ceremonies on November 20.

The 2021 Class of Hall of Famers are Tina Turner, Carole King, The Go-Go’s, Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Todd Rundgren, Kraftwerk, Charley Patton, Gil Scott-Heron, LL Cool J, Billy Preston, Randy Rhoades, and Clarence Avant.

Along with the inductees, Angela Bassett, Christine Aguilers, Mickey Guyton, H.E.R., Bryan Adams, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Drew Barrymore, The Go-Go’s, Sir Paul McCartney, and Lionel Richie are all scheduled to appear as presenters and performers.


In his song “The Heart of Rock and Roll”, Huey Lewis states that “The Heart of Rock and Roll” is in Cleveland; which is the location of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

NASCAR Suspends Driver After Arrest

Recent weeks have seen numerous complaints by NASCAR fans and drivers alike over the activity on the track. NASCAR has a policy to let the drivers handle adversarial activities themselves unless in their view the situation gets out of hand.

However, off the field NASCAR has little room for tolerance when it comes to violating the rules. On October 20, NASCAR suspended indefinitely part time Xfinity Series driver Carson Ware after he was arrested for assault and property damage.

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

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina charged Ware with assault on a woman, simple assault and damage to personal property. The 21 year old was released with a $1,000 bond.

Ware’s racing team SS Green Light Racing also suspended the driver. He was originally scheduled to run in the race at Kansas Speedway on October 23; Garrett Smithley will now get behind the wheel of the number 17 car.

Ware’s father Rick released a statement via his racing team on Wednesday saying, “this morning I was notified of a situation that involved Carson Ware. At this time, Carson has been indefinitely suspended from SS Green Light Racing and NASCAR. While I am frustrated by the actions of Carson, I am even more disappointed for Bobby Dotter and his entire team. Bobby has been a great ally through the years, and I hate to see SS Green Light Racing under scrutiny due to actions that do not reflect the reputation and image that Bobby has worked hard to uphold over the years. My hope is that Carson will get the help that he needs during this difficult time.”

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Sepultura

It has been over a year since the breakout of the Covid-19 pandemic that has seen the world locked down and come to a stand still. While many of those places are trying to return to some form of normalcy, others are still mired in numerous regulations that can make it difficult for travelers and performers to navigate.

The band Sepultrua have found themselves trapped amidst the rulings. As a result, the rockers have postponed their European tour dates until the fall of 2022. The band has added some new dates to the rescheduled tour.

Crowbar and Sacred Reich were also set to be a part of the Quadra Tour.

Citing “ever changing rules”, band member Andreas Kisser spoke on the postponement saying, “it’s really hard to postpone another tour once again, due to the Covid-19 restrictions. We are forced to do this to make sure everyone is safe to enjoy the concerts.”

Kisser added, “we are very happy and thankful for the ticket sales and so anxious to jam for you all! It will take a little longer but we will see each other soon in a safe environment for all of us.”

Fans who have already purchased tickets may use them for the new dates.

Quadra Tour dates:
Oct 20 at Amager Bio in Copenhagen, Denmark
Oct 21 at Hellraiser in Leipiz, Germany
Oct 22 at Hala Datart in Zlin, Switzerland
Oct 23 at A2 in Wrockla, Poland
Oct 25 at Arena in Vienna, Austria
Oct 26 at Barba Negra in Budapest, Hungary
Oct 27 at Backstage in Munich, Germany
Oct 28 at Essigfabrik in Cologne, Germany
Oct 29 at Z-7 in Pratteln, Switzerland
Oct 30 at Les Docks in Lausanne, Switzerland
Nov 1 at QMU in Glasgow,UK
Nov 2 at the O2 Ritz in Manchester, UK
Nov 3 at the Academy in Dublin, Ireland
Nov 4 at KK’s Steel Mill in Wolverhampton, UK
Nov 5 at the Electric Brixton in London, UK
Nov 6 at Trix in Antwerp, Belgium
Nov 8 at Le Bikini in Toulouse, France
Nov 9 at But in Madrid, Spain
Nov 10 at the Hard Club in Porto, Portugal
Nov 11 at Totem in Pamplona, Spain
Nov 12 at Razzmatazz 2 in Barcelona, Spain
Nov 14 at Rockhal in Esc/Alzett, Luxemburg
Nov 15 at La Machine du Moulin Rouge in Paris, France
Nov 16 at Im Wizemann in Stuttgart, Germany
Nov 17 at Astra in Berlin, Germany
Nov 19 at Patronaat in Haarlem, Netherlands
Nov 21 at Markthalle in Hamburg, Germay
Nov 22 at Schlachthof in Wisebaden, Germany

In Flames to Release Older Material

As formats for the release of music evolve, older formats fall by the wayside and are no longer made.

Rockers In Flames will be releasing a number of their out-of-print works next month. The albums released between 1994 and 2008 and were previously available on CD will be re-released on November 26 on CD.

The albums set for releas are:
“Lunar Strain + Subterranean”
“The Jester Race + Black-Ash Inheritance”
“Woracle”
“Colony”
“Clayman”
“Reroute to Remain”
“Soundtrack to Your Escape”
“Come Clarity”
“A Sence of Purpose”
“The Tokyo Showdown” – a live album
“Used & Abused: In Live We Trust” – a live album

In Flames frontman Anders Friden spoke on the upcoming releases saying, “I’m thrilled to know that we have a label that still believes and supports the physical format. This is a great opportunity to pick up any records from the In Flames catalogue you may have missed. Enjoy our music on compact disc as it was originally released.”

The albums are available for pre-order now.

It’s ‘Grease’ Night on DWTS

This week on “Dancing with the Stars” the eleven remaining couples pay tribute to the smash hit film “Grease” with plenty of Sandra Dee’s, pink ladies, and T-Birds in the Ballroom.

Original Sandy in the film Olivia Newton-John will be in the Ballroom to help mark the occasion. Frankie Avalon will also be one hand to perform “Beauty School Dropout” live while Amanda and Alan dance and Didi Conn who played Frenchie in the film will also be on hand.

Other songs on the show include “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee”, “Summer Nights”, “Sandy”, “You’re the One that I Want”, “Born to Hand Jive”, “Greased Lightnin’”, “There are Worse Things I Could Do”, “We Go Together”, and “Hopelyessly Devoted to You”.


For the past couple of weeks, Jimmie Allen has been on baby watch. His wife had her baby over the weekend and Jimmie can breathe a sigh of relief. Wife and new baby Zara James Allen are fine.

The professional dancers get the night started off with a performance to the film’s theme song.

Olivia Newton-John sends a message via video. Olivia returns throughout the night with tid bits and memories from the film.

Olivia and Val get the night of competition started off as the songs are presented in the order they appeared in the film. Olivia and Val dance a Foxtrot to “Summer Nights”. Len said that it was full of fun and entertaining; adding that Val had some great choreography. Derek called Olivia a perfect Sandy. Bruno said that Olivia captured Sandy beautifully. Carrie Ann echoed her fellow judges; adding that the technique was amazing. Olivia and Val scored 36 points for their dance to earn their highest scores this season.

Melora and Artem dance a Viennese Waltz to “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee”. Melora takes on the role of Rizzo. Artem admitted that he has never been to a sleepover in his life…or a pillow fight. Derek said that Melora is the gift that keeps on giving; adding that she brings the characters to life. Bruno said that Melora makes the characters her own; adding that she put some bump and grind into the dance. Carrie Ann loved that she never knew where Melora was going to go next. Len said that she didn’t just dance well, she brought it to life. Melora and Artem scored 36 points for their dance.

Iman and Daniella dance a Viennese Waltz to “Hopelessly Devoted to You”. Iman’s wife spoke to him on the way to catch her plane. Iman said that it reminds him of his wedding. Bruno said that he could really feel the love story in the dance. Carrie Ann noted that there is a big height difference; adding that it isn’t Iman’s best dance style. Len said that the dance had a gentleness that he liked but he lacks technique. Derek said that he loves watching Iman. Iman and Daniella scored 28 points for their dance.

The Miz and Witney Jive to “Greased Lightnin’”. Mike’s wife came to visit during rehearsals this week. Mike said that his wife is his real life Sandy. Carrie Ann said that Mike was living the dream; adding that it was amazing. Len said that overall it was a high octane full on Jive. Derek said that he looks forward seeing The Miz dance every week. Bruno noted that the timing was off but said, “what a performance”. The Miz dedicated his dance to his wife this week. The Miz and Witney scored 32 points for their dance.

Amanda and Alan dance a Viennese Waltz to “Beauty School Dropout” sung by Frankie Avalon himself. Avalon performed the song in the film version of the show. During the week’s rehearsals Amanda and Alan met Frenchie – Didi Conn – via a video. Amanda is playing Frenchie with Alan playing the guardian angel. Len thought the dance was fantastic; adding that Frankie Avalon was the icing on the cake. Derek said htat Amanda is consistently great in the Ballroom. Bruno said that when it comes to beauty and legs Amanda has plenty to spare. Carrie Ann said that Amanda had technique, charm, and elegance. Amanda and Alan scored 39 points for their dance to earn the highest score of the season so far. Amanda said that it was an honour to dance for Avalon.

Suni and Sasha Charleston to “Born to Hand Jive”. At the end of the dance, Suni gives Sasha a pie in the face. Derek was confused but loved it. Bruno said that it really felt like fun. Carrie Ann thought it was fantastic. Len noted that they had elements of Charleston in there; adding that he smiled the whole dance. Suni and Sasha scored 36 points for their dance.

Jimmie and Emma Foxtrot to “Sandy”; the song when Sandy abandons Danny at the drive-in. Bruno congratulated Jimmie on the new baby; adding that he was very good in hold. Carrie Ann said that Jimmie made baby Zara proud. Len said that there is a flair about Jimmie’s dancing; adding that the comes out with enthusiasm. Derek said that the dance was the complete package. There was something on the dance floor, Emma said was like ice. Len said it was “Grease”. Jimmie and Emma scored 34 points for their dance.

Kenya and Brandon dance a Rumba to “There are Worse Things I Can Do”. Kenya plays Rizzo. The result of a teenage pregnancy, Kenya was raised by her grandmother. Kenya’s grandmother died four years ago, but she dedicated the dance to her grandmother. Carrie Ann is happy that Kenya was still in the competition; adding she has incredible dignity. Len said that the dance had control and chemistry. Derek called the dance fantastic. A fanning Bruno said that she translated emotion through motion. Kenya and Brandon scored 36 points for their dance to earn her highest scores yet.

JoJo and Jenna dance a Foxtrot to the reprise of “Look at Me I’m Sandra Dee”. JoJo plays Sandy and Jenna plays Frenchie. Frenchie talks to the girls via video. Len stood and said that the dance was superb. Derek loves the partnership. Bruno said that it was the most exquisite example of friendship. Carrie Ann said the guys left her nothing to say but that it was perfection. JoJo and Jenna scored the first perfect socre of the season.

Melanie C and Gleb Quickstep to “You’re the One that I Want”. Derek called Mel phenomenal. Bruno said that Mel was right on with the dance. Carrie Ann noted that when Mel had fun it really showed. Len said that it was her best dance. Melanie and Gleb scored 36 points for their dance.

Cody and Cheryl close out the night of dancing with a Quickstep to “We Go Together”. Cody revealed that he played Knicki in his high school version of “Grease”. Bruno said that it was a great performance. Carrie Ann complimented them on getting through the dance after having Covid. Len liked the energy in the dance. Derek thought it was a great way to finish the night. Cody and Cheryl scored 32 points for their dance.


Grease scores:
Iman and Daneilla – 28
The Miz and Witney – 32
Cody and Cheryl – 32
Jimmie and Emma – 34
Olivia and Val – 36
Melora and Artem – 36
Suni and Sasha – 36
Kenya and Brandon – 36
Melanie C and Gleb – 36
Amanda and Alan – 39
JoJo and Jenna – 40


In this week’s results…
Kenya and Brandon
Jimmie and Emma
Melora and Artem
Cody and Cheryl
Suni and Sasha
JoJo and Jenna
The Miz and Witney
Amanda and Alan
and Iman and Daniella are all safe for another week.

Olivia and Val and Melanie C and Gleb are in the bottom two and in danger of going home.

Derek chose to save Olivia and Val
Carrie Ann chose to save Melanie C and Gleb
Bruno chose to save Melanie C and Gleb
Len chose to save Olivia and Val

With the vote tied, Len’s vote is the deciding factor which means that Melanie C and Gleb are going home with Olivia and Val getting another chance.


NASCAR Issues Penalties from Texas

During the Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on October 17, several drivers were complaining of vibrations in their cars even though crew chiefs assured their drivers that all of the lug nuts were tight.

In the post race inspection process, three Cup Series teams were found to have a single lug nut improperly secured. As a result of the infractions, the crew chiefs were fined $10,000 each.


Teams found to have an improperly secured lug nut are:
The Chip Ganassi Racing number one car driven by Kurt Busch with Matt McCall as crew chief
The Richard Childress Racing number eight driven by Tyler Reddick with Randall Burnett as crew chief
And for the second week in a row, the Joe Gibbs Racing number 18 driven by Kyle Busch with substitute crew chief Seth Chavka as crew chief. Regular crew chief Ben Beshore was suspended for this race after Busch’s number 18 was found to have two improperly secured lug nuts after The Roval.

Two teams were found to have an improperly secured lug nut in the Xfinity Series. The crew chiefs were fined $5,000 each for the infractions.

The two crews were:
The Joe Gibbs Racing number 19 car driven by Brandon Jones with Jeff Meendering as crew chief
The Stewart-Haas Racing number 98 car driven by Riley Herbst with Richard Boswell as crew chief

Battle Rounds Conclude on ‘The Voice’

When the final night of the battle rounds on “The Voice” begins, only Blake has a steal. Ariana, Kelly, and John all have seven members on their teams and need just one more artist; Blake has two spots remaining on his team.

Ariana opens the night of music with a battle between Ryleigh Plank and KCK3 with “Come on Over Baby”. John called the performance captivating. Kelly said that they all did great on the song. Blake loves the harmonies of KCK3 but Ryleigh really shined. Calling the night perfect, Ariana chose Ryleigh as the winner of the battle. Ariana is the first coach to fill out her battle team.

Kelly paired The Cunningham Sisters and Parker McKay for a battle of “It’s My Party” by Leslie Gore. Blake said that it was tricky. Ariana said that everyone sounded beautiful. John is conflicted in his decision. Kelly said that they did such a beautiful job; adding that they nailed it. Noting that she has a tough decision to make, Kelly chose The Cunningham Sisters as the winner of the battle. Kelly has filled her battle round team.

In a video clip, Blake paired Berritt Hanyes and Kaitlyn Velez for a battle of “Yellow” wth Berritt winning the battle.

In the final performance of the battle rounds, John paired Paris Winningham and Jonathan Mouton for a battle of the Luther Vandross song “Here and Now”. Kelly said that there was some beautiful singing. Blake said that it sounded like a record and he wanted to hear it again. Ariana called the performance incredible; adding that they were both world class singers. John noted that neither was better; adding that they are both evenly matched and as great as they needed to be. John chose Paris as the winner of the battle. Blake finally used his steal for Jonathan. Jonathan was shocked when Blake pusehd his button. John was glad that Blake saved Jonathan.

The knockout rounds begin on Monday with Mega Mentor Ed Sheeran!

Team Ariana:
Katie Rae
Bella DeNapoli – save
David Vogel
Katharine Ann Mohler
Jim and Sasha Allen
Raquel Trinidad
Manny Keith – steal
Ryaleigh Plank

Team Legend:
Samuel Harness
Gershika Maple – steal
BrittanyBree
Samara Brown – save
Joshua Vacanti
Sabrinaa Diaz
Shadale
Paris Winningham

Team Kelly:
A Girl Named Tom
Kensey Rose – save
Jeremy Rosado
Xavier Cornell
Holly Forbes
Hailey Mia – steal
Gymani
The Cunningham Sisters

Team Blake:
Peedy Chavis
Hailey Green
Lana Scott – save
Libianca
Carson Peters
Wendy Moten
Berritt Haynes
Jonathan Mouton


The Chieftains Founder Paddy Moloney Dies

Irish musician and founder of the Irish group The Chieftains Paddy Moloney died October 11, 2021 in Dublin, Ireland at the age of 83. No official cause of death was released.

Paddy Moloney formed The Chieftains in 1962 and over the course of his 50 plus years with the band, Moloney has worked with The Muppets, The Rolling Stones, Emmylou Harris, The Pogues, Roger Daltrey, Luciano Pavarotti, Sting, Jackson Browne, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, and was the first western band to give a performance in China. The band was on tour in 2020 when the Covid pandemic forced the band to cancel their tour.

Originally not designed to be a permanent fixture or long standing band; The Chieftains went on to win six Grammy Awards. The Chieftains have opened the world of Irish traditional and folk music to millions of people.

Moloney also did a great deal of solo work; often lending his musical skills to the recordings of other artists.

A self-taught musician, Moloney began his musical journey when he was just six years old after his mother gave him a tin whistle (also known as a penny whistle). And at age eight he picked up the uilleann pipes (the Irish cousin to the Highland bag pipes).

He was born Patrick Moloney on August 1, 1938 in the Dublin suburb of Donnycarney to a musical family. His grandfather was a flute player and he had an uncle who was a member of the Ballyfin Pipe Band.

Prior to forming The Chieftains, Moloney played with numerous other musicians and bands including Seán Potts, Michael Tubridy, Martin Fay, and Seán Ó Ríada.

While working at Claddagh Records Moloney produced or co-produced a total of 45 albums of folk, traditional, and classical music; as well as some poetry and spoken word albums.

While at Claddagh, he worked with many artists including Paddy Taylor, Máire Ní Donnachadha, Seán Mac Donncha, Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford, Sarah and Rita Keane, and Tommy Potts. And writers Seámus Heaney, John Montague, and Thomas Kinsella.

A truly multi talented individual, Moloney composed several works for soundtracks including “Circasia”, “Lovespell”, the mini series “The Year of the French”, “Ballad of the Irish Horse”, “Three Wishes for Jamie”, the made for TV movie “Treasure Island”, “Two if by Sea”, “Alannah Myles: You Love Who You Love”, “Under the Sea”, the documentary “The Irish in America: Long Journey Home”, “Tristan and Isolde”, “Agnes Browne”, and “Cooder and Los Tigres del Norte”.

His music has appeared in “Barry Lyndon”, “The Grey Fox”, “Only the Lonely”, “The Ren & Stimpy Show”, “Babe: Pig in the City”, “Gangs of New York”, “The Flynns’ Journey to Ireland”, “I’m Dying Up Here”, and “Capitalism: A Love Story”.

Moloney is survived by his wife Rita and children – Aonghus, Pádraig, and Aedin.

 

 

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Battle Rounds part 3 on ‘The Voice’

When “The Voice” kicks off week two of the battle rounds, all four of the coaches have already used their save. John is the only coach to use his one steal for this round.

Team Legend gets the night of music started off with Joshua Vacanti and Keilah Grace with “good 4 u”. Kelly called the performance so good and a really fun pairing. Blake said that he wasn’t sure what happened on the stage but they both sounded great. Ariana called the performance emotional and energetic. John said that they knocked it out of the park. Saying that both of them made him proud, John chose Joshuaas the winner of the battle. Ariana regrets not stealing Keilah.

Blake paired fiddle player Carson Peters and Clint Sherman for the Vince Gill song “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slipping Away”. Both guys are playing the guitar on this song. Ariana called it one of her favourite performances; adding that both sang it so well. Kelly said that Carson looks like a country Patrick Swazey. Blake thanked the guys for working hard on the song; adding that they stepped up to the plate and did a great job. Blake chose Carson as the winner of the battle.

In a video clip…
Kelly paired Holly Forbes and Wyatt Michael for a battle of “Sunny” with Holly winning the battle.

Ariana paired Sophia Bromberg and Jim and Sasha Allen for a battle of “Sign, Sealed, Delivered” with Jim and Sasha winning the battle.

Ariana paired Raquel Trinidad and Hailey Mia for a battle of the Rolls Royce hit “Car Wash”. John called it a fun song selection; adding that it was so fun. Kelly said that she adores both of the girls; adding that there is a path for both of them on the show. Blake loves both girls voices. Ariana chose Raquel as the winner of the battle. Kelly stole Hailey Mai.

Kelly paired Gymani and Aaron Hines for a battle of “working”. Blake said that they both did a great job. Ariana said that she loves both singers and adores their voices. John said that they are both truly excellent singers. Kelly said that she had so much fun; adding that they elevate each other. Kelly chose Gymani as the winner of the battle.

John paired Sabrina Diaz and Jack Hogan for a battle of “cardigan” by Taylor Swift. Kelly called the performance so cool with the storytelling and not with just their voices. Blake said that they both did a great job. Ariana said that it was a beautiful rendition of the song. John said that the performance was so well done. Saying that both of them are wonderful, John chose Sabrina as the winner of the battle.

In another video clip…
John paired Janora Brown and Shadale for a battle with Shadale winning the battle.

In the final battle of the night, Blake pairs Wendy Moten and Manny Keith for a battle. Wendy sang with Dierks just two weeks before the battle rounds. The duo are singing the Sting hit “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You”. Ariana said “oh my god;” adding it was an incredible performance. John noted that it almost felt like they weren’t performing together. Kelly said that if Wendy isn’t in the finals, there is something wrong with the world. Blake chose Wendy as the winner of the battle. As Manny was walking off the stage, Ariana pushed her button to steal Manny.

The battle rounds conclude on Tuesday.


Team Ariana:
Katie Rae
Bella DeNapoli – save
David Vogel
Katharine Ann Mohler
Jim and Sasha Allen
Raquel Trinidad
Manny Keith – steal

Team Legend:
Samuel Harness
Gershika Maple – steal
BrittanyBree
Samara Brown – save
Joshua Vacanti
Sabrinaa Diaz
Shadale

Team Kelly:
A Girl Named Tom
Kensey Rose – save
Jeremy Rosado
Xavier Cornell
Holly Forbes
Hailey Mia – steal
Gymani

Team Blake:
Peedy Chavis
Hailey Green
Lana Scott – save
Libianca
Carson Peters
Wendy Moten


NASCAR Cup Playoff Standings – Oct 18, 2021

The past two weeks have proved to be wild and crazy for the NASCAR Cup Series playoff drivers. Closing out the round of 12, several of the playoff drivers were caught up in on track incidents that affected their playoff standings.

In the race at Texas Motor Speedway that kicked off the round of eight, two of the playoff drivers suffered major issues that placed them well below the cut line to make the final four – Joey Logano had an engine failure and Martin Truex Jr crashed into the wall and ending his day of racing.

After dominating the race, Kyle Larson won his eighth race of the season and secured his spot in the final four for a shot at the championship. Larson also extended his lead in the point standings and is now 51 points ahead of second place driver Ryan Blaney.

Next weekend the drivers move on to Kansas Speedway before ending the round at Martinsville Speedway.

The Cup Series playoff standings:
Kyle Larson – 4,123
Ryan Blaney – 4,072
Denny Hamlin – 4,064
Kyle Busch – 4,063
Chase Elliott – 4,055
Brad Keselowski – 4,048
Martin Truex Jr – 4,041
Joey Logano – 4,020

Wild Day for Playoff Cup Drivers in Texas

The Cup Series finishes out the doubleheader weekend of racing at Texas Motor Speedway with the Autotrader EchoPark 500. This also marks the first race in the round of eight and will set the final four for the championship race in Phoenix next month.

Last week reigning Cup Series champion Chase Elliott survived a harrowing weekend of racing to make it into the round of eight. But his bid to notch a spot in the final four just got a bit more difficult after his Hendrick Motorsports number nine car failed the pre-race inspection process twice. As a result, Elliott will have to start the race from the back of the field.

While the only playoff driver with inspection issues, Chase Elliott was not the only driver whose car had difficulties making it through inspection; Corey LaJoie, Chase Briscoe, Garrett Smithley, and David Starr will also have to start the race from the back of the field after their cars failed inspection twice.


Points leader and Roval winner Kyle Larson will sit on the pole and bring the field to green with Denny Hamlin alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Autotrader EchoPark 500:
Kyle Larson
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott – moved to the back of the field
Brad Keselowski
Martin Truex Jr
Tyler Reddick
Chris Buescher
Christopher Bell
William Byron
Matt DiBenedetto
Alex Bowman
Austin Dillon
Michael McDowell
Kurt Busch
Bubba Wallace
Daniel Suarez
Cole Custer
Erik Jones
Aric Almirola
Ryan Preece
Kevin Harvick
Ross Chastain
Chase Briscoe – moved to the back of the field
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Anthony Alfredo
Corey LaJoie – moved to the back of the field
Quin Houff
Ryan Newman
Justin Haley
Josh Bilicki
Cody Ware
BJ McLeod
Garrett Smithely – moved to the back of the field
Joey Gase
David Starr – moved to the back of the field
Timmy Hill

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

The drivers can run around 65 laps on a single load of fuel; there will be pit stops for fuel in all three stages.

NASCAR has scheduled a competition caution for lap 25.

NFL Hall of Famers Tony Dorsett and Tim Brown gave the command to start the engines.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and jumpis out in front for the lead with Kyle Busch in second.

Lap two, Kyle Larson leads the race with Kyle Busch in second; Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap five, Chase Elliott has already moved up nine spots since the start of the race and is in 19th place.

Lap six, Kyle Larson has a half second lead on Kyle Busch; Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

While Chase Elliott has moved up through the field, Kevin Harvick has fallen nine spots and is in 28th place.

Lap nine, Kyle Larson holds a half second lead on Kyle Busch; Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five. Chase Elliott is in 18th place.

Lap 18, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race but has pulled out to a two second lead on Joey Logano; Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, and William Byron round out the top five. There are 36 cars on the lead lap. Chase Elliott has moved up to 16th place.

Kyle Larson’s team reports a bit of a radio issue.

Lap 21, Kyle Larson continues to increase his lead and is now over two and a half seconds in front of Joey Logano; Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 24, three seconds in front of the field, Kyle Larson has encountered slower traffic. There are now 34 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 25, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.

Kyle Larson lead the field down pit road for service and adjustments. Taking only two tires, William Byron wins the race off of pit road. Martin Truex Jr, Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, Joey Logano, Matt DiBenedetto, Kyle Busch, and Austin Dillon also took only two tires.


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

William Byron brings the field down for the green restart on lap 31 and gets out in front for the lead.

A big crash on the backstretch brings out the second caution flag. In the middle of a three wide battle,Bubba Wallace gets turned around, drivers start spinning, and blocks the track causing more cars to crash. Ryan Newman, Aric Almirla, Chase Briscoe, Michael McDowell, Ryan Preece, Anthony Alfredo, Cole Custer, Ross Chastain, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Alex Bowman, Josh Bilicki, Joey Gase, and Justin Haley were also involved in the crash. This is the biggest crash to ever happen at TMS.

Kyle Busch also sustained a bit of damage and was concerned about whether he had a flat tire. Busch brings his car down pit road for repairs.

Drivers are now within their pit window to make it to the end of stage one and are coming down pit road to top off the fuel cell.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart of the race on lap 40 and goes side by side with Martin Truex Jr before Byron takes the lead on lap 41.

The top five are William Byron, Martin Truex Jr, Matt DiBenedetto, Tyler Reddick, and Joey Logano. Chase Elliott is now in the top 10 in eighth place. There are 27 cars on the lead lap. Kyle Busch is in the top 20 in 18th place.

Lap 43, William Byron leads the race with Tyler Reddick in second; Matt DiBenedetto, Martin Truex Jr, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 48, William Byron has a half second lead on Tyler Reddick; Matt DiBenedetto, Martin Truex Jr, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five. Chase Elliott is just outside the top five in sixth place.

Lap 57, William Byron holds a half second lead on Tyler Reddick; Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Chase Elliott round out the top five. Kyle Busch is just outside the top 10 in eleventh.

Ryan Blaney is reporting a vibration. The crew reports that all of the lug nuts are tight.

Lap 64, William Byron has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Tyler Reddick; Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 66, William Byron has increased his lead to a second and a half on Tyler Reddick; Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Chase Elliott round out the top five. Kyle Busch is up to seventh place after getting a speeding penalty and a bit of damage from the big crash.

Lap 70, Tyler Reddick has closed the gap on leader William Byron to under a second and a half; Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 77, William Byron continues to lead the race but his lead is down to under a second; Kyle Larson, Tyler Reddick, Denny Hamlin, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 82, Kyle Larson has caught up to leader William Byron and passes for the lead. There are just 20 cars on the lead lap.

Several of the crews are telling their drivers to start saving fuel so that they can make it to the end of the stage.

Lap 87, Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly a second on William Byron; Tyler Reddick, Denny Hamlin, nad Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 90, Kyle Larson puts fellow playoff driver Brad Keselowski a lap down.

Austin Dillon is the first of the drivers who cannot make it to the end of the stage and must make a stop for fuel. Leader Kyle Larson is also one of those drivers and comes down pit road on lap 95.

William Byron is the new leader.

Lap 96, William Byron comes down for some fuel and gives the lead over to Denny Hamlin.

Joey Logano comes down for service. Chase Elliott takes fuel only.

With nine laps remaining in stage one, Kyle Busch is the new leader with Christopher Bell is inecond; Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

There are 17 cars on the lead lap.

Second place driver Christopher Bell and Martin Truex Jr will also have to make a pit stop.

Five laps remain in stage one, Kyle Busch is the leader with Ryan Blaney in second in big fuel conservation mode; Kurt Busch, Chris Buescher, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Two laps to go, pit road is closed, Kyle Busch leads the race with just 12 cars on the lead lap.

Kyle Busch wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney

Kyle Larson
Kurt Busch
William Byron
Chase Briscoe
Denny Hamlin
Chase Elliott
Tyler Reddick
Brad Keselowski

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

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the inside lane on lap 113 and it is the Kyle and Kyle battle for the lead. Kyle Busch gets out in front after a littl push form William Byron.

The top five are Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, William Byron, Chase Elliott, and Ryan Blaney. There are 17 cars on the lead lap.

Ryan Blaney gets loose on the track and moves up the track, losing a few spots.

Lap 116, Kyle Larson battle with Kyle Busch for the lead. Kyle Larson takes the lead with Kyle Busch in second; Kevin Harvick, William Byron , and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Lap 120, Kyle Larson has a half second lead on William Byron; Kyle Busch, Tyler Reddick, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five. Chase Elliott is right behind Harvick in sixth place.

Lap 124, William Byron has closed the gap on leader Kyle Larson to two tenths of a second; Kyle Busch, Tyler Reddick and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 132, Kyle Larson has a half second lead on William Byron; Kyle Busch, Tyler Reddick, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Kyle Busch is reporting a chatter; adding that he has no grip.

Lap 137, Kyle Larson has increased his lead to a second on William Byron; Kyle Busch, Tyler Reddick, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five. There are 17 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 141, Kyle Larson continues to increase his lead and is now nearly a second and a half in front of William Byron; Kyle Busch, Tyler Reddick, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five. Three of the top five drivers are not in the playoffs.

Lap 145, Kyle Larson’s lead is now two seconds over William Byron.

Lap 154, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over three seconds on William Byron; Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Chase Elliott makes an unscheduled trip down pit road with a tire vibration. He is in his pit window, but having to take tires has put Elliott a lap down. He returns to the track in 20th place with 16 cars on the lead lap.

Chase Elliott’s crew reports that there was an issue with the right front tire. The tire showed some major tire wear.

Lap 159, William Byron has cut into the leader Kyle Larson’s gap; Larson is now less than three seconds out in front; Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 161, Joey Logano begins the cycle of green flag pot stops.

Lap 163, Kyle Larson has again opened up the gap with a lead of nearly four seconds on William Byron; Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick rund out the top five.

The fourth caution flag comes out on lap 166 for debris on the track. Chase Elliott and Joey Logano were in danger of being lapped for a second time when the caution flag came out.

There are only eleven cars on the lead lap; all eleven of them come down pit road for service. Kyle Larson wins the race of off pit road with Kyle Busch coming out in second.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart with 40 laps remaining in stage two. Kyle Larson jumps out in front of Kyle Busch to take the lead with William Byron taking second.

Lap 171, the top five are Kyle Larson, William Byron, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski.

There are 15 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 174, Kyle Larson has a tenth of a second lead on William Byron; Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 176, Brad Keselowski pushes Ryan Blaney and takes fourth from Kyle Busch.

Lap 177, Kyle Busch is falling through the field and is now in seventh.

Team mates Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski battle for third with Blaney taking the spot.

Lap 178, Kyle Larson leads the race with team mate William Byron in second; Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 181, Kyle Larson has just a third of a second lead on William Byron but it is over tow seconds back to third place driver Ryan Blaney; Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 191, Kyle Larson has a half second lead on William Byron; but it is four seconds back to third place driver Ryan Blaney; Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski round out the top five. Kyle Busch has dropped to 10th place.

Lap 195, Kyle Larson has increased his lead on William Byron to nearly a second; Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick ,and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Kyle Busch is reporting some handling issues. Martin Truex Jr is also reporting some issues with his car.

Lap 204,, William Byron has some debris on his grille.

Lap 205, Kyle Larson has a half second lead on William Byron; Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick nad Brad Keselowski round out the top five with 15 cars on the lead lap.

The last car on the lead lap, Chase Elliott is continuing to report some issues with his car.

Kyle Larson wins stage two.

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

Drivers come down pit road for service with Kyle Larson leading the race off of pit road with William Byron coming out second.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 217. Kyle Larson gets a push from Ryan Blaney and gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, William Byron, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick.

Kurt Busch gets loose and looses a few spots. He brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop.

Ryan Blaney got loose and dropped a couple of spot and is battleling with team mate Brad Keselowski.


Lap 220, Kyle Larson leads the race with William Byron in second.

Kurt Busch had a loose tire, not all of the lug nuts were secured.

Lap 222, the top five are Kyle Larson, William Byron, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney.

During his pit stop, Martin Truex Jr’s crew made some major adjustments to the car.

Lap 227, Kyle Larson has a half second lead on William Byron; Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 231, six of the top 10 drivers are round of eight playoff drivers.

Lap 238, William Byron is reporting a vibration issue.

Lap 239, Kyle Larson has a lead of over a second and a half on William Byron; Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick.

Kyle Larson is also reporting a bit of a vibration issue.

Lap 242, Daniel Suarez is the last car on the lead lap in 15th place.

Lap 243, Tyler Reddick passes Kevin Harvick for fifth.

Lap 247, Kyle Larson has increased his lead to two seconds on William Byron; Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Lap 252, William Byron has closed the gap on leader Kyle Larson to just over a second and a half; Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

With 78 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over a second on William Byron.

Joey Logano reports an issue with the splitter.

Lap 260, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of nearly two and a half seconds on William Byron; Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Kyle Busch reports some major handling issues in his car.

Ryan Blaney reported that his car sputtered from nowhere and then came back to life.

Christopher Bell made an unscheduled trip down pit road with a crush panel issue.

Lap 267, Kyle Larson has a lead of over a second and a half on William Byron; Brad Keselowski is in third over four and a half seconds back with Ryan Blaney and Tyler Reddick rounding out the top five.

With 66 laps remaining in the race, drivers are now within their fuel window.

The caution flag comes out on lap 275 when Chase Briscoe hits the wall and cuts a tire. Briscoe was battling with Denny Hamlin at the time of the wreck.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Kyle Larson winning the race off of pit road; William Byron and Brad Keselowski follow to hold on to their spots.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 55 laps remaining in the race. Kyle Larson gets a push from Brad Keselowski and Larson takes the lead.

Kyle Larson leads the race with Tyler Reddick and William Byron battling for second.

Lap 283, the top five are Kyle Larson, William Byron, Tyler Reddick, Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin.

Ryan Blaney passes Denny Hamlin for fifth.

Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin battle for position and barely miss a wreck and shakes up the field.

With 47 laps remaining in the race, William Byron moves to battle with Kyle Larson for the lead.

With 44 laps to go, Kyle Larson has a third of a second lead on William Byron; Brad Keselowski, Tyler Reddick, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five with 15 cars on the lead lap.

The caution flag come out on lap 299 after Joey Logano blows an engine and takes his car to the garage. A playoff driver, the blown engine drops Logano 26 points below the cut line.

Some drivers come down pit road for service. There are just 13 cars on the lead lap.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 30 laps remaining in the race. Kyle Larson gets out in front wit the help of Tyler Reddick.

Kyle Busch gets in the back of Chris Buescher after Buescher tried to block him. In the melee, Anthony Alfredo gets into the wall and his car catches fire. With flames on the ground outside the driver’s side door, Alfredo gets out of the car unharmed.

NASCAR has brought out the red flag to stop the race in order to get the track cleaned up.

After a delay of about 10 minutes to clean up the track and get Anthony Alfredo’s car towed, NASCAR pulled the red flag to display the yellow and the cars are moving once again.

Chris Buescher was the only driver to come down pit road.

Out of the infield care center, Anthony Alfredo says that he is fine; adding that the wreck was a bummer.

All seven of the remaining playoff drivers are on the lead lap.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart with 25 laps remaining in the race. Kyle Larson gets a push from Tyler Reddick to get out in front for the lead.

With 24 laps to go, Kyle Larson leads the race with William Byron in second; Tyler Reddick, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Drivers are three wide across the track.

Denny Hamlin has a smoking car with a tire rub.

Twenty-two to go, Tyler Reddick gets around William Bryon to take second.

Denny Hamlin spins out and brings out the ninth caution flag of the race. He has multiple flat tires.

Denny Hamlin managed to stay on the lead lap but since he pitted while pit road was closed, he will have to serve a penalty and will have to restart the race from the end of the longest line.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 16 laps remaining in the race with Tyler Reddick alongside. William Byron gives Kyle Larson a push to send him out in front for the lead.

The top five are Kyle Larson, Tyler Reddick, William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Brad Keselowski.

Martin Truex Jr slams into the wall hard and brings out the tenth caution flag of the race with 14 laps to go. Truex has some significant damage to the right side of the car. Truex has some slight contact with Daniel Suarez prior to loosing the car and hitting the wall.

Martin Truex Jr is out of his car and out of the race. Denny Hamlin is back on pit road with the crew working on the car.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart with just nine laps remaining in the race. William Byron is alongside with Tyler Reddick behind Larson.
Tyler Reddick pushed Kyle Larson to the lead. Kevin Harvick drops back.

Kyle Larson leads the race with William Byron in second.

Tyler Reddick and William Byron make contact in a battle for second. Tyler Reddick drops back.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

The eleventh caution comes out after Chris Buescher slams the wall. Denny Hamlin also has some major damage to his car. Chris Buescher and Chase Briscoe make contact and send Buescher around who comes down in front of Denny Hamlin who has no where to go.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for a two lap shootout to the end of the race with William Byron alongside. Brad Keselowski gives Kyle Larson a push and Larson gets out in front for the lead. William Byron and Brad Keselowski battle for second.

Kyle Larson takes the white flag.

Kyle Larson wins race number eight of the season after leading 256 laps. Larson has secured his spot in the final four.

Half of the drivers who finished in the top 10 are not playoff drivers.

The unofficial results of the Autotrader EchoPark 500:
Kyle Larson
William Byron
Christopher Bell
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Tyler Reddick

Daniel Suarez
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Matt DiBenedetto
Austin Dillon
Chase Briscoe
Kurt Busch
Michael McDowell
Aric Almirola
Cole Custer
Corey LaJoie
Chris Buescher
BJ McLeod
David Starr
Garrett Smithley
Martin Truex Jr
Josh Bilicki
Timmy Hill
Ross Chastain
Anthony Alfredo
Joey Logano
Quin Houff
Bubba Wallace
Alex Bowman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Newman
Ryan Preece
Justin Haley
Cody Ware
Joey Gase

Another Non-Playoff Driver Wins in Xfinity Series at TX

After a wild weekend of racing on The Roval, the Xfinity Series kicks off a doubleheader weekend at Texas Motor Speedway with the Andy’s Frozen Custard 335.

The races at TMS begin the round of eight – the final round before the championship race – for both the Xfinity and Cup Series.

If one of the eight playoff drivers wins today’s race, they will secure their spot in the final four.

Over half of the 40 car field has drivers that do not know where or even if they will be driving next season. The playoff drivers are looking to secure their spot in the final four and a chance for the championship, but the remainder of the field is racing for a job.

With his win at The Roval, AJ Allmendinger sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Austin Cindric alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Andy’s Custard 335:
AJ Allmendinger
Austin Cindric
Daniel Hemric
Justin Haley
Noah Gragson
Justin Allgaier
Brandon Jones
Harrison Burton
Michael Annett
John Hunter Nemechek
Sam Mayer
Myatt Snider
Jeb Butrton
Jeremy Clements
Josh Williams
Alex Labbe
Jade Buford
Brandon Brown
Landon Cassill
Riley Herbst
Austin Hill
Ryan Sieg
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Tommy Joe Martins
Kyle Weatherman
Brett Moffitt
Tanner Berryhill
Spencer Boyd
Dylan Lupton
Ryan Vargas
Matt Mills
Kaz Grala
JJ Yeley
Jesse Little
Mason Massey
David Starr
Joey Gase
Joe Graf Jr
Bayley Currey
CJ McLaughlin

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

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 20.

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

Lap two, AJ Allmendingerleads the race with Austin Cindric in second; Daniel Hemric, Noah Gragson, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap three, AJ Allmendinger has a one second lead on Austin Cindric; Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Lap five, AJ Allmendinger holds a one second lead on Austin Cindric; Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Lap seven, AJ Allmendinger continues to lead the race but second place driver Austin Cindric has closed the gap to a little over half a second; Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Members of Daniel Hemric’s team hare having radio issues.

Lap 10, AJ Allmendinger’s lead is down to under half a second over Austin Cindric; Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Lap 12, CJ McLaughlin is the only car not on the lead lap.

Lap 14, AJ Allmendinger has a lead of less than half a second on Austin Cindric; third place driver Justin Haley is over a second and a half back.

Lap 14, Austin Cindric has caught up to leader AJ Allmendinger and passes him to take the lead amid slower traffic.

Lap 20, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of over a second on AJ Allmendinger; Noahg Gragson, Daniel Hemric, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

Lap 21, NASCAR puts out the yellow flag for the competition caution.

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

Only a few drivers take advantage of the caution and come down pit road for service and adjustments.

AJ Allmendinger reports that he is not happy with his car; saying that it is a bit off and he also has a brake shake.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 26. Cindric and AJ Allmendinger do side by side before Cindric gets out in front fo the lead.

Landon Cassill is slowed on the track. Jeb Burton and Sam Mayer make contact and bring out the caution flag. Mayer has a smoking car. Cassill’s car is being pushed to pit road.

Once pit road opened, Sam Mayer and Jeb Burton come down pit road.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 31 and gets out in front for the lead with Daniel Hemric taking second; AJ Allmendinger, Noah Gragson, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 33, Noah Gragson makes contact with AJ Allmendinger and sends AJ up the track; the track stays green. AJ is falling in the field. He is now in sixth place.

There are 35 cars on the lead lap. Jake Buford is off the track.

Lap 35. Austin Cindric has a narrow lead on Daniel Hemric; John Hunter Nemechek, Noah Gragson, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

With eight laps remaining in stage one, Austin Cidric leads the race with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Daniel Hemric, Noah Gragson, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

The third caution flag of the race comes out when JJ Yeley gets stopped on the track just six laps before the end of stage one.

Several drivers come down pit road for service short of the end of the stage. The top 10 drivers stayed out on the track.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart and a one lap shootout to the end of the stage. Austin Cindric takes the lead after a push form AJ Allmendinger.

Austin Cindric wins stage one for his tenth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Austin Cindric
Noah Gragson
AJ Allmendinger
Justin Allgaier
Michael Annett
Justin Haley
Harrison Burton
Jeremy Clements
Brett Moffitt
Brandon Brown

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

Daniel Hermic is listed as the leader of the race. Noah Gragson won the race off of pit road.

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

Lap 52, Daniel Hemric leads the race with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Brandon Jones, Sam Mayer, and Austin Hill round out the top five. AJ Allmendinger restarts the race back in 18th place.

The fifth caution flag of the race comes out on lap 56 for debris on the track.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 62 but it is John Hunter Nemechek that edges out for the lead before the two go side by side. Daneil Hemric takes the lead.

Lap 63, Daniel Hemric leads the race with Sam Mayer in second; John Hunter Nemechek, Brandon Jones, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 64 when Ryan Sieg spins out. Sieg has been reporting a vibration but the crew has been unable to find the issue.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart and jumps out in front for the lead on lap 69.

Daniel Hemric leads the race with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Jeb Burton, Sam Mayer, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Six caution flags by lap 71 is the most ever at Texas Motor Speedway.

Lap 72, Daneil Hemric and John Hunter Nemechek battle for the lead with the two swapping the lead back and forth before Nemechek finally takes the lead on lap 74.

Lap 75, John Hunter Nemechek leads the race with Daniel Hemric in second; Sam Mayer, Jeb Burton, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek reports a vibration in the car. The crew assured him that all of the lug nuts are secure but there may be a bit of damage to his car causing the issue.

Lap 77, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of over half a second on Daniel Hemric; Sam Mayer, Jeb Burton, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 80, after starting stage two in 18th place, AJ Allmendinger has only moved up to 12th place.

Lap 83, John Hunter Nemechek has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Daniel Hemric; Sam Mayer, Jeb Burton, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 85, AJ Allmendinger has entered the top 10.

Three laps remain in stage two, John Hunter Nemechek leads the race by over a second on Daniel Hemric; Sam Mayer, Jeb Burton, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
John Hunter Nemechek
Daniel Hemric
Sam Mayer
Jeb Burton
Justin Haley
Riley Herbst
Michael Annett
Justin Allgaier
Noah Gragson
AJ Allmendinger

There are 29 cars on the lead lap with Jade Buford, JJ Yeley, and Landon Cassill off the track.

Drivers come down pit road for service with John Hunter Nemechek winning the race off of pit road. Justin Haley’s crew had two tires roll out onto pit road. Haley will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Coming into his pit stall, AJ Allmendinger’s cr made contact with a tire from Noah Gragson’s car. The jack fell on Allmendinger’s car making his pit stop long after the car had to be jacked back up to put on the left front tire.

Noah Gragson and AJ Allmendinger made a second trip down pit road. Gragson reports a vibration. Allmendinger’s crew checked to make sure all of the lug nuts were secure.

The drivers are told that when the jack drops to start driving. When the jack fell, Allmendinger thought the service was complete and began to move, but the left front tire was not on the car.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 98 and gets out in front for the lead with Daniel Hemric in second; Sam Mayer, Jeb Burton, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 100 for a wreck right in front of the playoff drivers. Jade Buford, Tanner Berryhill, and Dylan Lupton were all involved and have significant damage to their cars.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 109 with Daniel Hemric alongside. Nemechek gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 110, John Hunter Nemechek jumps out to a one second lead on Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier, Jeb Burton, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Kyle Weatherman was charged with a start violation and has to serve a pass through penalty down pit road.

On the restart, Justin Allgaier got off onto the grass but the track stayed green.

Lap 114, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of over a second on Daniel Hemric; Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, and Jeb Burton round out the top five. AJ Allmendinger enters the top 10.

There are 28 cars on the lead lap. Tanner Berryhill, Dylan Lupton, Jade Buford, and JJ Yeley are out of the race. Landon Cassill is 64 laps down.

Lap 123, John Hunter Nemechek has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Daneil Hemric; Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, and Michael Annett round out the top five.

Leader John Hunter Nemechek has not been in a stock car in a race since 2019.

Lap 125, John Hunter Nemechek continues to increase his lead and is now two seconds in front of Daniel Hemric.

With a fuel load of around 70 laps the drivers will have to make a pit stop during stage three in order to finish the race.

Eighth place driver AJ Allmendinger reports that he has not been able to “find his groove” for this race.

AJ Allmendinger has some fluid on his windshield but they don’t know where the fluid is coming from. Noah Gragson is just in front of Allmendinger.

Lap 134, leader John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of a second and a half on Daniel Hemric; Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, and Michael Annett round out the top five.

Lap 140, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of over two seconds on Daniel Hermic; Justin Algaier, Austin Cindric, and Michael Annett round out the top five. Harrison Burton is reporting a very loose issue with his car.

The caution flag comes out for the ninth time when CJ McLaughlin makes a run through the grass after getting sideways on the track.

The drivers are now in their fuel window to make it to the end of the race.

Daniel Hemric is reporting a strange smell in his car. The crew suspects that Hemric lost an ice bag and it ended up in the tail pipe.

Drivers come down pit road for service with John Hunter Nemechek leading the way off of pit road. The top six drivers come out in the same order they entered pit road.

John Hunter Nemechek’s crew was charged with a member coming over the wall too soon and has to serve a penalty. He will restart the race from the back of the field.

David Starr gets slowed on the track after losing power but gets the car going again.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green falg restart with 51 laps remaining in the race. Daniel Hemric gets a push from Austin Cindric and beats out Justin Allgaier for the lead.

Daniel Hemric leads the race with Justin Allgaier in second; Austin Cindric, Michael Annett, and Noah Gragson round out the top five with AJ Allmendinger in sixth place.

The NBC broadcast crew members predict that after restarting the race in 18th place, John Hunter Nemechek will come back to win the race.

With 48 laps remaining in the race, Daneil Hemric has pulled out to a one second lead on Justin Allgaier; Austin Cindric, Noah Gragson, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five. John Hunter Nemechek is in 13th place.

With 44 laps to go, Daniel Hemric ahs a lead of over a second on Justin Allgaier; Austin Cindric, Noah Gragson, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five. John Hunter Nemechek is up to 12th place.

Lap 163, Daneil Hemric leads the race with Justin Allgaier in second; Austin Cincric, Noah Gragson, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five. John Hunter Nemechek has entered the top 10.

There are 34 laps remaining in the race, Daniel Hemric ahs a lead of over a second and a half on Justin Allgaier; Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, and Austin Cindric round out thetop five with John Hunter Nemechek in eighth place.

AJ Allmendinger reports a vibration; the crew reports that all of the lug nuts are secure.

With 30 laps to go, Daniel Hemric has pulled out to a lead of two and a half seconds on Justin Allgaier; Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, and Austin Cindric round out the top five. John Hunter Nemechek has moved up to seventh.

There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

Brandon Brown brings out the tenth caution flag of the race when he spins out and gets into the wall.

Leaders come down pit road for service. Several other drivers also made a pit stop for that last set of sticker tires. Taking only two tires, John Hunter Nemechek wins the race off of pit road.

Staying out on the track, Harrison Burton leads the race and will bringthe field down for the green flag restart. Burton brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with 21 laps remaining in the race. John Hunter Nemechek takes the lead but Burton comes up to battle and take the lead. But the battle continues between Harrison Burton and John Hunter Nemechek.

Nineteen to go, John Hunter Nemechek gets out in front for the lead with Harrison Burotn in second; Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.. There are 18 cars on the lead lap.

Daniel Hemric passes Harrison Burton for second with 17 laps to go.

AJ Allmendinger is in sixth place but has the lead in the playoff points.

John Hunter Nemechek is running some of the fastest laps in the race.

Fifteen to go, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of nearly a second on Daniel Hemric; Harrison Burotn, Noah Gragson, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Only 12 laps remain in the race, John Hunter Nemechek leads the race with Daniel Hemric a second back on second; Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Fifth place driver AJ Allmendinger holds the lead in the playoff points.

Eight to go, John Hunter Nemechek leads the race with Daniel Hemric in second as they encounter slower traffic.

Six to go, John Hunter Nemechek’s lead is down to just over half a second on Daniel Hemric; Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Just three laps remain in the race, John Hunter Nemechek has a one second lead on Daniel Hemric; Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek takes the white flag.

A non-playoff driver, John Hunter Nemechek wins the race. Nemechek joins Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell, and Ty Gibbs as a winner in the Joe Gibbs Racing number 54 car.

And for the 10th time, Daniel Hemric finishes second. With that race, Daniel Hemric ties with Dale Jarrett for the most second place positions…before winning a race. Hemric has yet to win an Xfinity Series race.

The unofficial results of the Andy’s Frozen Custard 335:
John Hunter Nemechek
Daniel Hemric
Noah Gragson
Justin Allgaier
Austin Cindric
AJ Allmendinger
Justin Haley
Harrison Burton
Michael Annett
Brandon Jones
Jeb Burton
Riley Herbst
Sam Mayer
Ryan Sieg
Kaz Grala
Brett Moffitt
Bayley Currey
Tommy Joe Martins
Josh Williams
Austin Hill
Myatt Snider
Ryan Vargas
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Alex Labbe
Kyle Weatherman
Joe Graf Jr
Mason Massey
Spencer Boyd
Jeremy Clements
Joey Gase
Jesse Little
Matt Mills
Brandon Brown
David Starr
CJ McLaughlin
Landon Cassill
Tanner Berryhill
Dylan Lupton
Jade Buford
JJ Yeley

The Infamous Stringdusters

It has been a couple of years since The Infamous Stringdusters have released any new music. But all of that is about to change.

While their new album “Toward the Fray” will not be released until February 18, 2022; the band has released the first single – also titled “Toward the Fray”.

https://youtu.be/wKD4Y8TQX34

The Grammy and International Bluegrass Music Award winners are currently on tour and are sure to give fans a taste of what’s to come in the album of all original material.

The Infamous Stringbusters tour dates:
Oct 16 at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL
Oct 17 at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA
Nov 12 at The Mission Ballroom in Dnever, CO
Nov 13 & 14 at The Commonwealth Room in Salt Lake City UT
Nov 16 at the Mesa Theater in Grand Junction, CO
Nov 17 at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, WY
Nov 18 at the Knitting Factory in Boise, ID
Nov 19 at the Elm in Bozeman, MT
Nov 20 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT
Dec 9-13 at Strings & Sol in Puerto Morelos, MexicoDec 30-Jan 1 at The Natonal in Richmond, VA

NASCAR Foundation Names Humanitarian Award Finalists

On October 14, the NASCAR Foundation announced the four finalists for the eleventh annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. The award is a fan voted event. Fans may cast their votes until November 12 at NASCARfoundation.org/award.

Named for foundation creation and former Chair, the award honours individuals who are dedicated to improving the lives of children by recognizing “ NASCAR fans who volunteer for children’s causes in their racing communities”.

NASCAR Foundation chairman Mike Helton spoke on the finalists and the award saying, “this year’s finalists exemplify the values of Betty Jane France and honor her legacy. Each one of them is working to improve the lives of children while incorporating the excitement for our sport. The fans will have a tough decision choosing one winner. All four of them are unselfish and compassionate people who represent the essence of the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award.”

Each of the four finalists will see a $25,000 donation to their organization. The winner of the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award winner will have a $100,000 donation made to their organization.

The 2021 finalists are:
Erin Collins for the Dallas Hearing Foundation. DHF provides aid to children with hearing disabilities in the form of financial aid, therapy, technologies, and medical treatment.

Jaeleen Davis for Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan who offers wigs and support services to children aged three to 18.

Jeff Harmon for Down Syndrome of Louisville. Down Syndrome of Louisville supports, advocates, and helps to educate persons diagnosed with Down Syndrome in the Louisville area. Harmon has been a part of the organization for the past 18 years.

Beverly Hodsdon for the Richie McFarland Chidren’s Center. The early childhood program helps young children; as well as, supporting the families.

NASCAR Has ‘Conversation’ with Feuding Drivers

Feuds among NASCAR drivers is as old as the sport itself. Some were simply an exchange of words while others escalated into some knock down drag out fist fights. But one this in for sure…they all started on the track and involved multiple tracks before the dust…or rubber….settled.

On October 10, the most recent feud came to a point that has NASCAR officials stepping in and saying enough is enough.

During the road course race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval, Kevin Harvick rear ended Chase Elliott, sending Elliott into the wall which resulted in some significant damage to Elliott’s car. The wreck put both drivers in danger of being eliminated from the playoffs.

With just eleven laps remaining in the race, Elliott was closing in on Harvick’s car when Harvick hit the wall hard and crashed out of the race. As a result, Harvick was also eliminated from the playoffs – the first time since the creation of the playoff system that Harvick has not advanced past the round of 12.

NASCAR officials have stepped in and held a conference call with the parties involved.

Chase Elliott’s crew chief Alan Gustafson spoke on the phone call saying, “they try to allow the competitors to compete and the competitors to be the ones to determine the outcome of the races and let the competitors take care of it on their own. I think that’s the way it should be, right? The story shouldn’t be NASCAR, it should be about the competitors, racing and being the best they can be.” He added, “the message that NASCAR has delivered is they tried to do the best job they could do in allowing it to happen and they’re over it.

While the exact results of any future “incidents” were spelled out, NASCAR indicated that the consquences would be serious.

NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller also spoke on the phone call saying, “now, we’ve had Bristol, which one felt slighted on, and obviously (Sunday), which the other feels slighted on, so hopefully we can put a truce in place there. But we will just continue to monitor the situation and try not to let it get out of control. We don’t want to park anybody. We want all the fans to see the drivers that they came out to see, so that’ll try to be a last resort. If we keep seeing things, then we will absolutely have to take some sort of action there.”

Tony Stewart Expands Racing Empire

Even before he retired from full time NASCAR Cup Series racing, Tony Stewart had his fingers in many racing pies including ownership in a dirt track and racing in many different racing series.

One form of racing that Stewart was not involved with was drag racing…until now.

Stewart – also known as Smoke – continues to race on dirt tracks, participated in the new SFX Racing and was crowned the champion, owns Eldora Speedway, and is part owner of the NASCAR team Stewart-Haas Racing.

After attending some NHRA drag races with fiancee Leah Pruett, the NASCAR Hall of Fame driver has expanded his racing empire with Tony Stewart Racing. The two car drag racing team will feature Pruett and Matt Hagan. Pruett drives a top fuel car; while Hagan drives a funny car. Both drivers are set to begin racing with the 2022 NHRA season.

Pruett, who met Stewart shortly before the outbreak of the pandemic last year, spoke on the new opportunity saying, “it’s a very unique opportunity to control my own destiny with my almost-husband in a sport I’m absolutely passionate abou. That’s an experience and opportunity that nobody would pass up, and I feel like I’ve been prepping my whole life for something like this — to apply all of my talents to something grand in partnership and alongside somebody sharing the same goals.”

Pruett and Stewart are planning on marrying next month. Racing is a family sport; speaking on the fact that they will be married when the season starts, Pruett said, “I think it will be fine, I mean, it’s not going to be flatline, there are going to be pulses in it because we have hearts and they beat. But we know this will work. Seeing things that have happened within other series and teams and tracks, I’ve been able to understand his thought process of solving problems and coming up with solutions. It made me be like, ‘That’s somebody I would love to work with, knowing where his head and heart are.’ Moving forward and working together, this isn’t jumping into something unknown, I’ve seen how he works firsthand.”

Stewart added, “I have an understanding of what has to happen from the professional side, and the racing side is the racing side. You don’t bring the professional stuff to the personal side, and vice versa. Leah is a smart woman, she’s a smart businesswoman, and she understands that there has to be a difference between owner and driver, and I don’t think it creates an unhealthy environment for me to be the car owner and her the driver. I don’t feel like this is going to put us relationship-wise in any type of bind or predicament. We have no reason not to get along.”

Matt Hagan also spoke on his new racing team saying, “Don Schumacher has been a huge chapter in my racing career and we’ve won a whole lot of trophies and multiple championships together. This next chapter with Tony Stewart is one I’m excited for. I’m ready to go racing. I’m jumping into this new program with two feet and I’m confident in the package we’re bringing into the 2022 season with TSR.”

Smoke will house his new drag cars alongside whi sprint cars at his 25,000 square-foot shop in Brownburg, Indiana.

Stewart spoke on his decision to create a new racing team saying, “it wasn’t until I met Leah and started going to races regularly, where I saw the strategy and the preparation firsthand, that I truly understood it. I’ve annoyed everyone in the paddock by asking so many questions, Don Schumacher – Pruett’s current car owner – included, and the more I learned about drag racing, I knew I didn’t want to be a spectator. I wanted to have a role and be all in.”

A 25 year drag racing veteran, Pruett NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series champion in Funny Car who has spent the past eight years in Top Fuel cars.

Matt Hagan is a three time Funny Car champion and is currently the Funny Car points leader for th 2021 season.

A 27 time champion owner in sprint cars, Stewart is one of only a few drivers to ever run the “racing double” of the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same day. The “double” pits a driver in an open wheel IndyCar for 500 miles and a 3,400 pound stock car for 600 miles of racing.


Reba McEntire

Country music queen Reba McEntire will be hitting the road next year to help promote her new boxed set “Revived Remixed Revisted”. But before the tour starts in January, Reba will be performing a couple of dates in November.

Reba has tapped a number of special guests to join her along the way including Brandy Clark, Hannah Dasher, Caylee Hammack, Reyna Roberts, Cailtyn Smith, Brittney Spencer and Tenille Townes.

Reba tour dates:
Nov 26 & 27 at The Grand Theater in Durant, OK
Jan 13 at the Ford Center in Evansville, IN
Jan 14 at the Von Braun Center Arena in Hunts’, AL
Jan 15 at the Gas South Arena in Duluth, GA
Jan 20 at the Huntington Center in Toledo, OH
Jan 21 at the Resch Centerin Green Bay, WI
Jan 22 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, SD
Jan 27 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC
Jan 28 at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
Jan 29 at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN
Feb 3 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, NE
Feb 4 at the JQH Arena in Springfield, MO
Feb 5 at the Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock, AR
Feb 17 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Feb 18 at the Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City, NJ
Feb 19 at the Wind Creek Event Centere in Bethlehem, PA
Feb 24 at the Legacy Area in Birmingham. AL
Feb 25 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in ??Biloxi, MS
Feb 26 at the Brookshire Grocery Arena in Bossier City, LA
March 4 & 5 at the Premier Theater in Mashantucket, CT
March 17 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI
March 18 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, IL
March 19 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL

Haken and Symphony X

Rockers Haken and Symphony X have paired up for a North American tour next spring with Trope serving as the opening act.

Haken spoke on the upcoming tour saying, “we are so excited to get out on the road again at all, but having the honour to do it alongside Symphony X will make it that much more special. We have nothing but the utmost respect for them as progressive metal pioneers and when we were starting out, Symphony X was one of the bands who inspired us to practice our instruments and strive to be better musicians – and still do!” They added, “we’ve really missed the USA and the fans over there so much over the lockdown period. Getting back over there to see some familiar faces as well as meeting new friends will be an emotional ride. We can’t wait for this Odyssey to begin!”

Haken and Symphony X tour dates:
May 10 at Irving Plaza in New York City, NY
May 11 at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA
May 12 at The Palladium in Worcester, MA
May 13 at the Imperial Bell in Quebec City, QC
May 14 at the Corona Theatre in Montreal, QC
May 15 at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, ON
May 17 at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland, OH
May 18 at the Majestic Theatre in Detroit, MI
May 19 at Park West in Chicago, IL
May 20 at the Red Flag in St. Louis, MO
May 21 at the Varisty Theater in Minneapolis, MN
May 23 at the Oriental Theater in Denver, CO
May 24 at The Complex in Salt Lake City, UT
May 26 at The Showbox in Seattle, WA
May 27 at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver, BC
May 28 at the Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, OR
May 29 at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, CA
May 31 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA
June 1 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA
June 2 at the Nile Theater in Mesa, AZ
June 4 at the Empire Garage in Austin, TX
June 5 at the Amplified Live in Dallas, TX
June 7 at The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA
June 8 at The Plaza Live in Orlando, FL
June 10 at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC
June 11 at the Soundstage in Baltimore, MD
June 12 at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ

Rock Hall to Open 2021 Class Exhibit

With the 2021 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame installed, it is time for the memorabilia and the exhibits.

As the song says “the heart of rock and roll is in Cleveland” and when the newest exhibit in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens on October 24, all Ohio residents will receive a free admission.

The exhibit featuring memorabilia from Tina Turner, Carole King, Todd Rundgren, Jay-Z, The Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, Charley Patton, Gil Scott-Heron, Billy Preston, Randy Rhoads, and Clarence Avant will highlight their musical impact on history including gear, costumes, lyrics, posters, and programs.

Items included in the exhibit include one of Dave Grohl’s favourite guitars, Tina Turner’s “Private Dancer” red dress, one of Carole King’s pianos, a white V-shaped guitar personally desgned for Randy Rhoads, Todd Rundgren’s purple suit used on tour in 1978, one of Billy Preston’s keyboards, costumes used by The Go-Go’s, Gil Scott-Heron’s signature brown hat, and LL Cool J’s teddy bear jacket.

For the past 36 years the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been collecting artifacts and memorabilia from some of the biggest names in rock and roll.

Artists are eligible for The Hall 25 years after the release of their first recording.

Wk 1 of Battles Conclude on ‘The Voice’

When “The Voice” ended on Monday night, Gershika Maple was about to announce which of the coaches she wanted to be her coach. Kelly had chosen Jeremy Rosado as the winner of the battle and was unable to save Gershika since she had already used her save. John and Ariana pushed their buttons to steal.

Ariana has also used her save; leaving only Blake and John with a save remaining.

Gershika chose to join Team Legend. John is the first coach to use his steal.

Blake paired Lana Scott and Hailey Green for a battle of “Girl”. John called them both great singers. Kelly said that both girls held their own. Ariana liked both of the girl’s tones; adding that it was not an easy choice. Saying that it is his least favourite part of the show, Blake chose Hailey as the winner of the battle. As Lana was walking off the stage, Blake used his save on Lana.

In a video clip…
Blake paired Libianca and Tommy Edwards for a battle with Libianca as the winner.
Kelly paired Carolina Alonso and Xavier Cornell for a battle with Xavier as the winner.

Ariana paired Katherine Ann Mohler and Vaughan Mugol for a battle of “Dilemma”. John called the performance really fun. Kelly called it a well matched battle. Ariana called the performance “so good”. Ariana chose Katharine as the winner of the battle.

In the final battle of the night, John paired Samara Brown and BritttanyBree for a performance of “Something He Can Feel”. Kelly said that their voices are insane; adding she loved every minute. Blake said that he was so blown away; adding that they owned the moment. Ariana called them both spectacular. John said that they both did exactly what they were supposed to do. John chose BrittanyBree as the winner of the battle. John pushed his button to save Samara. Ariana and Kelly chose to steal Samara. Samara chose to stay with Team Legend.

Team Ariana:
Katie Rae
Bella DeNapoli – save
David Vogel
Katharine Ann Mohler

Team Legend:
Samuel Harness
Gershika Maple – steal
BrittanyBree
Samara Brown – save

Team Kelly:
A Girl Named Tom
Kensey Rose – save
Jeremy Rosado
Xavier Cornell

Team Blake:
Peedy Chavis
Hailey Green
Lana Scott – save
Libianca


DWTS Disney Night – Villains and Double Elimination

On Monday night, “Dancing with the Stars” celebrated the heroes of Disney; on Tuesday the couples flip over to the dark side and will become Disney villains.

No one went home on heroes night but at the end of the show two couples will be eliminated.

After winning the Mickey Dance Challenge on Monday, Jimmie and Emma get the night of dancing started with a Jazz routine to the music of Bilie Eilish with Jimmie as Captain Hook and Emma as Tinkerbell. Len liked the concept; adding that Jimmie surprises him each week. Derek said that he was impressed with Jimmie; adding he loves seeing the progress. Bruno noted that Jimmie stayed in character; adding that it was his strongest performance to date. Carrie Ann called the dance amazing. Jimmie and Emma scored 35 points for their dance.

Cody and Cheryl dance a Viennese Waltz to the music of “Beauty and the Beast”. Derek noted that they had the least amount of rehearsal time this week – three days. Bruno is happy to see Cody in a full production. Carrie Ann said that Cody was polished. Len congratulated Cheryl on her choreography. Cody and Cheryl scored 31 points for their dance for his highest score yet.

Melanie C and Gleb Viennese Waltz to the music of Lana Del Ray with Mel as Maleficent. Bruno called the dance magnificent; adding that she has plenty of drama. Carrie Ann called it Mel’s best dance by far. Len liked the mood; adding that Mel had a great atmosphere. Derek called in an ominous performance. Melanie C and Gleb scored 35 points for their dance.

JoJo and Jenna dance a Paso Doble to the music “Descendants 2”. Carrie Ann called JoJo a fantastic performer but felt the dance was a bit hectic. Len said that the dance had control. Derek agreed with Len adding that dance was full of content. Bruno said that it was like watching two super villians. 35 points for their dance.

Kenya and Brandon dance a Viennese Waltz to “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande with Kenya playing the evil queen for “Snow White”. Len appreciated the bars on hold; adding the dance was done very well. Derek said that he was into it; adding that Kenya is fierce. Bruno loved how Kenya played the character. Carrie Ann loved how Kenya was on center; adding that it was her best dance. Kenya and Brandon scored 30 points for their dance.

Iman and Daniella Argentine Tango to the music of “Aladdin”. Iman puts Daniella on the judge’s table. Derek called the opening lift iconic. Bruno noted that there were no effects used in the dance. Carrie Ann was truly blown away, calling it magical. Len called it Iman’s best dance. Iman and Daniella scored 33 points for their dance including two nines.

After earning the highest score of the night on Monday, Melora and Artem look to repeat the performance with a Jazz routine to the music of “Tangled” with Melora providing the vocals. Kate Flannery made a visit to the rehearsal hall this week. Bruno said that Melora “delivered”. Carrie Ann called the performance theatrical and amazing but a bit safe. Len said that the dance was truly delightful. Derek called Melora magnificent. Melora and Artem scored 37 points including the first 10 of the season form Len.

The Miz and Witney Argentine Tango to the music of “The Lion King” with Mike as Scar. Carrie Ann said that the men are on fire tonight; adding that it was incredible and amazing. Len liked the lifts with lovely moments of Argentine Tango. Derek said that it was 10’s across the board for costumes and characterization. Bruno noted that there was so much content in the dance.

Brian and Sharna dance a Paso Doble to the music of “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Len liked the agrression in the dance. Derek loved the dance/fight choreography. Bruno said that Brian was fully loaded tonight. Carrie Ann said that Brian was in it to win it. Brian and Sharna scored 27 points for their dance.

Matt and Lindsay Paso Doble to the music from “The Jungle Book”. Derek said that he was feeling Matt. Bruno called it a solid performance. Carrie Ann said it was the first time she felt that Matt gave it all. Len noted that Matt could give him so much more. Matt and Lindsay scored 31 point for their dance.

Olivia and Val perform a Jazz dance to the music of “Coco”. Bruno said that he is having so much fun; adding that they captured the spirit of the movie. Carrie Ann was impressed with the acting; adding that it felt safe. Len called it a joyous performance. Derek called Olivia a natural born performer. Olivia and Val scored 35 points for their dance.

Suni and Sasha Viennese Waltz to the music from “Hocus Pocus”. Carrie Ann said that she could feel the energy. Len said Suni was great in hold. Derek said that Suni was magnificent. Bruno called the performance bewitching. Suni and Sasha scored 35 points for their dance.

Closing out the night of dancing is Amanda and Alan with a Paso Doble to the music of “Curella”. Amanda said it is the dance she has been dying to do since day one. Len said that it was a lovely interpretation of the dance. Derek said that Amanda played the part to perfection. Bruno called the dance devilshy stylish. Carrie Ann called the dance powerful and masterful. Amanda and Alan scored 36 points for their dance.


Disney Night – Villains:
Brian and Sharna – 27
Kenya and Brandon – 30
Cody and Cheryl – 31
Matt and Lindsay – 31
Iman and Daneilla – 33
The Miz and Witney – 34
Jimmie and Emma – 35
Melanie and Gleb – 35
JoJo and Jenna – 35
Olivia and Val – 35
Suni and Sasha – 35
Amanda and Alan – 36
Melora and Artem – 37

Disney Night – Heroes scores:
Brian and Sharna – 25
Matt and Lindsay – 26
Cody and Cheryl – 27
Kenya and Brandon – 29
Iman and Daniella – 30
Melanie C and Gleb – 31
The Miz and Witney – 31
Jimmie and Emma – 30 + 2 = 32
Amanda and Alan – 32
Suni and Sasha – 33
JoJo and Jenna – 35
Olivia and Val – 35
Melora and Artem – 36


Total scores:
Brian and Sharna – 25 + 27 = 52
Matt and Lindsay – 25 + 31 = 58
Cody and Cheryl – 27 + 31 = 58
Kenya and Brandon – 29 + 30 = 59
Iman and Daniella – 30 + 33 = 63
The Miz and Witney – 31 + 34 = 65
Melanie C and Gleb – 31 + 35 = 66
Jimmie and Emma – 32 + 35 = 67
Suni and Sasha – 33 + 35 = 68
Amanda and Alan – 32 + 36 = 68
JoJo and Jenna – 35 + 35 = 70
Olivia and Val – 35 + 35 = 70
Melora and Artem – 36 + 37 = 73


After combining the scores from both Disney nights and the fan votes…
Cody and Cheryl
Melora and Artem

Iman and Daniella
The Miz and Witney
Suni and Sasha
Jimmie and Emma
Amanda and Alan
JoJo and Jenna
Olivia and Val
and Melanie C and Gleb
are all safe and will dance for another week.

Kenya and Brandon, Brian and Sharna, and Matt and Lindsay are all in the bottom and in danger of going home.

Brian and Sharna had the lowest number of votes and scores and are the first couple to be eliminated from the show.

Bruno chose to save Matt and Lindsay
Derek chose to save Kenya and Brandon
Carrie Ann chose to save Matt and Lindsay
Head judge Len Goodman gave the final vote and chose to save Kenya and Brandon.

Matt and Lindsay is the second couple eliminated in a double elimination night.

NASCAR Issues Roval Penalties

The Roval turned out to be a wild and crazy place for the Xfinity and Cup Series drivers this last weekend with exploding turtles, renewed feuds, and record breaking wins.

On October 12, NASCAR revealed that a total of four teams were charged with penalties during the post race inspection process. All of the penalties were lug nut related with one resulting in a suspension.

In the Xfinity Series, the number eleven Kaulig Racing car driven by Justin Haley was found to have one lug nut improperly secured. As a result, crew chief Alex Yontz was fined $5,000.

In the Cup Series, Crew chief Chris Gabehart for the number eleven Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Denny Hamlin and crew chief Scott Graves for the number 17 Roush Fenway Racing car driven by Chris Buescher were each fined $10,000 for having one lug nut improperly secured.

The biggest penalty of the week went to the Joe Gibbs Racing number 18 car driven by Kyle Busch whom NASCAR officials found had two lug nuts improperly secured during the post race inspection process. As a result, crew chief Ben Beshore has been fined $20,000 and has been suspended from the upcoming race at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend.

Battles Begin on ‘The Voice’

The blind auditions are over and all of the teams are filled. Now it is time for the battles to begin on “The Voice”. Again this year, the coaches enlist a little help to help coach their singers.

For the first time ever on “The Voice” there are four groups in the competition.

Blake brought in Dierks Bentley
Ariana brought in Kristen Chenoweth
John brought in Camilo Cabello
Kelly brought in Jason Aldean

The save and the steal returns.

Up first is team Ariana with Bella DeNapoli and Katie Rae for the Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer hit “No More Tears (Enough is Enough)”. John loved the build in the performance to a powerhouse. Kelly called the performance “so rad”. Blake noted that the performance began like an old movie. An emotional Ariana called the performance phenomenal. Ariana chose Katie Rae as the winner of the battle. Ariana pushed her button to save Bella DeNapoli.

John paired up KJ Jennings and Samuel Harness for a performance of the Camila Cabelo and Sean Mendes song “I Know What You Did Last Summer”. Kelly said that they both did a really good job. Ariana noted that it was hard to decide. John noted that the chemistry between the two was great; adding that they both nailed it. John chose Samuel as the winner of the battle.

Kelly paired A Girl Named Tom and Kensey Rose for a performance of “Seven Bridges Road”. Blake said that they need to be singing together all the time. Ariana called the performance incredible; adding that they sound like they should be a group. John called the performance inspiring and beautiful. Kelly said that it is a special thing to have them all on her team. Kelly chose A Girl Named Tom as the winner of the battle. Kelly pushed her button to same Kensey. John and Blake pushed their buttons to steal. Ariana added her name after host Carson Daly asked her to choose which team she wanted to be on. Kensey chose to remain with team Kelly.

Blake paired Peedy Chavis and The Joy Reunion for a battle of the Three Dog Night song “Joy to the World”. Ariana called it an infectious joyous performance. John said that they truly felt the joy. Kelly loved the harmonies. Blake chose Peedy as the winner of the battle.

Ariana paired David Vogel and Chavon Rodgers for a battle of ‘Sugar, We’re Going Down”. John called the performance really really good. Kelly called it one of her favourite battles. Blake said that it was almost like watching a band. Ariana said that she was looking forward to the performance and it is very hard to decide. Ariana chose David as the winner of the battle.

In the final battle of the night, Kelly paired Gershika Maple and Jeremy Rosado for a performance of the Justin Bieber song “Hold On”. Blake said that he didn’t know that they have ever had any battles this good before. Ariana called it an incredible performance. John was most moved by the heart he heard coming from the both of them. Kelly called them amazing powerhouse vocalists; adding that they raised each other up. Kelly chose Jeremy as the winner of the battle. John and Ariana pushed their buttons to steal Gershika…but fans will have to wait until tomorrow to learn who she chose.

Team Ariana:
Katie Rae
Bella DeNapoli – save
David Vogel

Team Legend:
Samuel Harness

Team Kelly:
A Girl Named Tom
Kensey Rose – save
Jeremy Rosado

Team Blake:
Peedy Chavis


Disney Night on DWTS

It’s Disney Week on “Dancing with the Stars” and the show is celebrating iwth a two night heroes and villains event.

On Monday’s episode the couples will take on some of Disney’s most lovable heroes.

Off the quarantine list and cleared to dance, Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke have returned to the Ballroom and are ready to dance.

Last week, Mickey Mouse challenged the dancers to include some special moves into their dances. The couple that has risen to the challenge, will receive two extra points from the judges.

JoJo and Jenna get the night of dancing started off with a Viennese Waltz to the music from Cinderella. This week JoJo will take on the male role including dressing as the male role. Len said the dance was done beautifully. Returning after his quarantine, Derek said that it was a breath of fresh air. Bruno called the couple a dream come true; adding that it was a Viennese Waltz for the 21st century. Carrie Ann noted that JoJo just showed that girls can do anything; adding that she was the frame to let Jenna shine. JoJo said that she was excited to be the prince in the dance. JoJo and Jenna scored 35 points for their dance…and the first nines of the season.

Melanie C and Gleb take on “Mary Poppins” with a Jazz routine. Melanie and Gleb had a video chat with Mel’s mom this week. Derek noted that Dick Van Dyke would have loved the dance. Bruno noted the difficulty of the dance. Carrie Ann noted that the dance was jammed packed but a little out of sync in the beginning. Len said that the dance was full of charm, fun, and enchanting. Mel and Gleb scored 31 points for their dance.

Matt and Lindsay Quickstep to the music of “The Incredibles”. Bruno noted that the dance is all about feet and Matt’s are getting better. Carrie Ann noted that Matt still needs to work on his technique. Len admired the tenacity and work ethic. Derek love the commitment. Matt and Lindsay scored 26 points for their dance.

Jimmie and Emma Paso Doble to the music of “Mulan”. Jimmie dedicated the dance to his dad who died in 2019 as a result of kidney failure. Carrie Ann loved the dance. Len liked the Mickey dance challenge; adding that it was in character. Derek is impressed with Jimmie’s texture; adding that it was his favourite Mickey challenge. Derek noted that Jimmie was singing during the dance. Bruno loved the dance. Jimmie and Emma scored 30 points for their dance.

Amanda and Alan Rumba to the music of “Tarzan”. Amanda’s son Elvis joined the couple in Disney this week. Len said that the dance was brilliant but missed the challenge. Derek said that the dance was well done; adding that he didn’t think they missed the challenge. Bruno thanked them for the eye candy; calling the Rumba effortless. Carrie Ann said that Alan looked 12 years old; adding that they seemed cautious. Amanda and Alan scored 32 points for their dance.

Olivia and Val Samba to the music of “The Lion King”. Derek said that he is not a cat person but she is becoming one of his favourite dancers on the show. Bruno called Olivia the spirit of a wild cat; adding that she is versatile. Carrie Ann loved everything about the dance. Len said zippidy doo dah…lots of zip and no doo dah. Olivia and Val scored 35 points for their dance.

The Miz and Witney dance a Quickstep to the music of Aladdin”. Bruno called The Miz the genie of the ballroom; adding that he appreciated that Mike really went for it. Carrie Ann noted that Mike is honing his energy on the dance. Len said that they had control; adding that Mike is light on his feet. Derek said that Mike was full out in his performance. The Miz and Witney scored 31 points for their dance.

Kenya and Brandon perform a Contemporary dance to the music of “Moana”. Carrie Ann said that there was a freedom in her movements but noted a couple of mishaps. Len said that the dance was beautiful; adding that it was a first class performance. Derek said that it started timid but then Kenya opened up. Bruno said that he felt it all; adding that it was lovely…until Brandon hit the rock. Kenya and Brandon scored 29 points for their dance.

Brian and Sharna Watlz to the music of “Snow White”. Len said that he never thought the Waltz was going to come; adding that he wanted a more traditional Watlz. Derek said that Brian has a great frame. Bruno noted that Sharna has her prince under control; adding that they needed more action. Carrie Ann noted that there was a lift. Brian and Sharna scored 25 points for their dance.

Suni and Sasha Salsa to music from the new Disney film “Encanto”. Derek said that he loves seeing Suni open up more each week. Bruno noted that Suni is expressing more each week; adding that it was delicious. Carrie Ann said there is something perfect about Suni’s moves. Len noted that it was the most expressive he has seen Suni. Suni and Sasha scored 33 points for their dance.

Melora and Artem Quickstep to the music of “The Jungle Book”. Melora’s husband join them at Disney. Bruno called Melora the queen of the jungle; adding that she is becoming the queen of the Ballroom. Bruno thought it was the best Quickstep this season. Carrie Ann said that they always bring something unexpected to every dance. Len said that it was by far their best dance so far; adding that Melora is a dancer. An excited Derek called it the best dance of the night. Melora and Artem scored 36 points for their dance..the highest score so far of the season.

Cody and Rigsby return to dance a Jive to the music from “A Goofy Movie”. Cody began the dance solo. Carrie Ann said that she loved the Mickey challenge. Len felt that there was too much side by side; adding that he was a bit disappointed. Derek said that Cody had such great energy. Bruno said that the Mickey challenge was great but agreed that there could have been more kicks and flicks. Cody and Cheryl scored 27 points for their dance.

Iman and Daniella close out the night of dancing with a Fox Trot to the music of “Frozen”. Iman reveals that he delivered both of his girls. Len said that Iman delivered a really elegant Fox Trot. Derek said that you can see Iman’s improvement. Bruno noted that Iman embraced his bigness. Carrie Ann said that you could see and feel the love in Iman’s dances. Iman and Daniella scored 30 points for his dance.

The judges chose to give the two bonus points for the best Mickey Dance Challenge to Jimmie and Emma.

Disney Night – Heroes scores:
Brian and Sharna – 25
Matt and Lindsay – 26
Cody and Cheryl – 27
Kenya and Brandon – 29
Iman and Daniella – 30
Melanie C and Gleb – 31
The Miz and Witney – 31
Jimmie and Emma – 30 + 2 = 32
Amanda and Alan – 32
Suni and Sasha – 33
JoJo and Jenna – 35
Olivia and Val – 35
Melora and Artem – 36

There is no elimination on tonight’s show; all of the couples are safe.

Cup Series Point Standings – Oct 11, 2021

The road course race at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s The Roval ended the second round of the playoffs on October 10. By the end of the race, four drivers were eliminated from the playoffs and the field of eight was set.

Even before the end of the race, there was a good deal of excitement and apprehension among the playoff drivers themselves and the remainder of the field. Kevin Harvick continued the feud with Chase Elliott, making contact and causing some significant damage to the number nine car. Late in the race, Harvick himself hit the wall hard and not only knocked himself out of the race; but also, out of the round of eight. It is the first time since the creation of the playoff system that Harvick has not been a part of the field of eight.

William Byron led several laps but in the end could not maintain the position to race his way into the playoffs.

Alex Bowman, through no fault of his own, failed to make the cut after his car had serious voltage issues that required several battery changes.

The fourth driver eliminated was Christopher Bell.

A disconnected alternator belt and a voltage issue of his own that required a battery change threatened Kyle Larson’s chances to move on to the next round despite having won a series leading five races. But in the end, Larson conquered his gremlins to win the race. As a result, Larson enters the round of eight in first place with 65 playoff points.

Like in previous rounds, NASCAR resets the points and each driver in the round receives 4,000 points plus any playoff points. Kyle Larson’s 65 points dominates the field by over 30 points.

Drivers in the round of eight:
Kyle Larson – 4,065
Denny Hamlin – 4,030
Martin Truex Jr – 4,029
Ryan Blaney – 4,024
Kyle Busch – 4,023
Chase Elliott – 4,022
Joey Logano – 4,013
Brad Keselowski – 4,008

The round of eight kicks off at Texas Motor Speedway on October 17 with the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500.

Ty Dillon Gets Full Time Ride for 2022

Racing is a family affair with siblings, cousins, and sons following fathers.  And even grandsons following grandfathers.

Austin and Ty Dillon are the grandsons of car owner Richard Childress.  And for the past few years, Austin has been driving the number three car for his grandfather.

On October 10, younger brother Ty has announced that he will be joining his brother in the Cup Series for the 2022 season, driving the number 94 car for GMS Racing.

The upcoming season will mark the first time GMS Racing will field a full time team in the Cup Series.

In 2021, Dillon has competed in four Cup Series races with Gaunt Brothers Racing and 11 Xfinity Series races with Joe Gibbs Racing, Our Motorsports and Jordan Anderson Racing.

Dillon drove the number 13 car full time for Germain Racing in 2020 but has spent the 2021 season as a part time driver in the Xfinity Series with only four Cup Series starts.  He has run in over 160 Cup Series races during his racing career.

Via a team release, Dillon spoke on driving for GMS saying, “it’s such an honor to be able to drive for GMS Racing as they take the step into the NASCAR Cup Series for the first time, and that they have chosen me as their driver for the future.  It’s been a challenging year off from racing full-time, but I’m so excited to return. I don’t think that there is going to be another driver that is more hungry than I am next year to get back out there and prove what I am capable of in the Cup Series. I am excited for our future and am ready to get to work.”

GMS Racing has won over 50 races across the Xfinity, Camping World Truck, and ARCA Menards Series since 2014.

GMS Racing president Mike Beam also spoke on Dillon’s joining the team saying, “we’re excited to welcome Ty to the GMS Racing family.  Going full-time Cup racing in 2022 is a big step for us and I can’t think of a better driver than Ty to lead us into our first year in NASCAR’s top series.”

GMS Racing owner Maury Gallagher also spoke on the new team saying, “GMS is always looking forward and I believe this is the next step for the team in that process. We have the goal to be a championship-caliber team in any series in which we compete, and I am excited to watch the team grow in the coming years.”

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Lucky #7 at The Roval in Cut Off Race

The Cup Series closes out a doubleheader weekend and the round of 12 at The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 400.

The course will look slightly different for today’s racers after NASCAR has removed six sets of the black and yellow “turtles” after a second race incident during the Xfinity race on Saturday.

This is also a cut off race for the round of 12, by the end of today’s race four more drivers will be eliminated from the playoffs.

Chase Elliott has won the past two races at The Roval and is looking for the three-pete in today’s race.

After getting his first win as a car owner and the only driver to win a race in the round of 12, Denny Hamlin sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Brad Keselowski starting alongside on the front row.

Garrett Smithley will have to start the race from the back of the field after some inspection issues.

Xfinity Series winner AJ Allmendinger is doing the double this weekend; along with Josh Bilicki and Justin Haley.

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

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 10.

Stages one and two of the race are 25 laps each with stage three lasting 59 laps for a total of 109 laps around the 2.32 mile road course.

Drivers can run 33 to 35 laps on a single load of fuel.

All of the drivers have pink window nets for today’s race in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Fans will be able to bid on those window nets after the race.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane as James Bond himself – Daniel Craig – waves the green flag to start the race. Hamlin edges out Brad Keselowski to take the lead.

Lap two, Denny Hamlin leads the race with Brad Keselowski in second; Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Christopher Bell round out the top five as the drivers feel things out in the first few laps.

Lap two, Joey Logano passes team mate Brad Keselowski for second.

Lap three, Chase Elliott passes Christopher Bell for fifth.

Lap four, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Joey Logano; Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr is dropping through the field with handling issues.

Lap five, Aric Almirola spins out in the back stretch chicane and makes contact with Chris Buescher but the track stays green.

Lap seven, Denny Hamlin has led every lap so far and has a lead of two and a half seconds on Joey Logano; Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap nine, Denny Hamlin has increased his lead to over three seconds on Joey Logano.

Lap 10, several drivers come down pit road for fresh tires.  They cannot take on fuel until the competition caution.

Denny Hamlin’s lead is now over four and a half seconds ahead of Joey Logano.

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

Leader Denny Hamlin brings his number eleven car down pit road, giving the lead over to Joey Logano.

Lap eleven, Joey Logano has a second and a half lead on Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

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

A number of drivers come down pit road for service; drivers can now add fuel to their cars.  Drivers who made a pit stop prior to the caution have stayed out on the track.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 14 and goes nose to nose with team mate Ryan Blaney.  Blaney gets out in front for the lead with Logano in second; Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

The top seven drivers have yet to make a pit stop.

Lap 14, Brad Keselowski spins out after some contact form AlexBowman but has to wait for the field to pass before he can continue.  The track stays green.

Lap 15, Ryan Blaney leads the race with Joey Logano in second; Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 17, Ryan Blaney has a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano; Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Ryan Newman brings out the caution flag on lap 19 with a flat tire and gets into the wall.  Brad Keselowski narrowly missed being hit by Newman.

With five laps remaining ins stage one, several of the drivers come down pit road for service.  Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road.

After coming down pit road, Denny Hamlin said that he should have stayed out.  He was caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for thre green flag restart with just htree laps remaining in stage one.  AJ Allmendinger passes Blaney for the lead.

The top five are AJ Allmendinger, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, and Ryan Preece.

Chase Elliott passes Ryan Blaney for second and is looking to takes the lead.

Ryan Preece gets into the wall with two laps to go in stage one; the track stays green.

Leaders AJ Allmendinger and Chase Elliott have yet to make a pit stop.  These two drivers have dominated at the Roval over the past couple of years.

On the final lap of stage one, AJ Allmendinger and Chase Elliott battle for the lead with Chase Elliott winning the stage.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chase Elliott
AJ Allmendinger
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Willian Byron
Michael McDowell
Kevin Harvick

Drivers come down pit road for service but AJ Allmendinger stayed out on the track.  Chase Elliott wins the race off of pit road.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 30 with Kyle Busch alongside.  Allmendinger and Kyle Busch go side by side in a battle for the lead.  Kyle Busch takes the lead of the race with William Byron in second.

Reports are that along with a flat tire, Ryan Newman has a broken shock mount.

Lap 31, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on William Byron; Kyle Larson, AJ Allmendinger, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Alex Bowman reports that he may have an electrical issue in his car.

Martin Truex Jr is reporting some radio issues.  He also reports that the car is not handling well but cannot elaborate due to radio issues.

Lap 33, Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on William Byron; Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Kyle Larson is also reporting voltage issues in his car.

The caution flag comes out on lap 34 when Chris Buescher spins out.

Kyle Larson and Alex Bowman are on pit road for repairs.  The alternator belt on Kyle Larson’s car has come off.  The alternator belt is fine on Alex Bowman’s car.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 36 with William Byron alongside.

Kyle Busch takes the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; William Byron, Austin Dillon, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

After finally making his first pit stop, AJ Allmendinger returns to the track in 21st place.

Kyle Larson has won six races this season – the most of any driver – and he is currently below the cut line to be eliminated from the playoffs.

Lap 37, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Kevin Harvick; William Byron, Austin Dillon, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

With his Hendrick Motorsports team mates having voltage issues, William Byron’s crew tells his to turn off all fans and keep an eye on his voltage meter.

Lap 38, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to a second and a half on Kevin Harvick; William Byron, Austin Dillon, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five with Chase Elliott in sixth.

Christopher Bell gets into the grass but gets back on the track.

Lap 42, Kyle Busch holds on to a once second plus lead on Kevin Harvick with William Byron, Chase Elliott, and Austin Dillon rounding out the top five.

Ryan Newman is the only driver out of the race; all drivers on the track are on the lead lap.

Lap 44, back is 22nd place, Alex Bowman is still reporting voltage issues.  He is reporting only 12 volts with everything shut off…including driver cooling systems.

Lap 45, Cole Custer spins out but the track stays green.

Lap 47, Kyle Busch has a second and a half lead on Kevin Harvick

Lap 48, several drivers come down pit road for service prior to the end of stage two beginning with William Bryon.  Leaders stay out.

Christopher Bell reports that something on the right side of the car is hitting the track.  Bell damaged the right side of his car when he made his run through the grass.

Lap 49, Kyle Busch has a three second lead on Kevin Harvick; Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Chase Elliott passes Kevin Harvick for second on the final lap of stage two.

With a lead of nearly five seconds, Kyle Busch wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Kyle Larson
Brad Keselowski
Martin Truex Jr
Alex Bowman
William Byron

Drivers come down pit road for service.  Alex Bowman made another trip down pit road to replace his battery.  He reports that his voltage reads 13.1 – 14.5 is considered in good shape.

Kyle Larson comes down pit road and the crew works to replace his alternator belt.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 54 with Austin Dillon alongside.

William Byron leads the race with Austin Dillon in second; Denny Hamlin, Daniel Suarez, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Kyle Larson’s crew reports that the alternator belt is back on and they are good to go.

Chase Elliott and Cole Custer brings out the sixth caution flag on lap 55.  Prior to the contact with Cole Custer, Kevin Harvick sent Chase Elliott into the wall.  NBC broadcasters question whether or not the incident is “pay back” for an incident in Bristol.

Chase Elliott’s car has a broken track bar and a severely damaged deck lid which is required to be on the car by NASCAR.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 58 with Austin Dillon in second; Denny Hamlin, Daniel Suarez, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Chase Elliott is back on the track and must maintain minimum speed.

AJ Allmendinger is stopped on the track with an engine issue on lap 59.  The track stays green.

Chase Elliott has met minimum speed and is off the “crash clock”.  He is still on the lead lap.

AJ Allmendinger is out of the race with engine failure.

Lap 60, William Byron has a lead of over two seconds on Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin, Tyler Reddick, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

Chase Elliott is running lap speeds in the top 10.  He is currently in 36th place.

Lap 63, William Byron has a three second lead on Austin Dillon; Denny Hamlin, Tyler Reddick, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 66, William Byron has a three second lead on Austin Dillon; Denny Hamlin, Tyler Reddick and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 69, Denny Hamlin misses the chicane on the backstretch and has to come to a complete stop before moving on.  He falls from third to sixth place.

Lap 70, William Byron has a lead of over three and a half seconds on Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick who art battling for second; Kurt Busch, and Chris Buescher round out the top five.

Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch make contact on the track.

Lap 72, Tyler Reddick has closed the gap on leader William Byron to under three seconds; Austin Dillon, Kurt Busch, and Chris Buescher round out the top five.

Lap 74, Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell begin the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Alex Bowman’s crew reports that they need to replace the battery every half hour.

Lap 75, more drivers make their green flag pit stops.

Lap 76, leader William Byron makes his green flag pit stop.  Kurt Busch is the new leader.

Lap 77, Kurt Busch makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Chris Buescher.

Lap 79, Chris Buescher makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Denny Hamlin.  He and Matt DiBenedetto have not made their pit stops.

Lap 79, Chase Elliott makes his green flag pit stop.

Lap 80, Matt DiBenedetto makes his pit stop.  Kenny Hamlin leads the race with William Byron over 10 seconds back in second.

Lap 81, Chase Elliott passes Denny Hamlin to unlap himself and is now back on the lead lap.  Chase Elliott’s rear bumper has come loose.

Lap 81, leader Denny Hamlin makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead back to William Byron with Tyler Reddick in second.

Lap 82, William Byron has a one second lead on Tyler Reddick; Austin Dillon, Kurt Busch, and Chris Buescher round out the top five.

Lap 84, the rear bumper on Chase Elliott’s car is barely hanging on and flailing about.

With 25 laps to go, William Byron has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Tyler Reddick; Austin Dillon, Kurt Busch, and Chris Buescher round out their top five.

Lap 87, the caution flag comes out after the rear bumper on Chase Elliott’s car finally comes off.  Elliott is the last car on the lead lap.

Many of the drivers come down pit road for service but Denny Hamlin stayed out on the track.  Crews work to repair Chase Elliott’s car.  Alex Bowman was caught speeding on pit road.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with Matt DiBenedetto alongside with 20 laps remaining in the race.  Hamlin jumps out in front for the lead as drivers get three wide across the track.

Denny Hamlin leads the race with Tyler Reddick in second; William Byron, Kyle Larson ,and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

Brad Keselowski spins out but the track stays green.  Drivers got bunched up trying not to his Keselowski

With 19 laps to go, Denny Hamlin leads the race with William Byron in second but Byron misses the chicane but only slowed down, he did not come to a complete stop.  He made his stop at the second chicane.

Eighteen to go, Denny Hamlin leads the race with Kyle Larson half a second behind; Tyler Reddick, Mat DiBenedetto, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 93, Corey LaJoie and Joey Hand bring out the caution flag when they hit the wall and leave debris on the track.  There was a four wide battle at the time of the wreck.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service.

The battery is holding up, but Alex Bowman is reporting some handling issues with his car.

Lap 96, Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with Kyle Larson alongside.  Denny Hamlin edges out for the lead but gets a challenge form Kyle Larson.  After a battle that sees the lead swap a couple of times, Hamlin takes the lead and Tyler Reddick gets around Kyle Larson for second.

Kurt Busch misses the chicane and has to come to a complete stop.

There are only 13 laps remaining in the race, Denny Hamlin has a narrow lead on Tyler Reddick; Kyle Larson, Chris Buescher and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Drivers are battling all through the field with drivers getting three and four wide across the track.

Twelve to go, Denny Hamlin has a third of a second lead on Kyle Larson; Tyler Reddick, Chris Buescher, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

With eleven laps to go, Kevin Harvick brings out the caution flag when he locks the tires, misses the corner, and gets into the wall hard.  The engine is on fire.  Harvick climbs out of the car and walks to the ambulance.

A handful of drivers come down pit road for service.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with Kyle Larson alongside with eight laps to go.  Denny Hamlin gets out in front but Kyle Larson passes Hamlin to take the lead with Tyler Reddick in second; Denny Hamlin, Chris Buescher, and William Byron round out the top five.

Before the end of the lap, Kyle Larson pulls out to a one second lead on Tyler Reddick.

Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin make contact going into a corner but the track stays green.

Seven to go, Kyle Larson continues to hold the lead with Tyler Reddick in second; William Byron, Chris Buescher, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Five to go, Kyle Larson holds on to the lead with Tyler Reddick in second.  Third place driver William Byron is still 34 points below the cut line.

Martin Truex Jr spins out after Joey Hand made contact with Truex.

Four to go, Kyle Larson has a lead of over a second on Tyler Reddick.

Two to go, William Byron gets into the grass.  The track stays green.  There is a lot of debris on Byron’s grille but the tires are good.

Kyle Larson takes the white flag.

Kyle Larson wins the race for his seventh win of the season.  He becomes the first Cup Series driver to win three road course races in the same season.  This season Kyle Larson has run a total of 96 races…he has won 85 of them!

When the battery and voltage issues happened, Kyle Larson was at risk for being eliminated from the playoffs, despite his six race wins.

For the first time since the playoffs began Kevin Harvick did not survive the round of 12 and has been eliminated from the playoffs after getting into the wall.  William Byron, Christopher Bell, and Alex Bowman have also been eliminated from the playoffs.

Going forward only playoff points get transferred to the final round before the championship race.

Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Brad Keselowski will be moving on to the next round of the playoffs.

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

NASCAR Removes ‘Turtles’ at Roval

For the second time this season, NASCAR has had to stop a race to make repairs to the track as a result of drivers crashing and destroying large rumble strips also known as “turtles”.

During the Xfinity Series race at The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 9, Josh Bilicki chose to hit the “turtles” instead of a fellow driver after his brakes failed.  Bilicki destroyed the large yellow and black striped “turtles” causing a delay while track officials made repairs.

As a result, NASCAR has decided to remove six sets of those black and yellow “turtles” from the course prior to the Bank of America 400 Cup Series race on October 10.

The large rumble strips were implemented in 2018 to help curb excessive speeds going into the chicanes that are a part of the race course.

The black and yellow rumble strips are on the outside of the course past the smaller red and white striped curbing and blue  rumble strips or turtles.

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Donnie Vie Gets Collected

Co-founder of the band Enuff Z’nuff Donnie Vie is releasing a career spanning boxed set of his solo music on October 22.

“The Donnie Vie Collection” features five studio albums plus an album of new unreleased songs that Vie took from his collection of home studio demos.

The collection is being offered on a flash drive; one that will also double as a VIP laminate for fans to use for meet and greets at his upcoming live performances.

Vie noted that some of the albums are hard to find items.

Vie spoke on his music saying, “I literally have no idea how many songs I’ve written or even how many things I’ve released with and without Enuff Z’Nuff, because it’s all about going on to the next thing as I finish the last. When I send it in, I’m finished with it and it’s all yours. In fact, there are actually songs I’ve only sung or listened to one time throughout the collection of all my records; that’s how many there are, and my policy that stands to this very day is, if it isn’t as good or better than my last it goes back into the pantry to possibly be used to season some other future creation. That is why my fans love me as much as they do, cuz I love them enuff to serve them something special each time I cook for them. It’s all about the fans. They are truly all that matters in this craft, or at least in my world. They never let me down so I never do to them. Now if we can only get about 20 million more of them we could change the world.”

The albums in the “The Donnie Vie Collection”:
“Party Time” – new Enuff Z’nuff single
“Beautiful Things”
“Extra Strength”
“Just Enuff”
“Wrapped Around My Middle Finger”
“The White Album”
“Guilt N’ Shame – International Jagoffs”
“The Donnie Vie Party Pack” – album of previously unreleased songs
and a collection of music videos

The Three Tremors

Metalheads The Three Tremors have a new album on the way and have planned some tour dates to help promote the album.

“Guardians of the Void” is set for a November 5 release but Tim Owens, Harry Conklin, and Sean will be hitting the road on November 3 for some dates around the North East and Mid-West portions of the U.S.

Owens spoke on the new album saying, “we had just started our second North American tour promoting the ‘Solo Versions,’ when everything started to shut down. It was a shame because we had some really good momentum and the shows were selling well – including a few that were sold out in advance. When we realized that we could be sitting home for a while, we all started putting these new songs together and recording them.”

Saying that the band is like a heavy metal street gang, Sean noted that they, have a blast performing these songs and going on the road. With these new songs available from the ‘Guardians of the Void’ album, our setlist will be supremely vicious!!”

The venues for the Rochester and Buffalo shows have yet to be announced. 

Three Tremors tour dates:
Nov 3 at The Cellar in Hamden, CT
Nov 4 at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ
Nov 5 at the Rivet Canttten and Assembly in Pottstown, PA
Nov 6 at the Barnum Ballroom in Long Island, NY
Nov 7 at Bar XIII 1 in Wilmington, DE
Nov 10 at the Arrogant Swine in Brooklyn, NY
Nov 11 at Stage West in Wilkes Barre, PA
Nov 12 in Rochester, NY
Nov 13 in Buffalo, NY
Nov 15 at Sharley’s in Syracuse, NY
Nov 17 at the Empire Concert Club in Akron, OH
Nov 18 at 21 Rock in St. Louis, MO
Nov 19 at the Token Lounge in Detroit, MI
Nov 20 at The Forge in Chicago, IL
Nov 21 at Club Garibaldi in Milwaukee, WI

Road Course Record Broken in Overtime Finish for Xfinity Series

After the wild ride that was Talladega last week, the Xfinity Series begins a doubleheader weekend of road course racing with the Drive for the Cure 250 Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina from The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

It is a cloudy day in Charlotte and there is a possibility of the drivers running in wet weather conditions.

Twelve playoff drivers enter the race but only eight will survive to move on to the next round of the playoffs.

Based on points earned, Austin Cindric has locked in a position in the next round of the playoffs.

Points leader Austin Cindric sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Justin Allgaier starting alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Drive for the Cure 250:
Austin Cindric
Justin Allgaier
Daniel Hemric
Michael Annett
Justin Haley
Brandon Jones
Jeb Burton
Harrison Burton
Riley Herbst
Noah Gragson
Jeremy Clements
Ty Gibbs
Myatt Snider
AJ Allmendinger
Sam Mayer
Brandon Brown
Josh Williams
Ryan Sieg
Jade Buford
Alex Labbe
Tommy Joe Martins
Brett Moffitt
JJ Yeley
Kyle Weatherman
Ty Dillon
Matt Mills
Ryan Vargas
Sage Karam
Will Rodgers
Joe Graf Jr
Josh Bilicki
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Spencer Boyd
Loris Hezemans
Landon Cassill
Stefan Parsons
Preston Pardus
Kris Wright
Gray Gaulding
Austin Hill

Stages one and two are only 20 laps each with stage three lasting 27 laps for a total of 67 laps around the 2.32 mile road course.

With a fuel load of around 35 laps, the drivers can run a stage on a single load of fuel.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and goes nose to nose with Justin Allgaier as the field gets three and four wide across the track.  Austin Cindric edges out to take the lead with Justin Allgaier in second.  Tommy Joe Martins spins out but gets moving again and the track stays green.

Lap two, Austin Cindric leads the race with Justin Allgaier in second; Daniel Hemric, Brandon Jones, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap two for a pile up involving a spin out by Sage Karam that blocks the track.  Will Rodgers is also involved.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap five.  Cindric and Justin Allgaier go side by side.  Cindric gets out in front for the lead.

Austin Cindric leads the race with Daniel Hemric in second; Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap six, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a one second lead on Daniel Hemric.

Lap seven, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Daniel Hemric.; Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Justin Allgaier’s car is smoking.  He has had some major braking issues.

Lap eight, Justin Allgaier works his way to pit road. 

Austin Cindric missed a chicane and had to come to a complete stop before continuing on. 

Daniel Hemric is the new leader with Austin Cindric in second; Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 10, Ryan Sieg misses the chicane on the back stretch and will have to serve a penalty. 

Gray Gaulding brings out the second caution flag of the race when he locks up the wheels and is stopped on the track after missing the chicane.

The blue curbs that mark the edges of the turns are called turtles.  Someone painted the face of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle on one of the blue turtles.

Driving the pink number 18 car, Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 14 and gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Daniel Hemric, Austin Cindric, Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, and AJ Allmendinger.

Six laps remain in stage one, Daniel Hemric has a lead of nearly a second on Austin Cindric;, AJ Allmendinger, Noah Gragson, and Justin Haley round out the top five.  Brett Moffitt and Gray Gaulding are off the track with the remainder of the field on the lead lap.

Josh Williams gets turned around and off the track but gets the car moving again and the track stays green.

Lap 16, Daniel Hemric has a one second lead on Austin Cindric; AJ Allmendinger is over three seconds back in third with Noah Gragson and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 17, several drivers come down pit road for service before pit road closes before the end of the stage.

Leader Daniel Hemric stays out on the track, but second place driver Austin Cndric comes down pit road for service.

Lap 18, Daniel Hemric crosses the start/finish line and pit road is closed.

Daniel Hemric has a lead of nearly four seconds on AJ Allmendinger.

The track bar of the number 15 car is dragging on the track.  Driver Kris Wright has to make his way to pit road.  NASCAR puts out the caution flag, ending stage one under caution.

Daniel Hemric wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Daniel Hemric
AJ Allmendinger
Noah Gragson
Ty Gibbs
Justin Haley
Brandon Jones
Riley Herbst
Harrison Burton
Jeb Burton
Jeremy Clements

Drivers come down pit road for service.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 23 with Sam Mayer alongside.

Austin Cindric leads the race with Sam Mayer in second; Daniel Hemric, Noah Gragson, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Lap 24, Austin Cindric has a half second lead on Sam Mayer; Daniel Hemric, Noah Gragson, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Lap 25, all 34 cars on the track are one the lead lap.

Lap 26, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Samy Mayer; Daniel Hemric, AJ Allmendinger, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 29 for Josh Bilicki’s smoking car after missing the chicane and jumps the turtle.  Bilicki tore the curb when he jumped over it.  The splitter dug under the curb causing it to destroy both car and curb.  On the radio, Bilicki said that he chose to hit the curb instead of a fellow driver.  Bilicki reported that he had no brakes at the time of the incident.

Track officials are on the track making repairs to the curb.

NASCAR has red flagged the race in order to make track repairs.  The exposed bolts  that held down the curb must be removed.

The “turtles” proved to be a major issue for drivers during the road course race at Indianapolis.  NBC Sports broadcasters and former drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jeff Burton spoke on the turtles, saying they believe they should be removed all together.

After a red flag condition of less than 10 minutes, NASCAR displayed the caution flag and the drivers are moving once again.  A few drivers come down pit road for service.

Josh Berry was scheduled to be in the number one car to replace driver Michael Annett.  In a last minute decision, Annett is driving the number one car.

AJ Allmendinger is reporting some shifting issues in his car reporting a “sticky transmission”.  AJ has won the last two races at The Roval.

Former driver and NBC broadcaster Kyle Petty said, “the curbs scored again.”

With eight laps remaining in stage two, Austin Cindric brings the field down for ther green flag restart and gets out in front for the lead with Daniel Hemric in second; Justin Haley Ty Gibbs, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

Brett Moffitt returns to the track 13 laps down.

Gray Gaulding and Josh Bilicki are out of the race.

Lap 34, Austin Cindric has a third of a second lead on Daniel Hemric.  Burton cousins Jeb and Harrison battle for position and Jeb brushes the wall.  Jeb reports that the steering wheel is straight and the tow is fine.

Six laps remain in stage two; Austin Cindric has a lead of just over half a second on Daniel Hemric; Ty Gibbs, Justin Haley, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 36 when Brett Moffitt lost one of his brake ducts; leaving debris on the track.

Pit road is busy with drivers getting service prior to the end of the stage including race leader Austin Cindric.

Ty Gibbs crew told him to start saving fuel because they are on the edge and would not make it if the race goes into overtime.

After staying out on the track Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag shootout to end stage two.  Hemric gets out in front for the lead with Justin Haley in second; Myatt Snider, Noah Gragson, and Jeremy Clements round out the top five.

Myatt Snider’s car is smoking a bit.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track in a battle for points.

One lap remains in stage two, Daniel Hemric has a lead of nearly half a second on Justin Haley; Myatt Snider, Noah Gragson and Jeremy Clements round out the top five.

Daniel Hemric wins stage two for the stage sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Daniel Hemric
Justin Haley
Myatt Snider
Noah Gragson
Jeremy Clements
Brandon Jones
Harrison Burton
Ty Gibbs
Jeb Burton
Sam Mayer

Ty Gibbs makes contact with Harrison Burton on the last lap of stage two, causing some damage to Burton’s car.

Drivers who did not come down pit road during the caution flag, make their pit stops.  Drivers can make it to the end of the race from this point.  Noah Gragson has a slow pit stop while the crew makes repairs to the hole in the front of his car.

After sweeping stages one and two, Daniel Hemric has secured a spot in the next round of the playoffs,  Justin Allgaier has also earned enough points to move on to the round of eight.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with Sam Mayer alongside on lap 43.  Ty Gibbs quicky jumps out in front with a lead of over a second and a half on Sam Mayer; AJ Allmendinger, Austin Cindric, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Myatt Snider was charged with a restart penalty and has to serve a pass through penalty.

Justin Allgaier’s daughter Harper designs many of his helmets.

Lap 46, Ty Gibbs has a lead of over a second and a half on Sam Mayer; AJ Allmendinger, Austin Cindric, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.  Will Rodgers is the only driver on the track not on the lead lap.

Jeffrey Earnhardt makes a run through the grass but the track stays green.

After getting around Sam Mayer for second, AJ Allmendinger passes Ty Gibbs to take the lead when Gibbs misses a chicane and has to come to a complete stop before moving on.

Lap 49, AJ Allmendinger has pulled out to a lead of two and a half seconds on Austin Cindric; Sam Mayer, Ty Gibbs, and Sage Karam round out the top five.

Lap 50, Ty Gibbs has issues with the chicane again and has to serve a penalty. 

Lap 51, AJ Allmendinger has increased his lead to over three seconds on Austin Cindric; Sam Mayer, Justin Haley, and Sage Karam round out the top five.

Ryan Vargas is off the track.

Noah Gragson misses the chicane and has to serve the stop and go penalty.

With just 16 laps remaining in the race AJ Allmendinger has a lead of over three and a half second on Austin Cindric; Sam Mayer, Justin Haley, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five with 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 54, Joe Graf Jr spins out right in front of the leaders but AJ Allmendinger gets around Graf to continue leading the race.

With 12 laps to go, AJ Allmendinger has a lead of over four seconds on Austin Cindric; Sam Mayer, Justin Haley, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five with 30 cars on the lead lap.

Ten to go, AJ Allmendinger has a lead of over four seconds on Austin Cindric.

With nine laps remaining in the race, Austin Cindric gets loose and has to battle with Sam Mayer to hold on to his second place spot.

Eight to go, AJ Allmendinger has a six second lead on Austin Cindric.  He is currently tied with Marcus Ambrose and Austin Cindric with five road course wins.  Should le make is three in a row on The Roval, AJ will break the tie and take over first place.

Seven to go, AJ Allmendinger is “driving it like he stole it” with a seven second lead on Austin Cindric.

Six to go, Justin Haley passes Sam Mayer for third and is battling with Austin Cindric for second.  Haley cannot pass Cindric and gets passed by Mayer to fall back to fourth.

Five to go AJ Allmendinger has a nine second lead on Austin Cindric.  Riley Herbst makes a trip down pit road.  Herbst takes his car to the garage with a mechanical issue.

There are 28 cars on the lead lap.

Tommy Joe Martins brings out the caution flag with four laps remaining in the race after getting into the wall with some heavy contact.

AJ Allmendinger had a lead of over eight seconds when the caution flag came out.  The restart will bunch the cars back up.

The race is now in overtime.

Several drivers come down pit road for fuel and tires.

Michael Annett was caught speeding on pit road.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the two lap overtime shootout to the end of the race from the inside lane with Austin Cindric on the outside.  Allmendinger jumps out in front while drivers get four wide in turn one.

Michael Annett is stopped on the track but the white flag is out.

Ty Gibbs spins out but saves the car and keeps going.

With a lead of over two seconds, AJ Allmendinger becomes the winningest road course driver with his sixth race win.  Drivers were wrecking on the final lap.

 AJ Allmendinger reported that his car was missing as he crossed the finish line.  With his win, Allmendinger is the only playoff driver to win in this round of the playoffs and has secured his spot in the round of eight.  This is Allmendinger’s fifth race win of the season.

Jeb Burton, Jeremy Clements, Riley Herbst, and Myatt Snider have been eliminated from the playoffs.

The unofficial results of the Drive for the Cure 250:
AJ Allmendinger
Austin Cindric
Daniel Hemric
Justin Haley
Brandon Jones
Noah Gragson
Preston Pardus
Myatt Snider
Justin Allgaier
Sam Mayer
Josh Williams
Jeremy Clements
Jeb Burton
Alex Labbe
Harrison Burton
Jade Buford
Ty Dillon
Landon Cassill
Austin Hill
JJ Yeley
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Ty Gibbs
Brandon Brown
Kyle Weatherman
Stefan Parsons
Michael Annett
Sage Karam
Joe Graf Jr
Will Rodgers
Matt Mills
Spencer Boyd
Ryan Sieg
Tommy Joe Martins
Riley Herbst
Loris Hezemans
Ryan Vargas
Brett Moffitt
Josh Bilicki
Kris Wright
Gray Gaulding

New Team Joins Cup Series in 2022

The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season brought two new teams to the field with 23 XI Racing and Trackhouse Racing.  The 2022 racing season will see another new team on pit road when Team Hereberg joins the Cup Series for a limited season run.

Hezeberg Racing will field the orange number 27 Ford and is owned by former sports car driver Toine Hezemans and Dutch businessman Ernst Berg. Reaume Brothers Racing will manage race operations from the team’s American home in Moorseville, North Carolina.  Reaume Brothers Racing currently field two teams in the Camping World Truck Series but have not cemented Truck Series plans for the 2022 season.

Dutch driver Loris Hezemans will be the team’s primary driver.  Hezemans currently drives in the Whelen Euro Series and will make his fourth Xfinity Series start at The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway starting 34th in the number 66 car.

Currently Hezeberg Racing plans to focus on the six road course races next season but has not ruled out the possibility of running more races.

While on a trip to the U.S., Herzemans saw the Next Gen car that NASCAR will be running in the Cup Series beginning with the 2022 season and noted that there are similarities between that car and the Euro Series he currently drives.

Hezemans spoke on the new team saying, “we got interested in seeing what would be possible.  It’s incredible to now finally be here, yesterday finally seeing the car for the first time. I don’t even have words to describe it — a very exciting moment.”

Hezeberg Racing will test the car next week on The Roval with Hezemans and former Indianapolis 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve sharing the driving duties.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have planned a very busy 2022 with a tour of Europe and North America which is set to begin next summer.  Most of the U.S. dates are in outdoor stadiums.

The rockers have announced that The Strokes, A$AP Rocky, Beck, Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, HAIM, St. Vincent, Thundercat, and King Princess will all be special guests on the tour joining as opening acts during various spots along the tour.

Red Hot Chili Peppers tour dates:
June 4 at the Estadio La Cartuja De Sevilla in Seville, Spain.
June 7 at the Estadi Olimpic in Barcelona, Spain
June 10 at Goffertpark in Nijmegen, Netherlands
June 15 at Puskas Stadium in Budapest, Hungary
June 18 at the Firenze Rocks Festival in Firenze, Italy
June 22 at the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester, UK
June 25 at the London Stadium in London, UK
June 29 at Marlay Park in Dublin, Ireland
July 1 at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, UK
July 3 at Rock Werchter in Leuven, Belgium
July 5 at the RheinEnergieStadium in Cologne, Germany
July 8 at Stade de France in Paris, France
July 12 at the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg, Germany
July 23 at Empower Field in Denver, CO
July 27 at Petco Park in San Diego, CA
July 29 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA
July 31 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
Aug 3 at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, WA
Aug 6 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV
Aug 10 at Truist Park in Atlanta, GA
Aug 12 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN
Aug 14 at Comerica Park in Detroit, MI
Aug 17 at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ
Aug 19 at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL
Aug 21 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON
Aug 30 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL
Sept 1 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC
Sept 3 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA
Sept 8 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Sept 10 at Fenway Park in Boston, MA
Sept 15 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL
Sept 18 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX

Freestyle Love Supreme Make Limited B’way Run

Broadway fans got a glimpse of the group Freestyle Love Supreme during the annual Tony Awards television broadcast last month.

The Improv Hip-Hop group returns to Broadway with a limited run beginning October 19.  Previews at the Booth Theatre have begun.  The show will run through the remainder of the year with an end scheduled for January 2, 2022.

Anthony Veneziale conceived the idea of a company of artists who rap, sing, beat box, and spread a little laughter; and with the help of “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail created the troupe.  Using suggestions form the audience, Freestyle Love Supreme creates an original show with each and every performance.

Show director Thomas Kail spoke on the production saying, “we are thrilled to be back on Broadway and part of this theatrical community we love so much. The immediacy of our show, with its content driven by audience suggestion, makes it one of the rare shows that can speak to whatever is happening in the moment. We cannot wait to be onstage at the Booth Theatre making people laugh.”

Each night Jelly Donut, The Lord and Lady Crowley, Tardis Hardaway, Young Nees, Shockwave, and Two-Touch will entertain fans with their unique style of entertainment.

During the course of the limited run, the troupe will also have some special guest performers which may include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs, James Monroe Iglehart, Alex Lacomoire, Wayne Brady, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Arthur Lewis, Bill Sherman, and Utkarsh Ambudkar.

NASCAR Presents Drive for Diversity Awards

For much of its 70 plus year history, NASCAR has often been viewed as a “good ole boys” club where the Confederate stars and bars were as much a part of racing as the checkered flag.

In recent years, NASCAR has been working very hard to change that image from banning the “Stars and Bars” from all tracks to creating numerous diversity programs designed to open the sport to groups that have long thought the sport had no place for them.

On October 7, 2021 NASCAR presented the annual Drive for Diversity Awards in a ceremony from the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina.

On October 4 in a rain shortened event, Bubba Wallace and his 23 XI Racing number 23 car became only the second driver of colour to win a NASCAR premiere league event at Talladega Superspeedway.

Twelve recipients were presented awards in the 14th annual Drive for Diversity Awards for their commitment to expanding diversity and inclusion to NASCAR, its tracks, events, and races, and personnel.

NASCAR President Steve Phelps spoke on the Awards and the recipients saying, “the substantial progress our sport has made with regard to diversity, equity and inclusion is a result of the collective work of many leaders within the NASCAR community who are driving us forward together.  These awards celebrate those whose passion and commitment are strengthening a NASCAR culture that is welcoming and inclusive of everyone that shares a love of racing.”

Winners of the 2021 Drive for Diversity Awards:
The Crew Member Award went to pit crew veteran and Drive for Diversity alum Brian Eastland.

The Developmental Series Driver Award has two winners; Rajah Caruth is the first person to make the transition from iRacing to live racing.  When Caruth joins the Xfinity Series next season, he will join Bubba Wallace as a DFD alum who has achieved success in NASCAR as a driver one of the sports top three series.

Toni Breidinger is the first Arab American female to compete in a NASCAR sanctioned event.  She helped to welcome in the 2021 racing season as one of the drivers in the ARCA Menards Series race in Daytona.  In a sport filled with alcohol, auto parts, and products aimed predominantly toward men; Breidinger brought the first female centric beauty sponsorship to NASCAR with Huda Beauty.

The past few years has seen a wave of non-racing athletes come to NASCAR as owners and crew members.  Former NFL player Bernard Pollard took home the Sam Belnavis Industry Ambassador Award.  His enthusiasm over learning more about NASCAR has inspired others to also learn more about the sport.  Using social media to document his journey, Pollard has begun iRacing, attending races, and has become an ambassador in the sport.

After the death of Sam Belnavis in July of this year, NASCAR has renamed the award after the former GM and owner.  As a man of colour, Belnavis was a trailblazer himself.

A Youth Community Partner of NASCAR, The Boys and Girls Club has been named the recipient of the Institution Award.  The partnership helps to show young minorities that NASCAR is a viable career path.

Fresh off of his Talladega win, Bubba Wallace won the National Series Driver Award.  Wallace has been instrumental is opening dialogue on issues of diversity, racism, and social injustice  It was Wallace who helped lead the way for NASCAR to eliminate open signs of racism at tracks including the Confederate flag.  Wallace drivers the number 23 car for the newly formed 23 XI Racing owned by NBA legend Michael Jordan and NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin.

As a winner of the Outstanding Intern Award, Thailand native Korn Supatrabutra has completed an internship and is now a part of the NASCAR marketing department.

Also a winner of the Outstanding Intern Award Iris Wright is not only a member of the NASCAR Multicultural and Youth Marketing team; she has also initiated the NASCAR Kids Club.

The Partner Award went to RISE – a non-profit organization aimed at addressing racial issue in sports.  NASCAR now requires diversity training for all drivers and team employees; it is RISE who helps present those training programs.

Another new team this year, Trackhouse Racing was presented with the Team Award.  Trackhouse Racing is owned by Justin Marks and Latin music star Pitbull with Mexican born driver Daniel Suarez behind the wheel of the Trackhouse Racing number 99 car.  While Marks and Pitbull are hoping to rack up numerous race wins and championships; the duo is also focused on promoting diversity within the sport.

Nashville Superspeedway won the Track Award for returning to NASCAR  this season hosting events in all three series and helping to improve communities.  As the head of Nashville Superspeedway, Erik Moses is the first man of colour in NASCAR to be a track president.

The first Mexican born female driver, Young Racer Award winner Regina Sirvent is a staunch advocate for female and Hispanic drivers in NASCAR. 

NASCAR Suspends CWTS Crew Chief

When it comes to breaking the rules of the NASCAR Rule Book, officials have a no tolerance policy. And on October 6, NASCAR suspended Camping World Truck Series crew chief Eddie Troconis indefinitely for violating the rules of conduct.

Troconis has been a crew chief in the CWTS for nine years and has chiefed 142 races with two wins.

NASCAR did not give the specifics on how Troconis broke the rules; they only said that it was not for a competition related or on track incident.

Troconis was the crew chief for the number zero two Young Motorsports truck driven by Kris Wright

According to the NASCAR Rule Book violations of the sport’s behavioural policy include, “physical confrontation with officials, media, fans, etc; confrontations that involve violence, abuse, or threats; manipulating or attemps to manipulate race outcomes; and intentionally wrecking a fellow driver.

Michael Annett Announces Retirment

The 2021 racing season has been a tough one for JR Motorsports driver Michael Annett. He has had to miss numerous Xfinity Series races due to a leg injury. He currently drives the number one car for Dale Earnhardt Jr’s JR Motorsports.

On October 6, Annett announced that he is retiring from full time racing once the 2021 racing season has ended.

Annett issued a statement saying, “I’m just so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had. Being able to drive race cars for a living is honestly a dream come true for me. It’s been a privilege to work with some great teams and alongside some of the most talented folks in the garage. None of this would have been possible without the support of my partners, and I am happy to call them lifelong friends. It’s those relationships and friendships that are the most rewarding.”

Annett last won an Xfinity Series race in 2019 when he won the race at Daytona to open the season.

Over the course of his racing career, Annett has made over 400 starts in the ARCA, Camping World Truck, Xfinity, and Cup Series.


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Blind Auditions Conclude on ‘The Voice’

It’s the final night of the blind auditions on “The Voice”. Ariana, John, and Blake each need one more artist to fill out their teams; while Kelly needs two more artists to fill out her team.

Wedding singer Aaron Hines gets the night of auditions started off with chair turns from Kelly, John, and Ariana. And Blake made it a four chair turn. John said that he loves Aaron’s voice; adding that he sounded like he knew what he was doing. Aaron starts singing “All of Me” and John joins in. Kelly also loved Aaron’s voice. Ariana said that Aaron’s tone almost stopped her in her tracks. Blake uses his, I know I’m not the obvious choice ploy to win Aaron over. Aaron chose fellow Texan Kelly Clarkson to be his coach.

The trio KCK3 caught Ariana’s attention quickly and had her up out of her chair very excited about what she was hearing. Following in the footsteps of their grandfather and father, the sisters are third generation singers and have been singing all of their lives.

Ariana’s team is full!

Montana native Tommy Edwards loves the outdoors but loves making music too and performs with his dad in a number of bands. This is the first time he will perform outside of his home state. After saying “I like that”, Blake pushed his button but John is going to give Blake a run for his money when he turns his chair near the end of the song. Kelly was looking for more range. Blake said that Tommy reminded him of the Black Crows. John said that Tommy really knows how to make his presence felt. Tommy chose Blake to be his coach.

Blake’s team is full!

Shadale has sung in church and performed in musical theatre. She has travelled the world performing Gospel music. Shadale got about three notes out before Kelly had her chair turned around. A short time later John Joined her. Blake was wishing he could add someone else to his team. John said that Shadale put on a show and energized the place; adding that he could see her in the finale. Kelly said that it was like a mix of Bruno Mars and Beyonce. Shadale chose John to be her coach.

John’s team is full!

Stop motion animator Joe McGuinness plays many instruments…but he can’t play the pipes. He says that music is a part of his soul. Kelly is the only coach with a spot remaining on her team but did not turn her chair for Joe.

In the final blind audition, Parker McKay has spent as much time as possible in musical theater until she moved to Nashville where she began performing pop music. It took a while but Kelly finally pushed her button for Parker to fill out her team. John called it a fun performance.


Team Kelly:

Girl Named Tom
Kinsey Rose
Carolina Alonso
Gymani
Jeremy Rosado
Holly Forbes
The Cunningham Sisters
Jershika Maple
Xavier Cornell
Wyatt Michael
Aaron Hines
Perker McKay

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

Sophia Bromberg
KCK3

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

Clint Sherman
Manny Keith
Libianca
Tommy Edwards

Team Legend:
Jonathan Mouton
Jack Rogan
Samuel Harness
Joshua Vicanti
Paris Winningham
Keilah Grace
Samara Brown
Janora Brown
KJ Jennings
Sabrina Diaz
BritanyBree
Shadale

DWTS Tour Returns

On the October 4, 2021 “Dancing with the Stars” show, host Tyra Banks announced that the DWTS tour will return this winter with the professional dancers and a few special guests…which will be name at a later date.

Tickets for the tour go on sale October 8, 2021. VIP ticket packages will also be available that include a meet and greet with the cast.

The tour begins on January 7, 2022 and runs through to the end of March.

DWTS Tour dates:
Jan 7 at the Altria Theatre in Richmond, VA
Jan 8 at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD
Jan 9 at Wind Creek in Bethlehem, PA
Jan 11 & 12 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morrison, NJ
Jan 13 at the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA
Jan 14 & 15 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
Jan 17 & 18 at the American Music Theater in Lancaster, PA
Jan 19 at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ
Jan 21 at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ
Jan 22 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY
Jan 23 at the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, NY
Jan 25 at the Civic Theatre in Akron, OH
Jan 26 at the Palace Theatre in Columbus, OH
Jan 27 at the Taft Theatrein Cincinnati, OH
Jan 28 at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, PA
Jana 29 at the Old National Centre in Indianapolis, IN
Jan 30 at the Stephens Auditorium in Ames, IA
Feb 1 at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha, NE
Feb 2 at the Adler Theatre in Davenport, IA
Feb 3 at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, WI
Feb 4 at the Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN
Feb 5 at the Riverside Theter in Milwaukee, WI
Feb 6 at the Rosemont Theatre in Rosemont, IL
Feb 8 at the Arvest Bank Theatre in Kansas City, MO
Feb 9 at the Stifel Theatre in St. Louis, MO
Feb 10 at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN
Feb 11 at the Louisville Palace in Louisville, KY
Feb 12 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC
Feb 15 at the Moran Theater in Jacksonville, FL
Feb 16 at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL
Feb 17 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, FL
Feb 18 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Ft. Myers, FL
Feb 19 at the Dr. Phillips Centeri n Orlando, FL
Feb 20 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL
Feb 21 at the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center in The Villages, FL
Feb 23 at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum in Knoxville, TN
Feb 24 at the Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte, NC
Feb 25 at the William B. Bell Memorial Auditorium in Augusta, GA
Feb 26 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA
Feb 27 at the Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh, NC
March 1 at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN
March 2 at the BJCC Concert Hall in Birmingham, AL
March 3 at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, LA
March 4 at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, TX
March 5 at The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences in Lubbock, TX
March 6 at the Texas Trust CU Theatre in Grand Prairie, TX
March 8 at the Stride Bank Center in Enid, OK
March 9 at the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts in Colorado Springs, CO
March 10 at the Paramount Theatre in Denver, CO
March 11 at the Kiva Auditorium in Albuquerque, NM
March 12 at the Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
March 13 at the Civic Arst Plaza Theatres in Thousand Oaks, CA
March 15 at the Balboa Theater in San Diego, CA
March 16 at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, CA
March 17 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA
March 18 at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts in San Jose, CA
March 19 at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, CA
March 20 at the Ilani Cowlitz Ballroom in Ridgefield, WA
March 23 at the McCaw Hall in Seattle, WA
March 24 at the Morrison Center in Boise, ID
March 25 at the Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City, UT
March 26 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV
March 27 at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, CA

NASCAR Issues Talladega Penalty

It was a wild weekend at Talladega Superspeedway that saw first time winners in all three races and plenty of crashed vehicles after numerous wrecks.

After a triple header weekend of racing NASCAR issued only one penalty and that was in the Xfinity Series. The Joe Gibbs Racing number 19 car driven by Brandon Jones was charged with having a single lug nut improperly secured. As a result, crew chief Jeff Meendering was fined $5,000.

After some pre-race inspection issues, the number eleven Kaulig Racing car driven by Justin Haley had to begin the race at the back of the field and serve a pass through penalty at race start. NASCAR has not levied any further penalties to the number eleven car.

Cup Series Point Standings – Oct 5, 2021

During an early caution flag at the rain delayed Yellawood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 4, Kyle Larson saw his 59 point lead evaporate after Justin Allgaier slammed into the left front quarter panel of his car. Finishing the race four laps down, Larson recovered some of those points to take second place in the playoffs 22 points behind leader Denny Hamlin who has secured his spot in the next round of the playoffs with a race win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Along with his race win, Hamlin has 3,116 points.

Also caught up in a crash, Kyle Busch has dropped from his third place spot in the playoffs to the last driver above the cut line.

While Christopher Bell continues to find himself below the cut line, he is no longer in last place. Kevin Harvick, William Byron, and Alex Bowman are also currently below the cut line. The four drivers with the fewest points after The Roval race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday will be eliminated from the playoffs.

Playoff standings after the race at Talladega Superspeedway:
Denny Hamlin – 3,116
Kyle Larson – 3,097
Joey Logano – 3,096
Brad Keselowski – 3,095
Martin Truex Jr – 3,095
Ryan Blaney – 3,090
Chase Elliott – 3,084
Kyle Busch – 3,084
Kevin Harvick – 3,075
Christopher Bell – 3.056
William Byron – 3,040
Alex Bowman – 3,032

‘The Voice’ Begins Blind Auditions Week 3

This week on “The Voice” all of the coaches have used their blocks and will have to fight for the singers they want to fill out their teams. Kelly has seven artists on her team, John has eight artists on his team and Blake and Ariana both have nine artists each on their teams.

Kelly is the first person to push her button for Ryleigh Plank. Ariana joins Kelly in turning her chair. Ryleigh said that she grew up singing Kelly and Ariana’s songs. Ariana said that Ryleigh brought her to tears. John said that he noted there were some issues but he is looking forward to hearing what she can do. Kelly said that Ryleigh has an incredible voice. Ariana and Kelly battle using their gifts. Ryleight chose Ariana as her coach.

Jershika Maple is a security guard by day but is looking to make music her life. She was a backup singer for “The Voice” alum Rose Short on her tour and got a message of good luck before her audition. Near the end of the song, John and Kelly pushed their buttons at the same time. Ariana said that she loves Jershika’s voice. John said that Jershika was ready for this moment and hit the challenging high notes. Kelly loved Jershika’s spirit; adding that she will be an amazing addition to the show. The gifts come out. The Killeen, Texas resident chose Kelly to be her coach.

Manny Keith grew up in a musical house but didn’t start singing until he was 14. He joined a dance team before turning to singing. Blake pushed his button for Manny. John said that Manny has a lovely and inviting voice. Manny told Ariana that he is a big fan. Ariana said that there were moments that reminded her of JC Chasez’s voice. Blake said that Manny is an incredible singer and an entertainer.

Austin Percario is a former boy band member whose band had limited success. Austin failed to turn any chairs. Saying that she loved his voice, Ariana said that she could hear the nerves. John noted that it might have been better by changing the key. Kelly loved the tone of Austin’s voice.

KJ Jennings loves to wake surf to classic rock. KJ followed her mother into the theatre when she was six years old. It only took a few measures for John and Blake to push their buttons. Blake said that KJ has a really cool voice. Ariana loved KJ’s voice. John said that she is an adventurous singer; adding that he loves what she is doing. Saying that she is honoured that both of them turned for her, KJ chose John to be her coach.

In some video clips Sabrina Diaz sang in Portuguese and got John to turn his chair

Xavier Cornell got Kelly to turn her chair.

Libianca was born in the U.S. but was raised in Camaroon, West Africa where she was immersed in the music. She returned to the U.S. when she was 13. Ariana was quick to turn her chair. Blake followed shortly thereafter. Kelly called the performance beautiful; adding that she didn’t know why she didn’t turn. John noted that the song choice didn’t give them a chance to really hear Libianca’s voice. Ariana said that she was obsessed with Libianca. Blake noted that Libianca has so much control in her voice. Libiance chose Blake to be her coach.

Jared Brasher has played baseball since he was four years old but after being released from the Washington Nationals minor leagues, he turned to music and has never performed before a live audience. The Blind Audition will be his first ever gig. Jared failed to turn any chairs. Blake said that the performance felt like he never got comfortable. The coaches were shocked that this was Jared’s first performance.

A big fan of the show, Sophia Bromberg says that it is sureal that she is on the show. John, Kelly, and Ariana all pushed their buttons together. Ariana called the performance interesting and well controlled. John called the performance riveting. Kelly said that Sophia paints with her vocal chords. Blake said that he didn’t turn his chair to protect a folk singer on his team. Sophia chose Ariana to be her coach.

Singing “Mack the Knife”, Wyatt Michael impressed Kelly and Ariana and got them to turn their chairs. The audience was clapping along and cheered at the end. Wyatt used to play in a rock band with his brother but an introduction to Frank Sinatra by his mother showed him the way to go. While he loved the music, Blake thought there was something more that Wyatt needed; adding that one of the girls would bring it out. Ariana said that Wyatt took her back to the Frank Sinatra era. Kelly said that she loved Wyatt’s voice; adding that no one sounds like him. Wyatt chose Kelly to be his coach.

Alexandra Stojack says that singing and performing makes her happy. While the audience was clapping along, she failed to get any of the coaches to turn their chairs. Kelly said that she has a cool voice but there were some pitchy moments. Ariana noted that nerves got in the way. John encouraged Alexandra to come back.

In the final audition of the night, BritanyBree grew up singing in the church and has sung predominantly gospel music…until now. John and Ariana pushed their chairs together. Kelly joined them. John and Ariana were out of their chairs dancing. Blake made it the only four chair turn of the night on the last note of the song. Ariana called Britany unbelievable. John said that he thinks Britany could go so far. Kelly called Britany such a storyteller; adding that if Britany isn’t in the finale then something is wrong. Britany chose John to be her coach.

Team Kelly:
Girl Named Tom
Kinsey Rose
Carolina Alonso
Gymani
Jeremy Rosado
Holly Forbes
The Cunningham Sisters
Jershika Maple
Xavier Cornell
Wyatt Michael

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

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

Team Legend:
Jonathan Mouton
Jack Rogan
Samuel Harness
Joshua Vicanti
Paris Winningham
Keilah Grace
Samara Brown
Janora Brown
KJ Jennings
Sabrina Diaz
BritanyBree

It’s Britney Night on DWTS

Season 30 of “Dancing with the Stars” has barely begun, but the show has already seen some controversy including its first cases of the Covid-19 virus.

Long time fans of the show have expressed their displeasure with Olivia Jade being a part of the show since she was involved in a college tuition scandal.

Last week it was revealed that professional dancer Cheryl Burke had contracted the Covid virus and has been placed in quarantine. During the week, Burke’s partner Cody Brigsby has also announced that he has tested positive for the virus. Cody and Cheryl have not been eliminated from the competition, but will be performing remotely.

This week the couples will be dancing to the music of Britney Spears.

While he tested negative, Derek Hough is not at the judges table tonight due to exposure to someone with the virus.

Amanda and Alan get the night of dancing started off with a Cha Cha. Len said that Amanda coped very well with her Latin dance; adding that he wasn’t excited. Bruno said that Amanda oozes star quality; adding that she should put more into her hips. Carrie Ann called Amanda stunning; adding that the dance was clean and sharp. Amanda and Alan scored 24 points for their dance.

Iman and Daniella perform a Tango. Bruno called it a nice solid piece of Tango; adding that Iman needs to work on making the dance smoother. Carrie Ann said that she didn’t expect what she saw. Len said that he could see Iman was trying to work on his feet; adding that Iman always gives it his all. Iman and Daniella scored 19 points for their dance.

After beingsaved last week, Christine and Pasha dance a Paso Doble. Carrie Ann said that she was go glad they saved them. Len said that they danced a clean Paso. Bruno noted that Christine really went for it. Christine and Pasha scored 21 points for their dance.

JoJo and Jenna perform an Argentine Tango. Len called it an extremely well crafted routine; adding that JoJo is always on point. Bruno said that JoJo always knows how to hit it; adding that there was too much staccato. Carrie Ann said that there is something very powerful about JoJo’s dances. JoJo and Jenna scored 24 points for their dance.

Kenya and Brandon Tango. Bruno said that Kenya is back on track; adding that she glided across the floor. Carrie Ann called the performance beautiful; adding that she was refined and elegant. Len noted that the hold was a bit loose; but added they captured the flavour of the dance. Kenya and Brandon scored 21 points for their dance.

Real life couple Brian and Sharna Tango. Carrie Ann said that Brian has finally arrived in the Ballroom; adding that it was amazing. Len said that the frame was overall good but the footwork was poor. Bruno agreed that the footwork needs some work. Briand and Sharna scored 19 points for their dance.

Melora and Artem dance a Cha Cha. Melora says that she is an actor not a dancer. Len said that it was the Artem he knows and loves; adding that it was a great performance. Bruno said that it was like a veil had been lifted form Melora. Carrie Ann said that Melora made it look light and easy. Melora and Artem scored 23 points for their dance.

Melanie C and Gleb Tango to “Toxic”. Bruno said that Melanie was flying high. Carrie Ann noted that the dance was filled with content; adding that she needs to breathe. Len said that it took a while to get cracking and was really good at the end. Len called Melanie a terrifc dancer. Melanie and Gleb scored 22 points for their dance.

Jimme and Emma danced a Salsa. Jimmie face timed his family during rehearsals this week. Carrie Ann noted that real men do cry; it shows their sensative. She had an issue with his fists. Len liked the easy action but felt the steps were too big. Bruno said that when Jimmie let loose, everything flowed. Jimmie’s wife is pregnant and due anytime. Jimmie and Emma scored 20 points for their dance.

Olivia and Val danced a Tango. Val gave Olivia a cake for her birthday during rehearsals. Len called it a proper Tango; adding that it is what he wants to see. Bruno said that they were on it; adding that Olivia has become a beautiful dancer. Carrie Ann noted that it was the best dance of the night; adding Olivia is blossoming. Olivia and Val scored 24 points for their dance.

With positive Covid tests, Cody and Cheryl perform a Jazz routine from their own homes in a live remote performance. Bruno admired the commitment; adding that he wished they were here. Carrie Ann noted that they had to judge according to what they saw; adding that it wasn’t as great as it could be. Noting that he wasn’t sure how it would work, Len thought that under the circumstances they did a great job. Cody and Cheryl scored 18 points for the lowest score of the night so far.

The DWTS pros are heading out on tour later this year.

Suni Lee and Sasha dance a Foxtrot. Carrie Ann noted that Suni is definitely pushing her boundaries. Len said that they didn’t capture the Foxtrot; adding that it was too steamy. Bruno liked that they played with the character. Suni and Sasha scored 21 points for their dance.

Matt and Lindsay danced a Tango that Matt dedicated to his Mom. Len congratulated them that it was a full on routine. Bruno said that they did a very good job; adding that the dance had lots of content. Carrie Ann agreed with her fellow judges. Bruno falls out of his chair. Matt and Lindsay scored 20 points for their dance.

Closing out the night of dancing are The Miz and Witney Salsa to the smash hit “Oops, I Did it ” that was filled with lots of tricks. Bruno told Mike whatever is is, keep going. Carrie Ann wanted to see a more relaxed Mike. Len noted that Mike has no dance experience and did a fantastic job. Mike and Witney scored 22 points for their dance.

Brittney Night scores:
Cody and Cheryl – 18
Iman and Daniella – 19
Brian and Sharna – 19
Jimmie and Emma – 20
Matt and Lindsay – 20
Christine and Pasha – 21
Kenya and Brandon – 21
Suni and Sasha – 21
Melanie and Gleb – 22
Mike and Witney – 22
Melora and Artem – 23
Amanda and Alan – 24
JoJo and Jenna – 24
Olivia and Val – 24

Next week is a two night special Disney event that includes some special dance moves in the “Mickey Dance Challenge” no matter what style they are given.

In this week’s results…
Olivia and Val
Jimmie and Emma
Melora and Artem
JoJo and Jenna
Iman and Daniella
Melanie C and Gleb
Brian and Sharna
Matt and Lindsay
Suni and Sasha
Amanda and Alan
Cody and Cheryl
The Miz and Witney are all safe and will be dancing next week.

Christine and Pasha and Kenya and Brandon are in the bottom two and in danger of going home.

Carrie Ann chose to save Kenya and Brandon
Bruno chose to save Kenya and Brandon
Len said that he would have chosen to save Christine and Pasha

Christine and Pasha have been eliminated form the competition.

AL Native Wins Rain Shortened ‘Dega Race

The NASCAR Cup Series fills out a weekend of racing at Talladega Superspeedway with the Yellawood 500.

On Saturday afternoon the Camping World Truck Series and the Xfinity Series saw red flags and big crashes. The Cup Series afternoon begins with the track drying machine out on the track after some rain in the area.

In both races on Saturday the race winners earned their first career wins…and were non-playoff drivers. Can a non-playoff or winless driver make it a Talladega sweep?

Justin Haley, Justin Allgaier, and Landon Cassill are all doing double duty after running in the Xfinity Series race on Saturday.

After his race win at Las Vegas last week, Denny Hamlin sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with “candy man” Kyle Busch starting alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Yellawood 500:
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Larson
Martin Truex Jr
Brad Keselowski
Joey Logano
Kevin Harvick
William Byron
Alex Bowman
Christopher Bell
Tyler Reddick
Kurt Busch
Matt DiBenedetto
Austin Dillon
Chase Briscoe
Daniel Suarez
Bubba Wallace
Aric Almirola
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Michael McDowell
Ross Chastain
Chris Buescher
Ryan Newman
Erik Jones
Ryan Preece
Cole Custer
Corey LaJoie
Anthony Alfredo
Cody Ware
BJ McLeod
Justin Allgaier
Josh Bilicki
Quin Houff
Joey Gase
Garrett Smithley
Justin Haley
James Davison
Landon Cassill

Quin Houff and Joey Gase were moved to the back of the field due to inspection issues; James Davison’s car has been moved to the back of the field due to a driver change.

Stages one and two of the race are 60 laps each with stage three lasting 68 laps for a total of 188 laps around the 2.66 mile track.

Originally scheduled to start at 2:03pm EDT, NASCAR had the teams bringing the cars out of the garage at 3:06pm in preparation for the start of the race. NASCAR is hoping for a race start in around 30 minutes.

At 3:28pm the drivers have been called to their cars but there is more inclement weather in the vacinity.

And at 3:37pm the command to start engines was finally given.

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

Just as the drivers were making their pace laps and setting the tac speeds on pit road, the rains have returned.

NASCAR brings the drivers down pit road in order to begin track drying once again.

At 3:56pm NASCAR has called race. It has been rescheduled for 1pm EDT on Monday, October 4.


Nearly 24 hours later the drivers are on the track at Talladega Superspeedway and are ready to race.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane with Kyle Busch on the inside. After going side by side, Kyle Busch gets out in front for the lead. Drivers quickly get three wide across the track.

The last two times that the race at Talladega was moved to a Monday, Ryan Blaney was the race winner.

Lap two, Joey Logano takes the lead from the outside lane.

Joey Logano leads the race with Kyle Busch in second; Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap three, drivers are three wide with Kyle Busch leading the race.

Lap four, Kyle Busch is in the lead with Chase Elliott right behind him; Kyle Larson ,Kevin Harvick, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap five, leaders are single file with Kyle Busch leading the race.

Lap six, Denny Hamlin is falling back in the field in hopes of avoiding “the big one”.

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

Lap seven, Kevin Harvick comes from the outside to take the lead with a pusch from Joey Logano.

Lap eight, Kevin Harvick leads the race with Joey Logano in second; Matt DiBenedetto, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap eleven, Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race from the outside lane but Matt DiBenedetto drops to the inside lane and takes the lead with Aric Almirola in second; William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch round ou the top five.

Lap 13, Matt DiBenedetto is in the lead but Kevin Harvick comes from the outside to battle DiBenedetto.

Lap 14 Matt DiBenedetto leads the race with Martin Truex Jr in second.

Drivers are three wide through the field.

Lap 15, in a three wide battle, Martin Truex Jr comes from the outside to take the lead.

Lap 16 Bubba Wallace take the lead briefly before Martin Truex Jr retaks the lead with a push from Kyle Larson.

Lap 16, Kyle Larson is the new leader on the inside lane.

Lap 17, Kyle Larson leads the race with Bubba Wallace in second; Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

William Byron has dropped through the field with temperatures issues. He is looking for some clean air to cool off the car.

Lap 22, Cole Custer leads the race with Kevin Harvick in second; Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 23, James Davison is the only car not on the lead lap.

Leaders are single file with the field three wide back in the field.

Lap 24, Cole Custer has the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Several of the drivers have begun dropping back in the field.

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

Drivers come down pit road for service. With a fuel load of around 43 to 45 laps, the drivers will have to make at least one pit stop in every stage. Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road after taking only two tires. Denny Hamlin missed his pit stall and had to back up before having his car serviced.

Chase Elliott and Cody Ware nearly made contact on pit road; Elliott avoided any incident by moving into a pit stop.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lpa 30 and takes the lead.

Martin Truex Jr takes the lead from the outside lane after a push from Kurt Busch. Busch then drops to the inside lane to battle for the lead.

Brad Keselowski give Martin Truex Jr a push to put him in the lead.

Lap 31, Kurt Busch takes the lead from the inside lane with Kevin Harvick in second; Martin Truex Jr, Colse Custer, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Drivers are three wide through the field.

After having a slow pit stop, Denny Hamlin is just outside the top 10 in eleventh.

Lap 33, Kurt Busch leads the race with Kevin Harvick in second; Cole Custer, Ryan Blaney, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 34, leaders jump to the top lane but Kevin Harvick drops back down to the inside lane to take the lead; Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

During the pit stop, Denny Hamlin’s crew chief asked if he wanted to race. Hamlin said yes and is now charging through the field. He is currently in seventh place.

Lap 36, Kevin Harvick leads the race with Ryan Blaney in second; Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Lap 40, Brad Keselowski is the new leader with Denny Hamlin in second.

Lap 41, Denny Hamlin takes the lead Brad Keselowski comes up to retake the lead.

Lap 42, Denny Hamlin leads the race with Brad Keselowski in second, Austin Dillon, Tyler Reddick, and Chris Buescher round out the top five.

Lap 43, Brad Keselowski takes the lead form the outside lane. Denny Hamlinand Brad Keselowski are side by side and swapping the lead before Keselowski takes the lead with Chris Buescher in second; Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hanlin round out the top five.

Lap 46 Brad Keselowski leads the race with a push from Chris Buescher; Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick ,and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Thirty eight of the 40 cars on the track are on the lead lap.

Lap 47, Brad Keselowski has to top lane working with much of the field single file; with Chris Buescher Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, and Ryan Blaney rounding out the top five.

Lap 51, with most of the field single file, Brad Keselowski leads the race with Chris Buescher in second; Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick nad Ryan Blaney rounding out the top five.

Nine laps remain in stage one, the drivers are forming two and three lanes in a battle for position…and stage points.

Lap 53, Brad Keselowski drops to the inside lane to hold on to the lead with Chris Buescher on his bumper pushing him along.

Chris Buescher drops to the inside lane and takes the lead with a push from Joey Logano; Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 55, Chris Buescher leads the race with Brad Keselowski on his bumper; Tyler reddick, Joey Logano, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Justin Allgaier spins out and brings out the caution flag. Kyle Larson was also involved. Larson reports that his steering wheel is off. Allgaier hits Larson’s car in the front left tire after a push from William Byron. Ryan Preece and Chase Briscoe were also involved and have damage to their cars.

Stage one ends under caution with Chris Buescher winning the stage.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chris Buescher
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott
Ross Chastain
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman

Kyle Larson is on pit road and on the crash clock trying to get the car repaired.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Kevin Harvick winning the race off of pit road. Ryan Blaney is reporting a bad brake shake.

Kevin Harvick had to make a second trip down pit road with a flat tire.

Kyle Larson’s crew has done all the repairs they can and the crash clock has run out. Larson’s only hope to remain in the race is to make at least minimum speed in the race.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two and edges out Denny Hamlin to take the lead with a push from Brad Keselowski on lap 65.

Joey Logano leads the race but Tyler Reddick comes from the outside to challenge for the lead.

Lap 66 the top five are Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Tyler Reddick, and Ross Chastain.

Lap 67, Kyle Larson brings out the caution flag when he gets into the wall with a flat tire. He had achieved minimum speed when the tire blew. He is again on the crash clock.

When the race began, Kyle Larson was in second place in the standings 59 points ahead of the cut line; he is now 16 points ahead in fifth place.

Kyle Larson is back on pit road getting his car repaired.

Several drivers come down it road and top off their fuel.

Kyle Larson is back on the track, four laps down, after the crew has made more repairs to his damaged car.

One to go, the field comes down pit road to top off the fuel.

It is raining in turns one and two; NASCAR brings the cars down pit road and sends out the jet dryers to dry the track.

The race is under a red flag condition. The race becomes “official” when it reaches halfway or at the end of stage two.

Drivers make another stop down pit road to top off their fuel. Drivers are now in their pit window to make it to the end of the stage.

Justin Haley brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 78 with Corey LaJoie alongside.

Justin Haley edges out for the lead after going side by side with JaLoie.

Lap 78, Justin Haley leads ther race with Joey Logano in second; Brad Keselowski, Tyler Reddick, and Chris Buescher round out the top five.

Chris Buescher takes the lead from the outside lane and then jumps down to the inside lane leaving Christopher Bell leading the outside lane to take the lead.

Lap 80, Christopher Bell has the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Denny Hamlin, Alex Bowman, and Ryan Preece round out the top five.

When he started the race, Christopher Bell was well below the cut line, now the leader he is bac above the cut line.

Lap 82, the drivers have gotten single file through at least half of the field with Christopher Bell leading the way.

Lap 84, Denny Hamlin moves down to the inside lane and takes the lead with Erik Jones in second; Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, and Chris Buescher round out the top five.

Lap 86, no longer in the lead, Christopher Bell has fallen below the cut line once again.

Lap 87, Christopher Bell retakes the lead from the outside lane. He moves down with Kevin Harvick in second and Denny Hamlin in third.

Lap 88, Kevin Harvick takes the lead with Alex Bowman on his bumper; Christopher Bell, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 91, Christopher Bell takes the lead form the inside briefly before Kevin Harvick comes back to battle for the lead.

There are some dark clouds in the area.

Lap 92, Christopher Bell takes the lead with Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin battling for second.

Lap 93, in a three wide battle, Christopher Bell holds on to the lead with Denny Hamlin on his bumper.

Lap 94, halfway, the race is now official should bad weather return.

The top five are Christopher Bell, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Alex Bowman, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Laps down, the leaders put Kyle Larson another lap down.

Drivers are three and four wide across the field.

Alex Bowman passes Christopher Bell for the lead on lap 96.

Christopher Bell retakes the lead from the inside lane.

Lap 97, Alex Bowman and Christopher Bell battle for the lead in a side by side race.

Lap 98, Alex Bowman gets into the wall after a bump from Ricky Stenhouse Jr and causes a wreck involving Tyler Reddick, Ross Chastain, Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Preece, Kyle Busch, Josh Bilicki, Cody Ware, BJ McLeod, Quin Houff, and Corey LaJoie. Alex Bowman has some heavy damage to his car.

Drivers come down pit road for service and repairs.

Lap 101, Ricky Stenhouse Jr is listed as the leader with Christopher Bell in second.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 104 with Christopher Bell alongside. With a big push from Chase Elliott, Ricky Stenhouse Jr takes the lead but Christopher Bell comes form the inside to take the lead.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr retakes the lead with Chase Elliott in second; Brad Keselowski, Christopher Bell, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 106, Christopher Bell gets out in front briefly after a push from Denny Hamlin, but Ricky Stenhouse Jr makes it a battle for the lead as they swap back and forth.

Lap 107, Chase Elliott pushed Ricky Stenhouse Jrto the front as a third lane on the outside led by Bubba Wallace are moving forward.

Lap 108, Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Christopher Bell continue to battle for the lead but Kurt Busch comes from the outside to take the lead.

Lap 109, Christopher Bell surges forward for the lead with a big push from Denny Hamlin but Kurt Busch comes back to take the lead.

Lap 111,Kurt Busch leads the race in a three wide battle.

Lap 112, Kurt Busch holds on to the lead with the field two wide behind him.

Lap 113, Bubba Wallace comes from the outside lane to battle Kurt Busch for the lead.

Brad Keselowski pushed Bubba Wallace to the lead.


Lap 114, Bubba Wallace leads the race with Kurt Busch in second; Christopher Bell, Denny Hamlin, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Crews are reporting rain will come before the end of the stage.

Six laps remain in stage two, Bubba Wallace has the lead with Brad Keselowski in second. Joey Logano comes up to battle from the outside lane.

Ryan Preece gets into the wall and brings out the caution flag on lap 116 after a push from Chris Buescher. William Byron has flames coming out the back of his car. Byron gets out of his car quickly. Matt DiBenedetto was also involved in the wreck.

Stage two will end under caution due to the amount of cleanup needed.

The rains come down and bring out the red flag once again. NASCAR brings the cars down pit road. Should the race be called, Bubba Wallace will earn his first ever race win.

Bubba Wallace wants the rains to continue but doesn’t want to talk about the possibility of being named the winner of the race.

NASCAR has called the race after 118 of 188 laps; Bubba Wallace and 23 XI Racing has won their first career Cup Series race. Wallace becomes the first bi-racial driver to win in the Cup Series. Car owners Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin formed 23 XI Racing just before the beginning of the 2021 racing season.

This has been a historic weekend at Talladega Superspeedway with all three races bringing first time and non playoff drivers.

The unofficial results of the Yellawood 500:
Bubba Wallace
Brad Keselowski
Joey Logano
Kurt Busch
Christopher Bell
Chirs Buescher
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Erik Jones
Anthony Alfredo
Austin Dillon
Martin Truex Jr
Cole Custer
Chase Briscoe
Ryan Blaney
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Michael McDowell
Chase Elliott
Quin Houff
Justin Haley
Ryan Newman
Corey LaJoie
Daneil Suarez
Landon Cassill
Joey Gase
Aric Almirola
Kyle Busch
Cody Ware
Garrett Smithley
BJ McLeod
Josh Bilicki
Ryan Preece
Ross Chastain
James Davison
Matt DiBenedetto
William Byron
Kyle Larson
Alex Bowman
Tyler Reddick
Justin Allgaier

Bob Dylan

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and “Old Folkie” Bob Dylan turned 80 earlier this year. But he has no plans to slow down any time soon.

The Nobel Lauriette has announced a tour to support his latest album “Rough and Rowdy Ways”. While Dylan has planned to tour for the next few years, dates are currently only available through the end of 2021.

Last year was the first time in over 30 years that Dylan was not on the road touring.

Bob Dylan tour dates:
Nov 2 at the Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, WI
Nov 3 at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL
Nov 5 at the Key Bank State Theatre in Cleveland, OH
Nov 6 at the Palace Theatre in Columbus, OH
Nov 7 at the IU Auditorium in Bloomington, IN
Nov 9 at the Proctor & Gamble Hall in Cincinnati, OH
Nov 10 at the Knoxville Auditorium in Knoxville, TN
Nov 12 at the Palace Theatre in Louisville, KY

Nov 13 at the Municipal Auditorium in Charleston, WV
Nov 15 at the UPMC Events Center in Moon Township, PA
Nov 16 at the Hershey Theatre in Hershey, PA
Nov 19-21 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, NY
Nov 23 & 24 at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY
Nov 26 at the Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI
Nov 27 at the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA
Nov 29 & 30 at The Met in Philadelphia, PA
Dec 2 at The Anthem in Washington, D.C.

Morgan Wallen Gets CMA Nom…but NO Invite

Earlier this year Country music singer Morgan Wallen found himself in a spot of bother when a video popped up of him using a racial slur.

Radio stations stopped playing his music, his record label Big Loud suspended his contract, and the Academy of Country Music pulled his music from eligibility for any of the ACM awards.

Wallen has since apologized and despite telling fans not to defend his actions, saw a marked increase in album sales in the weeks following the incident.

Being seen at or invited to appear at an award show always provides a big boost for any artist.

But this year the Country Music Association has decided that they will NOT invite Morgan Wallen to appear at their annual awards show despite his being nominated for one of the awards. This will be the first time in CMA;s 55 year history that they have chosen not to invite an award nominee.

Wallen received a nomination for his album “Dangerous”; but was deemed ineligible for any nomination in the artist categories by the CMA including Entertainer of the Year. The Album of the Year nomination is Wallen’s first major award nomination.

Testament, Exodus, Death Angel

In many places the world has returned to some modicum of normality including bands and artists rescheduling tours and returning to live performances. However, the journey hasn’t always been a smooth one.

Some artists have returned to the stage only to find that they had to postpone or cancel tour dates due to an outbreak of the Covid virus.

Rockers Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel have decided that they will postpone their Bay Strikes Back tour until next spring all in the name of safety.

Testament guitarist Eric Peterson spoke on the decision saying, “we were really on the fence with this decision. But seeing other bands make it through with a few mild cases and other bigger bands just cancelling their entire tours, we felt it is in our best interest to postpone these shows to ’22.”

While the North American dates have been postponed, the appearance at the Aftershock Festival on October 7 and the Fox Theatre show in Oakland on November 27 will go on.

Guitarist Alex Skonick added, “it gives none of us any pleasure to be the bearers of bad news yet again, but here we are. Although Bay Strikes Back is a top tour package for theaters, the reality is this: It can’t afford to take the risks that top grossing larger venue tours have been taking. The type of disruptions Kiss and other large outdoor venue tours have experienced could cause our shows to be permanently cancelled – a lose/lose for everyone. The fact that a lower budget tour such as ours is limited to indoor venues with tight backstage space only adds to the risk. It should go without saying that calling off these dates was a ‘last resort’ decision, and everyone involved would much rather this weren’t the case. However, this is the new reality we’re all in. All we can do is hope for everyone’s understanding, which we ask for sincerely.”


Exodus guitarist Gary Holt also spoke on the decision saying, “we are saddened to announce that the Bay Strikes Back tour is being postponed, but the risk of cancelled shows due to positive tests leading to tour personnel being quarantined and isolated is just too great at this time. We want to feel safe, enjoy the tour and be able to hang out with our close friends. The silver lining in this is that Tom Hunting no longer needs chemo and will have more time to work his way back to doing a full tour. He will make his return behind the drums at Aftershock but a full tour requires more preparation, so that is the good part.”

Saying that normally when he makes an announcement about something, it’s something he is very excited about, Death Angel vocalist Mark Osegueda added his thoughts on the postponed dates saying, “I’m gutted… It pains me to announce that The Bay Strikes Back U.S. Tour is being postpone. No one was looking forward to this more than me. But, on the brighter side of things, the tour is in fact going to happen – just at a later time. And I can assure you that the already ravenous to play live members of Death Angel promise to provide a crushing set during a crushing tour. The Bay WILL Strike Back!”

Bay Strikes Back new tour dates…including some new additions:
April 9 at the Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo
April 10 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA
April 12 at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA
April 13 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV
April 15 at the Rialto Theatre in Tucson, AZ
April 16 at the Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, NM
April 19 at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City, OK
April 20 at the White Oak Music Hall in Houston, TX
April 21 at Emo’s in Austin, TX
April 22 at the Amplified Live in Dallas, TX
April 23 at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA
April 26 at The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA
April 27 at the Ritz in Raleigh, NC
April 30 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ
May 1 at the Soundstage in Baltimore, MD
May 2 at the House of Blues in Boston, MA
May 3 at the Theater of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA
May 5 at The Paramount in Huntington, NY
May 6 at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY
May 7 at the Madison Theater in Cincinnati, OH
May 9 at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA
May 10 at The Agora in Cleveland, OH
May 11 at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH
May 12 at The Majestic Theatre in Detroit, MI
May 14 & 15 at The Forge in Joilet, IL
May 17 at the Skyway Theatre in Minneapolis, MN
May 19 at the Summitt in Denver, CO
May 20 at The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT

2021 Latin Grammy Nominees

The 2021 Latin Grammy Award nominations have been announced with Colombian artist Camilo leading the way with 10 nominations.  Juan Luis Guerra, C. Tangana, and Bad Bunny have all garnered multiple nominations.


Dominican performer has racked up a total of 20 Latin Grammy Awards and with his six nominations this year, he has a total of 40 dating all the way back to the debut of the awards ceremony in 2000.


Six of the eleven New Artist nominees are women this year.

This year’s list of nominees was selected from a record setting number of over 20,000 entries.

The 2021 Latin Grammy Awards will be presented on November 18 in a live television broadcast on Univision and TNT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.


And the nominees are:

Record of the Year:
“Si Hubieras Querido” by  Pablo Alborán
“Todo De Ti” by Rauw Alejandro
“Un Amor Eterno” (ballad version) by Marc Anthony

“A Tu Lado” by Paula Arenas
“Bohemio” by Andrés Calamaro and Julio Iglesias
“Vida De Rico” by Camilo
“Sueltame, Bogota” by Diamante Electrico
“Amen” by Ricardo Montaner, Mau y Ricky, Camilo, and Evaluna Montaner
“Dios Asi Lo Quiso” by Ricardo Montaner and Jua Luis Guerra
“Te Olvidaste” by C. Tangana and Omar Apollo
“Talvez” by Caetano Veloso and Tom Veloso

Album of the Year:
“Vertigo” by Pablo Alboran
“Mis Amores” by Paula Arenas
“El Ultimo Tour Del Mundo” by Bad Bunny
“Salswing!” by Ruben Blades y Roberto Delgado nand Orquesta
“Mis Manos” by Camilo
“Nana, Tom, Vinicius” by Nana Caymmi
“Prive” by Juan Luis Guerra
“Origen” by Juanes
“Un Canto por Mexico, Vol. II” by Natalie Lafourcade
“El Madrileno” by C. Tangana

Song of the Year: ( a songwriter’s award)
“A Tu Lado” written by Paula Arenas and Maria Elisa Ayerbe
“A Veces” written by Diamante Eléctrico
“Agua” written by J Balvin, Alejandro Borrero, Jhay Cortez, Kevyn Mauricio Cruz Moreno, Derek Drymon, Mark Harrison, Stephen Hillenburg, Alejandro Ramirez, Ivanni Rodríguez, Blaise Smith, and Tainy & Juan Camilo Vargas
“Cancion Bonita” written by Rafa Arcaute, Ricky Martin, Mauricio Rengifo, Andrés Torres, and Carlos Vives
“Dios Asi Lo Quiso” written by Camilo, David Julca, Jonathan Julca, Yasmil Jesús Marrufo, and Ricardo Montaner
“Hawai” written by Édgar Barrera, René Cano, Kevyn Cruz, Johan Espinosa, Kevin Jiménez, Miky La Sensa, Bryan Lezcano, Maluma, Andrés Uribe, and Juan Camilo Vargas
“Mi Guitarra” written by Javier Limon
“Patria y Vida” written by Descemer Bueno, El Funky, Gente De Zona, Yadam González, Beatriz Luengo, Maykel Osorbo, and Yotuel
“Que Se Sepa Nuestro Amor” written by El David Aguilar and Mon Laferte
“Si Hubieras Querido” written by Pablo Alborán, Nicolás “Na’vi” De La Espriella, Diana Fuentes, and Julio Reyes Copello
“Todo De Ti” written by Rauw Alejandro, José M. Collazo, Luis J. González, Rafael E. Pabón Navedo, and Eric Pérez Rovira
“Vida De Rico” written by Edgar Barrera and Camilo

Best New Artist:
Guilia Be
Maria Becerra
Bizarrap
Boza
Zoe Gotusso
Humbe
Rita Indiana
Lasso
Paloma Mami
Marco Mares
Juliana Velasquez

Best Pop Vocal Album:
“Dios Los Cria” by Andres Calamaro
“Mis Manos” by Camilo
“Munay” by Pedro Capo
“K.O.” by Danna Paola
“De Mexico” by Reik

Best Tradiditional Pop Vocal Album:
“Vertigo” by Pablo Alboran
“Mis Amores” by Paula Arenas
“Prive” by Juan Luis Guerra
“Doce Margaritas” by Nella
“Atlantico A Pie” by Diego Torres

Best Pop Song: (a songwriter’s award)
“Adios” written by David Julca, Jonathan Julca, Pablo López, and Sebastián Yatra
“Ahi” written by Javier Limon
“Cancion Bonita” written by Rafa Arcaute, Ricky Martin, Mauricio Rengifo, Andrés Torres, and Carlos Vives
“La Mujer” written by Mon Laferte
“Vida De Rico” written by Edgar Barrera and Camilo

Best Urban Fusion Song or Performance:
“El Amor Es Una Moda” by Alcover, Juan Magan, and Don Omar
“Tattoo” Remix by Rauw Alejandro and Camilo
“Nathy Peluso: BZRP Music Sessions, Vol. 36” by Bizarrp and Nathy Peluso
“Diplomatico” by Major Lazer with Guaynaa
“Hawai” Remix by Maluma and The Weeknd

Best Reggaeton Performance:
“Tu Veneno” by J Balvin
“La Toxica” by Farruko
“Bichota” by Karol G
“Caramelo” by Ozuna
“La Curiosidad” by Jay Wheeler, DJ Nelson, and Myke Towers

Best Urban Music Album:
“Goldo Funky” by Akapellah
“El Ultimo Tour Del Mundo” by Bad Bunny
“Monarca” by Eladio Carrion
“Enoc” by Ozuna
“Lyke Mike” by Myke Towers

Best Rap or Hip-Hop Song: (a songwriter’s award)
“Booker T” written by Bad Bunny and Marco Daniel Borrero
“Condenados” written by Akapellah and Pedro Querales
“La Vendedora De Placer” written by Lito MC Cassidy
“Sana Sana” written by Rafa Arcaute, Gino Borri, Illmind, Ángel López, Nathy Peluso, and Federico Vindver
“Snow Tha Product: BZRP Music Sessions, Vol. 39” written by Bizarrap and Snow Tha Product

Best Urban Song: (a songwriter’s award)
“A Fuego” written by Farina, Joshua Javier Méndez, Sech, Jonathan Emmanuel Tobar, and Jorge Valdés Vásquez
“Agua” written by J Balvin, Alejandro Borrero, Jhay Cortez, Kevyn Mauricio Cruz Moreno, Derek Drymon, Mark Harrison, Stephen Hillenburg, Alejandro Ramírez, Ivanni Rodríguez, Blaise Smith, Tainy, and Juan Camilo Vargas
“Dakiti” written by Bad Bunny, Jhay Cortez, Nydia Laner, Gabriel Mora, Egbert Rosa, and Tainy
“La Curiosidad” written by Myke Towers and Jay Wheeler
“Patria y Vida” written by Descemer Bueno, El Funky, Gente De Zona, Yadam González, Beatriz Luengo, Maykel Osorbo & Yotuel

Best Rock Album:
“Curso De Levitacion Intensivo” by Bunbury
“Control” by Caramelos De Cianuro
“Los Mesoneros Live Desde Pangea” by Los Mesoneros
“Luz” by No Te Va Gustar
“El Pozo Brillante” by Vicentico

Best Rock Song: a songwriter’s award
“Ahora” written by Vicentico
“Distintos” written by Andres Gimenez and Andreas Kisser
“El Sur” written by Sant Balmes and Julian Saldarriaga
“Hice Todo MaL” written by Anabella Cartolano
“Venganza” written by Emiliano Brancciari and Nicki Nicole

Best Pop Rock Album:
“Mira Lo Que Me Hiciste Hacer” by Diamante Electrico
“Mis Grandes Exitos” by Adan Jadorowsky and The French Kiss
“Origen” by Juanes
“V.E.H.N.” by Love of Lesbian
“El Reflejo” by Rayos Laser

Best Pop Rock Song: a songwriter’s award
“A Veces” written by Diamante Electrico
“Cosmos (Antisistema Solar)” written by Santi Balmes and Julian Saldarriaga
“El Duelo” written by Sergio Eduardo Acosta and León Larregui
“Ganas” written by Zoe Gotusso, Nicolás Landa, and Diego Mema
“Hong Kong” written by Alizzz, Andrés Calamaro, Jorge Drexler, Víctor Martínez, and C. Tangana

Best Alternative Music Album:
“Nick I” by Arca
“Topiplop” by Aterciopelados
“Cabra” by Cabra
“Un Segundo MTV Unplugged” by Cafe Tacvba
“Calambre” by Nathy Peluso

Best Alternative Song: a songwriter’s award
“Agarrate” written by Rafa Arcaute, Pedro Campos, and Nathy Peluso
“Antidiva” written by Andrea Echeverri
“Confia” written by Gepe
“Nominao” written by Alizzz, Jorge Drexler, and C. Tangana
“Te Olvidaste” written by Omar Apollo, Rafa Arcaute, C. Tangana, and Federico Vindver

Best Salsa Album:
“Salsa Plus!” by Rubén Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquesta
“En Cuarentena” by El Grna Combo De Puerto Rico
“El Dia Es Hoy” by Willy Garcia
“Colegas” by Gilberto Santa Rosa
“en Barranquilla Me Quedo, El Disco Homenaje a Joe Arroyo” by Various Artists

Best Cumbia/Vallenato Album:
“Las Locuras Mias” by Silvestre Dangond
“Pa’ Que Se Esmigajen Los Parlentes” by Diego Dazo and Carlos Rueda
“De Buenos Aires Para El Mundo” by Los Angeles Azules
“Esencia” by Felipe Pelaez
“Noche De Serenata” by Osmar Perez and Geno Gamez

Best Cumbia/Vallenato Album:
“Bachata Queen” by Alexandra
“Love Dance Merengue” by Manny Cruz
“El Papa De La Bachata, Su Legado” (anonado I, II, III, IV) by Luis Segura
“Es Merengue ¿Algun Problema?” by Sergio Vargas
“Insensatez” by Fernando Villalona

Best Traditional Tropical Album:
“Gente Con Alma” by Jose Aguirre Cali Big Band
“Chabuco En La Habana” by Chabuco
“Cha Cha Cha: Homenaje A Lo Tradicional” by Alain Pérez, Issac Delgado y Orquesta Aragón
“Solos” by Jon Secada and Gonzalo Rubalcaba
“Alma Cubana” by Leoni Torres

Best Contemporary Tropical Album:
“Legendarios” by Billos
“Rio Abajo” by Diana Burco
“Brazil305” by Gloria Estefan
“Acertijos” by Pedrito Martinez
“La Musica Del Carnaval – XX Aniversario” by Juventino Ojito y Su Son Mocaná

Best Tropical Song: (a songwriter’s award)
“Bolero a La Vida” written by Santiago Larramendi and Gaby Moreno
“Dios Asi Lo Quiso” written by Camilo, David Julca, Jonathan Julca, Yasmil Marrufo, and Ricardo Montaner
“Mas Feliz Que Ayer” written by Alfredo Nodarse
“Pambiche De Novia” written by Juan Luis Guerra
“Un Sueno Increible (Homenaje a Jairo Varela)” written by Jorge Luis Piloto

Best Singer-Songwriter Album:
“Alemorologia” by AleMor
“Mendo” by Alex Cuba
“Seis” by Mon Laferte
“Manana Te Escribo Otra Cancion” by Covi Quintana
“El Arbol y El Bosque” by Rozalen

Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album:
“Cuando Te Enamores” by El Bebeto
“A Mis 80’s” by Vicente Fernández
“#Charramillennial – Lady” by Nora Gonzalez
“Ayayay!”  (Super Deluxe) by Christian Nodal
“Soy Mexico” by Pike Romero

Best Banda Album:
“Concierto Mundial Digital Live” by Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizarraga
“Vivir La Vida” by Band Los Recoditos
“Sin Miedo Al Exito” by Banda Los Sebastianes
“Llegando Al Rancho” by Joss Favela
“Nos Diviertimos Logrando Lo Impossible” by Grupo Firme

Best Tejano Album:
“Pa’ La Pista y Pa’l Pisto, Vol. 2” by El Plan
“Back on Track” by Ram Herrera
“Historico” by La Fiebre
“Incomparable” by Solido
“Un Beso Es Suficiente” by Vilax

Best Norteño Album:
“Vamos Bien” by Calibre 50
“De Vieja Escuela” by Gera Demara
“Diez” by La Energía Norteña
“Al Estilo Rancheron” by Los Dos Carnales
“Recordando a Una Leyenda” by Los Plebes Del Rancho De Ariel Camacho,  y Christian Nodal
“Volando Alto” by Palomo

Best Regional Song: (a songwriter’s award)
“Aqui Abajo” written by Edgar Barrera, René Humberto Lau Ibarra, and Christian Nodal
“Cicatrices” written by Pep Portilla
“40 y 21” written by Erika Vidrio
“Que Se Sepa Nuestro Amor” written by El David Aguilar and Mon Laferte
“Tuyo y Mio” written by Édgar Barrera, Camilo, and Alfonso De Jesús Quezada Mancha

Best Instrumental Album:
“Entretiempo y Tiempo” by Omar Acosta y Serigo Menem
“Cristovao Bastos E Rogerio Caetano” by Cristovão Bastos e Rogério Caetano
“Canto Da Praya – Ao Vivo” by Hamilton De Holanda e Mestrinho
“Le Petit Garage” Live by Ara Malikian
“Toquinho E Yamandu Costa – Bachianinha – (Live at the Rio Montreux Jazz Festival)” by Toquinho e Yamandu Costa

Best Folk Album:
“Amor Pasado” by Leonel Garcia
“Jemas” by Tato Marenco
“Ancestras” by Petrona Martinez
“Renacer” by Nahuel Pennisi
“Vocal” by Alejandro Zavala

Best Tango Album:
“Tango of the Americas” by the Pan American Symphony Orchestra
“348” by Federico Pereiro
“100 Anos” by Quinteto Revolucionario
“Tanghetto Plays Piazzolla” by Tahghetto
“Tinto Tango Plays Piazzolla” by Tinto Tango

Best Flamenco Album:
“Alma De Pura Raza” by Paco Candela
“Un Nuevo Universo” by Pepe De Lucia
“Amor” by Israel Fernández and Diego Del Morao
“Herencia” by Rafael Riqueni
“El Rey” by Maria Toledo

Best Latin Jazz/Jazz Album:
“Bruma: Celebrating Milton Nascimento” by Antonio Adolfo
“Ontology” by Roxana Amed
“Family” by Edmar Castaneda
“Voyager” by Ivan Melon Lewis
“EL Arte Del Bolero” by Miguel Zenon and Luis Perdomo

Best Spanish Language Christian Album:
“Hora Dorada” by Anagrace
“Ya Me VI” by Aroddy
“Redencion” by Aline Barros
“Vida Encontre” by Majo y Dan
“Milagro De Amar” by William Peedomo

Best Portuguese Language Christian Album:
“Catarse: Lado B” by Daniela Araújo
“Sarah Farias (Ao Vivo)” by Sarah Farias
“Seguir Teu Coracao” by Anderson Freire
“Sentido” by Leonardo Goncalves
“Elis Soares 10 Anos” by Eli Soares

Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album:
“Cor”  by Anavitoria
“A Bolha” by Vitor Kley
“Duda Beat & Nando Reis” by Nando Reis & Duda Beat
“Sera Que Voce Vai Acreditar?” by Fernanda Takai
“Chegamos Sozinhos Em Casa Vol. 1” by Tuyo

Best Portuguese Language Rock or Alternative Album:
“Album Rosa” by A Cor Do Som
“Emidoina” by Andre Abujamra
“Oxeaxeexu” by BaianaSystem”
“Assim Tocam Meus Tambores” by Marcelo D2
“Forego” by Scalene
“O Bar me Chama” by Velhas Virgens

Best Samba/Pagode Album:
“Rio: So Vendo a Vista” by Martinho Da Vila
“Sempre Se Pode Sonhar” by Paulinho Da Viola
“Nei Lopes, Projeto Coisa Fina E Guga Stroeter, No Pagoda Black Tie” by Nei Lopes
“Samba De Verao” by Diogo Nogueira
“Onze (Musicas Ineditas De Adoniran Barbosa)” by Varios Artistas

Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album:
“Cancoes D’Alem Mar” by Zeca Baleiro
“H.O.J.E” by Delia Fischer
“Tempo De Viver” by Thiago Holanda
“Bom Mesmo E Estar Debaixo D’Agua” by Luedji Luna
“Do Meu Coracao Nu” by Za Manoel

Best Sertaneja Music Album:
“Tempo De Romance” by Chitãozinho e Xororó
“Daniel Em Casa” by Daneil
“Patroas” by Marília Mendonça, Maiara & Maraísa
“Conquistas” by Os Barões da Pisadinha
“Pra Ouvir No Fone” by Michel Telo

Best Portuguese Language Roots Album:
“Sambadeiras” by Luiz Caldas
“Do Coracao” by Sara Correia
“Orin a Lingua Dos Anjos” by Orquestra Afrosinfônica
“Eu E voces” by Elba Ramalho
“Arraia Da Veveta” by Evete Sangalo

Best Portuguese Language Song: (a songwriter’s award)
“A Cidade” written by Jõão Pedro de Araújo Silva, Pedro Fonseca da Costa Silva, Marcos Mesmo, Francisco Ribeiro Eller, Luiz Ungarelli & Lucas Videla
“Amores E Flores” written by Diogo Melim and Rodrigo Melim
“Espera A Premavera” written by Anado Reis
“Lagrimas De Alegria” written by Tales De Poli and Deko
“Lisboa” written by Ana Caetano and Paulo Novaes
“Mulheres Nao Tem Que Chorar” written by Tiê Castro, Emicida, and  Guga Fernandes

Best Latin Children’s Album:
“Otra Vuelta Al Sol” by Cantoalegre
“Danilo & Chapis, Vol. 1” by Danilo & Chapis
“Canciones De Cuna” by Mi Casa Es Tu Casa
“Nanas Consentidoras” by Victoria Sur
“Tu Rockcito Filarmonico” by Tu Rockcito y Orquesta Filarmónica De Medellín

Best Classical Album:
“Beethoven: Revolution, Symphonies 1 A 5” by Jordi Savall & Le Concert des Nations
“Claudio Santoro: A Obra Intergral Para Violoncelo E Piano” by Ney Fialkow & Hugo Pilge
“Latin American Classics” by Kristhyan Benitez
“Music from Cuba and Spain, Sierra: Sonata Para Guitarra” by Manuel Barrueco
“Tres Historias Concertantes” by Héctor Infanzón

Best Classical Contemporary Composition: (a composer’s award)
“Concierto Para Violin y Orquesta-Remembranzas” composed by Héctor Infanzón
“Cuatro” composed by Orlando Jacinto García
“Desde La Tierra Que Habito” compsed by Eddie Mora
“Falling Out of Time” composed by Osvaldo Golijov
“Music from Cuba and Spain, Sierra: Sonata Para Guitarra” composed by Roberto Sierra

Best Arrangement:
“Blue in Green (Sky and Sea)” arranged by Kendall Moore
“Tierra Mestiza” arranged by Cesar Orozco
“Adios Nonino” arranged by Jore Calandrelli
“Um Beijo” arranged by Vince Mendoza
“Ojala Que Llueva Cafe (Version Prive)” arranged by Juan Luis Guerra

Best Recording Package:
“Colegas” by Gilberto Santa Rosa
“Lo Que Me De La Gana” by Dani Martin
“Madrid Nuclear” by Leiva
“Puta” by Zahara
“Tragas O Escupes” by Jarabe De Palo
“BPM” by Salvador Sobral
“Bruma: Celebrationg Milson Nascimento” by Antonio Adolfo
“El Madrileno” by C. Tangana
“Iceberg” by Priscila Tossan
“Un Canto por Mexico, Vol. II” by Natalia Lafourcade

Producer Of The Year:
Alizzz
Edgar Barrera
Bizarrap
Marcos Sanchez
Dan Warner

Best Short Form Music Video:
“Un Amor Eterno” by Marc Anthony
“Reza Forte” by BaianaSystem with Bnegão
“Mi Huella” by Fuel Fandango with Maria Jose Llergo
“Viscderal” by Fran, Carlos Do Complexo, and Bibi Caetano
“De Una Vez” by Selena Gomez

Best Long Form Music Video:
“Un Segundo MTV Unplugged” by Cafe Tacvba
“Mulher” by Carolina Deslandes
“Entre Mar Y Palmeras” by Juan Luis Guerra
“Origen” Documental by Juanes
“Quien Me Tane Escucha Mis Voces” Documental by Gaston Lafourcade

First Time Winner in Shortened ‘Dega Xfinity Race

After a wild overtime finish in the Camping World Truck Series, the Xfinity Series drivers take to the 2.66 mile track of Talladega Superspeedway for the Sparks 300 to cap off a doubleheader day of racing.

Justin Allgaier sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Austin Cindric alongsside on the front row.

Josh Berry will be driving the JR Motorsports number one car again this week while Michael Annett continues to recover from a leg injury.

John Hunter Nemechek, Jason White, and Jordan Anderson are doing the doubleheader today and are running in both races.

NASCAR found that Justin Haley’s number eleven car was found that the roof decals were too thick; as a result, Haley will have to start the race from the back of the field and serve a pass through penalty once the race begins.

The starting lineup for the Sparks 300:
Justin Allgaier
Austin Cindric
Josh Berry
Noah Gragson
AJ Allmendinger
Daniel Hemric
Brandon Jones
Justin Haley
Harrison Burton
Myatt Snider
John Hunter Nemechek
Sam Mayer
Riley Herbst
Jeb Burton
Jeremy Clements
Brett Moffitt
Ryan Sieg
Tommy Joe Martins
Brandon Brown
Bayley Currey

Landon Cassill
Ryan Vargas
Blaine Perkins
Josh Williams
Kyle Weatherman
Jade Buford
Mason Massey
David Starr
Jordan Anderson
Matt Mills
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Alex Labbe
Santino Ferrucci
Jason White
Garrett Smithley
CJ McLaughlin
Casear Bacarella
JJ Yeley
Joey Gase
Joe Graf Jr

Stages one and two of the race are 25 laps each with stage three lasting 63 laps for a total of 113 laps. There is no competition caution scheduled for this race.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane but it is Austin Cindric who gets out in front for the lead.

Justin Allgaier comes up alongside Austin Cindric in a battle for the lead.

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

At Talladega and Daytona drivers cannot lock bumpers and push nor can they go below the yellow line to advance their position.

Lap three Austin Cindric gets out in front for the lead but Josh Berry comes up to challenge.

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

After serving his pass through penalty, Justin Haley returns to the track in last place but stays on the lead lap.

Lap five. Austin Cindric holds on to the lead from the outside lane. Justin Allgaier is in second with Josh Berry in third leading the pack in the inside lane.

Getting a push form AJ Allmendinger, Josh Berry takes the lead on lap six. Austin Cindric comes back on the outside and retakes the lead.

Lap 10. AJ Allmendinger takes the lead on the outside with Brandon Jones leading the pack on the inside lane.

Lap eleven, AJ Allmendinger leads the race with Josh Berry in second; Justin Allgaier, Brandon Jones, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Drivers are three and four wide across the track as they battle for position.

Lap 13, AJ Allmendinger leads the race but Brandon Jones comes from the inside lane to take the lead.

Lap 14, the top five are Brandon Jones, Harrison Burton, Austin Cindric, John Hunter Nemechek, and AJ Allmendinger.

Lap 15, Brandon Jones holds on to the lead with Austin Cindric in second. Harrison Burton takes second with John Hunter Nemechek in third; Daniel Hemric and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Lap 16, all of the drivers are still on the lead lap but Justin Haley is less than a straight away from going a lap down.

Lap 17, Harrison Burton is the new leader.

Lap 18, Harrison Burton leads the race with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Daniel Hemric, Brandon Jones, and Jeb Burton round out the top five.

Lap 21, five laps remain in stage one, John Hunter Nemechek is the leader with Harrison Burton in second; Jeb Burton, Austin Cindric, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Three laps remain in stage one, Jeb Burton battles with John Hunter Nemechek for the lead.

Lap 23, John Hunter Nemechek holds off Jeb Burton to hold on to the lead; Harrison Burton, Austin Cindric and Myatt Snider round out the top five.


The caution flag comes out at the end of stage one when Sam Mayer gets into the wall after a four wide battle. AJ All was also involved in the wreck.

John Hunter Nemechek wins stage one under caution.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
John Hunter Nemechek
Jeb Burton
Riely Herbst
Harrison Burton
Austin Cindric
Myatt Snider
Justin Allgaier
Brandon Jones

Blaine Perkins
Daniel Hemric

Drivers come down pit road for service with Riley Herbst winning the race off of pit road after taking only two tires. Herbst was one of several drivers to take just two tires. Blaine Perkins took fuel only.

NASCAR has red flagged the race in order to make some repairs to the wall after Sam Mayer and AJ Allmendinger hit the wall.

With a red flag condition, fans can watch the Cup Series haulers making their way to the garage.

AJ Allmendinger is out of the infield care center and is unhappy but fine.

After a delay of a little over five minutes, NASCAR has displayed the yellow flag. The cars are moving once again.

Riley Herbst brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 31. Herbst gets out in front for the lead after a push from Austin Cindric.

The top five are Riley Herbst, John Hunter Nemechek, Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric, and Myatt Snider.

Drivers get three wide in a battle for positon.

Lap 32, John Hunter Nemechek battle with Riley Herbst for the lead.

Lap 33, Riley Herbst holds on to the lead with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Austin Cindric, Myatt Snider, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Lap 35, Riley Herbst leads the race with Austin Cindric in second; Daniel Hemric, Blaine Perkins, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Sam Mayer, AJ Allmendinger, and David Starr are out of the race; all other drivers are on the track are on the lead lap.

Lap 39, Riley Herbst continues to lead the race with Austin Cindric in second; Daniel Hemric, Blaine Perkins, and Brandon Brown round out the top five.

Sam Mayer is out of the infield care center and is fine.

Lap 41, the top five drivers are separated by half a second.

Lap 42, drivers have gotten single file.

After starting the race with a pass through penalty, Justin Haley has entered the top 10.

Lap 44, Riley Herbst has a tenth of a second lead on Austin Cindric; Daniel Hemric, Blaine Perkins, and Brandon Brown round out the top five.

Lap 45, drivers are beginning to form a second lane as the end of stage two approaches.

Leaders Riley Herbst and Austin Cindric drop down to lead the inside lane.

Four laps remain in stage two, Riley Herbst leads the race with Austin Cindric in second; Brett Moffitt, Blaine Perkins, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Drivers get three wide in a battle for positon.

Lap 48, Riley Herbst holds the lead from the outside lane with drivers three wide.

Blaine Perkins takes the lead from the inside lane after a push from Brett Moffitt.

Blaine Perkins wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Blaine Perkins
Brett Moffitt
John Hunter Nemechek
Riley Herbst
Justin Allgaier
Jeb Burton
Justin Haley
Austin Cindric
Harrison Burton
Myatt Snider

Drivers come down pit road for service with Riley Herbst winning the race off of pit road after taking only two tires. Justin Haley came out in second place after taking fuel only.

Brandon Jones was penalized for running over equipment on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Riley Herbst brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 55 with Justin Haley alongside. Herbst gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Riley Herbst, Justin Haley, Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, and Harrison Burton.

Lap 56, Justin Allgaier takes the lead with Austin Cindric in second.

Austin Cindric passes Justin Allgaier for the lead with Riely Herbst in second.

Lap 57, Austin Cindric is the leader with Riley Herbst in second; Harrison Burton, Justin Allgaier, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap 58, Justin Allgaier takes the lead.

Lap 59, Austin Cindric takes the lead but Justin Allgaier gets it right back..

Justin Allgaier is the leader with team mate Noah Gragson in secon; Brett Moffitt, Josh Berry, and Blaine Perkins round out the top five.

Lap 63, Justin Allgaier leads the race from the inside lane but Brett Moffitt is challenging for the lead from the outside lane.

Brett Moffitt takes the lead with Justin Allgaier in second; Jeb Burton, Noah Gragson, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Landon Cassill is out of the race. Matt Mills in 36th place is the only car not on the lead lap.

Austin Cindric is reporting some temperature issues.

Lap 66, Drivers are three wide in a battle for the lead.

Jeb Burton and Austin Cindric battle for the lead.

Jeb Burton takes the lead but Austin Cindric takes the lead.

Lap 68, Austin Cindric is the leader with Riley Herbst in second; Jeb Burton, Justin Haley, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 69, drivers begin making green flag pit stops. Drivers are taking fuel only to limit the amount of time on pit road.

Lap 70, Jeb Burton leads the race with Austin Cindric in second; Riley Herbst, Justin Haley, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

More drivers come down pit road for service.

Lap 71, leaders come down pit road, Alex Labbe is the new leader.

Lap 72, the top five are Alex Labbe, Bayley Currey, Ryan Vargas, Caesar Bacarella, and Joe Graf Jr.

Alex Labbe makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Bayley Currey.

The caution flag comes out on lap 75 when Bayley Currey gets stopped on pit road after making his pit stop. Mason Massey is the leader.

Jeremy Clements is racing only only seven cylinders.

Riley Herbst brings the field down for the gren flag restart with 34 laps remaining in the race with Austin Cindric alongside. Riley Herbst takes the lead after a pushe from Justin Allgaier.

Riley Herbst is in th lead with Noah Gragson battling for the lead.

Noah Gragson takes the lead with Riley Herbst in second; Josh Berry, Austin Cindric, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Bayley Currey is off the track. Thirty four of the 35 cars on the track are on the lead lap. Matt Mills is two laps down.

With 31 laps to go, Noah Gragson leads the race with Josh Berry in second; Brett Moffitt, Jeb Burton and Myatt Snider round out the top five.

There are 29 laps remaining in the race, Noah Gragson leads the race with Josh Berry in second; Brert Moffitt, Jeb Burton, nad Myatt Snider round out the top five.

Lap 89, Brett Moffitt takes the lead.

The caution flag ocmes out for a big crash; drivers are scattering all over the track. Jeb Burton tried to give leader Brett Moffitt a push and turned him around. The remaining cars involved had nowhere to go.

The race has been red flagged for a second time.

Noah Gragson got the worst of the crash getting hit in the rear and then hitting the wall. Myatt Snider, Caesar Bacarella, Ryan Vargas, Garrett Smithely, CJ McLaughlin, Ryan Sieg, Brandon Jones, Mason Massey, and Santino Ferrucci were also involved.

All of the drivers involved in the wreck exited their cars and walked to the ambulance for the mandatory trip to the infield car center.

After an extended red flag to get the track cleaned up, the engines are cranked once again and are moving.

In his post infield care center interview, Noah Gragson spoke on next week’s race at The Roval, saying that he does pretty good there…especially in the rain and asks that the track turns on the sprinklers and gets the track really wet for the race.

Drivers come down pit road ofr repairs and service.

NBC Sportscasters are reporting that rain is in the area. And it is beginning to get a little dark out and there are no lights at Talladega.

Jeb Burton brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 20 laps remaining in the race with Brandon Jones alongside. Brandon Jones takes the lead with Justin Allgaier in second; Daniel Hemric, Justin Haley, and Jeb Burton round out the top five.

Jeffrey Earnhardt hits the wall and heads into the grass. He get the car down pit road nad the track stays green.

Leaders are single file with Brandon Jones in the lead. There are 26 cars on the lead lap with nearly a dozen cars out of the race.

With 17 laps to go, Brandon Jones leads the race with Justin Allgaier in second; Daniel Hemric, Justin Haley, and Brandon Brown round out the top five.

Fifteen to go, Brandon Jones leads from the outside lane with Justin Allgaier in second.

Fourteen to go, Brandon Brown leads the race with Jordan Anderson in second; Brandon Jones, Austin Cindric, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Twelved laps remain in the race, it is a battle of the Brandon’s with Brandon Jones taking the lead.

The caution flag comes out for another big crash with 12 laps remaining in the race. Riley Herbst’s car is destroyed. Harrison Burton got loose after a push causing a big pile up.

Harrison Burton, Brett Moffitt, John Hunter Nemechek, Jeb Burton, Daniel Hemric, Jordan Anderson, Alex Labbe, Jason White, Josh Williams, and Riely Herbst were all involved in the crash.

NASCAR has determined that Brandon Brown is the leader, but Brandon Jones team believes that they are the leaders and have filed a protest with NASCAR.

Some of the drivers are lobbying for the race to be called due to darkness; while others are saying that they will race until it is pitch dark to finish a race.

On lap 107, NASCAR has called the race due to darkness, naming Brandon Brown as the winner of the race. On the radio Brown calls his first ever win a dream come true. Brandon is very emotional in the car repeating we did it.

It may be too dark to race, but it wasn’t too dark for Brandon Brown to give an impressive burnout.

The crowd is chanting, “let’s go Brandon!’”

The unofficial results of the Sparks 300:
Brandon Brown
Brandon Jones
Justin Allgaier
Daniel Hemric
Jordan Anderson
Justin Haley
Jeb Burton
Austin Cindric
Josh Berry
Joe Graf Jr
Ryan Sieg
Jade Buford
Blaine Perkins
Josh Williams
Santino Ferrucci
Joey Gase
JJ Yeley
Tommy Joe Martins
Kyle Weatherman
Garrett Smithely
Alex Labbe
John Hunte Nemechek
Matt Mills
Jeremy Clements
Harrison Burton
Brett Moffitt
Riley Herbst
Jason White
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Noah Gragson
Myatt Snider
Caesar Bacarella
Ryan Vargas
CJ McLaughlin
Mason Massey
Bayley Currey
Landon Cassill
Sam Mayer
AJ Allmendinger
David Starr

1st Time Winner in Truck Series at Talladega

The Camping World Truck Series kicks off a day of doubleheader racing and a triple header weekend at Talladega Superspeedway with the Chevy Silverado 250.

This is the second race in round two of the playoffs for the Truck Series. The race at Martinsville at the end of the month will determine the final four to race for the championship in Phoenix.

Matt Crafton is a three time Truck Series champion, but when it comes to winning a race on a super speedway he is 0 and 36.

Ben Rhodes sidts on the pole with Todd Gilliland alongside on the front row.

Codie Rohrbaugh missed driver introductions; as a result he will have to start the race from the back of the field.

The starting lineup for the Chevy Silverado 250:
Ben Rhodes
Todd Gilliland
Matt Crafton
Stewart Freisen
Austin Hill
Carson Hocevar
John Hunter Nemechek
Zane Smith
Sheldon Creed
Chandler Smith
Johnny Sauter
Austin Wayne Self
Derek Kraus
Ryan Truex
Chase Purdy
Kris Wright
Grant Enfinger
Drew Dollar
Brett Holmes
Tate Fogleman
Tyler Hill
Tanner Gray
Danny Bohn
Jack Wood
Dylan Lupton
Hailie Deegan
Tyler Ankrum
Spencer Boyd
Codie Rohrbaugh
Willie Allen
Cory Roper
Clay Greenfield
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Jordan Anderson
Jason White
Lawless Alan
Parker Kligerman
Keith McGee
Norm Benning
Bryan Dauzat

Stages one and two of the race are 20 laps each with stage three lasting 54 laps for a total of 94 laps.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and gets out in front for the lead with Matt Crafton on his bumper.

After leading laps one, Ben Rhodes leads his first ever lap at Talladega.

Lap two the top five are Ben Rhodes, Todd Gilliland, Matt Crafton, Stewart Friesen, and Austin Hill.

Ben Rhodes and Todd Gilliland swap the lead back and forth depending on which line gets out in front.

Bryan Dauzat was charged with a start violation and has to serve a pass through penalty. Dauzat started the race in 40th place.

Lap four, Ben Rhodes lead the race with Matt Crafotn in second; Austin Hill, Todd Gilliland, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

The drivers remain in the two wide format that they started the race with.

Lap six, Ben Rhodes holds on to the lead with Matt Crafton and Todd Gilliland swapping second back and forth with Austin Hill and John Hunter Nemechek rounding out the top five.

Lap eight, Ben Rhodes leads the race with Matt Crafton in second; Austin Hill, John Hunter Nemechek, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

Lap 10, the leaders have gotten single file with the remainder of the field two wide.

Lap eleven, Ben Rhodes continues to lead the race with Matt Crafton on his bumper; Austin Hill, John Hunter Nemechek, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

All eight of the playoff drivers are in the top 15.

Lap 13, Ben Rhodes continues to lead the race with Matt Crafton right behind him; Austin Hill, John Hunter Nemechek, and Sheldon Creed round out the top five.

Lap 15, John Hunter Nemechek takes the lead with Ben Rhodes in second; Sheldon Creed, Matt Crafton, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

Bryan Dauzat is the only driver not on the lead lap.

Four laps remain in stage one, John Hunter Nemechek and Ben Rhodes are nose to nose in a battle for the lead.

Lap 17, Ben Rhodes retakes the lead with Matt Crafton in second; John Hunter Nemechek, Sheldon Creed, and Austin Hill round out the top five. There are 37 trucks on the lead lap.

Two laps remain in stage one, Ben Rhodes leads the race with Matt Crafton in second; Austin Hill, Johnny Sauter, and Stewart Friesen round out the top five.

Ben Rhodes wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ben Rhodes
Austin Hill
Matt Crafton
Stewart Friesen
Johnny Sauter
John Hunter Nemechek
Drew Dollar
Sheldon Creed
Todd Gilliland
Austin Wayne Self

Drivers come down pit road for service with several drivers taking fuel only. John Hunter Nemechek wins the race off of pit road. Todd Gilliand’s crew was working on his truck and was charged with having too many crew members over the wall.

John Hunter Nemechek brigns the field down for the green flag start fo stage two from the inside land with Matt Crafton on the outside. Crafton and Nemechek are nose to nose in a battle for the lead.

Crafton and Nemechek swap the lead back and forth as the y battle for the lead.

Lap 27, Matt Crafton gets out in front for the lead with Sheldon Creed in second; John Hunter Nemechek, Ben Rhodes, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Lap 28, Matt Crafton moves up to the top lane and again battle with John Hunter Nemechek for the lead.

The caution flag comes out on lap 29 when Bryan Dauzat is stopped on the track with some damage after getting loose and hitting the wall.

A few drivers come down pit road for service.

Ben Rhodes is reporting some handling issues. He hopes the crew can fix the problem during the next pit stop.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of the race on lap 34 with Matt Crafton alongside.

With seven laps remaining in stage two, John Hunter Nemechek edges out for the lead with Matt Crafton in second; Ben Rhodes, Sheldon Creed, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Seven of the eight playoff drivers are in the top 10.

Bryan Dauzat is out of the race and Jack Wood is off the track.

Five to go in stage two, Matt Crafton is the new leader with Sheldon Creed in second; John Hunter Nemechek, Johnny Sauter, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Matt Crafton gets off the track and Sheldon Creed takes the lead. He returns to the track in 10th place. Crafton reports that John Hunter Nemechek bumped him in the tri-oval.

Three to go, Sheldon Creed leads the race but John Hunter Nemechek crossed over lanes to take the lead with Johnny Sauter in second.


John Hunter Nemechek gets caught in the middle and falls through the field to ninth.

Johnny Sauter is the leader with Sheldon Creed in second.

Sheldon Creed takes the lead with one lap remaining in stage two.

Drivers are getting three and four wide as they battle for postion at the end of the stage.

Sheldon Creed wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Sheldon Creed
Johnny Sauter
Zane Smith
Matt Crafton
Austin Hill
Chandler Smith
Tanner Gray
John Hunter Nemechek
Stewart Friesen
Brett holmes

Drivers come down pit road for service with Austin Hill winning the race off of pit road after taking only two tires. Some drivers took four tires while other took fuel only.

Willie Allen and Stewart Friesen make contact on pit road.

Some of the drivers make a second trip down pit road to top off their fuel load. Drivers will have to make a pit stop during stage three for fuel.

After staying out on the track, Chase Purdy brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the inside lane on lap 48 with Austin Hill alongside. Austin Hill edges out to take the lead with Todd Gilliland in second; Brett Holmes, Zane Smith, and Sheldon Creed round out the top five.

Lap 49, Bett Holmes takes the lead briefly before Austin Hill takes the lead. The two drivers swap the lead back and forth.

An Alabama native, Brett Holmes lives only 15 minutes away from the track.

The drivers have finally created a third lane back in the field.

Lap 50, Austin Hill leads the race; Brett Holmes, Todd Gilliland, Zane Smith, and Chase Urdy round out the top five.

There are 36 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 52, Zane Smith is the new leader. Brett Holmes continues to battle for the lead and is swapping back and forth with Zne Smith.

Lap 53, Zane Smith leads the race iwht Sheldon Creed in second; Brett Holmes, Austin Hill, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Brett Holmes takes the lead with Austin Hill in second.

Lap 54, Bret Holmes leads the race with Austin Hill in second; Todd Gilliland, Chase Purdy, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

Jack Wood is out of the race. There are 36 truck on the lead lap.

With 38 laps to go, Brett Holmes leads the race with Austin Hill in second; Todd Gilliland, Zane Smith, and Chase Purdy round out the top five.

The top four drivers get single file with Brett Holmes leading the way.

The caution flag comes out for “the big one” when Todd Gilliland and Austin Hill make contact and catching up nearly half of the field. The two drivers were in the top five at the time of the crash.

Hailie Deegan, Kris Wright, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Clay Greenfield, Tate Fogleman, Johnny Sauter, Tanner Gray, Austin Hill, Chandler Smith, Derek Kraus, Zane Smith, Austin Wayne Self, Jason White, Todd Gilliland, Lawless Alen, Drew Dollar, and Parker Kligerman were all involved in the crash. Only two playoff drivers were involved in the wreck.

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

The cars are moving once again and are making pit stops.

All drivers involved in the crash have been checked and released from the infield care center and are fine.

Todd Gillialnd brings the field down for the green flag restart with 31 laps remaining in the race.

Todd Gilliland leads the reace with Grant Enfinger in second; Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five

The drivers have gotten single file through the front half of the field.


Austin Wayne Self is slowed on the track.

With 27 laps remaining in the race, Todd Gilliland leads the race with Grant Enfinger in second; Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five. After leading some laps, Brett Holmes remains in the top 10 in seventh.

With 23 laps to go, the outside lane has begun to form and challenge the leaders.

Todd Gilliland leads the race with Grant Enfinger in second; Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes and Sheldon Creed round out the top five with 20 trucks on the lead lap.

Nineteen to go, Todd Gilliland continues to lead the race with Grant Enfinger in second.

The caution flag comes out for another big crash after Grant Enfinger tried to make his move to the front. Enfinger’s truck got airborne in a spin during the crash. Grant Enfinger, Haillie Deegan, Stewart Friesen, Willie Allen, Carson Hocevar, Sheldon Creed, and Clay Greenfield were alll involved in the crash. Two more playoff drivers were involved in the wreck.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 12 laps remaining in the race. Gilliland edges out Matt Craftn for thel read; Ben Rhodes, Sheldon Creed and Chase Purdy round out the top five.

Ten to go, Todd Gilliland is in the lead with Ben Rhodes in second; Chase Purdy, Brett Holmes, and Sheldon Creed round out the top five. Only two of the top five drivers are playoff drivers.

Just seven laps remain in the race, Todd Gilliland has a tenth of a second lead on Ben Rhodes; Chase Purdy, Brett Holmes,and Sheldon Creed round out the top five. The top five drivers are separated by less than half a second.

Matt Crafton is falling through the field. Crafton and John Hunter Nemechek make contact on the track once again.

The drivers are single file with five to go; Todd Gilliland leads the race with Ben Rhodes in second.

Three to go, Todd Gilliland is in the lead with Ben Rhodes right behind him.

Two to go, Chase Purdy takes the lead as the drivers get spread out across the field.

Chase Purdy brings out the caution flag after contact with Todd Gilliland with just two laps to go. The race goes into overtime.

Todd Gilliland has some damage to the nose of his car – there’s a hole where the light would be.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the two lap overtime shootout. Ben Rhodes takes the lead from the outside lane after a push from Bett Holmes. Todd Gilliland comes back to take the lead and he and Rhodes go nose to nose.

Todd Gilliland takes the white flag.

With drivers wrecking, Tate Fogleman wins the race! This is Fogleman’s first Truck Series win.

Once again, a race winner has to visit the infield care center before going to victory lane.

The unofficial results of the Chevy Silverado 250:
Tate Fogleman
Tyler Hill
Todd Gilliland
John Hunter Nemechek
Ryan Truex
Cory Roper
Specner Boyd
Danny Bohn
Chase Purdy
Keith McGee
Jordan Anderson
Sheldon Creed
Ben Rhodes
Matt Crafton
Brett Holmes
Codie Rohrbaugh
Norm Benning
Willie Allen
Chandler Smith
Derek Kraus
Grant Enfinger
Stewart Friesen
Clay Greenfield
Hailie Deegan
Carson Hocevar
Dylan Lupton
Jason White
Tyler Ankrum
Austin Wayne Self
Johnny Sauter
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Austin Hill
Zane Smith
Tanner Gray
Drew Dollar
Kris Wright
Parker Kligerman
Lawless Alan
Byran Dauzat
Jack Wood

Broadway League Extends Covid Protocols

Originally scheduled to conclude at the end of Octorber, The Broadway League has extended the current Covid protocols for all cast, crew, and audiences in all 41 of Broadway theatres.

From now until at least the end of the year everyone who enters one of the 41 Broadway theatres must be vaccinated. Audience members must also have their faces covered while in the building.

Anyone who is unable to receive the vaccine must show proof of a negative test withing 72 hours of attending a show. If a rapid test is conducted, then the limit is reduced to six hours prior to attendance.

Currently 17 of the 41 theatres are hosting a Broadway production.

Since implementation of the protocols in July, “Aladdin” is the only production who has had to shut down due to a Covid issue and that was just one night.

A required vaccination to attend a production is not limited to Broadway; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Key to NYC” program requires proof of vaccination to enter gyms, restaurants, and other venues.