Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Now that the world has settled down to some semblance of normal, musicians are hitting the road in earnest looking to reconnect with their old fans and making some new ones along the way.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd has gathered his band together and is ready for a new tour celebrating 25 years of music.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd tour dates:
April 6 in Des Moines, IA
April 7 in Kansas City, MO
April 8 in Springfield, MO
April 9 in New Buffalo, MI
April 13 in Warren, OH
April 14 in Glenside, PA
April 15 in Greensburg, PA
April 16 in Carmel, IN
April 26 in Midland, MI
April 27 in Champaign, IL
April 28 in Milwaukee, WI
April 29 in Green Bay, WI
May 1 in Fargo, ND
May 3 in Sioux Falls, SD
May 5 in Fort Collins, CO
May 6 in Denver, CO
May 7 in Colorado Springs, CO
May 19 in Norwalk, CT
May 20 in New Brunswick, NJ
May 22 in Annapolis, MD
May 28 in Marksville, LA
June 11 in Fort Wayne, IN – Birthday Bash w/ special guests
June 12 in Kettering, OH – Birthday Bash w/ special guests
July 9 in Nescopeck, PA
July 15 in Houston, TX
July 16 in Austin, TX
July 30 in Baton Rouge, LA
Aug 19 in Wantgh, NY
Sept 17 in Biloxi, MS
Sept 29 in San Diego, CA
Oct 15 in Bristol, UK
Oct 16 in Bexhill on Sea, UK
Oct 18 in London, UK
Oct 20 in Warrington, UK
Oct 21 in Edinburgh, UK
Oct 22 in Sheffield, UK
Oct 23 in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Oct 30 in Nurnberg, Germany
Oct 31 in Berlin, Germany
Nov 2 in Hamburg, Germany
Nov 3 in Dortmund, Germany
Nov 5 in Mainz, Germany
Nov 6 in Karlsruhe, Germany
Nov 7 in Tuttlingen, Germany
Nov 8 in Munich, Germany

Razzies Make Special Announcement

Yesterday it was revealed that award winning actor Bruce Willis was retiring due to the medical condition Aphasia – a disorder that interferes with his ability to communicate.

In response to the announcement, the Razzie Awards has issued an announcement of their own in regards to the award they presented Willis at their 42nd annual awards event on March 26.

In their press release, Razzie co-founders John Wilson and Mo Murphy said, “after much thought and consideration, the Razzies have made the decision to rescind the Razzie Award given to Bruce Willis, due to his recently disclosed diagnosis. If someone’s medical condition is a factor in their decision making and/or their performance, we acknowledge that it is not appropriate to give them a Razzie.”

They continued, “as we recently mentioned in a Vulture Interview, extenuating circumstances also apply to Shelley Duvall in “The Shining.” We have since discovered that Duvall’s performance was impacted by Stanley Kubrick’s treatment of her throughout the production.  We would like to take this opportunity to rescind her 1980 nomination as well.”

In what is being termed at a “Special 8 Title Category”, The Razzies presented Bruce Willis with the Worst Performance by Bruce Willis in a 2021 Movie with the “winning” film being “Cosmic Sin”.  In lieu of recent events, that award will no longer exist.

‘Playbill’ Goes on Display

Anyone who has ever attended a Broadway production has seen “Playbill”, the programs for the various productions.

“Playbill” and The Times Square Alliance have joined forces to create the Grand Gallery Exhibit.  But this is no ordinary art exhibit, the installation will be scattered about Times Square and feature “Playbill” covers 10 feet high depicting 21 productions currently playing on Broadway.

Alex Newell and Jessica Vosk will be performing at the April 7 event that kicks off the are installation.  Also scheduled to appear at the opening event are Times Square Alliance President Tom Harris, Playbill Vice President and Chief Operation Office Alex Birst, Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin, and Donnie Kehr form “Jersey Boys”. 

The “Playbill Sing for Hope Piano” used in the event will also be adorned with hundreds of “Playbill” covers.

After the opening event, cast members from the various shows on display will be available for photo opportunities including Adrianna Hicks, Keri René Fuller, Joy Woods,  Jonathan Cable, CJ Pawlikowski, Tristen Buettel, John Gardner, Joey LaVarco, and Michelle Rombola.

Included in the giant “Playbill” covers are QR codes for the  Playbill Vault Page and purchasing tickets.  Productions included in the installation are “Aladdin”, “The Book of Mormon”, “Come from Away”, “Company”, “Dear Evan Hanson”, “Funny Girl”, “Hadestown”, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, “Jersey Boys”, “The Lion King”, “The Little Prince”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “MJ The Musical”, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”, “Mr. Saturday Night”, “Mrs. Doubtfire”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “The Play that Goes Wrong”, “Plaza Suite, “SIX: The Musical”, and “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”.

Maps will be available for Broadway fans to find the giant covers.

The festivities begin at 11am at the Broadway Plaza between 47th and 48th Streets.  For those who cannot attend, the event will be streamed live at Playbill.com.

The exhibit runs through June 15.

The Masked Singer Tour

“The Masked Singer” has started another season with a whole new group of characters. And once the season is over, the characters will be hitting the road for a new tour that promises surprises and a mystery guest unmasked in each city.  Natasha Bedingfield is hosting the spectacular event.

Among the characters scheduled to appear are Pepper, Queen of Hearts, Taco, Alien, Robot, Baby, Monster, and Thingamabob.

The tour begins in late May and runs through July.

The Masked Singer tour dates:
May 28 at the Stifel Theater in St. Louis, MO
May 29 at the Orpheum theater in Omaha, NE
May 31 at the Aiken Theatre in Evansville, IN
June 1 at the Clowes Memorial Hall in Indianapolis, IN
June 3 at the Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, MN
June 4 at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI
June 5 at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL
June 7 at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, OH
June 8 at the Palace Theatre in Columbus, OH
June 9 at the E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron, OH
June 10 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI
June 11 at Casino Rama in Rama, ON
June 13 at the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse, NY
June 14 at the Hershey Theatre in Hershey, PA
June 16 at the Premier Theater in Mashantucket, CT
June 17 at the Tropicana Showroom in Atlantic City, NJ
June 18 at the Prudential Hall in Newark, NJ
June 19 at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, MA
June 21 at the Capital One Hall in Tysons, VA
June 22 at The Lyric in Baltimore, MD
June 23 at the Dominion Energy Center in Richmond, VA
June 24 at the Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte, NC
June 25 at the North Charleston PAC in North Charleston, SC
June 26 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA
June 28 at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, FL
June 29 at the Morsani Hall in Tampa, FL
June 30 at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fl Lauderdale, FL
July 1 at the Moran Theater in Jacksonville, FL
July 2 at the Bon Secours Arena in Greenville, SC
July 5 at the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts in Greensboro, NC
July 6 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
July 7 at the Propst Arena in Huntsville, AL
July 8 at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN
July 9 at the Simmons Bank Arena in Little Rock, AR
July 10 at the Tulsa Theatre in Tulsa, OK
July 12 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, TX
July 13 at the Bass Concert Hall in Austin, TX
July 14 at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, TX
July 15 at the Texas Trust CU Theatre in Grand Prairie, TX
July 16 at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center in Midland, TX
July 18 at the Ellie Caulking Opera House in Denver, CO
July 19 at the Delta Hall in Salt Lake City, UT
July 21 at the First Interstate Center for the Arts in Spokane, WA
July 22 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, OR
July 23 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA
July 24 at the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts IN Boise, ID
July 26 at the San Jose Civic Auditorium in San Jose, CA
July 28 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
July 29 at The Grand Theatre at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV
July 30 at The Smith Center in Las Vegas, NV

Seth Glier

Independent music artist Seth Glier is getting ready to head out on a short tour this spring.

Seth Glier tour dates:
May 11 at Natalie’s in Columbus, OH
May 12 at a House Concert in Loveland, OH
May 13 & 14 at Seven Steups Up in Spring Lake, MI
May 18 at a House Concert in Dearborn, MI
May 19 & 20 at Front Street in Lake Orion, MI
May 20 at The Clubhouse in Catonsville, MD
May 21 at The Arts Barn in Gaithersburg, MD
May 22 at a House Concert in Harbeson, DE
May 24 at the Rockwood in New York City, NY
May 26 at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA
May 27 at Race Street Live in Holyoke, MA
May 31 at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, TX

EGOT Winners

Fans of “The Voice” have frequently heard coach John Legend speak of his EGOT.  But the EGOT isn’t one thing; it’s four – EGOT stands for Emmy-Grammy-Oscar (Academy Award)-and Tony.

Of the thousands of awards that have been presented over nearly 100 years, only 16 entertainers have earned the EGOT status.  Of those 16 just four of them have been women.

Composer Richard Rodgers is the original member of the club.  He got things started with his Oscar in 1945 and later added an Emmy, two Grammy’s, and four Tony’s.  Rodgers is also one of only two people to be a member of the PEGOT club – P for Pulitzer Prize.

The first woman to join the club is Helen Hayes who began her journey with her first Oscar in 1932.  She has a total of two Oscars, two Tony’s, an Emmy, and a Grammy.  Her Grammy in 1977 completed the alphabet of awards.

Also completing the list in 1977 is the original Maria in “West Side Story” Rita Moreno.  Her EGOT began with an Oscar in 1962 and concluded with the first of her two Emmy’s in 1977 for her performance as a gust on “The Muppet Show”.

Audrey Hepburn got her EGOT journey started off by winning both her Oscar and Tony awards in the same year – 1954.  After winning her Emmy in 1993, she completed the journey in 1994 with a Grammy.

Best known for his comedic movie spoofs, Mel Brooks began his journey toward an EGOT in 1967 with the first of his four Emmy Awards.  He followed it up with an Oscar, a Tony, and two Grammy’s.

While he may not be as big of a household word as the actors he directs,, Mike Nichols has a case full of trophies that include the Grammy Award he won in 1961.  It also includes his Oscar for directing “The Graduate”, two Emmy Awards, and a whopping eight Tony Awards.

The last woman to earn EGOT status is comedienne and actress Whoopi Goldberg.  She began her journey with a Grammy Award in 1986 and has since added two Emmy’s, an Oscar, and a Tony.

Composer Robert Lopez joined the EGOT club in 2014 after earning his first of two Oscars; he also has two Emmy’s, two Grammy’s, and two Tony’s.

John Legend joined the EGOT club in 2018 – one of three to do so – when he earned his first of two Oscars in 2015 for “Glory” from the film “Selma”.  He later added a second Oscar and has a Tony, two Emmy’s, and six Grammy Awards.  His second Emmy and a Grammy were won after achieving EGOT status.

Sir John Gielgud won his first of two Tony Awards in 1948; he has since added a second Tony, an Emmy, a Grammy, and an Oscar.

Composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch was a dear friend to many entertainers and a beloved conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.  He began his journey toward EGOT status in 1973 with an Oscar for the music from “The Way We Were”.  He later added a Tony for “A Chorus Line”, a Grammy for “The Way We Were” and three Emmy Awards.

Jonathan Tunick earned his EGOT status in the field of music with an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award.

He may have won only one Emmy, one Grammy, and one Oscar award, but Scott Rudin has a trophy case full of Tony Awards with 17!  The awards include music for “Passion”, “The Book of Mormon”, “Death of a Salesman”, and “Hello, Dolly!”.

Half of one of the most prolific musical creators on Broadway, Lod Andrew Lloyd Webber earned his EGOT status in 2018 after finally winning an Emmy Award to go along with his on Oscar, three Grammy’s, and four Tony Awards.

The second half of that team is Tim Rice who along with Lord Andrew has created numerous Broadway musicals.  He also earned his EGOT status in 2018 with an Emmy Award.  Rice also has three Grammy’s, three Oscars, and two Tony Awards.

The final member of the EGOT club is Alan Menken who earned his status in 2020 with an Emmy Award for a song in the series “Waiting in the Wings”. Menken also has one Tony, four Oscars, and five Grammy Awards.

feature photo credit: John Legend EGOT.jpg

Sir Elton Adds Dates

It has been five years since Sir Elton John announced that he would be making one final tour – following his “Yellow Brick Road” – before settling down with husband David and the boys.

Two years of lock downs and postponements have extended the tour and now Sir Elton has added more dates to the tour.

Tickets for the new shows go on sale beginning April 6 on eltonjohn.com.

Sir Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour dates: (list includes rescheduled and new dates)
March 30 at the Enterprise Center in St Louis, MO
April 1 at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
April 2 at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
April 5 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI
April 8 at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN
April 9 at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
April 12 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH
April 13 at the GIANT Center in Hershey, PA
April 16 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY
April 19 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC
April 20 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC
April 23 at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL
April 24 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
April 27 at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL
April 28 at the FTX Arena in Miami, FL
May 21 & 22 at the Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway
May 27 at the Deutsche Bank Park in Frankfurt, Germany
May 29 at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, Germany
June 1 at the Stadion Wankdorf in Bern, Switzerland
June 4 at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy
June 7 at the CASA Arena in Horsens, Denmark
June 9 at the Gelredome in Arnhem, Netherlands
June 11 & 12 at the La Defense Arena in Paris, France
June 15 at Carrow Road in Norwich, UK
June 17 at the Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, UK
June 19 at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, UK
June 22 at the Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, UK
June 24 at Hyde Park in London, UK
June 26 at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, UK
June 29 at the Swansea.com Stadium in Swansea, UK
July 1 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork, Ireland
July 3 & 4 at Vicarage Road in Watford, UK
July 15 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA
July 18 at Comerica Park in Detroit, MI
July 23 & 24 at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ
July 27 & 28 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA
July 30 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
Aug 5 at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL
Sept 7 & 8 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON
Sept 10 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY
Sept 13 at the Credit One Stadium in Charleston, SC
Sept 16 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
Sept 18 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC
Sept 22 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA
Sept 24 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Sept 30 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX
Oct 2 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN
Oct 8 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA
Oct 16 & 17 at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA
Oct 21& 22 at BC Place in Vancouver, BC
Oct 29 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX
Nov 4 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
Nov 9 at Petco Park in San Diego, CA
Nov 11 & 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ
Nov 17, 19, & 20 at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
Jan 27 & 28 at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand
March 28 & 29 at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland
March 31 at The SSE Arena in Belfast, UK
April 2, 4, 5, 8, 9,12, 13, 16,17 at the O2 Arena in London, UK
April 19 at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham, UK
April 22 & 23 at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, UK
April 27 at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany
May 2, 4, & 5 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany
May 8, 10, & 11 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany
May 13 at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany
May 16, 18, & 19 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany
May 22 & 23 at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain
May 27 & 28 at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium
May 31, June 2 & 3 at the AO Arena in Manchester, UK
June 6 at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, UK
June 10 & 11 at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham, UK
June 13 & 15 at P&J Live in Aberdeen, UK
June 17 & 18 at the OVO Hydro in Glasgow, UK
June 25, 27, & 28 at the Accor Arena in Paris, France
July 1 & 2 at the Hallenstadion in Zurch, Switzerland
July 5 at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark
July 7 & 8 at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden

NFL Owners Tweak Overtime Rule

The NFL owners have gathered for their annual meeting and have already made two major changes to the game.

After two playoff games last season went into overtime and the current rules for overtime play played a made role in deciding the outcome of the game.

While the overtime rules for regular season games will remain the same, the 32 owners have voted to change the way overtime games are played in the post season.

In a proposal presented by both the Indianapolis Colts and the Philadelphia Eagles, both teams will have an opportunity to possess the ball even if the team who possessed the ball first scores a touchdown.   If the second team ties the game, it then goes into sudden death overtime.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke on the change saying, “we always listen to fans.  What brought this decision was the database and the facts. When you see that, this is an issue in the postseason.”

While Competition Committee chairman Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay noted that the vote was far beyond the required 24 votes needed to pass but did not say exactly how many votes the measure received.  He also admitted that the Kansas City – Buffalo Bills game last season was a major factor in the decision.


Also a controversial issue last season was the lack of minorities in the NFL.  A ruling named after former Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney requires an organization to interview at least one person who is a minority.   The owners have tweaked that ruling in an effort to make coaching staffs more diverse.  Beginning with the 2022 season, teams must employ at least one female or person who is considered a minority to be an offensive assistant coach.  During their one year contract the new assistant will work closely with the head coach and other offensive staff members to earn some valuable experience.  There has been a pattern over the past several years of new head coach hires coming from the offensive side of the game.  Potential candidates must have at least three years of experience in either the college or pro levels.

Chairman of the NFL’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and the son of the rules namesake, Art Rooney Jr noted “we recognize we have seen progress on some fronts, but we still have a way to go on other fronts.”

Last season 39 percent of all coaching positions in the NFL were filled by minorities.  A total of 12 women held position in the 2021 NFL season.

During the height of the pandemic teams held interviews for head coaching and general manager positions via online.  Those interviews will no longer be allowed.

The League is also looking to have some diversity among team owners.

NASCAR Issues COTA Penalty

While pre-race inspection issues continue to give the teams trouble, the crews appear to be getting a handle on the tire issues with the new Next Gen car, one team lost a tire during the Cup Series race at Circuit of the Americas on March 27.

Late in the race, Bubba Wallace in the 23XIRacing number 23 car lost a tire shortly after a pit stop.  COTA is a road course but it could have been very easy for the bouncing tire to have caused some major damage at the track.

As a result of the lost tie, NASCAR has suspended crew chief Robert “Bootie” Barker,  jackman Caleb Dirks, and rear tire changer Adam Riley four races.

There were no further penalties during the triple header weekend of racing.

However, Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing has officially appealed their massive penalty from last week that was assessed after the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  NASCAR deemed that RFK Racing altered a single source part that is given to all of the teams.  As a result Keselowski was docked 100 points and the team was fined $100,000 along with losing 100 team owner points.  Crew chief Matt McCall is also suspended for four races and should Keselowski make it to the first round of the playoffs, he will be docked 10 playoff points.

The three member Appeals panel will hear the case on April 7.

94th Academy Awards

The annual Academy Awards is known as the Biggest Nigh in Hollywood and can frequently bring out the emotions, drama, and at time controversy.  The 94th annual awards presentation is no different. 

After two years of postponements, isolated, and masked awards presentations; the red carpet and all the gala surrounding the awards has returned to Hollywood.

Beyonce gets the night started off with a performance of “Be Alive” from the film “King Richard” performed on the tennis courts in Compton where the Williams girls – Venus and Serena – learned to play tennis.

This year the Academy Awards chose three females to host the gala event – Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, and Regina Hall.

While some awards were presented before the live television broadcast, the first award of the night was for Best Supporting Actress and presented to Ariana DeBose for her role in “West Side Story”.  This was her first nomination and win.

The award for Achievement in Sound went to crew for “Dune”.

Celebrating 30 years of “White Men Can’t Jump”, cast members presented the award for Achievement in Cinematography to Grieg Fraser for “Dune”.  This was his first win.

The award for Short Subject Documentary went to “The Queen of Basketball”.

The award for Achievement in Visual Effects went to the crew for “Dune”.

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of James Bond, The Oscars looks back on the actors of 007 with film clips to the music of “Live and Let Die”.

Sebastian Yatra performs “Dos Oruguitas” form “Encanto”, one of the songs nominated for original song.

The award for Best Animated Feature Film went to “Encanto”.

The award for Best Short Animated Film went to “The Windshield Wiper”.

A look at the new Motion Picture Museum with Wanda Sykes.

The award for Best Supporting Actor went to Troy Kotsur for his role in “CODA”.  This is Troy’s first Academy Award win.  He dedicated the award to the deaf and disabled community.

The award for the Best International Feature Film went to “Drive My Car” from Japan.

Reba McEntire performs “Somehow You Do” form “Four Good Days”.

The award for Short Live Action Film went to “The Long Goodbye”.

The award for Achievement in Costume Design went to Jenny Beavan for “Cruella”.

A live performance of music from “Encanto” by cast members.

Cast members form “Juno” present the award for Original Screen Play went to Kenneth Brannon for “Belfast”.  This is his first win.

The award for Adapted Screen play went to Sian Heder for “CODA”.  This is her first nomination and win.

The award for Best Original Score went to Hans Zimmer for “Dune”.

Billie Eilish and Finneas perform “No Time to Die” from the movie of the same name.

The award for Achievement in Film Editing went to Joe Walker for “Dune”.

Chris Rock called to Jada Plunkett Smith and said that he couldn’t wait to see G I Jane 2.  Will Smith walked up on stage and slapped Chris Rock.

Chris Rock presented the award for Best Documentary Feature to “Summer of Soul (Or, When the Revolution Could not be Televised)”.

Sean Diddy Combs helped to celebrate the anniversary of “The Godfather” series that was released 50 years ago.  Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, and Robert DeNiro appeared on the stage. 

The In Memorium segment of the ceremonies began with Sidney Portier, the only man of colour to win the Best Actor award. On a few occasions, actors spoke on the artists on the screen.

The award for Production Design went to the crew for “Dune”.

The award for Best Original Song went to Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell for “No Time to Die” from “No Time to Die”.  This is their first nomination and win.

Before presenting his award, Kevin Costner spoke of the first time he saw a film…it was “How the West Was Won” and he was seven years old.  The award for Best Direction of a Film went to Jane Campion for “Power of the Dog”.

“Pulp Fiction’s” Uma Thurman, John Travolta, and Samuel L. Jackson celebrate 28 years of the film and present the award for Leading Actor to Will Smith for his role as Richard Williams in “King Richard”.  Noting that Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family, Smith noted that he is being called to love and protect the people in his life.  Noting that in his business you have to take a lot of abuse.  An emotional Smith apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees; adding that it was a beautiful moment.  He said that he looked like the crazy father; adding that love will make you do crazy things.

The award for Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling went to the crew for “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”.

Sir Anthony Hopkins presented the award for Best Actress to Jessica Chastain for her role as Tammy Faye in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”.

Lady Gaga and Liza Minelli present the final award of the night of Best Picture to “CODA”!  There was a big shout and applause when the winner was announced.  Many in the house also gave the sign for “yeah”. 

The Dirty Guv’nahs

The Dirty Guvnahs are preparing to hit the road again beginning this spring.

Tickets go on sale April 1 at 10amEDT at thedirtyguvnahs.com/tour

The Dirty Guvnahs tour dates:
May 14 at the Southern Skies Music Festival in Knoxville, TN
July 29 at the Lincoln Theater in Raleigh, NC
July 30 at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
Aug 26 at The Eastern Atlanta, GA
Aug 27 at the Avondale Brewing Company in Birmingham, AL
Oct 1 at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York City, NY
Oct 22 at The Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, NC

42nd Annual Razzie ‘Winners’

Before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents its annual Oscars, Razzie presents the golden raspberry awards for the worst in Hollywood.

A two year hiatus due to the global pandemic did not slow down the possible nominees for the worst in Hollywood productions.  Golden Raspberry Award members from around the world voted for the award winners.

The streaming production “Diana: The Musical” topped the list of “winners” with five Razzies; followed closely by “Space Jam: A New Legacy” who took home three.

And Will Smith, who is in the running for the Best Actor award has “redeemed” himself after “winning” four Razzie Awards.

And the “winners” for the 42nd annual Golden Raspberry Awards are:

Worst Pcture: “Diana: The Musical” – the Netflix version

Worst Actor: LeBron James in “Space Jam: A New Legacy”

Worst Actress: Jeanna de Waal as Princess Diana in “Diana: The Musical”

Worst Supporting Actress: Judy Kay in the dual role as Queen Elizabeth and Barbara Cartland in “Diana: The Musical”

Worst Supporting Actor: Jared Leto in “House of Gucci”

In a Special 8 Title Category – Worst Performance by Bruce Willis in a 2021 Movie: Bruce Willis in “Cosmic Sin”

Razzie Redeemer Award: Will Smith with his role as Richard Williams in “King Richard”

Worst Screen Couple: LeBron James and any Warner Cartoon Character or WarnerMedia Product as he dribbles in “Space Jam: A New Legacy”

Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel: “Space Jam: A New Legacy”

Worst Director: Christopher Ashely for “Diana: The Musical”

Worst Screenplay: Joe DiPietro and David Bryan for “Diana: The Musical”

feature photo credit: courtesy of the Golden Raspberry Awards

NASCAR Point Standings – March 28

It was a wild ride for some of the NASCAR drivers this past weekend at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.  A 20 turn road course, COTA provided plenty of challenges…and opportunities to pass.

Watermelon Man Ross Chastain became the sixth different race winner after COTA – and the third first time driver in the Cup Series.  And in true Chastain fashion, his celebration included the smashing of a watermelon on the track – part of which he picked up and began eating during his post race interview.

So far this season Alex Bowman, Ross Chastain, William Byron, Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, and Kyle Larson have all won races this season.

Chase Elliott holds on to the lead in the playoff standings with 208 points.

NASCAR Cup Series standings:
Chase Elliott – 208
Ryan Blaney – 195
Joey Logano – 185
Alex Bowman – 183
Ross Chastain – 180
William Byron – 175
Martin Truex Jr – 172
Aric Almirola – 168
Chase Briscoe – 166
Tyler Reddick – 158
Kyle Busch – 154
Austin Cindric – 153
Kurt Busch – 153
Kevin Harvick -153
Daniel Suarez – 150
Kyle Larson – 149


Chase Elliott also leads in the playoff points with 2,015.  During the regular season, the top 16 drivers are given 2,000 and any stage and playoff points are added to that number.

Cup Series Playoff Points:
Chase Elliott – 2,015
Alex Bowman – 2,013
Ross Chastain – 2,012
William Byron – 2,012
Ryan Blaney – 2,012
Joey Logano – 2,008
Chase Briscoe – 2,007
Martin Truex Jr – 2,006
Kyle Larson – 2,005
Austin Cindric – 2,005
Tyler Reddick – 2,003
Aric Almirola – 2,003
Daniel Suarez – 2,001
Kurt Busch – 2,000
Kyle Busch – 2,000
Kevin Harvick – 2,000


After the Pit Boss 250 at COTA, Noah Gragson leads the points race with 258 points.  Pit Boss winner AJ Allmendinger is right behind with 257 points.

Xfinity Series points standings:
Noah Gragson – 258
AJ Allmendinger – 257
Ty Gibbs – 227
Justin Allgaier – 190
Josh Berry – 181
Austin Hill – 172
Brandon Jones – 172
Daniel Hemric – 166
Sam Mayer – 162
Ryan Sieg – 151
Sheldon Creed – 149
Riley Herbst – 145


In the Camping World Truck Series, Chandler Smith leads the points race with 170 points.

Truck Series point standings:
Chandler Smith – 170
Ben Rhodes – 155
Stewart Friesen – 147
Zane Smith – 139
Tanner Gray – 139
Christian Eckes – 122
Ty Majeski – 122
John Hunter Nemechek – 115
Tylaer Ankrum – 104
Derek Kraus – 104

Busch/Embrace Loans Offer Contest for Military

The Confederate flag is no longer acceptable on the grounds of NASCAR tracks, but there are three things that a race fan is guaranteed to find at every NASCAR race – the pre-race prayer, the national anthem, and a salute to the troops and veterans.

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch is taking it a bit further with a contest aimed just for veterans, members of the military, and their spouses.

The driver of the 23XI Racing number 45 car has joined up with Embrace Home Loans to offer a chance to win $25,000 for housing expenses.

Embrace Home Loans will provide the grand prize in June – Busch himself will be presenting the check – but 23XI and Busch will be offering some weekly prizes beginning April 8.

Embrace is a new sponsor for Busch’s number 45 car and 23XI Racing.  The Loan company will also appear on Busch’s team mate Bubba Wallace’s number 23 car for selected events.

Embrace has been a longtime supporter of the military; offering VA home loans.  Embrace senior vice president of sales Buddy Hardiman spoke on the new partnership saying, “we are delighted to create the ‘Hero’s Ride Home’ Sweepstakes to give back to those who serve.  We’re also very excited to work with Kurt Busch, who is dedicated to helping military members and veterans.”

Kurt Busch also spoke on the partnership and the new contest saying, “I’m proud to support Embrace’s ‘Hero’s Ride Home’ Sweepstake. “I ’m constantly inspired by our military veterans and service members and the sacrifices they’ve made for our country. This is another great opportunity to give back to our heroes and help them reintegrate into civilian life. I can’t wait to announce the grand prize winner of this very special event.”

No purchase is necessary to enter the contest and is open from now til May 30. Entrants must be an honorably serving member of the military or veteran and at least 18 years of age.  For more details and to enter go to:a embracehomeloans.com/vetsweepstakesrules.

Overtime Finish for First Win at COTA

The Cup Series caps off a triple header weekend at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) with the Echopark Automotive Grand Prix.  COTA is a road course with 20 turns and 3.41 miles of racing.

Last year at the inaugural race at COTA it was a deluge that had some thinking they would be better off racing boats than cars.  This year the sun is out and temperatures are in the 80’s.  Another big difference this year…no turtles!  NASCAR has taken out the troublesome turtles but has told the drivers that putting all four tires below the curb will result in a penalty – a pass through penalty.

“Road course ringers”Joey Hand and Boris Said join the field of racers for this weekend.

Before making their qualifying runs the drivers get a short 20 minute practice run.  During practice Austin Cindric and Ryan Blaney get off the track.  Ryan Blaney gets into the soft wall but has no major damage to his car.  Kyle Busch gets loose and spins out on the track but gets the car moving again with no damage. 

The tire carcass on Joey Hand’s car came off – the tread came off but the tire still held air.  Hand said that the tire’s were locking up and there was some smoke in the cockpit.

After group A practice, Kyle Busch leads the field with a time of 2:12.46.

In group B practice, Harrison Burton gets turned around.

Daniel Suarez leads the field in group B, just tenths of a second behind Kyle Busch.

While the drivers are preparing to race, there are jousters in full armour battling it out over in the grass.

Kurt Busch is the first driver out on the track to qualify in group A and posts a time of 2:12.67.

Cody Ware gets stuck in the gravel making a qualifying run.

Cole Custer, Austin Cindric, Justin Haley, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin are the five drivers from group A that will battle for the pole.

William Byron is the first driver on the track to make a qualifying run in group B and posts a time of 2:13,92.

NASCAR has disallowed Aric Almirola’s qualifying run after he “cut the course”.  Almirola had to make a second attempt to qualify. 

Daniel Suarez followed up his lead in group B practice by topping the board in qualifying; Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, Joey Logano, and Alex Bowman will join Suarez as the five drivers from group B to qualify for the pole.

After wrecking his car into the soft wall, Ryan Blaney puts the number 12 car on the pole.  Two hundredths of a second behind, Daniel Suarez starts on the front row alongside Blaney.

But inspection continues to be an issue for the teams…

A total of five Cup Series teams had inspection issues this week that has cost one team a chance to qualify and will result in a pass through penalty at race start.

The number 78 car driven by Andy Lally failed the inpsection process three times; as a result he will not be allowed to make a qualifying run and will start the race from the back of the field, loses a team engineer for the race, and will have to make a pass through penalty once the race starts.

Four other teams failed the inspection process and will lose a crew member for the race but will be allowed to qualify for the race and will not suffer any further penalties…

the RFK Racing number six car driven by Brad Keselowski
The Money Team Racing number 50 car driven by Kaz Grala
the MBM Motorsports number 66 car driven by Boris Said
the Spire Motorsports number 77 car driven by Josh Bilicki

After NASCAR announced a crushing penalty on RFK Racing and the number six car, RFK Racing has announced that they wil appeal the penalty that could cost RFK and Keselowski 100 points, the team $100,000, and loss of the number six crew chief for four races.  Should Keselowski make the playoffs, he would also lose 10 playoff points.  After a detailed inspection at their R&D Center, NASCAR deemed that RFK Racing altered an issued part which is against the rules.

The starting lineup for the Echopark Automotive Grand Prix:
Ryan Blaney

Daniel Suarez
Cole Custer
Tyler Reddick
Alex Bowman
Joey Logano
Christopher Bell
Denny Hamlin
Justin Haley
Austin Cindric
Kurt Busch
Chase Elliott
Kyle Larson
Chase Briscoe
Kyle Busch
Ross Chastain
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Harrison Burton
AJ Allmendinger
Austin Dillon
Chris Buescher
Bubba Wallace
William Byron
Aric Almirola
Brad Keselowski
Michael McDowell
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Todd Gilliland
Erik Jones
Kaz Grala
Corey LaJoie
Ty Dillon
Josh Bilicki
Cody Ware
Loris Hezemans
Boris Said
Joey Hand
Andy Lally

Tony Stewart joins Mike Joy and Clint Bowyer in the FOX broadcast booth for today’s race.

Two time Daytona 500 winner and FOX broadcaster Michael Waltrip and his friend Rocky gave a rousing command to start the engines.

WWE legend the Undertaker is driving the pace car for today’s race.

Stages one and two of the race are 15 laps each with stage three lasting 38 laps for a total of 68 laps around the 3.41 mile track.  Drivers can run 22 to 24 laps on a single load of fuel.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and the drivers quickly get four and five wide across the track.  Ryan Blaney gets out in front initially to lead the race but Daniel Suarez takes the lead.

The top five are Daniel Suarez, Ryan Blaney, Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer, and Joey Logano.

Lap two, Formula 1 driver Loris Hezemans is charged with “cutting the course” when he gets all four of his tires below the rumble strips on the red and blue pavement.  He will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Lap three, Daniel Suarez has the lead.  “Road course ringer” Boris Said is charged with cutting the course and will have to serve a pass through penalty.  Said has driven in road course races in NASCAR for four decades.

Lap four, Chase Briscoe reports that his shifter is stuck.

Daniel Suarez leads the race with Ryan Blaney in second; Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap five, Kyle Busch reports that he has no brakes, no turn, and no drive.

Lap eight, Daniel Suarez has led every lap so far with Ryan Blaney over a second and a half back; Tyler Reddick, Joey Logano, and  Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Lap nine, AJ Allmendinger’s team had to change a steering box; as a result, he had to start the race from the back of the field.  He has advanced nine spots since race start.

Daniel Suarez has the lead with Ryan Blaney in second; Tyler Reddick, Austin Cindric, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 10, Kyle Busch spins out after some on track contact form Chase Elliott.  He gets going again and the track stays green.

There are reports that the Hendrick Motorsports cars may be having some overheating issues.

After starting at the back of the field, Joey Hand has moved up 10 spots.

Lap 12, several drivers short pit and cone down pit road for service before the end of stage one.  Austin Dillon was penalized for an uncontrolled tire.  Todd Gilliland was penalized for equipment interference on pit road.

Lap 13, Daniel Suarez continues to lead the race with Ryan Blaney in second; Austin Cindric, Alex Bowman, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Lap 15, after leading every lap in the stage, Daniel Suarez wins stage one for his first stage win this season and just the second of his career.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Daniel Suarez
Ryan Blaney
Alex Bowman
Joey Logano
Kyle Larson
Justin Haley
Chase Elliott
Chase Briscoe
Harrison Burton
Austin Cindric

The drivers who did not short pit come down pit road for service.  Daniel Suarez wins the race off of pit road but is back in the middle of the pack after several drivers pitted before the end of the stage.

Lap 18, Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two and the drivers quickly fan out across the track going into turn one.  Austin Cindric edges out for the lead.  Daniel Suarez gets off the track with a flat tire.  He worlds his way back to pit road and the track stays green.

Lap 19, Austin Cindric leads the race with Tyler Reddick in second; Ross Chastain, Denny Hamlin, and Cole Custer round out the top five.

Lap 20, Austin Cindric has a lead of over half a second on Ross Chastain.

Lap 21, Austin Cindric is in the lead with Ross Chastain in second; Tyler Reddick, AJ Allmendinger, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Michael McDowell was penalized for cutting the course.

Lap 22, Kyle Busch has entered the top 10 after getting pushed back in the field from an off track incident.

Back on the track in 38th place, Daniel Suarez is running laps equal to the leader Austin Cindric.

Lap 24, Cody Ware and Loris Hezemans for the second time were charged with cutting the course and will have to serve pass through penalties.

Lap 27, drivers are short pitting the end of stage two.  Corey LaJoie and William Byron were caught speeding on pit road.

Lap 28, Austin Cindric passes Ross Chastain for the lead then both drivers come down pit road for service before the end of the stage.

Denny Hamlin is the new leader with Kyle Busch in second; Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Ryan Blaney
Aric Almirola
Austin Dillon
Harrison Burton
Ross Chastain
Austin Cindric
Bubba Wallace

Drivers who did not pit before the end of the stage come down pit road; along with several others, all except Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano stayed out on the track.  Ty Dillon was charged with improper fueling.  Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road.

When asked if there were any parts of the track where he had trouble, Denny Hamlin said yea, turns one through 20.  There are 20 turns in the course.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 33 and Joey Logano has an issue on the restart and falls through the field.  Ross Chastain takes the lead with AJ Allmendinger in second; Austin Cindric, Tyler Reddick, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 34, Joey Hand spins in turn one after some contact from Aric Almirola.  Austin Cindric spins in turn one.  The drivers get moving again and the track stays green.

The first caution flag of the race for other than a stage break comes out on lap 35 for debris on the track. 

Several drivers come down pit road for service.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr is caught speeding on pit road.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 37 with AJ Allmendinger alongside.  Drivers fan out across the track with Ross Chastain getting out in front for the lead.

Denny Hamlin reports that he is having some steering issues.

Christopher Bell comes down pit road and the crew raises the hood with reports of a steering issue.

With 31 laps to go, Ross Chastain leads the race with AJ Allmendinger over a half second back; Chase Briscoe, Tyler Reddick, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Corey LaJoie and Todd Gilliland make contact but the track stays green.

Kurt Busch reports a major tight issue in his car.

Lap 41, Erik Jones is stopped on the track with no power; bringing out the caution flag.

With 27 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are outside of the fuel window to make it to the end of the race; but may be able to make it if they pack the fuel cell and conserve as much fuel as possible.

Drivers come down pit road for service.  AJ Allmendinger gets blocked in his pit box by Ryan Blaney.  Austin Cindric takes fuel only.  Brad Keselowski gets penalized for pitting outside of his pit box.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 44 with Chase Briscoe alongside.  Drivers get four and five wide across the track with Ross Chastain getting out in front for the lead; but Chase Briscoe comes up to pass Ross Chastain for the lead.

Joey Logano spins but gets the car moving again and the track stays green.

Ross Chastain comes up to retake the lead form Chase Briscoe; Tyler Reddick, AJ Allmendinger, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Bubba Wallace brings out the caution flag when he loses a tire.  The tire went rolling and bouncing very high before finally rolling to a stop near the grass.

Erik Jones is the “lucky dog”.

AJ Allmendinger reports that his air cooling system has stopped working, he dropped his water bottle and can’t get to it, and he is experiencing some cramping issues.

Some of the drivers make a pit stop.

Daniel Suarez is reporting some power steering issues.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the restart on lap 47 with Ross Chastain alongside.  Briscoe edges out Ross Chastain to take the lead with AJ Allmendinger in third.

Ross Chastain passes Chase Briscoe to take the lead.  AJ Allmendinger battles with Briscoe for second.

The top five are Ross Chastain, Chase Briscoe, AJ Allmendinger, Tyler Reddick, and Kyle Busch.

AJ Allmendinger’s crew chief reminds him that the one and 14 – Ross Chastain and Chase Briscoe – do not get along and AJ responds with do any of us really get along?

The top six drivers represent six different teams – Ross Chastain, Chase Briscoe, AJ Allmendinger, Alex Bowman, Kyle Busch, and Tyler Reddick.

Leaders just ran their fastest laps of the race.

Lap 51, Ty Dillon spins out after contact from Brad Keselowski but the track stays green when he gets moving again.

Boris Said is charged for a second time with cutting the course and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Bubba Wallace is out of the race.

With 17 to go, Ross Chastain leads the race with Chase Briscoe in second; AJ Allmendinger, Alex Bowman, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 53, Chase Briscoe gets loose and AJ Allmendinger comes up to pass for second.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr gets slowed on the track and comes to a stop.  Several drivers head for pit road anticipating a caution flag. 

The caution flag comes out on lap 54 for Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Stenhouse has a broken drive shaft.

AJ Allmendinger’s team reports that with the caution flag, they can make it to the end of the race…barely.

More drivers make a pit stop for fuel and fresh tires.

The teams were each given five sets of tires for the race plus the practice set.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 57 with AJ Allmendinger alongside.  Ross Chastain gets out in front for the lead.  Chase Briscoe is charged with cutting the course and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

The 14 team protests the ruling and after a review, NASCAR determined that Briscoe was forced off the track and withdrew the penalty.

Austin Cindric and Kaz Grala spins on the track but the track stays green.

The caution flag comes out on lap 58 after Corey LaJoie’s car puts some fluid on the track.  Chase Briscoe comes down pit road for fresh tires after flat spotting his tires during the off track incident.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 60 with AJ Allmendinger alongside.  Chastain gets out in front for the lead.  Cole Custer gets stuck but gets moving a gain and the track stays green.  Denny Hamlin and Aric Almirola also spin on the lap but the track stays green.

Nine to go, the top five are Ross Chastain, AJ Allmendinger, Tyler Reddick, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman.

Kaz Grala gets turned around but gets moving again.

Seven to go, Ross Chastain has a half second lead on AJ Allmendinger.

Six to go, Ross Chastain holds on to the lead despite a challenge form AJ Allmendinger.

Loris Hezemans brings out the caution flag on lap 63 when he gets stuck on the track with no power.

Joey Hand takes his car to the garage and is out of the race.

There are 34 drivers on the track and all 34 of them are on the lead lap.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 65 with AJ Allmendinger in second.  Three to go and the caution flag comes out as Tyler Reddick takes the lead.  The restart is under review.  Joey Logano spins out.  Kyle Larson and Kurt Busch also got off the track.  There is gravel all over the track.

The race goes into overtime!

A few drivers come down pit road for fresh tires.

NASCAR has determined that there was no foul on the last restart.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the overtime shootout with Ross Chastain alongside.  Tyler Reddick edges out for the lead but Ross Chastain comes up on the outside and takes the lead and begins to pull away.

Ross Chastain takes the white flag with a lead of over half a second on AJ Allmendinger.  Kyle Busch spins but keeps going.  AJ Allmendinger catches leader Ross Chastain and takes the lead but Alex Bowman comes up from the outside to take the lead.  In a three way battle, Ross Chastain gets out in front for the lead to give Trackhouse Racing their first win.  This is also Ross Chastain’s first Cup Series win.  Chastain is the sixth different winner this season.

Ross Chastain has his spotter on the way to his victory lap.  Then before he does his burnout, Chastain takes the First Victory flag adorned with a watermelon man..

But in one of the most unique vicoty celebrations, Ross Chastain stands on the roof of the car ans smashes a watermelon.  The Chastains are eight generation watermelon farmers in Florida.  Ross picks up a piece of the busted watermelon and eats it while being interviewed.

The unofficial results of the Echopark Automotive Grand Prix:
Ross Chastain
Alex Bowman
Christopher Bell
Chase Elliott

Tyler Reddick
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
Austin Cindric
Erik Jones
Austin Dillon
Kevin Harvick
William Byron
Michael McDowell
Brad Keselowski
Justin Haley
Todd Gilliland
Harrison Burton
Denny Hamlin
Aric Almirola
Ty Dillon
Chris Buescher
Josh Bilicki
Cole Custer
Daniel Suarez
Kaz Grala
Boris Said
Cody Ware
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Chase Briscoe
Joey Logano
Kurt Busch
AJ Allmendinger
Loris Hezemans
Joey Hand
Corey LaJoie
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Bubba Wallace
Andy Lally

Fifth Winner of the Season in Xfinity at COTA

Xfinity Series

Closing out a double header Saturday, the Xinfity Series runs the Pit Boss 250. But first 42 teams have brought cars to the track for 38 spots in the field.

The drivers get a 20 minute practice session before being divided into two groups for qualifying. The top five in each group will make a second qualifying run for the pole.

Joining the Xfinity Series race this week is Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace driving the number 18 car for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Due to some mechanical issues, Brandon Jones will not make a qualifying run but will be in the race, starting from the back of the field.

Jesse Iwuji, Brennan Poole, Josh Williams, and Gar Robinson all failed to make the race.

With a qualifying time of 2:14.52 Ty Gibbs put his number 54 car on the pole for the second time in his career. The 19 year old is the first multiple race winner of the season so far with two.

After running in the Camping World Truck Series; Will Rodgers, Sheldon Creed, and Parker Kligerman are running a doubleheader and racing in the Xfinity Series race.

The starting lineup for the Pit Boss 250:
Ty Gibbs
Ross Chastai
Cole Custer
AJ Allmendinger
Alex Labbe
Sheldon Creed
Preston Pardus
Austin Hill
Justin Allgaier
Sam Mayer
Parker Kligerman
Noah Gragson
Brett Moffitt
Landon Cassill
Bubba Wallace
Jade Buford
Miguel Paludo
Anthony Alfredo
Daniel Hemric
Jeb Burton
Myatt Snider
Riley Herbst
Parker Chase
Sage Karam
Josh Berry
Jeremy Clements
Josh Bilicki
Brandon Brown
Bayley Currey
Patrick Gallagher
Joe Graf Jr
Scott Heckert
Stefan Parsons

Ryan Vargas
Ryan Sieg
JJ Yeley
Will Rodgers
Brandon Jones

Joey Logano and Kurt Busch join Adam Alexander in the FOX broadcast booth for today’s race.

Stage one of the race is 14 laps long with stage two and three lasting 16 laps for a total of 46 laps around the 3.41 mile track.

JJ Yeley, Brandon Brown, Josh Bilicki, Brett Moffitt, Landon Cassill, Brandon Jones, Will Rodgers, and Ryan Sieg will alls have to start the race from the back of the field after crews made unapproved adjustments to the cars.

Nineteen year old Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag start of the race on a hot Saturday afternoon and drivers gets four and five wide a cross the track going into turn one.

NASCAR has announced that the race start is under review.

Ross Chastain takes the lead with Ty Gibbs in second.

The number 28 car of Patrick Gallagher has been posted for jumping the line.

Lap two, Ross Chastain leads the race with Ty Gibbs in second; Cole Custer, AJ Allmendinger, and Alex Labbe round out the top five.

Josh Berry and Miguel Paludo have damage to their cars after some on track contact amongh several drivers in close quarters.

Stefan Parsons gets off the track but gets moving again and the track stays green.

Lap three, Ross Chastain has a near one second lead on Ty Gibbs; AJ Allmendinger, Cole Custer, and Alex Labbe round out the top five.

Josh Berry is on pit road for repairs to his damaged car.

Parker Kligerman, who has already run 42 laps in the Truck Series, is reporting some major cramping in his arms. Kligerman’s cool suit malfunctioned during the Truck Series race.

Justin Allgaier spins out but the track stays green.

Lap four, Ty Gibbs passes Ross Chastain for the lead.

Lap four, Ross Chastain comes back to battle Ty Gibbs for the lead with AJ Allmendinger on their bumpers. AJ Allmendinger takes the lead with Ty Gibbs in second and Ross Chastain in third.

Lap six, AJ Allmendinger has a half second lead on Ty Gibbs with Ross Chastain in third; Cole Custer and Alex Labbe round out the top five.

Lap seven, Ty Gibbs challenges AJ Allmendinger for the lead, but so far “The Dinger” is holding off the teen driver.

Lap eight, the battle continues and AJ Allmendinger holds off Ty Gibbs one more time.

Lap eight, Ty Gibbs passes AJ Allmendinger briefly for the lead but Allmendinger quickly takes back the lead; Ross Chastain, Cole Custer, and Alex Labbe round out the top five.

Lap nine, AJ Allmendinger continues to lead the race with Ty Gibbs continuing to run in his wake.

More than just the first road course race of the season, the Dash-4-Cash returns for the Xfinity Series. The top four Xfinity Series regulars will qualify to compete for $100,000 prize over the next four races.

Lap 10, Cole Custer passes Ross Chastain for third.

After starting the race in 16th place, Bubba Wallace has moved up just outside the top five in sixth place.

Lap 10, AJ Allmendinger leads the race with Ty Gibbs in second; Cole Custer, Ross Chastain, and Alex Labbe rounding out the top five.

Lap eleven, AJ Allmendinger has a lead of over half a second on Ty Gibbs; Cole Custer, Ross Chastain, and Bubba Wallace round out the top five.

Lap 12, some drivers come down pit road to short pit the end of the stage.

Noah Gragson is reporting a very loose condition in his car.

AJ Allmendinger leads the race while Ty Gibbs and Cole Custer battle for second.

AJ Allmendinger stays out on the track to hold on to the lead but Ty Gibbs, Cole Custer, and Ross Chastain all make pit stops.

AJ Allmendinger wins stage one for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
AJ Allmendinger
Alex Labbe
Daniel Hemric
Parker Kligerman
Justin Allgaier
Preston Pardus
Jade Buford
Parker Chase
Jeremy Clements
Ty Gibbs

Bayley Currey’s car was taken to the garage on the tow truck and is out of the race.

Will Rodgers’ car was stalled on pit road and had to be pushed; NASCAR keeps pit road closed until pit road is cleared.

Noah Gragson is reporting that he is very nauseous in the car and is asking for some form of medication for the issue.

Drivers who did not make a pit stop before the end of the stage, make their pit stops. AJ Allmendinger entered put road as the leader but comes back out on the track in 15th place.

Ty Gibbs is the leader of the race and brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 18. Drivers immediately get four and five wide across the track. Ross Chastain takes the lead.

The top five are Ross Chastain, Sam Mayer, Bubba Wallace, Ty Gibbs, and Cole Custer. AJ Allmendinger moves up four spots to 12th on the restart.

Bubba Wallace passes Sam Mayer for second with “The Watermelon Man” Ross Chastain leading the way.

Lap 19, Ross Chastain leads the race with Bubba Wallace in second; Cole Custer, Sam Mayer, and Noah Gragson round out the top five. AJ Allmendinger has entered the top 10 in ninth.

Lap 20, Ross Chastain has a near two second lead on Bubba Wallace; Cole Custer, Sam Mayer, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Ty Gibbs may have a tire going down.

AJ Allmendinger is just outside the top five in sixth place.

Lap 21, Ross Chastain has a near three second lead on Bubba Wallace; Cose Custer, Sam Mayer, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Ty Gibbs made a pit stop. One of his valve stems had been knocked off and was leaking air. He comes back out on the track in 36th place.

Cole Custer and Bubba Wallace battle for second with Custer taking the spot nearly three seconds behind Ross Chastain.

Bayley Currey is out of the race.

Sage Karam spins out but the track stays green.

Lapa 23, Ross Chastain has pulled out to a lead of nearly four seconds on Cole Custer, Bubba Wallace, Sam Mayer, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Lap 24, Ross Chastain has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Cole Custer; Bubba Wallace, Sam Mayer, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Bubba Wallace passes Cole Custer for second.

Lap 25, AJ Allmendinger and Sam Mayer battle for fourth.

Lap 26, Ross Chastain has a atwo and a half second lead on Bubba Wallace; Cole Custer, AJ Allmendinger, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

Patrick Gallagher spins out but the track stays green when he gets the car moving again.

Lap 27, AJ Allmendinger is now in third place nearly four seconds behind leader Ros Chastain.

With four laps remaining in stage two, drivers are beginning to make pit stops short of the end of the stage including AJ Allmendinger and Bubba WAllace.

Lap 27 Ross Chastain’s lead is down to under two seconds over Cole Custer.

Lap 29, Ross Chastain gives up the lead to make a green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Sam Mayer.

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

Bubba Wallace is off the pace but is still on the track. The transmission keeps jumping out of gear and he has to try and hold it in gear.

Sam Mayer wins stage two for his first ever stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Sam Mayer
Jade Buford
Justin Allgaier
Josh Berry
Riley Herbst
Cole Custer
Ssage Karam
Ross Chastain
AJ Allmendinger
Noah Gragson

The drivers who stayed out on the track now make their pit stops.

Justin Allgaier reports that he has no second gear.

Bubba Wallace is on pit road with the crew working on the transmission gear.

Ross Chastain leads the race with AJ Allmendinger in second.

Joe Graf Jr left pit road with equipment and will have to servie a penalty.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with AJ Allmendinger alongside on 32. After a battle between the two, AJ Allmendinger takes the lead.

But Ross Chastain continues to battle with Allmendinger; Noah Gragson, Austin Hill, and Jeb Burton round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out for debrits on the track with 13 laps remaining in the race. This is the first caution flag of the race for something other than the end of a stage.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag restart with eleven laps remaining in the race. Drivers get four and five wide across the track. AJ Allmendinger takes the lead with Ross Chastain on his bumper; Noah Gragson, Austin Hill, and Jeb Burton round out the top five.

Drivers are smoking tires all over the field.

Patrick Gallagher spins out again but he gets going again and the track stays green.

Sheldon Creed gets off the track briefly but get going again and the track stays green.

AJ Allmendinger has a lead of over half a second on Ross Chastain; Austin Hill is in third over two seconds back with Noah Gragson and Landon Cassill rounding out the top five.

Ten to go, AJ Allmendinger has increased his lead on Ross Chastain to over a second with battles for position all through the field.

The caution flag comes out once again for debris with nine laps remaining in the race. Brandon Jones has some damage to his car.

A few drivers come down pit road for fresh tires including Ty Gibbs and Bubba Wallace.

AJ Allmendinger has led 19 of the 38 laps run so far.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag restart with Ross Chastain alongside. There are six laps remaining in the race. Drivers are four and five wide across the track and Ross Chastain spins out after contact with Landon Cassill. The restart is under review. AJ Allmendinger leads the race.

AJ Allmendinger leads the race with Austin Hill in second; Noah Gragson, Jeremy Clements, and Jeb Burton round out the top five.

Five to go, AJ Allmendinger leads the race with Austin Hill in second; Jeb Burton, Jeremy Clements ,and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Jeb Burton has been penalized for cutting the course short and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Four to go, AJ Allmendinger has a lead of over two seconds on Austin Hill.

Jeremy Clements is also being charged with short cutting the course and will have to serve a penalty.

Three to go, AJ Allmendinger’s lead is now over three seconds over Austin Hill.

AJ Allmendinger takes the white flag.

AJ Allmendinger wins the race to become the fifth winner in six races in th Xfinity Series.

AJ Allmendinger, Austin Hill, Noah Gragson, and Sam Mayer are the four drivers competing in the Dash-4-Cash race next week.

The unofficial resutls of the Pit Boss 250:
AJ Allmendinger
Austin Hill
Cole Custer
Noah Gragson
Sam Mayer
Myatt Snider
Brett Moffitt

Jade Buford
Miguel Paludo
Sheldon Creed
Ryan Sieg
Parker Kligerman
Anthony Alfredo
Preston Pardus
Ty Gibbs
Sage Karam
Ross Chastain
Brandon Jones
Parker Chase
Brandon Brown
Stefan Parsons
Patrick Gallagher
Jeb Burton
Jeremy Clements
Daniel Hemric
Riley Herbst
Josh Berry
Bubba Wallace
JJ Yeley
Ryan Vargas
Landon Cassill
Scott Heckert
Justin Allgaier
Joe Graf Jr
Josh Bilicki
Alex Labbe
Will Rodgers
Bayley Currey

Front Row Goes Back to Back in Overtime Finish

For the second week in a row, NASCAR features a triple header weekend from Circuit of the Americas.

The Camping World Truck Series kicks the weekend off with qualifying for the Xpel 225.

A total of 39 teams brought trucks to Austin, Texas for 36 spots in the field.

Driving the first of his five Truck Series races this season, team owner Kyle Busch is driving the number 51 truck this week. This will be Busch’s first time running a road course race in the Truck Series.

Cup Series regular Alex Bowman is also running the the Truck Series race this weekend.

A 20 turn road course, qualifying is a bit different for the teams. All 39 drivers will have a 20 minute practice session before the field is divided into two groups where they will have a 15 minute qualifying session. Drivers can make as many laps as they wish in those 15 minutes. The top five drivers from each group will get a second session of 10 minute practice session before making a single truck run for a shot to sit on the pole and bring the field to the green flag.

After their qualifying rounds Tyler Hill, Samuel Lecomte, and John Atwell failed to make the field.

With a time of 2:14.92, Sheldon Creed put his number 20 truck on the pole with Zane Smith starting alongside on the front row. Cup Series drivers Alex Bowman and Kyle Busch will start the race in the first three rows with Bowman starting third ,and Busch starting fifth.

While he earned the pole, Sheldon Creed noted that they may end up starting the race from the back of the field due to a fuel pump change; noting that there was an issue with the pump.



The starting lineup for the XPEL 225:
Sheldon Creed
Zane Smith
Alex Bowman
Parker Kligerman
Kyle Busch
Carson Hocevar
Stewart Friesen
Christian Eckes
Taylor Gray
Tyler Ankrum
John Hunter Nemechek
Chandler Smith
Ben Rhodes
Derek Kraus
Austin Wayne Self
Grant Enfinger
Kris Wright
Kaz Grala
Ty Majeski
Matt Crafton
Logan Beardan
Chase Purdy
Hailie Deegan
Lawless Alan
Timmy Hill
Colby Howard
Jack Wood
Tanner Gray
Blaine Perkins
Spencer Boyd
Tate Fogleman
Brad Perez
Dean Thompson
Will Rodgers
Matt Jaskol
Matt DiBenedetto

A total of 14 drivers will have to start the race from the back of the field including pole sitter Sheldon Creed. John Hunter Nemechek, Kris Wright, Kaz Grala, Mat Crafton, Logan Beardan, Lawless Alan, Jack Wood, Blaine Perkins, Brad Perez, Will Rodgers, Matt Jaskol, and Matt DiBenedetto are also having to start from the back of the field.

Stage one of the race is 12 laps long, stage two is 14 laps long; with stage three lasting 16 laps for a total of 42 laps around the track.

Andy Lally joins Michael Waltrip and Vince Welch in the FOX broadcast booth for today’s race.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag start of the race. The drivers get three and four wide going into turn one. Alex Bowman takes the lead.

Once the green flag dropped, Matt Crafton had to make a pass through penalty after inspection issues.

Austin Wayne Self spins out and makes contact with Taylor Gray but the track stays green.

Lap two, Alex Bowman leads the race with Zane Smith in second; Kyle Busch, Stewart Friesen, and Parker Kligerman round out the top five.

Kyle Busch takes the lead going into turn 12 on lap number two.

Lap three, Sheldon Creed takess his truck to the garage.

Kyle Busch leads the race with Alex Bowman in second; Parker Kligerman, Zane Smith, and Stewart Freisen round out the top five.

Lap five, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a led of nearly three seconds with Parker Kligerman in second; Alex Bowman, Zane Smith, and Stewart Friesen round out the top five.

Lap six, Kyle Busch holds on to his three second lead on Parker Kligerman; Alex Bowman, Zane Smith, and Stewart Friesen round out the top five.

Grant Enfinger reports that he is having some brake issues; adding that he has to push the pedal all the way to the floor.

Matt Jaskol is off the track with Logan Beardan and Blaine Perkins in the pits.

Hailie Deegan had to make a pass through penalty after cutting short the S curves.

Lap seven, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to four seconds on Parker Kligerman.

Sheldon Creed is out of the race with drivetrain issues.

Lap seven, the top five are Kyle Busch, Parker Kligerman, Alex Bowman, Zane Smith, and Stewart Friesen.

With four laps remaining in stage one, some of the drivers are short pitting and coming down pit road for fresh tires.


Lap nine, leader Kyle Busch comes down pit road for service and gives the lead over to Parker Kligerman.

Lap eleven, leader Parker Kligerman comes down pit road for service and gives the lead over the Zane Smith.

Lap 12, Zane Smith and Stewart Friesen battle for the lead.

Zane Smith holds on to win stage one for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Zane Smith
Stewart Friesen
Ben Rhodes
Derek Kraus
Tyler Ankrum
Matt DiBenedetto
Timmy Hill
Christian Eckes
Kyle Busch
Taylor Gray

The drivers who did not short pit, come down pit road for service.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two with Parker Kligerman alongside on lap 15. Kyle Busch takes the lead.

Parker Kligerman passes Kyle Busch for the lead, but Busch comes back to retake the lead.

The caution flag comes out when Dean Thompson spins out.

Parker Kligerman reports that his cool suit is not working…and it is a hot day with temps in the mid 80’s. He will be doing double duty today, also driving in the Xfinity Series race.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 18. Busch takes the lead going into turn one as drivers get three wide across the track.

Tanner Gray gets turned around but the track stays green as Gray gets moving again.

Kazz Grala spins out as Johbn Hunter Nemechek takes second place.

Lap 19, the top five are Kyle Busch, John Hunter Nemechek, Alex Bowman, Parker Kligerman, and Carson Hocevar.

Earlier this week, KBM owner Kyle Busch made a bet with his drivers; whichever driver finishes the lowest of the three KBM drivers – Busch, John Hunter Nemechek, and Chandler Smith – finish the lowest has to wash all the windshields at KBM next week.

Lap 20, Chase Purdy and Matt Crafton make contact and bring out the caution flag when Crafton gets stuck in the gravel. Purday also spins out but gets the truck moving once again.

Matt Crafton is out of the gravel pit and has made a pit stop. Drivers come down pit road for service.

John Hunter Nemechek stays out on the track and will bring the field to the green with Zane Smith alongside. There are four laps remaining in stage two.

Lap 23, John Hunter Nemechek takes the lead with Zane Smith in second who also stayed out on the track during pit stops.

Lap 23, Zane Smith and John Hunter Nemechek battle for the lead. The duo make contact and Nemechek spins out but the track stays green.

Chase Purdy spins out after contact from Matt Crafton.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the truck down pit road.

Lap 24, Zane Smith has a lead of over a second on Derek Kraus; Ben Rhodes, Matt DiBenedetto, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

Blaine Perkins and Sheldon Creed are out of the race.

John Hunter Nemechek was charged with having an uncontrolled tire when he made his pit stop. He will have to serve a pass through penalty for the infraction.

Two laps remain in stage two and Zane Smith is the leader with Ben Rhodes nearly three seconds back; Derek Kraus, Chandler Smith, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Zane Smith wins stage two for the stage sweep. Last year, Todd Gilliland won the race in the number 38 truck; can Zane Smith keep the record going???

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Zane Smith
Ben Rhodes
Derek Kraus
Kyle Busch
Chandler Smith
Matt DiBenedetto
Timmhy Hill
Stewart Friesen
Carson Hocevar
Parker Kligerman

Drivers come down pit road for service.

Kyle Busch reports that the right front is shaking but decided to stay out on the track.

After getting four laps down, Austin Wayne Self has worked his way back to the lead lap.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on the inside lane with 13 laps remaining in the race. Kyle Busch takes the lead with Chandler Smith in second.



Jack Wood and Kris Wright get spun around but the track stays green, Hailie Deegen pulls her truck off the track reporting that she can’t turn.

With 13 laps to go, Kyle Busch leads the race iwht Chandler Smith in second; Carson Hocevar, Stewart Friesen, and Parker Kligerman round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out after Hailie Deegan has steering issues and is stopped on the track.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green falg restart with Chandler Smith alongside with 10 laps remaining in the race. Kyle Busch edges out Chandler Smith for the lead but drivers get four and five wide across the track with Carson Hocevar coming up to battle for the lead. Kyle Busch holds on to lead the race with Carson Hocevar in second; Stewart Friesen, Parker Kligerman, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

Matt DiBenedetto comes to a stop on the track with a drive line issue. Zane Smith gets turned around but gets the truck moving. Kris Wright also gets off the track. The caution flag comes out with nine laps remaining in the race.

A few drivers come down pit road for fresh tires.

Chandler Smith reports some “wierd vibration” in his truck.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with seven laps remaining in the race. Going into turen one, drivers get three and four wide with Kyle Busch taking the lead.

The top five are Kyle Busch, Stewart Friesen, Chandler Smith, Alex Bowman, and Parker Kligerman.

Austin Wayne Self gets turned around again but he gets moving again and the track stays green./

Stewart Friesen challenges Kyle Busch for the lead.

Six to go, Kyle Busch holds on to the lead with Stewart Friesen less than a second back; Alex Bowman, Parker Kligerman, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

Five to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of over a second and a half on Stewart Friesen. After restarting the race in 20th place, Zane Smith has entered the top 10.

Four to go, Kyle Busch leads the race with fellow Cup Series driver Alex Bowman in second; Stewart Friesen, Parker Kligerman, and Chandler Smith round out the top five. Busch has a two second lead on Bowman.

Hailie Deegan is out of the race

Three to go, Kyle Busch holds on to his two second lead on Alex Bowman.

Derek Kraus and Kris Wright each spin out but the track stays green.

The caution flag comes out with just three laps to go when Christian Eckes spins out and Matt Jaskol gets stalled on the track.

The race is going into overtime!

Chandler Smith comes down pit road with reports of strange noises and a vibration.

Timmy Hill is on pit road with the hood up.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag overtime shootout with Alex Bowman alongside. Busch goes into turn one taking the lead. Chase Purdy gets turned around but gets the truck moving again. Alex Bowman is on Kyle Busch’s bumper in a battle for the lead.

The caution flag comes out when Kaz Grala gets buried in the gravel pit and there is debris scattered on the track.

Crews get Kaz Grala out of the gravel and he is moving once again.

The race goes into a second overtime. Several dirvers come down pit road for fuel and fresh tires.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the second green flag overtime shootout and edges out Alex Bowman for the lead. Stewart Freisen passes Alex Bowman for second place.

Kyle Busch, Stewart Friesen, and Alex Bowman are side by side for the lead and make contact. Zane Smith is the new leader.

Zane Smith takes the white flag as drivers continue to battle throughout the field.

With a lead of over three seconds, Zane Smith wins the race for the second win at COTA for Front Row Motorsports and the number 38 truck. This is Smith’s second win of the season.

Unofficial results of the XPEL 225:
Zane Smith
John Hunter Nemechek
Kyle Busch
Chandler Smith
Christian Eckes
Tyler Ankrum
Carson Hocevar
Stewart Friesen
Grant Enfinger
Lawless Alan
Derek Kraus
Matt Crafton
Kaz Grala
Kris Wright
Chase Purdy
Tanner Gray
Tate Fogleman
Parker Kligerman
Brad Perez
Will Rodgers
Timmy Hill
Spencer Boyd
Colby Howard
Alex Bowman
Taylor Gray
Austin Wayne Self
Logan Bearden
Dean Thompson
Ty Majeski
Matt DiBenedetto
Jack Wood
Matt Jaskol
Hailie Deega
Blaine Perkins
Sheldon Creed

Rachael Sage

Award winning Independent Music artist Rachael Sage has toured as a solo artist and as the opening act for British hit maker Howard Jones. Next month she will be opening for Imelda May as they tour around the British Isles.

But before crossing the pond, Sage will be performing in Pennsylvania.

Rachael Sage tour dates:
March 26 at Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem, PA
April 2 at the Pavilion Theatre in Rhyl, UK
April 4 at Symphony Hall in Birmingham, UK
April 5 at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, UK
April 6 at the York Barbican in York, UK
April 8 at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge, UK
April 9 at the O2 Guildhall in Southampton, UK
April 10 at the Brighton Dome in Brighton, UK
April 12 at The Forum in Bath, UK
April 13 at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend-on-Sea, UK
April 14 at the Palladium in London, UK
April 16 at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, UK
April 17 at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, UK
April 18 at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, UK
April 20 at the Brangwyn Hall in Swansea, UK
May 1 at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, UK
May 2 at the Millennium Forum in Derry, UK
May 3 at The TLT in Drogheda, Ireland
May 5 at Leisureland in Galway, Ireland
May 6 at the University Concert Hall in Limerick, Ireland
May 7 at the INEC Arena in Killarney, Ireland
May 9 & 10 at the Opera House in Cork, Ireland
May 11 at the National Opera House in Wexford, Ireland
May 13-15 at Vicar Street in Dublin, Ireland
June 14 at The Bitter End for the NY Songwriters Circle Annual LGBT Fundraiser in New York City, NY
July 1 at The Market Bar in Inverness, UK
July 3 at the Weston-Super-Mare Pride in Weston-Super-Mare, UK
Aug 10 at The Bedford in Balham, UK
Aug 19 at O’Connor’s in Worthing, UK
Aug 20 at the Midsomer Norton Cricket Club in Midsomer Norton, UK
Aug 27 at the Tucker’s Grave Inn for the Tucker’s Grave Cider Festival in Faulkland, UK
Aug 28 at Percy’s Cafe Bar in Whitchurch, UK
Aug 29 at TVWStock in Llandudno, UK

Driver Makes Debut at COTA

It is not uncommon for team owners to bring in a “ringer” for the road course races.  Until very recently, NASCAR drivers saw very little when it came to road racing with just the races in Sonoma and Watkins Glen each year.

A long time favourite to bring in to run the road course races is Boris Said; this year Said will be driving the number 66 Bumper.com car for the race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Also racing this weekend at COTA is Brad Perez who will be making his Camping World Truck Series debut.

Last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Perez was a tire specialist for Rackley W.A.R.’s number 25 truck driven by Matt DiBenedetto.  This weekend he will be just one of the drivers on the track racing against DiBenedetto.

A very excited Perez noted that he was “freaking out” after learning he would be getting his chance to race in the Truck Series.

Prior to his Camping World Truck Series debut, Perez has driven Go-Karts, Spec Miatas, Legend Cars, and run in the ARCA Menards Series.  And like all racers today, he has done his share of racing in iRacing.

Perez will be driving for RBR – Reaume Brothers Racing – in the number 43 truck.

When not working in the pits or driving a truck, Perez is a driving instructor at the BMW Performance Center in Greer, South Carolina.

Speaking on his new opportunity, Perez said, “at the end of the day I like to sit in bed and reflect on the day, but I’ve been getting home at midnight or 2am. this whole week, so I haven’t really had time to reflect. I feel like when the national anthem is on, and I’m standing next to the truck, I feel like that’s probably when it’s going to hit me.”  He added, “my parents are going to be there. It’s a big event. It’s COTA. It’s the freaking United States Grand Prix track. It’s super cool. I feel like I’m not going to really grasp it until then.”

NASCAR Issues First Major Penalty

On March 24, NASCAR issued a major penalty to Rousch Fenway Keselowski Racing…one that will have long lasting implications on the team and owner/driver Brad Keselowski.

The penalty is in relation to a violation of the NASCAR rule book – modification of a supplied part – and will cost RFK Racing $100,000, a reduction of 100 car owner points, a reduction of 100 driver points, and a four race suspension of crew chief Matt McCall.  Should Keselowski make it to the first round of the playoffs, he will also be docked 10 playoff points.

Prior to the Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 20, Keselowski’s start was pushed to the back of the field after the crew made some unapproved adjustments to the car.  It was during the tear down inspection at the NASCAR R&D Center that the infraction was discovered.

Prior to the penalty, Keselowski was in the final spot – 16th – to make the playoffs with 122 points.  Since the issuance of the penalty, Keselowski has dropped to 35th place with just 22 points.  Only part time drivers Greg Biffle and Jacques Villeneuve have fewer points.

When the new Next Gen car was revealed, NASCAR also issued a warning to the teams noting that penalties relating to the new car would be far more severe than in the past.  The first few weeks of the season has already seen three crew chiefs suspended several races for loss of a tire during the race.

When NASCAR introduced the new Next Gen car, they also announced that many of the parts used in the cars would be provided and any alterations would not be tolerated.


NASCAR has also suspended crew chief Eddie Troconis for a second time for violating the NASCAR rule book when it comes to member conduct.  He was previously suspended last October and was reinstated in February.

Nick Mason and Saucerful of Secrets

The past two years have been difficult for touring artists, but many are getting back on the road; and even finding that they are having to add dates to their tours.

Former member of Pink Floyd Nick Mason is set to tour North America in September. His Saucerful of Secrets band kicks off the tour in Boston and have already had to expand their dates.

Noting that they wanted to come back once it was safe, Mason said, “sadly, six shows weren’t able to be rescheduled as the venues weren’t available when the band were, and three shows have moved venues within the same cities, but eight new shows have been added to the tour in different locations.” Tickets for the new shows go on sale March 25 at 10am local time.

For shows that could not be rescheduled, the point of purchase venue should be contacting ticket holders. All tickets already purchased will be good for the new dates. For tickets holders who hold tickets for cities where the venue has chagned will be allowed to purchase tickets prior to the general sale.


Staying true to his Pink Floyd roots, Mason and the Saucerful of Secrets band perform Pink Floyd music prior to the release of “Dark Side of the Moon”.

Nick Mason tour dates:
Sept 22 at the Shurbert Theatre in Boston, MA
Sept 23 at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, PA
Sept 25 at the PPAC in Providence, RI
Sept 26 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY
Sept 27 at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Sept 29 at the Akron Civic Theatre in Akron, OH
Sept 30 at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 1 at The Palace in Columbus, OH
Oct 3 at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL
Oct 4 at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN
Oct 5 at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI
Oct 7 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in Detroit, MI
Oct 8 at Massey Hall in Toronto, ON
Oct 9 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, NY
Oct 11 at the Theatre St. Denis 1 in Montreal, QC
Oct 12 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, NY
Oct 14 at the Clowes Hall in Indianapolis, IN
Oct 16 at the Tulsa Theatre in Tulsa, OK
Oct 17 at the Texas Trust CU Theatre in Grand Prairie, TX
Oct 18 at the Bass Concdert Hall in Austin, TX
Oct 20 at the Paramount Theatre in Denver, CO
Oct 22 at The Madison Center for the Arts in Phoenix, AZ
Oct 24 at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego, CA
Oct 25 at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
Oct 26 at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA
Oct 28 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA
Oct 31 at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, WA
Nov 1 at The Orpheum in Vancouver, BC


Prior to their North American dates, Nick and the band will be performing in Europe:

April 13 at the Convention Centre in Dublin, Ireland
April 14 at the Ulster Hall in Belfast, UK
April 16 at the Barbican in York, UK
April 18 at the Philharmonic in Liverpool, UK
April 19 at the New Theatre in Oxford, UK
April 20 at G Live in Guildford, UK
April 22 at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham, UK
April 23 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK
April 24 at the Regent in Ipswich, UK
April 26 at the Dome in Brighton, UK
April 27 at St. David’s Hall in Cardiff, UK
April 28 at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, UK
April 30 at City Hall in Sheffield, UK
May 1 at De Montfort Hall in Leicester, UK
May 3 at O2 City Hall in Newcastle, UK
May 4 at Usher Hall in Edinburgh, UK
May 6 at the O2 Apollo in Manchester, UK
May 7 at the Forum in Bath, UK
May 8 at the Plymouth Pavilions in Plymouth, UK
May 10 at the Guildhall in Portsmouth, UK
May 11 at Fairfield Halls in Croydon, UK
May 14 at Vaerket in Randers, Denmark
May 16 at The Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark
May 17 at Sentrum Scene in Oslo, Norway
May 19 at the House of Culture in Helsinki, Finland
May 21 a the Alexela Hall in Tallinn, Estonia
May 27 at Compensa Hall in Vilius, Lithuania
May 28 at Klub Wytwornia in Lodz, Poland
May 30 at Budapest Park in Budapest, Hungary
May 31 at Hall 9 in Zagreb, Croatia
June 1 at the Belexpo Centar in Belgrade, Serbia
June 3 at the Dasous Theater in Thessaloniki, Greece
June 4 at Technopolis in Athens, Greece
June 6 at the VU Arena in Istanbul, Turkey
June 8 at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria
June 9 at the Arenele Romane in Bucharest, Romaia
June 11 at the Gasometer in Vienna, Austria
June 12 at the Forum in Prague, Czech Republic
June 13 at the Tempodrom in Berlin, Germany
June 15 at den Atelier in Luxembourg, Luxembourg
June 16 at Muziekgebouw in Eindhoven, Netherlands
June 17 at Cirque Royale in Brussels, Belgium
June 19 at Meistersingerhalle in Nuremberg, Germany
June 20 at the Jahrhunderthalle in Franklin, Germany
June 22 in Grand Rex in Paris, France
June 24 at KKL in Lucerne, Switzerland
June 25 at the Piazza Napoleone in Lucca, Italy
June 26 at Stupinigi Sonic Park in Turin, Italy
June 28 at the Theatre De Leman in Geneva, Switzerland
June 30 at the Leiederhalle Beethoven-Saal in Stuttgart, Germany
July 1 at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Germany
July 2 at Inseln Grafenwerth in Bad Honnef, Germany
July 4 at Circus Krone in Munich, Germany
July 5 at the Haus-Auensee in Leipzig, Germany
July 6 at Halle Munsterland in Munster, Germany
July 9 at BARTS in Barcelona, Spain
July 10 at Jardin Botanico in Madrid, Spain
July 12 at the Super Bock Arena in Porto, Spain
July 13 at Campo Pequeno in Lisbon, Portugal

USFL Announces Rule Changes

Football fans starved to see some action on the grid-iron will not have to wait long. The new version of the USFL begins play next month with eight teams, 43 games, and some new rules including overtime and scoring options.

After scoring a touchdown a team will have the option of a one point pick, a two point run/pass option, or the new scrimmage equal to a first down play from the 10 yard line wthich will result in three points.

NFL fans saw some controversial overtime games in the 2021 playoffs that has sparked a great deal of conversation and speculation on future overtime games. The UFSL has created a unique answer to the issue where each team will receive a chance to score. Essentially each offense will make a two point conversion play from the two yard line in a best of three competition. If the game is still tied, the game goes into sudden death and continues until a winner is determined.

Other rule changes inclue:Unlike the NFL, two forward passes from behind the line of scrimmage is a legal play.

Each head coach gets one replay challenge. All replay decisions will be determined by the USFL Control Center in Los Angeles.

Kickoff plays are from the 25 yard line with all players on the kick off team must be within one yard of the line of scrimmage; while the receiving team must be within must have at least eight players in the “set-up zone” – the 35 to 45 yard lines. If a ball travels 20 yards without being touched by the receiving team, it becomes a dead ball and will be the receiving team’s ball at that spot.

On punts, the players must lineup inside the numbers and cannot double block any player until after the ball has been punted.

On first down plays the clock will stop within two minutes of halftime and the end of game.

The defensive pass interference penalty has many factions depending on when it occurred…tackling a receiver beyond 15 yard and no more than 15 yard past the line of scrimmage are both spot fouls. If the spot foul occurs more than 15 yards from the line of scrimmage, then the penalty becomes a 15 yard penalty.

The pass interference or ineligible player downfield penalties are null if a pass does not cross the line of scrimmage.

‘CODA’ to Get Musical Treatment

On the heels of the award winning hit film “CODA” (Child/ren of Deaf Adults) Vendome Pictures and Pathe Films are joining forces with the Deaf West Theatre to create a musical version of the film.


The film starring Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur, Emilia Jones, and Daniel Durant tells the story of a hearing teen who must not only help out with the family’s fishing business; but also serves as an interpreter for her parents. She later joins the school choir and discovers a whole new world.


While the creative team has yet to be announced, the film has earned three Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, is the AFI Awards Movie of the Year, and has broken new ground as the first film featuring a majority of the cast members who are deaf. Star Troy Kotsur is the first actor who is Deaf to win a major award at the SAG, BAFTA, and Critics Choice Awards.

Artiistic Director for Deaf West Theatre DJ Kurs spoke on the project saying, “in the movie there is a scene where the Deaf members of the Rossi family, confronted with an inaccessible school performance, take in Ruby’s song through the joy of others in the audience. This is an opportunity, then, to bring the story full circle by bringing it back to members of the Deaf community and by making the music accessible through our signed and sung live adaptation of the movie. It is in the mission of our organization to be the artistic bridge between the Deaf and hearing communities and we are truly excited and honored to embark on this live iteration of a story that brings together both sides of the aisle and addresses the ways that we move throughout the world.”

Deaf West Theatre made their Broadway debut in 2003 with “Big River”. They returned to the Great White Way in 2015 with “Spring Awakening”.

Daddy Yankee Announces Retirement…and Tour

Reggaeton and Latin music star Daddy Yankee isn’t waiting around until he is old and gray to announce his retirement. After 30 years of making music the award winning artist says, “I see the finish line,” and has planned one last whirlwind tour of the world and a new album, “Legendaddy”, set for a March 24 release.

The 45 year old native Puerto Rican spoke via a video on his website saying, “this which has been a marathon, at last I see the finish line. his genre, people tell me that I made it global, but it was you who gave me the key to open the doors to make this genre the biggest in the world.”

He added, “I always worked not to fail you, not to look for any problems, with a lot of discipline, to be able to inspire children to be leaders, to dream of growth, to not think about limitations, and to work for their families and their people.”

The six time Latin Grammy Award winner has amassed 10 platinum albums, 20 multi-platinum albums, and a whopping nine Diamond Awards for selling at least 10 million copies of a single recording. The awards range from 10 million to 55 million in sales. Those awards were presented by the RIAA – Recording Industry Association of America – and reflect sales within the United States only!

Daddy Yankee released his first album, “No Mercy”, in 1995.


His final tour – “La Última Vuelta” – is set to begin in August with tickets going on sale March 30.

“La Última Vuelta” tour dates:
Aug 10 in Portland, OR
Aug 12 in San Jose, CA
Aug 13 in Las Angeles, CA
Aug 14 & 21 in Rosarito, Mexico
Aug 18 in Sacramento, CA
Aug 19 on Ontario, CA
Aug 20 in Las Vegas, NV
Aug 23 in Atlanta, GA
Aug 26 in Orlando, FL
Aug 27 in Miami, FL
Aug 28 in Fort Meyers, FL
Sept 1 in Boston, MA
Sept 2 in Incasville, CT
Sept 4 in Chicago, Il
Sept 7 in Washington, DC
Sept 10 in Montreal, QC
Sept 11 in Toronto, ON
Sept 15 in Houston, TX
Sept 16 in Hidalgo, TX
Sept 18 in Dallas, TX
Sept 20 in New York City, NY
Sept 29 Santiago, Chile
Oct 1 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Oct 4 in Guayaquil, Ecuador
Oct 5 in Quito, Ecuador
Oct 7 in Cali, Columbia
Oct 8 in Bogota, Columbia
Oct 14 in Barranquilla, Columbia
Oct 14in Medellin, Columbia
Oct 18 in Lima, Peru
Oct 22 in San Jose, Costa Rica
Nov 3 in Guatemala City, Guatemala
Nov 5 in San Salvador, El Salvador
Nov 8 in San Pedro Sua, Honduras
Nov 9 in Teguciagalpa, Honduras
Nov 12 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Nov 19 in Panama City, Panama
Nov 24 in Monterrey, Mexico
Nov 26 in Guadalajara, Mexico
Dec 2 in Mexico City, Mexico

Madness

Never short on having fun, quirky rockers Madness once gave a live performance in London from the roof of Buckingham Palace!

On March 24, Madness will be participating in the annual Teenage Cancer Trust benefit at Royal Albert Hall.

The one off performance is a precursor to a tour this summer around the British Isles and western Europe. Band members invite fans to “make sure you have some fun and let your hair down (if you have any left).”

Among the dates is a JUBILATION show in Brockwell Park June 2.

Madness tour dates:
March 24 for the Teenage Cancer Trust Benefit at Royal Albert Hall in London, UK
June 1 at Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, UK
June 2 Brockwell Park in London, UK
June 11 at Westonbirt Arboretum in Tetbury, UK
June 12 at Royal Highland Center in Edinburgh, UK
June 17 at the Isle of Wight Festival
June 18 at the Thetford Forest High Lodge in Brandon, UK
June 22 at the Festival Jardins Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain
June 24 at Plaza De Toros in Murcia, Spain
July 7 at the Beauregard Festival in Hérouville-Saint-Clair, France
July 8 at the SJOCK Festival in Lille, Belgium
July 15 at The Quarry in Shrewsburry, UK
July 16 at Haydock Park Racecourse in Merseyside, UK
July 21 at Standon Calling in Hertfordshire, UK
July 22 at the York Racecourse in York, UK
July 24 at the Tramlines Festival in Sheffield, UK
Aug 6 at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland
Aug 7 at Custom House Square in Belfast, UK
Aug 20 at Cabaret Vert 2022 in Charleville Mezieres, France
Aug 26 at the Windsor Racecourse in Windsor, UK

MLB Makes Temporary Changes

Due to the lockout, the Major League Baseball season got a bit of a late start this season. While the new contract may bring a few changes to the game – bigger bases, pitch clock, etc. -. One of the most notable changes is the universal designated hitter.

With the shortened spring training, MLB has made a few additional temporary changes…

The rosters are being expanded from 26 to 28 players with a maximum of 14 pitchers and the “ghost runner” returns in extra innings. The changes are in effect until May 1.

The “ghost runner” puts a runner on second base at the beginning of each inning. The “ghost runner” is the player who made the last out in the previous inning.

Bubba to Race in Xfinity Races

From some of the comments on Facebook whenever Bubba Wallace’s name is mentioned, there are quite a number of people who have little or no faith in the Cup Series driver. However, that lack of faith does not spill over to Hall of Fame Coach and team owner Joe Gibbs.

Joe Gibbs Racing fields cars in the Xfinity and Cup Series, with one of the Xfinity Series cars, the number 18 car, featuring several different drivers during the season. For the Xfinity Series races at Circuit of the America’s this weekend and the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway later in the season, Joe Gibbs Racing has signed 23XI Racining’s Bubba Wallace to drive the number 18 car.


While the Xfinity and Cup Series cars are very different this season, Wallace, who drives a Toyota for 23XL, will also be driving a Toyota for JGR.

It is not uncommon for a Cup Series driver to take advantage of the opportunity to run a race in the Xfinity Series and then run the race again in the Cup Series the following day. Veteran Cup Series drivers may run a maximum of five races each in the Camping World Truck and Xfinity Series. Both the races at COTA and Indianapolis are recent additions to the NASCAR Cup Series schedule.

Wallace made his Xfinity Series debut in 2012 driving for Gibbs.


Bubba Wallace spoke on the announcement saying, “I’m looking forward to partnering back up with Joe Gibbs Racing in the Xfinity Series after making my first career start in NASCAR with them about 10 years ago. The number 18 Toyota GR Supra team is always strong and I’m excited to be competing with them at COTA and Indianapolis. Thanks to the team at 23XI and Toyota for helping to make this happen and thanks to Dr Pepper for coming on board for the race at COTA.”

West Out at Grammys

Much of his career, Kanye West has been surrounded by controversy of one kind or another. The latest is that after being invited to perform at the annual Grammy Awards on April 3, Ye (as he is now calling himself) has been uninvited to the annual music extravaganza.

The rapper’s representative confirmed the news but gave no further details as to why Ye will no longer be a part of the ceremonies. Representatives for the Recording Academy have also not commented on the action.

Reportedly the uninvite is related to his online behaviour; especially regarding his estranged wife Kim.

Billie Eilish, Korean artists BTS, Lil’ Nas X, and Olivia Rodrigo have been confirmed as performing on during the festivities. Noah Trevor will be hosting the gala event.

‘Emmett Till’ Opera Draws Protest

When it comes to productions on Broadway, just about anything is open from biographical musicals to fairy tales and murder. But there is one production that has not only drawn a great deal of criticism; but has spawned a petition of protest that has garnered over 8,000 signatures.

“Emmett Till: A New American Opera” is the story of the murder of a young teen of colour and spawned the civil rights movement in the 60’s; BUT from the view of a white woman.


The production is set to premiere March 23 at John Jay College in the Gerald W. Lynch Theatre. It is a student from the college – Mya Bishop – that has created the petition. The Change.org petition is asking to have the production cancelled. The issue??? Coss’ involvement in the work and its focus on the fictional character – a white woman. The opera is the course of events of the murder from her view.

The opera was adapted from the play “Emmett, Down in My Heart” by Clare Coss. The fictional woman is a science teacher in Dew, Mississippi who is against the Jim Crow laws, segregation, and the racial inequality but fails to act and stays silent.

In her petition, Bishop wrote, “Clare Coss has creatively centered her white guilt by using this play to make the racially motivated brutal torture and murder of a 14-year-old child about her white self and her white feelings. Telling the story from the perspective of a fictional progressive white woman shows that Clare Coss is more concerned with showing the audience that ‘not all white people are bad’ than she is with the ongoing fight for racial justice.”

Further, an adult – Robert Mack – has been cast to play the role of the 14 year old Till. Bishop states in the petition, it “exacerbates the adultification of Black children which has historically led to their brutalization.”

NASCAR Point Standings – March 21, 2022

Last weekend, NASCAR made a triumphant return to Atlanta Motor Speedway after three weeks on the west coast to find a newly configured track.  More than just a repave, AMS officials tore up the track, reconfigured the layout – widening in places, narrowing in places, and adding more banking – and turned it into a hybrid superspeedway.  The result was a wild weekend of triple header racing that included plenty of excitement for race fans.


The Cup Series brought the first repeat winner of the season when William Byron crossed the finish line first while cars were wrecking behind him to be the fifth different driver to win a race this season.

With a total of 55 stage points, Byron is now the leader in stage point earnings.  A total of 26 drivers have earned stage points so far this season. William Byron, Tyler Reddick, Ryan Blaney, and Martin Truex Jr have all won two stages so far this season.  Alex Bowman and Ross Chastain have each won one stage so far this season.  Race winners are not credited with winning the final stage; only the race.

2022 Stage Points…so far:
William Byron – 55
Chase Elliott – 42
Kyle Larson – 41
Tyler Reddick – 35
Joey Logano – 34
Ryan Blaney – 34
Chase Briscoe – 30
Martin Truex Jr – 29
Erik Jones – 27
Alex Bowman – 25
Ross Chastain – 23
Brad Keselowski – 22
Ricky Stenhouse Jr – 21
Denny Hamlin – 19
Kevin Harvick – 17
Daniel Suarez – 13
Bubba Wallace – 12
Austin Cindric – 11
Aric Almirola – 10
Todd Gilliland – 9
Kurt Busch – 9
Kyle Busch – 8
Austin Dillon – 8
Christopher Bell – 7
Cole Custer – 5
Chris Buescher – 4

In the playoff standings, Chase Elliott leads the standings with 171 despite not yet winning a race this season – he is the only Hendrick Motorsports driver yet to win in the five races so far.

The top 16 drivers in the playoff standings:
Chase Elliott – 171
Joey Logano – 164
Chase Briscoe – 156
William Byron – 150
Kurt Busch – 148
Ryan Blaney – 148
Aric Almirola – 144
Martin Truex Jr – 142
Alex Bowman – 140
Ross Chastain – 137
Kyle Busch – 136
Kyle Larson – 135
Daniel Suarez – 127
Kevin Harvick – 127
Tyler Reddick – 126
Brad Keselowski – 122


In the Xfinity Series, Noah Gragson leads the points standings with 223.

Xfinity Series points standings:
Noah Gragson – 223
Ty Gibbs – 204
AJ Allmendinger – 204
Justin Allgaier – 172
Josh Berry – 164
Brandon Jones – 153
Daniel Hemric – 146
Austin Hill – 137
Riley Herbst – 128
Ryan Sieg – 125
Landon Cassill – 122
Sheldon Creed -122


Chandler Smith leads the way in the Camping World Truck Series point standings with 132 points.

Camping World Truck Series point standings:
Chandler Smith – 132
Tanner Gray -119
Ty Majeski – 115
Stewart Friesen – 106
Ben Rhodes – 105
Christian Eckes – 88
Austin Wayne Self – 84
John Hunter Nemechek – 80
Zane Smith – 79
Matt Crafton – 78

Ruth Slenczynska Releases New Album

It has been nearly 60 years since pianist Ruth Slenczynska has released an album, but she isn’t letting the fact that she is 97 years old slow her down.

By the age of 97 most artists are happy to sit back and enjoy what they have spent a lifetime collecting, but Slenczynska, who is the last known student of Sergei Rachmoninoff, has chosen to celebrate her life with a new album. “My Life in Music” is just that – a reflection of her life and the music she has been playing for decades including Barber, Rachmoninoff Chopin, Debussy, Grieg, and Bach.

Playing since she was just four years old, Slenczynska said, “you don’t become a pianist until you’re past the age of 60. And then you should have something to say that’s worthwhile. If you don’t, forget it.”

A child prodigy not seen since Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Slenczynska was born in Sacramento, California the daughter of Polish immigrants. Her father was a violinist. She left to study in Europe when she was just five years old.

Throughout her career she has performed for four United States presidents including Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy.

NASCAR Hauler Involved in Crash

For the second time in a week, a hauler carrying vehicles and equipment for a NASCAR team was severely damaged as the result of an accident.

Last week the driver lost his life when the hauler was involved in a vehicular accident on a Texas highway on the way to Phoenix Raceway.

After the Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a hauler was damaged when the driver attempted to drive the truck through one of the many tunnels that allows vehicles in and out of the speedway. While there are tunnels designed to accommodate the larger haulers, the driver attempted to use one of the smaller tunnels with disastrous results.

The hauler belonged to the Reaume Brothers Racing which field the number 43 truck driven by Thad Moffitt and the number 33 truck driven by Chris Hacker.

The truck recieved some significant damage, but fortunately the driver was not injured. The top of the hauler was damaged and the air conditioning unit was torn clean off.

Next week is a triple header event at COTA – Circuit of the Americas in Texas. Reaume Brothers Racing intends to participate in the race.

The incident was first reported live on FOX Sports during the Xfinity Series race.

RBR also field the Xfinity Series car driven by Loris Hezemans. The hauler for that car was not involved in the incident.

Record Setting Day for Cup in Atlanta

TheNASCAR Cup Series caps off a triple header weekend of racing at the newly reconfigured Atlanta Motor Speedway with the Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500.

After rain showers cancelled out qualifying on Friday, NASCAR has set the field by its metric; putting Phoenix winner Chase Briscoe on the pole with Ryan Blaney alongside on the front row.

During the pre-race inspection process, the Wood Brothers number 21 car driven by Harrison Burton failed inspection twice; as a result, Burton will have to start the race from the back of the field. In addition, the number 21 car chief Cody Sauls has been ejected from today’s race.

The lineup for the Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500:
Chase Briscoe
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
Tyler Reddick
Chase Elliott
Ross Chastain
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Aric Almirola
Alex Bowman
William Byron
Daniel Suarez
Chris Buescher
Denny Hamlin
Austin Cindric
Austin Dillon
Ty Dillon
Bubba Wallace
Cole Custer
Kyle Larson
Justin Haley
Erik Jones
Brad Keselowski
Todd Gilliland
Martin Truex Jr
Christopher Bell
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Michael McDowell
Noah Gragson
Harrison Burton – moved to the back of the field
Cody Ware
Corey LaJoie
BJ McLeod
David Ragan
Josh Bilicki
Greg Biffle

Major League Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher and former Atlanta Brave John Smoltz will be driving the pace car for today’s race.

Stages one and two of the race are 105 laps each with stage three lasting 115 laps for a total of 325 laps around the mile and a half track.

Country music star and Georgia native Brantley Gilbert gave a rousing command to start the engines.

Jeff Gordon returns to the FOX Broadcast booth to join Mike Joy and Clint Bowyer in calling today’s race.

Brad Keselowski will also start the race from the back of the field after his crew made some unapproved adjustments after pre-race inspection.

The drivers can run 64 to 70 laps on a single load of fuel; they will not be able to complete any of the stages without making at least one fuel stop.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and goes side by side with Ryan Blaney.  Blaney edges out for the lead after a push from Joey Logano.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 45.

Lap two, Chase Briscoe leads the race.

Lap two, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Joey Logano.

Lap three, Kyle Busch takes second place and is on Chase Briscoe’s bumper.

It is a very windy afternoon with wind speeds around 30mph.

Lap five, Chase Briscoe leads the race with Kyle Busch in second; Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Kyle Busch passes Chase Briscoe on the inside to take the lead on lap eight.

Drivers are three wide across the track.

Lap eight, Ryan Blaney challenges Kyle Busch for the lead.

Lap 10, Kyle Busch leads the race with Ryan Blaney in second; Chase Elliott is in third.

Lap 14, Chase Elliott takes the lead on the inside.

Lap 16, Kyle Busch retakes the lead.

Lap 17, Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott battle for the lead; Chase Briscoe, Ross Chastain, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

After starting in eighth place, Kevin Harvick has fallen to 30th place.  He reports to his crew that the car needs some major adjustments.

Lap 20, Kyle Busch leads the race with Chase Briscoe in second; Ross Chastain, Denny Hamlin, and William Byron round out the top five.

Leader Kyle Busch reports that his car is a little loose.

Lap 24, Kyle Busch has his number 18 M&M’s car in the lead.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap 24 when Noah Gragson spins out and hits the wall.  Gragson gets out of the car and walks to the ambulance for the ride to the infield care center.

Drivers may come down pit road for service but cannot fuel the car until the competition caution.

A handful of drivers come down pit road for adjustments and fresh tires.

Alex Bowman and Greg Biffle were caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 31 with Ross Chastain alongside.  Ross Chastain takes the lead with William Byron in second; Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Lap 32, William Byron battles with Ross Chastain for the lead.  Byron is fresh off a win at Hickory Speedway on Saturday night.

Lap 34, William Byron and Ross Chastain continue to swap the lead back and forth.

Chase Briscoe got loose and was up near the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 36, William Byron leads the race with Ross Chastain in second; Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 39, William Byron holds on to the lead with “the Watermelon Man” Ross Chastain in second; Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 41, Ross Chastain takes the lead with William Byron in second; Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.  Kyle Busch has dropped to eleventh. 

Noah Gragson is out of the race, the remainder of the field are on the lead lap.

Lap 43, William Byron retakes the lead from Ross Chastain.

The drivers are two wide through the field.

NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution on lap 46.

The field comes down pit road for service.  Crew chiefs remind the drivers to wait for the fuel to load.  Bubba Wallace got stuck in his pit stall.  Ryan Blaney wins the race off of pit road.  Aric Almirola and Erik Jones make contact on pit road, causing Almirola to spin.

Christopher Bell and Justin Haley were both charged with equipment violations.  Haley’s team had a tire get loose.  Kurt Busch was charge with a safety violation.  All three drivers will restart the race from the back of the field.

Ryan Blaney makes a second trip down pit road.

Brad Keselowski had an issue with his hood.

Joey Logano leads the race and will bring the field down for the green flag restart on lap 52 with Denny Hamlin alongside.  Getting a push from Ross Chastain, Joey Logano takes the lead; Denny Hamlin, William Byron, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Lap 55, Ross Chastain takes the lead with Joey Logano in second; Tyler Reddick, William Byron, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 57, Ross Chastain leads the race with Joey Logano in second; William Byron, Kyle Busch, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Lap 60, Ross Chastain has 12 of the 59 laps run so far; Joey Logano, William Byron, Kyle Busch, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

Lap 66, Joey Logano leads the race but gets passed by Tyler Reddick.

Lap 68, Joey Logano retakes the lead with Ross Chastain in second; Tyler Reddick, William Byron, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

There is a three way battle for the lead with Tyler Reddick and Ross Chastain swapping the lead back and forth.

Lap 71, Ross Chastain and Tyler Reddick continue to battle back and forth for the lead.

Lap 72, Ross Chastain takes the lead with William Byron in second; Tyler Reddick, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 75, Ross Chastain continues to lead the race with William Byron in second; Tyler Reddick, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.  Chastain team mate Daniel Suarez is just outside the top five in sixth.

 Lap 83, Ross Chastain continues to lead the race with William Byron in second; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Only 83 of the 325 laps have been run and there have already been eight different race leaders.

Lap 87, Kurt Busch had a safety violation during the last pit stop and had to restart the race from the back of the field in 35th place; he is now in the top 10.

Lap 88, Ross Chastain continues to lead the field with William Byron in second; Denny Hmlin, Kyle Busch, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.  Cody Ware is the only driver not on the lead lap.

In 32nd place, Brad Keselowski has been having a number of issues in today’s race including losing contact with his spotter for about 15 laps and getting a damaged nose on pit road.

Lap 93, Ross Chastain leads the race with William Byron in second; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Austin Dilon round out the top five.

Lap 95, Ross Chastain gets into the wall with a flat tire and brings out the caution flag.  Chastain hit the wall with the right rear section of the car first.  William Byron is the new leader.

The teams each have 12 sets of tires for today’s race; plus the set of tires not used for qualifying.

Leaders stay out but after the top 10, drivers come down pit road for service.

The only driver not on the lead lap, Cody Ware is the “lucky dog”.

Ty Dillon was charged with leaving his pit stall with equipment – the gas can was still attached.

Ross Chastain was charged with improper refueling and has incurred a two lap penalty.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart with just five laps remaining in stage one.

The caution flag comes out for a crash involving Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon; Ty Dillon gets into the wall and catches Chase Briscoe in the process.

Stage one ends under caution with William Byron winning the stage for his second of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
William Byron
Denny Hamlin
Daniel Suarez
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Erik Jones
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Kyle Larson
Tyler Reddick
Christopher Bell

Drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Elliott winning the race off of pit road after taking fuel only.  Ryan Blaney also took fuel only on his pit stop.

The top 13 drivers stayed out on the track after having made a pit stop on the previous caution.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 111.  Bell gets a push from Austin Cindric with Joey Logano getting a push from Martin Truex Jr.  The drivers are side by side.  Christopher Bell takes the lead.

Lap 112, the top five are Christopher Bell, Austin Cindric, Bubba Wallace, Michael McDowell, and Joey Logano.

Lap 118, Christopher Bell leads the race with Austin Cindric in second; Bubba Wallace, Michael McDowell, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 121, Christopher Bell has the lead but Kevin Harvick is coming up on the inside lane to battle for the lead.

Lap 122, with the help of Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick takes the lead.

Lap 125, after restarting the race at the back of the field, Kyle Busch has moved up to 22nd place.

Lap 128, Kurt Busch is the new leader the Joey Logano battling for the spot.

There have been more lead changes at Atlanta today than both races from last season.

Lap 130, the top five are Kurt Busch, Ricky Stenhouse  Jr, Tyler Reddick, Justin Haley, and Joey Logano.

Lap 131, Ricky Stenhouse Jr takes the lead for the 13th leader so far of the race.

Lap 132, Kurt Busch retakes the lead as he and Ricky Stenhouse Jr continue to battle for the lead.

Like a race at Daytona or Talladega the drivers are moving forward and back quickly through the field.

Lap 135, the top five are Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Justin Haley, Kurt Busch, William Byron, and Tyler Reddick.

Lap 138, Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Justin Haley battle for the lead.

Lap 139, Tyler Reddick takes the lead.

So far, 15 different drivers have led the race; the all time Atlanta Motor Speedway record is 17.  With 37 drivers n the race, nearly half of them have led a lap and the race has yet to reach half way.

Lap 144, William Byron takes the lead.

The caution flag comes out on lap 144 when Tyler Reddick blew a tire.  The incident caught up several other drivers.  Austin Cindric, Kyle Larson, Corey LaJoie, Tyelr Reddick, Denny Hamlin, Christopher Bell, Harrison Burton, Joey Logano, Michael McDowell, Todd Gilliland, Cole Custer, Kurt Busch, and Alex Bowman were all involved in the wreck.  None of the drivers are out of the race; but have made repairs and are back on the track.

Drivers come down pit road for service and repairs.  Taking only two tires, William Byron wins the race off of pit road.

Martin Truex was caught speeding on pit road and Daniel Suarez was charged with pitting outside of his pit box.  Both drivers will restart the race from the back of the field.

Tyler Reddick had too many men over the wall and is charged with a two lap penalty.

William Byron is the leader of the race and will bring the field to the green flag restart on lap 154.  Getting a push from behind, Kevin Harvick takes the lead with Ryan Blaney in second; William Byron, Erik Jones, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Kyle Busch is on pit road for repairs after his crash at the end of stage one.

The caution flag comes out on lap 157 for debris on the track.

Cole Custer takes his car to the garage.

Ross Chastain is the “lucky dog” for the second time and is now back on the lead lap.

There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Kyle Busch is now eight laps down after an extend visit on pit road

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 161 from the outside lane.  Getting a push form Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick edges out for the lead.  William Byron comes from the inside lane to battle for the lead.

William Byron is the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

As the sun begins to move behind the buildings, the shadows get long and the sun begins to have an effect on the drivers; causing a great deal of glare.

Lap 167, Will Byron leads the race with Kevin Harvick in second; Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 173, William Byron leads the race with Kevin Harvick in second. 

AMS has hosted races every year since 1960 – over 100 races -; today they have set a record for the number of race leaders.

Lap 181, William Byron leads the race with Christopher Bell in second; Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

After a big slide, Kyle Busch comes down pit road and takes his car to the garage.

Lap 184, Ryan Blaney takes the lead with Ricky Stenhouse Jr in second; setting another record for lead changes.

Lap 185, Ricky Stenhouse Jr takes the lead.

Lap 188, the top five are Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ryan Blaney, Christopher Bell, Daniel Suarez, and William Byron.

Fortunately for Daniel Suarez, it is not a very hot day; his cool suit is not working.

There has been over 36 lead changes among 17 different drivers and there are still 13 laps remaining in stage two.

Lap 198, the top five are Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ryan Blaney, Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson, and Denny Hamlin.

There are 25 cars on the lead lap.

Leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr blows a tire and brings out the caution flag.  He hits the wall and then slams into Austin Cindric.  Kevin Harvick makes contact with Erik Jones as they try and avoid the crash.  Daniel Suarez was also involved in the melee.

Ryan Blaney takes the lead.

Once pit road opens, the first eight drivers stay out on the track with the remainder of the field coming down pit road for service. 

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart with just three laps remaining in stage two.  Kyle Larson takes the lead with Chase Elliott in second.

Christopher Bell was charged with leaving his pit box with equipment and had to restart the race from the back of the field.

Stage two will end under caution after Kyle Larson wrecks.  Kenny Hamlin gave him a bit push, locking on and Larson gets turned around.  Chase Elliott’s car also got hit by Larson.

Ryan Blaney wins stage two for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott
Chris Buescher
Aric Almirola
Brad Keselowski
Daneil Suarez
Martin Truex Jr
Bubba Wallace
William Byron
Ross Chastain

Alex Bowman is the “lucky dog”.

There are 23 cars on the lead lap.

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

After staying out on the track, Daniel Suarez becomes the leader; setting a new record for being the 18th leader of the race…so far.

Denny Hamlin is out of the race due to crash damage.

Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the green falg start of stage three on lap 215.

Daniel Suarez leads the race with Martin Truex Jr in second; Bubba Wallace, Christopher Bell, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Kyle Larson has taken his car the garage.

Leaders have gotten single file with Daniel Suarez leading the way.

With 100 laps remaining in the race, there are nine drivers out of the race.

Lap 225, Daniel Suarez and Martin Truex Jr battle for the lead with Truex taking the lead.

Lap 226, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Bubba Wallace, Chase Elliott, Daniel Suarez, and Joey Logano.

Bubba Wallace takes the lead briefly before Martin Truex Jr takes back the lead.

Chase Elliott battles with Martin Truex Jr for the lead.

With 95 laps to go, Chase Elliott is the new leader after a push from Daniel Suarez.

Lap 232, Martin Truex Jr is the leader but Chase Elliott comes up from the outside to take the lead.  The duo continues to battle back and forth for the lead.

With 90 to go, Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr continue to battle for the lead; Daniel Suarez, Bubba Wallace, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 238, Chase Elliott leads the race with Daniel Suarez in second; Martin Truex Jr, Christopher Bell, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Lap 246, Chase Elliott leads the race with Daniel Suarez in second; Christopher Bell, Chase Briscvoe, and William Byron round out the top five.

Drivers have gotten single file through the field.

The ninth caution of the day comes out on lap 254 for debris on the track.

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

David Ragan is the “lucky dog”.

Drivers come down pit road for service and will pack the fuel cell.  Taking only two tires, Aric Almirola wins the race off of pit road.

Aric Almirola brings the field down for the green flag restart with 66 laps remaining in the race with William Byron alongside.  Almirola gets out in front for the lead after a push from bubba Wallace, but William Byron gets a push from Ryan Blaney to battle for the lead.

Lap 260, Aric Almirola and William Byron continue to battle for the lead.

William Byron takes the lead with Aric Almirola in second; Bubba Wallace, Ryan Blaney, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Sixty to go, William Byron leads the race with Bubba Wallace in second; Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola, and Martin Treux Jr round out the top five.

Alex Bowman is reporting a vibration.  The crew reports that all the lug nuts are tight.

Martin Truex Jr falls out of the top 10.

With 55 laps to go, William Byron leads the race with Bubba Wallace in second; Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Fifty to go, William Byron leads the way with Bubba Wallace in second; Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

With 43 laps remaining in the race, William Byron continues to lead the race with Bubba Wallace n second; Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Bubba Wallace’s crew chief tells him to keep it below 90 percent in order to save fuel.

There are 34 laps remaining in the race, William Byron holds on to the lead for the longest stint of the day with Bubba Wallace in second; Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Lap 297, the drivers are getting double file in preparation of making a run for the lead…and the win.

Lap 300, drivers are now getting three wide.  Todd Gilliland gets loose and hits the wall and brings out the tenth caution flag of the day.  Cody Ware gets turned around and hits the inside wall hard.

Another record falls at AMS, a total of 27 cars have been involved in a wreck today, breaking the old record of 24 that has stood for 60 years!

Drivers come down pit road for service with Martin Truex Jr winning the race off of pit road.

After staying out on the track, William Byron brings the field down down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with Bubba Wallace alongside.  Bubba Wallace edges out for the lead initially but William Byron comes up from the inside to get out in front.

David Ragan was charged with a safety violation during his pit stop.

Aric Almirola spins out and makes a run through the grass which brings out the eleventh caution flag of the day with 18 laps to go.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with 14 laps remaining in the race.  William Byron edges out for the lead after a  push form Erik Jones. Bubba Wallace gets a push from Ryan Blaney and comes up to battle for the lead.

Bubba Wallace takes the lead with 12 laps to go.

Bubba Wallace leads the race with William Byron in second; Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Ten to go, William Byron and Bubba Wallace battle for the lead with Byron getting out in front.

Drivers are getting three wide with eight laps to go in a battle for position.

Seven to go, the top five are William Byron, Bubba Wallace, Ryan Blaney, Ross Chastain, and Chase Elliott.

Five to go, William Byron is in the lead with Bubba Wallace in second.

William Byron takes the white flag.

Big wreck as drivers cross the finish line!  Justin Haley, Chris Buescher, and Bubba Wallace were involved.  Ryan Blaney and Chase Briscoe also got into the wall on the final lap.

William Byron wins the race.  When Byron took the lead for the last time, he set another new record for the most lead changes with 46 by 20 drivers.

Byron’s win gives Hendrick Motorsport its third win of the season from three different drivers.

On the final lap Christopher Bell went below the red and white “no go” line and has been moved to the back of the field.  Like Daytona and Talladega, the double line means a driver cannot go onto the apron or force another driver down below the line.

The unofficial results of the Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500:
William Byron
Ross Chastain
Kurt Busch
Daniel Suarez
Corey LaJoie
Chase Elliott
Chris Buescher
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Alex Bowman
Justin Haley
Brad Keselowski
Bubba Wallace
Erik Jones
Chase Briscoe
Josh Bilicki
Ryan Blaney
David Ragan
BJ McLeod
Greg Biffle
Kevin Harvicki
Aric Almirola
Christopher Bell
Michael McDowell
Harrison Burton
Cody Ware
Todd Gilliland
Tyler Reddick
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Larson
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Austin Cindric
Kyle Busch
Cole Custer
Austin Dillon
Ty Dillon
Noah Gragson






Double Overtime Win for Xfinity Race in Atlanta

Xfinity Series

The Xfinity Series caps off a doubleheader Saturday from the newly configured Atlanta Motor Speedway with the Nalley Cars 250.

After qualifying was rained out, NASCAR set the field by their metric; putting Noah Gragson on the pole with team mate Josh Berry starting alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Nalley Cars 250:
Noah Gragson
Josh Berry
Brandon Jones
Ty Gibbs
Trevor Bayne
Justin Allgaier
AJ Allmendinger
Daniel Hemric
Ryan Sieg
Landon Cassill
Brandon Brown
Jeb Burton
Sheldon Creed
Austin Hill
Sam Mayer
Brett Moffitt
Alex Labbe
Jeremy Clements
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Bayley Currey
JJ Yeley

Myatt Snider
Joe Graf Jr
Riley Herbst
Stefan Parsons
Mason Massey
Anthony Alfredo
Kyle Weatherman
Sage Karam
Jade Buford
Kyle Sieg
Ryan Vargas
Matt Mills
Loris Hezemans
Shane Lee
Josh Williams
Tommy Joe Martins
Jesse Iwuji

Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski join Adam Alexander in the FOX broadcast booth for today’s race.

Stages one and two of the race are 40 laps each with stage three lasting 83 laps for a total of 163 laps. NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 20.

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

Riley Herbst is on pit road before the race begins with a tire issue.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and edges out for the lead with the help of a push from Brandon Jones.

Noah Gragson leads lap one.

Lap two, Noah Gragson leads the race with Josh Berry in second; Brandon Jones, Ty Gibbs, and Trevor Bayne round out the top five.

Lap three, the drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Lap six, Noah Gragson holds on to the lead with Brandon Jones in second; Trevor Bayne, Ty Gibbs and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Lap eight, the top five are Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, AJ Allmendinger, Daniel Hemric, and Ty Gibbs.

Lap 15, Noah Gragson has led every lap so far with Brandon Jones in second; AJ Allmendinger, Daniel Hemric, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

Lap 18, leaders are in single file; with drivers two wide through the rest of the field.

Lap 20, Noah Gragson continues to lead the race.

At the end of lap 20, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.

Ty Gibbs car has a bit of an overheating issue.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service, leaders stay out.

After staying out on the track, Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 27 and edges out Brandon Jones after a push from team mate Sam Mayer.

The top five are Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, Ty Gibbs, Sam Mayer, and Justin Allgaier.

All four of the JR Motorsports and all three of the Joe Gibbs Racing cars are in the top 10.

Lap 31, Noah Gragson has led every lap so far with Brandon Jones in second; Ty Gibbs, Justin Allgaier, and Josh Berry round out the top five.

Lap 33, all 38 drivers are on the lead lap.

Lap 34, Brandon Jones passes for the lead briefly but Noah Gragson comes back to bttle for the lead.

Lap 35, Josh Berry gives a push to Noah Gragson, putting Gragson back in the lead.

Four laps remain in stage one, Noah Gragson continues to lead the race.

Jeb Burton is having some overheating issues.

Lap 39, drivers get three wide across the track.

Josh Berry eclipses Noah Gragson at the line to win stage one for his second career stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage one :
Josh Berry
Noah Gragson
Justin Allgaier
Sam Mayer
Trevor Bayne
Austin Hill
Jeb Burton
Brandon Brown
Brandon Jones
Brett Moffitt

JR Motorsports went one-two-three-four at the end of stage one.

Drivers come down pit road for service. Josh Berry wins the race off of pit road.

After staying out on the track, AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 48 with Landon Cassill alongside. Allmendinger goes side by side with Cassill and gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 50, the top five are AJ Allmendinger, Landon Cassill, Jade Buford, Daniel Hemric, and Ryan Sieg.

Noah Gragson gets into the wall in a four wide battle but the track stays green. He has a tire going down and has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road.

Riley Herbst is back on pit road with the hood up; he is having some overheating issues.

Lap 56, AJ Allmendinger leads the race with Daniel Hemric in second; Jade Buford, Tommy Joe Martins, and Sage Karam round out the top five. Noah Gragson returns to the track a lap down.

Lap 60, AJ Allmendinger continues to lead the race with Daniel Hemric in second; Jade Buford, Tommy Joe Martins, and Sage Karam rounding out the top five.

Ryan Sieg’s car also has some overheating issues.

Several of the drivers appear to have overheating issues during the race.

Fourteen laps remain in stage two; AJ Allmendinger leads the race with Daniel Hemric in second.

Lap 71, drivers are mostly single file but are jumping down every so often to try and improve their positions.

Lap 73, there are 35 cars on the lead lap.

Late in the afternoon, the sun is becoming an issue for the drivers.

Lap 75, AJ Allmendinger continues to lead the race with Daniel Hemric in second; Jade Buford, Tommy Joe Martins, and Sage Karam rounding out the top five.

Three laps remain in stage two, AJ Allmendinger leads the race as drivers are getting three wide in a battle for position.

AJ Allmendinger wins stage two for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
AJ Allmendinger
Daniel Hemric
Jade Buford
Tommy Joe Martins
Sage Karam
Sheldon Creed
Brandon Brown
Austin Hill
Jeb Burton
Landon Cassill

Drivers come down pit road for service with Sheldon Creed winning the race off of pit road.

Ty Gibbs had trouble finding his pit stall during the pit stops. He could not see due to the sun.

Noah Gragson took a wavearound and is back on the lead lap.

Daniel Hemric, Brandon Brown, and Kyle Weatherman were charged with a choose violation. Drivers cannot run over the “choose cone” – giant V on the track.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 89 and gets out in front with the help of a push from Austin Hill.

With 75 laps remaining in the race, Sheldon Creed is the leader with Austin Hill in second; Brandon Jones, AJ Allmendinger, and Trevor Bayne round out the top five.

Seventy to go, Sheldon Creed has the lead with Austin Hill in second; Brandon Jones, Trevor Bayne, and Jade Buford round out the top five.

Drivers are three wide across the track.

With 65 laps to go, Trevor Bayne and Sheldon Creed battle for the lead with Bayne getting out in front. Originally scheduled to run only six races, Trevor Bayne did not originally have this race on his schedule.

The top five are Trevor Bayne, Myatt Snider, Sheldon Creed, Austin Hill, and Ty Gibbs.

With 62 to go, Myatt Snider takes the lead.

Trevor Bayne retakes the lead.

Brandon Jones’ crew chief tells his driver that they are a bit short on fuel and to save wherever he can.

Sixty to goTrevor Bayne leads the race with Ty Gibbs, Noah Gragson, Myatt Snider, and Sheldon Creed rounding out the top five.

The caution flag comes out tiwh 58 laps to gi for a crash involving several drivers. Sam Mayer, Jade Buford, and Jeremy Clements were all involved.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service and to pack the fuel cell in order to make it to the end of the race.

Trevor Bayne brings the field down for the green flag restart with 51 laps remaining in the race. Trevor Bayne takes the lead with Ty Gibbs in second.

The caution flag comes out when Joe Graf Jr and Daniel Hemric make contact in a three wide battle.

Trevor Bayne brings the field down for the green flag restart with team mate Ty Gibbs right behind with 41 laps remaining in the race. Trevor Bayne gets a push from Ty Gibbs and holds on to the lead.

Forty to go, the top five are Trevor Bayne, Ty Gibbs, Brandon Jones, Brandon Brown, and AJ Allmendinger.

Thirty five to go, Trevor Bayne holds on to the lead with team mate Ty Gibbs in second; Brandon Jones, Brandon Brown, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out with 34 laps to go when Sam Mayer gets loose and makes a run through the grass.

Trevor Bayne brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 30 laps remaining in the race. Bayne and AJ Allmendinger battle for the lead with Trevor Bayne getting out in front for the lead.

Wtih 28laps to go, Trevor Bayne leads the race from the top lane with Ty Gibbs in second; Austin Hill, Brandon Jones, and AJ Allmendinger rounding out the top five.

With 26 laps to go, Austin Hill takes the lead briefly before Trevor Bayne retakes the lead.

Brandon Brown spins out after contact with Sheldon Creed in a three wide battle to brings out the caution flag.

A few drivers come down pit road for service.

Austin Hill brings the field down from the outside lane with Ty Gibbs alongside on the inside with 20 laps to go. Gibbs and Hill battle back and forth for the lead with Austin Hill getting out in front after a push from Trevore Bayne.

With18 laps to go, the top five are Austin Hill, Trevor Bayne, AJ Allmendinger, Landon Cassill, and Ryan Sieg.

Fifteen to go, Austin Hill is the leader with AJ Allmendinger on his bumper; Landon Cassill, Joeh Berry, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

Lap 170, Trevor Bayne and AJ Allmendinger battle back and forth for second with Austin Hill in the lead.

The caution flag comes out for a big crash with eleven laps to go. Tommy Joe Martins, Trevor Bayne, Noah Gragson, Jeb Burton, Alex Labbe, Justin Allgaier, Sam Mayer, Stefan Parsons, Sage Karam, and Josh Berry were all involved in the crash.

Wtih just three laps remaining in the race, Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane. Myatt Snider is alongside with a sparking car.

The caution flag ocmes out just after the restart when Myatt Snider and Riley Herbst makes contact; spinning Snider out.

The race has gone into overtime. Austin Hill brings the field down for the overtime two lap shootout for the end of the race. Ryan Sieg edges oit in front but the caution flag comes out for a wreck involving Matt Mills, Jesse Iwuji, and Stefan Parsons. NASCAR has red flagged the race in order to get the track cleaned up.

The drivers get moving again after a red flag of around 10 minutes.

The sun has fully set and the lights are on.

Ryan Sieg brings the field down for the green flag restart for a second overtime shootout. Ryan Sieg and Austin Hill battle for the lead; getting a push from Ty Gibbs and Riley Herbst.

Ty Gibbs gets out in front on the white flag lap.

Ty Gibbs becomes the first driver this season in any of the three series to win more than one race.

The unofficial results of the Nalley Cars 250:
Ty Gibbs
Austin Hill
AJ Allmendinger
Riley Herbst

Landon Cassill
Mason Massey
Brandon Jones
Kyle Weatherman
Sheldon Creed
Ryan Sieg
JJ Yeley
Ryan Vargas
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Brett Moffitt
Jeb Burton
Anthony Alfredo
Shane Lee
Brandon Brown
Alex Labbe
Tommy Joe Martins
Sam Mayer
Josh Williams
Joe Graf Jr
Kyle Sieg
Stefan Parsons
Noah Gragson
Jesse Iwufi
Trevor Bayne
Bayley Currey
Myatt Snider
Matt Mills
Sage Karam
Josh Berry
Justin Allgaier
Daniel Hemric
Loris Hezemans
Jeremy Clements
Jade Buford

Part Timer Wins Truck Race at Reconfigured Atlanta

After a week off, the Camping World Truck Series returns from the west coast to take on the newly configured Atlanta Motor Speedway and the Fr8 208.

Mother Nature took over the track on Friday and cancelled out all practice and qualifying sessions; as a result, NASCAR set the field according to their metric and allowed all of the drivers to have some practice time on Saturday morning prior to the start of the Truck Series race.

Chandler Smith sits on the pole and brings the field to the green flag with Stewart Friesen alongside on the front row.

Jordan Anderson, John Hunter Nemechek, Thad Moffitt, Chase Purdy, and Ty Majeski will all have to start the race from the back of the field after their crews made unapproved adjustments to their trucks.

The starting lineup for the Fr8 208:
Chandler Smith
Stewart Friesen
Matt Crafton
Ty Majeski – moved to the back of the field
Carson Hocevar
Matt DiBenedetto
Austin Wayne Self
Grant Enfinger
Tanner Gray
Tyler Ankrum
Ryan Preece
John Hunter Nemechek – moved to the back of the field
Dean Thompson
Matt Mills
Ben Rhodes
Christian Eckes
Tate Fogleman
Derek Kraus
Corey Heim
Chase Purdy – moved to the back of the field
Kris Wright
Jack Wood
Timmy Hill
Lawless Alan
Zane Smith
Colby Howard
Hailie Deegan
Thad Moffitt – moved to the back of the field
Chris Hacker
Spencer Boyd
Matt Jaskol
Blaine Perkins
Jordan Anderson – moved to the back of the field
Jesse Little
Brennan Poole
Ross Chastain


Stages one and two of the race are 30 laps each with stage three lasting 75 laps for a total of 135 laps around the mile and a half track.

After the reconfiguration and repave of the track, AMS resembles one of the superspeedways and NASCAR has adopted the superspeedway rules for the track including the no go line – a red and white painted line – where drivers are not allowed to go and advance their position.

The drivers can run 55 to 60 laps on a single load of fuel. They will not be able to complete stage three without making at least one pit stop.

After winning the race at Las Vegas, Chandler Smith brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out in front for the lead as the drivers spread out across the track.

Matt DiBenedetto brushes the wall on lap one but the track stays green.

Lap two, Stewart Friesen takes the lead with Grant Enfinger in second.

Matt DiBenedetto has a flat tire and has to bring his truck down pit road. DiBenedetto brushed the wall after pushing Stewart Friesen to the lead and then coming around on the outside lane. DiBenedetto has made his pit stop and is back on the track one lap down.

Lap five, Stewart Friesen leads the race with Grant Enfinger n second; Carson Hocevar, Derek Kraus, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Ross Chastain and John Hunter Nemechek have already entered the top 20 after starting the race from the back of the field.

Lap seven, Hailie Deegan saves her truck after getting loose and the track stays green. Deegan reports that she may have a tire rub. She brings her truck down pit road for service with a flat tire.

Lap nine, Stewart Friesen continues to lead the race with Grant Enfinger in second.

Lap 16, Stewart Friesen has led 15 laps so far; he led 20 all of last season.

Lap 17, the top five are Stewart Friesen, Grant Enfinger, Derek Kraus, Matt Crafton, and Ryan Preece. Ross Chastain – the Watermelon Man – is in 16th place; he has moved up 20 spots since the race start.

There are 34 trucks on the lead lap; Hailie Deegan is two laps down and Matt DiBenedetto is eleven laps down.

Lap 21, Stewart Friesen continues to lead the race with Grant Enfinger in second; Derek Kraus, Matt Crafton, and Ryan Preece round out the top five.

Lap 23, drivers are getting three wide as they battle for position.

Lap 27, Ross Chastain has his watermelon truck in the top 10.

Four laps remain in stage one with Stewart Friesen leading the way.

Stewart Friesen wins stage one for his first stage win of the season and his eleventh career stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Stewart Friesen
Grant Enfinger
Derek Kraus
Christian Eckes
Matt Crafton
Tanner Gray
Chandler Smith
Ross Chastain
John Hunter Nemechek
Tyler Ankrum

Hailie Deegan is back on pit road with a burning tire and a smoking truck. Hailie Deegan is out of the race.

Drivers come down pit road for service. Matt Crafton took fuel only.

Matt Crafton is the only driver to appear in all 21 of the Truck Series races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Christian Eckes brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the outside lane on lap 38 with Stewart Friesen alongside. Stewart Friesen takes the lead from the inside lane after a little push with John Hunter Nemechek in second.

Lap 39, the top five are Stewart Friesen with John Hunter Nemechek in second pushing; Christian Eckes, Matt Crafton, and Ty Majeski round out the top five.

Lap 43, Stewart Friesen continues to lead the race with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Christian Eckes, Matt Crafton, and Ty Majeski round out the top five with 32 trucks on the lead lap.

Hailie Deegan is out of the infield care center after receiving treatment for smoke inhilation.

Lap 46, Stewart Friesen has dominated the race so far.

Blaine Perkins smacks the wall but gets the truck down and on pit road; the track stays green.

Lap 48, the top five are Stewart Friesen, John Hunter Nemechek, Christian Eckes, Matt Crafton, and Ty Majeskit round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out with nine laps remaining in stage two for the incident involving Matt Mills. Debris was coming out from under the truck on to the track.

After Stewart Friesen makes a pit stop for fuel, John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart with five laps remaining in stage two. Nemechek and Ty Majeski go side by side before Ty Majeski gets a push from Chandler Smith and takes the lead.

Chandler Smith comes from the inside lane to take the lead with three laps remaining in stage two.

Ty Majeski retakes the lead.

Ross Chastain hits the wall and has a flat tire.

John Hunter Nemechek takes the lead from the inside lane.

The caution flag comes out on the final lap of stage two making John Hunter Nemechek the winner for his third stage win this season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
John Hunter Nemechek
Ty Majeski
Chandler Smith
Christian Eckes
Tyler Ankrum
Matt Crafton
Tanner Gray
Deaj Thompson
Ryan Preece
Carson Hocevar


The caution came out for debris on the track from Ross Chastain’s truck.

Drivers come down pit road for service.

After staying out on the track, Stewart Friesen leads the race and brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 67. Stewart Friesen takes the lead after a push from Ben Rhodes, but Grant Enfinger comes charging through to take the lead.

Lap 68, the top five are Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, Ben Rhodes, Corey Heim, and Carson Hocevar.

The caution flag comes out on lap 69 for a crash involving Dean Thompson, Ben Rhodes, Lawless Alan, and Colby Howard.

Matt Jaskol and Tanner Gray were caught speeding on pit road during the end of stage two pit stops. Ryan Preece was charged with an equipment violation.


Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 76 with Ben Rhodes alongside. With a push from Stewart Friesen, Grant Enfinger takes the lead but Ben Rhodes comes from the inside to make it a battle for the lead.

Lap 78, the top five are Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, Ben Rhodes, Corey Heim, and Carson Hocevar.

Tate Fogleman spins out and brings out the caution flag on lap 80. The drivers are now in their fuel window to make it to the end of the race on one more load of fuel.

Carson Hocevar has a flat tire and has to come down pit road.

Much of the field comes down pit road for fuel and fresh tires. Grant Enfinger ran over the air hose and had to back up in his pit stall.

Stewart Friesen narrowly avoided a crash on pit road when two trucks pulled out in front of him.

Ryan Preece stayed out on the track and is the new leader.

Ryan Preece brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with Corey Heim on the inside on lap 85. Corey Heim gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Corey Heim, Stewart Friesen, Ryan Preece, Zane Smith, and Ross Chastain.

Fifty to go, Georgia native Corey Heim leads the race with Ryan Preece right behind him. This is Heim’s fifth Truck Series race.

There are 26 trucks on the lead lap.

With 46 laps to go, Corey Heim leads the race with Ryan Preece in second; Zane Smith, Ben Rhodes, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

Tanner Gray scrapes the wall.

Jordan Anderson and Tate Fogleman spin out bringing out the caution flag on lap 91.

Corey Heim brings the field down for the green flag restart with 40 laps remaining in the race.

Corey Heim brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with 38 laps remaining in the race. Ben Rhodes takes the inside lane to start alongside Heim. Ty Majeski pushes Ben Rhodes to the lead on the inside lane; Corey Heim, Ryan Preece, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

Kris Wright gets into the wall and has a flat tire and brings out the seventh caution flag on lap 101.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with 29 laps remaining in the race. Corey Heim takes the lead with Ben Rhodes in second.

Ben Rhodes battles with Corey Heim for the lead swapping back and forth. Corey Heim takes the lead and moves up in the outside lane.

Lap 109, Corey Heim leads the race with Ben Rhodes in second; Ty Majeski, Chandler Smith, and Ryan Preece round out the top five.

Twenty to go, Chandler Smith takes the lead. John Hunter Nemechek and Matt Crafton take their trucks down pit road with issues.

Chandler Smith leads the reace with Corey Heim in second; Stewart Friesen, Zane Smith, and Tanner Gray round out the top five.

With 18 laps to go, Kyle BuschMotorsports driver Chandler Smith leads the race with team mate Corey Haeim in second; Stewart Friesen, Zane Smith, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five with 23 trucks on the lead lap.

Thirteen to go, Chandler Smith holds on to a narrow lead on Corey Heim; Stewart Friesen, Zane Smith and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Eleven to go, there are 21 trucks on the lead lap.

Ten to go, Chandler Smith leads the race with team mate Corey Heim in second.

Seven to go, Chandler Smith holds on to the lead with part time driver Corey Heim in second place.

Four to go, Chandler Smith holds on to the lead with Corey Heim right behind him; Zane Smith, Ben Rhodes, and Ty Majeski rounding out the top five. John Hunter Nemechek is the third place driver on the track but is two laps down.

Two to go, Chandler Smith leads the race.

Chandler Smith takes the white flag.

Corey Heim passes Chandler Smith for the lead.

Part time driver Corey Heim wins the Fr8 208 in just his fifth Truck Series start for his first career win.

The unofficial results of the Fr8 208:
Corey Heim
Ben Rhodes
Ty Majeski
Chandler Smith
Zane Smith
Stewart Friesen
Ryan Preece

Tanner Gray
Derek Kraus
Austin Wayne Smith
Tyler Ankrum
Grant Enfinger
Jack Wood
Chase Purdy
Jesse Little
Christian Eckes
Chris Hacker
Jordan Anderson
Matt Jaskol
Spencer Boyd
Kris Wright
Timmy Hill
Ross Chastain
John Hunter Nemechek
Matt Crafton
Colby Howard
Carson Hocevar
Brennan Poole
Blaine Perkins
Matt DiBenedetto
Tate Fogleman
Thad Moffitt
Lawless Alan
Dean Thompson
Matt Mills

Hailie Deegan

NASCAR/Hendrick Plan Le Mans Entry in 2023

NASCAR Cup Series team owner Hendrick Motorsports isone of the most successful car owners in the sport.

With the help of NASCAR, IMSA, Chevrolet, and Goodyear Hendrick and Hendrick Motorsports is hoping to bring a modified Next Gen stock car to the 24 Hours at Le Mans in 2023 – which marks the centennial celebration of the race.

While this would not be his first involvement with IMSA, it would be Hendrick’s first 24 Hour race at Le Mans with a Garage 56 car.

Once approved by the l’Automobile Club de l’Ouest, the specially modified Camaro ZL1 would occupy Garage 56 – the spot reserved for entries that represent nontraditional innovative vehicles.

Former crew chief and current vice president of competition Chad Knaus is overseeing the project. Knaus noted that the driving team would be announced at a later date. The seven time champion crew chief has epxressed an interest in running a race at Le Mans.

The seventh generation car, the Next Gen car has been year in the making and will bring an American flavour to the Circuit de la Sarthe.


NASCAR chariman and CEO Jim France spoke on the chance to run a NASCAR stock car at Le Mans saying, “from the early days of NASCAR, it was important to my father that we played a visible role in international motorsports, and there is no bigger stage than the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In partnering with Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet and Goodyear, we have the winningest team, manufacturer and tire in NASCAR history. We look forward to showcasing the technology in the Next Gen car and putting forward a competitive entry in the historic race.”

Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendick spoke on the opportunity to put a car in the race at Le Mans saying, “participating in one of the truly iconic events in auto racing and representing NASCAR and Chevrolet on the world stage is a privilege. Jim deserves tremendous credit for having the vision for the project, and we thank him for trusting our organization with the responsibility. Even though Garage 56 is a ‘class of one,’ we are competitors and have every intention of putting a bold product on the racetrack for the fans at Le Mans. It’s a humbling opportunity — one that will present an exciting challenge over the next 15 months — but our team is ready.”

The Hendricks Motorsports entry would not be the first forray for NASCAR into Le Mans; NASCAR founder Bill France Sr arranged for Hershel and Doug McGriff; as well as, Junie Donlavey with Richard Brooks, Dick Hutcherson and Marcel Mignon as drivers to run in a Le Mans race.

A special entry, the car that occupies Garage 56 is not eligible for the overall race win; but can be listed as winner in class. The 55 car field runs the 24 hour endurance race on the streets of Monaco.

‘Voice of the Seminoles’ to Retire

For over 40 years Gene Deckerhoff has been the “voice of the Seminoles” and when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers joined the NFL, Gene became their voice too.

After 43 years of calling football and basketball games, Deckerhoff has announced that he is retiring as a broadcaster in April. Deckerhoff’s final broadcast will be the annual Seminoles spring game on April 9.

Via a press release, Deckerhoff said, “it has been a lifetime of great moments—great players, great coaches, great games, great memories, and most of all great Seminole fans. A life’s work that reads like a best-selling novel played out on the radio. I have been blessed. Thank you FSU.”

The 76 year old Dekcerhoff has been a part of the Bowden dynasty, five National Championship games, three college national championship titles, and Super Bowl appearances including Super Bowl LV when the Bucaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs for the championship.

Deckerhoff began his career at Florida State University in 1974 calling the Seminole basketball games, in 1979 he began calling the Seminole football games, and in 1989, he added the Buccaneer games on Sundays. In that time he has called 529 Seminole games and 1,324 basketball games. Deckerhoff estimates that he has uttered the phrase “touchdown FSU” some 2,218 times.

But there is much more to Deckerhoff than calling football and basketball games. His impressive list of accomplishments include the Chris Schenkel Award, the Lindsey Nelson Award, the Woody Durham – Voice of College Football Award, and the George Langford Award for Lifetime Service. He is also a member of the Florida Sports. The Florida Community College Activities, and Florida State University Athletics Halls of Fame. He is also a 14 time Florida Sportscaster of the Year winner, an 18 time Best Play-by-Play Announcer, and has received the Circle of Gold medal from FSU.

In a press release FSU said, “Deckerhoff is a bona fide legend in broadcasting and among the most heralded and beloved announcers in the history of college and professional sports.”

After 40 years of calling Seminole football games, Seminole football coach Mike Norvell invited Deckerhoff to be a guest coach for the Seminole football team during last year’s spring game.

Speaking on his opportunity to coach, Deckerhoff told Tomahawk Nation, “I’ve been a broadcast guy…and I have never had that experience. You know, you just take it for granted. Football is a complex story. And it moves at the speed of light and you just have to tip your hat to those coordinators. Coach Norvell, he wanted us to do that and invited us to do it. It gave an old guy like me new appreciation for the work they do. And I think he was even more excited about us calling the plays than we were during that spring game.”

FSU Athletics Vice President and Director of Athletics Michael Alford spoke on Deckerhoff saying, “I don’t think I can put it any better than Gene Deckerhoff is FSU. We are so honored that one of our most visible ambassadors has been a person with unsurpassed expertise, unique talent, boundless enthusiasm and a personality that so perfectly reflected Seminole athletics.” He continued, “our fans genuinely love Gene. He is one of the most endearing figures in college athletics and it is truly remarkable to see him interact with fans from both teams. He is one of kind and thank goodness for the last four decades he was ours.”

The father of three sons and six grandchildren, Deckerhoff spoke on his future plans saying he is looking forward to, “an extended off-season with more time with Ann (his wife). We have missed 48 years of weekends and we look forward to traveling to our favorite places for longer vacations. We will be attending FSU sports events as fans and dancing to the War Chant. I hope to enjoy the rest of my life in Tallahassee until God tells me he needs another play-by-play announcer in Heaven. Go Noles!”

The Florida native grew up around sports, as a player and a scorekeeper. He was a Little League All-Star and an All-City Basketball player in high school. His record setting 32 points while at Lake City High School stood for many years. In Junior College he was a part of the State Junior College Championship team. His broadcasting career began at WWPF in 1964.

A new “voice of the Seminoles” will be named in the coming months.

As for his role as the voice of the Buccaneers, Deckerhoff said, “I will finish my commitment to the Buccaneer Radio Network and who knows maybe broadcast another Super Bowl.”


photo by David Stout, taken from the Tomahawk Nation Facebook page

2022 CMT Music Award Nominees

Country music star Kane Brown leads the list of nominees for the annual fan voted CMT – Country Music Television – Awards. The CMT Awards are for music videos instead of purchased music or radio airplay and will air on April 11. Kelsea Ballerini and Anthony Mackie are set to host the gala event.

Kelsea Ballerini, Mickey Guytron, Breland, and Cody Johnson also garnered multiple nominations with three each. The 23 time CMT Award winner Carrie Underwood is up to two nominations this year.

Fans may vote up to 20 times per day on the CMT website.

And the nominees are…

Video of the Year:
“Right on Time” by Brandi Carlile
“Til You Can’t” by Cody Johnson
“Never Say Never” by Cole Swindell and Lainey Wilson
“If I Didn’t Love You” by Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood
“Justified” by Kacey Musgrave
“One Mississippi” by Kane Brown
“half of my hometown” by Kelsea Ballerini with Kenny Chesney
“Forever After All” by Luke Combs
Circles Around This Town” by Maren Morris
“Remember Her Name” by Mickey Guyton
“If I Was a Cowboy” by Miranda Lambert
“I Bet You Think About Me” by Taylor Swift with Chris Stapleton

Female Video of the Year:
“Right on Time” by Brandi Carlile
“Footprints on the Moon” by Gabby Barrett
“Justified” by Kacey Musgrave
“Circles Around this Town” by Maren Morris
“Remember Her Name” by Mickey Guyton”
“If I Was a Cowboy” by Miranda Lambert
“Back Then, Right Now” by Tenille Arts

Male Video of the Year:
“Til You Can’t” by Cody Johnson
“Heart on Fire” by Eric Church
“One Mississippi” by Kane Brown
“Waves” by Luke Bryan”
“Forever After All” by Luke Combs
“Country Again” by Thomas Rhett
“Fancy Like” by Walker Hayes

Group or Duo Video of the Year:
“I’m Not for Everyone” by Brothers Osborne
“Steal My Love” by Dan + Shay
“Woman You Got” by Maddie & Tae
“I Was on a Boat that Day” by Old Dominion
“Take My Name” by Parmalee
“Same Boat” by the Zac Brown Band

Breakthrough Video of the Year:
“Cross Country” by Breland
“I Can’t” by Caitlyn Smith with Old Dominion
“My Boy” by Elvie Shane
“To Be Loved by You” by Parker McCOllum
“Just About Over You” by Priscilla Block
“Back Then, Right Now” by Tenille Arts

Collaborative Video of the Year:
“Never Wanted To Be That Girl” by Carley Pearce and Ashely McBryde
“Thinking ‘Bout You” by Dustin Lynch with MacKenzie Porter
“Lil Bit” by Nelly and Florida Georgia Line
“If I Didn’t Love You” by Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood
“Freedom Was a Highway” by Jimmie Allen and Brad Paisley
“Buy Dirt” by Jordan Davis with Luke Bryan
“half of my hometown” by Kelsea Ballerini with Kenny Chesney

CMT Performance of the Year:
“Muskrat Greene/Dead Man’s Curve” medley from the CMT Campfire Sessions by Brothers Osborne
“Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone” from the CMT Giants: Charley Pride by George Strait
“Hold On” from the 2021 CMT Music Awards by H.E.R. and Chris Stapleton
“Three Wooden Crosses” from the 2021 CMT Artists of the Year by Kane Brown
“I Quit Drinking” from the 2021 CMT Music Awards by Kelsea Ballerini with Paul Klein
“Freindship Train” from the 2021 CMT Music Awards by Mickey Guyton with Gladys Knight and Breland
“Ride Wit Me” from CMT Crossroads: Nelly & Friends by Nelly with Kane Brown, Blanco Brown, and Breland

CMT Digital First Performance of the Year:
“Sober & Skinny” from CMT Campfire Sessions by Brittney Spencer
“Dear Miss Loretta” from CMT: 60 Songs by Carly Pearce
“Dear Rodeo” form CMT Campire Sessions by Cody Johnson
“On the Other Hand / Forever and Ever, Amen” in honor of 2021 CMT Artist of a Lifetime Randy Travis by Jon Pardi
Josh Turner Live form the CMT KickBack
“Things a Man Oughta Know” from the CMT Studio by Lainey Wilson

feature photo credit: CMT Awards Facebook page

City Center Dance Festival Returns

:The City Center Dance Festival returns after a two year absence beginning March 24 and running through April 10.

Four different dance companies will be participating in the dance fest.

The four New York companies will feature dance styles form classic to innovative choreography. The Paul Taylor Dance Company, Martha Graham Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Ballet Hispanico are all scheduled to be a part of this inaugural spring dance festival.

The Dance Theatre of Harlem celebrated 50 years of dance in 2020 but the global pandemic has caused a two year delay in the celeb rations. Among their performances will be “Balamouk” with live music by The Klezmatics.

Appearance on the City Center stage marks a return for the Paul Tayor Company after an eleven year absence. Michael Novak has taken over running the company since Paul Taylor’s death in 2018.

“So You Think You Can Dance” fans who enjoyed the choreography of Sonya Tayeh, will be glad to hear that the Tony Award winning choreographer’s work will also be performed during the festival.

Ballet Hispanico’s program includes a new take on the Eva Peron story with “Dona Peron” by freelance choreographer Ochoa.

feature photo credit: Dance Theatre of Harlem Facebook page

Appeals Panel Upholds Suspensions

Since the 2022 NASCAR racing began, officials have handed down a number of suspensions to Cup Series teams for violating the rule book in relation to the Next Gen car and the single lug nut hub.

Teams charged with penalties have the right to appeal those penalties to a three member appeals panel. Earlier this season, that panel upheld one suspension penalty.

On March 16, two more penalties were upheld in separate events.

During the Daytona 500, the Kaulig Racing number 31 car driven by Justin Haley lost a wheel. Kaulig Racing appealed the four race suspension of crew chief Trent Owens, jackman Marshall McFadden, and tire changer Jacob Nelson. The appeals panel of Tom DeLoach, Dixon Johnston, and Dale Pinilis upheld that penalty.

In the second appeal, Front Row Motorsports appealed the suspension of crew chief Seth Barbour, and crew members Jourdan Osinskie and Tanner Andrews when the number 38 car driven by Todd Gilliland lost a wheel during the race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The three member appeals panel of Hunter Nickell, Bill Mullis, and Kevin Whitaker also upheld the penalty issued by NASCAR.

The Rolling Stones

While many bands that have been around for many years are beginning to retire…at least from touring…but The Rolling Stones are showing no sign of stopping…or even slowing down.

The rockers are celebrating their sixtieth year of making music with…what else…a tour!

Beginning in June The Stones will make 14 stops around Europe hitting stadiums and arenas.

SIXTY Tour dates:
June 1 at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, Spain
June 5 at the Olympic Stadium in Munich, Germay
June 9 at the Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, UK
June 13 at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam, Netherlands
June 17 at the Wankdorf Stadium in Bern, Switzerland
June 21 at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy
June 25 & July 3 at the American Express Presents BST Hyde Park in London, UK
July 11 at the King Baudouin Stadium in Burssels, Belgium
July 15 at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna, Austria
July 19 at the Groupama Stadium in Lyon, France
July 23 at the Hippodrome in Paris, France
July 27 at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany
July 31 at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden

Recording Academy Names First Grammy Performers

After being postponed due to a Covid outbreak, the Recording Academy is set to present the annual Grammy Awards on April 3 in Las Vegas.

As a part of the preparation, the Academy has named the first group of artists to perform as a part of the ceremonies.

Olivia Rodrigo, the Korean pop band BTS, and teen phenom Billie Eilish are all scheduled to perform. Also named to perform are Brandi Carlile, award winning country duo Brothers Osborne, Lil Nas X, and Jack Harlow.

Trevor Noah is scheduled to host the gala event.

Jon Batiste leads this year’s list of nominees with eleven nominations; while Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, and H.E.R. aare tied with eight nominations each.


As the ceremonies approach, the Recording Academy will reveal more artists scheduled to perform.

Disney+ Releasing Sing Along Albums

Disney+ is set to release some new albums, but they are more than the typical album. They are releasing albums designed for fans to sing-along with the music.

Beginning March 18, fans of the award winning film “Encanto” can sing along with the songs penned by Tony Award winning entertainer Lin-Manuel Miranda when the soundtrack is released on streaming services.


Sing-Along releases of “Frozen”, “Frozen 2”, and “Beauty and the Beast” are alsp planned for this year.

Reports are that fans of “Encanto” have watched the film an average of five times for re-watches along approaching 200 million.

Film Celebrates NO Jazz Fest

Jazz has been a big part of New Orleans for many generations. Fifty years ago, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was created to honour that unique musical style. Since the creation of that Festival, the music has gone far beyond Jazz to feature Pop, Rock, R&B, County, Hip-Hop, and Zydeco music.

In celebration of the annual Jazz Festival’s 50th anniversary, Sony Pictures presents “Jazz Fest: A new Orleans Story”.

Directed by Frank Marshall and Ryan Suffrern “Jazz Fest: A new Orleans Story” is a celebration that invites viewers to “bliss out on New Orleans’ unique culture”. It features numerous performances including Jimmy Buffett, Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, Pitbull, Al Green, Herbie Hancock, Aaron Neville, Earth, Wind & Fire, Irma Thomas, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Mardi Gras Indians, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

But the film is about more than the music, it also includes the vast food, people, and culture of the area.

The film is set to open in theatres on May 13, 2022. But visitors to the annual SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas can get an early view of the film.


The New Orleans Jazz Festival was set to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 202, but the global Covid pandemic put the plas of celebration on hold. The Festival returns this year.

photo and video courtesy of Sony Pictures

NASCAR Issues Phoenix Penalties

In its penalty report after the races at Phoenix Raceway last weekend.

In the first caution flag for an on track incident, Corey LaJoie lost a wheel after hitting the wall on lap 45. As a result of that wheel loss, crew chief Ryan Sparks, front wheel changer Blaine Anderson, and jackman Allen Hollman were all suspended for the next four points earning races.

In the Xfinity Series, the number 18 car driven by Trevor Bayne and the number 19 car driven by Brandon Jones were each charged with having a single lug nut loose during the post race inspection. As a result the crew chiefs – Jason Ratliff for Bayne and Jeff Meendering for Jones – were each fined $5,000.

Joshua Radin

Joshua Radin is on tour of the United States and Europe; but fans can also see Radin in a live streaming event on March 27 at the City Winery in Atlanta.

Rachael Yamagata will be joining Radin on the European dates.

March 15 at the City Winery in New York City, NY
March 18 at the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA
March 19 & 20 at the City Winery in Boston, MA
March 22-24 at the City Winery in Chicago, IL
March 25 at the Memorial Hall in Cincinnati, OH
March 26 at the City Winery in Nashville, TN
March 27 at the City Winery in Atlanta, GA
April 5 at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, CA
April 18 at The Cumberland Arms in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
April 19 at the CCA Global in Glasgow, UK
April 20 at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, UK
April 22 at The Met in Bury, UK
April 23 at The Hare and Hounds in Birmingham, UK
April 24 at the Station Inn in Bristol, UK
April 25 at the Islington Assembly Hall in London, UK
April 27 at La Maroquinerie in Paris, France
April 28 at the Burgerhaus Stollwerck in Koln, Germany
April 29 at the Melkweb Old Hall in Amsterdam, Netherlands
April 30 at the Doomroosje in Nijmegen, Netherlands
May 1 at the Mojo Clubin Hamburg, Germany
May 3 at the John Dee Live Club & Pub in Oslo, Norway
May 5 at the Pustervik in Goteborg, Sweden
May 6 at the Sodra Teatern in Stockholm, Sweden
May 8 at the Hotel Cecil in Kobenhavn, Denmark
May 10 at Lido in Berlin, Germany
May 12 at Club Porgy & Bess in Vienna, Austria
May 13 at Strom in Munich, Germany
May 14 at Papiersaal in Zurich, Switzerland
May 16 at Sala La Nau in Barcelona, Spain
May 18 at Peor para el Sol in Madrid, Spain

Cup & Xfinity Standings – March 14, 2022

The 2022 NASCAR racing season is a; month old.  There have been four races and four different winners in both the Cup and Xfinity Series.

IN the Cup Series, there have been 12 stages – eight stage wins and four race winners.  To date 25 drivers have earned stage points with six of them also earning a playoff points for winning stages in those four races with Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron topping the list with 43.

William Byron and Ryan Blaney have each won one stage with Tyler Reddick and Martin Truex Jr winning two stages.  Austin Cindric, Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, and Chase Briscoe are all race winners.

Cup Series stage point standings:
William Byron – 43
Kyle Larson – 39
Joey Logano – 34
Chase Elliott – 33
Tyler Reddick – 32
Martin Truex Jr – 25
Ryan Blaney – 24
Ross Chastain – 22
Chase Briscoe – 22
Erik Jones – 21
Alex Bowman – 21
Kevin Harvick – 17
Brad Keselowski – 16
Ricky Stenhouse Jr – 14
Austin Cindric – 11
Denny Hamlin – 10
Bubba Wallace – 9
Todd Gilliland – 9
Kyle Busch – 8
Austin Dillon – 8
Christopher Bell – 6
Cole Custer – 5
Kurt Busch – 4
Chris Buescher – 4
Aric Almirola – 3

But when it comes to the current playoff standings, Joey Logano leads with 136 points; Kyle Busch is just four points behind with 132 points.

Cup Series point standings – March 14, 2022:
Joey Logano – 136
Kyle Busch – 132
Chase Elliott – 131
Kyle Larson – 126
Chase Briscoe – 126
Aric Almirola – 122
Ryan Blaney – 118
Austin Cindric – 116
Tyler Reddick – 114
Kevin Harvick – 111
Alex Bowman – 109
Kurt Busch – 109
Martin Truex Jr – 109
Ross Chastain – 101
William Byron – 98
Austin Dillon – 97


In the Xfinity Series, Noah Gragson leads the point standings with 203 points.

Xfinity Series point standings:
Noah Gragson – 203
TY Gibbs – 164
Justin Allgaier – 161
AJ Allmendinger – 160
Josh Berry – 150
Daniel Hemric – 135
Brandon Jones – 121
Ryan Sieg – 98
Sam Mayer – 97
Riley Herbst – 95
Austin Hill – 94
Trevor Bayne – 94

Music Icon Withdraws Rock Hall Nomination

It’s called the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but the musical museum features more than just rock artists. Among the list of artists that were promoted as possible nominees was Country music’s iconic legend Dolly Parton.

Already a member of the Country Music and Songwriters Halls of Fame, Parton sent a letter to the Rock Hall “respectfully declining” her nomination for potential induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because she “isn’t worthy” of the nomination or induction…”yet”.

Parton issued a statement saying, “Dolly here! Even though I am extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I don’t feel that I have earned that right. I really do not want votes to be split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out. I do hope that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will understand and be willing to consider me again — if I’m ever worthy. This has, however, inspired me to put out a hopefully great rock ’n’ roll album at some point in the future, which I have always wanted to do! My husband is a total rock ’n’ roll freak, and has always encouraged me to do one. I wish all of the nominees good luck and thank you again for the compliment. Good luck!”


Over the years there has been a number of artists who have been very vocal about their lack of nominations or induction into The Hall, but Parton is the first artist to actually withdraw a nomination.

While Parton does not consider herself a rock and roll star, she would not have been the first Country music artist inducted into The Hall; Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash, Floyd Cramer, Bill Monroe, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, and Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys are among the 351 members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The 2022 class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Ffame will be announced later in the spring. The 16 remaining nominees are:
Beck
Pat Benatar
Kate Bush
DEVO
Duran Duran
Eminem
Eurythmics
Juda Priest
Fela Kuti
MC5
New York Dolls
Rage Against the Machine
Lionel Richie
Carly Simon
A Tribe Called Quest
and Dionne Warwick

Beijing Paralympics – Final Medal Count

The 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing have concluded and all the medals have been awarded.

Before the ceremonies were officially closed the final events were all team events.  In a historic event, the United States defeated Canada 5-0 to win the gold medal for the fourth straight time.  In four sled hockey games, the United States outscored their opponents 30-1.

Host country China dominated on the snow and took home a whopping 61 medals including the gold medal in Wheelchair Curling.  Four years ago at the games in Pyeongchang the Chinese earned a single medal.

Norwegian Alpine Skier Jesper Pedersen became the most successful Paralympian in Alpine Skiing with four gold and one silver medal.  He failed to land a podium spot in just one event.

American Oksana Masters won seven medals at the Beijing Paralympics.

The U.S. Cross-Country team had yet to win a gold medal in any event…until the final day of competition when they took the gold medal in the team relay event.

Austria’s Aigner siblings combined to win a grand total of nine medals in the games.  This was the family’s first Paralympic games for the teens.

While China dominated on the slopes, the Ukrainian team dominated in the Biathlon events winning a total of 22 medals – eight of them gold.

In the final medal count from the Beijing Paralympics:
China – 61
Ukraine – 29
Canada – 25
USA – 20
Germany – 19
Austria – 13
France – 12
Norway – 7
Japan – 7
Italy – 7
Sweden – 7
Slovakia – 6
Great Britain – 6
Finland – 4
New Zealand – 4
Netherlands – 4
Australia – 1
Kazakhstan – 1
Switzerland – 1

First Win in Historic Phoenix Race

The NASCAR Cup Series closes out the west coast swing with the Ruoff Mortgage 500 at Phoenix Raceway.

NASCAR has divided the teams into two groups; each will get a 20 minute practice session prior to making a one lap single car qualifying.

A 22 year NASCAR veteran, Kurt Busch is the only active driver in the field to have raced with Dale Earnhardt Sr.

After two rounds of qualifying, Ryan Blaney sits on the pole with a time of 27.127 seconds; Denny Hamlin will start alongside on the front row.


Inspection issues continue to plague the teams as they continue to become familiar with the new Next Gen car and its various nuances.  This week nine teams had inspection issues and failed the inspection process twice.  As a result, they will lose a crew member and their pit stall selection; however, they will get to qualify and keep their qualifying spot to start the race.

Drivers whose cars failed inspection twice…
Tyler Reddick in the number eight car
Garrett Smithley in the number 15 car
Kyle Busch in the number 18 car
Christopher Bell in the number 20 car
Todd Gilliland in the number 38 car
Cole Custer in the number 41 car
Ty Dillon in the number 42 car
Erik Jones in the number 43 car
and Landon Cassill in the number 77 car

According to the NASCAR rule book there is no penalty for failing an inspection once; but failing twice results in the ejection of a crew member and loss of pit stall selection, failure three times results in the loss of a crew member and pit stall selection and the driver must serve a pass through penalty upon race start.  If a car fails the inspection process four times, not only does the team lose a crew member and pit stall selection plus the pass through penalty; they are also charged with an L1 penalty, resulting in fines and suspensions.

After his Hendricks Motorsports team chose to repair a steering issue in Kyle Larson’s number five car, NASCAR has charged the team with making unapproved adjustments.  As a result, Larson will have to give up his seventh place starting spot and start the race from the back of the field.


The starting lineup for the Ruoff Mortgage 500:
Ryan Blaney
Denny Hamlin
William Byron
Christopher Bell
Aric Almirola
Chase Briscoe
Kyle Larson – moved to the back of the field
Austin Cindric
Alex Bowman
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
Tyler Reddick
Austin Dillon
Erik Jones
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Ross Chastain
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott
Martin Truex Jr
Ty Dillon
Michael McDowell
Daniel Suarez
Harrison Burton
Cole Custer
Chris Buescher

Bubba Wallace
Justin Haley
AJ Allmendinger
Corey LaJoie
Landon Cassill
Cody Ware
Todd Gilliland
BJ McLeod
Garrett Smithley
Ricky Stenhouse Jr

Danica Patrick returns to join Mike Joy and Clint Bowyer in the FOX broadcast booth for today’s race.

Stages one of the race is 60 laps, stage two is 125 laps, and stage three is 127 laps for a total of 312 laps around the one mile track.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag and edges out for the lead.  Kyle Busch starts the race running down on the apron and is picking up positions.

Ryan Blaney leads laps one.
Lap two, the top five are Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Christopher Bell, William Byron, and Chase Briscoe.  After starting in 12th place, Kyle Busch is up to seventh.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 25.

There are no out of bounds at Phoenix Raceway, the entire track is open to the drivers.

Lap six, Ryan Blaney has a one second lead on Denny Hamlin; Christopher Bell, William Byron, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.  After starting the race from the back of the field, Kyle Larson is in28th place.  Harrison Burton also started the race from the back of the field and is now in 30th place.

Lap eleven, Ryan Blaney has led every lap so far.

Lap 17, Ryan Blaney has pulled out to a two second lead on Denny Hamlin, William Byron, Chase Briscoe, and Ky Busch round out the top five.  All 36 drivers are on the lead lap.

Lap 23, Kyle Larson has entered the top 20.

Lap 25, Ryan Blaney has begun to lap slower traffic with a lead of nearly two seconds on Denny Hamlin.

At the end of lap 25, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.  Cody Ware is the “lucky dog”.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Joey Logano taking only two tires.  Kyle Busch stalls on pit road, losing several spots.  Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Michael McDowell were all caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field. 

After taking only two tires, Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 31 and gets out in front for the lead.  Kyle Busch restarts the race in 19th place.  Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin restart in 27th and 28th place.

Lap 33, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Joey Logano, William Byron, Tyler Reddick, and Chase Elliott.

Lap 35, Kyle Busch is in 15th place, Ryan Blaney is 24th, and Denny Hamlin is 28th.

Lap 36, Kyle Larson has entered the top 10.

Lap 37, Chase Briscoe leads the race by nearly a second with Joey Logano in second; William Byron, Chase Elliott, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Lap 40, Austin Dillon and Kyle Busch make contact when Dillon gets loose.  The track stays green.

Lap 45, Chase Briscoe leads the race.  Kyle Larson has entered the top 10 in ninth place but Denny Hamlin has not advanced very far moving up only two spots to 26th.

The caution flag comes out on lap 47 when Corey LaJoe hits the wall hard and loses a wheel.  He takes the car to the garage.  Cody Ware hits the errant tire on the track.

Drivers come down pit road for service.  Ross Chastain narrowly misses hitting Harrison Burton coming out of his pit stall.

The teams have just nine sets of tires for today’s race.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart but William Byron jumps out in front as drivers get four and five wide across the track.

Lap 54, William Byron leads the race; Chase Briscoe, Chase Elliott, Tyler Reddick, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 58, William Byron has a lead of over half a second on Chase Briscoe; Chase Elliott, Tyler Reddick, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.  With Kyle Larson in seventh, all four of the Hendrick Motorsports cars are in the top 10.

William Byron wins stage one for his ninth career stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
William Byron
Chase Briscoe
Chase Elliott
Tyler Reddick
Alex Bowman
Christopher Bell
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Austin Dillon

Drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Elliott winning the race off of pit road.

After staying out on the track, Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 70 with Kyle Busch alongside.

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

Lap 72, once again, Ryan Blaney pulls out in front of the field and has a half second lead on Kyle Busch.

Lap 76, Ryan Blaney now has a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch; Chase Elliott, Chase Briscoe, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Lap 80, Ryan Blaney has increased his lead on Chase Elliott to two seconds; Kyle Busch, Chase Briscoe, and William Byron round out the top five.

Old tires do not seem to be an issue for Ryan Blaney who is now two and a half second in front of Chase Elliott.

Lap 89, Ryan Blaney continues to lead the race with a two and a half second lead on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kevin Harvick and Tyler Reddick round out the top five. 

Lap 92, Ryan Blaney is reporting a vibration in the steering.  His lead is down to less than a second and a half on Chase Elliott.

Lap 96, Ryan Blaney continues to lead the race with Chase Elliott in second; William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five. 

Lap 103, Ryan Blaney has a one second lead on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.  Blaney is driving on tires 15 laps older than the drivers who stopped at the end of stage one.

Lap 110, Ryan Blaney continues to lead the race but his lead is now down to just over half a second on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.  Kyle Larson is just outside the top five in sixth place.  There are 28 cars on the lead lap.  Corey LaJoie is out of the race.

Harrison Burton gets into the wall but the track stays green.

Ryan Blaney has led 77 of the 114 laps in the race so far.

The caution flag comes out on lap 117 when Christopher Bell spins out with a flat tire.  Brad Keselowski is the “lucky dog”.

Several drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Elliott winning the race off of pit road.

With 26 cars on the lead lap, Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 126 with Ryan Blaney alongside.  Drivers spread out three and four wide with Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney battling for the lead. 

Lap 127, Chase Elliott takes the lead with Ryan Blaney in second; William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 129, Chase Elliott has a half second lead on Ryan Blaney; Kevin Harvick, William Byron, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.  Kyle Busch has entered the top 10.

Denny Hamlin’s team reports that they had an issue with fueling the car and are not sure they have enough fuel to make it to the end of the stage.

Lap 134, Ryan Blaney takes the lead form Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 136, Ryan Blaney has a lead of nearly a second on Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, William Byron, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 140, Ryan Blaney is back out in front and pulling away from he field with Chase Elliott in second.

Lap 145, Ryan Blaney has a lead of a second and a half on Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, William Byron, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 154, Ryan Blaney has a once second lead on Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, William Byron, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.  There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 161, Ryan Blaney continues to dominate the race with a one second lead on Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, William Byron, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Ross Chastain is reporting a brtak shake.

Lap 169, Ryan Blaney has a one second lead on Chase Elliott.

Lap 176, Ryan Blaney continues to lead the race but Chase Elliott is closing the gap on the leader; Kevin Harvick, William Byron, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 181, Aric Almirola brushes the wall but the track stays green.

Chase Elliott has caught up to leader Ryan Blaney with Kevin Harvick in third.

Ryan Blaney wins stage two.  Blaney is the sixth different driver in 3 2/3 races to win a stage this season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
William Byron
Kyle Larson
Tuler Reddick
Ross Chastain
Chase Briscoe
Austin Dillon
Joey Logano

Kevin Harvick is reporting a very loose condition.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Elliott winning the race off of pit road.  Ryan Blaney comes out fourth.

Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr hold the record for the most top 10’s at a single track with 18; Kevin Harvick could tie that record today if he finishes the race in Phoenix if he finishes the race in the top 10.

Chase Elliott narrowly avoids a major penalty when he begins to leave pit road with the fuel tank still attached but the tank falls off of the car and stays in the pit stall.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 195 and the drivers quickly get five and six wide across the track.  Tyler Reddick and Chase Elliott battle for the lead with Elliott taking the lead.

Kevin Harvick and Tyler Reddick make contact when Harvick spun his tires on the green flag.

Lap 197, the top five are Chase Elliott, Tyler Reddick, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick and Chase Briscoe.

Lap 202, Chase Elliott has a lead of over half a second on Tyler Reddick who has Ryan Blaney on his bumper; Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 204, there are 22 cars on the lead lap.  Corey LaJoie is the only driver out of the race.

Lap 206, Ryan Blaney and Tyler Reddick battle for second with Chase Elliott in the lead by half a second.

There are 96 laps remaining in the race; Chase Elliott has a lead of over half a second on Tyler Reddick; Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr brings out the caution flag on lap 221 when he spins out and hits the wall hard.  Truex reports that he had a flat tire.  Truex is out of the car and walks to the ambulance for the ride to the infield care center.  All drivers involved in a crash and unable to keep driving are required to make a visit to the infield care center.

With 91 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are on the outside edge of their fuel window.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Elliott winning the race off of pit road by a large margin.

Daniel Suarez was caught speeding on pit road.

Martin Truex Jr is out of the infield care center and fine.

Ryan Blaney’s team had an issue on pit road and Blaney restarts the race in ninth.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart with 84 laps to go.  Drivers get four and five wide across the track.

Chase Briscoe takes the lead with Chase Elliott in second; Kevin Harvick, Ross Chastain,and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 232, Chase Briscoe leads the race with Chase Elliott in second; Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.  Ryan Blaney is in tenth place.

Kyle Larson reports an issue with his car, a possible engine issue.  He is currently in 13th place.

With 75 laps to go, Chase Briscoe has a lead of over half a second on Chase Elliott.  Kyle Larson takes his cr to the garage with a broken valve spring.

Kyle Larson brings his car down pit road.  The crew has the hood up trying to determine and fix the issue.
Seventy laps to go, Chase Briscoe has a lead of nearly a second on Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, Ross Chastain, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Ty Dillion gets into the wall but the track stays green.

Sixty to go, Chase Briscoe has a one second lead on Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, Ross Chastain, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

With 55 laps to go, Chase Elliott has closed the gap on leader Chase Briscoe to just over half a second; Kevin Harvick, Ross Chastain, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five. 

Tyler Reddick and William Byron have been battling for several laps; Reddick finally gets around Byron.


Fifty to go, Chase Elliott has caught leader Chase Briscoe and is beginning to challenge for the lead.

Ryan Blaney is reporting that the steering wheel is shaking badly.  Blaney is currently in fifth place.

With 45 laps to go, Chase Briscoe has a lead of over half a second on Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, Ross Chastain, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Forty to go, Chase Elliott has once again caught up to leader Chase Briscoe as they approach slower traffic.

Thirty to go, Chase Briscoe has a lead of less than half a second on Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, Ross Chastain, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 286, Erik Jones brings out the caution flag when he gets loose and hits the wall.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires and fuel.  Chase Elliott reports a tight condition.  Chase Briscoe wins the race off of pit road with Kevin Harvick out second.

Kyle Busch was caught speeding on pit road.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with just 20 laps remaining in the race.  Drivers gets four and five wide across the track with Chase Briscoe and Ross Chastain battling for the lead.

Chase Briscoe edges out in front of “the watermelon man” for the lead; Tyler Reddick, KeHarvick, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Tyler Reddick passes Ross Chastain for second but the battle continues.

The top three drivers have yet to win a Cup Series race.

Aric Almirola and Denny Hamlin make contact but the track stays green.

Lap 298, Chase Briscoe leads the race with Tyler Reddick in second; Ross Chastain, Kevin Harvick, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

With eleven laps to go, Kevin Harvick battles with Ross Chastain for third.  Chase Briscoe has a  half second lead on Tyler Reddick. 

The caution flag comes out on lap 303 when Chase Elliott spins out.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for fresh tires with just seven laps remaining in the race.  Leaders stay out.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with Tyler Reddick on the outside with just three laps remaining in the race.  Drivers get four and five wide across the track with Chase Briscoe in the lead.

Chase Briscoe takes the white flag with a lead of over half a second.

Chase Briscoe wins the race for his first Cup Series win to become NASCAR Cup Series race winner number 200.  Briscoe idolized Tony Stewart as a child; he is now the winner of a Cup Series race in the same car number and team that Tony Stewart drove. 

With his sixth place finish, Kevin Harvick is now tied with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr for the most top 10’s at a single track with 18.

“Watermelon man” Ross Chastain follows up his third place Las Vegas finish with a second place finish in Phoenix.

After some contact with Daniel Suarez, Austin Dillon finished the race by getting into the wall.

The unofficial results of the Ruoff Mortgage 500:
Chase Briscoe
Ross Chastain
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Blaney
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Daniel Suarez
Chris Buescher
Chase Elliott
Aric Almirola
Denny Hamlin
Alex Bowman
Ty Dillon
Cole Custer
Justin Haley
William Byron
Todd Gilliland
AJ Allmendinger
Austin Dillon
Bubba Wallace
Brad Keselowski
Austin Cindric
Erik Jones
Christopher Bell
Michael McDowell
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Harrison Burton
Landon Cassill
Cody Ware
Garrett Smithely
BJ McLeod
Kyle Larson
Martin Truex Jr
Corey LaJoie

Beijing Paralympics Medal Count – March 12

The Chinese para skiing team took full advantage of the home snow in the Cross-Country events and have a total of 17, nearly one third of their total, – seven gold, five silver, and five bronze.  With a total of 59 medals, the Chinese have more than doubled the number of the number two country – the Ukraine with 28.

Canada’s Brian McKeever earned his third gold medal of the games with the Men’s Middle Distance Free Technique Vision Impaired event.  With that win, McKeever is now tied with Germany’s Gerd Schenfelder for the most medals ever in Alpine Skiing with 16.  McKeever has not lost an individual event since 2006.  On Sunday he has the opportunity to break the record with the Cross-Country relay.

The Chinese wheelchair curling team earned their second gold medal after beating Sweden 8-3 in the gold medal game.  The game was a rematch of the 2018 games in South Korea.

On the final day of Para Alpine Skiing Ebba Aarsjoe of Sweden, Ann-Lena Forster of Germany, and Veronika Aigner of Austria all earned their second gold medal of the games.

In sled hockey, China and South Korea played for the bronze medal with China winning the game 4-0.  The United States and Canada will play for the gold medal in a rematch of the 2018 Paralympic games.  The American team played Canada in the opening game of the sled hockey tournament, beating the Canadians 5-0.

Paralympic medal count – March 12:
China – 59
Ukraine – 28
Canada – 23
Germany – 19
USA – 18
Austria – 12
France – 10
Japan – 7
Sweden – 7
Great Britain – 6
Norway – 5
Slovakia – 5
Italy – 5
Finland – 4
New Zealand – 3
Netherlands – 3
Australia – 1
Kazakhstan – 1
Switzerland – 1


Dominating Win for Xfinity Series in Phoenix

Xfinity Series

The Xfinity Series gets the double header weekend started with the United Rentals 200 at Phoenix Raceway. Forty-two teams have brought cars to the track for 38 starting spots in the field.

After a 20 minute practice session, the drivers get ready to set the field with one lap single car qualifying. Stan Mullis is the first driver to take the track for qualifying and sets a time of 29.770 seconds around the one mile track.

David Starr left pit road early and spun out nearly causing a wreck with Loris Hezemanns who was making his qualifying run. Both drivers get a do over to make a qualifying run.

Jesse Little practiced and qualfied the number 34 car normally driven by Jesse Iwuji.

Several of the drivers got loose on their qualifying runs.

Brennan Poole and Ryan Vargas did not make a qualifying run.

After making an early qualifying run, Trevor Bayne put his number 18 car on the pole with a time of 29.306 seconds.

The starting lineup for the Union Rentals 200:
Trevor Bayne
Noah Gragson
Ty Gibbs
Ryan Sieg
Brandon Jones
Parker Retzlaff
Sam Mayer
Josh Berry
Sheldon Creed
Kyle Weatherman
John Hunter Nemechek
Austin Hill
Bayley Currey
Jeremy Clements
Daniel Hemric
Jeb Burton
AJ Allmendinger
Brett Moffitt
Stefan Parsons
Kyle Sieg
Riley Herbst
Landon Cassill
Alex Labbe
Justin Allgaier
Myatt Snider
Brandon Brown
Kaz Grala
Nicholas Sanchez
David Starr
Josh Williams
Mason Massey
JJ Yeley
Jade Buford
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Ryan Ellis
Joe Graf Jr
Anthony Alfredo
Ryan Vargas

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 one mile track.

Drivers can run 80 to 85 laps on a single load of fuel.

Sam Mayer, Ryan Vargar, Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry, and Stefan Parsons are all starting from the rear of the field after crews made unapproved adjustments to the cars.

Joey Logano returns for a third week to join Adam Alexander in the FOX broadcast booth. Mexican born driver Daniel Suarez rounds out the broadcast trio for today’s race.

Pole sitter Trevor Bayne is still sitting on pit road as the field gets moving with some mechanical issues – the “kill switch” keeps going on and off. The crew is going to switch out a steering wheel.

Anthony Alfredo is also still on pit road. Afrredo did not make a qualifying run due to mechanical issues. He can’t get the car into gear and will have to go to the garage for repairs.


The drivers get the two to start when Trevor Bayne gets the car moving once again. He holds on to his pole position start.

Trevor Bayne brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front for the lead.

Lap two, the top five are Trevor Bayne, Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, Ty Gibbs, and John Hunter Nemechek.

Lap three, Sheldon Creed slaps the wall with a loose car but the track stays green.

Lap six, Trevor Bayne leads the race. After starting from the rear of the field, Justin Allgaier has entered the top 20.

Lap eleven, Trevor Bayne has a lead of over half a second on Noah Gragson; Brandon Jones, Ty Gibbs, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

Lap 16, Trevor Bayne has led every lap so far; Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, Ty Gibbs, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

Lap 19, Trevor Bayne has a lead of over a second on Noah Gragson. Brandon Jones has been on Noah Gragson’s bumper for several laps in an attempt to pass for second.

Lap 22, Anthony Alfredo’s car is still in the garage.

Riley Herbst brings out the first caution flag of the day when gets into the wall with no brakes.

Riley Herbst has been checked and released from the infield care center. While fine, he said that it was the hardest hit he has ever had; adding, “it hurt”.

Trevor Bayne brngs the field down for the green flag restart on lap 34 from the outside lane and gets out in front for the lead as drivers get three and four wide across the track.

Noah Gragson takes the lead on turn two when Trevor Bayne got loose.

Lap 37, the top five are Noah Gragson, Trevor Bayne, Brandon Jones, John Hunter Nemechek, and Ty Gibbs. Justin Allgaier has entered the top 10 in eighth place.

Lap 40, Noah Gragson has a lead of nearly half a second on Trevor Bayne. Riley Herbst is out of the race. Anthony Alfredo’s car is still off the track in the garage.

Lap 42, Trevor Bayne passes Noah Gragson for the lead but Gragson comes back to make it a battle for the top spot.

In a photo finish, Trevor Bayne wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Trevor Bayne
Noah Gragson
Brandon Jones
John Hunter Nemechek
Ty Gibbs
Justin Allgaier
Landon Cassill
AJ Allmendinger
Josh Berry
Sam Mayer

Drivers come down pit road for service. The teams each have only three sets of sticker tires in their pits. Brandon Jones wins the race off of pit road.

Sam Mayer was caught speeding on pit road.

Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two with Noah Gragson alongside on the inside on lap 54.

Drivers quickly get four and five wide across the track.

The caution folag comes out on lap 55 when Ty Gibbs makes contact with Josh Berry and spins out with a flat tire. The crew puts scuff tires on the car to save the sticker tires.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 62 from the outside lane with Brandon Jones on the inside. In a three wide battle, Brandon Jones takes the lead with Noah Gragson in second; Josh Berry, Justin Allgaier, and Trevor Bayne round out the top five.

Anthony Alfredo finally returns to the track and is 49 laps down.

Lap 65, Brandon Jones leads the race with Noah Gragson in second; Justin Allgaier, Trevor Bayne, and Josh Berry round out the top five.

With 20 laps remaining in stage two, Noah Gragson leads the race with Brandon Jones in second; Justin Allgaier, Trevor Bayne, and Josh Berry round out the top five.

Lap 77, Noah Gragson leads Brandon Jones by nearly half a second; Justin Allgaier, Trevor Bayne, and Josh Berry round out the top five.

Lap 83, Noah Gragson has increased his lead on Brandon Jones to over half a second; Justin Allgaier is in third on Jones’ bumper; Josh Berry and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

With four laps remaining in stage two, Noah Gragson has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Brandon Jones.

There are 32 cars on thel ead lap.

With two laps remaining in stage two, Justin Allgaier battles iwht Brandon Jones for second; Noah Gragson leads the race with a lead of over a second and a half.

Noah Gragson wins stage two by a second and a half.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Noah Gragson
Justin Allgaier
Brandon Jones
Trevor Bayne
Josh Berry
John Hunter Nemechek
AJ Allmendinger
Daniel Hemric
Landin Cassill
Sam Mayer

Drivers come down pit road for service with Justin Allgaier winning the race off of pit road. Allgaier stated that he is not happy with his car…it’s too tight.

Sam Mayer was caught speeding for a second time. After losing five spots on pit road, Trevor Bayne was caught speeding on pit road.

NASCAR has randomly taken tires from a few teams to check the tires.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 100. Drivers spread out four and five across the track.

Brandon Jones takes the lead with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Noah Gragson, Josh Berry, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Lap 101, Josh Hunter Nemechek passes Brandon Jones for the lead.

Brandon Jones and Noah Gragson battle back and forth for second.

Lap 105, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of over half a second on Noah Gragson; Brandon Jones, Josh Berry, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 115, Noah Gragson has the lead with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Brandon Jones, Justin Allgaier, and Josh Berry round out the top five.

Lap 119, Noah Gragson has pulled out to a lead of over a second on John Hunter Nemechek.

After getting caught speeding on pit road, Trevor Bayne is just outside the top 10 in eleventh place.

Lap 123, Brandon Jones and John Hunter Nemechek battle for second with Noah Gragson out in front by over a second and a half.

Lap 131, Noah Gragson has led 62 laps so far and has a lead of nearly two seconds on Brandon Jones; Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

There’s a fire on pit road.

Lap 145, Noah Gragson has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Brandon Jones; Josh Berry, Justin Allgaier, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five. There are 20 cars on the lead lap with Riley Herbst the only car out of the race.

Fifty to go, Noah Gragson continues to lead the race with Brandon Jones in second. Gragson’s lead is now over two and a half seconds. There are 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 161, Noah Gragson has led 92 laps so far and has a three second lead on Brandon Jones; Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry, and Trevor Bayne round out the top five.

Parker Retzlaff takes his number 38 car to the garage. This was the first time the 18 year old has been in an Xfinity Series race.

With 16 cars on the lead lap, drivers are beginning to make green flag pit stops.

Lap 167, leader Noah Gragson comes down pit road for service.

Kaz Grala had a tire issue but made it to pit road and the track stays green.

Justin Allgaier was charged with running over equipment in his pit stall and will have to servce a pass through penalty.

With 28 laps to go, Brandon Jones is the lead.

Sam Mayer was caught speeding for a third time and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Lap 174, Brandon Jones has a one second lead on Noah Gragson;Josh Berry, Alex Labbe, and Trevor Bayne round out the top five.

With 20 laps to go, Noah Gragson has closed the gap on leader Brandon Jones to just half a second. There are only eleven cars on the lead lap.

Lap 182, Noah Gragson has caught leader Brandon Jones and begins to challenge for the lead.

Lap 186, Noah Gragson passes Brandon Jones for the lead.

Lap 190, after serving a pass through penalty for running over equipment in his pit stall, Justin Allgaier has entered the top 10 in eighth place.

Noah Gragson has a lead of over a second on Brandon Jones iwht nine laps remaining in the race.

Five to go, Noah Gragson has increased his lead to nearly two seconds on Brandon Jones.

Noah Gragson takes the white flag.

Leading 115 laps of the race, Noah Gragson wins the race. He does an impressive burnout that blows out a tire and sets the track on fire and makes the car disappear. Before climbing the fence with his crew, Gragson and the crew gather around the fire on the track and “warm their hands” as if they were around a camp fire.

The unofficial results of the United Rentals 200:
Noah Gragson
Brandon Jones
Josh Berry
Trevor Bayne
Johh Hunter Nemechek
Ty Gibbs
AJ Allmendinger
Daniel Hemric
Landon Cassill
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Sieg

Jeb Burton
Brandon Brown
Sheldon Creed
Brett Moffitt
Ryan Ellis
Austin Hill
Jeremy Clements
Alex Labbe
Bayley Currey
Stefan Parsons
Sam Mayer
Mason Massey
Myatt Snider
JJ Yeley
Nicholas Sanchez
Joe Graf Jr
Jade Buford
Ryan Vargas
Kyle Weatherman
David Starr

Kyle Sieg
Kaz Grala
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Josh Williams
Parker Retzlaff
Anthony Alfredo
Riley Herbst

Triumph Out of Tragedy for DGR

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, the David Gilliland Racing hauler carrying ARCA Menards Series driver Taylor Gray’s car was involved in an accident that took the life of hauler driver Steven Stotts and put two others in the hospital. At the time it was not known whether Gray would even be able to race in the at Phoenix Raceway on Friday night.

Not only did Taylor Gray make the race, he started on the front row in the outside pole position. He took the lead in a three car battle after the drop of the green flag.

In a two lap shootout for the win, Taylor Gray gets out in front for the lead and the win after a four wide battle for his first career ARCA Series win. He led 76 of the 150 lap race.

With the help of Hailie Deegan’s team, Gray’s car arrived at Phoenix Raceway. Painted all black with no sponsors the car featured only the number 17 and the names of the crew members involved in the crash.

Gray noted that he was still very upset about the whole situation; adding, “it’s hard for me to fully enjoy the win.” He continued, “Steven, John and Michael, this win’s for them, not for anybody else. They went through a horrific thing that not a lot of people go through at all.”



ARCA Menards Series Phoenix Race Results:
Taylor Gray
Daniel Dye
Sammy Smith
Rajah Caruth
Jake Drew
Jesse Love
Nick Sanchez
Josh Berry
Derek Kraus
Connor Mosack
Cole Moore
Todd Souza
Joey Iest
Austin Herzog
Toni Breidinger
Tanner Reif
Paul Pedroncelli Jr
Takuma Koga
Tim Spurgeon
Parker Chase
Alex Chubb
Ryan Roulette
Bidget Burgess
DL Wilson
Sebastian Arias
Bobby Hills Jr
Christian Rose
Bryce Haugeberg
Zachary Tinkle
Amber Balcaen
Chris Lowden
Kyle Keller
Time Monroe
Brad Smith
Andrew Tuttle
Greg Van Alst
Brian Kaltreider
Paul Pedroncelli
Eric Rhead

feature photo credit: ARCARacing.com, Facebook

Mooski Debuts with ‘Melodic Therapy’

Already churning out hit songs, Mooski releases his debut album “Melodic Therapy 4 the Broken” Mooski wears his heart on his sleeve on this album and lays it all out in the open.

The star studded project features Chris Brown, Hoodie, Yung Bleu, K Camp, and A Boogie. The album also features sample music from Anthony Hamilton.

Prior to turning to a career of music, Mooski spent four years in the United States Marine Corps. The second oldest of four children, Mooski grew up singing in the church. He began working at age 15, determined to help out with the family financial situation.

The tracklisting for “Melodic Therapy 4 the Broken”:
“Bama Boy”
“Soul Bleed”
“Track Star”
“Dream Girl”
“Priority”
“Counting Time”
“Be Strong”
“Life Speed”
“Scuba Diving”
“Real Love”
“Rocket”
“Melodic Therapy”
“Track Star Remix”

feature photo credit: Capital Records

Beijing Paralympics Medal Count – March 11

With just a few days remaining the the 2022 Winter Paralympics, the events are winding down but host country China continues to come on strong adding over a dozen medals to their total count and more than 20 ahead of the next country.


In the giant slalom, Austrian sisters Veronika, Elisabeth and Barbara Aigner dominated the podium with Veronika guiding Elisabeth to the gold and Barbara taking the bronze.

Brother Johannes will bring home four medals of his own – two gold, a silver, and a bronze.

Momoka Muraoka of Japan earned her third gold medal winning the sitting giant slalom; winning by over seven seconds.

While their countrymen are home battling for freedom, the Ukrainian biathlon team concluded the event winning three of the six gold medals. Making their best Paralympic showing, the Ukrainians will bring home eight gold, nine silver, and five bronze medals.

In the snowboard events, China reigned supreme with a total of three gold, three silver, and four bronze medals.

In the sled hockey semifinals, Canada beat South Korea 11 – 0!

The United States played China in the second semi-final. And not to be outdone by their neighbours to the north, the U.S. soundly trounced the Chinese with a score of 11 to 0!

South Korea and China will play for the bronze medal on Saturday with the Americans and Canadians battling it out for the gold medal on the final day of the Paralympics on Sunday.

In three games, the United States team has scored a total of 25 points while allowing a single point scored against them.

In wheelchair curling China and Sweden will play for the gold after China beat Canada 9-5 and Sweden beat Slovakia 6-4.

Canada and Slovakia played for the bronze medal with the Canadians winning 8-3.

Paralympic medal count – March 11:
China – 47
Ukraine – 25
Canada – 21
Germany – 16
United States – 17

France – 9
Austria – 9
Japan – 7
Great Britain – 6
Norway – 5
Sweden – 4
Slovakia – 4
Finland – 4
Italy – 4
New Zealand – 3
Netherlands – 3
Australia – 1
Switzerland – 1
Kazakhstan – 1

JD Motorsports Takes a ‘Ghost’ of a Chance

Xfinity Series

NASCAR has seen a number of sports and entertainment stars joining the ranks of ownership in recent months.

The most recent addition gives a whole new meaning to the expression “pedal to the metal” when the Grammy Award winning metal band Ghost have paired up with JD Motorsports for a new partnership.

The Swedish rockers will be the primary sponsor for the JD Motorsports number four car driven by Bayley Currey for the United Rentals 200 Xfinity Series race at Phoenix Raceway on March 12.


Ghost have been on tour in the United States to help promote their upcoming album “Impera”. This is their first partnership with American motorsports.

Noting that he is also a musician, JD Motorsports vice president of sales and Marketing Tony Priscars said it, “rocked working with Ghost and Loma Vista Recordings on this car. We can’t wait to put the pedal to the metal.”

The car will feature logos of the band, record label Loma Vista Recordings, Global Merchandising Services, Revolver Magazine and Rick Sales Entertainment.

PLAY BALL!!!

It has been nearly 100 days since Major League Baseball owners locked out its players, but the hard fought battle that was filled with many strikeout and few hits is finally over and play will soon resume.

Originally set to open on March 31st, the new opening date for MLB is April 7.

Owners voted unanimously (30-0) to approve the five year deal and have offically lifted the 99 day lockout.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke on the ending of the lock out saying, “I am genuinely thrilled to say Major League Baseball is back and we’re going to play 162 games. I want to start by apologizing to our fans. I know the last few months have been difficult.”

Manfred added, “I love our game. Having said that, since I’ve been commissioner, I’ve talked about the need to make changes in some of our rules to enhance the entertainment value of our product for the benefit of our fans. And I think the new agreement opens up an opportunity that we can work with the players to make sure that we can make good rule changes that work for our fans.”

Preserving the entire season was a big sticking point during the negotiations – one the players fought hard to achieve, but the owners were willing to have less than a full season played.

The lock out not only prevented players from access to the facilities; it also prevented the more than 100 free agents from working on or signing contracts. Those dealings can now move forward as the players prepare to report for spring training. Training camps open on Friday with player reporting no later than Sunday. The players will have only a few days to get themselves ready for play with spring training games beginning on March 17 or 18. The original reporting date was February 16 for pitchers and catchers with the rest of the players reporting two weeks later.

During the lockout, many of the players have found other places – like college campuses, etc – to gather and work out in preparation for the season (whenever it would begin).

With all the international players in the major leagues, there may be some delays due to visa issues or possible Covid protocols.

Originally Commissioner Manfred announced that due to the lock out, games were being cancelled; those games will now be rescheduled with some being a part of doubleheaders and the regular season has been extended until October 5. With the expansion of post season play, the MLB season will run into November. Due to the lockout, 184 games had been postponed and will now be made up during the season.

Postseason play has been expanded by two teams from 10 to 12. Division leaders will earn a bye for round one with the remaining teams playing in a best of three series.

The lock out only applied to the major league players; therefore, the minor league players have already reported to camp; as well as, much of the equipment needed to play.

There were a number of issues on the table, but as with many things, money was the biggest issue – the players wanted more and the owners wanted to keep it.

So, what did they agree on???

The compensation round for the loss of a free agent player has been eliminated but could be replaced with an international amateur draft. A new “pool” has been established for the top six prospects with only non-playoff teams allowed. The draft has also been reduced from 40 rounds to 20.

A new bonus pool of $50 million is being established for players who are not yet eligible for arbitration.

Top prospects who also finish in the top two positions in the Rookkie of the Year vote and did not play for a full season in the “big leagues” may receive credit for a year of play.

A complicated system is in place that while not listed as a salary cap, does penalize teams that spend an excess on players. The Luxury Tax will be increasing $20 million to $230 for the 2022 season; with further increases over the next five years.

Non top notch players will see an increase in their minimum salary from $570,000 to $700,000 for 2022. It will increase $20,000 a year over the life of the new contract. Minor league players will also see an increase in the minimum salary from $93,000 to $114,000 with an additional $3,000 for the next four years.

Minor league players signing their first contact will see a minimum raise from $46,000 to $57,000 with small increases over the next four years.

During the Covid shortened season, the MLB toyed with the universal designated hitter; the DH will now be a part of both the American and National Legaues going forward.

New this year, the players will be allowed to display advertising on their uniforms and helmets.

Teams may option a player only five times in any given season before he must be passed through waivers.

Experimenting in previous seasons with a “pitch clock”, pitchers now have only 14 seconds to throw a ball if the bases are empty and 19 seconds if there are any runners on the bases.

Defensive shifts has been very popular among clubs in recent years; those shifts will now be limited

Fans may notice a difference on the field when watching a game – MLB could be using larger bases.

And while baseball has been experimenting with the robot umpire in the lower levels, human umpires will still be calling the balls strikes, and outs on the field.

The Joy in Music

I have grown up with Classical music my entire life. I attended my first concert when I was still a small child.

But after not being able to attend a concert for two years, everything seemed different…

On March 4, 2022 the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performed a program that featured Alexander Malofeev performing the “Concerto No. 3 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 26” by Sergie Prokofiev.

The program opened with a beautiful performance of the Ukrainian National Anthem and concluded with the “Symphony No. 2 in c minor, Opus 29” by Alexander Scriabin after the intermission.

Watching the musicians as they play is always a part of the concert experience; however, this time it was the focus of my attention. At times I barely heard the music as I watched the movements of the musicians hand working the bow or the ballet that was music director JoAnn Falletta’s movements as she directed the orchestra.

At 21 years old, Malofeev looked like he was barely in his teens; but controlled the piano keyboard as if he had been playing for decades. He was so familiar with the Concerto that he often times took his eyes away from the keyboard and was looking around the room. A technical master, young Alexander became more expressive with his movements the longer he played.

After retuning to the stage for three bows, Malofeev sat down to perform an encore – another piece by Prokofiev, this time excerpts from the seventh symphony.

Before beginning the program, JoAnn Falletta spoke to the crowd saying that she hoped the music hall was a place of sanctuary – a respite from from all the stress and troubles of the world.

It is often said that “music soothes the savage beast” and after the past two harrowing years of lock downs, illness and death, and uncertainty; there is a great deal of soothing needed to sooth a world of savage beasts.

Music has always been a respite for me. I not only felt safe in the music hall but reminded of what the BPO and music is all about…Joy and Peace!

A morning concert, the hall was not packed with people but it was filled with the sound of music and the joy of being able to hear it live once again.

Beijing Paralympics Medal Count – March 10

As the 2022 Paralympic Games begin to wind down, the final games in the team competition begins with Wheelchair Curling getting the competition started. Host country China, Canada, Slovakia, and Sweden will all compete for the gold.

While they have already earned a medal in these Paralympic Games, Finland has earned their first ever Paralympic gold medal when Santeri Kilveri stood a top the podium in the Men’s Giant Slalom standing event. Kilveri has already won a silver medal in these games for his alpine skiing.

In the men’s giant slalom sitting event, Jesper Pedersen of Norway took home the gold for his third medal of the games.

Johannes Aigner of Austria took the gold medal in the vision impaired event.

As previously reported South Korea, China, Canada, and the United States will play in the semi-final games for sled hockey; putting two Asian teams in the semi-finals for the first time in Paralympic sled hockey history. The only two teams to win the gold medal in the past 20 years, Canada and the U.S. are expected to play once again for the gold medal. The semi-finals play begins on Friday. Canada and South Korea will kick off the semi-finals with the United States playing China in the late game.

Host country China continues to lead the medal count with 32; their closest competitor is the Ukraine with 19. While the ski slopes appeared to cause numerous issues for the Olympians, the host country of China has dominated on the slopes – a place they are very familiar with.

While the U.S. has a total of 14 medals, only two of them so far have been gold.

Paralympic medal count – March 10:
China – 3
Ukraine – 19
Canada – 16
United States – 14
Germany – 13
France – 7
Austria – 7
Japan – 6
Great Britain – 5
Norway – 5
Sweden – 4
Slovakia – 4
Italy – 4
New Zealand – 3
Finland – 3
Netherlands – 2
Australia – 1
Switzerland – 1
Kazakhstan – 1

Tony’s Return to Summer Presentation

It has been a rough couple of years for Broadway with theatres shut down for several months and abbreviated awards shows.

Broadway is open once again and the annual awards show – The Tony Awards – returns for its traditional summer presentation.

And with a simulcast on CBS and Paramount+, the Tony’s will be broadcast live nationwide for the first time in Tony’s history. The broadcast will begin on Paramount+ at 7pm and move to CBS at 8pm with the Paramount+ broadcast open to premium level subscribers. The awards show will be available to everyone for streaming on demand at Paramount+ once the awards have concluded.

The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing has set the 75th annual Tony Awards will be held on June 12 live at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Nominees for the 2022 Tony Awards will be revealed on May 3 and will be open to any production that open on February 20, 2020 to April 28, 2022. “Macbeth” starring Ruth Negga and Daniel Craig is set to officially open on April 28 and will be the final show eligible for a nomination.

However, “POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive” will have to wait unti l2023 to be eligible for a Tony Award nomination. The most recent Broadway revival of “West Side Story” closed on February 20, 2020 and never reopened; as a result, the Administration Committee has determined that since not enough of the voters were able to see the production, the musical is not eligible for any Tony Award nominations.

Beijing Paralympics Medal Count – March 9

After five days of competition in the Paralympic Games in Beijing the host country of China increase their lead in the overall medal count as the first nation to reach over 30.

Wheelchair curling ended the day of round-robin events with China, Sweden, Canada, and Slovakia as the top four teams with one more day of round-robin play and the semi-finals ahead.

Austria’s Carina Edlinger final got her gold medal in Para Cross-Country sprint skiing.

The cross-country skiing events have concluded and the focus shifts to the sprinting events. Many of the athletes who competed in the cross-country will now turn their attention to sprinting.


The semi-finals are set in sled hockey and will feature two Asian teams for the first time in the sport’s history. The United States secured their spot in the semis after only two games; South Korea, China, and Canada finish out the four teams to play for the gold. The gold medal has been won by the United States or Canada for the past 20 years.

Paralympic medal count – March 9:
China – 31
Ukraine – 19
Canada – 16
Germany – 13
United States – 13
Japan – 6
France – 6
Austria – 6
Great Britain – 5
Norway – 4
Sweden – 4
Slovakia – 3
New Zealand – 3
Finland – 2
Italy – 2
Netherlands – 2
Australia – 1
Switzerland – 1
Kazakhstan – 1

Appeals Panel Upholds Penalty

NASCAR issued no penalties this week after the triple header weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but the National Motorsports Appeals Panel did hear a case and make a ruling over an appeal.

After the Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night, NASCAR disqualified the Front Row Motorsports number 38 truck driven by Zane Smith when it was discovered that not all of the lug nuts were properly secured as is stated in the rule book. As a result, the truck was disqualified from its second place finish and placed in last place.

Front Row appealed the ruling, to the three panel Appeals board of Dixon Johnston, Lake Speed, and Cathy Rice. The Panel upheld NASCAR’s decision and the penalty will stand.

Since the appeal was over a disqualification, Front Row cannot make an appeal the Final Appeals Office.

NFL Suspends Falcons Player

Last season Atlatna Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley left the team during the season to “address mental health issues.”

While Ridley was away from the team, he apparently did more than deal with his mental health…the NFL has charged Ridley with betting on football games.

For what he terms “endangering the integrity of the sport by betting on games” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has suspended Ridley at least through the 2022 football season.

According to the NFL’s investigation, Ridley placed bets during a five day period in late November of 2021 while on the non-football illness list.

Goodell noted that the league found no evidence of insider information was used to place the bets nor were any outcomes of games compromised as a result of the bets. Goodell added, that there was “no evidence suggesting Falcons coaches, players or staff were aware of Ridley’s betting activity.”

Ridley responded on his Twitter account saying that he spent a total of $1,500; adding that he does not have a gambling problem.

In another post Ridley noted, “I know I was wrong But I’m getting 1 year lol;” adding “just gone be more healthy when I come back.”

Ridley may request a reinstatement to the league on February 23, 2023.

The Falcons noted that they had no updates on the status of Calvin Ridley; saying only that they have been cooperating with the investigation. Via a statement, the Falcons said, “we were first made aware of the league’s investigation on Feb. 9. We have cooperated fully with the investigation since receiving notice, and support the league’s findings and actions. We are moving forward in the 2022 season with the decision that was made.”


Commissioner Goodell sent a letter to Ridley that stated in part…
“There is nothing more fundamental to the NFL’s success — and to the reputation of everyone associated with our league — than upholding the integrity of the game.

“This is the responsibility of every player, coach, owner, game official, and anyone else employed in the league. Your actions put the integrity of the game at risk, threatened to damage public confidence in professional football, and potentially undermined the reputations of your fellow players throughout the NFL.

“For decades, gambling on NFL games has been considered among the most significant violations of league policy warranting the most substantial sanction. In your case, I acknowledge and commend you for your promptly reporting for an interview, and for admitting your actions.”

Prior to taking time away from the team, the former first round draft pick had nine touchdowns with 90 catches for 1,374 in the Covid year 2020. Prior to leaving the team in 2021, he had only 31 catches for 281 yards and two touchdowns.

Ridley is not the first NFL player to be suspended due to gambling…in 2019 Goodell suspended cornerback Josh Shaw of the Arizona Cardinals for gambling on a single game. Shaw has yet to return to the game.

In 1963, then Commissioner Peter Rozelle suspended Green Bay Packers running back Paul Hornung and Detroit Lions defensive tackle Alex Karras for betting on games and “associating with gamblers or “known hoodlums.” Both players are currently members of the NFL Hall of Fame.

In 1983 Rozelle suspended then Balitmore Colts quarterback Art Schlichter. While Schlichter did return to the game, he was never able to break the gambling habit and was later jailed over a ticketing scam.

In 1946 then Commissioner Bert Bell suspended New York Giants players Fank Filchock and Merle Hapes; not for gambling, but for failure to report an attempted bribe, in particular the championship game. Filchock was later allowed to play in the game but Hapes wasn’t even allowed on the field. After his suspension, Filchock returned to play in 1950 but Hapes never took the field again.

Beijing Paralympics Medal Count – March 8

After four days of competition at the Beijing Paralympic Games, five countries have now entered double digits in medal wins.


Leonie Maria Walter of Germany earned her first gold medal in the biathlon.

Currently Sweden leads the way in wheelchair curling with five wins and one loss. But the teams face a round robin of games on Wednesday.

The United States has already secured their place in the semi-finals after two decisive wins over Canada and South Korea. China, Italy, the Czech Republic, and South Korea have all advanced to the knock out rounds in a bid to see who will make it to the semi-finals this weekend. After beating South Korea, Canada has secured a spot in the semi-finals.

In the Middle Distance Vision Impaired and Standing biathlon events, the Ukraine dominated, sweeping the events.

The Ukrainian team has now earned a total of 17 medals winning gold in five out of six of their biathlon medals.

The Canadian wheelchair curling team has won a medal in every paralympics since the sport was introduced at Turin in 2006 with three of them gold. They are the most successful team in the sport.


Host country China continues to dominate the medal count lead with 27. Kazakhstan adds their name to the list of medal winners.

Paralympic medal count – March 8:
China – 27
Ukraine – 17
Canada – 13
Germany – 11
United States – 10
Japan – 6
France – 5
Austria – 5
Great Britain – 5
Slovakia – 3
Norway – 3
New Zealand – 3
Sweden – 3
Finland – 2
Italy – 2
Netherlands – 2
Australia – 1
Switzerland – 1
Kazakhstan – 1

Tragedy Strikes Racing Team

Tragedy has struck the NASCAR team David Gilliland Racing when one of their haulers was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Longview, Texas on the way to Phoenix Raceway for this weekend.

Hauler driver Steven Stotts was pronounced dead at the scene but passengers John Zaverl and Michael Mizzelle are listed in stable condition at a local hospital; as well as, the driver of the other vehicle involved in the accidnet.

Little detail of the accident that occurred around 5:30am local time are available but the hauler ended up on its side and the racing fuel in the hauler ignited after the hauler had rolled over. Initially the westbound traffic was halted, but later the eastbound traffic was also halted in order to get the highway cleaned up.

David Gillialnd Racing fields the number one truck driven by Hailie Deegan and the number 15 truck driven by Tanner Gray in the Camping World Truck Series and the number 17 ARCA Menards Series car driven by Taylor Gray.

It was the hauler carrying the number 17 ARCA car that was involved in the accident. Taylor Gray’s status for the ARCA race on Friday night will be determined later in the week.

Feature photo credit: David Gilliland Raciing – NASCAR Hauler crash (photo: Texas Department of Public Safety)



New Team Joins NASCAR Part Time

The 2022 NASCAR racing season has begun, but that doesn’t mean new teams and drivers cannot join the field.

Team Strange Racing owned by Brazilian Tarso Marques will drive the number 79 car beginning with the road course at Road America. Marques will run a part time schedule of eight races for the 2022 season.

Team Strange Racing team will also run at the Indianapolis Road Course, Watkins Glen, Daytona International Speedway, the Charlotte Roval, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, and the final race of the season at Phoenix Raceway.

Marques is a racing veteran who has run in Formula One and Champ Car.

The last time the nunmber 79 car was on the track was in 2012 when Kelly Bires drove for Archie St. Hilaire in a part time season.

Music Rules on 57th Annual ACM Awards

This year the Academy of Country Music Awards travels to Amazon’s Prime Video for their annual awards show live form Alleigant Stadium in Las Vegas with Country music legend Dolly Parton hosting the historic event. Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett are also co-hosting the event.

Saying that she doesn’t want to get political, Parton dedicated the show to the people of the Ukraine.

Jimmie Allen gets the night started off with a performance of “Viva Las Vegas” high up in the stadium. Gabby Barrett performs.

With three stages in the stadium, Eric Church performs a medley of his songs that span his career on the main stage down at field level.

Walker Hayes gets the crowd dancing with his performance from the concourse level stage and included him walking down the stadium to the main stage and featured the song “Fancy Like”.

Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett join Dolly Parton on stage for a little introduction of themselves. Parton said that Daniel Boone took her to her high school prom.

The first award of the night was for Duo of the Year to Brothers Osborne.

The award for Group of the Year went to Old Dominion for the fifth time!

Maren Morris takes the main stage for a performance.

Parmalee and Blanco Brown performed their number one hit “Just the Way”.

Jason Aldean spoke on the massacre that took place at one of his performances in Las Vegas and introduced Chris Stapleton who performed “Watch You Burn”.

The award for Song of the Year went to Laney Wilson for “Things a Man Oughta Know”. Her list of thank you’s included nearly as many people as her home town of 264 people.

The award for Single of the Year went to Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood for “If I Didn’t Love You”.

Jimmie Allen debuts his new single “Down Home”.

Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde take the stage for a performance of “Never Wanted to be that Girl”.

Thomas Rhett takes the high stage for a performance of “Slow Down Summer”.

Kelsea Ballarini and Dolly Parton take the stage to perform a song from the original music that accompanies the new novel “Run Rose Run” written by Parton and James Patterson.

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr presented the award for Album of the Year to Morgan Wallen for his album “Dangerous: the Doulbe Album”. Wallen noted that he started the album as a kid and by the time he finished it, he was a father.

Jimme Allen and Gabby Barrett paid tribute to the winners of the ACM radio station awards.

Six time ACM winner Brothers Osborne kicked off a 35 minute segment of non-stop music. Gabby Barrett, New Male Artist of the Year Parker McCollum, Breland with Thomas Rhett, New Female Artist of the Year Laney Wilson, Jason Aldean with Carrie Underwood, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan and Jordan Davis, and Lady A also performed songs about love, God, dirt, and music.

The award for Male Artist of the Year went to Chrs Stapleton. Stapleton noted that he is proof that dreams do come true.

The award for Female Artist of the Year went to Carly Pearce.

Chris Young takes the stage to perform.

Kelly Clarkson paid tribute to County music icon Dolly Parton with “I Will Always Love You” that brought the house down.

The final award of the night for Entertainer of the Year was presented by Dolly Parton to Miranda Lambert! Lambert was working in London and accepted her award via video. She noted it was the first time she has missed an ACM Awards show in 17 years.

In the final performance of the night the Brothers Osborne are joined by newcomer Brittney Spencer for a performance of “These Boots are Made for Walking”.

LA Philharmonic & Deaf West to Perform Beethoven

The Deaf West Theatre is pairing up with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra for a production of Beethoven’s opera “Fidelio” April 14-16 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The semi-staged production is being designed with both hearing and Deaf audiences in mind. Gustavo Dudamel will lead the orchestra with the lyrics sung by hearing vocalists and signed by deaf actors.


Previously the Deaf West Theatre has collaborated on productions of “Big River” and “Spring Awakening”. Both productions were seen on the Broadway stage.

“Fidelio” was written by Ludwig von Beethoven at a time when he was dealing with his own deafness. It tells the story of triumph over oppression when the noblewoman Leonore attempts to rescue her husband who is a political prisoner.

Singers Christiane Libor, Ian Koziara, Ran Speedo Green, and Gariella Reyes are scheduled to join deaf actors Amelia Hensley, Josh Castille, Russell Harvard, and Indi Robinson in the production.

feature photo credit: Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Facebook page

Beijing Paralympics Medal Count – March 7

On day three of the Beijing Paralympic Games, the host team of China continues to add to their medal count; while other athletes made history.

Canadian Brian McKeever won his 14th Paralympic Winter Games medal with a gold in the Para Cross Country skiing event.

McKeever is the most decorated male athlete in Para Cross Country skiing. The 42 year old skier has earned a total of 18 medals – 14 of them gold – in six Paralympics.

Snowboarders Tyler Turner and Lisa Dejong won the first medals in that sport for Canada. Dejong won a silver medal to earn the nation’s first ever medal in snowboard and was followed by Tyler Turner winning the gold.

Japan’s Taiki Kawauoke earned the nation’s first gold in Para Cross-Country in the Men’s Long Distance Classical Technique Standing event.

Finland earned their first medal of the games when Matti Suur-Hamari successfully defended his snowboard-cross title.


China extends their lead in the medal count. Finland and the Netherlands join the countries in the medal count. Canada joins China as the only countries to reach double digits in the medal count.

Paralympic medal count – March 7:
China – 25
Canada – 12
Ukraine – 8
Germany – 8
United States – 8
Japan – 6
France – 5
Austria – 5
Great Britain – 5
Slovakia – 3
Norway – 3
New Zealand – 3
Sweden – 3
Finland – 2
Italy – 2
Netherlands – 2
Australia – 1
Switzerland – 1

Point Standings – March 7

Last weekend, all three NASCAR racing series ran a race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

In an overtime win, Alex Bowman crossed the finish line to earn car owner Rick Hendrick his 282nd career win.  Earlier, Hendrick had pledged $200,000 to aid humanitarian efforts in the Ukraine; additionally, Hendrick pledged a $2,000 donation for every lap one of his four drivers led the race.  Thanks to Bowman, Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Kyle Larson that total came to 51 laps and $102,000!  Bowman is the second Hendrick Motorsports driver to win a race this season so far.

After his win at Auto Club Speedway Kyle Larson took the lead in the Cup Series Point Standings.  He continues to hold that lead with 113 points. 

Cup Series Point Standings – March 7, 2022:
Kyle Larson – 113
Martin Truex Jr – 107
Joey Logano – 104
Austin Cindric – 103
Kyle Busch – 102
Aric Almirola – 97
Chase Elliott – 88
Alex Bowman – 80
Bubba Wallace – 78
Austin Dillon – 78
Kurt Busch – 77
Brad Keselowski – 77
Ryan Blaney – 75
Chase Briscoe – 74
Erik Jones – 74
Kevin Harvick – 69

Drivers earn stage points by finishing in the top 10 at the end of each stage.  Joey Logano leads the field in stage points with 31.  So far only Alex Bowman, Ross Chastain, Martin Truex Jr, and Tyler Reddick have won a stage.

After the first three races in the 2022 season, the stage point standings are:
Joey Logano – 31
Kyle Larson – 29
William Byron – 26
Martin Truex Jr – 25
Erik Jones – 21
Tyler Reddick – 20
Ross Chastain – 18
Brad Keselowski – 16
Chase Elliott – 16
Alex Bowman – 15
Ryan Blaney – 14

Ricky Stenhouse Jr – 14
Austin Cindric – 11

Chase Briscoe – 10
Denny Hamlin – 10
Bubba Wallace – 9
Todd Gilliland – 9
Kyle Busch – 8
Kevin Harvick – 6
Austin Dillon – 5

Cole Custer – 5
Kurt Busch – 4
Chris Buescher – 4
Aric Almirola – 3
Christopher Bell – 1


In the Xfinity Series Noah Gragson leads the point standings with 144 points.

Xfinity Series Points Standings:
Noah Gragson – 144
Ty Gibbs – 127
AJ Allmendinger – 123
Justin Allgaier – 120
Josh Berry – 108
Daniel Hemric – 103
Riley Herbst – 94
Anthony Alfredo – 82
Sam Mayer – 80
Austin Hill – 74
Ryan Sieg – 72
Brandon Jones – 70



After two Camping World Truck Series races, Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Chandler Smith leads the points standings with 87 points.  Fellow KBM driver John Hunter Nemechek is in tenth place with 55 points.

Camping World Truck Series points standings:
Chandler Smith – 87
Tanner Gray – 82
Ty Majeski – 72
Ben Rhodes – 70
Stewart Friesen – 65
Matt DiBenedetto – 58
Carson Hocevar – 58
Austin Wayne Self – 57
Matt Crafton – 55
John Hunter Nemechek – 55

Paralympic Medal Count – Day 2

The Paralympic games has less than 1,000 athletes participating in the games with many of them participating in several events. In the name of fairness, many of the sports are divided into several divisions to allow for athletes with various abilities.

On Saturday night, the U.S. sled hockey team played against the South Korean team where they secured their spot in the semi finals with a 9 to 1 win. The American team scored five points in the first period.

Surrounded by Chinese skiers, Oksana Masters earned a silver medal, continuing to add to her impressive collection.

The Chinese team is taking full advantage of home field advantage and continues to lead the medal count. They are still the only country to earn double digit medals.

China – 16
Ukraine – 7
Canada – 6
Germany – 5
Japan – 4
Austria – 4
France – 3
Great Britain – 3

United States – 3
Slovakia – 2
New Zealand – 2
Norway – 2
Italy – 1
Sweden – 1
Switzerland – 1

NASCAR Disqualifies Xfinity Driver After Vegas Race

Xfinity Series

For the second day in a row, NASCAR officials have disqualified a driver in the post race inspection process.

The Cup Series teams no longer have to worry about loose lug nuts and lug nut violations; however, the Camping World Truck and Xfinity Series still have to deal with tires that have five lug nuts.

The Xfinity Series number 07 SS Green Light Racing car driven by Joe Graf Jr for lug nut infractions after the post race inspection following the Alsco Uniforms 300 on March 5 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The number 07 car had three lug nuts that were improperly secured. The penalty for violating the NASCAR rule book is at least disqualification from the race.

A disqualification means that the driver loses his spot in the results and is placed in last place of the 38 car field.

Last weekend at Auto Club Speedway, Cole Custer earned SS Green Light their first win.

Overtime Finish for Cup Series in Vegas

On a very windy afternoon, the Cup Series drivers take to the track for a 30 minute practice session before making a qualifying run to set the field.

Six minutes into practice, home town driver Kyle Busch slammed the wall hard with a flat tire, causing significant damage to his number 18 car and will have to move to a backup car. Joe Gibbs Racing brought a single “backup car” for the west coast swing – a car they intended to use as a parts car for the four JGR teams. The car will require a great deal of work in order to make it ready for the race.

The pre-qualifying/race inspection process continues to cause some major issues for the teams. A total of five teams had issues with the process in preparation for Sunday’s Penzoil 400.

The Stewart-Haas Racing number four car driven by Kevin Harvick, the Hendrick Motorsports number nine car driven by Chase Elliott, the Wood Brothers number 21 car driven by Harrison Burton, the Front Row Motorsports number 38 car driven by Todd Gilliland, and the Spire Motorsports number 77 car driven by Josh Bilicki all failed inspection at least once and will lose crew members as a result.

Group A driver Christopher Bell is the first driver on the track to make a qualifying run and clocked a time of 29.75 seconds around the mile and a half track.

Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick, Chase Elliott, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Austin Dillon are the top five drivers in Group A that will make a run for the pole.

Greg Biffle is the first driver from Group B to make a qualifying lap with a time of 30.467 seconds.

Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Denny Hamlin,Kyle Larson, and Joey Logano will join the Group A drivers to qualify for the pole.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr is the first of the top 10 drivers to make a run for the pole and clocked a time of 30.04 seconds.

Next up is Austin Dillon who ran a time of 30.046.

Chase Elliott ran a time of 29.716 seconds.

Tyler Reddick ran a tie of 29.801 seconds.

Christopher Bell had a time of 29,561 seconds. The fastest time of any driver so far in qualifying.

Joey Logano had a time of 29.777 seconds.

Austin Cindric ran a time of 29.704 seconds.

Denny Hamlin runs a time of 29.802

Chase Briscoe had a time of 29. 714 seconds.

The final car on the track is Kyle Larson who ran a time of 29.668 seconds.

Christopher Bell earns his first Cup Series pole with Kyle Larson alongside on the front row.


The winds have died down and the skies are sunny as the Cup Series drivers prepare to run 400 miles around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The starting lineup for the Penzoil 400:
Christopher Bell
Kyle Larson
Austin Cindric
Chase Briscoe
Chase Elliott
Joey Logano
Tyler Reddick – moved to the back of the field
Denny Hamlin
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Austin Dillon
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
Alex Bowman
William Byron
Brad Keselowski
Daniel Hemric – moved to the back of the field
Bubba Wallace
Ross Chastain
Harrison Burton
Aric Almirola
Daniel Suarez
Michael McDowell
Erik Jones
Cole Custer – moved to the back of the field
Kevin Harvick
Greg Biffle
Chris Buescher
Justin Haley
Corey LaJoie
Todd Gilliland
Kurt Busch
Ty Dillon
Cody Ware
Josh Bilicki
BJ McLeod
Garrett Smithley
Kyle Busch

Tyler Reddick, Daniel Hemric, and Cole Custer have been moved to the back of the field after their crews made unapproved adjustments to the cars. Kyle Busch wrecked during practice and did not qualify for the race. He starts the race from the back of the field in a backup car.

Danica Patrick joins Mike Joy and Clint Bowyer in the FOX broadcast booth this week.

Stages one fthe race is 80 laps, stage two is 85 laps, with stage three lasting 102 laps for a total of 267 laps around the mile and a half track.

Chris Meyers revealed that no driver that led the first lap at LVMS has gone on to win the race in a Cup Series race.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 30 in order for teams to check tire wear.

Hendrick Motorsports has donated $200,000 to the humanitarian efforts in the Ukraine; additionally, HMS has pledged to donate $2,000 for each lap an HMS driver leads.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and edges out in front for the lead with the help of a push from Austin Cindric.

Christopher Bell leads laps one.

Lap two, the top five are Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson, Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, and Chase Elliott.

Lap five, Christopher Bell has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Kyle Larson; Chase Briscoe, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five. Kyle Busch has moved up six spots to 31st place.

Lap eight, Christopher Bell has increased his lead to over a second and a half on Kyle Larson. Chase Elliott has dropped out of the top 10.

Lap 10, Christopher Bell now has a lead of two seconds on Kyle Larson; Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin reported some electrical issues before the race start and is monitoring the alternator readings.

Lap 16, Christopher Bell holds on to a two second lead with Joey Logano in second; Kyle Larson, Kenny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 20, Christopher Bell has led every laps so far and now has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Denny Hamlin; Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 22, Kyle Larson is just outside the top 20 in 21st place.

With 21 green flag laps, the drivers have made a green flag run longer than any green flag runs at Auto Club Speedway last week.

Lap 24, Christopher Bell holds a two second lead on Denny Hamlin; Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick has moved up ninie spots since the start of the race and is now in 14th place.

Kyle Busch has entered the top 20. The crew spent over eight hours getting the car ready for today’s race after Busch crashed into the wall with a flat tire during practice.

When the caution flag comes out at the end of lap 30 for the competition caution, Christopher Bell has a two and a half second lead on Ryan Blaney.

Drivers come down pit road for service and adjustments. Ryan Blaney wins the race off of pit road. Leader Christopher Bell came out third. Tyler Reddick had a slow stop after having to back into his pit stall.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 36 and jumps out in front for the lead. After a transmission issue, Kyle Busch restarts the race in 28th place.

Daniel Suarez was caught speeding on pit road and had to restart the race from the back of the field.

The top five are Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and Christopher Bell.

Lap 38, Cole Custer spins out in a single car incident to bring out the caution flag.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 43 and goes nose to nose with Alex Bowman.

The caution flag comes out on lap 43 for contact between Austin Dillon and Justin Haley. Kyle Busch and Daniel Hemric were also involved.

Daniel Hemric is on pit road with the hood up.

Alex Bowman was scored the leader at the time of the caution flag.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag restart with 33 laps remaining in stage one. Bowman edges out for the lead from the inside lane.

Lap 48, the top five are Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and Ross Chastain. There are 35 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 50, in a three way battle for the lead, Denny Hamlin is the new leader with Ryan Blaney in second and Alex Bowman in third; William Byron, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

All 37 cars are still on the track.

Lap 54, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over half a second on Ryan Blaney; Alex Bowman, William Byron, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 61, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over a second on Ryan Blney; Martin Truex Jr, Alex Bowman, and William Byron round out the top five. Pole sitter Christopher Bell is in sixth place. Kyle Busch is in 21st place.

Tyler Reddick spins out and brings out the caution flag on lap 63; making a run through the grass in a single car incident.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires and adjustments. Taking only two tires, Aric Almirola wins the race off of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr was charged with equipment interference and will have to restart the race from the back of the field. A wheel rolled into Chris Buescher’s pit stall.

After staying out on the track, Kurt Busch brings the field dow nfor the green flag start of the race on lap 69. Drivers get three and four wide behind him.

Kurt Busch leads the race with William Byron in second; Aric Almirola, Alex Bowman, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Aric Almirola takes the lead.

Lap 71, William Byron is the new leader with team mates Alex Bowman in second and Chase Elliott in third; Ross Chastain and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 73, Kurt Busch has fallen out of the top 10.

Denny Hamlin reports power steering issues.

Lap 74, William Byron holds on to the lead with Alex Bowma in second; Chase Elliott, Ross Chastain, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

While Rick Hendrick is raising money via his drivers leading laps; fellow car owner Richard Childress has pledged to send one million rounds of ammunition to the Ukraine.

Lap 78, Alex Bowman takes the lead to continue the Hendrick Motorsports efforts.

Lap 79, Kyle Busch has entered the top 10!

Alex Bowman wins stage one for his fifth career stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Alex Bowman
William Byron
Ross Chastain
Denny Hamlin
Chase Elliott
Kyle Larson
Ryan Blaney
Chase Briscoe
Kyle Busch
Christopher Bell

Drivers come down pit road for service and adjustments with Brad Keselowski winning the race off of pit road after taking only two tires.

After staying out on the track, Michel McDowell brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 87 with Brad Keselowski alongside.

Brad Keselowski takes the lead with Michael McDowell continuing to battle for the spot.

Lap 89, Brad Keselowski leads the race with Denny Hamlin in second; Ross Chastain, Alex Bowman, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 92, Denny Hamlin takes the lead with Alex Bowman in second; Brad Keselowski, Ross Chastain, and William Byron round out the top five.

Daniel Suarez gets into the wall on lap 93 and brings out the caution flag after Chase Briscoe and Michael McDowell make contact.

A few drivers come down pit road for service, but most stay out on the track.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 98 and holds on to the lead with Ross Chastain in second as the drivers get four and five wide across the track.

Lap 98, Denny Hamlin leads the race with Ross Chastain in second; William Byron, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Busch rounding out the top five.

Daniel Suarez is out of his car, has been checked at the infield care center, and is fine.

Lap 102, Denny Hamlin has a half second lead on Ross Chastain; William Byron, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Brad Keselowski brings out the seventh caution flag of the race on lap 103 when he gets loose and spins out. Ryan Blaney hits Keselowski in the door with no place to go. Keselowski takes his car to pit road but Ryan Blaney takes his car to the garage.

All of the drivers still on the track are on the lead lap.

Drivers come down pit road for service. Taking fuel only, Chase Briscoe wins the race off of pit road. Aric Almirola also took fuel only.

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

After staying out on the track, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 110 and takes the lead from the inside lane.

Lap 110, the top five are Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola, Ross Chastain, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Larson.

Lap 112, it’s the Kyle and Kyle battle with Ross Chastain joining in a battle for the lead.

Lap 113, Ros Chastain passes Kyle Busch for the lead with Kyle Larson taking second; Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Ryan Blaney is out of the care center and is a bit angry, but fine.

Lap 116, Ross Chastain leads the rac with Denny Hamlin in second; Kyle Busch, Alex Bowman, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 119, “watermelon man” Ross Chastain has a lead of over half a second on Denny Hamlin; Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson, ad Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Brad Keselowski is the only driver on the track not on the lead lap. Daniel Suarez and Ryan Blaney are out of the race.

Lap 126, Ross Chastain holds on to the lead with Denny Hamlin in second; Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 130, Ross Chastain has a half second lead on Denny Hamlin; Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Eight of the top 10 cars belong to Hendric Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing.

Rookie driver Austin Cindric spins out, bringing out the caution flag on lap 135. Aric Almirola makes contact with Cindric prior to Cindric’s spin. Harrison Burton gets caught up in the melee.
Chase Briscoe alsp spins out and gets into the wall in a separated incident.

Drivers come down pit road en masse. Kyle Busch’s team reported that he was nine laps short of making the end of the stage after he stayed out in the last caution. Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road. Denny Hamlin’s team had an air hose issue when he ran over the hose.

Alex Bowman was charged with an equipment interference penalty and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the gren flag restart on lap 140 and takes the lead with Ross Chastain in second; Christopher Bell, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Chase Briscoe has taken his car to the garage and is out of the race.

Christopher Bell gets loose and spins out bringing out the caution flag on lap 142, Harrison Burton also spun out but both were single car incidents. Christopher Bell’s car is bouncing badly withflat tires..

Pit road is still closed but Christopher Bell and Erik Jones are on pit road. With flat tires, the crew cannot get the jack under the car and are having to try and lift the car. NASCAR Cup Series cars weight 3,400 pounds each. Erik Jones had the hood up with a brake issue.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 148 with Chase Elliott alongside. Kyle Larson leads the race with Elliott in second; Ross Chastain, Kyle Busch, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 150, Kyle Larson has a lead of almost half a second on Ross Chastain; Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Kyle Busch and William Byron battle for fourth.

Greg Biffle takes his car to the garage with 30 cars on the lead lap.

Aric Almirola is reporting that his car is vibrating so bad that his legs are numb.

Lap 159, Ross Chastain has caught up to leader Kyle Larson and is challenging for the lead. Ross Chastain takes the lead on alp 160.

Kyle Busch slaps the wall but the track stays green. He is reporting some handling issues with his car.

Lap 162, Ross Chastain has a lead of over half a second over Chase Elliott; Kyle Larson, William Byron, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five. Kyle Busch is in sixth place after hitting the wall.

Ross Chastain wins stage two for his first and the first stage win ever for Trackhouse Racing.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ross Chastain
Chase Elliott
Kyle Larson
William Byron
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Joeyu Logano
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Bubba Wallace

Seven of the nine drivers who have won stage two have gone on to win the race.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Ross Chastain winning the race off of pit road and Kyle Busch right behind him.

Cole Custer is stopped on the track with blue smoke coming from the car.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the inside lane with Kyle Busch on the outside lane on lap 175. There are 30 cars on the lead lap. Cole Custer has been pushed to the garage. Ross Chastain edges out for the lead but Busch comes back up on the outside to battle for the lead.

Kyle Busch takes the lead but Ross Chastain comes right back to continue the battle.

Lap 177, Ross Chastain takes the lead with Kyle Busch in second; Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 181, Ross Chastain has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Kyle Busch; Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, and William Byron round out the top five.

With 80 laps remaining in the race, Ross Chastain continues to lead the race with Kyle Busch in second; Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

There are 74 laps remaining in the race and Ross Chastain has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch; Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Larson, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Leader Ross Chastain’s team have been making pit stops of less than 12 seconds. Pit stop times have dropped over two seconds this year from last year’s car.

Lap 200, Ross Chastain leads the race by over half a second on Kyle Busch; Martin Truex Jr, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Larson rounds out the top five.

Kyle Busch is slowly eating into Ross Chastain’s lead. Chastain is just half a second in front.

William Byron hits the wall but the track stays green. He is reporting some handling issues with the car now.

Lap 207, Ross Chastain has pulled out to a one second lead on Kyle Busch; Martin Truex Jr, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 211, there are 56 laps remaining in the race; Austin Dillon is the first driver to come down pit road for his green flag pit stop to begin the cycle.

Ross Chastain now has a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch.

So far, Hendrick Motorsports has raised $86,000 for Ukrainian relief with their four drivers leading laps.

More drivers are making their green flag pit stops.

Fifty to go, leader Ross Chastain comes down pit road for his green flag stop and gives the lead over to Kyle Larson.

Leading 77 laps so far, Ross Chastain has led more laps then his previous 117 career laps.

Denny Hamlin is slowing on the track but the track stays green.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr leads the race.

The caution falg comes out with 47 laps to go with Denny Hamlin stopped on the track after spinning out. Hamlin said that he “broke something”. Drivers are finding it difficult to ajust to the new shifter which runs up and down instead of the old H pattern. Hamlin reports he cannot shift the car.

Kyle Larson was charged with speeding on pit road. He will have to start the race from the back of the field.

Denny Hamlin is out of his car…and out of the race. He reports that the transaxle is broken.

Kyle Busch is listed as the leader of the race. There are 24 cars on the lead lap; not counting the wave arounds.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with 41 laps remaining in the race with Ross Chastain alongside. The battle for the lead continues with Chastain and Busch swapping back and forth befoe Kyle Busch gets out in front for the lead.

Forty to go, the top five are Kyle Busch, Ross Chastain, Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr, and Ty Dillon.

Twenty-four hours ago the car in the lead had no engine, seat, or paint scheme. The Joe Gibbs Racing number 18 team spent eight hours putting the car together. Busch started the race dead last and is now leading the race. The car was meant as a JGR parts car, not a backup for a driver.

Lap 231, Kyle Busch has a third of a second lead on Ross Chastain; Martin Truex Jr, Alex Bowman, and William Byron round out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr and Ross Chastain battle for second with Kyle Busch leading the race.

Temperatures are dropping – they have dropped eight degrees since race start – and is bringing some cars to life.

With 30 laps to go, Kyle Busch ahs a one second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Ross Chastain, Alex Bowman, and William Byron round out the top five.

Twenty-five to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of over a second on Martin Truex Jr; Ross Chastain, Alex Bowman, and William Byron round out the top five.

Twenty-two to go, Martin Truex Jr is eating into Kyle Busch’s lead; he is now only half a second in front with 23 cars on the lead lap and six cars out of the race.

Twenty to go, Martin Truex Jr has caught leader and team mate Kyle Busch. The previous two races have had issues involving team mates at the end of the race.

Kyle Busch has not won at his home track since 2009; he has won 47 races since his last Las Vegas win.

Fifteen to go, the battle begins between leader Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr.

Martin Truex Jr takes the lead with 13 laps remaining in the race but Kyle Busch comes back to retake the lead. But the battle continues as they encounter slower traffic.

Ten to go, Kyle Busch leads the race with Martin Truex Jr in second; Ross Chastain, Alex Bowman, and William Byron round out the top five.

Seven to go, the battle continues as Martin Truex Jr looks for a lane to get around Kyle Busch for the lead.

Five to go, Kyle Busch has held on to lead the race as Martin Truex Jr continues to battle for the positon.

Erik Jones brings out the caution flag with just two laps remaining in the race when he gets loose and gets into the wall. He collects Bubba Wallace and sends him into the wall. Jones had no control of the steering wheel.

The race goes into overtime.

Drivers come down pit road for tires. Most all of the teams have no more sticker tires and are putting scuffs on the car. Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road; Kyle Busch comes out fourth the first car to take four tires.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr was caught speeding on pit road.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the two lap overtime shootout from the outside lane with team mate Alex Bowman alongside. Alex Bowman and Kyle Larson battle for the lead, swapping the lead back and forth.

Alex Bowman takes the white flag.

Alex Bowman wins the race! This is the 282nd win for car owner Rick Hendrick.

The unofficial results of the Penzoil 400:
Alex Bowman
Kyle Larson
Ross Chastain
Kyle Busch
William Byron
Aric Almirola
Tyler Reddick
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Christopher Bell
Austin Dillon
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Joey Logano
Corey LaJoie
Harrison Burton
Justin Haley
Chris Buescher
Austin Cindric
Ty Dillon
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Daneil Hemric
Todd Gillialnd
Brad Keselowski
Bubba Wallace
Cody Ware
Michael McDowell
BJ McLeod
Josh Bilicki
Garrett Smithley
Erik Jones
Denny Hamlin
Cole Custer
Greg Biffle
Chase Brisco
Ryan Blaney
Daniel Suarez

feature photo credit: NASCAR Facebook page

Paralympic Medal Count – Day 1

The 2022 Olympic games are over but sports fans still have plenty of winter sporting events to watch over the next two weeks with the 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China.

As a result of events in eastern Europe and the reactions in the Village, the International Paralympic Committee has banned the Russian and Belarusian athletes from the games.

Host country China has gotten off to a roaring start by winning eight medals in day one including two golds. Previously, the Chinese paralympic team had earned a total of one medal in Wheelchair Curling.

After a harrowing past week, the Ukrainian team arrived in Beijing ready to compete. They have earned a total of seven medals in Para Biathlon.

Henrieta Farkasova of Slovakia has not lost a downhill race since 2014 in Sochi. She has not let a visual disability slow her down. On day one of the Beijing games, she has earned her tenth gold medal in the event.

In the preliminary rounds of the sled hockey, China shutout the Slovakian team 7 – 0. The United States and Canada opened their slad hockey play with a reprise of the gold medal game from Korea. The U.S. team needed only one goal but scored five points in a 5 – 0 win over Canada.

Wheelchair Curling also began with Canada, Sweden, Slovakia, Norway and Great Britain all won their opening games.

Ukrainian born American Oksana Masters was the first athlete from the U.S. to earn a medal…and it was a gold in biathlon. She dedicated her medal to team USA and the people of Ukraine. This was Masters fifth gold medal and eleventh overall. It was her first biathlon title win.

In the first medal count of the 2022 Paralympic Games:
host country China leads the way with four gold medals and a total of 13 medals.

China – 13
Ukraine – 7
Canada – 5
Germany – 5
Japan – 3
Austria – 3
France – 3
Great Britain – 3
Slovakia – 2
United States – 2
New Zealand – 1
Italy – 1
Norway – 1
Sweden – 1
Switzerland – 1

Wild and Crazy Day in Vegas for Xfinity Drivers

Xfinity Series

The Xfinity Series prepares for some Saturday afternoon racing with a Friday afternoon practice and qualifying run.

Forty-one teams have brought cars to fill 38 spots in the field.
After a 20 minutes practice session, the first driver on the track to qualify is Stan Mullins, who ran a time of 31.418 seconds.

Brennan Poole and John Hunter Nemechek are doing double duty this weekend driving in both the Camping World Truck and Xfinity Series.

Jesse Iwuji spins out at the end of his qualifying lap but saved the car and makes a qualifying time of 36.956 seconds. A new team, Iwuji must qualify on time in order to make the race.

John Hunter Nemechek is the first driver to break the 30 second lap with a time of 29.901 seconds.

Landon Cassill puts down a time of 29.645 seconds in a car that has crossed the country twice after a crash and fire last week for repairs.

Jeb Burton spins out during his qualifying lap and touches the wall slightly.

Riley Herbst puts his number 98 car in P1 with a time of 29.55 seconds.

Josh Berry takes his number eight JR Motorsports car to the top with a time of 29.508 seconds.

Pulling away, AJ Allmendinger makes a qualifying run of 29.318 seconds for P1.

AJ Allmendinger puts his number 16 car on the pole for the second week in a row.

The starting lineup for the Alsco Uniforms 300:
AJ Allmendinger
Josh Berry
Riley Herbst
Noah Gragson
Landon Cassill
Daniel Hemric
Ryan Truex
Sheldon Creed
Sam Mayer
John Hunter Nemechek
Ty Gibbs
Jeremy Clements
Brett Moffitt
Jade Buford
Austin Hill
Justin Allgaier
Alex Labbe
Brandon Brown
Matt Mills
Ryan Sieg
Brandon Jones
Joe Graf Jr
Kaz Grala
Kyle Sieg
Anthony Alfredo
Kyle Weatherman
Bayley Currey
Ryan Vargas
Stefan Parsons
JJ Yeley
CJ McLaughlin
Mason Massey
Brennan Poole
Myatt Snider
Ryan Ellis
Joey Gase
Jesse Iwuji
Jeb Burton

NASCAR has determined that the Xfinity west coast swing track of Auto Club Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway shoud be treated similar to a doubleheader in baseball. Teams must run the same car and the same engine for both races, any team that made a change will have to move to the back of the field. As a result, there are 16 cars – nearly half of the field – moving to the back of the field for today’s race.

Sheldon Creed with a back up car
Bayley Currey with a back up car
Matt Mills with an engine change
Ryan Vargas with a transmission change
Landon Cassill with a back up car
Brandon Jones with a back up car
Austin Hill with a back up car
Jeb Burton for unapproved adjustments
Ryan Ellis with an engine and transmission change
Kaz Grala with a back up car
Jade Buford with a back up car
Ty Gibbs for unapproved adjustments
JJ Yeley with a back up car
Brandon Brtown with a back up car
Mason Massey with a back up car
Stefan Parson with a back up car

Team Penske drivers Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano return to join Adam Alexander in the FOX Sports broadcast booth for today’s race.

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.

It is a very windy day with 15mph winds and gusts up to 50 mph. It will be a very challenging day for the drivers

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

AJ Allmendinger leads lap one.

Lap two, the top five are AJ Allmendinger, Josh Berry, Noah Gragson, Ryan Truex, and Daniel Hemric.

Ryan Sieg gets loose and hits the wall but gets moving again and the track stays green. Ryan Sieg and Ty Gibbs made contact prior to Sieg’s spinning out.

Lap five, the caution flag comes out for Brennan Poole’s smoking car with a blown engine. Poole’s car has dropped a lot of fluid on the track.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 13 with Josh Berry on the outside. Allmendinger takes the lead with Jsoh Berry in second and Noah Gragson in third.

Lap 15, AJ Allmendinger continues to lead the race with Josh Berry in second. The caution flag comes out for debris on the track.

There are reports of a few rain drops on pit road.

NASCAR keeps the lights on the pace car with a bit of precipitation in the area.

NASCAR is bringing the cars down pit road to wait out the rain.

At 5:10pm eastern time, NASCAR has red flagged the race.

It’s SNOWING at Las Vegas Motor Speedway!

The teams have covered the cars but most of the drivers remain in their cars.

At 5:19pm, NASCAR tells the drivers they can get out of their cars if they choose too. After a 40 minute delay, the drivers get moving again.

Once the drivers get moving again, Landon Cassill will have to restart the race from the back of the field because his crew made an air pressure adjustment during the red flag. No work of any kind is allowed under red flag conditions.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 23 and gets out in front for the lead after a push from team mate Daniel Hemric.

The track temperature has dropped nine degrees since race start and the wind has died down.

Lap 24, the top five are AJ Allmendinger, Josh Berry, Noah Gragson, Ryan Truex, and Sam Mayer.

Lap 27, AJ Allmendinger has pulled out to a half second lead on Josh Berry; Noah Gragson, Sam Mayer, and Ryan Truex round out the top five.

Lap 29, Ryan Sieg and Ty Gibbs make contact once again and bring out the caution flag. Sieg takes his car to the garage with significant damage to his car. Brett Moffitt slapped the wall trying to avoid the wreck. Sheldon Creed was also involved.

Broadcasters report that NASCAR officials had called Ryan Sieg in to “clean things up”.

Justin Allgaier brings his car down pit road for work; saying that “something isn’t right”.

AJ Allmendinger chooses the inside lane and brings the field down for the green flag restart with 13 laps remaining in stage one. Allmendinger gets out in front for the lead but Sam Mayer comes on the inside to challenge for the lead. Noah Gragson makes it a three way battle.

Sam Mayer is the leader with Noah Gragson in second; AJ Allmendinger, Ryan Truex, and Josh Berry round out the top five.

Lap 35, drivers are battling for position like it was the end of the race instead on nearing the end of stage one.

Lap 36, team mates Noah Gragson and Sam Mayer battle for the lead.

Eight laps remain in stage one, AJ Allmendinger and Josh Berry continue to battle with each other while Noah Gragson and Sam Mayer swap the lead back and forth.

Lap 40, Noah Gragson leads the race with Sam Mayer in second; Josh Berry, Ryan Treux, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Ryan Sieg is out of the race.

Noah Gragson wins stage one.

The top 10 drivers at the end of stage one:
Noah Gragson
Sam Mayer
Josh Berry
Ty Gibbs
Ryan Treux
AJ Allmendinger
Austin Hill
Brandon Jones

Daniel Hemric
John Hunter Nemechek

Despite being involved in two on track altercations. Ty Gibbs is in the top five.

Most of the drivers come down pit road for service. Anthony Alfredo was charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road. Kyle Sieg was caught speeding on pit road. Matt Mills was charged with leaving pit road with equipment.

The cameras have rain drops on the lenses.

After staying out on the track, Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 55 from the outside lane. Creed made a pit stop on lap 30. Drivers quickly get three wide across the track. Sam Mayer takes the lead.
The top five are Sam Mayer, Sheldon Creed, Josh Berry, Noah Gragson, and Austin Hill.

Lap 56 Sam Mayer leads the race with Noah Gragson in second and Austin Hill in third; Ty Gibbs and Josh Berry round out the top five.

Lap 60, Sam Mayer leads the race with Noah Gragson in second and looking for the lead; Austin Hill, Ty Gibbs, and Josh Berry round out the top five.

Lap 63, Sam Mayer has a lead of nearly half a second on Noah Gragson; Austin Hill, Ty Gibbs, and Josh Berry round out the top five.

The caution floag ocmes out on lap 66 when Jesse Iwuji spins out. Brandon Brown’s car is smoking with a tire rub.

A few drivers come down pit road for service.

Sam Mayer brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 71 from the inside lane. Drivers get three wide across the track, Noah Gragson gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Noah Gragson, Sam Mayer, Ty Gibbs, Austin Hill, and Josh Berry.

There are 34 cars on the lead lap.

Since dominating the race early, AJ Allmendinger has fallen to 17th place.

Lap 74, oah Gragson has a lead of over a secon on Sam Mayer.

Kyle Weatherman brings out the caution flag with 17 laps remaining in stage two. Weatherman spins out and hits the inside wall with the front of his car.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with 12 laps remaining in stage two. Gragson and Sam Mayer battle for the lead with Gragson getting out in front.

Ten to go in stage one, the top five are Noah Gragson, Ty Gibbs, Sam Mayer, Austin Hill, and Brandon Jones.

Lap 82, Noah Gragson has a lead of over half a second on Ty Gibbs; Sam Mayer, Austin Hill, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 85 when Matt Mills hits the wall head on hard. The rear wheels came off the ground when he hit the wall. Mills made contact with Joe Graf Jr before hitting the wall. Mills is out of the car and walking to the ambulance.

Stage two ends under caution with Noah Gragson sweeping stages one and two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Noah Gragson
Ty Gibbs
Sam Mayer
Austin Hill
Daniel Hemric
Brandon Jones
Josh Berry
John Hunter Nemechek
Ryan Truex
Justin Allgaier

Most of the drivers come down pit road for service. Sam Mayer wins the race off of pit road.

After staying out on the track, Brandon Brown brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the inside lane with Sam Mayer on the outside. Brandon Brown gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 95, Sam Mayer takes the lead as drivers get three wide across the track.

Lap 96, the top five are Sam Mayer, Austin Hill, Ty Gibbs, aJustin Allgaier, and John Hunter Nemechek.

Lap 96 Sam Mayer and Austin Hill battle for the lead. Austin Hill is the new leader.

Lap 97, Brandon Brown continues to fall back. He brings his car down pit road with a flat tire.

Lap 100, halfway, Austin Haill has a lead of nearly half a second on Sam Mayer; Justin Allgaier, John Hunter Nemechek and Josh Berry round out the top five.

Lap 103, Justin Allgaier battles with team mate Sam Mayer for the second. Justin Allgaier takes second.

Lap 106, Austin Hill is the leader but Justin Allgaier is on his bumper; Sam Mayer, Noah Gragson, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

Lap f109, Justin Allgaier comes from the outside to pass Austin Hill for the lead.

Lap 110, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Austin Hill, Sam Mayer, Noah Gragson, and Daniel Hemric.

Lap 112, Justin Allgaier has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Austin Hill.

AJ Allmendinger has worked his way back up to the top 10 in tenth place.

Lap 120, Justin Allgaier continues to lead the race and has pulled out to a three second lead on Noah Gragson; Sam Mayer, Austin Hill, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

There are 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 125, Justin Allgaier has a three second lead on Ty Gibbs as he continues to pass slower traffic; Sam Mayer, Daniel Hemric, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Justin Allgaier has some debris on his grille. His lead is now under three seconds on Ty Gibbs.

Lap 130, there are now only 19 cars on the lead lap.

The debris on lead Justin Allgaier’s grille appears to be growing.

Lap 134, Justin Allgaier reports that his car is beginning to overheat. He gets a little help from lapped car Alex Labbe to get the debris off of his grille.

Noah Gragson reports that the handling has gone away; adding that he feels like his tires are cording.

Lap 135, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, Ty Gibbs, Daniel Hemric, and Sam Mayer.

Lap 137, Noah Gragson makes a green flag pit stop. He is at the edge of the pit window but felt a cording tire required the stop.

Lap 141, Sheldon Creed begins the cycle of green flag pit stops but gets caught speeding on pit road. He will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Lap 142, Daniel Hemric makes his pit stop and more drivers begin to come down pit road.

Lap 143, leader Justin Allgaier’s lead is down to just one second over Sam Mayer.

Lap 144, leader Justin Allgaier makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over the Sam Mayer.

Josh Berry gets loose and missed pit road and will have to come around again.

Sam Mayer makes his pit stop and gives the lead over the Brandon Jones.

Lap 146, Brandon Jones brings his car down pit road and gives the lead over to Alex Labbe.

Noah Gragson has the lead with 52 laps remaining in the race.

Fifty to go, Noah Gragson has a one second lead on Justin Allgaier; Ty Gibbs, Daniel Hemric, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Lap 152, Justin Allgaier battles Noah Gragson for the lead.

Lap 155, Justin Allgaier takes the lead.

Noah Gragson’s team reports that they are a little short on fuel to make it to the end of the race.

Lap 160, Justin Allgaier has a lead of a second and a half on Noah Gragson; Ty Gibbs, Daniel Hemric, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five. There are only 13 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 163, the gap between leader Justin Allgaier and Noah Gragson is growing as Gragson works to save fuel. Allgaier is now two and a half seconds in front of Gragson.

Lap 167, Justin Allgaier has led 50 laps so far and tops the list of race leaders.

Lap 169, Justin Allgiaer has a four second lead on Noah Gragson; Ty Gibbs, Daniel Hemric, and Ryan Truex round out the top five.

Lap 172, Jesse Iwuji spins out and makes contact with Ryan Vargas and Stefan Parsons. Jesse Iwuji takes his car to the garage. None of the drivers were on the lead lap. The rear tires of Ryan Vargas’ car were on the hood of Stefan Parsons’ car during the wreck.

Drivers come down pit road for that last set of fresh tires. Justin Allgaier wins the race off of pit road.

Twenty to go, Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart and the drivers immediately get three wide. Noah Gragson takes the lead after a push.

The top five are Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier, Ty gibbs a,d Austin Hill.

Sam Mayer hits the wall and brings out the ninth caution flag of the race. His rear bumper is dragging on the ground and leaves a large piece of debris on the track.

After wave arounds, there are 16 cars on the lead lap.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 188 from the outside lane. Justin Allgaier gives team mate Noah Gragson a push but Daniel Hemric battles from the inside. Austin Hill gets into the wall hard and brings out the caution flag. Noah Gragson is listed as the leader. JJ Yeley, Riley Herbst and Ryan Truex were also involved.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart, but it is Ty Gibbs who takes the lead after a push from Justin Allgaier.

Ty Gibbs takes the white flag.

Ty Gibbs wins the race as the caution flag comes out for a crash involving CJ McLaughlin and Bayley Currey.

Ty Gibbs apologized to Ryan Sieg for making contact with him early in the race and thanked Justin Allgaier for the push.

The unofficial results of the Alsco Uniforms 300:
Ty Gibbs

Noah Gragson
Daniel Hemric
Josh Berry
Justin Allgaier
Landon Cassill
Sheldon Creed
Brett Moffitt
AJ Allmendinger
Brandon Jones
Jeremy Clements
John Hunter Nemechek
Ryan Ellis
Riley Herbst
Alex Labbe
Kyle Sieg
Anthony Alfredo
Bayley Currey
Jeb Burton
JJ Yeley
Myatt Snider
Kaz Grala
Joey Gase
CJ McLaughlin
Sam Mayer
Kyle Weatherman
Mason Massey

Jade Buford
Joe Graf Jr
Brandon Brown
Ryan Truex
Austin Hill
Ryan Vargas
Stefan Parsons
Ryan Sieg
Brennan Poole

NASCAR DQ’s Driver in Truck Series Race

It has been a rough week for Front Row Motorsports. After the race at Auto Club Speedway, the number 38 team was penalized for a tire issue that would see the crew chief and two crew members suspended for four races. The team has appealed the ruling.

During the Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night, the Front Row Motorsports number 38 truck driven by Zane Smith was involved in an on track altercation and had to fight his way back to the front of the pack.

Smith, Chandler Smith, and Kyle Busch were involved in a heated battle for the lead and the win of the race on the mile and a half track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Chandler Smith won the race with Zane Smith taking second while several trucks were involved in a last lap crash.

During the post race inspection process, NASCAR officials found a violation according to the rule book in relation to the lug nuts. As a result if the infraction NASCAR has disqualified the number 38 truck and placed in the 36th position. The remainder of the field is moved up one position; putting Kyle Busch in second place behind his driver Chandler Smith.

Spencer Boyd, Jordan Anderson, John Hunter Nemechek and Grant Enfinger were all involved in the last lap crash of the race. While the trucks had some severe damage all of the drivers walked away from the wreck apparently in good shape. NASCAR requires that all drivers involved in on track incidents must get checked out at the infield care center.

During that check up, Spencer Boyd needed a little further attention and was sent to a local hospital. Boyd reported a dislocated shoulder but adds that he should be fine to drive in the next Camping World Truec Series race when the Series travels to Atlanta Motor Speedway in two weeks.

Wild Finish in Truck Series at Vegas

After taking a week off, the Camping World Truck Series returns to kick off a triple header weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200.

One-fourth of the 37 truck field has never driven a truck at Las Vegas. But among the drivers who will be competing for one of the 36 starting spots is two time truck champion Todd Bodine who has not been in a truck for 3,000 races. And two time Cup Series champion and truck series owner Kyle Busch will be making one of his five truck series starts for this season.

Bodine can be seen as a part of the FOX Sports NASCAR broadcast crew. The 58 year old driver has not been behind the wheel of a truck series vehicle since 2013. Bodine ranked in the top 20 after practice in 13th place.

Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton will be making Truck Series start number 500 when they drop the green flag for tonight’s race.

After a 20 minute practice session, the drivers take to the track for single lap, single truck qualifying. The first driver on the track is Bennan Poole who clocked a time of 31.767 seconds around the mile and a half track.

After having difficulties getting the truck started, Todd Bodine takes the track and ran a time of 30.884 seconds. Bodine plans to run a total of six races in the Truck Series this season. After those six races, Bodine will have a total of 800 starts across all three NASCAR racing series. Bodine said that the races this season are about saying goodbye to driving but more importantly, it’s about having fun!

Kyle Busch ran a time of 30.337 seconds; nearly half a second faster than the other laps run so far.


Driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, John Hunter Nemechek beat out the boss Kyle Busch with a time of 30.238 secnds to take P1.

At 19 years old, Carson Hocevar is the only driver for Niece Sports to have a start in the Camping World Truck Series.

After all 37 trucks have made a qualifying run, John Hunter Nemechek will sit on the pole and bring the field to the green flag with boss man Kyle Busch starting alongside. This is Nemechek’s third pole. Kyle Busch Motorsports team mate Chandler Smith makes it a 1 – 2 – 3 start for KBM.

The starting lineup for the Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200:
John Hunter Nemechek
Kyle Busch
Chandler Smith
Ben Rhodes
Ryan Preece
Zane Smith
Matt Crafton
Tanner Gray
Christian Eckes
Ty Majeski
Grant Enfinger
Carson Hocevar
Derek Kraus
Tyler Ankrum
Matt DiBenedetto
Kris Wright
Stewart Friesen
Austin Wayne Self
Chase Purdy
Hailie Deegan
Tate Fogleman
Colby Howard
Todd Bodine
Jack Wood
Kaz Grala
Lawless Alan
Matt Mills
Timmy Hill
Dean Thompson
Blaine Perkins
Thad Moffitt
Bret Holmes
Brennan Poole
Jordan Anderson
Spencer Boyd
Loris Hezemans

Stages one and two of the race are 30 laps each with stage three lasting 74 laps for a total of 134 laps around the mile and a half track. Drivers can run 50 to 55 laps on a single load of fuel.

Kurt Busch joins Vince Welch and Michael Waltrip in the FOX Sports broadcast booth for the race.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from th outside lane and gets out in front of Kyle Busch for the lead. Drivers quickly get three wide across the track.

Lap two, John Hunter Nemechek leads the race with Kyle Busch in second; Ben Rhodes, Zane Smith, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

Lap three Kyle Busch passes John Hunter Nemechek for the lead. Zane Smith takes second.

Lap four, Stewart Friesen slaps the wall but the track stays green.

Lap five Kyle Busch leads the race with Zane Smith in second; Ben Rhodes, John Hunter Nemechek, and Chandler Smith round out the otp five.

Lap seven, the top five are separated by one second.

Lap eight, Kyle Busch leads the race with Zane Smith in second; Ben Rhodes, John Hunter Nemechek, and Carson Hocevar round out the top five.

Lap 12, Zane Smith passes Kyle Busch for the lead.

Lap 15, the top five are Zane Smith, Ben Rhodes, Chandler Smith, Kyle Busch, and Carson Hocevar.

Lap 17, IN a battle of the Smith’s, Chandler Smith challenges Zane Smith for the lead.

Blaine Perkins has a smoking truck with a tire rub after contact from Lawless Alan.

Zane Smith holds on to the lead while Ben Rhodes, Chandler Smith, and Kyle Busch battle for second; Carson Hocevar rounds out the top five.

Lap 19, Zane Smith holds on to the lead with Chandler Smith in second: Kyle Busch, Carson Hocevar, and Tanner Gray rounding out the top five.

Leaders are beginning to lap slower traffic; there are 34 trucks on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out on lap 21 due to Blaine Perkins when he spun out with a flat tire.

Drivers come down pit road for service; six laps short of the end of stage one.

Stewart Friesen was charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Todd Bodine was caught speeding on pit road.

After staying out on the track, Chandler Smith brings the field down for the green flag restart with just three laps remaining in stage one. The caution flag comes out after Colby Howard gets turned around. Chase Purday, Zane Smith, and Hailie Deegan also have damage to their trucks. Drivers were getting five wide at the time of the caution.

Ben Rhodes is listed as the leader with Chandler Smith in second.

Stage one ends under caution with Ben Rhodes taking the stage.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ben Rhodes
Chandler Smith
Jack Wood
Tanner Gray
Carson Hocevar
Matt Crafton
Kyle Busch
John Hunter Nemechek
Ty Majeski
Zane Smith

Some drivers come down pit road for service and repairs.

Carson Hocevar is the new leader and brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on alp 38.

Drivers quickly get three four, and five wide in a battle for position.

Lap 39, the top five are Carson Hocevar, Tanner Gray, Kyle Busch, John Hunter Nemechek, and Ty Majeski.

Colby Howard and Blaine Perkins are out of the race with 30 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 45, Carson Hocevar holds off Kyle Busch for the lead; John Hunter Nemechek, Tanner Gray, and Ty Majeski round out the top five.

Lap 46, Kyle Busch gets around Carson Hocevar for the lead.

Lap 48, John Hunter Nemechek passes Carson Hocevar for secnd with Kyle Busch leading the race.

Lap 50, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on John Hunter Nemechek; Carson Hocevar, Tanner Gray, and Ty Majeski round out the top five.

Lap 54, the caution flag comes out after Todd Bodine spins out but keeps it off the wall.

Drivers come down pit road for service. Kyle Busch is happy with his truck. Tanner Gray leads the race after he stays out on the track. KBM wins the race off of pit road with Kyle Busch leading the way.

Todd Bodine was caught speeding on pit road for a second time.

Tanner Gray brings the field down for the green flag restart with just one lap remaining in stage two. Ben Rhodes takes the lead with Tanner Gray in second. After restarting the race in seventh place, Kyle Busch plows through to finish in second place.

Ben Rhodes wins stage two for the stage sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ben Rhodes
Kyle Busch
Ty Majeski
John Hunter Nemechek
Tanner Gray
Chandler Smith
Matt Crafton
Christian Eckes
Stewart Friesen
Derek Kraus

Several drivers come down pit road for service. All of the drivers will have to make at least one more pit stop during stage three for fuel.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 67 and gets out in front with team mates John Hunter Nemechek and Chandler Smith right behind; Carson Hocevar and Zane Smith round out the top five.

There are 29 trucks on the lead lap.

Drivers are three and four wide across the track.

Thad Moffitt nad Hailie Deegan are off the track.

Lap 70, Kyle Busch leads the race but John Hunter Nemechek is battling for the spot.

Lap 71, John Hunter Nemechek takes the lead.

Lap 71, the battle continues for the lead with Kyle Busch and John Hunter Nemechek swapping back and forth as they battle.

The caution flag comes out on lap 72 for Jack Wood’s wrecked truck. Chase Purdy and Wood make contact sending Wood into the wall. Todd Bodine is the “lucky dog”.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 78. Chandler Smith gives Nemechek a push and puts him out in front for the lead.

The top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Chandler Smith, Zane Smith, Kyle Busch, and Stewart Friesen.

Lap 82, John Hunter Nemechek leads the race with team mate Chandlers Chandler Smth and Kyle Busch right behind; Zane Smith and Derek Kraus round out the top five.

Lap 85, John Hunter Nemechek holds on to the lead with Chandler Smith in second; Kyle Busch, Zane Smith, and Derek Kraus round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 90 for another wreck involving Todd Bodine. There are now 44 laps remaining in the race and the drivers are within their pit window.

The field comes down pit road for fuel and fresh tires.

Kyle Busch has led 28 laps so far – the most of the leaders.

Zane Smith was caught speeding on pit road. Since he will have to restart the race from the back of the field, Zane Smith comes down pit road for further repairs to his damaged truck after a wreck earlier in the race.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart with 40 laps remaining in the race. Drivers get four wide on the restart.

Chandler Smith takes the lead with Christian Eckes in second; John Hunter Nemechek, Ben Rhodes, and Ky Busch round out the top five.

Lap 96, drivers battle for position, getting three and four wide.

Carson Hocevar nearly saved his truck but spins out and brings out the caution flag on lap 98. He made a big run through the grass.

Chandler Smith brings the field down for the green flag restart with Kyle Busch on his bumper. There are 32 laps remaining in the race. Drivers gets four and five wide across the track.

The caution flag comes out when Ty Majeski gets into the wall and then hits team mate Ben Rhodes.

With less than 30 laps remaining in the race, the drivers will become more aggressive as the laps count down; which could also bring more caution flag.

Chandler Smith brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with just 23 laps remaining in the race. Chandler Smith jumps out in front of Kyle Busch for the lead with John Hunter Nemechek in third; Christian Eckes and Derek Kraus round out the top five.

Chandler Smith holds the lead with Christian Eckes in second; Kyle Busch, Grant Enfinger, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

Lap 113, Chandler Smith has the lead with Kyle Busch in second.

Twenty to go, Chandler Smith has a narrow lead on Kyle Busch; Christian Eckes, Grant Enfinger, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

Carson Hocevar was posted for changing lanes illegally on the restart.

With 17 laps remaining in the race, Chandler Smith is the leader with Kyle Busch in second; Christian Eckes, John Hunter Nemechek, and Ryan Preece round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 119 after Kris Wright spins out.

Chandler Smith had some debris on his grille and used the pace truck to help get the debris off of the truck. Smith reported that his temps were at 300 prior to clearing the grille.

Chandler Smith brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with just eleven laps remaining in the race. Christian Eckes edges out in front from the insidel ane. Drivers are three and four wide.

Christian Eckes leads the race with Kyle Busch in second; Ryan Preece, Zane Smith, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

Ten to go, drivers are battling for positon.

Kyle Busch challenges Christian Eckes for the lead.

Kyle Busch and Christian Eckes make contact and brings out the caution flag when Eckes spins out. Kyle Busch is the leader.

Christian Eckes has been posted for not maintaining proper speed. He is now in fifth place instead of second. Preece is reporting some sort of issue with this truck.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with Zane Smith on the inside with just three laps remaining in the race. Kyle Busch edges out in front after a push from Chandler Smith but Zane Smith also gets a push and takes htel ead. Drivers are four and five wide across the track.

Derek Kraus gets loose but saves the truck and the track stays green.


Chandler Smith takes the lead and the white flag.

Zane Smith takes the lead.

Chandler Smith passes for the lead.

Chandler Smith takes the checkered flag and give Kyle Busch Motorsports the win.

John Hunter Nemechek ended the race with a severely damaged truck.

Chandler Smith gave a burnout that had his truck buried in smoke.

The unofficial results of the Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200:
Chandler Smith
Zane Smith
Kyle Busch
Stewart Friesen
Ryan Preece
Tanner Gray
Matt DiBenedetto
Martin Crafton
Bret Holmes
Austin Wayne Self
Ty Majeski
Tate Fogleman
Dean Thompson
Carson Hocevar
Chase Purdy
Matt Mills
Tyler Ankrum
Kris Wright
Timmy Hill
Lawless Alan
Loris Hezemans
Todd Bodine
Matt Jaskol
Grant Enfinger
Derek Kraus
John Hunter Nemechek
Jordan Anderson
Spencer Boyd
Christian Eckes
Thad Moffitt
Kaz Grala
Ben Rhodes
Jack Wood
Hailie Deegan
Colby Howard
Blaine Perkins

IPC Makes Decision on Russian Paralympians

With less than 24 hours before the 2022 Winter Paralympic Games in Beijing, China were set to open, the IPC – International Paralympic Committee – has ordered that Russian and Belarusian athletes will NOT be allowed to participate in The Games.

Previously, the IPC had said that the Russian and Belarusian athletes would be allowed to be a part of The Games but would have to compete under a neutral flag and anthem with no national colours.

The ruling brought a great deal of backlash from other competitors with some countries threatening to boycott the games; while others refused to compete against Russian athletes.

IPC President Andrew Parsons spoke on the matter saying, “the war has now come to these Games and behind the scenes many governments are having an influence on our cherished event. We were trying to protect the Games from war.” Parsons noted that they had underestimated the reactions of the athletes. The animosity was far more than Ukrainians and Russians but by all nations.

Parsons added, “we don’t have reports of any specific incidents of aggression or anything like that. But it was a very, very volatile environment in the (Athletes) Village. It was a very rapid escalation which we did not think was going to happen. We did not think that entire delegations, or even teams within delegations, will withdraw, will boycott, will not participate.”

Parsons also noted that he expects legal action by the Russian and Belarusian committees via the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

The Russian Paralympic Committee called the action “baseless and illegal.” Adding, ″(Russian athletes) have not done anything which could be interpreted as being involved in the current political complications.”


Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also spoke on the IPC’s decision saying that it was a “disgrace” and “monstrous”.

Parsons spoke to the athletes telling that the situation was not their fault saying, “o Para athletes from the impacted countries, we are very sorry that you are affected by the decisions your governments took last week in breaching the Olympic Truce. You are victims of your governments’ actions.”

The decision affects 71 Russian and 12 Belarusian athletes.

Since Russia invaded the Ukraine a week ago, numerous cultural and sporting events have been either cancelled in Russia or are not allowing the Russians to participate.

Not Your Parents’ Musical!

If the past two years have taught us anything, it is to enjoy life as much as we can…while we can.

Jim Dooley and Matt Walker have joined together to create “The Revue” – a parody of cinema and theater – and noting that “not everything should be a musical.” The production will open on March 17 at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA.

Director Matt Walker will also star in the show with Dooley creating the music and Suzanne Jolie as choreographer. Rick Batalla, Katie DeShan, Tiffany Daniels, Isaac Robinson-Smith, and Travis Leland will all be a part of the show.

Creators say that the production will feature a “Dynamic Plot” – meaning that the show will be ever changing with a different show every night. Only the opening and closing scenes are set; the remainder of the show will be adapted using a combination of 50 different modules.

https://youtu.be/xDq1Ia3l7OE

A director and a producer are desperate to save their theater and audition the craziest musicals that could ever be conceived in an attempt to keep the theater from going under.

Since the audience becomes a part of the show, they can determine whether it will include an intermission, choose a rating from Family Friendly to R, and can even determine the experience of the players. However, the premiere show is set with a rating of 16 and over.

Creator and composer Jim Dooley spoke on the show saying, “what makes this show special is that it is truly accessible for everyone, via a simple familiarity of memorable classic film and television moments and characters. This concept features similarities to The Producers and Forbidden Broadway in the simple production style of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!, yet will spur a life and fan-base all its own. This is the type of show the world needs right now and we’re thrilled to debut it with such a great community as the iconic Colony.”

The show will also have a number of familiar object available including the Dark Helmet from “Spaceballs”, Wilson the volleyball from “Castaway”, the Heart of the Ocean from “Titanic”, the puppets of “Avenue Q”, and the tuxedo’s from “Dumb and Dumber”.

The Colony Theatre engagement only runs until March 27; it will then travel to New York City. Tickets are $49 and can be obtained at TheRevueMusical.com

feature photo credit: Charley Walters and GolMeetsGolden.com

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NASCAR Modifies Practice Schedule

This season NASCAR has implemented some new rules for practice and qualifying where the drivers are divided into two groups with the top five drivers in each group making a run for the pole.

At Auto Club Speedway that practice time was only 15 minutes per group; something the drivers were very vocal about.

For the Cup Series race this weekend as Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NASCAR has modified the schedule when it comes to practice.

The entire field will have a 35 minute practice session for a little extra time on the track before the drivers will be divided into the two groups for qualifying.

When NASCAR announced penalties this week, the Front Row Motorsports number 38 car driven by Todd Gilliland was issued a four race suspension for a loose tire. The crew chief and two crew members would not be available for the next four races; however, Front Row Motorsports has filed an appeal of the penalty. As a result, the number 38 crew will be intact and on the track for the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. Crew members will not have to serve the penalty until after the appeal is heard and a decision made.

New Dr. Seuss Books Coming

Dr. Seuss has always been known for creating uniquely whimsical books for children. Last year six of those books were removed from the catalog over issues of racism and lack of inclusiveness.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises has announced that new books are in the works aimed at children ages four to eight that will promote inclusivity. The books will be taken from sketches created prio to Theodor Geisel’s death in 1991. The books will be written and illustrated by a group of “ up-and-coming authors and artists”.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises notes that the new books will feature a “cross-section of racial backgrounds to represent as many families as possible.” President and CEO of Dr. Seuss Enterprises Susan Brandt said, “we look forward to putting the spotlight on a new generation of talent who we know will bring their unique voices and style to the page, while also drawing inspiration from the creativity and imagination of Dr. Seuss.”


DSE noted, “the original Dr. Seuss sketch that serves as the inspiration for each of the new Seuss Studios books will be included in the book, along with a note from the creators explaining how they were inspired, and their process.”

While still selecting who will create the books, the plan is to have a new book released next year with at least two new books released in successive years.

Geisel’s books remain popular and help to put the author in among the top of the list of celebrities who are no longer alive. His works have been sold in more 100 countries around the world and have been translated into dozens of languages including braille.

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IPC to Allow Russia/Belarus in Paralympics

The opening ceremonies for the Paralympic Games in Beijing, China are just two days away; according to the IPC – International Paralympic Committee – time is too short to make any changes in the current set up. However, any Russian or Belarusian athlete wishing to compete in the Games will have to do so under a neutral flag with a neutral anthem.

The allowing of Russian and Belarus paralympians to compete is just the latest in a protest of the IOC and IPC in the games after yet another doping scandal.

The International Olympic Committee has urged other sports to limit or ban Russian athletes from sporting events, but has fallen short of doing so themselves under the guise of keeping politics out of the Olympic games.

The list of sports banning Russian athletes has grown to include biathlon and table tennis; adding their names to the current list of soccer, track, basketball, skiing, ice skating, and hockey.

Aquatic sports including swimming, boxing, gymnastics, fencing, and judo are allowing Russian athletes to compete but as a neutral athlete with no national recognition.

The IJF noted, “any radical decision to obstruct the participation of athletes in sporting competitions would only continue the escalation of violence and nurture the feeling of injustice for those athletes who did not participate in any decision regarding the conflict.”

English football clubs are distancing themselves from any logos and sponsorships from Russian businesses. Chelsea is owned by Russian billionaire Abromovich; who is looking to sell the team. He promises to donate any profits from the sale to Ukrainian aid. Non Russian players are also leaving Russian teams in protest of the events in Ukraine.

Russia has been critical of the bans, even calling it discrimination.

The FIA has stated that Russian drivers may compete in Formula One races but cannot display national colours; however, British motorsports has banned any Russian driver from participating in a race. The rulings put Russian driver Nikita Mazepin’s racing status in jeopardy.

Canada has canceled the annual Canada-Russia junior Hockey League games; but has of yet to outright ban Russian or Belarus players from playing.

The hugely popular video game company EA Sports is removing Russian teams from its soccer and hockey games.

Idol Alum Murphy Releases Single

Among the artists to audition last season on “American Idol” was Murphy, an independent music artist who has traveled around the nation performing.  He  wowed the judges and fans alike with his original song “Painted Man”.  Much to the surprise of many fans, Murphy did not make it to the live shows and the top 10.

Now Murphy has released “Painted Man” as his first single.  The song is available on all streaming services.  Set for a radio release on March 7, “Painted Man” has already garnered over 500,000 views.

After leaving Idol, Murphy has been making the festival circuit and continuing to entertain fans.

An orphan early in life, Philip Murphy grew up on the streets with his sister.  As a result, he gives back to the homeless community whenever he can.

Born with a visual disability, Murphy has not let his lack of sight interfere with his musical vision.  He is distinctive in both voice and style; as well as, delivering a positive performance.

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Model/Singer Didi Jr Releases Debut Album

Didi J has released her debut album “Cover Girl”. The eight track album is available on all streaming platforms.

The album title references Didi J’s career as a fashion model; as well as, a pop artist.

Iggy Azalea, rapper She Real, and rapper Drummxnd all appear on the album.

American fans first heard the Serbian born singer in 2017 when she released the single “Say No More” with Shaggy. The following year, Didi made her first appearances in the U.S. with a short tour.

Prior to launching a singing career, Didi J was a model who went on to develop her own fashion line which will debut later this spring.

Currently Didi J has a social media following of nearly four millions fans.

Fallout of Russian Ban Continues

The fall out in Russia continues as more events leave Russia or ban Russians from participating.

The Verbier Festival had given maestro Valery Gergiev the ultimatum of withdrawing his support for Russian President Vladimir Putin and the invasion of Ukraine or be fired as the musical director.

Verbier has confirmed that Gergiev has resigned his position as the Festival’s director of music.

In addition, Verbier has said that they will not accept any donations by a nation that has been sanctioned by a western government; nor will they include any artist who supports Putin and the invasion.

The Edinburgh International Festival has also accepted Gergiev’s resignation as the Festival’s Honourary President.

Gergiev, a friend and supporter of Putin, had already been removed as the conductor for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s United States tour.

Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter has followed through on his promise to fire Gergiev as the conductor of the Munich Philharmonic over his stance on the Ukraine.


The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra has also followed through and fired Gergiev over his support of Putin and Russia.

The Teatro in Milan have all said that they will remove Gergiev from events unless the maestro withdraws his support for Putin and push for a peaceful solution with Ukraine.

Gergiev continues as the music director of the Mariinsky Theatre and the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.


While not in support of Putin or his actions;soprano Anna Netrebko is stepping away from performing saying, “as I have said, I am opposed to this senseless war of aggression and I am calling on Russia to end this war right now, to save all of us. We need peace right now.” She added, “this is not a time for me to make music and perform.”


Hollywood has thrown their hat in the field of sanctions with Warner Bros announcing that they will cease all film distribution into Russia, including the new “The Batman” film set for a March 4 release. Walt Disney Co. and Sony Pictures have also chosen to pause any film releases into Russia. Disney has stated that future release decisions will be made depending upon the situation at the time.

While not one of the major film markets for Hollywood, Russia does rank among the top dozen countries that make up the global markets.




As citizens flee the Ukraine on foot and in trains, the 20 athletes scheduled to perform in the Paralympic Games set to begin March 4 are expected to make it to Beijing in time for the games to begin on Friday.

The Russian and Belarus athletes will be allowed to participate, but like the Olympic team the Paralympic team will compete under the neutral flag with a neutral anthem.



The list of sporting events alienating Russian athletes from their events continues to grow…

Ice skating, skiing, basketball, and track and field organizations have all banned Russia from competing in events. Russia is also banned from some international tennis events.

Previously world football and hockey groups have banned Russian athletes.

The International Skating Union has also added Belarus to their banned athletes. The ban means that it is possible that the Winter Olympics in Beijing was the last time that ice skating fans got to see members of the Russian ice skating team perform.

Not surprisingly Russia has some harsh words for the decision saying, “our country has always adhered to the principle that sport is beyond politics, but we are constantly drawn into the politics, because they understand the importance of sport in the lives of our Russian people.”

The World Tennis Association and American Tennis organization has stated that Russian players may participate but will not be able to show their flags. However, they are not allowed to play in the Davis Cup or Billie Jean King Cup despite having already qualfied for the events.

Even after having already arrived in Norway for the next International Ski Federation event, the Russian and Belarus athletes have been sent home, banned from participation.

Already competing in track and field events under a neutral flag due to doping issues, the Russian and Belarus athletes have now been banned from competition.

The International Basketball Federation has suspended Russia from playing which will not allow them to qualify for the World Cup next year. The women’s team had already qualified for their World Cup event in September.

The Intern Volleyball Federation has removed the men’s world championship in August and has suspended the Russian team from playing in international events.

The organizations ruling badminton, canoeing, and triathlon have also chosen to ban Russia from any competition.

Swimming’s governing body will allow Russian and Belarus athletes to participate but only under the body’s FINA flag.

In cycling, will allow Russian riders to compete under a neutral flag but Russian team and sponsors will not be allwed.

Formula One has pulled the Russian Grand Prix from the schedule but will allow Russian drivers to race, but will not be allowed to paint their cars with the colours of the Russian flag.

This summer the World Games will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, but the multi-sport event has banned Russian and Belarus athletes and officials from participation in any event that is not already a part of the list of Olympic sports.

Adidas, a sporting equipment company, has withdrawn its sponsorship of the Russian football team.

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MLB Cancels Opening Day

It has been a rough couple of years for Major League Baseball.

In 2020, the coronavirus cut the season in half and eliminated all together the minor league season.

Last year the games returned with fans in the stands but the players were under a cloud facing an end to play once the season ended. On December 2, 2021; the MLB owners did indeed lockout the players over MONEY!.

On March 1, a deadline set by the owners to complete a full season, MLB Commissioner Rob Manford announded that the March 31 opening day has been postponed with a full season in jeopardy.

While games have been eliminated in recent years, this is the first time that games have been cnacelled in 27 years over labour disputes.

While the players have stated that the full 162 game season could be had if they played some double header games, ownership has stated that it will not happen.

Currently Manfred has said that the season is now 156 games long; adding that the players will not be paid for the missed games.

At the moment, further negotiations have not been scheduled.

During the negotiations that led up to the cancellation of opening day, both sides – owners and players association – were not close to an agreement on many facets of the contract. However, Manfred stated, “my deepest hope is we get an agreement quickly.”

After a 16 and a half hour negotiation session on February 28, the League sent what they termed a “best and final offer” to the players association on March 1. The offer was rejected by the MLBPA which prompted Mnfred’s announcement.

Players association leader Tony Clark spoke on the announcement saying, “today is a sad day. The reason we are not playing is simple; a lockout is the ultimate economic weapon.”

Manfred noted that “the concerns of our fans are at the very top of our consideration list.” The union has pledged to push for the cancelled games to be rescheduled once negotiations resume. MLBPA lead negotiator added, “to say they won’t reschedule games if games are canceled or they won’t pay players for those games that are canceled is solely their position. They’re not legally required to take those positions. … We would have a different position.”

Major League Baseball is a $10 billion industry that effects far more than the team owners and players. Fans, concession workers, hospitality workers, and even entire communities are all affected by any work stoppage. Millions of dollars will be lost for every day the games are cancelled.

Broadway League Updates Covid Protocols

While much of the nation is beginning to ease their Covid protocol requirements, Broadway continues to show caution.

Currently the Broadway League requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and wear a face covering at all times while inside the venue. The ruling applies to all cast and crew who are not on stage.

Visitors must show proof of vaccinations ; along with with, a proper photo I.D. School I.D.’s are fine for students 12 to 17; children under the age of eleven must be accompanied by an adult.

The only exception is when a visitor is eating or drinking in specifically designated areas.

The Broadway League states that any visitor five years of age or older must have had their last shot at least 14 days prior to attending a production. A proper vaccination is one that has previously been approved by the World Health Organization.

Any visitor who wishes to attend a production less than 14 days after their vaccination, must show prove of a negative Covid test 72 hours prior to the performance or a negative antigen test within six hours of the performance.

For visitors who are unable to get the vaccine can enter one of the 41 Broadway League theatres if they have a negative Covid 19 PCR test within 72 hours of or a negative Covid rapid antigen test withing six hours of a performance.

The same rules apply to anyone under the age of five who are currently unable to receive the vaccines.

NASCAR Issues Single Penalty After Auto Club Race

While there is no longer a ‘lug nut monster” to plague the crews in post race inspections, the new 18 inch single lug hub tires are continuing to cause some issues for the crews.

In this week’s penalty report following the races at Auto Club Speedway, another team faces a four race suspensiondue to a lost tire.

The Front Row Motorsports number 38 car driven by Todd Gilliland will lose its crew chief Seth Barbour, jack man Jourdan Osinskie, and front tire changer Tanner Andrews for the next four races after Gilliland’s car lost a wheel during the stage one caution during the Wise Power 400 on February 27.

The loss of the tire falls under the “loss or separation of an improperly installed tire/wheel from the vehicle” in the NASCAR rule book.


This was the only penalty issued by NASCAR this week.

Music/Sports Cancel Russian Events

The Olympic torch had barely been distinguished in Beijing when Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded neighbouring country Ukraine. The move has caused outrage all over the world with numerous sporting and entertainment organizations either refusing to participate with Russian athletes or allow the Russian to participate.

Net Opera General Manager Peter Gelb released a statement supporting the Ukraine; that video message also states that the New York City Metropolitan Opera will not work with any artist who supports the policies of President Putin. The move may effect The Met’s collaboration with the Bolshoi Ballet and a performance with soprano Anna Netrebko of “Turandot” by Puccini.Director of The Metropolitan Opera Yannick Nezet-Seguin has also replaced Gergiev for the performances with the Vienna Philharmonic in Naples, FL and at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Nezet-Seguin has also canceled the performances of the Mariinsky Orchestra with Gergiev as conductor in May.

After his support for Putin, Russian conductor Valery Gergiev has had his contract canceled by his management company Marcus Felsner. Felsner issued a statement saying, “in the light of the criminal war waged by the Russian regime against the democratic and independent nation of Ukraine, and against the European open society as a whole, it has become impossible for us, and clearly unwelcome, to defend the interests of Maestro Gergiev.”

Among his duties, Gergiev is the chief conductor for the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, a role Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter said end unless the maestro publicly denounces Pution and his actions.

The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra has held a Gergiev Festival since 1996, but has stated that unless Gergiev denounces Putin, they will drop the Festival.

The European Broadcasting Union has announced that Russian artists will no longer be permitted to participate in the annual Eurovision Song Contest. The EBU stated that allowing Russian to compete would “disrepute” the competition. However, Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra will be allowed to compete.




In the world of sports, Russia has been suspended from the International Soccer, the suspension includes all qualifying matches for the upcoming World Cup event to be held in Qatar.

FIFA and UEFA (European authority) have banned Russia from all national and club events until further notice. Russia was scheduled to begin qualifying play for the World Cup in three weeks. The two organizations issued a statement saying, “football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine.”

The International Olympic Committee is urging sporting organizations to ban Russian athletes from events. Speaking on events, the IOC said they needed to, “protect the integrity of global sports competitions and for the safety of all the participants.” This comes on the heels of yet another doping scandal in the Olympics involving Russian athletes.

The IOC has stated that Russian and Belarus athletes competing the upcoming Paralympic Games beginning March 4 should compete under a neutral flag and anthem.

Russian football coach Valery Karpin spoke on the ban saying, “I feel sorry for my boys. They were dreaming about playing at the World Cup. Now their hope is gone.”

The International Ice Hockey Federation has followed suit and has banned Russian and Belarus from all competition; adding that it will also be pulling the 2023 world junior championship out of Siberia.

The National Hockey League has also condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and is suspending all business deals in Russia; in addition the NHL will no longer consider future events in Russia.

The NHL consists of a number of Russian players; the NHL noted, “we remain concerned about the well-being of the players from Russia, who play in the NHL on behalf of their NHL clubs, and not on behalf of Russia. We understand they and their families are being placed in an extremely difficult position.”

Finland, Germany, Albania, and Switzerland have all stated that they will not play Russian teams in upcoming events. And all matches have been pulled out of Russia.

World Rugby has also suspended Russia and Belarus from all events and suspended the Russian Rugby teams Union membership. The announcements essentially eliminate Russia from participation in any World Cup events.


The International Judo Federation has has suspended President Vladimir Putin as the organizations honourary president. The IJF is one of the few groups that refer to the recent invasion as a war. The IJF has also pulled their Grand Slam event out of Kazan, Russia.

Champions League has pulled their event out of Russia and Formulas One has cancelled the Russian Grand Prix.

The International Ski Federation has moved or cancelled the next several events that had been scheduled in Russia.

English Premier League football’s Manchester United team has removed the Russian airline Aeroflot as one of their sponsors.

The International Tennis Federation has posponed a tournament scheduled to take place in the Ukraine in April.

A national game in Russia, the International Chess Federation has cancelled their Olympiad scheduled to take place in Moscow and is looking for a new location.

The World Curling Federation has taken the European Curling Championship out of Perm, Russia.

The men’s World League water polo event in St. Petersburg and the Artistic Swimming and Diving World Series in Kazan have both been cancelled; as has the European Aquatics competition, the women’s water polo events, and Euro League quarter-finals.